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February Favorites

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February Favorites

  First monthly post, yippie! So we’re gonna start out with five products I’m feeling this month. Some I’ve had for a while, some are new, and some are rebuys. All of them have a little bit of a Valentine’s Day feel to them just because I’m a sucker for holidays that are only alive because of the greeting card industry. Just kidding. I seriously love Valentine’s Day though.   Colour Pop Lippie Stix in Frida Described as, “A warm mid tone nude pink with a satin finish” it’s just that. A perfect nudie pink that you can pair with a slouchy sweater and a cup of coffee for a really relaxed feel that’s still polished. It’s in a Satin finish which I wasn’t sure I would be a fan of at first, but it’s totally grown on me (I’m a matte girl at heart). Great for those days when a matte lip is just a little too drying, especially with this weather we’ve been having. This was a new purchase, and I’ll more than likely rebuy because it’s a nice staple. Here for $5.   bareMinerals Matte Foundation in Medium Beige “Award winning – for a reason” Great coverage and lightweight, this powder foundation is one of my favorites. In the Winter months, I lean toward more of a matte look for my skin and this does the trick. The best thing about it? The minerals absorb excess oil without drying out your skin. This is something I’ve had for a while and haven’t had to rebuy yet, mostly because I change up my foundation routine a lot. I’m featuring the 0.03 oz version here, but you can get the full one here for $28.50.   Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara Cult classic. Vegan. My everyday, go-to mascara, and probably a life staple as far as I’m concerned. It’s a film forming Polymer for a smudge proof, all day look. No flakes and I only notice a little clumping, and that’s only when I pile on the coats. Here I have the sample size which is 0.17 oz, but I refuse to buy full sizes because there’s no way I could use a whole one in three months. Practice good eye hygiene and just get the baby size, please. Your eyelashes will thank you for it later. “One application of our collagen-fueled formula and touch of our specially shaped brush will leave you begging for more.” Yep. That pretty much says it all. Here for $23.   Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover  This is 3.75 fl oz, and it’s lasted me so long. A little goes a long way with this product and it does so without making the skin feel greasy which is a huge plus in my book. Removes everything under the sun in eye makeup, and is great for removing Halloween makeup as well (think oil face paint and temporary tattoos, your welcome my mommy friends). It’s also hypoallergenic and ophthalmologist-tested. Here for $15.   Pure Romance Body Dew in scent Love Story This after-bath oil mist makes my skin feel fantastic. I put it on as soon as I get out of the shower and it’s never stained any of my clothing which is a giant plus to me. I also use it for photoshoots, and it makes your skin look phenomenal in front...

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Tutorial: Super Simple Shadow Storage Solution

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Tutorial: Super Simple Shadow Storage Solution

Hey guys. So I’ve been working on organizing my growing collection of fullsize and mini shadow jars. I’m in a dorm and don’t have much space, so having them all just laying in my desk drawer wasn’t cutting it. So I decided to make little boxes so they can be on their side. Here’s the finished product.   What you need: thick paper scissors ruler pencil glue or double sided tape something pointy but dull to make creases with An eyeshadow jar is usually about 3 cm wide, and the sides of the box should be 1.5 cm tall. So the image above is basically what you’re going to be making. The dotted lines are folds and the other lines are cut. Along the short side of the paper make marks at 1.5 cm, 4.5 cm, and 6 cm. Do this on both sides and then use the ruler to draw a straight line connecting the two 6 cm marks. Then cut along that line, and what you should have is a long piece of paper that’s exactly 6 cm on each of the short sides. Now put a mark 1.5 cm away from each of the four corners adjacent to the marks you previously made. There should be two marks next to each corner. On the short, 6cm, side use the ruler to connect those two marks and then use the dull pointed object to make a crease on the paper so it’s easier to get a perfectly straight fold. Do this on both sides and fold them upward when you’re done. This part will become the ends of the box. Do the same thing to connect the marks on the other ends. Fold. You should now have a square in each of the corners. Snip off one side of each square so you can fold the small end upward to meet the sides. Use tape or glue to connect the flaps to the inside of the box. Once both ends are done it’s ready for your eyeshadows! You can write on the outside if you want it to be easier to sort by brand. Or you could even print pretty designs on thick white paper to turn into boxes. These can hold fullsize jars, minis, clamshell samples, MAC foundation samples, and Limnit Lipstick mini jars.      ...

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Nail Art Tutorial: Dry Marble

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Nail Art Tutorial: Dry Marble

This is a really short and sweet tutorial for the basic dry marbling technique. These are the polishes and technique I used for my Autumn Fire nail art. I’m awful at water marbling and I find that this method is a lot easier to get right and to clean up, plus you can do a lot of cool designs with it. Materials  plastic bag (like a sandwich bag, not a grocery bag) paintbrush or toothpick tape nail file tweezers or an exacto blade 2 or more polishes that will look good together and a top coat The polishes I’m using are Revlon’s Autumn Spice, Covergirl’s Flamed Out, and Orly’s Buried Alive. Before you get started you need to take the plastic bag and tape it to your workspace rather tightly so it doesn’t move around and it lays perfectly flat. After you have everything laid out and your polish bottles open you can start. Glop on the polish in shapes and sizes that will roughly fit your nails. Making them bigger is better than smaller because you can always file them off when you’re done. I like to make 15 or more just in case some rip when I’m removing them from the bag. Be sure to make some big enough for your thumbs.  Soon after you glop the polish on you need to use the paintbrush or toothpick to swirl it around to mix the colors. But don’t completely mix them or it’s look like a muddy mess. Be sure to start swirling before the polish starts to dry or else you won’t have a perfectly smooth finished product. Once you have the 15 or so done you need to wait a few hours. Go watch Netflix or do homework or something. You don’t want to leave them overnight because they become to brittle to conform to your nail. They need to be dry enough to peel off but still wet enough to bend without breaking. Make more than you need so you can test to see if they’re done.  Once they’re dry you can use the tweezers or a small sharp blade to peel them off of the plastic bag. I like to go ahead and peel off all of them and lay them upside down on the bag so they don’t stick before I move on to the next step.Have all of your nails prepped with a base coat and then when you’re ready put one coat of a polish you used (I used Buried Alive for this step) to act as a glue. Then carefully place the dried polish onto you nail. Start from the middle and smooth it over your nail to make sure there are no bubbles or wrinkles Pay close attention to make sure the edges are attached. Once you get them onto all of your nails the glue layer should be dry enough that they won’t slide around. You can use the nail file to clean up the tip and the edges. Once you’re sure they’re completely dry use a top coat and BE SURE TO WRAP THE TIPS. One thing about this method is the layer of polish can separate from your nail if you don’t wrap them. Here is a good guide to tip wrapping if you don’t know what that is. Finished product!!!...

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Autumn Fire Nail Art

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Autumn Fire Nail Art

Metallic autumn inspired dry marble nail art. Using Orly’s Buried Alive, Revlon’s Autumn Spice, and Covergirl’s Flamed Out, all topped with Seche Vite. Sorry about the wear on the tips, these pictures were taken when the mani was a few days old. You can find my tutorial for these nails here.  ...

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My Pretty Zombie Eyeshadows

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My Pretty Zombie Eyeshadows

A few months ago I made my first order from My Pretty Zombie. I had heard some great things about their blushes and duochrome eyeshadows, so I picked up their Drugs Like Me sample set (which I’ll review in a later post) and two sample packs of eyeshadow. These swatches were taken in sunlight over bare skin, Wet n Wild Take On The Day Primer, and Elf Glitter Glue. Unicorn Pee is described on the site as “iridescent white blue with enough multi colored glitter to make you puke!” That’s completely accurate. It performs horribly over bare skin, and better on just primer, but if you want all the glittery goodness to stay on your eyelid you need a sticky base. This isn’t surprising, because it’s pretty much all glitter, with a little transparent blue shimmer. You can see in the first picture how gritty the glitter looks. This isn’t just sparkly micas, it’s actual superfine holographic glitter. It’s stunning in the sunlight and I love to use it as an inner corner highlight. Custom Zombie is a “silvery blue that looks awesome on everyone!” To me it’s a muted blue base with a fantastic greenish silver shimmer. Looks amazing over primer and a sticky base. Grandma Cleavage is a “cornflower crayon blue with a gold shift…tacky yet fascinating…you will love it!” That’s 100% correct. It’s a beautiful cornflower blue and the golden shift is amazing. The base color even looks passable over bare skin, but the shift absolutely shines over primer or a sticky base. I do love it, even though the name is kinda icky. The first time I wore it my sister said it was pretty, and when I told her it was called Grandma Cleavage she did a double take. Anthrax, part of the Husbandry Collection, is “purple to green with a gold to red shift.” I… don’t really know what that means. Is is supposed to be a duochrome with another duochrome? I think it’s just a purple with an amazing green shift, with maybe a hint of gold. I suppose I can a little red in the base color over bare skin, but I’ve never seen red when I’ve worn it. The duochrome really comes out over primer in this swatch, but I’ve noticed on my eyes the green shift can disappear after blending if it’s not over a sticky base. It’s one of my favorites. I’m such a sucker for purples, and adding a green shift only amplifies my love. Everything Looks Better On A Meathook is a “kind of a brown plum that rubs down maroon.  Green shift.” It reminds me of the blue brown dupe in Wet n Wild’s Comfort Zone palette. I love these kinds of colors (maybe I’ll do a comparison post), especially when it starts to get cold out. The base color is so warm, but over a primer or sticky base the blue-green shift really comes out. Brisket, part of the Butcher Shop Collection, is a “copper with a red to gold shift”. HOLY CRAP YOU GUYS!!! This shift is amazing! It performs pretty horribly over bare skin, but look at that gold shift!!! In the light it is just blanketed in gold, without any hint of the red base color. You can see in the first picture how the gold fades into red as the light diminishes. There’s nothing remotely sparkly...

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Orly Androgynie

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Orly Androgynie

  Orly Androgynie, three coats topped with Seche Vite. This is the polish I reach for when I want black nails with a little something extra. Androgynie is a black jelly with tiny gold flakes and a variety of color shifting hex glitters. Depending on the angle you view them the glitter shifts through different colors; orange to gold, purple to teal, and gold to green. The one issue I have with this polish is that the glitter sinks to the bottom, which makes it hard to get onto the brush. What I usually do is shake it up really well and then lean it against something upside down so the glitter settles to the middle. Between each coat I keep it upside down. This strategy works fairly well, and it’s totally worth the effort if you love black.  In these pictures I’ve been wearing it for over 24 hours. There’s barely any chips, which is pretty good considering how hard I am on my...

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