Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Barbie Inspired Makeup

Hello Lovelies!
Here is a barbie inspired makeup I created for a contest.
COTZ Sunscreen
Too Faced Primed and Poreless
Urban Decay Concealer in CIA
Maybelline Shine Free Loose Powder in Light
NYX Powder Blush in Angel
NYX Eyeshadow Base
Coastal Scents Mirage Palette
NYX Pearl Mania in White Pearl (highlight)
Starlet Cosmetics Chocolate Eye Pencil (bottom lashline)
MICA Beauty Gel Eyeliner (top lashline)
Rimmel Pure White Eye Pencil (waterline)
Mark Scanda-Lash in Brownout (bottom lashes)
Mary Kay Lengthening Mascara in Black (top lashes)
False Lashes from NYX
Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel
NYX Matte Lipstick in Summer Breeze
NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in Chaos (used as a liner)
This is the photo of barbie I based my makeup on.

Monday, June 24, 2013

God of War!

Hello Lovelies!
Here is a little project I did last night modeled by my lovely boyfriend.
I used NYX Cosmetics, E.L.F Cosmetics, and body paint.

If you have any requests of makeups you would like to see please leave a comment.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

June Ipsy Bag Review and Swatches

Hello Lovelies! 
 I came home today to find my package from Ipsy stashed in my mailbox and after opening I knew I needed to get the review and swatches done asap, so here we go!
This month's theme is "On the Wild Side" and features a lovely animal printed bag that I happen to love, and some products from brands I have never heard of before.  
To start off my review I am going to begin with the product I was most curious about, the Sparkling Cream Palette from J.Cat Beauty. I had never heard of J.Cat before seeing this product, and I don't have much glitter in my collection so I was eager to test it out and swatch it. At first glance I expected this glitter to be an eye shadow, but it is actually not safe to use around your eye so it is definitely not for everyone, but I know it will come in handy for me when I am working on more creative makeup pieces. Although it is described as cream the top layer of the glitter is just like regular loose glitter, but as I rubbed the brush in a little bit I could tell it did have a slight creamy texture, but nothing like I expected it to be. Overall I feel these palette would be awesome for someone who does a lot of creative types of makeup, or body painting, because they are quite cheap ($4.49ea.) and they come in a variety of different shades.
BONUS TIP: For my lovely readers who received this in their Ipsy Bag and don't see yourself using body glitter, you could always mix it in with some nail polish to create a lovely glittery shade of polish.
Although I think the body glitter was a bad choice to add into the Ipsy bags I do find myself still curious about the J.Cat brand so I was excited when I realized the fake lashes in my bag were also from J.Cat. At first glance these lashes are perfect to add some drama to any look, and they are a great choice for my favorite styles of makeup. Although I didn't like the lash glue that came along with these lashes I think they are a pretty good pair of cheap lashes ($3.99ea.), but you can also find the same quality lashes around the same price at drugstores.
If you have read any of my previous posts you would know that I absolutely love NYX Cosmetics and am always excited when I receive a new product from them, this time I received a blush named angel. Angel is a soft matte pink shade that looks nearly nude on my pale skin tone, and I absolutely love it. This blush is perfect to add just a little emphasis to the cheeks, but not go over the top with color. I absolutely love NYX products because they are high-quality, and affordable, these powder blushes are only $5.
I am not sure how I have never heard of Starlooks before, because if the rest of the products they offer are anything like the lip liner I received, they are definitely quality. The liner I received was in a shade called Tipsy which is a lovely shade of coral that I would more than likely never choose for myself, but I absolutely love. When I tested the liner I realized that is quite smudge-proof, and long-lasting, which is something that's very important to me. These liners are a little pricier compared to some lip liners, but at $12 I think they are still pretty worth it. I would love to test more products from this company, and hopefully will be making an order in the near future.

Last, but not least, there is the gel eyeliner from Cailyn Cosmetics, another company I have never heard of, so thank you Ipsy for introducing me to a bunch of new things this time around. Before I get to reviewing this product I must tell you that these sell for $21 each, so if this doesn't make you want to subscribe to Ipsy, I don't know what will. I received the eye liner in purple, which is an odd shade for me, but it will be wonderful when I am working on more creative looks. I love gel liners because they are easier to work with when trying to create a precise line if you use the right brush, I believe the brush that is paired with this liner is a little thick, but it will get the job done if you don't own an eye liner brush already. This liner is definitely long-lasting, smudge-proof, and waterproof, which makes it harder to take off, but if you are in the search for a good resistant eyeliner this is the one for you.
If anyone is interested in joining Ipsy, sign up here . I absolutely love Ipsy and would never cancel my subscription, the products are amazing and definitely worth the small price a month. If you have any reservations about joining just remember that most months you receive $30+ worth of products and adorable makeup bags, and you also get to try new things. :)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Perlier Lemon Sorbet Crackling Ice Body Water Review

Hello Lovelies!
Today I bring you a review of Perlier's Crackling Ice Body Water thanks to Ifabbo. This product is unlike anything I have ever seen, and as soon as I opened the package and checked out the product I had a million questions run through my mind.
The first thing I noticed was the design of the container, I know some people don't care what products containers look like, but I do, it helps me decide if I want to try a product in the first place. The container for the crackling icy body water makes the product appear fresh, and fancy, and makes me even more excited to test it out. Before Ifabbo nicely sent me this I had never heard of Perlier and now after seeing this I feel like I would like to try more products from them.
At this point you may be wondering what exactly is crackling ice body water? Is it a food? Is it a drink? What is it? I was wondering the exact same thing so after my first glance at the container I read through all the information (well the info that was in English) to attempt to figure out what exactly I was suppose to do with it. Unfortunately I believe the container doesn't give adequate directions, although Perlier was very good at making the product desirable.

 This is the exact words that the English description states:
Sparkling and crispy like a fruit sorbet. It moisturizes and refreshes in one step and turns your skin pleasantly smooth and scented. Ideal in the morning for a splash of "freezing" energy or at night to remove tiredness and the heat of the day. Not a food product. For adult use only.
After a little research I found out that Perlier is a well known Italian company that creates bath and body products. The company prides itself on using natural products and their on-going commitment to research.
Even after doing a little research I wasn't 100% sure how exactly you are suppose to use the product so I decided to just squirt a bit on my arm and see what happens, and now I understand what the crackling description comes from. Here is a video to demonstrate...

As it crackles it feels very refreshing and cold, and slightly tingly, but I noticed that it doesn't really absorb on it's own so I decided to rub it in. After the crackling stopped and it was rubbed in it left my skin feeling cool, soft, and lemon scented. Although I am not a fan of the scent of lemon, this scent is quite refreshing.
Overall this product was quite exciting, and is definitely refreshing. If you would like to try some out on your own you can find it here on HSN.
I also have this lovely coupon code to get $5 off your Perlier purchase on HSN's website:
*Although this product was sent to me by Ifabbo these opinions and pictures are my own.


Monday, June 10, 2013

Natural Looking Curls Hair Tutorial

Hello Lovelies!
Here is a tutorial showing how to create natural looking curls with the Titan 3 from NuMe, or any medium sized curling wand. I hope you enjoy please subscribe for more tutorials.

New Sinful Shine Polishes from Sinful Colors (Swatches and Review)

Hello Lovelies!

Now that my fashion week is over I am working on some fun things to share with you guys, but in the meanwhile I stopped at Walgreens a couple days ago and picked up some new polishes I wanted to share with you. I absolutely love Sinful Colors polish, it is cheap, it doesn't chip easily, and it comes in a lot of amazing shades. As I was browsing I came across a display featuring the new Sinful Shine which has gel tech to make the polishes appear glossy (found exclusively at Walgreens) so I decided to pick three of my favorite colors and test them out. I expected them to be amazing and of course they were. I painted my nails on Saturday with the pink shade called All the Rage and it's now Monday and they still look fabulous, no chips and they are nice and shiny. This polish is actually so shiny that when paired with my long nails they actually look kind of unreal, and they definitely look professionally done. The Sinful Shine polishes are a little more expensive then the regular ones but they are definitely worth it. I would love to have one of everything from Sinful Colors.

L to R: All the Rage, At Sea, and Rendezvous

Monday, June 3, 2013

Mermaid Makeup

Hello Lovelies!

Here is some mermaid makeup I created a couple days ago and wanted to share with you.
I created the scales using fishnets and a little help from my boyfriend.
The metal jewels are from Martha Stewart Crafts.
The gems are from Kiss Nail Designs.
BH Cosmetics 120 Palette
Magic Minerals Green Eyeliner
NYX Eye Base
NYX Milk
Mark Scanda-lash in Black-lash

Fashion Trends Summer 2013: Crop Tops

Hello Lovelies!

Crop tops are something I personally would never wear, but they have been reappearing heavily on the runway and have made it into the list of trends for this summer. I feel crop tops are the type of clothing that you have to be very careful pairing with other pieces because you can easily go from fashionable to appearing scantily clad. I personally am fond of bralets paired with flowy skirts or even a pencil skirt that covers more leg, you have to find that right balance of how much skin you are showing, too much skin and the outfit goes from fashionable to being inappropriate. Below are some pictures of crop tops that I think should just never be worn, most of them it's because of their print, others because of the shape.
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Like always I love to show off celebrities rocking the trend, so below are some pictures of celebs wearing either crop tops or bralets. I absolutely love Miley's and Selena's ensembles.

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Now onto showing you how I would wear the trend, today I have a couple different style outfits showcasing crop tops. What do you think of the trend? How would you wear it?

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Fashion Trend Summer 2013: High-Low Skirts and Dresses

Hello Lovelies!

Today I am going to discuss the trend of high-low hemlines or what some call dip hems...
At first I wasn't sure if I like the idea of having a skirt or dress that was shorter in the front and longer in the back, I also wasn't sure if they would flatter my body shape, but I have quickly grown to love the style. High-Low dresses and skirts are basically the mullet of the clothing industry, except they look much better. As some of you may know I am quite the curvy gal and some styles I know just don't work for me, so, I make sure I try everything before I buy, so when I was shopping last I tried quite a few dresses with the high-low hemline and as long as the dress had some type of emphasis on the waist they looked fabulous.

Below are some examples of some dresses and a skirt with the high-low hemline that are just terribly shaped, or the print makes the style too overwhelming. Like I said above I believe the shape of the high-low hemline pairs best with some type of emphasis on the hemline.
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Below is an example of a fun way to wear a high-low hemline dress.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Fashion Trends Summer 2013: Overalls, Holographics, and Lucite

Hello Lovelies!
Since it is Saturday and it's the first day of June today's summer fashion trend discussion is going to be extra special! Today I decided that I would discuss all of the summer trends I absolutely despise and feel shouldn't be a trend.
My first hated trend for summer is overalls. I feel overalls should only be worn by farmers, and small children, and they deserve no space in the fashion world. Although some women do like "cute" in them they just are not fashionable in my opinion. Below are some pictures of celebrities wearing overalls. The shape of overalls are just not flattering to a women's body, they either appear too baggy on us such as Heidi's overalls, or they kind of make us look like a giant child like Jennifer's overalls.
Overalls also have nearly the same effect as mom jeans on the butt and they also tend to give that look to the front to.
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Next up on my list of hated trends are Lucite heels. In the past Lucite heels were always associated with strippers and now all of a sudden they are being listed as a trend for this summer. For one I don't see anyone going out and about wearing Lucite heels because majority of the heels you find that have Lucite incorporated in there design also include at least a five inch heel. Another reason I hate Lucite heels is because even though some of them are worth thousands of dollars they just all tend to look cheap to me. Beyonce recently wore a pair of Lucite heels out and about in London and the tabloids of course jumped on it, and because of the way the light reflects off of the clear plastic it was rumored that her shoe had a dead fish inside of the heel, which is just ridiculous. Below are a couple pictures of celebrities wearing Lucite heels, which were kind of hard to find, while searching for celebrity photos I kept coming across photos of Shauna Sand (playmate) whom seems to live in Lucite heels and tiny dresses. Also are some examples of Lucite heels I found that I think would be great without the Lucite in there design.
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Last but not least I want to discuss the trend of holographic accessories and clothing. I believe this trend is very high fashion and I can see it worn on the runway well, but I don't see it translating well to the real world, unless you are a huge fan of raves. Before I continue on I do want to state that I love the trend of holographic nail polish, and I owned a pair of holographic sneakers as a child in the 90s (my mother picked them out). When I think of holograms/holographics I think of spaceships, aliens, and other futuristic things and I think a lot of other people are right there with me. Below are pictures of some pieces with the holographic design, what do you think of the trend?
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