Archive for February, 2014


Holy cow, I can’t believe I have seven of these!  I rarely ever have seven of anything!  Seriously.  I’m literally trying to think of something else I have seven of…  

Oh…  yes, I do have multiples of something else.  Heh.  Heh.  

Anyway, I digress:  Take a look at these!

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These are not new by any means and if anything, I’m late to this party.  My little collection all started with Bad to the Bronze and the rest is history.  Here is why I enjoy these so flippin’ much:

  • On a superficial level, I like the containers: 
    • They are made of glass, so they feel good in my hand. 
    • I like how they are stored upside-down to showcase their colors. 
    • They are also quite portable – I usually only bring one with me though, so I don’t have to worry about them hitting each other and breaking in transit.
  • They can be applied with (clean) fingers or a brush with ease and blend out nicely.
  • Used as a base, they help my powder shadows last at least 6-8 hours without creasing (depending on the quality of powder shadows I use).
  • These can also be used alone, especially since they are so blendable, but they won’t last as long unless you use primer.
  • They can be applied to be sheer, but also buildable to higher degrees of pigmentation, if that’s what you’re going for.  
  • The shimmer does not look like a giant glitter bomb exploded on my eyelid and the shimmer can be matted out with shadow, if desired.

I’ve been collecting these for maybe 18-24 months, but the only one I’ve had dry out around the edges is the Tough as Taupe shade – it’s still usable, even though it dried out maybe a month after I got it!  I tighten the lids as much as I can every time I use these. 

Here’s a really quick rundown of the shades I have:

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(Left to Right):  Tough as Taupe, Audacious Asphalt, Bad to the Bronze, Barely Branded, Electric Blue, Inked in Pink, Pomegranate Punk

Tough as Taupe:  This is a matte taupe cream eye shadow.  Maybe it dried out a bit because it’s a matte shade?  Not sure.  Nonetheless, I would prefer to use this almost exclusively as a base because it applies a little streaky on me, as you can see in the photo above.  I use it with the Smoked palette from Urban Decay, but it will tone down the vibrant colors (Loaded, Rockstar, and Evidence).

Audacious Asphalt:  Um.  I just got this shade, so I haven’t done much else but swatch it.  It took a few layers to get this shade to be opaque enough, but I think it would be awesome for a dark smoky eye.  *Edit:  I layered the Smoked palette over this one and it looks great!  Loaded, Rockstar, and Evidence do NOT get muted with this as a base, so if you want your color to pop, this one is better than Tough as Taupe.  

Bad to the Bronze:  It’s still my absolute favorite and works splendidly with every eye shadow palette I have, especially the Naked and Naked 3 palettes.  I will also use this shade alone with a bit of eye liner and mascara and call it a day.  I’ve had this one the longest and it hasn’t gotten dry or cracked yet.  

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Barely Branded:   This shade is a great light champagne color.  Sometimes I use it to make colors pop a little brighter on my lids.  You can also just use it to neutralize the natural color of your eyelids.  If you have duo-tone eye shadows, try them out over this shade to get some color variance.  For example, when I use this under a duo-tone eye shadow like Sigma’s Triomphe, you get more of the brown with flashes of iridescent jade green vs. when I use Triomphe over Audacious Asphalt, I just get a deeper green.  Triomphe is swatched alone on top, on the left is over Barely Branded, and on the right is over Audacious Asphalt.

Electric Blue:  Shocker, this is the shade I use the least.  I do, however, love electric blue and pair this with Nars Outremer.  Outremer applies really patchy, so it desperately needs a base in order to show up properly.  Even with a base, it takes a lot of patience and layering.  I put Outremer over Barely Branded, just to see if Outremer would pop out even more.  Take a look and see what you think.  It has more of an underlying shimmer over Barely Branded, but I think I prefer it over Electric Blue.

Inked in Pink:  I only use this as a base because it doesn’t really show up much on my medium toned skin.  I pair it the most with the Naked 3 palette for obvious reasons.  🙂

Pomegranate Punk:  I got this after seeing all these gorgeous, autumnal eye looks and wanted to be able to use it with my Sigma Dare palette.  It also looks like a dupe for the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Ebloui too, only Ebloui has more brown, more shimmer, and is more expensive.  I think Pomegranate Punk ends up being cranberry with gold shimmers and that’s really what I was looking for… so maybe it’s not so much of a dupe for Ebloui? I wear this shade alone with some dark brown eyeliner and mascara.  I haven’t really layered with other shadows yet.  If you want a good matte shadow to smudge out your liner with, the NYX Nude Matte Shadow in Skinny Dip is pretty good.  I was worried about whether or not I’d look like I got punched in the eye, since it’s kind of a “bruise” color, but it’s surprisingly wearable. You really need to have mascara on though.  It makes a difference. 

There are definitely more shades in this line of cream eye shadows, but these are the ones that suit my tastes.  What are some of your favorite colors?  Do you have a favorite product that you have multiples of?  If so, please comment below!  

Thanks for reading all of this and I’ll be posting again soon!

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My first review is on a beauty product.  For those of you who know me, this might seem a little out of character.  So, within the past two years, I’ve learned to embrace makeup.  Before that, I was always intimidated by how much I didn’t know about it and assumed that I wouldn’t be good at it.  I was also one of those girls who thought that by not wearing makeup, I was being more honest and authentic to everyone.  I have since learned that being honest and authentic is more about saying what I mean and acting on what I say and less about what I choose to put on my face.  In the name of honesty, here’s the truth:  in these past two years, playing around with makeup has been really fun and I’ve been wanting to share my thoughts on the products I’ve tried.  I don’t get to really talk about this stuff with my friends and co-workers, so I figured I’d share these thoughts with you.  So, without further ado…

The very first makeup item I wholeheartedly embraced was lip color.  I had issues with being anemic in the past and when that happens, my lips are deathly pale.  I wish I were exaggerating about that, but I straight up look like the undead.  Since then, I’m always on the hunt for a low maintenance lip color and when I heard/read about these, I was intrigued.  A lip stain that starts off glossy, but has staying power?  Let’s give it a try… 

I picked up shade #29 at Nordstrom.com and I believe it was $34. Since I ordered it online, I didn’t get to check out the colors in person, but I was definitely trying to get a natural looking shade.  This shade is like a rose pink that leans a bit redder on me.  I heard that it works best when you apply one layer, wait a few minutes, and then apply a second layer.  This is supposed to help it last longer.  Here’s a rundown of how it lasted.

When first applied (11:20 a.m.), it feels really liquidy, but then thickened up to be more of a gloss.  The color was brighter than I would normally wear, but was still rather pretty.

Three hours later, the color was still vibrant, albeit less glossy than at first.  It started to wear away at the inner edges of my lips, looking like I lined that area or something.  Weird.  To be objective, I had only taken one drink of water during this span of time, so I had yet to see how it lasted through a meal. 

At seven hours, it survived a light lunch, some serious snow shoveling, and cooking dinner.  At that point, I still hadn’t touched up.  It did look lighter, not glossy at all.  There’s no weird lining to the inner rim of my lips, but just a natural and relatively even wear down.  All in all, not bad.  When I pursed my lips, they sort of stuck to each other, though. 

After dinner, there was pretty much nothing left.  I’m not too torn up about that though. It had a great run.

So, I’ve read other people’s reviews on this product and a lot of folks said this product didn’t last after their first drink of water or meal.  I thought it was actually pretty stinking impressive.  Granted, I could have touched up earlier if I wanted to, but I wanted to see how far I could push it.  In real life, not in a controlled experiment, I’m pretty bad at touching up my makeup throughout the day, so I really wanted to see what this product could do.  

Would I recommend it?  Yeah, I would.  It’s expensive, yes, but if I can put on two coats in the morning and proceed with my life without having to think about it, that’s worth it to me.  I’d definitely like to check out more colors, but will try and swatch them in stores first before purchasing it blind.  I didn’t like it when the inner rims of my lips looked lined, but it wasn’t noticeable to the casual observer (at least not this time).  The initial application process is sort of high maintenance, but the resulting staying power was worth it.  Please let me know what your experience has been with this lip product.  Do you have any favorite shades you recommend?

As I said in my previous post, I’m returning to the blogging world!  After some thought, I decided I really want this blog to be a place where I can share my thoughts on the wide variety of things I’m interested in.  I think a lot of my posts are going to be reviews, from products to recipes to movies/concerts, etc.  Every once in a while, I’ll share about a project I’m working on, whether it’s a photo project or jewelry or some DIY thing I sucker myself in to.  One thing I’ve realized lately is that the internet is a wonderful way to learn new things.  I feel like I’ve been learning from others for a while and figure, maybe I should share some of the things I’ve picked up along the way.  I’ll post my first review soon…  and by that, I mean, really soon.

Return to blogging!!

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m coming back to the blogging world!  I’m excited to start posting again!  I’m not totally sure who will follow this blog, but I’ve been wanting to share about all the things I’ve been learning about lately.  See you soon!