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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Mango Twist Makeup Tutorial!

Hey Everyone!

I am finally getting back into the swing of things and trying my hardest to start up my filming schedule! I haven't done a bright, colorful look in a long time so I wanted get back into using my colors! I really wanted to use the Lorac afterGLO Eyeshadow Palette that I got at the beginning of the Summer so this is the look that I came up with using it. I hope that you all enjoy this tutorial!





Face:
Revlon ColorStay Foundation 240 Medium Beige & 180 Sand Beige
MAC Studio Fix Powder NC35
MAC ProLongwear Concealer NC20
OCC Conceal Y2
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Powders in Havana, Fawn, & Java
Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlight Powders in Banana & Vanilla
Paul & Joe Color Powder Blush in CS090
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Moonstone

Eyes:
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
Jordana 12 Hour Made To Last Shadow Pencil in Eternal White
Lorac afterGLO Palette
Lorac Pro (1) Shadows: Espresso & Cream
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Turquoise
Maybelline New York Gel Liner in Blackest Black
Physician's Formula Eye Booster Liner Pen in Ultra Black
L'Oreal Lash Out Butterfly Mascara

Brows:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Lips:
Milani Nude Lip Liner
MAC Lipstick in Mystical

The Sigma Brushes I used in this tutorial were the E35, E37, E55, E36, E15, E40, E20, E56, F30, F55, & F15 they can all be found here.


-Alicia




Saturday, July 5, 2014

Review & Swatches: Mazzie Cosmetics Matte Collection!

Hey Everyone!

Today I have an exciting post for you! I am reviewing the Matte collection from Mazzie Cosmetics! I have previously reviewed shadows from Mazzie Cosmetics that you can see here! In case you don't know about this brand, Mazzie Cosmetics in an Indie Brand that my friend Rachel has created. She is incredibly talented and works very hard to create quality products. You can check out her Etsy shop here.

This collection consists of 12 Matte shadows that have a slight shimmer shift added to them. I do consider these shadows to be more of a semi matte formula. Glamour Doll Eyes has a similar formula called the Matte Squared Collections. If you have tried those, these are comparable and similar in formula and texture.

Let's get on to the swatches:
  • All swatch photos taken in artificial light.
  • All shadow swatch photos taken with flash.
  • All photos swatched over Lorac Behind The Scenes Primer.


From Left to Right: Haunted, Panic!, Acid Bath, & Dementia
Haunted: Haunted is a gorgeous, vibrant green that has a slight yellow undertone to it. This shadow also has a shift of gold throughout.

Panic!: Panic! is one of my favorites! This shadow is a blue-green teal that has a sliver-ish shift to it.

Acid Bath: Acid Bath is a chartruese green that has a slight green shift to it.

Dementia: Dementia is a pale yellow shadow with a golden yellow shimmer shift throughout. This shadow seems like it would be more vibrant in the pot, but I actually like how it's more pale when swatched!


From Left to Right: Dark Entry, Spellbound, Fangs of Love, & Corrosion
Dark Entry: Dark Entry is a maroon shadow that has a purple shift/undertone to it. I absolutely love this shadow and you can see it in action in this tutorial here.

Spelbound: Spellbound is a bright, vibrant pink. This shadow is one of the shadows that appears most matte, although it still has a slight shift of a lighter pink to it.

Fangs of Love: Fangs of Love is a gorgeous matte blood red shade that has a hint of a pink shift to it.


From Left to Right: Vaccination, Shadow Play, Overdose, & Batz
Vaccination: Vaccination is a white shadow that appears as more of a satin finish with no distinct shimmer shift.

Shadow Play: Shadow Play is a bright, vibrant blue shadow that is similar to vaccination in that it has more of a satin finish rather than an actual shimmer shift. This shadow is crazy pigmented!

Overdose: Overdose is a beautiful deep purple that seems to have a deep red undertone to it. This shadow has a blue shimmer shift to it.

Batz: Batz is an extremely pigmented black shadow that is one of the more matte shadows that has a very slight shimmer shift, but it's barely detectable in the swatch. This is one of the most pigmented blacks I have worked with.

Overall I think that this formulation is fantastic! I really like the semi matte formula! I did not have any issue with pigmentation with any of the shadows in this collection. When they apply on the lid, they apply smooth and I don't notice any skipping on the lid or crease. I also did not notice a lot of product kick up when I was using them; they do not appear to be overly powdery and I barely had any fallout with these shadows.

I would highly recommend these shadows if you are looking for great quality and affordability!

These shadows cost $6 for 10 grams of product.

I hope that you found this review to be helpful and that you give Mazzie Cosmetics a try! Have you tried Mazzie Cosmetics before? What are your favorites from this collection?

-Alicia

**DISCLAIMER** Some or all products in this post have been provided by the brands stated for review or use. All opinions are my own and it is my obligation to give my readers an honest review of any products received, whether positive or negative.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Dark Entry makeup Tutorial!

Hey Everyone!

So I finally was able to film a tutorial using some of the new Mazzie Cosmetics Matte finish shadows! Mazzie's shadows are absolutely amazing and I have previously done a review on her shadows, which you can view here. I really enjoy the matte formula and I plan to do a review on these as well! I hope that you all enjoy this tutorial!





Face:
L'Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfecter Pore Vanisher Primer
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation 1N2
CoverGirl 3 in 1 Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation #855 Soft Honey
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette Bronzers and Highlighter (Shimmer)
MAC Sea Me Hear Me

Eyes:
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
MUG Shadows: Vanilla Bean, Latte, & Creme Brule
Mazzie Cosmetics Shadows: Dark Entry, Overdose, & Vaccination
Physician's Formula Eye Booster Liner Pen in Ultra Black
Milani Liquid Eye Liquid - Like Eyeliner Pencil in Black
Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Volum' Express Mascara

Brows:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Lips:
Milani Nude Lip Liner
Milani Power Lip Lasting Moisture Gloss Stain in Macaroon

-Alicia

*All of the Sigma brushes that I used can be found in the Extravaganza Chrome Kit: http://tinyurl.com/nmhvq2p

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Insomnia's Mystery Makeup Tutorial!

Hey Everyone!!!

I know I know, long time no post! I have been extremely busy with moving and having a change in my working schedule that I just haven't had any time to film or even wear makeup for that matter :( Fortunately, I had a video filmed from before I moved that I have been wanting to post! I was asked in a previous video if I could do a tutorial using Insomnia from MakeupGeek. I absolutely love this pigment and I had a few ideas for tutorials using this pigment. I really hope that you all enjoy this tutorial and I will be getting back on track with posts asap!





Face:
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation #832 Nude Beige
MAC Prolongwear Concealer NC15
OCC Conceal Y2
MAC Studio Fix Powder N5
Ben Nye Banana Powder
NARS Laguna Bronzer
theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer
NARS Orgasm & Goulue Blushes
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

Eyes:
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
Glamour Doll Eyes Foil Me
MUG Shadows: Insomnia, Frappe, Mocha, Coco Bear, Chickadee, Peach Smoothie, Vanilla Bean, Moondust, & Afterglow
Sugarpill Lumi
MUG Gel Liner in Rave
NYX Collection Noir Liquid Black Liner
CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara in Black
Andrea #21 Lashes

Brows:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo in Dark Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Lips:
MAC Prep + Prime
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Elusive
MAC Shy Girl

-Alicia


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review & Swatches: MakeupGeek Gel Liners!

Hey Everyone!

Here is the third and final installment of my MakeupGeek Show n' Tell! I am going to be going over the gel liners that I received in this post! If you would like to see the other two posts, please click here and here.

  • All photos were taken in artificial light.
  • Swatch photos were done with flash.


Left to Right: Rave & Amethyst
Rave: Rave is an absolutely beautiful gel liner! This liner is taupe with a green undertone and slight silver hint to it. I absolutely LOVE this gel liner and it is almost identical to the MUG shadow in Moondust!

Amethyst: Amethyst is a bright, vibrant purple with a pink undertone.

The MUG gel liners are so smooth and creamy, yet they have amazing staying power. I honestly don't use them for actual liner, but I like to use them in the waterline as well as use them for bases. I find that they do not crease and they stay on the waterline forever! I didn't have any issues with the liners settling into the inner corner of my eye at all! I am so impressed and I cannot wait to purchase more of these liners!

The gel liners can be purchased here for $8.99 and you receive 3 grams of product!

-Alicia


**DISCLAIMER** Some or all products in this post have been provided by the brands stated for review or use. All opinions are my own and it is my obligation to give my readers an honest review of any products received, whether positive or negative.


Review & Swatches: MakeupGeek Pigments!

Hey Everyone!

This is the second part of my MakeupGeek Show n' Tell, where I am showing you all of the products I received from MUG! I am going to be going over the pigments in this blog post. You can check out the initial post here, where I show you the shadows!

  • Each photo was taken in artifical light.
  • Swatch photos were taken with flash.
  • All swatches were done over Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer.



Paparazzi

Nightlife

Afterglow

Sweet Dreams

New Years Eve
Left to Right: New Years Eve, Sweet Dreams, Afterglow,  Nightlife, Paparazzi
New Years Eve: NYE is a beautiful champagne pigment with tons of gold glitter throughout! This pigment is absolutely beautiful and reminds me of MAC Vanilla pigment but on crack!

Sweet Dreams: Sweet Dreams is a beautiful, almost matte based pigment that has a slight rose tone to it.

Afterglow: Afterglow is a light golden pigment.

Nightlife: Nightlife is a bronze pigment. This pigment would be gorgeous all over the lid for the summer!

Paparazzi: Paparazzi is a black based slate gray pigment with intense silver glitter throughout! This pigments is absolutely stunning and the swatch does not do it justice!

MUG pigments are absolutely amazing and such great quality! Each one that I own is highly pigmented and the last all day! The only issue that I have with them is that there is not a sifter in the pot, so they are quite messy to work with. I did hear that MUG is reformulating their packaging to add sifters though!

The MUG pigments can be purchased here for $6.99 and you receive 2 grams of product.

-Alicia


**DISCLAIMER** Some or all products in this post have been provided by the brands stated for review or use. All opinions are my own and it is my obligation to give my readers an honest review of any products received, whether positive or negative.


Review & Swatches: MakeupGeek Shadows!

Hey Everyone!!

So I was recently contacted by MakeupGeek to try out some more of their products! The company offered to send me 12 eyeshadows, 5 pigments, and 2 gel liners! I was so flattered and excited to try out more products from MUG, so I jumped on the opportunity! I am going to split this review up into 3 parts, just so that there isn't one massively long post! I am going to start off with the shadows! I really hope that you all enjoy this review and find it to be helpful!

  • Each photo was taken in artificial light.
  • Swatch photos were taken with flash.
  • Swatches were done over Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer.

Mermaid

Cinderella

Taupe Notch

Creme Brulee

Drama Queen

Beaches & Cream

Hipster

Latte

Nautica

Bling

Last Dance

Cupcake
Left to Right: Bling, Beaches & Cream, Creme Brulee, Cinderella, Cupcake, Hipster
Bling: Bling is a gorgeous champagne/diamond color with a satin/shimmer finish. This shadow is great for a brow or inner corner highlight.

Beaches & Cream: Beaches & Cream is the perfect transition shade! It's an almost skin tone shadow is is great as a base color to aid with blending. This shadow has a slight hint of orange but it is a more neutral shadow.

Creme Brulee: Creme Brulee is a matte warm toned, light brown shadow. I would compare this shadow to MAC Cork.

Cinderella: Cinderella is a gorgeous light rose gold pink with a satin finish.

Cupcake: Cupcake is a matte dusty rose pink shadow. This shadow would be great to do a smokey eye with and use as a transition color in the crease!

Hipster: Hipster is a cool toned taupe shadow that has a satin finish. This shadow has a slight gray undertone to it.

From Left to Right: Taupe Notch, Latte, Last Dance, Drama Queen, Mermaid, Nautica
Taupe Notch: Taupe Notch is deeper than Hipster and has more of a warm brown undertone to it.This shadow has a satin finish.

Latte: Latte is a matte, warm toned deep brown shadow

Last Dance: Last Dance is a reddened purple with a slight hint of pink. This shadow has a satin finish.

Drama Queen: Drama Queen is a beautiful deep purple with almost a hint of black as a base. This shadow has a satin finish.

Mermaid: Mermaid is a vibrant sea foam/blue shadow. This shadow has a satin finish.

Nautica: Nautica is a gorgeous royal blue with a satin finish.

As you can see, these shadows are incredibly pigmented. The matte finish shadows blend like a dream and I don't ever notice any streaking or skipping in my crease when I am blending. The satin finishes have no glitter in them but have a gorgeous slight shimmer. They are impeccable shadows.

I always use MUG shadows in my everyday wear and I use them a lot in my tutorials as well. I find that I gravitate more to them than my MAC shadows ( I know, shocker!!!).

I would highly recommend you try out these shadows. They are definitely worth every cent!

You can purchase the pan shadows here for $5.99 each. Each pan contains 1.8 grams of product.

-Alicia


**DISCLAIMER** Some or all products in this post have been provided by the brands stated for review or use. All opinions are my own and it is my obligation to give my readers an honest review of any products received, whether positive or negative.