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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Surrogate's Pipe Dream Makeup Tutorial!

Hey Everyone!

Today I have a tutorial using the new Spring Fling collection from Glamour Doll Eyes and I also incorporated some of the new MakeupGeek shadows that I recently got! I wanted to do a fun look using the Spring collection from GDE. I recently reviewed the products that I purchased from the collection and that review can be viewed here. I really hope that you all enjoy this tutorial!





Face:
L'Oreal Youth Code Pore Vanisher
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 1N2
MAC ProLongwear Concealer in NC15 & OCC Conceal in Y2
Ben Nye Banana Powder
Purely Cosmetics Diamond Powder
NARS Laguna Bronzer
Glamour Doll Eyes Start A Rumor Blush
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light
MAC MSF in Lightscapade

Eyes:
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
MUG Shadows: Creme Brule, Vanilla Bean, Mocha, & Latte
GDE Shadows: In Memory, Pipedream, & Corpselike
Physician's Formula Eye Booster Liner Pen in Ultra Black
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Blackest Black
CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara & L'Oreal Lash Out Butterfly Mascara in Black

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

Lips:
MAC Prep + Prime Lip
Milani Color Statement Lip Liner in Nude
Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Nude Creme

-Alicia


Friday, March 28, 2014

Review: Glamour Doll Eyes 2014 Spring Fling Collection!


Hey Everyone!

Today I have a post showing you the new Spring Fling Collection from Glamour Doll Eyes! This collection is composed of 8 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, 2 HydraGlazes, and 2 cream eyeshadows. I decided to pick up the 2 eyeshadow palettes that were offered for a limited time as well as one of the blushes.

The Spring Fling collection launched March 20th and will be available through June 20th. The palettes are unfortunately sold out as they were a first come first serve item, but the shadows are all still available on the website in the individual pots.

Photo Information:
  • All photos taken in artificial light.
  • All swatch photos taken with flash.
  • All swatches done over Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer.
The Eyeshadow Palettes:


Surrogate's Pipe Dream: Marquee, Old Money, Pipe Dream & Surrogate


Marquee, Old Money, Surrogate, & Pipe Dream

 Delilah's Disguise: Disguise, Delilah, Evacuate, & In Memory


Delilah, Disguise, Evacuate, & In Memory
Marquee: Marquee is a pale orange/peach shadow with a green sheen and subtle blue shimmer throughout.

Old Money: Old Money is a yellow shadow with a purple shimmer throughout.

Surrogate: Surrogate is a light purple shadow with a golden/green shift.

Pipe Dream: Pipe Dream is a gorgeous duochrome; This shadow has a black base and the shift is a green to purple.

Delilah: Delilah is a bright pink with a green to gold shift and some purple/pink shimmer throughout.

Disguise: Disguise is a bright blue shadow with a purple/pink shift.

Evacuate: Evacuate is an orange with a pink undertone and orange and gold shimmer throughout.

In Memory: In Memory is a gorgeous mint green with a golden shift.

Let's talk about the palettes in the collection. The actual palettes are made of cardboard, but are quite sturdy. They are extremely lightweight and have a good sized mirror on the inside lid. The downfall that I experienced with the palettes are that the shadows are so incredibly soft that they seem to have a tough time staying pressed. When I got my palettes in the mail, two of them were broken already and the more I move the palettes around, the more they crack apart. I think that with a change in pressing formulation, GDE pigments can be pressed and stay together, but with this batch, I unfortunately was not impressed. I would much rather have the pots with the loose pigments in them as they are much easier to work with and make less of a mess. I really do think that the palettes are a great idea, just some re-forumlation is needed.

The Blush:





Left: Start A Rumor; Right: NARS Orgasm
 Start A Rumor is a beautiful pinky-peach blush with a strong golden shimmer/shift throughout. I absolutely love this blush and I think that it is so flattering. I wanted to compare it to NARS Orgasm, since it is quite similar but at a MUCH cheaper price point. I find that Start A Rumor is far more pigmented than Orgasm. Orgasm is a bit difficult to work with and it's quite a densely packed formula. I find it hard to get an even color payoff with Orgasm. Start A Rumor leans slightly more pink than Orgasm and Orgasm appears more glittery in my opinion. Start A Rumor is very finely milled and extremely soft. This blush is also VERY pigmented so I recommend using a duo-fiber brush to apply it.

I also figured I would show the gift with purchase that GDE included for the month of March




Longing For Spring is a beautiful light green that has a slight golden sheen to it.

Overall, I really like the shadows that Vee chose for this collection. My favorites are Pipe Dream, Surrogate, and In Memory. I really do love Start A Rumor as well. I think this blush is fantastic and I hope Vee decides to keep this blush as a permanent product! As I stated before, I am not a huge fan of the palette form of the shadows but I would obviously recommend the pots! Don't forget, this collection is only available until June 20th so make sure you get these bad boys while you can!

The shadows can be purchased individually for $6 and the blushes for $9.

Have you tried anything from this collection? What products are your favorites?!

-Alicia



**DISCLAIMER**All products in this post were purchased by myself and all opinions are my own. My obligation is to give my readers an honest review of any products, whether positive or negative.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sigma Beauty March 2014 Discount Code!


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Hey Everyone!

I just wanted to share the March discount code for Sigma! If you use the code MAR2014, you will receive 10% off of your entire purchase!

What products are you dying to get from Sigma this month? I recently ordered the Enlight Palette as well as the Lip Concealer! I have not tried any makeup products from Sigma, so I am very excited to see how these products perform!

-Alicia


Monday, March 10, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Collab With Maxine Marie!


Hey Everyone!

I have an awesome collaboration video/tutorial to share with you today! One of my friends on YouTube, Maxine asked me to do a collab video with her! I was so thrilled that she asked (thanks again, girl!) so after we decided on St. Patrick's Day, we got right to planning out what we wanted to do for our looks! I decided to do a dramatic look for St. Patrick's Day since those looks are the most fun to create! I have also been dying to use my Sugarpill Cold Chemistry palette and I figured this look would be great for it!

If you all haven't seen Maxine's videos, you should definitely check her out! She is an amazingly talented MAC Cosmetics MUA and she makes great videos! I really hope that you all enjoy this tutorial and use our looks for a fun night out!

Maxine's Look:


My Look:



Face:
Revlon ColorStay Foundation 150 Buff Chamois & 180 Sand Beige
MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC15 & OCC Conceal in Y2
MAC Studio Fix Powder in N5
Jane. Cosmetics Bronzer in Dream
MAC Blush in Mocha
theBalm Mary - Lou Mainzer

Eyes:
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Mildew
Sugarpill Shadows: Tako, Subterranean, Diamond Eyes, Junebug, & Tiara
Inglot Shadows: Matte #385, Matte #384, Matte #350, DS #477
Naked Cosmetics Ivory Stack IV06
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Blackest Black
Physician's Formula Eye Booster Liner Pen in Ultra Black
Inglot Duraline
CoverGirl Clump Crusher Mascara in Blackest Black
Salon Perfect Demi Whispies

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

Lips:
MAC Prep + Prime Lip
MAC Ravishing

-Alicia

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Untamed Makeup Tutorial Using the Lorac Unzipped Palette!

Hey Everyone!

Today I am bringing you another tutorial using the Lorac Unzipped Palette! I absolutely love this palette and you can create so many different looks with it! I wanted to do something also using the Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre Drops! These drops are so pretty and are a great way of dressing up a makeup look, but not going overboard with glitter! I really hope that you all enjoy this tutorial!




Face:
L'Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Pore Vanisher & MAC Prep + Prime Skin 
Revlon ColorStay Foundation in 150 Buff Chamois & 180 Sand Beige
MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC15
MAC Studio Fix Powder in N5
BenNye Banana Powder
Tarte Park Avenue Princess Bronzer
Milani Rose Powder Blush in Tea Rose
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light
MAC MSF in Perfect Topping

Eyes:
MAC Painterly Paint Pot
MakeupGeek Vanilla Bean & Corrupt
Lorac Unzipped Palette: Undercover, Unbelievable, Unreal, Unattainable, Unconditional, Unspoken, & Untamed
Lorac 3D Liquid Lustre in Diamond
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Blackest Black
Physician's Formula Eye Booster Liner Pen in Ultra Black
L'Oreal Lash Out Butterfly Mascara in Blackest Black

Lips:
MAC Prep + Prime Lip
Milani Nude Lip Liner
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes

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

-Alicia

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review & Swatches: Milani Rose Powder Blushes!

Hey Everyone!

I have a very exciting post for you today showing you the new limited edition Rose Powder Blushes from Milani! If you can recall, these blushes were released last year and sold out extremely fast, so I was wicked excited when I saw that Milani was re-releasing them again this year!

As stated by Milani, the Rose Powder Blushes are luxurious matte powder blushes that feature rose petals micro-milled into the powder to bring out the natural rosy tones. This blush is multi-purpose: use to shape, contour, and highlight your face. It is easy to use and streak-free. Suitable for all skin types and tones.

I'm not quite sure I would go as far to say that these blushes can be used to contour and highlight the face, but they are amazing blushes and they are some of the most pigmented blushes I own! I could easily compare them to the pigmentation of Illamasqua blushes. I also found that the staying power of these blushes is impeccable! I was able to get 8 hours of wear with these blushes with very minimal fading!

One thing to keep in mind with these blushes are that they are very soft; there will be a bit of fallout of the product. Another thing is that with them being so pigmented, I would highly recommend using a duo-fiber brush to apply them to sheer out the color.

Now to show you the beautiful blushes!
  • All photos taken in artificial light.


Lady Rouge

Love Potion

Coral Cove

Tea Rose

From Left to Right: Lady Rouge, Love Potion, Coral Cove, & Tea Rose
 Overall, I would highly recommend you picking up these blushes! They have amazing pigmentation, blend-ability, and staying power!

The Rose Powder Blushes can be found on Milani's website and select drugstores for $7.99 each!

-Alicia


**DISCLAIMER**All products in this post were purchased by myself and all opinions are my own. My obligation is to give my readers an honest review of any products, whether positive or negative.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Swatches: Milani Spring/Summer 2014 Gold Label Nail Polishes!

Hey Everyone!

Today I am bringing you some swatches of the new Milani Gold Label Nail Polishes that they have come out with for the Spring/Summer! I saw some swatches of the polishes and had to give a few of them a try! I picked up 4 of the polishes that I felt I would wear on a regular basis!

The 4 polishes that I ended up purchasing are two of the cream finishes and two of the glitter top coats! The two creams that I purchased are Power Periwinkle and Vivid Violet and the glitters are Sugar High and Sugar Rim. Power Periwinkle is a gorgeous (true to color) periwinkle blue! It's not super bright and "girly" but still has that Summer vibe! Vivid Violet actually looks a bit darker when applied to my nail wheel, which I am actually happy about! It's a gorgeous creamy light violet shade! Both of the creams are fully opaque with two coats. Sugar High is a beautiful glitter that has hexagonal glitters in a variety of different colors (blue [light and dark], lime green, pink, peach, orange, black, dark green, red, and silver). Sugar Rim is my absolute favorite of all 4! It's a beautiful glitter top coat that has small circular glitters (green, red, black), some very tiny specks of each of those circular glitter colors, light blue hexagonal glitters, and larger diamond shaped silver pieces. Sugar Rim is a unique glitter top coat and I really think it's worth picking up!

Let's get on to the swatches!
  • Swatches are taken in artificial light.
From Left to Right: Power Periwinkle, Vivid Violet, Sugar High, & Sugar Rim

Power Periwinkle

Vivid Violet

Sugar High

Sugar Rim


From Left to Right: Both Power Periwinkle & Vivid Violet with Sugar High & then with Sugar Rim

From Left to Right: Sugar High & Sugar Rim
These polishes can be purchased on the Milani website for $4.99 each.

-Alicia


**DISCLAIMER**All products in this post were purchased by myself and all opinions are my own. My obligation is to give my readers an honest review of any products, whether positive or negative.