Monday, April 14, 2014

Revlon Highlighting Palette in Bronze Glow

I have been searching the open seas of the drugstore beauty isles for a cheaper dupe to a certain Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick. Everyone does them, but some not as well as others, some are too glittery for the cheeks (*physicians formula*ahem*), some are too dark for my pale skin, and some have basically five of the same color (whats the point of that?).

I've never used the authentic Bobbi Brown version, and at $42 I think that is understandable no matter how drool-worthy they are. But the big price point made me all that more steadfast in my search for a reasonably priced alternative that got the same job done. Enter the Revlon Highlighting Palette in Bronze Glow.

This beauty clocks in at around $10 and is very nearly perfect. Its super pigmented, soft, and each individual color can be used beautifully as an eyeshadow. But swirled together it is way too dark and pigmented for me right now to use as a blush, and just a tad too glowy for a bronzer. I've had months of using this as an eyeshadow palette, frustrated that it didn't work out as a cheek color. But I've just found out that if I swirl it very lightly with the Real Techniques Duo Fiber Contour Brush and apply it very lightly to my cheeks it makes a really healthy looking bronze glow.

I've been using this instead of a typical blush when going for a simple look to really amp up the healthy glow. I'm really needing is as it has been so grey and rainy lately. But you know what they say- April showers bring May flowers!

Have you tried the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick or any of the "dupes"?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bigger Bolder Lips Tutorial

So as we all know by now, I'm not a nude lip wearer. Pretty much ever. So I had to find a way to make my lips look larger without nude lipstick and a gloss. If this is a bit OTT for your tastes, choose colors that are closer in depth.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What I'm Wearning : Duo Chrome

This post could have just as easily been called "the hair style and eyeshadow I never thought I would wear...ever". Milk Maid braids? Non traditional neutral eyeshadow? Never. But my hair is finally long enough to do the braids so why not just go wild and try that eyeshadow too.

Base: I of course started with Benefit the Porefessional. Then I went in with L'Oreal True Match in W2 for a mostly matte finish. And by the way, I finally figured out how to get this to work for me! I just have to apply with my fingers- not one brush I've tried has worked. For under eye darkness I went in with the Bobbi Brown corrector, though looking at the picture I think I could have done with a bit more coverage. I then lightly filled in my brows with the Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Dark Brown.

Eyes: Here is where things get interesting. I primed my lids with the NYX eyeshadow base which did not hold up at all with this look which was disappointing. I then took the green duo chrome shade from the Wet and Wild Comfort Zone palette and blended it all over my lid and under my lower lashes. It is a really different duo chrome with a red/brown base and green/blue shine in certain lights. I blended in the crease with Stila Bliss, and highlighted my inner corners with MAC Vanilla pigment. To brighten up my eyes a bit I used the Rimmel Scandaleyes in nude in my waterline. And for lashes I used my almost ready to be replaced Benefit They're Real.

Cheeks: I bronzed my face and did a slight contour with The Body Shop Honey Bronzer which I love! I did just a slight blush with the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty because its really beautiful and natural looking. Then I added a bit of highlight with MAC Vanilla Pigment.

Lips: To keep things neutral and not too OTT I decided to sport the beautiful MAC Shanghai Spice. The slight red hint to this lipstick almost matches the eyes!

What are your thoughts on duo chrome eye shadows? 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss in Liar

Urban Decay Lip Gloss in Liar

It seems as though I am becoming a bit of a gloss gal. After years of hating the stuff I have started to collect them in mass. The Urban Decay lip gloss release was a pretty exciting one, an addition to their well received lipstick and liner re-vamp, the gloss's formula is a beaut.

The formula of this lip gloss is very sheer. So sheer in fact that all of them look pretty much the same when swatched with some subtle variation. This is definitely a product where you really only need one color. Unless you're the one to keep one at your desk, one in the car, one in your bag etc- then you do you!

The gloss is so lovely though, slightly mint scented, and a stunner at perfecting lips. Having chapped lips is my least favorite thing in the world. Though I don't have chapped lips right now they are just on the verge, and while I've been dealing with that I've been using this all the time because it makes the lips look really perfect. Of course, as a gloss the staying power isn't great but it is on the longer side of the regular (not gloss stains) glosses that I have tried.

I've been wearing this over some of my more drying lipsticks lately to make my lips happier and to give a bit more pigmentation. You can see this gloss on all by its self in this post.

Have you tried any of the new Urban Decay lip products?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Super Easy DIY Jewelery Plate

So I'm not going to lie I've spent many an hour spying on Kate's home decor posts. This girl has serious style! She uses an Eiffel Tower jewelry plate a lot as a prop in pictures and I really wanted one but couldn't find it! So I decided I would make one of my own!

This came together for just a few dollars- the most expensive part was buying the paint.

Hope you enjoy!

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