Saturday, June 28th, 2014

With so many neutral palettes available these days, it can be hard to keep them all straight! These are my current favorites that are permanent…

  1. Urban Decay Naked — the original is still a go-to for travel for me, though I love Naked2 and Naked3 as well
  2. LORAC Pro Palette — 16 shades of neutrals from matte to shimmer
  3. Chanel Raffinement — smokier, cooler neutrals
  4. bareMinerals The Truth — cooler-toned, darker neutrals
  5. LORAC Unzipped — warm, shimmery pinks, browns, and bronzes
Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Makeup Geek Smoky Eye Look
Makeup Geek Smoky Eye Look

I haven’t done a smoky eye in awhile, so I wanted to try it with some of the products I had tested recently as well as with some shades I’ve worked with in the past. Then, I wanted to experiment with pairing a warmer lip with a smoky eye, as my typical go-to is something cooler-toned, like a rosy beige or more bubblegum-like pink.

Eyes

I first applied Makeup Geek Rockstar Eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid and blended upwards over the tear duct, towards the brow bone. Then, I patted on Makeup Geek Prom Night Eyeshadow to the center of the lid to brighten and create a gradient towards the outer lid. I used Makeup Geek Corrupt Eyeshadow to darken the outer corner and crease, which created a smoky effect. I softened the crease color’s edge by applying Burberry Trench Eyeshadow to the brow bone. I defined the lower water line with Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer Highliner Gel Crayon, and then I used bareMinerals Skinny Dip Eyeshadow smudged on the lower lashine.

Face

Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation (002 and 003) set with Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder. I applied Stila Kitten All-Over Shimmer on the tops of cheek bones.

Lips

I applied Guerlain Gaetane Rouge G Lipstick all over the lips, and then I topped it off with Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss for added shimmer and shine.

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Sunday, June 1st, 2014

bareMinerals The Glass Beach Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals The Glass Beach Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The Glass Beach Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new, limited edition set of shades for summer. I came across this on QVC when I bought The Nude Beach palette. According to bareMinerals, it was inspired by the coast of Northern California. All four shades had a muted quality to them, which made them appear more muddied applied to the lid than anticipated, and the somewhat powdery texture of the shades seemed to compound this problem. It’s an interesting set of shades, but the texture of these really needs the help of a primer, which would help the color adhere better to the skin. I packed and packed Sea Glass on like no tomorrow but really couldn’t get it to appear as it does in the pan. bareMinerals’ Ready formula is one of my favorites, because it is very, very pigmented, applies beautifully without primer, and wears long without fading or creasing, but this quad fell so short compared to other palettes and quads.

Pacific Sands is described as a “sunlit sand.” It’s a light, yellowed beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was slightly powdery. This shade wore well for nine hours before fading. Kat Von D Entomology (P) is yellower. Divergent Altruistic Almond (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Bleach (LE, $18.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Foxy (P, $18.00) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sea Glass is described as a “jade shimmer.” It’s a medium-dark, muted green-gray with a matte finish. It seemed to have good color payoff when I swatched it, but the powdery texture made it difficult for it to actually stay on the skin–it was very prone to sheering out with the merest touch of the brush. It wore well for eight and a half hours before fading. bareMinerals Velvet Emerald (LE, $14.00) is much greener and less gray (not really dupe, but it was the only other closest one besides Earth!). bareMinerals Earth (P) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Golden Coast is described as a “radiant copper.” It’s a muted, yellow gold with a soft, frosted finish. It had fairly good pigmentation, but the texture was a bit thinner and less buttery compared to most shades in the Ready formula. This shade stayed on without fading for nine hours. This shade doesn’t blend as well with the other three shades, possibly because of the difference in finish. Tarina Tarantino Mr. Gold (P) is similar. MAC Gilded Night #2 (LE, $21.00) is brighter. Urban Decay Strike (LE, $18.00) is similar. Urban Decay Blitz (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. MAC Sweet & Sour #1 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery. MAC Barefoot (LE, $15.00) is darker. Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #3 (LE) is brighter, warmer. Chanel Blazing Gold (LE, $28.50) is lighter. bareMinerals Remix (LE) is slightly brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tide Pool is described as a “shimmering coal.” It’s a dark, cool-toned brown with a gray edge and a satiny finish. It had rich color payoff, and the texture was soft without being powdery while wearing for almost ten hours before showing signs of fading. Too Faced Dolly (P, $16.00) is warmer. bareMinerals Perspective (LE) is slightly warmer. Urban Decay Smokeout (LE, $18.00) is cooler-toned, more shimmery. MAC Beluga (LE, $15.00) is darker. MAC Mystery (P, $15.00) is slightly warmer. bareMinerals Undercover (P) is lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Glossover

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The Glass Beach

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Product

8/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

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Product

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Longevity

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Friday, May 30th, 2014

bareMinerals The Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals The Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette

bareMinerals The Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.24 oz.) contains eight shades that were inspired by shades in bareMinerals’ loose eyeshadow range, and with the name, you can see that it’s a neutral-based palette. The quality is good overall, but the palette contains a lot of mid-tone eyeshadows, and I found myself really longing for one or two medium-dark to dark, satin-to-matte shades that would work to add more depth to any look. It is also a warm-toned palette, which there are many of on the market nowadays, so while lovely in many ways, it is ultimately a more dupable palette. I love the size of this style of palette that bareMinerals does, because each eyeshadow still has plenty of product (0.03 oz.), but they’re very compact and perfect for traveling. bareMinerals’ Ready eyeshadow formula is supposed to wear for 12 hours, yield “vivid, pure, provocative color,” and “resist creasing, fading, and smudging.”

Tan Lines is described as a “dark peach copper.” It’s a medium, warm-toned copper with a frosted finish. It’s not quite as overtly orange-toned, so it has a better balance of red and orange, which gives it a slightly muted quality. The texture was soft, smooth, and buttery with excellent color payoff and application. It wore well for eleven hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Nude Beach is described as a “light, warm sand.” It’s a light beige with very subtle cool undertones and a frosted, somewhat metallic, finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff, though the texture was soft and smooth, it wasn’t as buttery or as dense as the Ready formula is in general. This shade wore well for nine and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches /
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Bare Skin is described as a “copper rose.” It’s a muted, medium copper-brown with a metallic finish and warm undertones. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was fairly soft and smooth. This shade stayed on well for ten hours before starting to fade slightly, though it never creased over the twelve hours I wore it. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pure is described as a “light, airy peach.” It’s a light, warm-toned beige with a matte finish. It’s almost too light and not quite warm enough to be considered peach to me. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was incredibly rich and buttery. This shade wore well for just over ten hours on me before it started to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

In the Buff is described as a “light golden peach.” It’s a medium, peach-orange with a frosted, golden shimmer-sheen. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft and smooth, while the color blended easily onto the skin and wore well for just over ten and a half hours before it started to fade slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Natural is described as a “light buttery peach.” It’s a light-medium, yellowed peach with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, while the consistency of the powder was soft, finely-milled, and smooth. It was a tiny bit powdery but almost unnoticeable during application. This shade stayed well on the eyelid for ten hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Santorini is described as a “burnished taupe.” It’s a medium-dark, golden taupe with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff, while the consistency was soft and smooth, though not quite as dense as other shades. The eyeshadow wore well for eleven hours before I noticed some fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Skinny Dip is described as a “light, iridescent pink.” It’s a cool-toned, iridescent pink-tinged white with a pearly sheen. It had fairly good pigmentation, while the texture was soft, blendable, but slightly powdery. This shade lasted well when I wore it for ten hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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The Nude Beach

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Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

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Application

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Saturday, May 17th, 2014


QVC’s Truth or Dare Beauty Event is going on now, which has various products at special prices, but I also spied this new palette from bareMinerals…  so, you know, I had to share (and also buy) :)

The Nude Beach 8.0 Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00)

What is it: Indulge in a palette of eight gorgeous bareMinerals READY(R) Eyeshadows inspired after some of bareMinerals(R) most beloved original eyecolors. This essential palette of pretty pink, taupe, copper, and peach is softly ethereal and naturally versatile. Mix and match the delicate, sun-swept hues to create endless alluring looks from soft natural to shimmering sexy and everything in between. It’s pure color that’s incredibly long wearing and amazingly blendable with clinically proven antiaging benefits.

  • Tan Lines Dark peach copper
  • Nude Beach Light, warm sand
  • Bare Skin Copper rose
  • Pure Light, airy peach
  • In the Buff Light golden peach
  • Natural Light buttery peach
  • Santorini Burnished taupe
  • Skinny Dip Iridescent pink
Monday, April 7th, 2014

Here are some of my personal recommendations for eye products to pick up while Sephora’s offering 15% off! Beauty Insiders use code TICKET, VIBs use code VIBTICKET, and Rouges use code ROUGETICKET. :) Feel free to share your recommendations for other readers to try!

  1. Urban Naked Palettes (review) if you’re a big fan of various hues of neutrals that tend to lean more shimmery. I’ve enjoyed all three palettes enormously, and I usually take one along with me when I travel. (Pictured: Naked3)
  2. Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette (review) is one of the best eyeshadow palettes ever–perfect if you love rich, pigmented eyeshadows with frosted finishes.
  3. bareMinerals Power Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette (review) is a nice option for a neutral palette with a variety of finishes.
  4. Sephora 10 Shades of Samba Set (review) has ten shades of one of my favorite eyeliner formulas (Sephora’s Eye Contour Pencils) in several colorful hues. (Pictured: Romantic Comedy)
  5. NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (review) is my very favorite eyeshadow primer–colorless, works well across brands and finishes, and keeps my eyeshadow on extra long.
  6. Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadows (review) are my newest favorite for cream eyeshadows! So versatile, long-wearing, and sparkling. (Pictured: Hypnotique)
  7. Marc Jacobs Intro(vert) Highliner (review) is an eyeliner I get complimented on all the time–it’s a cooler-toned, brighter teal that is harder to dupe.
  8. Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2 (review) is a set of eight full-sized eyeliners from black to teal–I’m constantly reaching for the shades in this one–and bonus, it comes with Grind House as well!
  9. Urban Decay Grind House (review) is my go-to for all my eyeliner sharpening needs!
  10. Marc Jacobs Brow Tamer (review) works nicely to keep brows in place without giving them a hard, crunchy feeling. I just picked up my second one this time around, actually!