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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Saturday, June 14th, 2014

I have a definite weakness for colored eyeliner! I love how it can add a pop of color with very little effort. Here are a few shades I’m loving for summer this year…

  1. Urban Decay Chaos — bold blue
  2. Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) — bright teal
  3. Stila Mint Julep — mint
  4. Milani Perfect Purple — sparkling purple
  5. Sephora Sun Tan — coppery bronze

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon

Here are the last three of the seven new Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayons ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.). If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, it’s a pencil eyeliner that is supposed to be “waterproof, long-wearing, [and have] color-intense payoff.” In general, I find the long-wearing and waterproof claims to be the most accurate with the color payoff depending on the shade.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Brown(out) (54) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “golden brown.” It’s a medium-dark brown with subtle, golden sparkle and shimmer over a neutral-to-warm base. It had excellent color payoff in a single stroke, and it was creamy, easy to apply, and lasted for nine hours on my lower lash line. Buxom Come Over (P, $17.00) is a touch lighter. MAC Deliciously Rich (LE, $16.00) is more sparkly. Urban Decay Corrupt (P, $19.00) is darker, less shimmery. MAC Lord It Up (P, $15.00) is slightly darker. MAC Orpheus (LE, $16.00) is darker, less sparkly. Burberry Midnight Brown (P, $27.00) is less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty (Plum)age (60) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “vivid purple.” It’s a slightly brightened, medium-dark violet purple with subtle, warm undertones and purple sparkle. This seemed like one of the more sparkly shades in the range–not just pearl/shimmer but a larger-sized sparkle. The consistency was still creamy and it glided on fairly easily, but it didn’t apply as evenly as I’d like. It takes some back-and-forth motions to get more opaque color coverage. The upside is that it still wears for a solid nine hours before starting to thin, but I noticed a few stray sparkles over time. Sephora Collection Eccentric Diva (P, $9.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister (P, $19.00) is slightly warmer, less sparkly. Milani Perfect Purple (P, $6.99) is a touch darker. MAC Designer Purple (P, $15.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty (Wave)length (68) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “midnight blue.” It’s a medium-dark, brightened navy blue with a pearly sheen. It had pretty sad, sheer color payoff in a single stroke, and it wasn’t as buildable as I’d like–it gets to semi-opaque color but doesn’t become fully opaque no matter how many layers I tried. The texture of the pencil was lightly creamy, and it didn’t skip or tug at the lash line. It wore well for eight hours on me. Stila Ultramarine (P, $20.00) Buxom Pick Me Up (P, $17.00) MAC Blue Stripe (LE, $16.00) MAC Petrol Blue (P, $15.00) Make Up For Ever #3L (P, $19.00) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush
Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush

Marc Jacobs Beauty Shameless (220) Shameless Bold Blush ($30.00 for 0.15 oz.) is described as a “soft peach.” It’s a light-medium peachy coral with a satin finish and warm, reddish undertones. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is a touch lighter, less shimmery. Tarte Darling (LE, $26.00) is darker, brighter. MAC Melba (P, $21.00) is darker. Chanel Espiegle (P, $43.00) is slightly warmer. Bobbi Brown Nude Peach (P, $26.00) is more shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The Shameless Bold Blush formula is described as a “vivid, silky blush … that delivers bold color and unprecedented vibrancy.” I’m not keen on the texture of the formula–the texture is stiff and yields little color. You really have to work your brush into the surface of the blush to get decent color out of it. If you can manage to get enough color on the skin, the resulting finish is delicate, lightly luminous, and gives skin a glow without emphasizing pores–but it’s a real struggle to get there. For a blush that describes itself as “silky” with “bold color and unprecedented vibrancy,” I can think of a dozen formulas that are far more vibrant and pigmented than this one. The color lasted for seven hours on me before starting to fade.

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Monday, May 26th, 2014

Marc Jacobs Beauty O(vert) (56) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon
Marc Jacobs Beauty O(vert) (56) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon

For summer, Marc Jacobs Beauty released a slew of new shades of his Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.). I reviewed a few here and here. I recently received two more shades that I hadn’t purchased already, so here they are! (Which also means I, unfortunately, caved and bought the three I was missing, because they’re like Pokemon–you gotta collect ‘em all! Stay tuned!) If you’re unfamiliar with the formula, it’s a pencil eyeliner that is supposed to be “waterproof, long-wearing, [and have] color-intense payoff.”

Marc Jacobs Beauty O(vert) (56) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “forest green.” It’s a medium-dark, almost blackened, green with cooler green shimmer over a warmer, more olive-y green base. It had mostly opaque color coverage in a single stroke, and it was buildable to slightly richer color. It wore well for nine hours on my lower lash line before starting to thin. The consistency is creamy, easy to apply, waterproof, and comfortable to wear. Somehow, the brand has managed to balance cool and warm to create a green that’s not quite like other “forest greens” I have in my stash. MAC Devotion (P, $20.00) is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Loaded (P, $19.00) is darker, cooler-toned. MAC Forever Green (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer. bareMinerals 10AM (LE, $15.00) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Hunter (P, $24.00) is much, much darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Obey-Ge (66) Highliner Gel Eye Crayon ($25.00 for 0.01 oz.) is described as a “pearly pale pink.” It’s a very, very light pink–almost like a pink-tinged white–with a shimmering, slightly metallic, finish. It is nowhere near opaque, and it doesn’t build to opaque color at all. The color works well on the lash line to brighten without being as stark as pure white, but it is shimmery enough that those with sensitive eyes may find it irritating on the water line (and I don’t think it is technically safe for the water line). It lasted for eight hours on me before it began to thin. Tarina Tarantino Broken Doll (P, $15.00) was the only similar shade I could think of, and it has more of a pearly finish, rather than noticeably shimmery, but the color is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Monday, May 26th, 2014

Neutral Eyes with Teal Eyeliner
Neutral Eyes with Teal Eyeliner

Last week, a few readers said they missed seeing looks posted on the blog (as in, cohesive ones!), so I’ll try to post some periodically–depending on whether there’s time for a more “free” day.  Sometimes there are so many products to test, I can’t give up the facial real estate :)  On Saturday, we spent all day with my husband’s family, which is usually a 14-hour minimum, so it’s a day where I prefer to just go with something that works.  I remember several readers wanted to see Stila Smudge Stick Mint Julep in action, so I thought this might a good opportunity to showcase that as well.  Going forward, I will try to post looks using recently reviewed products, but this was a very “for me” look more than anything, so hopefully you can forgive the excess of older products in it.

Eyes

A lot of the times if I’m not specifically testing something for wear, then I’ll reach for products that I really, really love that are, more-than-likely, discontinued or long ago limited editions. I love the two shades of cream eyeshadow Tom Ford released a year ago so much that I keep them in my basics/regular routine drawer, and I always take them with me when I travel. I’m so used to not using primer these days, but when I know I’m going out and about all day and am not testing, then I’ll still start with a primer!

I used NARS Smudge Proof spread all over the lid to the brow bone with a finger tip. I also like to take a little and apply it to the lower lash line for extra hold for the eyeliners I’ll use as well. Next, I applied Tom Ford Escapade Cream Eyeshadow to the first two-thirds of the lid, starting from the inner lid and moving outwards. Tom Ford Pink Haze Cream Eyeshadow was applied to the outer third of the lid and into the crease, blending outwards and upwards. To soften the edge of the crease eyeshadow, I applied Burberry Trench Eyeshadow to the brow bone (this is my go-to highlighter). For the lower lash line, first I applied Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) (62) Highliner Gel Crayon, and then I applied Stila Smudge Stick Mint Julep underneath the inner two-thirds of the lower lash line and along the water line. The effect made it look as if the eyeliner was glowing–I was quite in love with it! For lashes, I used a mascara fan brush to apply MAC Opulash Mascara.

Face

Normally, I find primer an unnecessary step with my skin type (normal-to-dry) for regular, everyday wear, but yesterday was going to be a longer, 14+ hour kind of day, so I started by applying Hourglass Mineral Veil all over my face. Then, I mixed two shades of Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation with half of a pump of Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion as my base. For blush, I applied Troy Surratt Duchesse Blush  on the apples of cheeks. I set with Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder and finished with Guerlain Wulong Pressed Meteorites Powder.

Lips

I mixed two shades of OCC Stained Gloss in Aurora and Dune (reviews are forthcoming).

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