Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Move

Illamasqua Move Intense Lipgloss

Intense Lipglosses are amazing for the gloss addict who struggles with the multitude of sheer glosses on the market.  They’re so rich and pigmented, so they’re great worn alone for color, but you don’t have to worry about layering a gloss on top to achieve the glossy finish.  They’re scent-and taste-free, which makes them good for those with more sensitive senses, too!   Oh, and they’re non-sticky, too.  Not super thick but not featherweight either–it’s smooth, thin enough to move around, but not so thin it slips around.

The packaging is so-so — it’s a squeeze tube with a slanted tip for application.  I think a wand applicator may have been more appropriate, just because you could really get some precision with it, since this isn’t a product you can be loose with!  It’s slim, though, which makes it convenient to stash in purses or makeup bags.  Each tube contains plenty of product, and you really don’t need much to get full color-coverage, either, which is nice.

I’ve found that I get quite a bit of wear out of these, too.  The glossiness does fade after two hours or so, but the color itself works hard for four to six hours, sometimes longer.

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Bobbi Brown Beach Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Beach Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Beach Shimmer Brick ($38.00 for 0.40 oz.) is a new Shimmer Brick for the summer. Shimmer Bricks come with five strips of color and can be used on cheeks or eyes, mixed or individually.

Beach actually works really well as eyeshadow, because it does have a nice fade from light to dark. When mixed together, Beach is a little darker than Beige Shimmer Brick but lighter than Bronze Shimmer Brick. Beach comes together to give a dirty bronze with red undertones and a very, very high frost finish. It has a champagne sheen, but it definitely feels like one of the frostier Shimmer Bricks I’ve tried.

I think on darker beauties, this could be a really lovely way to enhance your natural skin tone and give you that glow. On my light-medium skin tone (NC25), it comes off looking dirty when I wear it alone or maybe like I have a bit of a sunburn. It’s better if I wear a blush and use this as a light highlighter, but I still have to be careful to get it to work just right. My advice is to definitely use a stippling brush when applying it to avoid going overboard.  The shimmer seems to accentuate my skin flaws/texture of my skin–and not for the greater good!

I’m not loving it as a blush/bronzer, but I think the shades could definitely be used individually as eyeshadows, like the lightest as a quick wash of shimmer on the lid on days when you’re pressed for time. I also found this one just a bit too shimmery for my liking as well–but I do tend to find they’re more shimmer than I personally want (but hello? they are called SHIMMER Bricks for a reason!), so it’s not an issue of the product itself.  One thing that I do want to point out is that the Shimmer Brick contains over twice the amount of your average blush.

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Video Makeup Tutorial: MAC Dare to Wear Blues

Video Makeup Tutorial: MAC Dare to Wear Blues

Here’s a video tutorial of this blue look I did yesterday! :)  I hope you enjoy it!

I keep forgetting to mention in a video as a fun fact, so I’m at least going to write it here since I am remembering…

FUN FACT: I don’t plan the look!  I usually have an idea of what I want (e.g. I want to do a blue look, or use X product, or do green and blue or brown and gold), but I don’t have anything picked out yet.  What you see in the video is me doing the look for the first time – I don’t even do one eye before the other. I do them both simultaneously (but we edit out when I do the other eye, since I’m out of the frame anyway). This is why you’ll often see me give suggestions or modifications, based on how it turns out :)

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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #031

Welcome to Free For Haul Fridays!

A play on Oh No They Didn’t’s “Free For All Fridays,” every Friday is Free For Haul Fridays! Friday is a day for fun — whether you’re already off enjoying your weekend or if you just need a way to get through til the end of the work day, FFH is here for you!

Share your latest beauty hauls! Once you’ve done that… say anything you’d like. Tell us about the greatest thing that happened to you this week, why your pet is the cutest, what you’re doing this weekend… whatever!

First, I’ll share mine!

Haul: Nothing… that doesn’t seem right.  I meant to buy NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base today, but I completely forgot, so I may get that today.  We shall see!

Excited for: The nicer weather we’ve been having lately in Cali!  Though I will be studying indoors most of this weekend for my finals on Monday & Tuesday.

Friday plans: I think we may be off to watch Get Him to the Greek in the AM and maybe Avatar later in the afternoon/evening.  Or else it’s a lot of Wifeswap for Mellan & me!

This week’s Mellan photo…

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