Holiday Makeup: Violets and Purples

I did this look for fun before I took a shower on Sunday, and in my hurry, I forgot to take close-ups of the eyes/lips, so there’s just a couple of full-face photos, but hopefully you get the idea :)

I wanted to use Illamasqua’s Static pure pigment, since it sure looks pretty, but I was so not feeling it in practice — it was gritty, never melded together, and really didn’t work.  I layered it on top of the paint pot and then put the eyeshadows on top of that, and it even looked heavy and accentuated every little line on my eyelid (which aren’t even really noticeable until you pile makeup on top!). Static is really similar to MAC’s Pink Opal pigment, which is cheaper (by a lot) and never had any problems using before.  Oh, and packaging?  I think I already lost 10% of the product on my floor and countertop after only opening it twice.  Two thumbs down for that!  I’ll probably review it later, so you can hear me gripe it about it on the official then!

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: Soft Ochre paint pot (neutral beige base), Illamasqua Static Pure Pigment (iridescent pearly white/fuchsia), Digit eyeshadow (pale, light purple), Beautiful Iris eyeshadow (medium purple), Parfait Amour eyeshadow (cool medium-deep purple), Make Up For Ever #92 eyeshadow (matte deep purple), Bisque eyeshadow (matte highlighter), Urban Decay Lust 24/7 Liner (purple), Stila Violet Smudge Pot (deep purple), Plushlash mascara (black)
  • Face:  Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer (in medium)
  • Cheeks: Petalpoint blush (raspberry pink), Dior Rose Diamond Skin Shimmer (rosy highlighter)
  • Lips: Guerlain Gemma lipstick (medium pink), Guerlain Crystal Pearl KissKiss Gloss (pearly white)
  • Brushes: 266 (firm, angled brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 214 (smudge brush), 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 129 (dense blush brush)
  • Substitutes: Petalpoint = Dollymix + Well Dressed

Directions: Define brows using a coordinating powder shadow applied with the 266 brush. Apply Soft Ochre paint pot all over the lid as the base with the 249. With the 239, apply Illamasqua Static pure pigment with water-based mixing medium on the lower lid. On the inner lid, pack Digit eyeshadow on using the 239. Apply Beautiful Iris eyeshadow to the middle and outer portions of the lid. Darken crease with Parfait Amour eyeshadow using the 226, then deepen with Make Up For Ever #92 eyeshadow with the 219. Sweep Bisque eyeshadow underneath the brow bone to highlight. Finish with Urban Decay Lust Liner on lower lash line, and Stila Violet smudge pot on the upper lash line using the 209. Apply Plushlash mascara on lashes. Sweep apples of cheeks with Petalpoint blush using the 129, then highlight with Dior Rose Diamond Skin Shimmer with the 188. Apply Guerlain Gemma lipstick to lips, and then top with Guerlain Crystal Pearl KissKiss Gloss for color and shine.

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China Glaze Up & Away Collection Review Round-up

The twelve shades from Up & Away are all creme finish, which means that they’re creamy and have absolutely no shimmer whatsoever. I didn’t find these the easiest to apply from the beginning, but I did find that after I initially applied three or four of them, I started to figure out what worked and what didn’t for these. I did, however, really love the range of shades included in this launch and really felt like they covered the entire rainbow.

Must-Haves: Four Leaf Clover, Sugar High, Re-Fresh Mint
Nice-to-Haves: Something Sweet, Lemon Fizz, Flyin’ High, Light As Air
Skip: —

I don’t think any of these merit a skip, because none of them performed horribly — it’s really a matter of what kind of shades you gravitate towards and which ones you just know aren’t your thing. (Like bright yellows? Not really my thing.) I found the darker/deeper colors to be the easiest to apply, with the lighter ones more prone to streaking, but as you can see, I was able to get creamy, smooth results with all the shades.

China Glaze’s spring collection certainly caught your eye, and I was really pleasantly surprised by just how many nail polish fans we have on this blog! I will definitely try to be more consistent and include more coverage on nail polish in the future (though let’s take a break for a few days!).

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Purple Lab NYC Expands Product Range for Spring 2010

Purple Lab NYC Expands Product Range for Spring 2010

In Spring 2010, Purple Lab NYC will be expanding their product range from beyond lipgloss (their famous Huge Lips, Skinny Hips Lipgloss) to include a full line of makeup. All products are available for pre-order at Purple Lab NYC.

Cheek Implants ($26.00)

Cheek Implants is a creamy blush that glides across the skin while plumping, lifting, and enhancing cheek bones. Key ingredients: Nylon, Elastin, Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid

  • Backstage Pass Chic. Flirty. Feminine. A peachy, nude-ish stain that’s ultra-flattering on all skin shades
  • Six Inch Heels Glam! Haute! Hot! Attention-grabbing! A rosy blush with shimmering golden highlights

Lashionista/Modelista ($32.50)

Lashionista/Modelista is a double sided mascara/liquid liner beauty product, available in two shades, that mixes glamour and science-forward technology. Key ingredients: Diamond Powder, Glycerin, Vitamin B3, Myristoyl Petapeptide 17, Keratin

  • After Dark Silk black with diamond dust, perfectly colored and clear diamonds, ground down to powder to add a new dimension to color – one that twinkles to the max. Its high drama, yet soft, rich and shiny, almost like mink
  • Modern Classic A rich black with undertones of midnight blue, bringing out the whites of your eyes, creating a healthy, fresh look that is simply divine, impossibly royal, and well – modern and classic

Luvah ($24.00)

Luvah is a double plumping lip color infused with aphrodisiacs, aromatherapy for sensuality and moisturizing agents. Key ingredients: Maxi Lip, Vitamin B3, Vitamin E, Ylang Ylang, Dong Quai, Jasmine, Chocolate, Vanilla Mint

  • Rich Jerk Eye popping berry that doesn’t overwhelm. Striking on everyone, there’s a slight pink to the shade that brightens the face and makes lips pop
  • Mama’s Boy Nude and glamorous, subtle yet bright enough to make you stand out. With the softest of brown undertones, it looks natural and is tailor made for day or night

Luxury Squared ($26.50)

Luxury Squared is two must-haves in one – skin-evening, color-correcting, anti-inflammatory concealer and glimmering highlighter with skin firmers and antioxidants. Key ingredients: Silk, Silica, Vitamin E, Algae, Beta Glucan, Tea Leaf

  • Concealer A neutral shade that color corrects under the eyes, made for all skin tones
  • Highlighter Soft golden glow to highlight facial features with a lovely hint of metallic pop

Silk Sheets Luxe Foundation ($34.50)

Silk Sheets is a luxe cream foundation infused with silk, juniper, and almond seeds. Key ingredients: Silk, Juniper, Almond Seed Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Lead Extract, Algae Extract and Seaweed, Ascorbic Acid, Nettle, Green Tea Extract

  • Light Made for fair, delicate skin and it works for slightly pinkish or yellow complexion undertones
  • Medium If your skin is gorgeously olive, slightly darker than fair, this is your shade
  • Tan You’re naturally dark and exotic? Get this one!
  • Dark Beautiful and sultry, it’s best for dark complexions

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China Glaze Up & Away Collection: Heli-Yum Nail Lacquer

China Glaze Heli-Yum Nail Lacquer is a vibrant, deeply pigmented pinky-red.; It’s not the scarlet red we’ve seen over and over again for the holiday season — it’s marked by a lot of raspberry pink. It’s one of the deeper shades of the collection as well, but it is a beautiful shade of not-quite-red but more-than-pink.

Intensely pigmented, smooth to the touch, and pretty easy to apply all describe this formula and shade. I needed just one medium-thick coat to get a smooth, non-streaky application with an opaque finish. I still went for two, but that’s a personal preference; you could easily get away with just a single coat with this particular shade and formula.

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Recommendation: Though a little summery, this is one beautiful pink-coral shade for nails!

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