Sunday, July 29th, 2012

5 Beautiful Bronze Beauties to Celebrate the Olympics

You won’t feel like you’re settling for bronze with these–they’re brilliant, sumptuous, and oh-so-lavish.

What’s your favorite bronzed-hued beauty product?

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Green Machine with Jealousy Wakes Look

I received an email this morning that MAC just received the product samples for Jealousy Wakes, so I hope to have them in my hot hands tomorrow.  As soon as I do, you know I’ll be swatching up a storm! :)

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof all over the lid and above the crease with the 242 to lay down your eyeshadow base.  Apply Juxt eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid with the 239, then pat Jealousy Wakes eyeshadow on the outer two thirds of the lid.  Lightly blend Juxt by patting and lightly pulling the color over the middle of the lid to create a yellower green in the center.  Bring Jealousy Wakes into the crease by pressing the 239 into the crease horizontally, and then darkening the crease with Bottle Green eyeshadow with the 222.  Tap Juxt lightly above the crease to soften the edge, and then highlight beneath the brow with Trench eyeshadow. Next, apply Deviant liner on the lower lash line, and then smudge with Jealousy Wakes on the outer third and Juxt on the inner two-thirds. Coat lashes with Film Noir mascara to finish the look.

For cheeks, apply Betty Lou-Manizer on the apples of the cheeks and sweep towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Liberte Rouge Coco Shine for a complementing lip.

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Monday, June 13th, 2011

theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer
theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer

theBalm Betty Lou-Manizer Bronzer

It seems like every brand has put out a new and (for the most part) awesome bronzer this year, and theBalm is no different. theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer ($24.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as “a silky smooth pressed powder that can be used as a bronzer, eye shadow, and all-over shimmer.” It’s supposed to diffuse light while providing subtle warmth to the skin.

Betty Lou-Manizer is a dirty bronze with a warm, golden shimmer-sheen. The shimmer is incredibly fine, while the sheen is glowy and reflective. If you’ve tried out theBalm’s other powder products, you’ll find the texture is consistent–silky smooth with rich color payoff. It has such a fine texture that it applies well to skin, because it practically melts onto the skin and looks natural and never powdery.

It’s packaged well, too. The compact is a nice size with a mirror on the inside, and the compact itself is sturdy and fits well in the hand. The ingredients are also listed on the back of the compact, which is a nice touch, because I know that I don’t keep the boxes around for long (straight to the recycling bin!).

I actually found the effect to be quite comparable to Guerlain’s Terracotta Mosaic Powder. theBalm’s has a more noticeable shimmer/brighter sheen, while Guerlain’s is a little softer, more orange with less brown, but on the cheeks, the differences are minimized.

The Glossover

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Betty-Lou Manizer

A+
I see this working best on warmer skin tones, and this is a bronzer that should work well for darker skin tones, too. The golden sheen will provide the warmth and glow, while the actual color will give that sunkissed effect.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Neutrals with Smoldering Greens Look

If you’re wary to wear color, one of my favorite places to wear it is in the crease.  You can go as heavy or as light as you want, but it often looks subtler because most of the time your eyes are open–so it just peeks out.  I’m so anxious for final samples of Jealousy Wakes, because I want to swatch it against Black Emerald (which is definitely darker), but I think they could make a nice gradient of color.

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof all over the lid and above the crease with the 242 to lay down your eyeshadow base.  Layer Blonde Amber eyeshadow all over the lower lid with the 239.  Then, apply Black Emerald eyeshadow into the outer crease, bringing it just over halfway into the crease with the 222.  Next, apply Bronze Topaz eyeshadow lightly on the outer third of the lid with the 239.  Apply Blonde Amber eyeshadow very lightly on the brow bone to highlight with the 239.   Next, apply #20 liner on the lower lash line, and then smudge with Blonde Amber eyeshadow.  Coat lashes with Film Noir mascara to finish the look.

For cheeks, apply Betty Lou-Manizer on the apples of the cheeks and sweep towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Pink Tulle lipgloss for a complementing lip.

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