Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Lipstick League - week of 4.25.11


Question of the week :
  • What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about blogging?
My favorite thing about blogging is the interaction I have between others that share my same interests. You get instant feedback and reactions from people all over the world whether it's good or bad it's still interaction. I have made new friends with some wonderful bloggers and continue to meet people everyday.

My least favorite thing about blogging is... bad timing. I'm just a normal girl I'm not perfect, I work, I eat, I get lazy, and I procrastinate. I hate when I work hard on a post, I take photos, I write up my thoughts and right before I publish it, I see a fellow blogger who has just minutes before posted a blog about the same product. Now I start to question whether I should post mine. Will she think I'm copying her? Does her blog cover the exact same points mine does? Is mine even worth posting now? It's not her fault, it's my own, I took too long, I got lazy and procrastinated. So I delete it and go to sleep. Haha, it's so silly but it stresses me out!

Orange to LA - has been sick for a few days but that didn’t stop her from testing out Giorgio Armani ‘Eyes To Kill’ #10 Airy Jade. See swatches, and find out if this color was a hit or miss.

Pink Sith - Joeybunny shows you one of the NARS Spring eyeshadow duos and why you NEED to own this DOGON duo!

Phyrra - debuts the Tokidoki Devil Girl Cromatico Palette & shows you swatches and looks. It's hot for summer!

Vampy Varnish - Channel your inner child with Crayola Scented Nail Polish!

we heart this - There's something gorgeous blooming at MAC, and it's called Fashionflower...

Beauty Junkies Unite - puts Tarte's new emphasEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadows to the test, find out how they fared!

EauMG - What is your favorite spring floral? EauMG reviews Guerlain Champs-Elysees and there is a sample draw!

Nouveau Cheap - Get your first look at the gorgeous new Wet n Wild limited edition Summer 2011 collections (rumor has it there are some fantastic dupes here).

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill #10 Airy Jade

I have become very dependent on my Giorgio Armani 'Eyes To Kill' eyeshadows. The GA shadows last all day, and so far all the colors I own fit perfectly into my everyday makeup looks. I currently have 6 of the eyeshadows and decided to try a few more colors, I purchased #10 Airy Jade with the thought that it would be a fun color for spring.


Giorgio Armani 'Eyes to Kill' High Voltage 24-Hour Eyeshadow ($32.00)

The Eyes To Kill eyeshadows are great if you haven't already tried them. I reviewed another Giorgio Armani 'Eyes To Kill' eyeshadow HERE. The colors are richly pigmented, they work both wet and dry, and like I said earlier they last all day. The texture is not like any other eye shadows I have, the Eyes To Kill shadows are both cream and powder, the shadows are smooth to the touch and even though they can be a little chunky they still apply smoothly and lay flat on the lids. For some reason I got the idea in my head that #10 Airy Jade was going to be a Tiffany Blue color or a least a pretty blue/green color. I was surprised the first time I used #10; the color was actually frosted blue with silver. I'm not crazy about the color, it's pretty but not for me. I don't think it's something I need in my collection, I look better in warm colors.


#10 Airy Jade was a little different than my other GA Eyes To Kill. I noticed quickly that I had to layer more of the shadow to get the right consistency which I didn't have to with my other ETK shadows. The color didn't look as vibrant and I had to apply more layers which was weird because my other ETK lay perfectly on the first application from a brush. Since I was having difficulty using this particular color dry I decided to try using the shadow wet. I sprayed my brush with MAC Fix+ and tried this method on my opposite eye. I had the same difficulty and ended up going over both eyes again with the shadow dry.

Overall, I love my Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill eyeshadows but #10 Airy Jade gave me just a little too much grief. It wasn't blue/green and the application process left me annoyed. I'll stick with my other colors for now.

Please excuse the red eyes, I have been sick the last few days.



Face:
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (B40)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Light Medium
Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #6
NARS Copacabana Illuminator

Eyes:
K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow 24H
NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Giorgio Armani 'Eyes To Kill' #10 Airy Jade
MAC  Mega Metal Shadow in Spectacle Of Yourself
Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara

Lips:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Biarritz

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Jill Stuart Eye Jelly: 08, 09, & 11



I purchased a few more Jill Stuart Eye Jelly shadows. You can find my previous review for these shadows HERE. I picked colors that are bolder than what I am use to, this time around I purchased:
  • 08 Crystal Sky - sparkly purple
  • 09 Midnight Shine - dark midnight blue
  • 11 Frosty Candy - frosted pink



I still like the Jill Stuart shadows despite the fact that they are very shimmery. The bouncy texture is great and they last on my lids all day. I wish however that eventually Jill Stuart would come out with a few colors that didn't have all the glitter and sparkles in them.

08 Crystal Sky

09 Midnight Shine

11 Frosted Candy

I have gotten a lot better at applying these shadows. I no longer get glitter and shimmer all over the place and I learned your fingers are your best friend when it comes to these shadows. I have yet to find a brush that works well with the texture of these shadows. I wrote a proper review on these shadows and will reiterate the basics:
  1. The packaging is gorgeous
  2. Very shimmery
  3. They are buildable
  4. They have a beautiful floral smell
  5. They last all day
  6. Great as a base for other shadows

Monday, April 25, 2011

Night Skin Care Routine

My night time skin care routine is rather- what's the word? Complicated.

The basic routine itself is simple; cleanse, tone, moisturize. It's the extras I add in every other day or sometimes every day depending on the weather or stress. Your skin repairs itself at night while you sleep so it's very important to have a good night time skin care routine and also to try and get enough sleep every night.



Night Time Skin Care Routine:
  • Cleanser - Laneige Multi Cleanser
  • Toner - The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner (Alcohol-Free)
  • Serum - Sincare Relaxation Sensation Booster Serum (Product review coming soon)
  • Eye Cream - Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment
  • Spray/Mist - Nude Hydrating Water
  • Moisturizer - Laneige Ultra-Hydro Cream


Extras:
  • The Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion (currently testing- review coming soon)
  • Kate Somerville Exfolikate
  • LUSH Oatifix Fresh Face Mask (review coming soon)
  • Sheet Masks - Current favorites SK-II and FaceQ
  • Eye Masks - SK-II
Step 1: Cleanse. After removing my makeup with facial wipes or my favorite Embryolisse makeup remover I use Laneige Multi Cleanser to clean my face and remove any and all traces of dirt and makeup. Laneige Multi Cleanser is a great cleanser and really leaves my skin squeaky clean. It also smells great and is a light pink color which is always fun. I only use this cleanser at night.

Step 1a: Twice a week I use an exfoliator to rid my face of any dead skin, I use either Kate Somerville Exfolikate for a real deep clean, or MAC Microfine Refinisher Scrub for a less abrasive exfoliation, the MAC Microfine Refinisher is discontinued so I will have to find something new. I'm currently testing TBS Vitamin C Microdermabrasion and will keep you updated on how I feel about it.

Step 2: Toner. I use The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner with my Shiseido Facial Cotton to keep my skin hydrated at night.

Step 2a: I try to use a mask between 3-5 times a week. I switch it up between my favorite sheet masks which can be used daily if you want since they are mild, and my LUSH Oatifix Fresh Face Mask which I am absolutely in love with!

Step 2b: I tone again with a hydrating spray after using any masks.

Step 3: Apply creamy eye treatment to my under eye area.

Step 4: Use a serum, I'm currently testing Sincare Relaxation Serum, but before that I used Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Serum.

Step 5: Spray face with a little hydrating water to ready my skin for moisturizer. I noticed my skin absorbs moisturizer better when my face is a little damp.

Step 6: Apply moisturizer to seal all treatments used on my face.

Wow, no wonder it takes forever for me to actually get in bed! I know it seems like a lot but once you get into the routine of it, it goes pretty fast. I hope this wasn't too confusing, if you have any questions feel free to ask. Remember take care of your skin and try and get some sleep!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Lipstick League - week of 4.18.11



Lipglossiping - contemplates the best way to store her ever-growing collection of nail polish, thank flatpack for IKEA!

Orange to LA - has a Liquid Eyeliner Showdown between her 3 favorite liners, who won? See the results, was it high-end, drugstore, or Japanese?

Pink Sith - Gets nostalgic about lip color and her old flute teacher while telling you all about Giorgio Arman Rouge d’Armani Lipstick # 516.

Phyrra - tells you about an awesome new hair product, Redken's Radiant Sea Spray.

we heart this - Ready to be blinded with hair science? Living Proof No Frizz shampoo and conditioner makes hair look scientifically better!

Beauty Junkies Unite - gives you a sneak peek at the new OPI Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Collection that launches in May!

Clumps of Mascara - shows the beauty behind one of the greatest places on Earth, Disney World!

EauMG - reviews natural fragrances for Earth Week. Check out this “flapper” jasmine by LUSH.

Nouveau Cheap - shows you five more shades of the amazing new Milani Baked Blushes and each one is prettier than the next.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Idea or Bad Idea: Dramatic Headbands

I saw these on etsy a few weeks ago and have been obsessed ever since. I keep wanting to buy one, so I add it into my etsy cart. Before placing my order I stop and think that maybe I'm a little too old for something so loud, I delete it out of my cart and I am once again I am headband-less.

What's your opinion: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

I love anything Zombie related!






All photos taken from http://www.etsy.com/shop/janinebasil
All headbands available for purchase at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/janinebasil

So ladies what do you think?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Liquid Eyeliner Showdown: Artliner, Lineur Intense, & Dolly Wink

Black eyeliner, oh how I love thee.

I don't know why I love black eyeliner so much. I grew up in the 90's and black eyeliner was really 'in' with the girls in my circle. But even now some years later I can't leave the house without some form of eyeliner. I have branched out and tried different types of liners; pencils, liquid, and gel. I also use different colors now; blue, green, purple, brown etc. However, it doesn't matter what liners I have in my collection because I always come back to black.

For a long time I was using L'Oreal Lineur Intense eyeliner, I loved it, I thought it was great and for the price you can't beat it. I later switched to Lancome Artliner after hearing it was better than my beloved L'Oreal Lineur Intense. Now some months later I have ventured out again and bought Dolly Wink Liquid Eye Liner, I have been using Dollywink Liquid Eye Liner for a few weeks now. With the addition of Dolly Wink to my liquid liner collection also came the question: Which eyeliner is better?



Lancome Artliner
The Lancome Artliner has a felt tip applicator which makes it a little easier for people who are not use to liquid liner. It lasts for a good 6-7 hours before you see any sign of fading or smudging, however after 6 hours the liner does start to flake. The color is very black, yet dries matte. Lancome Artliner must be shaken before used and retail for about $30.

L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner
This liner has the same felt tip applicator as the Lancome Artliner, both eyeliners have to be shaken before used. The felt tip applicator of the Lineur Intense also is great for new liquid liner users. Lineur Intense last for 6-7 hours before it starts flaking, or smudging. In my opinion the L'oreal Lineur Intense is very black, it's darker than the Lancome Arliner and retail between 4-7 dollars depending on where you buy it and what promo's or coupons the drugstore has.

Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner
The Dolly Wink liner has an ultra fine point tip, the fine point tip makes it easier to make a precious line. The color is very black but dries matte. This liner has a longer staying power than the other 2 liners, I have found I can wear this liner between 8-12 hours without seeing any fading, smudging, or flaking. This eyeliner is waterproof, and dries quickly once applied. This liner can be found on a few different websites and can retail anywhere between 12-17 dollars depending on where you order it from. I'm not sure how I feel about using an eyeliner that comes in a pink tube with polka dots, but I guess I just have to get over that. This liner might be better for someone who has a little more experience with liquid eyeliner.

You can see the different tips here in this photo.


Here you can see how both the Artliner and Lineur Intense flake. I gently rubbed my finger over all 3 liners, Dolly Wink is the only one that didn't budge.

One swipe of makeup remover, all liners come off easily, no need to rub of tug on your lids.

Overall, I have to say I think my Koji Dolly Wink Eyeliner beats the rest of the eyeliners I use. I know there are other brands of eyeliners I haven't tried but for now I'm pretty content.

So ladies, what's your favorite eyeliner? Have you used any of these liners?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Morning Skin Care Routine

Taking care of your skin is extremely important, but with all the skincare products out there it can be a little scary and overwhelming. It has taken me a while to figure out the right way to care for my skin as well as what products work for me. Now that I have established a solid routine I can see a huge improvement in my skin. I still like to test new products and see what's out there but now I know what to look for and what to avoid.
I have dry skin, so all of the products I use are for dry skin.


Morning Skin Care Routine:
  • Cleanser - LUSH Angels On Bare Skin (Great for all skin types)
  • Toner - The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner (Alcohol-Free)
  • Spray/Mist - LUSH Eau Roma Water 
  • Serum - Sincare Relaxation Sensation Booster Serum (Product review coming soon)
  • Eye Cream - Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment
  • Moisturizer - Embryolisse 24hr Miracle Cream (Reviewed Here)
  • Sunscreen - Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Liquid Daily Sunblock SPF55
  • Lip Scrub - the lip scrub by sara happ (Reviewed Here)
Step 1: Normally I only sleep 5-6 hours so my skin stays pretty clean. LUSH Angels On Bare Skin is gentle and great for the morning when I don't want to risk making my skin even more dry than it already is.

Step 2: I use the lip scrub in the morning to get rid of any dry spots on my lips.

Step 3: Toner, I use a hydrating toner in the morning with Shiseido Facial Cotton and then spray a little LUSH Eau Roma Water to help keep my face hydrated before applying any creams to my skin.

Step 4: I apply an anti-aging serum and let it soak in for about 3-5 minutes, currently I am testing Sincare Relaxation Sensation Booster Serum and will have a proper review posted soon.

Step 5: I apply an eye cream before the moisturizer, I apply eye cream every morning and night to fight pre-mature wrinkles.. I guess it's not working because some people think I'm already old. LOL.

Step 6: I seal everything together with Embryolisse 24hr Miracle Cream. My skin looks and feels so great with this moisturizer and all the hydrating products I use.

Step 7: Please don't forget to slather on sunscreen, sunscreen is so important to keeping your skin healthy, the sun is very damaging. Even if you work inside of an office like I do, I get a lot of sun exposure while driving to and from work as well as the sun comes in through all the windows in my office. After applying sunscreen let it set for a few minutes before applying makeup or going outside.

Night time skin care routine coming soon...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Lipstick League - week of 4.11.11


Question of the week:
  • If you could only keep ONE makeup brush in your collection, which brush would you cling to for dear life?
If I could only keep one makeup brush it would have to be my MAC217 brush. In my opinion the MAC 217 brush can be used in a lot of different ways. Yes, it is an eyeshadow brush but, it can also be used to blend concealer, to apply a highlighter to the brow bone, cheeks, as well as down your nose. To be able to apply concealer, eyeshadow, and a highlight is major. Foundation, and blush can be applied with my fingers no problem. I can't live without my MAC217 brush, in fact I have 2 of them just in case.



Here are this week’s Lipstick League links...


Nouveau Cheap - Puts a drugstore Argan Oil hair product to the test and it turns out to be the bargain of the year.

Orange to LA - is so in love with Inglot Precision Eyeliners she’s drawing hearts with them!

Pink Sith - introduces you to a new favorite RED lip in Beauty Lip Creme in Framboise. It’s instant glam!

Phyrra - debuts the new All Stars Collection from Venomous Cosmetics.

Vampy Varnish - Benefit wants you to get your Cha-Cha on with their new melon colored tint!

we heart this - Just in time for Mother's Day, take 25% off at MOR Cosmetics with our special we heart this code!

Beauty Junkies Unite - gives you a sneak peek at the brand new bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolor that doesn’t launch until May!

Clumps of Mascara -How could good a $1 lipgloss be? There’s only one way to find out.

EauMG - This week was Blue Week on EauMG for Autism Awareness Month. Check out all of the “blue” products and reviews like Montale Blue

What about you readers, which ONE makeup brush could you never give up?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Inglot Full Metal Lip Liner + AMC Lip Gloss


Inglot Full Metal Lip Liner ($12.00)
Automatic pencil with solid metal case and lip brush. Special FM Sharpener is included. PARABEN FREE FORMULA.
The Inglot Full Metal Lip Liners come in 10 shades. I chose 3 colors:
  • 851 - Bright Orange
  • 855 - Creamy Cinnamon (Reminds me of MAC Spice lip liner)
  • 858 - Pinky-Mauve



The packaging for the Full Metal Lip Liners is gorgeous. They look a lot more expensive than they really are. The packaging itself is a solid metal case which makes it sturdy and very chic. The liners have dual sides, one side is the liner and the other side is a lip brush. The liners are very creamy and apply with ease, they glide on the lips and actually last for quite some time. I wore #851 (Bright Orange) in Vegas and it lasted from around 9pm when I put it on until around 2am, between those hours I did a lot of drinking and dancing and I still had lip liner on around 2am. I still had on lip liner but had to re-apply the lipstick, the lipstick always goes first. Overall these are great lip liners, I wish I had bought a few more and will probably order more now that Inglot has opened it's online store. I don't own a lot of lip liners, in fact I'm not sure how many of you ladies wear lip liner either. Is it a dying trend? Well either way it's always nice to have a few basic lip liners lying around just in case, and for $12.00 it's a bargain.




AMC Lip Gloss ($15.00)

I was about to pay for my eye liners and lip liners when I came across these AMC Lip Glosses. They don't look like much at first glance, just your average bright lip glosses. It wasn't until I started swatching them that I realized how interesting they were. The Inglot AMC Lip Glosses come in 6 colors, all 6 colors are iridescent duochrome effect lip glosses. What does that mean? Basically all the colors are bright and iridescent, they look one color in the tube and on the wand, but once applied to your lips the color changes/shifts immediately and reflects a different color. The glosses themselves are a little sheer which actually makes them better in my opinion because you can layer them over all sorts of colors, you're not stuck matching them to the same color family, you can really go outside of the box with these.

I bought 2 of these glosses:
  • 543 - Base color is lavender with shifts of green and orange
  • 544 - Base color is fuchsia with shift of orange

The glosses are not sticky which might make them a little less favorable to some people. I prefer my glosses to be non-sticky but that's just me. Overall these glosses are fun and can be worn alone of over any color base. I'm glad I didn't pass these up, they're pretty, and fun for nights out, or they're great if you just want to add some pop to a boring lipstick.




I could not catch the color shifting or beauty of these glosses in photos, I think it might be one of those things you just have to see in person. The colors are much more vibrant in person than in these swatches.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Inglot Soft Precision Eyeliner: 23, 24, 27, 35, 36, and 42

Inglot Soft Precision Eyeliner ($9.00)
Molded type pencil with soft but precise application. Paraben free formula.


While shopping in Las Vegas last weekend I came across the Inglot store again and decided to try something besides the shadows. I love eyeliners, I have dark eyes so I tend to use colored eyeliners in my waterline or under eye area for a pop of color. Inglot has 6 different types or eyeliners but I chose to try the Soft Precision Eyeliner because of the variety of colors it came in. The Inglot Soft Precision Eyeliners come in 22 colors, I chose 6 colors:
  • 23 - Gunmetal Grey
  • 24 - Blue
  • 27 - Iridescent Blue/Purple
  • 35 - Gold
  • 36 - Iridescent Purple
  • 42 - Maroon

(Lightly pressed)
Special thanks to Mr.Orange2LA for letting me draw hearts on his arm.
I'm left handed and couldn't draw it on myself.


These eyeliners are great considering they are only $9.00. The Soft Precision Eyeliners are smooth and easy to apply on the eyelids, no tugging required. The liners glide-on easily and smudge beautifully and effortlessly even on my dry under eye area. These liners even work great as a base. Since the Soft Precision Eyeliners are not waterproof they don't have the best staying power, they last for about 5 hours which still is not that bad in my opinion. I think these are great pencils and I intend on trying a few more colors. Please remember these liners are not waterproof, if you are looking for something that is smudge proof and will last all day these are not for you. On the other hand, if you want fun liners in different colors to add a little pop of color to your everyday look these are great.

Pressed harder for a different effect.
(I need a tan)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Trio in Spoiled Brat


Wet n Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Trio in Spoiled Brat ($2.99)
Coordinating trio shades takes the guesswork out of creating the perfect eye look. The "how to" palettes are created to highlight, define, and accentuate specific eye colors to create unique looks.


When these eye shadows started popping up everywhere online I was intrigued. I'm not a drugstore eye shadow girl at all but after seeing a few bloggers that I rather respect post rave reviews I figured they couldn't be that bad. Right? I was with my girlfriend wasting time at Walgreen's when we both came across the Wet n Wild eye shadow palettes. I picked out Wet n Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Trio in Spoiled Brat. It is dramatic but I chose it for a reason, I had a show I was going to the next day and figured I could test it then.

Overall the trio is good. The silver and fuchsia shades are smooth, highly pigmented, and frosted. The black shade has chunks of silver glitter inside, so I was happy it wasn't as pigmented as the other two colors, it worked for me. I didn't find any of the three colors hard to work with, I followed Wet n' Wild's directions and created a simple yet dramatic look. Spoiled Brat is fun, and easy to use. The shadows are nice but I don't see myself running out to collect all of them any time soon. One of the major problems I had with these shadows are how easy they break. I don't know if any of you ladies have had the same problem? I broke one just walking around the store with it. Also, one broke while in my shopping bag as I headed home, I have never broke an eye shadow in my life until I came across these. I guess at $2.99 (or less depending on where you buy) what do you expect?




Face:

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Finish Foundation #5
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Light Medium
Rock & Republic Blush in Foreplay
MAC Blush in Trace Gold (worn over Foreplay)

Eyes:
K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow 24H
NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Trio in Spoiled Brat
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Liner in Black (waterline and under eye)
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara

Lips:
Paul & Joe Lipstick in Afternoon Delight (Parasol Spring 2011 Collection)