Blue smokey eye – Wearable edition

I often find blue eyeshadow quite difficult to work with, especially on skin tones similar to mine. So, this weekend I challenged myself to using blue and creating something wearable. I am very pleased with the end result, not only because I could now wear blue on my eyes but also because I used a palette that I’ve almost never used since purchasing it – The Urban Decay Vice 2 palette! I fell for the hype around this limited edition palette and ended up purchasing it but the colors (bare a few) never called out to me. So, it just sat in one corner of my makeup collection, completely ignored.. well, until now. Hoping to get more use out of this palette now. :-)

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If you would like to watch me create this look, please click here.

Wearable smokey eye for Valentine’s Day using drugstore products

So, it turns out my Flu ended up with giving me a ear infection! and that’s why I couldn’t hear a darn thing from my right ear for two weeks now. I’m on antibiotics to heal it but I still can’t hear much from my right ear. All this while I’m still recovering from the never ending flu symptoms. I’ve survived on crocin, lozenges, ear drops and cough syrups these past few weeks! I am much better than what I was a few weeks ago but you can still hear the congestion in my voice. So, I apologize for that. I hope to be fit soon and bring you more tutorials.

Anyway, here’s another Valentine’s day eye makeup for you all. This time around, it’s a wearable smokey eye and I’ve used all drugstore products for creating this look (except for the eye primer). I really hope you like it.

 

Makeupgeek (MUG) eyeshadow swatches

I so wanted to film another Valentine’s Day look for you all. But, unfortunately I am still down with flu and my right ear is blocked! So, I am unable to speak & hear properly. I am either too loud or too low in volume when I speak. Hopefully, I’ll be ok in the next few days. Fingers crossed on that! Another tutorial will be up soon after. Meanwhile, I have a MUG eyeshadow swatch video for you. Although most of the eyeshadows are great value for the price, a few eyeshadows are not so great (as you’ll see from the swatches – Boo Berry). Nevertheless, I have heard great things about their new foiled eyeshadows and can’t wait to try them!

http://youtu.be/pQ4DgwtcE70

 

Liz Earle Skincare purchase

Oh, I have waited so long for this to arrive! Firstly it took me over two years to finally order these products and secondly, it took them two weeks to deliver it! But, I am so glad I finally have them to try. Is it just me or do you also anticipate the arrival of their products and cant wait to hold it in your hands?? I literally check my mailbox every day once I know I am expecting a package. ;-) Anybody else who does that?

So, one of my goals that kicked in towards the end of 2014 and into 2015 is to really focus on my skin. I used to have great skin as a teenager and in my early 20’s. My goal is to go back to that. I have an oily-combination skin type and usually break out during that time of the month and when I eat anything too sugary/sweet or too oily, which is quite often! I also get hormonal breakouts around my jawline. And to top it, it takes forever for them to leave my face and then its months before that damn scar goes away. So, long story short.. it sucks!

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I ended up with purchasing the Liz Earle cleanse and polish hot cloth cleanser (came with two muslin cloths) , the deep cleansing mask (came with two mask sponges), deep cleansing mask wipes (for the tons of face masks I try) and the Instant boost skin tonic (toner).

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Some of the products came in little zipped bags which I plan on reusing to store the muslin cloths and mask sponges! It also came with a thank you letter from the Liz Earle company. If only it came with some samples as well, like Sephora, Origins and Ulta (That’s just my little obsession with trying new products talking). :-)

Have you tried these products? I am so excited to see how my skin fares with these products in the coming weeks.

Sexy brown smokey eye for Valentine’s Day

Here I have first of my Valentine’s Day looks for you. Doesn’t matter if I am ill and sound tired in the video, I hope you can bear with me. This look features a purple-brown smokey eye with an extended black shadow liner to create a sexy, soft cat-eye look. I hope you like it.

MAC eyeshadow collection with swatches – PART 2

Let me start off by apologizing for not uploading this sooner. It was my birthday yesterday and celebrations over the weekend took my time away from writing & editing! Not that it’s an excuse but that really is the reason why! Also, I was in the process of moving my blog into a self-hosted site. Long story short, it’s all been sorted and beautylashes19.com is up and running. You might have noticed the new look. :-)

Onto the post. As promised, this next video is a continuation from last week where I am swatching my MAC eyeshadows. Again, these eyeshadows will suit women of NC35-NC44 in MAC foundation coloring.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Do let me know if you have any particular questions about these eyeshadows.

http://youtu.be/jtql7zSNiqQ

MAC eyeshadow collection with swatches – Part 1

It’s been a while since I did a MAC eyeshadow collection. I figured I should do an updated one especially since my collection has grown since my first MAC eyeshadow collection post here. So, I’ll be having two videos in the coming week swatching all of the gorgeous MAC eyeshadows that work beautifully on medium-tan-olive skin tones (MAC NC35, NC40, NC42, NC44 skin tones). Do let me know if you like to see an eye look with any particular eyeshadow. :-)

http://youtu.be/aE7BmgJjxS8

Real techniques Bold Metals collection!

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I finally got my Ulta order in the mail this evening. Super excited to see these gorgeous brushes. This was the only pleasant thing all day today. The weather in the Midwest just gets worse each year. :-(

Anyway, I picked up four of the brushes from this collection and just wanted to know if you guys would like to see a first impressions and/or a review on these brushes? Any thoughts?

Colorpop products – Lippie Stix and Super shock eyeshadows..

So, here’s a product I’ve been hearing a lot about all over YouTube in the last few months of 2014. So, I joined the bandwagon and purchased some myself. :-) The package did take about a week to arrive but they did have a personalized thank you note (similar to Beautylish.com) which I always love. It just makes me feel that the company really takes time and interest in thanking their customer personally.

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As I was deciding on what shades to pick, I realized that I couldn’t find any videos/posts targeted towards woman of my coloring (barring TotalMakeupJunkie101 aka Eshani). Most vidoes/blog posts were by bloggers of lighter skin tone. So, that made the choices harder. But I ended up picking 4 of their matte lippie stix and 3 of their super shock eyeshadows. Each of their products retail for $5 which is exceptional for the quality.

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Let’s begin with my favorite, the Lippie Stix! They come in 5 different formulas – Glossy, Satin, Matte, Hyper glossy and Pearlized. Of course I had to pick the mattes! I chose four colors that I thought would suit my skin tone (NC40-NC42) – I heart this, LBB, Leather and Bichette. They all contain Vitamin E, Mango, Avacado & Shea butter (hence these products are not drying on the lips). These lip products are free of Parabens and Sulfates. Also, Colorpop does not test on animals! :-)

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The packaging is great for the pricing. The product is packaged in a white plastic tube with a white cap and a colored bottom that matches the color of the product inside. They also have the names of the shades on the bottom of the tube. Once you open the cap, you can again see the color of the product on the tubing.

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L to R: I heart this, Bichette, LBB & Leather Lippie Stix

The container is a twist-up (so no need to sharpen, Yay to that!). These remind me of the NARS Matte lip pencils but without the need for sharpening, with more pigment and greater lasting power! On me, these last almost all day with minimal fading even with meals in between. If you do end up eating something oily, these might come off a bit and you may need to reapply once. These are comfortable on the lips and also leave behind a stain on my lips, which I don’t mind at all. Probably the lighter shades don’t leave behind as much stain. Overall, as you can probably tell, I love these!

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Moving on to the shadows. The super shock shadows have a unique texture – almost a very smooth, gel-paste like consistency that glide on your eyelids. These come in a variety of finishes. I picked up 2 metallic finishes (Bae and So Quiche) and 1 pearlized finish shadow (Mooning). Frankly, I don’t see a difference in these two finishes – both have similar texture with fine glitter through them. All three are super pigmented and can create a variety of looks depending on the mode of application.

Without an eye primer, these shadows do not last on my oily eyelids and tend to crease within a few hours. However, I don’t have that issue when I do use an eye primer. Using your fingers gets the max intensity with these shadows. When using a brush, it creates a softer look. I would really recommend using a synthetic brush with these shadows. Since Dec 26th 2014, Colorpop has also expanded their super shock shadow range with Mattes! I am so tempted to get them. Arghhh… companies….

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TIP from Colorpop: Keep the lids on tight with these products. Else, these might not be as smooth. :-)

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L to R: So Quiche, Mooning, Bae Super Shock eyeshadows

Head over to my YouTube Channel if you would like to see them in action. I have an accompanying video where I have swatched each lip product on my lips and also have swatches for the 3 eyeshadows I have. Here’s the link: http://youtu.be/6eF6mh3mH0k