Sunday, March 30, 2008

Greeeen FOTD

Face: Revlon CS

Cheeks: Alima Dahlia

Lips: just chapstick

Eyes: UDPP
NYX e/s pencil in Yogurt
theshespace Eye of the Storm (all over lid below crease)
Fyrinnae Dragon Wing (outer 3/4 crease)
theshespace Wasted Space (inner 1/4 crease)
theshespace LE Ideal Elements (brow bone)
Fyrinnae Equality (lining bottom lashes)
Maybelline Great Lash mascara


Looks a bit messy... meh

xox

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Review: Sonia Kashuk Blush Brush

Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Price: $10
Where to buy: Target
Cruelty Free: Yes
Overall: 5 out of 5

I had 3 blush brushes before, but they were either too scratchy (the ELF blush brush) or they shed too much (Studio Tools), or both. So I saw the Sonia Kashuk brushes for 10% off at Target and decided to try the blush brush (white handled, not black) in hopes that it would not shed like a cat or scratch like... well, a pissed off shedding cat.



I wasn't disappointed. The Sonia K blush brush is so soft, I just want to cuddle with it. It hardly feels like I'm brushing anything against my face. The brush is wide enough that it covers the right area without any hassle, but it doesn't apply too much. The best part is that it picks up just the right amount of blush so I only have to do one stroke from the apples of my cheeks to my hair line and one back, then I'm done. It doesn't look splotchy and I don't have any harsh lines to blend. I haven't noticed any shedding hairs either, so I'm in blush brush heaven!

Highly Recommended!
xox

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Smoky Brown Eye FOTD

Face: Revlon CS

Cheeks: Avon Swoon blush

Lips: WnW 551 lipstick

Eyes: UDPP
NYX Jumbo e/s pencil Yogurt
all e/s from theshespace.com
Patant Leather Baby (all over lid)
Slumber Party (crease)
LE Ideal Elements (brow bone)
Maybelline Great Lash mascara

What I used:




xox

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Review: NYX Jumbo E/S Pencil, NYX Candy Glitter Liners

Here are my rave reviews on NYX Jumbo E/S Pencil, in Yogurt & NYX Candy Glitter Liners.
Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 3 out of 5
Price: $3-$4
Where to buy: Cherryculture.com
Cruelty Free: Yes
Overall: 5 out of 5

This is Yogurt. I got it saturday, been wearing it ever since. It last 8-9 hours on my oily lids before it starts to crease.
These are some of my poorer e/s. They don't have much pigment dry, even over UDPP
Here I used them over UDPP, the NYX e/s pencil, and with a mixing medium. The mixing medium was the most vibrant, but after it dried it was flaky and if I touched it with my finger a lot of pigment came away. When I touched the e/s over the jumbo pencil little to no pigment was on my fingers.
Edit: I've gotten Pacific and Lemon since and they work just as well, incase anyone is wondering about other colors.
Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Price: $4
Where to buy: Cherryculture.com
Cruelty Free: Yes
Overall: 5 out of 5
NYX Candy Glitter Liners

Crystal, Lavendar, Blue, & Jade. The first two are great with softer looks. Blue and Jade really pop. Mostly the glitter stays put, though there is a tiny bit of fallout. Wait for them to dry because they'll get on your brow bone if you're not careful. The applicator brush is really fine so its east to get thin lines.

Hope that helps. Have a great day everyone.
xox

Monday, March 24, 2008

Electric Purple FOTD

Face: Revlon CS

Cheeks: Jane Blushing Earth Sheer

Lips: Avon perfect wear in Nude Pink

Eyes: UDPP
NYX Jumbo e/s pencil Yogurt (all over lid)
theshespace LE Dancing on Glass (inner 1/3)
theshespace Twisted Psychic (outer 2/3)
theshespace LE That's So Camp (under bottom lashes)
Alima Daphine (highlighter)
NYX Candy Glitter Liner in Laverdar (lining top lashes and out 1/2 of bottom)
Maybelline Great Lash mascara

What I used:




xox

ELF Haul

I got my ELF cosmetics haul last weekend. Everything is great, except I don't like the shades I got for the Hypershine glosses.

These are so pretty. I've only tried Coral so far and its great because you only need one coat.



Pink Ice, Sage, Moondust (MAC Satin Taupe dude), Dusk.
Pink Ice and Moondust are so pretty for a soft natural look.


xox

Thursday, March 20, 2008

CherryCulture.com NYX Haul

Got my package with a bunch of goodies the other day. I love everything, especially the glitter liners and pigments. I really wanted to do another order, but unless they have free shipping its not worth it to do a small order. Sorry the photos are blurry. I haven't had much patience with my camera lately.

Glitter Liners: Lavendar, Crystal, Blue, Jade
Chrome Pigments: Sunny Day, Red (which is actually dark pink)
Nail Polish: Purple Ave (has nice confetti, but you have to be careful or else it will peel off)
Round Lipsticks: Jupiter, Doll

Reviews later as I use them.
xox

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Peach & Red/Stripper FOTD

Face: Revlon CS in Buff

Cheeks: Jane Blushing Earth Sheer

Lips: WnW 501b lipstick

Eyes: UDPP
WnW Paradise Cove palette, top right (all over lid & brow bone)
WnW Paradise Cove palette, bottom right (lashes to crease)
NYX chrome Red (outer corner)
NYX candy glittler liner Crystal (top lashes)
Avon Super Full mascara

Tools: Studio Tools Medium & Large brushes
ELF eyeshadow brush
Sonia K smudge brush

What I used:
Ladies and... ladies, my stripper face!



xox

Monday, March 17, 2008

Kiss Me, I'm Irish FOTD ~rop~

Face: Revlon CS in Buff

Cheeks: Aziza blush duo

Lips: Avon Glazewear in Ruby Slippers

Eyes: UDPP
NYX Kiwi (all over lid)
Fyrinnae Lief (over Kiwi)
MAC Humid (outer corners)
Smashbox cream liner Caviar/Lava duo, silver (top and bottom lashes)
Maybelline Great Lash mascara

What I used:

Close ups aren't the best, couldn't get any super clear ones, idk why.


xox

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Pink & Lime Green FOTD

Face: Revlon CS

Cheeks: Aziza blush

Lips: Chap Stick

Eyes: UDPPMilan Appletini (inner corner)
theshespace LE Mixed Impact (middle)
NYX Kiwi (outer corner)
Virtual Eyes blue liner (top lashes)
Mellies HD Pink (over blue liner & lining bottom lashes)
Maybelline Great Lash mascara


What I used on my eyes:





Inspiration pic:

http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/candywarehouse_1992_116422674


xox

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Recent Hauls

On Tuesday I needed some retail therapy so I hit the mall! My first stop was a small beauty store that has a small display of NYX lipsticks. I was just going to order some from Cherryculture.com but Hebe was too gorgeous and I couldn't wait! Then I went to the MAC counter. I was going to get Parfait Amour or Aquadisiac, but Hepcat caught my eye so I got that one. Last I hit Charlotte Russe, the clothing store, and they have small bins of lipgloss and eye shadow trios at the counters that I always look through. They had two new color sets, Mermaid and Aquatic, that I didn't have yet so I got those too.
MAC Hepcat (free with gift card)
NYX round lipstick in Hebe ($1)
Charlotte Russe ($5 each)
My whole Charlotte Russe mineral collection.
Then I came home and put in an order at Cherryculture because they are having a 20% off sale until the 20th. I got 4 NYX candy glitter liners, 2 lipsticks, and 2 chrome pigments. I'll probably get them all next week.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Theshespace swatches.

I did swatches of the LE stuff, but that will eventually be gone, so I thought I'd do swatches of the regular collection.

Just so you don't get confused, the names of the colors are within the rows (hopefully that makes sense). I didn't feel like numbering them.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tutorial: How to get great close up photos.

Quite a few people have asked me how I get such nice eye close ups in my FOTD's so I thought I'd write a little tutorial on it.

The most important tool is your camera. If you have an older camera then its not as likely that you can get nice close ups. That doesn't mean a new camera has to cost hundreds of dollars though. I have a Canon Powershot SD750, it was about $230 at Staples, but you can get it a little cheaper on Amazon or Curcut City. My mothers camera is a Polariod i733 however and it takes just at great photos but you can get it on sale at Target for $80-$90, it just has less hoo hahs and doo dads.

The second most important feature is the Macro setting. This is usually marked on your camera with a little flower (see above). The Macro setting allows you to focus on close up images without them getting blurry, and it will lower the flash so things don't get washed out. My camera has the normal macro setting, and what I call the Super Macro setting. I use the normal one for full face photos and various make up photos, and the super macro for my eye close ups.

The super macro setting has no flash at all, so good natural lighting is a must. Luckly for me, I have five windows in my bedroom, so unless its overcast natural light is in abundance. I stand infront of the window that usually lets in the most light with the curtains closed so I don't have the sun glaring at me. I use a small hand held mirror behind the camera so I can see the view screen.

I rarely get a great shot without taking 5-10 photos first. Without the flash you have to be very still or else the photo will be blurry and my arms tend to shake a bit. After I think I've gotten a good shot, I take the photo to photoshop CS and crop, resize, and fix the color if I need to. Also I've found that its good to find the perfect angle and stick to that each time. If you're moving around all the time its hard to consistantly get great photos.

I found my camera on this excellent website, it ranks all the different camera brands, and then the cameras within each brand. Plus, you get to see first hand tons of photos that people have taken with each camera. Its so so helpful.
http://www.flickr.com/cameras/brands/

Hope that helps, thanks for reading.
xox

Sunday, March 9, 2008

7 Deadly Sins - Avarice (greed) FOTD

Face: Revlon CS in Buff

Cheeks: Jane Blushing Earth Sheer

Lips: Smashbox Afterglow gloss

Eyes: UDPP
all e/s from theshespace.com
Cynical Fairy (inner corners)
Rockin' Egyptian (middle)
Gilded Era (outer corners)
Slumber Party (lining eyes)
Maybelline Great Lash mascara





Here is my inspiration, I would have loved to be more extravagent, but I had to go out today so eh. I seriously love her dress though.


xox

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Blue/Green FOTD

Face: Revlon CS in Buff

Cheeks: Alima Aurora

Lips: WnW Mega Plump in Whisper of Romance

Eyes: UDPP
theshespace LE Glitz Revlolution (inner corner)
NYX Chrome Lagoon (middle of lid)
Fyrinnae Sleeping Cutie (outer corner)
Fyrinnae Embrace (wet lining eyes)
Maybelline Great Lash mascara

What I used:




xox