Saturday, June 29, 2013

Easiest Winged Liner Tutorial!

Hey everybody! I have some exciting updates to share!
First off, I FINALLY got a decent video camera, and I'm now going to be making videos much more 

The number one question I get asked is; how do I do my eyeliner, and what eyeliner do I use?
I can tell you right now, that my liner is not ALWAYS perfect (duh, no ones is), and it's super easy to get precise, on point eyeliner!

Personally, my favorite is the Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion. It has a super small brush tip, glides on nicely, dries semi-shiny (think almost a latex-like finish!), and is waterproof! It can be sort of difficult to use if you're just starting out though. If you're new to liquid liner, I recommend trying something that's a pen-style liner. Such as Physician's Formula 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Liquid Liner Pen.

My number ONE tip for liner, is don't be afraid to try it! And don't worry about trying to get it absolutely perfect in one line, on your first application. It's NOT going to happen. In fact, I typically make a giant mess on my face every day when I do my makeup xD Check out my video here:

In the video, I'm wearing Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Walk Of Shame, and MAC Blue Brown pigment in the crease. I wanted to do something simple, so you could really see the liner better!
As you can tell, I'm far, far from perfect. But practice helps, and so do those pointed q-tips! xD You'll do much better practicing if you don't fret about it looking absolutely perfect from the get-go, it's the end result that matters!

I hope this was helpful! Now that I'm more capable of making videos, please comment, subscribe, and let me know what you all want to see from me!

Also I'm hosting a blog sale over on Storenvy! I have so much new, swatched, or barely used makeup that I neglect! So I've listed a lot of it (still more to come) over there for sale! Please check it out, there's some palettes, limited edition items, and body care!

( P.S., I will not be selling anything that was sent to me for review by companies, or samples. It's not fair to sell and make money off things I received out of the kindness of another company! Be sure to follow me so you can keep up with new items listed for sale!)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Product Review: Wet'n'Wild I Heart Matte Palette!

Hello everyone!
Today's review isn't of something that exactly new, but it was quite the hype when it came out.
Wet'N'Wild's I <3 Matte palette!

I believe this was LAST year's limited edition holiday palette from WnW (please correct me if I'm wrong, I hardly remember). But I remember seeing it, and thinking 'meh, I'll pass'. And shortly afterwards I was kicking myself for not getting this! All I was hearing was amazing things about it!
I managed to find it purely by chance a few weeks ago. I was walking around the drugstore, kind of looking for this, kind of just seeing what was new in drugstore makeup land, and I saw this. Sitting in the wrong spot on the shelf, with only this one, and none others in sight. And there was nothing wrong with it. It was meant to be.

Swatched over UDPP
Wet'n'Wild describes this on the back of the palette as:

"A stunning collection of 8 silky, ultra-pigmented day-to-night colors. Mix-and-match for a variety of looks from sweet to wild!
All-day, crease-resistant color."

I will say, some of the shades are slightly chalky. However, it's not something that's completely unworkable. The pigmentation in these is amazing for the whole $4.99 I paid for it. They are all blend-able and pigmented fairly well, with the sheerest of them being that lovely minty green color. Such a shame, because I think it's such a unique color, but a white base (like NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk) will fix that right up! The white and the highlight creme color are wonderful, they just don't show up very well on my ultra-pale skin xD
I love that there's sort of a neutral side, and a bright side. Although that's not to say you can't mix and match which colors you use!

For this look I used all the colors from the 'bright' side of the palette, and the highlight color from the more neutral side.
Liner is Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner in Perversion, and the green liner on the outer edge under the black wing is a green liquid liner from the Sephora Pantone Universe collection. On the waterline and lower lid is the green from the palette.

Overall, I think this palette is definitely worth it if you're in need of some basic and fun matte colors. The price for it can absolutely not be beat, and the pigmentation is great, well worth it!

(All products here were purchased by me)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Product Review: Illamasqua Paranormal Palette!

Hello everyone!
Today's review is going to be of Illamasqua's newest color innovation, their Paranormal Palette!
But before I get into the product itself, let's just take a moment to appreciate some of the absolutely stunning promotional photographs for this collection. Being a spooky kid myself, anything 'paranormal' or slightly odd automatically has my interest, but after seeing these photos promoting these products, I needed them. All of them!

All Photos taken from
So amazing. These photos are gorgeous and captivating. 
Out of the entire collection, the thing that caught my eye the most was the new Paranormal eyeshadow quad. 

Described by Illamasqua as:

"This unique water-resistant eye shadow can't quite decide if it's a cream or powder. Instead it combines the best of both worlds, delivering the textured silky appearance of a powder, but with the deep colour wash of a cream.
With a long-lasting hold, each shadow's silky texture allows for effortless application and blending. Choose from Paranormal (vivid cerise), Aura (warm copper), Trance (soft violet) or Possession (cool green)."

I bought mine from Sephora for $46.50 USD
I find that to be an extremely steep price for a 4-color quad, however Illamasqua is more of a luxury brand, and I really couldn't pass this one up. I don't own a lot of Illamasqua, but I love what I have!
When this arrived to me, unfortunately, the purple shade (Trance) had just up and fell out of it's pan, and was sitting ontop of the pink shade (Paranormal), so that was a bit of a surprise when I opened it. Luckily due to the unique texture, it's not a powder, so nothing broke, and I could basically pick up the purple chunk with my fingers and place it back in it's pan, there was minimal transferring onto the pink shade. So THAT was interesting. A quick fix, it didn't really bother me that much. Trance seems to be pretty set in it's pan now, as long as I don't put this thing through an earthquake or anything.

Left to Right: Paranormal, Aura, Possession, and Trance (Swatched over UDPP)
The texture of these shadows is really something else. It's not a powder, looks and acts like a cream, yet applies smoothly and evenly like a powder. It is really unlike anything I've ever used before. I'm not a huge fan of cream eyeshadows, but once you get this on your skin it feels like the silkiest powder you've ever felt. Yet it's squishy in the pan like a cream. MIND = BLOWN!
These shadows are apparently waterproof, but I can't attest to that. It wasn't raining when I wore them, nor did I feel like dipping my face in water to prove that point xD However they are easy to remove with a regular makeup remover and water. 

Using Paranormal, Aura, and Trance in this look. 
I used them over UDPP, and honestly did not notice much creasing through out my day. A lot of people have been complaining that these crease, but maybe they're just using too much? I'm not sure. Cream eyeshadows sometimes don't agree with those who have oilier lids, but I have no issues with creasing. Which is totally a relief! I also had no problems blending these shades together. Once you get them on the lid, they act more like a powder than a cream, and are easy to blend together and blend out. 

Overall, if you're looking for something new and fun to try, I highly recommend this palette! It's absolutely beautiful, and while it's a little pricey, it'd be a perfect little treat just for you! Those UV nail polishes are calling my name next!

(All products here were purchased by me)