Saturday, July 31, 2010

NOTD - Sally Hansen Snappy Sorbet

Felt like I haven't been wearing any of my brights lately, so I tried on Sally Hansen's Snappy Sorbet. Like most of the insta-dri's, application was a bit goopy, but nothing a little thinner can't fix. Only 2 coats of this for even application! The color looks a bit neon here, and it's tad less shimmery in real life I think. Snappy Sorbet is a bright creamy coral with some subtle silver shimmer; a really fun color, I love it!

Tutorial: Smoky Olive Eyes

yeah yeah I know I said I'd edit/upload this days ago. My computer was being stupid so I kinda gave up till now haha. Better late than never, right?

Dupe suggestions, list of products, pics, etc, right hurrrr.

I feel like I haven't made any videos for a while, so I'll probably film a July Favorites vid and another tutorial tomorrow!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The New Traincase: Reviewed!

Soooo excited to post about this! After weeks of lemming, I caved in a bought this traincase off of ebay for only $30! When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at how big it actually was. I can fit so much stuff in it: all my eyeshadows, nearly all of my blushes, and about 1/3 of my lip products. So glad I picked this over those tiny caboodles traincases!

This traincase has two latches with locks that keep everything secured. Probably not the most effective locks, but better than nothing! I tried twisting the lock and such w/out a key, and I couldn't open it (or perhaps I wasn't trying hard enough haha). It also comes with 2 keys and removable shoulder strap (not pictured).

After opening the package and looking at the latches, I began examining the inside. I was disappointed at the dividers, the faux leather layer had already started peeling off, but it was easily fixable with a bit of super glue. A little more difficult to fix was the broken part of the traincase. After playing with the tiers a little bit, I noticed that the base of the tiers kept moving up and down because of there was a damaged part. After a little repairing, everything worked fine.

I don't really mind the minor imperfections. I expected that it wouldn't be the best quality with the price! Also, this ebay seller has a pretty good exchange/refund policy (though buyer does have to pay for shipping), but I didn't want to wait another week for a new traincase to arrive. I'm too impatient!

It has a large storage area below; I could fit my 88 palette, 120 palette, blushes, several other palettes, and probably even more down there! I could fit Loreal HIP duos and Hard Candy e/s right next to the 88 palette PERFECTLY! Pretty much no moving space, feels secure! It had enough space that I could place my Too Faced palette upright.

The top sections, I put most of my eyeshadows. I was able to fit 5 pigment sample per row, and MAC pigment vials could be placed upright w/out any problem with closing. I could also place WnW palettes on their sides, and Sonia Kashuk & Maybelline palettes fit snuggly in the back. 4 Urban Decay shadows also fit comfortably in one row. You can also fit MAC quads by laying them flat (the trays are wide enough), however they are too tall to lay on the side (uhhhhh I make sense right??).

The bottom trays, I mostly put lip stuff, but I also have some blushes and misc products in there as well. You could probably have 4 sections per tray that would perfectly fit MAC lipsticks. Pictured, I was able to put 8 lipsticks of both MAC and Revlon. However, squared lipsticks do not fit well (such as the Revlon CB and Maybelline CS). When I tried to stack two layers of the square lipsticks, the traincase would not close properly.

Overall, I'm satisfied with this traincase. The broken section and unglued dividers don't bother me much, however if anyone does receive this broken, I'm sure the seller would be glad to send you another one. Everything else feels pretty sturdy to me. Although this is inexpensive, this looks very sleek and professional. I also love that customizable dividers were provided, keeps everything so much more organized!

I think this would be a great traincase for someone looking into freelancing, but they don't want to spend too much money on one. Also, this would be perfect for college! I'm definitely going to bring this to my dorm next year! I think this one is especially great for the price, considering the Caboodles traincases are $25-$30 for one perhaps half the size of this one.

Quick Info
-Seller: 100% feedback
-Price: $30
-Dimensions: 14" x 9" x 10" (according to seller)
-Total Tiers: 4
-Total Dividers: 8
-Shipping: 5 days (ordered on Thursday, arrived on Tuesday)
-Accepts Returns?: yes

-large and roomy. (fits 88/120 palettes, and the trays are a great size - most e/s and lipsticks fit perfectly!)
-looks sleek and professional.
-has locks.
-customizable dividers.
-easy to wipe/sanitize (not felt or cloth!)
-relatively fast shipping.
-pretty good quality for the price.

-flimsy dividers.
-came damaged.
-tiers feel a little cheap.
-not the most secure locks.
-not the greatest quality. (but you gotta consider the price!)

Despite the imperfections, I'm in love with this traincase!

Smoky Eye w/ Fyr Aztec Gold!

I felt like I haven't done an fotd for a while...I'm pretty sure it's only been a couple days though haha.
my camera is not likin the spf.
oh, I filmed a tutorial for this, by the way! SOoooOooo stay tuned for that, cuz I'm editing it right now :)

hard candy tm
revlon colorstay liquid foundation
maybelline mineral power concealer
palladio wet/dry foundation
femme couture mineral foundation
sonia kashuk blush melon

elf mineral eye primer
maybelline color stiletto starlet sable
fyrinnae aztec gold
wet n wild greed palette (black)
wet n wild vanity palette (highlight)
sally girl chocolate
loreal lineur intense (got the one in the gold packaging because i couldnt find the black -- definitely not as black/dark)
loreal voluminous

mac creme d'nude
revlon sl coral reef

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

NOTD - Zoya Suvi

okay off topic, but today I finally got my traincase! It's actually bigger than I expected, whatever I'll just do a thorough post on it tomorrow. I'll probably also film and upload another tutorial tomorrow, just a heads up! :P

oh and I installed intensedebate on here now. That'll be more fun, right? :D

Today, I have on Zoya's Suvi. I got little nubs now, so I decided to go with a vampy color. Suvi has a dark greenish charcoal base with loads of cool green microshimmers. Even though it's so dark, it still looks green in most lights, which I absolutely love! It also has this glowy effect where it's darker around the edges. I applied 3 thin coats to achieve complete opacity, but you probably could get away with 2.

NYC Blushable Creme Sticks - Swatches and Short Review

After all the raves on MUA, I decided to purchase 4 NYC Blushable Creme Sticks: Big Apple Blush, Berry New Yorker, Wild Berry, and Plaza Pink. I believe Wild Berry is the only one that is limited edition. I also wanted to pink up Pink Flash (a beautiful coral), but I couldn't find it anywhere! I gotta say, I'm very impressed with these blushes! They apply beautifully, and blend well.

Application: I like to just dot some of the product lightly on my cheeks, and blend it all out with a blush brush, or any large fluffy face brush. To get these to stay, I also set with powder.

above are the blushable creme sticks, just swiped a couple times. so creamy and pigmented!

blended out.

Big Apple Blush
- Not sure how to describe the color of this, but it reminds me of a nude-y pink color. It has a bit of frost to it, but nothing too noticeable. I think this would be a perfect everyday blush that would look great for most looks, and just gives a natural flushed look.

Berry New Yorker - With a misleading name, Berry New Yorker is a matte mauve-y blush. This gives my NC30 skintone a nice and natural glow.

Wild Berry - Perhaps my favorite one of the bunch, Wild Berry is a matte bright mid-tone pink with blue undertones. I just love bright colors so this blush easily is my favorite. I prefer matte blushes on myself, so I see myself using this one more than the others. Also, the perfect color for summer!

Plaza Pink - Not very pink at all. This one is more of a frosty peach color. Plaza Pink gives a beautiful sheen when blended out that can give you a great dewy look, imo!

Overall, I think these blushes are great quality. All are nicely pigmented and blendable. On my oily skin however, I find they don't stay very well and slip off after a couple hours, but these are also great to enhance powder blushes or change the tones and color slightly. Putting powder (either a different blush or even a setting powder) over these will also make them last much longer. When I use these blushes, I apply them right after foundation, then I put my setting powder on top. This will set the product betters and allow it to blend more easily.

I think cream blush fanatics will absolutely love this product. Personally, I would prefer using powder blushes over cream blushes just in general. Powder blushes just seem easier to use in my opinion. However, given the price ($3.99 at most drugstores), I will continue to purchase these in the future!

Stereo Rose Giveaway!

Gorgeous girl at Pretty As Peaches is having a Stereo Rose giveaway on her blog!
Go follow her and congratulate her on having 125+ followers!

The giveaway is open worldwide, so go enter now!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

My ~stash~ a little over a yr ago vs. NOW!

my ~~vanity~~ in feb 09.

random scattered crap everywhere. i could fit everything in that one little area!

hundreds of dollars later...
nowww everything all organized!
miscellaneous bigger palettes not pictured (120 palette, 88 matte palette, random e/s mac palette, stila contouring palette, stila noir palette, too faced french and fabulous, some other ones blahdeblah)


still have no clue how to organize the lipgloss LOL


my everyday drawer

brushes and miscellaneous stuff.
the top has these things to put stuff in (lol i'm really good at describing things).
the left section has tweezers, lash glue, chapstick. the right section has gel liners.
the compartment has liquid liners.

the first drawer has lip liners and eye liners.

the second drawer has miscellaneous eye stuff like bases, concealers, mascaras.

lipsticks as of 2 weeks ago.

eye stuff.

the drawers are available at target.
i got the organizers at daiso for 2.00 each!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

This Week's Collective Haul + Swatches!

this week went to Nordstrom Rack, Target, and CVS!
Scored big at Nordstrom Rack and got a Too Faced palette for only $10! so go to your local one to see if they stocked up :)

also got the R&R blush (X-Rated) I ordered off hautelook a couple weeks ago in the mail yesterday. (did that sentence confuse anyone? lolz sorry) It's SUPER pigmented, so it'll probably take a lifetime for me to finish LOL. I've been loving it so far, but still not sure what to pair with it! I did wear it with a smoky eye and fuschia lips today, though.

also in this post, hot pink lipstick comparisons! :)

as usual, drag images to new tab to view them fullsize!

too faced french and fabulous palette ($10 at Nordstrom Rack!)
neutrogena highlighting blush in healthy
rock & republic blush in x-rated
revlon colorburst fuschia (wore this today :D)
revlon superlustrous glosses in lilac pastelle, pink pop (paired it w/ cb fuschia <3), coral reef, firecracker
stila blush in delicate (put in a mufe pan)
sonia kashuk creme blush in rosey (been eyeing this forever!)
sonia kashuk blush in melon
stila eyeshadow in ray

from l to r: pink leopard bronzer, totally toasted brown, totally toasted beige, poodle puff raisin, poodle puff pink, ooh & aah black, mess in a dress, sun bunny bronzer.

from l to r: revlon colorburst fuschia, revlon super lustrous lipstick fuschia fusion, mac show orchid, wet n wild 511b.
revlon cb is most wearable imo. (nc30)

Got my R&R blush yesterday!

probably a bit much for daytime, oh well haha.
love the blush so far but i'm still not sure what to pair it with! suggestions?

hard candy tm
hard candy primer
maybelline mineral power concealer
palladio wet/dry foundation
femme couture mineral fdtn
rock & republic x-rated blush

makemania eyesflasher palette
stila makalu e/s
stila ray e/s
revlon matte vintage lace
maybelline line stiletto
loreal voluminous

revlon colorburst fuschia
revlon super lustrous gloss pink pop

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fyrinnae Swatches

all applied wet with water.
in the sun, in the shade, with flash.

from l to r
marshmallow puffs, pure sugar, city glam: lights of quebec city, nijiro, banana mochi, velociraptor, omgwtf, japan, bali mynah.

from l to r
1.22 gigawatts, new moons light, shinagami, nomi, parental advisory, sennyo, princess of darkness, christmas tree.

from l to r
kitten in heels, kamikaze, chaotic evil, cheeky, gilded wings, aztec gold, selkie skin.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Swamp Monstaaa Tutorial!

If you missed my FOTD post, it's down there! lol.
or you can click this post for a list of products, pictures, AND dupe suggestions!

Ailyn also made a new tutorial for our Toy Story Series. Here's her look for Jessie!

Fave Links of the Week 7/12-7/18

Hey guys, today I wanted to share some of my favorite links of the week. Whether it be blogs, a helpful post on makeupalley, or just something fun!

Men & Nail Polish: Yay or Nay? lacquerized presents an interesting topic that gets readers talking! personally, I'm all for it!

Trends: Doc Martens thefashioncloud shows us numerous looks of girls' wearing them good ol docs. I need a pair of black ones ASAP!

China Glaze Awakening Collection for Halloween Scrangie (one of my favorite swatchers) gives us a China Glaze sneak peek! Totally lemming Mummy May I? and Zombie Zest! perhaps one of the best places to buy shoes from online, with hundreds of affordable options. Took advantage of their 20% sale yesterday and got a pair of platform wedges, a pair of booties, a romper, and a button-up shirt all for just $65 shipped!

MUAers' favorite drugstore products! it's always fun to see other people's favorites. if you're on a limited budget like me, DS makeup is the way to go! numerous MUAers share their favorite shades and products in this post -- very helpful!

Strawberry Swirls and Silver Filigree Mimi at MakeupWithdrawal shows us how to rock them marbled manis. Probably one of my favorite marbled manis I've seen! I've gotta try it one day! :D

Miu Miu Fall 2010 Campaign I just love the makeup and the mustard/navy colors, inspires me to do a makeup tutorial! ;D Those glasses are also hot hot hot.

as I said above, GoJane was having a 20% off sale so I just had to jump on it LOL.

Cognac Braided Wedges. I decided that I definitely needed some more heels (I only have 2 pairs!). I was stuck between choosing those wedges and these tan wedges. I decided on these ones because I think the wedge would be more suitable year round, don't you?

Buckle Strap Booties. I've been eyeing similar ones at Aldo for so long, but didn't really want to spend $70+ on these. So when I saw these, I definitely had to get them!

Sheer Charcoal Pinstripe Top. I've been liking sheers lately for layering, so I just got this basic piece haha.

Black Tank Romper. Just a romper to wear on lazy days. I'm also thinking of wearing these with tights and a leather jacket in the winter. ^_^

and that's it!
/ends post abruptly.