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Foundation Coverage October 17, 2007

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Perhaps you have tried several different kinds of drugstore liquid foundations but are repeatedly disappointed with the level of coverage you get from them. Before you go all in and splurge on a high-end foundation, take a moment to examine the method you apply your foundation. Do you use your fingers or a sponge? These provide a more sheer coverage, which sometimes is fine, but other times you will want/need more than that. They key to getting really full coverage is to use a brush. A brush with synthetic bristles will not absorb or “rub away” any of your foundation and will give you beautiful coverage.

A foundation brush doesn’t have to be expensive, either:

ELF offers a foundation brush for $1.

AVON has one for $5.99.

You can even use paint brushes from the craft store, which is actually what I do. I get great coverage from a 3/4″ wash brush that came in a set my mom bought for $5. JoAnn has wash brushes on their site in a variety of sizes for $2.49 each. You can also use small shader brushes for your concealer.

 

Depot an NYX Trio October 15, 2007

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Here is a great tutorial by EnKore on how to depot your NYX shadow trio. Enjoy!

 

Want Some MAC?

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I mentioned in my Fall Look tutorial that incorporating some high-end makeup into your collection can bring your low-end things up to a higher level. It doesn’t take much, just a few products, and you can look like a million bucks without braking the bank. Here are a few items from MAC that I suggest you buy to use along with your other cosmetics.

1. Get something you can use as a base for all your eyeshadow – this can be a paint, paint pot, shade stick, cream color base, or prep & prime. Pick something that you like the texture of and choose a shade that is close to your skin tone.

2. Pick two or three eye shadows that you can use on a regular basis and that work well with other shadows you already have in your collection. Don’t pick anything that, while it looks pretty in the pot, you would only use once in a great while. I suggest getting one that is white/off white/cream to use as a highlighter, but the rest can be whatever you choose.

3. Studio Finish Concealer.

4. Lipstick or gloss. Pick a color that is flattering to your skin tone, comes in just the right finish, and works well with your other makeup colors. You could also get a clear gloss to add over the lipsticks you already own.

I don’t recommend buying mascara from MAC (or anywhere high-end) if you’re on a budget because you have to replace it so often. Mascara needs to be replaced every 2 – 3 months because of bacteria and yes, even eye mites (soooo gross!!). If your mascara stings your eyes or is three months old, it’s time to toss it.

I suggest using a permanent marker to write the date you opened your mascara somewhere on the tube so that you can know for sure how old it is.

I recommend N.Y.C. mascara – it’s $2 for thickening, lengthening, or waterproof mascara and $3 for curling. You just don’t want to pay more than that because of having to replace it sooo often. Also, I’ve heard that drugstore brands actually work better than many high-end brands!

So there you go. I hope you have fun picking out your products. Please note that I can’t advise you on your skin tone/what looks good with your tone. It just doesn’t work over the computer. The best thing to do is go to a MAC counter and try out swatches to see for yourself, or, if you’re really unsure, just ask someone who works there. They are more than willing to help you out. =)

 

Smokey Eyes October 12, 2007

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Here are a couple of fun ways to get smokey eyes.

 

BonBons Eyeshadow Dust Review October 7, 2007

I can’t get enough of this stuff, it is amazing! The only place I know of where you can find it is WalMart (please help me out if I’m wrong, guys), but it is well worth any extra effort it might take to get these babies. It’s less than a buck for one of the pots and these things are filled til they can’t get filled no more! 😉 And you’re able to get a brush into the pots as well, unlike with NYX LOOSE PEARL EYESHADOW.

I have white, bronze-gold, and aqua. There is also a light lavender and a light gold shade that I need to try. The colors I have are so pretty and sparkly – but not too sparkly so that it looks like glitter. I use the white and bronze-gold as highlighter on my cheek bones and I mix them in with lotion and/or liquid foundation to give me a dewy glow (if you’ve never tried this … well, you need to 😉 ). I do wish they had more colors, but maybe they will in the future.

Send me a picture of a look you’ve done that incorporates BonBons Eyeshadow Dust – I’d love to see how you use it and I’ll post it in my blog as well.

Here are a few pictures for ya. I used Physician’s Formula Twins concealer as a base.

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Fall Look October 4, 2007

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Here are some pictures of my Fall Look.

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My “Dumb ELF Brush” Remark October 3, 2007

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I feel I really owe poor ELF an explanation (not that ELF is ever going to notice … but whatever) about my “dumb brush” remark. I really don’t know where that came from. I don’t think the brush is dumb at all, it just doesn’t work very well for me. The brush tends to really pack on the color and it can give you a very intense look. Since my skin is so fare, I like to keep things soft and blended so I don’t look like a clown or something; I can be overwhelmed by color really quickly. So I don’t use the brush for eye shadow but only because it doesn’t do the kind of look that works on me. I do use it for applying a base (as shown in my Fall Look video), and it works nicely for that, except for the fact that it’s not meant for liquid stuff, thus it sucks up a lot of your product.

So anyway, yeah, I don’t hate the brush, it’s not dumb … no, no, no. I just wanted to clear that up. =)

 

Product Review – Rimmel 10 Day Nail Color

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Sadly, I’m not deeply impressed with this product. I want to be because I absolutely love the Tequila Sunrise shade (it was just the retro orange-red I was looking for), but the polish just doesn’t last. The regular Rimmel nail polishes chip like crazy, even if you do your manicure absolutely right, and the 10 day color is no better. Maybe I need a base-coat or a really good topcoat to help it stay on better … but, on the other hand, Petites (for like, 98 cents at WalMart) last better than this.

If you really, really like one of their shades, I say go ahead and try it (it’s only a couple of bucks after all). Just be prepared to have to do a LOT of touch-ups if you want to keep it looking neat all week long.

 

Curling Lashes September 26, 2007

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Perhaps you are one of those who never curl their lashes after applying mascara in order to keep from ripping out lashes or getting too crimped of a look. You might be surprised that many advise curling only after applying mascara. And vice versa.

There are two theories when it comes to curling lashes.

Curl then Mascara

Supposedly, you get a more natural curl and avoid ripping out your lashes.

Mascara then Curl

Because the wet mascara will take out all the curl if you do it first.

Hmm … this is quite a pickle! Or is it? I’ve come to the conclusion that it works best to do both. I curl my lashes before mascara, holding the curler tight for a few seconds at the base of my lashes and another curl, closer to the tips. Then, after applying mascara, I do a quick curl, usually just at the base. =)

And, in case you’re wondering, yes, water proof mascara is very good at holding curls (more wax in it), and no, curling mascaras really don’t do all that much.

 

Autumn Color Palette

Autumn is here! Time to put away those bright summer colors and bring out the rich, deeper tones for fall. Some color ideas:

Cheeks

Deep, burnt peach shades and more neutral, sandy colors.

Highlight

Try a gold shade. I LOVE shimmer powders from Bon Bons. They have a bronzy gold color that is perfect for fall. They’re only about a buck at Wal-Mart. Apply lightly with a fluffy or fan brush for a subtle glow or gradually build for a little more color. You can also add shimmer into your moisturizer or foundation for all over glow. Just be sure that the powder is very, very fine so that you don’t look like you have glitter all over your face.

Nails

All shades of brown (try Shimmering Bark by Petites), burnt peachy colors (Iced Spice by Revlon), orangy retro reds, deep ruby reds, jewel blues, purples, and greens (HOT colors for fall).

Eyes

Jewel purples, blues and greens, deep peachy/apricot colors, buttery yellows, and classic brown or black smokey eyes.

Lips

Put away the light pinks and play with some deeper pink shades, reds, and sandy colors. But of course, always do a neutral lip if you’re doing a dramatic eyes.