Monthly Archives: June 2014

MAC Creme Cup Swatch

I just wanted to do a quick post showing off the latest addition to my MAC lipstick collection, Creme Cup.

Creme Cup is a gorgeous color that is quite natural looking on most light skin tones and is definitely my best MLBB (my lips but better) shade, meaning it’s close to my natural lip color but amped up a bit.

MAC’s Creme Cup is described as a light blue pink and has their Cremesheen finish. Despite the initial ultra creamy, smooth texture of the Cremesheen lipsticks, some people find them drying, myself included. They feel really moisturizing as first but before too long, some of the creaminess wears away and my lips are left feeling kinda dry and chapped. This leads to me trying to get a little relief by reapplying these lipsticks often and that of course leads to more dry lips! It’s a vicious cycle of lipstick reapplication.

Even with it being a little drying, I’m still a big fan of Creme Cup and think it’s a wonderful shade for a natural but put together look.

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Lorac PRO Palette 2 Review

I did a quick post a few days ago with swatches and my first impression and now I’m back with a Lorac PRO Palette 2 review as well as some looks I created with it. If you’d like to see a tutorial using the Lorac PRO Palette 2, you can check it out here!

Overall opinion: Just like with the original Lorac PRO Palette, I’m very glad I bought this palette. The colors are gorgeous, it’s extremely versatile and most of the shadows applied very smoothly and are highly pigmented. A little goes a long way with many of these shades.

The Lorac PRO Palette 2 is now officially a staple in my makeup collection. This palette is so versatile that I can see myself reaching for it often, whether it be for an easy natural look or a full on glam kinda day.

I’ve been using this palette with the Lorac Behind the Scenes primer that was included and I have not been let down! Even with the summer heat and humidity, these shadows have stayed put, stayed vibrant and stayed gorgeous all day.

The mattes – Really nice selection of matte shades. My favorites are Light Brown and Cool Grey because they are so lovely and so easy to work into nearly any look. Light Brown might actually be my favorite eye shadow ever and I just might cry when I hit pan on it. I found a couple of the mattes to be a little difficult to blend, particularly Navy. Navy is a really beautiful color but I found it to be a little difficult to work with. It also stained my eye lids a bit. The Black shade in the Lorac PRO Palette 2 is noticeably softer in hue than the Black shade in the original palette, which can be seen as a plus or minus depending on your style. It definitely comes across as black but if you like your black eyeshadow to be the blackest black available, it might disappoint you. If black intimidates you, you might find this shade more wearable. My one wish was that a matte shade lighter than Buff had been included because when you’re pale and have warm undertones, Buff is not a good highlighting shade.

The shimmers – All of these left me so happy. The shimmer shades were all so smooth, so beautiful and they blend effortlessly. It’s actually really impressive how well they all seem to blend. My favorite shimmer shades are Beige, Rose and Chrome. Beige is a fantastic highlighter shade as well as a pretty all over lid color in natural looks, Rose is a gorgeous rose gold that seems to work beautifully with every other shade in the palette and Chrome is a really unique color somewhere between silver, purple and brown

Here’s a couple of looks that I’ve done using only the eyeshadows in the Lorac PRO Palette 2.

Using Navy, Nectar, Beige and Light Brown

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Using Light Brown, Rose, Beige, Charcoal and Chrome

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Using Light Brown, Rose, Beige and Black

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Lorac PRO Palette 2 Swatches

The Lorac PRO Palette 2 is finally here! This palette is an Ulta exclusive and made it’s debut on Ulta.com on June 15th, 2014 and will be available in stores on June 29th, 2014. If you’d like to see a tutorial for the Lorac PRO Palette 2, you can check it out here!

From the moment I heard this palette was going to be released, I knew I had to have it. The original Lorac PRO Palette is probably my favorite eyeshadow palette ever. It’s extremely versatile allowing you to create a range of looks from natural to ultra-glam, the shadows are super pigmented and apply smoothly and because of how pigmented the shadows are, a little goes a long way. I’ve had the original for over a year and have only hit pan on one shade. Because of how much I love the original, I had high hopes for this palette and it didn’t disappoint.

Much like it’s predecessor, the Lorac PRO Palette, the PRO Palette 2 features 8 matte shades, 8 shimmer shades and comes with a mini Behind The Scenes Eye Primer, which I adore. The overall tone of this palette is more cool than the original Lorac PRO Palette.

Since I want to be able to use the palette a few times and try out many of the colors before giving a real review, I’ll just be posting the Lorac PRO Palette 2 swatches and photos today. Once I have a few days to play around with this palette, I’ll post a more in-depth review as well as a few looks that can be created with it.

Lorac PRO Palette 2

Lorac PRO Palette 2

Lorac PRO Palette 2

All swatches are done over the included Lorac Behind The Scenes Eye Primer.

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Left to right – Buff, Light Brown, Cool Grey, Nectar

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Left to right – Plum, Navy, Charcoal, Black


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Left to right – Snow, Beige, Rose, Mocha

Lorac PRO Palette 2 Swatches

Left to right – Chrome, Silver, Jade, Cocoa

 

Ombre Lips Tutorial

Yesterday I was in the mood for a sort of summer inspired ombre lip so I made this quick ombre lips tutorial.

What you’ll need: 

Two shades of lipsticks, one for the outside color, one for the inside color. One should be significantly lighter than the other. I used NYX Matte Lipstick in Sweet Pink and Hippie Chic.

A lip liner similar to the lipstick you want to be your outside color.

(Optional) Gloss. I used NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel.

I inadvertently ending up using all NYX products to create this lip look. I kind of have a love affair with NYX, after all.

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Prep your lips – I started by first exfoliating my lips in a mixture of coconut oil and sugar. I then rinsed off that mixture and applied a thin layer of coconut oil to my lips. I waited a while for the oil to adsorb then wiped off the excess before beginning.

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Line your lips – Pick a liner similar to the shade of lipstick you’ll be using as your outside color.  Using a lip liner can help prevent fading and feathering while also making it easier to stay within your actual lip lines when applying your lipstick. As you can see in the picture, I usually fill in the corners of my mouth completely with lip liner as corners tend to fade easily. Filling in part of your lips completely with a liner gives you an extra layer of lipstick protection!

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Apply your outside color -You want this shade to be the most concentrated in the corners of your lips as well as along the area where you used your lip liner. Next gently fade the color inwards using a lip brush or by dabbing it with your finger. Try to leave the center and inner portion of your lips bare.  I’m using my darker shade as the outside color but if you want an Asian inspired “bitten” look, try using your lighter shade as the outside color.

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Apply your inner color – Use your inner shade to cover the bare portion of you lips as well applying it over some of the outer color. I’m putting my inner color on a large portion of my lips which will make the ombre effect more subtle. If you want a more dramatic ombre, keep your inner color more concentrated to the center of your lips.

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Purse your lips together – Press your lips together a few times and even roll them around a little to blend your two colors together. You may need to make some adjustments or blend certain spots by dabbing the area with your finger.

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All done –  Now your ombre lips should be all done and looking fabulous!

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Optional gloss – I was in the mood for glossy lips so I added a little of NYX’s Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel, focusing it on the center of my lips.

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Too Faced Lip Insurance Review

Does  the Too Faced Lip Insurance lip primer actually work?

I have to admit that I’ve always been a little skeptical of lip primers. I’ve used them before in the past and always found them horribly drying and they never seemed to lock down enough lip color (if any) to justify all the hassle and discomfort.

But hey, everything deserves another chance right? There’s plenty of things that I didn’t like at one point in my life but now love, like avocados for example. Maybe I was just using crappy products or using them incorrectly. The only way to settle for sure this was to just buy a lip primer and do a little experiment, so that’s exactly what I did! Too Faced Lip Insurance review with photo documentation is coming your way!

Overall opinion: It works but it isn’t exactly a miracle product. It did make a noticeable difference in the longevity of my lipstick but don’t expect to buy this primer and then suddenly all of your lipsticks never need to be reapplied throughout the day. I don’t think it would keep your lipstick looking freshly-applied-flawless all day but it does give a boost of staying power that we all sometimes need. So for special events or long days, I’d say it’s definitely a product worth having on hand and is something I’ll certainly be using.

Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer

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In all of these photos I just used Too Faced’s Lip Insurance lip primer + MAC’s Coral Bliss lipstick. I opted out of lip liner so I could see just how the primer and lipstick performed on their own. I chose this specific lipstick because MAC’s Coral Bliss has their Cremesheen finish which is super creamy, comfortable and gorgeous but as a whole, creamy lipsticks are not known for their staying power and Coral Bliss is no different.

I first applied the primer using the doe foot applicator that it comes with and waited a few moments for it to set. The primer feels really smooth and almost silky at first but it then becomes slightly tacky to the touch. This product is advertised as being hydrating but I wasn’t really getting that. It was actually a little drying but nothing miserable although if I had used a matte lipstick instead of a creamy one, I think that could have amped up the level of discomfort. I applied my lipstick straight out of the tube, blotted with a tissue, reapplied and then I called it quits for the day! I didn’t reapply at all nor did I use any sort of balm or gloss at any time. I ate lunch, drank mostly from a straw and just did my normal day-to-day routine.

Right after application

Both sides are looking good at this point but I think the side using Lip Insurance definitely looks best. The lipstick has applied more evenly, presumably because Lip Insurance gave my lipstick a nice even surface to adhere to.

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Three hours after application

I’ve eaten lunch by this point and while most of the creaminess has worn off or been canceled out by the primer, the color is still quite visible and even on the side with Lip Insurance. The lipstick on the side without Lip Insurance has mostly worn away. Some parts are completely void of lipstick but it’s still clinging to a few patches.

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Six hours after application

Okay, so six hours is a long time to expect most lipsticks to last. The color has mostly faded away on the side with the primer but you can still see the coral hues hanging around. It seems to have faded a little more in the center. I’m a lip product addict and my lips are getting pretty dry at this point. The color on the side without Lip Insurance has all but disappeared.

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Full face photos just to show what a gorgeous color Coral Bliss is!

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Urban Decay Black Ticket Sweepstakes

UD is hosting the Urban Decay Black Ticket Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to the Perversion Mascara VIP Launch Party in LA on July 15th, 2014!

Five lucky winners will win:

  • Entry for two to the VIP Launch Party
  • Round trip airfare to LA for two
  • A two night stay for two at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel
  • Transportation from the airport to the hotel and back
  • 2 gift bags full of Urban Decay goodies

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Five tickets will be given out and at the time of writing this post, four tickets are still up for grabs so get those entries in, guys and gals! Don’t forget that you can enter daily. You’re also told immediately if you’re a winner or not there’s none of that pesky waiting.

The sweepstakes will end on June 16th, 2014 or whenever five black tickets have been awarded, whichever comes first. Good luck!