Monthly Archives: September 2014

NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream Enamored Review

After searching high and low for the NYX Simply Vamp ($6.50) collection with no success, I decided to swing by my local Ulta again with my fingers crossed that their empty display from last week had been restocked. Enamored was the one shade that I wanted most and much to my surprise, the display had one single, solitary Simply Vamp Lip Cream in it and it was Enamored!

NYX Simply Vamp Enamored

OVERALL: 7.5

Packaging: Jumbo lip pencil style packaging that twists up. The cap snaps into place and feels reasonably sturdy but I wish it “locked” just a little tighter. One of those clear plastic caps that has a reputation for cracking so my fingers are crossed! 7/10

Longevity: This product tends to fade in the center of and corners of my mouth. You’ll probably need to reapply this after eating or drinking. 7/10

Application: I think the jumbo lip pencil style makes it easy to actually apply it to your lips but it can be just a tad patchy. 8/10

Texture: On your lips the texture feels almost matte but doesn’t feel too drying. 8/10

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Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

Some of you may be missing summer but I couldn’t be happier that Fall has made its way to Ohio! The first chilly day we had, I grabbed my Lorac PRO Palette 2 and got to work on this Fall inspired purple smokey eye tutorial.

Purple Smokey Eye

I always begin by applying an eye shadow primer. Today I’m using the Lorac Behind The Scenes primer that came with the Lorac PRO Palette 2.  Then, using a large blending brush, I’m going to apply Nectar (light peach matte) all over, starting with my lid and ending a little below my brow bone. Blend this out really well.

Purple Smokey Eye Tutorial

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What I’m Packing for Vacation

As some of you may already know, I’m leaving for vacation to Austria tomorrow and I’ll be away for about two weeks! This is kind of a big deal for me. I’ve never been out of the country before and I’ll be meeting my in-laws and the rest of my husbands family for the FIRST TIME!

With that being said, replies to comments, emails, etc. will be slow for a while but I’ll try to get back to everyone as soon as I can. I also have  a couple of posts, including one tutorial, set to publish while I’m away so keep your eyes peeled! O_O

So on to what I’m packing! These are some of my favorite products, “necessities”, and some things that are just really versatile/useful. I obviously could have packed much lighter but we’ve got room in the luggage and I like variety.

I’m not ashamed to admit that lip products are my weakness. I often have half a dozen lipsticks just hanging out in my purse so it was kind of hard for me to narrow it down to this many (I added NYX Sweet Pink afterwards! Oops.) but I think I’ve got my bases covered. NYX Matte Lipsticks in Butter & Forbidden, NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel & Tiramisu, NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Hot Red & Plum, Maybelline Color Elixir in Signature Scarlet, MAC lipsticks in Ruby Woo, Diva & Please Me and finally Too Faced’s Lip Insurance for a little extra help on long days.

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Cut Crease Face of the Day

I don’t often post my face of the day’s on my blog but I was particularly pleased with how my first cut crease came out yesterday so I figured I’d share! I might start posting these more often because I know that I always enjoy seeing looks that others create and drawing inspiration from them.

My eye shadow look was done solely with Makeup Geek eye shadows and pigments which I’ve been really pleased with! I used them in combination with Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance and the colors stayed vibrant all day long! For the cut crease, I used Makeup Geek’s Last Dance, Taupe Notch & Purely Naked eye shadows. On my lids, I’m wearing Makeup Geek’s Sweet Dreams pigment. I was sort of expecting Sweet Dreams to fade throughout the day since it’s already such a light color but lo and behold, at the end of the day it still looked fabulous.

I’m also wearing my current favorite lip combination, NYX Matte Lipstick in Butter + Butter Gloss in Tiramisu. My eyebrows are my usual Anastasia Dipbrow in Medium Brown.

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Makeup Geek Swatches

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Swatches

I recently had the chance to try out several shades of Makeup Geek’s eye shadows and pigments and I’m so glad that I did! Most of these shades are buttery, smooth and well pigmented.  I can already see a few of these colors becoming staples in my collection and you can be sure to see them making lots of appearances on my face in the future!

I haven’t actually gotten the chance to wear any of these yet (busy getting ready for vacation!) but these were so gorgeous that I had to make this post to share some swatches and a little mini-review with you all. All these Makeup Geek swatches are over bare skin.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Swatches
From left to right: Top row – Purely Naked, Mermaid, Peach Smoothie, Frappe. Middle row -Taupe Notch, Beaches and Cream, Razzleberry, Last Dance. Bottom row – Neptune, Bada Bing, Vanilla Bean, Chickadee.

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Make Up For Ever HD Foundation Swatches 117 vs. 120

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation 117 vs 120
Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 117  (Marble) on the left and 120 (Soft Sand) on the right.

I’m pale in the summer and even more pale in the winter. It seems like even mild sun exposure can give me a noticeable tan and because of that I like to have two shades of my most used foundations. This way I can use the lighter shade during winter, the darker shade during summer and I can mix them together for all the time in between!

For about 2 months now the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation ($42) has been the foundation that I wear basically every single day and I’m quite happy with it!

I know that shopping for foundation online can sometimes be a pain so here is the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 117 vs. 120 swatched to hopefully help ease your foundation shopping woes.

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation 117 vs 120
Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 117 on the left and 120 on the right.
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation 117 vs 120
Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 117 on the left and 120 on the right.

Urban Decay Electric Palette Tutorial

I wore this look featuring the Urban Decay Electric Palette a few weeks ago and had several requests for a tutorial. I figured it would be a fun tutorial to make so yesterday I decided it was time and got to work!

Urban Decay Electric Palette Look

In this tutorial I’ll be using the Urban Decay Electric Palette as well as a few other shades, either from other palettes or singles. As always, I’ll be describing each shade as we go along so if you don’t have the same shadows that I do, you can hopefully use a similar eyeshadow that you already have.

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