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Saturday, January 26, 2013

3 Drawer Acrylic Storage from The Container Store - REVIEW

I purchased these 3 drawer units last year to accommodate my makeup with a higher profile.
I elected to buy the model with the cut out area for finger pulling over the model with the knob on the drawer. I heard from a few of my makeup buddies that the "knobbed" model cracked and the knob broke off after a brief time.
I also wanted a more uniform look for my storage.
The finger cut out resembles that of my acrylic muji drawers.


I purchased the units for $14.99 US each from The Container Store. I paid $8.50 for shipping.

I find them to be relatively flimsy in comparison to the sturdy muji drawers.
However, it was essential that I get them to store my taller items, such as eos lip balms and loose setting powders.
They do stack, however they are not secure. I would recommend slipping a bit of that gummy stuff you find on the back of gift cards between the units to prevent accidents.

I would purchase these items again despite the cheaper quality as compared to my muji drawers. I like the look of uniformity.


Do you own anything like this?
Do you have items with higher profiles that will not fit in your muji drawers?



Friday, January 25, 2013

Homemade Yellow Setting Powder

I love to shop my stash! I have been lemming Ben Nye's banana powder forever. I am reluctant to pay shipping. The advantage to using it, is it isn't as HARSH as white powder when the flashbulbs go off.

I got this bright idea to combine my Coastal Scents Silica Spheres with a couple of MAC Pigments from my collection. I used 1/3 cup of the silica spheres, and 1 tsp each of MAC Primary Yellow and Chrome Yellow Pigments.












I have yet to perfect the application process, but that is the fun of playing in makeup.


I used a sponge today. I will try a brush tomorrow. I neglected to dust off the excess powder before setting with spray. I still plan to purchase the BEN NYE Banana Powder. This experiment wasn't a total failure. I say that because it was a learning experience.

Always a clown, I never take myself so seriously that I can't post a BAD picture of myself. If I can help someone learn, then I've accomplished something.
I hope this was helpful to someone.

Do you use colored setting powders?
Which are your favorites?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Day 4 Pigment Challenge - Lollipop and Inked In Pink

Day 4 of my 1 week pigment challenge.
Just trying to utilize a neglected part of my collection.
This is LA Colors Lollipop over Maybelline Metal Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Inked In Pink.
I tried using my Chanel Perfection Lumiere again today.
It oxidized AGAIN after just 4 hours of wear.
LIPS
Line - Jane CHIANTI
Fill  - MAC YUNG RAPUNXEL lipstick (amplified)
Gloss - MAC FLIGHT OF FANCY with
NYX PURPLE RAIN Mega Shine in the center.
CHEEKS
Stacked blush today ladies...
NYX TERRA COTTA, Milani LUMINOSO (NARS "O" dupe and La Femme Blush in PURPLE PASSION


I love how the INKED IN PINK tones down the LOLLIPOP! It turned out much softer than I anticipated.
Do You Own Any LA Colors Loose Eyeshadows?
Do You Wear Pink Eyeshadow?

Lips Of The Day (LOTD) - Featuring Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Love - OUTLAW

I'm a sucker for lip products.
I am in love with MATTE lippies.
I do love the option of being able to add gloss to change the look of a matte lip product.
















Kat Von D
Everlasting Liquid Love OUTLAW

I saw a video on YouTube featuring LakiaStar using this.




Wear Time was about 4 hours straight with no feathering or transfer.
When I drank some water, the product began to transfer.
It felt like my lips were beginning to dry at the 6 hour mark.
I would suggest taking the product with you if you want to do any touch ups.

The product came in a black box. The tube was actually glued to the inside of the box. I had to wipe off the glue. That was a little bit annoying. I do like the sleek tube.

This product retails for $19 US at Sephora.


Do you like matte lips?
Would you purchase it?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Face Of The Day (FOTD) - Day 3 Pigment Challenge -

So far, so good I have been on a roll with my Pigment Challenge. I hope I can continue and see this thing through to the finish.

BROWS
Fill - Maybelline Define A Brow - DARKEST BROWN
Above Brow Concealer - MAC Studio Finish NC50
Below Brow Concealer - MAC Studio Finish NC45








EYES
Prime - NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Base - Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow BAD TO THE BRONZE
Mobile Lid - MAC TAN PIGMENT
Transition - MAC SADDLE
Crease - MAC BROWN SCRIPT
Deepen Outer V - MAC FOLIE
Highlight - L'Oreal HiP Loose Eyeshadow Pigment RESTLESS
Top Lashline - Maybelline Ultra Liner BLACK
Waterline - Revlon Color Stay Auto Pencil BLACK
Mascara - Maybelline the COLOSSAL GLAM BLACK

FACE
Prime Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Anti Shine
Foundation - Estee Lauder Double Wear Light  INTENSITY 3
Highlight -
Setting Powder - MAC Transparent Loose Powder, Home made Yellow Under Eye Circles Only
Setting Spray - Urban Decay the all NIGHTER

CHEEKS
Powder Blush - Red From Sassi
Highlight - elf WARM TAN
Contour - Cover Girl Bronzer EBONY

LIPS
Line - NK BROWN
Fill - Wet N Wild 910D Red Velvet
Gloss - MAC Viva Glam Cyndi

Do You Use Loose Eyeshadow Pigments?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Updated Muji Storage 2013


Top to bottom,
Row 1
Acrylic Book Organizer from Staples Office Supply. Contains Pigments, Larger Eyeshadow Palettes
1- 2 Drawer Unit. Contains pigments, Paint Pots and Eyeshadow Primers
2 - 5 Drawer Units. Contains Maybelline Color Tattoos, Pigments, Single Eyeshadows and Drugstore Eyeshadow Palettes
Row 2
1 - 2 Drawer Flip Top Unit. Contains Liquid Foundations, Setting Sprays, Facial Cleanser, Toner and Moisturizer plus Brush Shampoo & Cleanser.
Overflow Drugstore Eyeshadow quads and a few blushes.
2 - 5 Drawer Units. Contains Bronzers, Cream Blushes, Powder Blushes, Lipgloss
Row 3
Pampered Chef Tool Turn About with Makeup Brushes
2- 3 Drawer Units from the Container Store
Contains Setting Powders, Concealers, Pigments, Bronzers, eos Lip Balms, Beauty Supply 3 in 1 Makeup Pencils, Mascaras and Eyebrow Pencils.
In the front, 3 - 36 Lipstick Holders.

This setup is constantly changing.
I do plan to procure another 3 Drawer unit from the Container Store for my lashes, and Cotton products.
I would also like to get some alternative storage for my makeup pencils. I saw some acrylic drawer inserts from the Container Store, as well as some Pencil Caddies on the Muji website. I have not made up my mind which I would enjoy more.

Do you own any of these storage solutions?
Are you planning on reorganizing your set up anytime soon?

COBALT BLUE Eyeshadow Look

I love COBALT BLUE!
I decided to rock a blue eyeshadow look for work.

EYES
Prime - NARS Smudgeproof
Base - Maybelline 24 Hr Color Tattoo Eyeshadow BLUE ON BY
Highlight - L'Oreal HiP Loose Eyeshadow Pigment RESTLEES
Transition - MAC SADDLE
Mobile Lid - NARS OUTREMER covered with MAC SEA AND SKY
Crease - MAC BROWN SCRIPT and MAC FOLIE
Tearduct - L'Oreal Hip Loose Eyeshadow RESTLESS and the light seafoam green from MAC SEA and SKY
Top Lashline - Maybelline Ultra Liner BLACK
Waterline - Revlon Color Stay Auto Pencil BLACK
Lashes - Salon Perfect Demi Whispies
FACE
Prime - Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Anti Shine
Foundation - NARS Sheer Glow MACAO
Setting Powder - elf Clarifying Pressed Powder TOFFEE
Setting Spray - Urban Decay the all NIGHTER






CHEEKS
Blush -NARS Powder Blush  LOVE JOY
Highlight - NARS ALBATROSS

LIPS
Line - NK BROWN
Fill - Wet N Wild Mega Last Lipstick SPICE RUM outer, BARE IT ALL center
Gloss - L'Oreal HiP RESERVED outer NK TAUPE inner

Do you like Cobalt Blue eyeshadow?
Are you bold enough to wear it?
Are you able to wear bold colors at your place of employment?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Nails of The Day (NOTD) - China Glaze DOROTHY WHO

This is a beautiful mid tone blue with flecks of light blue shimmer.
I used 3 coats for this application, although I could have gotten away with only 2.

Base - China Glaze Strong Adhesion
Color - China Glaze DOROTHY WHO
Top Coat - Seche Vite












Do you own this color?
What do you think of it?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

GOLD RUSH Eyeshadow Look

Pigments! I rarely use them because they are ever so messy! I decided to challenge myself to use theme everyday for a week. This will allow me the opportunity to put a small dent in my pigment collection. It is a neglected portion of my stash.










BROWS
Maybelline Define A Brow Pencil DARKEST BROWN* gift

EYES
Prime - NARS Smudgeproof
Base - Maybelline 24 Hour Metal Color Tattoo Eyeshadow GOLD RUSH
Mobile Lid - NYX Loose Pearl Eyeshadow YELLOW GOLD
Transition - MAC SADDLE
Crease - MAC BROWN SCRIPT
Deepen Outer V - MAC FOLIE
Tightline - Maybelline Ultra Liner BLACK
Water Line - Revlon Color Stay Auto Pencil BLACK

FACE
Prime - Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Anti Shine, Phillips Milk of Magnesia NOSE ONLY
Foundation - Make Up For Ever HD #177
Contour - Cover Girl Bronzer EBONY, Milani Baked Bronzer GOLDEN* sent to me for review
Highlight - MAC Select Moisture Concealer NC45, Set with Home made YELLOW Powder
Setting Powder - MAC Transparent Loose Powder
Setting Spray - Urban Decay the all NIGHTER


CHEEKS
Blush NARS Powder Blush Exhibit A
Highlight - NARS GOLD from FOREPLAY Palette





LIPS
Line - NK BROWN
Fill - MAC RUSSIAN RED outer, MAC RUBY WOO center
Gloss - Miliani BEST DRESSED



Do you use loose eyeshadow pigments?
Why or why not?
Would you be willing to join me in the one week challenge?

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Funky Platform Booties

I was thrilled to have seen these cuties on sale during an impromptu visit to
my local Ashley Stewart.
The redline clearance is 50% off the hardmarked price. I was able to snag these for $23.99.
Often I see such styles at my local Bare Feet Shoes. However I do not buy them because they do not carry wide. The shoe SNOB in me tends to stay away from shoes that do not come in a box. Let alone shoes that are clipped to a peg. But I figured I would indulge myself this time for the sake of fashion. Shoe lovers can justify any new shoe purchase.

I elected to get size 11 as my heels jut out in the back like Foghorn Leghorn. I did not my normal size ten would cut the mustard.
I cannot wait to wear these. I'm not sure where I will wear them, but I will.




I should go back and buy them in red.























You may still be able to purchase the black pair from the website. However the price will not be as good as in store.

Which pair do you like better?
Would you wear these shoes?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Face Of The Day (FOTD) - Brrrr It's Cold!

Temperatures really dropped on the East Coast of the United States last week.
I was excited to do a full face of makeup, as the hectic holiday season previously left me tired an uninspired.
The warmth of my deep red lips seemed to warm things up for me. I love how they bring out the rich burgundy of my scarf and the oxblood cardigan.







































FACE
Prime - Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Shine Control
Foundation - NARS Sheer Glow MACAO
Contour - e.l.f. Clarifying Pressed Powder Tone 4 SPICE
Highlight - NARS GOLD from the FOREPLAY Palette
Set - e.l.f. Clarifying Pressed Powder TOFFEE and Urban Decay the all Nighter setting Spray


CHEEKS
Black Radiance Artisian Color Baked Blush WARM BERRY

BROWS
Above Brow Concealer - MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC50
Fill - Maybelline Define A Brow Pencil DARKEST BROWN* This was a gift.
Below Brow Concealer - MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC45

EYES
Prime - NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Color - L'Oreal HIP Cream Shadow Paint PUTTY
Waterline/Tightline - Revlon Color Stay Auto Pencil BLACK
Top Lashline - Maybelline Waterproof Ultra Liner BLACK
Mascara - Maybelline the COLOSSAL VERY BLACK
Under Eye Concealer - LORAC CoverUp C7, MAC Select Moisture Concealer NC45, MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC45 Set with Home Made Banana Powder

LIPS
Line - NK BROWN
Fill - MAC DRAMATIC ENCOUNTER (matte Limited Edition)
Center - MAC RUBY WOO (matte)

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