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Look of the day: Red & White

Today, I was supposed to have a shoot with some friends, just for fun and for our portfolios!

However last-minute things fell through so I stayed home, and played with some makeup. When I first started doing makeup I bought a 120 palette thinking it was the greatest thing alive, I quickly found that it fell short when it compared to professional brands but I still have it for personal use.

One of the  things I find severely annoying about my 120 palette is the fact that the shadows are so soft the dang things keep breaking.  I wont touch it for 6 months and somehow 3 of the shadows will be shattered.  I think they have tiny time bombs in them.

You can really tell the shadows are sub par just by looking at them, Maybe I will redo this look with my sugar pill burning heart palette when I get it just so you all can see the comparison!

Anyway here is just a quick eye look I did, while looking for something to do.

I only used the 120 palette, + a black ben nye cream + a lip tar in feathered for a white base.

Quick and easy!

p.s.  excuse the brows I really need to go get them done 😉

EVE PEARL: The Eye Palette – Swatches & Reviews

A few months ago as you all know I competed in the IMATS Vancouver beauty/fantasy makeup competition,  I didn’t win but all the contestants got a goodie bag of products.

I promptly gave the jar of glitter included away to a friend because glitter isn’t my thing, but I was quite excited about receiving the 3 eve pearl eye shadow palettes because I had prior to that never had a chance to try them

I am sure you have heard of eve pearl she is a quite famous makeup artist, who is responsible for the salmon concealer trio  which is the best thing for dark circles, especially if you aren’t familiar with color theory.  It takes the guess-work out of color correcting the green, blue, purple colors in your dark circles.

In my gift bag I received 3 of the eye palettes, I believe there are 8. I was given Sapphire eyes which is blue/pinky/peach, Velvet Eyes which has violet/purple, and Emerald Eyes which has green/bronze.

I will review each palette separately, however except for 1 or 2 colors I found most of the shadows a little powdery, and most of them sheered out way too easily.

Emerald Eyes


 

 

 

 

This palette has the most workable shadows in it, the best out of them is the bronze in the top row center, the dark green in the bottom row center, and the dark blue on the bottom row right.  None of these shadows are matte, which might be why they are more workable than some of the other palettes,  the purpley bronze color in the top right is very sheer and I have a hard time picking it up with brush or finger.

The highlight color is a little lighter than it appears in the pictures and is very warm and creamy.  I don’t like the colors that much in this palette and haven’t reached for it much over the past few months, even though I have warm golden brown eyes and the bronzes and greens definitely flatter them.  If you have brown eyes try this palette you might like it, though for $40.00 I think you could most likely find a better bang for your buck. Though if you are a MAC makeup fan, these seem to sit right around that mark and you might like them.

Velvet Eyes

 

 

 

 

This Palette has the least workable shades, which I find hugely disappointing because I am partial to purples.  These colors as a group are my favorite. The most workable shadow is the top middle again which is a gorgeous silvery lavender.  The rest aren’t super pigmented or are powdery and sheer out quite easily. Despite this I still use these colors more than the others because I LOVE THEM! They work reasonably well with a primer it just takes awhile more to blend them out nice and I have to be careful so they don’t sheer out, and I really have to pat the product on.  But, we will go great lengths for colors we love.

Once again these shadows are comparable to MAC but aren’t comparable to say Yaby (which are exceptional)

I would never put these in my pro kit.

Sapphire Eyes

 

 

 

 

 

You will notice in the above pictures I am missing one of the shadows in this palette, unfortunately my careless clumsy self dropped it off my bathroom counter awhile ago and one of the blues broke. 😦 Such a shame as it was absolutely lovely. That is another thing you must watch about these shadows, they are quite soft so they break easily.

This palette is the middle runner of the bunch, but also has the best and most workable single shadow in it.  The middle sparkly blue on the bottom is GORGEOUS! It is workable and pigmented and sparkly and just great, great for a nice smokey eye. The highlight color is also nice, good for a natural eye.  The rest of the shadows run the same way as all the other palettes easy to sheer out, or not that pigmented, or hard to pick up.

Mac quality but not really pro quality.

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All of these palettes have mirrors in them and are great for the consumer! They are great for throwing in your purse and make touch ups easy.  I recommend using a primer with them for all day wear. If you have a bit of patience the colors in these are definitely an asset to a personal kit.

You can purchase these off www.evepearl.com or my favorite online store www.camerareadycosmetics.com (which really has everything SEE)

I placed my birthday order with camera ready cosmetics yesterday, so it should be here by my birthday, maybe even next friday if I’m lucky.  Look forward to a large Haul post!

Toodles ❤

Fall Looks, and Trends, and Colors oh my!

Yesterday I was finally forced to turn the heat on, so I guess its time I admit defeat.. fall is here.

Apart from the sunshine , the warmth, the shorts, the bonfires, and the bronzer being gone, fall is one of my favorite seasons. Fall gives us an excuse to rock out plum and orange lipsticks (not that I need an excuse) and it gives us a chance to buy some fantastic new clothing items, this year I bought pleather skinnies.

This year fall 2011 matte is everywhere,  matte complexions and matte lips. Thank god for all the new formulations and lip products out there, if I see even one chalky dry lip this year I will smack the girl before promptly taking her shopping to show her some better choices.  My favorite is the satin matte lip you get with the OCC Lip Tars dry down. For the fall I really like the colors plum and stalker.

**FAIR WARNING, if you forget to exfoliate prior to ANY matte, demi- matte, satin-matte finish lip product you will suffer grave and dire flakey lip consequences.  **

I am a huge fan of plum cheeks for fall, but some times find them hard to wear as I am a very fair NC15. I am going to share with you my secret for perfect plummy peach cheeks every time.  Doing this gives you a bit of a contour and really make your face look beautiful, and its easy as anything.

I always use cream blush, I find it easier to work with as well as more natural looking. Start with a peachy/pink colored cream blush on the apple of your cheeks (a good one is urban decay glide on cheek tint in score), blend out and upward, until it is a natural color.  Now take a plum cream blush, (a few good ones are urban decay glide on cheek tint in greedy, or a more affordable one is maybelline dream matte mousse cloud wine) and starting on the top of your cheek bone blend the color down into the apples of your cheeks, it should be a well blended gradient from dark to light.

For that matte face that is so popular right now, powder it with some translucent powder.

I will be doing a post later today on a fall look using this technique!

For eyes, the cat eye liner is still going strong.  Has the cat eye ever gone out of style? This year you can stick to the normal, just do thick liner without much of  cat eye, or go the way that a lot of runways have gone, the weird geometric eyeliner.

This is very popular, but not for the faint of heart. I for one will not be partaking in this trend for an every day look, some of my models may not be so lucky!

If you are interested in getting this look but just don’t have the time, or the talent dior has created “backstage eyeliners-to-wear multi-wear adhesive eyeliner patches” say that three times fast! These are similar to those gimmicky lip tattoos that give you interesting designs. They are pretty expensive (59$ CAD for 1 sheet of 4?!!!) but for a special event might be worth it.

There are just a few trends, and a tip to get you through the next few weeks before it gets really cold and the icicles start forming.

I will get into hair color trends another time, right now I have to go drink hot chocolate and huddle next to my heater.

What do you think of the fall makeup trends this year!?

What do YOU want reviewed?!

So my birthday is coming up soon, which spurred me to blog again.  I am surprised so many people still read this thing considering I am so sporadic in posting.  I will post 4 times a week for a month then not post for 2.  I just get so busy sometimes 😦 Sorry fanwiches.

ANYWAY!

So for my birthday every year.. so far at least, this is only the second year… my boyfriend buys me a large amount of makeup products from the ever wonderful Camera Ready Cosmetics .

If you don’t shop there all ready what is wrong with you? I actually have no idea what I would do without this website.  They have pretty much everything I need for my kit, including special fx stuff, + they have pro discount + the shipping is cheap + they ship faster than any other company ever!

I always get my stuff within a week, while other companies take 2 or 3 sometimes 😦

This year, I spent an extra long time perfecting my birthday list, to maximize my goodies. I am going to post a list and I want you to tell me what to review, and I will do swatches and a review and everything.

I may even do a big video haul, so my readers can see what I look like.  I am a bit camera-shy.  If you are really curious to see my awkward bumbling self go to my website  www.cvmmakeup.tk  and go to press and watch the video of me at IMATS.  The camera guy had to actually chase me down because I was so loathe to give an interview.

I sure am off topic today

HERE IS THE LIST!

– Sugarpill 4-Color Palette / Burning Heart

– La Femme Blush Palette 12 Color

– Embryolisse 23000 Lait-Crème Concentrè (24-Hour Miracle Cream)

– Mehron No Sweat Skin Prep

– La Femme 12 color Large La Femme Eye Shadow Palette #1

– Kryolan Dermacolor Light Lip Rouge Mini Palette 16 color

– Mehron CelebrÉ HD Pro Foundation in Eurasia Ivory, Eurasia Japonais, LT1, LT4, ME2, ME4, MD3, D2, D4

– Camera Ready Oil Control Pressed Powder (just because mine ALWAYS BREAKS i have to buy one like every month 😦 )

– Cinema Secrets Eye Shadow Primer

and some refills for my yaby eyeshadow palettes (which is what he got me for my last bday) because I’ve hit pan on a few!

Let me know what you are most interested in hearing about!

ARE YOU AS EXCITED AS ME?!

XX ❤ 🙂

Ben Nye HD Media Pro Foundation

I have yet to do a foundation review, however next to brushes my great love is foundations.  Every time I go anywhere there is makeup I ignore all the bright colored eyeshadows and lipsticks, and sit down with as many brushes as I can find and test as many different foundations as I possibly can.

I have dry skin, albeit very clear  skin.  However, foundations are still tricky for me, I have always found it hard to find a good matte foundation that doesn’t show off the dry crackly skin on the bridge of my nose and in the center of my forehead.  I spend all day checking in any reflective surface I can find to make sure my foundation hasn’t settled into my crackly bits, thus destroying the most important part of my makeup, the base. It is especially hard to find a cream foundation for any sort of dry skin.

Now down to business.  So many companies are jumping into the HD game!  Everyone is just slapping the word HD on all their products and people are buying them up like Hot Cakes.  Of course when it comes down to it anything can work for HD when applied correctly.  But it helps when the product applies like the Ben Nye HD Media Pro Foundation does.

This foundation has a light to medium coverage.  It’s not going to hide every imperfection you have, use concealer for that.  It will however apply like silk , even out your skintone and make you look like your skin is naturally that even and glowy.  For people with reasonably good skin like me, this foundation is a god send.  You really only need a tiny bit, I like to apply this with my fingers.  It covers any redness I might have and really doesn’t look like I am wearing anything at all.

Most importantly it doesn’t show my dry skin.

The container is the typical Ben Nye cream foundation packaging. The 5oz clear screw top jar with the silver ring around the edge, the ben nye label stamped in the center of the lid, and the info on the back.

This foundation will probably last months with the little amount you have to use.  The finish is a silky demi matte, more matte then say graftobians foundation palette  and a little less matte then the kryolan ultra foundations.

You do need to lightly powder.

I highly Recommend you go out and give this a try I can see this becoming a staple in my personal as well as professional kit.

Picture time!

IMATS post #1

As many of you may know I was involved in the Vancouver 2011 Imats last weekend.  I only went on the first day the saturday, and most of my day was spent being a contestant in the beauty/fantasy student competition.

I am planning on doing a big post about it tomorrow or the next day with product reviews/ a haul post detailing the stuff I got in my goody bag (EVE PEARL PALETTES ) and what I bought after It was all over.

As well as my side of the student competition and how it went down / how nervous I was/ What the other contestants were like.

I will however leave you with a quick video that my school did of their and my Imats Experience.

After 1:07, It is all me and the student competition.  Excuse the constant giggling I am camera shy.

LIP TAR SALE!

If you are interested in trying some lip tars now is the time! OCC has created their coveted gift packs once again, you can get 6 liptars for only 50 bucks, which is a total steal! Buy them HERE

The first 6 pack is the Primary Mix Masters which has:

STALKER, TRAFFIC, RX, TARRED, DANGEROUS, FEATHERED

The second 6 pack is the  Beyond Pastel which has:

TONE, PLUM, PAGEANT, VAPID, LO-FI, CHA CHA

The last 6 pack is Not-Of-This-Earth-Tones which has:

CONQUEST, PETTY BEIGE, ANALOG, RED IO, MELANGE, UBER

Which pack is your favorite?  I can’t decide, and think I will get all of them! Luckily I only have 1 color out of all 18 colors offered. Let me know if any of you get the packs and how you like your new lip tars!

Another OCC/Lip tar swatch post, and review can be expected shortly this time I will focus on the customer service, shipping etc from OCC as I have never ordered directly from the site before!

Ciao

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