Monday, September 29, 2014

Mascara Wars (and an update)

Well what do ya know, it's been super long time between posts yet again this year. I've had a hard time with this blog lately. I still love makeup and want to do tutorials, but there's been an authenticity issue that I've been dealing with. On one hand, I love makeup looks that are smokey, fun, and actually using lots of makeup. That's kind of the point when you love makeup - to use it. And that's what I used to do. Play around with makeup and photograph it. While that's great, I kind of feel like I'm being a little fake because I don't wear makeup like that. I can't tell you the last time that I did a full eye makeup look. My day-to-day makeup is more natural. And while that's great and I love doing the natural looks, they tend to photograph the same, and you just end up with the same tutorial over and over again. So I could sit down and actually do my makeup, but I probably wouldn't leave my apartment or I would take it all off and re-do it with less before going out. Anyways, I hope I've come up with a solution...

It's a 2 part solution. #1. I'm going to do a tutorial only when it's a different style of look. On 95% of the other days, I'll just do the end result and talk about the products and such, because I do use different shadows and palettes, it's just all similar looks. And #2. I've discovered I love writing, so I'm actually going to write my thoughts on products. Or maybe I should say, attempt to write my thoughts on products, and makeup stuff in general.

So there we have it. I promise other posts won't be as long as this one. I just had a really long intro to get through. =) Let's give it a whirl....


So let's talk mascaras. I'm kind of a mascara junkie. I loooove mascaras. I'm lucky that they pretty much all work on my lashes - from the dry to the wet, volumizing to lengthening. But. I'm really picky. I have learned that I don't like mascaras purchased twice in a row. (I know, weird, right?) I fell in love with a Chanel one a while back, used it all up, and re-purchased. Makes sense right? Apparently not because I didn't like it. It just was lacking its luster. And that happens all the time. I get really excited about a mascara, re-purchase, and it's a no-go. I guess I just like to switch them up a lot?

I do have one mascara that breaks that rule though. It's the L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black. NOT the waterproof - it's just not the same. The regular is definitely my favorite, even through all the high-end brands I've tried. I've re-purchased it twice now. It's my fallback when I don't have one I like or don't know what one to try next. And sometimes I just like to take it out every now and then (which I totally did after writing this haha)! It's a dry formula that is THE blackest you can get. L'Oreal knows how to do a super black mascara. The only complaint I have is that it can be really hard to work with. You have to have patience, which I know is the last thing you want to hear about a mascara. But I promise, this one is worth it! It volumizes like crazy and is just so black, it makes me end up looking like I have false eyelashes on. Oh man. Love it!

I have 4 other mascaras in my drawer right now. Yes, I know. That's five total. FIVE. (Hi, my name is Jessica and I have a mascara problem.) And they're actually all drugstore mascaras. They are: L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black, Maybelline The Big Eyes Falsies, L'Oreal Voluminous Mis Manga in Blackest Black, and NYX Color Mascara in Purple. Now I haven't used the NYX colored mascara much yet, so I'm going to skip talking about that one, and I've got a tutorial of the L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black which you can find HERE. (Btw, L'Oreal Carbon Black anything rocks.) So that leaves us with two mascaras to talk about.

First up, Maybelline's The Big Eyes Falsies. My first impressions of this were, eh, and do I really need a separate mascara for my bottom lashes? You're killing my dollar value when you cut divide the mascara into 2! Answer: YES! You NEED a bottom mascara. In fact, I just googled "bottom lash mascara". I guess Clinique has one, but it just doesn't look the same. Maybelline, please make this a separate, full size bottom lash mascara? Pretty please? I will say, the top lash is good. Not great, but good. I'd recommend it - it definitely seemed like what I remember the regular falsies mascara - that one was good too. It's a dry formula with a spiral brush. The bristles aren't close enough together for me though to really coat my lashes. I wouldn't say it volumized or lengthened, but like I said it's on par with the regular falsies mascara. But man, the bottom lash. Ugh. I can't get over it. I personally think it doesn't have much to do with the formula of the mascara, which seems about the same as the top lash formula. It's all the brush for this though. It's such a perfect size - such itty bitty, fine bristles, that I just works like a dream to separate and get each of your bottom lashes. This mascara is definitely worth a try for the bottom mascara alone. And if you liked the regular falsies mascara, you have to add this to your list to try.

The L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga. I've heard a lot about this and a lot of people say they like it. I have it in the Blackest black and while it's no Carbon Black, it's pretty close. Noticeably blacker than the Maybelline Big Eyes Falsies. In my honest opinion, The Big Falsies top mascara is a touch better, and the Voluminous Carbon Black is a lot better (who would have guessed, ha). There's just something about this one. I think it's because it's not memorable, other than it's blacker than the Falsies. I do still reach for it from time to time, but this one was just, eh, for me. It's the wand. The formula seems very similar to the Carbon Black, but this wand is not my favorite. I find I get the best volume with wands that have the bristles really close together. These bristles aren't. And I'm not sure what's up with companies and their fascination with odd shaped wands, but I have yet to find one that does something - anything - different. They're just a little bit weird to me. Someone's got to have a different opinion though! Please explain it to me, because I don't get it. Yeah, I don't know. I'm just not feeling this one. I'll update you if things change.

So I just wrote the longest post ever on mascaras. Hmm. And now I need to know - what's your favorite and why? Which one should I try next? Because I'll be looking....in about a week lol.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Subtle Bright Shadow with Marc Jacobs The Tease


Am I back? I don't know, but I'm going to try this thing again. Hopefully it'll stick this time since the craziness of my life has hopefully died down. I have 2 tutorials using the Marc Jacobs palettes that have been sitting on my computer for a couple months now and this is one of them. I fell in love with The Lolita palette over Christmas. (Yes, I know I'm mentioning Christmas in July. Sorry.) I loved it so much that when I saw The Tease, I knew I had to have it, and it's even more beautiful than The Lolita. A little less versatile, but still a great palette. I wanted to figure out a way to incorporate the bright violet shadow in this palette, but use it in a subtle way that you could even wear to work. This is what I came up with. Hope you enjoy!



Step 1: Apply the peachy-pink color to the outer 3/4 of the top lid. Then apply the light brown shadow to the inner 1/4 and take up it up through the crease.
Step 2: Now's the fun part. Take the bright violet color, using a E30 pencil brush, apply it like you would a liner to the outer half of your eye. This is meant to not be a perfect line and you can make it as thick as you wanted. I went a little thicker this time around than the first time. If you're a little nervous about using such a bright color, go slow and don't apply too much - you can always add more.
Step 3: Line your top lash line. I just did the outer half again. I used the first purple shade and the used the matte gray/purple over the top. The shadows in this palette just tend to blend so nicely here that just simply layering the liner colors gives an almost rainbow type effect.
Step 4: Next I finished the shadows with the lower lash line. I took what was left on my E30 brush from the violet and just lightly brushed it over the outer 1/3 of my lower lash line. You can skip this if you'd like though. I just like that it gives a little dimension. Then take the light brown shadow and apply it to the bottom lash line. It's a color that's close to my skin tone, so I applied it liberally here. Then I used Tarte's Inner Rim Liner on the outer third of my waterline to brighten and pick up the color even more.
Step 5: Lastly, just curl your lashes and apply mascara. I used Dior's Diorshow Iconic.

Face: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Light applied with fingers; Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Treatment Corrector in Fair applied under eye with fingers; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light applied with Sigma F30; L'Oreal True Match Crayon Correcteur in Fair/Light applied with fingers as concealer; BareMinerals Original Foundation in Fairly Medium applied with Sigma E60 as concealer
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde; Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear as brow gel
Cheeks: Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel applied with Ulta Synthetic Kabuki brush as bronzer; Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Adored applied with Real Techniques blush brush; Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator in Pink Rose applied to tops of the cheeks
Lips: Revlon Colorburst Lip Button in Peach Parfait with Limited Edition Lorac Rockin' Red Hot Gloss in Rock Star applied over the top

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Simple Natural Look using Chanel Prelude Quad


This is a look that has been my go-to for weeks now. It's so simple, it really doesn't need a full "tutorial" but I thought I'd throw it out here anyways. I ordered the Chanel Prelude quad a while ago and was slightly disappointed when I first opened it up - blame it on the huge beautiful palettes that I've been buying lately. When I first used it though, I was in love. The shadows are so absolutely subtly beautiful! If you're looking for a natural smaller palette or quad for travel (and are in the position to spend an obscene amount of money), I'd definitely recommend this one! It'll for sure be the one I travel with, and just reach for anyways.


Step 1: Apply the top left shade on the outer corner of your top lid like you would a line and flick it out just a little. I used a Sigma E65 Small Angle brush.
Step 2: Using an E30 pencil brush, apply the bottom left shade on the outer part of your bottom lash line.
Step 3: Then take the same shade and brush and smudge just a little into your outer crease.
Step 4: Curl your lashes and apply mascara. I used Dior's Diorshow Iconic

Face: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream in Light applied with fingers; Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Spot Treatment Corrector in Fair applied under eye with fingers; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light applied with Sigma F30; L'Oreal True Match Crayon Correcteur in Fair/Light applied with fingers as concealer; BareMinerals Original Foundation in Fairly Medium applied with Sigma E60 as concealer
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde; Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Clear as brow gel
Cheeks: Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel applied with Ulta Synthetic Kabuki brush as bronzer; Benefit Rockateur blush applied with Real Techniques blush brush
Lips: Dior Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Urban Decay Naked 3 Tutorial


Pigs are flying! I finally used my Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette! Alright, so I only used two shades, but that's way better than I've done over the past 4 months. (Has it really been that long?) This look is super simple and really pretty for the spring. It's just a fresh, bright rosy look. Hope you enjoy!


Step 1: Start with a base or primer. I uesd a Sigma Eyeshadow Base in Provoke which is just a nude base color. Then apply Burnout over all but the very outer corner of your upper lid.
Step 2: Apply Buzz in the outer corner.
Step 3: Line your top lash line with a dark brown to create a softer look. I used Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Damsel.
Step 4: Line your waterline and inner corner in white. I used Rimmel London Soft Kohl Eye Liner Pencil in 07 Pure White.
Step 5: Curl your lashes and apply mascara. I used a combination of L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black and L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black.

Face: It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream in Light applied with Beauty Blender; L'Oreal True Match Crayon Concealer in Fair/Light; YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in #2; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light; Tarte Cheek Stain in Fearless
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde; Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara as brow gel
Lips: Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Flashing Lights

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hair Chalking


Today I thought I'd talk about hair chalking. I'm by no means an expert. I've only chalked my hair a few times, but I've tried a couple different ways and thought I'd write down my thoughts. The first time I tried hair chalking was last summer. (The below Instagram picture was from then.) I used chalk pastels - you know, the kind you used in middle school. Real art supplies. I had mine from college and was excited to bust them out even if it wasn't to draw something. I simply used the red, which looks pink in my hair. They say you should wet the chalk somehow, but I applied it dry and it worked just fine. If I had cared about turning my hands red, I would have put a paper towel between my hands and the chalk, but I just got messy. There wasn't really any residual chalk, because the pastel sticks are so compact that you really had to draw on your hair to get the color to come off, but that meant that I didn't worry too much about it coming off all over my clothes. Of course it will come off, since it's just chalk, but it seemed like it would stay pretty well, especially compared to the next way I tried chalking.


I pinned this pin on pinterest and that's how I stumbled upon this second way of chalking. I did NOT use the Anastasia Hypercolors, since I wasn't sure how often I'd actually chalk my hair (not really corporate work appropriate), and honestly, I didn't know how well it would work. I used the NYX Primal Colors Pressed Pigments Facepowders. They're vibrant pressed colors. And I didn't use alcohol, just water. I figured that I managed fine with no water the first time, that I didn't need alcohol this time. Plus doesn't alcohol dry out your hair? Anyways, I just wet a cotton pad, rubbed it in the color and pressed my hair between both. What a mess this one made, and I feel like if I rub up against anything, all the color will transfer. The powder was just too soft and chalky and it got everywhere; my black sweatshirt looked like a tornado of yellow hit it. Maybe I was just too aggressive with the yellow because the purple/pink went a little better, but man - still messy.

So overall, if you're going to chalk, buy supplies made for chalking OR if you don't want to spend the money, go to an art store or craft store and buy yourself a whole box of pastels. (Btw, did you notice I had to do a vertical picture? My hair is so long, that to try and fit it all in in a horizontal picture, it just looked silly with all the extra space on the sides. haha. But I love it!)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pink Barbie Look


I was going for a spring tutorial and one thing turned from hot pink to iridescent glitter and then it was barbie. Oh well, it's not like Mother Nature has realized it's spring yet anyways. We're getting more snow as we speak, though how much is still questionable; the weather this winter has seemed to change chaotically. We'll get spring and summer eventually, right? Until then, here's a super girly, hot pink, barbie look. I used the Lorac Pro palette, the Make Up For Ever Glitter in #4 White Violet, and the NYX Primal Colors Pressed Pigments Facepowder. The NYX pigments are not meant to be eye shadows, only for your face, but I threw caution to the wind and used it on my eyes anyways. (I haven't had any issues with it.) If you're worried about it though, the Too Faced Pretty Rebel palette has a bright pink you could use. It's a little deeper, but should give you a fairly similar result.




Step 1: Apply Sigma Eye Shadow Base in Awake all over you lid.
Step 2: Apply Champagne as your base color over your lid and bring it down into your inner corner for your hightlight. This is a really sparkly shade that will help make the matte pink have a little shimmer to it and it will also help make sure you don't apply too much of the pink at once.
Step 3: Take Taupe and apply it into your upper crease and blend up.
Step 4: Apply Pewter in your crease to add a little dimension. Blend that as well. I also applied Cream as my brow highlight.
Step 5: Now comes the fun part. Using NYX Primal Colors in Hot Pink, start patting the pink onto your lid. Be careful not to get it in the crease too much and also be careful of fallout from patting this on.
Step 6: This is optional, but who doesn't like a little glitter. I applied Make Up For Ever's Glitter in #4 all over my lid with my finger. I also let the fallout fall into my inner corner and below it as well for a little extra. (Do I even need to warn how messy this is?)
Step 7: Take taupe again and apply it on your bottom lid, extending a little up and out on the outer edge. Blend that out.
Step 8: Apply espresso on the outer third of your bottom lid, just a little to give a deeper look on the outer corner. I like to take an angled brush and press it into my lash line.
Step 9: Using Black, line your upper lash line making sure to get nice and close to your lash line. If you prefer, you can skip this step and tightline your upper lash line instead. With all the glitter, I decided not to press my luck with irritating my eyes and opted for shadow instead. Then line your eyes with a liquid liner to make sure the line is nice and dark. I used L'Oreal's Carbon Black Lineur Intense.
Step 11: Phew, this was a lot of steps! Lastly, line your bottom waterline, curl your lashes, and apply mascara. I used Maybelline Unstoppable in Onyx on my waterline and used a combination of L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black and L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Back on my lashes. I applied the Voluminous like I normally do, and then used the Telescopic on the tips of my top lashes to get them a little extra.

Face: Benefit the POREfessional; Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in shade SB 4.5; YSL Touche Eclat in 2; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light; Sigma Eye Shadow Base in Composed as contour/bronzer; Tarte Cheek Stain in Fearless
Eyebrows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde; Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara as brow gel
Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Maybelline Color Whisper


Let's talk about the Maybelline Color Whispers. In my last catch up post, I confessed that I went a little crazy in the lip department and it mostly revolved around the whispers. These are seriously great! If you want to see swatches of the entire collection, Jennifer's youtube video has it all, so no need for me to repeat that here, but I thought I'd go through the ones I have an give you my thoughts on them.

First though, the Color Whispers are all sheer lip colors, which you can build and get really dark. The consistency is light, but builds to be a little more on the glossy side without any stickiness. They do have a scent, or flavor rather, that is what I would call fruity. It reminds me of fruit loops. Most days I don't notice it, but there have been times that it gets to be a little too much for me. I wouldn't say they're long lasting because they're sheer, but I don't really mind that I need to re-apply. They remind me of more of balm in that way. If you're looking for something that has a bit of a color that's a step up from a balm, the Maybelline Color Whispers are the way to go.


Orange Attitude - This is one I purchased but haven't tried. It's a very daring shade for me being that it's orange. No way around it. I'm hoping it'll be slightly wearable being that these are sheer, but I'll have to let you know. I just thought it'd be a fun shade for spring.
Pink Possibilities and Coral Ambition - These 2 I bought a while back, probably last summer when I was looking for really light sheer colors that just give your lips a touch of color. Both of these will be great for spring with their light colors - the first is a light, but bright, pink and the second is a light more orange-y coral.


Who Wore It Red-er - Tied for my #1 favorite. Judging it by the name and the shade in the tube, I would not normally pick this color. It's red and I rarely do a red lip. I don't know what I was thinking, but I purchased it and am so happy I did. On the lips, this is really a pink with a hint of red. It's so unique in that way and will forever be a staple in my lip collection. I have noticed that it seems to get a little more on the red side as the day goes by and I re-apply, but still stays more on the pink side.
Pin Up Peach - Another favorite. I find myself reaching for this one the most right now, especially with spring right around the corner. It's a sheer, wearable coral that seems to go with just about anything.
Rose of Attraction - I find this to be a true rose color that you can build. While it's a good color, I find myself reaching for others in the collection that have a similar feel, like the Pin Up Peach for a bit more coral, or Who Wore It Red-er for a bit brighter shade.


Made-It Mauve - This one's similar to Lust for Blush which has more pink in it. This one is a bit more brown. I like it, but, again, find myself reaching for Lust for Blush and forgetting this one.
Lust For Blush - This is one of my favorites. It's what I would call a "your lips but better" color. It's a very dusty rose color that gives your lips just a little more color when on.
Mocha Muse - This one is a nudish brown color. I haven't worn it much at all because it's not really the typical color palette I wear, but I didn't have anything like this one, so I picked it up.


A Plum Prospect - The scary purple packaging and color in the tube. It's not purple though - not even the slightest bit. It's funny because I was actually looking for this EXACT shade but didn't know how to describe it. I just knew it wasn't anything like what I had. This one has about the same brightness as Who Wore It Red-er and is conveniently also tied with it for my #1 favorite. It's a bright pink with just a hint of purple. Yeah, it might be my favorite. Get this one. Seriously.
Oh La Lilac - A light purple/lilac that's perfect for spring, because, well, that's what I bought it for. The sheer color makes this pretty wearable, so I wouldn't shy away from it just because it really is a lilac.

Overall, my recommendations are A Plum Prospect, Pin Up Peach, Who Wore It Red-er, and Lust For Blush. But really they're all fantastic. I know I'll be buying more of the collection, they're just that good. =)
by Jessica Dawn ~ No more waitin on a shooting star. I'm betting it all on your pretty heart