Monday, December 30, 2013

RiRi for Mac 2X Dare Eye Shadow Palette


Yep, back with another Rihanna for Mac Eye Shadow Palette. This palette, 2X Dare, is pretty similar to the other Rihanna palette, but I'm really glad I got both. They're different just enough to give a slightly different look. I think this could be another really pretty look that you could do for New Year's Eve too. Hope you have a good New Year!


Step 1: Apply the second rose gold shadow to the whole top lid, patting into place so that you don't get a ton of fall out.
Step 2: Apply the first cream shadow in the inner corner and take that down the bottom about a third of the way in. Then apply the third blue-ish shadow in the center of your bottom lid, blending with the cream on the inside and taking it almost to the outer corner.
Step 3: Apply the darkest shadow on the outer part of your bottom lid, bringing it up just slightly into the top lid area.
Step 4: Apply the fourth brown shadow on the top part of the outer corner to give a little dimension.
Step 5: Apply a black liquid liner to the top lid. I used L'Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense and winged it out just slightly.
Step 6: Curl your lashes and apply mascara. I used L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black on the top lashes and then used L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black on my bottom lashes and on the ends of my lashes top lashes.

Face: Benefit the POREfessional; Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 240 Soft Beige; L'Oreal True Match Concealer in Fair/Light, Bare Minerals Foundation as Concealer in Fairly Medium, and YSL Touche Eclat in 2 as under eye concealer; Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 011 Creamy Natural; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light; Mac Mineralized Blush in Dainty; RiRi for Mac Bronzing Powder
Eyebrows: Maybelline Define-a-brow in Light Blonde; Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium
Lips: Revlon Lip Gloss in Snow Pink

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rihanna for Mac New Years Eve Look


I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! I really feel blessed this Christmas. Not just because I received a mandolin (yes!!) but because I was able to see all of my family. They have a way of reminding you who you are and keeping you grounded. It's just very special to see (almost) everyone, especially since all the cousins are getting older and starting to have their own kids. It will only get harder for everyone to get together and we always wonder if this will be the last year for this many people to be in the same room at once. Yes, blessed does not even begin to describe it.

I broke down a while back and decided to join the crowd in the Rihanna for Mac collections. I purchased the RiRi Woo lipstick the first round, but didn't purchase anything the second round. But, there were just too many pretty pictures and videos of the second collection that I knew I had to buy something from the third. I ended up with a few things (read: too many) and am really loving them. This look is using the RiRi for Mac Phresh Out Eye Shadow Palette and RiRi Woo Lipstick which I think is perfect for a simple New Years Eve look because of all the glitter shadows.


Step 1: Apply Mac Cream Color Base in Pearl to your entire lid. Then apply the middle shadow to the center of your lid, leaving the corners bare.
Step 2: Apply the second gold shadow to the inner part of your top lid. Then apply the first cream shadow to your inner corner and carry that down about a third of the way under your eye.
Step 3: Apply the fourth shadow to the outer corner and take this down under the outer third of your lower lash line.
Step 4: Add a touch of the darkest shadow to your inner corner and blend that out.
Step 5: Apply the darkest shadow as your top liner. I did just a really thin line.
Step 6: Curl your lashes and apply mascara. I used L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black and then added a touch of L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black on the ends of my lashes.

Face: Benefit the POREfessional; Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 240 Soft Beige; L'Oreal True Match Concealer in Fair/Light, Bare Minerals Foundation as Concealer in Fairly Medium, and YSL Touche Eclat in 2 as under eye concealer; Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 011 Creamy Natural; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light; Mac Mineralized Blush in Dainty; RiRi for Mac Bronzing Powder
Eyebrows: Maybelline Define-a-brow in Light Blonde; Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium
Lips: Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in 057 Ravish as liner; Mac RiRi Woo

Friday, December 27, 2013

L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara


Let's talk mascara. I am in love with the L'Oreal Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara. I also love the Voluminous Carbon Black mascara, but it's a little difficult to work with, which prompted me to pick up the Telescopic mascara in the Carbon Black line. The Carbon Black line is exactly what it sounds like - meant to be a super black mascara, more than usual. The telescopic does not disappoint in this. I think it's even blacker than the Voluminous. To compare these two, the Voluminous is a volumizing more dry formula with a dense bristle wand, while the Telescopic is a lengthening, wet formula with a plastic applicator. (They do have a Telescopic mascara that isn't Carbon Black if you find the Carbon Black mascaras too black, like if you have lighter eye lashes.)


Hopefully you can see from the above photo that this wand is a little different. It's a plastic applicator that has four sides. On each of the corners, it has the little spikes that a normal wand has, but it only has four of these. In between the bristles, the wand is flat. I was a little worried that the mascara would pile up on the flat sides and make it difficult to apply, but that hasn't been the case yet.
This mascara gives me the longest lashes ever, and it holds the curl in my lashes literally all day long. Usually by the end of the day, my lashes start to fall as the mascara wears off, but this is not true with this mascara at all. I should give a disclaimer that I do have really long lashes already, but I noticed such a difference with this mascara that I just had to share. I'm not sure if this mascara will work for everyone, but it's definitely worth a try.


Photo 1: This is my lashes naturally. You can't tell how long they are since they're pretty straight when they're not curled, but thought I'd show a before picture anyways.
Photo 2: I curled my lashes. I'm using an eye lash curler from Sephora. I first hold the curl for 5 seconds, then open and close the curler 5 times to really make it stay. I started this technique a couple months ago and have really noticed the difference, no matter what mascara I'm using. So, even if you don't use the Telescopic mascara, give this technique a try and I'll bet you see a difference.
Photo 3: I applied L'Oreal's Telescopic Carbon Black Mascara. There's no specific way I apply this. I do usually go back after its dry and add a little more to the ends to thicken them up a little. Otherwise, just apply as normal.

Face: Benefit the POREfessional; Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 240 Soft Beige applied with Real Techniques Expert Face Brush; L'Oreal True Match Concealer in Fair/Light and YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in 2 as my under eye concealer; Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 011 Creamy Natural; Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle; Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light; Mac Mineralize Blush in Dainty
Eyebrows: Maybelline New York Define-a-brow in Light Blonde; Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium
Lips: Mac Cremesheen Glass in Pagoda

(You can see below, even though I'm looking down, my lashes are still visible above my lash line and look long.)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lorac Pro Pink


More love for the Lorac Pro palette today. This is a supper simple eye, using just two main shades plus a highlight. Normally I would never have picked to put a baby pink all over my lid, but I decided to give it a try and am glad I did. It simply gives the eye a very soft, feminine look.


Step 1: Apply White as a base so that the pink stands out a little more. Then apply Lt Pink to your whole lid.
Step 2: Apply Deep Purple in your crease and blend really well. I used Real Technique's Deluxe Crease Brush which is an extremely dense brush.
Step 3: Apply Deep Purple in a thin line on the outer half of your bottom lash line. Also apply Champagne on your inner corner and bring it down just a little.
Step 4: Eye liner and mascara. I used Stila's Smudge Stick in Damsel on my upper lash line and Benefit's They're Real mascara.

Face: Benefit the POREfessional; Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation in Classic Ivory Light 2 applied with Real Technique's Expert Face Brush; L'Oreal True Match Concealer in Fair/Light, Bare Minerals Foundation in Light Medium (as concealer), Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser in Fair for under eye; Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder; Sigma Creme de Couture Blush in Strawberry Ambrosia
Eyebrows: Maybelline Define-A-Brow in Light Blonde; Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium
Lips: Revlon Lip Butter in Cupcake

Monday, December 16, 2013

Natural Holiday Sparkle Eye


The holiday's are approaching so quickly this year. If you think about it, it's really incredible how time seems to go by so much quicker as you get older. Not that I'm aging or anything. =) Time really has escaped me and this might be my only holiday look this year. I used Bobbi Brown's Oysters and Caviar palette, which was limited edition, but the shadows I used are pretty standard. Hope you enjoy and are having a good holiday season so far!


Step 1: Prime your eyes. I used Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. Then apply Pink Opal all over your lid.
Step 2: Apply Grey Sky in your crease.
Step 3: Apply Plum Steel in your outer crease to give a little more depth and color.
Step 4: Apply Pearl Oyster over everything to add that fun glitter/shimmer for the holidays. Also apply White in your inner corner.
Step 5: Eye liner and mascara. Apply Rich Caviar on the outer third of your top lid. I then used Rimmel London Soft Kohl Liner in Pure White on my lower waterline. Finally I applied Benefit's They're Real mascara.

Face: Benefit the POREfessional; Covergirl NatureLuxe Foundation in 345 Honeywood applied with Real Technique's Expert Face Brush; Bare Minerals Foundation in Fairly Medium and Light (as concealer), YSL Touche Eclat 2 as under eye concealer; Urban Decay De-slick Mattifying Powder; Nars Laguna Bronzer; Bobbi Brown Ballet blush (from Caviar and Oyster Palette)
Eyebrows: Maybelline Define-A-Brow in Light Blonde; Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium
Lip: Elf Studio Matte Lip Color in Natural

Friday, December 13, 2013

L'Oreal Nail Polish and Magic Top Coats


I have been loving light nail polishes lately. I will fully admit that it has something to do with how horrible the tips of my fingers and nails look from playing guitar so much. I'm keeping them super short right now and they get so dry. (Does anyone have a good solution for this?) So I think dark polish looks a little silly on my nails, at least right now. Enter light polishes.

Okay, so only one of these is actually a polish. The other three are what L'Oreal is calling, Magic Top Coats. These are, from left to right, Wishful Pinking, The True Diamond, The Matte Velvet, and The Shift Me. The swatches below (excuse my awful looking nails) are two coats of Wishful Pinking, one coat of The True Diamond on top of Wishful Pinking, one coat of The Matte Velvet on top of Wishful Pinking, and two coats of The Shift Me by itself. I love how light polishes give a more natural look to your nails but don't leave you feeling naked, and these ones are all really great, especially for the price.

Tiffany has swatches of these 3 top coats (and the others in the collection) here over the top of a darker blue polish, so you can see the different effects these can have.