April 22, 2014

FOTD Smokey Eye + Mini Reviews



I've never been the type to wear a smokey eye, but it was after reading the recent March issue of Allure magazine, where a tutorial was illustrated, that just got me inspired. I didn't quite follow the pictorial but what I came up with made me quite pleased. I figured a random FOTD here and there will help me get some short reviews on the products that I don't want to write up full blog posts on. For some reason I totally lost the photo of the products I used for this look, but after I get home from work (in one week), I promise I will add one, sorry about that y'all.

I started with the Covergirl 3 in 1 Foundation, and like most people I absolutely love it, it just works so great on my oily skin, this has medium-buildable coverage and I would recommend to all skin types. Next I corrected the grayness under my eyes with the Bobbi Brown Corrector, this stuff is going to last a long time despite its small size, I really like how well it corrects, just make sure to warm it between your fingers to avoid tugging, because it's very thick. After correcting, I needed to conceal, I have been loving L'Oréals MagicLumi Highlighter pen to brighten up my under eye area along with my cheekbones, chin, cupids bow, and down the bridge of my nose, the light formula is so easy to work with though I do wish it came with more product and a cheaper price, especially coming from a drugstore. I've been contouring with a Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick in a deeper shade for a while now and I'm absolutely amazed, this stuff is so blendable which is surprising coming from a stick foundation, I'm planning on picking this up in my actually shade and a highlight shade too, to see what it's is like all over the face, I have high hopes. Next I set my face with the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural Powder which in my opinion is nothing really that special, it adds a little bit of extra coverage but in terms of keeping the oiliness at bay, my Rimmel Stay Matte does just as great, it does however give more of a natural, less powdery look, but a setting spray can get rid of that with any powder. Now blush, how I love blush, how I love Milani Baked Blushes! They are pigmented, soft, and long wearing, I used a small bit of Luminoso on my cheek bones for more of a highlighting effect rather than a blush, I was going for a more of a dramatic look so I let my contour take the spotlight with this one. I next filled in my brows, I wanted a more subtle brow so I used MAC Eyeshadow in Brun, this is a nice shade for me, but I didn't find the formula particularly special. On to the eyes; I primed my lid and lower lash line with MAC Painterly Paint Pot, which I really love, it's creamy and does a great job at neutralizing the color on my lid, it keeps shadow in place all day and keeps the creasing and smudging away. I next lined my lower lash line and and tightlined with Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl in Black and I really, really wanted to love this but I it wasn't going to happen, this stuff just wanted to transfer so bad, I will probably only use this under gel liners from now on. For the actually smokey eye I used the Lorac Pro Palette, I love this palette with all my heart and soul, for some reason I picture myself hoarding these by the dozen in the future but whatever as long as my eyes look good right? These are buttery soft, extremely pigmented, and the whole idea of this palette was brilliant, eight matte shades and eight shimmery shades, who could ask for more! For mascara I needed a "go big or go home" kinda mascara, I curled my lashes and applied Essence I Love Extreme Volume Mascara, go get this stuff now, best $4.99 I've ever spent. This stuff does exactly what it says, it adds volume - a hell of a lot of volume, the shade is super black and it does not clump when layered, the formula isn't too wet or too dry, it's literally perfect. And lastly, the finishing touch, the lip! I used the NYX Butter Gloss in Éclair, vanilla scented, cute packaging, and non sticky. Truly lovely for a fuss free lip, NYX is pretty spot on with their lip products so it was to be expected.

Products Used: Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation in Buff Beigh, Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Peach, L'Oréal MagicLumi Highlighter in Light, Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick in Coconut, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Medium Dark, Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso, MAC Brun Eyeshadow, MAC Painterly Paint Pot, Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black, Lorac Pro Palette (Taupe, Black, Slate, and Pewter), Essence I Love Extreme Volume Mascara,  NYX Butter Gloss in Éclair.

April 20, 2014

LIFESTYLE: ART DATE


Like most places, the first friday of every month, there's lots going on. Lets be honest, I'm pretty grumpy when it's cold and wet, so in an attempt to get some fresh air while the sun was out, my boyfriend and I went to the museum (free on first Fridays) (not actually in the sun very much) and various other art gallery shows here in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. If you happen to be thinking one of the following: screw art, screw the sun. Do it for the wine, DO IT FOR THE FREE WINE! Unfortunately, no free wine was found, but there was fancy cheese and delicious salmon dip, so who cares. BTW: I was a total ass and didn't get the names of any of the artists, as I hadn't planned on blogging about this at all. Anyway, enjoy some photos of my boyfriend looking like he's really trying to understand some artwork.