Sunday, June 19, 2011

Make Up Challenge - Work Diary

I have noticed lately that my make up collection is quite large and I feel like I need to challenge myself to use it up more! So last week, I decided to use different eyeshadow combinations everyday. I decided to take pictures and show you guys what I came up with!

I usually just put one color on my lids and then that's pretty much it, but this time I wanted to actually do lid and crease shades.

Just remember that these are pretty natural and subtle. I don't want to wear too much when I go to work!! Okay, so ENJOY~

Lid & Highlight: Covergirl single in Mink
Crease: MAC's Sketch

Lid & Highlight: WnW's Mojave Mauve
Crease: ELF's bronzer side

Lid: NYX's Champagne
Crease: MAC's Trax; blend out with Revlon's Coffee Bean - 2nd shade
Highlight: Revlon's Coffee Bean - lightest shade

Lid: Lancome's Golden Bikini
Crease: Maybelline's Natural Smokes - bronzy shade
Highlight: Maybelline's Natural Smokes - lightest shade

I didn't have one for Friday because my sister took my camera. I do remember using a WnW trio in Silent Treatment and then my Maybelline Chai Latte. But yeah, what did you guys think? Don't I look tired??? Haha these pics were all taken at 7:45 AM so yes, I am pretty tired.

Also, don't I look really tan??? Jeez, I have the grosses tan lines. But this is why I pretty much stop using bronzers.

For the rest of my face:
Concealer: Revlon's Age Defying Moisturizing
Blush: Wet N Wild: Spotlight Peach
Eyeliner: Physician's Formula Gel Creamliner in black
Mascara: Maybelline's Falsies Mascara
Lips: varies with each day! I might do a lipstick challenge soon - look out for that!

So I went rock climbing yesterday and realized: 1) I hate climbing stuff 2) I am kinda scared of heights 3) I am WEAK! 4) I strangely would go back... hahaha

But yeah yesterday was fun... my sister and I made these oreo chocolate truffles for Father's Day:

However, when I tried to melt the chocolate... it FAILED!!! So bad!!!! And I was shocked how I failed to melt chocolate... I'm not gonna go into details but let's just say that it was... WEIRD!!!! Haha... they ended up tasting pretty good anyways though.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

100 Things: 26-30

26) Inside jokes

27) Desserts

28) Retail Therapy

29) Vacation

30) Happy Hour

♥ ♥ ♥

So lately, I've been wanting to experiment with nail colors. I wanted to combine a couple of colors to make like a splatter type design but it FAILED miserably!!! Haha. I hope you guys enjoyed more of my favorite things.

I gotta say, I'm not a big fan of Applebee's food but their drinks are delicious!! Go for Happy Hour - 1/2 off all drinks. I went twice - once I got the frozen strawberry margarita. Another time I got their White Peach Sangria - DELISH!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Products All Empty

Being a completely BROKE college student is kinda good for my make up collection. For the first time ever, I'm using up products - milking it to the last drop - getting my money's worth. Here are some mini reviews for you and this is also a post to show off too haha!! I am very proud to have finished these make up items.

1) BBW's CO Bigelow Mentha Lip Tint: AMAZING product!!!!! I seriously DEVOURED this product because it was soooo moisturizing. Some people say that it is a bit sticky which is true. It is also really not tinted. It's pretty clear. But I love this product so much... it just feels sooo good on the lips and makes my breath smell great! YES I will repurchase!!

2) CoverGirl's Amazemint Lip Gloss in Slaphappy: this is very similar to the first one I mentioned except it is a wand applicator. This one is good because it is more pigmented but doesn't last as long on my lips as the BBW one. I really like the minty feel. I don't like the packaging though- it is kind of ugly. That's why I don't reapply that much. Still - I used up this lip gloss like nothing else! In terms of repurchase - Maybe. I would but last time I went to check out the color selection, all I saw was shimmery and frosty colors. I didn't really see a color that I like.

1) L'Oreal's Bare Natural Mascara: this is a fantastic mascara!!!! Love the way it makes my lashes look - although it is really natural looking, I like that it makes my lashes stand out more and just define my eyes a bit more. This and Maybelline's Full and Soft are really good mascara for that everyday, natural lashes. I think this might've given my lashes a bit volume than Full and Soft though. Yes, I would repurchase.

2) Rimmel's Mineral Bronzer in Sunlight: I love this bronzer - especially in the winter time. Now that it is summer, it makes me look a bit more tan than I want but in the winter, it gives me a really natural tan. Honestly though, look how much I've used that product up - I obviously love it. In terms of repurchase... I don't think I would because I already have a Milani and a NYC bronzer waiting for me. But I recommend this bronzer completely to you guys.

1) Urban Decay 24-7 Glide-On Pencil in Rockstar: Wow this pencil is so awesome because it can simply glide on my lids with no tugging but it pretty stays there ALL day with minimal fading. It is FANTASTIC! The only thing that I don't like about it is that I have to sharpen it and I waste a lot of product doing that. It is also really easy to loose the sharp tip that you get after sharpening. I got this from a swap but I don't know if I would pay $18 for a pencil. I might though if I don't find a drugstore alternative.

2) ELF's $1 Eyeshadow Primer: This is an essential make up item for me. I use this EVERYDAY! I wrote a couple of things about this primer on another post. Yes, I would repurchase for sure!!!

3) CoverGirl's Perfect Point Plus in Grey Khaki: I like this eye pencil because it is creamy and easy to glide on. It smudges like crazy though and fades really fast. However, when I go over it with eye shadow, it lasts all day for me! So in a sense, it works well as a liner base for my eye shadows. Very weird, but I like doing it a lot! I'd rather do that than purchase the Revlon Colorstay pencils because those liners are so dry and hard to use. In terms of repurchase - maybe. I do believe there are cheaper and creamier eye liners out there. If I'm just using this as a shadow base, might as well just go with a cheaper alternative.

4) ELF's Eye Brightening Shadow Quad in Butternut: My first eye shadow palette EVER! I just wanted to show you the damage that I have done with the highlighter shade. I don't know if I will ever finish the rest of that palette but I definitely use that shade A LOT! It is probably my favorite highlight shade - it's like a off-white yellowish kinda color. Really pretty sheen for the brow bone!! LOVE IT. Yes, if I could just repurchase that shade only, I would get it for sure.

So I hope this helps and maybe inspire you to use up your products instead of purchasing more items!!!

Please comment and tell me what make up item you have used up recently and would you repurchase?

Sunday, June 5, 2011

They're Fake, Can't You Tell?

Ah! It's hard to get back to writing when you haven't done it in forever. I really had a hard time figuring out what to write but I really wanted to talk about this product since I have been using this for awhile and has formed a strong opinion on this.

What I'm talking about is the Maybelline's The Falsies Mascara.

The brush is a bit different. It has a curve and it is recommended to use with the "spoon side up". I like the brush - it isn't too big but not too small. The bristles work well to cover each eye lash but also help separating the lashes so that it isn't clumpy.

So far, no complaints here. Application is pretty simple and easy - just like any other mascaras that I've used so far. So let me show you the results!


After (1.5 coats):



As you guys can see, I don't think after 1.5 coats, the mascara has given the "Falsies" effect! I think it adds a bit of volume and a bit of length making my lashes stand out more but not to the point of drama! I like using this because it gives my lashes a nice everyday look... which isn't really what people are looking for when they want to go buy a mascara that is called "The Falsies". I do like the way my lashes look but it is somewhat a disappointment in terms of getting crazy big lashes. I suppose I could put on more coats but I feel like that would make my lashes clump together and be very unnatural looking.

Overall, this mascara makes my lashes look better... but it doesn't add enough volume or length to make it look like false lashes at all.

The BIGGEST problem I have with this mascara is: FLAKING!!!! and raccoon eye issues!

UGH! I have the biggest problem with this mascara flaking and smudging on my bottom lash line! Without fail, every time I come home from school or checking my make up in the mirror, I would see a bit of darkness around the outer edge of my lower lash line. I can't imagine anything else causing this but my mascara... this really annoys me. I don't think I have ever experienced a bigger smudging issue with any other mascaras!!!

I even tried putting mattifying powder on that part of my lower lash line to try to prevent this issue. It works SOMETIMES and not others...

Overall, I don't think I would repurchase! I like the way that it adds volume and length and my lashes were separated. I think it holds my curls well. However, I believe there are better mascaras out there that would not do this to me and would still give my lashes a great look. I use to LOVE LOVE LOVE the Max Factor 2000 Calorie but we all know Max Factor is a bye bye in the US.

If you know a better volumizing mascara - please let me know!!
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