Friday, August 31, 2012

Cle De Peau Eyebrow Pencil Review, Photos, Swatches


I announced on Twitter recently that I had discovered a new holy grail eyebrow product. This formula is PERFECTION! So much so that I wrote it in caps. I have very thin, short yet stubborn brow hairs, and it is difficult to find a grey pencil to match the color of my brows as well as work with the texture of my hairs. The only caveat? The price. But look below! My brows look full (nearly impossible to achieve these days) and natural. Continue reading to see why I love this product so...


Thursday, August 30, 2012

August Favorites [Hits & Misses for Foundation/Skin and Color] + Video Details


August has just flown by, but my, has it been a month full of memories! I am looking forward to cooler weather in September and maybe a break from buying makeup. As much as I love makeup, keeping up with the collections for my blog becomes overwhelming sometimes. I have also been lax with working out, I've just been eating healthier (though I could eat even healthier to cut more fat).. so I need to head to the gym every day like I used to. M-F, no more excuses! Hope you guys have had a great month of August, too! Let's look forward to September together ;)



Products Reviewed:
Burberry Velvet Foundation in 206 [NEW]
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24HR Foundation in 320W
YSL Teint Touche Eclat Foundation with SPF 19 in B40
Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water [Travel Size from Sephora]
Bioderma Sensibio H20 Cleansing Water [Full Size from YesStyle]
*Mentioned: Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara
Maybelline The Falsies Volume Express Waterproof Mascara 
Maybelline The Falsies Flared Volume Express Waterproof Mascara
Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows in Dark Sable and Almond
Palladio SilkFX Eyeshadow Palette in Herbal [from Sally's Beauty Supply]
Smashbox Arched Eyeliner Brush
e.l.f. Arched Eyeliner Brush
Sigma Eyeliner Brush E11
Shu Uemura Pony/Squirrel Cheek Brush 17 [Asia Exclusive from YesStyle]
Shu Uemura Pony Cheek Brush 20 [From the Shu Uemura site]
Benefit Ultra Plush Gloss in Coralista
Chanel Gloss Fluo de Chanel in Pop [Unfortunately discontinued]
Hourglass Opaque Rouge in Canvas 930
Guerlain Rouge G L'Extrait Long Wearing Lipstick in Avarice

Lenses: 
Clear Prescription Only [they are NOT color contacts]

Shirt:
J. Crew

Ring:
YSL Arty

Earrings:
JM Audrey

Makeup Worn:


Make-up Used:
Burberry Velvet Foundation in 206 with Beauty Blender sponge
     *207 is much too dark on me (near NC40), the shades jump a lot.. best to get matched in person!
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Warm Natural
MAC Mineralize SkinFinish in Medium Plus with Sephora Bronzer Brush
Dolce & Gabbana The Blush in Tan with Shu Uemura 20 Cheek Brush
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Dark Sable with Shu Uemura 10f Kolinksky Brush
Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow Almond with Sephora Blender Blush & Sigma E36
Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows in Pale Barley and Mulberry
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack with Smashbox Arched Eyeliner Brush
Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara & Model 21 False Lashes in 35
Burberry Natural Glow Cheek Color in Peony with Bobbi Brown Blush Brush
Burberry Lip Mists in Feather and Copper
     *The baby sample size came in a Glossybox!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Burberry Fall 2012 - My Top Picks + Video Review/Tutorial Details


Ahh, Burberry.. so classic. You have to try at least one of their eyeshadows. I wear my Almond with nearly every eyeshadow look that requires a brown. And I will forever be excited to see any eye shadows they release in the future. The newest three releases this fall were beautifully done, as expected. Dark Sable is a staple - deep, dark brown that can be used wet as liner. Mulberry looks much more berry in the pan than on my eyes, but it gives me an excuse to use Rosewood more often! I love Rosewood, but it just doesn't look good alone on my eyes. The last color to be released this fall, a shimmery white, was not spectacular enough for me to splurge on, so I stuck to the two that I really loved. Anyway, the tutorial is a bit longer than usual because of the liner bit. The product reviews are at first, as usual! Enjoy :)



Foundations Mentioned in Review:
Burberry Sheer Foundation in 05
Burberry Velvet Foundation in 206 [NEW]
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24HR Foundation in 320W
YSL Teint Touche Eclat Foundation with SPF 19 in B40

Make-up Used:
Burberry Velvet Foundation in 206 with Beauty Blender sponge
     *207 is much too dark on me (near NC40), the shades jump a lot.. best to get matched in person!
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Warm Natural
MAC Mineralize SkinFinish in Medium Plus with Sephora Bronzer Brush
Dolce & Gabbana The Blush in Tan with Shu Uemura 20 Cheek Brush
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Dark Sable with Shu Uemura 10f Kolinksky Brush
Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow Almond with Sephora Blender Blush & Sigma E36
Burberry Sheer Eyeshadows in Pale Barley and Mulberry
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack with Smashbox Arched Eyeliner Brush
Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara & Model 21 False Lashes in 35
Burberry Natural Glow Cheek Color in Peony with Bobbi Brown Blush Brush
Burberry Lip Mists in Feather and Copper
     *The baby sample size came in a Glossybox!

Shirt:
J.Crew The Boy Shirt in Linen

Earrings:
JewelMint Forever Audrey

Lenses:
Clear prescription only

Nails:
Gel Manicure in 31

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

TAG: Watch Me Get Ready [My Flirty and Fun Happy Hour Look]


This isn't a typical Watch Me Get Ready tag video, I think.. I assume a lot of other girls show themselves trying to decide what outfit to actually wear, right? I am not sure because I have to admit, I haven't seen any of these videos. But basically, I try to get away with wearing Lululemon everywhere (until my friends demand that I change LOL) so otherwise, I usually just throw on tees and jeans or a casual dress if it is very hot out (because I'm lazyyyy). Whichever way you decide to spin it, though, I love these retro full curls achieved with hot rollers and the bright pop of green in the mostly neutral eye look. It's fun, it's whimsical, and I hope it will give you new ideas to try out when you get ready! Wear it on a date, to a party or dance, or on your picture day at school :)



Hair Styling Products:
Conair 20 Multi-sized Hot Rollers Set
Conair Hair Brush [soft handle] - purchased at CVS
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil

Make-up Products Used/Worn in the Tutorial:
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24HR Foundation in 320W
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Medium Plus
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Warm Natural
MAC Painterly with Sigma F70 Brush
MAC Fluidline in Dipdown with MAC 263 Brush
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack with Smashbox Arched Liner #21 Brush
Sigma Beauty Paris Palette (Orsay & Versailles Eyeshadows with Peche Blush)
    *with E55 & F40 Brushes, Get $10 OFF with code PARIS2012! Purchase it HERE!
Burberry Sheer Eyeshadow in Almond with Sephora Blending Brush #29
Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara in Black
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler [LE - Gold Edition]
Princess False Lashes in Style 113 [Box of 10]
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Canvas

Shirt:
C&C California [very old]

Earrings:
JewelMint Forever Audrey

Lenses:
Clear prescription only [NOT circle or colored lenses]

Friday, August 17, 2012

Waterproof and Transfer-Resistant Make-up: My Holy Grail Picks! + Video Details


Again, I understand summer is almost over but life has been hectic so I apologize for the tardiness of this video. BUT there are people who live in humid climates all year round and there are people with oily skin who are looking for the best waterproof products regardless of the season.. so ladies and gentlemen, this video is for you! Enjoy <3 p="p">



Make-up Shown:
Dior DiorSnow SPF 50 Sunscreen
Benefit Hello Flawless! Powder Foundation with Sephora Contour Blush/Bronzer 43 Brush
Dior Mat Bronzer SPF 20 in Honey Matte
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24HR Foundation in 320W
**Mentioned but not shown: YSL Teint Resist Foundation
Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer in Medium
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
YSL Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils in 4 Sea Black
MAC Liquidlast Liner in Black
Lancome Artliner Waterproof in Gold Passion
Giorgio Armani Waterproof Eye Pencil in 2 Brown
Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow in 25
Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick Colour in Khaki
Make Up Forever Aqua Cream in 15
Make Up Forever Aqua Cream in 5
Make Up Forever HD Blush in 7
Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara
L'Oreal Infallible Lip Colour in 399 Beyonce's Red
YSL Glossy Stain in 8


Make-up Worn:
Dior DiorSnow SPF 50
Benefit Hello Flawless! Powder Foundation
Dior Mat Bronzer SPF 20 in Honey Matte
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Pink Explosion
Shisiedo Natural Brow Pencil in Natural Black
Lancome Artliner in Noir [Black]
Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara
Armani Eyes to Kill Eyeshadow in 25
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Mildew
Majina False Eyelashes in 2011
Guerlain Rouge G L'Extrait in Avarice

Shirt:
James Perse

Lenses:
Clear Prescription

Earrings:
Jewelmint Forever Audrey

Nails:
Gel Manicure in color 31 [done at salon]

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Summer Top 5 Nail Polish Picks!



Hello, everyone! I took a short break to move, if you guys haven't noticed. I try to upload twice a week, but my videos were just thrown off by the "getting settled in" shenanigans. We are almost done moving in, just the final finishing touches left to take care of! I will still upload on Friday, so be prepared for the Summer waterproof and water resistant make-up products! I know that video is highly requested and I'm sorry not for having uploaded it sooner, life has just been way too hectic. Anyway, swatches are at the end of the video. Enjoy!



Nail Polishes Reviewed:
Chanel Island [from Nordstrom or any premiere department store]
Butter LONDON Slapper [from Ulta, Nordstrom]
Essie Lacquered Up [from Ulta, CVS, Nordstrom]
Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream [from Nordstrom or any premiere retailer]
Shu Uemura Ray Green [from YesStyle.com only]

Nail Polish Worn:
Chanel Frenzy from Fall 2012

Dress:
Soft Joie

Lenses:
Clear Prescription

Jewelry:
JewelMint Darling Audrey Earrings
JewelMint Always Astoria Necklace

Make-up Worn [Chanel Fall 2012 - Please watch the video below for the tutorial!]:
YSL Teint Resist Foundation in 6
YSL Touche Eclat in 8
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Medium Plus
Bobbi Brown Graphite Ink and MAC Painterly
NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara with Majina #2011 Lashes
Chanel Rives Eyeshadow Quad with Sephora Blending Brush 29
Chanel Ombre Essentielle Eyeshadows in Complice and Eclaire
Chanel Ecriture de Chanel Automatic Liquid Liner in Black
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Explosion with Shu Uemura 17 Blush Brush
Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Ruban Rose
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Caprice


Thursday, August 9, 2012

July 2012 Favorites [Hits & Misses] Video Details


Back again with another favorites edition! I just really wanted to get the YSL Fall make-up video up first, pushing this video back.. hope it wasn't too much of a distraction from your regular video viewing schedule! This edition was short, but I tried to be as thorough as possible. Again, PLEASE hold the comments about going back to my camcorder, this is all temporary until I can figure out how to be farther from my Canon 7D and still be able to see what I'm doing! xo



Products Reviewed:
Cargo Blu_ray Powder in 30
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Medium Plus
Tom Ford Translucent Finishing Powder
Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara
Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki & P88 Precision Flat Angled Brushes [Purchase them HERE]
Majina False Eyelashes in Model 2011 from YesStyle
JewelMint Always Astoria [Purchase it HERE]
Chanel Eyeshadow Quad in Rives

Make-up Worn:
Chanel Fall 2012 [See swatches of the products HERE]

YSL Teint Resist Foundation in 6
YSL Touche Eclat in 8
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Medium Plus
Bobbi Brown Graphite Ink and MAC Painterly
NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara with Majina #2011 Lashes
Chanel Rives Eyeshadow Quad with Sephora Blending Brush 29
Chanel Ombre Essentielle Eyeshadows in Complice and Eclaire
Chanel Ecriture de Chanel Automatic Liquid Liner in Black
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Explosion with Shu Uemura 17 Blush Brush
   *The Le Blanc Blush is called Fleur de Lotus, the Fall 2012 Blush is Rose Initiale. FdL is a neutral
      bright coral and the RI is a warm medium pink. They did not look spectacular on me, so I passed.
Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick in Ruban Rose
Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Caprice




Dress:
Soft Joie from Hautelook

Lenses:
Clear Prescription Only

Nails:
Chanel Frenzy from Fall 2012

Necklace:
JewelMint Always Astoria [Purchase it HERE]

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

YSL Fall 2012 Make-up Swatches and Tutorial + Review Video Details


Thanks for your patience, everyone! I know a lot of you wanted specific details for the make-up worn in my last video, but I did list "YSL Fall 2012" make-up for a reason.. you can always find press releases of any collection online! A little bit of Google will do you a whole lot of good. And you guys know by now that I rarely ever don a red/bright lip unless it's specifically from a collection! Anyway, I apologize for neglecting to add the swatches photo to the video.. I was distracted by Armageddon playing on the TV and caught the error too late. Sorry! At least it can be viewed here without any distractions. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial (even if it may be 'too close for comfort' for some of you to watch) and found the reviews helpful!



1. Terre Saharienne, Bronzer [NOT the Fall offering, wasn't available but it looks similar to this permanent item]
2. Pur Chromatics Eyeshadow Palettes in No. 10 and No. 11
3. Swatches of the gold, copper, and silver-pink Illuminators
4. Rouge Pur Couture Mat Lipsticks in Orange Imagine, Rouge Rock, Grenat Satisfaction

Make-up Worn/Used in Video:
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation in B40 with Sigma F88 Brush [Buy HERE!]
YSL Touche Eclat in 8
YSL Dare to Glow Illuminator in 1 Tempting Gold
Dior Matte Bronzer in Honey Matte with Sigma F25 Brush
MAC Lingering Pencil and Coquette Eyeshadow with MAC 208 for Brows
By Terry Eye Primer in 002
YSL Pur Chromatics Eyeshadow Palette in No. 10
Model 21 Lashes in Model 35 and Lancome Hypnose Drama WP Mascara
Lancome Le Lipstique Lip Liner in Ideal
Rouge Pur Couture - The Mat in Orange Imagine

Reviewed but NOT Worn:
YSL La Laque Nail Lacquers in Khaki Arty and Rouge Expressioniste

Contacts:
NEO Extra Size Dolly in Brown from EyeCandyLens.com

My Nails:
Gel Manicure in Color 31 [Unsure of brand]
  *The only color I own that is similar is Butter London's Slapper [deeper and more green]

Friday, August 3, 2012

Skin Care Haul + Updated Skin Care Routine Video Details


Guess what everyone, I am finally learning how to film with my Canon 7D! It's been a major pain, and the entire video producing process from filming to transferring files to editing now takes me 3x longer, but it was worth it! I hope it's not too strange to look at my face so closely.. that will change once I get some more equipment :) Anyway, hope you enjoy this update on my skin care routine and make sure to take advantage of the 20% off coupon code [zxc12890] for Michael Todd True Organics skin care products if you're interested!



Products Reviewed/Shown:
Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract
Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed
Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base
Michael Todd Honey and Oat Gentle Deep Pore Cleanser
Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Antibacterial Toner
SKII Facial Treatment Clear Lotion
Michael Todd Concentrated C Antioxidant Moisturizing Serum
Queen Helene's Mint Julep Masque
clean + easy Azulene Skin Calming Oil

Make-up Worn:
YSL Fall 2012 - Review + Tutorial coming in 1.5 weeks
MAC Lingering Pencil and Coquette Eyeshadow for Brows

Contacts:
NEO Extra Size Dolly in Brown from EyeCandyLens.com

Nails:
Gel Manicure in Color 31 [Unsure of brand]
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