February 2015 favorites

Friday, February 27, 2015

Another month over, another million products tried... Here are some items that stood out as of late, brace yourselves!

Skincare:
a picture of Soap&Glory Face Soap and Clarity Vitamin C Facial Wash
Soap&Glory Face Soap and Clarity Vitamin C Facial Wash ($25)This is a wonderful cleanser. I use it every morning. It makes my skin feel fresh, squeaky clean, keeps it clear and wakes me up! The scent is not for everyone but I find it rather invigorating.  Made with Yuzu, it's packed with vitamin C and it really purifies and brightens up your complexion. It says it's non drying, but I would recommend using a good moisturizer and RIGHT AFTER you cleanse, cause I actually find it can be a tad drying. Also, beyond the fact that it's a star performer, you get 500ml for $25!! Most cleanser are around 100ml, so if you do the math, even by drugstore standards, this is a real steal!

Makeup:
a picture of Too Faced Chocolate Bar, Kat Von D Shade + Light, L'Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Palette ($49/59$C) - After I've confessed my love affair with this palette (and no, not in a sexual way, though I do want to eat it? THAT DOESN'T MEAN ANYTHING it just smells good okay??) in my review which you can read HERE, it should come to no surprise that this has been my go to palette for nights out this month. 

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in Medium to Dark ($7-9*) - You already know I highly prefer it than the Maybelline brow gel (you can read my comparison review HERE) but honestly this month, I haven't skipped this step at all. I usually either do my brows or don't...They're not bad "au natural" it's just if I'm gonna do them, I figure I should go all in. This is a nice in between, because it tames them down and gives them a bit more "umph" and stays all day. Of course, it looks even better when I fill them in a bit before, but overall, it's a must in my brow routine.
*pricing depends on your local drugstore

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette ($46/55$C) - I haven't done an in depth review for this yet, simply because it's really hard to showcase the results. Probably my lack of skills and poor photography equipment but I do what I can! Bottom line, this is a fantastic palette, and it says a lot coming from a pasty lady like myself. Contouring can be tricky, but this makes it easy. There's nothing too muddy or too orange about it, just creates natural looking definition. I stay in the lightest shades, so safe to say this can appeal to a variety of skin tones. Though I mainly only use 3 shades out of the 6 that come in the palette, I still find it to be a good investment. Plus, all these powders could double as shadows so I'll probably be able to use all of them in some way at some point!

Tools:
a picture of Luxie Beauty Large Angled Face Brush 504
Luxie Beauty Large Angled Face Brush 504 ($16) - I actually received this in my February Ipsy bag which is pretty neat because it's only $10 (less than the cost of the brush) for the bag and there were other goodies. Now I've like a lot of the things I've received (I hated a lot too) but this is the first time I've been really excited about an item received. I use it to apply my blush and it's a bit more dense than other brushes I usually use. Combined with the shape, it really makes the most out of the product and always gives a flawless and natural look. Plus I think it's a cute looking brush! :)

Nails:
a picture of  OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener
OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (got a mini bottle for $4 on eBay) - I haven't really painted my nails much this month. Quite frankly, my nails are shit. I've just been focusing on getting them healthy and strong, and this is just the right product for that. I've tried other cheaper alternatives and nothing compares. If you want your nails to stop from breaking, fraying, whatevering. INVEST. Or you know be a deal whore like me and get it a "sampler" on eBay ha! 

My nails actually grew sooo long but all I have is this crappy picture I took with my phone cause I cut them right after...If you've read my "OCD to clear acne" post, you know why!!

a picture of Nails after OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener

Body:
a picture of good body products ; Nivea in-shower lotion, soap&glory hand food, soap&glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub
Soap&Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub** ($25) - It says on the packaging "great maple scent", honestly it is sweet, but maybe more like brown sugar? If you don't like sweet scents you will not like this, however I don't find it to be overwhelming or overpowering. It doesn't linger too much either to the point of clashing with your body lotions/perfumes. It does a fantastic job at exfoliating your skin, leaving it smooth and slightly moisturized. I find it to be a real treat! It's especially great to use before shaving.

Soap&Glory Hand Food Hand Cream** ($7-15US) - Seems I'm on a bit of a Soap&Glory kick! Didn't even realized until I picked my favorites. Having 2 dogs and being a tad OCD I wash my hands A LOT (probably too much). Bottom line, it destroys my hands. I needed a really rich hand cream that absorbed quickly with no greasy feeling left behind and that doesn't just sit on the skin. Enter this baby! Bonus : It smells aaaaammaazing! Sorta like the Miss Dior perfume, if you're familiar.

** I buy Soap&Glory from Sephora.com, I don't think you can get it through Sephora in Canada. I do believe you can find their products in a lot of the Pharmaprix/Shoppers Drug Mart locations, that's where I first discovered the brand anyways!

Nivea In-Shower Nourishing Body Lotion ($7-9*) - Hello? Why hadn't this been invented before?? This actually sounds like the most boring product in the bunch, but it has been the most life changing haha! Honestly, I am the worst when it comes to moisturizing after I shower. It's long, it sticks to my clothes and quite frankly I'm just lazy. But the truth is, I know I have to do it so I don't look like aged leather by the time I'm 45. This lotion you can use IN the shower. That's right, wash your body and rinse, apply this right after and rinse. THAT'S IT! No waiting time, no stickiness, just clean, super hydrated skin. You're welcome. It actually comes in 3 different formulas, this one is with almond oil for very dry skin!
*pricing depends on your local drugstore


What are some of your monthly favorites?

Talk to you soon,

-Val


Product Review | L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

This is a bit long overdue, but I've had quite the adventure with this foundation. From wrong shades, to mixed feelings...
a picture of L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte (102 shell beige, 101 classic ivory)
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation ($12.99*) comes in a variety of 12 shades. First off I picked up the shade 102 Shell Beige since it was the lightest shade in the store. I was a bit surprised cause it was a tad yellow and dark for me, but all the shades seem to run a little yellow? Already, not great.
*pricing depends on your local drugstore

I decided I'd try to make it work. And it did, sorta. I figured I could still test the formula and how it wore and then just mention the color match was off. But then I discovered there WAS a lighter shade, and luckily for me it was a better match. So I've been playing around with the 101 Classic Ivory as well.
a picture of L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte (102 shell beige, 101 classic ivory)
a picture of L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte swatch (102 shell beige, 101 classic ivory)
a picture of L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte swatch (102 shell beige, 101 classic ivory)
a picture of L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte swatch blended out (102 shell beige, 101 classic ivory)
You can kind of see that where it blends the most naturally, is where the 2 shades meet.
I've really put this foundation to the test and for a while now. I'm sorta glad (in a twisted and painful way) I'm doing this now because my weekend was a little wilder than usual, and I tried some new products and well, now my skin is paying for it. On the bright side you'll really see the coverage and performance. Here we go!
PS: I used the shade 101 Classic Ivory mixed with a little bit of the 102 Shell Beige (the amount of one dollop in swatch above, combined) and applied with my Sigma F82 round top kabuki.
a picture of skin Before L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte
As you can see I have quite a bit of uneven skin tone/texture
a picture of skin After one layer of L'Oreal Infallible pro-matte
One layer evens out my skin tone nicely
a picture of skin close up of texture and coverage l'oreal infallible pro matte
As you can see there is still some redness peaking through and it's accentuating dryness & pores
a picture of Final results L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte on face
Final result (concealer, powder & blush)
Packaging : 4/5 I like the squeeze tube, it's convenient, it's hygienic, it's sleek. It's good, looks a little cheap and gets dirty easily, but good.
Coverage : 5/5 The coverage on this is pretty good as you can see, it evens out my skin tone and a little goes a long way. I'd say this is medium coverage (you can get a bit more coverage if you really build it up, which I don't recommend). 
Finish : 3/5 For a matte foundation with that amount of coverage, it's not that bad. It has a demi-matte finish so it's not too flat on your face. It's not really natural looking like my trusty Maybelline Dream Wonder but it doesn't look as thick as Revlon Colorstay let's say...It also can cling to dry patches and accentuate pores depending on your skin type so that also makes it look a little less "smooth & natural". You can see what I mean in the picture where it's blended out on my hand and the close up after an even layer...
Color match : 4/5  Technically I'm sorta the in between shade of 101 and 102 so it's good I have both and can mix them. However, if you have to get 2 shades to match, then it's $24.99 (depending where/when you buy it) and also I'm not sure everyone can find their perfect match with this...I don't know to me the selection seemed a bit off, maybe it was just the lighting in the store? haha 
Longevity : 3.5/5 It claims to be long wear and up to 24h at that! It definitely holds up pretty decently but my combo/dry skin (even with primer, powder and setting spray) got a little shiny and started to look a little cakey on my cheeks near my nose after 4 or 5 hours. 
Price : 5/5 Honestly, drugstore foundations are getting more and more expensive but they're also getting better and better! Considering it's closer to the $10 mark than $20, I'd say this is a fairly priced drugstore foundation.
Final score : 4/5 

Over all this is a great foundation, but I was not overly impressed with it, just because it wasn't performing on me the way I wanted it to. It is better suited for oilier skin and if that's your skin type I think you should definitely give it a try! If you have combination skin (that's on the oily side, but still gets annoying dry patches), I suggest you check out the Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation, you can read my review on that one HERE! :)

Have you tried it? What is YOUR favorite drugstore foundation?

Talk to you soon,

-Val

**None of these photos were edited and were taken in natural light to show the truest results.

Product Review | Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Monday, February 23, 2015

Benefit is coming out with a new mascara. If you're like me, and mascara is your drug, you won't care that you've just recently bough 15 new mascaras to try out and you really don't need one more. And my guess is, if you love the They're Real mascara, you're gonna be tempted to run out and get this one too. I mean it's Benefit! A new mascara? It must be great! Plus their marketing team knows what's up; the concepts, the ads the packaging, it sucks you right in. BUT WAIT!

As a VIB Rouge, you sometimes get the opportunity to get "deluxe samples" including soon to be launched products (you receive a promo code by email and you need to spend a certain amount).
a picture of Benefit Roller Lash Mascara (sample packaging)
a picture of Benefit Roller Lash Mascara (sample packaging)
The Roller Lash Mascara ($24/29$C) comes out this Friday February 27th.

I was soooo excited to try this out. My biggest problem when it comes to mascara is their ability to hold a curl! I usually have to re-curl after I've applied mascara (which is terrible for your lashes, I did NOT tell you to do that) because they're often too weighed down at first. So when I read : "with a brush that’s designed to grab and lift lashes for a super-curling effect, it’s perfect for all types—including short and straight lashes" I was sold and wanted to buy it right away. Luckily I got to test it before it's release, and for free!

Welp, this mascara was kind of a fail for me, and quite frankly I don't know what went wrong. It's not BAD, but from the creators of They're Real (my second favorite high end mascara), I guess my standards are pretty high.
a picture of lashes before and after one coat of Benefit Roller Lash mascara
Before & After : One coat
a picture of lashes with 2 coats of Benefit Roller Lash mascara and then recurled and brushed through
Top : Two coats // Bottom : Two coats, re-curled & brushed through
If you see the before and after pictures, you'll just see that it does lengthen and separates the lashes, but it also clumps and doesn't add much volume. As for the curl? Considering it's the whole concept, I didn't feel that was a great selling point with this one...I did end up re-curling after two coats and going in with a brush to remove clumps.  The end results are actually pretty nice, but it takes A LOT of work...Why bother? Beyond that, the "clean ups" were easy and end of the day removal was no trouble either. Still; no love, no hate. Plus, I've recently had major luck with some drugstore options, and they all performed way better than this...You can check them out HERE

Also note the formula is VERY wet, and the brush is the rubbery kind and on the slimmer side. I usually prefer drier formulas and bigger brushes, but I have had some luck with alternates...If those are things you usually look for in a mascara, you might like this one.
a picture of Benefit Roller Lash mascara
a picture close up of the brush from Benefit Roller Lash mascara

Bottom line : I will NOT be purchasing the full size, and I would recommend you guys test it out before shelling out the money. 

Will you guys still be getting your hands on this mascara? If you do, let us know how it performed on you!

Talk to you soon,

-Val

Battle of the Brands | Sculpting Brow Gels

Friday, February 20, 2015

I already have the "Champagne or Beer" series on this blog, but I decided to create a new series for products that are in the same "league" but similar enough to pick just one winner.

Today we're talking about sculpting brow gels. As far as I'm concerned their really just tinted gels but you know...Many brands seem to have them. As much as I've been tempted for the longest time to get the Gimme Brow by Benefit ($22USD), I tend to just get whatever I find at the drugstore.

My brows are pretty dense and dark so to keep them groomed, all I do is some gentle filling in and taming down. I was just looking for a good brow gel to help me out.
a picture of Maybelline brow drama vs L'Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper
That being said, you saw in my latest drugstore haul that I picked up the Maybelline  Eyestudio Brow Drama// Deep Brown (I paid $7 USD) and was unsure about the brush.
a picture of Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Brown (brush)
Well the brush sucked. Like who's brows is this conceived for? I know I'm no Cara Delevingne but I still have a pretty thick set. It's seriously one of the most frustrating things that I've tried. Not because it's the biggest fail/disappointment, it's just so stupid, like Urgh! Why? How?  Or maybe I'm the stupid one and have no idea how to use it? haha Even at that, the gel itself wasn't anything to write home about either... It's not even really tinted because with this poorly designed brush I got a decent amount on my skin and there wasn't really any color. The gel that did manage to stick to my brow hairs didn't seem to do much ; wasn't really helping taming anything down and my brow were hot mess in no time!

But then I tried the new L'Oreal Stylist Plumper//Medium to Dark ($8.99USD). PERFECTION. I don't know how it compares to the Gimme Brow but I assume they could be very similar. It IS also infused with fibers that help "fill in" your brows. It makes my brows look so much better and it's fast and easy (hello PRECISION brush...). I can pretty much skip any liner/powder beforehand if I'm in a rush. It also keeps my brows in place all day which I NEED.
a picture of L'Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in Medium to Dark (brush)
I thought the fibre part might have been a gimmick, and this was just a nicely pigmented gel that helped give the illusion of fuller brows. But, when you remove your makeup you can actually see them getting washed away. I thought that was pretty cool.

Here you can see a good comparison of the brushes (size, shape) and I mean common! Also if you look closely you can actually see the little fibers on the L'Oreal brush!
a picture of the maybelline brow drama brush vs l'oreal brow stylist brush
Bottom line ; I'm tossing that Maybelline gel. I reaaally enjoy the L'Oreal and for less than half the price than Benefit, I think I'll stick with this bad boy. Though, it would be kinda neat to do a Champagne or Beer for these two now that I think about it....Maybe one day!

I'll try to post an updated eyebrow routine so you can see how this works and try to give you guys tips for shaping and filling in your eyebrows in the near future. Let me know if you're interested! #eyebrowgamestrong 

Talk to you soon,

-Val

Product Review | Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Palette

Thursday, February 19, 2015

I finally caved in and got me the Chocolate Bar by Too FacedI know I'm super late to the party and they even have the Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar out now, but if you follow the Facebook page, you might have seen I posted a one day crazy deal HSN was having (Better Than Chocolate box set). Basically you got all this for the price of just the Chocolate Bar ($49US/59$C) :
a picture of Too Faced Better Than Chocolate
You already know how much I love that mascara (if you didn't, well, hi! yes, favorite high end mascara) so it was kind of a no brainer. I will let you know if ever there's another good deal on this (and good beauty deals in general). I think that box set is exclusive to HSN regular price is $59. Unfortunately, it's currently out of stock.  You can ask to be alerted when it's back in stock or check on eBay, or you know calm your tits and just get the regular Chocolate Bar because seriously even just for the palette, it's worth splurging. Let's get into it shall we?
a picture of Too Faced Chocolate Bar
a picture of Too Faced Chocolate Bar
You get 16 shades (that HELLO? smell like freakin' hot chocolate) with a nice balance of shimmer and matte shadows. And how stinking cute is this packaging? A+ on this design/concept they got going ; well played Too Faced, well played.

Once your eyes get passed the gorgeousness of this palette, your nose takes over and like I mentioned it smells soooo good and chocolatey and sweet. That's because  the shadows are made with real cocoa extract, supposedly smearing all that antioxidant goodness  on our eyes gonna keep us young forever. But really, all you need to care about is that it smells good, the rest is marketing fancy talk.

The texture of these shadows is OFF THE HOOK! Like seriously girls, buttah, it's like buttah. They just glide on with a strong pigment and not too much fallout or powder going all over the place when you dip your brush in. Seriously, I was impressed, possibly more than I had been with the Naked palettes from Urban Decay (I still love you). It's not that they're better, they're just different, but good different you know? Ok I'm blabbering, let me show you!


a picture of Too Faced Chocolate Bar ; Haute Chocolate, Semi-Sweet, Creme Brulee, Marzipan, White Chocolate, Hazelnut, Salted Caramel, Gilded Ganache
a picture of Too Faced Chocolate Bar ; Haute Chocolate, Semi-Sweet, Creme Brulee, Marzipan, White Chocolate, Hazelnut, Salted Caramel, Gilded Ganache (swatch)
From left to right : Haute Chocolate, Semi-Sweet, Creme Brulee, Marzipan, White Chocolate, Hazelnut, Salted Caramel, Gilded Ganache
a picture of Too Faced Chocolate bar ;  Amaretto, Triple Fudge, Champagne Truffle, Candied Violet, Black Forest Truffle, Cherry Cordial, Strawberry Bon Bon, Milk Chocolate
a picture of Too Faced Chocolate bar (swatch) ;  Amaretto, Triple Fudge, Champagne Truffle, Candied Violet, Black Forest Truffle, Cherry Cordial, Strawberry Bon Bon, Milk Chocolate
Left to right : Amaretto, Triple Fudge, Champagne Truffle, Candied Violet, Black Forest Truffle, Cherry Cordial, Strawberry Bon Bon, Milk Chocolate
Look at this color pay off! It is to die for and you really get a nice array of shades to play with ; you have your bronze, neutral, typical "naked" shades and then you get that fun purple and these burgundy, maroon shades. Really, there's sooo many options, especially the way I broke them down, it's like 2 palettes in 1, but you can also mix them all. Endless possibilities!

Also, another quick comparison with Urban Decay, you get a wider shade selection with this one and at a lower cost... You get 12 shadows in the Naked palettes and 16 in the Chocolate Bars (but amount for amount of actual product, you only get 0.02oz more, just to clarify!). The price is still a bit steep, but at least it's cheaper and better value than Urban Decay?

Overall, I'm beyond happy with this palette, I don't own anything similar. I picked up this one instead of the Semi Sweet because I thought the colors would be nicer with my fair skin...

Bottom line: 5/5 would highly recommend!

Have you guys tried either?

Ok, smelling all that sweetness has made me hungry! Gotta run!

Talk to you soon,

-Val

Product Review | Maybelline Color Molten

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Recently at the drugstore I fell upon the Maybelline Eye Studio Color Molten Eyeshadows. I thought the packaging was pretty sleek and the colors really drew me in.

I picked up two of them (Rose Haze and Taupe Craze) cause it was BOGO40%OFF, and they were $7.99 each...
a picture of Maybelline Color Molten Rose Haze, Taupe Craze
So far, everything was good and I was excited to try them out. When the time came, I was again excited when I felt the formula; it's like this cushiony gel texture, sorta like their bouncy blushes (didn't read any descriptions, so wasn't expecting it). I thought that was pretty cool.

The excitement stopped there. WHERE THE HELL IS THE PIGMENT?! As I swatched them, I realized they had no color payoff what so ever, like a new low as far as eyeshadows are concerned. If I have to work that hard to build up the color while pressing hard from my finger to my arm, add a brush or try to sweep it on your eyelid and forget about it!

I was a bit confused. Such beautiful shades, wasted. Is it just the ones I picked up? Then again as I swatched for this post, I feel the more you press the more color pay off you could get. Maybe you just need to get rid of that top layer? "Break in the product".

Rose Haze :
a picture of Maybelline Color Molten in Rose Haze
a picture of Maybelline Color Molten in Rose Haze (standard swatch)
picture of Maybelline Color Molten in Rose Haze (hard swatch/build up)
a picture of product texture after swatching Maybelline Color Molten in Rose Haze (after swatching hard)
Taupe Craze:
a picture of Maybelline Color Molten in Taupe Craze
a picture of Maybelline Color Molten in Taupe Craze (standard swatch)
a picture of Maybelline Color Molten in Taupe Craze (hard swatch/build up)
a picture of product texture after swatching Maybelline Color Molten in Taupe Craze (after swatching hard)
You can see when you really work hard at building it up they actually are very nice! But look at the dents I've created in the product! Does it get better?

Bottom line: I am NOT impressed. I could try to work with them but honestly, If not easy or love at first sight, why bother? I'll pass.

Let me know if you've tried them and if you like them! Is there a trick to them? Did I do it wrong? Help.

Talk to you soon,

-Val

Valentine's Day Makeup Look | Lady in Red

Thursday, February 12, 2015

To follow up the soft & romantic look (HERE), we have here a just as easy to create and a tad more classic look!

Who doesn't like a good red lip? And this shade/formula is EVERYTHING. 

Thank god this isn't a hair blog? Amirite? #hotmess
a picture of a classic black liner red lip makeup look
a picture of a classic black liner red lip makeup look
a picture of a classic black liner red lip makeup look

Face : 
(Except products mentioned below, used same items as in my latest foundation routine which you can see HERE)

a picture of  l'oreal infallible pro matte, kat von d shade light palette, l'oreal setting spray, rimmel sunkissed cherry, betty lou manizer

Eyes (**details below):
a picture of Urban Decay Basics Palette, Primer Potion, Rimmel Wonder'Lash


Lips:
a picture of Rimmel Show Off Matte Lip Velvet in Burning Lava
a picture of Rimmel Show Off Matte Lip Velvet in Burning Lava (swatch)

** Eye details:
a picture of Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
  1. Prime eyelids using Primer Potion
  2. With a flat eyeshadow brush, pack on W.O.S all over the lid
  3. With a fluffy brush, sweep Naked 2 in the crease
  4. With a pencil brush, pick up a bit of Faint and draw a V from the outer corner of the eye into the crease. With a blending brush, blend into the crease. This will deepen the crease and give more dimension to the look.
  5. Use Foxy to blend the shades from the crease to the brow bone. This will just help everything look seamless and clean.
  6. Highlight your brow bone and inner corner of the eye using Venus.
  7. With an angled brush use Crave to create a subtle winged liner on your upper lash line. Smudge out for a softer effect.
This look really showcased the Urban Decay Palette I've talking so much about lately, I used all the shades, and this wasn't even really planned! Also I decided to use the Rimmel Wonder'Lash because it's really the most lengthening mascara and I didn't feel I needed extra drama in that department. I just wanted to keep the eye soft and flirty and really pack a punch with the red lip!

Hope you guys enjoyed it, again if you have any questions you can leave them down below!

Talk to you soon,

Val

Valentine's Day Makeup Look | Soft & Romantic

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine's Day is coming up, and maybe that's exciting to some of you, or maybe not! 

Honestly, my husband and I haven't ever really celebrated it (because we love each other every day! *barf* No, I don't know we just don't care)

However I do get really into the red dresses, and all that cutesy romantic date look stuff (which you can clearly use all year round). Creatively I'm just inspired around this time!

There's so many possibilities too when it comes to creating a "date look" ; wether you wanna go classic with a red lip, soft and romantic with some subtle pinks or straight up sexy with a smokey eye...

I've come up with some looks you can wear on your next date or just plain next night out (cause clearly you don't need a man to look fabulous either!). 

Here is my soft & romantic look using mainly drugstore products!
a picture of a  Soft & Romantic makeup look
a picture of a soft romantic makeup look

Face : 
(Everything except the foundation + setting spray is the same than in my latest foundation routine which you can see HERE)
a picture of L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte, L'Oreal Setting Spray, Hourglass Blush, Shade Light Kat Von D Palette

Eyes** :
a picture of color tattoo ; inked in pink, chocolate suede, mad for mauve palette, lash sensational, chantecaille violet damask
Lips :
picture of Wet n Wild Mauve Outta Here, By Terry lipgloss
a picture of Wet n Wild Mauve Outta Here, By Terry lipgloss (swatch)

** Details for the eyes :
a picture of Maybelline Color Tattoo Inked in Pink, Chocolate Suede
a picture of Maybelline Mad for Mauve palette

  1. I used Inked in Pink all over the lid, then gently applied Chocolate Suede with my fingers on the outer edge of the lid.
  2. Using a blending brush I blended in that darker shade to soften it up and bring it up into the crease.
  3. Using shade #4 from the Mad for Mauve palette and an angled brush, I lined the outer part of my lower lash line (half way in) and the outer part of my upper lash line too, stopping short of a subtle wing.
  4. Using shade #2, I lined the rest of my lower lash line connecting with the dark shade (and blending them for a more seamless effect) and bring up towards the inner corner of the eye.
  5. I also gentle dabbed shade #2 in the middle of my lid (where your pupil hits) to brighten up the look.
  6. Using shade #1 I brightened up the inner corner using a small pencil brush.
  7. I used also used shade #1 to smooth out the edges of the Chocolate Suede and brought it up to my brow bone.
  8. Finally, I lined my water lines with a dark purple eye liner and applied mascara.
That's pretty much it! I hope it's not too hard to follow, and I wish I had the set up to do a video but...Let me know if you have any questions and stay tuned for more looks!

Talk to you soon,

-Val