Month: November 2013

Who I’ve Been Watching: Amarixe

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This month, I’ve been tuning into Amarixe’s videos on Youtube. And I have to say, I’ve enjoyed watching her videos very much! The beauty guru, who’s real name is Allison, is so sweet and down to Earth, that when she speaks, she feels as if she could be your best friend. The 23 year old college grad lives in Los Angeles, where she does most of her filming. There’s a good mix of content and filming styles on her channel. Often, she posts empties, monthly favorites, and the occasional haul or tutorial. Sometimes, she films outdoors, other times, she’s in her bedroom, living room, or near her kitchen. She’s experimented with voiceovers and music in her videos, but generally, she talks directly to the camera. She’s done a few clothing/accessory/candle hauls, but they’re sparse or mixed in with makeup items, so her channel doesn’t feel bogged down by irrelevant topics. Giveaways aren’t uncommon on her channel, either.
Allison’s tutorials are really impressive. I found there’s balance in the type of tutorials she shows: there’s a decent mix of neutral looks and brighter or smokier styles. Those looking to find ways to experiment with their Urban Decay Naked Palette could find something new here. But she’s not a snob when it comes to cosmetics quality-she’s used Maybelline, Cover Girl, and Revlon just as much as she features NARS and MAC. So I truly believe any viewer, with any intent-a woman looking for something simple to wear on a first date to a high school student looking for a fun party look-could find what they need on Allison’s channel.
Who might like her: All ages, all budgets, fans of hauls/empties/monthly favorites, those needing inspiration with their Naked palette(s).

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China Glaze Be Merry, Be Bright Review

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In my birthday haul, I mentioned picking up 2 of China Glaze’s new polishes from their winter 2013 collection, called Happy Holiglaze. I was very excited to grab these, because I usually never get the opportunity to snag limited edition/holiday products. But it wasn’t just a limited edition holiday product that was new for me to try with this purchase: both of the shades I picked up were glitters! 
The first polish I tried, Be Merry, Be Bright, is a traditional glitter. It contains a mix of small and medium navy blue and berry hexagonal shaped glitter particles in a clear base. My eye was initially drawn to this shade when I first looked at the collection. The deep jewel tones and reflective finish seemed perfect for the holidays! The glitter pieces have a nice, reflective sheen without being harsh. They do twinkle nicely in bright, overhead light, but don’t look garish on the nails.
The base wasn’t thick or watery and applied smoothly over the nail. The particles weren’t chunky, despite their bigger size, and spread easily. It was simple to get the glitter flecks spaced out over the nail, without them clustering in one place. Plus, it was buildable. One coat offers a sprinkle of glitter, two gave more impact. I used two coats of this polish over Wet ‘n’ Wild Through the Grapevine, and I could still see the berry color of the polish underneath the glitter when I used two coats of Be Merry, Be Bright, which makes it a great layering shade. It’s not the kind of polish that can opaquely cover the whole nail by design, though.
I had heard a lot of bad things about glitter polishes, but this one continued to impress me. It dried down quickly (two minutes, tops) and didn’t budge. Even during the week I wore it, I didn’t get any tip wear (and my nails are weak-polishes chip easily on me!). I was sure this would feel bumpy after I applied my top coat, but nope! When I touched the dried polish, it was as smooth as could be. Even with two coats of colored polish, two coats of Be Merry, Be Bright, and a swipe of top coat, my nails didn’t feel thickly polished. 
I really like China Glaze’s bottle design. The glass is sturdy with a flared out shape. The cap is long and easy to grip. It’s not rubberized, but it’s not smooth, slippery plastic, either. And it’s large enough that any size fingers could get around it and use it comfortably. The cap isn’t cumbersome. The brush is average, not too wide or thin, and it’s long enough to apply the glitter without getting it where you don’t want it.
Be Merry, Be Bright contains 0.5 oz of product, for $7.50 USD. The amount of product is average, but the cost is cheaper than OPI or Essie. This polish is really amazing quality, and for a price that won’t break the bank. The writing on this bottle, which is black, was difficult for me to read, so I took to looking online to check the ingredients. I couldn’t find a straight-up ingredients list, but it is safe to say that China Glaze polishes, Be Merry, Be Bright included, are 3-Free (made without DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde). 
Color: 4.5/5

Wear: 5/5
Formula: 5/5
Packaging: 5/5
Price: 5/5
Wow Factor: 4.5/5
Overall: 4.8 (A)
Recommend: Yes, the quality, ease of use, and wear time are unbeatable. I don’t think it’s the most unique shade, even for a glitter, but it’s smooth and versatile. I imagine this looking great over jewel and berry tones for the winter, as well as whites and brights in the warmer months.

China Glaze polishes are available from cosmetic shops, like Ulta.

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Shiro The Notebook Collection Collective Review

Shiro’s The Notebook Collection thrilled me when I first saw it. I’m a big fan of the anime that inspired it (Death Note), and was super excited to see how the shades would perform. I’m happy to say that most of them were impressive, if not very unique. There are ten shadows in the collection, all loose. As I’ve stated in reviews, one can purchase the whole collection at once and receive a 10% discount.

Sadly, there was not a lot of diversity in this collection. It’s more muted/neutral, with softer pops of color compared to the brand’s brighter, more pastel collections. There are two greys (Detective and More Sugar), two browns (Divine Justice and Mistrust), two burgundy-reds (Heart Attack and Task Force), a blue (Heaven Nor Hell), a gold (Perfect World), a black (Second Kira), and a purple (Shinigami). In more detail:

  • Detective: Cool, iridescent silver with silver glitter. This one was more of a layering shade and was a bit sheer. It had some issues with fading and glitter migration. This is safe to use on the lips. (3.8 C+)
  • Divine Justice: Warm, medium orange, with warm brown overlay and golden shimmer. This was probably the most unique in the collection, as I’ve never seen another shadow self-layer like this one did. This shade only slightly faded around the edges. This is safe to use on the lips. (4.5 A-)
  • Heart Attack: Frosty cranberry wine with silver and blue glitter. Urban Decay Last Call, L’Oreal Glistening Garnet, and MAC Star Ruby are considerable dupes. This wore flawlessly, without creasing, fading, or falling out. This is safe for use on the lips. (4.3 B+)
  • Heaven Nor Hell: Steely, gunmetal blue-grey. This was an interesting shade and another that wore perfectly without any problems. This is safe for use on the lips. (4.3 B+)
  • Mistrust: Warm, chocolaty brown with silver and orange sparkles. Apart from the special layering effect of Divine Justice, the two colors aren’t that different. This had application fallout but wore well. This is safe for use on the lips. (4.1 B-)
  • More Sugar: Steely, storm cloud grey. This applied and wore perfectly. This is safe for use on the lips. (4.2 B)
  • Perfect World: Soft yellow gold with slightly metallic frost. Urban Decay Maui Wowie is similar. It applied and wore perfectly. This is safe for use on the lips. (4.5 A-)
  • Second Kira: Dark, cool grey with a greenish tinge and highly reflective gold sparkles. This shade was so unique. This faded slightly around the edges. This is safe for use on the lips. (4.4 B+)
  • Shinigami: Light lavender with silver shimmer. This faded and had glitter migration, and had fallout during application. This is safe for use on the lips (4.2 B)
  • Task Force: Cool, purplish pink-burgundy. This faded around the edges. This isn’t that different from Heart Attack, except that the latter has the bluish shimmer. This is the only shadow not safe for use on the lips. (4.2 B)
I wore all of these shadows foiled (wet). Some of these had issues with application over a base. Generally they went on well, opaque and easy to blend. More often than not these wore greatly, although some did fade around the edges or on the lid. Application was generally good too. I experienced no creasing with any of the ten shades, despite their wet application. 
All of these shadows are cruelty free and vegan, made with gentle ingredients. The ingredients are readily available, listed on the brand’s site and stamped on the bottom of each shade. The mini 1g jars, which are the ones I purchased, are small, about the size of a quarter, with clear lids and sifters. The light weight of the plastic and the shadows’ small size make these tricky to store, and I imagine even worse to travel with. 
The cost of this collection was not too steep, and US shipping was only $2.50 USD. They do ship internationally for a flat rate of $7.50. It wasn’t long before I got my order (less than 2 weeks), and the customer service was out of this world amazing. 
On the whole, I liked the Notebook Collection. Second Kira ended up being my favorite, followed by Perfect World and Heart Attack. I thought Divine Justice was unique but not flattering. Heaven Nor Hell also stands out to me. Shinigami is a pretty purple, but not that different from others on the market.While  Detective  got the lowest score, it is a fantastic layering shade and I look forward to experimenting with it over different bases. Mistrust, More Sugar, and Task Force are more forgettable, but none of them are really poor quality. This collection may be better for someone who still needs to round out their stash as opposed to someone who’s makeup collection is more extensive, as one only needs so many of the same few shades. 
I’m looking forward to trying some of the brand’s brighter, more unique shades. I didn’t think the Notebook Collection was that inspired or interesting-some of the colors within the collection are dupes of each other! The sifters and lids can be unreliable and at times, problematic. But the color quality, wear time, and lack off issues (creasing/fading/fallout, etc) are excellent. I’m always happy to see cruelty free, vegan, and non-irritating cosmetics that are pretty and good quality on the market. And, I’m equally very happy to support the indie, smaller businesses. Overall, this brand is great, I’m satisfied with my purchase, and would highly recommend them to anyone.
The average score for this collection is 4.25 (B).
Shiro products are available exclusively on their website,

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Shiro Loose Eyeshadow in Task Force Review

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Last but not least in Shiro’s The Notebook Collection is the “shimmery deep burgundy,” Task Force. This is a cool-toned purplish pink-burgundy. It’s not glittery, or even shimmery-it has more of a satin texture. The shadow color looked similar whether or not a primer was used (it was a bit brighter over bare lids, but marginally).  Shiro Heart Attack is warmer and redder, and also has a blue sparkles.
This shadow went on opaquely and blended nicely (when foiled). Like with other Shiro shadows, this has a different texture when used with a base. A base brings out the shimmery/shiny/glittery texture of the shadow, whereas they settle down to a more velvety finish over bare lids. When used without a base, this had faded around the edges after a pretty impressive 6 hours. By 9 hours, it had faded around the edges when a primer was used. Otherwise, the color was uniform and solid, even if it was a bit muted. Without a primer, it was a bit uneven by this time. Regardless, I didn’t have issues with fallout or creasing.
These shadows come in three different sizes: $1 USD sample baggies, $3.50 USD 1g mini jars, and $5 USD, 2g full size jars. They also offer a permanent deal, where you can buy the whole collection at once and save 10%! My collection is in the mini size, which come in plastic with clear lids, with the shade name and ingredients stamped on the bottom. They’re pretty small, about the size of a quarter. They come with sifters. Some times the sifters pop off easily, sometimes they’re nearly glued in there. Sometimes, they shake out way too much product, other times, they need a good few shakes to get enough product to use. The lids need to be pressed down and then screwed shut-some of them pop on easily, other ones need to be clamped down pretty hard to keep the lids on there.
Task Force is one of the few shadows in this range that are not safe for use on the lips. All of their products are cruelty free and vegan, with gentle ingredients. Like most indie brands, Shiro is only available online, via their website. The shipping was not expensive ($2.50 USD, $7.50 for international shipping, orders over $35 and shipping is free). I also got my order in a reasonable time frame (it was in my mailbox within 2 weeks). Not to mention brand creator Caitlin Johnstone was super kind-she included a handwritten thank you note, candy, and 2 free sample baggies with my order.
Color: 4/5

Wear: 5/5
Formula: 5/5
Packaging: 3/5
Price: 5/5
Wow Factor: 3/5
Overall: 4.2 (B)
Recommend: Task Force is a pretty color and performs well with a base. But, it’s not that unique (even within the collection)-you may have something similar already. But if you’ve been on the hunt for this type of shade and prefer gentle/animal friendly products and/or you’re on a budget, this shadow would be worth looking into.

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Shiro Loose Eyeshadow in Shinigami Review

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Next up in my ongoing reviews of Shiro’s The Notebook Collection is the “dark royal purple with silver sparkles,” Shinigami. I applied this shadow foiled (wet). This shade looked a bit different depending on whether or not a based was used. It was lighter, a touch more lavender, when used with a primer. It was darker when used over bare lids. The base allowed the silver shimmer to show up much better. When used without a primer, the texture seemed more velvety and less iridescent. Shinigami was a bit drier to apply over bare lids. However, whether or not a primer was used, it still went opaquely and was easy to blend. This didn’t have any of the difficulty with wear or dryness that people often associate with purples. There was some fallout, both with and without a base, but nothing deal-breaking.
In terms of wear, I was happy with this shadow. There was a little bit of glitter migration to the browbone after 3 hours. This wasn’t an unattractive thing though, as the glittery is not at all large or chunky. By 6 hours, this had faded around the edges when a primer was not used. At the end of the day, the shadow was less vibrant than during initial application. The interesting thing is that each way to wear it (primer vs. no primer) kept the shadow’s respect texture (frosty vs. velvet) throughout the day. There was no creasing or additional fallout throughout the day. 
Shiro’s formula of loose shadow is very nice to work with. It’s soft and not too powdery, packs bold pigment with minimal fallout, stays all day and blends well. It never creases, even when used wet over a cream base. Many of these, including Shinigami, are safe for use on the lips as well! They’re all cruelty-free and vegan, using gentle, simple ingredients.
These shadows come with three sizes, a $1 USD sample bag, a mini 1g jar for $3.50, and the full size, 2g jars are $5. I have the mini jars, which are clear, with the shade name and ingredients stamped on the bottom. With this mini size, the packaging is hit or miss. Some of them are simple, easy to pop on and screw down tightly. Others, like my Shinigami, are tougher-with this I have to clamp down the lid a bit hard, and then give it a tight twist. The lid will pop off and make a horrible mess in my stash otherwise. Also, the jars are small. I imagine the size, and the lighter plastic of the container makes these less than ideal to travel with and store (I keep mine in a plastic bag, which is not optimal). You get a good amount of product in each jar though, and for the quality you get, the price cant be beat.
One thing about Shiro, like other indie brands, is that they’re only available online. Now, I prefer to shop online, but many people don’t, and that limited availability could be inconvenient for some. However, if you do go ahead and purchase from them, their service is amazing! Shipping is $2.50 USD, or free for orders over $35. They ship internationally, for a flat rate of $7.50. They also have a permanent deal where you can purchase an entire color collection at once and receive 10% off! I got my package less than 2 weeks after placing my order, so not bad at all. But the quality and care that went into my package was amazing. I received a handwritten note from brand founder Caitlin Johnstone thanking me for my order, along with some free candies and two free sample bags of shadows from their other collections. I was definitely impressed!
Color: 4.5/5

Wear: 4.5/5
Formula: 4/5
Packaging: 3/5
Price: 5/5
Wow Factor: 4/5
Overall: 4.2 (B)
Recommend: I think the quality of this shadow is great, a lot better than what people are used to with purple shadows. It packs pigment, is versatile (you can create different textures depending on your base), lasts all day, and is very affordable.

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The Liebster Award!

I’m super excited to make this post! Yesterday, I had the privilidge of being nominated for the well-known Liebster Award by the fantastic sparklesoflight76. If you get a chance, do check her blog out! For those who don’t know, the Liebster Award is an online badge given to less well-known (under 200 followers) beauty blogs to help promote them and help them reach a wider audience. 
Here Are the Rules:

  • Post the award on your blog
  • Thank the blogger who presented you the award and link to their blog
  • Write 11 random facts
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers
  • Answer 11 questions from the blogger who awarded you
  • Leave 11 questions for your nominees to answer
  • 11 Random Facts About Me:

    • I got into makeup a lot later than usual, I was 17 when I started.
    • Compared to others, my cosmetic collection is still pretty small.
    • I’m surprisingly good at doing voices.
    • I would love to own a dog of my own one day, something like a Japanese Akita.
    • I’m self-employed.
    • I love to read, especially “heavier” books.
    • I haven’t traveled much, but would love to go all over the world one day.
    • Squid are my favorite animals.
    • I’ve never had a pedicure.
    • I love British t.v. shows (Skins and Downton Abbey, anyone?)
    • I was subscribed to Seventeen magazine for 8 years (letting go was sad!).
    The Questions I Was Given:

    1) Do you read any blogs outside of your blog’s genre? Nope, I actually just stick to beauty blogs.
    2) A beauty product you wouldn’t be without is? Mascara! I love Maybelline’s Colossal formula.
    3) Most disappointing beauty purchase? Definitely NYX eyeshadow in White. It’s completely invisible.
    4) A brand you would like to discover more from? There are a few! I’m definitely interested in trying things from Stila, Too Faced, and Tarte, as well as luxury brands like Chanel, Dior, Guerlain and Tom Ford.
    5) Which brand of makeup do you own the most from? Urban Decay, if you count all the individual shadows in the two palettes I own from them, lol.
    6) Have you got any pets? No, sadly.
    7) Have you got any children? No.
    8) How old are you? I just turned 21 six days ago!
    9) How long have you been blogging for? I’ve had PV for 8 months.
    10) Favorite season? It’s a tie between winter and summer.
    11) Do you blog on your mobile or a computer? Definitely my laptop. I’m like the only one without a smartphone!
    Questions for My Nominees:
    1) Do you prefer your products to be cruelty free?
    2) How do you feel about chemicals (phlalates, silicones, carcinogens, etc) in your products?
    3) Do you prefer treatments for your skin or hair, and why?
    4) Do you stick to high-end brands, drugstore brands, or do you mix it up?
    5) Who is one lesser known beauty Youtuber you love and want everyone to know about?
    6) If you had to stick with one makeup brand for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?
    7) Ever been to IMATS? What was your experience like?
    8) Are you subscribed to any beauty box services? Which ones, and how do you feel about them?
    9) What’s one type of product you prefer to save money on?
    10) What type of product do you feel is worth the splurge?
    11) If you had to only use one brush or tool, and use your fingers for everything else, which brush/tool would you pick? 

    And Finally, My Nominees:
    I know that’s only 6 people but after a few hours, I still couldn’t find anyone who was interested :/ I had to move on with my day, so sadly, I had to cute the nominees to four. If anyone else turns up, I’ll be glad to promote them until I’ve filled eleven slots. 
    I want to thank sparklesoflight76 one more time for nominating me. It really means a lot to me, and felt very validating and gave me confidence with the blog. I’m more than happy to keep going with it 🙂

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    Face of the Day 02

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    A huge (and massively fun!) part of being a beauty blogger is testing new products! I have seven products that I’m trying out today. I’ll see how well they perform, and then review them all later. Some of these products I’ve had for a long time, others I just bought last week. 
    What I’m Wearing Today:
    • L’Oreal Visible Lift Foundation in 143 Soft Ivory.
    • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool.
    • MAC Eyeshadow in Humid.
    • MAC Eyeshadow in Steamy.
    • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion.
    • Maybelline The Falsies Waterproof Mascara in Very Black.
    • ELF Hypershine Lip Gloss in Fairy.

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    Tip of the Day 06

    Try switching up one thing about your look! This is a great, low-risk way to experiment with new colors/finishes/products. For example, if you always wear a neutral eye, pink blush, and clear gloss, pick just one thing to mix up and see what happens. Maybe keep the blush and gloss, but go for a dramatic, dark smoky eye instead. Or swap the blush for bronzer and highlighter for a modern, bare face. Or keep the eyes and cheeks neutral but replace the gloss with bold, bright lipstick. You never know what creative combinations you could come up with and where your inspiration may take you.

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    Birthday Haul!

    So, as I’ve previously mentioned in this post, I recently had a birthday. And since Ulta happened to be having fantastic sales, and I’m a cosmetic junkie, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to hit up my local store. I feel very happy with what I’ve purchased, as I have the chance to try some new things in formulas I already love.

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    First, I knew I had to get my hands on some of China Glaze’s new, limited edition Happy Holiglaze Collection. The top two polishes are from this collection. Now, when I first saw the shades online, I immediately thought that green wasn’t “festive enough” and was sure I would pass it up. But once I saw swatches, I was in awe of how beautiful and shimmery it was, and knew I had to have it. This Is Tree-Mendous is a lighter marsh green with gold and green shimmer. The second shade from this range that I picked up, on the top right, is Be Merry, Be Bright. My eye was naturally more drawn to this as a holiday polish. It’s a clear base with purple, berry, and red glitter. I’ve never tried a glitter polish before, but with how pretty this looks in the bottle, I imagine it’ll be just right for Christmas time over this raspberry hue I have in my collection.

    Since China Glaze is buy two, get one free at Ulta right now, I decided to supplement my polish collection with Awaken, a dark, metallic grey/silver. This polish looks stunning in the bottle and online! (I haven’t opened or tried any of these products yet). This seems like a great, edgy shade that could be worn during any season. And of course, I may have to try Be Merry, Be Bright over it 😉

    I absolutely love Maybelline mascaras. If I had to use one brand of mascara for the rest of my life, I’m thinking this would be it. I’ve heard a lot about The Falsies lately, but I’ve actually tried it before, and wasn’t impressed. (It was a tube my mom had picked up on sale.) But Maybelline has yet to disappoint me, so after seeing Youtubers talk about it, I was willing to give it another chance, a real chance, as opposed to a quick swipe. Something is telling me my first experience with this product was just a bad tube that happened to be dried out-I’m feeling very hopeful for what this delievers! My version happens to be the waterproof kind.

    Maybelline is buy one, get one half off, so I was eager to add another Color Tattoo to my collection. I have Tough As Taupe already, which I initaally got because I thought it would make a great base. It’s true, these are fantastic, inexpensive primers that operate a lot like MAC’s Paint Pots. But the one I have is a bit more niche-it works better for a darker eye. But I figure you can’t go wrong with white, so I excitedly picked up the shade Too Cool. I noticed Barely Branded looked like a nice skin-toned shade to work with, but my store only had one in stock-and it had already been opened! Needless to say, I passed it by. I’m really looking forward to trying Too Cool as a base, and seeing how it performs working double duty as an inner-corner/browbone highlight.

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    Birthday FOTD

    Yesterday (the 13th) was my birthday! I was super excited because, even though it happens every year, special occasion makeup just feels nicer. So, I thought I would share with you the products I used to create my birthday face.

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    I started with L’Oreal Visible Lift Foundation in the shade 143 Soft Ivory. My mother had kindly gifted me a package of makeup sponges, and I was excited to use one to apply the product. I pumped a bit of foundation on the back of my hand, and then dabbed the sponge into the product. I applied it to my face starting in the nose and forehead and spreading outwards.
    I’m a chronic night owl, and covered up my (severely) dark circles with Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Concealer in the shade Ivory. I dotted this onto my undereye area with the wand that is included, and blended it with my cosmetic sponge by gently pressing it into the skin, and then outwards.
    I set my face makeup with N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder in Transluscent. This is one of the only products I’ve hit pan on! It’s a nice, effective mattifying powder that doesn’t get cakey and goes on sheerly.

    I’ve had this sample of Urban Decay Primer Potion in the original packaging forever, and it’s just about run it’s course. Thankfully I have a backup! But this packaging came with a wand-type applicator, which I used to spread the product onto my lid. I blended it into the crease, up to the browbone, and along the lower lashline with a finger.

    Wet ‘n’ Wild eyeshadows have been getting a lot of hype lately, and rightfully so. These trios and palettes are great for newbies, because the shades come with where to apply the product engraved into the powder. But as always, there are no rules in makeup, so I did things a little differently. I used the soft pink browbone shade in the Silent Treatment Trio all over my lid. It was the perfect daytime shade. I used the eyelid shade to darken up my crease for a very pretty end result. I used the matte white shade from the much loved I Heart Matte Palette as a browbone highlight. 

    I curled my lashes and applied a coat of Covergirl Lashblast mascara, in the shade Brown. I wanted to keep my eyes somewhat soft, as I was going for a strong lip. This mascara adds a nice, rich tint to the lashes and thickens them up without being over the top.

    For a matching pop of color, I decided at the last minute to line my lower lashline with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Woodstock. This is a bright, funky shade of hot pink liner that isn’t for the weak!

    I swirled MAC’s Pinch ‘O Peach blush onto my cheeks and blended out towards the temples. I felt like this powder really gave me a subtle yet pretty “just in from the outdoors” look.

    And the finishing touch was a swipe of MAC’s Girl About Town lipstick. This shade is an amplified creme formula, which means it goes on opaquely with lots of creamy pigment. This shade is bright and fun, wore comfortably, and had a nice, very soft sheen. The sheen didn’t last all day, but after a busy day of shopping and a dinner, I still had a nice stain on the lips with out too much drying damage. I recommend the formula if you haven’t tried it yet!

    I also filled in and shaped my brows with my Avon pencil, which isn’t pictured here. Taking the time to shade your brows really adds to a look, I think. At first I wasn’t so sure, but after trying it a few times, I’m definitely a brow believer!

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