Monday, February 29, 2016

Gold and Maroon Warmth


Happy Leap Year, everyone! We only get this extra day in February every four years, so I might as well make a big deal about it. JK. I'll at least start off with a sweet Leap Year greeting and wish you an awesome day. :)

Every now and then, I've been making my Lorac Mega Pro Palette 2 quite useful by dabbling with its beautiful colors. I sometimes come up with expected combinations or even odder mixes we never thought would go together. For this look, I wanted something warm. Why not gold and maroon, right? They're both warm colors. Very rich colors too. They're eye-catching, yet not as crazy as neon pink or lime (which I am not afraid to wear).

After priming my face and lids as well as applying base makeup like foundation and powder (which I honestly should work on after all the eye makeup comes on), I patted down Gold Dust on my lids and blended Goji a little over it as soon as I got to the outer third. I couldn't get enough of Goji, so I just had to swipe it on my crease as well as on my lower lash line. What can I say? You can never have too much Goji. :P As a transition color to soften up harsh Goji lines, I used Soft Plum. To break up all this Goji on the outer third of my lids and crease, I wedged a little bit of Cabernet for more definition. The brow bone and inner corner highlight is brought to you by Prosecco, which appears as a shimmery sand color.

In case you want that extra Gold Dust intensity (Then again, the shadow on its own already has gorgeous color pay off.), I dabbed Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold as a post-priming, pre-shadow step. This is just an extra step we don't really need.

Completing the eye look is Maybelline MasterDrama eyeliner in Midnight Master for tight-lining the upper lash line. Adding a little more drama and definition to the upper lash line is Clinique Brush On Cream Liner in Black Honey. Slightly overlapping Goji on the outer corner of the bottom lash line is Ulta Automatic Eyeliner in Raisin.

Although there are days when I opt not to wear it, I feel like any eye makeup look is incomplete without mascara, so along came L'Oreal Miss Manga Voluminous Waterproof Mascara. I had a review of the non-waterproof version quite a while back. This waterproof version works better for me hands-down. Not because the non-waterproof version sucks. I'm pretty sure it works beautifully on many. It's because my lashes are just stubborn, picky, and annoying.

To keep up with all the whole maroon, plum, and mauve theme, I dusted on ELF Blush in Mellow Mauve and sealed my lips with a kiss of (Cheesy, but it works. :P) ColourPop Lippie Stick in Lumiere. Lip Liner is optional, but I love pairing up Lumiere with Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Rock 'n' Rose.

Although the Lorac Mega Pro Palette 2 is limited edition and no longer at Ulta, there are dupes for the colors used in this look. I know MAC and Too Faced (there are actually a couple of them in the Chocolate Bar Palette) have quite a few dupes as well as various drugstore brands too.

Signing off with pictures now. Take care. :)











Sunday, January 3, 2016

Gunmetal and Green Mix


How I miss blogging! Maybe, part of my New Year's resolution should be getting back in the blogging game and not blog sporadically like usual. LOL. Anyway, because my previous post was all about Lorac Mega Pro Palette 2, I will feature a look incorporating this palette.

I've really enjoyed using this palette. The powder kick-up coming from the shadows isn't as enjoyable though. It's still very tolerable and not really such a big deal. However, my close-ups of each of the shadows I used look rather dusty, thanks to the kick-up. On a positive note, I've been loving the color combos I've been getting each time I bust out this palette for an EOTD.

For this look, I dabbed Forest on my lids, using a sponge-tip applicator. With an angled shading brush, I swiped more of Forest across my crease. To add a little more shimmer to the lids, I layered a little bit of Gunmetal over Forest. For more depth and definition, I applied Black Ivy on the outer third of my crease with a pencil brush. I used Sorbet for the transition color a little bit above my crease and Sugar as my brow bone and inner corner highlight. I couldn't get enough of Forest, so it had to go on the bottom lash line too.

For a little more eye makeup flair, black eyeliner and black mascara were definitely musts, at least for this EOTD. For tight-lining on the upper and lower waterlines, I used Master Drama Eyeliner in Midnight Master by Maybelline. To break up all that gunmetal and forest on the lid, I defined my upper lash line with Milani's Ultrafine Liquid Eyeliner in Black Vinyl.

As this blog post works its way to the rest of my face, let's start with base. That is Lorac's CC Cream in CC1 Light. To set the CC cream, I dusted Bare Minerals Mineral Veil over it. On my cheeks is Mellow Mauve blush by ELF and Sugar Tropic Tan Face & Body Bronzer as a contour.

Jordana's Easyliner for Lips in Rock 'n' Rose has been my best friend for go-to lip definition. This definitely worked with MAC's "O" lipstick I used for a lip pairing with the Gunmetal and Forest combo theme I had on my lids. Luster and shine was a must to complete the lip combo, so I topped everything off with Rimmel's StayGlossy Lip Gloss in My Eternity.

There sure will be more EOTDs to come featuring the Mega Pro Palette 2. I'm thinking of a maroon or maybe, even a blue theme next. Lavender. Ahh... Can't decide. LOL. Anyway, stay tuned for more. Thanks for reading. :D








Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Mega Pro Palette 2 Madness


I can't believe I've had this beauty for a little more than a week already. I remember promising to get this for myself for about a couple of months since I first saw it somewhere online. It must've been on the Ulta Facebook Page. I was so glad AND relieved to find out the Lorac Mega Pro Palette 2 is sold by Ulta. They're available both online and in store. I remember that whole fiasco last year when not too many people were lucky enough to get their hands on the original Mega Pro Palette. I heard supplies were very, very, VERRRY limited. Yup, it was gone right when I wanted to order one. This was sold exclusively on the Lorac website. Let's say the palette wasn't around for a long time. :P

Luckily, it's a whole different story for the Mega Pro Palette 2. The official launch was on October 4th. It's still in stock until now. I bought mine at the Ulta store close to where my boyfriend lives. I thought of ordering the palette online, but I saw that it's in stock in the nearby location. My boyfriend suggested we might as well go there.

When I got to the store, all the palettes were in the checkout area instead of the aisle where the Lorac products are kept and displayed. The cashier told me the palettes were getting sold real fast. She said they were down to their last box already. Yikes. Glad I lucked out.

Mega Pro Palette 2 costs $59 for 32 eyeshadow colors. Not bad at all. You actually save more than, say, buying both the Pro Palette and the Pro Palette 2. They are $42 each. You save almost $25 by getting one big palette with more of a color selection instead.

This past week, I made sure to use the Mega Pro Palette 2 whenever I felt like dolling up a notch for work. I am really liking how these eyeshadows apply. They are smooth, buttery, and easy to blend. The color pay-off on the shadows I've used so far look rather nice. My favorite pops of color to play with have been Gold Leaf, Purple, Goji, Sorbet, and Melon. Blue Quartz is nice too. It doesn't swatch all that great, but it sure is stunning as a lid color. It's bright, but not in a ridiculously garish way. For the lighter colors, I could not stay away from Bisque, Porcelain, Sugar, and Prosecco.

When using the shadows, brace yourself to fall-out and powder kick-up. If you're like me, who likes to put foundation and other face makeup on first, have a fan brush or any brush handy to dust the shadow fall-out away. Another thing to be mindful of are all these light colors. Although I don't have a problem with all these highlight-like eyeshadow colors, it would've been nice to see more mid-tone or dark colors for more of a variety. Despite a multitude of light colors to choose from, the palette as a whole will still work great as a stand-alone.







Monday, October 5, 2015

Review on a Makeup Brush Loved by Many


I'm pretty sure many of you are familiar with Sigma Beauty's Flat Kabuki F80 brush. I've always wanted to purchase it and try it out. I kept going back and forth on whether to purchase it or not. Long before giving in and ordering it, I found a close dupe for it and settled with it.

So, is it worth the hype? Let's go and find out. Before I go further with this post, I thank Jen (Jen Luv's Reviews on YouTube) for suggesting I do a review on this brush when I posted a picture of it on the community portion of her What's Up in Makeup app. This was back when I frequently visited and posted pictures there. (If you'd like a more interactive and friendlier version similar to Instagram, Jen's What's Up in Makeup app is THE place to be. :D) I feel bad she suggested this quite a few months ago and I've only gotten around to making this post just now.

The F80 brush is $24. Its bristles are made with exclusive Sigmax fibers. Although I have and use quite a few brushes with natural hair, I have an easier time with synthetic bristled brushes. They are versatile, apply smoothly and seamlessly, and have very minimal shedding. The F80 is definitely not an exception.

This brush can be used with any medium. Application is still beautiful and not at all streaky whether it's used in conjunction to liquid, powder, or cream products. In terms of bristle durability, I haven't witnessed any shedding yet the few times I've washed it.

Liquid foundation can be very stubborn and is prone to staining a brush, especially white bristles like what's on top of the F80 brush. To prevent that, I dip my brush in a little bit of olive oil and swirl it on a solid, white brush cleaner or soap such as the Sephora Collection Dry Clean: Solid Brush Cleaner. (A side of baby shampoo or dish washing liquid will help too.) After a thorough cleanse, the gunk that was once there will be totally forgotten.

Hope this doesn't sound silly, but I like how the F80 is very comfortable to use. In the midst of applying foundation or adding finishing touches with powder, the brush is easy to maneuver. It definitely isn't heavy. Not once did it feel pokey or scratchy on my face either.

Honestly, I have nothing really bad to say about this brush. For me, it was definitely worth the $24 I spent. It certainly is worth the hype. Although I believe it is worth the hype and won't hesitate to repurchase it if ever it falls apart on me or gets lost, I do have a dupe to recommend. The brush is part of the Sculpt and Blend - 10 Piece Brush Set by BH Cosmetics. The whole set is only $20. You save $4 if you opt to get this whole set instead of a single F80 brush. The F80 dupe in this set works just as well as the original. Telling by the three-ring ferrule, the original still looks like it will survive longer. Then again, proper washing procedures and care will help pretty much any makeup brush withstand the test of time. Between this and the original, I am glad I have both.





Friday, July 17, 2015

15 Shadows of Love


I feel like I'm on a Too Faced kick here with my second consecutive post featuring another product from this lovely makeup brand. This post will be happier than the previous one though. :D

I ordered the Love Palette from Sephora a few weeks ago and have been using the heck out of this thing. I think the color selection of eyeshadows in this palette will be great for someone who's into neutrals, yet is taking baby steps to incorporating a little more color into their eye makeup. Although the shadows are nicely pigmented, they're still not loud or obnoxious even.

The palette retails at $49 at Too Faced, Sephora, Ulta, and I've also seen it on the Macy's website. I'm guessing various Macy's may have a Too Faced counter. There are 15 eyeshadows housed in a whimsical, love-letter themed container that quite reminds me of a pencil case I used to have as a child. The container is made of hard plastic. Instead of a magnetic closure like the two Chocolate Bar palettes, the Love Palette has a snap-on closure, which feels a little more secure in my opinion.

There is also a Perfect Black eyeliner to accompany the shadows as well as three look cards for ideas or inspiration on how to make the colors in each quint work together. I find it quite helpful how the shadows are divided into groups of five. Color combinations are made easy. Other than matching up the colors, mixing them is fun too by not sticking to just a single quint.

The three quints are named Pure Love (warm, earthy colors), True Love (dusty and romantic pinks and mauves), and Forbidden Love (sandy beiges with a pop of green). Although I like the overall color selections, all three of the darkest shades look very similar to each other. If you're not into glittery eyeshadow, which I actually enjoy, there are quite a few of them in this palette. Despite a couple minor disappointments, the shadows are very easy to work with their soft, blendable texture. One can come up with various looks. Anything from simple and casual to fun and playful to smoky and sultry.

The liner is pretty decent too, although I don't think I'll be using it quite often. (And yes, pardon the scar on the liner swatch pic. :P)

Enough rambling. Now it's time for pictures. Beware, there are a handful of them.