Monday, May 26, 2014

April Favorites

Sedona Lace Brush Sets: 

I immediately feel in love with this 13 piece makeup brush set.  It retails for $99.95 (I bought it during a 25% off sale) and paid $79.  The synthatic bristles are soft, little to no fall outs and great to apply with all types of texture.  It's even great to use for traveling because the brush case has a zipper that keeps the brushes clean (great size - not large or bulky) as well as a belt with adjustable straps to put across your waist or side.  The brushes are packed in a hot pink mesh bag and comes with a pamphlet explaining how to use each brush.  The set was designed by Renelyn Monteloyola of Makeup by Ren Ren.  I got to speak to Rene at IMATS when she stopped by Eve Pearl's booth and I forgot to tell her - Great Job!

Ok, I have to be honest and say that I was a sucker for the pink bristles, but I don't own traveling brushes so I thought it would be great to add to my collection.  However, I have not yet used this set because I'm too obsessed with the Vortex Collection. 

MAC Cosmetics 
  •  Pro Sculpting Cream in 'Pure Sculpture' 

 I LOVE this!!!!  It gives such a natural look without being too dark or red.  I do tend to wear contour cream/powder that has a bit of red and if you're too heavy handed it may look unflattering.  This product doesn't have no red.  It works great for light/medium skin.  I believe it's limited edition (grrrr...).
  •  Mineralize Lipstick & Lipglass / Eyeshadow Quad
Lipstick - 'Be A Lady' and Lipglass 'Be Nice'
Left: 'Be A Lady' / Right: 'Be Nice'
'A Sprinkle of Blues' Quad
The mineralize collection is fabulous.  Starting with the packaging it's so different than the usual.  The quad and lipstick works as a magnet when closing - cool.  The lipgloss is not sticky as its regular lipgloss collection.  The eyeshadow quad is super pigmented and last longing.  It works dry or wet, but using it wet is breathtaking because you could really see the pretty colors.

  • Fluidlines -

LEFT: 'Sassy Moss' / Right: 'Phlox Garden

I really like these fluidlines and use it as a base.  It's cool colors that can be used all year round, but the best part it's long lasting. 
  • Pigments

L to R: 'Lily-White'/'Chartreuse Bouquet' /'Naked'

'Naked' pigment is such a natural pigment with very little shimmer.  I love to use this for very simple looks, mature skin/eyes and weddings.  It's a permanent color and can be purchased at a MAC Store.  I love Lily-White to highlight the eyes and face. *I'm not sure if this was limited only.

 Kat Von D.: Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks

    L to R: LUV / Vampira / A-Go-Go / MUA5
  • I love these lipsticks!  The colors are super vibrant, long lasting in consistency and quality.  I find myself always reaching for MUA5 and during the weekends I like to use L.U.V and Vampira.
Buxom Lightweight Foundation:

  •  This is a great foundation for the summer.  It's a lightweight (not heavy on the skin) finish with light to medium coverage.  Therefore, it feels more like a BB/CC cream.  It also has a dewy finish that gives the skin a bit of a glow. 
 BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Primer:


  • This is a silicon base that feels like velvet.  It's super soft and dissolves on the skin immediately so anyone can use it.  It works well for those who have pores.  The product claims to work as an anti-shine (matte) as well but that part don't work for me.  Overall, it's a great product.

  • Limited Edition Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep - do I have to say more?!  This is a beautiful palette with beautiful colors for Spring/Summer.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sea Worship

  • NARS Primer
  • Benefit Lemon-Aid Corrector as a base
  • MAC e/s 'Sea Worship' using a flat shader brush from Crown Brushes all over the lid

  • Followed by using Lorac 'Get Hot' Eyeshadow Palette

  • Using MAC #224 blend both colors (above) on the crease going back and fourth (wiper blend motion)

  • Using the same brush take the darker brown and blend on the outer crease

  •  Using a clean small angle brush sweep the off white color under the brow bone as a highlighter
Back of the palette

  • Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner 'Mint Julep' on lower lashine
  • Using Sedona Lace EB21 brush to smudge
  • Face Front Cosmetic pigment 'Early Spring' over 'Mint Julep'

  • Apply L'Oreal Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner 'Brown' on waterline

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Get Ready w/Me


Prep & Skin:
  • Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion
  • Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre Lotion
  • Embryolisse Emulsion Hydra-Mat Lotion
  • BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector


  • Eve Pearl HD Liquid Foundation in 'Medium' using Sedona Lace Brush FB07 (LOVE this brush!)
  • MAC Studio Concealer NC30 to cover my imperfections
  • MAC 'Forecast' to highlight T-Zone & under eye
  • MAC Pro Sculpture to contour using Royal Langnickel brush in 'BX-35 '

  • MAC MSF 'Give Me Sun!' to bronze using Sigma SS150 brush (I only own the original set of brushes that has MAC #'s.  I don't know what the current number is)

  • MAC Blush 'Margin' using Auraline brush

  • Hourglass Powder 'DIM Light' to use over the areas I highlighted with 'Forecast'
  • Ben & Nye Powder in 'Banana' to use on areas I didn't set with any powder
  • MAC Pigment 'Lily-White' to highlight
  • Too Faced Eye Insurance Primer
  • MAC Fluidline 'Phlox Garden' as a base
  • BH Cosmetic Palette 'Take Me to Brazil' dark purple on the crease
  • BH (same palette) light purple and sweep over the dark color and above the crease
  • BH (same palette) hot pink color on the inner crease
  • Naked Cosmetic - Pigment 'Naturally Nude #04' on lid
  • MAC Pigment 'Lilly-White' under the brown bone and inner duct 
  • Stila Kajal eyeliner 'Onyx' on upper and lower water line
  • Benefit Mascara 'They're Real!"  

  • Lime Crime Lipstick 'ComoPop' 
  • MAC Mineralize lip gloss 'Be Nice'

I.M.A.T.S NY 2014

My Goodies :)

Returning home from the show -Tired!

IMATS was CRAZY but as always such a wonderful event.  I was honored to rejoin Eve Pearl Cosmetics and team for the 4th year. 

*I have attached pictures at the end*

For the first time ever, 3 brands joined NYC IMATS and I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say we were so excited to welcome Sugar Pill, Sigma and Lime Crime Cosmetics.  The waiting lines especially for the 3 new brands were crazy!  Lime Crime's line went outside of the building and the wait time was between 2 to 3 hours.  

I kept my list very short because it's very hard to shop when you're working.  Thankfully many vendors were nice enough to hold my products to the end of the show so this way I can enjoy my breaks off my feet.  Unfortunately, not every vendor were so generous :(  

Lime Crime
I had to wait until the last minute before the show was officially over due to the long line.  Lime Crime didn't provide a discount so I only purchased: 
  • Velvetine 'Salem'
  • Liquid Eyeliner 'Blue Milk'
  • Lipstick 'Cosmopop'   
I LOVE Lime Crime's shopping bag.  It was so pretty and colorful. 

ALL Liquid products are WET
ALL Liquid products are DRY

I passed my fingers over the swatches after it dried and none of the colors moved.  The velvetine doesn't dry too fast so you have to be careful while it's wet. I love this brand.

*Kat Von D's long lasting lipstick drys faster*

I only purchased the cleaning brush glove because the brushes I wanted were sold out :(  Sigma provided many samples in there shopping bag and I must say I liked more the samples than my purchase.  
Purple Glove
This glove is huge and heavy for my small hands, but it gets the job done.  It comes in 4 colors. 

I have a $5 OFF Coupon for the Glove  - Use Code: SPAGLOVE.  It expires 12/31/14 

Samples :)
Sigma was very generous with samples from eyeshadows; blush; highlighters; brow colors; and concealer/corrector  
Sample of Blush, highlight & Contour

Mini/Traveling Glove in Pink; Traveling Size blending brush E25; and Traveling Size Eyeliner brush E05
These 3 mini traveling sizes are my favorite.  I love it especially the eyeliner brush.

Alcone is always a MUST for me to stop at.  I picked up:
  • Makeup wipe remover 
  • Koren Zander aka 'Koren' brush cleanser soap 'Apricot' (it smells delicious!) 
  • Pro Z-Palette

Sugar Pill
Everyone who worked at this booth had a smile and were friendly. I bought:
  • Electro pigment in 'Super Charged' (neon orange color)
  • False Eyelashes 'Toxic'

Toxic has a hint of green on the lashes
w/o Flash

Royal & Lingernickle 
  • Revolution Brush BX-35
I love this brush!  It's great to use for sculpting and contouring the face as well as highlighting.  The handle is soft and gives a good grip when holding.
I really want to start playing again with face painting so I bought:
  • #3
  • #6
  • White Paint

I was blown away with the size of there unofficial "Z Palette" especially the price was 2 for $15 or $17. 
Comparison - the Z Pro Palette over CCi's Palette
The ladies at CCi's were packing their both because they needed to catch their flight to go back home.  They were really nice to give me these freebees :)

A few pics - enjoy.