Friday, November 14, 2014

October Favorites @Sephora/MAC/Drug Store

Many cosmetic companies launched there Holiday palette/gift sets early this year.  I love shopping during the holiday for this same reason. You get products in a set value, which is usually at a great deal.

Buxom Holiday Dolly's High Roller Collection Palette
L to R: Swatches of the eye shadow; Blush; and Bronzer
Back of the box (not on the palette)
My friend Anna gave me a Sephora gift card for my birthday so I saved it for the holiday shopping.
This palette includes (names of each shadow listed in the picture above):
  • 4 eye shadows (2 matte and 2 shimmer)
  • 3 cheek colors (blush, highlighter and Bronzer)
  • 1 waterproof eyeliner (matte black) that works perfect on the waterline and for those who have sensitive eyes
  • A duo lip gloss (sultry mauve/shimmering sultry mauve) 
  • Face Chart Guide (it shows you how to create 2 different makeup application)
The Palette (Pros and Cons):
  • The theme is obviously based on the game POKER.  Overall, I like to design and how it is compacted.
  • The palette is bulky so I thought it had a compartment or compartments (like a jewelry box) to use for storage, but it does not.  
  • It's not travel size friendly only because it's a large palette (air only) but if you're traveling local it's fine
  • Palette is light weight
  • The colors are organized and compliments one another well for use
  • I love the fact it has 4 eye shadows - 2 matte and 2 with shimmer and it compliments any skin color

Hourglass - The Indestructible Matte Liquid Lipstick in 'Icon'

Travel Size Liquid Lipstick in 'Icon'
I love liquid lipsticks and when I first saw this lip color last year I have been obsessed.  However, this brand is a bit pricey.  I was so glad to see that it came in a travel size at Sephora for $10.00.  
*The color is similar to Kat Von D Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick 'Outlaw.' Hourglass 'Icon' 

Limited Ambient Lighting Blush Palette 

L to R: Luminous Flush (champagne rose); Incandescent Electra (cool peach); & Mood Exposure (soft plum)

I was so happy when Hourglass created this palette because you get 3 blushes in a palette for the price of 1 individual.  The palette is designed the same as the powder palette released in 2013 (currently permanent).  The blush palette is limited.  It's great for people who are not "blush" users, but would like to add a bit of color on the cheeks.

Limited Rocky Horror Pigment and Lipstick

The Box
The Packaging
Top to Bottom: I.N.E.H.A.G.T & Cranberry eye shadow
Can you tell the difference?  
The two colors are very similar so if you didn't get your hands on this limited pigment you have an alternative with permanent eyeshadow 'Cranberry'.  

The lipstick 'Strange Journey' is my ultimate favorite. It's a red/orange matte color.
Sorry for the incomplete look. I was playing with eyelashes :)

Limited Lipstick 'Strange Journey'

   Drug Store Cosmetics 

Milani - the color is so pretty more like a rose-red, but when I arrived at home the lipstick broke after I swatch it on my  hand :(

Maybelline's NEW Matte lipsticks are beautiful, but #660 Touch of Spice is the color that caught my eye.  It's a beautiful rose/plum.  The color lasts a long time on the lips, glides on smoothly and compliments any skin color. 

Halloween 2014

Zombie Bride
Every year, I allow my children to choose our Halloween theme.  This year, my son Ethan chose 'Zombie' inspired by one of his favorite movie 'World War Z."  The only thing is that Ethan had trouble keeping to one theme this year because he changed his mind about 2 times.  At last, he chose to be -
I don't know what costume is this but Ethan loved it and had so much fun this year

and I stayed with the zombie theme.  I didn't know how to go about with this look, but I knew that I wanted to have a hanging eye and I didn't want to overdo the look using massive blood. I wanted the look to be spooky yet a bit pretty.  If you're interested on how I created this then keep on reading :)

All the tools I used

I first started out with creating my eye patch using:
  • Toilet tissue
  • Elmer's glue stick
  • Mehron Liquid Latex - Skin Color
  • Cotton ball 
  • Blow dryer
  • Mehron Paradise Body Paint Palette
  • Spatula  
-I first colored a cotton ball to create an "eye ball" by using my Mehron palette.  Once I was done, I put it on the side to allow it to dry.  
-Then, I applied Elmer's glue stick on my brows (this helps when using liquid latex on the brow hair) 
-Next, I placed layers of toilet tissue on to my face using liquid latex (be caution when applying it especially in sensitive area like your eye.  This product can burn or irritate) and spatula 
-Used a blow dryer on "cool" to help dry the wet areas
-Once dry, I removed the entire patch (I used my blow dryer again to help remove)

Now, it's time for the fun part - makeup!

-Used the "white" color from my Mehron palette, I filled in my eyebrows
-I mixed "Lo-Fi" (discontinued) lip tar from O.C.C, grey paint from the dollar store and my EX1 foundation using a beauty blender and applied it over my face, ears and a bit on my neck.
-I set it with MAC's loose Prep & Prime loose powder
-I used MAC's eye shadow 'Fig1' to sculpt my cheeks, forehead, nose and jaw.  I added a bit of Urban Decay eye shadow 'Blackout' on my cheeks and forehead to add more dimension as well as MAC's eye shadow 'Nocturnelle'

-MAC Pro Paint Pot in 'Paintly' as a eye base
-MAC's eyeshadow 'Fig1', 'Nocturnelle' and 'Purple Haze' and blend all over crease, above my crease and lower lash line
-Urban Decay eyeshadow 'Asphalt' from the Smoked Palette on my lid
-Inglot Matte Collection AMC Eyeliner Gel Liner #79 on lower lash line
-Neutrogena and L'Oreal waterproof mascara 2 to 3 coats on upper and lower lashes
-I placed the eye patch back over my eye using liquid latex and touched it up with the same colors used on my face and eyes.
-Used my tweezers to cut a few holes on the tissue to make it look dramatic (BE CAREFUL doing this step)
-I added the fake "eye" ball back on the eye patch
-I added blood (not too much) 
-Last, I popped in a color white contact and my zombie bride look was done

-Stila Kajal Eyeliner 'Onyx'
-OFRA lip gloss 'Bordeaux'

Oh, I forgot to mention that I colored my teeth using gold and black tooth paint.

A few pics on Halloween Day -

I love my skeleton hands hair clip that I purchased at Target for $4.00