A new lash enhancer by Smashbox

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Eeh, so the post title’s boring. I’m tired; bite me.

Thought I’d share — pre-sales are always fun! After my L’Oreal incident, I don’t think I’ll be trying any lash products any time soon (read: at least for a month or two… gotta love that short attention span!) but the effort’s all there. Will any of you lovely ladies be trying this out? You’ll have to let me know how it goes!

Some Red for V-Day and Chinese New Years

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy [insert either holiday here], ladies! ;) Here are a few quick pictures of my Smashbox brushes (4, the concealer brush, and 6, the lip brush; discontinued). They’re both wonderful; stiff-bristled and reliable without being scratchy. Would I recommend them? Yes, but only if you were to buy them in a set or on sale — while I like them both and reach for them all the time, they’re not blow-my-mind incredible.

(Yes, I needed some filler photos while we still try to get my computer to work. These ones seemed appropriate, in red and black!)

With 4 in mind, I’d like to note that I rarely actually use it as a concealer brush, or for cream shadows! Instead, I find that it makes a great flat shader brush if you’re foiling or swatching products. It’s not that this brush is awful with cream products, it’s simply that I prefer a fluffier brush when working with creams and liquids!

Just smashing

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Smashbox Smashing Mystic jumbo eye pencil, one that shows up a lot in my EOTDs. I don’t understand why they had to discontinue this beauty! It’s gorgeous, portable, easy to use… my only complaint is that, as a base, it can sometimes make it a bit hard to blend other colours. But man, does it ever make them pop! I’m still searching for that perfect violet liner, though — while pretty, this is certainly more of a brown-plum than a true, vibrant violet.

Violet FOTD: still waiting to see the sun

Monday, November 16, 2009

Man, it feels like I haven’t posted a FOTD in ages!! There hasn’t even been a point to trying to do makeup over the past few weeks, because it photographs like crap — it’s dark when I wake up and dim when I get home, boo :( As a result, my macro shots are blurry and my full-face shots have to be taken with flash and colour-corrected to no end.

But you’re not here to hear me bitch about how hard it was to get these photos to you guys! Nope, you’re here to see ‘em. So: onwards!

A couple awful macro shots:How-to (I know it’s long, but I promise the look is actually quite easy! Plus, once you’ve mastered the technique, you can use it to create a fast smokey eye of any colour.)

I started by creating a basic black and white smokey eye. Fill the inner 1/3 of your upper lid with a white cream base and blend out. Then, pat on a black base on the outer 2/3, and intensify the outer V with a black shadow. (All products used so far have been matte.)


Following this I went over the look with a vivid violet — still matte — and blended well, pulling the colour slightly out off the black base. I took it down underneath the lower lashline as well, about 2/3 of the way in. To complete this stage, I blended out the edges one more time with a shimmery low-pigment violet shadow, also popping a bit of this in the middle of the lid.


Finally, I patted shimmery pigments overtop, using a lighter one for the inner portion and a darker one on the outer portion. (Don’t forget to do this on the bottom as well as the top!) Line upper lashline and both waterlines, fill brows lightly if needed, add mascara, and keep the cheeks light. (I contoured my cheeks that morning, about nine hours prior, and wore pink blush — so, all I had to do was leave it on!)

With a nude lip: (Besamé Vanilla)
These images were taken with flash, so I have no idea how in the hell they turned out alright.
Aaaand then I was bored, and wanted to keep showing you guys the difference between a look with a nude lip and the same look with a statement lip. So I did the following with some liners to give it depth (MAC Currant, Vino, and Mauve) and topped with a dark red-burgendy balm to blend it all together (MAC’s Tinted Lip Conditioner in Plum Perfect).

Here’s the look with burgundy lips! Mother calls it the “hooker look.” (Well, that’s a lie. She cringed and said “it, um… looks like you’re going to go clubbing, Rae.” I called it the whore look, and she laughed. Not to say that it is! It’s just WAY bolder than I usually go.)

These shots were taken with flash as well, but for whatever reason look WAY WEIRDER than the others.

(nnrrgh I look funny in flash.) (and stoned. Very stoned.)

Stuff used for the black smokey eye:

MAC Blacktrack (black base)
NYX Milk (jumbo pencil)
Smashbox Midnight Black (black shadow)

Stuff used for to turn it into a violet smokey eye:

MUFE 92 (matte violet shadow)
Lancome Angora (shimmery, sheer lavender shadow)
MAC Vanilla and Mauvement pigments (the lighter and darker ones, respectively)

And, finally, the extremities:

Rimmel Lycra Lash Extender (mascara)
UD 24/7 in Zero (black liner for the waterline)
MAC Blacktrack (to line the upper lashline)
NARS Mata Hari (pink blush)
MAC Harmony (to contour cheeks)


Hope you liked it! I was really happy with how it turned out in real life (seeing as violet is pretty much my favourite colour!) The worst part was having to take it off eventually =(

Glycerine testing

Friday, October 30, 2009

Ever wondered how much mediums really matter? Here are some swatches of shadow… I’m a believer, how ’bout you? :P

Remember: all images can be clicked on to be enlarged!

Dry / wet with just water / wet with half-water-half-glycerine medium.

What really sticks out for me when I use shadows wet vs. dry is the fact that they become way more intense. When you add glycerine, the water-glycerine-shadow mixture is thicker/”gooier” than just water and shadow, and gives an even darker, more intense colour, concentrating more pigment in one area. Another benefit? The wear time increases, too!

Now that I think of it, you could probably manage to do an entire eye with one shadow just by switching mediums. Hmmm… I may try this sometime!

The effect of water vs. glycerine on the shadow itself

This is Smashbox Smoke, for the record. It’s a grey shadow with a fairly matte finish, but a touch of fine shimmer interspersed throughout. The shimmer is more obvious if you enlarge the photo! It’s enough to make the matte finish a little less “blah,” but not enough to be very obvious. I like it, but wouldn’t encourage you to hunt it down or anything — it’s just grey; nothing special.
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