Spring collections round-up: part three

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

It’s already February; can you believe it?! (Hint: I cannot.) Anyhow, with this realization, it hit me that I should probably get crackin’ on our Spring series, so today we have Smashbox, Lancome, and Laura Mercier (whose collection I am completely enamoured with, albeit only through photos). Enjoy!

How the widgets work: just click – it’s that simple. These should be set up so that when you click on a specific product, it’ll take you to that product’s page. (If it doesn’t seem to be working, well, let me know!)

Smashbox, Smashbox, Smashbox, Smashbox

Lancôme, Lancôme, Lancôme, Lancôme, Lancôme

Laura Mercier, Laura Mercier, Laura Mercier

The rest of the round-up…

  • Part one: Dior, Estee Lauder, and Guerlain
  • Part two: Urban Decay, Benefit, and LORAC

Dupe alert: Smashbox In Bloom Soft Focus Eye Liners

Friday, December 17, 2010

While writing up a post on Annabelle’s new Mineral Powder Eyeliners, I ran into a sense of deja vu — about Smashbox’s In Bloom Eye Liners, that is. First it was just the packaging, which happens to be the same shape…

And then it was the shades…

And now? I’ve noticed the formulas! Check this out:

Smashbox In Bloom: Boron Nitride, Silica, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Pentylene Glycol, Pumice, Kaolin, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carnauba Wax, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid.

Annabelle Mineral Powder: Boron Nitride, Silica, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Pentylene Glycol, Pumice, Kaolin, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Carnauba Wax.

Yep — the ingredients lists are the exact same! The last few ingredients are in a slightly different order, but (as I’m sure you all know), ingredients lists are written up in order of concentration. That is to say: these formulas are probably 80% the first three ingredients, and contain just minuscule amounts of the last ones. So, switching them up? Not going to make a huge difference in your product.

The big difference:

I’m not sure who thought up these liners first, but enjoy your dupes, Canucks ;) And make sure to grab ’em fast; they’re limited edition!

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 =(

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