What I learned … MUA know how

In one of my classes at Dallas Makeup show, I learned an invaluable eye shadow lesson that any newbie either on yourself or as a makeup artist could benefit from. I know I was not doing it enough on myself. That is to Blend Blend Blend those transitional shades even when you think done blend some more. ūüėÄ

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The color is still there but it is not so blunt. Yes you lose some of the vividness of the color but you can always go back and add a strategic amount and blend the edges with a smaller brush. I like how it turned out though. ūüėÄ

I hope this helps demonstrate the power of blending and most of the shadows used are from The Chequered Lily Apothecary which I am hosting a giveaway of here. 

Do you have any tips on making that perfect eye look?

 

Coastal Scents Revealed Part two

So I went lazy on my Revealed Coastal Scents review. Mainly showing looks I made it with. I was asked for more individual swatches and thoughts so… this afternoon I have been working on showing the palette itself better.

Here is my picture of the actual palette.

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After I swatched all of shadows I realized I really barely got into how much of a hidden gem this palette really is. So I am glad I was asked to further review this. Thanks my following peeps for not letting me be lazy I do totally mean it!!! ¬†ūüėÄ So onto the group swatches.

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First colors starting upper Left in palette
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Next 7-10 on top then first two lower left.
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Last eight swatches
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Closer view of the last lower four colors

Ok Individual swatches and thoughts. Oh and they are not named so bare with me as I just labeled 1-10 left to right on top and 11-20 left to right on bottom.

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Color 1 — chalky texture matte color
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Color 2 — slightly less chalky texture satin color
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Color 3 — creamy texture shimmer color
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Color 4 — ok texture matte color ***Favorite for crease
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Color 5 — ok texture matte color *** Another favorite for crease
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Color 7 — ok texture matte color *** Another favorite for crease
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Color 6 — super creamy texture shimmery color *** One of my faves
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Color 8 — super creamy texture shimmery color *** One of my faves
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Color 9 — creamy texture shimmery color
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Color 10 — low payoff in texture shimmery color
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Color 11 — super creamy texture shimmery color *** One of my faves
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Color 12 — super creamy texture shimmery color *** One of my faves
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Color 13 — super creamy texture shimmery color *** One of my faves
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Color 14 — slightly creamy texture satin color *** pay off meh
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Color 15 — super creamy texture shimmery color *** One of my faves
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Color 16 — creamy texture shimmery color
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Color 17 — super creamy texture shimmery color *** One of my faves — sorry swatch is not good
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Color 18 — super creamy texture shimmery color *** One of my faves
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Color 19 — super creamy texture shimmery color *** One of my faves
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Color 20 — chalky texture matte with glitter bits color *** my least favorite and hard to blend

 

One con is that the shades do not have names and when I was trying to keep track the week I wore it on my eyes it was difficult. (More cuz of me then the palette itself I am always running behind!) Still part of the fun of eyeshadows is the fun names the companies come up with. Also no mirror and palettes should have mirrors just my total honest opinion!!!

Two pros not discussed before is the matte colors are awesome for the crease. So that alone is worth the cost of the palette *** if you can wait for a half off sale. The other favorites of mine probably do make it worth twenty as for the most part the quality is totally there. I am probably being too hard on it as I do love it. I just didn’t like their customer service. Be warned their return policy and their customer service folks are pretty strict on their rules. I bought one for twenty and the next day it went on sale for ten. Actually less than eight hours later. They didn’t care. So I returned it because I was so irritated and I have anger issues like that when it comes to customer service. Thankfully my friend did get it for me at Christmas so win win I guess for me. I am out my shipping grrr for being a brat I guess and returning it ūüėÄ

Oh and the second pro (after my babble rant lol) is it stays closed perfectly with some magnets in the packaging so I would not be afraid to travel with it.

Ok so I hope this improved on the previous post you can find here on this

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Latest The Chequered Lily colors…

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So The chequered Lily has a facebook fan page. Of course I am a fan. lol The owner often has giveaways. Recently it was a random drawing by just replying to the post. Well it auto generated ME! So I got to pick out three full size containers! I chose #127 Samhain #02 Sushi Ginger and #22 Princess Aurora.  You can see my initial review of 02 and 22 with descriptions and pictures here.

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I then paid for another 7 pack sample set. A couple I got to add to colors I already loved and make me have more without buying a large one. In my earlier post  I spoke of a con being unable to get half sizes. This was my attempt at around it and it worked ok. I now have a decent amount of colors I will use but not on a regular basis. 

The sample colors from the top down are …

#128 Grimoire Smoky Plum with Pink Undertone and Copper Shimmer #121 Rickroll Coppery Burnt Orange with fuschia reflect and purple glitter. #127 Samhain Smoldering Copper with Bronze Glitter and Blue Glimmer #150 Haunted Velvety Black With Intense Violet Shimmer (not sure why it looks blue in my photos In the package it looks black and purple on the site. #130 The Ringmaster Velvety Brick Red with Strong Red Iridescence & Gold Sparkles. #26 Gilty intense golden yellow with golden shimmer and gold glitter #20 Kali Hot flame-red with intense red and burnt-orange glitter. #30 Blackberries Smokey burgundy-purple with black undertone and pink sparkle. #131 For Amusement Only Rich Reddened Gold with Subtle Red Glimmer & Crimson Glitter.

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I did the three color swipe again. I am trying to stay uniform in my swatches between companies. At least the ones the specialize in eye shadows.

Here is a look with the Samhain shadow. What I love about this one it is a shimmery sister to MAC’s Brown Script. It is my favorite MAC shade to let you know just how awesome I think that is!

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Here is on with me using Princess Aurora. I wish I knew how those MUA’s on IG make the colors pop cuz in real life this was way brighter!

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The BEST PART OF ALL¬†is the owner is having a black friday/cybermonday sale. Per the etsy shop,¬†BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY sale 20% off everything all weekend and Monday! ^_^ Saturday and Sunday: FREE full sized lip balm in Snow Queen (new & unreleased) on any order of full sized product. ¬†There is still totally time to get your order in. I did Friday and will be getting 6 colors in full sizes I don’t have at all (at this point I have complete faith I don’t mind not getting a sample first. And I had to be conservative due to Christmas. These are all colors I don’t think I have anything in my collection like. Fingers crossed ūüėÄ ¬†) and one blush which I haven’t tried from them. And it looks like I qualified for the free lippie sample so I am excited as I didn’t see that until I did this post WHOOT WHOOT!

Oh I forgot disclaimer… other then the product I won I have paid and continue to pay for the products reviewed and ¬†the opinion is my own and would continue to be¬†regardless.

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GRWM — High Maintenance work day Part one

I thought I would show the steps, products and brushes I use getting ready for work recently. I do anything from dramatic to super simple depending on my mood and timeframe. This day was a full face and eye day. Part One since picture heavy is based on prepping the face and eyes.

First here I am sans makeup,

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This is with my morning toner and moisturizer. Next I put on my face primers to let them settle before the foundation etc.

I love Porefessional from Benefit. It retails for 30.00. It is pricey but it is well worth it since I have large nose pores and my cheek area by my nose. It lasts a long time as I don’t apply it all over just my nose and an inch to each side of my nose bridge.

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Be careful though when you squeeze it out as often I get too much and have to try to suck it back in the tube. Not easy! lol Here is what I looked like with it on. It’s too bad my camera doesn’t show how well it covered the pores. I should have gotten a close up.

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Next I put the all over primer. I have used all kinds from high end to drugstore item not meant as a primer the Monistat chafing gel. I recently purchased Lorac Porefection Mattifying Face Primer. It retails for 32.00. So far it doesn’t seem to be any more special then the Monistat or Smashbox primer.¬†¬†It is another one too that too much comes out. UGH I hate that! Here I am with it on.

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I don’t feel like it blurs anything and I am not sure I even look that Matte here. Or do I not understand the point of a mattifying primer? I don’t think it claims to blur but I wish it did.

Next I work on my eyes. I have combination skin overall and very oily lids. What I have found to help is Boots No 7 Beautifully Matte make up base. It retails for 9.99.

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It is very thick and hard to spread on the face but on my oily lids it is perfect. Before I started using this product I felt my eyeshadow would fade and crease in no time. It has been heaven sent Holy Grail for me. I double the attempt for longevity by using an actual eye shadow primer. I don’t have a holy grail yet so today I am trying my primer sample from Trish McEvoy eye base essentials, I believe I have it in bare. It retails for 25.00

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I decided to use on my lid Notoriously Morbid shadow in Cry Innocent. Full size is 5.50. The description on the site is A deceptive purple that flashes blue. It really brought out the green in my eyes. It is a favorite of the colors I have from them.

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Next I used my sample of the BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic in Asteroid I got from my Ipsy Glam Bag.¬†It is a beautiful color. I am no longer buying from BH cosmetics but that is a rant for another day. ūüėÄ It is of good quality and I am not a big fan of baked eye shadows but I might be persuaded to buy this if I didn’t already have plenty of palettes.

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These are beautiful together. I decided though I wanted to smoke up the corner edges so I used an Urban Decay¬†Shadow Box palette in outer V the color Zero. I used the L’Oreal smoldering eye in black. Retails roughly for 9.00 depending on where you buy it at.

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I then fill in my eyebrows. I have tried eye brow pencils but they never work for me. I don’t know the right technique yet. I don’t really need too as I have gotten compliments from the Sephora people even on my brows. And I use a Salon Perfect kit from Walmrt for around ten dollars. I usually use the tool enclosed but it needs washed. I use a wax pencil and a couple eye brow shadow colors. I use the rich brown for the complete fill and I use the black on the tips to give match the missing patches. ¬†Top picture is with one brow completed to show the difference. And of course the second is both with the Chella highlight pencil under to define. I got it from an Ipsy bag (retails for 18.00) and it is awesome.

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Ugh as you can tell my eyes are two different sizes and my eyebrows sight different on my face. Gotta embrace our “flaws” regardless right? Anyone have tips on making it all look more asymmetrical?

I then used Wet N Wild brulee to help blend the look. It retails for 2.29 at drugstore.com ¬†Then a little more highlight with Benefit Watts Up. This was this years birthday gift from Sephora and it the perfect size really. I like using it but wouldn’t want a full size which retails at 30.00.

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Next it is on to cleaning up under eye area. I use a make up wipe. Then follow up with Clarins Instant Smooth and Benefits Erase paste in Medium. Clarins is a filler primer and this little sample size has last me awhile. I am on the fence if I get again as retails for 34.00 and I read there might be a similar dupe now at the drugstore. Erase Pastes cancels the blue under my eyes. This sample as lasted me awhile too and retails for 26.oo. I would purchase this again but again I think there is a drugstore dupe out there.

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So this is the first half of my getting ready this day. The rest is the full face and I will have that up Sunday for ya all.

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Birthday makeup.

I have been meaning to do a separate post about my makeup I did on my birthday. Since I did special makeup for Halloween I want to feature I better get this up first .

Here is the before with wet hair and clean face.

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After… I went with a smokey red look or at least attempted.

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Products used:

Face Prep:

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence

Lumene Vitamin C Radiance Day Cream SPF 15

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

Foundation and Concealer:

M.A.C. Mineralize Moisture SPF 25 Foundation NC15

Sephora Foundation Tan (no longer available online)

M.A.C Pro Longwear Concealer — NC20

Powder:

Tarte Off the Cuff Amazonian Clay Palette — used Park Ave Princess for bronzer and Dollface for blush

Laura Geller Baked Vanilla Highlighter in T Zone and under eyes

Eyes:

Boots no7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base¬†— primer first layer

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray — Primer Second layer

NYX Eye Shadow Base — White third layer

la Femme Pressed Eyeshadow — Red on lid

Milani Baked Shadow — I heart you in crease

Sephora Collection Prisma Chrome collection — Silver Taupe in outer V

Benefit’s Watts up on brow bone

L’Oreal Voluminous Smoldering Liner — (HG to me) Black in water line bottom and top

L’Oreal Lineur Intense Liquid Liner on top

Salon Perfect Defining Brow Palette 

Lips:

Urban Decay Lip Pencil — Ozone

OCC Lip Tar Mini — in NSFW

Brushes:

Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Brush for foundation

EcoTools Set — I use all these I love them so much I have two sets. Gotta love a half off sale. ūüėÄ

So to the best of my ability this is what all I remember using. I loved the results for sure!

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