Dramatically Naked (3)

I know, Naked 3 is old news by now and I’ve already posted about it a ton. However, I’m really trying to test it’s versatility, so here is another Naked look. Sorry not sorry.

This time I tried a dark, moody, dramatic smoky eye using the darker brown and taupe shades from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette ($52). I layered Darkside over Liar, concentrating the darkest color on the outer half, then fluffed Nooner just above the crease and swept Burnout along the inner half of the upper and lower lashlines. This palette is so versatile that it’s the only eyeshadow I packed for a three week stay out of town (that I am still on)! UD Naked 3 forever! ❤

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Navy is the New Neutral

This post is from November, but I forgot to click “publish!” Sorry for the delay, here is a post about navy eyeshadow…

Navy eyeshadow is kind of an underdog. It comes back every now and then, but still gets kind of stigmatized for being “blue.” I mean, sure, it *is* blue, but it’s also so much more than that!

I have a tendency to get really fixated on a specific color, and right now that color is navy. On my latest hunt, I was shopping for one of two things: either a dark, true navy like in that Wet ‘n’ Wild trio I passed up, or a shimmering navy-gunmetal hybrid like in this amazing, discontinued Revlon quad in Gems and Jewels that I tearfully threw away in one of my expired makeup purges (It’s still available on Amazon for now, but I’m all about trying new products).

That unasuming Revlon quad is what really turned me on to navy shadow. I bought it on a road trip through Wisconsin in 2008, and was kind of skeptical about using it in place of a dark brown or black, but my options were REALLY limited at the Waukegan Walmart. It just goes to show that you never know how much you’ll love something until you try it (road trip back seat selfie included because I am nostalgic).
300_555361459247_1885_nMemories of good times and lost eyeshadow. *wipes away single tear*

What that picture fails to capture is how transcendentally gorgeous navy can be, since you can barely see my makeup. I’ve mentioned a few times that I like to incorporate color into my neutrals, and one of my favorite ways to do it is by layering some blue under a darker brown or grey shadow. Navy basically does all of that for you without the extra steps, so it’s an interesting way to define eyes as a crease or liner shade. It makes smoky eyes look a little bit special and it even works on the whole lid.

So on my recent obsessive drugstore makeup hunt, I ended up with Almay Intense i-Color Bold Nudes Eyeshadow Palette for Hazel Eyes ($6.99). Almay’s  Intense i-Color Smoky-i Kit for Blue Eyes ($6.99) would have worked equally well, depending on that finish you prefer (this one is satiny and the other has more shimmer).

Almay Intense i-Color Bold Nudes Eyeshadow Palette for Hazel Eyes

The Almay eyeshadow trio basically combines the things I liked most about both of the Wet ‘n’ Wild trios, but all in one place. Even better, the texture on the Almay shadow blew me away! These shades were buttery and smooth, I was really impressed by how creamy they were for this price point. Keep up the good work, Almay! I may have to buy more of your products soon.

navy smoky eye Almay Intense i-Color Bold Nudes Palette for Hazel Eyes smoky blue eyeshadow laura mercier stick gloss peony

Here I used the orangy-peach shade as a base color and extended up into the crease for that color halo effect that I love, then I blended the navy color over 3/4 of the lid, concentrating the color at the outer corners.navy smoky eye almay intense i color trio

I’m also wearing Laura Mercier Stick Gloss in Peony ($22 individually or $48 for a set of four)

Laura Mercier Luxe Stickgloss peony

By the way- if you couldn’t tell by now, I do not follow those “for your eye color” rules, as evidenced by the “for hazels” eyeshadow I bought. I mean yes, those colors do complement specific eye colors, but any eye color can wear any eye makeup. I focus more on what works with my skintone and you should, too. Many of the “blue eyes” pairings I’ve seen are way too frosty for my paleness and would leave me looking like an ice sculpture.

Dark rose eyeshadow from the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

It’s Naked time again! Today I used my Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette ($52) for a deeper rose look by sweeping the shimmery, dark pink-mauve Buzz all over the lid, then diffusing the edges with Limit, which is essentially the same shade in a matte finish. Strange is on the browbone, Dust is in the inner corners and blended into the lid and I’m wearing Darkside as a liner.

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I’m also wearing Stila MAJOR Major Lash Mascara ($22), which I really like (lots of thickness and no smudging), plus  Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey ($15) with POP Beauty Aqua Lacquer in Flowering Fuchsia ($14) layered over.

Stay tuned for more Naked (3) looks!

Pinky taupe eyes with the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

My Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette ($52) arrived today! Yaaaaay! I’ll spare you a full review since everyone ever has reviewed it already, but I do love it. The variety in tone and finish of the eyeshadow is great and I’m really looking forward to playing with the shades.

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Today I used Trick and Nooner to make a bronzey, rose toned taupe eye. I lined my eyes with Blackheart and used Dust in the inner corner. Fun!

dark colours ud naked 3 palette nooner trick eyeshadow swatch dark colours ud naked 3 palette rose gold neutral eyesurban decay naked 3 palette bronze taupe eyeshadow

Holiday Haul Part III: Meow Cosmetics Review

Final hauliday post – Meow Cosmetics.

I’m easing my way into wearing foundation, so I recently started using Bare Minerals again (or Bare Escentuals, whatever they’re called). I used to really like it, but now that I’m using it again… I hate it. It cakes on and it settles in my pores and fine lines, making them look much worse than they are, plus the finish gets kind of waxy and shiny if I apply too much. Primer and finishing powder only does so much to help the problem. I don’t know if the formula has changed or if it’s just my skin, but I really don’t like it anymore. So I’ve been shopping around for a Holy Grail foundation. I tried the Silk Naturals HD Cream Foundation in my last post and it was ok, but no HG. I’ve also heard great things about Silk Naturals’ mix-your-own powder foundation, but that seemed like a hassle. Then I found Meow Cosmetics.

Meow’s foundation line is overwhelming, to say the least. They have *86* shades across 14 different undertone groups. The website could really use a re-design and the names are kind of confusing since there’s a cat theme to the line, but stay with me. This is a good product and shade-wise, there should be something for everyone here.  The shades range from almost pure white to very dark, although not all undertones are available in the deepest tones. There are also three formulas- a regular, a sensitive skin regular and a full coverage depending on what skin type you have. I’m cool-toned pale olive with some peach (I think), so I snapped up samples in everything that looked even kind of close. Samples are $1 each, but full sized prices vary. See note below the swatch for full pricing info.

When I got them I was surprised by how light they are. I usually wear the lightest or second lightest foundation in any range (the palest ones are usually too pink for me), but even the next-to-lightest depth of my favorite shade looked almost white in the bag. I guess I’m not as pale as I thought, and they really aren’t kidding that some of these undertones run light. The “breed” that I liked the most was Purrrfect Puss Mineral Powder Foundation in Chartreux, which has both peach and yellow undertones. While the depth I chose was slightly too pale, I made it work and WOW, I’m glad I did.

The finish is so smooth. It seems impossible to over apply, it feels great and it diffuses the same imperfections that the Bare Minerals foundation amplified. I tried wearing both foundations, one on each side of my face and the difference is obvious. Look at the comparisons below:

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I think the difference is staggering. Meow is a much better value, to boot! Depending on the formula you choose, the large Meow jars cost $23.45-$28.95 and contains 22-30g net weight of product. The smaller size is $12.75-$16.75 and contains 6-8g. The standard size bare Minerals foundation jar contains 8.5 g of product for $27. So you can get the “small” size of Meow Cosmetics standard coverage foundation and get almost as much product as in a regular Bare jar for less than half the price.

But really, look at how smooth it is when not in an extreme closeup! I was really astonished at some of the pictures I took, the skin looked so airbrushed. LOVE.
meow cosmetics purrfect puss mineral powder foundation sleek chartreux review tarte glamazon lipstick inspire

Now I have to decide if buying a full size jar of this magic qualifies as a replacement purchase during my NO BUY period, or if I have to use up my stupid Bare Minerals before I can buy it.

Anyway, I got a few more things as well. I got samples of their tinted shimmer powders, Crystalline Cat in Quartz, Topaz, Opal and Moonstone ($9.95 10g-$13.95 20g). These are too colorful to use as a finishing powder on my skin, but they make really great blushes. Very sheer and diaphanous.

Then there are my Indelible Gel Eyeliners in blackout and black cherry ($14.25). These are really nice, standard gel liners. They’re creamy and opaque, but they’re very small (the same size jar as a standard mineral eyeshadow), so for the price I think I could do better. I don’t regret getting the black cherry, though. It’s a beautiful black color with ruby microglitter. it changes from brownish-black to dark red depending on the light and I really love it.

meow cosmetics indelible gel eyeliner black cherry

And the last part of this order was a full size ModernEyes eyeshadow in Gone With The Kitty ($7). Based on the swatch, I thought it would have more of a rosy undertone, but it’s actually a pale, golden orange. It’s very pretty, but not quite as interesting as the Silk Naturals shadows (that are also less expensive). I just wasn’t as excited about Meow’s shadow selection for some reason, even though they do have a lot of pretty colors. I think it’s because they focus more on bold, opaque shades, so their softer shimmery shades are all kind of one-note and all appear to have the same gold highlight. Since I like using pressed shadows for my dark colors and loose shadows for sheer washes, they didn’t really have the complicated, nuanced colors I was looking for in a mineral eyeshadow. It’s more of a personal preference. I have more shadow samples from them on the way, so I’ll update later. Quality is great, though!

meow cosmetics gone with the kitty black cherry cat eye gel liner  meow cosmetics indeliable gel eyeliner black cherry swatch cat eye liner

For the full face look, I’m wearing the ModernEyes eyeshadow in Gone With The Kitty ($7), Black Cherry  Indelible Gel Eyeliner ($14.25), Crystalline Cat Glow Powder in Quartz ($9.95) as a blush, Meow  Purrrfect Puss Mineral Powder Foundation in Sleek Chartreux ($23.45) and Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12-Hour Lipstick in Inspired ($26)
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And then I placed a second, Cyber Monday order that hasn’t arrived yet. This is the list, to be swatched later:

Full Sized Primp & Preen: Top Cat Finishing Powder ($16.25)
Eyeshadow samples from the Santa Baby collection in Platinum Mine, Duplex and Kisses ($8).
Sample of Untinted Crystalline Cat Glow Powder ($12.95).
Camo-Cats Concealer samples in Green, Yellow, Sleek Chartreux, Inquisitive Chartreux, Yellow Undereye, Lavender Undereye, and Sleek Chartreux Undereye ($10.25-$16.25)

I wish they were here now!

Holiday Haul Part II: the Indie Brands.

So I’ve already gone through my Sephora and Ulta Black Friday/Cyber Monday hauls, but I’m even more excited about my two independent, female-owned mineral makeup companies. Support small businesses! Support high quality products that are cheaper than name brand competitors! I ordered from Meow Cosmetics and Silk Naturals, but I’m splitting them into two posts since they’re both long and picture-heavy. First, let’s talk about Silk Naturals.

Wow, these guys blew me away! Everything was beautiful and nicely packaged in pretty red tissue paper or little organza bags, and the shipping list even included a personalized note. I know the note doesn’t add a monetary value, but I was surprised and touched to see that extra bit of care and personal acknowledgement. They also send a special edition product with every order over $10, plus a sample, plus a free lip or eye product of your choice for every $35 you spend. I asked them to choose my shadow, and they picked one that I love and had been thinking about adding to my cart! I don’t know if they took the time to peek at the wishlist on my account or if they’re just mind readers, but either way I’m thrilled. I promise you they have not compensated me in any way whatsoever, I’m just fawning over this company because they seem like great people who are making a high quality, well-priced product with impeccable service. I may be breaking my no-buy for them sooner than expected.

silk naturals cosmetics review haul

A few of my purchases were samples sized:

Sample size Translucent Cloud Finishing Powder ($0.99)
Sample size Blur- Tinted Finishing Powder ($1.25)
HD Cream Foundation Samples in Neutral Tones N10, N20 and N30 ($0.99 each).

The Cloud Finishing powder was WONDERFUL, but the tinted one was too dark for me. I think it would have been a good powder if the shade had matched, so it’s still a decent option for medium-toned girls.

silk naturals cosmetics hd cream foundation samples
L-R: N10, N20, N30.

As for the HD foundation, the consistency is good and it gave nice coverage. As you can see in the swatch below, I didn’t get an exact shade match. N20 was the closest of the three that I got, but I did try it all over and it looked nice. I might have better luck with a different undertone, but then I got hooked by the Meow Cosmetics foundation I’m reviewing in my next post. Stay tuned for that.

silk naturals cosmetics hd cream foundation n10 n20 n30 swatches
Swatches L-R: N30, N20, N10.

Finally, I got several full sized eyeshadows. I bought Fire (described as “copper gold morphing highlight”) and Slick– (Marketed as a dupe for BE 1980’s, which I have used before and loved) ($4.50 each). I also got the Blue Eyes Shadow Kit ($9.99) which contained Doubloons and Brown Sugar, plus a mini eye primer. Finally, I got three eyeshadow *FREEBIES*: Full Sized Date Night, Almost full-sized Gobble Tov and a sample of Dark Arts.

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Top Row, L-R: Doubloons, Brown Sugar, Fire, Date Night, Gobble Tov, Slick
Bottom Row: Sample Tinted Blur, Sample Translucent Cloud

silk naturals cosmetics eyeshadow swatches
Top Row, L-R: Doubloons, Brown Sugar, Fire, Date Night, Gobble Tov, Slick

Below is my look from the other night wearing a couple of these shades. I have Fire on the lid (it’s hard to see the orange-red shift, but it is there and I promise it’s amazing), plus Date Night in the outer corner.

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Next, I got the Neopolitan HD Cream Blush Palette ($6.99).

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silk naturals cosmetics neopolitan hd cream blush trio swatch review

Here’s the full face Silk Naturals look, where I used the Neopolitan trio for highlight and contour.
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FINALLY, I got Rollerball Fragrances in Potion and Saucy ($5.99 each).

I love Potion and am on the fence about Saucy. Here are the site’s descriptions: Potion- “sweet tart combination of black currant and pomegranate with backed up with a high-end almost floral citrus bouquet.  It’s juicy, sexy, and romantic.” and Saucy- “blend of black amber, cardomom lightened with a hint of tangerine.  It’s sensual, and deep lightened with a bit of spice and citrus.”

I like Saucy’s base, but there’s a high note that kind of reminds me of fresh tomatoes? It’s unusual and interesting, but I’m not sure if I like. It might also have to do with my skin chemistry that brings out a strange, tangy note, because it smells sweeter and more like a cake in the rollerball. I’m going to try mixing it with other things and see if that helps.

Potion is delicious and sexy, like the fragrance equivalent of lacy lingerie. I am all about covering myself in products that make me feel like a vintage vixen.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Mega Haul(s)

WOW. As the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend shopping extravaganza raged on, I realized I was buying a lot of stuff. I made purchases from Ulta, Sephora, Silk Naturals and Meow Cosmetics. Now that it’s all here, I’m really taking a hard look at my spendy ways. Yikes! is all I can say. As of today, I am officially on a NO-BUY. No more cosmetics purchases until I use something else up! I did order the Naked 3 palette, which will be arriving soon, but that’s the last purchase in hopefully a long time. I have my fingers crossed that I’m resourceful enough to make my enormous makeup stash work for whatever purpose I need.

Here’s part one of my hauls, focusing on the big box stores, and next time I’ll post about my indie hauls.

Ulta:

I mainly bought hair and skincare products, but I did get two cosmetic products that were too cheap to resist. They were:

Jane Cosmetics Intense Color Lip Gloss in Rosy Outlook Intense ($7)
Jane Cosmetics Water-Resistant Liquid Eyeliner in 14KT Gold ($8)

Jane Cosmetics Intense Color Lip Gloss Rosy Outlook Intense water resistant liquid eyeliner 14kt gold

The liner is fabulous. It’s not waterproof at all, but it is a really dense, bright, awesome gold glitter liquid eyeliner.

Jane Cosmetics Water-Resistant Liquid Eye liner 14KT Gold swatchJane Cosmetics Water-Resistant Liquid Eyeliner 14KT Gold swatch 

I’m on the fence with the gloss. It’s very opaque and pigmented and shiny. I really like how it looks on, it’s really smooth and as shiny as MAC lipglass, however it is very thick and moderately sticky. Those are two big reasons why I stopped wearing lipgloss, so I’m not sure if I’ll wear this often. If you’re a lipgloss girl and don’t mind the typical lipgloss feel, then this is a great affordable option.

Jane Cosmetics Intense Color Lip Gloss Rosy Outlook Intense swatch on lips

This is how sticky it is:
Jane Cosmetics Intense Color Lip Gloss Rosy Outlook stickyJane Cosmetics Water-Resistant Liquid Eyeliner 14KT Gold

Sephora:

I’m just listing my (semi-final!) purchases here because there’s too much to review, there will be further reviews and looks in the coming days (and months, since I am lazy and this is enough makeup to last forever). These were all $10 on Black Friday, so you can see what a deal they are. A few are still available!

Fresh Sugar Lemon Eau De Parfum deluxe sample ($20 for rollerball)
Kat Von D Triple Threat Tattoo Liners – a set of three liquid liners ($18 each)
SEPHORA COLLECTION Sparklers Brush Set Sparklers Brush Set ($10)
Stila Artful Eye Collector’s Edition Vol. I Artful Eye Collector’s Edition Vol. I ($10)
Buxom BUXOM Curtain Call Set – features Amsterdam Full-On Lipstick and a deluxe mascara ($19)
bareMinerals Enchanting Eyes Set ($10)
TokyoMilk Dark Tokyomilk Takeout ($10)
MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Shadow Duo ($20 each)
LORAC Fan Favorite Duo – Pewter Eyeshadow and 3-in-1 Waterproof EyeLiner in Ultra Black ($19 each)
Buxom Buxom® Full-On™ Lip Stick – Havana ($10)
SEPHORA COLLECTION Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner ($12)

I also got the VIB Rouge welcome kit, because they needed to rub it in that I spend TOO MUCH MONEY ON MAKEUP.

sephora black friday haul 2013