Soft olive neutrals with the Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone palette

I did a makeup stash purge a couple months ago and a lot of palettes hit the trash.It was brutal, but I really needed to downsize. Urban Decay suffered a hit, so did my way-expired Nude ‘Tude palette that I lovedddd (that one was hard, but the eyeshadows were definitely starting to spoil). You know what actually made the cut? My cheapo Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone palette.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow Comfort Zone palette

Even though it was by far the least expensive set I had (only $4.99!), it’s also extremely versatile and it has some unusual shades that seem so much more sophisticated that its humble pedigree would suggest. While the shades don’t feel quite as soft to work with as a higher end shadow, they look just as good once they’re applied and no one will ever know the difference.

The other night I had to meet a friend and she got to the restaurant way earlier than anyone expected, so I had to kick my makeup application into hyperspeed to get out the door so she wouldn’t have to wait any longer. I wanted a low-maintenance wash of color that could stand alone and wouldn’t require a lot of additional products, but I also didn’t want to go with a standard taupe or champagne shade. I thought the pale olive green/grey hybrid “browbone” shade from Comfort Zone would be perfect.

So here it is, with the grey-green all over. I also dragged a little bit of the bronze shade from the same palette along the lashline to punch it up just a little. In an unprecedented move, I didn’t do my brows because 1) I was trying to be quick and 2) I was worried it might overhelm the look.

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Other products worn:

L’Oreal Voluminous False Fibers Mascara ($8.99)

Smashbox L.A. Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color in Venice Beach Bronze ($29)

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist ($10)

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Warm Neutral 90’s Makeup

I just did a really refreshing makeup purge and reorganization the other night, and I’m still feeling kind of elated. It’s so nice to downsize sometimes! In doing so, I rediscovered a few forgotten favorites and have been playing with them ever since in order to justify keeping them. I was playing around with a few products today and ended up doing something that had me looking pretty much like I did back in 1997 (give or take 40 pounds and some wrinkles 😉 ). Thank you, tumblr gods for bringing my high school makeup routine back in fashion.

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warm neutral 90s makeup

I don’t have Photoshop installed on my new laptop, so sorry if the colors are weird or whatever. But hey, it’s just that much more authentically ’90s without the retouching, right? This look uses a mix of warm matte and metallic bronzey shades from the BH Cosmetics 120 Color Eyeshadow Palette 2nd Edition ($29.95, but usually on sale for less) plus Milani Liquid Eye Pencil ($6.99) which is one of my holy grail drugstore products. I’m also wearing Kat Von D’s Everlasting Blush in Bellisima ($25), the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette ($46) (I owe you guys a review on that, my bad), and Wet N’ Wild Megalast Lipstick in Coming in Latte ($1.99). That shade was only limited edition for the Fall, which makes me super sad because I am obsessed with the color, finish and super long wear on this lipstick. Pleeeease relaunch it, WnW! If you love it, Sandstorm looks pretty similar? That’s what I’ll buy next once I use this up.

SoothingSista XO Memebox #EyeLove SF Eyeshadow Quad Review

Memebox sent me the Soothing Sista XO Memebox #EyeLove SF Eyeshadow Quad for review. It came in a few days ago, and now that I’ve had time to play with it I’d like to share my thoughts with you!

soothing sista xo memebox eyelove eyeshadow quad

The quad itself was surprisingly small (fits in the palm of my hand), but I was happy to see that the shadows inside were actually pretty large. It’s sturdy with a nice mirror and since it’s small it should travel well in lots of different bags.
soothing sista xo memebox rose gold marsala eye shadow palette

The individual shadows are each about the size of a quarter.
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There are two matte taupe shades, a rose gold glitter and a maroon shimmer shadow. The shadows are all warm toned and all of the shadows work individually or in any combination together. The rosiness of it skews it toward Marsala, this year’s Pantone color of the year, and the formula feels smooth and silky. The two matte shades are a little close in tone to each other, but as you can see in the eye looks below, they are distinct once applied. The pink glitter was sheerer than I expected, but that works to its advantage when used as an accent color and it goes on more intense when wet. The colors can be both playful or sophisticated and the palette is extremely versatile and easy to use.

soothingsista x memebox palette colors

Swatched L-R: Bae Area, Sutro, Valencia, Candy Rain.

soothingsista xo memebox palette eyeshadow swatches

These shades really reminded me of the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, so I decided to do some side-by-side comparison swatches to see if they are true duplicates.

Here are my swatches of the SoothingSista #EyeLove shades on top and Urban Decay Naked 3 shades on the bottom:

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As you can see, none of the shades are exact dupes, but they’re similar. The pigmentation of the matte shades isn’t as intense as the Naked 3 shades, but I actually like the Memebox shimmer shades better than the UD shades. The tones of the shimmer colors are better and there’s less fallout. So while this isn’t a replacement for my Naked 3 palette, it’s a really excellent compact travel version and it’s only $17 instead of $52.

But I digress. Let’s see the shadows in action! Here are three of many possible looks using these shadows:

Using both shimmer shades (Bae Area was applied wet):
shimmer eye look soothingsista shadow quad

Using only the two matte shades for a traditional contour look:
matte eye look soothingsista shadow quad

And finally, all four shades together with Sutro as a base shade, Valencia in the crease, Candy Rain in the outer corner and Bae Area blended lightly into the inner corner:full eye look soothingsista shadow quad

I found the shadows very versatile and flattering, and I think they’re mix-and-matchable enough to be easy for people of all skills levels to use. No intimidating color combinations, but they’re not boring, either. Way to go, SoothingSista! Now can I have your blue ombre hair?

Four Product Challenge!

How often do you rush out the door with wet hair, no makeup and whatever cosmetics are rolling around in the bottom of the purse you just switched over to? If you answered “Not EVERY day,” then you are a more competent person than I am, and this post probably won’t apply to you. Since I have turned hot-messery into a sort of art form, the rest of you still interested may get something out of my MacGuyver-esque makeup skills. What I lack in time management skills I make up for in resourcefulness.

Today I was running late on my way to school and ended up doing a full face of makeup using four products:

NYX Love in Paris Eye Shadow Palette in Je Ne Sais Quoi ($9.99).
Clinique Lash Power Mascara Long-Wearing Formula Black Onyx ($16).
Sonia Kashuk® Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette – Light 07 ($10.99).
Wet n’ Wild Fergie Creme Lipstick in Bebot Love ($3.19).

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Technically two of those products are multi-shade palettes, but that’s because I pack my bags strategically. I still think it counts.

**WARNING** Bad picture quality ahead, I was stranded away from home/my camera. Sorry.


 

There was no liner in my bag, so I made extra sure to get my mascara deep into the roots and I also concentrated my smoky-greige eyeshadow along the lashline.

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Now for the trickery:

I patted the olive shade of my concealer palette all over to neutralize the redness in my face, then I used the light and dark shades of concealer to highlight and contour my cheekbones and jawline.

I swiped the lightest shimmery shadow from my eyeshadow palette as additional highlight on my forehead, cheekbones and cupid’s bow.

I used my nude Wet n Wild lipstick (incidentally, an incredibly good lipstick that also happens to be $3.19) as a blush.

I used the matte brown eyeshadow as a brow powder (applied with the sponge applicator and everything!).

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Sorry again for the uncropped, unretouched cell phone selfies, but hopefully you get the idea. I’m posting out-of-pocket today. The photo quality represents this post’s commitment to making do with what’s on hand, yes?

Too Faced Natural Eye Palette in April’s PopSugar Box!

I have been really trying to talk myself out of buying the freshly updated  Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection ($36). I liked it before, and I like it even better now. It’s basically the warm-toned sister to my cool-toned Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection ($36). There’s also a review and tutorial featuring that palette here! Both palettes have a good mix of shimmers and mattes in darker and lighter colors, but Boudoir is grey and purple toned where Natural is more gold and brown.

Image courtesy of Sephora

Image courtesy of Sephora

I am kind of obsessed with Too Faced right now and kind of want to collect everything they make, but I managed to convince myself to just get the Boudoir palette and not both.

Or I DID… and then I found out the Natural Eye kit was going to be in the April PopSugar Must Haves Box ($39.95, $5 off with code REFER5). So with that code, you’re getting the palette with several other items and free shipping for the same price you’d pay for the palette alone. I couldn’t resist! So I don’t have a review yet because the box ships out on the 15th, but I wanted to share this deal in case any of you were interested in this sexy new palette and wanted to pick up some bonus items along the way!

And of course, I’ll post a review with swatches when I get my box in a couple of weeks. 🙂

It Cosmetics Luxe Eye Shadow Palette Review

I was looking for a taupe-y matte crease color at Ulta the other day and ended up walking away with a whole palette instead. It’s the It Cosmetics Luxe Anti-Aging High Performance Eye Shadow Palette w/Dual Brush ($38).

it cosmetics Luxe Anti-Aging High Performance Eye Shadow Palette

These colors are highly pigmented and easy to apply, plus they’re smooth and really last. The mirror is a good size and the brush is good for something packaged in a compact. It isn’t the best brush in the world, but works well enough and I’d rather have a brush than not.

The faux leather packaging does feel cheap, however. I don’t know why they didn’t just use a standard slimline cardboard case if they were cutting corners, but honestly I’m buying this for the product more than the case. I don’t mind that the case isn’t as nice as an Urban Decay Naked palette when it’s also so much cheaper!

The best thing about this palette? Practicality! The eyeshadows on the top row are highlight shades, the middle are lid colors and the bottom row are liner colors. They can all be used in different ways, but it’s nice that they included all the colors you need for several complete looks. There is also a good balance between shimmer and matte finishes.

Bottom line: matte and shimmers in a range of tones with a mirror and brush for under 40 bucks? This palette has everything I need in one place (and I own a LOT of eyeshadow palettes).

Here are is a basic neutral look using the palette:

neutral cat eye pink nude lipssoft smoky cat eyeliner it cosmetics Eye Shadow Palette swatches

And a smoky look:

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As for the longevity, here it is 7 hours later, still looking vibrant:it cosmetics Eye Shadow Palette longevity wear test

Also pictured in both looks: Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss in 105 ($5.49).

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Shimmering Nude Eye Tutorial with Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Palette

I don’t do a lot of tutorials, but I thought I’d try something different and see if you guys like. So first up,  is a simple look that I’ve been really into lately. This is a high shimmer “wet look” lid that looks fresh, but a little sultry.

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I’m using the Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection ($36), which I really like. The shimmer finishes are absolutely perfect for this kind of look (which is why I got it), but this tutorial would work with whatever shimmery shadow you like best. The key is to get a base shade that will look bright against your skintone.

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1. Prime those lids!

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2. Apply a bright, shimmer shadow (preferably on with a gold highlight to it) like “Satin Sheets” over the lid.

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3. Softly blend a grey shimmer shade (“Sugar Walls” or “Lap Dance”) into the crease a fluffy brush is best to get the diffused texture you want in the crease.

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Blur out the crease so it’s nice and blended.

4. Take a matte grey (“Garter Belt”) and blend over the shimmer in your crease to build definition.

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Be sure to smudge a little along the outer half of the lower lashline to softly define.

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*Tip* if the crease color ends up getting too far into your lid, add a bit more of your shimmery base color to brighten it back up! No need to start over!

Make sure to also apply some of the shimmer shadow into the inner corner of your eye.

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5. Take a light, matte shadow in a nude or white color (here it’s “In the Buff”) and concentrate it under the browbone.
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Pull it down from the browbone and blend, which will diffuse the shadow from your crease and smooth any harsh lines.

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6. Take a dark shadow like a brown or black (here I used “French Tickler,” a black with gold sparkle) and trace along the lashline, starting at the outer corner, and pulling in. Because of my eye shape, I taper the line down around the middle of my eye, but you can also draw the line the whole way to your inner corner if that’s more flattering for you.

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The reason I use eyeshadow instead of regular liner here is twofold.

First, it’s a lot easier to change, especially if you aren’t comfortable with getting that perfect cat eye shape. If you aren’t happy with your results, just blur it out by running a brush over it (if it’s too thick) or add more and more as needed (if it’s too thin).

Second, the line will be a little more diffused, which makes it extra smoky and sultry.

Important almost final step!

7. If you have some shadow fallout under your eyes, don’t wipe it off! that will just smudge it more. First use a fluffy powder brush to flick away excess,

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then brush the face powder of your choice over the area and blend.

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8. Add mascara (and brow powder/pencil) and you’re done!

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DONE! Now you have softly smoldering eyes worthy of an old Holywood star.

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P.S. I’m wearing Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm ($8.99) in Ingenue on lips!