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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Rainbow Eye Tutorial



Saturday, September 29, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: Limited Edition Maybelline Color Tattoo in Blue on By, Fuchsia Fever, & Ready, Set, Green

Maybelline Color Tattoos in Fuchsia Fever, Blue on By, and Ready, Set, Green
I think I've finally purchased the last of the limited edition Maybelline Color Tattoos that came out this fall! I found the earth toned collection a few weeks ago and have been loving all of them through this transition into fall. This winter, however, will definitely call for some amazing gem tones, so I knew I needed to find these little ones.

Fuchsia Fever is a just as it sounds and is a metallic fuchsia. Blue on By is a metallic royal blue and Ready, Set, Green is a rich, metallic, emerald green. One thing I love about all of these is that, instead of having the typical shimmer that other Color Tattoos have had, these are true metallics with little to no shimmer to speak of. In terms of texture, these are some of the thinner shadows from the line and take a little bit of building to eliminate streaking and maximize opacity. The staying power, however, is exactly the same. While I've only just purchased them today, so I haven't had a chance to fully test them on the lid, they dry down within 2 minutes of swatching and haven't smudged in the 3 hours I've had them on.  Simply fabulous and very much in line with other shades from the line.

Even if you aren't a color-lover, these are a must-try for the winter. Step out of your comfort zone with these perfect gem tones that can either be worn alone or under shadows to make them extra rich. For those having trouble finding them, I found mine at Walgreens, but I've heard reports of Target sightings. Good luck!

Maybelline Color Tattoos in Fuchsia Fever, Blue on By, and Ready, Set, Green

Maybelline Color Tattoos in Fuchsia Fever, Ready, Set, Green, and Blue on By

Friday, September 28, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: Pop AM to PM Shadows

Pop AM to PM Palette
Pop AM to PM Palette

For those that can't decide whether to go with the neutral palette or the colorful palette, Pop's AM to PM shadows might just solve that problem for you. The AM palette has four light-to-mid toned browns that serve to create a very, very subtle look. Meanwhile, the PM palette has two blues, one brighter and one deeper, a frosty white, and a dark grey. They complement each other nicely in terms of intensity, but the shade range is limited if you want deeper darker browns, or colors other than blues. If, however, these shades are your thing, then you are in luck because the quality is great. The neutrals are a little powdery, but the blues were surprisingly smooth and pigmented (check the look below!).

At $22, this set is a good value considering the number of shadows you get and their quality. That is, however, only if you like the colors you get. I think it's interesting that they paired very subtle neutrals with a colorful palette that isn't lacking in the pigment department. I would think that if you want one, you wouldn't want the other. I can, however, see the appeal. While the neutrals are harder to build for added drama, the blues can be blended and sheered, giving you a wide range of neutral to colorful looks. Regardless, you end up with good shadows!


Pop AM to PM Palette

Pop AM to PM Palette

Pop AM to PM Palette - Dainty Dawn


Pop AM to PM Palette - Dainty Dusk Swatches

Pop AM to PM Palette - Daring Dusk

Pop AM to PM Palette - Daring Dusk Swatches



FTC: I received this product because I'm a Bloom.com beauty ambassador. I'm not obligated to review or mention it; all thoughts a opinions are my own.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: Stila In the Know Palette

Stila In the Know Palette

Good matte shadows are hard to find individually, so when I come across multiple in one palette, I'm always skeptical as to just how good each of them can be. Stila's In the Know Palette is one of the few entirely matte palettes out there so, needless to say, I expected to be less than impressed.

This palette has not one, but ten matte shadow and a grey/brown Smudgestick in Halfmoon. The top row has lighter shades ranging from a light cream to a dark, chocolate brown while the bottom row has the mid-to-dark taupes, black, and even a terra cotta. Overall these shades performed really well and, while the lighter shades can be a little powdery if you pack them on, the darker shades are smooth, evenly pigmented, and perfect for either wearing alone or blending out harsh shades. Such shades are often called "best friend colors" because, when placed in the crease first thing, they serve as the perfect medium for blending. With that as the case, this is a whole palette of great best friend colors! That being said, I would have like to see more color variety in this palette. Neutrals are perfect for anyone, but some purples, blues, or greens, would have been a great way to spice this palette up.

The liner included in this palette is not my first Smudgestick from Stila. I have, and love, peacock because it's smooth, creamy, intensely pigmented, and stays on for ages. Halfmoon is no different! What's more is that it alone is worth over half the price of the palette. 10 shadows, at over half the size of a normal Stila shadow (normally $18), and a Smudgestick gives this palette about a $120 value. Good news: it's only $39. If you are a fan of neutral matte shades, this palette is a must!

Stila In the Know Palette

Stila In the Know Palette

Stila In the Know Palette

Stila In the Know Palette


Stila In the Know Palette - Smudge Stick in Halfmoon

Stila In the Know Palette - Top Row

Stila In the Know Palette - Bottom Row



FTC: I received this product through the Bloom.com Ambassador Program, however I have no obligation to provide a review on this blog. All thoughts and opinions are honest and original.

Matte Daytime Look Using Stila's In the Know Palette






Products Used:
Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Gemstone (Review: http://www.makingupthemw.com/2012/07/review-swatchfest-and-comparisons.html )
Stila In the Know Palette (Review: http://www.makingupthemw.com/2012/09/review-swatchfest-stila-in-know-palette.html )
Revlon Grow Luscious Lash Liner in Espresso (Review: http://www.makingupthemw.com/2012/05/review-swatchfest-revlon-grow-luscious.html )
Mally Volumizing Mascara (Review: http://www.makingupthemw.com/2012/08/review-swatchfest-mally-volumizing.html )
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Créme Compact
theBalm Sexy Mama Translucent Powder (Review: http://www.makingupthemw.com/2012/08/review-swatchfest-thebalm-youre-giving.html )
Pop Butterfly Bronzeblush in Sun Blossom (Review: http://www.makingupthemw.com/2012/07/review-swatchfest-pop-butterfly.html )
Sleek Face Contour Kit (Review: http://www.makingupthemw.com/2012/03/review-swatchfest-sleek-face-contour.html )
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic (Review: http://www.makingupthemw.com/2012/05/review-swatchfest-revlon-just-bitten.html )
Cover Girl Lip Gloss
Sumita Beauty Brow Pencil

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: Beauty For Real Get Glowing! and See the Light!

Beauty For Real

Beauty For Real is a brand that focuses on being straightforward and modern in both its' packaging and formula. This point becomes apparent when you realize that, although their colors range widely for some products, the number of products they offer is comparatively small and specialized. The two products I have to talk about are their Get Glowing! Cheek Tint and Luminizer and See the Light! Illuminating Lip Gloss.

Beauty For Real's Get Glowing! is a cream cheek color and highlighter duo. Both are housed in a stacked compact with the highlighter on top with a magnetic closure and the cheek tint in a lower layer that spins out. This packaging could have gone horribly wrong if made of a flimsy material. Instead, it feels very sturdy and the magnetic closure is strong enough to stay closed in your purse. While the exterior has a shiny, black lacquered finish, it won't stay shiny for long. It's very prone to finger prints.

Packaging aside, Beauty For Real claims their formula is unique because it contains a diamond core complex that diminishes the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and general imperfections. While I can't vouch for the legitimacy of the ingredient, as couldn't dig up many articles on it, I can say that both the blush and illuminator work beautifully regardless. The formula is smooth and creamy, but not so greasy that it never feels like it dries. In fact, it dried to a powder texture! The best part is that it didn't disturb the liquid or powder foundation I wore under it and both the blush and illuminator lasted all day. The illuminator is a shimmery, neutral champagne shade, while the blush is a light pink with a hint of peach and a satin finish. If you want something for warmer skin tones, Beauty For Real also makes a dup that is more gold-based with shades Goldrush and Afterglow.

See the Light! is a plumping gloss that uses mint as a plumping agent and has packaging with a twist. The cap contains an LED light, while the part that contains the lip gloss has a mirror on the side, so that you can apply lip gloss virtually anywhere. The shade, Night Out, is a semi-opaque, medium-dark pink with a hint of mauve and matching shimmer. While I was ready to write the packaging off as gimmicky (especially after having tried others where the LEDs hinder rather than help application), I was surprised to find that the light on this gloss was actually useful. In the short run, the formula is very similar to other minty, plumping glosses. While I didn't observe noticeably plumper lips, I did notice relatively firmer lips which is often more than I can say for a lot of "plumping" glosses. Average wear time for me was 2 hours.

Overall, I highly recommend Get Glowing! ($29), especially as we enter the dry winter months when your skin can always use a little extra moisture. Additionally, you get two products for the price of one higher end product.  See the Light! ($22) is a product you will have to pass judgement on for yourself. While it is most definitely a gloss that offers packaging not many others do, it might only be useful if and when you find yourself in a low light situation where you need urgent gloss application. Or, if plumping glosses are just your thing, this is better than many I have tried and so might be worth a try!

Beauty For Real Get Glowing!


Beauty For Real Get Glowing!

Beauty For Real Get Glowing!



Beauty For Real Get Glowing!

Beauty For Real Get Glowing!

Beauty For Real Get Glowing! Get Lit Luminizer


Beauty For Real Get Glowing! In the Pink Cheek Tint

Beauty For Real Get Glowing! Swatches

Beauty For Real See the Light!

Beauty For Real See the Light!

Beauty For Real See the Light!

Beauty For Real See the Light!

Beauty For Real See the Light!

Beauty For Real See the Light!

Beauty For Real See the Light! and Get Glowing on!

FTC: Products mentioned in this post were provided as press samples, however all thought and opinions expressed are my own. 


Win $100 Worth of Pop & Pixi Products With Bloom.com


In case you were wondering, that's my eye! 

Happy Tuesday MUMW readers! If you're a regular reader, you will have heard me talk about Bloom.com as a community of beauty lovers where you can post your own photos, share others' work, and follow your favorite pros to stay up the latest trends. Well, in addition to all of that, they are now teaming up with Pop Beauty artist, Sara Strand, to host a contest where participants show how to wear a Pop of Color in a wearable way. By submitting a colorful look, and tagging the Pop or Pixi products you used (after you create your account, that is), you are entered to win either $50 or $100 worth of Pop and Pixi makeup! The picture with the most "Looks Good!" wind the $50 prize and the photo Sara picks snags the $100 prize. 

Join Bloom.com to participate and feel free to share your profile link in the comments!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Review, Swatchfest, & Tuorial: Cruella de Vil Palette from e.l.f. & Disney

e.l.f. Cruella de Vil Evil Everyday Palette 
Because the bulk of the review is in the review and tutorial embedded below, I won't go into too much detail here other than to say that the quality of the shadows in this palette were somewhat disappointing compared to that of the Maleficent Palette. Everything else was standard for e.l.f. products and the lashes were much more light and flexible than the other palette, but the shadows were powdery and very hard to build up. In the tutorial below, I used some of the darkest shades in the palette and got a very subdued neutral look. If this is a look you love, check this palette out! Otherwise, I recommend checking out the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette because they are very similar.

e.l.f. Cruella de Vil Evil Everyday Palette 

e.l.f. Cruella de Vil Evil Everyday Palette 

e.l.f. Cruella de Vil Evil Everyday Palette 

e.l.f. Cruella de Vil Evil Everyday Palette 

e.l.f. Cruella de Vil Evil Everyday Palette 

e.l.f. Cruella de Vil Evil Everyday Palette 


e.l.f. Cruella de Vil Evil Everyday Palette 

e.l.f. Cruella de Vil Evil Everyday Palette 

e.l.f. Cruella de Vil Evil Everyday Palette 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Review, Swatchfest, & Tutorial: e.l.f. & Disney Sinister Smoky Eye

e.l.f. Sinister Smoky Eye Palette

e.l.f. Sinister Smoky Eye Palette
e.l.f. has partnered with Disney to create three limited edition, villainous palettes!  The Sinister Smoky eye is Maleficent inspired and filled with smoky purples, blacks, and green. Although I have both this and the Cruella de Vil inspired palette, I knew Maleficent would be the first one to play with because she was my favorite Disney Villain (and most feared).

The bulk of the review is in the embedded video (at the bottom of the post), but I will go over the talking points here as well. The powders are on par with other e.l.f. shadows - not all are stellar, but most can be packed on to achieve good pigmentation. While the lashes included have a thick, somewhat rigid band, I love the shape and they aren't "fake lash shiny" like so many cheap lashes are. A primer from the essential line is included and works wonders for some of the more sheer shades in the palette. Rather than including a blush, there are two "lip and cheek colors". While I'm not certain these aren't just repackaged lip liners, I used one on my cheeks and didn't hate the results. Additionally, the colors are plums and definitely something one could wear throughout the fall and winter seasons. Last is the liquid liner and, although I would have loved to see a black liner in this palette, the glitter liner is very nice and good for a drama boost. For $10, this palette is pricier than other e.l.f. palettes that include more shadows, liners, blushes, etc., but I think you are paying for the Disney name. Worth it? You tell me!

Check out the pictures and video below for more info!


e.l.f. Sinister Smoky Eye Palette - Night Villain

e.l.f. Sinister Smoky Eye Palette - Day Evil

e.l.f. Sinister Smoky Eye Palette - Day Evil

e.l.f. Sinister Smoky Eye Palette - Day Evil Swatches


e.l.f. Sinister Smoky Eye Palette - Night Villain


e.l.f. Sinister Smoky Eye Palette - Night Villain Swatches

e.l.f. Sinister Smoky Eye Palette - Lip & Cheek Color

e.l.f. Sinister Smoky Eye Palette - Lip & Cheek Color

e.l.f. Sinister Smoky Eye Palette - Lip & Cheek Color Swatches

e.l.f. Sinister Smoky Eye Palette - Liquid Eyeliner

e.l.f. Sinister Smoky Eye Palette - Liquid Eyeliner Swatch




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