Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts

How to Make the Latest Summer Trend Wearable: Bright Lips

As with any summer, but most specifically this one where acid brights and color blocking are in, bright lips are always a do. But, sometimes it’s hard to do them without feeling like a clown. I’ll be the first to admit that, despite LOVING them on other people, I am not entirely comfortable rocking a bold, bright lip. That needs to change, people.

Today was a first attempt at wearing a work appropriate amount of hot pink (nearly magenta) lip color. To ensure it really was the lips I was playing up, I paired it with a neutral eye and soft pink blush. 
It could be the pink shirt, but the lips don't look nearly as pink as I thought they were.

For the eyes I was inspired by the upcoming release of UrbanDecay’s 15th Anniversary Palette release (drops today, people!) and whipped out my UD palette (I couldn't find a name on it and it is so old I couldn't find it anywhere online...perhaps it's time for a new one?). I kept it simple and put Half Baked all over the lid and Roach in the crease. The liner is Clinique’s Eye Kohl in Egyptian. Side Note: Any Naked Palette owners out there? I am thinking about hopping on the band wagon late, but can’t decide if it’s worth it when I may have dupes for nearly all of the colors laying around.  

On the face is Hard Candy’s Fox in a Box in Spicy and Sweet and Laura Gellar's Blush & Brighten in Como Highlighter in Portofino as a highlight. The lips are L’Oreal HIP Shine Struck Liquid Lipcolor in Arresting.

Are you a fan of bright lips?
What is your favorite palette? Any collection, discontinued or not!

How to Make the Latest Summer Trend Wearable: Bright Eyeshadow

When color blocking and bright washes of color on eyelids walked onto the runway for spring, I knew I would be hopping on the band wagon. Don't get me wrong, I lurv me some neutral or smokey eyes, but there is something to be said for being able to put a wildly unnatural color on your eye and work it.

Enter the orange eyeshadow. On my skin tone, orange is definitely a summer color because that's when the olive tones in my skin come out to play. So, I am incorporating it into my eye makeup today to bump it up a notch and you can to! Don't believe me? Well I'm confident that you can. How confident?
 That confident.

Because you don't want to overdo a bold eye by adding lots of colors, this tutorial is unbelievably simple.
This one might do the color a little more justice?

Remember when I told you not to use the angled contour brush for patting on product? Well, never say never I guess. I used it to pack the color all over my lid (make sure and blend the area between lid and crease). In the inner corner, I put E.L.F.'s radiance enhancer in golden. I lined the lower lash line with my teal CARGO liner. And that's that.
The lighting doesn't do the cheeks justice, but on the face I have MAC Mineralized Skin Finish in Pink Power from the Wonder Woman Collection. I brushed that on my cheek bones (like a blush, not a bronzer) and used the E.L.F. radiance enhancer again on the apples of my cheeks, temples, nose bridge, and cupids bow. Like I said before, the lighting doesn't do it justice because it definitely gives that "glow from within" look.

Finally, on the lips I am wearing a L'Oreal HIP Brilliant Lipshine in Outspoken.

Will you rock the bright eyeshadow trend? What colors will you use?

Review and Swatchfest: Tarte Lock & Roll 12-Hour Eyeshadow in Burnt Bronze, Rose Gold, and Moss

One of the things I have been most excited about purchasing this summer are the Tarte Lock & Roll 12-Hour Eyeshadows. They promise waterproof, creaseless wear for 12 hours and boy do they deliver! I can't wait any longer. Roll that beautiful beauty footage.
Burnt Copper - "shimmering deep bronze"
Burnt Bronze Roller ball

Burnt Bronze Cream applicator

Top: cream Middle: powder only Bottom: powder over cream

Moss - "Shimmering olive green"
Moss Roller ball

Moss Cream shadow

Top: cream only Middle: powder only Bottom: powder over cream

Rose Gold - "Shimmery rose-tinged gold"
Rose Gold roller ball

Rose Gold cream

Top: cream only Middle: powder only Bottom: powder over cream
Aaaaand now that that's out of my system...

I have been drooling over these shadows since I saw them at Sephora at the beginning of the summer. But, with the size of my makeup stash being what it is, I couldn't justify dropping $17.00 on one eyeshadow (even if there are two products in one!). All of that changed when their 20% off red, white, and beautiful sale began (hurry, it ends July 11th!). $13.60 isn't such a bad I bought them and certainly haven't regretted it. Let me tell you why.

These shadows are a dream. They really are crease proof and, as far as sweating off in the summer heat goes, waterproof. The cream shadows are super smooth despite being really shimmery and, when blended out, retain their pigmentation.What came as a shock to me is the pigmentation of the powder! I have had eyeshadows with roller ball applicators before and they leave much to be desired with the amount of product they lay down. Again, these shadows do not disappoint. The powder swatches were the result of two swipes. Two swipes! You can certainly put the powder over the matching shadow for a lovely look, but I would even wear them alone. Another plus with these products is the versatility. Because each unit has two separate products, you can mix and match both within the collection or with your own primers and shadows! You certainly get your bang for your buck.

Now for the wear test:
Before - Inner half: rose gold Outer V: burnt bronze

Without any kind of primer, I put the Rose Gold cream shadow all over the inner half of my lid and the burnt bronze all over the outer v then blended the two together. I then repeated that step with the matching powders. On the waterline is Cargo Swimmables in the bright blue color (a review on those beauties coming soon).

12 hours later
12 hours later!
Firs off, pleeease excuse the poor lighting. I just got home from work and had to make it out from a run before dark so moving my light around wasn't in the cards. Even without the lighting though, you can see that this eyeshadow has not budged! Great success.

Would I recommend this product? You bet your sweet mama's cornbread I would. 10/10 for performance and it stuck the landing.

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