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Saturday Splurge vs. Steal

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This week’s topic is on my must have makeup product – EYELINER.  I must, must wear my cat eyes or winged eyeliner every time I put on make up; without it I feel naked.  My personal favorite is liquid version for everyday and gel if I am going to a party, I wore gel for my wedding because its drier and more matte so it doesn’t budge easily (in case I cried but I didn’t).  I always mess up the pencil one by rubbing my eye and it runs a little because my eyelids gets oily.  Below are my recommendation for pencil, liquid and gel in both low and high price.  Happy shopping and TGIF!!

Pencil
BH Cosmetics – Waterproof Eyeliner in Onyx

At $2.37 it’s the most affordable liner I have ever used but the quality is great. It’s creamy and pigmented so it glides on the lid and you can easily blend it for a smokey look; but it does run a little if you have oily skin, so have to use a primer first.  It’s easily removable by soap or makeup remover.

 

M.A.C Cosmetics Technakohl Liner in Graphblack


$15 but I have the retractable one so no sharpener needed.  The texture is creamy for smooth, no tug application.  It’s color is rich and easily blendable.  But its hard to take off with just soap, you must use makeup remover and then soap to get it completely off.  Even with everyday use, it’ll last a while.

 

 

Liquid
L’Oreal Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Black

$10 and you can get it at any drugstore.  It has felt tip so it’s easy to apply and the color is intense and matte.  But since it’s liquid, it’s not ideal for smudging but it dries fast and easily removable with water.  So, if you make a mistake, just dip Q-Tip into water or makeup remover to clean up that also means it can get smudgy if you cry or get wet in the rain/snow.  I have been using this since I was 14 and I have no complaints so far.

 

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black

$15 but it’s like a marker so it’s much easier to apply than the felt tip version.  If you are new to liquid eyeliner, then I recommend this one for you; it’s like coloring your upper eyelid, super easy.  The color is great though I find the L’Oreal one a little bit more darker and it’s last all day without any smudging if you don’t shed any tears.  It’s easily removable with soap or makeup remover so you don’t have to stress about making mistakes.

 

 

Gel
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black

$10 and can be found at any drugstore.  The pot is small, so is most gel liner pots, but it comes with an eyeliner brush.  I don’t really like the brush; I apply it using my Sonia Kashuk brush.  The gel is very pigmented and matte once it dries so it stays put even through tears!  It’s soft and creamy so easy to apply but dries really fast so be sure to fix any mistakes quickly.  Easily removable with soap or makeup remover; I would say it’s ideal for parties or long days/nights in the heat cause it won’t smudge.

 

Bobbie Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink

$22 can be bought at any department stores carrying the line or Sephora
The pigmentation is great, smooth application and dries fast, but not as fast as Maybelline so you don’t need to rush to get it perfect.  It’s very matte once dry but the color still looks very rich and dark (kind of like liquid eyeliner).  It comes in a small pot without any brushes so you have to buy a separate liner brush.  It stays put through heat and oiliness; ideal for hot summer days or nights.  Overall it’s a great eyeliner and definitely Splurge Approved!

 

 

Many of you might not know how to put on liquid or gel liners yet so below is a great YouTube video to show you how and also links to where you can purchase all the liners in this post.

How to apply eyeliner:

Retailers:

BH Cosmetics
M.A.C
L’Oreal
Eyeko
Maybelline
Bobbie Brown

Photos: BH Cosmetics, M.A.C Cosmetics, Ulta, Sephora (all online stores)

What-To-Do Wednesday: Natural Makeup Routine

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What are the steps for natural everyday makeup?

I am always looking through YouTube videos to find easy and simple ways to do natural makeup for everyday. Here are few that I really like and thought I share with you. Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

These are the two I follow when I go to a daytime event like showers or birthday parties, both with Urban Decay’s Naked pallet. If you don’t have the pallets, you can use any combo of gold/bronze/dark brown shadow you have.

 

Sunday Recap: OOTW

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OOTW 8/6/12-8/10/12

Recap time!!

Monday – top & skirt H & M. (old), earrings, necklace and bracelet BaublrBar (not available), sandals Steve Madden (old)
Tuesday – polo & jeans Abercrombie & Fitch (old), earrings BaubleBar (available now),sandals Bakers (old)
Wednesday – shirt H & M (old), shorts Express (old), earrings BaubleBar (available now), necklace & bracelet BaubleBar (not available), shoes H & M (available in select stores)
Thursday – top H & M (old), khaki Gap (old), earrings BaubleBar (not available), wedge sandals Payless (available now)
Friday – top & pants H & M (old),earrings BaubleBar (available now), necklace Gorjana (available now), bangles Afaze (old), shoes Steve Madden (old)

Saturday Steal vs. Splurge

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This week’s splurge vs. steal is about the very alluring and forever sexy red lips and its bff the red lipstick!  It’s the one lip color that will always be trendy, universally flattering, since there are various shades of red, and appealing to both men and women.  It’s also the best five minute makeup routine for those busy mornings; all you need is tinted moisturizer, some concealer, curled lashes and red lips and you are done!!  Below are the two that I recommend and also added tips on how to apply it and how to find the right red lipstick for your skin tone.

Steal:

Sonia Kashuk’s Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Rosey Nude

Claims
My Opinion
  • $7.59 at any Target stores or target.com
  • Creamy texture
  • Easy glide on application
  • Won’t feel dry on the lips
  • Rich pigmented color
  • Extra long wear
  • Contains fig aroma
  • Comes in five other shades
  • Price is amazing
  • it is creamy & easy to apply; no need to buy matching lip liner, can use the crayon to line the lips and then fill in with color
  • the texture is matte but it doesn’t dry my lips
  • color is very pigmented but with light strokes, it will appear light and looks great with lip gloss (if you want a glossy red lip); I would say its orangey red
  • the crayon is a good size so even with daily use, it will last a while
  • color didn’t last long, I had to reapply a couple of times at work
  • the “aroma” is awful, I don’t like the smell at all, its actually smells like chemicals

Final thought:

h

Even if the smell is not good and I had to reapply, it has other good qualities.  It’s a great red lipstick for my collection and an amazing product for the price.

 

VS.

Splurge:

M.A.C Cosmetics Lipstick in Ruby Woo

Claims
My Opinion
  • $15 at any M.A.C stores of department stores that carries the brand
  • Velvety texture
  • Vivid blue-red color
  • Matte
  • It comes in a lot of different shades and textures (glossy, matte, satin, etc.)
  • price is a little high for the a tube of lipstick, especially since I use it with a $15 lip liner, so spent $30 total
  • color is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I think this lipstick will look good on any skin tone and it’s a true blue-red
  • very, very matte, so it’s hard to apply on dry lips, must use lip primer or on moisturized lips and make sure lips are scrubbed so the color will appear smooth
  • it does dry out my lip a bit
  • it’s hard to use as a liner, even with lip brush the line is not that pronounced; I use it with M.A.C’s Cherry lip liner
  • color lasts long, I only had to reapply after I ate food
  • as I have said before, it’s a very matte lipstick which means it doesn’t transfer on clothes, other people (when you kiss, so it’s husband/boyfriend proof, lol) or teeth, yay!
  • I never tried it with a gloss, but I am sure it will look just as divine glossy as it does matte
  • a tube of this will last long since reapplication is not need that much
  • it does have a light smell, but I don’t hate and it doesn’t bother me

Final thought:

Even though I spent $30 just for this lipstick and liner and it does dry out my lips a little, it’s the best, bright colored red lipstick I found so far that actually looks great on my skin.  I love it and if you have the money for it, then definitely get yourself a tube.  

Below is where you can get Sonia Kashuk and M.A.C.  Also I added a great video on how to apply red lipstick and link to a post on how to find your perfect red lips.

Let me know what you guys think about these two.  If you have a great one that you use, please let me know.

Retailers:
Sonia Kashuk

M.A.C Cosmetics lipstick

M.A.C Cosmetics lip liner

How to apply video:

 

 

Info: soniakashuk.com & maccosmetics.com
Article: thebeautydepartment.com
Video: @expertvillage via youtube.com

 

Friday Fab Finds

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This edition of fab find is all about makeup brushes.  I use to think makeup brushes were waste of money because I could easily do their job with my own fingers for free.  That is until I actually went to do my makeup by a professional and saw how flawless my face looked after she used brushes to put foundation and concealer on me and how perfectly smokey my eyes looked after she finished.  Yes, I know she was a professional that’s probably why my make up looked so good, but she actually let me do one side of my face, foundation only, to show me the difference of application by fingers and brush; that’s how I was convinced and decided to get myself a set of brushes.  But since I couldn’t afford to get the brushes she was selling, I did some online research and found E.L.F. Cosmetics 11 pc studio brush set.

These brushes are affordable, at most you will pay $30 for 11 brushes, and very good quality.  They are soft, apply and pick up make up well and have little to no shedding.  All the brushes are easy to hold and each brush has the right amount of bristles and perfectly sized for its purpose.  They come in a waterproof case which is great for storing the brushes or taking when travelling.  They are easy to clean with dishwashing liquid or brush cleaners and dries fast.  But the only minor issue is that I have to reshape each brush to its original size while the bristles are still wet or they spread out after they dry (but this is normal for most makeup brushes).  I have them for two years now and use them very often but not one is broken or worn out yet, impressive!!  Below is the list of brushes this set comes with and also retailers where you can purchase.  Happy shopping & TGIF!!

Let me know in the comments below what you think of these brushes if you have used them already or if you have another great affordable line of brushes you use.

 Set includes:

  • Eyeshadow “C” Brush
  • Complexion Brush
  • Small Angled Brush
  • Small Smudge Brush
  • Fan Brush
  • Powder Brush
  • Angled Foundation Brush
  • Concealer Brush
  • Small Precision Brush
  • Blush Brush
  • Contouring Brush
  • & Water-resistant case

Where can you buy?

Target
Amazon
E.L.F. Cosmetics

Saturday Splurge vs. Steal

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It’s all in the eyes, truly! A person’s eyes can tell you more about what they are thinking than their body language or mouth (sometimes smart mouth, ha!). So, I always make sure that I have my eyeliner on (cat eyes of course!!) and gorg gorg lashes! Today’s splurge vs. steal is for all my make up mavens who are obsessed with long, thick and dark lashes and their best friend – MASCARA!

I am comparing steal vs. steal (drugstore brands), then splurge vs. splurge (department store brands) and the final duel will be between the winners of each category and then I will announce one glorious champion. Let the bat-bat-battle of the lashes begin!

Drugstore:

a

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Criteria
General Info
My Opinion
Price About $8 Price is great
Where to Buy Can be purchased at any drugstore Always in stock for purchase
Waterproof? Waterproof option available Waterproof option is good, easily removable with soap
Makes Lashes Thicker? Claims to make lashes 5X thicker Didn’t make my lashes that much thicker
Makes Lashes Darker? Claims to make lashes look darker Didn’t make my lashes that much darker
Makes Lashes Longer? Makes no such claim Didn’t see any noticeable changes in the length
Other: N/A After a while, it clumped

b

Didn’t make lashes that much thicker and clumped

 

VS.

 

c

Maybelline Colossal Mascara

Criteria
General Info
My Opinion
Price $7 Price is great
Where To Buy Can be purchased at any drugstore Always in stock for purchase
Waterproof? Waterproof option available Waterproof is like a tattoo – hard to remove even with make up remover
Makes Lashes Thicker? Claims to make lashes 9X thicker Yes!!! Amazingly thick lashes, someone asked me if I was wearing falsies
Makes Lashes Darker? Makes no such claim Didn’t see any change in color of my lashes
Makes Lashes Longer? Makes no such claim Though it doesn’t claim to lengthen the lashes, it did look longer, brownie point!
Other: N/A N/A

It gave my lashes major thickness and length without any clumping

 

Department store:

e

Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara

Criteria
General Info
My Opinion
Price $18 Price is high for the small tube
Where To Buy at Sephora, Ulta and department stores that carry this brand In stock most of the time
Waterproof? Waterproof option not available N/A
Makes Lashes Thicker? Claims to make lashes 600% plumper after 2 coats No, not 600%, but it did make them thicker
Makes Lashes Darker? Makes no such claim I used black, but it didn’t darken my lashes
Makes Lashes Longer? Makes no such claim Didn’t see any noticeable changes in the length
Other: Black and brown color availableClaims to be clump and smuge proof

Parabens free

Was clump and smudge proof

f

Did make my lashes look thicker and didn’t clump or smudge

 

VS.

 

Benefit Badgal Mascara

Criteria
General Info
My Opinion
Price $19 Price is high for the small tube
Where To Buy at Sephora, Ulta and department stores that carry this brand Sometimes it’s out of stock in Sephora, so I check Macy’s
Waterproof? Waterproof option available (black color only) N/A
Makes Lashes Thicker? Claims lashes will thick like a set of falsies It did make my lashes look thicker
Makes Lashes Darker? Makes no such claim I used black but it didn’t darken my lashes
Makes Lashes Longer? Makes no such claim Didn’t see any noticeable changes in the length
Other: Black, brown and plum color available Didn’t clump my lashes but did smudge a bit

g

Did make my lashes thicker w/out clumping but smudged  

 

 Final Duel:

c

Maybelline Colossal Mascara

Criteria
General Info
My Opinion
Price $7 Price is great
Where To Buy Can be purchased at any drugstore Always in stock for purchase
Waterproof? Waterproof option available Waterproof is like a tattoo – hard to remove even with make up remover
Makes Lashes Thicker? Claims to make lashes 9X thicker Yes!!! Amazingly thick lashes, someone asked me if I was wearing falsies
Makes Lashes Darker? Makes no such claim Didn’t see any change in color of my lashes
Makes Lashes Longer? Makes no such claim Though it doesn’t claim to lengthen the lashes, it did look longer, brownie point!
Other: N/A N/A

h

It gave my lashes major thickness and length without any clumping

VS.

e

Bare Minerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara

Criteria
General Info
My Opinion
Price $18 Price is high for the small tube
Where To Buy at Sephora, Ulta and department stores that carry this brand In stock most of the time
Waterproof? Waterproof option not available N/A
Makes Lashes Thicker? Claims to make lashes 600% plumper after 2 coats No, not 600%, but it did make them thicker
Makes Lashes Darker? Makes no such claim I used black, but it didn’t darken my lashes
Makes Lashes Longer? Makes no such claim Didn’t see any noticeable changes in the length
Other: Black and brown color availableClaims to be clump and smuge proofParabens free Was clump and smudge proof

g

Price is too high and it didn’t lengthen

The Winner is:

c

Maybelline Colossal Mascara

So, now that you have my recommendation (and it’s a steal!), go get a tube for major lashes and bat away. Also, try Maybelline’s Full ‘n Soft; it’s a great everyday mascara. Let me know what you think about the colossal.

Do you have recommendation for better mascara? Please let me know on the comments below.

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