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Milani Eyeshadow Primer: A Bargain Eyeshadow Primer Alternative?

Milani Eyeshadow Primer $6.39 at CVS
Milani Eyeshadow Primer $6.39 at CVS

I was on the hunt for something new to try so I stopped in CVS and purchased a couple of things. One of those things was Milani Eyeshadow Primer. I’m generally an Urban Decay Primer Potion kind of girl, but I wanted to give this a shot. Drugstore brands have improved a lot so I wanted to see if this primer could compare to a more expensive brand.

I think the Milani Eyeshadow Primer is a legit alternative to UDPP or Too Faced Shadow Insurance. After 8 hours of wear my eyes look basically the same. The product is similar in texture and color to UDPP and TFSI so if you use either one or are on a budget this is worth a shot.  You’ll pay $6.39 for Milani’s primer versus paying anywhere from $12-$24 for UDPP or TFSI depending on size /or brand.

I applied the primer and eyeshadows from the Naked palette around 8:30 am. This is a couple hours after that.
I applied the primer and eyeshadows from the Naked palette around 8:30 am. This is a couple hours after that.
This is about 8 hours after initial application
This is about 8 hours after initial application

Once upon a time finding a drugstore product that was a similar quality to a department store product was wishful thinking. Now this doesn’t mean that they were terrible, but just that you could tell the difference between them. However, as time goes on the drugstore brands are catching up and maybe, just maybe leaving some of the department stores behind. Time will tell though.

Have you tried this primer? If use a more expensive brand do you think you’ll give this one chance?

Milani Eyeshadow Primer can be purchased at most drugstores and milanicosmetics.com

NARS Cosmetics – Jungle Red

This red is no joke.
This red is no joke.

Jungle Red by NARS Cosmetics is described as a semi-matte bright red and it is bright. This might be off-putting for some especially if you’re new to red lipstick, but I say go for it if you think it might work for you.

Since this lipstick is so bright I decided just to wing out my eyeliner, fill my brows and be done. This is such a serious red that I don’t want to take too much attention from it with eyeshadow.

I'm such a winged liner novice but this turned out okay.
I’m such a winged liner novice but this turned out okay.

This lipstick is semi-matte so it’s relatively opaque. You have to make sure you exfoliate and perhaps wear a lip balm underneath if you have problems with dryness. I thought I had exfoliated thoroughly and found out the hard way that I didn’t. It seems like it’s unforgiving on dry, flaky lips so don’t make my mistake.

So is this a red you’ll add to your arsenal? Let me know in the comments.

Jungle Red retails for $26 and is sold at Sephora, Sephora.com, narscosmetics.com, and department stores.

LUXE OIL Cocoa Deluxe Whipped Butter

Love this cocoa butter so much!
Love this cocoa butter so much!

This is the Cocoa Deluxe Whipped Butter from LUXE OIL. It’s quickly becoming my go-to moisturizer for these brutal winter months. I found out about the product via twitter. Krissy, the butter’s creator and beauty blogger at Addicted To All Things Pretty wanted her readers to have something to fight the war against eczema and dry skin. This lovely whipped butter is her weapon.

“Cocoa Deluxe” Whipped Cocoa Butter is a decadent cocoa butter blend that’s sure to bring back nostalgic memories! Whipped to perfection, this butter blend contains pure raw cocoa butter and our signature LUXE OIL oil blend.
With a slower absorption time it also makes a great massage cream. (from website)

The 8oz butter retails for $15 and is worth every penny. I’ll be honest, I tend to not like the typical cocoa butter smell. However, this butter smells like heavenly chocolate. Along with Coconut Oil, Safflower Oil, Sea-buckthorn Oil, Avocado Oil, and Olive Oil, the raw cocoa butter has been whipped to a velvety texture. It quickly melts into your hands so it can be applied to the skin easily. The butter also functions as a hair moisturizer.

I’m really happy with my purchase of the Cocoa Deluxe Whipped Butter. My butter was packaged well and got here on time. I can see myself using this and other LUXE OIL products on myself and my family for the long haul.

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Another Naked 3 Look

I wanted to show this look with my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. Some people seem to love it and others seem to think the palette just okay. I like the palette but it’s definitely ranked at 3 compared to the original Naked palette and Naked 2.

Naked 3 with Maybelline Color Elixir in Glistening Amber
Naked 3 with Maybelline Color Elixir in Glistening Amber

Sidenote: Before I stopped on this shade of gloss I tried a sheer grape, sheer pink, and a reddish color. I’ve seen one woman pair it with black lipstick for an edgier look, but I didn’t want to do that. With all that said, what lipsticks, glosses, etc are you pairing with Naked 3?

#Sparkle31Days Eyeshadow Challenge

Evidence, Toxic, Smog eyeshadows and Perversion 24/7 Pencil from Urban Decay
Evidence, Toxic, Smog eyeshadows and Perversion 24/7 Pencil from Urban Decay

I come to you with another make-up challenge. This time it’s eyeshadow and it’s called #Sparkle31Days. From January 1st until January 31st Feminista Jonessex-positive writer, feminist, social worker, and make-up enthusiast wants you to show off your eyeshadow application via Instagram. If you love eye make-up, want to learn more or get reacquainted with eyeshadow this is for you.

RULES

1. Post a close up picture of eyelids every day(or as often as you can manage).

2. Provide information about brand, colors, name of color combination(if applicable), etc.

3. Give deets on any special technique you used if you did something cool!

4. Have fun and use the #Sparkle31Days hash tag for each pic.

I’m participating so I can put these products I’ve hoarded purchased to use. I hope you do too. Remember to use the hash tag #Sparkle31Days so everyone participating can see your gorgeous eyes.

OCC Batty Liptar – Review

Can you see the glitter? Too bad I didn't see it on my lips.
Can you see the glitter? Too bad I didn’t see it on my lips.

I bought OCC Liptar in Batty because I love black lipstick but I ended up being disappointed. I used my lip brush to apply it and it didn’t work. I used my finger to apply and it still didn’t work. Unfortunately it’s just not as opaque as I hoped it would be. It also sunk into the lines in my lips. However, once I put it on top of another black lipstick it looked better.

Top: OCC Batty alone Bottom: Batty on top of MUFE 50 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick
Top: OCC Batty alone Bottom: Batty on top of MUFE 50 Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick

I hoped for a glitter effect since that’s what it looked like in the tube but it just wasn’t meant to be. I’m sure the shiny effect I achieved on top my Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense lipstick could be achieved with a glittery lip gloss so this is really a bust for me. I would take it back but I tossed the shipping receipt. *cue sad violins*

So have you tried Batty? What did you think?

Obsessive Compulsive Liptar in Batty retails for $18 and can be found at Sephora, Sephora.com, occmakeup.com

Don’t Fear The Red Lip

Nars Red Lizard Lipstick
Nars Red Lizard

I love red lipstick. This blog is called Bury Me In Red Lipstick after all so it makes sense. However, I know everyone isn’t quite there. For one reason or another some are apprehensive about red lipstick. I’m here to say there’s no need. So here are 5 tips to help you jump in.

1. Leave fear at the door. There’s something out there for you. You are not limited by your skintone. From orange-reds to deep wines it’s out there.

2. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. Whether you go to the makeup counter or try it on at home, prep your lips for color. Banish dry skin with a lip scrub or toothbrush so you can get a clear view of how the color looks on your lips.

3. Add liner and mascara. A bare face with a red lip may be jarring to see for the first time. The liner and mascara will give you a glimpse into a finished look and help you better assess how it looks.

4. Return policies are you friend. Trial and error may seem daunting and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Ulta, Sephora, and drug stores have good return policies. If you try something and it doesn’t look right take it back. Don’t let it gather dust in a drawer and cause you to get frustrated because you feel like you’ve wasted money.

5. Have fun. Experiment with finishes, stains, glosses. As long as you keep a positive outlook you’ll find something that works.

Milani Matte Confident
Milani Matte Confident
Nars Heat Wave
Nars Heat Wave
Nars Cruella
Nars Cruella

5 Tips For Wearing Red Lipstick

So will you try a red lipstick anytime soon?

Make A Beauty Resolution for 2014

2013 will be coming to a close in a couple of weeks. Someone has probably asked you about your New Year’s resolution or they will be asking very soon. Our answers will range from mundane to exceptional. And I hope when 2014 comes to a close we’ll look back proudly on the accomplishments that were set into motion at the end of 2013. But what about a beauty resolution? Have you thought about making one for yourself?

2014 could be the year you watch Youtube videos until you get that contouring thing right. Or you could branch out and try a brand(drugstore or high-end) you usually pass up when you’re browsing. This could be the year you tackle one of your beauty fears like getting professionally waxed. You could even resolve to set aside time to pamper yourself or *gasp* limit your purchases.

"Girl what? Limit my purchases?
“Girl what? Limit my purchases?

The sky is really the limit with this and you don’t have to tell anyone unless you want to. This is really about making a conscious effort to not get a beauty rut and take care of yourself. I think most of us know what we need/want to do, but we just have to give ourselves the freedom to do it and put in the effort.

One of the things I’d like to do is find a less pink nude lipstick to wear as an alternative to the pinkish nude Nars Dolce Vita. I’m very fond of the beigey nude look and I’d like to see if it I can pull it off. There’s always the possibility that I can’t, but I have to give it a shot right? And that’s what I’m talking about, going out on your own limb for beauty.

So do you have beauty resolution?

So Much Urban Decay Nakedness

naked all

Urban Decay released their Naked 3 eyeshadow palette recently. I wanted to do a quick post and swatch Naked, Naked 2, and Naked 3. Just because I am a hoarder like make-up a lot and had to have all three doesn’t mean everyone else does. And eventhough most of us have access to all three in a store there’s nothing like seeing it on someone’s skin. I hope this can help someone out. Which Naked palettes do you have? Which ones do you think you’re going to buy?

naked all open
Apologies for the Naked and Naked 2 not looking as pristine as Naked 3
Naked (Original)
Naked (Original)
Naked 2
Naked 2
Naked 3
Naked 3

Pop Beauty "Bright Up Your Life" Palette and Some Encouragement

pop beauty closedI bought this Pop Beauty Bright Up Your Life eyeshadow palette a few weeks ago for an 80’s party from Ulta. It retails for $24. I think it’s a decent palette, but it takes a bit of effort to build up the color even with a primer.

With all that said I wanted to swatch this because I’m hoping someone who’s afraid of color will see that it’s nothing to be afraid of. Most of these colors look pretty against my skin to me. Having darker skin shouldn’t keep anyone from wearing something. There’s something out there for all of us.

pop beauty open

pop beauty flash
Bright Up Your Life w/ flash
Bright Up Your Life w/o flash
Bright Up Your Life w/o flash

I think most of us can pull off a lot of things when it comes to make-up but we’re scared because we’re not used to seeing it. We stay in our comfort zones and don’t venture out because in our heads “this shade” would never look good on us.

I say take a shot. Practice your eyeshadow application and you might surprise yourself.