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5 Ways to Know It's Holy Grail

5 Ways To Know It's Holy Grail

There comes a time in every beauty lover’s life that they hit the jackpot with a product or brand. The skies open up, the seas part and harps play for your discovery. Some of us call it the holy grail or HG for short. This is 5 reasons a brand/product is considered holy grail. Continue reading 5 Ways to Know It's Holy Grail

FOTD: A Bold Summer Look Re-creation

FULL DISCLOSURE: Nars 413 BLKR Illuminator and Lost Coast Eyeshadow Duo were gifted to me.

I was hanging around on Youtube and decided search for some Nars videos and ran across this one:

In this video head artist, Cindy Rodriguez, used some of the products from Nars Cosmetics’ Summer 2014 Adult Swim Collection to create a look around a bold lip. I decided to recreate the look with a few tweaks since I don’t own everything from Adult Swim.

Bold Lip Nars Summer 2014  Re-creation
Products I used for this look are below.

I feel good about it. Obviously the artist in the video didn’t wing out the eye. I did that just to add more drama because my eye looked a bit plain without it. I’ll be getting some swatches up of Lost Coast and 413 BLKR soon so you can see them upclose. I’ll also put what I used below. Let me know what you think.

Are you big on recreating the looks you see or do you just do what you want?

Products used:

Face

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation – 177

Cover Girl Queen Collection Bronzer – Ebony Bronze

NARS Blush – Desire

NARS Iluminator – 413 BLKR

Eyes

NARS Eyeshadow Duo – Lost Coast

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Maybelline Master Precise Ink Pen eyeliner – Black

Lips

NARS Lipstick – Funny Face (swatches here)

 

"On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink" FOTD

Today is Day 3 of the No Bare Lips 30 Challenge and in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the release of Mean Girls, Keiko Kavari says “On Wednesdays, we wear pink.” With all the Mean Girls nostalgia and No Bare Lips excitement, I decided to do a face of the day post.

Pink lips for Mean Girls and No Bare Lips 30
Pink lips for Mean Girls and No Bare Lips 30

Face

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in 177

Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer in 0 Neutral

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

Cheeks

Nars Cosmetics Matte Multiple in Laos (reviewed here)

Eyes

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Pencil in Perversion(waterline)

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Brows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Ebony

Lips

Nars Cosmetics Matte Multiple in Laos

Philosophy Lip Shine in Bubbly

 

I think I’m going to do this once a week. If you have any questions about any the products I used feel free to ask. <3

The Lipstick Tag

the lipstick tag

So Chrissy from A Casual Beauty did a lipstick tag and graciously tagged everyone to do it. I like beauty tags so I decided to do this one.

  1. How many lipsticks do you own? I’m going to follow Chrissy’s cue and stick to conventional lipsticks in this answer, so I own 33 actual lipsticks.
  2. What was the first lipstick you ever owned? The first lipstick I ever owned was Fashion Fair Pure Plum(?). I remember my mom taking me to the department store counter and picking it out for me. It was definitely her style because it was dark. I took a lot of make-up cues from her before I started reading magazines and books and formed my own opinion. Looking back, it probably should’ve been more of a big girl moment because it was department store make-up but it wasn’t.Bury Me In Red Lipstick 022
  3. What’s your favorite lipstick brand? NARS Cosmetics. In 2008 I walked into a Sephora to get a red lipstick, my first red lipstick. I was apprehensive but the associate swatched a few shades on her hand and I picked NARS Sephora Flame. That was a make-up watershed moment for me because back then wearing red lipstick was just unheard of for me. I had moved away from thinking I had to wear deep, dark shades, but hadn’t adopted the thought that I could wear color on my lips like red. When I began to break away from beauty rules NARS is the brand I used to do it.
  4. What is your most worn lipstick? It’s probably NARS Fire Down Below. It’s described as a semi-matte pure blood red.
    Fire Down Below
    NARS Fire Down Below

    Fire Down Below Swatch
    I’ve laid off wearing lipstick lately because I’ve been on liquid lip color kick lately but it’s the one I reach for first when I do wear lipstick.

  5. What’s your favorite finish? My favorite finish is probably matte. I went through years and years of shiny lips via lip gloss so I think my love of matte finishes was my way of breaking away from that. Matte finishes just seem like serious business and I’m here for drama.
  6. What was the last lipstick you bought? It was actually two in the same shopping trip. It was Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense 15 and NARS Cosmetics Future Red, a Guy Bourdin Cinematic Lipstick.
    MUFE Rouge Artist Intense 15
    MUFE Rouge Artist Intense 15
    NARS Future Red
    NARS Future Red

    Rouge Artist Intense 15 and Future Red
    Left: Future Red Right: MUFE Rouge Artist Intense 15
  7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag? I have 3 lip products in my bag. 1 EOS lip balm and two Maybelline glosses that are still wrapped because I intended to return them but never did.
  8. What’s your favorite red lip color? My favorite red lip color is Lime Crime Velvetine in Wicked. It’s from the recently released Clueless Witch Collection.
    Wicked Lime Crime
    Lime Crime Velvetine in Wicked

    It comes close to NARS Sephora Flame which was discontinued years ago.

  9. How do you store your lipsticks? I store my lipsticks in a plastic drawer and my vanity drawer.
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  10. Which lipsticks are you currently lusting after? I think Milani Red Label is one I’m lusting after but for some reason I pick up something else whenever I’m in Walgreens. I also want to try more Lime Crime Velvetines.

Since Chrissy tagged everyone I’m going to do the same. If you decide to do this lipstick tag please leave a link to your post in the comments below because I’d love to read it.

A Little Bit of Contour and Highlight

I have this dream of beating my face to the high heavens and slaying all comers with my contouring and highlighting. However, I have a long way to go.

Why yes that is my satin scarf. lol Can you see my contouring attempt though? :-)
Why yes that is my satin scarf. lol Can you see my contouring attempt though? :-)

Today was just practice. I think it turned out well. I used a light hand this time so we’ll see what happens if I go a little harder.

Are you good at contouring and highlighting?

Products Used:

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation 177

Make Up For Ever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette No. 4

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

NARS Albatross Blush

NARS Desire Blush

MAC Blunt Blush

 

#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