Friday, February 22, 2013

Look #1 Feat. Elf's 144 Bright Eyeshadow Palette

Alright, I almost have everything unpacked in my bedroom, and I felt the need to try something different! I purchased the 144 Bright Eyeshadow Palette, and I wanted to see how many looks I could come up with. This may be a work in progress, but I decided to try a "neutral" look with this. I have heard a few people say that the pigmentation of some of the colors could be better, and so I will be giving this palette a full review after a few more looks using it. So let's get down to business!

What You Will Need:
  •  Elf's 144 Bright Eyeshadow Palette 
  • Elf's Essential Eyelid Primer in Champagne
  • Elf's Studio Lash Extending Mascara
  • Elf's Studio Cream Blush in Vixen
  • Elf's Mineral Lip Gloss in Sorority Girl        
Step 1: Prime your eyelids using Elf's Eyelid Primer. I suggest using primer with ANY eyeshadow as it helps it stay on longer and also fights cases of the creasies.

Step 2: There aren't any names to the shades in this palette, so I have included pictures. I am using a color that is similar to my skin tone. This shade was used to cover the entire eyelid.

Step 3: I worked this shade into my crease.I wanted to be subtle with this look, and give my eyes a more natural and matte appearance. Blend this shade from the crease upwards.

Step 3: I used this shade for the outer corner of my eyelid. Blend lightly into the first and second shade.

Step 4: I used a small precision brush with this shade. Instead of using eyeliner, I gently applied this along my upper and lower lash lines for a softer line.

Step 5: I used the white shade as a highlight on my brow bone. The white isn't as pigmented as I would have liked it to have been, but it worked well for this purpose.

Step 6: I used one coat of Elf's Lash Extending Mascara. Get the brush as close as you can to your eyelash roots and wiggle the brush back and forth in a zig-zag motion as you go upwards. It helps to give your lashes extra volume. :)

Step 7: Next I used A stippling brush with Elf's Studio Cream Blush in Vixen. This color is super pigmented and gorgeous, so you only need a small amount on your brush. Seriously, a little bit really does go a long way!

Step 8: Next, I used Elf's Mineral Lip Gloss in Sorority Girl on my lips. This color is gorgeous and looks stunning on any skin tone!

Here's the final look!

Just a soft neutral look that's work friendly. I will be doing more looks with this palette before I can give it a thorough review. So far, so good! :) Do any of you have this palette? What are your opinions on this palette and this neutral look? I'd love to hear what you have to say!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Milani's Runway Eyes Fashion Shadows Palette in Catwalk

I finally finished the move, and while unpacking my room, I stumbled across quite a few new items that I've yet to swatch/try/review. I messed around with this palette a bit, and I had decided it's absolutely blog-worthy! This is the first time that I have tried any of Milani's cosmetics.

  This palette is so pretty. The blue is more of a "steel" blue shade that is very eye catching. The maroon is interesting, though I haven't used it yet. This palette of "cool" shades has a nice variety though! The Black and steel blue shade are nice to use for a "smoky eye" all the while the silver and black shades can pair up for a dramatic smoky eye...through some gold in there to add a splash of color in the center of the eyelid and seal the deal with the white shimmer as a highlight shade for the brow bone. Instant Drop Dead Gorgeous! Or, you can do a colorful play on a golden eyelid with the maroon shade in the crease and the black as a defining shade if a "Warm Dramatic Look" is what you are seeking. I didn't have any problem with fallout, but these shades are quite shimmery (they are baked) so if shimmer isn't your thing, I'd stay away from this palette.

  I'm new to Milani, so I can't really judge this based on the other products that they make, but for under $10.00, I rather enjoyed these. The color payoff is pretty good, and like I said, the colors are versatile so you can go basic smoky eye or bold smoky eye in a single palette, which is something I LOVE dearly. In fact, I have made a tutorial using this palette and I can't wait to show you guys!

I would suggest this palette for those of you who love blue shades. :)
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