Friday, February 19, 2010

The Thrill of the Hunt

I have been on the search for the perfect foundation for a long time. I had pretty much given up, and was settling for good enough because I thought that was the best I could do. Well, this past month I decided that I wasn't going to settle anymore, so I went on the prowl for my perfect shade. First, I tried Aromaleigh's mineral foundation line, which was a no go. Then I went to MAC. I had been using their studio fix pressed powder in NC15 for a little while, and it was really cakey so I decided to give the liquid foundation a try.

I am very fair, and even their lightest shade was at least one, maybe two shades too dark on me. And it was YELLOW. Really yellow. So I took advantage of MAC's great return policy and hiked over to Sephora to give their products a try. And after trying about five different foundations....I found it!
I am now the deliriously happy owner of NARS' Sheer Glow Foundation in "Siberia". It blends like a dream! I have a weird combination of peach and yellowish tones to my skin, and this shade is perfect. The foundation comes in a matte formula too if you need a little more coverage, but if you have super pale skin like I do, I would definitely recommend giving the NARS shades a go.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

REVIEW: Aromaleigh Cosmetics

Hey guys! Here is my long-awaited Aromaleigh review. I wanted to wear the products for a while to be able to give the best review possible. So here goes!

Customer Service: I didn't have any direct contact with their customer service but my order was processed and shipped very quickly, with no problems. Their website was easy to navigate, and I was happy to find that you can buy samples of their products for only a dollar or two, so you can decide if you like the product before you buy a full-sized jar.

Face: I had been unhappy with my MAC Studio Fix pressed powder and I wanted something that wasn't going to sit on my face and feel cakey. I heard good things about Aromaleigh's products so I decided to give them a try. I bought their "silk powder" for a primer, their "Glissade" foundation powder in 1CL, and then their ultra-resolution finishing powder in "Clear". I was really hoping that this would be the miracle product that a lot of people said it was. Unfortunately I was disappointed. This made my skin so incredibly dry and powdery. I have combination skin with a pretty oily T-zone and these products actually made my T-zone dry and flaky. My mother placed an order with them at the same time I did, and she just tried the foundation without the primer or finishing powder and she experienced the same thing. I even tried applying it wet and it just didn't work. If you have oily skin, this might be a great product for you but I don't think I could recommend it for dry or even normal skin. The great thing about Aromaleigh, however, is that you can purchase samples for 1-2 dollars, and they ship samples for free. So you can always try them out for yourself with only a small investment.

Cheeks: I purchased a small jar of the perle blush in "Tickle". It looks like a really light lavender on the website and I was hoping it was going to be slightly more opaque than it actually was. There is really no color deposit but it does apply a nice shimmer, so I'm probably going to end up using this over a different blush to give me some shine in the highlight areas.

Eyes: The glowing reviews of Aromaleigh's eyeshadows did not lie! I didn't actually purchase any of the shadows but you get three free samples of your choosing when you purchase from the website. I selected "Starfish", "Verdigris", and "Purple Princess". Starfish and Verdigris are from the Carolina Summer matte line, and they are honestly some of the most beautiful matte eyeshadows I have ever seen! I would definitely recommend these eyeshadows and I know that I will be placing another order for more colors soon.

Lips: First, I got an extra sample of "'down under healing" lipbalm with my order. I really love it, and I actually put it on at night before I go to bed to help condition my lips. It smells really great too! The last thing I bought was the "Melancholia" color creme lipstick/balm from their gothic lolita collection. I am in love with this product. It is a buildable red color that can be applied as a really light stain to a nice rich berry color, and it is very hydrating and doesn't dry my lips out.

So to sum everything up, I really like the company and their prices are great. I probably will not buy any of their face products again but I will definitely be placing another order for some eye and lip colors. As always, this is my personal opinion based on my experience with the product, and I definitely encourage all of you to maybe get a few samples and decide for yourself.

Hope you all have a great day!

Friday, February 12, 2010

You Will Be Missed


I have so many reviews to post, and I will definitely get to them this weekend. But I just wanted to take the time to send my thoughts out to the friends and family of Lee McQueen, the amazing mind behind Alexander McQueen fashion design. He has left behind an amazing legacy and has inspired the creativity of countless people, and he will be so greatly missed.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Let's Get Tropical

Here is my second tutorial ^_^ I have been feeling so cold with all of the snow that we have been getting so I wanted to channel a little bit of the Tropics in my look today. Hope you all like it!

Friday, February 5, 2010

First Tutorial!

video

I'm so excited! This is my first ever attempt at a video tutorial, vlog, anything. It's grainy, jumpy and I said "um" way too many times, but I'm really happy with it. I learned a lot and I can't wait to do better on the next one. So here is my smokey everyday look, I hope you like it!

Oh, and you can also watch the video on my youtube channel here!

When Inspiration Hits You...

I love looking at random fashion and makeup editorial pictures, I get a lot of inspiration and ideas for looks I want to try out from them. So I thought I would share some pictures I found this week that I'm loving right now. Hope you like them!











On another note, I just got my new makeup from Aromaleigh and I'm loving it so far! I'll try and put up a formal review sometime this weekend along with a video tutorial ^_^

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

LOTD 2.2.10

Hey everyone! Well, this is my first look of the day. I hope you all will bear with me while I figure out camera angles and lighting, so I have to warn you all that these are not the best pictures. This is one of my favorite looks and I usually apply most of my eyeshadow using the same techniques that I've used today. As always, start off with a clean, moisturized face. Yes, I do look like an alien in the morning since I have dyed black hair and light blonde eyebrows ^_^


I haven't decided if I want to string out a long step-by-step list of everything I've done to create the look, or just give you the pictures and a list of the products I've used and let you have at it. I think I'll start off doing that, and if you have any questions on how to recreate the look I'll be happy to answer them! So here is the finished look.


With a close-up of the eyes...


Here's a list of all the products I've used for this look. You definitely do not need all of these products to create a great look, just use the colors and tools you have to create your own interpretation. I hope y'all have a beautiful day!

Face

MAC Moisturelush creme moisturizer
MAC Studio Fix Foundation in NC15
MAC "Pinch O' Peach" Sheertone Blush

Eyes

Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC "Fascinating" Eye Kohl
MAC "Phloof!" Frost Eye Shadow
MAC "Earthly Riches" Mineralize Eye Shadow
MAC "Blacktrack" Fluidline Gel Eyeliner
MAC "Carbon" Matte Eye Shadow
Rimmel "Sexy Curves" Mascara

Lips

MAC "Prep+Prime"
Laura Mercier "Sugar Violet" Lip Stain

Brushes

MAC 190SE (foundation)
MAC 129SE (Blush)
MAC 239 (eye shadow)
MAC 224 (eye shadow blending)
MAC 266 (eyeliner and brows)
MAC 210 (eyeliner)
MAC 219 (bottom lid liner)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Why So Blue?



So I went to Sally Beauty Supply the other day, and I couldn't resist picking up a few of their mini nail polish samples. I've looked all over the bottle and I can't find the name of this color, but it looks like a medium metallic blue pearl. It ends up going on as more of a teal color though, so just be aware of that. For 99 cents the bottle should last you around five applications. I definitely had to slap on two coats to get a nice color payoff, but if you were looking for something more sheer you could probably get away with one coat. So far it has been staying on my nails without any chipping so that is a big plus. My one "problem" with the product is that it took a while to dry without a top-coat, about an hour for me to really feel secure with them. Other than that I would say it is definitely worth the 99 cents to get a nice pop of color. I hope y'all are having a beautiful day!

Let's Get Started!

Hey everyone! I decided to start this blog as an offshoot of my personal blog The Clock Talked Loud. This blog is going to be dedicated to all things beauty. I'm not a professional anything, I just love creating things using makeup and beauty products as my medium. I'll be posting reviews, looks of the day, tutorials, swatches, anything you can think of. I hope you all enjoy this blog and join me for the ride!