Sunday, 8 July 2012

Black Eye Shadow Comparisons


 I wear a lot of black eye shadow. As a matter of fact, my favourite look ever is the always easy black smokey eye (black eye shadow all over the lid and blended all around. Takes literally five minutes and always looks bad ass). My search for the blackest black eye shadow means that I have about nine zillion of them, and they're all different, with varying degrees of pigmentation.

Makeup Geek!

I have things!

I know, surprise, surprise. A few weeks ago, I went bananas and bought my entire Makeup Geek wishlist. I had heard so many great things about Marlena's line of eye shadows and I was especially curious about the new lipsticks, so I caved. There's really not much else to that.

If you're not familiar with Makeup Geek, it's a kind of... well, I guess it's an instructional-type beauty blog with tutorials and reviews and swatches and stuff. Marlena, the CEO and founder of Makeup Geek, came out with her own line of pressed eye shadows and, more recently, lipsticks, so you know I had to get all up in that. I've watched her videos for years, and always wanted to place an order with the Makeup Geek store (the store stocks other brands like Palladio and NYX, plus some extremely affordable brushes).

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

My Favourite Cruelty-Free Makeup Companies!

Yes. I still exist.

There's been a lot of coverage on cruelty-free cosmetics companies lately, and some debate on what that means. Even if a brand is cruelty free, they may be owned by a larger corporation that is not, or a company that was previously cruelty-free has changed its policy to accommodate their business in other international markets that insist on (in my opinion, the rather barbaric and useless practice of) animal testing for cosmetic purposes.

In an effort to showcase smaller indie companies and possibly introduce more options to those of us who are concerned with this stuff, here are some of my favourite completely cruelty-free cosmetic brands!


Wednesday, 2 May 2012

My travel stuff


I do about a moderate amount of traveling - usually four times a year for work, for no more than a week at a time, and two or three times a year with Stephen or my family. This means that I am awesome at packing for short trips, and not so awesome at packing for longer ones (once, I went to Europe for two weeks and brought practically my whole house along with me. Then I used my hair dryer in the hotel and accidentally blew out the power. And I DID HAVE AN ADAPTER so I don't know what happened. Anyway).

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Dewy Skin!




UGH.

Ashiness! Roughness! Discolouration! Congested pores! Flakiness!

That is my face first thing in the morning, after I have intentionally mistreated my skin. I went to bed the night before without washing my face and without going through my whole evening skincare routine so that I could show you guys how I bring my skin back from the depths of grossness.

For reference, my skin is relatively sensitive, and I get some slight oiliness around the t-zone. I'm not breakout prone, other than that one week out of the month when my skin goes haywire (ladies, we've all been there). It tends to be dry if I go crazy with powder - which is why I usually use liquid foundations. I lean toward products that promote radiance and dewiness because dry brown skin is ASHY AND FLAKY AND GROSS.

In order to rescue my skin and make an immediate difference, I wash and exfoliate my face, slap on a face mask and then use the greatest moisturizer in the entire world.


 Fresh, dewy skin! SCREW YOU FOUNDATION, I'M GOING BAREFACED TODAY!

So there you have the final result.

Products used:

Ultrabland facial cleanser
Ocean Salt face and body scrub
Full of Grace serum
Eau Roma Water toner
Ayesha fresh face mask - only available at LUSH shops, not online
Gorgeous moisturizer
Enchanted Eye Cream

By the way... I started shaving (most of) my head a year and a half ago. Not for any reason in particular, just because I'd always thought about doing it and one day I zipped it all off. Sorry the explanation is not more exciting, I just felt like doing it and that was that. I shave it about once a week now, and I cut my bangs myself, which is why they're all crazy uneven. I don't care, if you're going to shave your head, then you don't really care what your bangs look like.


Hope that was helpful!

<3 DR


Thursday, 19 April 2012

Sephora Haul!


This happened because I forgot my keys at work on Tuesday night.


The next day, I had to leave the house early with Stephen, because of the door being locked and all that, so I arrived at work two hours early. Two hours! What do you do with yourself for two hours? If you're me, you go get the largest coffee you can find and then wander around Sephora.

 I needed a new makeup bag because while I love my Scrabble pencil case, it's too stiff (that's what she said) and it makes it difficult to find smaller items. I needed something a little more flexible. This was $9.



I got this little dude for free with my Beauty Insider points. It's pretty hard to impress me with skincare, since I already use the best skincare on the planet (shout out for LUSH love!), but I've always been curious about this one. Korres products seem to be on the less toxic side of cosmetics, and I like what I know about their ethics and their brand. Mostly, I was thinking I could use this when I travel.


 YSL Vernis a Levres Glossy Lip Stain in no.20, Rouge Enamel


 The applicator is one of those triangular petal-shaped deals.


 without flash


with flash


This one is a Sephora exclusive, and it's a warm red with shimmer. I *think* I like this, but I find that my lips feel a bit dry after removal. I tried this with and without lip liner, and without lip liner, it wore for about 6 hours. Towards the fifth hour, it started to look less glossy, but was still pretty shiny. With lip liner, it was on for about 8 hours straight with no fading or feathering, and I had to practically scrape to get it off. It's quite comfortable to wear, I like the texture, and it doesn't give you the dry inner line that can sometimes happen with lip products when it collects there. This was $38.

 Makeup For Ever Aqua Liner in No. 16 (white shimmer)


The applicator is tapered and won't splay out like crazy after you use it the first time.


with flash


Without flash. I clearly didn't know what to do with my hands.

Lately, I've been using white liquid eyeliner as my everyday look (no eyeshadow, just a thick line of white at the upper lashline with a thin line of black just where my lashes meet my eyelid. Nothing on the bottom lashes at all), which looks great and takes 5 minutes in the morning. I enjoy the contrast of my NC45 skin with the stark white, but I wanted to put something glittery on top for extra zazz. This is perfect. It wears for hours and hours without fading, smudging or flaking. It was something like $28? I don't know.


Sephora Moonshadow Baked Eyeshadow Collection in "In the Dark"


Dry, without flash. Ho-hum.


Dry, with flash. Again, is there even any product there?


Over Fyrinnae Pixi Epoxy, no flash. Eh, a little better.


Over Fyrinnae Pixi Epoxy, with flash


With a black cream base and Fyrinnae Pixi Epoxy, no flash


Over a black cream base and Fyrinnae Pixi Epoxy, with flash. That's what I'm talkin' about.

I bought this palette specifically for travel. I love, love, LOVE black-glitter eye shadows, especially when used with Fyrinnae's Pixi Epoxy (a foiling medium, necessary for any kind of shimmery or glittery colour). I love them even more over a black creamy base. The Urban Decay Black Palette used to be my go-to travel palette, but it was sort of a hassle since I always had to bring along a separate highlight colour and transition/blending shades, so I've had my eye on this one from Sephora for awhile, which comes with that top row of lighter shades. Altogether it was $36, which is a bargain for 10 eyeshadows, and the palette itself is nice and sturdy with a lovely lace print on the front.

So yeah. Not a whole lot of stuff, but what can you do when you only have two hours?

Where to buy: Sephora

<3

NAILS OF GLEE


Can we just talk for a minute about how obsessed I am with those adhesive nail polish strips?

Oh, MAN. The Sally Hansen ones are my favourite. They are hella expensive, but if you use them right, you can get two manicures out of each box.

SNAKES ON MY NAILS! These are the shit. When I take them off, I'm going  to be all, "I WANT THESE MOTHERFUCKING SNAKES OFF MY MOTHERFUCKING  NAILS."


So anyway, these things come with a little nail file/buffer type thing in each box, along with a cuticle pusher and instructions. The actual nail strips are in two separate packets - once you open the packet, you have to use all the ones in there or else they dry out. There are 8 strips in each, which seems like a cruel joke on Sally Hansen's part.

At first, I was like, how the hell am I supposed to not open both packets at once, I have ten damn fingers, what is this bullshit? Then I watched Sokolum79's video on how to to get two manicures out of each box, and it all made sense.

Applying them took forever the first time, but once you get the hang of it, it takes maybe ten minutes from start to finish. I throw some topcoat on there to make them a little shinier and help them last. I'm still wearing the rattlesnake ones and it's been two weeks. There's some minor tipwear happening, but it's nothing you wouldn't see after say, three or four days with regular nail polish.

You know what I don't really get, though? They have normal ones. Like, you know, light pink and blue and green. Pretty colours, but... why would you not want to just use regular nail polish for that? Who the fuck is like, "I'm so ballin' that I'd rather just pay through the nose to get regular nail polish strips instead of buying a $3 bottle of nail polish. Also, my shoes are made of diamonds." All I'm saying is that for $10, I want rattlesnakes, not pink with sparkles.