Thursday, January 31, 2013

ELF Beauty Boot Camp Contest Entry - Hot Pink Lip

ELF has a contest running right now (ends 2/3/13) where they want to see your versions of their lastest Trends To Try - they gave entrants the option of doing as many of the trends as they like. I decided to do just two (mainly because I'm not a fan of contouring), and for fun I thought I would do a photo-tutorial for my blog, showing how I accomplished each one.

Today's entry is for their Hot Pink Lip. If you are familiar with me and my style, I love me some brights, so when I saw one of the trends was a hot pink lip, I knew I had to do that one! Unfortunately ELF doesn't have much variety in their bright lip colors - I wish they would make a bright pink or fuchsia in their Matte Lip Color pencils. When I wear a bright lip, I'm usually needing it to last all day, so I have catered this photo-tutorial to share how I ensure a long wear.

Here's all the tools I used:
Studio Lip Exfoliator
Studio Lip Primer & Plumper
Studio Lip Lock Pencil
Essential Feather Proof Moisturizing Lip Liner
Essential Lipstick
Studio Pout Perfecter


Step 1 - exfoliate lips to remove any dry flakes, smooth fine lines and help the lip products blend into the skin easier

Step 2 - I like to use a lip plumper prior to adding my lip colors, just because I like the subtle tingle and plumping - and I love the smell of cinnamon :)

Step 3 - apply a lip primer to neutralize the natural lip color, this will help the added lip color show truer

Step 4 - the lip lock pencil is a must to keep your lip color in check, it really helps to prevent color bleeding, feathering and smudging (like when your kids grab your face, lol)

Step 5 - apply a lip liner to shape your lips and it serves as a base color so when your lipstick starts to fade away you'll still have the stain from the lip liner to hold up the coverage

Step 6 - apply lipstick, I do a light layer first, press lips together for a good blend then apply a second layer

Step 7 - apply a dab of pout perfecter, the reflective particles are not gritty but still attract light making your pout look perfect ;)

All Done!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

ELF Beauty Boot Camp Contest Entry - Cat Eye

ELF has a contest running right now (ends 2/3/13) where they want to see your versions of their lastest Trends To Try - they gave entrants the option of doing as many of the trends as they like. I decided to do just two (mainly because I'm not a fan of contouring), and for fun I thought I would do a photo-tutorial for my blog, showing how I accomplished each one.

Today's entry is for their Cat Eye Trend. Personally, I like to step up my liner looks, so I decided to go with a double liner trend - which I have been really loving lately. I went with a pop of purple this time, I'm trying to branch out from my go-to blue shades :)

Here's all the tools I used:
Essential Shimmer Eyeliner - Plum Passion
Studio Single Eyeshadow - Purple Passion
Studio Precision Liquid Eyeliner


Prep - curl lashes, I do this first so I don't remove any makeup when curling my lashes afterwards (I like to get my curler as close as possible for the most lift)

Step 1 - shape your liner with the creamy shimmer eyeliner pencil, extend the wing to your liking and direction it towards the end of your eyebrow (some people call this extending the angle of your lower lash line)

Step 2 - use an angled eye brush to press a similarly colored eyeshadow onto the creamy shimmer eyeliner, this will ensure longer wear, no smudging and no transfer to your upper lid (plus it helps intensify the color)

Step 3 - apply your liquid liner to follow your lash line and extend the wing to match the angle of your colored liner, the thickness of your black liner is up to you, but keep in mind you still want to see the color popping out

Finish - apply your mascara, false lashes, liner on the water line... it's all up to you. I only applied mascara in this photo-tutorial, but false lashes are always fun



Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics Fakeup Launch Party (SF, CA)


Last night I attended a little event in the city at Benefit's Boutique, their Fakeup Launch Party. I went with my beauty-loving friend, Antonay, and fellow blogger, Silvana of GlitzGlamBudget. I turned out to be a really fun evening! We started off with a little detective game, figure out who stole our makeup sample bags of the new Fakeup Crease-Control Hydrating Concealer, saw a demo on how the concealer hydrates the skin, swatched the concealer on our very own eye areas (yes, even on top of our makeup), and got some makeup done by the artists - if you were lucky like my friend Antonay, who arrived without makeup on, you got a full face of makeup! They also had champagne, cupcakes, water bottles in Benefit cozies and a digital Bosco photo booth that took four photos and turned it into a mini animation - if only they had a viewfinder to preview your photos, haha, we ended up doing three sessions of photos because we kept getting out of frame :)

Hope you enjoy the evenings photos and I'll have a review up on the concealer in a couple weeks to share how it feels, wears and my overall thoughts on the new product.















Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Covergirl Coral Silk and Mint Mojito

Today is a gloomy and slightly rainy day in the SF Bay Area, so I thought I would brighten things up with some anxious-for-Spring nails. I used a combination of Covergirl polishes, Coral Silk and Mint Mojito then topped them off with Essie Luxeffects As Gold As It Gets. I also added some small glitter bits to the tops of my nails, just for fun :)




Monday, January 21, 2013

ELF Essential Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick


Today I have a review on the ELF Essential Jumbo Lip Gloss Stick, a newer product they released a few months ago. These lippies are $2 ea and come in 8 shades from sheer pinks to reds. I was hoping these were more like hydrating lipsticks - like the popular ones we've been seeing in the drugstores lately. Unfortunately, they are not as long lasting as you'd think. The twist up lip stick applies with a minty "just flossed" flavor and scent, a sheer wash of color on the lips and a beautiful "just applied balm" shine. After a few minutes of wear the product still felt slick and was noticeably collecting in the corners of my lips and the disappearing from the inner half of my lips. For each shade swatched, I took a photo just 5 minutes after applying to show how quickly the color pulls away from the inner lip areas. In person, it is pretty noticeable and quite embarrassing as the product eventually wears away but stays at my lips lines - similar to the over-lined lips look of the 90's.




Movie Star - looks like a bright red - wear like a sheer cherry. The color was very underwhelming as I thought it would transfer bolder like it looks in the stick, but if you're more into sheer reds this would be a good shade to try out. The coverage was inconsistent and the formula kept migrating on my lips.



Sangria Starters - looks like a deep wine - wears like a sheer raisin. I didn't really like the color, Sangria to me is a deeper wine shade, but this wore pretty brown toned. The coverage was patchy, migrated to the corners of my mouth and the color was coming off the inner portions of my lips.



Flirty & Girly - looks like a glittery fuchsia - wears like a glittery soft pink. I like the color and the shine, but I did not like the gritty glitter bits or that the color kept coming off the inner half of my lips. This one left a LOT of glitter remnants behind.



If you are looking for sheer color and a little hydration, I would first recommend the ELF Studio Conditioning Lip Balm SPF 15, as I feel those are the perfect combination of conditioning and color tint. These lip gloss sticks are okay, but I wouldn't repurchase them or even try more shades.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

ELF Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow


Today I want to review the ELF Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Confetti. I've heard some chatter online that people were assuming these to be similar to popular shadows such as L’Oreal Infallible, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill, Lancome Infinite Luminous and Chanel Illusion D-Ombre - basically "dry cream" pressed pigments. I don't own any of those comparable products, but from what I have read in reviews of those products, these ELF Lustrous shadows are quite different. It move with a souffle texture, pliable and soft but not in that bounce-back kind of way. It feels cold on the skin like they are wet, and they dry similar to a cream shadow with a powder-like finish. Used without a primer, these slightly creased on my moderately oily lids after 6hrs. Used with a primer, I experienced no creasing in over 12hrs (7am - 11pm, to be exact).



Confetti is a sheer white "medium" shimmer. I call this medium shimmer because it is not a dense shimmer, looking like your standard shimmer eyeshadow, nor it is sparse like some Urban Decay shimmer eyeshadows I own. It's a happy medium shimmer, in my opinion, decent for daytime looks - but pretty lightweight for a nighttime look. I've been using this as a quick everyday shadow to attract more light to my eyes - sort of like my awake, fresh and fun look :)