Friday, July 24, 2015

comparing black eyeliner.

The black eyeliners I have on current rotation.
From left to right: You're So Fine waterproof liquid eyeliner, e.l.f. liquid eyeliner, Maybelline New York Eye Studio black gel liner, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero, Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet, Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx, Clinique Cream Eye Liner in 01 Black Diamond, Lord & Berry Mini Kajal Kohl-Liner in #1001 Black Silk
Black eyeliner is one of those makeup bag essentials. It's used in such a variety of looks, from the most basic to the more detailed. As far as formulation goes, I use different ones for different purposes. I like liquid liners for the perfect cat eye, gel liner for subtle wings or for top liner, and pencil liners for anything from rimming my top lid to smudging up the bottom lid. Here's a rundown on my thoughts about my current collection.

You're So Fine Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner - This was an Ipsy find, and a great one at that. While the brush is not the best one I've ever used, the actual formula is fantastic. This stuff does not budge until you douse it with makeup remover. Plus, there are some lovely flecks of glitter mixed into it!

E.l.f. Liquid Eyeliner - I've gone through more bottles of this than I care to admit. Of course, at only $1 a bottle, it's not really hurting my wallet. The brush is perfectly pointed and the color is pure black. This stuff is essential for all of my cat eye and winged liner looks.

Maybelline New York Eye Studio Black Gel Liner - I read multiple reviews before buying this gel eyeliner. I'm glad I did because this product is great. It goes on smooth and lasts all day. My only qualm is that it is not as black as, say, the e.l.f. one is. But that's pretty minor.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero - Urban Decay liners are hands down the best pencil liners on the market. If you're looking for a basic black liner that won't budge, this is the way to go.

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil  in Black Velvet - This has become a new favorite. Not only does it have the same lasting power as the original UD ones, but it is a seriously smooth black. I also think it's the darkest one in my collection, so there's that.

Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx - I got this one in the "Try It Kit" and was impressed by how easily it glides onto my lids. This is a classic long wear liner. Love it for everyday looks.

Clinique Cream Eyeliner in 01 Black Diamond - This holds a special place in my heart because it was the first black liner I ever owned. While it's not the blackest of blacks, it does have a nice subtle sparkle that sets it apart from the others.

Lord & Berry Mini Kajal Kohl-Liner in #1001 Black Silk - This was another amazing Ipsy discovery. While the sample I got was pretty tiny, my pencil has gotten quite a bit smaller due to my reliance upon it. This formula blends like no other. I love using it to smudge up my lower lashes and complete a smoky eye look.

Have you tried any of these? Have you seen my red and nudes/darks lipstick reviews?



Friday, July 17, 2015

perfect polish pairings.

My go-to summer nail polishes
Now that summer is fully underway, it's time to embrace sandals season and put your best foot forward. For me, this means rocking the perfect nail polish color combo. I love coordinating my nails and my toes, and have come up with a few of my favorite polish pairings. I'm not a huge nude polish girl, as these selections probably make clear. Of course, summertime is all about color, so why not take advantage of the season and let your nails pop?!

Formula X Power Source and Revlon ColorStay Sorbet
Coral Craze: This one is for all those coral lovers. While neither polish is actually coral, together they create the perfect pink-orange combo. I'm all about brights, so this hot pink and neon orange mix is perfect!

Sephora by OPI Read My Palm and Revlon ColorStay Rich Raspberry
Offbeat Beauty: I absolutely love fuchsia and teal as a color combo. This pale teal from Sephora is one of my all-time favorite polishes. It looks chic and unexpected on your fingers. As for toes, I love the color payoff from this Revlon polish. It lasts forever and looks amazing with sandals.

Sephora by OPI Keep Me on My Mistletoes and Pacifica Red Red  Wine
Glam Goddess: Ok, so these are two of my favorite nail polishes all year round. As the gold polish's name suggests, this combo could easily work for winter as well. I love rocking a gold polish on my fingers and pairing it with a sophisticated oxblood on my toes.

Probelle Into the Blue and OPI Umpires Come Out at Night
Beach Babe: This one reminds me of a day at the beach. The different shades of blue complement each other nicely and look amazing with a tan. Also, both of these polishes have serious lasting power and deliver a beautiful color.

Which combo is your favorite? Any other favorite pairings for summer? Let me know in the comments!



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Friday, July 10, 2015

ipsy - june/swim into beauty.

Great haul: BioRepublic face masks, tre'Stique shadow crayon, Smashbox Photo Finish primer, Jules and Esther face serum, Formula X nail polish, and a cute bag!
This month's bag has me excited for summer. I'm ready to simplify my routine and focus on the basics behind the makeup. Here are my thoughts on the products I received:

Ipsy bag - Finally a black bag! This is a keeper for sure.

BioRepublic sheet masks in Cucumber Breeze, Green Tea Detox, and Aloe Rescue - I've been wanting to try sheet masks for sooo long, and Ipsy has delivered the opportunity right to my doorstep. While I've only tried the cucumber one so far, I already know that I will be a fan of the other two. The mask left my face feeling smooth and fresh.

Smashbox Photo Finish primer - Okay, so I already own this stuff. Not that I'm complaining, since I absolutely love the formulation and the staying power. Plus, I'm about to run out of my old primer, so perfect timing Ipsy!

tre'Stique shadow crayon in Marimoto Pink Pearl - First of all, the packaging is perfection. I love the faux pencil cap. As for the product itself, I tried it out for the first time the other day and was blown away. The shadow glides on and delivers the perfect natural champagne color. I blended lightly around the crease and threw on some mascara and red lipstick to go with it. Love!

jules and esther facial serum No. 24 Vitamin C - I am all about serums. Especially vitamin C ones. The Ole Henriksen Truth Serum is one of my all time favorites. When I tried this out, I was kind of expecting it to be like the Henriksen one. While they both contain vitamin C, the jules and esther one is much lighter and less oily than the Henriksen one. Personally, I prefer oilier serums, since it generally means I can skip moisturizer. Of course, I'm definitely going to use the jules and esther serum! I just have to follow it up with a light moisturizer.

Formula X nail polish in Power Source - When I saw this online, I thought it was a pinkish coral. It is not. In my opinion, it's even better! The hot pink is the perfect summer polish. I put it on immediately and was so happy with the results. The color payoff is amazing. It looks best with two coats. As for lasting power, it went a week with no chips. It probably would have held up longer, but I was ready to change the color by then.



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

new in: summer bling.

Silver and gold sparkles
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen my recent tweet about the amazing selection of jewelry at Forever 21. I hadn't been into the store in a while and was so impressed by the new designs! I picked out a bunch of rings, a chic bracelet, some trendy earrings, and a gorgeous necklace. I was in need of some new bling, and these pieces will be perfect for adding some sparkle to my summer outfits!

Which is your favorite? Have you stopped by the store recently? Let me know in the comments!



Monday, June 15, 2015

ipsy - may/jetsetter.

Photo via Instagram
I'm kind of surprised I haven't mentioned my Ipsy subscription on the blog yet. It took about four months for me to start receiving bags, but once I did, I realized Ipsy is a serious game changer. I don't spend nearly as much on makeup anymore now that I can look forward to five specialized samples every month. I chose Ipsy over Birchbox because I was looking for a box that was cheap and geared mainly toward makeup. Ultimately I think I made the right choice and am so happy to be a subscriber.

My May bag was one of the best ones yet. Here's a breakdown of everything I received:

Breakups To Makeup bag - One of the cutest bags I've gotten. I will definitely be throwing this in my purse.

Jesse's Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust in Brown Sugar - I was not immediately thrilled with this when I pulled it out of the bag. When I tested it out, however, I had to reverse my opinion. The color is a gorgeous smoky brown. It looks beautiful on its own, but can be easily blended with gold or a darker brown for a statement eye.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Makeup - I'll be honest and admit that I haven't gotten around to using this yet. The color looks good and I love CC creams, so I have high hopes for this.

Cailyn Pure Lust Extreme Matte Tint in Narcissist - Again, my first reaction to this was less than pleased. After testing this out, I am officially in love. The color is perfect and fulfills the natural pink gap in my lip product collection. I love matte lip stains and tints for their lasting power, and this one did not disappoint. I wore it all day and only had to touch up once. Not bad at all.

Briogeo Rosarco Milk - This is a perfect example of why I love Ipsy so much. I would never buy something like this for myself, since I generally tend to forget about hair products. This stuff has me seriously rethinking that mindset. I put this in my hair after a shower and was amazed by how soft and healthy my hair felt when it dried. I'm slightly worried that I will go through it too quickly. Although, let's be real, I'm pretty sure this will end up in my permanent collection.

Eylure Naturals Lashes in 020 - This was perhaps the one item I was most excited about when I saw the bag preview. I had a few events to attend at the end of May and could not wait to test these beauties. They were amazing! I have pretty average lashes and these strips were just the thing to bring them to the next level. They add fullness and length without being even the slightest bit ostentatious. I will be reusing these as much as possible before it's time for a repurchase.



Sunday, June 7, 2015

love to run.

Fitness in color: my much loved Nike sneakers and exercise bands
When I began college four short years ago, I was far from an athlete. I rarely went to the gym; my half credit swimming class was pretty much the only way I got in any exercise during the week. However, as the campus meal plan began to catch up with me, I knew it was time to make working out a part of my routine.

Somehow, and I don't remember exactly when, I settled upon running. At first it was rough. I had to take breaks during my 20 minute lap around campus. Eventually though, I began pushing myself further and faster. I am now a solid member of the running fan club. It motivates me in a way that going to the gym never will. That's not to discount the gym of course. I definitely used the stationary bike quite a bit this year.

Overall though, running is my fitness passion. It makes me feel strong and keeps me energized. Admittedly, I'm still learning, especially in terms of technique. I'm sure I'm not breathing perfectly or landing in the best way possible yet. But I am running frequently, and that is so much more than my freshman self ever could have said. Who knows, maybe I'll even enter a race at some point!



Saturday, May 30, 2015

warm weather wishlist.

warm weather wishlist.

School is out, the sun is shining, and summer is right around the corner. Warm weather fashion is my absolute favorite. It's the perfect opportunity to embrace color and experiment with different trends. I plan on testing out fringe while staying true to my love of gold jewelry and pops of red. I am on the lookout for chunky heels and summer hats as well. Basically anything that looks chic and feels good is right up my alley!