Thursday, March 8, 2018

Look: Zodiac+Stila

 A sultry look featuring berry eyes and three different lipcolors!


I did this look back around Valentine's day but wasn't sure I wanted to post it or not. It didn't turn out as well as I wanted, but as often happens, weeks later it doesn't seem as bad as I thought, lol. 
I used assorted shadows from my BH Cosmetics Zodiac palette, and a sample of Stila Color Balm lipsticks with three different shades. 
 Keep scrolling for lots of pics and product details!

The first lipcolor I tried was a nude shade called Jessie:


Next shade was a medium warmish pink called Aubrey:


The last color I used was a plum burgundy called Elyssa:

Products:
Face/Cheeks:
-The Ordinary High Adherance Silicone Primer
-Wet n Wild PhotoFocus foundation in Shell Ivory, applied heavily with Real Techniques sponge
-Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Fair, mostly under eyes
-Some powder, can't remember
-Some contour, can't remember
-Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Paaarty
-Urban Decay eyeshadow in Virgin as highlight
Eyes:
-Urban Decay Primer Potion Original
-Matte shades from BH Cosmetics Zodiac palette
-Wet n Wild (new) Nude Awakening eyeshadow palette, matte ivory
-Kat von D Trooper liquid liner
-Maybelline Push-Up Drama mascara (not a fan)
-Ardell Demi Wispies
-Urban Decay Naked Basics palette "Venus" browbone highlight (I think)
 - Brows: 
-Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics "Blackjack" eyeshadow
Lips:
 -Stila Color Balm lipsticks in Jessie(nude), Aubrey(pink), and Elyssa(plum)


 Sorry I can't quite remember every product I used but I'm sure it was all the usuals. I used an assortment of matte berries and purples on my eyes, as well as the peachy tan shade to blend it out. I used the matte cool purple on my lids but it's hard to see except in the close-up shots. I used the baked Virgo pink shimmer on the centers of my eyelids to create a little spotlight effect, and the baked Gemini silver shimmer shade on my tearducts as a highlight. I frigging love this palette!

As for the lipcolors, these are nice pigmented balms. I liked all the colors but my faves were the pink and the plum. Hard to say which I liked more; I think they both went really well with this look. Of course the plum shade was just a tad harder to work with since it's a dark shade. Like all dark shades, especially glossy ones, it took extra work to get it to look even, but not terrible. 

Have you tried the Zodiac palette yet? What about these Color Balms? Which shade do you like the most? Let me know :)
 Thanks so much for reading!♥


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Look: Acid Valentine

 A sizzling electric look featuring neon lemon and lime eyes and contrasting purple lips.

For a few days I've felt like doing another neon look, and since I've already done blue/red/orange lately, I decided to do yellow and green with some purple lips. Everyone loves purple and green together, right?
Since it was Valentine's Day yesterday, I made this a cool Anti-Valentine's Day type look since I'm single and maybe slightly bitter ;)
Products:
Face/Cheeks:
-The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer
-Wet n Wild PhotoFocus foundation in Shell Ivory, applied heavily with Real Techniques sponge
-Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Fair, mostly under eyes
-Some old Prestige mineral pressed powder
-NYX powder contour kit (cheekbones)
-Darling Girl Cosmetics blush in Racy Raspberry
-Urban Decay Naked Basics "Venus" to highlight
Eyes:
-Urban Decay Primer Potion Original
-Sleek Acid palette yellow, green, and black shades
-Wet n Wild (new) Nude Awakening eyeshadow palette, matte ivory
-Naked Ultimate Basics palette "Nudie" on inner part of crease
-Maybelline Push-Up Drama mascara (not a fan)
-Ardell Demi Wispies
-Urban Decay Naked Basics palette "Venus" (tearduct and browbone highlight)
- Brows: 
-Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics "Blackjack" eyeshadow
Lips:
-NYX Macaron Lipstick in Violet

I originally wanted to do a purple on my waterline so I tried with the purple shadow from the acid palette, but it just wasn't really showing up well, and then it got all muddied by the black eyeshadow anyway, so I ended up just going over it with black.
This was probably the most haphazard look I've done in a long time; I was actually kinda proud, lol. Normally I can spend 4-5 hours on these makeup-for-fun looks, but I think I did this one in under 2 hours. There were things I normally would have changed or fixed, but decided not to.
I like it overall, though the lipstick is a little uneven because it was sooooo creamy; it was difficult to get it to apply evenly and look good around my lipline. I really wanted a cooler purple for the lips though and this one was the perfect shade! I think it really pops off the neon green and yellow.

I also want to say that I didn't edit the colors of these photos at all. My Canon Rebel shooting in RAW does an amazing job of capturing colors as they truly appear. These shadows would have looked even more searingly neon had I used a white base, but I don't really have one. I should repurchase NYX Milk Pencil since I threw mine away a long time ago. I stopped using bases like that because I didn't like how they emphasized the texture on my lids, and could also make shadows look dusty or cakey.

Anyway, I hope everyone had a nice holiday with loved one(s).
Thanks for reading!♥

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Look: Lioness

 A fierce, lion-like look featuring both Aquarius shades from the BH Cosmetics Zodiac palette.

When planning future Zodiac looks in my mind, I somehow knew I wanted to use the Aquarius shades with burgundy liner and lips; for some reason the shades reminded me of a lion.

Keep scrolling for pics and products, and please CLICK THE PICS for full-sized detail!








Products:
Face/Cheeks:
-The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer
-Wet n Wild PhotoFocus foundation in Shell Ivory, applied heavily with Real Techniques sponge
-Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Fair, mostly under eyes
-Tonymoly Cat's Wink pressed powder
-Darling Girl Koalification blush powder as contour (cheekbones)
- Milani Bronzer XL in 04 Dolci (cheekbones)
-Darling Girl Cosmetics blush in Boy Crazy
-Sugarpill pressed eyeshadow in Tako (highlight)
-Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light (highlight)
Eyes:
-Urban Decay Primer Potion Anti-Aging
-BH Cosmetics Zodiac palette, baked golden yellow and matte peachy tan Aquarius shades
-Wet n Wild (new) Nude Awakening eyeshadow palette, matte ivory
-Maybelline gel liner and matte black Aries shade (tightline/waterline)
-Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit in Don't Be A Plum-Plum (eyeliner)
-Sugarpill pressed eyeshadow in Tako (white liner)
-Maybelline Push-Up Drama mascara (not a fan)
-Ardell Demi Wispies
-BFTE Cosmetics eyeshadow in Satin Sheets (tearduct and browbone highlight)
- Brows: 
-Urban Decay Blackjack eyeshadow
Lips:
-ColourPop Ultra Satin lip in Prim


Since I knew I wanted burgundy liner but don't own any, I decided to try using liquid lipstick.
I absolutely adore these Aquarius eyeshadows... the crease shade is so pigmented and easy to blend; it also ended up looking very peachy, almost pinky-peach in my crease, which I love! The yellow-gold shade has a green flash which didn't show up in the pics but is visible in person. This shadow is so freaking gorgeous. I'm not a yellow or gold wearer, but I would wear this color on my lids every day, it's that gorgeous. I love how the two shadows looked together, so pretty!
I also love this Ultra Satin lipstick, it's the perfect deep burgundy without looking black, and I love the satin finish. It's also very comfortable and long-wearing. It will stay on your lips, however the color will transfer to anything else that touches them, and is particularly hard to get off skin, so just beware. 

For the most part I like how this look came out, including my "mane" in the first two photos; I'm not a hair person so it's always nice when my hair turns out good haha. As you can see, I did then change my hair a few times as I was taking pictures.
I could have taken this look over the top, but wanted to keep it semi-wearable (even though I wasn't leaving the house, lol). I find for me personally, it's easy to get carried away and then wish I'd kept it simpler. For instance, since my eyes are small and hooded and I don't have much lid space, keeping the main color pretty much restricted to my mobile lids works best; anything more and it can get out of hand... :P

Have you tried these Aquarius shades? What do you think of them?
Thanks for reading!♥

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Look: Aries Angel

A blue smoky winged-out look using Aries shades from the BH Cosmetics Zodiac palette.

I'm back with another Zodiac look, hooray! I decided to use the baked metallic blue and pair it with it's fellow Aries shade, a matte purple-black. (I call it purple-black because when blended out it seemed to have almost a purple tinge to it. I'm not sure it really is a purple-black; obviously in concentration, it just looks black.)

Please click the pics!!! and then scroll down for product info :)


Products:
Face/Cheeks:
-The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer
-Wet n Wild PhotoFocus foundation in Shell Ivory, applied heavily with Real Techniques sponge
-Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Fair, mostly under eyes
-Maybelline Fit Me powder in Translucent
-Darling Girl Koalification blush powder as contour (cheekbones)
- Milani Bronzer XL in 04 Dolci (cheekbones)
-BFTE Cosmetics blush in Winter Mauve
-Hourglass Iridescent Strobe Light highlighter
Eyes:
-Urban Decay Primer Potion original
-BH Cosmetics Zodiac palette, baked metallic blue and matte black Aries shades
-Wet n Wild (new) Nude Awakening eyeshadow palette, matte ivory and taupe shades
-Maybelline Push-Up Drama mascara (not a fan)
-Ardell Demi Wispies
-Urban Decay Venus eyeshadow (tearduct and browbone highlight)
- Brows: 
-Urban Decay Blackjack eyeshadow
Lips:
-Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Sugarcane
-NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Pale Pink (applied after lipstick to define edges)


Once again I applied the metallic shadow with my finger and wasn't too meticulous about it. I also didn't use a spec of eyeliner; that's all the matte Aries eyeshadow, even on my waterline!
I unintentionally did my brows bigger than usual, lol. I don't think it's too much, though... what do you think? 
I used a new lipstick, the Bite Amuse Bouche in Sugarcane, a light milky pink. I got it in a mini set for my birthday. Initially I was worried it would be too light on me and I'd never wear it, but after trying it for this look I really like it! I think it's a nice alternative for fair people to use as a nude lip with smokey or dramatic eyes; it has just enough warmth to not look dead on fair skin, but just enough coolness that it works well on my cooler skintone, as opposed to traditional "nude" lipcolors which tend to look too peachy or tan on me. I really loved how it worked with this look; the pink lip picks up the subtle pink cheeks and plays off the blue eyeshadow, making it pop. The smokiness of the eyes keeps the whole look from being too "Barbie". 

I know that some astrology buffs are unhappy with the color choices for each sign; I can't speak to that, I'm just the "messenger", using the palette to create fun looks, hehe. What do you think of this look? Would you wear it? Do you have the Zodiac palette? Let me know!


Thanks for reading!♥


Friday, January 26, 2018

Look: Scorpio Rose

 A sultry and soft metallic look featuring Scorpio shades from the BH Cosmetics Zodiac palette.

I'm super excited to be posting this look today! I recently bought myself the Zodiac palette from BH Cosmetics, and right away I wanted to do a look with it. Like most people, the first color that drew my attention was the metallic copper Scorpio shade, so I had to use that one and decided to pair it with it's complementary matte for this look. (I'm not a Scorpio but my sister/best friend Becky is lol.)

Keep reading for details and please CLICK THE PICS to view full size!



Products:
Face/Cheeks:
-The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer
-Wet n Wild PhotoFocus foundation in Shell Ivory, applied heavily with Real Techniques sponge
-Maybelline Fit Me concealer in Fair, mostly under eyes
-NYX Stay Matte Not Flat powder in Ivory
-NYX blush in Taupe (cheekbones)
-Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Paaarty
-white gold highlighter from palette as skin highlight
Eyes:
-Urban Decay Primer Potion original
-baked metallic copper and rust matte Scorpio shades from palette
-Wet n Wild (new) Nude Awakening eyeshadow palette, matte ivory shade and black shades
-Maybelline black gel liner
-Maybelline Push-Up Drama mascara (not a fan)
-Ardell Demi Wispies
-white gold highlighter from palette as highlight
- Brows: 
-Urban Decay Blackjack eyeshadow
Lips:
-Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit in Rebel Rose


Once again, I didn't retouch these photos much, just a bit of skin smoothing and sharpening. I did auto-contrast in Photoshop (which I mainly use for watermarking and resizing) because the photos were actually under-exposed. All it did was brighten my skin just a touch.
This was my first official attempt at a halo eye as part of the January Inspiration we are doing in the Phyrra Facebook group. I applied the metallic copper to the middle of my lids with my finger, and patted a bit of the gold highlighter just in the centers, but I'm not sure if you can really tell. Before this I only loosely knew what a halo eye was lol; now I know I can do one! :D

I wanted this palette as soon as it came out months ago, but was broke at the time lol. However after the holidays I had some Christmas money so I decided to splurge and treat myself. I don't know why but something about this palette really attracted me; I love the packaging and the theme and the colors... I haven't bought many palettes in the past year or two but I just had to have this one.
I absolutely loved this look, and I love my Zodiac palette! I'm excited for all the looks I can do with it. I'm thinking of doing a series, like a look featuring each sign's shades from the palette. We'll see ;)
Thanks for reading!♥

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