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Sunday Riley Eye Shadow in Solstice

19 Dec

Sunday Riley Eye Shadow in Solstice

My skincare and makeup products look like Noah’s Arc. While I am product faithful, I’m not necessarily brand faithful.  I find gems in many various lines. But I must confess, Sunday Riley is throwing in an expensive monkey wrench. In fact, I think I’m developing a serious habit, much to my pocketbook’s dismay. I’ve already raved about Sunday Riley’s line, starting with Juno when my beauty partner, Jac and I first started Glow+Tell. Let alone my obsession  with Good Genes. Then there are the dream products I have yet to review: Bionic, the Creme Cleanser, the Primer (reviews to come). But let’s talk makeup. Sunday Riley’s makeup line is delicious, with one of my faves being her eye shadow, Solstice.

The color is a delicious cranberry that is just the right mix of satin and shimmer.  Great as a lid color but exceptional in the crease. This shade warms up the eyes, adding a sunkissed glow. For added depth and dimension, add Solstice to a smoky eye! Highly pigmented yet easily buildable, the soft texture makes application a breeze.. This versatile radiant color is a must!

From the Sunday Riley  site:

Multi-functional wet and dry formula can be used as a traditional eyeshadow or as a precision eye liner. This ultra-fine, long-wear formulation is air-milled for exquisite texture and rich, stay-true color. Micronized spherical pigment particles impart effortless blendability and instantly satisfying color payoff. Offered in a range of finishes, from matte to satin to illuminating shimmers. Paraben Free.

Available for $26 at:
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NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

12 Dec

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The eyelid primer of eyelid primers. Nothing beats out NARS! The tiniest dab on each eyelid and even right underneath your lower lashes (if you are applying liner or eyeshadow there), will keep your makeup in perfect form for hours on end. This is a true workhorse.

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How so little primer can set your eyeshadow in place, along with capturing it’s true intensity, never ceases to amaze me.  No melting makeup, no creasing, no smudging. Eyeshadow looks smooth, vibrant and freshly applied, without your eyelids looking dry and heavy.

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No primer I’ve come across even comes close to this one and I’ve tried all the big guns. The creamy velvety texture of this base melts right into your skin without any tackiness. And although it applies white, it quickly disappears.

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The one drawback? This stuff is so good, it’s hard to wipe away makeup application booboos.  But I’ll take that over eye shadow that’s sitting on my cheeks after a few hours. Oh, and did I mention no creasing? I repeat. No creasing. No fading. NARS  Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is worth every penny.

Available for $24 at:

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Top Fall Eye Shadow Palettes

13 Nov

From High to Low, if you’re looking for a stunning all in one eye shadow palette then here are a few of my favorite Fall picks.

Tom Ford’s Eye Shadow Quad in Sahara Haze $75.00 The Sahara Haze palette is impressive for not only its rich and interesting colour combination but also for its varied textures that blend and work perfectly together. Using the lighter neutrals shades like cream or pale gray on your lids, and reserving a swipe of khaki green for your crease. Stunning colors and of course as Tom Ford always does, stunning packaging!

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill For in Effeto Nudo $59.00 Perfect palette for everyday use! These palettes are crafted based on Armani’s innovative ColorFil technology for intense true color (even with Matte eyeshadow). This palette 04 Effeto Nudo is “the” neutral palette.  This beige highlight works wonders for opening up the eyes and the  brown and taupe matte shades are great for contouring.  The palette consists of three matte colors so if you’re looking for shine this isn’t the palette for you.

Nars The American Dream $55.00 This eyeshadow palette houses six top-selling shades under one palette roof and proves to be the most versatile of the list. With three light ‘daytime’ shades and three darker ‘smokey’ shades, the range works into both day and night looks. Just add color Tzarine (bottom right) which is full of complex shimmer and adds a little glamour to your eye makeup.

E.L.F.’s Studio Eye Enhancing Shadow $6.00 Definitely a cheap thrill! This is E.L.F’s ‘Studio’ brand, known to carry much better items than the regular collection. A new item for them the palettes are available in six shade selections and house six eyeshadows each all intended to complement specific eye colors. I’m not the biggest fan of this coloring method as I think skin tone and hair color come into play here as well. However, the Brown Eyes 1 palette is a beautiful range and again, quite the steal at $6!

CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 4 Kit Eye Shadow, Pure Romance 235 $4.99 This quad has great everyday colors with a great highlighter all at the amazing price of $4.99 plus you can even find online coupons for CoverGirl and get a real beauty budget steal!

MAC Face & Body Pressed Pigments – in Warming Heart

22 Oct

I have loved the that almost wet eyelid look for years, and while I’ve tried the old vaseline trick, it always got messy. Until I met me these new Pressed Pigment’s by MAC. These super pigmented pearlescent shades deliver an unbelievably lustrous wet shine. But because they come in skin tone colors, the effect becomes soft and radiant when they melt into your skin. But proceed with caution, in no way is this meant to be an I’m-not-wearing-makeup look. But if that high gleam eye is what your after, these will deliver.  They can also be applied wet for added intensity. My personal favorite is Warming Heart for a soft peachy caramel color.

Now, while these were created for use all over the body, I would not recommend that. The only place I find them believable and not messy, is on the lid. And please, do not use them as a face highlighter, even if MAC seems to think this is a good idea. You will be disappointed at the overly glittery obvious shine! But if  a sexy, luminous, wet, shimmery eye look is your goal, go grab one of these colors fast.  They’re limited edition.

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  • Light Touch High pearl powder in w10
  • Warming Heart High pearl powder in NW20
  • Day Gleam High pearl powder in NC30
  • Spot Lit High pearl powder in NW35
  • Beaming High pearl powder in NC50
  • Deeply Dashing High pearl powder in NW55

Available for $21 at:

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Cheat Your Way To Sultry Smoky Eyes!

17 Oct

 

Smoky eyes were never so easy! But it really is cheating! A successful sultry eye takes a bit of time but this technique works beautifully in a pinch!

 

 

Grab a light eyeshadow (like Thi Cosmetics’s Fai, Mac’s Vanilla or Chanel’s Lotus) and apply a soft wash over the entire eye. Then with a pony tail brush, take a darker shadow (like Cover Girl’s Tapestry Taupe, Nars’s darker shade in the Cleo duo, or Chanel’s Fauve), and blend/ smoke it with a windshield wiper motion into the crease of the eye, slightly above the crease, and into the outermost corner.

 

 

The upper edges of the smoky darker eyeshadow might seem a bit jagged or unfinished. Not quite the effortlessly gradated look you were hoping for. But don’t despair. Grab your concealer brush, and take a swipe of your fave concealer (like Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage).

 

 

Trace over the eyeshadow edges you want to erase or blend out and then use you finger to pat out the concealer.

 

 

You will be left with a a perfectly contoured smoky eye in seconds! Great cheat for defined, stand out, sexy eyes! Try it! It works like a dream!

 

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Satin Taupe

15 Oct

Light up your eyes with this amazing chubby eyeliner from Eyeko. Flattering on any skintone, the sheen it imparts on eyes is a show stopper. The fawn like color and smooth glossy application, will leave your eyes looking  luminous and well rested!

I also love the surprise retractable twist up applicator. It couldn’t be easier to take your eye makeup from a vibrant opaque finish, all the way to an ethereal sheer wash of color. You can also use this creamy stick to line your eyes,  with a cat eye flick at the ends, or use your fingers to smudge it on. So many liners claim to be bendable, but they require a game of tug of war on your delicate lids. This highly pigmented cream melts right in, staying malleable enough to get the color where you want it, while miraculously lasting for hours. But for best results, primer first is always the way to go for creaseless staying power.

But my favorite easiest, goof proof way to use it? Take a swipe or two over each lid, from the lash line to the crease or just a hint above the crease. Then grab your fluffy ponytail brush and with a windshield wiper motion, blend it out. Voila! Your eyes will instantly look bigger, brighter and beautifully defined. Smoky eyes in truly seconds.

Here’s a list of all their beautiful colors:

Available for $15 at:

 

(After writing this review, I discovered it’s become nearly impossible to find it in the States. London anyone?)

Too Faced Naked Eye Palette

10 Oct

This is my favorite neutral collection of eyeshadows ever! One eyeshadow kit with nine colors for all occasions. It even comes with handy How-To-Cards built into the case. Too Faced has made it too easy to not reach for it day and night!

Want a subtle I’m-not-wearing-eye-makeup look? This palette is it! Want a super dramatic smoldering look? This palette is it! A perfect combo of soft matte and shimmery colors, that are effortlessly blendable and buildable. Unlike many other eyeshadow brands, you won’t end up with stray powder smudged all over your face. Nor will you look like you never put on eyeshadow a couple of hours later. These pure pigmented shades resist fading and stays in place for hours. The is your all-in-one palette that is a cinch for beginners and handy for pros. And there is no animal-testing.

Too Faced’s Naked Eye Palette will become a staple in your beauty arsenal.

Shades:

In The Buff (matte ivory), Pillow Talk (light taupe sheen), Like A Virgin (matte taupe), Birthday Suit (beige shimmer), Satin Sheets (golden champagne shimmer), Unmentionables (steel gray shimmer), Pink Cheeks (pale pink), Lap Dance (silvery taupe shimmer), and Stiletto (matte black).

Ingredients:

In the Buff, Unmentionables & Lap Dance: Talc, Zinc Stearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Kaolin, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Silica, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Mica, Carmine (CI 75470). (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007).Pillow Talk, Like a Virgin, Birthday Suit & Pink Cheeks: Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Methicone, Mica. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007). Satin Sheets: Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Mica, Carmine (CI 75470), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Manganese Violet (CI 77742). Stiletto: Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).

Available for $36 at:

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