Sunday, 29 April 2012

Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Eyeshadows

I do realize that these are not new products anymore, but I just love them so much that I felt like I needed to rave about them a little bit!

I am always wary about cream eyeshadows, because although my experience with them is limited to a few (probably cheap) products, they were never good experiences! I found that they creased horribly and never lasted. However, with the "24 hour" claim, and all the good reviews I had heard, I figured I had to at least try out Maybelline's Color Tattoo Eyeshadows. The first one I bought was "15 Audacious Asphalt", and quickly picked up "05 Too Cool" and "25 Bad to the Bronze" soon after.

15 Audacious Asphalt, 05 Too Cool, 25 Bad to the Bronze 

15 Audacious Asphalt, 05 Too Cool, 25 Bad to the Bronze
Audacious Asphalt is, appropriately enough, a dark, shimmery, asphalt grey shade. It's a perfect base for a smokey eye. Too cool is a shimmery, pearl white shade that can be used all over the eyelid, or as a highlight. Bad to the Bronze, however, is by far my favourite of the three. Since it's bronze, it works great for a neutral eye. I'm not sure what it is about this shade, but I am just in love with the colour! So gorgeous.

All of these shades are incredibly versatile. They can be worn alone, or as a base under other eyeshadows. They give great dimension when used in combination with other colours. These have definitely changed my opinion of cream eyeshadows. Also, they are truly long-lasting. Whenever I've worn them, the colour didn't move all day! Love love love.

The next colour I want is Pomegranite Punk, a beautiful plummy shade.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Nail of the Day: Essie "Tart Deco"

I think Tart Deco is my new favourite nail colour. In the bottle it looks like a pastel peachy coral, but on the nails, it's almost neon. So perfect for spring! Of course you can make it less intense by adding less coats. However, the application of this nail polish isn't quite smooth and I found that it looked pretty streaky after the first coat - it needed at least another coat to even it out. Also, I'm impressed with the staying power. I used the Essie All in One Base as both a base coat and a top coat, plus 2 coats of Tart Deco, and it didn't chip for almost 3 days - which is impressive when you consider I work at a concession stand at a movie theater, and my nails take a lot of wear-and-tear. Anyway, I totally recommend this polish!

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Monday, 23 April 2012

Pyramid Studs

The other day I bought 300 pyramid studs from j2elements on eBay: 100 each in silver, brass, and gunmetal.

I can't wait to get them, and start bedazzling some denim, and maybe other things like belts. First on my to-do list is definitely a pair of denim shorts. I will definitely show you guys what I end up doing with these studs. Have any of you done any DIY studding? Show me! Also, if you know of any other places to find good deals on studs, let me know, because I'm looking for some different shapes. :)

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara

So about 6 months ago, I started using Too Faced Lash Injection Mascara. I bought it because I wanted to try a high end mascara, and at the same time, it was one of the cheaper options that offered what I was looking for (volume & waterproof). I was also intrigued by the claims that it formed “tiny tubes” around each lash that came off that way when you washed it off. 

Let me tell you; I had a major love-hate relationship with this mascara. For one thing, it smelled WEIRD. I have never in my life noticed mascara having any smell at all, but to me, every time I opened my tube of Lash Injection, I experienced an overwhelming silicone smell, and I found it to be very unpleasant.

Second, it's a very dry formula, and I found it hard to work with at first. However, there are also a lot of nice things about a dryer formula – you don't have to worry about waiting for it to dry like you do with wetter mascaras, and it also builds up a lot easier to give you the most dramatic lashes possible. This was one of the things I missed most when my tube dried up and I started using wetter formula mascaras again. So, althoughtI hated the dry formula at first, it came to be one of the things I loved about it. 

Third, the brush is absolutely HUGE. I do admit to loving huge mascara brushes – CoverGirl LashBlast and Avon SuperSHOCK mascaras are 2 of my favourite ever mascaras, and that has a lot to do with the big brushes they pack. Although a huge brush can make for difficult application, I love the effect it gives. 

I didn't find that it ever washed off in “tiny tubes”, which was somewhat disappointing. But it did stay on incredibly well, and it did volumize and curl my lashes, and make them look better than almost any mascara I've ever tried before. I ran out of my tube about 3 months ago, and although I haven't purchased a new one yet, because of having other mascaras I wanted to use and try, I am seriously considering buying it again. I miss it dearly, even though we had some squabbles. As luck would have it, it doesn't seem to be in stock anywhere right now. I'll have to keep my eyes out – let me know if you see it for sale anywhere!