Thursday, December 20, 2012

I passed the EIT!!!

Howdy!

I've just received awesome news! I passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam! (Also known as the EIT - Engineer in Training. I took the mechanical version.) I studied for a few months in preparation for this exam so it's such a relief to know it wasn't all in vain! Not to mention it wasn't a waste of 125 bucks! In case you're curious, this test is required to obtain certain jobs in the engineering field. Not all employers require it, but I didn't want to limit myself after graduation.

Apologies for the excessive use of the exclamation point, but I'm happy as a cat in a Christmas tree!

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I hope you're having a joyful December as well!  =D

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Silk Naturals Party Girl & Nice Nudes Wardrobe for Lips: Review & Swatches

Hello!

Silk Naturals is currently offering some lip palettes and I couldn't decide which one to get...so I grabbed one of each!  I love me some lip products, but I have to be quite picky about the ingredients nowadays so it can be pretty frustrating.  I like lip products to be hydrating; it's pretty much a requirement as I'm addicted to lip balm.  I've been trying out the colors this week and they are all comfortable to wear and don't accentuate dryness or imperfections.  Some are more sheer than others, but I find all of them to be flattering on.  I also love variety so these palettes are a perfect fit!

There were some freebies in my box too! Creshendo was the expected gift with purchase from when I ordered (I think it changes every week); baggies of Storm Cloud and Retro were a nice surprise. 

On to the photos!

Sorry for the flash, but the colors are more true here.

Gift with Purchase

Nice surprises!

Creshendo, Retro, Storm Cloud

Creshendo, Retro, Storm Cloud

Storm Cloud

Retro

Creshendo
Each palette comes with a good-sized lip brush.

Please excuse my winter cuticles...

Party Girl Wardrobe for Lips







Nice Nudes Wardrobe for Lips









All of these photos were taken in a mixture of indirect sunlight and incandescent light; some in direct sunlight if it happened to come out on this rainy day.  I tried to do lip swatches, but the lighting was too horrible.  I will try to post lip swatches, if the sun ever comes out.  I used the enclosed lip brush and found it quite useful.  Here are my thoughts on each of the colors:

Party Girl:
Incite: warm bright orange-red, somewhat sheer, cream finish - no shimmer or sparkle. Over my natural lip color it became more red.
Crazy Love: magenta with shimmery finish, a tad lighter than my natural lip color this one brightened and was overall quite flattering for my skin tone.
Seedy: Very sheer deep burgundy/Merlot, cream finish - no shimmer or sparkle. I was at first disappointed at how sheer this one was, but it turns out to be very lovely once applied to lips.
Atomic: deep cool red that becomes purple undertones on me, semi-sheer, cream finish. This is a perfect "my lips but better" color for me.
Showstopper: cool bright red-magenta, cream finish, most opaque of this palette. Cool version of Incite. Like Crazy Love, except more red and no shimmer. This is a pretty "out-going" lip color for me.

Nice Nudes:
Nice Tan: Creamy caramel nude - no shimmer or sparkle. Mutes my natural lip color nicely without making me look undead.  Neutral undertones.
Maiden: Similar to Nice Tan, but with pinky/peach undertones. I personally don't see any shimmer in this shade.
Centerfold: Creamy brown nude. I did not find this one to be matte, but slightly less glossy than the others. This is my favorite nude as it is a bit deeper and mutes quite pigmented lips.
Desire: warm brown with coppery shimmer, semi-opaque. I think this would look fantastic on someone with a deeper or warmer skin tone than me.
Bon Bon: Deep neutral brown with slight shimmer, somewhat sheer. I actually like this one on as well.

Overall, I quite like the formula: creamy and fairly hydrating, slightly sweet tasting, but no discernible smell. I get about 2-3 hours of wear, if I'm not eating; the darker ones last longer on me.  The enclosed lip brush is actually useful as well.  What I'm really excited about is sharing these with friends when I do their makeup and these palettes are a welcome addition to my arsenal. I really hope that these become regular items as it's also a great way to try out a bunch of lippies at once!

They are $11.99 each and available from Silk Naturals' website:
http://host.silknaturals.com/creb/party-girl-lippie-palette-p-1535.html
http://host.silknaturals.com/creb/nice-nudes-lippie-palette-p-1536.html

(FYI - This post isn't sponsored; I just like to share my opinions!)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Inspired by RenRen: Smoky Copper Eyes


Greetings loverlies,

Last Wednesday afternoon I was perusing makeup tutorials on youtube (as I often do) and came across this one from Makeup By Ren Ren.  I really liked it so I figured I'd give it a shot.  I don't normally follow along with tutorials, but I've been in a bit of a rut lately and needed to try something different.  I own the Nude 'Tude palette, but almost everything else had to be improvised.  I used the same colors she did...but my version turned out much more dramatic.  Probably because I'm vampirically pale and decided to go crazy and wing out the eyeshadow a bit (because why not?).  I don't really like wearing false lashes unless it's for a special occasion so I skipped 'em.  That and I always seem to stab myself in the eye when applying falsies.  Anyhoo, enough rambling, here's the outcome:

A bit too much flash in this one...
 Finding good lighting was proving quite difficult this night.  I basically had to put my face in the lamp and then try to take a photograph without blocking the light, sorry if the pictures don't look that amazing!



Not my favorite photo, but it shows how I *tried* to contour :)


I'm also testing out a bunch of products at this time (mostly samples).  I don't really like how the foundation looked in person; it just wasn't sitting right on my skin and turned out a bit too yellow.  I did really like how the eyeshadow looked with my eye color though!

Here's a list of the stoof I used:

Eyes:
bareMinerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer (in testing phase, it made blending a pain in the butt!)
theBalm Nude 'Tude palette - Sexy (all over lid and crease), Silly (lid close to lash line), Sultry (blend out lower lash line)
Youngblood pressed blush in Nectar and Bashful (blend out crease, Nectar was a bit too warm for me so I added Bashful)
Inglot eyeshadow in 373 (matte white - brow bone highlight)
Wet n' Wild cream liner in black
Inglot loose pigment in 77 (purple base with gold flash - my "glitter" for this look)
Anastasia brow powder duo in brunette
Tarte primer and mascara (also testing this out...not impressed thus far, it was clumpy and flakey)
MAC Fix+ (used with loose pigment)
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Rockstar (lower lash line and water line)

Face:
Perfekt skin perfecting gel in Radiant (testing out as well, works pretty well as a primer)
MAC Face and Body in Y1 (just wanted a sheer foundation since the eyes are so dramatic)
Illamasqua Skin Base in 3.5 (I use this as a concealer)
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in medium (used as a setting powder, only product I'm considered "medium"!)
Youngblood pressed blush in Nectar and Bashful (just to be congruent with the eyes)
Benefit Hoola (I tried contouring...a skill I'm still trying to cultivate)
MAC Extra Dimension Superb Highlighter

Lips:
Revlon lip butter in creme brulee


Have you ever followed along with a makeup tutorial?  How did it turn out?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Zoya Nail Polish Review: Aurora, Blaze, Storm, & Rekha

Hey there!

Today I have some photos of new (to me) Zoya nail polishes to share!  I'm not normally a nail polish gal, but these colors are so pretty!  Aurora, Blaze, and Storm all contain holographic glitter, while Rekha is the only cream finish I picked up.  Here they are in all their glory: (2 coats each in swatches)
Indirect Sunlight: Aurora, Blaze, Storm, Rekha (L to R)



Indirect Sunlight: Aurora, Blaze, Storm, Rekha
Direct Sunlight: Aurora, Blaze, Storm, Rekha
Direct Sunlight: Aurora, Blaze, Storm
Aurora: Mid-tone amethyst; the holographic glitter shows best in this shade. The base color is sheer and uneven with one coat, but with two it looks very good. (This one is my fave.)

Blaze: Pinky red magenta with holo glitter; the glitter does not show as well for some reason.  Again, one coat looks uneven and sheer, but with two the color really comes together.

Storm: Black with holo glitter; the glitter shows well, but it is gray with one coat, becoming black at two coats.  (This one is like wearing the galaxy on your nails!)

Rekha: True red; cream finish, opaque coverage in one coat! I did two just because that's what all the other polishes required.  I'm very impressed with this formula.  If you're on the hunt for a classic red, this is it!

I've been wearing Aurora on my nails all week with no chipping or fading!  I really quite like the Zoya nail polish formula and they're not too expensive.  I bought mine for $8 each.  Also, all Zoya nail polishes are "three free" which I really appreciate.

Side note:  I've also found the Zoya nail polish remover to be quite effective without drying out my nails!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Glittery Eyes and Red Lips

Hello Lovely Readers!

Here's the makeup I wore to this year's Marine Corps Birthday Ball.  I normally just wear neutral makeup so I thought I'd change it up this time.  I donned a dark navy dress so I wasn't worried about it clashing with bright makeup.  I don't have a lot of pictures since I forgot my camera :( but I do have a couple that I took whilst getting ready!

This was my first time wearing glitter!
Lots of freckles!

I'm not wearing any face products yet as I didn't want the glitter fallout to ruin it afterwards. 

Here's a closeup of the eyes:
Yay glitter and false lashes!
This was also my first time wearing false lashes!

In case you're interested, here is what I did to achieve this glittery awesomeness:

Applied primer and eyeshadow as I normally would:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
theBalm Nude 'Tude - Sassy (highlight brow bone and inner corner), Sultry (crease)
Urban Decay Tainted and Junkshow (lid)
Anastasia brow powder duo in brunette 

For the glitter portion I used:
NYX glitter in pink (I really wanted a translucent glitter, but worked with what I had!)
Silk Naturals Stick 'Em Eyeshadow Enhancer
NYX Liquid Crystal Liner in Crystal Hip

I don't own a glitter adhesive, but the Stick 'Em worked really well! No fallout or creasing after application!  All I did was dip a synthetic concealer type brush in the puddle of Stick 'Em I had on a palette, then picked up the glitter from a small portion I had also put on the palette. I then dabbed a very small amount of Stick 'Em to the lids and pressed the glitter on top. For the inner corners of my eyes, I used the NYX Crystal liner.

Then lined and added false lashes:
Wet n' Wild cream liner in black
Ardell lashes...I threw away the packaging so I don't know the number...

Lips:
MAC Runaway Red
Youngblood Kranberry
MAC Brick lip pencil

Face:
Makeup For Ever HD Foundation in 115
Youngblood Mineral Rice Setting Powder

I didn't wear any blush since my natural pinkness still showed a bit.  I also knew that I would be drinking which inevitably leads to a "rosy glow" for me. By rosy glow I mean bright red hehe.


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Youngblood Crushed Mineral Eyeshadow in Coco: Review, Swatches

When I bought this online via Hautelook.com, this shade was described as a "matte hot chocolate brown".  I would say this is fairly accurate, although is can have more of a taupe color and satin finish when used wet.  This brown also has a slight red undertone in my opinion.  The texture is perfect!  It is soft and blendable with build-able intensity.  This is a perfect everyday shadow for me.  All of the swatches are over bare skin, with only water used in the damp swatch.





Saturday, May 5, 2012

Quick Review and Swatches on Naked2

I finally gave in and bought this palette last month.  I haven't posted anything on it thus far because I wanted to test everything out first...but honestly I haven't found this one to be as easy to use as the first Naked.  Which is odd because I should LOVE a cooler toned palette.  I think I've just been too rushed in the morning to bother with anything new.

I still don't understand why half baked was repeated in this palette.  It's definitely not cool toned; if any should be repeated I think Sin or Toasted would be better candidates. Meh.


The eyeshadow quality is what I expect from Urban Decay; pigmented, true to pan color, and easy to work with.  Without further adieu, here are the swatches:


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Yosemite National Park

This past weekend, me and Sir Hubbington took a camping trip to Yosemite National Park.  If you haven't been before, I highly recommend it.  Actually, I don't think it matters where you go camping, just going into the wilderness for some relaxation is important.  There is no way my writing could ever do justice for the beauty and mystery of Yosemite...so the rest of the post is just pictures.  (Actually I don't think my camera does a good job either but whatever.)

Sir Hubbington's nose

random little pool on the side of the path

On the way up to Nevada Falls

On the Mist Trail :)

Vernal Falls

I love big trees

Bold Squirrel

Mirror Lake

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

I still love big trees

some pretty leaves

Me and the Hub at Glacier Point before sunrise


I most enjoy the details whilst camping; the ribbeting of frogs, the rush of the waterfall, the baby pine trees...just the solitude and reflection...sigh.  Can't wait to go back.