Month: October 2013

Face of the Day: Colorful Eye Makeup from Sephora

I attended another class at my local Sephora recently, this time on techniques for rocking colorful eye makeup. While I have my share of colorful shadows, and a colored liner or two, I’m still not 100% confident in putting together an eyeshadow look that isn’t mainly neutral. When given the choice between using shades of blue, purple, or green at the class I opted for blue, as it seemed most of out my comfort zone and I wanted to hear what tips the instructors could offer me. Overall, I’d say it turned out pretty good!

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The look began with a foundation of eye cream and primer– first  the Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream, which I found extremely thick and hydrating, and followed up with Sephora Perfecting Eye Primer. Next we created a simple eye look using an all over cream-colored shadow and a slightly deeper brown in the crease. Now it was time for the color! Our instructor Melissa recommended I try the Sephora Contour Eye Pencil in “My Boyfriend’s Jeans”, a deep electric blue. I was a little hesitant, but after adding a bit to my tightline and smudging some on my upper lashline I was loving the look! We could have called it a day at that point, but instead went for an even more dramatic look by layering on some Lancome Long Wear Calligraphy Gel Eyeliner in “Indigo Darling” and adding a bit of the royal blue shimmer shade from the Lancome Color Design palette in “Midnight Rush” to my crease and lower lashline. After that I popped on a bit of Dolce & Gabbana Secret Eyes Lengthening Mascara and my colorful eye look was complete!

I loved having the opportunity to try some new products at this class (and was surprised by how much I enjoyed the Sephora eyeliner and Lancome shadows!) and receive one-on-one tips from Sephora instructors. I have already signed up for two more upcoming courses, this time featuring holiday/party eye makeup and false lashes, and I’ll certainly report back on what new techniques I learn and products I get to try. In the meantime, I’m really loving the look I created and have added the “My Boyfriend’s Jeans” liner to the top of my to-buy list! If you have any other recommendations for colorful liners or shadows you love, please leave a comment and let me know. See you soon!

-LMC ♥

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Weekend Wrap-up #6: Happy Halloween!

Happy Monday and welcome to the Weekend Wrap-up! This weekend was filled with lots of fun, but coming in at the top of my list were the Halloween parties I attended on Saturday night. Although Halloween is still a few days away we spent Saturday celebrating as a group of friends hosted an apartment crawl through their respective places in the Lower East Side.

In debating what costume I would wear this year I knew that I wanted it to incorporate fun make up (whether girly or gruesome, I wasn’t sure), and my boyfriend and I wanted to go as a couple so we needed something to fit a “his and hers” pair. After browsing blogs and Pinterest for a bit we settled on our theme– a pair of pop art inspired, Roy Lichtenstein-esque comic book characters!

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Overall the costume was pretty easy to put together using our own (brightest) clothes, an assortment of my makeup, and the addition of some colored hair spray and a wig from the costume store. I have to say we got quite a few compliments throughout the evening, and my boyfriend even won a prize for his costume at one of the parties we attended! Here’s a closer shot of each of us, along with a list of products used to achieve the look…

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Comic Girl: L’oreal True Match foundation in C1 “Alabaster”, Rimmel Stay Matte powder in “Translucent”, Wet ‘n Wild Megashield lip color in “That’s Berry Beautiful” (dots), Sephora  Waterproof Smokey Cream Liner in “Must Have” (brows, eyes, and facial lines) , Wet ‘n Wild Pop Art Craze eye shadow palette in “To Muse And Carouse (blue)”, NYX lipliner in “Fuchsia”, Ulta Eye Crayon in “Little White Lies” (shadow base and lip highlight), and a pair of super dramatic lashes and a bright wig (these were just a random brands from the costume shop).

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Comic Guy: L’oreal True Match foundation in C1 “Alabaster”, Rimmel Stay Matte powder in “Translucent”, Wet ‘n Wild Megashield lip color in “That’s Berry Beautiful” (dots), Sephora  Waterproof Smokey Cream Liner in “Must Have” (brows, eyes, and facial lines), temporary hair color spray in black (over all) and blue (as a highlight shade).

A few expert tips for those of you thinking about recreating this costume for Halloween (since I’ll be doing it for the fourth time tomorrow before my boyfriend’s office Halloween party I’m a bit of an expert!)–

  • Start with a very pale, flat, well-powdered base.
  • Apply the lipstick (anything fairly creamy and opaque in the red/orange/pink family will work) with a Q-tip to get the perfect uniform dots.
  • I found the Real Techniques Fine Liner brush worked perfectly for our facial lines, but any thin liner, brow, or lip brush would probably work too.
  • If you’re a guy and going for color hair spray I recommend doing one layer all over to give a flat looking base, then going back in with either white or blue to add some highlights. Use a piece of paper or cardboard to get crisp lines when spraying near your hair line.
  • Prepare to keep your hands away from your face all night– it’s harder than you’d think!
  • If you’re stumped, look up some old comics as a reference for color, shading, and overall style. Luckily we have quite the comic collection at home, so I was all set.

I hope you enjoyed our Pop Art Halloween looks! Is your costume ready for Thursday yet? If not, I hope this gave you a bit of inspiration!

-LMC ♥

My Collection: Maybelline Color Tattoos

Welcome to the latest My Collection post, where I feature all of the shades/finishes I own of a certain product. If you missed my previous post on Revlon Lip Butters, check it out here. This time I’d like to gush over everyone’s favorite drugstore cream shadow, the Maybelline Color Tattoos. 

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Available at most US drugstores, and coming in at a price between $6 to $8, the Maybelline Color Tattoos are a versatile product that should make an appearance in anyone’s makeup collection. Their uses are truly endless– they can be layered under shadow for a long-wearing base, concentrated at the upper or lower lash line as a liner, or packed on the lid and blended out as the perfect one color smokey eye. To add to the fun, Maybelline typically comes out with a few limited edition shades each season that compliment the staples in their standard and Metal collections.

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Left to right: Gold Shimmer 300 (Limited Edition), Rich Mahogany 400 (Limited Edition), Bad to the Bronze 25, Tough as Taupe 35, Nude Pink 250 (Limited Edition), Inked in Pink 55, Barely Branded 70

Currently my collection contains mainly neutral shades in a mix of shimmery and matte finishes. Gold Shimmer, a limited edition shade, is a beautiful dirty gold  that I love mixing with a green shadow like Urban Decay’s Mildew for a colorful fall smokey eye. Rich Mahogany is another limited edition shade that features a warm brown with rusty red shimmer, and has the most sheer finish out of all of the Color Tattoos I own. Bad to the Bronze is probably the most talked about shade in this range, and for good reason– it’s a cool metallic bronze that pairs well with any eye color and looks great on its own as a quick wash over the lid (just ask Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup). Tough As Taupe stands out as one of the few matte selections in the permanent collection, and while I love the color the consistency is pretty dry and difficult to work with. (Maybe this is just my pot? If your Tough As Taupe is nice and creamy let me know, perhaps I should pick up another.) Nude Pink was part of the excellent limited edition release this fall and works wonders as my everyday shadow base. When I’m looking for something subtle, but still want a bit of sparkle, I reach for Inked in Pink and wear it alone all over my lid– it works perfectly with my cool-toned fair skin. Barely Branded is another example of what a multitasker these cream shadows can be, as it makes a perfect cream highlight shade for eyes and cheeks in addition to a shadow base.

Overall the Maybelline Color Tattoos are your perfect choice for a cream shadow at an affordable price. Their variety in both shades and finishes means there’s something for everyone, and I’m always excited to see what limited edition offerings they come out with next. Have you tried any of the Maybelline Color Tattoos? If so, leave me a comment with your favorite shade– they’re currently on sale at my local Harmon, but I don’t know which color to try next!

I hope you’ve all had a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for a special Weekend Wrap-up post featuring my Halloween costume and makeup! Until next time…

-LMC ♥