Eye and Lip Favorites: Jan 2015

Just going to jump straight into things here here 🙂

Eyes

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➳ Clinique lash doubling mascara: Gives me “Gone with the Wind” lashes like no other! This mascara opens my eyes up so much in my opinion, which is important for me since my eyes are so tiny. I like the brush on this since it’s in a cone shape. For me, it really helps to get to the small lashes on the inner corner of your eyes, and your bottom lashes. Only thing I can say that’s kind of bad: DON’T under any circumstances accidentally even get a little of this in your eye…it’ll sting like a b*itch!!! I got the smallest speck of this on my eye one day and had to wipe all my makeup off because I essentially cried off everything on one side of my face. Anyway, if you don’t ever get this in your eye (not that you should, I guess I’m clumsy), it’s amazing. It’s even been nice enough (when layered with my Maybelline Lash Stiletto) in my opinion that I’ve been skipping lining my eyes!

➳ Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Black Velvet: I stopped lining my waterline a couple years ago, and as a result stopped buying black eyeliner for a while. I got this pencil in a Sephora gift bag with this haul, and started using it over break. It’s very black, which I like, and it…glides on! It’s extremely smooth, and doesn’t go anywhere throughout the day. The only thing I don’t like is that since it’s so smooth and soft, it melts down pretty fast, but I guess that’s to be expected.

➳ Lorac Pro Palette: I don’t usually wear eyeshadow, so this has been great for practicing looks. The shadows are amazingly pigmented, they’re buttery smooth, and there are plenty of colours that can create a bunch of looks. More times than not, I end up wearing a neutral gold look on my lids with this. I really like the colours, and the quality is amazing. I’m happy I finally purchased one of these and can’t wait to create more looks with it.

Lips

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➳ Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Colour in 902c Bare it All: I stopped wearing this for a while because it was coming up too pink on my lips and made me look kind of weird, but since I started putting my concealer over my lips, it’s helped subdue the colour a bit more, so I’ve been liking it much much more lately. I suppose this is also an indicator that I should start using lip liners…

➳ NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in Abu Dhabi: I went in looking for a brown based nude around the middle of the month, and I came out with this! It’s replaced my NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair as my go-to nude colour, and it may even be more of a favourite than my Wet n Wild lipstick! The colour is described as a deep rose-beige on the NYX website. On me, it looks like a nice brown based pink, unlike the Bare it All Lipstick which comes off as more pink on my lips. I think this might bum the Wet n Wild Lipstick off of my favourites list in the future…

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Black Radiance True Complexion BB Cream in Coffee Glaze Swatch (Brown Girl Friendly)

I went on a quick errand run with my dad today that brought us to CVS. I haven’t been there in a while, so naturally I ended up venturing to the beauty section to see what they’re carrying.

My CVS never carried NYX or Black Radiance, so I was both surprised and happy to see them there.

Switching topics though, I have been on the lookout for a BB/CC cream for a while now, but just haven’t gotten around to getting one because of 1) price, 2) possibility of turning my face into a grease vat, or 3) no shades for me. You can only imaging how happy I was when I laid my eyes on this:

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There were only 3 shades left: Chocolate, another one I don’t remember, and this one, Coffee Glaze.

I swatched Chocolate on my hand, but that one was too dark, or too red based. Coffee Glaze seemed a bit closer to my shade, and had a bit more yellow in it. I’ll have to see how it is when applied on the face.

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(Coffee Glaze on Left, Chocolate on Right)

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(Coffee Glaze on top, Chocolate on bottom)

It didn’t feel too thick, or too runny, and it spread pretty nicely. I’m excited to use this, and can’t wait to review it.

Let me know if any of you have used this, or if you have any BB cream recommendations!

-Court

Sigma Dupes: Bestope Brushes Review

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I’m here to bring you another brush haul/first impressions.

I ordered these brushes from Amazon (again) because of a misunderstanding with the previous brush order. They are sold by Bestope for $11.59.

Look

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All of the brushes

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The eye brushes

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The face brushes

Cost

The cost isn’t bad at all for 8 brushes. I paid the base price of $11.59 plus $3.99 one day shipping. Because of the whole misunderstanding with the previous order, I was told I could order a new set via one day shipping and get the fee waived. The shipping fee wasn’t waived, so I was a little mad about that. If I had known I wasn’t going to get that waived, I would have just gotten it for 2 day shipping with my Amazon Prime, but it’s okay I suppose.

Speed

There were no problems with this order, and it came in one day as promised. Ordered Monday January 5, Received Tuesday January 6.

Condition Upon Receipt:

The Brushes

What you receive

You receive 8 brushes that look like the picture above.

There is an angled face brush, a round top kabuki, a flat top kabuki, a pencil brush (face), and a corresponding version of each brush for the eyes (angled, round top, flat top, pencil).

Packaging

 These come packages similarly to the bamboo set I ordered before, except these come in a plastic bag, not a cloth one.

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This is the yellow packaging envelope they come in.

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The plastic bag they all come in. This is what you see when you take everything out of the envelope.

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Once you take them out of the plastic, each brush is individually wrapped in plastic. I think the individual wrapping was a little better with these brushes as opposed to the bamboo set.

First Impressions:

◘ Look: I really like the look of these brushes. It’s nice and simple, but still very clean looking with the black and silver. There are no nicks or pieces out of place, and the ferrule’s are very tight, and nothing seems like it will become undone anytime soon.

◘ Feel: These are EXTREMELY soft. The other brushes were soft as well, but these ones feel slightly softer. In addition, these are slightly more dense than the bamboo ones, but not too much. Overall they feel nice, and they aren’t too sparsely packed in terms of the hairs. The eye brushes are very fluffy as well, and I’m excited to use them. There is also no shedding immediately dealing with the brushes out of the pack.

◘ Smell: There is a much stronger smell when you first open the packaging, all the way from opening the envelope to actually handling the brushes. Initially I thought it was just the envelope, but after touching the brushes, and then washing them, I’ve determined that the smell is probably coming from whatever glue is used to bind the ferrule and the handle. Once they are washed, the smell fades significantly, but it will probably take another wash to fully get the smell to go away.

Washing

I washed these brushes very soon after opening them only because the smell was overwhelming to me after a certain time, and there was still no shedding. Of course I’ll have to see what happens when I start using them, but I’m impressed with the lack of shedding for the price.

Last Thoughts

I’m most excited to use the large pencil brush and angled face brush since I’m trying to practice my contouring and such. With face brushes in general, I like a more natural finish, so I think I’m still going to to find myself using my Beautyblender more. If I’m going out and want more of a flawless finish, then I’d use the face brushes since they apply/pick up more product.

What do you guys think? Would you get these brushes?

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-Court

I’VE BEEN NOMINATED| Very Inspiring Blogger Award II

I was nominated for this by the lovely pinkrunningkicks!

Thanks so much for nominating me! I really appreciate all the support you always give my blog, and the encouragement to continue blogging 🙂 Your blog is full of so much useful information on a variety of topics, and it’s a great source of information. Thank you again!

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1. Thank the person who nominated you and add their link to your blog
2. List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate other bloggers.
5. Contact your nominees and provide a link to your post.
6. Display the award logo (button) on your blog, whether on your sidebar or about page, or special award page.

➳ s e v e n  f a c t s 

1. My only tattoo (so far) is of an Ouroboros

2. I’m not a huge fan of comedy movies

3. I didn’t like french fries when I was little

4. I didn’t like meat when I was a baby

5. I don’t really like ketchup

6. I really like the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild

7. I really like yogurt

n o m i n a t i o n s  

1.  http://astoldbymika.com/

2. https://stylishafairs.wordpress.com/

3. https://thatsjann.wordpress.com/

4. http://lucycowlin.com/

Please check out these wonderful ladies 🙂

Thanks again pinkrunningkicks!

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Black Radiance Pressed Powder in Rich Mahogany

I went on a quick run to Target today to pick up a couple of things for returning back to school, and obviously ended up wandering into the makeup aisle.

I was both happy and frustrated to see that they had the brand Black Radiance there. Why? I was happy because I saw that they had the pressed powders I was looking at back when I went to CVS, but I was frustrated because they also had the same BB cream I picked up (and more shades) much cheaper than I paid at CVS. Lesson: Just go to Target next time.

I wanted to try this pressed powder for contouring, among others, after I watched this video by one of my favourite Youtubers Thomasadrianna:

In it, she mentions the Black Radiance pressed powder in Rich Mahogany (about 2:19). Ever since then, I’ve had it at the back of my mind to go get it, I just never saw it anywhere.

Here is the pressed powder:

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I think it’ll work nicely as a more natural looking contour. I’ll probably look for something else if I’m going for the “slice your finger with my cheekbones” look.

It was $4.99 at Target

In addition to the pressed powder, I also picked up this decorative tin can thing:

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I’ve been looking around for a brush holder for the brushes I got here and here (link post). They had a bunch of stuff in that little $1-$3 section by checkout, so I looked in there at what they had. There were some mason jars for the same price as this ($3), but I like for things to look nice, so it would have costed more to get materials to decorate the jar and such, so I just picked this up instead.

I might get another type of brush holder for the eye brushes, just to keep things kind of separate.

What are some of your favourite contour powders? And what do you think of the tin?

-Court

Spring 2015 Nail Trends

And to conclude this little “Spring 2015 trend” series, I’m going to discuss nails!

Such a simple way to bring a look together You can opt for really extravagant designs that include rhinestones, crystals, and glitter, or just a simple one-colour manicure.

What should you be looking out for this spring? Keep reading to find out!

Nice and Soft

Soft pastels and other delicate colours seem to be very apparent on Spring 2015 runways

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(The one on the left)

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How to do the Perfect Cat Eye

The cat eye can be a difficult thing to master, but with practice, you’ll be drawing your own like a pro in no time!

Before the pictures, I just have a couple tips:

• If you are beginning, it might be a little easier to use a gel or cream liner since the consistencies are thicker, and you usually have more control with the brush you use. Just be mindful of how much product you load on your brush

• It also helps if you are beginning to rest your elbow on a flat surface when drawing your lines so that you have a much steadier hand

• Don’t start out with a super wing if you’re just beginning. Try drawing a smaller “flick” so that it’s not extra dramatic.

• Try drawing your base line in smaller lines and then connect them as you go. This lessens the room for error.

Onto the pictures!
Disclaimer: I don’t have a nice camera at this point, so I have to rely on my iPhone*

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• Naked lids!

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• Start drawing small lines across the base of your lid. Try to stay as close to your lash line as possible

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• Continue drawing those small lines, and then connect them across your lid

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• Now you have your base line

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• Draw a line from the end of your top lash line, and extend it outward. The steeper, or more toward the tail of your brow you go, the steeper the wing will be. The farther from the tail of your eyebrow, the flatter. 

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• Draw a line from the top of the previous line to the base line. The closer you put the line to the outer portion of your eye, the thinner the wing. The closer you put the line to the inner portion of you eye, the fatter it will be.

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After you draw that line, you just fill it in with your liner, and voila! You’re done.

You can also do this in the reverse by beginning with the wing, and then drawing the base line. Basically, you would just do steps 4-6 before the first few.

• Also: you can make the wing as short or long as you want. I just prefer it this length •

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Please comment and let me know if this was helpful, or what I can include/leave out to make it more clear!

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Selma Review

I saw this movie today (1/9/15) with my friend, and I honestly don’t have any words.

It was an amazing film, and it truly made me appreciate, as a black woman, all of the effort that went into the Civil Rights movement to grant the rights we have today.

I don’t really have too much else to say other than the fact that it was amazing, didn’t downplay violence that was experienced (and depicted it as truthfully as possible), and you should go see it.

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Photo credits: http://collider.com/selma-trailer-poster/