Saturday, April 30, 2011

EOTD: Summer Sunflower Eyes

***Warning: This post might be considered by some to be "picture heavy". I don't think it is, but I just wanted you to know....I put alot of pictures in this post! If you're okay with the many pictures, click on the pictures to enlarge them!!***

Hello there! I don't know about you, but where I live, it is getting extremely HOT and HUMID! It already feels like summertime. How crazy?! I thought that I would do an eye look inspired by this summer-like weather. Amarixe, youtube beauty guru, did a look like this last summertime. But i can't find that video anymore. So i just kind of improvised & used the products I have. I'll show you pictures & explain the steps I took to have Summer Sunflower Eyes!! The key to making this look bright & opaque is to use WATER!

Step 1: Prep your eyes for color with a primer. I just used the Wet N Wild Idol Eyes Cream Shadow Stick in Pixie. Dip a flat shadow brush in water.(i used an old mineral makeup container to hold my water) Then take a golden yellow shade and apply it to the inner part of your lid. Feel free to take it down to your lower lash line. I used 2 different yellow shades; one from my Revlon Sunrise, Sunset 12-hour shadow palette, and the other from my LA Colors palette in Trendy.

Step 2: Take an orange shade and apply it to the outer part of your lid and your crease. I used 2 oranges for this as well; one from my LA Colors Trendy Palette, the other from a Color Workshop Palette. Take the orange to your outer lower lash line. Blend the yellow and orange together in the crease. (I forgot to do that in my images. Make sure you blend the colors out a bit!)

Step 3: Line your upper lashline with a brown gel liner. I used Physician's Formula Gel Liner Trio for Brown eyes, and I used the coffee shade. Make it a thin line. It can be pretty understated since we used such bright lid colors! Then line your lower lash line with a brown pencil liner. I used Cover Girl LiquiLine Blast in Brown Blaze.

Step 4: Curl lashes & apply mascara. I used the L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes.

And you are DONE!

Here are some of the products I used:
The Color Workshop palette-used orange bottom right, gold top left

Revlon Sunrise, Sunset Palette

LA Colors Trendy Palette

Physician's Formula Gel Liner for Brown Eyes

I hope you enjoyed this look & are enjoying some nice sunshiney weather!!
Have a lovely day!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

NOTD: Sinful Colors Nail Junkie

Sinful Colors Nail Junkie is $1.99 at Walgreens!

I have been on the search for this nail polish for quite a while! I finally managed to find it way at the back of the Sinful Colors display. It was misplaced with other shades, which explains why i haven't been able to get my hands on it! I decided to paint my nails with a glitter polish after reading about how to remove glitter polish easier. Apparently, if you soak a cotton pad with acetone polish remover, place it firmly on your finger, then apply a strip of aluminum foil to your nail and wrap it up tight for a few minutes, the glitter should come off pain free!(sorry for the incredibly drawn out run-on sentence!) It has something to do with the foil keeping the acetone pad moist, allowing it to soak the glitter up. Or something of that sort! I want to test this idea out! I hate removing glitter polish because i know i will have remaining particles of glitter stuck to my nails.
This is just 1 coat of Nail Junkie. As you can see, 1 coat is pretty sheer. This is inside my bathroom, so the lighting is exactly ideal....
Now, that's more like it!! This was with a second coat of Nail Junkie + a clear top coat. This doesn't give off the true hue of this polish. To me, this looks like glitter ocean water straight from the Caribbean!! It is a pretty turquoise, sea green polish with chunky teal & gold glitter. It is much more greenish in person. But itt is really pretty!
This is with sunlight coming in from my window. This polish is very nice after you've topped it off with a top coat. However, application felt weird to me. It is pretty goopy. It didn't have the same consistency for each of my nails. Applied to one nail, it was sheer. But the next nail was nearly opaque. It was just weird. But the end result is beautiful!

I really hope you are able to find this beauty! I think it is perfect for summertime.

Have a lovely day!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter NOTD: China Glaze For Audrey

2 coats For Audrey, fluorescent light, indoors
Easter is this Sunday!!! So I thought I'd do the perfect pastel manicure for the occasion: China Glaze's For Audrey! It is a beautiful pale aqua blue, or the classic Tiffany's Blue. This is one of two China Glaze polishes that I own, and I really love it. It is swatched and blogged about all over, so I figured I'd add to the mix!
When I look at this polish on my nails, I think about the wintermint Tic Tacs. I used to love those!!!

2 coats For Audrey, natural sunlight
The application of this polish was wonderful, almost felt like it applied itself! You just have to really be careful to let this dry between coats, or else it will bubble up(like on my right middle finger! i was a little impatient to get this done!) 
purchased at Sally Beauty Supply, 2 for $10....usually $5.99 i think!

It's pretty difficult to capture the true hue of this nail polish. But let me tell you, it is certainly a polish you need to have in your arsenal. :)

Have a lovely Easter weekend! :]