Who says Summer can’t be sultry? NARS Adult Swim has plenty of vibrant color involved, but the two pieces that I gravitated towards immediately had me dying to play smoky and layer.
From this collection I received two pieces to share with you guys and, spoiler alert, they are fantastic. Especially when used together! Malacca Single Eyeshadow & Baalbek Eye Paint were made for each other. They also play well alone and with others, but they shine and pop when paired up.
Malacca Single Eyeshadow is described as an iridescent peacock. When swatched it’s got a brown base that is on the sheer side when used dry with a pop of blue/green to it, making this shade appear duochrome. Above is a photo taken with flash and below I held the shadow near a lamp with a daylight bulb so you can see more of the natural dimension.
Baalbek Eye Paintis described as bronze. It’s a blackened chocolate base with apparent gold glitter throughout giving it that bronze appearance. I love this as a base, as a liner… just live with me forever, okay?
For the EOTD using these products take a firm brush apply Baalbek all over the lid and into the crease as a base. Wait for it to dry completely and pat Malacca over top of Baalbek using the opposite side of the same brush. Next take a fluffy blending brush and blend Malacca through the crease and up towards the brow (but not the whole way). Finish up with a highlight shade at the inner corners or the eye and at the brow bone. I used MAC Grain Eye Shadow. Under the eye dash a bit of a blackened green liner (I used Chanel Le Crayon Kohl in Black Jade) and smudge Malacca underneath. Finish up with your fave mascara (I used Milani Total Lash Cover).
What are your picks from the NARS Adult Swim Collection?
Too Faced has launched two must-have palettes. Or rather, two MORE must-have palettes (because you know so many of them are on the must-have level). Too Faced A La Mode Eyes Shadow Palette & Bonjour Soleil Summer Bronzing Wardrobe are hot weather essentials to incorporate into your Summer beauty regime both for day and night.
The packaging for both of these palettes is in a parisian/nautical inspired tin that keeps the product safe during travel and is just 100% all-around adorable. Both also feature a good sized mirror and guides for getting the look.
To start off I’d like to focus on the photos, looks and review of the Too Faced A La Mode Eyes Eye Shadow Collection.
This palette comes with a handy, folded set of Get the Look ideas, just in case you need some inspiration:
There are nine shades within three looks – Day, Classic and Fashion.
For Day the three shades are St. Tropez, Cannes and Soleil. St. Tropez is a pretty sheer gold with a lot of noticeable glitter, Cannes is a warm copper pearl and Soleil is a plummy brown pearl.
For Classic the three shades are Riviera, Jardin and Cote d’Azur. Riviera is a pearly beige (my personal fave highlighter shade of the bunch!), Jardin is a peachy gold pearl.. almost duochrome looking on the eye and Cote d’Azur is a chocolate brown with a hint of bronze.
For Fashion the three shades are La Croisette, Monaco and De La Mer. La Croisette is a very pigmented frosty white, Monaco is a cool, vibrant pink and De La Mer is a navy satin.
As with almost all Too Faced Eye Shadow shades the pigment and functionality of the shadows are impeccable. They applied well, blended easily and wore all day. The one shade I really wasn’t impressed with was St. Tropez. I thought on it’s own it was really just a glitter, but it does layer nicely over the other shades, giving you the opportunity to change them up a bit.
For the eye looks below I veered away from using the Get the Look cards and did my own thing. Since the blonde has all but left my hair I’ve been into putting a dark shade all over the lid then a lighter coordinating shade in the crease. In all of the eye looks below the shades are tiered from darkest to lightest.
This eye palette retails for $36.00 and is available at Ulta. Also, at Sephora, there is a set called Pardon My French which includes this palette and some other goodies in an adorable bag for only $49.00. Is it weird I want a second palette so I can have this set?
Now for the Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Summer Bronzing Wardrobe. This trio is fantastic because it’s three of Too Faced’s amazing bronzers in one place.
Included are the Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer and Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer. Sun Bunny has long been a favorite of mine since a friend introduced me to it back in my swapping days. You also get an incredibly soft Flatbuki brush.
Chocolate Soleil is a perfect contour shade for me but it’s very easy to over-do it with this one. Tread lightly, build up as needed. I usually still blend it a bit with my face powder because I can get way too excited when I apply. Sun Bunny has been reviewed by me several times throughout the life of this blog. It’s basically what would be created if Chocolate Soleil and Snow Bunny had a baby. One of the best bronzers there is in terms of blending, wear and look. Snow Bunny is really more of a highlighter to me. When you’re doing an all over bronze look to your face this makes a wonderful golden glow when used lightly. I don’t like to use this one heavily or alone because it can get a little frosty when you try to build up the pigment.
This set also contains a How-To Glamour Guide…
But, again, I just did my own thing and applied Chocolate Soleil to the hallows of the cheeks, Sun Bunny is above that but staying away from the apples of the cheeks and then Snow Bunny at the apples of the cheeks and to blend Sun Bunny at the tip of the cheek bones.
The Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Summer Bronzing Wardrobe retails for $44.00 and is available at Sephora & Ulta.
Have you picked up anything new from the recent Too Faced launches? I’m dying to get my hands on all of those Melted Lipsticks!!
When I saw the latest Revlon display at Rite-Aid the shades immediately drew me in. The Rio Rush Collection, which was done in collaboration with Gucci Westman, is bold & bright – which always appeals to me even though I generally wear neutrals.
The collection is on the small side, containing only two ColorStay 16hr Eye Shadow palettes in Exotic and today’s post of Wild.
The exclusive Rio Rush Collection by Gucci Westman showcases the latest trends inspired by the passion and energy of Brazil. Bold, bright, sexy color is perfectly complimented with glowing bronze skin. Get ready to celebrate!
Revlon ColorStay 16hr Eye Shadow in Wild is definitely bold and slightly intimidating with the bright orange and deep teal, BUT it’s very balanced with the taupe and icy white shades. Having two neutrals and two brights in a palette is so perfect for wearing an every day eye look and also for getting a little crazy.
More often than not I have to apply a colored base to get the best pigment possible out of these palettes. With Wild I was pleasantly surprised to not have to use a base at all to get the shades to pop at just the right intensity. However, if you’re looking for them to be louder while you wear them on the eye a colored base would definitely do that for you.
I found the shades in this palette to feel slightly dry (mostly just on the matte orange and teal shades) but it didn’t effect application or blending, which I found to be quite easy to do.
Wild is swatched below on my arm dry, with no primer.
In the eye look below I decided I wanted to channel Katniss because I finally started to watch the Hunger Games movies. If I do up my makeup like Katniss and Jennifer Lawrence plays her in the movies that basically makes me J.Law’s BFF. Ask anyone.
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I can’t believe it’s finally April! I thought March would never end! Because I have better weather and a good time on the mind I decided to try a look I’ve always been interested in that is again wildly popular – mod. When I think of a mod beauty look I immediately think of Rimmel for #BeautyInspiration. Because of their recent Retro Glam campaign I wanted to Go Big. Go Bold. Go Over the Top. I had a few of the items I needed at home, and I went to Walmart and purchased the others – including a new tube of one of my personal favorite drugstore mascaras. (In honor of this month being RIMMEL’s 180 year anniversary there will be a $1 off coupon in the Sunday newspaper for each of the the Retro Glam Mascara and Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation!)
That first pic shows quite a bit of product. But it all plays a necessary part in going Mod. Don’t worry, I’ll break it down so that it all makes sense
To begin the Mod look you’ll want to start with the eyes (in case there is shadow fall-out or you mess up and need to start over you won’t have to mess up your gorgeous face that you spent all that time on!). Prep the lids with a primer of some sort. For this look I used the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick in Witness White.
Next, take your shadow brush of choice (I prefer a firm paddle type shadow brush for this) and apply the vintage lilac shade from the Rimmel Smokey Purple Glam’eyes Quad Eye Shadow (on the left of the compact in the pic above) all over the lid. Then, taking the Rimmel Smokey Noir Glam’eyes Quad Eye Shadow use the applicator provided and apply the matte black shade deeply above the crease. Use a blending brush with more of the matte black shadow to blend out the edges.
Now my favorite part! Use the Rimmel Scandaleyes Precision Micro Eyeliner in Black to get way into the inner corners of the upper lid of the eye. Take the line the whole way out to the end. Follow up with the Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner to thicken the outer part of the eye and create a wing at the end. Finally, go back to the Precision Micro Eyeliner and touch-up that inner-corner and also go below the lower lid and do up some Twiggy-esque lines. This is a great way to enlarge the eyes and add to the lower lashes without using falsies.
Next I used the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Taupe to line the lower inner rim of the eyes. On top of that I added Rimmel Soft Kohl in Pure White. Finish off your eye look by filling in your brows and adding a mascara with some KAPOW. I added three coats of Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara in Carbon Black to the top and bottom lashes.
For the face I reached for Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation in my shade (which is True Ivory) and applied all over the face for full, matte coverage. Next I took Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Celestial and dabbed it lightly on the cheeks, blending quickly for just a slight hint of nude color on the cheekbones.
For the lips I lined all around the edges with Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Innocent. I topped off the lips with Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 113.
For this look I ventured towards the extremely smoky side of “Mod”. It might be too deep for some, or just right for others. It’s simple to tone it down by using less of the black shadow and not blending it up as high.
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I haven’t purchased a Burberry Complete Eye Palette in over a year! Insanity, because I loved Dark Spice so much and I totally had more on my wishlist. I guess none really and truly hooked me until now, when Burberry Beauty launched their Spring 2014 line and Sage Green entered into my life.
What Nordstrom says about the Burberry Complete Eye Palette:
Designed for effortless application, each Burberry Beauty Complete Eye Palette contains an illuminating base, two blendable shades to add structure and a liner to define and enrich.
The lightweight, natural formula allows you to create a customizable smoky finish, while the spectrum of textures blended with silicones provide smooth glide and easy application. Micronized pigments impart long-lasting, vibrant color in a color-true finish.
Comes in a convenient velvet pouch with three applicators to help you create a multitude of looks.
I love how the black velvet pouch that holds the eye palette features the classic Burberry pattern and folds over to keep the contents clean and protected.
As you open the pouch you’re greeted with a small peek of the silver palette inside (which also carries the classic Burberry pattern embossed on it) and three small applicators are tucked into a pocket. As with almost all palettes I’m not super crazy about the applicators for use, but in a pinch they’ll work and I do like the presentation of them.
The back of the palette is more silver toned than what this picture shows. As you’ll notice it just states the name and some stats.
Inside the palette is a full mirror and four shades of shadow arranged diagonally and, again, embossed with the classic Burberry check pattern.
Sage Green is a quartet of shades that include a shimmering ivory, a shimmering taupe, a satin sage green and a shimmering kelly green. Can a green palette be neutral? If so this is right on the mark.
The shades aren’t incredibly intense but do provide enough color for an understated but fun look. While applying I found that using a firm brush and patting the color on provided more color and a better finish than just sweeping the shades on. They look more shimmery in the swatches than they do on the eye, which I think most Burberry fans will like.
The formula and quality are top notch as these shades are soft and smooth as well as very easy to apply and blend. I was pleased to see that these shades stayed true to color and lasted all day on the eye.
For the EOTD look below I began with a thin layer of UDPP (mostly because now I use the Anti-Aging one) and then applied MAC Utterly Becoming Pro Longwear Paint Pot to the lids and through the crease. Using Sage Green I put the ivory shade at the inner corners of the eye and also under the brow for highlighting. The sage green shade is all over the lid and the taupe shade is blended just above the crease. I placed the kelly green shade at the outer corners of the eye and lightly under the lower lash line. Taking a fresh and soft eyeshadow brush I blended the edges of the taupe shade up and to the ivory shade to make the look more seamless. The eyeliner is Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Hustle and the mascara is Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara (to be reviewed).
How would you wear Burberry Sage Green Complete Eye Palette? Perfect for an understated St. Patty’s Day look!!
The Burberry Complete Eye Palette retails for $59.00 and is available at Nordstrom.