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December 21, 2011

Sugarpill Baby Haul and Swatches!


Hello my babies!!!!

I think I waited ALL YEAR to order my Sugarpill loose shadow! I have two Sugarpill palettes but OHMYGAWD their loose eyeshadow collection is absolutely beautiful. I only bought three of them (-_- I should've ordered everything!!!) during their Black Friday sale. They took a while to get here but it's A-OK! I'm pretty sure 1,000,000,000,000,000 of us ordered that day and that weekend. I can imagine how absolutely overwhelmed they were with their orders because we were dying over at my job with ours...thank baby Jesus that's over! Anywhoooo here are my pictures:

They look so beautiful in their boxes. 

Swatches!

I have coveted Goldilux forever...seriously... and I don't know what the eff took me so damn long to get it. I LOOOOVE it. It's shiny but also has some intense sparkle! Lumi, is white that reflects green, also very beautiful! Royal Sugar looks like it has a semi-matte royal blue (le duhhh) base and a teal/light blue sparkle mixed with it. You don't need me to tell you because I'm sure you already know (and can SEE) that the pigment is INSANE! That was all one swipe (except for Lumi, that was two swipes...but still). I am satisfied and unsatisfied. *GASP* Unsatisfied?! Blasphemy! I'm only unsatisfied because I need EVERY FREAKIN' SUGARPILL LOOSE EYESHADOW EVER. EVERRRR. I couldn't be happier.

Oh! I forgot to mention that I did receive a sample! They were so kind to send me a Stella loose eyeshadow sample. I didn't swatch it because I want to put it in a little container so there's no spillage *greedy*...kekeke. 

,
Elba

November 08, 2011

Park Bom Inspired Look

Hello!

So, it should be no surprise to you that I'm into K-Pop! I love, love, love K-Pop!!! I wanted to recreate a look from "Can't Nobody" that the lovely, fantastic, beautiful, regal, heavenly...I think you guys get it, Park Bom wears.

Keep in mind that Bomtastic and I have very different eye shapes. My eye is more round and I have a bigger lid. I'm going to post the pictures and tell you everything I did wrong! What better way is there to learn than to go over your mistakes, right?

This is what I was going for! It's beautiful!
Here's what I did


My best Bommie face
Okay, so first off, I blended the color in my crease too much. It should've been more intense. Also, the bottom lash line shouldn't have gone so far in, maybe a quarter of the way in, not almost half way. I think I got the lashes okay. In the video, it looks like she has two pairs of lashes, one strip that kind of flares up and corner lashes. I didn't get a strip but put on a pair of corner lashes towards the center of the lid so that they kind of flare up when you open your eye. Finally, the crease color should've created a triangle shape with the wing, so that it looks like the wing of my eyeliner is smoked out. 

In the video, she doesn't wear a lot of face products. Her skin (like mostly all K-Pop idols) is flawless. I just put on a foundation and added some highlighter that isn't picked up in my picture (lame -_-). In the scene I was trying to recreate, it looks like she's not really wearing lipstick, in fact it looks like her natural lip color which, is really rosy. I just took a red lipstick, dabbed it on my lips, and smoothed a nude lip gloss over it. 

At least I know where it went wrong! It still came out pretty though ^_^.


  • Inglot 391 Eyeshadow (in the crease, as liner around the eye)
  • Inglot 353 Eyeshadow (all over the eye and lid)
  • K-Palette Eye Liner (over the eyeshadow to create a more defined line)
  • Make Up For Ever 6K pencil (in the inner rim)
  • Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Mascara
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #4
  • Nars Albatross Highlghter
  • Lime Crime Retrofuturistic Lipstick 
Well, I hope you've enjoyed my attempt! I'll try again soon!

,
Elba



November 01, 2011

Halloween 2011: Roy Lichtenstein 60s Pop Art Character

HI!

I had a blast yesterday! My "costume" was very last minute. I had no time to think about what to do but I saw a picture on Candice's blog, Glossary, that totally inspired me!

Here are some prints:







Here's my take:

I started out with dots but as the day progressed I took them off because people kept asking me if I had chicken pox -_- (on my camera phone).

Without Dots (on my camera phone).

Dots (on my regular camera).

No dots (on my regular camera).


I was very happy with the outcome!


  • INGLOT 77 Gel Liner (on my eyebrows, to line the eyes and and basically any outline on my face)
  • INGLOT 25 Liquid Liner (on my lash line)
  • INGLOT 76 Gel Liner (to accent the tears and lips)
  • INGLOT 38 Soft Precision Eyeliner (for the tears)
  • INGLOT 126 Lipstick (on the lips)
  • INGLOT Long & Curly Mascara
  • INGLOT 59 Lipliner (for dots on my face)
  • INGLOT 183 Pigment [not available for sale, I would substitute it with Sugarpill's Royal Sugar] (on the lids
  • INGLOT 20 Face Blush (on the cheeks)
I hope you guys had tons of fun! I really loved how this came out! 

,
Elba

October 30, 2011

LOTD: Cotton Candy Dreams

Hello again!

Here's another LOTD using all Inglot products! One of the products used is exclusive to the store that I work for so I'll add a suggestion next to it! I was just inspired by cotton candy and it's packaging! That was it!



Super Smiley! In this picture you can see that the lipsticks blended in together.
  • Inglot 496 Double Sparkle on the lid and underneath the brow
  • Inglot 253 Pure Pigment in the crease(you can use Dollipop from Sugarpill to get the same effect)
  • Inglot 491 Double Sparkle on the outer crease
  • Inglot Pure Pigment 19 underneath the bottom lashes (placed beneath the white eyeliner)
  • Inglot Soft Precision Pencil 31 in the waterline and underneath the bottom lashes
  • Inglot 63 AMC Eye Shadow used to line the top
  • Inglot Liquid Eyeliner 26 over the black eyeshadow
  • Inglot Freedom System Brow Powder in 566
  • Inglot 12S Eyelashes
  • Inglot 20 Face Blush
  • Inglot 83 Multicolor System Highliter
  • Inglot 414 Matte Lipstick
  • Inglot Full Metal Lipliner in 860 blended towards the center to create an ombre effect
,
Elba


October 10, 2011

Haul: The Face Shop

This past Friday I met up with my BFF for a date! ♥ ♥ ♥

I wanted us to go to the fanciest place ever...a fried chicken place! Haha!

In all seriousness, Kyochon, on 32nd and 5th Avenue has theeeeee best fried chicken ever. It's a Korean restaurant and we love Korea so 'twas perfect. Since this place was pretty popular that day, we had to wait about half an hour to get a table and lucky for us we were right in K-town...or K-street haha. We went browsing and ended up at The Face Shop.

The Face Shop is a quaint little shop (or half a shop) that sells Korean cosmetics. It's a chain in Korea and lucky for me they have one here in NYC! What would I do without my Asian cosmetics? That's a thought I can't even bear to think!

I've banned myself from buying pretty much anything except lashes because my lash selection is depleted. The Face Shop has a nice variety of different lashes but from two brands. I ended up picking up a few of the Tayila eyelashes because they were very beautiful and also because I thought there was a promotion (buy one, get one free) but it turned out that I was wrong because I can't read Korean lol. 

What I like about The Face Shop is that they have a rewards program and every time you shop, you accumulate a certain amount and you can put it towards your next purchase. The last time I was there I accumulated $3.33, I put this towards my lash purchase and it came out to about $14.00 and change. I think the lashes are decently priced since they were about $4.00+ each. I know that sometimes Duane Reade has lashes that run at about $6.00 so, that to me is a bargain! Haha. The best part is that they're really pretty!




My favorite ones are definitely the TS06 (the first pair). I have a feeling I might be wearing those this week! WOOHOO! 

I didn't check but I don't think these come with lash glue so I'll probably just buy some Duo Eyelash Glue and stick these babies on!

,
Elba

October 08, 2011

First Impressions: Cargo Metallico Eyes

A long, long time ago when I worked at Sephora, the brand I used to oversee was Cargo. Cargo was such a nice little brand and then POOF they phased it out of Sephora. We didn't know why and it turned out that they stayed in the Sephoras (as in plural lol) at JC Penney, Ulta, and now the Macy's Impulse Section.

Yesterday, I was working at Macy's because Inglot is now available there (and I have to go where the send me =P) and right across from me I saw this eye shadow palette on the Cargo gondola. I swore to myself that I wouldn't buy any eye shadow because I have every color imaginable and if I don't then I'm pretty damn sure I can make it but I don't have this GLITTERY, SPARKLY STUFF!!! I DIE for glitter and I DIE even more if it's easier to apply. The whole day I was there I kept eyeing this palette and then I finally willed myself over to the gondola and swatched it. I had to have it!


These will look beautiful wet and dry! They will look beautiful on top of other colors to create more dimension! Oh! ALL THE HOLIDAY LOOKS THAT CAN BE (AND WILL BE) CREATED!!! ^_^

These sort of remind me of this limited edition Stila palette (I think it was From Dust to Diamonds or something of the sort) that came out about two years ago and that I kick myself over and over again for not getting! These shadows are really soft so if you're going to layer them on top of eye shadow I say just use your finger!

The neat thing is that it came with a little clutch and a double ended brush. One side is an angle brush which, I can never have enough of and the other side is a small shader brush. The set was $39.00.


I can't wait to start using this stuff!!! *SQUEALS*

,
Elba

September 23, 2011

Depotting/Storage and Make Up For Ever Magnetic Palettes

Last night, my MacBook Pro crapped out on me. I was highly upset (-_-  this line face does not even come close to how angry I was) because I got in April! I made an appointment (or got an appointment made for me since I was too angry about the whole situation) for this morning before I headed to work. Turns out I need a new hard drive. Go figure. Whatever, I have Apple Care so it's gonna be okay (IT BETTER BE *STARES AT APPLE*). I was so bummed about the whole thing that I took myself on a trip to the Make Up For Ever Studio down on East 12th Street.

I had gone to Make Up For Ever a couple weeks ago and got my Backstage Card which, gives me to a 40%  off discount on all MUFE products (YAY!). The last time I was there, I got a magnetic palette to put all my depotted/loose eyeshadows that I had laying around. You might not remember but, a couple posts ago I wrote about Z Palettes and how convenient they are and all that jazz. Well...these magnetic palettes are better! First of all, I feel like they're bigger but more compact (oxymoron but that's what my brain thinks) than the Z Palette.


I feel like they're more sturdy. Unlike the Z Palette, which kinda flaps open sometimes, the MUFE magnetic palette seals shut. I like that it has a plastic sheet on the inside to protect your products. It's also made of metal which is much more sturdy than the cardboard of the Z Palette. The biggest plus for me about these palettes is that they're half the price of a Z Palette! They only cost $10.00 a pop and that's without the discount!

These are definitely much better for freelancers! They most likely will take more bangs than the Z Palette but then again...how rough do you plan on banging up your makeup? 


Here's how much they hold and I still have some space in that other palette!

If you can get your hands on these buy 10! Haha! I think I need one more and I should be set! I've got 5 so far!

,
Elba

September 12, 2011

LOTD: Bermuda Smoke

Haha! I laughed at the name I gave this! I've been meaning to post more looks! I have so much makeup its ridiculous I might as well use as much as I can everyday! I wore this out last night! It's a very fun look!



Products used:

Inglot AMC Eye Pencil 82 (a navy blue pencil used as a base)
Inglot Eyeshadow Pigment 85 (on top of the navy blue pencil)
Inglot Eyeshadow Pigment 30 (on the brow bone)
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel 77 (to line my eyes)
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel 87 (in my waterline)
Maybelline EyeStudio Quad in Irresistible Ivy (the green color used underneath the lash line)
Smashbox Brunette Brow Tech
Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash Mascara
Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet Plus+ in 025
Lime Crime Lipstick in Great Pink Planet
Nars Highliter in Albatross
Nars Blush in Orgasm
Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in Golden Light

,
Elba

September 07, 2011

Depotting and Z Palettes!

Not everyone gets depotting. Some people prefer bulky, unnecessary packaging and some people don't. I like it because it takes up less space in my house, because I can see all my product and that means I use it, and because I can take different products from different brands around to freelance (whenever that may be).

I have so many palettes and I feel like there are certain colors I could use more often if all my other palettes weren't all hiding each other. I'll be honest and I have admitted it before that I am attracted to packaging but I've noticed that packaging is impractical. I'm a junkie, I shop for things because they're limited edition or because they look cute and then I end up with things I don't use because I keep buying more cute things.

In an effort to condense I started to depot things.

Also before I show you pictures...

I know technically you're supposed to throw out old makeup but I have always felt that this does not apply to eyeshadow. Ahem...don't judge me.


I have had this palette for a while. This is the original Urban Decay Book of Shadows!


See what I mean? I don't need all this stuff! It's a pretty big box and the mirror was broken :(


Two of My Z Palettes and the new empty one!


Since the box was made out of cardboard it was pretty easy to wedge the shadows out since they're glued in. I used a spatula I got from work.


No one wants cardboard on their eyeshadow pan...


so I used a little bit of olive oil to get the glue that was holding the cardboard onto the pan.


Writing the name on the back of the pan is helpful so you always know what eyeshadow you're using!


This is how it fits on the Z Palette.


These are shadows from three different Urban Decay Palettes! (The Book of Shadows, The Get Baked Palette, and the Foreshadow Palette)

I like that three of my UD palettes fit into this one little thing. I like the Z Palette but I also feel that it's a little expensive at $20 a pop. They're also hard to find so unless you live near a professional make up store you will probably end up ordering online (which means SHIPPING COSTS! LOL). I've found an alternative to the Z Palette though...but that's another post . ~_^

,
Elba 

July 06, 2011

Inglot Matte Lipsticks

Everywhere in the blogosphere we're all hearing one thing: Inglot. Everyone's raving about it, everyone loves it, etcetera, etcetera.

Inglot is known mainly for their freedom system, which is basically a system in which you're allowed to create your own palettes. There are shit loads of colors you can choose from and there are going to be even more soon.

However, Inglot doesn't only carry these freedom products, there are also lipsticks, glosses, nail polishes, blushes, foundations, and I think you get the idea. It's been around for 25+ years, it'd be a shame if there were only a few products! No one really pays any attention to these other products because it's new and the star products are these palettes.

For as long as I've worked there all I did was ignore all the other products too! Haha. This is normal though because I've always been an eyeshadow/eyeliner girl so I've always almost always been drawn to eyeshadows and it wasn't until recently (like 2 years ago) that I started to wear more lip products. I usually used to wear like a clear gloss and that's it. I was never really a matte lipstick girl for a couple of reasons:

1. Some matte lipsticks are extremely drying!
2. Some matte lipsticks emphasize the wrinkles in your lips.
3. Some matte lipsticks stain your lips.
4. Some matte lipsticks create an icky barrier at the part on your lips.

The other day, while I was at work, I decided to give the matte lipsticks a whirl. I've sold them before so I know that they have Vitamin E in them so prevent the drying of the lips.

I have to say...I really loved them. In fact, I liked them so much I got myself three of them! They feel really nice and creamy on the lips and don't feel drying which was my main concern! I absolutely HATE feeling like my lips are dry! They wear long because they're matte and you don't have to reapply as often, another plus.

I still feel like the icky barrier that a lot of matte lipsticks make is still there but it's not as noticeable as it is with matte lipsticks that feel more drying. It's okay, I can overlook that. Overall, these lipsticks are cool beans!





,
Elba
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