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December 25, 2015

Starting "Fresh"

It took everything in me not to delete everything on this blog and I'm not exactly sure why.  There were some posts that are a little more successful than others so I've kept those.

I think, I just want a do over and I don't want to wait until the new year to get these things going for myself. New Year doesn't come with an automatic do over, so I figure, start fresh when you want, now is the time because tomorrow is never guaranteed.

With that said, there will be new posts: makeup, life-posts, anything that tickles my fancy, pretty much. Also, a cool new layout from Envye.com. I got it for 10 bucks which was basically a steal for this template and I love it a lot more than the one I previously purchased which, was also beautiful but this is soooooooo nice.

I suppose I should be making layouts by now myself but I need to brush up on my web skills. Anywho, Merry Christmas! Have a great new year!

I'm excited for 2016!

xoxo,
Elba

September 24, 2015

Fall Makeup Tutorial


Hi lovies!

I did a thing! Today's the first day of Fall so I made an Autumnal tutorial on my YouTube! The video will be linked with the picture above but will also be at the end of the post!

Here's a breakdown of what I used:

FACE
CoverFx Mattifying Primer
L'oreal Infallible Foundation in 104
Cover Fx Custom Cover Drops in G20
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20
Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Cameo
Pixi Beauty Bronzer in Subtly Suntouched
Becca Mineral Blush in Gypsy
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
Guerlain Bronzer in Brunettes

EYES
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Melt Cosmetics Love Sick and Dark Matter stacks (Dark Matter, Enigma, Blurr, Unseen, Love Sick)
Inglot 355 and 335 Freedom eyeshadows
Inglot 50 AMC Pure Pigment
Ardell Wispies Lashes
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown

LIPS
MAC Burgundy Lipliner
Coloured Raine Truffle Raine Liquid Lipstick

Here's the video:


,
Elba

June 04, 2015

Summer Date Look Tutorial



Hi guys!!!

I posted a brand new tutorial up on my YouTube so pleaaaaaaaaaase take a look and watch (I'll link the video at the bottom of the post if you want to skip ahead)!

Here's a full list of products I used:

Eyes:
MAC Cosmetics Soft Ochre Paint Pot http://bit.ly/1lWC6SE
OuterBeauty Cosmetics F178 Domed Refiner Brush (to apply the paint pot) http://bit.ly/1JiHytw
Sugarpill Charmy Loose Eyeshadow http://bit.ly/1I3uWVo
Sugarpill Flamepoint Pressed Eyeshadow http://bit.ly/1JcXq2b
Sugarpill Lumi Loose Eyeshadow http://bit.ly/1QjAhtQ
Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter Eyeshadow Stack (specifically Enigma, Blurr, and Unseen) http://bit.ly/1yHh1Te
NYC New York Color Liquid Eyeliner http://bit.ly/1KGUw64
MAC Cosmetics False Lashes Mascara http://bit.ly/1jPzqad
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler http://bit.ly/1dn85Cm
Red Cherry Eyelashes in WSP http://bit.ly/1QjAv3Z
Bare Escentuals Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush http://bit.ly/1pP7TVm

Face:
Nivea Post Shave Balm in Sensitive http://amzn.to/1SPz7KF
L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation in Golden Beige 104 http://bit.ly/1Cgeyiu
Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in G20 http://seph.me/1ALGEnU
MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15 http://bit.ly/1kW3zlj
OuterBeauty Precision Sponge http://bit.ly/1nUgSEP
OuterBeauty F102 Flat Kabuki http://bit.ly/1kOq2wK
Ben Nye Cameo Powder http://amzn.to/1HIWtbX
Guerlain Terracota Light Sheer Bronzing Powder in 03 Brunettes http://seph.me/1AJr1xp
MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul http://bit.ly/Vz7iNC
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter http://bit.ly/1iDYBrs

Brows:
Smashbox Brow Tech in Brunette http://seph.me/1G2FGnH
L'oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in Light Medium http://bit.ly/1G2FwwD

Lips:
Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipgloss in 864 Rose Sunset http://ebay.to/1FSeTsJ

That is every product I used that day except for things that have been discontinued like the eye pencil I used.

Also, please note that I'm currently in the process of letting my natural hair grow out because I feel like it's time for my hair to reset...or maybe I should invest in going to a real hairdresser as opposed to bleaching my hair myself.

Hope you're all doing great!

(click to watch)

,
Elba

May 14, 2015

How to Eyeliner: Liquid




New Video! I'm going to do a How to Eyeliner series and here's the first installation!


,
Elba

April 05, 2015

Birthday


I have been 28 for a total of five days and so far it has been spectacular! I did exactly what I wanted for my birthday, which was absolutely nothing. Tuesday came rolling on by and I just slept, watched TV, and played with my nieces and nephews.

Saturday, however, was a different story. My sisters and friends took me to brunch and a lot of things went wrong but my loved ones made it the best they could and honestly it was the best birthday celebration I've ever had...thus far.

27 was a very interesting year for me. I had what we guess we can consider my first break-up and though I'm still working through it, I'm doing much better than I had envisioned I would be a couple of months ago. I took charge of my mental health and am significantly happier and working through stressful situations. I am FINALLY working towards my Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design. I am also working on transitioning out of retail and working closer to my career goals. Finally, though not as frequent, I'm finally working on my YouTube channel and so far that has been quite rewarding. I'm just in a great place and of course there are still areas that need improvement but life is work in progress. I can't wait what changes will happen in the next year!

Love and light!

,
Elba

January 15, 2015

Review: Melt Cosmetics Eyeshadow Stacks

Hello!

I finally got around to getting all my pictures together for this post! There are tons of pictures on instagram of product swatches and looks of these highly anticipated eyeshadows from Melt Cosmetics! 


Pictured above are both stacks. They are both $48, which makes them pretty pricey but it's actually 12 bucks an eyeshadow which is actually not so unreasonable. However, I do wish that there was the option of buying these separately, I'll get to why later on. My initial impressions of these were:

  • I thought the eyeshadows were about as big as the mirror included with the stack because when they were pictured on the Melt Cosmetics Instagram they seemed that big. 
    • Don't get me wrong though, the eyeshadow pans are large. They're slightly larger (in weight) than Sugarpill eyeshadows which are 3.5 grams. They are dramatically larger than MAC eyeshadows (1.5 grams, WOMP WOMP) in size and in weight, and they are also larger than an Inglot Freedom System shadow at 2.5 grams. The Melt eyeshadows weigh 3.57 grams, so you're getting a lot of product for 12 dollars.
  • The box the stacks came in are quite beautiful. They're matte black and are embossed with the names of the shadows. I wasn't so impressed with the packaging of the actual shadows because when I see the pictures online, the packaging seems to be more high end than it is in real life. They felt cheap and plastic, like something you would expect from a child's makeup play set. 
    • There is a common complaint about the lipstick packaging being cheap as well. Another thing to keep in mind is that I am VERY accustomed to Inglot palettes, they're quite sturdy and heavy and "expensive" feeling (and magnetic as well). That being said, I don't actually mind the packaging feeling "cheap" and plastic because it's SO LIGHT, this is a HUGE PRO over Inglot palettes that can weigh your entire life down. Also, they're not cheap, I've dropped them and they're just fine. So good call Melt ladies!
Almost on to the good stuff!

When these were first announced I decided that I only wanted to buy one stack despite having several dupes for the stack I had initially chosen because I thought that the colors I didn't have were quite unique. I was also VERY underwhelmed by the Dark Matter stack because I thought MEH, neutral shades, I probably have those trifold. Somehow by a miracle of the eyeshadow gods, I ended up receiving both stacks for Three Kings Day (LOL)! 


LOVE SICK SWATCHES

LOVE SICK DUPE SWATCHES

As you can see…the colors are quite different than what I thought were dupes. My Inglot 439 is more cool in comparison to Promiscuous which seems to be a very interesting duo chrome, with hints of red in it, while 439 has more of a silver undertone to it. Sugarpill's Kitten Parade is a lot more pink than Amelie (random thought: is this shade named after the movie Amelie?! It's one of my favorite movies!) and Inglot's 407 is slightly more orange. Amelie is softer and more subtle than 407. 

When I first saw Fixated during the initial tease session on Melt's instagram, I thought PFFFFFT! I SOOOO HAVE THAT COLOR and boy was I wrong! I thought that Fixated was a dupe for 340 but 340 is a lot more green than Fixated. Fixated seems to be more of a slate grey. I then swatched 389 alongside Fixated and it still didn't turn out to be a dupe. 

Here's a look I did using this stack:

Since I was in Melt theme, I paired it with Darling lipstick (and lined with MAC's Stripdown)

Too much flash =\



Next up, we have the Dark Matter Stack!

DARK MATTER STACK SWATCHES

Remember when I said I was extremely underwhelmed by Dark Matter? Well Dark Matter shut me the hell up. It was like HI BITCH! You thought I was wack but what do you think about me now? I can't apologize to Dark Matter enough because I am in love with it! I don't have these colors, except for the black of course but even that one is so nice that I don't care that I have a trillion black eyeshadows.

Oh sweet Enigma…that color is phenomenal. It's not brown and it's not red and when you mix it with Dark Matter, pray to the sweet chocolate gods in heaven for making such a beautiful combination.

Of course I went through my stash to find dupes and nope, nothing quite like these shadows. Coastal Scent's Pumpkin Pie is Blurr's jaundiced cousin. Oatmeal Tan from Coastal Scent almost hits the mark with Unseen but it's not as rich in tone and too orange, just like Oktoberfest. Melt ladies…you real did the damn thing with this stack. YAS LAWD!


Here's a look I did using the Dark Matter Stack:



One of my concerns with these shadows was the blending aspect. I love matte shadows but I find them hard to work with sometimes because they don't blend that well and when you do blend them it takes three Hail Mary's. The thing is that these blend like a dream. I did have some slight issues (very slight issues) blending Fixated but not as bad as I have had with other matte shadows.

I had mentioned in the beginning about not being able to buy these separately. This is an issue for me because I can see myself running out of some of these faster than others. If I run out of a shade, I would have to buy a whole new stack to replenish what I've run out of which sucks because I still wouldn't be done using the ones I don't finish. I mean I'm sure it's going to take me a while to run out of 3.57 grams of eyeshadow so I'm not exactly worried yet.

Oh! I almost forgot! These have LONG staying power! I went out one night and slept with my makeup on (I know GROSS but it happens) and I wore my smokey eye the next day (because I did wash around my eyes and did my complexion) without much change and there was some creasing but that creasing didn't happen until 18 hours later…that's not fucking bad at all.

Overall, I give these a 4 out of 5! If you're going to get any of these, DEFINITELY get the DARK MATTER STACK!

Hope this was helpful!

,
Elba
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