Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bliss Fabulips Review

Recently, I happened to stumble onto the Bliss Fabulips Collection at Sephora and couldn't resist picking it up!

My favorite parts were the lip exfoliator and the lip balm. I don't really think that I will use the cleanser or lip plumper too much, but liked the set overall.

             My puppies kept trying to get me to play with them while I was shooting the video!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Drew Barrymore Covergirl Look

I've seen this ad in magazines for a while and have been itching to try something similar. I'm not really a huge fan of Drew Barrymore, but I think she looks completely gorgeous here!

For this look I used-

*Hard Candy Nobody's Perfect Concealer Palette
*Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer
*Covergirl Foundation in Ivory 205
*Mary Kay Mineral Powder in Ivory .5
*Philosophy Hope in a Jar Moisturizer- I'm actually pretty tan and had to lighten my skin color for this look. The foundation and powders made my skin look flat, so the moisturizer helped to re-luminize me!
*Benefit Dandelion Blush for under the cheekbone
* Hard Candy Blush in Pin-Up for the highlight

*Urban Decay Primer Potion
*Urban Decay Sin for the browbone highlight
*Urban Decay Crystal eyeshadow
*Clinique Cream Liner in True Black 02
*Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash

*Sephora Lipstick in Maniac
*MAC Vivaglam Gaga 2 Lipgloss
*MAC Lustreglass in Ensign

Hope you enjoy!

Nails Inc. Magnetic Polish Review

So, for some exciting news- I now have my very own Youtube channel!! Yay!!! Also Yikes- Me in full on video format for the world to see is a little scary!! But my channel is called BeautyHolic88 and you can check it out at:

In other news, I have finally gotten around to trying out my magnetic polish and I really like it! So I will include my video review as well as just my regular review. I check out blogs while I'm at work (I know- shame on me!!) and can't watch videos, so I like to be able to see what's going on in text!

 I got the Nails Inc. Magnetic Polish in Houses of Parliament from Sephora for $16. That's kind of steep for a polish, but it has a magnet on the lid and the magnetic flecks inside and I just really wanted to try a magnetic polish, so I paid it anyway...

The process for the magnetic polish is slightly different from normal polishes. You first put a light coat on each nail and let it dry.
After that coat is completely dry, you put a heavy coat and immediately take the magnet part and hold it over the wet polish while wiggling it slightly and go nail by nail.

The magnet makes cute little wiggly designs on the nail. One problem though is that it sometimes just kind of makes a blotch on the nail if you don't do the magnet just right.

Overall, I really like the polish and would probably buy it again in a different shade. I do hope that the price gradually goes down though!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Theatre of the Nameless

The first time I saw an Illamasqua campaign, I instantly fell in love with them. They are crazy and over the top, but still manage to look amazing! This is one of the looks from their newest campaign Theatre of the Nameless, that inspired me the most:

 I wanted to do something that was loosely based on the picture, but not quite as crazy. (Disclaimer: This look is for fun; I would not wear it out!!!!)

For the face, I used:
-Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
-CoverGirl Foundation in Ivory 205
-Mary Kay Mineral Foundation in Ivory .5
-Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer
-Stila Blush in Art Deco under the cheekbones
-Too Faced Pink Cheeks as highlight

-Urban Decay Primer Potion
-Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin
-Clinique Cream Liner in True Black
-Sephora Lashes
-Tarte Gifted Mascara

-ELF Brow Gel
-Mally Eyeliner in black to draw brows

-OCC Lip Tar in Pageant
-Mally Eyeliner in black to trace around lips

It's kind of a shame that as much as I LOVE Illamasqua campaigns, I have never actually used their products!!! But I plan on trying them out soon. Hope you enjoy the look!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Anniversary Haul!

Today is my 4th wedding anniversary with my husband! He always supports me in everything I do (even when he doesn't understand, like my makeup obsession!) and has given me an amazing anniversary this year!

I got these while I was at work today!

We found a piano for super cheap last week and he told me it could be our gift to each other (but only if I teach him how to play!)

He let me buy the Kardashian Kollection top that I've been eyeing for the past month every time I walk past Sears!

And helped me pick out a watch for my clinicals which start in a week- and I am NOT excited for!

And lastly, he let me pick up these 2 sets from Sephora that I have been DYING to try! I got the Sephora Favorites set and the Glitz and Glam.

And these are just a few items that I've just kind of collected over the past week! I am extremely excited to try these out and review them- so there will be LOTS of reviews coming soon!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

October Birchbox Review

After much anticipation, I finally received my first monthly Birchbox last week!

It contained:
*Befine Lip Exfoliator
*Caudalie Vinoperfect Cell Renewal Night Cream
*Laura Gellar Spackle Tinted Under Makeup Primer in Bronze
*Orofluido Beauty Elixir
*Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color

I was a little nervous to get this box after seeing some of the things that other people got, but was really excited once I saw what was inside!

The Befine Lip Exfoliator was the thing that excited me most in the box. Unfortunately, it was a major letdown. The grains in the formula are super small and there aren't very many in there so you don't really get much exfoliation at all.

Instead, I would recommend Victoria's Secret Smooth FX which has larger exfoliating grains in it for more sloughing off of dead skin or Mary Kay's Satin Lips set which has a lot of smaller grains and works pretty well.

The next item I was really excited about was the Laura Gellar Spackle primer in Bronze. There wasn't really much bronzing in it, but as a primer it was nice and did not make my skin feel greasy like a lot of primers do. Overall, I think that I would buy it again. At $25, it does a good job.

I'm never really that excited about skin cream, but this one is actually really good. As soon as I put it on, my skin felt softer. The next morning, my skin did have a little more brightness to it as well. For a 30 ml bottle, it costs $68 so it's a little pricey, but I would consider buying it as I really like how it made my skin feel.

My hair is SUPER dry, so I am always on the hunt to find to something that will help tame the little frizzies that pop up. Unfortunately, this is not it. It is a little thicker than most of the serum's that I have used, and did not really work all that well.

Two products that I find always work pretty well for me are:

I really like Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective oil which is similar to the Orofluido, but not quite as thick. Bed Head Biggie After-Party is my other go to frizz banisher, but is more of a cream instead of an oil.

The Oribe shampoo and conditioner was actually pretty nice and made my hair really soft. As it was an extra, the price was not listed so I looked it up and found it for $39 each bottle. Although it was nice, I don't think I would really spend $80 on shampoo and conditioner!

Overall, I was impressed with this month's Birchbox and CAN'T WAIT for next month's already!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

MUFE Tres Vichy look

So unfortunately I am still being afflicted with the crazy face breakout rash thing :(  But I wanted to do a new look today anyway so I broke out my Makeup Forever Tres Vichy lashes that I got forever ago and haven't really played with!

In their campaign for the Tres Vichy collection, one of the looks I saw was a rainbow eye with these lashes, so I kind of wanted to do a super girly take on that.

On my lips I used OCC Lip Tar in Interlace with Neutrogena's Soothing Lip Sheer in Shimmering Blush on top. Side note- OCC Lip Tar is AMAZING!!!! They are one of the few lip items I can get to stay on my lips for more than 5 minutes!

For my cheeks, I used Stila blush in Art Deco which is crazy vibrant (I know you can't tell here but that's due to not the best lighting!) and toned it down slightly with Hard Candy blush in Honeymoon.

On my eyes, I used a light green shade on the inner corner, a pink on the outer corner with a pinch of dark pink on the outer edge and crease and silver at my browbone and tear duct areas. All of these shades came from my BH Cosmetics palette.

I lined my upper lashline with Clinique Cream Liner in True Black.
I actually had to go out and work on a project for school with a partner, so I toned down my look by removing the lashes (which are super uncomfortable by the way!) and making the liner more of a cat eye look!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

My Hockey Game Face!

There's nothing quite like a hockey game- whether it be flying ice chunks or the beatdowns, I enjoy it all! So for my latest game, I thought it would be fun to try out a more sporty look. Unfortunately I have some kind of crazy face rash on my chin and forehead that I couldn't completely cover so I look just a little bit crazy!

To cover up my rash, I used Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer which is AMAZING! Even though you can still see the rash, the concealer made it like 1000 times less noticible than it was before!

For the stripe, I used Ben Nye Professional Wheel in red, back and white.

On the eyes, I used from the Too Faced Natural Eye Palette: Silk Teddy for the highlight, Honeypot on the lid and Sexpresso in the crease and to line the bottom lid.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Yay Urban Decay!!! Book of Shadows IV Edition

I have always been a big fan of Urban Decay. Their eyeshadows are extremely pigmented and come in such a wide variety of colors. Not to mention anytime I wear eyeshadow, I am wearing their Primer Potion. So needless to say, I HAD to try out one of their latest releases Book of Shadows IV and I was not let down!
Book of Shadows IV comes with:
* 16 shades of Eyeshadow
* A full size Perversion 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner
* .18 oz Supercurl Mascara
* .13 oz Primer Potion
* A small speaker with cord that you can connect to your phone
* A scan-able card for tutorial videos
* And lastly, ADORABLE packaging!

It costs $64.00 from Urban Decay, which I thought was reasonable considering that you get 16 eyeshadows and the mascara, primer and eyeliner in it.

There is even a pocket to hold your cell phone beside the mirror!

Since I tend to use a lot of neutrals day to day (I can't do anything that crazy for work!) I thought that there was a good mix of neutrals and colors, unlike some of their palettes that just have a lot of color that I probably couldn't wear as often.

This is the little speaker box on the left. I've tried it a few times and it's pretty cool. I haven't looked at the tutorials yet as I am slightly smartphone challenged and don't know what to do!

From left to right, these are Crystal, Gunmetal (which is grey, I don't know why it pulled greenish), Blue Bus and Gravity.

These are Bender, Cobra, Hijack and Lost. These 8 were more of the colors in the palette. The rest are more of brown neutrals and shades that I would use as highlights.

Here are two simple eyes I did using a few of my favorite shades:

I used Sin as a highlight with Crystal on the lid and Blue Bus in the crease. (I think Crystal is probably one of my favorite shades!)

Here I used Midnight Cowgirl as the highlight with Midnight Rodeo on the lid and Lost in the crease.

Overall I really like this palette and would have to give it 4 stars. 10 of the 16 colors are new and I like most of them, and I think you get a lot for your money. My one complaint would be that the box is too large for what is in it and I do not have a lot of space for my cosmetics as it is! Also I am NOT a fan of their mascara, so they definitely could have left that out!