Showing posts with label Makeup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Makeup. Show all posts

Thursday, November 21, 2013

LTHP Quickies: The GEO Mari Gold Circle Lenses in Blue from http://www.eyecandys.com

(**Press Sample**)
Hey people hey! It's Thursday,
  
It's what?!! Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I for one am just a little blown away by how fast the year 2013 has felt for me. Did the Earth's speed pick up, are we spinning around the Sun faster? A lot has happened this year... Including my "discovery" of circle lenses! 
 Today I want to give you a quick, close up look at one of my favorite pairs. These are the Mari Gold in Blue by Geo.
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 The reason why I wanted such an extreme closeup is because I really wanted to catch the reflection of the beautiful, Blue, micro sparkles that are embedded into these lenses. These have a 14.2mm diameter and a base curve of 8.6. Sadly, this particular style is only offered in "plano" (non script).
 These don't have a whole lot of an enlarging effect, but they do give amazing defintion to the iris as the outer ring is fairly darkened. What I love about these is how natural they look over my light Green eyes. Yes, in these extreme close-ups you can see the "pixelation" of the lenses, but the fact is that they are beautifully smooth. The sparkles are subtle, I had no issues wearing these. They have actually become one of my favorite pairs. I love the soft gradient of Blue tones. I just love how beautiful they look over Green.
 These babies are so comfy. Normally I can only wear most of my lenses for about Four hours or so. These pretties I wore for about Eight hours. I had absolutely no discomfort or blurring issues.

 For full face shots you can head to my Instagram account (@L_T_H_P) or the Eye Candy's IG account as well (@eyecandyscom). These are available from eyecandys.com and retail for $26.88

I'm just in love with these, and kind of would love to have the entire family of colors. I think the flecks really give them that extra- special touch. These are just so comfortable as well. 

 Thanks for stopping by today loves. I'm so very sorry about my absence. It has been a sucky few weeks, but things should hopefully settle down soon... Mainly I just need to get my shiz together ♥. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

LTHP Dabbles: Makeup Inspired by the Film "Black Swan"

Changes,

 They are sudden. They happen often, they happen when you least expect them.... I like to think we are all in control of our own destiny and that we can make changes for the better, and for the worse sometimes too. What this little ramble brings me to is that husband and I are in the middle of a VERY big transition. We will be leaving Florida tomorrow and driving to California to start our new lives. Yes, it is daunting and hectic, but we are excited and hopeful. 
 So, in keeping with the theme of changes and transitions I want to share my very first "Halloween Look" (if you want to call it that). I really just wanted to take on the character of Nina Sayers (The Black Swan), since the film came out back in 2010. All of a sudden I was finding myself relating to this character very much. There are so many changes in my life that are requiring me to change my complete outlook on many things. I'm growing, I guess? But much like Nina, I feel like things are changing within me (and sometimes I feel straight up crazy). So without further rambles, here is my take on the iconic Black Swan poster look. 
 I created my own custom "Black Swan" tiara. I really wish I had the time to have done the full costume. Anyhow, this was very challenging for me. This whole thing was a HUGE step out of my comfort zone, but I am SO happy I took it on. Why? Because I LOVE a challenge, and I love trying new things. I know the film has been out for over Three years, but as you can see it made a big impression on me... Actually all of Darren Aronofsky's films seem to do that to me. So I took on his Black Swan... 
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  I wont go into much detail about how to achieve the look because there are about a MILLION tutorials on You Tube on how to do this look, and a million different ways. I never meant for it to be an exact replica. I wanted to do my interpretation of such an iconic look. The hardest part was getting an even White "foundation" as I had to use cheap costume makeup and get creative with my Sugarpill Tako white eyeshadow lol. For the eyes I used mostly liquid liners to achieve the feathery look. For the metallic and shimmering details I used Sugarpill Tiara and Lumi mixed with a mixing medium to create a metallic "paint". Of course some editing was done to the photo to achieve that evil and dark look the poster has to it. I'm just obsessed with Black Swan. 
 I finished the look with some Red Vassen Lollipop circle lenses from Pinky Paradise and added feather lashes by Ardell. My lips were done in OCC's Black Metal Dahlia. To me the big finishing touch was my custom made tiara.

 Below you can see a closeup of the eye makeup detail. This was SO much fun to work on. I get two things from this look. There is the Black Swan vibe, but I am also getting an evil butterfly queen from this too.

Below you can also see detail shots of the tiara and I've posted some videos on how I achieved my custom piece. I had SO much fun working on this entire look. Is it perfect? NO, far from it.. But you know what? I don't care! I took something on that was WAAAAAY out of my skill set and brought it to life in a way I didn't know I had in me.

 Here are some vids explaining the process of the making of the tiara. 


 I really hope you guys enjoyed this post. I really poured my heart and soul into this mini project and it felt good to do so. Plus, since I will be moving during Halloween, might as well "dress up" now ;)!! But, in all seriousness, this was a challenge I've been meaning to take on for many years and I am so happy and excited to finally see it come to life. 

 I really hope you guys enjoyed this look. This whole post is very meaningful to me, for many different reasons. I really enjoyed working on this entire thing so much :D. Tomorrow we will be on the road to our new lives and I am excited to see what these changes will bring... Hopefully they don't end with me stabbing myself in the belly with a broken piece of glass though...... Oh and if you have not seen Black Swan, please DO SO!!! 

 Thank you so much for stopping by today my loves!! And please send all the good vibes our way ♥.! 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

That Time LTHP Met Sutan Amrull (aka Raja Gemini) at #TMSOrlando!!

Random post time!

  Last weekend I got to attend The Makeup Show in Orlando. That is where one of my dreams came true. I got to "meet" Sutan Amrull, of ANTM and RuPaul's Drag Race fame. He might be better known to some of you as the amazing Raja Gemini, winner of Season Three of RPDR. I got to watch this man in action and it was incredible. I also got to turn into a bumbling idiot in front of him, but who cares?!! I actually met one of my idols. I got to watch him work and the entire thing was just incredible. 
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Sutan and James Vincent go way back to working together at the first M.A.C counter. It was really surreal to have exposure to such incredible talent in one place. 
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MAAAANY more pics after the jump ♥. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fun with the Sugarpill Elektrocute Pigments and Cold Chemistry Palette

Good evening loves!!

  Today I have a makeup post for you guys... Mainly because I have no nails ready to go just yet. I'm drowning in Fall nail polish collections and trying my hardest to get trough them as quickly as possible. So, this past weekend I got to attend The Makeup Show in Orlando, as many of you guys may already know, if you follow me on Instagam (@L_T_H_P). I always take these shows as an opportunity to really go kind of crazy(er) with my makeup, because no one judges you there, in fact it is embraced. I live in "small town Fl" and here ppl look at me as if I ate babies for breakfast because I am different....and awesome.. lol.
 I was super excited to finally get a chance to play with my Sugarpill Elektrocutes neon, sparkly pigments. I also got a chance to play with my Cold Chemistry palette, which I got a few weeks back and just had not had a chance to play with it.
 I also listened to you guys on my last #EOTD post and I am (with much trepidation) sharing full face pictures on this post as well. A lot of you beauties suggested that I show how the eye makeup worked with the whole face look so.. yeah :D.... Granted they are IG shots, but... baby steps :D. 
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 To find out what I used for these looks and see some full face shots just continue reading ♥. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Lippy Swatch Spam Time!

(**Some products were provided for my consideration**)
Happy Thursday my painted beauties! 

 Today I want to share some swatches of several lippies I can't seem to stop wearing as of late. Lately I've been kinda digging the nudey/neutral lips for some reason. I'm normally into the insanely bright shades, but lately I've been feeling "at home" in neutral-ish shades. Something about a nudey lip with light makeup makes me feel fresh and feminine. 
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To see closeup swatches of these pretties just continue reading ♥. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

New Releases from Inglot- New Freedom System Gloss Palette and Eyebrow Shaping Pencils

(**press samples**)
I promise, last post for the day :D.

 First things, first; You guys ROCK! Thank you so much for all your heartwarming and encouraging comments on my previous post. I am so happy that you guys are as excited as I am. I am really, REALLY looking forward to all the awesome interactions the new additions to LTHP will bring. I also want to thank all of you for understanding why I need to do this as person, as well as a blogger. So, I can't say this enough; THANK YOU ALL for sticking by me during my adventures in beautyland!

  I figured, what better way to usher in a new era of awesomesauce; than by introducing you to some new goodies from Inglot! Back in August Inglot did a small release of several new products, and I was lucky to receive a few of them for review. Inglot is a cosmetic brand I've long been wanting to try. While I have had nothing but amazing experiences with all of their lacquers, I had not had a chance to play with their makeup. So, I was ridiculously excited to have a chance to try, not only their new Freedom System Gloss palette, but their new Eyebrow shaping pencil/crayons as well.  
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 The new Freedom System Gloss palette is made up of Five BEAUTIFUL, lightly shimmering, shades ranging from soft Nude, to chic Lilac. The texture of these glosses is just amazingly smooth and moisturizing. The pigmentation of the Two shades I've had a chance to actually wear was just stunning. These are opaque enough to tint the lips perfectly, but they play off of your natural lip color. Essentially these will work on any skin tone. They will look different on every person, but just as beautiful. I really thin, they've done a wonderful job with the colors they chose to release. My favorite part of these is that they do not feel sticky at all, they are just perfectly pigmented and smooth. 
 Even though they are a gloss, they actually wear very decently and last a long time. I applied mine with a brush. Application was an absolute dream on the Two I've tried, one of which I forgot to photograph ;-\. But, don't worry... I have a feeling this palette will be getting a lot of use. I am also certain these shades look amazing when mixed together. 
#201: A soft shimmering coral-toned nude shimmer. I've worn this one, one my lips it turned into a healthy Golden glow. It was beautiful. 
#202: An Orange-toned shimmering Coral. I've not had a chance to wear this one, but on the arm swatch it was fairly pigmented and slightly metallic. 
#203: A berry toned Red shimmer. Another shade I am just dying to wear. On my arm swatch it brought out some slight Orange undertones with a slight Golden shimmer. 
#204: A pink-toned mauve shimmer. On my arm it was a bit darker than it is on the pan. This one will get a lot of love I am sure as it has just enough Pink in it. 
#205: An amazing shade of light shimmering Lilac with Pink undertones. I have a lip swatch of this beauty below. As you can see on me it is a Lilac-leaning pink, and that shimmer really brings this, doll-like, color to life. I got many compliments on this shade. I wore it for several hours and it was very comfortable, and I needed no touch ups.  
 The glosses are available now. You can head to this post for full availability details on all the products in featured in this post.

 Another of Inglot's new Releases I got a chance to try out is their new Eyebrow shaping pencils. These come in Three shades and have a stiff, waxy consistency. They are easy to work with and make shaping and setting my brows so quickly.
 These pencils are the kind that twist up, hooray for no wasted product by having to sharpen! These also have really nice tight caps, they click with a vengeance and sometimes even give me a hard time opening, so no worries about your product drying up there ;). 
#63: is a light Ash Brown. #62 is a deep Espresso brown. This one is pretty much my go- to eyebrow pencil at the moment. #61 is a Black pencil. I used this one for a bold brow and it was pretty badass ;D. 

 I am SO happy to have finally had a chance to try some Inglot cosmetics. They are really amazing quality, and I really like the concept of the Freedom System palettes. They have so many different options! I love when companies give the option to customize your kit and Inglot is king when it comes to that. Needless to say that I am madly in love with the new Freedom System gloss palette. The colors are just beautiful and effortless. I definitely recommend the glosses if you are into just the right amount of color and having a nice range of customizable shades. I am also very pleased with the eyebrow pencils, though I am still mastering them. 

Have you had a chance to try Inglot products? If so, which are your faves? 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

LTHP Quickies! Jordana 12 Hr. Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils & Bold Liquid Felt Tip Liner

(**Press samples**)
Happy Tuesday! 

 This past weekend was pretty quiet for the husband and I. I was not doing too great and had to take it easy. Yesterday was not good either... Then, there was a not- so- nice comment in my inbox this morning... It not- so- kindly requested that I post something... "Post something already, I know you are depressed but c'mon".... Something along those lines.... How sweet, right?
  I don't even know how to follow up to this comment. Let's just say it's not OK to talk to anyone this way. That is all. I am fairly transparent with you guys about my health struggles because this blog originated as a result of these very struggles. Every now and then these issues will rise up and get in the way of my ability to produce content. This is out of my control, and I know a lot of you are very understanding of this matter. Sometimes, no matter how badly I want to post, swatch or do nail art.. I just don't feel well enough to do so. This has nothing to do with my depression or mental state. This is a physical thing, my body is not running at 100%. I do as much as I can, when I can. I don't think I should even have to explain this... Oh wait, I don't. But, I won't lie... It was hurtful to see such a comment. Behind all these pretty pictures of nails, and behind every single word; there is a person. A real human being with real human feelings... and they can get hurt too. 
  Right... the #31DC2013... I still have not decided if I will continue on with it. There is A LOT going on in my "real life" right now. The husband and I are doing a BIG MOVE in a few short weeks so there are a lot of preparations that have to take place. In hindsight, it was not a good idea for me to join in the challenge, but I might still take on the prompts in my own time. 
 I have SO MUCH product I want to/need to go through. I really don't want the blog to go dead during the time it will take us to move and settle in, so I have to swatch a lot and draft like a crazy lady. There is just an insane amount of work I have to get done in a tight time frame. We are very, very excited about this move though. It is something we have been wanting to do for a very long time.  

 So, now that we are kinda caught up... You guys, seriously, Jordana is KILLIN' IT right now with all their new releases. This post will focus on their new 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Pencil eyeliners and their new Bold Liquid felt tip eyeliner. These new Jordana products will be available at Walgreens stores as well as online. This new range of Six new eyeliners will retail for $2.49 each. I am so madly in love with these pencils. 
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 They have done a classic, creamy matte Brown and Black, along with Four shimmery, metallic shades. These all have such creamy and highly pigmented formulations. They glide with easy and don't feel like they pull at any time. The Black and Brown pencils are fantastic for the waterline and tightline. My eyes can be fairly sensitive and I have ran into no irritations with any of these pencils. They don't make my eyes tear up when I am applying them either.
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Aqua Last: gagagagorge metallic Sky Blue pencil. 
Purple Fix: smokey shade of Amethyst Purple with hints of Silver sparkle pencil.
Jade Jewel: deep shimmering Olive drab pencil.
Espresso Last: creamy coffee brown pencil. 
Charcoal Definition: super shimmery shade of charcoal grey pencil. 
Black Point: opaque black matte creme pencil. 

 I don't have favorites here. I adore them all. Of course I am really enjoying all the shimmering shades. But, a girl can't have too much Black or Brown eyeliner. Jordana also did a bold eyeliner pencil. These retail for $2.99. The only issue I have with this liner is that it is not waterproof. Other than that it has great pigmentation and good wear (long as it does not get wet). This pencil creates really awesome bold lines with ease. 
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 I am so impressed with all these new Jordana releases. The quality has been incredible, they have released beautiful colors, and the price has been oh-so-right. I also have some new mascaras by Jordana and I think that should do it on all the new Jordana products. These are available at Walgreens stores. 

 I hope you guys have a great day today! I am off to do a ton of work around the house. My motto for today is "swatch, drink (water lol), breathe". Mama has a LOT of work to get done. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

LTHP Quickies! Jordana 12 Hr. Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencils

(**Press Samples**)
Happy Friday Everyone!! 

  This Friday morning I have a quickie post for you guys! I am sooo very excited to share these new babies by Jordana. Jordana is a "sister company" to Milani They are available online as well as most Walgreens stores. What I love about Jordana is they make great affordable products. And when I say great, I really do mean great. These new 12hr. Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencils are as awesome as their Milani cousins. Though some of the shades Jordana released are dead on dupes for some of the Milani Shadow Eyez Waterproof eyeshadow pencils, I really don't mind. See, these are a fraction of the price as they retail for $3.99!!! Don't let that price fool you though, these are entirely amazing and the wear really is spectacular.  
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 I love that they did a mix of nude and bold, matte and shimmer. They really covered all their bases... And speaking of bases, these make AMAAAAAAZING shadow bases. I usually do my primer and then follow it by a layer of which ever shadow pencil shade I've chose for that day. These are fantastic on their own and blend really well, but they make even better eyeshadow bases.
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 Aren't they beautiful?!
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Eternal White: Matte White creme pencil. LOOOOVE this one for layering bright eyeshadows over! 
Continous Almond: This baby is a dead on dupe for Milani's Almond Creme. This is my go- to browbone shade. Even if I end up layering a color over it, this shade is usually a part of my eye makeup routine. 
Tenacious Brown: Beautiful matte coffee brown creme. This may seem weird, but I LOOVE using this pencil to fill in my brows. 
Stay-on Black: Matte Black creme perfection. 
Pink Evermore: A soft sparkling Pink. This shade is so beautiful on the inner corner. 
Prolong Purple: A gagagorg sparkling Amethyst Purple. 
Aqua Last: *.* *.*!!!! A beautiful shade of metallic aqua Blue. 
Endless Emerald: A sexy shade of shimmering peacock Green.

  These are all SOOO creamy, and so very pigmented, that a light hand is almost a requirement. They set fairly quickly, so don't take your time when working with them. These would not smudge at all!! I kept rubbing my arm swatches to see if there would be any give and, there wasn't :DDDD!! So for $3.99... I say these are a STEAL, and if you are in the market for a great and easy to use eyeshadow pencil.... You should go just ahead and grab these!! 

 I can't pick favorites because I love all of these shades for many reasons. Of course I am gaga for all the shimmering shades. But, the creme shades are so versatile and just plain awesome. Will you be keeping an eye out for any of these? Which shades are you loving most?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

LTHP Quickies! Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains

(**Press Samples**)
It's a quickie, humpday treat! 

  Ok, so I am SUUUUUUPER excited to be sharing these!!!! Let me tell you why; I am such a HUUUUGE fan of these types of chubby- pencil balm stains. I know many of us in the beauty community have had nothing but praise for the Revlon balm stains and the like. For me, they are like Pokemon, I've gotta catch em all! 
  Well, Jordana has very recently joined the balm stain game with their new Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain collection. They have done a range of Eight beautiful shades at a price point that makes it impossible not to want them all! These babies will be available at Walgreens stores, as well as the Jordana website and they retail for $2.99!!! You read that right, $2.99!!!!!! And let me tell you, the quality is AMAZING, the wear is incredible and they feel soooo good on the lips. 
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 They did a great job of covering the "color bases". The nudes are really wearable and I think they will flatter many skin tones. The Pinks are beautiful and I cannot wait to try the deeper shades. They are opaque, but not so opaque that they do not allow the stain color to work with your natural lip color. I hope that makes sense haha. 
 I've only gotten around to wearing Two of the shades, but the application was really nice, buttery and smooth. I didn't feel any pulling or dragging on my lips. They really do feel moisturizing and the wear on them is absolutely amazing. They are also versatile in that they can be worn as a wash of color, or built up to be full on vibrant. These also make great bases for lipsticks and do not need lip liner.  
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Nude Chic: A beautiful shade of light shimmering Taupe stain. 
Terra Crave: A really wearable shade of Caramel- toned creamy stain.
Sweet Pink: A sweet shade of light, Blue- toned Bubblegum Pink creme stain. 
Honey Love: A soft shade of Honey- toned creme stain. 
Candied Coral: A gorgeous shade of wearable Coral creme stain
Tropical Frenzy: A fun shade of Magenta pink creme stain. 
Rock 'n' Rouge: A beautiful shade of pinuppy Orange-toned Red creme stain. 
Cranberry Crush: A sultry shade of beautiful deep Mauve-toned creme stain. 

 I don't know if there are dupes here for any of the other balm stains in the market as I've not had a chance to compare them. The only comparable ones I own to these are the Revlon Balm stains. I didn't  find any dupes within the ones I own. Texture wise, I found these to be a bit smoother than the Revlon stains. The scent of these is so minimal, it barely needs mentioning. 
 I do have lip swatches of the Two pink shades I've worn so far. The wear on these was INCREDIBLE. I needed minor touchups throughout the day, even after eating and drinking. I would say I wore these for about 12 hours or so, and even after my shower my lips still had a slight Pink tint to them. I was especially impressed with Sweet Pink because it is a lighter shade of Pink and for some reason I was not expecting it to be so opaque and just plain awesome.  

Jordana Twist & Shine in Sweet Pink
 I just adore this shade. I am a sucker for light Blue toned pink lippies. I think they are sweet and fun. 

Jordana Twist & Shine in Tropical Frenzy
 This is right up my alley. Shades like these are my "safe colors". When I doubt, I Magenta. This baby is just my cup of tea.

  So to recap, these are AWESOMESAUCE. Also, at a fraction of the price of most Balm Stains out there, these are a real steal. They retail for $2.99, but they wear and feel like a much more expensive product. These will be available at Walgreens stores as well as online. I really can't wait to wear the rest of the colors and do some mixing too. Of course, it is no surprise that I LOOOOVE the Pink tones. But, I really do love all the colors they released and I think they will flatter a lot of different skin tones. 

Will you be on the lookout for these Jordana Twist & Shine Balm Stains? I will say this, if you were my bestie, I would tell you to run out and buy these!! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

LTHP Loves: Cat Eyes!

(**Some products are press samples**)
Happy Tuesday my beauties!! 

  Today I want to share Three eye makeup looks I've done recently that I really enjoyed. I'm a firm believer in the power of a good cat eye. I don't know what it is about a simple cat eye that makes me feel so complete and glamorous haha. Most of my looks are just not right until a cat eye liner is added. 

Shady Lady 
Primer: Too Faced Candlelight Primer
All shadow colors used are from The Balm's Shady Lady Palette. Wearing Geo Princess Mimi Sesame Grey Circle lenses in this photo. 
Browbone: Jet Setting Jennifer
Transitional shade: Luscious Lani
Crease: Shameless Shanna
Lid: Curvy Cami
Inner Corner: Jet Setting Jennifer
Outter corner and lower lashline: Caught in the Act Courtney
Cat Eye: Milani Ultra Fine liquid liner in : Prismatic Purple
Mascara: Grandissimo Lashes by Milani
Brows: Milani Shadow Eyez pencil in cafe Au Lait

Desert Sunrise
 Primer: Too Faced Candlelight
All shadow colors used are by NYX Cosmetics Shangri La Trio eyeshadow palette.
Browbone: Beanie
Transitional Shade: Peach Mix
Crease and Outer corner, lower lashline: Shangri La Orange
Lid and Inner Corner: Shangri La Gold
Cat eye: Jesse's Girl Waterproof eyeliner
Waterline: Milani Liquid Eye liquid like eye liner in Brown
Mascara: Milani Grandissimo Lashes
Brow: Milani Shadow Eyez Pencil in Espreso Line

Nude Americana
 This was my #EOTD for Independence Day. I paired this simple eye with a bold Red lip and it was an awesome thing. 
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion
All shadows used are from the Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette
Browbone: Virgin
Lid and Crease: Sin
Lower lashline: Sidecar
Inner Corner: Virgin
Brows: Milani Shadow Eyez Pencil in Espresso Line
Mascara: Milani Grandissimo lashes
For my vibrant blue cat eye I used Sugarpill's Chromalust Pigment in Royal Sugar mixed with BFTE mixing medium to create a liquid liner of sorts. I absolutely adored this look. 

 What is a quick makeup look that makes you feel instantly glam? For me a simple face and a red lip usually do it :D. What is your go-to look that makes you fee extra confident? 

Monday, July 29, 2013

LTHP Quickies! Milani Coming Up Roses LE Powder Blush Collection- Flora Passion

(**Press Sample**)
Good evening darlings!! 

 For this evening quickie I have one of Milani's new limited edition Coming up Roses blushes. I was suuuper excited to see Milani was doing new blushes because I am/was a HUGE fan of their Illuminating powders that they released last year. I'm just a sucker for Milani cosmetics. 
  This collection is made up of Four Rose-hued pressed powder blushes and they are shaped into a beautiful rose in the pan. I almost could not bring myself to swatch/use this blush because the product looked too beautiful in the packaging. The demand for these was so high that I am only able to review one of them for you. That said, I completely get the hype over these beautiful blushes! 
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 I was sent Flora Passion for review. This lovely blush is a soft shade of muted Pinky-Coral. There is also a beautiful warm, Golden glow-undertone to this beautiful shade of blush. I love the finish on this blush, it is a beautiful satin-like look; not totally matte and not too shimmery. This particular shade really hit my soft spot because I LOOOVE me a good Coral blush and this baby definitely delivers. I love the warm, healthy glow this shade gives my cheeks. 
 The pigmentation on this blush is just right for me. I kept a light hand when swatching/ wearing it so I could build it up to my liking. The texture of Flora Passion is really nice,smooth and almost creamy. Not powdery at all.
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 These beautiful blushes will be available in early August at select CVS, Walgreens, Meijer and Fred Meyer stores, some stores may have them out sooner. They will also be available online on Milani's site. 

Have you tried any Milani blushes? I've also read great things about their baked blushes. Do you have any favorites? 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Geo Princess Mimi Sesame Grey- Pinky Paradise Circle Lense Review

(**Pinky Paradise press samples**)
Good afternoon and happy Monday!! 

  I'm kicking this week off with something a bit different, a circle lens review. Circle lenses are these awesome lenses that usually give an enlarging, dramatic effect to the iris of your eyes. Circle lenses have been around for a while, there are SOOO many different variations of styles and colors. They can be subtle and realistic, they can be extreme and animated. 
 Ever since I got into the madness of makeup and caught sight of circle lenses, I had been wanting to try a pair out. I just LOOVE the effect they create, bit, googly anime eyes. The pair I am showing you today is one of my favorite pairs, I have four. These are probably my most "dramatic" pair, also the biggest in diameter at 15.00mm. I really wanted a set of Grey lenses so I went with the Geo Princess Mimi Sesame Grey pair. These were listed as one of their top sellers and I wanted to see why that was the case. 
 I absolutely adore these, they are fairly comfortable, my most comfortable pair actually. These have a water content of 38%, the highter the water content, the more comfortable they tend to feel. These happen to fit my eyes really well and don't bother me, even after extended wear. 
Not 100% sure what I used for this look. i think it was one of the newer Wet n Wild Spring LE Palettes. 
  The effect these create is quite dramatic as they have a pretty dark outer ring. They add A LOT of definition to the irises. I love the soft blend from the Grey to my natural Green eye color. From up close they look a bit startling, but from afar they create an amazing, intense effect. The grey is a great contrast against Green eyes.
Sugarpill look. All Sugarpill Chromalust pigments used. 
  These look great with all colors of makeup, though my favorite shades to wear with these are cool tones.
Red Cherry lashes
  I have found that if I kee my eyes hydrated during wear (Systane drops are my BFFS), the lenses feel much better. I have slightly sensitive eyes, so I cannot wear these for very long periods of time. Circle lenses don't necesarilly allow the eyes to breathe, it is best to wear them "cosmetically" for me.
All BFTE Cometics Pigments used. 
 Pinky Paradise has an amazing assortment of lenses, but when I was picking mine, I went with the more "natural" looking ones. I wanted to ease into wearing lenses. I can only say this.. I am HOOKED!!!! It is so much fun to create these looks, characters almost by adding some cool lenses.
Lime Crime Aquatenea Palette used
 I always get tons of compliments when I wear my lenses. People always think theyare my real eyes, which is pretty neat :D. Here are some full face shots so you can see what the effect looks like a bit better from further away. I just love the intensity these lenses give my eyes.
 Have you ever worn circle lenses? If so, which have been the most comfortable for you? I really want to get more, but I really want them to be comfortable and wearable. These particular ones I featured today are really comfy, but I want different styles as well.

 Enter code "letthemhavepolish" during checkout at Pinky Paradise to receive a free cute animal lens case and a free mystery gift with purchase!!

Circle lenses freaky or cool? "When in doubt, freak 'em out"- Sharon Needles ♥.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

LTHP Quickies! Milani Naturally Chic LE Shadow Eyez Pencils- Swatches & Looks

(**Milani and Pinky Paraside press samples**)
Good morning and happy Tuesday!

  Truffle will be here with her pick later on. For now please enjoy this quickie post covering the Milani Shadow Eyez Neutral pencils. These babies are a limited edition release. That said, they are still available online and I have seen them in stores (mostly CVS pharmacies). 
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 I was/ am a HUGE fan of the original Shadow Eyez pencils. So, when I found out that Milani was releasing a set of neutral shadow pencils I was fairly ecstatic. I love everything about them. They are insanely versatile. I've used mine on their own, as powder shadow bases, as pigment bases, as an eyebrow filler and brow bone highlighter. And I dare say that they even improved the formulation of their pencils. These are SOOO much creamier, smoother and blendable. The pigmentation of every single shade is superb, perhaps even a bit much (if there is such a thing). Some of these shades are best applied with brushes, rather than using the pencil directly on the lid. 
 The wear on these is AMAZING. When they say 12 hours, they mean 12 hours. They are also truly waterproof. These do set quite quickly so I do have to work a bit fast with them, and one eye at a time. 
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Almond Creme: an amazing shade of matte Vanilla toned creme. This shade has become my holy grail brow-bone shade as well as one of my favorite all-around bases. I will usually do a layer of my Milani eye shadow primer then a light layer of Almond Creme as a base for many of my eye makeup looks. 
Sand Dunes: another MUST HAVE from this set. I mean, really! This pencil has the smoothest, creamiest application of them all. This shade is also very shimmery, but not in a tacky way. The shade itself is a very, very light shimmering Taupey-Gold It just seems to light up my lids perfectly. I also love this as inner corner highlights. This shade is sheer so it can be built up or just swiped on for a touch of shimmer.
Golden Bronze: this shade is a great accent on lids for a quick sultry Summer look. This pencil also has a very creamy application. This shade is very pigmented and a light hand works best to blend and build up. 
Cafe Au Lait: is a lovely, light cocoa brown matte creme. This shade is great on the crease. This pencil if highly pigmented and is best applied with a brush. 
Espresso Line is a deep, true Brown matte creme. This shade is great to  darken the outer V's of the crease as well as on the waterline. But, by far, my favorite use for this pencil is to fill in my brows. It has made it effortless for me and they always wear all day long. This shade is also best applied with a brush. 
Black Ink I have not gotten to use a whole lot. I did, however, use it as a base to layer light Golden shadow over and it created the most amazing effect I had ever seen! This shade is also crazy pigmented and best applied with a brush. 

 Just for shiggles, here are some looks I've done using these pencils. I've applied the shadow pencils with brushes for these looks. I found this to be the best way to get even application and for ease of blending.  

Featured in this look are Almond Creme, Sand Dunes, Espresso Line and just a bit of Black Ink. The lashes are some of Ardell's Double Up, #202 in Black. Milani Grandissimo lahses mascara. The cateye was done with Jesse's Girl waterfproof liquid eyeliner pen. 
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 This look features a bit of Almond Creme, Sand Dunes, Golden Bronze, Espresso Line and Champagne Toast from the original set. The lenses are from www.pinkyparadise.com. They are the G&G Big DM23 in Violet. I will be reviewing the lenses themselves soon. Mascara: benefit They're Real. 
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This was an "adventure" look for me. I wanted to try a new shape and look. I was inspired by Sokolum's signature "Almond Cat-eyes". For the Purple bit I used a mix of Shadow Eyez in Royal Purple and then I used Milani Liquid- Eye, Liquid Like pencil in Perfect Purple. I used a brush to blend and create the cat eye shape. For the Pink accents I used Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eye pencil in Woodstock. I also used Sand Dunes and Almond Creme. The purple lashes are Sugarpill's Angel Baby falsies. I had a lot of fun with this look and actually got a ton of compliments. It's always fun to try something new! 
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 Have you picked up any of these Milani Shadow Eyez pencils? I will insist that if you have not, you are SO missing out!! These are a great product at a great price point. My faves from this set def have to be Sand Dunes, Almond Creme and Espresso Line. But they are all worth having.

Any of these catch your attention?

Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Lippy Spamalamadingdong!!

(**Milani and Hard Candy Press Samples**)
Good afternoon lovelies!! 

  For this edition of Monday spam I am sharing a TON of lippy swatches! I've become quite the lip color fiend. I remember a time when I feared lip color, and I feel so SILLY when I think back to those days. To me (now), a good look is not complete until I add some mascara and a fierce pout! I've ventured into wearing bold Reds, extreme mattes and mastering OCC lip tars. As you can see, I just LOVE the bright shades. I'm having troubles finding nude tones that look good with my skin tone... So I'll just stick to my brights instead ;). 
 Since there are lots of pics I am doing a jump. To see close ups of these pretties just continue reading ♥.