Friday, August 31, 2012

EOTD: I think I've found my "Happy Place"...

Ummmm, yes. I have definitely found "The Happy Place." Stop being nasty - I'm talking about one of the new limited edition quads being promoted in the Super Natural Trend Collection from bareMinerals. 

This collection is gorgeous and features, along with several other products, two limited edition Ready 4.0 quads with new shades: The Happy Place and The Rare Find. I love them both! Check out my other post for my mini review, swatches, and comparison. Here is how I used The Happy Place:

  1. I primed my eyelid with the tarte clean slate 360 creaseless 12-hour smoothing eye primer.
  2. I swept the lightest shade all over my eye, from lash line to brow bone, with a Sigma E25.
  3. I used a Sigma E55 to pat the rose gold shade all over the lid.
  4. Next, I deepened the crease with the taupe shade, using an E25.
  5. With an E45, I blended the eggplant color just onto the outer corner.
  6. I used the same shade to line my upper lash line and placed it on the outer third of my lower lash line with an E30.
  7. Using the E30 again, I blended the rose gold shade on the middle third of the lower lash line.
  8. Next, I lined my upper and lower water line with the Maybelline Master Drama Cream Pencil in Midnight Master.
  9. Last, I applied gifted Amazonian clay smart mascara from tarte (loving this!).

Other products used: tarte clean slate poreless 12-hr perfecting primer, tarte maracuja miracle foundation in fair, Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles in Light, the Balm time balm concealer in lighter than light, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light Plus, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder, tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed, Maybelline Define-A-Brow in Light Brown, Rimmel Stay Glossy Lip Gloss in All Night Long.  

 I can't do the serious face pictures without giggling :)

What do you think? Do you have this quad? Any suggestions on how to use these shades?

Here's to you finding "The Happy Place" - Becca

bareMinerals and Stila: Mini Review and Swatches

My husband knows he's married to a makeup junkie...and I think he accepts it. Heck, I would go so far as to consider him an enabler, but I am absolutely not complaining about that. Honey, if you're reading this, thank you for my new "toys."

Stila Eye Shadow Trio Set in Amsterdam

Dune, Sun, Twig
Stila Eye Shadow Trio Set - Amsterdam

Included: a refillable 3-pan eyeshadow palette and a pan each of dune, sun and twig eyeshadows.

Dune, Sune, Twig

Dune, Sun, Twig
L-R Dune, Sun and Twig
These shadows are of the same great quality as the other Stila eyeshadows I own. Twig actually feels quite dry, but still delivers a beautiful color, albeit not quite as pigmented as I would hope. I think these are great shades for the summer, and for transitioning into the fall as well.

Dune, Sun, Twig
Direct sunlight - Dune, Sun, Twig
Dune, Sun, Twig
Indoors, natural light - Dune, Sun, Twig
I picked this little beauty up at Sephora for $16.00. You read that right. Such a great deal! There are several other options available, but I either wasn't interested in the color combination, or I already had one or two of the shades in the trio. I highly recommend these little sets - you can't go wrong!  

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 - Quads from The Super Natural Trend Collection

All of the bareMinerals Ready shadows I own have been superior in quality, and these quads are no exception. They are so buttery smooth and richly pigmented, they sometimes seem unreal. The only issue I've encountered is that the matte shades sometimes don't apply and blend as easily as shades with different finishes. However, I think it may just be because the shadow is sticking to the primer. I've solved this minor issue by using a lighter shade as an all over base, layered over the primer, and then continuing with my eyeshadow application as usual. The skipping does not keep me from using and enjoying these shadows, and it will not keep me from adding more of these to my collection in the future. 

These bareMinerals Ready 4.0 quads retail for $30.00 and are available online at, Sephora, QVC and Ulta. Since they are part of a limited edition collection, they may not be available at all retail stores and you should check availability before heading out to purchase. If you want to compare value, 4 refill pans from MAC would total $48.00 ($60 if purchased in the casing) for 6g of product. With bareMinerals, you are paying $30.00 for 5g, which, when compared is $8/g for MAC and $6/g for bM.

Check out swatches below, along with comparisons to other shades from my collection.

bareMinerals The Happy Place

Peace, Imagine, Exhale, Euphoria

This is my kind of palette! I have hazel eyes that can lean green when paired with the right shades. I like the way this quad brings out the green in my eyes, and I just plain like these colors. Check out my EOTD featuring this quad (to be posted soon! posted!).

Peace, Imagine, Exhale, Euphoria

Peace, Imagine, Exhale, Euphoria
Direct sunlight - L-R: Peace, Imagine, Exhale, Euphoria
Peace, Imagine, Exhale, Euphoria
Indoors, natural light - L-R: Peace, Imagine, Exhale, Euphoria

bareMinerals The Rare Find

Lost for Words, Surreal, Eureka, Frisson

I think this quad screams fall - such beautiful shades. The green shade was probably what attracted me most, that and it's limited edition. 

Lost for Words, Surreal, Eureka, Frisson

Lost for Words, Surreal, Eureka, Frisson
Direct sunlight, L-R: Lost for Words, Surreal, Eureka, Frisson
Lost for Words, Surreal, Eureka, Frisson
Natural light, L-R: Lost for Words, Surreal, Eureka, Frisson

Comparison Swatches

Let's start with The Happy Place....

Expensive Pink, Imagine, Pinot Noir, Brighton Peach, Imagine, Emerald Boudoir, Inglot 407, Variations, MelonI think I went a little crazy pulling out every shade I thought might be similar...oh well. Of the shades I swatched, I think MAC's Expensive Pink was probably the closest, followed by bareMinerals Pinot Noir and Inglot 407.

In both photos, the order is as follows: (1) Expensive Pink (MAC), (2) Imagine, (3)Pinot Noir (bM), (4) Brighton Peach (NYC duo), (5) Imagine, (6) Emerald Boudoir (highlight shade, Lancome), (7) Inglot 407, (8) Variations (peach shade, Chanel), (9) Melon pigment (MAC).
Expensive Pink, Imagine, Pinot Noir, Brighton Peach, Imagine, Emerald Boudoir, Inglot 407, Variations, Melon
I know the photos look almost identical, but it's a slightly different angle.

Tease, Exhale, CopperplateThe only shades I had that were similar were Urban Decay's Tease and MAC's Copperplate. Neither are very close, but I'd go with Copperplate for a similar look.

Moving on to the eggplant shade of Euphoria...ahhh, it's so pretty. Here we go: (1) Kaska Beige (dk purple shade, Chanel), (2) Euphoria, (3) Day to Night (purple shade, ELF), (4) Sketch (MAC), (5) Euphoria, (6) 423 (Inglot), (7) Private Affair (deep wine shade, Lorac), (8) Encore (purple shade, Smashbox), (9) Black Ruby (bM). 
Kaska Beige, Euphoria, Day to Night, Sketch, Euphoria, Inglot 423, Private Affair, Encore, Black Ruby
Comparison swatches for Euphoria
Although none of these shades are ones I would consider a dupe, there are a few that are similar. I'd say Sketch and Inglot 423 are similar, and even Black Ruby - although if you buff Black Ruby too much, it just starts to look black. After taking these photos, I about hit myself in the head. Why didn't I include Twinks in the mix? Don't worry, I finally came to my senses (look down there somewhere). 

Next, I have a comparison photo below of four MAC shades I would consider to be the most similar (of shades that I currently own).

MAC - All That Glitters, Expensive Pink, Copperplate and Sketch
L: The Happy Place
R: MAC's All That Glitters, Expensive Pink, Copperplate and Sketch 
Peace-All That Glitters, Imagine-Expensive Pink, Exhale-Copperplate, Euphoria-SketchPeace-All That Glitters, Imagine-Expensive Pink, Exhale-Copperplate, Euphoria-Sketch
The photos above are taken at a little bit different angles so that you can see the sheen of the shades. In each pair of swatches, The Happy Place shade is on the left.
Comparison of Peace and All That Glitters, and Imagine and Expensive Pink
Close up of Peace-All That Glitters and Imagine-Expensive Pink
Of the MAC shades I have, All That Glitters was the closest I had to compare to Peace. I'm fairly certain there has to be another MAC shade that would be more similar, or at least with the same finish, but I can only work with what I have.

Now, Expensive Pink is extremely close to being an exact dupe, but it is not 100% exact. The peachy/golden sheen in both shades is pretty dead on, however, the color is not quite the same.
Comparison of Exhale and Copperplate, and Euphoria and Sketch
Close up of Exhale-Copperplate and Euphoria-Sketch
Copperplate is obviously more gray than Exhale, but it may provide a very similar look when applied to the eye. Euphoria also has much more of a sheen than Sketch does, although it does have a similar color.

Finally, I decided to swatch Twinks next to Euphoria. I think I originally did, but there were swatches all over my hands and arms, and when it came to do the swatches for the photo, I somehow decided it was too brown to include. Twinks has a very similar finish, but the color is more brown than Euphoria. I think it would be worth it to try a look using Sketch and one using Twinks to see what performs more like The Happy Place on the eye.
Comparison of Euphoria, Sketch and Twinks
Top-Euphoria and Sketch, Bottom-Twinks (MAC)

Let's check out similar shades for The Rare Find...

Comparison of Spectacular, Eureka, La Douce and Meadow
L-R: Spectacular (bM), Eureka, La Douce (Stila), Meadow (Stila)

Now, I already own the Ready 2.0 in Scenic Route, and I was concerned (more like wondering) if the green shade in that duo would be too much like Eureka. While the color is similar, the sheen is not. Both are shimmery, but I'd say that Spectacular is more on the frosty side and has a much more prominent golden sheen. 

This color was much harder for me to find any shades that were similar enough to even include in a comparison. The closest shade I found was a bareMinerals eye and cheek color in Soft Focus Savvy.

Comparison of Frisson and Soft Focus Savvy
L-R: Frisson and Soft Focus Savvy
Hope the photos are helpful in either convincing you that you need these limited edition quads, or maybe that you don't need them. Did I mention that they are limited edition? These are wearable shades that can both be worn during the day and also intensified to be worn more dramatically at night.

Peace, Imagine, Exhale, EuphoriaLost for Words, Surreal, Eureka, Frisson

Let's not forget about the Stila trio in Amsterdam - such a great deal for some remarkable shadows.

So, what's the verdict? Are you going to make any of these yours?

Love, from one makeup junkie to another - Becca

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

DripKnots - Why You Need Them in Your Life

I received a set of DripKnots from my mother-in-law a few months ago. Oh. My. Gah. I opened them up and read the little description and thought they seemed like a pretty cool gift - until I actually put them to use. These are a life changer. Yes. Don't argue with me. They are. Get some. That's all.

You know exactly what I'm talking about - you're standing at your sink, washing your face, and when you're done, your sleeves/arms are all wet. There are drops of water on the ground, water on the counter, two random strands of hair stuck to your forehead, and as hard as you try to keep your arms level so that the water/cleanser won't run down onto your forearms, you just can't do it. Until now. I can hear the angels sing, "Hallelujah!" Ok, maybe that was a bit dramatic, but really, it is a pretty dang cool product that I highly recommend. But who am I? And why should you take my word for it? Because you should. I'm 31. I've washed my face a lot.

What you get: 2 DripKnots and 1 HairKnot. The set from Lovely Dorothy retails for $19.95 and you can need to check them out here. They are super soft, and super absorbent and are white with a cute colored accent material. You may be able to find these from other online retailers or inside an actual brick and mortar store (I'm pretty positive my MIL found them at a department store).

How you use them: Place one DripKnot on each forearm and the HairKnot on your head. Any water that drips down your forearms will be absorbed and your hair won't get wet either. Simple, but genius.

What do you think? Would you like a set of DripKnots?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Two Looks Using the NEW Maybelline 24HR Color Tattoo Eye Shadows

For these two looks, I used a mix of both my fingers and brushes for application. I mainly used my Sigma E25 for blending out edges and I used my bareMinerals full tapered shadow brush and fingers to apply the product from the pot. To line my eyes, I used a smashbox precision brush, unless otherwise stated. I used no primer and these shadows stuck around all day...not that I was surprised. I'm still loving these new shades, and I'm looking forward to using them as a colored eye shadow base next.

Look #1:

I tapped Gold Shimmer all over the lid and blended Mossy Green into the crease and outer corner. Next, I applied Rich Mahogany lightly to the outer corner and blended into the crease. I also ran Rich Mahogany on the outer third of the lash line, both top and bottom. I applied Mossy Green to the middle of the lower lash line and Gold Shimmer to the inner third. Using Barely Beige, I placed it onto the inner corner of my eye, and blended it onto the brow bone for a highlight. I lined my upper lash line with L'OREAL Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner in Bronze, as well as the upper and lower water line, just using the brush that came with it.

Look #2:

I blended a wash of Barely Beige over the entire lid, from lash line to the brow bone. Next, I placed Gold Shimmer in the crease and deepened with Rich Mahogany, concentrating on the outer corner. I lined my upper lash line with Mossy Green. Once again, I lined my water line with the L'OREAL Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner in Bronze.

I typically include a matte shade in my eye shadow looks, but I wanted to use only these new shades. Is it shimmery? Yes. Is it too much shimmer? You decide. I don't think I'd feel self conscious leaving the house with these looks, but I also think it might be nice to incorporate some sort of matte shade for a more toned down appearance. However, when blended out, both Rich Mahogany and Mossy Green give more dimension than just a straight up shimmer eyeshadow normally would.

How would you wear these shades? Let me know what your suggestions are below!

 <3 Becca

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New from Maybelline! (LE) Fall 2012 Scene On The Runway Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadows

I was hanging out with the kids, minding my own business, when I came across a FB update from Amarixe, showing a new blog post. What??!!? As soon as I saw her post, I knew these new shades had to be mine. 


I did my workout during the kids’ nap, and the second they were all awake, I took them to Rite Aid for a treat. Hey, ice cream for the kids, and new makeup for mommy – win-win, right? Wrong! 1-0 kids (but I did manage to sneak a few bites of ice cream. I worked out, remember? So it was ok). The Rite Aid down the street didn’t have these…so, I figured we might as well go to the Walgreen’s across the street and check there. I mean, we were already out, right? 

So picture me – the baby in one cart, diaper bag inside that cart, one twin in the seat of another cart, and the other twin sitting inside of that one. Pushing the cart with the baby and pulling the cart with the twins. Wouldn’t you want to load them all back in the car, drive across the street and do it again? Exactly. That is how bad I needed them.  And of course, I walk in Walgreen’s with my crew and they don’t have it. Frustration mounts.

Fast forward to last night at 9:45 p.m. – walking out of the third Rite Aid, and fifth store total, with the prize in hand. All four of the new earth tone shades were mine!! And no, the kids were not with me….I’m not that bad ;-). I picked these up for $6.69 each and received 10% off of each one. They were having a Buy One Get One 50% off on Maybelline products, but they wouldn’t give it to me on these, even though it didn’t specifically say they were excluded. I was a little miffed, but I was going to buy them anyway.

Now on with the only part of this you probably actually care about reading:

The Fall 2012 “Scene on the Runway” Collection features four limited edition shades, as well as two permanent shades: Barely Beige, Mossy Green, Gold Shimmer and Rich Mahogany are all limited edition, Bad to the Bronze and Audacious Asphalt are part of the permanent range. They feel the same in texture as the two previous shades I own (super creamy), and the staying power seems just as great. They are very pigmented and I would say they stay on better than my Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows, which I love – I washed my arm with soap and water, and the swatches were still on my arm! Of course, that was my arm and not my eyelids; I’ll let you know if it doesn’t perform as well on the eyes. All swatches are on bare skin.

Outside, no flash

Aren't these gorgeous?!? I love the way the sunlight shows off these stunning shades. Top to bottom: Rich Mahogany, Gold Shimmer, Mossy Green and Barely Beige.

Indoors, flash

Photo on left: Mossy Green and Barely Beige, Photo on right: Rich Mahogany and Gold Shimmer     

I’m planning on creating a look (or two) and posting pictures later, along with any other updates. Here are a few more pictures – I know I was dying to see as many as I could before actually going out and purchasing.

100 Barely Beige
I’m not sure where it originated, but I read that this might be a dupe for Painterly Paint Pot from MAC. Sorry, not even close, both in finish and color. Painterly is a nude peach with a matte finish, while this is definitely lighter and shimmery.  I would say it is a closer match for Bare Study, but it’s not exact. In the pot, they look similar, but swatched on the skin, Bare Study has a gold pearl, while Barely Beige looks a little more peach. On the eyes, the difference isn’t quite as noticeable. If you’ve been lusting over MAC’s Bare Study but don’t want to fork over the cash, I’d say this little beauty is worth a try.

L-Bare Study R-Barely Beige

The picture on the right is of several other lighter shade products (sorry for the bruises on my arm). I was messing around to see what I had close to this color already in my collection. From top to bottom, left to right:
Row 1 - Barely Beige, with Bare Study swatched directly underneath, Iced Latte (L'OREAL), Sin (UD), Nubile (MAC).
Row 2 - Barely Beige, Endless Pearl (L'OREAL), Bare Study and r.s.v.p. (Benefit).
Row 3 - Barely Beige, Tattle Tale (Benefit), Birthday Suit (Benefit), and Painterly.

Another closer up comparison, below, between fellow drugstore champions from L'OREAL, Iced Latte and Endless Pearl, and the new Barely Beige.

Top to bottom in both photos - Endless Pearl, Barely Beige and Iced Latte

Left to right - Iced Latte, Barely Beige and Endless Pearl

Continuing on with the other new shades....
200 Mossy Green
Beautiful mossy green with gold shimmer.

300 Gold Shimmer
Looks more on the bronze side, which makes me excited! Maybe even looks a little like an antique gilded gold…I don’t know, I never said I was amazing at describing colors.

400 Rich Mahogany

Gorgeous dark brown with, what looks like, red and gold shimmer. Can’t wait to try this on my eyes! Check out the photos below for shade comparison to similar products from L'OREAL and Benefit.

(L-R) Birthday Suit, Bronzed Taupe, Bad to the Bronze, Busy Signal, Rich Mahogany, Gold Shimmer
(L-R) Birthday Suit, Bronzed Taupe, Bad to the Bronze, Busy Signal, Rich Mahogany, Gold Shimmer
After completing that first comparison, I just had to go looking in the rest of my collection to see if I had anything else close to this shade. least, not in a similar formulation. I didn't even glance at my powder shadows - that would take too long! 

(L-R) R1 - Birthday Suit (Benefit), Bad to the Bronze
R2 -  Slate (tarte), Juju (UD), Busy Signal (Benefit), Taupe (Mally)
R3 - Bronzed Taupe (L'OREAL), Rehab (UD), Trailblazing Brown (Mally), Twilight (Mally)
Bottom swatch that is cut off is Rich Mahogany. This photo was taken outside, no flash.
The largest swatch is Rich Mahogany and is not included in the list below.
(L-R) R1 - Bronzed Taupe (L'OREAL), Slate (tarte)
R2 - Rehab (UD), Juju (UD), Birthday Suit (Benefit)
R3- Trailblazing Brown (Mally), Busy Signal (Benefit), Bad to the Bronze
R4 - Twilight (Mally), Taupe (Mally)
This photo was taken outside, with flash.

What do you think? Are you on the hunt for these? Will you be adding any of these shades to your collection?