Sunday, March 29, 2015

Confessions... Colour Pop Cosmetics: It Didn't Pop. It BURST!

I thought I'd be all gun-hoe about Colour Pop Cosmetics eyeshadows but right now I am not and it upsets me.


Finally I had a enough time to put together a makeup look and I was totally disappointed. I was disappointed because the colours that I had ordered were too shimmery and did not contain enough pigment. The contents of the container looked beautiful. I mean the colours are gorgeous and from the reviews and all the Instagram videos I watched they were gorgeous as well. The packaging was simple and pretty just like I liked but once I dipped my brush into the  eyeshadow, applied it to my eyes, I had to take a double take. I thought, "Is there even any eyeshadow on the brush?"


I know that I don't have a heavy hand instead I'm quite stingy with the makeup I disperse on my face. Partly because I'm cheap and partly because most eyeshadows I have are highly pigmented. Anyhow I didn't pick up as much colours as I like. I'm not makeup artist but I am an artist who seeks quality despite the ticket being high or low. And even though this price ticket was low ($5.00 each shadow) I was expecting a lot more. I expected the colours to be as true to the eye as it would on the skin except they were not.
The colour "Adios" was a bit grayer than I'd like. It tipped on the scale of a grayish/navy blue. "One & Done" was creamy butter-like as it said but the colour "Ex" was not a bright coral red, it was more of a soft pink with gold reflections. Kinda confused but still intrigued I thought of a light look to do for the day. Using these colors I still managed to created the Spring season on my eyes and topped off the look with a ton of mascara.


Disappointed I am not going to totally write this one off. Instead I am going to use my NYX Jumbo Pencil in "Milk" as my primer and then I will apply the eyeshadows again. Fingers crossed that it was only my "Touch Base Primer" by Clinique that influenced the eyeshadows to come out so shimmery and opaque. Cheers to an obsession that I just can't seem to kick. Don't worth Colour Pop Cosmetic. You've now become an potential additive to my obsession that I just can't seem to kick.

Confessions of a Makeup Hoarder
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

ModelCo "Peach Bellini" A Cocktail for the Cheeks


Obsession: ModelCo Blush Peach Bellini $18-$22


I am completely OBSESSED and I mean OBSESSED with this blush. It is literally the best thing to hit my face (and I beat my face almost everyday...with makeup almost everyday) in a long time. Besides that I came across this goodie courtesy of BirchBox. BirchBox is a beauty box subscription that I've been utilizing for almost 6 months now. They have introduced me to a lot of great products that cosmetic lovers such as you and myself would love.

Back to my point...

The texture of the product is medium to light with great pigment power. On a scale of 1-3, this blush is a 2.7. If you rub a little on your finger and apply it to your hand, the blush will be beautiful. It is slightly lighter than the container it comes in (of course), which will give me the opportunity to build upon it without the color being lost or overpowered.

Application Method:

  1. With a blush brush pick up blush by slightly pushing and slightly pushing the blush onto the blush
  2. Smiling just a bit, dab the brush onto the cheeks and blush lightly towards the upper cheekbones
  3. With a bit of bronzer and a bigger, (soft) powder blush apply bronzer into hollows of cheekbones and blend into "Peach Bellini"
  4. Finish of entire makeup book with e.l.f. Makeup Mist and Set

I love my cosmetics but I love a good deal even more. Try BirchBox and more importantly tag me #BeautyBiche and follow me on Instagram and tag me to your look when using my application methods. "Quality over quantity. Fuck it. I'll try both."

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Confessions... Tantalizing "Tantalizer Highlighter & Bronzer Matte Duo" Lorac Cosmetics

It had been a while since I found myself inside of any cosmetics stores such as Ulta, MAC or Sephora and then it happened. I went into Ulta 2 weeks ago to purchase some Biore pore strips and Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser and I could not stop picking up Lorac's "Tantalizer Highlighter & Matte Bronzer Duo." You should have seen me. I'd pick it up, stare at it and then I'd put it back. Once I got to the checkout line I finally put it back done. Giving it a mental goodbye I left the store feeling like I needed to go back. Hell, that little biche was so beautiful and kept calling my name. Taunting me for about two weeks straight I knew something was going to happen.

Everyday I would think of how I'd use the Tantalizer. I'd use the slightly golden chocolate brown colored bronzer side to contour my cheekbones slightly sucking in my cheeks creating a deep slope leading to my lips. In swift, soft strokes I dusted it lightly into the hollows of my cheeks while  blending it out towards the lips and back upwards towards the lower part of my ear. Switching from my angle brush to a medium dense tapered blending brush I lightly applied the pearl/pink undertone highlighter side to the highest point of my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and on my Cupid's bow. Oh the looks that I could create would be amazing.

With this idea in my head, I couldn't get over it so after work one night last week I headed over to Ulta and copped it. Super ecstatic that they had a smaller one for only $13, I swiped my little plastic devil and I was off with my goodie. Now that I have it, I don't skip a day without it. Dammit Lorac, why did you have to tantalize me like that?! It's okay though, this little beauty biche doesn't mind one bit.

Confessions of a Makeup Hoarder

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dotted Pedicures. Scratch of Sweden Nail Polish


What I am absolutely obsessed with (when I have time which is rare) is doing my own pedicures. I pull out all the bells and whistles. I look at my collections of Sin Professional and Scratch of Sweden nails colors and choose Scratch of Sweden has been winning lately.

It's something about all the goodness that percolated and got places on this little bottle of heaven on my nails. The ingredients, consistency, and the pigmentation just had me in awww. Like my heart beat speeds up thinking about how great the application is. One coat is great but 2 coats are like Oh My Gosh! Hello. Like I literally think I am a nail artist.

I'm rambling so let's move on... To achieve the same "white and dark chocolate covered strawberries" inspired pedicure then here ya go!

Products:



Tools:
Non acetone nail polish remover
Q-tips
Flat brush
Toe separators

Application Method
  1. Clean under nails toes and on top of nail bed then push back cuticles
  2. Rub Nail Food by Scratch of Sweden on cuticles and nail bed and buff into nail
  3. Wash and air dry feet
  4. Apply base/top coat (and ridge filler if nails are brittle)
  5. Apply 2 coats "French Hyper White"
  6. Apply "Just Red" only to the tip(s) of big toe(s)
  7. In swift motions apply "Jet" to create small stripes on top of "French Hyper White" avoiding "Just Red"
  8. In swift motions apply "Dusty Mocca" creating stripes next to "Jet" creating small illusions of tiger stripes
  9. Use toothpick to add more tiger stripe resemblance
  10. Dry nails for 2 minutes in front of a cool air
  11. Apply top shine coat
  12. WAIT 2 minutes and apply quick dry coat
  13. Dry nails for 5 minutes in front of a cool air then run feet under cool water to lock in the nail art
This pedicure will last you 2-3 weeks without no touch up.

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