FOTD Friday: e.l.f.’s Bright Eye Beauty Book. Are you ready, class?

I feel like it’s been forever and a day since I’ve worn makeup. First of all, it’s too dang hot to wear anything more than mascara, liner and lipgloss. I feel like anything more will melt off of my face the second I step outside. But alas, I just had to give this e.l.f. bright eye beautybook a try.



Glad to see that e.l.f. has the ingredients laid out for us to see. A must have for ladies and gents with allergies.

You can grab this beauty book and many others like it for a whooping $5. No, I’m kidding. $5 is not at all whooping for a palette of 12 eyeshadows. But is the quality up to par? Let’s take a look see here…

For $5 you’ll get 12 eyeshadows, a mini eyeliner and a double ended sponge-tip applicator. At first sight, the shadows look to be pretty pigmented. I am loving the range of colors and when I swatched it, they came out silky smooth on my skin.

 


To the left of the book you’ve got a little diagram and suggested eyeshadow placement and looks. Which will come in super handy for those new to makeup. But I’m pretty much a know-it-all and so I ignored the suggestions and got right to work. The minute I saw that purple shadow, I KNEW I wanted to use it. Right on the lid it went.

By the way, pay no mind to that scar in between my eyebrows. Like clockwork, I get this pimple every 2 months or so and I always go overboard trying to pop it and end up scarring my skin. Happens EVERY time. But we digress…

Despite really trying to pack the purple on the lid, it just wasn’t giving me the payoff I wanted. What gives? And I used a pretty good base too.

See how faint it looks? I went outside for some natural lighting and nope, it wasn’t my imagination. The shadows really aren’t THAT pigmented. Even if they look so in the palette.

Well, I take that back. The lighter and shimmery shades are probably the best ones in the palette. The one I used on my browbone dominates the look. I didn’t realize that I used so much of it. It’s aliiiiive. Can you see it?

I don’t care how long I live in Florida. I will ALWAYS complain about the humidity. Always.

Yeah. That’s that. I want to crank out a few more looks with this palette just to see what I can create. So far I can say that the neutral and lighter shades do fantastic at applying right on the lids. As far as longevity, despite not being as bright as I wanted it to the be, the purple hung around for the entire day. Impressive, no?

For $5, I don’t think it’s a bad palette. I wouldn’t call it a bright eye palette though, e.l.f. The only shade that really stood out was the vibrant purple. Still. It’s a great starter palette for those new to makeup or for the kids on a budget who want something new to play with. I love the “beauty book” concept though. That’s cuuuuute.

The books come in Bright, Smoky, Everyday and Natural. There’s a palette for everyone. You can get them online and anywhere e.l.f. products are sold. I’ve seen ‘em at Target.

What do you think? Yay or nay to e.l.f.’s beauty books?

FOTD Friday: MAC’s Hocus Pocus is magical!

It’s been a while since a makeup collection has made me actually want to spend money. Which sounds horrible but between attempting to find financial security and feeling like I have enough when it comes to makeup, I’ve got to be really selective when it comes to bringing home new beauty stuffs. The MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions collection had me super hyped up.

While I only snagged a shadow and two glosses, I want to feature them individually. Because they are just that awesome. First up is The Makeup Girl’s Hocus Pocus.

Watch the magic behind this stunning shadow…

Clumps 4th Anniversary: Giveaway! NYC New York Color palette & lip stain!

Words can’t explain how excited I am to be giving away one of my favorite eyeshadow palettes. It’s funny because I didn’t think I would ever be a mega fan of NYC New York Color’s shadows. Back in the day, while their shadows were still affordable, they pretty much sucked when it came to  staying on the lid. The colors were not at all pigmented and were pretty blah. But oooooh, girl…have they stepped their game UUUUP! The IndividualEyes Custom Compact palette in Park Central is rockin’ my world.

FOTD Friday: Super blue eyes

I haven’t worn blue eye shadow in forever. And I do mean forever. I was itching to do something pretty wild one Saturday. Which is crazy because all I was doing was going to the mall. I didn’t want to walk around with vivid eye shadow in the mall. But who cares. You only live once. 8)

By the way, does anyone else hate shopping as much as I do? I mean, I reallllllly hate shopping. If it’s not for beauty stuffs or gadgets, I could really pay someone else to shop for me.

But anyway, hit the jump to see the blue lids.

FOTD Friday: My eyes…in 3D!

Happy Friday, gorgeous people! Today’s face of the day is brought to you by LORAC. Remember that time I reviewed one of their lippies? I’ve been having a LORAC love affair since then. The brand recently released a ton of hot new goodies. But they aren’t what you think they are. They are in 3D!!!

I know, right? You’re mesmerized too, uh? I know. Hit the jump to get a close-up.

FOTD Friday: Cool and Natural look from Korres

Happy Friday, darlings! Can you believe that the month of January is almost over? Whyyyyy? And how annoying is it when people say things like,

“OMG…2011 is off to a bad start.” OR “2011 is so not my year.”

One month can not determine how an entire year will go. We have to speak positive mantras. 2011 IS a great year. Keep livin’ and you’ll see what I mean. In the meantime, check out this cool Korres eye shadow palette.

Each shadow has its own door. Want to see what’s behind those doors? Hit the jump!