FOTD Friday: Violent Lips temporary tattoos

Halloween is comiiiing! Are you dressing up? Got a costume? Goin’ to a party? I haven’t quite decided what I’m going to do for Halloween. I really only get dressed up if I’m going to an event, but if I’m not, inhaling a bag of Halloween candy and then complaining about how much weight I’ve gained the following week should suffice. If you’re lookin’ to do somethin’ a little different for the spooky holiday, check out Violent Lips.

I know, right? Looks kinda cool/weird. Have you heard about these temporary tattoos? I think they are super practical for those of use who want to do something shocking without going over the top.

Okay, I lied. Wearing a temporary tattoo on your lips can be considered “over the top” but you know what? It’s fun, unexpected and totally innovative. So how do these work?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out but be prepared to spend a good 10+ minutes applying it as it takes time. Going too quickly can result in making some errors. Which of course will be spotted all over this post 8)

Spotted at Sephora and Sephora.com, you can get Violent Lips for $15. Considering you’d only wear these for special occasions, I think it’s a pretty good deal. Plus, you get three of them!

Here’s the thing…you have to know how to read. Thoroughly. Don’t give me the crazy face. The instructions are easy to understand but don’t try to be a Literary Speedy Gonzalez. Take…your…time.

Good thing the steps are easy to understand.

1. I popped the tattoos out and removed the plastic film.
2. Using cuticle scissors, I cut along the lines to get as close to my lips’ width and height. This part was tricky. I found the top lip to be easier than the bottom lip but it was still pretty tricky.
3. After measuring, I pressed the sticky side on bare and dry lips. And by dry I mean no lip balms or glosses.
4. Blot the tattoo with a bit of water on a cotton pad or washcloth for 40 seconds.

The entire process for both top and bottom lips may take you a while. Especially if you suck at measuring your lips. Which yeah….I did. I’m horrible at cutting paper so cutting temporary tattoos for my face ain’t all that easy. But I did the best I could.

The good news is that Violent Lips have a lot of cool designs so if it’s not sprinkles you like, they have a crazy selection on their website. I don’t fancy the sprinkles as much as I do some of the other designs. But still…it’s fun.

Pros
-Relatively affordable
-Several designs to choose from
-Fun!
-Application, wear and removal don’t damage your lips in any way
-They stay on for quite some time. Even while drinking. You can get a good 3-4 hour wear out of them

Cons
-Cutting the tattoo can be a bit tricky and time-consuming
-They leave your lips beyond dry. A balm on top will decrease wear time
-Stretching your lips before allowing them to dry can result in a distorted design
-Removal can be a little difficult. It took a bit of scrubbing for me to remove it all.

Whatcha think? Yay or nay to lip tattoos?

FOTD Friday: Blue Moon on the beach

So guess who actually put on makeup? Me! It’s been forever and I day since I put on eyeshadow. I don’t know what it is about makeup that has me obsessed  with writing and reading about it but not always wearing it. I mean, if you caught me in the streets, you wouldn’t even think I’ve been running a beauty blog for over 4 years. I am definitely not a walking advertisement for my blog. Which can be a good or bad thing.

Still. I don’t want to NOT wear makeup so often to the point where I forget how to actually apply it. That would be sad. And so I found these two shells on the beach and decided to scoop ‘em up.

Do you see them?

 

Look a little closer….

 

 WOW! Don’t you wish every beach had eyeshadows poppin’ out of the sand?

I do. These pretty shells shadows are essence’s colour and shine eyeshadows. By the way, when I typed colour I actually said it in a British accent. 8)

Anywhoovers, at first swatch I found these shadows to be super pigmented and quite attractive.

(l-r) Blue Moon, Joyride to Jupiter

But just how well will they wear on the lid? I used Blue Moon and I didn’t have to do much work to get it to show up. It was anything but sheer. Not bad ‘at all. For the lippies, I used Stila Lipglaze in Foxy with MAC’s Vino lipliner.

Blu Moo shows up well in low light too.

You know you have too many tattoos when you spot one and say, “Oh wow, I forgot about you!” I spotted that tat on my wrist and memories flooded my mind.

Oh…before I float away again, Polo says hi.

 He’s not too bad. When he’s not running around like a maniac, he is quite delightful. Remember, I’ve never had a pet so this owning a cat thing is major for me. Keep the advice comin’!

Oh! You can grab those essence eyeshadows from Ulta and Ulta.com for a smooth $2.99 a pop. Check out some more of my essence reviews. This is hands down one of my favorite drugstore brands.

Ciao for now, darlings. Enjoy the weekend!!

 

P.S.

You would think that I would have noticed my missing earring in those pictures. Nope. Didn’t notice until I posted these pics. I am such a clump of mascara. 8)

 

 

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FOTD Friday: 32 eye shadow palette=$5 steal from e.l.f. cosmetics

I wish for many things in life. The disappearance of student loans. A beach in my backyard. And an unlimited almond milk fountain in my fridge. But more than anything, I wish for clearer skin.

I really can’t complain because my skin has had worse spells but still…how long will I have to deal with pimples and scars? Oh boo. Anywhoovers, I played around with another e.l.f. palette this week. Aren’t you proud of me? I’m doing such a better job at actually playing with makeup. Sometimes I’ll let stuff stack up for weeks at a time before I actually play, swatch and wear.

Introducing e.l.f. Essential Beauty School 32-Piece Eyeshadow Palette in Natural…



Not too shabby, uh? 32 shades for $5. I can never complain about e.l.f. because even if something REALLY isn’t what you thought it was, guess what? You only spent a buck or five. So…yeah. This palette arrived to me cracked. 8O Totally a beauty blogger and photographers worst nightmare. I’ll be sure to be give the postman an extra stern glare the next time I see him. Or her.

But after cracking open the palette, I was pleasantly surprised.

I mean, you gotta give it up to e.l.f….they do a darn good job with color selection for their palettes. In addition to getting a wide range of neutral shades, you’ll also get a few pinks and purples in there. I wouldn’t label those as “natural” shades but I love that they’re there! The palette makes is great for taking on the go.

It’s smaller than a tablet and can easily be thrown into a purse, book bag or suitcase. Like most e.l.f. palettes, the shadows aren’t going to be insanely pigmented. But they’ll get the job done. My favorite thing about this palette is the variety of finishes you get. There are some mattes, shimmers, chunky glitter-y finishes and everything in between.

I swatched a few just to give you an idea of how many different kinds of shadows you’ll get in this palette. Can’t say I’ve seen this before in any other e.l.f. palette. Not even the 100 eye shadow palette has a chunky glitter. Wicked! I decided to crank out a quick look using one of those pretty pinks. And when I say “pretty pink”, don’t think that I actually LIKE the color pink. I really don’t. It’s probably my least favorite color of all colors. Anyone hating me yet?

I applied the pink right on the lid….

…and used a dark purple matte in the outer-V. And that was it!



Problem with some of these shades is that you REALLY have to use a nice and creamy base to get the colors to stick. And see what I’m talkin’ about in regards to my skin?

Just….ugh.

So yes, a decent palette but keep in mind that you’ll have to really work to get those shadows to show up. I don’t mind how faint they look though. Quite frankly, I think my days of insanely bold eye looks are over. Well, maybe not over. Maybe they’re in hibernation. You can get this palette exclusively at Target and Target.com.  If you’re lookin’ for more e.l.f. stuff’s check out my review of one of their Beauty Books, some of their nail polishes, a brush set and their clear mascara.

Have a wonderful weekend, beautiful ones. Let’s see if I can get to the beach again this weekend. I’m such a beach babe.

XOXO,
B

 

FOTD Friday (FOTD=face of the day) is the
weekly series where Brittany shows off a look using eye shadow.

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…

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.