Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Urban Decay Smoked Palette Review & Swatches

If you picture the ultimate sexy makeup look, what comes to mind? For me it's the quintessential, dramatically darkened eye smoked out to perfection. Smokey eyes are one of those key makeup looks that, in my opinion, every woman should learn how to perfect since it has the ability to bring attention and depth to the eyes like nothing else.

When Urban Decay came out with the Smoked Palette I knew I wanted to share the awesomeness with you like the fangirl of smokey eyes that I am. This is seriously some of the best that UD has to offer packed into one little palette. Let's take a closer look below!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Manicure Monday: Chanel Le Vernis 573 Accessoire

Hello everyone! Today I have another Chanel Le Vernis which I am desperately excited to share with you for two reasons. First, if you remember my last Le Vernis swatch, you may recall that it was the first Chanel polish I'd ever tried and I can safely say that after two I am officially obsessed. Second, I have been on the hunt for a vampy, deep burgundy creme-finish polish that is classic and yet low-maintenance and I think I've found it in Accessoire. Lets take a closer look at this decadent varnish below!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Basics: How to Contour

Happy weekend everyone! Today I wanted to share another "Basics" tutorial that I've gotten several requests for over the years. For some reason, I never got around to making a contouring how-to before but I finally have one here for you today! 

Contouring is one of those tricky topics because it is a very basic element to makeup artistry and yet, it's often an advanced step for the average woman to apply to her daily makeup routine. Maybe you have never thought of doing it for years and maybe, one day, you take the bronzer plunge and get ridiculously obsessed and can't imagine life without Bronzer and completely fall deeply in love with its sexy face-enhancing abilities and never look back! (This has happened before, am I right my bronzer-lovin' ladies?) 

Yes, this rather simple method to making your face look slimmer without plastic surgery, dieting, exercise, or great lighting is a wonderful trick to have for any "looking extra awesome" occasions especially when you know you will be in the spotlight where a lot of photos will be taken. Check out the video below!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Review: Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation

Hey guys! I wanted to review a product that I've had for a while and have been generally happy with, but never got around to sharing it with you for a full blog review until now. It's been some time since I've done a foundation review and I've been on bit of a drugstore foundation kick lately so I thought it would be perfect timing to share with you my thoughts on Revlon's Colorstay Whipped crème makeup. Check it out below!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Manicure Monday: Essie Chinchilly

Hey guys! Today I wanted to share a polish that I've loved for a long time and only recently purchased: Essie Chinchilly. In my opinion, Chinchilly was one of the first and most quintessential "greige" polishes out there that runs a perfect line between cool, warm, light, and dark. The neutral tones are classy and work-appropriate, but somehow still has an interesting, edgy look to it. The one downside (maybe) is that it changes colors over time. Check out what I mean below.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Review & Comparison: Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow in 520 Brazen

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share a product review of an eyeshadow quad that I was really excited to try. If you've followed me from the beginning of my blogging days, you may remember that I had a love affair with Revlon's now discontinued Colorstay quad in Copper Spice. When Revlon repackaged their Colorstay quads, I saw some very familiar colors and wanted to see how the quality compared with my original favorite! Did it live up to its predecessor? Let's take a look.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Giveaway: Valentine's Love with The Little Bra Company!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I recently met up with the ever-so-sweet founder of The Little Bra Company, Emily Lau, and we decided it would be a fun idea to bring you guys a little Valentine's Day giveaway! You may remember me talking about TLBC in my Bra Fitting 101 post and long story short, finding the right bra really boosted my confidence (although making that video was pretty embarrassing) so I wanted to pass along that chance to you too. Frankly, you don't need any special excuse in your life to wear something special under your clothes, am I right? ;)

That's why we want to hold "The Little Moments" Contest. We want you to share a little moment that made you feel loved this year, or a moment where you made someone else feel loved. The winner will receive one red Lucia set: the Lucia bra above, plus either the thong on the left or the lace boyshorts on the right. 

Here are the giveaway rules:

1. Be a follower of this blog (this can be through RSS feed, Bloglovin', or Google Reader).
2. Share your "little moment" in the comments below.
3. Let me know if you share your moment on Facebook tagging The Little Bra Company or Twitter tagging @thelittlebracom. You can get up to 1 extra entry for sharing on each for a total of 3 entries.

The contest will close on February 28th, 2013 at 11:59 pm PST, so be sure to get your entries in before February is over. Those under 18 will need have parental permission to enter.

The Little Bra Company is also offering a coupon code as a Vday present so if you want to get yourself a little somethin' somethin' now, you can use VDAY2013 to get 15% off your order through March 14, 2013! (By the way, I don't get anything from this contest or coupon code, it's just something I suggested for you guys cause I love you! :)

Show your boobies some love and let me know your Little Moment! Good luck! :D

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Review: theBalm Nude 'Tude Palette


Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share one of my favorite eyeshadow palettes lately, theBalm's Nude 'tude palette. It seems like every company has come out with their version of the "Naked Palette" lately and while this is no exception, there are a few distinct differences that makes this palette a wonderful option for neutral lovers.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Romantic Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share with you a makeup tutorial that will be easy to integrate into your everyday makeup look to make it a little extra special for Valentine's Day. I know working with colors can be intimidating for a lot of people, but adding a pop of purple on just the lower lid can really add attention to the eyes while still looking casual-date appropriate. :)

Check out the tutorial below!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

TAG: I Heart Drugstore Makeup!

Hey guys! I recently did this fun tag on Youtube and thought it would be a lot of fun to share it on the blog as well. I'd love to hear what your tag answers are too so if you want to do this tag on your blog, leave a link in the comments! :)


1. What is your favorite drugstore makeup brand?

2. What are your favorite face, cheek and lip products?

3. Least favorite product?

4. What is the best makeup bargain?

5. What is your favorite underdog product? (Something you love that often gets overlooked?)

6. A drugstore product that is overpriced?

7. Show your best drugstore dupe(s)!!

8. Drugstore product that isn't worth the hype?


Milani Luminous (discontinued) updated version

Readers, what is your favorite drugstore brand? What are your drugstore go-tos? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


You may remember that last month I went to LA's IMATS convention which was over-the-top and amazing like it always is. I even got to meet a lot of sweet blog readers as well! While I was there, I hauled some cosmetics items from a few of my favorite booths and maybe even picked up a few things for you too. ;)

Check out the video below!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Manicure Monday: OPI Liquid Sand "Stay The Night"

Hey everyone! So today's Manicure Monday is quite appropriate for the month of February because, whether you are spending Valentine's Day with a loved one or your best single ladies, it can totally match both moods. Just like the previous OPI Liquid Sand polishes I've tried (here and here) this one has an asphalt-textured, glitter matte finish however I find this shade to be much more age-appropriate for a variety of women and wearable than the both previously worn. How different is Stay The Night compared to the other two? Let's take a look.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

How to Cover Acne & Basic Foundation Routine

Hey everyone! Today I want to share with you my basic foundation routine as well as how I cover my post-acne hyperpigmentation. I know a lot of you wonder how it is that bloggers have such nice skin, but truthfully there is a huge misconception about how skin appears on screen versus how it is in real life. Perfect skin is so sought after yet it is so difficult to obtain that practically nobody actually has it. Not sure if that inspires confidence or frustration but it's simply the truth!

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