Thursday, December 27, 2012

worst beauty trend of 2012?

According to this article, extreme cat eyes are the worst beauty trend of 2012. 

They've gotta be kidding. I love me a good cat eye! I've been in love with the look since sophomore year of college, circa 2008-'09. Regardless of whether it's a "bad" trend, or a trend at all, I'll continue to rock the cat eye long after 2012. So there, Stylelist! /endofrant

Monday, July 2, 2012

bleeding blue and gold

*Edit on 2/16/13- I removed the picture of my mani because I'm too ashamed of the crap job I did. I'm considering redoing it so I can repost it. 

So it's official....I'm no longer a college student. I've joined the ranks of UC Davis alumni! That being said, I will always be an Aggie at heart. The night before I walked, I did my nails using Milani Nail Lacquer in Bolting Blue. (It matched my stole perfectly!) Sadly, I had left my Sugarpill Goldilux at home, so I didn't add that on til now. (It's really a loose eyeshadow- I just layered it over a coat of clear nail polish.

I'm going on a cruise with my boyfriend and his family in a couple weeks. After we get back, the job hunt will probably commence. I've always been a fan of "dark" or "fun" polish colors, so I'm not looking forward to going nude/neutral for interviews!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

get cheeky: e.l.f. vs. NARS

L to R: e.l.f. Studio blush in "Fuschia Fusion" , NARS blush in "Orgasm"

Over spring break, I went home and decided to splurge on not one, but two new blushes. (Okay, maybe "splurge" isn't the right word, as the e.l.f. blush was only a mere $3. Not to mention that my best friend and I managed to score the NARS blush for $18 at Sephora, as opposed to the usual $28!) :D

I've heard from multiple sources (both on the Internet and word of mouth) that e.l.f. blushes are supposedly dupes of NARS. Yes, I'm aware that the blushes I bought are not even close to being the same color. But hey, the way I see it, if I'm going to buy two blushes, I'm gonna make sure that I'm not basically buying two of the same product. 

I digress. From the outside, the two products do appear very similar: note the near-matching black containers, each with a mini mirror inside. e.l.f. .....I see what you did there, lol.

And then we get to the actual contents.

Here we have the e.l.f blush. Pretty rich pigment and high sparkle content. It's brighter and way pinker than what I'm used to seeing on myself- the only other blush I own is "Mocha" from M.A.C. (sort of a dusty rose shade) A little bit of "Fucschia Fusion" went a long way. However, while swiping my brush across the product, it sent powder flying everywhere (as you can also see on the container)

 This is the NARS blush. I don't think my funky flash did the color justice- it looks hella orange here, da fuq. I've heard that "Orgasm" is a universally flattering shade. Upon trying it on, I do agree. Unfortunately, I feel I have to use a lot of product to get it to show up on my skin. -____- I can only imagine how much I'll have to use once I get darker in the summer.    

Overall, I'm pretty happy with my purchases. I feel that with the e.l.f. product, you get what you pay for- I wasn't really expecting the eighth world wonder in exchange for 3 bucks. NARS is much more worth the price, although I'm not really sure how I'd feel about rebuying it for $28. I am but a poor student, after all. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

baby (soft) lips - Maybelline Baby Lips

As an avid magazine reader, I come across a lot of advertisements. This is how I first heard of Maybelline's newest lip balm, ever-so-cutely (and, okay, controversially-more on that later) named Baby Lips.

Confession: I'm vain about my lips, so I'm drawn to almost every product that promises a softer, smoother pout.

After telling my best friend about it  (she responded by looking up reviews on Makeup Alley- the top few she looked at were positive enough) we both ended up getting the "Peach Kiss" color/flavor.

Later that night (after we'd both applied and reapplied a couple times) I decided to do my own research. I went back to Makeup Alley to read more reviews.

I found a mixed bag of responses, ranging from "omg...this is my product of the year" to "I applied it before bed and when I woke up 9 hours later my lips were destroyed." (!!!!!)

But hey, my philosophy is: don't believe the hype (or the horror) unless you've tried it for yourself.

That being said, the comments about the product leaving lips even drier than they previously were has officially freaked me out, so whenever I put my Baby Lips on, I put on Smith's balm or Chap-Ex (generic Chapstick) first.

I'll do another update in the next few weeks!