Well, you guys, this was going to be an eye makeup tutorial post. I’ve had several of my girl friends ask me if I would do makeup tutorials, so I decided to give it a try. I’ve been attempting to get a camera and lighting set up arranged, and I thought I had figured it out today. But no dice – I don’t have enough lighting. My pictures came out to dark to really be helpful. So I will give it another whack tomorrow, and hopefully I will be able to add more makeup tutorials here on the blog! The subject of my failed tutorials was going to be my new Smashbox Full Exposure Palette. I ordered it from Birchbox, since I had $10 dollars in subscriber points, and also a 20% off coupon. I ended up getting it for just under $30, which I consider to be a pretty good deal. It retails for $50, currently. I’m not going to do a full review of it, since other bloggers have already done great reviews of this palette and I don’t think I have anything relevant to add. (Here’s a great one!) Besides, I don’t really love doing in depth reviews. I will just give a quick overview of my thoughts on it. First of all, the case is nice and sturdy, with beautiful hologram text on it. I really like the feel of it. It’s a large palette, but not huge.
It comes with a Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara mini, which I also have a full size tube of. It’s not my favorite mascara and not my least favorite. It’s pretty adequate for a sort of everyday look. Also included is a foldout card with how-to eyeshadow looks for different eye shapes. I personally won’t every use this but I think it’s a really nice addition. One of the most common things I hear from my girl friends is that they don’t know many eyeshadow techniques, so this is probably pretty useful to many people.
Inside, the shadows are arranged with the shimmer shades on top and the matte shades on bottom. There’s a big mirror and a double ended eyeshadow brush. The brush has one end labeled for the shimmer shades, and the other end for the mattes. I like the brush quite a bit, it’s nice and soft. Personally, I ignore suggestions as to what makeup brushes are for and use them however I like. As I said, this isn’t a full review but I did some little swatches on the back of my hand.
They are swatched exactly as they are laid out in the palette. The colors are identifiable by numbers instead of names, which is printed on the back of the box. The shimmers are S1 – S7, and the mattes are M1 – M-7. The shimmer shades are a little more sheer than the matte shades, less pigmented. The least pigmented was S2. The mattes are all super nice, very pigmented and soft. They are a little powdery, as evidenced by the poof of dust that came off my brush as I was applying them to my eye! However, they blend like champs and I’m very happy with them! I wouldn’t have purchased this palette at full price, but I’m very happy with it for $30. Neutral mattes are (previously) a hole in my collection. I’ve been meaning to get some so I can do a matte neutral eye makeup look that will go with all lip looks – nude, bright, and dark. I created one today that was going to be the subject of my tutorial, using M1 – M4, and S4 on the inner corner of my eye for a highlight. Since I don’t have a tutorial for you, I’ll show the eye makeup look with different lip colors.
There you have it, a nice matte neutral eye look that goes with a variety of lipstick looks. For reference, the nude lip look is Maybelline Color Elixir in Nude Illusion mixed with WnW Bare It All. The bright is OCC Lip Tar in Kimber, and the dark is Besame Merlot mixed with black eyeliner to darken it more. On the subject of makeup acquisitions, and also good deals, here’s a few more things I’ve gotten recently. First off, I was in the market for a new brow powder, so I picked up a Bobbi Brown single matte eyeshadow in Mahogany at Sephora yesterday. I have been using a dark brown in a Revlon palette for a long time. However, I don’t use any other color in that palette and I’m tired of carting around a whole bunch of colors when I really only need one. Also, it had a little bit of shimmer in it and I don’t really like shimmery brows. I looked all around Sephora at the brow products, but it seems that it’s pretty impossible to get JUST a brow powder in dark brown. Everything had either multiple colors, or was an eyebrow wax or gel. I don’t like gelled eyebrows, and my eyebrows are only one shade of brown. It’s the darkest brown you can get. So I just gave up and got the eyeshadow single, which I am happy to report works like a charm. I apply it with a small angled brush.
It’s not really a deal, since I paid full price of $22 for it. However, it’s going to last me a long time. Like, years. I’ve been using the Revlon one for about 2 years and it’s a quarter of the size. And I do my brows all the time. Next up is an actual deal! I’ve been looking for a new foundation. I still love the wonderful Koh Gen Do foundation I got in December, but here’s the thing about it.It’s so expensive that every time I use it I feel a pang of guilt that I’ll use it up and have to buy more. Especially when I do my face to take pics for the blog – my thought process is “Oh no, I’m not even leaving the house today. What a waste!” I hate feeling guilty about something that should be pretty relaxing, like putting on my makeup. So I decided I would get another foundation to use more regularly and save the rest of the Koh Gen Do for special occasions. I tried a few drugstore brands and some MUFE HD foundation, and I didn’t like any of them. A clerk at Sephora gave me a sample of Nars Sheer glow in Ceylon to try, and I really love it. She gave me a huge sample so I was able to test it for over a week. It’s great stuff – I love the coverage and the look of it, it doesn’t break me out and my face feels less oily at the end of the day. I don’t even use powder with it. Anywhoo, It’s $45 at Sephora. Now, I’m pretty cheap most of the time and I will usually look around to see if I can find a thing cheaper. Well, I found a NIB bottle of the color I wanted on Ebay for $28. Muahaha! I ordered it and it arrived today, in perfect condition and still in it’s factory packaging.
Bam! It’s what I’m wearing on my face in the pictures, btw. Also, I’m going to take the opportunity to brag a sec here. I’ve always know I have a good eye for color. But when I went to get the sample for this from Sephora, I looked right at the row of 20 something foundation bottles and picked this one right out of them and asked for a sample. The clerk offered to color match me and so she tried a few other colors, but the one I picked right off the bat is a perfect match for me. So basically I’m pretty awesome at color identification. Haha! Speaking of color, my new phone also came in the mail today!
My awesome little iPhone 4s has served me well for almost 2 years, but recently the power button broke. It somehow got pushed all the way in, and refused to come back out. My husband, the Sprint store, and the Apple store were all unable to fix it. The Apple store said they could send it away and have it looked at. But I had a phone upgrade due anyways, so I decided to get a new iPhone 5C. Naturally, I got the bright pinky coral one. The yellow and green were also super nice, but I REALLY like this color.
I mean, I like this color A LOT. Haha!
Now I need to find a matching nail polish. My husband is going to take the old 4S apart and see if he can fix it, and then we can see if my youngest son wants it. This has already been a super long blog post, but I thought I would post a pic of my latest sewing project. I know I’ve been writing about makeup a lot lately but I have also been sewing! This is a vest for my good friend Joe. I am also making a vest for his partner Tim, but I am waiting on lining fabric for it. And after that, another vest for an art trade I’m doing with yet another friend! It’s vests galore in the sewing room!
Some of you may notice it is the same fabric as April’s princess coat! Joe fell in love with the fabric when I made her coat last year, and luckily I had enough left over to make him a vest. See, all my fabric scrap hoarding pays off in the end!