The Bull Dog named Iris showed her Strength in her 5″ Stilettos

This is a look that packs a big punch, but is still pretty easy to accomplish. The main star of the show today is the Buxom Smoky Eye Stick in 5″ Stilettos.  I added some pink (Terrier) and some bold blue (Bull Dog) for an extra punch of color, and finished it off with a bold lip (bright red cooled down with an iridescent lipgloss).

Just like yesterday, I had some staying issues with the Smoky Eye stick and some creasing issues with the two shadows. The eye primer that I used today is Kat VonD’s eye primer in Smoke. I think I’m about ready to give up on this product. It’s a great smoke colored primer, seems to set quickly, but I think it might be a primer that’s better worn alone. Whenever I wear this primer with a color over it, I have a tough time with application as well as staying power. Bare Escentuals is coming out with a new line of shadow primers, and I’ll be interested to try those out. For now, though, I’m happy to stick with BE’s original primer.

Bull Dog, Terrier, Smoky Eye Stick in 5" Stilettos

Foil & Fuse brush, Crease Defining brush

Buxom Iris, Pretty Amazing Strength

On the eyes:

  • Kat VonD eye primer in Smoke, applied with fingertip all over eyelid from lashes to crease
  • Buxom Smokey Eye Stick in 5″ Stilettos applied in a thick line along lashes, and on the outer 1/2 of lower lashes
  • Terrier patted on inner 2/3 of lid using Foil & Fuse brush
  • Bull Dog patted onto outer 1/2 of lid using Foil & Fuse brush
  • Benefit High Brow highlighting pencil blended under brow
  • Crease Defining brush used to blend eyelid colors slightly
  • Flawless Definition Volumizing mascara (2 coats)

On the lips:

  • Pretty Amazing lipcolor in Strength, blotted
  • Buxom Iris

On the face:

  • MAC concealer
  • Prime Time Brightening primer
  • Original foundation in Fairly Medium
  • Pink Petal blush
  • (Oops, I forgot my mineral veil!)

(Do you like the lipstick on my teeth? Classy!)

Trixie had Moxie while walking the Pekingese, Bull Dog, and Beagle

I had some creasing and smudging issues today with my eye makeup. I love experimenting, as you know, and part of experimenting is stumbling upon a fantastic color combination, while part of experimentation makes for a messy makeup job by the end of the day. Live and learn. When I first applied these colors, there were three distinct colors (bright blue, light blue, and pink). It was bright yet soft, vibrant yet not too over-the-top. Perfect for a day spent with my friend April doing lunch and going to see Bridesmaids (have you seen this movie? It’s fantastic!).

I have my suspicions that where I went wrong was that I applied too much eyelid primer and didn’t let it set long enough before I started applying my (creamy textured) shadows.  The colors were already smudged by the time I took pictures, and by the end of the day, the Buxom lashliner (which normally stays put with no problem) was smeared and the eyeshadows were creased and running together. Oh well. Wish you could have seen the colors like five seconds after I applied them. I’ll attempt this look again, with some adjustments, some other time.

Clockwise from left: Buxom Bull Dog, Buxom Pekingese, Buxom Leatherette Lashliner, Buxom Beagle

Full-edged liner, Foil & Fuse, Quickie Shadow, (large) crease defining brush

Pretty Amazing Moxie, Buxom Trixie

On the eyes:

  • Prime Time Brightening Eyelid Primer
  • Pekingese applied all over lid with Foil & Fuse brush, from lashes to crease
  • Bull Dog applied on outer 1/3 of lid and into crease, using Foil & Fuse brush
  • Beagle applied on inner 1/3 of lid and blended, using Foil & Fuse brush
  • Crease Defining brush used to blend colors slightly
  • Buxom Leatherette lashliner applied to upper lashes only, winged out, using Full-Edged liner brush
  • Flawless Definition Volumizing mascara (1 coat)

On the lips:

  • Pretty Amazing lipcolor in Moxie
  • Buxom Trixie

On the face:

  • MAC concealer
  • Prime Time Brightening primer
  • Original foundation in Fairly Medium
  • Pink Petal blush

The First Class Wild Beauty was Fearless when it came to Drama

If you have the BE eyecolor in Drama, then you most likely love it. Have you ever foiled it? I never had until today, and WOW! This already gorgeous taupey brown shimmer packs a big punch of golden brown color. It’s a great color to try foiled. I softened it with another medium brown color, Wild Beauty, just to blend out the harsh edges that foiling sometimes creates.

I also tried a new experiment with my gel liner today – I wanted a dramatic liner look without weighing down my whole eye. I think when the whole eye is lined with a dark color, it looks pretty but can distract from the eyeshadow and sometimes even makes the eyes look smaller. So today, based loosely on a video I saw on Makeup Geek, I only lined the outer half of both upper and lower lashes. You can see I went crazy with winging it out on the side, but hey… I was in the mood to experiment!

Clockwise from top left: Wild Beauty, Honeydew, Drama

Pretty Amazing lipcolor in Fearless

On the eyes:

  • PTEP Brightening Primer, patted all over lid with finger
  • Drama foiled from lashes to crease using Contour brush
  • Wild Beauty buffed along edges of Drama to soften edges, using Quick Color & Crease brush
  • Honeydew highlighting inner eye and under brow
  • Buxom Lashliner in Suede applied along outer 1/2 of upper and lower lashes, using full-edged liner brush
  • Buxom mascara

On the lips:

  • Pretty Amazing lipcolor in Fearless

On the face:

  • Prime Time Brightening Primer
  • MAC concealer in NW20
  • Original foundation in Fairly Medium
  • First Class blush on outer cheeks
  • Original mineral veil

(yes, I know my eyeliner looks weird in this photo. I think it’s just a weird angle.)

A Pug named Lily chased the Terrier

The Buxom Stay-There eyecolors, affectionately known as the “Buxom Pups,” are some of my favorite products ever. I mean, EVER. They are a spongey, creamy eyeshadow that really do stay in place all day. They come in 18 different colors – some are very vibrant, and some are soft and subtle. I’ve done a few looks with them here on Beauty Beginner already, and can’t speak of them highly enough. I always make sure to use a primer (today I used PTEP Brightening Opal), and with just two colors, you can create an unforgettable and/or work-ready makeup look.

I’m also featuring for the first time the Benefit High Brow pencil. This thing is a $20 eye lift. I swiped on a bit under the arch of both brows, a little along the bridge of my nose, and in my Cupid’s Bow above my lip, and then smudged it in with my finger. I am so impressed with how easily this pencil works to lighten and brighten areas that you may want to highlight.

Buxom Terrier, Buxom Pug, Benefit High Brow pencil, Quickie Shadow brush

Buxom April, Lorac Multiplex lipgloss in Cliche

On the eyes:

  • PTEP Brightening Opal, applied with fingertip
  • Benefit High Brow applied under brow and inner corner by the bridge of the nose
  • Buxom Terrier patted from lashes to crease on inner 2/3 of lid, using Quickie Shadow brush
  • Buxom Pug patted from lashes to crease on outer 2/3 of lid, using Quickie Shadow brush
  • Blended together in crease
  • Big & Bright eyeliner in Stone
  • FDVM

On the lips:

  • Shell lipliner
  • Buxom Lily
  • Lorac Multiplex lipgloss in Cliche

On the face:

  • Prime Time Brightening Primer
  • MAC Select Moisturecover in NW20
  • Original foundation in Fairly Medium
  • Miracle blush
  • Original mineral veil

The Girlfriend Collection (with some adjustments)

I talked to my Mom this morning, and she thinks I should smile more for the pictures. So, Mom, I’m giving you a nice big smile at the end of this post!

Today I used the Bare Escentuals Girlfriend Collection kit. It comes with the following:

  • SPF 25 Mineral Veil finishing powder
  • B.F.F. Eyecolor
  • K.I.T. Eyecolor
  • Big & Bright Eyeliner in Sage
  • T.T.Y.L Blush
  • Mini Leslie Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish
  • Double Ended Eye and Face Brush.

I changed it up a bit and used the Love Radiance all-over face color instead of the T.T.Y.L. blush, and Tonya buxom lipgloss instead of Leslie. The reason I made those changes is because I thought the whole look was a bit on the cool side for me, and I wanted to warm it up. I used Love radiance as a brow highlight (or lowlight?) and that really warmed up the whole look!

Top: Love Radiance, Sage eyeliner. Bottom: bff, k.i.t.

Crease Defining, Pencil brush, Full Tapered Shadow

Tonya Buxom lipgloss

On the eyes:

  • Prime Time Eyelid Primer in Brightening Opal, applied with fingertip
  • BFF patted all over lid from lashes to just above crease, using Full Tapered Shadow brush
  • KIT buffed into outer 1/3 of lid and into crease
  • KIT swept under inner lower lashes using pencil brush
  • BFF swept under outer lower lashes using pencil brush
  • Love Radiance blended from browbone to brow and on inner eyelid (from end of brow to tear duct) using full tapered shadow brush
  • Sage eyeliner applied along upper lashes, and on waterline of lower lashes
  • Flawless Definition Volumizing mascara

On the lips:

  • Buxom lipgloss in Tonya

On the face:

(in this order)

  • MAC concealer in NW20 under eyes and on red spots, blended with clean fingers
  • Prime Time Brightening Primer
  • Original foundation in Fairly Medium
  • Love Radiance on cheeks, nose and sides of forehead
  • Original mineral veil

The Shih Tzu watched the Skyline with Denise

This is the toned-down version of yesterday’s look. I’ve really been loving the Buxom Stay-There eyeshadows lately! They stay on so well all day long, and I just love the smooth texture. I know they get mixed reviews, but my only complaint is that they don’t come with more product in the pot (or cost less for what product we do get).

I also used a new product today – I decided to give the Ulta brand Extreme Wear gel liners a shot. I got some gift cards for my birthday and thought that was a perfect time to try out some new products. I have the Buxom lashliner, which is great, though this is also a product that gets mixed reviews. I find the Buxom lashliner to stay put all day long and find it fairly easy to apply. However, it costs $16 for a tiny pot of it, and I got the Ulta gel liner on sale for only $4 for 50% more product and the same staying power.

On an unrelated note, I keep getting distracted by how my eyes look crossed in the above picture! Must be I was holding the camera too close. Maybe you didn’t notice before, but I bet you do now!

Buxom Stay-There eyeshadow in Shih Tzu, Skyline, Ulta gel liner in Strut

Full Edged liner, Shaping, Crease Defining, Foil & Fuse

Buxom Denise, Pretty Amazing lipcolor in Courage

On the eyes:

  • PTEP Brightening, applied with fingertip
  • Buxom Stay-There eyeshadow in Shih Tzu, patted on from lash to crease with Foil & Fuse brush
  • Skyline buffed into crease and outer 1/4 of lid with Crease Defining brush
  • Ulta Extreme Wear gel liner in Strut applied along upper and lower lashes with Full Edged liner brush
  • Flawless Definition Volumizing mascara

On the lips:

  • Pretty Amazing lipcolor in Courage
  • Buxom lipgloss in Denise

On the face:

  • Brows filled in with Ulta brow pencil in Warm Brown
  • Benefit High Brow highlighting arch of brows
  • Prime Time Brightening primer
  • Original foundation in Fairly Medium
  • Vintage Peach blush
  • Original mineral veil

The Spellbound Saint Bernard kept Heather in Suspense

In contrast to yesterday’s very light, pale eyes and bright lips, I went in the opposite direction today with nude lips and very colorful, dark eyes. Stay tuned tomorrow for a toned-down version of this look! The great thing about the Buxom Stay-There eyeshadows is that you can wear them as sheer or as bold as you like.

Clockwise from left: Suspense, Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadow in Saint Bernard, Spellbound, Ulta Extreme Wear gel liner in Strut

Foil & Fuse, Full Edged Liner, Crease & Define, Crease Defining

Pretty Amazing Free Will, Buxom Heather

On the eyes:

  • PTEP Brightening Primer
  • Buxom Stay-There eyeshadow in Saint Bernard patted on lid from lashes to crease, using Foil & Fuse brush
  • Suspense shadow buffed into crease and outer 1/4 of lid using Crease Defining brush
  • Spellbound swept on inner corner and up along browbone and under brow using Contour & Define brush
  • Ulta Extreme Wear gel liner in Strut lining upper lashes and winged out
  • Both Strut and Saint Bernard smudged under lower lashes
  • Buxom mascara

On the lips:

  • Pretty Amazing Free Will
  • Buxom Heather

On the face:

  • Prime Time Brightening Primer
  • Original foundation in Fairly Medium
  • Pink Petal blush on the back of the cheek (outer 2/3ish)
  • Healthy Radiance AOFC contouring under cheekbones
  • Original mineral veil