Bare Escentuals Peach and Brown

I’ve really been loving peach lips and cheeks lately, so I switched it up today with peach eyes and pink lips/cheeks. Rose Quartz blush works really nicely as an eye contour color. It’s a nice warm almost nude color with just a bit of shimmer, so I used it above the crease to add a little depth to the eye socket area. My instinct is to wear peach lips with peach eyes, but I got out of my box and paired it with pink glossy lips. I like the brightening effect that this mix of warm and cool colors had, as opposed to a monochrome color look.

On the eyes:

  • BE Prime Time Brightening Sunlight
  • Spiced Biscotti applied on lid from lashes to crease on inner 3/4
  • Rose Quartz blush buffed above crease for definition
  • Restore on outer corner and blended into crease
  • Spellbound under brow and inner corner
  • Retro liner shadow along upper lashes and in both waterlines
  • Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara


On the lips:

  • Pretty Amazing Fearless
  • BE 100% Natural lipgloss in Lollipop

On the face:

  • Dior skin foundation
  • BE original foundation in Fairly Medium mixed with Advanced Clear Radiance
  • tarte dollface blush
  • original mineral veil


Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream and some Buxom pups

A while back, I went to Sephora and got a sample of a Make Up For Ever aqua cream shadow in the turquoise color. It is a very generous sample, since you only need a tiny little bit of product for each use. I really wish I had thought to get a more usable color like cream or light pink. This is the first time I used this product and my first impressions are that you get a huge color payoff, but it’s hard to blend. The staying power is very good. To test it, I wore it over an eye primer that tends to crease on me (Urban Decay Primer Potion, original), and 12 hours after first applying it, I found that there was some very slight creasing on my inner lid. I was also outside in the pouring rain, and running around doing housework today, so I’m assuming it would hold up better over a good primer and not as much running around as I did today.  I did wear some Buxom stay-there eyecolors with it – mostly to tone down the color and try to blend it out.

I also got a very generous sample of Laura Mercier red lip stain. This is another product that will last me forever and has a great color payoff. I actually just keep the little sample jar in my purse, and pop some color on my lips using my finger to gently pat it on, for those days that I’m wearing just a gloss that wears off easily. I like this product a lot, and while I didn’t wear it on my lips today, I did try it as a cheek color. I just used a teensy tiny amount and blended it out with my fingers and it gave my cheeks a nice flushed look.

I’m kind of chatty today, but I have one more short review. I got a sample (I seriously love samples) of Smashbox liquid foundation. While I’ve been a Bare Escentuals foundation wearer for about 10 years, my curiosity has gotten the best of me lately and I’ve wanted to try out some liquid foundation. I really love the bb creams I’ve been trying but this Smashbox foundation really did not do it for me. It left my face feeling greasy and heavy, and didn’t give nearly enough coverage. I might have gotten better coverage if I had built up the product for a fuller coverage effect, but I didn’t want multiple layers of something that already felt heavy and greasy. More foundation reviews to come: tarte, MUFE HD, and Dior skin.

Clockwise from left: Schnauzer, MUFE aqua cream in turquoise, Beagle, Pug

On the eyes:

  • Urban Decay Original Potion Primer
  • MUFE aqua cream in turquoise on lid from lashes to crease, using Foil & Fuse brush
  • Buxom Pug blended over MUFE aqua cream starting at outer corner and blending in, and applied under lower lashes
  • Buxom Schnauzer blended into crease
  • Buxom Beagle blended above Schnauzer and up to brow, also on inner corner
  • Buxom Leatherette lashliner in both waterlines and along upper lashes
  • Buxom mascara


On the lips:

tarte lipgloss (it came in the Royal Collection and has no name), a baby pink sheer gloss with some gold shimmer

On the face:

  • Smashbox foundation
  • Laura Mercier red lip stain blended lightly on cheeks
  • Sephora brand brow pencil to fill in brows

Inspired by Hurricane Irene

I put together this look yesterday while we were waiting out Hurricane Irene. I live in central southern Massachusetts, and we got some pretty crazy winds and lots of rain. Besides some yard cleanup, the most inconvenient part about Hurricane Irene was losing power for 24 hours. We played countless games of gin rummy and Scrabble by candlelight and made it through safe and sound. I wasn’t sure how the makeup would turn out once I uploaded the pictures, since I applied it standing by the window (the skies were very dark) with a small mirror. It’s cool and shimmery and dark and was most definitely inspired by the colors in the sky.

Because I didn’t want to keep running back to my makeup table for each color, most of the colors I used were from the Sleek MakeUp Monaco palette (except for the matte black, which is Espresso Martini from Sleek MakeUp Curacao palette, and the shimmery white, which is Buxom Sheepdog).

On the eyes:

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Buxom Sheepdog all over from lashes to brow, using a clean finger to apply
  • Summer Breeze (get it? the hurricane winds) patted on center of lid
  • Aquamarine (the pouring rain) patted on outer 1/2 of lid
  • Midnight Garden patted on outer corner of lid, then blended well
  • Espresso Martini in a thick line along upper lashes and mixed with Midnight Garden to tightline and under lower lashes
  • 2 coats Buxom mascara


On the lips:

  • Pretty Amazing Allure
  • BE lipgloss in Smile

On the face:

  • Original Prime Time
  • Laura Geller Balance N Brighten Regular
  • Vintage Peach blush
  • Original Mineral Veil

Bare Escentuals Drama and Celestine with a Layered Liner

As I was rushing to get ready in a hotel room this morning, the lighting was bad and the clock was ticking. I knew I couldn’t go wrong with a couple of go-to neutrals, and then I added in a light pop of color by using a NYX jumbo eye stick in a line above my eyeliner. It was a nice light look with a little flare from all the shimmer and a subtle hint of color.

The lighting for these pictures is a little different because I was in direct sunlight in the car. Usually I stand next to a window with the blinds closed for natural light.

On the eyes:

  • Prime Time Eyelid Primer in Brightening Opal
  • Celestine swept all over, from lashes to brow using Quick Shadow and Crease brush
  • Drama buffed and blended into crease and outer corner using Quick Shadow and Crease brush
  • Retro liner shadow drylined along upper lashes and winged out slightly, using a small tarte eyeliner brush
  • Retro smudged slightly under outer lower lashes, and on upper and lower waterlines
  • NYX jumbo eye pencil in Horseradish applied in a line over Retro liner
  • 1 coat tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara


On the lips:

  • Bare Escentuals Best Friend lip balm
  • Bare Escentuals 100% Natural lipgloss in Kir Royale

On the face:

  • Missha Cho Bo Yang bb cream in Light Beige
  • Laura Geller Balance and Brighten in Regular
  • MAC mineralize blush in Feeling Flush
  • Tinted mineral veil

tarte Royal Collection – Plum Grey and Steel Grey

The tarte Cosmetics Royal Collection is beautifully packaged and comes with 16 beautiful shades with plenty of neutrals to choose from, mattes and shimmers, and a few pops of color. It also has a few extra goodies that come in a little secret compartment. Unfortunately, these shadows don’t have names, which makes it a little harder for a certain beauty blogger to talk about each color!

I think tarte shadows apply smoothly, for the most part. The trick for me is to use a larger or fluffier brush to pack on the color better than a compact, smaller brush will do.

BE’s Sticky Buns/Muffin Top lipstick and lipgloss duo is a product that I tend to forget about, and am always so pleasantly surprised at how pretty it is when I use it!

tarte Royal Collection

Contour, Blending, Eyeshadow, Pencil

Sticky Buns lipstick, Muffin Top gloss

On the eyes:

  • tarte LIFTED eye primer
  • Plum Grey applied from lashes to above crease using Ecotools shadow brush (not recommended)
  • Steel Grey contouring above crease lightly using Contour Brush
  • Shimmering Plum applied just to the crease using Pencil brush, then smudged under lower lashes
  • Steel Grey drylined along upper lashes, then winged out to meet Shimmering Plum
  • 2 coats of tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara


On the lips:

  • Bare Escentuals Sticky Buns lipstick
  • Bare Escentuals Muffin Top 100% Natural lipgloss

On the face:

  • BE Prime Time primer
  • Missha Perfect Cover bb cream in #21
  • BE Original foundation in Fairly Medium mixed with a little Advanced Clear Radiance
  • Original mineral veil
  • tarte dollface blush

The Wicked Blue Moon

I’ve been itching to use both Blue Moon and Wicked again – these are both beautiful super shimmery BE shadows – and decided to use them together… why not? The colors weren’t clearly defined on the lid and I blended a lot in the middle, so it was more of a gradual color shift from blue to green. I like how it turned out.

My main focus today was on my skin. I used the Missha Cho Bo Yang bb cream today for the first time, and it’s amazing. I like the Missha Perfect Cover, but the Cho Bo Yang is much thicker and provides full coverage, while the Perfect Cover is more of a medium coverage on me. I did use a powder over the bb cream, but it was more for a nice finish on my skin rather than for more coverage. It did not irritate my skin at all and I didn’t notice any odor to it at all.

Blue Moon, Wicked

Buxom Merry, Pretty Amazing Vivacious

On the eyes:

  • Brightening opal primer
  • Blue Moon on inner 1/2 of lid using Quick Shadow and Crease brush
  • Wicked on outer 1/2 of lid using Quick shadow and crease brush
  • Light grey-plum color (2nd row, 2nd in row) from tarte Royal Collection, buffed into and above crease using Crease Defining brush
  • Light matte ivory color as brow highlight
  • tarte Royal Collection emerald shimmer (bottom row) smudged under lower lashes and slightly smudged on waterlines
  • FDVM


On the lips:

  • Pretty Amazing Vivacious
  • Buxom Merry

On the face:

  • Cho Bo Yang bb cream in Light Beige
  • Laura Geller Balance and Brighten in Regular
  • Smashbox Blush Rush in Surge
  • Original mineral veil

Sleek MakeUp Sunset i-Divine palette

Today I’m exploring the Sunset i-Divine palette from Sleek MakeUp. This palette has more shimmery shades and the colors in it are great for fall. I would change a couple of things about this palette –  I would change about this palette would be switching out the matte black shade for a matte dark brown, and I would add in a matte highlight shade. All the shades that come in the palette are beautiful, but none of them are quite light enough (on my skin tone) for a highlight. This palette was created before Sleek started naming their shades, so it makes it a little hard to keep track of which colors were used, so follow along with my logic by calling them Upper 1 – 6, and Lower 1 – 6.

On the eyes:

  • tarte LIFTED eye primer
  • Lower 6  swept over inner 1/2  of lid
  • Lower 2 patted on center of lid
  • Upper 2 patted on outer 1/3 of lid
  • Mix Upper 1 and Lower 1 to create outer V and blend into crease
  • Lower 4 blended above crease and under lower lashes
  • Upper 1 patted onto both waterlines
  • 2 coats tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara


On the lips:

  • Pretty Amazing Charisma, thin layer
  • Pretty Amazing Savvy, thin layer
  • 100% Natural lipgloss in Muffin Top

On the face:

  • Smashbox foundation
  • tarte concealer
  • Laura Geller Balance and Brighten in Regular
  • Vintage Peach blush
  • Original mineral veil