Bare Escentuals Chroma Violet & UD Gunmetal

On the eyes:

  • Bare Escentuals Chroma Violet primer shadow applied with finger all over lid to slightly above crease
  • Urban Decay Gunmetal in outer V and blended into crease and under lower lashes
  • BE Big & Bright eyeliner in Indigo on upper lashes and lower waterline
  • tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara

  

On the lips:

  • Laura Geller Strawberry Truffle lipstick
  • MAC lustreglass in That’s It

On the face:

  • Missha Cho Bo Yang bb cream in Light Beige
  • Laura Geller Balance N Brighten in Fair
  • MAC mineralize blush in Dainty
  • Benefit Dallas to contour
  • BE Original mineral veil

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Sleek MakeUp: fun with greens!

I already have most of my makeup packed up… we’re moving to the Baltimore area  at the end of this week! So I packed a (very full) makeup bag and boxed up the rest. I made sure to include my four Sleek MakeUp palettes so I could have a wide variety of colors to choose from without taking up very much space at all. I asked my favorite guy this morning “what color should I wear today?” and without hesitation, he said “bright green!” So, bright green it is! It’s definitely on the crazy bright side, and may earn you some funny looks if you wore this to the office, but you could make it a little more wearable for day by simply wearing the bright colors close to the lashline (like a thick liner) and keeping the rest of the lid a very neutral color.

On the eyes:

  • Sleek Curacao Apres Midori all over lid from lashes to crease
  • Sleek Curacao Blue Lagoon on outer 1/2 of lid (over Apres Midori)
  • Sleek Curacao Blue Hawaiian blended into crease and on inner lid
  • Sleek Curacao Martini blended under the brow
  • Espresso Martini drylined along upper and lower lashlines
  • tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara

  

On the lips:

  • MAC lustreglass lipgloss in Wonderstruck

On the face:

  • Missha Cho Bo Yang bb cream in Light Beige
  • Laura Geller Balance N Brighten in Fair
  • Laura Geller Baked Cheek Dreams in Vanilla Peach Cobbler
  • Original Mineral Veil
  • Benefit Dallas to contour
  • BE auburn brow powder

Urban Decay: Omen, Evidence, Tainted

I knew I’d be going out to dinner to celebrate my sweet husband’s birthday later, so I wanted to create an eye look that really popped. And boy, were my eyes poppin’!  This was one of those looks that made me keep going back to the mirror to admire because it was so pretty. I used the Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette, and I can’t recommend this palette enough if you like vibrant, shimmery (but not with big hunks o’ glitter) colors in a beautiful package. The color Omen is an incredibly striking iridescent purple, and is definitely the star of the show today.

Urban Decay 15th Anniversary Palette

On the eyes:

  • BE Prime Time Brightening Opal primer
  • UD Omen all over lid from lashes to crease
  • UD Tainted blended along entire crease and inner eye
  • UD Midnight 15 blended under brow
  • UD Evidence drylined along upper lashes and smudged under lower lashes
  • Ardell lashes
  • Lorac multiplex mascara

  

On the lips:

  • Laura Geller Berry Vanilla lipstick
  • BE 100% Natural lipgloss in Plumtini

On the face:

  • Laura Geller Tinted Ethereal spackle primer
  • Laura Geller Balance N Brighten in Regular
  • Smashbox Blush Rush in Surge
  • BE Auburn brow powder
  • Original mineral veil

   

Bare Escentuals Wicked, Violet Sky, Ultramarine

I really loved this look. I used Wicked, a bright and very shimmery green, and toned it down with Violet Sky, a brownish plum matte shade. Then I amped it back up with Ultramarine eyeliner!

Pretty Amazing Courage, Pretty Amazing Savvy, Wicked, Violet Sky, Clear Radiance

On the eyes:

  • BE Prime Time Brightening Opal
  • BE Wicked all over lid
  • BE Violet Sky in crease and under lower lashes
  • Clear Radiance under brows
  • BE Ultramarine Big & Bright eyeliner along upper lashes
  • tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara

  

On the lips:

  • BE Pretty Amazing Courage and Savvy smushed together

On the face:

  • BE Prime Time
  • BE Original foundation in Fairly Medium
  • Benefit Dallas to contour
  • Turn On to highlight
  • Cheerful blush

Laura Geller Baked Vanilla Nudes

I picked up this beauty of a kit at Ulta. It’s the Laura Geller Baked Vanilla Nudes collection, and comes with a foundation,  a cheek trio (contour/blush/highlight), an eye duo, lipstick, full size mascara, and a double ended brush. I love most of the parts of this kit! I’ve turned into a huge fan of Laura Geller Balance N Brighten foundation – I think that it really does what it says it will… balance and brighten! Unfortunately, the kit available at Ulta only comes with the Regular shade, which is just a touch too dark for me. I prefer the Fair shade, but as long as I don’t cake on the Regular too much, it looks fine.

The cheek trio was really nice. The contour shade is a little bit on the orange side for my skin tone to use as a contour color, but mixed with the blush, I thought it gave me a nice healthy glow. My first thought with the highlighter was that it was fine. Just fine, not “wow.” It came across a little chalky and didn’t give a very noticeable highlight as I was applying, but I did notice it throughout the day as I caught my reflection – between the healthy glow of the blush/contour, and the subtle highlight, I was lovin’ my cheekbones yesterday!

The eye duo is very, very pretty. It applied smoothly and blended nicely. It stayed in place all day long. Unfortunately, I have to give two thumbs down to the mascara. It applied very wet (which is not good for someone with long lashes – it gets everywhere), did not give my lashes very good definition (although the length it gave was decent), but the worst part was that it was next to impossible to remove. I love my Bare Escentuals cleanser, which takes off all makeup – except, apparently, for Laura Geller mascara. Even my oil based makeup remover took some time to scrub it off.

Balance N Brighten Regular, Baked Cheek Dreams Vanilla Peach Cobbler, Vanilla Toffee/Black Cherry, Berry Vanilla lipstick

On the eyes:

  • BE Prime Time Brightening Opal
  • Vanilla Toffee swept all over lid, from lashes into crease
  • Black Cherry along upper and lower lashes, then blended gently up into the crease
  • Laura Geller At Long Lash mascara

  

On the lips:

  • Laura Geller Berry Vanilla lipstick

On the face:

  • Laura Geller Tinted Ethereal Spackle primer
  • Laura Geller Balance n Brighten in Regular
  • Laura Geller baked Cheek Dreams in Vanilla Peach Cobbler

Bare Escentuals wearable brown smokey eye

Today, I wanted to try out a brown smoky eye, but I wanted to make it daytime appropriate. I think it turned out to be a nice, soft brown smokey eye, great for the cooler months. I also added in a sweep of BE True Gold for a little pop of shimmer.

Clockwise from left: Citrus Twist, Turn On, Harmony, True Gold

On the eyes:

  • BE Prime Time Brightening
  • Harmony all over lid from lashes up to crease, and smudged under lower lashes
  • Citrus Twist blended into crease
  • Turn On under brow and blended down to blend out any harsh lines
  • True Gold swept lightly over lid
  • Buxom mascara

  

On the lips:

  • Pretty Amazing Savvy
  • Smashbox Gilded Nude lipgloss

On the face:

  • Missha Perfect Cover bb cream in #21
  • Laura Geller Balance N Brighten in Fair
  • MAC mineralize Dainty blush
  • Make Up For Ever HD microfinishing powder

Bare Escentuals And Away We Glow holiday collection

One of the new holiday 2011 kits from Bare Escentuals was available online for sale, for one day only, and I snatched it up for a few reasons. It comes with a new Pretty Amazing shade in a brand new formula, a blush-sized container of Turn On, my favorite highlighter, new blush and eyeshadow shades, another brand new product – waterproof eyeliner, and a dove grey primer shadow. I believe it will be available again in November.

My thoughts:

  • I love the large size of Turn On. I use my current container sparingly for fear that I’ll run out someday. Now I feel like I can wear it every day!
  • Luxury blush is an awesome corally color. It’s a new color, and fits perfectly in my collection between my beloved Vintage Peach and Cheerful.
  • Pretty Amazing Flair is a nice peachy color, in their new gloss formula. For those that don’t particularly like the Pretty Amazing line because you find them too thick or too pigmented, this line may be for you. I think the color is fairly similar to Pretty Amazing Allure, but it’s half as thick and very glossy. Two thumbs up from me!
  • The waterproof liner in Midnight applied smoothly and seems to be staying in place. I have trouble with the Big & Bright eyeliners – they fade quickly and tend to smudge. It’s in a pencil form instead of a twist-up, but that’s cool with me.
  • Dove Gray primer shadow is both beautiful and a little bit of a disappointment at once. You can see in the pictures that the color on my lid is not terribly pigmented – and that’s with two coats of the primer shadow. I feel like if I were to layer it over and over in order to get the same color as in the swatch, it’s wasting product. I think if these primer shadows are going to be as expensive as they are ($18 open stock), they should have better pigentation.
  • Swanky eyecolor is a really pretty creamy white. I will definitely use it. However, I think BE missed the mark as far as including this color in with this kit. I think since the dove gray primer shadow is so light, a darker gray contour color would have been a better match. The instructions that came along with the kit instructed us to use Swanky on the inner eye, but I think the same effect can be accomplished by using Turn On there instead.

All in all, this is a very good kit. Lots of new colors, and two brand new formulas (waterproof liner and pretty amazing gloss). Worn alone, it’s a beautiful glowy kit. Add in some darker grey contour color and a lipliner, and it’s a great kit for evening!

On the eyes:

  • Dove Gray Primer Shadow (2 coats, applied with clean fingertip)
  • Swanky applied to inner corner of lid and under brow
  • Midnight waterproof eyeliner applied to both waterlines, and along upper lashline. Smudged with a pencil brush and then smudged up into the crease to add a little definition.
  • Flawless Definition mascara in blue black (not included in kit – the kit comes with black)

  

On the lips:

  • Pretty Amazing Flair

On the face:

  • BE Prime Time
  • Original foundation in Fairly Medium, mixed with Advanced Clear Radiance
  • Luxury blush
  • Benefit Dallas to contour
  • Turn On to highlight
  • Anastasia brow pen to fill in brows