Friday, February 26, 2010

Nail goodies

Today in the mail I received some more 3d Nail Art Molds. To make the 3D nail art, you use colored acrylics in the molds. I had previously purchased some but bought a "few" (ok a little more than a few) more. I have donuts, waffles, ice cream cones, ice cream on a stick, strawberries, bows, lollipops, wrapped candies, hearts and some other ones that I can't remember right now. They are TOO cute! They are made out of some type of silicon and you can just pop out the acrylic from the mold once they dry.

Here are some pictures of my other nail goodies.  I have a few different rhinestone wheels.  I believe I have round, square, heart, and star shapes in the colored rhinestones and I have a wheel of different sized clear rhinestones.  I have 2 sets of the tiny jars which have different deco including the tiny seed beads, half flat pearls, and glitter.  The top left picture is of small hexagon shaped nail glitter which is perfect for nail tips.  Not too small and not too big!

Friday, February 19, 2010

MAC haul

Let me first say that the title should actually be "another MAC haul" because I think I get new things just about every week. Today's haul included:
2 empty eyeshadow palettes, By Candelight MSF, Satellite Dreams e/s, Gentil Lentil shadestick, and brushes 129, 222, and 239.

I always thought that I didn't need the 222 brush, because my 224 and Sigma SS224 are fa-a-abulous, but who doesn't need more e/s brushes? I'm going to follow the recommendation of a friend and use the 239 for applying and blending my paintpots.

I have to see if I like the By Candlelight.  I'm not so much a highlight kind of person, I'm more of a peachy blush and as of recently, a bronzer as contour kinda girl. I'm going to have to test this one out.

Satellite Dreams was a no brainer b/c my favorite color is purple and I could probably fill one if not more of the e/s palettes with purple shadows.

What are you favorite MSFs, brushes, or e/s?

(the polka dots in the corner is my baby's leg. She wanted to be in the picture in her PJs.)

Monday, February 15, 2010

makeup party

Today some coworkers and i had a makeup party.  Basically we brought pot luck for lunch and we also brought along most of our makeup so that we could see what the other girls had, play with the colors and get tips from each other.    It was so much fun!!  I'm already making a list of what products I want to get next! Oh no...

I got some  new MAC products from the Spring Colour collection including:

Stacked!2 which are gold, yellow, and greenish pigments, Color 4 e/s quad, and Stacked!1 which are pink and purple pigments.

I tried on the Color 4 quad and I am in LOVE with this palette.  It has a light frosted white gold color thats perfect for highlight, a bronze gold color perfect for the lid, a coppery gold, and a dark golden brown, both of which can be used for the crease.  This is a gorgeous palette that can be used for either a brown or a coppery look!

Have you purchased any of the new Spring Collection colors? Which ones do you like or recommend?

Friday, February 5, 2010

MAC foundation review

Ok as I've said before, I've been using MAC makeup forever. I've esp been using MAC SFF and MAC SF powder. I'm a liquid and powder kind of girl, definitely not a powder only type of coverage. I'm an NC25 for reference.

I love my SFF and SF powder.

Studio Fix Fluid is awesome! It has a natural matte finish and med-full coverage. 

PROs: Long wearing, lasts all day! Very good coverage. If you have really bad acne, it may peek through, but this and concealer really does the job. Great color range! $26.50

CONs: Has a sort of orangey color to it by the end of the day.  Several friends have commented on their SFF doing the same thing, and they are all a darker skin tone than me. I think I'm b/t NC20 and NC25, but I stick w/NC25.

I recently bought MAC Studio Tech and today was the first time I used it. I wanted to try something that would give a little smoother, heavier coverage than SFF.  Not looking for cakey coverage.

Studio tech is a cream foundation that is supposed to apply matte and have a powdery finish.  It comes a compact and sponge as shown on the left. I applied it with the sponge and tried to build coverage,  and then used SF powder to set.  It is supposed to have a "full range" of coverage. **watched some videos on youtube.... apparently i should try to use my foundation brush!**

PROs: Took a minute or two to apply. FAST! Great if you're on the run! The color is truly closer to my skin tone than the same shade in SFF. Evens out skin tone (with the exception of dark circles). No orange color to it like SFF!

CONs: I dont feel like it has that great of a coverage. You could still see my dark circles even with my concealer and you could see through the makeup and see some of my blemishes. $29.50

I have also tried Studio Sculpt.   If you're not familiar, it is a gel-based foundation w/medium - full coverage and a satin finish.

PROs: Coverage is great.  It is more orangey that I'd like, but not as orangey as SFF.

CONs: Throughout the day it makes your face look oily. I personally don't have an oily face, but this makes me look like I do. I do not like satin finish!! $29.50

Finally MAC's Full Coverage foundation.  I bought this at my regular MAC store a while ago, but I think its a PRO only product now. (I do not have a PRO card).  I think it was about $30. I originally bought this to have more coverage than SFF, but I don't use it much any more.

PROs: It covers wonderfully! You can use it as concealer.

CONs: Cakey if you wear it for more than a short time. Especially under the eyes, or anywhere that creases - such as around your mouth. Did not have NC25! I had to buy NC20 and NC30. Does not cover black on tattoos very well.

Well I hope you enjoyed my review, if you have any suggestions on how to make my studio tech a fuller coverage, please let me know! Good night!~ xoxo, Caitlin