Friday, October 26, 2012

Made by Moonlight Black Walnut Sugar Scrub

A few weeks ago I had recieved this scrub to try for review from a new indie company called Made by Moonlight. I really expected a sample size so I was shocked to find this giant jar in my mailbox. The product is packaged in a cute jelly jar with a black ribbon and a bow on the lid, with Black Walnut handwritten on the label. Something about handmade, crafty products from independent sellers has always fascinated me. The fact that one single person has taken the time to make something makes the product feel personal, unique, and one of a kind. It feels more like a gift rather than a mass marketed product made with a bunch of crap that you can't even pronounce and aren't even sure if it's good for you. Indie companies really have their own unique charm to products, which is why people love Etsy! MBM is currently working on their Etsy store, but you can check out their FB page here and submit a custom order by email! YES, I said CUSTOM!! The owner Lisa is very kind, has fast correspondence, and also had the scrub shipped out the day after I sent my address! (Thanks Lisa ;) )

And now, the review:

First of all, anything with walnuts or walnut fragrance in it immediately arouses my appetite. (I am Greek and we put walnuts in the majority of our desserts, lol) YUMMM! It really smells good enough to eat. You probably could too, considering it's made from sugar, vitamin E, and olive oil. Sugar has always been one of my fave exfoliants because it isn't too harsh and the pieces aren't jagged like apricot scrubs. The sugar is an exfoliant that buffs away the dead skin cells from your skins surface, while vitamin E keeps skin looking soft and youthful, and olive oil provides hydration. It's in all in one with NO artificial coloring which makes it safe for sensitive skin types.

I used to buy Tree Hut's Almond scrub from Walmart and it was mostly made of oil and it would collect at the top of the jar....gross. I love that the texture of the MBM scrub is more thick and clumpy rather than oily and greasy like a lot of scrubs are which means it's good for the face of someone with oily skin. At first I was a little unsure of whether or not I wanted to use this on my face because of my skin being broken out and oily but it suprisingly didn't irritate it or make me look like an oil slick. There is a generous amount of product, the jar is is sturdy, cute, (and re-useable), and they are sold at a very fair price. Overall I am really pleased with the quality of the scrub and I'll probably order more when their official shop opens. Hopefully by Christmas, so I can make them into gifts!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Pin-up Makeup (The portfolio building begins!)

Hey everyone! A couple weeks ago my friend Allyson was in town and we did an amature-ish rockabilly/pin-up style photoshoot. She was more than happy to be my model (and a gorgeous one at that!) and let me use her camera. Allyson is not a professional model, just a photographer that knows her angles very well! We started late in the day so we had to rush everything by sundown. The overall process was probably completed in 2 hours which might seem like a long time, but I am still new to application on other people. I would much rather take my time and be thorough rather than half assing it in 30 minutes.

Here is a close up of the the eyes. Winged gel liner, false demi lashes, and a taupey color in the crease.

Allyson briefly taught me how to use her camera and even then I had no idea what I was doing. A lot of the photos were blurry, too bright, or super grainy. Professional photography is harder than it looks! After viewing the photos I did see some some areas that were a little sloppy, especially on the left eye and the lips. :/ Overall, I think she looks stunning and I think the red lips work very well with her hair and skintone, which was my main concern from the start. My kit is still very small, but I worked with what I had in a short amount of time. I am very pleased with how the final look turned out.

CC always welcome! Thanks for reading guys!

*Products Used*
Dermagem Mineral Foundation (Light/Medium)
Cargo Blu-Ray Primer
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Ardell Demi Lashes
Wet n Wild Cream Eyeliner
Tarte Jewelry Box Palette
NYX Snow White Lipstick
NYX Natural Blush
Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara
Elf Ash Eyebrow Kit

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Too Faced Size Queen Mascara

On the trip home to PA, my friend Lauren gave me this mascara in a package filled with TONS of little makeup goodies. When I first pulled  this mascara out of the box I was shocked to see how large the tube was. Never in my life have I seen a mascara tube so big, so my first thought was "Wow, there must be a ton of product in there!" So, I unscrewed the top and this huge bastard of an applicator comes out.
I discovered that it was mostly applicator in the tube, not mascara, lol! It's kinda short, fat, with very long, thick, bristles that are shaped like an average mascara wand but on steroids. I tried SO many times to get this thing to work for my lashes but I couldn't. :(  My eyes are kinda small and I barely have any lashes so I can't use this wand without making a mess everywhere. Bottom lashes are IMPOSSIBLE to coat with this wand. After each application I'm left with short, fat, clumpy lashes and an extra minute of cleanup.

However, when using a different applicator with this mascara I can get a fair amount of volume AND length, as shown in the photos. I think that is the problem with most mascaras, the formulation itself gets ignored because the spoolie is a hunk of garbage. Companies try to make their products unique for consumers but end up failing because products aren't made practical. Unfortunately, this is one of the many mascaras that are misunderstood because of a crappy applicator. With a smaller spoolie, I get clump-free volume and length with no hassle, no mess, and no cleanup around my eyes. It didn't start to get dried out, clumpy, and flaky until after a month but that's usually how most drugstore mascaras are for me. (Seeing as how this isn't a drugstore mascara, I'm not so sure if that is a good thing lol) Sadly, the applicator has become a deal breaker for me so I will not purchase this with my own money. ($21.00 at Sephora....really??) It's very time consuming to use a separate wand and then wash it after I apply makeup everyday. Maybe the applicator will work best on people longer, fuller lashes. Me no likey :/

Friday, August 10, 2012

Champagne & Eggplant Tutorial

Hey all! This is a shimmery champagne and eggplant look I did using only 3 shades of eyeshadow. It's almost a toned down version of an older look I did. So if that look was a little too vibrant for you, you might opt for this look instead!

1. Use an eyeshadow primer all over the lid.
2. Use a fluffy crease brush to apply the eggplant color in a half moon shape. Sweep the brush back and forth in a sideways motion for the desired affect.

3. Wet your brush with water, a mixing medium, or Fix+ and dip your brush into a champagne colored pigment and pat on the lid. I find that using a flat shader brush works best to pat on the pigment. Go directly beneath the crease color.

 4. Be sure to sweep the champagne eyeshadow underneath the crease at the outer corner in a wing shape.

5. Use the eggplant shade and use a pencil brush to line underneath the outer third of the  eyes. Wing it outwards, beneath the champagne color.

6. Use a blending brush and an eyeshadow a shade or two darker than your skin color to soften the edges of the crease color.


7. Time to highlight! You want to pick something similar to your skin tone for this. Highlight below the arch of the brow and in the inner corners.

8. Eyeliner and mascara! Your eyeliner shape is completely up to you but I find that when it wings out it works beautifully with this look and makes the eyes look really long and sexy.

9.  Finish the rest of the face! I used a bronzer in the hollows of my cheeks, a white shimmery eyeshadow to highlight the tops of my cheeks bones, and nudey pink lipgloss.

------Products used-------
Tarte Jewelery Box Palette (crease, highlighters, and bronzer)
Sephora Kat Von D True Romace Pigment Starcrossed (lid)
NYX Megashine Lip Gloss Nude Pink
Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer Fair/Light
DermaGem Moonstone Mineral Makeup Light-Medium
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Too Faced Size Queen Mascara
ELF Eyebrow Kit
Wet N Wild Cream Liner

Friday, August 3, 2012

Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral Makeup

The finish of this foundation is very similar to Revlon Photoready foundation with the little pieces of shimmer in it and offers light coverage. Why does it look like powder and then feel wet when it comes in contact with the skin? Revlon should have just formulated it as a liquid! The problem I have with this is that when you are working with powder, you should use it a little bit at a time because if you don't it flys off your brush during application and gets EVERYWHERE. So if you do use a small amount at once, it only covers a tiny area of the face with each brush stroke as it comes in contact with your skin because it gets wet. Sadly, you cannot build up layers for more coverage without the cakeyness. This can also be quite time consuming, and not my ideal method of foundation application. I guess this foundation would be good for someone with dry skin looking for something that won't cake up. It wore off my skin after 3 hours!! The bristles of the brush actually aren't too bad, but it's difficult to clean inside the plastic case making it a little unhygenic, and it can't function properly without sliding back into it's case while in use. Not particularly a fan of this product but I will make use of it some way or another! It's really up to you and whether or not you want to pay for a foundation for $12 that barely provides any coverage, just sparkles, and is extremely difficult and time consuming to blend. I can't wait for Revlon to discontinue this one and create a new mineral foundation for their fantastic ColorStay line. Lets hope they will!! You can find this here. (Wow, what a poor color 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils

A friend sent me a sample sized version of this mascara and it has lasted me a little over a month so far! It's not that blackest or the thickest mascara I've ever seen, but it does a lot for length and isn't clumpy. My lashes are very fine and short so I like to have a lot of flexibility in them without flaking and clumping because I layer on coats. This mascara is great for layering, and will not flake or smear ALL day! The wand isn't anything special or out of the ordinary, but it works well at separating lashes. Totally irrelevant but it actually smells really good and floraly too! I'm used to drugstore mascaras that smells like old paint chips and permanent marker, lol. If it wasn't for the hefty price of $30 I would purchase a full size one but for now I'm still on the lookout for something better.

Friday, July 27, 2012

BareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lip Color- Confidence

I received the color Confidence which is described as a pink berry which I can agree with. At first glance I saw the pinky mauve tone in it and thought there was no possible way I could pull this off without looking really odd. While applying it I noticed the doe foot applicator is weak, flat, and too wide. I don't feel like I get enough control over application because of it being so flimsy. The lipgloss is very opaque, has a nice consistency, and is a LITTLE sticky but not too much to the point where it is unwearable. It doesn't melt off in high, humid temperatures and probably lasted about 6 hours on me before it was completely gone. This color actually didn't turn out to be as bad on me as I thought it would. It is a beautiful shade but I think I'll wait until I get a tan to wear it because I don't believe it is flattering on my extremely pale skin. Although the applicator was crappy, it can be forgiven because of how opaque and long lasting the lipgloss is. I will probably purchase more of these but in other shades!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Conair Facial Sauna System

This is my first electonic facial steaming sauna so sadly, I have nothing to compare it to besides a pot of boiled water with a towel covering the back of my head. Unfortunately, this sauna did not produce enough steam for my face amd didn't feel like it was enough to open the pores.The steam is very light, and it boils down too quickly. It claims to provide a "soothing mist" for up to 30 minutes, but mine only lasted 10. What the heck, Conair??? This product is made with your typical cheap plastic materials that Conair is basically known for. It looks very outdated, like something out of the 1980s. Instead of buttons and a digital timer, it has a cheap twisty knob for a timer. No me gusta! A reviewer on stated that the boiling water exploded on his wifes face leaving 1st degree burns, and Conair only gave a full refund. If only I would have read that before purchasing!! * WARNING * If that isn't enough to prove this sauna sucks, then you better prepare for some hefty medical bills.

This kit contains a nifty little nasal cone, and a little measuring cup to pour water into the saunas resevior which is very simple and convenient. The kit also comes with a battery operated exfoliating brush and sponge.--also cheaply made. I found many negative reviews on it so I didn't even bother trying it since the sauna didn't reach the expectations I had for it. I figured the cheap little brush wasn't worth the $27, regardless if it actually worked decently or not. On a more postive note, it certainly didn't burn a hole in my pocket. I was just hoping for better quality from a drugstore facial sauna kit in the $20 price range. This has been returned to Target, and I will NOT be repurchasing.

---------------------------------------*for anyone interested in seeing how this system works, read up

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