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HUGE September Haul!

I think I went a little bit overboard crazy with new makeup this month. But I'm surprisingly happy with just about everything that I got!

**extras, pictures, swatches, & reviews below**



Products I got:
NYX eye shadows (Atlantic, Golden Orange, Irises)
NYX Mega Shine Lip Glosses (Sunrise, Burgundy, Plush Red)
NYX Lipliner Pencils (Hot Pink, Plush Red)
La Femme Creme Rouge blush (Peach Parfait)
La Femme pressed eye shadows (Dark Brown, Silver)
La Femme Creamy Cake Liner (Black)
China Glaze Nail Polishes (Cruisin', Tree Hugger, Breakin')
Zoya Matte Nail Polishes (Dovima, Posh)
Proclaim Olive Hot Oil Treatment

Extras not in the video:
N.Y.C. Lipstick (Blue Rose)
Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick (Peachy Scene)
NYX Lipliner Pencil (Nectar)
Revlon Colorstay Soft & Smooth Lipstick (Smooth Nude)
Rimmel Glam Eyes mascara
Coastal Scents Synthetic Deluxe Crease Brush
China Glaze Nail Polish (Scarlet)
Rimmel 60 Seconds nail polish (615 Night Before)
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These are great colors, good and pigmented. Cork is a really pretty color.
It's close to my skin tone, so it doesn't really show up too well.
Overall these NYX shadows are great though!

This is a GORGEOUS silver color. SUPER SUPER pigmented, and it was only $2.99!

Here I show it wet and dry.
It doesn't look much different because the color is already so pigmented. There is a slight difference off camera.

I got this for contouring. It's a matte dark brown. Awesome pigmentation, and very fine-milled shadow, which I love because it goes on super smooth.
Great for a smoky eye look!

This one I wasn't so hot about. No matter how much I wet the liner it just wouldn't get darker.
It stays on pretty well, although washes off really easily with water.
They have a Cake Liner (not creamy) that I'm going to go and buy, and see how that works for me. If it doesn't do much of anything, I think I'll stick with my Coastal Scents Gel Liner

This is one of my favorites! Although I can't find anywhere to buy it online!
It's a cream blush from La Femme. They had a few different colors at the beauty supply store I got it at. Amazing pigmentation, and it lasts so much longer than powder blushes I've worn.
This is the perfect "fresh-faced, pink-peach color".
If I find out where to get it online I will put a link :)

This made my hair really super soft and shiny. Olive oil is great for your skin and your hair.
I got it at Sally Beauty Supply for $1.79. When it's on sale it's only 99cents!

Another bunch of favorites of mine. The lip glosses are really pigmented, not too sticky...a little on the thick side, but not enough to be concerned about. They all smell wonderful, too.
The lipliners stay on like nobody's business!
Awesome colors and are hard to rub off (which is a good thing if you're going out and wearing them)

I'm going to do a review on this so I'll just show you it :)

This is another NYX lipliner pencil I got. Good nude color, with a little hint of sheen.

From top: NYC Lipstick in Blue Rose, Wet 'n' Wild Fantasy Makers Lipstick in Black, Revlon ColorStay Soft & Smooth Lipstick in Smooth Nude, and Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Peachy Scene

This brush is GREAT! It was only about $2 at coastalscents.com. Animal Friendly and SUPER soft! I love it because it's really thin, great for small eyes, or just getting color concentrated into the crease. I like it because the bristles are a bit long, which reminds me a little bit of the MAC 222 brush. Not quite as long as the MAC one, but does about the same job!
No smell, no shedding.

From left: Tree Hugger, Breakin, Cruisin, and Scarlet

Just gorgeous! This dries fast (I wouldn't really say 60 seconds though), and is an awesome deep bluish purple color. It's just about the shiniest nail polish also. Lasts a long time, too. For a drugstore brand I would definitely recommend this nail polish.
These are awesome nail polishes. It's from the Zoya Mat Velvet collection. You can use a basecoat, but dont' use a topcoat. They dry to a matte finish. It's so cool!
Only thing is with these, you have to work kind of fast, don't go over the same spot over and over or it will show. It ends up smoothing out bumps though by the time it's dry.
The red is called Posh. It's cool but not my favorite of the two. It dries to a matte satin finish.
The black is called Dovima. This is AWESOME! It dries to an almost "granite"-looking finish.
I think the black would be really cool for guys, because it's not shiny.
Only problem with these though, is because you don't wear a topcoat the polish wears off pretty fast. Mine started chipping the next day =/
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How To Spot Clean Your Makeup Brushes

I can't stress enough how important it is to clean your makeup brushes!
One use from a makeup brush can get tons of bacteria and oils from your face onto your brush and leave you with a dirty mess.

I spot clean my brushes after just about every use using a brush cleaner.
MAC has one for $11, and I have the Smashbox one (it's $15).

It's super simple and you will thank the heavens (or the company that made the brush cleaner) that they helped you clean your brushes! :)
Spot cleaning removes surface color and oils and dirt from your brushes, only takes a second, and your brushes are dry in about 10-20 minutes.

They stay soft and last a lot longer, and the color payoff of your shadows is MUCH more true-to-color than if you didn't clean them.

In the next brush cleaning video I'll show how to deep clean your brushes. It's actually my favorite method because I know I'm cleaning them thoroughly, and my brushes smell oh-so-nice afterward!

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Lady Gaga's VMA '09 Makeup

I was watching the VMA's on Sunday night and saw Lady Gaga's makeup and was like, "Yep, gonna try that out."

I did an interpretation of it. It's extended out a little bit farther than hers was, at the corners, but I didn't really like the shape she had it in too much. I thought it made her eye shape look a little funny. Although with makeup like this who cares, right?!


...and just an added bonus, my silly face (I can take a little embarassment)...



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Black & White Contest Entry

This was SO much fun to do!
MakeupGeekTV on YouTube has weekly contests. Her contest this past week was to do a look using only black and white.
When I heard about this I thought, "This is totally my realm!" I love to blend light and dark colors together and figured I could totally do it.

I had an idea for eyeliner a while back, to do a checkered, two row liner, and this was the perfect opportunity to do it :)

So here's what I submitted. I'm going to have the super-sped-up tutorial video up soon (I'll put that under this when I've got it up)
And here's the pictures. Let me know what you think! :)




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How To Make Eyeliner & How To Foil Shadows

In my newest YouTube video I showed how to make eyeliner out of loose shadows and also how to foil shadows and pigments.
I decided to make a written tutorial too, because it was fun, lol.
And just so you can get the full instructions :)

(video at the bottom)


MAKING EYELINER
It's easy to make your own eyeliner. It's fun and you can make just about any color eyeliner you can think of.
I love doing this, and it goes on just as well as any liquid eyeliner.

WHAT YOU NEED:
1) A mixing medium, like the one from MAC, or a cheaper one, like eye drops! (yes, eye drops work perfectly)
What you don't want to use is water because water evaporates and you'll just be left with crumbly, flaky shadow.
2) Any loose shadow or pigment (can be shimmery or matte).
Pressed shadows work too, but you may ruin the shadow if you put the medium right into it. I would scrape off a bit of it and mix in another container.

HERE'S HOW TO DO IT:

1. Put a drop of mixing medium or eye drops into a mixing container, or, I just use the lid of the pigment that I'm using.

2. Dump a little bit of the shadow into the lid and mix the two together with an eyeliner or small angled brush, so that you get a liquid eyeliner consistency.
If the color is too clear in color just mix in more shadow until you get a more opaque color.



FOILING SHADOWS

I also showed in my video how to foil shadows.
Foiling shadows is pretty easy and a lot of fun, you just have to get the right consistency for it to work.
Foiling gets the name from tin foil, because when you do this it can have a tin foil-type effect.
This works with shimmery shadows and makes the color shine like crazy!

WHAT YOU NEED:
1) A mixing medium
2) A shimmery shadow (looks awesome with gold or silver!)
3) A stiff shader brush (a brush that's not too floppy...goat hair bristles work best)

HERE'S HOW TO DO IT:

1. Put a drop of your mixing medium into a container or on your hand

2. Dip your clean brush into the mixing medium. It usually takes me about 3 to 4 drops. You want it damp but not soaking wet. Enough so that when you dab it onto your hand you can feel a little wetness, but it doesn't "paint on" wetness

3. Dip your brush into the shadow to get a good bit stuck to it

4. Start pressing carefully and see if you can get the shadow to stick to it.
You're looking for a creamy paste consistency

5. This is too crumbly so you want to put more mixing medium into another container and dip the brush into it to get it wet
DON'T PUT THE MIXING MEDIUM IN THE SAME CONTAINER THAT YOU'RE MIXING IN
WE'RE NOT DOING THE EYELINER METHOD :)

6. This is what you want. A creamy paste that sticks to your brush and looks really shiny

7. Instead of putting it on like a regular shadow, dab it on.
You can drag down, just don't try to blend and do a "windshield wiper" motion or anything because you won't get the same effect.
SEE THE DIFFERENCE!

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I Grew My Lashes Longer!! How'd I do it?

I've been using this product for a little over a month now, called Talika Lipocils Eyelash Conditioning Gel.
I saw a bunch of reviews on it and it seemed legit so I got it.
My lashes have always been pretty short, especially my bottom ones, and would LOVE to see them longer! Who really wouldn't like long, full lashes, right?
It's this clear gel in a white tube with a mascara wand on the end. I figured, easy enough to use.
It claims to grow your lashes longer and thicker in 28 days.

You put it on 2 times a day for the first 28 days, and then once a day every day after that.

I started using it and didn't see any results, but I was convinced it was going to work.
So after about 2 weeks of using it I started to notice it was a little easier to put on mascara on my top and bottom lashes. I wasn't hitting my eyelid with my mascara wand quite as much and could notice a bit of a difference, but only with mascara on really.

Now, about 38 days later (I waited a little bit after, lol), my lashes actually have grown!
I was actually kind of surprised that they sell that product Latisse for god knows how much, as a prescription, and I could get this product for $25 and it works, possibly just as well!

Here is my before and after pictures, with no mascara on:


Here are my before and after pictures, with mascara on:


You can mostly notice a difference with the second one (sorry about the red eyes bytheway, in the second one, lol, I had just done a tutorial and used makeup remover. Irritated my eyes a bit)

So it did work! And I'm really happy about it! I've continued to use it after the 28 days, but I'm still using it twice a day. I haven't had any problem with twice a day after the 28 days so I will continue to use it, and maybe they'll grown longer as months pass! :)

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