Friday, September 19, 2014

Look of the Day: Smokey Eye for Errand-Running


I love wearing more dramatic makeup looks when I don't have work,,,,today I was just running some errands around town, so I did a bit of a smokey eye (nothing too dramatic though, I still worked with more neutral, brown shades). I know that dark makeup isn't always appropriate, which is why I love to experiment when I have some free time!

XOXO,
Ally

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Easy Tip for Wearable Glittery Eyes


One of my favorite ways to spice up my eye makeup and add a touch of glitter (while still being totally wearable!) is to use a black glitter liner! This one is by Collection, and has black glitter as well as some sparkly silver flecks. On top of a black liner, it adds a beautiful touch of glitter without being too over the top. I just apply my liquid liner as I normally would, and then once that dries, I go over it with the glitter. If you're a glitter lover, this is definitely a tip you should give a try!

XOXO,
Ally

Look of the Day - Goodbye Summer!

   

I know it's mid-September, but I really wanted to do a fun and rather colorful summery look.....I mean, technically it is still summer!

For this look, all I did was apply a shimmery champagne shade to my lid, use some light purple in the crease, and then lined my eyes with bright blue on the bottom! I finished the look off with an orange/coral lip. Really simple, and perfect if you're already missing those warm summer days!

XOXO,
Ally

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

wet n wild Fergie On Edge Longwearing Eye Liner Swatches!

I picked up these eye pencils in the shades HyperSky (the blue) and Ex-Stacey (the pink) the other day at Walgreens, and they were too pretty not to swatch right away! I love brightly colored liners like these, they add such a fun touch to any makeup look!



Fantastic pigmentation on these! They were very creamy - almost a little too soft, in some cases - and smudged pretty easily, but I'm not sure how they would fare on the eyes because I haven't worn them yet. But I'm sure I'll find a fun way to wear both of these for a pop of color!

XOXO,
Ally

CVS/Walgreens Drugstore Haul!

I did a bit of prowling around the drugstores this weekend, looking for new Halloween displays, sales, and anything else that seemed exciting! Here's the total damage:


And read on for details and close-up shots!


wet n wild Coloricon Bronzer, Reserve Your Cabana - This is way more of a highlight than a bronzer, but it's one of my absolute favorites....I actually dropped and broke mine a few months ago, and I've been missing it so much that I needed another! Out of everything I purchased, this is the one thing I would 100% recommend, because I've used it before and it is lovely!
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color, 660 Indi-glow - It's hard to see in the picture, but this is a pretty purple/indigo jelly polish with green/gold glitter. SO stunning in person!
Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal, Crystal Kiss and Pink Quartz - The Crystal line of Baby Lips is the only line that I haven't tried yet, so I figured I'd give a couple of shades a try! I LOVE the pink glittery packaging!!



wet n wild Eyeshadow Brush and Angled EyeShadow Brush - these were both only $.99! Not sure how great they'll be, but for a buck each, I have no problem giving them a chance, Plus, if nothing else, they'll look cute with my other brushes!
wet n wild Megalast Nail Color, Rouge 66 - This is a matte red shade that I actually used to paint my toes yesterday! I like it a lot, the color was very opaque and the matte texture is extremely pretty! It's not quite as matte as I would have thought, there's still a little shine to it, but a matte topcoat would fix that if you want it as matte as possible.
e.l.f. Snow White "The Fairest of Them All" Eye Collection - I just had to have this set for the cute Snow White themed palette. I think this is a situation where I was suckered in by the packaging, but for just $5, I don't even mind! The palette is completely darling!
e.l.f. Ariel "Under the Sea Eyes" - Again, the cute packaging won me over! That burgundy/purple shade in the bottom duo looked like it would be nice for fall, so I have some high hopes for this one!



Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color, 770 Copa-Banana - This glitter was just too fun to pass up! I haven't used it yet, but it seems a little sparse, so this may be a polish that requires a lot of effort.....hopefully it's worth it!
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color, 930 Mind Your Manors - This chunky glitter is a mix of pink, green, and blue, and looks simply amazing!
wet n wild Fergie Longwearing Eye Pencil, Ex-Stacey and HyperSky - I couldn't pass up a bright pink and blue liner! I love to incorporate color into my eye looks, so these are practically made for me!
wet n wild Megaslicks Balm Stain, 2AM Call Time - I think this product is a part of the Halloween limited edition collection, because it has a "limited edition" sticker on it - don't quote me, though!! Either way, the deep purple shade is great for fall!
e.l.f. Beauty Book, Class of 2014 - I'm not sure if this palette has some sort of official name other than "Class of 2014," but either way, when I saw it at Walgreens I had my heart set on getting it! I just graduated college, so the class of 2014 is very special to me, and I love having little things to commemorate that!
Sinful Shine Nail Polish, Nouveau Purple - I tried a blue shade of these polishes, and the shine was incredible! I thought this shade would be a nice fall color to work with.
Sinful Colors Glow in the Dark Nail Polish - Honestly I'm not sure if this will even work, but I think glowing nails are sooo much fun, so I thought I'd give it a go!
wet n wild Coloricon Palette, Daring Downtown - Again, one of the limited edition items, this palette has five dark and shimmery shades, perfect for Halloween or just a fun smokey eye!

And some closer shots....





Can't wait to review and swatch some of these things for you guys!!

XOXO,
Ally

Monday, September 15, 2014

Clinique Chubby Stick Swatches

I was shopping around Sephora the other day, playing around and swatching some things, and I really enjoyed these different Clinique Chubby Stick products! I haven't used any of these, so I can't necessarily recommend them based on how they apply/wear, but I can give you guys a couple thoughts based on how they swatched!

 

Listed starting from the top (ignore that unrelated swatch on the left haha!):
Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in the shade Flowering Freesia: This is definitely more of a balm than a lipstick, so it swatched very lightly - I was hoping for something a little more vibrant!
Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes in the shade Two Ton Teal
Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes in the shade Grandest Gold
Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in the shade Pudgy Peony: This one was much more pigmented, and a beautiful shade!


Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes in the shade Plush Periwinkle
Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes in the shade Oversized Orchid

All four of the eye shadow tints swatched really nicely and were exceptionally pigmented - I had these on my hand for several hours as I shopped around the mall, and they lasted the whole time! I can't say that that means that they'll last just as long on the eyes, but they do have promise!

I was snapping these pics of my hand as I waited in line at Sears - the cashiers probably thought I was losing it haha!

XOXO,
Ally

Saturday, September 13, 2014

New MUA Makeup Academy Line at CVS

So I got this little pamphlet in the mail today - CVS sure does know how to get a girl's attention!


Makeup Academy is a new line of lip products, brushes, and lashes, coming to CVS. Though this line uses the same logo/name as the British MUA makeup brand, these products are completely new, formulated just for their release at CVS. They are not the same products sold at Superdrug stores in the UK. You can read more about this new line at Happi.com!


I definitely want to test out some of these new lip products for you guys, so hopefully I can put that $2 coupon to good use! Since these products were newly created for CVS it's hard to know what they'll be like, and the prices for the lip products are around $8 - a little pricey compared to the UK brand!

I'm hoping to spot one of these displays at my local CVS soon! (I'll snap some pics if I do!)

9/15 Update: And here's the display!


The lip products look really interesting, not too sure about the brushes - they were a little on the pricey side but they did seem like nice quality!


XOXO,
Ally