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  1. Finally got the rest of my Barbie haul (Doll, Beautyburst, & Mothbrown). Sadly, I haven't felt like doing makeup for the past few days. I didn't want to do it today, but I need to keep my site updated sooo, something simple. And me with my night driving glasses on. You would think that after trying on 100 pairs of glasses and shelling out $300 for frames they would suit me, but no, my face is too narrow and the frames are too big. Thank god I'm going to be going for all new stuff in a few months! I used Rose Gold pigment on lid, Casablanca eyeshadow on inner lid, Goldmine eyeshadow on middle of lid, Beautyburst eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Ricepaper eyeshadow above crease and on brow, Goldmine eyeshadow on lower lash line, and Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line. I wore Ambering Rose blush with Enriched Refined Bronze to contour. I had Tiger Tiger lipstick with Dejarose lipglass (just a touch!) on my lips.
  2. Tutorial for my signature smokey eye look, which is a very dramatic all-black shadow look. I finally did a tutorial for this very vampy version because I get so many compliments every time I wear it! I don't see the *big* deal, but if you ladies like it, let me share the knowledge, LOL! Hope you like it and/or it helps! You will need the following products: a matte black base (Blacktrack fluidline), a matte black powder eyeshadow (Carbon eyeshadow), a matte highlight that’s similar to your skintone (Performance eyeshadow), another matte highlight that’s similar to your skintone, but darker than the one before (Malt eyeshadow), a black eye kohl (Graphblack technakohl, Blacktrack fluidline) and [optionally] a shimmery silver or black eyeshadow if you want a shimmery look (Silver Ring eyeshadow). You will need the following tools: a separate brush or sponge-tip applicator to use with the black base (like the 252), a blending brush for the black shadow (cheap Target brush), and a blending brush for the highlight colors (Philosophy blending brush). To clean up fall-out, using a cosmetic remover wipe works best and is easiest to quickly eradicate the black fall out underneath the eyes. Using a firm, flat brush, pick up just a dab of Blacktrack fluidline. This is all we are going to use for one entire eye, and yes, it will really be enough. A little goes a long way, and it is better to start small and add as required rather than deal with an overabundance of product! Begin applying Blacktrack fluidline as your base on the inner portion of your lid. You want to place the brush as pictured and pull the color upwards and outwards to begin covering the lower part of your lid. You want to make sure you establish some sort of shape, whatever your preference in. I prefer something similar to the curvature of my natural eye. Do your best to make it fairly curved, but it does not have to be perfect - a few imperfections will disappear through the process. You have applied most of the product initially on the brush, and you will spend the next few steps spreading it out by pulling the color upward and outward from the middle portion of your lower lid. Continue covering your lid in Blacktrack fluidline by making sure to color your outer lid as well. Pulling the color upwards and outwards will cause the color to look faded and streaky. This occurs and is expected, but is easily remedied by simply brushing downwards once you have pulled the color the appropriate height. You can also gently pat the color back into a smoother place. This is the positioning of your brush when you are patting color into place or if you wanted to pull your brush downwards to ensure a flat surface, rather than a streaky one, as mentioned in the previous step. This is what your finished product should look like. Using a separate blending brush, pick up Carbon eyeshadow. You may need to return and pick up more of the black shadow as you work on the look. In a similar fashion as applying the base, start packing on Carbon eyeshadow all over the black portion of your lid. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black011.jpg You want to make sure you get the shadow on all of your base, because it helps the eyeshadow and the base to set. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black012.jpg You want to go all the way to the edges, and if you go over, that’s perfectly okay! http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black013.jpg Keep your brush at this angle as you apply Carbon eyeshadow to the outer edge of the base. This will help you be more precise with application and keep you in the same line as the base itself. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black014.jpg To help soften some of the line, gently swish your brush back and forth over the outer edge. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black015.jpg It will take a few times before you see the edge soften. Do not spend forever doing this, because we will help soften the edge further using our highlights. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black016.jpg Using a separate brush for the highlighter colors, pick up Performance eyeshadow with your brush. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black017.jpg Apply Performance eyeshadow directly underneath your brow onto your browbone. You want to place it towards the inner portion of your brow. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black018.jpg Gently slide your brush over the space beneath your eyebrow as you make your way towards the outer portion of the brow. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black019.jpg You can choose to continue using Performance eyeshadow, or you can use a slightly darker color like Malt eyeshadow. Keeping the brush at the pictured angle, cover the very outermost edge of black with Malt eyeshadow. Do not worry about all the fall out on the black eyeshadow - it is such a cinch to fix. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black020.jpg Gently brush the black shadow into the highlighter colors to help soften the harsh edge of black. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black021.jpg Using the brush you used to apply Carbon eyeshadow, hold it horizontally against your lid, along the outer portion of the black shadow and brush upwards and outwards, to help create a gray area that creates a gradient of black to highlight. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black022.jpg Gently swish the brush along the curve of the outermost edge of the black shadow. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black023.jpg This is what you should have when the eye is closed. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black024.jpg This is what you should have when the eye is open. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black025.jpg I prefer the shadow to go higher, so I am using my brush from applying Carbon to help heighten the black portion of the shadow by repeating the previous steps. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black026.jpg Similarly acting out the steps before, only this time increasing the amount of black space. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black027.jpg Using the brush you used to apply Carbon eyeshadow, pick up a touch of the black shadow and hold your brush horizontally against your outer lower lash line. Gently dab the brush against the outermost portion of your lower lash line and then carefully move it towards the inside of your lash line, but ensure that you stop one third to one half of the way. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black028.jpg This is what it should look like. You can clean up as you go, or you can clean up when you are finished (there is a fairly prominent stray black line underneath the lower lash line that will be cleaned up). http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black029.jpg I find that kohl pencil liners are easy to use, but Blacktrack fluidline is fabulous for staying on the waterline. Both Graphblack technakohl and Blacktrack fluidline will give the same dark, black liner, though. I take my technakohl and dip the tip into Blacktrack fluidline, just to get a touch of the fluidline. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black030.jpg I apply the fluidline I had picked up with the technakohl liner by starting in the middle of my lower lash line and moving outwards in both directions, continually sliding back and forth over my lower lash line and lower waterline. Add mascara of your choice, curl lashes if desired, and your eyes are finished. To complete the look, minimize focus on cheeks and lips by using a light-handed blush like Pearl Sunshine beauty powder and a deeper contouring color to dramatize features. Lips are best if left in either neutral or nude shades, but a slight pink or coral coloring will not destroy the look. If you wanted a shimmery black shadow look, then read the following four steps. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_blacks001.jpg Using your blending brush, pick up a shimmery black or silver eyeshadow like Black Tied eyeshadow or Silver Ring eyeshadow. Since I do not have Black Tied, I will be using Silver Ring. If you have a shimmery black shadow, you can simply apply that on top and you really do not need to do more. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_blacks002.jpg This is what it looks like after you’ve applied Silver Ring shadow. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_blacks003.jpg Using the brush you used to apply Carbon eyeshadow, pick up more of it and apply all over lid; make sure to cover the silver portions. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_blacks004.jpg This is what it should look like - a bit more shimmery than before. Alternately, you can use a shimmery base and a matte black shadow to achieve the same effect. For my typical shimmery smokey eye, I use Silver pigment as my base, which has plenty of shimmer in it. http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black031.jpg http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black032.jpg http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black033.jpg http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black034.jpg http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black035.jpg http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black036.jpg http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black037.jpg http://www.temptalia.com/images/tutorials/tutorial_black038.jpg
  3. This is the lightest smokey eye I've ever done. I personally wouldn't call it a smokey eye, though. It's just... grays! I used Silver pigment, Sugar White eyeshadow on inner lid, Vex eyeshadow on middle of lid, Silver Ring eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Vex eyeshadow above crease, Rite of Spring eyeshadow on brow, Vex eyeshadow on inner lower lash line, Silver Ring eyeshadow on outer lower lash line, and Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line. I wore Margin blush with Pearl Sunshine beauty powder and Enriched Refined Bronze to contour and Pearl Blossom beauty powder to highlight the face. I had Tiger Tiger lipstick with Tartlette lipglass on my lips.
  4. Ugh, I'm such a freaking moron. I meant to take shots of the matte black look I was doing so that I could compare to my usual shimmer black look... but did I remember to take the close-up shots of the matte portion? Oh, negative. I hate myself, seriously. I have four face shots of the matte look, so I hope that'll suffice :/ With matte black eyes... With shimmer... (and pinker lipglass) http://www.temptalia.com/images/2007/makeup-021407-full5.jpg http://www.temptalia.com/images/2007/makeup-021407-full6.jpg The only matte shot I managed to crop out from full-face pictures (so quality is poo): http://www.temptalia.com/images/2007/makeup-021407-side2.jpg I used Blacktrack fluidline on lid, Carbon eyeshadow on lid, Taupte Note eyeshadow above crease and on brow, and Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line. I wore Pearl Sunshine beauty powder on cheeks with Enriched Refined Bronze to contour. I had Style It Up lipstick with Luminary lustreglass on my lips. I later changed to Style It Up lipstick with Of Corset! lipglass (featured in close ups).
  5. More Don't Be Shy blush & Style It Up lipstick... I'm not sold on either yet. We'll see how it goes. :/ But damn, where is my perfect nude lipstick? Seriously! (Just Style It Up lipstick, no gloss) http://www.temptalia.com/images/2007/makeup-021307-full4.jpg I used Shimmertime pigment on lid, Pink Papillon eyeshadow on inner lid, Rite of Spring eyeshadow on middle of lid, Thunder eyeshadow on outer lid, Sketch eyeshadow in crease, Thunder eyeshadow above crease, Hush eyeshadow on brow, and Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line. I wore Don't Be Shy blush with Enriched Refined Bronze to contour. I had Style It Up lipstick with Tres Cher! lipglass on my lips.
  6. My Barbie FOTD, though I'm not sure Don't Be Shy blush looks good on me. I also included a picture of Style It Up lipstick on my lips behind the cut. BTW, the new Satinfinish foundation broke my skin out SO badly. :/ I have all these pimples on my face, and nothing has changed in my diet/routine other than I used Satinfinish twice ;/ Style It Up lipstick... I used Pastorale pigment on lid, Casablanca eyeshadow on inner lid, Springtime Skipper eyeshadow on inner and middle of lid, Aquavert eyeshadow on outer lid, Velvet Moss eyeshadow in crease, Metamorph eyeshadow above crease, Casablanca eyeshadow on brow, Springtime Skipper eyeshadow on lower lash line, and Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line. I wore Don't Be Shy blush with Enriched Refined Bronze to contour on my cheeks. I had Style It Up lipstick with Standing Ovation lipglass on my lips.
  7. Oh, goodness, Dollymix and Don't Be Shy don't compare at ALL. Dollymix is a much darker pink, whereas Don't Be Shy is a cooler, pale pink. Hmm, I think Pearl Blossom has a different texture/shimmer than Porcelain Pink, and it seems like it would be cooler pink, as well. I'm happy to be of some service to you ladies with my reviews!
  8. Hey ladies & gents! I got back from the Barbie Loves MAC unveiling event a couple of hours ago, and I thought I'd share my thoughts on the event as well as the launch (my usual long-winded review is here!). They had velvet ropes, security, and people letting you in/out. Each person received a pink piece of paper so you could indicate what products you wanted and the quantity. They had "runners," which were MAs who would go and get the products you listed on your sheet while you waited at the cashier. There were many MAs at the event, and everybody was decked out in Barbie-wear from pink shoes to hot pink bras to men in Barbie-drag. They had a DJ spinning in the corner of the store, as well. There were a ridiculous amount of people in the event, so hearing/talking was basically impossible with the noise of customers & the DJ/music. I didn't stay long because although flattering, I kept having customers come up to me asking for help, thinking I worked there. Several of the MAs asked me what store I worked at, and I had to tell them I'm nowhere close to working for MAC, LOL! It was quite flattering, as I said, but sort of frustrating when I was trying to shop! I met a couple of LJers, so hey girls As I was leaving, it was adorable - three young girls (maybe 12-14) came up to me and asked if I did my own makeup. I told them yes, I did, and they said it was so pretty and they loved it. So all in all, it's a good thing I wore the look I posted yesterday because it got me a ton of compliments! BTW, I totally ate a Barbie Loves MAC sugar cookie (which didn't taste so hot, sorry MAC! stick to cosmetics, not cooking!), but I got you all a picture of it before I ate half. I thought about keeping it and selling it, but eww, gross. Swatch teaser: BARBIE LOVES MAC REVIEW Eyeshadows Magic Dust: This color reminded me a lot of Gold Dusk pigment (and also the white-yellow shadow launched in one of the Raquel quads), so I was quite disappointed with it. The texture of all the shadows were nice, and they all seem to have decent payoff. Whistle: This seemed like a more pink version of Pink Opal, and quite similar to Rite of Spring eyeshadow, released with Danse. It does have a great texture, though, which helps with the color payoff. Playful: A soft, pastel pink that looks like a very pink coral to me. I could see this working well for many complexions, compared to MAC's penchant for launching more frosty-pale pinks. Springtime Skipper: A gorgeous green that is cooler rather than warmer; you might say it has a bit of minty color in it, but it still is quite green with a touch of warmth. It seems similar to Swimming eyeshadow, but with a better texture and color payoff. Beautyburst: This color seems so odd amongst the other five shadows, because it is almost matte in texture, but I do love the warmth of this chocolate brown color. It is quite smooth and versatile if you enjoy browns. Mothbrown: I bought Moth Brown when it was released with Madame B., and I hated it. I thought it was such an ugly color, and after seeing Moth Brown again, I can say that it is definitely a lovely shade. It is almost like a dirty silver--a silver with some rustic brown thrown in it for dimension. Overall, the eyeshadows were all lovely colors, but the best part about them was that they had real color payoff. The second best feature was how smooth and workable each one felt when I swatched them on my hand. I only bought Springtime Skipper, but I was certainly tempted by Playful, Beautyburst, and Mothbrown. Lipglass Sweetness: It appears MAC must release one lipglass that looks like every other sheer white-pink-nude shade they’ve launched before. It is a good item to purchase if you do not have a similar color at home yet, but it will add a nice shimmer and sheen without altering the color of the lipstick beneath it. Fashion Pack: A sheer coral-pink with shimmer that looks awfully pretty, but it doesn’t stand out. Cute, but MAC makes tons of cute glosses. Happening Gal: I thought this was an interesting lipglass, although it reminded me of Glamoursun lipglass… This would look lovely on top of Modern Ms., and I would say that this is the most original lipglass out of the four. Malibu Barbie: I did like the shade of pink in this lipglass, but it reminded me a lot of Sweetie Cake lipglass. I think Sweetie Cake lipglass might be sheerer than Malibu Barbie, but the colors are quite similar. Overall, the lipglasses were a touch disappointing, because the two standouts ended up not being so thrilling. Happening Gal is one I might reconsider if it really doesn’t look similar to Glamoursun, but I think I can pass on Malibu Barbie. Liquidlast liner & Nail polishes Visionaire: It is a true frosty pale pink, so if it that is what you’re looking for, MAC has the solution, but I just didn’t think I’d get any use out of it. Steamy: This is the perfect Barbie hot pink nail polish; I thought it was lovely, and if I didn’t wear more nude/neutral shades on my nails, I would have definitely snatched this up! Toast of the Town: I personally thought this was kind of ugly, but I don’t think I’ve ever been a fan of brown nails either. This seemed more watered down compared to Steamy. Blushes Don’t Be Shy: A pretty cool baby pink that has a good amount of color payoff, especially on lighter skintones. It isn’t too shimmery either, which is nice; I’m not sure how well this is going to look on darker complexions, but I purchased it at the insistence of an MA, so we shall see how that goes. Fab: A much darker brown with a touch of red-warmth, but I find it is probably too dark for me to wear as a blush very often. Nice, but not something I see myself using frequently. I think this might be awesome for darker skintones, though. Beauty Powders Pearl Sunshine: I thought this was gorgeous, although it does look a bit like Melon pigment! The texture and lightness of beauty powders do distinguish it from being similar to Melon pigment. Plus, I think the shimmer in Pearl Sunshine is significantly less compared to Melon pigment. Pearl Blossom: This is a pinker beauty powder, which reminds me of Pretty Baby beauty powder (Diana Ross collection), and I could see it working as a nice highlighter for several people. OVERALL I thought the Barbie Loves MAC collection was a good launch with something to offer everybody, but I didn’t end up buying nearly as much as I had thought I would. I feel pretty good on the items I passed on, and I know that I will be purchasing one or two on Tuesday when I go to the Macy’s counter, namely Pearl Sunshine beauty powder.
  9. Just a FOTD http://www.temptalia.com/images/2007/makeup-021007-full6.jpg I used Fuchsia pigment on lid, Passionate eyeshadow on inner lid, Stars 'n Rockets eyeshadow on middle of lid, Cinders eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Stars 'n Rockets eyeshadow above crease, Hush eyeshadow on brow, Contrast eyeshadow on outer lower lash line, Stars 'n Rockets eyeshadow on lower lash line, and Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line. I wore Dollymix blush with Pink Opal pigment on cheeks with Enriched Refined Bronze to contour. I had Fashionably Fuchsia lipstick, Crystal Rose lipglass, and Pink Opal pigment on my lips.
  10. Anyone who doesn't like Jasmine eyeshadow should try it over Gold Dusk! I actually really liked this look, except Jasmine looks very strong above the crease when it's softer in real life. Odd. I'll probably leave that out next time! Ugh, I look like a grease-ball because I tried MAC's new Satinfinish. I even set it with loose powder ;/ Ewww. BTW, I'm SO happy! A very sweet MUA girl swapped with me and I got CAMEL EYESHADOW! OMG. Camels are my favorite animal by far, so hello, must-have the MAC shadow named Camel, lol. Super sweet! I used Gold Dusk pigment on lid, Casablanca eyeshadow on inner lid, Jasmine eyeshadow on middle of lid, Silver Ring eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Rye eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Jasmine eyeshadow above crease, Casablanca eyeshadow on brow and inner lower lash line, Silver Ring eyeshadow on outer lower lash line, and Graphblack technakohl on lower lash line. I wore Sunbasque blush with Enriched Refined Bronze to contour. I had Teddy Velvet lipstick with BodyMind lipglass on my lips.

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