Thursday, March 1, 2012

LOTD: Trying New Things

I realize I am way behind in posting things I've photographed, so I am going to try really hard to get through some of the backlog before it gets forgotten about! This is a look I did a little while ago, and I took these pictures the very first day I pinned my bangs back! (Hence the frizzies around the edges of my face...) I was also test driving a couple of fun, new products; I have a sample of NARS' Illuminator in Orgasm that I have been playing around with, and this was the very first time I wore a new eyeliner, Sephora's Smoky Kohl Eyeliner in Copper. I'll be featuring reviews of those products once I've had  chance to work with them some more and can give you some more details. (spoiler alert:  The Smoky Kohl Eyeliner is not smoky, nor is it kohl. It's a really pretty color, though!)

I feel like I've been posting strictly neutral looks lately, and this isn't much of a departure. I've really been feeling browns and taupes and coppers lately! However, I am using a couple of new goodies for this look, so at least I'm getting different products into the rotation.

What I used: (Woo, that's my vanity I'm photographing on! Exciting, right? I am like a little kid, I'm so excited that I don't have to sit on the floor and do my makeup in front of a full-length mirror anymore!)

Face: Almay Primer, Hard Candy Glamoflage concealer, Rimmel Lasting Finish foundation (all over face), L'Oreal Infallible foundation (across cheeks and nose to help cancel out redness), Smashbox Illuminating lotion in Flash (as brow and cheekbone highlight), NARS Illuminator in Orgasm (on cheeks as blush), NYC loose powder, Tarte Smooth Operator loose powder (to help mattify the T-zone area), Benefit Hoola Bronzer (around the edges of the face and under cheekbones), Wet n Wild Color Icon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana (across forehead, on the tops of cheekbones), Hard Candy Baked Blush in Pin Up (over fullest part of cheek and top of cheek bone), Bare Minerals blush in Glee (on apples of cheeks and into the contour). 

Eyes: NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base, NARS eyeshadow in Cairo (from lashline to crease), NARS eyeshadow in Lola Lola (on outer 1/3 of lid and into crease), Ulta eyeshadow in Sandstone (from inner corner sweeping over the top portion of the crease), Urban Decay eyeshadow in Sellout (blended from top of Sandstone to brow bone, on inner corner), Sephora Smoky Kohl eyeliner in Copper (top and bottom lashes), Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Baked (bottom lashline, middle 1/3 of upper lashline), Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Zero (smudged into lashline on the outer corner of the eye), Prestige My Biggest Lashes Mascara, Prestige eyebrow pencil, Anastasia Brow Gel in Caramel. 

Lips: Nyx Round Lipstick in Violet Ray (on the center of the bottom lip), Avon Smooth Minerals Lip Gloss in Nude Glaze (? I can't find the package, it doesn't say on the tube, and this doesn't seem to be on Avon's website... I believe it's called Nude Glaze.) 

The look: 



Eyes closed :) 


I've really been loving this lip pairing, I've worn it a couple of times in the last week or so. I couldn't get the shimmer and slight iridescence to show up in the photos, but Violet Ray is a really neat shade; I'll have to do some lip swatches of it on its own for you guys. I've also been loving having my bangs pulled back! It's been such a pleasant change; I don't have to worry about constantly having hair in my face or compulsively checking my bangs. I've also been able to let my hair air dry. It gets really irregularly curly when it air drys, and even if I flat-ironed (which looked really unnatural) or blow-dried my bangs, they didn't "match" the rest of my hair. I think they were really cute, but I'm ready to say good bye to the inconvenience. I foresee a lot of bobby pins in my life for the next couple of months while I wait for them to get long enough to wear down!


  1. Great look! Testing out new products is always so fun! You look great with your bangs pulled back!

    1. Yes, it is very fun. And thank you, I'm pretty happy with my bangs pulled back!

  2. I like the lip combo too! Growing out a fringe is a pain in the butt, but at least it looks cute pinned back! Very jealous of you using Hoola, it's never quite worked for me!

    1. Thank you! I use Hoola it with a very light hand and Eco Tools' sheer cover brush, so there's hardly any product going on my face! It's almost too dark for me, but I've been able to make it work by using it that way; I haven't found a lighter matte alternative, but then again, I haven't looked all that hard. Lately I've been thinking it makes me look a bit sallow, so maybe I should start hunting a better bronzer down!

  3. I am always amazed at how many face products you use! I like to read about that as I usually don't pay as much attention to my complexion fixing as I do to my eyeshadow. Your skin always does look very glowy and nice!

    1. Some might say I use *too* many face products! But thank you, I always feel like because I am so pale, I need to add some depth and color back into my face after foundation and concealer, but I like to cancel out all of the redness in my skin, so I can't give up the foundation and concealer...


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