Friday, November 18, 2011

Artwork: My Real Hobby

 Long before my obsession with makeup began, there was art. 
 Somewhere in middle school, art class became more serious for me. 
I loved spending weeks on one project (sometimes months), shading, erasing, perfecting.
The cartoon above was drawn from one published in the Sunday paper. I also loved to draw from perfume ads. 

Black and white is my favorite, drawn with pencil.

Recognize an old Lancome mascara ad? 

 Another colored pencil copy from a cartoon in the newspaper.
 I experimented with watercolor in elementary school, but I would love to learn more.

Rita Hayworth.
 Jim Morrison.
John Lennon. I went through a phase of drawing dead singers.  I especially loved classic rock from the 60s and 70s.
 A man from a Time Life photo book.

 This documents my foray into mural painting and brief love of scrap booking. 

My friend and I painted these characters onto her son's wall.
My BAD hairdresser hair- don't judge me!  This will give you an idea of how large the figures were though.

I always have dreamed of going back to school or taking classes to learn more.  Maybe one day when these kids get older.

Do you have any artistic hobbies besides blogging or cosmetics? I'd love to hear in the comments.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Green Jacquard FOTD

 I am using the Armani Green Jacquard Palette for the eyes, and the lighter color in the Face Palette as a highlighter for this look.

Lancome Teint Miracle Ivoire 02
theBalm Sexy Mama powder
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Medium Ash
Tarte Dark Circle Defense Fair/Light
Benefit Powderflage

BE Urban Nature primer
GA Green Jacquard Eye palette

-deeper green on outer crease and lid
-light green on inner lid
-beige on inner corners
-eggplant in outer V and under lower lashes 
MAC Blacktrack
L'Oreal Million Lashes black WP

Illamasqua Lover
GA Jacquard Face palette (lighter colors only)

Guerlain Mitsouko Rouge Automatique
RBR Inflammable Lip Gloss

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Armani Jacquard Face and Eye Palettes: Swatches and Review

Besides a couple lipsticks, I have not explored Armani much.  I do have one blush swatched here, and I LOVE the Rouge D'Armani lipsticks (reviewed here).  The Fall Jacquard Collection caught my attention, but I waited long enough to catch a discount last month.  

The Jacquard Face and Green Eye Palette come in the same size compact as the blushes do.  They are round and slightly tapered around the middle of the outside edge.

 Both palettes have four separate colors with a basket weave texture.

 The colors are shimmery greyed beige, an iridescent mint green, a dirty olive green, and a matte eggplant color.  All are very soft and slightly sheer.  I had no problem building the color intensity except on the purple.  This one took some more work, but the outcome was worth it.  I love the combination of colors along with the subtle shimmering textures.
The Jacquard Face Palette has a bit more shimmer than the Eye Palette.  I swatched the colors separately to the left, then together in the middle.  The last swatch on the right is the top three colors swirled together.  This palette makes a beautiful light shimmery pink when mixed, and can also be used without the red for a champagne highlight color.  I found this to be more shimmery than a subtle highlighter, but not as over the top as NARS Albatross or theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer.   It also does not have any glitter particles in the finish.

I am very happy with the looks I have been able to create with both of these palettes.  If you can still hunt them down, I would take a look!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

YSL Pure Chromatics #19: Swatches and Review

 YSL falls into the brands I have never tried but always admired category.  I can thank Rachel of Makeup Never Sleeps, and Jess (Don't Call Me Jessie) for the inspiration to buy.  Both blogs have nice pictures, swatches and reviews of YSL.  I can also thank my sister, who tells me what to do. 
Yves Saint Laurent Pure Chromatics are shadows meant to be used both wet and dry without compromising the quality of the powder.  Sometimes shadows can become unusable after they are dampened, but not Chromatics.
 Check out the nifty vents on the back to let the applicators dry out.  YSL has included two applicators- a double ended sponge and silicone tipped one.  I actually found the silicone one quite useful when the shadows are wet.
Another feature worth mentioning is that each pan has a slight dip that makes it easy to drip water into and mix the shadow.

I swatched each shadow wet at the top and dry through the bottom.  As you can see, water intensifies the metallic effect, and the dry swatches are more softly shimmery.
 There is a shimmery lavender rose, an icy white, a silvery cool taupe, and a deep satin brown.
Applied dry, I prefer these over a creamy base like a MAC Paint Pot or Bare Escentuals Primer.  Wetting them gives an intense sheen almost like foil or glass.  I love using this technique on the lid and inner corners.  The only shadow I couldn't quite get the hang of wet was the deep brown.  It seems to not want to meld with the water.  

Overall I am very happy with my YSL Pure Chromatics Quad, and am thinking of picking up one more.  If you are comfortable using shadows wet or want to experiment, definitely check these out!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

YSL Pure Chromatics FOTD

Nothing quite as fun as sheet washing day- as you can see behind me.  Okay, there are lots more fun things.  I have loads of pictures to blog, so I will start here.  I was trying out a YSL Pure Chromatics palette, the Armani Jacquard Face palette, and a Rouge Bunny Rouge lip gloss.  I hope to catch up on some swatching and posts soon!

Rouge Bunny Rouge Sketches on Water Tinted Moisturizer in Adansonia
theBalm Sexy Mama Powder
Tarte Dark Circle Defense in Fair/Light
Benefit Powderflage
Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Medium Ash

Bare Escentuals Toasted Almond Primer

YSL Pure Chromatics #19
-taupe dry, all over lid
-white, wet in inner corners
-brown, dry in outer V
MAC Avenue Fluidline
L'Oreal Million Lashes WP in Black

Armani Jacquard Face Palette (all swirled together)

NARS Mayflower
RBR Drunk With Stars Lip Gloss

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Bare Escentuals Putting on the Glitz Set: Swatches and Review

Oops I did it again........

 I bought another Bare Escentuals set.  

I do like the Bare Escentuals already I own, but I don't pull it out as often as I should since the loose pigments can be messy.  

Putting on the Glitz is a great set out just in time for the holidays.  It was also out in time for Sephora's Friends & Family Sale, so I found it easier to indulge.  I did separate out the mascara, brush, and bag, knowing I wouldn't use them.  I have also since sold the eyeliner as it wasn't my cup of tea.  It was a bit on the soft side which wasn't great for the precise line I favor.  

 I must say that I love the new sifter mechanism for the cheek powders!  It is a bit like a pepper grinder- you can grip the top edge and twist to open the sifter or close it.  It is so easy to use and much less messy than an open sifter.

 The eyeshadows are in the standard BE packaging still.

 L-R: Toasted Almond Primer, Glamtastic Shadow, Glitz Shadow, 5 pm Eyeliner, Gorgeous Blush, Luxe Radiance, Perky Lipgloss

Toasted Almond is a golden beige that is sheerer and lighter when blended out in the eyelid.  It goes with many different shadow colors and prevents creasing beautifully.  Thank you BE for putting eye primer in a functional squeeze tube! 

Glamtastic is a light golden cream.  It has a beautiful sheen that catches the light without being shimmery or over the top.  It is easily one of the best Bare Escentuals shadows I own, and applies beautifully without any fallout.

Glitz is a different story altogether.  I tried it over the included primer and had a hard time building the color.   It was a bit chalky and the gorgeous sparkle didn't translate to the eye at all.  I think it needs to be foiled or used over a sticky base like Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.  I have yet to experiment though.

5 pm is a deep blackened purple.  It goes on smoothly and is very soft.  It was too soft to tightline or achieve a precise line, but I think it would make a nice smoky liner.

Gorgeous Blush is a vibrant matte flamingo pink.  It is very intense and needs to be applied with care to avoid an overly flushed look.  The color is very flattering and long lasting.

Luxe Radiance is a pale apricot color with tons of silver shimmer.  The shimmer isn't quite as visible when buffed onto the face, but it is definitely not a subtle highlighter.  It warms up the pink tones in Gorgeous blush and adds a nice shimmer.  I have also enjoyed using this over my peach colored blushes.

Perky Lipgloss is a Pretty Amazing formula.  I don't know if I'd call it amazing, but it is a nice smooth lipgloss with a pretty peach color.  The pinkness of my lips tones down the orange in Perky to make it a nice pinkish peach with no shimmer.

Overall I'd recommend this set of you are looking to try Bare Escentuals.  I am in love with the eye primer, and I am also enjoying playing around with the different powders.