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This is a blog with one simple purpose: to share my love of make-up with the world. Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a bit of a ridiculous obsession with cosmetics. Why not share my looks with everyone? I'll admit, I am not a professional or anything, but the most important part of make-up, to me anyway, is to have fun with it. So I shall do just that!

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    Tuesday, April 6, 2010

    I am sorry to anyone who actually reads (anyone out there?! *echo*) this for not posting in forever!

    Lately I've bought a whole bunch of new cosmetics. X___x; (what else is new?! Hah!)

    To name a few:

    - More Eyeko Fat Balms (strawberry and raspberry)

    - Tarina Tarantino Lip Gloss in Ruffle

    - Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer in Sand

    - Sephora brand Eye Pencil in White

    - Sugapill Burning Heart eyeshadow compact with 4 shadows

    and last but certainly not least, a tube of the new and quite wonderful MAC brand Viva Glam lipstick by Lady Gaga. *swoons* I ADORE it!

    There I am trying out my new goodies...sugarpill makeup and MAC lipstick!


    Sugarpill's site can be located HERE: Sugarpill Shop

    Their packaging is ADORABLE and the shadows are VERY highly pigmented. Extremely recommended. My only gripe is that they don't offer a wider selection of color palettes. They only have three different kinds and the Burning Heart Palette (as seen below) is the one I ended up buying since it was the most colorful IMHO, and I don't really own high quality shadows in these colors!! They're not shimmery either, which is okay with me cause I already own a ton of UD shimmery stuff in bright colors. My next buy from Sugarpill will probably be their Goldilux loose powder! It's AMAZING!

    Burning Heart Palette that I bought:

    BRIGHT, huh?!

    I almost forgot to mention, each order comes with a FREE pink sparkly Sugarpill logo sticker!!!

    Sooo cute! I think I may stick this on the back of my pink netbook! :3

    I'll be doing a nude lip look as my next post to go with my gyaru clothes. :D


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    Wednesday, February 3, 2010

    Hello, my dears!

    I am so terribly sorry it has taken me so long to update this blog. Nothing really exciting happened between December and now except that I did a whole lot of nothing which seems weird that I didn't update, but I didn't actually purchase any new makeup nor did I have access to all of my other makeup so I didn't write anything. ANYWAY.

    Too tired to take photos now, but I'm going to do a brief EYEKO BEAUTY review!

    On to the GOODIES!

    Fat Balm in Minty: This stuff is freaking amazing. Not only does it sooth tired/chapped lips and cool with minty menthol, but it leaves the most GORGEOUS iridescent pink shimmer behind on your lips! I was dubious about the shimmer/color/tint it would leave, but now I am a believer, and now I know why so many customers rave about this stuff. I definitely need to try their other two flavors ASAP.

    Graffiti Eyeliner Pen in Black: WOW. That is all I have to say about this pen. The nib, if you will, looks sort of like a combination paintbrush tip and pen nib and the eyeliner glides on really easily. I tried a bit on the back of my hand at first and it glided on fast and dark! I put some on my eyes and it looks excellent. My favorite three eyeliners are Kat Von D's Tattoo liner, Tarte's super thin twist eyeliner, and this stuff! My biggest gripe with KVD's is the fact that if you don't really shake it, it's hard to come out and sometimes it stops coming out entirely, and the Tarte gets hard and clumpy after a period of time, sometimes breaking off! This stuff totally beats both of them which rocks my world b/c it's so cheap in comparison!!

    Magic Eyeliner Transformer stuff: I forget the actual name, will look it up later but it's basically a pot of liquid that allows you to transform your favorite eyeshadows into liquid eyeliners. When I used it on my Urban Decay shadows, the colors came out way lighter and not as vibrant as expected. Plus the tip of the brush is really hard to clean off afterwards. Unless you really want multi-color eyeliner from your favorite shadows, this product is kind of a flop IMO. Maybe I just need a higher ratio of powder to liquid, but then again, the hard to clean part plays a role too. =/

    Eyeko Cream in Pink: It looks almost iridescent on your hand with a glimmer of gold and pink sheen. After applying to the face and rubbing in, you will notice a bit of a "glow" all over! Gorgeous cream, but the only downside is that if you have oily ish skin like I do, you may find it a bit too greasy after a few hours of wear. That is my only complaint. If you have dry skin, rejoice! It absorbs pretty well but I don't know if it's considered a moisturizer or not.

    Touch Up and Glow Highlighter Pen: Best used around the eye area or cheekbone area, it's a really nice highlighter. The way it works is the translucent pink cap pops right off and then you twist the back. When you first use it, it takes a ton of twists so don't be worried if nothing comes out initially. The end has a white brush/bristle tips and it glides on fairly smooth. I use it on my brow bone, under my eyes, and on cheek bones for a quick glow that is subtle but def. shimmery!

    Nail Polishes: I got Vintage Polish, Lilac Polish, and the Cosmic Polish. Sadly the nail polishes seem to be the one weakness of Eyeko IMHO. They come out sticky, and stringy like really really cheap polish does...or maybe expired nail polish. (Believe it or not, I do think nail polish has a finite lifetime. It gets nasty and sticky and stringy after a while.) I have no gripes AT ALL about the gorgeous COLOR of their polishes, but the consistency, viscosity, and texture of the polishes are just.... C- quality. :'(

    Unfortunately the shipping now costs money, but the plus side is the package will arrive sooner and I believe it is tracked and/or insured so it's safer. Before, it was free shipping worldwide, which was pretty freaking awesome but it took forever, like 2-3 weeks to arrive!

    In short, if you are considering ordering from Eyeko but are unsure about what to get for your first items, I would suggest the following: fat balm, eyeliner, and either the cream or the highligher pen depending on what you would use more. I'd skip the nail polishes, honestly, unless you really want one of those colors. Might I suggest applying some OPI or other good quality nail polish first in similar color as your base, and then layer on the Eyeko polish.

    Hope this was a semi-useful review! Adding photos later! :)


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    Wednesday, December 16, 2009

    This week's post features some of the lovely Candlelight Translucent Setting Powder by Too Faced Cosmetics and some of Sephora's awesome Make-up Forever False Lashes.

    Both of these great products were found at SEPHORA aka the most awesome store in the world for make-up junkies! :)

    So let's begin, shall we?
    First up is the powder. This caught my eye as I was walking by the Too Faced display. I believe it's one of their new products for the winter, but I could be wrong. Here's a picture of the box:

    SUPER cute packaging. Gotta love Too Face. Part of their product appeal is the packaging. I hate to say it, but it really sells the product. The packaging is what caught my eye. ;)

    Then, the super cute compact (not pictured closed) opens up to reveal a cute mirror:

    Too Faced! :D

    It claims to be made with real gold, haha. I wonder if that's true? That's what the package says, at least...but you never know! I have heard that they put real gold on cakes sometimes, so this could actually be true, but I'm not sure. It *is* listed as one of the ingredients on the back. It must be really cheap gold though. This powder cost me $25 + tax. So there you have it. Kind of expensive for a setting powder, but it has *gasp* real gold in it! I actually really like the glow it gives! :3

    Some of the powder on the blotter pad:

    Powder swatch on my skin...see the sparkles? Now you too can sparkle like Eddie C. Hahaha. Twilight reference...blah! It really does make your skin sparkle, though! But ever so slightly! Perfect for a night out with some friends or even for a date! It has a faint yellow tint to it:

    I'd say if you want a cheap setting powder, don't buy this. $25 is a lot, however, the Bare Essentials Mineral Veils cost about $19 each and you don't get a brush with those either, so I dunno...it depends on what you're willing to splurge on. This has a nice sparkle to it and you don't have to worry about spilling powder everywhere, which is one of the reasons why I am starting to abandon my Bare Essentials stuff. It's just not convenient, plain and simple! =(

    Here's a link to Too Faced's product page for the powder. You can also read reviews for it on sephora.com: CLICK ME!


    And now for some fake lashes. I would like to attempt a pin up girl/retro look eventually with big, huge, black eyelashes and red lipstick. But I really really suck at putting on false lashes. So this was my only semi-decent, post-worthy attempt:

    Here's a photo of the box...nothing too fancy! Just standard make-up forever black and white packaging:

    Here is a photo combining both products:

    Whew. Hope you enjoyed my post. Keep your eyes peeled for future updates. :]

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    Tuesday, December 8, 2009

    Hello everyone, I am back again, and this time with a new make-up palette to review. The company is called "Coastal Scents." You can find them at: www.coastalscents.com. Since I've been kinda busy lately, this review shall be brief, but I can always take some color swatches for you all later on if you so desire, just shoot me a message!

    I know I said I'd be reviewing the Kat Von D palettes. Never fear! I will do so....in the following week.

    So anyway. Since I love looking up makeup looks on Youtube, I've been seeing a lot of girls use the "Coastal Scents 88 Eyeshadow Palette" in a lot of their videos. I went HUH? because I've never heard of this company before. I think they are based out of Naples, Florida. So I decided I had to see what the fuss was all about, and I went and ordered the palette on November 29th. Unfortunately they didn't ship it 'till about December 4th. I guess they got backlogged with Black Friday/pre-Xmas orders. No biggie. The palette came in at the mail-room today, the 8th of December.

    They packaged everything very well! It was shipped in a flat-rate mailer box.

    This is the box the palette came in. Very plain. Nothing too flashy here.

    Here's the 88 shadow palette opened up in all its glory! It comes with two double-ended applicators but I didn't use those. I used some other makeup brushes.

    Here's the palette with a standard size ballpoint pen next to it for size reference. The shadows are surprisingly tiny!


    Another close-up.

    I couldn't wait to bust into the palette, so naturally I have to include a pic of me messing around with it. The shadows themselves are surprisingly bright and pigmented! Yay! But they're also kinda chalky and that sort of sucks. But anyway...as long as you blow some of the excess off before you apply the powder, you should be fine. There was a little bit of fallout though. The way you can avoid that is by putting a small piece of masking tape or scotch tape below your lower lids to keep it off your skin, or use a simple fan brush to remove excess powder. :)

    Both eyes. All in all, I'd say it was a good purchase! For $18.95 only, you get 88 shadows and two double-tipped applicators. Not a bad deal at all! The shipping and handling was about $7.00 from FL to MO, just FYI. I am not sure if they ship internationally or not, though.


    Communication: N/A (didn't contact them)
    Shipping times: 3/5 (holiday delays?)
    Postal packaging: 5/5 (VERY well protected)

    Pricing: 5/5 (amazing deal!)
    Product packaging: 2/5 (VERY plain box.)
    Pigment: 4/5 (super bright colors!)
    Application: 3/5 (lots of fallout)
    Quality of make-up: 3/5 (it's kind of chalky + fallout)

    OVERALL SCORE: 4/5 I give them a four out of five stars. The quality of the shadows are not good enough to wear alone without some type of primer on your lid. It will smudge off really, really easily. But the colors are fairly bright, and you get a HUGE variety of shadows for a VERY low price. Because of the bang for your buck, I'd rate Coastal Scents as 4/5. Hope you enjoyed my review!

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    Friday, December 4, 2009

    Ever since I wandered into Sephora one day and discovered her "Beethoven" palette, I fell in love with her entire line! Kat Von D is totally AWESOME all around. She really knows her stuff when it comes to tattoo art, and she has a great fashion sense too. It might just be me, but whenever I think of "punk" I think Kat Von D. But anyway! Onto the goods!

    So far Kat Von D has released FIVE (5) palettes which you can get from Sephora & Sephora.com here. I'll be reviewing one of each palette in 5 consecutive posts. I will take swatches for you guys so you can see what the colors look like on someone's skin.

    Out of the five, there are three SPECIAL EDITION palettes including Gypsy, Metal Orchestra, and True Love. What is so special about the limited edition special palettes, you ask? Well...aside from the fact that they only make so many of them, you get one cream eyeshadow in addition to the other powder eyeshadows in each palette! The cream eyeshadow is great to use as a primer for the other colors or all by itself!

    Each of Kat Von D's palettes include one black eyeshadow for blending!

    The other two non-limited edition palettes are still pretty awesome! They include Beethoven and Ludwig.

    Here's a quick breakdown:

    Regular Palettes
    Ludwig - Autumn-y colors. Browns and greens.
    Beethoven - Browns, purple, blue, and yellow.

    Special Limited Edition Palettes
    Gypsy - Mostly green hues with some gold/browns. Cream eyeshadow is a gold color.
    Metal Orchestra - Blues and silvers. Cream eyeshadow is silver color.
    True Love - Purples, golds, and browns. Cream eyeshadow is a bronze color.

    More to come! :)

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    Welcome to my blog. I know it's nothing too exciting, and I didn't come up with the layout by myself or anything like that, but HEY I've been wanting a makeup blog for a while now. So here it is. TA DA!

    I shall try to update weekly, but school is pretty busy right now. Christmas break is fast approaching though, so keep your eyes peeled for more updates!! :)


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