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[Gaby’s take] Pink eyeshadow

26 Mar

Review by guest blogger Gabriela Gutierrez:

In two words, I would describe my fashion as “rainbow prostitute.” The shorter the tighter the sparkly-er the mo’ better—that’s what I always say.  Despite this, I’ve only recently started wearing makeup (or at least more makeup than tinted lip gloss and two quick strokes of mascara).  As a newly-deflowered-makeup-virgin, one of the most exciting discoveries has been eye shadow, and I like rub it on with all the vigor of the seven-year-old who, while playing dress-up, stumbles upon mommy’s makeup bag.  My shadow collection has grown to include, teal, purple, green, white, and more purple shadow among other punchy colors.

I was a bit skeptical about pink eye shadow, which seemed a little too Lady-Gaga-with-conjunctivitis even for me, BUT I was totally converted after using Mac’s Rani Frost eye shadow, a loud and shimmery fuchsia. Even when smeared on with about the same skill as that seven-year-old, I received compliments all day, from girls and even a few boys. Cute and playful enough for the daytime, flirty and sassy enough for nighttime, this color is appropriate for more occasions than I would ever expected—I’ve been wearing it day n’ night for the past three days to class, to work, and to parties.  Again, as a newbie I was unsure whether to use a brush or rub it on with a finger and so experimented with both: with a brush I got a richer more saturated color that I paired with purple liner a coat of mascara, and with my finger I applied less for a subtler glowy daytime look.  If you’re like me and love glitter and bright colors, (especially several bright colors at the same time) this shade is a must.


Fatty Lash vs. Falsies

16 Mar


I’ve always been a fan of Urban Decay’s Fatty Lash. It feels like such an indulgence, celebrating and promoting fatness for at least one part of my body. And the mascara does plump up my lashes, without making them morbidly obese or gloppy. Fatty Lash also lengthens and defines fairly well, though it really delivers best in the volume department, which is what I like best.

I’ve heard a lot about Maybelline’s Falsies. Whenever my friend Evin wears it, I always complement her luscious, thick, and sassy lashes. I would have loved to make the switch to Falsies, considering the much more palatable price tag ($7.49 vs. $20). For some reason it didn’t work for me – my lashes clumped together and the mascara spread around all over my eye.  I didn’t get the volume or definition I wanted.

I guess the moral of this story is that all lashes are different? I assumed because Falsies worked so fabulously on my friend they’d work fabulously on me. False.


[love it or hate it?] Yellow Eyeshadow

13 Mar

Obviously on a super model it looks sort of stunning, but on us regular folk? I don’t know man, I just don’t know. I’m positive I would look diseased.

Derek Lam proves me wrong

20 Sep

I think the pink eye works here. I still don’t think this look is safe for at home use….

Gettin’ cray cray with the blue

7 Sep

I like both of these looks but I gotta say I like the right one better. I am of the persuasion that blue eyeliner/ shadow can be pulled off. Just ask the hundreds of blue eyeliners I have lying around on my desk. But! It must be done correctly. Subtly. There must be just a hint of blue. And to be honest, I think blue shadows work best on brown eyes. Also, don’t do blue contacts and blue make-up.

Sexy eyes

7 Sep

Check it.  Glamour tells us how to get Adriana Lima’s sexpot eyes.

Lighten up

1 Sep

As today was the first day of classes, I assume things are going to get hectic pretty damn fast. Meetings, classes, exams, papers, all-nighters, yada yada yada. This means lack of sleep. This means sleepy face. Drinking coffee will help, but it definitely won’t get rid of the bags under your eyes. Here’s how to fake awakeness with make-up!

  • Put concealer under your eyes. I cannot stress this enough. If there is one piece of make-up you put on in the morning (well, besides mascara), it should be concealer under the eyes! It makes everything pop and gets rid of the droopies. I recommend BENEFIT’s Erase Paste ($27), but really anything will do as long as it’s the right shade.

  • Load up on mascara. I’ve recently discovered that for maximum fabulosity of lashes, it really helps to apply multiple coats. Even if you think just one coat does the trick. I also recommend curling your lashes, which will brighten up your eyes loads. Right now I’m using DIOR’s Diorshow Mascara ($24).
  • Exfoliate. As I’m sure you know, exfoliating scrubs away dead skin cells and leaves your skin smooth and radiant. Everybody should exfoliate, even if you think your skin is too sensitive–I promise you can find the right fit for you. I like ST. IVES Apricot Scrub ($3). I don’t think it’s necessary to splurge on exfoliators. As long as there’s some sort of scrubby agent, it will do the trick.
  • Do not be afraid of white eyeliner. A little bit of white eyeliner on the inside corner of your eyes does wonders. If you don’t believe me, check out the picture.

White eyeliner can do magical things.

First day of classes

1 Sep

Today is my first day of classes! Yay! I’m actually really excited to start learning stuff again. It’s been a very long time. In any case, here’s what I’m wearing on my face:

  • LANCOME Teint Idole Silky Mat foundation
  • BENEFIT Stay Don’t Stray eye primer
  • BENEFIT Erase Paste concealer (puttin’ that shit under my eyes to get rid of absurd bags)
  • CLINIQUE Black Honey lips
  • CARGO eyeshadow, blush

The people have spoken

9 Aug

The lovely people at Jezebel asked readers what beauty products were worth spending on, and which were totally okay to pick up at the drugstore. As you can imagine, everybody had their own idea about what products were worth the extra $$. Here’s Jezebel’s summary of what readers had to say:

Foundation: Many commenters noted that foundation was one of the products they felt was worth the extra cash. As commenter Sir notes, “Foundation sits on a large part of your face all day, so you should splurge on something non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, breathable, long-lasting, comfortable and cruelty free. A good foundation will provide better, more natural-looking coverage. It’ll probably last longer too since you’ll need less product to get your degrees of coverage (light/medium/heavy).”
Department Store Favorites: Make Up Forever, Bare Minerals, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Clinique
Drug Store Favorites: L’Oreal True Match, Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear, L’Oreal Bare Naturale

Lipstick/Lip Gloss: Lipstick was also worth spending extra on, according to many readers. MAC lipstick, in particular, seemed to garner quite a bit of praise. As ClassiqueMisdirection writes, “I recommend MAC because it’s the cheapest high(er) end brand with *great* pigment and it stays on so well! Even when it starts coming off, it doesn’t look gross, it just sort of fades gracefully. Plus, you can try them on before purchase unlike drugstore lipsticks.”
Department Store Favorites: MAC, NARS, Dior
Drug Store Favorites: Lip Smackers, Burt’s Bees

Eye Liner: Our readers seemed to be split on whether or not eye liner was worth spending more for, so again, it comes down to a matter of personal preference.
Department Store Favorites:MAC Fluidline, Urban Decay
Drug Store Favorites: Rimmel, Almay, Revlon Colorstay

Eye Shadow Eye shadow was another product that seemed to split down the middle: some commenters recommended picking up a department store primer, like Urban Decay’s, in order to make drugstore shadows last longer.
Department Store Favorites: MAC, NARS, Stila, Urban Decay
Drug Store Favorites: L’Oreal H.I.P., Maybelline

Mascara: When it comes to mascara, however, drugstore brands were preferred by most. “The stuff in the drugstore is pretty much identical to the stuff in the department store,” writes commenter keyamarie, “It is mostly about technique. Plus, it really should be thrown out every 3 months, and who wants to do that to a $25 tube?”
Department Store Favorites: Diorshow, Lancome Definicils, YSL Faux Cils
Drug Store Favorites: Cover Girl Lash Blast, Maybelline Full N’ Soft, L’Oreal Voluminous, Maybelline Great Lash

There were so many detailed recommendations in yesterday’s thread that it was hard to narrow it down, so I’d recommend scrolling through and reading the very thorough recommendations of your fellow readers. What it all comes down to, really, is trial and error: the benefit of department store cosmetics, for many, was the opportunity to try things on before purchasing them, though it’s also good to keep in mind that some drugstores, like Rite-Aid, offer refunds on beauty products. The one uniting thread that seemed to run through most of yesterday’s comments was the tendency for commenters to mix high and low—there are effective cosmetics in every price range, and in the end, it’s up to you to determine what’s really worth the money.

Unbelievable eye palette

8 Aug

From Kat Von D?? First of all, I didn’t even know who she was until a few days ago. The Sephora online description tells me she is a “tattoo artist” and “reality TV star.” Cue the skepticism.

But I was playing around in Sephora and decided to test out the colors on her True Romance eye shadow palettes, which include 8 shades for only $34.

POW! That’s pretty much the only word I can use to describe the effect of this palette. The colors are bold, sexy, and highly highly pigmented. My personal favorite palette is True Love, which I think I am truly in love with. There are so many different look possibilities with these colors, all of which make me feel pretty bad-ass. The packaging (let’s be honest, it matters) is also gorgeous. Mad props, Kat. Mad props.