April 17, 2014

No Regrets, Just Love: Top 3 Eyeshadows.

Lancome Guest List, MAC Sketch, MAC Young Punk

Another addition to the No Regrets, Just Love series of my top faves (you can view my brushes and blushes posts from the series too). Here are three eyeshadows I've loved forever and ever.

Lancome Guest List
My coworker gave me one of those gift with purchase sets from a department store a few years back. It was filled with Lancome products - including an eyeshadow quad with this shade in it. I used it to death, and was usually the main lid color to my regular smokey eye. It's a nice warm dark brown that just goes so, so well with my skintone. If it isn't on my lid, it's in my crease defining it up.

Lancome Guest List Eyeshadow
MAC Sketch
This is one of my first MAC eyeshadows I've ever purchased. And it's my favorite. Back when I was still trying to perfect my smokey eye, I discovered this and fell in love. Purples have always looked wonderful on my eyes (it just gives me such a nice sultry look, I love it), and this is my go to for it.

MAC Sketch Eyeshadow

MAC Young Punk
Oh. My. God. This eyeshadow...like. UGH. I clearly am at a lost for words, because it is absolutely STUNNING and I have been in love with it since I purchased it (way in the back back days, during the Style Black Collection). It is purple, it is glittery, it is pigmented as all hell, and it is mineralized. These are the things I live for in my makeup life. I really wish I would have purchased backups of this when I had the chance.

MAC Young Punk Eyeshadow

From left to right: Guest List, Sketch, and Young Punk

Lancome Guest List, MAC Sketch, MAC Young Punk

What are your favorite eyeshadows?

April 14, 2014

Aussie Moist Shampoo and 3 Minute Miracle Mask.

Aussie Shampoo and 3 Minute Miracle

So, since I've been into doing my own hair as of late, I'm looking into new products to use. I know many people talk about the Aussie brand in the beauty community, so I decided to give them a try. Plus, they were like...2/$6 at Duane Reade last week so why the hell not.

My scalp/hair can get dry as all hell, so anything with "moist" in the title catches my eyes (and my wallet, apparently). I've only tried these two out once, so I can't give a full on review just yet. They do smell really good though, so there's that.

I'll have to test these out more (together, and with other products) to give the full deets as to what they do to my hair. I'll keep you guys posted.

Have you added anything new to your hair routine?

April 12, 2014

Love That Lavender Brunette: Recent Post Recap.

Here's a look at some recent blog posts you may have missed:

I know it's almost Spring, but vampy lips are wonderful year 'round - Milani Black Cherry Lipstick.

Now THIS mascara makes it look like you're wearing falsies - Maybelline The Rocket Mascara.

A blogging newbie's (very limited) take on the blogosphere - Blogging: My Take On It.

My go-to everyday nude lippies - Current Everday Lips (Nude).

Ever wonder what's going on with my skin and what kind of problems it has? - My Skincare Story.

Looking for an affordable everyday highlighter? - ELF Gotta Glow Highlighter.

This drugstore face powder does the job for me - Milani The Multitasker Face Powder.

April 10, 2014

Tag: My Makeup Story.

Love That Lavender Brunette

I don't do tags often, but I couldn't pass this one up. It made me feel all nostalgic and stuff *tear*. So here we go!

1. When did you first start getting into make up?
I believe it was the year after I graduated high school (around 2006-2007). I never saw the need for serious makeup before then (I think I wore a bit of MAC Studio Fix in high school, but nothing else).

2. What was the first make up you bought?
I'm sure it was eyeliner or mascara (or maybe both?). I certainly remember sitting at my vanity trying to put on eyeliner for like an hour because I was so afraid of having objects near my eyes (I've never worn contacts for this very reason). Needless to say, I eventually got over that.

3. What is the newest/oldest items in your collection?
Newest is Stereo Rose MSF and Nightmoth lip liner from MAC (I ordered them together). Oldest is probably...Currant lip liner from MAC. My mom had it laying around not being used, so I made use of it.

4. Who is your celebrity make up idol?
To be honest...any of the Kardashians (I even did a Style Inspiration post on these girls). Most specifically, Kris Jenner. Say what you want about that family, their makeup is always, ALWAYS on point. Kris's smokey eyes are to die for.

5. Who is your favorite YouTube guru?
She may not be considered a "guru", really. But I fucking love Claire Marshall. I literally wish I was her sometimes. But if we're talking real guru guru, I'd say Nicole Guerriero. I love her cause she's gorgeous but fun to watch and relatable. Heidicupcake is a close third.

6. What is a look/trend that you wish you could pull off?
Matte nails. Or maxi dresses. I'm too short for maxi dresses (I'm only 5'0), and the matte look always just looks wrong on me. I dunno if it's cause I don't get my nails done on a regular basis and it looks BETTER that way, or what. Idk idk.

7. Any make up disasters?
I remember I went out partying a few years ago when I didn't know that SPF and flash did not mix. Ghost face in the club, yall. It was terrible.

8. What's your favorite make up brand?
Drugstore would be Maybelline. High(er) end is probably...Urban Decay. I like that they have fun, dramatic shades, but also knew they needed to tap into their more natural shades and brought out their Naked products.

9. What is your favorite make up tip/trick that you wish you knew sooner?
To blend out the harsh line up underneath my brow bone when I do smokey eyes. To think how long I was doing them WITHOUT blending it out scares the hell out of me. And to think, all it took was a little bit more face powder!

10. Which 5 products could you not live without?
Moisturizer, lip balm (this one), concealer (this one), body lotion (this one), annnddd...I honestly can't think of a fifth. Let's be honest, most of us don't need most of the makeup we have (love? of course). Getting it down to the bare minimum is pretty easy.