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Tutorial: Teal Eye FOTD w/ “Candy Yum Yum”

It’s like 2 am and I am still awake…LOL. I have to wake up early tomorrow (err…later today) because I am going wedding dress shopping finally! If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen the dress I had in mind, so that’s what I will be trying on tomorrow along with other dresses, I hope I find one I like soon!

Also, many of you have asked for a HAIR TUTORIAL from my last post (the side bun/chignon), so I’ll try to post and do a video on it soon! I also had a wedding look request, so this hairstyle can definitely also be used for a wedding because it’s so romantic and elegant. But honestly it’s really simple to do can’t wait to show you ladies!

Anyway, here’s a teal look I did, also using “Candy Yum Yum” lipstick. I started off with MUFE’s Flash Pot in White as a base and blended it out all over the lid. I also used ALL mineral eyeshadows for this look, as I am trying to use some items that have been sitting in my drawer! Aromaleigh’s e/s in “Severina” on half of the lower lid, then used Purely Cosmetics’s eyeshadows in “Sapphire Night” and “Black Chameleon” to deepen the crease and outer corners. Then highlighted the brow bone and blended any harsh lines with MAC e/s in “Ricepaper” and “Motif”. For the lower lashline, I used UD Eyeliner in “Graffiti”.

I also included a tutorial :)

What I used:

– Mary Kay Concealer in Yellow
– Dermablend Concealer in Sand
– Mix of MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC35 and NW35
– Graftobian HD Powder in “Soft Ivory” to set
– No brand/no-name peach blush I got from a makeup show
– MUFE Flash Pot in White as a base
– Aromaleigh mineral e/s in “Severina”
– Purely Cosmetics e/s in “Sapphire Night” on outer-v and crease
– Purely Cosmetics e/s in “Black Chameleon” on outer-v only
– MAC e/s in “Ricepaper” and “Motif” on brow bone and to blend
– MAC Fluidline in “Blacktrack”
– L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Blackest Black
– UD Eyeliner in “Graffiti” on lower lashline with black eye pencil
– MAC “Candy Yum Yum” l/s
– MAC Dazzleglass in “My Favorite Pink” Review

Amber from Graffiti Face Cosmetics is super sweet and kind enough to send me a loose mineral eyeshadow in “Grape Haze” for a review. They are a fairly new company, and I always love bringing these kind of companies out of the shadows because they have so much to offer. Graffiti Face Cosmetics currently is only making eyeshadows but eventually will move into making blush, lipstick, lipgloss, mascara, eyeliner, and foundation. Each of their loose mineral eyeshadows are $4 each, for 1.8 grams. When I received it, it was wrapped in cute zebra tissue paper! Zebras are my favorite animal. :)

I love that they really spent time on their packaging, I can’t tell you how many times I have ordered from mineral makeup companies only to have it arrive with half the contents in the mailer…I like that these have a shrink wrapped seal and a sifter label to ensure nothing spills during shipping.

I highly recommend using any mineral eyeshadows ‘wet’ (aka foiling) or with a mixing medium to ensure that it stays on (like all loose mineral eyeshadows, they tend to have a lot of fallout). Applying them wet or with a mixing medium also enhances the pigmentation making the color more vibrant. Also use an eyeshadow base to ensure that it will have long lasting wear and you want to pat the eyeshadow on your eye to maintain coverage and just build from there. “Grape Haze” was pretty light when applied dry, but applied wet it was a gorgeous shade of purple!

Overall, definitely check their website out, since they do not have a lot of products at the moment (but will be launching a few lipglosses next month!) it may be too premature to gauge their products/site in its entirety, but they have a lot of potential and a few eyeshadow colors to keep us busy in the meantime!

 Used MAC e/s in “Nocturnelle” and “Shadowy lady” in crease and contour

I bought a few sample jars of loose mineral eyeshadows from and I am just enamored! They are so vibrant and very-well pigmented so one swipe gives you THIS amount of color. What I love about them? Is that you can order samples by the jar AND baggies, which is great because I hate samples in baggies, it’s messy and you end up wasting product. Baggie samples are just $2.00 and jar samples are $3.50. I also love the range of colors she has as well as the types (such as matte and shimmer). The packaging itself is cute! She delivers them with care, wrapped in cute zebra print tissue paper AND there are FREE samples with ANY order! Not a lot of companies do that nowadays. I am so excited to do a look using these eye shadows soon!

I spoke to the owner, whose name is also Vanessa! And she was nice enough to give my readers a discount, so 15% off orders of $10 or more! Simply use the coupon/promo code “nessadoll” at checkout.

For shipping questions, CLICK HERE. She does ship both domestically AND internationally.

Swatches done dry without any primer underneath…

Purely Cosmetics Goodies

Yay! Finally my Purely Cosmetics post!

If you don’t know about Robyn or Purely Cosmetics by now, then you are living under a rock! LOL. She is just so amazingly nice and I love how she is so attentive to EACH and EVERY one of her customers.

I had the opportunity to try some of Purely Cosmetics’ popular products and I am quite pleased! About a month ago my t-zone was super oily outta nowhere and I was getting a few zits here and there that was just bugging me; on top of that my makeup at the end of the day was looking like a hot mess. Miraculously Robyn heard my cries and sent me her Silk & Pearl Priming Powder, Oil Absorption Powder, Duo/Dual Fiber Stippling Brush, as well as some of her eye colors and eyeliner sealant.

I absolutely LOVE the Oil Absorption Powder! I swear it saved my face and it left my makeup nice and shine-free at the end of the work day. I first applied the Silk Pearl Powder with the stippling brush, then applied the Oil Absorption Powder. Afterwards, I just applied my mineral foundation like normal and my face wasn’t as shiny and it lasted longer as oppose to just applying my foundation with a primer. You can even use the Silk Pearl Primer and the Oil Absorption Powder as a setting powder on top of your foundation.

The Black Cherry Waterproof Gel Eyeliner is a gorgeous deep purple-burgundy with tiny flecks of shimmer which is just beautiful in person. I will definitely be doing some looks using these products soon!

The “Black Chameleon” eyeshadow is a nice soft almost matte black which is perfect for smokey eyes, or you can use it with the eyeliner sealant to create your own eyeliner.

Let me describe each of the products I received (please check out her site for ingredients and additional information):

Oil Absorption Powder: For extremely oily skin, our Oil Absorb is made of finely ground bentonite clay, which is well known for it’s high absorption properties, as well as silica, calcium carbonate, and kaolin clay. Use a light layer under foundation to absorb excess oils.

Pure silk powder is perfect for combination skin. While leaving your skin feeling silky soft, silk powder is a “smart powder” that can either absorb or release moisture as needed, in addition to absorbing excess oils. A very breathable ingredient, it’s properties will change as temperatures and humidity changes – perfect for the warmer months. Can be used as a primer or a finishing powder.

Silk Primer Powder: Composed of pure silk and pearl powders, this facial primer nourishes your skin with amino acids & calcium, hiding your pores, absorbing excess oils and moisturizing your skin to leave a matte and velvety soft texture. Pearl powder has long been known to help heal skin redness, smooth & refine skin texture, and regulate skin discolorations. Allantoin helps increase skin cell rejuvenation. Available in two formulations: Normal – Dry skin and Normal – Oily skin.

Eyeliner Sealant: Make any mineral eye shadow stay true all day long without the use of a primer. Simply put a drop of sealant on your brush, dip into loose eye shadow and apply. Dries in just a couple of seconds. Will not crease or smudge! So little is used at a time, this 1/2 ounce bottle will last a long time.

Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black Cherry: Will not smudge off!

The stippling brush is similar to the MAC #187 brush and is used for light application of mineral foundation or blush. Like all brushes i’ve tried including MAC, the bristles shed a little bit, but not too much. It’s a nice dense brush so it allows you to grab enough product for application.

Swatches of the versatile powder eyeshadows (click to enlarge):

Swatches of their pretty shimmery blushes:

Here are the items I used for my “natural look”:

Freshly applied…(Hello Kitty ring from Hot Topic)

After work, 9 hours later…

Some looks using Purely Cosmetics Eyeshadows:
Here is a pic using “Antique Copper” (now the “Burnished Copper” you see above):

Eyeshadow in “Shimmering Bronze”, CLICK HERE for a break-down of this look

New View MSF’s

I decided to get the New View MSF (Mineralized SkinFinish) from MAC (I know, I am so late on getting these) but I got them simply because it makes a great finishing powder AND for touch ups I didn’t want to bring mineral powder because it can get messy! I couldn’t decide on which shade to get since my actual skin tone is too light for me (whitish cast in pictures) and because my neck is darker (and I refuse to put makeup on my neck just to match my face so id rather do it the other way around where my makeup matches my neck), so I bought both to compare and so far the Medium Dark is a much better fit for me, it’s a bit darker than my normal shade, but nothing too obvious, if anything it gives me a nice healthy glow as oppose to the medium light, which was just a tad bit too light on me, and came out weird in pictures. I also liked the “shimmer” portion of the Medium Deep than the Medium Light. I have a fotd lined up using the “Medium Dark” which I will post soon….

I also ended up getting MAC Shaping Powder (PRO) in “Soft Focus”. Sound familiar? It was part of the Sculpt & Shape Duos. I decided to get the actual compact rather than the refill because it’s a lot easier for me to carry around. What does this do? Just gives a nice natural highlighting color and glow to the apples of cheeks, the nose, forehead, chin, pretty much anywhere for a nice natural glow or to accentuate your strong features. And yes of course a tutorial on using this coming soon!

I also got “Dipdown” fluidline because I wanted a dark brown liner for neutral looks because black can be too harsh at times when trying to achieve a natural/neutral look, and I got lipglass in “Enchantress” which is a nice peachy pink color with gold and pink flecks.

But for now, enjoy these pics…

Aromaleigh Haul & Swatches

I love the colors of Aromaleigh, they are so gorgeous AND their full size jars have SOOOO much product for a great price!

I bought a few samples from them awhile ago and ended up buying the full-size jars since I loved the colors so much, I bought: Severina, Isadora, Penelope, Arbor, and Awe ; and also got a bunch of other samples.

Aromaleigh’s “Elemental Lustre” eyeshadows are really pretty but may be too “shiny” for some people since they are metallic colors. The “Pure Hue” series have lots of pretty colors and I love how vibrant and pigmented the colors are.

I get a lot of questions on what the difference is or to compare among the different mineral companies and the answer is: price and quantity. Most of the mineral companies carry the exact same color or similar color and give it a different name, and of course have different sizes and prices, but overall all the ones I have tried from various mineral companies have phenomenal color-payoff, some sheerer than others, while are some are more vibrant, you just have to shop around to “find” the best deal. I for one, tend to shop on sites where I can buy more products under one shipping price, rather than ordering 10 different things from 10 different sites and doubling the cost. For this reason I like Aromaleigh, Everyday Minerals, PureLuxe, MadMinerals, Silk Naturals, MMBB, and a bunch of other sites. (You can check these sites out from the links on the right or Google it)

The NYX Ultra Pearl Pigments are more finely-milled and its texture reminds me of flour, hence they don’t last as long to me as the mineral eyeshadows in general or the MAC Pigments because the latter is more gritty and easier to work with as well as blend.

Using “Severina” (on bottom) and “Penelope”:


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