Purple Eyelid Eater

Last night, I had a wedding to attend. I love big, fancy parties, even semi-fancy parties, because I can really do up my make-up. I have a kind of tutorial for you today that uses two eye shadow colors that create a smokey yet vibrant look and a few products to give your skin a flawless finish.

My naked face.

My naked face.

When I know I have a big night out, I start off by spritzing my face with a setting spray. I used (and still use) Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray. While my face is still damp, I apply Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer with a sponge. (Shout out to Lindz at Girl in the Glasses for reminding me of my Beauty Blender.) I love this primer! On a casual day, I can just use this on its own for a little bit of coverage and an even skin tone.

Wet it and set it.

Wet it and set it. (Counter-clockwise from top left: UD De-Slick Setting Spray, Too Faced Primer, my face has on some clothes, bareMinerals Foundation)

Using a stippling brush, I applied bareMinerals ORIGINAL Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Fairly Light. I have recently started using a stippling brush and actually watched a tutorial to make sure I was using it correctly. Basically, I dip the brush in the foundation and apply in light, circular motions on my face. The trick is to not push the brush into your skin. My powder foundation goes on so easily and the coverage has an air-brushed quality.

The eyes are the window to the soul and I want mine to be clear! I started with Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer. It is a light nude which is great because it will keep the color of the shadow vibrant. I spread a small dollop over the entire lid, to the crease, and all the way to the brow bone. It literally takes a few seconds to set and then I got to the eye shadow. Using an eye shadow brush, I took a generous amount of Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Super Shimmer in Taupe. Unfortunately, it is from a limited edition palette, so unless Clinique decided to keep the shade around, you are out of luck- as am I. I applied the shadow from the lid, into the crease, and up to the brow bone. Since it is shimmery, it highlighted the brow bone nicely without any extra work.

Insure your shadow. The brush is pointed towards the taupe eye shadow.

Insure your shadow. The brush is pointed towards the taupe eye shadow.

Now, for the fun. I happened to catch a sale on Sugarpill Cosmetics a few weeks ago. They have some pretty fantastic colors. The thing with me is that although I love color, I have a hard time using super bright shades on my eyes. I chose safer Sugarpill shades and for pressed shadow, they have some serious pigment THAT I LOVE. Using an angled brush, I took a very small amount of Sugarpill Pressed Eye Shadow in Poison Plum. I applied it in the crease and around the outer corners and on roughly a third of the lid. A little goes a long way and I really concentrated the color in the crease so it wouldn’t be super strong all over my eyelid.

That is a drop of shadow on the brush.

That is a drop of shadow on the brush.

I really worked the color in and added a bit more in small increments. I didn’t want to look like I was in a boxing match. To lighten the look, I took a blending brush and softened the color a little.

Mixing it up.

Mixing it up. By the way, that is Sarah Happ lip balm on my lips. I really wanted to hate it but I don’t.

Now, for the liner. I am a Smashbox Eye Liner fanatic. I purchased a set of four or five mini pencils during the holiday season for around $29. I used Imperial for this look and it is no longer available on their website. Hmmm… Anway, I applied the liner about a third in on from the outer corner of my eyelid. I then lined under the eye.

I am watching you.

I am watching you.

I finally curled my lashes and since I was going to a wedding, I used Maybelline Falsies Waterproof Mascara. My Eyes to Kill will have to wait.

My lashes stay up without any support. Gravitational miracle.

My lashes stay up without any support. Gravitational miracle.

Now, here is where I am so mad at myself. I did not take a picture of my final look BUT I did do the same eye for a party last month…

Hello, it's me.

Hello, it’s me.

And for a party last Friday…

No sleep 'til...

No sleep ’til…

In case you need to know, the lipstick is Lipstick Queen Hot Rose Sinner. It is serious pigmentation. Read my review here. The shirt is from Forever 21. I wore it with a lace backed blazer and that ginormous necklace.

I think you should amp up eye looks with a little color once in awhile, right? I think I did a decent job balancing the look, even with a heavy lip.

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

GLOSSYBOX and I are Exclusive- Almost.

Hello, gorgeous! I hope the week as treated you well and that the weekend treats you even better. I have some interesting PH news to share. It actually isn’t that interesting but after months of complaining and disappointment, I have cancelled my Birchbox subscription. I really thought about it, considering it has started to get a little better but when I received the email that it would be renewed on July 1st, I took the plunge and bid Birchbox adieu. I would post pictures of some of my monthly boxes but why live in the past? Besides. my ipsy and GLOSSYBOX subscriptions should keep me busy enough. I also decided to keep up with FabFitFun, since the first box was excellent and they only ship four times a year.

And after waiting a looooong month, I did get my June GLOSSYBOX today. Curated by Dallas Shaw, the theme is “American Beauty Box.” (You can read more about Dallas Shaw by visiting her website. I really had no clue about her until I read a bit about her today.) I purchased a six month subscription to GLOSSYBOX for $90 US, which was a decent discount. The June box is better than those I have gotten recently. Are you ready?

Pull tab here.

Pull tab here.

On top is the GLOSSYBOX magazine. I really wish they would save a tree. I always find typos and it takes all of five minutes to read.

Good things come in small packages.

Good things come in small packages.

The box has an illustration by Dallas Shaw and this one might be a keeper. Inside there is an insert with the same illustration, a note, and a listing of products.

She hopes I love her selections. I do, too!

She hopes I love her selections. I do, too!

The body and hair care portion of the box is actually quite nice. First up is c. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist (2 oz. bottle, $4 US value): An oil that can be used on the body and the face, it absorbs quickly and leaves a “light, lasting glow.” I am attending a wedding tonight and I will try this out of the shower. (Full Size 8 oz., $8 US).

For my tresses, there is Philip B. Lovin’ Leave-In Conditioner (2 fl oz tube, $8 US) which seems to be a frizz fighting, color saving, heat protector for you tresses. My two ounce tube will come in handy since I am running out of my usual hair cream. It is also a Paraben & Phthalate Free Formula.

I will smell so nice.

I will smell so nice.

I got an email from GLOSSYBOX about two weeks ago stating that some product was unavailable but that there would be a great replacement. I don’t really remember if these Essential Luxuries by Oscar de la Renta are the consolation prize or if it is another product in the box. Whatever the case, I like three out of the six samples. This is Uncle Oscar’s tailored line of six scents that are “imbued with his love of beauty and luxury.” They are: Granada (love it), Oriental Lace (smells divine), Sargasso (I can’t even- delicious), Coralina (yeah, no), Santo Domingo (for those of a certain age), and Mi Corazon (gardenia- a lot of gardenia). A 3.4 ounce bottle of one is $150 US. Pure peanuts in my book, especially if I love it.

Lips and tips weren’t left out either. I have been itching to try SpaRitual Favorites Nail Polish, as it is vegan, certified organic, and made with fair-trade ingredients. Clay Creme was in my box and though I am not particularly fond of the color, it will make for a nice autumn shade. (Full Size bottle $12 US)

Tarte’s Complexion Enhancing Lipstick in Medium to Tan is an interesting addition. I am kind of on the light to medium skintone side, though maybe with a little sun, more medium. I will give this a try in about a week after I get a little more sun (and yes, I use SPF and I never bake myself.) It is a jelly core lipstick in a nude shade that will give the appearance of more youthful lips. I am hoping this works for me because I love a good nude lip. (Full Size Tube $14.50 US).

Lips and my tips!

Lips and my tips!

This month’s GLOSSYBOX retail value is roughly $36 US, which isn’t bad since six months was 90 bucks.

Spoiler. Or just spoiled?

Spoiler. Or just spoiled?

I think the lipstick and nail polish are my favorites though the oil and hair cream will be useful. If you would like to try GLOSSYBOX, use my referral code by clicking here.

See you soon!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

What the Heck?! LOTD!

I have never done a “look of the day” but I figured “what the heck?” Check me out on my second day of summer vacation!

On my face: Zilch! I have to go for laser hair removal, so I have no face make-up on. I have to slap on some SPF before I leave the house, probably No. 7 Beautiful Skin Oil Free Skin Protector, SPF 25.

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On my peepers: Maybelline the Falsies Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara in Black Drama. I lined with Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyper Liner in Locket Book.

On my pout: Besame Sweetheart Balm in Tangerine for a bit of tint.

I am out for the day- manicure, pedicure, face zapping, shopping, and therapy. I go at this full force before September!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Eyes To Kill… Scary.

Back in December I ordered a few things from Giorgio Armani Cosmetics. I reviewed their Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadow and was not impressed. (Click here to read the post.) I also managed to purchase a tube of Eyes to Kill Mascara in black. It was $30 US and way more than I would ever spend on mascara but I heard so many fantastic things about it that I had to try it. Let’s take a look…

First off, the name. I love the word kill. It has so many meanings and I usually think of it positively as opposed to the other definition. The tube is pretty hefty- it has a bit of weight behind it. The mascara promises to be volumizing and add length for a “glamorous and seductive eye- look.”

The name makes me think of Duran Duran.

The name makes me think of Duran Duran.

The brush is big though it is not impossible to deal with. I do find it a bit challenging to get to the inner and outer lashes. I do so very carefully. I find the texture to be a bit thick and if you don’t apply quickly, you can get spidery lashes.

Squirrel tail?

Squirrel tail?

Keep in mind, I applied this tonight after I got home and washed up. I am a little ridiculous but I wanted you to see the mascara without curled lashes. Don’t worry- I got that covered, too.

Top is a side by side. Left is without mascara, right is with mascara.

Top is a side by side. Left is without mascara, right is with mascara.

As you can see, even with one coat, there can be a spidery effect. I think if the formula wasn’t super thick, I wouldn’t be emulating Tammy Faye. I must admit that Eyes to Kill does not flake and it does last without running in NYC humidity. I haven’t tried it in a rainstorm but mascara I don’t sweat through is a plus. Here is a picture of me taken about seven hours after application. It holds up pretty well.

I also have on Tatiana Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliner in CuteRobot. It is pretty fantastic.

I curled my lashes first. I also have on Tatiana Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliner in CuteRobot. It is pretty fantastic.

Would I recommend Eyes to Kill Mascara? I wouldn’t. I think that you can find comparable mascara at less of a price. L’Oreal Voluminous is still my favorite at a third of the cost. I actually am kind of annoyed at super pricey cosmetics. The Tom Ford cosmetics line doesn’t impress me as much as his fragrance and I think Armani follows suit. If they want to charge consumers a lot of money, their products better deliver. I’m really not seeing that here. I’m not saying it is a bad product but it will need to be thrown out in three months and $30 US is a lot to spend on something so disposable.

If you want another mascara review, check out another post by clicking here.

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

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Crazy for Korean Cosmetics!

As I continue to hack up a lung, I thought I’d share the cosmetics I ordered from KollectionK.com.

I have always wanted to try Korean beauty products and found an article on XOJane that led me to this wonderland of a website. I spent about $70 US with shipping and when I received the package yesterday, I was so excited. The packaging alone made me super happy and I almost felt like my six year old self at a candy store. I bought 12 products, 11 of which are by Etude House and one by Holika Holika.

I’ll start with nail polish. I ordered three, two of which look like ice cream cones.

Etude Sweet Recipe Ice Cream Nail Nail Polishes and Etude Pink Prism Nail Color Polish #6 Love Love Love

Etude House Sweet Recipe Ice Cream Nail Nail Polishes in Blue & Orange ($2.84 US) and Etude House Pink Prism Nail Color Polish #6 Love Love Love ($2.92 US)

I have a skin obsession (among other things) and bought Etude House It is Real #1 Pumpkin Mask (I hear the enzymes are good for the face.)

It's a Pumpkin Mask and they are all individual doses. ($1.43 US on sale)

It’s a Pumpkin Mask and they are all individual doses. ($1.43 US on sale)

Keeping with a tasty face, I ordered Etude House Eye’s Cream Mint Cooling Eye Cream has SPF 30. I can’t wait to try this!

You Scream...

You Scream, I Scream…

I scream for Eye's Cream1 ($8.80 US)

We all scream for Eye’s Cream! ($8.80 US)

In keeping with cute packaging, Etude House created Missing U Hand Cream I Can Fly (Endangered Birds) in Screech Owl. I can’t stand how adorable it is ($7.20 US).

Etude House Sweet Recipe Cupcake All Over Multi-Tint for Eyes is so pretty. ($7.10 US)

Owls, cupcakes, chocolate, and free face wash. I am in.

Owls, cupcakes, chocolate, and free face wash. I am in.

Etude House Sweet Recipe Chocolate Smudge Liner is so tasty and I can’t wait to try it. ($6.52 US)

I almost bought this Baking Powder Wash but they sent me one for free. I will bring it with me on my mini-vacation next week.

My order could never be complete without some sort of lip products. I bought myself Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly Tint Bar, as I have been itching to try a jelly lipstick. I hope I found a replacement for the Sephora Neon Lip Balm I loved and that was discontinued. ($8.90 US)

Etude House Magic Tint Lip Balm in #4 Cherry Red may be the stuff my lips have been looking for. ($4.60 US)

Licking my lips in anticipation.

Licking my lips in anticipation.

The little candy cane is Etude House Sweet Recipe Candy Stick Lips Tint Gloss and I guess, it is from the same line as the ice cream nail polish. ($4.86 US)

I am very impressed with KollectionK. The website was fairly easy to navigate and there was enough information to understand what the products are used for. The only frustrating part was picking colors but there are picture swatches with the numbers so you can pick what you like. If you plan to order, be sure to check all of the additional pictures for swatches. Shipping was $3.99 to NYC. I ordered on June 10 and received my package June 21. I was also able to track the package because KollectionK sent me a tracking number, a rarity in my experience when dealing with international shipping.

Shopping KollectionK was a fabulous experience. Though I pretty much shopped exclusively Etude House and Holika Holika, they carry Missha, Nature Republic, Innisfree, Skin Food, and too cool for school. They also carry music, DVDs, and all sorts of stationary, bath and body products, and gadgets. I definitely will be ordering again!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Happy Birthday, Product Hoochie!

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, well, well… looks like we made it! Product Hoochie is ONE! This is a time for celebration. I want to thank all of you out there that read my words. Sometimes I have no filter and I appreciate that you still come back and enjoy my spouting. Here is a year in review of Product Hoochie:

On June 16, I introduced myself to you- in Dolce & Gabbana (lipstick.)

Some D&G Lipstick

Some D&G Lipstick

July had me reeling and I wanted some advice. Only two people emailed me.

I wonder what happened to this lipstick...

I wonder what happened to this lipstick…

In September, I refused to give you a beauty tutorial…

My face is asymmetrical...

My face is asymmetrical…

And in October, I tried to make you giggle with a face mask chronicle.

Channeling Swamp Man

Channeling Swamp Man

By December, I was a bit more comfortable!

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January was cool…

I always make this face when applying products.

I always make this face when applying products.

By February, I explained the feelings I have for laser hair removal (love it!)

Portrait of Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portrait of Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside (Photo credit: Wikipedia) We have come a long way!

By the time March rolled around, I shared my roots with you.

There are my roots. As you can see, those shimmery things are the gray hairs that need to be annihilated.

There are my roots. As you can see, those shimmery things are the gray hairs that need to be annihilated.

And by April, I was invited to guest blog for the Moody Sisters- a pretty sweet accomplishment.

Everything's coming up roses!

Everything’s coming up roses!

May came rushing in…

Started to get lippy.

I got a new tattoo. See it?

June, you could not come too soon!

Everything is peaches and cream.

Things are super peachy!

From eye shadow to wrinkle erasers, we have been through a lot together. Thank you for reading about my antics this year. I hope that I can always make beauty products more accessible to you!

You still have a few more hours to enter my giveaway! Do it here! Winners will be announced tomorrow and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

To another year!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

Simply the Best… Blogger Award

Julie over at Short & Sweet in Texas nominated me for a Best Blogger Award. I haven’t filled out one of these in a bit and am very happy that she thought of me!

best blog

1. Answer the questions asked by the blog who followed you.
2. Nominate up to 20 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.
3. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

And these are my nominees:

Not Quite Carrie

Material Detox

Make-up by Sarah -Jane

MaSucree’s Make-Up Musings

A thing of beauty is a joy forever…

LoveAnela

Barely Organized Chaos

Girl in the Glasses

Lipgloss and a Backpack

LoveCraft, The Beauty Blog

LoveYourLipGloss.com

These are my answers!

1. If you had to choose between never buying any new make-up or never buying another bottle of nail polish, which would you pick?

Make-up, make-up, make-up! I love nail polish and probably have enough make-up AND nail polish to last me a looooong time but I need a new lipstick uh… every few days.

2. Where do you usually buy your nail polish?

I usually buy my polish at Walgreens, though I am not partial. I like Rite-Aid, too. They are within a block from each other in my neighborhood.

3. What is your all time absolute favorite nail polish?

My absolute favorite has to be the Brucci brand. It is not 3 free but I find it gives the best coverage and it isn’t streaky. It also dries fairly quickly and for $2.99 US, a true NYC bargain.

4. Why did you get into blogging?

Good question. I have had a make-up obsession since I was a kid. I also loved reading articles about cosmetics and other beauty products. I enjoy writing so blogging seemed like a natural thing to do.

The Write Stuff!

The Write Stuff!

5. Where do you turn to for inspiration when you just can’t seem to find the motivation to write a new post?

It’s funny- there can be days when I can’t think of anything and just manage to get inspired. I never know when the mood will strike.

Sometimes even pancakes inspire me,

Sometimes even pancakes inspire me,

6. What kind of camera do you use to take pics for your blog?

I recently purchased a Canon Powershot and I do like using it but my iPhone is so much easier. I can just email the pictures to myself and upload them to the site in one or two swipes.

7. What’s your favorite television show?

I love the show Revenge but am eagerly awaiting True Blood– the campier, the better.8. What other hobbies/interests besides nails and or make-up do you pursue?

NYC has so much to offer and I am fortunate to live here my whole life. I like to roam the city and visit museums. I love music and theater. I also enjoy shopping!

9. What’s your favorite book?’

My favorite book is A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I might have to read it again- for the 4th or 5th time. I lost count.

10. Do you have any pets?

No- but I visit my sister’s turtle, Hemsworth.

11. If you could be any kind of animal what would you be?

I always said I would be a cat but I’m thinking a lion. Lions have great hair.

And my questions for the nominees…

1. Where in the world are you?

2. How do your surroundings affect your beauty habits?

3. What is your favorite thing to blog about?

4. What is your favorite song of the moment?

5. What do you prefer, lipstick or lip gloss?

6. What is one lesson you learned while blogging?

7. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

8. What super power do you wish you had?

9. What do you do to relax?

10. Do you enjoy watching television?

11. Name one thing you can live without!

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO

ipsy-licious!

Hi Lovlies! I am home today with a nasty cold. I can’t hear out of my ears and my head is pounding. Great fun for a Friday. To ease my feeling yucky, I figured I would write about my ipsy delivery. I read about the June bag over at Pink Lady Beauty. Melissa got a slightly different bag but I am happy with the contents.

The theme of this month’s bag is “On the Wild Side.” I think the products I received actually fit into this idea quite nicely!

For the birds!

For the birds!

J. Cat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette ($4.49 US) : These glitter creams are neutral and that is better for me. If they were colorful I might have more trouble using them than I already will. I am not big on glitter and though these are really pretty, I probably won’t have much use for them. On the description of ipsy’s website, it says to NOT use them on the eyes, which makes it more problematic.

Lots of lights in this bag.

Lots of lights in this bag.

Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil($18 US) :  This pencil will get some serious use. I usually use the beige NANO pencil from Sephora and this one is a chubby pencil that I can use in the corners of my eyes or under my brow bones. This pencil can also help conceal redness and blemishes. This type of pencil is great for people that wear glasses. I do and I swear by some highlighting to help enhance the area that is hidden by my specs.

Starlooks Lips Pencil in Tickle Me Pink ($12 US): I have read a few reviews on Starlooks boxes and am intrigued. If I didn’t already get ipsy, GlossyBox, and Birchbox, I might have taken the plunge. The Starlooks line claims to have quality make-up at pro-prices (I guess they mean a discount.) The color seems to be very vibrant and I will probably use it this summer with a nice gloss over it.

Putting the pieces together.

Putting the pieces together.

NYX Mosaic Powder in Dare ($7 US): I love my NYX cosmetics! This powder has shimmer and matte colors. This is more of a rosy gold and I think will make it easy to use, as it can almost double as a light bronzer.

And I hope this next one gives you a giggle. I have now received my fourth bottle of… DRY SHAMPOO. I. CAN’T. EVEN.

My best secret?

My best secret?

Psssst! The TRUE Original Dry Shampoo (Travel Size $2.99 US): Great for sopping up oily roots and adding volume, Psssst! is the matriarch of dry shampoos. Basically, you spray in and brush out- which I why I probably can’t use it. If I put a brush to this head, you’d be looking at Frankenstein’s Bride.

Wild Things!

Wild Things!

I am pretty pleased with the month’s bag. It far exceeded the $12 monthly charge.

You still have a few days to enter my giveaway. Click  here for a chance to win!

Until next time…

Keep Calm & Primp On! XOXO