Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Product Launch: New Sigma Brush Sets!

I just noticed that Sigma is coming out with a bunch of new brush sets within next couple week or so! Putting on my makeup today I noticed that some of my MAC brushes probably need replacing (scratchy brushes are really not fun), so I might get one of these sets with the cases. Sigma brushes would be great for those who like MAC's quality, but aren't a fan of the prices; individual brushes tend to be $9-15 bucks ( as opposed to MAC's range of about $15-40). So check these out!

The Cities Collection
Launch Date: November 21, 2011

Contains E05 Eyeliner, E35 Tapered Blending, E45 Small Tapered Blending, E60 Large Shader, F05 Small Contour, F15 Duo Fibre, and F30 Large Powder

Make Me Up Collection – Travel Edition
Launch Date: November 28, 2011

Contains E30 Pencil, E40 Tapered Blending, E55 Eye Shading, E65 Small Angle, F30 Large Powder, F40 Large angled Contour, and F60 Foundation

The Bunny Collection
Launch Date: December 5, 2011

Contains Sigma's vegan (!) line of brushes

The Extravaganza Face Kit
Launch Date: December 12, 2011

Contained 4 gold-plated brushes & case

The Extravaganza Complete Kit
Launch Date: December 19, 2011

Contains 29 gold-plated brushes

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Where did I go?

This past week or so, I had a lot of crazy things happen: a friend was in the hospital, a coworker's baby died, and 3 papers and a lab report due this weeks. Because of that, I've been somewhat absente. I'm actually at my parent's house now, looking like a schlub.

I will post something tonight though, so IT'S COMING. I also got Invisalign after having my braces taken off too early in High School, so my teeths hurt. 


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Review & Swatches: MAC Powder Blush in Style

I never was one to wear blushes much, which is funny considering that I'm pretty pale. Whenever I put blush on, I always ended up looking completely clownish and then deciding that blush WASN'T FOR ME EVER. Just this past year, since I started really getting into makeup blogs, I picked up this blush that I've had for a while. Maybe I just didn't know how to put blush on properly before, but I find myself using this blush pretty much every day. 

This is a blush from MAC's permanent line, and comes in MAC's standard packaging. One problem I find with this packaging is that the clear portion with MAC written on top often pops out. It's not that important, but I find it to be somewhat annoying if the clear part rolls away under the table or something.
L to R: MAC blush in "Style", NARS blush in "Orgasm", NARS multiple in "Orgasm"

Other than that, the blush is a warm coral-peach with fine gold glitter. The blush is quite pigmented, but not too potent. The gold glitter reminds me a lot of NARS Orgasm, although this is more orange than the NARS blush is. Because of that, I find this to be a little more "every-day" than NARS orgasm, having just enough color to keep you from looking corpsy but not pink enough to make you look perpetually embarrassed. Also, since my skin is a little more olive-toned than pink, the peacher/orange tone of the MAC blush looks a little more flattering than the NARS blush does. The gold glitter adds just a little bit of highlighting and warmth on the cheeks, and the fact that it's finely milled keeps you from looking like Ke$ha.


  • Subtle blush, for those of us that like to stay minimal
  • Better for yellower skintones but fairly universal
  • Finely-milled glitter 
  • Pigmented
  • May not look as flattering on pink skintones or mature women
  • May not be pigmented/dark enough for darker skintones (I would use NARS Orgasm instead)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Review & Swatches: Wet n Wild Coloricon Palette in Comfort Zone

I figured that I should review this next, since I probably use this palette as much as I used the Urban Decay Naked Palette (reviewed here). A lot of bloggers have reviewed this palette with really great reviews, so I had to check it out. It absolutely lived up to its reputation, especially for someone that normally doesn't buy drugstore brands.

I really like that the designates colors for certain parts of the smoky eye; for those of you who have a harder time with using multiple colors, this helps push you in the right direction. Even still, each color stands out on its own, and I find myself using colors individually for other looks.

The first 4 colors are from the first column, and the last 4 are from the second column. Honestly, not a single color is a dud here. Each shadow could rival the quality and pigmentation of high-end brands like NARS or Hourglass. The first column has more versatile, "every day" colors due to their nude tone, but the second column is very wearable nonetheless. The colors swatch fairly close to how they appear in the pan, although the browbone color in the second column is lighter and less grey and the crease color a little less green. Out of all of the colors, my favorite has to be the duochromatic definer color in the second column. It's a more-pigmented version of MAC's eyeshadow "Club" for a fraction of the price (~$.62 per color vs $15? Yeah.) Moral of the story: this palette is freaking amazing. Buy it.

  • Super pigmented, buttery texture without fallout
  • Very useable colors
  • Stupid mad cheap ($4.99 at Walgreens)
  • Wears well throughout the day, even without primer.
  • No matte colors? There really isn't anything to gripe about.
I took a picture of how I wore it the other day (using the second column and MAC Blacktrack Fluidline over Benefit's Stay Don't Stray Primer), what a coincidence!
Sorry for looking sleepy, I was trying to show how that defining color shifts colors without looking like a huge derp. Isn't it gorgeous?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Makeups done by me, not on me.

I'm in the fashion club at school, and I have to send an application for doing makeup for the magazine. So, I enlisted a couple of my younger brother's friends (including his girlfriend, AWW) as volunteers! I tried to do a variety of looks, and unfortunately my camera was being a huge butt :c Sad!

Products Used:
  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation in Beige Rose 12
  • Hourglass Concealer in Pearl
  • Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder
  • Chanel Illusion D'ombre in Mirifique
  • Clinique Mascara
  • MUFE Rouge Artist Intense 50
  • Sephora Clear Gloss
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette
  • NARS Face Primer
Products Used:
  • Model's own foundation, concealer, mascara
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette
  • Anastasia Ebony Brow Duo
  • ELF 144 Eyeshadow Palette
  • MAC Blush in Style
  • Cargo Bronzer in Medium
  • NARS Multiple in Copocabana
  • Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder

Products Used:
  • Model's own foundation, mascara
  • Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette
  • Anastasia Ebony Brow Duo
  • MAC Blush in Style
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette
  • NARS Face Primer
  • Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder

Monday, October 31, 2011

FOTD: Happy Halloween!

Halloween combines two of my favorite things: makeup and chocolate. Even though Halloween is during a school day this year, I still dressed up! I'm a 50's pinup zombie this year c: I'm wearing a black polkadot dress with black sheer tights and patent black flats with bows on the front too!

Makeup used:

  • MUFE Rouge Artist Intense 50 Lipstick
  • C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine
  • Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Ebony
  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation in 12 Beige Rose
  • Tarte Smooth Operator
  • Assorted colors from UD Naked Palette
  • Assorted colors from Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette in Comfort Zone
  • Assorted Colors from UD Alice in Wonderland Palette
  • Assorted Colors from Smashbox Click You're It Palette
  • Assorted Colors from a Sephora palette (don't know the name! ah!)
  • MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack
  • d.j.v. beautenizer mascara
  • Benefit Prima Donna False Eyelashes

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Review: Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine

Sephora had this little kit that included this lip butter in jar and tube form for basically the same price as the lip butters individually. I had heard about this online a bunch, so I had to get it even though part of me was reminding me that I have a billion lip balms already.

It's important to note that I have perpetually chapped lips, regardless of how much water I drink, so most lip balms don't do much. Not this guy. I've never seen my lips so wonderfully moisturized, and also it tastes delicious. My friend has super dry skin, and she actually gasped out loud when she saw/felt how moisturizing this is.

Bare lips, surprisingly not chapped
After application
As you can see, it doesn't provide any color to my lips (not that I need it). It just makes my lips feel so soft and shiny in the best way possible. I also appreciate that it's made with natural ingredients (and has Sephora's Natural Seal) in addition to being wonderful in its own right. My only gripe is that it comes in a jar, which is kinda annoying if I have slightly longer nails and for sanitary reasons. Luckily, there's the tube version of the lip butter, which I'll probably end up buying again as opposed to the jar. 

In short, get this is if you like things that taste good and have thirsty lips! It also might provide a tiny bit of color if you have not-pigmented lips, but I can't vouch for that personally.

  • Tasty
  • Very moisturizing, even for the extremely dry-lipped
  • Sheer (if that's what you're in to)
  • Natural ingredients, such as shea butter
  • A little pricey for the size (but if you can get the 2-for-1 set, then it's a pretty good bargain)
  • The jar form isn't as convenient, in terms of nails getting in the way and sanitation

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Naked Palette

I actually bought this right when it came out (as in the day it came out, I think). I've seen that the palette comes with a brush now, but before it came with this double ended eyeliner! It's a shame, because the matte brown eyeliner is a really versatile color, and it's not available in the permanent line! I know that this isn't a new product or anything like that, but for anyone who doesn't have it: you need it. Emphasis on need. NEED. I had lost it for a couple months after moving out of my dorm room, but now that I've found it again I think I've used it literally every day. It's marvelous.

The packaging, both inside and out, is really sleek and well done. The width of each shadow is just wide enough for a brush, even my wider blending brush. The only problem I have is that Sidecar gets glittery bits into the matte shadows, due to its position between them. Other than that, it's well done.
L to R: Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar
Naked doesn't appear very pigmented, but that's really only due to the paleness of my skin. For a matte, it really doesn't come off chalky whatsoever. Virgin has very small shimmer, compared to Sin (which has small but denser shimmer) and Sidecar (which has larger and denser shimmer). Virgin is a really good highlighting color for the browbone and inner eye, especially for more subtle looks that don't demand the intensity of Sin and Sidecar. Even though Sidecar has larger glitter, it absolutely is not gritty. 
L to R: Buck, Half Baked, Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted
Like Naked, Buck also is pigmented and not-chalky for a matte. The other shimmery colors have similar glitter as Sin (Sidecar is actually unique with its large glitter). Toasted always surprises me with how pigmented it is, and I really love the purple undertones it has compared to the rest of the palette. Darkhorse, for some reason, didn't translate well onto the camera (although it is less pigmented compared to the rest of the palette). It's a blackened gold that almost has greenish undertones to it, compared to Smog and Half Baked which are warmer.
L to R: Zero and Whiskey 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, Gunmetal, Creep, Hustle
I guess if I were to call anything a "dud" in the Naked palette, it would be Creep. It's just not as black as I expect or want it to be. Compared to how pigmented Gunmetal is, they almost look the same. Hustle is actually the same way, but the purple undertones still make me forgive it. Zero is the same black eyeliner in the permanent line, but Whiskey is basically a matte version of Bourbon ( I think, I haven't actually swatched it before). I end up using both the same amount, but it will be a sad day when I run out of Whiskey :c

So here's the rundown!
  • Very, very useable colors, regardless if you're wearing it to work or at a party.
  • All the colors have good, if not exceptional pigmentation.
  • Very smooth application.
  • Reasonable price ($4 bucks a shadow if you don't include the brush/eyeliner is a total steal)
  • Matte colors!
  • The black isn't SUPER black, if that's what you're going for, although patting it on top of the black eyeliner helps immensely.
  • A little bit of fallout, so make sure to tap your brush before you apply!
Available from Sephora, UrbanDecay.com

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hey! Hi!

Hello friends! My name is Zoe, and I'm a 19 year old pre-med student in Chicago. I'm not a professional makeup artist, but I end up playing with makeup when I have free time. I've done makeup for a couple fashion shows here and for a couple photoshoots too.

Too often I've bought stuff online and it ended up not as good as it looks on the computer, so I really wanted to make a blog that was more dedicated to swatches and makeup looks as opposed to gossiping about the latest collections (not to say I'm against that!).

I wish I could say this blog is for the frugal! Unfortunately I'm the worst with spending. I'm slooowwwlly starting to know drugstore brands and how to look for deals. I'll try and get that on my blog, but it's a work in progress.

So thanks for looking! Hopefully I'll be posting lots, probably just going through my current makeup stash first. c: