FOTD: Panda Eyes

No clever product-name-as-post-title today. A couple weeks ago, I decided to do a full-on panda smokey eye, just for fun.

I very rarely line my waterline, as it makes my already tiny eyes look extra beady. But it does make my eyes look chocolate-y brown.

Also, I blended out the black with a bit of bronzer. This is a trick I picked up from Viola of Killer Colours. It prevents the black from blending out to a weird grayish blue, and instead makes the black look extra black.

I added some faux freckles to keep the vibe casual and a little undone.

Wearing a full-blown smokey eye like this definitely makes me feel sexy, so here is a gratuitous, try-hard model pose:

*smolders*

Face

The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint
BECCA Dual Coverage – Tahini
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
NARS Laguna/Deep Throat
Youngblood Lunar Dust – Twilight
NYX Eye and Eyebrow pencil – Taupe, Brown (for freckles)

Brows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade – Medium Brown

Eyes

KIKO Long Lasting Stick – 20
Viseart Neutral Matte – 9
Benefit Hoola
Too Faced Vanilla Bean
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Zero
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara

Lips

tarteist lip paint – Birthday Suit

Red Lips District: Urban Decay Vice lipstick 714

urban decay vice lipstick 714 fotd

I have such a brain block when it comes to trying to write this post. Red lipsticks may never go out of fashion, but my enthusiasm and energy for writing about them is certainly waning. Let’s just get straight to it.

This is Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 714. It’s a holdover shade from the Revolution + Gwen Stefani line. Incidentally, I recently saw this very shade on clearance at Nordstrom Rack for $9. *wink wink nudge nudge*

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 714 swatch

urban decay vice lipstick 714 swatch

714 is a bright, intense red. To my eye, it leans a little orange, which is super flattering on my skin tone. Unlike the previous red I wrote about, Smashbox Be Legendary lipstick Legendary, I definitely feel like I need to dress up somewhat for this red. The day I wore this, I actually changed out of my sweat pants to walk my dog, because I thought the disparity between my face and my clothes would be too great otherwise.

The look

urban decay vice lipstick 714 fotd 2

Instead of the predictable sharp winged liner, I opted for a soft bronze-y haze. The orange tones in the eyeshadow complement the warmth of the lipstick, don’t you think? I added some trio clusters to balance the eyes with the strong lips, and kept the rest of the face minimal.

This was my first time trying the new matte Vice formula, and I really think they knocked it out of the park! It’s comfortable to wear, and it stayed put throughout a meal with very minimum fading. I used a clear lip liner around the outside edges and didn’t experience any bleeding. If and when I ever run out of this lipstick sample, I may consider buying a full-size. I’m glad there is a long-wearing option for those of us who dislike liquid lipsticks!

Face

The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
theBalm bronzer – Balm Desert
Soap & Glory Glow All Out
NARS x Pierre Hardy blush – Boys Don’t Cry

Brows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – Medium Brown

Eyes

Phee’s Makeup Tips – Sphinx
Makeup Geek – Peach Smoothie, Vanilla Bean
Too Faced – Coffee Bean
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil – Demolition
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara
KISS Trio Lashes – X Short, Short

Lips

KIKO Invisible Lip Liner
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick 714

urban decay vice lipstick 714 fotd products used

January 2017 empties

It’s my first empties post of the year! Starting off strong, riding the high of determination to stick to my New Year’s resolutions. I made it a point to use up both deluxe sample sizes, and foil packets. Here’s what I managed to get rid of this past month.

Makeup empties

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Groenland – This has surprising coverage for something called “skin tint.” It’s more like a medium-to-full coverage foundation. I didn’t like it very much on me. It clung to dry patches and made my skin look very flat. To compensate, I added copious amounts of highlighter. I’m wearing it in this FOTD here.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard – This had a lot of mixed reviews in the blogosphere. Some people found it too drying for the under eye area, and the finish too cakey or “makeup-y.” Other people love it and found it covers well and still looks natural. From what little trial and research I could do based off this tiny foil packet sample, I am one of the latter. I used to use the now discontinued dual pan concealer in Ginger/Custard, and I was pleased to see that this iteration of Custard still more or less matched me. I might consider purchasing this after I get through my army of concealers.

Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Sheer Anarchy – From the card sampler from Urban Decay, marketing their new Vice line of lipsticks. The blister pack is filled with a generous amount of lipstick; more than I can get through in a day. However, I’m not very diligent about reapplying. It took me several months to get through this tiny thing, mostly because it’s a pain in the ass to apply lipstick entirely with a brush, and even more of a pain in the ass to touch up throughout the day. This led to the formula slowly drying up and becoming tacky and sticky. Additionally, application was streaky.

Despite user frustration and laziness, I will say that the color is nice. I like bright pinks on me; they contrast nicely with my neutral leaning warm skin tone. Wearing it here.

Nordstrom retractable lip brush – It broke. I bought a very cute and tiny replacement one from MUJI. Thinking about splurging for this Chikuhodo one for my birthday. (I probably won’t do it. I’ve been unemployed for too long and am hoping to move halfway across the world. Now would be a good time to start being prudent, Jen.)

The Body Shop Smoky 2 in 1 Gel Liner in Brown – It’s dried up. I tried to revive it twice with Inglot’s Duraline, but it’s still not as creamy as it was when new. It was a great color, though. Deep chocolate brown with a matte finish. The cap includes a little brush, which was surprisingly very useful. If you can finish gel liners faster than I can, then I’d recommend taking a look at this one. It’s much darker and less red than the packaging would have you believe, though.

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FOTD: Espresso

Because we could all use some espresso on a Monday morning, amirite?

I did this look last week, so for once it’s not terribly old. Yay, timeliness.

Pulled out my oft-neglected LORAC Pro Palette for this look. While I love the colors and the even mix of mattes vs. shimmers, I find the shadows to be too powdery. They puff everywhere upon brush pickup, and I have to carefully pat them on to avoid too much fallout. Yes, they blend easily — but they’re also prone to over blending into muddy nothingness.

Still, I really liked the way this look turned out. The halo eyeshadow placement really suits my eye shape.

I also experimented with a ring light I bought for my DSLR. It took a bit of finagling, but it’s pretty easy to set up and start shooting. However, I use a Canon, and for some reason it’s programmed to not fire the external flash (ring light in this case), when the live view option is on.

I always use live view with the monitor turned around so I can see my goofy face before I take a picture. But now, I have to frame up, turn off the live view, then hope for the best. I’ve been taking way more pictures now because of this.

The first picture is with natural light only. This one is with the ring light, turned down low:

It made my skin look yellower, so I fiddled around with the color balance on both photos so they look about the same-ish. It does pick up the eyeshadow color better, though. And in some pictures, my highlight was POPPIN’.

I’ll keep playing around with both the ring light and Photoshop for color correcting. If you have any tips and tricks for me, do tell! I’m currently taking an intro to Photoshop class online and so far I’m really enjoying it!

Face

Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze – Drops of Sun
BECCA Dual Coverage concealer – Tahini
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish powder
theBalm bronzer – Balm Desert
NARS x Pierre Hardy blush – Boys Don’t Cry
Hard Candy So Baked bronzer – Tiki (as highlight)

Brows

Freedom Makeup eyebrow pomade – Ebony

Eyes

LORAC Pro – Espresso, Taupe, Mauve, Cream, Pewter, Nude
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – Zero
Soap & Glory Thick & Fast mascara

Lips

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon – Gavi

The ring light works really well for product pictures, though! The only thing is, I have to shoot at an angle so it doesn’t flash back on the cheese board that I use as a background. Haha!

Red Lips District: Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon Napa Vineyard

burt's bees lip crayon napa vineyard

I bought this Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon Napa Vineyard about one, maybe two years ago. At the time, I was going through my “omg red lips tho” phase, and I even started a sporadic blog post series on them.

However, I am nothing if not inconsistent, and that’s why it took me two years to get around to writing a post on this product. Remember, I bought it specifically “for the blog.” Ugh. But whatever. Onwards!

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon Napa Vineyard

Burt’s Bees is well-known for their “natural” lip balms. They came out with these “all-natural” lipsticks a couple years ago and since the swatches looked promising, I hunted this one down.

burt's bees lip crayon napa vineyard swatch

Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon Napa Vineyard swatch

Napa Vineyard is a beautiful blue-based red. It’s very pigmented, quite unlike the famed tinted lip balms or lip shimmers. This lip crayon does not mess around. You want a dressed-up, I’m-going-to-an-event-because-I’m-a-grown-up red? This color will definitely fit the bill.

The formula is a bit on the dry side, however. The chubby crayon shape also doesn’t help much to create a sharp line, which I think is a must with such a bright, deep color. You have to go in with a lip brush. Alternatively, you could wear a lip balm underneath and pat this color on to achieve a less saturated stain.

I do like that it’s a twist-up crayon. However, the cap on mine, while cute with its honeycomb pattern, doesn’t stay on very well. In fact, I dropped it once and the cap popped off. The crayon hit the floor on the tip. Gross.

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