Maybelline

Maybelline City Chic Mini Palette – Smokey Eye Look

Anyone out there a little hesitant to work with dark colors?

(Raises hand sheepishly)

I’m going to admit that I tend to stay away from dark colors. You see, I’m not a make up artist and I believe it takes a certain amount of talent and hand eye coordination Wait! Scratch that. It’s not like we are playing volleyball. Or are we? Regardless, I possess neither to create a good smokey eye. Every time I attempt to create a dark eye it ends looking really muddy and kind of like I just didn’t get a good nights sleep.

That doesn’t mean I don’t like to try, so when I saw that the Maybelline City Mini palettes were on sale this week at Target for $7.99, I decided to give these puppies a try. I could have opted for a warm neutral one, but I was feeling adventurous! So when I saw this tiny palette with rich blue, purple and silver shades, I was like “Why not?”

I am going to admit that I decided to give this palette a whirl on a really random Wednesday when I had nothing planned and wasn’t actually leaving the house just so I wouldn’t have to commit to this look when I actually had to socialize with people, but don’t hold that against me. I’m working on my confidence.

I decided to start with the taupe-y color in the middle and apply that on the crease and just a little above. After blending that in, I dipped into that royal purple shade and added that to the crease and the outer V. It’s not particularly dark upon application, but it is buildable. My one concern was that after building it, the purple looked more black than purple.

I then picked up the silver glittery shade and tapped that onto the center of the lid with my finger and worked it to the inner corner. It was lovely and vibrant, but Holy Fallout, Batman! I looked like I cried glitter! It’s ok, nothing that a little swipe (or two) of a powder brush couldn’t fix.

I did decide that the outer V needed just a tad bit of definition, so I got a pencil brush and applied a bit of the black shade and blended it up to get a slight cat eye. I then dipped into the blue and smoked the lower lash and then with the same pencil brush I used with the black, deepened the outer lower lash a bit and dragged that up a bit to connect help shape the “ cat eye” a bit.

Overall I was pleased with my work and I didn’t look like Edward Scissorhands!

Score!!

Also, what do you guys think of my natural hair? Trying to learn to love my curls, but there is an insane amount of mousse up in that birds nest to tame the frizz.

Thank goodness we have been having cooler days and humidity has been low. I need all the help from Mother Nature I can get.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette – Welcome to Neutral City

Guess who’s back? Back again. It’s me!!!

Took a little hiatus from the site in order to move homes and I learned the first day that black winged liner in 90+ degree weather while carrying box after box up and down stairs is not a good idea. So haven’t worn much makeup since then, which is fine because now I get to put to the test some goodies I have in the back burner, beginning with this beauty from tarte.

I know from the outside the Clay Play Face Shaping Palette looks like the most boring palette in the world. Just a bunch of neutrals sitting there waiting to be asked to the party. Like me in high school. But trust me, this palette is a hidden gem. Once again, like me in high school.

First off, it smells like chocolate, so everytime I dip into it, I feel like I am digging into a box of square bonbons. The colors are pigmented and rich and only require a slight tap to obtain maximum color payoff. This is way better than the last palette I picked up from tarte, the Eye Love You Mothers Day set, was pressed so hard it made it almost impossible to get any color.

The shades are compartmentalized from light to dark, with each quad containing a mix of brown matte shades and a corresponding light vanilla shade, which can be used as contour, bronzer, eyeshadow and brow color.

Can we say multitasker?

Of course, you and I know there are no rules when it comes to makeup, so use any shade your little heart pleases for whatever you like.

For example, I like this combo:

  • Desert for contour
  • Terracotta as bronzer
  • Solstice under brow bone
  • Sand as a transition shade on the lids
  • Journey on the crease
  • Ember in the outer V and lower lid
  • Dunes for the brows

Voila! Just add mascara, blush and your favorite lipstick and your out the door.

The one downside is the price and also that name- Clay Play Face Shaping Palette? Am I the only one who thinks that is way too long? But the price kind of sucks more. $46 for a bunch of browns isn’t something that a lot of people might be into, but if you are looking for a one stop shop for neutral colors, then I would definitely consider this a good investment.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

What-EVER!

#Whatever Wednesday

#Whatever (as in What-EVER!!) Wednesday is an Instagram Series where I showcase products that are Fails or Meh and not worth my time.

Two weeks ago there was an AWESOME Almay coupon in the Sunday paper. Buy any eye product and get a free Almay product of lesser or equal price. I don’t really own anything Almay, so I thought this would be a good way to get to know the brand.

I head on over to Walgreens  and peruse the Almay display. I have to buy an eye product in order to cash in this deal, and looking at the selection, nothing is really calling out to me, except for an eyebrow pencil, which is not part of this review because it was actually decent, and a pen liner.

Hmm…pen liner? Take this literally, my friends, because the tip of the pen is actually like a ballpoint. I thought this was really cool. One of the things I struggle with a typical felt tip liner is the pointy tip. Really awesome when you want to make that wing, but acts like a little shit when you are lining the lid. You know what I mean? The tip is too thin, so you have to kind of use the flat side to add some width to the line?

Bingo!

I think we found the winner.

Whatever Wednesday

I choose a navy blue color just because it’s not black and I figure if it’s free, might as well go outside my comfort zone.

Next day, I decide to put this puppy to the test and, I don’t know whether I got a bad one, but I opened the cap and the “ink” was all over the place. Omen #1.

I proceed to do the first eye. Color was decent and, just as I expected, the line came out even and thick in just the right spots across the lid. I blink and the product smears on the top of my lid. Omen #2

I clean it up and try again and wait a bit to let it dry before I blink and then proceed to do the wing. I make the flick and NOTHING! No product was on the eye. I shake it and test it on the back of my hand? Product shows up.

WTF? Is the side of my face waterproof or something?

Omen #3

10 minutes later and by the miracle of God and all the Catholic Saints I am supposed to know the name of, I somehow manage to create a wing. Another 15 minutes and the other eye is done. I already know I hate this product, but I decide to soldier on.

I finish getting ready and dressed and head out the door. I have to go to my daughters school for her Honor Assembly and I want to look like the Hot Mom 🙂 . I get in the car and flip the mirror down to check the look in natural light and…Mother Effer!!! The freaking eyeliner is basically gone! The wing has disappeared and the color along the lash line looks watered down and patchy.

This eyeliner is the Devil.

Honestly, thank goodness it was free because it would be a total waste of money.

Have any of you tried any Almay products that you love or hate? If so, comment below.

Till next time, My Friends!

Maritza

 

Tutorial

Tuesday Tutorial

Over the weekend, I was organizing my makeup counter, because I don’t have a vanity, just a small little corner of the bathroom that I share with my husband and I pulled out the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette from the back of the organizer.

I did that thing they do in movies where they blow away the dust from something old, like a box of childhood toys or Grandma’s old recipes that were found hidden in an attic or basement, and admired how beautiful this palette is for like a solid 20 minutes.

I swear this is all true!

As I was admiring all these rich and warm reds, oranges and browns and reminiscing about all the looks I created, I got really nostalgic. You see, I bought this palette last fall and maybe because I wore it so much during that time, I associate it with that time of year. But no, my friends! I am here to tell you that this palette transcends seasons and, is in fact, a perfect addition to your summer look.

Behold!  Summer Sunset Eyes.

Summer Sunset Eyes

As I was searching Pinterest, I found this gorgeous look using the Modern Renaissance palette and I knew I had to recreate it. This look would be just right for a sunset bbq or date night with the hubs.

We start off by sweeping Burnt Orange into the crease and just a little above (I have slightly hooded eyes). Then dip your brush into Realgar and do the same, intensifying the look. Realgar is a gorgeous orange terracotta color and it takes just a tap to get that good color payoff.

Once you have blended that well, move on to Venetian Red and sweep it on your crease, deepening the color, and then move on to the outer V of the eye. Make sure to blend out any hard edges as this warm burgundy color can be a bit overpowering.

Summer Sunset Eyes Palette

Tap some Primavera, a beautiful champagne shimmer, with your finger on the lid and take it as close to the crease as you can. Then with the same brush you used to apply Venetian Red, blend the edges so that it has a gradient look.

Lastly, take just a bit of Cyprus Umber and, starting at the outer lash line, lightly blend upward a bit into Venetian Red to deepen the color. Sweep that Cyprus under to the lower lash and smoke it out.

Load your eyes with mascara and make sure your brows are On Pointe. Admire your handy work and wonder to yourself why on earth more men don’t fall in love with you on a daily bases.

Summer Sunset Eyes Finished Look

If you have come across any other Summer looks using the Modern Renaissance palette, please comment below. I want to use this palette more often and sharing is caring.

Have a great Tuesday, my friends.

Maritza