Monday, January 2, 2017

On hiatus


As I have been updating a lot less frequently lately, I'm going to officially take a hiatus from updating this blog for a while. I don't know for how long. This blog will stay up, of course, so my posts aren't going anywhere. But I probably won't be posting any new content for a while.

Thank you for visiting! I appreciate you taking the time to check out my blog.

- T

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Swatches - Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic palette

I didn't even know what this was when it was first previewed on KVD's Instagram but I knew I had to have it. Unique packaging? Iridescent colors? SIGN ME UP.

The Alchemist Holographic palette is a multi-use palette, meaning you can pretty much wear it however you want - on your eyes, on your cheeks, or even your lips. The iridescent/duochrome nature of the colors means that they will change depending on the base colors you use, which makes them super fun to play around with, and very striking every time you do wear them.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Swatches - Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set (Holiday 2016)

I know this set has been out a while already, but I knew that Sephora would eventually do their BI/VIB/Rouge Loyalty Reward, so I ended up getting this for $25 off, which is pretty sweet :)

I've been a big fan of KVD's liquid lipsticks for a while, and I especially love picking up the mini sizes because it allows me to try a range of colors without committing to a full-sized tube (and the full-sized price). This particular set is a great sampler set of the color range, and also includes two brand-new exclusive shades. (I have no idea if they will eventually be permanent or not.)

In general, these lipsticks are highly pigmented, long-lasting (but not uncomfortable to remove, unless you're trying on eight at a time like I did), and are more of a "soft matte" than a total cracked-scorched-earth dry matte. I know I've said before that ColourPop's Ultra Matte Lips are my favorite for the price, but if price were no issue, I would totally go with KVD.

Some swatches for you:

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Tutorial - Cranberry-inspired daytime holiday face

I'm headed out to a daytime event today, and it's the holiday season, so I wanted to look a bit festive. But not festive, like, with my face screaming CHRISTMAS - just kind of gently festive :) And I really like the color of the sweater I'm wearing. So here's how I did my face:

On my face:
- I'm only wearing a light dusting of Kat Von D's Lock-It Powder Foundation - no liquid foundation, not even any concealer. (I'm going to a rather casual event, so full-face makeup would make me feel out of place.)
- UD's blush in Easy (from the Gwen Stefani face palette)
- Beached Bronzer in Bronzed as contour
- ColourPop's Super Shock Cheek highlighter in Over the Moon is dabbed and blended along my orbital bone
- Brows were done with BeneFit's Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep

On my lips: 
UD Vice lipstick in Amulet (applied with a lip brush, because I have their Blackmail lip palette, not the actual tube)

On my eyes:
- UD Primer Potion in Original
- From Naked Ultimate Basics: Nudie as an all over base color; Instinct in the crease as a transition shade; Pre-Game as a browbone highlight
- From KVD's Metal Matte palette: Volt all over the upper lid, topped with Glitz
- From UD's Full Spectrum palette: Alchemy in the crease (because I didn't want it to look too smoky - it's a daytime event)
- Two colors of UD's Razor Sharp liquid eyeliner: a thin line of Deep End along the upper lashline, with a slightly thicker line and wing of Zodiac on top. (This actually began as a mistake - I meant to only apply Zodiac. But I think they look awesome together.
- Lancome's Hypnose Drama mascara in Excessive Black.

Christmassy, but not TOO Christmassy :) Have a good one!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Urban Decay Full Spectrum palette + tutorial

Finally! I had decided to hold off on ordering this palette until Sephora's VIB Rouge sale instead of ordering it right on release day, so even though everyone else has already given their two cents about it, now it's my turn :) (20% off was worth the wait though!)

This palette seems to be in line with their previous Urban Spectrum palette and 15th Anniversary palette - the narrow pans, the plastic palette casing, and the rainbow of colors - except that this time, there are 21 shadows (which makes it more similar to the previous Vice palettes and Book of Shadows palettes, which each had 20) and this time, there really is a rainbow (like, with a yellow and everything!), as opposed to a range of jewel-toned purples, blues, and greens. What is also really cool is that, not only do you have a rainbow, but you also have a nice gradient of smoky/blackened shades, vivid brights, and lighter/pastel-ish shades, so your rainbow can take on some different tonalities as well.

Let's take a look closer:

Monday, October 24, 2016

October 2016 Sephora PLAY! - The Cool Cut

I have been taking a break from beauty boxes for a while, but when spots opened up for Sephora's PLAY! box (yes, I'm always going to write that in all-caps with an exclamation point), I decided to sign up.

It's $10 per month, and you get a bunch of deluxe samples that would normally cost you 100 Beauty Insider points each. For those of you who don't know, every time Beauty Insiders spend a dollar at Sephora, they get one point, and you can save up the points to redeem for samples, beauty sets, etc., so essentially, it's as if each item in this box is the result of $100 spent. An entire box for $10? Okay, I'll bite.

This was my first box, so I was excited to see what I would get. In case you haven't noticed, I've been buying/using less makeup as of late, so this is a good way for me to try new stuff (high end stuff!) for really cheap.

This month's theme was "The Cool Cut," which is about up-and-coming awesomeness, and there was a nice variety of products. I've only tried out one thing so far, but here's what I got.

Let's go:

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick palettes

Just a quick post for you today of UD's two Vice Lipstick palettes that are out for the holidays. I'm not going to review the lipsticks, per se, because I've swatched their Vice lipsticks previously, but I just wanted to show you the packaging and swatches of the shades that are included.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Swatches - Kat Von D Metal Matte palette

This was my other highly-anticipated product for this holiday season, even more than the KVD/Too Faced collab that is coming out in December. I'm a fan of KVD's metal crush eyeshadows, but I'm a whole lot less apt to buy each shadow individually, so the fact that there is a palette with a whole bunch of metallic shadows in the same formula was a major draw for me. Plus, look at all these colors!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Swatches - Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette

Yessssssss. This is the Naked palette I've been waiting for my whole life!!!!

UD finally decided to release an entire Naked palette full of mattes, which is very exciting, because until now I've been using my two Naked Basics together as my go-to eye base colors.

Before we get into the swatches, can we talk about the packaging for a sec? Instead of doing their usual long case, they decided to make it square. It's metallic, and the top is molded/textured. VERY luxe. Absolutely gorgeous.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Welcome to my makeup station!

At last!

So, as (I believe) I've mentioned, I recently moved with my family to a different state where a bigger house is far more affordable than in the Bay Area. But even at our previous home, it was very important to me to have my own space not just to keep all my junk but also to serve as a sanctuary.

This room I'm currently in is my office, library, craft room, and makeup room - everything that is ME is here. And today I'm going to show you my makeup station, so you can see how I have everything organized and set up. (BTW, I got rid of, like, half my makeup collection before we moved, so I know this will look like a LOT of makeup still, but just know that I had about twice as much.)