Archive for April, 2014
Welcome to my very first tutorial! I was contacted by Chrislie Formulations (the company that makes both Lashem and Measurable Difference products) about posting an eye makeup tutorial and I agreed! So when I received my April Starlooks’ Starbox and saw the 5 eyeshadow palette in Toyko I immediately knew what look I’d do.
I’ve never tried taking photos of my own eye while step wise putting on makeup, so please excuse any less than perfect pictures. If you like the idea of me posting more tutorials please let me know in the comments as I have a lot of ideas of tutorials from everyday looks I’ve been wearing. This look isn’t one I’d wear everyday, but it is one I have worn several times in the last week or so. It is perfect for a colorful, yet wearable spring look. Although if you live in Southern California then it is much more like Summer than Spring.
Lashem Picture Perfect Instant Wrinkle Reducer
Measurable Difference Lash Amplyfying Liquid Eyeliner
Measurable Difference Instant Lash Extension Mascara
Starlooks Eye Primer in Clear
Starlooks Small Precsion Brush 813
Starlooks Medium Precision Brush 812
Starlooks 5 Shade Eyeshadow Palette in Tokyo
Starlooks Eyebrow Quad
Starlooks Starbox (Please consider using my link as it’ll help me to be able to bring you more reviews and tutorials! Thanks so much!)
I always start with a clean face. I then went ahead and did my brows. If you’d like a post with several of the different ways I do my brows including more details on the way I mention briefly below, let me know in the comments.
I started by applying Lashem’s Picture Perfect Instant Wrinkle Reducer to my entire face and eye area.
I went ahead and filled in my brows by using Starlooks Eye Primer in Clear as a base to which I added the dark brown and a touch of the black shades from Starlooks’ Eyebrow Quad that was sent in the May 2013 Starbox.
Then I prepped my eyelid with Starlooks Eye Primer in Clear which you can see I’m almost out of. Of ALL the various eye primers I’ve tried, I reach for this one the most. It is also great to use on your brows as a base for brow powder. It works great! I find it is easiest to apply using a small concealer brush.
Then I used my Starlooks Medium Precision 812 brush to pack on the light golden shade (far left #1) in the Tokyo palette in the corner of my eye through first third of my eye lid and along the first third of the lower lash line.
After that I used the Starlooks Small Precision 813 to just pick up a little of the darker green shade (second from the left #3) as it is very pigmented and lightly sweep along the crease and in the outer V which provides some depth to the look. I also swept a little down onto the lower lash line.
Lastly, for the eyeshadow portion, still using the 813 brush to pick up a bit of the matte cranberry shade (far right #4) to place in the corner of the out V on top of the darker green shade. I also continued the cranberry shade down to the lower lash line.
I then used Measurable Difference’s Lash Amplifying Liquid Eyeliner (in black) to line the upper lash line. I don’t tend to line my lower lash line with anything other than shadow very often as I find it makes my eyes look even smaller than they already are.
Then I finished by adding Measurable Differences Instant Lash Extensions Mascara. This awesome mascara really does add length and volume to my lashes. The process is a bit more time consuming than just a quick swipe of mascara. To start you first apply a coat of the mascara as a base. Then you add a coat of the white fibers which are what truly add all the length and volume. I added a very generous coat to more dramatically show the difference. Afterwards, follow up with another coat of the mascara side of the dual ended wand.
There you have it! I’d LOVE to hear what you think in the comments!
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Book Tour & Review: Fractured Truth by Rachel McClellan
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Fractured Truth (book 3)
Fractured Truth concludes Rachel McClellan’s trilogy about teenaged Aura Llona who as light personified is constantly in danger from Vykens (evil) who killed her parents as her mother was also an Aura. I’ve enjoyed reading Rachel McClellan’s Fractured series since I reviewed Fractured Light in December 2011. On top of loving all of her books, I’ve greatly enjoyed working with Rachel McClellan as well.
While I’ve been looking forward to this book for over a year, its bittersweet as the trilogy has now come to an end. But I look forward to McClellan’s next novel. When readers last left off with Fractured Soul, Llona had transferred to the Auran academy that her mother’s sister, Sophie works at, Lucent Academy along with her best friend (who happens to be a fury) May.
Unfortunately, Llona realizes that something very bad is happening at Lucent and she IS going to get to the bottom of it. Luckily May and her former guardian, Christian, are right at her side to help. When Fractured Soul ends, aunt Sophie has been taken by the evil headmaster, corrupted guardians, and Vykens.
In Fractured Truth a LOT happens in a relatively short amount of time which makes reading both book 1 and 2 a MUST to fully enjoy all the complexities of this conclusion. Fans of McClellan’s will not be disappointed in all of the action book 3 packs in. Truly, my ONLY negative is that this is the last novel in the trilogy. I don’t want the story of Llona, May, Christian and the rest to end. I’ve enjoyed this journey of reviewing McClellan’s novels so very much. I love the style in which McClellan writes, and can’t wait to see what she does next.
I really do NOT want to reveal too much story-plot line for those who have not had the pleasure of enjoying this awesome series. I will say that Rachel McClellan’s Fractured Light series is on my short list of favorite novels I’ve read since starting this blog. She is also on the top of favorite authors to work with.
If you enjoy YA Dystopian novels, you will enjoy the Fractured Light series!
Who are some of your favorite authors and their books? I’d love to hear in the comments. And if you’ve read any of this series I’d love to hear what you thought!
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Read my reviews of Fractured Light and Fractured Soul by clicking on the title under the cover image!
Review: Studio Gear’s Hydrating CC Cream in Linen
Recently, I had the honor of trying Studio Gear’s New Hydrating CC Cream in the shade Linen. This CC Cream is available in 3 shades, Linen, Natural, and Wheat. I have to say that I’m not crazy about the name of the shade Natural as it insinuates that lighter or darker skin shades are not natural although I’m sure that was not their intention. All of these shades change color to exactly match your skin as you rub it in.
Like the name Linen suggests, it looks white when first squeezed from the tube. I happen to be a bit fan of this type of tinted moisturizer/foundation. I really do like this CC Cream. I’ve been experimenting with more natural foundation looks. If I wear this more as a tinted moisturizer under my foundation it stays on my skin just fine. But the few times I’ve tried wearing this by itself, I’ve found it slipping off in a few places (namely my nose, cheeks, and chin). That said it has been anywhere from 70 (if we’re lucky) to 95 (if we’re not) degrees in way too sunny Southern California.
The significantly higher than normal temperatures could certainly be playing a part in CC cream not staying on as long or well as I’d prefer. My roommate from college was over recently and I had her try a little bit on her skin to see how it blended. I have to say, I was a bit envious that it seemed to blend even better on her skin than mine! She is also very light skinned with golden to neutral undertones compared to my pale skin that has VERY pink/red undertones. Below can see how the CC cream looks upon first being placed o my skin. Then you can see the blending in transformation.
I really enjoyed the holiday palette I was lucky enough to review several months ago and really enjoy this product as well. So far I’m very impressed with Studio Gear. I very much hope to be able to try out (and review) more products from the Studio Gear line!
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My spring break was a couple weeks ago now, but my dad was off this past week and my sister is this week! When are you off for spring break? If you have some time off, do you have any plans? Please let me know in the comments!
I’m currently figuring out what I want do over summer break! I’ll give you an update once I figure it out myself.
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