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EOTD: Bubble Cadillac
Eyeshadow, Makeup Fun - Comments (1) - March 22nd, 2011

When I was at the drugstore the other day, I noticed they had a display of new stuff by Maybelline, including some “highlighter” pencils. The liners are limited edition, in two colors: Fluffy Cloud (white) and Twilight Pink (pink). I was intrigued since I’ve been curious about using white liner on the lower lashline, since it’s supposed to brighten up your eyes.

The liner went on really nicely on my waterline, and pretty much stayed up all day. I put the white on the bottom and the pink on the upper lashline. Eyeshadow colors are Meow Bubble Bath and Bokeh Face Cadillac, with a white Sephora shadow to highlight.

I loved how my eyeshadow came out (isn’t Cadillac awesome?) but I’m not so sure about the highlighters. It just looked kind of weird, to me. I’ll have to try it again a few more times to see if I get used to it.

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Who’s Got The Moxie?
Etsy, Eyeshadow, Hot Lips - Comments Off - January 29th, 2011

I did a fun look for work today, it being a Friday and all. I decided to have fun with Moxie, an AWESOME hot pink color from Vicious Cosmetics. It’s a beast to photograph just how AWESOME it is, so you’ll have to take my word for it.

Moxie has a cool blue sparkle to it, not unlike the blue sparkle in one of my favorite Fyrinnae lip colors (that would be Puppy Love). I wore it with a mauvey-beige color, but I think it would be fabulous with a shell pink too.

Vicious Shadows wear really, really wear – very little fading after 10+ hours of wear over primer. I did touch up my makeup for these pictures, since it’s been more like 12 hours since I did my makeup this morning.

Eyes: Vicious Cosmetics Moxie, Aromaleigh Angel Bouquet, Fyrinnae Nijiro, Victoria’s Secret eyeliner (discontinued, it’s a purple with sparkle), Maybelline One By One Volum’Express Mascara. Cheeks: Larenim Blush in Forbidden Flush.

Lips: Fyrinnae Lip Lustre in Puppy Love.

Moxie is on my list of full-size shadows that are must haves!

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Top 6 Mascaras I Love Right Now
Best Of, Mascara - Comments Off - March 13th, 2009

MascaraSince I’ve been on something of a mascara kick lately, I thought it would be fun to do a Claire’s Favorites list for mascara. In no particular order, here are my personal picks.

Best Drugstore Mascara: Organic Wear Mascara currently holds the title. I’ve gone from liking it to really loving it!

Best Volumizing Mascara: Bourjois Yes to Volume rocks the volume.

Best Mascara for Short Lashes: Maybelline Lash Discovery, and I love the tiny brush.

Best Colored Mascara: BADGal blue & plum are my two favorite colored mascaras.

Best Mascara for Dramatic Lashes: Maybelline Lash Stiletto is perfect for long, luscious lashes for special occasions.

Best Waterproof Mascara: Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Waterproof has never smeared or run down my face, despite rain and crying jags.

So that’s my list. What are your favorites mascaras?
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Cargo PlantLove Green Goddess Palette
Eyeshadow, Makeup Fun, Reviews - Comments (3) - March 4th, 2009

Green GoddessI’ve been eyeing the Cargo PlantLove Green Goddess Palette since it came out. It is everything that I find fabulous in a makeup palette, and therefore eventually I had to have it. I’ve used it twice now since purchasing it, and I’m completely in PlantLove. (Yes, groan at the bad pun. Couldn’t help myself…lol.)

The palette contains four eyeshadows, and two blushes (although one is more of a highlighter). Unlike most other palettes, the packaging is made from sturdy cardboard, something I really appreciate. I hate tossing out all-plastic palettes when they are empty. The colors are soft, two shades of brown, a sage-y green, and a pink color. The blushes are a matte dark rose color and a golden, shimmery pink.

March 3 EyeThe eyeshadows are shimmery, but only the pink has any glitter to it. The pigmentation is really good so you get a lot of color. The inside of the lid has instructions for creating an easy eye look with the colors – use Beech on the lid, Bamboo in the crease, Lily on the brow bone, and Thyme on the lower lash line and inner corner of the eye. It looks very pretty and nice for spring! Clickie the piccie for a closer look. I’m using Stila Smudgepot in Broze for liner on the upper lash line, and Maybelline Lash Stiletto mascara.

March 3 ClaireThe blushes complete the look. I especially like the Rose blush, it’s very flattering. The Peony shade makes a pretty highlighter, or could be used with a touch of bronzer for a more summery glow. In the photo I’m wearing Tarte ReCreate foundation, and nothing on my lips (I always forget when I take this pictures!). Also, geez I need to do something with my hair.

Overall, this was a great purchase. It would be fun to experiment with using the colors in other combinations for different looks or with other PlantLove shadows. I really want the shades called Ivy and Peacock, which could be fun to add to this palette. Two enthusiastic thumbs up for the Green Goddess Collection!

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Review: Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara
Mascara, Reviews - Comments Off - March 3rd, 2009

Lash StilettoI’ve been reading about Maybelline Lash Stiletto online and have been pretty curious to try it. After giving it a whirl for a few days, I’m a little surprised at all the negative ratings at TotalBeauty.com. I think there’s a good explanation why I like it so much, so here’s my take on it.

First of all, here’s what it takes to make a great mascara, for me. I want long lashes, with separation (they shouldn’t stick together), and no clumping. The mascara needs to wear all day, without smudging under my eyes or flaking. So far, out of the 15 to 20 mascaras I’ve tried, only a few meet my criteria. I’m willing to take an extra few seconds with a lash comb if necessary, but one or two pokes with a lash comb is my limit.

Stiletto BrushLash Stiletto has a longish, somewhat skinny brush. The formula isn’t too thick or thin, so I don’t have a problem with clumps or my lashes sticking together. It could be a little thicker, but I still find it acceptable. It is a lengthening mascara, but doesn’t contain any annoying fibers (hate those!). I think it mostly lengthens by emphasizing definition by coating each individual lash. I do nudge things a little with a lash comb to get this effect. I also curl my lashes, which I think makes a big difference in how mascaras go on. It does have some scent, but it’s about the same as the rose-y scent in Bourjois formulas.

I suspect the negative reviews are mostly due to the fact that you have to use a little care in applying it, and might have to nudge things with a lash comb for the best effect. I probably wouldn’t like it as much if I didn’t curl my lashes. I’m happy enough with the wear – no smudging or flaking for me. I think this is something of a high maintenance product – it’s not something that you can just slap on and be happy with. It would be most appropriate for special occasions, anytime when you want a little more drama.

Maybelline Lash Stiletto meets my requirements for an acceptable mascara. If I didn’t already have so many favorites, including two other Maybelline formulas, I’d re-purchase.

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Tag! What I’m Using (Today)
About Claire, Random Stuff - Comments Off - March 2nd, 2009

Bottles On A ShelfI have a pile of stuff to write about (MAC Hello Kitty, Maybelline Lash Stylist, Cargo PlantLove, Bare Escentuals stuff…) but we did inventory at work today and I’m beat. So I’m taking another break (yesterday’s post was pretty lazy too!) and following the lead of Oh…pretty!, which is a blog I like to read. Because I use and have SO MUCH product, this is going to be what I used today. I tag everyone who reads and wants to do this, like Oh…Pretty! did. If you put a link to your list in the comments, I’ll read yours too!

* Shampoo: Aveda Shampure
* Conditioner: Nature’s Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Hair Defense Conditioner
* Styling products: Living Proof No Frizz for Thick Hair, TRESemme hairspray
* Shower Gel: Suave Exhale Lively Juicy Tangerine Body Wash
* Body moisturizer: L’Occitane 15% Shea Butter Body Lotion
* Deodorant: L’Occitane Purifying Deodorant
* Fake Tan: none
* Cleanser: 40 Carrots Carrot + Creme Cleanser
* Moisturizer: Cosmetic Surgeon In A Jar Firming & Tightening Cream
* Eye makeup remover: none
* Exfoliator: Cosmetic Surgeon In A Jar Ultimate Skin Exfoliator
* Primer: none
* Foundation: Stila Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer
* Foundation brush: none today, but usually EcoTools
* Concealer: Benefit Erase Paste
* Powder: Clarins Lose Powder
* Blusher: The Body Shop Roseflower Blush in Pink
* Bronzer: none today
* Highlighter: Guerlain Meteorites
* Eyeshadow base: Urban Decay Primer Potion
* Eyeshadows: MAC Hello Kitty Lucky Tom
* Eyeliner: MAC Hello Kitty Lucky Tom (purple color used as liner)
* Eyelash curler: Tarte Picture Perfect Lash Curler
* Eyelash base: none
* Mascara: Maybelline Lash Stiletto
* Lipstick: none today
* Lipgloss: L’Occitane Honey & Lemon gloss
* Nail Colour: Citra Formaldehyde Free Healthy Nails
* Perfume: Fresh Patchouli Pure

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2007: Buh-Bye
About Claire, Best Of, Hot Lips, Mascara, Perfume - Comments Off - December 31st, 2007

New year2007 seems to have gone by so quickly, that I hardly seem to have made any favorites at all. In fact, 2007 could be the year of dabbling – I tried this and that but didn’t really fall in love, like I did last year with Primer Potion, for example. But my dabbling notwithstanding, I can still think of some bright spots amidst the flood.

Bourjois’ Yes To Volume mascara reigns as my favorite mascara this year.  It rocks! It separates lashes like nobody’s business and gives me movie star lashes. It’s desert island-worthy. Bad Gal Blue from Benefit runs a very close second – it also gives very nice separation and volume. Its fatal flaw (from being desert island-worthy) is that I sometimes smudge things up with the big brush if I’m in a hurry.

My favorite “help me, I didn’t get enough sleep and look like death” product: Guerlain Meteorites.  The one I have was a limited edition, but I imagine any of them will do the trick. It’s a subtle brightening effect that gives you a glow without being overly sparkly. The iris scent is nice too.

Blush… since I’ve gotten really lazy about makeup for work, I find that foundation, blush and mascara are the things I’m wearing every day. The blush colors that have risen to the top: Nars (naturally, since Nars blushes RULE) in Madly and Oasis, Bobbi Brown in Rose and Blushed, and Cargo in Sunset Beach BeachBlush and Gold Coast SuedeBlush. Honorable mentions to Becca Creme Blush in Lotus and Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush in Whipped Strawberries.

My lip gloss addiction hasn’t faded. I’m reaching mostly for my mark. glosses from a holiday set, which I’m pretty sure are these colors in the regular lineup. The almond one is my favorite, and the one I’ll buy when my mini size is gone. Honorable mention goes to Lancome Juicy Tubes.

Naming a favorite perfume is darned near impossible, since this was an area of serious dabbling. If you were going to twist my arm, though, I’d say that KenzoAmour and L de Lolita are the two I love the most, from the 2007 purchasing year.

In skincare, my favorite product is still the ShiKai Borage Therapy eye cream. It rules.

In bath and body… no single product rules. I got seriously addicted to lotion this year, so I guess lotion is my product of the year, any brand. Lush gets my nod as a company I really started exploring this year.

There are already products I want to try, but a Oooh it’s a New Year post will have to wait. It’s bedtime.

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Cream Blush
Makeup Fun - Comments Off - June 17th, 2007

Shiseido BlushMy three favorites: Shiseido Accentuating Color Stick, Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush, and Lancome Magique Blush.

The Shiseido stick has the most amazing texture. It’s super creamy without being greasy, and wears really well. I think it’s my favorite.

At first, the Lancome seems like a much more expensive version of the Maybelline product. But I love the color (Cinnamon Glaze) and it seems to have better staying power than the Maybelline. The Maybelline color is “Whipped Strawberries” and it is my favorite shade of delicate pink on the skin. Not too crazy pink at all.

So what’s the deal with cream blushes? I like them because they look a lot more natural on the skin than a powder for those days when I want a really subtle look. I also like how they wear in the summer – powders can get weird when I sweat a lot, whereas the creams stay put and don’t seem to look too fake and obvious.

Cream blushes are my choice for summer blush.

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