Friday, October 17, 2014

Urban Decay Vice 3 Tutorial #2

Hey everyone!  So, this blog post is a bit later than I wanted it to be.  It was a crazy week for me!  Anyway...Today I'm doing another Vice Palette tutorial, focusing mainly on the second column of colors.  

I like the way this look turned out, and I hope you like ti, too!  

Let's get started!  

As always, I'm starting off with an eyeshadow primer, and smoothing it all over my eyelid.  I'm using Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer Potion. 

I'm using my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk as a white base, so the color will really stand out. I'm smoothing it out with my finger up toward my browbone. 

The first color I'm using is Undone.  This will be my transition color, and will help everything to blend nicely.  I'm using a fluffy crease brush to put this color into my crease and sweeping it up toward my browbone. 

Next, I'm using the flat side of the brush that came with the palette, and taking Dragon, I'm pressing this onto the inner two-thirds of my eyelid. 

Using the same brush, I'm taking Freeze, and packing it onto the outer third of my eyelid, and blending it into Dragon. 

I'm now going to use the fluffy side of the same brush, and use the color Brokedown, and blend that into my crease. 

I'm taking a dark blue eyeliner (Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Ink) and lining my upper and lower lash lines, as well as my water line. 

I'm going to use Heroine with a very small smudge brush, and put it right on top of the eyeliner to set it in place. 

I'm taking the color Truth with a large eyeshadow brush, and using it to highlight my browbone. 

To highlight the inner corner of my eye, I'm taking the color Last Sin,  with a small brush, and pressing it into my inner corner. 

Finally, I'm curling my lashes, using my Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara.

And here is the finished look! 

I really hope y'all liked this tutorial.  Let me know in the comments.  

Until next time! 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Review: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

Hey everyone!  I've got a quick review for you today over the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish. Advertised at "the only true 2-step gel manicure," this gel polish uses no ultraviolet or L.E.D. lamps. If you're the kind of girl that goes to a nail salon to get the gel manicures, you can end up spending A LOT of money!  I know, because I used to go every 2 weeks to get mine done.  

I LOVE this polish.  It gives you a salon quality look, without spending a ton of cash.  I'll give you a quick step-by-step that shows you how to apply it. 

Let's get started! 

I'm using the color Game of Chromes. It is a very metallic gold color.  

The first thing I want to say about this polish, is I really like the brush.  It's a wide, flat brush, and for me this makes application really easy, and I seem to have very little (if any at all) clean up to do around my cuticles or the edges of my nails.  

You want to start off with clean nails.  DO NOT use a base coat.  It isn't needed.  

Apply one coat...

...and then a second coat. 

Lastly, apply ONE coat of the top coat. 

This is the next day after application.  They still look great!  With regular nail polish, I've already got a few chips or lifting going on.  

And this is after ONE WEEK!  They still look amazing!  No lifting. No chipping.  Per the Sally Hansen website, it is supposed to last up to 14 days, but I've never left it alone that long.  I tend to get bored with the color about every week or so.  

There are over 45 beautiful colors to choose from, and they retail for $9.99 per bottle.  It also dries INSANELY fast!  In my experience, within about 10 minutes I can resume normal hand activity without having to worry about smudging.  

It also is easy to remove.  Just use regular nail polish remover.  No soaking your nails in harsh chemicals.  This means that there is NO damage to your nails or cuticles. 

This truly is the best nail polish I've ever used.  I've honestly never been able to justify spending almost $10.00 for nail polish, BUT...this is actually saving me money in the long run.  

I would definitely recommend this polish to anyone who goes to the nail salon on a regular basis.  I feel like it has maintained a professional look for the week that I've had it on.  You can purchase theses polishes at Ulta, Walgreens, or CVS.  

I hope y'all enjoyed this review.  Let me know in the comments!  

Until next time!  

Friday, October 10, 2014

Urban Decay Vice 3 Tutorial #1

Hey everyone!  It's tutorial time!  I am so excited to play with this palette, and show you just some of the things that are possible with it!

Today's tutorial is going to concentrate mostly on the first column of colors.

Let's get started!

As always, I'm starting off with Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer.

Smooth it all over the eyelid and up to the brow bone.

I'm taking NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cottage Cheese.  This is a very sheer, shimmery color that I'm using so the eyeshadow colors have something to grab on to.

I'm putting this all over my eyelid.

Using my finger, I'm smoothing it out and up toward my brow bone.

Then I'm taking the color Undone with an angled fluffy brush (Crease brush from Ecotools).

I'm putting this into my crease and sweeping it to just below my brow bone.  This is my transition color, so everything will blend nicely.

Next, I'm taking Downfall with the flat end of the brush that is included with this palette.

This color is going all over my eyelid.

Then I'm taking DTF with the fluffy end of the brush that is included.

This is going in my crease, concentrating on the outer corner.

Next, I'm taking Truth with a small flat brush (Shade brush from Ecotools).

I'm using this color at my highlight, and putting it right under my brow bone, and in the inner corner of my eye.

I want to add a pop of color to this look, so I'm using the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliner in Deep End, and putting this on my upper and lower lash line.

I'm taking the color Revolver with a small angled brush (from Mary Kay).

I'm putting this right on top of the Deep End eyeliner to set it.

Taking the same color and brush, I'm tight lining my upper eyelid.  This is totally optional, and it feels weird if you're not used to it.  I'm doing this so my lashes look a little fuller, and to cover the "white space" between the blue eyeliner and the mascara that I will be applying later.

Next, I'm using the color Freeze with the same brush I used in the previous step.

I'm sweeping this right on top of the eyeliner to set it.

The last color I'm using is Bobby Dazzle with a small pencil brush (Smudge brush from Ecotools).

This is going in the inner corner of my lower lash line, and I'm blending it into the blue.

Curling my lashes....

...and add mascara. I'm using Big Fatty from Urban Decay.

And here is the finished look!  I think this is a great day look, but if you want to add a little sparkle...

...use the NYX Roll On Shimmer in Nude.

Roll it directly on your eyelid, and smooth it out a little with your finger.

And you have a beautiful, shimmery (yet subtle) look.

For color descriptions, and more information on the Vice 3 Palette, see my previous blog.

I hope y'all enjoyed this tutorial.  Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!