Thursday, January 3, 2013

I'm Alive--Just Not Here!

Happy New Year!!

Even though nobody cares this blog is pretty much dead and done :D

I may be opening a personal blog in the near future, but I've always been so bad about diaries and blogs and daily upkeep with things that require effort. Heh.

My last post here was in April! APRIL! It was Sephora's Pantone collection thing.

Guess what I did with the box in the picture? Well I took all the products out and put them away. Then last night while I was cleaning out my closet, I ripped out all the foam padding so now it's just an ugly cardboard bottom.

I was thinking of placing a magnetic sheet to cover up the ugly and place my Rock & Republic eyeshadows in there (depotted of course). Those poor babies never get used. By never I mean I *may* have used one eyeshadow once in the last 2 years I've had them.

Which brings me to my next point. I still like makeup a lot! I read everyday and keep up with new product launches, but I rarely use or wear any of it. I've given away 75% of my stash to family and friends (who love them!). I haven't really bought anything new in months.

Welp...I'll still keep the site open because I've always liked to refer back to certain blogs for their swatches even when the blogger is long gone. If you want to reach me, I'm on Twitter as @joysmackme. TALK TO YOU LAAAAAATERRRR.

love & blessings,

Friday, April 6, 2012

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Collector's Edition Photos and Swatches

I'm a terrible blogger. I haven't blogged in months. I sort of...lost interest to be honest! I couldn't take good photos, frustrated myself, and just never tried again. I'm such a quitter sometimes! The Sephora + Pantone Universe collection is quite interesting to me, so I wanted to at least post randomly about it.

After playing around with this set for a couple days, I don't regret spending $68.00 on all the items. However, I wouldn't buy these products individually (except for the blush duo!) With the exception of the eyeshadow quad, the products are great but definitely not worth the price point they've been positioned. Per ounce, most of the products are more expensive than say MAC for a Sephora house brand which I'm not too comfortable with. If you see something you just *have* to have, go ahead and indulge! But take your purchase with a grain of salt.

By the way, is it just me or does it seem like this is the only year the beauty industry has vocally cared about Pantone's color of the year? Is it because orange can be used on all eyes, cheeks, and lips? I don't understand! Why weren't there collaborations and fusses before? Maybe I'm just losing my mind :P Oh and beware, this post is very photo-heavy.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Manicure: Lincoln Park After Dark + Essie Shine of the Times

This is my first holographic flakie polish! I applied Essie Shine of the Times on top of my only OPI polish, Lincoln Park After Dark. The latter has a disappointing formula. These photos were taken the day after I did my nails. Already there's noticeable tip wear? Boo!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone ColorIcon Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone ColorIcon Eyeshadow Palette

Wet n Wild Comfort Zone ColorIcon Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99, 8 x 0.0375 oz., is an 8-pan eyeshadow palette featuring 4 neutral shades and 4 green-tone shades. The palette is a cheap square plastic case with a clear lid to easily view the shades; there is no mirror.

Wet n Wild shades are unnamed, so I'll just describe each shade by its color--

Beige is a warm yellowed creamy beige with a frost finish. It has a soft, smooth, dense texture and great pigmentation. I think it's a bit too reflective as a brow bone highlight, so I like to pair it with a matte beige to tone down the frost.

Copper is a warm pinky copper with a metallic-frost finish. It is incredibly soft, smooth, and dense in texture with excellent pigmentation. It's a rather complex shade for a drugstore eyeshadow!

Brown is a warm medium bronze-brown with a satin finish. It has a soft, smooth, dense texture with great pigmentation. Paired with the copper, it makes for a fantastic natural smokey eye!

Burgundy is a warm blackened reddish burgundy brown with gold shimmer and a satin finish. It has a dry, hard, thin texture with low pigmentation. It comes across more black in application. Wet n Wild has similar shades like this in other palettes--all of which are particularly poor.

Look: Green to Teal to Blue Eyes and Peach Lips

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bobbi Brown Nectar Shimmerbrick Review and Swatches

Bobbi Brown Nectar Shimmerbrick

Bobbi Brown Nectar Shimmerbrick ($39.00, 0.40 oz., Sephora) is a warm highlighter/blush featuring 5 strips of varying coral, pink, and gold shades. Shimmerbricks are typically packaged in square plastic compacts with an included mirror. I did a few looks using Nectar here, here, and here.

The strips can be used individually as eyeshadows, but you'll have to use it over a base or primer and layer for opaque payoff. It has a thinner, harder texture but is still quite smooth. A single pass of a brush is enough to highlight cheeks, but a few more layers is necessary to build up as a blush. I find this particular Shimmerbrick shade to be really modern, beautiful, and flattering.

I love that it comes with so much product, because I can't see myself finishing this anytime soon. They're about the same as Benefit's older boxed powders. It wears well on me over foundation and tends to wear off quicker on bare skin. The packaging holds fingerprints very easily, but it's not that big of a problem to me. Nectar is my favorite Shimmerbrick to date because I love pinky corals, and this one isn't as frosty.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My 2011 Makeup Favorites

Since the beauty industry is booming, 2011 had a great run of amazing products! The items pictured here are my absolute favorites for the entire year--products I've reached for often and have bought back-ups of. Even though more and more awesome products are being released as the years come, I think most of these products will remain in my stash forever!

L'Oreal Lively, Cheeky HiP Concentrated Shadow Duo Review and Swatches

L'Oreal Lively, Cheeky HiP Concentrated Shadow Duos

L'Oreal Lively, Cheeky HiP Concentrated Shadow Duos ($5.49 - $8.49, 0.08 oz., Drugstore) are coordinating eyeshadow duos packaged in round plastic purple compacts. Both of these shades have harder, thinner textures but rather smooth just the same.

Lively has a neutral-cool light brownish taupe with a soft satin finish on the left. The right side has a neutral shimmery darkened forest green with a frost finish. I like this duo for an effortless everyday eye with green accents.

Cheeky has a warm reddish cranberry pink with a frost finish on the left. The right side has a warm plummy purple with a frost finish. If I don't use this correctly, my eyes can appear a bit bruised! But separately, I absolutely love these shades.

I suppose for a drugstore product, L'Oreal HiP duos are nicely pigmented, but I wouldn't go as far as describing them to have "high intensity pigments." I have found L'Oreal HiP duos to have varying payoff and application success. The matte shades are rather chalky; metallic shades are pigmented and smooth; crystal shades are thinner and sheerer; and frost finish shades are about average. I would suggest only grabbing duos that you find you'll use often as these aren't of must-have quality.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Manicure: 2011 New Year Nails

This is what I wore for New Years Eve and a few days later. I went to no parties or get-togethers. I sat at home with my dog and watched Bones. LOL. Anyways...I'm not too crazy about this manicure. I think the two glitters should have been switched. Wet n Wild Party of Five Glitters is SO disappointing. That is THREE coats of PoFG on the pink nails!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

NYX Hot Pink, Sahara, Golden Dune, Sunset Ray Single Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

NYX Sahara, Golden Dune, Sunset Ray, Hot Pink Single Eyeshadows

NYX Single Eyeshadows (~$5.00, 0.09 oz., Cherry Culture, NYX) are really affordable single eyeshadows in part of an extensive range of shades and finishes. They all come in a square black plastic compact with a clear lid and snap closure. This post includes Sahara, Golden Dune, Sunset Ray, and Hot Pink.

Sahara is a yellowy beige with a frost finish. It has a soft, smooth, dense texture with great pigmentation. I find it a bit too frosty as a brow highlight, but when toned down with a matte beige, Sahara serves as a beautiful highlight shade.

Golden Dune is a golden bronze with multi-chromatic shimmer and a metallic finish. It reminds me of a lighter Urban Decay Smog. It has a soft, dense, slightly crumbly texture with excellent pigmentation.

Sunset Ray is a neutral-cool carrot orange with a shimmer finish. It has a slightly dry, yet smooth and dense texture with good, build-able pigmentation. I found that it applies slightly unevenly. I prefer more yellowed oranges, so Sunset Ray doesn't see much love from me.

Hot Pink (matte) is a borderline neon deep pink with a mostly matte finish but detectable shimmers throughout. It has a dry, stiff texture with good, build-able pigmentation. The unfavorable formula leads to uneven application. It kind of reminds me of NARS Desire blush!

These are the only single NYX eyeshadows I own, but from these four I have to say that I like them. I find that I don't reach for them as often because I have yet to depot them into a custom palette. There are so many shades to choose from, so the collecting process can seem daunting (like MAC and MUFE shadows can be). I love how affordable they are for such a generous amount of product!