Monday, August 25, 2014

New Layout, Upcoming School Year, and Blog Status

Hi everyone!

As you may have noticed if you visit the blog home page or from the picture, I got a new layout. I wanted a cleaner and minimal layout so I decided on this one. I'm really happy with the change and hopefully everything is working well. If there are any broken links or broken widgets, feel free to email me (by clicking the Contact Me/PR tab in the navigation bar) and I can fix them!
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I wanted to mention that I'm starting school again (year two of my three-year program! I'm 1/3 of the way to a Master's Degree!!). This Fall semester is going to be busy between working as a graduate assistant, taking two clinics, and taking two classes. I've got a lot of posts that I've been working on which I'll hopefully get up soon. After those posts run out, I don't want to say I'll be going on the h-word (h i a t u s) because every time I say it, I end up not sticking to it. So I'll say I'll get posts in when I can but I'll definitely not be sticking to a schedule. Feel free to follow me on Instagram and Twitter where I'll be more active.

If you're going to be starting school soon too, I wish you luck for the upcoming semester!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Introduction to Life's Entropy: Eyeshadow Swatches and Review

I Purchased This 

I'm so excited to be posting about this new indie company, Life's Entropy. Life's Entropy was started by fellow blogger turned entrepreneur, Jane. Her blog is/was fantastic and her company is a great evolution of her blog (which is archived here). As part of a blogger set, I tried out one full size and six samples of their eyeshadows. The eyeshadows have a wonderful duochrome/shift to them and are incredibly beautiful on the eyes. I find these to be quite pigmented but as with all loose eyeshadows, I prefer wearing them with a primer. You can also wear these over a glitter fixative like Darling Girl's Glitter Glue or Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy for the strongest duo chrome effect. I also got a few other products (including a contour stick and lip tar facsimile) which I hope to review soon!


life's entropy eyeshadows (1 of 1)

Where to Purchase: Life's Entropy

Price: $1.50 for 1/4 tsp sample, $6.00 for a full size containing 2.0 grams.
Do they test on animals?: The company does not.
Packaging: The samples come in a plastic ziploc bag and the full size eyeshadows come in a five gram jar (sifter optional) plus a paper box.

As always, the eyeshadows were swatched dry over a primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance) and the photos were taken in natural daylight.


Lifes entropy haul and swatches part 1

Astral Imprisonment: Shimmery dark green with a medium green shift. I am such a sucker for a green duochrome. This will be fantastic to use in a smokey eye.

Dismember: Cool toned pinky beige with a red shift. On me, it was difficult to see the red shift, more of the satin beige came out instead. I'd recommend a glitter fixative for this shade.

Exorcism: Medium purple with a green shift. This is a color combination that a lot of indies have already done but it doesn't mean that it's not beautiful. The base color is super pretty in combination with the green duochrome.

Lifes entropy haul and swatches part 2

Monkey Business: Shimmery medium golden brown with a strong gold shift.  The gold shift is really coming out in my photos. It's a nice eyeshadow, not my favorite but I do think it's a shade that can pull more or less brown depending on your skin tone.

Owl Always Love You: Shimmer reddish silver grey with a strong silver-gold shift. Out of all the shades I got, this has to be my favorite. In the swatch I think you see more of the gold shift but there's also a tinge of pink that I see. This looks fantastic over a glitter adhesive.

Shadow Walk: Shimmery reddish dark brown with gold shift and sparkle. In addition to the gold, I also see pink and green shimmers to the eyeshadow.  It may seem like a typical dark brown but it's not due to the intense amount of sparkle to it.

Turtle-ly Wicked: Semi-shimmery medium olive green with a strong gold shift. In all honesty, I got this eyeshadow because I have a tortoise.  It is a really beautiful deep mossy green with a gold shift. The base green is a little satin/matte and the gold adds nice depth to the eyeshadow.

Formula: 


The eyeshadows have carnauba wax added to them which helps make it less powdery and easier to apply onto the lid. I found them all to be fairly pigmented without primer and the duochrome effect still shows through. If you'd like to get a stronger duochrome look, you can apply the eyeshadow over a glitter fixative.


Conclusion:


I'm pretty pleased with my eyeshadows from the brand. I like the duochrome nature of the eyeshadows plus it seems like they have a nice range of neutrals with some bright colors. They do offer samples so it can be very economical to try the brand out. Turtle-ly Wicked, Shadow Walk, and Owl Always Love You were my three favorites from the set.


Are there any colors from this set or from the brand that catches your eye?

Disclaimer: I purchased these eyeshadows myself with a blogger discount. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Question of the Week #10: Liquid, Gel, or Pencil Eyeliner?

This week's Question of the Week is all about eyeliner! Which eyeliner type do you prefer: liquid, gel, or pencil? 

question of the week 10
Photos courtesy of Sephora.com

Although all three types have their merits, my hooded eyelids prefer liquid eyeliners. Gel and pencil eyeliners are usually wax-based which sadly can transfer onto my eyelid unless I'm careful and use eyeshadow primer and eyeshadow. Liquid eyeliners on the other hand are fab and can last throughout the whole day for me with minimal fussing.

How about you? Which type of eyeliner do you prefer?

Friday, August 8, 2014

July 2014 Beauty Favorites

I Purchased This Affiliate/Referral Link

Another month has gone by and I'm that much closer to starting school again (summer has passed by so quickly!). This month's beauty favorites have been focusing on the basics, my eyebrows, skin, and my lashes with a bit in for my nails. I've been teetering away from bright colors as the summer wanes away and want to focus on getting a clean polished look. 
july 2014 favorites

Benefit Porefessional (Affiliate)

With the summer season, my oily skin has been doing a number on my pores. I've been using the Porefessional recently to act as a primer over foundation and to obscure the acne scarring and pores. If you have any enlarged pores on your skin, you definitely need to check this out. I prefer this under foundation because it somehow breaks down whatever foundation I have underneath.

Butter London The Old Bill

The Old Bill is a classic copper nail polish with a hint of bronze to it. The shade really differs depending on the lighting. Combining this with the CND Vinylux Top Coat means I can get a week's worth of wear without chipping.

NYX Eyebrow Gel in Blonde and Brunette. 

I purchased Brunette first (review here) and then decided to pick up Blonde later to mix in with Brunette. I like mixing half and half of both shades to get a lighter ashy brown. It's a bit high maintenance but I love the look and wear that the eyebrow gel gives me.

Koko Lashes in Koko

I discovered Koko Lashes from a facebook group catering to makeup artists and makeup enthusiasts. Someone mentioned that Koko Lashes were/are very similar to the lashes by House of Lashes and when I went to PHAMExpo, I encountered them at LadyMoss. I got a few different pairs but my favorite pair is the Koko style (which I swear is similar or the same style as the House of Lashes Pixie Luxe) and best thing was that these only retail for $5.99.

Paula's Choice 2% BHA Gel (referral link)


Again with the oily skin troubles. I was previously using an AHA product to deal with some post-acne pigmentation but the summer exacerbated my acne so I decided to transition over to a BHA gel. I had heard such great reviews for the Paula's Choice BHA Gel plus it's the right pH (always vital when looking for skincare) and my skin has been positively glowing. 


These were all my favorites for July, what were some products that you loved during the month?

Disclaimer: The Paula's Choice link is a referral link that gives you $10 off your order and $10 for me if you decide to use it. The Benefit link is an affiliate link that gives me commission based off your use of the link. Feel free to use a nonreferral link!
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