Grey Makeup Picks for Fall

grey2I love greys. And I think autumn is the perfect time to work this neutral into a pretty stellar makeup look. Here are some of my top picks for the season!

1.) Dandelion Lipstick by Etherealle ($9.95)

2.) Stone Fox Liquid Suede Lip Gloss by Nyx ($6.99)

3.) Hit the Town Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow or Eyeliner by E.l.f. ($3)

4.) Girl Crush Eyeshadow by ColourPop Cosmetics ($5)

5.) S & M Eyeshadow by Urban Decay ($19)

6.) Kompanion No. 9 Loose Shadow by Notoriously Morbid Cosmetics ($1.25+)

7.) Grease Lightning Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Polish ($3.99)

8.) Charcoal Megalast Retractable Eyeliner by Wet n’ Wild ($1.99)

9.) Wraith Lipstick by Fyrinnae ($10)

Ipsy Review: August 2013

The Overall: Solid! I thought I’d be most excited about the Urban Decay lipstick, but the face mask won me over.  This shipped fast (go DHL and your updated tracking page!)  It came with a mascara, which I didn’t really need, but I was pleased, in general.  As far as I can tell, the nail polish and eye shadow are both full-sized and everything else is a deluxe sample.

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Ipsy Review: December 2012

So I just realized that I should be getting a tracking number from Ipsy within a day or two, but that I never reviewed my December bag.  Sorry, folks.  The flu took precedent.  I’ll keep this (relatively) brief.

The Bag – It’s smaller in height than other bags, but it’s the first I’ve gotten that’s wide.  I really enjoy this bag!  It’s silky and I’ll call the colour Weimaraner.

Loose Pearl Shadow by NYX – I don’t have this in front of me right now, and I can’t figure out which shade it was supposed to be.  It comes with a strange brush inside that seems to just get pigment everywhere.  When I finally got reins on the product (I just poured some out and used my own brush) it was pretty standard-issue stuff.  I didn’t like the colour on me at all–it went on more neutral than it looked in the bottle (sort of army green gunmetal,) but it was still pretty overwhelming for my pale face.  For $3 for 0.06 oz, I feel like this is on-par with other brands, even though the packaging is awful.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Zero – Zzzz.  I already have this.  I’m sure people who got Woodstock the last time these were in the bags are happy. Then again, the people WHO ALREADY GOT THIS are probably shrugging.  It’s a great black eyeliner, but c’mon.  I shouldn’t need eyeliner again until sometime in 2016.

Mai Couture Highlighter Paper – I just don’t care for products like this.  I haven’t even opened it.

Mirabella Primer for Face and Eyes – This was silky and nice, and worked okay as a primer.  It’s $29 at Mirabella, which is downright ludicrous.  Suggested alternative: $6 elf Mineral-Infused Face Primer

Be a Bombshell Lipgloss in Hot Mess – I was expecting this to be like last month’s Be a Bombshell lip product, so I was surprised to find it was a gloss.  I was doubly surprised to find that it left a nice amount of colour, thought it was more pink than the tube would suggest.

The Overall – This is decent for making a vampy face, but meh.  I’m considering cutting this subscription.  I’ve been happy to get such deals on some of the products, don’t get me wrong.  I still think it’s wonderful for someone on a budget who wants to fill a close-to-empty makeup drawer.  But I have so many products that are so similar, and I’ve gotten plenty of stuff to keep my face done up.  The sneak peeks for January are okay.  The products include SPOILER ALERT an eyeshadow crease brush, argan oil for the face, Pacifica blood orange scented lotion (I love this brand,) Big Sexy hairspray (no idea how they’re getting these products to us…) and red nail polish.  I’m really only excited for the lotion, but who needs more lotion?  No one.  The hairspray will be nice if it’s a can, simply because I don’t have any at the moment.  Meh.

We shall see.

Beauty Review

A quick rundown of some things I’ve used lately (for all both of you who care.)

Wet n Wild Fast Dry Nail Color in Ebony Hates Chris $1 ish – First, let me address the name of this color.  I’m guessing it’s a reference to the show, Everybody Hates Chris?  And it’s black.  This is awkward for me.  It’s a weird trend to name nail polishes after TV shows, anyway, but this is pretty weird.

Moving on.  This polish comes with a flat brush that supposed to speed up the application.  The brush, to be frank, sucks.  It’s too stiff and ends up poking bald spots into the polish that’s already been applied when you go in for the next swipe.  The polish itself is thick and actually fast drying (another nail polish trend: “fast drying” that dries at regular speed.)  For a buck or so, it’s a nice polish.  It chipped pretty badly after a couple days of wear, but I didn’t use a topcoat or anything.  If you could sub in another brush, I think this would be a winner.  With a new name.  Seriously.

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