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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Smashbox Haul

So I was in the PX, which is an Army store that has basically everything and came across several kits for Smashbox. I am usually a MAC girl because I like simplicity and how compact everything pretty much is with MAC, however, I thought $17 "Why Not?".

 The Try It Kit comes with a small foundation Photo Finish Primer, a small Photo Finish  Lid Primer, A Limitless eyeliner in Fig, Lip Enhancing Gloss Illume, and a Hyperlash Mascara in Blackout.
Smashbox Try It Kit-$17

Life is Your Set Kit-$20

 The next thing I got was the Life Is Your Set Kit. These eyeliners are AMAZING !!!!

Limitless Eyeliner in-from top to bottom-Sapphire, Espresso, Emerald, Gold and Black

From L to R-Sapphire, Espresso, Emerald, Gold, Black and Fig
As you can see, there are faded eyeliner swatches above the new swatches. I swatched these TWO days ago and after several showers and ALOT of handwashing, they are STILL there !!! The only one that faded was Gold. I attribute this to the fact that Gold is extra creamy but because of that I'm thinking it will make a great base. These photos do not even begin to capture how beautiful these are, especially Emerald.

Smashbox Click You're It Holiday Eye Palette
These are 20 beautiful colors and for only $42, 15 eyeshadows and 5 creme eyeliners.They are close in size to the MAC eyeshadows but for about $2 each !!! Can't beat that !!! The colors are pretty good for the price too. Some are a little chalky and you may get some fall out but over all a great bargain. I will be doing a tutorial soon on some these.

Below are tutorial cards that come with the palette. They fit into a slot next to the mirror and are quite nice looks.

Stay tuned for the upcoming swatches, reviews and tutorials using these products !!

Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day !!! :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

FOTD-Very Neutral Eye

This is a very neutral eye. All products are by MAC. First I used Painterly Paint Pot as my base applying with my ring finger. I then used the new This & That mineralized eyeshadow. I applied the darker shade all over the eye w the 239, next I applied the lighter shade to the arch of my brow and the inner tearducts using the same 239 brush. Next I went in with the 239 turning it and using just the edge to apply Showstopper/Brun eyeshadow to the crease and lower lash line. I also used these colors to fill in my eyebrows w a 266. On my lips I used Oak lipliner and Blankety lipstick. On my cheeks I applied a mix of Ambering Rose and Peachykeen with a 188. I lined my eyes with Stubborn Brown eyeliner pencil. I applied a highlight to the tops of my cheeks in Shell. My foundation is Studio Sculpt in NW30. Last but not least I applied two coats mascara and Viola, It's all done.

Monday, October 24, 2011

All about brushes..what do they do, why, etc..

So this is in response to my girlfriend Tanida's interest in brushes. She was telling me that she really was not that informed on brushes and needed the low down. I have been procrastinating on doing a blog and a YouTube channel ( but since I told her I would here it is...

219, 239LE, 239, 217, 217, 226, 224, 190, 188, 187, 187, 187ES, 187 ES

The 219 is a pencil brush. It can be used to sweep color under the eyes or to do a cut crease if you wish. It is also good for applying color into the crease in a < for a more defined application.You can also use it to deposit color into the tear duct or use it to highlight the brow.

The 239 is a flat brush used for packing powder onto the lid. They work very well for this and I would hate to live without them !! The application for eyeshadow onto the lid is patting it or packing it. You do not sweep color onto the lid, as you will get fallout and not a lot of product onto the lid, which you want for longevity of the product.

The 217 is a wildly popular brush and is a domed shaped brush and used for the crease.. It is smaller than the 224 or 226 and I use it allll the time.

The  226 is a domed shaped brush used to sweep color into the crease. I use this to apply my medium range color or backdrop color. It has a broad range and is not used to define the eye. I use this to define my face as well as my nose.

The 224 is a little smaller than the 226. They can both be used to blend your color out when using a gradient color to have a seamless blend.

The 190 is a foundation brush with synthetic bristles. Synthetic is used with liquids because natural fibres will absorb alot of product. I don't really use this that much anymore because I am always using my 187's. It's a little hard to clean as well and I like to wash my brushes alot-as you can

The 188 is a tapered blush brush. I really like the way that it deposits onto the cheeks. The tapered shape is ideal for being able to sweep the blush onto the cheek and towards the hairline. Most people apply blush to the "apple" of their cheeks and this is not exactly the best way to apply blush in my opinion but that will be another post.

The 187's are duo fiber brushes. They are used in several ways. I use the long thin ones to apply my liquid foundation. This is my favorite brush to do so. The 187ES is shorter and has more bristles. I also use them to apply highlighter on my cheek bones and to apply powder to my entire face. One of these, the second one, is actually a Crown Brush and I actually prefer it to my MAC brush.

Eyes-From top to bottom-224, 226, 217, 217, 239, 239LE, 219
 Close-ups of the eye brushes.

Face Brushes-From left to right-187ES, 187ES, 187, 187, 188, 190

Close-ups of the face brushes.

I have left several brushes off of here that I use but just wanted to get the "basics" down.  You do not have to use MAC but these seem to be the most popular and what I started with. I also like Crown Brushes these are less expensive and do the job quite well especially if you do not want to shell out $19 and up per brush as is the case with MAC brushes. I also hear alot about Sigma brushes but I have yet to purchase any. I even own E.L.F brushes and Sonia Kashuk brushes which I purchased at Target and have had for several years and they are holding up quite well.

I hope this was informative and helpful in your quest to learn about brushes and the unique jobs that they do and why. Leave me a comment should you have any questions or feel that I forgot anything. 

Have a beautiful day ! :-)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hello All..

I first want to introduce myself. My name is Alison and I, like alot of you, love makeup. I am a Army wife and mother first and foremost. I will be talking about everything makeup related and I will be happy to answer any of your questions. I am self taught and I am still learning so I will be happy to hear from you in regards to any suggestions, comments, and ideas.  I have been a little slow in starting my blog and my YouTube Channel at because I am really nervous but here it goes anyways.... LOL I will be starting out with what I have in response to my girlfriend Tanida' request for information on brushes, how they are used, what the difference is, etc. We will just go from there. I already have a long list of ideas and will be doing some hauls and how-to's.

We have just been stationed at a new Army base so I am still unpacking so bear with me as I am sure to fumble through these in the beginning. I have TONS of ideas and I am excited to share them with you. I have purchased all my products and anything discussed is only MY opinion. Please be respectful when posting comments on here and I will be sure to do the same when I check your page out as well. Should you want me try out a new product or have any questions please leave me a comment and I will respond as soon as I can.

Thanks for stopping by and hope to chat with you soon. :-)