Shady Shadows

If fashion is my first love, makeup is my second. This will always be first and foremost a fashion blog, but I do also enjoy blogging about beauty-related things (read about my foray into lipstick here). I love watching beauty videos on YouTube, there are some really great channels out there. My favorites are Missglamorazzi, FleurDeForce, Pixi2woo, AllThatGlitters21, and Juicystar07. Since I’m fairly certain that my only male viewers are my dad, occasionally my grandfather, and maybe my friend Steven, I hope the rest of you enjoy this post.

For the past few months I’ve been pretty lazy/uncreative with my eyeshadow. I’ll blame it on my new-found fascination with lip products. I’m very loyal to my Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Shadow in Bad to the Bronze.

Long name, I know. But it’s great, a sweep or two gives me beautiful bronze lids that last all day. It’s low maintenance, and it’s relatively inexpensive. But the other day I was watching this video of Missglamorazzi’s and thought that the eyeshadow palette she was using was really pretty. It was Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Trio in Walking on Eggshells.

And get this, the palette is $3 for all three shadows. Three dollars. I’ve never tried any of Wet ‘n’ Wild’s products before so I had no idea what I was getting quality wise, but I figured it was worth a shot considering how pretty the colors are. I also bought a fancy eye primer from Sephora just in case the colors lasted, like, five minutes. Since you can’t swatch makeup in drugstores, I had no idea what the colors actually looked like on me. By the time I got home, I was curious that I opened it up and put some on- sans primer- before heading out to hot yoga class. I had assumed that I would simply sweat it all off in yoga, I just wanted to see the colors on my skin.

What really sold me on this product is that after an hour and a half of Sun Salutations in a crowded room heated to 90 degrees, my eyeshadow looked just as good as when I had first applied it. I had no idea that $1 eyeshadow could have such amazing staying power without a primer. In fact, when I got home from yoga class, my sister asked me what eyeshadow I was wearing and said it was pretty. Basically this palette is just so crazily amazing and cheap that I couldn’t not share it with all of you. So go forth and shadow shop!

On a completely unrelated note: you may have noticed that the blog looks different. I’m going to be playing around with some different themes until I find one that I like. I didn’t like the last one because once you scrolled to the bottom of the page, it automatically loads more posts and I want a theme that lets you click an “older posts” button so that you get multiple pages of posts. I think it’s just neater that way. But I don’t like this one because it puts my blogroll at the very bottom of the page, and I quite like my blogroll and want all of you to be able to see it. So if there’s a particular theme that I test out that you like, feel free to let me know in the comments below.


Takes Two to Tango

In case you haven’t been following, I’m interning for Racked. They got a ton of samples last week and my boss told me to take whatever I want, so I went home with a bag full of Sephora swag. They had the Sephora + Pantone Universe collab, which I was actually really interested in and wanted to try out. In case you’re a little late to the party, Tangerine Tango has been the named color of the year by the experts over at Pantone, ’cause apparently picking a color once a year is a legit job. If you were one of those kindergarteners who considered it social suicide to confuse the yellow green crayola with the green yellow crayola, you have a bright future ahead of you. And since it takes two to tango, Pantone chose beauty powerhouse Sephora for a dance partner. Good choice.

I don’t understand how anyone is supposed to wear tangerine eyeliner, but other than that the collection is pretty awesome. My favorite piece by far is the lipstick.

I am not a lip product person. I was obsessed with Lip Smackers lip gloss as a fifth grader, but that’s about it. I’m not exactly low maintenance when it comes to makeup, but lip stuff just never really did it for me. But I can never turn down free makeup, so when I got home with all my goodies, I swiped on the stuff. And oh my god, I love it.

In a department store in Paris over spring break, my mom asked me to pick out a lipstick shade for her. I chose a bright pink that looked gorgeous on her. I never really got it when people said that lipstick can brighten up your whole face until I saw it on her. That’s what happened to me in my bathroom last week. I fell in love. I never thought I would sport orange lipstick on a near-daily basis, but it’s awesomeness took me by surprise. I think it works because the bright color contrasts my dark hair. I’ve been thinking about going lighter for a while now, but I might keep it dark just to be able to wear this all summer long. It does fade fast though, especially when eating, so sooner or later I’ll have to venture into the uncharted territories of lip liner, a product that just a few weeks ago I had rendered pointless. Any suggestions? Do you go bright and bold, or keep it natural? Next outfit post, I’ll model my new love.