6.23.2015

MAC Le Disko Collection: Dazzleshadows



This post makes me feel very nostalgic... like my old college self when MAC collections would first come out. At least now I'm a little more reasonable and don't go all out crazy, right?

When I heard about the Dazzleshadows, I knew I needed to get my hands on a few. I just cannot stay away from anything sparkly!! Everything else from the Le Disko collection I barely glanced over. I chose Say It Isn't So (described on MAC Cosmetics' website as dark gray with pink sparkles), Last Dance (peach beige with pink sparkles) and Can't Stop Don't Stop (deep plum purple with sparkles).

My favorite out of the three is Last Dance. It is a beautiful, rose gold shade that reminds me of Mythology which is one of my all time favorite MAC shadows. Each dazzleshadow costs $20 compared to $16 for the normal eyeshadows.

Each shadow can be applied dry or wet. Dry, they give off a sparkly wash of color. They become much more opaque, super sparkly and multidimensional if you wet them. Just beware, there will more likely than not be fall out.

Are they worth it? If you like sparkles, yes. If you like a duochrome finish, double yes. None of the shadows I picked up have the duo chrome finish but there were several that did, like a purple with blue reflects that was SUPER pretty and cool (I just could not see myself every using it, see, self-control comes with age.......). If I could recommend any it would be Last Dance for any other rose gold lovers out there.

They are limited edition so if you want any of them, I would highly recommend checking them out. Let me know if you want to see tutorials with any of these!

6.20.2015

Makeup Tutorial: Silver Lining



I am slowly getting back into playing with colors and threw together this look randomly one day. I was having a bad day and at first didn't like it. But now that I'm not PMSing [let's be honest], I actually really like it. I used to be one of those people who HAD TO wear eyeliner with any look but I have started loving this no liner look, especially when I have pretty eyeshadows on. An added plus to this look is that it really made my brown eyes pop! I didn't do anything new to my lighting, no editing or anything. Anything that accentuates brown eyes is a plus for me.

Face

Eyes
MAC Rich Flesh Eyeshadow [LE]
Wet n Wild Nude Eyeliner
Maybelline Mascara

Lips

Tools
ELF Angled Brush [buy similar here]
Smashbox Tapered Blending Brush [LE - buy similar here]
NARS Ita Brush
MAC 137 Long Blending Brush
MAC 136 Flat Blush Brush [LE - buy similar here]

6.08.2015

Vlog #01



It's interesting how as you grow older, your tastes change.

I remember when I started seeing vlogs go up on YouTube back in my college days. For some reason, I really wasn't interested in watching them or filming them. Over the past year of returning to YouTube (and watching because I didn't even watch YouTube for a couple of years at the Big 4), I really find vlogs to be my favorite kind of video. I even like just vlogs of people talking about their day while they drive or are around the house.

Since I bought the Samsung NX Mini, I started to take little clips here and there, thinking I'd put it up on a vlog. This particular footage is from about a month ago. I personally enjoyed looking back at it, like a diary entry (like personal log on Star Trek #trekkie). For me, it was fun to share my thoughts and concerns. I hope you will enjoy it and get to know me a bit more. I don't wear makeup if I'm just at home working or running errands, I talk to Juicy in a baby voice, take her to appointments and complain about random things..... that's just me :)


6.03.2015

FOTD 05.19.2015














I was getting ready to film my Samsung NX Mini review and wanted to play around with makeup. I actually really liked how the makeup turned out. I recently picked up a few new products, one being the Hourglass Ambient Powder in Dim. I LOVE the finish, my skin has a lovely glow and doesn't cause any weird white cast when using in flash photography. I've only used it once but it seems to be living up to the hype. I was pleasantly surprised that the powder works as well as it does. All the hype around this powder made my expectation pretty low considering how hyped up other products I've purchased due to rave reviews ended up falling short.

For blush, I'm using MAC Melba. This is my very first MAC blush ever so it holds a special place in my heart. I gave the blush away [or sold it, don't remember] but wanted a peachy, matte blush. This is perfection.

FACE
MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC30
MAC Prolongwear Concealer in NC20
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder in #1
Hourglass Ambient Lighting in Dim

EYES
UDPP
MAC Rich Flesh [LE] - transition shade
MAC Haux - crease, outer corner & blended along lower lashline
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk - lid
MAC Cloudbound [LE] - lid
MAC Handwritten - lower lashline
MAC Ricepaper - inner highlight
MAC Brule - brow highlight
Wet N Wild Liner in Nude - lower waterline
Vincent Longo Bi-Brow Powder
Red Cherry #16 Falsies
Shiseido Mascara Base
MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash Mascara

CHEEKS
MAC Melba
Anastasia Contour Kit - Fawn [contour] & Vanilla [highlight]

LIPS
MAC Whirl Lip Liner
MAC A Rose Romance Lipstick [LE]
NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brule

Natural Lighting:



6.01.2015

Samsung NX Mini Review



I am so sorry for the late post! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you would know I have been traveling for work for 2 weeks. It was super unexpected so it threw off my posting schedule. I have been really good at posting a video/blog post each week for a while now, so was disappointed in it throwing off my schedule.... such a creature of habit!

Btw, I joined Snapchat while I was on my work trip. Still getting used to using it but it's been fun! If you want to add me, my username is stephienese.

I have been searching for a reasonably priced point and shoot camera to take on the go. My old phone was the Samsung Note 3 (upgraded a couple weeks ago to an S6 which has a pretty awesome camera in good lighting). 

I was hesitant to buy the Samsung NX Mini over a Canon point and shoot but the flip up screen was just too tempting. I was looking for a compact camera that could take high quality photos and videos. 

Pros:
- Flip out screen. [This is obviously a given.] 
- Great quality photos in most lighting situations. [In low light, make sure your hand is steady, otherwise the quality comes out a little blurry.]
- Autofocuses during video recording & you can touch screen to focus on an object.
- Connectivity to a phone with its built-in WiFi. [Can upload straight to Facebook, Dropbox or send via email but you need an actual WiFi connection for this.]
- Clear and high definition video quality.
- Touchscreen.

Cons:
- Lens does not retract into body and have to purchase lenses separately if you want a prime lens vs a zoom lens. [Zoom lens is a manual zoom, like on a DSLR]
- Microphone is located at the top of the camera & can be slightly blocked by when the flip up screen is up. [There is still space between the screen and microphone so it's no totally blocked, sound quality is still good.]
- This past weekend, I used the camera at my friend's engagement party. Did some dancing with it in my hand, not sure if that was to blame. In any case, when I went to take pictures with it afterwards, the camera wouldn't work saying "Error 00". I was devastated!!!! Mike did some research and I took the lens off and the micro SD card out but when I turned it back on afterwards, it didn't work. A couple hours later when we got home, I tried the camera again and it suddenly worked fine. Not sure what all happened with it. I'm glad it's working normally now but that was scary!

Overall, I'm super happy with this purchase. I purchased the camera with a 9mm lens from Amazon for just under $300.
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