Thursday, September 22, 2011

My First FOTD!! My Everyday Natural Look

YAY! So, now that I finally know what FOTD stands for I will do one for you! Thanks for everybody's support and thanks to all my new followers and welcome back to all my old ones :)

Trader Joe's Enrich Face Moisturizer
ELF Tinted Moisturizer
NYC Translucent Loose Face Powder
ELF Warm Bronzer (Lightly all over)
NYX Cinnamon Blush

Alamay Dial-Up Mascara

WnW Lipstick in 516C - A shimmery Peach color
Paladio Herbal Tinted Lipbalm in Orange

This literally took me like 5 minutes :) I think this look is really pretty and simple and I wear it a lot. The Elf tinted moisturizer isn't enough coverage to cover up any blemishes but it evened out my skin.  The camera did not pick it up but you can still see my freckles and my dark circles are diminished because I got sleep. Luckily I don't have any pimples so, concealer was not necessary :) I love how the cinnamon blush warms up my skin tone :)
Click for my review on the NYX Cinnamon Blush.
Click for my review on the ELF Tinted Moisturizer.
Tell me what you think :)


Quick Cheek art : Cute Shooting Star

I was in the painting mood this morning :) Enjoy!


First Draw a star :)

Fill in your star :)

Outline your star in a different color :)

Start creating the path of your star with a line :)

add a second line. Notice where the lines start and meet :)

Put a line in the middle of the points :)

make more liness!

Glitter :) 

For glitter I used a loose eye shadow pigment :)


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

NYX Blush in Cinnamon: Review!!

OK, so I was trying to get my hands on this for the longest only to find out it was right at my local beauty supply store. Wow. Anyway, I LOVE this blush, it works incredibly well with my yellow based skin.
NYX Cinnamon Blush

NYC Cinnamon Blush

I have always had problems with straight up pink blushes, they never looked good on me, they just don't compliment my skin...

NYX cosmetics: Is cruelty free but I am not sure if that means they don't test on animals.

Not very sturdy at all. Its a plastic black case with a see through window. The pressure you put on the window to open and close the container causes the window to pop inwards. I have mine taped because I can't find any superglue, but if this ever happens to you I think glue is the better option.
Popped out lid :(

NYX blushes are larger than the eye shadows. If you chose to depot this blush I don't think it would fit in a Mac blush palate, though the mosaic blushes will fit.


4.2/5 on Makeup Alley

NET.WT 0.18OZ (5.2g)

I bought this for 5.99USD at my local Beauty Supply Store.

Description from NYX website: Our pressed powder blush delivers sheer, silky color that glides on, blends beautifully and creates a natural glow. The formula is richly-pigmented and lasts for hours. Available in 25 shades.

Ingredients:INGREDIENTS: Mica, Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Nylon-12, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Oxide, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), D&C Red 6 (CI15850), D&C Red 7 (CI15850), D&C Red 27 (CI45410), D&C Red 30 (CI73360), FD&C Yellow 5 (CI19140), FD&C Yellow 6 (CI15985), Iron Oxide Yellow (CI77492), Iron Oxide Red (CI77491), Iron Oxide Black (CI77499), Manganese Violet (CI77742), Ultramarines (CI77288)

My Thoughts:
Sheer is correct. When NYX says sheer they aren't lying, I think this blush is very natural looking, however if you wanted a stronger color, this is very very buildable.

I have no problem blending this on my cheeks. I either use my Eco Tools powder brush or my E.L.F. flat top powder brush depending on how much color I want. Even though this is a 'powder blush' I don't think this is extremely powdery. I think its pressed in well.

This isn't the best swatch ever but...just to give you an idea of what it does
on my skin ;)

NYC Cinnamon
This color is completely matte. There is no shimmer in this whatsoever. I  think it would compliment alot of skin tones as well. Very fair skin tones, asian skin tones middle brown skin tones and dark skin tones could pull this off.

I wear this color everyday these days, I will try to do a FOTD, since I just recently understood what that stood for...pathetic, right?


Love, Rachel <3

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Review: L.A. Colors Loose Eyeshadows!!

Gee, I'm just really into the video thing lately! I did another review on ANOTHER product from L.A. Colors, lol :) I think I have more L.A. Colors stuff that anything else, but I'm branching out now that I'm getting more experienced!!

Company: Product Description:
A gorgeous collection of FUN, SHIMMERING, METALLIC shades with brush applicator that adds sparkle to your eyes. Made with ultra fine powders for long lasting, radiant color. Applies on smoothly with INTENSE color!

My Take:
Well, first off all you are going to have to depot these immediately because of the incredibly dumb packaging. You can barely get a shimmer worth of product out without depotting. These do apply pretty smoothly but with any shimmery loose eyeshadow or pigment you will get A TON of fall out and once that shimmer is on your face it seems to stick no matter how much you wash your face (and there goes your freshly done makeup...) I use my NYC translucent powder to catch the fallout.
One last thing, these are best used foiled.

Thanks for all the support!

Love, Rachel

June Beauty Favorites!!

Yay! So this is my first time doing any kind of favorites post so I decided to do it in a video!! Hope you enjoy! Click to enter my GIVEAWAY!

 Love, Rachel

Video: Elf Complexion Perfection

Hey! Video review this time!

Other Info:
* this product got a 3.7 on makeupalley
* On also Target and some Meijer stores
* Also known as tone correcting powder
* Price $3


Mica, Talc, Magnesium Myristate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Nylon-12, Titanium Dioxide, Octyldodecanol, Dimethicone, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Boron Nitride.

Product Description:
Create a balanced and radiant complexion that is beautiful and healthy. The lightweight formula evens out the skin tone and absorbs excess oil. The sheer formula brightens, mattes and neutralizes the skin. The colors are meant to be blended together as the Blue neutralizes orange, the Green neutralizes red, the Pink neutralizes grey and the Yellow brightens and neutralizes red. 

Thanks SOO much to my new FOLLOWERS!!

Love, Rachel

Thursday, June 16, 2011

ELF's Professional Eye Makeup Remover Pads Review

Hey!! Hope everybody is having a good day, if you are not, contact me and I'll blow you a kiss :)

Ok, so todays review on Elf's eye makeup remover pads and I actually love these and they only cost $1!! Wooohooo!

You get 18 Pads in the container and its PERFECT for travel! I don't like to pack a lot of makeup when I am traveling and this is one of the things that comes with me! They are convenient, they smell like soap (supposed to be fragrance free) and they work extremely well. 

They have not burned my eyes at all, they remove eye makeup very well and I have even used them on the rest of my face and it still removed the makeup amazingly. If you are wearing a lot on your eyes you will need one for each eye, but if its not much you could get away with one each removal.
One thing I might say is that you will go through one of these fast if you are using it everyday. Also I have had them for about 3 weeks now and they have not dried up yet in their container. I would recommend that you close the lid tightly after use!
Here are some pictures:

I found that these did not remove all of my mascara and eyeliner if I was wearing heavy eyeliner but the shadow was removed immediately. If you wear waterproof mascara you'll have to do a bit more work.

Elf Says: Forget the mess of liquid eye makeup remover and enjoy the easy to use e.l.f. Eye Makeup Remover Pads! Great for travel and for the girl on-the-go. 18 pads included.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Caprylyl Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben.

Total Rating: 4/5! Hope this was helpful!!

<3 Rachel

NYC Loose Translucent Powder Review: Video

Hey everybody!! I decided I should try to make a few more videos so that I could get used to it (im shy :) ) and so that I could get some variety :)

BTW...I hope you like my intro :)
Anyway, here we go...

Other Information:
*Great for catching eyeshadow fallout
*Great Setting powder if you don't mind a bit of a powdery look when using heavy foundations that need a bit more when it needs to be set
*Not so great for travel: Lid easily slips off, can easily spill all over your bag
*4.0/5 on Makeup Alley
Item Description:
N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder sets makeup without looking powdery or dry. Naturally oil-absorbing ingredients help control shine without clogging pores--perfect for all skin types. Delicately sheer powder provides the lightest, most velvety texture.

  • Translucent 741A

  • Loose powder

  • Sheer

  • Oil control

  • Non-comedogenic

  • <3 Rachel

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    Elf Super Glossy Lip Shine Review

    This lipgloss is yet another great Elf product. This is on their professional line which means it will cost you $1 pretty much anywhere, that my friend, is a deal in itself:)

    I gotta say, this is a pretty darn good lipgloss. I think these are very comparable to the $8 Liplicious glosses.

    What elf says: This Super Glossy formula leaves your lips with a healthy glossy glow. The delicious flavor and sweet scent will leave you licking your lips in delight! The perfect on the go tube that is mess proof for anywhere and anytime!




    On the lips Candlelight is shimmery color with not much color. It does mute  

    the strong pigmentation of my lips but is still pretty sheer. Like a peachy gold but the shimmer seems more silver. 
    Watermelon makes my lips look very pink, there is a bit of shimmer but not as much as Candlelight. The shimmer is a pinky silver. 
    They both smell and taste good too:)

    Smells good: mild fruity smell
    Tastes good: mild fruity taste
    Nice but simple packaging
    Lots of product for your dollar
    Long wearing

    None that I can think of...

    On elf this has 4.5 stars but overall I would give this 5/5 and I would totally recommend these to any person any skin tone. The only thing I would say is that if this is not the type of container you like to have your glosses in. For me, for easy peasy sake, I would rather a tube with a wand applicator but these are still amazing :)

    Paraffinum Liquidum, Polyisobutene, Silica, Mica, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

    MAY CONTAIN: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Red No.7 Lake (CI 15850), Red No.27 Lake (CI 45410), Redn No.6 Lake (CI 15850), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow No.6 Lake (CI 15985)

    Thanks for reading,

    Rachel :)

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    ELF Tone Correcting Concealer Review

    Hey again!

    Today's review is on the ELF Tone Correcting Concealer from their professional line! Everything in the ELF professional line costs $1 and this is one of the things I happen to come across at my Target.

    Elf Tone Correcting Concealer in Spice:

    *Sorry for the faded lettering. I have been using this a while :)

    The first thing I noticed when you open unscrew the cap and pull out the applicator is the smell. The smell is strong and floral. I mean VERY strong and floral. Why a concealer needs to be scented? No idea.

    As for the concealing aspect this concealer I seem to be having a love hate relationship. They should have named it tone corrector, not tone correcting CONCEALER. I would not say this is opaque enough to be a concealer, but when put it around the nose/mouth area and it does a good job of getting rid of minor discoloration and redness.

    The hate part is that I wanted this to be more concealer like. As of late I use this to cover my mild dark circles, it's not cakey, but it does not cover blemishes. When put on a blemish it really does nothing.

    One last thing I have to say is if you have dry skin this might be what your looking for. This is very 'moisturizing' if that's the word i'm looking for, though some people describe this as oily which is really up to you...

    I'm not sure that I like the ingredients. I have been hearing lately that parabens are really bad for you. It also has Mineral oil which is pore clogging (not best for blemishes and sensitive skin people)

    Aqua(Water), Paraffinium Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Octyl Palmitate, Petrolatum, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ceresin Wax, PEG-30, Dipolyhydroxystearate, Mica, Microcrystalline Wax, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Ascorbyl Palmitate , Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Iron Oxides(CI 77891 , CI 77892 , CI 77899)

    UPDATE: This is currently the concealer I use for under my eyes. I think it works great as an eye brightener. I like the more that the undertones suit my yellowy skin. I find that I get best results from using my fingers. Its also a great natural highlighting concealer for that area :) MUST be set with powder or will be gone off your face in no time.


    Hope this helps :)



    Tuesday, June 7, 2011

    More Cheek Art Designs

    Here are a few more designs i have added to my porfolio. I just volunteer face paint for small events, i think its alot of fun, let me know what you think!!

     batman symbol
     scull and cross bones

    Eco Tools eyeshader brush review

     Hey again! This is a review on a favorite eyeshadow brush of mine, the eco tools eye shaderbrush:
    I bought this for about $3.99 at the rite aid by my house a couple months ago and it has become my number one eyeshadow brush!
    This brush is perfect for loose pigments! So for all those super pigment or mineral shadow users this is for you!!

    I also think this would be good for mineral concealers because it picks up loose powder up very very well. As of late I have been using this with my elf complextion perfection powder to correct with the green on the red around my nose and the yellow to brighten my dark undereye circles.

    Earth friendly
    Good for mineral/loose eyeshadows
    Easy to wash/dries fast
    Love the packaging: could use it to keep your brush in as you travel
    Comfortable handle

    Would not use this for regular shadows-seems to absorb the color and not deposit it evenly

    Overall I would give this a 5/5 for mineral eyeshadow use.

    Thanks for reading :)

    Love, Rachel

    Elf Hypershine lipgloss

    Bought this at my target, and I definitely like it! This along with my elf liquid lipstick in brownie points sits in my backpack because they are my favorite to carry around :)

    The color I have in this is fairy and it's a very light pink color with a light color:
    Fairy( i dont know why the tip looks brown) :


    Now, obviously you get more product than you see because I have been using this like crazy.

    Nice smell
    Nice taste
    Awesome packaging: cute brush thing
    I love that you can click up the product by twisting the bottom and control the amount of product that comes out each time
    Not readily available (only at target or online)
    Not long wearing

    Cost: $1 @ Target or

    Paraffinium Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Polyisobutene, Silica, Fragrance(Aroma), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), BHT, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Red No.6 Lake (CI 15850), Red No.7 Lake (CI 15850), Red No.28 Lake (CI 45410), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow No.6 Lake (CI 15985)

    Overall, yes, I would buy this again! 4.5/5 because of the short wear. 
    This is one of those products that pretty much  stays with me though :)


    Saturday, May 7, 2011

    DIY Nail Polish out of Pigments???

    Hey! So, yesterday I was experimenting with making my own nail polish with a pigment I had and this is how It came out.

    Its really easy to do, just take a random clear polish and a favorite or not favorite pigment that you want to use up and mix em!

    So....this is the pigment I used and how it came out :)

    Hope you love ;) Thanks to my new family members (followers) <3


    Saturday, March 26, 2011

    Mac Fix + Review

    Yay! Ok, so the day I got my new glasses my dad and I were at the mall and of course we were passing by a Mac counter and I HAD to stop. I had never bought Mac products before and I just so happen to have some money on me, so.....

    I guess I should say that this is my first Mac product ever. I am hoping to try one of their eyeshadows but UDPP is next on my list so I have to wait.

    Anywho, to the REVIEW!!

    Just because I am so excited about this let me just say, I LOVE THIS PRODUCT! I feel like there are a THOUSAND USES for this and I really feel like it was worth my money :)


     The packaging can basically be described as awesome :) Not cheap AT ALL. It feels strong and durable and looks cool and awesome and stuff.

    ALSO: Its a pump spray, and you can twist it to lock it.

    I know I'm not going to in depth with the packaging part of this product but I just cant think of any thing bad to say.


    Ok, so its obviously a liquid product, for about $21 including tax you get 100 ML or 3.4 US FL OZ. It has a 24 month shelf life...which really does not matter because you will use it up in like a few months.

    One thing about it is the smell, it smells very floral and its so beautiful and addicting and AHHHHH feeling. Its smells so frickin good.

    I have been using this for about a month or so now and I have only used a tiny bit and i use it almost everyday!!


    Ok, this is my favorite part. This is in no particular order :)

    1. Aftershave: no not your face ladies, your LEGS. It makes your legs feel so soft and smooth and not dry :)) Though if you keep it up you will run out fast and also, lotion does the same thing :)

    2. Skin Refresher: This is one of the uses it says on the bottle, Its true, it does in fact refresh your skin and it makes you look all dewy as if you like just washed your face and its all clean :)

    3. Finishing Mist: Another use mentioned on the bottle. The lady at the Mac counter said that you cound use this before applying your makeup or after, or both. IDK if 'finishing' means 'setting' though. Like, I don't know if this is supposed to set your makeup but I have been using it on top of my powder and my makeup does stay all day, and it used to mysteriously disappear over the course of the school day.

    4. MYSTERIOUSLY SMOOTH for powder users: If you use a mineral foundation, blush, concealer or just anything in general that is in powder form you probably notice that when you are finnished there is kind of a powdery look to your face. What I do, is I either spray this directly onto my face or I take a brush and I distribute it across my face both over and under my powder and I swear my skin looks like there is nothing on it, still with the benefits of the makeup.

    5. Mixing Medium: When I was at the Mac counter I asked the lady if this would make my eyeshadows more vibrant. She said yes but I didn't need to use this good stuff, as she put it, for something like that, she said I could just use water but I still use it to make shadows more vibrant but also to make my foundation stick creamier and lighter to apply under my eyes and for blemishes.

    ALSO if you have a loose pigment that you would like to foil, that comes in handy as well :)

    6. Reviver: Im not really much into mascara but I do have some mascara that dried out about a week after I opened it and its the only mascara that I really like so i tried reviving it with my Fix + and it did work quite well. I have also heard of people using this to revive other things such as their paint pot.

    7. Blending Cream foundations: spray this on your brush while applying foundation for a more flawless look!

    And Im sure there are others BUT these are the only ones I have used it for.

    Awesome. So, thats my review, if I totally left something out just lemme know and I will add it. I am in the process of making my own homemade fix + to compare it to the actual one.

    UPDATE: I have finished this product and I have determined that the homemade one you make with glycerin and water is almost the same. It does the same thing anyway. The one thing that I can only get from the MAC version is the SMELL. I am addicted to the smell.

    Thanks for reading :)) Please Follow :)