Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Budget-Friendly Eye Brushes from Sonia Kashuk

I purchased both of these on my own. The Synthetic Crease Shadow Brush is $9.99, and the Pointed Blending Brush is $3.99, I believe.

I don't typically splurge on brushes, and I don't like to buy them as a function of what animal they came from, either. I look for budget-friendly options, and these are some great ones. 

I chose these to fill gaps in my eye brush arsenal - I needed a fluffy blending brush, and a dense, stiffer crease brush. These deliver. And for less than $15! Such total win. I've been able to do a couple of cleaner looks with these (although I have no pictorial proof, oops), so I'm quite happy. The quality of the black crease brush is superior to the white blending brush (so I guess that $6 is worth something); the white brush did shed a little bit when I washed it, but it's otherwise quite serviceable.

So, the hype is justified. These are some really nice, affordable brushes! I think I will stick to the slightly pricier (but still not pricey) SK black brushes, though, as they seem to be synthetic, and a little sturdier. The Sonia Kashuk brush range is large, and they often have holiday sets, so the next time I'm looking for a brush, I'll check Target first.

Do you have any SK brushes? Any favorites to recommend?

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Testing the Gender Appeal of a Fragrance: Acqua di Parma Colonia

This post was inspired by Jessica of Getting Cheeky, who tested Acqua di Parma on herself and her husband. I was intrigued, so I had to give it a try.

The official description of Acqua di Parma Colonia is: "An elegant timeless scent filled with a fresh, luminous blend of natural ingredients like Bulgarian rose, Sicilian citrus fruits, lavender, and verbena," with notes of "Bergamot, Citrus, Lemon, Bitter Orange, Sweet Orange, English Lavender, Bulgarian or Damascene Rose, Verbena, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Oakmoss" (Sephora). Lavender! Bergamot! A citrus bouquet! Promising already.
Acqua di Parma Colonia: Her. (Earrings are from Waterwaif).

Happily, I like Acqua di Parma Colonia on myself a lot. I picked it as one of my Nordstrom samples when I bought Chanel Taboo, and I was excited to find that it's both more affordable than Tom Ford Azure Lime, and more pleasing to my nose. It has that zesty citrus opening, a sexy main feature of lavender-verbena-sage, and a spicy, cedarwood closer. I don't know why the idea of smelling like a suit-bedecked stud is so enticing, but there it is.
Acqua di Parma Colonia: Him. With one of his favorite hats.

With success on my end, I asked S. if he would wear this, for science. He sort of rolled his eyes at me, but he spritzed some on. I sniffed him throughout the day. Surprisingly enough, on him, it's overall sweeter. I get the citrus, and some of the spice (sadly, no lust-worthy lavender), but it mellows out into this almost spiced vanilla on him. With a splash of lemon. It's still very fresh and very appealing, but so different!

(If you want to know what he thought, he said, and I quote, "It's not bad." Which, from him, is a ringing endorsement. Otherwise he just makes a face or shrugs. We have a winner, ladies and gentlemen. Except that he already owns three bottles of fragrance and for him, that's massive overload. I suppose that's how we achieve balance in life and with our partners. Ahem.)

In conclusion: body chemistry. It's a thing. And if I come home with a full bottle of this some time in the future (we can both wear it! That's a valid excuse, right?), don't be surprised.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Thursday Post

Rosi Golan feat. William Fitzsimmons: Hazy. I love this song. It's romantic, simple, and dreamy.

I always wanted to get Dennison a cat tower. This is happening.

We've been periodically checking on this xkcd comic. It's called "Time," and it changes every few hours or so. There's a summary (and video-esque thing) of it here. Very cool.

The world is amazing, and so are the people who travel and take photos like these.

Time to return to lemon drops. Seriously. The weather is warming up.
Must smell all the things!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Snapshots: Currently Loving, April 2013

There are only two beauty items in the photo, but they're damn good ones. I caved to Chanel Taboo as my April treat and it is bee-yoo-tiful.
Sorry about the iPhone pic, but I've been working on school/work related things on the weekends lately, and there is simply no time for proper photos. This is even more stunning in person. For those curious, it's cooler and more blue than Dior Shadow; it also has secret shimmer + distinct purple sparkles.

It was also warm enough to paint my toes today, so I brought out Dior St. Tropez (which is one of my favorite pedicure shades) and made that happen. It was even bright enough for sunglasses! (These are Oakley).

I've also been reading a lot. The Kindle makes it so easy; I can have several books going on at once, and I can read on the bus; regular books can get a bit heavy and I don't like to carry massive bags to work. This makes it all fabulous, and I've been burning through books recently. If you want, you can see what I'm up to on Goodreads.
Bought the KS card carrier at a tremendous discount at the outlet; the cheerful yellow just makes me smile. And sometimes you just don't want to lug around an entire wallet, you know? This is perfect for my license, school ID, and a single credit card.

The other things I've fallen in love with this month are my Kate Spade card holder (purchased at a Kate Spade outlet) and a cute little pencil case my mum sent me from Korea. I feel like I'm in high school again, toting one of these around, but my old one broke at the same time that I needed to start carrying pens around with me again (I usually leave them at work, but since I've been bringing work home with me, naturally, I needed writing utensils). Sometimes it's the little things, you know?

What has brought a smile to your face lately? Have any book recommendations for me?

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Channeling A Bit of Spring With Rouge d'Armani 510

[I purchased this product. A long time ago.]

No, I did not buy ALL THE ARMANI LIPSTICKS. Though I may have been tempted. I picked this one up back in October or September or something because I wanted a warmer pink/salmon/coral (I can't be bothered with nuances right now, WE'RE USING ALL THE COLORS) lipstick shade, and I like the Rouge d'Armani formula.
Anyone know what this is? :) Apparently some Korean tradition. My mom gave me a light-up old-timey Korean house when I got married. I  may have made some snarky comments about the usefulness of such an item, and the fact that I have no place to put it in our current apartment. Did she really have to get this thing now???

Sometimes that passes as "a good reason to buy more lipstick," so we'll let it go at that.
Rouge d'Armani 510 worn on bare lips (no primer/lipliner).
Also, it's pretty.

And it wears well.
Hahahaha my eyebrows got out of control. Whatever. It happens.
And it's taken me so long to get this together that now it's even the APPROPRIATE SEASON for this lipstick!
NARS Sheer Glow Ceylan + Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer*
Camellia compact + MAC Whisper of Gilt
MUFE Aqua Brow 25
Becca Vicuna Eye Tint, Clinique Teddy Bear quad, Tarte Lash-Enhancing Liner*
Benefit Fake-Up
Light* + Bobbi Brown Corrector Peach

Don't report me for abuse of capitalization. I won't do it again. (That's a lie, but well, we're feeling whimsical today. Yes, that's the royal WE. Why?)

All in all, if you're looking for a bright-but-not-obnoxiously-bright pop of pink to brighten your day, this could be right up your alley. I think it works as a natural beauty sort of shade, too, which is nice to keep around, especially since I'll hopefully have job interviews and things to go to in upcoming months.

Rouge d'Armani lipsticks go for $30, at all the usual places.

*product was received as a gift from a fellow blogger

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Thursday Post

Damien Rice: Prague. This one gets me every time. I've never been to Prague, but I imagine it to be like this.

Michael Bublé is kind of hilarious. Who knew?

Colors like this are REAL.

This made me smile. FOR TRUE LOVE, BABY.

Perfume + food.
Erm. Yes. This is not Dennison. But! He was outside our window.  So, uh. Yeah.

Monday, April 15, 2013

This Bandit Says: Coral is a Confused Color

And confusing. It's a blend of pink, orange, red, yellow, and the proportions really depends on who's calling it coral.

With this in mind, it seemed only natural that I should pick another confused product: L'Oreal Color Caresse Wet Shine Stain in Coral Tattoo. See? "Coral" is in the name. So there. It's a weird hybrid of a glossy finish and a pigmented, lasting stain. It's also more of a reddish-orange coral than the yellow-pink-peach variety, as that particular shade makes me look hideous. Probably a side effect of being green.
I bought this. With my own monies. Thank you very much.

I like these, aside from the off-putting name ("Wet" stain? Wet? Really?), and the fact that they do get tackier over time. The solution? Reapply! That keeps a bit of moisture on the lips, as well. (I reviewed Everlasting Caramel here).
Looks a bit patchy in the close-up shot, but from a reasonable viewing distance (get out of my face, yo), it looks fine. If you layer it, it will get brighter.
I was going to wear taupe eye shadow, because that's another confused, identity-crisis-having shade. But then I didn't. Because I don't really own taupe, actually. I NEED STABILITY IN LIFE, OKAY?
This is "coral." *cough* Also. My hair. Ignore it. It's having its own identity crisis. GROW, DAMN YOU, GROW.
 And now, check out all the other Bandits' picks!

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Thursday Post

Slow Skies: On the Shore. Very slow, but really ghostly and strangely both compelling and soothing.


New food blog find! Lots of Asian recipes, very exciting.

Lemon cookies + a reminder to be kind.

And more on cyber bullying, because as bloggers, we should be aware.
We went on a hike a couple of weekends ago - great fun for everyone :) S. wanted to be edited out of the photo.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dreaming: VIB Wishlist

VIB Wishlist

So, Sephora's VIB sale is happening. In all honesty, I'm probably only going to buy the Dior Universal Contour lipliner, the LORAC eye primer, and the FAB Detox Eye Roller. Maybe the Josie Maran mist, because I'm almost out of the thing that I use for that purpose.

For the rest of it, well. It's fun to dream. The Shiseido Beach Grass trio just looks so nice. Dior glosses are my favorite and I would pick up either Delice or Etoile; I would love to get my hands on the Diablotine polish, too. Becca glosses are also pretty comfortable; my eye is on Fallen Angel, which should be a nice everyday shade. And I need another lip balm with SPF - I hear Shiseido's is decent.
Maybe someday, my pretties! Just sticking to the basics for now. What's on your list?

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

FOTD: A Softer Take on Red

Yesterday, I said that I had a tamer version of a red eye shadow look, and I am here to deliver!
Wearing the same products from yesterday's post, but I swapped out the Becca Beach Tint on lips for Dior Addict Gloss in Paradise, and I layered the copper shade from the Tarina Tarantino Wonderful palette over Sephora Cherry on Top.
Layering a coppery shade over the red turns it into a nice, shimmery coral-gold thing. If you're sitting there with a "Duh, Larie," expression, that's fine, I know. Just saying. Versatility, baby.
Close up of eyes. It's a fun combo! Gotta love that gold sheen.

I'm going to try some combinations with silver next time, but that is all the time we have for fun things this week, ladies and gents. Sold on red eye shadow yet?

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Monday, April 8, 2013

FOTD: Red All Over?

[Some products in this post were received as gifts, and are marked with a star *. All other products were purchased by me.]

After reading yesterday's post, I'm sure you wanted to know what the grand plan was for a red eye shadow. I will admit, it's not the most easily worn item, but I was looking for something different. And I was inspired by photos like this:
I went for something that was sort of similar, in terms of using the same general shade on eyes, cheeks, and lips.
Becca Vicuna Eye Tint, Strawberry Beach Tint, Sephora Cherry on Top*, MAC Whisper of Gilt.

I will warn you right now: I did something to my hair. One afternoon, I got tired of bangs poking me in the eye and S. wasn't home to help me trim them, so I trimmed them...really short. Hahahaha. So I look ridiculous, but hair grows back, and it's not in my eyes any more. Let's focus on the makeup here, people!

(Incidentally, I have a hair appointment next week and I'm kind of afraid. Which, well, seems silly, since it's my hair and if I want to look like I hacked it off with a pair of safety scissors, that's my prerogative, isn't it? But I guess since I pay my stylist to make me look decent, I probably shouldn't sabotage her. She's a dear.)
NARS Sheer Glow in Ceylan + Benefit Fake-Up* + Bobbi Brown Corrector
MUFE Aqua Brow
Tarte MultiplEYE Lash-Enhancing Liner*
And all the products shown in the first photo.

Red, red, red.
I layered Cherry on Top over Vicuna to soften it a little bit. It turned out a little shimmery , but the shadow itself is matte.
It's actually pretty wearable, I think. The eye shadow is a little cooler than the Becca Beach Tint, but overall, I think it kind of worked. In case you're not on board with the mono-shade look (MAC Fashion Sets, anyone?), I have a tamer red eye shadow look coming up tomorrow.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

A Painless Palette: Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadows

[Products were received as a gift from a friend.]

Sephora has come out with some new eye shadows, and I received some as a happy present (thank you!). With two shades, a 3-shade palette comes free. The palette comes with a key for easy pan removal - I found it really simple to use, and very practical, which made pragmatic Larie very happy.
Empty palette, with the key.
The two shades I have are N39 Cherry on Top (matte) and N60 Diamonds are Forever (shimmer). These two are unique to my collection, and the quality of each is very nice, and appropriate for my purposes - I like the metallic shimmer of the silver shade, and I like the rich, matte quality of the red. I tested a handful of shades in store, though, and not all of them have the same smooth texture and color payoff, so I'd advise checking them out in person before making any purchases.
Top: N60 Diamonds Are Forever
Bottom: N39 Cherry on Top
(swatched on bare skin, no primer)
I think, at $13 each (0.07 oz), they're not exactly a steal, but if you see a color/texture combination that you like, I'd go for it. The pans are easy to rearrange and I kept my single cases, in case I want to buy a few more and switch things in and out of the palette later. The palette itself is nice, with a mirror, so I could see traveling with it as well.
See? All set, and nary a ding.

Have you tried any of these? Do you like customizable palettes, or would you rather buy something pre-made for you? 

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Thursday Post

Maroon 5: Pure Imagination. Yes, that one, made immortal by Gene Wilder. (Also, at some point not too long ago, I realized hey, there are five dudes in Maroon 5. Yeah. That's all).

Trailer for Despicable Me 2! I am excited.

And this made me giggle.

Owls + obscure words, I'm in love.

Someone go to Disneyland and tell me if this is true!

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Going "Natural" For Spring

I like to wear brighter clothing - neons, pastels - in the spring, along with a muted palette for the face, so that it doesn't compete or clash with my outfit choices.

This is also sort of an "eat your words, Larie," post, because I had sworn off Tarte products for a while - they just didn't work for me. But I was recently gifted a handful of Tarte items, and I've fallen in love. The products just worked together for a really "natural" look - soft, pretty, and perfect for spring. I think of romance and freshness, new starts and brightness, and this kind of embodies all of that for me.
All products were a gift from a friend (THANK YOU!):
Tarte SmolderEYES 
Onyx, MultiplEYE Lash-Enhancing Liquid Liner
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Stellar
Tarte LipSurgence Matte Lip Tint in Exposed
All of these products are easy to use (the chubby eye pencil actually blends out really easily! And lasts without creasing, without primer. I'm impressed) and comfortable to wear; the matte lip pencil is not drying and I'm curious about the shades in the matte line. Hurray for friends, hurray for gifts, and hurray for "my face but better" makeup. Sometimes that's all we need.

Have you "lightened up" for spring?

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