Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wet N Wild Dancing In The Clouds Dream Weavers Collection Eyeshadow Trio Swatches & Review


The Wet N Wild Dream Weavers Collection is a set of six different Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios that came out for Summer 2011. I have shown several of the other trios in use already in my blog. When I previously reviewed the Earth Looks Small From Down Here Trio, I showed a preview of the Dancing In The Clouds Trio as I wore one of the colors in the crease that day. Today, I am showing you a full review of this trio.

All the trios are labeled with a browbone, (highlight), shade, a crease shade and a lid shade. You can use any of the colors in any way that you want and mix and match with other trios to create your own variety of looks. Makeup is about color experimentation. There is simply no way to fail, much like fingerpaints in kindegarten. I loved fingerpainting and how the cool goop felt between my fingers. At any rate, I've grown up and now I paint on my face. But let's get back to this trio.

The browbone shade is an olive-esque shimmering wheat shade. The crease is a medium toned violet with tone-on-tone light shimmer and the lid shade is a copper shimmer.

When I first swatched this trio, I thought that the crease shade was very lightly pigmented, which is different than most current Wet N Wild eye shades. I felt a personal challenge to see if I could get more pigment in application of this particular shade so I decided to use it on the lid and see if it would fly or die. I mean, I have to tell you if it's any good or not, right? So I put the violet on the lid and the "lid" color, the copper, in the crease. Brownbone was applied to browbone. You be the judge.

And the full face, as in: How you would view the shadow in real life...



What do you think? Is this trio a success with good pigmentation of all shades? I say Oooo la la!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dior Blush 889 Pink In Love Glowing Color Powder Blush Swatches, Comparisons and Review

Toward the end of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, July 2011, I had the opportunity to have a makeover at the Dior Counter. You can view the end result here.  The blush that was used was Dior Pink In Love, #889, Glowing Color Power Blush.  Today I have pictures, swatches and a review of that blush.

The blush is part of the Blue Tie Collection for Fall 2011. It looked scary bright in the store but applies as heavily or lightly as you would like. It has a deep rose satin finish on one side and a lighter shimmering pink on the other. Neither side is glittery or sparkly but rather each has a tone-on-tone shimmer for a nice satin finish. It comes with a brush in the mirrored compact. The blush retails for $42 at Nordstrom, Dillards and wherever else Dior can be found.

I have swatched it on my arm, and it warms up just a little. On the left is the dark side, the middle is the light side and on the right, the swatch is a combination of the two.


I also wanted to show it compared to a few other popular blushes of the moment. On the very left is Chanel Pink Explosion. Working your way to the right, the next blush is Chanel Tourbillon. The middle three swatches are the swatches of Dior Pink In Love. To the left of that is Dior Bronze Harmonie in Coral Riviera, and lastly swatched again is Chanel Pink Explosion.


I wear all of these blushes often so they'll all be mentioned frequently in what I wear. They're not fly-by-night blushes, but important pieces of the current rotation. This blush can be used to be quite summery or as a winter flush. Thanks for viewing it. I really love it and I like to share those things that I love.

Monday, August 8, 2011

You, Me and Mac Pleasureflush MSF

Over the weekend, I got to thinking about the people that read my blog. I'm so thankful for each of you. People are so kind and accepting in the blog community. I was thinking about how I kind of tell about some of my preferences and some of the issues I have with makeup and polish, and I got to wondering about all of YOU. I was hoping we could have a little "get to know you" session. Play along, it could be fun.

But first, I want to tell you a story. I had an arts and crafts business for a long time. Painting is really the only thing I've been very good at. A few years ago, I started traveling a lot to escape these long dark winters and it came to point where it was time to stop selling and change focus....do some things that I can do no matter where I am. Thus enters blogging. But the point here is that in emptying my craft accessories storage room, my husband and I came across many interesting makeup items.

I used to store some of my extras in the drawers in the room so I would have them when I used them up. You don't even want to know how many Mac Goldbit eyeshadows are in the drawers. At one point, my husband came out of the room and said, 'I don't think this thing was supposed to be in the box', and handed me the old kind of box that Mineralized Skin Finishes first came in.
I held my breath and looked at the top and couldn't believe what I saw.

No way!! Brand new and unused. If you're not familiar with Mac Pleasureflush it is the most elusive makeup item to find. It is the perfect highlighter. It blends with skintones and just makes a natural flush, rather than a frosty highlight. It looks something like this:


Anyway, somehow finding this item that is the equivalent of catching a rainbow got me to thinking about my readers and if they'd want to see it or knew what it was, and so on. So I thought maybe we could get to know each other a little.

I invite you to tell me some things about yourselves and about what you would like to see on my blog, not on my blog, or done differently.

Is your skin dry or oily or combination? Mine is dry. Like desert dry. :)

What is your favorite part of makeup application? What would you like to learn to do better? My favorite part is anything that involves a brush because I love to paint, and I'd like to learn liquid liner better. It takes regular use and I'm just not sure if my skintone can take it well. We'll see.

What would you like to see less of on my blog? What would you like to see more of? What would you like to see that you haven't seen? Do you prefer to see high end or low end?

I'm calling this Friendship Monday and let's get to know each other a little. Your turn!!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Wet N Wild We're Blasting Off Dream Weavers Collection Color Icon Trio Swatches and Review

If you regularly view my blog, you saw the overview post of the Wet N Wild Dream Weavers Collection Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios that were introduced for Summer 2011.  These trios are AWESOME!  The shadows are very silky and highly pigmented.  I tend to forget how full of pigment they are until I dig my brush into them like I would any other shadow and then I am amazed at the depth of pigment in the shadows. 

Today's featured trio is We're Blasting Off.   It includes a matte pink shade, (labeled as browbone), a complex plummy brown wild some mild sparkle, (labeled as crease shade), an a shimmering lightly rose toned taupe, (labeled as the eyelid shade)


The trios are labeled that way in order to give you an idea of how you can use the shades. Of course, you can use them in any manner that you please. Each trio comes with a mini sponge applicator and a little mini brush. On the back is a diagram that shows the suggested use.

Oh! I thought I heard you say "where's the swatches on the hand?" Well, ask and you shall receive.


I find the pigmentation of these trios to be really awesome and I can't believe the quality of shadow that you receive for just $2.99. These are swatches done with my fingers on skin with no base and the shadows actually apply a bit deeper on the eyes. Remember that these Dream Weavers Collection shadows are limited and if you even have a hint of thought that you might want one or more, grab it while you can!

I thought Taupe lovers might appreciate a closeup of the lid shade.


I tried to capture some of the complexity of the plummy brown but it's pretty much impossible. You have to see it in person to see the flecks of brown, red, and plum. This picture shows some of the nuances of color, but it is darker as in the picture of the full trio.


I've got a few photos of how it looks on the eyes. It has been raining for over a week and it makes photography very challenging for facial pictures but I'll show you what I've got. At the end of this post, you'll see that I had additional challenges during this day.


On this particular day, I paired the trio with Dior blush 889 Pink In Love, to be reviewed in the very near future, as well as Chanel's new lipstick for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale the light peach Desinvolte and a Dior gloss.


And here you have the true challenge to my photography that day.


Photo bombing!!!! Any of you moms out there looking forward to school starting so you can get yourself back on a good schedule?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wet N Wild Earth Looks Small From Down Here Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Swatches, Pictures & Review

A couple of days ago,  I was able to secure the last of the Wet N Wild Dream Weavers Collection Eyeshadow Trios.  It is my goal in life to wear each and show you their glory of color.  Today I have for you the trio called Earth Looks Small From Down Here.  Isn't that name a crack-up?

The palette features three colors which are labeled in a way that suggests placement for each color; browbone, crease and eyelid. Each trio also contains a sponge applicator and a little brush. On the back is a visual suggestion of placement for the shades.

The browbone shade in this palette is a shimmering olive toned wheat. The crease is a lightly shimmered navy and the eyelid shade is a green that leans a little toward aqua. Here's some swatches on my hand. Everytime I use or swatch these, I am amazed at the amount of pigmentation in these Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios and how silky they are. Truly amazing. Especially for just $2.99!!

So let's take a look at the visuals of wearing it. I took pictures inside and outside and none of them really do it justice. As I went about my day, I got compliments on my shadow. The MA at the Mac counter said "I know what you're wearing", and I told her no, I don't think you do. She pulled out one of their latest shadows and said it's this one. I told her no, this is a new trio from Wet N Wild. The shocked look on her face was priceless.

My placement of the shades was a little different than suggested. I put the navy crease shade on the lid and the browbone shade at the inner most part of the eye and in the crease to browbone. Then I found when I patted some of the green on the lid, it really made it shine. It was fascinating. I lined with a Wet N Wild waterproof black liner. I thought I bought Navy but some goob mixed them all up. Dang it!

I did stray slightly from just this palette and brought in the middle shade from the Dancing In The Clouds trio, also part of the Dream Weavers Collection. It is a lightly pigmented violet which I used to help blend the crease and add some tone to it.

The next picture is at a bit of a different angle to show the sheen of the highlight shade.


Pair it with Nars Angelika blush and a Maybelline lipstick and you have something like this.


Grab these palettes while you can. They are appearing now all over the country at stores where Wet N Wild is sold. I find mine at Fred Meyer. I can't wait to see more people wearing these and how they mix and match.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Chanel Le Vernis Graphite Nail Polish Swatches, Photos & Review

Describing Chanel Graphite nail polish is like describing a wisp of vapor; it changes with every view, every twist of the finger shows a different color. Taking photos of it is probably harder because it's difficult to capture all the nuances of this shade. But I will do the best I can


It is a graphite grey with ultimate shine. Shiny, shiny, shiny!! The polish, when swatched, looks like it would be bumpy but it is really smooth. Move it around in the light and it shines silver, grey, and gold with mini little almost sparkles. It can reflect any color that is opposite from it, like the color of your camera or your clothing. And did I mention it has lots of shine?

I couldn't capture the gold look of the polish except for on this nail wheel


Chanel polishes retail for $25 wherever Chanel is sold. I purchased mine at Nordstrom. It is wearing really well. I'm currently on day four with no chips. The only problem I had was playing around with my dog while it was still wet and got a couple of fingernail dents into a couple of other nails. Don't ask me why I did something so stupid because there's just no answer. :p

Here are a few more views of this color


The pictures are all featured with two coats of Graphite and a top coat. The top coat really didn't increase shine at all as the shine streak from the light was there just the same before as after. Graphite is a new release for Chanel Fall 2011 and is a limited edition color.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Mac Blogger's Obsession Collection Lipglass Caqui And Wet N Wild The Gilded Age Trio Swatches and Reviews

A few days back, I featured a Guerlain Rouge G lipstick that reminded me somewhat of the Mac Blogger's Obsession Collection Lipglass in the color Caqui. I have already blogged about half of the lipglasses in that collection but hadn't finished showing you what the rest look like. Maybe I should start that now.

Caqui was created by a blogger named Lily who runs the website BeautyMaverick.com. You can read all about what inspired her to create this color on her blog.  Caqui is described as a persimmon orange color with shimmer that is created to be wearable by just about anybody.

This is an indoor shots of me wearing said lipglass:

And some outdoor pictures:

Here's a nice picture of my invisalign on my teeth, lol

Caqui is the lipglass on the left in the following picture, Evolution Revolution is pictured on the right


It was a quick makeup day where I wore Wet N Wild Eyeshadow Trio in The Gilded Age, a limited edition palette. So what the heck, let's cover that trio right here. This is a limited edition palette that came out with the Wet N Wild Summer 2011 Go For The Gold Collection. It featured the trio eyeshadow palette as well as a Color Icon Bronzer. The Color Icon Trios retail for $2.99 USD. These are such a great bargain for such high quality shadows.

Here's some hand swatches and then a light application on the eye.

The shadow trio has a golden color, a light champagne-pinky and a bronzey brown. It totally is such a great trio for summer. I can tell you that if you use this trio, you'll feel like you're at the beach, even if it's raining...total beachy summer.

I didn't have time to do much liner beyond what was in the trio as my family was in a hurry to leave the pool and go to dinner. The usual. lol

Here I am doing the bunny nose thing in the light, but it makes a nice show of the sheen of the eyeshadows.

I did happen to use these shadows in reverse order of what is suggested and you can wear them anyway you want. There are no rules in makeup. You can't fail, all you have to do is try. :)

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