Friday, August 29, 2008

How to Apply False Lashes

Nothing makes your eyes stand out like a great set of lashes—even if they're not your own. Applying false lashes is easier than you might think!

First, go ahead and apply all of your eye makeup, making sure to use black liner close to the top lash line where the false lashes will be. The black liner will help them blend with your natural lashes—even if you can't get them as close as you would like. Also, be sure to curl your lashes.

Check to see if the falsies line up with your eyes from the inner corner, just where your own lashes begin, to the outer one. If they are too long, trim off as much as necessary from the outer corner of the lashes. As much as you may hate to see that length on the ends go, it will be worth it!

Hold one end of the lashes between the thumb and forefinger of each hand in an upside-down U-shape, then roll them up and down to loosen up the band. You want them to curve easily so that they'll effortlessly hug your eye shape.

Put a small drop of lash glue on the back of your hand and run the band of the lashes through it. Make sure the band is evenly coated and that you didn't miss either end. You don't want your lashes to lift at the edges halfway through the night (or fall off early in the night!) because there wasn’t enough glue! Don't be afraid because the glue is still white; it really will dry clear!

Wait until the glue is tacky--roughly thirty seconds--before attempting to place the lashes on your eyes. This will help them adhere and keep them from smudging the eye makeup you've already done. The glue will almost be clear, but not quite.

Once the glue is tacky, you can use your fingers, tweezers, or an eyelash applicator (often sold in lash kits) to apply the inner corner first. Press down for about five seconds, then press down the outer edge for another five seconds. Tap your fingertip back across the middle toward the inside, pressing the lashes in place. Allow to set for a few more seconds.

Apply mascara to blend your natural lashes with the falsies. The best mascara to use here is one that doesn’t add much length or volume, but tends to offer a more natural look. Look for a mascara with a thin consistency, like Maybelline Great Lash.

To further blend the lashes with your overall look, you can go back in with black liquid liner on the inner corners. This gives the illusion of one clean line rather than a clean lash line followed by the abrupt start of lush lashes.

You're done!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Fall Makeup Trends

I'm in love with the dark, romantic looks of fall makeup. My favorite lip combination right now:

Prestige Black Plum Liner with MAC Media lipstick. Not carefully tapped on with your fingertip--applied straight from the tube for intensity. Another lipstick I use with that same liner is ULTA's Black Cherry, which is glossier than Media. You could deepen either lipstick more with black liner and really be true to the near-goth look of the season, but I have yet to do that without just goofing around. Maybe I'd try it if I were in my clubbing days (oh wait, I never had any of those).

For daytime eyes, I do matte-ish neutrals. I like Vanilla on the lid, Club in the crease, Malt above the crease, and Vanilla to highlight the brow bone. Line the top with slightly winged black liner and the bottom with more Club. Then add mascara. Don't forget a little bit of blush (MAC Blushbaby's good here).

For night, I go with a bit more shimmer. MAC's new Smoke & Diamonds is the perfect smoky lid color, with a hint of Carbon in the outer V and crease, blended up with Wedge, and highlighted with Shroom. Again, blush is a must! You can go with precise liquid liner or smudged out pencil liner (Stila's Convertible Liner in Onyx is good for this). Add Smoke & Diamonds to the inner 2/3 of the bottom lash line, with Carbon on the outer 1/3. Load up on the mascara for drama.

For the perfect nighttime outfit, combine edginess with femininity. Black leather pants with a cream colored lace top, anyone?

Monday, August 4, 2008

Spell Cosmetics Primer Update

Here's the update after 11 hours of wear.

Looks like a winner to me! One thing I didn't mention in the video is that the packaging on this one is way less annoying than the Urban Decay Primer Potion's. This product is $19.00 for 1 oz. and it contains SPF 20. It also has Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and an opalescent finish. Love!

Starflash Eye Shadow Tutorial and Spell Cosmetics Primer Experiment

I'm trying out Spell Cosmetics' Primer on half of my face and on one eyelid. I'm also testing out two of the Starflash shadows I picked up yesterday. :)

What I used:
Spell Cosmetics primer (one eye, half of face)
Urban Decay Primer Potion on other eye
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Light Flush
Victoria's Secret Mosaic Bronzer
MAC Sunset B. eye shadow from Starflash
MAC Smoke & Diamonds eye shadow from Starflash
MAC Fertile eye shadow
MAC Feline Kohl Power
L'Oreal Voluminous mascara

Saturday, August 2, 2008

$30 Lena Flat Iron Review

Here's a review on the Lena Salon Designer flat iron, "a $129.99 value!" I got mine at Ulta and I haven't seen them anywhere else, but they may be sold at other stores.

The price is good at $29.99.
It's cute.
It's lightweight.
It comes with a thermal protecting case/mat.
If you get Ulta coupons in the mail, you can use them on this and pay even less.
It gets the job done.
You can control the temperature.
It lets you know when it's heating up, cooling down, or ready to go.
Automatic shut-off after an hour, so if you're forgetful, leaving your iron on won't cost you your house.
Ceramic plates protect your hair.

Not as effective as the CHI.
I have to use more products to get my hair straight and shiny. A heat protecting spray alone won't do it. I use S-Factor Flat Iron Spray and Tresseme's heat protecting spray, then go over the finished 'do with a shine serum or Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream.
My hair doesn't like to hold the style as much with this one.
I have to crank it up to 400 degrees, the highest setting, to have any hope for straight hair.
Because of all the product I have to use, I need to wash my hair more frequently.
If you lose the receipt, you can't exchange it at Ulta for something else. I tried.
My ends tend to look fried anyway because I'm horrible about keeping up with trims. However, this iron tends to make them look worse, and they still look wavy—not straight. I don't think it's doing additional damage necessarily, but it's not smoothing down the crazy hair like other flat irons can.
It's more difficult to curl with this iron than others, though I'm not sure why. The shape isn't that off but it just didn't cooperate when I tried. Could be user error though I can do it with my old iron.
I sometimes have to go over certain pieces of hair more than once, and I have to use smaller chunks of hair than I did with my CHI, so it takes longer to finish. Not 20 minutes longer, but maybe 7-10.

You can see that the Cons list is longer than the Pros list. I'm still fairly neutral on the product, though. It does get my hair pretty straight, though I don’t think girls with ringlets would have the same results. My hair's just stubbornly wavy.

If you don’t have the money to spend $100+ for a CHI and your hair's not super curly, it wouldn't hurt to give it a try. Just make sure you keep your receipt. It's just "okay" in my book. Since I'm stuck with it, I'll use it until $100.00 falls out of the sky and just try it out with different products and techniques. ;)