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Smokey Eyes; NYC Custom Compact Product Review

20 Oct

I was presented with NYC NewYorkColor Individual Eyes Custom Compact in “Dark Shadows” to offer up my review to you, dear reader. I have a background in theatrical make-up and, well, being a girl who likes to be in front of a camera, I’ve managed to stay on top of my skills.

The Basics: This compact includes four individual eye shadow colours, a base/primer, an illuminator, and a two ended foam applicator.

The Price: Less than $5

The Colours: Bright white, silver, medium grey, and soft black.

First Impression: The compact packaging is very efficent. No frills and very straight forward, but appealing. The colours look as though they are best suited to be used to create a dark smokey eye. The shadows appear to be very pigmented in the package. All the eye shadows have a light shimmer to them, the illuminator appears to be a white/clear cream with a very fine glitter, and the base looks a lot like a nude coloured concealer.

Smokey Eyes NYC

Dark Shadows NYC

The Application Process:
First: Primer to my whole lid and blended up towards my eyebrow.
Second: Illuminator was applied right below my eyebrow and to the inner corner of my eye.
Third: The Shadows – I applied the silver shadow to my whole lid and blended upwards towards the brow. The dark grey to the whole crease, middle of the lid, and the lower lash line. The black to the outer corner blending upward and out, and to the outer third of the upper and lower lash lines. Lastly the white to the inner corner of my eye and below the eyebrow. I followed up with black liner and mascara.

My Take: I  was a little disappointed in the pigmentation of the shadows. They were not nearly as rich as they appeared or I had hoped for. Even with a lot of layering, I was unable to achieve the desired effect when using these items alone. There was A LOT of shimmer, which is not my usual look. However, if you do like shimmer, these were great.  I don’t care much for the illuminator or the base. Both of them made my eye lids feel greasy. There were no instructions on how to use either of these, and for someone who doesn’t know, that might be confusing. I applied the products in the morning with my normal routine, within 2 hours I was experiencing creasing and displacement. The black was more of a dark grey asphalt once on and having deep set eyes anyway, it gave the appearance of having a black eye. I attempted this look again without the illuminator and my own primer, with somewhat better results. Individually, I like the white and the dark grey shades and have worn them since. My colouring was not the best for these shadows, and I would not have chosen them for myself. I have used NYC eye shadows before with great success.

I hope this review was helpful, and if you have any questions please feel free to ask. I will be providing more product reviews in the very near future.

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Welcome Matte

18 Jan

The scent, the smooth velvety texture, ….The look on my boyfriend’s face as the realization that I have just laid one on him with cherry-red lips….All of these things make me happy on some level.

The perfect shade is, it seems, rather illusive. How much money have I spent over the years on determining MY shade, only to have it discontinued or available only seasonally or regionally?

30's inspired cardigan, lipstick Revlon Matte Really Red

My favorite looks are matte. The pastel mattes of the 50’s; petal pinks, lilacs and nudes. When it comes to red, I love the 1940’s red, which is a blue-red, as opposed to the pink & orange reds of the 1950’s. Every girl MUST have a signature red lipstick, even if you have it custom mixed. Red lips are my therapy. It doesn’t matter how bad I feel, how sick I am, I can slip it across my lips and instant pick-me-up!

I have recently become a fan of the lip stain. It’s a finished look without the need for touch-ups (at least as often). Working in a fast paced, no time for a break work environment makes these an ideal choice. I highly recommend you look into them if you work in a hospital or the food industry. Those are two places where you don’t want contamination in your face products.

What’s your favorite shade?

As a side note, I would like to thank Solanah of Vixen Vintage for her personal assistance, wonderful blog and the inspiration that I should re-embrace the vintage lifestyle that I left behind when I went to college. Visit her as well for great outfit inspiration and tips. I aspire to make a site as helpful as hers.

Hard Pressed.

18 Jan

I LURVE bare minerals makeup. I have a pretty little vintage powder compact that I don’t carry. It sits, unloved, in a box. This makes me a little sad. I know how to take Coty Airspun powder and put in into my compact. Can it be done, effectively, with my Mineral Veil? Has anyone had any experience with this? Please comment below loves ❤

Also, for those of you vintage gals out there, I’ll start to post tips for living retro in a modern world, you know, the stuff our grandmothers knew.