Makeup Wars – how to use 1 eyeshadow for a complete look

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This week’s Makeup Wars was a fun one to do. We were given the assignment of finding one eyeshadow that does it all. The one we are comfortable using for a complete eye look. I had trouble picking but my choice ended up being MAYBELLINE NUDE COMPLIMENT COLOR TATTOO eyeshadow.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Nude Compliment

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Nude Compliment

Sadly this is discontinued yet you can still find it on eBay if you look for #90; at the end I’ll give you some suggestions for other shadows that would probably do just as well.

Maybelline Nude Compliment and MAC 217, 239 and 242 brushes

Maybelline Nude Compliment and MAC 217, 239 and 242 brushes

I chose this particular eyeshadow because I find that I can get three shades of depth depending on the tools I use. If I want to wear it as a wash then I usually use MAC 217 (the first well used brush). The brush picks up just the right amount and it’s easy to blend on my eye if I don’t want to use my finger.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Nude Compliment

Maybelline Color Tattoo Nude Compliment

maybelline eye1For the above picture I only used Maybelline Color Tattoo Nude Compliment except for a little top eyeliner in a darker brown. I started with the MAC 217 brush and applied it on my lid and then used the leftover on my browbone. I then used the MAC 239 brush to darken the lid a little. The last brush I used is the synthetic MAC 242 because I wanted a deep crease shade. Then I used the tip of the 242 to line under my eyes.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Nude Compliment

Maybelline Color Tattoo Nude Compliment

You can see it a little better in the above picture. This is a favorite eyeshadow and I use it often especially when I’ve got just a few minutes to do my makeup. I just wish Maybelline hadn’t discontinued this particular shadow.

Here are some alternatives:

Maybelline Tough As Taupe

Maybelline Tough As Taupe

Tough as Taupe is one of the permanent shades. It’s more gray on me than it appears in this picture though.

Maybelline Creamy Beige Tattoo Leather

Maybelline Creamy Beige Tattoo Leather

I just saw the Color Tattoo Leather eyeshadows by the permanent collection at CVS. While I haven’t tried Creamy Beige I’m going to get it with the Beauty Club reward I’ll have shortly.

Maybelline Bad to the Bronze

Maybelline Bad to the Bronze

Bad to the Bronze is a much darker alternative but using your finger you can get it to apply lightly though I’d recommend buffing it out to lighten it.

Maybelline Nude Compliment and Burberry Pale Barley

Maybelline Nude Compliment and Burberry Pale Barley

BURBERRY PALE BARLEY is a shadow in my collection that I’ve achieved a similar look with. I prefer it with a darker shadow in the crease but I did practice with Pale Barley to see if it would work and it does.

Do you have a favorite one shadow look? I’d love for you to share it in the comments. Meanwhile go visit my Makeup Wars bloggers to see what other beauties can be found. — Marcia

Makeup Wars Wish Lists for 2014


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I know you recently saw a wishlist last week on Top Ten Tuesday but is ten really enough? Makeup Wars has decided to add on some more wishlist items to get your juices going. Here are 8 that have been on my mind lately. — Marcia
1415558411__9465766STELLA MCCARTNEY HOLOGRAM ENVELOPE CLUTCH – I actually wanted this last (as in the collage) since it’s way out of my league. At $770 I’d be afraid to use it but I’d enjoy every minute of it. I’ve needed a cocktail purse for a long time and this would certainly turn heads.
1415558346__9814141NATASHA STARDUST CLUTCH – Now this is more in my price range ($148) and would probably look great with any dressy item I own. I saw this in the Nordstrom catalog and it caught my eye.
1415558250_61738HARRY JOSH PRO HAIRDRYER AND ACCESSORY SET – I absolutely don’t need this, I have a new and wonderful Conair hairdryer that is fabulous. But ever since I first read about this Harry Josh Pro Hairdryer I’ve wanted it and right now it’s in this set with all these extras for $250 at Dermstore.
1415558078_s1637792-main-hero-300MAKE UP FOR EVER STUDIO CASE – Last week I put the MUFE STATION ($300) on my wishlist. It was more of a dream list. This Studio Case ($52.50) is much more practical and I’d love to own it. It contains 12 of Make Up For Ever’s latest shadows.Natural (M-530, S-516, I-544), Smoky (M-122, ME-108, M-100), Bold (D-236, D-926, I-218), Chic (I-524, D-826, ME-828) - 0.01 oz Artist Liner in Matte Black (M-10)
1415557888_s1640390-main-hero-300TOO FACED EVERYTHING NICE SET – Too Faced has so many holiday choices that it’s hard to narrow down. Once I started looking them over though I realized that even though I wouldn’t really get use out of the bronzers, I’d love everything else in this set.

  • 20 x 1.2 oz Eye shadows in Turtle Dove, Dream On, After Hours, Fawned of You, Knockout, Paper Roses, Kindness is Free, Mauvelous, Be You, Secret Lovers, Heaven, Shiny Happy, Honey Pot, Don’t Settle, Girly, Totally Fetch, Live it Up, Too Glam, Head Over Heels, Chocolate Moon
    – 2 x 0.28 oz Bronzers in Chocolate Soleil and Inner Light
    – 2 x 0.28 oz Blushes in Papa Don’t Peach and Sweet Pink
    – 3 mini Gold glitter Cruelty-Free Teddy Bear makeup brushes
    – 0.17 oz Better Than Sex Mascara
    – Pink glitter zip bag

1415557592_holiday2014_burberry002BURBERRY WINTER GLOW GOLD 2 EYESHADOW PALETTE – I saw this on Temptalia’s site and fell in love with the shades. These are colors I go for all the time.
1415557523_ctpaletteCHARLOTTE TILBURY FALLEN ANGEL PALETTE – This is another that got my heart going. I love the star design and I’m dying to try Charlotte Tilbury. I actually thought of doing this post today as 100% wishes from her line. You need to see the beauty of this at British Beauty Blogger.
1415557464_s1669761-main-hero-300SMASHBOX DOUBLE EXPOSURE – This reasonably priced palette has 20 shades but the reason it’s called “double exposure” is that when you use these wet you get double the shadows. These are meant to be used both wet and dry and the effects are supposed to be dramatically different. It contains eyeshadows in Silver, Mauve, Peony, Blanc, Quartz, Flushed, Veiled, Midnight, Temper, Haze, Noir, Copper, Fig, Espresso – 0.13 oz Full Exposure mascara – Double-ended brush

So there you have 6 more eyeshadow sets and 2 evening bags to add to my wishlist and maybe yours. What would you want from this list? Have you made your own wishlist like my fellow beauty bloggers? — Marcia


Makeup Wars chooses favorite perfumes

Today for Makeup Wars Marcia and Lisa collaborated to bring you Lisa’s 5 favorite fragrances that have the scent of coconut in them. It might just be a small part of the fragrance but it’s enough to make Lisa happy as that’s her favorite scent. (When I write collaborated, I mean I made Lisa pick and tell me about the fragrances. She did the hard part, I’m just the facilitator. — Marcia)
1.  Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder – This is a beach sunset in a bottle, a little bit of suntan oil, a lot of warm sand, and the soft scent of flowers breezing past.
2.  Viva La Juicy Gold Couture –  This is a fruity fragrance with yummy coconut and vanilla notes. This is a new addition to the Juicy Couture family and has become a favorite to wear for Lisa.
3.  LaVanila Vanilla Summer – This is a totally tropical scent with pineapple, mango, coconut milk, sugar cane, and Madagascar vanilla.  It brings me right back to sipping a pina colada on the beach in Mexico.
4.  Lisa Hoffman Tuscan Fig Parfum – this is a combination of Vanilla Bean, Honeysuckle, Coconut Wood and Gardenia.  It’s a sophisticated coconut scent, and the fragrance jewelry is to die for.
5.  Opus Oils Tropique – Opus Oils has some intriguing fragrance and Tropique really has stood out. It’s an inspired mix of chocolate, vanilla, coconut and coffee.  Delicious!
Are you a fan of coconut in your fragrance? Does it transport you to an island or a favorite vacation where you got away from the world and your worries for a little time?

Join the Makeup War bloggers to see what’s hot in fragrance


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Favorite eyeshadow palettes for Makeup Wars

This week Makeup Wars is focusing on favorite eyeshadow palettes. My favorite item to buy is a new eyeshadow palette. I’d spend my last pennies (or actually $$) on them. Being out of commission for the last two months hasn’t slowed me down when it comes to my love of them. In today’s article I’ve listed two wishlist items and four that I’ve bought. There are a lot more wishlist items I have but these 2 are the ones that I’m honing in on now.  – Marcia
1413133672_s1644848-main-hero-300URBAN DECAY VICE 3 is a wishlist item even though I’ve barely gotten use out of my Vice 2 palette. There’s just something about Urban Decay that seems to call me even though I ignored the brand for years. I can’t use every shade they create since many are too sparkly for me and some are out of my comfort zone but there’s so many shades that I’m eager to use that this is worth $60 easily.
1413133581_coseyeshdow7_lolta_main_w_800_img404_noimagemedium?1413133581MARC JACOBS STYLE EYE CON IN LOLITA is one I bought from Sephora and enjoy using. Yes it’s a typical nude palette but there’s something about Marc Jacobs Beauty that draws me in. I enjoy the luxury of taking it out of my organizer and applying it.
1413133241_27635-150ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE, RAW GARDEN EYE SHADOW PALETTE IN COSMOS is a limited edition that I am drooling over. Rouge Bunny Rouge shadows are more subtle than most of the choices I make and I have a feeling that this will be that way too. But I tend to use my RBR shadows very often for daily use. They aren’t too sparkly and they apply like silk.
1413132962_lorac-pro-palette-2LORAC PRO 2 is my newest palette and I’ve only had a chance to use it once. I received it, fell a few days later and have been laid up since. I already have the original Pro palette (below) so I know that this is a great addition to the shades in it. There are usually some sparkly shades in Lorac so I tend to ignore those but the ones I use are what drew me to adding another Lorac palette to my life.
1413132914_lorac-pro-paletteLORAC PRO is one of the palettes I get the most use out of. I believe this palette is what brought LORAC back into favor with beautynistas. Every list I saw in the last year included this as a favorite and after buying it, I know why. The shadows apply beautifully, wear well and don’t fade. Plus the colors are great for everyday and for special occasions. It comes with their great eyeshadow primer too which makes them wear even better.
1413132798_web_chocolatebar_openTOO FACED CHOCOLATE BAR PALETTE is my favorite of the 4 palettes I own from this list. I resisted buying it because I’m not a fan of fragrance and this smells chocolatey. But the scent is subtle – just enough to make you notice it, not enough to make others notice it. The colors are fabulous and I wish I had swatches for you. There are a couple of the more golden shades that I tend to wear more than others but I’ve yet to try a shade I haven’t liked. I love that there are two different larger base shades so you can start with a neutral or slightly cool base. This is a winner in my book. $49 well spent.
Do you own any of these palettes?
Please join my Makeup Wars blogger friends to see what is rocking their boat this fall.
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Makeup Wars wants to know if you can do a $30 Face

This week’s challenge for the Makeup Wars team was to create a face spending no more than $30. We did one previously for a $20 face and I thought this one would be a lot easier, but I didn’t find it to be easier. Even with sticking with a lot of e.l.f. cosmetics I still came in over $30 and that was switching out some of the products I wanted to use. In the end though, I like how I look so it can be almost done.

FACE PRODUCTS:

Makeup Wars $30 face products

Makeup Wars $30 face products

1) MAYBELLINE FIT ME CONCEALER in Fair – I like this concealer a lot actually. This was one of my top buys for this challenge. The concealer works well under my eyes and to conceal imperfections. Fair is a good match for my NW15 skin too. I’ve tried other concealers from Maybelline but this is the best of the lot. $4.99makeup wars 30 tm and conceal

2) E.L.F. TINTED MOISTURIZER SPF 20 in Porcelain – There are only 3 shades of this Tinted Moisturizer and Porcelain is the lightest. It’s way too yellow for me so I decided to mix the Maybelline Fit Concealer with it which worked out great. It gave it more substance and mellowed out the color. $3

Mix of ELF TM in Porcelain, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair

Mix of ELF TM in Porcelain, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Fair

3) E.L.F. TRANSLUCENT MATTIFYING POWDER – Another winner. I was strolling the aisles of Meijer to buy my products for today and thought I’d have to skip a powder even though I wear one daily. I saw this and I’m really glad I did. It’s translucent so it would work for almost everyone. It’s fragrance free (lots of drugstore products aren’t), it looks natural on, it has a mirror in the compact and a small sponge. $3

4) MAYBELLINE MASTER GLAZE BLUSH – I love these and decided that I’d rather spend a little more and get a color I didn’t have. This time I bought it in Just Pinched Pink which is a warm pink. $7.50

EYES:

5) BLACK RADIANCE URBAN IDENTITY SHADOW TRIO in Concept – This is my first experience with Black Radiance and I’m impressed. This is the same company that is the creator of WetnWild so I’m not surprised their shadows are so nice. Concept has three shades of green – a mellow muted emerald, khaki and a dark moss green with some shimmer. $2.89

Black Radiance e/s trio in Concept

Black Radiance e/s trio in Concept

6. E.L.F. WATERPROOF EYELINER PEN in Brown – I like these eyeliners but they dry out quickly. I’ve had this for about 8 months and it’s already harder to get the color out than it used to be. They come in a lot of shades and I’ve found it with all of them. This is something to use while it’s new but don’t be surprised if it doesn’t stay fresh. $2

swatches of Black Radiance e/s trio in Concept and ELF liquid liner

swatches of Black Radiance e/s trio in Concept and ELF liquid liner

Black Radiance e/s trio in Concept, ELF Liquid Liner, Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara

Black Radiance e/s trio in Concept, ELF Liquid Liner, Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara

7. MILANI TOTAL LASH COVER MASCARA – Another item I spent a little more on but the last time we did the challenge I hated the mascara I chose. I’d rather see myself (and you) in a great mascara like this Milani one. Plus I’m all about eyes. $4.99

LIPS:

8) E.L.F. MATTE LIP COLOR in Tea Rose – I had my choice of a lot of ELF lip products but I chose this because of the ease of use. This is truly matte though so it’s best to prep your lips with lip balm first or to put a clear gloss on top. $3

ELF Matte Lip Crayon

ELF Matte Lip Crayon

ELF Matte Lip Crayon in Tea Rose

ELF Matte Lip Crayon in Tea Rose

The two things I had to go without was something for my eyebrows (I actually used a $2 WnW shadow for my brows) and an eyeshadow primer so I used a sample of theBalm’s since I had that from a subscription and wanted to stay true to the task.

My bottom line came to $31.50 but that’s without any coupons. At CVS I’m always getting coupons in my email so that brings prices down. For example the Milani Mascara was actually $5.79 at CVS but I had a 30% off coupon so the mascara cost me $4. Coupons and rewards help a lot. My Meijer shopping was on a day they had 5% off, it doesn’t sound like much but every cent counts.

Have you used any of these gems? What would you recommend for a $30 face? — Marcia


Makeup Wars and Neon Nail Polish

Makeup Wars is featuring Neon Nail Polish this week. I don’t have a big collection of neons since I really only started appreciating them in the last year or two. Each one I’m showing has been sent for review and each one has become a polish I happily wore and will wear again.

My absolute favorite is butter London Lolly. This is from the Lolly Bright collection and I adore it. It probably isn’t classified as a neon but it’s neon bright on me.

butter LONDON Lolly and Stroppy

butter LONDON Lolly and Stroppy

butter LONDON Lolly

butter LONDON Lolly

Stroppy is the accent nail and it’s as gorgeous as Lolly but probably not a neon. Whether it’s a neon or not, it’s a fabulous polish that I thought of first with this topic.

Trind Caring Color Appletini is another that may or may not be neon but on me it’s bright and neony. The Trind polishes are excellent and last beautifully. My two favorites are Appletini (2nd) and Surf’s Up (last).

5 shades from Trind Caring Color

5 shades from Trind Caring Color

Trind Caring Color in Appletini

Trind Caring Color in Appletini

PIXI BEAUTY has some great neons. Fuschia Dew is just so pretty and makes for a fabulous mani or pedi.

Pixi Beauty Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Beauty Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Fuchsia Dew

Pixi Fuchsia Dew

Then there are the shades like Oh So Orange and Sizzling Sunshine that stand out from the crowd.

Sizzling Sunshine, Oh So Orange, Lime Lustre by Pixi

Sizzling Sunshine, Oh So Orange, Lime Lustre by Pixi

The only neon I’ve purchased in recent months is Dior Couture Colour Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer in Front Row. I didn’t know it was considered a neon until I wore it. It’s a very sophisticated type of neon and even if you ignored neons, this would be perfect.

Dior Front Row Gel Shine

Dior Front Row Gel Shine

Dior Front Row next to my red car in sunlight

Dior Front Row next to my red car in sunlight

I have a few polishes I’ve seen on blogs that I’d love to wear:

OPI Hotter Than You

OPI Hotter Than You

OPI Push and Pull

OPI Push and Pull

And borrowed from polish insomniac China Glaze Shore Enuff

China Glaze Shore Enuff (polish insomniac)

China Glaze Shore Enuff (polish insomniac)

Are you a fan of neon polish? Are there any here that set off alarms for you to come running? — Marcia


 

 

 

Makeup Wars creates looks for Too Faced Cat Eyes

Too Faced Cat Eyes palette

Too Faced Cat Eyes palette

Makeup Wars is back again with more eyeshadows. We’ve decided to all use the same palette to show you how many looks you can do from just one palette. The Makeup Wars bloggers are all different shapes and sizes and ethnicities. Our eyes aren’t the same shape, our skin tones are all different. That’s what is going to make this week’s Too Faced Cat Eyes post so much fun.

I’m not an exotic cat eye person. I look old and ridiculous with the beautiful cat eyeliner look. I’ve tried it and I won’t scare you away with those pictures. But I think I’ve achieved a look that gives the illusion of a cat eye liner in my own way.

Day look

Day look

This is what Too Faced chose as the Day Look. My interpretation using the Day shadows is 100% different but I love it nonetheless.

Too Faced Cat Eyes - my version

Too Faced Cat Eyes – my version

Cat Eyes day shadows

Cat Eyes day shadows

I love almost all the shades in this palette. I’ve sometimes had problems with glitter and glitter fallout with Too Faced but the Cat Eyes palette is magnificent. It’s got some shimmer but no big glitter chunks (the one exception is Kitty Glitter which obviously is glittery). The shadows went on easily and blended dreamily no matter which I picked from the palette. I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer with these looks, I always use a primer and it’s usually the TF one.

The day look uses three shades: PURR which is a slighly frosted creamy white, it’s not a stark white and on my pale skin is great for the brow bone area. TIGER’S EYE is a golden copper that had no shimmer, it’s more of a satin. It looks lighter in the palette than on my eye. LEOPARD can be used wet or dry (as can the last column in each row). I could see obvious glitter in the palette but it didn’t translate that way on my eye. Instead I ended up with a beautiful dark brown with some shimmer. I used this wet as an eyeliner. Then I used it dry, with a very thin eyeliner brush, and extended a thin line upward to approximate a cat eye. Later I blended that in better.

Day look with Too Faced Cat Eyes

Day look with Too Faced Cat Eyes

Cat Eyes

Cat Eyes

Here’s another look that used the pink and purple of Classic but with this one I wasn’t thinking “cat eyes”, just thinking “I love these colors, let’s play”.

Too Faced Cat Eyes using Classic shades plus

Too Faced Cat Eyes using Classic shades plus

For this look I started with a light mix of MEOW and KITTEN on my brow bone area. I wanted a touch of pink but not too much. On my lid I used PUSSY CAT, a pink/lavender with very subtle shimmer. Above that in the crease I did a windshield wash of TIGER’S EYE (from the Day Look) and then used JUNGLE LOVE very darkly on the outer third of my eye and blended into the corner. Jungle Love is a dark purple that is actually a matte yet has some subtle purple shimmer in it. I used a very thin line of black liquid eyeliner on the top and a little thicker on the bottom.

Pussy Cat, Tigers Eye and Jungle Love

Pussy Cat, Tigers Eye and Jungle Love

I’m loving this palette and I’m so glad that Makeup Wars chose this as the palette for us to highlight. I bought mine from sephora.com as it’s not in most stores yet.

Hopefully you and I will get a lot of new ideas on how to use this lovely palette in different ways. Let me know in the comments if you like either of my looks and if you plan on buying this yourself. — Marcia