10.31.2014

New York Color NYC Midnight Beauty: Makeup Review & FOTD!

Provided for review

Good afternoon, friends!  Today I have another makeup review for you!  I don't necessarily plan on doing makeup posts super often, but I just got these in to review and wanted to post them as quickly as I could.  The four items I have here are from the New York Color NYC Midnight Beauty Collection for Halloween!  This collection also features some nail polishes, false eyelashes and lipsticks, but today I have two eye shadow palettes, a mascara, and a liquid eyeliner to show you.  I'll go through each product and then show you the face I did with them.


First up, I have the NYC Individual Eyes palettes ($4.99) in Hate The Night and Vampires.  Each features four shadows, a primer, an illuminator, and a foam applicator.  I have swatches below of both palettes.  I used the foam applicator included for the swatches, and did a few swipes back and forth on my arm.  You can definitely build these shadows up to be as dramatic as you'd like, and using the primer or illuminator on your lids first will definitely make the colors pop.  The shadows are nicely pigmented, but not as creamy as some of the high-end shadows in my collection.



I think it's nice that a primer and illuminator are included in the palettes - if you don't have a huge makeup stash, that makes it a lot easier to achieve the look you'd like.  Personally, I don't always use primer on my lids because I tend to have oily eyelids, and I don't always want my shadows to be quite a dramatic as they turn out with primer.

NYC Big Bold Curl Mascara ($4.99) in Extreme Black claims to provide up to 99% more curl and lift.  I have short, nearly non-existent eyelashes, but I have found a mascara routine that generally works for me.  I was hopeful that this mascara would work for me, but I didn't really get the length that I needed.  The brush is quite large and rounded, so I found it hard to apply to the base of my lashes without getting it everywhere.  I'm not sure that the claim of 99% more curl and lift is accurate, but I would like to try layering it with a lengthening mascara in the future.



NYC Liquid Eyeliner ($2.99) in Black is a basic liquid eyeliner with a precision brush applicator.  I usually am really terrible with liquid eyeliner, but this one was actually pretty nice!  Once I wiped the excess off the brush (similar to how I would with nail polish), I found it pretty easy to work with.


Now that I've tried these, I would definitely purchase NYC eyeshadows and liquid liner again.  The Individual Eyes palettes are very nice for the price, and the Liquid Eyeliner is the first liquid I've used that I didn't get everywhere.  New York Color is owned by Coty, but NYC maintains a no animal testing policy.  I love affordable makeup that I can pick up at the drugstore!


I used these products to put together an eye look for work on Wednesday.  Since I was planning to do a dramatic winged eyeliner, I wanted everything else to be sort of subtle.  I chose to skip the primer on my lids so that my shadow would be nice and subtle.  I used the Liquid Eyeliner to do a basic winged eyeliner (be gentle...I'm just a beginner!).  I felt a little nervous to wear a winged look, but once I got used to it, I loved it!  And I apologize that I have a bit of regrowth on my brows...it's amazing what shows up in close-up photos!



Face:
The Body Shop Concealer Pencil (02)
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Mineral Loose Powder (Creamy Natural)
Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Blush (Blushing Rose)

Eyes:
NYC Individual Eyes Palette (Vampires)
Wet N Wild ColorIcon Brow & Eye Liner (Black Black)
NYC Liquid Eyeliner (Black)
NYC Big Bold Curl Mascara (Extreme Black)

Brows:
The Body Shop Brow Definer (Brunette)

Lips:
NYX Butter Lipstick (JuJu)

NYC products provided for review.

DD Spooky Days: Spiderweb Chevron Tips


Hi everyone, and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  It's the final day of our Digit-al Dozen Spooky Days posts!  It's been a fun week filled with great holiday nail art from the Digit-al Dozen artists!  Today I'm finishing up with "funky french" look that plays with a classic Halloween motif: spiderwebs!


I've played around with the idea of chevron french manicures with a twist several times before (polka dots and leopard print).  This one is similar to those looks, but with webs instead!  I started with a coat of Milani Color Statement Vintage Lace Sheer to give my nails a soft, pretty look.  Then, I used a striping brush and Milani NEONS Totally 80s to do a diagonal tip, leaving part of my visible nail line exposed (usually that would drive me nuts, but I think I like it here!).  Then, I free-handed the webs with Milani High Speed Fast Dry Black Swift.  Once everything was dry, I sealed everything in with Milani Color Statement Quick Dry Top Coat.




This is actually quite a simple look...easy to do!  I think this week, I came up with some fun Halloween designs, and I'm sure I'll revisit them for tutorials next year during the month of October.  I'm not usually a french tip girl, but I think my favorites this year were my "witch's hats" tips!  Which manicure is your favorite from The Digit-al Dozen's Spooky Days?!


And since it's officially Halloween today, I want to share a collage of all of the Halloween looks I did this year!  We had our big family party last weekend, so I'm not planning on anything big today, but I will drink my coffee out of my Halloween mug for sure ;)  Have a great, and safe, holiday!


Milani products provided for previous review.


10.30.2014

DD Spooky Days: Swirls & Glitter


Hello everyone!  It's day #4 of our unofficial Digit-al Dozen week, and my manicure today plays with some of the colors of the season!  While orange and black are nice, I love when green and purple shades are included in Halloween looks, like my swirls and glitter manicure today!


This starts out with a base of Milani High Speed Fast Dry White On The Spot on my pinky, ring, and thumb nails.  While that dried, I polished my remaining nails in Milani Purple Gleam, a gorgeous glitter polish!  I then used Milani High Speed Fast Dry Jiffy Orange and used the same technique I used in [this post] to create the swirls.  I sealed everything in with Milani Color Statement Quick Dry Top Coat...easy!




This manicure is quite simple, but the colors and contrast are striking!  What are your favorite Halloween colors to play with?

Milani polishes provided for previous review.

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