Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Stila Smudge Stick Review

 This is another of the awesome deals I got last Friday! Stila 2-packs of smudge sticks were only $10 at Ulta! These eyeliners are on clearance for $10 A PIECE on the Stila website, so I decided to get an extra. The first color is Koi, a beautiful burnished gold the color of... you guessed it, a koi. The other is Silver Dollar, a delicious metallic, pure silver. (On a side note, the Bare Minerals set was $10, but this post isn't about those!)
swatches with flash to show metallic pigment. I have no idea why my skin looks so red here lol.
in natural light to show color. This is the best representation of the 2 smudge sticks.
 For the price, you absolutely can NOT beat these. They aren't the typical black eyeliner, but metallics are so in right now! Experiment with some color and add fun to your routine. I've found that their endurance is similar to Urban Decay's 24/7 liners. Once they dry, they're good to go for at least 3 to 4 hours without heavy sweating. I don't think I would pay the normal $20 for these, but then again, I don't pay that much for hardly anything haha. The colors are perfection, and the silver one looks like a dupe for HiP and NARS. I'll have to do some research into that and let you know what I find out! All in all, a very good deal on a great product.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

MAC Melt Your Heart Set

cute red and white packaging
 One of the things I picked up on Black Friday was the Melt Your Heart lip bag. It features BOTH Viva Glam Lady Gaga I and II, as well as a red makeup bag. Every cent of profit from your Viva Glam purchase goes towards helping those affected by HIV and funding AIDS research. Lady Gaga I isn't even sold anymore, so I would recommend picking one up while you can.
 The set comes with a card that says:
(Regardless of your views on safe sex/abstinence, I'm glad to see such a huge company trying to spread awareness.)
The swatches above were done with flash, so the Viva Glam II (on left) is a bit more caramel colored than it normally would be. Both shades are gorgeous! VGG is a lustre finish, and VGG II has an amplified finish. Overall, I feel like both colors are very suitable for most skintones. Go out and pick this set up while you can!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Urban Decay Tinted Moisturizer Review

This review is for the lightest shade Halo. I have alot of acne scarring, so please dont run in fear at the first pictures haha! I'll say right off the bat that it's a tinted MOISTURIZER... not a foundation. It does have pretty good coverage, but don't have expectations of thick coverage when that's not what this product is. As far as color goes, this shade does have more of a yellow tone to it, which is hard to find in foundations sometimes. The container isn't the best, because you have to be careful with the pump spitting out too much. However, I got it on sale for $4, so I'm not going to complain too much. Wear time is great, I normally can keep it on for a full work day. It doesn't break me out, which is super important! Some bases tend to mess up my skin from being too thick or oily. Overall, I like it. I'd give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
blended out
with powder and full makeup

Friday, November 18, 2011

Face of the Day

 Today I used Graffiti by Urban Decay, Black Dog by Urban Decay, Merle Norman blue liquid eye liner, and Honey by Urban Decay. (Graffiti and Honey are part of the Deluxe palette. Black Dog is part of the Black palette.)
 The lips were a mixture of MAC pigment and Victoria's Secret clear gloss. Easy to make and wear!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Face of Viva Glam 2012

The MAC Facebook page just released the images and names of the Viva Glam 2012 campaign! Nikki Minaj and Ricky Martin will be the faces of the new lipstick. 100% of the proceeds will go to AIDS research, so keep an eye out at the MAC counters in February 2012.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Smashbox Package and Swatches

the super cute packaging
 I got a package in the mail today from Smashbox! I scored BIG on this one guys... The Burlesque set is on clearance, and you receive a free sample with every order (Photo Finish Primer). If you decide to look at the clearance section of the website, you have to be a member first! Their last call section is only for those who already signed up. Shipping is free with every order. Because I spent $25, I also received a deluxe sample of Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder in Fair. Last but not least, Smashbox has a program called Let's Do Lunch! Members of the website get a free full size product with any order on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The day I ordered, it was Lip Enhancing Gloss in Lust.
The Burlesque set includes Limitless Liquid Liner Pen in Jet Black, Loose Shimmer in Burlesque, Dual Lipgloss in Peep/Show, and Shadow/Liner Quad in Risque - all for $25.
Shadow and Liner Quad in Risque
Free Stuff! - primer, powder, and gloss
 Swatches with flash, L-R: Lust gloss, Peep/ Show duo, Jet Black liner, Risque Shadow Quad
Swatches in natural light, L-R: Lust gloss, Peep/ Show duo, Jet Black liner, Risque Shadow Quad

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Vibrant Doll Online Magazine

I have some great news... You are looking at Vibrant Doll Online Magazine's newest writer, Sarah Doll! I will be posting all kinds of articles, and I promise that this blog will be updated just as much as it is now. Feel free to check out the website if you would like to follow the awesome work of all of my fellow dolls. :D
"We are excited to be able to give you guys & dolls the pleasure of receiving a Vibrant Doll experience. As you can see it's very bright and colorful.. but that's just us, that's how we live our lives - and you should too. Vibrant Doll is all about life and living it vibrantly. We are musically inspired young individuals who have a lot to say and a lot to give. This isn't your average website, it's an experience."                             -vibrantdoll.com