Sunday, January 31, 2010

Blog Rename

As you may or may not have noticed, I have renamed my blog address from glamangel1 to glamatronic. I plan on making youtube tutorials and videos soon under the glamatronic id, so I felt I should change the blog name. Sorry if this name change has caused any confusion. Also, please note that you should now send emails to

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NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Swatches, Pictures, Review

One of my favorite low-end pigments is the NYX Ultra Pearl Mania. The pigments are available in 24 shades and come in shimmery pearl, metallic, and very sparkly finishes. They are very long lasting and super pigmented, and best of all, they are priced at only $2!

My collection of NYX Ultra Pearl Mania. Click the picture to have a closer look and to read color names.

These pigments have one con, the packaging. They come in tiny plastic jars, which are very cute and easy to store, but it makes it almost impossible for you to dip a brush into them. You will either have to pour out the product, which could result in pouring out too much and wasting a portion, or you can repackage them, which is what I chose to do. [I purchased a 24 pack of small bead containers from Wal-Mart, which also came with a spiffy holding case.]

Overall, I'm completely in love with these pigments. My favorite pigment colors are Mocha and Lime, but they are all really pretty. At only $2, you really can't go wrong. Even if they were to cost three times more, I would still repurchase them.

You can find NYX Ultra Pearl Mania pigments at or on

As always, if you have any questions about nyx pigments, or anything else, feel free to email me at

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hard Candy Primer

Hard Candy has recently hit the shelves of most Wal-Mart stores. While browsing through my store's tiny collection, the Sheer Envy Primer caught my eye. I've only tried one other primer, the Rimmel Fix and Perfect, which gave my skin a weird tone, so I wanted to try something new.

First off, I have to say, do not by this primer if you have oily skin. After wearing it for only an hour, my face looked like it was peeling all over. The peeling was not my skin, but the primer mixing with my makeup and forming a scaley look around my nose, eyebrows, forehead, and chin. I think the cause of the primer 'slippage' may have been caused by my oily skin, but I really do not if it will have this effect on everyone.

There is a pro. After first applying the primer, it makes the skin feel very smooth, silky and soft, which allows the foundation to spread seamlessly and look much more smooth than without the primer. However, this smooth look did not last for long.

As far as staying power, it did help my foundation stay on longer, but i assume that is because all the foundation was running down into the scaley patches.

I think my opinion on this primer is clear. I do not like the Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer, and I would not recommend this to anyone.

Monday, January 25, 2010

China Glaze Up & Away

Hello everyone! I finally received my assortment of China Glaze polishes from the Up & Away collection. For the collection, what you see is what you get. The color you see in the bottle is exactly what it looks like on your nails, and all of these polishes are creme based.

Surprisingly, even the light pastel colors only require two coats for a full opaque finish. The formulas of these colors also seem to be quite thick compared to a lot of the other china glazes. The pro from this is of course the coverage, the con being you have to work rather fast at painting the nails because it dries quickly and can get clumpy or uneven if not spread in a timely manner.

Pictured above from left to right: Four Leaf Clover, Flyin' High, Re-Fresh Mint, Light As Air, Something Sweet, Peachy Keen, Sugar High, Heli-Yum, Grape Pop.

Pictured above: Four Leaf Clover, Flyin' High, Re-Fresh Mint, Light As Air, Something Sweet

Four Leaf Clover is a really bright, almost neon, turquoise green, while Flyin' High is a much more blue based turquoise.

Re-Fresh Mint, Light As Air, and Something Sweet are all very similar pastel colors. However, Re-Fresh Mint has the green minty undertone, Light As Air has the lilac undertones, and Something Sweet has the very light pink undertones.

Pictured above: Peachy Keen, Sugar High, Heli-Yum, Grape Pop.

Peachy Keen is also a pastel, but is a little darker than the other pastels. It is a light peachy orange color. Sugar High is a very bright, yet soft, pink. Heli-Yum is a raspberry pink with a purple undertone, and Grape Pop is a muted bright plumy purple.

Not pictured, but also in the Up & Away collection, High Hopes is a reddish pink with an orange undertone. Happy Go Lucky is a bright true yellow color, and Lemon Fizz is a pastel light yellow.

I have to say I am really loving these colors. I passed on High Hopes, Happy Go Lucky, and Lemon Fizz because I already have really similar colors for these.

China Glaze is available at many beauty supplies stores, such as Sally's. They are also available at discount prices on

If you have any questions about the China Glaze Up & Away collection, feel free to leave a comment or email me at

Note: Changed blog name from glamangel to glamatronic after posting these pictures.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

ELF Mineral Lipsticks Swatches, Pictures, Review

Eyes Lips Face, also known as ELF, is known for its unbelievably cheap prices, while still offering quality makeup. I recently tried 14 of their mineral line lipsticks. They retail at $5, but I took advantage of their 75% off lip products sale!

Pictured above and swatched below from left to right; barely bitten, cool coral, cheerful cherry, rustic brick, prime plum, ripe rose, royal red, fiery fuchsia, rosey raisin, nicely nude, rosey tan, party pink, runway pink, and natural nymph.

The pros of the lipsticks are that they're really creamy and most have a more creme or matte finish, while barely bitten, royal red, and cool coral have a pretty golden undertone sheen. Some of the lipsticks are more pigmented than others, however, I've found that they are also somewhat buildable.

A con of these lipsticks is they are somewhat drying, so I suggest applying a lip balm before applications. Also, the shade selection tends to lean towards the darker side, and I was a little upset that they didn't offer any true red colors or more pretty light pinks.

Overall, I would definitely repurchase some of these colors. My favorite shades are runway pink, barely bitten, and natural nymph. As for the other shades, I would repurchase royal red, cheerful cherry, nicely nude, and party pink as long as I had a coupon code.

You can find these lipsticks at under the mineral section.

Be sure to check my blog again in a few days for a review of ELF mineral and studio line blushes.

If you have any comments or questions about the ELF Mineral Lipsticks, feel free to email me at, or post a comment below.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sparkly Silver Eyes

To achieve this eyeshadow look...

I first covered my eyes with elf mineral eyeshadow primer. I then used nyx jumbo eyeshadow pencil in pots 'n' pans all over the eyelid to provide a sticky base.

Next, I used the coastal scents 88 shimmer eyeshadow palette. From this palette, I used the top two silvers on the right side, and then I used the very bottom black on the right side for the outer corner.

As my upper eye highlight, I used the top left shimmer nude color in the palette and also used this for my inner corner.

Next, I lined my eyes with the elf eyeliner pen in the shade plum.

I then used a tad more nyx jumbo pencil to provide a sticky base for the glitter I would be using. Next, I applied nyx glitter in the shade of disco ball all over the eye.

Then, I used Loreal voluminous mascara in carbon black, and I applied nyx false lashes number111.

*Note... this eyeshadow is much more intense in person, but wouldn't show up in photographs. For less intensity, leave out the disco ball sparkles and the false lashes.

-Primer and eyeliner available at
-nyx eyeshadow pencil, glitter, and lashes available at
-Eyeshadows available at
-Mascara available at most department stores

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