Thursday, February 18, 2010

Covergirl Lash Blast Vs. Lash Blast Length Swatches, Pictures, Review

The Covergirl Lash Blast mascara has rave reviews and has sold millions. Shortly after its release, Covergirl decided to bank on the Lash Blast name and introduced a new mascara to the Lash Blast line, Lash Blast Length. It claims to dramatically lengthen lashes, while still having the same other effects as regular Lash Blast.

Pictured above Lash Blast Length and Lash Blast.

The main difference between these mascaras seems to be the brush. The regular Lash Blast has a very thick rubber brush, while Length has has a much thinner and longer brush.

Lash Blast on top, Last Blast Length on bottom.

As seen in the top pictures, the regular Lash Blast made my lashes look a lot darker, but didn't do much for lengthening. It also clumped some of the lashes together. The picture on the bottom shows Lash Blast Length, which seems to have separated my lashes and gives the appearance of more lashes.

Which mascara would I choose? I would choose Lash Blast Length over the regular Lash Blast, but personally, neither mascara fulfills my needs. I like dramatic mascaras that separate, volumize, curl, and lengthen. However, if you are looking for a natural mascara that is good for separating, go for Lash Blast Length.

*Bonus Mini Review*
-My Favorite Mascara-

My favorite mascara is L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black. This mascara dramatically darkens the lashes, while adding tons of volume and some length.

The packaging of this mascara is very nice. Voluminous comes in a sleek black tube with gold writing and a shiny gold cap.

The brush is pretty standard to most mascaras, but the formula is amazing. It does not clump my lashes and makes them so much darker and fuller.

I love L'oreal Voluminous Carbon Black :)

Mac Viva Glam Gaga & Saint Germain Swatches, pictures, review

Mac recently released a new collection of Viva Glam lipsticks featuring a light blue-pink shade designed by Lady Gaga, and a rusty coral red designed by Cyndi Lauper.

Each tube features special red lettering on the outside, and a red metal inside with each of the celebritie's signatures. The purpose of the red coloring is for AIDS awareness. All of the proceeds from the Viva Glam Line of lipsticks go to the Mac AIDS fund.

Pictured above and swatched below, Viva Glam Gaga and a popular similar shade to compare, Saint Germain.

I prefer the Saint Germain lipstick to the Viva Glam Gaga, but each are pretty shades. The benefits of Viva Glam Gaga are that it is a buildable color, meaning you can layer it several times to achieve the pigmentation desired, and it also has a slight sheen because it is a lustre finish.

The Saint Germain lipstick is an amplified creme and is much more rich and creamy. It requires only one coat for a full opaque finish. I prefer the amplified cremes to all other finishes of Mac lipsticks. However, these lipsticks usually have a more matte finish, so if you desire a shiny look to your lips, the Viva Glam Gaga in the lustre finish would be best for you.

Mac lipsticks can be found at most department stores that have makeup centers, mac stores, mac pro stores, and

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Purple Shimmer Eyeshadow Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to recreate the purple shimmery eyeshadow look seen above.

1. Cover lids with an eyeshadow primer. (I used L'oreal Decrease)

2. Use a black creme eyeshadow all over the lid and blend to just above the crease, while making sure not to spread the black to the inner part of the eyelid. (I used NYX jumbo eyeshadow pencil in Black Bean)

3. Put a shimmery purple eyeshadow over all of the black creme shadow. Go just a bit above the crease of the lid. Make sure to stop the eyeshadow just a little past the center of the eyelid, leaving the inner corner, and just a bit more, open. (I used NYX pearl mania in True Purple)

4. Apply a shimmery pink shade from the outside edge of the inner corner to just past the center of the lid, overlapping the purple shadow. (I use LA Colors loose eyeshadow in Lollipop)

5. Use a nude shimmery or matte shadow (your preference) to blend the purple and pink shadow just above the crease to the brow bone. Then apply the nude shade to the inner corner of the eye. (I used NYX peal mania in Nude)

6. Take a very dark black liquid liner, pen, or pencil and apply it on the top and bottom lash line. (I used Jordana FabuLiner in black)

7. Take a black eyeliner pencil and apply it to the waterline. (I used L'oreal extra-intense liquid pencil eyeliner in Black)

8. Take the pink shimmer eyeshadow you used in step 4, and apply it over the black liner on the bottom lash line.

10. Add a pretty pink blush. (I used ELF studio line blush in Tickled Pink)

11. Finally, add a pink shade of lipstick with a purple undertone. (I used Revlon Matte Lipstick in Pink Pout and applied a dash of NYX round lipstick in Narcissus over it)

12. (Optional) Apply a set of false lashes. (I used NYX lashes in number 101)

You should now have pretty purple and pink lids with lots of fancy shimmer :D

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