Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

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Marc Jacobs Velvet Nior Major Volume Mascara Sample

I got a sample of this mascara back when it first launched, but with how rainy Seattle is I wasn’t able to give it a really good try until recently (its not waterproof), now that its really spring. Now you all know, I love a good volumizing mascara, and everyone has been talking about how great this one is, so I had high hopes.

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wearing Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara

Turns out, I half love, half hate this mascara (I’m very split on this one). On one of my eyes in the picture above you can see beautiful, amazing, volumized but seperated lashes. But, on the other eye, there is a clumpy mess that is just not cute (in my opinion, for everyday, this isn’t the runway people!). I have loved many a volumizing mascara, and yes, they do have a tendency to easily get clumpy, I know this. The Marc Jacobs Velvet Nior just goes clumpy really quickly for me, so I have to be very careful to use a little bit and keep my application light and feathered (not a lot of wiggle with the wand at the base of the lashes).

I found it lasted well, no smudging or smearing and its very black (very black is very important). I just can’t get past the clumpy thing. I don’t like the look of my lashes too often when I use this, and there are so many great volumizing mascaras that don’t clump. I don’t need the extra work or headache (you could of course separate the lashes with a lash comb if you really love this mascara, but again, why the extra work when there are amazing drugstore options out there!?).

I think this is a good mascara, just know that it can get clumpy and you have to be a bit careful with it. It is a beautiful deep black with good lasting power, and the hourglass wand was actually very easy to use. You can get this mascara at Sephora and online for $26 for the full sized tube.

The rundown: B-

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My Favorite Makeup Products of 2015

Hi guys! I know this took me a while, but I finally rounded up my 2015 makeup favorites. I’m trying not to repeat any from last year, so if I am still loving the same item in a category it won’t be on this list ( like the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, check las years out here).

Foundation – Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation is my favorite from last year. I finished off a bottle of this last year (my new one is currently in my makeup bag). The only other foundation I have finished a bottle of is the Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+, which I still adore. This foundation is hydrating, but long wearing. It doesn’t break up from oil. Long wear and comfortable wear, is a win in my book (no nasty dry patches or crepey dry skin).

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Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation

Powder – My favorite finishing powder of the year is the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, which is beautifully finely milled. It sets the makeup with a rose-petal-velvet-soft finish. It perfects pores and controls oil. Its amazing. I’ve gone through three of these. I can’t stop.

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Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder

Bronzers – My top two (I couldn’t pick just one) areΒ NARS Laguna and the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow. Both of the bronzer shades have some sheen to them (I like the dimension and life it gives the skin). I use Laguna when I want more of a tan and the Charlotte Tilbury when I’m pale.

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top – NARS Laguna, bottom – Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow

Blush – Per usual I have a bunchΒ of blushes (who can pick just one!?). This has been the year of the nude blush for me. Well, nude makeup really (but we’ll get to that with eyeshadow and lipstick too). I love the Charlotte Tilbury and Clinique Cheek Pop blushes. Both formulas are stellar and I would recommend any shade from both lines. I have just been all about the nude blush this year. I cannot recommend First Love, Nude Pop, and Sex on Fire enough if you love nude blushes.

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from left – Charlotte Tilbury First Love, Clinique Cheek Pop in Nude Pop, and Charlotte Tilbury Sex on Fire

Eyeshadows – I have been loving simple, clean eyeshadow looks this year. I already did a whole post on my deep love for Urban Decay Beware, but basically its a beautiful shade and great formula. I was surprised by how much I love the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette. I used this for two months straight after I got it. Its amazing, the formula of these shadows are great and the shades are perfect for everyday, nude eye looks. Charlotte Tilbury The Sophisticate is my favorite all matte palette from last year. I love the colors and the formula, matte looks aren’t boring to me, I love the definition you can get without it being over the top. The Giorgio Armani Eye Tints are amazing. The formula is easy to use, long wearing, and beautifully shimmery. My favorite shade is 11 Cold Copper, a stunning champagney taupe.

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from the bottom left clockwise – Urban Decay Beware, Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette, Charlotte Tilbury The Sophisticate, Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in 11

Mascara – My two favorite mascaras this year are at totally opposite ends of the expense scale, but they are both dramatic and volumizing. I love Maybelline Lash Sensational, I’ve gone through tubes of these in the last year. This gives great big voluminous lashes, which is my jam. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill is a new love, but man, this stuff is amazing! No wonder everyone has been talking about it. In a few swipes I get huge, amazing lashes. I swear, my lashes look fake. Its amazing, but really only if you like dramatic lashes. This is not for the faint of heart.

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top – Maybelline Lash Sensational, bottom – Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill

Lipstick – I still love lip liner in a big way, but I’m still loving the same shades and formulas I did last year. So this year I’m going to talk about lipsticks (another real love). I spent all of my summer in NARS Rita (after becoming obsessed with 1920s lips), a beautiful true red. Marc Jacobs New Nudes formula is amazing, super comfortable and a nice medium pigment. Its easy to wear and easy to re-apply. Eat Cake is a beautiful muted pink that I have been wearing all the time. Charlotte Tilbury B*tch Perfect is the perfect nude shade in the perfect classic lipstick formula. Creamy, comfortable and pigmented these lipsticks (any color really) are just amazing.

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from the top – NARS Audacious Lipstick in Rita, Marc Jacobs New Nudes Eat Cake, Charlotte Tilbury B*tch Perfect
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swatches from the left – Charlotte Tilbury B*tch Perfect, Marc Jacobs New Nudes in Eat Cake, NARS Audacious Lipstick in Rita

Please let me know what you loved last year in the comments! I need a new shopping list and you always have the best recommendations. Β Thank you guys so much for reading this blog and being makeup enabling friends this past year πŸ™‚ .

The Products I’ve Been Using for my Flick

Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer

I love the formula for the Marc Jacobs Highliners, but I don’t line my waterline often, so I’ve been using this liner in a bit of a different way.

I’ve been using this pencil-gel hybrid as my winged liner by pairing it with a gel liner brush. I first draw the pencil directly onto my lid in a thin (as thin as I can get it) line at the base of my lashes. Then I smooth it out with the liner brush (make the liner thicker at the outer edge of your eye if your’e into that cat eye thing).

Then I add a bit more liner dabbed on my outer corner (you can skip this next step for a classic, clean liner look with just a line across the lash line that gets a bit thicker at the outer corner). I use my liner brush then to work the product I’ve added to my outer corner into a wing (I use my brush like a liquid liner pen, pull out a line and then drag the product back to your lash line to create a triangle and fill in). It works really beautifully with this liner since the creamy formula is easy to work with, like a gel (but mega long wearing). I use the Make Up For Ever 250 liner brush.

If you guys want to see this eyeliner application technique in action, let me know, I’ll do a video on it. The internet at my hotel isn’t all that great, so I haven’t been uploading videos (its fantastically slow to upload), but I’ll see if I can whip something quick up.

What do you guys think? Have you ever tried this technique for winged liner?

Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer Does Not Budge, Literally

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Marc Jacobs Highligher Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer

I have heard great things about the Marc Jacobs pencil liners, so I grabbed one to test it out. These are twist up gel liners in pencil form. Each comes with a plastic sharpener in the bottom. I do prefer wood pencil liners since I find I can get a sharper point on them when I sharpen them, but this one has a good point.

 

This black liner is very pigmented and creamy. There is no dragging or tugging, it really is a gel formula. What really amazes me about this is the staying power. This stuff wears like glue. It does not budge. On my oily lids and in my waterline, this stuff is stuck. Getting it off is actually a bit of a struggle (and thats after an eight hour day of wear) and I don’t even want to tell you how hard it was to get the swatch off my arm.

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Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer Swatched on my NC/NW20 Skin

 

I have tried using this with an angled brush to wing it out, and it works nicely since its a good creamy formula. It does sheer out some when I use this technique, so I find I need to go over the line. You can also start by drawing this straight from the pencil for the color payoff and then refine the line with a brush.

I am honestly very impressed, and now I can personally attest to all the fuss. This is good stuff. You can get the Marc Jacobs liners (lots of great colors are available) for $25 at Sephora and online.

The rundown: A

 

2014 Beauty Favorites

Okay guys get ready, this is gonna be a long one. Hope you love it! Be sure to let me know in the comments what your favorites of this year were. If you click on the product hyperlink it will take you to a more in-depth review or post the product was used in. In case you want some more detail on any of these products.

Primer-

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Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

I use the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer every day. Its great for oily skin and just creates the perfect base. Its one of the only products where I see a noticeable addition in longevity to my makeup. It works, I love it.

Foundation-

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Light

It took me a bit to warm up to Estee Lauder Double Wear Light but now I absolutely love it. If you have oily skin this is the longest lasting foundation and it never breaks down from your nasty oil. Its amazing. Good medium/light coverage with a nice lightweight feel on the skin. Its a winner.

Concealer-

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NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

My go-to for everything concealer this year has been the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Its works under the eyes, on redness, on spots on everything. Its such a fabulous multitasker. I’ve been through a few tubes of this, its perfect for travel since its a one product does all deal.

Setting Powder-

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Power – Diffused Light

 

This was a hard toss-up between the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder and the NARS Light Reflecting. Both are amazing but the slight yellow in Diffused Light brought this one ahead. The slight addition of yellow tones down my redness (acne prone what-what!).

Powder Foundation-

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Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation

I love the amazing coverage and glow that the Laura Mercier Mineral Foundation gives. I gave my favorite powder to a very seriously matte guy last year (Benefit’s Hello Flawless which, I still love) so I wanted to shake it up a bit. This one is killer.

Bronzer-

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Benefit Hoola

This year I was all about the matte bronzer and, Benefit Hoola is just fabulous. Its not orange or red, its just a beautiful bronze that will work for most light to medium-dark skin tones.

Blush-

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Clinique Cheek Pops

The formula I was most impressed by this year was the Clinique Cheek Pops. They are killer. They look amazing on the skin and have a good variation of colors (hopefully they will bring out more). Now you know me, I can’t just do one blush pick.

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NARS Lovejoy

My most worn blush of the year has to be NARS Lovejoy. Its just the perfect color in a stellar formula. Whats not to love?

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

I wasn’t crazy about the Ambient Lighting Blush formula this year but this palette has won me over. Its perfect for travel (which was a big thing for me this year) and the color Luminous Flush is just a gorgeous pink. Love it.

Eye Primer-

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NARS Smudge Proof Shadow Base

If you have oily lids and shadow does not last on you, you need the NARS Smudge Proof Shadow Base. Nothing else keeps my shadows and and not-creasing all day.

Eyeshadow-

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NARS God Created Woman Palette

Another category that will have more than one entry (I hope you don’t mind). But my most used palette has to be the NARS God Created Woman palette, it was re-released this year so it totally counts as a 2014 item (right!? right).

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NARS Dual Intensity Shadows
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Ardency Inn Modster Shadow

 

The big thing this year was metallic shadows. The two formulas that blew me away were the NARS Dual Intensity Shadows and the Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Shadows.

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YSL Couture Palette is 02

 

The best new formula of shadows this year was the new YSL shadows. These are killer and I love them! A great formula if you want something a bit high end. Okay I’m done. Promise.

Liner-

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Kat Von D Tattoo Trooper Liquid Liner

The Kat Von D Tattoo liquid liner in Trooper (the one with the brush tip). Its just amazing. I also like her felt tip version, but the brush tip takes the cake.

Mascara-

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Marc Jacobs O!Mega

Love this stuff. Its great. Gives me volume and length without the clumps. I also loved the Loreal Voluminous Butterfly if you want a drugstore option (its great too).

Brows-

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Hourglass Arch

This pencil makes it quick and easy to do my brows (another great for travel option). Its also super ashy which is clutch.

Lips-

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Laura Mercier Lip Liner and Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector

You guys know I have always been a big lip liner lover and I discovered the Laura Mercier liners this past year. They are amazing and are now my favorite liner formula. To keep thing from being too dry I have been all about the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors (just like last year).

Tools-

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Shiseido Lash Curlers

 

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Wayne Goss Brushes

My last two favorites are my lash curlers (if you have almond eyes the Shiseido curlers are fabulous) and my Wayne Goss brushes. If you are looking to get into luxury brushes, the Wayne Goss brushes are amazing.

That wraps me up, please let me know if you want to see other categories (like skin care, hair etc) but I figured makeup would be the most fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victorias Secret Makeup Look

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the look

Tonight is the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. My friends and I from college are obsessed with it and every year we get all hyped and excited for it. In the spirit I wanted to do a post on the classic VS makeup look.

Go for a glowy base but keep it flawless. Gotta have stunning skin.

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the face products

I used my beloved Becca Shadow and Light for contour, because lets be real those VS girls have cheekbones for days. Plus the bronzer is shimmery and you need that bronze glow. You’re going to need a highlighter, I chose a nice bronze tone which, from my stash is MAC Superb, but any can do. For blush go for more glow with a shimmer finish and think pink, I used NARS Orgasm. Pink flush and major bronze glow. Thats the key.

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the eyes

For your eyes start by defining your eye shape by filing in your brows, I used my Anastasia Brow Wiz. Then use a eyeshadow base since that catwalk can get very hot, the NARS Pro Prime is my favorite. I then used the Lorac Pro palette for my shadows. Lt. Bronze for all over the lid, Cream under the brow bone and Taupe in the crease. I deepened the outer corner using Sable. You want a bronze defined eye.

Then I did some winged liner courtesy of the Kat Von D Ink liner, and while the Angels aren’t as into winged liner this is my take on it. If you want to stay more on book you can use gel and do a push liner application on your top lashline. Β Next, tons of mascara. All the lashes. You could easily add some falsies too.

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the lips

For lips think pink again. You know I’m a huge fan of lip liner with gloss and, since your look needs to last through the whole show, liner works great. I used the Laura Mercier Potpourri Lip Liner. You need those lips to be glossy too, for which I used Buxom Sandy gloss.

This look is all about va-va-voom beauty, so have fun with it. Let me know, will you be trying this look out? Are you excited for the legs and wings tonight?

 

 

 

Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara is O!Mazing

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Marc Jacobs O!Mega Volumizing Mascara

I got this little sample with some points from Sephora and on my last trip out of town for work I took him with me. The Marc Jacobs O!Mega (love the name) Volumizing Mascara is meant to deliver dramatic lashes with all the goods, length, volume, separation and, curl.

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oh that brush!

The formula and brush on this mascara are just to my liking. A full, bushy bristle brush in a classic volumizing shape. There are more bristles packed in here for extra separation and volume and, I like it. The formula is also great, it delivers volume without sacrificing length or giving me droopy lashes. Plus the formula sets dry (which I find is something I really prefer) and lasts all day without flaking and smudging.

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bare lashes
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wearing Marc Jacobs O!Mega Volumizing Mascara

I have to say, I really love this mascara. I delivers all the goods to my lashes just as promised. I love the volume and length combo you get, its a perfect balance of the two mascara results. I would buy a full tube of this, just in case you were wondering. If you love some classic volume with added length, this guys for you.

You can get this mascara for $26 online and at Sephora.

The rundown: A+