Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fun with False Lashes!!


Ok---Story time:

In college I lived in my Sorority house, and for my last Formal a local beauty joint set up shop in our basement and offered spray tans and "permanent lashes" at a discounted price. The lashes are normally $50+ and now they were a flat $30, so I decided to splurge. I was so glad I did!!

The lashes looked AMAZING-- I mean, brightened my whole face and made me look more awake, even without mascara. I know, right? All I needed was concealer. It made me so flippin' happy.

Recently I was in Ulta and saw a Duralash Starter Kit (on sale!) and it was the same that the woman used... even then I noticed these things. ;) I decided to give them a shot for New Year's Eve.

The kit includes lashes in short, medium, and long, and also tweezers for easier application along with adhesive and remover. (Trust me, you want that remover!!) These promise to last "for weeks." Thanks for being so specific. We shall see how long they do!

Here are progressive pics of applying~

And more...


Side view..

Decided to add more!


I seriously want to wear these Every. Single. Day. Words cannot express.

Application was a smidge tricky. The initial one took about 15 minutes per eye, and I went back later last night to add more-- why not, right? I love the results!! I used the short ones near the middle, and the medium for the rest. The long ones were simply too long for me. I also trimmed where the short met the medium with a pair of cuticle scissors to make them blend better.

I hope they stay intact 'til Friday night!! =D

What do you think? Ever tried these? Or any false lashes? Going to do anything special for the New Year?

Leave me some thoughts!!

Until next time--
~Beauty Maven

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Chanel!! Ombres Perlees de Chanel Eyeshadow Palette


Hope everyone had a great Holiday Season 2010!! Now on for 2011, eh? I'm personally so ready for a new year-- good feelings for this one! ;)

Yesterday I spent some of my Christmas money on the new Chanel Ombres Perlees eyeshadow palette-- Inspired by Coco Chanel's love of pearls-- and it is simply stunning!! Just take a look~

Next to a MAC shadow for size reference~


On-- Lightest shade on browbone and inner corner, pink on the lid, and purple on left in crease, green on right in crease, with the blue/gray as liner:


Well the purple didn't seem dark enough, so I applied some more!


It's odd-- the purple shade on seems to have a lot of greenish-gray in it-- not the same color as I swatched on my hand. Weird.

It really illuminates your eyes!! So fresh and pretty.

The texture is beautiful-- a nice velvety application which blends very nicely. It reminds me of Stila's texture, but maybe a tad creamer. And the finish is simply lovely-- shimmery without being the least bit glittery or frosty.

I've read on other blogs where they compare it to a cream-to-powder eyeshadow. I must disagree-- it's not that creamy.

I tried to find some similar shades in my shadows-- here is my attempt, haha!

Top: MAC Nylon, Stila Kitten, CG Forever Fig, Green and black from a Maybelline quad.
Middle: Chanel swatches
Bottom: Shades I tried to match from my e.l.f. 100 eyeshadow palette.

I have to admit that I was a little disappointed in this palette. I had really hoped the purple and green would be more color but they have a grayish tint to them. Hmm. =\
It is a very beautiful palette, and they were incredibly well-- I just feel fancier wearing them, haha!-- but for what I was hoping for, the price tag was a bit steep. Deciding on whether to keep this puppy or not.

Thoughts? What have you spent your holiday money on? What would you like to spend it on?? Haha!

Until next time--
~Beauty Maven