Game of Thrones-inspired makeup: House Tyrell

Did you guys see the big royal wedding episode from this past week of Game of Thrones? 😀 Well, if you didn’t, I won’t spoil it for you … but I knew what was coming so I decided to do a House Tyrell inspired makeup look this past week.

 

House Tyrell’s colors are gold and green. Their sigil is a golden rose and it’s something that is often brought up on the show and in the books. Here are a couple of House Tyrell images:

 

 

Margaery Tyrell in the green and gold of her house.

 

 

Loras Tyrell

 

 

A House Tyrell logo wallpaper

 

So in the show, they tend to use a more mint green color for a lot of the characters as opposed to a more vibrant green. I wasn’t sure how that would look with gold so I used two vibrant green colors in my eye makeup. Let’s take a look!

 

 

 

I applied Urban Decay Half Baked eyeshadow all over my eyelid, and then did Mac Humid eyeshadow in the crease. I blended Humid with Mac Lucky Green to create more of a gradient between the two shades, and used Urban Decay Virgin to highlight.

 

Top lid eyeliner was Make Up Forever liquid liner in #3, and bottom/water line eyeliner was Make Up Forever pencil liner in #2L. I also used Smashbox Full Exposure mascara.

 

Face/lip products: Make Up Forever HD foundation, Nars Super Orgasm blush, Make Up Forever lab shine lip gloss in #S2.

 

Going to do House Lannister next week! I expect to use a lot of gold, champagne, and perhaps brownish shades there. Their colors are crimson and gold, and I don’t want to mix both shades on my eyes so I will just have to do a red lip instead. 😀

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Missha Friends & Family sale through 4/8/14

 

Missha is running their Friends & Family sale through April 8! This is a great time to try their BB cream and unique skin care items. The price of their regular Perfect Cover BB cream (which I wear every day) is $15.40 during this sale so it’s barely more expensive than a drug store item at this price. Perfect Cover BB Cream comes in 5 shades, and I use #21 which is roughly comparable to Mac NC15. They also offer a $2 sample pack so you can test all the shades and see which one best suits your skin tone.

A cherry blossom nail top coat? Don’t mind if I do!

Wow! How great is this Formula X Cherry Blossom Top Coat?

 

 

I think we’re coming up on one of Sephora’s 15% off sales for VIB’s — so I’m going to have to pick this up! It looks gorgeous over red in this photo. Given the fact that the blossom-shaped glitters look pretty opaque, I think this would layer well not just over red but also over black, or any other deeper shade!

 

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March 2014 Birchbox review

 

March is here and so I have another Birchbox review and round-up post! This month, I received the following 5 items:

 

Jergens BB Body Cream

Stila Lip Glaze in Fig

Harvey Prince Cherie Blossom

Air Repair Rescue Balm

Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum

 

Overall, this was kind of a mixed bag (mixed box?) On the positive side, there was nothing I absolutely hated and all of the samples could easily be used more than once. Hooray! Nothing is worse in these boxes than the tiny, one-time use samples on cheap little cards. HATE. Even the perfume sample could easily be used at least 3 times if not more.

 

On the negative, I have to say I didn’t love anything. There was nothing in this box that I would want to purchase later. Let’s get to the reviews.

 

Jergens BB Body Cream: OK, this was just a weird concept in general. I don’t see the point of wearing tinted body lotion. It was a good lotion in that it’s not heavy, sticky, etc. and it felt moisturizing. But I’m just not that insecure about uneven skin tone on my body. Maybe I should be? Hah. I should also add I’ve tried other Jergens products in the past and much like their gradual self-tanning lotions, this product has quite a strong scent. It’s not unpleasant but it is a strong powdery floral scent that is quite noticeable on skin.

 

Stila Lip Glaze: This is my 3rd shade of Stila lip glaze and each time it seems like no matter what the color looks like in the tube, it’s going to show up mostly clear on my lips. The fig shade looks like a light pinky purple in the tube but pretty much completely disappeared on my lips. I don’t have anything like that so the fact that it didn’t show up on my lips at all was a huge disappointment because I feel like it would have been a cool color. I realize these are supposed to have sheer color but I mean … this was really, really sheer.

 

Harvey Prince Cherie Blossom: I don’t really like getting perfume samples in my Birchbox because it’s so easy to get them free with your Sephora online orders. This fragrance was nice, but I barely  got any blossom scent from it at all. Instead it smelled very strongly of amber and vanilla, to me at least. It seemed more appropriate for the winter. It did last a very long time on my skin and I could still smell it 8-10 hours later.

 

Air Repair Rescue Balm: I really liked this on my hands. It moisturized well without feeling sticky or slimy. But it also said it could be used on lips and I don’t know about that, because the scent is incredibly strong. It has an herbal, slightly citrus-y scent that would be really inappropriate and gross up near your face. It’s fine on your hands but I wouldn’t want to smell it right up by my nose!

 

Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum: This felt very moisturizing, but also rather heavy. I don’t really like heavy moisturizers during the day time. It also smelled strongly of, well, sunscreen! Just like the scent you’d expect to go along with sunscreen. I tend to prefer unscented face products so that wasn’t a great point for me. I do think I will keep this sample around for the summer because I’m always on the lookout for good facial sunscreens that last a long time and don’t make me break out — and this product did seem rather long-lasting which was great. At this point  in the year, however, I will stick to my normal moisturizer which also contains SPF. It just sadly hasn’t been warm or sunny enough to justify wearing SPF 30 sunscreen during the day!

 

These products are available in full size on Birchbox.com, or you could have a chance to sample them with a Birchbox subscription! A subscription is only $10.00 per month, and you can cancel at any time. I’ve found some really great products through Birchbox, such as pretty much all the Beauty Protector hair products, and some great nail polishes from brands like Color Club and Ruffian.

 

Did you get a Birchbox this month? What products did you get? 🙂

Sephora Formula X Liquid Crystals Solar Flare Review

This past weekend at Sephora I picked up two of the new Formula X nail polishes. These retail at a higher price point ($10.50 to $12.50) than the regular Sephora brand nail polishes, but they’re also available in different colors and finishes.

 

Formula X Liquid Crystals Solar Flare

 

Sephora Formula X Liquid Crystal Nail Polish in Solar Flare

I was very intrigued by the Formula X Liquid Crystals formula, which is very shimmery but does not have large glitter particles. Solar Flare is described as “pink micro glitter in sheer strawberry.” First of all, this is NOT sheer. Which is great! But it’s so not sheer, so the description is a little off. I’ve heard that some of other shades are actually sheer though, so your best bet is to swatch it in store or read some reviews before purchasing.

 

Solar Flare was opaque in two coats. It applied smoothly and the formula is not overly thick. It’s a very pretty and bright color in person, and depending on the lighting it can look more pink or more red. I applied this on Sunday and now that it’s Wednesday I’m noticing significant tip wear, which is honestly par for the course with me — I’m very hard on nail polish because I type so much! But it definitely hasn’t chipped from the base/cuticles of the nail at all.

 

 

 

The Formula X Liquid Crystals polishes retail for $12.50 each at Sephora and are available in 14 shades.

 

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BeautyArmy subscriptions on RueLaLa!

 

Today on RueLaLa, a 3-month subscription to the BeautyArmy monthly beauty box is retailing for $23.00, instead of the normal price of $36.00.

 

I’ve never tried this particular beauty box, but I figured for that price, why not? And unlike other beauty boxes I’ve tried, they allow you to choose your samples (out of a group of samples customized for you) so that’s a nice perk.

 

If you’ve tried it, let me know how you like it in the comments!

 

And if you’re not already a RueLaLa member, you can sign up here.

Butter London Jack the Lad

Time for a nail polish post!

 

Today I tested out Butter London’s Jack the Lad which I picked up on the cheap from HauteLook. In the past, I’ve been impressed by BL’s shades (glitters! duochromes! holos!) but not necessarily by their application. I’ve found that they tend to take 3 or even 4 coats for full opacity, and at $15.00 a pop at full price, I just think they should be 1-2 coaters, rather than 3+.

 

 

Jack the Lad is described as “Opaque, moss green shimmer with gold, turquoise, and green microglitter.” Overall, I would say this description is accurate as it comes to the microglitter. It’s mostly green, but you definitely have turquoise/blue and gold in there as well. However, I would say the color is more forest green than moss green. When I think of moss green I think of something lighter and this is fairly deep. In fact, in dimmer lighting, it looks almost black.

 

As for opacity, this was definitely a three-coater. But I felt that it looked better after 3 coats than some of my other Butter London shades.

 

 

Ignore my short middle nail, I had a nail breakage problem mid-week! Ugh!

 

The finish is glittery, but not in your face — it’s more of a fine shimmer. There isn’t a duochrome or shift to this polish, but as I mentioned the glitters are blue and gold in addition to the dominant color of green.

 

Butter London Jack the Lad nail lacquer can be purchased at beauty.com and each shade retails for $15. However, as I’ve said I picked these up on Hautelook a few months back, and Ulta will occasionally have them as buy one get one, I believe in the spring. So if you find a shade you like keep a look out for sales because they are out there!

 

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LORAC cosmetics on sale at Sephora

Just a heads-up — It looks like LORAC is getting discontinued from Sephora. When this happens (as it did with Tarina Tarantino in 2012 or 2013, and with the old Sephora for OPI nail polishes last year as well) they will sell what’s left of their stock at a pretty steep discount.

 

Here’s what’s left of LORAC at Sephora. I’ve been pleased with their lip gloss in the past (the Lip Lustre lip gloss) but haven’t tried the shades they have left as of this point.

 

 

I’ve heard that it’s going to be exclusive at Kohl’s, as they are really trying to increase their beauty branding, but as of right now it looks like Ulta still has quite a range of LORAC products so who really knows.

February 2014 Birchbox Reviews and Round-Up

As a follow-up to my February 2014 Birchbox Preview Post, I’ve now had a chance to try out all my products so I’m ready to give my thumbs-up or thumbs-down! Or thumbs-sideways!

 

Agave Oil Healing Treatment: I’ve had this in a sample from Sephora before and I’ve always liked it, but not loved it. Now that I have shorter hair, I do feel that it weighs it down a little bit more than I would like. But if you have longer, dry, or curly hair, I would recommend it.

 

Dr. Brandt Pores no More: Didn’t work for me. I didn’t notice any difference in my skin texture, pores, the longevity of my makeup, oiliness level, etc. I’m sticking to my regular primer (Hourglass primer, or Smashbox Photo Finish Light which is a lot less money!)

 

Benefit Fakeup: On the plus side, this concealer glides on easily and feels very moisturizing. It’s easy to use in its little tube, because you don’t have to use a brush or anything extra to apply it. But the coverage was just not enough for someone like me who has very dark circles. Seriously, I layered it on again and again and my dark circles were still very visible. This would be an ideal under-eye concealer for someone who doesn’t need too much coverage. But it was not enough for me.

 

Benefit Big Easy: I don’t feel that I can even review this because the sample size was so small. It came on a little card and the amount under the sticker was enough to cover maybe half your face, if you didn’t use much. So pointless. It seemed like a good product in theory but I won’t be purchasing this simply because I couldn’t tell how much it would cover.

 

OPI Sheer Tints: So this was the product I was most interested in. I received the teal shade, and there is also a magenta/pink, a light purple, and a … yellowish one. Which doesn’t look appealing. Anyway, I applied two coats of a light-medium bright blue — Elle Cosmetics Surfer Babe, available at Kohl’s, and then over the top halfway down the nail, I used the OPI Sheer Tints. The result was a two-toned look.

 

 

 

The OPI Sheer Tints dried quickly but applied somewhat patchy, and yes, it was DEFINITELY sheer. I think the blue shade could work well over red, pink, green, or blue, so long as it wasn’t too dark of a color. For fun, I tried a layer of it over Zoya Ki (a dark purple-green duochrome) and it didn’t change or transform the color at all.

 

So overall I would say this Birchbox was kind of a bust, between the tiny sample size of the Big Easy and the fact that some of the products just didn’t work for me. Hopefully next month will be better!

 

If any of these products look interesting to you, you can sign up for Birchbox and possibly receive them in a future month’s box! They do often repeat products (though never to the same subscriber! Knock on wood, I’ve been a subscriber for almost a year and have not received a duplicate!)

 

What did you receive in this month’s Birchbox? What were you happy with, and what was a disappointment to you?

 

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February 2014 Birchbox preview post

Yay! It’s Birchbox day! Let’s take a look at what’s in this month’s box …

 

 

You can see as soon as you open the box that the outside wrapping is lined with the Birchbox and US Weekly logo.

 

 

The tissue paper is red this month, calling to mind the red carpet, or perhaps Valentine’s Day. And a lot of good stuff inside this month!

 

 

I received an Agave Oil sample, Dr. Brandt Pores no More, Benefit Fake-Up, OPI Sheer Tints (color is I Can Teal You Like Me), and Benefit Big Easy, which is a new product from them. The agave oil looks like it would have more than one use in it, but with the cardboard packaging I doubt it will be possible to keep it around very long. Obviously, the Big Easy is quite a small sample as well which is somewhat disappointing given that it is a new product. It would have been nice to be able to test it more than once. The Pores no More, Fake-Up, and OPI samples are all decent sized and one could imagine getting multiple uses out of them.

 

Overall I think I’ll be pleased with this box. But I haven’t tried any of the products yet, so I will update again when I have a chance to try them. I’m really excited about the Benefit Fake-Up because I was just looking at it at Ulta earlier this month when I had the 20% off your purchase coupon, so I’m really glad I didn’t pull the trigger on it at that time!

 

Don’t forget — take a photo of  your favorite Benefit product and tag it on Instagram or Twitter with #benefitxbirchbox to be entered into a drawing for a full-size Big Easy, or the grand prize, $500 worth of Benefit products!

 

What did you get in your Birchbox this month? Are you happy with it or do you wish you had gotten something else?

 

And if you don’t already subscribe to Birchbox, you can sign up here!