Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Lauren Luke- My Smokey Classics

Lauren Luke's Smokey Classics

This review/swatch is way over due but nonetheless here it goes.  I got this palette a few months ago because I wanted to try out Lauren's stuff since I subscribe to her on Youtube.  Anyway, out of all of the palettes I decided to go w/ the smokey classics because the colors were versatile. The eye shadows, blush, and primers are nice a creamy and blendable. I was really impressed with the quality of the packaging and product. Anyhow, here are few pictures and I will do a break down of each color below.


Nude Slip Dark/Light Primer: They work great. Its a bit of a thick formula and trust me a little goes a long way.  The only issue I am  having with it is that the Twilight Ash eyeshadow flakes a gets into the light primer. :(  Otherwise, I do like it. I can't say anything bad about it.  Its a nice size and I still haven't hit the bottom yet.
Eye Shadows:
  • Antique Pewter:This is my favorite shade out of the lot. Its very pretty. I use it as a neutral when I'm blending or if I want to do a natural look I use this as my outer V color.  I get tons of compliments on it and Lauren Luke loves using this color in her tutorials.  Lets just say if she sold this just alone I would purchase it. Great color and is pigmented very well.
  • Twilight Ash:  This one is super pigmented and it  has a silver glitter in it. This color would be good for a night time look! It would make any smokey eye classier
  • Cashmere Cream:  This is a good base color or highlight color. Its a little yellow but is very pretty. I've used this color alot for highlighting the inner corners of my eyes.
Raven Black Cream Liner: Mmmm I'm going to say that I'm not a huge fan of it.  After a while it goes pretty dry.  If you dip a damp brush in there it will do the trick.  Not bad if you are just trying out gel liner but I would recommend other cream liners.
Peach Glow Blush: Unfortunately this color doesn't show up on me very well.  Its a very natural sheen.  Its quite pretty. I use it as a highligher or if I just want a little glow to me I'll dab some on. Its a gorgeous color.
Lip Color
  • Plumberry: Nice natural pink.  Its a little on the mauvy side. Its not too bright and it doesnt apply on thick. Its quite sheer.  In the pictures I put on several coats.
  • Cranberry Stain: As the name implies it is a cranberry color. Its a little brighter than i like but its pretty once layered w/ lipstick. This is a good daytime color just to give your face a pop of color.
If you'd like to get your own you can find it at the following link: By Lauren Luke My Smokey Classics Palette

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Gills- Artist of the Month

The Gills are a great band based out of Pensacola.  They have opened for Sheryl Crow and are definitely one of my new favs!!  I checked them out at Tipitina's in New Orleans in November and ever since then I've been hooked.  I unfortunately was unable to make it to their show in Hattiesburg but hopefully I'll catch them in Baton Rouge.  They have an alternative sound  that is a bit dreamy.  I'm not sure how to describe them.  They have a great feel.  My favorite songs are Hippos, If I Could be with You, and of course The Mountain. lol

Check their music out on their myspace page:
The Gills- Official Myspace Page

Current Favorites!

My current cosmetic favorites are:
  • Naked & Rush Lipstick- Urban Decay
  • Turkish Delight & Dolce Vita Lip Gloss- Nars
  • Bare Study Paint Pot- Mac
  • Laguna Bronzer- Nars
  • Lash Stiletto- Maybelline
  • Sell Out Eye Shadow- Urban Decay
  • I'm with Brad Nail Polish- OPI for Sephora
Random Favorites:
  • Randazzo King Cakes!
  • Heel grips for shoes- a must have
  • Snipp in Leopard by Steve Madden
  • Velocity Mechanical Pencils by BIC
  • Need You Now by Lady Antebellum (Song)

Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette

Okay, so I have been neglecting my blog a bit but I am back!!

First thing is first... has anyone seen the Alice in Wonderland palette from Urban Decay??? I LOVE UD!! So I'm drooling over it!  I must get my hands on it!! lol  If you haven't checked it out yet you can see it here!!  Also, temptalia on Youtube did a swatch of it and it was really helpful.

Click here to watch Temptalia's video on UD Alice in Wonderland Palette!

Now, if you have any of their palettes then you may have a few of the colors featured in this palette but I must say that I only own the book of shadows vol 1 & 2 and I don't think I have the following shadows: White Rabbit, Vorpal, Curiouser, or Jabberwocky... not to mention I don't have the 24/7 pencil in Flipside.

Update: I am totally getting this palette. I just found out the names of the actual colors featured in the palette and I don't have 9 of them.  This is the name of the eye shadows featured in the palette. The colors with an asterisk next to it are the ones that are not featured in the book of shadows vol 1 or 2!

*Underland- Flash
*Alice- Pain Killer
  Queen- Last Call
*Chesseur- Chopper
*White Rabbit- Polyester Bride
*Wonderland- Maui Wowie
  Curiouser- Grifter 
*Muchness- X
  Midnight Tea Party- Midnight Cowboy Rides Again*
*Vorpal- S&M
  Absolem- Home Grown
*Drink Me, Eat Me- Sin
  Mad Hatter- Twice Baked
*Jabberwocky- Oil Slick