Monday, August 25, 2014

Eyeliner: Stila vs Prestige

Does a waterproof Eye Liner Pencil hold up better than a regular plain old pencil? I decided to put it to the test.

I picked up a Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner at Ulta. It was a great beauty bargain in their 21 days of Beauty promotion, buy one get, one free. A great deal since one pencil is $20.00. 
stila eye liner pencil
I decided to put it to the test against my favorite drug store brand Prestige, which sells for $3.95 on Prestige.com, to see which one held up the best. The Prestige pencil I tested is not waterproof but it has always held up well for me. Prestige does make an automatic waterproof pencil ($5.95) like the Stila pencil, but I happen to like the basic pencil the best. You can sharpen it to get a fresh clean point. So that's what I used.

On one eye I used Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Stingray. On the other eye I used Prestige Classic Khol Eyeliner in Black. I applied both in the same fashion: the liner then smudged the line lightly with a flat liner brush and a matte black eye shadow to help set it in place. I then went about my day which included a walk and painting my living room. Here is what my eyes looked like after 12 hours of wear.

2 different eye liners
Stila                                       Prestige

Both held up well, but I think the Stila pencil held up a little better. The Stila eye stayed darker and was less smudgy. It did look less smooth on the lower line, though. It got sort of cakey. The Prestige eye had a little more smudging. The line was more worn off on the upper inner line and on the lower lash line. There is no cakey look which is good.  Both eyes had a little smearing on the outer corners a little bit more on the Prestige eye.

Both smeared in a 10 minute shower. Surprising, the Stila was easier to remove with eye makeup remover and was less irritating to my sensitive eyes.

There was a difference, but not a drastic difference. If you want to save money, use the less expensive Prestige pencil for everyday use and save the expensive Stila to use for special occasions.

Note: Stila is no longer a cruelty free product. Wait, it's back to being cruelty free!!!


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xo
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Monday, August 18, 2014

NYX Le Chick Flick Waterproof Mascara Review

I am always looking for a good waterproof mascara. I don't need it everyday, but it is great on vacation and I always use waterproof on my brides. I am trying out a mascara from the NYX Boudoir collection, Le Chick Flick. It's an inexpensive mascara. Just $6.
nyx le chick flick mascara

It has my favorite bunny logo on it!

nyx le chick flick mascara cruelty free

It went on beautifully. Smooth, very black and no clumping or flaking at all. It lengthened my lashes but the lashes did stick together a little bit. So far, so good.

nyx le chick flick mascara on lashes

I will be spending my day at the beach today to give it a good test.


nyx le chick flick mascara on beach

It is holding up well so far. No smearing or smudges! 

Well, it is now the end of a fun day at the beach and my mascara performed very well. Here it is after the splash test. Almost perfect. There are few very small dots after being exposed to water and they could be from my eye liner. 
Look how good the lashes still look after all day! I didn't actually swim with this mascara on so I don't know how well it would hold up underwater for an extended amount of time.
nyx le chick flick mascara wet
Soap and water took most of the mascara off. Eye makeup remover was definitely in order. 
It's good. I would use it again.

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xo
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Urban Decay Blackout Eyeshadow

Are you looking for the darkest, boldest black eyeshadow possible? 

I think I found it! 

I love a nice matte black eye shadow that I can use as an eyeliner, but it can be hard to find!

Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Blackout is the perfect matte black!

UD Blackout
Look how nice and black it is with no shine at all!
urban decay blackout single shadow
It goes on smooth and even creating a beautiful soft line. 
lined eye
I do hate the fallout during application, though.
 
It's so black. Be sure to tap off your brush or blot it on a tissue before application to help reduce the fallout.

It works great wet for less fallout.
 
Wet an eyeliner brush then swirl it on the eye shadow.
 
Give the brush a tap to remove any remnants of dry shadow. 

You can buy Blackout as a single shadow
or

get the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette. It's in there.



UD Naked 2 palette

Find Urban Decay single eye shadows for $20.00 
and the Naked 2 Palette originally selling for $54.00
at Sephora and Ulta

Has your favorite eye shadow cracked? Don't throw it away. You can fix it.

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Beautiful Tiger Swallowtail

I'm always looking for beautiful things. It's easy at my house during summer. Many beautiful butterflies visit my garden. Here are a few pics of a amazing Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly visiting our Black Knight Butterfly Bush.
tiger swallowtail on butterfly bush

tiger swallowtail on butterfly bush

tiger swallowtail on butterfly bush

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xo
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hibiscus Ombre Nail Design

Nail art ombre nail designs

If you are looking for inspiration for your nail art, just look to nature. The are so many beautiful shapes and colors. Flowers have been giving me wonderful nail art inspiration this summer. Look how beautiful colors in my hibiscus look on my nails! I created an ombre design using 4 nail polish colors.

I started by covering the entire nail with LA Girl Color Pop Nail Polish in Hibiscus. That's the most perfect name for this nail polish color!

I added Jesse's Girl Nail Color in Carolina Beach from mid nail to the tip blending the edge into the Hibiscus polish.

Wet n Wild Fast Dry Polish in The Wonder Yellow went on the tip of the nail. 

Then, China Glaze Travel in Colour added nice iridescent glitz.

I wonder what flower will inspire me next?

See more of my nature inspired nail art.


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xo
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Friday, August 8, 2014

Sand: A Natural Foot Scrub

feet on the beach
Heading to the beach this weekend? Work on your rough feet while you are there!                  

Apply oil to your feet. Any oil will do tanning oil, olive oil, baby oil, etc. Then, massage the rough areas with sand.

Natural foot scrub!

        Have a Beautiful Day! 
xo
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