Giveaway: Bombshell (Naughty & Nice)


I’ve been busy gathering items for the next giveaway. I wanted to do a ‘bombshell’ themed giveaway this time, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

I figure a proper bombshell ought to have fabulous lashes, a killer red lipstick, and something to make her smell divine!

Here’s what I came up with:

Here’s what the giveaway includes:
1 tote featuring Bombshell Marilyn Monroe (naughty & nice)
1 Pair of Smoke & Mirrors ‘Hollywood’ Lashes (nice)
1 sample of Chanel Intimitable Mascara (nice)
1 sample of Chanel Glossimer in Spark (naughty)
1 full sized Benefit Blush in Coralista (nice)
1 sample of Benefit ‘Bad Gal’ mascara (naughty)
1 Illume Candle in Pomegranate (nice)
1 Ilumme Candle in Black Amber & Lavender (naughty)
1 Jemma Kidd Makeup School Lip Gloss in Pink (nice)
1 Make Up For Ever Lipstick in Moulin Rouge (naughty)
1 Habibi Body Balm in Vanilla & Sandalwood (naughty & nice)
1 MAC Kissable Lip Color in Love Peck (naughty)
1 Zoya Nail Polish in Isla (naughty)

Hmmm… there’s a lot of naughty in this giveaway! lol Ah well… a proper bombshell ought to look good, smell good, and feel good!

You guys know the drill: you have to be a public subscriber/follower to qualify. You can amp your chances by following me on twitter @shahadakarim – ‘liking’ Adventures in Makeup on Facebook – linking this giveaway to your blog – and actually blogging about the giveaway.

The contest runs from February 1st, to February 14th.

Good luck everyone!

FOTD: Burnt Orange

I wanted to use the ‘Sislet’ color from the Louise Young Essential Eye Palette. It really is the best color of the bunch. She’d do well to sell it as a single:

Guerlain Parure Gold (06)
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
Nars Blush in Luster
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Sislet (lids)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (blended just above crease)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Ting (browbone)
Stila Smudgestick in Stone (waterline)
Clinique Gel Liner (lashline)
By Terry Terrybly Mascara
MAC Lip Pencil in Mouth Off
Shiseido Lipstick in OR418

And the Winner Is…

You won:
Chanel Nail Polish in Pearl Drop
Chanel Blush in Espeigle
Chanel Eyeshadow Quint
Chanel Nail Polish in Black Pearl
Cydonian, you have 48  hours to contact me with your  mailing address… email it to
Congratulations Again!!!

Contest Update (and the next Giveaway)

Good Evening!

We’re less than 24 hours away from announcing the winner of the Chanel Giveaway. I’d like to thank EVERYONE for participating and following the blog… I REALLY appreciate it!

Here’s the prize:

1-Pearl Drop Nail Polish
1-Espiegle Blush
1-Black Pearl Nail Polish
I’ll do one last entry blitz before I go to bed tonight. Entries close by 10pm PST. Tomorrow morning, I’ll run the random generator and announce the winner!
Here’s a sneak peek at the next giveaway:
…and that’s all that I’m going to say about that! A full rundown of the next prize will go up on February 1st. The contest will run (appropriately) until Valentine’s Day.
Good luck everyone!

Eye Adore: Ombre Blackstar By Terry

On the high(est) end, By Terry released six shadow sticks, that promise to do more than just wash you lids in gorgeous color.
Ombre Blackstar Pencils are also infused with Black Pearl Extracts and promise a ‘smoothing glow.’

I have no idea what this means. But like most By Terry makeup items, these shadow sticks might actually be good for your skin… at least, that’s the idea.

These are the best three to me (there are six total): Bronze Moon (bronze), Black Pearl (pearlescent black/grey), and Misty Rock (purple taupe)

All of these shadows have a pearlescent finish and blend out beautifully. They set reasonably well… but not as well as the Urban Decay variety. They’ll stay put for the duration of wear, as long as you don’t smudge them. I noticed that after I ran my fingers over them, they smudged a bit. So if you’re looking for staying power, you might want to pass these by.

There’s also the question of price. These retail for about $45 each. Not cheap. I’ve mentioned before that By Terry is not the way to go if you’re looking to save $$.

I like these for layering and blending. I used the Black Pearl and Misty Rock in my ‘Blackout’ look:

I haven’t tried to use them alone. When I do, I’ll let you guys know how they perform. Overall, I like them… even with the slight smudge factor. They come off much easier than the Urban Decay variety, which might be a plus (depending on your skin type).

Covet Worthy? No. But they’re nice if you just want to splurge.

Covet Worthy: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Shadow Pencils


Urban Decay has done it again in the pencil department. I’m already in love with the 24/7 Eyeliners. These follow suit with ease of use and staying power.

From the top:
Sin (champagne)
Narc (olive green)  –  Morphine (lavender)
Wasteland (chocolate brown)   –   Lit (light gold)
Golden Bronze (light bronze)   –   Rehab (taupe)
Mercury (gunmetal gray)  –   Delinquent (deep purple)
Clinic (dark green)
Barracuda (black/silver shimmer)    –    Clash (bright turquoise)
Once these babies set (about 2 minutes) they DO.NOT.MOVE. And they don’t come off until you remove them… with force. I ran a little soap and water over my hand:

I had to finally scrub them off with makeup remover, a little facial scrub, and a paper towel. Now, in my defense, I put them on my hand, which is rather dry. It’s probably easier to remove from the eye area, especially if the eye area is moisturized. I imagine that this would be quite the find for people with oily lids (raising hand). They really set nicely.

These shadow Pencils retail for $20 a pop. Not the cheapest… but not outrageous either. My favorites are Clinic, Delinquent, and Rehab. I’ll probably get those first (I swatched these all during a visit to ULTA. I don’t actually have any yet… wanted to make sure they lived up to the hype) and then trickle in the rest.

I like them. Definitely worth the $$ for me.

Lip Service: By Terry

Since we’re on the trend of highly expensive products, let’s take another look at products By Terry. By now, you guys have probably figured that I’m a huge fan. But I will only buy products from the brand that I think I can’t get anywhere else. For example, I’m not a fan of her blushes and powder eyeshadows. All of them are dupeable, and too expensive for me to consider.
But I’ve now ventured into her Terrybly Lipstick Line:

These are supposed to be loads better than her original lipstick line (which I haven’t tried) and are touted as chock full of fabulous anti aging ingredients.

From the left: Cherry Cherry (from the new Valentine’s Day line), Frenetic Vermilion, and Fashion Beige.

Cherry Cherry is Fuchsia, Frenetic Vermilion is Orange-Red, and Fashion Beige is my perfect nude.

Cherry Cherry
Frenetic Vermilion
Fashion Beige
I’m completely in love with these lipsticks. They have the slip of YSL’s Rouge Volupte lippies (anyone who’s tried those know exactly what I’m talking about). They instantly moisturize your lips as soon as you put them on. In fact, I kind of feel like, the drier your lips are the better the color will grab and stay put.
I think these are comparable to the YSL lippies in performance… but they ARE  a bit more expensive. YSL is about $34, By Terry is $42.50. If you’re just wanting to get one, get one. But if you want about the same color range (Frenetic Vermilion reminds me of Muse Red), then stick to the price point that’s most comfortable for you.
I’m addicted to By Terry because I love the fact that many of her  makeup items double as skin care. But I would be negligent, if I didn’t warn that the price point for this makeup line is high. That’s why I’m not interested in the items that I feel I can get from another brand (aforementioned blushes and powder shadows) at a lower price with comparable performance.

I adore these lippies. I recommend them if you don’t mind the price. If you do, stick with  YSL… I feel like it’s essentially the same product. I’ve mentioned before, Terry (for whom the brand is named) used to work for YSL… so there’s bound to be some crossover.

Basic: Louise Young Essential Eye Palette

Before I begin this review, I’m going to establish my qualifications for doing so: I spend money on makeup. A lot of it. So price is not a real concern, if the payoff is worth the $$. Sometimes I see bad reviews for expensive products and dig a little deeper, and realize that the reviewer wouldn’t really spend $$ on ANY more expensive makeup item, so their opinion becomes a little biased. I’m all about quality. If you can back your asking price with performance, I’ve got no beef with you.

This is the Louise Young Essential Eye Palette. It took me a very long time to purchase this item. Normally, if something interests me I’ll go right out and plunk down $$ for it. I can be impulsive that way. But I will try to do diligence on an unknown brand or item first. That means, searching for customer reviews. And by customers, I mean folks who actually paid for this thing.

It was difficult to find a review on this palette that was not from Pixiwoo. This is significant, because Samantha Chapman and Louise Young are very good friends (Miss Chapman has stated as much). This is not a crime, but it does cause one to pause, because good friends should always support each other. I fully expect that my friends and family will rave about my products.  But, getting a totally unbiased opinion may be a little more challenging than anyone is willing to admit. Also, Pixiwoo didn’t pay for it. No, this does not automatically mean that the review is disqualified… it just means there’s no actual ‘cost’ to offset the realities of the product. It makes a difference when you have to plunk down for it.

In my case, I plunked down $60.

To compare… here’s the Lorac Red Carpet Reveal Palette:

So lets go over some basics. The packaging is a LOT like Lorac or Laura Mercier. It’s slim and sleek and has some weight to it. But Louise Young is about twice as much as Lorac’s regular pricing (not counting any professional discounts). That might cause you to think that the quality is even BETTER than Lorac. It’s not.

The eyeshadow pots are on par in size with MAC. From the left, there is Ting (matte beige), Maowi (concrete taupe), Pom Pom (ash chocolate brown), Black Bear (matte black), and Sislet (terracotta). All of these colors are dupeable. But that’s not my concern. I’m more interested in quality:

Ting is mediocre. You can take it or leave it. Maowi follows as a distant second in mediocrity. Neither shadow is particularly amazing in touch, color payoff or performance. I feel like the shadows get better as you make you way across the palette.

Pom Pom is lovely. It’s an unusual brown (with an ashy overtone) so I feel like it would be less likely to go that reddish mud color as some chocolates tend to do. But it also reminds me a LOT of an Urban Decay shade.

Black Bear is a matte black. What makes it special, is its noteworthy lack of extreme fallout. I get fallout from every single matte black eyeshadow that I have, from MAC to Rock & Republic. I was able to pack Black Bear on my eyes for the ‘Blackout FOTN’ with just a teeny bit of fallout. The thing about Black Bear is that it’s buildable. The first time you touch it, it swatches a sheer grey. This is a bit annoying.
But if you keep layering it, you get a deep matte black with a minuscule amount of fallout. The bad thing about this is that you probably couldn’t use it as a liner. One swipe won’t really make the color deep enough unless you use a really hard angle brush and pack it.

Sislet is probably the best shade. It’s warmer than MAC Saffron, and the creamiest of the bunch. It goes on a terracotta and then oxidizes a bit and goes even deeper in shade. It’s my favorite.

This palette is pretty basic. My criticism of it is the price. If I can get comparable performance from Lorac or MAC or Chanel or (insert any cosmetic company here), WHY would I shell out all that money for Louise Young? I almost feel like this is a miss in terms of target audience. No makeup artist would regularly have this palette. It’s just impractical. It costs too much, and you can do more with a less expensive product. I sort of feel like this company is targeting a much higher end customer (think: Clea De Peau & La Prairie) but is going about finding that customer the wrong way. At least the aforementioned companies have makeup items that double as skincare. Ladies who lunch aren’t exactly surfing youtube for reviews. Or maybe they are. I don’t know.

My verdict: No one should ever pay $60 for this palette… EVER. I took the $$ hit for you guys. You have been warned. If you find it for $20 on some sale site, then go for it. But this company wants too much money for something that can easily be forgotten and abandoned for a less expensive counterpart with comparable performance.

((This has been my opinion. I love (and subscribe to) Pixiwoo, and fully believe that they are two of the most talented artists out there right now. I adore their youtube channels, and I’ve learned a LOT from them. My review of this product is not in criticism of them. My conclusions are drawn from what I’ve seen, swatched, and tested))

New Obsession: Diptyque Candles

It’s been a while since I’ve had a candle obsession. I usually go to my trusty Himalayan Salt Candle,
from Out Of My Tree:

It cleans the air and leaves the room with a fresh, lemony/sandalwood type fragrance. I’ve been so disappointed with commercial candles, that I just tend to leave them on the shelves.

My favorite MUA in the world, Amanda (Space NK), got me to take a whiff of Diptyque and now I’m HOOKED:

My favorite right now is the Spruce candle. I also really like the Sandalwood one and the Patchouli one. Some of the scents are too commercial for me. The Rose and the Jasmine are like… ehhhhh. But they have a special Valentines Day set (Rose masculine and Rose Feminine) that I’m probably going to spring for in the coming weeks. Right now, this little Spruce candle is filling my bedroom and bathroom with a clean, crisp scent. It’s a VOTIVE and it’s working like a full sized candle! I’m so impressed with the potency of this little bugger.

I’ll definitely be getting more of these in the future.

FOTN: Blackout

Hubby and I went to see “The Mechanic” tonight, and I wanted to do something with a little bit of an edge. The bad news is, I only  had 15 minutes to pull myself together (I was late getting home to get ready). The good news is, I was able to  use products that are specifically designed to get you done and out the door rather quickly:

Now before someone notices the freaky white streak going through the middle of my face, I’m going to cop to it. I tried to use the By Terry Touche Veloutee at the last second OVER EVERYTHING ELSE… Mistake! It bonded to the powder (Chanel) and didn’t budge. I thought I’d blended it all out before taking the picture. Apparently not.

On the up side, it was not noticable in real life. I checked my reflection in the car and the theater bathroom, and didn’t see anything funny about it. In fact, I didn’t notice it until just now, when I was uploading the pictures. BOO! Ah well, you win some… you lose some.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light 
By Terry Touche Veloutee
Chanel Loose Powder (Dore)
By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Black Pearl (lids and above crease)
By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Mystic Rock (above crease)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Black Bear (lids and under waterline)
MAC Eye Liner in Smolder (waterline)
By Terry Terrybly Mascara
Chanel Lip Liner in Nude
By Terry Lipstick in Fashion Beige
The By Terry Ombre Shadows are idiot proof; you can slap them on blind. The Black Bear eyeshadow has very little fallout; you can pack it on with only minimal cleanup. I also used the shadow in my brows. The By Terry Beige lipstick may replace Shiseido as my favorite nude. It’s EXCELLENT. Full reviews on all the products are coming soon.