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.