Lashing Out: Hourglass Film Noir Mascara

Falling in love with a new mascara is always a challenge for me. I’m a bit of a mascara snob, and demand a lot of performance from this product. Sometimes, I admit, my demands are a bit unreasonable. But it’s my thing… so, yeah.

When Hourglass Film Noir Mascara was recommended to me, I wasn’t very excited. I think the brand is decent… but with the exception of the primer, nothing  has really made me shout from the rooftops. And given my history with mascara, I wasn’t so sure this one would live up to my expectations.

I was wrong.

The first thing I fell in love with was the size of the brush. It’s long and thin, but still holds an ample amount of product. I’ve outgrown the large brushes with tons of product on them. I now prefer a thinner brush, because I can be very precise about placement.

Out of habit, I took a whiff of the formula. It’s not entirely unpleasant, although it doesn’t hold a candle to the rose scented wonders of Armani and YSL. It’s just my thing. I like for products to smell good, but not overly perfumey. It’s a thin line, and more companies cross it more often than not.

Now, here’s why I love it. See how my lashes look like my LASHES, and not like they’re coated in mascara? Love that! Half of those lashes aren’t even mine… they ‘created’ by the mascara. It lengthens and slightly thickens without making it look like you’ve gooped on a ton of mascara to get the job done.

And, if that’s not good enough, your lashes don’t dry crunchy. I tested it by wearing it all day, then layering another coat on top at the end of the day. Worked like a charm. MOST mascaras can’t boast this function. And although it’s not waterproof (and not entirely smudgeproof, despite company claims), it does resist regular oil production during daily wear.

Overall, I’m a fan. I can wear this mascara with nothing else on my face, and not look like I’m wearing mascara. But it’s not as Basic, as say, Shu Uemura (Mascara Basic) which used to be my former ‘go to’ bare-faced mascara. You still get a good boost of length and thickness.

You can find out more about Hourglass Film Noir Mascara HERE.

*pr sample

Start your morning with Coffee… Scrub!

We have a confession to make. We are NOT fans of coffee. The kind you brew in the morning… the kind you can’t live without… the only way millions of people wish to start the day. Not us. Don’t like the taste. Never have. But the SMELL… now that’s a different story. Love the smell of coffee. So we wanted to share the way WE get ready for the day, with our own ‘Cup of Joe.’

Here’s the recipe for our Everyday Coffee Scrub:

1 cup of coffee beans, freshly ground
1/4 cup of Grapeseed Oil
1/8 cup of Rosewater

We just mix those ingredients together really quick, and slather the mix onto clean, damp skin. The grapeseed oil is highly penetrative and leaves our skin soft without feeling greasy. And the scent of hot coffee in the steamy shower gives us the impression of having that morning mug, without actually having to taste it.

Try it yourself and see how it works out for you. We love it… and we hope you do too!

FOTD: NARS Autumn 2012

I know it’s been while since I did an FOTD… life gets in the way. I’ve decided to try and do one a week. That way, I’m not rushing, and I’m not sacrificing anything else to get it done.
Anyway, I decided to use the Vente Glace duo for my first foray into the NARS Autumn 2012 Collection.

with flash
without flash (looks totally different, right?)
By Terry Cover Expert Foundation in Warm Copper
By Terry Voile Poudre Eclat in Apricot Sable
Illamasqua Blush in Expose
NARS Vente Glace Duo:
Smoked Silver on Lids
Light Silver on Inner Corners
NARS Mekong Eyeshadow in crease and under waterline
Hourglass Script Eyeliner on lashline
Armani Waterproof Silk Eyeliner on waterline
Hourglass Mascara
NARS Lipstick in Autumn Leaves
I’m working on getting better lighting. When I turn the flash off, I get much better definition in shading and coloring, but I lose the light so I looked ‘shadowed.’ But I find that the flash blows everything out and you really can’t see the colors and gradation properly. Ehh, I’m working on it.

Eye Adore: NARS Autumn 2012

These are simply awesome. Like the Lip Collection from Autumn 2012, the NARS Eyeshadow Collection is well thought out, silky, pigmented, and long lasting. I am so impressed this season. NARS really did well.

High Society                   Vente Glace
High Society
Vente Glace
I absolutely love both of these palettes. Vente Glace is such a surprise. That darker, smoky silver color is just indescribable. I really don’t think that pictures do it justice. And the lighter color is shot through with the palest iridescent blue… just amazing.
High Society features a surprisingly pigmented lavender. I honestly did NOT expect it to show up that well on  my warm skin tone. Lavender tends to disappear on me. The green shade is more of a ‘dirty green’… very Autumn-like. And the purple is just a bit shimmery, but not over the top.
If you’ve never used NARS before, these palettes are a fabulous introduction. You can find out more about these palettes HERE.

Lip Service: MAC Ruffian

I initially intended to pass on these. But after an unfortunate accident involving a hot car interior and my MAC Siss lipstick, I needed a ‘nude’ replacement. And the other two… well… they just kind of ended up coming along for the ride.

From the Left:
Ruffian Naked
Ruffian Gold
Ruffian Red
Ruffian Naked
(What, you thought I was going to swatch that on my lips? Yeah… no)
Ruffian Gold
This is a dead ringer for Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine in Brilliant. If you have that one, pass on this one. They are nearly identical in hue, texture, and finish.
Ruffian Red
Perfect orange based (?) red. Its very warm, and really perfect for the coming Autumn/Winter season. 
I’ll get plenty of use out of all three. Although Ruffian Naked is more ‘pink’ than Siss, it’ll still serve my ‘nude’ lip needs just fine.

Eye Adore: MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Creams

I JUST got around to getting the latest three Aqua Creams. 23, 24 and 25 are Summer Brights. 26 is a ‘re-do’ of #19, which was pulled from the US Market after just a week in circulation. Lucky for me, I purchased during that week. So there is no need to get 26 this go around.

Swatches (one finger swipe)
I LOVE that the yellow is a smooth matte color. I already have some very specific ideas for all three of these. When the plans become reality, you know I’ll take a billion pictures and post them here. Ciao for now!

Lashing Out: LUS Eye Liquid Glue

This is kind of a big deal.

Anyone use MAKE UP FOR EVER False Lashes? You know that little tube of lash glue that comes with them… amazing stuff. The iridescent formula is thin, easy to apply, and there is NO wait time. For pros, this is huge because there’s nothing more annoying than waiting on that glue to dry… especially if you’re in a time crunch. And if you slap the lashes on too soon… they come right off. Boo!

LUS Eye Liquid Glue is the same formula as the MAKE UP FOR EVER version! It’s the same color, texture, and performs the exact same way. And you get a LOT more product to boot! Plus, it’s only 4 bucks. Not too shabby right? I am over the moon about this.

It comes with a lovely applicator and a tool to set your lashes just right. I’m so freakin’ excited. I already tried them with a pair of falsies and I’m happy to report that this formula is excellent. Looks like my tubes of DUO will be set aside… at least for the time being.

You can find out more about LUS Eye Liquid Glue HERE.