Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Browse My Stash - bareMinerals Eyeshadows - Light/Neutrals

Since I have been "collecting" Bare Minerals eye shadows for almost 9 years, my stash has grown so much that I couldn't possibly fit my entire eye shadow collection into one blog.  Therefore, I've decided to break them into five separate blogs, grouped by color. In each blog, I will tell you which are my favorites. Then, as a grand finale, I will show you my favorite color combinations, as requested by some of my loyal readers :-).

Today, you get to browse my stash of 
bareMinerals Eyeshadows - Light/Neutral Colors

bareMinerals Loose Eyeshadow Review:

*High quality ingredients, without all of the bad stuff :-)

*Great pigmentation/color payoff (with a few exceptions)

*Don't be stymied by the loose form!  While it does make them a little messy to work with (see tips for applying below), it also makes them super easy to blend and gives them a longer "shelf-life" as they don't have any "binder ingredients".

*Can be applied wet or dry

*Will stay put all day when applied over a primer

Size:  .02 oz/.57g = full size (referred to as "small" on BE website).  Many times in various kits, shadows will be offered in a "petite" size and that is .01 oz/.28g.

Cost:  $14 each (if purchased individually). You can save a TON of money by purchasing shadows in kit, especially if you shop the "Beauty Rush" sales on the Bare Escentuals website.  By following this strategy, I have gotten full size shadows for less than $3 each!

How To Apply (and avoid a mess :-):  Dip a brush into the shadow; then press the brush into the lid of the eyeshadow; tap off the excess.

Where To Buy:  Best selection ~ Bare Escentuals' Boutiques or online at bareescentuals.com.  Also available at Sephora, Ulta, beauty.com and QVC.com

Favorite, Most Worn Colors:  Bali, Celestine, Cupcake, Finesse, Mango Smoothie, Nude Beach, Queen Phyllis Matte, Queen Phyllis, Wearable Pistachio Light (see * color swatches below)

Swatches
bareMinerals Eyecolor - Aztec Gold
Description:  shimmery warm gold with a slight orange undertone
How to wear it:  Upper lid, below the crease

 bareMinerals Glimmer - Bali*
Description:  shimmery soft gold
How to wear it:  Upper lid, below the crease; pairs well with navy and cooler toned browns and reds

bareMinerals Glimpse - Banana Smoothie
Description:  very pale yellow with pearl finish
How to wear it:  Brow highlight for fair skin tones

 bareMinerals Glimmer - BE Grateful
Description:  soft peachy tan with pearl finish
How to wear it:  Blending color for fair to medium skin tones or to add a soft wash of color to the upper lid

 bareMinerals Eyecolor - Celestine*
Description:  pale shimmering grayish taupe
How to wear it:  Upper lid, below the crease; pairs well with purples/plums, cranberry and cool toned browns

 bareMinerals Glimpse - Chardonnay
Description:  golden iridescent champagne
How to wear it:  Upper lid, below the crease or as inner corner highlight

 bareMinerals Eyeshadow - Chenille
Description:  soft matte cream with a hint of pink
How to wear it:  Brow highlight for fair skin tones

bareMinerals Eyecolor - Creme de la Creme
Description:  matte ivory with gray/brown undertone
How to wear it:  This has been a tough color for me to wear....have used it mainly to blend out darker colors in the crease
 
bareMinerals Glimpse - Cupcake*
Description:  shimmery warm pink
How to wear it:  Upper lid, below the crease; pairs well with purples/plums, grays, navy and cool toned browns and reds

 bareMinerals Eyecolor - Exquisite
Description:  soft peachy tan with pearl finish
How to wear it:  Blending out the crease or as a brow highlight for medium to dark skin tones; pairs well with green, navy, copper and warm-toned browns

 bareMinerals Eyecolor - Finesse*
Description:  soft pale pink with silver sheen
How to wear it:  Upper lid, below the crease; pairs well with cool-toned browns, blues and grays

 bareMinerals Eyecolor - Flawless Diamond
Description:  shear ivory with gold sparkle
How to wear it:  Upper lid, below the crease or inner corner highlight; pairs well with warm browns, oranges and reds

 bareMinerals Glimmer - Grace
Description:  pale shimmery pink with golden sheen
How to wear it:  Upper lid, below the crease or to brighten inner corner; pairs well with brown, gray, turquoise and navy

bareMinerals Eyecolor - High Style
Description:  creamy pearl with a subtle peach undertone
How to wear it:  Brow highlight for fair to medium skin tones; pairs well with warm grays, browns and purples

 bareMinerals Glimmer - Hiking Trail
Description:  warm brown with golden sheen and sparkle
How to wear it:  Crease color or upper lid, below the crease; pairs well with dark warm browns and coppery reds

 bareMinerals Eye Quickie - Ice Queen
Description:  shimmery white with blue iridescence
How to wear it:  Center of the upper lid or inner corner highlight

 bareMinerals Eyecolor - King
Description:  shimmery golden peach
How to wear it:  Upper lid, below the crease or inner corner highlight

bareMinerals Glimpse - Kudos
Description:  light golden shimmery taupe
How to wear it:  Upper lid, below the crease or blended into the crease

 bareMinerals Eyecolor - Light Show
Description:  cream with a hint of peach and a pearly sheen
How to wear it:  Brow highlight or crease blending color for lighter skin tones; pairs well with purple/plum and bright pinks

 bareMinerals Glimpse - Mango Smoothie*
Description:  light matte peach
How to wear it: Blending color above the crease; pairs superbly with a dark gray or navy

 bareMinerals Eyecolor - Queen Linda
Description:  shimmery golden Khaki
How to wear it:  Upper lid, below the crease or blended into the crease

 bareMinerals Glimmer - Nude Beach*
Description:  cool toned pale pink (almost lavender) with silver shimmer
How to wear it:  Upper lid, below the crease or inner corner highlight; love this with purples/plums

 bareMinerals Eyecolor - Queen Phyllis Matte*
Description:  ivory with a pearl sheen (not completely matte)
How to wear it:  Brow highlight for light to medium skin tones (especially great for those with yellow undertones)

 bareMinerals Eyecolor - Queen Phyllis*
Description:  shimmery golden ivory
How to wear it:  Inner corner highlight or all over the lid, below the crease
#1 Favorite of all BE shadows ~ I've actually finished a whole one of these and purchased another one!

 bareMinerals Eyecolor - Renew
Description:  light warm tan with pearl finish
How to wear it:  I can't lie....I don't wear it.  This is my least favorite BE shadow of all time.  The texture is gritty, making it difficult to apply smoothly.

 bareMinerals Eyecolor - Rock Crystal
Description:  pale yellow with a slight green undertone and pearl finish
How to wear it:  Inner corner highlight or in the center of the lid

 bareMinerals Eyecolor - Satin Ruffle
Description: light matte nude
How to wear it:  Brow highlight for light to medium skin tones

 bareMinerals Eyeshadow - Soft Focus Dune
Description:  matte ivory
How to wear it:  Brow highlight for light skin tones

 bareMinerals Eyeshadow - Starlet Karen
Description:  translucent matte light peach
How to wear it:  Blend out the crease color....this one is a bit of a "dud" in my opinion as the color payoff isn't great

 bareMinerals Eye Quickie - Sun Goddess
Description:  shimmery white with yellow iridescence
How to wear it:  Inner corner highlight or center of the upper lid

 bareMinerals Glimmer - True Gold
Description:  shimmery bright gold (like 24 Karat gold)
How to wear it:  Upper lid, below the crease

 bareMinerals Eyeshadow - Vanilla Sugar
Description:  ivory with a hint of peach and slight pearl finish
How to wear it:  Brow highlight for light to medium skin tones

bareMinerals Eyeshadow - Wearable Pistachio Light*
Description:  pearly white
How to wear it:  Brow or inner corner highlight; also great as a cheek highlight too!

Whew!  We made it!  If you are thinking, "there are a lot of similar colors here"...you'd be right!  That's what happens when I buy mostly eyeshadow kits....they all seem to come with at least one (sometimes more) light/neutral shadow which is usually similar to something I already have :-) 

Thank you for joining me for the third edition in the "Browse My Stash" series! Just in case you missed the other blogs in this series, here are the links... 
Browse My Stash:  NYX Lip Liners
Browse My Stash:  Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr Eyeshadows

Up next in the Browse My Stash series ~ bareMinerals Eyeshadows - Blues, Grays and Black

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Makeup Look of the Week - Navy and Gold

Yesterday, I was inspired by a shirt I was wearing that had varying shades of blue with cream and soft gold.  I wanted to keep the look "daytime appropriate", since I was just going to do some grocery shopping and didn't want a look that screamed, "I'm wearing blue eyeshadow!!" In my bareMinerals stash of eyeshadows, I found the perfect combination....

Queen Phyllis - shimmery white with pale gold undertones
Bali -soft, shimmery gold
Marina - matte deep navy blue
Cleopatra - medium warm matte brown
Satin Ruffle - pale cream with a pink undertone and pearl finish

Here's the look I created.....

How to Get the Look:
*Apply your favorite eye primer
*Apply Bali all over the lid, staying below the crease
*Apply Satin Ruffle as the brow highlight, blending it down slightly toward the crease
*With a fluffy crease brush, apply Cleopatra to crease, blending the edges of Bali and Satin Ruffle
*With a pencil brush, work Marina into the outer "V", blending into the crease
*For liner, apply Marina wet to upper and lower lash line, extending slightly past the lashes
*Apply Queen Phyllis to the inner corner of the eye
*Optional:  Apply a flesh-tone pencil in the lower water line, like Tarte emphasEYES or Rimmel ScandalEyes Nude

As always, you don't have to use the exact shadows that I used....look in your stash and find colors that are similar to what I've described.

*Come back tomorrow for:  Browse My Stash - bareMinerals Eyeshadow

Monday, August 19, 2013

Clean With Me Monday Challenge - Closet Doors

*Wipe down outside of closet doors.  BONUS Challenge Wash comforter on your bed (if you already do this every week, you get a gold star! :-)

*Approximate time ~ 5-10 minutes per closet + time for one load of laundry (if doing bonus challenge)

Tips:  Use a damp cloth with warm water to wipe down wood/painted doors.  For mirrored closet doors, lightly spray with windex and wipe with paper towels or newspaper.

Personal Notes:  Newspapers to clean glass? What?!  My grandparents used to do this and I'm sure I've heard this tip a dozen or more times but I never tried it because I didn't really think it would work.  But, I decided to give it a try on my mirrored closet doors and it worked like a charm!  There were no streaks left behind (like often happens when I use paper towels) and I was amazed at how much solution one page of the newspaper could absorb! Talk about budget friendly!

Happy Cleaning :-)


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Makeup Look of the Week - Wearable Teal Eyeliner Look

As some of you may have noticed, I didn't post a "Clean With Me Monday Challenge" this week.  My excuse?  I've had a terrible cold for the past week and just didn't feel up to doing any extra cleaning. 

Instead, I decided to share a fun makeup look I created using teal eyeliner.  I don't know about you, but when I'm sick, I don't feel very pretty....especially when my nose is red from blowing it every 15 minutes.  So, one day, in a desperate attempt to boost my spirits (and my looks :-), I pulled out my Urban Decay Anniversary eyeshadow palette.  

The bright teal color, Deep End, called out to me, begging to be used.  I don't often wear this color as I find it a bit difficult to pull off, especially if I'm not going for something too dramatic.  If you find yourself in the same boat, give this look a try!  Keep in mind, you don't have to use the exact shadows that I used....look in your stash and find colors that are similar to what I've described below. You can also easily substitute a bright green or purple for the teal and I think that would look just as beautiful!

Here's what I came up with.....

Products used...
 MAC Let Me Pop Paint Pot (shimmery peach)
MAC Soft Brown Eyeshadow (matte warm brown)
 Urban Decay Eyeshadows from Anniversary Palette:
Flow (frosty peach), Deeper (shimmery copper brown), M.I.A (deep cool tone brown), Vanilla (shimmery cream), Deep End (shimmery teal)
 Stila Smudge Stick - Damsel (matte chocolate brown)
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil - Electric (bright turquoise)
 
How to get this look:
*Apply your favorite eye primer
*Optional: To make the peach color stand out more, apply Let Me Pop paint pot or a white cream shadow like NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk all over lid, staying below the crease.
*Press Flow eyeshadow on top of cream shadow all over the lid, staying below the crease
*Blend Soft Brown into crease up to brow bone
*Lightly blend Deeper over Soft Brown, concentrating it more in the crease and not up to the brow bone
*Using a pencil brush, apply M.I.A just to the outer part of the crease
*Apply Electric eye liner to lower lash line, extending slightly past the lashes to create a "wing"
*Apply Deep End shadow on top of the eye liner you just applied, fading out the wing at the end
*Apply Damsel eye liner to lower water line and also along the upper lash line, extending slightly past the upper lashes in a "wing"
*If necessary, use M.I.A shadow on a liner brush to slightly smudge and smooth out liner along upper lash line
*Apply Vanilla to inner corner as a highlight and very lightly along the brow bone
 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Clean With Me Monday - Clear the Cobwebs

*Clean along the edge and in the corners of the ceiling in the living room, entry way, hallway and one bedroom

*Approximate time ~ 15+ minutes, depending on method used

Tips:  The easiest and quickest way to accomplish this task is by using the wand on your vacuum cleaner.  Go along the edges of the ceiling and in the corners.  If you don't have a wand or long attachment on your vacuum, you can also use a long handled duster (Swiffer makes one) but this will probably also require the use of a step stool or ladder.

Personal Notes:  Cobwebs seem to go completely undetected in my house until the light hits just right (which is usually when I have guests over :-) or I happen to spot the other sign that a cobweb is near....a spider...yikes!  So, even though I hadn't seen a cobweb, I decided it'd been a long time since I'd cleaned these areas.  We have a vaulted ceiling in the living room so it took a really good stretch and standing on my tip toes to reach those top corners :-)

Happy Cleaning!