Today I decided that I was going to raid my stash for a change. I grabbed my Stila In the Moment palette for my eye look, a Too Faced blush and a Jemma Kidd lip gloss. Who says who have to use one brand for the total look? From the Stila palette I took Whim (shimmery copper brown) used it in the crease, then I used Captivate (shimmery mauve brown) deepen the crease. I then used Captivate on the outer edge of the lid and under the eye. Impulse (shimmery lavender) was used on the lid. Finally, Instint (shimmery cream) was used under the brow. I decided to forgo a liquid liner today, shocking I know! I used MAC’s Haute and Naughty Mascara in Black.

    For the cheeks I took Too Faced’s Pinch My Petals Blush (light pinky-brown) and applied somewhat sparingly. On the lips I changed lip liners and decided to use MAC’s Morning Coffee under the Jemma Kidd Strip gloss (shimmery golden pink).

    To me the look is generally the same of what I wear, except for the liquid eye liner, which I skipped today. I wanted to go and use some of my stash because I almost never get to use some of my older palettes. I tend to use some of the same items over, such as UD palettes, Illamasqua and Inglot. “Shopping” in your stash is a good idea because you get to have fun and create new looks.


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    One day I was lurking on Makeup Alley and I heard about this company called Inglot Cosmetics. So I took a look at their website, I about drooled all over my keyboard. Everything looked so good. And the prices were pretty good too, in line with MAC. Plus they had what they call the Freedom System. With the Freedom System, similar to MAC’s pan system, you buy pan shadows, lipsticks or blushes, put them in a large magnetic holder and you have palettes. Inlgot now has a 40 pan Freedom palette! Also, their Freedom System is incredibly inexpensive! If you look at the amount of colors they have, you will be amazed. The shadows cost $5.00 each for the Freedom System. The palettes vary but a 20 shadow palette is $20.00.

    Inglot was started over 25 years ago by a chemist who was doing R&D research for a pharmaceutical company. He wanted to produce high quality products that had good prices. I must say that he met his goal. Inglot is now available all over the world. I order from their store in New York at the Chelsea Market Building. Sometimes they are hard to reach via email but when you order online the order comes in a timely manner.

    For this look I wanted to do a neutral eye with a pop of color. I love neutrals and I love purple, so I thought that would look great together and really bring out the green in my eyes. The hard thing about the Freedom System is that once the shadows are in the palettes they are VERY hard to get out! I am wearing Pearl 399 (shimmery medium taupe) in the crease. Defining the crease I am wearing Pearl 452 (shimmery reddish brown), I then used this color on the outer edge of the lid and underneath the eye. On the lid I used Pearl 441 (bright shimmery purple) and under the brow AMC Shine 29 (shimmery, glittery pink). Lining the upper lid I used Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in #8, shimmery purple. My mascara is MAC False Lashes in Black.

    I used Inglot products on my cheeks and lips today too. Their blushes and lipsticks are also particularly good. My blush is AMC 57 (shimmery pink). AMC stands for Advanced Makeup Components, these run a little higher in price, $14.00. I looked on the site and it doesn’t explain what AMC really means but I am assuming that the product has extra shimmer or glitter to it. On my lips I am wearing Lipstick 413, a Matte Light Pink, $12.00. I find it a little drying on the lips. I prefer their other lipsticks, which are phenomenal in color and texture.

    I am really happy with the payoff and pigmentation of all the products I have tried in the Inglot line. I have pigments, blushes, liquid liners, eyeshadows and lipsticks. The eyeshadows go on like butter! I highly recommend this line to anyone, whether they are just starting out with a makeup collection or have a collection already. You will not be disappointed.

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False Eyelashes Part 2

    Now that you know the difference between the different types of false eyelashes out there, it is time to learn how to apply them!

    Application of false lashes can be a little tricky at first, but after a little practice applying eyelashes really is quite simple and quick!

    To help you out with application, here is a youtube video of Xsparkage showing how she applies false eyelashes.

    My top tips for applying False Eyelashes:
    • Ensure you are using quality eyelash adhesive (glue). Poor quality glue will not stick the eyelashes properly, irritate your eyes or be hard to remove.
    • Fit the eyelashes to you eye before applying glue, and trim any excess length or sharp ends
    • While the glue is drying, blink quite a few times. this helps the false eyelash settle in to your natural lash line, and will feel more comfortable.
    • Hold the lash up to your eye! What may look very natural in the box, may look very dramatic once applied. Hold a few types up to your eyes to determine what best suits the look desired.
    • Purchase eyelashes that are slanted, with shorted lashes for the inner eye, and longer lashes for the outer eye. This will ensure the lashes blend well after application.
    • Curl your natural lashes with an eyelash curler before application and BEFORE mascara (Very important! You can snap your eyelashes if you try to curl them after mascara is applied!!)
    For more how-to guides for application of false lashes, also check out the following links;

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    Recently I had a number of people asking about my lips and how they were done. So I thought I would show you in photos. I will try and do a video tutorial too. I will also be covering the eye makeup as I thought it looked pretty good today. And I have a gripe!
    In the first photo you can see my lips are just covered with foundation to act as a base for the lipliner, the foundation I use varies every day. Today I used Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam. Then I cover my entire lip with lipliner, a light nude brown color. In this second photo you can see that my lips are covered with Cover Girl lipliner in Sublime. I go beyond the boundary of my lipline to create a fuller lip. In the third photo you can see that my lips have lipgloss on them. I decided to use Stila Sparkle Luxe Lipgloss in Fairy Dust, a Pink-Melon tone.

    For the rest of my makeup today, I used Urban Decay eyeshadows on my eyes. I used Last Call (gorgeous shimmery dark purple mauve) in the crease, on the outer edge of the lid and under the eye. Then I used Sin (dark shimmery beige) on the lid and Polyester Bride (glittery shimmery white) under the brow. To line the upper lid I used Illamaqua’s Precision Ink in Havoc (burgundy). For mascara I used Maybelline’s Great Lash Lots of Lashes in Black. On the cheeks I used the new Dream Bouncy Blush in Candy Coral (peachy coral).
    I do have a big gripe with the Dream Bouncy Blush. I went to use it and I tried it. It was difficult to use. I finally was able to build some up with my fingers after severaluses but then the silly blush collapsed! I don’t recommend this. So now I have a cute colored blush that is collapsed and that doesn’t really deposit any color. I may take it back to Walgreens. It was expensive too!!!! Has anyone else found this to be a problem?
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    I am a sucker for two things: palettes and pigments. When I saw these Kat Von D pigments at Sephora, I immediately had to try them. I have four of them: Meditation (coppery rose shimmer), Rooftop (copper), Ladyhawke (plum shimmer) and Torment (iridescent purple shimmer). Torment is my favorite!
    For this look I wore Rooftop in the crease and took Ladyhawke to deepen the crease area. I then applied Ladyhawke on the outer lid and under the eye. I used Torment on the lid, but I used it wet because dry it wasn’t laying any color onto the lid. I then used Meditation under the brow. I applied a glittery liquid liner in Bronze from Victoria Secret onto the upper lid and used Cover Girl Lash Perfection in Brown for mascara. My blush is Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush #1, a very light pink. Lips are Victoria Secret Dazzleshine Lipgloss in Dazzling Coco ( shimmering pink). I love the look on my eyes, especially the purple pigment.
    Kat Von D items are available exclusively at Sephora stores and The pigments are $16.00 and I find them comparable to MAC pigments. I was a little disappointed that the purple one had to be used wet to get any color to lay down on the lid though. But when used wet the color was spectacular!
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    As I may have mentioned many, many times before: I am a palette junkie. If someone puts out a palette then chances are I am going to check it out. Stila has been putting out some cute ones lately and the quality of their line has dramatically increased to when they were originally created by makeup artist Jeanine Lobell. The line is fun and carefree and this spring/summer the palette they came out with, called In The Garden, consists of 10 eyeshadows that reflect the attitude of spring color. It also comes with a Smudge Stick Waterproof eyeliner in Starfish (shimmery gray with gold). 

    The ten shadows are: chinois (matte cream), breeze (shimmery light taupe), bark (shimmery gray taupe), freesia (shimmery bluish purple), rosette (shimmery purple), nectar (fine shimmery vanilla), honey (shimmery gold), sage (shimmery light pale green), moss (shimmery greenish gold) and juniper (shimmery cool green). The palette is $39.00 and can be found in stores and online at,, and The shadows are just as good as always: creamy and soft. Some are a little too soft and there is a little bit of fallout. But in general I am happy with the palette.

    Today I chose a smoky green look from the palette: I used bark in the crease, then moss also in the crease to give the eye more definition. Moss was also used on the outer lid and underneath the eye. I used sage on the lid and breeze underneath the brow. I used Make Up For Ever Aqua liner #3 Iridescent Emerald Green on the upper lid and Maybelline’s Great Lash Lots of Lashes mascara in black.On the cheeks I used Sue Devitt’s Studio Blush in Koh Samui.
    For lips I used a new lipcolor, Salma Hayek’s Nuance line lipstick in Shimmering Nude. I LOVE this color! Not only is it just about the perfect nude lipcolor with just a hint of shimmer to it but it is moisturizing and long lasting. I picked this up at CVS, where I believe the line is carried exclusively. I was not interested in any of the other colors but I really liked this one. As you can see on my lips it is a good nude tone.
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