I took the extra time on Valentine's Day to do my make up a little nicer than usual...considering I had the afternoon shift at work. And I was woken up early due to a phone call from the Youth Program Director from base (the person that I answer to in regards to my coaching).
After having a nice brunch with my hubby where we exchanged cards and I thanked him for my Valentine's goodies (some of which I am still waiting on). I ventured upstairs to fiddle with my minerals.
Considering I recently received some products to review from Spectrum Cosmetics, I felt it was the perfect time to try them out and see how they held up. I received a random array of blues, silver, pinks and a purple..that I felt I could do something in the pink. So without further adue...my FOTD
I wanted very suttle, yet soft and girly..considering I was going to be wearing it at work and then afterwards at basketball practice.
However I did want a little bit of smokieness to the look, thus I added a bit of black into the inner v and blended it out...making it look more purple.
Better look of the eye
Providence and Grace Eye Primer
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Yogurt
Wet N Wild Color Icon in Vanity Shimmering White Inner Corner & Highlight
Applied Wet and Dry Spectrum Cosmetics Circus Cookie Shadow all over Lid
Applied Wet and Dry Spectrum Cosmetics Pink Pocketbook Shadow in Crease
Sleek Makeup Storm Palette Black Shadow in Inner V
Applied Wet Spectrum Cosmetics Pink Monkey Shadow patted lightly on center of Lid
Sleek Makeup Storm Palette Rustic Red Shadow Lower Lash Line
Wet N Wild Cream Liner in Black in Water Line
NYC Liquid Eyeliner in Black top lash line
Benefit Bad Gal Lash Mascara in Black
The only thing this look really needed were some demi lashes or even accent lashes to give the look a little more feminine flair. But I didn't have enough time to apply them before I went to work.
Of all the shadows from Spectrum that I wore this day...Circus Cookie was my favorite. Not only was it easy to apply...but the pigmentation when it was applied wet and then a bit of dry product to set it....was wonderful.
I felt with Pink Pocketbook (part of the Valentine's 2011 collection) I really had to build the color up in the crease...and even then it wasn't to the darkness that I wanted. I originally tried just applying the shadow dry but the color didn't really pop as did the Circus Cookie. Thus I got my blending brush just a tad wet and attempted again which made the color payout much much better. Yet I still wasn't quite satisfied with the look, hence why I added the black to the inner...I felt it was still just a bit to light for my taste (at least...if you are someone who likes soft looks..leaving the black out would be fine as well).
And to keep with the idea of darker I used the rustic red/wine color from the Sleek Makeup Palette in Storm for the lower lash line and of course black liner on the top and bottom. Had I kept it with the softer look (not adding the black to the inner V), a white or silver color in the waterline would've been a good option.
Perhaps instead of the black eyeliner Wet N Wild's Cream Liner in Eggplant (that pretty purple) would've been a good way to go as well.
I swear it always works out where I think of other options to do a look after I have already done one...but I guess it's good to always retry the look and see if the other ideas work or not. I think i just might redo this look but the soft version this weekend for my date night with the hubby.
To finish off the face I used NYX Cream Blush in Boho Chic 11 (one of the products that is featured in my Finish what you started make up Project for 2011). I also lightly applied Wet N Wild Color Icon blush in Mellow Wine just to give it a darker tone...as Boho Chic is a very soft shimmery pink.
For lips I used my MAC Lipglass lipliner in Fuchsia (yes I said Lipglass Lipliner...this is so discontinued now)...I lined my lips with it and filled in. I actually lightly blotted some of the color off..since it was originally first too dark of a lip color..thus with blotting..it made it look more like a lip stain. For gloss I applied ELF's Liquid Lipstick...which feels like a lipgloss to me...not a lipstick..in Baby Lips.
Overall I thought Spectrum products were pretty good, I think I might try different bases to see if I get a better color out.
**Side note...the shadows did crease but keep in mind I had basketball practice...it was barely noticeable until about 9 hours after wearing**