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Face Favorites of 2011

Face favorites

Face favorites by purpleanel on polyvore.com
1. Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizer- the perfect base for under makeup. It moisturizes without being heavy 
2. CHANEL Vitalumiere Moisture-Rich Foundation- This is probably my holy grail foundation! It always makes my skin look healthy and smooth (great for people with dry skin)
3. Guerlain Lingerie De Peau- Another great everyday foundation that mimics your natural skin
4. Bobbi Brown Corrector- perfect for neutralizing the under-eye darkness
5. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer- helps brighten the under-eye area
6. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer- Covers all skin imperfections (zits, skin discolorations, scars) and always looks natural
7. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder- a MUST have for setting your liquid foundation
8. Guerlain Terracota Bronzing Powder- a natural moisturizing bronzing powder that will never leave your bronzer looking blotchy
9. Lancome Dual Finish Powder- This powder is always in my makeup bag. It is great for touch-ups throughout the day

Share some of your favorites or any recommendations... 
Also please let me know if you have any questions regarding any of these products. 

Xx Anel


Going Bold with Gold

Hello everyone! I hope your all ready for the beginning of a new year. Today I decided to come up with a bold look with two colors that are completely wearable; black and gold. Products and steps are listed below.

Products Used:
MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque
Milani Liquif' Eye Metallic eye liner pencil in 03 Gold
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
MAC Goldmine eyeshadow
MAC Ricepaper eyeshadow
NYX Dramatic Sparkle Glitter Liner in Crystal Gold
Napoleon Long Black Mascara
Guerlain Terracota Bronzing Powder in 03
Revlon Colorburst in 075 Peach
Maybelline Shine Sensational in 05 Peach Sorbet

1. Begin by priming the lid using your ring finger with Rubenesque paint pot
2. Draw the inner corners of the eyes and the inner lids with Milani pencil in gold
3. With a small flat brush and blacktrack fluidline (E.L.F concealer brush is perfect) draw the crease line and then fill it in
4. Apply Goldmine eyeshadow on top of the milani gold
5. On the brow bone apply ricepaper eyeshadow as highlight
6. Using the same E.L.F. concealer brush line the lower lash line with blacktrack
7. Line the rims of your eyes with Milani Gold
8. Apply a thin layer of the NYX glitter liner on the lower lash line
9. Finish look with mascara

Thanks for stopping by :) 
Xx Anel


A look for this New Year

             So I am back with a new look. This was inspired by the new year, 2012. These past couple of days I had been thinking of doing a look using different hues of silver. Today the idea was perfected when I found this "Party Perfect Kit" from the brand Napoleon Perdis at Ulta. The kit includes a mini mascara, a lip lacquer and a loose eye dust, for only $15 (having a $48 value). The eye dust is the prettiest shade of silver I have seen and blends so beautifully on the lid.
More information on the products and steps are listed below. 

Products Used:
1. Stila Prime Pot in Taffy
2. Napoleon Eye Dust #34
3. Urban Decay Naked Palette 
4. MAC Phloof! eyeshadow
5. MAC Blacktrack Fluidline 
6. Napoleon Lip Lacquer in Pink Lemonade

1. Begin my priming the lid and the brow bone with the Prime pot 
2. Apply the eye dust with a flat shadow brush all over the lid and in the inner corners of the eyes
3. Apply Gunmetal eyeshadow on the outer lid and blend into the crease
4. Apply MAC Phloof eyeshadow on the brow bone as the highlight
5. Add a bit of creep eyeshadow using a pointed pencil brush on the crease
6. Use Naked eyeshadow and a fluffy brush to blend hard edges
7. Line the top waterline with black gel liner
8. With the same pointed pencil brush mix creep and gunmetal and line the top waterline
9. Use the silver eye dust, gunmetal and creep to line the lower lash line
10. Finish the look with mascara

Napoleon Eye Dust #34,  Urban Decay Gunmetal, Urban Decay Creep
Thanks for stopping by :)

Tell me what you think. And what look are you planning on doing for the New Year?


Naked Palette: Warm Neutral Look

            Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great Christmas :) After using my Naked palette everyday for my brows (Buck eyeshadow), I was inspired to do an easy neutral look. Products and steps are listed below. I also added a couple bonus pictures of some awesome jewelry pieces I got this Christmas. 

1. Urban Decay Naked Palette
2. MAC Indianwood Paint Pot
3. Stila Prime Pot in Taffy
4. Bobbi Brown Gel Ink Liner in Black Plum Ink
5. Urban Decay Double ended eye liner in Whiskey

1. Begin by priming brow bone with Stila Prime Pot 
2. Then use Indianwood paint pot as an all over lid base
3. Apply Half Baked eyeshadow all over lid and in the inner corner of the eyes
4. Blend the lid color into the crease by mixing Naked and Buck 
5. Apply Virgin eyeshadow on the brow bone as the highlight
6. Add Smog Eyeshadow into the crease 
7. And to add more depth, apply Darkhorse on the outer V and blend
8. To define eyes, use BB gel ink liner on the upper lash line
9. Apply Half baked, smog and darkhorse on the lower lash line
10. Line the rim of the eyes with Urban Decay whiskey liner
11. Finish the look with mascara

Thanks for stopping by and let me know what you think :))


Holiday Look

           Hello everyone! I hope your all doing good and ready for this Christmas, 2011. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family. Here is the look I did, which I might end up wearing tonight for Christmas Eve. I love the mixture of bronze, gold and red for celebrating this beautiful Holiday. 

Products Used-
  • Guerlain Lingerie De Peau SPF 20 in #23
  • Bobbi Brown corrector in Dark bisque
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
  • Bobbi Brown Blush in Almond
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze
  • Lancome Color Design in Bronze Amour Palette #101
  • E.L.F. Waterproof Eyeliner Pen
  • Prestige My Blackest Lashes

  • Dior Rouge Dior in Ara Red #999

Thanks for stopping by :)


Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

16 oz (453g)
US $10.17
What it is: A moisturizing cream made for dry, sensitive skin. It is described as a "non-greasy cream formula that is excellent for the hands, feet, elbows and knees". The quality humectants and emollients provide intensive and long-lasting hydration so that dryness does not reoccur.

Packaging: Cetaphil moisturizing cream is packaged in a big plastic tub containing 16 oz.

Verdict: During the winter months when my skin tends to become dehydrated and dry, I always worried about my skin peeling or flaking. I did not have a moisturizer that did it all, meaning one that is light weight which is perfect for under makeup and that is rich for night time. My dry skin requires a deep moisturizing cream at night. Giving this to my skin allows me to wake up to a clean and smooth complexion. I came across this moisturizer at Target and thought that it sounded like it might be worth giving a try. Yes the consistency is rich but it just sinks into my skin leaving it soft and glowing. It has also never made me break out. The amount you get for the price makes this product a close steal. The product can last months with everyday use. You can also use this moisturizer anywhere you experience dryness. There is no detected scent, making it perfect for sensitive skin. Lately I have been reaching for my Cetaphil cream for morning and night. 

What do you reach for during the cold months?


Dior "Rouge Dior" Lip Color in Ara Red #999- Review, Swatches, and Look

$32 (0.12 oz.)
What it is: A long-wearing, full coverage lip color with a smooth texture.

"Haute couture color and a new ultra-nourishing, long-wearing formula, luxuriously packages in the House of Dior's signature cannage pattern with a jeweled emblem".
-By Dior. 

Description of Shade: "A rich true red"- I find it to be a rich red with an orange undertone and a creamy finish

Verdict: Smooth texture, moist application, long-wearing formula and opaque color summarizes my thoughts on Dior's 'Rouge Dior' lip color in Ara Red. This was my first experience with a Rouge Dior lipstick. I have a couple of Dior Lip Addicts which are a nice edition to my collection but I was very impressed and blown away with this formula. Chanel lipsticks are what made me discover the close relationship that can exist between your lips and a lip color, and Dior's Rouge Dior reminded me again of that existence. I get even, full coverage and a color that never bleeds, cake or feather. The color remains put for about 4 hours before it begins to fade leaving a beautiful stain on the lips. The moist and creamy finish makes this lipstick comfortable to wear. Overall, I love everything about the this lipstick, from the color to the fantastic formula. 

Would I recommend it to a friend?
Yes :)

Ara Red #999
With a bright lip, I kept the eyes soft with a touch of definition;

Products used-
  • MAC arena all over lid
  • MAC soft brown on the crease
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze on the brow bone
  • Bobbi Brown Gel Ink Liner in Black Plum Ink
  • Prestige My Blackest Lashes Mascara
  • MAC Bronze on the lower lash line
  • Bobbi Brown Blush in Almond
  • Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze as highlight (Review will be up soon)
  • Dior Rouge Dior in Ara Red 
What lipstick are you currently loving?


Chanel Kaska Beige Eyeshadow Quad Review, Swatches and Look

What it is: A neutral quad with beige, gold and purple shadows that coordinate well with each other.
"One essential compact offers unlimited eye looks, with shade combinations ranging from matte to frost to satin for multiple looks, contrasting or complementary. Apply dry for subtle shadowing. Slightly moistened applicator gives a more intense shade. Organic polymer derivatives ensure smudge-proof long wear, particularly in high temperature or humidity"
Packaging: The eyeshadows are incased in a luxurious palette like all other Chanel face products. There is a mirror included and two sponge applicator brushes. A velvet pouch is also included.

Description of Shades-
-A cream flesh tone with a matte finish
-A soft brown with a satin finish 
-A deep burgundy/red undertone with a frost finish
-A brown mixed with amber and gold shimmer

Verdict: Chanel eyeshadows are soft and silky, making them a breeze to blend. This palette is perfect for creating a subtle natural day look or a more dramatic night look by coordinating the shadows differently. All shadows perform  well with a base underneath. None of them are chalky nor dusty.
*** If you are looking for a subtle-neutral palette that can be used during the day and intensified more for the night, you may want to take a look at Chanel's Kaska Beige quad. 

  • Cream color on the brow bone
  • Brown with gold shimmer on the lid
  • Soft brown with a satin finish as transition color
  • Burgundy with a frost finish on the crease and lower lash line
  • MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
  • Prestige My Blackest Lashes Mascara
Lips: Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Soft Rose (a new favorite)

Thanks for stopping by :)


Versatile Blogger Award!

Versatile Blogger Award

I was awarded the Versatile Blogger award by Miranda @ http://mariahlovesmakeup.blogspot.com/ and Jess @ http://ilovemakeup68.blogspot.com/ Thank you Miranda and Jess! Please go check out their blogs! And thank you everybody who has followed with my posts! 

The Rules:
1: Thank the person who nominated you and give them a shout out on your blog with a link to their blog.

2: Share 7 random facts about yourself.

3: Send on the award to 15 bloggers whose blogs that you appreciate and then let them know that they have won the award.

My 7 random facts:
1: I love drawing and painting! Just as I find makeup to be fun, therapeutic and inspiring, I feel the same when I create a painting.

2: I love going on hikes and going camping. It is always nice when you can get out of the city and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of pure nature.

3: I love going to music shows! Currently my favorite bands are My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Radiohead, Dr. Dog and The Alternates! My boyfriend is the singer and guitarist for the Alternates, and seriously they have so much potential! Check them out, if interested

4: I have a big family and I love it. Two sisters and two brothers and my parents!

5: Last year, I never wore mascara! I do not know how I thought my look was complete with no mascara on.

6: I love, love scary movies. Some of my favorites are the Ring, Insidious, IT, and The Shining!

7: And last but not least, my favorite makeup item is Lipstick! I feel like lipstick helps to brighten any complexion.

Now to pass on the award!

Here are 15 blogs I think you should check out!



FOTD: Pink Paradise

Hey everyone! I hope your doing good. Here is a look I did for work a few days ago. I felt like wearing a brighter pink lip, so I opted for Bobbi Brown Rich Color in Rose Blossom (11). I love this lipstick formula because it is long-lasting and comfortable to wear. I only have one lipstick from Bobbi Brown so if you have any recommendations for another lip color please let me know. 
Products listed below

Thanks for reading :)

Bobbi Brown Rose Blossom

  • Makeup Forever Face and Body Liquid Makeup (#6)
  • BB corrector and creamy concealer
  • Chanel Natural Loose Setting Powder
  • MAC Flirt and Tease blush

  • Benefit Creaseless cream shadow in Birthday suit
  • Chanel Kaska Beige palette (brown shadow on crease)
  • Chanel Kaska Beige palette (cream color on brow bone)
  • Bobbi Brown Gel Ink in Violet Ink (4)
  • MAC Fig 1 eyeshadow on lower lash line
  • Prestige My Blackest Lashes Mascara

  • Bobbi Brown Color Rich SPF 12 Rose Blossom (11)


Revlon Lip Butters in Lollipop and Raspberry Pie

Raspberry Pie 010 (left) and Lollipop 075 (right)

What it is: Revlon Lip Butter's are described as "buttery balms" that deliver a shiny color finish. There are 20 available shades, and depending on the shade you will get sheer to medium color payoff. 
Packaging: If you are familiar with Revlon Colorburst lipsticks you will notice the similarities those have with this new formula. The lip butters are packaged in a plastic case with a quilted diamond pattern at the front and back. 
Verdict: Being a fan of the lip products Revlon provides, I was not surprised that their new lip butters were going to become a great hit.  The product is opaque giving close to full coverage with just one swipe. However, I am sure that depending on the color you pick up the pigmentation will vary. As far as moisturizing, they are not particularly moisturizing but do not dry out my lips after wearing them consecutively for a couple days. I have seen this type of tinted lip balm formula come out from other brands. This year Chanel came out with Rouge Coco shines, which is a sheer lipstick formula. Revlon lip butters are somewhat similar, although more opaque and with a heavier feel on the lips. Chanel Coco Shines are glossy and weightless and last no more than 2 hours.  With the two lip butters I picked up, I got about 3 hours of wear. Overall, I am loving these lip butters and look forward to get my hands on Pink Truffle.

Would I recommend this product to a friend?
Lollipop (left) and Raspberry Pie (right)
Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop on lips
Raspberry Pie
Raspberry Pie in natural light
What are your favorite shades? 


Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperliner in Sparkling Ammunition (Review, swatches and Look)

0.04 oz
US $15.00
What it is: Tarina Tarantino's eyeliners are described as;

"A collection of waterproof eyeliners, each with a soft and smooth texture, strong color payoff, and excellent coverage".

Verdict: Every time I would go into Sephora I would pass by these eyeliners, swatch them and then walk away. I finally decided to pick one up. Lately I have been gravitating towards green eyeshadow (MAC humid) and thought I needed a good green eyeliner for the lower lash line. This eyeliner performs very well for the lower lash line because it stays put and does not move. It is also extremely smooth and gives full coverage. **Sparkling Ammunition is a deep olive with gold shimmer. I can see myself using this shade often, because it adds color without being so bright. And the eyeliner shade being an earth tone color should always work when combining it with neutral-warm eyeshadows.

Would I recommend it to a friend?
Yes, yes!

Hyperliner in Sparkling Ammunition

MAC humid (outer lid)  and sumptuous olive (inner lid)
MAC club on the crease
MAC ricepaper on brow bone
MAC blacktrack fluidline
Tarina Tarantino Hyperliner in Sparkling Ammunition on lower lash line
Prestige My Blackest lashes

Revlon Colorburst in Peach
Chanel glossimer in Muscat

Thanks for Looking ;)


A Portion Of My Makeup Storage

US $9.99

 In the midst of organizing/changing up my room I decided to re-organized my makeup. I have had this acrylic container for quite some time now, and have continued to use it since the day I brought it home. What I love about this container is that it can house some of my makeup without looking cluttered or messy. There are a total of 14 compartments, which vary in sizes. Nine of the spaces can be used for lipsticks, and the other spaces can be used for bigger products (foundations, powders, mascara, lipgloss or more lipstick). With the way I organized the products I was able to fit a total of 26 items perfectly.  I appreciate that the container is clear because it allows the products to stand out. Open containers of this type are convenient in the morning when you are getting ready for the day and do not want to be digging in your makeup drawer(s) for the products you will use. 

Available at Target

Thanks for stopping by :))