July 25, 2016

First Time: Brow Lightening

Today I had a new beauty experience. This morning I got my eyebrows bleached for the first time. My roommate, Sam (mentioned many times through out my blog) is training for a new job and is having to complete all kinds of testing. Today was her eyebrow lightening test and I was her model. 

I wasn't nervous about getting my eyebrows bleached although I have had dark brows all my life. I actually chose to keep the bleach on longer then she needed to. If I was going to do this I wanted to push it as extreme as we could go. (Side note: My brows could have gone lighter. The pictures I will have posted here are after 30 minutes of the bleach sitting on my brows.) The true experiment was to see if it would make it any easier when apply my brows in the morning, weather they be brown or pink.





When I got home I got rid of some of the tiny dark hairs that couldn't be reached with a spoolie and then applied my make-up as usual. Today I did my brows pink to see if the lighten made a diffrent to the ease of application and the over all effect. 


Getting my eyebrows lightened or bleached has had no effect on how easy it is to fill in my brows thus far. The reason I say so far is because I have not tried filling them in brown. I can imagine that with my brows already being dark it helped the process. Only time will tell. 

Now for the actual vibrancy of my pink brows, yes lightening my dark brows definitely made a diffrence. I find that the pink in my brows is a lot more even across the entire brow. There aren't any dark patches or spots. I feel like anything there will be pros and cons to this transformation. If I find that lighter eyebrows are becoming a bit of a burien I will simply tint them back to a shade closer to what they were previously.

The ligthening itself was awesome. Very comfortable and relaxed. The bleached that is used on brows is slightly diffrent and less strong then bleached used on your actual hair. There was no harsh smell or burning senstation either. Please note that not everyone has the same skin and that diffrent people will react diffrently. I do have sensitive skin and had no problem getting my brows lightened. If for some reason you do feel a burning sensation I would bring it up to your stylists attention immediately. 


I am happy to announce that Sam of course did pass her exam! :) She does awesome work, espeacially if you are looking for on point brows. I wish I could devulge the secrect information of where she actually works, but I can't. However you can follow her on instagram or twitter at @samantha_opal

I will definitely be posting an update on my bleached brows. If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the box below.

Peace & Luv  

July 21, 2016

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick Review

Over the past couple of weeks I have been trying all kinds of liquid lipsticks. Liquid lipstick isn't something new in the make-up world. It's just something that has become extremely poplar in the past couple of months.

This week I tried Anastatisa Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Rio. Rio is a bright blue based pink. It is extremely vibrant and packed with color. To be honest the reason I chose this shade was because I was looking for something better to do my eyebrows with.


First, lets start with packaging. Striaght forward and simple. No surprises here, which I kinda like. The lipstick comes in a simple lipgloss like tube. It has a pretty average wand applicator and basic screw on lid.




The first thing I did was try this liquid lipstick on my eyebrows. I simply put some product onto a palette and began to apply it to my brows using an angled brow brush. When it came to my eyebrows the liquid lipstick worked great. It was extremely bright and vibrant. Got into all the spaces in-between hairs and sat well through out the day. The liquid lipstick did not rub off or fade through out whhch is a huge plus. I would have to say the only down fall is the stain it leaves in your eyebrows and on your skin. When you go to remove your brow make-up you will probably need to use a remover, making sure you get inbetween all the little hairs. Your also going to want to clense and tone your face (as everyone should always be doing) to remove acsess dirt and color. With all this said and done, you may still have a slighty pink stain on your skin. Just a warning.


Next I tried Rio on my lips, where it "should" be. The liquid lipstick applied nice and smooth allowing me to get a nice edge with no bleeding or mess. The wand that is provided in the bottle worked just as many other wands do. (You may want to apply around the edges with an actutal lipstick brush depending on your confidence.) The color, as it was on my brows was very bold and vibrant. Then a couple minutes went by and my lips began to feel really cakey and cracked. The liquid lipstick was begining to seperate and build up on my lips. It made my lips feel very dry and dehydrated. So before calling it a lost cause I decided to try again after using a lip scrub and lip mosituizer. I of course waited for all these products to soak in before applying my liquid lipstick. And again, cakey, cracking, dry lips. I even found that a lot of the product was buiding up and getting into my mouth. 


The picture above was taken right after the lip color was applied. I don't have a photo of Rio after a bit of wear, however after only 5 minutes of wearing it to take this photo it was already cracking and caking.


Unfortunately I did not have the best experience with Anastasia's Liquid Lipstick while being used on my lips, and probably won't use Rio as a lip color, however I absolutely loved using them on my eyebrows. It worked very well and lasted a long time. 

Remember, I have only tried one shade from the entire line. Unfortunately sometimes not all liquid lipsticks are made the same. It could vary from color to color however something like this is usually a warning for across the board. 

With that said with all the rave reviews and talk about Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks I will most likely try another color again. I'm hoping it was maybe just that shade and will have a diffrent experience next time around. 

If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the box below.

Peace & Luv

Jeffree Star Liquid Lipstick Review

Reccently I had the opportunity to try out Jeffree Star's Velour Liquid Lipsticks. I have only tried two of his lipstick shades. I know that in the past with other cometic lines sometimes the formula will vary from lip shade to lip shade. I am only reviewing the two lip colors I have tried.

First let's talk packaging. I personally really like it. The only thing I don't like, and I'm sad to say it are all the stars on the lid. I totally I understand why they are on the bottle and could get 2 or 3, but I just think all those stars almost make the lipstick tube or bottle look cheesy. Just my opinon. It doesn't effect the product. With that said, the bottles themselves are simple. No crazy shapes or designs. GOOD! I like it. I like the neon pink caps and clear wands. I also like that the wands are slightly curved to better fit the shape of one's lips. 

So the two shades I managed to get my hands on are Blow Pony and I'm Royality. Both of these shades are beautiful shades of purple. 

Blow Pony: "The pastel neon is a gorgeous shade of matte lavender." -Jeffree Star website
As it is said on Jeffree's website is it a beautiful shade of matte lavender. It is a real lavender shade and just as it is claimed it dries with a matte finish.



I'm Royality: "A Royal Purple for any diva that wants to make a statement." -Jeffree Star website
This shade reminds me of Prince. Haha. It is a wonderful shade of dark royal purple. This liquid lipstick dries with a matte finish as well. This is my perfered shade out of the two simple because of the color.



Over all I enjoyed both liquid lipsticks. They worked great and were exactly what they were made out to be by Jefree as well as other artist and reviewers. If you are interested in puchasing these liquid lipsticks you can find them at jeffreestarcosmetics.com. They cost $18.00 US each.

I will personally go out and seek more of these liquid lipsticks. I really enjoyed using them. They applied nice and smooth. They lasted a really long time, all day! Plus I absolutely love some of the shades Jeffree has to offer. If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the box below. 

Peace & Luv

July 17, 2016

Nails... Holographic Starry Night

Today's nails remind me of a deep ocean, or the night sky. My nails are painted a deep dark blue mixed with small silver sparkles and blue reflective flakes. 

This time around I deicded to start my nails off fresh. The last time I got my nails done I didn't go to my usual salon and found that where I did end up going sadly did a terrible job. A week and a half later I got all my nails taken off (which majority of them were already falling off) and got myself a brand new set. I must say I was very happy with the outcome this time. I actually tried another salon called Urban Nails (on the Danforth in Toronto). My nails were done by Michelle, and she did a fantastic job. She is a sweet heart and I work definitely reccomend her work.

I was convinced to change my nails again from acrylic to gel once again. Gel is better for you, tends to last longer and is over all more shiney and natural looking then acrylic nails. Plus the price diffrence really wasn't a huge jump. (Less then $10) 

As usual I got a shellac coat on my nails instead of just regular polish. I find that shellac really does last longer, even on false nails. I also find that it strengthens the nails and do not allow them to break as easily. Unfortunately I am not sure who the shellac is made by but it is called Night Sky. As mentioned perviously Night Sky is a deep dark shade of blue with tiny sliver sparkles. The shellac is very nice on it's own. I wore it for a good couple of days before adding my own decorative touch.

A couple days later I decided to add another decorative top coat to my nails. This "top coat" is called The Holographic by Loréal. (I love the look of the reflective flakes but have absoluely no idea why anyone would call this a holo polish.) In the bottle it looks like a cloudy, clear polish with reflective flakes that shine blue or purple depending on the light. Once applied to my nails it really gave them that extra dimension and that shine I'm always looking for. I then applied a top coat to seal in the reflective flakes and protect my nails.



If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the box below. Happy Sunday everyone!

Peace & Luv

June 29, 2016

Nails... Silver Halo Sparkle

Today's nails are all about the holo. I am absolutely dying to have completely holographic or shiney chrome nails. While todays nails are neither of the above they definitely sparkle and shine.

I am wearing false nails made from acrylic powder. The nails are covered in a silver glitter that has a holo sparkle. There is a gel coat by CND applied on top of the glitter to create a smooth finish. I applied another silver holo sparkle on top from Gwen Stefani's collection by OPI called In True Stefani Fashion. I also applied another holo glitter polish by OPI's Nicole called Party Bus. I then topped the nail with a gel top coat.


These nails are very simple but truly stand out. Also my nail tech had a couple new gems and decals she wanted to try out so I decided to try this cool rainbow reflect cube. I personally wish the placement was different, and probably should have dressed up with a few more gems but it seems pretty cool none the less.




If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the space provided below. Up next will be fancy chrome nails. I'm super excited and can't wait to rock them.

Peace & Luv

June 20, 2016

Today's Look...

Today's look is a great example of how one can achieve a more toned down look, but still have that bright pop of color. 

The fun thing about this look is that it can be dressed up as the day goes on. For example, you could always wear the more neutral top lid eyeshadow through out the day (going to work) and then leave the pink and purple eyeshadow for the evening. Simply add it when you do your touch up before going out for the night. You can also achieve this very easily by using diffrent lipstick shades. 

I would consider my look to be a pretty toned down version of what it could be. I personally would dress it up with a bighter lipshadow, maybe some more shadow if I was going out for the evening.


As always there are more pictures below as well as a list of all the products that I used.

Eyes:
-Urban Decay Primer Potion
-Nyx Jumbo Pencil (Milk)
-Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette (Naked)
-Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (Busted & Blackout)
-Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (Strange, Dust, Limit, Buzz, & Nooner)
-Sugarpill Pressed Shadow (Poison Plum, 2am, & Tako)
-MAC Loose Pigment (Brash & Bold)
-Rimmel London Eyeliner Pencil (Black)
-Stila Eyeliner Pen (Black)
-MAC False Lashes Maximizer 
-MAC Extended Play GigaBlack Lash (Black)

Brows:
-Annabelle Skinny Brow Pencil (Medium)
-MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set (Brown)


Face:
-Cover Girl Clean for Sensitive Skin (250 - Creamy Beige & 205 - Ivory)
-Stila Custom Color Blush (Self Adjusting)
-MAC Sculpting Powder (Sculpt)
-MAC Mineralized Skinfinish (Soft & Gentle)

Lips:
-Rimmel London Lipstick (Raspberry Pink)
-Stila Color Balm Lipstick (Olivia)





If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the box below.

Peace & Luv

Today's Look... Current "Everyday/Work" Look

Today's look is all about those days when you don't really want to put in the effort to do a full face of make up or those days when you're running a little late. You're already rushed to get to work and there just isn't enough time.

This is what I do when I'm running late, or don't have enough bag space to bring all the make up I would usually wear. I try to cut some corners by not using any eyeshadow. To give my eye a bit of depth I just add my contour color into the crease of my eyes. I complete the "shadow" by highlighting my brow bone with my highlight color. I also tend to skip such steps as an eye primer. I simply lightly apply my foundation across my eyelid before apply any powders. I also don't usually apply my Nyx jumbo pencil in milk unless I have some extra time, mind you it is only a 5 second step. Same goes for my second foundation shade. I would only apply the lighter shade if I had time to do a liquid highlight. On the day I did this blog I did have the extra time.


As always below is a list of all the products that I used as well as more picture of this look.

Eyes:
-Urban Decay Primer Potion
-Nyx Jumbo Pencil (Milk)
-MAC Sculpting Powder (Sculpt)
-MAC Mineralized Skinfinish (Soft & Gentle)
-Rimmel London Eyeliner Pencil (Black)
-Stila Eyeliner Pen (Black)
-MAC False Lashes Maximizer 
-MAC Extended Play GigaBlack Lash (Black)

Brows:
-Annabelle Skinny Brow Pencil (Dark)
-MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set (Brown)



Face:
-Cover Girl Clean for Sensitive Skin (250 - Creamy Beige & 205 - Ivory)
-Make Up Forever Pro Finsh Powder (115)
-Stila Custom Color Blush (Self Adjusting)
-MAC Sculpting Powder (Sculpt)
-MAC Mineralized Skinfinish (Soft & Gentle)

Lips:
-Rimmel London Jumbo Lipstick (Raspberry Pink) - This lable has completely come off. Sorry! :(
-MAC Lipstick (Real Doll)






If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the space below or you can contact/follow me on social media under the follow me section.

Peace & Luv

June 12, 2016

Today's Look... A Brash and Bold Poison Plum

Today's look was inspired by someone I follow on Instagram by the name of @alyssamarieartistry. Alyssa is a very talented make up artist who I would influuence anyone to follow. You will especially like some of her work if you are into birghter colors and bolder make up.

Here is the orginal photo of Alyssa. She is absolutely stunning. 

And here is my look today. I wasn't trying to perfectly mimic this look. It was simply inspired by Alyssa. 



As always below is a list of all the products that I used.

Eyes:
-Urban Decay Primer Potion
-Nyx Jumbo Pencil (Milk)
-Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette (Stranger)
-Sugarpill Loose Shadow (Goldilux)
-Sugarpill Pressed Shadow (Tako, Poison Plum, & Bulletproof)
-MAC Pigments (Brash & Bold)
-MAC Reflects (Teal)
-Rimmel London Eyeliner Pencil (Black)
-Stila Eyeliner Pen (Black)
-MAC False Lashes Maximizer 
-MAC Extended Play GigaBlack Lash (Black)

Brows:
-Khol Eyeliner Pencil (Brown)
-Urban Decay Smokey Pallette (Back Door) 
-MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set (Brown)

Face:
-Make Up Forever High Definition Liquid Foundation (N116)
-Make Up Forever Pro Finsh Powder (115)
-Mac Pro Longwear Concealer (NW20)
-Stila Custom Color Blush (Self Adjusting)
-MAC Sculpting Powder (Sculpt)
-MAC Mineralized Skinfinish (Soft & Gentle)

Lips:
-Sleek Makeup Paint Pout Pigment Lip Stain (Deep Raspberry Pink)
-Anna Sui Lip Gloss C (#200 - Glossy Pink with Blue Duochrome) 
-MAC Reflects (Teal)







If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the commen box below. Remember to follow both, @alysamarieartisy and @warpaintluv on all your social media accounts. Happy Sunday everyone!

Peace & Luv

June 11, 2016

Today's Look... Royal Lips

Today's look was inspired by wanting to do something different. It is rare that I wear lipstick out on a daily basis, let alone a dark, bold shade like blue, purple or black. I'm not saying that I won't or haven't worn those shades out. I just don't tend to on a regular basis, and because of that a lot of my blog looks don't always have bold lips. WELL... Not today. 

Today I decided to use MAC Cosmetics Matte Royal Blue, a dark deep shade of blue that will take any look to that next level. When I was done wearing my lipstick and removed it the lock I was wearing instantly toned down to create a whole new look. This is how simple it can be to differ or create a look for the day vs evening.


As always below is a list of all the products that I used.

Eyes:
-Urban Decay Primer Potion
-Nyx Jumbo Pencil (Milk)
-Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette (Buck, & Half Baked)
-Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (Tease, Snakebite, & Busted)
-Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (Strange, Mugshot & Darkside)
-Sugarpill Pressed Shadow (Tako)
-Sugarpill Loose Shadow (Goldilux)
-Rimmel London Eyeliner Pencil (Black)
-Stila Eyeliner Pen (Black)
-MAC False Lashes Maximizer 
-MAC Extended Play GigaBlack Lash (Black)

Brows:
-Khol Eyeliner Pencil (Brown)
-Urban Decay Smokey Pallette (Back Door) 
-MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set (Brown)


Face:
-Make Up Forever High Definition Liquid Foundation (N116)
-Make Up Forever Pro Finsh Powder (115)
-Mac Pro Longwear Concealer (NW20)
-Stila Custom Color Blush (Self Adjusting)
-MAC Sculpting Powder (Sculpt)
-MAC Mineralized Skinfinish (Soft & Gentle)

Lips:
-MAC Matte Lipstick (Matte Royal)





If you have any questons or comments please feel free to leave them in the comment box below. You can also find links to follow me on social media as well as contact me by email under the contact me section.

Hope everyone enjoyed this beautiful Saturday!

Peace & Luv