Monday, January 31, 2011

Experimental Makeup Look: Drag Makeup

Hey Everyone, 

For those of you who follow me on twitter, you probably know that I have been wanting to create a 'drag makeup' look for quite some time now. After watching this video of Nic from Pixiwoo creating a gorgeous drag look, I thought that it would be a lot of fun to try an over the top, multi-coloured, glitter infested drag makeup look. 

Yesterday I finally got a chance to try out this look on my sister Krista. Being that it was my first attempt at a drag look, I was, overall, fairly happy with the outcome.  As I have said from the beginning, I am a novice when it comes to makeup artistry and I do these looks for fun and practice. As always, the pictures don't capture just how dramatic the makeup looked in 'real life', and show several mistakes (chunky eyebrow glue?!). I had a really good time creating this look, and it had me hysterically laughing at the end. Here is Krista's (or Patricia as we later named her) drag makeup look (be warned the wig is crazy!).

Step 1: In order to give Krista's eyebrows a very lifted look, I started by applying scotch tape to Krista's forehead just above the middle of each brow and securing the pieces of tape at the back of her head (I also used a hair net so that the tape wouldn't stick to Krista's own hair).

Step 2: I wanted to create a higher and more arched brow on Krista, and therefore needed to 'erase' her natural brow and brow line. I started by applying a thin coat of Elmer's glue (from a glue stick) on her eyebrows (the first step to concealing brows). I then took a thick concealer (MAC's Studio Finish Concealer in NW20)and tried to spackle it over her existing brow. Once the concealer was in place, I used It Cosmetic's translucent powder to set the concealer.

Next I used my Take a Brow eyebrow kit from Beautiful Colour Cosmetics (I think this is available at Primark in the UK) to create a very sharp and edgy looking eyebrow look. I used the 'Sexy Kitten' stencil to outline the new brow and then filled it in with a darker eyebrow pencil and brow powder. 

** Overall, I wasn't happy with the brows. In pictures, the glue looks chunky making the brows look abnormal and over done. The pencil had a hard time sticking to the glued area and left the brows looking patchy. In the future, I think I will skip the glue and concealer, and incorporate Krista's natural brow shape **

Step 3: For Krista's eyes I began by applying a silver cream eyeshadow (Shiny Mama's Gleam All Stick in Frost) just below Krista's newly shaped brows. This not only helped give Krista's brow a more defined look, it helped cover some of the hairs from her natural brows. 

I then took a dark black eyeshadow (Urban Decay's Creep) and began to shape a new socket for Krista's eyes. I first smudged this black eyeshadow on the upper and lower lash lines, bringing them together at a sharp point in the outer corner of the eye. I then brought this black shadow up above Krista's natural crease to create a newly shaped eye socket. 

For Krista's eyeshadow I started by using a silver cream eyeshadow and patted it onto the center of the eye (between the black shadow). Next I used NYX's 'Glitter Mania' glitter in 'Purple' (purple glitter mixed with blue iridescent glitter) and patted it on top of the cream shadow. Finally, I used a bright pink-purple pigment (MAC's Pink Pearl) above the newly created crease line to give the eyes a pop of colour. 

For Krista's lashes I used one of my favourite volumizing mascaras  (Too Faced Lash Injection), followed by MAC's #43 lashes. 

**I thought the eyes turned out fairly well, however, in the future, I would take more time making sure that all of my work is neat and that both eyes are completely identical**

Step 4: For Krista's face I started by using Chanel's 'Pro Lumiere' foundation in '20 Clair' (a sample). While Krista usually wears a more pink based foundation, I decided to use a yellow base in hopes that it would make her makeup look less natural and more dramatic. Next I used a highlighting concealer pen under her eyes to hide dark circles and add some light to her dark eye makeup. 

One of the most important steps in creating a drag makeup look, is contouring the face. Naturally, men have a more square shaped face and need a lot of contouring to create a more feminine and rounded shape. Although Krista already has a round face, I still wanted to give her that highly contoured look. I started by using Chanel's cream bronzer (Tan de Soleil) under Krista's cheekbones, along her jawline, the sides and bottom her nose, and finally in the dimple of her chin. Next, I took Rimmel's powder blush in 'Bronze' to set the cream bronzer. 

To add colour to cheeks, I used a light pink blush (MAC's Pink Swoon) followed by a hot pink blush (MAC's Full Fuchisha) and applied them to the top of Krista's cheekbones (putting it on the apples of her cheeks would have created a younger and more feminine look which we did not want. If I was applying drag makeup to a male, I would put blush on the apples of the cheeks). 

Finally, I used an iridescent golden highlighter to add shimmer to Krista's cheekbones, the centre of her nose and just below her brow bone. 

** I was actually happy with the way Krista's face turned out. Unfortunately the pictures don't do the contouring and highlighting justice **

Step 5: Originally I thought that I would use a nice purple lipstick to match the purple pigment on Krista's eyes, however I decided that I wanted to make the look more dramatic, and decided to go with a red glittery lip. I started the lip by applying a metallic red lipstick (Makeup Forever's Aqua Cream in #8) to Krista's lips. I wanted Krista's lips to look larger than normal, so I brought the lipstick outside of Krista's natural lip line. To top the lips off, I used a red glitter from Coastal Scents (a sample so no name) and pressed it on her lips. 

** I really liked the lips. I love metallic look of the aqua cream and the glitter definitely took it up a notch. Unfortunately, once again, pictures don't do it justice and the lips much more subdued and dry than they did in person. (The lips are a little smudged in this picture). **

Step 6: To complete Krista's 'drag look' I added a crazy looking orange wig and Krista's alter ego Patricia was born. 

** I didn't want to buy a wig just for this look so we borrowed it from a friend. Honestly, when I applied this, I couldn't stop laughing. It's such a 'unique' shade and clashes with Krista's red lips. I really can't see any gorgeous drag queen wearing it but I went with what was available and hopefully gave you a good laugh! We even tried the wig on the dogs. **

I think that drag makeup is beautiful and really want to keep practicing the look. Obviously in the the future, I would love to try the look on a male model, but for now I will be practicing on myself and Krista (if I can bribe her back into my makeup chair). If you haven't had a chance to check out the Pixiwoo video, definitely do. The sisters teach a drag makeup class in the UK and create the most beautiful drag looks. 

Have you ever tried creating a drag makeup look? What do you like/what would you change about this look? Let me know in the comment section below. 


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Don't You Know You're Beautiful

Don't You Know You're Beautiful
Don't You Know You're Beautiful
Don't You Know You're Beautiful
Just The Way You Are
-Kellie Pickler

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mail Haul Part 4: Swap Package from the UK

Hey Everyone, 

This is the 4th and final (for now) mail haul post. At the end of October 2010, Chrissy from Chrissy Dee Ten Eleven and I started talking and decided to do a mail swap. I managed to pick up a couple of items from the IMATS and Sephora that Chrissy had been wanting to try and sent her a package (you can see her haul here). 

I asked Chrissy for a couple of Sleek Makeup items I had been drooling over, and left the rest of the package in her hands (I love surprises). When I received my package last week, I couldn't believe all of the amazing items she sent me. She went above and beyond what I was expecting, and completely made my week (possibly month). Here is what I received: 

When I originally wrote Chrissy, I asked her to grab Sleek Makeup's 'Bad Girl' eye shadow palette for me. I was so excited to be getting my first Sleek palette, as I have seen so many bloggers raving about the high quality and low prices of these palettes. Chrissy went above and beyond what I asked and sent me not one, but three Sleek palettes:

Sleek Makeup 'Bad Girl' Eyeshadow Palette

My first thought when seeing these palettes for the first time was "aww, they are so cute". In pictures, the shadows look like regular sized shadows (think M.A.C), but in person they are actually quite small (about the size of a nickel). This eyeshadow palette contains 12 shades (3 matte and 9 pearlescent) perfect for pulling off a smoky (or bad girl) look. The two highlight shades (top left) are gorgeous and add a nice sheen to the brow bone or inner corners of the eye. The rest of the shades look great on either the lid or in the crease. One thing I really like about these Sleek palettes is how pigmented they are. What you see in the pan is what you get on the eye (there is not a chalky shadow in sight). Here is what the Sleek website, which sells the palette for $10 USD, says about this palette: "Bad girl contains strong and deep shades which allow one to uncover their hidden fantasies. This palette can be extreme, powerful, confident as well as sensual."

Sleek Makeup 'Sparkle' Eyeshadow Palette

When I first saw this palette on other beauty blogger's websites, I wrote Chrissy to see if she could grab one for me for a future swap we are doing (she surprised me!). This limited edition palette was released as part of Sleek's Christmas collection. After hearing a lot of mixed reviews, I am happy to be able to try this palette out for myself. This 12 colour eyeshadow palette comes with 1 matte shadow, 2 pearlescent shadows and 8 glitter infused shadows (7 with silver glitter and 1 with green glitter). Like the Bad Girl palette, all shades are super pigmented and really easy to apply (although there is some fallout). One of the biggest complaints I have heard about this palette is the fact that the glitter doesn't last on the eye for a long period of time. I haven't been able to give the shadows a real good try so I don't know whether or not this is true (I will let you know). Overall, I think the palette is a hit and can't wait to try a variety of 'sparkle looks'. 

Sleek Makeup 'Storm' Eyeshadow Palette

The Sleek 'Storm' palette is, in my opinion, Sleek's most popular palette. Unlike the Bad Girl and Sparkle palettes, this palette has a more neutral and toned down vibe. This 12 shadow palette (3 matte, 9 pearlescent) contains a variety of brown, copper, blue and green eyeshadows. Once again this palette is super pigmented and very creamy. I had a chance to wear some of the shadows from this palette the other day and loved the way they looked and wore on the eyes. This palette is available on the Sleek website for $10 USD. Here is what the website has to say about the 'Storm' palette: "The Storm i-Divine palette comprises of 12 strong and rich shades perfect for accentuating the eyes and creating natural looks." 

Sleek Makeup Face Contour Kit in 'Light'

I have been wanting to get a contour kit for a while now but found that the ones I was looking at were too expensive ($45 at Smashbox). When I found out that Sleek was having a 50% off sale and carried their own contour kit, I asked Chrissy if she could pick one up for me. This kit contains a matte medium brown toned powder and a shimmering pinky-white highlighter. I haven't had a chance to try this set out yet but I am happy to have a matte powder to contour, as shimmering bronzers just don't work. The Sleek website carries 3 versions of the contour kit (light, medium and dark) for $10 USD each.

Sleek Makeup Blush in 'Rose Gold'

Sleek's Rose Gold blush was the item that started the whole swap with Chrissy. After seeing swatches of this gorgeous blush on several blogs, I knew I had to get my hands on it, and asked Chrissy if she would be able to get me one.  With its pink and gold tones, this blush reminds me of NARS 'Orgasm'. However, unlike the NARS blush, 'Rose Gold' doesn't have any glitter in it and leaves a beautiful (but not chunky) sheen on the cheeks. This blush is sold for $6.50 USD on the Sleek website and comes highly recommended by me!

Sleek Makeup Pout Polish in 'Pink Cadillac' 

This tinted lip conditioner is another product I had been lusting for after seeing swatches of it on a number of blogs (apparently, that's all I do with my days). Sleek's Pout Polishes are made with a number of natural oils including shea butter and almond oil. They also contain an SPF of 15. Pink Cadillac, which looks super hot pink in the tin, gives the lips a nice, natural rosy look. My only problem with the Pout Polish is its chemically taste, but if you aren't into eating your lipgloss (unlike me apparently), you should be okay. Pout Polish can be purchased on the Sleek website for $6.50 USD.

Sleek Makeup Eye Dust in 'Vintage'

This is one product that I had not read anything about, so I was really excited to see it in my package. This loose eyeshadow powder contains both black and gold particles that when mixed together, give the appearance of a very aged gold colour. Recently I have been experimenting with loose eyeshadows and can't wait to play around with this one. Eye Dust can be purchased on the Sleek website for $5.00 USD.

MUA Eyeshadows in '#4", "#7" and "#14"

These MUA eyeshadows were probably the biggest surprise from the package. At only 1 pound each (can't find a pound symbol on my computer), I didn't expect them to be as amazing as they are. Not only are these shadows really well pigmented, they are all very creamy and give the eye a perfect metallic sheen. AMAZING!! My only complaint is that the shadows don't have names making them difficult to blog about. Number 4 is a very high sheen lavender-pink and a new favourite. Number 7 is a super bright, and super metallic medium green with blue undertones. Finally, number 14 is a blackened, very vampy dark green and definitely my favourite of the bunch. If you have access to these shadows, I highly recommend  you check them out. This will definitely be on my wish list for our next swap. 

Barry M Dazzle Dust in 'Midnight' and 'Oyster Grey'

I had a chance to try some Barry M products after my last UK swap and was really excited to see that Chrissy sent me a couple more Barry M items for my collection. Dazzle Dusts are made up of 'highly pearlised powder' (loose shadow) and come in a variety of colours (over 100 colours). Somehow, Chrissy managed to pick out the two most beautiful colours in the collection for me. 'Midnight' is a deep, very shiny royal blue with the tiniest flecks of silver glitter (I mean tiniest). 'Oyster Grey' is a very complicated colour with taupe, grey and purple tones. This colour also has finely milled flecks of pink glitter and looks amazing on the eyes. 

**Barry M is making a quest to bring their products to Canada. I will be doing an upcoming post with some product samples and swatches, as well as telling you how you can help bring Barry M to Canada. In the meanwhile, if you would like to see Barry M sold in Canada (help us Canadian out!), please click on this link and like the 'Bring Barry M into Canada' page.** 

 L-R: MUA 4, MUA 7, MUA 14, Pink Cadillac, Vintage, Oyster Grey, Midnight

 Sleek Bad Girl Palette

 Sleek Storm Palette

Sleek Sparkle Palette

I absolutely love everything I received in this swap. I can't thank Chrissy enough. I couldn't have picked better products myself. I can't wait until our next swap. 

Have you been able to try any of these products? What is the one thing from another country that you would love to get your hands on? Let me know in the comment section below. 


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Beauty Quote of the Week # 28

Beauty pleases the eyes only;

Sweetness of disposition charms the soul

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Mail Haul Part 3: e.l.f Cosmetics

Hey Everyone, 

This was supposed to be the third and final part of my mail haul, but I received a swap package from the UK this week and want to share all of the great Sleek and Barry M items I received. Today, however, I will continue as planned and share my recent purchase from e.l.f cosmetics. 

About a week before Christmas, the e.l.f cosmetics website had a 50% off sale on their studio and mineral lines. Having never tried any of their products before, I decided to take advantage of the sale, especially since the majority of the products I bought had been reduced from $3.00 USD to $1.50 USD (what a steal!). 

When the package arrived I wasn't sure what to expect. I had heard a lot of great things about the company, but for such a low price, I found it hard to believe that the products I ordered would be good quality items. Thankfully, I was wrong and am really impressed by just how great the items I ordered are. Here is what I bought:

The products I was most excited to try out were the e.l.f studio blushes. I had heard so many great things about the quality of these blushes and had read many posts that suggested they were good dupes for NARS's blushes. I haven't had a chance to compare them yet, but can say that the packaging is very similar (how do they get away with that?). Here are the three blushes I purchased:

1) e.l.f Cosmetics Blush in 'Candid Coral': 'Candid Coral' is the lightest of the three shades I purchased and probably the least pigmented. This peachy-pink blush is very sheer, but can be built up for more colour. My favourite thing about this blush is the glow it gives my cheeks. Although there is no sign of glitter in the blush (thank goodness, I don't like glitter in my blush), it has a very light sheen to it and gives the cheeks a really healthy look. From what I have read, people compare this blush to NARS orgasm, but as I said, I haven't had the chance to test it out yet (I'll let you know). 

2) e.l.f Cosmetics Blush in 'Berry Merry': 'Berry Merry', which is probably my favourite blush from the collection, is a cool toned berry colour with hints of purple. Like 'Candid Coral', this blush has no glitter but still gives the cheeks a very glowy finish. This blush is extremely well pigmented as you only need a tiny swipe to add colour to your cheeks. I have heard this blush being compared to NARS 'Sin' which I own and really like (again, I will let you know). 

3) e.l.f Cosmetics Blush in 'Blushing Rose': Blushing rose is red-toned berry colour that adds a lot of warmth to the cheeks. At first glance this blush looks totally matte, but once blended on the cheek, it too has a glowing effect. This blush is the most pigmented of the bunch and therefore requires a light hand if you don't want to look like a clown (if you do, thats cool, i don't judge). I have heard this blush being compared to NARS Dolce Vita, however, I know that Dolce Vita is completely matte (I will still post pics once I compare them).

To be honest with you, I really don't need any new eyeshadows. I have a lot of them in every colour under the rainbow. So, when I decided to order from e.l.f I didn't think I would be purchasing any shadows. Well, let's be honest. I am the girl who failed her project 5 pan (I couldn't even attempt a 10 pan) after a good 4 days, so it didn't take much on e.l.f's part to convince me to buy a couple of shadows. As pathetic as it may sound, I really loved the packaging (just like NARS) and because I don't have any NARS single eyeshadows, I thought these would make up for it (its better to pay $1.50 instead of $23.00 for some packaging). In the end I purchased two shadows:

4) e.l.f Cosmetics Eyeshadow in 'Amethyst': When I swatched this colour for the first time I was so glad I had decided to order some e.l.f eyeshadows. Amthyst is a very cool toned dark plum that looks amazing in the crease or on the outer v for a more smoky eye look. Like the e.l.f blushes, this eyeshadow has a slight sheen when blended but works as well as any matte shadow. If you have been looking at e.l.f eyeshadows wondering what to try, I would definitely recommend you check out this colour. 

5) e.l.f Cosmetics Eyeshadow in 'Coffee Bean': Admittedly, I do own a lot of brown eyeshadows. However this cool toned brown shadow is unlike any of the other shadows I have, and will work perfectly as a crease colour for a variety of eye looks. Unlike the e.l.f blushes and 'Amethyst' eyeshadow, you can see glitter when looking at this eyeshadow in its pan. What makes this shadow so different is that the glitter is silver rather than gold as I would have expected. This is another great shadow to take a look at if you are considering buying from e.l.f. 

Having never tried anything from the line, I decided to try several different lip products that e.l.f carries, including a lip gloss, lip pencil and lip stick. Overall, I am ,again, really happy with what I bought. Everything seems to be of very high quality. 

6) e.l.f Cosmetics Lip Pencil in 'Raisin': I have really been into lip pencils lately. Ever since I saw Kandee Johnson at IMATS talking about how she prefers to use lipliners over lipsticks, I have made it my mission to find some good (but cheap) liners. When I received this pencil from e.l.f I was pleasantly surprised. Not only is the nude mauve colour really nice on my lips, the liner itself is really creamy and feels great on the lips. Another thing I really like about this liner is that it is a twist up rather than a pencil liner, requiring no sharpening. If I order from e.l.f again (kind of thought shipping was too much), I will definitely be getting more liners. 

7) e.l.f Cosmetics Mineral Lip Gloss in 'Bare': I have a really hard time pulling off light nude lip glosses, so I am not exactly sure why I bought this lipgloss to be honest. However, I really do like it and think it pairs nicely with the Raisin lip pencil. This lip gloss has a very nice creamy feels and is not at all sticky. I love the sheen it gives the lips and think its a great product for the price. 

8) e.l.f Cosmetics Mineral Lipstick in 'Cheerful Cherry': Ever since I got a good response to an experimental makeup picture I posted in which I was wearing a darker, more vampy lipstick, I have been on the hunt for some similar shades. e.l.f's 'Cheerful Cherry' is a deep, cool-toned red that gives the lips a nice vampy feel. This lipstick is extremely well pigmented and gives the lips a really creamy feel. I am really happy with my first e.l.f lipstick and would definitely try more. 

9) e.l.f Cosmetics Lip Stain in 'Red Carpet': This very bright cherry coloured stain has two parts. On one end, is the coloured stain and on the other a shiny clear gloss. To be honest, I have not had a chance to try out this lip stain, so Im not sure what the wearability is like. Im not usually a big fan of lip stains as I find them really drying, but I liked the colour so much and thought that I would give it a try. I will definitely update you when I have a chance to test it out. 

10) e.l.f Cosmetics Lip Definer and Shaper: This double ended pencil has two ends. One end contains a very shimmery pink highlighting stick which, when applied to the upper lip line, helps accent the lips 'bow'. The other side, which has a darker more nude pink pencil, helps define the lips when applied to the bottom outer lip line. I used to have a similar pencil from benefit but didn't find it had much effect. With the elf pencil, however, I have had a chance to try it out and really love the effect it gives. Not only does it define and shape the lips, it makes lips look fuller. One thing I really like about this pencil is that one end has a pencil sharpener as a lid so that you don't have to worry about finding a sharpener when the pencil becomes dull. 

11) e.l.f Cosmetics Cream Eyeliner in 'Midnight': Having only recently learned how to use eyeliner, I don't tend to use gel eyeliner as I find it more difficult to apply then my regular pencil liner (UD 24/7). However, I decided that as someone who wants to become a makeup artist, it was time to start experimenting with gel liner. This deep navy coloured liner is super creamy but dries quickly and stays in place throughout the day. I haven't had much of a chance to work with it yet, so I will definitely update you once I've had a chance to play with it a little more. 

12) e.l.f Cosmetics 11 Piece Brush Set: The largest and most expensive item I bought during e.l.f Cosmetics' 50% off sale was their 11 piece studio brush set (it is on sale for 50% on the e.l.f website until January 24th). I was really impressed with the quality of the brushes. They are all synthetic (which is great for my no animal hair decision) and very sturdy. I haven't had a chance to use all of the brushes yet but have loved the ones I have used. Here are the brushes the set comes with: 

* Eyeshadow C Brush: A flat, dense eyeshadow brush perfect for applying shadow to the lid. 

* Complexion Brush: A large headed, fluffy brush perfect for powder foundation, setting powder, powder bronzer or powder blush.

* Small Angled Brush: A small dense brush used for gel eyeliner. 

* Small Smudge Brush: An extremely small, flat, dense brush for smudging eyeshadow or eye liner. 

* Fan Brush: A large fan shaped brush perfect for placing highlighter on the cheekbones. 

* Powder Brush: A flat top kabuki-style brush for buffing powder or liquid products into the skin.

* Angled Foundation Brush: A small angled brush for applying foundation to corners of the face. 

* Concealer Brush: A thin, flat shaped brush for concealing blemishes and spots.

* Small Precision Brush: An extremely small flat shaped brush for applying makeup to small areas (ie. concealer onto a blemish)

* Blush Brush: A small fluffy brush for applying blush to the cheeks.

* Contouring Brush: A small domed brush for working eyeshadow into the crease. 

Berry Merry, Blushing Rose, Candid Coral

Coffee Bean, Amethyst, Midnight Cream Liner

Cheerful Cherry, Lip Definer and Shaper, Raisin, Bare, Red Carpet

Overall, I was really impress with everything I purchased. I love the fact that e.l.f carries great quality products at such reasonable prices. I will definitely be buying more e.l.f products in the future (especially if they bring down the shipping prices).

Have you tried any of the products talked about? What do you think about them? Are there any e.l.f products you are dying to try? Let me know in the comment section below. 


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Holiday Giveaway Winner

Hey Everyone, 

***I would quickly like to acknowledge my mistake, in posting the wrong winner. It was only up for 1 minute or less and then I quickly corrected my mistake. I worked hard to make this giveaway fair and apologize to anyone who saw it***

Before I announce the winner of my holiday giveaway, I just want to thank all of you for making this my best giveaway yet. If I could afford it, I would send all of you a giveaway prize (honestly, I would...I love buying gifts). I may sound like a broken record, but I really do appreciate everyone's encouragement and support. 

If you didn't win this giveaway, don't worry, there will be plenty more in the future. As most of my longtime subscribers know I am 'giveaway happy' and will find any excuse for a giveaway. I will be continuing my monthly giveaways which will start again in February. I will also be having a makeup competition and giveaway in the future, and have a couple of really awesome sponsored giveaways coming soon. Finally, I will be having another one of my BIG giveaways in April to celebrate my birthday (you get a present too).

After reading all of your awesome comments and tallying all of your entries, there was a total of 4322 entries (yes, I counted them all myself). As always I used to draw a random number between 1 and 4322. The winning number was 3369.

I then went into my very long excel spreadsheet and scrolled down to number 3369 to find the winner. 

So, the winner of my holiday giveaway is: Crystal from crystal_luvs.

Congratulations to Crystal! I will be sending you an email and will send out your prizes as soon as you send me your mailing address. 

Thanks again to everyone who entered!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mail Haul Part 2: Coastal Scents and Urban Decay

Hey Everyone, 

First I wanted to thank everyone who left such lovely comments on my Dare to Wear Results post. I was really happy that so many wonderful ladies (and gentlemen) took the time to create such amazing tribal looks. If you haven't had a chance to check out all of the great pictures, you can do so here

Today I will be sharing the second part of my mail haul. Lately it seems that the ups and downs of my life revolve around whether or not I receive mail each day. Before my mom can get in the door, I usually beg her to go get the mail, waiting with bated breath to see whether or not today will be my lucky day. Luckily for me, the last couple of weeks have been filled with 'good mail days', and I have some great new beauty items to share with you.

The first package I received was from Coastal Scents. I bought the original 88 eyeshadow palette from Coastal Scents several months ago and was really surprised by the quality and pigmentation of the shadows. Having seen several tutorials using both the 88 warm palette and the 88 metal mania palette, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get both palettes (combo #6 on the website) during Coastal Scents' 20% off Boxing Day sale.  

1)Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette:
2010 was the year of neutrals for me (apparently it was the year of the tiger for everyone else). Having always been someone who liked to pair a bold colourful eye with a bold colourful lip, I began to embrace the subtlety of a light neutral eye and started leaning towards light brown and grey eyeshadows. What I like most about the 88 warm palette is that, although the shadows are all fairly neutral, there is still a variety of colours to choose from (purple, orange, green, etc.). All of the shadows I have had a chance to swatch have been fairly well pigmented, and although a lot of them look the same in the pan (like 10 beiges), they actually end up looking quite different once applied to the skin. My only criticism for the palette so far is its name. Although there are a lot of warmer colours, there are also quite a few cool toned colours and therefore I think it should just be called the 88 'Neutral' palette or the 88 'Naked' palette (what?! the name made a lot of money for one company!). 

2)Coastal Scents 88 Metal Mania Palette: 
Unlike the 88 Warm palette, Coastal Scents' 88 Metal Mania palette is definitely well named as all 88 shadows are super metallic and super gorgeous. The majority of the shadows in this palette are extremely well pigmented and fairly creamy making them really easy to apply (although there is a lot of fallout). One of the best things about this palette is the price ($24.95 USD for 88 eyeshadows). Although the metallic eyeshadows from MAC's latest 'Peacocky' collection are really gorgeous, I decided not to buy any because I felt that they could all easily be duped by the Metal Mania palette. This is definitely my favourite Coastal Scents palette and would definitely recommend it if you were looking for some nice metallic shadows.

The second package I received was from Haute Look. For those of you who haven't heard of Haute Look before, it is an online website that hosts 48 hour sales from a variety of different companies each day of the week. One of the sales that took place last month on the site was a $2 Urban Decay sale featuring a bunch of their discontinued eye products. This is what I bought:

3) Urban Decay Smoke Out Eye Pencils in 'Mary Jane', 'Green Goddess' and 'Maui Wowie':
I first tried Urban Decay's smoke out eye pencils after receiving a black one as a gift from my friend Kim. Having always had trouble applying eyeliner, I fell in love with the pencil because of its matte and powdery formula (pretty much eyeshadow in a small pencil shape). I found that the pencil was great for creating a really easy smoky eye, and was disappointed to find out that I couldn't get any of the other colours as they had been discontinued (and the Urban Decay site doesn't ship to Canada). When I saw that these pencils were included in the $2 Haute Look sale, I jumped at the chance and grabbed all of the colours they had left: 

*Mary Jane: a smoky grey blue colour that is by far my favourite colour from the line, 
*Green Goddess: a forest green colour that is unlike any other liner I have, but looks great with both light green and brown eyeshdows.
*Maui Wowie: a khaki-brown colour that makes blue eyes pop when worn on the lower lash line. 

If you live in the US and haven't had a chance to try these awesome eye pencils, Urban Decay currently has them on sale for $6 in the R.I.P section of their website. 

4) Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara in 'Electric Blue' and 'Black Cherry':
When I was around the age of 10, my dad took me to visit his clients who had just opened up a pizza store (random, but this story does have a point, I swear). What I remember most about that meeting was that one of his clients was wearing bright blue mascara. I had never seen anyone wear that before and thought that it was so cool. Since then, I have been drawn to blue mascaras and when I saw that Urban Decay had a bright blue mascara on sale for $2 I had to buy it. The pigmentation of this mascara is amazing and it only takes one coat to get a great pop of colour. I like to wear this mascara on my lower lash line with any blue eyeshadow look (on the upper lash line it can look too clown like).

One of my favourite coloured mascaras is Benefit's Bad Gal Lash in the colour 'Plum'. It is a really deep red-purple and looks amazing with purple or brown smoky eyes. Urban Decay's Black Cherry is very similar in colour, and so for $2 I decided to buy it as a back up (my Benefit one is getting old). Unfortunately, while I like the colour, the tube of mascara I was sent is extremely dried out and just ends up looking super clumpy on my lashes. For $2 I can't be bothered to send it back, but if any of you have any good tips for making dried out mascara wet again, please let me know. 

5)Urban Decay Ink for Eyes in 'Loaded':
I don't own many cream eyeliners as I am not very good at applying them, but when I saw this gorgeous forest green cream liner I had to grab it ($2 people!). One thing I really like about this liner is the brush it comes with. While one side has the traditional angled liner brush head, the other side comes with a q-tip sized smudge head that helps to spread the product more evenly. My only problem with this liner is that it is creamy, I mean really really creamy. So creamy that it is hard to get it on without it sliding all over the eyelid. I haven't had a chance to give this liner a real good try, so I don't know what the wear-ability is like. 

Top: Maui Wowie, Green Goddess, Mary Jane
Bottom: Electric Blue, Black Cherry, Loaded

Overall I was really happy with my purchases. I really like the coastal scents palette and have been stopping myself from buying one of their 10 colour blush palettes or 6 colour contour palette (anyone own one? should I get it?). I'm also really glad that I was able to get my hands on those Urban Decay Smoke Out eyeliners. 

Tomorrow I will be posting my third and final part of my mail haul. I took advantage of a really great e.l.f cosmetics sale, and have some really great products to show you. 

Let me know if you would like to see reviews on any of the products mentioned in this post.