Collective Haul and Odds and Ends

This post is a bit random collection of items and thoughts.  I was gathering things for my favorites, but then started grabbing my new stuff and threw it all down for pictures.

In my hunt for eyebrows with staying power, I gave up but realized how much I like wax for brows as it can give a nice luster to the hairs, adds a little dimension to my face.  Using an e.l.f. eyebrow duo that I've had quite a while (but hadn't used in months).  Applied the wax (darker brown) generously and just set sparingly/filled in a bit at the front of brows where very sparse with the powder.

Eyelashes are looking pretty decent there and it had been 8 hours since doing makeup.  CoverGirl LashBlast Volume, Physicians Formula Eye Booster liquid eyeliner, lots of gold/green/bronze that you can't see because my eyes are open, Too Faced yellow gold shadow from Romantic palette in inner corner, Milani Minerals Blush in Luminous, had contoured with Physicians Formula Bronze Booster in fair/light earlier but it may have disappeared, Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in Light under eyes, Estee Lauder Double Wear in Shell with Maybelline Dream Matte powder to tame the huge shine I was rocking (hot and oily), lips detailed below.

I've been back and forth to Sephora a lot in the past few weeks, funny how sometimes I'm always in ULTA but lately it's been Sephora!  Picked up some fun stuff and something to try to help my oily chin/nose while at work.

I am hoping this Laura Mercier mattifying gel worn as a primer and smoothed on over foundation will get my blotting down to once a day at work as opposed to 2-3.  I grabbed this Sephora lip gloss palette after seeing it on Louise's (Sprinkle of Glitter) Sephora haul when she was in the States.  I don't give much attention to the Sephora brand, but I'm glad I got this!  The pink/blue shimmer adds a nice dimension over a lipstick/pencil, the other colors are nice warm sheer shades with varying shimmers.  They are mostly very sheer and need to be worn over another product but I love having 5 shades with me at work in one product, I can pick a different one every time I reapply!  They are a bit sticky and have moderate staying power.

I had looked at the previous Glamour to Go kit from Too Faced but the packaging always felt kind of cheap and I just never felt the need with all the small glosses in the bottom drawer.  This Dream Edition however had that more typically Too Faced fanciful packaging so I had to open it up.  The purple with blue shimmer sold me, it's true.

The other shades also looked a little different from a standard small on-the-go palette to me, so I was intrigued.  Since I spend the weekends away from my apartment most times, I like having a small palette to grab and go (along with my 11 other everyday items :S).

As you can see from the gouge, I have used the lip gloss already.  It's decently pigmented which was a surprise.  Not too excited that there's powders and the gloss in the drawer, but I do like having almost a full face in a small palette.

Now I've been rambling on Twitter about finding a lighter lip pencil, wanted to try some nude shade from the Sephora line but when I swatched it was too dark - as usual.  Since I my skintone is so light, even a light natural/nude tends to darken my lips.  I just wanted something that would nude out my lips a bit to wear with for example, my Revlon Soft Nude.  Soft Nude is a little sheer and can really glob into lip lines if I try to layer a lot on, I wanted a pencil to do more of the work so I could just lightly layer on the lipstick over.  I found instead this Sephora Nano Lip Liner in Candid Candy, decided to give it a try since it was a light matte pink.  Works quite well for what I'm looking for!  It's only $5, but it is very small as you can see.

Picture below I'm wearing lip balm, Candid Candy pencil, Revlon Soft Nude over top.

Stopped at Claire's when I was in the mall for Sephora one evening and got two necklaces, this crazy 3D but flattened birdcage with bird charm in a bright gold tone and a more antiqued heart filigree locket (not pictured).  I've had a lot of comments on the birdcage necklace so I figured I'd share it!  It's noisy to the point of annoyance at work though, when walking the bird really rattles around and half the time I have to grab the charm to keep it from driving me insane.

And for scale, it's quite chunky as seen below.

I ordered this Estee Lauder Double Wear from Macy's online when they had a gift with purchase I was interested in, picked the warm color choice.  The Double Wear is the lightest shade, Shell.  Temptalia's foundation matrix says Shell is NC10 but MAKE UP FOR EVER Mat Velvet+ shade #15 as NC15, I think the MUFE is lighter.  It also has MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in Light as NC10, not sure what I think about it.  I think my neck is a solid NC10 or lighter, and my face is probably NC10-NC15.

Anyway, I digress.  The Double Wear is a good color match for me, but I am having some difficulty with it settling into my pores.  I have tried over L'Oreal Magic Perfecting Base primer which I usually like quite a bit, but it isn't helping.  Maybe it will work better over the Laura Mercier mattifying stuff.  The GWP lipstick is Pure Color Barely Nude, it's my lips but darker type shade.  It wears quite long on me but isn't drying at all.  I would be interested in possibly purchasing a lighter shade in this line!  The eyeshadows are okay, nothing fabulous.  The pigmentation isn't the best.

I had a DSW reward I didn't know I had until they reminded in a couple days before it expired, so I had already wanted to go over there to look at some low to mid height pumps and this gave me all the more reason.  As I was waiting to check out, I saw they had nail polish at the register.  And well, I can't resist polish!  So I browsed the colors and there were two that really caught my eye.  Brand is anise and I got Agent Glam (had to tell Tati GlamLifeGuru about that one :) ) and Crocodile Tears.  Agent Glam seems to be a pewtery shade with some gold tones and shimmer, Crocodile Tears is a green gold with multicolored microshimmer that mostly is seen in the bottle in bright light.  I did sloppily paint my nails with Crocodile Tears already but will need to see them cleaned up in the sunlight to see if I can see the fabulous flashed shimmer on the nail.

Now how's that for a disjointed and disorganized post!  Lots of fun stuff to play with though, I can't complain.