July 18, 2011

True Blood - More than Sex

Let's face it, when you think of True Blood, you don't think about makeup. You usually think about all the sexyness going on. I'm happy to say that Tarte managed to put that sexyness in a box for us in the form of makeup.Tarte for True Blood Palette. It's simple, chic and sexy all rolled into one. Limited Edition, of course.

So, what's in it? 17 gorgeous colours. 1 deluxe sample of Tarte for True Blood Lifted Natural Eye Primer with Firmitol, 1 deluxe sample of Tarte for True Blood Lights, Camera, Lashes! and 1 full size Tarte for True Blood emphaEYES aqua-gel eyeliner - all tucked away in this hot box! It also includes 4 looks inspired by the show and how to do them.

You can get this at your local Sephora, sephora.com, or at Tarte's website. It's $68 CAD, or $52 US (and to my Canadian friends, shopping online at sephora will bring it to the Canadian price unless you have someone you can ship it to in the US).

The primer's quite nice. I seem to have to dip in a few times as I don't get much on the brush, but it kept my shadow in place all day. I really really like the mascara. May actually invest in a full size. The emphaEYES aqua-gel eyeliner takes some getting used to. I can see why some people don't like it. It feels wet when you apply it and my personal peeve is that because you don't sharpen it, you don't actually get a nice tip which can make it difficult. But the liner does have some nice staying power to it.

I took two pictures so you can see the way the light affects the colours. 

Natural lighting (near a window)

Interior lighting

From left to Right, Top to Bottom, the colours are as follows: The Light, Fairy, Dusk, Dawn, Warewolf, Waitress, Nocturnal, Charmer, Glamour Me, Stake, Bayou, Telepath, The True Death, Immortal, Moss, Legend and "V"

I've done a few of the looks; however only one turned out nice. It has nothing to do with the colours. The first day I bought the palette I tried Luminous Fairy (the yellowish one). Because I bought it on my way to work, I only brought my 5 travel brushes so I didn't get the right looks and being the first time I used the liner, was a little tricky. The second look I did was Not Your Average Waitress (taupe/brown look). That one was fantastic. Then I tried Vamp Glam (pinkish/red). "V" in the tear duct area looked like a mess on me. I'll have to give it another try.

image from tartecosmetics.com

So, do your cravings for "V" make you want to get this palette? Or are you going to sit on the side lines and watch everyone else enjoy this wonderful item that you just don't seem to understand?

Just in case you didn't get enough eye candy  ;)

July 17, 2011

True Blood Sneak Peek

I've been such a bad hostess. I haven't posted in about 11 days! Ok, maybe that isn't too bad. I've made a couple shadows since last time and I've also gotten my hands on the Tarte for True Blood Palette and Lip Stain. So while I will not go demonstrating my new shadows and how they look on, I just took pics of them for now. Also, I didn't plan this ahead of time, therefore was not able to take good pictures of the True Blood Palette. So for now, You're just getting a sneak peek at what's coming tomorrow!

Here are some of the new colours I've made recently:

And a sneak peek on the Tarte for True Blood Palette:

Somehow while browsing online, I found a "which True Blood character are you?" quiz. Here's my result

So tell me, Who did you get?

July 06, 2011

Green with envy!

Completely in love with how this green turned out!  As you can imagine, it still doesn't have a name, but considering I just made it yesterday and I'm still trying to think of a name for my makeup line in general, #24 will have to stay that way for now.

Is this not a very sexy green?

July 03, 2011

What the Hell is Primer!?

For a long time I didn't care about wearing makeup. I think a big part of that was the fact that it would always crease and look aweful afterwards. It's like showing the world that you have oily lids!

I remember reading online, trying to figure out what I can do. Some people said to put powder on your lids, but that didn't work. Then I learned about primers. Most commonly was this "UDPP". What was that and where could I get some? Then I learned it was at Sephora. The nearest one was at least 4 hours away and I didn't order online at the time. So what's a girl to do? Well I tried several brands - Lise Watier, MAC & Benefit to name a few - didn't work. I finally bought the infamous UDPP and I was hooked!

Urban Decay Potion Primer (UDPP) in Original

Per Sephora's website :
"What it is:
An eye shadow primer that preps, brightens, and provides all-day wear.

What it does:
These bestselling primer potions glide effortlessly onto the skin providing the ultimate eye prep for smoother, more vibrant shadow and all-day, creaseless wear. The original, award-winning formula disappears completely when applied—ideal for the purist who wants a straightforward primer. Eden, Greed, and Sin work triple-duty as primers, highlighters, or eye shadows. If you want to avoid shimmer, Eden provides a matte, nude wash of color. Greed and Sin both feature a sensual shimmer that makes eyes pop. Formulated in an array of textures, the shades in this line truly offer something for everyone."

So, how great is this transformation you ask?  Well, I put myself through a lil' awkwardness so you can see the difference it made. The first picture was taken with natural lighting, the other two were my wonderful office lighting/indoor lighting - so you can see  how indoor lighting doesn't photograph as well.