Follower Milestone!

A few days ago I awoke to the notification that I had hit 100 followers on this blog! I know this doesn’t seem like many, especially in comparison with all of those bloggers who have thousands. But this is a big deal to me. I started this blog as a hobby, a way to get my ya-yas out because most of those I encounter in my daily life don’t care nearly as much about makeup and fashion as I do. And because I have a full time job, part time job, two dogs to take care of, a boyfriend, and a social life, I don’t get to spend as much time on here as I originally planned. So the fact that there are actually 100 people who care enough about what I have to say to hit the follow button….that’s amazing.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is…..thanks!

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New Product Alert – Too Faced Natural Love Palette

I’m just going to preface this by saying that I will not be buying this palette, but only because I have put myself on a palette spending freeze. I just have too many.

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But if you either don’t have a natural palette, are looking for another natural palette, or just don’t care how many palettes you have, this one is for you. The Too Faced Natural Love palette releases this Thursday on TooFaced.com, and brings you 30 “naturally gorgeous eyeshadows”. The colors look amazing, and give a good variety. I’m going to assume you can create natural and bold looks with this one. Too Faced also always delivers great quality (with the exception of the Chocolate Chip palettes, which I heard were just bad).

Also, look at that packaging. Damn that is gorgeous.

So run out and pick this one up on Thursday, ladies. If I didn’t already have so many, you know I would!

February Sephora Play Box

Since it’s the last day of February, I figured I should finally drop what I got in my Sephora Play! box, just in case you all haven’t seen it on a hundred other bloggers’ pages. Sorry it took me so long; I’ve been super busy and then last week I had other stuff I thought was more important.

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Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer: I’m always looking for another moisturizer.

Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake: I’ve been using lip gloss more the past few weeks than I have been over the last couple of years, so this is cool. The idea that it’s supposed to visibly plump lips is a little weird to me, as I have never used a product that did that. I don’t know if it will work on my though – they say you should use it consistently for 30 days for best results, and I don’t use anything that often.

Bite Beauty Multistick in Cashew: I love love love love love Bite Beauty products, so I will always welcome another one from them. The only downside is that for me this is pretty much just another lipstick. I no longer use product on my cheeks and I don’t like cream on my eyes. Plus the idea of using a product on my eyes or cheeks and then turning around and putting it on my lips grosses me out. One body part per product please. The color is pretty though.

Sephora Collection Lashcraft Length & Volume Mascara: I love the fact that every month or two you get another mascara in your Play box. Since I don’t wear that much of it, I haven’t actually had to buy mascara since I started subscribing. And I get to try different ones!

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream: My new 5:30 am wake up time has me trying eye creams lately. I got a sample of this recently from Sephora and I really liked it. Glad to have a deluxe one now.

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino – I wasn’t a huge fan of this, but whatever.

What products have you tried yet? What are your favorites?

 

Breaking the Shopaholic

I have mentioned in a few of my posts lately my desire to pare down my makeup collection a bit. Or at least focus on more important things. I get up around 5:30 every morning and am in a rush to get out of the house as quickly as possible, so I am not spending nearly as much time on my routine as I am used to. I have too many eyeshadow palettes, and I have thrown out the majority of my face makeup. Now I really want to focus on skincare. If I could get to the point where I wear no face makeup, or at least very minimal, and just worry about my eyes and lips every morning that would be perfect. So I need to up my skincare game.

I also have more clothes than I need. WAY more. A couple years ago I did this project where I didn’t buy clothes for a year. I could probably easily do that again. Not easily emotionally, but easily as in I need nothing.

And with boyfriend and I buying a house here very soon, I think I need to focus on paying down debt, not buying new things.

So I am saying here now that I, Echo, and reforming my shopaholic ways. I am going to start shopping less and spending more wisely. I’m keeping my Sephora play subscription though, so I will still have lots of products to talk about.

Wish me luck guys!

P.S. The picture all the way at the top is not mine. I got it from Google images, and I believe it belongs to the people who make Gossip Girl. 

5 Days 5 Looks – Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics

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When I got this palette I was super excited. I am obsessed with just about everything Urban Decay comes out with for the Naked line (excluding the Flushed blushes, as I have up cheek makeup except highlighter), and I thought the idea of doing a pretty much exclusively matte (just the one highlight color has a semi-shimmer, the rest are matte) palette was brilliant. I ordered it the day it was released and took pics the second it came out of the box. And that’s where the excitement ended. And that’s where the excitement ended. Most of the shades are sheer and very nude. I know that buying a palette called Naked and being disappointed in it being mostly nude shades seems like a dumb thing, but none of the other Naked palettes are like this; they’re all neutral shades that can give a massive impact.

I used it for about a week and have barely touched it since. So when my mom and I were at Sephora a couple weekends ago and she expressed interest in the palette, I told her she could just have mine next time I see her. Since I have an excessive amount of palettes and was just thinking recently how I need to go on a spending freeze until I use up pretty much all of them, this just helps me out as well.

Before I handed it over, I decided that I should do a 5 Days 5 Looks with it, just to make sure I was alright with giving it up. Most of the looks are pretty boring, as I was just uninspired by the palette. Also my hair is awful in multiple pictures because it was a rough week of unloading boxes in a warehouse.

Day 1

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This day I purposely did wear something very nude, as there was a lip shade from the Vice lip palette I hadn’t tried yet calling my name, and I always wear nude shadow when trying a new lipstick in case the color ends up being super bright. I don’t want to go to work feeling like a clown. There is a slightly different nude shade in the crease for definition, and a gold eyeliner on my lower lash line for shimmer. I also used the same color as a highlight all week as it’s the only shade in the palette that’s any good for a highlight.

Colors Used:
Highlight – Blow
Lid – Nudie
Crease – Commando

Day 2

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For this the eyeshadow got a little heavy, and the smudge under my eye got a little crazy and gave me a bit of raccoon eye. Thankfully this pic makes it look a little better, but I was really not loving this throughout the day. I had been running late to work that morning and just did not have the proper time to fix it. I basically just blended a lighter shade into the crease to soften the edges a bit.

Colors Used:
Highlight – Blow
Lid – Magnet
Crease – Faith

Day 3

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This time I went with nude because I wanted to focus on a trick with eyeliner I was trying. Unfortunately it didn’t work out as planned. I did a blue on the inner half of my eye and a navy on the outer half. It ended up so that it was impossible to tell there were two different colors unless you were right up on it. Next time I will have to try colors that are not so like each other.

Colors Used:
Highlight – Blow
Lid –  Pre-Game
Outer Corner – Lookout

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This time I went with a color that was just not nude enough to be interesting. I liked it, but not enough to make it worth the palette. There’s the gold on my lower lid again. I’m kind of disappointed in that eyeliner so I’m trying to use it up. You will probably be seeing it a lot.

Colors Used:
Highlight – Blow
Lid – Tempted
Crease – Instinct

Day 5

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This is the only color from the palette that I really love. The picture doesn’t do it justice. I was just in a hurry to take pictures before a lunch plan that I had, and then forgot until after I took my makeup off for the night that I had wanted to try and take more. Oh well. Also this liner color is worthless compared to Blackout, which comes in several other UD sets.

Colors Used:
Highlight – Blow
Lid – Lethal
Liner – Blackjack

See what I mean? Uninspired. Momma can definitely have this one.

Who else has this palette. What do you think of it?

Favorite Designer Spotlight – Christian Siriano

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I have been a fan of his since I was in high school and he was on one of the earlier seasons on Project Runway. Even though editing made him into a character (it happens to the best contestants on everything) his talent really showed through.

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Also, I was inspired by how young he was – 21 at the season finale. Considering that I was only 16 at the time, it made me think that I could be an awesome fashion designer by the time I was fully an adult.

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We all know how that worked out though. After three years of design school I couldn’t take it anymore. I decided the business of fashion was better for me and switched majors. Now I’m an Assistant Buyer and I’m in love with my job. So it all worked out in the end.

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But just look at how great this stuff is!

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The thing I love about him is the fact that his clothing is actually that dreaded word, which I don’t understand why is an insult in the fashion industry, wearable. I’d rather have fashion I could actually wear rather than just pretty stuff to look at.

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He also has a line for Payless Shoes. Which means that there are actually things of his I could afford.

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Do you see why he’s my favorite?

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All photos from Vogue Runway.

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My Clean Face Movement

I LOVE makeup and all things beauty. I love skincare, doing my makeup, buying beauty products, checking out reviews, reading blogs, and researching new looks on Instagram. But some of those looks, while gorgeous, to me just look fake. I don’t see how someone can go about their daily life with that much crap on their face. I’m talking the people who have matte foundation, powder, color corrector and concealer, full contour, blush, bronzer, and highlight. All this on top of an eye look and lipstick. Yeah those pics look insanely gorgeousand that skin appears flawless, but I always feel that they would look a little weird off camera. 

Even my toned down version seemed like a lot to me. I would do foundation, conceal problem areas, light blush, bronzer, and highlighter. And when I would look at myself in the mirror with my face, eyes, and lips done, it started to look like I was wearing a lot of makeup. The last thing I wanted to look was like my face was suffocating. 

Now, I am a huge fan of doing your makeup how you want to do it and not like someone else tells you to. If you want to wear every product in Sephora on your face, go for it. But I got tired of the over abundance. So this morning I chucked all my blushes and bronzers straight into the trash. Blush was a product I took a while to figure out anyway, and it never fully felt like me. I even tossed my color corrector and concealer. If I can’t cover it with foundation then too bad. People have flaws; big deal. 

My new routine is just foundation with a little highlighter for a slightly dewy glow. This feels so much lighter and looks way more real for work. When I have less products on my skin, I feel like I can put more boldness into my eye and lip looks for work. Maybe one day I’ll think about bringing bronzer back into the game. But as for blush, pretty sure that’s gone forever. 

My Bathtime Routine – Plus, Soap and Glory Bath Fizzies Review

It has been a long, tiring week at work. We got a huge shipment in, and I have been hauling around 45 lb boxes and unpacking my share of 10,000 pairs of pants. My muscles were hurting so I decided the best thing for them last night was a long hot bath.

I take a bath probably once every 1-2 months, and when I do, I make a whole thing out of it. There is wine, bubbles, water as hot as I can stand it, and I do a facemask and some exfoliating. I also set up my iPad and watch a movie – usually one of the following three choices: The Devil Wears Prada, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and Bridget Jones Diary. Since Bridget Jones is the only one of the three currently on Netflix and I have no way to watch a dvd in the tub, the choice was made.

Last night, instead of the usual bubbles, I decided to try the Soap and Glory bath fizzies I picked up last time I was in Ulta. I had never tried a bath bomb/ bath fizzy before, and these were packaged so cute. They were set up like a truffle box and the different colors were labeled as flavors (though I suspect eating them would NOT be a good idea).

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I pulled one out of the box that seemed interesting and dropped it in the tub. It did fizz a little and had some scent, but I didn’t think that was enough. I pulled out the two pink ones and threw those in as well. These gave the water a pink tint and the smell was definitely stronger and more yummy. Even my dog could smell it. The entire time I was in the bath he kept getting on his hind legs and trying to sniff around the tub.

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At first I didn’t really get it, but after soaking for my usual better part of an hour, my skin felt decently moisturized, and not so typically pruney. However,  my legs had just the smallest bit of pink tint. But this was definitely an interesting experience, and a great break from my typical bubble bath. Im a little disappointed though that it took three of these little fizzies to get the desired results. I would definitely be interested in trying one of the larger Lush bath bombs as an alternative. Maybe next time.

 

Have you guys tried bath bombs? What brands do you like?

5 Days 5 Looks – Kat Von D Pastel Goth

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This round of 5 Days 5 Looks was interesting just cause it’s the first time I’ve done one with a straight bright palette. Most of the time I’m using neutral, or mostly neutral palettes, so I had to be careful to keep my looks with this guy work appropriate. In order to do that I had to cheat a little bit on some of my usual 5 Days 5 Looks rules: I brought in colors from other palettes in order to make it work.

If you want to read my review of the palette, you can do it here. But let’s dive in to the looks.

Day 1

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I thought I would start off with the colors that made me the most nervous first. This is the only time I used the yellow all week; I kind of felt like I copped out on it, but just could not find a look featuring it that felt me. I used my pinky finger to dab the yellow in concentrated sections so it wasn’t overwhelming and created a little pop.

Colors used:
Highlight – Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy (eyeshadow single, and I used it as a highlight all week)
Lid – Clementine
Inner Corner – Star
Crease – Anaheim (from the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette)
Eyeliner – Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil in Tiramisu

Day 2

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I am way obsessed with this look. It really feels Pastel Goth to me – hard edge but bright colors. I have this awesome Smoky eye brush that is perfect for putting color in the outer corner and creating that pointed shape without being too defined. This look will probably be on regular rotation.

Colors Used:
Highlight – Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowboy
Lid – Meow
Outer Corner – Dope
Eyeliner – Kat Von D Liquid Eyeliner in Trooper

Day 3

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This was a day off, and an errand day, so I didn’t feel like doing anything overly complicated. I just used a white shade on my lid and black shadow along my lash line. Then I used that smoky brush from yesterday to smudge the black and blend it upwards so the line wasn’t too dark or defined. Not a bad look but definitely not one that looked like it took me a long time, which it didn’t.

Colors Used:
Highlight – Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Cowboy
Lid – Skull
Lash Line – Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Blackout (I don’t remember which palette I used, but Blackout has been included in several UD palettes)

Day 4

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What bright color makeup selection is complete without a mermaid-ish look? I feel like at this point it’s kind of obligated. Whatever, I had fun created this one. I started with the blue just in the center of the lid and blended the green in the outer corner and up into the crease. And, for a cool transition, I pinky finger applied it in the inner corner again. As all the colors in this palette are matte, and mermaid looks are usually created with shimmer shadows, I thought this was an interesting take on the idea. Even if it did take me a while to get the green to blend in just the way I wanted.

Colors Used:
Highlight – Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowboy
Inner Corner – Gloom
Lid – Doom
Crease – Gloom
Outer Corner – Gloom
Eyeliner – Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion

Day 5

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This was an easy to throw together look. I only had one color left in the palette and I just wanted something quick. The color is great though; it’s a gray, but with some green tones to it. And then I threw some white in the inner corner again to pop. And gold eyeliner on my lower lash line for a little shimmer.

Colors Used:
Highlight – Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowboy
Lid – Dagger
Inner Corner – Skull
Eyeliner – Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion
Lower Lash Line – Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Goldmine

I already have my next 5 Days 5 Looks started – Urban Decay’s Naked Basics. Look out for it! And let me know what you think of these looks!

New Product Alert – Kat Von D Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette

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First things first: I got my dream job! I’m so pumped. I have been struggling since college and now it finally all feels worth it. That degree and debt now actually had a result. As a congratulations to myself I went on a little shopping spree, and while there I picked up this baby at Sephora.

Also, this is the last eyeshadow palette I am allowed to buy for a really long time. A few days before getting my offer, I realized that I have 19 eye palettes. What on earth am I doing with that much eyeshadow?! No more for me until I actually use up some of these. My stash has officially gotten ridiculous.

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I did let myself buy this one though, as both a congratulations and so this way I could round out my collection with an even 20 and keep it at an even number. Plus I haven’t had a Kat Von D Palette before and this baby was calling my name.

This is a really interesting one, because it isn’t your typical collection of bright eye colors. Most bold palettes are full of shimmers, but this bad boy is all matte. That combined with the fact that these shades are somehow both bright and subtle at the same time makes it way more acceptable for work. I have had so much fun playing around with it for the last few days. So much fun that I’m thinking about bringing back my “5 Days 5 Looks” series and starting with this palette.

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The colors, as you can see if the two pictures of swatches (I took them under two different lightings cause the lighting in my house sucks) the colors are very pigmented. But it is easy to apply them sheer if you like and then build color. I will say that I am rather fair, so this kind of stuff tends to show up pretty well on me. Darker skin tones may need more building. They do not blend together very well but apply over the lid amazingly. If you’re trying to have a slow fade from one color to another you might have some difficulty, but my favorite thing to do with these shades is one color across the lid then the grey color in the crease, blending just enough that there isn’t a line between the two, but that each shade still stands out (I’ll show you in the upcoming 5 Days 5 Looks). I also had some fallout, but it cleaned up easily.

Final grade: 4/5

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Swatches left to right: Star, Clementine, Meow, Dope, Doom, Gloom, Dagger, Skull

 

Did anyone else get this? What are your favorite looks to create?