I was really worried that my resolution to not watch youtube (specifically beauty related videos) would be difficult but actually I have done really well so far! I’m seriously excited that God gives me the strength when I know by myself I probably cannot withstand my own temptations.
Also I have been having nightmares this past weekend because I was worried about not finding a research to do during the summer. I was really hoping to stay with my sister in Boston so I can hang with her and be by her side while she adjusts to working in Boston. Well God provides! Although I didn’t get stipend, I was able to participate in the Pediatric Research Program. Just hoping now that I’ll match with someone in Boston…need to pray about it for sure.
I am planning to do other entries in this blog…perhaps Sustainability tips and food diaries? We’ll see.
I’m thinking of giving up youtube! Gosh it’s gonna be terribly hard but I think I’ll have so much more time to study the Word. Do you think I can do it! Partake with me so we can keep accountable!
Hello lovelies! I decided to do a quick review on a small eyeshadow palette/quad from Flower Beauty (brand by Drew Barrymore). It’s called Foxy Browns:
Excuse the little black dot on the exterior of the eyeshadow quad near the pink eyeshadow…The outside cover had a little smudge on it. As you can see from the packaging the quad was no mirror which is slightly disappointing but not a big deal. The packaging is cute at least.
Swatches in natural light
Swatches in my bathroom light. As you can see even from the swatches, the shadows are a bit disappointing. Although they feel pretty smooth when I run my fingers over the actual shadows, they swatch a little crumbly when I smooth them over the back of my hands. Mind you these swatches are without a primer underneath.
The positives are that the darker shadows (warm brown and chocolate brown) in this quad are pretty good staying power. Even when I swatched them on hands and took it off with a Kleenex 15 seconds later I see that my hands still have the darker shadows there (although obviously faded since I wiped it off).
The quad gives a very natural looking eye look. I added the pink (top left) all over lid and under the brow. I then mixed the gray and the warm brown (both on right side of the quad) on the outer third of the lid. Last I added the darkest shade (bottom left of quad) on my outer v just every so slightly. You can make it more an evening look by adding more of the darkest color on the outer v. So I guess another positive can be that this quad is versatile…it can be used both for daytime and at night. It is also good that you can get an eyelook just by using the quad…you don’t need additional shadows. Lastly, the eyeshadows are overall sheer (except the darkest color) that even if you accidentally put too much of the darker colors you can mostly sheer it out.
However, I feel like the quality of the shadows are just…meh. The pink needs to be applied several times during the blending process since it tends to just brush away even when used with a primer. The grey also just brushes away after you apply it on the lids. Both the shadows are pretty disappointing. The warm brown and the darkest chocolate brown color are little better. After hours of wear…they’re the only ones still left on my eyes. Still…I didn’t pay for a quad to only have two of the eyeshadows work out of the four. Plus I have several neutral palettes so I can tell this quad will not be getting much love. I would give the product a thumbs down and would not really recommend it to anybody. Maybe if you were new to makeup and you need something to just experiment and give you a natural look?
Hope this helps!
P.S. I’m so excited that spring is here! Just had a medical formal yesterday and it was great! I am hoping to show my makeup/outfit from the event sometime…hopefully when I have more time haha.
Hello everyone! I finished my tests yesterday and I’ve been practicing vegging out and having fun. It’s been pretty awesome. And I feel pretty good about the test but we’ll see. Thank you Jesus for helping me maintain focus.
The first priority I should have is to clean around the apartment but I don’t feel like it. Instead I wanted to post up something I bought quite recently from Dillards…an eyeshadow trio from a company called “Duwop” I believe? I was curious to try it since all their products were 50% off (apparently they are going out of business). The trio is called “lava.”:
As you can see the cranberry and the gold color have excellent color payoff. Unfortunately the pink doesn’t come off that pigmented but when I applied it wet and with a primer the color came off to be a rosy pink color. The cranberry and the gold are especially buttery and smooth. They were absolutely great quality. The pink was not as buttery but it was still soft. The combination of these colors were absolutely gorgeous on the lids. If you want a rose gold color effect on your eyes you will love this:
I don’t know how to take a pic of my face w/o looking awkward haha. But let’s focus on the eyes shall we?
I put the pink all over the lids, gold color in the inner 1/3 of my lids. And the cranberry color on the crease. To really complete the look, I added a dark brown color on my outer v. The dark brown and cranberry on the crease looks really pretty.
So Pros of the eyeshadows: color pigmentation (for two of em), soft and smooth texture, the combination/ selection of the colors in the trio. And though it’s a “metallic” eyeshadow trio I don’t think it’s so metallic that it makes my eyes look scaly (which Urban Decay eyeshadows can do to me sometimes).
Cons: I need to bring in another eyeshadow because it doesn’t have a darker eyeshadow to really complete the look. And though I got this eyeshadow trio on sale, the normal price of these are $24. And I don’t think it’s worth 24 dollars. I bought it at 12 dollars and I think this is a more accurate price for this product (especially since one of the eyeshadows don’t work as well).
Overall I’m obsessed with this eye look! I may go back to Dillards and get the other trios.
“Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified”
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Hey guys! I’m back to review a certain eyeshadow quad that Maybelline came out with last year during the fall season called Autumn Dream. I wasn’t planning on doing a review on this item but recently I saw someone commenting on Beauty Broadcast’s youtube channel stating that she purchased this on ebay just to achieve the look that Emily came up with:
And I just wanted to put my review out there so people will think twice before making this purchase!
Unfortunately this eyeshadow quad did not work out for me. The shadows don’t feel very soft (especially the purple and blue) and they swatch very poorly in the back of the hands. When you swipe them on your hands, the purple shadow does NOT glide on like butter…it feels more crumbly. And the dark blue is so dry and chalky it’s hard to swipe it. White shade is super sparkly and can cause fall out if not careful. Purple is workable on your eyes (blends okay). The green may look deceivingly good on swatch but on the eyes it doesn’t blend well and it may look patchy even with a primer. You may have to reapply the green and purple several times as main lid color since the color just disappears even with little blending. The dark blue works terribly as crease color since it’s hard to blend…may work in the outer v. All of these eyeshadows do better wet.
This is me with green as main lid color, purple as crease color, and dark blue in outer v. Also added bit of the dark blue as liner under my eyes. Notice the muddy appearance of the green? Not very flattering at all.
I quickly patted with my fingers a green from my Smashbox Mega wondervision palette. See that difference?? I barely had to had any shadow to my eyes for that vibrancy UNLIKE the maybelline eyeshadows.
This is a 2nd look I created using purple as main lid color, dark blue as crease color, and green as the liner color on my lower lash line. Though it was I think a little more successful than the previous combination…the purple was a little too dark for all over lid color (especially during the daytime). It was quite difficult to place the perfect amount so that I don’t look like I have a bruised eye…or look like a hooker.
That’s another thing…I’m not sure if these colors all work together in a nice and versatile way. Purple and blue by the end of the day made me look like a had a bruised eye. The green looked muddy by the end of the day. I’m curious to see though how these looks will turn out if I use the same colors but just a different brand of eyeshadows.
I do enjoy the color combination they presented here…but it’s not a look you can pull off during the day time. Overall I would not repurchase this item.
I just remembered to talk about my very odd impression of San Francisco. We were walking around Golden Gate park when we saw a group of hippie folks around in a circle playing some music. They seemed all happy dandy. Thought it was cool.
But then we came back maybe not even 30 minutes later and there was a huge fiasco going on. This lady was cussing a guy out blaming him for stealing her stuff and he was cussing her out too and telling her to pack her suitcase. The other hippies seemed to be quite belligerent as well for some reason.
I guess I found it slightly amusing…there were beautiful green grass and pretty NorthCal-esque pine trees and these people making a big ruckus.