Today’s Close-up: Mermaid Eyes Oh My!

Since starting this blog, I realize the need to provide my readers with perhaps some more adventurous, fun, and interesting makeup looks, in addition to my everyday, mostly neutral faces.  Using my Sephora Blockbuster Palette (see my post on this palette for more information!) I decided to branch out and try out some of the shades that I have never worn before in my life.  When moving away from my basic taupes, grays, and browns, I tend to like using shades of navy and plum for a nice change of pace.  Today’s close-up will feature shades that remind me of the bluish-green/turquoise/teal iridescence I would imagine a mermaid’s tail to have when jumping out of the water and into the sun.  (Does this description make me sound like I’m totally into mermaids or something?  I’m not!)

Here’s today’s close-up:

I’m providing multiple shots because I’m not too camera savvy about the proper lighting needed for the most realistic colors.  Will be working on my picture taking skills 🙂

On my eyes–

  • Paula Dorf Eye Color in Matte Cherub all over my eyelid from lashline to underneath my brows
  • Sephora Blockbuster Palette Eyeshadow in a pearl shimmer shade (the shade is not shown in above photo!) applied from lashline to where my crease would be
  • Sephora Blockbuster Palette Eyeshadow in a teal shimmer shade (3rd from the left in above photo!) applied on top of the pearl shimmer shade (for a softer effect) and lining my lower lashline
  • Sephora Blockbuster Palette Eyeshadow in a light goldish-olive shade (2nd from the left in above photo–shade is showing up much more gray than it really is!) brushed on the center of my eyelids
  • Styli-Style Line & Seal 24 Twist in Brown Quartz lining my top lashline as well as the inner rims of my lower lashlines
  • E.L.F. Mechanical Eyelash Curler to curl my lashes
  • Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base applied to my top lashes only
  • Maybelline Define-a-Lash Waterproof Mascara in Black applied 2 coats to both top and bottom lashes
  • Eyecurl II Heated Eyelash Curler used in between each coat of mascara to help set the curl even more

I will not be providing a breakdown on the rest of the products used for today’s close-up, but feel free to ask about any specifics!

What do you think of my “mermaid” eyes close-up?  Will you try out this look?   What are your go-to colors besides neutrals?  Share your thoughts!

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My Paint Box: The Original 1st Edition Sephora Blockbuster Palette!

For my basic, everyday makeup wardrobe I tend to stick to very similar colors and variations of such shades which most of the general public would not be able to tell the difference.  But of course, myself being a makeup aficionado and others like me, can assure you that we possess a special ability to discern between multiple shades that might be considered by others to be the exact same color.  Since I tend to wear mostly neutral taupes, grays, and browns on my eyes, pinky-peaches on my cheeks, and various versions of nude on my lips, it is quite rare for me to invest in other colors out of my comfort zone.  I find the best way to purchase a variety of other colors, especially when I do not plan on wearing them often, is through makeup palettes which often times are at a value price versus paying for each individual shade.  One such palette that I like to use when I am going out, feeling daring or fun, needing a pick me-up, or doing makeup for others is my Sephora Blockbuster Palette (the original 1st edition which I believe cost me $40?) which contains a wonderful variety of bright colorful shades, in addition to some of my more familiar neutrals.

As you can see this palette houses 64 eyeshadows, 8 blushes (one that is similar to a highlighting powder), 22 lip colors (some glosses, some fuller coverage lipsticks, and a couple glittery balms), and some cheap-o brushes and applicators.  The variety of eyeshadow colors range from pinks, lavenders, purples, grays, pearls, creams, golds, russets, browns, taupes, greens, teals, blues, and I’m sure there’s still other color families I’m not including as well.  Lip colors range from plums, mauves, roses, pinks, reds, russets, nudes, golds, corals, browns, tans, and glittery balms in silver and clear (who I have no idea would use unless they perhaps work in a Vegas show?!?!).  The blushes in this palette are all very pretty and wearable; shades of pinks, peaches, corals, roses, light reds, plums, and a very pale pink highlighting powder are included.  I do have to note that all of the blushes in this palette do contain shimmer, some more than others.

With all of the shades that are provided in this palette, there are an endless amount of looks that one can create.  The ~$40 I paid was an absolute steal for all of the product that you are getting!  The eyeshadows seem decently pigmented, but not quite as much color payoff than other makeup lines such as MAC or Shu Umera or other artistry lines.  I don’t mind having less pigment in the eyeshadows because wearing the bright colors sometimes makes me feel like a clown or something, so the softness and sheerness is appreciated by me.  However, the blushes are definitely more pigmented than the eyeshadows and a light dusting with my blush brush gives me beautiful color on my cheeks!  The lip colors are my least favorite part of the palette because I just have too many other lip products that I like much better.  Although one way that I do enjoy using the lip colors is to blend them with other shades (either from the palette or other lip products I have) and create my very own, unique lip color!

It will take me forever to use up this palette, but I do encourage other makeup enthusiasts to invest in a palette like this if you are wanting to be more creative with your looks, like to experiment, and have lots of options! Sephora has since come out with many versions of this palette, some smaller or larger in size.  Many makeup lines also make palettes that are similar.

As a side note, I have recently purchased some palettes from Coastal Scents and BH Cosmetics.  I’m very excited to see what all the hype is about that I’ve read on various beauty blogs and on YouTube about these two palettes, but am wondering for those of you who already own palettes from either one or both of these companies, what are the eyeshadows and blushes color payoff/pigmentation like?  I’ve seen some who rave about the quality being similar to that of MAC’s and others who say they are chalky and definitely require eyeshadow primer to really show off the colors?  Please share your experiences with the palettes from Coastal Scents and BH Cosmetics!  I will be posting reviews of both once I receive my palettes, so stay tuned!

Do you own any makeup palettes?  If so, which ones?  Why do you like makeup palettes?  Is there a makeup palette that you are dying to have?  Feedback is greatly appreciated!

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