Tuesday, March 26, 2013

How to Add Color to a Simple Eye Look Quickly

As we begin to approach the warmer months of spring and summer, we all tend to like to add a quick dash of color to our makeup looks.  I have found a quick and rather simple way of doing this.  One word...eyeliner.

I am the girl who buys the sets of Urban Decay eyeliner whenever they come out.  I like having an array of colors just to give quick pops of color to my eye looks.  I do the same when Tarte comes out with any liner sets.  In particular, I like the Tarte Smolder Eyes pencils and the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On pencils.

In previous blog posts I have told you how much I love to run the Urban Decay pencil in Deviant along my lower lash line during the summer or anytime I feel like my eyes look tired and need to be brightened up a bit.  I still stand by that liner.  It is quick, simple, and gives a major effect with minor work.

Today I did a look anyone can achieve.  If you do not have the same exact pencils or even the shadows, similar colors will still work.

Here are the products I used on my eyes:

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
  • Urban Decay Naked Pallette (Virgin, Naked, and Buck)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On pencils in Flipside and Junkie
  • Tarte Smolder Eyes (chubby pencil) in Violet
  • Maybelline Mega Plush waterproof mascara 

After applying my primer, I took a Sigma shader brush (E55) and applied Naked all over the mobile lid .  Then I took a fluffy brush, also by Sigma  (E40), and bring Naked into the crease and blend it out as a transition color.  I then take my all time favorite brush (my Smashbox domed crease brush that JG sent me years ago) and take Buck only into the deep socket, using windshield wiper motions.  I then take a Sigma short shader brush and apply Virgin just under my brow bone and in the inner corners of my eyes.  Finally, I take that same fluffy brush with a small amount of Naked on it and use it to blend out any harsh lines.

Now that the eye shadow is done you can choose 2-3 eyeliners (one for the top lash line, one for the bottom lash line, and one for the waterline if you choose.)  I chose the Tarte Smolder Eyes for my top lash line.  It gave a ton of definition to the lash line and a slight bit of purple coloring to bring out the green in my hazel eyes.  Then I took Flipside and ran it across my waterline. I applied Junkie underneath my lower lashes and smudged it out using a very small smudge brush from Tarte.

Now for the lashes.  I love this part!  I curled them with my Shu Uemera lash curler and gave each eye two coats of the Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara.  I used the same mascara on my bottom lashes.  It did not run or smudge all day!

I wish I had taken a picture before I took my makeup off, but I hadn't planned on blogging about it.  I will however recreate the look and post it soon.  I love pairing any shades of purple and greens.  This combination of plum and teal came out perfectly!

Until next time....


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Moving, Allergy Season, and The Great Mascara Search

I found out at the end of December that I had to move.  So, I want to first apologize for my lack of blogs and vlogs.  It was a hectic several months.  I had that horrible virus that is still going around for most of January and I was trying to pack for the move.  I am just now, towards the end of March, getting settled into my new place.  I must say, I am very much looking forward to spring break so I can take advantage of the time to set up the little things like my vanity table, makeup reorganization, etc.

I never really experienced allergies until I was an adult.  Even then it wasn't like most people's severe hay fever and what not.  Even now, my biggest complaint during allergy season is that my eyes burn and water.  

If you have ever had reactions to your environment  you can imagine that moving into a new house with a lush backyard that includes a variety of different flowers and plants can wreck havoc on you.  Since I moved, I constantly find my allergies flaring up.  Especially in the sense that my eyes are so sensitive.

When I found out I was moving I decided to use up as many products as possible.  Unfortunately, the empties I was saving for a vlog got thrown out during the move.  However, I have a few of the sample size mascaras that I tried.

That leads me to The Great Mascara Search.  What a nightmare.  All of the sudden my tried and true mascara (Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes) was no longer working for me.  I found it was smudging constantly.  So I began to try every sample size mascara I had in an old Birch Box container.  I was using several that I had liked in the past, including; Hourglass Film Noir, Josie Maran, Urban Decay SuperCurl, etc.  Anything that had ever been put in a lash stash or any sample that had come with a palette was in there and I tried it.  Nothing was working!

My sweet friend Jackie, who is a fabulous makeup artist told me she was having similar problems with allergies and that she had tried a new mascara and she would text me when she got home to tell me what it was.  She did.  It was Maybelline Falsies Black Drama.  She said that since she had been using it, her eyes were not watering that much and she loved the look.  In my attempt to be cruelty free, I never even ventured into the realm of drug store mascaras.  I was desperate though.  My lashes are non-existent without mascara and I wasn't getting any results from my tried and true cruelty-free options (which we all know are not exactly inexpensive).

So I went to the drugstore with another friend and while he was checking out Mila Kunis on the cover of various magazines, I was thinking long and hard about the choice I was about to make.  Getting a mascara that was not cruelty free but did not hurt my eyes or fore go wearing mascara until (or if ever) my eyes returned to normal.  I will be honest, vanity won out.  I picked up two mascaras initially.  The Maybelline Falsies Black Drama, and Jordana's Best Lash Extreme.  I also picked up a Jordana for my friend Jackie to try.  (Which by the way she loves more than the Maybelline).  Two days later I picked up two other Maybelline products that were waterproof.  One is Lash Discovery in waterproof (for the bottom lashes) and the other was Maybelline Mega Plush in waterproof.

The results?  I like the Jordana Best Lash Extreme, but it flakes a bit on me; continuing to give me dark circles under my eyes.  I love the Maybelline Falsies Black Drama for a few hours and then that smudges too.  The Maybelline Lash Discovery is just "bleh" to me.  it makes my lashes a bit darker, but other than that...nada.  The Maybelline Mega Plush in waterproof is AMAZING when it comes to how it looks and wears.  It makes my non-existent lashes full and long without being spidery, keeps an amazing curl, and lasts all day without smudges or flakes.  However, taking it off at night....it is a total nightmare!  I am interested in trying the regular Mega Plush and see if that wears as well without the pain of removing waterproof mascara and several lashes.

If you have any suggestions for mascara during allergy season...please let me know.  If you are angry with me for using products that aren't cruelty free, I understand, but know it wasn't a decision I took lightly.  It was the right decision for me.  As I respect your opinions, please respect mine.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

New Blog Logo

This time I made the blog logo.  Please let me know if you want a button sized version for link sharing. My link share page is currently being updated, so please email your links to danilovesglitter@aol.com!


On the Hunt: Dry Shampoo and Under Eye Color Corrector

Hey there!

I have two products in particular that I am on a serious search for.  I don't want to spend the money testing a ton of different brands, only to be disappointed.  So, I am asking you what your favorites are for the following:
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1) A dry shampoo or second day  hair refresher for really dark hair that won't leave a gray cast. Some I have had recommended are:
  • Oscar Blondie Spray (I guess for dark hair)
  • No Drought (by Lush...but it is a white powder)
  • Psssst (white spray)
2) An under eye correcting concealer in a salmon or peachy color.  I know that these range from Maybelline to Armani.  However, I am looking for something affordable that works.  My trouble spot is in the inner corners of my eyes.  Somehow they have gotten dark and it makes them look a bit hallowed out.

If you have any good recommendations; please leave them below, email me, tweet me, etc.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Happy 2013! News and Updates and My December Faves!

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Hey everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!  I apologize for my absence.  I got sick at Christmas and am just starting to feel well enough to get on the computer to do more than watch Netflix. :)   So here are some updates, random bits, and what not until I completely get my voice back and it takes less effort to speak.

December Favorites!
Needless to say, there probably won't be a whole blog or video dedicated to my faves for December because I just had two real stand outs and they were Christmas gifts from my beautiful friend JG!  She sent me a Butter London set in Chancer.  For those of you who haven't seen it, I will try and upload a picture from my phone later.  It is a nail polish and matching lippie in this beautiful sparkly red shade!  I wore the lipstick for a good portion of the month and I just took off my nail polish last Sunday.  Butter London is an amazingly long wearing formula and I hope to try more shades this year.  I also got these really cool arm bands and head band set that I will be showing in a video because they are just such an awesome concept and cool gift!  I love, love, love them!  JG knows me soooooo well! I really  love her.  We have been friends through the beauty community for several years and I just absolutely adore her.

No Buy/Shop My Stash/What is Allowed!
Like many people, this year I have found I have more makeup than I can use.  For me, most of it is in the form of eye shadows and eyeliners.  I do have some stuff I still need to haul from last year (I know, I am so behind)...but other than that, I am on a self imposed no buy.  There are a few reasons for this.  The first is I simply haven't seen anything that made me say "ooooh I need that" in a long time with the exception of some nail polishes.  The second reason is, I have a ton of cosmetics that I love and don't use enough.  Like my mom said to me once..."You have two eyes, once mouth, two cheeks...how much more do you need," and she was so right.  I haven't seen anything all that new or different lately either.

However, of course there are products that need to be replenished such as skin care, hair care, mascaras, etc.  I am also on the look out for a good color corrector for some darkness I noticed when I started getting sick in December.  I have had some good suggestions so far.  So of course there will be hauls of some sort.  I just don't plan on really going on any all out makeup benders like in years past.  Unless perhaps it is my birthday... haha. :)

My YouTube channel is fairly new, and while I have wanted to start one for awhile, I have realized it is not as easy as setting up your web cam and chatting.  I am looking for Windows editing software, tips for lighting, and any other suggestions you have in mind.  I am not sure I am ready to do tutorials, but I have a ton of products to review, tips to share, and combos of products that work well together.

Cruelty Free Status
While I still do not agree with animal testing, I am still working through a stash that is not entirely cruelty free.  Unfortunately I am not a gazillionaire who can afford to throw out everything I own and start from scratch.  I am also not one of those bloggers or vloggers who is going to hit people over the head with cf talk or judgement.  Many of my friends have their own belief systems.  I know I have mine.  The great part of being an individual is being able to think as one.  Therefore, I will be using products I feel are acceptable and live up to my standards.  I do not want to upset either side of this debate, all I can say is that currently I am feeling a little discouraged about how much we can really trust CF statuses, but I will be doing my best to do what I can live with.

Things I would like to try in 2013

I already mentioned a few of these, but here is a simple list:

  • More Butter London Polishes
  • An under eye color corrector
  • A good all matte eye shadow pallette
  • New skin care lines (in their entirety to see how the products work together)
  • Different Conical Wands (Sultra, Nume, various brands)
  • Find a set of jumbo hot rollers for my long hair
  • A good navy mascara
  • More layers in my hair
Goals Met in 2012 and Goals for 2013

This past year I lost 65 pounds.  I did it mostly through the Weight Watchers old point system and the rest on my own just watching what I was eating and going nearly vegan for awhile.  I have been a vegetarian for many years already.  I am hoping to lose a bit more and really tone up this year.

I also did approximately 40 blogs and a few YouTube videos in the year 2012.  I won't give an exact number, but I am hoping to do more than 40 blogs in 2013 and many more YouTube videos this year.  Possibly even some collab videos with some of my best beauty community friends!

I love you all and thank you for your support!


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Happy Holidays!

I hope you are all staying warm!  It is freezing in California!  I even met a guy from Brooklyn last night while doing some last minute shopping who said he could not believe it was so cold out here.  Granted, I am close to the water, but still.  I feel like a human Popsicle. :)

I don't know about you, but I still have presents to wrap, presents to deliver, (if it is up to Rachael aka LashChronicles AKA ThisIsRachael--filming more videos haha), cookies to bake with my mom, pastries to make with my entire family and a dinner to prepare with my family.  Our Italian Christmas traditions live on.

I still miss our Christmas Eves with our "California Family"...but things change I suppose.  This year I will be spending at least part of Christmas Eve Day with friends, and perhaps attending mass with some other friends.

So while I listen to my Mariah Carey Christmas albums and wrap my presents, I will be thinking of so many of you and the support and kind words you have given me over the past few years.  I will also be thinking of the wonderful friendships I have gotten from being part of the beauty community.

I hope each and every one of you  has a very special, happy holiday season!


Red Lip Combo for the Holidays!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Your Skin by Summer--Serious Holiday Specials!

If you live in Southern California, my BFF, Erica or Summer as some may know her.... (From the Girl That Glitter blog post this summer), is currently offering some amazing deals!  She has been my personal makeup artist for special occasions and done various beauty and hair treatments on me growing up as BFF's do.  She is UBER talented.  I highly recommend her.  Below is a list of her specials for the holidays.  Hurry and book an appointment before she fills up!  Oh and don't steal mine! JK! :)  I have a SPECIAL BFF APPOINTMENT!   Check out YOUR SKIN BY SUMMER!  The link is also on my FaceBook page.  http://www.facebook.com/daniellelovesglitter

Monday, November 26, 2012

What? DanielleLovesGlitter on YouTube?

Wow!  What is this world coming to?  I always made excuses, and never thought I would do it but thanks to the list of friends below (in no particular order), I made a silly and horrible intro video for YouTube that you can find here.  I think YouTube purposely gets the worst possible three thumbnail shots for you to choose from.  I like this thing I am doing with my mouth below. haha!

Right now you see 27 seconds of me from a video captured on an old cell phone.  I am hoping to upload a haul later this week or by the weekend at the latest because I have a ton of stuff to share with all of you and I really want to start using it!  Isn't the rule of hauling is that you can't use it until you have hauled it?  Correct me if I am wrong in the comments below.

So I would like to thank the following people for encouraging me for years to make YouTube videos, I can only hope that eventually I will live up to their expectations.

I will do my best to adopt Kristen's Face of the Day (FOTD) beauty bin so that I can remember to write everything I used that day in the description bar on YouTube.

So here are the list of peer pressure, I mean fabulous friends that I really, really adore!

  • Rachael (LashChronicles)
  • Julia (JG)
  • Meems (Megan)
  • Cindy (IamaCraftyNurse)
  • Lori (pbmommypl)
  • April (Lirpagall)
  • Heidi (Jalapena)
  • Kristen (KristenGehm)
  • Kerstin P.
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