Monday, September 1, 2014

The Nude 'tude palette from The Balm has some sultry colors (Makeup Review)

Posted by Katie Garvin at 5:00 AM 1 comments
Over the weekend From My Vanity hit 1,000 followers! I am SO excited to have hit such a big number -- I would never have thought my blog would be anywhere close to having so many awesome readers, but I am so happy and thankful that it has.

I hope to put together a fun giveaway as a thank you to you all :-) Not sure when I can do it, I am going to be doing a lot of traveling in September, but hopefully before too long. So be on the lookout for that. :-)

Love you all!

I purchased the products with my personal funds.

About The Balm's Nude 'Tude Eyeshadow Palette

Retail Price: $36

This amazing palette consists of 12 beautiful shadows that make wearing nudes sexy! These satiny smooth colors can be applied naturally, i.e. “let me slip into something more comfortable” or beautifully layered. 

The wide range gives you light highlighters as well as brazen bold shades that work to add definition and emphasis to your lids. Nude`tude allows you to dramatically dress up your eyes—if nothing else! 

There are 2 different types of palettes you can get: the 'Naughty' or the 'Nice' palette. BOTH VERSIONS OF THE NUDE`TUDE PALETTE CONTAIN THE SAME EYESHADOW COLORS.

My Review:

First Impression & Packaging...
First off, let me start by saying that I purchased the 'Nice' version of this palette. :-) The neutral colors in this palette really attracted me, as did the pretty shimmery finish of the shadows. Not all of the shadows are full of shimmer, but I'll get into that in a minute. The palette itself is beautifully packaged and has a magnetic closure. I love the look of it!
Product & Application...
All of the shadows are really smooth and have nice pigmentation. As you can see from my swatches (and these swatches are without any primer underneath them), they are pretty pigmented. With a primer underneath, these colors really pop and show up well on your eyelid.
As I mentioned, not all of the colors have shimmer in them, thankfully. Sultry, Sexy, Serious, and Sleek are all really pretty matte shades. The black color in this palette isn't a very intense black and I usually end up reaching for a different matte black or darn brown to get a really dark outer crease to complete a look I am doing.
Major Likes & Dislikes...
I like that all of the colors are natural -- hence the name of the palette, Nude'tude (As if that's not obvious, Katie, really...) Personally, while I love adding shimmer or color to my look, I still stay in the safety of the more natural colors like the pinks, browns, and greens. Nude'tude gives me all those colors in beautiful pigmentation, making this aspect a major like for me.
I think my only dislike is that the darker colors blend out a bit, making them not as dark as I typically like. You can build it up to a suitable level, but for me it's just easier to use the black in my LORAC Pro to Go to get the job done quickly.

Final Thoughts...
While I am glad that I own this palette, I don't think I would consider it a 'must have' to add to your collection. If you want a palette with neutral colors and don't want to spend $50+ on any of the Naked, then I would definitely recommend you purchase this palette instead. But if you already have one of those palettes -- or have a bunch of smaller neutral palettes from the drugstore (like the ones from Physicians Formula or Wet n Wild) -- then I don't think this palette is a must for your collection.
I used Stand-Offish, Sultry, Sleek, and Serious
It really comes down to if you want to buy this palette. The colors are soft and pigmented and you can create some pretty looks with it. I know I am glad I bought it and have it in my collection. I've only tried 2 or 3 products from The Balm, but I am looking forward to trying many more in the future.

I purchased the products mentioned above with my own personal money. I was not compensated in any way for posting this review. I only recommend products that I have used personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Question for My Readers: If you were to purchase this palette, which one would you want to buy the most -- the 'Naughty' or 'Nice' palette? Why?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Win an Autographed Makeup Collection by One Direction (Giveaway)

Posted by Katie Garvin at 5:00 AM 0 comments
I'm back again with another giveaway for all my One Direction fans on my blog -- and this time it's autographed! :-D

For those who are new followers of From My Vanity, I did a previous giveaway for a collection of One Direction's new makeup line. And just two weeks ago I posted my first impressions of One Direction's Up All Night makeup collection.

Go check them out for more information on this new limited edition makeup collection by One Direction!

About One Direction's Limited Edition 'The Looks Collection' Makeup Line

The irreverent attitude and colorful style of a new generation takes on a glamorous form in Makeup by One Direction. The world’s biggest pop band debuts a limited-edition cosmetics collection by Markwins International, now available at Macy’s!

Much like the One Direction band members themselves, this prestige make-up line is fun, bold and a tad mischievous, featuring vivid shades, premium formulas and chic, collectible packaging and components.

“The Looks Collection” comprises three keepsake tins inspired by One Direction’s globe-conquering albums, “Up All Night, “Take Me Home” and the latest chart topper, ‘Midnight Memories.” Each tin comes complete with everything you need to show off your personality. Are you a rock n’ roll girl, a fun party girl or the girl next door? We have just the right collection for you and illustrations to help show you just how to get your perfect look. All your beauty essentials are housed in a LIMITED EDITION collectable keepsake tin with removable sleeve, complete with ONE DIRECTION doodle stencils to decorate your keepsake tin and make it uniquely your own!

Details on the 3 Looks Collection tins:

Autographed Makeup by One Direction Giveaway

Giveaway Details: To enter the giveaway you will need to enter your email, like their Facebook page, and post to Twitter. Additional entries can be earned by referring friends, pinning on pinterest, or liking their Twitter page. The more entries the higher the chance of winning. :-) Up to 50 limited edition makeup sets will be given away!! :-D

This giveaway will close on September 27th, so get your entries in, girls!


Question for My Readers: Are you a One Direction fan? Will you be entering this giveaway??

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BoxyCharm has You Hitting the Beaches (August Unboxing)

Posted by Katie Garvin at 5:00 AM 2 comments
Today I'm really excited to share a BoxyCharm unboxing with you all. Never heard of BoxyCharm? No worries, I'll explain (and get you hooked!) below. ;-)

Warning: this post is picture heavy! 

What is BoxyCharm?

BOXYCHARM is an online beauty subscription that surprises you each month with name-brand beauty essentials. Our goal is to enhance your current cosmetic collection by delivering trendy and popular beauty items right to your front door. Our beauty experts have years of experience in the health and beauty industry and are dedicated to selecting the essentials that they know you will love. Each month, you will receive a beautifully crafted box with full size and luxury size beauty items.

Let us do the work! BOXYCHARM removes the hassle of picking the right beauty products. The beauty items are carefully selected to promote creativity and glamour. Your BOXYCHARM also includes a card with a description of the beauty items received, keeping you savvy and excited about your new items. It's also a great idea for a gift! Our BOXYCHARM can be delivered to your friends and family for any special occasion. So what are you waiting for? Be charmed!
And just to add, it's $21 a month and you get 5 full size products.

BoxyCharm sent me August's box in the hopes that I would feature the contents in a blog post. I'm not paid to write this post and none of the links are affiliate -- I just think this is a really awesome subscription box that you really get your money's worth out of!

Stick around till the end of the post and I'll break down how much this box is actually worth!

What's Inside of BoxyCharm's August Box?

Your products come in this cute box that has a printed ribbon and bow around it.
Each box that BoxyCharm sends out has a special theme to them. As you can see, August's theme was all about the beach. :-) So it's all about the bronzed and beautiful look. Let's see if the product's live up to this expectation!
And don't forget to stop and appreciate the sweet message on their box :-)
Packed with the product is this fun white and gold shredded paper. :-) As you can see, I received 5 FULL SIZE products in my box. They all were from brands I hadn't heard of before, but looked like great quality.
The first thing I pulled out from the box was this makeup brush. It's from Morphe Brushes and it's they're Powder Brush and it retails for $19.99. So, right there, this first product is almost the same price as the box itself (and we still have 4 products to go!)
The brush is very soft, though I'm not sure yet how it will work on applying bronzer...which is the next item in the box!
This product is called OFRA Cosmetics Americano Bronzer and is a pretty, powdery bronzed color.
(I apologize for this swatch not being so bright...I'll work on it!) As you can see the bronzer appears to have just a little bit of shimmer/sparkle to it. I'm curious it see how this looks when I apply it on my skin. This bronzer retails for $35.
The third product I pulled out of the box was also from OFRA Cosmetics and it was their Eyeliner in Green Go.
This product retails for $13 and is a beautiful hunter green with shimmer.
This swatch was only once on my arm, and as you can see it looks really pretty. Not sure how I am going to use this eyeliner (I tend to just use black liners), but I look forward to trying!
Next up is the ModelCo's CHEEK + LIPS Cheek & Lip Tint in Rosy Red. I have never used a cheek stain before -- I do use and love my cream blushes -- but I am looking forward to trying this one out.
This product has really cute packaging -- I love it! This full size product retails for $13.
So when you first squeeze it out, it looks like the picture above. Then...
As you blend it out, it has this jelly-ish texture and looks very bold and bright red. But...
Once you fully blend it out, it leaves your skin with this beautiful, natural summery blush. You only need the teeniest amount (I used too much in the swatches above), so this 0.04 oz tube will last you a very long time!
And the last product in the BoxyCharm's August box was Tarina Tarantino's Conditioning Lip Sheen!

This is one fancy lipstick, let me tell you! You wouldn't believe how heavy-duty this tube feels when you hold it in your hand. It just feels high quality!
This full-size conditioning lip sheen retails for $22.
I love the feel of this lip sheen on my lips. It's very velvety and smooth. And the color is perfect!

And that was all of the product's in my August BoxyCharm box! :-) Did it hold up to it's theme of Beach Babe? I think so! The bronzer, cheek tint, brush, and lip sheen are definitely perfect for the beach. The eyeliner doesn't stand out to me as being 'summery', but it's still pretty!

I love my BoxyCharm box and can't wait to start using the products!

Let's do the math!

OFRA Cosmetics' Bronzer - $35
Tarina Tarantino Lip Sheen - $22
ModelCo Cheek & Lip Tint - $22
Morphe Powder Brush - $19.99
OFRA Cosmetics' Eyeliner - $13

TOTAL = $111.99

Wow! So you're paying $21 and you get 5 products that add up to over $100. That's so impressive!

If you've never heard of BoxyCharm, I would encourage you to check them out! There are many subscription services out there, but I like that this one is at a reasonable monthly rate and gives you several products that are full size!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from BoxyCharm in the hopes that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, this does not gaurentee a review or feature on my blog. I only share products and information that I think will be helpful or useful for my readers. I only recommend products or services I have personally used or tried out.

Question for My Readers: Do you want to see a makeup look where I use all of these products on my face?? Have you heard of BoxyCharm before today? Does it interest you?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather Collection - is it Worth Getting (Makeup Review)

Posted by Katie Garvin at 5:00 AM 3 comments
It's Monday, y'all!

I always get so excited at the start of another week. I truly enjoy working on From My Vanity and love putting these posts together for y'all. :-)

If you haven't started following my on my new Facebook From My Vanity page, make sure you go over there and follow it sometime soon --- I have some fun news to share over there later this week, and it's exclusively for my Facebook fans. ;-)

Now let's dive right into the review for today!

I purchased the products with my personal funds.

About Maybelline Eye Studio® Color Tattoo® Leather Collection...

So rich. So creamy. Only our cream gel eye shadow formula gets the look of couture leather so right. 

Dare to wear Maybelline Color Tattoo leather 24HR long wear eye shadow.  

- Ink technology creates 24HR wear shadow for our most intense, long-lasting color saturation
- Cream eye shadow formula glides on without creasing and keeps color vibrant.
- Leather Lush with a creamy touch

My Review:

First Impression & Packaging...
I was really excited when I saw that this line was coming out, as I am a die-hard fan of matte colors. Not that I don't like sparkle or shimmer -- I do, on occasion -- but my go-to type of eyeshadow is definitely matte. This new addition to the Color Tattoo collection is packaged just the same as the original colors.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather Collections Creamy Beige Eyeshadow Review

I bought the colors Creamy Beige and Vintage Plum from my local drugstore, as I knew these were two colors that I would use frequently. I was really excited to try out Creamy Beige, as it looked like a color that would be perfect to wear as the base to my eyeshadow.

Product & Application...
I was rather surprised when I found out that these two shades both swatched and applied differently from each other. As you can see in the picture below, Creamy Beige came off very rich and pigmented, whereas Vintage Plum was rather patchy and sheer.

I just swatched them both once on my arm. But just from that I knew I was going to like the Creamy Beige a lot more than the Vintage Plum. I've had the chance to try these both out on my lid over the past few weeks -- both alone and with power eyeshadows on top. I definitely love -- and constantly reach for -- the Creamy Beige. On almost a daily basis! It's just a great color to use as a base for my eyeshadows. And since (for me) it is just a few shades darker than my natural skin color, it suits me well for those natural eye looks.

The Vintage Plum comes off patchy (like in the swatch) but if you blend it in, it won't have that patchy look anymore. Though it will be sheer. It still works well as a base under eyeshadows, though, and prolongs the staying power of my eyelooks -- so at least I will still get use out of this product.

Major Likes & Dislikes...
The lasting power on both of these are great. I typically have oily eyelids and if I don't have a primer underneath them my eyeshadows won't last half the day. But I've used Creamy Beige under my eyeshadows (without a primer) and when I take my makeup off at night my eyeshadows still look as pigmented as when I first applied it!

A definite dislike would be the Vintage Plum. I like using purple in my eyeshadows (that was the color I used for my wedding eye look), so I was hoping this would be a rich base that would enhance the purple. But, as you can see from the swatches, it doesn't apply well. And while you can blend out the patchy-ness, it leaves the color very sheer. I am able to build it up suitably, but it just takes extra work.

Final Thoughts...
From my experience (with just 2 out of the 5 colors), this looks like a hit and miss collection. The Vintage Plum is nice, but I don't feel it gives off enough color to be worth buying to wear under your purple eyeshadows. I, personally, would just use Creamy Beige and then good, pigmented purples on top to get a purple eyeshadow look.

(As if you can't tell yet...) I definitely highly recommend you purchase the Creamy Beige. I think any woman would benefit from having this color in their collection, especially if you have a darker skintone. It works great for those natural, every-day eye looks. And even if you go for dramatic and colorful, it will still work great as a base and ensure that the look you worked so hard to blend to perfection will last all day long.

I purchased the products mentioned above with my own personal money. I was not compensated in any way for posting this review. I only recommend products that I have used personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Question for My Readers: I'm trying to make my reviews more short, to the point, and not quiet so lengthy as I typically do that. Would you like that? Do the long reviews turn you off? Would you appreciate my reviews to be more concise? (I know this review wasn't all that short, but I was reviewing two products ;-)

Friday, August 22, 2014

5 Steps to Creating an Easy Floral Nail Art Design (Tutorial)

Posted by Katie Garvin at 6:00 AM 5 comments
Greetings! Today I'm really excited to bring to you a nail art tutorial. I was really nervous about presenting this -- I don't pretend to be good at doing manicures (...if you saw some of my designs, you would agree!) But I do enjoy trying out different designs on my nails. And I thought it'd be fun to share some of the recreations on here with you -- my awesome followers!

Don't worry about the difficulty of this tutorial -- it's a very easy to do nail art design that takes almost no time at all!

And just as a disclaimer, if I learned the particular design from anyone, I'll be sure to let you all know so that you can also learn from the pro. ;-)

I am not sure how frequently I will post these...maybe once a month, or every few months. I'm still not really sure. Let me know in the comments below if you'd like to see a nail art tutorial on a regular basis!

For my first tutorial, I thought it'd be best to start with something easy and simple (...yes, I like to play it safe). And my absolute favorite way to dress up any manicure is by adding a simple flower in the corner. It doesn't take long, it doesn't take a professional, and it just adds something special to your nails.

So let's dive right in!

Easy Nail Art for Beginners

Step 1: Apply Basecoat

There are many reasons to use a basecoat each time you paint your nails -- the two biggest being that it protects your nails from getting dyed by the polish color and it helps your manicure last longer. Here I am just using Orly's Bonder Rubberized Basecoat. I've been enjoying this product, as it really does help my manicures to last longer before it starts to chip!

Step 2: Apply Nail Polish

If you've been following me for a while, than you know my style tends to stray to the darker or more neutral brown shades. So for my nail polish color I chose OPI's Peace & Love & OPI. One coat is pretty decent and opaque...but I like my nail polish colors to be really rich, so....

Yep, I added another coat. If your polish is thicker or you like it kind of sheer, than skip this step. :-) But for me, I always do 2 coats. Using the same nail polish color as before, of course (....that was a no brainer, really Katie?! :-/)

A tip for when you paint your nails --- allow at least 5 minutes (10 is great) between each coat (including basecoat and topcoat). This gives the layers time to dry so that the overall manicure doesn't take as long to dry and you don't run the chance of smudging it accidentally hours after you finish. :-)

Okay, for this next part you're going to need a white polish, such as Orly French Tips (or whatever color you want your flowers to be) and a dotting tool. If you don't have this type of tool, no worries -- you can just use a bobby pin and toothpick. I will explain, in a moment, when to use them. :-)

Step 3: Apply 5 Dots in a Circle

I use the large end of my dotting tool to apply these dots to the right corner of my nails. If you do not have a dotting tool, use a bobby pin and you will get the same results. :-) Allow to set for 5 seconds.

Step 4: Make a Dash in the Dots

Here is when I use the smaller side of my dotting tool (or toothpick, if I didn't have this on hand). I lightly press the tool (or toothpick) into the center of one of the dots, and then gently drag it into the center of the circle.

BAM --- you have your first petal!

Now you just repeat that process to all the petals.

And, *POOF*, you have a flower on your nail now! It looks so 2 dimensional when you just glance at your nails.

Depending on what you like, you can just have a flower on one nail or all your nails. Normally, I just do the flowers on the ring finger of both hands. But for this tutorial, I decided to do it on all my nails.

It's up to you!

Step 5: Apply Topcoat

Do not forget to apply a topcoat over your manicure. After all that hard word (which, actually, was really easy...) you do NOT want your design to start chipping or peeling off the next day.

Here I am using Orly Won't Chip Resistant Topcoat (and I know I sound like I am sponsored by ORLY....but I'm not! I promise! I just like their stuff, and I have it on hand, and I want to use it ;-). Personally, I like a thicker, more gel-like topcoat, but this does do a decent job.

And You're Done!

That's all there is to this easy nail art! It's a really fun way to spice up your nail color and takes almost no time!

If you give this a try, I'd love it if you'd tag me and hashtag #LadyKaty92_Nails on any of my social medias!

I hope you all enjoyed this nail tutorial. I know it isn't rocket science, but I've frequently been asked how I create these flowers on my nails, so I thought to share. As you can see, it's a really easy nail art designs that anyone can pull off.

Please be patient with me as I learn how to take pictures in order to post a tutorial. It was more tricky than I had expected, but I hope my next nail art tutorial will be better!

Until next time!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Celebrating with a Giveaway from LORAC

Posted by Katie Garvin at 8:00 AM 9 comments
In celebration of rebranding my blog, LORAC was kind enough to send me a few of their new lipsticks to try out and give away to one of my awesome subscribers!

The lipsticks they sent are from their newly-released PRO Matte Lip Color pencil line. I was really intrigued when I read about these lipsticks, as they have a matte finish (I prefer that over shimmery) and come in a twist-up tube as opposed to a typical lipstick bullet. This really goes well with their whole "Pro-To-Go" theme -- twisting up this skinny tube of lipstick makes applying it a dream!

But I'm getting a bit ahead of myself. Let's take a closer look at the product line before we go on.

About LORAC PRO Matte Lip Color:

Go PRO with LORAC PRO Matte Lip Color! This velvety-smooth, matte lip color is infused with anti-aging antioxidants of Acai Berry, Pomegranate, Grape Seed Extract and Vitamins C and E to help nourish and protect your lips. The PRO tip hugs the curves of your lips with precision and control while the weightless, PRO formula easily glides on with a long-lasting, matte finish. PRO Matte Lip Color comes in an array of highly-pigmented, buildable, rich colors from natural nudes to vibrant hues for a modern, matte lip in any shade you desire.

So when I received these products, as per the usual, I popped them out of their boxes and swatched it. LORAC sent me the color Mauve -- a really beautiful matte color!

Now, I've only had the opportunity to wear this lip color once, so this post will not be my review of the product. That will come later. :-) But so far, just from the swatch and wearing it once, I am really loving this product!

I think my favorite aspect is that it's really thin and twists up, which makes applying this to my lips really easy. For me, easier than a regular lipstick bullet.

So, if you would like to win your own LORAC PRO Matte Lip is your chance! :-)

Rules: Since this giveaway is a celebration of rebranding my blog from Legacy of a Writer to From My Vanity, it's going to be all about connecting with my updated social media handles! This giveaway is exclusive to GFC followers of my blog -- and if you aren't a follower yet, you can do it right now at the top, right side of my blog. :-) USA entries, only. If you are younger than 18, please get your parents permission, as I will need to know your mailing address. This giveaway will run for 3 weeks and end at midnight on September 10th, 2014.

So, now that that's all over, enter away!! :-D

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from LORAC. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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