March 2012 archive

Drugstore Makeup Look: Violet Sunset Eyes


Happy Friday everyone! It feels like it has been a long week over here, but I am definitely glad it’s the weekend and time to relax again. I decided to pull out some drugstore products to create an eye look because there are so many great drugstore available options out there! If your budget doesn’t call for high-end makeup you can still purchase products with great pigmentation and create gorgeous looks. This look, Violet Sunset, is inspired by my favorite color of all-time…purple, and of course the sky during a sunset, when it takes on various shades of bronze, orange, and coral. Two unsuspecting colors complement each other very well by blending seamlessly into each other, and they each make the other stand out. To see how to achieve this look, the products I used, and more pictures, (more…)

Spring 2012 Lookbook: LORAC Lips With Benefits Lip Gloss, “Mark,” and “Alex,” Photographs & Swatches


LORAC recently released a set of lip glosses called Lips With Benefits and they are incredible. First of all, look at that packaging! The swirls of sparkle and striped hues are so eye-catching and add a little something extra, not to mention the colors are gorgeous. These lip glosses smell absolutely heavenly, like a cross between creme brulee, caramel, and cotton candy. Each lip gloss is completely non-sticky and lasts a long time on the lips. I have two to swatch and show you in this post. To see photographs and swatches, (more…)

Nail of the Day: China Glaze Magnetix Collection, Photographs & Swatches


The first time I tried magnetic nail polish was when I spotted it in a Sephora store. I was so entranced by the idea that I actually dropped over fifteen dollars on a single bottle of it. Now that the trend has picked up, we see major brands coming out with magnetic nail polish such as the China Glaze Magnetix Collection. China Glaze changes the game up a little bit with a cool little gadget that contains three different magnet designs, as well. Oh, and the price of this nail polish is much more reasonable, at only $5.99 a bottle at Sally Beauty Supply. To see photographs, swatches, and how to use this nail polish, (more…)

LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette Series: SMOKEY Look


The third and final look in my LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette Series is SMOKEY. The smokey look is all about being sultry, sexy, and sophisticated. You can still amp your eyes up in a sophisticated way with a neutral palette of colors by creating a gorgeous bronzed smokey eye. This look is inspired by the always gorgeous Olivia Wilde who is often seen in bronze and chocolate smokey eyes. If you have blue or green eyes, this look is going to make your eyes look even lighter, and if your eyes are hazel or brown, this look will make them look extra sparkly. To see how to achieve this look and plenty more photographs of the finished look, (more…)

LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette Series: FUN Look


The second look in my LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette Series is all about being playful, colorful, and fun. Neutral eyeshadow shades are the perfect complement to some brightness, whether it be on your lips, cheeks, or even your eyes, in the form of a bold eyeliner. I decided to add some sparkling turquoise eye liner to give the look a major pop and create some fun. This is actually my favorite way to wear really bright eyeliner and I regularly pair nude eyeshadow shades with brights along the lash line.  To see photographs and a tutorial on this look, (more…)

LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette Series: GLAM Look


I decided to do a three-part series of makeup looks using the LORAC Unzipped Palette that I just reviewed and swatched here on Beauty Gala. It’s a gorgeous palette of shimmery and matte nude shades and the possibilities are endless! I decided my first look would be a “GLAM” look, the type you’d wear for that classic, bombshell, night-out-on-the-town face. To see the tutorial and plenty more photographs of the look, (more…)

Neon Trend: American Apparel Neon Coral Nail Polish, Photographs & Swatches


I recently showed you my St.Patrick’s Day manicure using American Apparel’s Neon Green Nail Polish, from the same collection, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint me throughout the week! It didn’t chip at all, and the only reason I took it off was because I wanted to change the color up and do something different. I was thoroughly impressed with how amazing the formula is on these. On top of that, just look at how beautiful these neon’s are! I’m obsessed with all things neon, and these are a playful way to add neon to your everyday life. Neon Coral is very bright but still wearable. To see photographs and swatches, (more…)

Spring 2012 Lookbook: LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette, Photographs & Swatches


The LORAC Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette is definitely an alternative to the ever-so-famous Urban Decay Naked Palette. Upon receiving this gorgeous eyeshadow palette, the first thing I thought was how similar the two are, and so I was sure to look for any differences I noticed. This palette contains ten eyeshadows versus Urban Decay’s twelve, however, this palette is less expensive than the Naked Palette. Another huge score for this palette is that it contains a wonderfully healthy mix of matte eyeshadows in it, which a lot of people prefer to work with, or at least have the option to work with in a palette. The eyeshadow in this palette is also larger than in the Naked Palette, yet they still have extremely rich, pigmented color payoff. If you’d like to see plenty more photographs and swatches, (more…)

Recent Splurge: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in “Nectar,” Photographs & Swatches


I had been contemplating investing in a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick for awhile now, but just never made the plunge. Then I was watching the Demi Lovato documentary “Stay Strong,” and she was using her Shimmer Brick in “Bronze,” and I thought to myself, “I have to have it…now!” Strange places I get my inspiration, I know. I decided to go with Nectar because it reminded me a lot of the infamous NARS “Orgasm” blush that has the most gorgeous peachy-pink shimmer glow to it. Inside I have a lot of photographs and swatches, so (more…)

NEON St. Patrick’s Day Nails: American Apparel Neon Green Nail Polish, Photographs & Swatches


This spring and summer, it’s all about the NEON’S! I cannot tell you how excited I am that this trend came back from the 80’s. I adore neon clothing, accessories, makeup, everything…I just cannot get enough. I decided to order the American Apparel Neon Nail Polishes after seeing them on Pinterest (click that link if you’d like to be friends on it). I had read a few reviews saying that these were the best neon nail polishes in terms of formula, which is huge, because neon nail polish is notoriously streaky, thin, and known for having bad application. To my delight, this nail polish applied like a total dream, leaving me in total neon heaven. To see photographs and swatches, (more…)

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