Review & Swatches: Lorac Unzipped Palette


The Lorac Unzipped Palette has been out for a few years, but I finally got it as a birthday treat to myself last month. It's full of pinky / rosey neutral shades and each pan contains 0.39 ounces of product. There are three completely matte shades, one satin, and the rest are shimmery. A mini Behind the Scenes Eye Primer (0.19 ounces) is also included and the whole palette retails for $42.

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February 2015 Face of the Month // Red Roses


My eye look for this month kept alternating between a really blown out / smokey look and a more cat eye / winged out shape. For the look in today's post, I decided to go for the cat eye shape mostly because all of my pictures were blurry for the blown out look. Regardless of the shape, I still used the same palette - the Lorac Unzipped Palette. It has gorgeous rosey and burgandy shades that still lean on the nude side. I'm definitely so glad I got this for myself for my birthday. 

I forgot to take a true before picture, but the one on the left is just me with foundation on.


For foundations, I didn't really stick to just one. The one I'm wearing in these pictures is the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Barcelona. I got a sample of it while I was in San Diego last weekend and it's pretty great. I won't be getting the full size any time soon because I want to use up more of my current foundations, but it's very high on my "to-purchase" list. 

To set the foundation, I used the pressed version of the Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder. I thought the pressed version wouldn't be as good as the loose, but it's definitely evenly matched when it's on my face. It gives my face a really smoothed out satin look so that I don't look too flat.

The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold is also another birthday purchase for myself and it's a finely milled, but very pigmented, rose gold highlighter. It leans more on the coppery / warm side of rose gold though. I only dusted on the tiniest bit for these pictures because I was going somewhere later in the day. Highlighters are also hard for me to photograph unless I really pile it on so I'll save that for the full review.

For bronzer, I've been reaching for NARS Laguna. The slight sheen it has gives my face more life and it also warms up my complexion without making me look orange.You can see how much I love it because I've hit pan on it.


You can really see the shape of my eyeshadow in this picture. My hooded lids make everything I do on my lids look like I'm going for a natural look. When I look down, it does look more dramatic though. 


The beautiful Lorac Unzipped Palette! I also used the included primer on my lids and set it with a dusting of the Tarte Powder. It's just an extra step I do for most powder eyeshadow looks to help them blend out  more.


I put -
Unconditional in the crease
Unbridled to in the outer crease to wing it out and deepen the color
Untamed on the outer portion of the lids to give my eyes my depth
Uncensored in the inner corner
Unbelievable on the center of my lids
Undercover to blend out the edges and highlight my brow bone

You don't need to use this many shades for just one eye look, but I wanted to show as many colors as possible. I really wish my camera could capture how beautiful the shadows looked though because they look a bit washed in my pictures. If it helps, the colors are really true to pan.

For brows, I used my trusty Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown all over and Medium Brown on the tail. I then set it using the Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Brown. I went crazy when I worked in Ulta and bought 3 different Brow Wiz Shades, but I usually can get away with using Soft Brown, Medium Brown, or Taupe.

For mascara, I used the L'oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black. Depending on the day and what I needed to do, I would also use Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer and layer using another mascara that I had on hand. For these pictures, I just used Benefit They're Real.


For lips, I used Ulta Matte Lip Cream in Stirring so much this month. They're different than other matte liquid lipsticks initially because they do look more like a satin finish. After 5-10 minutes, it really sets down to a matte finish. The final finish reminds me of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. It's definitely not transfer proof, but the color does last a long time and feels comfortable. 

& That's it! What have you been wearing during February?

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Review & Swatches: Benefit Roller Lash Mascara


Benefit Roller Lash Mascara is Benefit Cosmetics' latest release! I was able to get a sample of it through a Sephora order before its official release date, which is today. The main claims and aspects of this mascara is about their "Hook 'n' Roll" wand that will hook onto each lash to visibly lift and curl the lashes. The Roller Lash Mascara contains 0.30 ounces of product and retails for $24.

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Makeup Lust List #4


I seriously tried so hard not to buy anything, but I guess my "IT'S MY BIRTHDAY MONTH" mindset is still in set and so I bought some things recently. Buuuut, this post is not supposed to be about that. I compiled another makeup lust list after some serious window shopping / browsing online. I bought small things recently, but these items cost way more anything than those things I brought. 

My lipstick lover side of me is also very apparent in this post.

Bésame Cosmetics in Noir (left) and Red Velvet (right) - I've been really into Marvel's Agent Carter and Peggy wears the shade Red Velvet. Since I am beyond weak and not badass as her, I wanted to at least wear the same lipstick shade. I just want Noir because I've been loving deeper shades. 

MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Victoriana - Another red shade. What a surpriseeee. Sarcasm aside, I've been wanting a matte pinky red. The description sounds like what I want, but the swatches have shown it as a pretty bright color. I need to see it in person, but it does look lovely.

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Bag - blahblahi'malipstickloverblahblah, but I also love lip prints. The bag is more expensive than other makeup bags and so this is not as necessary to me, but that print!! I've been simultaneously convincing myself to get it and not to get it since the bag was released. Of course I want her other makeup products, but that's for another day.

NARS NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette - Speaking of expensive products, this is $79 and there's no way I'm willing to spend that amount on one palette (yet). Every blogger has been raving about the dual intensity formula and how this palette is necessary, but that price tag. The colors are so beautiful and the limited edition brown shade is making me want to get the palette just for it. 

Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Liner - I've tried cream / gel liners and the pot and separate brush annoyed me. It's mostly because I hated how fast potted products dried, but now there's one less con because the product is a tube. JKissa on YouTube has demoed using this product and it looks amazing.

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Tinted Pressed Finishing Powder - Thanks to a former co-worker, I was able to get a deluxe sample of the untinted pressed version of this powder. I've already been a huge fan of the loose version and quite like the pressed version as well. A part of me just wants to try out the tinted version to see how much coverage it'll give, but the powders in this line are amazing.

What products have you been lusting over?

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[OPEN INTERNATIONALLY] GIVEAWAY: Life's Entropy Lipsticks in Milky Way and Blackbody + Samples!!


If you're new or haven't visited my page lately, I just updated my layout and wanted to do something to celebrate. I purchased a second set of Milky Way and Blackbody after being so in awe of the formula for the purpose of this giveaway. If you missed out on these wonderful lipsticks, you now have a second chance to win them!

It's actually going to be two giveaways to give more people a chance to win! Both giveaways will be international as well!

RULES 
1. Must be 18 or older to participate. If you're younger, you must have your guardian approval because I will need your address.
2. You must be subscribed to my Bloglovin' Profile (for haodoyoungo) and the other entry options are optional.
3. The comment option is applicable for both giveaways
4. You can only do each option once.
5. THE LAST DAY TO ENTER IS MARCH 5, 2015 AT 11:59 PM. I will e-mail the winner directly from haoareyoutoday@gmail.com.

Swatch from my own tube
Set 1 - Life's Entropy Lip Theory Satin in Milky Way and a sample of Oh Deer 
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Sample
It's Skin Power 10 Formula CO Effector Sample
+ Random samples

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Swatch from my own tube
Set 2 - Life's Entropy Lip Theory Satin in Blackbody and a sample of Owl Always Love You
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Sample
It's Skin Power 10 Formula CO Effector Sample
+ Random samples 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The random samples from both sets are from my own stash because I have a shopping problem. I didn't have doubles of each sample and so I'm just going to randomly grab some from my bag to include in the packages. 

Layout Deisgn -
I bought my layout from PinkPot Designs on Etsy and the owner is very nice and helpful. I highly recommend working with her if you're looking into getting a new layout.  
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Review & Swatches: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella and Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien


For this year's Sephora Birthday Gift, VIBs and Beauty Insiders are receiving mini sizes of NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella and Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien. Cruella is described as a matte "scarlet red" and it's a darker neutral red that'll fit anyone. Rikugien is described as a "rose pink" and has a shimmery, almost frosty, finish to it. On my skintone, it's a MLBB shade but the finish might not be for everyone. The full sizes of each retail for $26, but the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils contain 0.086 ounces and the Satin Lip Pencils contain 0.07 ounces.

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