Saturday, January 13, 2018

Weekly Looks: Kat Von D, Fyrinnae, Morphe, Stila, Natasha Denota, and more

This has been a low-key and nice week for me. The weather finally decided to warm up, and temperatures moved literally from single digits into the 60s! Unfortunately, this seems to be temporary, and temperatures look like they will continually decline until it snows again.

I've also been really productive this week and celebrated that victory every night by watching a new movie that I haven't seen. My favorite of the week was The Money Pit, a 1986 comedy starting Tom Hanks and Shelley Long. I don't think I have ever laughed that hard at a movie, and it took me by complete surprise. If you haven't seen it, I definitely recommend checking it out.

In terms of makeup this week, I still seem to be caught up in my berry/red tones, but I tried to mix it up a bit. As much as I love variety with my makeup, if I'm really drawn to a certain color, I want to be able to use it as much as possible.

Here are the five looks I did this week.

Look 1: Morphe Jaclyn Hill, duped Just Peachy Mattes, and and Elf Jewel Pop

Inner and Outer lid: Moprhe Little Lady
Center of lid: Morphe Faint
Transition: Colourpop The News
Crease: Colourpop Making Moves
Deepen crease: Elf 6 and 7
Eyeliner: NYX Vivid Violet

Look 2: Duped Desert Dusk

Lid: Fyrinnae Rapunzel Had Extensions (pressed)
Transition: Coloured Raine Princess 
Crease: Lime Crime Rebirth
Above crease: Coloured Raine Empress
Brow bone: Too Faced Satin Sheets
Inner corner: Coloured Riane Crown

Look 3: Stila Shimmer and Glow in Kitten and Elf Summer Breeze

Lid: Stila Kitten
Transition: Elf 3
Crease: Ef 5
Deepen crease: Elf 9 and 10
Brow bone: Elf 1

Look 4: Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix

Inner lid: Vinyl
Lid: Misfit
Transition: Noble
Crease: Misfit
Deepen crease: Lemmy
Brow bone: Moulder
Inner corner: Vinyl
Lower lash line: Misfit and Lemmy

Look 5: Duped Modern Renaissance

Lid: Natasha Denona Vintage
Transition: BH Cosmetics berry/mauve
Crease: ABH Love Letter
Above crease: Natasha Denona Nina's Orchid
Brow bone: Viseart white
Inner corner: Make Up For Ever Pearl

Look 1: Morphe Jaclyn Hill, duped Just Peachy Mattes, and and Elf Jewel Pop

(I received the Morphe Jaclyn Hill palette as a gift)

I loved half of this look (Colourpop and Elf) and was really disappointed by the other half (Morphe). In the upper right portion of the Jaclyn Hill palette, there are three pinkish shades. I typically only use the center of the three, called Sissy, which is a gold-pink. It's a situation where I didn't need to apply the other two onto my lid to know I wouldn't like them, so I've always gone for the middle shade. But this week I challenged myself to use the other two, and I wasn't impressed with the results. First, they look indistinguishable on the lid. That's not uncommon with Morphe, but is still disappointing. Second, they didn't look as intense as I wanted, so I had to use them wet. Third, they do not look pink when applied onto the eye. They end up looking quite gold or champagne. Since I chose those shades because I wanted a light pink, I was especially disappointed with that. The Elf palette, however, really impressed me. I only used it to deepen the work I did with my duped Peachy Mattes palette, but the color payoff was fantastic. I'm really looking forward to using this palette more. 

Look 2: Duped Desert Dusk

We all know that I love this palette, so I don't need to harp too much on that. With this look, I tried to make it different from so many of the others I've done, but even with the strong orange shade, it all blends into a seamless coral glow. I think the look came out really beautiful, but it's essentially a look I've done a dozen times over at this point. 

Look 3: Stila Shimmer and Glow in Kitten and Elf Summer Breeze

This was the first time I used a Stila Shimmer and Glow (I had only used the Glitter and Glow products), and as expected, it was really beautiful. I can certainly see this being an ideal product for people who love the concept of the Glitter and Glows but don't want to deal with the glitter fallout. I'll admit that, like all the Stila Magnificent Metals, it was difficult to blend the edge with the powder shadows, but the line was only noticeable in photographs. I never liked the way Stila's pressed shadow in Kitten looked on me, which was always disappointing since it's a classic shade. With the Simmer and Glow, however, I feel like I have found the ideal way to wear Kitten. 

Look 4: Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix

As much as I loved my neutral and sunset looks this week, by the time I got to this day, I was thirsting for some color. Naturally, I took out the Mi Vida Loca Remix palette, and I was immediately drawn to the green section in the bottom right. I don't believe I've ever done a fully green look (especially with greens that are this rich and not part gold), and I was interested to see how I would like it. And I loved it. You can't tell in photographs, but my eyes are the kind that look like they change color depending on what other colors I'm wearing. In photographs, due to the flash, they always look blue, but in person, they range from blue, green, and gray. (Most often they look green with a blue ring.) When I wore this look, the green in my eyes really popped, and I loved how it looked. I haven't done many monochromatic looks, but I liked this so much that I want to try it with blue next. 

Look 5: Duped Modern Renaissance

I wrote a post earlier this week on how I created a duped version of Modern Renaissance that was customized to how I would have made the palette. And with this look, I wanted to draw in two of the shadows I added to the palette that I think would have made fantastic complements to the color scheme. At first I just had Natasha Denona Vintage, the BH Cosmetics berry/mauve, and ABH Love Letter, but I felt it needed a bit of softening, so I added Natasha Denona Nina's Orchid lightly above the crease. I love the hit of a purple glow that it gives. I really liked the look a lot, but then I realized when looking at these photographs that it looks a lot like a look I created withe the Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts palette (before that was depotted and put into other palettes). And that's a nice reminder for me that even though colors may look slightly different, often times they perform nearly identical on the lid. 


  1. That green look was my favorite, too! I feel like green doesn’t get enough love.

    1. Thanks! I agree—I don't know why green isn't raved about more.

  2. May I ask where you picked up the elf palette? I haven't been able to find it in stores and I'm too much of a tight wad to pay for shipping right now haha

    1. I bought it online, unfortunately! Where I live, the drugstore options are pretty dismal, so I end up ordering most things online.

  3. I should clarify, I meant the jewel pop one! Doh!