Monday, September 26, 2011

Halloween Makeup!

It's almost Halloween which means lot of cool ideas for makeup. Check out these looks from last year.

Roxie Hart Marionette

Any Suggestions for this year? Let me know below.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Dior Velvet Eyes

Dior Backstage Eyeliners-To-Wear Multi-Wear Adhesive Eyeliner Patches
Exclusive, limited edition
Available at Sephora Sept. 16th
$59.00 us

I know what your thinking $59.00 for stickers!!!  It comes out to a little under $15.00 per set. Hey, good false eyelashes can run you about the same, so it really depends on your willingness, and budget, to spend the money on these. With this product I feel you are paying more for the name attached to it, (and maybe a little for the concept since it's pretty new) and if your like me you could care less about the name, and more about the quality of the product.

These beautifully crafted velvet-like and Swarovski crystal encrusted eyeliner patches are pretty interesting. They are reusable stickers, FOR YOUR EYES!! How awesome is that! What intrigued me about these the most is they are a no mess, fool proof way to get dramatic eyes without the mess of mistakes. They give sharp lines and are easy to remove if you put them on wrong! The pack comes with four different styles. The top two pairs are made out of black velvet-like material with nothing else on them, the third pair is covered in tiny grey crystals over a black lacquered finish material, and the fourth pair is covered with fine black sparkles over a black lacquered finish material with three tiny white crystals on the wings.

Dior Velvet Eyes come with glue for multiple usage. However, the glue wasn't needed for the most part for the first use. These puppies have great adhesion to the eyelid which is great, the only part that needed a little more STICK was the smallest inner part of the patch. After the first use they are less sticky on their own so that's when the glue comes in. I don't know how many uses these can withstand since I've only had them for a week, but for the price I'm hoping to get them down to $3.00 per use! haha 

* Warning* If you have sensitive eyelids taking them off felt a little like I was waxing my eyelids haha but not too bad.

These are just like applying false eyelashes so if you have a hard time with false eyelashes these will be a challenge too! I found the easiest way for me to apply them was, with a half open eye, holding them with tweezers on the upper middle part of the patch while placing them and then lightly patting them onto the eyelid with my finger starting from the center of the patch working my way to the inner part of the eye then to the outer wing. Don't get them too close to the eyelashes, but try to get them close enough, you can always fill in the rest with black liner (I wouldn't recommend liquid) but a pencil, paint pot, or shadow will work better for cleaning purposes. When I got them too close to my lash line it felt like my eyelids were being pushed down closing my eye. If you get the angle wrong the first time, or second or third like me,  just pull them off and retry... That is the best part about these is if you mess up you don't have to use a makeup wipe!

The feel of these on my eyelids was a bit uncomfortable. They are heavy, and if your eyelids fold over like one of mine does it will catch onto the fold and not go flush with your skin. These are not for everyone and more for the person with perfectly shaped almond eyes, but can still work for you if you don't mind where the wing line angle is pointing since the inner part of the patch must follow an already specified angle along your lash line. These are not great for all day wear unless your Kat Von D and like the bold jet-black eyeliner look all the time. While wearing them I felt like my eyes were being taped open in some cases which caused my eyes to dry out and start to water. Other times I felt like my eyes were being pushed closed and it affected the shape of my eye line, also my vision. I did get use to the heavy feeling of the thinner patches but the odd looking pair in the top of the pack I just couldn't get use to at all. They all vary in size and some may be too big for people with smaller eyelids. Mine are fairly small but I didn't find this to be too much of a problem.

After applying the patches you can put your eyeshadow on since you need to apply these to clean, dry eyelids (which I found that it's okay to put a primer on first, I used Stay Don't Stray, by Benifit and also Nars eyeshadow primer) Although, this can shorten the length of the patch's life since the glue side will start to get gunky faster, so it is recommended to not use eye shadow primer unless you plan to put shadow on along with the liners. Cleaning the patches was simple. After removal I took a slightly damp cloth and with a light touch wiped the front side clean. While they are still on your eye you can take a damp Q-tip to remove any shadow that gets on them. You can clean the pair with the fine black glitter on them the same way. I found that a couple pieces of glitter came off when I cleaned them which didn't matter at all. I have yet to tackle cleaning the sticky side since I have not used them more than two times.

They can also be used like stencils. Apply the patch then apply your makeup. Remove the patch after your done with your eyeshadow and you have a perfect shape to trace and fill in with liquid eyeliner. 

I got the right patch as close as possible to my lash line and it felt and looks like I have a droopy eye. haha

This pair I fell was the easiest to apply.

 This pair is probably the most universal of all the patches since they are not too thick.

I liked these the best, just because they have a little bling to them and are not too think.

I hope this review was helpful to you. Since everyone has different eye shapes these won't work for everyone and wont look the same on everyone. They take a little work to apply and a little getting used to the heaviness. I find these can be a lot of fun for people such as myself who want dramatic black eyeliner eyes with no liquid liner skills!

After reviewing them though I don't think I would have purchased them since my eyes do not have the right angles for them. It's a great concept but still needs a little more work for people without perfectly shaped eyes and sagging eyelids. haha.

So what do you think?
Do you think wearing two different eyeliner patches will catch on haha!

Have a bold eyeliner day,
Your American Cutie Beauty

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Simp-Lee Makeover!

Over the Labor Day weekend my friend Lee came to me and told me I could clean him up! YES, YES, and YES. Luckily I had two lovely ladies to help me out with this task, Alison and Roxy.  Roxy is a seasoned Lee trimmer so he was in good hands! And Alison has an eye for what looks good on guys! I have been cutting my hair for years and have recently been trimming my roomy Joe's hair. I must have done pretty good the first time on Joe's hair cause he let me do it again! I even got a tip! haha But the confidence was there to take on this task. I really should have gone into Cosmetology cause I LOVE Hair and Makeup! 

Let me start out with saying that our friend Lee is one of the sweetest guys out there. He will do anything you ask, (and don't ask...) and is very dedicated to his friends and family.  He is a computer gamer that enjoys playing Cribbage, WoW, and MUDD.  I believe he is studying Accounting in collage too!

What we started with was the fluff on his face. This man has a FULL beard that Vikings would be jealous of! But since we don't live in the Viking age any more it had to go! We took his mustache and beard around his mouth down to a 2 on the clippers and trimmed it up nice and neat for a respectable beard, I don't know what you would call this bearded area but it looked great! The rest under his chin and up to his sideburns were clean shaven! Looking fabulous!

For the hair on his head I was going to trim it short with about three inches left on the top but someone else had a better idea. So what we did was left all the length on his hair which reached about to his chin and a little longer in the back so he can easily put it back into a pony tail for easy management. In the back from the ears down I graduated from a 3 down to a 0 and trimmed and cleaned the neck area to help keep him cool.

Warning, I wish I had better after photos but it was late and dark when I thought to take them and don't do the end result justice.

I think he looks so handsome now with a clean trim beard and face! Now to get him to come over every two weeks to do maintenance! =) Hint, hint, wink, wink... Lee!~ 

Thank you to Lee for letting us clean you up and Thanks to my wonderful friends Alison and Roxy.

Have a great day from your hair clipping 
American Cutie Beauty

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Dior Backstage Eyeliners

Dior Backstage Eyeliners-To-Wear Multi-Wear Adhesive Eyeliner Patches
Exclusive, limited edition
Available at Sephora Sept. 16th
$59.00 us 


My first Dior purchase... Am I in trouble??? haha Since I am bad, and I mean REALLY bad at applying liquid liner and really any kind of liner with any shape needed I figured these might be worth looking into. Since I am a VIB member at Sephora and had a 10% off coupon I decided to try these puppies out before they go on sale to the general public September 16th. I should be receiving them soon and even though they took up my entire makeup budget for the month.... =(  I hope to have a good review out for you before they do go on sale so you can have confidence in your purchase.

Sephora's description says these are reusable velvet eyeliner appliques like a sticker or transfer tattoos with finishes ranging from matte and shiny black and designs from simple black to anthracite grey and Swarovski crystals.

I am really excited to try these out. Look back next week for a full review.

Here's the review, enjoy! Dior Velvet Eyes

Have a great day from your sticker loving fake eyeliner,
American Cutie Beauty