Saturday, September 28, 2013


I always say I feel naked until I have my liner & mascara on. And here's why!

That's the exact same eye makeup on each side. The only difference is liner & mascara. Oh...and the brow. Thanks to wanting to take these pics, I almost left the house today without my left brow! Good thing I realized it before walking out the door! 

Here's the finished look. On my eyes, I used the Sleek Blush By 3 in Sugar, and Sugarpill's Love + and Asteria, and Red Bone by Swagger Cosmetics just to darken the outer v. On my lips, I used Babette by Lime Crime with Sleek's Matte Me in Birthday Suit. On the cheeks, I used the same blush palette as I used for my eyes. The liner is my trusty Physicians Formula Eye Booster in ultra black. And the mascara was a combination of several. lol. My brows as always are MUFE Aqua Brow # 25. 

Friday, September 27, 2013

Wish List: RiRi Hearts MAC

I'm not even a Rihanna fan. But I love the three lippies I have so far. To me, RiRi Woo is even better than Ruby Woo. Heaux is amazing. And RiRi Boy is probably my perfect shade. So I'm beyond excited for the upcoming collection. 

My must haves:
Smoked Cocoa Eyeshadow Quad
RiRi Woo Lip Glass
Talk That Talk Lipstick
Who's That Chick Lipstick 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Haul & First Impression: Sleek Makeup

Hey everyone! Sorry I've been a little weak on posting lately. It's been a crazy couple of weeks for me and I think I'm coming down with some kind of crud. Anyway...I recently decided to FINALLY make a little Sleek purchase. I've been dying to try the brand, I just always have had something else that I HAD to have, and it got pushed to the back burner. I forget what I saw that finally made me go on their website...whatever it was, I didn't even buy it. Instead, I got these little goodies:

  • Blush By 3 in Sugar. I thought this set would be perfect for Fall and Winter. I actually really love the colors on. They apply really nicely, and they stay put. I hate putting blush on in the morning, only to look pale by lunchtime. I  will definitely purchase more of these in the future.
  • Face Contour Kit in Medium. I was NOT prepared for how pigmented this would be. I should've tested it on my hand first, but I put it straight onto my face and I didn't have time to take it off and start over. So I ended up having to really blend it out and try to hide it a bit. The next time I used it, I applied it with a much lighter hand, and I'm really happy with the result. Like the blushes, it really applies and blends nicely.  The highlight side of it is a nice color. I actually like it quite a bit as a brow bone highlight.
  • Matte Me in Birthday Suit. This is applied like a gloss, but it dries to a matte finish. I was really hoping to love theory, it would've replaced my addiction to Lime Crime Velvetines. BUT it's soooooo drying. The first day, I wore it alone. Within five minutes, I had licked it all off, because I couldn't stand the way my lips felt. I ended up applying gloss over it, which pretty much defeats the purpose of a matte gloss. Today, I wore it over a nude-ish lip - Babette by Lime Crime. It definitely looked and felt better. Not AS drying, but still not the way I want my lips to feel all the time. I won't be buying these again, sadly. I'll stick to Lime Crime...I'd rather pay more for something that I love, instead of save and have something I'll really have to force myself to use.
Birthday Suit over Babette - you can see how dry my lips look...they felt terrible!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


FOTD featuring Sleek Makeup. First impression post coming soon!

This is my headache face :( 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Mini Haul

I was at Walgreen's for an unrelated reason, and due to circumstances completely beyond my control, I ended up with a few beauty items.

  • Burt's Bees makeup wipes. I haven't tried these yet, but I decided to give them a shot. Especially since they came with my husband's favorite chap stick. One for me, one for him...nice!
  • SoHo brush set. I got this mainly for the large fluffy looks like a great blending brush. The middle brush looks like it will be great for darkening the outer v & crease. The brush on the left will be a good liner or brow brush.
  • Covergirl eye liner. This is my favorite liner...I've used it nearly every day for years & years. I like to have an extra one on hand, and they were on sale.
  • Hard Candy concealer. I went to Wal-Mart for Glamoflauge, but they were out. So I got this instead. Not exactly what I wanted, but it will hold me over!

Saturday, September 21, 2013


I love all the sugar skulls I've seen floating around. This morning, I decided to do some research on You Tube, and I compiled a few of the ideas into one. Here is my first shot at doing a sugar skull. And since I didn't want to put all that effort in for nothing, I'm leaving it on all day. So, technically, that makes this my FOTD.

Products used:

  • NYX jumbo eye pencils in Milk (face) and Slate (eyes)
  • Sugarpill shadows in Tako (face), Dollipop (pink), 2AM (to add dimention to the heart and for cheek contour), Poison Plum (scalloping around eyes and on lids), and Soot and Stars (over the Slate to darken the eyes)
  • Urban Decay 24/7 liners in Woodstock (to outline the pinks) and Radium (forehead design)
  • Lime Crime uniliner in Fifth Element (orange dots)
  • Black Heart liquid liner (lime green dots and you can't see it but there's a smaller lime green flower on my chin)
  • Milani glitter eye liner in black (nose and mouth/cheeks)

The Good and Bad Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Shalunya at The Chronic Beauty. She is such a sweet person, and a total enabler ;) Please go check out her blog if you haven't already!

Tag as many people as you like but notify them. Its so annoying if you don't find out.
Credit me +Saffron Lallem as the creator. 
Follow the guidelines for each topic.
If you have an extra category idea, comment or email me at
Leave a link below.
Have fun!

Things I am good at:

Face makeup: I've gotten pretty good at mixing my foundations to suit what I need/want each day.

Lips: I loooove lipstick. I'm good at experimenting with bold colors and ombres. I don't go all out with yellow/blue/green etc. But I've got a good range from nude to super dark and I will wear any of them any time. One of my favorites is very nude on the outside blended into very dark in the center.

Eyes: I'm good at the pinup style eye. It's one of my favorites, and I love to do it.

Skincare: I've gotten into the habit of removing all my makeup every single day. I also use toner and moisturizer twice a day. It was hard for me to get into a skincare routine, so I'm proud that I've gotten pretty consistent with it. I also use some kind of SPF all the time.

Nails: I've made some pretty great polishes. I need to share my collection of frankens with you guys soon!

Body: I get exercise fairly regularly. I don't have an amazing body, but I'm happy with where I am so far!

Lifestyle: My husband and I have a great life! I love that we really do everything together. People think that to be independent, it means you can't spend a lot of time with your significant other. But we are both very strong-willed, independent people. We support that in each other. 

Things I am bad at:

Face makeup: I'm not confident with contouring/highlighting. I'm improving very slowly! I just don't want to overdo it, but when I look at myself in pictures, I always think I should've done more!

Lips:  I rarely use a lip liner. My lipstick never bleeds, but my lips are a little uneven. I could probably benefit from drawing them into submission.

Eyes: I have trouble with winged liner. I'm getting better with the help of Physician's Formula Eye Booster liner, but it's still a daily struggle! (I swear I sound like a walking commercial for this liner!)

Skincare:  I'm bad at using cleanser. I remove my makeup and I do use the Philosophy Purity Cleanser sometimes, but I have a Dermalogica cleanser I know I would benefit from, and I still only use it maybe once a week. :(

Nails: I have to admit, I spend more than I should on my nails (hands) because I can't stand to see chips. So I'd rather get gel on top of acrylic and spend extra, than go the cheaper route and have to switch my polish every couple of days.

Body: I rarely use moisturizer for my body. I guess I should, but my skin is really so soft, and I don't want to mess with it. 

Lifestyle: I need to work on my anxiety and stress. I get very worked up when I feel like something is out of my control. 

I tag:

The ladies at 20/30 Glam
Angel Lee
Elizabeth Breygel

Friday, September 20, 2013


Like usual, I picked this color out when I was on my way out of my last nail appointment. So I've been waiting for two whole weeks to wear it! It's a charcoal grey with a grey glitter party nail.  What's it called? Who knows? One of these days, I'll get the brand and name of my color for you guys. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

NYX Haul

My NYX goodies from Haute Look came in today! Here is a little overview of what I got. I didn't swatch the nudes because I figured they would all look very similar when swatched on my hand. But if you'd like to see them, let me know! I'll try to compile lip swatches over the next few days. It's been a while since I purchased a true nude, so I'm sure I'll be wearing the heck out of these!

The "It" set in Nudes

From left to right:

  • Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Perfect.
  • Pump It Up Lip Plumper in Kim.
  • Xtreme Shine Lip Cream in Natural.
  • Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp. I'm curious to see if it's like Lime Crime's Velvetines? I'll be excited if it is.
  • Butter Closs in Creme Brûlée. 

Purple Lip Set

From left to right:

  • Lipstick in Pandora.
  • Mega Shine Lip Gloss in African Queen.
  • Lip Liner in Citrine.

I'm a little sad that the liner isn't a try purple...It's more of a mauve shade. However, I'm thrilled with the gloss. The swatch doesn't do it justice at all. It looks more like the top photo, but you can really see the duochrome more once it's on. I'm curious to see how it looks over the lipstick - it seems like a great combo. If you guys want to see that too....let me know! I'll be happy to post pics. They will probably be on my Instagram in the next few days as well, so stop by and check for them!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

First Impression: Beauty Blender

So I'm a little late to the party on this little guy, but I'm so glad I finally caved in! I usually use a brush for my foundation, and I've liked it enough to hesitate to try something new. I've heard so much about the Beauty Blender. I finally decided to give it a shot.

Left: Dry
Right: Wet

The Pros
  • Applies foundation like a dream. You can get full coverage without looking heavy.
  • The pointed end is great for blending under eye concealer.
  • Fast and easy.
The Cons
  • Not cheap, but I've seen brushes more expensive than this too.
  • I've seen from reviews that it can tear easily with nails. I've been really careful, so I've been ok so far.
The Verdict
Overall, I'd call this a must-have. I tried a knock-off once, and I hated it! The sponge was SO hard and didn't apply well at all. This one is super soft and airy. My skin looks smooth and even. I really love the application. Hopefully, it won't get easily torn - that would be highly upsetting!

Using the Beauty Blender

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Dupe Alert: Sugarpill Soot & Stars Eye Shadow vs. MAC Dark Soul Pigment

While I was going through my MAC pigments, I noticed one I had never used before. When I swatched it, a little lightbulb went off in my head. I thought..."Hey, doesn't this look suspiciously like Sugarpill's Soot & Stars?!" does! See the swatches below:

Sugarpill on the left, MAC on the right

I swatched these dry and without primer. Photo is taken with natural light near a window. You can see they look nearly identical. Soot & Stars is actually quite a bit more pigmented and a little darker than Dark Soul. I had to  build up the pigment quite a bit to make it as opaque as the shadow.

MAC Dark Soul pigment is available for $21/0.26 oz.
Sugarpill Soot & Stars pressed eyeshadow is $12/0.12 oz. or for $34 as part of the Cold Chemistry palette with three other beautiful shadows.

I received the pigment as a gift, and we all know I purchased the Cold Chemistry palette as soon as they released it on their site. But if I had to choose between the two, considering quality & value, I would definitely re-purchase the Sugarpill palette.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

First Impression: Physicians Formula Eye Booster Liner

Please excuse me while I rave about this glorious product. I've seen it on Instagram for a while...but when my favorite YouTubers BiohazardousBeauty & Sokolum79 said they used it, I was sold. If you haven't seen those two, their eyeliner is always amazing. I had been eyeing this liner at my local drugstore for a while, but always decided to skip it. I finally took the plunge a few days ago, and I've been using it every day since!

The applicator is so fine & precise, it really allows you to make a smooth line and a nice sharp point. I've tried the Revlon felt tip liner in the past and it was ok for the first couple of uses, but the tip started to fray and get fuzzy almost right away. This has not happened with the Eye Booster liner & from what I can tell, it won't be likely to happen, either. This is actually a pointed brush, not a felt tip.

The liner does claim to be a lash enhancer. I haven't been using it long enough to see that. But as I've mentioned before, I do use Latisse. So I'm probably not the best person to ask if this does boost lash growth.

The Pros
  • Makes winged liner easy.
  • "Ultra Black" is exactly what it says.
  • Boosts lash growth? This one has not been proven by me, but it makes me feel better.
The Cons
  • I can't decide if it's pricey. At $12, it's not the cheapest liner I've ever purchased, but there are more expensive ones out there, too. 
The Verdict/Will I Re-Purchase?
I'm pretty much in love. I will definitely be purchasing, re-purchasing, and keeping a backup supply of these babies. This is going to be one of those things I look for every time I'm in the makeup aisle, to see if it's on sale. ;)

Please excuse my otherwise naked eye!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Favorite Fragrances

I'm highly sensitive to smells. There have been perfumes in the past that I bought because they smelled great, but I couldn't wear because they gave me migraines. I'm very careful now with what I buy. These are my favorite smells that don't make me sick!

  • Juicy Couture: Peace, Love, and Juicy. From "Lemon Tree Blossom, Hyacinth, Sweet Apple, Black Currant Bud, Jasmine, Magnolia, Malibu Poppy, Honeysuckle, Linden Blossom, Orris Extract, Patchouli Flower, Musks." That's a lot more floral than what I can usually handle, but I think the muskiness tones the florals down enough to make it wearable for me. I also recommend "Viva La Juicy," but I only have samples of that one.
  • Benefit: So Hooked on Carmella. From "Lemon, Grapefruit, Rhubarb, Cyclamen, Peony, Tiare Flower, Vanilla, Sandalwood, Amber." This one is pretty potent, so I don't wear it at all if I have any twinge of a headache when I'm getting ready. But I do like to wear it when I'm in tip-top shape, because the smell makes me feel like I'm on vacation!
  • Victoria's Secret: Fresh Vanillas Feel Flirty. I couldn't find a good description for this one. It's mostly vanilla though. It's a body spray, so the scent doesn't stay with you very long. I like it for when I'm going out to a quick dinner but I don't wear it for a night out.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Product Review: YSL Rouge Volupte #19

I've mentioned this lipstick before, in my favorite fall lipsticks post. I just wanted to post a quick review, because I love it so much!

The Pros
  • Gorgeous color. Really perfect for any time of year.
  • It smells sooooo good!
  • Goes on smoothly, rich texture.
  • Can be used sheer, but easily buildable to opaque.
  • Tasty...yum!
  • Long-lasting. Unless you lick it off (see: cons).
  • Love the packaging!
The Cons
  • Pricey...I purchased mine from Sephora for $34. Thankfully, I had a gift card!
  • Because it tastes and smells so delicious, I tend to lick it off quickly if I'm not paying attention.

I went a little overboard with stickers....oh well!

Is this not the prettiest packaging ever?!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Just a quick post today! I was super happy with my eye makeup today. I used Soot & Stars and Diamond Eyes from Sugarpill's Cold Chemistry palette, and Buck by Urban Decay to blend out. I hope y'all like it!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Product Review: L'oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation

I've heard so many so-so things about this foundation. I don't know what made me decide to pick it up, since it's had less than rave reviews.

I purchased mine from Target...I don't remember the exact price but I think it was around $8. The shade was a little difficult to choose, because the bottle is frosted, so I wasn't sure if it would work for me or not. I ended up settling on #320 - Natural Beige. It's a little darker and maybe more orange than my Mac NC35.

The Pros:
  • Inexpensive.
  • Applies smoothly.
  • Nice finish.

The Cons:
  • Doesn't last very long. By 11 a.m., my face was very oily.
  • Can't be applied with a brush - I hate applying foundation with my fingers!
  • Very thin/liquidy. A LOT of product will come out if you're not careful.
The Verdict:
 I've been looking for a drug-store foundation for daily use, since I want to keep my more expensive foundations for special occasions. However, I think I'm asking for too much from the world. I'll definitely use it, but I won't repurchase. I like mixing it with my Tarte BB makes it a little less thin and easier to apply. I also find it lasts a little longer that way.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

My Go-To Brushes

I don't have a ton of brushes...they were one of those things I never wanted to spend money on. I've purchased two ELF sets, the regular and the pro. As much as I hate ELF shadows and most of their other products, I have to say their brushes are decent. Especially for the price. I have just one MAC brush. And I've gotten other random brushes from palettes and from Ipsy. Of my small collection, I do have a few I reach for more than the rest...and here they are!

ELF Powder Brush
I use this for foundation. I love that it gives you almost an airbrushed finish.

Sonia Kashuk 
I don't know the name of this one. I use it for contouring.

MAC 217
Great for blending, especially the outer-v & crease. Made so you can deposit a fair amount of shadow or blend a sheer wash of color.

ELF Blending Brush
Smaller & more dense than the 217. I love it for blending and darkening the outer-v.

ELF "C" Brush
A nice dense brush for packing shadow onto lids.

Sonia Kashuk
Another nameless brush...Perfect size for brow bone highlight.

ELF Contour Brush
Small, dense domed brush. I use it when I really want to darken the outer-v & crease. Also good for smudging out the lower lash line.

ELF Small Angled Brush
The perfect size & density for outlining & filling in my brows. Also a great liner brush. I have one for brows, and another for liner.

A closer look at the smaller brushes

Thursday, September 5, 2013


My new nails! They ran out of my first choice for glitter :( It was a sad day! My lady chose this one for me, and even though it wasn't my first choice, I really like it!

Favorite Mascara Combo

I can't use just one mascara at a time...not enough drama! So I wanted to share my latest favorite combo. I've seen some bad reviews about the NYC one. I didn't like it at first either, but it started to behave much better after the first couple uses. When combined with They're Real, you get length, lift, and definition to each lash!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Emergency Alert!

So for those of you who didn't know...NYX Cosmetics is on Haute Look *today* starting at 8:00 am PST.  They usually sell NYX palettes, blush sets, lipstick sets, Jumbo Eye Pencil sets, etc. This is where I get most of my NYX from, because I hate Ulta, and that's the only place close to me that carries this brand.  If you have never tried Haute Look before, now is the perfect time to start!

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Monday, September 2, 2013

MOTD: Pool Day

Hanging out at the pool today with the hubbs. Kept it simple & mostly water proof. 

I hope you all had a great weekend & to those who get a long weekend...I hope you're still enjoying it! 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Battle of the Cream Shadows: Makeup Forever Aqua Cream Shadow vs Maybelline Color Tattoo

Once upon a time, I was in the "I'm gonna buy everything Makeup Forever makes" phase of my life. That lasted for about three items, before I decided I needed to start finding dupes. And FAST. I don't know if y'all noticed, but MUFE is not cheap!

The one thing I found a good dupe for are the cream shadows. My MUFE Aqua Cream collection is exactly two. My Maybelline Color Tattoo collection is continuously growing (you can see it here). I was shocked to find that a drugstore brand could have a product as good as MUFE's Aqua Cream shadows.

Here is a quick comparison with swatches:

Top: MUFE #12, Maybelline Gold Rush
Bottom: MUFE #5, Maybelline Fuchsia Fever

MUFE on left, Maybelline on right


The Pros:
  • Waterproof! I love this about MUFE.
  • Really lovely shades.
  • A good mix of matte & shimmer.
The Cons:
  • A little pricey.
  • Not very build able - they start getting cakey as you build.


The Pros:
  • Low cost.
  • Not labeled as waterproof, but they basically are.
  • Good color selection.
The Cons:
  • They're mostly shimmery shades - not enough matte.
  • A couple have not had good color payoff.
  • Constantly revolving LE shades that are very hard to find.

The Verdict:
Overall, I love both. By the end of the day, the MUFE side of my hand definitely stood up longer  than the Maybelline side. But for the price...I usually stick with Maybelline. I would buy MUFE again if I find a shade I just HAVE to have. But I can't justify spending $23 when I could spend $5.

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