Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Dark As Night - Tips On How To Achieve a Matte Black Eye Look

Dark As Night 
Tips On How To Achieve a Matte Black Eye Look


One of the looks I receive the most questions on is how I achieve a matte black smokey eye without looking like a raccoon or having it look patchy on the lids. I believe after years of wanting to be a goth girl and through trial and error I have learned tips and tricks throughout the years in order to make a gorgeous matte black eyeshadow look that lasts all day long without needing touch ups. I feel this look is something anybody can do, and that you don't need a specific eye shape in order to achieve this without it closing up the eyes. I hope you find these tips and tricks to be useful!

xoxo
Kitten
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LethalKitten's Guide to a Matte Black Smokey Eye

If you want a beautiful black smokey eye to last all day, you will need to use a primer!

Let's be honest, a lot of people try to go without using an eyeshadow primer. I know a lot of people feel that if the eyeshadows are super pigmented or are from high end brands that they don't need to worry about priming the eyes. However, this is a misconception due to a primer not only allowing your eyeshadow to last longer, but it also helps smooth out the eyelids and create a great base for the following products I will mention later. With matte eyelid colors they will show every flaw in your eyelid, and priming them will help tremendously with this! This is definitely something I highly suggest using!

Start with adding your crease colors before adding your eyelid colors in order to help with the blending process later!

Blending is key with this look, and black eyeshadow is one of the most difficult shades to blend out on it's own. If we create our crease transitions before applying the black shadow later, it will make everything easier to blend! I suggest sticking with light gray, taupe, and medium brown shades inside the crease. You could also add wine shadows such as MAC Sketch or Sigma Elysees into the crease (which is something I do normally). MAC Sketch also will help the transition from black to medium grays go smoother since it's a darker shadow with dark brown under tones. This will also create a softer look!

To get the best pigmentation out of your eyeshadows use a base!

I know it's going to sound like I use too many products but trust me here, this will up your smokey eye game. After you create you apply your crease shades apply a black gel eyeliner with a shader brush onto the eyelid as a sticky base. This will allow for the matte shadow to apply better to the eyelid and to also make them appear darker and more rich in pigment. I personally use the Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner on my lids since it's very easy to blend out. 

The higher the quality matte black eyeshadow, the better the results.

I'll be honest, it's extremely hard to find a rich matte black eyeshadow at the drugstore that is not patchy in application and is black and not gray. I would highly recommend to purchase a great quality matte black eyeshadow like Sugarpill's Bulletproof in order to create this look. However, it's not an essential, but I find that the pricey black eyeshadows are dark as night and apply smoothly in application. If you are unable to spend the extra money, just do with what you've got!

When applying the product pack it onto the lid and avoid using swiping motions!

Black eyeshadow is extremely tricky, especially when it's matte black. To get the best results that are even in pigmentation I recommend using a flat shader brush and packing the color ontop of the base that you applied before. If you use sweeping motions you will disturb the eyeshadow and it could result in patchiness. This process takes a little bit, so just be patient!

The seamless transition is all what we have left!

The most tedious part to me is once you apply the matte black eyeshadow and have to blend it in order to create a beautiful transition that is well blended. This is why we made the crease transition earlier so that we make it easier to blend now. At this point you will want to go in with your matte black eyeshadow on a small fluffy brush and apply it into the crease. By doing this you may disturb the pigmentation and you may have to repack the matte black on with the shader brush like we did before. If you are having problems making the black less patchy in the crease, go between MAC Sketch (or any other wine shade) and with the transitional shades you used earlier. This is a step that will take a long time so just be patient. I promise it will turn out!


I hope all these steps helped you achieve a perfect matte black smokey eye
x

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Products Used
Face:
Too Faced Primed and Poreless
Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation - 42
Coty Airspun Powder - Extra Coverage Translucent
Inglot HD Sculpting Powder - 505 (Contour)
ELF Studio Blush - Mellow Mauve
Tarte Energy Noir Paltte - Crystal Spark (Highlight)
Urban Decay All Nighter 

Eyes:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner - Black
Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette - Lazarus, Samael, Solas, Saleos, Liberatus
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette -Champagne Truffle 
Tarte Energy Noir Palette -Crystal Spark
Sugarpill - Tako, Bulletproof
Sigma - Elysees
Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner - 77
Physicians Formula Eye Boosting Pen - Blackest Black
NARS Audacious Mascara
Kiss Lash Adhesive
Ardell Lashes - Demi Wispies 120

Brows:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow - Taupe
Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette - Solas, Saleos

Lips:
Dose of Colors - Stone
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Friday, December 23, 2016

Eggplant and Metallic Silver Cut Crease Eye Look - New Years Glam - House of Lashes Boudoir Review

Eggplant and Metallic Silver Cut Crease Eye Look New Years Glam
House of Lashes Boudoir Review



This look is inspired by an eye look I did years ago when I first got into bright and more dramatic styles of makeup. With this look I did a traditional cut crease with carving out the eyelid with NYX's jumbo eyeshadow pencil in Milk with a shader brush. This is a style I don't do often, and find to be challenging from time to time due to it being difficult to get both eyes to match. This is definitely one of my favorite looks to do since it has such a dramatic effect, 

House of Lashes Review
This was my first time using House of Lashes eyelashes in a look after purchasing them during the Black Friday sale. The lashes I chose to wear were in the style Boudoir, which is definitely a flirtatious and playful style. These lashes are of impeccable quality and have a lot of detail. The lashes themselves have a wide variety of short and long eyelashes to give a more natural yet dramatic look to the eye. In the inner corner the lashes have a beautiful transition from the shortest lashes to the longest in the center of the lash. The band is very thick on these as well, which not a lot of people like. I personally love thicker banded lashes because I feel they are better quality and they keep their shape better. With these lashes it took me one application to get perfect, whereas with my cheaper eyelashes it takes at least 3 times if not more to place them correctly. My favorite drugstore lashes are the Kiss brand lashes in the style 'Pretty' and feel these are somewhat similar, but are a much higher quality of those. I will definitely be repurchasing more lashes from House of Lashes in the future! 



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Products Used
Face:
Too Faced Primed and Poreless
Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation - 42
Coty Airspun Powder - Extra Coverage Translucent
Inglot HD Sculpting Powder - 505 (Contour)
ELF Studio Blush - Mellow Mauve
Tarte Energy Noir Clay Palette - Crystal Spark (Highlighter)
Urban Decay All Nighter 

Eyes:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil - Milk
Tarte Energy Noir Clay Palette - Power Plum, Crystal Spark
Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow - M928 (Eggplant)
Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette - Lazarus, Solas, Lucius, Liberatus
Sugarpill - Grand Tiara
Inglot Duraline
Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner - 77
Marc Jacobs Highliner - Black
Physicians Formula Eye Boosting Pen - Blackest Black
NARS Audacious Mascara
House of Lashes - Boudoir 
KISS Lash Adhesive in Black 

Brows:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow - Taupe

Lips:
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick - Lovesick

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Monday, December 19, 2016

L'Oreal EverPure Sulfate Free Volume Shampoo and Conditioner Review!

L'Oreal EverPure Sulfate Free Volume Shampoo and Conditioner Review!


This week I tried out the L'Oreal EverPure Sulfate Free Volume Shampoo and Conditioner. This combination from L'Oreal is formulated for fine, flat hair, that claims to add shine and body to your hair without weighing it down. It claims to be great for color treated hair and that it doesn't contain harsh sulfates, salts or surfactants that can strip and damage hair. These products claim to be 100% sulfate-free, paraben-free, contain no harsh salts, dye-free, contain no gluten ingredients, and is a vegan product. All this information about this product I found on the L'Oreal website and printed on the product packaging itself. 

Hope you enjoy the review!

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Before we start this review I would like to explain that my hair is extremely long and that it is over 4 inches past my butt. My hair is oily at the scalp, but dry at the ends due to the length of my hair. My hair is flat, fine, and has a wavy texture to it that likes to get tangled up easily. My hair color is my natural hair color, and I do not color treat my hair. 

Shampoo:
 This shampoo is an absolutely amazing product! I really feel it cleansed my hair well and that it added a lot of volume to my hair that my normal shampoo does not. My bangs were a lot fluffier than normal, and my hair definitely had a lot of volume boost to it that I am not used to. I could definitely tell after the first use of using this product that it really made my hair volumized. This product lathered rather well and you do not need a lot of product per use. Less is more when using this product, meaning you will get a lot of value out of buying this product. I also noticed after the first few uses of using this product that my hair dried a lot faster than normal. Generally my hair takes 2-3 hours to air dry, and after using this product it cut my drying time in half which is something I really enjoy in products. Since this product is a volumizing formula, I was really worried that it would strip the oils out of my hair, or weigh it down. To my surprise it cleansed my hair just as well as my OGX Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo (which is my holy grail), but instead gave me the volume boost that it claimed to give. Overall I would definitely purchase the shampoo out of this line, and definitely recommend it for those who have fine, flat hair like me. 

Conditioner:
Unfortunately, I am not the biggest fan of the conditioner out of this line from L'Oreal EverPure. This conditioner isn't the worst, but isn't the best either. Since I loved the shampoo, I would have assumed that I was going to love the combination together, but unfortunately this product just did not do it for me. This product first off weighed down my hair and I could definitely tell that it didn't do what it claimed even after the first use. It also left a weird film like residue in my hair, which made it hard to brush out. It made my hair feel extremely dry, as if I never put conditioner in my hair and made it get a lot more knots than normal. On occasion I use the L'Oreal Ever Curl Shampoo and Conditioner, and have a great experience with that conditioner and love using it. I was hoping for this one to work just as well as that one does for me since that one leaves my hair feeling extremely soft, and makes brushing my hair go by super quick. Unfortunately, I would not repurchase the conditioner because of this, and feel that there are better conditioners throughout the L'Oreal EverPure Sulfate Free line. 

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Pros:
- Easily found at any drugstore or super center. 
- Lots of options throughout the line for different hair types
- Able to be couponed and have sales on these products all the time. 
- The scent is extremely nice and not over powering unlike other products
- Sulfate-free
- paraben-free
- no harsh salts
-dye-free
- vegan ingredients 
- contains no gluten
- Cheaper than a lot of other shampoos/conditioners with the same claims
- Shampoo does not strip the hair of oils
- Shampoo volumizes the hair noticeably even after the first use
- Cool holographic foiled packaging

Cons:
-Expensive for a drugstore product (Being around $7.99 per bottle)
- Conditioner does not do what it claims
- Caps on product are hard to close

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Disclaimer: I received the L'Oreal EverPure Sulfate Free Volume Shampoo and Conditioner complimentary from Influenster for reviewing and testing purposes. All opinions are my own.
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Instagram: @lethal_kitten


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Hot Chocolate Inspired Eyes

Hot Chocolate Inspired Eyes



Since it's been very cold out, my inspiration was a hot chocolate themed smokey eye paired with a nude lip. 
Hope you enjoy!

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Products Used
Face:
Too Faced Primed and Poreless
Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation - 42
Coty Airspun Powder - Extra Coverage Translucent
Inglot HD Sculpting Powder - 505 (Contour)
ELF Studio Blush - Mellow Mauve
Wet n' Wild Illuminating Palette - Catwalk Pink
Urban Decay All Nighter 

Eyes:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Too Faced Chocolate Bon-Bon's Palette - Almond Truffle, Cashew Chew, Pecan Praline, Bordeaus, Malted, Divinity, Satin sheets
Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette - Liberatus
Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadow - Tang, Party Time
Sigma - Elysees
Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner - 77
Marc Jacobs Highliner - Black
Physicians Formula Eye Boosting Pen - Blackest Black
NARS Audacious Mascara
Kiss Lash Adhesive - Black
Ardell Lashes - Demi Wispies 120

Brows:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow - Taupe

Lips:
Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick - Cava 

I have received the Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick in the shade Cava free from Influenster for reviewing and testing purposes.