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Challenge of the Week

Some of us have been having a lot of fun "shopping our stash" lately in an attempt to curb our spendings, but we're starting to get the itch to buy new things again.

 

It'd be fun to take part in a weekly challenge where we all try one type of makeup item/look/trend per week.  For example, despite admiring many who do so, I've never successfully rocked the perfect red lips.  If red lips is on the agenda, we all try out the red lips at some point during the week.  I tend not to be very adventurous with my makeup despite my many purchases, and I think it might help people like me to break out from the ordinary routine.  Also, it's just plain fun to play with makeup.  Smiley Very Happy  (And an excuse for those without the items to buy and test new things. Smiley Wink)

 

SCHEDULE:


  • Red lips (week of Feb 14) COMPLETED
  • False lashes (week of Feb 21) COMPLETED
  • Colourful eyeliner - something that's not black or brown (week of Feb 28) COMPLETED
  • Bright pink blush (week of Mar 7) COMPLETED
  • The perfect nude lips (week of Mar 14) COMPLETED
  • Blue eyeshadow (week of Mar 21) COMPLETED
  • No makeup makeup look (week of Mar 28) COMPLETED
  • Something coral (week of April 4) COMPLETED
  • Purple eyeshadow (week of April 11) COMPLETED
  • Red nails (week of April 18) COMPLETED
  • Pastels (week of April 25) COMPLETED
  • "Golden sand" eye shadow (week of May 2) 
  • Glitter/shimmer (week of May 9)
  • Creative nails - e.g. moon manicure, nail art, nail stickers... go nuts! (week of May 16)
  • Your perfect bronzer/self-tanner (week of May 23)
  • Sunscreen! Try to wear together as many items with SPF as possible. (week of May 30)
  • Monochromatic look (week of June 6) <<<<<< CURRENT

And so on.  What do you think?

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mermadelove & sarithor, you both look so cute. You can really pull off those red lips.

 

Amazingly, my red lips were super easy & worked great. I combined this challenge with the "shop your own stash" challenge because I didn't want to spend a lot on a red lipstick I might never wear again. So I opened a new Cover Girl lipstick I had gotten quite some time ago & never tried. I bought it because it was a really good deal; I paid very little for it and it looked like a pretty red. But you know how these things go...I tossed it in a drawer and that was the end of it, until this challenge. I decided to be smart and try it rather than buy the Nars one that I want. Surprise surprise, I love it! It was so easy. I put on Too Faced Lip Insurance so it wouldn't end up on my teeth and then just swiped it on. I didn't bother with a liner or even using a lip brush or anything because I was in a hurry and it worked great. The lipstick is semi-sheer but the color is very pretty and it really lasts. I was going to toss it in my purse and look at the name of it & the shade, but forgot. I'll check it out tonight when I get home and let you know Smiley Happy

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I'm wearing Givenchy's Absolutely Irristable Red today, but I forgot to put concealer at the corners of my mouth and it smeared!  Looks like I've been noshing on someone's neck--ick. Not a good look.  So that tip seems to matter.

 

I've been inspired to organize my lipsticks.  Found two from Maybelline, maybe six years old?  I should probably throw them away, but I may need moral support.  I keep thinking I'll rebatch them to adjust the color and moisture content.

 

xxoo Maggy

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Maggie & daisy - you guys are being so resourceful!!!  I love it!  Smiley Very Happy

 

I've been couped up in the house all day with my Chaucer text to prep for a big test tomorrow, so it looks like my red lip adventure is going to be put off until Thurs or Fri. 

 

But check this out!  I just stumbled across this Sephora video on YouTube and it seems to coincide almost directly with our list for weekly makeup looks!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AINH_QvFqps

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I liked that video!

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@officegal: Good luck with Chaucer! What are you reading? I think I've only read the Canterbury Tales, which were interesting...

 

Today, I have NARS lipstick in Gipsy. I love this shade -- it's another sheer red. Since I'm so pale, normal red shades never look right on me unless I'm dressed up for an evening out. This shade is red, but wearable -- it's kind of similar to MAC Hot Tahiti. I have NARS Shanghai Express, which I love, and Rouge Basque, but I can't get away with wearing either to the office!

 

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So the lip color I used was Cover Girl TruShine #475 "Valentine shine". Very pretty! I highly recommend.

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Wow, you guys are awesome!!!  This was my idea and I still haven't done it.  School has been kicking my -ss this week.  I've been so swamped I haven't had a chance to go shopping for my lipstick.  Smiley Sad

 

But the week's almost gone already.  I'll just do it with my LORAC gloss in Flaming Mix for work tomorrow.  The pic makes it look more pink but it's definitely red.

 

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katie1724 wrote:

@officegal: Good luck with Chaucer! What are you reading? I think I've only read the Canterbury Tales, which were interesting...


We were tested on everything we've done since September, which is almost all of The Canterbury Tales, The Book of the Duchess, Boethius' The Consolation of Philosophy, and some short poems.  We read them in Middle English and the test was mostly site passage, so it's been hellish trying to re-read and memorize stuff that makes immediate sense only partially to begin with.  But it wasn't so bad in the end.  Thanks for your well wishes!  Smiley Happy

 

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officegal wrote:

Maggie & daisy - you guys are being so resourceful!!!  I love it!  Smiley Very Happy

 

I've been couped up in the house all day with my Chaucer text to prep for a big test tomorrow, so it looks like my red lip adventure is going to be put off until Thurs or Fri. 

 

But check this out!  I just stumbled across this Sephora video on YouTube and it seems to coincide almost directly with our list for weekly makeup looks!

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AINH_QvFqps


You're getting us on the crest of the bright lips trend wave, officegal! Today, I popped into Sephora and I'll be wearing the a red Tarte lip stain for the rest of the evening while I go out w/my bf.
http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml%3B$sessionid$PIHZWX5OB4TOOCV0KSKAQAQ;jsessionid=PIHZWX5O...
RE: the video, for those who want some gold in their blush, I recommend Smashbox's Soft Lights in TINT.

 

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Well, I did the MAC Ruby Woo lip today, but I felt kind of silly. I was putting metal roofing on the new barn (it was a lovely day here) while sporting bright red lips! Oh well, the lipstick did stay on well, thanks to Mermadelove's hint on using concealer underneath- I didn't spring for a lip primer, I did enough damage shopping for makeup last week. 

 

Gotta see what my stash has for a new red lip for tomorrow, I seem to recall a Dior sample in there....

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Tomorrow I think I am going to do UD Pocket Rocket in Eric, a classic red gloss. I might amp up the rest of my makeup since it's just a gloss. Will post pics!

This is really fun, officegal. Thanks for starting it!!!

 

 

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Ok, beauties! As promised, here is my second red lip look. It may end up looking the same as the other one because my camera isn't the greatest, but instead of a matte bright red lip and a neutral eye with falsies, this time I used UD Pocket Rocket in Eric, a sheer true red. Sephora Lash Booster mascara, UD eye pencil in Perversion (I like it over zero) Too Faced La Vie en Rose blush, And Kat VonD eye shadow in Livewire ( light shimmery taupe with microglitter). red lip day 2.JPG

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So pretty, mermadelove! Today I'm wearing a Victoria's Secret gloss in a sheer red. It's pretty; a true red but nice & shiny. I don't think it's going to have any kind of staying power, but that's okay. If I reapply often maybe I can start using it up. I have so MANY lip glosses, and yet I always want more. 

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@mermadelove: You look so pretty!! I love that gloss!

 

@daisy: I went with a gloss today, too! I'm wearing NARS in Misbehave. I love it because it's one of the few that doesn't go pink, orange or fuchsia on me -- it definitely stays clear red.

 

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mermadelove wrote:

Ok, beauties! As promised, here is my second red lip look. It may end up looking the same as the other one because my camera isn't the greatest, but instead of a matte bright red lip and a neutral eye with falsies, this time I used UD Pocket Rocket in Eric, a sheer true red. Sephora Lash Booster mascara, UD eye pencil in Perversion (I like it over zero) Too Faced La Vie en Rose blush, And Kat VonD eye shadow in Livewire ( light shimmery taupe with microglitter). red lip day 2.JPG


You look so awesome that I HAD to repost with the pic included!!!  Smiley Wink

 

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Hey thanks officegal!!!Smiley Happy

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FINALLY got my lipstick!  I fell in love with an Hourglass lipstick but my sanity got the better of me and I chose Revlon Colorburst in Ruby.  It's super creamy and very very bright red on my very neutral face.  I'm inspired by Lea Michelle's look from the Grammys.  I'll try a similar palette tomorrow.  Smiley Happy

 

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@officegal: I love Colorburst lipstick! I actually have Crimson -- it's a pretty deep red. Ruby looks so pretty -- I might need that one, too!

 

YAY for getting your red!

 

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Katie, it's surprisingly high quality and I love the quilted look of the packaging.  I might get a few other shades now that I've tried Ruby.  Smiley Happy

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@officegal: They ARE great quality! I have Soft Nude, True Red and Mauve**, too -- I didn't like True Red as much; it's a little bright an orangey on me. I like Crimson, though, and I may have to try Ruby. I really like Mauve!! 

 

**Walgreens was having a buy one get one sale!! I had to!

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@Katie - Buy 1 Get 1 sales ALWAYS have to be taken advantage of.  Smiley Wink  And orange lips are totally back, so it's worth it, too!

 

Okay, ladies - this week's challenge is to wear false lashes!!!  Some inspirational looks:

 

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I have two sets of full lashes and one set of individual lashes.  For those who have trouble with glue, DUO lash adhesive is the best.  I'll wear them for dinner with a friend tomorrow night!

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@officegal. I did a falsies look this AM, but lately I've been having trouble getting them to stay put and/or put on evenly! Cursed migraines make my hands unsteady Smiley Sad But anyway, one of my cowokers said that she really thought the individuals were the way to go. This moring I was thinking of those starter kits that have holders to help put the full sets on. So toinght after work, I popped over to the drugstore--and they were having a buy 1 get one on falsies! So I gor a starter kit with the applicator as well as individual lashes, for the exorbitant price of $8.49!!! Smiley Very Happy

I'll try them out tomorrow.

Meanwhile, here is the pic of today's look.  Pardon the bloodshot eyes!

 

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