On to the good stuff :) I mentioned this palette in my last post, about a week ago. It looked wonderful, and fun, and modest... all things I need in my current arsenal of product. The quality of Stila shadows are unsurpassed. They are buttery, highly pigmented, and have very little fallout. I love them so much, that I can deal with the somewhat hefty price tag. Really, all things considered, it's not too bad, considering the array of colors you get to play with. I mean, I hit the pan on maybe one or two shadows a year when I get full sized product, so really you're getting a better deal!
I decided to do a couple looks today, I did a natural look, using Wind on my brow bone, Rain from lashline to crease, and Desert to blend, using a windshield wiper motion. I blended the colors using a Sonia Kashuk brush from Target, like this
I should mention, I used a base, as always, with my shadow. Today I used a MAC paintpot, but I've had great results with Stila smudgepots, as well. I like to pick a color similar to the shadow I'm working with, for maximum effect. I know lot's of people that like to use Urban Decays Primer Potion, but it just doesn't do it for me.
So, after blending until blendy (ha!), I smudged a little of the smudge stick that comes with the palette right into my lashline. A few coats of mascara, and I was good to go. This is what I would wear for a day at the office (not my office, my office is home with a crazy 3 year old and a teething infant... they don't care about my blendy shadow), or even lunch with the girls. Here is the finished product:
Anyway, so for the add on look, I simply patted some Ebony in a 'v' shape on my outter crease, blending with more Rain. I added more smudge stick on my lower lashline, and another coat of mascara. I loved the way it looked, and even more, I loved that it was quick and easy, and could have taken me from the office to happy hour. Mmm... Happy hour.
My verdict? I love it. I love it so much, I feel like I should write the people at Stila and thank them for creating a palette just for me, which I feel like this is.
Next, the peel.
I think I like it.. I mean, we got a five day supply, and I felt a difference, absolutely. I can only imagine what my results would have been after 30 days. Here are the awesome (not so much) pictures of my before and after. I really dislike posting sans makeup pictures for all to see, but it's in the name of science, right? From the website:
Now, I made sure to use the exact same lighting, same camera, same spot in the house... everything. I don't know that it worked, because it's hard to see if there is any difference. I will say that my skin feels a little tighter, and though I broke out at first (causing me to skip a day), I do feel like it was simply my skin purging. See that little sunspot between my eye and my ear? Yeah, thats why I take all of my pictures on this side, I want that thing gone!I think this faded it a bit, and overall improved my skin tone. Will I purchase? Yes, I think I will. If I notice a difference after 5 days, I am hoping to see something great happen in 30!
So, there you have it! Look for me on Bloom, and follow me to see what I'm up to next!
My next post will be all about Fall fashion... I am so excited! I've been taking notes for weeks. Fall is my favorite season, and the clothes are the best part :)