Sunday, June 30, 2013

Bloglovin' & 31 Day Snap






With Google Reader's retirement imminent, I've started really looking into how to use Bloglovin' as a resource to continue following the blogs I like. Personally, I didn't use Google Reader and used the Reading List on my Blogger dashboard instead. However, the two are interconnected so I was able to follow things like a Tumbler page through Reading List because of it. From my research, it sounds like after July 1st, the Reading List will only be for Blogger blogs only.

Another plus to using Bloglovin' is there is also a mobile app that is quite user friendly. I like the clean look of  Bloglovin' overall so for now I'll stick with it. If  you haven't already followed me on Bloglovin' and would like too, I conveniently have a button located on the right sidebar!

My second announcement is about my participation in the 31 Day Snap challenge. Chloe from Nurse Fancy Pants brought this to my attention and I  thought this sounded fun and easy. The challenge was originally for 30 days in June as created by Sprinkle of Glitter.



Since Chloe was late to the game for June, she's adapted the challenge for July instead. For me, I will be participating through my Twitter, @finding_whimsy, with the hashtag: #whimsy31snaps. Let me know if you're going to give this challenge a try. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Zoya Pixie Dust: Liberty

Say hello to my new favorite summer color! Everytime I look at this shade, I wish I had picked up the other summer Zoya Pixie Dusts, but then I remember that I was able to see the swatches on a nail wheel in person and this blue, goodness gracious, was the most vibrant of them all.


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Etude House: Drawing Snow Dot Liner

I'm back with another Etude House post, this time it's an eyeliner! The first time I had ever heard about a dot liner was from Fleur De Force about the Clarins version and although Clarins is available in the U.S. that particular product was not. It seemed to be a U.K. only release. The long and short of it, I really wanted to try it and luckily, I was able to have my mom pick up the Etude House version while on her vacation.

Note the Etude House quality control sticker on the product itself...impossible to remove...

This dot liner comes with a felt tri-tip that can be pretty flexible if need be. Unfortunately, the cap does not snap onto the back end of the liner, which I find is usually convenient for adding length, allowing me to hold it more steadily. Lessening rolling clutter around my makeup area would have been nice too, if I could have done it.


This liner is in no way waterproof since a bit of water and some light rubbing will wash it right off. However, away from water this liner is pretty smudge proof.  The dots and lines that you can draw turn out quite clean, but you do need a light touch. The liner itself can be inky so if you aren't light handed with the dotting, you can end up with a mess before you know it.


As you can see in the photo above, delicate dots can be made and they are nicely consistent in size. I don't know when you would ever need three equally spaced lines, but that is possible too! Lastly, if you're looking for a solid line, which is the example on the box itself, that can be done as well. Don't mind some of the bleeding you see in the photo. The back of my hand isn't as smooth as my lid and there's no primer to help out. I did not experience any bleeding while using it on my lid.

Personally, I don't see why I would choose my dot liner over my other usual liquid liners if all I want is a solid line. Despite not understanding the logic of it all, I did go ahead and try out a full on eyeliner look including the cat eye flick. It all turned out quite nicely, but one single fine point is much easier to control.

Personally, I really like using the dotting effect to thicken my lash line. I make a line of dots as close to my lashes as possible and you can barely tell it's there. It's great for people who don't want to mess with drawing a perfect line but want a more emphasized lash line. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Maybelline Color Tattoo: Lavish Lavender

Well, I'm a bit behind on posting about this but I did pick up one of Maybelline's new summer Color Tattoos when they first hit the shelves.


Lavish Lavender is a highly metallic, grayer side of lavender. It's not quite as blue or pink-toned as most lavender shades I've seen. Although, the extra sheen from the metallic finish also does not make for easy color analyzing.


The consistency is just as creamy as the other Color Tattoos and the wear is as long lasting too. I've been able to wear this Lavish Lavender past the 8 hour mark without any major creasing.

The other two Color Tattoos I do own are very wearable colors that I usually just throw on using my fingers for the whole process. Lavish Lavender on the other hand is bolder than I had anticipated and needs more precision. Application with my fingers left me with a bit of a mess so I had to employ the use of a brush for some blending. Now I'd rather just apply this shade with brushes instead of my fingers.

Under direct sunlight. 

Lavish Lavender is a great purple shade if you want a pastel approach that is a bit more substantial. The gray really anchors the color making it a great shade to wear all by itself.