Friday, July 25, 2014

San Francisco Trip | 4th of July Festivities

Whilst in San Francisco for the 4th of July weekend, we were graciously invited to my dad's friends house for the holiday. They had a lovely house overlooking the whole city with a couple of cats thrown into the mix. Over champagne and sausages, we dined and fellowshiped together until the sun started to set. For dessert, we had a rather patriotic white cake with blueberries and strawberries that was delicious! The time spent together was fantastic and we left the house feeling joyful and stuffed. It was indeed and wonderful 4th of July in the city!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Attempting Liner

There's nothing I despise more than black eyeliner, which is a beauty struggle I've had for a while. I'm not a fan of a harsh black line around the eyes or a smudged waterline (personal preference). However, I've recently been experimenting with shadow as a liner. Sometimes I want a bit more definition around the eyes that a crease shade can't provide, which is when I've been teaching for a chocolate brown powder and liner brush. A thin line in between the top lashes smudged out looks especially lovely when paired with a bold lip (as pictures above). The powder liner is much easier on the eyes and makes the pupils pop!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Disappointing Products Revisited

I've spoken about my 'least favorite products' before on TIN and I usually toss them out after writing a post on them. After realizing that my initial thoughts on said products could eventually change, I've begun to keep them in my bathroom in a separate container for further review. Two beauty/skin products I've really been enjoying after disappointment are The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil and the Rimmel Glam'Eyes Trio Eyeshadow in Orion. The cleansing oil was too greasy and heavy for my skin when I first tried it out, which was really disappointing. I'd also never tried an oil before so I didn't like the remnants of it left over on my eyelashes. After using it again for a couple of weeks, I'm really enjoying using it! The oil takes off every bit of makeup left on my skin and gets the gunk out of my pores. The Rimmel trio seemed to lack pigmentation and lasting power on my greasy eyelids. I really love the shades in the mini palette so I recently decided to try it out again. I've been applying the light mauve shade on my lids as a wash of color and then brushing the matte chocolate brown in the crease. The brown shade also matches my brows perfectly, so it's definitely a multitasking palette for the brunettes out there! The lasting power is still 'meh', but I'm willing to lose a few hours of shadow for the gorgeous colors in the palette!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Orange Lip

If you've been a reader of "This Is Noelle" for a while, you probably noticed that the lip colors I tend to sport are red and pink. However, I've discovered the wonderful world of orange in recent weeks. A bold orange lip has been quite trendy for the spring and summer and I've been wanting to try it out. This lip gloss from Katy Perry's Instaglam collection by Covergirl immediately caught my eye when I saw it on display. The bright orange shade isn't too warm that it overpowers my face, yet it's definitely a statement maker. The gloss itself is lightweight and fairly opaque without being sticky or gloopy. I've been wearing this color everyday and I can't see myself getting tired of it anytime soon!