Nuance by Salma Hayek Review and Tutorial Video

Third Look, Nuance Smokey Quad

Hello, Lovelies!

 
This morning, I uploaded a triple tutorial using the Smokey Quad from Salma Hayek’s new Nuance line that’s in CVS. In the video, I mistakenly alluded to the fact that other drugstores may have her line, but you can only find it in CVS. Now that I have corrected that mistake, I have to tell you, this was the most challenging video I have created to date–it was such a bear to make! Along with my usual challenges (lighting, saying “ooookay, ummm, and absolutely!” entirely too often), I had FOUR children running around at the time! Ack! On top of all that, my cat just had a litter of kittens. Wow. What a day yesterday was! But, all in all, I am really proud of this tutorial. More than anything, I am (slowly) getting more comfortable in front of the camera. My nervousness is going away. Michelle Phan I am not, but with each attempt I come more into my own.
 
Such Cute Packaging!

 Okay, so enough about me–let’s move on to the Smokey Quad. Since this is my first formal review, I want to establish the rating system I will use from now on. I first thought of doing something cutesy, like rating in terms of Chocolate Chips since my nickname is Cookie, but I decided against it because it might be confusing. So, I will just use a 0-20 scale (but you can consider it up to 20 Chocolate Chips if you prefer). For eyeshadows, I will rate them in the following terms:

1. Consistency/Pigmentation: Up to 6 points. This, for me, is the most important factor when rating an eyeshadow–therefore, I wanted to give it the highest overall weight. Does this eyeshadow fall apart before I even get to use it? Does it have good color payoff? These sorts of things will fall into this category.

2. Blendability: Up to 4 points. Does this eyeshadow play well with others? Does it take forever to blend out? Does it blend away as soon as I put it on? All of these properties fall into this category, and it is an important one in judging the overall quality of a shadow!

3. Range of Colors: Up to 3 points. This is extremely important in terms of rating a palette or quad. Are all the shadows needed in the palette? What have they chosen for a highlight color? Are there any matte colors? These are the things I consider when determining Range of Color points.

4. Packaging/Delivery System: Up to 3 points. For an eyeshadow, this includes things such as durability of the case, whether or not it comes with a brush, is the brush/applicator appropriate to apply the shadow(s) inside, etc.

5. Staying Power: Up to 4 points–and another extremely important category! What does this eyeshadow look like after a long day at work? Plain and simple, it could be the most beautiful looking eyeshadow in the world, but if it doesn’t stay on then its still a dud in my book.

Smokey Quad Show N Tell

Nuance by Salma Hayek, Swatches

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Nuance by Salma Hayek Smokey Quad Review

17/20
 
1. Consistency/Pigmentation: 4 out of 6 Total Points
2. Blendability: 4 out of 4 Total Points
3. Range of Colors: 2 out of 3 Total Points
4. Packaging/Delivery System: 3 out of 3 Total Points
5. Staying Power: 4 out of 4 Total Points
 
Okay, so 17 out of 20 isn’t too bad. I took off points for the first category because the darkest colors looked very similar when on my eyes. Also, the pigmentation was lacking in the pinky duochrome color. The product blended well on my eyes, but I would have liked to have seen a matte color or at least a better highlight option. The packaging is what really saved this quad, in terms of how I rated it–I am a sucker for great packaging! These colors also really stayed on my eyes! In fact, I really had to work to get the product off in between tutorials…

Tutoral Look #2

 
So, overall, I would recommend this quad if you need some unique options for smokey eyes. If you already have a good range of eyeshadows, then this may not be the perfect product for you. I have seen a lot of beauty bloggers and YouTubers say that they were disappointed in this quad, and really in the overall line, but I am not someone who has a ton of smokey shades so it was a good fit for me. I had no trouble at all finding ways to use this quad, either. That is always a plus, since I hate having to find other coordinating eyeshadows to make something work. If I were to use this quad for my everyday makeup, I would probably grab one of my matte white or flesh-toned eyeshadows for a brow highlight and be all set.
 
If you have this quad, I would love to hear what your thoughts are. How would you rate this eyeshadow? Do you like any other products from Nuance?
 
Per Request, I am listing the products used in all three looks…
 
Look 1:
Nuance Smokey Quad *pink, darker green, emerald green*
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk
MAC 217, 239 Brushes
Sonia Kashuk Black Handle Blending Brush
Angled Brush *got mine at Michael’s Craft Store*
CoverGirl LiquilineBlast Gray Eyeliner
L’oreal Double Extend for All Eyes Mascara
MAC Reflects Pearl Glitter Pigment
Coastal Scents Small Crease/Pencil Brush
 
Look 2:
Nuance Smokey Quad *darker green, emerald green, pink and purple*
MAC 226, 239 Brushes
Angled Eyeliner Brush *same one as in first look*
Fluffy Blending Brush *MAC 224 here*
Small Detail Brush *Eco Tools used here*
Small Crease Brush *Posh Brush from Drugstore*
Physician’s Formula Eye Booster Liquid Eyeliner in Ultra Black
Milani Liquifeye Pencil in Black
Kiss #04 Lashes
Duo Lash Adhesive
MAC Reflects Pearl Glitter Pigment
L’oreal Double Extend for All Eyes Mascara
 
Look #3
Nuance Smokey Palette *purple, pink, darker green*
CoverGirl Liquiline Blast in Grey Pencil
Angled Eyeliner Brush *same as in other tutorials*
Sonia Kashuk Blending Brush and Flat Shader Brush
Small Detail Brush *Eco Tools*
L’oreal Double Extend for All Eyes Mascara
 
 
 
 As always, I hope that this was helpful to you…
 
–Cookie
 
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My Journey (so far)…

Leopard Print Eye Tutorial

Leopard Print Eye Tutorial

Hello, Lovelies!

In an effort not to clog up this new blog, I am going to post a synopsis of my best videos so far. When I first started, I was just doing videos to respond to the YouTubers I really enjoy: namely, LovePeaceandLipGloss and LisaLisaD1. I did two video responses on my webcam to a Tag that Lisa sent around to everyone, it was called “If All My Makeup Disappeared, the Top 10 Beauty Items I Would Repurchase”. I loved the concept of this, it is so hard to pick only ten things! So, I sat down in front of my webcam thinking “Oh, now this will be so easy” and started talking. If you watch either of those videos, they are (in my honest opinion) terrible. They both look grainy because of lighting problems and being shot on a netbook webcam–and I was not used to thinking in opposites, so every time I tried to show a product I would move it in the wrong direction. So awful. But, you gotta start somewhere! To top it all off, I lost half of my video because the webcam stopped recording when my goldfish screensaver came on. LOL I guess that the better of these two videos was the second one, so I will share it Here.

I did not have plans to do much with my channel other than occasionally make a response to my favorite beauties until Kat (Wildkatmakeup on YT, a wonderful UK makeup artist/guru) put a link to my channel in one of her videos. I sent her a gift package of drugstore stuff from over here in the states, and she was so sweet to make a haul video featuring all of the products (Here is the link to her video). All of a sudden, I had subscribers! 22 to be exact! So, I just HAD to have some content…right? I did a response video for Kat thanking her and got to work planning videos.

My first tutorial was based on a winged eyeliner lesson I saw in Latina magazine. One of MUFE’s makeup artists said to draw a dot in between your lower lash line and eyebrow to start your wing for a really easy but dramatic cat eye. I started playing around with it, and I loved how it looked–so I decided this would be something really fun and unique to try for my first tutorial. There were, of course, a few issues–there are times where I am not in the frame and other little problems, but overall I think it was a decent start. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOpeHtFfRTE

My next tutorial was special. I love purple, and this was a look I wore to my friend Ashley’s wedding. I never really get the chance to dress up, so getting all gussied up to go out was a treat. But even better, James actually got dressed up and escorted me (he hates anything having to do with the word “fancy”)! We had a really good time at the wedding, and I got so many compliments on my dress and makeup. I attempted my first Outfit of the Day and recreated the makeup in a Tutorial

For some reason, My Makeup Collection Video has been really popular, so I thought I would include it here for anybody that missed it. I will have to record a second one now that I am in my bedroom, I am using the same desk and most of the same storage–but I have a vinyl covering so that the “rip” doesn’t show. Yes, Boogie ripped a piece of my desk cover off. But, I know that as I grow and change things around further it will be fun to compare it with this original collection video.

My Coach Poppy Ad Inspired Tutorial was shot outside on my back porch. Its a simple makeup look featuring pink and yellow tones. I really liked the way this tutorial turned out, and it was definitely the highest quality video I had made at that point. It was the first video that I watched and felt really proud of. 🙂

On to my Plus Size Fashion Guide. I really wanted to do Fattie Fashion videos (Fattie=a term used to denote a beautiful girl over size 14). Bad. For so many years, I was ashamed of my body–and once I learned to just embrace who I was and started taking chances with my clothing choices, I learned that you really can dress to impress at any size. I’m sorry, but I do not feel good about myself wearing long T-shirts to cover my butt and belly with baggy jeans. It gives me no shape, it actually makes me look a whole lot worse (which is not good for my self-esteem!). I watched a video LisaLisaD1 did where she basically responded to some of her haters that said she dressed “too young”–and I don’t know, something in that video just gave me the final jolt I needed to make the video. I was honest about sizing, and although it was tough at first, I am still glad I did it. That video has been my most-viewed thus far!

After watching Cora (VintageorTacky) rock orange lips, I tried and loved it. I created a Simple Reverse Smokey Eye Tutorial outlining how I like to wear my eyes when wearing orange lipstick. It was over 100 degrees outside when I shot this video! Ack!

At the request of two of my friends (Deana and Kathy), I did an Airbrush Makeup Tutorial. They came over to my house that weekend and we played around with my Dinair system–I would have loved to have filmed this, but I was airbrushing them at the time. If you are in the market for an airbrushing system, I highly recommend Dinair. It is a bit pricey, and there are cheaper alternatives that you might want to research, but with Dinair’s systems you can mix colors and set your air pressure. For me, these options are deal makers.

My most challenging tutorial/look thus far has by far been my Leopard Print Eye Tutorial. I made it at the suggestion of my friend Lourdes–I was looking for a challenging/unique look to send to Cora for her ongoing Guest Blogger section. I sent it, but I never heard back from her–so I am guessing it was a Fail–but either way, I am so glad I did this video. I never thought I would be able to pull this off, and I know that its made me a better makeup artist. Sometimes you really have to push your limits to get better. I am going to keep trying to get on Cora’s website, too, by the way. If I am anything, I am persistent! 😉

This Nicki Minaj VMA Drugstore Tutorial was so much fun to make! I attempted to wear the wig the entire time, but I was still on the porch and it was too hot. LOL

Smokey Fall Makeup

This Smokey Fall Makeup Tutorial is my best work to date (in my opinion, of course). I filmed it in my bedroom, with my new lighting setup (thank you JazzieBabyCakes!!). Its a simple smokey eye using Inglot shadows and bright red lips. Two years ago, I was afraid of red lipstick–so I think this really shows how far I have come both as a makeup artist and really just overall. My philosophy this past year has been to find situations that I would have said NO to and just go for it. Just having a YouTube channel, when I have always been so reserved and afraid to put myself out there, has been great for building my confidence and moving into new territory. I am so proud of this video. 🙂

 

Neutral Eyes with a Pop of Color Tutorial

 

This Pop of Blue Eye Tutorial features the eye look I am wearing in the haul video. I first saw this look in Lil Wayne’s 6 Foot 7 video, and I have been wearing it like its going out of style! Again, I think this really shows how far I have come in a short time–it is much more professional looking than my previous tutorials.

So, that’s been my YouTube journey up to this point. Its not a bad “body of work” for only being on for a month or so! There are still plenty of things I want to improve–and I would love to hear your suggestions. My goal has always been to make videos that are helpful–and having a high quality product is an important first step. What is it that you look for in a makeup tutorial? Do you prefer a closer image, like in my last two tutorials–or would you rather I zoom out so you can see my entire face? Do you prefer that I show each product as I go, sort of how I did in the Smokey Fall Tutorial? I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

As Always, Have a Yummy Day!

–Cookie

Blog, Haul, and Contest News!

Photo From Nicki Minaj Drugstore Makeup Tutorial

Donning a Blonde Wig for the Nicki Minaj VMA Drugstore Tutorial

Hello, Lovelies!

Welcome to my Blog! I am so excited that its finally up and running. I am going to post all of my tutorials, along with bonus goodies that you can only find here–so make sure you check back often!

I have to tell you, I have really caught the “YouTube Bug”. If you go back and watch my Introduction video, you will see that I originally only planned on doing a tutorial every few weeks! Wow. I have really exceeded that goal! 😉

I am all set up to shoot videos in my room now, and my lighting is just about right. I have really noticed a difference in my last two tutorials. I also completed my fist haul video, which was exciting. Hauls and reviews are some of my favorite videos to watch on YT, and I have been dying to make one so I am glad that it finally happened. Here is the link to that video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJEGwI5esn8

So, now for the best part–a Giveaway!

As of right now, I have 53 amazing subscribers! I am so excited about that, and I am planning on doing a Giveaway when I reach 100. The products will be from a brand featured in the haul video, Kleancolors. I am going back to Crush Too this weekend to purchase the prize, which will be worth approximately $50. With products averaging around $3, it will be a lot of loot! If you aren’t yet subscribed, you will definitely want to visit my channel at http://www.youtube.com/cookiefarrer and subscribe for your chance to win. If you are already a subscriber, thank you! The only thing left for you do to is to share my channel and videos with your friends that love all things beauty so that you will all have a chance to win! As soon as I reach the 100 subscriber mark, I will randomly choose a winner–then, I will contact him/her over YouTube for a mailing address. If I do not hear back from the first winner within 48 hours, I will randomly choose a second winner just to make sure its fair.

Good luck!

–Cookie

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