Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The NARS Sheer Glow foundation is described as a satin-finish foundation with sheer and buildable coverage. It is one of those foundations that does not need a setting powder to look finished although I usually like to set it with my mineralize skinfinish natural by MAC. It contains no SPF so it is great for taking photographs, especially with flash. I would consider it a light-medium coverage foundation as it provides coverage but still looks very natural. My only complaint is that the foundation doesn't come with a pump, so it is easy to waste product when pouring it out of the container. NARS recently started selling pumps for the foundations on their website, so I may be ordering one soon :) If you are curious to try out this foundation, I highly recommend you ask for a sample at your local counter. Let me know your thoughts on NARS Sheer Glow Foundation.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I originally was interested in the Rouge Volupte color #7 Lingerie Pink but when I tried it on in the store it was way too barbie looking on me. The Nude Beige color is very subtle pinky-nude color which looks good with basically any makeup look. I will admit it that the gorgeous lipstick packaging also suckered me in making this purchase lol. The classy gold tube with YSL detailing is stunning, and it even comes with a mirror on the top of the tube to use when applying the color. Everything about this lipstick is luxe, from the packaging, to the silky texture, to the pleasant smell. This lipstick are extremely pigmented, creamy, and moisturizing which is great, especially in the dry, winter months!
The Chanel Mystic Eyes Quad is pure perfection. Sure you could say this is just another neutral palette, but Chanel always puts together colors that complement each other so well. The Mystic Eyes Quad contains four neutral shades: a light silvery-gray, a soft milky pink, a mid-tone bronzy brown, and a dark chocolate brown. There are many different ways you can wear these eyeshadows. My favorite way is to place the baby pink color on the lid, the bronze in the crease, the dark brown in the outer v, and the silvery gray as the brow-bone highlight color.
Above are the swatches of these products. The first photo was taken indoors and the second one was taken outdoors. I am really loving these products! Yes they may seem expensive, but the quality is outstanding. The colors themselves are not super unique so I am sure you could find similar colors from other companies. Although I cannot speak for the lipstick, I have had my first Chanel quad since high school so I know that this one will last a long time. Have any of you girls tried either of these products? Let me know in the comments.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I have been using this product every night for a couple of months and I am sad to say that it is a miss in my book. I have used over half of the bottle and I have not really seen any results. Clinique claims that the All About Eyes Serum helps massage away bags and refreshes eyes, and combats dark circles while brightening the eye area.
To be fair, I don't really have any under-eye puffiness and I purchased this product more for the dark circles and brightening effect. I have not noticed any difference in my dark circles which is disappointing. I have not noticed any brightening effect either. The serum itself feels really nice and cooling on my eyes. It feels very refreshing and helps hydrate my eye area.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
I picked up two Wet n Wild Color Icon eyeshadows in the colors Brulee and Nutty. Nutty has been compared to Mac's Satin Taupe (one of my favorite eyeshadows) so I knew I wanted to try it. I also picked up Brulee since I have been looking for a light neutral eyeshadow to add to my collection.
Just by looking at the pictures above, you can see how pigmented and smooth these eyeshadows are. I have been wearing both of these colors the last couple of days (with a primer) and I can confirm that they last all day and have not faded or creased after 12 hours of wear. I cannot speak for the line as a whole, but I can tell you that these particular colors are worth buying. At around $2 dollars per shadow, you can't really go wrong.
(Brulee and Nutty swatches, no flash)
I also wanted to compare Nutty to Satin Taupe since some people are saying that Nutty is a dupe for Satin Taupe eyeshadow. As you can see from the pictures below, Nutty has a slightly warmer tone than Satin Taupe, the color and finish of the eyeshadows are pretty close.
I eventually want to try out the eyeshadow palettes from this collection. I have read good things about the vanity palette, which contains six various neutral shades. If you have tried any of the Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadows, let me know in the comments below.
Friday, October 15, 2010
- Mac Painterly Paint Pot
- Naked Palette eye shadows in the colors Virgin, Naked, Toasted and Hustle
- Naked Palette eyeliners in Whiskey and Zero
- Loreal Voluminous Mascara
- Palladio Herbal Primer Potion
- Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
- Mac Studio Finish Concealer
- Mac MSF Natural
- Mac By Candlelight MSF
- Mac Briar Rose Beauty Powder
- Clinique Almost Bronzer
- Mac Innocence Beware
With a Mac 129 Brush I placed briar rose beauty powder on my cheeks. I then applied by candlelight on my cheek bones as a highlight, which gives a nice glow from within. With my Sigma 150 brush I applied my bronzer all over my face, focusing on the hollows of my cheeks, temple, and jawline. Lastly I applied the lipstick innocence beware to finish off the look.
I hope you liked it! Let me know what you use for your neutral eye look.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
There are many dry shampoos on the market today. I have tried three brands of dry shampoo: Klorane, Batiste, and Tresemme. My favorite of the three is Klorane. It feels clean and lightweight, it is hypo-allergenic, there is no strong smell (but I love the light scent), and it makes my hair look fresh. The only downside is that it is on the pricier side of dry shampoos.
Batiste is also a good dry shampoo. Out of all the dry shampoos I have tried, it gives the most volume to the hair as well as cleaning it. It also really inexpensive, which is great. The only downside of this shampoo is the scent, if you are sensitive to smells. Some people may actually like the scent, but it is just too strong for me personally.
Tresemme dry shampoo was very disappointing. I was excited to try out this product since the Tresemme brand is very affordable, and because I have enjoyed other products from this line. While the scent was pleasant, the result was not good. The shampoo left my hair very sticky and damp, unlike the other dry shampoos. It actually felt dirtier to me after than before I applied it. I attempted to try it out a couple other times, but got the same results. I feel like the problem with the formula is that it is much more runny, while the other shampoos tend to be more powdery. This product did not work for me and I will not repurchase.
For those of you wanting to try a dry shampoo I would recommend either Klorane or Batiste as they both work quite well. Klorane is available at Sephora and Batiste is available at Sally Beauty Supply. If you use dry shampoo, leave a comment telling me what brand you use.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Today I picked up my pre-sale items from the much anticipated Mac Venomous Villains Collection! The collection officially launched yesterday, September 30th and is expected to sell out very quickly. The Venomous Villains collection is rather large, containing four separate collections by villain: Cruella de Vil, Evil Queen, Maleficent, and Dr. Facilier.
I purchased five items from this collection, most of them being from the Evil Queen Collection:
Briar Rose Beauty Powder (Maleficent)
Oh So Fair Beauty Powder (Evil Queen)
Bite Of An Apple Blush (Evil Queen)
Innocence Beware! Lipstick (Cruella de Vil)
Sinister Lipstick (Evil Queen)
Above: Primary Packaging
Below: Product Color
- Briar Rose is a cool-toned pink with a hint of violet. It is super pretty on the cheeks and I think it will work great with a darker lip. It reminds me of Azalea Blossom Ombre from the spring color forecast collection.
- Oh So Fair is a soft, clean pink with a slight sheen. It is very subtle on, but it will work well as a blush since I have fair skin.
- Bite Of An Apple is a brightened coral-pink blush with a matte finish. Although it looks very bright in the pan, it can be sheered out to give a light flush. It is kind of similar to my MAC Hipness Blush from to the beach, but the packaging was too cute to pass up.
- Innocence Beware! is a pretty nude color with a pink undertone. It is close to the colors Creme de Nude and Hue from the Mac permanent line. It is nothing special, I just like nude lipsticks.
- Sinister is a soft brown lipstick with a plum shimmer. It is a lustre finish, so the color is sheer on the lips. I have nothing similar to this lipstick and it is a good fall color.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
MAC: To The Beach Collection
I was looking forward to this collection for months! The packaging is adorable, and the colors and fun and summery, perfect for the beach. I wanted to purchase the whole collection, but I restrained myself and only purchased five items:
- Lazy Day Lipstick
- Easy Lounger Lipglass
- Hipness Blush
- Sand and Sun Eyeshadow
- Golden Bronzer
Lazy Day is a soft pink lipstick which looks very similar to MAC’s permanent lipstick in Angel with the exception of the finish (Lustre vs. Frost). It is great for an everyday subtle lipstick. Easy Lounger is a light pink gloss with multidimensional shimmer which works great over most lipsticks. Hipness blush is an bright coral blush, great for the summertime. Sand and sun is a nice peachy color, although the eye shadow is a bit chalky. Lastly, Golden is a nice basic bronzer to have. I mostly just wanted this compact for the packaging lol. This is definitely one of MAC’s better collections.
MAC: In The Groove
I picked up five items from this collection as well:
- Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish
- Jazzed Cremesheen Lipstick
- On The Scene Cremesheen Glass
- Hang Loose Mineralize Blush
- By Candlelight Mineralize Skinfinish (not pictured above)
Below are some swatches
My favorite item by far is Stereo Rose Mineralize Skinfinish (on my cheek in the pic below). It gives the most gorgeous coral-peach glow on the cheeks. It is like a blush and highlighter rolled up into one perfect package. Stereo Rose leaves no obvious glitter on the cheeks like some of the other mineralize skinfinishes. In my opinion, it definitely lives up to the hype, and I highly recommend it.
Jazzed is a beautiful coral-peach lipstick that is neither too orange nor too pink. It looks great paired with on the scene cremesheen glass (pictured below) or by itself. I have been enjoying this combination all summer long.
Hang Loose mineralize blush is a blue-toned pink blush that looks very similar to MAC’s well dressed blush from the permanent line. I have also used the lavender side as an eyeshadow a couple times.
Lastly, I recently ordered By Candlelight. I have not received it yet which is why it is not in my pictures. However, I did try it out in the store and it is a gorgeous pink-champagne color. I plan to use it as a highlighter for my cheeks.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
This palette comes with twelve full size shadows, with shades ranging from delicate champagnes to dark gunmetal, and textures ranging from glitter to shimmer to matte. The palette is packaged in a dark brown velvet case with the gold words “Naked” across the top. It contains a mirror inside, the shadows, and an double-ended eye liner in the colors zero and whisky. A travel sized primer potion is also included.
The first thing that came to mind when I saw this palette is the great value for the price. This kit costs only $44 which is an amazing price when you consider that a single Urban Decay eyeshadow costs $17 and you are getting 12 full size shades plus extras!
The Naked Palette includes:
- Virgin (satin chamois)
- Sin (champagne)
- Naked (matte buff nude)
- Sidecar (cocoa with golden sparkle sheen)
- Buck (matte nutmeg)
- Half Baked (subtle, lustrous bronze)
- Smog (deep coppery bronze)
- Darkhorse (bronze patina)
- Toasted (rich copper)
- Hustle (plum brown satin)
- Creep (onyx with gold sparkle)
- Gunmetal (gunmetal gray with silver glitter)
- Zero (black) and Whiskey (creamy rich brown) eyeliner double-sided eyeliner
- Primer Potion
Below are swatches of the shadows:
Picture taken inside Picture taken outside
The eye shadows are pigmented, smooth, and blend easily. The Naked Palette is perfect for creating everyday, office-appropriate neutrals, summertime bronzy looks, or sultry smoky eyes for a night out. It is ideal to take when traveling and the color options are endless! I really can't say anything bad about this palette, everything about it is just right, I love all of the colors.
If you have not had a chance to pick this palette up, I highly recommend that you do so. Fortunately, the Naked Palette is a permanent Urban Decay item so you should eventually be able to snag one.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
The shades that I picked up are: Coral Reef, Pink Pop, and Lilac Pastelle. These three shades have a cream finish and are comparable to the Mac Creamsheen Glosses. They vary in price from store to store but I believe I paid around $8 per gloss at CVS. All three shades are beautiful. (swatches below)
Below are pictures of the lip glosses applied on my lips:
Coral Reef is a bright true coral color
Pink Pop is a bright fuchsia pink color
Lilac Pastelle is a wearable light lavender color
Lilac Pastelle is the most unique color and my favorite of the three. It is very wearable and looks great layered over a light pink lipstick. I will definitely be repurchasing these glosses! Go check them out, you can thank me later ;)
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I am so excited that I finally got my hands on the summer collection by Essie since I had the hardest time finding it in stores! I picked up the mini polishes since I could not find full sizes anywhere. This set came with four colors from the summer collection: Haute As Hello, Knockout Pout, Demure Vixen, and Pretty Edgy.
Haute As Hello is a gorgeous light peach/coral color (pictured below on my nails). It was definitely love at first swipe and I highly recommend that you get your hands on it if you can.
Knockout Pout is a bright barbie/flamingo pink color. It is stunning as well, but not quite as unique as some of the other colors in this collection. It is a must have summer color and looks great on the toes if you are looking for a fun splash of color.
Pretty Edgy is a vivid palmetto green which is pretty, but green nail polish is not really my thing. I am sure I will find use for this one around Christmas or St. Patty's Day, but that's about it.
Demure Vixen is iridescent cocoa mauve, and the softest color of this set. The subtle iridescence in it makes the color interesting and unique. I will definitely be using this color come fall since I am on a bit of a bright color kick this summer.
If you want to snag any these shades, get on it now because they are limited and won't be available much longer, although there is always eBay!