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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Years - A Glitzy Pink Tutorial!



2012 has been a wonderful and wild ride! Here's to 2013. Wishing you all a happy and safe New Years Eve!

Review & swatches of some products used: 


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Preview & Swatches: Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Shimmer Palette, Eyeshadow, Gel Liner, and Shadow Primer



Earlier today, I Instagramed a picture of the new Fergie Collection by Wet n Wild I spotted at +Walgreens and wanted to share some preliminary shots of my findings. I plan on having a video tutorial and full review out within the next few days, but I wanted to show you what I have so far in case you were thinking about picking some up for yourself. Also, I wanted to let you know that the $1 off coupon you see on the display can be stacked within a purchase! That means that if you buy 4 products, pull 4 of those coupons so that you can get $4 off your entire purchase.

Overall, this is a large and diverse collection that I had trouble choosing from. There is everything ranging from warm to cool within the face, eye, and lip products. Ultimately, I chose products I thought would be versatile and neutral, but also those that might prove to be products I have yet to find much of in the drugstore realm (i.e. a highlighter and neutral/sheer eye primer). Stay tuned for the results! A review & tutorial using all of these products is embedded below!



Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Shimmer Palette in Rosé Champagne Glow

Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Shimmer Palette in Rosé Champagne Glow

Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Shimmer Palette in Rosé Champagne Glow

Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Shimmer Palette in Rosé Champagne Glow

Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Photo Op Eyeshadow in Metropolitan Nights

Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Photo Op Eyeshadow in Metropolitan Nights

Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Photo Op Eyeshadow in Metropolitan Nights

Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Photo Op Eyeshadow in Metropolitan Nights
Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Photo Op Eyeshadow in Metropolitan Nights


Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Take on the Day Eyeshadow Primer in For My Primas


Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Take on the Day Eyeshadow Primer in For My Primas

Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Take on the Day Eyeshadow Primer in For My Primas

Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Take on the Day Eyeshadow Primer in For My Primas

Wet n Wild Fergie Collection Take on the Day Eyeshadow Primer in For My Primas

Wet n Wild Fergie Collection On Edge Créme Eyeliner in Little Black Dress

Wet n Wild Fergie Collection On Edge Créme Eyeliner in Little Black Dress 
Wet n Wild Fergie Collection On Edge Créme Eyeliner in Little Black Dress 
Wet n Wild Fergie Collection On Edge Créme Eyeliner in Little Black Dress 
Wet n Wild Fergie Collection On Edge Créme Eyeliner in Little Black Dress

Wet n Wild Fergie Collection On Edge Créme Eyeliner in Little Black Dress

Review & Swatchfest: Kryolan Eye Shadow Primer

Kryolan Eye Shadow Primer
 Earlier in November, I had the opportunity to attend a relaunch party for Kryolan. While there, I was introduced to one of their newest additions: Eye Shadow Primer. As a company long-known for the outstanding quality of their professional products (from stage makeup to body painting), I had a feeling in my gut that Kryolan's primer would stand up to pretty much any test. Sure enough, it quickly became my favorite sheer primer not long after I started using it.

To those who don't know, a primer serves to enhance the pigmentation of shadows and pigments as well as lock them into place so that they stay budge-proof until you are ready to take them off. While many primers are pigmented themselves, Kryolan's dispenses as a white gel, but sheers out into smooth nothingness. Prior to using it, I had always liked using flesh toned primers (a la MAC's Painterly Paint Pot) because they concealed small veins visible through my thin eyelids. After, however, I realized it was because every other sheer primer I had used before hadn't rendered my eyeshadows completely opaque. Not only that, but because I mixed even the slightest bit of pigment that comes in a flesh toned primer with my shadows, they can get slightly muddied and dulled. While that might not matter to someone who just uses primer to get their shadows through the day, a makeup artist or enthusiast will notice a difference.

Kryolan's Primer stays tacky for about 20-30 seconds after application. If you apply shadow while it's still sticky, be prepared for it to stay put after it dries; there is little to no time to blend afterward. If, on the other hand, you wait for it to dry, shadows will be just as pigmented, but you will have more time to work with and blend products. Once applied, my shadows are in-tact at the end of the work day and lasted until I took my makeup off at 10pm at night. This is serious, people. If you are a primer fanatic or are just looking for the end-all in sheer primers, this could be for you!

At the time of my last post, Kryolan was set to start selling products on their website within a month or two and the Primer had not yet been released. As of now, I can't find an ecommerce site for them, and don't know if the primer available in stores yet, but will keep you in the loop when I do! Please check back for updated pricing and sales information.

Kryolan's Eye Shadow Primer currently retails in Kryolan stores for $18 and will be available online when they open their commerce site (anticipated at the end of January 2012).

FTC: This products is a press sample given to me without obligation to mention or review. All thoughts an opinions are honest and original.

Kryolan Eye Shadow Primer

Kryolan Eye Shadow Primer

Review & Swatches: Wet n Wild Coverall Foundation & Powder



Wet n Wild Coverall Cream Foundation in Light/Medium

Wet n Wild Coverall Pressed Powder in Medium

Before:


After Cream Foundation (no concealer): 


After Powder Foundation (no concealer):















Saturday, December 29, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: CARGO Essential Palette in Bronze

CARGO Essential Palette in Bronze

CARGO Essential Palette in Bronze
Despite touting itself as an eyeshadow palette full of must-haves, CARGO's Essential Palette in Bronze is almost anything but. With a warm, soft shimmery yellow, a metallic warm bronze, a matte camel  with intermittent gold glitter, and a matte chocolate laden with gold glitter, this palette targets those with a warmer complexion who love some flash and sparkle.

The light yellow browbone shade comes off as slightly powdery and gives a subtle, nearly indiscernible sheen when blended out on the eye. The bronze lid shade has is smooth and pigmented. But, despite the show-stopping performance, it's so warm that it won't flatter most of those with cool skin. The crease shade is one that is relatively unique to this palette in that it has a matte camel shade as a base with relatively sparse gold glitter throughout. The odd thing about this shadow is that despite looking like it will leave your crease looking like a gilded disco ball, the glitter is only noticeable where the application is the thinnest ( around the perimeter of the swatch below). Although the pigmentation was a little inconsistent, it's an interesting shade, and something unique to my collection. Still, I'm not sure many would consider glitter an essential addition to their neutral look. Finally, the outer corner shade has a matte chocolate base with heavier gold glitter than the previous shadow. Much like the previous shadow however, it doesn't leave your eye looking as sparkly as you might imagine. And, although it's more consistent in application than the crease shade, the texture is slightly chalkier than other good matte shades I've encountered.

On the plus side, the packaging is nice with a thick exterior and sturdy closure and the top contains a nice, big mirror.

I don't want to give the impression that this is a bad palette by any means, but essential it is not. It's very warm and contains glitter that many wouldn't consider wearing on a daily basis. And, at $34 for 4 shadows, I would think the shadow quality would be stellar and not just so-so. Because the two matte shades with gold glitter make this palette relatively unique, I would recommend it for those looking for similar shadows.

FTC: This product was given to be as part of the Bloom Beauty Ambassador Program. I'm not obligated to review or mention it. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

CARGO Essential Palette in Bronze

CARGO Essential Palette in Bronze

CARGO Essential Palette in Bronze

CARGO Essential Palette in Bronze


Review & Swatchfest: Kiss Nail Dress in Teddy


Kiss Nail Dress in Teddy
Whether it's their Nail Dress or their imPRESS Press on Manis, I love Kiss nail products for their fast and easy application. Much like any brand, however, not all products within a line are created equal. I've tried @Kiss Nail Dress multiple times before, and had great experience each time, but that wasn't really the case with Teddy. 

Teddy is a textured pattern with a shiny black base with raised gold dots arranged to create fun swirls. While they look great in the package (and not terrible on my nails), it was harder to achieve smooth edges when filing off. As a result these only lasted for a day before the frayed edges started catching on clothing and soon had to be peeled off. On the one hand, the super fast application and removal makes these the epitome of a perfect mani. However, I expect any manicure - polish or otherwise - to last longer than a day (especially when they cost $6.99 per package). Like I said before, I've had good experience with these in the past, but I think the raised pattern on these set them up for failure from the get go. That being said, I would recommend other patterns from this line because you can not only get two manicures out of one package, but you can also do your toes as well, which makes the $6.99 price tag a bargain.

You can learn more about Kiss Nail Dress on their site! This was given to me as part of the +Influenster Holiday VoxBox, however all thought and opinions are honest and original. 

Kiss Nail Dress in Teddy

Friday, December 28, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: L'Oréal Limited Edition Project Runway Palettes in The Mystic's Gaze & The Muse's Gaze

L'Oréal Limited Edition Project Runway Palette in The Mystic's Gaze

When I first saw L'Oréal's Project Runway collection hit the drugstore shelves, I was blown away by the bright, bold shades present in everything from the nail polishes to the eyeshadows. While I didn't initially indulge in anything from the collection, I recently found some products on clearance at Target a few days ago and couldn't say no!

The first palette, The Mystic's Gaze, is overwhelmingly cool with a medium iridescent purple, medium iridescent emerald green, bright matte blue-purple, and a deep blackened blue. Unfortunately, this palette was somewhat of a letdown when it came to both swatching and wearing. Both of the top shades were more sheer than expected and the matte shadow was chunky and inconsistently pigmented.  The deep, blackened blue shade was the softest and smoothest of the quad, but it's easily dupable and not worth spending full price for. Luckily, the next palette, The Muse's Gaze, was a redeeming product in this collection!

The Muse's Gaze contains a sheer, pearlescent teal, a shimmery yellow gold, a shimmery peach, and a shimmery emerald green with chunky green sparkles. All of these shadows are smooth and glide on, but not all are evenly pigmented. The teal is the most sheer in the palette and can be worn both as a highlight or overshadow and is a near dupe for Inglot's AMC 24 shadow. While I don't associate this color palette with winter, I it will prove great for spring and summer looks. 

Overall, there are some definite inconsistencies within this collection. But The Muse's Gaze palette is a real gem and, wether you are buying it full prices or at a discount, it is worth the purchase! 

Did you snag any of the Project Runway pieces from L'Oréal?

L'Oréal Limited Edition Project Runway Palette in The Mystic's Gaze

L'Oréal Limited Edition Project Runway Palette in The Mystic's Gaze

L'Oréal Limited Edition Project Runway Palette in The Mystic's Gaze

L'Oréal Limited Edition Project Runway Palette in The Mystic's Gaze

L'Oréal Limited Edition Project Runway Palette in The Mystic's Gaze

L'Oréal Limited Edition Project Runway Palette in The Muse's Gaze

L'Oréal Limited Edition Project Runway Palette in The Muse's Gaze

L'Oréal Limited Edition Project Runway Palette in The Muse's Gaze

L'Oréal Limited Edition Project Runway Palette in The Muse's Gaze

L'Oréal Limited Edition Project Runway Palette in The Muse's Gaze

Monday, December 24, 2012

Allure Beauty Box Giveaway!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Battle of the Subscriptions: December Birchbox and Ipsy



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Makeup Tips & Tricks for Glasses Wearers


One of the first Youtube videos I made was a back-to-school video for glasses wearers. Not only was it a long time ago, but it was a few cameras and apartments ago too. Much has changed, including my tips for applying makeup when you wear glasses. While the tutorial above contains all of the tips in action, I thought I would reduce them down to a few bullet points for the reader on the go.

1. Keep your eyes simple. Using matte shadows is a great way to keep things from looking too busy in an already cluttered eye area. Shimmery shades can work, but I often find that highly reflective shadows play with the light a little too much. That's not to say you should nix them altogether! Applying a little to your inner corner and brow bone will instantly brighten your eyes.

2. Clean up your complexion. With your eyes relatively hidden, all of the focus is on your the rest of your face - complexion included. Make sure skin is flawless with a full suite of foundation, concealer, and setting powder.

4. Sculpt. Contour, blush, and highlight are the natural continuation of achieving a flawless complexion. 'Nuff said.

3. Frame your frames. By now, you may have guessed that the name of the glasses-wearing game is to emphasize everything that your frames don't cover. Brows are no exception. You don't necessarily need thick brows, but definition will help to frame the upper portion of your face.

5. Rock them. No look is complete without confidence! If you are new to your specs, this might not come naturally. All the more reason to wear a makeup look you love and are comfortable in!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Laura Mercier's Arabasque Collection to Launch this January


This January, Laura Mercier is launching what looks to be a very romantic set of products in her Arabesque Collection. Described as having "soft and sweet hues that perfectly enhance natural beauty," this collection is filled with nude and blush tones that promise to create a healthy looking complexion for spring.

Will you be trying it?

Laura Mercier Limited Edition Free Spirit Baked Eye Colour Palette ($48)


Laura Mercier Limited Edition Shade Nail Lacquer in En Pointe ($18) 


Laura Mercier Limited Edition Shade Eye Pencil in Stone Grey ($20)



Laura Mercier Limited Edition Shade Crème Smooth Lip Colour ($26)


Repromote: Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Bare Pink ($24) 


Repromote: Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Mulberry and Shy Pink ($20)



Repromote: Laura Mercier Faux Lash Mascara ($24)



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