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Monday, September 30, 2013

Review: Mary Kay Timewise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation

Mary Kay Timewise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation



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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review, Swatches, & Looks: em Cosmetics Beach Life Palette





PROS:

  • Mostly pigmented shadows with a good variety of shades
  • Good blush an bronzer quality
  • Lip products are smooth, not sticky
  • Both full size case and travel case has some heft with solid magnetic closure
  • Pans are easy to remove and replace

CONS:

  • Price: $75 - Even if this palette was absolutely perfect, I feel like this is too much
  • Arbitrary pan sizes are inconvenient
  • Small lip products make for a messy palette and frequent refills
Verdict:
I'm torn! I travel very frequently (ironically, I'm in an airport as I type this) and the ability to fit an entire face in one conveniently sized palette is totally appealing - especially when the product inside is good. Still, there were some shortcomings which is something I feel a $75 shouldn't have. Is this good for the makeup artist or traveler? Yes. Is it a must-have for the masses? Nope. If the price was lowered to something of an Urban Decay level (say $55 or $60), then the answer might be yes. 

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Review & Swatches: NYC Limited Edition IndividualEyes Palettes in Super Vixen and Super Chica



NYC Limited Edition IndividualEyes Palette in Super Chica

Are you ready for the most affordable Halloween makeup of all time? NYC has come out with limited edition Halloween products - specifically palettes within their IndividualEyes line - and they are packed with some fun shades for an affordable makeup look to complement your costume. 

Super Chica is the Wonder Woman palette in this line with a sheer shimmery yellow, bold matte blue, bold matte red, and deep matte black. For $4.99, I was unbelievable impressed with the pigmentation of the shadows in this palette - especially given how hard it can be for high-end brands to get them right. Super Vixen is more of a black tie affair kind of palette with an opaque metallic shimmer, somewhat sheer metallic gold, satin medium grey, and shimmery black. I was surprised at how NYC manages to make the silver truly metallic rather than a collection of not-so-finely-milled shimmer as so man other brands do. 

As usual, accompanying the shadows in each of these palettes is a cream primer and highlighter. While I wouldn't recommend using the primer to get you through a night crease-free, it does the job when it comes to making shadows bolder and more even. The illuminator works well applied selectively over the eyes and face, but yields the same results as the primer when used as a base underneath shadows. 

One problem I encounter with these palettes is fallout from the shadow landing in the cream products. For the price, I can't complain too much, but it's pretty unavoidable. Just blow what you can away and scrape the rest off. Luckily you are provided with ample primer and illuminator so it's not a make-or-break kind of situation in my opinion. 

Interested in doing it up big as Wonder Woman this Halloween? Thinking a sultry classic smoky eye to accompany your classic cat costume is more your speed? You might want to pick these palettes up for a simple, effective, and affordable way of making it happen! Hurry fast because these guys are limited edition with just a few palettes to each display. 

Have you seen them around yet?

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Review & Swatches: Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express Mascara

Maybelline The Rocket Volum' Express Mascara



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Monday, September 23, 2013

My Fall Must-Haves


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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Products I Love & Hate



Review & Swatches: Wet n Wild Fergie Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette in Newport Nights


Wet n Wild Fergie Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette in Newport Nights

After my initial experience with the eyeshadow palette from the Wet n Wild Fergie Collection, I was in no rush to go out and buy more. The pigmentation and texture left a lot to be desired given the inflated price and the quality of the shadows in Wet n Wild's permanent collection. Recently, however, I spotted a stand in Walgreens that advertised 25% off all Fergie Collection items and I thought it might be time to give them another go – especially Newport Nights. This 5-pan palette contains soft, light shades that look like a beach vacation in shadow form.

Unlike the previous palette I tried, shadows in Newport Nights are soft, smooth, and well pigmented Included in the shades are a matte cream, soft satin pink, pale satin purple, pale satin burnt orange, and medium shimmery bronze. In addition to creating a soft, daytime look, these shadows act as great shadows to help blend out bolder shades. While I didn't find that they crease, these shadows lasted without fading for about 6 hours, but perform perfectly with a primer.


For $4.99, this one is a must-have from the Fergie Collection – a good thing since I had previously written the whole line off based on my experience with one palette. Have you tried any Fergie Collection palettes?

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

September Battle of the Monthly Subscription Services: Ipsy & Birchbox




Wednesday, September 18, 2013

FREE elf Mystery Bag!




For today only, you can receive an ELF Mystery Bag for FREE with any $20 purchase. Use code MYSTERY at checkout to snag a bag that supposedly has an $80 value! Make sure you get it while you can because the deal ends at midnight tonight! Happy Shopping!

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Review & Swatches: Manna Kadar Gold Digger Palette

Manna Kadar Gold Digger Palette 
Manna Kadar Gold Digger Palette

Manna Kadar Gold Digger Palette

Manna Kadar Gold Digger Face Palette ($65) is an essentials palette it there ever was one. With five eyeshadows and three face powders, this palette caters to the minimalist, but doesn't sacrifice quality for simplicity.

Among the shadows are:
  • Champagne Showers - light pearlescent beige that doubles as face highlight
  • Nugget - pale gold
  • Jackpot - dark brown with gold shimmer
  • Six Figures - deep copper brown
  • Luck Be A Lady - pale pink with silver glitter
The face powders include:
  • Air Kiss - warm matte rose
  • All That Glitters - peach with gold shimmer
  • Cashmere - medium satin brown
Each and every powder is smooth, creamy, pigmented. Cashmere doubles as a matte crease color - a staple in any palette - while Champagne Showers works beautifully as both an eye and face highlight. While each shadow is buildable, you shouldn't expect any dramatic looks coming from this palette. Natural is the name of the game here. Still, the products are so buttery and rich that I've felt nothing less than subtly radiant each and every time I wear them. 

The price might seem steep for a palette with only 8 pans inside, but you receive 28 grams of product! As a means of comparison, the Urban Decay Naked Palette comes with 15.6g at $50 ($3.20 per gram), while Kadar's clocks in at $2.30 per gram. Needless to say, this is a palette for the person who loves their staple shades. Additionally, the packaging itself has a slight heft to it. It's not bulky by any means, but it's also not going to come apart if you need to throw it in your purse for touchups during the day or a weekend trip.

Overall I don't think you can go wrong with this palette. Good for the makeup artist, traveler, or minimalist, the Gold Digger Face Palette has everything you need to create the perfect glowing complexion. I picked it up in an attempt to branch out and explore new beauty brands and I have to say: Best. Choice. Ever.


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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ultraviolet Extreme Winged Liner Tutorial


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Monday, September 16, 2013

Review: Rimmel Extra Pop Mascara in Pop of Purple

Rimmel Extra Pop Mascara in Pop of Purple



PROS: 

  • Lengthens
  • Affordable ($3.99)
  • Good color payoff
  • Long lasting

CONS:

  • Doesn't curl or volumize


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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Review & Swatches: em Cosmetics Waterliner in turquoise



em Cosmetics Waterliner in turquoise



PROS:

  • Stays all day on upper lash line
  • Easily built for pigmentation
  • Comes with sharpener

CONS:

  • Hard to apply in waterline
  • Didn't stay in waterline
  • Smudger sponge is slightly harsh


For $20, I recommend Stila's Smudge Sticks over em Cosmetics Waterliner. I find them to be a little creamier, easier to apply to the waterline, and last longer. 

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Review & Swatches: Maybelline Limited Edition Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow in Autumn Dream

Maybelline Limited Edition Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow in Autumn Dream

Always one to come out with spot on limited edition seasonal releases, Maybelline has done it again with Fall 2013's collection. Full of pink and purple hued lip glosses, new liner shades, and rich shadows, I decided to pick up a palette that best represented everything I love about upcoming fall trends: gem tones.

Maybelline's Limited Edition Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow in Autumn Dream contains an ultra shimmery cool champagne highlight, a vibrant violet, deep blue-toned hunter green, and blackened navy. As with all of the Eye Studio quads, there isn't a matte in sight which can be problematic when trying to achieve a natural transition from shadow on the lid to shadow on your brow bone. Still, the shadows that are there are smooth, creamy, pigmented, and consistent with the high quality I've come to expect from this line.

Overall, this palette is a must-have for the coming cooler months! For $9.99 wherever Maybelline is sold, it's worth it to wait for a sale, but don't wait too long as they are limited edition. Typically there are 2 shadow palettes per display so if you see them and want them, pick them up!

Are you trying anything from the limited edition Maybelline collection?

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Review & Swatches: em Cosmetics Life Palette Samplers in Love Life and Beach Life

em Cosmetics Life Palette Samplers in Love Life
Since it launched just a few weeks ago, em Cosmetics has had a few offers involving a sampler of The Life Palette - the centerpiece of the entire collection. This massive palette comes with 4 complete looks that consist of 6 eyeshadows, 1 cheek color, and 2 lip colors - all of which pop out of the palette and fit in a smaller travel size palette that also comes with your purchase. But a monster palette comes with a monster price tag ($75) and many (myself included) are hesitant to invest sight unseen. I took advantage of a few of the sampler to get a feel for whether or not I wanted to invest in the full meal deal, and the results are in! Check out my thoughts and swatches below.

Each sampler palette includes 3 full size eyeshadows and 1 lip color - a stellar deal when it comes free with purchase or $10 solo (when they are offered). I ended up with products from Look 1 of the Love Life Palette - a mix of a grey-taupe, gold-laced purple, shimmery teal, and plum gloss - and Look 2 from the Beach Life Palette - a combination of a peach-gold duochrome, chocolate-gold shimmer, a cooler deep brown, and sheer peach gloss. Overall, I was very impressed with the quality of the shadows. All of them are smooth, apply evenly (with the exception of the medium brown in the Beach Life shadows), are long wearing, and have great pigmentation. The glosses feel soft and creamy without being overly sticky and play really nicely with the Creamy Color Classic Lipstick from em Cosmetics.

Ultimately, trying these samplers was enough to push me to purchase the full Beach Life Palette! I was impressed enough with the eyeshadow quality and the allure of the versatility this palette presents that I had to give the full size a go. Additionally, I'm excited to try the blushes from the palette - you receive 4 full sized pans! The palette altogether is a pricey piece, but when you do the math each pan of product comes out to $2 a piece - a steal considering the quality I experienced. The problem lies in the quantity you have to commit to when you purchase. What I hope to be able to do in trying the full Life Palette is decide whether or not the commitment is worth it. I just got a notification from em Cosmetics letting me know it shipped so stay tuned!

Have you tried em Cosmetics products yet?

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Review & Swatches: em Cosmetics Creamy Color Classic Lipstick in Cuddle Up Pink

em Cosmetics Creamy Color Classic Lipstick in Cuddle Up Pink




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Review & Swatches: Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia


Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia
Although it might be one of ELF's more famous blush/bronzer duo, I've never tried their Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia - the notorious NARS Orgasm and Laguna dupe. Luckily, I received it in my recent ELF Beauty Bundle and have been using it every day ever since. See what all the fuss is about!

The bronzer is more of a satin finish - rather than matte or shimmery, like NARS Laguna. It's natural looking enough to wear both as a contour and all-over bronzer without looking like a disco ball. The the blush is a light, gold shimmer-laced peach with considerably less pink pigment than Orgasm. Both products are nicely pigmented and can be applied as sheer color, for a natural look, or built for a more intense effect or to suit deeper skin tones (although I don't think the bronzer will fit deep skin tones). The duo feels very light and lean towards being slightly powdery, but I was still really impressed with how the pair wore smoothly evenly throughout the day without streaking or fading - not bad for a $3 duo. 

Overall, this is a must-have blush to stash in your travel kit or as an everyday double-duty product! It's not the NARS dupe I thought it was, but it's something everyone could use in their stash regardless!

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Review: Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer



Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer



Pros:

  • Glides on without tugging
  • Easy to blend out

Cons:

  • Didn't keep makeup in place on my T-Zone
  • Foundation needs to be applied using hands to avoid brush strokes
  • Didn't find that it kept foundation on in place when set with powder any more than if I wore my "holy grail" foundation alone.
*I think the wear of this product heavily depends on the skin type you have. The formula was no match for my combination skin, but others with dry skin have raved about it! My advice: watch a few more reviews before purchasing because results seem to vary widely.  You can purchase Benefit's Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer from ULTA for $32. 


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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

ELF Birthday Beauty Bundle Unboxing, Review, & Swatches


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Review & Swatches: ELF Baked Eyeshadow Palette in California



ELF Baked Eyeshadow Palette in California

When I initially tried ELF's Baked Eyeshadow Palette in New York nearly a year ago, I was overall impressed with shade range and versatility of such an affordable palette. Since then, ELF has released three more baked palettes - one of which I received in my recent Beauty Bundle: ELF Baked Eyeshadow Palette in California

This light, earthy palette contains loads of light, shimmery neutrals along with some deeper shimmery smoky shades and a surprise matte that performs shockingly well! All 10 shadows can be used both wet and dry, providing versatility more so where the lighter shades are concerned. While some of the lighter shades were relatively unimpressive as light dustings of shimmer across the lid when worn dry, all of them perked right up when mixed with a medium like water or a setting spray. 

For $10, this is a beautiful neutral palette that keeps pulling of anything from a polished everyday neutral look to a vampy nighttime look affordable. The deep satin/matte chocolate brown provides a great texture variant among the shades, but one thing I would have liked to seen was a light matte shadow. Still, at $1 a shadow, this palette is a steal and I recommend it for the neutral lovers out there. 

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Monday, September 9, 2013

My September Wantable Box!





I get asked which subscription services I've tried and would recommend at least 5 times every month - no wonder considering how many there are out there! Each time, my answer varies according to what exactly the person asking want to receive. Despite the volume of services, each one has carved out a niche for itself providing one quality or another that the others don't. No matter what, I always base recommendations on personal experience, so when asked if I wanted to test a Wantable box - a new-to-me service - I was all in!

Wantable is a high-end subscription service where, for $36 a month, you receive 4 to 6 full size luxury products in your mail box each month. With a subscription, you pay monthly and have the freedom to skip a month or cancel at any time, or there is an option to try it once for $40. After filling out a detailed profile specifying items I would "love" to receive, "like" to receive, and "dislike" receiving, I finalized my order and my box shipped within 2 days and arrived within 6 - everything was neatly and securely packed. Here's what I received:

Lise Watier Quatuor Eyeshadow Quartet Tartantastique ($36) - This quad contains shadows with a unique creamy powder texture(love!), a mix of finishes, in shades perfect for the coming fall weather.
Bésame Cosmetics Sweetheart Balm Tangerine ($18) - The first product I've tried from Bésame, this balm is thinner than you might expect, but still moisturizing and comes with a sheer tangerine tint.
LAQA & Co. Nail Polish in Ankle Biter ($11) - Although I'm not crazy about the long brush and its tendency to keep polish globbing up during application, I love the shade and have gotten so many complements on it both in real life and in videos!
LAQA & Co. Nail Polish Remover Pads ($5.95) - These smell nothing like nail polish remover and are very gentle in addition to being great for travel. Just don't count on them removing heavy duty glitter or lots of layers.
Manna Kadar Glossware in Hot Lips ($19) - Hot Lips is a cream hot pink that is wonderfully opaque and adheres to the lips without being sticky. This was a definite love for me!
Lise Watier Ombre Soufflé Supreme Sample ($0) - Usually I'm not into foil packets of color cosmetics - especially when there are full-sized goodies to be had, but I'm a sucker for cream shadows and had to go for it!

This box has a retail value of $89.95 - making well worth even $40 if you chose you only wanted to try Wantable once. Given how much I love everything that came in my box, I would say this service is worth it. Another perk of the service is the referral program! For every person who signs up through your referral link, you receive $1 in Wantable credit and if any of those people order a box, you receive $9 for a total of $10 for one referral ordering a box through your link. If you want guaranteed full size luxury products delivered to your doorstep every month - Wantable is undeniably a fantastic price for the value provided. Additionally, if you find you don't want or need a box in a given month, skip it guilt and fee-free!

Will you be trying Wantable?


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Top 5 in Under 5: Matte Drugstore Bronzer




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Friday, September 6, 2013

Review: Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara

Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara



PROS:

  • Lengthens
  • Separates
  • Curls
  • Affordable

CONS:

  • Didn't add volume
  • Didn't last throughout the day

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Review & Swatches: Prestige Total Intensity Bold Trio Eyeshadow in Moonstruck



Prestige Total Intensity Bold Trio Eyeshadow in Moonstruck
Both on YouTube and in the beauty blogosphere, Prestige Cosmetics seems like an underrated brand. Despite having a secure spot in ULTA's drugstore section, their products are infrequently talked about, so I thought I would explore them more on a recent trip to one of my favorite beauty store. 

Because of it's striking combination of colors, I picked up the Prestige Bold Trio Eyeshadow in Moonstruck. Not knowing what to expect, I hoped that the $12 price tag would yield great quality for 3 shadows. As it turns out, this Total Intensity trio offers up the total package. The shadows are smooth, apply evenly, and pigmented. Included among the shadows are a frosted duo-chrome white-light blue, medium metallic copper, and blackened metallic cobalt. While it might seem like an unlikely color combination, I love the looks I was able to create using it - check out the tutorial below!

So far I'm impressed with what I've experience with Prestige! I have a few more products from the line to try, and I hope they meet the expectations this trio has set. For $12, it's a great trio to have in your beauty arsenal. Not a fan of the shades? There are a few that cater to those that love more natural, neutral shadows as well! Have you tried products from Prestige Cosmetics?

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HAUL: Em Cosmetics, Jane., Birchbox, and more!




  • To save on Jane. Cosmetics, get 20% off at ULTA until 9/7 - check out their weekly coupon for the inline code!
  • Sign up for Birchbox and start earning points toward full-size products!

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Review & Swatches: BA STAR Primer & Chocolate Star Dust



BA STAR Primer & Chocolate Star Dust

As a lover of multi-taskers, I've been a fan of pigments since I discovered them. They can serve various functions in your beauty routine and be used both wet and dry for varying effect. As a former competitive dancer, I understand the need for these pigments to stay put through a tsunami of sweat. While hairspray might have been one of the go-to methods for getting them to stick, it doesn't have to be that way anymore!

BA STAR Makeup is a makeup line designed for the cheerleader, dancer and competitor in us all with a solid line of pigments, glitters, and shadows all made to stick with their glue-liquid base. I had the opportunity to try their StarDust in Chocolate Star Dust ($8.75) and Glue-Liquid Base ($8.75). The combination was magic. To start, Chocolate Star Dust is a gorgeous golden brown that applies opaque, but somewhat subtly dry and really shines when applied wet or over the BA STAR base. What I love most about it is how multi-faceted it is. It works well with other shadows, but is complex enough that it looks like multiple shades when worn alone on the lid. I was equally as impressed with the primer. It's the first one I've used that remained truly sticky for as long as I needed it to so that the pigment would adhere to it and appear as if it were applied wet. I experienced 8 hour wear with not only BA STAR's pigment, but other pigments I own as well. It's quickly becoming one of my preferred bases. 

BA STAR Makeup is reasonably priced as it is, but until 9/31 you can use the code BBDUST to receive an additional 50% off the entire StarDust line. Given my experience with Chocolate Star Dust, I really recommend them. It looks like there are some fun neutral shades as well as some fun colors for those that like to play!


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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Review & Swatches: NYC Sun 2 Sun Bronzing Powder

NYC Sun 2 Sun Bronzing Powder 

While they might be best known for their Smooth Skin Bronzer, NYC's Sun 2 Sun Bronzer is a double whammy when it comes to getting your (fake) glow on. With a satin medium chocolate brown on one side and a medium gold shimmer on the other, this face palette caters to highlight, contour, and bronzer needs al in one. Initially, I was worried that the bronzer would be too shimmery to pull off a natural contour, but any shimmer that posed a problem in the pan, translates into a more satin - almost matte - finish when worn. Similarly, I was convinced that the gold shade wouldn't do my pasty pallor any favors, but I was wrong! The yellow tone seen in the pan sheers out nicely to a fine pale shimmer when worn. The shimmer is so fine that it appears as more of a "glow" on the cheeks rather than a readily apparent highlight - great for those who love a subtle, strategically placed warm sheen.

For $4.99, very few people could go wrong with this palette. You might steer clear if you are ultra-cool toned, but it's very buildable so even a light dusting would flatter most. That's 2 wins from the NYC bronzer department - have you tried any?

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

YouTube Made Me Buy It!


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Monday, September 2, 2013

Review & Swatches: Wet n Wild Tough Girl Trio Eyeshadow Collection

Wet n Wild Tough Girl Trio Eyeshadows in Zero Dark Flirty, Spoiled Army Brat, Enlisting for Beauty, and Soldiers in Charms

Wet n Wild is at it again with a limited edition collection for the tough girls in us all. Army-inspired eyeshadow trios and polishes are now available at Walgreens and for a limited time. Check out the swatches of four of the trios I picked up to see what to love and what to leave!

Zero Dark Thirty - Unfortunately, this was the most disappointing trio of the bunch, which is unusual considering how well Wet n Wild has done purples in the past. With a satin lilac highlight, matte blue-purplecrease color, and matte grape lid shade, this trio was a little patchy overall. Still, the deeper shades made for decent helper shades to softly blend the crease out and at just over $3 a trio, that's not bad. 

Spoiled Army Brat - This trio looks very much like a blush palette with a soft shimmery mauve, deep satin rose, and a warm shimmery champagne highlight. But whether they are worn on the cheeks or eyes, these shadows are smooth and evenly pigmented. 

Enlisting For Beauty - One of the most practical and impressive of the bunch, this palette contains a light matte camel, deep matte chocolate brown, and medium satin greige. This is a great neutral palette worn alone, but also provides wonderful blending colors for the brighter colors in the collection.

Soldiers In Charms - This is what I consider a quintessential palette for fall with three great earthy greens - a shimmery lime green, deep hunter green with antique gold shimmer, and satin grassy green. While they might not make a complete look together (without a more neutral highlight), the variance in texture is a great start. 

Overall, it was great to see some fantastic satin shades from a brand known for shimmer and glitter. These are some of my favorite limited edition palettes I've seen from Wet n Wild, so I really recommend you snag them while you can - especially considering that all trios will be $2 at Walgreens for a limited time!

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Review & Swatches: Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils in Purple Fix & Jade Jewel

Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils in Jade Jewel



PROS:

  • Long-wearing
  • No tugging
  • Pigmented
  • Affordable ($2.49)

CONS:

  • Only lasted 3-4 hours on waterline (which is good for me, maybe not for others)
Get to a Walgreens STAT to see if yours carries them. These are a must-have for anyone who loves fun, high-impact liners for a great price. 


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Review & Swatches: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Milani Eyeshadow Primer
Milani's Eyeshadow Primer in Nude is a rare find in the drugstore - it's a cream, flesh-toned eyeshadow base that evens out skin tone in addition to keeping eyeshadow vibrant and staying all day. While similar products might exist - L'Oréal's magic De-Crease Eyeshadow was disappointing and Wet n Wild's Fergie shadow primer doesn't completely cover uneven lid pigmentation. Milani fills the gap with an affordable primer similar to something you might see from higher-end brands like Urban Decay. 

Saying it will extend the wear of eyeshadow to over 8 hours of wear, minimize creasing, and provide a non-sticky texture - Milani's primer makes no small promises. Fortunately, I found that it was able to deliver on all of them! It succeeded in evening out my eyelids so small veins were less visible and helped my shadow last both fade and crease-free for over 10 hours. As with any primer, you have to be careful with how much you use - piling too much on can have a negative effect on your shadows' lasting power. But for $6.49, this is the best option of its kind from the drugstore! 

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

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Review: Milani Smooth Finish Oil Free Cream-to-Powder Makeup in Buff


Milani Smooth Finish Oil Free Cream-to-Powder Makeup in Buff
Milani Cosmetics is somewhat uncharted territory for me when it comes to drugstore makeup. When looking for new products to try, brand awareness always draws me toward big dogs like L'Oréal or Maybelline, but in reality loads of people swear by Milani products as their must-have makeup items. While on sale one week, I decided to get a nice sampling of products from the brand and, in an attempt at finding a hidden drugstore foundation gem, I picked up the Smooth Finish Oil Free Cream-to-Powder Makeup in Buff

With the promise to smooth and even out skin tone, this foundation is supposed to transform from a cream finish to a powder one while maintain a healthy moisture balance for all skin types. As someone with combination skin, I'm never looking for additional moisture beyond what my skin care provides for fear I will end up looking like a grease ball by the end of the day. But the powder finish Milani's foundation promised had me at Hello and got me eager to put it to the test. 

Coverage is buildable but stops just beyond medium with the ability to even out skin tone and cover minor discolorations, but not able to fully cover redness from healing breakouts. Once applied, I found that the finish definitely changed from being completely creamy, but I wouldn't say it dried down to a powder. I had the strong urge to set it with something because it felt like it could easily move around throughout the day. Worn unprimed and unset, I had some pretty evident shine happening at the 10 hour mark. My concealer had worn away and it looked like my blush and bronzer had taken a little pigment hit too - although they didn't appear spotty. While the coverage was well maintained overall, on my combination skin type, I would say this definitely needs some extra security to keep it iron-clad throughout the day. Is it a must-have for me? No. But it might be a great option for those with dry skin types - especially as we head into fall and winter. With a $7.99 price tag, it won't break the bank either! 

The 11 shades in the line might not provide a match for everyone, but there are quite a few deeper tones which is rare amongst drugstore foundations and great news for those that struggle to find them! Still, you have to be careful with how you apply this and the conditions under which you wear it if you have an Oily or Combination skin type. Take care to prime and powder to prevent it from going anywhere!

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