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Monday, June 30, 2014

June Starlooks Unboxing + Bonus Box

Although it's been a while, the Starlooks unboxings are back! Starlooks is a monthly subscription service that costs $15 a month ($2.68 for shipping) and promises between $35-$99 worth of product. Like many services, they offer a referral program - when someone purchases a subscription through your link, you receive a bonus box full of more full-size Starlooks products (up to three bonus boxes a month). Since beginning my service in December, I've had a chance to try quite a few products and been impressed with most - this month's included! Read on and watch the video below to see what cam inside.

June's Box:

Bonus Box:

Longwear Eyeliner Pot in Sun

Cream Blush in Fallen Angel

Longwear Lipstick in Limitless

Cream Blush in French Connection

Lipstick in Salma

Eyeshadow in Sunset

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Colourpop Super Shock Shadows take 2 | Smash, Heat, Pop Rocks, Rex, Slave2Pink, and Dare

Colourpop Super Shock Shadows
I recently raved about the newest cream shadows to hit my collection: Colourpop Super Shock Shadows. They have an interesting mousse/cream texture that dries down to a powder to last all day on the lids and pack intense pigment. Check out my first super shock review to learn more about why you need to own these ultra-affordable shadows, but in the mean time, here are the newest additions to my color collection:

Smash: Satin neutral medium camel
Heat: Sunshine yellow
Pop Rocks: A marbled pan that translates into an icy blue with a slight purple reflect when worn
Rex: A blackened-blue with lighter blue shimmer
Slave2Pink: An intense hot pink with iridescent purple shift
Dare: A neon grape that is so gorgeous, I included it in my top purple eye shadows!

One thing this group of shadows reinforces is the wide array of shades and finishes this brand offers. While they have some crazier hues with ultra-irridescence, they also offer subtle shades with a satin finish, and all have consistent quality and lasting power. They have a little something for everyone!

Have you tried Colourpop yet? 

Colourpop Super Shock Shadows

Colourpop Super Shock Shadows

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Smash

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Heat

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Pop Rocks

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow Rex

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow Slave2Pink

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow Dare

Colourpop Super Shock Shadows

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Review & Swatches: NYX Baked Shadows & Blush

NYX is getting baked with a complete line of shadows and blushes! With 33 shades in the Baked Shadow line ($5.99), and 12 in the Baked Blush line ($6.99), there's a wide array of shades to choose from and I have 3:

Moonshine: a shimmery off-white shadow with a gold shift
Lavish: A shimmery golden bronze shadow
Ignite: A satin blush in muted orange

The shadows are powdery when applied dry, but still provide smooth, even coverage. Worn wet (I like to spritz my brush with a makeup setting powder), they gain intense pigmentation, lasting power, and become more multifaceted. The blush has a similar powdery texture when applied dry and takes some working with to get the pigmentation seen in the pan, but NYX claims you can use these wet as well - just dampen a sponge and stipple into the pan, then onto your cheeks.

Overall, you get a ton of product with each blush and shadow, so given the performance these are a great value. Just beware of how subtle the blushes are - medium to deep skin tones might want to plan on using some of these shades wet to get them to show up.

Have you tried NYX Baked products?

NYX Baked Shadow & Blush

NYX Baked Shadow in Moonshine

NYX Baked Shadow in Lavish

NYX Baked Blush in Ignite

NYX Baked Shadows/Blush in Moonshine | Lavish | Ignite

Moonshine and Lavish Used Wet

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Monday, June 23, 2014

MAKEUP WARS: Perfect Purple Shadows

It's time for another Makeup Wars, and this week's is a topic I couldn't wait to talk about: purple shadows! Great for just about any eye color, purples can be a fun way to add color to an otherwise neutral look, or go completely wild with something more bold and bright. Here are some of my favorites for doing a little bit of both!

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette: What I consider to be the ultimate palette for the purple-lover, the Chocolate Bar Palette has a great mix of neutrals and plums, with a great array of textures to boot!

Madison Street Beauty Pigment in Amethyst and Azure: With so many pigments to choose from, it wasn't hard to find two purples from Madison Street Beauty to fall in love with. Amethyst is a deep grape, while Azure is a shimmery periwinkle. Both are richly pigmented and apply smoothly.

Makeup Geek Shadow in Drama Queen: Just because they're affordable, doesn't mean the Makeup Geek line sacrifices quality with their shadows. While the entire line is fantastic, one of my favorite shades includes Drama Queen - a deep blackened plum.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Shadow Stick in Paranoid Purple: When talking shadows, you can't forget the shadow pencils, and Rimmel has some of the best quality available for the price. The entire line of ScandalEyes Shadow Sticks applies smoothly, giving ample time to build and work with before ultimately setting and staying in place throughout the day. Paranoid Purple in particular is a rich gem-toned purple perfect for doing anything from lining to all-over shading.

Makeup Geek Shadow in Sensuous: With a shadow line so good (and extensive), I couldn't pick just one purple from Makeup Geek! The gold shift in the shade Sensuous adds a little interest without detracting from the beautiful shimmery purple base.

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in Dare: Although I'm relatively new to the Colourpop line, I fell in love with my first order, and had to have more. Within my second helping, I found the shade Dare - a mid-tone purple with iridescent shimmer. It's the ultimate purple for the bright-lover!

ELF Smudge Pot in Poppin' Purple: For those who like their cream shadows potted, this formula is an old favorite. Poppin' Purple is a deep smoked plum that's great for lining or applying all over the lid for an ultra-blackened plum look.

What are your favorite purples?


Sunday, June 22, 2014

June 2014 Ipsy Unbagging

June 2014 Ipsy Unbagging

Products Mentioned & Promo Codes:


Friday, June 20, 2014

Review, Swatches, & Demo: IT Cosmetics It's All About You! Kit

Hang on to your wallets, girls! IT Cosmetics has another 5-piece set coming to QVC, and I think it might be the best yet. The IT Cosmetics It's All About You! Kit combines 4 fan favorites, along with a new addition to the CC+ line to complete a complexion, from base to brows. Included in the set is:
  • Celebration Foundation: My holy grail in powder foundations. The smooth texture doesn't cling to my dry patches, or create a grease pool in my t-zone. While it oxidizes slightly on me, and developes a natural dewy finish throughout the day, it looks like second skin when worn, and manages to stay put throughout the day. Wear it wet for a fuller coverage or dry to even your complexion out completely. 
  • Bye Bye Under Eye Waterproof Concealer: While I've raved about the original formula, a new longer-lasting version is included in this set. It promises all day wear, but I find it's lasting power is similar to the original formula - which was all day to begin with! The primary difference I find between the two is the texture. A few readers have voiced concerns over how thick and crease-prone the original formula was if not warmed between your fingers before application. The waterproof formula fixes that with a texture that's a little thinner, more emollient, and easier to blend. 
  • Dual Ended Complexion Perfection Brush: On one end, there's a large dense, yet fluffy buffing brush - perfect for buffing powder foundation. On the other end, there's a smaller version perfect for blending product more precisely, making it perfect for blending or setting liquid concealer.
  • Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil: This automatic brow pencil comes complete with a brow brush on the other end. The product itself is a "universal" cool brown-taupe that can be applied softly for a light application, and more heavily for deeper brow shades. The shape of the products makes it great for both filling brows, as well as creating the look of individual hairs, making this very versatile depending on your brow needs. While the product has a slightly waxy textures to lock brows into place all day, the shade might leave those with blonde or red-tinted brows wanting a little more.  
  • CC+ Radiance Palette (NEW!): This little beauty is the new addition to the CC+ line and contains a brightening setting powder, matte peach blush, and matte bronzer. All shades are ultra-smooth, intensely pigmented, and darn near universally flattering. The matte finish doesn't cling to dry patches - rather it smooths out any texture inconsistencies. The brightening powder is great for all over use, as well as in the under eye area to set concealer. Both the blush and bronzer can be built to be quite pigmented, making this a great face powder palette for a wide variety of skin tones.  

Given that the set is worth $169 when each of the products are sold individually, the regular price of $72.50 is fantastic, and the Today's Special Value price of $59 is unbeatable! Check out the pictures below to get up close and personal with the products inside, and see what the kit can do in the demo video above!

Will you make it All About You this Saturday (June 21st)? 

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette | Color Correcting Brightener

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette | Naturally Pretty Blush

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette | Warmth Bronzer

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Review & Swatches: Etude House Play 101 Pencils in 01, 05, 08, 11, 06, and 44

Etude House Play 101 Pencils
Love a good multi-tasker? Etude House Play 101 Pencils have you covered. This collection of 50 shades have finishes that vary from matte, to satin, and shimmery, and a shade range that would put a kaleidoscope to shame. They can be used for everything from brows to blush, and they have the lasting power to boot! I have the following shades:

01 - a deep Matte Black
05 - a shimmery eggshell
08 - a matte cream
11 - a matte peach
06 - a shimmery champagne
44 - a shimmery bronze

No matter the shade, each pencil glides on smoothly, dried down solidly, and didn't budge over the course of a 10 hour day - no matter where I wore them! In the image of my eye below, I applied 08 all over my lid, 05 on the inner corner, 44 on the upper lash line, 06 on the lower lash line, and 01 on the waterline. Nothing moved - not even on the waterline, which is something unheard of for me!

The same lasting power can be said for the cheeks, and while some might think application with such a narrow pencil might prove tricky, the creamy consistency allows for easy blending. Depending on what you're most comfortable with, you can either apply it directly to your cheeks and blend it out, or swipe it on your finger to warm the product up first, then blend across your cheeks. Shade 11 provides a great peach flush for summer!

The pencils themselves are automatic and even include a sharpener that pops out of the end to keep the tip ultra-precise. Very sleek! To see swatches of more shades, check out the latest review.

If raving about the quality wasn't enough evidence of how much I love these, let the fact that I purchased another 6 shades speak for itself. At a little over $5 a pencil, how could you say no?!

Etude House Play 101 Pencils

Etude House Play Shader Brush 201

Etude House Play 101 Pencils

Etude House Play 101 Pencils

By Bailey B

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