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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review + Tutorial: PurMinerals Jupiter Ascending Set

PurMinerals Jupiter Ascending Set
PurMinerals Jupiter Ascending Kit is a three piece makeup set that includes a 6-shadow makeup palette, felt-tip liner, and lip gloss. The color palette is overwhelmingly cool and neutral, with a pop of cranberry. For my first experience with the brand, I have to say I'm really impressed with everything - including the looks I was able to create with it! Here's more on what's included:

Shadows: Each of the shades included are smooth and can be built for great pigmentation!
Majesty - soft, cool satin taupe
Destiny - matte cream
Night Sky - smoky grey with gold shimmer
Jupiter - shimmery cranberry
Caine - smoky plum with gold shimmer
Cosmos - shimmery cream

Precision Eye Liner: A felt-tip liner with blacker-than-black pigmentation that dries down to a velveteen finish. The tip comes to a super-fine point that can be used to create anything from a thick, basic liner, to a razor sharp cat eye. I found it lasted all day without smudging!

Lip Gloss in Galaxy: This ultra-smooth lip gloss is a light pink with soft gold frost. It glides on so easily without being sticky, and it leaves my lips hydrated. The wand contains a light, and the packaging has a mirror to make application on the go a little more convenient.

Overall, this is a great little kit for just $29, and my first experience with PurMinerals has been a good one!

What are some of your favorite products from PurMinerals?

PurMinerals Jupiter Ascending Set

PurMinerals Jupiter Ascending Set

PurMinerals Jupiter Ascending Set | Gloss in Galaxy

PurMinerals Jupiter Ascending Set | Liner in Outer Space

PurMinerals Jupiter Ascending Set

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review & Demo: Maybelline The Nudes Palette

Maybelline The Nudes

Maybelline recently came out with a neutral-lovers dream that rivals eye shadow palettes from some of the greats: The Nudes. A first from the drugstore, it contains 12 shades  - a mix of mattes and shimmers that span from frosted white, to deep matte black and retails for $10. Check out the video for a quick demo, and continue reading for more info on the palette!

I have to admit, at first swatch, I wasn't crazy for it. While my natural inclination with this palette was to compare it to Urban Decay's Naked, or LORAC's Pro Palette, Maybelline's The Nudes retails for a fraction of the price. The swatches aren't as soft or pigmented as I would have hoped, but ultimately all of the shades perform well in action and come together to create some great looks. 

If you are new to the eye shadow scene, or are looking to build your neutral collection, this palette is one to try! If, on the other hand, you are all set on neutrals and looking to explore other shadow options, this is a skip. 

Have you tried The Nudes?

Maybelline The Nudes

Maybelline The Nudes

Maybelline The Nudes

Maybelline The Nudes | Top Row

Maybelline The Nudes | Bottom Row

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Summer Beauty: A Makeup Tutorial

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WalgreensBeauty #CollectiveBias

In the mix of summer sun and fun, it's easy to forget about the beauty trends the seasons brings. With outdoor barbecues, pool parties, and more, it's no surprise your next trip down the beauty aisle is the last thing on your mind. Luckily, you don't have to go far, or plan ahead, to find your next beauty fix - it's right around the corner! I headed to my nearest Walgreens - one with a Look Boutique - picked up some hot beauty new-ness to liven up my look and get a quick beauty fix. See what I grabbed below, and check out the summer beauty look I created!

To add a serious pop of color, I wandered over to the POP Beauty display - try to tell me it doesn't scream "SUMMER!" From there I picked up the brightest, boldest palette I could find - the 10 shade Bright Delight. With it, I harnessed my "green thumb" to create the look you see below! To finish off the eyes, I picked up Maybelline's Pumped Up! Colossal Volum' Express mascara - a new addition to the line I've been dying to try. The results: bold, dramatic lashes. To finish off my summer transformation, I headed to the nail aisle. I'm a sucker for gold glitter during the summer, and who wants to wait for their nails to dry when there's great swimming to be had?! Press-ons are my go-to, and I picked KISS gelFANTASY in Fanciful (seen in the picture by the pool) and Painted Veil - great for a summer night out.

Need another reason to tun to your closest beauty aisle? Walgreens is offering a FREE travel-size makeup brush set with any beauty purchase over $20 through 8/30! It's one-stop-shopping - you can pick up your summer beauty must-haves, and get the tools you need to complete the look for free. Check out the step-by-step for the eye look below, and let me know in the comments what you're finding in your local beauty aisles in the comments below!


Step 1: Apply the lightest, shimmery yellow in the inner corner
Step 2: Swipe the light chartreuse over the rest of the lid
Step 3: Pat the deep spring green in the outer corner
Step 4: Deepen the outer corner with the bold turquoise and blend through the crease
Step 5: Add mascara


Monday, July 28, 2014

Easy Blue Glitter Gradient Tutorial

Fab news - +ipsy and POP Beauty selected me as 1 of 20 people to participate in their Ipsy Pop Star Contest! They sent me a package of POP products to play with and create any look my makeup-lovin' heart desired. Inspired by a trio of gradient glitters, I decided to create a sparkly winged liner - perfect as the summer months begin to wind down. While it might look time-intensive, it's actually pretty simple when you have a few tips on your side. Get the step-by-step in the video above!

Products Used:

  • POP Shade Duet in Matte Ivory + Soft Creme
  • POP Pure Pigments in Matte Ivory & Metallic Blue
  • INGLOT Duraline
  • POP Brow Shape and Shade
  • POP Triple Glitter in Tropical Temptation
  • it Cosmetics Celebration Foundation
  • it Cosmetics Waterproof Bye Bye Undereye Concealer
  • POP BB Lip Balm in Watermelon
  • POP Blush Beam in Bare Beam
  • POP Peak Performance Macsara

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Complete Physician's Formula Bronzer Overview

Bronzers Mentioned:

  • Shimmer Strip Miami Strip Healthy Glow Bronzer
  • Shimmer Strip All-in-One Custom Nude Palette
  • Nude Wear Glowing Nude Powder
  • Nude Wear Glowing Nude Bronzer
  • Beauty Balm BB Bronzer
  • Airbrushing Bronzing Veil
  • Glow-Boosting Sun Stones
  • Glow-Boosting Pressed Powder
  • Mineral Airbrushing Powder
  • Glow & Mood Boosting 2-in-1 Bronzer & Blush
  • Cashmere Wear Ultra-Smoothing Bronzer
  • Glow-Boosting Season to Season Bronzer
  • Radiant Bronzing Powder

See more pictures after the jump!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review, Swatches & Demo: NYX Suede Collection

While taking a stroll down the aisles of ULTA the other day, I spotted NYX's newest addition - the Suede Collection. With an assortment of 8 shades for $12, this limited edition palette is full of gem tones - perfect for sultry nighttime looks for the summer, or a daytime look in the fall. While there aren't the matte or satin finish I would have imaged with a name like "suede", there are some finely milled pearls that border on metallic when layered and worn over primer, and even the occasional gold glitter! Each shadow is ultra-smooth and applies with awesome pigmentation - even without a primer - and the range of shades lends the palette to creating everything from a subtle, bronzed look, to a deep, sultry eye. For $12, I highly recommend it! Just remember: it's limited edition, so get it while you can! 

Watch the video below for a quick tutorial using these silky suede shades!

NYX Suede Collection

NYX Suede Collection | Top Row

NYX Suede Collection | Bottom Row

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Friday, July 18, 2014

3-in-1 Tutorial: LORAC Pro Palette 2

Products Used + Reviews:

Don't forget, it's not to late to enter to WIN a LORAC Pro 2 Palette! Enter below: 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Review & Demo: Maybelline Dream Wonder Foundation

There's a new kid on the drugstore block! Maybelline launched a new foundation within their summer collection that promises to provide flawless coverage as it fuses to your skin for a second-skin feel.

Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation comes with .67 fl. oz. of products in a minimalistic glass bottle - I love it when brands skimp on superfluous packaging! The consistency is thinner than most liquid foundations, and comes with a tapered dipstick to dispense product. Given the consistency, I would have liked to see a pump dispenser since product has a tendency to drip and spill when using the tapered applicator. I've found the easiest way to dispense it is to apply a good amount to the back of a clean hand and use a brush to apply it to my face from there. Watch the video above for a complete demo!

Despite dispensing as a liquid, it dries to a powder with a somewhat matte/satin finish and provides medium coverage with a little bit of layering. Trying to reach a fuller coverage resulted in a streaky, powdery finish sooner than I could build up the coverage. Those who love to let natural features in their complexion, like freckles or naturally rosy cheeks, will love it! However if you are a full-coverage girl, you'll probably want to skip this one.

While there was some noticeable wear over the course of a day, I noticed it wore away without clinging to dry spots or becoming excessively shiny in others. Not terrible, but not great!

While this foundation wasn't for me (I prefer fuller coverage and more longevity), those that want to subtly even out their skin tone and have a combination or oily skin type might love this!

Did you think Maybelline's new foundation was a Dream Wonder? Tell me in the comments!

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ETUDE House Play 101 Liners Pt. 2

ETUDE House Play 101 Liners

You may remember my initial blog post featuring Etude House's Play 101 Liners (if not, refresh your memoryhere!). I was so enamored with the initial set of liners they provided that I just had to have more. When each one could multi-task as a liner, lippie, blush and more, how I could resist the $5.50 price tag?!

Initially I have a pretty safe set of shades to work with – lots of neutral to play it dafe for both eyes and face. This time, I decided to go for a more colorful bunch. I picked the following shades:

  • 37 – Matte pastel aqua
  • 39 – Shimmery olive green
  • 38 – Satin emerald green
  • 31 – Shimmery pewter
  • 19 – Matte fuchsia (great for the lips)
  • 18 – Matte pastel lilac (good for lips, cheeks, and eyes!)

Just like the initial batch, the quality of each of these liners is stellar! They apply smoothly, blend easily, and dry down concretely. They don't move until you say so! Shade 19 is the first one I've tried using on my lips, and I was impressed with the lasting results there as well. Like many lip liners, these aren't hydrating. But they can be used to create great barriers that prevent other lip colors from bleeding, or a long-lasting, all-over lip color that almost primes the lips. Yet another batch of pencils that deserves a long hard look from every liner-lover!

Head over to Kpoptown to check out the shade range – they even include the multiple uses each shade can provide in case you are looking for a liner for a specific purpose. Have you tried any yet?

ETUDE House Play 101 Liners

ETUDE House Play 101 Liners

ETUDE House Play 101 Liners

ETUDE House Play 101 Liners

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Review & Swatches: LA Girl Glazed Lip Paints

Right around the same time Too Faced released their Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks, LA Girl launch a similar-looking line called Glazed Lip Paints. Although I'm a little behind the power curve when it comes to reviewing and comparing the two lines - better late than never, right? 

LA Girl's Glazed Lip Paints are $4 individually, and sold online (and select drugstores, although I haven't seen them in person until I purchased them at The Makeup Show). The range consists of 6 bright, highly pigmented shades:

  • BabyDoll - Cool baby pink with a light purple undertone.
  • Blushing - Medium mauve
  • Pin Up - Blue-based red
  • Bombshell - Bright pink with purple undertones
  • Coy - Deep orchid
  • Hot Mess - Medium orange

The line contains cooler shades for the most part, and all shades have a cream finish - so sparkles or shimmer. Each lippie acts like an ultra-pigmented liquid lipstick with a high-shine finish. The texture is a very smooth, thick gloss texture that dispenses easily through the slanted plastic applicator. Given the consistency, a lip brush could make application easier for those who tend to dispense too much product. Despite how pigmented they are, the lip paints don't stain the lips for any serious length of time. Once the glossy finish wears off, the pigmentation goes with it, making frequent reapplication throughout the day a must. Still, once they are on the lips, they look stunning and leave them feeling slightly hydrated and stimulated from the minty formula. 

As long as you are conscious of the formula's wear time, these are wonderfully affordable liquid lipsticks. I would love to see an expanded shade range given how narrow it currently is!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Review & Swatches: LORAC Pro Palette 2 + GIVEAWAY

Finally - the LORAC Pro Palette 2 is in my hot little hands, and it's just as perfect as I hoped! Like the original, it contains 8 matte and 8 shimmer shades - all of which have a smooth, creamy consistency. There isn't a chalky, patchy matte to be found, and the shimmery shades are without any chunky texture. Because the shades are so smooth and pigmented, they are a little prone to fallout, but nothing that can't be fixed by doing your face makeup after your eyes.

Compared to the original version, Pro 2 is cooler overall and contains a tad more color with 3 gem tones. Beyond having identical matte blacks, there isn't much overlap between the two palettes, making each nice complements to each other (in case you're are worried about owning both). Check out the tutorial at the bottom of this post for 3 looks I created using some of my favorite colors from the palette!

Overall, I give Pro 2 two BIG thumbs up! If you love cooler neutrals, it's a great palette that promises a great mix of shades and textures. Check out the video and comparison swatches below for more info, and don't forget to enter to WIN your own at the bottom of this post!

See more pictures after the jump!

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Review & Swatches: LORAC Pro Matte Lip Color Nude Trio

LORAC Pro Matte Lip Color Nude Trio

Within their Fall 2014 collection LORAC launched Pro Matte Lip Colors - velvet matte lip color that glides on the lips for lightweight, long-lasting, build able color. Individually, they retail for $16, however they launched 2 HSN exclusive trios, one pink and one nude, for $24. Always the "more is better" makeup maven, I had to give the trio a go!

The LORAC Pro Matte Lip Color Nude Trio contains Nude, Pink, and Rose Brown - a range that, while subtle, is distinct. Each of the shades smoothed on my lips easily, providing lots of slip, and didn't dry out my lips. Both Nude and Pink had trouble adhering to the inner portion of my bottom lip, but beyond that all of the shades wore evenly for about 3 hours. The only true downside I encountered was with the shade Pink - it left behind a white film as it wore away, making my dry lips look downright parched.

While I wouldn't say all of these shades are created equal, they do provide nice, non-drying wear for those that like a matte lip finish. If you find a shade that's absolutely right for you, the $16 for one might be worth it. I recommend giving this trio a try to get a nice sampling of what the collection has to offer! Alternatively, NYX Matte Lipsticks are wonderful drugstore option for a good, bold matte lip color. 

LORAC Pro Matte Lip Color Nude Trio

LORAC Pro Matte Lip Color Nude Trio

LORAC Pro Matte Lip Color Nude Trio

LORAC Pro Matte Lip Color Nude Trio

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