Showing posts from August, 2014

Milani Luminoso Baked Blush: Review and Swatch

Finally this blush is mine! Milani is a favorite brand among many and it is just hard to find (in my area).  It comes all sealed up saying the shaded name (luminoso) on the side.  There is shimmer in it but it is very fine. When you flip the blush pan up there is a mirror and brush below. Here is a swatch, warning it is very pigmented!  It lasts all day long without fading so if you think once you put it on it will fade- it won't,  so blend blend blend before leaving the house!Very fine shimmer so you don't really need to have a highlighter Flattering warm peach It is affordable and you can't go wrong. It is worth the hype for sure!

HUGE ELF HAUL! August 2014

The e.l.f or eyes lips face website was having 50% off so I had to make an order, especially for the limited edition "Glow Pearls". This brand is very inexpensive as is but it does add up! I bought 24 things for around $40 and the website after a certain point does offer free shipping.  With this brand there are multiple different lines: Essential (mostly $1), Studio ($3), and Mineral (most expensive around $5+)  Here is an overview , and I have broken it up into categories which you will see below.   Tools:

Essential eyeshadow brushEssential eyelash curler replacement pads

Studio Matte Lip color in "Natural"Studio Moisturizing Lipstick in "Rosy-Go-Round"Mineral Lip Gloss in "Au Naturale"Essential Lip Balm Tint in "Grapefruit"

Studio Eye Brow Kit in "Light"Studio Gel Liner in "Midnight"Studio Long Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in "Toast"Studio Mascara Primer (Translucent)Studio Baked Eyeshadow in …

Stila in the Light Eyeshadow Palette: Review & Swatches

This was one of my main purchases during the most recent Ulta 20% off. This palette does retail for $39 which is not as expensive as the naked palettes but still quite a bit of money.  The palette comes inside a simple cardboard layer.   The back has an example of the palette layout.   It also comes with a mini lookbook for those who can't think of any looks to do.   The back of the actual palette has the same layout but no coloring.  The palette also contains a full sized (.01 oz) smudge stick eyeliner. There are 10 eyeshadows (.049 each)  Also is a full sized mirror with a protector screen. 
Bare: Matte, cream colored, smooth texture, great browbone highlight

 Kitten: Shimmer, pinky champagne, creamy texture (but not a cream), great inner corner/lid/highlight

 Bliss: Matte, pinky brown, smooth texture, transition/blending/crease color

Sunset: Shimmer, orangey gold, creamy texture, lid color

 Sandstone: Matte, deep brown, smooth texture, crease color
 Top row swatched together.

Nyx Cherry Cheesecake Butter Gloss: Review & Swatches

Here is an affordable much raved about orange lip gloss. This particular shade I don't hear a ton about but the formula itself is much raved about.   Very simple sleek packaging, and the outer color is supposedly the color of the gloss. This is the shade "Cherry Cheesecake" Nice doe-foot applicator Arm swatch And a lip swatch.  Very creamy non-sticky formulaProvides a nice wash of color or a good topperUp close it can look a bit streaky since it is a cream formulaDoesn't make lips drier and does slightly hydrateWears off quickly since there is no tackinessPleasant sweet smell

Nyx "Hot Red" Lipliner Pencil: Review & Swatches

Since these lipliners are super affordable and when they were 40% off I knew I had to at least try one. I have quite a few lip liners now but I didn't have a true blue toned red.... "HOT RED" is the shade name. It is a wooden lip liner so it isn't the smoothest and it is quite dry.  Even in the swatch you can see it is slightly patchy but on the lips (without a balm) it just looks awful.  It does however really define the lips.  You MUST wear a balm underneath this even if you have exfoliated and don't have chapped lipsMakes the lips feel drier and the wood part just isn't pleasing when I apply itI way prefer retractable lipliners ( plus you don't have to sharpen them)

Lorac Unzipped Eyeshadow Palette: Review & Swatches

I bought this a few weeks ago and I have already returned it. This palette is hit or miss depending on the palette you buy. Some shades are creamy and soft others are dry and lack pigmentation. I love all the colors but I had more miss quality than hits in my palette. It is a rose gold toned palette not pink toned like the naked 3 (which I do not own but it is on my wishlist).  Outer layer on the box. Cardboard box.  Comes with a mini primer.  Back of the palette.  Comes with a large mirror.  Has 10 eyeshadows. Top Row Bottom row All together Simple eye look.  Using Unreal on the lid, Unconditional in the crease, and the light satin/matte on the brow bone.  The colors are lovely. My go to type shades in fact!The one called Unreal was very dry and lacked pigmentation. When I went to return mine I swatched it in store and it was amazing! The one next to it called Undiscovered was lacking in the store palette but was one of the nicer ones in mine. So quality does vary.I have heard many m…

Laura Geller "Sugared Maple" Italian Marble Lipstick

This was part of a hautelook set I purchased a while ago for only $10 and it contained multiple full sized lip products including this one. Because of that I am not sure of the full retail price probably around $20 would be my guess.  The packaging feels nice and not cheap. It actually has some weight to it! It has .12 oz of product and is in the shade "sugared maple" The Italian Marble Lipsticks have a swirl of colors in them. It is a frost and it is buildable. Top: one light swipe. Bottom: Layered swipes.  It is very frosty which is not usually my go to. But on the center of the lips it is stunning! Or when layered over another lipstick.It is not as frosty as some "frosty" lipsticks so if you like that kind of finish it can be worn aloneOverall I would not pay full price since I don't like frosts, but if you do I highly suggest it