Showing posts from September, 2015

Too Faced Le Grand Chateau | Review, Swatches, & Demo | YouTube video

After making a blog post sneak peak with true value, and one with review and swatches...someone requested a video version. In this video I did the equivalent of my review post, with live swatches, and even included a quick demo of the products.  *Please excuse my slightly sore throat, and slightly chipping nails*

Photo Flawless Makeup | Picture Day | YouTube video

Take inspo from this or recreate the whole thing; it is perfect for day to day or special occasions. It is natural but perfecting. No flashback, flawless, foundation. Matte and transfer-proof lips. Big, innocent eyes.
Products Mentioned (with blog links):
Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer MakeupForever Ultra Hd Foundation (Y205) Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (Fair Neutral) Laura Mercier Translucent Powder Lorac Unzipped Gold Palette Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush (Mood Exposure) Mac Mineralize Skinfinish (Lightscapade) ~Dupe Post: Milani Stay Put Brow Color Nyx Control Freak Eyebrow Gel Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara Covergirl the Supersizer Mascara Milani Liquid Eyepencil (Black) Colourpop Bound Lippie Pencil

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Too Faced Le Grand Chateau | Swatches + First Impressions | Holiday 2015

Just received this S T U N N I N G Too Faced holiday set in the mail, it took a little over a week to arrive. I purchased mine from the Too Faced website for $49. I did a little sneak peek here, with promo images and calculated true value of palette.  Tout Suite (right now/immediately): Smooth shimmery chocolate brown
Chérie (darling): Shimmery Taupe Grey
Moi (me): Everyday shimmery brown
Je t'aime (I like/love you): Shimmery slightly sheer pink, hint of purple
Fleur (flower): Shimmery iridescent peach
Amour (love): Matte cream

Too Faced Le Grand Chateau True Value| Holiday 2015

So I've already ordered this set from, because of the sheer cuteness of it! I am obsessed with Paris, and France in well as makeup (duh!). So this year's holiday collection is perfect for me. This is a set that has three palettes complete in a dollhouse like enclosure. It retails for $49.

Besides the palettes there is a mini Too Faced Better Than Sex MascaraThe Three Palettes have separate namesParis in LoveParis After DarkParis Au NaturaleIn total there are 18 eyeshadows1.14 g/ 0.04 oz ea20.52 g / .72 oz total ~$66.46 value compared to per ounce value of most too faced shadow palettes2 blushes5.39 g / .19 oz ea10.78 g / .38 oz total90% of a love flush blush in each$23.52 value ea$47.05 total value compared to current too faced single blush1 bronzer5.39 g / .19 oz 54% of standard too faced bronzer$16.29 value1 mini better than sex mascara4.8 g / .17 oz 63 % of full size$14.48 value Overall,  Great value! Total value is $144.28 compared to the $49 reta…

At First Blush Deluxe Amazonian Clay Blush Set | Holiday 2015

Tarte blushes are one of my loves, the formula is consistent in every I have tried. With that said, I assume the quality is just as great on this year's set of mini blushes. On the becca holiday palette, I broke down the true value; and I am going to do that with this one today as well. This set retails at $35, available on, and is not an exclusive. Two have a design on packagingShades Included:Ecstatic (nude melon)Epic (poppy pink)Embellish (plum rose)Entertain (rosy pink)Product amount0.05 oz each1/4 of full size$7 individual value$28 full valueNot claimed $60 value! Overall, At first, I wanted to buy this set...but the value really isn't there. The color variety is right up my alley, but with that said they are similar shades. If you're thinking about this set wait for a coupon code to come out, don't buy it right away since the price is requiring another mini blush to be up to retail cost!

Makeup Geek Bitten Eyeshadow: Review + Swatch

This is one of the most popular Makeup Geek shadows they make, it retails for only $5.99 like all their other shadows. Currently only online, but they are doing retail locations in the future.
"Matte Deep Maroon Red"Not as intense as it is in the panBlends really smoothly and evenlyTrue matte maroonCan be a great lid shade, transition, blending shadow, or even lower lashlineCould be used as a darker blush if used lightlyStay tuned for an upcoming tutorial using this shadow ;) Overall, I was intimidated when I first got this shadow in the mail, but the hype is real. Everyone says it is a must have, and it really is! Don't be like me and wait forever to buy this shadow, if you don't own any shadows like this--go ahead and order it!

Easy Brown Smokey Eye + Strobing | Full Face Makeup Tutorial | YouTube video

Smokey eyes don't have to be difficult, today I'm showing you my easy smokey eye paired with very glowy skin, and full glossy lips. So far this is one of my favorite tutorials I've done, I hope you like it as well <3

Products Used (with blog review links):

Mac Strobe Liquid Lotion (Cream)
Maybelline Master Conceal (Fair)
L'oreal True Match Lumi Foundation (W1-2)
MakeupForever Ultra Hd Foundation (Y205)
Nyx Cream Blush (Natural)
Benefit Watt's Up Cream Highlighter
Colourpop Lunch Money Highlighter
Sonia Kashuk Brightening Powder
Laura Mericer Translucent Powder
L'oreal True Match Powder Glow Illuminator (Rose)
Milani Stay Put Brow Color (02 Natural Taupe)
Nyx Control Freak Eyebrow Gel
Elf Smudge Pot (Crusin Chic)
L'oreal La Palette Nude One
Stila Smudge Stick Eyeliner (Stingray)
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara
Maybelline Colossal Mascara
Liptiful Lip Plumper
Essence Satin Mauve Lip Liner
L'oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire (Rose Melody)

Becca Afterglow Palette Holiday 2015

Something I love to do when I see holiday collections, or products, is break down the true value. Today I saw a few sneak peeks of a gorgeous BECCA palette for this year and had to see if it is actually worth it. It will be online at Becca and Ulta, and in-store at Ulta. And retail price appears to be $39.50.
Let's break it down... Three Highlighters (Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed)MoonstoneRose GoldTopazTwo Mineral BlushesWild HoneyFlowerchildProduct in Highlights1.4 g / .05 oz X 3 Each is ~18% of full size$6.76 individual $20.36 total valueProduct in Blushes1.6 g / .056 oz X 2Each is 28% of full size$8.96 individual$17.92 total Overall, Math and product amount aside it's a $38.28 actual value. That falls close to the retail price, only $1.22 less. This product is a much better value than the Hourglass, so don't feel ripped off if you're planning on purchasing this one :) I think for the convenience, and fact it would take forever to use up a full size it is worth i…

Colourpop Ultra Mattes | Liquid Lipstick Lip Swatches | YouTube video

Everyday the past week I've been blogging about a different shade of the Colourpop ultra mattes...and now the video version is live! Here I swatch seven of the Colourpop ultra mattes (I bought one more since filming this video). This is my first lip swatch video, so I hope you enjoy :)

Shades Mentioned(with blog links):

Maybelline Master Conceal (Fair): Review + Swatch

I recently hauled this, and I my first impressions were not the best; However, like any good blogger I've been testing it out and trying to grasp my real thoughts. I've come to the conclusion it's worth the ~$8 depending on where you get it, and if it is on sale.  I bought the shade fair Squeeze tube Can get only as much product as you want out One dot, partially blended If you're ghost pale like me: this is not a good facial concealerDarker than skintone, and slightly more orangeGreat for under the eyes!Slight orange undertone helps correctApply before foundation to make it the more naturalOnly use this on the face if the tone matches, and be sure to thoroughly blendA little does go a long wayVery light liquid concealerMake sure to set where you apply itWhen I do, no problems with creasingNot a super creasing concealer if you don't apply powder after (but please set it)Pretty good coverage, especially under the eyesSlightly too liquidy to cover areas on the faceCa…

E.L.F. Lip Exfoliator

This lip scrub retails at only $3, but it is not my personal favorite.  They try to make it look sleek since it is in the "Studio" Line.  Claims: Remove dry chapped skin Sugary sweet  Smoothing sensation Protect and Nourish  Here is the packaging, basic rectangular black And an up-close shot Another post with my old background, going to try to post old ones from time to timeso I can move on to just modern backgrounds in the futureHarsh lip scrubClaims to have a balm texture to make it gentleAt first it does, but then it wears away and you have to put lots of pressure on your lips and it's not sensitiveThe actual granules are fineSupposed to be less messyYou still end up with sugar particles on your lipsAs for removing chapped have to apply too much force to do thatIt's only good for maintaining already smooth lipsIt is sugary sweet from the sugar particles Overall, I prefer the lush lip scrub, this used to be my favorite before that one. This is only okay,…

Colourpop Lychee Ultra Matte Lip: Review + Swatches

Who else loves a purple lip? I know I do. This is one of the purple Colourpop Ultra Mattes, retailing at only $6. Also a supposed dupe to Kat Von D Luv (Which I do not currently own). Available online at Colourop. 3.2 g / .11 oz Doe-foot applicator "Bright warm violet"
Teeny tiny bit patchyWould be fixed by applying a thin layer of balm underIt is a bright not overly warm violetNot warm enough to make teeth super yellowDrying over timeTransfer proofLong-wearing Overall, Nice affordable purple liquid lipstick! This line also has a more pink purple, a true lavender, a dark more vampy purple, and currently a limited edition jewel toned purple. This is the most "classic" purple if there is such a thing. It's mid toned, not too light or too dark. 

Colourpop Avenue Ultra Matte Lip: Review + Swatches

Getting sick of these Colourpop Ultra Matte reviews yet? No? Scroll down the feed for others, click this months tab, and don't forget to stay tuned for more! These babies are $6, and available only on the Colourpop Website
3.2 g / .11 oz Doe-foot applicator "Deep Yellow Red"
This is definitely a deep red, but it is not overly yellow toned on meDoes not make teeth yellow, more like brighterOnly one of the ultra mattes to be slightly patchy on meWears the same time as all others, perhaps longer since darkerDoes stain lipsDrying over time, feels like nothing on lipsApply a lip balm, and prep lips Overall, I love the color but need to be slightly more careful when applying to make sure it does not go on patchy. The time after I swatched it here, it was hardly patchy at all. The formula for the most part is the same as the others, and very very long lasting.