Posted on 27 Sep, 2016 | 0 Comment

 

The new Kat Von D Shade and Light Face Contour Refillable Palette. The full palette is $46 and the individual pans are $16. I am a major fan of her original palette. The Refillable Palette is still the original palette with the same colors but new packaging. Once I use up the original palette, I plan on getting an individual refillable pan in Shadow Play (the center contour shade). I stopped using Sombre (first contour shade) and Subconscious (third contour shade). Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Palette Refill Shadowplay 0.08 oz/ 2.3 g (middle) is my favorite especially as a bronzer.

The Refillable Palette is available on the Sephora website.






Posted on 19 Sep, 2016 | 0 Comment

My choices for Fall lips and nails

I bought most of the colors earlier this year (except the Zoya polishes) and never had the chance to fully wear them. For some reason, I would find the shades difficult to wear any other time. I will be taking full advantage of these colors and wear them as much as I can this season.

Love, 🍂 🍁🍂 🍁

In: Lips, Nails





Posted on 6 Sep, 2016 | 0 Comment

My small batch of empties featuring Adalou, Marc Jacobs, and China Glaze and Formula X Nail.

Andalou BB Skin perfecting Beauty Balm– Andalou line is a rare skin care line I was able to find at my local health food store. The Andalou BB Cream is universally flattering with SPF30. This past summer was a killer with 90degree weather. The BB was able to help nourish, protect, and moisturize my skin through the tough heat. The formula is a very light weight liquid that dries down completely matte. The BB was messy to apply even with a beauty sponge, and I did not like how it went on. Will I buy this again? I have mixed feelings and would only buy if it is on sale since I don’t find it worth $19.95.

Marc Jacobs Remedy Pen– At a time, my dark circles were always flaring up, so I needed to find a dark circle color correct and was directed to the Marc Jacobs Remedy Pen. The tip of the pen is silver and has the cooling effect to relax irritation. The pen felt good under my eyes and relaxed my dark circles. The coverage is generous. I needed about two clicks for each eye. I bough the Pen in April and it lasted me til September. Will I buy this again? Yes.

Nails– Formula X Nail Base Coat and China Glaze Fairy Dust. I’ve been repurchasing the Formula X Base Coat for the past year and want to hold off on getting it again. The Base Coat seriously protects my nails and helps the color stay put except I want a break form this for now. I bought a few polishes from China Glaze and Fairy Dust was one of them. Fairy Dust is a very pretty holographic top coat that adds life to duller colors. Will I buy the polishes again? They are no hiatus for now.

BB Cream, Remedy Pen, and Base and Top Coat all work great and will be purchasing it again at a later time.






Posted on 29 Aug, 2016 | 0 Comment

I will be reviewing and swatching the NYX Cosmetics Eye Shadow Base in the shade White. On Youtube, I kept seeing beauty gurus continuously use the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk to make the eye shadow stand out more. I am cautious about a creamy base because they often crack or crease my eye shadow. This is my second time using the NYX eye shadow base (previously I used Skin Tone) and wanted something white.

Using a white base looks intimidating but it is not. In the pot, it looks like white out but once it dries, it dries down completely matte, and blends in the eye shadow without leaving behind white streaks.

In the example is Black Currant (shimmer) from the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons. The White base will NOT seep through the eye shadow and compete with the color. With the eye base, the shadow did turn out to be more pigmented and richer.

Tip: I apply the base with my finger or brush, I wait a few seconds for it to dry, then I apply some powder on top to set it.

 

NYX Eye shadow base comes in three shades- White, White Pearl, and Skin Tone.

In: Reviews





Posted on 26 Aug, 2016 | 0 Comment

Welcome back to my blog. I will be reviewing and swatching the Zoya Metallics and Holos from their 2016 Urban Grunge Collection.

Holos in Alicia, Finley, and Merida

 

cred: Briannathestrange / tumblr

 

 

   Metallics in Troy, Ash, and Britta

 

My favorites are Britta, Alicia, Ash, and Troy. Merida is completely different from most of the greens I own. I am not a green wearer, but Merida is probably one of my favorite greens Zoya has made. I’m glad Zoya added more holos to their line. The formulas turned out to be super smooth on both the holos and metallics and did not give me any trouble, but I did need a couple of coats for the colors.

Each sell for $10 on Zoya.






Posted on 18 Aug, 2016 | 0 Comment

I have two golden eye shadow comparisons featuring Bold Bling $12 single (Buxom Customizable Eye Shadow Bar) and Molasses Chip (Chocolate Bon Bons) $49.

 

In person, they do look a little different. Bold Bling has a rose undertone and Molasses Chip is more bronze.

 

 

In: Eyes





Posted on 15 Aug, 2016 | 0 Comment

I am expanding more with NYX. I took an interest in setting spray. Most of the setting sprays I came across where too expensive and not worth the price. I remembered NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray. I’ve been using the spray for a few months and here is what I noticed it did for my makeup:

Benefits of setting spray

  • my skin looked refreshed. It made skin appear to have a natural glow and not oily or shinny.
  • my makeup stayed in place much better and longer. I needed light retouches throughout the day.
  • setting spray can also be used to set loose, glitter, and shimmer shadows. I’ve seen plenty of YouTube videos where the guru would take the setting spray, and use the spray on the brush to set the eye shadows. Using setting spray to set certain eye shadow finishes does work.

Only Con:

  • If this spray is not aimed directly towards the face, it is easy to lose product. Before I close my eyes to mist, I try to make sure it is directed towards my face.

At first, I had a number or myths about setting spray. After using the spray for several months it has put to rest the following myths for me: it didn’t clog my pores, irritate my skin, or cause my makeup or eye makeup to run.

NYX Setting Spray did live up to most of my expectations. There is a matte version of the spray. The NYX website has it for $7.99.

 

 

 

 

In: Reviews





Posted on 12 Aug, 2016 | 0 Comment

A collection of my favorite products for the month of August featuring Too Faced, Buxom, and Kat Von D 😙

First up palettes from Kat Von D Shade+Light Contour and Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

The Bon Bons palette is great for year round. The matte shadows make great transition and crease colors. I plan on making this my fall palette because of the warm chestnut and other brown shades.

The Shade + Light Contour is ideal for beginners. The formula is powder with three highlights and three contour shades including a small guide. I use all three highlighters and the first two contour shades. The third one is too dark for my skin.

Next, Urban Decay Moondust Eye shadow in Solstice.

 

I took a break from UD but couldn’t pass up the moondust eye shadow in Solstice. I never did a full review on it since there is not too much to talk about. The best way I can describe this eye shadow is a pressed pigment packed with multi-color shimmer. I don’t often wear pigments. From youtube tutorials on pigments, the best way to make the pigment stay put is by spraying the eye shadow brush with some setting spray. UD came out with some new Moondust shades that have caught my attention.

Lastly, Full-on Lip Polishes in Brittany, Starr, and Gabby; swatches of Brittany and Starr.  I am a major fan of the Buxom lip polishes. They have 99 shades in total named after women. Brittany is the perfect nude shimmer and reminds me of that nude gloss JLO wears. Gabby and Starr are very different. Swatches and a review on Gabby and Brittany. I sometimes wear darker lip colors, and shades like Gabby and Starr bring a little bit of life into them and help tone them down if the shades are too dark. The Buxom lip glosses are fairly pigmented, smooth, and nourishing. I think Brittany, Starr, and Gabby are flattering with all sorts of colors.








Posted on 26 Jul, 2016 | 0 Comment

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette (16 shimmer and matte shadows) $42. I don’t have swatches because on me there is not too much to swatch.

 The matte shadows

  • Almond Truffle
  • Satin Sheets
  • Cashew Chew
  • Pecan Praline
  • Bordeaux
  • Mocha

Shimmer shadows

  • Cotton Candy
  • Cafe au Lait
  • Totally Fetch
  • Sprinkles
  • Molasses Chip
  • Divinity
  • Earl Grey
  • Malted

 

The shades I like the most are Almond Truffle, Cafe au Lait, Totally Fetch, Earl Grey, and Bordeaux. I became attracted to the Bon Bons Palette earlier this year and held off before purchasing. I’m glad I purchased this palette. I was mainly attracted to the matte eye shadows for blending and transitioning shades. Since I have hooded eyes, the matte eye shadows are ideal. The shadow compact is firm except I don’t like the way it closes. It snaps shut but closes weird. I do think the Bon Bon’s palette is ideal to travel or take on the go. 14 of the eye shadows are heart shaped except I don’t understand why Satin Sheets (shimmer) and Divinity (matte) are rectangular.

There are plenty of tutorials on how to coordinate the palette. The palette appears to be very versatile with looks.

 






Posted on 24 Jul, 2016 | 0 Comment

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer featuring 10 different shades for $28 each.

In: Eyes