Monday, July 27, 2015

Review -- Tom Ford Eye Color Quad

If you read this blog, you know I spend plenty of money on makeup.

It's really my one indulgence, so I don't feel too guilty about it.

But there are still some products that are a little too rich for my blood.

I mean, I'll spend $54 on one of Urban Decay's Naked Palettes because I'm getting 12 shadows, but when I see the $79 price tag on a Tom Ford Eye Color Quad, I tend to balk -- because you're only getting 4 shadows.

That's like $20 per shadow!

Now, of course, there's something to be said for quality -- my sister always tells me that you get what you pay for, and I agree with her most of the time. And I've seen such terrific reviews of the Tom Ford shadows, so I've definitely been curious.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Review -- It Cosmetics CC+ Eye Color Correcting Concealer

I am a big fan of pretty much every It Cosmetics product that I've tried.

In particular, I find the face products to be particularly impressive. The Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream is one of my favorite everyday foundation products. I love the Bye Bye Pores Micro Powder is my go-to finishing powder for warmer weather, and when I really need to hide dark circles or other imperfections, the Bye Bye Under Eyes Concealer never fails me.

That's why I was so excited to try the CC+ Eye Color Correcting Concealer. While Bye Bye Under Eye delivers serious coverage, I don't necessarily need that everyday -- CC+ Eye is a terrific alternative for days when you want something lighter.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Review -- e.l.f. Studio Pressed Mineral Bronzer

Bronzer is a tricky product for me.

Because I'm incredibly pale -- think Casper the Friendly Ghost and then go a few shades lighter -- it is extremely difficult to find a bronzer that isn't too dark or too orange-y to look even remotely natural on my skin.

When e.l.f. came out with their Studio Pressed Mineral Bronzers, I was excited because it was an opportunity to try a couple of new shades without spending a ton of money on products that (likely) wouldn't work.

So I picked up two of the Studio Pressed Mineral Bronzers -- Baked Peach, a slightly shimmery peachy bronze, and Tan Toffee, a matte light golden brown.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Review -- Clinique Cheek Pops

What's better than a gorgeous, natural-looking blush?

How about one that features an adorable daisy design etched into the powder?

That's what Clinique's Cheek Pop Blushes deliver -- and seriously, these are probably the prettiest looking blushes just sitting in my makeup drawer.

I started out with a single one when the line first launched a little over a year ago (and never got around reviewing!) and then purchased two more a few months ago when they added new shades -- and I've got to say, I really do love these blushes.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Review -- Too Faced Natural Matte Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

Once upon a time, I would have sworn that I hated matte shadow.

Too boring, I thought.

But any time an all matte palette comes out these days, I can't get my grubby little fingers on it fast enough.

I've totally fallen in love with (good) matte shadows.

That's why I knew I just had to have Too Faced's Natural Matte Neutral Eye Shadow Collection.

I have the original Too Faced Matte Eye Palette (it was actual one of the first all matte palettes I ever bought) and it is one of my all-time favorites. The shadows are smooth and creamy, not the least bit chalky, so they're extremely easy to work with and apply.

I was hoping that the new Natural Matte Palette would be more of the same -- but I actually think Too Faced may have improved the formula a bit.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Review -- Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Around-the-Clock Blushes and Come Correct Celebrity Concealer

Wet n Wild is one of those drugstore brands that just always lures me in.

Without fail, whenever I walk through my local Walgreen's (they seem to have the best WnW selection in my area), I always have to check out their new offerings -- because in recent years, it's difficult to think of a company that combines quality with value in the quite the same way (e.l.f. comes close, but I think that brand has a few more misses than WnW and their prices have gone up a little too).

So when I saw some new items in Wet n Wild's Fergie Centerstage Collection, I had to check them out.

I have one of the existing shadow quads and one of the shimmery highlighters, and I like them both quite a bit, so I was definitely interested in trying out the new Around-the-Clock Blushes -- and I'm always a sucker for a new concealer, so the Come Correct Celebrity Concealer had to be mine too.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Review -- Battle of the Contour Palettes (NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette, Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, and Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette)

Contouring and contour palettes have been all the rage lately.

It seems like every time I turn around, another brand is coming up with their own version.

As someone who's very pale, contouring is tricky for me -- but as someone who has no visible cheekbones to speak of, I'm still always willing to give it a try.

So over the past six months or so, I've picked up not one but three different contouring palettes. Instead of doing separate reviews of each of them, I thought it would be helpful to combine them all in one post to do a comparison of sorts.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Review -- CoverGirl Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation

Surprisingly, I'm a big fan of the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation.

I say surprisingly because it's designed to be a long-lasting foundation and those are usually have a matte finish and are meant for oily skin. My skin is normal to dry, so those kinds of foundations tend to cling to dry patches and just look cakey on me.

The Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation doesn't do that -- and it's got seriously good coverage and lasts a long time so what's not to love?

(Now, admittedly, I usually wear it in the warmer weather when my skin is a little bit more on the oily side but I can get away with wearing it in fall and winter if I moisturize well and use a hydrating primer under it.)

Still, when I heard that CoverGirl was coming out with a new version of the foundation, the Outlast Stay Luminous Foundation, I was seriously excited.

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