Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Product Review -- Tarte Double Duty Beauty Eye & Cheek Palette in Classic Courage

Tarte has been putting out so many new products lately that it's almost hard to keep up.

And while I pretty much want to buy all of them, I've had to restrain myself.

So I tried really hard not to cave on the Tarte Double Duty Beauty Eye & Cheek Palette in Classic Courage.

I like the idea of palettes that features eye shadows and cheek colors in a single compact because they're perfect for when you're traveling. Tarte's idea with this palette is that you could throw it in your bag so you can bump up your daytime look when you're headed out at night.

For me, the biggest lure of the palette was the shadow in Lucky Penny.

Copper shades are a serious weakness for me.

That's why, even though I kept telling myself that I didn't need another palette, I eventually wound up caving and buying the palette.

Fortunately, I don't regret it.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Product Review -- ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip Liquid Lipsticks

I've mentioned before that I'm not a huge fan of liquid lipsticks.

That's mainly because most of them provide a matte finish that feels really drying and uncomfortable.

So while I appreciate the staying power, I just don't wind up wearing them all that often.

I have several of the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Liquid Lipsticks, and to my surprise, I actually like them quite a bit. They are certainly drying, but they don't feel tight or uncomfortable on the lips at all.

Still, I was pretty excited when I heard that ColourPop was coming out with a line of Ultra Satin Lip Liquid Lipsticks because I figured that they would be even more comfortable to wear due to the satin finish.

And happily, I was right.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Product Review -- NYC LOVATICS by Demi Eyeshadow Palette

The original Urban Decay Naked Palette has been out for several years now, and in that time, everyone and their mother has tried to dupe it.

I've tried plenty of budget-friendly attempts at duplicating the color shade and performance of the Naked Palette, but it's not only recently that I've found one that really delivers.

It may sound like an overstatement, but it's seriously impossible to imagine a palette that mimics the Naked shades, offers quality shadows, and is a better value that the NYC LOVATICS by Demi Palette in Natural (as far as I can tell, this is the only shade range that the palette's available in at the moment).

Because this little baby is only $4.99 -- and has some of the best quality eye shadows that I've found in a drugstore palette in years.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Product Review -- The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Matte Eyeshadow Palette

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that I'm a big fan of The Balm.

Well, it's probably more accurate to say that I'm obsessed with the brand, actually.

It's the one company that I feel a real compulsion to collect all of their palettes.

Partly because their products almost always wow me, but also because I'm a sucker for their adorable packaging.

So when I heard that they were coming out with another Meet Matt(e) Palette, I knew I was going to buy it -- it was just a matter of time.

I held out for about a month, which, for me, is pretty amazing.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Product Review -- Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette

I'm always on the hunt for the perfect highlighter.

Over the years, I've found quite a few that I love, but none that have made it to holy grail status. They're usually just a little too warm or dark for my pale, mostly neutral skin, so I just keep looking.

That's why I was interested in trying the Tarte Skin Twinkle Lighting Palette -- it offers up a couple of highlight shades, so I figured I had a better chance of finding that perfect glow.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Product Review -- Maybelline Face Studio Master Contour

Contour kits are all the rage these days, whether it's palettes that house several contour and highlight shades together or those that feature a contour, blush, and highlight shade.

I'm not super into contouring -- I mean, I'll do it more often than not, but it's extremely subtle because my skin is so fair that it can look seriously harsh if I'm not careful -- but I'm still always interested in trying new contour kits.

Particularly the ones that have started to pop up in drugstores.

The Maybelline Face Studio Master Contour is a kit that contains a contour, blush, and highlight shade. It comes in a black plastic compact with a small brush inside. The brush isn't really suitable for applying the contour or blush shades, in my opinion, but it works well enough for applying the highlighter to the cheekbones.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Product Review -- Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette

I'm always a sucker for a Tarte eyeshadow palette.

(If you're thinking that I'm always saying I'm a sucker for one makeup item or another, you're right. I'm a total sucker for all of it.)

The circular ones in particular always seem to draw me in because the packaging is cool and unique, but in the past, those palettes usually included blush, bronzer, and highlighter as well -- and if I'm honest, I'm not a huge fan of palettes that mix products (mainly because it screws up the organization of my makeup drawers because I don't know whether to include it with the shadow palettes or face palettes).

That's why I was excited to discover that Tarte's new Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette is a round palette that contains nothing but shadows.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Product Review -- Milani Brow & Eye Highlighter

I love taking my time when I put on my makeup because it's one of my favorite things to do.

But let's face it -- sometimes, even those of us who love makeup have to rush through the process.

That's when it helps to have some quick, easy products in your arsenal.

The Milani Brow & Eye Highlighter definitely fits the bill.

These double-ended pencils, which you can sharpen, feature a matte and a shimmer side, which means you can use it in a variety of ways.
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