Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Product Review -- COVERGIRL truBlend Face Primer for Dry Skin

I haven't had too much trouble finding a primer that works with my dry skin.

I'm a big fan of  the IT Cosmetics' Feel the Moment Primer Serum, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil, and Hourglass No. 28 Primer, all of which features oils that really hydrate and smooth the skin, so it's ready for foundation application.

But while I love those primers, they're all pretty pricey, so I've long been on the hunt for a more budget-friendly option that would still work with my dry skin.

Fortunately, COVERGIRL has introduced a series of primers in their truBlend line that are targeted for specific skin types, including oily, dry, and combination -- so I was really excited to try the truBlend Face Primer for Dry Skin.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Product Review -- NARS NARSissist L'amour Toujours L'amour Eyeshadow Palette

There's part of me that thinks that you really shouldn't consider the price when you're evaluating a product.

I mean, a lipstick is either dry and uncomfortable, or it isn't. An eyeshadow is either pigmented and smooth, or it isn't.

Whether I paid $6 or $60, it should still perform to my expectations.

But then there's the other part of me that says price really does matter.

Because presumably, when you're ponying up big bucks for makeup, it should boast better ingredients and performance -- standards should be higher for $25 lipstick than a $8 one.

As my sister always says, you get what you pay for (or you should anyway).

So it's hard for me not to consider the $59 price tag on the NARS NARSissist L'amour Toujours L'amour Eyeshadow Palette when I sit down to review it.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Product Review -- BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme

In general, I'm not really a fan of full coverage foundations.

While I have quite a few little imperfections that I like my face products to hide, I find that even on my worst skin days, a medium coverage product plus a concealer is all I need to get the job done.

And in my experience, full coverage foundations look and feel way too heavy on my skin for me to be all that comfortable to wear.

Still, I'm one of those people who feels like it's good to be prepared for any and all situations -- there might be a day when my medium coverage foundations just don't cut it, so I like the idea of having a reliable full coverage product that I can bust out in emergencies.

So I'd been curious about the BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme ever since it came out.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Product Review -- NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette

There are few things that I love as much as a good highlight.

(Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration ... because I'm pretty sure I love a good eye shadow palette, foundation, blush, lipstick, etc., just as much)

And I've got an entire drawer full of them to prove it.

But I don't have many palettes that are devoted exclusively to highlighters.

So I was pretty excited to try the NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette.

The kit comes in a black plastic packaging, and contains seven shimmery highlighter shades, four of which are 0.07 oz each and three of which are .14 oz.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Product Review -- Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs. Neutrals Professional Eyeshadow Palette

I'm a sucker for any and pretty much all kinds of makeup, but the fastest way for a makeup brand to hook me is to put out an eye shadow palette that features warm, peachy, rusty, reddish tones.

I can't say no to that color family ... ever.

So when I trying to pick out an eye shadow palette to try from Makeup Revolution, the New-Trals vs. Neutrals Professional Eyeshadow Palette seemed like the natural choice. 

Makeup Revolution describes the palette as a "new generation of natural shades," which is a pretty accurate description, I think. There is one row of traditional natural shades and one row that features peach, orange, rust, and burgundy tones, so it turns out to be a really versatile palette.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Product Review -- Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipsticks

I don't think that I ever got around to reviewing them on this blog, but I was a pretty big fan of the Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipsticks.

It was a nice, creamy formula that felt and looked lovely on the lips, and came in a lot of interesting shades (For example, I don't have anything in my collection that's similar to Cava, my very favorite color in the collection).

So I was understandably bummed when I heard that Bite Beauty was discontinuing the line -- and just as curious to try the formula that was replacing them, the Amuse Bouche Lipsticks.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Product Review -- Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette

Ever since Ulta started carrying Makeup Revolution products, I've wanted to give them a try.

There are a ton of interesting ones, actually, so when they were BOGO 1/2 off a little while back, I decided to pick up a few.

The one that I was most interested in was the Ultra Contour Palette -- that's because it's similar to a lot of higher end contouring palettes, but it's only $15.

That's even less than the NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette, which retails for about $25, and I just feel like if you're someone who's not into hardcore contouring everyday, you don't necessarily need an expensive, high end palette to get the job done.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Product Review -- e.l.f. Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette

e.l.f. is another one of those brands that seems to be coming out with new products everyday lately.

There are so many of them that I've actually fallen pretty behind in trying them out. So I recently went on a little shopping spree on the site and picked up a few things.

The product that I was most excited for was definitely the Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette.

e.l.f.'s come out with several of these 10 pan shadow palettes and I've seen some pretty good reviews, but I'd never gotten around to giving them a try.

There was no way I could resist one with a rose gold color scheme, though.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Product Review -- Wet n Wild Color Icon Blushes (new formula) and Ombre Blushes

Wet n Wild Color Icon Ombre Blushes
Wet n Wild Color Icon Blushes
 Wet n Wild has been coming out with a quite a few new products recently, as well as reformulating some of their old favorites, and as a fan of the brand, I've been wanting to try most of them out.

I started with the blushes, because that's always seemed a strong point in the Wet n Wild lineup.

Which is why I was kind of surprised to hear that they were reformulating the Color Icon Blushes.

I'd always liked those, and thought they were pretty great for a drugstore blush -- so if it ain't broke, why fix it?

To be honest, I can't really see a difference in the formula, which is a good thing.

They come in the same rectangular plastic compacts, though the pans in the new version appear to be larger.

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