Friday, September 22, 2017

Product Review -- Laura Geller Filter Finish Setting Powder


I have a love/hate relationship with setting powders.

I know I need them if I want my makeup to stay in place, because even though my skin is more normal to dry these days, it can still eat up foundation like nobody's business.

But because my skin leans more toward dry, I don't love a matte finish my makeup -- I prefer a glow or dewy look, which isn't always compatible with powder.

For years, I've been a big fan of the Laura Geller Balance and Brighten, which is a baked powder foundation -- it doesn't really provide that glowy look that I'm after, but my skin never looks cakey and the porcelain shade is perfect for my pale skin.

So I was intrigued by another powder from the Laura Geller line -- I've had my eye on the Filter Finish Setting Powder for a while now, and when I finished my last Balance and Brighten (which is one of the few makeup products that I've gone through multiple times), I decided to give it a try.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Product Review -- Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette


I've been a big fan of Too Faced's matte eyeshadow formula for years -- all the way back to their original matte shadow palette in the little square box that I believe has long since been discontinued.

The Natural Matte Eye Shadow Collection, which is still available, is another favorite of mine, though, so I'm pretty much always willing to give a Too Faced matte palette a try.

Especially when it's part of the Sweet Peach collection.

I am such as sucker for peach makeup products.

So I knew that I had to have the Too Faced Just Peachy Mattes Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette from the first moment I saw a photo of it on Instagram.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Product Review -- bareMinerals Bare Pro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation



bareMinerals Original Loose Mineral Foundation was one of the first "high end" foundations that I ever bought for myself.

I was in college, and after seeing a few too many presentations of it on QVC, I ordered it, and for a few years, I wore it pretty much exclusively.

So a few years ago when they came out with their first liquid foundation, Bare Skin Serum Foundation, I couldn't wait to try -- and it's a pretty good foundation. I still wear it quite a bit, though the coverage is more natural to light, so there are times when it isn't quite enough.

Which is why I was super excited to hear that they were coming out with another liquid foundation, the bareMinerals Bare Pro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Product Review -- Maybelline The City Mini Palettes


These days, it seems like Maybelline is putting out new products all the time.

Not that I'm complaining, mind you.

While Maybelline has hits and misses like any brand, I'm always willing to at least give their stuff a try because I feel like there's a good chance I'll enjoy it.

I was excited to see that they'd come out with the new City Mini Palettes a couple of months back because eye shadow is one area where I feel like the brand falters quite a bit. 

I haven't had much luck with their single shadows, their quads have been very hit or miss, and the larger Nudes palettes have all been something of a disappointment.

The only shadow product I've consistently enjoyed from them are the Eye Studio Color Plush Quads, which have decent pigmentation and a nice smooth, creamy texture. 

In a lot of ways, the City Mini Palettes remind me of the Color Plush Quads.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Product Review -- The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation and Coverage Foundation


Since I first tried The Ordinary's products about a year ago, I've pretty much fallen in love with their brand.

My skincare routine is pretty much 85% products from the line at this point, and my skin is probably in the best condition that it's ever been in since I was a kid and had a baby-smooth complexion.

So when I heard that The Ordinary was coming out with foundations, I was beyond excited.

And lots of other people were too apparently, because I missed the foundations when they first hit the site and had to wait almost two months before they were back in stock.

(Not that I was obsessively checking the website everyday to see if there were in stock or anything.)

Finally, though, I was able to get my greedy little hands on The Ordinary Colours Serum Foundation and Coverage Foundation.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Product Review -- Dose of Colors Eyes Cream Palette



I fell in love with the Dose of Colors Eyes Cream Palette pretty much the first moment that I saw a photo of it on Instagram.

At the time, I'd never tried anything from Dose of Colors, and I thought of them primarily as a brand that made lip products. 

But the Eyes Cream Palette had such a fun theme and was full of such pretty and unusual colors that I couldn't stop thinking about it.

I didn't buy it right away, though, because I didn't think that I had enough creativity and skill to really pull off looks with the shades in the palette -- and then by the time that I decided it would be fun to play around and challenge myself with, the palette was sold out and I thought I'd lost my chance.

Because the Eyes Cream Palette is actually limited edition, and I figured that it had been taken out of rotation.

Recently, though, it turned back up on the Dose of Colors website, and I jumped at the chance to pick it up.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Product Review -- ColourPop Pressed Powder Highlighter and Bronzer


Ever since ColourPop came out with their pressed powder eye shadows a while back, they've been expanding more and more into that realm.

They've had several small palettes on the market over the past few months with pressed blushes, highlighters, and bronzers, but I hadn't picked any of them up because there was always one or two shades that wouldn't work with my skin tone and I've been trying to get better about not buying makeup items that I won't really get a lot of use out of.

So I was pretty excited when ColourPop released individual pressed powder highlighters and bronzers.  I wanted a bunch, but I was good and just picked up a couple of the highlighters and one of the bronzers. 

You can purchase both the highlighters and bronzers in compacts, which are $8, or just the pans, which are $7 and can be placed in any magnetic palette.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Product 411: ColourPop Yes, Please! and She Pressed Powder Shadow Palettes




I've already expressed my affection for the ColourPop Pressed Powder Shadows so I was pretty excited when they came out with larger shadow palettes that contained 12 shadows.

There's not much point in a doing a full blown review of these palettes, though, because the shadow formula is essentially the same as the single shadows, but I did think it might help folks who are on the fence about them to do a quick little rundown with some swatches.

At the moment, both the Yes, Please! and She Palettes are out of stock, but ColourPop has been restocking them pretty regularly, so if you're interested, keep an eye out.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Product Review -- ColourPop No Filter Concealer





From the moment that I first tried ColourPop's Super Shock Shadows a couple of years back, I've been a pretty big fan of nearly all of their products.

There are a couple that I haven't gotten around to trying -- I haven't tried any of the brow products, for example, mainly because I just don't get very excited about brow stuff in general and I'd rather spend my money on other things -- but I am pretty much always waiting with bated breath to see what they're coming out with next.

So I was pretty giddy when I heard that the brand was finally venturing into complexion products with a line of concealers. The No Filter Concealer is described as a lightweight, creamy concealer with soft blurring pigments -- um, okay, sign me the hell up!

The concealers are available in 16 shades, and because I'm pale as a ghost, I purchased it in the two lightest shades, Fair 5 and Fair Neutral 10.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Product Review -- Sephora PRO Cool Palette



I don't have a ton of experience with makeup from Sephora's own line, but I've usually had good luck with their eyeshadow palettes.

I absolutely love the Sephora + Pantone Universe Palette I got a few years back when Marsala was the color of the year and am still using the Ariel Storybook Palette from the Sephora Disney Collection that came out even before that.

More recently, I've really enjoyed the Mixology Eyeshadow Palette I purchased this spring (and is still available at the moment).

So when I saw the PRO Palettes that were coming out in the Sephora Collection line last month (maybe two at this point? I'm not sure), I was definitely intrigued.

When they were released, there were three options: Warm, Cool, and Editorial.

The Warm was totally calling my name, but I've purchased so many warm eye shadow palettes and shades lately that I decided the Cool would be a better fit for my collection.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Product Review -- BECCA X Christy Teigen Glow Face Palette


I am a big fan of Christy Teigen.

I follow her on all social media, bought her cookbook when it came out, and generally just think she's pretty cool.

So I was pretty excited when I heard that she was coming out with a palette with BECCA.

But then I heard it was going to be a face palette and I was a little bummed.

Because my skin tone is pretty different from Christy's so I figured that shades that would work well for her probably wouldn't be the best for me.

Which is why I told myself I shouldn't buy the palette -- and I held strong for about two months.

And then I decided the shades were just too pretty to overlook and I would just find a way to make them work somehow.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Product Review -- Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Eye Shadow Palette


I've been debating whether or not I should write this review because God knows this is one makeup product that's been dissected in every way imaginable, so what could another review possibly add to all the noise?

But I felt like maybe I could offer a another point of view that might have some value in it, so I figured why not?

(If you're tired of all the Subculture drama, I totally get it and you can feel free to  move onto my reviews of other products.)

So right off the bat, let me say that I probably know more about makeup than the average person who walks into Sephora to pick up the Urban Decay Naked Palette or wanders into CVS to choose a new Revlon lipstick. If you read this blog, you know that I am obsessed with makeup, play with it pretty much daily, and know precisely when every new product is coming out.

With all that said, I am not a professional by any stretch of the imagination. My makeup skills are probably pretty good for an average person, but that's only because I've been putting the stuff on for years and I practice, practice, practice. I don't really have an innate talent  -- or imagination, really -- for it. My usual looks aren't the most creative in the world.

I also have extremely fair skin, pale eyes, and red hair, so I don't like the way that I look in a lot of brighter or darker colors. That's simply a matter of personal preference, but I'm just not comfortable working with those types of shades and my blending game with them is probably pretty poor, if I'm being honest.

So that's the background and experience I approach the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette with.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Product Review -- Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer and Ethereal Setting Powder




Since I bought the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, it's gone into my rotation of go-to foundations.

Meaning, it's one of those foundations that I can easily throw on and I know it'll always look good -- never cakey or greasy or patchy.

So I was interested in trying the Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer as soon as it came out -- I figured the formula would be good and I'm on board for anything that's described as radiant.

When it  first came out, though, the reviews I read made it clear that the lightest shade at the time was pretty dark so I knew it wouldn't be a good match for my super fair skin.

Fortunately, Too Faced recently added some new shades to the line, along with the Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder, so I figured it was the perfect time to try the other products in the Born This Way line.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Product Review -- Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette


I am a huge fan of the original Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette.

It's all matte palette that still allows for a variety of looks -- and they're pretty much no-brainer so you can always put together an easy but polished eye.

But as much as I love the palette, I have to admit that matte shadows are never going to excite me the way that shimmery shadows do.

Which is why I was pretty excited to try the Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette.

It is pretty much a redo of the original palette but with all shimmery and glittery shadows.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Product Review -- Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops


When it comes to makeup products, all they have to do is promise me radiant skin and I am sold.

So it's probably not a surprise that I was hooked by the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops.

These multipurpose drops are meant to add a pretty radiance to the skin -- to both your face and anywhere else on your body that you might like, such as your shoulders or collarbones.

They come in a heavy 1 ounce bottle with pretty purple and gold packaging. It features a medicine dropper dispenser, which is perfect for allowing you to get just the right amount of the product.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Product Review -- NYX HD Photogenic Concealer



I'm beginning to get a little low on my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, which is one of my favorite concealers of all-time.

While I've been debating whether or not to buy another tube -- if you're thinking "Why would you ever debate that when you love it so much?" it's just that it's a pretty pricey concealer ($30) and it's not that I object to spending that much on makeup, but there are always so many new products that I want to try that sometimes I'd rather budget my makeup funds toward something new rather something tried and true. Probably silly, but that's just me -- I have been on the hunt for a more budget-friendly concealer that could fill in for the Radiant Creamy Concealer.

Enter the NYX HD Photogenic Concealer.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Product Review -- Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter


I am a certified sucker for two things: cute packaging and highlighters.

(Well, dogs, pizza, and margaritas too, but that's kind of off topic...)

So I could only resist the Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighters for so long.

Because not only do these highlighters promise unparalleled radiance, they come in adorable heart-shaped compacts with a shiny metallic that corresponds to the shade of the highlighter. For example, I bought the highlighter in Blinded By The Light, which is a champagne shade, and the compact is a silver color.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Product Review -- Makeup Revolution Unicorn Love Eyeshadow Palette


Last week, I talked about the Makeup Revolution Death by Chocolate Eyeshadow Palette and mentioned that I picked up another palette from the line during a BOGO-1/2 off sale.

The Makeup Revolution Unicorn Love Eyeshadow Palette is the same style as the Death By Chocolate in that it comes in the same long rectangular packaging and contains 16 eyeshadows in a layout that's very reminiscent of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes.

The Unicorn Love Palette doesn't have a chocolate theme -- well, at least in theory.  It comes in a pink compact that has a fuzzy texture and a large crystal-like heart in the center.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Product Review -- Makeup Revolution Death by Chocolate Palette



I've had pretty good luck with most of the Makeup Revolution products that I've tried.

They make some of my all-time favorite highlighters, the Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Highlighter and the Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder, and I absolutely adore the New-Trals vs. Neutrals Professional Eyeshadow Palette, so I'm always willing to give their new stuff a try.

Recently (it's probably been several months actually... is it just me or is 2017 seriously flying by), they came out with a bunch of eyeshadow palettes that are clearly inspired by the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes, right down to the packaging, and I was definitely curious.

There are 5 or 6 of them in total, but I decided to purchase the Death by Chocolate Palette, which is supposed to feature rich, warm neutrals and cool, smokey plums -- because I definitely don't have enough of those kinds of palettes in my collection (that's sarcasm, for sure).

The palette comes in a rectangular brown plastic compact. It is designed to look like a chocolate bar, just like the Too Faced Palettes, but this one is melting a bit, which is kind of cute. Inside, there is a good size mirror, which stays open by itself so you can easily use it to do your makeup if you're on the go.

Makeup Revolution Death By Chocolate Palette

The palette contains 16 shadows. The shades include: White Light, a matte vanilla; Don't Let Go, a shimmery light bronze; Break Me Up, a matte light taupe; Consume Me, a mid-tone brown with a satin finish; All Is Lost, a mid-tone gray with a satin finish; Lick Me, a matte light pink; Fool's Gold, a shimmery gold; One More Bar, a matte mid-tone brown; Devour Me, a matte black brown; Tear the Wrapper, a shimmery copper bronze; Love You to Death, a shimmery plum; Pray for Me, a shimmery golden taupe; Dipped, a shimmery bronze taupe; Tease Me, a shimmery silver taupe; Set Me Free, a shimmery light taupe; and Bring Down Angels, a shimmery golden ivory.

Makeup Revolution Death By Chocolate Palette
As is the case with the other Makeup Revolution shadow palettes, the formula isn't perfect. The shimmery and satin shades are nicely pigmented, creamy, and smooth, so they're easy to work with.

The mattes can be a little sheer and dry, though they do build easily so I don't have any real issue using them.

And considering the palette is only $15 so you're paying less than $1 per shadow, I would say that they're really pretty nice shadows.

From l. to r.: White Light, Don't Let Go, Break Me Up, Consume Me, All Is Lost

From l. to r.: Lick Me, Fool's Gold, One More Bar, Devour Me, Tear the Wrapper, Love You To Death

From l. to r.: Pray For Me, Dipped, Tease Me, Set Me Free, Bring Down Angels
Of course, I love the shades -- they're mainly warm bronze-y and taupe shades that are always a favorite of mine. Don't Let Go, Tear the Wrapper, Dipped, and Tease Me are probably my most used shades in the palette, but they all work pretty well -- and it lends itself to both daytime and evening looks so it's pretty versatile too.

I don't think I'm going to buy any other palettes in the line (I already purchased another, though, because the palettes were BOGO-1/2 off, which I plan to review) but that's because the rest seem to contain shades that I already have a lot of in my collection.

However, if Makeup Revolution comes out with other palettes in the line with shades I don't have so many of, I wouldn't hesitate to buy them.

As I said, the palette retails for $15 and you can purchase them at Ulta.

Have you tried the Makeup Revolution Death By Chocolate Palette? Which shades are your favorite?

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Product Review -- NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powder


As far as I'm concerned, there can never be enough highlighters in my collection.

I would glow to the high heavens all day, every day if possible so it helps to have plenty of options in my arsenal. 

Over the past year, I've become especially obsessed with duo-chrome highlighters. You know, the ones that look like a simple white, ivory, or beige in the pan but actually flash a cool color like lilac, pink, blue, or green in the light. 

I know they're not for everybody -- not everyone wants to rocks a highlighter that flashes green -- but I absolutely love them. I feel like it takes a simple everyday makeup look and makes it a little more exciting. 

So I was really excited to try the NYX Duo Chromatic Illuminating Powders, which contain light-catching pearls that look different from every angle.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Product Review -- Tarte Make Magic Happen Eyeshadow Palette


If you're wondering if I ever buy makeup from a brand other than Tarte these days, that's definitely a fair question.

I have gone on a Tarte bender lately but it's not my fault that they keep putting new products that are so appealing -- but if you're tired of all the Tarte reviews, there's no need to worry. I've only got one other Tarte review on the horizon after this one.

And by this one, I mean the Tarte Make Magic Happen Eyeshadow Palette.

It's probably true that the last thing I need is another Tarte eyeshadow palette, but as soon as I saw photos of this one on Instagram, I was a goner.

Warm shadows with some purple tones thrown in?  Looks pretty perfect to me.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Product Review -- Tarte Clay Stick Foundation



I've mentioned before that I've always been a big fan of foundation sticks.

Whether it's true or not, I always feel like I can apply them more quickly than liquid, powder, or cream foundations.

Just swipe it over my face in a few places and blend it out with a sponge or brush, and I'm ready to go.

Lately, foundation sticks have become pretty popular for contouring and highlighting too because it's easy to apply them precisely to the areas you need shading.

I don't personally use them that way, so I can't vouch for the Tarte Clay Stick Foundation in that capacity but as a straight up foundation, it does a pretty good job.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Product Review -- Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume III Highlighting Eyeshadow Palette


These days, Tarte seems to be operating under the notion that you can never have too much of a good thing.

That's both in terms of how often they seem to be putting out new products and the way they keep adding to existing lines within the brand.

Case in point: the Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palettes.

I feel like I just bought the Rainforest of the Sea Volume II Eyeshadow Palette, but the Rainforest of the Sea Volume III Highlighting Eyeshadow Palette has already hit shelves, and considering how much I love the formula of the Rainforest of the Sea shadows, I couldn't resist picking it up.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Product Review -- The Balm Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette


It seems like a lot of makeup brands had the same idea for shadow palettes this summer.

Just the other day, I reviewed the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette, which features all warm, reddish toned shadows.

The Balm's new Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette isn't quite as tone on tone as the Naked Heat, but it does contain plenty of warm, reddish, rosy shadows, with some peach and bronze shades thrown in for good measure.

It's the third palette in the Balm's Nude Palette series (with the Nude 'Tude and Nude Dude Palettes being volumes 1 and 2), and if you've been following this blog for a while, you know that I am a huge fan of The Balm.

In fact, it's the only brand that I feel a pretty much pathological need to collect palettes for.

So I was all on board with the Nude Beach Palette before I even saw the shade selection -- when I finally did, I was pretty sure that it was a match made in heaven for me.

More warm reddish, rosy shadows? Yes, please!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Product Review -- Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette



I'm not going to be coy about this -- I am pretty much head over heels in love with the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette.

So if you're looking for a post that talks you out of buying it, you're probably going to want to skip this one.

I know that there's been a lot of hype surrounding this, and warm, reddish-toned shadow palettes are really nothing new, but this one delivers in a pretty big way -- and is so beautiful that there was no way I could resist it.

It's definitely my favorite addition to the Naked collection since the Naked 2 Palette (and that's saying something because I've liked pretty much all of the Naked Palettes...)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Product Review -- Stila Cosmetics Heaven's Hue Highlighter


I don't think it's possible for me to ever have enough highlighters.

Nearly every time a new one hits the market, I've got to grab it because being glowy is pretty much my top priority where makeup is concerned.

I hadn't heard much when they first launched but lately, I'd been seeing a lot of good things about the Stila Heaven's Hue Highlighters and as usual when makeup is involved, my curiosity got the better of me and I had to pick one up.

The highlighters come in three shades, and while I see most people talking about it in Kitten, Stila's ubiquitous nude pink with golden undertones, I decided to go for Transcendence, an opalescent pink, because Kitten just seemed too similar to other highlighters I have.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Product Review -- Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette


Is it just me or has Tarte been putting out a bunch of new products practically everyday lately?

It's been hell on my bank account because I can't resist picking up at least 75% of the stuff that they put out -- but the good news is that they've been hitting a lot of home runs lately, so at least I haven't experienced too much buyer's remorse.

One of the items that instantly caught my eye was the Clay Play Face Shaping Palette. I love multi-use products that can save a little space in your vanity or travel makeup bag so I was pretty excited to give this one a try.

The shades in the palette are designed to be used as eye shadows, brow colors, and contour powders so they're nearly all matte and fit a pretty natural, earthy color range.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Product Review -- Maybelline Dream Brightening Creamy Concealer


With my super fair skin, brightening concealers are pretty hard to come by.

That's because it's hard enough to find a concealer that matches my skin tone, let alone one that's lighter enough than my skin to actually have a brightening effect.

Usually, pink-toned concealers are my best bet, but even those are pretty hit and miss.

Still, I was pretty excited to try the Maybelline Dream Brightening Creamy Concealer -- and it's only about $8, so even if I didn't love it, I wouldn't be out a lot of money.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Product Review -- Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit


I've said it before, but I am just as obsessed with highlighters as everyone else seems to be these days.

Even back when when my skin was oily, I always liked a little extra glow along my cheekbones, but now that my skin has gotten drier, it's an absolute must for me when I'm doing my makeup. My face also looks too drab if I don't dust a little highlighter over the tops of my cheeks (I'm also one of those people who loves highlighting the tip of the nose too).

So I am always looking for new highlighters, both in terms of formula, texture, and color.

From pretty much the first moment that I saw the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit, I was head over heels in love -- but I held back on getting it because I told myself that it probably wasn't the most practical addition to my collection.

Of course, after seeing enough Instagram photos of the palette in action, I couldn't hold out any longer and I finally bit the bullet and picked it up.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Product Review -- NYX Lid Lingerie Shadow Palette


I am a pretty big fan of the NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks.

They're one of the more comfortable liquid lipstick formulas that I've tried, and I like the shade range features a bunch of nudes that suit pretty much every skin tone.

So when I saw that NYX had come out with a powder eyeshadow palette inspired by the Lip Lingerie Lipsticks, Lid Lingerie, I had to give it a try.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Product Review -- Wet n Wild Color Icon Rainbow Highlighter in Unicorn Glow


Rainbow highlighters have been all the rage over the past year.

I have to admit, I wasn't all that into them.

Blue, green, and purple highlighters have always been a little intimidating to me, which is probably the main reason for my disinterest.

I also don't really see the point of the rainbows shades in a single product -- it's not like all of the shades are going to be distinct on the skin, so it seems more gimmicky than anything else.

But I've come around on the idea of highlighters in unique shades, such as blue and green, and when I saw that Wet n Wild had put out the Color Icon Rainbow Highlighter in the shade Unicorn Glow, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to try the trend without spending too much.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Product Review -- MAC Eyeshadow X 15: Cool Neutral Palette


It's been quite some time since I did any real shopping at MAC.

There's really no reason for that -- I did get a little worn out by how frequently they seem to introduce limited edition collection over the past five years or so, but there are still a lot of great products in the permanent line that I enjoy so I have no real issues with the brand.

So recently, I was poking around their site and came across a product that I've actually been interested in for a while -- the MAC Eyeshadow X 15: Cool Neutral Palette.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Product Review -- Sephora Collection Mixology Eyeshadow Palette


It's been a long time since I last tried products from Sephora's own makeup line.

I've never had a really bad experience with any of the items I have tried -- which were mainly confined to single eyeshadows, eyeliners, and lipsticks -- but there are just so many other brands and products to try that I sometimes forget about the house brand.

During the recent VIB sale, though, a Sephora Collection item caught my eye and I figured that it was as good a time as any to give the range another try.

Everything about the shades in the Mixology Eyeshadow Palette screamed my name, so it was kind of a no-brainer.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Product Review -- Wet n Wild photofocus Concealer


A few months ago, I bought the Wet n Wild photofocus Foundation and really liked it.

It does have a tendency to cling to dry patches, but if I moisturize and use a good primer, it looks really natural and nice the skin.

I would describe the coverage as light to medium, so it does require a concealer if you have more severe discolorations that you want to camouflage.

It just happens that Wet n Wild put out a concealer to go with the foundation, the photofocus Concealer, and because I liked the foundation so much, I was really excited to try it.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Product Review -- Benefit Cheek Parade Bronzer and Blush Palette


When it comes to blushes, bronzers, and other cheek products, Benefit is definitely at the top of the class.

Their Rockateur Blush is one of my favorite blushes ever made -- it's just the perfect rose gold shade and pairs well with so many different eye and lip looks that I wind up wearing it a ton.

I also love Hervana and Coralista, so let's suffice it to say that I have a fairly large collection of Benefit's boxed blushes.

Still, whenever they put out their blush and bronzer palettes, I'm always a tempted, even though they are usually duplicates for blushes I already have. But I've never tried Benefit's famous Hoola Bronzer, which is usually included in the palettes -- and I don't know that I need a full size of it because it seems pretty dark and my skin is so fair -- so I find myself thinking that it might be worth it to pick one up.

Well, their newest blush and bronzer palette, the Benefit Cheek Parade, was the one that finally reeled me in because not only does it contain Hoola, it also features the newer Hoola Lite, which is probably a better fit for my pale skin, and Benefit's newest blush shade.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Product Review -- Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm Crayons


While I've gotten more swept up in the matte lipstick craze than I ever expected to, I always prefer a creamy, slightly shiny lip product.

They're just easier to wear because you don't have to worry about your lips being perfectly smooth and you don't wind up with dry, chapped lips after a day of wearing them.

So I was interested to try the Maybelline Baby Lips Color Balm Crayons. The original tinted Baby Lips Balms are a favorite of mine -- I always have one in my purse so I have foolproof lip color to throw on during the day -- so I liked the idea of a product that combined the comfortable, moisturizing feel of those balms with some more intense color.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Product Review -- The Ordinary High-Spreadibility Fluid Primer


I have enlarged pores and dry skin.

That doesn't seem to be a combination that most makeup companies understand.

Well, at least in my experience.

Most pore-filling primer are designed to mattifying too, while most hydrating primers don't do much to fill in the pores.

I can make do by using a pore-filling primer on my nose and cheeks and a hydrating formula on the rest of my face, but it would be nice to have a single product that could do it all.

That's why I was so interested to try The Ordinary's High-Spreadibility Fluid Primer.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Product 411 -- Juvia's Place Nubian 2 and Masquerade Eye Shadow Palettes


Several months back, I reviewed the Nubian Eye Shadow Palette from Juvia's Place.

I absolutely love that palette, which contains richly pigmented, creamy shadows in warm, natural tones like copper, rust, and bronze, and I've been meaning to pick up some of the brand's other palettes for a while.

When Juvia's Place was on Haute Look recently, I couldn't resist picking up the Nubian 2 and Masquerade Palettes.

I'm not going to do full-fledged review of these palettes because the shadow formula is exactly the same in these as the shadows in the original Nubian Palette -- which is to say, absolutely, completely amazing -- but I thought it might be helpful to show some swatches of the shadows in case you've been thinking about picking up either or both of the palettes.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Product 411: Maybelline Color Sensational Inti-Matte Nudes Lipsticks



I am a big fan of the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks.

Hands down, they are one of the most comfortable matte lipsticks I've ever worn and they're pretty budget-friendly so it's a win across the board.

I am also a pretty big fan of nude lipsticks, particularly since the term "nude" has gotten much broader over the past few years.

It used to be that nude lipstick meant ultra pale, concealer-like shades that definitely don't work for all skin tones. Fortunately, makeup brands have come to realize that "nude" doesn't mean the same thing for every person so it's a good idea to have a wider range of shades.

Personally, I don't stick to shades that are just "nude" for my particular skin tone -- I like wearing the different tones, even if they're a little dark, because they all tend to be fairly natural looking.

All that said, I was really excited to hear that Maybelline was coming out with a line of nude matte lipsticks, appropriately named the Inti-Matte Nudes, and couldn't resist picking up a few shades.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Product Review -- Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Eye and Cheek Palette


Over the past couple of years, Tarte seems to be putting out new eye shadow palettes (and eye and cheek palettes) every other day.

As much as I love the brand, it's started to get a little overwhelming for me, so I've tried to make an effort not to pick up every one that just sort of catches my eye.

But I am weak when it comes to pretty makeup things, so there was no way that I could resist Tarte's new Make Believe in Yourself Eye and Cheek Palette.

I mainly wear neutral eye shadows, and when I do dip my toe into the more colorful end of the spectrum, it's almost always pink and purple tones that I gravitate towards.

What really drew me to the Make Believe in Yourself Palette is that while it contains some beautiful colors, they are more muted so even someone like me who's a little self-conscious about wearing colorful shadows can feel comfortable with them.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Product Review -- Makeup Revolution Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Highlighter


Like pretty much every makeup brand, Makeup Revolution offers a lot of hits and misses.

And a bunch of sort okay products that'll work or not work depending on the individual.

I really like the brand, though, because even though they don't get every product exactly right, they're always trying new things and offering up budget-friendly alternatives to higher end products.

In my mind, though, what they really excel at is highlighters.

Recently, I reviewed the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter and declared that it was my very favorite drugstore highlighter.

I think I may have to change my mind about that, though ... because since then I've tried the Makeup Revolution Blushing Hearts Triple Baked Highlighter, which has pretty much blown my mind.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Product Review -- Too Faced Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection


Over the past year or so, Too Faced's track record with eye shadow palettes has been pretty hit or miss.

For example, I absolutely adore the Sweet Peach Palette and the Peanut Butter and Jelly Eye Shadow Collection, but on the other hand, the White Chocolate Chip Eye Shadow Palette and Peanut Butter and Honey Eye Shadow Collection  were just a whole lot of 'meh' in my book.

So I had pretty much decided that I wasn't going to purchase the Natural Love Ultimate Neutral Eye Shadow Collection -- 1), because I wasn't so sure how good it would and 2) because there were some repeats from previous Too Faced Palettes that I already own.

I faltered a little when I saw a photo of it because it certainly looked beautiful, but I still held strong.

Until Emily Noel from You Tube  reviewed it pretty glowingly and since I always feel like I can trust her opinions, I bit the bullet and ordered the palette.

And the good news is, I definitely don't regret it.

Friday, March 31, 2017

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





I think I've made it pretty clear what a big fan I am of The Balm.

I have pretty much every eye shadow palette that they've ever put out (and most of their others, though I haven't picked up their contour palette yet. The shades just looked too dark for my skin tone, so I don't see myself getting much use out of it ... ) and I pick them up pretty much the second that they come out because I know that I'm always going to enjoy them.

Which is exactly what happened with the Meet Matt(e) Ador Matte Eyeshadow Palette -- I bought it as soon as it was available.

I have all of the other Meet Matt(e) Palettes that The Balm has put out and the matte shadow formula is one of my favorites, so I figured it was a safe bet that I'd like this one too.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Product Review -- Makeup Revolution Triple Baked Blusher


I've tried quite a few baked products over the years, and usually, I love the glowy, luminous quality that they seem to have.

However, I've found that more budget-friendly baked products can sometimes wind up being pretty sheer -- and lackluster as a result.

Still, I was curious to try the Makeup Revolution Triple Baked Blushers all the same -- mainly because they're clearly inspired by the Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blushes and I was wondering how they would compare.
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