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.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Product Review -- Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Eye Shadow Collection


I was really excited when I heard that Too Faced was coming out with a Peanut Butter and Honey Eye Shadow Collection.

That's because the Peanut Butter and Jelly Eye Shadow Collection that came out last year has been one of my favorites over the past 12 months or so. I love the warm, orange-y brown tones and pops of purple, and I love how compact the Too Faced palettes that come in the little tins are.

When I saw a photo of the Peanut Butter and Honey Palette, one shade in particular was calling my name too -- Honey Brittle, which appeared to be a lovely warm pinky orange -- so I was sold from the get go.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Product Review -- Stila Matte 'N Metal Eye Shadow Palette



The last thing I probably need in my makeup collection is an eye shadow palette with soft, natural colors in an even mix of matte and metallic finishes.

Because let's face it -- I have more than enough of those to last the rest of my life.

But as soon as I saw the shades in the Stila Matte 'N Metal Eye Shadow Palette, I was kind of obsessed.

I have been a big fan of pinky or rosy brown and copper shades over the past few months, and the Matte 'N Metal Palette has plenty of those.

I also appreciate having an even amount of both matte and metallic shadows because that means I don't have to go pulling out another palette or single shadow to do a complete eye look.

So even though the palette is on the pricier side -- $49 -- I decide to pick it up.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Product Review -- Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder


Like a lot of people, I live for a good highlighter.

So even though I have a drawer full of them, I'm always on the hunt for the next best highlighting product -- and if it happens to be a budget-friendly product, all the better.

There certainly are quite a few drugstore highlighters that do a nice job -- the e.l.f. Baked Highlighters have been a favorite of mine for a while now -- but I have had some trouble finding one that offers as intense a highlight as some of my higher end favorites.

Until I tried the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter Powder.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Product Review -- Maybelline Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation


I've stayed away from cushion products because they just seem too gimmicky to me.

I mean, I'm not sure I even understand what the benefit of them is supposed to be.

That you can carry liquid products with you on the go without worrying about them spilling?

That may be important to some people, but I typically don't touch up foundation throughout the day so that really isn't much of a selling point for me.

Still, I have been a little bit curious because I am a total makeup junkie so when I spotted Maybelline's Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation at CVS when Maybelline products were on sale, I decide to give it a try.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Product Review -- Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick


Liquid lipsticks have grown on me over the past year or so.

I used to swear them off completely because I thought they were all too drying and uncomfortable.

I've realized, though, that it comes down to the formula. There are plenty of liquid lipsticks that, while not hydrating in the least, are comfortable to wear. 

And you really can't beat the longevity of a liquid lipstick.

So I was excited to try the Wet n Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick.

Because let's face it -- it's tough to find a liquid lipstick that costs just $4.99.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Product Review -- LORAC California Dreaming Eye Shadow Palette


I'm a big fan of LORAC's eye shadows, so I've bought pretty much all of the major palettes that they've put out over the past few years.

Recently, they came out with the I Love Brunch Pro Palette, which is full of all sorts of lovely pastel shades, and I gave serious thought to picking it up.

But while it is certainly gorgeous, I know that pastels aren't really my thing so I wouldn't get too much use out of it.

And then when I saw the LORAC California Dreaming Eye Shadow Palette, which was also released recently and is full of shades that are supposedly inspired by Los Angeles in winter, I knew that it was a much better use of my beauty budget for the month.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Product Review -- Viseart Theory Palette


Like pretty much everyone, I became pretty curious about the Viseart eye shadows a couple of years when the online beauty community was all abuzz about them.

Their normal shadow palettes are $80, and I think it's difficult for many of us to justify spending that much money on a single makeup item. As a result, it took me a while to actually get around to purchasing one -- which I did early last year with Christmas gift cards, and I still haven't gotten around to reviewing yet, if you can believe it.

I keep planning to and then a bunch of new or limited edition products come out, and it keeps getting pushed back.

This Christmas, I received one of the smaller Theory Palettes (from my very generous sister -- thank you!), and I decided to review this one before the large Eyeshadow Palettes because I thought it might be a better starting point for most people.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Product Review -- ColourPop Pressed Shadows


I've been a huge fan of ColourPop since I first tried their Super Shock Shadows and Lippie Stix several years back.

In particular, I love the Super Shock Shadows because they combine all the best things about powder shadows and cream shadows in a single product.

Still, there are some issues that arise with these shadows, such as sometimes having trouble finding brushes that work with them (particularly in the crease), and I'm a certifiable makeup junkie, so I was very excited when I heard that ColourPop was coming out with Pressed Powder Shadows.

The shadows are available as both singles and a couple of pre-made palettes (and currently, as part of the Valentine's Day collection, some duos are available as well). Right now, you can get a free cardboard palette -- with a pretty white and silver star design -- to place the shadows in if you purchase 4 singles.

I purchased one of the pre-made palettes and 5 of the single shadows.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Product Review -- Tarte Maneater Eyeshadow Palette


I love Tarte's eyeshadows (in case you couldn't tell from the three reviews in the past couple of weeks), but I kind of feel like they're putting out too many palettes these days.

I just can't keep up.

Still, despite the fact that I already have a ton, the Maneater Eyeshadow Palette caught my eye.

Well, two colors in particular did, but more on that in a bit.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Product Review -- Wet n Wild photofocus Foundation



I am pretty sure that I was still in high school the last time I bought a Wet n Wild foundation.

I wasn't particularly makeup savvy back then, but I remember that it didn't do much to cover my acne and smelled kind of funny so I've stayed away from Wet n Wild foundations and concealers since then.

But I'm just as curious as the next makeup junkie so I had to give the new photofocus Foundation a try.

The concept behind the foundation is that they've tested in 7 different lighting situations and it's guaranteed not to give you any flashback in photos. That seems a little weird to me because I've never heard of anyone having that issue with their foundation if it doesn't have SPF in it -- it's usually those white finishing powders that cause flashback issues.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Product Review -- Tarte Tarteist Pro To Go Amazonian Clay Palette


Last week, I reviewed the Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette, which is a small palette that's ideal for travel.

Unfortunately, the shadows in the palette are rather lackluster so while it may be convenient to toss in your bag, it's not particularly noteworthy otherwise.

Tarte's Tarteist Pro To Go Amazonian Clay Palette is a similar concept -- the palette is small enough to toss in virtually any bag and many pockets, though it doesn't contain as many shades or as much product as the Too Faced palette.

However, despite only offering 0.9 grams of product, the Tarteist Pro To Go features pretty fantastic shadows so for me, it's a much better option.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Product Review -- Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Volume II Eyeshadow Palette


About a year ago, Tarte came out with their Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette and I fell instantly in love.

I love the super creamy texture of the shadows so much that I remember thinking I wish Tarte would use it for all of their shadows.

Now, Tarte has come out with some pretty good shadows in the past year (the Tarte Pro Amazonian Clay Palette tops the list), they didn't take my advice about the Rainforest of the Sea formula.

But fortunately, they did decide to come out with a Rainforest of the Seat Volume II Eyeshadow Palette, which means eight new shadows in that fabulous formula.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Product Review -- Urban Decay Afterdark Palette


I usually enjoy Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes because they often contains shades that are at least a little bit outside my comfort zone.

That's always a good way to ensure that I don't wind up in a makeup rut.

So while I'm always interested in new Urban Decay releases, I was particularly excited by the Afterdark Palette.

It's an entire palette full of rich jewel tone shadows in metallic and shimmery finishes. 

What's not to love?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Product Review -- Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Eye Shadow Palette



I put the Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Eye Shadow Palette on my holiday wish list as soon as I saw the first promo images of it.

I love the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes and the shades looked like they were right up my alley, so it seemed like a no-brainer.

Of course, about a minute after that, I started to see some pretty awful reviews of the White Chocolate Chip Palette, and I started to rethink my need for it.

But I'd already told some friends and family members who were looking for gift ideas for me, so I just decided to let it be.

That's a long way of saying that when I wound up with White Chocolate Chip Palette, I didn't exactly have high hopes for it.

Maybe that's why I have a more favorable opinion of it than most of the reviews I've seen.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Product Review -- Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette


It's always really cool when a makeup company can come out with a product that works in multiple ways.

You really feel like you're getting your money's worth that way.

Still, when I first saw the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette, I assumed I would be using it strictly for highlighting.

I've been pleasantly surprised by the fact that the palette is just as versatile as advertised.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Product Review -- Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette


The older that I get, the savvier I try to be about my makeup purchases.

That mainly means ignoring the hype for products that I know I really have no use for.

For example, I think the new Kat Von D Pastel Goth Palette looks absolutely beautiful, but those just aren't colors that I'd personally get any kind of regular use out of  -- so I'm not giving into temptation despite all the pretty positive reviews I've seen.

In a perfect world, I'd have the space and money to buy any and all makeup items that just looked nice, but that's not my reality so I have to be a little smarter about the things I pick up.

So I was pretty determined not to give in and buy the Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Product Review -- Too Faced Papa Don't Peach Blush


Back in the day, I had one of the original Too Faced Papa Don't Peach Blush.

I remember that it came in heavy cardboard packaging with cool retro artwork, and I believe it was a mostly matte peach shade with some subtle gold shimmer throughout.

I liked it quite a bit, and was very disappointed when it turned up missing after I took it on vacation with me.

I never got around to replacing it, and then Too Faced went and discontinued it so that was that.

Until recently, of course, when Too Faced relaunched the Papa Don't Peach Blush as part of their Sweet Peach line.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Product Review -- elf Cream Blush Palette


I used to really dislike cream blush.

I think that had a lot to do with the fact that my skin was super oily and cream products seemed to slip right off.

Application had something to do with it too -- I was applying the blush with my fingers back then and I had a tough time getting it to apply evenly.

Over the past 5 or so years, though, I've kind of fallen in love with cream blushes.

Now, during that time period, my skin has become increasingly drier so cream products have become a much better fit. I've also learned that it's best to apply cream blushes (and highlighter, bronzers, and contour products) with a brush to get the look that I want.

With all of that in mind, I was pretty excited to try the elf Cream Blush Palettes that came out a year or so ago.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Product Review -- essence Pure Nude Highlighter


Like a lot of people, I'm pretty much obsessed with highlighter.

It's that finishing touch to my makeup that always seems to take it up a notch.

I mean, who wouldn't want to be glowing to the heavens at every possible moment, right?

That means I'm always game to try a new highlighter -- I'm determined to have one for every occasion, so it only makes sense. You know what I mean: warm highlighters, cool highlighters, natural-looking highlighters, super metallic highlighters, and so forth and so on.

The essence Pure Nude Highlighter has to be one of the more versatile options that I've tried.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Product Review -- NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer


As a general rule, I don't believe in spending a lot of money for on a tinted moisturizer.

They're basically just a super light coverage foundation, and while I always try to use products that contain good ingredients for my skin, I don't think you always need to spend an arm and a leg to do that.

That said, I have bought a couple of high end tinted moisturizers over the years so when a friend told me how she loves the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, I got a little curious.

It's $44, though, which is a hell of a lot to spend on a tinted moisturizer in my book, so I waited until NARS was recently having a 20% off sale to pick it up.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Product Review -- bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipsticks


Every makeup brand seems determined to throw their hat in the matte liquid lipstick ring, and bareMinerals is no exception.

As part of the Gen Nude line, which is compromised of a wide range of nude shades to fit virtually any skin tone, bareMinerals released their Matte Liquid Lipsticks several months back.

I've been curious about the entire Gen Nude lineup, which also includes the Buttercream Lipglosses, Radiant Lipsticks, and Under Over Lipliners, so I decided to give the Matte Liquid Lipsticks a try when I saw a set of 4 full size shades on QVC.
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