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.
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