Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Product Review -- Josie Maran Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation Fluid

I've had pretty decent luck with the Josie Maran products that I've tried.

I can't say that any of them have really blown me out of the water -- except maybe her old Argan Oil Tinted Moisturizer, which was my favorite tinted moisturizer of all time but has since been discontinued -- but none have been complete fails.

At the end of the day, I think that's a pretty good track record.

So when the brand came out with the Vibrancy Argan Oil Foundation about a year or so ago, I was definitely interested in checking it out but didn't feel the need to rush out and buy it right away.  I waited, getting distracted by other new foundations that hit the market -- until recently when I came across a review that touted it as being fabulous for dry skin.

And when I saw that there was a shade that actually looked light enough for my very fair skin, I definitely had to bite the bullet.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Product Review -- Too Faced Life's a Festival Eye Shadow Palette

When I first saw the photos for the Too Faced Life's a Festival Eye Shadow Palette, I was pretty adamant that I wouldn't be buying it (or anything else from the collection for that matter).

First of all, it features a brighter color scheme that I usually wear so I didn't imagine I'd get much use out of it. And secondly, I wasn't really a fan of the packaging and theme.

Don't get me wrong -- I don't have anything against unicorns per se, but I'm just not particularly into them.

(Though I do I admit I've been absolutely obsessed with the animated version of the Peter S. Beagle novel, The Last Unicorn, since childhood. It's just so good!)

And the packing seems a little cutesy and gimmicky in my mind, so it seemed like a hard pass for me.

But then, I started seeing photos of the actual shadows, and despite being a more colorful shade range, something about them started to speak to me. It was mainly the red, pink, and orange shades that drew me in, but the purples and blues were kind of persuasive too.

So on a whim, I picked up the palette -- and I've got to say, I definitely like it more than I ever thought I would.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Product Review -- NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation

I swore that I wasn't going to buy any new foundation until I finished some of the ones already piling up in my drawer, but as soon as I heard about the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, I knew I wasn't going to be able to follow through.

What can I say? I'm weak for any foundation that promises radiant skin.

I mean, NARS describes the foundation as: "Natural, radiant finish, transfer-resistant, sweat-resistant, fade-resistant, non-drying" -- sounds pretty good to me.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Product Review -- Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette and Amrezy Highlighter

Maybe it's just me, but I feel like Anastasia Beverly Hills has really been cranking out the eye shadow palettes in a hurry lately.

There was the Subculture Palette (which, unlike a lot of people, I liked just fine) near the end of  last summer and then the Prism Palette for the holidays (which I also liked quite a bit) -- and now, in time for spring, there's the Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette.

While I liked both the Subculture and Prism Palettes, both color schemes were pretty intense. The Soft Glam's shade range, on the other hand, is right up my alley -- all bronzey, gold, rosy, and neutral tones that are just lovely.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Few of My Favorite Things -- Jan/Feb 2018

I haven't done a monthly favorites post in a good long while -- there are always so many new makeup products to talk about that sometimes it's easy to lose track of older products that can still seriously get the job done.

I really want to stop doing that -- I won't commit to doing monthly favorites, but I really want to try to mention the things that are really rocking my world whether they're new or not.

So here's what I've been loving in January/February:

Monday, February 26, 2018

Product Review -- Urban Decay Distortion Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay always seems to be coming out with a new eyeshadow palette.

I'm a fan, so I pick up many of them -- and I don't ever really find fault with the shadow formula. Urban Decay makes some pretty great matte, shimmer, glitter, and satin shadows, and I feel like the brand is often trying to do something new and different.

The Distortion Eyeshadow Palette definitely falls into that category.

It contains 10 regular eyeshadows and five "transformer" shades that are meant for layering over the other shadows to change their look.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Product Review -- Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner

I haven't used a toner with any regularity since I was in my early twenties.

That's because in my experience, toners are generally a better fit for oily skin -- and even when my skin was an oil slick, most toners were seriously drying.

Even when they didn't dehydrate my skin like mad, they certainly weren't what you would call hydrating.

Now that my skin is normal to dry, I couldn't really imagine any reason to use a toner.

But then I read about the Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner in a blurb on the Allure website, and I was more than a little intrigued.

A deeply moisturizing toner that cleanses and soothes at the same time?

Sounds like the perfect thing for dehydrated, winter-irritated skin.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Product 411: ColourPop x Kathleen Lights Dream St. Collection, Give It To Straight Shadow Palette, and In-Nude-Endo Pressed Highlighter Palette

At this point, I'm pretty much powerless to ColourPop new releases.

They introduce a new product, and I order it a minute later.

I just can't help myself.

The fact that I'm always seriously impressed with everything I pick up definitely doesn't help.

I recently bought the ColourPop X Kathleen Lights Dream St. Shadow Palette and lippies, the Give It To Me Straight Shadow Palette, and the In-Nude-Endo Pressed Highlighter Palette, and they're all pretty fantastic.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Product Review -- Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow 10 Pan Palette

I am a big Wet n Wild fan -- I think they provide pretty impressive quality for such a budget-friendly price on a consistent basis -- so I'm always excited when they come out with new products.

I'm not as excited when they decide to reformulate products that are pretty terrific as is, though -- basically, if it ain't broke, why try to fix it?

That's essentially what's happened with their Color Icon Eyeshadow 10 Pan Palettes -- they've reformulated the entire line, adding some new shade selections too, despite the fact that the old palettes were pretty great already.

The whole thing is a bit of a head-scratcher for me (though I obviously don't have access to WnW's sales numbers, so maybe they know something I don't about how well the old palettes were performing), but of course, that didn't stop me from buying all four of the new palettes to try out.

They're only $4.99 -- how could I resist?

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Product Review -- Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eye Shadow Palette

At this point, I'm not really sure that the world really needs another Chocolate Bar from Too Faced.

They've pretty much covered all the bases in this vein, haven't they?

And yet, every time they come out with a new palette in the line, I want it.

Which is why the Chocolate Gold Eye Shadow Palette wound up on my holiday wish list.

If nothing else, Too Faced definitely knocked it out of the park with the packaging for this palette.

Like the other Chocolate Bar Palettes, the compact is long and rectangular and features quilted to resemble a chocolate bar. However, there's a cool dripping gold design on half of the palette, which really makes it a standout.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Product Review -- Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator

Like so many makeup junkies, I love a good highlighter.

I love them so much that I have way more than any one person needs.

And I still want more -- I can't help it.

I'd tried quite a few of Laura Geller's highlighters over the years and I've liked nearly all of them, so I've had my eye on the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators for a while now.

Now, I'm always a little leery of baked products because I find that they tend to be pretty hard and don't offer up much pigmentation -- but I'd seen so many good reviews about the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators that I decided to give them a try.

And I'm glad that I did.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Product Review -- Profusion Mixed Metals Palette in Nude

I spend a lot of money on makeup, and I don't really have any qualms about doing so, but I still loving finding bargain.

There really isn't anything quite as exciting as good makeup at an affordable price, is there?

Well, in terms of makeup things anyway.

So I was intrigued when I spotted the Profusion Mixed Metals Palettes at Target near the holidays.

I've heard quite a bit about the Profusion brand over the years, but I'd never actually tried anything myself, so I figured it was as good a time as any to bite the bullet.

The palette is actually part of a kit that also includes a shadow primer, blending brush, and an eyeliner pencil, which I'm not sure is still available at Target, but you can still get it on the Profusion website.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Product Review -- Storybook Cosmetics x Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Storybook Palette

Like many makeup enthusiasts, I'm always stalking Instagram for photos of new makeup products, makeup looks, and any other makeup-related goodies that I can find.

Over the past year or so, I've seen plenty of photos of beautiful products from Storybook Cosmetics

If you're not familiar with the brand, it's a company that offers makeup products and brushes inspired by storybooks or other works of fiction.

It's kind of a genius idea, if you ask me.

And Storybook Cosmetics always stood out to me for their outstanding packaging -- their palettes are all designed to look like actual books, and they offer brushes with heads that look like roses and handles that resemble wizard's wands.

It's seriously cool.

But I'd resisted picking anything up because most of the products that had been released were inspired by the Harry Potter series, and I know it's probably blasphemy, but I'm just not a fan.

However, when I saw that Storybook was putting out a palette inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, I knew I had to pick it up.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Product 411: ColourPop Semi-Precious, Golden State of Mind, All I See Is Magic, Take Me Home, and Double Entendre Shadow Palettes

I've ever met a ColourPop Pressed Shadow Palette that I didn't like, which is why I think I own every one that they've put out so far.

They combine great quality with great value -- how can I resist?

Now, ColourPop does seem to come out with a new palette every week, which is a little overwhelming, but I'm not about to complain.

Over the past couple of months, I've tried the Semi-Precious, Golden State of Mind, All I See Is Magic, Take Me Home, and Double Entendre Palettes -- and they're just as good as all of the other palettes I've tried from ColourPop.

The palettes vary in size, but they all come in sturdy cardboard packaging that's thin and convenient to store. The only one that has a mirror inside, though, is the mini, Take Me Home.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Product Review -- Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Mauve Obsessions

Over the past year, Huda Beauty has come out with some really pretty eyeshadow palettes, like the Rose Gold Palette and Desert Dusk Palette, but somehow I managed to hold myself back from buying any.

That's because while the shade ranges for both are quite beautiful, I saw enough reviews to know that several of the shades in each palette had a kind of chunky, glittery texture that's best applied with your fingers -- and I'm not really a fan of those kinds of shadows.

And the palettes are $65 each, so they're pretty pricey.

But I have been curious about the Huda Beauty eyeshadow formulas in general, so I was exited when the brand came out with the smaller Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes, which contain just 9 shades and retail for only $27.

The Obsessions Palettes are available in 4 shade ranges, but I personally couldn't resist the Mauve Obsessions , which features gorgeous rose, plum, berry, and mauve tones.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Product Review -- Maple Holistics Jojoba Oil

Note: Maple Holistics sent me the jojoba oil for review consideration. While I did not pay for the product, all of the opinions and thoughts contained in this review are my own. 

For the past five years or so, I've been a big fan of facial oils.

My skin has gotten increasingly dry as I've gotten older, and I've found that using a facial oil really helps keep my skin hydrated.

Sometimes, I use the oil on its own under my moisturizer and other times, I'll mix it into my moisturizer to help boost its hydration power.

And so far, so good -- I've been able to keep the dry, flaky patches at bay.

Usually, I reach for argan or rose hip seed oil, which I've had good results with -- but lately, I've had some issues with breakouts. It's nothing too serious but still annoying, so I thought it might be a good idea to switch to jojoba oil for a while.

Jojoba oil is very moisturizing like other facial oils, but it actually resembles the natural sebum found in our skin so it's often recommended for acne-prone or sensitive skin.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Product Review -- Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer

I've mentioned it before, but I have somewhat contradictory skin care concerns.

As I've gotten older, my skin has transitioned from oily to more normal/dry. In colder months, it is often out and out dry, which means foundation can look cakey and patchy of I don't moisturize really well.

But because my skin was so oily when I was younger, I still have enlarged pores on my cheeks, and some foundations can settle in them and emphasize the texture big time, which isn't a very attractive look.

As much as I want to use a pore-filling primer, though, they are almost always designed for oily skin, so I don't feel like they're really compatible with my skin.

I can usually only use classic silicone-based pore-filling primers like the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer on my cheeks and then I have to use a second hydrating primer on the rest of my face.

That's not really a big deal, but it would be nice if one primer could do all the things that I need it to.

Enter the Touch in Sol No Poreblem Primer.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Product Review -- Hourglass Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

I'm a fan of the Hourglass Strobe Lighting Powders, but I've found the highlight they provide is rather subtle.

It works well for everyday when you want a softer glow, though it doesn't give me the bold look that I want sometimes.

So I was intrigued when I heard about the Hourglass Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette, which Hourglass describes as offering the brightest highlight to the skin.

As far as I can tell, the Metallic Strobe Powders are only available in the limited edition palette at the moment, but I would imagine that they'll be released separately at some point.
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