Tuesday, January 27, 2015

REVIEW: The Too Faced A La Mode Palette

This review has been delayed quite a bit due to real life happenings, so without further adieu: I bring you the Too Faced A La Mode Eyes palette!

First off, I absolutely LOVE the little metal case that it comes in. Super cute, small enough to fit in almost any purse and the design reminds me of the Bonjour Summer Palette. I have always loved their eyeshadow formula! This palette is perfect for those of you who love nude looks and it has two main bold shades such as the Monaco (Bright Pink) and De La Mer (Dark Royal Blue) and the pigmentation is great, however the blue shade tends to show up more of a black shade unless you use a primer.

This palette is the very same size as the other metal palettes.

Here's the layout.

On to the swatches!

TOP ROW (DAY) St. Tropez is a beautiful shimmery light nude shade. I love the fact that the shimmer in this color is gold, and this color will complement any skin tone. Cannes is a beautiful metallic copper shade. Soleil is such an awesome crease/outer edge of the lid shade and I've used it quite a few times with shades from the Day, Fashion and Classic rows. It's even gorgeous on it's own when used with the Elf Makeup Lock & Seal.

MIDDLE ROW (CLASSIC) Riviera is another nice nude beige shade with a hint of coral shimmer. Perfect as a lid/inner corner/highlight and Jardin is a beautiful Spring Coral that is a must have in my kit. Cote D'Azure is a nice medium metallic brown and it looks amazing when paired with Jardin and St. Tropez.

BOTTOM ROW (FASHION) La Croisette is one of my new go-to highlight/inner corner colors. I'm pale and I find that this shade really makes my eyes "pop" and it's a nice light metallic, ivory cream that works wonders for pale skin. Monaco is not as pigmented as I had hoped it would be, but I enjoy the fact that it's not as bright as all of my other pink eyeshadow. This is perfect for those of you who want to play with a bit of color but aren't very bold. I have found that if you really want this color to pack a punch, just use a white primer and Elf's Makeup Lock & Seal and you'll be able to get far more out of this shade. De La Mer is super pretty and it's such a nice crease shade or even just worn alone for a dark black smoky eye. I would suggest using a dark base such as black liner and cream shadow to help bring out the shimmer from this shade. It looks almost black, but it looks super amazing when it catches the light. The lighter blue shimmer particles in this shade make it noteworthy and it even makes a magnificent eyeliner.

Overall this palette is pretty awesome. The only downfall with this palette is that the bright pink and the dark blue are a bit harder to work with than the other colors. They are not as pigmented as the others, but when used with primers/liquid mixing agents they can become something worth giving a shot. The longevity of the formula is really nice, (I have yet to touch up my eyes when using this palette even after 8 hours) and that's why I'm head over heels for this brand! The colors are easy to blend, they are buttery and smooth, and this palette offers a ton of sexy, sophisticated and fun color combos.

What Too Faced Palette are you lusting after? Do you have a favorite right now? I'd love to hear your recommendations!

Monday, January 12, 2015

ELF HD Mattifying Cream Foundation Oil Free Highlight and Contour!

These products are amazing and the price can't be beat!

Products Used:
Elf HD Mattifying Foundations in Porcelain and Caramel
Elf Mineral Infused Face Primer
Elf HD Powder in Corrective Yellow

Friday, January 9, 2015

REVIEW: Tarte LipSurgence in Promise (Matte Red)

Here's yet another one of my favorite red lippies: Tarte's LipSurgence Lip Creme in Promise. This is an opaque red that is mostly matte with a tiny amount of a gloss finish. No shimmer--just straight red pigmentation that's drop dead gorgeous! This product is awesome because it actually lasts longer than most of my other lipstick brands. I may have to apply every 3-4 hours depending on how much I eat/drink etc. This is a nice moisturizing formula. I have super chapped lips 24/7 and this product helps lessen my flaws while giving me the color payoff and hydration I need.

The packaging is nice and sturdy. These twist upwards, so need to sharpen. (That's a HUGE plus fpr me. I hate wasting product when things need to be sharpened...)

This product is true to color. It's a nice wine red with a little hint of gloss. It feels like there's menthol in the formula...it has a "minty" taste and feel.

The swatch on the bottom is one swipe, the one on the top is with 2 swipes. It's pretty opaque.

I love Tarte's Lipsurgences! I love the quality of the formula, the color selection, and how moisturizing the product is on my lips all the while keeping decent longevity so that I do not run out of product super fast by having to reapply it over and over again. All in all I am very pleased with Tarte's attention to quality. Well done Tarte!

What's your fave Tarte product? I'm in love with their eyeshadow formula and blushes as well!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

*Indie Thursday!* My Pretty Zombie Gangrenous Eyeshadow!

UGGGGH! This color just keeps me guessing because it's color changes in the light and shifts like no other! I hope you are ready for My Pretty Zombie's Gangrenous! It's only $5.00 a jar with about 1.5 grams of product. (You can even order samples which are cheaper and have enough for multiple uses!) So let's get down to business!

OMG that packaging! Little "blood" splatters, ha ha ha! It made me giggle. Wonderful attention to detail!

Now this color shifts--it shifts all over the place! It's a blue/purple shimmery iridescent shade that packs a lot of sparkle! It's quite stunning.

In all it's glory.

Now for the swatches, I used the Elf Glitter Glue Primer on the left, a black kohl liner as a base in the middle and the right I used the NYX White Eyeshadow Base. Seriously, the possibilities with this color are endless! On top of the black base, this almost had a green tint to it.

All of that shimmer! this color is so pretty, and I love it so much that I'm actually looking for a lipstick of that shade.

The following picture is from their website. I am posting it for reference:

Now My Pretty Zombie is an indie brand that I have been hearing a ton about lately. this is the first and only eyeshadow of theirs that I have had the chance to try. I've been eyeballing their website and there's quite a few colors that I kinda have my heart set on trying. (Well, there's around 12 of them, lol!) I am very excited to try more of their products! Have you tried this brand before? What are your fave shades? What are some of your fave indie brands? I'd love to hear your suggestions!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

December Giveaway Winner!

Hey hey hey, Kariana!

You were selected as the winner of December's Giveaway! I've sent you an email, so please reply with your address and I'll get these out to you shortly. Thank you so much for entering, and I hope that you enjoy the necklace and clutch! P.S. That cat is adorable.

I want to thank every single one of you guys for entering! There were a total of 13 people who entered this time around, so seriously, everyone had a pretty good chance of winning! Pretty soon I will be hosting multiple giveaways on my social media sites: Youtube, Twitter, the Blog, Facebook etc. so I can pick more winners! I'm deciding on what products to buy for my next giveaway here on the blog, but here in a month or two, I'm going to have an AWESOME giveaway! (I've been debating on doing an Indie Giveaway, Korean Cosmetics Giveaway or maybe even a Lorac Giveaway with one of the Pro Palettes and other items in a few months...so I can pick up a nice stash of items from now until then!) I'd like to have a SERIOUSLY SUPER HUGE GIVEAWAY. I mean, SERIOUSLY...you guys are all so amazing and I REALLY want to do something special for you! So, keep your eyes out for that one while I plan this next one! (The next one will be up in a few days) What kind of prizes would you guys like to see? Let me know!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Review: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Eyeliner in Psychedelic Sister

I'm excited to review one of my fave Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils!

The packaging of Urban Decay's products are always neat, sleek, different and fun.

This deep purple shade is pretty bright for being so dark. I think that's what makes it an awesome product for me! I personally won't wear a colored liner if nobody else will even notice that it's NOT just regular black eyeliner. That's the whole idea of wearing any eyeliner that isn't brown or black, right? I cannot tell you how many "purples" and "blues" and "greens" that I have used that just look too dark to be colorful. This shade is different! It is dark, but there's like a duo-chrome light-catching effect that it has and it makes this product stand out. That's money well spent in my book.

As you can see from these swatches, it has a nice light-catching effect that deters this color from being bland and monochrome. It's pigmentation is enough to stand out from the norm yet it's subtle enough to wear to school, work etc. It's not screaming, "HEY LOOK AT MY FAAAAACE," in fact if it could speak, it'd probably say something like, "Hey, what's up?" in a nonchalant kinda way. It's edgy yet subtle enough for those of you who are nervous about using bolds and brights in a makeup routine. This is a color anyone can wear...it's just that universally flattering! The product is longlasting as well. I've never had to touch up my liner when wearing any of their shades which is a HUGE plus! No flaking, cracking and shit like that. This stuff is legit and it seriously lasts all day!

AHEM...Please disregard the crazy brows. They are indeed crazy, and I know this. Also I had to use a TERRIBLE MASCARA that left fall out all over my face--hence why the pics are cropped to show my eyes only. (That review will be up soon and you should AVOID that mascara at all costs because it's a tube of shit.) I had to show you guys how subtle yet colorful this liner actually is. It's a nice break from the hum-drum black/brown. It's a stick full of subtle-purpley fun.

What are your fave Urban Decay Liner shades?

Friday, January 2, 2015

Review: MAC's Cremesheen Lipstick in Shy Girl

MAC Cosmetic's Cremesheen Lipstick in Shy Girl is a very pretty muted coral/beige shade. It has a very small amount of shimmer in the formula however it's not at all noticeable. You'd have to be looking for the shimmer to find it. The formula is nice and moisturizing, which is a huge plus! My only complaint with this lipstick is the fact that this formula is NOT very forgiving when applied to lips that are even just a bit chapped or have quite a bit of wrinkles. This lipstick sets in the wrinkles of my lips quite a bit. If you have nice and smooth lips, this will not be a problem for you at all. The longevity of this product is just sub par. It slides around and off of my lips and reapplying it hourly is a must even with primer. I'm not sure why this formula is different from the other MAC Cremesheens that I have, but it is. It could be the batch, filler, pigment or something like that I guess. Either way, scroll down to see why I'm not thrilled with this lipstick...

The color is certainly pretty enough, a nice muted nude with very tiny shimmer particles. (You seriously can't even tell there's shimmer in it at all when wearing it)

The color is a wonderful muted beige/coral shade. The swatch on the left is one application. The one on the right is 3 applications. The more you apply this product, the heavier and more "goopy" it becomes--like a thick lip gloss. I have other Cremesheens that do not share this trait, so I'm not sure why this is. It could be the pigment, filler, or something with this specific batch's formulation I suppose. As you can see from the right swatch (more applications) some of the lines in my hand are not even visible. It kinda "gooped" together and that means that they product's adherent properties are sub par...this will be sliding around on my lips UNLESS I just want a light application for a small hint of color instead of a more opaque lip look.

As you can see here, the product is not forgiving of wrinkles, chapped lips, etc. and it will make this issues more noticeable. The color seems to be a bit splotchy.

Smiling a bit more to show again how the product rests in my creases/lines of my lip.

Will I repurchase again? Sadly, this is one shade that I will not be. The color is nice, but the payoff just doesn't work for me personally. It shows too many of my flaws to reach for on any occasion. I will however recommend this product to someone with fuller lips, less wrinkles, and who is basically looking for a very sheer natural tint. I feel that this product overall was extremely disappointing for me--and that sucks because the color is very pretty and I really want to be able to fall head over heels for it!
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