Sunday, March 1, 2015

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Aphrodisiac Blush Review & Swatches

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Aphrodisiac Blush

Unless you've been living under a rock lately, you'll know that ColourPop Cosmetics have been all the rage among the blog and YouTube communities.  After reading and watching countless rave reviews, I finally jumped on the bandwagon and purchased a handful of ColurPop Super Shock Eyeshadows.  I wanted to determine for myself if the hype was real and since ColourPop shadows only cost five bucks, I decided to investigate.  To keep it short and sweet, they're fantastic.  I haven't reviewed the shadows on the blog because there are quite a few reviews out there already (if you want to see a review, however, let me know).

To follow up on their successful eyeshadows and lipstick products, ColourPop recently released a line of blushes.  Since I only own two cream blushes (Benefit Majorette and Stila Peony Convertible Color), I was excited to try ColourPop's formula to see how it stacked up.  ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Blush retails for $8.00 and contains 0.15 ounces of product.  The line consists of 20 shades including neutrals, corals, pinks, and plums.  I purchased two shades: Aphrodisiac, a "soft beige brown" with a matte finish and Quarters, a "mid tone dusty coral" with a satin finish.  

Monday, February 23, 2015

Shopping My Stash: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Dupes

Since the beginning of 2015, I've been on a mission to purchase less makeup and use the products that I already own, a.k.a "Shop My Stash".  When the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette was originally released, I was working at Ulta and I distinctly remember swatching the palette and thinking, "Eh, it's nice but I don't need it because I already have similar shades."  Well, as I'm sure most of you know, the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette has become quite popular and there are numerous YouTube tutorials and blog posts raving about the wonderfulness that is this palette.  

In true makeup addict form, I've found myself lusting over this palette more and more, even though I know I have colors that are pretty darn close.  I've been taunted with $10 off coupons and 20% off coupons from several retailers but I've stood my ground and instead of giving into temptation, I improvised and shopped my stash, selecting shades that I already own to form my own palette of dupes.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer Review & Comparison Swatches

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

When I heard that Urban Decay was launching the new Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.  If you've read my review of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation, you'll know that I'm a big fan of the brand's base products.  From liquid to powder foundation, BB Cream, setting powder, and now concealer, Urban Decay's selection gets better and better each year.  

When I first got into makeup, I was all about color cosmetics - eyeshadow and blush were the products I coveted most.  Now that I'm in my late twenties and I'm beginning to notice signs of aging (pesky pores, fine lines, dark spots...the list goes on), I've been more interested in perfecting a flawless base.  My skin has always been rather sensitive and I was never very interested in switching up my foundation or concealer for fear of a breakout.  However, in the past couple of years, I've noticed my skin has become more and more tolerant.  So, I've been branching out and experimenting with both foundation and concealer.  

As far as concealers go, MAC Pro Longwear has been my go-to for about a year and a half.  It's highly pigmented, blendable, as close to crease-resistant as I've found, and as the name states, long wearing.  I love just about everything about Pro Longwear, except for the pump which dispenses way too much product.  However, being the beauty junkie that I am, I wanted to try something new.  Enter Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer.  

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Bite Beauty Amaretto Matte Creme Lip Crayon Review & Swatches

Bite Beauty Amaretto Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Bite Beauty Amaretto Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Bite Beauty Amaretto Creme Matte Lip Crayon ($24 for 0.05 oz.) is a mid-tone beige peach with a semi-matte finish.  Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons are supposed to be water-resistant, long-wearing and provide "superior hydration".  I wouldn't say that Amaretto hydrated my lips or provided extra moisture, but the product wasn't drying and it was comfortable to wear.  It had a smooth, creamy texture that didn't settle into lip lines.  Amaretto wore on me for about 3.5 hours before needing a touch-up. 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Lorac Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette

LORAC recently released their Spring 2015 Collection, and among the newest editions to their line is the LORAC Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette.  Unzipped Gold retails for $42.00 and, fortunately, is permanent.  The palette contains 0.39 total ounces of product and comes with a deluxe sample of the Behind The Scenes Eye Primer.  

Unzipped Gold consists of ten shades total, six shimmer and four matte, all of which can be applied wet or dry.  I'm not one for applying matte shades wet, but I am a fan of misting shimmer shades with MAC Fix Plus to amp up the metallic factor.  A couple of the shades in the palette, Uninhibited and Unpredictable, definitely need to be applied wet or with a spray of Fix Plus because they tend to crumble and flake when used dry.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows Review & Swatches

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows
Make Up For Ever Artist Shadows: S560, D552, M650

The Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow range consists of over 200 shades in varying finishes including diamond, iridescent, matte, metallic, and satin.  The new gel-powder formula is meant to give a "smooth, even result that gives lids super-saturated, lasting color".  

Each shade contains 0.07 ounces of product and retails for $21.oo at Sephora.  These are expensive eyeshadows indeed, however, the more you buy the more you save.  If you purchase two shadows and a compact ($1.00), you will receive a $9.00 discount which drops your total to $34.00.  If you purchase three shadows and a compact, you receive a $20.00 discount which drops your total to $44.00.  So, if you are interested in trying these shadows, I highly recommend purchasing three because you'll only pay $14.66 per shade as opposed to $21.00.  

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Stila Patina Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Review & Swatches

Stila Patina Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Review & Swatches
Stila Patina Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Today I am bringing you a review of Stila Patina Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (I reviewed Stila Beso earlier this week).  Patina is a rosy mauve with a matte finish.  It actually took me quite a while to track this shade down - Patina is almost always sold out at Sephora, Nordstrom, and Ulta.  I checked everywhere for this shade and then it finally came back in stock on the Stila Cosmetics website, so check there if you've been lusting after Patina as well. 

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