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. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Stila Beso Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Review & Swatches

Stila Beso Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick
Stila Beso Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

I think it's safe to say that liquid lipsticks have become one of the most coveted beauty items over the past year, and as more and more brands are jumping on the bandwagon in 2015, I don't see this trend losing steam any time soon.  

I'm sure you're all familiar with Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, Lime Crime Velvetines, and Too Faced Melted Liquefied Long Wear Lipstick.  Today I'll be reviewing one of my favorite formulas in this category - Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick ($22.00 for 0.10 oz.).  I've had this particular shade, Beso, for close to a year and it is my go-to red for several reasons:

  • As the name states, this formula literally STAYS ALL DAY.  To put it in perspective, I wore Beso on Christmas Day.  As you can image, large quantities of food and drink were consumed and I didn't touch up once in a span of about 10 hours.  Score.
  • The formula is creamy, dries down to a matte and it's 100% opaque.  Beso also dries true to color which is great for those of us with highly pigmented lips.  
  • Matte finish lipsticks are my favorite, however, they are often quite drying on the lips.  Beso is in no way moisturizing, but it doesn't leave my mouth feeling like the Sahara Desert after a day of wear.  That's a plus in my book.

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