Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Color Collection Review & Swatches

Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Color Collection



Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Color Collection ($55.00) is a limited edition holiday set which includes six half-sized cream shadow/liners (full-sized Caviar Sticks contain 0.58 ounces of product; the minis contain 0.3 ounces).  The shades included are Rose Gold, Moonlight, Copper, Amethyst, Khaki, and Cocoa.  All six colors are part of the permanent range, so if you've been interested in trying out the Caviar Stick formula, this is a great way to try a variety of shades.  

Sunday, November 16, 2014

NARS Laguna Bronzer Review & Swatches

NARS Laguna Bronzer Review & Swatches
NARS Laguna Bronzer
Today's product review is a classic cult favorite among makeup lovers, perhaps you've heard of NARS Laguna Bronzer ($38.00 for 0.28 oz.)?  Considering my mild obsession with bronzing powders, I'm not quite sure what took me so long to pull the trigger on purchasing this bad boy.  In a previous post where I reviewed Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer, I mentioned that I've been on a wild goose chase to find a dupe for my favorite bronzer of all time: MAC Nude on Board Pro Longwear Bronzer.  Stop the presses because I think we have a winner in NARS Laguna.  Let's check it out!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach, Bitten, Country Girl Eyeshadows Review & Swatches

Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach, Bitten, Country Girl Eyeshadows Review & Swatches
Makeup Geek Barcelona Beach, Bitten, Country Girl Eyeshadows 

Hello everyone! Today I have a quick review of three Makeup Geek eyeshadows: Barcelona Beach, Bitten, and Country Girl.  Makeup Geek eyeshadow pans retail for $5.99 each and contain .064 ounces of product.  I prefer pan form, but you can also purchase these eyeshadows in individual compacts for $7.99.  All three shades are available in the permanent line.  Take a look!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

MAC Nude Lipsticks - My Top Picks

MAC Nude Lipstick, MAC Kinda Sexy, MAC Creme Cup, MAC Velvet Teddy, MAC Enchanted One, MAC Mocha, MAC Shanghai Spice, MAC Brave

In today's post, I'm bringing you my Top 7 Mac Nude Lipsticks.  Now, I must mention that I've been a MAC lipstick lover/hoarder ever since I purchased my first shade years ago - MAC Prolongwear Lipstick in Sweet Ever After.  After my initiation into the MAC Cosmetics world, I went a little bonkers and thought that it would be a good idea to purchase every newly released shade that the brand churned out. Looking back, I definitely didn't need all of those eye popping brights, dark reds, or cool pale pinks.  Don't get me wrong, I still wear and love each lipstick in my collection, however, those little pretties don't get nearly as much love as my MAC Nude Lipsticks.  

There are so many different variations of "nude" lipsticks...you've got your concealer-looking nudes, your peachy nudes, your pink nudes, your brown nudes...you get this gist.  For me, the ultimate "nude" lipstick is a my lips but better shade.  You'll see that all of the lipsticks I've included (besides Creme Cup) enhance the natural color of my lips.  My top 7 MAC Nude Lipsticks are my go-to, never fail shades.  They're the perfect compliment to any makeup look and they're non-fussy and easy to apply.  Let's have a closer look shall we?


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

MAC Enchanted One Lipstick Review & Photos

MAC Enchanted One Lipstick Review & Photos
MAC Enchanted One Lipstick

MAC Enchanted One Lipstick ($17.50) is described as a "midtone neutral pink".  It's a peachy nude with beige undertones and a matte finish. I've tried many matte lipsticks in my day, and let me just say that this formula is a winner.  It's smooth, creamy and it glides onto the lips with ease - no tugging or pulling - and it doesn't leave your lips feeling like the Sahara Desert.  Although the formula is creamy, it doesn't settle into lip lines and it wears quite well.  Enchanted One lasted about 3 and a half hours before it needed to be reapplied.

If you're looking for a natural, wearable nude that doesn't wash you out, definitely give Enchanted One a go if you can get your hands on it.  My lips are quite pigmented, so Enchanted One is the perfect everyday nude for me.  MAC Velvet Teddy is darker and more beige, less peachy.  MAC Kinda Sexy is more pink.

Monday, May 26, 2014

MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer Review, Swatches & Comparisons


MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer
MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer

This summer MAC brings us the much hyped about summer collection entitled Alluring Aquatic - a collection inspired by ocean waves, sea goddesses and, of course, glowing skin.  The MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection for Summer 2014 features Extra Dimension eyeshadow and blush, new Extra Dimension bronzers, Pearlglide Intense eyeliners, lipstick and lipglasses, nail lacquers and more.  The products are housed in gorgeous chrome-like aqua compacts splattered with raised water droplets. 

MAC Delphic Extra Dimension Bronzer ($33.00) is described as "a soft brick tan with a  touch of fine shimmer".  It's a medium toned golden bronze with warm undertones and a fine shimmer.  The shimmer is more pronounce when swatched and only barely detectible once applied to the skin (which I prefer).  Delphic is the perfect shade to add warmth and glow to the skin - giving you that sun kissed bronzed appearance that we'd all like to achieve during the spring and summer months.  

Friday, May 9, 2014

Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer Review & Swatches

Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer Review & Swatches

Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer ($30.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a dual sized bronzing powder which is meant to give the skin a healthy sun kissed glow.  The shade on the left side of the compact is a mid-toned gold with slight orange undertones and a shimmery finish.  The shade on the right side of the compact is a coppery bronze with a shimmery finish.  Blended together, the two shades create a deep golden bronze.  Both shades have excellent color payoff and lasted 8 hours before slightly fading.  Due to the intense pigmentation of this bronzer, I advise using a light hand to avoid looking muddy.  I prefer using an angled stippling brush to apply Sun Bunny - I find that it deposits the perfect amount of product on the skin.  

I bought this bronzer because I hoped that it would be a dupe for my beloved MAC Nude on Board Pro Longwear Bronzer which is, sadly, almost gone.  The two are pretty similar although Sun Bunny is darker and leans more orange while Nude on Board is a golden brown.  

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