December 30, 2013

Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul

One of the beauty items I got for Christmas was this lovely matte lip cream. I know these are around the 5-6 dollar mark and can be found in places like ulta, and some targets.
The packaging is very sleek and the tube is the color of the lip cream and the cap is matte like the finish.
I got the shade Istanbul which is on a stick on the bottom of the tube.
It untwists to reveal a doe-foot applicator holding the right amount of product.
Here is a hand swatch. It seems like a bubble gummy rosey shade. It's light but not pale. I think it would be flattering on all skin tones.
It is similar to my natural lip color and very lovely. It has a velvety feel to the lips and even with my very dry lips at the moment it is not accentuating that too much. it's feels nice and not too drying. If you eat it doesn't stain and will completely dissapear. 

December 19, 2013

Smashbox Wondervision Mega Palette

Hello everyone! If you follow me on my blog instagram ( @ budgetmakeupbeauty ) you would know I have fallen in love with this palette. I bought mine back on cyber monday and received it in the mail yesterday. It took long to ship but it was worth it. WARNING: this is a picture heavy post

 Outside packaging, it is very pretty and metallic. Retails for $49. Sold at ulta and the smashbox website. Is being sold for $39 now. The back is pure silver metallic and had a reflective glare every time I tried to take a picture. It said the products contents and ingredients.

 Just like the label before it is triangle metallic with mirror like coloring. It does get fingerprints very easily. The width is about the width of my finger. So  not a super thin palette but not massive. Also after the first few times opening and closing the magnets seemed to have trouble closing.
 Here is the inside. It has a very large mirror, which makes it slightly heavy. There are 30 eyeshadows, 3 blushes, a bronzer, and how-to cards.
 The how to cards are: Drop shadow, wondervision color, Soft cat eye, and smoldering eye. They have a 1, 2, 3 ,4 across the top which can be placed above any four shades to create the desired look.
 I fell that to do my makeup it is best placed sideways so that it can stay-up by itself.
 Here's another look, this time without the color names. The darker black is from trying to wipe off the fallout from one of the shades that came chipped.

SWATCHES: All without primer and one swipe (or noted), from left to right
 ROW 1:
Beige- Matte cream, exactly my skin tone
Almond- very light matte brown
Golden- A golden shimmery shade, a little on the bronze side. Definitely not antique gold
Chestnut- A matte light brown similar to almond, but not as pigmented
Fawn- True matte taupe but on the lighter not super pigmented side
Chocolate- Deep matte brown, average on pigmentation but lighter than in the pan
ROW 2: My favorite row
Taupe- Not very taupe in my opinion. Has glitter but otherwise matte. Very light shade, and I'm not sure how you would wear this one.
Peach- Shimmery almost frosty beige shade, can be used as inner corner hilight or perhaps all over the lid. Not in my opinion a peachy shade.
Citrine- Almost duochrome shiny peachy pink. Reminds me of Urban Decay sin but more peachy.
Orange- Very orangey shade but with a more golden/ red undertone. Not a true orange, but still an appropriate name.
Red- A rust/ coppery red. Surprisingly wear able. I wore it today and didn't get any weird looks, only compliments.
Umber- A true duo-chrome. Shines slightly green in one light, then more of a brown in another. Reminds me of a chameleon.
ROW 3:
Maize- A light yellowy matte shade. Best used as highlight on the brow bone. 
Mint- A light minty green. I'm not sure how to wear this shade but it seems lovely.
Turquoise- A green-blue shimmery shade.
Green- A very blue toned-green. Not as pigmented as some other shimmery shades.
Blue- A silvery kind of slate blue.
Dark Blue- A matte black base with dark blue glitter specks. 

ROW 4:
Pearl- Frosty, perfect pearly shade for inner corner highlighting.
Pink- A matte baby pink base with gold glitter specks.
Lavender- Matte pinky-lavender. The most pigmented matte shade.
Violet- A light but still true violet.
Purple- A deep purple but has to be built up, which can be nice for creating dark looks
Black- A true matte black. Had to be built up, but I like that in really deep shades.

ROW 5 (Last Row):
Silver- Very metallic, pigmented. True true silver.
Grey- Kind of a frost. Not frosty, not matte, and not shimmery.
Slate- Very pigmented taupey-slate shade,
Brown- Pigmented matte dark brown, with copper glitter specks.
Pewter- A true pewter, pigmented and metallic.
Glitz- More pigmented then the black shade. Matte with silver glitter specks.

Baby Pink- Very light but can add a natural pale flush, matte
Sherbet- Slightly coral mixed with berry shade, matte, use a light hand
Glow- Intensely shimmery light pink. Tap off brush before sweeping onto cheeks so not to end up with sparkles everywhere
Bronze- A matte bronzer. Slightly orangey, and very pigmented. Blends out naturally.


The left is Sonia Kashuk Eyes On Neutrals palette, and the right is this palette. The Smashbox is slightly more pigmented but the texture and colors( These shades at least) are very much the same.
Left is Wet n' Wild silver in Don't steal my thunder trio. Right is the silver shade in this palette.
Left is elf twinkle pink, right is smashbox glow.Smashbox is more shimmery and has less glitter chunks.
NYC Sunny Bronzer on the left, Smashbox Bronze on right. Smashbox is a lot more pigmented, a little chalkier feeling.

  • Overally shimmery shades are better than the mattes
  • Large variety of shades- Neutrals, greens, blues, purples, and silvers.
  • Variety of finishes- Mattes, shimmers, satins, frosts
  • All the cheek products are lovely and pigmented
  • not very much fallout with these shades

December 16, 2013

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polishes-3 shades

Hey everyone, as you saw in my haul I putchased Three of the new revlon nail enamels. They are a scented line that retails for $5.99 each and I've also seen them in sets of two for $10. I got the shades autumn spice, Wild Violets, and Bordeaux.
They come in cute little square jars with round caps. The font and labeling is also very cute.

Here are the colors from the side so you can see the colors. The top is wild violets, then autumn spice, then Bordeaux.

Even if the cap is weird the brush is just standard not the the "manicure" type polishes just the standard thin brush tip.
One thing to note is that the smell doesn't show up until the polish dries, when you open the bottle it smells like regular nail polish.


I ended up painting mine in the autumn spice shade, I'm not sure if it complements my skin tone or not. But I really like the color. 

Here is a fake nail swatch to represent one coat. It is mostly opaque but there is some streaking.
At two coats it is fully opaque, I layered mine three times and it showed no difference. The shade didn't intensify.


I'm sorry for the photo quality my real camera's battery is dead at the moment so it's iphone quality.
 This is one coat of wild violets, fairly sheer and streaky.

At two it is opaque and non streaky, the top bit looks like it but that was beach use there was too much on the brush. 

At three coats it looks nearly black. Fully opaque and like the color in the bottle.

The first coat is creamy and opaque, but a very cherry red not like the bottle.

My second coat applied too much, but when evened out it was still kinda light. Not an oxblood color but still nice for fall and winter.

•Scents are very light 
•Autumn spice is very nice and lightly spicy but still sweet
•Wild Violets is very very weak in scent but slightly floral
•Bordeaux smells the strongest-very like wine( I personally can't stand the smell)
• Semi sheer on first layer then opaque I by second
• Fast drying on first layer. As layers increase takes longer to dry
•very glossy
•It is almost winter so these shades might not be the best but I still like them
• There is a very good shade range from creams to brights. There are cream and shimmer formulas. 
•Smell doesn't immediately disappear
•Wears as well as most other nail polish formulas 

December 14, 2013

Mini Haul

Hey guys! It's the holiday season full of shopping and presents. I've mostly been buying things for others but some times I accidentay pick up a few things for myself. 

A few weeks ago I went to walmart but I only bought a few things so I didn't share, but I'll show you know. 

I got some mini walmart candles! they were only a dollar and they had a great range of fall and winter as well as classic scents.

I ran out of my revlon colorstay foundation so I thought I'd try the covergirl outlast( I'm in ivory, about $7). I also decided to get a lippie, this is rimmel Kate moss lasting finish in 17(neutral rosey shade, $4). And another color tattoo this one is bold gold, $6.

Then today I stopped at Walgreens to buy some more Jordana products, and I found something new and exciting!
These are the Jordana goodies. Another twist and shine balm stain(cranberry crush, $2.99)  I wanted the red one but it was sold out. Also two more shadow sticks(eternal white and prolong purple,$3.99ea).

TA DA! I found the new revlon perfumerie nail polishes!!! I needed these as soon as I heard they were out. Especially since they had some lovely fall shades( $5.99 ea). I bought wild violets, Bordeaux, and autumn spice. I am going to paint my nails tonight hopefully, or if not tomorrow. 

I also went to the mall last weekend with one of my friends. 

I found this adorable sweater in macys on sale for $20( originally $45) and this skirt is from PAC sun ($20)

I also hit bath and body works! This was where the most damage got done....but I had a $10 off so it was kind ok.

I bought 6 fragrance  sprays ($14) mine were buy 3 get 3 free. 

And 5 for $5 mini hand sanitizers! 

And two more things from Ross.
I bought a new phone cord($4,hope it's the right one) and also scrub like one I had that's perfect for the face($4)
Ok guys that's my haul. I also ordered 2 things online from ulta, and it's been processing for a while so hopefully it will ship soon.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Sorry for not posting much lately!

December 7, 2013

Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencil in Continuous Almond

For the last month or so I have been testing out this product. And the reviews look positive! It's about $4 at places where Jordana cosmetics are sold. I bought mine at Walgreens.
The packaging is well thought out. You can see the actual color and the finish is matte like the color.
These are the claims. Pigmented, matte, long-lasting, and waterproof.
Here is a swatch on my hand, it appears very yellowy.
Over my eyelid you can hardly see it. But it does leave a semi sticky matte finish and it does cover up some veining.
Here is a gold eyeshadow over the pencil(on the top) and the shadow alone(on the bottom).

  • pigmented
  • long lasting (works great as base)
  • nice and matte finish
  • not sure about waterproof
  • makes shades stand out
  • can make eye area look dry if skin is slightly dry
  • are other shades that I want to try

November 17, 2013

Where to Shop: Holiday guide PART ONE

Hey Guys, Its that time of the year again where everyone goes crazy trying to find the perfect gifts. Today I will share some tips, websites, and stores that might help save some cash during this season of madness.

Probably everyone has heard of black friday(November 29) and cyber monday(december 2). It's still a few weeks before then but places have already started with sales and deals.

online only:

Hautelook- Flash sales with holiday ideas, fashion, beauty, home, kids, etc. Sales are only for a few days, but events often come back again. At least in my area. the shipping does take a long time. So if you want to order from here, buy soon

ebates- A place to get cash back from many many stores with extra cash back starting now. But it's not actually a store.

QVC, is a tv channel that has great deals that can also be accessed online. They have all kinds of products like gift sets and home decor at reasonable to expensive prices.


sephora, ulta. and other stores often have special online only deals...and with makeup you don't necessarily have to try anything on. But if you have one in your area it might be nice to go in store to try testers, and see actual product sizes.

Wallgreens, I am kinda in love with this store right now.  They have a variety of things like different makeup, holiday things, and sales.

Places like target and walmart have a large variety of items not just beauty. They often try to have low prices so that is great.One thing about target is that their red card is actually not a good holiday saver, since they advertise for it a lot you might think so, but don't be fooled. They charge you about 20% interest( if you don't pay by the end of the month).

Body /skincare:

Michael Todd (I think it's only online) perfect for a skincare junkie or for yourself( one has to know).

Lush is international, has cute little shops. Not too too pricy but at the same time it is a little luxurious. The perfect place to buy your friends a little treat!

Bath And Body Works is online, but I would recommend going to the store since it is a scent shop where you should probably smell something before you buy it. They always have a sale and coupons so google before you go out to  shop to get the best deal.

The Body Shop is more skincare vs perfumes. I think its a store you can get away with buying online. They have gift sets and sales as well.

 Are a kinda risky present but I would suggest gift cards from Forever21 (currently has holiday offers- if looking for actual clothes) since at least where I live everyone loves that store. OR if you know someones favorite just get them one from there.

 Can be found in almost anywhere, again I recommend Hautelook since you can buy luxe gifts at affordable prices. Or just go to any local store and browse and see what you think the person your shopping for would like.

November 14, 2013

Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara

When this product first came out I expected it to be amazing!  I bought the waterproof version and it smeared and smudged all over my eyes, on the lid and all under my eyes. It didn't give me very much volume or anything. I don't even have it anymore because I hated it so much.

November 10, 2013

Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain in Sweet Pink

By now you can probably tell that I love my lip products, especially stains and jumbo pencils. A few weeks ago I went to my first Walgreens, where they carry Jordana products. I heard these are just as good as the Revlon just bitten kissable balm stains, but I only bought one to put to the test. These are very affordable, only about $3! thats less than half the price of the Revlon version. I do not own the Revlon ones, so this is just a review on the Jordana.
The packaging is very simple, shiny, and it is a twist up like the name applies.
As you can see the color looks like the outside of the tube.
I have the second shade, 02 sweet pink.
Here is the color on my lips, it is a lot brighter than in the tube, more of a fuschia. And it does stain, hence the top at my cupids bow that would not come off.
Here is a very light swatch above a layered swatch.
 Here are the swatches after makeup remover, as you can see both hold up very well.
Here is a quick kiss to show the amount of transfer, all that comes off is the glossy-ness.

  • Very bright color, that can be toned down by patting onto lips
  • last all day without reapply-I might just in case because it can leave a lip-liner like stain after ~8hrs
  • not too drying (but I wouldn't wear this every day just in case)
  • Great shade selection that I plan on buying more from!