December 31, 2014

Nyx Wonder Pencil (Light): Review & Swatch

A "wonder pencil" sounds very appealing doesn't it? When something claims to be multi use, and it is affordable(~$3)...it almost seems too good to be true. 
Non retractable, wood pencil.

  • Dry texture
  • Blendable, so blendable it blends away
  • Doesn't conceal spots well
  • Disappears as soon as placed on my waterline
  • Only purpose that sort of works is sharpening edges of a lip, but even then it can be a bit difficult to blend in or conceal the sides
Overall, I say skip it. The idea behind it is good but a liquid concealer and a nude eyeliner are much better. Or if you want a concealer type pencil try a matte eye crayon. The ]ordana made to last shadow pencils are much creamier and cover better. 

December 29, 2014

Elf Moisturizing Lipstick in Rosy-Go-Round: Review & Swatches

This  is a $3 lipstick from e.l.f that claims big things. 

Claims:
 "Velvety, satin texture glides on lips with vibrant color and luminous shine." 
"Enriched with Shea and Vitamins A, C, & E to nourish and hydrate the lips."
"The rich, creamy formula seals in moisture for long-lasting wear and comfort."

Lipstick tube comes wrapped in cardboad displaying color name. 
"Rosy-Go-Round" is the shade name.
Layered a few times for vibrant color.
  • Does glide easily
  • Very waxy, not creamy feeling
  • Buildable color
  • Satin, not glossy finish
  • No scent
  • Sits on the lips, doesn't hydrate but also doesn't dry out the lips
  • Bright rose color


December 28, 2014

Nyx Fortune Cookie Butter Gloss: Review & Swatches

Butter glosses, the favorite among youtubers. I have heard the lighter shades are not as good and let me tell you why. These retail for only about $4, and nyx can be found at Ulta, Target, CVS, locations to name a few. 
Round tube packaging. 
Doe-foot applicator. 
Slightly peachy-brown toned nude.
Lip swatch. 
  • Very patchy on it's own
  • Does even out and look better as a lipstick topper
  • Feels more like a balm then a gloss on the lips
  • Non sticky, but hair does still stick!
  • Not long wearing since it has no tackiness
Formula is wonderful, this color not so much.

December 2, 2014

L'oreal Glossy Balm in My Babydoll: Review + Swatches

I bought this as soon as it came out since I love chubby lip pencils. This one's main claim is that is is a glossy balm. These got a bit of hype when they came out, but none since. I only bought one shade, at Target, for around $6.
Standard tube in the color of the product, with silver accents. 
Slightly pinker than the tube color, more cool toned. 
Sheer and then a layered swatch. 
When wiped away it only just barely leaves a stain behind.
Lip swatch.
  • It is very glossy, and that finish does not seem to disappear
  • Since it is glossy, it does not set...which can lead to getting on your teeth 
  • It is a lovely cool toned baby pink, the shade range is wonderful
  • Not longwearing, really only wears the short length of a balm
  • Can leave the weird ring around the center of your lips...
  • No scent, but it does have a slick texture



December 1, 2014

Sephora 10hr Foundation (ivory): review

Some hyped products just don't work out for everyone...I had heard this was a good (even longwearing) foundation, and they had a shade seemingly light enough for me. It is probably the least expensive foundation in sephora, only $20.

  • Pump bottle
  • Thick, creamy consistency 
  • This particular shade is very yellow toned, one up is very pink. They seem to be extreme in undertone, even though it claims to be neutral. 
  • Not full coverage, light-medium. Does not cover any blemishes.
  • Dewy finish
  • Not extremely long wearing (not 10hr)
  • Does not contain an SPF
  • Did not include a picture of me wearing this foundation since it really did not flatter my skin.
I have returned this foundation since it did not work out for me. If you have great skin and can find your color match I would recommend it since it is only $20 which isn't too bad for foundation.


November 30, 2014

Jesse's Girl Mineralized Baked Powder Eye Shadow (Rosemary Frost): Review & Swatches

This eyeshadow was a gift from one of my friends, 
and at first glance I thought I wouldn't like it. 
It is a domed baked eyeshadow, with different color veining. 
It is in the color "rosemary frost"
It looks like a blue toned purple, in the pan.
It is actually a lilac/ lavender light purple. It has a sheen and small glitters.
  • Sheer color
  • Great over a base or with a fix+ type enhancer
  • Not chalky but not creamy, overall dry texture
It is an okay product, but nothing super special.

November 28, 2014

L'Oreal Infallible Lipstick in Perpetual Peach: Review & Swatches

I have been going back and forth with my opinions on this products, but I am here now to give you my opinions. This is from a newer line of lipsticks from L'oreal and it retails for around $8 (I think).
The cap is tinted to be similar to the actual lipstick color.
Sheer swatch.
Layered swatch.
Lip swatch.
  • Shimmer almost frost finish
  • Makes lips look fuller due to the the shimmer
  • Not extremely long wearing, has an average wear time
  • Not the standard L'oreal lipstick scent, it has little to no scent at all
  • I don't reach for it often, but I do really like it when I wear it
  • Since it is not matte it can disguise dryness on your lips
  • I love wearing this lipstick with a peachy blush, and dark green or neutral brown toned eyeshadows




November 26, 2014

Jordana FabuLiner: Review & Swatch

We have all heard of the stila stay all day liquid liner, and the Kat Von D liquid liner.  I was hoping this ~$3 liner would be a dupe. 
Its in a pretty standard tube with standard packaging.
It just says liquid liner meaning it is not waterproof.
It has a wide and thick tip that does not bend easily, you can't drag while lining you have to set it on its side and press it on. 

  • Swatches nice and black. 
  • Cap clicks closed
  • The tip is to hard to use on eyes unless in a certain technique by "stamping"
  • Very affordable
  • Not waterproof
Overall, I say pass on this. Splurge a bit for a more high end one like stila. The more expensive ones have a finer tip that doesn't tug on the eyes, and they are usually waterproof. I am not a pro at using liquid liner, but especially for beginners I ind that this just makes it more difficult. 

November 22, 2014

Milani Uptown Mauve Color Statement Lipstick: Review+Swatches

Lipstick is an amazing thing, and when done right it is fabulous! I have heard so many good things about these Milani lipsticks. I picked this up a few weeks ago, and it made it into my top 5 lipsticks post on Instagram(budgetmakeupbeauty). This line of lipsticks only cost around $5 each, and as  for the quality it is hard to believe!
Sheer swatch
Layered swatch
Leaves a stain when removed
Lip swatch 
(Ignore my skin, whatever foundation I was testing made my skin look very dry)
  • Very long lasting, even stains the lips
  • Unique purple-pink
  • A non season related color
  • Lux gold packaging
  • No bad things to say, other than can be hard to locate this brand(for me)


November 21, 2014

Maybelline Vintage Plum Color Tattoo: Review and Swatch

I'm finally going to get back into the blogging spin of things, and that means posting reviews with old images in my old background. Because of this I have had this Maybelline color tattoo for quite a while now, I bought it the first time I saw it new in store.
It is part of the leather line.
Above shows swirled together, and below is a swatch.
It is a dove grey type color with a soft hint of purple. 
By the name "vintage plum" I was expecting a darker purple, 
but I guess it means vintage as in washed out.
  • Matte, no shimmer, formula
  • Long lasting eyeshadow base, or lid color
  • Looks nice topped with purples or smokey colors
  • It is permanent
  • Affordable price tag 

October 25, 2014

Tarte Energy LipSurgence: review & swatches

I have had this for a while now and I think I should probably share my thoughts by now. It retails for $24 and is an adjustable lip stain.
Twist up chubby pencil.
Mine broke the first time I used it, even though I didn't apply a lot of pressure to the product . 
Goes on clear and then adjusts, it turns a bright pink on me. Can still see a bit of natural lip color below. 

  • It has a very intense stain but at the end of the day it looks quite patchy
  • Starts glossy then stain
  • Doesn't dry out lips, feels like a balm
  • Lovely color but because it turns patchy I don't recommend