July 31, 2015

Pixi Brightening Peach Correction Concentrate Review

This is a pricier "Drugstore" item and can only be found at target. It was $12 and claimed to be a correcter, and I wanted to give it a try. It is the first thing I have ever tried from the brand Pixi by Petra. 
The packaging first off is so nice and very girly and pretty!
Here are a list of ingredients.
The claims:
  • Instantly erases dark circles
  • Blends magically into skin tone
  • Vitamins: A, C, & E and Rose Hip Extract
  • Not tested on animals

It is in the shade "Brightening Peach" (The only shade available)
It is a very peachy color that would suit most skin tones.

  • I use it before my other face products and usually top it with a skintone concealer
  • It has a slightly thick texture, a little goes a long way
  • Does correct dark circles, mostly but not entirely
  • Doesn't crease if set with powder
I do enjoy this product. Even when I use it with another concealer, and set with powder it doesn't look cakey. It blends into the skin counter acting dark circles. I'd say it is worth the price, and you should check it out next time you go to Target. 

July 30, 2015

Haul | Makeup, Clothes, and PR | YouTube video

It's haul time! I posted my first haul video on my channel, go take a look! It included makeup items I purchased such as the new Makeup Forever foundation. I also showed a few clothing items I bought, including a new pair of sunglasses. Lastly, a few items that were sent to me for review.  

SinfulColors Back To School Collection: A Class Act

Hey everyone, I just want to preface this review by saying that the following products were sent to me for review; However, all opinions are my own. These polishes are not out yet but will be available in August & September 2015 They are a limited edition line, available at Walgreens and other places SinfulColors is sold. The price on these babies is only $1.99 each.
L-R:Whiteboard, Casablanca, V.I.Peach, Burst of Fresh Flair, Sinful Sunrise, Pink Break, 24/7, Fig, Hazed, Why Not
 These are the 10 shades I chose and was sent out of the full line.
They will be swatched in this order, and reviewed individually below.

(2 coats)
"Chalk White"
Mostly opaque in one, two for maximum coverage
Demi-Matte Finish

(1 coat)
Fully opaque in one coat
"Creamy metallic silver"
Regular Finish

(4 coats)
Steaky 1st coat, mostly opaque 2nd coat, 3rd made no difference, and 4th was fully opaque
"Soft Touch of Pastel Yellow"
The peach in the name doesn't make sense for a yellow
Demi-Matte Finish

Burst of Fresh Flair
(3 coats)
Very sheer 1st coat, slightly more coverage on 2nd, mostly opaque 3rd
"Pearlescent lemon yellow"
Regular Finish

Sinful Sunrise
(1 coat)
The white is Chalkboard to show it is a very slightly pink basically clear base
"Warm pink with silver 3D confetti"
Glitter Finish, but not hard to remove

Pink Break
(1 coat)
Fully opaque in one coat
"Demi-matte peachy pink"
On me, it shows up as a more dusty pink
Demi-Matte finish

 (2 coats)
Almost fully opaque but slightly steaky on first coat, 2nd to perfect
"Our hottest pink"
It is a very bright, almost neon pink in person
Regular Finish
 (1 coat)
Mostly-Fully opaque in one coat, a second coat makes it darker
"Glistening Plum"
Darker on nails than in bottle
Regular Finish

 (3 coats)
Almost jelly sheer in 1st coat and then opaque in 2nd (3rd coat makes no difference)
"Subdued violet with a demi-matte finish"
Demi-Matte Finish

Why Not
(1 coat)
Fully opaque in one coat
"A Clear Sky Blue"
Does slightly stain nails blue, make sure to use a base coat
Regular Finish

These are good quality polishes at a very affordable price. Some shades are more pigmented than others, but all are creamy and smooth. Watch out for staining with the yellows and blues; in other words when actually wearing them use a basecoat. My favorites: Whiteboard (A great non streaky white), Sinful Sunrise (An easy to remove confetti glitter), and Why Not (the intensity in one coat is impressive). My least favorites: V.I.Peach (took 4 coats), Why Not (slightly stained nails).

More information on the following SinfulColors sites:

July 24, 2015

Q & A | Beauty Questions | YouTube video

Time to get to know me! I answered questions from my instagram all having a connection to beauty. Ever wondered what my favorite brands are, or just want some recommendations? I answer these questions and more!

Tutorial on the look I'm wearing coming next week! Will link when uploaded :)

July 23, 2015

E.l.f Long-lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Toast: Review & Swatch

For a while this product was hyped up due to it's eyeshadow topping abilities. It is a cream type eyshadow that retails for $3 from elf cosmetics, similar in texture to colourpop supershock shadows.
Due to the consistency the application is best applied by fingertip.
There should be a sticker on the bottom saying 'Toast' for the shade name, 
but mine didn't come with one.
  • The pigmentation is not amazing, but it is a nice eyeshadow topper
  • It would crease if it's worn on it's own
  • The packaging is nice and simple, and mine has yet to dry out
  • I prefer the colourpop formula over this, even though those are $2 more
It is a thin glittery product that has a mousse texture then sets. It wears averagely, and only looks nice as a topper. The pigmentation is thin, can see skin through it. As a topper, it provides an added sparkle. Price is very affordable, but Colourpop has much better pigmentation.  

July 22, 2015

Too Faced HangoverRx Primer: Review

Is this product worth $32? Today I'm reviewing the Too Faced Hangover Rx. It is indeed $32 available anywhere Too Faced is sold. It so far is only one formula, and it claims a lot.
Cute pink and white packaging 
"full night's rest"
Mainly water but also contains ingredients good for the skin like 
coconut water, electrolytes, and probiotics.
Pump tube, clear product

  • More than 1 Oz product
    • 1.35 Oz 
  • Silicone-free
    • Good for sensitive skin
  • Smoothness:
    • Especially on dry skin
    • Creates a layer that immediately softens the skin
  • Radiance
    • Not as noticeable
    • Doesn't make you greasy, just "healthy" looking
  • Hydrated
    • For sure!
    • It is more of a moisturizer than a primer
  • Full Night's rest
    • Not too sure about this one
    • It can make you feel awake 
      • Slightly cooling
It is like a super thin watery moisturizer, doesn't fill in lines or pores. I most highly recommend it to those who have dry skin. I tried this on a friend who's skin is dry and her remark was "So this is what skin is supposed to feel like." If your skin is oily, it would make a nice substitute for a daily moisturizer before makeup. NO silicone-- safe for sensitive and acne prone skin.  

July 18, 2015

Simple Everyday Makeup + Pinky Coral Lips | Makeup Tutorial | YouTube video

Description: This is the first video I've uploaded, it is a simple makeup look. The skin is not too cakey, or "fake" looking. It is a naturally enhancing look, the only drama is a pop of color on the lips. The majority of the products are affordable, and the steps are easy to follow. There are no lashes or liner involved, and only one lip product was applied.

The description box on YouTube, also contains the following list of products used:

Too Faced Hangover Rx
-Review on blog here
Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation (Porcelain)
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer(Fair Neutral)
L'oreal True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator (Ice)
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
- Review on blog here
Wet N Wild Contour Duo (Dulce De Leche)
-Review on blog here
Elf Pressed Mineral Blush (Sweet Retreat)
L'oreal True Match Powder Illuminator (Rose)
Milani Stay Put Brow Color (02 Natural Taupe)
-Review on blog here
Nyx Control Freak Eyebrow Gel
Urban Decay Primer Potion (Original)
Coastal Scents Revealed Palette
Colourpop Super Shock Shadows (I heart this)
-Review on blog here
Colourpop Super Shock Shadow(Girly)
-Review on blog here
Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara (Very Black Waterproof)
-Review on blog here
Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick (Pink Sugar)

Milani Stay Put Brow Color: Review, Swatch, and Demo

Milani has done it again! This is essentially a brow pomade. The range includes 5 shades, retailing at only $6.99.  This product is already up on the milani site, and I found mine a few weeks ago in-stores. 
I bought mine in the second shade,
02 Natural Taupe
"Light Taupe for Golden Blonde to Light Ash Brown Hair"
Comes with it's own brush
More on the"golden blonde" side

Here I used it in my brows
  • The brush
    • Angled side:
      • Average angled brush, not too flimsy, great for filling in brows
    • Spoolie side:
      • A little harsh, not as good at spreading the brow product around
  • Goes on as a cream
  • Sets into place, doesn't move throughout the day
  • In some lights this shade looks a little too warm, in other lights a green tinge
    • Overall a fairly good color match
  • Affordable alternative to say Dipbrow by Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • A little product goes a long way
    • Won't run out for a long time
This is a great brow product, at a great price! It's not the kind of product that has a learning curve, you just brush it in and you're good. I used it in my recent tutorial here, in case you want to see it in action :) 

July 17, 2015

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder: Review + Demo

I've been on the hunt for a holy grail setting powder...and I think this is it! This retails for $37 in the full size; rather pricey compared to drugstore powders. I've had mine for at least a month now, and still show no signs of running out anytime soon.
It is translucent 
Frosted plastic packaging
1 Oz size
Plastic tab when new
Does not get cakey, even under the eyes

  • Keeps the skin set all day on my normal skin
  • Concealer has never creased when wearing this
  • Can be used for "baking" or "cooking" the face
    • Placing a thick layer of powder down, letting it set, and then brushing it away
  • Is actually translucent
    • Does not make face oxidize
  • Silky, without feeling silicone like
    • Contains mostly "cashmere talc" instead of silicones
  • Has not made me break out at all
  • Can be applied with a puff or brush
  • Oil free
I love this powder! It is not nearly as silicone based; yet, it gives a flawless appearance. It sets my makeup for all day wear, I personally do not need to touch up. If you are the kind of person to touch up your makeup, this is not portable, but extremely touch up friendly. I've tested touching up with this, and it does not cake up. Highly recommend this powder to everyone!

July 16, 2015

Colourpop Girly Super Shock Shadow : Review + Swatches

Be prepared to meet your perfect inner corner highlight....at only $5! Available online at Colourpop.
Pearlized finish
"creamy vanilla with a flash of pink and gold duo chrome"

  • The duo chrome is suble
    • Only really noticeable in person
  • Super smooth, and creamy
  • All day, standard Colourpop wear time
  • Especially nice for a bright inner corner
    • Or lid
    • Or browbone
    • Potentially even cheek highlight
  • Applies evenly, even for a light color
The Colourpop obsession continues, as well as my desire for duo chrome shadows. The duo chrome is subtle, yet soft and girly in person...The name of the shadow works well with the color. I have nothing bad to say, if you like the color...you may need it in your life!

July 15, 2015

Lorac Unzipped Gold Eyeshadow Palette: Review & Swatches

I personally was disappointed with the original Lorac Unzipped, and did not have high hopes for this one. I ordered it online, on a whim. After owning this for a few months...I couldn't be happier! It retails for $42, which isn't terrible for a palette. 
Comes with a deluxe size of the Lorac eyeshadow primer
4 mattes, one sparkle, and 5 ultra metallic
A pale matte cream shade, 
looks pinker in the pan then swatched

A light metallic warm pink,
shifts gold (looks lighter under direct light)

An intense metallic rose gold,
pink base with gold shimmer

Matte warm brown,
swatches worse than it goes on the eyes

Darker matte cocoa

Metallic pale yellow gold,
slightly chunky shimmer

Closest to a true metallic gold

SUPER intense metallic copper bronze

Cool matte brown,
swatches sheerer than on eyes

Matte dark brown, with multicolor glitter/shimmer

  • Does not spark an enormous number of ideas for looks
  • High quality shades, different formula than the pro palettes
  • The metallic shadows are like foiled eyeshadows or pressed pigments
  • The two lighter matte browns can be used as face contours
  • The white gold shadow can be used as an intense facial highlight
  • The mattes are smooth, but seem a little hard packed into the pan
  • Not a very gold palette, has variety
  • Did individual swatches to show up close looks at the shadows
  • Blend easily, and smoothly
  • Packaging is sleek, and portable
If you don't mind one slightly chunky shadow, and want a mix of ultra metallic and matte--then this palette is for you! At first I was slighly underwhelmed, but have grown to love it more. It has a matte brownbone/all over the lid shade; this is something that bothers me if not included in a palette. You have multiple options for the crease, even though a slightly lighter brown would have been nice. If you are ever in an ulta, or someplace that sells Lorac, swatch this palette (especially unleashed)!