Wednesday, December 18, 2013

It. Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette

I recently purchased this palette from QVC for just under $40 (it's currently available from QVC, Ukta, and the It Cosmetics website for $42). It's a matte palette with one shimmery shade that is meant to be layered over the others to "transform" them from matte to shimmer. The shadows are super buttery and apply like a dream. Supposedly, they have anti aging ingredients (not sure how that would work, but it sounds good!). 

The colors are mainly neutrals with a few pops of (muted, yet beautiful) color. The packaging is nice and sturdy with a firm magnetic closure. I can see the surface getting dirty and worn over time, but that isn't a huge thing for me.

Out of all my matte shadow palettes, this has the best overall texture. The shade selection is excellent for a neutral palette. It's definitely worth a look if you're in the market for a matte, neutral palette! 

*purchased by me*

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Mally Holiday 5 Piece Evercolor Shadow Stick Library

These are the first Mally products I've ever tried and I have to say I'm impressed! After seeing numerous positive reviews on YouTube about these shadow sticks, I had to bite the bullet and order them. These were around $32 plus shipping on QVC.

The set comes nicely packaged in a green box with stud detail. The box has a magnetic closure and feels sturdy.

The set includes: Deep Plum, Topaz, Cobalt, Firework, and Rosy Taupe. 

Swatches from bottom: Derp Plum, Topaz, Cobalt, Firework, Rosy Taupe.

These seem very similar to the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks from the packaging to the formula. Once applied, you have some time to smudge these out and once they set they're not moving. These work fine on their own or as a base. 

I think this is a great gift set and would make any beauty lover happy! 

*purchased by me*

Monday, December 16, 2013

Budget Monday: NYX Cream Shadow in Musk

NYX is an awesome brand: budget friendly and cruelty free. For this Budget Monday, I bring you the NYX Cream Shadow in Musk.

Musk is a bronze that borders on a rosy gold. The formula is rather wet initially, but dries down nicely and doesn't crease or budge (on me). The doe foot applicator works fine, but I get theost even application by putting some product on my finger and patting it on my lid.

This is a lovely formula and I would purchase more in the future. I have to make my way through some products I already have before that happens! 

*purchased by me*

Friday, December 13, 2013

Too Faced Be Merry And Bright Holiday Set

Too Faced Be Merry And Bright is an Ulta exclusive for Holiday 2013. It comes in a gorgeous gold polka dot makeup bag that is clear on one side. There is also a full size Lash Injection tubing mascara.

There are two smaller palettes: Be Merry has six more neutral (and a gorgeous green) eyeshadows, a shimmery peachy pink blush, and a slightly shimmery bronzer. Buttered Rum is stunning and Very Merry is gorgeous for the Holiday season.

Be Bright lives up to its name! This palette has much more vibrant colors, including a stunning teal green and a bright pink (very similar to So Fetch from the Pretty Rebel palette). Mauvelous does have some fall out and is similar in color to Marshmellow. This palette has a shimmery gold highlight and a vibrant pink blush.

I have used the Lash Injection mascara in the past and did really like it. I haven't cracked this tube open to see if my opinion changed. 

This is currently on sale for $38 or $36 at Ulta; originally this was $46. 

*purchased by me*

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Too Faced Joy to the Girls Palette: photos

Oh Too Faced! You have out done yourself this holiday season! I have purchased all three of the larger palettes and will be posting general photos and thought over the next couple of days. 

Joy to the Girls is packaged in a lovely aqua case with silver/gold polka dots all over it. It has a magnetic closure and is about the size of a hardcover book.

It contains fifteen eyeshadows and a full size Lashgasm mascara. The palette has no mirror. There is a nice mix of neutrals and color. 

Twinkle is a particularly festive shade! I also really like Cookie Dough as a blending shade. 

I haven't tried the Lashgasm mascara since I have too many mascaras open at the moment. 

Overall, I do really like this palette! It's versatile and the packaging is exceptionally pretty. This was $46 and I feel like it's worth the price!

*purchased by me*

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Make Out 2014: The Inventory

Oh man... I decided the next logical step in my Make Out 2014 project would be to take an honest look at what I really own...and it's not pretty. Remember, I'm at best a novice beauty blogger. I'm not a makeup artist or professional. I'm just a stay at home mom who loves makeup. There is absolutely no reason for me to own the amount of stuff that I currently have. 

So, here is my numbers. 

Eyeshadow Palettes: 25 (this includes my MAC and Z Palettes)
Eyeshadow Quads: 5
Eyesshadow Singles/Duos: 30
Cream Shadow Pots: 12
Cream Shadow Sticks: 18
Pencil Eyeliners: 22
Liquid Eyeliners: 3
Gel Eyeliners: 5
Full Size Mascaras: 12
Sample Size Mascaras: 18
Eyebrow Kit: 1
Eyebrow Pencil: 1

Foundation: 9
Sample Foundations: 6
Concealers: 8
Highlighters: 11 (including deluxe samples)
Blush: 15 (including deluxe samples)
Bronzer: 3
Face Powders: 12 (included setting powders, powder foundation, samples)

Lipgloss: 65
Lipstick: 69
Pencil Lipsticks (ex: Tarte Lipsurgence): 44
Lipliners: 3

Lip Primer: 1
Eye Primer: 6 (including sample sizes)
Face Primer: 8 (including sample sizes)
Lash Primer: 1

Monday, December 9, 2013

Make Out 2014: Prep

This coming year is the year I have decided to slim down my makeup collection. I have entirely too much for just one person to use and I need to cut back my spending in the cosmetic arena. Priorities need to be re-evaluated (in general and with what I really want from my cosmetic collection). 

Makeup has been something of a hobby for me, especially since I became a stay at home mom. I needed something just for me and makeup became that thing. Since my son was born, things have grown a bit crazy in my collection. It takes up too much space. 

So, I decided to do a Make Out Project in 2014. I will set some guidelines for myself and hopefully I'll stick to them!

Rule 1: Only 2 new eyeshadow palette purchases for the entirety of 2014.
***EDIT: I am not going to limit myself to 2 palettes, but will keep my total for the year to 12 products. Any palettes will count towards this.***

Rule 2: Only 3 new eyeshadow single/duos for 2014 and no new cream formulas for 2014.

Rule 3: Only 4 new lipstick/lipglosses for 2014.

Rule 4: No new mascaras until I've used up 2 (or 3 minis).

Rule 5: No new eyeliners until I've used up 3.

Rule 6: No new foundations until I've used up all that I currently have open.

So, that leaves me with 9 allowed purchases for 2014. I will allow 3 discretionary purchases for things that may come up (weddings, events, etc). I'm not counting foundation since I don't see myself using up what I have now, but if I do completely run out I will purchase one new foundation. I am not counting gifts against these numbers (mainly because few people purchase it for me). I will also be allowed to use any gift cards that I receive. 

I think these are fair, reasonable rules and that I should be able to stick to them. I am allowing a total of 12 purchases, so I could make 1 per month if I need too. I didn't include skin care or hair care since I don't really horde those things. Over the next couple if weeks, I will be posting my makeup collection (in categories) and doing a real, honest count of what I have in my collection. Frankly, I'm a little afraid of the numbers, but I think it's necessary to really see where my collection sits. 

If you are going to do something similar, let me know! I'd love to follow your journey!

Budget Monday: Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara

This Budget Monday, I bring you my favorite drugstore mascara...Clump Crusher by Cover Girl! I have the non waterproof formula (in general, I'm not a fan of waterproof mascara). 

Clump Crusher is marketed as being non clumping, even after multiple coats. The wand is curved and has short, plastic bristles. I find the formula to be more on the dry side, but that is something I prefer as wetter mascaras tend to smudge like crazy on me. 

I've found that I'm able to put on multiple coats without clumps and this mascara is great for combing out clumps from other mascaras. 

I believe impaid around $8.99 for this at a local drugstore. You can usually find this in buy one, get one deals. 

Purchased by me.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick: Fig and Zin

Oh how I love Bite Beauty! Their products are FDA approved for consumption (whether we like it or not, a lot of what goes on our lips ends up in our mouths), they use antioxidants and anti aging ingredients, and they formulate their products without synthetic fragrances, dyes, pthalates, or parabens. Good stuff! Oh, and the Luminous Creme lipstick formula is AMAZING! 

I have two shades today: Fig and Zin. Fig is a lovely mauvey pink. It's a very natural  shade. Zin is pink, but more raspberry pink. These are opaque and wear comfortably. My only complaint is that they are a bit soft and 'knock around' a bit in their tubes.

Bite is an awesome brand and I highly recommend checking them out! 

Fig on the left, Zin on the right.
Fig swatched on the bottom, Zin on top. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Budget Monday: Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Gloss

The Maybelline Color Elixir glosses are supposed to have the "care of a balm, color of a lipstick, and shine of a gloss". There are an awesome array of colors from natural to bold. I have two colors for you today: Signature Scarlet and Dashing Orchid.

Signature Scarlet is a beautiful red with fairly opaque color. Dashing Orchid is a lovely pinkish purple. I don't think these are opaque in a color like a lipstick, but are nice none the less. I do feel that these are a bit overpriced based on the amount of product you get; I paid around $7.99 each.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Budget Monday: jane. Cosmetics

I remember jane. Cosmetics from my junior high days. They were (and still are) a budget friendly brand, but seem to be much better quality now days. This line was recently relaunched at Ulta and Kohl's (I'm not sure of other retailers at this time). On my latest trip to Kohl's, I grabbed a couple eyeshadows and a liner. The price was reasonable at $8.00 each.

Sage swatched on top, Olive Branch on the bottom.

The color payoff is lovely and they apply smoothly. They do kick up a bit of powder with a brush or fingers, but for $8 I can live with that! I'm very happy with my color choices and will be checking out more soon.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Sample Stash: What I've Used Up #2

Here is post 2! I managed to use up another good chunk of samples in the last 2 weeks. Most of what I have left now are "deluxe samples" and will take longer to get through.

I liked the Urban Decay setting spray, but I have a couple other ones that I'm working on. I may purchase a full size at some point. The Sephora brand moisturizer was fine, but not something I would purchase since I prefer an anti aging formula.

I used up the last hand cream from my Philosophy gift set that I got last holiday. I preferred Snow Angel to this, but it was nice and had a spicy apple scent. I also finished a Smashboxphoto Finish Light primer (I literally could not squeeze anymore out even though it looks like product is left). This was ok, but a bit 'silicone-y' for me.

I used a First Aud Beauty Ultra Repair Cream sample. I have a travel sizes already and really like this product. I have eczema and this is a lifesaver in the winter. I used another Perricone Photo Plasma sample. It's ok, but nothing special to me. I used two Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Creams. I really like this and will think about purchasing when I use up some other things. I used a Nude Skin ProGenius Treatment Oil; I only used this on my neck and chest and it was so heavy! I would try other oils, but probably not this one.

I used a Bumble and Bumble Thickening shampoo and conditioner. This left my hair feeling thicker, but dry. I might try this again in the warmer months when dryness isn't such an issue for me.

I used a Carol's Daughter Monoi shampoo and conditioner set. Love this! It smells amazing and leaves my hair feeling so soft.

The Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial was nice and my skin felt lovely in the morning. The Fresh Black Tea moisturizer was quite nice, but not quite heavy enough for night and has no SPF for day time use. The Eve Lom cleanser sample was not a favorite. It never felt like it was fully removed from my face. I used an Algenist Pore Correcting serum. This was ok, but I can't really judge a serum from a couple uses. I also used a Murad hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture sample. This is nice and moisturizing, but I have things I like better.

So, that is it for this installment! It feels good to be working through the clutter that is my sample drawer!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Colours: 3 Colors Swatched

The Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Colours are long wearing, cream shadow sticks and come in a nice variety of colors.there are some nice neutrals and some smokier shades. They blend nicely and once set are budge proof.

The three colors I have are more to the neutral side. I have Sandglow, Amethyst, and Rose Gold. Sandglow is a darker beige color. Amethyst is a taupe-y purple. Rose Gold is a light pink with a tinge of gold.

I really do enjoy the three I have, but doubt I would purchase more. These are expensive for shadow sticks ($26 USD) a and at this point there really aren't any other colors that appeal to me. 

Swatched top to bottom: Rose Gold, Amethyst, Sandglow.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Review: NARS Blush in Douceur

I am not really a blush person. Naturally, I have very pink cheeks that aren't easily covered up, so I usually avoid blush. 

The last time I had my makeup done at Sephora, the MUA put the NARS blush on Douceur on my cheeks. It was love! 

Douceur is a dusty neutral pink. It looks very natural on and is free of shimmer or glitter. It's pigmented, but not so much that you can't sheer it out. Douceur is a welcome, lovely addition to my (very small) blush collection.

*purchased by me*

Review: Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Cream

As a stay at home mom of a crazy busy two year old boy, I love a multi tasking product. I full force jumped on the BB/CC Cream bandwagon. A base product that offers moisture, SPF, and coverage? Sign me up! 

One of the BB creams that didn't leave me disappointed has been the Dr Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Cream (say that 5 times, fast). While I do need a separate moisturizer, especially in Fall/Winter, it does offer SPF 25. It has medium coverage and is somewhat buildable.

This does only come in one color. It matches my fair skin (MAC NC15-20) pretty well, but is a tad dark. It probably isn't noticeable to anyone else.

All in all, this is my favorite BB that I've tried and when it's gone I would definitely repurchase.

*product purchased by me*