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Monday, August 8, 2016

Wet N Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder - Precious Petals and Crown of My Canopy Review and Swatches

A few months ago Wet n Wild released a new collection that included the release of two new highlighting powders in the shades Precious Petals and Crown of My Canopy. 

These were very hyped up all over social media instantly! 

The thing is that when they released these products the drugstore displays only had three of each product, making them extremely hard to find. 

I myself went to every drugstore to see if they had received these. I needed to see what the fuss was about! 

Of course I missed out and was awaiting their release online, only to miss out time and time again when they went live online. 

I finally was able to order these upon their last release on the wet n wild website!

I've had these highlighting powders for a couple weeks already so I've had a fair amount of time to play with them. 

Precious Petals Natural light

Natural light 

Flash

Crown of My Canopy Natural light

Natural light

Flash

Natural light Precious Petals and Crown of My Canopy

Flash

As you can see Precious Petals is a bit more Champagne gold where Crown of My Canopy is a bit more bronzey.

Natural light 

Flash 

The consistency of these is definitely not that almost creamy consistency that like a Laura Geller highlighter has. For some reason I imagined it would just from seeing it swatched on snapchat. 

With that being said they are very pigmented and do apply smoothly and evenly. 

They don't have a chunky glitter but they are shimmery. 

Precious Petals has been my go to for the last week. I feel like it suits my complexion more than Crown of My Canopy. 

Crown of My Canopy would look great on tan and dark complexions. I can wear it if I mix it with Precious Petals which makes a great combo!

After a few hours of wear the highlight isn't as prominent but it's still there, just a bit more subtle but never fully fades away.

You can definitely pack this on though for a very intense highlight or apply softly for a more subdued glow. 

I have really been loving these! 

Have I mentioned that these are only $3.99 each?!?! 

You can always count on wet n wild to put out affordable cosmetics! 

These are currently out of stock online but wet n wild has stated that they will be restocking these online! If you really want to get your hands on these I suggest you sign up for their emails to be notified when they're back in stock or keep up with them on social media.

For $3.99 I definitely recommend these highlighting powders! 

Were you able to grab these? What were your thoughts?


The Makeup Show Pop Up Shop San Fracisco

Last year I attended The Makeup Show Pop Up Shop in San Francisco. 

I can't believe it's been a year already! 

Honestly at this time last year I wasn't doing so well mentally. I was dealing with so much anxiety. I needed to get out of the house and take in something new and this was so great for me! 

If you've never attended The Makeup Show and are a makeup artist, newbie artist just starting out, or just a makeup lover this is the place to be! 

It's so inspiring to be in a place full of people who have the same passion as you. Everyone there is ready to teach and share their passion and knowledge in the makeup industry with you. 

If you are wanting to be a makeup artist education is key and the makeup show definitely is a wealth of information. 

When I was first getting started in makeup like ten years ago there was nothing like this out here in my area. 

I am truly happy they brought The Makeup Show out here to Northern California and are brining it back this year! 

If you live anywhere in Northern California I definitely encourage you to come out to The Makeup Show this weekend and learn something new, get inspired, network, or just buy some awesome makeup at a discount! 

There are going to be a lot of great brands on there including Nars, Zuca, Crown Brush, Cozzette, Senna, Make Up For Ever, Emryolisse, and so much more! 

You can find more info and purchase tickets here http://www.themakeupshow.com/sf-popup/ 


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit Review and Swatches


Anastasia recently released a couple new Glow palettes. I purchased the Moonchild glow kit for myself.


This is the first one I have used. I don't have any of the prior glow kits to compare.

I love a good highlighter and have quite a few of them but for some reason was never interested in the previous glow kits until I saw the Moonchild glow kit. 

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Artificial light 

What drew me to this one was just how different it looked compared to anything else out there. 

Natural light 

L to R - Blue Ice, Star, Purple Horseshoe, Pink Heart, Lucky Clover, and Blue Moon

These highlighters are so unique and stunning!! 

They all have either a duochrome effect or have shimmer/shift. 

You really can't see the full effect of these highlighters in photos. I have a swatch video on my Instagram so you can really see how they shift and reflect!

Blue Ice is a pearl white with a violet blue shift and silver sparkles in it.

Star is a straight up silver highlight. There are no sparkles in this one.

Purple Horseshoe is a blue-ish purple with blue and silver flecks.

Pink Heart is a cream with a duo chrome pink shift and silver flecks.

Lucky Clover is probably my favorite! It's a gold with a green duochrome shift! Love it!!!

Blue Moon is a silver with a bit more blue tone to it compared to Star. It has very faint pink flecks in it.

Like I said previously these are so unique. It's not something you would expect in a highlight.

When I wear it you see a nice "glow" but in certain lighting when you move your head you'll all of sudden catch that unexpected shift of color in the highlight.

Honestly I feel like a beautiful alien when I wear this! Lmao! I know it sounds unappealing to some but I love how different it is. It's just very galactic and cool. 

If you're not into it as a highlight you can also use these as eye shadows. These are amazing all over the lid or my favorite way to wear them on the eyes is as inner corner highlights. 

These are all nicely pigmented and apply evenly on my face. They last a good four to five hours. They never completely fade away but the highlight isn't as visible after some wear and sweat because it's been hot as hell in California lately! 

Blue Ice and Purple Horseshoe have a more chunkier sparkle in them and those will fallout all over your face after some wear so I just wanted to note that. Even with applying directly where you want it, after some time and you look in the mirror you will see blue flecks all over your face. This doesn't really bother me. Give me all the sparkles!! :D

I'm very happy with my purchase. I don't know how this palette compares to her other glow kits in pigmentation but this one is great. I know she has around four other glow kits which are much more wearable and natural in tone. So you can definitely find one that suits your needs.

You can find the Moonchild glow kit along with the other glow kits on anastasiabeverlyhills.com for $40.







Monday, July 25, 2016

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré

I have heard of Emryolisse before but never tried any of their products. 

Their Lait-Creme Concentré is a very well known and loved product in the beauty industry. 

I don't know why but when a product is hyped up I'm always very skeptical and just like it can't be that good, I'm sure I don't need it! 

Well let me tell you I don't know how I've lived without this product all my life! 

I wanted to show my personal tube just so you can see how loved and used it is! 

You can clearly see mine is almost out! 

I was given this at The Makeup Show Pop Shop that I attended almost a year ago. I am so glad because I discovered a new favorite must have product! 

This has become a cult favorite among many celebrity makeup artists and I can see why. 

This product is a moisturizer, primer, and makeup remover in one! 

Wait what? Makeup remover?!

Yes! 

For some reason I don't keep makeup remover on hand near my vanity which sometimes I need if I eff up my winged liner! I'm usually scowering my drawers searching for remover!  

So one day I'm doing my liner, completely f'ed up one side and remembered the claim that this removes makeup. I grabbed a qtip and a little of this creme and cleaned up my wing in an instant! I didn't ruin my whole eye look with a oily eye makeup remover. This was so easy and quick. I was hooked instantly!

When we were given this James Vincent who's an amazing makeup artists was sharing how he doesn't like primers, which was awesome because I don't either. He mentioned how most primers have silicone and if you have oily skin that slip combined with your oily skin is just not a good match! Exactly why I don't like primers myself! Oily skin right here! 

Now I've reviewed primers here on my blog because I've been brainwashed by the beauty industry that I need a primer to make my makeup last all day but really I hate that silicone slippery texture that most primers have. 

So that brings me to the Embryolisse Creme Concentré which is a moisturizer and primer in one. 

I started using this and only this before applying my foundation and it has been amazing! 

The creme is thick and moisturizing. I feel like my makeup looks better on my face. I swear it also makes my skin look a little more plump and tight in a good way! 

It doesn't feel greasy and sets into my skin right away. 

My face looks very hydrated every time I apply this. 

It's sulfate free, paraben free, and not tested on animals! 

I honestly can't get enough of this! I purchased more for my kit and plan on purchasing a few more at The Makeup Show Pop Up Shop in San Francisco  next month. 

You can also purchase this on Sephora which is great because it's easily accessible to everyone!

You can get a 1oz tube for $16 or a 2.54oz for $28. 

I highly recommend the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentré if you're looking for an amazing moisturizer.

You can pick this up at The Makeup Show Pop Up Shop in San Francisco August 13-14. You can get your tickets here http://www.themakeupshow.com/sf-popup/ .

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick Review & Swatches

When these first launched I started seeing them all over social media and the commercial on tv as well. 

I was instantly intrigued, a drugstore liquid lipstick?! Yessss!!

So of course I was thrilled to get these from Influenster! 

I received two shades in Nude Flush and Rebel Red.

I like that they included two shades a nice everyday nude and a bold red. 

You know I'm partial to my bold lips so I was most excited about Rebel Red.

The packaging is a standard lipgloss/lipstick tube. It includes a flocked doefoot applicator. 

Nude Flush and Rebel Red

Nude flush is a pinky nude and Rebel Red is a orangey warm red.

While these two shades are opaque, Rebel Red is a bit more sheer in comparison to Nude Flush.

These are named a liquid lipstick but they do not dry down like a long wearing matte liquid lipstick. Because they never "set" they do transfer. If you eat or drink they are going to smear all over everything. 

They do feel very hydrating on the lips and glide on smoothly and opaque. 

I love both shades that I received. I like how they feel on my lips but the one major negative thing for me about them is the smell! 

It is so potent! It just hits my nose hard every time I open the tube! It really is almost headache inducing. 

I've reviewed a lot of products on my blog that are scented and I generally don't have a problem with them. It's just never a big deal to me because usually after application the scent fades away but with these it just lingers! 

It has a really heavy floral scent that I just can't deal with. 

Other than that I do like these. The colors are gorgeous and while they are not long lasting they are very hydrating and comfortable on the lips.

They come in a variety of shades to choose from and are very affordable and easily accessible. 

You can find these are your nearest drugstore for anywhere from $6 to $8. You can also purchase them online at Ulta and Amazon.





Friday, July 8, 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette Review and Swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills very recently launched a new eye shadow palette. 

I was a little hesitant on purchasing this because I've purchased a couple of her other eye shadow palettes and didn't love them. 

The palette packaging is a standard cardboard package and has a velvety like texture. I love the mauve color.

The palette is $42 and features fourteen eyeshadows! They're not very large shadows but you are getting fourteen. I think it's a very good price point! 


The other palettes I had of hers I didn't love because I felt like the shadows were very difficult to blend and were chalky.

I wanted to give the Modern Renaissance a try because the colors just looked beautiful! 

I have used this a lot times over the past couple weeks and love it! I know she reformulated her shadows so maybe that's why I like it now? 

The shadows did kick up quite a bit of dust and I did get some fallout but all the shadows built up nicely and evenly. I used some of the mattes all over the lid and didn't get any patchiness. 

They all blended nicely. 

I love all of the shades in the palette but I think we could have gone without two of the shades as they look so close to other shades in the palette. Love Letter and Venetian Red are so close in color except ones matte and the other has shimmer. Raw Sienna and Burnt Orange are also very close in color. I get the color palette they were going for but I do think they could have gone with a couple other shades in the same color family to compliment the palette. Just my opinion though. 

I am really glad I went ahead and purchased this palette because I have been loving it!! 

Let's ignore my brows that need to be cleaned up! Lol

L to R
Tempera, Golden Ochre, Vermeer, Buon Fresco, Antique Bronze, Love Letter, and Cyprus Umber.
Raw Sienna, Burnt Orange, Primavera, Red Ochre, Venetian Red, Warm Taupe, and Realgar.

These eye shadows will flatter all skin tones! I definitely think this palette is a must have! 

The good news is this eyeshadow palette is going to be permanent so purchase it at your convenience! 

You can find this at your nearest Sephora, Ulta, or online for $42.



Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Viseart Dark Mattes 04 Palette Review

I first heard about Viseart about a year ago. I was fortunate enough to attend The Makeup Show in L.A. and purchased this while I was there.

This is the Viseart Dark Mattes palette. They have a lot of other palettes with neutrals and bright colors as well. 

I was drawn to this one because while it's a color palette they are mostly all dark and can be worn neutrally and daily. 

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I can easily say that this is one of my favorite palettes in my collection. 

First off the packaging is really basic plastic packaging but these shadows are anything but basic.

These are some of the best eye shadows I've ever used! Every time I use this palette I love how my makeup turns out. 

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Direct Sunlight

The eye shadows are highly pigmented. Although some of them appear to have a satin type of sheen to them in the pan, they all translate to a matte finish on the eyes.

They all blend effortlessly. They don't kick up any dust like a lot of other high pigment shadows do so I really didn't get any fallout issues. 

The only negative thing I can say about this palette would be the cost. It is $80! I was lucky enough to get it at a discount at The Makeup Show. 

I know $80 is a lot for an eyeshadow palette but I think it's definitely worth it. There are twelve shadows so it comes to about $6.66 a shadow which is a good deal in comparison to a standard single eyeshadow. 

I highly recommend the Viseart eyeshadows if you've been thinking about them. If you're a pro MUA you definitely need to add a few of these in your kit. There are many other color palettes to choose from as well! 

I plan on purchasing a few more of these myself! 

The Makeup Show will be bringing the Pop Up Shop back to San Francisco this August 13-14 so if you're planning on attending, I suggest you pick up some Viseart palettes! 

You can also purchase them online at Sephora.com , frendsbeauty.com , and beautylish.com .

You can find more info on The Makeup Show here http://www.themakeupshow.com/ .


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Friday, June 17, 2016

OCC - Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Summer Capsule Collection

OCC or Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has their new Summer Capsule Collection launching today! 
The collection includes two Lip Tars, two Cosmetic Colour Pencils, and two Nail Lacquers.

Working Girl Lip Tar is a bright pink with gold pearl. This is a metallic finish.

You can pick up their Cosmetic Colour Pencil in Anime to match. This is a bright pink and one of my all time favorite shades!
Working Girl nail lacquer matches the Lip Tar with metallic finish in a bright pink with gold pearl.

They are also launching the shade Strange and Unusual Lip Tar which is essentially Lydia lip tar just in a metallic finish. I have the original Lydia and love it so I'm going to have to check this one out! I love me some sparkle! :D

Lydia Cosmetic Colour Pencil is a perfect match!
Lastly they'll be launching Strange and Unusual nail lacquer to match as well.

I absolutely love lip tars! I have reviewed and swatched many of their shades here on my blog so I'm always excited to hear about new collections from OCC! I believe I have even stated that I can do without all other lip products and just use my lip tars and I would be happy! They really are one of the best lip products on the market.

I will say I am a little disappointed that they are no longer carried at Sephora making them easily accessible to the masses but you can still purchase them online at occmakeup.com or beautylish.com

The Lip Tars and Colour Pencils are $16 each and the Nail Lacquers are $10 each.




Thursday, June 16, 2016

Loreal Infallible The Super Slim Precision Liner Review



I first purchased this liner maybe around two years ago, so you can say this is pretty much a holy grail eye liner for me.

When I first started wearing eye liner I used a pencil, anything from a twist up to a standard sharpen style but I was never impressed with my wings. They were never even and they didn't look smooth.

Later I ventured into gel liners which I liked but I still wanted to venture into new things so I eventually tried liquid liner.

I first started with a standard liquid liner with a brush wand in a tube but that was such a struggle to use. Then I found felt tips and I had found the light!! Lol!

I have tried many many felt tip liquid liners, from high end to drugstore and the Loreal Super Slim liner has been my favorite of them all! 


Ok first of all the price point is great and budget friendly. It's priced anywhere from 5.99 to 9.99. You can always find these buy one get one half off at the drugstore, use coupons at Ulta, or just on sale.


The applicator is very fine with a 0.4 mm  felt tip. This allows for a very precise line. 

I've used some felt tip liners where it's too short and feels uncomfortable to use but this one is nice and long and just makes creating wings very easy.

I created this little pic collage to just show how sharp and precise I can get my wings! By no means are these high def pics, they're all taken with my iPhone 6 lol, but you get the idea. I'm not trying to toot my own horn here but I tend to get a lot of compliments on my liner and it's all really thanks to this Loreal Super Slim Precision liner. 

The liner itself is very fluid and dark. 

I don't wear makeup everyday, maybe around four times a week and after around four to five months or so it starts to dry out and then the liner can start to skip a little and not apply as smoothly. I would say this is common for any and every felt tip liquid liner I've used though.

The liner is not budge proof. If you rub your eyes or cry it will run. It's never really been a problem for me as I don't ever rub my eyes when I have makeup on. It definitely doesn't flake off though and it will last till the end of the night. The last photo in the collage was taken at the end of night after about seven hours of wear and it's still all there.

I do wish Loreal would make this in a waterproof version though!! 

If you struggle with liquid liner I would definitely give this liner a shot. It's so easy to use. I have gone through maybe six of these already and love them!!! I actually was in a panic because I couldn't find this liner in a couple of my Targets and thought they were discontinuing it, but I found it the other day!

What's your favorite liner to use? Pencil, gel, or liquid? 



Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Palette and Ice Cold Skin Frost Review and Swatches

 If you are present in the world of beauty/cosmetics social media then you know Jeffree Star is really hot right now with all his products.



He just recently launched an eyeshadow palette and four highlighters.

I ordered the Beauty Killer palette and the Skin Frost Highlighter in Ice Cold. 

The palette features ten eyeshadows in various finishes. Each shadow is stamped with the Jeffree Star logo which I think is cute.
When I saw the first glimpse of the eyeshadow palette I knew I was going to order it. 

While some might look at it and see an unwearable palette of bright shadows I see a palette featuring neutral shades and bright pops of accent color.

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Close up of Star Power, Princess, Expensive, and Confession.

Star Power is a matte bright pink. This one is a bit chalky and dry feeling. It's a little patchy but it does build up evenly.

Princess is a pale shimmery baby pink. This one is not so chalky but the pigmentation is lacking. 

Expensive is a glittery teal. This one has a nicer texture. It's very pigmented and smooth.

Confession is my favorite of the whole palette. It's warm burnt rust color. It also has some shimmer in it but not glitter. The pigmentation on this shade is great. It applies opaque and smooth. I love it!! 

Close up Violence, Rich Bitch, Vanity, and China White.

Violence is a shimmery plum violet. While I love the shade the pigmentation isn't the best. It doesn't adhere well to my lids. Something about the texture of this shadow is just off. I do use a primer and have tried using it with various primers but it still under performs. 

Rich Bitch is a intense metallic gold. I had really high hopes for this one but it was an extreme disappointment. The texture of this is smooth but patchy and if you swatch it it looks pretty, but that doesn't translate to the eyes. This shade wouldn't adhere to my eyes either. It was very crumbly and odd to work with. The shadow that did adhere was very patchy.  
I attempted to use this shadow again foiled (wet) and used MAC Fix + to dampen my brush. This was the ugliest foiled shadow I've ever used. I can't lie but it's true! It made my eyelids look like they were 70 years old! They looked so crepey! I'm not 20 but I definitely don't have crepey eyelids. It was just a very unattractive look. Also by no means am I trying to be negative towards the older generation, aging is a beautiful thing and I think something to be proud of but it just looked odd on me as I'm only 31 years old and the rest of my shadow looked smooth except for the lid area. 

Vanity is a matte blackened plum. I really do like this shade. It's great for darkening the outer corner or crease. It's opaque and applied evenly. 

China White is a matte cream white. I did like this one. It applied evenly. It's a great highlight and blending shade.

Close up of Courtney and Black Rainbow, one with flash so you can see the sparkles in BR.

Courtney is a matte mid tone neutral brown. It's a great transition shade. It's a little chalky but not difficult to work with. It builds up nicely.

Last we have Black Rainbow which is a dark black with rainbow micro glitters. This one is very pigmented and applies evenly. It's not patchy at all. 

Natural light 
 Star Power, Princess, Violence, Rich Bitch, Courtney, Expensive, Confession, Vanity, China White, and Black Rainbow.
Natural light 
Flash
Natural direct sunlight 

I did have some fallout with a few of the shadows; Violence, Rich Bitch, and Black Rainbow mostly.

I will say I do like the packaging. The palette is a standard cardboard package in a light pink shade. It's nice and slim which is great for travel. 

The shadows are very large and at only $45 it's a pretty good deal. I honestly thought he was going to price this higher. 

They are also vegan and cruelty free! That's always a plus! 

The other item I got was the Skin Frost highlighter in Ice Cold.

I really love the star embossing in the powder. It's a nice touch.


Swatch on the left and blended out on the right.

Ok so I was really excited to try this. Upon first use I grabbed my usual brush I use for highlight. I usually use a larger fluffy tapered brush from Sonia Kashuk. It works perfectly for every other highlighter I use but it was not happening for the Skin Frost. 

The product is very pigmented. It's very creamy in texture even though it's a powder. The texture feels like it's a pressed pigment. 

So when I first used that brush it applied way to much and I had a giant white stripe across my cheek that I was forever trying to blend out. 

Of course this was my fault for not choosing a better brush but after some time blending it out it looked fine. Then I decided to look at my face in bright artificial light and my cheek area look so bad! I don't really have many skin issues, besides an occasional pimple but my skin looked very textured and bumpy. I also could see that rather than my skin looking glowy, it looked like I dumped  micro glitter all over my cheeks. I am all for a little sparkle and shimmer but this looked a bit to chunky of a shimmer which was giving my skin that textured look. 

I have used this again several times and have used smaller brushes which I think works better. I also used a light hand when picking up product and then really buffing it in to the skin.

I guess I feel like I need to be careful when using this product which seems like too much work, especially when I don't need to do that with any of my other highlighters. 

The shade itself is very light/white. I would say if your very pale then this would be a great highlight for you. I would say I'm on the lighter end of medium skin tone but this looked a bit too light on me. I'll probably continue to use this with a darker highlight to really make it work for me.

The Skin Frost is packaged in a bright pink plastic which helps keep the highlight better protected. 

Overall out of both the products I feel a bit disappointed. I really like Jeffree Star and I guess I just expected a lot more from his products. If you follow him on social media you can see he truly loves makeup and is a beauty junkie like the rest of us so I feel like he knows truly good makeup and I'm a little let down by what he released. These aren't terrible products just not my favorites. Of course this is just my opinion. 

I do like the Beauty Killer palette more than the Skin Frost.

This is his first eye shadow and highlight launch and I'm sure he'll expand his line even more in the future and maybe work on some new formula's.

Until then I will continue to use these products but they by no means hold a candle to some of my holy grail favorites like Viseart, Inglot, Saucebox, Sugarpill and the Balm. 

Did you purchases any of Jeffree's new items? What was your experience?