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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. 

Flash

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. 

Natural light
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.

Flash

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?

Friday, April 29, 2016

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation Review

I received the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation courtesy of Influenster for review. I was really happy to get this since I had been wanting to try this specific foundation out. 

I love Influenster but they first sent me a shade that was way to dark for my complexion in 335 Classic Tan. This apparently happened to a lot of people they sent the product to so they sent everyone out an email the second time around with a shade chart to choose a color that best matched. 

I had a feeling the lightest shade in the options still wouldn't be a great match but I was hopeful. Unfortunately I was right and the second shade I received didn't match. This time around I received 222 True Beige and this was too pink for my skin tone. 

Swatches L to R - 335 Classic Tan,  222 True Beige, and 128 Warm Nude.

I wanted to give a fair review so I just went and purchased a shade at Target that I thought would better match me. I purchased the shade 128 Warm Nude. 

As you can see in the swatches above Warm Nude is much more yellow compared to True Beige. 

Warm Nude is a great match for me. I was happy that I could finally give a fair review! 

First off the packaging is just a regular glass bottle. I do prefer my foundation to come with a pump for sanitary purposes but it's not that big of a deal.

I would say this foundation is a light to medium coverage. If you want more of a medium coverage you have to apply a second layer. 

I usually prefer a more full coverage foundation that I can apply one layer and get the instant coverage I want. With full coverage foundations I also like that I can always sheer them out if I need to with a moisturizer.

So because I had to apply a second layer of the Maybelline Fit Me foundation I found the second layer to start to look cakey, especially around the nose and forehead area. I went in and buffed it out with a damp beauty blender to reduce the cakeness look and it did help.

The next time I wore it I applied one layer and just concealed the redness on my cheeks where I need more coverage. I liked it much more the second time since I didn't look so cakey.

The foundation sets nicely and doesn't feel tacky but I still set it with a powder to really lock it in. 

The foundation wore really well throughout the day. I did get a little shiny on my forehead and around my nose but I wasn't a grease ball by any means lol! I do have oily skin and the foundation never broke down or separated which is great!   

I have worn this numerous times already and I really like it. Most of my foundations are full coverage so I'm actually happy that this ended up having a lighter coverage. 

If you have oily skin and are looking for a lighter coverage foundation I would definitely check this out. 

Another huge plus is this foundation is so affordable! It was only $5 at Target! It's also easily accessible at any drugstore near you! 



Monday, April 25, 2016

Sonia Kashuk Brush Couture 4 Piece Brush Set Review

I'm a big Target shopper! I'm there every week buying things for the baby, house, or whatever I need but let's get real I never come out of there spending under $100 because Target just sucks you in!! Lol!

A few weeks ago I saw these new brushes from Sonia Kashuk. I was just pulled in by the bright colors! They just made me feel happy to look at them so I had to have them!

I have bought a few other Sonia Kashuk brush sets in the past and have been happy with them so I figured these would be just as good. 

I have been using this set for the past three weeks and really love them.

First of all this set was only $22 which I thought was a great deal but I had also just received a $5 off beauty coupon from target that made these an even better deal for myself!

The pink tapered brush has become my new favorite for applying a highlight. It's very soft and picks up color and deposits it nicely. I love it for blending in my whole blush/contour area as well.

The purple round dome brush I've been using to apply setting powder to my under eye. This brush is very soft and just blends everything in beautifully.

The orange brush is a synthetic buffing/foundation brush. This is the only brush I didn't love. It's too stiff and firm for my liking. I tried to use it to apply foundation and concealer but I just didn't like it. 

The yellow brush I surprisingly love! I wasn't sure what I'd use it for but I've been loving it to apply under eye concealer. I can get in close and blend it in right up against my liner and inner corners. I just love it! 

I wouldn't say this is well rounded brush set since you only get four brushes but if you have a large brush collection or are a collector and just looking to get something cute then check these out. 

I definitely love three out of the four brushes.

You can find this set on target.com or your nearest target store.

Have you purchased this set or any Sonia Kashuk brushes lately? 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Senna Cosmetics Decade Palette The 70s Review and Swatches

I have been using Senna Cosmetics since I first really got into makeup about 10 years ago. I saw Eugenia and her line on a shopping channel and ordered a kit and have been hooked ever since!

A few years later I attended a makeup convention and saw her there. I didn't speak to her the first time because I was so nervous lol, but the following year I made it a point to go up to her and speak with her. She was so gracious and open with sharing her years of knowledge. She did my brows and I was just in awe of her work! We have been friends ever since! Her team is amazing as well! 

So of course I had to stop by her booth at The Makeup Show and see what was new!

They are celebrating their four decades in the beauty industry by bringing back shadows that they actually had out during these times. 

They came out with four palettes; the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2K.

They are all so gorgeous! I definitely wanted them all but I got one. 

I decided to get the 70s palette! 
I thought it would be a great everyday neutral palette.
I love that I can do my whole face with just this palette.

Sandalwood is a great shade for contouring and bronzing. 

Old Ivory is a great highlighter.

Honey Nectar is a gorgeous peachy blush.

Cinnamon Wine is a beautiful brown that can be used in the crease, outer corner, or even as a liner. 

Brazen Bronze is a beautiful bronzey gold that I love wearing on my lid. 

Sago Palm is a fun bright green. You can use this on the lid but if that's too much for you, you can always smudge some on the lower lash line for a fun pop of color! 

Mace is a gorgeous auburn brown! This is a beautiful crease color! That really warms up a dark smoke eye! 


Natural light 
Sandalwood, Old Ivory, Honey Nectar, Cinnamon Wine, Brazen Bronze, Sago Palm, and Mace.
Flash

This has been my go to palette lately! It has everything I need. 

The shadows themselves are pigmented and blend beautifully! I've really been enjoying this palette.

I'm hoping I can go to the next Makeup Show so I can pick up some more Senna decade palettes! 

If you are at any kind of makeup event and get a chance to check out Senna Cosmetics I highly recommend it! If you're a pro MUA you would love these in your kit! Of course these are perfect for the every day woman as well!

These palettes are great for travel. They are slim and compact and come with everything you need to create a full face.

The Decade palettes will be available online at sennacosmetics.com sometime in May!