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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?