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Friday, June 29, 2012

Nars Night Clubbing Eyeshadow

I've always been a Nars eyeshadow fanatic--although expensive, I think the quality is wonderful and many of their shades are very unique. Because of the price I usually stick to trading for Nars shadows, buying from a blogsale, or waiting for a sale from Nars or Sephora! I got my hands on Nars Night Clubbing a few months ago and it is definitely one of my favorite colors period. 

Night Clubbing is a rich black infused with golden shimmer. As with most instances when you combine black and gold, the result is a dark olive color--a color I'm sure you are sick of hearing me yap about as it's my current favorite color lol!!

The color payoff is really amazing--one swipe and you get more than enough rich color on your brush (or finger). I also love that the gold shimmer in it is so visible. The shimmer doesn't even disappear when you blend the eyeshadow. Here's the beautifulllll swatch:

Ugh. So. Gorgeous.
As with all my other Nars eyeshadows, the formula is fantastic and smooth and it blends amazingly well--especially for an eyeshadow having little gold shimmers. My one complaint is that you can definitely experience some fallout if youre not careful. Make sure to dip your eyeshadow into the pan with a light touch and tap the excess eyeshadow off (I prefer to tap it on a finger or my arm). I usually don't have an issue when I remember to do this.  My favorite way to wear Nars Night Clubbing is in the outer-v to smoke out a look or all over the lid as a very, very dramatic smokey eye! It also looks beautiful applied wet as liner. Lastly, Nars shadows tend to crease on my oily eyelids if I don't wear a primer--I love to use Mac Painterly Paint Pot or Nars Smudge-proof eyeshadow base as primer!

I used Night Clubbing in the outer-v HERE. I think it pairs beautifully with green eyeshadows because of the olive tinge it gets from the gold shimmers over black base.

What do you think of Nars Night Clubbing!? Do you like little shimmers in your eyeshadow?!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Anastasia Beverly Hills See & Be Seen Kit!

Hey everyone! I have a really exciting limited edition kit from Anastasia Beverly Hills to show you today! I am a huge fan of the Anastasia's brow products--I love the brow powder. I use "Brunette" nearly every day to fill in my brows. I am just thrilled that they wanted me to try out some of their other products!! I wasn't quite sure what to expect since I hadn't tried any of their makeup products before. I was pleasantly surprised--the quality is really impressive! This particular kit is called See and Be Seen!

 The kit comes with an eyeshadow duo, two lipglosses, and a tinted brow gel!

On Set Illumin8 Eyeshadow Duo
On Set Illumin8 Eyeshadow Duo: The color on the left is a shimmering peachy apricot while the right side is a very warm orangey bronze. The colors are seriously gorgeous!! I was also pleasantly surprised to find that I do not own anything similar to them (look below at my comparison swatches!). They are silky smooth, blend easily, and are very pigmented in just one swipe. I can see using the color on the left really often as I think its a perfect lid color for warmer looks. I have to be really careful with the bronzey orange gold on the right when I am not tan though! Since it pulls so warm, I have to make sure I load up on mascara and eyeliner--colors that turn more orange on me can make my eyes look tired or bloodshot. As you can see below, I only used a touch of the right side in my outer-lid to add some warmth. I think both colors would look particularly flattering on blue and green eyes too! Lastly (and most importantly to me) these eyeshadows lasted wonderfully over my primer. I tried them on separate occasions with both a Mac Paint Pot & my Nars Primer and the eyeshadow lasted all day without creasing! This is always the test since my eyelids are oily and I need my eyeshadow to stay crease free! Overall, fantastic quality and perfect colors for a summery neutral eye look!

Here's an eye look I did using the Illumin8 eyeshadow duo!
Left Side of "Illumin8" on lid, Right Side of "Illumin8" on outer-v & lower lashline, Mac Wedge in crease & Nars Galapagos to define outer-v & lower lashline. Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in chocolate shimmer ink.
Now onto the glosses & brow gel!
Plastic, Heiress, Caramel Brow Gel
Caramel Tinted Brow Gel: This is a product that I was most excited about trying when Anastasia Beverly Hills approached me. I started using a brow gel fairly recently for days where I want a touch of definition. I've been using the Revlon Brow Fantasy brow gel (it also comes with a pencil on one end, but I bought it for the gel!) and I really love using it--so I know I am a fan of using brow gels before even testing this. Unfortunately, I don't think I will be able to get much use out of this Anastasia brow gel because it's the wrong color for me! Caramel is a light-medium golden, shimmering brown. I tried it around my house and I love the formula and pigmentation, however this color is definitely better suited for someone with dark blonde or very light brown hair. I was also glad to see that the shimmer you can see in the swatch does not translate to the eyebrow. I love the fact that it didn't leave my brows crunchy or hard--something I noticed my Revlon one is guilty of sometimes. I would love to give this brow gel another go but in darker, less warm brown color!

Hydrafull Glosses: Plastic is a bright Barbie pink while Heiress is a medium coral-pink. Both are incredibly pigmented, creamy, & very bright! I absolutely love the formula--they are so glossy and moisturizing, yet they don't feel heavy. They feel amazing on the lips. I thought they were just normal lipglosses, but they have incredible staying power for a gloss! The glossiness lasts for a couple of hours (give or take 3-4) and after that, they leave a really lovely, even stain on the lips for a long time after that. I actually fell asleep with Heiress on the other night and I woke up after 8 hours with perfectly stained lips!! Crazy! They also didn't feel dry at all. Huge thumbs up to this lipgloss formula--I love them!! Heiress is already a staple in my purse! This is definitely a product I would repurchase!

Here's a quick look at the lipgloss applicator:

The lipgloss applicator is quite interesting. It's a sort of plastic stick or paddle that you can scoop the product out with. It actually reminds me of a plastic version of the Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss applicator (see HERE). I definitely prefer my Mac & Revlon lipgloss applicators--I found the plastic applicator wasn't the easiest tool to evenly distribute the product. I'm not too fussy with packaging so this isn't a big deal breaker for me since I think the lipgloss formula is amazing.--it still works fine and would be ideal if you prefer to use a lip brush instead.

Here's some comparison swatches!!
Anastasia Plastic, Revlon Hot Pink, Anastasia Heiress, Revlon Strawberry, Anastasia Caramel Brow Gel, Revlon Brunette brow fantasy, Left side of Illumin8, Mac Mythology, Right side of Illumin8, Mac Woodwinked
In the glosses, I found two incredibly close colors in the Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss line! As you can see Hot Pink and Strawberry are nearly identical in color to the Anastasia colors, however the Revlon ones contain a bit of shimmer while the Anastasia glosses are cremes. I do love my Revlon glosses to bits but I think the Anastasia formula feels creamier, moisturizing and is also more opaque on the lips. Also, once the glossiness fades away, you get a stain that lasts hours longer. Once the Revlon lip glosses fade, they are completely gone from your lips. I like to layer the Revlon glosses over lipsticks while the Anastasia ones can stand on their own without a color underneath since they are so pigmented. If you have both those colors though then the Anastasia onces probably aren't a must have for you since the colors are so similar! I also swatched my Revlon Brow Fantasy brow gel to show you the difference in color--mine is much darker, less warm, and just generally better suited for my brow color! I definitely want to try a different color in the brow gel since the Anastasia formula is so nice and has more pigment to it.  As you can see from the swatches, I couldn't find a dupe in my eyeshadow collection for either of the Anastasia eyeshadows!

This set retails for $44 (with a value of $80) and you can purchase it on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website or at Sephora! For the value, I think it is a fantastic set of products and a nice way to try out the line. I was really impressed with the quality and pigmentation of the lipglosses and eyeshadows--that alone justifies the price of the set to me. I also like that the packaging was simple, yet cute. The only negative is that I wish the set came with different shades of the tinted brow gel--or even a clear one to make it wearable for all types of hair colors! This kit came out in May and will only be available for a limited time--so make sure to grab it quickly if this kit is something you'd like to try!

What do you think of the See and Be Seen kit? Would you wear these colors?

Disclaimer:  The product was sent to me by Anastasia Beverly Hills PR to review for free. I am not affiliated with Anastasia Beverly Hills, nor am I paid at all to endorse their products. My views are completely honest and influenced by my personal experience only. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

May Favorites!

Once again it's been quite a while since I've done a monthly favorites post! And I'm late! My apologies! I've been changing up my foundation routine the last month and trying out some new products! Here's a few of my favorite products from the month of May...

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation: I. Love. This. Foundation. I will definitely be dedicating a post to it in the near future. But just so you know, I think its amazing. I have been a die hard fan of the Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer in Nude for a while now, and I honestly think I like this Chanel foundation a tiny bit more (shocking I know!).  I think the color match (my color is B20) is a slightly better match for my skin (when I have no tan) and the formula is really amazing with my combo/oily skin. My skin is WAY less oily at the end of the day and it looks undetectable. It also gives a bit more coverage than the Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer--so I use it when I want my skin to look flawless. I still love my Laura Mercier but I do find myself reaching for this foundation way more at the moment! It's nice to have a few different foundation options :)

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains: I technically got these in mid May but they are already in constant rotation--I use them all the time! I have been keeping Rendezvous in my purse so I've been wearing that one quite a lot. It's a gorgeous orangey-coral shade! Check out my swatches here! I think they're a fantastic new product from Revlon!

Essie Fiji: I have been on the hunt for an opaque baby pink for a very long time. It seems like many baby pinks on the market are on the sheerer side so it's taken me forever to find a color like this! It's the most perfect milky, pale pink--because it's opaque it really stands out against my skin tone. The formula is pretty good. It's a little streaky but 3 generous coats yielded perfect nails. It does chip quicker than my beloved Zoya polishes, but the color is so beautiful I don't mind! I'll do a NOTD soon! :)

Inglot AMC 30: This has been my most used Inglot eyeshadow! It's one that I acquired back in April (after I posted my Inglot eyeshadow swatches here)and I use this shadow ALL the time! It's amazing on the inner tearduct, on the browbone, and as a lid color. This is seriously a must have eyeshadow from Inglot!!! It's a shimmery gold champagne--I know there are tons of colors that have that same color description, but there's really something special about this one. I have gotten a couple more eyeshadows since I last posted my original Inglot swatches so do let me know if you'd like to see the new additions--I'll make sure to swatch them for you!

Hakuhodo Large Pointed Yachiyo Brush: This has become my absolute favorite brush to apply blush with. The brush is not only beautiful looking, but it applies and diffuses even the most pigmented blush effortlessly. I have a few bold blush colors that have a new life to them thanks to this brush! I use it everyday--I really want to buy a second one so I can alternate when one is dirty because my Mac 116 just doesn't cut it anymore compared to this one!!

I hope you liked my monthly favorites! Let me know if you've tried any of mine and let me know what your May favorites were!! :)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

theBalm Hot Mama & Pinky Coral Blush Swatches

What is it about shimmery pinky-coral blushes that is so amazing??? The first blush I ever had was Nars Orgasm--I was (and still am) obsessed with the beautiful and flattering coral/pink/gold sheen it would give my cheeks. Since then I've acquired quite a few more blushes in a similar hue. theBalm Hot Mama is quite possibly my favorite one out of all the pinky corals I have!!

theBalm packaging is so frickin adorable. I also like that it's thin so you're not wasting packaging! There is a magnetic closure as well.

theBalm's Hot Mama blush is described as "A true all-in-one essential: sexy shadow, striking blush, subtle highlighter, and light-reflecting lip finisher tucked inside a go-anywhere compact." It is a warm coral with a touch of golden shimmer and a touch of pink as well. The color is not only amazing and pigmented but the texture is really incredible--it's so buttery, making it very easy to apply & blend. The blush also lasts all day for me. I really think any skin tone can pull this color off!! I especially love to wear this one in the summer when my skin is a bit tanner and I favor more of a shimmery cheek.

L-R Nars Orgasm, theBalm Hot Mama, Benefit Coralista, Mac Springsheen
Nars Orgasm has more pink in the base color and the texture is not as buttery as the others. I also think the gold shimmer running through Orgasm is a bit chunkier. I seriously love my Nars blushes, but I have to say, Orgasm's texture is grittier than all my other ones! Very weird since all the other ones are lovely. Benefit Coralista is lighter and I found it to be a less pigmented as well. Mac Springsheen is most similar, however I much prefer the texture and longevity of Hot Mama---Springsheen tends to fade much sooner on my cheeks. 

I believe Hot Mama retails for $19 but if you're in the US, definitely make sure you check your local TJMaxx & Marshalls---I was able to find it for under $10, making it an even more incredible deal. Hautelook also has theBalm on there every once and a while. I seriously think this blush is gorgeous and gives the most incredible glow to your cheeks. I can't say enough good things about it. If you have been dying to try the ever popular Nars Orgasm, definitely give Hot Mama a try--I much prefer the texture and definitely the lower price point!!

What do you think of thebalm Hot Mama? Is this the kind of blush color you'd wear? Do you have a favorite coral pink? :)

Saturday, June 2, 2012

In Love With Mac Lady Danger

Hey everyone! As of late I've been completely in love with Mac Lady Danger! It's a really bold orangey red. Although it's quite bright, I've been applying a very light gloss over the top to tone it down for daytime. I just think it's a perfect color! I went light on the eyes with subtle eyeshadow and winged out liner since I wanted the focus to be on the lips! I hope you like it!

Mac Creme de Miel on inner corner, Nars Kalahari (left side) on lid, Mac Wedge in crease, Mac Tempting in outer-v

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B20
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Laura Mercier Translucent powder
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
Mac Harmony Blush to contour
Nars Exhibit-A blush (applied very lightly!)
Philosophy Divine Illumination Highlighter
Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette
Revlon Brow Fantasy Gel in Dark Brown

Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Nars Kalahari (left side)
Mac Wedge, Creme de miel, Tempting
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
Covergirl Lash Perfection Mascara

Mac Lady Danger
Philosophy "Pretty Please" Gloss on center of lips

What has your go to lipstick been now that the weather is getting warm?! I'll be doing a post on Lady Danger soon so keep an eye out ;)


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