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Friday, August 31, 2012

Anastasia Beverly Hills She Wears It Well Palette

Today I wanted to show you a palette I've been playing around with a lot the past month! It's the Anastasia Beverly Hills She Wears It Well Palette. If you are a lover of neutrals like I am, definitely keep reading! 
The packaging sturdy black faux alligator skin design. I love that it isn't bulky like some other palettes I've seen--it's thin and simple! There is also a decent sized mirror on the inside of the lid!
Also included were some large flash carsds with all sorts of looks you can create from the palette. The cards aren't included with the palette but I may do some looks from them in some future posts if you're interested. I think it would have been nice if they included smaller versions of these cards with the palette!
Neutral loveliness! As you can see a majority of the colors are on the shimmery side while the colors on the right are a matte formula (with the exception of the pink which has a bit of shimmer!) The palette also includes a double sided brush which I forgot to photograph properly. To be honest, I usually ignore any type of mini brush that is included in eyeshadow palettes as I find they don't perform very well. However with this one, I do like one side of it--it has a very soft pencil brush that is actually useable! Other than that, be prepared to use your own brushes to get the most out of this palette!

From left to right: Trophy, Glow, Latte, Foxy, Sunset
These are all in the shimmer category--they are not gritty at all and contain no chunky flecks of glitter!
From left to right: Frosting, Onyx, Almond, Toffee
The last three are all matte! Onyx and Toffee are paricularly smooth and pigmented for a matte formula. They're not quite as buttery as my Inglot mattes (which I adore) but I think the formula on these are great nevertheless! I actually wish they included more matte colors in this palette! Only thing I am disappointed with is Almond--I wish it was a tiny bit more pigmented. I really have to pack it on to make it show up on my skin!

I always wear a primer under my eyeshadows, so I can't comment on the wear time alone, but these shadows held up wonderfully and lasted all day for me! I'm really impressed by the formula--although they can be a little bit powdery when getting the eyeshadow on the brush (especially the shimmer shades) they do blend easily very easily and are nicely pigmented! One thing I wish they changed was the large amount of "sunset" in the center. It's a lovely champagne color and would be flattering on a lot of skin tones, but I wish they would have made it the same size as the rest of the eyeshadows and instead, added a 10th color (maybe a matte taupe or something instead!?) Other than that I love it!

Overall, I think this palette is a fantastic buy! At $34 you are getting 9 pigmented eyeshadows that are varied enough to give you all sorts of different looks. You could easily use this palette for everyday neutral colors or use the darker colors like Onyx or Foxy to give you a more dramatic look. I also think that unlike the original Urban Decay Naked Palette which mostly flatters a warmer skin tone, the colors on this palette will flatter a huge variety of skin tones--both cool and warm.

You can get this palette instore or online at Sephora and Anastasia! If you want to get your hands on this palette, definitely do it quickly--I was told that this palette would only be available for purchase for three more weeks!

What do you think about the She Wears It Well Palette? Are you a fan of the neutral/nude/naked eyeshadow craze!? I know I am! :)

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. 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Tarte Exposed Amazonian Clay Blush

It's been a long time since I posted about the first Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush I got (Amused) so I figured it's time to show you one of my all time favorite blushes from the same line: Tarte Exposed.

As you can see it's very well loved. I'm not at all surprised to see that the design is quickly fading away from all the use it's getting. Exposed is a soft netural brown/pink/rose. It gives the nicest, most natural glow on the cheeks. It is the blush I reach for when I either don't know what to wear or want my skin to look very natural and flushed. It is definitely my favorite everyday blush and I use it multiple times every week.
Tarte Exposed on left, Nars Deep Throat on right
As you can see from the above swatches, Exposed definitely has more rose and brown undertones in comparison to Nars Deep Throat which is a slightly shimmery peachy pink. It is also a matte blush---it's very smooth and blends easily onto the cheeks. The pigmentation is also fantastic and you only need to get a touch of it on your brush. Just like in my initial post on the amazonian clay blushes, I can't attest to the 12 hour wear time as I usually don't have my makeup on for that long!! It lasts as long as I need it to and it certainly stays on my cheeks until the end of my day.

I really can't say enough good things about this blush. I was initially put off by the color when I first swatched it---I thought it came across as too brown and muddy. However, once applied to the cheeks it gives such a subtle rosy glow. This color should definitely be on your list if you're in need of an effortless, everyday blush!

What's your go-to everyday blush? Have you tried any of Tarte's amazonian clay blushes?t

Monday, August 20, 2012

Zoya Kotori

I took a quick picture on my iphone so I could show you the lovely Zoya Kotori! This color is AMAZING--a sparkling jewel toned blue/teal.
Sorry for the iphone quality image! Took it on the go :)
Sorry, I have really ugly nails! My only problem with Kotori is that it is actually quite sheer for the first two coats. Three coats (which is what I used in the photo) is perfection. I would assume that you could get away with one or two coats if you paint Kotori over a black nail polish though. The staying power was excellent, I didn't experience any chipping until day 5 or 6!

Feel free to check out the Share the Love program Zoya has and more importantly, all the Zoya nail polish swatches I've posted in this post HERE!

I'm usually not a blue nail person but Kotori has really won me over! What do you think?


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Purple and Orange Sorbet

The other day I saw a picture of a girl wearing orange and purple eyeshadow paired together. I thought this was such an unusual, yet pretty combination and decided to recreate it! Taking time to blend the colors softly made the look nice and wearable. I hope you're not sick of Inglot 407 yet since it was in my last fotd but I just can't get enough of it!! Hope you like it! :)

Inglot 407 on lid, Inglot 325 in crease, dark side of Hourglass Exhibition in outer-v and Mac Phloof to highlight inner corner and browbone

Products:
Face:
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Laura Mercier Translucent powder
Bobbi Brown Corrector
Mac Harmony Blush to contour
Rock & Republic Blush in Bedroom
Mac Refined Mineralized Skin Finish
Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette

Eyes:
Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Inglot 407 & 325 (orangey/gold & bright purple, see inglot swatches here)
Dark side of Hourglass Exhibition (see review here)
Mac Phloof
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
Covergirl Lashblast (orange tube)

Lips:
YSL Glossy Stain #12

What unusual eyeshadow combination have you been loving lately?! Let me know and I'll give it a try!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter

Here's a short but sweet review on the Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter! I've had this product for a few years now and have been using it a lot lately for a sheer, comfortable lip color!


The Korres lip butters are tinted lip balms that have a really nice, glossy finish. They are a really nice formula and according to Sephora.com, they are formulated without:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan


They also contain shea butter and rice wax, along with other natural oils to hydrate and smooth your lips. I LOVE the way they feel when you first apply it to your lips, but personally, I don't feel any long term moisturizing effects--your lips feel nice and smooth when the lip butter is on your lips, but once it wears off, that feeling doesn't linger. Thus, lots of reapplications are needed or I wear a heavier lip balm underneath! I do still love it because the sheer color it gives is so pretty--and they DO feel incredibly soft on the lips :) Check out my post here where I'm wearing it!



The smell is nice and fruity, but not overpowering. I really love the Pomegranate shade--it is an extremely flattering strawberry pink. The only other negative for the lip butters is the packaging--the little pot that it comes in (although really, really cute) can be unhygienic and is not the best when you're on the go. I do love carrying them in my purse, but i just have to make sure I can clean my hands before and after applying. I believe they come in stick form now but I haven't tried them yet!

If you want a tinted, glossy lip balm that will keep your lips soft during the day, this is a really nice choice. As long as you don't expect any healing or long term benefits, you will love it. They retail for $12 at Sephora.com and come in other great colors. I usually wait for a sale to snag them up! :)
However, if healing dry, chapped lips is your main concern, pass on the Korres butters as there are definitely better options out there (such as Jack Black lip balms or Paula's Choice lip balm).

Any Korres Lip Butter fans out there!? What do you think?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Smoked Orange Eyes for Summer

Hi everyone! Firstly I wanted to apologize for the infrequent posts this past month! I started a new p/t job and just found myself having less and less time to devote to my blog. I feel like I'm finally settled into things now so you'll definitely see more posts coming up!! This is a look I've been doing a lot lately--the gold/orange Inglot eyeshadow makes me feel extra summery! :) As usual with my orange toned looks, I am always drawn to chocolatey yumminess of Nars Galapagos to warm the shadow up even more!

Inglot 407 on lid, UD Virgin to highlight, UD Buck in crease, Nars Galapagos in outer-v


Products:
Face:
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B20
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Laura Mercier Translucent powder
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
Mac Harmony Blush to contour
Bobbi Brown Cabo Coral Pot Rouge
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl
Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette

Eyes:
Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Inglot 407 (an amazing, pearly coral/orange with gold shimmer)
Urban Decay Buck, Naked, & Virgin (from Naked 1 Palette)
Nars Galapagos
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate Shimmer Ink
Covergirl Lashblast (orange tube)

Lips:
Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter

Hope you like this look! Let me know what kinds of looks or colors you'd like to see in the future--I need new ideas!!!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat

As we go into the hottest month of summer, I'm sure many of you will be spending as much time as you can outside--time to take advantage of the weather before it's gone! I for one am not a huge fan of piling on makeup when it's hot outside--hence my lack of FOTD's the last month! There are a few exceptions though--aside from my skincare and sunscreen, I like to slap on a tinted moisturizer, add some blush, and as always, a few coats of mascara so my eyes look slightly defined. That's where Anastasia's Lash Genius has really been a lifesaver for me.

As someone with very oily lids, mascara in hot weather is almost always a huge no! It will smear or flake off within a few hours and I'm left with a mess. I know there is always the waterproof mascara route, but I have never been a fan of it--I find everything about them to be too harsh. I hate the process of removing my makeup already and every waterproof mascara I've tried takes forever to remove! I also haven't found a formula I like--most are too clumpy and don't actually stay waterproof throughout the day. I just don't think they are worth the hassle! This is why I was ridiculously excited when Anastasia asked me to try out the Lash Genius! It's a clear, waterproof topcoat that you can apply directly over your favorite mascara!


They claim that it "instantly waterproofs, refreshes, and protects any mascara all day, without the typical drying or clumping. It's advanced, lightweight formula glides on smooth, dries quickly, and gives your lashes a touchable soft lacquer finish that lasts all day" It is also fragrance free and paraben free! I have to say, their claim is absolutely true. I have gone to the beach wearing Lash Genius and I've also spent countless hours outside in the heat wearing it--I absolutely love it. It's easy to apply, my lashes feel soft, and it actually works! No mascara migration at all! I am also a fan of it because I have a watery right eye--at least my mascara won't come off now lol! I have used a few different makeup removers on it and they've all worked brilliantly. It comes off easily and I don't have to scrub at my eyes to remove it.


The best part is that it doesn't interfere with your favorite mascara. I've applied it over a few of my favorite Covergirl mascaras that provide my ideal darkness, length and volume and Lash Genius never affected the formula. It's as if I didn't put anything extra over my original mascara. You can also use Lash Genius over false lashes, but falsies are a rarity for me ( I think I own one pair lol!) so I can't comment on how that works!

The only con to this product is really the price. At $21 it sounds a bit pricey, but you are definitely getting your money's worth. It seriously works and I can't think of anything as effective on the market. If you hate waterproof mascara like me or feel too bare faced to go without mascara on days when you'll be by the pool, I think Lash Genius would be a fantastic purchase for you! I definitely recommend it!

Lash genius retails for $21 and can be purchased from Sephora (or Sephora.com) or online from Anastasia Beverly Hills! Let me know what you think of Lash Genius--is this something you would try? Do you have any waterproof mascaras you like or do you avoid them like me!?

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. 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Illamasqua Lover Blush

Illamasqua Lover is a blush that I've had forever and used repeatedly in my past FOTD's. I just recently realized I hadn't devoted a post to it! It's is a beautiful bright apricot-peach blush. I'm completely obsessed with it and own nothing like it! Here it is:

I really like Illamaqua's packaging. It's simple but sturdy. The top part of the case (forgot to photograph) is clear so you can see what color you're picking up, unlike the popular Nars packaging. There is a ton of product, .14 oz, so it's going to take forever to hit pan on it!

The powder itself is very fine milled, blends effortlessly and feels weightless on the skin. It is also incredibly pigmented! It took me a while to learn how to apply this blush properly so I didn't look like a clown! One bounce of a fluffy brush into the blush is all you need--you don't need to dig your brush into it or swirl it around--if you do you'll pick up way too much product. One more thing about most of the Illamasqua powder blushes is that they are a matte formula so there is no glitter or anything in them (except 2 of them I believe!). They blend so nicely and look so smooth so there is no risk of chalkiness.


Isn't that color fantastic? It's really the perfect peach color. I can see it being flattering on all skin types however those who are cool toned may have a tough time pulling off the orange undertones in Lover. I think I swatched it a bit too heavily in the above photo but you can see how subtle it is in some of my past FOTD's when it's really blended onto the cheek (see here & here & here). As you can see from all the fotd's, I wear this blush A LOT! lol! Just have a light hand and make sure to use a fluffy brush to disperse and blend it onto the cheek. I can guarantee you'll be seeing it in many future posts as it's one of my favorite warm weather blushes!

You can get Illamasqua at Sephora stores in the USA and it retails for $24.

What are your favorite peach blushes?! Have you tried Illamasqua products before? I have two blushes from them but am curious about many of their other products!

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