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Monday, February 25, 2013

Berry All Over Monochromatic Look

Hey guys! For todays FOTD I ended up with a pretty monochromatic look all in the berry color family! Berry blush, lips, and eyes! I started out playing with Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst, a warm mauve color with gold shimmer--it sort of inspired the rest of the products I used!

Laura Mercier Amethyst all over lids, Mac Brown Down in outer-v & crease, Inglot amc shine 30 to highlight browbone

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat B30
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Eye Rollerball
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer
Nars Sin Blush
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Pearl on cheekbones
Anastasia Bold & Beautiful Brow Kit

Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst
Mac Brown Down
Sephora Collection 12HR wear liquid eyeliner in Glitter Brown
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara (HATED this mascara. Luckily it was a free mini gift with purchase! lol!)

Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie

I hope you like this look! Do you ever do monochromatic looks that use mainly one kind of color? I'm getting a haircut tomorrow so next time you see me my locks will be much more tame! lol!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold & Beautiful Kit

Today I thought I'd show you the Anastasia Beverly Hills Spring 2013 offering, the Bold and Beautiful Kit! If you like neutral shades and defined, groomed brows then this would be a great kit to check out.

Very nice, simple packaging presented like a two box set--one set is for the brows, the second is for the eyes. I love that the palettes are nice and thin but I do think there is a lot of empty cardboard space. If they made them even smaller it would be even more convenient for travel.

The brow set comes with a waxy brown shade on the left and a cool toned ashy taupe brow powder. The pomade holds the brows in really nicely, does not come out too dark and is lightly pigmented so it is buildable--i think if your brows are not too light or too dark it would work nicely. The brow gel works a bit better for holding very unruly brows in place, but if you only need a little bit of hold, the pomade is perfect! I really like the powder too--I thought it might be a little too cool toned but in combination with the pomade (which is slightly warmer) it works really well with my brow color! I LOVE the mini set of tweezers. They work great and are super easy to travel with! Lastly there is the angled brush with a spoolie that does the job well.
L-R eyeshadows, then Nars Mekong, then the brow pomade and powder 
The eyeshadow set comes with 4 shades. They don't have specific names but it has: a light matte nude/peach, a shimmery peachy, a medium brown with subtle gold glitter (the glitter didn't translate on the eye), and lastly a very, very dark cocoa brown with copper colored glitter. I thought the peach color could be a little bit more pigmented (like Inglot 407!) since it applied more sheerly on the eye. The last shade is incredibly pigmented and when I saw the color I immediately thought of Nars Mekong.  As you can see in the above photo, the Anastasia color is a much more blackened brown and I looove it! I think it's a nice combination of colors--they fit very nicely together though it would have been nice if they included another cooler color (since the peachy color is so warm and many people may not like orange tones on the eyes!). The pigmentation is nice, but not the most buttery I've ever tried. The standout for me is definitely the rich, sparkly blackened cocoa brown color! I can't say it is the most unique eyeshadow palette, but if you don't have colors like these already it would be a nice addition to your collection!

The set is $36 and available now at Nordstrom, & Anastasia but will be available at Sephora and Ulta soon! I think this kit is a great buy, especially if you love brows and neutrals. What would be even better is if you could buy just one half of the kit for half the price--mostly because I am in love with the brow kit and have been using it nonstop! I have too many eyeshadows for my own good!

What do you think of the Bold & Beautiful Kit?! Is this something you would use?

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. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

New L'oreal Colour Caresse Shine Stains Review

Hi everyone! You may know from my post about YSL Glossy stains (HERE) that they are my absolute favorite lip product. I love everything about them--the staying power, the formula, the colors...The only thing I hate is the high price point. At $32 per glossy stain, they don't come cheap. So I was completely ecstatic when it was rumored that the new L'oreal Colour Caresse Shine Stains were a possible dupe for them! I picked up 4 for way less than the price of one glossy stain. I thought I'd share some swatches and my thoughts on them with you!

L-R: Endless Red, Coral Tattoo, Pink Resistance, Berry Persistant
The gold packaging is really nice--obviously not as luxurious looking as the YSL glossy stains, but I do like the packaging. I really like that you can see the color on the side as well. In the photo below you can see that the applicator is quite similar too. They both have a slightly pointed padded doefoot applicator. The YSL ones is a bit more angular so it does allow you to be more precise when applying--but the L'oreal one is easy enough to use as well.
The similar applicators side by side
Formula wise, I think the L'oreal ones are very close! They both have that watery consistency that gets tacky after a few moments on the lips. Pigmentation wise the YSL ones are definitely more pigmented and saturated in color on the first swipe while the L'oreal ones take at least two to four layers on the lips to build up the pigmentation. In comparison to YSL, the glossy stains did last longer and they also looked glossier for longer too.You can see in the swatches below that I chose three brighter colors and one light peachy, pink color---Pink Resistance took more layering than the others and did not stain for as long. The bright colors did last a really long time on my lips, especially Coral Tattoo. When looking at the L'oreal ones, since there is such an array of colors, I would definitely recommend going for the brighter colors since they stain better--I've read that the light, pale colors are sheerer and do not stain nearly as well.

Some more pronounced differences I noticed: the L'oreal ones make my lips feel a bit dryer than the YSL ones do. I actually don't have an issue with the YSL ones at all--but the L'oreal ones are a little drying for me. Lucky for me I am a lip balm addict so I always have them on me--I always apply a generous amount to my lips after the L'oreal shine stains wear off. Additionally, the smells are slightly different. They both smell like versions of boozy fruit to me--but the L'oreal ones smell much stronger and more floral--and not as good in my opinion. It does disappear after a while and while i'm not usually a picky scent person, I can definitely say it's not my favorite. One last noticeable difference: I noticed the stain that is left behind by the L'oreal glosses looked a little patchy as it faded away, something the YSL stains do not do. For the first 2 hours though, the L'oreal ones look great!
L-R: YSL GS #9, L'oreal Endless Red, YSL GS #12, L'oreal Coral Tattoo, L'oreal Pink Resistance, L'oreal Berry Persistant
The colors I got were:
190 Endless Red: a bright neutral leaning warm red. This color is a fantastic dupe for YSL Glossy Stain #9, with YSL leaning slightly more warm.
188 Coral Tattoo: a bright orange. I thought it would be a little more similar to YSL glossy stain #12 when swatched but they're completely different. #12 is a pinky coral wheras L'oreal is straightforward orange. I wonder how similar it would be to Glossy Stain #8 though!?
183 Pink Resistance: a light peachy pink--a nice everyday color but it is on the sheerer side in comparison to the brighter colors--you do have to layer it more to show up. Also, it's not quite pink like the name says--it definitely turns coral on me!
186 Berry Persistent: a dark purple that dries down to a vampy purple/wine color on the lips

One thing I really like about having the L'oreal dupes available is that I can try out colors that I don't want to pay the YSL prices for. I like that I can try colors like Coral Tattoo and Berry Persistant (two colors that I love but don't wear as often as pinks and reds and corals) at a low price point. I would feel guilty splurging on YSL counterparts if I knew I wasn't going to wear the colors as often and get my money's worth.

Ever since I got the YSL glossy stains I really have been wearing them nonstop. They are my favorite lip formula to wear and I know I will get more in the future. L'oreal is great, but I honestly I do prefer my YSL ones. The formula wears slightly longer, is more comfortable and less drying on the lips, and the pigmentation in general is a bit better.  That being said, I do really appreciate the L'oreal Colour Caresse shine stains. I think they are an excellent dupe and it will allow many people who are weary of the $32 YSL price tag to try out a fantastic and unique lip formula. If I were to look at the L'oreal product alone without comparing it to YSL I would still say it's an exceptional drugstore product. There is a bit of truth to "you get what you pay for"--it is not an identical dupe, but for the low price, you shouldn't expect it to be the exact same. Both are worth checking out!

You can find the L'oreal Colour Caresse Shine Stains at any drugstore--and because of that, you can probably find them on a promotion too! Let me know what you think in the comments--have you tried the Colour Caresse Shine Stains and YSL glossy stains?? What are your thoughts on how they compare??

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze

Ever since I got my first Maybelline Color Tattoos back in February of last year (see my initial review HERE!) I have added a few more to my collection. I love using them alone as a wash of color or as a colored base for my powder eyeshadows. One of my favorite colors I have gotten is one I'm showing you today-- Bad to the Bronze! It is such a nice shimmery neutral, I find myself using it all the time!

As I mentioned before, these don't quite last like tattoos on my eyelids. They crease awfully on their own but work amazing over an eyeshadow primer! Keep in mind they may not crease for you--I just have annoyingly oily eyelids :) The texture on this one is creamy and very blendable---I actually find it to be the best texture (the creamiest!) of all the tattoos I own.

The color is a taupey-bronze. It is not like a traditional bronze with warm, golden undertones. It is more of a taupe with a hint of bronze. I love the color and think it would be flattering on sooo many skin tones! I seriously can't get enough of it--it looks beautiful on its own and I use it all the time under neutral looks.

I believe they retail for around $6 but you will have to check your local drugstores for exact prices. As always, you can always get a good deal at drugstores through frequent sales and various reward programs (hello CVS Extracare bucks!!).

Have you tried the Maybelline color tattoos? I am becoming more and more impressed by Maybelline products lately! I have a powder and a mascara I have tried recently and I love them both!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Pink Resistance and a Goldy-Purple Eye

Here's another look of the day! It was one of those days where I didn't know what I wanted to wear and I just kind of piled on shadows and ended with a sort of light gold and dark purple combination. I also played around with the new L'oreal colour caresse shine stain in pink resistance--it gave a really nice pink color after a couple of layers though it was a bit drying after a few hours.

Nars Rajasthan on lid, Hourglass Exhibition dark purple in outer-v, Mac Wedge in crease, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst on lower waterline 

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat B30
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Laura Mercier Translucent powder
YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer
Estee Lauder Pure Color Blush in Lover's Blush
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Pearl on cheekbones
Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette
Anastasia Brow Gel, Clear

Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Mac Brule, Wedge
Hourglass Exhibition (dark right side)
Nars Rajasthan (taupe side)
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst on waterline
Lancome Hypnose Drama

L'oreal Colour Caresse Shine Stain in Pink Resistance

Thanks you so much for reading!! Additionally, any thoughts on Coconut Oil? I've been using it as a hair treatment and I absolutely adore it!! I'm curious what are some of your favorite ways to use it?

Monday, February 4, 2013

Follow Me on Twitter!

Hey lovelies!

Just wanted to let you know I finally got around to making a twitter account! I'm not totally savvy in the social media department, but I thought it would be fun!

If you want to follow me, my username is BeautiesInBloom or you can click HERE to go to my twitter page!! I'm really excited to start interacting with all of you more!

Zoya Toni

Hey guys!
I'm back with yet another Zoya polish-- Toni! A little while ago I was fortunate enough to win a Zoya giveaway hosted by the lovely Kristina at SasquatchSwatch! I was sent two colors (Toni & Natty) from the Zoya 2012 Designers Collection. As you may know from reading my blog, Zoya is my favorite brand for nail polish, so I was absolutely ecstatic to get two more to add to my growing collection! I took a quick picture of it on Instagram so you could see what a pretty color it is:

Toni is a dark, berry wine color. It's a beautiful cream finish and is perfectly opaque in two coats. The finish is glossy though it looks even more so in the photo because I have nailtiques over the top of it.

I couldn't recommend Zoya polishes enough--Toni is yet another lovely one! If you're interested in any of my other Zoya posts, you can check HERE---on that post you can also read my summary of Zoya's Share the Love points program (yet another reason why I love Zoya--they are always having great promotions!).

What do you think of Zoya Toni? Have you taken advantage of any of the Zoya promotions they've had in the past few months?


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