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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bronze Eyeshadow Swatches: Mac Tempting, Urban Decay Smog, Nars Kalahari, & Inglot

If I had to choose a favorite eyeshadow color to use, my favorite would most definitely be a shimmery bronzey brown. Call me boring when there are so many vibrant colors to choose from, but I can't help it! I absolutely love a shimmery chocolate smokey eye more than anything else. I think brown is flattering on all eye colors and it can be made subtle enough for daytime or dramatic for evening. I just hit pan on two bronze colors in my eyeshadow collection so I thought I'd do some comparison swatches for you before I finish them up!

Inglot 409 on the left, Nars Kalahari on the top, Urban Decay Smog in the middle and Mac Tempting (with the huge bit of pan showing!) on the right!
Comparison swatches! L-R Inglot 409, Urban Decay Smog, Mac Tempting, Nars Kalahari
From Left to right:
Inglot 409 pearl: This bronze has a bit more red warmth to it, especially compared to Urban Decay Smog and is a bit darker--though I do think it's similar on the lid. Both 409 and  Kalahari are a little bit rosier and don't have as much of a golden undertone as Smog & Tempting. Inglot makes a bunch of gorgeous bronzey colors--I think #406 (which I don't have) might be more similar to Smog. I love this one and the texture and pigmentation, like most Inglot eyeshadows, is amazing.
Urban Decay Smog: This one is probably my favorite one and the ultimate bronze in my opinion! The texture is incredibly soft and buttery. It also has the most gold tones to it which I find utterly flattering on the eyes. As you can see I've hit pan on this one in the Naked 1 Palette--I'll definitely be repurchasing a single in the future!
Mac Tempting: This was actually one of the first Mac eyeshadows I ever got, back in my teens! Out of all of them, this probably has the grittiest texture--it blends well but it isn't as buttery smooth or as pigmented like the others. Once I finish this one I won't repurchase, just because I have others I prefer. It's very similar to Urban Decay's Smog so I'd definitely recommend skipping this one and going for Smog if you have to choose between the two.
Nars Kalahari (left side): This is a gold, rosey bronze and also the most shimmery of the bunch.  Now that I'm looking at it, it actually looks like a lighter version of Inglot 409 undertone wise! The texture is so soft and really makes a beautiful lid color.

That's all for today! I hope these swatches are helpful if you are in the market for a pretty bronzey brown eyeshadow! I love them all though Urban Decay Smog is my favorite with Inglot 409 and Kalahari in a tie for second place!

Do you have a lot of one color in your makeup collection? Any other bronze eyeshadow lovers out there!? What's your favorite!?

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Clean Rosegold Inspired Makeup

So lately I have been pretty obsessed with Laura Mercier products even more than usual, especially... Caviar Sticks! They are such a creamy and easy to apply product and best of all, they last all day on my lids! I do still wear primer so eyeshadow really doesn't budge, but without it the caviar sticks still last well for a few hours. I also have a very watery right eye that has caused many nightmares when applying eye makeup. I constantly have to retouch the inner corner of my eye (even when I wear primer) because the eyeshadow doesn't last in that one spot when my eye acts up. The Caviar Sticks miraculously stay put in that area! I love them! Todays' look was done with a newly released Laura Mercier Caviar Stick called Rosegold!

Laura Mercier Caviar stick in Rosegold all over lid, Mac Star Violet in outer-v, Mac Wedge in crease

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat B30
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Bobbi Brown Corrector
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer (I just hit pan on this! See my review here!)
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Natural Beauty
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Pearl on cheekbones
Anastasia Bold & Beautiful Brow Kit

Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Rosegold
Mac Star Violet, Mac Wedge
Rimmel Scandaleyes Nude Eyeliner
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara (still hate it. can't wait until I finish it lol!)
Laura Mercier Cake Eyeliner in Black Ebony (to tightline)
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner (winged liner on the lid)

Mac Shyshine Lipstick
Anastasia Roxanne Lipgloss (see review here)

Hope you like this look! Rosegold is such nice color, I really think it can be flattering on all types of skin tones. Also, I apologize for such a repetative list of face products--I am pretty obsessed with the Becca highlighter, Laura Mercier primer & concealer, and YSL foundation--lately these are the products I've been using every single day! What are your favorite makeup products lately!?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Guys, I finally hit pan on a bronzer I've had for a few years now! I've been using Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer for a long time now!!
See the tiny bit of metal pan in the middle!? Since I took this picture it's even bigger! :)
Firstly, I have to say this is the best smelling makeup product I own. It smells delicious, just like chocolate! I think it contains actual cocoa powder too. The scent is initially strong but the smell doesn't linger on the skin (therefore you can wear perfume and it won't interfere and you won't smell like a chocolate bar all day). 

Chocolate Soleil is such a fantastic bronzer. It's matte and is not so warm toned that it turns orange on the skin--making it very easy to bronze up your skin in a natural way. Because there's no sparkle or shimmer it's easy to use as a contour or all over the face. For my skin tone I think the color is great, though I would definitely recommend more pale skin tones try their new milk chocolate soleil, a lighter version that came out this past year. It is really, really pigmented so you don't have to swirl your brush in it--just tap and apply! It also blends sooo nicely.

Packaging is nice and sturdy--as you can see it does get pretty dusty, but I've had this for at least 3 years now so it's gone through a lot!

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer now retails for $29.00, you can buy it from Too Faced or from Sephora. It's pricey but it has lasted me a long time and has a wonderful texture and color!

There's so many nice bronzers on the market--what's your favorite?! Have you tried chocolate soleil?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Recent Empties!!

Hey everyone!
So I've been accumulating a bunch of empty products lately that I thought I'd share with you. These are all products that I've finished in the past few months, probably since January. A bunch of these products are favorites of mine that I have most likely mentioned on my blog before, so I'll be brief. I also had a couple products that I was happy to get rid of--I'll let you know why!

Lots of Skincare Empties!

Cerave PM Moisturizer: This has been my favorite face moisturizer for about 8 or 9 months now. I started using Cerave PM because my combo/oily skin felt very dehydrated (even in the warmer months). I've tried a handful of expensive moisturizers from Sephora and this one is definitely my favorite and it's affordable at the drugstore. This moisturizer really keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day without making me look greasy. I use it every day and night. I've gone through 3 of these already and will continue to buy it!

Bioderma Crealine H20: Officially my holy grail makeup remover. I had wanted to try Bioderma ever since I saw Lisa Eldridge rave about it on her youtube channel. Only problem is it is not readily available in the United States. After wanting to try it for nearly a year I finally ordered some off of Amazon. I am so glad I did!! It is amazing at removing every single bit of eye makeup, including stubborn mascara--and no rubbing needed! I also use Bioderma on my face (after wiping with a makeup wipe) to make sure every bit of face makeup is removed. Ever since I started using Bioderma, I have really noticed a significant decline in any blemishes, most likely because my makeup is being properly removed. I wish it was sold in the US--I may try some other cleansing waters just because Bioderma is more annoying to get ahold of. If you can get your hands on it, it is a wonderful product.

Bliss Lid & Lash Makeup Remover: This stuff took soooooo long to use up and I am FINALLY rid of it. I hated it. I bought it a long time ago based on the recommendation of a Sephora sales associate. Never again! It did an awful job of removing my eye makeup and my eyes always felt irritated after because I would end up rubbing them to get the makeup off. If it ever got in my eyes it stung too. I will never, ever buy this stuff again and would recommend staying clear from it.

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid: I'm going to have to wait and do a full post on this product because I have so much love for it. If I had to choose my all time favorite product in the entire world, it would hands down, without a doubt be this one. It completely transformed my skin. I never had nice skin before--it was always filled with bits of acne and was uneven and dull. This stuff is beautiful skin in a bottle. I will make sure to do a full post on it soon!

Fresh Sugar Lip Balm: I got this free from Sephora as part of their birthday gift last year. It has a nice lemony scent but it is certainly nothing special. My lips felt hydrated and smooth but that feeling only lasted when it was generously applied to the lips. I know many people really love these, but I was severely unimpressed and am glad it was a freebie!

Paula's Choice LIp & Body Treatment Balm: This lip balm was mentioned in September in my last "recent empties" post! You can read about it here! Best lip balm I have ever tried--keeps them soft long after it has worn off. I can't be without this stuff!

Makeup Empties!

Maybelline Full & Soft Mascara: I had resisted trying this mascara for such a long time. It seemed like every beauty blogger, youtuber, and their mother was obsessed with this stuff. Well now I can see why. It gives you such fluttery lashes: amazing length and a good amount of volume when layered. Unlike Lashblast which can easily look dramatic in two coats, Full & Soft manages to look very natural no matter how much you put on. I loved this mascara and I will definitely repurchase it!

Covergirl Lashblast Volume Mascara: I'm sorry, you are probably sick of seeing Covergirl Lashblast on every single page of my blog, but I am obsessed with it. It makes my lashes look so voluminous, long & dramatic. I used to only wear this mascara but now I actually think this one can be a little bit intense for daytime so I save it for nighttime or to pair with smokey eyes. Maybelline Full & Soft is now my choice for daytime. It's still my favorite mascara ever and if you haven't tried it, get off the computer and go buy a tube!!!

Lancome Hypnose Drama: I feel like I am always let down by expensive mascaras, which is one of the reasons why I only use samples and never buy them. Hypnose Drama gave decent length but didn't really give much volume to my lashes. I just didn't think it did anything special for me. I thought the spiral-y brush was interesting but it was seriously prickly if I ever missed my lashes and hit my eyelid lol! Verdict: SO glad it was a free sample and that I did not waste my money on it!

Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer: Okay, I just searched through my blog and seriously cannot believe I have not done a full post on this product! It is one of my absolute favorite products ever and is loved by so many people (including my best friends--HEY BOHREE!!!). Great coverage, feels lovely, good match for my skintone (I wear Nude) and just an all around essential product. I've already repurchased and will continue to do so!

What are some products that you recently finished up? Any disappointing products? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Follow Beauties In Bloom!

Hey everyone!

This is a heads up to all of my followers who use Google Reader! I just found out that Google Reader is going to be shut down in a few months. As far as I can tell the internet is in an uproar over it! Thankfully there's many different sites you can use to keep track of your blogs, so I thought I'd let you know now so you can switch over before you lose the blogs you follow.

When I first started my blog I used Google Reader but decided to switch to Bloglovin' after playing with their interface. I personally find it very easy to use and it allows me to organize the blogs I follow in a simple, neat way. I also love the Bloglovin' iPhone app! Bloglovin' also has an import option so it'll be easy for those of you who use Google Reader to transfer your blogs! I've also heard that Hello Cotton is another popular site used to keep track of blogs. I'm sure there are other sites you can use but these are just two popular ones!

Feel free to use the links below if you would like to keep following Beauties In Bloom!

Follow on Bloglovin'

Follow on Hello Cotton

Additionally, if you are a twitter user you can follow me on twitter! I always tweet when there's a new blog post!

What do you use to follow your favorite blogs??

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

Ever since Real Techniques brushes came out they have taken the cosmetic world by storm. Real Techniques has managed to make great quality makeup brushes available at super affordable prices. They're also 100% cruelty free! I have a couple of her brushes and I love them all. The Expert Face Brush just may be my favorite of the bunch--it has become my go-to for applying foundation!
I've tried all types of foundation brushes--flat ones, stippling brushes, fluffy ones, etc. This one is the best. It is a sort of paddle shape but instead of being flat like a typical foundation brush, it's rounded and thick--making it perfect for buffing in foundation too. The bristles are incredibly soft, but because of the density it is also very firm. It blends my tinted moisturizers and liquid foundations like a dream and leaves my skin with an airbrushed finish. I usually dot my foundation all over my skin with my fingers and then I use the expert face brush to blend. It's just fantastic and makes blending foundation so, so effortless. If I were to recommend one foundation brush from the drugstore or from Sephora, I would definitely say to try this one first.

I also wanted to mention that it cleans very easily and it hasn't shed any hairs either. I wash it with a few drops of Dr. Bronners soap--works like a dream! I've had this brush for almost a year now and so far the handle has not started to peel like the handle of my blush brush (check out that review HERE).

I found mine at Ulta for $8.99--and as always there are coupons available all the time so it works out to be an even better deal. I've seen Real Techniques brushes pop up in a lot more locations recently--Bed Bath & Beyond, beauty supply stores, etc.

What do you think about the Expert Face Brush? Do you have any favorite Real Techniques brushes? I'm dying to try more and would love to hear your thoughts on other ones you like!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Natural Looking Birthday Makeup!

Hey everyone! I celebrated my birthday over the weekend and was able to take a few shots of my makeup before I headed out the door. I just went out with my boyfriend, a few friends and some family.It was pretty laid back day and I didn't want to wear any over the top makeup. I did a light gold eye and defined by tightlining. I absolutely love this technique! It makes my lashes look much thicker but still natural!
If you haven't heard of it, tightlining is basically a way to line the eye by wiggling in a long wear eyeliner product into the lashlines (not the waterline!) to really thicken the lashes. It really helps to enhance and define the eye without having to line the waterline or do a more obvious line next to your lashes. I still smudged some eyeshadow along my lashlines, but tightlining has become my new favorite technique! I've been using Laura Mercier Cake eyeliner--it's so easy to apply and doesn't budge!

Laura Mercier Sandglow Caviar Stick on lid, Urban Decay buck in crease, Smog on lower lashline, and creep along upper lashline

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat B30 (a tiny bit on cheeks for extra coverage)
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Eye Rollerball
Sonia Kashuk brightening powder under eyes
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder
Illamasqua Lover Blush
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Pearl on cheekbones
Anastasia Bold & Beautiful Brow Kit

Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Mac femme fi, brow highlight
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Sand Glow
Urban Decay Naked Palette: Buck, Creep, Smog
Rimmel Scandaleyes nude eyeliner
Laura Mercier Cake eyeliner in black ebony
Benefit They're Real Mascara

YSl Glossy Stain #12

What are your go to products for a natural look? I feel like I have such a long list of products, but the overall effect doesn't look heavy in person!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Zoya Jules

I know I know, yet another Zoya polish! What can I say, I'm obsessed! Anyway, today's nail polish is the beautiful Zoya Jules!

Don't mind the terrible cuticles, I was in a rush! haha!

Jules is a shimmering gray tinged champagne taupey color. A somewhat vague description, but it is definitely special. It's neutral enough to be subtle but still unique and shimmery to make it interesting! It was great in two coats though I could have done with a thin third coat. Formula is excellent as usual, not too thick, not too thin.

Thoughts on Zoya Jules? As always don't forget about the share the love rewards program (you can read about HERE) and to check out their facebook page for special deals!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Nars Rue Bonaparte Vs. Rimmel Scandaleyes Nude Eyeliner

Today I have a battle of the nude eyeliners!! For nearly a year, Nars Rue Bonaparte has been a staple in my makeup bag. Nars Rue Bonaparte is a creamy, nude colored eyeliner pencil. I have loved using a nude color on the waterline. I used to use black on the waterline all the time but dark colors on the waterline can actually make eyes look smaller. I still love using black, especially with smokier eyes but I have found that nude is a wonderful alternative. Nude eyeliner covers up any pink on the waterline that can make you look tired and makes your eyes look much more wide eyed and open.

Nars Rue Bonaparte has a wonderfully creamy texture and is the perfect soft matte nude color to make eyes look bright. I already used up one pencil completely and am currently working through a second one--that's how much I love the effect! So when Rimmel came out with their new Scandaleyes waterproof eyeliners, I was ecstatic to hear that they came out with a nude color! After watching THIS video from makeup artist Josh Collier, I KNEW I had to try them. The idea of finding a drugstore dupe that performs better than a high end product always gets me excited ;)

As you can see in the picture below, Rimmel Scandaleyes on the left is the slightest bit darker however they both have the same eye opening effect on the eyes. For my skin tone I can wear either but if you have a lighter skin tone than me, Nars Rue Bonaparte may be more flattering.

Left, Rimmel Scandaleeyes Right, Nars Rue Bonaparte
In terms of wear time, I have to say Rimmel absolutely takes the win! Nars Rue Bonaparte looks so nice on the eyes but it never lasted as long as I wanted on my waterline. Rue Bonaparte's wear time was always the one critique. It probably lasts 3 hours until it wears off and I have to reapply. Rimmel on the other hand lasts all day, at least double the wear time of Nars. I am so impressed!! I also think the Rimmel texture is the slightest bit softer, which is always a plus when rubbing a pencil on the waterline.

The only thing I would change about Rimmel Scandaleyes is that they have to be sharpened by a pencil sharpener. The Nars pencil has a twist up mechanism and a tiny sharpener on the back of it. I much prefer that method since less product is wasted and it's just easier for me that way.

If you'd like to see them in action, here's some FOTD's with Rimmel Scandaleyes: 1 & 2. Here's two with Nars Rue Bonaparte: 1 & 2

Price wise, Nars Rue Bonaparte retails for $24 and Rimmel Scandaleyes is around $5 at drugstores. If you've been wanting to try a nude eyeliner, definitely try Rimmel's first! I think Rimmel is the superior product and much, much more affordable!! I am looking forward to trying out the other Scandaleyes colors--if the texture and wear time are the same as the nude one then I don't see any reason to try more expensive eyeliners. I'll be finishing up my Nars Rue Bonaparte, but after that I don't see a reason to repurchase it now that there is such a fantastic dupe! I promise you won't be disappointed!

Have you tried a nude eyeliner on the waterline? How about the new Rimmel Scandaleyes eyeliners??


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