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Thursday, January 31, 2013

YSL Glossy Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stains Review & Swatches

Hey guys!! So I played around with my blog background and layout--what do you think? New year new design :)

Today I thought I'd talk about one of my favorite lip products of all time, the YSL Glossy Stains. Literally, of all time. They are magical. I'm sure you beauty lovers have either tried or heard all about them, but I thought I would my two cents on an amazing product!

The ysl glossy stains are an innovative lip product that combines that pigmentation of a rich lipstick with the shine of a gloss and the longevity of a stain. Basically, it is a super lip product and delivers beautifully on all three aspects. One coat gives you a lovely tint, a second yields even more color and shine, and a third (my ideal) delivers the ultimate opaque, glossy lip! The glossy stains last longer than any lip product I have ever tried--and they look better for longer. I get really amazing wear from them--they last about 5-6 hours on my lips with the bulk of the time staying shiny.

Such incredibly gorgeous, luxurious packaging!
The texture is also different from anything else and took some time to get used to. Hopefully I can describe it well but it feels like kind of watery and thickens and becomes more tacky after a few moments as the stain settles. The tackiness goes away after a little while but it does take getting used to. I also love the applicator--the cushiony pad makes it easy to go back and forth over the lips to really rub the color into your lips and the pointy tip makes it easy to crease sharp edges.

Pigmentation wise I can only really vouch for the 6 colors that I have. I've found that the darker and brighter colors have excellent, buildable to opaque color. There are a few pale colors though that I have heard do not show up on the lips very well--I haven't tried them though since I went for the bold colors. I would guess that if your lips are less pigmented they may work well for you though. I've actually found that the color darkens a considerable amount on your lips, so what you see in the bottle will most likely look a bit more dramatic on the lips.Another thing to add is the scent--it is like boozy fruit. It's a unique smell for a lip product but I kind of like it--it goes away after a few minutes but if you are sensitive to smells it is something to consider before buying.

The colors I got, from left to right:
#5 Rouge Vintage: mauvey berry rose
#9 Rouge Laque: bright warm-neutral red
#10 Rouge Philtre: deeper almost berry toned red. it is a darker red than #9 and not as warm.
#11 Rouge Gouache: bright fuchsia red
#12 Coril Fauve: warm coral
#15 Rose Vinyl: slightly cool toned medium rosey pink

I'm wearing #12 in this post here, #5 here and #9 here! You can bet you'll be seeing many more FOTD's with them in the future :)

With the $32 price tag they certainly don't come cheap. The bargain buyer in me could not justify buying them until I got a gift card a few months after they came out. After trying them, they are absolutely worth every penny. I hate to admit this but in the last 6 months I have pretty much only worn   glossy stains (give or take a few days where I gave love to some other products). They are just so effortless and I don't have to worry about touching them up throughout the day (something I pretty much never do). Aaaand they look amazing on the lips, obviously!.

Definitely check them out the next time you're at a Sephora or a department store that sells YSL! You won't regret it! For a less expensive alternative the L'oreal Colour Caresse Shine Stainst that just came out this past month are a worthy drugstore dupe. I prefer the YSL ones more but you are certainly getting a similar and quality product for under $10!! Review on those to come very soon!

Just some helpful links where you can find the glossy stains in the US! All of these places have some sort of promotion during the year!
Sephora
Nordstrom
Yves Saint Laurent

Thoughts on YSL Glossy stains!? Have you tried them?!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

YSL Glossy Stain & A Soft Matte Eye

This is a breakdown of the look I posted in my Firmoo Glasses Review--feel free to read that here! I've been really loving doing all matte eye looks with very glowy skin and a glossy lip. I paired various matte brown eyeshadows with YSL Glossy Stain #9--an incredibly beautiful red. Because I kept the eye matte, combining a soft smokey eye with a bright lip worked well instead of competing--a heavy eye and bold lip can sometimes be too much makeup for me on a typical day!

Urban Decay Buck on lid, Mac Wedge in Crease, Inglot 327 in outer-v
I also have been using an eyelash curler a lot more lately. It's always a step I forget to do when doing my makeup, but I love the eye opening effect when I do remember to use it!!


Products:
Face:
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat B30
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Laura Mercier Translucent powder
YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer--thoughts on this?? I've been liking my sample but it is definitely a splurge item!!
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Soft Matte Bronzer
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Pearl on cheekbones
Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette
Anastasia Brow Gel, Clear

Eyes:
Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Urban Decay Buck (from the Naked 1 Palette)
Inglot 327
Mac Wedge & Femme Fi (to highlight)
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
NYX Eye Pencil in 928 Velvet on lower waterline
Maybelline Full & Soft Mascara

Lips:
YSL Glossy Stain in #9, Rouge Laque

What kind of makeup have you been wearing lately?!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Firmoo Glasses Review

It's funny--I start getting back into blogging and already in one month I have two posts about glasses lol! A little while ago I was contacted by Antonio from an online glasses company called Firmoo to see if I would like to try out a complimentary pair of glasses or sunglasses. He told me their goal was to spread the word on buying glasses online--something that many people have never tried or even considered trying (myself included!). They want to offer glasses that are fashionable yet affordable. They said I could give an honest review, so I jumped at the opportunity (how could I say no to a free pair of prescription glasses?).

I am definitely a newbie to the world of glasses. I have a pretty light prescription and don't need to wear them all the time--in the past 4 or 5 years since I got a prescription I have only owned two pairs of glasses. Initially I was pretty overwhelmed by the amount of choices. They had a lot of different types--full framed, rimless, plastic, metal, etc. On the Firmoo website they also have a feature where you can upload a picture of yourself and "try them on." I actually thought this function was pretty useful--although nothing replaces the visual accuracy of trying glasses on in person, this certainly helped. They also have a Firmoo+ community where people have uploaded pictures of themselves in firmoo glasses--I thought that was a great idea so you can see the glasses on all types of face shapes.


I decided to try something really different from what I would normally go for--I chose slightly nerdy, squarish oversized black frames. You can check them out here. I was scared they would be too big but I actually like them--I think the size and overall look is fun. Maybe they're not the most flattering but they're fun I do have to make sure my eye makeup is done nicely (with mascara, liner, and a bright undereye) or it makes my eyes look small though lol!

Quality wise they are surprisingly nice for the $29 price tag. There is some difference in quality between my firmoo glasses and my Ray-Bans that I currently wear (see here). My Ray-Bans just have more detail to them and the hinges seem to be a little stronger. Firmoo's glasses also seem to be made with a thinner plastic. Honestly though I could definitely see ordering from Firmoo again--for the price the quality is great and my prescription was correct too. I'm hoping that they will hold up well in the long run.
The delivery time was really good--it took less than a week for the glasses to get to me. I believe the glasses were sent from China based on the tracking website. The only thing I was a little disappointed in was that the glasses, although in a hard shell case, were stuffed into small bubble wrap mailer. Although they were undamaged, I thought it could have done with another wrapping of bubble wrap or even better, a small box. The envelope looked rather smushed when I found it in my mailbox. I also wanted to say that the extras included were a nice surprise-- they included a hard shell case, a cloth, an additional soft case, and (I was most excited about this) a little mini screwdriver so I can tighten the hinges.

If you're a first time customer you can get your first pair of glasses for free--you only pay shipping. You can get more details on that promotion HERE. You can't choose the pricier sunglasses or the designer glasses--and I do believe you would have to pay for any extra add-ons. You can order them with or without a prescription. Lucky for me I just went to the optometrist a few months ago so I was all set! If you do need prescription glasses, just make sure you have your RX on hand. Overall, I had a great experience with firmoo and would definitely recommend them. Being able to buy nice glasses at a low cost point really allows you to play around more!

Thank you so much Firmoo for allowing me to review a pair of your glasses! If any of you do end up using Firmoo, do let me know--I'd love to see what frames you chose!


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

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Anastasia Beverly Hills 2012 Holiday Sets:Swatches & Review

I know I know---it's halfway through January and I'm only now touching on some holiday stuff. I've had these Anastasia Beverly Hills Holiday sets for about two months and I've really enjoyed playing with them. I didn't have time to do much blogging before the holidays so unfortunately I couldn't get this post up when they first came out. I have seen them on the Anastasia website though (here) so you may still be able to get ahold of them!

First up is the "Kisses On My List" lipgloss set.
L-R: Jolene, Sharona, Roxanne, Lola, Maggie May, Moi
These are the 6 closses included in the kit. It contains three Hyperfull Glosses, Sharona, Maggie May, & Moi. These are supposed to be hydrating and on the sheer side. I however found that all of the lipglosses were pretty pigmented and could easily be worn alone.
The other three, Jolene, Roxanne, & Lola are the Hypercolor glosses---they are supposed to "react with your skin's chemistry to stain your lips a custom hue that is all your own."They certainly stain the lips though they stain to a similar color in the tube--just slightly deeper. Overall, I absolutely love these glosses--and that is definitely saying something because I have definitely become a lipstick/lip stain girl over the past two years. The formula is super hydrating and very comfortable on the lips, longwearing, and the colors are SO pretty. Only thing I don't love is the spatula like applicator (which I complained about before in this post here). Hopefully they will change them in the future because they don't make applying the gloss very easy.

Jolene: shimmery light pink
Sharona: Warm, shimmery, golden peach. I can see wearing this a ton in the summer with coral blush.
Roxanne: peachy coral shimmer. Sort of like Nars Orgasm in lipgloss form.
Lola: cool toned barbie pink. To make this one work I need to put it over a warmer lipstick!
Maggie May: light pinky, milky nude. the perfect compliment to a smokey eye!
Moi: Creamy rose--i love this one, perfect for everyday!

The next set is the "Want You To Want Me" which contains a palette that fits perfect in the size of your palm, a liquid eyeliner, a mini dual ended brush, and a mini clear brow gel.
I'm a newbie when it comes to liquid eyeliner but I have really enjoyed playing with this one. The applicator is very thin, yet easy to use and you can get a perfectly skinny line along your lid. Perfect for winging out your liner. You can see a swatch of the liner in the picture below, all the way to the right.
Next, I was SO excited they included a clear brow gel in this set---in the last set I tried HERE, it included a brow gel in the wrong color for my hair---the one thing I wished for that kit was for it to include clear brow gel, that way anyone can use it! Good choice, Anastasia! The brow gel is perfect--keeps my brows in place and does not get flaky or stiff. I will definitely repurchase when I finish it up!
Here's the swatches for the little palette:

L-R, top to bottom:
Platform Wedge: a great blending color
Front Row Center: peach with silver glitter---not my favorite as it looks slightly gritty
Ziggy: lavender with silver sparkle
Members Only: love this one as crease color. matte.
Power Ballad: buttery smooth taupe
Jellies: smooth pearly pink
Graphict's: Brown sparkly brown--it goes on sheer but built up it's very pretty
Brass in Pocket: warm rose gold--great texture on this one too
Iron On: Sparkly burgandy pink. Beautiful color but if you over blend the sparkles disappear.

Great choice of colors--it includes mostly neutrals but also has a few pops of purple and pink so give variation to your looks. I did a classic smokey look a few months ago using this palette--you can check that out here! I did notice a fair bit of fall out with some of the colors--especially because there are a few with silver glitter in it. You just have to make sure to tap of your brush really, really well before applying. In all honesty, I do think I prefer most of my Urban Decay, Nars, and Inglot eyeshadows as I find them to be more pigmented and smoother to blend. For the price however, Anastasia is wonderful and the size of the palette is absolutely perfect for travel.

Regardless if you can get your hands on them or not, these sets just go to show that Anastasia Beverly Hills has really stepped up their makeup game--they are no longer known as an eyebrows only company. Their makeup products are great quality and the sets they have come out with are priced well and contain beautiful colors! The lipgloss set was priced at #30 and the latter at $34--very affordable for all the stuff you get. Of the two sets, my favorite was the lipgloss one just because I absolutely love the formula. Definitely check out their makeup next time you can play at a Sephora or a makeup counter!

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. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Updated Inglot Eyeshadow Swatches!

Hey all! I've gotten a lot of requests asking for an updated post of my Inglot eyeshadows. I first posted about them last year after discovering how much I love them and how affordable they were for such a quality eyeshadow. After all this time, they are still one of my favorite eyeshadow formulas and I probably use at least one or two of them in each look I do. Since my first post, I have accumulated two more palettes so there are a bunch of new colors that I swatched (along with repeats from last year's post). If you'd like to read more about Inglot and the various eyeshadow formulas, please take a look at my original post HERE! Let's jump into it!

 I posted my swatches from left to right, top row first then the bottom! For quick reference, the finishes are as follows:
P = Pearl, M = Matte, Double Sparkle = DS, Advanced Makeup Component = AMC, & lastly, AMC Shine 
Again take a look at my first post here for more in-depth descriptions.
 L-R: 397p, 354m, 330m, 30amc shine, 463ds, 344m, 358m, 342m, 327m, 326m
L-R: 11amc shine, 409p, 402p, 465ds, 423p, 501ds, 454p, 434p, 376m, 321m
L-R: 419p, 471ds, 418p, 414p, 17 amc shine, 340m, 338m, 480ds, 413p, 24amc shine
L-R: 407p, 335m, 450p, empty, 333m, 388m, 482ds, 325m, empty, 41amc shine

That's all my Inglot swatches for now! Again, I really can't recommend them enough--the quality is phenomenal for such amazing prices. Definitely check them out if you can!!

Please let me know in the comments below if you'd like more details on any of the colors posted or if you'd like to know about how it compares to another shadow. When I have more time I may go through and update with descriptions of each color--I figure a picture is more important for now! Inglot is a company that is more readily available online so many rely on online swatches when they choose colors. I really hope this helps!
Also, any advice on what kind of colors I should fill my two empty slots with would be great too ;) ;)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Cranberry look with glasses FOTD

Hey everyone! Here's my first FOTD for 2013! Very exciting. It's also my first look with my new glasses I got a few months ago. My prescription for the new year was increased a little bit so I've found myself wearing my glasses a lot more lately. Initially, I was worried I'd have to change the way I did my eye makeup but so far so good! Only differences are that I try to make sure my brows are groomed and that I use a little more undereye concealer to make sure the area is nice and bright--otherwise, I don't change a thing. Here's a look I did with cranberry colors--I thought it might look fun with my glasses since there is a hint of pink on the inside!

Inglot 450 on lid (cranberry color), 326 in outer v, 344 in crease

Products:
Face:
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat B30
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage
Laura Mercier Translucent powder
Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller Concealer
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Pearl on cheekbones
Revlon brow fantasy brunette brow gel

Eyes:
Mac Painterly Paint Pot
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk as a base
Inglot (450 pearl, 326 matte, 344 matte)
Urban Decay Virgin to highlight browbone
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
Covergirl Lashblast (orange tube)

Lips:
YSL Glossy Stain in #5, Rouge Vintage

Do you wear your makeup differently when/if you wear glasses? What kind of looks have you been wearing for the first week of 2013!?

Friday, January 4, 2013

How much does your face cost!? Makeup Edition!

Hey everyone! Happy new year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a safe New Years! I apologize for the nearly three month hiatus but I'm glad to be back :) I thought I'd start of 2013 with a fun little tag focusing on some daily staples I use all the time!

I've seen this tag go around the blogging community for a while (first time I saw it was from the lovely ladies behind A Brunette Duet!) and thought it would be fun to do even though i knew the number i would see after calculating all the items would terrify me!! To be honest, I think it's really easy to get products on some sort of discount if you're patient enough--whether it's a Sephora 20% sale, a CVS sale, or getting a deal at a Cosmetic Company Outlet. What can I say, I love a good deal! Anyway, I calculated based on the full retail price, not the price I paid for. I chose makeup I would use for a nice, typical day out!

Face:
Laura Mercier Primer: $32
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua: $45
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer: $30
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder: $35
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer: $29
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush: $25
theBalm Mary Lou Manizer: $24

Eyes:
Anastasia Brow Powder: $22
Mac Painterly Paint Pot: $17.50
Eyeshadows (vary depending on what I use but I'll say UD Naked Palette since I use that a bunch): $50
Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner: $22
Covergirl Lashblast Volume: $8.79

Lips:
Revlon Lip Butter: $7.49

Anddddd the grand total is....drumroll....



$347.78

Yikes!
What does your face cost on a daily basis!?? Leave a comment below if you'd like!

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