Thursday, March 20, 2014

You Need Bite's Agave Lip Mask!

Seriously, you need this ASAP! I know it has all kinds of rave reviews, but my chronic dry lips were skeptical. My lips were a dry, flaky, cracked mess last week.  But not anymore.

This leave on lip saver is jammed packed with nourishing ingredients including organic agave nectar, jojoba oil, vanilla CO2 extract more reservatol than red wine. Talk about packing a moisturizing punch.  As a result, it feels wonderful when applied. At first, it feels like it will be really thick and uncomfortable (kind of like applying Vaseline) but it actually feels quite light.  Oh, and it doesn't have gluten or petroleum in it, which is another awesome bonus.  This mask doesn't have any funky taste, but it does smell a little bit like agave and vanilla.  I find it quite pleasant.  However, if fragrances of any sort bother you, no worries.  It doesn't hang around long.  Unlike your cheap, average lip balm, the effects of this last well after it wears off.  And this stuff doesn't wear off for a long time.  On me, I would say that it stays on for three hours.  It gets a huge A+ from me.

As much as I love, love, LOVE this product, I am not a huge fan of the packaging. It comes inside a metal tube that I find a smidge irritating at times.  Sometimes too much comes out, and sometimes I can't get enough.  The price is a little steep, too at $26.  But it is very well worth it.  I have been using it a couple of times a day and my lips have been nothing but smooth and soft.

You can find this oh so amazing product at Sephora and Sephora Inside JC Penney.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Lancome Color Design Palette in Beige Brulee

Nude is all the rage right now in the beauty world. And I am not complaining as my look is very simplistic right now. Lancome just released their new Hypnotic Eyes collection and they have some stunning new eyeshadows, including palettes and singles.  Today, I will be reviewing the Beige Brulee palette, which has some lovely matte neutrals.

The "All Over Shade" is a peachy tinted beige
The 'Lid" shade is a matte taupe
"Crease" Shade is a matte medium brown
"Highlight" is a super shimmery beige
The "Liner" Shade is a matte dark brown

Swatched over primer.

The quality of this palette is on par with Lancome's other Color Design palettes.  Meaning that it is pretty great.  The texture of the shadows is wonderful.  They are incredibly smooth and easy to blend. The pigment is nice (not necessarily amazing), but for a neutral look, it is on point.  The colors can easily be built up for a more intense look.  For anyone that is not crazy about shimmery shadows, this is a great palette. The only shimmer included is the highlight shade, which looks pretty underneath the brow bone. Beige Brulee is one of those palettes that is appropriate for work or school, but it can also transition well into a night look.  As for the staying power, no complaints here. I have no problems with fading or creasing throughout the day.

These palettes are pricey at $50, but you can get a lot of use out of this palette.  You can create a simple day look with it or amp it up for a night out.  Either way, I think this is well worth the splurge.  I plan on picking up Chocolat Amande next =)

Availability: Nordstrom, Sephora, Lancome

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Wet n Wild The Style Award Goes To Collection

As you probably know by now, Wet n Wild has released two limited edition spring palettes.  Unlike last year, I was able to get my hands on them.  If you can't find this collection right now, you may be able to find them in August =) Which is what happened to me last year.

Sadly, these palettes seem like a let down.  Wet n Wild must have altered the formula for their 8 pan palettes because these are nowhere near as soft and pigmented as they usually are.  The shadows have a drier and more stiff texture.  The color pay off is also a little "blah."  This is especially true with Flirting At The After Party, which has an array of lovely pinks and purples.  The left side is a little worse than the right.   And maybe with a little primer, they will perform well.

Walking The Red Carpet is a palette with neutral shadows and is a little better in quality.  The left side is actually very lovely.  The shadows are smooth, less dry and have good pigment.  And the right side brought back the disappointment, but it is still better than Flirting At The After Party.

I haven't worn these palettes yet, but I can't say they are worth picking up. Especially Flirting At The After Party.  If  you must get one, try Walking the Red Carpet.  I found these palettes at WalGreens.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pixi Haul

Are you ready for some exciting news? The Pixi holiday collection is half off at Target!  Maybe I am a little slow to get this memo, but I was pretty excited about it.  Of course I could not resist getting some of the eyeshadows. I have been wanting these since they were first released, but I felt the prices were too high.  Now they are just right.

The first thing I picked up was the Seasonal Reflection Kit in Casual Cool, which has some gorgeous eyeshadows and a lovely pink blush. This was marked down to $11.00 from $22. I have already tried it and I can say that the eyeshadows are wonderful.  They are buttery with great pigment.  Even the blush is nice.  If you see this, it is worth picking up.

I also got the Eye Alchemy Assortment, which was marked down to $14. It has 38 metallic shadows and a brush. I swatched a few of the shades and I am very impressed.  These are without primer and the pigment is just wonderful.

They also had some of the Fairy Light Solo shadows on sale for $7.50, so I picked up the shade Nude Nouveaux, which is a beautiful, shimmery champagne.

If you have never tried Pixi products, you need to.  Especially their shadows.  They are uber smooth, buttery and have a lot of pigment.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Soft, Romantic Valentine's Day Look

I have no idea what has gotten into me this year, but I am not opposed to Valentine's Day. I volunteered to do a Valentine's Day look collaboration on Instagram with fellow Atlantan, Alejandra (@dramaticdisaster). She is very talented, so be sure to follow her.  Normally I am the Ebeneezer Scrooge of this holiday.  But this year, I am kinda sorta feeling the love.  Granted I still have the urge to hurl when I see a really sappy, lovey dovey card.  But my past adversity to the day of love isn't the point here.  I've seen a lot of bold V-Day looks on Instagram, but I just wasn't feeling it.  I wanted to take a sweet and soft approach, something I would wear on a date.

What I Used:
e.l.f. essential eyelid primer
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
NYX Adorable Palette
Sephora Contour Eye Liner in Black Lace
NYX Curvaceous Mascara
NYX Dark Circle Concealer
e.l.f. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder
Milani Brow and Eye Highlighters in Vanilla/Natural Taupe
Milani Brow Shaping Pencil
Almay Wake Up Makeup Foundation
NYX Lip Primer
Sephora Retractable Eyeliner in Sangria
NYX Butter Lipstick in Taffy
Maybelline Master Glaze in Pink Fever
NYX Radiant Finishing Powder

1.) As always, I start by letting my primer set.
2.) I fill in my brows using Milani's Brow and Eye Highlighter and make sure they stay in place with the Brow Shaping wax pencil. I also applied the Dark Circle Concealer under my eyes and set it with e.l.f.'s Undereye Setting Powder.
3.) I blend NYX's milk all over the lid and carry it up to my brow bone.
4.) Using the Adorable Palette, I take the pink shade (5th from the left) and blend it on the lid and into the crease. I take the second shade and apply it to the outer half of the lid.  I use the same shade to line my lower lash line.
5.) I take the white shade and apply it above the crease.
6.) I used Black Lace to line my upper lash line and I used the first shade from the Adorable palette on top of it.
7.) I wanted fuller, flirty lashes so I used 3 coats of mascara.
8.) I applied my foundation and set it with NYX's Radiant Finishing Powder
9.) For flushed, glowing cheeks I used Pink Fever and topped it with the Illuminator.
10.) I primed my lips and lined/filled them in with Sangria.  To create a custom shade perfect for Valentine's Day, I used a lip brush to apply Taffy.

And voila! A soft, sweet look for Valentine's Day. 
Do prefer to keep it sweet and romantic, or do you like a bold look for Valentine's Day? Comment below!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! <3

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sephora Color Anthology Palette First Impressions

First of all, I can't believe Sephora sold this for a mere $35. Even more shocking: they marked it down to $20! That is such a steal considering how beautiful this palette is.  I got a few requests on swatches, so I did every shade.  And I was very impressed with the texture and color payoff.  Of course there was the occasional dud, but over all, this is a stunning product. The packaging is cute, too.  It looks and feels like a book.  It also has a mirror, which is always a great bonus.

The first two rows contain a lovely array of pinks and mauves ranging from shimmer to metallic to mattes. The second row is a little bit lackluster, but still pretty.

The next two rows make me drool just a little.  The third row of the palette has this amazing dark, dark purple with shimmer. And the blues just speak for themselves.

This next row has some interesting colors that I have never worn, but I am curious to try.  The first shade is a chartreuse and I have nothing like it in any of my other palettes.  In fact, a lot of the shades in this palette are like that.  The final row on the left side has more shades of green.

The right side of the palette has the neutral shades (with the exception of the mac and cheese oranges) ranging from creams, taupes, greys and black.

I haven't actually worn any of the shades yet, but so far I like it a lot.  They are very smooth and buttery with nice pigment. This palette has just about every single shade you would ever need.  Grab this for a mere $20 on