Monday, December 15, 2014

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash

Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash contains 6 mini-sized lipsticks and 1 full sized lip liner in Ozone. The lipstick colors are Ladyflower, Crush, Illicit, Gash, Liar, and F-bomb. The first three lipstick shades are exclusive to this set and Gash is normally an exclusive. The whole lip set is $39, but the full sized lipsticks normally go for around $22 and the lip liner is $20. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Congrats Lynn Marie - the Winner of One Hot Bamba!

Thank you all for being interested in my first giveaway and Lynn Marie is the winner!

Just for future references, what other products would you all be interested in for giveaways? I might not do them that often, but I always keep giveaways in my mind during purchases.

Just an FYI, the end of my school quarter is this upcoming week. I have some posts queued up, but I may be a bit slow on comment replies.

Good luck to other students and hope everyone's holiday season is going well!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Palette

Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics is a cool toned 6 pan palette with 5 matte and 1 satin eyeshadows. It was made to complement the second Naked palette (which I don't have), but it can be used just by itself. Each shade contains 0.05 ounces and the palette retails for $29. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Review & Swatches: Lush Cosmetics Cream Eyeshadow in Focus

Lush Cosmetics Cream Eyeshadow in Focus is a iridescent blue-grey eyeshadow and there's a bluey green shift to it. It is infused with rose petals and CupuaƧu butter that helps blend out the product. The formula works as an eyeliner or shadow depending on the applicator and retails for $18.95.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

October & November 2014 Favorites!

I didn't have enough favorites for an October Favorites post and so I combined it with November and now I have a lot to talk about! I'm slowly starting to shift to more "Autumn / Fall" colors. 

One of the products I put aside during my yellow-y blonde days was the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette. I felt like the pink looked slightly off on me because I hadn't toned my hair to be more neutral / cool toned but now I can finally use the palette that I love so much. I tend to just use any mixture of one of the lighter and one of the darker shades depending on how dramatic I want to be. 

L to R:

Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional + High Beam has been my base/primer of choice lately. I'm not actually in love with Porefessional, but it does help smooth out my face a bit. I mix it with High Beam because the cooler air has made my face more dull. Mixed together, these products add a glow while help keep my foundation on longer. 

NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Licorice (review here) is a dark purple with slightly red/plum tones. I wear this when I want to go for a more dramatic look. Actually, I wear it whenever because it's a beautiful color.

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice (review here) is a more mauvey plummy neutral shade and I wear this when I'm not wearing Licorice. It is not drying like how some other matte lipsticks can be but it still lasts a super long time.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown + Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow in Light/Medium is what I've been using on my brows nonstop since I've gotten them. I totally understand the hype and they make my brows look so nice and defined without being crazy dramatic. 

Benefit Cosmetics Blush in Rockateur has the same kind of mauve-y but rosy undertone that I've been loving so much recently. It's what I wanted Tarte's Exposed to be, but this has more of a sheen. I found out that I like blushes with more of a sheen because they're more blendable to me. Matte blushes make my face more flat even if I add highlighter. 

NARS Bronzer in Laguna + Blush in Deep Throat + Blush in Goulue are some other blushes I use a lot. I even hit pan on Laguna, which has not happened for any of my colored face products. When I'm not wearing Rockateur, I put on Deep Throat because it's the prettiest pinky blush that fits anything. Goulue is more for my slightly darker makeup days and Laguna is used to contour a lot. I also just add a bit on my cheek bones and forehead to create a bronzy glow that I lost from summer. 

& that's all for these two months! There was definitely a Benefit vibe going on, but I didn't even notice until I wrote up this post. I've just been in love with Benefit lately as well because their packaging is pretty adorable (except for the snakeskin on Rockateur).

What are your recent favorites?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Review & Swatches: Benefit Cosmetics Cheeky Sweet Spot Blush Palette + GIVEAWAY IS OVER!

Benefit Cosmetics Cheeky Sweet Spot Blush Palette contains 6 powder products and one cream highlight, Watt's Up (1.6 grams). There are 5 blushes which are Dandelion (4.0 grams), Bella Bamba (5.0 grams), Sugarbomb (6.0 grams), Coralista (5.0 grams), and Rockateur (5.0 grams). The only matte product is the bronzer, Hoola (5.0 grams), which is a cult favorite from the brand. The sizes of the blushes and bronzer vary, but you do get a good amount of each. The whole palette retails for $36 and is limited edition. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Review & Swatches: NYX Butter Lipstick in Licorice

NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Licorice is one of my recent lipstick additions and it's a dark plum that is more purple and has hints of red. NYX claims that the texture melts into the lips while giving high pigmentation. I wanted to go darker, but straight up purples are too scary for me right now. It contains 0.16 ounces / 4.5 grams the retail price is around $5 - $6. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Makeup Look: Bare to Minimal to Full Face of Makeup! Fall Edition

Fall / Autumn has come and it's one of my favorites because now I'm allowed to wear all the dark lipsticks I love! I tend to not wear a lot of dark eye makeup, but now that's even more acceptable. I have a second job that involves makeup right now and so full faces are encouraged and that makes me so happy. In this post, I'll be talking about one of my favorite fall looks to do as well as the progression to get it. 

As you can also see, my hair is now a very funky (and messed up) silvery bluey slightly browny color. The silver I got is very blue based and I didn't bleach / tone the bottom parts of my hair enough and so it turned a slightly greeny brown color. I'm going to pretend it's on purpose and say it was an ombre though! I'll be writing up a blog post about my hair in a few weeks after I'm done tweaking my hair color. 

This is my completely bare face. I've been putting a lot of effort and money into my skincare routine and I'm quite happy with how my skin is now. I still have a lot of acne marks, but the break outs have lessened so much. It's gotten to the point where I don't mind going out with any makeup, but I do love makeup so I like to add a bit more to my look. 

This is my no-makeup makeup look as well as my "I need to go somewhere and gotta get ready fast" look. I go for brows, lashes, skin, and if my lips are looking a bit weird, then a tinted lip balm. 

The products - 

Maybelline Fit Me! Shine-Free Stick Foundation in Natural Beige is super quick to apply even with my fingers and you can read all about it here! I'm almost done with it and I need to get another one as backup for my lazy days. It controls my oily good enough so that I don't need to powder either. 

Maybelline Volum' Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara in Very Black has been raved about on my blog ever since I've gotten it. It adds volume and length as well as holding my curl. Curled lashes are a must for me since my lashes are straight. They also make me look more awake.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown + Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow in Light/Medium is my current favorite brow products. I totally get the hype for these products. Brow Wiz does really define my brows and so they're a lot more in your face than what I've been doing lately, but I kind of like it. The Gimme Brow gel is lighter than my natural hair color and so it helps to lighten my brows without bleaching them too much. 

Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose is something I originally did not like (and that's why I'm not going to link with my review) but I definitely changed my mind on it. It isn't as moisturizing as my other lip balms since I love thick lip balms, but it's the perfect amount of color and moisture for my normal days. The color also brightens up my face without being a bright in your face red.

Instead of redoing my "base" products, I just added on to what I already had on. The previous look is great as a starter look to just tweak for a more dramatic look.

The products - 

MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Concealer in NC35 is a thick liquid concealer and a tiny bit does so much. I barely use half a pump to cover my acne marks and my under eye darkness. It dries to a matte finish and so it's a bit dry for my under eye area, but great for my face.

Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow in #3 Rose Dentelle (review here) was my eye base of choice since it pairs up so nicely with the Naked 3 Palette. It's a cream, but dries to a powder finish. It doesn't crease and stays on all day for me. 

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette is a rosey nude palette and you can read about it here! The colors I used are Burnout, Factory, and Burnout. I only used the tiniest bit of Burnout on the outer corner and mixed it with Factory for the outer half of my lower lashline. 

Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Eye Gel Crayon in Blacquer (review here) was used to tightline my upper lashline. It helped add an illusion of volume at the base of my lashes. 

Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer is my newest lash primer and you can read about it here! It helps boost up my lashes and it's an extra step that I love to take.

NYX Butter Lipstick in Licorice is a dark purple that has a tiny bit of red warmth in it. It has a slight sheen when first applied and it stays that way on me for hours. It's one of my darkest lip colors and it's quickly gone to one of my favorites. 

What are your favorite fall / autumn makeup products?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Review & Swatches: Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow in Rio De Rose Gold

Unblended / Blended out

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow in Rio De Rose Gold is a shimmering pink gold color that has been infused with coconut water for "more hydrated, healthier looking lids." It contains 0.16 ounces of product and retails for $18.00.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer

Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer is a white base / primer that helps boost the volume and length of your lashes. It has a whipped formula so it feels light on your lashes. There is also vitamin E and other conditioning ingredients in the primer to help with the health of your lashes. It contains 8.5 mL / 0.28 fl. oz. of product and retails for $20.