Review & Swatches: Etude House Look At My Eyes Monkey Wish Eyes in GR707, BE109, and PK013 [Pink Bird Box\

The Lunar New Year is coming up soon (February 8!) and it'll be the Year of the Monkey! To celebrate, Etude House brought out some new shades from their Look At My Eyes range with special packaging. The Look At My Eyes Monkey Wish Eyes collection contains both jewel and velvet finishes and includes 6 new limited edition shades. The velvet finish version of the shadows retail for $4.60 and the jewel finish version of the shades retail for $7.20. Both versions contain 0.07 ounces / 2 grams of product and you can find these shadows on Etude House's website here!

In this post, I'll be reviewing GR707 Exam Passed, BE109 Pay Day, and PK013 Cheer up! If you missed it, I also reviewed the Big Cover Concealer BB and Cushion Concealer here.

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Review & Swatches: Etude House Big Cover Concealer BB in #23 Sand and Cushion Concealer in Peach Pink [Pink Bird Box]

Etude House recently brought out their Big Cover collection and includes base products that perfect and create flawless skin. Each of the items in this line are different takes on concealer, but they're all high coverage products. The products I will be reviewing are the Big Cover Concealer BB SPF50+ / PA+++ in #23 Sand and the Big Cover Cushion Concealer SPF 30/PA++ in Peach Pink and they both can be found on the global Etude House website here.

Just as a heads up, this will be a picture heavy post but it will hopefully be less wordy than the other Pink Bird Box I talked about last month. There will be another post later this week to talk about the Look At My Eyes Monkey Wish Eyes that I also got in this month's box!
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[The Birthday!!] Makeup Lust List #5

February is my birthday month and so I've been keeping a list of wants and needs for makeup. For me, there's never enough makeup! Besides the Dose of Colors Eyedeal Duo that were released recently, I've been wanting these items for months but can't quite convince myself to get them yet.
  1. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Glastonberry // After falling in love with the formula, I've been planning what color I wanted next from the line. This color looks gorgeous on every person that I've seen wear it on every skin tone without looking too dark/vampy.
  2. Dose of Colors Eyedeal Duo in Maple // I also want other colors, but Maple stood out the most to me. Whenever I venture into new brands (to me) / products, I always choose the safest color too. I love cream shadows and have been experimenting more with loose shadows as well.
  3. Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation in Y335 Dark Sand // I wasn't a huge fan of the new liquid version because it make me look shiny by 3-4 hours, but I heard the stick version is so much better. I'm not super excited to at least try this version because I did love the original HD formula.
  4. Burberry Wet & Dry Silk Shadow in Mulberry // If you've seen my review post for Pale Barley, I loved the formula but the color is a touch too cool toned for me. Mulberry is a nice berry color that I love and I feel like I would get a lot more wear out of that one.
  5. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Sky Liner - Petite Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Collection // When this set was first released, there was nothing but bad reviews. They have since reformulated and fixed the packaging issues and so I'm back to wanting this set real badly. 
  6. Becca Backlight Priming Filter // I don't use a lot of primers, but since every Becca product has worked really well to make me look glowy and beautiful, I'm hoping this one will do the same. I've been having some problems with foundation slipping off my face and with my face looking dull and so this primer seems like it would help with both issues. 
  7. Sugarpill Cosmetics Loose Eyeshadow in Penelope and Lumi // I initially skipped out on Penelope when it first launched and then it got sold out soon after. I keep missing the restocks and so I've been very attentive to the Sugarpill IG to see when it'll come back. They've also been posting gorgeous looks using Lumi on the eyes, face, and lips and every look is beautiful!
My birthday is actually a week away on the 7th and I'll be turning 23. I can no longer sing 22 by Taylor Swift to annoy people anymore, but that's away. 

Let me know what is on your own wish list! I would love to hear about them to get some suggestions!

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Review & Swatches: Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Palette

The Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Palette is the second edition of their bestselling Tartelette Palette, but it's more warm toned plus some shimmery shades thrown in. The original Tartelette Palette is all matte and is more neutral to cool toned, but it would look very cool toned on my warm skin. When the Tartelette in Bloom Palette was released early for Ulta Platinum members, I jumped on it right away! It has a row of cool, neutral, and warm shades and the three shimmery shades were such great editions to a mostly matte palette. The whole palette contains 0.636 ounces of product (9 mattes and 3 shimmery shades) and retails for $45.

For a comparison, the original Tartelette Palette is on the left and the Tartelette in Bloom Palette is on the right!

I was a fan of the mauvey tones in the Tartelette Palette, but everything just looked muddy on my lids if I used more than two shades and didn't blend together that well. I ended up not doing a review on this palette because I was so meh about it. I do sometimes reach for it though since a lot of the colors work really well as transition shades in my crease.
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Favorites: 2015 Eye Products!

My last 2015 Favorites Post! Honestly, I'm so over these right now and will definitely just do one collective post and try to keep it under 20 or something. I probably won't do a January 2016 favorites post either since I'm so "Favorites" out for this month.

This last post is going to be dedicated to eye products though! My second favorite to lip products and it was equally hard to choose what I loved the most. There were some surprising favorites when I really got down to what I used the most and some that were obvious.

A super obvious choice was the Lorac Unzipped Palette. I got it around my birthday in 2015 and it's been a palette I would always choose for traveling or special events. I did end up depotting the shadows so that I could choose specific colors for weekend trips instead of the whole palette though. This would be my perfect palette, but I do end up supplementing it with some other matte shadows.

And speaking of matte shadows! I really fell in love with Blackbird Cosmetics after my first order. The colors I use the most from them are Fire Pledge, Ruca, and Beau but that's only because I love warm shades. The textures of these shadows are a bit dry compared to Lorac Matte Shadows, but they still blended out just as well and were easier to layer. 

Another favorite palette that I depotted was the theBalm Nude 'Tude Palette, but I mostly use Sleek, Serious, Seductive and Sultry. I usually use Sleek and Serious to line my eyes or to soften / smudge out eyeliner. Sultry is also a great midtone brown shade for my skin tone and I like to use that as a transition shade. Seductive is also my favorite bronze shadow because of the golden wheat tones to it. I actually really wanted Burberry's Pale Barley to be like Seductive, but it ended up being more on the taupe side.

Another amazing eyeshadow that I used a lot was the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow in Grandstand. It's similar to some of the pinky shadows from the Unzipped Palette, but the formula feels a bit creamier and looks more metallic on the lid. I personally love to just pop this in the center of my lids s to give my eyes more dimension.

I started using brush tip liners like the K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Eyeliner in 2015 and they're definitely the best kind of eyeliner for me to use for a great winged liner look. I've also tried other brush tip liners like the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, but the K-Palette one lasts longer on me.

For tightlining, the Marc Jacobs Gel Highliners in Blacquer works the best and stays on the longest for my dry and somehow watery eyes. It doesn't irritate my contacts either. I have some other colors from the same line, but Blacquer is the one I repurchase the most since I use it almost every day to line up my upper waterline.

Cream shadows have always been a favorite, but the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Morphing Eyeshadow Pencils in Amber Haze and Bronzed Garnet are some of the best I have ever tried. The Mally Evercolor Shadow Sticks are also great, but I find most of the colors lean more cool toned on me for some reason. Amber Haze and Bronzed Garnet work incredibly well alone all over the eye and also as bases to make shadow products last all day.

Speaking of bases, the two I used the most are the Wet N Wild Fergie Take On The Day Eyeshadow Primer. I believe this was reformulated and brought back out with new packaging, but I haven't tested the newer version out yet. This primer is a bit thicker than the Urban Decay or Too Faced primer, but I kind of it like because it wasn't as oily feeling on my lids. For more shimmery shadows or those prone to fall out, the Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue is fantastic. It's thin and not as tacky as the LASplash Splashproof Eyeshadow Sealer and Base. It holds onto more troublesome products really well and can make my shimmery/glitter products look a million times better.

 The mascara favorite that beat out my beloved Maybelline The Rocket Waterproof Mascara is the Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara also from the same brand. I feel like the formulas are pretty much the same, but the wand for the Lash Sensational mascara is more curved and fits my lashes a lot better. 

& that's it! I'm all done with my 2015 favorites!

Let me know what your favorites were! I would love to hear about them so that I can get more ideas for my own collection (:

And I also wanted to belatedly say Thank You too everyone who has stopped by to read and/or comment on my blog. I don't have that many real life friends that I can talk to about makeup and so reading the comments and blog posts from other bloggers is really so much fun for me. Thank you!
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Favorites: 2015 Colored Face/Cheek Products!

This was a pretty easy post to do since I almost never wear blush and calmed down on contouring. I struggled a bit on choosing highlighers, but one of my absolute favorites has been discontinued (you will forever be in my heart, Wet n Wild Shimmer Palette in Rose Champagne Glow).

The Milani Powder Blush in Romantic Rose was one of the blushes I constantly reached for when I get it in 2015. It is a beautiful rosey browny nude color and it is so flattering. It is neutral enough that I could wear it with everything, but it still gave my face some life even when I wore it alone. 

The other two blushes that I used a lot were the Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes in Fig Pop and Cola Pop. The color of Cola Pop is definitely out of my comfort zone, but the formula makes it easy to wear. Both blushes look very natural on my skin and give me a very beautiful non-shimmery glow. 

Becca Cosmetics can really do no wrong with highlighters. They're all super shimmery and reflective, but can also be sheered out. I took pictures of the Shimmering Skin Perfectors in Opal (liquid and pressed), but I also love using Champagne Pop. I have the full sized of Rose Gold and mini sizes of Pearl and Topaz from the Champagne Glow palette, but I don't reach for those as much since I have to be more careful on the rest of my face to color coordinate. 

When I want a highlighter with more color, the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Sunset Pink is my go to pick. I can use it as a highlighting blush and eye shadow. Mixed together, the stripes create a gorgeous warm bronzey pink shade that makes me so happy. I do have to be careful though since my cheeks can look metallic if I put on too much.

I don't contour as much anymore, but the ones I use the most are the Burberry Light Glow Blush in Earthy and Benefit Cosmetics Matte Bronzer in Hoola. I'm starting to notice that there is a slight rosey undertone to Earthy, but it still gives me a natural shadow when I use it as a contour. Hoola is also a great choice for me because of the slightly yellow-y undertone. I have tried a lot of grayer toned contour powders, but I have to be a bit more careful with those just in case they make my face look too ashy. Both of these powders are soft, blend well into my skin, and never look cakey.

What cheek / colored face products did you love in 2015? Do we have any matching favorites? Also, please give me blush tips because I struggle so hard in that area!
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