April & May 2015 Favorites!

This post is simultaneously late and early. I've been very busy lately and won't speak too much about it until my next post, but it's pretty much - full time job (!!!), graduation preparation, wedding, and weekend trips. I'm still going to be busy for awhile and I'm guessing I'll still be relying and loving these products for the rest of the month. 

I'm going to say this right now- I'm not sponsored or even related to Memebox in any way. But you know, if you want to hook it up, Memebox, I would really appreciate it!! I went a bit Memebox crazy in the past few months because of my love for Pony (YouTube channel here). I feel like she has great taste in makeup and her tutorials are so amazing. I even bought 2 more XO Memebox palettes that should arrive before this post is even up. 

I have talked about some of the products before and so I won't make this too lengthy. 

Reviews -
Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose - This blush is the perfect rosey nude shade for me. It gives me a beautiful rosey flush and easy to apply considering I'm still a blush newbie. The rose pattern is also perfect that I'm a bit sad the top part is starting to flatten out. I like that it's matte so that it's can be more office appropriate by itself, or bumped up with highlighter for going out. 

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita - Again, a great rosey nude shade. The arm swatch makes it look more red than it is and I kind of what that shade as well. I was in a rush when I was taking these pictures because I had to go somewhere and so I didn't want for it to become matte either. This lipstick stays on even though I'm drinking coffee all day. 

Pony x Memebox Pink Bloom Palette & Memebox I'm Cream Shadow in #01 Flashlight - It was such love at first sight with both of these products. I don't like wearing Ashy Brown with the rest of the pink shades, but it's great all over the lids for a brown neutral look. The rest of the palette are perfect together make me feel so girly and pretty. 

Swatches left to right - 
Pink Bloom Palette / Shine Easy Glam Eyeshadow Palette 1 (Easy Brown & Easy Shadow) / Romantic Rose Blush / Flashlight / Lolita / Brightening Vanilla Face Powder

Now for the products I haven't talked about yet, but will review eventually!

Pony x Memebox Shine Easy Glam Eyeshadow Palette 1 is the original Shine Easy Glam palette and it has mattes and shimmery shades. I've only used 3-4 shades from this palette because it got overshadowed by the Lorac Unzipped palette since I got both around the same time. I recently saw Pony post on Instagram that she liked to use Easy Shadow as a contour shade. I decided to give it a go with Easy Brown because it's darker and they make the perfect contouring pair. They're pretty neutral browns and blend so well into my skin. I mix both for normal days and only use Easy Brown for a more apparent but still natural contour. 

Besame Cosmetics Brightening Vanilla Face Powder is a translucent powder that is supposed to have a slight yellow tint to brighten up the skin. It's supposed to be similar to banana powders. I originally got this to set my undereye area for the wedding I went to, but I started to use it all over my face and really love it. It's more translucent and the yellow isn't that obvious. My skin is also very yellow and so it doesn't make that much of a difference. It gives a more velvet finish as well and so my face doesn't look too matte and dry. 

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Polish in Babe Blue is a light periwinkle shade that is between a sky blue and lavender. There is the slightest amount of shimmer in the bottle, but has a creme finish on the nails. I saw "New" signs near this shade when I bought it, but I don't know how old those signs actually were. Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear polishes are one of my favorites because they're such great quality and still around $3 each. I was supposed to be on a no-buy when I bought this, but the color and price couldn't be beat. 

What product(s) have you been loving lately?

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Review & Swatches: Pony x Memebox Pink Bloom Box

I'm back and I'll be reviewing the Pony x Memebox Pink Bloom Box! I really wanted to try out the Pink Bloom Palette and since I had points, I decided it wold be a better deal just to get the box. Right now, the box is sold out but you can get the products individually. 

Here is a before and after with the products on my face! I also had to add in my own foundation and brow products. 
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Collection: Cream Eye Shadow

Cream Eye Shadows are some of my favorite eye products because they're easy to use and stay on all day. I'm missing the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows that I reviewed on Wednesday, but you can read about them here

I also have a L'oreal Infalliable Eyeshadow in Amber Rush, but that's more of a pressed pigment than cream eyeshadow to em. It is a gorgeous rose gold that leans copper and highly recommend it to everyone though!

I've had some of these for years and the newest ones were bought just a few weeks ago. 

Left to right - 
Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick in Rose Taupe and Saddle Shimmer (review here)
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Bronze Have More Fun (review here)
MAC Paint Pot in Indianwood
Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadow in Rose Dentelle (review here)
Ulta Color Coat Cream Eyeshadow in Rose Gold
Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, Tough As Taupe, Black Orchid and Rose Riot

My first ever cream eyeshadow (and MAC product!) was MAC Paint Pot in Indianwood and was around $16. It's crazy to think that they're $21 now. I was in between this color and Rubenesque, but I thought Rubenesque would be too light. 

The Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Sticks are probably my favorite out of all these cream shadows. They're more portable and easy to store. They also last forever and more waterproof than the rest of the shadows. 

My least favorite are the Maybelline Color Tattoos, but that sounds weird because I have 4 of them. They're very affordable and Maybelline releases new colors very frequently. Tough As Taupe is very dry and I ended up throwing it away. A lot of people use it as a contour, but it really didn't work for me. Bad To The Bronze is also dry, but works way better than Tough As Taupe. Rose Riot and Black Orchid are very creamy and have a thinner texture. Rose Riot turns more into a silvery pinky tinted color instead of what you see in the pot

The Givenchy Ombre Couture Cream Eyeshadows are matte and have an almost powdery feel to them. Rose Dentelle is the perfect base for the Naked 3 Palette-esque colors and works so well. The other colors in this line don't interest me as much, but I really love the one I got since the color is more unique.

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows are more gel-like than cream. They're thin like Rose Riot and Black Orchid. I mostly bought Bronze Have More Fun because it's supposed to be really close to Urban Decay's Eyeshadow in Smog, which is my favorite eye shadow color. 

The Ulta Color Coat Cream Eyeshadow is pretty good, but I would not pay $8 for them. I got this when there was a buy 2 get 2 free deal and so it was more like $4 before their $3.50 off $10 coupon. The texture is better than Bad to the Bronze, but not as nice as the higher end shadows. Even though the color is a Rose Gold, it leans more on the pink side. 

& that's my overview of my cream eye shadow collection! I really want to try out more from different brands like Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown, but I'll wait till I have a job again to buy those.

What are your favorite cream shadows? Do you prefer cream or powder shadows?
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Review & Swatches: Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows in Amaze, Mooning, and Sugar

Colourpop has been super popular lately and I decided to finally review Amaze, Mooning, and Sugar! I actually bought these a few months ago, but put them aside. I forget about these photos until I went through my drafts and started using them again. The Super Shock Shadows have a very unique texture in that it feels like very soft and almost wet. They're very malleable in the pot and the pattern goes away with one use. Each shadow retails for $5 and come in multiple finishes. 

This review is picture heavy. Since the texture, pigmentation, and wear is similar for all three shades, most of the text under the pictures are concise descriptions of the colors and the rest will be at the end. 
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Review & Swatches: Soothing Sista XO Memebox Eyeshadow Quad in #Eyelove SF

The Soothing Sista XO Memebox #Eyelove SF Palette is an eyeshadow quad made up of neutral rosey brown shades. They're supposed to have double-coated pigment technology for long lasting color. If you don't know, Soothing Sista aka Stephanie Vila is a YouTuber that mostly does fashion and beauty videos. She created this palette and named it with a Bay Area / San Francisco theme. The palette contains 4 grams / 0.141 ounces of product and retails for $17. Each pan is about the size of a quarter. 

The names of the shades are on a plastic insert. I prefer the shades to be printed next to the individual shadows, but it's not a huge problem. I originally thought the pans were magnetic, but they were all held down by some glue. They are easy to remove to put into customizable magnetic palettes though.

Here are the initial arm swatches! I used a color dropper to match the text color with the eyeshadow color. 

Sutro is described as a "light dusty rose matte." In the pan, it looks more brown but swatches to a nice subtle dusty rose. 

Valencia is described as a "medium pinky-brown matte." It is basically like a darker version of Sutro with more pinky to it. 

Surprisingly, the mattes are amazing. They're soft and even have a nice creamy feel to them. Sutro is a bit too light to show up as a pigmented shade on my skin tone. Since Sutro and Valencia are both so similar, I would've liked a cream highlight kind of color instead. 

The mattes are hands down the best out of the quad. For both of these shades, you don't have to use a primer if you don't want to if you have normal lids. The colors show up fine even without any help. 

Candy Rain is described as a "metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter." I don't see the silver micro-glitter, but it is a pretty metallic burgundy rose shade. 

Bae Area is described as a "metallic pink shimmer with iridescent glitter." This is a full on pinky gold glittery shade.

Candy Rain is harder than the mattes and so it does take more work to build up color. Once it's on the lids, it is pretty but not the best burgundy shade I've worked with. I would use a primer with this shade so that it's easier to build up color.

Bae Area is the worst out of the palette. It has chunky glitter that just falls all over the face if you don't use a super tacky base. The base color of the eyeshadow is pink and the shimmer/glitter is more golden to create a pretty color when swatched though. It is very similar to Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow in Pink Wink (review here) in that they're both a pinky gold with chunky glitter. 

Here is Bae Area in another light. In indirect light, the pinky base is more apparent. 

Here is an eye look using the palette. 

Sutro on the inner third of the lid
Valencia in the crease and on the outer third of the lid
Candy Rain on the outer half of the lower lash line and a bit in the outer third of the lid
Bae Area on the center of the lid, but applied with LASplash Splashproof Sealer Eyeshadow Base

I was wearing this out and I can't stand having glitter all over my face. Even so, there was still a bit of fall out but less than if I hadn't used the sticky base. 

Final thoughts: If you're a fan of the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette but don't want that many shades or pay that much, you might want to look into the #Eyelove SF palette. The matte shades fall in line with Limit and Nooner too. Candy Rain is decent, but I have an eyeshadow from theBalm Balm Jovi that is so much better. Bae Area is really disappointing and if you're only interested in this shade, it's better to just get the Maybelline eyeshadow I mentioned in this review. I do sometimes take this palette for a weekend away to use the three decent shades though. It's definitely not my favorite palette to use though since I have the Naked 3 plus other rosey browns / nudes shades I've accumulated this past year. 

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Review & Swatches: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita (February 2015 Version)

Liquid lipsticks have been all the rage lately and Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks have probably been one of the more popular ranges. The shade I'll be reviewing is Lolita, but is the February 2015 version of the color. It was reformulated 2-3 times, but still continues to be one of the more popular colors and is always out of stock. Lolita is described as "dusty rose" and retails for $20.

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