Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Tarte Natural Lip Stain Swatches!

I love these new lip stains. I can't say that enough.
I didn't get to swatch all of them:( I'm missing Moody from my swatches.
Update. It is now 7:30 and I still have the lipstain on since 2pm. Wow. Not one bit drying. The color I was wearing lust, looks a lot like amused now five hours later? weird. But still very bright on my lips!
Below from left to right is Amused, Lust, Enchanted, Joy and Charmed
They feel oh so smooth on the lips. Really hydrating. The colors are very vibrant. My coworker was wearing Amused for her 6 hours without reapply. It looked glossy and really pretty! I'm in love!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Revlon Drugstore haul #2

This is my second attempt at loving the new Revlon collection. I got the Revlon PhotoReady in Nude 004 and the color surge lipstick in Soft Rose. Again the color is a little off, too pink and a wee bit light. Sigh. I give up. It's a great formula none the less!
Here I am modeling the foundation and lipstick. Do you see those lashes? It's Korres Abyssina oil volumizing mascara. Not volumizing at all. but the length separation and curl are amazing whooo!

Illamasqua and Becca pretty!

I got my hands on the Illamasqua cream foundation in CF140. It's a light shade with yellow undertones. Still a little light for me, very creamy needs to be set with a light powder. I had to prep and prime for this one to prevent it from looking cakey and use my mac duo fibre brush. It is nicely mattifying but I'm not sure an oily skin type will appreciate how heavy it feels. And Becca glossy lip tint in Flirtini. Cute name! It's a on sticky gloss, not much color there, but it does feature a nice little subtle shine

As visible above medium to full coverage.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tarte Love

I'm loving Tarte. This morning a found a lovely little surprise waiting in my mail box. The Tarte Femme Naturale Palette!

And boy is this baby wonderful! The colors are so soft and sweet (think pinks and beiges) yet there are some strong colors for smokey nights as well (charcoal, greens, golds) Everything is very earthy. There are three matte shades and the rest are all shimmer. I don't mind, I'm more of a shimmer girl.
Above From left to right is the top row of shadows

Above from left to right are the liner swatches and the bottom row of shadows
There is a good deal of fall out with this product so you need to be careful when applying (maybe a firm brush and pat it/roll it on). Plus it comes with a dual ended brush and dual ended eyeliner. Awesome! And the new packaging features a little sample of the lifted eye primer. It's crease resistant and very creamy. But it does feel a little thick and you do need to blend it in well.

Anyway, I really want to show you what I'm really excited about. Have any of you seen the new Tarte spring collection? Omg I want it! lol.

Disclaimer: ( All the pictures in the bottom belong to and I'm not trying to violate any copy write laws just sharing the awesomeness)

The Tarte flower child palette, I just love the packaging so cute!

Lash enhancing mascara and primer. The lash primer is something I'm really interested in. I own more than 20 mascaras (sick I know) but not one mascara primer...this one is going in the cart :)

New lip stains and cheek stain!

I think this is the main star of their new collection. I already love their cheek stains and I'm hearing really good thing about this new lip stain. Moisturizing and a lip stain in one, sounds too amazing! Plus I love the packaging. It will fit perfectly in my purse and be super easy to apply. The new cheek stain is such a pretty earthy rose color sounds like my cup of tea.

There is an antiaging cheek stain too. Looks very creamy!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Congratulations Giveaway Winner!

Yay! Kinjal has won the blog giveaway. Thank you to all that followed. I'll look to post more giveaways in the future. Lots of fun :) Hugs to all and a great day!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Benefit Sugar Bomb!

We are ready for spring with Benefits new Sugar Bomb blush. It's a light pink shade that can be used to give cheeks a nice healthy glow. Very natural looking! It does have a light fragrance to it.

I also swatched Tarte's Borba lipgloss in Inside Out. Very sheer, but slightly sticky.

Eve Pearl Foundation and Diva Palette

I love Eve Pearl, her personality, her skill and passion for makeup! Her makeup is so versatile, it makes it easy for anybody to look flawless in minutes! I grabbed her HD foundation in light, it comes with a light and a dark shade for easy contouring/ concealing. The formula is so creamy and looks flawless on. I also grabbed the Diva eyeshadow palette for when I'm feeling sassy! Her products are a bit pricey and the palette is on the small side but... They blend like a dream and are super pigmented. All you have to do is dip the brush in no swishing it around or you'll end up with way too much pigment. That's insane! Very vibrant too, what you see is what you get. And the colors are so fun. These are all satiny. I'm very pleased with my purchase. I ordered two more palettes from her and I'll be posting my review as soon as I get them.

Cargo 50% off haul.

Well, most of the good items are gone. A few loners here and there. This is a great collection that will be missed Specially those blushes! I got a few goodies to review and swatch :)

My favorite buy hands down is that runway pallet hello $25 awesome!! The blushes are fantastic. The eye shadows are fun. Everything goes on smooth and pigmented.
I already own Tahiti and Baja eyeshadow palette and I decided to add a neutral Bahama to the mix. Very sheer light and shimmer and fun warm colors.

Above from left to right is my favorite blush in mendocino, blu ray foundation in #20, blu ray bronzer, blu ray blushes #1 and #2

I already own the blu ray foundation. This is my I have 5 minutes to get ready foundation. Quick and easy and medium to full coverage. I have a lot of couperose (broken capillaries on my cheeks and nose) so I don't even have to wear concealer with this awesome. Now, like most powders it can be drying if you are dry skin already. I'm combination. Most people will ask my what I'm wearing when I wear this foundation because it looks so flawless on me and not drying or too obvious ( I'm combination oily Tzone) the texture is very silky smooth but it's a bit chalky if you don't get your correct color which is hard because their color range is very limited.

I'm happy with blu ray bronzer and blush #2. They are very light and wearable with less shimmer than the original blushes/bronzer. blu ray blush #1 is a bit too chalky for me.
Above from left to right is medium bronzer from the palette, the middle gray smokey eye shadows, blushes in big easy, rome and topeka

These blushes and bronzers are the main reason I snatched up that palette what a steal!

Above from left to right is Cargo plant love lipstick in sagarmatha, and the runway palette eye shadows

I'm not in love with the Cargo plant love lipstick. The shade works for me, but the formula is sooo dry. It reminds me of Nars but even dryer. The good thing is that it is long wearing. Does have a bit of an unpleasant odor. The palette eye shadows I love. They are so pigmented and such fun colors. They blend like a dream.

Sephora hauling time.

I don't give much love to Sephora brand. When ever I go to Sephora there are so many interesting new things I never really pay attention to the brand even though I am a fan of their brushes, new satin eyeshadows and their powdered foundations. Their lip stuff is another story. I just have such an aversion to smells..specially sweet annoying smells.

Above is a picture of my haul

Above from left to right are swatches of old sephora lippies in 43, 39 and 33 followed by the ultra brilliance lipgloss in 33 and new lip attitude glamour glosses in 17. 18. 19 and 20.

Any-who, in the name of the sale I picked up a few of the old sephora lipsticks. These were all super shimmery and weirdly enough oily/melted gross. The colors were nice though. But again can't stand the smell. They also irritated my lips. I'm guessing because of the shimmer. So I went to see the new sephora lipsticks. And the formula is much improved. I picked 4 neutrals from the lip attitude glamour collection. It's such a silky formula with moderate pigmentation and highly moisturizing. All the colors are wearable and there are so many nice colors. The only con is that strong smell and taste. Now I'm not deliberately eating the lipstick but sometimes I lick my lip (I know bad drying habit) or something happens and there it is that nasty taste. And the strong smell is right under my nose :( What a pity because I do looooove the shades and feel of these lipsticks. I also got a lipgloss from the ultra brilliance collection in #33. This one irritates my lips and it does have the same smell and taste. Very glossy, shiny and non sticky though. I'm scared to try their new rouges the colors and pigments are so intense. Sigh, I"ll have to wait until they change that formula again.


Help Haiti!

Help for Haiti: Learn What You Can Do

My Dad is so cute he calls me yesterday and tells me he texted 90999 to donate his ten dollars. It's so easy. I did it too. As many of you know Haiti was devastated by a huge Earthquake, and it hit it's capital Port Au Prince badly damaging the presidential palace and worse killing anywhere from 50 to 100k people. Please research and donate if you can to a reputable organization.
  • Visit the Salvation Army website you can send a check or do it online.
  • Visit the Red Cross and select the “Haiti Relief and Development” fund.
  • Text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross.
  • Text “YELE” to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lips and more!

I went to Rite Aide to see some Revlon newness and of course I got sidetracked with some other brands. :)

Above I'm wearing the Revlon Photo ready foundation. As you can see it looks gorgeous on, it's just not my correct color match. It's way too light/pink for me. I'm probably the next shade down 004 Nude. But I love how it feels and looks. It is a bit too shimmery for my taste but for the price it's a great HG product! OMG the face looks smooth flawless and it looks like skin yet covers really well. It's so smooth going on and it's oil free. My skin felt like it could breathe and best of all no breakouts. I'm wearing the Cargo beach blush in Echo Beach and the Neutrogena moistureshine gloss in Berryfit, which looks a lot more red on. It's non sticky and so pigmented. Best of all no disgusting taste/smell. I'm loving it all. I just need to get my hands on that nude shade and do a photo with that. Lol my hair is a hot mess, I had just washed it and I'm air drying. I have on Morroccan oil cream leave in conditioner if you are curious. It really helps tame the frizz and define the curls otherwise I'd be a fuzz ball! The bottom part went through Japanese straightening. I did it twice and I promised my self to let myself live with the curls for a few years.

Revlon Photo Ready in 003 Shell, Revlon 065 Rosy Nude, Revlon 131 Ginger Rose, Maybelline colorsensational gloss in 255 Touch of toffee, Neutrogena moisture shine gloss in 400 berry fit, Covergirl shine blast in 835 aglow, Cargo beach blush in Echo Beach.

I'm going to include lip swatches for the lippies just because I feel that gives a better view of the pigmentation and wear of the lippies. I do apologize for my lips before hand so please don't leave mean comments I know they need liner, exfoliation, some concealer and a wax. :P

The Covergirl shineblast does have a slight sweet scent. It's very moisturizing and long lasting. I'm loving the new applicator. It's so easy to apply! It is lovely that it's so shiny and non sticky, but there is no color payoff. Plus it's such a tiny amount of gloss. I've used it twice and already the package is down 1/3 rd of the way. eek. So for me it's not worth the price.

I'm loving the new Revlon color surge lippie. I probably could have chosen a better color it's hard to pick with no testers. the cap is an ok representation. I picked Rosy Nude. A nice everyday color. The color payoff is great. It goes on so smooth and doesn't dry the lips or fade good lasts pretty long too. No smell/taste. I'm so loving this. I'll be sure to try more colors soon.
The Maybelline touch of toffee was not my favorite color. But I was on the hunt for a nice nude lipgloss. This was a winner in that sense. No strong smell. Relatively non sticky. Pretty good color payoff but it does streak a little when you apply a lot of gloss.