Sunday, 13 April 2014

The 007: My Current Favorite Tutorials!

Disney's Frozen Elsa Inspired tutorial from NikkiTutorials

I love that she uses some amazing BRIGHT purples shades!

Grurple Naked 2 tutorial from Vintage or Tacky

I actually have a couple favorites from Cora today!

Silver Bleu from Vintage or Tacky


I always tend to pause her videos to buy whatever she's using!

Orange Pearl from It's Blondie

I tend to really like the way she shapes her eyeshadow.

How to wear an Orange Lip by Lisa Eldridge


I guess maybe I really like orange this season!

Victoria Beckham Smoky Eye from Pixiwoo

I'm a sucker for a purple eye!

Cat Eyeliner by Makeup by Alli

It's just awesome!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Life in Rio

Kiko's new Life in Rio Collection recently launched!

KIKO MAKE UP MILANO presents LIFE IN RIO, the new limited edition collection inspired by bright colors of a thriving and vibrant nature, the clear light that passes through it and the beautiful passionate carioca style.  The look is unique and sophisticated.

Sun, color, and easiness meet the charm of an elegant femininity. Radiant moments reminiscent of sunlight on the skin penetrate vibrant and bright shades. The lips are sublimly pigments, shiny and bright while your nails are embellished with sparkling golden reflections.

The look is solar. 

The collection has the usual suspects offered by Kiko during the summer.  I was going to pass most of the collection up, to be honest, until I saw it in person. 
I ended up buying a bronzer, the brush, two lipsticks, a polish, and a shadow stick from the collection, as well as a bunch of other things.
The Sun Lover blush I chose, in Copacabana Coral, has a bronzer shot through with a green vein on one side and a glowing peach blush on the other.  It's crazy how the bronzer blends out into a gorgeous shade.



I picked up two of the Exotic Shine lipsticks, one in 02 Attractive Papaya and one in 06 Voluptuous Pink.  I really love Kiko's lipsticks, I have never met a formula I didn't like and these shades are so nice!

The surprise hit of the collection are the Creamy Touch Eyeshadow Duos.  I chose this poorly photographed one in 104 Pink and Golden Coral.  It's just GORGEOUS.  The theme of my trip seemed to be centered on the bright clear shade Geranium, and the one end of this fit in perfectly.  It was the OTHER side, this golden one, that blew me away.  It's a gorgeous shimmery peachy-rose gold.

The last item from the collection I got was a lacquer in Samba Pink.  It's a gorgeous duochrome combination of rose/peach/gold.


Keeping with the pink theme, I picked up one of the blushes from the Boulevard Rock collection, Crossroads Pink.  It's stunning.

In all, the formulas are all on point.  They are smooth and pigmented.  The bronzer is not shimmery, but rather glowy blends well and lasts.  I also got the contour brush with the collection.  I like the one end but find the flat foundation end useless, I don't really like the shape.

THE BOTTOM LINE

I love the innovation and shades in this collection, but there are so many repeats from last year! B





 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Big Easy

Remy McSwain.  Woo, giiiirl.  I used to watch this religeously, back during the days of an actual VCR and recorded them to watch later, which I did until the tapes wore out.  It's cheesy and campy and really bad now that I watch clips on YouTube. 

But damn, I can't even look at the Big Easy Bigger Than BB Cream from Benefit without singing the theme song in my head.  And just like the show, I'm hooked.


What it is:
A multibalancing complexion perfector with broad-spectrum SPF 35 sunscreen.

What it is formulated to do:
Big Easy contains ingredients known to help balance moisture and control oil, while the cushiony liquid-to-powder formula melts in like a cream, yet finishes lightweight and velvety like a powder. This multibalancing complexion perfector self-adjusts to your exact shade to even out skintone and conceal imperfections. It also contains ingredients known to soothe and comfort the skin and help fight free radicals.

The tube is sleek and mercifully easy to open and use with one hand, which is sort of important to me.  You get 15mL for $38,00 (Sephora is running the Spring VIB event, everything is 15% off right now), which is a little on the higher end, but the way this stuff wears it's worth it.

I've read the reviews on the Sephora site and the complaints that stick out seem to me about the colouring, the smell, and the coverage/wear.

I'm fairly pale right now, thanks to a bought of skin cancer and treatment.  I have this in 01 Fair.  While it looks a little darker than I'd prefer, it really does adjust as you blend it in.  So blend it in!  I don't have any issues with it adjusting, which in itself is a miracle.  It's more of a peach tone than a yellow, as the darker shades appear to be.

I don't notice a smell to it much at all.  But it's SPF 35, which is a pretty high coverage, so it's not to be completely unexpected!  Still, I just don't smell it.

The coverage is really nice, a higher than light, lighter than medium sort of mix.  It covers my hyper-pigmentation, but not the scar from my removal.  It's by no means full coverage, and doesn't claim to be.  It wear a full 8 hours on me with moisturized skin, the first two times I wore this I skipped the primer.  With a primer?  It didn't budge.  It sets to a velvet finish that does not wear off.  It will highlight dry patches, just like any powder would.

Since it's a cream to powder, you really should apply it with your hands for a smooth even coverage.  I suspect those that say it  dries too quickly or is splotchy are using a brush.  Work with a small amount at a time and blend!

THE BOTTOM LINE
I really like this as a quick everyday base for Summer!  A

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Cease and Desist!

Last week I got a deluxe sample of the Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30™ Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask in my Sephora order.  I was very excited to give it a try and for the last three days have used it in my evening skin care routine.



What it is:
An intensive nighttime treatment that not only brightens but moisturizes skin while you sleep.

What it is formulated to do:
Treat while you sleep - wake up with the appearance of brighter, more moisturized skin. This must-have Sleeping Mask contains camu camu berry, a potent superfruit that has 30 times the vitamin C of an orange and powerful absorption properties.

While I think it might have made my skin brighter, it's broken me out LIKE CRAZY, all over the places I applied it.  I don't use it all over my face, just in specific areas, which is why I'm certain it's this product.  I never tend to get breakouts in these areas and now?  UGH.  What a mess!

Going back to check the reviews on Sephora, I did scan to see some other complaints of it causing breakouts, but all in all, not that many, just three out of 26 reviews.  That's less than 10%. 

I don't have all that break-out prone skin, I'm more prone to sensitivity and redness.  I noticed the first night that I had some 'bumps' and changed my pillowcase (which I do every three or four days anyway).  By the second morning, I thought it was painfully obvious, but to be sure, like an idiot, I used it a third night.

THE BOTTOM LINE
This just does NOT work for me!  Instead I recommend Korre's Wild Rose Sleeping Facial or Origin's Night-a-Mins, both of which are holy grail!  D



Sunday, 23 March 2014

Full Disclosure

It really takes a lot for me to return a product.  Even if I don't like something about it, there is usually enough I do appreciate that I will use it, give it away, etc.

I actually returned the Smashbox Full Exposure palette.



WHAT IT IS

Shape matters! A set of universally awesome neutrals, including how-to's for 6 eye shapes. It's essential, effortless and enhanced for your shape!

·    Essential: 14 must-have neutral shades-from nudes to blacks, long-wearing shimmers to velvety-smooth mattes.
·    Effortless: With shimmers in the top row and mattes along the bottom, it's easy to turn up or tone down the luster. Remember, when using the shimmer shades, be sure to apply by pressing down, rather than sweeping across lids.
·    Enhanced for your eye shape: Breakthrough eye shape chart to get your most gorgeous look.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT

Just like you dress to flatter your body shape, makeup should be applied based on your eye shape. A look that's amazing on your friend might not be great for you. So, after 9 years of research by our R&D team-who looked at more than 5,000 eyes!-we narrowed it down to 6 main shapes, and our artists created how-to's based on the shapes to truly get your most gorgeous eyes with this palette.

The Full Exposure Palette was created because our pros at Smashbox Studios needed it. On set, they've seen every skin tone and eye shape imaginable, so they wanted a super universal, straightforward palette that works on anyone, anywhere-from big-deal photo shoots to behind-the-scenes selfies.

JUST THE FACTS


Includes:
·    Palette with 14 neutral shades
·    Specially designed double-ended brush
·    Get the Look insert for your eye shape
·    Bonus! Full Exposure Mascara deluxe sample

It retails for $49, which is a massive investment in a palette.  I decided to give it a try, very enthusiastically, after watching HeidiCupcake do a tutorial with it!  I love this girl and I love her style.
The pigmentation just isn't there.  The sparkle shadows along the top row are impossible.  I'm used to working with the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Shadows, in fact I love those.  I was sort of expecting the same thing with them, but no.

I just couldn't justify keeping it when I have all three Naked palettes as well as the Lorac Pro, which have much better formulated shimmers.  It wouldn't be so bad if one or two of the shimmers where bust.  But they're literally half the palette!  

The brush was nice! The one end is dual sided, one side for the mattes and one for the shimmers, but it just couldn't save the palette.  I've seen a combination of both positive and negatives reviews on this, but I always like to give products a fair shot on their own.  I was so disappointed.

THE BOTTOM LINE
This palette just didn't do it for me.  I don't think it's worth the money, there are several better qualty alternatives out there.  D






You can actually see Judy from It's Judy Time do a review on the highlighter in this haul!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

In Touch

I am both desperately trying to catch up on my blogging and yet hauling at an out-of-control rate!  One of the things I've been meaning to review forever are these amazing creamy stick blushes and highlighters from Kiko.  I think I've used at least one of them everyday for the last three weeks.



Both the Velvet Touch blush and the Radiant Touch highlighters are amazing.



A gentle touch of colour for an instant, healthy effect. Its handy stick shape makes application extremely convenient. The product can even be applied directly to the cheeks and cheekbones. Easy to blend and adapt, the pigments adhere perfectly to the skin and create a soft focus effect for a smooth and even complexion. The velvety, silky texture melts onto the skin and gives a pleasant sensation of comfort. The pure colour release defines the features, ensuring a flawless finish.

Hints of natural light enhance the facial skin. The iridescent colour emphasizes strategic points allowing the contours to be enhanced. Thanks to its exclusive, convenient shape, the product can be applied directly onto the face and blended with fingers. Enriched with a high percentage of pearl, the formula creates an exclusive make-up effect. Easy to blend and adapt, its texture is creamy and comfortable. Points of light above the eyebrow arch, on the cheekbones and on the d├ęcolletage make the eyes look alive and enhance the femininity of the contours.

They retail for around €8 a piece, although the highlighters are currently on special for 30% off.
 highlighter in 101, blush in 07, highlighter in 100, blush in 02

I have both of the highlighters (gold and pink) as well as the blushes in 02 which is a creamy dupe for Nars Orgasm and 07 which is nearly a Nars Douceur dupe!  While they are a creamy formula, they turn into a nice powder and set once applied to the skin.  They wear forever and have the most amazing finish.  02 has little bits of golden flecks in it, while the others are just slightly shimmer.  They blend really well with either your fingers (which I prefer) or with a brush.

THE BOTTOM LINE
These are a total must have!  A+



Saturday, 15 March 2014

Anmesia Rose

A week ago I posted my Most Wanted list and soon after, caved and ordered #1 from the list.


What it is:
A stunning eye, lip, and cheek palette, inspired by delicate Amnesia Roses from designer L’Wren Scott’s garden.

What it does:
This elegant, edgy collection—the first off-the-runway collaboration between Bobbi Brown and L’Wren Scott—creates an endless number of layerable looks, from classic to dramatic. It features six velvety, smooth, easy-to-layer shadows including shimmery Ultra Violet, Amnesia Rose, deep Mulberry, and cool, smoky Iron. Finish the look with Sand Pink color for cheeks and Desert Rose Pot Rouge for lips.

What else you need to know:
The palette is inspired by the designer’s favorite flower: silvery, lavender Amnesia Roses. 


At $68,00 from Sephora it was a major investment that I am very happy with!  It comes with four shadows, two blushes, and two glitters.  I've read a lot of reviews about how the bottom two 'shadows' have no pigment, but that's because they're not eye shadows, they are two of the Sparkle Washes.

What it is:
A featherweight eye shadow formula that instantly lights up eyes with a combination of shimmering pearls and fine sparkle.

What it does:
This shadow feels creamy-soft going on stays crease-free for long-lasting wear.

What else you need to know:
This once-limited edition fan-favorite is now a permanent part of Bobbi Brown’s line. Featuring an incredibly wearable range of bright to soft shades, Bobbi handpicked each color to compliment every skintone, day and night.

They are meant to be applied as sort of a top coat.  You can see Lisa Eldridge use one and explain it a little here, in this tutorial.

I love the shades and tones of this set very much!
 THE BOTTOM LINE
I love this palette and am REALLY glad I purchased it.  The shades and nice and very wearable! A