Saturday, August 27, 2011

another review on L E palette

Tarte for True Blood Review & Swatches

My Tarte for True Blood package arrived yesterday, so I want to share photos and swatches.

This limited-edition palette includes 17 eye shadows, a full-size emphasEYES Aqua-Gel Eyeliner in black, a deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara in black, and a deluxe Lifted Natural Eye Primer with Firmitol.

Also included are instructions for four different looks to try.

The cheek stain looks and smells delicious. It smells like pomegranate to me. In the tube, it looks very bold and a bit scary. However, it applies sheerly and gives me a beautiful reddish pink blush with gold sparkles.

The lip tint is a beautiful shade of red. It gives me that really nice (please 'scuse the pun) "just bitten" look.

Here are swatches of the cheek stain and lip tint.

The Light, Fairy, Dusk...

Dawn, Werewolf, Waitress, Nocturnal...

Charmer, Glamour Me, Stake...

Bayou, Telepath, The True Death, Immortal...

Moss, Legend, "V"...

Overall, I'm really happy with my purchase. The eye shadows are much more impressive in person. (They looked rather boring in the promo pic.) They are well-pigmented and smooth. Most of the shades have a frost/shimmer finish, and only 4 shades have a matte finish (Dusk, Werewolf, Stake, and Legend). The primer and mascara didn't do much for me, but the eyeliner is amazing! The cheek stain is a great color and lasts all day. The lip tint goes on smoothly and looks great. And the packaging is... to die for!

original site and here is another site below

L.E. Tarte palette =D

Special Delivery - Tarte for True Blood Limited Edition Collection

I cannot express to you how utterly excited I am for this collection.  Instead I am going to fill this post with pictures and maybe I'll be able to overcome my fangirlish squees of joy enough to comment.

Ready...Set...Glamour ME!

The palette includes 17 eye shadows, Deluxe Lifted Natural Eye Primer with Firmitol, Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara, and a full sized empasEYES aqua-gel eye liner in black.  I love that the shadows are all named after words from the show.

The palette all opened up and drawer pulled out.

Here is a close up of those lovely eye shadows and a run down of names.
Top row: the light, fairy, dusk
Second row: dawn, werewolf, waitress, nocturnal
Third row: charmer, glamour me, stake
Fourth row: bayou, telpath, the true death, immortal
Fifth row: moss, legend, "V"

Close up of the pull out drawer with the Lifted Natural Eye Primer with Firmitol, Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara, and empasEYES aqua-gel eye liner.

In this shot I pulled out the red felt tray and discovered the LipSurgence Lip Tint fits perfectly inside.  Can we say instant travel palette!  Well it is big and bulky but hey at least I can keep most of it together!

Close up of that amazing LipSurgence Lip Tint.  I cannot wait to get this color on my lips!

Cheek Tint.  The side of this says Glamour Me in True Blood lettering.  LOVE IT!!

Close up of that luscious color!

Here's the Deluxe Lifted Natural Eye Primer with Firmitol, Deluxe Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara, and a full sized empasEYES aqua-gel eye liner in black out of the drawer.

Sneak peak inside the look book.  I cannot wait to try these out!

Full review coming soon!

Tarte for True Blood Limited Edition Palette, Natural Cheek Stain, and LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint are currently available to Sephora Beauty Insiders online.  It's my understanding these will be available in Sephora and Ulta stores and online at Tarte, Sephora, and Ulta very soon!

WNW: Penny Single Eyeshadow

Passion for Peach: Wet n' Wild Penny Single Eyeshadow Swatches and Review + tinyupdate

     I love peach, it brightens my complexion and gives me a girly glow, I feel so much more alive wearing it. I wear neutral eyes so much, like most girls, and I find that peach blushes and lipsticks look gorgeous paired with a brown eye. Anywho, this series will provide swatches and reviews (or quick reviews) on peach colored products I adore.

     Although peaches, pinks, and reds are a bit hard to pull off on the eyes, I couldn't do this series without a peach eye product. I find that with peach, pink and red eyeshadow you just need to know how much to use. In my eyes, more is better, because it becomes more evident that you are purposefully using a peach eyeshadow. So anywho, the Wet n' Wild Single Eyeshadow in Penny is readily available in your near by drugstore and I got mine for $1, but I think they go for about $2 usually.

     Wet n' Wild's Penny Eyeshadow is a golden red peach. It's a metallic shadow which is why in different angles and lighting you will see more gold, red, or peach. For this reason, if you only wear this shadow on your eyes, it will look like you have multiple shadows. The eyeshadow has a wonderful texture and pigmentation. It's the type that does not get so soft that you waste product and get fallout, and at the same time you have very nice pigmentation. I like to wear this shadow all over the lid, a little past my crease, and with a matte brown shadow in the outer corner and blended into the crease. I feel that I can't get a good 6-7 hours of wear before the color fades a bit, but that doesn't totally matter to me. Also, this kind of looks like MAC Rubenesque in powder form except much more red/peach, I'll do a comparison post later on with Rubenesque and this other cream shadow from a Revlon quad.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows

G’morning and happy Tuesday, friend. I was feeling kinda blah yesterday afternoon (been cold and rainy here), so I stopped by Sephora for a little pick-me-up.
In a somewhat shocking display of self-restraint, I managed to make it out of the store with just one thing — Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Strut ($19), a shimmery charcoal gray.
I’ve been meaning to bring it home for a while but just never got around to it. I bet she’ll look cute (and we’ll know soon enough) worn with a couple of my favorite Creaseless Cream go-to girls, Skinny Jeans (a shimmery pewter) and Birthday Suit (a shimmery chrome).
And since I was already at the store, I figured, “Why not swatch all of the Creaseless Creams?” :)
benefit creaseless cream shadow swatches in tattle tale, rsvp, birthday suit and get figgy
Swatches from the left: Tattle Tale, RSVP, Birthday Suit and Get Figgy

benefit creaseless cream shadow swatches in skinny jeans, flatter me, strut, stiletto and busy signal
Skinny Jeans, Flatter Me, Strut, Stiletto and Busy Signal
benefit creaseless cream shadow swatches in ice shot, silver spoon purple snap and tidal rave
Ice Shot, Silver Spoon, Purple Snap and Tidal Rave (all are Sephora exclusives)
benefit creaseless cream shadow swatches with the flash
Swatches with the flash
benefit creaseless cream shadow swatches without the flash
Swatches without the flash
I think of these as sort of like eyeshadows for hopeless girls (like me), LOL! Hopeless, as in me when I’m pressed for time or feeling exceptionally uncoordinated/or lazy. They’re so creamy and cooperative that they make it easy to do quick, shimmery eye looks. Plus, paired with a good primer, they stay put all day long without creasing or fading.
The Creaseless Creams also double as liners and can even work as bases beneath powder shadows, too. Hello, versatility!
What I’ll often do is apply a darker shade, like Skinny Jeans, on my lids with a dense eyeshadow brush (the MAC 239 springs to mind). Then, with a fluffy domed brush like the MAC 217, I’ll sweep a lighter color, like Birthday Suit, into the crease. Fo’ reals, the shadows blend right into each other like buttah!
When I have a little more time, I’ll grab an eyeliner brush (my fave’s the Sonia Kashuk Bent Brush) to apply a darker shade along the lower lash line, which draws attention to the eyes. A little bit of eyeliner along the waterlines, some mascara, and it’s a wrap. I’m good to go.

also checkout buxom cream shadows....


Monday, August 15, 2011

LipFusion Objects of Desire Micro-Collagen Lip Plump

Saturday, August 13, 2011

CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye Brightening Liner

I feel so secret squirrel when I’m browsing beauty aisles at the drugstore, like I’m always just moments away from a huge discovery and the unearthing of some ancient treasure lost to womankind for centuries.
Case in point: CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Eyeliner ($7).
Because it’s from a big brand like CoverGirl, the logical part of me knows I’m totally late to the party. It’s been out for months. Millions of women are well aware of the product, but such is the power of the major budget beauty score!
I’ve been wearing Exact Eyelights all weekend long, and if you don’t throw one in your basket on your next trip to Walgreens, I may have to come over to wherever you are and shake you silly. :)
This. Stuff. Rawks.
Exact Eyelights Eyeliner twist-up pencils don’t require sharpening and come in four shades, each designed to complement a different eye color:
  • Vibrant Pearl: a deep black for girls with brown eyes
  • Radiant Sapphire: a dark navy for blue eyes
  • Vivid Ruby: a dark reddish brown for green eyes
  • Majestic Jade: a dark green for hazel eyes

Lasts and lasts

CoverGirl claims Exact Eyelights Eyeliner “brightens eyes by 4x.” I didn’t notice particularly brighter eyes, but I like it as a basic liner that stays put for a *very* long time.
I’ve been using the Vibrant Pearl pencil for the past few days, and this puppy stays put like nobody’s bidness.
When I’ve worn it along my lash and water lines, it hasn’t migrated, smudged or disappeared, even after 12 hours of wear. It’s not marketed as waterproof, but it might as well be.

But where’s the pearl?

Swatch of Vibrant Pearl
I admit the name is a little odd… I’m not sure how they came up with Vibrant Pearl, because I don’t see any shimmer or pearl in it at all, but I really dig the dark, true black (no hints of blue or green).

A few items of note

Exact Eyelights Eyeliner applies smoothly, but it’s not as buttery or slick as the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($16) or MAC Technakohl Liners ($15). I think it skips and tugs a little, but at $7 I can totes forgive that.
I appreciate that CoverGirl tried to make it easier for people to pick a shade to complement their eye color, but I wouldn’t let that stop me from trying any of the other shades, too.

CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Eyeliner

Price: $7
Use: An affordable, long-wearing eyeliner available in a nice selection of colors
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A

You might like CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Eye-Brightening Eyeliner if …

  • you want an eyeliner that lasts for hours;
  • you don’t want to spend too much; and/or
  • you have oily eyelids.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

this is news to me.. $3 bin of MAC =D


M.A.C Warehouse Sale Haul Part 1: The $3 Bins

On Friday my sister and I went to the Estee Lauder warehouse sale (better known as the M.A.C warehouse sale). It was crazy! I have been two other times, but it was not as crowded or as hectic as this time. We got to the sale two hours early. Last time we went we got there right on time and ended up having to wait 2 hours to get into the sale, so we decided we would rather wait earlier and be able to get to the different stations before all of the best products were gone. We were not the first ones there. There were around 125 people ahead of us. Some were sitting in lawn chairs under big blankets and I can only imagine how long they had been there. Finally, after 2 hours, we were the first group of people let into the sale. 

The sale is held in a huge warehouse with 3 different rooms. Each room contains several products. The first room held gift sets, makeup bags, eyeshadow quads, nail polish, concealers, perfume sets, and miscellaneous face creams, cleansers, etc. The second rooms contained makeup brushes, eyeshadows, more perfume sets, M.A.C gift sets, foundations and more miscellaneous creams and cleansers. Finally, the third rooms held the $3 bins, blushes and powders, lipsticks and lipglosses, and the checkout.

The way the sale works is that there are different sections (ie. lipsticks, powder and blushes, etc). Each section has several tables with products taped down and numbers beside the products (ie. Instant Chic blush, number 64). People have to write down the numbers of the items they would like to buy and then get in line and hand the piece of paper with all of the numbers to the "runners" who get your products out of the corresponding boxes and bins.

$3 Bin Haul
The first place we headed once we were let into the sale was the $3 bins. These bins usually contain travel size products such as mini eyemakeup removers and mini sized lipgloss, M.A.C lashes and single pan eyeshadows. Last time I went to the sale we got to the $3 bins too late and most of the items were sold out. I really wanted to get my hands on some $3 eyelashes as they are usually priced between $15-$20 Canadian per pair. Because we were two of the first people to get to these bins, we got first pick of everything they had. I ended up buying the following:

Chill Blue, Romantique

1) M.A.C single pan eyeshadow in 'Chill Blue': Chill blue is a light cool toned blue eyeshadow with fine specks of silver glitter. I tried looking to see what collection this shadow is originally from but couldn't find any information on it. 

2) M.A.C single pan eyeshadow in 'Romantique': Romantique is a light peachy-pink with gold glitter. It is extremely sheer but can be built up for more colour. Again, I tried looking to see what collection this was originally from but couldn't find any information.

Number 10 lashes, Number 41 lashes, Number 40 lashes

3) M.A.C number 10 eyelashes: These lashes are full lashes that mix heavy and lighter strands (ie. 10 hairs, 3 hairs, 10 hairs, 3 hairs, etc). The tips of these lashes are highly curved upwards. I don't think these lashes are sold at M.A.C any more. 

4) M.A.C number 41 eyelashes: These lashes are definitely my favourite. They are extremely long and the lashes criss-cross over one another to create a diamond shaped look. These lashes are regularly sold at M.A.C for $16.50 Canadian.

5) M.A.C number 40 eyelashes: These lashes are extremely delicate, short, sparse and curve downwards rather than up. I believe these lashes would work best when applied to the lower lash line, rather than the upper lash line. These lashes are no longer sold at M.A.C stores.

Number 43 lashes, Number 47 lashes, Number 46 lashes

6) M.A.C number 43 eyelashes: These lashes are quite dramatic. There is mix between strands with an  extremely heavy amounts of hair (approx 40 hairs)  and those with  a light amount of hairs (approx 5 hairs). The hairs are fairly short which allows for daytime use. These lashes at currently sold at M.A.C stores for $16.50 Canadian

7) M.A.C number 47 eyelashes: These lashes are by far the most dramatic and least wearable. To be honest, they kind of scare me! The hairs on these lashes progress from a medium length on the outer corner to an extremely long length on the inner corner. They are extremely wispy and whimsical and would work with an over the top look. These lashes are no longer sold at M.A.C stores

8) M.A.C number 46 lashes: These lashes are extremely short and very full. Although they are short, I don't think they would be very wearable with a day time look, and should be saved for more of a dramatic nighttime eye look. These lashes are currently sold at M.A.C stores for $16.50 Canadian

Top to Bottom: Loving Touch, Frozen Dream, Stealing Kisses,  Delicate Crush, Scottish Lilt

9) Mini sized M.A.C see thru lip colour in 'Loving Touch': This lipgloss is an extremely sheer and pearlized hot pink with red undertones that adds a nice stain to the lips. This colour would be perfect on someone with minimal pigmentation in their lips. Seeing as my lips are highly pigmented, you may be seeing this lipgloss in one of my future giveaways. 

10) Mini sized M.A.C lipglass in 'Frozen Dream': This lipglass is a sheer yet sticky pink-purple. Originally from the 'Chill Collection' this colour has been discontinued. Look for this one to show up in one of my future giveaways. 

11) Mini sized M.A.C lipglass in "Stealing Kisses": Stealing kisses is a dark brown opaque colour. I originally thought this colour would make a great nude but was surprised to see just show pigmented it actually is when swatched. I am not a huge fan of brown lipgloss so you will most likely see this one in a future giveaway.

12) Mini sized M.A.C lipglass in "Delicate Crush": This blue-toned baby pink is originally from the 2008 holiday collection. This colour is no longer available but looks extremely similar to the new Viva Glam Lady Gaga lipglass recently released by M.A.C.

13) Mini sized M.A.C lipglass in "Scottish Lilt": Scottish Lilt is the perfect shade of nude for me. It is a peachy-brown toned lipgloss with an opaque finish and will look great over my nude or peach lipsticks. I'm not sure what collection this lipglass originally came out with or if it is still available at M.A.C but I will be getting a lot of use out of this colour. 

Mini Fix +

14) Travel sized 'Fix +': I already own Fix + but couldn't pass up the extremely cute baby sized bottle of this product. For those of you who don't know, Fix + is a vitamin and mineral infused water that can be used in many ways (ie. to help makeup stay on all day, to help foil pigments, etc). This will be perfect for taking on vacation. The only problem? I'm kicking myself for not buying more of these. 

It was an extremely crazy day. All in all, we were there for 7 hours (including the 2 hours waiting in line). The lineups were extremely long (an hour and 1/2 to get blush), people were very pushy and sometimes rude, it was really hot and girls were fainting and had to be taken away by ambulance. Yes, it is crazy what lengths we will go to for some cheap makeup, but I know for sure if I get tickets for the next sale in December I will be lining up 2 hours beforehand with my lawn chair and blanket.

I wanted to break down my haul into several parts so I could talk about the different products I bought rather than just naming them off. There will be several parts to this haul so definitely check back to see what else I bought that day.