Monday, February 24, 2014

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches

Disclaimer: The product was sent to me from It Cosmetics but all opinions are my own, as always.

Courtesy of QVC.

Hi beauties! Today I am excited to share a review on the It Cosmetics "Naturally Pretty" palette and the No-Tug Heavenly Luxe Dual Shadow Brush. You get 14 matte, anti-aging eye shadows and a Transforming Pearl shade. The Transforming Pearl shade is to be applied on top of any of the 14 eye shadows for added shimmer and to soften the look. I personally do not use the transforming shadow for that purpose but as a highlight for the inner corners of my eyes. 

Courtesy of QVC.
Courtesy of QVC.

The shadows are highly pigmented and glide on your lids like a dream! They feel very silky and soft and are made not to settle in fine lines or deeper lines. I tested that theory of course and applied the shadows on myself and my mother, so I could get a better review of the palette. We both loved it OH so much! The shadow did not crease or settle in lines and the formula is buttery and amazing. 

You can create many looks with the palette and I like that you can go from a soft day look to a sultry night look with this palette. The brush is amazing as well, the bristles are soft but do the job. One end is fluffy, for your blending needs and the other end is short and dense for packing on the color. This has become one of my favorite brushes because it's really all you need if you travel often or just want to quickly apply your eye shadow without having to fuss with several brushes.   

Courtesy of QVC.

From QVC:

Why is it different: These shadows instantly diffuse the look of lines and wrinkles on eyes and lids. Lush matte pigment glides over lids to create the perfect eye look. Because these shades are anti-aging, they contain ultra-hydrating ingredients, including hydrolyzed collagen, acai, green tea, and vitamins A, C, and E. These colors contain everything you would want in a shadow and none of the ingredients you don't! Specially designed, the No-Tug Heavenly Luxe Dual Shadow Brush means no tugging or pulling on delicate eyelid skin.

*I'm sharing this information from QVC because I find this statement to be helpful and true due to how the eye shadows felt on my lids!

The only con I would have to mention is the packaging, although lovely and velvety soft- I can see it looking worn very quickly. Not a huge deal but I wanted to mention that in case you are not fond of that type of packaging. The palette does come with a nice sized mirror though!
The swatches do not do the palette any justice, but I posted them for an idea of the shades.
I think these matte shadows are really a game changer and the palette is a MUST for any collection and I do not feel that way about every palette that I own.

Will you be trying this palette anytime soon or if you have it, what are your thoughts?

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Friday, February 21, 2014

"No Makeup" Makeup Look

Hi beauties! I wanted to share my "No Makeup" Makeup products that I use. This is a quick and easy look. Let's get to the products!

Here is a step-by-step on how to apply each product:

1. Benefit Porefessional: You can apply any primer you may have, I personally love this product. I apply this all over my face to minimize any large pores and to smooth out the face. I feel that this product sort of "blurs" my facial imperfections.

2. It Cosmetics [Your skin but better] CC+ Cream - This is one of my favorite products at the moment. It provides light to medium coverage. For this "no makeup" look, I use a very small amount and lightly pat it all over my face and towards my neck area. I really like the benefits of the product, here are a few: Paraben free, SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum, Anti-Aging Hydrating Serum, Vitamins A,B,C and E- and the lemony pastry scent is a bonus!

3. L'oreal True Match Concealer Crayon - Next, I conceal any stand out imperfections. This could be a blemish, redness around the nose or anywhere on your face. I also go over my under eye area and eyelids to even out the skintone because I am not applying eyeshadow.

4. Sephora Smoothing Translucent Powder - I do not like to add a skintoned powder to this look because it won't look as "natural" and I want my skin to shine through. So, I love this translucent powder! I use a light hand while applying it only to the t-zone area. Make sure to tap your brush to get rid of excess powder before applying.

5. Anastasia Clear Brow Gel - Next, I comb my eyebrows with a spooly brush and apply a coat of clear brow gel. I really like the Anastasia brand, your brows will stay in place all day! Also, this is how I groom my brows for this look but I have a natural fuller brow. If you do not, I would suggest a tinted brow gel or filling them in lightly, depending on how you want them of course.  

6. NYX Matte Black Liner - I use the liner to "tightline" my eyes to make my eyelashes appear fuller. So, instead of lining the top of your lid, you gently lift your eyelid to expose the lash line. You will be adding the liner to the top, inner portion of the eye lid. You mainly want to fill in any gaps and I usually just do the outer portion of my eyes. I'm using NYX but you can use any eyeliner, and of course you can use another shade, like brown.

7. Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara - You can skip this step- but if I'm doing a "no makeup" look or a full makeup look - I will add mascara! I love this mascara and I will apply more than one coat. Don't forget to curl your lashes!

8. Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue Medicated Lip Balm - To finish the look, I apply a lip balm. I know a lot people are not fond of the scent of this collection, but the scent does go away. I also like that Baby Lips Medicated collection does smooth my lips while adding a nice tint.

I just wanted to add that if you wanted to turn this look into an everyday look, it's easy to do! Just add a little bronzer and blush and you will have a natural get up and go look.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Review: Boots No7 Stay Perfect Trio Eye Shadows + Swatches

Disclaimer: The product was sent to me a few months ago but all opinions are my own.

Hi beauties! I hope the week has started off well for everyone. So, I've noticed that there isn't much buzz about Boots No7 Stay Perfect Trio Eye Shadows in the beauty blog world. So let's get into the review!

I have worn each palette a few times and I really love the formula. With that said, I am not a huge fan a shimmer but these look really pretty on the lids! There's about two shadows that do not have much shimmer in one of the palettes that I have (Faithful). It's not chunky glitter at all, so that's a plus.

The shadows are pigmented and there is some fallout but it's not too bad. I also like that the formula is really smooth and applies well. I think my main gripe would be the packaging, other palettes in the drugstore come with the same amount of each shade. As you can see from the main image, the shadow amount in each pan is not equal. These are $6.99 (0.1 Oz.) at Target and I would like to see a little more product for the price or just an equal distribution in each pan.
Here are some swatches, check out the amazing pigment!

The palette in: Golden

The palette in: Faithful

The palette in: Forest fruits
 The eyeshadows are hypo-allergenic and do last all day. You can also use a wet or dry brush, depending on how intense you want the color to be.

Would you try these out?

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

DIY: Valentine's Day Nails Pictorial | Simple and Fun!

Hi everyone! I wanted to share a quick and fun way to dress up your nails for Valentine's Day.

Note: These photos are pre-cleanup! So the edges are not as neat..
What you'll need:

  • Make sure that your nails are filed and ready to be polished!
  • Apply the clear polish of your choice and let it dry
  • You can then apply the white polish to the nail of your choice and let it dry
  • Polish the rest of your nails red and let them dry
  • Grab your dotting tool, if you do not have one - you can use a bobby pin (I show how that's done here)
  • You can shape the heart with the dotting tool and apply dots on your nails as desired!
  • Take pictures of your cute nails and tag me!
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Wet n Wild | Review + Swatches (Valentine's Day Edition)

Hi all!

I wanted to review Wet n Wild cosmetics. I've always heard how great the product was and for some reason never thought about purchasing the brand for myself. I did recently and one word: AMAZING. I chose shades that would be perfect for a Valentine's Day dinner or Anti-Valentine's Day night out!

I purchased three lipsticks, including one from the Fergie Collection and an eyeshadow trio. You can't really go wrong with trying these products out, they are super affordable (under $3) and easy to find.

Lipstick shades I purchased:
  • Fergie Collection: Ferguson Crest Cabernet
  • Sugar Plum Fairy
  • Mauve Outta Here
Eyeshadow trio:
  • Knock On Wood
The formula is amazing for both the eyeshadow and the lipsticks. They are pigmented and they leave behind a stain. The eyeshadow did not crease and I did not use a primer. I feel like these trios are great for travel and you can get a few looks from them. I love creating romantic smokey eye looks and neutral eye looks with the Knock On Wood trio. They come with two brushes and a "how-to" guide on the back of the package.

Knock On Wood - I'm in love with the last shade!

Tip: Although these are already priced at $3 or less, check your local stores/store websites for sales! I bought these for 30% off at Rite-Aid.
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