Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Can we talk about purple lips?

Purples are neutrals right?

I love purple lipstick, it's a weakness. I confess I don't even wear it that often but when I see it I must have it. These are the purples I've fallen prey to over the years, I am hopelessly in love with every one of them. As you can see the spectrum ranges from lavender to the deepest aubergine and a ton more in between, I really just can't resist. It's like a siren song, but on to the purples!

The purples from left to right:
Colourpop Brills lippie pencil, OCC lip tar Rollergirl, OCC lip tar Hoochie, OCC lip tar Lydia, OCC Hoochie Pencil, NYX Pencil in Purple Rain, Wet'n'Wild 908C Sugarplum fairy, Wet'n'Wild 916D Ravin Raisin, Revlon Matte Balm in Shameless, OCC lip tar Technopagan, Wet'n'Wild 919B Vamp it Up

Favorites: OCC lip tar in Lydia-this is like the perfect everyday wearable purple, it's so subtle and pretty. OCC Technopagan-the opposite of Lydia, this is super wild metallic purple blue, have I dared wear it outside? Yeah, and it's awesome.

What kind of purple do you wear, subtle lavender or complete and undeniable violet?

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ipsy: Beautifully Bohemian April 2015

I received my Ipsy bag a couple of days ago and I have to say, the bag is freaking cute! It doesn't hurt that I ended up loving pretty much everything in it as well. Let's go through it together shall we?
Swatches L-R: Elizabeth Arden lipstick, Pandora's Blush in Pink Carnation, theBalm eyeshadow in Fit.
Pandora's Blush: I was a bit nervous about the color from the picture online, I'm not usually a pink blush kinda lady but this tuned out to be a beautiful natural pink sort of color. And I love that it was just the pan, it was perfect to just pop into my unii palette.
Crown Brushes Concealer Brush: Your basic concealer brush, nice quality and I'm sure I'll get some use out of it.
Olive Lip Balm: This may have been the item I was least excited about since I have about ten lip balms to get through. It's actually really nice and it straight up smells like a granola bar.
theBalm Nude Dude eyeshadow sample in Fit: Adorable packaging, teeny shadow, pretty shade. It's your basic bronzy color, it does have some glitter in it which I find a little unpleasant, but it's not too bad.
Elizabeth Arden Lipstick: Umm okay, the packaging is beautiful and kinda reminds me of the TARDIS; when my husband saw it he told me to paint it blue. I wont, but it would be pretty cool. Now, the shade I wasn't too excited about I'm on a neutrals kick right now but it is very pretty and not drying at all. Since it's a bit too bright for my liking I like to line it with OCC's pencil in Black Dahlia and it's perfect!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

L'oreal Infallible Pro Spray Makeup Extender

I've always been curious about setting sprays but the $30 price tag on the Urban Decay ones kind of turned me off. When I saw a few good reviews for the L'oreal one I thought I'd give it a shot what the hell right?

I found it for eight bucks on Amazon so that is pretty awesome way better than a $30 price tag. I think regular retail is about $16 but I guess I got lucky. Now I'll tell you I have pretty oily skin, especially my nose. Oh how I struggle with my nose I swear in the summer you could fry up an egg with all that oil(sorry about the super gross visual). Anyway I tried this thing the other day the first thing I noticed was the spray nozzle thing, it is absolutely terrible. I have spray bottles From the dollar store that spary a finer mist than this, it looked like I got caught in the rain. No. I realized I had an empty sample bottle of Urban Decay's B6 spray so I rinsed it out and poured some in there, much better.

Okay now for the actual impression of the product, nozzle rant aside, I love it. It definitely helped my face stay on longer and I didn't get noticeably oily until about 5 hours in which is a little miraculous. I did feel my nose getting a little oily as usual but when I looked in the mirror, my foundation looked pretty much the same as when I left my house, and it was a warm day.

Conclusion: I'm sold. Terrible nozzle, awesome product and for eight bucks I will definitely buy it again.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

My Makeup Brush Essentials.

Let's just say we lived in a cruel world where you could only own five brushes to put your face on. Scary, no? I'm glad I don't live there but if I did, or could only have five brushes these are the guys I'd pick:

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush: I love this brush. So. Much. I use it mostly to apply my foundation whether it's cream, powder, or liquid this brush will apply it beautifully with no streaking. It's dense and super soft. I've also used it to cream contour and it's awesome at that too. I guess that's why it has the title "Expert."

Real Techniques Contour Brush: Noticing a trend yet? I love Real Techniques. This is my contour/bronzer brush of choice. On a daily basis I only use a powder for contour/bronze and this one is awesome. It's soft and fits perfectly in the hollows of my cheeks, it blends product really well. On occasion I've used it for powder highlights as well as for setting the under eye and it totally works.

Real Techniques Eyeshadow Brush: If I could only use one eye brush it would be this one, and on most days it is! This brush is amazing for blending and applying light washes of color. Most of the time I do just that, a light wash of a matte nude-is neutral and a warm brown in the crease and I'm good, no other brushes necessary.  If I had just this brush and my Stila In the Know palette I could be happy with my eyeshadow forever.

Luxie Beauty Large Angled Face Brush 504: I got this brush in my Ipsy bag a couple of months ago and I've been using it every day since. For one, it's super cute with the pink handle and rose gold ferrule; but also it's soft and is the best blush brush ever. Somehow it just picks up the perfect amount of color and blends it out like a boss. I've used it for contouring as well and it's awesome, but I just love it for blush.

Ardell Duo Brow Brush: This is my favorite brush to paint my eyebrows on with, I love that it's double sided so I don't have to use a separate spooley to blend everything out. I usually use it with my Anastasia Dipbrow, but it's also good with powders.

Honorable mentions: OCC lip brush, Crown Brushes Infinity dual sided brush, and pretty much all ecotools brushes.

Friday, April 3, 2015

A Dusty Rose by Any Other Name: Dusty Rose Lipsticks.

Since purchasing the ever coveted Kat Von D Lolita lipstick I realized I have quite a few shades in that dusty rose family so I thought I'd swatch some alongside each other to compare. They are a variety of finishes, but some of the colors are nearly identical it's almost embarrasing. I swear they're all different. For example Wet'n'Wild's Mochalicious lipstick is surprisingly similar to Lolita and Bite Beauty's Glace. To think I was about to buy MAC's Verve which seems to be identical to Mochalicious judging by online swatches. 
Left to Right: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal, Menow Lip Gloss #18, Wet'n'Wild Bare it All, Bonita Lip Velvet in Nude Indulgence, Colourpop Brink, Bite Beauty Glace, NYX Mauve, Merle Norman Honey, Kat Von D Lolita, Wet'n'Wild Mochalicious, Milani Naturally Chic, Menow Lip Gloss #2

My favorites: Lolita, Mochalicious, Glace and Naturally Chic which I love lining with OCC's Black Dahlia pencil

My least favorites: Bonita Nude Indulgence. It has a shimmer to it that I so do not like, and it never dries down and stays like a creamy gloss. Also, the Menow "glosses" which are really liquid lipsticks, they are long lasting but sticky as hell. I have a few more colors and might be postingabout them soon.

Do you have a favorite dusty rose lip color?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in Lolita

Can we talk about this baby for a second? 

I have what seems to be the third incarnation of this ever elusive and forever sold out dusty rose shade, and let me tell you I love it. I thought about it for a looong time, like since the first one was still available when I heard the "old Lolita" was back, I thought alright now's the time. Looking at swatches online it seems this one is still darker than the original but I'm actually pretty happy with that because I feel like the original color would look a bit light on my skin tone.
She's just perfect.
Lip shot. Sorry about all the hair, never fails to get in the way. But how pretty is the color though?
Do I look surprised? I'm not, I promise.
This turned out to be a beautiful dusty rose shade perfect for every day. Though maybe don't wear it every day cos it might dry out your lips.  The texture is very light wight feels almost like nothing on the lips and as promised it dries down matte and lasts forever. Okay not forever but I've worn it for about seven-ish hours at a time meals and everything and it stays put until I remove it with some coconut oil. Towards the end of the day if it does start to feel a bit drying I just throw some chapstick on top and move on. 

For someone like me who hates touching up this is all kinds of perfect.

Monday, March 30, 2015

March 2015 Ipsy Bag: Floral Fantasy

Excuse the terrible cell phone shot.
I know March is almost over, no it's over. But I still wanted to share what was in my Ipsy bag this month. I'd have to say this was a pretty good month, and the bag is so cute, it's my new makeup bag replacing the one from May of last year.
Swatches of the eyeshadow duo and NYX buter gloss in Little Susie
Let's move on to the items, I received:
NYX Butter Lipstick in Little Susie- Perfect spring shade, glides on super easily. I was kinda hoping for Pops but I do see myself wearing this through summer.
Purlisse Cleanser- I love it, it's gentle and doesn't leave my face feeling tight and dry.
Pixi by Petra eyeshadow duo- Beautiful shades, great for every day wear and perfect for travel or just swiping it on quickly. The shadows are soft but not chalky or powdery and apply well even sans primer. I ended up giving this to my mom just because I have so many similar shades already that I love an wear regularly.
LeeAnni Eco Moisturizer- When I first tried it I thought it felt a little heavy, not like my usual super lightweight oil free moisturizer but the second time I tried it I used less and it went on so lightly and smooth. It fixed any dry patches I had without making th erest of my face extra oily. It has a faint rose smell which I actually enjoy. 
Infinity Shadow/Crease brush form Crown Brushes- I cannot tell you how excited I was to be receiving this brush. Let's just say very. It did not dissappoint, the bristles are soft and I love that it's dual sided, If you only had one shadow brush this one is perfect. The pencil point is great for depositing precise color on the crease and under eye as well as inner corner highlight, and the fluffier side can be used for sweeping shadow all over the lid, brow bone highlight and blending.

I can't wait to see what's in store for next month!