Category: Eyes

ColourPop Black N Brown Brow Pencil Review

ColourPop Black N Brown Brow Pencil

Finding a good brow pencil when you have sparse brows feels like finding a needle in a haystack. Some pencils are too creamy leaving brows looking too harsh and drawn on. Other pencils can be too stiff and too sheer not offering enough coverage to fill in those super sparse parts where there’s little to no hairs at all. My little ol’ sparse brows need all the love and coverage they can get so I’ve been relying on the super full coverage Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade for years to fake full brows. The Dipbrow Pomade has been a savior of mine for years but some mornings I hate having to deal with it because it requires precision, a light hand and plenty blending to look neat and polished. However, that isn’t always possible when I have to wake up at 6 a.m. and my motor aren’t fully awake until about 9.
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Well, Hello Smashbox!

Well, Hello Smashbox!

Don’t you just love trying out new brands? I do too! There are certain brands that’ll always be my go to for certain products like Too Faced for eyeshadow, Anastasia (or Becca) for highlighters and ColourPop for lipsticks. Every now and then, I like to branch out and see what other fish are in the sea. Just for a little more variety, you know? After months of playing and swatching Smashbox products here and there I finally got a chance to get my hands on a few products and I’m pretty happy that I gave them a chance.
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Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara Review

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Mascara

Since I’ve started working at Ulta, I’ve made it my mission to explore different brands. Like Tarte. Before the Tartelette Collection caught my eye I never paid much attention to Tarte. Now, I’m a huge fan of their eyeshadows and after trying one of the new Double Duty Beauty Collection lipstick and gloss I’m a big fan of their lippies too. So I figured I may as well whip out the Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara mini I received a while back to see if Tarte’s mascaras would tickle my fancy too.

So does the Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara really make a statement?

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More Urban Decay Please!

Urban Decay Trance Vice Lipstick, Blunt Eyeshadow, Score Afterglow Blush

Ever since I finally tried the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer and Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation I’ve been kinda hooked. I’ve always liked Urban Decay but now I really like Urban Decay! The Naked Skin line is quickly becoming my go to for a flawless complexion and the Revolution lipsticks (now revamped) are hands down my favorite traditional lipsticks right now so I was super pumped when I found out that my team and I were going to be hitting an Urban Decay training to learn all about the brand and new products. Including the upcoming Vice lipsticks. I seriously thought I was going to lose my mind when the Urban Decay makeup artists unveiled the massive Vice Lipstick vice containing all 100 shades. It was probably the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen!

Urban Decay Trance Metallized Lipstick

There were so many lipsticks to choose from that I didn’t know where to start. I wanted to try them all! Of course, there wasn’t nearly enough time for me to try all of the new Vice Lipsticks but I was able to try on two of them and I’m happy to report that Urban Decay is going to knock this release out of the park. My first pick was Conspiracy, a plum bronze shimmer with a Metallized finish. It went on smoothly and evenly with good pigmentation and a lightweight creamy texture that felt very good on the lips. I was expecting the Metallized finish to feel a little gritty on the lips with all that delicious shimmer but Urban Decay managed to make Conspiracy feel like butter on the lips while giving my lips a nice juicy sheen and lots of glitz. It was hard for me to take it off because the color was so beautiful and the formula was so nice. So when I went to try on Disturbed, a deep brick red with a Comfort Matte finish, I decided to create an ombre lip pairing it with Conspiracy. The result was absolutely beautiful as the colors meshed incredibly well together and the Comfort Matte formula is just as smooth, creamy and easy on the lips as the good ol’ Revolution Matte Lipsticks.

Lucky for me, I ended up receiving one of the new Vice Lipsticks in Trance, a nude mauve shimmer in a Metallized finish. It’s a really pretty neutral pink with lots of fine iridescent shimmer that gives it a nice boost from your typical boring nude pink. Like Conspiracy, Trance doesn’t feel hard or gritty at all. It’s very creamy and feels really good on the lips too. Trance makes for a great everyday lipstick and has me super excited to get my hands on other shades. Starting with Conspiracy!

Urban Decay Score Afterglow Blush

Urban Decay was also nice enough to toss in a blush and eyeshadow too. So nice! I ended up receiving Score Afterglow Blush, a medium pink peach with shimmer. Score is a little light for my tastes but it appears to be a little better when layered. I like that it has a hint of golden shimmer in the mix so it won’t look too flat or ashy on my complexion. I’m a big fan of Bittersweet and Rapture so I’m hoping that Score will work in my favor too as the Afterglow formula is actually really nice.

Urban Decay Blunt Eyeshadow

A girl can never have too many gold eyeshadows so I was happy to see that I also received Blunt Eyeshadow. Blunt is a light golden bronze shimmer that’s a very flattering and wearable shades for all skin tones. It’s incredibly pigmented with a soft, finely milled texture that feels super creamy for a powder shadow. I actually popped in on before writing this post and I absolutely adore it. It’s a great everyday lid color that makes my eyes pop nicely without being too shimmery or having too much fallout. I can simply pop it on with my fingers, blend a little and go. My kind of shadow! Between Blunt, Trance and the Naked Skin line I think Urban Decay is soon going to become one of my new favorite brands!

Urban Decay Trance Vice Lipstick, Blunt Eyeshadow, Score Afterglow Blush

Urban Decay Score Afterglow Blush, Blunt Eyeshadow and Trance Vice Lipstick

Fancie Faves

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer, MAC Plum Princess, Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation, Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder, Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter, Makeup Revolution Matte Blush, Tarte Lights Camera Flashes Mascara, Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit

One of the many upsides to being a makeup blogger (and junkie) is that I get to try a lot of different new products quite often. Most times, I purchase them myself which makes my wallet a little sad but my face very happy when I pick products that turn out to be amazing. May was a super long month filled with a lot of sales and great collections that I needed in my life so I ended up hauling lots of new makeup that caught my eye. Was it a little expensive? Yes. Do I regret it? Nope! Most of the new goodies I picked up turned out to be some of the best products I’ve ever tried. In fact, a few of them ended up being in heavy rotation from the moment I picked them up. Score!
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Still Obsessing Over the MAC Chris Chang Collection

MAC Chris Chang Collection for Summer 2016

Anyone else still drooling over the MAC Chris Chang Collection? I know I’m not alone here! Initially, I purchased a few products from the collection solely because the packaging is beyond gorgeous and I had a $10 off discount code. Once I finally got my hands on my new Chris Chang goodies I developed such a strong love for the collection. Not just because the packaging is amazing but also because the actual products turned out wonderfully too. I don’t have a bright yellow matte shadow in my collection so I jumped at the chance to bring home Royal Woo Eyeshadow which I knew would be a great lid color for spring and summer. Rich Coral Cream Colour Base can easily be duped in my collection but orange blushes are so easy for me to wear so I went ahead and tossed it in my cart too. It’s a bit sheer but I like that I can easily build up Rich Coral for a soft, natural flush of orange that warms up my complexion and gives me a nice luminous glow too.

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It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara Review

It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara

Finding a good mascara can be a challenging feat but the new It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara is definitely making life a little easier for makeup junkies. I think we can all agree that long, luscious full lashes are every gal’s dream but that false lash effect isn’t always achievable without actually applying a glamorous pair of falsies. However, It Cosmetics is getting us one step closer to the lashes we dream about with the new Superhero Mascara formulated with Elastic Stretch Technology to boost volume, add length and condition lashes with every coat. Sounds fancy, right?
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Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner Review

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Makeup is all about being creative and having fun but there’s a few products that should definitely be taken seriously–like liquid eyeliner. Like animals, liquid eyeliner can smell fear and intimidation. It just seems to prey on the meek and innocent leaving crooked lines and black smears all over the place. Liquid eyeliners can be dangerous! Well, sometimes. The liquid eyeliners that come with those little flimsy brushes that require a steady, experienced painting hand are definitely dangerous. However, the felt tip marker liquid eyeliners are a lot less intimidating and dangerous. After years of despising liquid liners, I’ve kinda grown a liking to Sharpie-esque liquid liners. They’re so much easier to use and control–even with a shaky hand.

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Milani Lash Trifecta Mascara Review

Milani Lash Trifecta Mascara

Milani is my go to brand for a good affordable lipstick, gloss or liner but for some reason I’ve never really thought to try their mascaras. I was actually quite surprised when I visited their booth at Ipsy’s Generation Beauty LA and received the new Lash Trifecta Mascara instead of one of their dazzling lippies that we all know and love. I’m always up for trying new products from brands I love so I was curious to see if the Lash Trifecta Mascara would live up to Milani’s usual high quality standards. I’m pleased to report that it does!

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Tarte Double Duty Beauty 101 Discovery Kit

Tarte Double Duty Beauty 101 Discovery Kit

Tarte has really been growing on me since I’ve tried the Tartelette Eyeshadow Palettes and even more so after attending their Double Duty Beauty Collection training for Ulta. Tarte actually has some really great stuff! I’ve always been on the fence to try their products because the color range always seemed better suited for lighter skin tones to me. Especially when it comes to complexion products. I still have to give Tarte the side eye on that because they’re not moving quite fast enough for me when it comes to expanding the line to include darker shades. However, I’ll cut Tarte the slimmest amount of slack because the rest of their color products are rather nice and pretty affordable for a higher end brand.

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