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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Urban Decay Electric Palette - Swatches, Review, and Makeup Looks



Hey yall...I'm very tired at the moment. My sleep pattern has been out of wack these past couple days but fortunately, I have this review ready for you before I pass out.

Packaging
  • Made of sturdy plastic with colorful clouds/smoke design that suit the colorful theme of this palette
  • 10 eyeshadow pans, .04 oz or 1.2 g each. They are about the size of a quarter.
  • wide mirror
  • 2 sided eyeshadow brush with synthetic bristles. One side is ideal for applying eyeshadow on the lid and the other is ideal for lining the eyeshadow. I'm actually liking this brush. 

Product
  • There is a warning that Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban are not for use around the eye. I personally didn't get any allergic reaction when I used them on the eye area but still a little bummed that Urban Decay would put out a gorgeous palette like this and have half of the colors with such a warning.
  • Scroll down to the swatches for the description of each shade.
  • Most of the shades have a pretty good pigmentation and are easy to work with. The texture and finish vary a bit between shades but most of them feel velvety and smooth.
  • You can use a few of them together to create fun and bold makeup looks or use a wash of color for something more simple. 
  • It's hard to pick a favorite shade because they are so beautiful in their own way but I'm super excited to have Chaos on hand. It's a truly stunning royal matte blue. My least favorite shade is Revolt since it's less pigmented and very frosty. I wished it looked more like liquid metal. 
  • They last all day with a primer.

Final Thought

Overall, this is one of the best colorful eyeshadow palette I have in my collection. I love the bright packaging, large mirror, and handy dandy brush. Although I wouldn't call this a compact palette, it's a fairly good size and not too bulky. The quality of the eyeshadows are excellent. If you have sensitive skin you may experience an allergic reaction to some of the shades that they don't recommend to use on the eye area but I didn't have any issues with them personally. If you love to play with bright and bold colors, I would highly recommend this palette.

Rating: 9.5/10

Price: $49.00
Availability: Urban Decay, Sephora, Ulta







Revolt - shimmery light silvery. It's no doubt my least favorite shade of the palette. It's more of a frosty finish so the pigmentation is less intense. You can make it more intense by applying it wet though.
Gonzo - cerulean blue with slight shimmers
Slowburn - slight shimmery bright medium orange with red undertone
Savage - matte neon pink
Fringe - shimmery teal



Chaos - matte royal blue. One of the most stunning blue eyeshadow I've seen.
Jilted - fuchsia with blue shimmers
Urban - shimmery purple with blue shimmers
Freak - light warm toned shimmery green
Thrash - medium chartreuse with slight shimmers

Lastly, you probably remember these makeup looks if you have been following me for a while. Click on the link to view more pictures and detail of product used.

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Look#4

Monday, May 18, 2015

NYX Glam Liner Aqua Luxe Swatches - Glam Nude, Glam Platinum, Glam Pink



I've previously done a review on these NYX Glam Liners liners in different shades if you are interested in reading the review you can head over this post HERE, which includes swatches for the shades: Glam Azure, Glam Golden, Glam Lagoon, and Glam 24 Karat.

The only differences I noticed between these shades and the ones I previously purchased is that these were not thin and are pretty pigmented on the first pass. The other shades started out with a thin formula but eventually thickened over time.

Another thing I've noticed and thought was really weird is that the brush size and length is very inconsistent across the shades. The brush size on Glam Nude is almost twice the length of the others, it's a bit ridiculous.




Swatches from left to right:
  • Glam Nude - sparkling shimmery light nude
  • Glam Platinum - sparkling shimmery light silver
  • Glam Pink - sparkling shimmery light pink
As you can see they are very shinny and sparkly. Definitely more appropriate for a glam or evening look but I think you can still rock these for a daytime look if you like that extra sparkle on your lash line.


Klenspop Contact Review - Bunny Brown and Ruby Queen Gray



Hey everyone,

Today, I have a contact lens review for you. These lenses were sponsored by Klenspop who kindly sent these two pairs for me to review.
The package arrived in a small cardboard box with bubble wrap for extra cushion. The products were in pristine condition. I received it within a week, which was a lot faster than I expected for a package coming from Korea.  
  



Each pair of contact is enclosed in a small box with cute cartoon design and instructions in the back. Inside the box, they also include a plastic looking tweezer to pick up the lenses from the vial and a contact case to store the lenses. I like how the case is transparent and allows you to see the color of the contact inside. I find the tweezers difficult to hold but what I do is pour half of the solution out of the vial and then gently drag them out with the tweezer rather than trying to pick them out.





If you've used circle lenses before then you must already be familiar how to open the vials but for someone new, here's what you should know that might help:

1. There is a notch marking on the vial to indicate where you should start.
2.  Lifting carefully lift the cover
3.  Pull it back
4.  At this point you can either go clockwise or counterclockwise and remove the aluminum seal.
5.  There will be time you may break off the plastic cover before you can break the aluminum seal. 
6.  If that happens, use a pair of tweezers or plier to remove the aluminum seal. Do not attempt to remove it with your bare fingers because you will likely cut yourself.
7.  Remove the rubber cap. \
8.  Prior to using the case, I always wash it with soap and water. Then I dip a Q-Tip in alcohol.
9.  I rub the Q-Tip on case to sanitize and disinfect any possible germs around it.



Here I have the Bunny Brown contacts. It's sold for $15 a pair, which is pretty affordable. It's 14 mm in diameter and has 38% water content. The contact is good for 1 year.



Bunny Brown is a warm dark brown that slightly lighten and add warmth to my natural eyes. They look quite natural and lovely. They offer a noticeable enlargement without looking huge and lastly, they are super comfortable. I can wear them all day without any irritation or dryness. 



On the left is my natural eye and on the right is Bunny Brown

Bunny Brown in natural light

Bunny Brown in natural light

Bunny Brown in natural light

Bunny Brown in flash light

Bunny Brown in flash light

Bunny Brown in flash light



Here I have Ruby Queen Gray. The pair is sold for $21.00. It is also 14 mm in diameter and contains 38% water content. It is also good for 1 year.



The Ruby Queen Gray is a rather unusual pick for me but because I wear a stronger prescription my choices were a bit limited. I decided to go with it anyways and I'm glad that I did. The enlargement is just right and perfect for me. Makes my eyes look bigger but not creepy. The design is really cute. Well at least in my opinion, they are really cute and fun because they have a diamond cut pattern. It's like wearing jewels on your eyes, hehe. I know it sounds weird but it looked better than I thought. I was a bit weary at first cause I wasn't sure about them but after trying them on, I love them. I noticed that they are also super thin. These are like the thinnest and most comfortable contacts I have ever tried. I seriously can't feel them at all. Now, the only thing that I'm not really loving about these is that I find that the power is a slightly off and not as sharp as they should be. It's not too bad. I can still see things just fine but I just can't read certain signs from a distance when I drive.



Ruby Queen Gray on the left and my natural eye on the right

Ruby Queen Gray in natural light

Ruby Queen Gray in natural light

Ruby Queen Gray in natural light

Ruby Queen Gray in flash light

Ruby Queen Gray in flash light

Ruby Queen Gray in flash light

There you have it. I love and appreciate the packaging and the way it was delivered. I've been wearing them for a couple weeks and both contacts are really comfortable and lovely. When I was taking pictures of the contact on one eye and leaving one eye bare, was like OMG my bare eyes are so little! Thank goodness for circle lenses for bigger dolly eyes. If you find the design appealing, they are totally worth a try. 

Feel free to check out Klenspop website HERE for more info and for other lenses they have available.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Honey By Marc Jacobs Perfume Review and ScentBird Perfume Subscription



I was contacted a few weeks ago by ScentBird asking me if I would review and feature their product on my blog. I was intrigued by the company so I accepted the offer. 
ScentBird is a subscription service, similar to Birchbox, that offers designer perfumes samples. They have over 350 different designer perfumes to choose from and the perfumes that are sent to you are tailored to your preference. You get to pick what you want! When joining, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire, and based on your answers, they will determine the perfumes that best matches your tastes.

For $14.95 a month, you will receive a travel size sample that comes with a purse friendly atomizer containing .27 oz / 8 ml of perfume. The roller ball is .33 oz and retails for $24.00. Personally, I prefer using a spray. Quite honestly, I think for the price, this is a pretty good deal because you get a generous amount to try out and decide for yourself if you like the scent or not before splurging on the full size. 

I also think that this subscription is also ideal for those who love to try out different fragrances without having to break the bank. What do you think? I have to admit that I am very picky with the fragrance that I wear so I'm not so sure if this is for me but I think some of you will find this offer appealing.

The package came in this black envelop with bubble wrap for protection.



Included was a card with instructions on how to use the atomizer.




They also sent me a gift card for Le Tote, which I have never heard of until now but sounds like another subscription service for garments and accessories.



The atomizer was enclosed in this small fabric bag. Overall, the packaging is plain and simple. You just twist the atomizer to release the pump and spray to your heart's content. The atomizer does a pretty good job at emitting a fine mist of scented goodness and it's made of pretty sturdy plastic. Keep it at home or keep it in your purse to refresh your scent. There's no label on the atomizer itself to indicate the fragrance inside; however the glass tube is labeled.

I picked Honey by Marc Jacobs. It smells sassy and lively, fresh, warm, and flowery! Probably not my all time favorite but I do like it and will definitely use up the bottle at some point.

Notes: Pear, Juicy Mandarin, Orange Blossom, Peach Nectar, Apricot, Honeysuckle, Honey, Golden Vanilla, Smooth Woods.

I'm not really good at describing scents but to me this is a casual scent, something you can wear on the daily to the office, to run errands, to have lunch with your friends, etc...
The floral notes dominates the scents and the fruity notes adds a bubbly twist of freshness to the floral. The scent of honey and vanilla are the most subtle. The actual full size bottle is meh to me. It's cute but a bit juvenile, in my opinion. I think this scent will appeal more to young adults. It last a pretty long time on me (up to 7 hours) and I like the fact that it's not too overpowering either.

Have you tried or smelled Honey? Do you like it?

If you are interested in learning more or joining the ScentBird family feel free to follow this link https://www.scentbird.com/






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