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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Prestige Total Intensity Against All Odds Liquid Ink Eyeliner All Nighter - Swatch and Review

Happy Halloween!

Doing anything frightening exciting? I didn't even do any fun makeup or dress up. For me Halloween has just been like any other day. It's gloomy and rainy outside. I kinda like that actually. Anyways, here's a review and swatch for a new liner that I recently had the pleasure to use.

  • This liner comes in a black tube with a cap color matching the color of the liner. 
  • It has a short and pointy felt tip liner. Not a huge fan of the applicator but it's not a deal breaker either. It's just a little short and stiff for my personal liking. 
  • .095 or 2.8 ml

  • All Nighter is a deep blue ink color with a matte finish. The color is very nice. It's dark yet has some color to it. It's a great alternative to a black liner.
  • This liner is nicely pigmented and dries fairly quick. It does not smudge or budge and wears all day until you take it off. It's also waterproof. The staying power is just fantastic. 

Final Thought

This liner is nearly perfect. The formula is excellent, pigmented, and long-lasting. The only thing that could use some improvement is a longer and more flexible applicator tip.

Rating: 9.5/10

Price: $13.99
Availability: UIta

I think I've seen this sold at Bed Bath and Beyond for a lot less but don't quote me on that. I have 3 of these Prestige liners and so far, I'm pretty happy.

Anise Nail Polish Swatch - Be Wordly and Gilt Trip

I picked up these two polishes at DSW about a month ago? It's the only place I know that sell Anise nail polishes and they are always BOGO 50%. I was  hesitant to pick them up because they looked like colors I probably already have, lol. Oh well, I still grabbed them anyways.

Be Wordly is a beautiful purple-ish plum jelly polish with lots of scattered tiny holo glitter flakes. It's quite got nice pigmentation and you might be able to get away with two coats but I like it much better with 3. It's not too thick or thin. The application is pretty easy.

Gilt Trip...ok it's funny it has to be named that way because I am guilty of owning several colors similar to this one, lol. Well just look at how beautiful it is. It's such a lovely shimmery bronze with green and pink shimmers. I just can't resist. It is a bit thin and sheer so you'll need 3 coats for sure.

Well if you have a DSW nearby, I would definitely recommend you stop by and try some of these polishes, plus it's always fun to look for a new pair of shoes while you're at it.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Bite Beauty Best Bite Set - Swatch and Review

Hello there,

I'm not quite home yet so I'm gonna try to post through my phone and see how that goes. I purchased this lip pencil set a couple weeks ago and I'm thrilled to share with you how it worked out for me. 

  • The fact that these all came nicely wrapped in this convenient tin box, I am just freaking pleased. 
  • The lip pencils are retractable. Not too small, not too big; however, each contains .05 oz of product.


Guess what's inside

Quince, Rhubarb, Cranberry, Madeira

  • Quince is a beautiful berry red shade. Incredible pigmentation. So saturated and applies so smoothly on the lips. 

  • Rhubarb is the shade I reach for the most. It's a muted pink mauve. Again, incredibly pigmented and smooth. 

  • Cranberry is a lovely neutral red. Like the previous shades, smooth and pigmented. 

  • Madeira is a pale pink nude. More pale than I really would like but surprisingly doesn't look too ghostly on me. 

  • Wow, I am impressed with the formula. It's one of the best I've tried in a while. I certainly reminded me of the Guerlain Rouge G formula. It goes on incredibly smooth and literally erases any cracks and dryness out of my lips. The pigmentation is insane. They all have a cream finish with a nice shine to them. They are also very comfortable and moisturizing.
  • They last about 4 hours. Aside from Madeira, the other shades leave a stain behind which prolong for a few more hours. 
  • They kind of have an odd smell to them. I can't even describe it. It's unlike anything I've smelled before. It does fade fairly quick so it doesn't really bother me. 

Final Thought

The formula is a winner and definitely has a luxurious touch and feel to it. It has pretty much everything I want in a lipstick, aside from an odd synthetic scent...great pigmentation, smooth and moisturizing feel, and long wearing. This is such a fantastic deal. Must try this set if you like the colors. 

Rating: 9.5/10

Pricing: $25
Availability: Sephora

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Autumn Flame Makeup Look

Fall has been quickly setting in here in Wisconsin and I always love doing fall inspired makeup but the latest stress and demands at work has made it harder for me to focus on my blog.
Makeup looks take the longest for me to do, which is also why I don't do them very often. However, I made an effort the other night to complete this one. I love fall colors so it's only natural to incorporate them in the look.

Autumn Flame is also a name of a maple tree that turns into a lovely scarlet color and that is where I got my inspiration for this look.

Product Used

  • I used the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush Palette. Park Ave Princess for contouring and Crave on the cheeks
  • I started off with applying the Urban Decay Primer Potion original on my lids
  • Next I contoured the crease and the corners of my eyes with Red Earth from the Mehron Earth Palette, a medium maroon matte color. 
  • Next, I used solar wind from the Mehron Wind palette, a matte yellow mustard color on the center of my lids. 
  • I lined the upper lash line with Physicans Formula Eye Booster Ultra Black. 
  • I lined the lower lash line with Jordana 12 Hr Made To Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in the shade Purple Fix. I used Tornado (matte purple) from the Mehron Wind palette and smudged it over the liner. 
  • I lined the waterline with Flower Long Wear Eyeliner Aubergine.
  • I filled my brows with Illamasqua Cream Eyeshadow Intrude and brushed over Prestige Brow Perfection. 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Formula X For Sephora - Law of Attraction and Thunder

About a week ago, I picked up these two new Formula X at Sephora and I was quite impressed and overwhelmed by how huge their new nail polish collection is. After swatching a few of them in store, my first impression was that they were easy to work with and the formula seems comparable to other high end brands. I brought home two of them just cause I couldn't help myself, hehe.

First off, packaging-wise I thought they were kind of meh! Ok, fine, I don't really like it. They look a bit bulky, squared, and look like the shape of a tombstone. I am relieved that the somewhat squared cap is detachable and that I don't have to hold it to paint my nails. The inner cap is easier to handle. 

The brush is medium-small, round, and easy to use. That's perfect for me since I have smaller nails. Bigger brushes tend to make application messy for me. 

Law of Attraction...oh what a name! It's got fine pale gold glitters and holographic sapphire glitters in a clear base. I love the contrast of the glitters in the mix. I think they make the perfect combo for attracting a nail junkie like myself. The formula wasn't goopy but the glitters in this polish are very dense so the brush picks up a lot of it. I'm sure that after using it for a few times, the formula is probably going to thicken up. On the swatch, I have just one coat over OPI Do You Lilac It. They spread out fairly evenly for the most part.

Thunder is a fun graffiti-like kind of glitters and I love the fact that the glitters are matte. The larger hex glitters are light pink and the rest is a combo of size between light pink and blue glitters. Again, the glitters are very dense and you can easily pick up a lot of them on the first pass. I didn't feel like the formula was thick at first but after doing these swatches and my daughter using it for a mani, it seems like the clear base has thickened up a little. I only did one coat over OPI Do You Lilac It and didn't have any trouble spreading out the glitters.

Overall, I really like them but at $12.50 a bottle. It's kind of pricey so I'd be a little bit picky.

Have you tried the new Formula X? What do you think of them?

Maybelline Color Show Crushed Crimson (Limited Edition)

I had to post the swatch ASAP for you since this color is limited edition and most likely limited quantity. That's one thing I hate about LE drugstore products. I spotted Crushed Crimson at CVS the other day and it was just my luck that I picked up the last one on the display. Well there was actually just two of each color so really not much to go around.

Crushed Crimson has a dark berry red base with lots of gold and berry red glitters. It looked stunning and the moment I saw it, I quickly snatched it right away. No hesitation, I knew I had to bring this baby home. The nail polish is very saturated with color and glitters. It was leaning on the thick but not too thick. The first coat was patchy, which is usually common in glitter nail polishes but the second coat was all I needed to have an opaque and even application. I am wearing two coats and a clear top coat on the swatches.

It's gorgeous. Don't let this nail polish slip by if you can find it.

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