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Sunday, September 28, 2014

NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream Haul and Preview Swatches + Sale Alert

So I snagged these new NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream a few weeks ago when NYX had a sale and didn't have a chance to review them yet but I did get some swatches done so I figure I should share them with you BECAUSE Ulta is currently having a 40% off sale on NYX, Revlon, Physicians Formula, and Almay. Just in case you might be interested in ordering these, here are some swatches to help you decide. I only picked out 4 out of the 6 shades they had available.

 is a slightly dark cherry red.
Enamored is a deep shimmery cool toned brown with a reddish metallic finish. This shade had a more even application and I find it quite unique.
She Devil is a deep burgundy
Temptress is a dark purplish plum

Oh and lastly, I only picked up one shade from the Simply Nude just for kicks cause I sure don't need another nude lippie but just couldn't resist and had to get it to satisfy my curiosity. This is the shade Sable, a medium pinkish nude.  

Happy Shopping! Let me know what you plan to order.

My Beauty Addiction Haul and Swatches - Medusa Lip Paint, Violetta Lipstick, Emerald Lipstick

Happy Sunday! I'm back with some goodies and swatches as promised!

I hauled some more lippies from MBA. What can I say? The price is right, shipping is quick, and I like them.
If you want to try unconventional lip colors without breaking the bank, My Beauty Addiction got you covered with lots of shade range, including traditional lip colors as well. The lipsticks come in a regular lipstick tube, jar, or petite slim tubes. The choice of packaging is up to you and prices varies but personally so far I like them in the jar. They feel creamier and are much easier to apply.

I got the shade Medusa ($5.50), which is a medium dark green with subtle shimmers and slightly warm undertone. The formula is very creamy, fairly pigmented, and feels moisturizing and comfortable.

I picked up the shade Violetta ($5.00) in the petite lipstick packaging. It's a dark reddish plum with grey undertone and a slight frosty finish. Formula is creamy but applies slightly blotchy. Pigmentation is good but you need a couple swipe to get a more opaque finish. One thing I noticed about this lippie is that it had a stronger synthetic scent. It bothers me a bit but I do love the shade though.

On my previous haul, I got a sample of the shade Emerald ($5.50). I decided to get the full size jar this time around. If you wish you see the swatch for Emerald, please click HERE to go to my previous post.

I received a free sample of their loose eyeshadow in the shade Cancun. It's a light baby blue with a subtle shimmer.

Rimmel Glitter Bomb Top Coat Disco Fever

I spotted Disco Fever on a late night stroll to Walgreens. I was originally there to fetch some cough drops.
It had a $1 coupon next to it so I couldn't resist and out of the 4 or 5 shades that they had on display, I decided that I did not have a square holo glitter so I decided to scoop it up.
The clear base is slightly on the thick side but makes picking up the glitters really easy. You still need to dab a little bit to position the glitters where you want them but otherwise, it's pretty easy to work with.

On the swatches below, I have one coat of Disco Fever over 2 coats of OPI Pamplona Purple. Is it just me or it seems like being square makes them less sparkly?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sephora Luster Matte Long-Wear Lip Color Cranberry Luster - Swatch and Review

Hello there lovelies,

Sorry for the short hiatus...I haven't forgotten about my blog but I suppose I can blame it on life and work, lol, as usual. I acquired some new goodies in the past few weeks so I'll be posting about it soon enough. Meanwhile, here's an overdue review for yall.

If you're in the market for a long-wear liquid lipstick, perhaps I can interest in you in this new line of lip color by Sephora. I definitely wouldn't mind picking up a couple more shades for myself.

  • Clear tube with a doe foot applicator wand. I found the wand wide and picks up a lot of product. Perhaps a bit more than I would really like. 
  • .14 oz or 4 ml

  • Cranberry Luster is a deep neutral red with a cream finish. Sometimes, it appears a little warmer. I think it may depend on the lighting and your skin tone. 
  • The formula is creamy, richly pigmented, and applied buttery smooth. It feels moisturizing and comfortable. I had to use a separate lip brush to outline the lip for a more precise application. 
  • The lip color has a bit of a synthetic scent. Hard to describe but I didn't find it annoying. 
  • I get a solid 5 hour wear. It starts to fade after that but still wears strong and stain a bit for a couple more hours. 

Final Thought

The pigmentation is intense and I think the formula is wonderful. It's not matte as the name indicate. It looks creamy and has a slight shine to it. I love how comfortable and moisturizing it feels on the lips, and the fact that it wear quite long. I'm pretty impressed and for the price, I would totally recommend that you check it out.

Rating: 10/10

Price: $16.00
Availability: Sephora 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Orly FX Fight On

Happy weekend everyone! I haven't come around my blog much. Work always finds a way to wipe me out plus I've been a little busy and too tired to find the motivation to play with makeup. I have some engagement tomorrow so I figure I should post something before I get busy again.

Fight On is one of those polishes I got lucky and found at TJ Maxx for less. The base is sheer and has a lot of fine pearly white, blue, and pink shimmers and larger pink glitters. I wished it didn't look so frosty and that it was easier to fish out the larger glitters. It looks quite magical in the bottle and I wonder if the dark navy blue base is just too big of a contrast.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows, Swatch, and Review - Bella Navy, Bella Charcoal, Bella Rouge

Hello! I'm back...I caught the cold few days ago. That was a shocker. I can't remember the last time I got sick. I have this crazy itch in my throat that still continues to bother me. I coughed so hard this morning, I got bloodshot eyes. Kids are back to school and today the weather really felt like fall. Wow! Summer went fast.

I came across these new Milani eyeshadows at CVS a few weeks ago and picked out a couple of these to try out.

  • Cute, round, with gold detail packaging. The eyeshadow is not flat but has a raised molding. 
  • .05 oz or 1.4 g

  • Bella Charcoal is a cool tone shimmery taupey grey
  • Bella Navy is a shimmery medium dark navy
  • Bella Rouge is a bright shimmery pinkish red
  • Bella Charcoal and Bella Navy have a better pigmentation than Bella Rouge. 
  • the texture is nice, soft, and has a butter smooth feel to it. The pigmentation is good but could be better, imo. 
  • They are easy to apply and blend.
  • You definitely need a good primer in order for these to pop and last. The color intensity definitely looks better when applied with fingers. Even so, I feel that by the 5th hour, they start to fade.

Final Thought

Nice packaging. Good pigmentation, soft, and blendable color. I just wish the pigmentation was a little stronger and that the longevity was a little longer too. Other than that, it's a fairly good eyeshadow.

Rating: 8.5/10

Price: $3.99
Availability: CVS, Walgreens

Tried them yet? Tell me what you think of them?

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sonia Kashuk 15th Anniversary Limited Edition Brush Set Haul and First Impression

Saturday night, I stopped by Target to pick out a gift for my nephew's birthday and I also happen to be walking by the beauty isle. Not surprising...However, the moment I spotted this brush set, I was smitten! In my head, I was screaming out loud "come'on gurl, you don't need anymore brushes!" yet another voice in my head was saying "wow would you look at how beautiful these are!" So I stood there for a good 10 minutes debating whether I should take it or leave it and eventually bravely put it back on the shelf.

Went home slightly disappointed but started obsessing over it and started to look up for reviews and finally decided that I just needed to go back and grab the damn thing before it sells out. Ha! So you guessed what happened next, I went back to Target yesterday. There was still 3 boxes on the self. I grabbed one for myself and as soon as I got home, started taking pictures of them, bathed them, and pet them like a newly adopted puppy.

Anyways, I cannot believe none of the bloggers I follow mentioned about this brush set. Are you for real? I think it is worth mentioning even if you don't plan on getting it. The packaging is gorgeous and mostly the selling point for me. Look are the gorgeously purple tinted bristles, the deep eggplant purple handles, and the gold accent ferrule. What's not to like?

There is a total of 15 brushes for $39.99. You're probably wondering, is it worth it? Is the quality any good? Well...let's take a look.

First thing I noticed when I washed them is that the purple dye wasn't bleeding or coming off. There is very little shedding. The one that lost a little more hair was the powder brush, granted I'm pretty rough when I was my brushes.

Powder brush - very fluffy and soft. Not as dense as I would like but it would still be good for setting powders.

Blusher brush - very fluffy and soft. A bit too big for blusher brush, IMO. I would probably prefer to use this one for setting powders rather than the powder brush.

Duo-Fiber Buffing brush - it's a bit small for using with foundation but I think it's the perfect size for contouring or brushing. It's soft and has a good density to it.

Synthetic Angled Multi-Purpose brush - this one is also soft and would be good for applying foundation although, it's slightly small. Density is also good.

Contour Brush - if you want a very defined contour then this is the brush for you. It's dense and soft.

Foundation Brush - probably the least exciting brush of the pack. Most people would not use this for applying foundation since it can look pretty streaky and uneven.

Concealer brush - it's small and good for small spot concealing or can be used as a lip brush.

Blending brush - it's soft, fluffy, and dense. I think it's a good blending brush.

Crease brush - medium size, round, soft, and dense. I think it'll do the job well on the crease.

Small eyeshadow brush - I think it's a good size, especially if you have smaller eyes. I like the shape and density of it.

Fluffy eyeshadow brush - this would be perfect for blending. It's soft yet very dense and a bit big. You could use this as an all over eyeshadow wash.

Precision Smudge brush - it's more of a pencil brush. Nice size and shape and would do well for smudging as well.

Synthetic Angled liner Brush - it has a very thin point and perfect for lining the eyes.

Smudge brush - It's pretty small and good for small details, smudging eyeliners, or applying eyeliners.

Spoolie - yay for a purple spoolie! I don't have a spoolie brush so I'm happy for this.

Overall, for the price, I think you get a pretty nice set. I love the packaging and the purple bristles. As far as quality goes, it's not top notch but it's not bad either. They have a good quality and feel to them. Certain brushes, I wished were bigger or smaller. I will have a use for all of them eventually, except maybe the foundation brush.

If you need a good and affordable brush set, I would definitely recommend the Sonia Kashuk 15th Anniversary brush set but hurry this is limited edition and won't be around for long and I heard each store only carry 2 or 3 sets of these.

Thoughts? Would you be getting these?

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