Saturday, May 24, 2014

MAC Proenza Schouler Blush Ombre in Sunset Beach & Ocean City

Slowly, I am learning that I am what they call a "Blush Whore". Whenever I find a new collection or brand I HAVE to check out the blushes. The Proenza Schouler collection from MAC really caught my eye because they had an ombre effect. I've seen everything from sheens to glittery overspray but never ombre, so of course I had to pick them up. Plus they are limited edition so I couldn't pass them up.

The packaging is a pretty ombre effect of green to purple. I really prefer when MAC does there special packaging just because it really makes it distinct from the permanent line.
The first blush I got is Ocean city. It was my first choice just because it was is an orange and I tend to shy away from it. 

The ombre effect is done beautifully in it and there isn't a stark line between the colors. The pigmentation is good between both of the blushes. Not amazing but good enough that I don't have to scratch it. If I put my brush in sideways I get the goodness of the deep almost burnt orange but I also get somewhat of a highlight shade.

The other blush is called Sunset Beach. Just hearing the name made me think of the purples and pinks that happen at the beach and better yet, a sunset is filled with ombre colors.

For me this is an essential pink blush because I can control the shade of pink I get rather than having an orange and a highlight. I found this to be slightly less pigmented then Ocean City but it wasn't substantial.
Ocean City
Sunset Beach
Anybody else pick these up?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Babette & Coquette Lime Crime Lipsticks Leave Lips Drenched with Pigment

Only my browser history would tell you how many times I've been on Lime Crimes website to drool, look, at their lipsticks. Throughout all of their sales and rave reviews of rich pigmented items, I couldn't bring myself to buy these magical items. Maybe I'm more of the, must see in person type.

        So about a month ago, I had the lucky chance to attend IMATS LA 2014. I was beyond happy cause I had been dreaming about going for the past 3 years, but sadly, missed out until this year. :) My first, absolute, have to go there, booth was Lime Crime.

THANK GOD  I was one of the first 100 in line, so I could run to the Lime Crime booth. I knew that I wanted a nude and a pink lipstick for them. Eventually I decided on Babette and Coquette, due to the immense popularity of these two.

Babette to me is a bright milky pink. 

Honestly, I love the color in the tube and swatched. But on my light skin in the middle of February, I am not a fan. Personally, I think once I get darker come summer, this will look beautiful on tanner skin tones. 

Now Coquette, I am head of heels for! For me it is the PUURRRfect nude! 

Oppisite to Babette, I was scared of this color in the tube! It was a cool toned brown that I always stray away from in fear of the brown butt-hole effect some of those colors can give. But once this little gem hit my lips, I kicked myself for not trying it sooner. 

To me, this is the perfect tan nude that doesn't blank my lips out completely and still gives them depth. 
Top: Babette, Coquette
Now the finish of this lipstick to me is a semi-matte. It has a little gloss within the first hour of wear, then dries down matte. I personally find this formula to be drying over time and emphasize dry patches. (Which sucks because my lips are CONSTANTLY dry). Since they are so pigmented, they will emphasize every uneven, bump, crack, dip, and hill you may have on your lips. I did not experience any feathering with and without lip liner. I find that These leave a beautiful stain after 4-5 hours of wear that I can pop some lip balm over to prevent the painful cracking. 

All in all, these rank as a C+ on my scale. They are beautiful colors available in the range, but even the $18 (plus shipping) is not worth it to me. 


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Naked 3 Has Got Me Wanting to Strip Down

No, really, this rose gold palette is amazing. I secretly coveted the rose gold trend when it first became popular 5 years ago. Slowly, I added more and more rose gold items into my growing collection. Naked 3 was no exception. Add $15 off and I was completely sold.

This pretty little thing landed early underneath my Christmas tree and I welcomed it!

I LOVED the rosy hues in this palette so much better than the first 2. It definitely is fit for warmer skin tones, but can fit both cool and warm depending on how they are used. My favorite color from this palette has to be Darkhorse, which is the darkest shade here. It is a black shadow with a cranberry hue and cranberry glitter. 

Overall I am more than happy with this palette. I found that it is different compared the other two. So even if you have either Naked 1 or Naked 2, this one may be worth it to pick up.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

FOTD: Relaxed, Sunny, and Warm

        As half of the country is experiencing a freeze out, I'm stuck in Southern California with 80 degree weather. Now I'm not saying being stuck here is a "bad" thing, I just wish a cold breeze would come through here every once in awhile.
I admit I can do a better job curling my hair, but I was just lazing around the house so there was nobody to impress besides my dogs. I wanted to have a little fun and I LOVE purple with my blue eyes. How is everybody else's winter going?

Becca Primed and Poreless 
It Cosmetics, Bye Bye Redness
Make Up Forever Duo Mat Powder 203
Bare Minerals Warmth
Bobbi Brown Blush Flame
Laura Mercier Mat Highlight 01
Mac Dipdown (eyebrow)
Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof
Make Up Forever 09
Make Up Forever 92
Stila Kitten
Stila Smudge Eyeliner Violet
YSL Babydoll Mascara