Saturday, May 28, 2016

Review | ELF Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadow

Wow! I love these ELF Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadows ($4.00) so much!! They are nicely pigmented, easy to apply/build/blend, and they are so reflective - somewhere between a high shimmer and metallic. I have been absolutely obsessed with wearing them, so easy to apply and wear with almost every eye look. My favorite look is wearing Rose Gold all over the eyelid, all on its own. I find it so refreshing and easy to do when I'm tight on time but want to look pulled together. I just throw on a little liner and lashes and grab a bright pink lip color to complete the look.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Review | ELF Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer

Does anyone remember the old school cream blushes from ELF? They were kinda bouncy and squishy, yet they picked up the perfect amount of color and blended like butter. Well, I'm pretty sure the Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer duos ($6.00) are the upgraded version I've been waiting for. These have a similar bouncy feel and pick up color so rich while still having superb blending and building power.
"This hydrating blush-and-bronzer duo gives skin a radiant looking glow, thanks to cushiony color that’s infused with Purified Water and Vitamin E. Blend the complimentary shades across cheekbones for a gorgeous, dewy flush. This formula has a soft touch, bouncy, cushion-like texture. It’s light like a powder but melts into the skin like a cream and allows you to build customizable color from sheer to bold."

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Review | IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+

[press samples]

Are you ready to see a CC Cream unlike any other CC Cream out there? This is the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+ ($38.00), also labelled as "Full Coverage Color Correcting Cream, Anti-Aging serum, plus Broad Spectrum Physical Only SPF 50+ all in one!" whew! It wouldn't be an IT Cosmetics product if the title wasn't a mouthful ;) At least they are honest in telling you exactly what you'll get from the product: full coverage, lightweight, moisturizing, and sun protection.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Review | China Glaze Lite Brites

I have had so much fun wearing the Spring 2016 House of Colour collection from China Glaze, that I felt it was totally necessary to buy the new Summer 2016 collection Lite Brites! I knew I was craving bright colors, but I didn't realize I needed neons this much in my nail life ;) This collection includes every neon shade of the rainbow, plus a few fun shimmer/glitter formulas that pack a stunning punch. Each shade has a demi matte finish pre-top coat, and they all tend to dry quickly so I recommend taking your time when applying to avoid an uneven finish. Every swatch I photographed is two coats with a glossy top coat. I dimmed my lighting setup to photograph these shades as true to color as I could. These shades look more neony in person, but for the most part, I was able to edit these photos to look *almost* exact.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Review | PUR Sun-Kissed Glow Strobe Palette

I bought the new PUR Sun-Kissed Glow Strobe/Highlight Palette ($34.00) at The Makeup Show in March and have been obsessively using it nearly every day! This palette features three naturally flattering cream highlight shades, this palette is a deeper tone than their Moonlight Glow, and honestly I should have purchased both of them because I love the formula so much on my skin. I will wear this palette on no makeup days, when I just want to look lively, as well as full makeup days when I want an all over glowy skin look.
"Strobing brings a new dimension to facial contouring for instant luminescence. Highlight and define with three coordinating shades to create a custom, lit-from-within look for any skin tone. The silky cream glides onto skin for buildable, streak-free coverage and transforms quickly to a powdery, transfer-resistant finish. Infused with our proprietary, age-defying Ceretin Complex, a glowing, youthful-looking complexion has never been so easy."

Friday, May 13, 2016

Review | Pacifica Polish Trio Spring 2016

[press samples]

Pacifica is known for their natural, cruelty free, and vegan products - this season they have launched a new 7-free* nail polish trio set available in Ulta stores for $22.00, individually the bottles are $9.00 each. When this pack arrived I squealed inside because there's nothing I love more than blue nail polishes! I  am already a big fan of their nail polish quality and shades, I used to have a ton of their colors before I had to slim down my collection while moving last year. The quality of these three new shades is just as lovely, easy to apply, self leveling, and very rich in color.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Review | It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil

[press sample]

If you have been following my blog or Youtube channel from way back in the day when I first started, you might recognize the cult favorite It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil ($24.00). This used to be the only brow product I wore from 2011 threw 2014, pretty much until I started trying other brow products to review and feature. It is an honestly universal shade of taupe that can be sheered down for blonde or grey hairs or built up for red or brown or black hairs. It also lasts forever! My last full size one lasted me till 2015, that's like four years worth of product, maybe two years if you fill in your brows every day. I also LOVE the spoolie end, it aids to blend out the pencil lines into a softened natural look.

Monday, May 09, 2016

Nail Art | We Got The Beet

The China Glaze Lite Brites Summer 2016 collection arrived on Wednesday and I couldn't resist swatching the entire collection ASAP as well as redo my week's manicure to wear one of the new shades :) This is two coats of We Got The Beet, stamped with some line work flowers on top with OCC Feathered. I LOVE the golden flecks shining through!!

Monday, May 02, 2016

Nail Art | Dried Flowers & French Tips

Spring makes me think of Scott McKenzie's San Francisco, which inspired these nails that I've been daydreaming of for a month or so. I used a set of dried flowers layered between two coats of thick gel top coat, set on top of a french manicure using Londontown Duchess. <3