April 13, 2014

Palladio Herbal Tinted Lip Balm (Berry) | Review + Swatches

I've never tried anything from Palladio before other than their rice paper blotting sheets because, honestly, not much from the line intrigues me. But I'm a fan of tinted lip balms so I thought I would give Palladio's tinted lip balm a try since it came in a coral/peach shade and had pretty positive reviews online. Palladio claims on their website that this balm provides:
  • Sun protection because it contains "natural UV filters" (not sure if this is true?)
  • Intense conditioning
  • Sheer color

Claims aside, I like this stuff because it's actually moisturizing and provides a nice amount of color. Read on for a full review or skip to the bottom for a list of pros and cons.

March 16, 2014

NYX Butter Gloss (Peach Cobbler) | Review + Swatches

I was looking for a red-orange lip color and I stumbled across NYX's Butter Gloss in Peach Cobbler. I've heard a lot of raves and just general positive feedback about this gloss so I though I'd give it a try (plus BOGO 50% and Ulta and yeah). It'll be a great color for the spring/summer. Anyway, NYX claims that this gloss:
  • "feels like it melts on lips"
  • Is not sticky
  • Has sheer to medium coverage
  • Leaves lips feeling soft and smooth

It's not really buttery feeling (at least this shade), but it is a quality gloss. So if a color intrigues you, I say try it. Read on for a detailed review or skip to the bottom for a list of pros and cons.

March 03, 2014

Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush | Review

I've been looking for a portable brush for powder, because it's more cost-effective than velour puffs, and a blush brush more precise than the Real Techniques blush brush. So when I saw that Real Techniques released this retractable kabuki for $10, I had to get it. It is now one of my favorite brushes. Although it has one setback, it's still friggin' fabulous.

Read on for a thorough review or skip to the bottom for a list of pros and cons.

February 01, 2014

Zoya Brigitte | Review + Swatches

how to hand model???

Oh my dang is this polish gorgeous. I got this Zoya polish along with two others during their "get 3 polishes free but pay $12 for shipping" promotion. So really, I got each for $4 (but if I bought enough stuff to get free shipping, these would have technically been free). I bought the colors, 2 of which are part of the 2014 Naturel Collection, based on a color scheme I've been inspired by for over a year by this series of photographs of icebergs in Greenland by Jan Erik Waider. I'm really digging this color, and it's just as versatile as gray, like Essie's Sew Psyched which I wore non-stop till I got I my Zoya polishes, but not as edgy.

This was my first time trying Zoya since I never see it in-store (although they're apparently sold in-store at Ulta?), and I'm pretty impressed. Read on for a detailed review or skip to the bottom for a list of pros and cons.

January 09, 2014

NYX 2014 Collection | Sightings

I am so excited. I am screaming with expression but not noise. 

NYX is slowly announcing and releasing new products day by day this week, and I've been checking their site everyday because oh my god I am just so excited after seeing some pictures of the new stuff in Ultas. 

A couple months ago, I e-mailed NYX about a product suggestion, colored mascaras. Today I looked at the site. And there it was, COLORED MASCARA. Thank you for answering my dreams of an affordable colored mascara ($7!). I hope they're good quality, because that's the main problem with drugstore colored mascaras. I'm expecting these mascaras to show up on my black lashes (and not smudge, I really want to use colored mascaras on my bottom lashes) since NYX is all about color cosmetics. There's only 3 shades at the moment (blue, purple, and brown). I'd like to see a green, but purple is definitely on my wishlist. I am so happy. Jeez, I love NYX. 

(image via NYX's website)

I've also seen pics of new BB creams, tinted moisturizers, and blotting powder from them. I prefer using tinted moisturizers and I've been looking for good oil-control powders so I am super psyched.

So far, they've announced the Butter Lipsticks, new Butter Gloss shades, eyebrow gel, reformulated singles (in 88 shades!), and a new line of black mascaras. There's two products left to revealed. One appears to be a lipstick and the other looks like a powder compact. None of the silhouettes are eyeshadow palettes (I've seen pics of the Dream Catcher palettes) or tinted moisturizer/BB cream tubes though, so I'm wondering when they'll release those.  

Ahhh, these are really fun yet practical releases at such a nice pricepoint. I can't wait to see what else NYX has in store. Thank you, NYX!

Song of the Post: St. Vincent - Surgeon (Live)

(Surgeon starts at 3:00)

January 06, 2014

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss (Tea Rose) | Review + Swatches

I've always thought lipgloss was a horrible, sticky, goopy mess (THANKS JUICY TUBES) but this NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss ($5) is actually quite nice. My lips are no longer a home for stranded hairs when I wear gloss. On NYX's website, they claim that this lipgloss provides:
  • Shine
  • Moisture
  • Softness
  • A creamy finish
  • "Lips with glistening color"

These claims are pretty much accurate (at least for this shade). I really like how comfortable this gloss feels without sacrificing quality. Read on for a detailed review or skip to the bottom for a list of pros and cons.

January 04, 2014

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer & Betty-Lou Manizer | Review + Swatches

I got this limited-edition duo at Kohl's for $29, which is awesome because this has a value of $48. After swatching Mary-Lou Manizer in-store, I was intrigued by its goldy-champagne color. These are very nice quality, but due to my personal preference, they didn't live up to the hype. Read on for a detailed review or skip to the bottom for a list of pros and cons.

November 23, 2013

Essie Sew Psyched | Review + Swatches

Sew Psyched retails for $8.50 and it's the color I've been wearing for several weeks straight because gray is the superior neutral color, obviously. I'm just obsessed with gray nails, ok. That's it. 

Not really, read on for a review.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal (Barely Branded) | Review + Swatches

Maybelline's Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal 24hr Cream Eyeshadow in Barely Branded retails for $6-7 and after seeing countless, positive reactions to these Color Tattoos, I was intrigued, especially towards this shimmery champagne color. Continue reading for a thorough review or skip to the bottom for a list of pros and cons.