May 25, 2016

MAC Pro Palette (Large): Depotting Too Faced, Anastasia, Laura Mercier, Japonesque

After realizing that I pretty much only wore matte eyeshadows with the occasional nude shimmer on the lid, I sold my LORAC Unzipped palette (though I miss the burgundy shade) and was left with my Too Faced Natural Matte palette. I looked for a new palette, but none appealed to me; I began looking at MAC pro singles since they lowered the price to $6 (and plus they offer free shipping on their site).

I wanted my eyeshadows to be in the same palette, and, not gonna lie, I chose the MAC palette since it's the most aesthetically pleasing of large empty palettes while remaining affordable (only $8). The only issue with MAC palettes is that they are lined with a metal plate on the bottom instead of a magnet, so I had to buy magnetic tape to stick on non-MAC pans (neodymium magnets work well too if the pans are the correct metal for magnetization). The Coastal Scents palette has a mirror which is nice, but it looks kinda cheap and not something that I would want to reach for.

I went ahead and got the large size of the MAC palette because I kinda just wanted to depot everything and consolidate my products for traveling along with maximizing general efficiency in doing my makeup (now I don't have to open a ton of compacts). 

In researching palettes and depotting methods (and procrastinating on studying for my last final............), I had a hard time finding reliable information (or any information at all), so hopefully this post helps someone out there. 

May 20, 2016

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick (Nude Light/Medium) | Review + Swatches + Makeup Forever N9 Comparison

I was looking for something to replace my Makeup Forever N9 lipstick from the Sephora 2014 birthday gift (I just can't spend $20 on a lipstick), and somehow I came across the Almay Butter Kiss lipstick in Nude light/medium. They're really similar in shade: the ideal toffee coral peach.

May 18, 2016

Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick (Coral Red) | Review + Swatches


I have been having the "time of my life" at college, just—just havin' a blast, you know, and now I am back in my stale home state for the summer rotting in my bedroom as I try to find a job and avoid misery and feelings of worthlessness, so here I am back on my blog writing to passersby.

My search for a red-orange lip color never really ended since my NYX butter gloss review (that was over 2 years ago...). Most colors I stumble upon seem too pink or too orange. Pixi's lipstick in Coral Red seemed like a promising shade, and even though there weren't many swatches online, I went ahead and bought it during a sale a few months ago after seeing Shaaanxo's swatch video (Coral Red pulled a lot more pink on her, but I think it's because her lips were stained? The formula seemed very nice, so I risked buying it anyway ¯\_(ツ)_/¯).

The color is spot on but the formula is too thin, resulting in patchiness as the hours pass (not desirable for a bright color). THE SEARCH SHALL CONTINUE >>>

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 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.