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 >>>