Thursday, February 28, 2013

My NARS Blush collection with swatches

Hi beauty lovers! Hope everyone is having a great week. I'm so looking forward to this weekend and catching up on some much needed rest. :)

I just wanted to share my little NARS blush collection with you, as well as a NARS bronzer and NARS multiple. Basically all my NARS stuff that is used on my cheeks. :)

I am a huge fan of the blushes. I picked up Orgasm several years ago, and I've been hooked ever since. I really find them super pigmented and top quality! I wish I owned every single one, but for now I'm happy with my little collection.

Dolce Vita
Exhibit A


Mata Hari
Nars Multiple in Copacabana

Mini NARS Bronzer in Laguna

Left to right without flash: Dolce Vita, Orgasm, Exhibit A, Taos

Left to right with flash: Dolce Vita, Orgasm, Exhibit A, Taos

Left to right without flash: Mata Hari, Sin, Albatross, Nico. Sorry the last two shades are so hard to see!

Left to right with flash: Mata Hari, Sin, Albatross, Nico

Left to right without flash (sorry for the awful pic! Sun was starting to set!) Copacabana, Laguna
Left to right with flash: Copacabana, Laguna


I love most all of these shades. I'd say I wear Orgasm, Exhibit A and Taos the most. Albatross makes a lovely highlighter and Nico for me is pretty much useless. I've read ladies say it is to be used as a setting powder. I just don't find it a particularly good one. I know that Exhibit A looks very scary in the pan, but I assure you that when it is lightly stippled on it's just beautiful! I've had this for a couple years, and I've used it quite a bit, and there is not a dent in it! I also adore Laguna. It is a true bronze shade that doesn't turn red on me, and it has a lovely shimmer.

Next on my list is Desire, which looks like the perfect pink shade to me. :)

You can find all of these shades at Sephora.

Do you own any NARS blushes? Which are your faves?

Thanks so much for reading! :)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Rimmel Glam Eyes trio in 750 Tempting

Last week, I picked up Rimmel Glam Eyes Eyeshadow Trio in 750 for I believe $3.50 at my local Superstore. This says it complements brown eyes, and I couldn't resist the price. I've also been really into green eyeshadow lately.

(Omg, the way the pics are taken totally trips me out. Sorry if it trips you out too! :P)

Unfortunately, I didn't find this trio very pigmented. It's not the worst, but with so many other options, I just don't see myself reaching for this. I haven't tried it on my eyes yet, so I'm just going by the swatches.

I layered the shadow MANY times to get these swatches. Too much work in my opinion. I'm sad because I really think they are lovely shades! I don't know if you can tell from the swatches, but the shade furthest to the right actually has a lovely pearlescent green hint to it. So pretty!

Without flash:

With flash:

I'd definitely try some of the other trios and quads from this line. My sister has one of the quads (can't recall the name) and it was a lot more pigmented upon swatching. I guess these are hit and miss! Have you tried any of the Glam Eyes shadows? What are your thoughts? Thanks for reading! :)

Smashbox Love Me Eye Shadow Palettes - Admire Me, Entice Me

Hi beauty lovers! Hope everyone's week is going okay so far. :) 

Over the weekend, I partcipated in Shoppers Drug Mart's 20x the points on cosmetics promo. I went into the store with a few things in mind, but couldn't find any of it at my closest SDM. I'm really looking forward to seeing Quo's spring collection in stores! It looks super gorgeous! Anyway, I picked up both Love Me Eyeshadow palettes by Smashbox. I also picked up a Maybelline Color Tattoo, but I wrote about that in a separate blog.


I think both palettes are just gorgeous, I and had a really tough time deciding which to purchase, so I grabbed both. I'm so glad I did!

Entice Me on the left, Admire Me on the right:

Please note that the lovely "Love Me" adornment does lift up, so all shades are easily accesible.
I found all the shadows soft and fairly pigmented upon swatching. I had to layer a couple of the shades a few times to get these swatches. I think they are so beautiful, so I honestly can't wait to try these on my eyes.  Hopefully there's no trouble with application.
Entice Me:
Admire Me:

Have you tried anything from this collection? Please share if so! :)
Thanks so much for reading. xo

Monday, February 25, 2013

Maybelline Color Tattoo Review - Bold Gold, Pomegranate Punk and Edgy Emerald

I've been wanting to try the Maybelline Color Tattoos for quite some time now! I've heard mostly good things about them, and I found them at my local Superstore for $7.99. I picked up Bold Gold and Pomegranate Punk to try. Then later in the week, I picked up Edgy Emerald at Shoppers Drug Mart (during 20x the points) for $9.99.


The first shade I tried was Bold Gold. I applied this on my eye using my finger and without a primer. Big mistake for me! There was major creasing and melting after only a couple hours. I totally blame this on my oily lids.

The next day I tried Pomegranate Punk. This time, I applied my primer of choice (Too Faced Shadow Insurance) and after the primer was dry, I gently patted my lids with a tissue to soak up any remaning oil. I just wanted to be sure they were completely dry and oil free. I then applied the eyeshadow with my finger. I'm happy to say that Pomegranate Punk lasted me late into the night and was still looking perfect when I removed my makeup before bed. :)

Today I've been wearing Edgy Emerald for about 9 hours, and it's still good to go. :) Again, I applied this using a primer, and I blotted my eyelid gently with a tissue before application.

I think all three colours are super gorgeous, and I can't wait to try more shades. I'm looking at Audacious Asphalt next.

Here's my swatches, without flash:

And with flash:

I've been playing around with these eyeshadows to try and create different looks for the past few days. I'll be sure to post a blog when I find something worth sharing!

Have you tried the Color Tattoos or any other cream shadows? I was very close to picking up a Shiseido Shimmering Eye Color this past weekend, but the price was pretty steep.

Thanks for reading! :)


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Urban Decay Smoked Palette Look with Mac Angel lipstick

Hi beauty lovers! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. :) Anyone else excited for the Oscars tonight? I can't wait...actually, red carpet is on now, so I'm gonna post this and go watch!

 I just wanted to share a look that I wore Saturday night using Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow palette. This palette comes with a 27 paged look book, so I went with the first look called "Iconic". If you'd like to see my swatches of this palette, you can find them here.

I love this palette! I personally prefer it to the Naked 2 palette which I also own. I find the shades easier to wear, and for me personally, there was less creping.

Sorry about my messy hair!
On my face:
Lise Watier Base Miracle
CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation
Guerlain Meteorites Compact in 02 Teint Beige
On my eyes:
Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Urban Decay Smoked Palette
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion
Lancome Cils Booster
and several coats of Benefit Bad Gal Lash
On my cheeks:
Nars blush in Dolce Vita
On my Lips:
MAC Angel Lipstick
Smashbox Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss in Star

Thanks so much for reading! :)


Thursday, February 21, 2013

February Lip Factory Box

Hi beauty lovers! Today I received my February Lip Factory beauty kit! Lip Factory is a monthly subscription beauty box, and if you don't know about it or want to sign up, you can learn more here!

I was pretty happy with this month's box! :) Here's what I received:

29 Cosmetics Leather Mirrored Lipstick Case
29 Cosmetics Reserves Grape Seed Age Protecting Moisturizing Lipstick SPF 20 in Stompin' Grapes
29 Cosmetics Grape Seed Age Protecting Lip Treatment in Hint of Honey
29 Cosmetics Sample Skin Care
Nabi Cosmetics Lipliner Pencil in L27 Grape
LASplash Cosmetics Mineral Powder Eyeshadow in Oyster Shell
LASplash Cosmetics Mineral Powder Eyeshadow in Black Sea
LASplash Cosmetics Mineral Powder Eyeshadow in Hula Hula
Mini Kabuki Brush

I can't wait to try these eyeshadows...especially Hula Hula! What a beautiful colour!

From left to right in Natural light: Black Sea, Hula Hula and Oyster Shell

And with flash:

Swatches again, in natural light and then with flash:

Here's the Lip Treatment and the Lipstick. I completely adore both! The lipstick alone is incredibly moisturizing and feels amazing on the lips! I love that that they both contain grape seed extract (a powerful antioxidant). I also think the colour of the lipstick is beautiful, and I couldn't wait to receive it after seeing it in a picture on facebook. I think it's gorgeous! Unfortunately, the sun was beginning to set when I took these pics, and my flash does the colour no justice! Here's some pics in natural light and with flash

Also in these pics is the Nabi lipliner. I'm not completely crazy about this shade. I don't wear any colours that would match this shade. I actually thought it was an eyeliner at first. Maybe I'll try it as such. :) In natural light and then with flash:

Here's the lipstick and lip treatment on my lips with flash. Again, my camera doesn't do this shade enough justice.

The skin samples are teeny tiny and meant for a single use, the kabuki is adorable, and the leather lipstick case is just not my thing.

This was just my second month with Lip Factory, but so far I am loving this company. The customer service is amazing! They generally reply to emails very quickly, and they are always pleasant and more than helpful. :)

Are you subscribed to Lip Factory or are you thinking of doing so? What are your thoughts on this month's box?

Thanks for reading!