Tuesday, September 02, 2014

ELF Essential 13 pc Face & Lip Palette - Review &Swatches

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Today I have swatches of the ELF Essential 13 Piece Face & Lip Palette ($8.00), from their 2014 Beauty School collection. This palette features two blushes, two bronzers, and nine lip colors. The lip colors feel very similar to the Studio Moisturizing Lip Colors, creamy, pigmented, and moisturizing. The face powders feel similar to their Studio Blush Palettes, very buttery and pigmented, easy to sheer out or build up. This is a great palette to accompany their 18 Eyeshadow Palette (which I reviewed HERE), the colors flatter the shadow palette very well, these are two palettes I'll definitely get a lot of use from and travel often with them.

e.l.f. Essential 13 Piece Face & Lip Palette

Monday, September 01, 2014

40% off ELF Sitewide! (9/1 only)

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Now's the time to stock up on your favorites, splurge on backups and try some of the new product releases!
Labor Day Flash Sale: 40% off sitewide on orders $30+! This offer is valid 9/1 only with code LABORDAY

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Beautylish Boutique Wishlist [pt. 2]

I have been a member on the Beautylish website forever, and I'm oh so proud that my favorite beauty site has boutiques featuring all the top brands and trends to feed my shopaholic blogging research needs ;)
I thought it would be fun to share what products I have in my cart aka my wishlist because when I get a bit of extra cash for splurging, I will head to Beautylish first!

I already have a couple of Lit Cosmetics glitters, but they are dark toned, so I'm really wanting a light toned glitter and I'm very interested to try the Water Resistant glitter base, I have a mini of their original version and it works great, but super staying power would be nice too ;)

I'm a long time fan of the Korres lip butter pots, I have a few already, and I have been dabbling in the Yoghurt line, so I'm very interested to try more of their lip products, mattifying treatment, eye primer, and their brightening eye treatment. I can no longer find Korres at Sephora, so I'll most likely come to Beautylish to buy more of their products.

Seriously, what don't I want to try from Kevyn Aucoin?! Instead of listing every makeup item I want to put on my face, more than anything, I really want to buy his books Face Forward and Making Faces - funny story, I have purchased these in the past on Amazon and they were stolen off my porch back when I lived in an apartment complex :(

Oh, Inglot! I have just one product from the line, a gorgeous pigment, and now I want more of them - maybe all of them. Aside from wanting to try all their lip products (when don't I want all the lipsticks in the world?) I am dying to customize my own freedom palette, ohmygosh, everyone in the blogging and Youtube world has one but me LOL!

I am totally new to Ilia, I had never heard of them before they hit the Beautylish Boutiques, but after browsing through the products and swatches, I'm really interested! Specifically, lipsticks, yes, I know, but LOOK how gorgeous they are...

Friday, August 29, 2014

Make Up For Ever - Mai Quynh Event - Santa Clara (CA)

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Last week I attended a little event, with my fellow blogger buddy, Vicki from LVMakeup, at the Make Up For Ever store in the Santa Clara Valley Fair Shopping Mall, to meet celebrity makeup artist, Mai Quynh, watch her apply makeup on a model and chit chat about the new Artist Shadows that MUFE recently launched. The event was quaint with no more than 10 chairs for guests, so you can just imagine the calm and personal vibe the makeup session had. We sat and watched Mai Quynh transform the model's look from naturally beautiful to sultry sexy in what seemed like a few minutes. Her artistic techniques played out effortlessly, while application was precise and what we all envision as perfection. If she wasn't answering all our questions and talking us through the look, she probably would have completed the makeup look in just a few minutes. What's also impressive, is that she used all Make Up For Ever products and they looked to perform amazing, so after the makeup session, I made a B line to the new Artist Shadow wall. After touching nearly every single bright and bold shadow I saw, I decided on four gorgeous shades that I felt were "so ME", surprisingly I favor the Metallic finishes because that's all I was drawn to - and one matte shadow for my brows.

At the event we were offered a discount if we purchased three shadows, plus we got the limited edition 30th anniversary quad palette, decorated with colorful signatures from all 30 of the featured makeup artists in the upcoming 30/30 Anniversary Palette (which we also got a sneak peek of and it is beyond amazing!).

top left: ME-216 (aka Electric Blue on/at Sephora)
top right: ME-230 (aka Peacock Blue on/at Sephora)
bottom left: ME-554 (aka Gunmetal on/at Sephora)
bottom right: ME-654 (aka Cauldron on/at Sephora) - Mai Quynh's shade from the 30/30 Anniversay Palette

These shadows feel amazing! When I first touched them, they felt cool as if they were moist - but obviously they are dry. When I swatched it on the back of my hand, it looked like a dry shadow that was applied wet. It was a pretty breathtaking first impression, and of course I was instantly ecstatic to touch them all - they are very rich in pigment, so smooth and buttery to apply and blend, and they all work fantastic together. Yes, I'm in love and yes, I want more! :)

After talking to Mai Quynh about my struggle to find a soft black or black brown product for my eyebrows - basically anything not warm brown - she suggested going for one of the matte Artist Shadows rather than the typical brow products. Oh ya, and then I was lucky enough to have her do my brows *squee* :) :) :) She chose the shade M-618 (aka Espresso on/at Sephora), which is a deep dark cool brown - a perfect match for the brow look I've been searching for!

Lastly, I requested a little sample of the Liquid Lift Foundation in #2 Ivory (which is a bit too light for me, but the shade range isn't as vast as their other foundation), a light to medium coverage foundation that sits and wears well on my dry skin. It has a fragrance to it, so I'm not sure if I'll buy it.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

ELF Essential 18 Eyeshadow Palette - Review & Swatches

Every year ELF Cosmetics launches a Beauty School collection of makeup sets, palettes, and gift sets - this year, they added a couple palettes, one of them being the Essential 18 Piece Eyeshadow Palette with Brush for just $8.00! I'm going to say this right off the bat, this palette is a MUST BUY! Heck, buy two of them and gift one, because it is that good! The palette features a variety of matte, satin, shimmer, frost, and a couple with a pinch of sparkle to them (yay for no chunky glitter shades!). All the shades perform amazing without a primer, and while I was doing my arm swatches (which you'll see below), I applied primer to the top half of the swatches and just left my skin bare on the bottom half, in nearly all the swatches you can't even tell the difference! I'm super impressed with this palette, easily the best eyeshadow palette they have produced and the size of the pans are perfect - I hope they do more palettes in the future like this (please no more triangle pans!!).

e.l.f. Essential 18 Piece Eyeshadow Palette with B

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