I’m still not on board with liquid lipsticks. Nevertheless, I had to pick up this one when I saw it at Target. It’s hard to find new color releases here. So, fellow Hawaii makeup addicts, Target has quite an impressive selection of NYX products, including the new NYX Liquid Suede colors. ;)
Oh, Put It On is a deep, almost-black purple. I think it makes enough of a statement on its own, as all dark lips do, so here is my go-to pairing: almost nada on the eyes and face.
Pixi Correction Concentrate – Brightening Peach
The Body Shop Moisture foundation – 05
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Drops of Sun
LUSH Feeling Younger Skin Tint
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer – Light Neutral
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish
Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Palette (The Sculpting Powder – Medium, Celestial Powder – Starlight, Matte Bronzing Veil – Desert Nights, Pure Powder Glow – Aurora)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow pomade – Medium Brown
Phee’s Makeup Tips – Peppered
Makeup Geek – Vanilla Bean
Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara
KIKO Invisible Lip Liner
ColourPop Lippie Pencil – Nevermind
NYX Liquid Suede – Oh, Put It On
Let’s take a look at the Sephora birthday gift 2017: a mini tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Paaarty and a tarteist lip paint in Birthday Suit!
First things first: can I get a pat on the back for posting about this in a timely manner? Last year, I finally got around to posting swatches in December. This year, it’s only been one month since my birthday! At least some things have improved in 2017, right? ;)
So weeny and cute! The blush weighs in at 0.05 oz or 1.5g, compared to its full-sized counterpart at 0.2 oz or 5.6g. I pulled out my one full-sized tarte blush for comparison:
1.5g is about the size of an eyeshadow. I find it pretty generous! Personally, I don’t see myself ever finishing this entire mini pan of blush (even though I really love this shade). However, if you aren’t crazy like me and own a normal number of blushes, then maybe you might. Should you find yourself unable to live without this color, you can purchase the full-size. Same goes for the liquid lipstick.
tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Paaarty and tarteist lip paint in Birthday Suit – Swatches
After a few years of resisting, I finally made a ColourPop haul.
The L.A. brand ColourPop is well known on Instagram and the beauty blogosphere. They’re trendy, cutesy, and cool. I love their ad campaigns and I appreciate their diversity when it comes to their models.
However, I do find that their whole vibe is bit too precious for me. I’m in the mid-to-older end of the millennials; maybe I’m just too old to “get it.” Maybe I’m just not cool enough, honestly. Womp womp.
Thinly veiled self-pity aside, here’s a look at what I picked up:
The Jenn Ne Sais Quoi collab is no longer available, so I don’t know why I’m even bothering to show you swatches of it. But lookit, it literally has my name on it! Maybe I am a cool kid after all! :D
Also, I always appreciate a little extra effort in the packaging and shipping process. Look at this adorable thank-you note they sent with my order:
It’s an elephant butt! Cute!
They also sent a brochure explaining their different products and how best to use them. Again, love the promo shots. The makeup looks effortless and achievable, which is very important to me!
Here’s the Jenn Ne Sais Quad, the item I was most excited about. These four colors are right up my alley. Warm, rusty browns with a shimmery metallic accent. Yes, please.
I bought this beautiful Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow at the Covent Garden flagship store after finishing the beginner runner’s 8-week program. I had heard many good things about this expensive palette, and I thought it’d be the perfect splurge after accomplishing a goal I’d never thought possible before!
First, look at this incredible, Art Deco-inspired packaging! Have you ever seen anything so glamorous? It’s sturdy and weighty, so you definitely get that feeling of luxury while using it.
The pans themselves mirror the gorgeous sunburst pattern. Sculpt is a cool-toned bronzer with the barest hint of sheen, and Highlight is a very warm, shimmery golden highlight.
Despite its good looks, this is a perfect example of a luxury product that doesn’t quite live up to expectations. I want so much to love it, especially because I spent a lot of money on it. Instead, I find it’s “just okay.”
The Sculpt shade has a hard pan, and it’s difficult to get any product onto my brush, let alone pigment on my face. I’ve tried using a bit of tape to lift off the hardened top layer, but that has only helped marginally. I’m reluctant to scrape off the layer with a tissue because I don’t want to lose the sunburst pattern just yet.
In contrast, the Highlight shade is pigmented and any brush picks up powder very well. Both powders wear well on the skin, and sink in beautifully with an elegant finish. Whenever I use this, my skin looks extra polished, like I have good lighting following me around.
The Sculpt color itself is not quite a bronzer, yet not quite a contour. In fact, it has a tendency to look muddy on my skin tone (light-medium, neutral leaning warm). The Highlight shade is very yellow and golden. It works well enough on me, but I don’t think it’s very versatile.
Nevertheless, I can “make it work” for me. I just wish I didn’t have to. I don’t reach for it much, due to user difficulty. Still, I’m not willing to let it go just yet, if only to get my money’s worth out of it. I’m trapped in the mentality of “it’s expensive, so it must be good.” I’ll keep using it to see if it’ll surprise me somehow.
See how the bronzer looks a bit dirty? Of course, that might have something to do with my poor blending skills.
What was the last expensive beauty product that didn’t quite live up your expectations? Did you find a way to make it work?
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow is available in two shades, Light to Medium, or Medium to Dark. It retails for $68 (£49) at Nordstrom, Beautylish, and CharlotteTilbury.com. If you’re in London, do check out the Covent Garden store; it’s a treat!
Makeup Geek eyeshadows have been around for a few years now. The only reason why I hadn’t tried anything prior to these is because I’m stingy as hell and hate paying for shipping. Since Beauty Bay now stocks Makeup Geek, and they offer free shipping over £15, I decided to try a few of these cult favorite eyeshadows.
Makeup Geek eyeshadows offers a pan-only option, which I really appreciate, because I hate having tons of eyeshadow singles with bulky packaging. I usually end up de-potting my singles, so it’s nice to have them ready to go into a Z-palette right from the start.
However, the number of eyeshadow colors is overwhelming. I had a hard time narrowing my choices down! However, I finally settled on these five; four mattes, and one shimmer. Since Makeup Geek eyeshadows are so popular, you can find tons of good swatches by better bloggers! Here is my attempt anyway:
Peach Smoothie is a matte, peachy-beige. It works well as a transition color on my skin tone. It kicks up a bit of powder and applies a tiny bit chalky, but I don’t find it too bothersome.
Vanilla Bean is a pale beige, pretty much the same color as my skin. I bought this to replace my beloved Smashbox eyeshadow which I used as a subtle brow bone highlight and to blend other eyeshadows out. Vanilla Bean has a similar subtle satin-y sheen which makes it a perfect replacement.
Prom Night is a gorgeous shimmery, purple-y taupe. It’s one of those shades that can be worn alone and look like you’ve used more than one color; it’s wonderfully multi-dimensional. I’m rather partial to these types of colors, so it’s become a fast favorite.
Cocoa Bear is a warm, reddish brown. It plays surprisingly well with a lot of different colors. It is a bit harder to blend out evenly, though.
Barcelona Beach is a cool, mid-toned grayish taupe, quite unassuming. It has a hint of sheen which makes it more interesting than the thousands of other mid-toned grayish taupes out there. I like this one as a transition shade, as well as on the lower lash line to add subtle definition. (I also love the name, as Barcelona holds a special place in my heart.)
I’ve used these eyeshadows in my recent FOTDs and so far, I really enjoy them. I definitely want to add to my collection, especially these delicious duo-chromes. However, I first need to sort out the size and storage of my stash: I find that I don’t reach for my Z-Palettes very often because they’re hidden behind my Muji drawers. Also, I’m not very creative on my own and I find pre-made palettes easier to work with. When confronted with a bunch of non-coordinating singles, I get a little lost. D’oh.
Have you tried Makeup Geek eyeshadows? Which ones are your favorites?