Monday, November 26, 2012

Becca Damselfly mineral blush REVIEW and swatches

After reading many reviews and seeing swatches, I finally decided to get my own blush from Becca. The shade that I settled for was Damselfly, which was a pale coral peach color with just a tad hint of shimmers. It is gorgeous and looks even better on the cheeks. Below I will review and show you some swatches of my new blush!

The blush container reminds me of a spaceship/saucer. It is quite unique in design and feels very sturdy.
Though it has metal parts to the container, it doesn't leave gross finger marks.
6g/0.2oz, $32, sephora.com

inside look of the blush! 
There is a mirror on the flipside and the blush is slightly domed up.

left is blended swatch, right is heavy swatch

application: very smooth and velvety. There was no powdery fall outs or unevenness
finish: the finish is matte, but with a few very finely milled shimmers. This only helps give your cheekbones a pop.
staying power: this lasted on my cheeks all day, ~9 hours

Overall: I really love the color of this blush! I am more biased towards peachy coral blushes, but the finish on this blush is just amazing. Also, the staying power is up to my needs and the container feels sturdy enough to bring with me for travel. The only downside is the price. $32 is a bit expensive so I am a bit disappointed on that. However, with its perfect peachy coral shade, staying power, and velvety texture, I am willing to shell out a bit more for it. Perhaps I will get more blushes from this brand during a sale :)

Em



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All products shown here were purchased with my own money and were given my fair and honest opinion.

Hello Kitty Apple Balm in Citrus REVIEW and swatch

As I was waiting in line to pay at Sephora, I browsed through their mini/to-go goodies and the Hello Kitty Apple Balm caught my eye once again. I always pick these up while waiting in line, but then decide to wait till next time to try it. This time, however, I decided it was the day I would give it a go! They are so adorable and I love almost anything Hello Kitty. If they work as a lip balm while giving slight color, I would be so happy! I decided to try the color Citrus.
Hello Kitty Lip Balm Citrus, $10

solid orange balm texture, smooth upon touch

Swatches of Citrus on my hand. It gives off a sheer orange color, but looks slightly reddened on my lips.

Citrus applied to my lips. It gives a slight orange tint, but looks red because of my pigmented lips!

The texture of this balm is very smooth. When I rub my lips together I do not feel it sticky or gritty. After 3 hours of wear I no longer see the color, but my lips still feel moisturized. 
There is a fruity scent to the balm, but nothing overpowering. 
The tint is orange, but for my pigmented lips it looks just slightly red-oranged.

Overall, I really like the feel of this lip gloss. The color is sheer and it keeps my lips from being chapped. The only drawback I can think of is that it is hard to get the product out. You use your finger to dip/scoop some product and apply to your lips. This could be unsanitary as well as difficult to reach if you have longer nails.

Hope you enjoy the quick review!
Em

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

OPI Skyfall nail polishes The World is Not Enough and On Her Majesty's Secret Service REVIEW and swatches

OPI has come out with a collection of nail polishes dedicated to the James Bond movies. With James Bond celebrating its 50th year anniversary, it seems fitting to name each of the nail polishes after the movies. I have chosen 2 out of the many polishes in this collection to share with you. See below for swatches and review!

OPI The World is Not Enough (left) and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (right)

0.5 fl oz each, $8

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sephora VIB Holiday 2012 Shopping event!

I have been waiting and anticipating something good from Sephora this holiday season and it finally came! In my mailbox was a very pretty invitation to VIB to bring a friend along for a 20% off event in stores on November 8th 2012. The holiday sale lasts from November 8th - 12th. Inside is also an additional coupon for 20% off to give to a friend for a one time use pass. That is awesome! I just want to thank Sephora for their generosity and I can't wait to start my holiday shopping. Now...to make that list. Any good suggestions?

I don't know if this is also the case for Beauty Insiders.
Have you received yours in the mail? If so, is it only for VIB?

Update: If you are a VIB and still have not received the invitation in the mail, you can always use your email copy. If you haven't received either, visit http://community.sephora.com/t5/VIB/VIB-Holiday-2012-Shopping-Event/td-p/387663 and print your invitation out. The 20% off code can be used unlimited times in stores or online between November 8th - 12th. Happy Shopping! 
For online purchases, VIB can enter code CELEBRATE to receive 20% off!

Em