Friday, February 21, 2014

Nars Final Cut Collection: Descanso Satin Lip Pencil, Final Cut and Love Blush REVIEW and swatches

As soon as Nordstrom sent an email out about their exclusive NARS line called Final Cut, I was all over that. Over the past few posts, I have mentioned how I like spring/summer shades and this collection had a ton of that. I picked up two blushes and one satin lip pencil. I think if my wallet was a bit fatter, I would definitely have gotten a couple more items. Anyway, read below to see how they swatch and wear.

Blushes first:

Nars Final Cut blush (left), Love blush (right), $30 each

Nars Final Cut blush (left), Love blush (right)
These blushes have a few swipes on my hand. They aren't as pigmented as say Mata Hari or Exhibit A, but they do show up quite well without being chalky.
Final Cut is a salmon orange blush. It has no shimmer or glitter. It is quite matte.
Love blush is a more rosy peachy shade that is also not shimmery or glittery. It is a matte.
Both shades are quite universal and goes on quite smoothly

Essie 2014 Resort Fling collection: Resort Fling and Find Me an Oasis nail polish REVIEW and swatches

Spring is here and I love the colors and Essie's Resort Fling collection is no exception. I picked up the two shades that seem the most spring/summer to me and swatched it for you here. Enjoy!

Essie Find me and Oasis and Resort Fling, $8.99

Monday, February 17, 2014

Maybelline Lip Elixirs LE Radiant Bloom (110) and Polished Petal (105) REVIEW and swatches

I have been hunting for the Maybelline Spring 2014 nude collection, namely the lip elixirs and one of the lipsticks. I searched all Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid within a 25 mile radius and finally found them at one location. The Rite Aid that held this collection had the polishes, lipstick, and elixirs in different display stands. Most of them seemed untouched, including the lip elixirs, which leads me to believe they were put out maybe a day or two ago. However, the lipstick display stand was picked over and I did not get to purchase one. I guess the search continues with those. In the meantime, I would like to share with you the lip elixirs that I found. I picked two shades- they are both pinkish shades. I love light and natural shades so spring time is where I splurge the most on cosmetics. If you are like me, you should definitely check these two out!

Maybelline Dare to Go Nude LE Lip Elixirs, $9.49 (BOGO50%)
There were 6 different shades, but I did not get the names of all of them. The two that I purchased were the pink ones in the front. The two behind that were more nude/sand shades. The two in the far back were more brownish red.

Maybelline Lip Elixirs in Radiant Bloom and Polished Petal (limited edition!)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Physician's Formula Glowing Nude Blush in Rose REVIEW and swatches

I finally got my hands on some of the new Physician's Formula Nude Wear line. I picked up the glowing nude blush to play with. I love the packaging on these babies. They are so cute! It is in a peachy nude colored box. The top and bottom are lined with this faux snake skin material. At the top of the front side, there is a rose gold bow! Like the other PF blushes, this also comes with a mirror and brush in the back. See below for the different shades of pink and my thoughts on it.
physician's formula glowing nude blush in rose, $13.95

The blush comes with 4 colors- all of which contains silver letterings. 

The back contains the brush with a rose gold handle. The front and back flaps are magnetic closures.


left to right
Top left quad: light icy pink sheen
Top right quad: icy peach sheen
Bottom left quad: light pink sheen
Bottom right quad: bubble gum pink sheen
mixed: rosy pink sheen

Same swatches, different lighting.

The "nude wear" letters made of silver color is only an overspray. This comes off easily with just wiping my fingers across the letters. The U and part of the N is rubbed off.

The blush is overall not sparkly or glittery. With the overspray still present on application, there is a bit more sheen to it on the cheeks when applied with a blush. However, with the overspray gone, the sheen is nearly all gone, resulting in a mainly matte blush with a hint of glow.

Texture/application: The texture of this is very smooth and blendable. I don't get much pigment from swatching it a couple of times with my finger on to my hand, but I do get it from a brush application to my cheeks.
Staying power: This is where it dips for me. I get only about 6-7 hours of wear on my oily skin.
Scent: I don't detect any scents.
Overall: Though it is very, very cute, this blush is a bit bulky. I don't recommend it for traveling, but on the vanity it looks quite luxurious. The blush isn't overly glittery, which is a plus for me, but it still contains little sheen particles throughout the blush that gives you a healthy glow. The overspray is what caused most of the sparkliness in the beginning. I love the quad idea because you can decide how deep you want your blush by swirling in the colors you want. Overall, a very nice blush from PF and very cute one at that!

What are your thoughts?

EM

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

Friday, February 7, 2014

Nyx Butter Glosses in Tiramisu, Apple Strudel, Red Velvet, Cupcake, Devil's food cake, Angel food cake REVIEW and swatches

Nyx has the most buttery, moisturizing, pigmented, and smooth glosses ever. They have had the Butter Glosses for a while now, but recently came out with a few new shades. I will review 6 shades here, 4 of which are new. These are some of my favorite glosses because they actually show up on my pigmented lips but still keep my lips moisturized and not sticky at all.
Keep reading to see the swatches and review.

Nyx Butter Gloss, $4.99, 0.27 fl oz
left to right: Tiramisu, Apple Strudel, Red Velvet, Cupcake, Devil's food cake, Angel food cake
Tiramisu and Apple Strudel have been around before. All other shades are new.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Sleek Makeup Blush by 3: Pink Lemonade 369 and Californ.i.a REVIEW and swatches

Sleek Makeup is a brand across the pond over in the UK where they come up with some of my favorite products and shades. I own several blushes, lip balms, and brushes from them. Recently, they came out with two new blush palettes called Pink Lemonade and Californ.i.a. I'm not going to lie, a part of the reason why I purchased Californ.i.a. is because I am from California. I have to represent! Anyway, not only because of the name, the shades in this palette is just beautiful. See below for swatches and my review.

Sleek Makeup Blush by 3: Pink Lemonade and Californ.i.a, $14

Sephora Rouge Infusion 10hr Lip Ink in Pink REVIEW and swatches

I recently saw a new product on Sephora's website called Rouge Infusion- 10 hour lip ink. I was very interested because it seems like it would be moisturizing and give color to your lips. The container was also unlike any other product I've seen and looked very sleek and modern. It almost looked like a potion vial. Needless to say, I grabbed it and decided to give it a try. I have quite pigmented lips and want a shade that could show up on my lips without leaving them sticky, dry, or having no color effect. Read below for my review on the Pink shade of this product.

Sephora Rouge Infusion 10 hr lip ink in Pink, $14

The cap at the top is a domed clear plastic with the shade name and number. It twists open to a very sleek black wand that contains a doe foot applicator. The product seems to do a very good job in removing excess lip product so it doesn't get goopy and dirty all around the cap.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush in Diffused Heat swatches and REVIEW

I got this beautiful blush by Hourglass from Sephora last week in the mail and have been using it almost daily since. Hourglass came out with a set of different lighting powders a while back that helps the lighting on your face. These powders are meant to be more of a setting powder rather than ones that hide your imperfections. They do blur the little problematic areas on your face but aren't meant to be foundations.
Since then, they have recently released another line of lighting powders- this time in blush form! I love blushes and I probably have way too much that can last me my whole lifetime. I had to try this because I did like the idea of how the light in the powders help make you look differently. Playing with lighting is a fun way to make yourself look different in photographs, so why not do it with makeup? This blush has a lot more pigment than the lighting powders so make sure to use a light hand!

Hourglass Ambient lighting blush in Diffused Heat, $35

They are slightly smaller than the Hourglass Lighting powders and cost slightly less. The packaging is very similar- sturdy and comes with a mirror. I love how sleek it looks! 
As you can see, the blush is marbled. The pink shade is very pigmented, but when mixed with the champagne color, it gets diffused. They do bring about a glow to my cheeks, and subsequently, to my face.