Saturday, June 16, 2012

E.L.F. Brightening Eye Colors: Butternut, Punk Funk, and Ocean Dreams


SO.. I recently purchased 15(I KNOW I'm crazy!!) of the E.L.F. Brightening Eye colors and I decided to do a review on each of them (3 at a time) because I had trouble finding reviews or swatches of them for myself. So in order to make it a quick and easy process, I'll show you the quad, the swatches, and tell you which colors are the best and worst .. onto the review


Best color(s): The 4th cooper-ish color is pretty and the best color from this quad.
Worst color(s): The First three are mute to me and require a lot of work to get any color payoff.
Would I repurchase/recommend: No, for me this quad did very little, it was not as pigmented as I expected and the colors(outside of the fourth) did not show up true to color for me.

Punk Funk:

Best color(s):The last three are beautiful, a bit soft, but very nice colors.
Worst color(s): The first one is a bit chalky and takes a bit of work.
Would I repurchase/recommend: Yes, 3/4 of the colors are wonderful and very useful for a variety of different looks.

Ocean Dreams:

Best color(s): The 2nd and 3rd colors because they are very pigmented and glide on nicely.
Worst color(s): The first and the last because the first was a bit chalky and the glitter gave a bit of fall out and the last color, although it is one of my favorites because it is such a soft color, looks a bit deeper  and more purple in the pan.
Would I repurchase/recommend: Yes, all of the colors show up without too much effort, although the shadows seem a little soft.

Best Quad out of the three: It's almost a tie between punk funk and ocean dreams but if I were to choose one to repurchase it would be ocean dreams, because for me all of the colors had enough pigmentation to show up and they all could be used with ease. The colors also seemed more wearable (to work, school, and a night out).
Worst Quad out of the three: Butternut because of the lack of pigmentation and for me the colors that did manage to show up seemed dull.

Overall, I have noticed that the lighter colors that you would use to highlight are more chalky and less pigmented than the other colors. A few of the colors, specifically the ones that you would expect the most pigmentation from are very soft and although the color shows up nicely, you need to use a soft brush and a light hand to avoid excessive fallout. The eyeshadows surprised me because they stay on all day and don't crease(when using a primer first of course)! In regards to the packaging, I find it to be very nice for the price ($1). It's sturdy and comes with a little applicator and small mirror(which is too small to actually use regularly, but it is there... if you absolutely have nothing else!). One of the things that I initially thought was going to be a problem for me was the size of the eyeshadows, but when I thought about it I rarely use an eyeshadow often enough to finish it, so I know I won't need that much, so these will probably last me forever, and if they start to expire it won't kill my bank to repurchase the ones I like.

Til' next time

Friday, June 15, 2012

Target Beauty Bag!


So I received my free beauty bag from target!! :) Its a very nice bag and I would even compare it to the myglam bag, except the target one is free! When comparing it to the myglam bag, the target bag is made of better quality (in my opinion) and includes travel sized items and coupons. The bag is given out every few months and all you do to get one like them on facebook and enter your contact information. So onto the products...
This is the bag, its a nice size and pretty thick (thicker than any of the myglam bags).

Cute color, goes on smooth. I might buy this in stores.. but then again I already have so many lipsticks lol..

Glad they include this since it's summer! Goes on smooth and perfect purse size.

Smells very nice ... only enough for one application due to the unseal-able package.

Very good product, I'll probably buy this when I get the chance. It makes my skin nice and smooth.

OMG!! Love this shampoo and it smells sooo good! I love these little mini bottles! They are perfect for vacation and travel! I love the convenience of the little bottles instead of the cheaper paper-plastic sample ones like the fructis one above.

I enjoy getting these target bags and will let you all know when they have the offer available again!

Til' next time

E.L.F. Mineral Eye Shadow Swatches Part: 2

So one of my first reviews was on the E.L.F. mineral eye shadows, and in that review I had swatches of the 20 shadows that I had. So now I have got the rest of the colors that they offer in the collection (due to the deal they had on their website for 10 free shadows with a $30 purchase). And my favorite colors of the bunch are Glamorous and Bronzed!! They are beautiful colors together... and the matte colors are a bit chalky so be careful...  anyway onto the swatches..

Innocent, Natural, Trendy, Sassy

Temptress, Glamorous, Bronzed, Partier

These shadows are good for the price and have good staying power as long as you use a good primer, however, they are a bit messy, and I find myself only using them if I become bored with my everyday products and if I have enough time to apply them. I would advise you, as I did in my last post about these eyeshadows, to keep the sticker on and to only poke through ONE of the holes, so that you won't have a huge mess every time you open it. Another thing I like to do is to use the eyeshadows wet... wet your brush slightly with water or fix+ and apply the shadow to your lids, after that I usually go back with a dry brush and pat on a bit more dry shadow just to intensify the color a bit more and take away a bit of the sheen. Also, apply these before your face makeup, so that you can easily wipe off any fallout.

Til' next time

June Glam Bag!

I'm back.. lol sorry I haven't been blogging lately.. I just finished school and started resuming normal activities lol... anyway I expect to update about two to three times a week because I have so many products to review!! Today I'm going to put up a few reviews just to get started and caught up. So onto the review...

This bag was really good in my opinion, myglam has, for the first time since I began receiving the bags, actually  given us 4 deluxe or full sized items to try. I enjoyed that this bag gave a mixture of things, something for hair, something for skin, and two makeup related items. Outside of enjoying the variety of products they sent, I also enjoyed the design of this month's bag, because it can be used as a small clutch (although the material is very thin, so I would not recommend putting too much in them.. just simple things like PMILK[phone,money,ID,lipgloss,keys]).
This is the bag. I love the gold glitter. I actually like the look of this bag better than any of the other ones!

This bag is a clutch, but the material is thin, so be careful not to overload it. Also, the magnetic snap closure seemed a bit weak and ready to rip off if stretched to its limits so be careful.

 I love this NYX circle lipstick. I love that NYX has so many different shades to choose from. In case you don't know, the bottom part (the part that shows the color of the lipstick), pulls off and there is more product inside! The color I received is iced honey (swatch is at the bottom of the review). It's kind of neutral on my skin tone, but the shimmers in it make it the perfect color for the center of my lips!
I haven't had the chance to try this yet but it's oil-free and I can probably get about 4-5 uses from the tube, I'll let you know how it turns out.

I didn't try this eyeliner yet simply because I have a lot of black eyeliners open that I need to use first... So this will probably be used in a couple of months lol. However, I did notice a few things, it says its a permanent eyeliner pen... I hope it's not difficult to come off because I hate scrubbing my eyes to get liner off. It also says don't use with lenses, so be careful.

This is the item I was most excited to try. It smells good, but I have not seen a true difference in my hair, maybe after a few weeks i'll see a difference...

Everything together.

Swatch of NYX lipstick in iced honey

SO .. overall I liked this bag a lot! They are starting to make me glad that I remained subscribed.. so hopefully they will keep up the good work and keep giving us different products to try.

Til' next time

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