Thursday, September 26, 2013

September Favorites 2013

 Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eye Liner in Blackest Black
I've been lining my waterline lately and I found this eye liner to stay on my waterline really well. It's very pigmented, applies smoothly, and lasts a long time. It claims to be a 24 hour eye liner that is smudge proof and waterproof but I can't say that claim is on point. Although, it does last a good amount of time on my eyes. There will be some eyeliner that moves to the corners of the eyes but for the most part, the majority of the eyeliner stays on put.
L'oreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base
This makeup primer gives my face a nice smooth base to work on. It makes my foundation glide on more smoothly on my skin. It is a silicone based primer so if you're not into silicone based products, this may not be your cup of tea.
L'oreal Color Riche Lipstick in Cardinal Plume
I've been loving this for an everyday lip look. I lightly swipe it on my lips and head out the door. It applies smoothly and easily. I love the formula of the lipstick; it's not drying at all and it leaves a nice soft stain as it fades throughout the day.
Nars Smudge proof Eye Shadow Base
This Nars eye shadow primer applies white but blends out colorless. It makes my eye shadows look and apply more vibrant. It dries nice and quickly, leaving a velvety smooth base. It helps keep my eye shadows looking vibrant throughout the day while preventing any smudging, fading, and creasing.
Rimmel Match Perfection 2 in 1 Concealer and Highlighter
I use this to conceal all my redness on my face. Whenever I use this, I skip my foundation since this gives me enough coverage. It blends well onto my skin and gives a nice natural finish.
Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Kit in Ash Brown
This is such an easy brow kit to use. I just mix the two shades and just fill in my eye brows. The shades are perfect for my hair color and it gives me such a natural look.
Wet n Wild Creme Shadow Pencil in Pixie
This is a gorgeous highlighting pencil for the eyes. I like to use it on my inner corners and the bottom half of my lower lash line. It brightens up my eyes beautifully.
 Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush
This brush is very nice and dense. I like to use it to pat my foundation and concealer onto my skin. It gives me the most natural look without leaving any streaks. It blends my makeup very nicely, giving an airbrushed finish.
REN Clear Calm 3 Replenishing Night Serum
This serum absorbs nicely into my skin without leaving any greasy finish so even though it says night serum, I like to also use it under my makeup during the day. It helps keep my face clear and when I use it on my acne, they tend to shrink and disappear without leaving a blemish mark behind.
Hard Candy Baked Blush in Honeymoon
Honeymoon is the swatch in the center of the photo. I did a review on this blush recently along with a couple of other shades shown above. This shade in particular has been my favorite. It gives me a nice pinky peach flush while giving me a glowing healthy look. The sheen is subtle when applied over my foundation and powder so it never makes me look unattractively shiny.

What are your September favorites?
Don't forget to share your link below if you made a blog post or feel free to leave a comment of your favorites of the month.

 Love, Chris 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Beige Gold Review

Bobbi Brown's Gold Beige Lip Color is a nude shade with shimmer that sells for around $25. It applies smoothly and it applies pretty sheer to a buildable semi opaque intensity. It's not drying at all. As for longevity, it doesn't last very long on the lips. Overall, it's not bad but it's also not a magnificent lipstick. For its price tag, I would expect more from a product.

Pros:
- Applies smoothly
- Not drying

Cons:
- Doesn't last long on the lips
- Not pigmented

 Love, Chris 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blushes Review

I've been wanting these blushes in forever and I finally got them about a year ago. Not only did the colors catch my attention, but also the lovely packaging. These were purchased from Walmart for around $7 each.
 Pin Up is light champagne brown with a sheen, great for a natural cheek look.
 Honeymoon is a light peachy pink with a sheen.
 Living Doll is a cotton candy pink doll-like shade with a sheen.
Pin Up, Honey Moon, Living Doll (Dry swatches)

These blushes can be applied either dry or wet. I've never applied them wet just because I never felt like I needed to. They are already wonderfully pigmented while they're dry. When applied on my face, the sheen is really subtle; Since that's the case, I recommend this if you were afraid to try it due to the highlighting effect it seems to have. These blushes are buildable so they can be applied as sheer or as opaque as you like. Overall, I love these blushes, especially for the affordable price.

 Love, Chris 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bobbi Brown Luxe Eye Palette: First Impression Review

This palette is from the Here Comes the Bobbi Brown Bride Luxe Collection. You can find it at Macys or Nordstrom for $60.
The packaging is gorgeous. It's an all over reflective metal palette so don't be mistaken; That line showing up in the photo is a reflection of the ceiling. 
Top to Bottom:
Cream - A matte light beige that is best used as a base since the shade is pretty light
Pink Opal - Shimmery light beige with a hint of pink
Oyster Grey - Satin light taupe
Top to bottom:
Pink Pearl - lilac with a hint of pink, described as a metallic shade
Pink Lilac - Exactly as the name says, this swatches as a sparkly pink lilac shade
Expresso - A matte dark brown, almost black but not quite

Left to Right: Cream, Pink Opal, Oyster Grey, Pink Pearl, Pink Lilac, Expresso

First of all, I love the sleek reflective packaging. At first thought, a highlighting palette for your eyes for $60 made me cringe, but it's definitely appropriate for brides. As simple and light as they are, they're definitely mistake-proof yet beautiful for the eyes. I'll definitely keep you all posted on how I like this palette. From swatching these, I can definitely tell that it's a must to use a primer under them.

Have any of you tried this palette? What are your thoughts?

 Love, Chris 
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