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Better Late Than Never!

25 Apr

Sometimes, dear beauty lovers, I get so involved in the collection of more makeup that I completely forget to review or even use a product I was once very excited about. Case in point, many things I got around Christmas time including the Too Faced Enchanted Glamourland Palette. I had waited, stalking Sephora.com, for this palette when it first came out so I could grab it before it was gone. Grab it I did and have rarely pulled out it since the first two weeks I owned it… until just a few weeks ago when I remembered I had it! Such is the life of a makeup addict/collector. Don’t pretend this doesn’t happen to you ALL the time 😉

Too Faced Enchanted Glamourland Palette

La Vie en Rose Blush and Snow Bunny Bronzer

La Vie en Rose, Snow Bunny

I haven’t used the bronzer too much, but I really enjoy this blush shade. They are both soft and easily blend into the skin. I have thought of depotting this blush and putting it in my z-palette….but I don’t want to ruin the beauty of the palette. But I think I would use it more if it were with other blushes!

Too Faced Enchanted Glamourland Eyeshadows

Too Faced Eyeshadows Row 1

Too Faced Eyeshadows Row 2

Too Faced Eyeshadows Row 3, and Glamour Gloss in Pillow Talk

The shadows are sooo phenomenal! The are fantastically pigmented and smooth. And look at those gorgeous colors! I already had Velvet Revolver and Honey Pot in my Too Faced Natural Eye palette, but I don’t mind as those colors are quite lovely. Label Whore is a supposed dupe for MAC Club (first shadow in Row 3). I love the second shade in Row 3, Glamazon.  All of them are nice to work with you can create some really awesome looks with this palette. I don’t care for the gloss. It is “plumping” and it makes my lips sting. The color is nice, and the gloss is smooth. But it is rare that I like any gloss with a plumping formula.

All in all this palette was about $50 (roughly) from Sephora. It also came with a full size tube of Shadow Insurance. How could you not love a deal like this?! If it is still around…pick this up. You won’t regret it.

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An Epic Highlighter Post!

17 Apr

Greetings fellow beauty lovers! Today I bring a special post, all about highlighters. I was not able to swatch everything in my collection, but I did try to pick the most popular or most readily available items so that you can see what many of them look like compared to one another. For most of them I am including a flash and a natural light photo. The natural light really washes them out on camera I think, so bear that in mind. The flash versions are more accurate representations of what the colors look like, but I did it for posterity’s sake anyway :). This is going to be a picture heavy post!

Liquid/Cream Highlighters

NARS Gold Member

L-R: Sonia Kashuk Sheer Shimmering Highlight, Stila All Over Shimmer #3, Benefit High Beam, Smashbox Artificial Light in Flash

Natural Light L-R: Sonia Kashuk Sheer Shimmering Highlight, Stila All Over Shimmer #3, Benefit High Beam, Smashbox Artificial Light in Flash

L-R: MAC CCB Pearl, MAC CCB Shell, MAC CCB Hush, Sephora Luminous Glow

Natural Light L-R: MAC CCB Pearl, MAC CCB Shell, MAC CCB Hush, Sephora Luminous Glow

L-R: UD Urbanglow Sin, UD Urbanglow Wicked, MUFE Uplight #32, MUFE Uplight #33

Natural Light L-R: UD Urbanglow Sin, UD Urbanglow Wicked, MUFE Uplight #32, MUFE Uplight #33

ELF All Over Color Sticks L-R: Persimmon, Lilac Petal, Golden Peach, Spotlight

L-R: Precriptives Sheen Cream in Beam, NARS Illuminator in Copacabana, Mark Touch & Glow, NARS Illuminator in Orgasm

The above pictures represent my favorite kind of highlight–liquid/cream. I just think it always look so much more luminous and dewy when you use a liquid. I reach for a liquid or cream highlighter daily, while powder highlighters are much less frequently used, maybe a handful of times a month if that. I am still lusting after a few more of the MUFE Uplights (they are $29 each at Sephora.com) but I am waiting for them to arrive in Sephora (mid-May I have been told) so I can swatch. I am also lemming the infamous Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow in Rose Gold., but haven’t indulged yet because, as you can see, I have enough to deal with at the moment in the way of cream highlighters. A few of these items may be difficult to find, and although I tried not to include such items, I did so so that if you do find them that you snatch them up! Prescriptives Sheen Cream has long been discontinued, but has remained for about 3 years a favorite of mine. If they still sold it, I would buy several. Sonia Kashuk’s liquid highlighter is new for spring this year, but has been notoriously difficult to find. I was told by the company you will see more soon, but they had a problem with the manufacturer. Sephora’s luminous glow is also a cherished favorite of mine, but it has also been discontinued! I wanted to include some pictures of the items that are not as popular so that you know what they look like if you find them:

Sephora Luminous Glow

Mark Touch & Glow Cream

The unique thing about the Mark product is that you can use each of the colors separately and you have 9 colors to use. Or you can swirl them together to get the peachy bronze effect I got in the swatch (it appears darker in the swatch than it is in person). Plus this is more like a cream-to-powder product.

Cream/Liquid Wrap up:

  1. Grab a Prescriptives Sheen Cream or Sephora Luminous Glow if you ever find one
  2. The budget buys are the ELF All Over Color Sticks at just $1 and they are very lovely (I would choose the sticks over the liquids they offer as the liquids get quite frosty)
  3. The MUFE Uplights I have are the sparkling version. If you don’t like glitter, you won’t like this version. I plan to try the pearl versions next.
  4. My newest favorite is NARS Copacabana. I ordered it in stick version as well because I like it so much. Smashbox Artificial Light in Flash is equally gorgeous and ranks quite high for me. It was one of my first highlighters.
  5. MAC Cream Colour Bases are very natural looking and an afforable and easily available option. I use these so much!
  6. I love mixing the Sonia Kashuk one with my foundation, and have been doing this almost daily since receiving it.

Powders:

L-R: ELF Golden Bronzer, Too Faced Peach Leopard, Anastasia Brow Highlight (mixed), Benefit Georgia

L-R: Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure, The Body Shop Brush on Radiance Beads, Guerlain Meteorites Beige Chic

Clockwise from Top: Guerlain Meteorites Beige Chic, Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure, The Body Shop Brush on Radiance Beads

L-R: TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, Lorac Perfectly Lit in Spotlight, MAC MSF Refined

Natural Light L-R: TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, Lorac Perfectly Lit in Spotlight, MAC MSF Refined

The Body Shop Shimmer Waves in Peach

The Body Shop Shimmer Waves in Peach

L-R: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Vegas Strip & Miami Strip, Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick Platinum Pink, Dior Amber Diamond

Natural Light L-R: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Vegas Strip & Miami Strip, Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick Platinum Pink, Dior Amber Diamond

Powder Wrap up:

  1. Guerlain Meteorites are a waste of money–at least the shade I got. It barely shows up on my skin and has that old lady smell that some Guerlain products have (I don’t enjoy it-the primer smells better than this). I don’t think I would ever buy another one. Mine was a smaller size that came in a set. Thank goodness, because in the 2 years I have owned I have used it MAYBE once. Yeah, I give it a big F-.  Sorry if you like them, it just didn’t highlight AT ALL for me.
  2. The two Body Shop products are great. I love the Peach Shimmer Waves so much. I believe it was LE for last year, but if you can find it..grab it up!
  3. Lorac Perfectly Lit and Mary-Lou Manizer are wonderful highlighters, and are so natural looking for being powders. Lorac just gives me this ethereal glow that I love so much, it is in my top 5 for sure!
  4. Benefit Georgia is nice, but very very subtle on my skintone. On the other hand, Tarina Tarantino is super sparkly. You must use it with a light hand but for special events or nights out it is gorgeous!
  5. In person, Vegas Strip and Dior Amber Diamond are almost dupes. The texture is different, but I am not sold on the hype of Amber Diamond yet. It may be going back to Sephora! For the price, it just isn’t that different or special to me. 😦  I am, however still interested in trying Rose Diamond and the other limited edition shade if I can track it down.
  6. Bobbi Brown Shimmerbrick is also nothing to write home about. Platinum Pink is a LE shade, but I would be interested in trying another. I will probably pick one up the next time I am at my CCO (much cheaper that way). They are worth the CCO price, but I don’t think I would ever pay full price for one.

Well, that is probably my biggest and longest post ever! I am a total highlighter addict and I am always searching for more! What are your thoughts? Are you a cream/liquid fan or do you prefer powders? What highlighters do you own that are your favorite?

Too Faced Romantic Eye Palette knows how to romance me for Spring…

23 Dec

So, have I ever discussed my love for the Too Faced eye palettes? I have the Natural Eye one and use it so much! It is great for everyday. Too Faced has come out with different spins on their palettes including a Neutral Eye, which is similar but darker in my opinion to the Natural Eye. Now, for Spring 2011, they have launched the Romantic Eye palette. I got mine from Sephora.com, but you will be able to find it on TooFaced.com in January as well. It retails for $35 and you get 9 eyeshadows paired in 3s for different types of looks and cards included to help you create the looks. Let’s look at the swatches, baby!

The new Too Faced Romantic Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Romantic Eye, T-B, L-R: Soulmates, Kiss the Bride, Bouquet Toss, I Do, Cut the Cake, Honeymoon, Un-veil, First Dance, Ever After

This isn’t a review of the palette as much as it is swatches and a first look. I haven’t had much time to play with this, but if it’s anything like my Natural Eye palette, I know I will love it. I swatched these over Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I have heard some murmurings about comparing some of the shadows in the Natural Eye and Romantic Eye and to put any “dupe” theories to rest here are swatches of 4 of the shadows that look a little similar in the box, but different on the skin:

Too Faced Natural Eye vs. Romantic Eye Swatches

Starting from the right side, top is Natural Eye and bottom is Romantic Eye.

-Heaven vs. Bouquet Toss: Bouquet Toss is more pigmented, slightly pinker. Both are matte.

-Velvet Revolver vs. I Do: I Do is more purple-gray while Revolver is more beige gray. Both are matte.

Sexspresso vs. Un-veil: Un-veil is definitely darker and cooler than Sexspresso.

Erotica vs. Ever After: Erotica pulls more purple and Ever After pulls toward bronze. Both have a deepened effect and are shimmery.

For good measure, here are the palettes side by side:

Too Faced Natural Eye Palette and Romantic Eye Palette

One thing worth noting between the two palettes is design. My Natural Eye palette is thicker and houses a small drawer that pulls out to reveal a dual ended applicator. They have done away with this feature for the Romantic Eye palette, which doesn’t bother me since I have never used the one I had to begin with.

Have you tried the Too Faced Palettes? Doesn’t Romantic look lovely for Spring? I cannot wait to start creating looks with this palette.