September 18, 2014

Makeup Geek Vegas Lights Collection Eyeshadow Palette


Oh me, oh my.
I didn't even try to convince myself that I didn't need this....

Yep, Marlena did it again and came out with a product that makes me question the entire cosmetics market.
 Retailing for $38, it's not necessarily a deal, but still, the quality and colors are so on point, I would have paid more money without a problem.  

like, this is my favorite fall release, fo shizzles





Do ya see that? No parabens or animal testing; you go makeup geek


Alright, I might as well go ahead and say that when I first saw this palette... I thought the packaging looked a bit... trashy, cheap, unnatractive.
SCRATCH THOSE THOUGHTS, because it's actually really classy. For their first palette, I was more than impressed in regards to their packaging. ALSO, you can take out the shadows and pop it into your z palette (or any magnetic palette for that matter; WE DON'T DISCRIMINATE AGAINST OTHER PALETTES HERE, OK?) 



Like, I litERALLY dare you to list 7 palettes that have a dupable color scheme... struggling? That's what I thought.  Like, mirage, desert sands and roulette don't look too amazing, but I honestly have nothing remotely like them in my collection. 


From the bottom to the top:


  • Casino: An uber-ly (wat?) pigmented orange based gold (?). It wasn't only extremely pigmented, but opaque and blendable. PLUS, NO FALL OUT (on any of the shadows)
  • Sin City: OK, this is where I start to get critical. Out of all of the shadows, this was the oddball. It was pressed a bit harder in the pan and was less opaque. Also, it was an orange based color with gold shimmer... super pretty, but not necessary. A lot of the shadows had a burnt/orange undertone and the gold shimmer was already present in Casino. IN MY HUMBLE OPINION O'ER ERE, they should have ditched this shade and included another contrasting shade. 
  • Roulette:  Oh goodness. Buttery, burgundy, burnt bronze loveliness. Just, oh so good. 
  • Mirage:  Let's be honest, we all know matte cream shades are a fucking joke. HOWEVER, this has a bit of a satin  texture MAKING IT SOMETHING NEW AND EXCITING. This fella's blendable, smooth and opaque; basically unheard of in regards to cream shades. 
  • Desert Sands:  Ok, one of the most opaque and smooth mattes ever. Typically, true  matte shades are a little less pigmented and uneven in application. Mm-mm, not this one, honey. Also, how many of you can say you have a ton of tan/mustard shades? yeah, that's what I thought. 
  • Bada Bing: Pretty sure this is in their permanent range. Basically, matte brown with rosegold shimmer. Though, as you can see, that shimmer doesn't transfer. Texture was a bit harder and didn't swatch as nicely, but applied fine. 


    

ugh, why am I such a freak that falls for a pretty palette over and over? Essentially, if you like good quality makeup and unique colors, I'd recommend it (basically, all of my readers). 

Also, if you have blue eyes, it would be a sin to not get this palette.
Speaking of sin, still wish they would have taken out Sin City, bUT OTHER THAN THAT, it's perfect. 


September 8, 2014

Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick in See Me


I'm officially obsessed with this brand.. Like, legit, obsessed. I was straight up, stalking the website for a couple of days when I saw that Poppy came out with a new line of lipsticks. Basically, these are like the creme version of her Velvet Ropes (which i be reviewin' soon, ladiess). AND IF YOU COULDN'T TELL, I can't resist a luxurious creme lipstick. 

Packaging? dope.as.helllll. 
It's a metal casing (way heavier than YSL) and with a strong ass magnet that is so pleasing, holy shit. 

Also, it's a little skyscraper.. adorbs 


'See me' is an apricot/peach/orange shade. Almost borderline pumpkin.  Really perfect for transitioning into fall, wHICH I'M PSYCHED FOR HOLY SHIT. It's still 90+ with almost 100% humidity here and I. am. over. it. All I want is to wear comfy pants and sweaters that are 4 sizes too big. Is that too much to ask for? 

Anyway, the point was, it's pretty. It applies with good opacity and never goes into the lines or emphasizes dryness. It's also not overly creamy and therefore wears for 5-6 hours and has little transer (well, compared to other creme lipsticks). 

It has a slight minty scent, HOWEVER, it appears to only be for scent purposes and never does the nasty tingling thingy. I BELIEVE (don't quote me on this...don't quote me on anything really) that it's to give the illusion of fresher breath for when..you know


I actually have no idea as to where I got this photo





 It IS a $50 lipstick... Though trust me, it's not lacking in the luxury department. It just has that old glamour that makes me feel like I'm a classy, sassy lady when I pull it out.  I'd say, if you like a shade, get it.. here's why:

-UM, the packaging is lovely
-The shades are stunning (and fairly unique)
-Formulation is on point
-Cruelty free
-Paraben free
-shit ton of natural ingredients and essential oils
-Anti-Antioxidants (so we don't have thin, wrinkly lips)
-Vitamins A and E
-Pomegranate Sterols (suppose to make your lips look plump, glossy n' shit)

September 4, 2014

Guerlain's Geneva is dope-- My final summer hoo-ha


QUICK NOTE:
This is an old post I wrote almost a month ago and forgot to post 
(basically, before I decided to go cruelty free)


I've been bad. 

BUT, it was my ebates cash back check that covered this... so, not tooooo bad

but still, I've been bad.

Whatever, I've accepted the fact that me and Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks have something special; true love. When you're in love, you do stupid stuff like buy another $50 lipstick. Sigh. Geneva is a shade that I ignored when the summer line came out, but some reviews by Temptalia and Sunny made me change my mind.  Basically, I was under the impression that Guerlain had made the ultimate coral for me; and they soooo did. 




ugh

This

This is

This is good.

I've found Geneva to be slightly more transparent than the other Rouge G's I have, but perhaps it's my favorite. I don't know man, but it's flattering as fuck. You know, when ya just feel really confident when  your lipstick game is on point. Ye, dis be the one. 

If you want a more in depth review, click HERE


Something somewhat serious for once-- Going Cruelty Free +Updates

I was going to film a haul.. ya know, with some stuffy stuff and some life updates. To my horror, I've realized that Aardvarks are less awkward than I am


ew

Basically, it's going to take a while before I'm comfortable with a camera in my face. Anyway, the point of this post: life updates and blogging updates. 

As for my life; shit got real. I'm working, I've essentially started college 2 years early, and I've got archery  and damn orchestra practices. Basically, no tengo tiempo para mi blog. Well no that's not true, I have TIME... just not a lot. Blog posts might only be once a week (worst case, two weeks). 

Yeah, I know, how WILL you go on without your dosage of lilting-grace every 3-4 days?? haha, jk this place is a total train wreck.... y lo me encanta. 

As for cruelty free and going more natural, I mean... yeah. I've tried doing it before, but those damn holiday collections will get ya. This time I'm actually committed (I hope). Basically, I don't believe in practicing on animals and we could all use a little less chemicals, right? This isn't a lecture, you can do your own research. So content's going to change a little bit.. though, if I post a review of a product that's not CF, it's an old post I forgot to put out. 

So yeah.. saw a picture of a aardvark and got a little lesson in español
Don't say I never taught ya anything.


September 1, 2014

WOW, a highlighter that doesn't look awful and metallic!-- Review of the Sephora Microsmooth Baked Luminizer in Star Dust


Highlighters scare me like commitment and due dates. Basically, they scare me a lot

I don't know man, but I hate having a super shimmery, obnoxiously defined cheeks. HOWEVER, I am attracted to nearly every highlighter on the market and want to obsessively hoard them. Do you see my predicament here? 

Anyway, I was cruising on the sephora site (as I do) and saw this bad boy and thought, ''that's gonna be da shit''. Now, I've never read a review nor have I seen anyone haul/talk about this, but I fucking knew it was the bomb.com


WHHeeew nelly! That's a mighty fine highlighter! I just was mesmerized by the frosted, white, effect in the pan alone


However, you can see it's more of a white-gold shine more than anything. On the cheeks, it doesn't look remotely shimmery... basically, I have found my babe in the form of a highlighter. It's just so, magical looking. Yet, so subtle and natural

Fucking perfection, that's what it is


And uh, here's a finger swatch I guess. 

WTF is this... this... THIS FUCKING SHIT !?


This is such an underrated product! Smooth, light, and has a great finish. It also looks great in a natural lighting; unlike most of my highlighters *cough cough Mary Lou cough cough*

 Btw, it's only $14.

 Yeah, get it. 

August 27, 2014

Let's get this over with






When I got the email asking me to review the new One Direction makeup line, I thought '' hmm, a pretty awful boy band's cheap line targeted towards 10 year old's... yeah I'll do it''. I think I found the concept amusing, especially since I basically review only luxury products at this point. However, when I actually received it, I dreaded the thought of actually touching it.

Basically, think of every stereotypical trait of some cheap, children's makeup made in China and you have The One Direction Makeup line. I mean blue eyeshadow and pink lipstick, REALLY? Is that how you like your girls 1D, because now I'm starting to question you guys more than ever



DO I PERTAIN TO YOUR STANDARD OF BEAUTY ONE DIRECTION?!

The brand is owned by Markwins (WNW and Physician's formula's baby daddy) and will be sold at Dillard's and Macy's for probably too much.. It should be popping up any day now... I KNOW, YOU CAN'T CONTAIN THE EXCITEMENT ESPECIALLY BECAUSE IT'S LIMITED EDITION



Here's my shit list:

Eyeshadows: Taupe, pink and teal had decent opacity and pigmentation, but had no structure and were powder-ier than my coke. Also, all you have to do is look at the blue shadow and cream shadow to know that that's a total shit fest.

Lipstick: Smelled like expired gumdrops.. Textures were thick and went into the lines. Also, the gloss was grittier than sand paper. Though, the whole ''it glows in UV lighting'' is a cool concept I guess (because, you know them 10 year old's want their glosses to glow at those raves of theirs)

Pencil: not as bad as it could be, but it was a smudgy, uneven mess.

Mascara: Doesn't really do anything except smudge like crazy

Nail polish:  Sheer... just, so sheer

Now, maybe you have a kid that loves to party hard. If that's the case, it's the ''Up All Night'' kit (one out of three). For more info, check their facebook page (because I have to link it for you guys)


Overall, this could be a fun gift for any kid in your life... but it terms of quality, fogetaboutit. I guess this review was pretty harsh, but really man?

 I guess for the..well.. intended audience, It's fun concept.

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August 20, 2014

THIS IS YOU, JULIE-- Review of the Givenchy Limited Edition Lipstick in Framboise Velour



Damn.

Damn, damn, damn, damn. 

I thought I was done with the Givenchy Fall collection, but then this happened. Knowing that I already loved the Givenchy lipstick formulation made me susceptible to peer pressure, okay? After reading Julie's review, I found myself under a trance.. Next thing I knew, I was accepting another Sephora packaging.

Same ol' story


Wha-baaaam



It comes in a burgundy leather/studded case as opposed to the black ones in the permanent line. 

Still bad ass as ever


I mean, doesn't that just make you want to eat like four boxes of raspberries? I don't know man, but that's what I did last night. The most succulent, rich pink-raspberry with a creamy to matte formulation. I mean, it really doesn't make any sense... creamy and matte. But I swear, it does it


Yeah, a little confusing, huh?

Also, while I'm here rambling... I might add that I didn't think the shade was particularly unique while stalking the Sephora page, but I was totally wrong! I own nothing remotely like this color! However, the other lipstick (Rose Plumetis) that came out is an exact dupe for Givenchy's Brun Vintage... you tryna pull a fast one on me, Givenchy??

You can never have enough Miranda

Anyway, Givenchy does not disappoint! Opaque, perfect texture, long wearing and just makes everything look better. everything

You can get Givenchy and Barney's and Sephoraaaaa

Also, while I probably don't have your attention still, I'd like you to go ahead and subscribe to my Youtube channel... maybe I'll post a haul ;)