August 26, 2015

The RMS Glowing Gift Set-- Lip 2 Cheek in Modest, Eye Polish in Solar, Living Luminizer, and the Uncover Up in 00


I've tried two products prior to this purchase from RMS and have been so impressed that yeah, I NEEDED THIS OK?? LET COSMETICS FILL THE VOID IN MY LIFE

So here's the deats on this set. It's exclusive to the RMS webpage and costs $120 dollars. Pricey, yes but if you were to buy each product individually you would spend $150. However, RMS has a 15% off coupon for new customers, bringing my grand total to $108 dollars. RMS also covered shipping and tax charges, so I payed no additional fees. 

The brightening brush ($12) has been a great lip brush....I already lost it. 
Lovely.

The Uncover Up ($36) is light foundation/ concealer. It's fairly moisturizing, but by no means disgustingly oily. I've been using this shade 00 to correct discoloration under the eye and to spot correct other problem areas. I've been so impressed with this product, that it's become a daily staple. I use to be the person who would rather skip out on concealer than foundation, but most days I find myself just using this. 

The Living Luminizer ($38) is everything people have said...and more. The slightest iridescence, but immensely reflective and beautiful. This is the highlight that makes you look ethereal. Surprisingly, it lasted for a while on the skin despite it's main ingredients being oil based. 

I opted for the Lip 2 Cheek in Modest ($36), a neutral mid-tone pink. I honestly hate having multipurpose products in my collection and feel compelled to give them one specific task. Weird, I know. With this product it was evident that this would be a cheek product only. On the cheeks it blends like a dream and wears for hours. On the lips it feels uncomfortable and drying. 

Lastly, I chose the Eye Polish in Solar ($28), a bronze gold cream eyeshadow. I've already purchased the shade Inspire and while I love how they look on the eyes, the wear time is awful. Like all other RMS products, it's main ingredient is coconut oil. It feels every so slightly tacky and creases within an hour or two. Using a primer and setting with a powder shadow can certainly help, but I'm still not sure if I adore this product. 

Like my beloved kjaer weis products, RMS has become a daily staple. The textures meld with the skin beautifully and the line has some wonderful, unique concepts. 







August 20, 2015

Fall Picks from Kjaer Weis (not the fall collection but ya know...like I needed an excuse to pick up some more KW goodies)

I have 18 Kjaer Weis products as of today; things have gotten out of hand and maybe I'm okay with this lack of stability. We've got a great relationship and I'll get around to a brand focus post as soon as I've got my hands on dat mascara. 

ANYWAY, we'll keep this short and sweet. The Lip tint in Sensuous Plum has that great, soft texture, medium opacity and decent wear that all of the other lip tints have. The color is phenomenal as well; it's a very muted, rosy plum that would compliment any skin tone. The Eyeshadow in Green Depth is a forest green with gold glitter and it applies wonderfully. The swatch may be lackluster but honey, put on a good base and slap this bad shadow on and you've got a damn sexy eye look. These KW eyeshadows have minimal creasing, fading and no fall out. All I'm saying is that $45 is still steep for a shadow that only has 1.2 grams of product.

I got the two products from LeVert Beauty and took advantage of that 15% off coupon (levert15)
Just saying...



Oooo damn

but seriously, BRING ON THE SOUP WEATHER
FUCK SWEATERS
I WANT SOUP
AND TO NOT BE JUDGED FOR EATING IT IN 90+ DEGREE WEATHER


I don't know where this is from, but the facial expression speaks to me on a deep, spiritual  soupual level

August 19, 2015

Rather Crimson FOTD-- Bite Beauty, Antonym, NARS, Kjaer Weis and more




I recently dyed my hair and of all the possible colors, I chose to go with my natural hair color, but a bit more rich. Let's be honest, a true ginger is confined to red hair for life and if ya live long enough, you can rock that bitchin awesome white hair.

I used henna; a more natural, yet still very permanent option for red dye. I've used henna dye treatments before, but they were pre made and while they conditioned my hair wonderfully, they hardly changed my natural color. Again, since my hair was red/auburn to begin with, the weaker dye was probably the least noticeable for someone like me. 

This time around I opted for a henna powder. While you can make henna dye masks at home (a bit of a lengthy process), there are henna powders that have some combined ingredients to make the process easier. All I had to do was combine the powder and an equal amount of boiling water, apply and let it sit for around 75 minutes. The effect was dramatic, needless to say. Here are some reflective comments:
  1. Add some essential oil to fragrance the mixture...your hair will have a distinct odor for a few days.
  2. Add a moisturizing hair oil. Pre made dyes are very conditioning, but not too effective with dying. The opposite was true with the henna powder.


Moving on, here's the product deats:

  • FACE:
    • Kjaer Weis Foundation in Like Porcelain
    • Kjaer Weis Blusher in Blossoming; review HERE
    • NARS Bronzer in Casino; review HERE
  • EYES:
    • Flower Beauty Cream Eyeshadow in Marigold
    • Antonym Eyeshadow Quad in Noisette; review HERE
    • Pixi Large Lash Mascara
  • EYEBROW:
    • Tarte Amazonian Brow Mousse in Taupe
    • Eco Brow Wax in Rita
  • LIPS:
    • Bite Beauty Matte whatever in Truffle

I'm in this weird place where I want it to be fall without it being fall. Essentially, I want the semi-decent weather and no responsibilities...and I want some quality ass soup


god damn

July 31, 2015

I was like 'nah' but now I'm like 'yah'-- Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson



I think the sneak peek came out around six months ago and I was like, 'yeah, I'ma just go ahead and say I need everything'. Then the actual release came around and I could hardly convince myself that anything was worth the up sale; gorgeous packaging be damned!

Cewch on insta took a photo of the Dreamy Glow Highlighter and I decided that this highlighter was a cause I could get behind. I purchased it rather impulsively and then decided that the subtle peach pink highlight at a whopping $65 was an awful decision.

Well fellas, I got her and I love her.


There's hardly any distinguishable shimmer in the pan which made me nervous that this was going to be a barely there shade. I swatched it and though the texture was at some other level of silky, I was still concerned. Despite being unbelievably silky, it has no powder kick up and it blended beautifully. 

On the skin this highlighter has a strong golden sheen that I didn't expect from looking at the pan or the initial swatch. Any photos I took really couldn't do this fella justice...why do I give cosmetics a male pronoun all of the time?? I'm just realizing this.



I think this product is lovely through and through, but nothing worth hunting down if you're not interested in the packaging. The price is high for what Charlotte Tilbury usually sells for, but I'm not nearly as disappointed as I thought I would be. It's a lovely highlighter that's not too subtle, but still daytime appropriate.

Plus dat packaging tho


July 27, 2015

AND IIIIIIiiiiiIIIIIIIEIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-- Too Faced




Bunny fucking, blusher, ICONIC SONGS TO BREAK OUT TO? CHILDISH POLY POCKET-ESC PACKAGING??
Yeah, I did it.

I heard the AOK from Carrot Flowers on youtube (love her btws) and decided to try one out for myself. I initially intended on picking up Babylove, a more nude tone, BUT hell, who am I kidding? I am a peach addict at heart. 


When the promo photos were released for this collection I also thought about getting the palette... but I couldn't get down with the packaging. If you think the plastic hearts are cheesy, check out the palette. So lovey dovey, it hurts a bit.

Honestly, this is still iconic.

I've worn this out a good three times now and while I wouldn't say this lasts any longer than any other blusher, it wore nicely. The texture is soft without being too powdery. The pigmentation is there, but it's very smooth at the same time. I never had an issue where my brush picked up too much product and I was unable to blend it out. I will always love you in particular has a golden sheen that is very flattering and contains no visible glitter. 


Ah yes, a lovely awkward selfie. What the heck, let's make this a FOTD because I'm current like that:

-FACE: Kjaer Weis Foundation in Like Porcelain, Too Faced I will Always Love You, Becca Moonstone
-EYES: NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette, Pixi Whatever Mascara, Tarte Brow Mousse in Taupe
-LIPS: Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope in Star System (Just got this and I am obsessssssssed. My nude gals, ya need)

I find the Love Flushes by Too Faced to be reasonably priced ($26 USD) for the quality and amount of product (5 g).  None of the shades are necessarily 'out there' and you could probably find dupes for every shade in the range without trying too hard. These aren't revolutionary nor a must have, but if you're interested, the quality is there. 

July 26, 2015

We made up-- Some NARS Palettes


I've posted a couple of Nars reviews and so far they haven't been overwhelmingly positive. From the few impressions I had, I assumed that the brand was fine but overhyped.
 Then, I saw the Nordstrom Sale.
Packaging is always enough to woo this girl. I decided to put my differences aside and test these babies out. 


First we have the Ultimate Lip Set. It contains 3 lip pencils in the shades Sourhead (Satin), Biscayne Park (Satin) and Sex Machine (Velvet Matte). I found the satins to be very glossy and in the case of Sourhead, to go on a bit uneven. Sex Machine on the other hand had a really nice light, matte finish. 
Not too shabby.

The kit retails for $49 dollars and it comes with a dope-ass case


Sourhead

Biscayne Park

Sex Machine



Now for the Blame it on Nars cheek palette. It comes with the shades Satellite of Love, Casino, Daydream and New Attitude. 

Here's the rundown:
-SOL= what the actual fUCK. This shade lacks any color base and has a random disbursement of gold glitter.
-Casino is a lovely sculpting bronzer with a smooth texture. I found it easy to get just the right amount of color for my ever so lovely shade of 'pale as fuck'
-Daydream and New Attitude are basically the same shade.

As for the mini ita brush, it does its job all fine and dandy. Would I ever run out and purchase the full size? No. The bristles break off and aren't the softest out there; you could definitely do better. 

This blush palette ain't my Daydream that's for sure, but the quality isn't bad either. I found most of the shades a breeze to work with and flattering. It's overall a good value (priced at $65) and well.... she purdy




Funny story, I bought this back in March...returned it and then purchased it again. See, I wanted to give this formulation another go way after I reviewed Cassiopeia. Unfortunately, I wore it once and the palette broke. When I returned it, I decided to pick up something else instead since I wasn't too thrilled with that initial look I created. 

Overall, the textures are much nicer than that of Cassiopeia. Lysithea, Ursa Major and Himalia in particular are phenomenal. Giove and Sycorax are the only shades I tend to avoid since Giove's blue tone blends out into a dull grey and Sycorax is too shimmery for my taste in black eyeshadows. 

The brush included with this palette works nicely, especially when I intend on wearing them wet. 



Top to Bottom:
Europa, Himalia, Ursa Major, Subra

Bottom to top:
Andromeda, Lysithea, Giove and Sycorax


OOF, LOOK AT THE FLICK OF THAT SHIMMER




I also decided to try out Anna from the Audacious Range. Despite my interest in Dominique, I know that I wouldn't wear it and since I'm approaching 70 lipsticks, I decided that I should probs invest in shades that will be worn. Many people described this as the more rose toned baby of Dominique and hell, that's good enough for me:


I feel like I can now say that Nars and I are on good turf....and yeah, I can see myself picking up the fall dual intensity eyeshadows....



July 21, 2015

As if we needed another one of these-- My Two Cents on the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

I'm on a post roll, baby.


We'll go ahead and call this a first impressions considering I've used the palette a grand total of....once.
I also recently picked up the Naked 2 palette so I feel pretty caught up now on this..movement, cult, whatever this is.

Let's be honest here, I'm in it for the packaging most of the time and this purchase was no exception. The palette is undeniably beautiful. Although, I hope the letters don't rub off as easily as the Naked on the Run Palette did. Dat shit pissed me off
ugh animated GIF


A common critique of the palette is it being gimmicky. It seems that at this point, they're trying to drag out a good thing. I mean, Naked Smoky sounds like an oxymoron. I have their original Smoked Palette and in comparison, the shades in the Naked Smoky are equally as versatile but with more neutral tones. The older Smoked Palette included some jewel tones, four basic matte shades and a few sultry neutral shades. Really the main difference between the variety and versatility is that the Naked Smoky lacks any jewel tones. For that reason, I still think the older Smoked Palette was a bit of a better investment. 


Pictured above is:
High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor and Slanted


Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder


Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust and Thirteen


Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust and Thirteen



The brush is undeniably gorgeous and performs well, but the bristles feel more plasticy than those included in the Naked 2 and 3.




For the most part, many of the shades were of nice quality but not phenomenal quality. Urban Decay has proved to produce some top notch eyeshadows and I would say that the Naked 1 and 2 were full of some of those high quality shadows. Naked 3 had many top notch shades and a few that were good but not amazing. 

The Naked Smokey (based on swatching and creating two eyelooks) has mostly good/decent shades but only a few that are top notch. Those few amazing shades would be Dirtysweet, Black Market, Smolder and the matte shades (excluding Whiskey). 

The other shades either had a weaker texture, were a bit crumbly, applied a bit uneven or even a bit under pigmented. Here are my minor complaints:

  1. High is a gorgeous shade that has a crumbly texture.
  2. Radar is a stunning brown that isn't very pigmented
  3. Armor and Slanted are less crumbly than High, but still have some fallout here and there
  4. Dagger swatches and can apply a bit uneven
  5. Whiskey can be hard to blend out.. in fact, I had a hard time blending it out at all in a look I tried out.



This is one of their suggested looks titled The Iconic UD Smoky Eye.
I used the shades Combust, Smolder, Password, and High. I really like how the look came out!

Despite my criticisms, I like this palette. The point I'm trying to get across is that I know that some of these shades could have been better knowing the quality of some of their eyeshadows. It seems that UD is throwing out all of these palettes and focusing less on how coherent the quality is. With the Naked 2, I have no complaints with the quality. With the Naked 3, I have minimal complaints. With this palette, I had some sort of criticism with more than half of the shades. 

Again,  I have no problem expressing if I dislike a product and I honestly do enjoy this palette. It's very versatile and the quality is still there; it's just not at it's full potential.