Tuesday, November 27, 2012

MAC Eyeshadow: Coquette

Coquette is a khaki brown with a satin finish. It appears fairly matte in the pan, but applies with a slight sheen. I like to use it in the crease and a bit on the outer corner. This is my newest MAC eyeshadow and I really do love it.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Dior Addict Extreme: Incognito

Incognito is a pinky nude with the slightest sheen. It wears nicely and doesn't dry my lips. It has semi sheer pigmentation. This is my one and only Dior lipstick and it makes me want to own more!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What's In My Travel Makeup Bag?

As we are heading out if town for the long Thanksgiving weekend, I thought I would give you a quick peek at what I parked to bring along. My included in the photos is a travel set of MAC brushes and my various lip products that I always keep in my purse.

I brought along my NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturuzer (shade Finland). I love this for low maintanencr days. It gives decent coverage and has a good wear time. I also brought my Maybelline Age Rewind concealer for under my eyes. I love this and use it nearly everyday. For an eyelid primer, I brought a sample size of Urban Decay's original Primer Potion. It's not my favorite, but I'm trying to use it up.

For eye colors, I wanted to have a decent selection without bringing along a bulky palette. I have four MAC shadows from this last summer's big collection, Hey Sailor. I also brought a MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork. I love using it a a simple wash of color. I also grabbed two NARS duos. One in Tzarine and the other is Vent Glacé. These are some of my favorite shadows. Finally, i brought bareMinerals Ready Duo in The Cocktail Hour. great neutrals to have in hand. Mascara is a sample of Estée Lauder's Sumptuous Lash Extreme. I am absolutely loving this mascara!

The bag was from an Estée Lauder gift with purchase.

That's it! Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving and safe travels!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Korres Lip Butter Glaze: Raspberry

Korres lip butters are a thick balm/gloss/color hybrid. They feel comfortable on the lips and add moisture. Raspberry is actually quite pigmented, leaving a pretty pink berry color on the lips. These have a faint sweet vanilla scent.

Friday, November 16, 2012

YSL Glossy Stain: Rouge Vintage

The YSL Glossy Stains are a gloss/stain hybrid (I know, duh). The go on very wet and dry down to a slightly sticky finish. This particular one looks great with one coat, but can be built up for more intensity.

Rouge Vintage is a pinky wine color. On my lips it
looks quite pink. It's comfortable to wear and doesn't dry my lips. I'm thinking I may need more of these! They aren't cheap, but worth the price!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil: Baroque

Baroque is a nice burgundy red with slight shimmer. It's a great Fall color. It applies nicely; smooth and even. It is a tad sheer, but I'm ok with it; it makes it more wearable. My biggest issue is that these must be sharpened, so you lose product doing that.

MAC Eyeshadow:Sable

Sable is a dark taupe with darker purple undertones. It applies nicely and can be sheered out. Personally, I find it a bit dark all over the lid, but I'm very fair. It's more of a crease color for me.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Product Fail: bliss Fabulips

Normally, I love bliss products. They are usually effective, although pretty pricey. So when I saw a Holiday set at Ulta containing Fabulips and a hand cream for $10, I grabbed it.

Fabulips is normally $16 and I'm so glad I didn't pay that! Oh how it dries my lips out! It doesn't last long and my lips look/feel worse for the wear each time I try it.

This may work for some people and you may love it, but for me it's a definite fail.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

MAC Lipstick: Creme Cup

Creme Cup is a nude pink in the cremesheen formula. It's comfortable on the lips and I don't find it drying. Creme Cup is a great, everyday color and also works with smokey, 'going out' makeup too. It's a nice staple I have since its versatile.

Monday, November 12, 2012

MAC Antiqued Eyeshadow

Antiqued is a gorgeous, shimmery red bronze. It has great payoff and no fallout. This color really makes blue eyes pop!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

NARS 500 Point Perk at Sephora

As most of you know, it's VIB sale time at Sephora through tomorrow. I was in to grab a couple items and was lucky to get the NARS 500 Point Perk. These are currently sold out online, but your store may still have them.

This comes in a super cute, black drawstring bag with the NARS logo. Inside you get a sample of the Pro Prime Pore Refining Primer, Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base, a small Velvet Gloss pencil in New Lover, and a small (size of a NARS single eyeshadow) Orgasm blush!

It's a really great perk if you can get your hands on it!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow: Rose Gold

Rose Gold is a beautiful, pinky gold. The formula is great; soft, pigmented, and doesn't have fallout. The shimmer is subtle and appropriate for day.

Bobbi Brown has some amazing shadow formulas and colors. Definitely worth checking out!

MAC Eyeshadow: Embark

Embark is a matte formula. Color wise, it's a warm, reddish brown. This has a nice, fairly soft texture. It's easy to apply and blend. The color payoff is excellent and not patchy at all. Matte formula shadows can be dry and stiff, but personally I find Embark easy to work with.

Urban Decay Super Saturated Gloss pencil: Naked

This gloss was released as part of the Fall 2012 collection, but was made permanent. It's a nice, natural color. Not too beige, not to pink. On me, it mostly adds shine as the color is pretty close to my lip color. I don't find if to have awesome lasting power, but didn't expect it too.

The biggest downfall, in my opinion, is that you will have to sharpen this. You will lose some product that way. These retail for $19.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

MAC Lipglass: C-Thru

C-Thru is a milky beige with shimmer running through it. The shimmer isn't intense, very subtle. I have fairly pigmented lips and this slightly muted the color. I like to apply a thin layer of C-Thru over bright lipsticks to make them a bit more daytime wearable. Applied heavily, this is not the most flattering color on my fair skin.

MAC Eyeshadow: Crystal

Crystal is a silvery blue with a frost finish. This applies very sheer, so if you are looking for intense payoff this wont do it for you. I tend to wear this on days I just want some soft color and intense liner look.

Monday, November 5, 2012

MAC Lady Bug: My Favorite Red Lippie

Lady Bug is a Lustre finish red lipstick. Lustre finishes tend to have a bit of sheerness to them, so this is a very wearable red lip.

Personally, it's my absolute favorite red lipstick because it is so wearable. I feel like its appropriate for day or night and most occasions. The swatch below is two passes, just for reference.

Some people fine Lustres drying, but I like them and haven't found them drying at all.

Friday, November 2, 2012

bareMinerals Ready Duo: The Top Shelf

The Top Shelf is a gorgeous neutral duo. It contains Mixologist, a shimmery champagne and Cognac a shimmery mid tone brown.

These shadows are so buttery and apply like a dream. I have a few of the Ready duos and love them. I haven't found a dud yet ( haven't tried any of the matte formula, it's next on my list).

If I had to find a complaint, the packaging is a black rubberized compact and attracts dirt and smudges like crazy.

These retail for $20 and I feel they ae well worth it!