Tuesday, September 23, 2014

And Baby Makes Three (Update)!


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Hello, lovelies! Long time no see. My apologies for not posting anything on here in awhile. Thank you all for bearing with me and being so patient. I seriously have the best readers! Over the Summer I received the most beautul surprise. My boyfriend Jonathan and I are expecting our first baby! I am 20 weeks along and we just recently found out that we will be having a sweet boy. I am so excited, I feel so blessed, and he is all I think about. I love this bundle of joy with all my heart, and I can't wait to meet him!

Since finding out I was pregnant I sort of had to put blogging on the back-end for a bit. My mind has just been so occupied with this little peanut and all that needs to be done to prepare for his arrival in February. Also, during my first trimester, I was constantly tired-all I wanted to do was sleep. Most of the time I had no energy to do anything. But now that I am in my second trimester, I am feeling way better-I see why they say the second trimester is the best one.

I am gradually going to begin blogging again, and getting back into the swing of things. I truly missed it and I have so much to share with you all, including this new and exciting part of my life. Along with beauty posts, expect some pregnancy updates as well, on here.


Talk to you soon!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

MAC Kelly Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne Collection│Strip Poker, Kelly Yum-Yum, and Dodgy Girl Lipsticks, Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo

Hey, lovelies! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your day! Today, I am going to be sharing with you all a small haul from MAC's new Kelly Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne two-part collection, which is available online now and hits counters tomorrow. Kelly's part of the collection doesn't skimp on color, and three of the lipsticks quickly stole my heart at first glance. I had to make them mine. And from Sharon's more neutral-centric part of the collection, I got my hands on a mineralize skinfinish duo that does it all!

Before we get into the products, I just want to take a moment to talk about the fun packaging. Kelly's collection consists of violet packaging with her signature in red; and Sharon's collection is comprised of red packaging with her signature in lavender. Super cute and girly! Love!

L-R: Lipsticks in Strip Poker, Kelly Yum-Yum, and Dodgy Girl; Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo

L-R: Strip Poker, Kelly Yum-Yum, Dodgy Girl

Strip Poker: I can never resist a good nude lip color, and Strip Poker is right up my alley. I like that it's not so light of a nude that it disappears on my lips and washes out my complexion. Although I really like the color, I am not really fond of the formula. This lipstick doesn't go on as smoothly as I would have liked, it settles in the lines on my lips, and it's not very long lasting even though it contains a matte formula. A little disappointing, but I am willing to work with it.

Kelly Yum-Yum: This bright, vivid pink was made to stand-out. Kelly Yum-Yum is perfection! The color punch is outstanding, the satin formula effortlessly glides on the lips, it feels comfortable on, and the lasting power is no joke. The color leaves behind a stain that isn't going anywhere for hours! If you only get one lipstick from the collection, let it be Kelly Yum-Yum. You won't be disappointed.

Dodgy Girl: I am so enamored with this lip color. Dodgy girl is a light lavender that contains a hint of soft pink. Aside from the stunning color, there is a reason why Dodgy Girl is one of the most coveted lipsticks in the collection. The matte formula and wear time are lovely, and the color is very wearable and flattering on. What's not to love?

Strip Poker

Kelly Yum-Yum

Dodgy Girl

L-R: Strip Poker, Kelly Yum-Yum, Dodgy Girl

Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo

Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo: I am a huge fan of MAC's mineralize skinfinishes, and Refresh is no exception. This duo is comprised of a shimmered golden pink mineralize skinfinish, and a peachy-tan mineralize bronzer. The bronzer imparts just the right amount of warmth and color to the skin, and the shimmered mineralize skinfinish adds the perfect glowing finishing touch. The formula on these is fantastic. So smooth and creamy. In the pictures above I am wearing the mineralize bronzer on my cheeks and temples. I also used the golden pink mineralize skinfinish to highlight the tops of my cheeks, bridge of the nose, and chin. I love how natural and effortless the outcome is. Refresh is going to be one of my summertime staples, for sure!

Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo


Price
Lipsticks ($17.50 / Each)
Refresh Mineralize Skinfinish Duo ($33)

Availability


What do you all think of MAC's two-part Kelly Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne collection?


Disclaimer: Purchased by me.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

NYX│Macaron Lippies


When I saw that NYX came out with their super colorful Macaron Lippies, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them! I have to admit, most of the colors are a little out of my comfort zone; but since I have been craving to play up my lips with over-the-top bold colors, these Macaron Lippies were just what I had in mind to experiment with. I hauled seven of the colors that stood out to me most.

Take a look!

L-R: Black Sesame, Orange Blossom, Pistachio, Blue Velvet, Earl Grey, Violet, Lavender

L-R: Black Sesame, Orange Blossom, Pistachio, Blue Velvet

L-R: Pistachio, Blue Velvet, Earl Grey, Violet, Lavender

To be honest, I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about these bolder lip colors from NYX. It wasn't that long ago when I began to slowly explore other lip color offerings, beyond my usual go-to neutrals, reds, corals, and pinks. MAC's Heroine lipstick was one of my first introductions to purple lip colors (review coming soon), and Maybelline's Color Sensational® Vivids lipstick in Electric Orange made me realize that orange is much easier to get away with than I thought.

Although the majority of the colors in NYX's Macaron Lippie lineup are a bit daring and out there, there are also wearable hues like a pretty pink, available. These lipsticks are super creamy and smooth. They glide on the lips without tugging, and they feel comfortable on. The pigmentation on these is nice, so I don't have to put much effort into building up the color. 

I was worried that these lipsticks would go on super patchy, being that they are so creamy and slippery, but I had no issues whatsoever. They each imparted pretty even results for the most part. These lipsticks do have a sweet, artificial fragrance to them. I am not the biggest fan of the scent, but at the same time it's not overwhelming either. The lasting power on these isn't anything to write home about. I get around 3 hours of wear time before a retouch is needed. Violet on the other hand, does leaves behind a stain.

Pistachio (mint green)

Earl Grey (light blue with a grey undertone), Lavender (purple lavender)

Black Sesame (light grey), Orange Blossom (tangerine)

Violet (violet purple), Blue Velvet (vivid blue)

L-R: Black Sesame, Orange Blossom, Pistachio, Blue Velvet, Earl Grey, Violet, Lavender


Overall
NYX's Macaron Lippies really surprised me. In a good way. The formula of the lipsticks wasn't so bad, the pigmentation didn't disappoint, and the affordable price point can't be beat. I found these lip colors to be quite easy to wear and dare I say, even a little flattering on? I would totally sport these out sometime. My favorites would have to be Orange Blossom, Blue Velvet, Earl Grey, Violet, and Lavender. Love them! If you are itching to play with colorful lip hues that take bold to a whole new level, definitely give NYX's Macaron Lippies a try.

Price
$6.00 / Each

Availability


What do you all think of NYX's Macaron Lippies? Would you sport colorful lip colors like these?


Disclaimer: Purchased by me.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

MAC Pedro Lourenco Collection│Hush Cream Colour Base, True Red Lipstick


MAC's Pedro Lourenco collection exudes elegance and glamour. The collection is comprised of a mixture of saturated hues and soft neutrals which pair marvelously together. There is nothing I love more than a neutral-centric look complimented by a rich color pop. Perfection! The products are all encased in black velvet packaging that feels amazingly soft and luxurious.

I picked up two bits from the collection that I am super excited about; a gorgeous luminous soft peach cream colour base, and a swoon-worthy vivid coral red lipstick that packs a huge punch in the color department. 

Hush Cream Colour Base, True Red Lipstick


Hush Cream Colour Base ($22): I always hear amazing things about MAC's Cream Colour Bases, so I just had to try one out for myself. Cream Colour Bases make for a fabulous multipurpose product. They can be used on the face, and a number of them can even be used on the eyes and lips. I like to apply Hush (which is also part of MAC's permanent lineup) to the tops of my cheeks, bridge of the nose, and cupid's bow, for a subtle highlighted effect. Believe me when I say that this colour base is totally fool-proof. You literally can't mess up when applying Hush. No matter how much or how little you apply, the outcome will never look overdone or unnatural. I love how pleasant the formula is. It's smooth, it blends effortlessly, it's long lasting, and it feels comfortable and light on the skin. I also like that the small shimmers in this aren't overbearing on the skin.


True Red Lipstick ($17.50): I have quite a fair amount of red lipstick, but I don't believe I have a color like this one in my collection. I think True Red is the perfect summertime red lip color, thanks to it's vividness and the hint of coral it contains. True Red glides on the lips without tugging or enhancing dry areas, it feels lightweight on, and the color is very opaque. When it comes to lasting power, the color starts to fade a little at the 5 hour mark. It does leave behind a pretty stain, though.

Swatches From L-R: Hush Cream Colour Base, True Red Lipstick

Price
Hush Cream Colour Base ($22)
True Red Lipstick ($17.50)

Availability


Did you pick up anything from MAC's Pedro Lourenco collection?


Disclaimer: Purchased by me.

Monday, June 2, 2014

theBalm│Mary-Lou Manizer + Betty-Lou Manizer


 
A couple of months ago, Hautelook was hosting a fab sale on a few theBalm products. I have had my eyes on Mary-Lou Manizer and Betty-Lou Manizer for quite some time, so when I saw that these were going for just $12/each (original price is $24 each) on Hautelook, I immediately added them to my shopping cart. 

Both Mary-Lou Manizer and Betty-Lou Manizer are nice multi-use products. They can be used on the lids for a glistening effect on the eyes, or on the face for a luminous glow. These are talc free, paraben free, and cruelty free.

L-R: Betty-Lou Manizer, Mary-Lou Manizer

L-R: Betty-Lou Manizer, Mary-Lou Manizer


Mary-Lou Manizer: This has quickly become one of my new favorite highlighters. I can't get enough of the finely shimmered light beige-gold hue and smooth texture. A light dab of Mary-Lou Manizer on the tops of my cheeks, bridge of nose, and cupid's bow, gives my complexion a beautiful ethereal glow that lasts all day long. During application, be mindful of how much of this you use because if too much is applied, pores and imperfections may become enhanced.



Betty-Lou Manizer: I was drawn to Betty-Lou Manizer's warm, golden tone, which is surely going to compliment a summer tan beautifully. Since Betty-Lou Manizer is much more pigmented than Mary-Lou Manizer, I prefer to use it all over to bronze up my face some. I usually prefer bronzers with matte finishes, but I quite like the results I get with Betty-Lou Manizer. It not only adds warmth to my skin, but a gorgeous luminosity as well.

Swatches From L-R: Mary-Lou Manizer, Betty-Lou Manizer

Overall
Over the years, I have built a genuine love for highlighters. They are a nice addition to a routine, and when done right, the lit-from-within effect these impart on the skin make the extra step well worth it. If you appreciate a good highlighter, Mary-Lou Manizer and Betty-Lou Manizer are great ones to look into. They are multi-purpose, they don't skimp on quality, and the colors are universally flattering. Gotta love it!

Price
$24

Availability
theBalm


What do you all think of these highlighters from theBalm? Which are your favorite highlighters?


Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post were purchased by me. This post contains referral links.