Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Maybelline Pumped Up Mascara, Review!

Hey, guys!

So I was recently walking through the drugstore, minding my own business, when I noticed Maybelline had a new mascara out. And it was pink. And it had some ridiculous claim on the box. So, naturally, I picked it up to see if the wild claims were true (16x volume? C'mon, Maybelline, who's going to measure that?). The brush is very generic, with a gimmick-y wand, but the results are actually quite amazing.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #19: Fuchsia in Rage!

Let me just start by saying this: yes, they are. 

Anything you've ever heard about the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine formula is absolutely true. That it was handcrafted by angels. That they feel like melting butter on baby skin on silk. That the color is so pretty you can hear Elton John singing in your ear when you apply it.

It's. All. True.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MAC How: Pro Sculpting Creams

Hey, guys! 

I'm slowly but surely working through the blog posts for the stuff I picked up during my birthday weekend, and this is one of them! I had stopped by MAC to turn in some empties and get my free lipstick, and saw the new Studio Sculpt Collection. It mainly includes the promotion of Studio Sculpt Foundation (the first foundation I ever tried from MAC), the re-release of the Pro Sculpting Creams, and the all new Studio Sculpt Mascara.

Monday, April 7, 2014

YSL Haul! Glossy Stain in Pêche Cerra-Cola and Volupte Glosse in Corail Gandoura

Hey, guys!

I picked up two new YSL goodies at Sephora on my birthday (because I have a problem, obvi), and they are nearly twins. I picked up a Glossy Stain and one of the new Glosse Volupte glosses. The shades I got are Pêche Cerra-Cola and Corail Grandoura.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

e.l.f. HD Cream Blushes in Showstopper and Headliner: Swatches and review!

Hey, guys!

So, I know that I recently hauled and reviewed a ton of stuff from Sephora, which isn't all that affordable. I wanted to show these two products from e.l.f. that are absolutely outstanding and will cost you $3. These are the HD Blushes, which are very, very, similar to the Makeup Forever HD blushes. I have not tried the latter, so I can't say how the formulas compare. The packaging is nearly identical.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Looks of the Day: Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Hey, guys!

A couple of posts ago, Lauren asked me to do a couple of looks to demonstrate the versatility of the Smashbox Full Exposure palette that I picked up during my birthday week. I came up with three looks for you all. One for every day wear, neutral enough for even beginners to master, one simply smoky eye for those who are more daring or are going out, and one for those who are comfortable wearing a little more glam on an everyday basis.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tarte Be MATTEnificent Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches!

This is another product that I reached into the shelf and clutched to my heart once it was in my hands. I’ve never reached for something in a store so quickly! This is the Tarte Be MATTEnificent CC Eyeshadow Palette. I had this baby in my basket on the Sephora website for weeks, and was waiting for payday (and my birthday) to finally check out. The morning of the day I was supposed to get it, it sold out online. I wasn’t able to even look at it on the website anymore, so I couldn’t look up if any Sephora near me still had it in stock. 

That same weekend, having accepted defeat, I headed into Georgetown, Texas (about an hour drive from my university) to visit the Wolf-Ranch Sephora. I was at the door at eleven on the dot (the exact time they open), grabbed a basket, and got going. As I was walking through the little aisles, I thought I’d swing by the Tarte aisle to look at some blushes. The first thing that caught my eye was the fact that this glorious little palette was there. There were two left, and one of them was in my basket in the blink of an eye.

My point was, check your local Sephora before you give up on this baby :)

This palette contains six matte shades, two eyeliner shades, and a blush color. This palette is definitely purple in its theme, so if you don’t like wearing purple shades, this is not for you. I just so happen to be a purple shadow junkie, which is why I was pining over this in the first place.

The names of the shades are in a plastic cover inside the palette, but that is now long gone. They are nowhere else on the palette, so once you throw that out, the colors are name-less. Honestly, this doesn’t bother me at all, but I’d thought I’d mention it since I keep seeing people who are bothered by a lack of names on their shadows.

Here are the swatches!

The square shadows all have great pigmentation, and I didn’t find them chalky on my ligtht/medium skintone at all. You might want to check it out in person (if you can) first if you have darker skin, to make sure they show up well. They can get a bit powdery, but it’s not something that has made my use of it messy or bothersome.

The eyeliner shades are a bit dry, but seeing as I think they’re meant to be used wet, this isn’t a huge deal. I have yet to try them on the lid, but I’ll let you know how that goes!

The blush is a pink mauve. It’s very neutral, and it goes with virtually anything. It’s got the usual quality of Tarte’s blushes (which never wear the full twelve hours they claim on me).

What do you guys think? Are you sprinting to your nearest Sephora to find it?

xoxo Fanii