Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Butter London Wallis Swatch & Review

Hey gang!

I FINALLY got my grubby little paws on some Butter London Nail Polish in Wallis. Wallis is a lovely green, antique gold shade of polish that is absolutely perfect for Fall. I really love this shade and I especially love the fact that it kind of looks like it GLOWS! The gold in this polish truly makes it stand out from other green shades in the same family, i.e. Nars Mash. Wallis applied well, it was completely opaque in 2 coats and was nicely self-leveling. I love this color and will be getting a lot of wear out of this baby in the next few chilly months.




I took comparison shots of Nars Mash (Left) and Butter London's Wallis (Right). As you can see, Mash has a much darker base color and a lot less gold shimmer than Wallis. The two definitely are not dupes for one another, but sure are pretty to look at. :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Stila Naturaleyes/In the Light Eyeshadow Palette

I just discovered the new Stila Naturaleyes shadow palette when visiting my local Sephora (Sephora.com has this palette listed as the In the Light Palette for some reason) and decided to pick it up because the colors looked very wearable, while still offering options to create a dramatic smoky eye. The Stila Naturaleyes palette comes with 10 eyeshadows and 1 waterproof eyeliner all in a neat little package. When I got this palette home and started playing around with the colors, I started noticing how the shadow colors were in the same color family as the Urban Decay Naked Palette (swatches soon to come) Eyeshadows. Check out the pics and review below:


Top Row: Damsel Liner,  Bare, Kitten, Bliss, Sunset, Sandstone Bottom Row: Champagne, Gilded Gold, Luster, Night Sky, Ebony

Left Column: Champagne, Gilded Gold, Luster, Night Sky, Ebony Right Column: Bare, Kitten, Bliss, Sunset, Sandstone

Damsel eyeliner


The colors in the top row of swatches were a little lackluster and didn't have much pigmentation with the exceptions of Sunset and Kitten. The entire bottom row was pretty good in the color payoff department. The bottom row also fared well to blending. My only problem is that these shadows, especially the shimmery ones have MAJOR fall out issues. The problem was so bad that some of the shimmer shadow got in my sister's eyes (and caused some eye irritation) when she used this palette. The texture on a few of these shadows was not the creamiest either (kind of chalky actually), which deducted lots of points from this palette. The eyeliner in Damsel, was just your typical matte brown liner, nothing special here folks.

I would say PASS on this palette if you already own the UD Naked Palette & if you don't already own the Naked Palette PASS on the Naturaleyes palette and buy the UD Naked Palette. Honestly, the colors in the Naked Palette are much better quality, apply much better, and actually stay put compared to the Stila shadows. The cost of this palette is $39, however for $9 more you can pick up the UD Naked Palette which includes 12 eyeshadows, eyeshadow brush, travel size primer potion, and a much sturdier/luxurious mirrored velvet case.

Laura Mercier Stickgloss Review & Swatch

Hey Gang!

I know I've been away for a while now, just been busy with some personal things, but I wanted to get back to my blogging because it's a welcome distraction for me. I wanted to point out that I didn't have my usual camera with me when I took these pics so some of these are just a tad fuzzy.The first products I wanted to talk about with you all is Laura Mercier's Stickgloss Lip Colour in Courtisane & Poppy.

First, I wanted to talk about how amazingly moisturizing these stickglosses are. They literally feel like a lip balm...my lips have never been this happy let me tell you. The feel so great on my lips and the color is sheer, yet visible enough where you can still tell that you have a wash of color on your lips. The stickglosses are also super build-able, where you can keep on applying layers of color until you have the desired intensity of color. Oh and I wanted to mention that these colors don't bleed which is nice. The finish on the stickglosses is like a slightly glossy finish lipstick, not out of this world shiny or anything.

Courtisane is like a pinky, rosy color with a hint of shimmer.
Poppy is a peachy, coral color that is my absolute favorite between the two. Its so pretty, and just adds life to my face when I need a POP of color.
Courtisane (top) Poppy (bottom) w/flash

Courtisane (top) Poppy(bottom) no flash
 Have any of you tried the Laura Mercier Stickglosses? What's your favorite color?

Monday, October 10, 2011

Sephora Coffee in NY Nail Polish Swatch & Review

Sephora had this mini bottle of Coffee in NY polish on sale for $1 down from $5, and given my lack of chocolate nail polish colors I, of course, had to snag this deal. :) I bought this color because its perfectly on trend for Fall's dark nail polish hues and because it just looked so yummy in the bottle. This polish literally looks like melted chocolate, so much so, that I actually got cravings for a Hershey's bar. (I know, I know...I am soooo greedy).


Coffee in NY is a dark chocolatey, espresso color that was opaque in 1 coat, but I did 2 coats just out of habit. The color is nice, but the brush on this mini bottle SUCKED! Oh how difficult it made my application...it's just so short and rigid, which made it hard for me to get an even application. The formula is also not very chip resistant, I got my first chip the same night I applied this stuff. Two days later my tips just looked plain old bad.... While I liked the price and color, the brush and performance on this polish left a lot to be desired, but hey for $1 I'm not heartbroken. :D

Friday, October 7, 2011

Giveaway Winner!

Hey Everyone,

The Lee Angel Rose Gold Hoops Giveaway has ended and the randomly selected winner is.........

DD
Congratulations Miss DD, you have 48 hours to respond to my email and claim your lovely new pair of Lee Angel earrings!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

MAC Behave Yourself Sheen Supreme Lipstick Swatch

Hello lovelies,

I picked up MAC's Behave Yourself Sheen Supreme Lipstick and wanted to share my thoughts. Behave Yourself comes in a cute little lipstick case and the actual stick of color has a nice vanilla scent to it. It's supposed to be a hybrid of a lipstick and gloss (lipstick quality pigmentation with a gloss finish).


Behave Yourself is a cool-toned pink sheer lip color that gives your lip semi-opaque coverage, with a hint of shimmer. If you want to get more coverage from this baby you're going to have to pile it on, which I don't recommend as this lip product will get into every nook and cranny of your lips (not a good look). The sheen supreme line can be kind of drying, which is surprising because these are supposed to be moisturizing. The first time I applied Behave Yourself I made the mistake of not applying a layer of lip balm first and my lips got all dry and chapped within an hour. :(
See the shimmer

Behave Yourself w/flash

Behave Yourself w/out flash

I like this color of pink because I don't own any Barbie pink lip colors. I think it looks nice on me if I don't cake it on, and it could work nicely with a simple makeup look. I'll keep wearing this color, as long as I apply a layer of lip balm on FIRST lol!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Tarte Cheek Stain Review

I haven't been able to post anything new in a little while because the flu bug hit me last week and completely left me down for the count. I feel loads better this week and have some new products to review. First in line is Tarte's Cheek Stain in Tipsy. This is my first time trying out any of Tarte's products and honestly, I'm in love! Tarte's cheek stains are super special because they are gel-based stains that are formulated with all kinds of stuff that's good for your skin like pomegranate, goji berry extract and mineral extracts. Their products are also cruelty-free, which made me love 'em even more. :)


Tipsy is a peachy, coral colored blush that gives your cheeks a really dewy, pretty and natural color. It also has a slight fruity scent to it that gives it a nice touch. I applied the cheek stain directly on the apples of my cheeks and blended it out with my index finger. Because it is a gel based stain I set it with some powder after I finished applying to make sure it lasts and boy did it last...Tipsy stayed put all day and just gave such a natural healthy look.


Tip: I've heard from some folks that this stuff can lack staying power and wipe off pretty easily, but the key is to SET IT WITH A POWDER! Believe me, doing this will make a world of difference.