Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil Review

Whoa Mama...Urban Decay Pencils mean serious business!

I usually tend to stay away from pricey eyeliner pencils, as I believe that most drugstore pencils can give you the same effect for a fraction of the price. I REFUSED to purchase the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencils despite all of the amazing stuff I heard about them, because I could not justify spending $18 on a liner pencil in the middle of a recession!

I bit the bullet on my birthday and decided to splurge on an Urban Decay Pencil (I used a $3.50 off Ulta coupon-you know I was not about to pay full price if I didn't have to). I picked up El Dorado because I don't own any gold liners and figured it would be an awesome addition.

El Dorado is a really pretty color and the formula on this pencil is very nice. The pencil literally glides on your eyes and is crazy creamy! This liner didn't smudge at all throughout the day (on my top lid) and the color payoff was very good. I applied El Dorado on my waterline when I went out for my birthday dinner and by the time we made it to the restaurant it was barely visible. :( That said, I have heard that different color liners from Urban Decay have varying staying power on your waterline. El Dorado stayed put on top lash line all night, it even gave me trouble to wash off before bed.

Got some gold on my lashes LOL

El Dorado on a bare eye

I decided to put El Dorado to the water resistance test and it faired pretty well. IDK, I guess El Dorado, like most soft kohl liners, just has no staying power on the waterline.

Still there
Urban Decay Glide On Pencils are creamy, dreamy and velvety smooth. El Dorado stayed put for the most part and has nice pigmentation. Overall, I would say BUY IT if it's within your budget,otherwise the Sephora Jumbo Pencil and Styli-Style Line & Seal Eyeliners are pretty amazing/affordable too.

Until next time guys! xoxoxo /bye

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sephora Jumbo Waterproof Pencil Review

Hey Addicts!

I guess I was on a Sephora product semi-binge during my trip to Miami because I came back with yet another Sephora product...the 12 Hour Wear Waterproof Jumbo Liner in White.

The Jumbo Pencils are available in a wide range of colors and cost $10 for a 0.10 oz. pencil. These pencils are richly pigmented and super creamy. I loved how smoothly the white pencil went on, so much so, that I've been using it as a base for my eyeshadow looks to help them pop. If you have oily lids like me and want to use these colors as stand alone eyeshadows I would suggest using some primer potion to make sure these stay put. I haven't had any issues with creasing, flaking or the liner/shadow wearing off which is MAJAH!

The White Pencil is slightly shimmery/silvery which was kind of cool and different. NYX makes a jumbo pencil in Milk ($4-$5) that is a little more matte and true to color than the Sephora brand one. NYX pencils are not waterproof, so if that's something that's important to you the Sephora pencils might be a good option for you. The fact that they are waterproof also helps give them staying power if you plan on using them on your lower lash line.

I wanted to to put the waterproof claims of my Sephora Jumbo Pencil to the test, so I dipped my swatched hand under warm running water.

The color actually stayed put!
TADAH! The Sephora Jumbo Pencil didn't fail me. I have fallen even more head over heels in love with this product after my swatch test. /blush

Overall, the Sephora Jumbo Pencil in White is a winner! NYX Jumbo Pencils are a great, purse-friendly alternative to the Sephora pencils, just keep in mind that they aren't waterproof.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sephora Ultra Vinyl Lip Pencil...Urban Decay Dupe!

Urban Decay recently released their Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Pencils ($21). The lip pencils are supposed to be long-wearing, super-pigmented, moisturizing and glossy all in one stroke. I went to Sephora in Miami to pick up my free beauty insider Philosophy body wash and figured I would check out these lip pencils since I've been hearing so much about them through the blog circles. Well...I tried them on and they honestly weren't that great (at least not for me). The Urban Decay Lip pencils cost $21 bucks and they are only 0.10 oz (2.8 grams)  which already puts them on my "These Better be AMAZING in order for Me to Buy" List. I tried on Punch Drunk in the store and the pigmentation was OK. It didn't really have very much gloss to talk about and stained only the center of my lips. Punch Drunk was also not very creamy/moisturizing. I did, however, like the orangey-reddish color of Punch Drunk against my skin tone. It was super flattering.

Because I liked the color of Punch Drunk but not the price, I decided to try the Sephora ultra vinyl lip pencil to see if I can find an adequate dupe. I found my slightly more affordable dupe in Sephora's Coral Glow for $12. The Sephora pencils are 0.10 oz just like the Urban Decay pencils. Sephora's Coral Glow is a lot more moisturizing than Punch Drunk and both are practically identical colors. The only difference between the two is that Coral Glow has more shimmer in it and for me applied creamier and had more staying power than Urban Decay's Punch Drunk. I fell asleep with some Coral Glow on and when I woke up you could still see the stain on my lips...AWESOME! I couldn't sneak a photo of Punch Drunk vs Coral Glow because I was trying them on in store, but the take my word for it they are dupes. Overall, I am very happy with my  Coral Glow!

Pencil tip (so bright)

Light application of Coral Glow

Coral Glow Swatch-Check out that shimmer

Reverse French Mani-Fall Transition# 2

Hey guys and dolls!

The Fall transition train rolls on...this time with the reverse french manicure. I love the reverse french because its a funky, modern twist on an old classic (Dita Von Teese helped bring this look back). It stands out wherever you go and everybody always says it's just a plain, old cool manicure.

You can customize your reverse french with any color combination under the stars! For a sophisticated Fall look I suggest pairing greys or taupes in the same color family together. I decided to do a reverse french in the classic white and pink combo because its a classic (Duh!) and would go well with all my vacation outfits. :)

What do you think of the reverse french mani? Would you take this bad boy out for a test drive?

Guess Who's Bizzacckk!

Just got back from my trip to Miami and I returned with goodies to be swatched! Thankfully, while I was down in Miami hurricane Irene did not make landfall in Florida. Hopefully, everybody out there that is in one of the affected areas is doing OK.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Chanel Comparison & Update

Hey lovelies,

I will start off today's post with the update portion, which is...that I will be heading out of town for the next week so I can't guarantee new posts until the week of the 29th. I will try my best to put up new stuff, but like I said I can't guarantee it :( The good part about heading out of town is that its a chance for me to come back with brand new product finds to share with you guys through my blog.  Now on to the good stuff...

Chanel Epatant Cream Shadow Dupe?

I got a request to a do a dupe comparison between Chanel's Epatant and Benefit's Skinny Jeans. I can see why someone would think that Skinny Jeans is a dupe for Epatant. Both colors have a metallic gray base, however, Skinny Jeans  has a darker gray base and less shimmer in it. Epatant also has a mousse-like texture while Skinny Jeans has more of a classic cream eyeshadow feel to it.
Skinny Jeans w/ flash

Skinny Jeans no flash
A side by side comparison clearly shows that Epatant is much lighter and more glittery.
Epatant (top) Skinny Jeans (Bottom)  w/flash

Epatant (top) Skinny Jeans (bottom) no flash
Epatant and Skinny Jeans both have performed very well for me with respect to wear. They can stay on for a full night. (just make sure you apply primer first) Skinny Jeans and Epatant, though not dupes, would make for a FIERCE metallic smokey eye combo! You could apply Epatant as your lid color and Skinny Jeans as your crease color and be totally on trend for Fall makeup. That's it for now guys and dolls wish me luck on my trip!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ulta-Exclusive: Lorac Multidimensional Makeup Kit Review

Hey gang,

I bought the Lorac 3D Makeup Kit a few months ago and wanted to review it because I ended up liking it so much. The kit includes a holographic mesh makeup bag (cute enough to wear for a night out), 3 eyeshadows, 3D lipgloss in Ulta Glam and a sample size 3D lashes about 3D overload lol.

Lorac Multidimensional Makeup pweeety
The shadows can be applied either dry or wet for a more intense finish. All 3 can be used to create a stunning smokey eye and all 3 are super silky. My only issue with the shadows is that they don't have much staying power or color payoff if you apply them dry. The colors included in the kit are:

3D-Luxe- an iridescent, champagne colored shadow. Perfect for use as a highlight color or on the inner corners of your eyes. My second fave in this set.

3D-Mension- a chocolate brown sparkly eyeshadow...'nuff said.

3D-Licious- a copper brown, teal duochrome bursting with dazzle. 3D-Licious looks like a dupe for MAC's Club eyeshadow, but it has a slightly more powdery texture to it. I just looove how this color changes color depending on what angle you're looking at it from.

Luxe, Mension, Licious (Left to Right)-No Flash
Luxe, Mension, Licious (Left to Right)-No Flash/Wet
Luxe, Mension, Luscious- Flash, Wet application
The Multiplex lipgloss in Ulta Glam stole the show for me. It applies like butta' baby. This gloss has a rosy base color with blue and green flecks of glitter in gorgeous /please

Doe foot gloss applicator
Finally, the mascara. It was just OK...definitely not better than my Too Faced Lash Injection. The mascara did add some length and curl, but no volume so it didn't really give me that wow factor. The full price of a Lorac 3D mascara is $22, and I would say its not worth it (I'm sorry but for 22 bucks I better be getting some wow factor)
Curved mascara brush

After (1 Coat 3D Mascara)-Not that amazing
Overall I would say this kit was certainly worth it. The price was $35, which is a good deal when you consider that the lipgloss alone is worth $22 and each eyeshadow costs $19. I have seen a few of these kits still available at my local Ulta, however, it is no longer available for purchase online. If you're lucky you may still be able to get one of these kits.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Too Faced Lash Injection Review

I have always had barely there lashes that tend to just remain straight and boring no matter what, but now I've got flirty girl lashes *wink* wink* My desperation for fuller lashes led me to give Too Faced Lash Injection a try. I'd actually been doing some research for a few weeks prior to purchasing Lash Injection and most reviews were pointing me towards Lancome's Hypnose mascara. When I got to Sephora I asked one of the girls that worked there to let me try Hypnose and she suggested that I give Lash Injection a try as well because it really volumizing. Well I walked out of there with Lash Injection which clearly means that this mascara had Hypnose beat!

My big, fat tube of Lash Injection

Tried to capture all of the teeny, tiny bristles

Lash Injection is a super-volumizing and lengthening mascara. It's waterproof and has a slight "citrusy" scent that wears off when the mascara is no longer good. You have to be light-handed with each application of your coats of this mascara or else YOU WILL GET CLUMPS! However, with 2 nice light coats you get lashes that have a naturally long, full look to them. The brush on Lash Injection is super thick and has tons of bristles which really helps you coat & separate each and every one of your lashes. The mascara also helps give your lashes a little bit of curl. I haven't had any issues with flaking throughout the day, which is always nice.
I used to use the drugstore brand Physician's Formula Lash In a Tube, which worked wonders for me. However, they seemed to have changed their formula a few years back and the search was on again for me to find a mascara that met my needs.
Before (no curling or mascara-please forgive my eyebrows lol)

After (Just 1 coat of Lash Injection!)

Major difference!

My only problem with Lash Injection is the price, $21 for a 0.45 oz tube. I can only see myself splurging like that again on a mascara if I have a major coupon or discount code. However, I'm enjoying my lovely lashes while I still can. What's your go to mascara?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat Review

Hello lovelies /hihi

Meet my new best friend...Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat!! Where have you been all my life?! Ok, so before I start gushing uncontrollably about how amazing this top coat is let me get my bearings and tell you a little bit about how I found out about it. I like to follow some of the posts of my favorite beauty bloggers like Scrangie and All Lacquered Up, and they always write about topping off their manicures with some Seche Vite top coat. They always rave about how shiny it makes their mani look and how quickly it hardens up so I have been curious about this stuff for a while now. FINALLY, my bottle of Essie of 3 Way Glaze was at levels low enough where I gave myself the OK to go out and buy the Seche Vite. I went to my local Sally's Beauty Supply and got the bottle of Seche Vite for $1.50 (thank you $5 off sally's coupon :D)! This top coat really delivers! It dries up the layers of nail polish underneath it and leaves you ready to head outside in like a minute. My only problem with Seche Vite is the strong chemical smell, but hey its a top coat its kind of to be expected. This stuff is unbelievable! If you haven't tried Seche Vite yet, please slap yourself across the face and get your hands on a bottle ASAP.

Fall's Just Around the Corner...Time for New Shades!

With the change in the season, comes a change in nail polish trends. One thing I always try to do is transition into my deeper, darker Fall shades by using some neutral Fall-like colors. I kind of hate the thought of transitioning into Fall by changing up my nail color from summer friendly coral one week to eggplant next week. That's why I've decided to share with you guys some of my favorite transitional colors. In the next few weeks, I will be posting shades that I think help make the change a little less drastic.

The first shade I wanted to share with you guys is Metro Chic from the Sephora by OPI Collection ($9.50 per bottle). Metro Chic is a permanent member of the line and is a well-known shade to many of us lacquer-heads. What helped make this shade so popular was its EDGY blend of purple, brown and grey shades. Depending on the lighting, your nails can look like a dusty purple or a greyish brown. That EDGINESS is what caused a stir in the nail polish world because we hadn't really had seen a polish quite like it in the market. I like to think of Metro Chic as OPI's You Don't Know Jacques fashionista cousin from Manhattan and my go to shade when the air starts to get a little chill in it.
Sephora By OPI Metro Chic

Metro Chic (No Flash)

Metro Chic w/flash
The formula on Metro Chic is great and super chip resistant. I didn't get any visible brush stroke lines after application and the polish was fully opaque after 2 coats. The brush on Metro Chic is smaller than the usual OPI brushes but it was nice and floppy which made for accurate application.

Sally Hansen Nail Growth Miracle in Fearless Fog is an excellent dupe for Metro Chic both color and formula wise. You can find Fearless Fog at CVS, Walgreens, Target, Walmart and pretty much any other major retailer. If you're lucky you just might find it on sale!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Nars Laguna Bronzer Review

I've been using the Nars Bronzer in Laguna for a few months now, and its become my absolute favorite bronzer EVER! I know I've tried a million bronzers that have entirely too much glitter in them and light my face up like a disco ball or something. Others are way too flat and dull, and end up not doing anything for my face. This little beauty has just the right balance between shimmer and color, which is something that's really hard to find. I like this bronzer so much, that on days when me and the hubby have a casual date night I just swipe some of this on my face, put a little eyeliner on and head out knowing that I look great.
What I like most about this bronzer is that a light-handed application makes a huge difference. In order to get the best use out of though I would say apply it using a bronzer brush or even kabuki brush. These brushes have round, tapered ends that allow you to better define your cheekbones. Here are some quick pics of the Nars Bronzer in Laguna:
Generously Sized

Laguna w/ flash, you can see just the slightest hint of shimmer

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Victoria's Secret Hello Bombshell Kit Experience

I've been in the market for a go to palette that has everything I need for when I travel. I wanted something that wouldn't take up much room in my luggage and has a pretty decent selection of eyeshadows etc. I also wanted something that wouldn't break the bank and had good quality products, as well. Enter the Victoria's Secret Hello Bombshell Makeup Kit.

I got this palette during the Victoria's Secret Semiannual sale, mainly because of the price ($29.50) and the quantity of items included in the kit. The kit comes with 30 eyeshadows, 5 lipsticks, 5 glosses, 4 blushes, 5 brushes, 1 luminous powder, 1 translucent powder, 1 bronzer, 1 mascara, 1 lip liner, and 1 eyeliner.

I like this kit because its convenient. It has made packing my makeup essentials for trips SOOOO much easier. I can just throw this case in my bag and keep it moving. The eyeshadows have an ok pigment level, they're definitely not as densely pigmented as MAC. Also, its kind of hit or miss with some of the shades, some of them have a better color payoff than others. The top performers from the eyeshadows were the darker colors, hands down. Some of the lighter colors were a little on the chalky side to me and that took away points for me. That said, all of the colors are really pretty and I have a ton of options if I am looking for a more casual, day look or a heavier, night look. Also, the eyeshadows stay put and applied a lot better when I used my primer potion.

Left Side Eyeshadow Palette
The shadows from the left side of the palette definitely fell short on the color payoff
Right Side Eyeshadow Palette

Right side shadows performed slightly better

Lip glosses and lipsticks at top left corner

Lip glosses (Top), Lip stick (Bottom)
I also made swatches of the lipsticks and glosses. I don't usually wear the lip products that come in these kind of makeup kits, because they tend to feel a little dry and sticky on my lips, however I was pleasantly surprised with the stuff included in this kit. The colors showed up on my lips, felt good and actually stayed on for a good 2 hours.

I would recommend the Hello Bombshell makeup kit to my friends or anyone in the market for a good travel kit that's not super expensive. If you don't want to risk losing or damaging your more expensive makeup products during travel this is probably a good kit for you. Its worked out for me so far and I'm planning on traveling with this kit until the wheels fall off. :)