Wednesday, January 14, 2015

ColourPop Haul, Swatches, and Review

I don't know if you're aware of the hype surrounding this California-based indie makeup brand, but spoiler alert, it's totally worth it. ColourPop sells three different products (Lippie Stix, Lippie Pencils, and Super Shock Shadows) all for just $5 each. I picked up six Lippie Stix, one Lippie Pencil (I'm not huge on lip liner), and seven Super Shock Shadows. And let me tell you: It was not easy to choose so few. Here's what I got:


Left to right: Lippie Stix in Heart On, I <3 This, Lumiere, Frida, Cake, Bound over Bound Lippie Pencil, Bound, and Lippie Pencil in Bound
Lippie Stix come in four different formulas, and I have three of them: Glossy, Satin, and Matte (I'm missing Pearl). All are comfortable on the lips, and none move where they shouldn't. And as you can see, the pigmentation is out-of-this-world. Full, opaque color with all of these babies. Unfortunately, I found out about ColourPop after hauling way too many dark shades for fall/winter, so I was on a mostly-nudes mission. My favorites from the bunch, though, are Heart On, Lumiere, and Bound. As for the liner? I like it on its own, but not so much under the Lippie Stix. The combined texture was just a little too thick on the lips, and I wasn't crazy about the color it created.


Left to right: Super Shock Shadow in Shameless, Lace, Hammered, Cricket, Game Face, So Quiche, and Amaze
Super Shock Shadows come in glitter, metallic, and matte finishes, although I made my orders before the matte formula was released so I don't have any of those. These shadows have the most unique formula I've ever felt, and some of the most unique colors as well. All have a pretty embossed pattern when you first open them, but wear away when you dip a finger or brush in (I prefer applying these with my fingers). They are a bouncy, wet texture but transform into a powder finish. However, the consistency is a bit off in texture from pot to pot. I say pot instead of color because I have read reviews where some people had better or worse color payoff from the exact same shades that I have. My favorites from these are Hammered, Cricket, So Quiche, and Amaze.  

Overall though, for only $5 a pop, you really can't go wrong with these. I think this brand is a great way to experiment with colors you might not usually go for with more expensive brands, and there really are some fantastically unique formulas and colors. Have you tried ColourPop? What do you think? 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Dior Cuir Cannage: Swatches & Review

I purchased this little beauty about a month and a half ago, and have since been putting it to the test. I consistently use mid-high end eyeshadows, so the Dior Cuir Cannage palette was my first foray into luxury eyeshadow. The palette features five warm, darker neutrals in both satin and matte finishes. Dior Cuir Cannage retails for $60. 

This eyeshadow quint includes a purple-toned brown, a champagne, a darkened gold, a blackened plum, and a camel (the only matte in the palette). The camel kicks up some powder when a brush is dipped into it, but none of the shadows feel particularly soft. And while I would have liked a little bit more pigmentation with these shades, they all apply beautifully and are not sheer, patchy, or chalky. 

Although these shades don't swatch all that well, they perform beautifully on the eyes. All are buildable and blendable. The champagne is the perfect highlight color, and the blacked plum is lovely as a liner or smudged in the outer-v. The camel works well in the crease, although it can be slightly too dark if used with a heavy hand. 

There is also nice variety in achievable looks from this palette due to the varying color depths. I like doing a lighter eye with the champagne on the lid, the golden brown in the crease, and the purple-toned brown in the outer-v. A mid-tone eye can be done with the golden brown on the lid, the purple-toned brown in the crease, and the blackened plum in the outer-v. And a nice smokey eye can be achieved using the purple-toned brown on the lid and the blackened plum in the crease for a little definition.  

The only real complaint I have with this palette is that the golden brown color is very similar to the matte camel-- almost identical except for the finish. So while these two blend very well together, since there are only five shades in the palette, I would have preferred a little more distinction between these two shades.  

But overall, I really enjoy this palette, and it has become my new go-to when I want a simple, neutral eye look. What do you think of the Dior Cuir Cannage palette? Do you have a favorite Dior palette? 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sonia Kashuk Lip Crayons: My Current Favorite Drugstore Lipstick

Honestly, I don't tend to use drugstore lipsticks all that often. If I do, it's usually Maybelline or NYX. I generally prefer the formulas and scents of mid to high end lippies. But recently, I got a bunch of darker shades for the fall/winter season from brands like Nars, TopShop, Marc Jacobs Beauty, and of course, Sonia Kashuk. And I must say, I was a little more than surprised that the Sonia Kashuk lippies matched if not surpassed the quality of the mid to high-end lipsticks. 

The ones I particularly like from her brand are the Lustrous Shine Lip Crayons ($9 each). These are twist-up, chubby lip pencils. I only have the two darker shades, but I love them so much, I really want to buy the other two shades in the range. 


The shades I have are Dahlia (described as a deep berry) and Orchid (described as a radiant purple). Now let me tell you what's up. These crayons glide onto the lips with absolutely zero tugging. They are pigmented as hell. (Is hell pigmented??) They are hydrating. They don't require a lip liner. They have a shiny finish but are long-wearing. And they stain the lips, so even when the shine eventually does wear off, the color won't. Do these sound like the perfect lippies? As long as you're okay with the non-matte finish, they basically are. 

Top: Orchid; Bottom: Dahlia



Here's what they look like on the lips:

Sonia Kashuk Lustrous Shine Lip Crayon in Orchid
This color...I'm in love with this color. I think it's more of a bright, pink berry than a radiant purple though. I love this shade for an everyday pop of color, and I think it will work great even through the warmer months. 

Sonia Kashuk Lustrous Shine Lip Crayon in Dahlia
Again, I think this color's description is a little off. I find it more of a deep, ruby red than a deep berry. But again, I love it! I think this makes for a perfect holiday lip. Although I doubt I'll put it down when the season's over.

Have you tried any of Sonia Kashuk's lip products? What do you think? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Christmas Tag

I know everybody always says it, but can you believe the year is almost over? I have to admit though, I'm pretty darn excited for 2015. I usually get a little sad when a year ends, and as nice as 2014 was, I have good feelings about 2015. So here's hoping, regardless of how this year has gone for you, next year will be even better. 

But on to the point of this post: I was tagged by Genevieve who runs the lovely blog Vievelle to do this Christmas Tag. Admittedly, I'm a relatively lazy celebrator of Christmas, but I celebrate nonetheless, so let's do this ish!

Admittedly this picture has nothing to do with Xmas.

1. What is your favorite Christmas movie?

A Christmas Story. Hands down. I severely appreciate TBS's 24-hour marathon of this movie every year. It definitely isn't wasted on me. 

2. Do you open your Christmas presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

Christmas Day. Although my family are minimalists with gift-giving so it's a pretty small affair. The dogs usually get more presents than the humans. 

3. Do you have a favorite Christmas memory?

Mm no, I don't think so. Every Christmas is enjoyable in its own way (and honestly, most are the same). 

4. What is your favorite festive food?

Peppermint bark! I always gotta get me some peppermint bark. 


5. What tops your tree?

Nothing, actually. We're pretty lazy about even putting up a tree every year, but if we do, there's rarely a topper. 

6. As a child, what was one extravagant gift you asked for but never received?

When I was maybe five years old, one of our neighbors moved away. I asked my parents to buy me their house. I totally didn't understand that real houses were not comparable to, say, Barbie play houses. 

7. Do you prefer a real tree or synthetic?

Well I've actually never had a real tree, so synthetic. I definitely see the appeal of a real tree, but I like being able to reuse a synthetic one. 


8. What's your favorite scheme for decorating a tree?

Lighting, tinsel, ornaments. 

9. Giving or receiving?

I love receiving, but giving can be stressful. I definitely prefer giving, though, when I'm confident I've gotten something my recipient will love.  

10. Christmas Day fashion?

Christmas Day is usually a lazy day at home. So for me, that means pj's or lounging clothes. Nothing particularly cute or festive. 

11. What's your favorite Christmas song?

Easy. "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" by 'NSync. I usually won't even skip that song if it comes up on shuffle during the rest of the year. 

12. Christmas cards or texts?

Gotta love a good ole fashioned Christmas card!

Thanks again to Genevieve for tagging me, and I tag anybody who wants to do this tag! If you do, let me know in the comments so I can check it out!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Monday, December 1, 2014

November Favorites


November was definitely a good month. Since my birthday and Thanksgiving both fall in November, it's usually a fun and relaxing month. And this year was no different. I have a few makeup favorites to share with you, so here we go!

I normally use powder foundations, and actually prefer a sheerer coverage. I know L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation came out a while ago, but I've been trying to get more into liquid formulas, so I thought this would be a nice transition. This foundation is very liquidy, but that doesn't bother me. It does have a sheer coverage, so you medium-full coverage gals might not like this one. It blends into the skin nicely, quickly turns into that powder-finish, and is very comfortable on the skin. What I especially love is how long-wearing this is. I have oily skin, but even after five+ hours of wear (including taking my dog for a walk!), there is hardly any breakdown of the product--only slightly on my nose. And while I would have preferred a pump, I still really like the sleek, glass-bottle packaging. I use the shade Classic Ivory. 

Dior Cuir Cannage was my birthday present to myself. You have no idea how long I tried to talk myself out of another neutral palette (I was considering YSL Avant Garde for a long time), but I decided this combo of colors in all warm tones was just too good to pass up. I'll have a review on this palette coming soon, so if you're interested in learning more, keep an eye out! 

I think I mentioned last month how my love for drugstore mascara has been renewed. I wanted a mascara with a smaller brush to replace my Clinique Bottom Lash, and I found it in Maybelline Lash Discovery. I love, love, love this not only as a bottom-lash mascara but also as a base layer for my top lashes. On no-makeup makeup days, this is lovely alone on the top lashes for extra length. But on regular makeup days, I like to layer this under whatever mascara I use on my top lashes. The small brush allows me to really get to the base of my lashes, giving a tight-lining effect. 

NYX Plush Red lip liner plus TopShop Partition lipstick was my go-to lip combo in November. While swatched these colors come off more pink than red, on the lips, they are a perfect, true red. I like to line and fill in my lips with the liner and then top it off with the lipstick. Both formulas are so comfortable on the lips, and I can apply once and not have to worry about it for the rest of the day. The color will stay vivid and my lips won't dry out. This will definitely continue to be my holiday lip-combo through December. 

What were some of your favorites in November? 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

What's In My MAC Eyeshadow Palette?


I've done it! I've finally completed my (first?) MAC palette. Is it weird that I feel accomplished for purchasing and arranging eyeshadows? I'm going with it. It's been a long time coming, since I was trying to make it more of a long-term project. I wanted to make sure I really wanted all of the colors I was choosing, since it's so easy to get swept away by all of the pretty shades available at the counter. I also wanted to make sure that all the shadows would go well with each other. And variety. I love me a neutral palette, but I definitely wanted a couple pops of color in there. Yeah, I was pretty picky with this one. But I have to say, I'm beyond pleased with how it turned out. This is definitely a one-and-done palette for me. I can do multiple, full eye looks and my brows with just this palette. Here are my picks: 

L to R: Dazzlelight, Naked Lunch, Arena, Expensive Pink, Woodwinked


This is my highlight and lid color row. Dazzlelight is that perfect subtle highlight, and my go-to regardless of what other eyeshadows I'm using. It almost has a pink duochrome factor which is gorgeous. I love Naked Lunch for a highlight with smokier looks, or as an all-over lid color for easier looks. Such a great multi-tasker. Arena is a great lid color, but I really don't reach for it that often. Expensive Pink and Woodwinked on the other hand, are wonderful. I recommend both of these, but if I could only choose one, it would be Woodwinked. This is perfect for a one-shadow look since it gives dimension when buffed into the crease. 

L to R: Sumptuous Olive, Soft Brown, Swiss Chocolate, Mystery, Plumage


Can words express my love for Sumptuous Olive? Let's find out. If I had to choose a single favorite shadow from my palette, it would be this one. This tone of green is subtle enough to go with basically anything, and it really makes brown eyes pop. I don't know if I've ever applied a more magical color to my lids. How was that? Soft Brown is a cult favorite and for good reason: it's the perfect warm transition shade. This makes it into about 75% of my eye looks. I love Swiss Chocolate as a crease color for warm looks. It looks especially good paired with Sumptuous Olive. Mystery is my brow color. Its cool tone makes it perfect for brows, and its slight red/purple tones are great if you have auburn hair like me. I also love it for deepening the outer-v. Plumage is one I wish I used more than I do. I love, love, love it for a colorful smokey eye, but it's also great as a liner. 

L to R: Sable, Haux, Satin Taupe, Copperplate, Sketch
Finally, my taupe/purple row. I tend to really like these kinds of colors. Sable and Satin Taupe are my lid colors, but I usually prefer Sable. Haux is a great transition color, and works beautifully with all of the colors in this row. I wish Copperplate were not so powdery because look at that color! I absolutely love it, but I hate working with it. I've seriously never experienced more kick-up from another eyeshadow in my life. Sketch is gorgeous as a definer or smokey-lid color, but I have to say, I'm not as impressed with the texture and payoff of this one as I am with some of the others. 

Although I speak more highly of certain shades than others, out of these 15, none are misses. All of these colors are great in their own way, and I recommend them all. But if I had to pick a top five, they would be: Naked Lunch, Woodwinked, Sumptuous Olive, Mystery, and Sable. 

What are some of your favorite MAC eyeshadow shades? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, November 3, 2014

October Favorites


Well one of my favorite months has come and gone, but I don't have too many favorites. I spent so much of October in Halloween makeup, that I didn't get to use or try too many other products. But here are some of the products I frequented the most aside from my white face paint: 


I absolutely love this moisturizer. It's super rare that I repurchase a skincare product because I'm always convinced there's something better out there that I need to try. Well I couldn't find anything else that looked better this time around, so I got another Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer. This stuff is awesome. I love for my daytime moisturizer to have an SPF, and this one doesn't skimp with its level 47. (Although I find 47 to be a humorously odd number; why not 45 or 50?) It also keeps my oily mug hydrated without making me more oily throughout the day—which is a huge win for me because I have serious trouble finding a moisturizer that accomplishes that. And bonus? It smells like Smarties. 


This product is new to me, but has quickly become a staple in my brow routine. I'd heard boasts of Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel, but never realized it could be this good. I used to use a clear mascara as my brow gel, but a product that is meant to hold brows in place really took my brow game to the next level. Have I said brows enough? Brows, brows, brows. Now I have long and decently wild brows (ha), but with this stuff, they do. not. budge. For real. It's pretty awesome. I use the shade Brunette, BTW.  


If you're at all familiar with my blog, you'll know that I'm in love. That's right, I'm in it for the long haul with NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. I have way too many colors (pshaw), but I love them all. This one in Copenhagen is no different. This is the perfect vampy fall/winter lip color, and I get compliments on it every time I wear it. The formula is matte without being drying, and smells amazing. I'll be wearing this for the rest of winter.


Although I'm sure this product is gorgeous at anytime of the year, I especially love it for fall. MAC Blue-Brown Pigment is such a beautiful duo-chrome. Exactly as the name suggests, it goes from being a bronze-y neutral to a wearable blue with just a shift of the head. I like to use this wet for optimal intensity, and I just pack it all over the lid for a simple, yet complex-looking eye. This also looks really great with some winged liner, and one pot will last a lifetime. Let's swoon, shall we? 

What did you love during October? Any products you're excited to pick up in November?