Thursday, October 23, 2014

L'Oreal Infallible 24 hr Eye Shadow in Sultry Smoke - swatch

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L'Oreal Infallible 24 HR shadow in Sulty Smoke
If you are like me, you went right out to buy any one of the L'Oreal Infallible 24HR eye shadows since they have come out.  Why not?  They are fantastic!  One of those that is a favorite and perfect for fall is the lovely grey known as Sultry Smoke (#998).  I purchased this at my local Meijer for $7.00 USD, but do note that these go on sale quite often.  Sultry Smoke is one of 24 permanent shades in this range.  Inside the screw top jar, there is 3.5g/0.12oz of pigment shadow.

What you get when you open the jar, is a pressed shadow, not unlike  a pigment.  The powder feels creamy which aides in the blendability of this product.  There are several reason why the packaging and the product itself lend themselves to an awesome drugstore find!...

a) the shadow is packed in...allows for controlled application, as well as little fall out
b) the pot comes with a plastic shield that not only covers the surface area of the shadow, but helps in packing it in after you are done
c) pigment like shadow has wonderful color saturation
d) infallible 24 HR shadows come in a diverse array of colors and textures

L'Oreal Sultry Smoke 24HR Infallible shadow - direct sunlight/no flash
Sultry Smoke is a semi matte, medium grey with a touch of blue that really stands out in the swatch above.  I say this is a semi matte because when you work with the product, you can actually see very teeny tiny micro shimmers scattered about the shadow.  They are easier to see when the color is packed on.  Once blended, the shimmers become unnoticeable  .  The more you layer of Sultry Smoke, the less blue it those fearing the blue tinge, there is hope.

L'Oreal Sultry Smoke 24 HR Infallible shadow - direct sunlight/flash
I will say that for Sultry Smoke, a layered approach is best.  The lighter the hand you have or the more blended you want to make it, it appears patchy, with out without primer.  Big frownie face as this is really lovely when its just a wash of color.  Full on layers give drama without ever being too dark.  For fall eye looks, I have been pairing this with metallic chocolate browns, matte and shimmery berries, as well as purpley pinks!

This is my third of the 24 hour Infallibles and am working my way to getting many more!

Enjoy!  xoxo.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

NYX Butter Lipstick in Mary Janes - swatch

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I wholeheartedly wear my red lip obsession on my sleeve.  No longer hiding the tubes upon tubes of  red goodness.  In keeping true to form with this, I have purchased yet another red...because red.

NYX Butter Lipstick - Mary Janes
NYX's Butter Lipstick in Mary Janes was purchased at my local Ulta for $5.99 USD.  Mary Janes is one of 22 shades in the line.  Inside of the colored tube (which not only matches the color of the bullet, but you also get a clear window to show true to color color :) ), you get 0.16oz of buttery goodness.

NYX Mary Janes Butter Lipstick
One thing I have to say right off...holy jesus these are moisturizing!  The word Butter in the title does attest to the formulation and wear of these lipsticks.  Butter Lipsticks have high pigmentation and wonderful slip, without being too high maintenance.  For me, Mary Janes is opaque, but with the highly moisturizing formula, feels extraordinarily light!  Extremely comfortable to wear, in my experience, I could go up to 5 hours of normal use (light drinking/eating) without having to reapply.  It also kept my lips smooth as it wore away and did stain my lips quite a bit.

NYX Mary Janes swatch - overcast/no flash
Mary Janes is a described as a true red.  On my lips, and since I like to swipe my lipstick two or three times, I find that the more I layer, the darker it gets.  You could definitely get this to look vampy if you wanted, and is totally appropriate for a fall red.

Mary Janes swatch - overcast/flash
A deep cherry shade, I love that this does not lean towards any side too much!  Let me touch again on is moisturizing and it does leave for such wonderful slip on the lips, but it did grab on to a few of my dry patches.  Though I will also state that I generally do not pre-moisturize my lips and on most days, do not have texture problems with application.

For the price, formula, wear and color selection...this is sooo on the money!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NYX Love in Rio Trio in Voodoo Love Spells - swatch

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A good neutral palette is good to have in your collection, kit, makeup bag.  One that is travel friendly is even better.  NYX has the answer to neutrals on the go...

NYX Voodoo Love Spells Trio
Love In Rio is a series of shadow trios from NYX that range from neutral to vibrant.  Voodoo Love Spells is one of 21 trios in that collection.  Voodoo Love Spells (VLS) was purchased from my local Ulta for $6.00 USD.  Total product contained within the plastic compact is 3 x 0.035oz/1g each.  The compact itself is lightweight, but sturdy and the locking mechanism seals tightly.

NYX Voodoo Love Spells - Ingredients
NYX Voodoo Love Spells Trio - direct sunlight
VLS consists of three shadows.   The colors from left to right are a matte taupe, a medium brown, and a charcoal.  Now, I have a bit of a problem with NYX calling the taupe shade matte, as it does have some micro shimmer, that, once on the skin, leaves behind a subtle sheen that is actually very pretty .  The other darker shades are true mattes.

NYX VLS swatches - sunlight/no flash
NYX VLS swatches - direct sunlight/flash
All swatches above done without primer.  From the first picture above, you can easily see that the first taupe shade that is supposed to be matte is actually a satin.  This is a very sheer, very light version of taupe, and cool at that.  I would have chosen a deeper taupe that was high in sheen for contrast, but the color here is gorgeous, and so is the formula. All shadows are soft and feel creamy in the pan.  The first two shades did not give me trouble when it came to layering and blending.  The charcoal shade was a bit patchy upon application and took a bit more work.  Medium brown is just a straight medium brown, but we all need workhorses like this in our collections, especially for smoking out looks.  The charcoal shade, though lovely in the pan, lacks anything special.

With primer, these shadows looked fresh for around 7 hours.  There was minimal fallout when working with them and aside from the charcoal shade, were easy to work with.  I have thrown this into my school bag on mornings when I hit the snooze a bit too much and its been nice having an on the go palette that can go from day to night.

Looking forward to grabbing a few more of these trios...

xoxo, D.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector in Medium - swatch

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it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye corrector concentrate cream
Under eye circles/darkness are something that has become more of a problem now that I am in my thirties.  Gone are the days of being able to stay up late, in front of a computer studying, etc, without having to cover and spackle my under eye area.  I have never had too much of an issue in the eye area.  Thankfully my parents never had issues there even in adulthood.  But late nights, studying, and stress have caused me to experience a slight darkness that is just horrid!

To help combat this darkness, I purchased it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector Concentrate in Medium.  I found it at my local Ulta for $29.00 USD.  Inside of the plastic, screw top pot, is 5ml/0.17fl.oz of creamy product.  Medium is one of three shades available for the corrector creams.

"Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector is your 8 hours of sleep in a jar! This creamy, highly pigmented yet lightweight peach based concealer is designed to effectively neutralize, and erase the look of eye darkness, dark circles and even age spots." -

itCosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye
Instantly, upon first application, I noticed how incredibly creamy this is.  When I swirl my finger in the pot, it is pretty sturdy feeling, but when on the skin, it just melts.  The peach tone to this corrector allows for it to cancel out any bluish or purplish tones, which helps in erasing darkness.  The cream is lightweight and allows for easy blending in the delicate eye area.  When I first felt this upon my skin, I thought this would never cover anything.  Its creamy, feels like a veil on the skin.  But this gentle corrector packs a punch with pigment.  Easy blendability along with its pigmentation allow for fast and effective coverage of your darkness/circles!

itCosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye - flash/indirect sunlight
For under eye coverage, I am a fan of both using a concealer lighter than my skintone as I feel it brightens.  But I also love to use one that is exactly my tone for days where I want to quickly make up my face and get out.  This product helps achieve that.

itCosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye - direct sun/no flash
Bye Bye Under Eye plays well with other products.  In terms of blending, this melded with my foundations and other long wear concealers fantastically.  No changes in color or formula.  Now, unless it is a heavy duty, super long wearing concealer, I always set my concealer.  With Bye Bye Under Eye, I notice that if I I do not sheer it out enough on my skin, it can crease a bit.  Now, that is only when not blended well.  And this can be layered too.  When I have a bit more time for my makeup, I layer thinly and powder to set.  In this case, I never have creasing or moving of the product.  Though this has a creamy texture, in my experience this lasts an average of 6 hours on my combo/oily skin without touchups.

It helps me look alive, keeps my under eye area looking fresh and covers everything I need it to.

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