Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso and Berry Amore, Review with Swatches



Blush was once such an absent item in my makeup routine because of the natural flush my cheeks already have going on. That is, until I learnt to apply foundation to completely cover my hyper pigmentation, while still keeping my face looking quite natural. Maybe an updated foundation routine is in order? Considering how low maintenance this one is, I think it is certainly something to consider. Let me know if you'd be interested in seeing that. But back to the topic of these beautiful Milani blush's...


I had heard of their wonders, but didn't give them a try until picking up "Berry Amore" sometime last year. I then finally got my hands on "Luminoso" more recently after seeking it out for months at the drugstore, only to find it had sold out time and time again.

 What can I tell you? These blushes will even make the non blush wearers grin! And now that I am the proud owner of two of these gorgeous beauty powders, a review is certainly in order!


What Milani says about them: "This silky blush with benefits can be used in so many ways. It shapes, it contours, it highlights. Sunbaked on Italian terracotta tiles, it's buildable from sheer to vibrant. Yes, it adds a cheeky pop of color to your complexion. Radiance and warmth too."    


Keep reading to find out why these blushes are now top ranked for me amongst many of their kind available at the drugstore!


Color Payoff: The pigmentation on these blushes is truly magnificent. You can get just the right amount of radiant glow with one swipe of your brush. Even better, they are slightly sheer, so you will never find you've gone overboard. To me, they are the perfect mix between a blush and highlight power. Although I still choose to layer my own highlight powder over these for special occasions, these blushes can definitely do double duty on those quick low maintenance makeup days.

Formulation: Super soft and oh so blend-able, I love how buttery these feel when you swipe a finger through them. 


Packaging: I really appreciate the gold packaging on these since it gives these blushes a little something different then products with your typical black makeup packaging. It also has them looking a bit more expensive then they actually are and that is always a good thing. The clear, see-through lid allows you to ascertain exactly what shade each one is when shopping for one or choosing one from your collection to wear. Better then all of that, the managed to sneak a little mirror in underneath the blush for an easy on the go application. I do think the little compartment complete with tiny brush was an unnecessary addition though since I always throw those brushes out and didn't find this one to be all that great as usual.


Price: As with many drugstore products, the price tag is low and for this kind of fabulous quality,  I would say these blushes are quite the steal at as low as $7 in many places.

Lasting Power: These aren't the most long lasting of blushes. When worn with a full coverage foundation and a setting spray over top, I can get a good 4-6 hours at most. Re-application is made easy with that nifty packaging though.

Recommended Skin Types: I would recommend these for all skin types. If you are oily in skin type, you may want to apply these with a slightly lighter hand, regardless, I honestly believe these would probably suit just about anyone.


Scent: I haven't noticed one at all with these, which is good because it is too often I find drugstore blushes with that overly flowery scent that is far too overpowering and not particularly enhancing!

Photo Friendly? Absolutely. I feel that these blushes look as good as they do in person, on camera. You don't end up looking shiny or overly rosy. It just gives your cheeks a bit of color and glow in photos, just as it does in person.

Variety? There are 9 different shades available in the line and they vary from the berries to pinks and even bolder reds and those coral - orange sort of colors. The only shades I feel are sort of missing from the line up would have to be the muaves, which would have been great in a line like this. 


Overall: 

If you were looking for a matte blush these are definitely not going to be the ones for you, because while they aren't glittery or overly shimmery, they are definitely not matte and lean to the side of sheer build-able color with some glow. I personally love the soft, blendable texture on these and also really like how they apply to my skin.

 The only downside I can find with these would have to be the lasting power which isn't all that great, I also am not the biggest fan of the little compartment with extra disposable mini brush. 

 I am favoring "Luminoso" at the moment because of it's soft peach tones but both colors are gorgeous! If you didn't catch my drift, I would highly recommend these, as in go to the drugstore now because your collection cannot be without! Now after that whole love rant, which shade should I pick up next?!


Have you given any of these Milani blush's a try? If you have, which has been your favorite shade? If not, do you want to? Let me know in the comments form below, I love getting your feedbacks!

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Coral-Orange and a Pop of Cobalt Blue Eye Makeup Look + Video Tutorial


Ever since coming across this beautiful cobalt blue liner and ordering it, I have been wearing it non stop and really have had a FABULOUS time experimenting with it for many different eye looks. This is one that I think it works really well with and compliments beautifully because the orange and blue tones contrast against one another so well! I haven't used my Smashbox Shades of Fame Pallette in a while either so I thought it was about time I busted it out again and played around with it. Paired with a neutral lip I think this look works well both during the day or in the evening for a night out. Watch the video to coordinate with this post, HERE to find out how I like to create this eye look from start to finish. Read till the end where it will be inserted as usual, if you prefer. 



Products Used:

*Smashbox Shades of Fame Palette- Nude, Sherbert, Mocha 


Brushes Used:



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Monday, March 2, 2015

Nails of The Day: OPI's Yoga-Ta Get This Blue!


Blue isn't a color I wear on my nails too often. It's a color I adore, but it's not all that wearable in many situations. Yet upon spotting this specific metallic navy with a bit of glitter by OPI on Ulta's site a while back, I was simply smitten. You will already know this, if you've read my previous post which highlighted my most recent beauty purchases from lipsticks to lashes. 



I find myself a bit confused by the OPI nail polish formulation. Some of their polishes (Golden Eye being a great example) stick around on your nails for 2 weeks before having to be buffed off with a nail file if you truly want them gone. Others, like this gorgeous blue are no match for dish washing and bath giving, in fact as soon as you so much as dunk your hands under water, this polish chips and dents and hastily looks worn in. It's disappointing, but not a deal breaker for me. I'm one of those people that doesn't mind a quick touch up. If you do, this one is probably not going to be a great choice for you.  


The name, as with most of the OPI polishes is adorable and clever and half the reason for the purchase of course. The metallic properties are what really make this polish unique though. I have several blue shades in my nail polish collection, but none are metallic or perfectly sparkly like this one is. At the same time, the shade doesn't come off looking juvenile, I feel like it's just enough sparkle to appear quite sophisticated and mature.   


What do you all think of this blue? I think it's a fabulous winter shade and although it's not long lasting at all, I will certainly continue to paint it on my nails until the weather warms up again. If you see this on a good deal at Ulta like I did, it will not be a bad purchase at all, the color itself is a pretty great one in my opinion. 


This OPI polish can be purchased here for a little more then $7, if you were hoping to get a bottle for yourself.  

 What colors do you find yourself gravitating towards in the cold weather months? Do you opt for dark, bold colors like this one or do you stick to your pastels without a care? Let me know in the comments form below and please do tell which colors specifically from which companies, I truly love getting your recommendations! 

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Another Beauty Haul - Ulta, Drugstore & Velour Lashes


Yes, you read right! I've been shopping again. Alot of these goodies are from Ulta, although there are quite a few things from the drugstore too. The real treat is obviously the velour lashes I've been eyeing for months, before finding them on a good deal and making them my own. There are some repurchases here, but it's mostly all brand new things I've never tried before, so expect in depth reviews once I have. New brushes, lashes and nail polishes all warrant a detailed blog post and video, don't you think? Watch the video here or read till the end of the post where I will insert it as usual. 


Here is what I purchased:

Ulta:



Drugstore:


Extras:



The things I love most and am most excited about are the velour lashes (obviously), mac pigment, loreal silkissime liner and those super soft real techniques brushes! Keep any eye out for them in future posts and videos because I will most certainly have alot more to say about them. Let me know if there is anything you would specifically like a full review on and I will get working on it right away.


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquers Review



I play with alot of lip products all the time! I'm persistently and eternally searching for one that will stick around on my lips from the early morning hours when it's thrown on, until I arrive home after a long day of coffee drinking, careless noshing and whatever else may occur. I know I am not alone in this quest, a long lasting lipstick is a makeup wearers dream! When I come across a lip product that promises super staying power, my heart beats a little faster and my self control goes out the window, another lipstick goes in the cart. It's a true mission guys, not kidding! When I came across these Smashbox Lip Lacquers, I wondered if they would tick all of the boxes on my strict lippie criteria.

Did they impress? Keep reading and find out! 


Pigmentation: The color payoff on these is ridiculous, with one swipe you get full on color!

Formulation and Consistency: I find it varies between colors. Amongst the ones you see here, 2 out of 4 (Pink Social & Firecracker) were creamy and went on smoothly and beautifully. The other ones (Bordeaux & Ultraviolet) went a bit patchy on me and were a little more difficult to build up. Your best bet with these will be to test them in store and see which you like for this reason. 

Lasting Power: The longevity is there with these but once again I found it varies amongst the shades. The red shade and the coral pink one both stay put for 8 hours while the other two seem to feather off within 4-5 hours. They all do leave behind a stain though and wear super comfortably without going dry and flakey at all like some lipstains can. 


Finish: These go on really glossy and then as that wears off throughout the day, the color sets in as a stain but still doesn't end up looking matte or flat. 

Scent: The only thing that comes to mind is sweet candy when I think of how these smell. It's nothing overly offensive or strong but it's definitely there if you give it a sniff as your applying. 

Packaging: I'm often quite bored when it comes to the Smashbox packaging, but how cute is this? I love the geometric looking print as well as the black twist off lid with a clear tube so you can see exactly what you'll be getting color wise. The applicator is also fabulous, it's shaped like an 8 and although is quite a typical douffet material, it gets the job done easily.


Variations: There are 20 shades available on the Smashbox website, all of which have really adorable clever names. Because I found that the formulation seems to vary amongst the different colors, I am very intrigued to see which others will be truly fabulous. Next on the list to try is Calypso, Keepsake and Knockout.

Price: For a lipstick these are definitely up there in price at $24.00. The ones that last all day and go on beautifully are worth every penny in my opinion.

Overall: As you may be able to guess, Firecracker and Pink Social are my favorites. I have worn that pink shade almost every day since it arrived because it's so effortless, maintains itself and looks great with any makeup look! The other two left much to be desired to be honest, so I look forward to trying other shades from this line to see what they will be like.


Have you given any of these lipsticks a try? If you have, what did you think of them? If you haven't do you want to?

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