Wednesday, February 24, 2016

ELF Haul

I've been on a roll with these hauls. I need to stop! But, I kinda don't want to. Hmmm. Any who! I ordered some stuff from ELF and although I'm missing two items ( because they messed up my order :/ ) the products are great quality for what you pay for.

So far I'm really loving the bronzer palette ( each color is interchangeable), I looooove the face massager (ahhhh) , and I'm super excited to try out the cleaning gel (I'm obsessed with oil/gel cleansers).

Now those HD blushes, OMG, can we say pig-men-teeeeddddd honey. Yassss. I don't know what the wear time would be for these, but the lawd Jeheesus is my savior, these things are pigmented. I'd imagine a long wear. Seems like a great dupe for the the MUFE HD blushes.

Some of the items were free with a $25 purchase, such as the translucent powder, the lip balm, retractable brush, cream pot eyeshadow, and liner (which is surprisingly pigmented and smooth)

I'm gonna go play with my goodies now!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Morphe 35W LOTD

The colors used are white dotted below. The color I used for the center of my lid (bottom left corner) was UBER pigmented like, whoa. I wish all of them were like that, ha ha!

I did add a little NYX glitter liner to the center of my lid for some "pop".

But yeah, overall I enjoyed this look.

Top left: 1st transition color
Top right: second transition color/blending shade
Bottom right: inner and outer corner
Bottom left: center lid

I also added a tiny bit of black to the inner and outer corner as well to intensify the look.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Moscow

Don't mind my hair. It's done, the camera just wanted to play games that day. :p

As I already own KVD's everlasting liquid lipstick in echo, I wanted to give this a try to see if it would be a cheaper alternative. I won't go into detail about texture because it's the same moosey texture all the lip creams have.

I will say that it took a couple of layers to achieve this lip. And as it wears off,I don't know if it's the pigment in my lips but the color changes, and I honestly can't describe it. It's not horrible to retouch but KVD echo doesn't do that, it just...wears off lol and leaves that nasty ring around your lips, but whatever lol.

I'll get around to comparing swatches of the two. Until then, I hope you enjoy this look!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Bronner Brothers February 2016 Haul

Per the norm, I usually attend the Bronner Brothers show at least once a year every year. Every other year I stock up on the flat irons and blow dryers, because of course,I can't live without them. I always have a set for me and then another set for my clients, plus a backup. Always.

I noticed Morphe brushes and Crown Brush making a presence in the last two years. So, of course I stopped at their booths. I purchased the 35w palette, and the contour palette. On their website, each palette retails for about 20 bucks (on sale). At the hair show each palette was $15, plus I also purchased (not pictured) a contour crease brush and a fluffy powder brush that I'll most likely use to blend my powder contours into the hollows of my cheeks.

I've kinda stemmed away from Mizani True Textures, and went full force with DēvaCurl (totes loooovvves). Now I'm a Dēva girl. But this deal at the booth was too great to pass up ($45). The fact that they've reformulated the formula coupled with the deal price is what lead to my purchase. I felt the original formula left me with occasional flakes, and since my hair is fine,I felt the product left my hair weighed down. I'm willing to give them another shot. But if I don't like it,I won't be repurchasing. The set does come with shampoo, 3 conditioners, and 4 styling products.

That's really all! I did end up using the morphe palette today, and so far so good. I wouldn't say it's the best palette, but what you get for the money is a steal. The shadows were inconsistent as some were AMAZING, and some were, blah. But nonetheless, you can't go wrong.

Did anybody go to the BB Show? Anyone planning on going?

The lip I'm sporting below is NYX Lip Lingerie In bedtime flirt with NYX lip liner in cappuccino. Eyeshadow is Morphe 35w. 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

NYX Lip Lingerie in Bedtime Flirt

I was regretting that I didn't purchase bedtime flirt when I purchased my first order of the lip lingeries. Then I realized they were sold out when I placed my first order, so I didn't feel so bad and guilty after. I needed to order more lip liners anyway. Before I fully checked out,I was like, let's see if she's back in stock, and voila! Bam baby. So I bought it and omg. I love it. Yoooo, like, omg. I feel complete. I just, it's indescribable. *tear*. I just wanna thank God...But really. This is the perfect nude pinky shade for ANY skin tone. I did pair it with NYX cappuccino lip liner btw. But, yeah, must have for the price. Like, for real lol.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

NYX Lip Lingerie in Beauty Mark & Ombre blush in Nude to Me

Oh hey there! I'm just, ya know, serving face per usual. Today, (I think this was yesterday really) I'm rocking the newest craze of the year, NYX Lip Lingerie liquid lipstick in Beauty Mark. It's VERY close in resemblance to teddy. Trust me, you don't need both, just get one or the other.

On my cheeks I'm rocking the NYX ombre blush in Nude to me. And voila! This combo is very flattering on my nc45 skin.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

NYX Liquid Lingerie & Ombre Blushes

NYX has been on the come up for some time now. I remember when they were nobodies with cheap packaging, and now they just sell out like Twinkies on the fourth of July.

These liquid lipsticks are so far so good. Being as though I haven't worn them for more than.....5 seconds to swatch these photos, I can't currently give a review on wear time as of yet. Stay tuned though.

I bought the liquid lingerie lipsticks in teddy, beauty mark, exotic, and embellishment. They dry down to a nice moisturizing matte finish. I did notice that the colors tend to deepen once completely dried. They do have a weird taste though...whatever.

So far,I can't complain! I love the color selection and that anyone of any skin color can obtain a skin suiting nude. My faves are exotic and beauty mark. Exotic is the EXACT same color as my natural lips, something I've never been able to find. And beauty mark is a nice warm brown, while teddy is a cooler muted brown. Embellishment is a cool muted lilac, while exotic is an almost mauve-y neutral red/pink These are definitely a grab for the bargain. They retail for $7. Get it! Cuz I said so.

Now onto these blushes! Haven't tried em. Lol, but they're gorgeous. NYX has wow'd me with their packaging. From the bag to the box, just perfect. I tried to pick up the most "black skin"friendly colors. I think I did very well. The texture is creamy and you can mix the colors, or wear them separately. Some of the lighter colors make for a great highlighter. The sell for $10, I'd definitely say get it. Why not?

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Poppy Austin Rose Water& Vitamin C Serum

I was searching for rose water, and stumbled upon this gem of a kind. Well, if you're lucky, it's definitely a gem. (I'll get into that in a minute)

Rose water provides a multitude of benefits for the skin. It calms, soothes, brightens, and helps return the skin to its natural pH balance. There are plenty of manufacturers out there that claim to have pure rose water. Don't be fooled, as they may be full of synthetics, dyes, alcohol, and they may even be diluted, which can give the complete opposite result you may be searching for.

On Amazon they sell for about $20 a pop got a 4 oz. Bottle. My first bottle was amazeballs. The scent was pure heaven. It helped brighten my skin, and left me with fewer break outs. Needless to say I used that baby up, and purchased another. But I wasn't so lucky the second time. Since these bottles of distilled rose water are organically made, the consistency may be a little off as each batch is made by hand and distilled many times. The second bottle smelled like roses.....That had been boiled wayyyy too long or something. It just smelled like old, spoiled roses. So I returned it and got another. No biggie. BUT THEN...

I stumbled upon their vitamin c serum. A 2 oz. bottle runs for about $26. Vitamin c is known for its anti aging properties. Poppy Austin's vitamin c serum is listed as a refined infusion of naturally derived and organic ingredients. Including vitamin c, jojoba oil , & hyaluronic acid. The consistency is that of "thick water" it dries with no film, may become a bit sticky while patting it into the skin, but that goes away once completely dried. This left my skin brighter, smoother, and definitely more plump and hydrated.

These products are reasonably priced for what they have to offer and how well they perform. I know not everything works for everybody. But,I have a good feeling about this stuff.