Thursday, October 17, 2013

Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Set: First Impressions and Review

Today I have a first impressions and review on one of the Too Faced limited edition holiday sets, called A Few of My Favorite Things. After falling completely head over heels in love with (a bit dramatic but fairly true) the Pretty Rebel palette, I really took a closer look at Too Faced's holiday sets this year. In the past, they haven't interested me at all, but I figured I'd give them a try now! 

I had a return for Sephora, so I applied that to the $56 price tag that comes with this palette. It is said to be exclusive to Sephora. 

The packaging is very sleek and adorable, with its pink chevron pattern. Darling! 

My iPad had a terrible time with capturing the bag. It's gold and pink. The camera just wanted to reflect that bright gold! It's a nice rubbery textured bag. Very nice quality! 

Inside the bag you find a full size Lip Injection Color Bomb lip product, deluxe sample size of the Better Than Sex mascara, and the palette itself.  

I haven't tried the mascara yet, but I've heard good things! I will make an annotation of my review once I've tried of out! I like the brush at first glance! I tried the lip product briefly on my lips, and the reviews I have already read are right....this doesn't feel good! It isn't unbearable, but the tiny needle sensation it gives the lips just isn't pleasant, so I won't be reaching for this product regularly or even any time soon. The color is a very neutral, sheer pinky nude color. 

The palette features 20 eyeshadows that are 1.6 oz each. Great value there! There are 5 mattes, 14 shimmery shades, and one that seems to be more satiny matte. Now onto the swatches. They almost speak for themselves! 

Left to right: Snowflakes, Whiskers on Kittens, Chocolate Milk, Moon on Their Wings, and Dark Chocolate

Left to right: Cream Colored Ponies, Honey Honey, Buche de Noel, Evergreen, and Blue Satin Sashes

Left to right: Coquet, Taffy, Crisp Apple Strudel, Woolen Mittens, and Soirée

Left to right: Tinsel, Bluff, Ooh la Orchid, Party Time, and Pure Glam

As you can see from the swatches, the eyeshadow quality is a mixed bag. Some shades are really amazingly pigmented and buttery (such as Honey Honey, Crisp Apple Strudel, Tinsel), and some are just downright cruddy (Ooh la Orchid, Party Time, Whiskers on Kittens). Party Time was probably the biggest disappointment because it's GORGEOUS looking in the pan! But swatched...where did that beautiful, vibrant color go??

I will be trying out these shadows in the next few days to see how they perform on the eyes! I'll make an annotation somewhere once I try them out! 

The set also comes with two blushes, one shimmery bronzer, and one matte bronzer. These perform really well! I'm excited to try these out on the face! :-)

Left to right: Raindrops on Roses, Chocolate Soleil, Melt into Spring, Sun Bunny bronzer.

Overall, I have mixed feelings about this set. It doesn't blow me away from initial swatching, but I'll be interested to see how they perform on the face. As I said, I'll make annotations once I've tried them out more, but hopefully this post will give you some initial swatches so you can decide if you'd like to purchase it or not! 

As said earlier, this can be purchased at Sephora for $56.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

LORAC Pro To Go Palette Swatches and Review

Today I have a review of the LORAC Pro To Go palette. This was a total impulse purchase. I have to be honest...I'm not a huge fan of the LORAC Pro palette.  I know, I know. Most everyone loves the Pro palette. For me, I just find that the shadows are too soft and blend too easily and too much. I just have a hard time working with them. But I LOVE my Unzipped palette, and in reading other reviews about the Pro To Go palette, it sounded like the shadows weren't quite like that....or maybe I was just hoping they wouldn't be... ;-) 

The packaging is really beautiful! The only downside is that it is made of the same material as the Pro palette which collects makeup on it and just looks dirty eventually. 

Here you can see the thickness comparison between the two palettes. The Pro To Go is over twice as thick, because it folds over onto itself. 

Here you can see the basic layout of the palette. I cut off the mirror at the top because it was reflecting my bathroom light. The palette comes with three shimmery eyeshadows, one satin shadow, two matte shadows, one shimmery blush, one matte blush, one bronzer, and two eyeshadow brushes. 

Here are the shadows. I love the collection of colors they decided to include. I love that they gave us an assortment of finishes but still kept the colors neutral. There are a ton of different looks you could get from using this palette, from a light, classic pin up eye to a neutral bronzey eye to a dark smokey eye. I can't wait to create lots of looks with this palette! And now onto swatches! 

Left to right: Pearl, Chai, Mink (all shimmery)

Left to right: Shell (satin), Cafe, Black (mattes)

Again, I really love the shades and finishes they chose to include. The shadows are buttery but not to soft from what I can tell from swatches. Now onto the blushes and bronzer...

Left to right: Coral, Pink, Bronzer

I was a ting disappointed but overall happy with this part of the palette. Coral is gorgeous! It is a bright and beautiful pinky toned coral. I love it!! Pink is a bit underwhelming, only because it's not super pigmented. But I was able to build it up after a little work. The bronzer is too warm from just swatching it. Maybe it will perform better on the face...I hope! It just has a strange almost mustardy undertone to it. But I will say, in the picture it is coming off much more yellow than it actually is in real life. It does have a bit of that cast, but not nearly as prominently as it's coming across in the pictures. 

Overall I'm really pleased with this palette! I think it's amazing for travel, has a perfect mix of products, finishes, and colors, and is great quality and a nice value. I'm excited to play with it more! The LORAC Pro To Go palette is exclusive to Sephora and can be purchased on their website for $38. I read rumors that it's been found at Sephoras inside JCPenneys, but I can't verify that. I'd say if you're looking for a versatile palette, you travel occasionally (or often), or you are looking for an easy all-in-one palette....and you're a neutral girl, the LORAC Pro To Go palette is definitely something worth checking out! 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

NEW Loreal LaLaque and LeMatte Lipcolours Review and Swatches

Whyyyy do companies make great products limited edition?? Well, realistically we probably all know why - so beauty junkies like me (and possibly you too if you're reading this review ;-)) will rush out and buy them immediately before they're all gone! 

Today I have a review for you guys on the new and limited edition Loreal LaLaque and LeMatte Lipcolours. After a wild and crazy (and unproductive) goose chase to every Target around our area, my overly patient and kind husband took me to the closest Bed Bath & Beyond with a Harmon in it....that's quite a ways from our area! :-/ But sure enough, that's where we came across an almost full display of these goodies! 

Here they are! 

Left to right: 411 Never Lacque-ing, 412 Lacquer-ized, 414 I Lacquer You A Lot

Loreal describes the LaLaques as shiny full coverage lipcolours, and boy are they! These babies are NO joke. They are highly saturated and pigmented, extremely glossy, and have a very thick, borderline goopy texture to them. But it surprisingly doesn't bother me. Lacquer is a good explanation for these, because they truly have some of the most intense pigmentation I've seen from a lip product. Something to note about the LaLaques - if you are looking for a light, easy breezy lip product, these are not for you. These are thick, pretty sticky, with intense color payoff and a super shiny finish. Also, I did find they they transferred to my teeth very easily, so keep that in mind and be sure to wipe off the inner part of your lips! 

As far as wear time on these, I find that they started to wear off on the inner portion of my lips first, which was a bit strange. But again, this doesn't seem to bother me much. I just kept having to rub my lips together to redistribute the product that was left.  The LaLaques lasted around 3-4 hours on my lips from what I can remember. I didn't measure exactly. 

Left to right: 408 She's So Matte, 409 Matte For Me

Loreal then describes the LeMattes as velvety full coverage Lipcolours, which I think is a good description of these too. These are very silky feeling lipcolours.  They are not a typical dry matte.  They have much more of a slickness to them. I found that the lasted a decent amount of time on my lips - I did a little test one night and applied one around 9pm. It was still going strong on my lips when I wiped it off around 11:30pm. So I think you could probably get a safe 3-4 hours of wear out of the LeMattes.

Now onto the swatches already!! 
Left to right: Never Lacque-ing, Lacquer-ized, I Lacquer You A Lot, She's So Matte, Matte For Me

I really enjoy these products! Loreal says these are limited edition. Why?? I hope Loreal decides to make these permanent and also decides to add more pinks and berries to the range. That's the one thing I would change about this collection of products. It's very heavy on the reds side of the color spectrum. Adding a few more pinks and some berries to the mix would really round out the collection I think! 

As stated earlier, I found these at Bed Bath & Beyond Harmon for $5.99. I have seen online that many people are finding these at their local Targets for $7.99 each. I'd highly recommend that you go out and nab a few of these before they're gone! 

To see a more in depth review with lip swatches, check out my YouTube video on them here! 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Palette Review and Swatches

Today I have a review of the new Cold Chemistry Palette from  Sugarpill.  This palette has been talked about for quite a while now, and it was finally
released a few weeks ago. I ordered it shortly after it was released and couldn't wait for it to come in! 

First off, starting with the packaging, it's adorable! Both the outside packaging and actual palette feature the same shattered glass logo look. I think Sugarpill did a great job with the branding on this palette! 

Here is a shot showing the back of the box (top) and the actual palette (bottom). These are different but still have the same shattered diamonds look and feel. 

Inside of palette: 
I couldn't get a good shot of the inside mirror because I kept getting a glare from the lights, but it has a very cool mirror inside that looks like a shard of shattered glass. I love that they didn't just go with a traditional mirror! 

And now for the shadows! First is Soot & Stars. This is a very dark blackish gray with silver sparkle.
Next is Diamond Eyes. This is a beautiful white with a pinkish hue. I really love the unique quality of this color. It's not your run-of-the-mill shiny white. The pinkish tone to it really gives it something special. 
Then there's Elemental Chaos. This is a beautiful deep, shiny purple. This is one of my favorites from the palette! 
And then my surprise favorite of the palette, Subterranean! At first glance, I thought this would be a more basic forest green. But it has a gorgeous tealish tint to it that's beautiful! I love it!! 

And now swatches! 
Left to right: Soot & Stars, Diamond Eyes, Elemental Chaos, Subterranean
As you can see, each of the shadows is really beautiful. Diamond Eyes doesn't show up in the swatch as pretty as it is in person. 

And now for the bad news......
These shadows are difficult to blend.  They blend out TOO much. What I found when I went to make a look with all of them together is that they seemed to immediately blend together and become one strange grayish color together.  I actually had to completely remove all of my eye makeup and start over completely one day when I tried making a look using all the colors together. I feel like this palette has some great colors that work much better when paired with other, more "sticky" type shadows that won't blend away as easily. I was able to create the looks below by using this palette paired with other shadows from other companies. 

Overall, I do like this palette, but I don't LOVE it because I just could not make an entire look using it alone. But I know I will still get a lot of use out of the individual shadows with other things I have in my collection! 

You can purchase the Cold Chemistry palette from Sugarpill's website for $34.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette Review, Swatches, and EOTD

Love at first EOTD. What else can I say about this palette? The Two Faced Pretty Rebel Palette is Too Faced's limited edition palette for fall 2013. I found mine at Ulta for $46.

Originally I wasn't going to get this palette. I went in to Ulta to look at the Anastasia Catwalk Palette. But after looking at it and finding that it only had less than 2 grams of product for $29 (Boo!), I wandered over to the Pretty Rebel Palette to compare. It comes with 15 grams of product for $46! Each shadow is 1.5 grams, almost as much as the entire total weight of the Catwalk palette! The Pretty Rebel is a much better value by far! So after playing around with the tester and falling in love with certain shadows in the palette, I found myself walking out of Ulta with one stinkin' adorable palette in hand. 

The palette comes with 10 shadows. Only two are matte, but I don't find this to be a problem as the two mattes they give you are great for a browbone highlight and deepening the crease. They could've added in a good matte transition color, but that's not a deal breaker in my book. I've got plenty of those in single pots to pair with this palette. 

Now lets get into some pictures! 

The packaging is adorable. This is the outside box, and you'll see that it's the same look as the actual palette, but the box isn't three dimensional like the actual palette is. 

Here is the back of the box that shows the shadow colors and their names. 

The actual palette is precious. The ribbons are actually raised and three dimensional. Love! 

It comes with a small booklet with some great tutorials on three looks you can create with the palette!

And now the shadows!
Hello lover.  At first look, I thought this palette was such a strange, unusable mix of colors. But after playing around with it, I love the mix it has! There are so many different looks that can be done with this palette, from simple neutral to bright pink and flashy, to multiple options for smokey eyes! I love when palettes give the option of a basic eye but also something really fun and special! 

And now swatches! 
Left to right: Dainty, Charming, Girly, Totally Fetch, Miss Sparkles

Left to right: Ringleader, Gangsta, Instigator, Badass, Jailbird

Totally Fetch, Girly, and Instigator are the standouts for me! Totally Fetch has a gorgeous sheen to it that almost made me giggle audibly when I applied it this morning...almost! ;-). Girly reminds me a bit of MAC's Blue Brown pigment, but this one seems to have more red undertones to me, especially when I applied it to my eyes. Instigator is just a gorgeous, pigmented antique looking gold that I never get tired of! 

Here's an eye look I created today using Dainty, Totally Fetch, Girly, and Instigator. I also added in Ben Nye Honey as my transition color. 

I am absolutely thrilled with this palette. It definitely isn't your end-all, be-all palette, as it doesn't have enough neutrals in my mind to be that, but it's definitely a good time. It's one of those palettes that just puts a smile on my face every time I look at it or create looks with it! If you're looking for a palette that's fun and different and great quality, the Too Faced Pretty Rebel palette may be just what you're looking for. 

I plan on doing some tutorials/GRWM videos on my YT channel, so be sure and subscribe (if you're a YTer) so you can be watching for that! I'm also LipglossLeslie in there too! ;-)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

NEW Milani Coming Up Roses Powder Blush Review and Swatches

Today I have a review and swatches of the new Milani Coming Up Roses blushes! These are, in a word - adorable.  I was so thrilled when I came across an (albeit picked over) display at our local Walgreens recently. I picked up Bella Rosa and Romantic Rose from that display. A few days later, I visited another Walgreens and found a fully stocked display. Score! So that trip I picked up Flora Passion. I didn't pick up Warm Petals, as it seemed almost like a borderline bronzer and I have plenty of those to last a lifetime. Well, truthfully it's the same case with blushes... but that's beside the point. ;-)

Now on to the review! When I first got home and swatched Bella Rosa and Romantic Rose, I was less than impressed.  These have a very chalky texture, and they did not swatch evenly on my hand at all.  But after wearing them on my cheeks the next few days, I really fell in love with them! If I'm being 100% honest, I think a big part of my love for these stems from their adorable rose shape. Once they start to level off, my love for them may also! 

Now for some photos!
Left to right: Bella Rosa, Flora Passion, Romantic Rose

Left to right: Bella Rosa, Flora Passion, Romantic Rose

If I were to pick a favorite from the three I purchased, it would be Bella Rosa. I'm just a sucker for baby pink blushes! I also really like Romantic Rose! It's one of those "Yeah, so?" type colors that works so well with so many different eye looks! It gives a warmth to the face too that's very flattering! 

I'd say if you are a makeup addict and collector like me, you'll probably really enjoy these. While they don't swatch the best on your hand, they can definitely be made to work on the cheeks. They aren't the easiest to blend and work with, however, we can make a few allowances there because the packaging might just be too cute to pass up! 

These retailed for $6.99 (I believe) at my local Walgreens.

I mention a couple of these blushes in my two recent Friday Favorites and Fooeys videos on my channel! 

Disclaimer: All items mentioned were purchased by me, and all opinions are my own.