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. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

NEW Maybelline Limited Edition Fashion Week Fall 2013 On the Runway Collection First Impressions and Swatches

Today I have first impressions and swatches of a few of the products from the new Maybelline fall 2013 On the Runway collection! When I first started hearing about these popping up in Bed Bath & Beyond stores (those with Harmon's inside), I knew I needed to make a trip to the BB and B in our area with a Harmon inside. It's a bit of a treck away from home, but hey, we do crazy things for our limited edition drugstore collections, don't we? :-)

First, I purchased two of the palettes and three of the lipsticks. I didn't grab any of the lipglosses, because the smell of the Maybelline glosses really bothers me. It's unfortunate because some of the colors looked beautiful! 

Lipsticks left to right: 1000 Lavender Voltage, 995 Violet Intrigue, 990 Fuchsia Fierce
Eyeshadow palettes left to right: Fall Temptation, Violet Femmes

Now onto some swatches of these products! 

These purples are DARK! They are definitely interesting and unique, but those with pale skin tones like mine may have a bit more trouble pulling them off without them coming across too harshly. But I am determined to play with them and make them work! :-) Lavender Voltage is definitely my favorite of the two, since I find that purples with more blue undertones are easier for me to pull off!  Violet Intrigue has more of a red wine look to it. 
Left to right: 1000 Lavender Voltage, 995 Violet Intrigue, 990 Fuchsia Fierce

Once I swatched Fuchsia Fierce, it reminded me a lot of some other Maybelline lipsticks I own, so I wanted to swatch them side by side and compare! It turns out that it is right in between Fuschia Flash and Hot Plum. It is slightly darker and more purple than Fuchsia Fever and lighter and less purple than Hot Plum. All of the lipsticks shown here are very similar. You definitely don't need all of them, in my opinion, unless you happen to be a collector or blogger! 

Eyeshadow Palettes:

Fall Temptation
This is a nicely pigmented quad. The color on the far left seems quite unique in my mind. I don't remember seeing anything like that in the drugstore recently. The bronzey color in this palette is beautiful! It's very nicely pigmented and has a nice golden sheen to it that gives it something special. 

Violet Femmes
This quad has a taupey purple look to it. The lightest shade is quite sheer, however, the darker two are quite nice! 

And then the surprise! My sweet husband surprised me and got the other two quads in Desert Fantasy and Autumn Dream! Such a sweetheart!!

Now for swatches! 

Desert Fantasy
This quad really surprised me! At first glance I thought, "Eh, I dunno..." but once I swatched them, it might be my favorite of the bunch! The first two in the quad have a mustardy yellow tone, making them interesting and unique! And I love the greenish tint to the third color! This is one of those "yucky colors" type quads that ends up being really nice! 

Autumn Dream
This quad had some good and some not so good in it. I LOVE the green. It almost has a duochrome look to it that's just gorgeous! The black is also very nice with its blue and silver glitter in it. The light color leaves something to be desired and the purple isn't the most pigmented shade ever, but overall, this is a great quad for fall! 

I'm really loving all of the products I picked up (and that my hubby surprised me with!) It has everything that I personally hope for in a fall collection, and I can't wait to play with all these goodies!! 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Wet N Wild Pop Art Craze Limited Edition Collection Eyeshadow Trios Swatches and Review!

Today I have a post all about the Wet N Wild Pop Art Craze eyeshadow trios! This is definitely a collection all about COLOR!!

I'm going to start with my favorites and the most impressive (in my opinion) ones in the collection! 

A Regular at the Factory
I really enjoy thus trio! The orange is BRIGHT! When I did a look with this trio, I actually had to add in some brown to tame down the orange because it was so bright! That's a good problem to have with eyeshadow!! :-) These colors come together (mixed with a mid-tone brown) to create such a fun look! 

Three's a Party
Hello red eyeshadow! This one is NICE! These colors are super pigmented and with that unique, not-usually-seen-in-the-drugstore red, I think this is definitely a trio worth grabbing!

I have an eye tutorial up on my YouTube channel for this trio!

Ok, now onto the middle of the road ones! These aren't terrible, but they take some working with! 

I'm Seeing Triples
This trio is a fun one! The bright blue really packs a punch and the green is something you just don't normally see in the drugstore! 

Your 15 Minutes Aren't Up!
This trio is a fun one! While they aren't the most pigmented, the colors work nicely together and come together to create a fun 80's eye! 

I have an eye tutorial up on my YouTube channel on this one as well! 

And now onto the ones I just couldn't get to work. They didn't seem to swatch well, and trying to get pigmentation on the eyes was downright annoying!

To Muse and Carouse
I do really love the brown in this trio. It is a nice matte, mid tone brown. The cream and blue just aren't showing up strongly pigmented on my skin. Maybe with a sticky base these could perform better??

Hard Being the It Girl
With this trio, I just could NOT get the creamy shade to show up on my skin tone. The pink was a challenge too! I so wanted to love this trio, but in my opinion, it's just the least impressive of the bunch! 

Overall, I really love this collection. The colors are just fun and different and ones you don't normally see in the drugstore! I'd definitely say pick a few up, especially at $2.99 each! I found mine at Walgreens! :-)

I also have an entire first impression and swatches video of this collection on my channel!