Friday, June 26, 2015

L'oreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminators

Weeks ago when I first heard that L'oreal was releasing their Lumi liquid and powder highlighter, I immediately started scoping out my local drugstores and Walmart. Yesterday I was FINALLY able to find the powders (still looking for the liquid Illuminators) so I quickly picked them up. 

They come in three shades based on your skin's undertones which is super helpful. Ice is a blend of peach, ivory, lavender and baby blue for cooler undertones; Rose is a blend of cream, bronze, beige and peach for neutral tones; Golden is a blend of gold, deep bronze, beige and an orange-bronze for warmer undertones. 
The powders themselves are very smooth and blend out pretty well, but the shimmer is a little intense for an all over glow, unlike the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders are for example. These are ideal for just a highlighter, but it's pretty easy to go overboard and look like a disco ball. I wish the shimmer was a little more finely milled, but they aren't totally terrible.

The packaging is really pretty with a clamshell compact with rose gold detailing. I'm a total sucker for rose gold so I really like it. It opens on one side to reveal the four shades of powder in the compact, and the other side contains a mirror and a mini flat brush. Usually I don't like the tools included in compacts, but these are actually quite perfect for applying highlighter. 

The cooler shade, Ice, reminds me a little of the lavender powder in the Too Faced Selfie palette. It definitely looks a little icey, so not ideal for my skin tone, but this could definitely be good for a brow or inner corner highlights. When swirled together though the powders are truly beautiful. 

Rose, is the neutral shade that really can be pulled off by anyone. When the colors are mixed together, it looks a little more champagne, so definitely flattering on anyone. The shimmer in this one is a little less intense than Ice, so with a super light hand, this one could be used for that all over glow. 

The last shade, Golden, is a beautiful bronze glowy shade when mixed together. It does lean warm, so I may look a little orange on fair skin, but this is perfect for getting the JLo glow. The shimmers in this one seem slightly chunky, so it took a few extra flicks of my brush to really blend it in. In my skin tone, this one would be best used as a bronzer to add glow to my face instead of a highlight. 

Overall, I think these are pretty good for a drugstore highlighter. There are so few to chose from and I think L'oreal is definitely on the right track with these. I especially love Rose. What do you think? Are these something you'd want to try, or is it a pass?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Top 10 MAC Lipsticks | Neutrals

I've told you guys this a ton of times, so it's no surprise when I say again that I'm totally a neutral lip kind of girl. Sure I'll wear a bright fun color from time to time or if I'm going out, but more often then not I'll choose a soft pink or peachy color lipstick. Recently I picked up some back ups of some of my favorites, so I wanted to show you my ten favorite MAC neutral lippies and maybe you'll see one or two of your favorites as well! These are a big hit with a lot of people and there are definitely a few staples that every gal (or guy!) needs in their collection. 

Snob (Satin)
Snob was one of the first MAC lipsticks I ever bought and it's still a favorite of mine. It's a pretty cool toned pink with a satin finish. It's one of those pinks that might be a little too Barbie for some, but with a mauve lip liner, it is perfect. 

Brave (Satin)

If you're looking for a basic mauve shade, Brave is an awesome choice. I love it for simple makeup days when I want a little color on my lips  and this once has a permanent home in my purse for such days. It's a satin finish so it's creamy without being too slippery and leaves my lips soft and hydrated. 

Twig (Satin)

Twig is a rich, dusty rose color, the shade we all wish Lolita would be haha. It's a basic versatile neutral that looks great on any skin tone. It has slight brown undertones, so this is a favorite fall shade for me. 

HoneyLove (Matte)

This is probably my all time favorite Mac lipstick next to Velvet Teddy (more on that later). It's my perfect warm nude and I have probably bought 6-7 of these throughout the years. It's a warm beige that pulls slightly pink on my lips and I love that this matte formula doesn't dry my lips out or settle in the lines at all. This is a shade that is a must have if you are more fair.

Captive (Satin)

Captive is a beautiful berry shade, a little darker than Twig, that is my favorite for everyday wear when I want something simple but with a little more color. It can pull more raspberry pink on me so I pair it with a more brown toned lip liner. 

Velvet Teddy (Matte)

Where do I even begin? VT has been my jam for so so long. It's my favorite rusty-brown toned nude of all time. It literally goes with any makeup look and again, the matte formula is perfect. It lasts for hours and doesn't dry my lips and I always get so many compliments when I wear it. If I had to pick one MAC lipstick to wear forever this would be it.

Syrup (Lustre)

Usually i hate the MAC Lustre formula, but Syrup is one of my only exceptions. It's like the sheer sister of Twig. It's so creamy and glossy but not slippery or messy and I just really love the pretty sheen of color it gives my lips. It's so perfect for no makeup days. 

Please Me (Matte)

Please Me is a pretty popular shade and another must have in my opinion. It's a little more toned down and darker than Snob making it literally perfect for an everyday pink. It's also matte which doesn't make it too overpowering for a pink lipstick, but it also doesn't look chalky like some pinks tend to do. 

Pander Me (Matte)

If someone were to create a lipstick shade with rust, this would be it. Pander me is a sultry grungy red-brown that I absolutely adore for fall. It's good to pair with a smudgy messy eye look or even just mascara and still make a statement. I love to use a dark red liner underneath to give it a little more definition. 

Kinda Sexy (Matte)

Last up is Kinda Sexy. KS is another cult favorite. It's a salmon beige tone and I love it for simple spring looks. This is another one that I always keep in my purse because it's just the perfect nude to throw on and not worry about it clashing with whatever makeup I have on that day. 

Did you see any of your favorites? Which shades are your must haves?

Friday, June 19, 2015

MOTD: Girl's Night Out

Hey guys! I've been MIA the last week or so since my daughter is in summer vacation so we've been beach bumming it up here in San Diego! But tonight I'm going out with some girlfriends to a super fun drag restaurant called Lips and its Glitz and Glam night tonight! I wanted to do something a little darker and a little more dramatic than my usual night out makeup and I really wanted to try out my new Stone lipstick from MAC. This is what I came up with:

Products used:
-Smashbox Primer Water
-L'oreal Infallible ProMatte Foundation in "Natural Buff"
-Lorac ProContour Palette
-Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in "Ash Blonde "with clear brow gel to set
-Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Palette
-MAC "English Gilt" pigment from the holiday Objects Of Affection set
-Nubounsom Dragon Li 3D mink lashes
-Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Duo #2 for highlight 
-Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour blush in "Score"
-MAC "Stone" lip pencil with "Stone" matte lipstick

I also curled my hair into big loose curls for the night, to up the drama a bit. Lips is all about going crazy and having fun and I'm happy with how this turned out. It's perfect for an evening out with my girls friends. 

What are your Friday night plans? Anything fun? Let me know and I'll talk to you beauties soon!

Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks?!

Liquid lipsticks are so hot right now, but many brands start out around $15-$20 making them pricy for one lip product. Well yesterday it was announced that Colourpop is coming out with their own ultra matte liquid lipsticks and the best part? They're only going to be $6 each!

I am a huge fan of Colourpop already (see my haul here, here and here) so this is definitely good news for me. I love how affordable their products are and how the quality is out of this world. These babies will come in 25 shades ranging from pretty nudes and pinks, bright reds, purples and even a few vampy shades. Trendmood and Lustrelux posted some sneak peaks for us with some swatches on Instagram.

I am so excited! They will launch next week on June 26th on the Colourpop website.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Lorac ProContour | In Depth Review + Swatch

Hey guys! So a few weeks ago on Instagram, Lorac announced that they had a new contour palette coming out, the ProContour, and on May 30th, it was prereleased especially for Ulta Platinum members. Well of course I was quick to buy it as soon as I got the email. It just arrived a few days ago and I am already I love. No joke. I love it. 

The packaging is the usual Lorac packaging. It's a sleek palette, about as thin as the Pro palette, with that rubbery finish in the outside. It looks small, roughly the same size as the ABH contour kit, but inside, the pans are actually a decent size and I was pretty impressed. It has a magnetic closure which is essential for powder palettes in my opinion, and a nice clear mirror inside, something the ABH Kit does not have.

 It is a little pricier though at $45, but I think it's well worth it since a ProContour brush is included with the kit. The brush is a flat contour brush and it's perfect for sculpting out checks or contouring the nose. It's a little more firm than the NARS Ita brush by comparison, but not as rough as the new Elf Contour Brush. 

It comes with six shades and all are conveniently named after what color they are. There is Beige Highlight, Yellow Highlight, Shimmer Highlight, Light Contour, Deep Contour and Medium contour. The powders themselves are to die for. They are super creamy in texture and blend out so smoothly and not in the least bit powdery. Plus, the pigmentation is spot on. One quick dip of your brush, and the brush is loaded with product. This is definitely a nice change from the ABH palette, which is quite chalky and a little hard to pick up any product. 

I also really like how the powders all lean a little cooler, which is more universal than warmer contour shades I'd say. Us fair gals know how hard it can be to find a contour powder that won't make us look orange or leave our cheeks looking dirty, so this is definitely a nice product to have around. The shimmer highlight is so pretty too. It's very soft and subtle, so perfect for a little glow. If you love a strong highlight though, you may want to follow up with a different Illuminator, since this powder is definitely not strong.  


Another bonus is it comes with a detailed guide on how to contour. And in not talking a picture guide but a very thorough step-by-step how to for every part of the face which is super helpful, especially for beginners. 

Overall, I think I'm going to use the heck out of this palette, and I might even buy a back up. I know this will be a new favorite. Platinum members have exclusive access to the Lorac ProContour palette before its official release on June 14th (tomorrow!) at Ulta and on the Lorac website. 

What do you think? Is this a must have for you, or a pass? Let me know what you think in the comments!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

New from BH Cosmetics!

New from BH Cosmetics! Two new palettes of baked eyeshadows are now available.

The first one, Baked and Beautiful, includes 10 baked eyeshadow singles and 5 baked eyeshadow duos in a mix of warm and cool tones. That's 20 different eyeshadows for only $11! 

The second palette is a companion palette to their Wild Baked Eyshadow Palettes (which I absolutely love) and it is the Wild and Radiant palette. This one includes four shimmery shades meant for the face body and eyes. Two of them look more bronze perfect for that summer glow and the other two are gorgeous highlight shades for $8.

 BH has awesome baked shadows. They are super pigmented with minimal fallout and I love how they can be used dry or wet for a more metallic and deeper pigmentation. These and more are exclusively available on the BH Cosmetics website