Wednesday, April 23, 2014

First Impression & Swatches: Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette

I feel like I've been talking about Kat Von D a lot lately! But that's because I've recently gotten into the brand. And when I get into a brand, I'm non-stop chatter about it for months! So you guys are right in the middle of my current obsession!

Recently, I purchased the Chrysalis Palette during Sephora's 15% for VIBs sale. I didn't do a sale haul, because if I started adding things to my cart, I would just go crazy. Plus, Ulta was having 20% off at the time, and I got the Clarisonic Mia 2 from them. So I couldn't go full ape at both places. This palette was the one thing I chose, because a) I'm recently and currently obsessed with KVD, b) it's brand new, and c) the Esperanza palette is already sold out and it's also pretty new. So I was afraid that I would miss out on this palette if I didn't jump on it. She also released a neutral palette at the same time called the Monarch Palette. It's very pretty, but I've purchased a few new neutrals lately. So I went for the colorful one!




The packaging is cardboard, but still very sturdy. It's throw-in-your-purseable. I'm a little baffled at why it has three jumbo shades and the other nine are about the same size as what are normally in her palettes. But whatever! As with the Esperanza shadows, some of these are a bit chalky. The only one I don't love is the light pink shade. It looks deeper in the photo above, but you can tell from the swatches that it's a barely-there shade. It's probably too light for me to use all over the lid, and it's too pink to use as a highlight. So I'm not sure when and how I'll use this, but I'm sure I'll try eventually. The rest of the shades are GORGEOUS! So pigmented and the colors are just beautiful. A few mattes, a few metallics, and a few satins. Overall, I'm in love! Here are all the swatches for you:






Using only shadows from this palette and a color tattoo as base
just in the center of my lids. I also used Anastasia Beverly Hills
for the brows, and NYX Lipstick in Butter.

Monday, April 21, 2014

NOTD

The prom nails are back! I literally stood at the counter for five minutes trying to pick a polish. I went back & forth between a few different ideas, and finally settled on this super sparkly glitter polish. I did get a nude base underneath. I love it because with the nude and all the glitter on top, it turns out to look a little rose-goldish...which I just thought was so pretty! Anyway...here it is:


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bought It/Forgot It

Hey everyone! I'm back for this month's Bought It/Forgot It. It seems like a really long time since I did one of these, even though it was just a month ago. I have no sense of time lately!
 Anyway, here are the things I was supposed to remember over the past month:



  • Cargo blush in Rome: I've been loving this blush lately! It still does not have a dent in it whatsoever, but I promise I've been using it a few times a week. It's a perfect shade for Spring and Summer....I plan to continue using this in the months to come!
  • MAC Cosmetics lipstick in Candy Yum Yum: I never took this lipstick out because when I first got it, I deemed it un-safe for work. So I always forgot about it, even though I do love it! Well...I've figured out a way to make it work-friendly. I apply my Baby Lips on my lips first, and then just barely apply Candy Yum Yum on top. It gives me the color, but not the intensity. I've been loving it lately! I'm so glad I found that little trick, because I will definitely keep using this lipstick for work :)
  • Makeup Forever Technicolor Shadow Palette: This was a repeat offender in my BI/FI, as I hardly used it the previous month. I did manage to use it a little this time, but it's still not my go-to for bright colors, and it's not my favorite. I'm sad, because I expected great things out of this palette! But the colors are more muted than what you'd expect from something called "technicolor." So when I want something bright, this doesn't do it for me.


  • Glamour Doll Eyes Eye Shadows: A while back, I knew I wanted to purchase something from Glamour Doll Eyes, but I didn't know what. So I ordered their sampler pack, which includes shadows they choose for you at random from their collection. I think I used a couple of these shadows one time each, and haven't used them again! Mostly because I didn't have a great place to put these away. So they're out of sight/out of mind!
  • Nars Blush Duo in Sin/Casino: I had been wanting the Laguna/Orgasm duo for so long, and when I finally went to purchase it, I fell in love with this duo instead. I used it quite a bit initially, but once I got my One Night Stand palette, this duo got pushed to the bottom of the blush drawer, and I haven't been using it much at all. Even though the shades aren't very springy,  I know it'll be no problem to use this again because I really love it.




EOTD with the Technicolor Palette

Candy Yum Yum




Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag: April 2014

I cheated a little on this month's glam bag and looked around at all the teaser posts. So I knew for sure that I was getting one item. And I knew for sure that there was something I didn't want. But, as always with Ipsy, I didn't know exactly what I would end up with. And since I've been teetering on the idea of canceling all of my subscriptions, this was an especially crucial month for Ipsy. So...will I be keeping Ipsy around? 


  • Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant: I've never tried a Dr. Brandt product, so I'm pretty curious about this. Given my recent skin care catastrophe, I'm a little hesitant to try it. But this seems to be a well-trusted brand, so I'm gonna go for it and give it a shot. 
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Black Velvet (swatched below): This was the one for sure item I knew I would get, because they included it in every bag this month. I do like these liners, and this is actually a really pretty black, with almost a satin finish. I don't think these liners are as great as some people do...they move around a lot on me. But I still use them whenever I get one in a kit or as a trial/sample so this will not go to waste. 
  • Starlooks lip liner in Naked (swatched below): This is a really pretty peachy-nude. I can see myself wearing this to death! I have a couple products from this brand, and I really love them. I've only gotten them from Ipsy and Wantable so far, but it's a brand I wouldn't mind purchasing myself. 
  • Elizabeth Mott eye shadow in Champagne (swatched below): this is a really pretty shade. Very pale and has a frosty finish. Just from the swatch, I noticed it feels velvety smooth and has pretty good color payoff. I'll get quite a bit of wear from this...it's a color I've been wanting in my brain, and I don't have anything like it. So I'm happy!
  • Coastal Scents eye shadow brush: This is similar in size and shape to ELF's C Brush. The bristles are surprisingly soft. I'll definitely get some use out of this brush. I don't like brands like Coastal Scents and BH Cosmetics for eye shadow anymore, but I may have to look into their brushes if I like this one. 



The verdict? Good show, Ipsy! You will live to see my mail box another month. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What's In My Shower? (New Video)

Hey everyone! My whole schedule got thrown of this weekend because my parents are in town! I'll be playing catch-up all week! But I did pre-record a video to release today...and almost forgot to post it. But it's up now! Here's a quick run-down, for those of you who don't like hearing my voice! ;)





  • Organix Shampoo: I only showed the Coconut Milk Shampoo in the video & photo, but I use all kinds! I love these shampoos. They're so creamy and delicious! I love that the bottle tells you what their function is: Nourishing, hydrating, repairing, etc. I keep a rotation in my shower, so I feel like I'm getting all the benefits. Lol. That may or may not do anything, but I'm happy with my little system!
  • Organix Conditioner & Deep Conditioner: Again...I keep a couple different ones in my shower. I also have stock pile of different varieties. I switch them out whenever they're empty, or when I get bored. The only thing I don't like about some of their conditioners, is that they're SO thick, they're almost impossible to squeeze out of the bottle! The deep conditioner, I use once a week. I usually keep it on for about five minutes. Sometimes, I apply it in the morning, throw my hair up, and rinse it out in the evening. Just depends on what I have to do that day!
  • Nivea Touch of Happiness Body Wash: I've purchased and repurchased this stuff several times now! I never used to buy the same body wash twice, because I never loved anything. Until I found this little guy! I love the orange scent, and it leaves my skin so soft! I rarely use lotion, except on my legs when I'm wearing shorts. But people tell me all the time I have the softest skin they've ever felt! Not that people feel me that much, but you know. 
  • Philosophy Purity Face Wash/Makeup Remover: I live for this stuff! Nevermind that the tube has lasted me for freaking EVER...it really works well. I love that it lathers so much (I'm a sucker for suds), and removes every trace of my makeup...no matter how much I'm wearing!
  • H2O Sea Moss Body Scrub: I use this about once a week mixed with my face wash for a bit of exfoliation.  This is actually my husband's body scrub, but I only use a tiny bit at a time. So he doesn't mind sharing! I just don't like to use my exfoliator brush every day, so I use this in between for a little extra oomph.
  • Lush Bath Bombs: I live for these! I love baths!! I take at least 30 minutes in the shower, and longer in the bath. I just love being in hot water...it's just so relaxing to me! I'm ultra cheap, so I do use like half a bomb at a time. That way, they last me a little longer. Plus, I found that when I use an entire bomb, it's a bit too much. The girl at my Lush looked at me like I was crazy when I told her that. I'm sharing it with you guys in confidence! ;) No judgement!
And that's it! That's all I need to have a happy life! I've been using all of these products for a really long time, so I wanted to share. Sometimes, when I review things or talk about things in my favorites, they're relatively new products to me. These are different because they've really stood the test of time. Even when I try other products here and there, I always go back to these. I don't know if this is helpful at all to anyone, but if you're in the market for something new, or if you were just curious about what goes on in my shower, I hope y'all enjoyed this post and video! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

NOTD

For my latest mani, I knew I wanted to do something new (for me), but I didn't know exactly what. I'm starting to get more comfortable at work, so I knew I wanted black, too. This is what I finally came up with:


I't s a pretty subtle ombre. You really can't tell until you see my thumbs, actually, because the darker grey looks almost black. But once the thumb is in the mix, you can tell there's a gradient. I thought about doing a different shade on every finger, but I didn't want to make my nail lady hate me. So I stuck with this. I really like the end result! I'm thinking of doing something similar with another color at some point. We'll see!! On my toes this week, I decided to do a neon gradient to go with my mani.



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Product Review & Video: Kat Von D Lock-It Foundations & Rehab Primer

Hey everyone! I know I've talked about reviewing these before...I just dragged my feet on them because first, I ran out of my first bottle of foundation. Then, when I bought the second bottle, it turned out to be WAY too dark for my skin tone. THEN, I finally got a new bottle which matches me...but I've been super busy and battling allergies like no other! So here it is...FINALLY!



Lock-It Liquid Foundation:
I use shade Medium 54. For reference, I use MAC NC30, which is a little more yellow. The only thing I don't like about this foundation is their numbering system. I used to use Medium 58...when I got a little less tan, I thought, "I'll just buy #56." NO. It was soooo dark and red-toned! I don't know how their numbering system works, so this is a must-try IN STORES. Don't just order online because you're guaranteed to end up with the wrong shade. This is FULL coverage, folks. If you like light or medium coverage, you may want to steer clear of this foundation! For me...it's amazing. I don't use it on a daily basis. On the days I do use it for work, I mix it with MAC's Studio Fix Fluid to thin it out a little. And you know something is THICK when you use Studio Fix Fluid to thin it out! I always apply it with a damp Beauty Blender (or other sponge). A little goes a loooooong way with this stuff. So start off with a tiny bit of product and work up from there. You definitely do NOT want to use as much foundation as you normally do, because once it's on there....it's on there. I love this foundation because it covers my dark spots and my redness. It doesn't look like I have naturally flawless skin up close. You can definitely tell I have foundation on! But when I know I'm going to be in pictures, or when I'm going to be out all day/night and I don't want to worry about my foundation sliding around, this is the best foundation I've found for that.

Lock-It Powder Foundation:
I  use shade Medium 57, which is actually a little lighter than the liquid foundation in Medium 54. See what I mean about crazy numbering systems? Confusing. But I do like this powder a lot. It's another full coverage item, so layering the two may seem excessive to some people. If you like just using powder, this is a great one! Again...try it in the store first!!  This is super comparable to MAC Studio Fix Powder, but I do like the KVD one a little better. My Studio Fix powder ends up looking like fish scales after a while...you know what I'm talking about? That hasn't happened at all with my Lock-It powder. If you're using this combined with the liquid foundation, just use it with a VERY light hand. I only apply it in my t-zone when I'm using the Lock-It liquid foundation. I only apply it all over when I use it with any other foundation.

Rehab Priming Elixer:
I did a video using all three of these products to see if the primer actually works or not. I've always secretly thought that face primers are a hoax. But I got this one because the powder and liquid foundations were so amazing, that I thought it would be equally great. So in the video, I used Rehab on only half of my face and went about my day. The result? The non-primer side actually won with this one! I'll keep using the primer, just because I have it, so why not. But I was super surprised to see that the primer side of my face looked more oily than the side with foundation and powder alone. So of all three products, this is the only one I don't really recommend. BUT, like I said, I never believed that primers did much anyway. So it's my dumb fault for buying one.



Please excuse the fact that I look like a convict. The left side of the photo is with zero makeup. The right side is with the liquid foundation. You can tell I have a couple of dark spots from blemishes on the left side of the photo, which are not noticeable at all in the photos below:



On the left is my full face with the primer, foundation, and powder, with bronzer (because I forgot to take a picture pre-bronzer). The right side is with full makeup. Just so you know how long I've been trying to do this post...this makeup was from the weekend before St. Patrick's Day. Back when I still had an arch in my brows ;)



My makeup from the actual video. I listed everything I used in the video, so make sure you watch!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Product Review & Discount Code: Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream

Hey guys! Thanks again to Brand Backer for treating me to another sample of Studio Gear's CC Cream. You can find my previous review here.  I asked Studio Gear if this was the same CC cream or a more hydrating formula, but I'm still waiting for a response from them! So when I hear something, I will let you know. For now, I'm just going to review this as a separate product, because the last one did not say it was hydrating...so I think it may be different. I could be wrong!

Image property of Studio Gear Cosmetics



The Pros:

  • Light weight! I love that this adds a layer of hydration and correction without adding bulk to your face makeup.
  • It works! Since I started using Studio Gear's CC creams, I really do notice that my blemishes do not stay as dark for as long as they  used to. I get hormonal breakouts which last forEVER, but they don't have that dark pigmentation anymore, which makes them easier to cover with foundation.
  • Helps my makeup stay put. This doesn't provide much coverage, but I just treat it as a primer. I notice that my foundation lasts a lot longer when I use this than on the days I forget.
The Cons:
  • Like I mentioned, not a lot of coverage. I wish it was something I could use by itself on the days I'm not going to really wear makeup. I would like to apply it and then run out the door. But I do use Tarte's BB Cream on top and that gives me coverage. Although I feel a little silly applying a CC cream, then a BB cream.

Image property of Studio Gear Cosmetics


The Verdict:
Whether this is a different product than I tried before or not, I do still recommend it. They are available at Ulta and through Studio Gear's website, and the price range is pretty reasonable. It's not one of the cheaper brands, but it's not the most expensive, either. I'm also pretty excited to share a discount code with you! Visit their website: www.studiogearcosmetics.com and use code: bloggercc for 15% off! Click Here for a direct link to the CC Cream!