Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Here We Go Again....

I'm not sure if I'll actually be able to post this- my keyboard is on the fritz! I posted on Instagram that I was having severe computer issues. I am- hence why this is likely my last post until late August or early September, depending on how quickly I can save the money needed.

Unlike the demise of my last MacBook which spectacularly featured a glass of Reisling and a coughing dit, I don't know why my keyboard's death came so suddenly. I can't even use the delete key!

So, send me good karma because this is another dead MacBook.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Tryst

Today I have another quick, permanent collection post for you. I've really been falling back in love with Urban Decay's Vice lipstick formula, and slowly getting to know more of the line.

Tryst is yet another Cream lipstick; sorry, not feeling as many mattes these days. Like the others in the line, these contain 0.11oz of product for a reasonable $17.

The end of this tube should give you an idea of what's coming- QBB's lipstick obsession for Summer 2017.

According to the brand, Tryst is actually "red-fuschia cream". Nah, I call it poppy red/coral electric goodness.

I picked this up when I thought I might have to replace my UD Streak (spoiler: it's ok) and this was one or two lipsticks over. I've been captivated by shades like this as of late. Once I saw this, I knew it had to be mine.

Here are some swatches. First, in studio lighting, then in ambient:

How does that shade not scream summer? For me, it's perfect for those hot summer days when I'm craving rich bronzes and coppers, teals, and a pop of coral.

Put on some Tryst and you'll immediately get some summer sass.

In general, I find UD Vice lipsticks to last 5-6 hours before I need to think about touching up- even the cremes. If you're going to eat or drink, you'd better bring the tube with you for reapplication,

Bottom Line: Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Tryst is hitting all of those summer buttons for me.

Monday, August 7, 2017

NYX Dose of Dew Face Gloss

I wanted to take a quick moment before summer was over to bring everyone's attention to a relatively new release from NYX that's perfect for this time of year.

Want that dewy, glossy look? Want to look like you've been in a tropical location? Don't want to spend a lot?

Meet NYX Dose of Dew Face Gloss.

Retailing at a mere $9, NYX Dose of Dew Face Gloss has been one of my go-tos off-camera for quite awhile. Even when I don't pull it into my everyday makeup drawer, it magically migrates there during the week. You guys, it's that good.

Your $9 investment nets a product containing 0.18oz/5.25g in a twist-up tube.

Since I'm notably awful at describing subtle highlighters, let's consult the brand's website for their description.

"Glisten from every angle with Dose of Dew, our new face gloss that creates a soft, pearly glow for a totally mesmerizing glossy effect. Inspired by the new beauty trend of the “wet and glossy face,” this dreamy balm highlighter glides on like silk and sets to a lightweight, dewy finish. In short, it’s the best thing your makeup bag has even seen (and we know it’s seen some good stuff)."

There are a lot of claims in that paragraph!

I'd totally agree with soft and pearly look, wet and glossy. It does apply smoothly and sets after a few minutes. I don't know about it being the best product, but other than that, I totally agree with all of the brand's claims.

Why is this so genius? It's subtle and gorgeous. It reminds me of what people claim the RMS Beauty Living Luminizer to be (I do want that, by the way).

I find this especially easy to apply, and unlike many other balms, it does set down relatively quickly. This is such a natural, flattering luminous glow. I've run out of adjectives, so let me just show you a swatch,

It's just so beautiful on my fair skin. If you're looking for a blingy highlighter, move on by. If you're looking for a natural glow, don't sleep on this one.

Bottom Line: This is my favorite natural balm highlighter currently in my collection. I'm so happy that I checked it out.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday Dreaming

It's Sunday. Let's talk about some stuff I'm eyeing!

1. Winky Lux Glossy Boss- Unicorn Set ($24)

I was going to pick up this gloss, but a new set popped up on Nordstrom within the past week. I've already raved about these formulas- so picking up one of the more "exotic" kits from this IG-friendly brand seems like the natural next step.

2. Guerlain Birthday Candle Perles Meteorites ($62)

I earned $80 in Notes during the Anniversary Sale (10x point day, kids) and am strongly considering using them on this rather than the shoes I'd planned to purchase. I'm an avid Meteorites collector- although you probably didn't know that!

3. Milk Makeup Holographic Highlighter- Mars ($30)

I think we've established my love of this shade. The only reason why I didn't purchase the Stick before was that cream products aren't usually my thing. Powder? Heck yeah.

4. L'Occitane Cleansing and Softening Shower Oil ($25)

This has been on my "to-buy" list for awhile because I love it right after shaving. I should just get over the price tag and do it....

5. First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Triple Protection Skin Tint Bundle ($34)

I'm really interested in trying this out. First Aid Beauty's recent releases have just worked for me. I've been loving their Priming Moisturizer since April, so I'd like to try their Face Tint.

Bonus Dreams:

Kendra Scott's Back-to-School collection is out, and my favorite stone is back- goldstone.  I want it all.

What are you dreaming about?

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick & 24/7 Glide-On Lipliner in Weirdo

I've preached it in the past, so I'm going to live it now.

Although I love chasing the latest and the greatest like everyone else, it's nice to just discover items in a line's permanent collection. Even though I have a pile of new releases to review, I'd like to introduce you to my new lip obsession.

Every time I've wanted a peachy nude over the past few weeks, I've been reaching for Urban Decay's Vice lipstick ($17) and 24/7 Glide-On Liner ($20) in Wierdo. This shade launched with the 100+ shades in Urban Decay's current lip lineup last summer.

According to Sephora, Weirdo is a "pale baby pink" in the cream formula. On my pigmented lips, I'd call it a peachy nude,

Let's talk about the Vice lipstick formula for a minute. As I mentioned, each of these retail for $17. There are a number of formulas (cream, matte, mega matte, metallic, sheer, etc). Wierdo is a cream.

I went for an extended time without wearing any of my Vice lipsticks but the Naked Heat palette made me realize just how lovely they are.

Vice lipsticks come in a two-toned bullet, with the gold end being the handle. OK, let's look at Wierdo specifically. I was looking for a nude when I wandered past the Urban Decay display.

This photo shows the pale pink a little more- but it's peach on the lips.

Let's swatch this in studio lights:

I also purchased the matching 24/7 Glide-On Lipliner, which retails for $20. Honestly, Urban Decay produces one of my favorite lipliners. It's just the price of collecting them all that reigns me in.

I feel like Urban Decay fairly recently redid their package to this black box. It's sleek, with the liner shade depicted on the outside.

Let's get into the liner:

Here's what the liner looks like alone on my lips:

Here's a swatch of both under studio/photography lighting:

Here's a swatch of both in ambient lighting (super dark):

Finally, a shot in studio lighting of the two products layered that's true to what the eye really sees:

Such a lovely shade!

These, like any cream, aren't the world's longest wearing formula. I like to reapply every time I eat; you don't need to do so more often than that. I haven't seen much buzz about this shade but I adore it!

Bottom Line: This is one of my new favorite lipstick formulas, and I've found my go-to peachy nude for the moment. The cream formula is exceptionally comfortable.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills Metallic Luster Liners & Darkside Waterproof Gel Liner

Today I'm happy to share with you one of the best discoveries I've made in the past few months. I use these products almost daily- so I'm well overdue to share these.

Anastasia Beverly Hills has three eyeliners in the permanent lineup. Let's start with my favorite lower waterline shades these days: the Metallic Luster Liners ($18), which contain 1.2g/0.04oz of product each.

There are two shades- Liquid Gold and Liquid Silver.

These are just your standard creamy liners. Let's check out what ABH's website has to say about these pencils:

"A creamy, waterproof metallic eyeliner pencil that glides on effortlessly. Swipe Anastasia Beverly Hills Metallic Luster Liner over lash lines to create the look of liquid metal. 

Can be used to highlight inner eye corners and the Cupid's bow
Won’t crease, fade, or flake
Available in 2 shades"

Let's start out by talking about Liquid Gold. I use this almost daily with any warm looks. It's a lovely change from nude liners to brighten the eye and adds a touch of glamour to any eye look. I find it's the perfect accent, and it lasts all day in my waterline.

Liquid Silver, the other shade, is likewise used in any cool-toned looks. It illuminates and brightens my waterline. It also lasts all day- these are truly creamy and pigmented dreams.

Overall, these are a staple in my drawer. (I'll swatch down below). I will continue to repurchase over and over. The only downside I see is price: due to the creamy formula, you can go through these relatively quickly.

Next, let's move to the Darkside. ($18)

The Darkside Waterproof Eyeliner is a waterproof gel liner that has a near-daily presence on my upper waterline. It doesn't smudge or transfer. I used to be partial to the Hourglass liners, but this one has stolen my heart.

It looks like your average waterproof liner:

Honestly, it's the performance that I adore. This is one of the best liners that I've tried, and it's displaced both the Hourglass and my Chanel Style Yeux Waterproof liners for waterline work.

These swatches don't do these justice. Ignore Darkside and focus on the metallic liners in this studio lighting shot:

Darkside is a little closer to reality here. It's awesome.

Bottom Line: These live in my everyday makeup drawer for a reason. I haven't heard much about these, hence why I wanted to highlight them.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer

After having settled into a concealer rhythm (OK, maybe a rut. But it worked.), I've found myself exploring concealers again. I'm reminded why I cling to my HGs so tightly- there are good, bad, and ugly concealers out there. I won't spoiler this review.

Today we're talking about the NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer. At $4.99, it's one of the cheapest concealers I've tried in awhile, and with its 23 shades, has one of the better shade ranges. After checking Ulta's website and discovering that my preferred shade was out of stock, I headed out to one of my local NYX Stores to find it. It's not a new release, but it's new to me.

One small caveat: I have a couple of the color correcting shades. But I've never tried the skin toned versions.

I tested Shade 00 Alabaster- the lightest of the range. According to NYX's website, this is "alabaster with neutral undertones".

With regards to the applicator, it's the normal doe foot.

I have to admit that even Shade 00 was a slight bit dark on me.

However, I think it is doable. Let's go to the eye shots so I can show you how I worked a slightly too-dark shade. First shade is unblended, second is blended out.

I'm getting all real up in here- look at those naked lashes and natural brows!

Yes, it's a bit dark but it's workable. I do like to blend in a bit of Shape Tape when I'm not testing this on its own to lighten it up.

Let's talk wear time, creasing, and overall impressions.

I love this concealer. I love it enough that I wish there was a lighter shade! It requires a bit of finessing under my eye to really cover everything, but it's perfect for a natural day. It lasts all day, and doesn't crease on me. I can't recommend this highly enough.

Bottom Line: This is a drugstore gem, and now I understand why it's so widely stocked. I recommend finding a shade that matches you and enjoying!