Friday, January 31, 2014

*New* NYX Cosmetics Baked Blush Swatches Part 1 ( 1-6 )




Full on Femme, Statement Red,  Pink Fetish




Solstice, Foreplay, Wonderlust

Direct sunlight


NYX Cosmetics has a whole new line for 2014 , and here is a sneak peek at all 12 of their New baked blushes.

I am doing it in two parts, so I don't bombard you with pictures.

Here is 1 thru 6.

I will be posting the 2nd part in a few days!

Enjoy!

XOXO,

Vicki


Monday, January 27, 2014

Laura Mercier Enlightenment Eye and Cheek Palette Review and Swatches



first four colors are the shadows and the last two are the blushes ( colors are enhanced in this picture )

Angelic, Grace, Pure Glow, Innocence , Blushing , Awakening 

I know many of you have been anticipating the arrival of Laura Mercier's new spring 2014 collection.

I had seen the press release and knew I was getting the palette as soon as it came out.

While the colors look very pretty in the palette, all four shadows are super light in color and the palette is not very versatile.

I loved the blush color Blushing, which is the bright one. Unfortunately Awakening blush was a total let down for me, it barely showed up on me even if I was to wear it as a highlight color.

I don't know about you, but when I think of spring makeup I want bright colors, not light and subdued.

This palette is just not my cup of tea.

I am sure if you like a soft, subtle eye look you will like the Enlightenment palette.

Retail is $55.00.

XOXO,

Vicki










Thursday, January 23, 2014

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick Colors for Spring 2014 Review & Swatches





Taffy, Pink Chocolate, Lollipop, Jelly Bean, Bon Bon

Too Faced has come out with 5 new colors for spring.

These are some of my favorite lipsticks, as you can tell by my original post.

I only picked up these four colors: Taffy, Lollipop, Jelly Bean and Bon Bon.

My lips are so pigmented that Pink Chocolate leans too brown on my lips, and I don't really care for that look on myself, so I passed on that one.

I love these lipsticks, they are amazing! 

Jelly Bean is the only color that has shimmer and multi colored flecks.

Nude lips are also not easy for me to pull off but Taffy is more pinky nude, and works perfectly.

Jelly Bean and Bon Bon are amazing for spring and summer and will give your lips a juicy look.

Have you tried these yet?? 

XOXO,

Vicki


Monday, January 20, 2014

Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes Review and Swatches




L to R: Peach Pop, Ginger Pop, Berry Pop, Plum Pop




Spring has sprung and flowers are blooming in the form of the new Clinique cheek pop blushes,

with these vibrant yet natural-looking cheek colour that looks virtually powderless.
In a silky smooth, stay-true formula with shades for every skin tone, that just-pinched look is simply effortless.
I don't usually buy Clinique cosmetics but these little flower pots caught my eye.
The formulation reminds me of  M.A.C. Extra Dimension Skin finishes.
Cheek Pops come in four flattering shades: Peach Pop, Ginger Pop, Berry Pop and Plum Pop.
These have very minimal fall out, if any, and the pigmentation is really good. 
Retail is $21.00.
I bought mine at Nordstrom , but I am sure you can find these at most Clinique counters.
What girl wouldn't like to get a bouquet of these flowers.
XOXO,
Vicki





Sunday, January 19, 2014

Revlon Photography SkinLights in Bronze Light and Peach Light Review and Swatches



Peach Light & Bronze Light

Revlon re-launched their Skin Lights a few months back.

I have never tried the original formula that was previously on the market so I can't say how these compare.

I have been using these for the past few months on and off. 

I prefer to mix these in with my moisturizer or foundation. 

They give a nice subtle glow without too much shimmer.  

The Twilight phase is over, so sparkling like the Cullen's is not a very good look and probably never was.

Let's all admit Edward did look good shimmering in the sunlight, oops my mind is wondering off topic.

I only bought two because I got them on a bogo sale and had also had coupons.  Plus I hate missing out on a good sale. 

Retail is around $12.99,  but I think that is a bit steep and would wait for a sale if you wanted to try these.

Bottom Line: Nice drug store product, but buy it on sale :)

XOXO,

Vicki

Friday, January 17, 2014

Too faced Sweet Hearts Something About Berry Blush Review and Swatches





Here is what Sephora says about it:

What it is:

A trio-color blush packed into one pretty heart. 



What it does:
Three perfect swatches of ultraflattering blush allow you to either swirl the colors together and apply or use more of one shade for a custom flush or highlight. This blush was developed with easy application and a no-fail color palette to take the guesswork out of creating a sweet, romantic flush. With a baked color formula— the same technology that allows it to truly work on all skintones—the blush can be applied as a beautiful buildable finish


Too Faced has come out with two new Sweet Heart blushes this year.

I am a fan of the first one which is "Candy Glow", so I decided to get a new color for spring.

I know it's only January but spring products are popping up all over the place already.

"Something About Berry" is the color I got.  It is a trio with two pink shades and one peachy shade.

This one really packs a punch so a little goes a long way.

I just love the packaging too, but realistically I would not carry this around in my cosmetic bag because it is too big.

Retail is $30.00, which is not cheap.

You can find many cheaper baked blushes on the market , but this one is just so damn cute and nice to look at.. hehe.

It would make a cute Valentine's Day gift.

Bottom Line: It's nice, but for the price not a must have.

XOXO,

Vicki



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Chanel Le Blush Creme 67 Chamade and 69 Intonation Review and Swatches


Chamade and Intonation

67 Chamade and 69 Intonation


 Chanel has added a few new blushes to their collection 67 Chamade and 69 Intonation.

These look pretty bright in the packing and if applied with the wrong brush they can be.

You need to use a light hand when applying , I use a stippling brush and it gives me a very light application of color.

I picked up 69 Intonation because it limited edition and 67 Chamade is a new permanent color.

I did try on both colors before purchasing and I think on me personally they look the same.

Retail is $38.00

Have you tried Chanel cream blushes yet?

XOXO,

Vicki


Monday, January 13, 2014

YSL Parisian Night Avenue Marceau Palette Review and Swatches





Yves Saint Laurent came out with this glorious limited edition palette recently.

It is from the Parisian Night collection. 
They named this Pure Chromatics palette after the famed Avenue Marceau where their flagship store is located.

To be honest , the packaging is what sold me.

The colors are pretty sheer but can easily be built up for more color and using them wet really takes these beautiful colors up a notch. 

This palette might be a little hard to find now, but I am sure Neiman Marcus and maybe even Nordstrom can track one down for you.

I got the blush too , it has the same adorable packaging.

XOXO,

Vicki

Friday, January 10, 2014

NYX Butter Lipstick Swatches




Razzle, Snow Cap, Hunk, FireBall, Hubba Bubba, Mary Janes

Licorice, Sugar Wafer, Taffy , Fun Size, Pops, GumDrop

NYX has come out with "New" Butter lipsticks in 22 shades!

This is pretty awesome because there is a shade for everyone with the large array of color selection.

I got mine at Ulta when they were on bogo half off sale. 
I recommend that is when you buy them.

You can also use your $3.50 off coupon to make it an even sweeter deal.

I have only seen 12 shades in the 3 different Ulta stores that I have checked but the NYX website has all 22 colors for sale.

Ulta also has all 12 colors with testers to swatch and try on if you please, which is pretty cool. 

Because, how many times have you gone to buy a lipstick or gloss and they have been open and swatched (eeww).  I am sure this has happend to all of us.

The pigmentation is very smooth and I love the large color assortment. 

Retail is $5.99

Have you seen these or picked them up?

What are your favorite colors?

XOXO,

Vicki







Thursday, January 9, 2014

It Cosmetics New Year: Your Most Beautiful Year 5 Piece Collection





This was a TSV on QVC a week or so ago , but I was out of town when my shipment came in.

Sorry for the late post but better late then never and QVC still has it in stock for a low price :)

Here is the Q's description.

What is it:
 A five-piece collection that is all about your most beautiful you! Feel the Moment(TM) is an antiaging, sensory skin serum and primer in one designed to be used with the Heavenly Luxe(TM) Sensory Sweeping Fan Brush. Celebration Foundation(TM) Illumination is 30 seconds to full coverage and illumination, and includes the ultra-plush Heavenly Luxe(TM) Double Airbrush Foundation Brush. The dual-ended concealer features Bye Bye Under Eye(R) Concealer and Hello Light Liquid Brightener in one.

Who is it for:

 Anyone who wants complexion perfection and a lit-from-within glow.


Why is it different: 

Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Ultra Hydrating Sensory Awakening Primer Serum helps skin stay soft, supple, and younger-looking. Celebration Foundation Illumination helps you achieve a soft, candlelit-glow complexion. The Heavenly Luxe Double Airbrush Foundation Brush features dual fiber brush hairs for airbrushed complexion perfection. The dual-ended Bye Bye Under Eye/Hello Light Liquid Brightener concealer is formulated to help give you an instantly flawless complexion. 

How do I use it: 

With the Fan Brush, apply Feel the Moment over moisturizer or clean skin before makeup. Allow one to two minutes to dry.

Next, use the Foundation Brush to gently swirl circles into Celebration Foundation Illumination, then sweep gently onto skin in circular motions. Less is more to achieve your desired level of buildable coverage.

Lastly, use the dual-ended concealer--be sure to apply to clean, moisturized skin or over top of foundation. Tap a dot of Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer onto skin and gently blend with finger to help diffuse the appearance of darkness, imperfections, and discoloration. For the look of lift and light, apply Hello Light Liquid Luminizer to the areas of the face you wish to appear lifted, add light, or bring forward.


I am still testing a few products but so far I am loving it all.

I have been a huge fan of It Cosmetics for several years and have bought tons of items from them in the past.

Did any of you buy it? I would love to know your thoughts? 

Click here to check it out.

XOXO,

Vicki


*This was sent to me by PR or the company. I never except any monetary compensation. All opinions are 100% host and my own opinions*


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Maybelline Master Hi-Light by FaceStudio Highlighting Blush in Pink Rose, Mauve & Deep Bronze Review and Swatches


20 Pink Rose

40 Mauve

60 Deep Bronze

 Pink Rose , Mauve , Deep Bronze
direct sunlight/ looks washed out 


Drug store makeup products for 2014 are kicking butt so far! 

Lots of good stuff hitting the shelves lately.

Maybelline has some really awesome new products out right now and here are a few of their Master Hi-lights in Pink Rose, Mauve and Deep Bronze.

I am really liking these so far , the color payoff is nice especially on the mauve and deep bronze.

They do kick up a lot of product so make sure to use a light hand.

Mauve is my favorite! 

Retail is $7.99 to 9.99 depending where you buy them from.

I think these are a winner and they have several shades to choose from.

XOXO,

Vicki 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

New NYX goodies at Ulta



Love these butter lipsticks but sadly they were all gone :(




Tinted moisturizer , eyeshadow palettes, mascara , etc

BB Cream?? What? too bad only 3 shades
These totally reminded me of the Bobbi Brown powders.
 I thought YAY dupes! 
Boy, was I wrong!
These are so powdery and chalky :(


I haven't been in Ulta for a few weeks now. 
I was getting withdrawals so I decided to go yesterday to see what new goodies they had in store.

Lots of NEW goodies I am happy to report.

NYX has so many new items , unfortunately the items I wanted to buy were all sold out , Yup just my luck.

So I just decided to show you pictures of all the new stuff they had.

My how trip wasn't a total bust though , I did pick up some new Physicians Formula goodies :)

I will show them in future post.

NYX and Physicians formula is on Bogo half off this week, so you might want to take an Ulta run if you have not in a while.

XOXO,

Vicki

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Maybelline "The Buffs" Color Sensational swatches





Nude List

Touchable Taupe

Untainted Spice

Expresso Exposed  
 Maybelline has come out with a new color sensational lip collection called "The Buffs".

They have been popping up at local drugstores all over the place these past few weeks.

I am not a nude lip person, so at first I passed these up and never really looked at them.

Recently I decided to give them a try when I saw all of them at my Walgreens.

I chose 4 colors to show you: 920 Nude List, 940 Touchable Taupe, 950 Untainted Spice and 955 Expresso Exposed.

My two favorites are Expresso Exposed (dark berry brown) and Nude List ( pinky nude).

I am pretty happy with my choices. 

Retail $7.99 but they are on BOGO sale right now at Walgreens, so don't miss out if you are interested.

Have you picked up any of these colors yet??

XOXO,

Vicki