Sunday, November 18, 2012

e.l.f. HD Blush: Review and Swatches

Encore and Diva

Next on the elf haul list are the e.l.f. HD Blushes.  I was excited since I'm sorta big on HD blushes, and a cheaper alternative is always a plus.  I decided to get some of the brighter shades to see how the pigmentation holds up to the more established MUFE HD blushes.  I got Diva and Encore.  Unfortunately there are only 5 shades to choose from in this line (hope they have a wider range in the future).  It can be bought from elf directly or from certain Target stores for $3.

To read the review and see swatches, click the link.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

CeraVe PM Lotion Review

As the winter keeps chugging on, my face gets drier and drier.  Clearly cold blistering air and roommies that insist on turning the heater to 80 F wreaks havoc on my skin.  So it's this time of year that I always suddenly become really good about putting lotion on my face.  Ya I'm bad about moisturizing until my skin feels raw or itches like crazy.  In any case, CeraVe makes some of the best lotions (in my humble opinion).  I actually like their regular lotion too, but today I'm reviewing the PM version.  This 3 Fl oz bottle retails for about $13 at any store that sells lotion (essentially everywhere).

Click the link for the review.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

e.l.f. Studio Mascara and Shadow Shield Review

Another item among the e.l.f. booty I bought is the Studio Mascara and Shadow Shield.  Granted, this just might be one of the most un-sexy items I might ever review, but it was MUCH needed.  I have stubborn eyelashes on my left eye that curls onto itself and I have the hardest time putting on mascara without globbing  half of it onto my eyelid as well.  I've been meaning to get one of these and with the sale going on, I took it as an omen to buy it.  You can buy this at certain Targets and from e.l.f. directly.  It costs $3.

To read the review, click the link below.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

OCC Lip Tars: Review & Swatches


OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) Lip Tars, are probably one of the coolest things ever created.  They come in tiny tubes, and it gives very concentrated rich, pigmented color with just the tiniest dallop.  The ones I have are of the old package variety, now they don't have the big caps and are a little longer/streamlined because the tip of the applicator has changed.  Any hoo, the product is still top notch.  You can buy them from Sephora or from the source directly, and it retails for $16 (they used to be cheaper, stupid inflation).  Now the colors I'll review are of the "normal" variety, but the whole purpose of these lip tars is that you can custom mix your colors, as well as use the product as is.  For that reason there are pure pigment lip tars available as well.  I mean yellow, green, black, blue, etc.  I'm thinking of dabbling in those mixing colors in the future, I just haven't taken the plunge yet.

To read the review and see the swatches, click below.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Essie Nail Polish in Power Clutch: Review & Swatch

So just because I'm in my month of nail polish banishment, doesn't mean that I can't review them.  I bring to you Essie Power Clutch.  This came out for Fall 2011(ya that's eons ago in the nail polish world), but you can still find it in the store.  None of the Essie Fall 2011 colors really called out to me when it first came out since the colors seemed similar to what I already own.  But, I got this a couple months ago in my Birchbox and I thought I would try it. (If you buy it in the store, they usually run around $8).

To continue reading the review and see the swatch, click below.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

e.l.f. Studio Blush in Giddy Gold: Review & Swatches

The e.l.f. Studio Blush in Giddy Gold is one of the goodies I hinted to in my earlier post.  It's not the first studio blush I've ever gotten, but it's definitely the first unusual color I've gotten.  Most things in the e.l.f. studio line are all $3, and this is no exception (I got it for $1.50, boo yea!).  They are available online as well as some Target stores.  The whole hoopla about these studio blushes is that it's supposed to mimic Nars blushes at a fraction of the price.  I'll let you make up your own mind on how similar the quality is.

To continue with the review and see swatches, click below.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Revlon Color Burst Lipstick: Review & Swatches

The Revlon Color Burst lipsticks were all the rage maybe a 1-2 years ago, and now they have kinda disappeared, but I still think they're great.   There is a large variety of colors, and they retail for about $8-9 (they seem to be on sale a lot too, which is even better).  They come in cute square tubes with a checked design and it's color coded on one end.  What could be better than that?

To read the review and see swatches, click the link below.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Milani Liquid Eye (Liquif'eye) Mechanical Liner: Review & Swatches

Milani Liquif'eye (now Liquid Eye) Mechanical Liner is what's on the menu for today.  I really don't know when the switch in name happened, and I will interchange the name (just FYI).  I know the Liquif'eye kohl version is all the rage (and I do like it a lot), but these mechanical liners seem to get crapped on quite a bit and I thought it was high time someone stuck up for these bad boys.  I have 2 of the 3 available colors, which are Blue and Purple (ya, I know, they're really original names) that retail for about $7 depending on where you buy it.

To continue with the review and see swatches, click the link.

Elf Cosmetics Preview

I thought I would show you a preview of the products I recently got from elf Cosmetics.  I couldn't pass up the opportunity of 50% studio products.  That's one of the great things about elf Cosmetics, they ALWAYS have codes.  You can sign up for their email and get the new codes, but be prepared to have a BUNCH of emails spamming your inbox if you do.  Currently they have another 50% code if you enter FAVES, and it's valid until 11/5/12.  Look forward to seeing the review of the products over the next few days-weeks.  I'll trickle them out.