Monday, December 30, 2013

Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream Review

When I first received this Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream sample in the mail, I was very interested in how it would perform, especially when compared to my other BB/CC creams! It seems like every brand has come out with a BB/CC(/DD?) cream by now with a number of claims, and I'm attracted to them every time! This CC cream in particular is priced at $34, and it's available at studiogearcosmetics.com  and Ulta.


This is a sample size, but the original comes in a squeeze tube as well. It comes in three shades: Linen, Natural, and Wheat. I have the shade Natural, and although I probably could have used Wheat instead, I was able to work with this product since it blends very well (I though 'Natural' was part of the name of the product and not the shade :S).

Here is a swatch of the product on my skin. It comes out as a gray color, and as you blend pigments are released to match your skin tone which I thought was pretty interesting. I have it blended in to the right of the swatch, and it blended into my skin very well. The product itself is sort of thick, but on the skin it feels very lightweight!


When I first applied this to my face I immediately noticed how silky smooth it made my skin feel. It felt as if I had used a primer and a moisturizer. On my skin it had a fairly matte finish.

This is a very light coverage product. And the shade selection is a little small, but it is very forgiving. Especially since I can make the middle shade work on my deeper skin!

I can get around 5-6 hours of wear before I notice fading when I wear this product, which is pretty average in comparison to my other BB and CC creams. It does not contain oil, so I think a lot of skin types would enjoy this. I like to set this with a powder to increase the longevity and prevent shine. Also, this product offer some sun protection, since it contains SPF 20.

Overall, this is a nice product because of it's comfortable feel, and even it claims to be anti-aging. Though, I can't really say if it's actually anti-aging because I haven't used it long enough and I don't really have issues with wrinkles. It also feels like I'm not wearing any makeup at all when I have this on! The only thing I would improve about this is the coverage because I do have BB/CC creams with slightly more coverage. If I purchase the full size of this product, it would probably be during the summer, since I use l lighter products like this a lot more in the summer time! 

Studio Gear has given me a 10% discount code for my readers to use on purchases made on studiogearcosmetics.com, and it does not expire!            
(Code: SGCC)

Have you ever tried any BB/CC/DD/EE/FF/GG creams? Which one is your favorites? 

*Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary from Studio Gear through Brand Backer, but that does not influence the honesty of this review.*

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Festive Green and Gold Christmas EOTD

Merry Christmas! Here's a quick look at my EOTD for Christmas Eve:




I went for a gold and green look today using shades from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Collection (review coming soon) and the Urban Decay Deluxe Palette.



Steps to complete this look:
1. apply Mary Kay Eyeshadow Primer to the eyes
2. use an eyeshadow brush to place Marzipan on the lids
3. apply Graffiti to the outer half of the lids and blend into the crease using a blending brush
4. apply Triple Fudge to the outer corners to deepen the green and blend
5. use a fluffy blending brush and Milk Chocolate to blend out the crease colors
6. place White Chocolate on the brow bone to highlight

For eyeliner I used Maybelline Master Drama Ink Eyeliner Pen on my upper lash line, and Urban Decay Zero eyeliner pencil in my waterline. The mascara I used is Benefit They're Real

Happy Holidays to all of you, and I hope you all have a great day! Are you wearing festive makeup today or tomorrow for Christmas?

Monday, December 23, 2013

Snowflake Gradient Winter Nails

I posted a manicure similar to this one a couple weeks ago in my 3 Holiday Inspired Nails post, but I couldn't resist sharing this one too! This time I sponged on purple polish over the light blue and did large half-snowflakes on the bottom of the nail near the cuticle:




This is a rare glimpse of my right hand! I think every picture of my nails that I've ever posted on here has been my left hand mostly because I'm right handed, so I just naturally grab the camera with my right hand and take pics of my left. I wanted to show that this is so easy you can do it with your non dominate hand as well!

I hope you enjoyed this snowflake manicure! Do you incorporate the seasons into your manicures?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Influenster Jolly Voxbox!

I got the Jolly Voxbox from Influenster in the mail a few days ago! It was a nice surprise too because I've been so busy I forgot about this box. I'm so thankful they chose me to participate too, since some of the products in the box are things I've been wanting to try for a long time. For more information on Influenster check out their website: influenster.com.


Products in the Jolly Voxbox:
-Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong To Go Tissue Pack
-NYC HD Color Eye Trio Eyeshadow in Long Beach Sands
-Rimmel London Show Off Lip Laquer in Celestial
-Skinny Cow Candy Box
-Ducklings Mini Duct Tape Roll

I'm most excited to try the Rimmel Show Off Lip Laquer and the NYC shadows. The Skinny Cow candy looks good too. I'm not so sure how much I will use the mini duct tape, but it is cute! The tissues are a little random too, but I'm sure they'll be useful eventually. I'll have reviews on this stuff coming soon!

Disclaimer: I received these products complementary from Influenster, but that does not change the honesty of my reviews in any way.

Santa Hat Nails!

Today I decided to recreate this cute Santa Hat nail design created by Keishalilly on youtube! I hope you enjoy my recreation!



All the colors I used were from a Migi Nail Art kit of nail pens, but you could get the same effect using bobby pins/dotting tools and toothpicks/nail art brushes.

This was easy to do, and I'm really happy with how it turned out! Check out her tutorial to see exactly how to do this!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Smokey Winter EOTD

Here is my eye makeup from a Christmas party that I went to last week! For this eye look I used eyeshadows in the Inglot palette that I made during the summer:




Steps to complete this look:
-Nyx Pacific single eyeshadow in on the inner half of the eyelid
-Inglot 480 DS (2nd from right in the palette) on the outer half of the eyelid 
-Inglot 61 AMC on the outer corner and blended into the crease
-skin tone shade from an Elf palette above crease to blend out the black shade
-cream-colored highlight from an Elf palette on the brow bone
-Inglot 480 DS on the lower lash line

Finally, for eyeliner I used Maybelline Master Drama Ink Eyeliner Pen on my upper lash line, and Urban Decay Zero eyeliner pencil in my waterline. The mascara I used is Benefit They're Real

I was really excited to use 61 AMC which is the darkest shade in my Inglot palette! It is a gorgeous black shade with blue shimmer, and the sparkle actually shows up on the eyes. I really wish these eyeshadows had actual names instead of number though! They would be so much easier to talk about that way. I think the blue should be called Neptune or something, and the black could be Galaxy. 

I hope you enjoyed this Winter inspired look! 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Elf Studio Single Eyeshadows Review

I don't see many people talking about these Studio Single Eyeshadows by Elf, and I don't know why because they are pretty good. But then again, I use these often, and I don't think I've ever mentioned them on here! They have some nice, basic colors, so read on if your interested!

Elf Studio Single Eyeshadows in Coffee Bean and Pebble
Price: $3
Available at eyeslipsface.com and Target stores.


From left to right: Coffee Bean and Pebble

These shadows are packaged in a black, plastic case. The shape is similar to Nars single eyeshadows. These have a small window so you can see the color when it's closed, and they have a small mirror.


Coffee Bean is a deep brown with a shimmery finish. The shimmer isn't very noticeable when used on the eyes or swatched though.

Pebble is a gray/taupe shade with a matte finish.

Here they are swatched below with a primer: (from left to right) Coffee Bean and Pebble:


I like to use these shadows as blending and crease shades for my eye makeup. They could be a little softer and 'buttery' though. When I use a fluffy brush with these they blend pretty easily, and they can also be packed on the eyelid for a more smokey look.

I always use a primer with these shadows, and I feel like using a primer really enhances the color. When I do my makeup using these shades I don't have to worry about fading or creasing, as long as I've used a primer.

Although these aren't the best eyeshadows I own, I like that the shade selection has basic colors that I use daily. They could expand on the shade selection and make more vibrant and jewel toned colors though. But it's pretty nice that the Studio Single Eyeshadows are priced at only $3. If you are looking for a blending shade or a highlight shade that's also cheap, you might really enjoy these. I used to have the shade Butter Cream (I used it so much that it broke), so I do plan on repurchasing from this line. 

Have you tried the Studio Single Eyeshadows? 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Cherry Blossom Review

I know I've been slacking on the #bigblogmasproject posts the past few days. I don't like to make excuses but I've been pretty sick lately... and then I had finals. Finals+Sickness+Blogmas= O.O I should be back to posting regularly now though!

Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color in Cherry Blossom
Price: $12
Size: .18 oz



This product comes in plastic packaging that holds the removable pan. It is metal and can be placed in larger palettes or larger compacts that Mary Kay sells.


The shade is a beautiful, medium pink, and I think the swatch on Mary Kay's website makes it looks so much duller than it is in real life! It has a matte finish, and a smooth, blendable texture.

Here is a blended swatch (left) and a concentrated swatch (right):


This color reminds me of those plastic flamingos that people use in their yards, and I don't know why because its a little darker! When I wear this it lasts about 6+ hours on my skin without fading which I think is pretty good. I have longer lasting blushes, but I can't really complain. It would probably last all day on someone with normal or dry skin though.

I use this with a Sigma F40 angled blush brush, and place the product on the apples of my cheeks and blend towards my temples. I have no problems with blending since this isn't overly pigmented.

Cherry Blossom is a shade I go to when I want a natural look. I really like that it's matte and doesn't make me look shinier than I already am. I also like that this can be removed from the packaging and added to a larger Mary Kay custom compact. The price is reasonable too. This is a versatile color that can be used with lots of different looks, so I definitely would repurchase.

Have you tried any Mary Kay Blushes? What's you're go-to blush?

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Sugarpill Heart Breaker Palette Review

Sugarpill is a brand I've always been interested because I love eyeshadow and bright colors! And I'm always seeing rave reviews on their products. On Black Friday they had some awesome deals on their site, and I don't see deals that often on Sugarpill products, so I decided to finally try them out! One of the things I purchased is this Heart Breaker Palette. I posted an EOTD using this palette already, but here's the full review.

Price: $34; available on sugarpillshop.com


The packaging is very cute and slim, and it has a mirror. It is made of durable cardboard and has a magnetic closure.




From left to right: Acidberry, Velocity,  2am, and Mochi.

All of these colors are gorgeous and unique, and the color payoff is great too! They feel very smooth and almost buttery even though they are powder. All of these have a matte finish. These shadows are easy to use because you can build them up, and they blend very easily. Also, when I use these with a primer they last all day on me. I don't have to worry about fading or creasing. The color stays bold.

I really can't find anything wrong with this product! This is a great palette for people that love colorful eyeshadows, and it would be a great gift! This formula of eyeshadows is one of the best I've ever worked with for colorful shadows, and the shadows have really cute names. I think the price is fair because the eyeshadows are pretty large. I love this, and I would repurchase it. I definitely want to try Sugarpill's other palettes too!

Have you used any products from Sugarpill?

EOTD: Pop of Green ft. Urban Decay Deluxe

I haven't posed any EOTD's on here using the shadows in the Urban Decay Deluxe palette I got a few months ago. I have been using it a lot though! Here's my favorite look do do with the shades in this palette:






I really enjoy this palette because it has a nice mix of neutral and colorful eyeshadows! To achieve this look I used Shag all over my eyelid and blended Underground on to the outer half of my eyelid. Then I put Zero on a fluffy blending brush and blended it into the crease of my eye. I also used a pencil brush and put Zero into the outer corners/outer-v area to deepen the look. I used a cream colored Inglot eyeshadow highlight my brow bone. Finally, I took Graffiti on a smudge brush and put it on my lower lashline.

For eyeliner I used the Maybelline Master Drama Ink Eyeliner Pen on my upper lashline, and Urban Decay 24/7 pencil eyeliner in Zero on my water liner. The mascara I'm wearing is Benefit They're Real.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Top 5 Winter Lip Colors

As the seasons change I like to change my makeup to reflect the change in scenery and mood. I'm one of those people who change my perfumes, body washes, lotions, makeup, and even beverages based on the season! Since it's getting closer and closer to winter I thought I would share my favorite shades to wear in during the upcoming cold months!

From left to right: Mary Kay Mystic Plum, Revlon Violet Frenzy, Revlon Sugar Plum, Wet n Wild Just Garnet, Maybelline A Plum Prospect

From left to right: Mary Kay Mystic Plum, Revlon Violet Frenzy, Revlon Sugar Plum, Wet n Wild Just Garnet, Maybelline A Plum Prospect

1. Mary Kay True Dimension Lipstick in Mystic Plum: This is my go-to shade when I want a dark, vampy lip. I wear it a lot when I have neutral eye makeup or nothing on my eyes because it's more dramatic. 

2. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Violet Frenzy: I mentioned on here before that this is one of my favorite drugstore purple lipsticks. I feel like this is a wearable color if you want to try purple lips! 

3. Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum: I remember getting this color when this product first came out, and it has been a staple among my winter lipsticks since then. It is on the sheer side, but the color is great and goes with a lot of different looks!

4. Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick in Just Garnet: If I'm wearing red lipstick, 99% of the time it is this lipstick! The color isn't too warm or cool, so I think it would look good on a lot of people. Plus I usually see it priced at $1 or less!

5. Maybelline Color Whisper in A Plum Prospect: This is another sheer shade, but it is a lot more berry toned than the lip butter. It's almost like a lighter version of the Mary Kay lipstick, and its easier to wear because of that. 

Wow, I just noticed that 4/5 of these are purple/plum... can you tell I like purple yet? I have posted about most of these already, so you can check those out for a full review!

Do you change up your lip colors for the winter? What shades do you wear?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Benefit Watt's Up Review

Benefit Watt's Up is the second part of the Sephora birthday gift for this year. I reviewed the 1st part, Benefit They're Real Mascara, earlier. I had never really been into highlighter enough to wear it daily, and I didn't think I would use this much when I received it. I have heard lots of rave reviews though, so I was excited to see if this is worth the hype!

This product is $30 for the full sized (deluxe sample pictured below), and it is available at all places Benefit Cosmetics is sold.


This is a cream to powder product in twist-up, shiny packaging. The full size product resembles the shape of a bulb.

Below is a heavy swatch (right) and a blended swatch (left).


I like using this beautiful, champagne color to highlight the tops of my cheek bones, and looks beautiful on the brow bone and on the inner corners of the eyes. The finish isn't overly shimmery, but it adds glow to the areas where its applied. Sometimes I put this on my face after foundation, but other times I put it on my bare skin, and put setting powder on top for a natural glowy look.

As you can probably see from the swatches, this blends really easily when first applied. Then, when it sets, it stays there for hours. I usually get around 5+ hours of wear with this which I think is decent with my oily skin.

Overall, this product is versatile, and effective. It could be more long lasting, but it's decent. I'm not a huge fan of the $30 price tag though, and I feel I can find something similar to this from the drugstore for a lot cheaper. The good thing is that a little bit goes a long way with this product, so you won't go through it very fast. Although I really enjoy using this, I'm not sure if I would repurchase it.

Have you used this before? What do you use to highlight?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Wishlist 2013

Christmas Eve is 2 weeks from today... I'm not sure why but that's so hard for me to believe! My friend was telling me that she needs to start Christmas shopping for people, and in my head I was thinking that she has plenty of time! Well, since Christmas is coming up so quickly, I thought I'd share the beauty products on my wishlist.



1. Lorac Pro Palette:This palette looks so versatile for neutral looks because it comes with 8 shimmer and 8 matte shades! It also seems like it would be awesome for travel! Even though I love colorful eyeshadows, I think I would get lots of use out of this because I wear neutrals more often.

2. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Venom: I keep seeing rave reviews on the quality of these lipsticks, so I would love to try them. This shade is so gorgeous in all of the swatches I've seen!

3. Camera Lens Travel Coffee Mug: I could use a new travel mug, and I thought this one was so cute! At first glace I actually thought it was a camera lens!

4. Sugarpill Zillionaire Loose Eyeshadow Trio: This set comes with the shades Goldilux, Junebug, and Hysteric. All of these shades look so beautiful in the swatches and reviews I've seen!

5: Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel set: This is my favorite winter scent from Bath and Body Works. It makes your shower smell like you've baked something in it! 

Have you tried any of these products? Which products are on your wishlist?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Colorful EOTD Ft. Sugarpill Heart Breaker Palette

Last month during Black Friday I saw some great deals on the Sugarpill Cosmetics website, and I decided to order a few things! I had never tried Sugarpill before now, but I've always seen excellent reviews. So, I decided to pick up the Heart Breaker palette and a few pigments.Today I just wanted to do a quick post to show you an eye look I did with the eyeshadows in the Heartbreaker palette!



For this look I used the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Too Cool ( a white shade) and used all four shades in the Heartbreaker palette on top. For eyeliner I used the Maybelline Master Drama eyeliner pen, and I went with a subtle double wing. And for mascara I used Benefit They're Real.

I hope you enjoyed this short post! I will post a full review on all of the Sugarpill eyeshadows that I got soon!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Benefit They're Real Mascara Review!

I've wanted to try the Benefit They're Real Mascara since everyone was raving about it last year, but I never got around to it . But this mascara is part of the Sephora birthday gift this year, so I was really excited to be able to try this! I've used this mini size for about 2 weeks, so I thought I'd go ahead and share my thoughts on it!

Benefit They're Real! Price: $23 for full size, $10 for mini size



Packaging: The packaging is shiny and gray with a plastic wand. The bristles are short, and on the end of the wand there is a small spiky ball. I love this wand! It's so easy to get the inner corner lashes and the lower lash line!


Here is a picture of my bare eyelashes:


And here are my lashes with 2 coats of the mascara on:




This gave me lots of length, separation and some volume! I also didn't curl my eyelashes, but it gave me that lifted effect. I have used more volumizing mascaras, like Maybelline the Rocket Mascara, but I love the combination of volume and length on this because I don't experience lots of clumping!

This isn't waterproof, but I've never had this smudge on me. I've exercised and sweated with this on and it didn't move. It does come off pretty easily with makeup remover though!

Overall, a little pricey but worth it! If you aren't sure about it I would go for the mini size first to try it out! I will most likely repurchase this in the full size soon. The Maybelline Big Eyes Mascara is still my favorite mascara, but this is my new favorite high end mascara!

Have you tried this mascara? What's your current favorite mascara?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Mary Kay Foundation Primer Review

Since I reviewed the Rimmel Stay Matte powder yesterday, I thought I'd share another product that helps me combat oil throughout the day which I have been using for years: the Mary Kay Foundation Primer!

This primer costs $16 and contains SPF 15 which I really like. It is also silica based, fragrance free, and claims to contain minerals that help combat oil.




This come in a squeeze tube, which I enjoy, and the packaging is the usual light pink for most Mary Kay products.

Below is the product on my skin. I have an unblended swatch in the middle and the primer is blended to the right of it, but it doesn't really show up (which is a good thing right?).


To use this I apply a little more than a pea size amount after my moisturizer and smooth it out all over my face. This, in combination with the Mary Kay Oil Mattifier on my T-zone, does a great job at keeping my oil at bay for the day. My makeup definitely stays put longer, but it's a little hard to say exactly how much longer since I use this with different foundations and powders. Although I have to blot at least once a day, after I blot my makeup is still intact.

My skin feels silky-smooth with this primer on too! My friends and family tell me that my skin is really soft, and I believe that has a lot to do with this primer! More pores are a lot less noticeable also, so this is a good base for my makeup.

I can't really think of anything I don't like about this product. The price isn't bad for the amount you get (1 fl. oz.). My makeup lasts hours longer with this on, and it feels great on my skin. It also makes my makeup look better because it smooths out lines and pores. This has been my most used primer for a long time, and I will keep repurchasing it in the future!

Do you use primer before your foundation? What's your favorite primer?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Rimmel Stay Matte Review

I've gotten a lot of questions about my opinions on the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent. Most of the questions have to do with how the transparent shade looks on my deep skin-tone or how long it lasts on my oily skin, so I thought I'd go ahead and review it!

The Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder comes in 7 different shades including the transparent shade. I normally see this priced around $4-5.



Some of the things I enjoy about this product is it's silky, smooth texture. It claims to minimize pores, and I feel like it does a decent job of blurring my pores. It also does not give my complexion a chalky look. I recommend using this with a big, fluffy powder brush to avoid that look.

I've tried lots of different powders since I'm so concerned with controlling my oil, and I'd say this does a pretty decent job of controlling it compared to the other powders I've tried. During the winter I can go 5+ hours without blotting my face, and during the summer I can go about 4 hours. I'm happy with the lasting power on this product because without it my skin would be oily in about 1 hour!

One thing I don't really like about this product is the packaging! I feel like everyone who has this complains about the packaging, but it's just really inconvenient! The plastic lid comes right off without any type of closure mechanism, so it is difficult to travel with.

Even though the packaging annoys me at times, I use this powder often! I like how it looks on my skin, the texture, and the lasting power. I use this to touch up too, so I like that it doesn't add extra coverage or look cakey. I do have setting powders that I like better than this one, like the Tarte Smooth Operator powder, but I still would repurchase this because the price is really good!

Do you use translucent powders to set your makeup? What's your favorite brand?