Monday, March 16, 2015

MAC Nordstrom Naturals Eyeshadow Palette Limited Edition - Swatches and First Impression

I could not resist this palette when I saw it on Nordstrom's site. Being a makeup person, I feel like MAC is a reference point and I only have one of these shadows, even if they aren't the end-all be-all, if you talk about MAC's Satin Taupe, people know what that looks like. This is a collection of 15 of their best selling shades, so you've likely heard of most of them - if not already own a good chunk.


It's $85 and limited edition, I didn't want to wait for swatches in case it sold out quickly - just crossed my fingers that the quality would be up to at the regular permanent shadows. It's available to buy from Nordstrom here.


I know some of these aren't people's favorite, things like Honey Lust is pretty chunky glitter (and my understanding is there's been two versions, I recall Christine at Temptalia having a swatch that looks more like mine, not much base color and lots of sparkles) and Carbon is often complained about being a lousy black. I can deal with softly pigmented blacks myself, if the texture is good.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wet 'N Wild Vegan Culture Palette Swatches - Limited Edition Spring 2015

So I was in Walgreens for my monthly prescription pickup+makeup browse and what did I see, a limited edition Wet 'N Wild display! I feel like I never see these at my Walgreens, so of course I plopped myself down to check it out. A minty shade was among the options and I couldn't resist. I have been rambling on twitter for quite a while now about my *need* of a perfect mint shadow. I've bought two shadows prior (one returned) that I thought would be The One but sadly did not deliver on my very particular minty shadow craving. I should have known I should just wait until spring when the pastels come out!


Vegan Culture had to be mine! This is very close, if not exactly the color I was looking. I was worried though because some of the more recent limited edition palettes from Wet 'N Wild haven't gotten the best reviews. It's tricky to get lighter shades sometimes, so even though I was also interested in the purple palette I decided to stick with just this one (not to mention I have a lot of purple eyeshadow as it is).

Monday, March 2, 2015

Foundation Swatches with Very Fair/Pale Skin NC5-10: Drugstore and High End

I made a video with all sorts of swatches on my hands but it turns out they were a little hard to see, so I have inserted pictures into the video but wanted to post them here as well! I know I prefer to see swatches in a blog post, so hopefully this will be helpful for anyone looking for ideas with very fair/pale skin. I will embed the video at the end of this post if you're interested, but have summarized my thoughts here. My video also has links to demos of a few of these products if you're interested!

I have dry to very dry cheeks, oily t-zone with an acne-prone chin; most liquid foundation and concealer settles into my pores and is altogether rather frustrating. My shade is around NC5-10 with neutral to warm undertones on my face, my neck is a bit lighter. My hands are about the same as my neck and chest, but these swatches were done on my inner arm which is lighter than my neck/hands/chest. But hopefully this will give you an idea of how deep the shades are and what sort of undertones they have. I have also rediscovered a very good, quite light drugstore option that's mentioned in the bottom image that I purchased after this video. :)

  • Missha Signature Real Complete in shade #13: pink clay/beige, doesn't agree with my skin and looks dry
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body #38 Pink Porcelain: a little dark but works with my skin, wish it was lighter and more yellow
  • Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Foundation in Porcelain Ivory: extremely yellow - and I generally prefer yellow shades - doesn't sit that great on my dry cheeks, too emollient for my oily/acne prone areas
  • Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in #110: more neutral toned, doesn't sit well on my skin but may try again soon
  • OCC Skin Conceal in Y0: I use this mainly sheered out across cheeks and on brow bone to tone down freckles near my crease, it's okay but too emollient for oily areas as well

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

MAC Waterproof Brow Set in Red Chestnut for Quick Root Touch-Up

So apparently the hair color I've been using lately isn't the best at covering gray! It's the L'Oreal Preference Mousse Absolue in Light Auburn - I really enjoy the application, but the last go-around I was left with a fair amount of visible gray and white at the front on my face where it's the most noticeable. It gives the illusion of my forehead being even bigger than it already is, which is hard to imagine. ;)

So the other day I thought, hey I've got this waterproof brow set from MAC that's in a reddish warm shade (Red Chestnut), why not try it on the roots! I know the regular non-waterproof brow set even mentions using it on lashes and facial hair, so thought let's try out the waterproof one. It's a little more dry and with the claim of being waterproof, thought it might not slide around on my head once it set.


Here's a little before and after. For me, it really makes quite a difference to just get those white hairs covered at my widow's peak and temples! Especially since the hair that is dyed is much warmer, so everything looks a little more evened out. I colored only a couple weeks ago, so this is a nice way to hold off for a few more weeks before I need to bust out the dye again. It lasts well but does add some stiffness to the hair (it doesn't have super strong hold though), doesn't smear or transfer in any noticeable way (though if you used a lot, it may be a different story).

What's your favorite quick fix for visible roots? Or any clever uses of a brow set? Thanks for reading!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tarina Tarantino Jewel palette in Dreamy


Tarina Tarantino has one of my favorite eye shadow textures in her Jewel palettes. They left Sephora and I picked up a few then to add to what I already had. Gorgeous! They are sold now through her site and beauty.com and I would highly recommend checking them out!


Today I have Dreamy, it has my favorite copper in my collection. It doesn't go too bright orange on me which is impressive. Most things pull extremely warm on my skin tone.

The deepest shade works well as liner and very little of the sparkle shows, I have not had issues with glittery fallout used that way either.


The taupe is a lovely cooler tone to balance out the warmer shades, and I like the combination on the cream and gold highlight colors. It is all shimmery to an extent but not to the point of being metallic and difficult to use in the crease.

Have you tried any shadows from Tarina Tarantino? What's your favorite? Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Berry and Bright Sheer Lip Colors

Thought I'd share a few deeper bright lip colors I've been using lately since I picked up the Sephora 2014 Give Me More Lip kit. I was wearing the Tarte Power Pigment pencil in Flush today and thought it looked similar to my beloved Jordana Twist & Shine stain in Cranberry Crush, figured I'd do a couple swatches and try to actually get a blog post up for the first time in months!

The Tarte Flush pencil is the most pigmented with the rest in decreasing levels of pigment left to right in my swatch, it's a little more bright pink compared to the other more berry shades.
I've reviewed the Jordana balm stain on my YouTube channel, I love the color but it doesn't really stain.

The Tarte LipSurgence pencil in Moody is more a wine/brownish color which is fairly unique to my collection, I look forward to playing with it more!

The Fresh Berry lip balm can be built up to a rather deep lip, but it's very slippery and slides around quite a lot. My face gets bumped around taking care of the baby during the day, so we're both likely to have it all over our faces by the end the day. 

Let me know what your favorite sheer berry lips are, it's always an easy option this time of year! 

Monday, April 21, 2014

L'Oreal Colour Riche Collection Privee Lipstick in Julianne's Nude - Thoughts, Look, Comparison Swatches

L'Oreal Colour Riche Privee in Julianne's Nude on my lips

I was in Walgreens with the baby the other day, picking up a prescription (my monthly excuse to check out drugstore makeup) as you do. I saw a display with Julianne Moore and nude lipsticks so I stopped to check it out. Julianne is pale and freckled like myself, so I was intrigued. The promotional picture indicates her lipstick is going to be a peachy type shade. I beg to differ! 

I've been enjoying wearing it the past few days, it's a somewhat sheer cream pink nude/My Lips But Better type shade. It can be built up for mostly opaque color and it doesn't look streaky or patchy. It's a comfortable formula, not too drying for my always-parched lips. It's been wearing well over my new Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask and fades evenly leaving a hint of color on the lips after a few hours if eating/drinking. 

MAC Syrup (lustre), L'Oreal Privee Julianne's Nude, Maybelline Color Sensational Nude Embrace (LE), L'Oreal Colour Riche Fairest Nude, Rimmel Lasting Finish Airy Fairy

I was wondering if it was at all close to my existing stash of nude/MLBB shades, so I pulled out my most used lipsticks and did some swatches. I didn't include things like my L'Oreal Balm or Caresse colors, but the shades I have are all sort of in the Fairest Nude color family anyway.


MAC Syrup, L'Oreal Julianne's Nude (Airy Fairy in a small swatch beneath it), Maybelline Nude Embrace, L'Oreal Fairest Nude, Rimmel Airy Fairy

The closest of what I have is definitely Rimmel's Airy Fairy, but they're fairly different in formula and finish. Airy Fairy has more opaque color with a golden sheen. MAC's Syrup is a similar texture but more pink/rosy and a bit darker, Maybelline Nude Embrace has cooler mauve tones, L'Oreal Fairest Nude has more brown tones and less pink.

I think I have a review/thoughts type post coming up with the limited edition shade included here from Maybelline - Nude Embrace. It's the cool toned version of MLBB, sort of a dusky mauve pink. It's harder to wear, the formula is a bit thicker (and definitely more opaque) and will highlight any major lip lines if worn without gloss over top. Julianne's Nude is like the pink warm version of MLBB for me - when I have more blood flowing in my face. Much easier to wear formula-wise and I feel somewhat confident I can slap some on without a mirror and not make too much of a mess. Definitely glad I picked this one up!

What's your favorite nude/MLBB and your skintone? Thanks for stopping by!