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Review: Wet N Wild MegaEyes Black Creme Liner

30 Nov

The next few beauty-centric posts are gonna deal with eyeliner! Woo!

Ever since Wet N Wild revamped their products, they seem to have flooded the beauty blogging world. I can’t tell you how awesome I think this is! The fact that you can now buy necessary, quality beauty items at more than reasonable prices (especially when there’s a sale!) is so important, especially in these hard economic times.

The Wet N Wild product I’m reviewing today is the black Creme Liner from their MegaEyes line. I think it’s important to note that, while similar, this is not a gel liner like MAC Fluidline. (A misconception I was under when I bought it.) It has a slightly thicker consistency, but it is by no means difficult to work with. It’s actually quite lovely! Even using the strangely wide brush that comes with it (I don’t think the brush is that great, as you can see in the swatch it doesn’t make a thin line), the creme liner applies smoothly and easily. It dries down to a matte finish and seems to stay fairly well.

I will say that I have a problem with eyeliners in general. They all seem to melt off when put anywhere that’s not right above my upper lashline. Unfortunately this one is no different. However, I love using this when I am doing a look just for a photo. If I’m taking it off in 10 minutes anyway, wear time doesn’t matter!

It looks like an alien space ship! ^_^

❤ Tia

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Review: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick

26 Jul

As far as the beauty world is concerned, the ‘Sensational’ lippies are about 100,000,002 years old. However, since there are over 54 shades (not including the Pearl or High Shine lines), we are still unearthing colorful gems from within the massive (and overwhelming) Maybelline drugstore displays.

I don’t know if anyone else has tried to find Red Revival:

The Maybelline ad for Red Revival

But it was always the one slot in the display that never had a lipstick in it. Sadface. So I figured, hey I might as well try one out… Pink is nice. Pink is safe. (Two descriptions that should have warned me right then and there that I was going to pick out something I’d hate. After all, I was after Red!) So on I looked.

The first Color Sensational lipstick I tried was Born With It, which appeared to be a pretty pinky-nude in the tube but pulled a Blackbird (The jet in X Men. What? It turns invisible, come on.) when I put it on. Needless to say I was disappointed. So that complete lack of pigmentation, paired with the fact that the lipstick smelled like Play Doh, was enough to make me say NO MORE. I would never pick up one of those crappy things again! They all sucked, every last one of them!

Then I saw this post at EBeautyBlog and was shocked. Why did it look like she had color on her lips? And not just color, awesome, pigmented gorgeousness. Maybe some of the Color Sensational lipsticks were worth a try.

So I went to Wally World and bought Fuchsia Fever and -dun dun DUN!!!- Red Revival!

Red Revival

Fuchsia Fever

Red Revival Swatch

Fuchsia Fever Swatch

Crazy smile... But I was tired of depressed looking lip swatches!

Fuchsia Fever

They still smell terrible in the bullet, but I don’t care. I’ve heard some of them smell, some of them don’t, some of them smell good… Apparently something in the formulas is inconsistent (scent, pigmentation), but these two are absolute WINS. My camera couldn’t even handle the bright, bright yumminess that is FF, but I think RR is pretty color accurate. I ❤ them both and highly recommend these two colors!

❤ Tia

Review: Sugarpill Pressed Shadows

23 Jul

Sugarpill is a makeup brand devoted to bold, bright colors and high quality products. I bought one of their four-shadow pallets (The Sweetheart Pallet) and and two individual pressed shadows (Bulletproof and Buttercupcake).

I ordered it on a Friday, it shipped on Monday and I received it the following Friday. It felt like forever because I was so excited about getting them; but one week for delivery, especially since I ordered on a Friday, was really good, especially from an ‘indie’ makeup brand. And look at this cute little shipping box!

Anywho, on to the products! They arrived in the coolest packaging ever.

I also ordered some stickers and got a free sample of Goldilux loose shadow, along with a really pretty Sugarpill business card.

The pallet looks amazing, and though it’s not plastic, it is made from a sturdy cardboard (no, it’s not cheap feeling at all!) and doesn’t get smudgy finger prints on it.

The mirror on the inside is huge in comparison to a compact mirror, and the shadows look AMAZING. I couldn’t stop smiling when I saw them. The swatches on the website are exactly the colors I saw when I opened the pallet, which is rare even when dealing with high-end brands. I could tell a lot of effort went into making the swatches accurate, unlike other brands I have seen who Photoshop and color-correct their site swatches.

Bulletproof (L) Buttercupcake (R)

Dollipop

Midori

Tako

Afterparty

Buttercupcake

Bulletproof

These shadows are so pigmented it’s RIDICULOUS. Here are the swatches.The two lines in the middle are over Too Faced Shadow Insurance, the two on the outside ends are over nothing. (i.e. nothing, TFSI, TFSI, nothing)

Midori (L) Dollipop (R) (Flash)

Midori (L) Dollipop (R) (Natural light)

Tako (L) Afterparty (R) (Flash)

Tako (L) Afterparty (R) (Natural light)

Buttercupcake from L-R No base, Too Faced SI, NYX Milk

Bulletproof (TFSI, nothing)

Bulletproof (TFSI, nothing) w/flash

Bulletproof looks like it had shimmer in it, but it doesn’t show up at all when applied – this black looks completely matte on the lid.

Midori and Afterparty are the easiest to apply, because they are not entirely matte.They are both bright and true-to-color, and they are GORGEOUS.

Dollipop is freakishly pigmented and insanely bright, definitely a standout matte pink. I can’t think of any dupe for Dollipop. But let me warn you, it tends to stain the skin for some reason. So be ready to use oil-based eye makeup remover or look a little strange. haha.

Buttercupcake is the shadow I had the highest expectations for – I’ve been trying to find a pigmented yellow for like 3 years. Every yellow shadow I tried applied sheer and made me look like my liver was failing. But Sugarpill did it right, ya’ll! It’s so bright I couldn’t get it to photograph well, which means it’s everything I wanted and more! It’s not only opaque, it applies like a dream. It’s a true matte, bright yellow color. This is true love, people.

Tako seems to swatch a little bit powdery, but it’s not that way at all when I use it normally. It’s a great highlight color, and goes on SO smoothly.

Overall: I will never stop using these shadows. They.Are.Amazing. They really reminded me to be adventurous – I thought I would never use Dollipop (part of me was sure I would look somehow diseased), but once I tried it, there was no going back. I will never not wear hot pink eyeshadow again. As long as it’s Dollipop.

Also, looking at the swatches, you can see that even without primer, these babies are gonna show up well. As for wear, I haven’t tried them without primer (darn you, oily lids!!!) but I have a feeling they might stand up to it… If you try it let me know!

A note on brush usage – I’ve noticed that Dollipop and Afterparty, moreso than the rest of the pressed shadows, really stain my brushes, so be prepared to use a separate brush for each (unless you don’t care, lol).

A couple looks using Sugarpill pressed shadows:

Sugarpill Dollipop

Bulletproof and Afterparty (With crazy lashes!!!)

❤ Tia

Review: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte #7 Lingerie Pink

11 May

I have been wanting this lipstick for SO long, but it was simply too darn expensive. I couldn’t justify the cost, even to myself (which is, let’s face it, when it comes to makeup, usually very easy for me to do). So I waited… and waited… and put it in my Sephora cart… and took it out of my Sephora cart. I went through this cycle all the time. I just couldn’t spend that much on a lippie. Well, ends up, I still didn’t have to! Yay!

Rouge Volupte 7 Lingerie Pink

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Review: L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge

11 May

I bought this because I saw this ad and thought Gwen was really, really ridiculously good looking.

So I bought Blazing Sangria, because I was looking for a cheap alternative to MAC’s Ruby Woo, since I had depotted RW and needed a more portable lipstick. Well… I certainly learned my lesson. Continue reading

Review: Blazing Sangria Vs. Ruby Woo

11 May

Two lipsticks I hoped would be dupes, but alas, were not. I’m afraid nothing will ever be such a perfect red for me as MAC’s Ruby Woo. Still, I bought L’oreal’s Infallible Le Rouge in Blazing Sangria with high hopes that I wouldn’t have to work so hard to apply my depotted Ruby Woo. As you can see from the swatches, it looks like I will be carrying around my depotted RW and lip brush… probably forever.

BS and RW

Blazing Sangria is sheerer and shinier than Ruby Woo, with less staying power. Plus, they are completely different shades of red, so a no-go on the dupe front. Ruby Woo is a matte formula, so if you’re not careful with prep work, your lips could be more chapped than… well, you get the picture. Exfoliate and moisturize before application. In this throwdown, who wins?

They really are completely different, but since I bought it hoping for a dupe, I will have to side with MAC on this one.

Ruby Woo is still the best red for me, and Blazing Sangria will be going back to the bin at Wally World.

See my full review on Blazing Sangria here.

❤ Tia

Review: Wet n’ Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Powder

6 May

Starlight Bronze

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Review: MAC Fashion Flower Lipgelee

6 May

So imagine silk exploded onto your lips. Within this silk, there was woven the finely milled sparkle of diamonds, sprinkled with a light wash of vanilla. BOOM! You have the Fashion Flower Lipgelee from the MAC Fashion Flower collection. I think this is my new favorite lip product! It’s glittery without being gritty, it’s got serious shine and sparkle, it smells awesome, and it’s got pretty good staying power… Everything I am looking for!

Swatches: MAC Quite Cute Lipsticks

6 May

My latest visit to my local MAC counter afforded me an opportunity to swatch the current Holy Grail of Hot Pink Lipsticks – Candy Yum Yum. And let me tell you, I can see what all the fuss is about. It’s creamy and gorgeous and neon and everything else it’s hyped to be. But of course, it, along with all but two of the other QC lipsticks, was sold out. However, I still got my swatch on and tried out all of the lipsticks on my loverly arm. It felt beautiful. ❤

(W/O Flash) Play Time, Quite Cute, Playing Koi, Saint Germain, Candy Yum Yum

(W/Flash) Play Time, Quite Cute, Playing Koi, Saint Germain, Candy Yum Yum

Review: Something Sweet Vs. French Affair

6 May

Ready for a something sweet, like a french affair? Look no further, because, ladies and gents, it looks like they are one and the same! Well… Almost. 🙂 Here are the similarities and differences between Essie’s French Affair and China Glaze’s Something Sweet.

SS, FA, SS, FA

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