Wednesday, May 23, 2012

e.l.f. Studio Lotion Wipes review

So I like browsing the e.l.f. website because, as much as I love expensive make up, I love good, cheap make up. I have plenty of hits and misses with e.l.f., but I give things a shot based on reviews and curiosity. They really do have some amazing products. So when the Lotion Wipes had 5 star reviews from everyone on the site, I thought I'd take a chance with the Milk & Honey scent.

(The picture off of the e.l.f. website)

So it's exactly like a make up wipe/baby wipe. Just pull it out and rub it on your skin. This felt super light on my skin. No gooey mess, no wet feeling. It also had a very light scent. It's not even remotely overpowering. The scent is so subtle, yet good. Better than regular lotion, even the unscented ones! And it really did feel moisturizing. A total hit with this product! It's also product you can carry with you everywhere. Great for travelling! Who wouldn't love that?

The only downside for me is sometimes my skin can get pretty dry, so this wouldn't be enough for that. It's not it's job to be heavily moisturizing though, so I'm not hating on the product for that. For a touch up or for people with skin that's not too dry, it's the best thing ever. I will be buying this again for sure.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Kat Von D's Beethoven Palette swatch and review

So I have a few palettes that have a billion reviews (Think Naked and CS), but I think the Kat Von D's don't have enough. But I also just wanted to talk about some of her palettes.

This is the Beethoven palette I bought at Sephora to step into the color zone. What attracted me to it was the design and the colors. I wanted the option for a pop or color, but also subtle colors for daytime wear. These palette does come with two mini brushes, but like most palette brushes, they suck. Don't even both with them.

(Sorry for the fuzziness)

First set of colors (Flashed-Not Flashed):
Lucifer is a matte black. As you can tell from the picture, it's a bit chalky and not as amazing for blending. It would probably look good wet and on top of a primer or even as an eyeliner.
Speed Blue is such a lovely shade. It has a hint of chalkyness, but it's a pretty nice shadow. Looks good on top of a primer.
Razor Grey is actually greenish. It's a pretty smooth pigment and easy to blend. I love it. I should find a way to wear it...
Tequila is a super pretty yellowish color. My biggest problem with this one is it's almost too soft. I'm afraid this color may break in the palette one day. ): The second picture of it is more true to how the color really looks in person.

Second Set (Flashed-Not Flashed):
Sinner. I love Sinner. It's an absolutely lovely color on me. I pair it with leather for a smokey eye.
Rad Purple looks more like a matte purple with glitter in it. This one is a bit chalky and hard to blend but it's dark. So, at least it goes a long way.
Leather is a matte brown. Really pretty and easy to blend.
Galeano. Light purple color that is probably the nicest (quality wise) of the set. It's a really nice all over lid color.

(Galeano and Sinner)

Overall, the colors are really pretty and not over powering, but the quality is a bit underwhelming. If you like the colors and can't find good dupes, get this. If you love the colors and just want to take the easy way out and get a palette, get this. Otherwise, pass on it. If I end up using all the colors and were to run out, I may buy it again, but I doubt that'll happen. If the yellow end up breaking on me, I would not buy it again.

Update: I honestly find myself grabbing this palette more and more. I really am in love with the colors. Although the quality is not 100%, it's pretty nice. If you're worried about how you might like this and don't wanna spend the money, there is a dupe! NYX Jazz Night has extremely similar color plus 2 extras! Go take a look. (:

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Wet 'n' Wild Comfort Zone Palette swatches and review

So for my first post of my make up collection: the Comfort Zone Palette. Many have heard of it's amazingness, and so I bought it to find out. (No, seriously. r/makeupaddiction and makeupalley are all over this product!) It was my second step into getting into eye shadow and the first step into some color. It is quite lovely, although the packaging is slightly annoying. I ended up depotting mine into a custom palette.

Aren't they pretty? (I obtained them from anothersoul@etsy, just in case you wanted to know.) The reason I mention this is because I love custom palettes and also because my shadows aren't in the same order as they are in the original packaging. Now on to the palette.

On the left side of the palette, we have some nuetral/pinky browns. I honestly bought the palette for this side. I had no idea if I could wear the greens, but I knew everyone could pull of neutrals. Here are the swatches for this side (remember crease and lid are switched in my pics) in both flashed and non flashed.

The browbone, crease, and lid colors are so beautiful. They are soft, buttery, pigmented, and easy to blend. A dream to work with! These pictures are pretty true to color. I'd feel like you get the exact color if you'd mix the two versions together.
The definer color here is a douchrome color. Unlike the other shadows, it is a little less blendable. Also, the shadow was so soft, it actually broke on me. ): It's very dark and personally not my color, but it's still really nice.

On the right side of the palette, we have these greens! To the ladies afraid of color, don't fret! These are light and neutral. Took a few weeks for me to get up the courage to play around with them. They are green, yes, but they manage to still have a neutral feel to them. Swatches below in flashed and not:

I have a bit more to say about each individual color with this side. First the browbone color here is just a perfect shadow like the ones above. Although light, it still holds a nice color.
The crease in this one is less amazing, it reminds me of the definer on the left side. Although it's soft, it's not as easy to blend.
The lid color on this side is my favorite. It's a light spring green and so easy to put on. The downside: it's kind of sheer. It's so pretty, but it's not as amazing as the first picture seems to show. ):
The definer is another duochrome, but this one seems to disappear when you put it on the skin. It looks great in the pan, but just not as amazing on. Don't get me wrong, it's still a very lovely and unique color, but just not as super totally awesome as I hoped.

In the end, this palette is amazing. It's cheap, has some unique colors, and has lasting power to it. Buy it! You won't be disappointed.

Time for beauty!

So I've decided to start a make up blog. Of all my make up! Yay. Just a way to get out info on certain products. Sometimes it's hard for me to find swatches of products I've tried so I would like to put some out there for people to hopefully see!

Everything I will right in this blog are all my ideas with no influence from anyone or any company. Anything I swatch or review on here is stuff I bought, or stuff my friends/family gave to me. (: