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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Laura Mercier Mini Haul & Swatches

Laura Mercier is an exquisite high end brand sold at Sephora. I hear so many products that are raved about from this brand. I completely forgot that Sephora was having a VIB/Rouge sale, which is so unlike me. But I purchase these prior to the sale. I should have waited but you know how those impulse buys go...lol. 

The number one product that I hear about would have to be the Translucent Setting Powder. All the youtubers use it, I know you've seen it too! A full size (1 oz.) retails for $38. I chose to test out the travel size version first (0.33 oz.) which retails for $23. Let me tell you, this will forever be my holy grail. I won't touch another setting powder and I already want to buy like 7 back ups of the full size. I have tried Makeup Forever HD Setting Powder as well as Tarte's loose setting powder (I forget the name?) but honestly with both of those I still felt my foundation moving throughout the day AND the worst part is they both gave me flashback, you know that ghostly looking white cast in flash photography? Yeah, not a fan! Especially since I'm already like 50 shades of pale. But the Laura Mericer one blew me away. It kept my foundation in place and it didn't make me look like a ghost in pictures. It's also reall great to bake with. It looks like we have a winner!

And the other product I picked up is their new illuminator in Devotion. When I first saw the press release of the picture of the 3 new ones, I knew this was the one I had to get my hands on because of the pearly pink tones. These tones just tend to look good on my fair skin tone. But lord the detail on this product is just so beautiful and the shade is perfection. 
I already had the illuminator Indiscretion in my collection so I figured it would be nice to show all of you a comparison so you can get an idea of the different tones. The left one (Indiscretion) is definitely more bronzy and the right one (Devotion) is more pinky. Both are absolutely stunning, though. They do have 2 other shades but I feel like they would be too dark on my skin tone. The only other one I'm considering is Addiction because it looks like a pure gold. 

Laura Geller Haul & Review

I've been testing these products out for about 3 weeks now and I've been so anxious to share them with you! Everyone knows Laura Geller's infamous highlighter in Gilded Honey, but they have so many other amazing products than just their highlighters (although I am dying to get my hands on the 2 new ones!) But anyway, here are some more products from the brand that I hope you enjoy reading about :) You can find these products on their website at LauraGeller.com or in Ulta stores or on Ulta's website!

The first product is their Baked Blush-N-Brighten which retails for $28. When I first saw this I thought "oh no, this is NOT going to look good on my fair skin tone". It looked way too dark in the pan, but when I swatched it, ohhhh when I swatched it, I knew I had fallen in love. 
As you can see from the top swatch it is very intense, but the bottom swatch is when it's blended and it has this beautiful sheen to it. It blends out to a nice corally, almost berry shade and I feel like this would be perfect for spring and summer because of the coral undertones but also great for fall and winter because of the berry tones. I also think this would look great on any skintone ranging from fair to deep. Fair skin tones would just have to use minimal product and deep skin tones could build it up. The formula is very pigmented and smooth. It's not patchy like other blushes I've tried. 


 

Next are their Pout Perfection lip liners which retail for $18 a piece. The one on the left is in Nude and the one on the right is Cabernet. They are the ones you have to sharpen which is probably the only downside, but the formula makes up for them! 
For some reason the swatches look a little patchy but I promise you these lip liners are BOMB. I've been using Nude on it's own without anything else on my lips and it's so comfortable and doesn't dry my lips out like a lot of other lip liners. Probably my favorite lip liners hands down. I have a feeling I'm going to love Cabernet for the Summer! 
This is their Waterproof Eyeliner in Caffe Mocha which retails for $20. I don't typically go for brown eyeliners, I'm more of a black eyeliner kind of gal, but I've actually been using this lately and I really like it to smoke out the lower lash line. The smudger on the opposite end is really convenient to smoke it out, too. That way you don't have to dirty another brush and throw it into the pile of brushes you already have to clean. 
Next is the Filter Finish which retails for $32. I honestly had NO hopes for this. I saw the multiple bright colors of green, purple, yellow, and orange and my mind automatically said "nope". I know this year is all about color correcting but I didn't see how this was going to color correct. Luckily that's not the purpose of this product. It's a setting powder to basically give you a "filtered" look. I was so pleasantly surprised with the swatch and now I'm hooked. I personally like using this as a highlighter because I'm so fair, the pearly reflects look stunning as a highlight. I think the setting powder way would look great on skin tones deeper than mine. I've seen this on a bunch of youtubers channels and Instagrams lately so I see this being the next big thing. Definitely worth it in my opinion. 

This is fhe Spackle Treatment Soothing Primer that retails for $32. Honestly this couldn't have come at a more perfect time. My face has been really red lately and using this before applying my foundation has really helped tone down the redness. I have really sensitive skin so this would be perfect for anyone who gets irritated really easily or has rosacea. 
As you can tell in the swatch it has a very prominent green tone to it which helps cancel out redness. I purposefully didn't blend it out all the way but it does blend into your skintone. 


 
These are the Iconic Baked Sculpting Lipsticks that retail for $21 a piece. I love the detailing along the lipstick itself and the packaging feels super luxurious as it is magnetic and pretty heavy. I've actually decided to get rid of all my darker lipsticks because I legit never reach for them. They just don't look that good on my skin tone. The colors are gorgeous, don't get me wrong. I just tend to go for more pinky nudes.


 
This is the Delectable eyeshadow palette in Delicious Shades of Cool. This retails for $45. I think their eyeshadow forms are unique because they're spherical at the top which I find to be a really cool concept. The shadows are VERY pigmented and I love that they have both matte and shimmer shades in this palette. I'm a very light, neutral kind of girl so I stick with the left side of the palette, although the purples and blues are sooo beautiful. I'm just not that daring to dive into them. I also think it's great that it comes with a dual ended brush for on-the-go purposes. 
Last but not least, the infamous highlighters. I've been dying to get my hands on these bad boys and now that I finally have, they came out with 2 new ones! It's sooo hard to keep up with these makeup companies lol. On the right is Ballerina and the left is Gilded Honey. Both stunning, both great formulation. The only complaint I have is the same one everyone else has - the pan size. Each one of these is $26 a piece and the pan size is comparable to that of a MUFE eyeshadow pan. As an eyeshadow, the size is huge. But typically highlighters tend to be larger. I don't tend to run through highlighters all that often because I have so many of them, but the price point for the amount of product you get is what gets to me. Regardless though, they're gorgeous and selling off shelves!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Best Damn Beauty Skincare Review




If you haven't heard of Nicole Guerriero, where have you been? I'd have to ask if you've been living under a rock because she is such an amazing YouTube beauty guru. She has the sweetest personality and is a cat lover like myself. I absolutely adore following her. She came out with her own beauty line that is geared more towards skincare (assuming just for now) I can only imagine she'll be coming out with more cosmetic goodies in the near future. One can hope, at least :). When she first announced her skincare line I wanted to test the products out but never had the chance to get my hands on them. So finally I have the opportunity to review 3 out of the 9 skincare products from her line! I've been testing out the Facial Spray, Firming Serum, and Eye Serum and I wanted to share my thoughts whether they're worth the hype. You can find these products at www.bestdamnbeauty.com !


First let's talk packaging; she hit the nail on the head! Black and gold is so sleek, modern and classy. I love having these displayed in my room because they're just so pretty. They don't feel like cheap plastic either. The Eye Serum is in a glass bottle which I think is really nice. It makes it feel more luxurious. I can see why the Facial Spray is in a plastic bottle for traveling purposes and in case it drops - smart thinking on her end. 


First up is the Facial Spray. I love using this for so many different things. I've been testing these products out for the last 2 and a half weeks so I've tried this every way possible. I love using it to prime my face before applying makeup, setting my makeup after applying it, and also just to refresh my skin when it's feeling dehydrated. I love the rose scent it has because it's a very youthful rose scent (not that old lady floral scent) lol. But we all know Nicole G. loves her rose scented things so she couldn't NOT incorporate that into her products. This facial spray is very hydrating and I'm pretty much obsessed. I've been using it every day. This I highly suggest!

The next one is the Firming Serum. This has a very nice, thin consistency. I hate when it feels like I have a layer of serum on my face and thankfully this one absorbs so nicely. When you push this into your skin you feel it tightening (in a good way). I think this is perfect for people who are concerned about anti-aging or who are trying to reverse their aging.

The Eye Serum is something I put on at night to help keep my under eyes bright and youthful to avoid those crow feet and any dark circles. I don't really have an issue with dark circles. I have SLIGHT blue/purple pigmentation right near my tear ducts but otherwise no other issues. I personally like more of an eye cream than a serum but to each their own. It's still a very good and effective product and I absolutely adore the packaging. I think this would be great for people who struggle with dark circles.