Red, Green and Gold! Christmas Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Happy Holidays everyone! I just wanted to share a quick Christmas inspired makeup look. I hope you guys like! Enjoy!

Eyes:
Makeup Geek Duochrome Eyeshadow in Karma – All over the lid
Makeup Geek Eye Shadow in Chickadee – On the crease and little bit above the crease.
Makeup Geek Eye Shadow in Bitten – Outer V and 1/3 on the lid
Makeup Geek Eye Shadow in Dirty Martini – 1/3 on the inner lid and tearduct. Under the eyes.
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara and Marc Jacobs Omega Mascara – On my lashes.

Face:

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer
Too Faced Born this Way Foundation in Sand
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer in Medium/Deep
Mac Blush in Melba
Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Sandstorm as Setting Powder

Lips:
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Gothica

Have a very Merry Chrismas! Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time!

As Always,

Nicole ❤

Tarte Holidaze Collector’s Set & Portable Palette Unboxing and First Impressions

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Hey guys! Just a quick first impression/unboxing post. A package from Tarte Cosmetics came today and I was so extremely excited at what’s inside the box that I decided to share it with you guys. I got the Home for the Holidaze Collector’s Set & Portable Palette! Tarte had a similar product like this last year during the Holidays and I didn’t get it when I had the chance. For the whole year, I was kicking myself for not getting the set. But they released another version of it this year and I am definitely not missing out on it.

This set is now available on the Tart Cosmetics website and also at Macy’s.

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Here’s the box or packing around the product. It’s pretty standard for a holiday makeup product but I like it. The color scheme is festive and gaudy as it should be.

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It comes with a travel size version of Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara and a travel size version of their Lip Surgence in the color Ravishing. Last but not the least, yes if you guys haven’t noticed yet, that is an empty palette. You can take the eye shadow and blush set and place them into the empty palette then interchange them as you desire. That’s the whole reason why I was so disappointed when I didn’t get this palette because of the whole interchangeable travel size palette. It’s a wonderful idea of a holiday palette. It’s very convenient and with events that might spontaneously occur out of nowhere as we approach the holidays, you might just need to take your makeup up a notch and this palette can come in handy for those types of situations.

Normally, I wouldn’t purchase products like these just because the colors are very standard and plain. Don’t get me wrong, they’re beautiful but they’re common neutrals and staples. This set contains browns, plums, taupe, and of course a smoky set of quads which is actually all the staples for fall, winter and the holidays. So with this set, I’m set to go for the rest of the season. The blushes are also really beautiful. Most of these would look beautiful on any skin tone.

Overall, I’m really excited about the palette! I can’t wait to play around with it and switch the quads around when I need to!

Thanks for reading! I’ll catch you guys next time!

As Always,
Nicole ❤

Fyrinnae Eye Shadows Review & Swatches

Hey guys! I’m so excited to share with you another indie makeup company! I’m especially psyched to share this with you since it is my favorite indie makeup company so far. That honor goes to none other than Fyrinnae!

Fyrinnae is a small and special indie makeup company. They create vegan and cruelty free products for all of us makeup obsessed to lovers to enjoy. You can read more about their company and standards in the Fyrinnae About Us page!

If you want to skip to the review, it will be below the pictures.

I purchased seven eye shadows total and received one free eye shadow sample. Here are the swatches for the eye I have purchased and sampled.

Shenanigans, Enchanting Otters, Bonfire Spirits, Purgatory, Knickers in a Twist, Serene Highness, Freya and Conjured Tempest

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Eyeshadow Swatches Knickers in a Twist and Serene Highness 3.9.15

Eyeshadow Swatches Freya and Conjured Tempest 3.9.15

Review

Quality & Pigmentation: Despite them being loose shadows, I found these eye shadows easy to work with. They were blendable and easy to apply. I found some fall outs during the application but that’s to be expected since they are loose shadows or maybe I’m just an eye shadow bully. I suggest putting on your concealer after your eye makeup is done. Other than that, I had no problems with fallouts throught the day. As for the pigmentation, the swatches speak for themselves in other words amazing!

Lasting Effect: I thought that these held out pretty well. I wore for 12 hours and saw some fading on my lid but not too much. My eye makeup was still pretty defined. You can wear them wet with a MAC Fix Plus or something equivalent to that to make them stay on longer and have a beautiful foiled effect.

Price: The price was definitely reasonable. Each shadow comes in two sizes: Full and Mini. Most of their mini’s cost around $2.75 which contain 1/4 tsp of eye shadow and Full sizes around $6.75 which contain 3 grams of densely packed eye shadow. Prices may vary depending on the eye shadow itself but the prices are usually not much higher than what I stated above. Usually arcane magic eye shadows cost more but then again can you blame them?! They are gorgeous! You can read more about the amount of eye shadows you get for the Full and Mini in their FAQ page. Trust me, the Mini can last you a while. Their shadows are highly pigmented and you won’t need a lot of eye shadow to get the color to show up. I plan to only purchase the full size for my favorites like Serene Highness. Overall, the price is a good price point. You get a lot for what you pay for and it’s inexpensive!

Color Variety: I was overwhelmed when I first visited their site. I had to comb through the colors piece by piece to make sure I didn’t miss my possible favorites. They have a VERY wide variety of UNIQUE colors. There’s something in there collection for everyone even if you’re not a shimmery eye shadow type of person, you’ll still find something there. They have some eye shadows that are not as shimmery and closer to matte textures available.

Process Time: Please note that if you are new (like me, I’m learning) to indie cosmetics, their process time is usually longer than streamlined cosmetics companies. I’ve learned that most indie cosmetics usually have a process time around 10 business days. Some companies may have a lower process time. However, it can also be due to a long order queue. As for Fyrinnae, their maximum process time should be never more than 15 days (thank you M.atFyrinnae). This is consistent with my experience. I believe my order shipped out within a week to a week and a half which is about 7-10 business day. To me, that still seems long. I’m just not the patient type especially when I’m excited to receive makeup. BUT, I guarantee that it is worth the wait!

Overall Thoughts: Well by now, you can guess that I’m absolutely in love and obsessed with Fyrinnae! I already put in a new order. I also ordered their pixie Epoxy. More on that later when I receive it. Their process and shipping time is LONG but I’m willing to wait for such beautiful eyeshadows!

Melt Cosmetics Lipstick Review and Swatches

As promised, I have a review of one of the cosmetics companies that I have been exploring for the past few months. In those past few months, I discovered small makeup companies that are very unique. Today, I’m present my review on Melt Cosmetics lipsticks.

You can purchase them here:Melt Cosmetics

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Inside the box, you get your products wrapped in a bright green paper along with stickers and a flyer.

Inside the box, you get your products wrapped in a bright green paper along with stickers and a flyer.

Shady Lady and Dark Room

Shady Lady and Dark Room

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Shady Lady

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Dark room is the right and Shady Lady is on the left

Dark room is the right and Shady Lady is on the left

Color/Pigmentation: These lipsticks are famous for their bold colors and amazing pigmentation. After playing with them for a month, they definitely live up to the hype. These are by far the most pigmentated lipsticks I own in eclectic lipstick collection. Their color variety is mostly made out of bold or bright colors. There are wearable colors available but not much neutral or nude lipsticks available yet.

Long Lasting Effect: I was impressed that these were long lasting especially for matte lipsticks. Once these babies set in, they are hard to take off. I once wore them from 10 AM to midnight and I still had trouble taking them. Not that you should really wear makeup that long but it was impressive.

Price: These retail for $19 each plus $7 for shipping. I buy high end makeup but I would still consider this expensive. Please consider that you will most likely have to buy this lipstick online. I did not find any indication on their website that they sold their products in store. That means no swatching or trying these out before purchasing them. At least with most high end makeup, you are able to try them out in the store. They do offer returns but you also have to pay for the shipping charge to ship the item back to them.

Formulation/Quality: To be honest, I was disappointed in the quality. The only thing I liked about the formulation was that the lipstick wasn’t overly drying. It was not creamy but it did not dry out my lips. This is a big plus considering that they are matte lipsticks.

However, the first time I swatched these on my hand, I got nervous. The lipstick did not glide on my hand as I swatched it. I had to swatch it on my hand a couple of times to make a good swatch. The formulation felt like how some of my drugstore lipsticks feel. There is nothing wrong with drugstore lipsticks, some of which are even better than some high end products. However, for $19, I expected more. The lipstick was not overly drying but that does not mean it did not make my lips feel dry after a couple of hours. I fixed this by putting on chap stick underneath and was able to wear it all day. Also, I must warn you guys that these lipsticks did bleed on me, so make sure you wear lip liner. Yes, I know that these are matte lipsticks and that I should expect them to be a little drying and not creamy. However, I have purchased other matte lipsticks that are creamier and have better quality than these for around the same price.

Overall Thoughts and Is It Worth It?: They’re motto is ultra matte.bold.radioactive. It would be a lie for me to say that I did not enjoy these lipsticks because I did.Their motto states what I love in lipsticks and makeup. With that being said, if you are the type of person that loves bold, bright, pigmented lipsticks then this is your brand to try. When you wear lipsticks, you are really making an audacious statement. They have beautiful bold and unique colors for lipsticks like their dark green and blue colored lipsticks. So if you are that type of person, then I would recommend these lipsticks to you. They will be on your lips bold and bright all day.

If you are not a big fan of bold lipsticks and prefer neutral or more wearable every day lipsticks, then these lipsticks are not for you. Even if you like to wear bold lipsticks once in a while for special occasions. Maybe you’re considering purchasing the colors I have above which are actually more of the wearable colors that they have in this line. I would still say that it’s better to go with a different brand of lipsticks, maybe for cheaper since you’re not going to wear it often. Save your money and use it for a cosmetic brand that carries the type of lipstick colors you will actually wear daily.

ColourPop Day! MOTD

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Eyes:

  • Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in 0
  • Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara
  • ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in I Heart This: Crease
  • ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Envy: Lid
  • Lorac Pro Palette in Taupe and Cream: Taupe for transition and Cream for highlight and inner corners

Face:

  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Honey
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette: I used Banana to set my concealer and Fawn to Contour.
  • NARS Total Domination Palette: I used Laguna Bronzer and Deep Throat Blush.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: I used Incandescent Light to highlight my face and Radiant light to set my makeup.

Lips:

  • Bite Beauty Line and Define Lip Primer: Use it before putting on any makeup to give it time to set.
  • Lip Pencil in Grind
  • Lippie Stix in Flawless

Thanks for reading!

As Always,
Nicole

Jaclyn Hill Favorites MorpheBrushes Palette Review

So lately I’ve been into indie makeup or small online makeup companies. I’ve found so many new great makeup companies and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Today, I’m going to share my experience with MorpheBrushes eyeshadows. Back in January, Jaclyn Hill released a palette with MorpheBrushes containing her favorite eyeshadows from MorpheBrushes. UNFORTUNATELY, this palette is SOLD OUT. So why am I reviewing a palette that’s sold out? No, it’s not because I’m gloating that I was able to get one. Since it’s her favorite eyeshadows from MorpheBrushes, these shadows are still available just not in one palette. I am doing this review to inform you guys about the quality of MorpheBrushes eyeshadows. These shadows are not something you can buy at your local drugstore or makeup counter. No, they are exclusive online which means that you cannot try them out in a makeup counter.

BUT! Don’t worry! I have swatches and have played around with them enough to give you guys my opinion and experience with these eyeshadows! Enjoy! Click here for their website! Click here for Jaclyn Hill’s YouTube channel.

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The numbers will correspond with the swatches.

The numbers will correspond with the swatches.

Column 1: Colors correspond right to left, top to bottom

Column 1: Colors correspond right to left, top to bottom

Column 2: Colors correspond right to left, top to bottom

Column 2: Colors correspond right to left, top to bottom

Column 3: Colors correspond right to left, top to bottom

Column 3: Colors correspond right to left, top to bottom

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Column 4: Colors correspond right to left, top to bottom

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Column 5: Colors correspond right to left, top to bottom

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Column 6: Colors correspond right to left, top to bottom

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Column 7: Colors correspond right to left, top to bottom

~Thoughts!~

Packing: The box that it came in was pretty and classic. The palette is self looks like any other palettes for MorpheBrushes. It’s black with the MorpheBrushes logo. The palette is made out of plastic and feels very light. The palette is also very thin, so it is convenient to store. I don’t have much complaints about the packaging for the price I got it for. I like the style of it, the shadows are securely in place and it’s easy to store.

Price: I believe the price was $28 which is amazing considering there’s 28 eyeshadows in here! That’s a dollar for each shadow and they are about the size of Mac eyeshadows.

Color Variety: These are Jaclyn Hill’s favorites, so it wasn’t surprising that it was filled with warm and neutral colors. I would have loved to see more bright pop colors. I felt that some of the neutral colors were almost exactly the same. Maybe they were off by a shade or hue or different texture. Yes, it does make a difference but it would have been nice to have more pop colors. Overall, I still like the colors provided. Neutral and warm colors are always easily wearable. In other words, I’ll be reaching for this palette alot.

Quality/Pigmentation: Yes, you’ve been waiting for this. First of all, the eyeshadows in this palette are ALL pigmented. I have to say that some are more pigmented than others but that doesn’t mean they are not pigmented. They are also very buttery, soft, and bendable. I did notice fallouts after I applied it but that may just be my application methods. Not that big of a problem considering I put my eyeshadow on then concealer to cover up the fallouts. Overall amazing quality and pigmentation.

Lasting Effect: These eyeshadows are definitely long lasting. I had a really busy day and remembered wearing colors from this palette. I went to school, work, ran errands, came home to eat dinner and spend time with my boyfriend, did homework and then I looked in the mirror around 1:00 AM. I was blown away when I saw that my eyeshadow looked as good as it did when I put it on that morning. It seriously did not move. There were no signs of fallouts, no fading in my lids, nothing. Phenomenal lasting effect!

Overall Thoughts: Isn’t obvious already? I love this palette and I will probably be using it often. I can’t wait to check out more of their eyeshadow palette. I have my eye out on their Color Smokey Eye and It’s Bling Eye Shadow Palette. I will keep you updated!

Thanks for reading! Until next time!

As Always,
Nicole

ColourPop Haul! Swatches and First Impressions!

Over the past few months, I discovered a new cosmetics company and fell completely in love with it. That cosmetics company is ColourPop! This company was started in California and retails their product at a very affordable rate! Seriously! I went overboard on shopping here because of the quality and price of their products. Anyways, enough intro. Here is what I got and their swatches! I will commenting about my first impressions throughout the blog post. This was a cumulative haul from November and December of 2014. Everything in this haul is still available. Enjoy!

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Starting from the left: Doe-A-Deer, Partridge, Drift, Tinsel, Sleigh, Halo

I swatched all of these with one swipe and I was very please with the outcome. These are very pigmented just from one swipe. Halo barely shows up on my skin but I tried it on my lids and it looked absolutely gorgeous and very brightening.

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Starting from the left: Lectra, Farah, Onai, Amira

This is probably one of my favorite products that I got from this haul. First of all, I love the packaging, probably because my favorites color is red. I also love the color scheme for this palette. Amira is probably the most gorgeous glistening gold I have ever owned. The texture of these eye shadows almost make them feel like they’re wet. Add a gorgeous gold color to that and you have Amira. I’m also very pleased that they added a chocolate brown matte eye shadow. It just really pulls the palette together. And of course, the pigmentation is as crazy as ever for ColourPop.

Forget the Fruit Cake

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Starting from the left: Cookie, Tuxedo, Cheers, Tutu, Confetti, Lady

I fell in love with this palette, the moment I saw it but I decided to pass on it because I was not familiar with ColourPop yet. I ended up getting individual Lippie Stix to try out the brand first. When I fell in love with the pigmentation and formula of their Lippie Stix, I decided to finally get this set. All of these are matte except for Tuxedo and Confetti which are a hyper gloss finish. Again, these were swatches were done with one swipe. I absolutely love these Lippie Stix especially the mattes. They do not dry me out like a lot of matte lipsticks I’ve tried and they don’t settle into my lines. They’re also very pigmented as I’ve mentioned before. They do bleed a little but with a lip primer, they stay on perfectly fine.

Lippie Stix

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Starting from the Left: Flawless, LBB, Brills, Fetch, Gossip, Lumiere

Sooo…when I mentioned that I went over board, this is what I meant. Yes, I bought six more Lippie Stix on top of the Forget the Fruit Cake set of 6 Lippie Stix. Why? Well because I’m obsessed and crazy about makeup. I will probably not need lipsticks for a very long time. But! I’m completely happy with these! My current favorite Lippie Stix is Lumiere!

Overall Thoughts

I’m in love with ColourPop now. The quality is amazing and the prices are great. They just released a new line of matte eye shadows and I can’t wait to check them out. I hope you end up liking ColourPop too!

Thanks for reading!

As Always,

Nicole ❤

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