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Rumor Has It – Too Faced, Laura Geller, & Academy of Colour 3D Manicure

10 Mar

,Today I experienced a little bit of an upset with my trip to Ulta Beauty. I had my heart set on purchasing Urban Decay’s Naked palette (especially after hearing my coworker rave about it) but unfortunately, all they had was Naked 2, which I wasn’t as big of a fan of. So in my search for a palette with the same concept, I came across this lovely creature that contained the same basic theme that I was going for, but for about $15 cheaper than Naked. This, my friends, is the Too Faced Natural Eye eyeshadow palette.

Too Faced Natural Eyeshadow Palette – $36 Ulta Beauty

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This palette pleasantly surprised me to say the least. It has beautiful neutral colors – both shimmery and matte – and my FAVORITE surprise was these sweet little cards stuffed in the top that I didn’t notice at first glance that help to guide consumers to achieve the look they wish to desire with the given colors.

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Alright so let’s get on with some swatches, shall we?! Let’s start with the larger shadows. From left to right, we have Nude Beach, Silk Teddy, and Heaven. Heaven is extremely hard to see (partially because the lighting is horrible, but also because it’s meant to be almost non-existent, and very light. Note: These swatches are done with concealer used as a primer underneath.

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For the next set, we have (from the top, left to right) Honey Pot, Push-Up, Velvet Revolver, Cocoa Puff, Erotica, and Sexpresso.

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I absolutely LOVE this palette! The Day colors are silky to the touch and the other colors are filled with shimmer so they add a radiant glow to your eyes without overdoing it.

Laura Geller Blush -N- Brighten in Sunswept – $27.50 Ulta Beauty

I’ve been experimenting with different blushes for a while so I figured I’d try something I hadn’t heard of before. I adore baked blushes because they look great whether applied dry or with a bit of moisture. I decided to try Laura Geller’s Blush -N- Brighten baked blush in the color Sunswept. This blush, while giving you glow with it’s luster, is kind of like a burnt golden rose. Here’s the product and the swatch:

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I’m definitely a fan of it so far. It blends very well into foundation and it’s very buildable, which is great if you long for a super-dramatic look. It’s a bit pricey so it’s hard to say if I’ll purchase it again, but seeing how picky I am with my blushes (and I LOVE this color), it’s a definite possibility!

Academy of Colour 3D Manicure (White Pearls) – $8

I saw this product a week or so ago on Pinterest and I’ve been dying to try it ever since. It’s a nail polish you apply that you coat with these tiny little loose pearls while the coat is still wet and it gives you a pearl-textured nail. It’s definitely different, but that’s always the kind of product that I’m attracted to, so I just HAD to pick it up.

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First of all, I adore how you use the tray it comes packaged with as an assistant to a nice clean-up. If that wasn’t enough, it also comes with a little funnel so that you can pour the excess beads right back into the bottle!

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This is how my nails looked when I was finished with the application process:

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Unfortunately, I do have some bad news. Although the concept of this product is fascinating and looks wicked cool, even after applying a top coat, it wittles away very easily. This is how my thumb nail looked after 45 minutes of doing nothing but eating a few chips, drinking a soda, and one (very carefully carried out) trip to the restroom.

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Needless to say, I probably won’t be purchasing this product again. At least it was the same price as one normal-sized nail polish from almost any store. I drastically wish this product would have met my expectations. Guess that’s the price I’ll have to pay for not reading a review before taking the risk of purchasing the product in question!

Rumor Has It: e.l.f. Face Primer & 144 Color Palette

15 Nov

So to those of you familiar with the makeup community, we all know that e.l.f. is one fantastic company! However, for those of you just starting out, it may be a little bit of a hesitant endeavor given it’s sold mostly at Target stores and is very cheap. Don’t be fooled – their products are often just as good if not better than any of those companies that empty your wallets with just a simple purchase of lipgloss. So here I am to review a couple of my most recent favorite products!

e.l.f. Face Primer – Target $6

This stuff is incredible! It’s very easy to go through it because of how often you’ll want to use it, but when it’s as cheap as six bucks, there’s no room to complain. The primer is a clear, gel-type of substance and when you apply it, it makes your skin feel like pure velvet. It’s incredibly soft, doesn’t redden your face in some areas like most creams do and does the basic and well-loved function of not only helping your foundation last longer, but protecting your skin from all of the substances in your foundation that can clog your pores. 5/5Image

e.l.f. 144 Color Eyeshadow Palette – Target $15

I was INSANELY excited when I saw this at the store! My 88 Color Coastal Scents palette is starting to see it’s last days and I was in need of a new color palette. In my opinion, this palette is even better than CS’s! Not only is it a few bucks cheaper, but the color pots are about twice the size, you get 56 MORE colors, and my personal favorite is that they go on brightly EVEN WITHOUT A PRIMER. Here are a couple of pictures for you of the palette itself and some swatches. The swatches were done without any primer, foundation, or anything else applied to my hand prior to taking the picture. I give this a 5/5 for sure, but it may just be a large palette offered for a limited time for the holidays so hurry and get one now!

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Rumor Has It: Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Set

12 Nov

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a whole YEAR since my last post! Thankfully I have a couple of products to review for anyone who’s interested. I’m going to call the posts that I make geared towards makeup reviews “Rumor Has It”, because before I buy a product, I always always ALWAYS look up reviews on it to find out if it sounds like a decent purchase (so I essentially go off of what I hear about it and give my own opinion on it as well). Enjoy!

Too Faced’s Better Than False Lashes Nylon Lash Extension System – Ulta $35

I was super excited to try this product because I had purchased one similar to it before (but a different brand) and I didn’t read the instructions beforehand and totally messed up the brush for the fibers. It seems after reading the reviews that the only sour reviews were from those who didn’t know how to properly apply the product. This is a newer type of lash extension system where there are two parts – and no, it’s not the same as the double-ended mascaras where there’s a conditioner on one side. These are the proper ways to apply the product.

Step 1: Apply mascara (or gel, as some brands label it) as a base. You must do this because the fibers will NOT cling to your clean eyelashes.

Step 2: Apply fibers (this is a container of tiny little fibers that, when you apply them, cling to your primed eyelashes and serve as extenders and thickeners.

Step 3: Apply mascara again to not only coat the fibers, but to better seal them to your natural eyelashes.

All in all, I absolutely LOVE this product. Don’t get me wrong, I have long eyelashes, but they’re very thin, very light compared to my hair color, and stick straight out so you don’t even know they’re there. However, this mascara makes them look FABULOUS. I’ll insert a screenshot below of this product. It’s $35 which isn’t bad for a system such as this and I recommend it to anyone and everyone, no matter what kind of eyelashes you have! 5/5Image

Rumor Has It: LORAC Multiplex 3D Mascara & Too Faced Lip Injection

24 Feb

So on my most recent shopping spree to Sephora, I bought two items. One of which, I’ve never heard of and the other I’ve been wanting to try for a while.

1. LORAC Multiplex 3D Lash Volumizing & Thickening Mascara

The first I got was LORAC’s Multiplex 3D lash mascara. I really needed a new mascara and I don’t like those thick, traditional mascara wands, so I needed one of the plastic-toothed wands.  In the section for LORAC, I found a nice looking wand that has that rounded shape. This mascara is INCREDIBLE for lash-separation and even coating. It really does make your lashes stand out more than average mascaras.  One of my GUY friends said my lashes looked longer and we all know that usually little things like that aren’t recognized by guys.  Among those qualities, this mascara is also smudge-free and contains no sulfates or synthetic fragrances or dyes.  The price is $22 and is beyond worth it. I give this product a definite 5/5.

2. Too Faced Lip Injection Lip Gloss

The next item I purchased was Too Faced’s Lip Injection. This lip gloss is meant to plump your lips. It contains no flavor and although it does give the lips a bit of a pout with the shiny gloss, it also produces a tingly sensation in the lips stronger than that of Burt’s Bees chap stick.  I will admit, at first the tingling was less-than-liked but after the next couple of uses, I grew to like it.  The only sour thing about this product, is that it’s $19 or $24 depending on the price. However if you have the money to spend on it, I would recommend it. I give this a 4/5.

There are my reviews for those products. The best part about both of these products is that both of the companies are COMPLETELY, 100% cruelty-free, which means no testing of product OR ingredient on animals. Happy spending!

Rumor Has It: Bubble Babez Soaps

31 Jan

So I follow quite a few beauty gurus on YouTube and I’ve heard a lot of fuss over the online store, bubblebabez.com. I really wanted to see if their bath products lived up to their hype without spending a lot of money.

I purchased a sampler set (usually consisting of five bars, but the website was giving me difficulty so they courteously sent me two full-sized bars) for $6.50 plus $3.44 S&H. You’re able to choose which bars you get in Try Me Sampler.

…and for the record, the information about the bars, including the ingredients, is NOT by my own analysis. I used the scents and some descriptive wording that the website provides. However, the overall opinions on the products themselves are entirely mine and I was not endorsed or paid by the company to review these products.

O My Achin’ Muscles

This was the first bar I tried. I had a really tiring day at work and pulled a muscle in my neck. Obviously a bar of soap isn’t going to magically mend a pulled muscle, but it was a life saver in other ways. For one, the scent is AMAZING. The most prominent ingredient you’ll smell is the peppermint, although it also contains orange, eucalyptus and rosemary, as well as kosher salt for exfoliating. That’s only the green part though. The white part is goat’s milk mixed with calendula petals, which work as an astringent. The minty clean fresh scent is enough to drive your senses wild, but the fact that it can “awaken” your skin while you’re using it is a major plus as well. I give this bar a 5/5.

Boobalicious

Boobalicious is a tropical-scented soap with a mixture of mango, coconut, and papaya. Jojoba beads are added for light exfoliation. It has a very prominent smell that you get a whiff of right as you’re opening the packaging. The best part? The smell lasts for hours! Definitely a keeper. 5/5.

Pride

A soap that clearly states there’s no shame in taking pride in your sexuality and showing one’s true colors, Pride is an individual all its own.  I’m at a loss of information to reveal the actual scents used in this bar, but when I used it, it came off as a sweet and flowery one. After using the soap on your skin, the smell is just as strong as it is on the bar. If that isn’t enough to snag your interest, the beautiful colors will. While I only got a sample bar of the soap, the actual soap looks like this:

Definitely a 5/5 as well.

Love Potion

This deliciously pink soap bar is comparable to Victoria’s Secret’s fragrance “Love Spell”, but that’s not just mere coincidence. Bubble Babez aimed to make a soap that smelled like that, so not only does it smell incredibly delicious without fragrance overload, but it also adds a subtle amount of glitter as well…and what girl doesn’t like a pretty scent mixed with some sparkle? I love this soap, although I would like it to last longer, as it seems to only last for a short 30 minutes after washing. I give this a 4/5, though it is still highly recommended!

Oatmeal & Honey

This soap was designed for those with dry skin.  The scents (as you may have guessed) are oatmeal and honey, though I did smell a tinge of something else in it (possibly cinnamon?) anyways, this bar smells good enough to eat. It has properties that help to keep the skin from drying out and has bits of real oat in it! It smells like you just walked into an actual bakery. The scent is stronger on the bar itself rather than the skin, but in this case, that’s a good thing. We don’t want hungry little children and animals smelling something this sweet and trying to attack our limbs do we? 5/5.

Chocolate Covered Nana

As if the name didn’t give itself away, this bar is infused with the delicious sent of chocolate-covered bananas. When I first took this bar from its package, I literally said (out loud, in my empty apartment) WOW!!. It smells absolutely incredible. If it didn’t have soap-like ingredients, I probably would’ve tried to start chomping down on it. This scent lasts and leaves the skin feeling soft. The scent hardly fades at all so this is definitely a worthy purchase if you’re as prone to having a sweet tooth as I am. 5/5.

Gucci By Gucci

If you guys want a soap bar that smells exactly like the Gucci by Gucci perfume, look no further! It’s almost as if it’s an exact replica of the fragrance itself (who knows? It might be!). This soap smells gorgeous and very light so it doesn’t overpower your nose and give you a headache. It lasts for hours, so this soap is perfect to wash with before a night out with the girls or a hot date. Definitely deserving of a 5/5.

So there you go. I hope whoever was interested in trying bubblebabez.com and read this found it useful. Needless to say with all of the massively-high ratings, I will certainly be purchasing more soaps and products from their site in the future (that is, once I run out of the  soaps I have!). Keep in mind that these sample bars I’m showing you are NOT the microscopic little slivers of soap most companies offer, they’re as if you’re taking regular soap bar from the drugstore and splitting in in half. So they’re actually a fantastic deal! I will warn you that not all of the soaps I reviewed here are available on the site right now, as they’re doing some renovations, but I still highly encourage you to check them out.

Tori