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Fenty Beauty Product Review – Match Stix Matte Skinstick & Duo Highlighter

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Hi everyone, I know it’s been a while. Life has become extremely busy and I haven’t had time to dedicate to the blog. However, I finally have a new review for you all with two products from the newest makeup line: Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty! The two products I picked up were the Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Mean Money and Hu$tla Baby and the Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Sand. To be honest, I wasn’t really excited for this collection just because I’m not a huge fan of Rihanna. I know a lot of people were losing their minds over this release so I decided I had to give it a chance. I actually wanted to pick up a foundation and the lip gloss but of course, they were sold out. Fenty Beauty has 40 foundation shades from fair to deep, 20 shades of Match Stix Matte Skinstick, 6 Freestyle Highlighters, and a few other products.fenty beauty product review Read more…

October 3, 2017
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NikkieTutorials + Too Faced The Power of Makeup Review + Swatches*

Eyelook using the following shades: Painkiller, Mystic Hour, Sugar Coated, and Ivy. Also used the liquid eyeliner in this look!

Used the following eyeshadow shades in this look: Ivy, Painkiller, Makeup & Chill, and Irresistible.

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The swatches with “P” are in this palette compared to their stand alone counterparts.

I had high hopes for this palette since I own various Too Faced products. Unfortunately, the palette did not exceed my expectations and I believe this palette is actually subpar with most of my other Too Faced palettes. The matte shades in the palette are pigmented and blend really well. The only one that is a bit chalky is the lightest shade, Ivy. I feel this palette is lacking a huge important element: another matte transition shade. The only transition shade in this palette is Painkiller which is a bummer because they could have easily a taupe or mauve to compliment the rest of the shades. The metallics, on the other hand, did not swatch very well using various flat shader brushes but provided better pigmentation when using your finger. It seemed as if the metallic shades did not stick very well to the skin or brushes and when I tried blending them the vibrancy of the shadow would decrease significantly. Also, these shadows have a lot of fallout so do your eyes first!! The blushes in the palette were great and were the exact same color and texture as in the Love Flush Palette. The bronzer in this palette actually seemed more cool toned than the stand alone Chocolate Soleil bronzer that I own. The highlighter in this palette is actually the same eyeshadow shade seen in the original Chocolate Bar palette, yet the one in this palette seemed a little off in color. Both the bronzer and the highlighter have different textures than the originals, they seem chalkier.

This palette comes with a few extras which include: a full size Sketch Marker liquid eyeliner, a purple Better Than Sex mascara, glittering Glamour Dust in Blue Angel, and a Shadow Insurance primer. The eyeliner is great because it’s black, the tip is thin enough to get a straight and precise liner. I really do enjoy it and can actually see myself repurchasing if after a few months the tip does not feather. The mascara was a bit disappointing because I thought the purple would be brighter; however, it wasn’t that noticeable on my eyelashes but the mascara does provide volume. I don’t like the packaging of the mascara because the stopper always allows extra product to stay on the wand and eventually it starts to accumulate on the rim of the tube, very messy. I wish the glitter container had a sifter to prevent the glitter from flying everywhere. Besides that the glitter is a silver shade even though the name is Blue Angel but it’s nice to add an extra dimension to a look for any special occasion. The eyeshadow primer worked well for my eyes, kept the shadows from creasing but didn’t really help with the intensity of the shadows.

Overall: The palette has good matte shadows, okay metallic shadows, great blushes, and a subpar bronzer and highlighter. The eyeliner is amazing but they do sell that separately, just like the blushes. Save your money and pass on this palette because you have to put extra time into making the shadows work and there are several other palettes out there with very similar shades that are way easier to use.

If you’re still interested in purchasing this palette you may find it at the Too Faced website. Sephora and Ulta are both currently sold out and they may not be restocking online so check in stores.

This palette was sent to me by 0.8Liters for review purposes.

September 19, 2016
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Becca Cosmetics Glow on the Go Set: Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

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Swatches of Opal on NC37 skin. Left: Liquid & Right: Powder

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Rimmel Kate Lipstick used for size comparison.

Finally took the plunge and bought Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal! I never wanted to splurge on a full size product because I don’t use highlighter on a daily basis and I could never overlook the high prices. This small set is perfect for someone like me who doesn’t want to buy the full size but still wants to try the product or someone who just wants a smaller “travel size” set. My first impressions are that they’re both highly pigmented and I like the way they look on my skin. The powder version can double as an eyeshadow as well which I’m sure I will use a lot. Once I get some usage out of the products and see their wear time I will share an update with some pictures. Peace out!

-Products were purchased by me-

October 18, 2015
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Ipsy November 2014 Unboxing

ipsy november 2014 bag

November 2014 Ipsy Glam bag

elizabeth mott eyeliner

elizabeth mott eyeliner swatch

Elizabeth Mott – You’re So Fine eyeliner swatch

marc anthony morocco oil hairspray

temptu highlighter

Temptu Highlighter in Pink Pearl Swatch

Temptu – S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl Swatch

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jcat beauty wonder lip paint

J. Cat Beauty – Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion

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J. Cat Beauty – Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion

Hey everyone, here is the breakdown for my November ipsy bag:

  • Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Eye Base in Submissive (Value: $14)
  • Elizabeth Mott You’re so FINE Eyeliner in Glitterati (Value: $17.99)
  • J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion (Value: $4.99)
  • Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco Argan Oil Volume Shine Hairspray (Value: $1.38)
  • Temptu S/B Highlighter in Pink Pearl (Value: $2.75)
  • Total Box Value: $41.11

This month’s theme was all about glitter as you can tell by the bag’s design. One of the items I was really impressed by was the J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint because I have received previous J. Cat products and have found them to be low in quality. However, this lip paint has a lovely color, formula, and many people have said it is similar to the OCC Lip Tars. The other item that I will be using constantly is the You’re so Fine Eyeliner. It is regular liquid eyeliner with some almost invisible glitter but it does not budge after it dries so there will never be any smudging. In my opinion, the glitter just adds more texture to the liner than actual color. The two items that were not that appealing were the Temptu highlighter and the Be A Bombshell base. I already received a Temptu highlighter in one a previous Birchbox and did not really like the consistency since it’s silicone-based. The color of this highlight is nice so I will probably try it and see how it applies over a foundation. On the other hand, I did not even bother to swatch the Be A Bombshell base because I have not had the best experience with their products. Most of their products seem low in quality as well and I rather just immediately toss it to my swap pile. The Marc Antony hairspray does leave the hair a bit stiff so I think I will use it more for styling and dealing with flyaways.

Just like last month, IPSY actually forgot to include my Temptu highlighter so I had to contact them and they were very kind and understanding. They sent a replacement immediately with a little extra for the hassle. I am glad that their customer service is so helpful and professional. I just really hope that everything arrives in my December bag because I have been having second thoughts about continuing my subscription.

Well that is all for November’s bag, hope you enjoyed my short overview. Thanks for reading! Peace to the outtt.

-Purchased by me-

November 29, 2014
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September 2014 Birchbox Overview

Birchbox September 2014

Birchbox September 2014

Birchbox September 2014

Birchbox September 2014

I was excessively excited about this month’s Birchbox because of two things: the box and the Macadamia Oil Spray. Please tell me that I’m not the only one who is in love with this month’s box! I have always liked patterns and geometric prints so this design is totally in my ballpark, absolutely love it. Also, the Macadamia Oil Spray was one of the choices for this month’s customization option. Besides the oil spray, you could choose from three other individual samples or pick a standard box. I will include the possible choices in a screenshot down below so that you all know what I’m talk about and don’t start to think I’m crazy 🙂

September 2014 Customization Choices Birchbox

September 2014 Customization Choices

Now let us get to the box value breakdown!

    • Avene Cleanance Soap-Free Gel Cleanser (Value: $5)
    • Hello by Harvey Prince (Value: $1.30)
    • Macadamia Professional Healing Oil Spray (Value: $14.50)
    • Temptu S/B Highlighter in Champagne Shimmer (Value: $2.75)
    • Tocca Crema de Mano in Bianca (Value: $5)
    • NEW ChapStick dual-ended Hydration Lock (Value: $2.99)
    • Total Box Value: $31.54

Tocca Crema de Mano - Bianca

Avene Cleanance Soap Free Gel Cleanser Temptu HIghlighter in Champagne Shimmer

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harvey prince hello

chapstick dual end hydration lock

macadamia oil healing spray

Hits: Hands down the Macadamia Healing Oil Spray is my favorite item in this box. It smells ridiculously good and has a decent amount of product. This product is supposed to provide moisture, softness, protection, shine, and help with frizz control. I’m excited to see how well this product works with my hair so if I love it, you will see it in my September favorites post. Another item that I liked from this box was the Chapstick dual-end hydration lock stick. This is a brand new item in the market so it’s cool that Birchbox was able to provide every member with this sample. I love chapsticks, especially Burt’s Bee, because I slobber them on right before going to bed and I wake with freshly soft and smooth lips. I haven’t used a product by Chapstick since maybe high school or middle school so I would love to see if they’ve stepped up their game. This dual ended chapstick is specialized for moisturizing and renewal; it claims to help make lips look fuller, feel smoother, look younger, and help revitalize the lips. The only thing that is a bit disappointing is that I will be receiving this exact same sample free from a program called Smiley360 but at least Birchbox gave us six samples instead of just five.

Misses: I have to say that Hello by Harvey Prince is a miss for me just because I already received a full size of this item in my Boxycharm this month. The scent is infused with Meyer lemon and grapefruit so if you don’t like fruity scents don’t try this one. The Avene Cleanance Soap-Free Gel Cleanser is another miss for me because it is for oily skin and I have dry skin therefore this product probably won’t benefit me that much. The scent is similar to the ones found in cleaning products or laundry detergent it’s very close to a fresh linen smell. The Temptu highlighter is a joke of a sample if you ask me. The size is really small and is full on glitter with a gel like consistency. After blending this product, you’re barely left with any actual color or glow and just a bunch of glitter. I will try it out with a full face of products and see if it enhances the cheekbones or provides even a subtle glow but I really doubt it will be successful.

Temptu S/B HIghlighter in Champagne Shimmer

Temptu S/B HIghlighter in Champagne Shimmer swatched & blended

The Tocca Crema de Mano is the only product I am indifferent about and it’s going to my swap pile because I have way too many creams and I just don’t need any more. The cream is made with natural oils, green tea, and lemon to provide you with the most moisture. The size of the sample is pretty good and this product is paraben-free!

The overall value of the box was fair and the Macadamia spray was what made the box worth it, in my opinion. Let me know what you guys got in your boxes and if you’ve tried any of these items before too. If you haven’t tried Birchbox and are interested just click on my referral button to sign up. If you use promo code BBKIWI100 to receive $10 worth of points to use in the Birchbox shop. Birchbox is $10 a month and they always send five or six samples from haircare, skincare, makeup, and lifestyle items! See you next time, Peace to the Outt!

P.S. if you want to buy anything from Harveyprince.com use the promo code: MORNINGGLORY for 10% off your total purchase!

September 2014 Birchbox

September 2014 Birchbox

-Purchased by me-

September 14, 2014
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