Sunday, March 30, 2014

Divergent Limited Edition Collector's Kit

Have you seen this? I was on Sephora's website a few weeks ago and saw the collector's kit. The colors looked great and it was limited edition. Cool, i'll check it out, mais non. It was sold out on line I went to a few stores, sold out. I finally found one at the Sephora in JC Penney. First of all I didn't even know Divergent was a movie. I am guessing this kit and palettes are a nod to the movie. There is a multi- piece collector's palette that contains 3 eye shadows, a bronzer,blush and lip gloss for $32.50, a 7 piece nail art kit for $27.50 and  this collector's kit.

The kit contains 3 limited edition eye shadow palettes, a cheek palette, four lip glosses and a double ended brush, all for $59.50. The brush is a bit scratchy and I won't be using it. I have lots of other brushes that I prefer.  There is a little sleeve on the lid that contains 3 double sided cards that have inspiration looks on them so you can " get the look." I'm going to start with the 4 lip glosses.


I do love the packaging. They are plastic with a metallic plastic tapered cap. I like the flattened shape because when you set these down they don't roll away. It has a basic "doe foot" applicator.The formulation of all of these are very light and fluid. These are not thick and sticky. They also have a minty smell, like those plumping glosses. I know I can use these over the mauvey, rosey shades I tend to wear. 

Fear Not is a deep mauve color. if your lips are pigmented like mine it will blend in with your lip color and just give you a nice gloss, not a heavy " I just consumed a bucket of chicken " gloss.

Natural Virtue is a pale mauve shade. It is very pretty and will lighten deeper plum, or brown shade and make them more of a deep nude beige.

I am wearing Naked 3 colors on my eyes!

Supreme Ritual is a pale "nude" color or a light beige gloss. It is lighter and more cool than Natural Virtue. This one was a bit more fluid than the other two also.

I was not very eager to try this one. I do not like shimmery, pearlescent gloss on my lips. They tend to make my full lips look greasy and gross. G & G not a good thing. I was very surprised when I put this one on. I actually like it!
Overall There isn't a dud in the bunch. I like all of these and I will be using them often. I do not mind reapplying lip products throughout the day. I have very dry lips and I always want something on them. I will be back to swatch the eye shadows and the blush in another post! TTFN!! 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Urban Decay Naked 3

Here we go again. Another Naked palette. I have the first one, skipped the second and had to get the third. I saw it on Kandee Johnson's youtube channel. since I do enjoy a good palette my interest was peaked. I ordered mine from the Urban Decay website. I have had it for a good week and a half. Here are my thoughts: It blows the original out the water. There are all new shades in this palette, no repeats! Yeah.The palette is again all neutrals but with a rosy tone. The shades are on the warm side and that is just perfect for me. Cool tones usually mean ashy. Some of the shades in the first palette came off a bit too ashy. Pretty, but ashy.



There is a two-ended brush included and it is not a throw away. I find myself reaching for it again and again. It is a very handy brush to pack on the color with one end, and blend with the other.

These colors are smooth, blend extremely well. There is only one dud in the group and that for me is, DUST. It is a dust of straight up glitter. That would not necessarily be a problem if the glitter would stay put. It tends to fly all over the place. The lightest shade looks scary, but it too blends very nicely and doesn't just sit an the lid. On the other end of the palette is BlackHeart, beautiful smoooth operator. It can be used as a liner completly dry. I like to use it at my lash line, blend it out and then use a cream liner.Be careful with this one you will have a bit of fallout. My favorite shade is Nooner. I use it as an allover lid shade, or a transition shade. I have not used the new Primers yet but I intend to at a later date. I use the original primer potion. When I use it up I will start on the samples. The original UDPP does tend to dry out my lids so I will be interested to see if the new ones are any better in that regard.

I am very pleased with this palette and give it two thumbs up!  

Thursday, October 18, 2012

L'Oreal Lingering Mocha

I was flipping ( sorta' ) through the current issue of ELLE magazine and a little something caught my eye. I am still trying to find a lipstick that I can just grab and put on without a mirror. You have one I bet. You know that kind of lip color that will work no matter what you are wearing. A perfect my lip color, but better kind of color. Nude but not chalky or ashy. I saw this color and it looked perfect. I thought maybe the color in the magazine was just a bit too red and maybe it would be different in person. I found it it Target and it did look a bit spicy. They should have called it Spiced Mocha. I thought I would give it a try anyway.

                                                             "Spiced Mocha" Right?

This is the lip color worn by Uma Thurman for her ELLE cover shoot

On my hand it looks mauve, spicy mauve

It goes on smooth. There is very little slip, but as it wears it can feel a bit dry. It does not look particularly dry, but it feels that way on my lips. If you like a glossy finish this may not appeal to you. I used Hover Lip liner, by Mac.
 Lip gloss: Natural by NYX
My lips tend to feel dry so the semi matte finish bothers me. It looks great but just feels as though it's drying my lips out. I even use a lip balm before I applied the pencil and lip color. Love the color! and I have been reaching for it a lot as I'm running out the door!


Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Long Time Coming

My goodness, I really did not intend for this to happen. Why on earth did it take this long to post the pictures from my Sephora + Pantone Tangerine Tango post? ...........eeeerh, I don't know. So here they are.

 I do wear the lipstick as blush, on occasion, still love the eyeshadow palette and blushes. The only dud was the lip gloss. The glitter in it was just so chunky. Overall, I really liked this collection and now there is another palette out by Sephora that I want the Shades of Nature eyeshadow palette. TTFN!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Sephora + Pantone Tangerine Tango Swatches

scallop shell,carnelian,pavement,sparrow

Let's start with the eyeshadow, all the shadows have varying amounts of shimmer. They are all very smooth, blendable, and buildable. They are on the sheer side, but I do not feel it has anything to do with the quality of the shadow. I love the fact that the tangerine color is paired with an otherwise neutral palette.

apricot brandy,coral,desert flower

Cheeks! My favorite. I love the lift this color gives to my cheeks. The blushers are very pigmented. I have to use a duo fiber brush so I don't pick up too much product. Be careful because the color moves around when it is swiped with your brush. Both colors are very pretty. Desert Flower has more shimmer than the matte Coral. As I said, they really add a bright glow to the cheeks! The highlighter, Apricot Brandy is a very nice color. You can use it on face and body. It's a pretty color, but I'm not wowed by it.

tangerine tango cream,tangerine tango luminous

You certainly must be brave to wear this color. I have tried them, but have not worn them out yet. They are very bright, especially the gloss. I don't care for the texture of this. It is almost too thick. Sort of like a liquid lipstick. It has a sponge tip applicator that just pushes the product around and delivers an uneven application. They should have used a doe foot. I had to use my fingers and pat the color onto my lips. It is VERY glittery. I'm not very fond of glitter on my lips. It does have staying power. I got about 4- 5 hours out of it. That is good for me. The gloss is thick without being overly sticky. The lipstick is very smooth. It goes on more sheer than it appears in the tube, but it is still bright. It feels good on my lips, which tend to be very dry. It did not make my lips peel. I like the lipstick so much that I want to check out  other lip colors of the Sephora brand next time I'm in the store!

I forgot to swatch and photograph the eyeliner. Silly me. I'll get right on that. The pencil is very smooth. It has great color payoff and stays put on my oily lids. I used it as an eyeshadow base and as a line of color over black winged liner. That's it for now.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sephora Pantone Color of the Year

Went to visit my local Sephora the other day. I really wanted to take a look at the collaboration between Sephora and Pantone. The color of the year is Tangerine Tango. The color is seen in the fashion and interior design world. How would it translate into the beauty world. Had to take a look.

I swiped the blush and the highlighter. They are very pigmented, kinda scary, but they blend out to a very soft wash of orange. Very pretty, but full of shimmer. I am an oily girl and I usually run from glitter and shimmer. So my curiosity took hold of me and I purchased the full collection. I was lovin' the eyelashes and the nail color, but I'll save that for later.

     sparrow      scallop shell
                 pavement    carmelian                

apricot brandy

coral     desert flower

tangerine tango cream


tangerine tango luminous

That's it. I will post swatches and some looks soon. I'm still playing with it. My first impression....glitter a go go!!! Will see how it works with my oily skin. Have you gone to play with Tangerine Tango at Sephora? What did you think!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sephora and Origins

Did you get yours? I'm sure you still have time. I wanted to try Starting Over. It's a hydrating moisturizer and I find that my aging skin needs that. I am still very oily, but I find my skin to be dehydrated often. I know my tea consumption doesn't help, so let's see if this helps.
I got mine! Happy Earth Day!