Review: NYX Blush in Angel

February 26, 2014 § 5 Comments

Hello, hello!

Here’s the review of the NYX powder blush in Angel. I have been hearing about this blush for years and I am so glad that I bought it last August. It truly is the perfect blush for every kind of look and season.

NYX blush 1

Color&Pigmentation. Angel is a cool toned dust-y pink that works with most of skin tones, especially the lightest ones. It almost has a hint of brown that is not exactly noticeable, but that makes this blush a super natural one. It looks more pink when swatched then when you look at it in the pan. That’s why as soon as I got it I thought I was never going to use it. Then, I swatched it and applied it and..fell in love! The pigmentation is very impressive. I always end up with too much blush on my face because I forget how incredibly pigmented this product is.

Application. It blends extremely well, especially if you are not wearing any cream product underneath. I generally don’t use a specific brush or technique to apply it. I feel it works great applied on the apple of the cheeks for a more youthful look or blended towards the hollows of the cheeks for a slightly more sophisticated look. As I was saying before, go with a light hand because it’s super pigmented.

NYX blush 2

Longevity. I usually don’t have any problem with the longevity of cheek products and this one stays put from the morning until the night (granted that you don’t touch your face too much).

Packaging. It’s very simple, but I love how essential it is. I would have hated a bigger packaging, that is for sure. I don’t even mind not having a brush or a mirror because, in this way, the product is small enough to feel comfortable in bring it around for possible touch-ups. And it closes pretty well too.

Store&Price. I bought my blush at maquillalia.com for less than 5€, but I know that NYX products can change very easily prices depending on where you are getting them. On the whole, it’s a pretty cheap blush, though.

Overall 10/10. Definitely one of my favorite blushes of all time. I like the blendable texture, the incredible pigmentation and the essential packaging. And, of course, I love the color. I would highly recommend this one if you are looking for an all-year-and-all-makeup-looks-around blush. I always say: “When in doubt, go for Angel by NYX“. πŸ˜‰

Do you have this blush in your collection? What other blush shades do you have by NYX? I definitely want more since I was so impressed with this one!

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and on Bronze

February 11, 2014 § 4 Comments

Greetings, Internet!

Today I will review the cream eyeshadow Maybelline Color Tattoo in the color On and on Bronze (in the UK) or Bad to the Bronze (if you live in the US), a super raved product on the web. I love cream eyeshadows and since essiebutton always wears this one and talks gold of it, I had to get it! πŸ˜‰

Color Tatoo 4

Color&Pigmentation. The name could not describe the eyeshadow better. The base of the eyeshadow is bronze, of course, but when hit by the light it has a gold-ish, almost dark champaign color. The finish is quite metallic and overall shimmery, but no chunky glitter at all. I like the fact that it changes with the light because you can easily wear it on its own and it seems that you put a lot of effort, using different shadows on your lids and crease. The texture is creamy and I find it’s even better than the other Maybelline Color Tatoo products I tested. The pigmentation is great and it gives you the opportunity of shearing it out or building it up to full coverage. You can really get on your eyes the color of the eyeshadow in the pot.

Application. As I was saying, the texture is very creamy, and, thank to this, it’s very easy to apply the eyeshadow. It’s one of the best cream eyeshadows I’ve ever used! It really does go smooth and it blends super easily. I find that it applies better with fingers than with brushes simply because the warmth of the fingers works better with the texture. I usually load the product on my ring finger, really working it in the pot and then I either apply it directly on my eyes (if I want more coverage) or dab it on the back of my hands and then blending it on the lids.

Color Tattoo 5

Longevity. Granted that I don’t have oily lids, this eyeshadow stays all day long on my eyes without fading or creasing (unbelievable, I know). I don’t even have to use an eye primer because it’s perfect on its own. After you apply it, it sets and it does not go anywhere. That’s why I would suggest to blend the color as soon as you apply, otherwise it would be impossible to move it! The only thing I noticed is in its finish: it seems that it loses a little bit the shine, but nothing too noticeable.

Packaging. Quite bulky and heavy. But I like it anyway. It’s a nice (maybe too large) pot to store even outside your drawers.

Store&Price. I got mine on feelunique.com because it was on sale for 5.61€, but it generally costs between 6-10€.

Overall 10-/10. I love it. I got it less than a month ago and I’ve been using it so frequently I’m afraid I will run out of it! Definitely a holy grail product for me! If you like cream eyeshadow and you don’t like to spend too much time in front of the mirror, but you still like to look put together, I would suggest this product, hands down! The only thing I would change is the color: I love it, but since I am so pale, I would go for half a shade lighter!

What do you think about On and on Bronze?

Have you tried the Maybelline Color Tattoo? How do you like them? Here is the review on Pink Gold. I also own Permanent Taupe, but I still don’t understand why there’s no review on that on the blog! I need to make it up as soon as possible! πŸ˜‰

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

February 5, 2014 § 4 Comments

Hello, girls!

Today’s turn is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I got this brush back in August (haul here) and have been using it non-stop. As you already know, Real Techniques is the brushes brand by Samantha Chapman, one of the Pixiwoo sisters. The Expert Face Brush is maybe the most famous of these brushes, and I now I understand why.

The brush: the bristles are very dense, but extremely soft at the same time. I like how bendable yet firm it can be – don’t know it you get me. It really gives the perfect flawless and airbrush finish without showing any kind of unesthetic strikes on your face.

real techniques

Clean the brush: concerning the cleansing side, at first I thought that the white tips were going to suck the product in and never come back to white. Well, I was wrong. The brush can be cleaned to its original status perfectly (as long as you avoid to leave there the foundation for more than two weeks). Generally, I use only the elf Daily Brush Cleanser but once every two/three weeks (depending on how much I used the brush) I fully clean it with a simple hand bio soap.

Use the brush: personally, I find it works amazing on liquid foundations and I always use this one whenever I don’t want to apply the base with my fingers. However, I am surprised on how versatile this brush can be. It works great to apply powder too, especially to set concealer under the eyes or around the mouth and nose (despite being quite large for those areas). And, incredibly, it works to apply brush (either cream or powder) too. I wish I could have another one so that I can use one to apply foundation and the other for the powder and the blush.

Overall 10/10: I really couldn’t love this brush more. No wonders why it was included in my β€œBest of 2013” products! It is definitely a must-have for all you brushes lovers. And even if you don’t like to use face brushes (neither did I before this one), I can promise that after trying this brush you will never want to use your fingers for the foundation! Moreover, for its price (I got mine between 8-9€ on Maquillalia.com), it’s an amazing tool. I could not recommend it more!

What other Real Techniques brushes would you suggest me to get? I definitely want more now that I am so in love with this one!

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Naked Skin Foundation by Urban Decay

December 10, 2013 § 6 Comments

Hello!

How is December going for you?

Today I will talk about the revolutionary foundation by Urban Decay, the Naked Skin foundation.

When I was in Rome back in September I swatched the lightest shade on my hand and it seemed to be pretty matching my skin, but being a high-end foundation I only asked for a sample. I’ve been testing it out for five to six times and I have a pretty defined opinion on it.

Color&Pigmentation. The shade I got a sample of is the #0.5, which is the lightest pink-toned one. The scale of shades is numbered with a .5 for pink-toned foundations and .0 for yellow toned foundations and I have to say that if I see only the .5 by them selves I can’t see the rose tint to them, but if I compare the shades with the yellow-toned ones there is a great difference. If you are struggling to find a very yellow-toned foundation, you should check this one out. Anyway, back to the beginning. My shade is a pink-toned one and, despite being pink, it is not pink enough to match perfectly my skin tone. Moreover, on my hands it seems to blend very nicely with the skin, but on my face it’s still too dark. Impossible to believe, but it is. Of course, to use the sample anyway I mixed it with my life-saver Face&Body MAC foundation (review here) in white. And now, yes it matches (despite being still a tad too yellow for me). The pigmentation is super if we consider how lightweight is this foundation. It covers all of the eventual cheek redness and attenuates pimple scars (I still would use concealer over it for the most stubborn ones).

Application. Smooth and easy. Maybe the easiest foundation to apply I have ever tested. Plus, it is very easy to layer.

Longevity. If set it with powder (I use the NYC one) it lasts for at least 8 hours. It fades a bit, but it still covers everything.

Packaging. Can’t say much about it because I had only the sad little jar by Sephora (which was also kind of broken).

Store&Price. The UD Naked Skin Foundation is sold at any Sephora stores and in Urban Decay counters, of course, for about 35€.

Overall 9/10. It would have been a 10 if the shade matched me without having to add the white foundation. I have been thinking of purchasing the foundation, but I’m not positive on spending 35€ and having to mix it with another high-end foundation. Too bad, because I really like this product!

Have you ever tried this foundation? What do you think about the shade range?

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: China Glaze nail polish in Purr-fect Plum

November 25, 2013 § 6 Comments

Hello, girls!

Sorry for not posting a lot recently. My life is getting messier and messier, every day is worse than the previous and I am near to lose my mind. So stressed. (You are very welcome to follow me on Twitter if you want depressed tweets every now and then.) I really need to schedule everything and try to fit the blog in some way. I will upload you soon if I have news.

But let’s talk about my favorite nail polish of the moment. It’s the China Glaze nail polish in Purr-fect Plum. I bought it on Maquillalia.com (see the huge haul here) and it was from the limited edition “On Safari“.

china glaze 1

Color&Pigmentation. Honestly, the name couldn’t fit better. It’s my purrrrr-fect plum, seriously. It’s not enough dark so that you can recognize it’s not black and it’s not enough light to make me hate it (I’m not into light purples very much). I am starting to love plums more and more this Fall, and I believe it really suits my pale skin. (One perk of being pale, I guess..:P) See, the thing is that cool toned purples were never my thing (and will never be, I am afraid), but warm toned ones are stealing my heart. The pigmentation is good, but I would put it in the build-able polishes range, which you either can like or not. One coat will give you a lighter purple (still stunning), but I always go with two coats to have a darker shade.

Application. Simple and straightforward. And I find that it dries very quickly too! It’s always a pleasure to apply this polish.

china glaze 2Longevity. It lasts from three to four days with no top coat. As you know, I like to do my nails only on the weekends, therefore I hate when the nail polish starts to chip during the week. After the first time that it chipped in three/four days, I decided to apply a clear polish on it and it lasted perfectly the entire week. Honestly, I did not try to use Purr-fect Plum alone again, so I don’t know if the bad results depended on me washing hands more frequently (or similar) that week than the others (I doubt it, though).

Packaging. Awesome. I love the fact that it’s round and big, and the cap is quite good and comfortable, too. Oh, and it seems that it contains a lot of product if compared to common nail polished.

Store&Price. I bought it on Maquillalia.com (and it’s still available here) for 5.40€ and it’s from the limited edition “On Safari“, so I guess that it’s not sold on physical stores anymore.

Overall 10/10. Despite the fact that it chipped easily that one time on my nails (still not sure if it depended by my habits), it definitely is a super recommended nail polish. If you’re into dark polishes, you have to get this one..and if you like purples, this is the best shade you’ll ever find! It surpassed all of my favorite nail polishes and I feel like I am wearing it non-stop these weeks!

& that is all, peeps! I hope I will have the chance of buying some more China Glaze polishes in the future because they really feel worth the price.

How do you like lacquers from this brand? Favorite shade?

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: True Color Lipstick by Sleek in Smother #797

November 7, 2013 § 12 Comments

Greetings, Internet!

Here it the product I want to talk about today. It’s called True Color Lipstick by the brand Sleek and it is in the shade Smother (#797).

Sleek Smother lipstick 1Color&Pigmentation. I picked this lipstick because I wanted a deep berry color to use during fall, since the trend of dark lips stole my heart. However, as you can see from the swatches it appears differently from the hand with respect to the color applied on the lips. I don’t know exactly why, but on the hand it seems more purple than it actually appears on the lips. When applied, it is a very deep color with a hint of purple – definitely a blue-toned shade. The pigmentation is very good, but it makes me question why the color is different from the hand to the lips. :/

Application. Very easy and smooth. It applied like a dream, really. The consistency is very creamy and I did not have any troubles applying it straight from the tube though I usually do.

Sleek Smother lipstick 2Longevity. Not bad, but not perfect either. I don’t remember how it behaves when eating or drinking (and I fear I still haven’t tested it in this way), but it stays on the lips for at least 3-4 hours. The only trouble is that it tends to go a little bit patchy: the color tends to slide to the center and to the edges of the lips. As a result, I always have the need of blending it to avoid an awkward look. What I usually do is: put a some kind of chapstick on it and rub the lips together to redistribute the color. If this is not enough I’ll use a finger to blend the color better. On a better note, it stains the lips very nicely and it’s quite hard to get it off too!

Packaging. When I first got it, I though it was a sample. It’s tiny-tiny-tiny if compared to any kind of lipsticks. The amount of product may be less, but the packaging is extremely defined. I love it. It’s not sleek (despite the name of the brand), but opaque and it reminds me the feeling of NARS packaging or the Lorac PRO palette one (aka it tends to get dirty easily). The cap clicks brilliantly and, honestly, I may like the package as well as the lipstick itself. πŸ˜›

Store&Price. I got mine at Maquillalia.com (I swear I’m not sponsored, I just like that site very much and I ordered a ton of stuff there – see the haul here) for 6.50€.

Overall 8/10. I’m not completely sure about the shade. Maybe I was expecting something slightly more berry instead of purple-y. Nevertheless, I think it’s a great product for its price. I like the packaging and the fact that it’s very easy to apply. The stain it leaves is quite nice as well. I will surely buy some more shades from this line. I just have to stop shopping for a little while! πŸ˜›

Bonus for you. I read online that it’s one of the closest shade to MAC Rebel lipstick. This is the main reason I decided to add it in my cart! πŸ˜‰

Have you ever tried these line of lipsticks? How do you like them?

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Lasting Color Gel Nail Polish by Pupa

October 28, 2013 § 4 Comments

Hello, girls!

The last week of October! Who thought October is almost ending and Christmas is nearer than ever?!

Todays is my newbie nail polish’s turn: the Lasting Color Gel Nail Polish by Pupa in #018.

Pupa gel

Color&Pigmentation. I would describe this color as a deep fuchsia, more on the dark-red side than on the cool-bright one. Definitely an autumn color despite being fuchsia. I wish I got the #019 which was slightly darker, but when I picked it up I was so curious about the color I didn’t think too much. Looking back, now, I wish it was a little bit darker. Regardless, the color truly is peculiar: it is a shade I maybe never say before among drugstore polishes and it is suitable for colder months as well as warmer seasons. The finish is quite glossy. After all, these line should emulate gel polishes and it stays quite true to what it says! I find the pigmentation to be better than the regular line of Lasting Color Polishes by Pupa. However, I went for two coats anyway because of what I’m explaining later under “Longevity”. πŸ˜‰

Application. I don’t know why, but the consistency of this polish is quite thick – maybe it’s because of the finish, I don’t have a clue. Because of this, the application is not as smooth as I would have expected, being this a polish by Pupa. However, nothing too dramatic. I just had to take a minute more to apply it. The brush is quite comfortable too.

Longevity. I wore this polish three times and what I noticed is: if you wear only one coat it will chip in less than two days, but it you coat the lacquer twice it will stay put for 5 days. Freaky, uh?! Generally, polishes tend to chip more fi you coat and coat them..this one works at the opposite! Anyway, the glossy finish tends to fade away quite soon: after a couple of days I would feel like wear a coat of clear polish to refresh the look. One word on the removing process: it was harder than usual. I guess it’s because these polishes emulate the gel ones and, as a result, they tend to be harder to come off.

Packaging. The usual Pupa package, with a cap in a darker silver color.

Store&Price. I got mine for free because of an offer Pupa was having through their FB page. I believe these are on the 5€ mark, generally.

Overall 7/10. I wanted to love this polish with all my heart. I ended up liking it, but not loving it. First off, I wish I got the darker shade. And then..the longevity power did not satisfy me much. Forcing me to go with two coats, forces me to take more time to remove it as well – something I don’t want to be bothered with. I mean, the pigmentation is good to simply settle with one coat, why should I wear two coats to avoid chipping?!

Have you tried these polishes? How do you feel about wearing fuchsia during autumn and winter? πŸ˜‰

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Enchanted Eye Cream by Lush

October 24, 2013 § 1 Comment

Hello, girls!

Today I will review the Lush Enchanting Eye Cream.

I’ve been wanting to try this product for months. I don’t know where I got the idea, though. πŸ˜› Regardless, when I had to buy my very first eye cream, I was placing an order on FeelUnique and I got the Burt’s Bees one – hopefully I will review that soon. The Lush Enchanted eye cream is still on my wish list, though!!!

Last month, when I was in Rome I stopped at Lush to get my favorite hair treatment Roots and I asked for a sample of the cream. The clerk girl was so nice to almost fill up the entire little sample jar – the amount of product will last me at least two months for sure!!!

The eye cream comes in a white color, but of course it will go clear when applied. As every beauty tip suggests, I apply a little amount with my ring finger and gently dab it on my eye area, down the eye and right under my eyebrows.

The eye cream is quite liquid, but I think my judgment is biased. As I was saying earlier, the eye cream I am currently using (before getting the sample of Lush) is the one from Burt’s Bees and, if you’ve ever tried that one, it’s the thickest cream ever. That’s why I would define the Enchanting eye cream as “quite liquid”. I’m pleased with the different texture of it because I believe it applies easier and, most of all, it absorbs super quickly.

In fact, as soon as I apply it, my eyes “drink” the cream in about 10 minutes and that is why I feel comfortable wearing it in the morning and applying makeup over it – something I’ve always avoided with the Burt’s Bees one because it takes ages to completely absorb.

I know there are a lot of great eye creams around (I’d love to try the infamous Clinique one, but I won’t spend 45€ on something I’m not sure how will work), but when it comes to apply something on my face other than makeup I am always careful to the ingredients and I like to go natural. Maybe that’s why this Lush one attracted me so much! πŸ˜€

I didn’t notice an evident result (brightening under eye area, less fine lines, etc.) by applying the eye cream, but I think I should wait at least two other weeks.

Overall 8/10. I am quite pleased with the eye cream. I’m glad it hydrates, but still doesn’t make my eye area greasy so that I can wear makeup over it. These days, I am using the Burt’s Bees at nighttime (to better hydrate the area) and the Lush one during the day. Oh, and I love how refreshing it is. We all know that Lush is quite pricey (it retails for 26.95$), but the Burt’s Bees one was over 25€ and maybe, being natural as well as, I might think to buy it as soon as I’m done with the Burt’s Bees one. We’ll see, we’ll see.

How about you? What eye cream are you currently using?

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Blush by 3 by Sleek

October 21, 2013 § 4 Comments

Hello!

Finally, today I will introduce you to the Sleek blush palette. It’s called Blush by 3 and it’s in the color “Flame” (#365).

sleek flame 1

Color&Pigmentation. There is no way to better match the colors than “Flame“. It’s definitely a fiery palette! It has three red-toned shades, two in a matte finish and one slightly shimmer. From left to right, the colors are called Furnace, Bon Fire and Molten. Furnace is red toned with a hint of brown – definitely a darker shade. I find it quite nice for a little bit of contouring – on my cheeks it would look too dark otherwise. What I often do is: placing one of the other two colors almost on the apples of my cheeks and blend them backwards with Furnace. Bon Fire is a bright red and the leader of the palette, for sure. It is a dupe for NARS Exibit A, the blush I wanted to get since LillianMasie talked about it. Molten is the slightly shimmer one: it is a darker and deeper red than Bon Fire, but not as brown-toned as Furnace. The shimmer is almost on the gold side, but it’s nothing too noticeable, which is good since the color already stands on his own. The pigmentation? It dangerously incredible.

sleek flame 2

Application. Due to the highly pigmentation, you could very easily end up with way too much blush on your face. The amount of product you need is not little, it’s ten times less than little!!! Since it’s impossible to get such a little amount of blush on my brush, what I do is: lightly dip the brush on the color of choice, tap off the excess (these blushes can get a little bit powdery), slightly blend the product on my hand and then place in on the cheeks. That is the only way I find works the best to avoid awkward red cheeks. πŸ˜› Yes, the application process is not straightforward as my loved cream blush by Kiko, but I don’t mind it. I love the effect of a red toned blush on my fair skin.

Longevity. On me, these blushes stay put for the entire day. No matter if I am wearing foundation or not. Brilliant.

Packaging. It reminds me of the NARS ones. I love black packages. It feels quite resistant too. And the big mirror is extremely useful.

Store&Price. I bought my blush palette at Maquillalia.com (here‘s the haul post), but you can find these blushes at Sephora (if you’re lucky) or straight from the Sleek official website for 12.99€. Honestly, with their palettes at 9.99€ I’m pretty surprised these blushes are more expensive. They are worth the price, though.

Overall 10/10. Yes, these palette is a ten. I’ve been wanting red toned blushes for ages and now I’m all satisfied. πŸ˜‰ I love how, though being all red-toned, they still are quite different from each other to give a different look. My favorite one is, of course, Bon Fire, but pairing either it or Molten with Furnace on the back of my cheeks is something I find myself doing quite often. I guess I’m caving in into the bronzed cheeks too! πŸ˜› Overall, I suggest you to pick one set of colors you like from these blush-by-3 line and just buy it. The palette is definitely a worth-having product.

Any thoughts?

Stay beautiful.

L

Review: Essence Nail Polish in Top of the Ice Stream (#04)

October 14, 2013 § 2 Comments

Happy Monday!

Saying that I am stressed out it’s an euphemism. I am so incredibly tired-scared-hopeless-anxious. Hopefully, next week at this time I will have two weights less on my shoulders. Cross your fingers for me, girls, please!!!

Anyway, today is Essence nail polish in Top of the Ice Stream‘s (#04) turn!Essence Top of the ice streamColor&Pigmentation. Oh my, I love the name so much, it’s super cute! The color is exactly how it looks on the pictures: it’s a milky kind-of-sheer while with cool toned micro glitter in it. The pigmentation is scarce, but for once it is not something that bothers me! Not at all!!! Instead, it gives me the opportunity to layer the product if I want the white polish to stand out more (and you can easily reach the color in the bottle with three rich coats of lacquer), but when I feel like giving my nails just a touch of white I can settle for just one coat. I love how it can serve different purposes. The picture show two slim coats.

Application. It is pretty straightforward. The brush is bigger than I expected and it’s in the perfect size to cover all the nail with two strokes. As a result, the application is not time-consuming at all. Moreover, you can measure-out the product you want to apply very easily. Oh, and it dries super quickly – something always appreciated!

Longevity. Sadly, it doesn’t last more than 3/4 days without top coat, and the more coats you wear, the more likely the polish will chip. But with a clear top coat it lasts at least 6 days perfectly.

Packaging. Can I say it?! I love it. It has the cutest shape and, I don’t know if it’s something characteristic of all Essence polishes, but the cap closes with a click – it’s the very first polish with a secure closing that I have ever found – genius! And I like the feeling at the touch of the cap: I like how smooth and solid it is!

Store&Price. I bought it online at Maquillalia.com and you can see the haul here. I believe it is still sold at the online shop, however it is from the limited edition Snow Jam so you won’t find it at Essence counters anymore. I paid it 1.99€. Pretty cheap for such a nice polish, uh?!

Overall 10/10. Honestly, I’ve thought about it a lot and I could just give it a 9 because of its little lasting power. I love it too much and it has become one of the best purchases I have ever did in a long time, truth be told! Hail to the cheap yet good nail polishes!!! I love how I can change the intensity of the color and how it suits every season. I can already picture it with a nice winter outfit while there’s snow everywhere, haha! πŸ˜‰

& that it all! I would like to thank MissHollieBerries for showing this polish in her blog so that I could add it on my wish list! πŸ˜€

Stay beautiful.

L

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