February 11, 2014 § 4 Comments
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! 😉
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.
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! 😉
February 5, 2014 § 4 Comments
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.
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 “Best 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!
December 10, 2013 § 6 Comments
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?
October 28, 2013 § 4 Comments
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.
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”. 😉
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? 😉
October 24, 2013 § 1 Comment
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. 😛 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! 😀
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?
October 21, 2013 § 4 Comments
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).
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.
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. 😛 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. 😉 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! 😛 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.
October 14, 2013 § 2 Comments
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!Color&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! 😉
& 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! 😀
October 10, 2013 § 10 Comments
Finally I can post the review for maybe the most famous MAC lipstick ever: Ruby Woo.If you don’t already know, I won this precious lipstick in a giveaway (here‘s the link to my post about it) and it’s my very first MAC lipstick. I’ve always wanted to try lipstick from this brand, but whenever I go to a MAC store I get so overwhelmed by the color range that I give up. (And the fact that these lipsticks are pricey does not help! P) However, I am super happy to have been lucky enough to try their most famous one! 😀
Color&Pigmentation. Ruby Woo is the red lipstick of the world. I would say that it has a little hint of strawberry red too, depending on the lightning and on how pale your lips are. It has a cool undertone and it reminds so much of the lipstick that Taylor Swift usually wears during her performances or red carpet looks in general. I’m not positive if she actually has ever worn this specific one – I don’t doubt it, truth be told. However, let’s move on. The finish is the mattest matte you can ever imagine. Because of this, I find it’s quite drying on the lips, but nothing that a lip balm over it can’t solve. The pigmentation is amazing, one swipe of product and your lips are completely covered.Application. Here comes the most difficult part. The pictures show the effect applying the lipstick straight from the bullet. I have to tell you: it’s not the easiest way. I wore this lipstick quite often, recently, and so se pointy tip disappeared in no time. What I mean is: I managed to use the product directly from the tube only for the first two applications, when the lipstick was rightly shaped to respect my lips edges. However, right now, it’s impossible for me to apply it straight from the bullet: it would end up everywhere! As a result, I generally apply it with a lip brush and I find it’s way easier than using the tube itself: you can be more precise and build up (or down) layering the product as you like. I have to tell the truth, though: this is the lipstick that takes me the most time to be applied ever (at least 7 good minutes – but I’m a perfectionist and quite clumsy so..you do the math). Because it’s matte and has a thick consistency, I would suggest to have nice scrubbed and moisturized lips, otherwise it would accentuate flakiness. Nevertheless, I never wear lip balm under it because it will cause too much smudging. What I do is: apply a lot of lip balm the night before (these days I’m using a Lush one) and scrub my lips with a homemade honey, oil and sugar scrub in the morning.
Longevity. Thanks to its matte finish, it’s definitely a long-lasting lipstick. It stays put even after (carefully) eating and drinking. However, I always have the need of reapplying it after meals – but that’s a OCD thing of mine! 😛 It can be a drying on the lips and I found that wearing under it a light lip balm can increase it’s longevity and avoid cracking lips over the day.
Packaging. Black and round, I like it pretty much! It closes with a safe click and I love how elegant it looks in the paper box! 😉
Store&Price. As I was saying earlier, I won the lipstick in the one-year anniversary giveaway of Nicole (who I will forever thank! ❤), so I got it for free. However, it costs 18.50€ at every MAC (italian or european) counter or on their online shop. I know MAC lipsticks are around 15$ in the US and, honestly, I am super jealous because that translates into 11€. I would definitely spend 11€ on such a lipstick, but 18€ are really too much for me! But, you know what they say, never say never! 😉
Overall 9/10. Definitely one of the best lipsticks I have ever tried. It’s not a full 10 because it can get pretty drying and it’s not as quickly to apply as my Kate Moss Rimmel red lipstick. Moreover, if I’m not careful with good shape lips I can’t wear it at all because it would look simply dreadful. Nevertheless, the pigmentation and the color itself are incredible and I see why this product is so loved by many. I would recommend it if you’re looking for the perfect super long-lasting red lipstick.
& that is all! Ever tried this lipstick? How to you apply it? What about the fact that dries lips: do you have any tips?
October 7, 2013 § 4 Comments
Hello, Internet and happy Monday!
Today’s review is about the highlighter I bought with my Maquillalia order back in the Summer. Here‘s the link to the haul, if you’re interested.
It’s the super famous-on-the-web Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter by The Balm.
Just a word before starting: when I placed the order I really wanted to try the MUA Undress Me Too Highlighter but it was out of stock. 😦 Therefore, I decided to give this The Balm one a try because of all the nice things on YouTube and on blogs in general. Plus, it was discounted so, really, I couldn’t go wrong.
Color&Pigmentation. It’s definitely a gold highlighter instead of a pink one. Before buying it I knew it would have been more on the warm side than the MUA Undress Me Too is. However, I did not expect that it would be this gold! Don’t get me wrong, the color truly is amazing, but on my cool and fair skin tone it doesn’t wear as good as on warmer people. The pigmentation is super. S-U-P-E-R. Almost dangerous, I’d say. You really need the tiniest tiniest amount of it, or you’ll end up having gold shimmer all over your face!
Application. Extremely easy. The texture is so smooth it feels like a cream butter-y highlighter. As a result, blending it is the easiest thing ever. The only thing you need to be careful is taking the tiniest amount of product, as I was saying earlier.Longevity. It wears pretty well. It does fade a little bit, but it doesn’t require to reapply it during the day. On my skin it lasts from the morning to the late afternoon. Awesome. ❤
Packaging. It’s so super cute. I love the name of the highlighter (so fun!) and I love the paper packaging as well as product itself. The big round mirror is quite helpful too. Oh, and there’s so much product in it that it literally will last me for years. Never going to need another gold highlighter in my life.
Store&Price. The Balm is quite a pricey brand. I would compare it to Urban Decay, price-wise. However, I got mine for 13€ because it was (it still is!!!) on sale, but it retails for 17€ on Maquillalia.
Overall 8/10. I truly suggest this product it you are looking for the perfect gold highlighter. It really is a keeper, from the pigmentation to the packaging itself. However, truth be told, I couldn’t give this product a 10 simply because the color does not suit my skin tone as well as I expected and it still is an expensive highlighter. A tip: after watching Lauren Curtis using it as an eyeshadow and one morning I decided to give it a go. It was such a great surprise! It’s so perfect to make eyes brighter and I’m super happy that now it’s a multi-use product! 😉
Have you ever tried this highlighter? What do you think about it?
May 16, 2013 § 6 Comments
Here’s the review of my latest lip product purchase: the Essence Stay Matte Lip Cream in Velvet Rose (#01).
Color&Pigmentation. I find that the name suits the color very well. The lip product is definitely a pink, but more specifically a rose-pink. The adjective “velvet” makes me understand exactly what color to expect. Don’t ask me why! haha
The lip cream is extremely pigmented, definitely more than I thought it would.
Application. It has the traditional sponge applicator that I never complained too much on lip glosses, but this, in this case, makes the application more difficult than it should. The texture of the product, in fact, is pretty thick if compared to a lip gloss and I feel like the sponge drags the colour too much. As a result, even if being very careful and precise, lips are not colored in an even way. The best way of applying it I find is with fingers, the middle one is the best for me. If you want to, you can build it up and have a less sheer look, but I suggest to use a lip brush to have an even application. Concerning it’s finish, I’m not sure about the “matt” effect. Yes, it does not set as glossy as you apply it, but it’s not as “matt” as I expected. I think I like it better this way, though!
Longevity. I expected it to last and stay still for at least one to two hours. Well, just after 10 or 15 minutes it tends to create the hideous “ring” of color right where the lips touch. I blotted it just right there, but after some more minutes it would just recreate. To avoid something like that I realized that the product needs to set with your mouth open or, well, with your lips not closed for at least 5 minutes (depending on how much product you applied). Obviously it’s something very unhandy, even for the ladies who have time. Concerning the longevity itself, it lasted about two hours, but the color started to fade and I feel like it can dry your lips a bit. I don’t know how a chapstick would act above (or under) the lip cream.
Packaging. Nothing much to say, very nice and cute. If only the brush was different!!!
Store&Price. I bought it at an Essence counter at OVS, but you can get it whenever Essence is sold (I think that outside Italy you can find this brand in drugstores!) for 2,49€.
Overall 6/10. I really wanted to like this product. I was looking for something like this to use everyday, just to have some pink on the lips. Sadly, the fact that it requires a long process of applying it and setting forces me to use it only when I have time (
never LOL). It’s such a shame because the color is stunning, in my opinion!
Have you tried these Lip Creams? Any tips?