Monday, December 11, 2017

Huda Beauty Mauve Obsession Palette (Review and Swatches)

Huda Beauty Mauve Obsession Palette
Huda Beauty Mauve Obsession Palette 
The Huda Beauty Mauve Obsessions Palette is the first Huda Beauty Product that I have tried. When these smaller palettes launched around the Sephora VIB sale, I decided to pick it one up. 4 of these obsession palettes were launched, and I decided to go with the Mauve Obsessions. I love the color scheme and though it was unique.

At first glace, this palette has all the shades that I look for in a palette when I want to create a look. It has 6 mattes and 3 shimmer shades. The palette is small, but the pan sizes are nice to dip a brush in. They don't feel too small to work with. I've enjoyed this palette so much that I'm now tempted to get the Warm Brown and Smokey palette, as well as the Dessert Dusk palette. The matte shades blend very well, they're soft but don't have too much kick up. The shimmers are very nice, and I had heard some mixed reviews and expected not to like them. They perform very well on their own, and I don't feel the need to spray them. The packaging is also very nice, it comes in a sturdy cardboard with a very nice mirror.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Weekly Roundup of Products (Morphe, Annabelle,Becca, Maybelline, Urban Decay, Dior)

Weekly Roundup of Products (Morphe, Annabelle, Maybelline, Urban Decay, Dior)

Hello Friday! It's been a long busy week, and I'm really ready for the weekend. The products above are what I've mostly been using this week. I've purchased quite a few new palettes recently. I thought I would try a weekly roundup of products I've mostly been using throughout the week, it's not necessarily favorites, just what I've been using and testing out.


Base:

I'm still going strong with my Dior Nude Skin Glowing Makeup foundation. I love that I don't have to set this foundation, and it is buildable with a radiant finish. I opt for a light-medium coverage throughout the week. I've also been using my Benefit Brightening Concealer and my It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer. I have actually started using much less concealer and using a brush instead of a sponge to apply my concealer. I've also been using a damp sponge to pick up some translucent powder (Bare Minerals Invisible Light Translucent Powder Duo) and set my under eye. I really like the smooth finish that I get. When I use brushes and powders, I feel like it looks more heavy under my eye area. I decided to try the damp sponge this week, and I really like the technique. Baking does not work for me, it looks really crepey under my eye.

Eyes:

This week I used the Morphe 15 Night Slayer palette and I've really been liking it. I'm a huge Morphe shadow fan, and this palette didn't disappoint. I went back to using the Urban Decay Anti Aging Eyeshadow Primer, and it doesn't accentuate any lines which I do enjoy. I do find that the Yellow Eden primer makes my eyeshadows pop more, but the Anti Aging works well too. I've gone back to putting down the ELF Glitter Primer before packing on my shimmer shadows and they don't budge all day. For mascara, I've been trying the Tarte Lights Camera Lashes and it does an okay job on my lashes. As usual, I use the Annabelle Skinny Mascara for my bottom lashes. I've also been using the Annabelle Brush Tip Liquid Liner- it is very black and easy to use.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Affordable Ebay Brushes (Jessup Brushes)

Affordable Ebay Brushes (Jessup Brushes)

I purchased a Jessup brush set when I first started out in makeup and I still love many of the brushes in that set and use them every day.  This summer I ordered this 15 piece set, but didn't start using them until recently. The bristles are labeled synthetic-natural and I wasn't impressed with them until I started using them. They remind me of a natural bristle brush. They're not very dense but work very well when you want to built your color. It doesn't grab too much pigmentation and it blends very well. My favorite are the blending brushes, pencil brush, and small detail brush.

I own Sigma, Morphe and other affordable brushes and these have become some of my favorite brushes. The shape of the blending brushes really work well for me. They are not scratchy at all, which is great. I own some Morphe natural brushes and I don't like using them because their scratchy. While these are labeled synthetic-natural, I feel like they are more synthetic than natural. I've washed them and they do fray but maintain their overall shape. Similar to how my Morphe natural hair brushes wash.

If you do purchase these brushes, and you're not sure how they will perform. Try them out, give them a chance. I was so surprised by how much I love using them. The white-rose gold look is really pretty too. I purchased a second set because they are so affordable. If you're looking for extra brushes, I would check these out. I've been really into brushes lately, but I'm also picky with scratchy brushes and these have made the cut.

Have you ever tried any Jessup brushes?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Peach Palette? Karity Just Peachy Palette (Review and Swatches)

Karity Peaches Palette (Review and Swatches)
Karity Just Peachy Palette)

The Karity Just Peachy palette is the second Karity Cosmetics eyeshadow palette in my collection. This summer I purchased the 15 Nudes and Rudes Palette and really liked the quality of their shadows. When I saw this palette was coming out, I knew I really wanted it. These peachy tones are right up my alley, and the palette didn't disappoint.

It has a total of 15 shadows with frost, satin, matte, metallic and duochome finishes. The metallics are gorgeous! You know I love my shimmer shades. This palette has a nice range of colors, and it's laid out very nice in the palette. I really like the gradient in the palette, it helps me when putting together a look. I've used this palette quite a bit, and really like each look that I did. The shadows last all day and blend very well. I can see myself using this palette a lot. I had purchased the Too Faced Peach palette but returned it because of the overwhelming fake scent. I couldn't get past it. I also didn't think it had that many peach tones in it. I'm really happy to have this palette which has alot of peachy colors in it. While this is a warm toned palette, it's unique and stands on it's own. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer Review

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer

The Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer was a Sephora VIB purchase and my first Clinique foundation. I've been trying it for a few weeks and wanted to give you my thoughts. This full coverage foundation comes with a large doe foot applicator. If you're familiar with Tarte's Shape Tape, the applicator is very similar. It makes applying the foundation very easy. I'm able to apply a few swipes to each side of my face and blend it out. The applicator makes it very easy to apply. A little goes a long way with this foundation, it is a little on the thicker side. I like to spray my brush with a setting spray before buffing it out. Spraying your brush thins it out a bit. I also enjoying blending it out with a damp sponge. It doesn't feel too heavy on my skin which I was afraid of.

The foundation claims to be a foundation and concealer in one. If you're not looking to use concealer to highlight, this can really work. It covers my dark circles and doesn't crease under my eye. I do have to set this foundation both under my eyes and on my face since it does sink into the fine lines on my forehead but once I set it, it looks fine. 

Overall, I really do like the coverage of this foundation. It doesn't look cakey and doesn't break up on my skin throughout the day. Again, a little goes a long way. I have normal to dry skin and this works well for me. I do apply my moisturizer and/or luminizing primer underneath.  It's not a complete matte foundation, it does leave a little radiance to the skin. The doe foot applicator is a great addition.

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