Sep 1, 2014

Manic.

Just my luck, after I get rid of those wine colored lipsticks from my stash because they "...were so 90's, like yesterday!" I end up receiving the most gorgeous wine lipstick just in time for the trend.



Manic by Urban Decay....This 'brown wine' trend was quickly adopted in the fall of 2014 and has been the hot topic among lipstick addicts like myself. The color does look a bit 90's....I remember the lipsticks I had in my crystal clear lipstick holder that sat atop my dresser along side with my Caboodles. I'd apply this wine/brown color to head out for the movies with my friends, but not before talking on a house phone about the latest Beverly Hills 90210 episode! All my 80's baby readers know what I'm talking about! Wine/brown back then was timeless. Sailing the trend waves on the lips of lots of beautiful actresses and singers, Drew Barrymore, Shannon Doherty, Selena, Spice Girls! Red is now the timeless color, another one of my faves but I'm pretty glad Wine/brown decided to make a comeback...I absolutely love it.

Manic. Proves to be just the color missing from my lipstick library. It's a soft wine color, according to Urban Decay. It is so unique. If I may, it has this weird purple-lish tint to it....


But just because my lips are a little bit dry and out of shape doesn't mean I can't rock the prettiest lipstick to date. Revolution lipstick has Maxi-Lip which is a trademark detail - it provides lips with nourishing oils, keeps them plump, full looking, and moisturized. For this demo I lined my lips with the matching liner in Manic...both play well as far as extended wear go. I love the color, it's so drenched and rich. If I may, I would like to say it feels a lot like the Revlon ColorBurst lip butters but not as light or slippery. Revlon's CLB are a tad on the glossy side and Revolution lipsticks are semi glossy...Not too sure why I chose the CLB's to compare to but it's what I had on hand.




20 different shades to choose from. $22 each. The lipstick tube is gorgeous. Shiny darkened metal on the outside, purple glam on the inside. Engraved Urban Decay on the lipstick cover. Just gorgeous!





Disclosure: All items were sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own.



Jul 11, 2014

Streak

Streak by Urban Decay is a beautiful trio of face powders that can be used each on their own or by swirling a powder brush into the entire compact for a different shimmery effect. I personally love using each on their own and it has quickly become a daily staple in my makeup bag. A gem of the Naked Collection by Urban Decay, this compact sells for $32 and what you get is a one of a kind beige-y powder (left), a very gorgeous shimmery highlight powder (middle) and a coral-y blush (right). And if this color combo isn't your cup of tea there are 3 other sets to choose from,
Naked, Native, and Strip - all with similar color palettes but each very unique.


The bronzer powder (left) I rarely use as a bronzer. It's actually very close in color to my own complexion that it would be difficult to acheive any bronze-y action to my face, so instead I chose to use this color as a setting powder to add a hint of luminousity to the skin. From the moment I applied it this way, it's been love at first swipe....I have worn it like this ever since. If you feel that the bronzer powder is your complextion match exactly then do try it as an all-over powder, you'll find the results amazing!


Beauty Balm. Where do I start?

This stuff is amazing! Retails for $34. It's an all around, foundation primer slash moisturizer slash luminizer slash BB cream slash sunscreen! And has anti-aging properties....Just wow! I can dab on a small amount under foundation and it gives the best finish. Regardless of which brand of foundation is used, the beauty balm improves the complexion almost like magic ;) I have tried with L'Oreal, Maybelline, Revlon, MAC, Urban Decay, and Covergirl. The results are always nice. Below is just a sample of what Naked skin Beauty Balm can do....I'm wearing with L'Oreal Tru Match Lumi W5 and Streak. You can wear the beauty balm by itself if you really wanted...I'm a huge foundation fan so I really wouldn't be comfortable wearing it by itself, I have though just around the house but I really think it looks beautiful when worn with foundation. It is luminous and just really glowy. There is only 1 underside: I don't like how the very small shimmer particles end up on my fingers instead of being all transferred to my face as I'm applying. It's definitely to be expected but I do end up with a generous amount. Many times I've tried to avoid it by applying with a foundation brush instead of fingers but with the same dilemma. Aside from the one setback the Beauty Balm is an awesome craft.




Disclosure: All items were sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own.

Jun 10, 2014

Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette Floral Values by Wet n Wild


Wet N Wild (393A) Floral Values

Not impressed.

It's not typical that Wet n Wild create a bad eyeshadow palette, at least out of the past few years. All the other palettes I currently own are tremendous in quality and value (all under $5 each) and have all been put out in recent years. Gorgeous pigmentation and beautiful colors which this one seems to fall extremely short of. 

I have the Naked Truth quint which happens to be a beautiful neutral palette


...not sure why Floral Values came up short as far as pigmentation and performance.

After several attempts at Floral Values I gave up. The shadow is chalky, the colors are not strong, the colors fade, it's hard to blend and it has lots of fall out.

Rather disappointing big time, especially since the colors are pretty and the very pale/almost white pink near the top is pretty good and so is the darkest color, a rich dark eggplant purple with tiny glints of pink shimmer - actually the only 'good' shadows in the whole quint.


Here are the other quints available besides Floral Values
Art in the Streets 
I'm his Breezey 
The Naked Truth 
Tunnel Vision

In the collage below I demonstrate how chalky and unruly the pigmentation is. Left side I used eyeshadow primer and right side with a moisturizing eye primer. This was after numerous 'packing on' of the actual shadow which didn't make much difference since the color looked like it was disappearing within seconds. After a while the shadow was barely noticeable, like it just vanished into thin air.

Thank you Wet n Wild for making great affordable eyeshadow palettes but I think you should take this one back to the drawing board! :)