Best of Beauty 2015 Part I: Makeup!

Best of Beauty

Hello readers and Happy New Year! ¬†Hopefully this year has been off to a great start for you. ūüôā

I’m rounding up my standout makeup products for 2015, so let’s get started.

Lipstick 

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick

Housed in gorgeous, vintage rose-gold packaging this lipstick will change the way you view matte lipsticks.

Kiko Milano Cosmetics Smart Lipstick 

Priced under $10, you’ll be able to stock up on a few without breaking the bank and they wear incredibly well.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick

With a magnetic cap to keep the lining of your purse safe, these lipsticks have all you can ask for: creamy application and highly pigmented color.

Lipgloss

e.l.f. Cosmetics EX-tra Lipgloss

At $2, you’ll get smooth application and impressive pigmentation with these glosses.

NYX Butter Gloss

Another great and affordable line , these glosses come in a beautiful range of non-sticky colors and smell so sweet.

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer 

Higher on the price point but definitely worth it, this tingly pale pink lipgloss leaves lips with a smooth and fuller¬†pout that isn’t sticky.

Foundation 

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick 

With the portable, sleek packaging, this foundation stick is perfect to carry on the go and allows for buildable coverage while letting your skin shine through.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Foundation 

Giving high end foundations a run for their money, this drugstore gem offers full and light-weight coverage with a satin finish.

Highlight 

The Beauty Crop Lighting Crew Highlighting Cream 

One of my Birchbox samples, this highlighting cream smells amazing and provides a nice glow for the face or body.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow

I received a sample of this product and it provides a lovely lit from within sheen that doesn’t scream heavy shimmer or glitter.

Mascara

Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling and Lifting Mascara

A great mascara that lengthens and curls my lashes with no irritation.

Eyeliner

MAC Fluidline 

One of my favorite gel liners, this is easy to apply and control with lasting power.

Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

A staple in my beauty arsenal, once you apply this, it will not budge and it will last you a long time.

Bronzer

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour

My first cream contour product, this is easy to carry with you, blends easily and gives a natural but defined finish.

Concealer

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer 

The wand in this concealer allows for precise application and the shade Vanilla provides great coverage without it feeling heavy.

TreSiQue Correct and Cover Concealer Crayon

Another Birchbox sample, I like to use this when I need a tad more coverage and blends out nicely.

Brows 

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit 

This kit almost has everything you basically need for grooming and touching up your eyebrows including tweezers, setting wax and customizable brow powders.

Blush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

A smooth blush that gives a beautiful glow and comes in a great range of colors for any skin tone.   

Burberry Beauty Light Glow Natural Blush

My holy grail blush, this feels and blend like butter and the shade Earthy Glow can be used as a blush or slight contour.

Colourpop Super Shock Cheek

These wallet friendly blushes have a unique mousse-like texture that is nicely pigmented and comes in a variety of shades and finishes.

Eyeshadows 

Tarte Cosmetics Beauty and the Box Eyeshadow in Apple of My Eye

Included in a PopSugar Must Have Box, these shadows are can be worn any season as it includes gold, bronze and brown shades.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick 

Eyeshadows in a stick form¬†that take a little bit of blending but provide long wearing color that doesn’t easily crease.

That’s it for today. ¬†Stay tuned Thursday for my picks on skincare and hair products.

What were your favorites in 2015?

Stephanie 

 

October Favorites 2015!

October Favorites

Hi everyone! ¬†With October ending this week, I’m sharing products I’ve been using religiously this month. ¬†Let’s get to it!

Nest Fragrances Moroccan Amber Candle 

Nordstrom just opened up locally and when I saw they carried Nest Candles in store, I knew I had to pick this up. With exotic notes of Moroccan Amber, Star Anise, Sweet Patchouli, Bergamot and  Eucalyptus, this candle is just what you need to create a zen environment.

NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait 

I received this NYX Butter Gloss in a Target Beauty Box and I must say it was love at first swipe. ¬†It’s described as a fuchsia but has a sheer finish that on my lips looks natural with a slight tinge of pink. Great for everyday minimal looks or to top off lipsticks without competing with the shade underneath.

Renee Rouleau Skin Drink 

I had a chemical peel about 2 weeks ago and this was instrumental in keeping my skin hydrated.¬†¬†It’s an oil-free, water based serum of hyaluronic acid that helps attract and retain moisture in your skin. Perfect for my combination skin as it delivers hydration without making me breakout.

Burberry Beauty ‘Light Glow’ Natural Blush in Earthy¬†

I know I’ve mentioned this blush before but¬†it’s for good reason. ¬†It’s an absolute staple in my makeup arsenal because it is versatile and is a joy to use with its smooth and buttery consistency. ¬†Pairs well with natural or vampy fall¬†looks. ¬†You need this blush. Trust.

Swatches of the NYX Butter Gloss and Burberry Beauty Blush

October Swatches

What are your favorites this month? 

Stephanie 

 

 

 

 

Lip Products Under $10!

Drugstore Lippes!

Hello readers and good morning! ¬†Well, at least on my side of the world it’s morning. ūüôā ¬†Hope all of you are doing well! ¬†I’ve been sick off and on for the past month or so and I feel like this year, it’s been brutal. ¬†I think I’m battling allergies now and I just cannot wait until this is over with. ¬†Anyone else feel the same way?

Any who, on to the task at hand. ¬†Today’s review is all about lip products under $10. ¬†Now, as much as I love my higher end lip products- Bite Beauty and Tom Ford, I’m looking at you- there are some pretty amazing ones at a much more affordable cost. ¬†And let’s face it, when you have great products that don’t cost a lot, you can buy multiple colors and save that money for, ahem, other makeup items. Charlotte Tilbury anyone? ¬†ūüôā

Below are my reviews.

NYX Butter Gloss BLG05 Creme Brulee

NYX Butter Gloss

 

Described by NYX as “buttery soft and silky smooth, our scrumptious new Butter Lip Gloss tastes as sweet as a sugar cookie‚ÄĒand makes your lips look downright luscious. Swipe it on alone or over your favorite lipstick for creamy sheer to medium coverage that melts onto your lips and is never sticky.”

Pros

Smell nice

Not sticky

Great color selection

Affordable price range

Cons

Not long-lasting (wears off quickly when drinking or eating

Bottom Line: I love these glosses alone or layered underneath lipstick. ¬†The scent isn’t over powering and in my opinion very comparable to some of MAC’s Cremesheen lipglosses at about half the cost.

 

NYX High Voltage Lipstick HVLS 18 Free Spirit

NYX High Voltage

 

Described by NYX as amping¬†“up your look with our High Voltage lipstick! Each of the 22 dramatic shades is infused with vibrant color with a super-rich finish!

Pros 

Highly pigmented

Affordable cost

Slightly moisturizing

Cons

Can be a bit drying as time goes on

Has a tendency to accentuate fine lines/dry lips

Bottom Line: A great item from NYX if you’re looking for excellent color payoff. ¬†Color begins to fade a bit while eating or drinking but leaves behind a good stain. ¬†Exfoliating lips prior to use is a must though to avoid it clinging to any dry patches.

 

Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Innocence

 

Milani

 

Described by Milani as “the matte that not only feels great (yes, you read that right ‚Äď it‚Äôs actually comfy) but also lasts for hours and has ‚Äúa-mazing Instagram selfie‚ÄĚ written all over it. Infused with grape seed extract imported from Italy, this smear-proof lip soother delivers mega color that won‚Äôt budge, even after a close encounter with a cappuccino cup.”

Pros 

Affordable

Feels creamy upon application

Lasts a decent amount of time

Great color selection

Cons

This shade is pretty light so I need multiple layers to get coverage

Accentuates fine lines/dry lips

Bottom Line: This shade looks best when paired with a lipgloss. ¬†It lasts better than most lipsticks through drinking but I wouldn’t classify this is long-lasting. ¬†The texture is very unique and very similar (if not identical) to Maybelline Mattes. ¬†Feels creamy upon application instead ¬†of the usual dry texture most mattes have but not exactly moisturizing. ¬†Exfoliating lips is a must prior to use.

NYX Matte Lipstick MLS 05 Indie Flick

 

NYX Matte

 

Described by NYX as¬†“highly pigmented, richly formulated and long-wearing. The formula glides on smoothly and stays put with a non-drying matte finish.‚ÄĚ

Pros

Highly pigmented

Excellent staying power

Affordable price

Cons

Drying

Accentuates fine lines, dry lips

Bottom Line: I bought this lipstick after seeing it on Janet from Jan and Jot¬†and I am so glad I did. ¬†Not only is a gorgeous shade-perfect for spring and summer-but it is immensely pigmented and very long lasting. I do find this more on the drying side though, so sometimes I’ll sheer it out with lip balm underneath and make sure to exfoliate lips beforehand.

Rimmel London Kate Moss

 

Rimmel London

 

Described by Rimmel as “Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Matte Collection Lipstick gives the gorgeous color richness and comfort of Kate’s lipstick, now in a velvety, matte finish. Ruby powder-enriched formula intensifies the color while keeping a matte finish all day long.”

Pros

Highly pigmented

Very affordable

Leaves behind a stain

Long-lasting

Cons

Feels drying after a while

Settles into fine lines/accentuates dry lips

Prominent scent that lingers

Bottom Line: Another product I bought after I saw it on Chanelle Hayley from Chanelle Hayleyyy¬†. The color is beautiful and sophisticated and I love the staying power.¬† I do not mind the scent at all, sort of floral mixed with berries, but it is strong and you can definitely smell it while you’re wearing it; it does fade after a while though.

Maybelline Color Sensational Summer Sunset

Maybelline

 

Described by Maybelline as “crisper color from pure pigments; creamier feel from nourishing honey nectar;¬†lipcolor so rich, so stunning‚Ķit‚Äôs sensational.”

Pros

Highly pigmented

Long-lasting

Affordable

Extensive shade selection

Cons

Feels a little bit waxy

Not as hydrating as it claims

Can feel a bit drying at times

Clings to dry patches

Bottom Line: I do like these but I will be honest and say I am not fond of the texture.  It feels a bit too waxy to me as opposed to creamy but using a lip balm underneath helps.  Worn alone it has great staying power and there are so many shades to choose from.

Below are the colors swatched and make sure to follow me on Instagram to see more pictures and looks using these colors. ūüôā

Swatches Lippies

L to R: Creme Brulee, Free Spirit, Matte Innocence, Indie Flick, KM 107, Summer Sunset

Thank you for reading and let me know what your favorite under $10 lipsticks/lipglosses are! 

Stephanie 

 

My Summer Essential Product List!

With summer around the corner, I decided to write a post and share a few of my favorite must haves for summer.

PCA

PCA Skin Representative/Dermstore $40

PCA Skin Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45

Love this sunscreen!  True to its name, it has weightless, non-greasy formulation that has caffeine and silybin added as antioxidants.  It does not make me breakout and wears well under makeup.

too faced

Sephora, $30

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

This is a matte bronzer, (no shimmer or shine) which I find perfect  for summer since my skin tends to be more on the oily side.  Sometimes I use it to contour my cheekbones and sometimes I use it as I would a blush to get a hint if color.  For some weird reason, the smell reminds me of those chocolate scratch and sniff stickers you would get in elementary school.

Stila Eye

Sephora, $20

Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

This eyeliner will last all day without smearing. ¬†I have worn this without an eye primer and it didn’t budge. ¬†The tip allows for both a thin, precise line or a thick bolder one. ¬†Apply once and forget about it the rest of the day.

stila-convertible-colour

Sephora, $25

Stila Convertible Color

I received a deluxe sample of  this 2-in-1 product that is both a lipstick and a blush.  It is creamy without feeling heavy, sheer with buildable color, and you can toss it in your purse and take it on the go.  The color I got was Peony, a brownish rose that looks pretty and natural.

ysl

Sephora, $35

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Coutre Vernis A Levris Glossy Stain

These lip stains are on the pricey side, but in my opinion well worth it. Unlike other stains I have tried, these don’t feel drying, there is a great color selection and are nicely pigmented- one swipe and you’re good to go. The¬†long-lasting staying power ensures you don’t have to reapply frequently¬†and you don’t have to worry about it leaving a mark on your drinkware.

NYX

Drugstores, $5

NYX Cosmetics Butter Gloss

These come in a variety of shades (neutral to bright) and the price tag allows for multiple purchases.  The consistency is a bit sticky ( not as moisturizing as I would have hoped) but they do last a good 2-3 hours on the lips and the color payoff is excellent.  I really like Cherry Cheese Cake as it is a wearable summer orange color.

Gio Sugar Scrub

Giovanni Cosmetics/Individual Representative, $14

Giovanni Hot Chocolate Sugar Scrub

When I’m not making my own body scrubs, I like to use this one.¬†The yummy chocolate scent makes for a sweet body treat that is not abrasive but still effective in smoothing away rough skin, especially on elbows, knees and feet.

Milani

Drugstores, $5-$10

Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara with 3 Zone Brush

This mascara is one of the few¬†mascaras out there that doesn’t irritate by eyes. ¬†Other mascaras leave a burning sensation on my eyes towards the end of¬†¬†the day, but not this one. ¬†I also love the brush as I can use the tip to coat harder to reach lashes such as the inner corners and bottom ones.

 I always love trying other products, so please share your favorites!