Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Review (Opal, Rose Gold and Champange Gold)

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The craze of 2014 was definitely highlighting. Yes, I admit I became victim of it too. Whether it’s a matte highlight or a shimmering glow, highlighting is what 2014 brought to everyone’s immediate attention. With the rave of doing matte highlights, such as concealer, there was also a huge portion of clients looking for that soft or dominant glow on the high planes of their face. That’s where pressed and loose shimmering highlighters come into play. Becca Cosmetics, an Australian brand, is one of the leading high end cosmetic brands with raved about products, especially highlighters. Their called shimmering skin perfectors and they come in a range of shades suitable for all clients no matter their complexion. In my eyes, Becca Cosmetics is one of the leading queens in highlighters, or at least currently.

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During the holiday’s last year, I decided to splurge on several highlighters from this brand to really see what the hype is about this brand. Their pressed shimmer skin perfectors run for $38 which isn’t bad considering the amazing product that’s in the compact. I picked up their top seller Opal (above image) Rose gold and their limited edition Champagne gold. I skipped out on Moonstone which is another popular shade for the reason that it’s pretty light. Opal is very comparable to MAC’s whisper of guilt limited edition highlight if you’re familiar. According to Becca, Opal is described as a golden opal pearl.

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Who doesn’t love Rose gold? Becca describes Rose gold as a softened gold with rose tones infused into it. This highlighter is definitely a must have if you like a bronzey glow yet softer than a bronzer. Sometimes a golden glow to the skin is great but I feel that this highlighter just goes the extra mile. I love wearing this on my cheek bones on rather than on other areas on the skin to highlight. I prefer contouring and pushing this highlighter a little on top and above to create an amazing cheek look! Definitely worth checking out if you haven’t see this baby!

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Who doesn’t love limited edition products? This Champagne gold beauty was limited edition during holiday of 2014 and when I saw it, I knew I had to have it. I’ll admit I am a sucker for limited edition products, I mean look at the gorgeous imprint on the highlighter! Limited edition to me means they know how amazing it is so you can only get your hands on it for a limited time! This beautiful highlighter is a lot darker in comparison to the other highlighters that I have mentioned. The great thing about this product is that I have to barely tap my brush in this product to get the desired pay off that i’m looking for.  This highlighter is definitely not targeted for my specific skin tone therefore for all my followers who are a little deeper than me, try to find this!

Overall my opinion of the Becca shimmering skin perfectors is A+. I love the soft buttery texture, the ease of application and the instant gratification that they all deliver. The shade range Becca offers to their clientele is great, and I only hope they expand in the future. For application, I recommend taking a nice fluffy brush to lightly apply this all over the face. Good brushes to use with this these products are the Sigma F35 tapered highlight brush or the Sephora Pro collection #65 fanbrush .

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Melt Cosmetics order

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I have now finally fully completed my current collection of Melt Cosmetics lipsticks. Developed by Lora Arellano and Dana Bomar, both amazing MAC Cosmetics Pro artist’s piled together to create this amazing company. As you may have seen in a previous post, I have already done prior shopping with Melt Cosmetics and gained eight beautiful shades of theirs. For fall/winter of 2014, they released their limited edition shade named Dark Room, which I will get to in a moment. Since I was planning to make a purchase of their limited edition shade, it occurred to me that I was so close to having the complete collection of all shades at the current moment, so why not pick up the others? Well yes, that is what ended up happening to me.

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Now you’re probably wondering, what is Dark Room? Dark Room is the name of the limited edition that Lora and Dana created in honor of Lora’s signature lip with her beau, now husband Solgr. Dark Room is a beautiful shade that is described as a deep beet color, composed of red and purple undertones. It is a gorgeous shade for fall and should always be paired with a nice lip liner in the similar color wheel. This limited edition shade is found in beautiful cool toned gray and black packaging unlike the black and purple standard packaging.

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With picking up two of the limited edition shade, I knew that I might as well finish the collection since i’m so close. The next colors that I picked up were Belladonna 2, Summer and Bane. Belladonna 2 is described as a classic red with a pink undertone. Summer is a gorgeous soft creamsicle orange shade. Bane is a deep jet black shade. Images of the shades are below.

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Now that their lipstick collection is in my hands, I have to wait patiently for the eye shadows stacks to release. For the company, I’ve been truly in love with all of their products. The quality of their products is amazing and if you have not tried, I highly recommend you check them out! Also be on the lookout for releases coming soon from them!

One Direction Make up Collection Review

This sponsored opportunity came about from Brand Backer to review a makeup collection that does have a connection to my life. Even though I am not personally a fan, it is make up and I want to put forth an honest review. The group, One Direction is launching their very first make up collection. Their collection is set to hit selected stores is United States, at Macy’s on August 11th, and at other retailers such as Stage Stores, Dillards, Beauty Brands and Lord and Taylor on August 25th. The collection is composed of a total of three different sets, “Take me home”, “Midnight Memories” and “Up all night”. Once again this is sposored content however this is my honest review of the products, enjoy!

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Each makeup set is composed of multiple components such as a eye shadow palette, jumbo eye pencil, mascara, lipstick, lip gloss, nail polish and stencils. I was lucky enough to receive the Up all night collection. The packaging of this product truly embodies the group with their loud music and addictive personalities. You can tell that they spent the time to look at their targeted audience and make sure to create their collection according to what they want. I think color scheme wise, these collections are a great representation of the band. Each packaging comes in a metal tin case with plastic enclosure to keep products safe inside. When opening the tin, on the left hand side is a small look book detailing three ways to create different looks with the products in the collection.

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Above is all the goodies you get within this limited edition tin. I enjoy the fact that this collection is very well rounded and it is not small. Sometimes when brands or individuals come out with makeup, they start smaller rather than larger. However One Direction has a completely different view, they want to give their clients everything when they debut!  I feel that I will get usage out of everything except the stencils. I don’t find myself using them on myself but potentially in an upcoming art project.  I am totally digging how the lip gloss is UV glow gloss, can’t wait to try that out! It’s good they chose a pink lipstick, a color that every client could wear. I enjoy the simplicity with the mascara, typical wand, nice wet formula, we’ll see how well it performs in the long run. I will have to say I am the most excited about the nail polish, such a gorgeous color and great pay off in one swipe! I am very impressed with the jumbo pencil, the pigmentation and creaminess was a complete shocker, in a good way. With already having blue eyes, it will be somewhat of a challenge to pull off this eye shadow palette but I am intrigued knowing the quality of pigmentation that these products contain.

Overall, what are my thoughts? Well it’s about time that a boy brand came out with a makeup line! I’m so used to guy bands not even considering make up collections, or just head over to make a fragrance. I enjoy the fact that their line is versatile with three different versions in this collection. The quality of pigmentation in this collection was shocking in a very good way. No matter the formulation of powder, cream, gloss or mascara, all of which perform well swatching and when being applied to the face. I think this is a great starting place from them and they can grow tremendously from this.  For more on this brand, make sure to check out all social media following these hashtags for more insight, #makeupby1D, #thelookscollection, #markwins. You can also find out more updates from One Direction via their Facebook page, http://http://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection .

 

Disclosure: I received the products marked with (c/o) for review consideration. I am not compensated for mentioning these products, this is my honest opinion.

Summer 2014 Essentials!

With the hot weather recently, you can almost say that summer is here? With that being said, how do you change your make up regimen? What products do you rotate out of current use so that it’s suited for summer time? I’m going to introduce some of my summer essentials, products that I feel I cannot live without in the summer time. Summer time essential make up is all about simplicity. While you use less product in the summer time, products shift in order to bring out different physical features on each individual. For me, I love glowy skin, neutral and smokey eyes and soft cheeks are my essentials in summer.

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What’s the first thing you have to do in summer time? Well that’s simple, stay cool. Sigma Cosmetics released this amazing set, the extended wear eye liner kit in cool which is one of my essentials in summer time. This set comes with three creamy, pigmented, long wear pencils and an amazing pencil brush.  This kit comes with the shades Focus, Electrify and Flirt. Focus is described as a beautiful duo chrome green brown. Electrify is described as a shimmery royal purple. Flirt is described as a shimmery vivid turquioise. This set comes with one of my favorite brushes, their pencil brush, the E30. The reason that I love this set for summer time is that you can truly create any look with these amazing liners. The wide spectrum of shades and finishes in this small set allows any artist to create any desired look. The brush is an amazing add on in this kit because it can easily take your liner to a smokey look. If you’re not familiar with Sigma Cosmetics or this set, you should be!

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Who doesn’t love to be a golden goddess in summertime?  Too faced cosmetics released Sweethearts perfect flush, this amazing blush that truly gives the skin the most amazing glow. This dual colored blush is a beautiful combination of gold and rose pink. This is one of my first individual blushes from Too Faced and I have not been let down at all. The packaging is to adorable, I legit almost died when I first laid eyes on it. I love using my blush brush in both colors, or I sometimes concentrate my brush in one color to get an intensified version. This gold and pink combinations is suitable for any skin tone and anytime really! This will be a true essential in summer time!

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Who doesn’t want to be called a hot mama? Introducing another of my essential blushes in summer time,  Hot Mama from the Balm Cosmetics. Similar to the Too Faced blush, Hot Mama is a gorgeous blush that is highly pigmented, portable and desirable by many. This peachy pink hued blush gives your cheek just the right amount of color with a pop of a soft shimmer to illuminate your cheeks. One of the reasons this blush is amazing is because of the packaging, on the cover of the blush is a sexy pin up woman clearly displaying a hot mama. But whats better truly is inside of the packaging. This blush is an essential in my makeup bag for summertime!

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While I’ve shown you make up products so far, it’s always good to take into consideration the base canvas that you are working with. With already having dry skin, this is my essential product! For summer time, everyone is going to be looking for radiance, glow, illuminating products in both skincare and makeup. Let me please introduce you to my current essential daily moisturizer from Fresh Cosmetics, the Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion.  This is a lightweight moisturizer that delivers 24 hours of radiant moisture to the skin while packing in the Lotus youth preserve which protects the skin from signs of aging caused from free radicals.

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With all the pools, oceans and sun time, your skin can feel very dehydrated. My summer time essential would have to be the GlamGlow thirstymud hydrating treatment.  Glam Glow is most known for the original treatment in the black container which also has an exfoliant in it. This is the hydrating treatment which not only hydrates and replenishes skins moisture, but it also calms the skin by giving short, medium and long term results. This product is not only subject to face but also neck and decollete area as well. With already having dry skin, I know that this treatment will not be necessary at least twice a week.

So now that you know my essential summer must haves, what are yours? I would love to hear what are you’re must have’s in summer time. Thanks so much for reading, and talk to you all soon!!

Sugarpill Addicted to pretty collection

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It’s about time that I featured one of my favorite brands on my blog. If you’re not familiar with Sugarpill Cosmetics, you are clearly living under a rock. Sugarpill Cosmetics, based in Berkeley California, is a 100% cruelty-free and vegan line that has richly pigmented cosmetics. It was actually thanks to Queen of Blending that I found out about Sugarpill Cosmetics, who is also really good friends with Amy. It’s now also thanks to Amy that I am even more comfortable to use bright colored cosmetics all over the face.

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Sugarpill cosmetics has unparalleled eye shadows for not only their outstanding pigmentation, but also the size of each eye shadow is quite large. In comparison, a typical MAC eye shadow is about the size of a quarter whereas Sugarpill eye shadows are the size of a half-dollar. Not only are they generally larger in size, there also way more pigmented and are available at a lesser value! Sugarpill is not alone with just their eye shadows, they also have loose eye shadows, pigments, lashes,  and even brushes. With all of their amazing products thus far, it keeps me excited for whats in store next.

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Each palette in this collection had the above packaging. Super cute pink design with crown like details accompanying the name Sugarpill. Prior to this packaging, the palettes were blue with similar if not same design. Due to Sugarpill debuting for the first time at IMATS 2010, they’ve changed their packaging to all pink.  The palette is relatively small, small enough to fit in your hand. The packaging is predominantly cardboard, so this product is somewhat sturdy. Each palette also is accompanied with a small mirror that is useful when traveling with the palette.

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The addicted to pretty collection is composed of three main palettes along with multiple individual eye shadows. From this collection, I own the three main palettes. The palettes in this collection are Burning heart, Sweet heart and the Heart breaker. The colors in the Burning heart palette are the following, Flamepoint, Buttercupcake, Love+ and Poison Plum. In the Sweetheart palette, the colors are Dollipop, Afterparty, Midori, and Tako. Last but certainly not least is the Heartbreaker palette with Mochi, 2AM, Acidberry and Velocity.

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Above is the sweetheart palette. This was the second palette out of three that I obtained via IMATS. The white shade Tako is the most used in this palette for my underbrow highlight. I also throughly love Dollipop which is the vibrant pink. Midori is a beautiful forest green shade. Afterparty is a vibrant deep blue shade. I use Afterparty and Midori often when I do an ombre eye shadow look, or even in my brows

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Isn’t the backside of the packaging adorable?!?! I love the color concept, the colored writing, and the style. This packaging concept makes it very clear to see what colors are in the palette, which are all designated by shade which is smart. I love how you can easily find contact information on the left side of the packaging below the cat. Oh and did you know, the white cat on the packaging is Amy’s real cat named Tako?!?! Cute huh!

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The burning heart palette was the last of the three palettes that I obtained. It took me a while to get my hands on this last palette because it is the most popular one. This palette was constantly sold out at IMATS so I made it apparent this year to go to their booth first to ensure my pick up. This palette is loud with such vibrant colors, all of which are complementary to one another. Poison plum is definitely my favorite in this palette. However each other color is very individual and unique. Buttercake is the most vibrant opaque yellow i’ve ever used. Flamepoint is a true red which is very hard to make because red is not a natural shade. Love + screams sunset orange to me and is truly beautiful used alone or combined with other shades.

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Last but certainly not least is the palette that I have had the longest in this collection, and also have gotten a lot of usage out of. This is the Heart Breaker palette, the bright cool toned blue, green and purple palette.  Acidberry is warm limegreen shade with some sheen to it. Velocity is the definition of ocean blue that is matte. 2am is my favorite and that is a warm purple toned matte shade. Last but not least is Mochi which is a cool toned matte teal.

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This was my first ever eye shadow palette from Sugarpill. I’ve used this palette so much that Mochi isn’t fully adhered any more, if I tip the palette over, Mochi falls out. While this is easily fixable, it just comes to show how much work I’ve put into this palette. As you can see in the image above, 2Am and Mochi are very well used. Lately i’m starting to get more usage for Acidberry, especially in my inner tearduct area when I am doing a fade effect on my eye lid.  Using Acidberry on the inner corner, Mochi on majority of the lid, Velocity in the outer corner and 2AM in the crease is a go to look using this palette.

Overall I give Sugarpill an A+ for this palettes and everything else in this collection. I think the brand is simply amazing, the pigmentation of the products is outstanding and the longevity is impeccable. Sugarpill has definitely set the bar high for competing cosmetic companies. Not only is the bar raised for cosmetic companies, but especially for companies who are 100% vegan, gluten and cruelty-free as well! Also it’s not available to get all three of these palettes together in their “Pro Palette”, something that I missed out on since I already owned half of the palettes when it launched. I only look forward to the next amazing product Sugarpill will launch!

 

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Spring 2014 Plastic Passion Collection

Started in 2004, Obsessive Complusive Cosmetics is based in New York City and was founded by David Klasfeld. Starting with just lip balms, also well noted in today’s world as Feathered and Tarred, OCC continues to expand on what artist’s view color, texture and dimension as art. OCC is probably most notorious for this liptars which debuted in 2009. OCC also has amazing complexion products, loose color concentrates and nail lacquers. While OCC continues to make their stamp in the cosmetic and fashion world, it is to be noted that OCC is 100% Vegan and Cruelty-free. None of OCC products have any animal-derived ingredients such as Beeswax and Lanolin just to name a couple.

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Fast forward to spring 2014! Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics brings us the Plastic Passion collection featuring vibrant liptars and their new cosmetic color pencils. Starting with the liptars, the ones in this collection are very different compared to current or previous liptars. From this collection, the textures are either matte or metallic. This collection is unlike any other previous collection because it delivers a whole different outlook on color, a bright hyper saturated, densely pigmented, long lasting bright collection. These liptars contain peppermint oils, vitamin E and organic hemp oil. They are also without gluten, silicone or parabens which is great!

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In total, this collection offers six liptars, six cosmetic color pencils and nail lacquers. The colors in this collection for the liptars are the following, Pool boy, Rollergirl, Mannequin, Kimber, Hollywood and Pleasure model. Pool boy liptar is described as an aquatic blue. This is one of the liptars that has a matte finish. Rollergirl is a gorgeous vibrant lavender purple. This is the second color to accompany the mattes in this collection. Mannequin is described as a Malibu pink, this is another color that gives a matte finish. The last of the matte finishes is Kimber which is described as a neon orange coral. Hollywood is described more as a beige and gold shimmer and this liptar has a metallic finish. The last liptar from this collection is Pleasure model and it’s described as pearlescent pink, also with a metallic finish.

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For the spring collection, I only ended picking up two colors, Pool boy and Mannequin. I unfortunately couldn’t see what Rollergirl and Kimber looked like while at IMATS, so I didn’t pick those up. However now seeing them at work, I am very tempted to pick those two bad boys up! I was attracted to Pool boy first because it’s a very unique color that no one else in the cosmetic field truly makes, as of yet that is. Mannequin on the other hand is a great pink that everyone should have in their collection and I can see myself getting a lot of use from this color in summer time.

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Moving on to the cosmetic color pencils! These pencils are not labeled, “lipliner” or “eyeliner” therefore OCC recommends to use at your heart’s content. In this collection, there are six cosmetic colored pencils and they are the following, Pool boy, Hoochie, Anime, Grandma, Pennyroyal and Sybil. Pool boy is an aquatic blue. Hoochie is described as an extreme magenta. Anime is described as a bright neon pink. Grandma is described as a classic coral. Pennyroyal is described as a peachy brown. Sybil is a beautiful deep brown. From this collection I picked up Hoochie and Anime. The reason that I picked up those two colors is because I not only have the liptars to match but those liners will prove more multi-purpose for me as eye liners and lip liners. The other colors are great from this collection, I just feel that my choice was based on what I will actually use up.

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According to OCC, it is noted as a precaution that Anime, Hoochie and several others of the cosmetic color pencils are not intended for the eye area. That does not necessarily mean that you can not use them on the eyes, it is just noted that some of the shades may be more sensitive on the eye area. For me personally, I will be using these pencils on the eyes, but I will always use an eye shadow primer first. Overall, I am in love with this collection and I truly think it’s speaks so much for OCC. If you have not tried any OCC products, stop by your local Sephora to swatch and apply these bad boys, you’re sure to fall in love!

NARS One Night Stand Blush Palette Review

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For holiday 2013, NARS came out with a  Guy Bourdin collection. This collection consisted of nails polishes, eye shadow duos, lipstick sets, blushes and most importantly of all, a cheek palette. This palette consists of one bronzer, one highlight and four blush shades. This collection was limited edition because it was only for holiday, so unfortunately it is not longer readily available. This six pan palette consists of some holy grails from NARS as well as three limited edition colors. Each individual pan in this palette weighs 0.14oz however if you were to purchase a blush alone you get 0.16oz of product. With each pan almost being almost full sized, it makes the price worth while in my opinion.

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Packaging wise, I love it. This is my first NARS cheek product, and I will admit it is luxurious. This matte black palette has a simple autograph of Guy Bourdin in red lettering on the top. Once the palette is opened, you find a decently sized mirror to accompany these shades. This palette is pretty large, size wise, it’s even bigger than your hand. Even it’s size does not prevent me from taking this palette as I travel. The colors that are in current rotation and available individually are Laguna, Orgasm and Deep Throat. Whereas, Mistinguette, Goulue and Devotee are limited edition.

This palette comes with three well known classics. Starting off with the only bronzer, this palette comes with Laguna which is a warm toned bronzer with a soft sheen. Following this popular trend this palette is accompanied with Orgasm blush, a soft peachy pink with golden sheen. This next blush is partially the reason to why I purchased this palette, Deep Throat. Deep throat is a beautiful blush that is basically a toned down more rosey version of Orgasm. This blush is amazing because it works well with any combination of eye or lip look and it’s my personal favorite. Now onto the new goodies, first starting with Mistinguette blush which is a classic bright pink blush. The last blush that is in this palette is Goulue which is more of a medium rose pink. All blushes have a sheen/shimmer in them except Mistinguette. Last but not least is this amazing pink silver highlighter called Devotee.

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So what are my overall thoughts? I love how this palette has three of the top sellers with three blushes/highlighter that are not as easily available since they are limited edition. The color wheel of this palette is great because it’s versatile enough to apply to a wide spectrum of clients. I think this a great palette to have for a client who is just starting out with NARS blushes and wants a couple of the top sellers. Also you can’t beat this price for all six colors. Just as a note this type of palette is only released once a year, typically around holiday time. To my knowledge, there have only been two other palettes like this released in the past, so this type of product is somewhat new.  Thanks for reading my review, until next time!