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Monday, April 22, 2013

Boots No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil "Blackest Purple"

Boots No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil "Blackest Purple" --  You have probably noticed from visiting your local Target store that Boots No 7 has (or is in-process) of updating their entire line of skincare and cosmetics.  I was anxiously awaiting the new Boots No 7 in my Target store, and pleasantly (and not so pleasantly surprised).  First, let me say that while I like their updated packaging, it seems they discontinued many of their lipstick colors, particularly the "Stay Perfect" lipstick.  I think I should leave that for another review.  
This review is on the Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil in "Blackest Purple".  I have not tried Boots No 7 Eye Pencils before but I do love their lip liners.  The "Blackest Purple" is a beautiful deep plumb shade with shimmer.  It applies very easily.  I have not worn it yet so I can not comment on how long it holds-up.  More to follow!


Update 5/27/13--I wanted to note that after I wore this pencil a few times, I have noticed that it applies much better on your bare lid as apposed to applying it "after" you have applied eye shadow.  I always apply a primer before eye liner or eye shadow, to make it last all day.
Wanted to show how it looks without "flash".  In this picture, I am wearing the Boots No 7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil (that name is WAY too long), in "Blackest Purple" on it's own, over my UD Primer Potion, and it lasted all day.
Me, wearing Boots No 7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil in "Blackest Purple"



Boots No7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil "Blackest Purple"

Clairol Herbal Essences Shampoo & Conditioner "Shine Collection Brilliance"

Clairol Herbal Essences Shampoo & Conditioner "Shine Collection Brilliance"  --  I used to love Clairol's Herbal Essences Shampoos year ago, especially the Chamomile formula.  I have not tried this newer "updated' formula and will post updates once I have.  This new formula contains NO SULFATES (conditioner) or SILICONES (shampoo).  Now, I prefer no sulfates in my shampoo's, but was willing to give this a try.  The scent is fabulous with chamomile, aloe, passionflower extracts and several other botanicals.  Made in France.



Clairol Herbal Essences Shampoo & Conditioner "Shine Collection Brilliance" 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in "Luminous Fig"




Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in "Luminous Fig" -- OMG!  I am falling in LOVE with Smashbox Cosmetics!  I just did a review on the nude lip liner, and this past weekend I bopped into ULTA to check out these waterproof shadow liner pencils that everyone is just raving about!

The "Luminous Fig" really caught my eye because it's such a unique color and after seeing it on another blog, I went to see if ULTA had these in stock and I got ONE of the last two left! 
The "Luminous Fig" really compliments my Hazel eyes -- I would describe this color as a deep brown w/bronze shimmer.  

My Husband actually liked it too, and I really value his opinion because Guy's know what they like!  I thought it might be too dark, but I immediately fell in love with it.  I was also eyeing-up a UD eye pencil that is similar to this one, but the color was more of a taupe and I really did not need another taupe pencil, so I got the Smashbox instead and SO glad I did.  

This eye pencil is SUPER creamy and long-wearing and SO easy to apply.  After about 10-hours, there was NO creasing and looked as fresh as when I first applied it in the morning (used a e/s primer).

I tend to have oily eyelids, so I just applied my UD Primer Potion on my lids before applying the Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner.  I applied the pencil to my lids and just above my lids (I have tiny lids); to give a more open-eyed look and immediately used the sponge tip to blend it out a little and to soften the edges, and I just love the result!  Another thing that I really love about this pencil is that it's so easy to draw a fine line, or make it thicker and smoke it out with the sponge tip!

I also used Laura Mercier's Lustre Eye Colour in "Topaz" just above the crease and then a lighter color eye shadow I used from one of my Sephora e/s trio's to soften and blend everything together.  Made in Italy.


Me, wearing Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in "Luminous Fig"
Another pic to show how it looks when just drawing a fine line above the lash line.  

Another Pic of me wearing Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in "Luminous Fig"--I applied all over lid and above crease, then smudged with sponge tip.
Close Up:  Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in "Luminous Fig" (in natural lighting; you can see what I mean about the color; it looks totally different than how it looks swatched on my hand.



Swatch:  Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner in "Luminous Fig"  -- It's so difficult to photograph cosmetics because the colors always appear slightly different than in-person.  A gal on Makeup Alley described this color as a deep brown/mahogany with bronze shimmer.  

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick "Pink Parfait" (Lasting Shimmer)

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick "Pink Parfait" (Lasting Shimmer)--EL  Pure Color lippie's are one of my fave's!  Spring is in the air and I am dreaming of spending the warmer month's at the beach and poolside.  With that said, I have been getting into soft pinks, roses and mauve colors!  I love this formula; it is so creamy and moisturizing and long-wearing (I know, I say that a lot but those are important factors in a lipstick, ya know?)

"Pink Parfait" is a lovely soft medium-pink with silver shimmer.  It falls into the "Pink-Berry" category.  I think it's a gorgeous color for medium skin tone gals like me and I love wearing these types of shades during the summer.  I dunno; there is just something so chic about tanned skin and glowing pink lips! :)

The Pure Color lipsticks stay on my lips about 4-hours, so that is pretty darn good.  And another thing I love about EL PC lipstick is that the color fades "evenly" and leave a soft hue on your lips.

Oh my gosh, and the beautiful packaging...I must say something about that; I love the design of the lipstick tube and the color at the bottom is a pretty close match to the actual color in the lipstick bullet!  I love the beautiful "EL" signature too.  I hope EL never changes this formula because I think they got it right with this one!



Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick "Pink Parfait" (Lasting Shimmer) -- in natural lighting (no flash)

Me, wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in "Pink Parfait" (Lasting Shimmer) with Lip Pencil  by Jordanna in "Berry"  --Personally, I think this lip color looks good with a berry-tone lip liner pencil.  I tried using EL DW Lip Pencil in "Pink", and the tone was "off"; it was "too bright".  I think this one is a good combo :)


Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick "N18"

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural Lipstick "N18" --  I am in LOVE with these lippie's!  The original formula and the natural.  I picked up the natural in "N18" which is a soft, powder-pink color.  I was in Sephora and actually looking for a different shade, I had this one on my list also, so I decided to try it.  Well, after some thought I decided to take it back because it was so similar to other lippies that I currently own.  I apologize that I don't have a swatch of this one because I returned it.  I highly recommend the MUFE line and the Rouge Artist Intense lipsticks!  They are awesome!
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Smashbox The Nude Lip Pencil in "Medium"

Smashbox The Nude Lip Pencil in "Medium" --  I can't believe this is my very first purchase EVER from Smashbox!  I've always quickly glanced and their products, then just kept walking -- call me weird.  I dunno.

I was recently in ULTA and was checking-out some eye pencils and lip pencils and after a few swatches, I decided on this nude lip pencil from Smashbox.  What drew me to this one (ha--ha "drew"= Lip pencil/draw...lol)?  The fact that it is SO creamy and long-lasting as well as being a go-to "nude" lip pencil.

The "medium" shade would suit ladies with pigmented lips, such as mine.  I thought the other shades were too pale and had too much pink/peachy in them.  The medium was, Ahhhh....just right!


Swatch:  Smashbox The Nude Lip Pencil in "Medium"

Laura Mercier Shimmer Lip Colour "Amethyst"

Laura Mercier Shimmer Lip Colour in "Amethyst" --  It's been a while since I've purchased any LM lippies and I've been eyeing this one for quite some time now and finally decided to go for it.

This color is a beautiful shimmering Mauve with silver shimmer.  Laura Mercier's lipsticks are so creamy and hydrating -- they are definitely one of my all-time fave's!  The shimmer formula is not at all what you think a shimmer lipstick would be -- it gives you lips more of a "glow", which I love.

This lipstick lasts about 3-4 hours (without eating/drinking).  I also love that LM lipsticks do not have any offensive scent; and the packaging is simple yet elegant.  



Me, wearing Laura Mercier Shimmer Lip Colour "Amethyst"--such a pretty color-one of my faves!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

TARTE Skinny SmolderEYES Eyeliner "Golden Tiger's Eye"

TARTE Skinny SmolderEYES Eyeliner "Golden Tiger's Eye" --  I was in Sephora recently and swatched a few different eyeliners.  I was most impressed with TARTE's Skinny SmolderEYES eyeliner.

This eyeliner is waterproof and is made with Amazonian Clay which helps control oil for gals like me who have oily eyelids.  I love how creamy this pencil applies and after a few seconds, it "sets", so be sure to use the sponge smudgie thingy right away, if you want to smoke it out.

The color selection will please every gal with basic shades like black, brown, bronze, violet, etc.  I chose the shade "Golden Tiger's Eye" -- it's a unique coppery/gold color.  I used this to define my top lashline and wore it over a cream eyeshadow, and my UD Primer Potion and it lasted for hours upon hours!  


TARTE Skinny SmolderEYES Eyeliner "Golden Tiger's Eye" -- On top lashine (over cream eyeshadow) 
TARTE Skinny SmolderEYES Eyeliner "Golden Tiger's Eye" -- A beautiful coppery/gold color!