Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo Review in Dark Brown




Hello everyone!

Anastasia Beverly Hills makes the absolute best brow products to be found (in my opinion). Eyebrows are Anastasia's expertise! Of course she makes other awesome products (like gorgeous eyeshadow palettes and now individual pan shadows) but eyebrow products are what this brand is all about and most known for.

Today I am doing a review on the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo. 

So here we go!









Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown


The Anastasia Brow Powder Duos come in an amazing 11 shade combos (that's awesome for brow shades!). They are all very natural colors and they cover pretty much every hair color out there. I chose the shade Dark Brown (also known as Brunette).

The formula is sheer to medium coverage and designed to look natural overall. What's cool about them is that they are also smudge-proof, so the powder stays put and doesn't smear off (which really doesn't look ideal!). There are two shades so that you can create the most natural and perfect eyebrow color.





 Anastasia Mini Duo Brush





Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown


As shown I got the Anastasia Mini Duo Brush for this powder (separately) because I had heard so many good things about it. It really is the perfect brush for these powders (or any eyebrow powder). It is so skinny at the tip and has just the right amount of firmness for applying color to the brows. I love it! It's also so cute and small. 

The packaging of the brow duos is very nice. Very sturdy and I have always loved the copper butterfly logo for Anastasia. There is also a nice little mirror inside.









Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown


I have grown to prefer brow pencils over brow powders (maybe because it is quicker?). I currently use the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil (review to come!) and I am obsessed. It's definitely the main thing I grab when I fill in my brows. But powders are definitely handy for me still, because if I am going for a more dramatic brow, I will fill them in a little more with the powder. A lot of people outline their brows with a pencil, and then fill them in with a powder, or, do the majority of the brow and the "tail" with pencil, and then fill in the inner part (front) with powder. Everyone is different. Many people use just brow powders alone to fill in their brows (I used to) and this powder is perfect for that. Nowadays I just like to use the powder to fill in any sparse areas that I might have missed for a more dramatic look. It's not something I use every day. But I love this stuff and it is by far the very best brow powder I have ever used. 

I also love the two color options. They are just right for my hair color. My brows are actually a little darker than the darkest shade, but you should mostly try to use powders that are around the same shade or lighter. It will not look so harsh then. Also it might seem weird to some to use the lightest shade in the duo but these manage to somehow blend in and fill in the brows naturally without lightening them. The colors are perfect.









Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown


This powder stays on my brows all day without fading and smudging away. There is nothing worse than a brow powder that ends up blotchy throughout the day and fades off, it truly looks awful! This is the only powder that didn't do that to me. It is easy to apply and it's water resistant.



Swatches: Dark Brown/Brunette


I'm super happy with this brow powder and I find it to be the absolute best I have ever tried. I am really impressed by the color selection and also by how natural they are. Brow colors can be really tricky because the colors often don't come out looking natural on you. They are either too ashy, not ashy enough, too warm, too red, and the list goes on, but Anastasia is very on point with these colors.

I definitely recommend these powders!

You can get these brow duos HERE


Ingredients: Talc, Boron Nitride, Nylon-12, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Magnesium Myristate, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Methicone, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben


Do you have any of the Anastasia Brow Powder Duos? What is your favorite Anastasia product? Let me know in the comments below!


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Friday, 6 March 2015

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Review

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Review in In The Spotlight




Hello my loves!

As you may already know, I am a Makeup Geek freak. That sounds funny! I absolutely love Makeup Geek. I think the eyeshadows are even better than MAC shadows for a fraction of the price, and the color selection is just so unique and the texture of these eyeshadows is amazing.

One of the newest products to come out by Makeup Geek is the Foiled Eyeshadows. They have a foiled, metallic finish, and all in just one swipe (no added liquid mixers, primers, makeup sprays, etc.).

Here's what I think!









Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow in In The Spotlight


As you probably know as well, most people just get the Makeup Geek eyeshadows in a pan that you can put inside of a Z-Palette, although you can get them in compacts (for a tiny bit more money).

The shade that I got is In The Spotlight, which is described as a "soft pink with coral undertones". I see this shade as more of a light shiny metallic peach. And I LOVE peach shades on the lid. So I had to go for this one. There are currently 10 Foiled Eyeshadow shades, and there are more being made right now and they will be out soon (exciting!).

Here is the whole Foiled Eyeshadow set (aren't they so incredibly gorgeous!?):



Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows









Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow in In The Spotlight


The Foiled shadows have almost a creamy texture to them. They are so smooth and soft in texture. And the pigmentation is seriously amazing. There is so much pigment from one little swipe. The regular Makeup Geek shadows are super pigmented, and these are even a notch up from that. 

I like to apply In The Spotlight with my finger for more color and metallic-ness. You have probably heard of other shadows, like the Stila Magnificent Metals shadows, that you use a mixing liquid with, to get that metallic finish. These have that exact same metallic finish, but without anything to aide it along. They are just like that straight out of the pan. Of course you can using a makeup setting spray if you want (or glitter glue or eyeshadow primer) to intensify it even more, but it's definitely not necessary, because these are very metallic and foil-like all on their own.












What I also love about these is that they don't crease or fade or transfer any color to my crease area.

This color would look great on everyone and every eye color. It's best all over the lid (provides such beautiful, light shine) or even in the inner corners. It provides almost a highlighted effect, which is why I think In The Spotlight is actually a great name for this shade. I also sometimes like to add a little dab of this in the center of the lid over top of another eyeshadow color.






Swatches: In The Spotlight






In the photo above, I am wearing In The Spotlight in the innermost and center part of my lid (the other shadows I am wearing are also by Makeup Geek).

Aren't the swatches beautiful? It's such a beautiful light metallic peach. I have really grown to love peach shades on the lid, and this is the perfect peach and unlike any other shadow I own. I just love this!

I definitely recommend the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows. I can guarantee you that you won't be disappointed in any way with these. They are perfect! So much pigmentation, gorgeous metallic finish, long lasting, creamy, and a beautiful selection of colors to choose from. I can't wait to try more of these and also to see the new shades that are soon available.

You can get these eyeshadows HERE


Ingredients: Triethylhexanoin, Dimethicone, Magnesium Myristate, Magnesium Carbonate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Aluminum Oxide (Alumina), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin


Have you tried any of the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows yet? What are your favorite shades? I would love to hear from you! Comment below!



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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Stila Eyeshadow Review

Stila Eyeshadow Review in Kitten




Hi lovelies! I don't know if you've ever tried any Stila eyeshadows before, but they really are unique and one of a kind. I am always happy with the quality of Stila shadows and they have some pretty awesome products.

Today I will be doing a review on the ultra iconic and famous eyeshadow shade, Kitten. Stila is actually known most for this specific eyeshadow!

Lets get started and see what I think!









Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten


There are 29 shades in Stila's regular eyeshadow line (there are several other collections). The shades are absolutely gorgeous and have a really nice, long-lasting formula and really beautiful texture. 

The shade Kitten is their famous product. It's an award-winning eyeshadow that complements every eye color and looks good on everyone. This shade has been used now throughout the Stila brand for other things as well, like the magnificent metals eyeshadow, illuminator, shimmer duo, and lip glaze to name a few.

Here is a Kitten holiday set with some of the best Kitten products:



Stila Kitten Set





Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten


Isn't it such a pretty shade? The shade is described as a "shimmering nude pink". I see it more as a golden champagne color, and sometimes seeming to have a hint of pink in certain lightings. But it's more of a very champagne, light, slightly golden color. I noticed that the actual Kitten eyeshadow seems to have slightly less pink than the other Kitten products.

The shadow is so shimmery and sparkly. It doesn't have actual chunks of glitter, but extremely super fine sparkle. It's like the perfect mix of both metallic shine and sparkle. It's so shiny and unique. The texture is also amazing and it's incredibly pigmented. If I just barely touch the pan, I have a finger totally coated in beautiful shimmering color. It also feels like butter, it's so soft, but there's barely any fallout during application.





I love using this all over the lid or in the innermost part of the lid for my eyeshadow looks. It just really wakes up your face and makes your eyes look more alive. I just love it. What's neat too about this eyeshadow is that it can be used in other ways. It makes a beautiful - and I mean stop in your tracks gorgeous - highlight on the cheekbones. I also like to sometimes dab a little bit in the very center of my lid after I am done creating an eyeshadow look. It can also of course be used in the tear duct area of the eyes (looks really amazing) and even on the brow bone if used sparingly. So this can double as an eyeshadow and also a beautiful highlighter for anywhere on your face (cupid's bow, nose, etc).





Stila Eyeshadow in Kitten

 



I sometimes like to use my finger to apply Kitten. I find it gives even more color and intensity. A little goes a long way with this as well, because barely any product gives so much pigmentation and color payoff. I have used this a ton of times and haven't even put a dent in it.

This shadow doesn't budge on me all day. It doesn't smudge, fade, crease or transfer to my crease area. It still looks just as pretty and illuminating at the end of the day.



Swatch: Kitten



 Swatch reflecting daylight



Swatch: Kitten


The photo above was just me very, very lightly dabbing the pan to pick up some color. See how saturated it is? This eyeshadow is seriously awesome! The shade is so gorgeous and the texture - incredible.

I highly recommend trying this eyeshadow if you haven't already. I think it's the perfect staple in a makeup collection. I couldn't imagine not having this eyeshadow, it will definitely be a re-purchase.

You can get this eyeshadow HERE


Ingredients: Talc, Triethylhexanoin, Zinc Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Nylon-12, Magnesium Carbonate, Boron Nitride, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol


Have you ever used Stila's Kitten Eyeshadow or any of the other Kitten products? I'd love to hear from you! Feel free to comment below!



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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Review

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick Review in Cava, Retsina, (Vouvray), and Lipstick Duo (Musk & Lychee)




Hi everyone! I'm super excited to do this review today on Bite Beauty's Luminous Creme Lipstick. 

First off, these lipsticks are perfect for me, because I try to use lip products with less chemicals and more natural ingredients since I don't like ingesting regular lipsticks due to all the chemicals (we do ingest our lipsticks!). This means I have a lot less options, but I have found some excellent more natural lip products and one of those brands is Bite Beauty.

Here's what I think of these lipsticks!









Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick


Bite Beauty is a Canadian company based out of Toronto. Their "mission" is to create lipstick that is healthy enough to eat! I'd say they have done an excellent job of that, because their lipsticks are made with food-grade ingredients that really are natural and safe enough to eat.

There is so much goodness in these lipsticks. Natural fruits, waxes, butters and oils. They also contain the antioxidant Resveratrol. In fact, each lipstick contains the amount of Resveratrol found in 5 glasses of wine! They are free of synthetics, polybutenes, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and petroleum byproducts and made exclusively with food-grade ingredients.











All of Bite Beauty's stuff is centered around the lips. They have everything from lipsticks to glosses to lip pencils to lip primers to lip creams to lip masks and the list goes on. Lips are their expertise! 

There are 24 shades in total in the Luminous Creme line. They are all gorgeous and there are lots of unique choices. Bite Beauty categorizes them as so: Reds, Pinks, Neutrals and Berries. The colors go on beautifully, they are not matte, and not exactly glossy, but give off a nice smooth shine.

I got the colors Retsina and Cava (will mention Vouvray in a bit) which are both Neutral colors. Cava is called a "lilac beige" and Retsina is called a "natural pink". 


Cava:






Cava is so pretty. This is your perfect nude. It mutes out the color of your lips and is just the perfect nude shade, not sure how else to describe it! I can see a very, very slight hint of lilac in this. This one is great on it's own or with a gloss on top to add another little hint of color. I sometimes like to add some baby pink gloss to this just to give it that perfect little hint of color, while still remaining very nude. Love it!


Retsina:






Retsina has been my ultimate lipstick obsession since the moment I put it on. This color is so perfect and it's my number one favorite lip color at the moment (and probably will be for a very long time). It couldn't be more perfect. It's a pinky-nude, with JUST the right amount of pink and just the right amount of nude. Although Cava and Retsina may look similar, they are totally different shades on and look very different. Retsina is also not too light, not too dark, it's just right. I am so happy with this lipstick shade. It took what seemed like an eternity to find this type of color in such perfection. I often times mix lipsticks, which I enjoy doing, but with this one, I never have to mix it, because it's exactly the pink-nude I always wanted. Oh my, I could go on and on, this shade is just amazing, if you need a nude pink lip shade in your life, you must try this!


Swatches:

Retsina and Cava


How perfect and pretty are those shades? I am sure you can see just how pigmented these lip colors are. I am so incredibly impressed by the pigmentation of these lipsticks. Natural lipsticks (and these are 100% natural!) sometimes don't seem to have the best color payoff. But these are so rich and opaque. 

I should also mention the texture. Creamy. Oh my, so creamy. These don't dry out my lips like a lot of lipsticks do. They feel lovely on the lips.


Cava and Retsina


Here is the Luminous Creme Lip Duo:













This was how I tried out Bite Beauty's lipstick - with the mini lip duo. There is a mini lipstick on either side. There are two shades: Musk and Lychee. Musk is a regular shade in the Luminous Creme line, and Lychee is nice a little treat because it's not a regular shade that you can get.

Both of these colors are really pretty, Musk is a "pink brown" and Lychee is a pinky nude, but with more pink than Retsina. I love Lychee the most of the two.














The packaging is nice and it has the same feel as the full lipsticks. It's a like soft-touch plastic.


Musk:




Lychee:




Swatches:

Musk and Lychee


Lychee is such a pretty pink! I just love that one. And Musk is a beautitful browny-pink nude that I love wearing with a light pink lip gloss over to cancel out a bit of the brown.

These lipsticks also have a really yummy light natural scent.

And now on to Vouvray! I got this one after I did the photos for Cava and Retsina, so this guy is separate. Vouvray is in the Pinks category and it's called a "ballet pink". It's gorgeous!











Vouvray is such a beautiful, sweet, punchy pink shade. It's slightly more vibrant than the others, but it's not over the top or anything whatsoever, just a little brighter. I think this color looks great any time you want to liven up your face a little. It especially is nice for Spring and Summer, and it really complements an overall cool-toned look. I absolutely love this shade! I normally lean more towards pink-nude colors, and this is a great little change with a little more color. I am seriously in love with this shade! Soooo super pretty!


Swatch:

Vouvray


Ok, can we all just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous that color is!? I love it!

Well, I can't say enough good things about these lipsticks. I have found my number one favorite lip color brand. There are some other more natural brands that I love too but this one has kinda taken the cake. I should also mention that these are very, very long lasting. As if they weren't perfect enough, they also will stay on your lips hour after hour. These have a giant two thumbs up from me! 

You can get these lipsticks at any Sephora location and HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE 


Ingredients: Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil**, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax)**, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil**, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Triisostearyl Citrate* (Vegetable-Derived), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil**, Acacia Decurrens Wax*, Jojoba Wax*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax*, Polyglyceryin-3*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax*, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil*, Organic Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil**, Organic Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax**, Silica*, Natural Flavor*, Trans-Resveratrol*, Vitis Vinefera (Grapeseed) Oil*, Siraitia Grosvenori (Monk Fruit)* - *Natural. **Certified organic -


Have you tried anything from Bite Beauty? I'd love to hear what you think! Feel free to comment below!


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