Sunday, 26 October 2014

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer Review

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer Review

Hi my loves! Today I am going to be doing a review on a primer. Hourglass Cosmetics is a beautiful brand with really high quality, top-notch products. I love Hourglass, I only wish that their products were more affordable. They are quite pricey. I think some of their products are worth the price, while others not so much.

Nevertheless, Hourglass makes some very excellent stuff. I'm reviewing the Veil Mineral Primer today. Here's what I think!

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

I love the shiny box this comes in and I love the packaging of the primer itself. It's glass and strong and also looks nice! It has a little pump and unlike many other different fluid makeup products, this pump won't pump out a huge amount that you don't need. You can easily control the amount that comes out.

Because this is so expensive, I just got the 0.33 oz. bottle. To be honest, it's really all I need anyway, because I don't wear primer all the time, and also, you only need a very tiny amount of this for your whole face.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

What I love about this (among many other things) is that it is very gentle. I love mineral makeup. This naturally has SPF 15 in it thanks to the mineral content.

If you purchase this, you'll notice that the primer is very white. At first I was a little worried because I didn't want that white overcast to my face that you can sometimes get with sunblock. But this won't give you that at all (at least it doesn't for me, and I have heard a lot of beauty gurus say that it doesn't for them either. It also doesn't give you a white flashback in photos). The consistency is very thin and oh my goodness, it's like silk. I have never put anything on my face like this in my life. It smooths on so well. It's slippery and silky. It's said to have a satin-finish, and that would be correct. It's very satin-like and gives off a beautiful satin look to the skin.

This primer is honestly like no other I have ever used. It does what it says. Here are the claims:

-  Extends the durability of any foundation or powder
-  Minimizes the appearance of visible pores, fine lines and imperfections
-  Conceals redness (even rosacea) to create an even skin tone
-  The weightless formula is not greasy, tacky, pearlized and it won’t ball up
-  The unique texture is fluid, airy, silky and cushiony
-  Offers Broad Spectrum SPF 15 with mineral-derived physical sunscreens,     Titanium and Zinc Oxide

This definitely mattifies the skin and helps soak up any excess oil without making your skin feel tight.

You just apply this before your foundation and let it settle into your skin for a few mins (shouldn't take more than that). Then just apply your foundation on top as usual. I notice that with this not only does my foundation last longer, but it looks so much better. It has a more airbrushed appearance. This absolutely makes my foundation stay on longer and it's excellent to use for summertime or if you have a long event to attend. Some people use primer every day, but I don't. I already apply so many different things and it's just an extra step that I don't always want to bother with. I mostly use it when I know that I am going to be out really long, or if I have something extra special to attend, and I want my foundation to look extra flawless and last as long as possible. Also sometimes I have used this during the summer months because of sweating more and makeup not lasting as long or looking as good.

 Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

As previously mentioned, this is a great primer to use if you have sensitive skin (like me!), because it's gentle. It's not tested on animals and it's vegan friendly. And it's completely free of:

Synthetic Dyes

Other primers that I have tried have made my skin feel tight. Not this one. Also many primers have made my skin red and uncomfortable, and/or just didn't work how I had expected. This one is awesome! 

Another thing I have been using this for other than all over the face, is under my eyes. I sometimes dab a little bit under my eyes before applying my concealer because of the pesky creases I always get with concealers. This helps stop the creases. I have tried other things before but they didn't work.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

So guys, this one is definitely a big two thumbs up! I think this stuff is worth the money. It's a beautiful product and performs better than any other primer I have ever tried. I am not even a fan of primers but this product made me like them!

The silky satin texture alone is amazing, and I love that you barely need any of the product for your whole face. It's goes on so thin, but yet perfectly primes the face and dries in minutes so you're ready to apply foundation. I love how my makeup looks when I use this underneath. Love love love it!

You can get this primer HERE

Ingredients: Active: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide. Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Polysilicone-11, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isosterate, Stearic Acid, Alumina.

Do you use primer? I'd love to know what your favorite primer is! Also what is your favorite Hourglass Cosmetics product? Comment below!
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Friday, 10 October 2014

TOP 5 Revlon Products

TOP 5  Revlon Products

Hi my loves! I'm back for another edition of TOP 5, where I list off my all time 5 favorite items from a specific brand. This TOP 5 will be on Revlon Cosmetics! This very loved and classic brand is a favorite of mine. I love drugstore makeup and Revlon has always pleased me with their products.

There are certain things that stand out more than others for me and I have definitely developed some Revlon favorites over the years.

 Revlon displays

It wasn't easy to narrow it down to 5 favorites. There are so many Revlon items that I am in love with. They are always coming out with something new and beautiful. But I managed to choose my 5 top products that I couldn't live without!

Here we go!

1. Photoready Primer, Shadow + Sparkle Palettes

The Primer, Shadow + Sparkle eyeshadow palettes are seriously gorgeous. I absolutely love them. The selection is beautiful. There are 8 stunning color combos. They make it easy by showing you where each shadow can go when you are creating your look. But you can use these any way you like of course.

These shadows are soooo silky smooth, blend wonderfully, and they are super pigmented! Excellent for a drugstore shadow. I also just love the powder primer. It's amazing. It really does allow the other colors on top to blend out easier and better, and it does make the shadow last longer on your lids.

They each contain a Sparkle top coat, and I love it. You just dab it on your lid once you're done the whole eyeshadow look, and it just adds a beautiful shimmery pop to the look. I can't say enough great things about these eyeshadow palettes. I currently have them in Pop Art and Watercolors and would just love to get more.

2. Colorstay Foundation 

The Colorstay Foundation is a star in Revlon's foundation lines. This one is super popular and for a reason. It stays on all day and doesn't budge and it feels very light on the skin. It also looks very natural.

This foundation blends beautifully on the skin, gives off a dewy appearance and it doesn't settle into lines or creases. They say it has 24 hour staying power but I have never worn it that long. However, I can definitely tell you that it lasts on me from morning til nite and still looks good. It's one of very few foundations that still look good at the end of the day.

It comes in 14 shades. It provides excellent coverage and it has Revlon's famous Soft-Flex technology. Absolutely love it!

3. Powder Blush

The Revlon Powder Blushes are so pretty! There are a whopping 19 shades and they are just gorgeous. 

The colors are very natural and the blush is very soft. They feel like silk. They blend really well on the cheeks, they don't get splotchy at all.

I don't think these blushes get enough attention. They are of great quality and I just love the shade selection. The colors are very buildable. And these last the whole day on me.

4. Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner

The Skinny Liquid Liners are awesome. I always loved the Colorstay Liquid Liner. I find that Revlon's black liquid liner is the blackest liner I have ever used. I always loved how it looked on my eyes. It was fairly easy to use, but I admit, that sometimes I would make mistakes because the tip just wasn't quite small enough. Sometimes my line would be a lot thicker than I wanted.

The Skinny liners are easier to use because the tip is so super tiny and skinny. The tip is so small that it easily allows you to get right into the corners of your eyes and makes the chances of messing up less (at least for me). I also find it easier to maneuver and use in general than the regular Liquid Liner.

This stuff is super black! I love that. I haven't tried the other colors out.

5. Colorburst Lacquer Balm

I just love these Colorburst Lacquer Balms! There are a few varieties of these giant crayon-looking lip colors by Revlon. There's the Just Bitten Balm Stains and then the Matte Balms as well. There is also the Lacquer Balms, which are extra shiny and also hydrating.

These Lacquer ones come in 10 beautiful colors and they contain Coconut Butter, Shea Butter and Mango Butter. They add sheer, shiny color and also nourish your lips.

I love how shiny these are and I love how comfy they feel on my lips.

So those are my top 5 favorite Revlon products. They are definitely the ones I have been currently loving the most. 

I'm perpetually happy to see what Revlon comes out with next. They've always been one of those drugstore brands that I don't get disappointed with.

I hope you enjoyed this post and will see you again for my next TOP 5!

What are your favorite Revlon products? I would love to know! Let me know in the comments below!
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Friday, 3 October 2014

How To: Multicolored Eyeshadow Look

How To: Multicolored Eyeshadow Look

Hi everybody! Today I'm doing a bit of a different post. It's gonna be on this multicolored eyeshadow look that I created. I thought it would be fun to explain how I did it so that you could try it out for yourself! You don't need the same palettes that I used. Similar colors will do if you have them.

I used two palettes to create this look: the Kat Von D Esperanza Palette (which I have done a review on that you can check out HERE if you'd like), and the Sigma Warm Neutrals Palette (review to come!).

Here are the palettes:

 Kat Von D Esperanza Palette

Sigma Warm Neutrals Palette

I started out using the Warm Neutrals Palette and after that I moved on to the Esperanza Palette for the remainder of the look.

To start off I used Cinnamon (so pretty) from the Warm Neutrals Palette (second light brownish shade in the second row) on a big fluffy brush and blended that all through the crease and above the crease as the transition color. This is one of my favorite shades to use for a transition/blending color. After that I took Cozy (which is a slightly deeper and also different toned brown, and it's the first color in the third row) on a smaller and more dense blending brush and put that through just the crease and also the outer corner a little bit, and blended. Then I took Russet (third color in second row) which is a beautiful deep burgundy, and I took that on a more tapered and small blending brush, and put that on my outer eyelid and outer corner and slightly through the crease, but concentrating it more on the outer lid.

I then moved on to the Esperanza Palette to fill in the rest of my lid with the more vibrant colors (and this palette has the shade-names next to them in the picture above). I took Selena, a sparkly purple, on a small, flat eyeshadow brush, and patted it right next to Russet near the outer part of my eye, kind of making a purple strip, and lightly blended it into the burgundy. I then took Galore, a gorgeous bright peach, with the same brush, and patted it next to the purple, all around the center and more inner portion of my lid (I'm totally obsessed with this shade). Again I lightly blended this in with the purple at the "line" between them so that you cannot notice any blunt lines. I then took Dayglo, a pearly whiteish-green color, with a smaller detailer brush, and patted it all in the inner part of my lid and also the inner corner. Again, blending into the peach slightly.

For a browbone color I just used a white shadow from a big Sephora palette I have. Of course I then put on my liquid liner on top and I also used a little bit of gel liner along my bottom lashline only in the outer part and then blended it out with a pencil brush. I then took more of Dayglo and used that along my inner lashine area. Then Galore after that, and then purple all along the outer lashline and blended them all. The lower lashline mimics the color scheme on the lid.

I really enjoyed creating this look and always have a lot of fun playing with colors. This was really quite easy to create and I hope that you like the look and enjoyed this post!

Have a beautiful and fantastic day!

What are your favorite palettes to use for a colorful look? I'd be happy to hear! Feel free to comment below!
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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Milani Runway Eyes Eyeshadow Review

Milani Runway Eyes Eyeshadow Review in Girls Luv Pink

Hi my lovelies! I'm here with another Milani review. I don't normally tend to do back to back reviews on the same brands, but it's just the way it worked out! I really love Milani Cosmetics. It's such an awesome and affordable drugstore brand.

Today I'm reviewing one of the Runway Eyes Eyeshadows. I can never have enough eyeshadows no matter what, and have recently added this to my collection.

Here's what I think!

Milani Runway Eyes Eyeshadow in Girls Luv Pink

The Milani Runway Eyes Eyeshadow comes in 8 gorgeous shades:

Beach Sand
Bronze Doll
Lily White
Golden Touch
Peaches & Cream
Girls Luv Pink
Black Out

All 8 shades are completely stunning. It was difficult to choose and I wanted to grab all of them. All of them are shimmery and pearly and packed with glitter. They are some of THE most beautiful eyeshadows I have ever laid eyes on. Here are a few of the colors:

Antigua, Golden Touch and Peaches & Cream

Milani Runway Eyes Eyeshadow in Girls Luv Pink

I chose Girls Luv Pink, which is described as a "shimmering pink with glitter overspray". It's a gorgeous light pink shade with a kind of metallic look because it's so shimmery and pearly. I am totally in love with this color. It goes with almost any crease and outcorner colors. I can work this into pretty much any look. It's so pretty... seriously one of the prettiest eyeshadows I own. I am a sucker for glitter and shimmer, and this is amazingly glistening and sparkly.

I like using this sometimes as a topcoat over other colors on my lid, just to give a pop. Or I will use this all over my lid with either a brush or my finger or both. I find I can get more color when using just my finger - it seems to pack on more pigment and intensity. You can also apply this wet for an even more vibrant look, by wetting your finger or a brush and dabbing it on. It will make it even more metallic-like and pearly.

Milani Runway Eyes Eyeshadow in Girls Luv Pink

Pink goes well with most eye colors and seems to look nice on everyone. I have green eyes so I especially love pink on my lids because it is a color that looks really nice on green eyes and helps to bring them out.

The texture of this shadow has more of a powdery feel. Not as buttery and smooth as I would like, but, you cannot expect a ton of creaminess with a glitter packed eyeshadow. So there is a bit of fallout, but nothing alarming. I just always make sure that when I use a brush, I use a patting motion rather than a swiping motion, to avoid little bits falling down. Once it's on your eyes it seems more buttery and it looks beautiful.

Milani Runway Eyes Eyeshadow in Girls Luv Pink


I haven't seen makeup brushes quite like the ones that comes with these shadows. It's a curvy little guy with two sides. I cannot speak for how good the brush is because I just use my own. But it's cute!

All of the Milani eyeshadows are vegan, and they are also baked on Italian terracotta tiles to help deliver a more lustrous effect.

I didn't have any creasing with this eyeshadow and also no fading at all. I do use an eye primer though and highly recommend them.

Swatches: Girls Luv Pink

Wearing Girls Luv Pink

Isn't the color so pretty? I just love this eyeshadow. I have been wearing it a ton ever since I bought it. I love pearly shimmery colors and this really fits the bill. I have paired the shadow with a pinkish-maroon look here.

I haven't had any issues with this eyeshadow. I would love to get some more in other shades. It's very pretty and quite pigmented and really delivers lots of pearl and glitteriness (not sure if that is a word!).

I definitely recommend this eyeshadow. It's long lasting, gorgeous, packed with sparkle and it's affordable.

You can get this eyeshadow HERE

Ingredients: Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12 15 Alcohol Benzoate, Zeolite, Dipentaerythrityl Tetrahydroxystearate/Tetraisostearate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbitan Palmitate, Silica, Octyldodecanol, Methylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Disodium Cocoyl L-Glutimate, BHT, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Polyacrylamide, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Laureth 7, Acrylates/Octylacrylamide Copolymer, Isostearyl Alcohol

Have you tried any of Milani's eyeshadows before? What are some of your favorite eyeshadows? Let me know in the comments below!
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