Sunday, 14 September 2014

Milani Baked Blush Review

Milani Baked Blush Review in Dolce Pink and Luminoso

Hi my loves! Blush is one of my top makeup products. I have so many different colors and by so many different brands. I really love collecting blush! Other than eyeshadow, I'd say blush is the next most abundant product in my makeup collection.

I am a big fan of Milani Cosmetics. I think they are super affordable products and they perform really well. I love the colors and textures of this brand. It's not always easy to find Milani. But I have noticed in recent months that this brand is popping up in many stores that I have never seen it in before. Awesome!

I have two of the Milani Baked Blushes, and I'm gonna tell you what I think of them. Here we go..

Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink and Luminoso

The Milani Baked Blush comes in 9 completely stunning (and I mean crazy gorgeous) colors:

Dolce Pink
Rose D'Oro
Berry Amore
Bellissimo Bronze
Red Vino
Terra Sole
Fantastico Mauve

Here are the blushes:

All 9 Baked Blush Shades

Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink and Luminoso

I love the packaging of these. It's gold colored and they are very strong. I tend to break the packaging and lids on a lot of my makeup, from being used so much I guess, but I've been using these for a long time and they are still intact! Also you can flip up the blush part and there is a little mirror and brush underneath. Super cute. 

I don't use the brush so I cannot say whether it is good or not. I normally don't like the brushes that come with makeup. But I'm sure it's fine for on the go.

Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink and Luminoso

I am completely in love with the texture of these blushes. They are very silky and smooth. They are so beautiful. And just look at the colors!

These are sun-baked on Italian terracotta tiles. The colors can be built up to super vibrant, but honestly, just the smallest swipe of these and you've got tons of color to blend out. I am honestly amazed at the pigmentation of these blushes. They are very rich and you don't need much on your brush. I dip mine in and use a very light hand just to ensure I don't go overboard. There is just so much color to these. They are simply gorgeous.

Milani says that these blushes can be used to shape, contour and highlight. All of the blushes have a pearly shine to them. Some more than others.

Here is Dolce Pink:

Dolce Pink

Dolce Pink is described as a "pink with gold shimmer". That's exactly what it is. This is a very deep and rich pink. There is quite a bit of little micro shimmers in this shade. It adds a gorgeous pink hue to your cheeks and also makes them very luminous because of the pearl and shimmer.  

This color is absolutely beautiful. So gorgeous. I love it. When I want really pink cheeks along with a more overall cool-toned look, I grab this. 

I think this shade is universally flattering.

Swatch: Dolce Pink

And Luminoso:


Luminoso is described as a "luminous peachy pink" and again, this describes the shade perfectly. This color is amazing. This would be my favorite of the two. I am completely obsessed with this shade and use it nonstop.

If you are at all engrossed in the beauty world, you most likely have heard of this blush. It is a favorite among pretty much all beauty lovers. It's famous for a reason - it is gorgeous and stunning and looks incredible on your cheeks. This shade is one of a kind, the most beautiful peach colored blush I have ever seen.

There is a little less shimmer flecks in this blush (more in Dolce Pink). You cannot notice any obvious flecks of shimmer on your cheeks at all though. It is very pearly and shiny and it gives a very glowy appeal to your cheeks. It's one of the most glowing, pearly blushes I own. This goes best with overall warm looks, but I literally use this all the time no matter what, because I'm just totally in love with it and always in the mood for this color.

Swatch: Luminoso

Both shades are simply beautiful. I use both regularly and especially Luminoso of course.

 Milani Baked Blush in Dolce Pink and Luminoso

As you can see, I don't have a single bad thing to say about these blushes. They are perfect! Not only are they crazy pigmented and pearly, but they last forever. I never find this blush fading on me at all. It always looks good and stays looking good.

These blushes blend beautifully and they provide amazing color payoff and have the most lovely texture. I have high-end blushes that could not match these any day.

I definintely recommend this blush!

You can get these blushes HERE and HERE

Ingredients: Talc, Glyceryl Ethylhexanoate/Stearate/Adipate, Nylon-12, Lauroyl Lysine, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Myristate, Polyacrylamide, Sorbitan Stearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Silica, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Laureth-7, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben.

Do you have any Milani products? What are your favorites? What is the blush you can't live without? Let me know in the comments below!
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Eyeliner Review

L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner Review in Carbon Black

Hi lovelies! Today I am doing a review on something that is an absolute staple in my makeup routine - liquid eyeliner. Over time I have become hooked on liquid liner. I just find that it opens and defines your eyes in a way that no other product can.

Almost every makeup look I create gets finished off with liquid eyeliner. And there are so many great ones out there to choose from, that it's hard to know which is best. Well, I love a lot of different brands of liner, there's a ton of awesome ones out there that perform really well and are quite easy to use. But there are certain ones that really stand out for me and I'm gonna tell you what I think of the L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner!

Here we go!

 L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black

The L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liners come in 3 shades:

Black Mica
Earthen Rock Brown
Carbon Black 

I love very rich black liquid liners so I chose Carbon Black, which is an extra super intense black. It says on the packaging that it creates 2 times the intensity. The color is gorgeous, it's so black and I love it.

 L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black

The other 2 shades of the Linuer Intense Felt Tip have gold tubes, but the Carbon Black shade has a black tube. This is one way to know it's Carbon Black, and the same goes for other Carbon Black products throughout L'Oreal. 

What do I love about this eyeliner? Oh my... everything! For starters, I love how black the shade is. It also doesn't really go on shiny (which I don't like) and doesn't really go on matte - it's kinda inbetween once it dries (which takes no time). Also, the liner will not budge whatsoever once it is on. This stuff won't move. It stays on me all day long and still looks just as intense and vibrant. Nothing flakes off, or smudges, or fades.

L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black

The number one thing I love about this liner is the applicator. It makes lining your eyes so easy! Mastering liquid liner is something that definitely takes practice and it takes getting used to. It's tricky and you need a steady hand. This liner really makes it easier to get the job done. I highly recommend this one to new users of liquid liner, because the applicator is so long and thin. It really allows you to get in close to your lashes and start out with a thin line even if you want to make it thicker as you go. There is a less chance of messing up. The felt tip is also soft and flexible, not like some liners that look and feel like a marker (they are great too! Just not as easy to use in my opinion). This is delicate and bends with you as you use it. I also love this for creating wings. I have the easiest time doing winged liner (which I do most of the time) with this. Love love love this applicator!

L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black

Something that has surprised me about the Lineur Intense is just how long it lasts. I have had this stuff for almost a whole year, and it's still going strong. I don't even know how that's possible because I use it all the time. Not only is it still lasting, but the texture and consistency of the liner has not changed at all. It's still black as ever and smooth and liquidy. You shouldn't keep liquid products too long so I eventually will have to get a new one, and I know it must soon be coming to an end, but it's nice to know how long this will last and that it still works so great and doesn't change.

Swatches: Carbon Black

You can see how dramatic and rich the color is in the swatches. I absolutely love this eyeliner. It's so black and intense and the formula is just perfect.

I highly recommend this liquid liner. It's amazing. It's also great for newbies to liquid eyeliner because it's so super easy to use. The flexible applicator tip is so thin that you can easily make a thin line, and you can also make them thicker just by applying slightly more pressure or using the tip at an angle. This stuff will stay on all day without moving or fading. If you haven't used this liner before, I'd say you should go out and try some! If super black liner isn't your thing, you can always try the brown one. It's beautiful too. This is by far my best and most favorite liquid liner of all time!

You can get this eyeliner HERE

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyesters-5, Alcohol Denat., Trilaureth 4 Phosphate, Acacia (Acacia Senegal Gum), Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Propylparaben

Have you ever used L'Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liner? What is the liquid liner that you absolutely couldn't live without? I'd love to know! Let me know in the comments below!
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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Stila Jewel Eyeshadow Review

Stila Jewel Eyeshadow Review in Rose Quartz

Hi my loves! Today I am reviewing a gorgeous Stila eyeshadow. There are so many Stila shadows and palettes, and out of all of their beautiful eyeshadows I'd have to say that the Jewel Eyeshadows are my absolute favorite. 

Stila is a fun, "whimsical" cosmetics brand and they're known for high quality, high pigmentation and excellent performance. I couldn't wait to pick up one of the Jewel Eyeshadows and here's what I think of it!

Stila Jewel Eyeshadow in Rose Quartz

There are 8 shades in total from the Stila Jewel line:

Black Diamond
Blue Sapphire
Golden Topaz
Rose Quartz

I chose Rose Quartz, although it wasn't an easy decision to make because they are all stunning. Here are all 8 colors:

 All 8 Stila Jewel Eyeshadows

Stila Jewel Eyeshadow in Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is described as a "mauve pink with silver pearl". I almost completely disagree with this description! To me, this eyeshadow is purple, not mauve or pink at all. It's a lighter shade of purple. I do agree with the "silver pearl" part as there are tons of silvery sparkles and lots of beautiful shiny pearl. But this eyeshadow is definitely purple! Not rose or pink. Purple is my favorite color and I just love this shade. It looks amazing on anyone but especially those with green eyes.

This eyeshadow is sparkle and glam to the max. I actually don't consider it a regular eyeshadow, I see this as a pressed pigment. It is so super saturated with color and so glittery and shimmering. There are little tiny micro sparkles and because there are high levels of pearl, it's soooo shiny and beautiful. It gives a gorgeous pearly glow. When the light hits this shadow it is absolutely amazingly stunning. I am so crazy in love with it.

Stila Jewel Eyeshadow in Rose Quartz

The texture of this shadow is very different. I was almost a bit disappointed at first because it's kind of hard. The actual texture itself is hard and dense. Just another reason I see this as a pressed pigment. But once you actually get the color out of the pot though, it is buttery smooth and soft. I use both an eyeshadow brush and my finger to apply this. I think you get the most color payoff when using your finger. I just keep patting it on with my finger and it gets more and more sparkly and shiny and oh my goodness, at the risk of sounding dorky, it really is like wearing jewels on your eyes... Ha!

Stila Jewel Eyeshadow in Rose Quartz

This eyeshadow is incredible on it's own all over the lid, and when applied lightly it could also be used as a topcoat over other shadows to give them some sparkle and shine.

This shadow is designed to last all day (it really doesn't fade whatsoever) and can be worn dry or wet. If using wet, when wetting your brush before dipping in (or your finger) it makes the color intensity climb up a notch and look even more shiny and rich. It also creates a metallic-like finish. This eyeshadow is also very buildable, so you can add as many layers as you want, and it will look different with each layer. The good thing is that it still feels very light on your eyes.

 Stila Jewel Eyeshadow in Rose Quartz

Don't be fooled though by the apparent dense texture at first, because these are some of the most smooth and creamy eyeshadows I have ever worked with. They also contain Vitamin E for antioxidant protection of your delicate lids.

Another bonus: I don't notice any fallout with this (which is a shocker, since it's so sparkly!).

Swatches: Rose Quartz

I tried to get a normal swatch and then one with light reflecting off of it so you can see how shiny it is. Isn't it just gorgeous?

I honestly couldn't be happier with this eyeshadow (or pressed pigment, whatever you wanna call it!). I have no purple eyeshadows of this exact shade, and it's the most beautiful color. I really am amazed at the amount of pearly shine and shimmer that this eyeshadow gives. You can get away with wearing this during daytime to work or anywhere, and also to really liven up your eyes for a night out (you can just add more layers to up the intensity). It's truly stunning!

You can get this eyeshadow HERE

Ingredients: Talc, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Zinc Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, May Contain [+/- ] Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Carmine (Ci 75470), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), Manganese Violet (Ci77742), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163)

Have you tried Stila's Jewel Eyeshadows? Do you own any Stila Eyeshadows? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!
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