Physicans Formula Bronze Booster Shimmer Strobing Palette

*purchased by me

This product has a REALLY long name: Physicans Formula Bronze Booster Shimmer Strobing Highlight & Contour Palette ($15). This is a newer product from Physicans Formula and there is a coordinating matte palette. All of the shades in this palette are VERY shimmery, so if that’s your thing, this might be right up your alley.

There are three colors in this palette: a reddish copper, golden beige, and flat out white. There is a contouring/highlight brush housed in the lower compartment of the palette. Aren’t the colors gorgeous?

All three shades in this palette are highly pigmented. I had to laugh when I first applied the white shade as a highlighter, because it was so pigmented before I blended that it looked like I painted two huge stripes on my face. Applier be warned! After I blended it out, it definitely looked a lot better, but you certainly can achieve a major highlight with this little trio!

One of the big reasons I purchased this palette is that I wanted to use the shades as eyeshadows, especially that gorgeous copper color. I was impressed right away when I used it, as it performed well and stayed on my lids just like any other shadow would with a primer. Eight hours after application, it still looked fresh.

When using the shades as a highlight, you do need to be careful, as they are super pigmented, but they do give a lovely sheen. They are slightly dusty because they’re so soft, but that doesn’t mean they are hard to control. The brush in the palette is okay. It will do the job in a pinch, but I don’t feel that it lends itself to very good control, although the bristles are very soft. I actually think the shape is much better suited for contouring, as I prefer a fluffier brush to diffuse highlight shades.

Look at that copper pop!

While this is expensive for the drugstore, as someone who has been wearing Physicians Formula for 20 years now (since high school) their prices have remained pretty steady since then, and the quality is consistent and good. Personally, I find it to be the best brand in the drugstore, so it is worth the extra money to me. 🙂

 

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Trying Out Luxury Eyeshadows: Cle de Peau and Tom Ford

I recently tried two luxury eyeshadows, the Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes in Caviar, and Cle de Peau Beaute Powder Eye Color in the shade 203. Both of these are samples from So Choix (not an affiliate link). So Choix promises two to three uses from each of their samples; however, in most cases I have been able to get more uses than that! I was excited to try both of these products since I have heard so many people rave about the Tom Ford Cream Color.

The Cle de Peau shadow (full size $45) is a stain finish, and the shades are:

“Inspired by vintage jewels, a luxuriously smooth powder eyeshadow accentuates eyes with brilliant, sumptuous color.”

I adore that beautiful description, and definitely see the inspiration in this color. This is one of the most beautiful eyeshadow formulas I have ever had the pleasure of using. It is pigmented, but the most endearing quality is how positively silky and long lasting it is. This applies like a dream; it is truly foolproof! I also found the color unique and vibrant. Another perk is that this didn’t irritate my eyes at all, or get into my eyes while I was wearing it throughout the day (I wear contacts and can be sensitive to that).

Cle de Peau 203, Tom Ford Caviar

Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes in Caviar is a beautiful deep smoky charcoal with silver shimmer particles. When I first applied this color, I thought there was no way I would want to wear it again, but once I had it fully on and smoked out as a base, I really liked it! I am really impressed with how long it stayed on; I didn’t use a primer with it since I was using this as a base, and it still looked freshly applied when I removed it in the evening (I had been wearing it around 12 hours).

Caviar is a gorgeous color, and I now want to test out other shades. If I were to purchase the full size ($45), I don’t think I would get this color, because I don’t see myself using up a whole pot. Instead, I would probably get a color I could see myself using a lot more (like bronze or taupe).

I wore both of these together and loved the result! It really made the green in my eyes pop.

Overall, I loved both products and want to test out more colors before purchasing the full-size product. 🙂

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12 Beauty FAILS! Skin, Hair, Makeup

Welcome to my first beauty fails post! I tend to keep it positive around here, but I do think it’s helpful to find out what doesn’t work as well. If you love any of these products, that’s great! They just simply did not work for me. Let’s jump into it!

HAIR:

John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray— Yes, I realize this is a cult classic, but it just did not work for me. It left my hair extremely hard and crispy, and I do not go overboard with the sea salt spray. I’ve given this enough chances to know this is not the sea salt spray for me.

Oribe Wave and Shine Spray— The only thing this did for me is make my hair look greasy, even if it was freshly washed. Not a fan!

MASCARA:

L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black: I bought this knowing it didn’t work for me. I have tried it in the past and it smeared all over my face, not staying on my lashes at all. I decided to try the waterproof version, and it was the same thing: smear city!

Ciate Wonderwand Mascara: I actually love this mascara. It really adds volume and is super black. Unfortunately, it flakes and smudges quite a bit on me, which is such a bummer!

Givenchy Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara: Sample sized, but literally did nothing for my lashes. It didn’t even look like I had mascara on when I was wearing this. No length, no volume.

EYESHADOW:

Clinique Aqua Pop Eyeshadow: This color is stunning, but the shadow fades so quickly! I have another shadow from this line and it is much better in the staying power department.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Rose Gold: People adore these so I feel kind of bad dissing it, but I just don’t get the hype around this pencil. I didn’t find it very pigmented, and the color is not amazing. Perhaps I would like a different color more.

Mary Kay At Play Mineral Neopolitan Baked Eye Trio: This isn’t a complete fail. I love the highlighter shade, but the brown and pink colors are a little lackluster and don’t show up very well. Wetting the shadow helps, but it’s still not enough.

LIPS:

Too Faced Sweet Peach Creamy Lip Oil: I was SO excited for these lip glosses, and even more excited when Pure Peach was a 100-point perk. Unfortunately, this gloss is a MAJOR let down. It smells like burnt plastic and although it is moisturizing, the color is difficult to distribute. Maybe on young, smooth lips it would work better, but for my 30-something dry lips, it just didn’t fly.

Smashbox Matte Liquid Lipstick: Too drying for me.

Ciate Liquid Velvet Lipstick: Again, too drying for me. I couldn’t wait to get this off of my lips.

SKIN:

Belif Aqua Bomb Mask: This mask is kind of strange. You have to fold the container to make it “pop”, and then the serum moisturizes the mask. Because of this, I don’t think the mask was particularly saturated, and I ended up applying most of the serum to my skin with my hands. I won’t be purchasing this mask again unless they make an improvement with the packaging.

That’s it! What didn’t work for you lately?

 

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Fiona Stiles Mistake-Free Eye & Face Contouring Palette!

*purchased by me

This Fiona Stiles palette was a purchase I made during the holidays last year after finding it in Ulta, and really falling for one of the blushes in the palette. This is the only thing I have tried from the brand, and it includes a selection of what the brand has to offer.

Although the packaging is bulky, it is very sturdy and contains everything you would need for a makeup look:

  • Canyon eyeshadow quad (which is sold separately)
  • Bronzing Sun Veil in Western
  • Light Illusion Focus Powders
  • Soft Cheek Veil in Lex
  • Soft Cheek Veil in Maiden Lane

Lex is the apricot blush that really made me swoon over the palette initially.

I absolutely love this kit! The colors are stunning–rich, but still natural, and you can create beautiful, easy looks with it. I think my favorite part of the kit after using it are definitely the eyeshadows (not a surprise), but all of the products blend well and are pigmented.

If you love an in your face highlight, I don’t think you will achieve it with these ones, as the powders are more subtle. That said, it probably wouldn’t be “mistake-free” with an in your face highlighter.

The eyeshadow quad in Canyon contains four very warm shades, including a gorgeous copper, which I’m wearing on the lid in this look. The shadows are pigmented but not heavy, and very smooth. There was very little fallout when I applied these, which is welcome since I do wear contacts. I have to be careful about getting product in my eyes when I’m wearing shadows, otherwise I end up ruining my contacts sooner than necessary.

If you’re a fan of peach, you will probably love the outcomes you can achieve with this kit. I also have used the bronzer as an eyeshadow shade, which works as well, especially if you want a deeper crease color. Here, I paired it with Shy Girl from MAC.

The blushes are stiffer in texture than the bronzer and eyeshadow, but they still blend nicely and last for a long time. After testing both, my favorite is still the peach color, but the pink shade really brightens up the complexion.

The result with this palette will be soft and pretty, so I do believe it fits the “mistake-free” claim. This isn’t on Ulta’s website anymore, and it looks like as of right now, most items from the brand are half off. If you are interested in only the Canyon quad, it’s currently $14, but they have other quads available as well. This palette was a win for me and I’m happy that I purchased it!

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7 Current BLUSH Favorites!

*all purchased by me

I’ve been having a lot of fun lately playing with my blush stash! There’s just something about spring that makes me want to pay attention to blush more. These are the ones that I have been keeping in my vanity drawer rotation.

Cherry (UD), Easy (UD), Clinique Nude Pop, NARS Olympia, Kevyn Aucoin Nuelle, Surratt Guimauve, MAC Make You Mine

First up is the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani cheek palette, in particular Cherry and Easy. I love this entire palette, but those two blushes are the ones I’ve been wearing the most. Easy is a color that is unique compared to the other blushes I own.

Clinique Nude Pop is probably my most used blush, which you can definitely see from the picture. It’s basically the perfect neutral peach that goes with every single kind of makeup look you can imagine. It’s easy to blend, lightweight, and long-lasting. I can’t rave about this one enough!

NARS Olympia is a contouring blush palette that I’ve had a love-hate relationship with in the past! I wasn’t crazy about it at first due to the color being a little light, but I have become a fan of it over time.

Nuelle from Kevyn Aucoin is part of a duo, and it’s a lovely cream blush. The color is another nice neutral, and I love how easy it is to blend, and the finish is stunning! It always looks natural and it lasts for a long time on my skin.

I can’t believe I haven’t done a solo post on Surratt Guimauve before. This is another one of my favorite blushes. It’s described as “marshmallow pink,” which definitely fits. It’s a cheerful light pink that really brightens up the complexion.

MAC Make You Mine is a Prolongwear blush that is a gorgeous, satiny salmon color. I adore MAC blushes and this one has a lovely formula that is very easy to blend. It is SUPER pigmented though, so not much is needed. I think this one would be even more beautiful on medium to deep skin tones.

Do you have any spring blush favorites, or recommendations?

I say spring and it’s currently snowing… 😉

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