Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Swatches: MAC Vibe Tribe, Brooke Candy, Simpsons, Style Warriors and Indulge Collection (Limited Edition)

MAC Vibe Tribe 2016 Collection Review Swatches

I recently purchased a few goodies from MAC's Vibe Tribe 2016 Summer Collection and plan on picking up the Adobe Brick blush as well, which I will review in a later post.

When I was going through my stash to check for possible dupes, I realized that there were a few limited edition MAC products that I never reviewed on my blog. I decided to include them in this post because maybe you guys have forgotten about them too and this may remind you to use them again? You can also call your nearest CCO (The Cosmetics Company Store) to see if they still have them in stock. (The CCO carries products from Estee Lauder-owned companies, including MAC, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Origins, Smashbox and Lab Series, and sells them for around 30% off retail price.)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Swatches + Comparisons: By Terry Rouge Terrybly and Nars Sheer, Satin & Semi Matte Lipsticks

Nars Lipstick Collection Haul Swatches Review

I purchased a few items from during their 20% OFF Friends and Family Event, which is still going on now and ends May 28, 2016. It's one of my favorite online retailers because I get 5% back in the form of dollars, which can be spent on a future purchase, on top of however much cashback I get from Ebates, Mr.Rebates or TopCashBack. ^_^

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Review + Comparisons: MAC Prep + Prime, Pro Longwear and Becca Blotting Powder Perfector

Battle of the Translucent Blotting Mattifying Setting Powders Collection Review

Powders work well for setting your makeup and prevent your foundation, concealer & cream blushers/bronzers from fading throughout the day. The ones that layer well not only locks your makeup in place, but they are also suitable for mid-day touchups. The ones that go on sheer work best as a finishing powder and for those who don't want additional coverage as they can make your foundation look separated the more you pack on the product. There are also some powders that mattify the skin, while others provide a more natural finish. Continue reading to find out which one works best for your needs!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Swatches + Comparisons: Burberry Light Glow Blush in Blossom No.05 (New Formula)

Burberry Beauty Light Glow Blush No.05 Blossom New Version Reformulated Review

Packaging: The compact has a magnetic closure and a sizeable mirror. (It's worth noting that the compact does not open all the way.) The product is embossed with the signature check print and although it doesn't go all the way through the pan, the pattern lasts a good amount of uses before fading. (For me, the pattern lasted about a few months with daily use.) 

It also comes with a velvet pouch that protects the case during travel as well as an angled mini brush. The bristles are made of natural hair and feels softer than the original version. In terms of performance, I find that both are too narrow for blush application even after washing, and is more suitable for contouring. (Natural brushes tend to fluff out after the initial wash.) Keep in mind that the brush will suffice and get the job done when you're on the go. I just prefer my full-size brushes in general because they're easier to hold and to work with.  

Scent: As soon as I open the compact and during application, I notice a very strong, but pleasant floral scent. It dissipates after a few seconds. (I've had the original version for more than 5 years and the fragrance is still noticeable.) 

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Coupon Code: 20% OFF Friends and Family Event (Nars, Urban Decay, Tarte, ByTerry) 20% OFF Sale Friends and Family Event Coupon Code 2016 is having their 20% OFF Friends and Family Event, starting now. No promo code needed. Just click through this link to activate the discount. You can get 20% OFF on most brands, including bareMinerals, Beauty Blender, By Terry, Clarisonic, First Aid Beauty, Glam Glow, It Cosmetics, Japonesque, Jouer, Kevyn Aucoin, Korres, Lorac, Murad, Nars, Origins, Paul & Joe, Philosophy, St. Tropez, Sunday Riley, Tarte, Urban Decay, Z Palette and many more. (The only brands that are excluded are Jane Iredale and Kate Somerville.) Offer expires May 13, 2016.
  • There's also a $15 off deal on all orders over $75 through this link. The brands that are excluded are Alterna, bareMinerals, Bliss, Darphin, Deborah Lippmann, DKNY, Donna Karan, Dr. Brandt, Dr. Dennis Gross, Elizabeth Arden, Eve Lom, Jack Black, Jane Iredale, Kate Somerville, Laura Geller, Le Couvent des Minimes, L'Occitane, Malin+Goetz, Mally Beauty, md formulations, MenScience, Michael Kors, NARS, NuFace, Origins, Perricone M.D., Peter Thomas Roth, Philosophy, Prescriptives, Smashbox, St. Tropez, Stila and Urban Decay. Offer expires August 27, 2016.

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