Tarte Friends and Family Sale 2016 Coupon Code 30% OFF

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Swatches + Comparisons: Guerlain, Lancome and Illamasqua Lip Liners

Guerlain Lasting Color High Precision Lip Liner Bois De Santal 44 Rose De Mai Bulgarie 63 Review

Packaging: The Guerlain Lasting Color High Precision lip liners have a built-in sharpener that's removable and is handy for those who want a super sharp point every time. However, all of the lip liners mentioned in this post, including the Guerlain one, the Lancome Le Crayon Lip Contour, and the Illamasqua Lip Slick Stick, do not require a sharpener because they all twist up and have a tip that's small enough for lining the lips with precision. It's also important to mention that the caps on these are all very secure and prevent product from drying out as quickly. They also require some muscle strength to pop open!

Guerlain Lasting Color High Precision Lip Liner Sharpener Review

Guerlain Bois De Santal 44 Rose De Mai Bulgarie 63 Lancome Rosy Blush Illamasqua True Lip Liner Review

Guerlain Lasting Color High Precision Lip Liner ($32 for 0.35g/0.01oz) - The formula is very creamy, pigmented and glides onto the lips easily. It can last all day if I drink through a straw and don't eat. (Ha, like that's going to happen!). Once I start stuffing my face with food, the lip liner fades. 
  • Bois De Santal 44 is a mauvey rose with a satin finish. It looks really pretty when paired with Burberry's English Rose lipstick (review). 
  • Rose De Mai 63 is a warm rose with a satin finish. (It's mislabeled as Rose De Bulgarie on other retailers' websites.) I love pairing this one with Burberry's Tulip PinkUnder direct lighting, I can tell that there are some shimmers in both lip liners, but when applied onto my lips, they look nearly matte. 

Tarte Coupon Code 2016: 30% OFF Entire Purchase (including sale and new items)

Tarte 30% OFF Friends & Family Sale 2016

Tarte is having a Friends and Family Sale right now. Get 30% OFF your entire purchase, including sale items and products from their new collection, using coupon code FRIENDS. The promotion ends July 27, 2016. You can also get free shipping on orders of $40 or more. Make sure to check out their brushes (review #1 and review #2) as well! 

Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette Limited Edition

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Collection

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 - Beauty Deals

NORDSTROM -  Shop the Anniversary Sale through August 7NORDSTROM.com

Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale is open to the public now and ends August 7, 2016. 

I'm definitely getting the NARS Best Cheek Palette $65 ($124 value)
and the
Dior Intemporalle Blush Palette $65
For more beauty deals, click here.

They also have super sale prices on clothes, shoes and home items!

NORDSTROM -  Shop New Fall Women's Shoes at our Anniversary Sale

NORDSTROM -  Shop Brand-New Men's Fall Arrivals at the Anniversary Sale through August 7

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Swatches + Review: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighters and Sephora x Disney Minnie's Inner Glow

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powder Highlighter Collection Review

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Opal Powder Highlighter Review

Becca Opal Pressed Powder Highlighter Deluxe Sample Travel Size Packaging Review

(retails $38 for 8g/0.28oz)

Packaging: I got the travel size (2.4g/0.085oz) as a free gift with purchase. The compact is made of plastic instead of Becca's typical rubber packaging. It's also perfect for travel! 

Color: Opal is a champagne shade with gold shimmers. This shade works best as a highlighter for my warm NC30/35 skin tone as it does not add any color to my skin. 

Formula: The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors have a very soft, delicate, and creamy texture. They're also very pigmented and a little goes a long way. In terms of performance, they all apply smoothly, blend with ease and just "melt" right into the skin.

They're not as metallic as say, the Mac Extra Dimension Skinfinishes (review), but they're by no means subtle and still provide a high sheen finish. To apply, I recommend using the Inglot 4SS brush (comparison pictures) because it's dense enough to provide a concentrated finish, but it also has enough flexibility to blend product well. The shape also fits nicely on the bridge of the nose and on top of the cheekbones without covering too much area. For a more subtle glow, use a light hand and a fluffy synthetic brush, such as the MUFE #140 or check out the highlighter in the poured version

Longevity: All the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors last at least 10 hours when worn over foundation + setting powder. (For reference, I have cheeks that are neither dry nor oily.)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Swatches + Review: Nars Long Hot Summer Eyeshadow Palette, Orgasm Blush, Audacious Lipsticks and Velvet Lip Liners

NARS Long Hot Summer Eyeshadow Palette Audacious Lipstick Velvet Lip Liner Collection Swatches Review

NARS Long Hot Summer Eyeshadow Palette Review 2016 Collection
(Direct Sunlight)
Nars Long Hot Summer Eyeshadow Palette ($45, Limited Edition) - The palette is about three-fourth the size of my hand and measures approximately 3.80 inches x 0.25 inches x 2.20 inches. It's very sleek and travel-friendly. Each shade contains 0.03oz/1g of product. Nars' individual eyeshadows retail $25 (with compact) for 0.07oz/2.2g and $18 in pan form.
  • Long Hot Summer I is a shimmering cream.
  • Long Hot Summer II is a bronze taupe with a shimmery finish.
  • Bellissima II is a matte gray-brown. This shade is also available in the duo compact
  • Long Hot Summer III is a shimmering copper.
  • Long Hot Summer IV is a shimmering warm brown.
  • Bengali is a matte rich chocolate brown. Out of all the shades in this palette, Bengali is the only one that's available individually. 
Formula: The eyeshadows have great pigmentation, layer well and blend easily. Just make sure to tap off any excess before applying so you don't experience major fallout. I usually apply my eye makeup before foundation so I can easily wipe away any shimmers that have fallen down my cheeks or underneath my eyes. 

Longevity: They last at least 8 hours without fading or creasing. (For reference, I have extremely oily lids and always wear a primer underneath as a base.)

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