Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Junk Food Flavored Lip Balms

Hi everyone!
So... I was hungry when I was getting some pre-Thanksgiving groceries today. No, I didn't splurge on junk food-- but I was tempted by these junk-food flavored lip balms. They were just $1 apiece at WalMart in the stocking stuffer area, so I felt compelled to test them out and share my findings. There was a whole range of about a dozen different food flavors... things like pickle, ketchup, popcorn and bacon were among the other options. I decided to go with some of my favorite unhealthy foods... mac & cheese, pepperoni pizza, and french fries. A brand called Lotta Luv Beauty makes these. I also contemplated going through the self check-out to avoid judgement or questioning from the cashier about these odd purchases, but given my cart-load of other "normal" items, I decided to take my chances :)
With each lip balm I tried, the experience just got more and more strange. I started wondering... do I really WANT this stuff to smell/taste exactly like the food it's imitating? Would I want to go about my day with Pepperoni Pizza lips? I know these are a "just for fun" type of product- but you know me... I'll give them a serious review! ;)
  • Mac & Cheese... Truly does smell like the cheese packet that comes in your box of Kraft macaroni & cheese. They seem to have nailed the fake cheese scent. Where a lot of lip balms have a slightly sweet taste... this tastes slightly salty. But compared to the others, this is the most mild flavor. The balm has a thick, slightly gritty consistency. Teeny tiny salt-flavored particles? Who knows!
  • French Fries... This balm really does smell like potatoes! What?!? The feel on the lips is thicker & more gritty than the Mac & Cheese, and quite a bit more salty also. Almost like solidified mashed potatoes in a stick! It's as if I had some french fries, and just decided to mush one onto my lips. Ew!
  • Pepperoni Pizza... This balm smells nothing like pizza. I can't figure out what I'm smelling... it's a little like the mac & cheese flavor, I think. Upon application, this flavor actually made my stomach turn! Same thick & gritty feel as french fries... but the flavor is both sweet and salty and just all around WEIRD! I'm all for a sweet & salty snack mix... but this is just so odd. I can't handle it!

The moral of the story is this: Salty lip balms are weird. If you love mac & cheese, french fries and pepperoni pizza... these lip balms will not satisfy your craving. The strange thought of having those food flavors (or attempts at food flavors) just sitting on your lips is actually rather unappetizing, and may eliminate your craving for said foods altogether. Maybe a new kind of appetite suppressant? Definitely a fun gag gift stocking-stuffer type of thing if you want to give the family some laughs. Just steer clear of Pepperoni Pizza... it's not worth it! LOL!  
Here's my question-- what's the grossest food-flavored lip balm you can come up with?   

Daily Nuggets...
  • Got a crown at the dentist's office today (the next step in my root canal saga). Not the kind of crown a girl deserves, but a crown nonetheless. 
  • Cupcake has a lot of nicknames- her newest is doodle bug.
  • I'm so excited for Thanksgiving!!
  • My contributions for the meal will be my donut hole acorns and a Fireball whiskey/apple cider cocktail. Woop woop!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Pixi Icy Lip Luster Lip Gloss Kit

Hi everyone!
My quest to test and review holiday makeup kits continues! Most recently, I was sent a couple of affordable kits from Pixi. I wouldn't say I'm SUPER familiar with everything in the Pixi line, but they do make a palette that I absolutely love called Soft Focus Fresh (click here for my post on that palette), as well as an amazing brightening concealer called Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach (featured in quite a few of my videos). While Pixi is available at Target, many of the products are bit more pricey than other drugstore brands. The kit I'm blogging about today is called the Icy Lip Luster Lip Gloss Kit in Snowbunny Glace. It's $15 at Target or Pixi's website (apparently they have quite a few different makeup kits!) From what I can tell, this gloss formula isn't part of Pixi's regular line-- it's just a special holiday kit. 
Color-wise- you're getting 2 sheer sparkly glosses, and two creamy glosses that are more colorful. The texture is super smooth and not at all sticky, and they smell like coconut- which was a nice surprise! These contain Vitamin E and actually do feel kind of moisturizing on the lips- which is kind of a rare quality for a gloss. While they aren't sticky, they do seem to "cling" to the lips nicely... they don't have  a greasy feel that makes me wonder if they're going to slide right off. Staying power is pretty consistent with other lip glosses- it'll stay on for several hours if you're not eating or drinking... otherwise, plan to do some touch-ups. These do a good job of filling the lines in my lips- making my lips look very pillowy and smooth. 
Left to right: Ice Crystal, Ice Petal, Natural Rose, Pink Orchid

You can enlarge this picture to get a better look at these shades. Overall, I'm REALLY pleased with the scent and feel. At 1 fl. oz each, it's a good size for someone who just wants to sample a few different shades.  However, I personally don't love that there are two shades that are so sheer. Like the more colorful glosses, they feel nice on the lips, but so much of my natural lip color shows through. While one is slightly more pink than the other, they look very similar. I love Natural Rose and Pink Orchid- they're just beautiful, and upon trying these, I thought I'd like to check out some other full-size glosses from Pixi's line! However it appears that this particular formula is exclusive to this set... kind of a bummer if you really fall in love with some of the shades. Overall, I could see this being a great little gift for a teen who wants a high quality, comfortable gloss formula- but not a lot of bright colors. If you expect a great deal of color payoff from lip glosses- you'll probably only be 50% happy with this kit. Do you have any favorites from the Pixi line? Please share! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • I have been a video shooting & editing machine today! Trying to get ahead on things so I'll be able to post videos while I'm away for Thanksgiving :) 
  • I can't believe the Beauty Broadcast Express channel is already approaching 90,000 subscribers! I can't thank you enough for supporting it!! The kind feedback and video requests are VERY much appreciated, and Tyler is grateful for your #tydayfriday love too! :) 
  • Had a great time meeting up with the twins (Tyler's sisters) on Saturday!
  • After traveling to see the twins- I could tell the roads are already getting busier... holiday travel has begun! Please be safe out there and don't text & drive! 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My Beauty Product Backups

 Hi everyone!
Are there any products in your stash that you MUST have a backup of? Things that- if you run out of them- there will be a mini-crisis? I have a lot of products in my daily rotation, but there are a select few that I tend to have extras of. There are others that I should or did have extras of... that are no longer extras :) But here's a sampling of what's usually in my "backup" stash! 
Lash Glue... It's just common sense that you can't wear false eyelashes if you don't have glue. I prefer Revlon Precision Lash Glue, and I usually find it at Wal-Mart. They seem to either have the clear or the dark-tone in stock... but not usually both at the same time. I'll use either kind, and the last time I was shopping, I picked up an extra (not realizing there was already a backup hanging around!) This stuff will definitely get used!
 False Eyelashes... Months ago when I fell in love with the Red Cherry #43 false lashes- I ordered more. I got a couple 6-packs of them on Amazon for super cheap. They are just awesome when you want full, long lashes. Gorgeous! 
Clear Brow Gel... When you've got some big, thick eyebrows... those things need to be tamed! I don't require a certain kind of brow gel- but this product from ELF is about as cheap as it comes- just $1 at Target. I'll start using this when I run out of the Maybelline Great Lash Clear.  
More Eye Products... I think most of us have mascara backups! I actually have some different mascaras from several brands that have been sent to me for review- but these are the back-ups that I actually insist upon having in my collection. Mally Volumizing Mascara-- I experiment with many mascaras, but sometimes you just need to go back to the old faithful. This stuff is great, especially once a new tube is about 2 to 3 weeks in... then the formula becomes perfection. I also made sure to have an extra of the Mally Evercolor Automatic Waterproof Liner in Onyx. This is one of the best black liners for the waterline- it wears wonderfully! I also keep a backup of Cover Girl Clump Crusher Water Resistant... fantastic when I need the BEST staying power. Doesn't flake, and doesn't even smear when I use it on the lower lashes. 
Random Beauty Stuff... I almost always have an extra TRESemme Tres Two mini. I keep one of these in my purse at all times, and it's a carry-on friendly travel size as well. So this one is just waiting to be used. Also- I have come to rely on Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs leg makeup. I can't remember the last time I wore a dress or shorts and DIDN'T have this on my legs. It makes them look flawless, tan, and it doesn't wipe off onto clothes or sheets (it'll wash off in the shower). If this stuff got discontinued, I'd be in trouble. Actually I'd be in trouble if any of this stuff was discontinued- scary thought! I also typically have an extra box of the Equate version of Olay Daily Facials Cleansing Cloths. I actually just busted into my backup. Those things take off ALL of my makeup, including eye makeup. 

What's in your backup drawer? Even if you have a big collection of products that you're always using...  you just have to have backups of certain things! ;) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Just posted a new Stuff I Love video! I know, it's been too long! 
  • Cupcake invaded 2 of the 3 videos that I shot today.
  • I have the urge to take my makeup off and start over. And it's almost 5pm. Does that ever happen to you?
  • Have you seen the K-Mart commercial where the dudes are wearing jingly boxer shorts?! HILARIOUS!

Monday, November 18, 2013

FOTD: MAC Stroke of Midnight Face Palette

Hi everyone and happy Monday!
Over the weekend I was playing around with a new kit from MAC- so I thought I'd share the look I created! This kit is the Stroke of Midnight Face Palette in Cool (there's also a warm option). I tend to use both warm and cool tones in my makeup looks, but I was drawn to this kit because of... you guessed it- the berry lip color! :) I have a few other things from the Stroke of Midnight holiday collection, and I'm thinking I'll probably do an all-in-one type of review soon- sharing my take on everything. In case you were wondering- my foundation is Cover Girl + Olay Simply Ageless (thanks MissCrystalMakeup for making me want to pull this out again!), and the blush is the Jane Multi-Colored Cheek Powder in Peach Bouquet.   
The packing of the whole Stroke of Midnight collection just makes me think of the Great Gatsby. Black, white, and gold- just gorgeous. The whole compact is a little larger than the size of my iPhone. There's a decent-sized mirror on the inside, and I don't think you can really see it, but there's a little trap door over the lip products- which is great for keeping the powder fall-out away from the creams!
The palette contains...
-Iridescent Powder in Sparkling Rose (soft pink with gold frost)
-Lipstick in Sublime Pleasure (Lustre- sheer rose)
-Lipstick in Romantically Inclined (Cremesheen- plum)
-Eyeshadows (left to right) - All Races (matte), Scene (satin), Magic Moor (veluxe pearl)
-Eye Kohl in Ebony (black)
This isn't a full-on review- but just some observations on the kit. The highlight is quite sheer, but I think it gives a really pretty glow when dusted on the cheekbones and down the nose. I also used this as a highlight under the brow. The lip colors are both quite shiny- I used the plum shade all over with a lip brush, with just a dab of the lighter color in the center of my lower lip.
 For eyes- I used the lightest grey shade all over my lid, with the medium shade in my crease. I used the deep shimmery grey in my outer corner, and also smudged it on my lower lashline. I think the shadows are pretty nice, but not super unique colors/textures. I used the black eyeliner in this kit as well, which I found to be rather dry and hard to apply- rather than gliding across my lashline, I felt like I had to press too hard and it was dragging. No issues applying it to the waterline, though the staying power on that part of my eye wasn't great. I really love the way the finished look came together... but I think you could utilize a lot of different products in similar colors to pull off the same kind of look. Any thoughts on the Stroke of Midnight kits? Like I said, I'll put together a full review once I've had a chance to play with them more! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • I started watching The Good Wife over the weekend from the very beginning- I'd never seen it before but have heard so many good things about it. I can't get enough!! So good! Tyler likes it too. 
  • Posted an early-morning video today! I didn't want to wait too long since it was on the TSV from Tarte that's being featured on QVC today! New #bbexpress review coming later.
  • Mega storms rolled through the midwest yesterday, including my area here in southern Illinois. There were fatalities and extensive damage less than an hour from where we live. Definitely keeping those families in my prayers. Thanks to those who shared their concern on Facebook & Twitter-- fortunately we had no damage to our home. 
  • I found Gingerbread flavored M&M's.... they're milk chocolate- with some flavoring. Still not sure what I think of these!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tarte "Clutch the Spirit" Maracuja Lip Gloss Set

Hi everyone!
The reviews continue on 2013 holiday collections! I wanted to share my thoughts on this set from Tarte (which was sent to me for review)-  it's called "Clutch the Spirit" and includes 8 mini Maracuja lip glosses, as well as a little clutch. It's available for $32 at Ulta
 Perfect for the LSU fan in your life! :) I think the purple and gold clutch is pretty cute and I love the gold bow accent on the top. Yes- it can hold all of the lip glosses, but I would totally put this clutch to use in everyday life for a night out or something. It could easily accommodate a cell phone and a few makeup items, money, etc. 
Here's a look at the glosses and their swatches (shown in the same order as the glosses themselves). From left to right:
  • Spirit - Light pink with a hint of shimmer
  • Laugh - Creamy peachy nude
  • Vixen - Creamy reddish coral
  • Play - True pink with shimmer
  • Dash - Hot pink with shimmer
  • Dance - Creamy red
  • Sing - Sheer red with gold shimmer
  • Star - Sheer brick red with a hint of shimmer 

I've made note of the shades that contain shimmer, but you really can't see the shimmer once the glosses are applied on the lips. These Maracuja glosses have a very minty scent and cooling feel on the lips. They are a little bit sticky- but I do feel like it enhances the staying power and I don't find it to be overly thick or annoying. Something I like about these glosses is that they can wear for several hours while keeping the same "look" on your lips that they had upon application. Since glosses are more liquidy than a lipstick, it's easy to mess up the look on your lips when you press them together, talk, drink... whatever. But these maintain the same smooth look on the lips.
Top row: Spirit, Laugh, Vixen, Play
Bottom row: Dash, Dance, Sing, Star

As far as the color payoff on the lips- I find these glosses to be rather buildable. You can add a little more product to get more color... however you only want to go so far with that idea when you're dealing with a gloss that's kind of sticky. If you have really naturally pigmented lips (I don't), you might struggle getting the true color of these glosses to show, especially with the lighter shades which can be a bit sheer. The whole collection seems to be very pink and red-focused. If you're a big fan of more neutral/bronze shades or deep berry/purple colors- you're out of luck with this kit. Also, I feel like some of these shades- while pretty- are very close to one another. For example- Vixen, Dance, and Sing are some of my favorites of the collection... but they all look so much alike! Spirit and Laugh (the two lightest shades) are also very similar. 

Bottom Line: While I think the glosses have a beautiful shine and a formula that wears well, I would've liked to see more color variety in this kit. I think it could still be a fun kit for a lip gloss lover- but looking at the big picture- I prefer Tarte's Pure Delights Lipsurgence set (they are SO comfortable on the lips and you get both matte and shiny finishes). Also- something to keep in mind-- the Tarte of Giving set (which I featured in this FOTD post), includes 8 of these Maracuja glosses... along with an eyeshadow palette and a bunch of other products. Obviously it costs more than this kit- but from a value standpoint- you're getting a lot for your money. Thanks for reading this post- I hope it was helpful! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Tomorrow is Friday! 
  • Better Homes & Gardens winter candles are out in Wal-Mart. If you need a new one-- I recommend Frosted Almond Biscotti. Yummy scent that can really perk up a room.
  • Shot a new Get Ready with Me video this morning before Beauty Broadcast Live! It'll be the next video on my main channel-- will go up either tomorrow or Saturday. 
  • Time for a mini trampoline workout. Talk to ya later! :) 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

LORAC Pro & Unzipped: Shade Comparisons

Hi everyone!
Hope you're having a wonderful week so far. This blog comes as the result of a request by lovely viewer and friend- Linda Webb! She posted this comment on my Warm & Cozy Eye Tutorial video where I used the LORAC Unzipped palette... 

After reading Linda's comment, I was eager to compare the two palettes and see how many shades actually overlapped. I was surprised I hadn't done this sooner! I feel like the Pro palette has become so popular, and many people who have that one might be wondering whether or not Unzipped is worth it. So let's get started. Here are the two palettes (and keep in mind- you can click any of these pictures to enlarge them).
Top: LORAC Pro Palette
Bottom: LORAC Unzipped Palette  
 Pro swatches are on top, Unzipped swatches are on the bottom. At a glance, you might notice some similarities. I decided to do some side-by-side swatches of any shades that seemed remotely comparable. I'm not claiming to have found any exact dupes, but wanted you to see for yourselves how close (or not so close) some of these shades are. 
Pro: Mauve - Unzipped: Unconditional
These shades are both matte, and they look almost identical when you see them in the palettes. However in the swatches, I notice Mauve to have a more purple tone and Unconditional is more pink.
Pro: Lt. Bronze - Unzipped: Unreal
These shadows have the same shimmery, metallic finish. They're really quite close in tone as well! But I can tell that Light Bronze has more of a golden tone, and Unreal has more pink.  
Pro: Taupe - Unzipped: Unspoken
Both are mid-toned matte browns... not too light, not too dark. This was another situation where the shades look identical in the palettes, but side-by-side, it's pretty clear that Unspoken has more warmth, where taupe is a cooler-toned brown. 
Pro: Cream - Unzipped: Undercover
Here's a couple of shades that actually don't have the same finish-- I feel like Undercover is more of a satin (doesn't really show in this pic), and cream is totally matte, however the color of these shades is very much the same. 
Pro: Gold - Unzipped: Undiscovered
These golds both capture the metallic finish- but the one in the Pro palette is more of a classic gold, and Undiscovered is a softer, less brassy shade... it's like gold mixed with a champagne color. 

There you go! Hopefully this satisfied your curiosity if you were wondering whether these palettes overlapped. I don't feel like there are any truly exact dupes from one palette to the next, but there are some definite similarities. For some of you, maybe these swatches are so close that you don't feel having both palettes is necessary-- for others, you might find these swatches different enough to put you over the edge to buy another. Beyond the pairs that I've swatched, these palettes do have some distinct differences overall. The Pro palette has a wider variety of colors and tones (warm & cool), but the Unzipped palette has more mid-tone bronzy/brown and burgundy colors. Quality-wise, I feel like the two palettes are very consistent... both matte and shimmery shades are smooth, pigmented, and a little goes a long way in terms of application. Thanks for checking out this post, and thanks to Linda for requesting it! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • I have been a video shooting, blogging machine today! Tomorrow's blog will be on the Ladies' Home Journal Gloss Daily site, FYI.
  • I also have the Perfect Palette Tag coming tonight to my main channel!
  • Pizza pretzel Combos... those things are dangerous. You can't eat just one!
  • If you like the Voice, you should follow @VoiceGlam on Instagram. The makeup team shares some of the key products from each contestant's look- it's pretty cool!  

Friday, November 8, 2013

Outfit/Face of the Day Featuring Tarte of Giving Set

Hi everyone!
Happy Friday!! Woohoo! I posted this pic on Instagram earlier today and had some questions- so I thought I'd share more on the look in a blog! :) (thanks @dianemary126 for the request!) Just a simple outfit- and then this is my first time experimenting with the Tarte of Giving set. I'm not actually reviewing it in this post (that'll probably happen in a video sometime soon), but I just thought I'd show how I incorporated some parts of the set into this look. As far as the outfit- it's a little button-up-the-front shirt dress from the juniors section of Macy's. The brand is BCX and I got it for $29.40... it was originally $49.00. I love the wide tan belt that came with it, and the sleeves are nice too- they're the kind you can roll up above the elbow and button to secure them. I'm 5'0", and a lot of times dresses are a little long on me- but this one seems fine. Also- button up shirts/dresses sometimes gap open a bit on me in the bust area- but this one is good there too! A good find for me! :) I got the flat leather boots on sale from Aldo last spring. You can't see the accessories too well (sorry about that!) but I'm wearing a gold-ish cuff bracelet and some gold stud earrings.
The makeup is very classic/typical for me! I had a shoot today so I didn't want to get too wild. Neutral eyes and berry lips are my safe place, but you probably knew that! For the hair, I used my set of 5 jumbo-sized Conair hot rollers in the crown for volume, and then just curled the rest of my hair with a standard curling iron. 
For lips I'm wearing Milani Color Statement lipstick in Sangria. This shade can be VERY intense... I wanted this color tone, but not quite as much depth, so I made sure to blot a couple of times after applying it. Then for some shine I used my Rimmel Stay Glossy lip gloss in All Night Long (cue the Lionel Richie :) Love how comfortable these glosses are on the lips- yet they stay where they belong and don't drift outside my lip line!
I used this set for my cheeks & eyes! The Tarte of Giving set is one of Tarte's many holiday gift sets. I have a lot of work ahead of me when it comes to Tarte reviews! The whole set comes in a roll-up style travel bag. Love the gorgeous purple and the satin-like shine. 
It has a little hook so you can hang it up- and then there are three sections for products. Again- I'm not going into tons of detail here since I'll be reviewing this soon- but you have a mascara, cheek stain, blush, maracuja oil, and eye cream up top. In the center is a spot that fits a large eyeshadow palette, and in the bottom there are 8 Maracuja glosses. 
I'm wearing this blush today and I think it's absolutely stunning. It's a travel size (.05 oz) of the limited edition Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Memorable. Definitely a glowy-type blush, so be aware of that. But I think it gives a great "highlight optional" pink sheen to the cheeks! In case you were wondering- the foundation I'm wearing is Estee Lauder Double Wear. 
 Here's the eyeshadow palette- as you can see- they've packed in 20 Amazonian Clay eyeshadows- a mix of matte and shimmer (I count 7 totally matte shades in there). 
 For this look, I used the gold from the top right quadrant all over my lid, then used the matte peachy shade from the bottom right set in the crease (LOVE this shade!). I added a little depth with the shimmery deep copper color, and then added just a touch of the dark brown in the outer part of the crease as well. I also smudged the copper and brown on the lower lashline. I forgot to swatch it, but I used the matte cream on the lower right as my highlight. 
  I used Milani Ultrafine liquid liner in Black Vinyl on my upper lashline, and Em Cosmetics Waterliner in Black Night in the waterline. I'm also sporting Ardell Wispies (not Demi Wispies) false lashes. These are the same lashes from the Warm & Cozy eye look. They're longest toward the center of the lash band, making the eyes look really wide awake. 

I'll continue to play with that Tarte set and get a feel for some of the different looks that can be created! I haven't even tried the lip glosses yet, so that'll be fun too. Thanks for checking out this post, and I hope everyone has an awesome weekend!! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • This week I set out to drink more water and actually succeeded. Yay!
  • Tyler's mom is coming down to visit this weekend-- cleaning is about 90% complete :)
  • Vanilla Ice is on The Talk singing Ice Ice Baby... and I know all the words.
  • What are your most-listened to songs lately? Here's my list-- All Night (Driver Girls), Jumped Right In (Dallas Smith), The Outsiders (Eric Church), When She Says Baby (Jason Aldean). 
  • New video coming tomorrow! It'll be a "New at the Drugstore" Haul!
  • Do you like/care about outfit related posts from me? I can do more if you want-- if not, that's cool too. I like fashion, but I'm not as obsessed with it as I am makeup :) So let me know! 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Benefit Luv It Up Cutest Nudist Makeup Kit

Hi everyone!
Hope your day is going well! This palette was part of my "Face of the Day" today on Beauty Broadcast Live.  It's from Benefit and it's called "Luv it Up! Cutest Nudist Makeup Kit". I know we all want to be the cutest nudist! LOL! Anyway, this is a limited edition holiday palette and retails for $25 on Benefit's website as well as Ulta's website. It contains several eyeshadows, a cream shadow, and a gloss. This is one of several holiday products from Benefit that were sent to me for review. 
This small tin is about the size of one and a half iPhones (standard unit of measure! :) There's no mirror on the inside, and it looks like the the inner palette that holds and divides the products could be removed if you wanted to use the tin for something else once you used up the products. The kit also comes with a little how-to guide.
The three shadows are about the size of a quarter, and come in the shades Call My Buff (satin finish creamy color), Nude Swings (shimmery peach), and Thanks A Latte (shimmery taupe). There's also a Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow mini (.11 oz) in R.S.V.P. (shimmery peach). And the mini Ultra Plush gloss is in Dandelion (.22 fl oz)- it's a very sheer peach.
From left to right: Dandelion gloss, R.S.V.P cream shadow, and eyeshadows in Call My Buff, Nude Swings, and Thanks A Latte. (The powder shadows were not applied on top of the cream just so you could see how the pigmentation is on their own). I've never been a huge fan of the Ultra Plush glosses because I think most of them are just so sheer! While the color shows up a bit more in the swatch on my arm, on top of my natural mauve-ish lip color, it comes off almost clear. The cream shadow is a very pretty color and reminds me a lot of MAC's Rubenesque paint pot- similar texture too. The lightest shadow is very subtle (performs better on top of the cream), and the two with shimmery clearly have the most pigmentation. 
On my eyes- I'm wearing the R.S.V.P. cream shadow as a base, with Call My Buff on the lid and under the brow, Thanks a Latte in the crease, and Nude Swings just above the crease. I also lined my eyes in black and smudge Thanks a Latte under the eyes. I'm wearing Dandelion gloss on my lips.

 Obviously this kit has been created to give the subtle, "nude" look. I'm not blown away by the quality of the eyeshadows, but they do a decent job on top of the cream base. As I mentioned on Beauty Broadcast Live, this kit might be a nice gift for a teen who is getting started with some subtle makeup. Nothing in this kit is going to look too intense by any means. All of the shadows are subtle and easy to blend. Where a lot of holiday kits are packed with glitz & glam... this might be a good option for someone who likes a lighter look on the eyes and lips. I think you could put together a grouping of similar drugstore products for less than $25 and still have great quality- but if an all-encompassing gift set is what you're after, I think it's a good option :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • Thanks for the nice tweets & comments about the root canal! It went fine- didn't hurt a bit. My jaw is just kind of sore from my mouth being wide open for so long, and the tooth is a little sensitive.
  • Did you enjoy the CMA awards last night?? I thought there were some great performances and Carrie Underwood & Brad Paisley did a great job hosting. What can't Carrie Underwood do? 
  • I've said this before, but it's still very true. Cats can't stay away from a folded bath towel. 
  • There's a new Beauty Broadcast Express review coming tonight on a holiday palette! 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

LORAC Unzipped Palette - Swatches & Review

Hello friends!
Thanks for stopping by :) I just posted a LORAC Unzipped palette tutorial on my YouTube channel, so I though it'd make sense to share more information here on the blog. In that video, you only see a few of the shades in action, so here I'll do some swatches and just share some overall impressions. And if you haven't seen the tutorial yet, here it is!
 The palette itself is very simple, and not over-sized at all (it's about the size of checkbook). There's a nice mirror on the inside, along with 10 shadows.
You can enlarge the picture to see more detail, but the shades are as follows: (Top row) Undercover, Unbelievable, Unattainable, Unconditional, Unbridled. (Bottom row) Undiscovered, Unreal, Uncensored, Unspoken, Untamed.
These swatches correspond with the placement of shadows in the palette. I feel like there are a few different finishes in this palette-- Unconditional, Unbridled, and Unspoken are all matte. Unbelievable, Unattainable, Undiscovered, Unreal, and Uncensored all have a shimmery/metallic look. Undercover and Untamed (the lightest and darkest shades in the palette) seem slightly less metallic, but still have some shimmer. I don't dislike any of these colors... they're a very soft, pigmented formula that I find very easy to blend. A little bit goes a long way, and I don't think I've done a look with this palette that I didn't like! 
There are a lot of rosy tones in this palette, and I think it just looks so beautiful on the skin. I'm not sure if this is going to make sense, but it's almost like these colors are coming from within the skin, as opposed to just an eyeshadow placed on top of the skin. These shades seem to stem from natural tones in skin and I think that's what makes this palette super wearable. Big thanks to Kristin Gehm, by the way... because when I first met her, she had this palette and I had never seen it in person until that day. Needless to say, I ordered it soon after! :) It's funny, because I think we always remember what led us to our favorite beauty purchases! There are many palettes in my collection that I love... and while this might not have the most vast color selection- it's definitely one of my favorites. It's just that beautiful! ♥ 

Daily Nuggets...
  • I'm getting a root canal tomorrow morning. Not exactly looking forward to it and a little worried, but I'm trying to exercise some positive mind control... I'm thankful that I have teeth and good dental care.
  • I got the 7 Minute Workout app on my iPhone - it's pretty cool! It's takes you through a quick little circuit that you can do anywhere, and it's like you have a personal trainer walking you through it. 
  • Yesterday I slipped on my pant leg while walking through the bathroom and fell hard right into the door frame. I have a mega purple bruise on the top part of my right arm. 
  • Let's see... root canal, working out, bruises... let's end these nuggets on a fun note! Cupcake is really enjoying that new blanket I got from Kohl's. I threw it on top of her this morning and she happily stayed under it for quite awhile! :)