Here we are with another new release from Anastasia Beverly Hills. Just in time for Spring. You know that I love ABH and I love their products. I bought this palette myself from ABH. It's been a long time since I've seen a palette and thought "I have to get that ". This is one of those times
I recently got some new stuff from Colourpop. As you know I'm a huge fan of Colourpop. I just picked up some new stuff from newer collections. Not just one specific collection.
I got 3 of the Satin Liquid Lipsticks. 2 are the new ones from the spring collection and 1 from the first line.
1 Sculpting Stix from the Jaime King collab
Brow Color and Dope Taupe.
I also got another Dare eye shadow since mine bit the dust. (not pictured)
The most exciting thing I think is the lip sticks. Especially the shade Naked Ladies. It's like that perfect bright Coral. It looks red when swatched with other Reds but it's definitely gonna be my summer shade cause it's that intense Coral-y Red.
Second is Botanical which always seems so much lighter in person. It's like a good brighter sherbet color. It's very similar in my opinion to Retro Coral from Anastasia Beverly Hills. It doesn't look so much like it in the swatches but it really is similar in person.
Bad Habit is a color I definitely didn't have. It's a blue based bright pink. It's a bit more of a duo chrome since there seems to be a metallic color shift.
So for the other swatches with the new colors to see what are similar.
Top Right picture left to right:
Bad Habit CP, Srooge CP, Enchanted LA Splash
Bottom Left pic left to right
Naked Ladies CP, Succulent CP, Cozy CP
Bottom Right pic top to bottom
Botanical CP, Pacific CP, Retro Coral ABH, Cocos Island Ofra Cosmetics
Next is the Sculpting stix and Brow Color. The sculpting stick is really similar to Tarte's cream contour stick. Bottom line if you like cream contour I think you should try it. It blends well. I only use it under foundation so I can speak for what it does on top of foundation. However, it's not expensive so I really do think it's a deal.
In the picture above Top to Bottom:
New Renaissance CP, Tarte Sculptor in Park Avenue Princess #3, Tarte Sculptor in Park Avenue Princess.
Lastly is the Brow Color. This is basically a pomade. I got Dope Taupe and I really really like it. If you like sculpting your brows I would pick one of these up in a heart beat. It goes on really well and stays on well. They are also offering brow pencils too and they look similar to the Brow Wiz from ABH but I'm not sure.
The pic below:
Top left: Bad Habit
Top Right: Naked Ladies
Bottom Left: Botanical
So that's it. As always I love everything I got. Colourpop very rarely lets me down. They're inexpensive and they're pretty fast with their shipping. So check them out if you've not. I'll leave their link here. Also sign up for emails and get a $5 off coupon.
Seems like every spring brings about colored liners as a "transition into summer" type deal. Like adding a pop of color to your makeup, much like Spring adds a pop of color to our lives. So being a person who loves color I can appreciate colored liners, and being someone who loves makeup I can appreciate any form of makeup. So today I thought I'd do a round up of some new liners I've gotten lately. Some are recently released, some have been out for a while but I thought it was worth talking about.
So here's what we'll be discussing:
The Makeup Geek Full Spectrum Eyeliners
NYX Vivid Brights liquid liners
NYX glitter liners
Jesse's Girl liquid liner
First up are the newly released pencil liners from Makeup Geek. These released a week or two ago and there are 10 shades. I got 5 but one of them is for my mom. These are $9 a piece which is a fair price and the colors I got were:
These are so creamy and I mainly use crayon liners in the water line and that's it. So it has to be super pigmented in order to do that and these really are. With Cobalt you can build it up a little more if you want. Like it can be a decent blue or you can build it up to be a super bright blue. So far they've all worked really well in the water line. Nude is so opaque even in the water line. I like using a nude color in the water line to make eyes appear larger. Where as black liner makes eyes appear smaller. I typically do not use crayon liner that much because they melt very fast on me and I constantly have to check my makeup to make sure it's not all laying in the corner of my eye. These would also make a great base for shadows if you smudged them fairly quick after applying them. They do set after about 30 seconds or so and they really don't move after they have set on the skin. So keep that in mind if you love to smudge your eyeliner, do it fairly quick.
So from left to right you have:
Spice, Obsidian, Nude and Cobalt
Spice is like a medium taupe brown and I love that, I didn't have a liner like that at all and I really love wearing brown in the water line for smokey eyes. I actually rarely see this shade of brown in liners. If the brown is too warm it can sometimes make you look a little sick if there is a lot of red in it. This seems perfect and I think this smudged out on the top lid with some mascara would be a simple, easy, smokey look.
Obsidian is black obviously and I put it up against every black liner I had and it's very dark and very comparable to Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Perversion. I do think that Marc Jacobs gel pencil liner is a bit darker but not by much. It's super creamy and super black.
Nude is awesome. It's the perfect nude shade. It's opaque and it's not a yellow based nude or a pink based nude it's like an ivory shell nude. It's absolutely perfect and it impresses me how pigmented it is.
Cobalt is your bright blue. I love this color like I said you may want to build it up some to really get that intensity but I wore it in the look below and it did really well. Blue liners tend to make your eyes whiter too. So it gives them a little pop.
In this picture I'm wearing Cobalt in the water line and Neptune shadow on the lower lash line. It did really well all day. As with all pencil liners if you apply them to a water liner you are gonna have to touch them up through out the day. So take it with you if you're going somewhere.
In this look I'm wearing Spice on the water line. It's hardly noticeable but it's just the perfect medium taupe brown for smokey looks. I love it.
Next are the NYX Vivid Bright liquid liners which released last month I believe. These are $6.99 and they have 9 shades. They are also buy one get one 50% off right now at Ulta. I got three: Vivid Blossom, Vivid Envy, and Vivid Sapphire.
So swatched left to right is: Blossom, Envy and Sapphire.
These have a brush applicator and it's quite long which I find doesn't give me as much control as I like but if I go slow and use short strokes I'm usually ok. These are quite opaque their self. Blossom isn't always opaque but it's such a pale shade I can see why. However, they dry down completely matte which is really nice and once they dry down they are very opaque.
Envy looks like it would be a teal blue from the box and the tube but it is grass green folks. So keep that in mind. Grass green nothing teal about it.
Sapphire is your perfect cobalt blue.
These can be a little too liquid-y at times, so make sure your running the brush against the inside of the stopper to get some of the product off.
In this I wore Blossom and outlined it with Jesse's Girl liquid liner. It showed up really well but it kinda looked like pop art liner. I used Jesse's girl to get some more structure to it because Blossom on it's own didn't look neat or like a clean cut wing due to how pale it was.
Lastly are the NYX Crystal liners and the Jesse's Girl liquid liner.
The Crystal Liner shades I got were:
Crystal Champagne which is a neutral champagne gold
Crystal Jade which is a blue-ish green.
I got these because I didn't have any glitter liners at all. Theyre $4.49 at Ulta and they seem to be decent. I think they will need a base of something to go over if you want a wing of glitter but once they dry they seem to be more opaque with the glitter.
The Jesse's Girl Liner I bought off Amazon. This is a basic black liner but it is really easy to use and affordable. I really love it, the applicator goes from bigger to super pointy so you get a sharp wing and it's easy to use. It's not super stiff to where there is no give but it's not incredible flexible either to where you make a ton of mistakes. I love this more than the Loreal Carbon black Linear Intense that I've used for years, and I believe its only $8. I don't know of anywhere that sells it actually but if you need a good every day black liquid liner definitely try this, it's a hidden gem.
Urban Decay has blessed us with a 2016 Summer line and it is spectacular. I only got two pieces from it because a lot of it included concealer shade expansions and Naked Skin foundations. Also new 24/7 eye liner shades as well as a new Hybrid Complexion Perfector. Which I feel is along the lines of a BB Cream. It's called the Naked Skin One & Done, if you're wondering.
So the two things that caught my eye were: the bronzers and highlighters. The packaging was soooo cute and I'm not sure if I've ever really had a bronzer from Urban Decay and definitely never had a highlighter. So that was what I wanted to get. The Beached Bronzer comes in two shades one is Sunkissed (light skin tones) and the other is Bronzed (Medium skin tones). I got Bronzed. I prefer darker bronzers in general. The Afterglow Highlighter comes in 3 shades Sin (champagne gold standard color) Aura (pale pink) and Fireball (peach). The highlighters look a little "duo chromed" to me which you know I love. I got Sin because I felt like that was pretty safe.
Let me say that the highlighter is the one thing I recommend you getting this summer. I RECOMMEND THIS HIGHLIGHTER. I have never in my life seen a highlighter so potent. I'm talking more highlighted than Becca, The Balm, Anastasia, etc. I have literally never seen anything this pigmented as far as a highlighter in my life. Now the formula when you swatch it with your finger feels harder. It doesn't feel dry necessarily but it's not so creamy that it clumps up if you press too hard like Becca can and others that are super soft and buttery. If that makes sense. So you swatch it and you're like "oh this is nice" but then you put it on and your like "HOLY CRAP I COULD DIRECT TRAFFIC WITH THIS LIGHT ON MY FACE" or at the very least be mildly convinced a fairy threw up on the side of your face. It takes "strobing" to a new level. I can't honestly even express how insane this is.
The bronzer is like silk. It's so soft and smooth. It's not too buttery either it's like a soft thin veil of bronzer when you swatch it. I've never felt a formula like this at all. Never. It is very very warm. Remember I have the darker shade though. This is ideal for summer nights and what have you. Actually both of these are. The bronzer though is exactly what it is "a bronzer". I don't feel like you could contour with it. I think it's best used to warm up your face and make you look healthy and sunkissed. It applied so nice and blends like a dream and it's also super pigmented as well.
These are the swatches of Sin (left) and Bronzed (right)
The two pictures are of me wearing Sin on the cheekbones and Bronzed around the face. I had to buff it down a little because it was much warmer than this originally. So bear that in mind. Go easy at first, with both of them actually.
These launched on Urban Decay earlier this week. I received mine the day after. They have not been released in Sephora or Ulta yet and I don't know when they will be I'm think around the 1st of April as a ballpark estimate.
Beached Bronzer: $28 for 9.0 g
Afterglow Highlighter: $26 for 6.8 g
Spring is right around the corner. So lets roll into some Spring makeup and transitional makeup to give you a bit of color but not too much. As you know I'm a huge fan of color but with spring I think of pastel bright shades in greens, lavender, light blues, light pinks, and pale yellows. When I think of makeup I think of bright coral lips, bright pinks, and lilac shades. So it's more than being just colorful, it's the right shades of color. However, I'm not here to tell you what you can and can't wear as I myself tend to break any makeup rules there might possibly be out there. I have no problem wearing a navy blue or black lip in the dead of summer. So whatever floats your boat but for the sake of Spring colors lets have fun with some spring shades.
The picture about is a Spring Transition look as I like to call it. It has a pop of color but very neutral as well.
Top lid: MUG Voltage (inner half) Mocha, Corrupt (outer color of lid), Cocoa Bear (crease) Chickadee (crease)
Lash line: Dragon Fly, and a bit of Corrupt on the outer part of the lower lash line.
Lashes: Violet Voss Just Slayin 3D Faux Mink lashes
ABH: Brow Definer in Dark Brown
You could trade out that lower lash line with any other bright shade. I think an orange shade or periwinkle or lavender would be just as pretty.
Next up is adding a super colorful bright lip to a toned down neutral eye. I chose a red/coral lip for this. The eyes are nothing special just a warm brown in the crease and a light shimmery lid. The lips are Colour Pop Satin Liquid Lipstick in Cozy. Which is very similar to Colour Pop Matte liquid lip in Succulent. Only Succulent is more red and Cozy has a bit more orange. Both are bright as can be and gorgeous. I prefer the Satin formula more though.
Here we have some INTENSE color. I know it's super colorful and not everyone would wear it but when I think of Spring I think of two things color, and the fact that you can use more makeup in the Spring than the Summer. In Summer I feel like less is better because everything just melts off your face and feels super heavy. Things run and move around, so in the Spring I feel like you can get away with more.
This look is:
Sauce Box Temptation Palette for the whole thing. You could add or take away things from this obviously. The blue in this reminds me of Neptune from MUG so that's an option if you don't want the palette. Also the orange reminds me of Dark Mango from Coastal Scents. So these shadows can be duped. The yellow I can't really dupe cause it's so hard to find super pigmented yellows. The only other one I have that would work is from the Melt Radioactive stack. If you wanted it to be more toned down then Yellow Brick Road from MUG would work I think.
So this look has more color and brighter colors on the lids and lips. This is full blown spring and summer in my opinion. Not transition with a pop of color just all color. The lips are Colour Pop ultra matte liquid lipstick in Pacific that is a bright orange.
The eyes are:
Colour Pop shadows: Fantasy, Heat, and Animal
You can also use a bit of black to deepen that outer corner if you want.
Koko Lashes in Foxy
This is the final look. It's very iridescent and pale colors. With a duo chrome pigment. It's just an "enchanting" look in my opinion. The lip I went with is dark purple but you could use literally a ton of shades with this like pale peaches, lavenders, pinks, nudes, even coral in my opinion. The dark lip just helps balance out the look I think.
MUG shadows in Mai Tai (inner corner) Wisteria (crease and lower lash line) a bit of Corrupt on the outer corner. Pigment in Hologram applied with a damp brush in the center and inner part of the lower lash line.
MUG Immortal Gel Liner
Violet Voss lashes in Vamptress
Colour Pop Zipper
So everywhere I look and every email I get is new color correcting products. EVERYWHERE. So I thought "lets talk about it". Firstly, color correcting is great but not every one needs it and just because it's everywhere you look, doesn't mean you need to start being as in to color correcting like we were with contouring and highlighting. Cause lets face it, it got pretty crazy with the contouring tricks and they're still going. So color correcting can be a little overwhelming and confusing so we're gonna go over the basics. I've included all the color correcting products that caught my eye, might be good, or are just trendy.
The basics of color correcting go back to the color wheel. I did a whole post on it. Opposite colors neutralize each other. So here are some easier ways to look at it.
Green cancels out redness (helps with rosacea, and blemishes)
Yellow cancels out redness and purples and helps with dull skin
Peach cancels out blue/purple and helps with dark spots (typical for helping dark circles under the eyes)
Lavender balances out yellow skin and brightens the skin
Blue cancels out sallow skin
Pink brightens dark areas
Orange for deep blue/purples, deep grey and dark spots
So that's the way I look at it. The main ones you see in correctors are Yellow, Green, Pink and Peach. I rarely see blue. Lavender is becoming more popular as well as Orange and Papaya shades. There's something for everyone now and that's great but it's confusing too.
From top left of the picture above is:
Marc Jacobs Beauty Cover(t) Stick Color Corrector $42 for .56 oz. This comes in 3 shades each of them being infused with two colors. It looks really cool and you get a lot of product but I just don't see this as something anyone would "need". There are cheaper options that do the job just fine. Although I'm sure this is a great product it is not something I am interested in I find it more trendy. It looks cool though and I won't disagree with that. This is VIB only right now.
Next is Besame Brightening Powders $22 for .21 oz. These are not new necessarily but they're included some new shades. The one above is a pink powder. I have the Lavender powder and love it. I will get the pink powder as well because they are great for setting the under eye area. That's really the only place I would use these powders, is under the eye. I think these are a fair price and usually you do need to set your under eye area if you've used concealer and what not.
Smashbox Color Correcting Stick $23 for .12 oz. This has 4 shades. It's very similar to the contour sticks which you'll find several products that are the same packaging as their contour counter parts. This comes in 4 shades which are peach, orange, lavender, and green. So no pink and no yellow. This is a buildable product, but "creamy". I find stick/crayon products tend to be a little dry and look cakey but Smashbox usually does a great job. I'm not sure how I'd feel about dragging this around the eye areas. That's not a good thing to do for the delicate eye area, but if these were more pigmented instead of "buildable" I wouldn't be near as worried. These are also VIB only right now.
Stila Correct and Perfect Palette $45 for .46 oz. This includes two powders and 5 cream correctors. I think this palette is really cool and I would be tempted to get it. Yellow and Lavender are the powders. A larger peach cream corrector for dark circles and four smaller Green, Pink, Orange, and Yellow creams. The packaging is beautiful. It has both powder and cream which is handy. This has every corrector though and there will be at least 1/3 of the palette that you won't use maybe even half. If you're a freelance artist, I think it would be great. If you want it just for yourself I might would pass. This is also VIB exclusive.
Beauty Blender correct.four micro mini set for $30. If you like the mini beauty blenders it might would be nice to have as extras but I wouldn't get sponges in color correcting colors because that seems like a lot of time and space. If it simplifies things for you though as a freelance artist then I think it would be smart or like I said a great way to have back ups. This is limited edition.
The top left is:
Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Color Correcting Drops $38 for .5 oz. These come in four colors I think. This seems really awesome. Algenist is mainly skincare and so this product is also marketed toward skincare and makeup. It can be used alone or added to makeup. It can soothe, balance skin's texture, and brighten. It's featuring Microalgae, microalgea oil, and alguronic acid to not just neutralize and balance but also treat and cover the skin. I think this is really cool. If I had a lot of redness I would get the green one for sure. Pigment drops are really popular right now so it's not surprising it would lead into color correcting and that's fine with me because added to foundation or it would be far less products to layer. This is also VIB exclusive right now.
Sephora+Pantone Universe Correct and Conceal palette. $49 it has 15 shades in the palette there are two palettes available. I think this is a great palette for artists to have in their kits. It has correctors and concealers. I don't know how great they are as far as pigmentation and what not, it has no stars on Sephora but of the reviews it has it's apparently really nice. This is also VIB exclusive right now.
Becca Backlight Targeted Correctors $30 for .16 oz 4 shades of Peach, Green, Lavender, and Papaya. I love the pink brightener for dark circles and I have no doubts this would be wonderful. These have been out for a few months and have really good reviews. I would definitely consider this if you wanted something color correcting.
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Wipeout Color Correcting Palette: this is $45 it has 6 shades in it. It's in the same set up as the contour palette. This releases on February 29th online and March 14th in stores.
Cover FX Correct Click $18 for .19oz it has 6 shades. Peach, Lavender, Yellow, Green, Orange, and Brick. I think these are neat they are a good price and you have the option to customize them with the Click Stick, or get two in a set for $44. I would be interested in giving these a go. Plus they have a nice shade range that include dark orange and reddish orange. Which you won't see hardly anywhere else.
Now we're getting to last of the new/new-ish products.
Kat Von D Lock It Color Correcting Eyeshadow Primer $25. This is neat it's skin tone shades that mask any veins on the lid as a concealer would all while being a good base for your eyeshadow. It's stick form or crayon, .049 oz. I would look into this especially if you like using a base that masks your natural lid for veins or darkness like MAC paint pots or colors concealers.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid $28. It comes in 5 shades and if it's anything like the Naked concealer (which I think it will be) it's gonna be amazing. I would seriously consider this because it's liquid and light weight and if I was just guessing has great pigmentation. This is for VIB's right now and it's also Sephora exclusive right now, it's not on the Urban Decay website yet.
Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Correctors $14 for .14oz it comes in 7 shades. I have it in peach and I really love it. I think these are great for dark circles I don't know how good they would be for redness on the face or blemishes but for dark circles I do recommend it the peach tones.
YSL Neautralizers $38 for .08oz. It has three shades. This is the same packaging as the Touche Eclat Radient Touch that people use as brighteners, highlighters, and concealers. I do really like the Radient Touch but I don't even use that very much because there are equally good or better products out there and for the price I just feel like it's a bit of a unnecessary splurge. Which is how I feel about this and it doesn't have a lot of product or shades.
So there you have it. That of course is not the only ones available. Color correcting is not a new thing by any means. LA Girl has good ones and has had them for about a year. So does NYX. If it were me, the ones I would consider getting would be the Urban Decay, Becca, or Sephora Bright Future. My color corrector shades that I use are usually only yellow and peachy tones though. So everyone is different. Keep in mind if you're someone with texture the more products you layer the more noticeable it's going to be so maybe consider the Algenist drops if you need something. Take into consideration if your dry or oily as well, as really creamy products may not be ideal for oily gals just as powders may not be ideal for very dry gals.
A lot of these are VIB exclusive right now meaning you need to be a VIB member to get them. A VIB member is the 2nd level in their rewards program meaning you spend $350 in a calendar year. They will be available to everyone shortly I'm sure and there are plenty to choose from that are oldies but goodies as well that have stood the test of time.
These you will find at Sephora. Don't forget to use Ebates and get 4-8 percent cash back on purchases.
Well kids most of the mother load has hit. There is a TON of new products that are out now at Sephora. With more on the way by the end of this month. I've compiled a pretty hefty list of the ones I think are interesting. That's not even including the ones that I'm not personally excited about. So we're gonna get into these, some of them I don't have much information on and others I know a little bit about.
Lets hit this by category instead of brands. I think that would be easier.
First category in bases. Meaning foundation, concealers, primers, so on.
This category will be cheek products and powders.
Next lets move onto eyes and brows.
Last lets talk about lip products.
There is a 10% off code out not for VIB and VIB Rouge members that last's until the 11th of February. I don't know if all the codes are the same but try googling it and see. You should receive one in the mail though, I would think.
So today's makeup is colorful as always, because let's face it colorful is my neutral.
MUG: Mango Tango, Pixie Dust, Bitten, Corrupt, and Peach Smoothie and Insomnia pigment. Gel liner in Immortal.
Lashes are Hollyhood from Luxy Lash
ABH: dip brow Medium Brown
Nars All Day Luminous foundation
Kat Von D Shade Light Contour Kit
Becca Flowerchild blush
Gerard Cosmetics: 1995 lipstick
Old Navy Boyfriend Jeans
JCrew Polka Dot Sweater
Earrings from Bauble Bar
Sunglasses Betsey Johnson
Sandals Tory Burch
Bracelets everywhere (etsy has good ones)
I named this Sunburst because it reminds me of A Sunburst Rose bush my husband got me last year. It was yellow that faded into pink. Hints of orange and what not. As you know I love colorful looks. This is as colorful as colorful gets.
MUG: Pixie Dust, Mermaid, Mango Tango, Corrupt, Wisteria
Glitter Injections: Peacock Glitter
Luxy Lash in Hollyhood
ABH Dip Brow
NARS All Day foundation
Color Pop Blush in Rain
ABH Contour Kit
ABH: Retro Coral
Today's makeup is a fresh green spring look. I love it. It's using basically all Makeup Geek shadows with the exception of a pigment.
MUG: Shark Bait, Mermaid, Pixie Dust, Envy, Corrupt, Wisteria (crease) Chickadee (crease)
Luxy Lash: Woke Up Like This
ABH: Dip Brow
MUFE: Mattifying Primer
Diorskin Star Foundation
ABH Contour Kit
MAC Modern Mandarin blush
Stila Kitten Duo Shimmer
LA Splash Ghoulish
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