As some of you know I used to work at Sephora and it was great, but financially, not so great. Last week they had friends and family coupon floating around, and thanks to one of my old colleagues, I was able to shop with a 20% discount! Now, for all of my makeup lovers, that is a BIG deal. I am also excited that the next 20% VIB sale is coming in a few days. My bank account, on the other hand, is crying sad, sad tears. I also had a 20% off at Ulta this past weekend, which of course, I HAD to use. Gosh, I sound like a makeup addict…oh because I am! 🙂 Continue reading “Sephora Haul – Fall 2017”
Happy Friday and first day of September! I seriously cannot believe summer months are over 🙁 I am hoping we have a warm Fall. Also, I’m pretty excited for apple picking season and cider doughnuts 🙂
Today, I wanted to talk about some of the eye shadow palette’s I own and how I use them! Continue reading “7 Eye Shadow Palettes I Own”
Today’s review is on the new matte lipsticks by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I think they did a great job with their liquid lipsticks with an amazing formula. In my opinion, the liquid lipsticks are better than any other ones out there, but these new matte lipsticks were pretty disappointing.
I originally did not want to do this review after finding out how much I did not like these lipsticks, but quickly found out that there is not many reviews out there and I need to help a girl out! I checked YouTube and the only reviews on it really were the people who got it as a PR package with all the 30 shades. None of them seemed to say anything negative about it, which perhaps because it was free for them and they did not want to ruin the partnership.
Since there are not many reviews on it, I wanted to save anyone the trouble of buying these without knowing what to expect. Obviously after you read my review, you are entitled to your own opinion and if you really want to try them then you do you, girl!
I bought 9 of them myself and I plan on returning every single shade. I originally thought maybe I will keep the nudes, since they are more everyday colors, but I just couldn’t get past the texture and the formula.
Don’t get me wrong, these colors are beautiful. I really did want to like them and I was super excited when they arrived at my house. But I can’t get passed the dryness. They are CRAZY, unmanageable amounts of matte. It was so hard to apply on my lips. I really had to use my muscles…TO PUT ON A LIPSTICK. They make your lips look extra dry as well. The one thing that really did it for me and made me not want to keep them is the inner part of your lip would not get any color on it no matter what. Usually the inner part of your lips is more wet and hard to apply lip color there, but these would not show any color at all. I am okay with applying the lipstick and then the color slowly fading, but it wouldn’t even apply in the first place!
You can see from my swatches that they were really hard to apply! You can also see how broken these are. I think there are so many better products and brands out there that you can replicate the same colors with if you really liked a particular shade from this line. I don’t think these are worth your money.
Don’t get me wrong, I think ABH products are amazing, but I am starting to think they are a hit or miss type of brand. Again, just my opinion on it. Or maybe I am just not having any luck with it.
Hope you guys got some insight with this review and hopefully my next review will be more positive!
Until next time,
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Mac lipsticks are always my go-to products, but it was time that I branch out and buy more of their eye shadows other than the one I have from my favorites list. I may have went all out and bought 5 of them…
Yeah, I have a problem… I’m addicted to makeup. The first step of an addiction is admitting it, right? Thinking I’m in good place then. Let’s move on to why I bought that many all at once. As an esthetician, (or MUA, stylists, etc.) you get a discount from many companies. Here’s a full list here. I have a discount with MAC, so my impulsive buy didn’t cost me a fortune. I highly suggest you apply for the discounts (if applicable) – so worth it!
I bought these about a month or two ago and wanted to really test them out before I wrote a review! Verdict: I love them! The white one is officially my favorite highlighter for the inner corner of my eyes and to highlight my eyebrows. The browns (two on the right) go perfectly together. I’m not sure if you can see clearly the one on the right, but it’s a matte brown. I feel that a matte brown should be a stable for everyone.
Green eye shadows tend to go really well with hazel/green eyes as well as brown eyes, which is why I bought that one. It’s also a beautiful green. The blue on the left isn’t necessarily a color that matches my brown eyes perfectly, but I didn’t have a color like that and thought it would be nice to branch out and try different makeup looks with it. I feel like anyone with blue eyes would look stunning with that shade (Steamy Frost). I may test this out on my best friend Kelsie. She’s letting me test makeup on her this week, which I may share here if she lets me!
Overall, I loved the colors I chose and Mac eyeshadows get an A+ in my book. Now, I just want to buy more…
I wanted to test some of Anastasia’s eye shadows as well as I have never purchased anything from them other than their eyebrow pencils. I am curious to try their renaissance palette. If anyone has tried it, leave a comment below to let me know if you would recommend it!
The individual palette’s were a bit of a disappointment. There is too much residue and fall out. The colors are beautiful which makes it somewhat worth it, but it is quite annoying. If I had to choose between MAC or Anastasia, MAC would be the winner, although, like I said interested to know if the palette does the same. On the positive side, with an eyeshadow primer and makeup setting spray, you should be good for having these eyeshadows be long-wearing. I don’t want to disappoint you or stop you from buying a shade you might be obsessed with! Just wanted to give you a warning!
The both of the gold colors are so beautiful and I chose the pink to branch out and do a different look! These are individual and the packaging comes for free when you buy 4.
I also had to try the highlighter palette from Anastasia by Nicole Guerrioro after all the hype about it. Conclusion: I like it… I don’t love it. Maybe because I went from Becca’s Champagne Pop highlighter to these ones. I had to leave my comfort zone with using Becca’s highlighter and try something new. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the different shades in the palette, which I think is great for any MUA who is working with different skin tones. I also like it because I can even wear these highlighters for work because it’s not too intense. The “Forever Lit” color is also great for the inner corner of the eyes.
Hope you guys learned something cool today and hope you got some inspiration to branch out with different colors like myself. 🙂
Until next time,
“Makeup is a powerful way to effectively reveal something unique about your inner self.” – Unknown
*Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by either of these companies and all opinions are my own.
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