Friday, May 5, 2017

Kat Von D Lock-It Blotting Powder in Light

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That packaging though!!!!! Sorry, I had a moment. We got a sneak peek of Kat Von D's Lock-It Blotting Powder what seems like forever ago, but they are finally available! There are 4 shades - Fair, Light, Medium, and Deep. I picked up Light, but realized it doesn't much matter because it goes on translucent anyway. The compact looks like a wax seal with the KVD emblem on it, and I love that! It also has a mirror on the inside of the lid.
The little powder puff that comes with it also has the KVD emblem on the back. 
It's kind of pointless to include a swatch of this, because you won't be able to see anything! However, here it is in the pan. The Fair shade looked completely stark white, which is why I chose to go with light instead.
Now, I can't even begin to describe how smooth this powder is. I was a little put off that the first ingredient is talc, because I know a lot of people absolutely despise when companies put that into cosmetics. But, the first time I tried this I was blown away. I purposely waited until I was pretty shiny and used the powder puff to tap some onto my forehead. It instantly mattified my skin without looking like I just added powder to my face.

I have tried a lot of blotting powders in the past. My favorite was always the Urban Decay De-Slick, but even that one does not work as good for me as this one does. I love that it only takes a tiny bit of product to mattify any oils, because I've always felt icky adding a bunch of powder on top of oily skin throughout the day. At least with this one, you only need the tiniest bit! It also keeps me matte for hours, which is a huge plus with summer time coming. I will definitely put it to the test once we start getting some hotter weather!

The blotting powders are available now at Sephora and Kat Von D Beauty!

Hard Candy Prismatic Highlighter

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Today I have the Hard Candy Prismatic Highlighter. This had the potential to be awesome, it really did. It's absolute crap, and I don't say that about a lot of makeup products LOL. How this got past the testing phase and onto the actual shelves of Walmart is beyond me. Now I know why I hadn't heard anything about it until I saw it in the store!
I'm guessing they were going for duo-chromey goodness like every other company is coming out with lately. In the pan it reminds me a lot of the Becca Amethyst highlighter. But as soon as I touched this, I knew it was going to be bad. It's super powdery, and feels like baby powder. It doesn't stick to your skin, so it's impossible to apply it. It also seems like it's not packed tightly enough in the pan. All things you DON'T want in a highlighter.
You can see from this picture I took after swatching it just once with a light swipe of my finger how powdery it is - now every time I touch it, a bunch of powder kicks up.

Again, this was just a light touch with my finger. Totally powdery.
You can make out a bit of pink and blue sparkles here, but that's about it. It does not stay around on your skin and just wants to brush off.
Here I tried to pile a bunch on, on top of primer. The result was a little better, but still not great. I definitely don't recommend picking this up, even if it is only $6. Not worth it!

Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner in Muse

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I was very excited when Kat Von D announced the release of her lip liners (seriously, there's SO many to choose from!) I went ahead and picked up Muse, because I tend to wear lots of pink lipsticks that are close to this color, so I figured I'd get a lot of use out of it.

The pencil is very thin, and it's a twist-up, my favorite! I really like not having to sharpen my lip and eye liners because it's always such a pain - especially when they break and you have to keep sharpening and wasting so much product!

Muse is a nice, every day medium pink. The formula is so nice - it's very soft and glides on smoothly. The only downside that I see is it's SO super soft that you're going to go through this pencil rather quickly. It reminds me a lot of the Tarte eyeliner pencil that they use to have. I remember going through that insanely fast because it was almost TOO soft. That is the only fault I haven been able to find with this product, though!

It's such a perfect pink and goes with so many of my pink lip colors. I definitely love it so far! I definitely think people who love fun colored lips should check out her liners, because she has greens, blues, grays - pretty much every single color you could ever need is in her line of lip liners!

They are available now at Sephora and Kat Von D Beauty!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Anastasia Aurora Glow Kit

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I think it's safe to say the Aurora Glow Kit from Anastasia Beverly Hills is my favorite one yet! This baby is GORGEOUS!

At first glance, the colors may seem a little intimidating, especially to those who aren't used to colorful highlighters.
I'll admit, I wasn't totally convinced that I would use this much once I got my hands on it. However, as you'll see in the swatches, these colors are a lot more wearable than you might think!

The first time I opened the palette, I saw chunky glitter in almost all of the shades and just thought to myself, "Oh no." I'm not a huge fan of big glitter in highlighters. It seems as though it's either an overspray on them or it's just a glitter that kind of melts into everything, because I was shocked when I actually swatched and started using them! They are so buttery smooth and just shimmery - no chunky glitter. 

Eclipse is a pale peach with a pink duochrome:

Luna is a metallic off-white. This one is hard to explain because it's not pure white, but it looks whiter on the skin than it does in the pan.

Spectra is a grayish lavender with a pink duochrome:

Helia is a white gold:

Orion is a bright blue - I don't want to call it a "pastel," but it's pale enough that it gives it an icy tone.

And Lyra is a golden peach with a pink shift:

So as you can see from the swatches, the colors are a lot more wearable than they appear to be in the pan! The Orion one is a little TOO blue for me to use as a highlighter, but it makes a great eyeshadow. As a matter of fact, ALL of these shades are great shadows. The formula on the Anastasia highlighters has always impressed me, as they're super smooth and blendable. I like that you can mix any of the colors with the Luna color to lighten them if you need to. That makes this whole palette extremely versatile and makes me love it that much more! Huge thumbs up from me!

It is available now at Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Kat Von D Rock Candy Studded Kiss Lipstick Set

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I could NOT resist the new Rock Candy Mini Studded Kiss Lipstick set from Kat Von D! It's been a while since I've even bought a regular lipstick because I've been so obsessed with liquids, but I knew I had to have this. At $45 I consider the price a bit steep, considering how her mini lipstick sets around the holidays have always been cheaper than that, but they have limited edition colored packaging, so I guess that warranted the price hike? Whatever the reason for it, the whole set looks gorgeous!

You get 6 colors in this set, and the colors of the tubes match the lipstick shade inside! I kind of wish all lipsticks were like this - would save a lot of searching when you're looking for the right one :) Each lipstick is 1g, or 0.035 oz.
Zero is a cool toned gray. I have to say, I didn't think I would like this one on me, but I really love it! It's one of those "weird" colors that still seems pretty wearable.
I've got to apologize for the blurriness here - I think it's time for a new camera!!

Ozzy is a purple-fuchsia shade.
Definitely one of the most wearable purple shades I've ever owned!

Roxy is more of a deep violet.
It's much more blue toned than Ozzy, and very bold!

Crush is a perfect hot pink.
It reminds me a lot of MAC's Candy Yum Yum.

Babe is a neon pink.
This is one of the brightest pinks, ever!

Last but not least, Ziggy is a neon coral shade.
I believe Kat describes it as a neon watermelon shade, and that's pretty accurate! It's so crazy and bright, I love it.
All of the shades are super smooth and creamy. The only one that needs a second coat is Zero, but even then it's super smooth. They all have the same Creme Brulee scent as the other studded kiss lipsticks, which I also love. They are limited edition shades, but Zero has been getting so much love in the beauty community, I have a feeling this isn't the last we'll see of it!

You can buy the Rock Candy set at Sephora and Kat Von D Beauty

Urban Decay Vice Special Effects Lip Topcoat in White Lie

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I was super interested in trying the new lip toppers from Urban Decay, because I loved the Lime Crime ones so much. When reviews started popping up, I couldn't find any positive ones, which worried me a bit. I decided to grab one anyway, and I picked White Lie because I figured that would be one that goes well with pretty much any color you want to pair with it (it's just an iridescent sparkle).

The main issue I have with this product is the applicator. I've read that this can be used as eyeliner as well, and this tiny brush would be fine for that, but it just doesn't work well for the lip application. It makes it apply streaky, and you have to keep dipping into the product to get it to work. What I do is take the product right on my finger and just tap it onto my lips - that seems to work best for me.
This is a green-blue iridescent shift, and it's absolutely gorgeous. It does look kind of weird just wearing it alone on my lips, but it's gorgeous over lipsticks. If you apply it when your lips are a bit chapped, it burns like crazy - so I don't recommend doing that! It dries pretty quickly and sets like a matte lipstick does, so you don't have to worry about the glitter flaking off everywhere. It's kiss-proof as well, which I absolutely love. I have found that when you apply it over lipstick with the applicator, it wants to take off the lipstick that's underneath. This is another reason that I've found it's better to tap it onto your lips!

Here it is alone on my lips. I personally think it looks a little weird on me like this, but I know a lot of people could pull it off! As you can see, it doesn't get all streaky when I just tap it on with my finger.

Here it is over UD's Firebird (left) and Blackmail (right). It picks up more of the blue sparkles over Firebird, and more of the green sparkles over Blackmail. I really like that there's so many possibilities and color combinations with this one!

I should also mention that these have no scent at all. I really liked how the Diamond Crushers are strawberry scented, because scent in lip products is always nice (for me anyway!) but these will be great for those who hate any scent in their lipsticks.

All in all, I really enjoy White Lie. It looks great over every lip color I've paired it with so far, and it lasts for hours before needing to be re-applied. The one thing I would definitely change about it is the applicator, but other than that this is pretty great!