Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Lime Crime Hi-Lite Fairies Palette

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Yet another Hi-Lite palette from Lime Crime! The Fairies palette does not disappoint.
I was worried at first that the colors in this palette may be too dark for me to use as highlighters, but as I have found with their past highlighting palettes, the colors usually don't look as intense on the skin as they do in the pans. This one is the same - you will see in the swatches that these colors are light and shimmery.
The colors are, from left to right, Magic, Moonlight and Enchantment. Magic is a warm gold. Moonlight is a pale lavender with a blue shift. Enchantment is a champagne peach with gold shift (my fave!)

Here they are swatched, with and without flash:
As you can see, the sheerness of these is what makes them work on so many skintones. The Lime Crime Hi-Lites are always super pigmented, yet don't have a solid base color that will make them too ashy on dark skintones, or too harsh on light skintones. This is why I continue to buy them - there's so many color options when you start mixing the shades together, and they give your skin a beautiful glow. Love them, and love this palette!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Check Out Zainey Laney!

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I have been a fan of wax melts and home fragrance for as long as I can remember, but I recently became a rep for Zainey Laney, who makes some awesome waxes and body sprays, among other items! (You can use code MEG10 for 10% off any order on their site). So I wanted to introduce you to the brand and tell you about some of the awesome scents they have!
Before I get into it, they have a great Facebook group called Zainey Laney Wax that you might want to check out, because there's always group-exclusive sales and giveaways going on. 

So Zainey Laney started off offering monthly boxes (sort of like a subscription box, but you have to place the order every month instead of it getting automatically charged to your card) that included wax clamshells. Now they have expanded their offerings to include a sample wax box (contains the scents for that month in 2oz scent shots), a fragrance box (contains 4oz. spray bottles of the scents for that month) and a postcard box, which includes quality postcards with the artwork from each of the scents that month.

Every month is a fun pop culture related theme, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (pictured above), Stranger Things, Disney, Star Wars, etc. The scent variety in each box always impresses me, and I'm always so excited to get the new ones and smell them. Not ALL of the scents will stick around every month, because they put up a poll in the Facebook group for everyone to vote for their favorite scents from the monthly boxes. The ones that are the winners are the ones that get to be permanent fixtures in the shop.
They even do boxes like these, which are the "fan roulette" boxes. These include 5 scents that were all created and voted on by fans of the shop. To get in on this fun, you need to be a part of the Facebook group!

Dinglehopper was inspired by The Little Mermaid and is one of my absolute favorites. It's a clean, fruity-yet beachy scent that just brightens my mood every time I smell it. 

Their body sprays are available in 4oz bottles (shown here) and now 2oz bottles as well! This scent, the signature "Zainey Laney" Lemon, Black Tea and Blackberry is hands down my absolute favorite. I fell in love with it when I first got the wax (and have repurchased several times since) so as soon as they started making sprays I HAD to get that one! My husband loves this one as well, along with their "So Fresh and So Green, Green" scent, which is strawberries, kiwi, and lemon-lime fizz. Those are his favorites! It's also important to note that the sprays are extremely long lasting and make AWESOME room fragrances!!

There are so many scents to choose from on the website, so if you are a wax fan you should definitely check it out!

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Jeffree Star Blood Sugar Palette

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The Jeffree Star Blood Sugar Palette took a while to get to me because I missed the initial release and had to wait for the backordered ones to start shipping. However, I do appreciate that they gave that as an option, as opposed to releasing it and letting it sell out, and then having to wait and wait to find out when it would be coming back. I wish more brands would do this with big releases. 

The packaging is beautiful - the red palette came inside a white sleeve, and it has hinges and opens like a little case. Very cool! A little bulky, yes, but cool looking nonetheless.
Inside are 18 shades, and as you can see it's very red and pink toned yet very wearable. This will for sure be a new go-to palette for me.
I think that the Jeffree Star brand is definitely learning from mistakes (with their eyeshadows anyway). The first palette was very blah for me quality-wise. The second one was much better. This one is outstanding. 
Glucose is a matte bright white. Very pigmented even without a base.
Sugarcane is a matte pale dusty rose shade.
Cake Mix is a matte tan, great transition shade.
Ouch is a matte camel brown.
Donor is a metallic deep, rich gold.
Intravenous is a matte deep burgundy.

Candy Floss is a soft shimmery rosy pink. 
Tongue Pop is a matte peach.
Sweetener is my personal fave - a metallic peach with gold sheen.
Cavity is a crazy matte hot pink.
O Positive is a matte dusty mauve.
Root Canal is a matte fuchsia.

Prick is a matte coral. Performs better with a brush than this finger swatch.
Cherry Soda is a matte deep red.
Fresh Meat is a matte deep very. Feels very dry but is insanely pigmented.
Blood Sugar is a metallic brick red. This one is suuuuuper soft and pigmented.
Extraction is a matte deep purple.
Coma is a matte deep plum - again, pretty dry but very pigmented and performs well.

I am really impressed with this palette and love the color layout. I also think it's cool how they switched up the designs on the shadows for a few of the shades (Prick and Coma) - it's a nice added touch. The shadows perform well and I have no gripes about them. I would say this is definitely my favorite item that I've purchased from Jeffree Star Cosmetics thus far!

Natasha Denona Tropic Palette

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This beauty right here is the Tropic Palette from Natasha Denona, and it is a STUNNER! I heard a lot of people say "if you cover up the bottom row, it's just a warm neutral palette." But come on, LOOK AT THAT BOTTOM ROW! It's filled with gorgeous colors, I love the amount of mattes and metallic in this palette, and the shade selection is great.
This palette is all plastic, unlike the faux leather textured palettes that we've seen from her in the past. I quite like this because it's a lot easier to clean when it gets dirty!
We have 15 shades inside, varying from neutrals to brights, mattes and metallics.
Peach Puff is a warm matte peach.
Nudist is a matte pink toned peach.
Mint Frost is a metallic pale mint. This one is best applied with your finger for the full opacity.
Sangira is a matte reddish mauve.
Vintage Taupe is a matte light tan.
Exotic is an emerald green shimmer.

Fake Tan is a matte pale orange sherbet.
Pastel Melon is a matte bright melon.
Laguna is a matte bright blue.
Coco is a matte warm chocolate.
Gusti is an orangey peach with lots of greenish shimmer.
Tiger Lily is a deep navy shimmer.

Sahara is a matte camel.
Limoncello is a metallic pale gold (best applied with a finger).
Zena is a matte lavender.

As usual, I was SUPER impressed with the matte shades. Natasha Denona mattes are my favorite matte shadows, hands down. They all blend effortlessly and are gorgeous. Zena especially, since pastel purple shades like that always seem to let me down. This one is nicely pigmented without being patchy, and blends great. Another standout shade for me is Gusti - this is one that's super unique, and I can't think of anything that's similar in my collection. Mint Frost is sooooo pretty. Tiger Lily is insanely pigmented - if you are looking for a rich, true blue, that is your shade! Limencello works great on its own or lightly dusted over any other shadow in this palette. Vintage Taupe is the perfect transition shade to blend everything else out.

All in all, I love this palette to bits. There aren't any of the super chunky glitter shades in this one, but I can live with that. This baby is going to get a lot of use from me this spring and summer!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Too Faced Life's A Festival Palette

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If you love fun, colorful palettes (and Unicorns!) then the Too Faced Life's a Festival Palette is for you! As soon as I saw that this was coming out, I KNEW I had to get it!
Too Faced has always been one of those hit-or-miss brands for me when it comes to palettes. So, it kind of stinks because you never know the quality until you try it out. I am very happy to say that this palette is AWESOME!!! It is shaped like a rainbow, the cover is puffy, there's holographic-ness everywhere, and a lot of people are criticizing it and saying it looks like kid's makeup. I say it's super cute, so who cares?
Just look at how pretty that is!

For swatches, going around the outside edge of shadows we have:
Young & Free - matte bright pink
Rainbow Life - shimmery coral pink
Sunset Dream - metallic peachy orange
Fun in the Sun - bright metallic gold

Fireflies - metallic olive with gold shift
Funtasy - matte deep berry (this is the only one I have an issue with - very powdery/patchy)
Dusk Teal Dawn - metallic teal

Now the inner row:
Euphoric - metallic champagne peach
Desert Vibes - matte camel
Beamin' - metallic white gold
Mystic Rain - shimmery violet with teal duochrome
Artist Pass - metallic deep berry with teal duochrome

That last giant shade that can double as a highlighter is Unicorn Tears, and it is an iridescent purply-pink with micro sparkles.

All the shadows in here (except for that berry Funtasy shade) are super pigmented and gorgeous. I appreciate that the Desert Vibes shade is in there, because you definitely need a transition shade when you have a colorful palette like this. When I first saw pictures online, it looked like Mystic Rain was an ombre shade, so I got super excited! But, it turns out the picture was just that way on the site to show the duochrome colors. It is still a gorgeous color either way! 

Standout shades for me are Euphoric (such a gorgeous all over lid shade), Beamin' (this is INSANE and makes an awesome highlighter!), Mystic Rain (the duochrome is crazy, this is so pretty!), and Artist Pass (a bit different from the usual brown to teal duochromes you see. This one is a very deep berry).

I love this palette. Like, LOVE this palette. It's cute, the packaging is gorgeous, the quality is awesome. I really think Too Faced hit it out of the park with this one!!

Kat Von D Divine Collection

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The Kat Von D Divine Collection consists of a Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick in Divine, and the I Am Divine Eyeshadow Palette.

The lipstick comes in bright lime green packaging. The color is a muted pinky-nude matte.
While it's super creamy, comfortable on the lips, and a great everyday shade for me, it tends to make my lips LOOK dry, and collects in my lip lines. It's a bummer because I love this color. The crème brulee scent is very strong, so if you're sensitive to scented lipsticks you may not like this.

The palette packaging reminds me of the old school palettes from when Kat's line first started, except this one is cardboard instead of that rubberized material that I used to love.
You get 8 shades that I honestly have a hard time trying to come up with looks with.
The mirror has the Divine eyebrows on it, which looks cool but is kind of annoying when you're actually trying to USE the mirror.

Babs - shimmery pale white gold (pretty sheer)
Hard Magic - matte black (takes building to make opaque)
Baltimore - metallic royal blue
Waters - matte baby blue

Filthy - shimmery gunmetal
Pink Flamingos - metallic lime green
Female Trouble - matte white (works best over a white cream base)
Hairspray - metallic light pewter with silver glitter (my favorite - this one is gorgeous!)

Overall, I'm not super impressed with this palette. The shadow quality just isn't there for me, and it's colors I'm having a hard time creating looks with. As much as I love blues, baby blue just looks terrible on me and the combination of colors in this palette just don't go well together in my opinion. I do enjoy the Hairspray color as an all-over lid shade, I've just been finding myself using one color out of the palette each time I go to do a look, and I end up using a different palette for the rest.

Lime Crime Plushies - Milk Tea

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I was very intrigued by the new Lime Crime Plushies. I love their original liquid lipsticks, so I really wanted to try these out.

The color I chose is milk tea, described as a sheer milky mauve.
The cap is rubberized and has a teddy bear on it, which is super cute. These are scented with blackberry, but they smell chemically right out of the tube. Once on the lips, the fruit smell is more apparent.
It is definitely what it says - a sheer liquid lipstick that dries matte, is transfer proof, etc. I absolutely love the way it looks because this is one of those "my lips but better" colors. However, it dries my lips out reeeally bad, so I find it uncomfortable to wear.
Despite the drying feeling, it never collects in the lip lines or looks cakey. I really wish I could make it work, and have tried, but it always feels so uncomfortable. These are $20 and can be found at Ulta and LimeCrime.com!

Tony Moly Tako Pore Blackhead Scrub Pore Stick

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This is an adorable little skin care item that I picked up recently from Ulta: the Tony Moly Tako Blackhead Pore Scrub Stick. I'm not going to lie, the packaging of this is totally what got me! It is small, about the size of an eos lip balm, which caught me off guard because I ordered it online and expected it to be bigger.

I was pleasantly surprised upon using it that it's not super soft so I won't go through it too quickly. What you're supposed to do is wash your face as usual, and then rub this product over any blackhead problem areas (for me it's my nose), massage it in, and rinse.

The scent is very clean and pleasant, and there are little scrubbies of some sort in this that helps to exfoliate. It really is a nice little product!
It is most definitely helping with my blackheads, especially when I use it with a pore strip. At $12.50 I think it's a bit expensive for what it is, but the cuteness factor won me over once again!