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!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

JORD Wood Watches

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I was contacted by JORD a few weeks ago to review one of their timepieces. I checked out their site and thought their watches were absolutely beautiful. I had never seen a wood watch before, and was pretty intrigued right from the start. I absolutely wanted to check one out in person!

I received the Fieldcrest Series Dark Sandalwood Women's Watch. It came perfectly packaged and safe in a wooden box that was shipped inside of another box, so everything arrived safely.
I really love the added touch of the wooden box that it comes in - the lid is magnetic, and the whole thing is extremely sturdy and very well-made.
You also receive a polishing cloth and some JORD Preserve oil to keep your watch looking like new at all times!
Inside the box, there is foam foam on the inside of the lid for further protection, and the watch is wrapped around a little burlap pillow.
Here is a look at the watch on my wrist - they did ask beforehand for my wrist measurement so it is a PERFECT fit! I'm in love with the color, which is a dark brown with a black face. Again - very sturdy and well made! The clasp is easy to take on and off with one hand, which is the main thing I look for when selecting a watch. I hate having to sit there struggling to get it on! 
Here is a look at the bottom of the box, once the pillow and everything is removed from it.
Overall, I am very pleased with this timepiece. I couldn't be more happy with their customer service, and the watch arrived extremely quickly. (Seriously, it took 2 days to get to me once they said it was shipped!) If you are in the market for a new watch that's really unique, or looking for a gift for someone else, they do sell both men's and women's watches! With both Mother's Day and Father's Day coming up, I definitely recommend checking them out!
Purchase the watch I talked about HERE.
Now for some fun - would you like to win $100 towards a JORD watch of your choice? The folks at JORD were kind enough to host a giveaway! ENTER HERE!!!!
The contest will close 5/14 at 11:59pm.

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*Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Lime Crime Hi-Lite Opals Palette

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I was super excited to see that Lime Crime was doing a highlighter palette! This one is simply called "Opals," which makes me wonder if there will be other finishes in the future, such as metallics.
The packaging is very pretty yet very plain. It has an opal/iridescent cardboard - I took pictures with and without flash to try and show this.
There is no mirror on the inside, and the shades are just called "Pink, Gold, and Peach." The colors look pretty boring in the pans, but once you get them on your skin they are gorgeous.
Without Flash
With Flash

They are all pretty pigmented and they blend out nicely. They apply very smoothly as well. The peach comes off as more red on me, but it's really unique because I don't have another highlighter that shade currently in my collection.

This retails for $38 on - each shade is .25 oz of product, about the same size as the Urban Decay blushes, which retail for $26 each. When you look at it that way, that seems like a pretty decent price!