Saturday, September 15, 2018

MyChelle Hyaluronic Acid Beauty Products!

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I have a super exciting post for you guys today, introducing some new products from MyChelle! I have reviewed some of their skin care items before, so I was looking forward to checking these out and testing them! These items are from their new Hyaluronic line.

First up is the Ultra Hyaluronic Water Mask.

This mask contains moisture enriched hyaluronic acid, blue agave, and prickly pear cactus to smooth and condition dull and dehydrated skin. It can also be used as an overnight deep moisture mask.
The formula is really nice - it has a light, earthy scent to it. It's got a nice not too thick/not too thin consistency that spreads easily when you apply it to your face. It also gives a cool, relaxing feeling. I really enjoy that you don't need a TON of it to coat your whole face. You can rinse it off after 5-10 minutes, or you can massage it into your skin and use it as an overnight mask. My skin absolutely glows when I use this!!

The Bio-Firm Hydrogel Concentrate is another awesome product.

This has a gel consistency and is unscented. Again, a little goes a long way! I have the .45 oz jar but it also comes in a 1.2 oz. jar. It is described as concentrated 2% hyaluronic acid moisture-binding gel with a potent dose of AlpineNunatak™ plant stem cells and Crocus Chrysanthus Bulb Extract that helps firm and provide deep nourishment and hydration.

I have been using this after washing my face and notice that it helps to smooth my skin a lot - it also feels a bit firmer. It can have a slightly tacky feel to it, but it absorbs into the skin rather quickly!

The Ultra Hyaluronic Beauty Mist is an instantly refreshing and moisturizing mist made with Cactus Water and Hyaluronic Acid for lasting hydration, and Citystem™ Plant Stem Cells and Niacinamide to help revive and refine complexion.

This comes out in a nice fine mist, which I really appreciate in a facial spray. It doesn't have much of a scent to it, so it's perfect for anyone sensitive to scented facial mists. What's awesome about it is that you can use it either under makeup to hydrate before you apply, or over makeup, so you can spray it throughout the day to keep moisturized and hydrated. I like to keep mine in the refrigerator (it has been so hot and humid in Massachusetts, I'm ready for fall!) and spray my face for a nice cool, refreshing blast of hydration.

Last but not least we have the Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Cream.

It's enriched with Hyaluronic Acid and Squalene to deliver skin quenching hydration combined with a nourishing botanical blend of Resistem™ Plant Stem Cells, Blue Lotus, Rose Petals, and Freshwater Algae.

This one I was a bit nervous about, because I have pretty oily skin and this is a very thick, nourishing cream, so I was worried it might not work as well for me. As with the other products, a little goes a long way! I have not had any issues with it, and it's been keeping my skin super hydrated without making it oily. It actually sinks right into the skin and doesn't feel heavy at all, so it caught me off guard when I first used it! It has such a luxurious, smooth, creamy feel to it and just melts right into the skin. It also makes my skin feel incredibly soft!

I love the pump on the packaging, because it's super easy to control how much comes out. With a product like this where a little goes a long way, that is very important. It also has a super clean, fresh scent to it that I love.

So there you have it - a look at some of the new items from MyChelle! I really enjoy all four of these, but I have to say the Hydrating Cream is my favorite. I can tell it's going to be a life saver in the winter when I get that super dry skin across my cheeks from the cold!

If you would like to see more, you can purchase these items and everything else they have to offer on the website:
MyChelle Dermaceuticals
*Products were sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

ColourPop x Kathleen Lights The Zodiac Palette

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 The Zodiac palette is the latest from ColourPop and the second collaboration they've done with Kathleen Lights.
They have been all over the place with the size of their palettes lately, but go back to the 12 pan layout with this one.
The Aries - shimmery orange
The Taurus - matte light tan
The Gemini - metallic light gold
The Cancer - champagne with a pink iridescent sheen

The Leo - metallic peach
The Virgo - matte dark brown
The Libra - matte peachy cream
The Scorpio - metallic berry

The Sagittarius - dark matte berry
The Capricorn - matte black with gold glitter
The Aquarius - matte cornflower blue
The Pisces - metallic seafoam

I always love ColourPop palettes and always rave about them. This one has some great colors, but is the only one I've found issues with when it comes to the more shimmery shades - it seems like they only apply well (to their full potential) when I use my finger. Not sure why that is, they just don't want to pick up well on a brush. They are super vibrant and pretty when applied with my finger, but I find when I use a brush I have to repeatedly go back for more product, and even then it's still not as pigmented on the lid as when I just take one dab with my finger. Not a total deal breaker, but a little weird nonetheless.

The Taurus, The Scorpio, and The Sagittarius are all shades I feel like we've seen in plenty of other ColourPop palettes before. I do plan on doing a comprehensive video comparing all of the ColourPop palettes that I have, because I feel like they repeat shades a lot in them. Once I upload that to YouTube I will be sure to post it on here as well!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Too Faced Then & Now 20 Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Palette

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I have a soft spot in my heart for Too Faced, because they are the first "more expensive" eyeshadows I ever picked up. Technically my Mom got them for me, we went to a department store called Cherry & Webb (they aren't in business anymore) and Too Faced had JUST launched. They were having a promotion where they gave us free t-shirts and everything. I got Trixie and Ice Queen, which were reformulated to be in this here Then & Now 20 Year Anniversary palette. As soon as I saw, I knew I had to pick it up because I have such fond memories of the original packaging/logo, and using the shadows that I had. I actually still have them for sentimental reasons, and I'm going to swatch them for you at the end of this post.
The palette has 20 shadows, 22 if you count the fact that 2 of them are split pans. The top row is the original lineup of shades from 1998, and the bottom are the new ones for 2018.
Twinkie - pale warm gold
Pixie Dust - pale cool gold with gold glitter
Dirt Bag - warm brown with gold glitter
Rizzo - metallic chocolate

Zsa Zsa - purply pink with silver micro glitter
Temper Temper - shimmery berry
Trixie - shimmery light purple
Villain - dark purple with violet sparkle

Ice Queen - metallic pale blue with silver glitter
Ooh and Aah - black with silver sparkles/metallic silver

Glitter Donut - metallic bronzey gold with gold glitter
Lost Boys - green with green and blue microglitters 
NSFW - taupey brown with gold and silver glitter
(I just realized that I didn't photograph Gretchen, the matte camel shade - will add it to the end of this post!)

Reality Star - bright pink with pink sparkles
I Can't Even - matte dark berry
Gigi - matte mauve

Shady Bitch - deep purple with multicolor microglitter
Chill Out - blue-violet with blue sparkles
Ooh La La - matte black/shimmery champagne

And now because I'm a dork and realized while editing this post that I never took pictures of the shade Gretchen, here it is:

Just for fun, here is the old Trixie/new Trixie and old Ice Queen/new Ice Queen. The formula now is much better, but the old shadows ARE 20 years old so I think that is adding to the fact that they're super powdery now - they were never like that when I originally used them lol

I have to say that a lot of the bigger Too Faced palettes tend to be hit or miss for me, quality-wise. This one is AWESOME. The mattes are smooth and blendable, everything is beautifully pigmented. They really put a lot into this one, and it shows. The shade Villain is GORGEOUS but has a lot of fallout - I definitely recommend using a sticky base with that one. But other than that, I've had no issues using the other shades at all so far, and I've been absolutely loving the palette!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Transformer Mini

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 The Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Transformer Mini eyeshadow in Teal (Aquamarine) perfectly compliments the shades already in the Alchemist palette. I am not sure if there will be other single shades, but for now this is the only one available on Sephora and the KVD Beauty site.
 The packaging is like a tiny version of the Alchemist palette - white with that iridescent holo rainbow effect, and triangular (which looks really cool but drives me nuts when it comes to storing it!)
 The shadow DOES have a holographic effect in certain lighting, unlike the palette where all the shades are just very iridescent.
 Here I show it swatched on its own and over a black eyeliner.
The formula of this shadow is very similar to the Metal Crush highlighters - more glitter than anything. I love this as a shadow but wouldn't use it much as a face highlighter because it's so incredibly glittery. It is very pretty, especially over a black base! I do like to use a stickier base with shadows like these, because the glitter will tend to fall out onto your cheeks throughout the day if you don't have something holding it down.

Kat Von D Lash Liner

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I had high hopes for the Kat Von D Lash Liner. Sadly, my opinion is very up in the air about it. This is a liquid liner made specifically for the waterline - sounds great, right? Since I've been doing makeup, I've been on the hunt for a liner that will actually stay on the waterline. So of course I needed to put this one to the test.
The applicator is very soft and has a curve to it. I really don't have any issues with this part.

Before I even got my hands on it, I had seen a video on the KVD Beauty youtube page where one of the artists was showing how to use it. You have to use a dabbing/dotting technique and not just swipe it on. Fair enough. I did just that, and it wasn't going on very dark. I've tried several different ways to get it to work for me, and I've found that drying off the waterline with a q-tip before applying it yields the best results. However, it's still quite tricky.

The problem for me is, and I've heard plenty of others say this, it's just too damn watery. It's very, VERY liquidy and therefore just wants to bleed everywhere. I have tried scraping off most of the product that's on the wand, but even that doesn't help very much. 

The wear time is awesome where you can get it to stick - it usually wants to come off at the outer corners of my eyes first. I can get 8 hours tops out of it, which is much better than I could ever get out of other eyeliners on my waterline. In that aspect, it is definitely a winner. If it were a liiiiiitle thicker, or maybe even more of a cream consistency, I think it could be absolutely amazing.
You can see just by swatching it on my hand that it's not opaque, and that's because of how watery it is. 

Unfortunately this isn't a product that I can rave about and tell you that you need to go run out and buy. It's worth a try if you're looking for something new, but I hope they tweak the formula in the future because it's just too much of a pain to work with.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Jeffree Star Thirsty Palette

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Jeffree Star's summer palette is called Thirsty, and it is certainly a colorful one! It has a really cool raindrop effect on the front and back of the palette.
It features 10 matte shadows and 5 pressed pigments, which I thought were going to be chunky and cause fallout, but they are SO smooth!
Jeffree said in the video he made about this palette that they used a new shadow formula for this palette, and you can definitely tell. The mattes are really smooth and creamy in this one, where I found them to be pretty inconsistent in the Blood Sugar palette. In that one they were all quite pigmented and performed well, but a lot of them were very dry. 
Parched - matte cream
Taste Buds - matte hot peach
Biiiitch! - matte hot coral
Kumquat - matte pumpkin
Stroke - matte burnt orange
These all perform really well, but Taste Buds takes some building up to make it stick and show up.

Divine - metallic silver 
Filthy Rich - metallic yellow gold with silver sparkles
Lick - metallic true gold
Snatched - metallic cool brown with silver sparkles
Plunge - metallic warm brown with silver sparkles
The five of these apply best with your finger, as they have a very creamy texture. They are extremely smooth, pigmented, and despite the fact that they have a lot of glitter in them (except for Like, that is just a straight up gold foil) they don't have a ton of fallout or chunkiness to them.

Subtle - matte tan
Quench - matte bright yellow
Submerge - matte bright blue
Splash - matte bright seafoam
Drizzle - matte chocolate
Quench, Submerge and Splash all need a white base to show their true potential, but they blend really well and are quite pretty!

All in all, I am quite happy with this palette. Blood Sugar is still my favorite as I like the color selection more, but this one is really nice, especially for the summer months!

ColourPop Fortune Palette

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A few days ago I reviewed the Fame palette from ColourPop, and today I have the Fortune one for you! The front cover makes a picture of a Big Top tent if you put it together with the Fame palette!
Like the Fame palette, this is pretty neutral. However, where the Fame palette was cool toned, this one is a lot warmer.
C.R.E.A.M. - pale satin cream
Ben - pale matte peach
Mo Problems - matte light brown
Oracle - shimmery sheer peachy champagne

Stacks - metallic bronze
Racks - metallic copper
Wiser - matte peach
Miser - shimmery burnt orange with a teal shift

Nouveau - metallic deep gold
Riche - matte burnt orange
500 - matte cranberry
Trove - matte wine

Money Trees - metallic brown with copper sparkles
Fortunate - matte reddish brown
Jackpot - metallic berry
Strike It - matte blackberry

I don't know if it's just me, but the mattes in this palette seem pretty dry. I've noticed that Trove and Strike It take a LOT of work to get them to not be patchy, and that's not usually something I say about ColourPop shadows. I normally really love their palettes, but to me this one is just "okay." Pretty colors, but I feel like we've seen every one of these in previous ColourPop palettes. I've been toying with the idea of doing comparisons but just haven't had the time!