Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Top 10

Hello again readers!

This month has begun to really pick up the pace that I remember from my previous semesters... It started off too lax, and now it's getting to be stressful. I'm sure I can handle it, I just feel so tired all of the time...

Anyway, I have been trying some new things with my usual routine to shake it up, but I wasn't as successful as I hoped...

February Top 10

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub:
It's getting even dryer out, so my lips are going to suffer. I've taken to using this daily to keep them as smooth as possible, but sometimes by the end of it they're back to being chapped again.

NYX Round Lipstick - Thalia:
My most reached for lipstick this month. It's a beautiful mauve-pink shade, and I can't get enough. It's just pink enough, and just cool enough for my liking. Perfect for the winter months when everything is muted and dead.

Wet n Wild Coverall Pressed Powder - Fair:
I've been sort of lazy when it comes to getting ready in the morning, so I've just been reaching for this. Just a quick powder after my foundation, and it evens out my skin tone.

NYX Taupe Powder Blush:
I'm too scared to go ahead and use up too much of my Greyicious Lilac, so i've been reaching for this more and more. I get the same issues that a lot of people have, and I want to try the new formula for this blusher eventually, but it's been working out for me so far. I just have to use a few more layers.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush:
I haven't used this brush in a good while, and now it seems like I've been using this for everything. This brush buffs in concealer, and foundation like nobody's business. I look fantastic after using it every time, and I just can't get enough. My most reached for brush lately.

ELF Makeup Remover Pen:
This is a gift, it really is, because it is absolutely a must have for any makeup collector/user out there. This pen has makeup remover in it, but it is more precise than a q-tip. This is how I can get my eyeshadow and eyeliner looking so sharp on good days, and it's great for cleaning up the excess under my eyes or any transfer.

L.A.Girl Glazed Lip Paint - Whisper:
When I bought this one, I never thought I would get much use out of it; it's a concealer color on me, and just erases my lips completely. However, I have found two great uses for it; when I want to look masculine, or if I want to look dead. Both are great uses, and now it's one of the lip paints that I reach for most.

NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer:
One of the newer products that hit the shelves, that I have absolutely fallen in love with. Similar to how the color tattoos last through rain and even a shower, this will make your powder shadows do the exact same thing. I was amazed the first time I've ever used this on how efficient it is. Plus, since it's tacky, it makes pigments look AMAZING.

Bath and Body Works Hand Sanitizer - (Dragon) Blood:
My favorite scent of hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works, and I'm pretty sure it's my last tube. with having to blow my nose all the time, I want to be able to sanitize afterwards. These are fantastic because I can keep one in my makeup area, and in my purse and backpack and it doesn't take up much room at all!

Benefit The Porefessional:
I've been testing this out (still, I know, it's been a long time) and it's one of those products that I reach for because of necessity more than love.

Thanks for reading~

Monday, February 2, 2015

Milani Bella Eyeshadows

Hello again readers!

Here are swatches of the only Milani Bella Eyeshadows that I went out and bought. I was originally just going after two, but one I found on clearance for a dollar, and the other shadow I use as something else.

Bella Caffe:
A light, warm taupe brown. I use this as a crease shadow, and to blend shades together. Not ideal for a matte look, though it isn't as shimmery as some of the others.

Bella Rouge:
A deep metalic pink. This one is fantastic, and caught my eye immediately, I couldn't resist! It's such a strange color, both common and uncommon. Not a bad addition to my collection if I say so.

Bella Teal:
A metallic teal shadow with just the right amount of gold shimmer to keep it interesting. It's not my favorite shadow ever, and I'm glad I got this for only a dollar because it's just not doing it for me. It is pretty, but I'm not a big fan. That's just me, and has nothing to do with the performance of the product.

 Bella Diamond:
This is a bright white eyeshadow with gold shimmer. I love this one, but not as a shadow, I use it to  highlight my face. If I want an intense shimmery glow, I reach for this. It goes on pretty sheer,  so I don't have to worry about having white streaks all over my face when I apply it.

These shadows are baked, and have a good texture to them. I apply them dry, but if you're looking for a way to get these to really shine, then using an eyeshadow medium or water will do the trick.

They all have a similar smooth texture, where you can easily pick up pigment, but they're not powdery. They contain shimmer, and it doesn't matter if you apply them wet or dry, the shimmer is going to show up somehow. If you don't like shimmers, these won't be for you.

For the price, they're not bad, not bad at all, and there is a wide range of colors to choose from.

Thanks for reading!