Monday, March 30, 2015

The eyelid primer that crushes the competition

As an eyeshadow obsessed lady, if safe to say that a quality eye primer is a necessity for my shadow to look just as good at the end of the day as it did when I applied it. I've tried a few over the past couple of months and I can confidently say the the e.l.f. Shadow Lock Eyelid Primer in Sheer is the best that I've found. 

There are a few specific things I look for in an eye primer for me to truly love and reach for it daily: 

It needs to be quick and easy to apply, since I am always running late and in a rush to apply my makeup in the morning. The e.l.f. primer has a perfectly sized doe foot applicator that has the right amount of product to prime both eyes with two swipes. Love that. 

An eye primer also needs to blend out to a sheer layer, so it doesn't interfere with the shadow color I'm going with for the day. This one looks opaque when first applied, but once you'd done a little fingertip blending across the lid, it's seamlessly there without being "there". 

Lastly (and most importantly) it needs to make my shadow stay in place all day without creasing. This is the true sign of a top-notch primer for me. If my shadow is crease-free at the end of the day, then I know this is the primer for me. (And I'm sorry to say that the Urban Decay Primer Potion failed this test- what a let down!)

Check, check, check - the e.l.f. primer does it all! Need something else to sweeten the deal? It's only $2!! It does everything I need it to do and it's affordable? That's a win-win!
I hope everyone has a good week! Work has been absolutely crazy for me the past few months- 6 days a week and long hours each day. I'll be back to regular hours in a few weeks and seriously can't wait for more free time, dinner at a normal hour, and actually seeing the sun! It's the little things...

Monday, March 23, 2015

A blush to give your cheeks a little "sun"

Baked blushes and I have been having a bit of a love affair lately. First the Stila Baked Cheek Duo, and now this little gem from Laura Geller that arrived in my March Birchbox. This sample size of the Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten Baked Cheek Color in Pink Grapefruit is perfection. It's a deep brown-toned pink with a shimmer swirled throughout that gives off that natural lit-from-within glow. The color itself it what really wowed me, though. The instant it was applied my faced actually looked like it had seen the sun! (Something it hasn't done in months- I'm desperate for some springtime sunlight!) Pink Grapefruit is a warm pink that actually makes you look a bit like you just got back from a long weekend relaxing outside. It's easy to build up to a deeply flushed level, but with a light hand it can give you that quick and easy flush that we're all looking for! Each blush compact comes with a little mirror in it, too- not the biggest thing ever, but I'll take what I can get.
I've never tried anything from Laura Geller before, but after falling in love with this gorgeous glowing blush, I'm pretty excited to try out some others! If you've ever used these, please let me know which one I should try out next! I'm leaning towards Roseberry...
Are any other Pretty Little Liars fans (overly) excited like I am to find out who A is this week? I feel like this is years in the making! I have some theories on who it might be, but let's be honest, I've thought that before and been completely wrong. We'll all just have to wait and see, I guess! Have a great week everyone!

Monday, March 16, 2015

The nail polish I could wear for the rest of my life

If I were forced to only wear one shade of nail polish the rest of my life, Essie's Play Date would be The One. It's everything I look for in one little bottle. Opaque in two coats. Check. Applies easily, without streaking or leaving brush strokes. Check. I buy more purple-toned polishes than any other color, and this one is the unicorn of purples. You think the perfect purple doesn't exist, but let me tell you, it does and it's this one. It's just bright enough without being obnoxious, and it's not too light or too dark. This tone matches almost everything in my wardrobe, and is such a perky shade that I feel happier just looking at it. Last, but not least, like most Essie polishes, it's typically at least a full week before I get a single chip. Sorry, Mint Candy Apple, you've been bumped from the #1 seat in my rotation. 

I'd love to know what your absolute favorite nail polish is right now. Let me know in the comments! 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Lorac Party Palette

Oh, Lorac, why am I so addicted to buying your shadows? It's a problem. I already have way more eye shadow palettes than I need, but I saw this cute little Party Palette in January and really wanted to try it out. Like so many other beauty-lovers, I was highly impressed by the Lorac Pro palettes, so I had high hopes for these shadows. Plus, it's is half-neutrals and half-brights, which could definitely create some fun looks (hence the name Party, I guess). And the fact that it's all shimmers and no mattes really doesn't bother me, as I'm a shimmer girl at heart.

Overall, I'm split on this one. The shadows aren't quite up to the quality of the Pro palettes- they're not as buttery or pigmented and take a bit more work blend. The neutral shades are better quality than the brights, which is a bit of a let-down, as I was pretty excited to play with that purple. That color specifically was a pain, both to get it to show up well and apply smoothly.  The palette comes with two highlight shades- a white and a champagne. I really like the golden undertones of the champagne highlight and it's great for using on the inner corners and brow bone. The best shades overall are the shimmery brown (second from left), the golden pink (fourth from left), and the black with a hint of tiny glitter fleck. All of those shades were used in the look below, along with a bit of the green and champagne smudged in the inner portion of my eyes. Just as a sidenote, it drives me insane that they didn't give these shadows names. Am I the only one that needs a shade name with each shadow?

So what do you think? Would the pros outweigh the cons enough for you to check out this palette?