Monday, April 20, 2015

L'Oréal Collection Privee The Perfect Nudes- Something for Everyone

If I'm to forced to choose between nude or red lipstick I'll always choose nude. It's a comfort zone thing, I guess. So when I saw that L'Oréal created the Collection Privee The Perfect Nudes lipsticks in a full range of colors I was definitely intrigued. Each of the celebrities behind the collection represent different skin tones, so there's a nude shade for everyone. The lipsticks are part of the popular Color Riche range, as well, so they up to the standard quality that you would expect from the brand. 

Let's get the elephant out of the room and talk about the smell- that chemical-heavy smell that takes me right back to trying on my mom's lipsticks as a kid. As strong as it is when it's first applied, it's oddly nostalgic for me and really doesn't bother me too much. If lipsticks that have any kind of a scent bother you, then these are probably not for you, though.

The formula is creamy and nicely pigmented, making them easy to apply right out of the bullet (maybe even without a mirror, depending on the shade). They typically last about 3-4 hours for me before they need to be re-applied and will definitely need to get touched up if you eat anything. For a drugstore lipstick a 4 hour staying power is good enough for me.

There are six colors in total, ranging from a pale pink to a deep, rich brown. I picked up Doutzen's, JLo's, and Freida's to try out thus far.
The first one I tried is Doutzen's nude, thinking it would be "my" nude, being as pale as I am. (It was a long winter and I practically hibernated, so I desperately need a bit of sun, ok?) The light bubblegum pink was much more pigmented than I thought and definitely comes across as a straight-up pink nude. It's lighter than I usually go for and not terrible on my skin tone, just not what I would reach for as an everyday nude.
I wanted to try a couple of other shades, so I picked up JLo's nude in my last shopping trip. I think this one is my fave out of them all. I'm certainly no Jennifer Lopez (obviously), but it just works for me, I think. The peach undertones to this shade make a completely wearable nude that's not too pale or too brown. This one's a keeper in the rotation, for sure.
Last up, completely out of left field is Frieda's. Now if I'm no JLo, then I am definitely no Frieda Pinto, but this color has been growing on me. It a lavender nude that completely embodies the 90's grunge lip trend. Pair this one with a gray smokey eye and it would be perfection.

Which of these is your favorite? If you've tried any of these before (or any of the shades that I haven't tried yet), let me know in the comments! I'd love to hear your thoughts on this collection!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Now that my long hours at work are finally over (*insert parade here*) I finally took a few days off for a nice long weekend. Some family was in town so we hung out with them a bit, went out to dinner, took Brutus for a haircut, and just caught up on life (and the DVR list)! The Mr and I are thinking of taking a vacation this year, so if you have any suggestions for a great trip please let me know! We're looking to go somewhere in the US in late spring for about 4-5 days. Las Vegas? NYC? I honestly can't decide, so if you've had a fabulous vacay somewhere, I'll definitely take recommendations!!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Haul: Speed Shopping

I only had a day left to use my 20% off coupon at Ulta and I was short on time. The result? Speed Shopping. I went a little nuts grabbing things that I was actually looking for and others that just looked promising. When you're getting that discount on everything you tend to get a little spendy, I guess. I've tried out a few so far, so I'll throw in my thoughts on any those as I run through what I picked up. Let's dive in!

The reason I went there in the first place was to get another shade of the Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten baked blushes. I was so impressed with the sample I tried (review here) that I've dying to try more! I went in for one, so naturally I bought two. (Oops!) Tropic Hues (bottom right) is the shade I intended to buy. It's a lovely swirl of coral, peach, and bronze that I have a feeling I'll be wearing a lot this summer for a bright and glowing look. I also swatched Sunswept (top left) while I was in the store and was sold. The golden bronze with a hint of peachy pink of the this blush screams summer-sun-kissed-glow! I have a feeling I'm going to end up buying all of the shades in this collection as spring and summer roll on...

I've been on the hunt for a pink nail polish that's borderline white and I've hopefully found it with Essie's Limo-Scene. I tend to lean more towards bright nails in the summer, but this one is so soft and pretty that I might be converted. 

I really been liking blending in my concealer with a small brush lately, but the one I've been using hasn't been cutting it, so I chucked a Real Techniques Setting Brush into my order for that job. It works like a dream, let me tell ya. Pairing this brush with the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer is my current daily concealing team.

So this L'Oréal Miss Manga mascara...I so hated it at first and now I'm totally in love. This is my second tube and I think I've figured out the two tricks to getting it to work fabulously. #1- let it dry out for a bit. Not ages or anything, but a couple of weeks after it's been opened and dried out a bit it's much easier to use. It's a little too wet for my liking at first. #2- at least two coats. Always. One coat of this doesn't do much, but two or more is really when you start to see some volume and length. I'm completely converted.

Last up, lip products! I grabbed a NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee, because you really can't go wrong with these glosses- both in formula and price! This shade is lovely pinky-nude that will be perfect for everyday wear. I also went for two more of the L'Oréal Collection Privee Nude lipsticks. I'd like to do a full review of these soon, as I also have one more (Doutzen's- a light pink shade). I ended up adding JLo's nude- a warm peach nude- and Frieda's nude- a lavender nude. Obviously these are "nudes" for different skin tones (and I am definitely no Jennifer Lopez or Frieda Pinto), but these something about these shades that just works. I especially loving Frieda's nude- it gives my lips an almost 90's vibe that I really like.

I can't wait to incorporate these finds into some looks for upcoming posts! Let me know if you've tried out any of these products before or if you're curious to pick them up! Have a great week everyone! The end's in sight for my crazy hours at work and I finally have some time off at the end of the week! I'm planning on doing a bit of cleaning around the house (much needed), some spring clothes shopping (not needed, but whatevs), and hopefully some relaxing outside if the weather's nice enough. I'd love to get my hammock set back up for the year and maybe read a book laying on it in the sun. Fingers crossed!

Monday, April 6, 2015

what I've been up to {#1}

Trying out a Starbucks Birthday Cake Frap. (I was not disappointed. Baxter was, since he had none.) I think it was only available for a limited time, but if you ordered a vanilla bean frap with raspberry whip it would pretty much be the same thing.
Found this awesome octopus statue at Target. I'm planning to spray paint it gold in the near future and I think it'll look fabulous.
Baxter's hair was getting pretty long, and it's still too cold out to cut it, so we decided to give him a mohawk because...why not? He can totally pull it off- I love it!
source: TV Line
Still trying to process the Pretty Little Liars season finale. There so many theories out there about the latest clues (or lack thereof). I've read way too many to even admit... I think I'll be re-watching seasons 3 through 5 between now and June.
Source: Buzzfeed
This video is the cutest thing I've seen in a while. A monkey and puppies? Aww! Pure happiness.

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! We went out to dinner on Saturday and did a little shopping. I popped into both Ulta and Sephora over the weekend and bought nothing! (Who am I?) To my credit, most of the products I was looking for were out of stock, so I'm seeing some online shopping in my future...

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...