Bare Minerals All Over Face Color~Rose Radiance, Review & Swatch

I’m going to be honest, this is a really boring product. There’s just nothing exciting about the color, or the shimmer, or anything at all really.
I don’t know why this is called an “All Over Face Color”, because seriously, do you put pink colors all over your face? No, Bare Escentuals, no.
The color itself is very sheer. In fact, all you really see of it when it’s on your face is the shimmer it gives. It does give a nice glow, I’ll give it that.
To show the shimmer
The packaging on this product absolutely sucks. It’s the same size as their mineral eyeshadows, so around the size of a quarter, and let me tell you, smushing a blush brush in that little lid is a major no-no. It sucks. And I, as the unsatisfied consumer, should not have to endure such poor packaging.
There is a swatch above, if you can tell, and I used a TON of product to build it up to that intensity.
The Pros:
It gives a nice glow, kinda…
I guess it would be nice if you wanted to set a cream blush, but still retain the glow because this has next to no color.
The Cons:
Pretty much all above.
And the price online is like $19 or something for it (don’t quote me). Waste of money.

The Bottom Line
Just don’t bother.
You can find it online here at the Bare Escentuals website

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick~Hooked on Pink, Review & Swatch

Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in 065 “Hooked on Pink” is the perfect color for fall!
This is a cream finish lipstick (it may look shimmery in the swatch below but it is a cream!) in a berry, almost red color.
I’m really impressed with the application of this lipstick. It glides on smoothly and doesn’t highlight any imperfections. It does have a bit of a cosmetic-like smell, but it’s not too bad.
True to life color!
The Pros:
This deep berry color would go great with a bronzy, darker look for fall. It’s reasonably priced at around $5.50 at most locations, and overall it feels nice on my lips.
The Cons:
It does have a bit of a smell, but it’s not too bad.
The Bottom Line
I happen to really enjoy this color and it’s a great way to wear a darker lip color without looking vampy!

elf Essentials Concealer Brush

My new holy grail brush!
Although this is your typical small concealer brush, I love this because it’s only $1 and easily found at Target. It’s a synthetic brush, which it great because it works well with so many products. What I really love is the multi-purpose points of this brush. It’s perfect for pinpoint concealing, running shadow along the bottom lashline, applying eyeliner, and applying lipstick! The bristles are thick and dense, which really made this brush stand out.
The Pros:
I pretty much just listed them above <3
The Cons:
The Bottom Line
No shedding, the brush feels solid, it can do so much, and it’s only $1. I’m running out as soon as possible to grab some more! I’d highly recommend it!

Milani HD Advanced Lip Color~Cotton Candy, Review & Swatch

The Milani HD Advanced Lip Color in 111 Cotton Candy is a very soft, glittery baby pink lipstick.
The product comes in a black tube embossed with ‘M’s and gold accents. It’s twist tube style, but very slow, and since the product is so soft, I would not recommend twisting it farther than just beyond the top.
Before you apply this, I warn you to make sure you don’t have dry or chapped lips, or this lipstick will show up absolutely horrendous! There’s so much glitter that it gives a foiled effect and highlights any imperfections on your lips. Also, there’s a very strong, fruity scent emitting from the lipstick, so I’m not sure what’s up with that.
I personally don’t care for this lipstick much. It’s not just that I’m not into glittery makeup, it’s the feeling when it wheres off after a little while. All you’re left with is coarse glitter on your lips and it’s a horrible feeling!
True to life color
Now what really gets me, is on the product page on the Milani website, it claims that this lipstick nourishes, hydrates, and delivers a sheer wash of color with clarity and perfect radiant shine. It instantly comforts dry, chapped lips, and provides long-term moisturization.” 
Ha. It was very opaque, drying, and oh yeah, there was more shine from the glitter than a four-year-old’s tiara. Nice try Milani. 
The Pros:
I love the baby pink color.
The Cons:
It’s far too soft for my taste, the products smells weird, and there’s so much glitter that it looks like it came from a child’s makeup kit.
The Bottom Line
I’m just not impressed. Yeah, maybe I’ll wear it occasionally with a cream finish gloss over top to tone it down a bit, but other than that, it’s unfortunately going to sit in my drawer.
I received the product for free, but the review is 100% honest

My Experience at the Bare Escentuals Outlet Store

Yesterday I visited an outlet mall near me, and I decided to pop into the Bare Escentuals outlet store.
Now, the only makeup-oriented store I had ever visited before is Sephora. I know, I have yet to make it to an Ulta! So, for those of you who haven’t been to ‘makeup-oriented stores’ or are relative newbies when it comes to makeup, I thought I’d give you a rundown of my experience!
The store itself was very nicely set up, with all the displays and what not, and a big table in the center where the workers could do swatch tests and show you how their makeup works.
While I was there, one of the ladies very kindly did a full face of makeup on me using their mineral foundation, an all over face powder for a bit of depth, and their famous mineral veil.
As for the makeup she put on me, it looked fine when she first put it on, and about an hour later I looked like I had been aged 10 years. It was positively ghastly! My undereye circles looked awful (despite her applying “concealer”), and all of the powder had settled into the fine lines under my eyes, which generally aren’t noticeable. Not impressed!
Since I went to an outlet store, all of the prices were severely marked down as opposed to what you would find at Sephora or Ulta. For example, I bought a radiance color in Rose Radiance (review coming soon!), which only cost me $6.50, but is listed as $19.00 on their website. Lipglosses from the Bare Escentuals line were $6.50, and many of the brushes were listed as $6.50 as well. They had a nice display of eyeshadows that were $9.50.
Overall, it was a pretty nice store. While I’ll stay away from the face products if I go back, the prices were phenomenal and a lot cheaper than drugstore makeup!
Have you visited a Bare Escentuals Outlet store? Let us know what you thought in the comments!

elf Translucent Matifying Powder, Review

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I recently got some pictures taken and needed a powder to keep the shine away since it was an outdoor shoot in the forest. A word of advice for those doing photoshoots in the forest: if you think you have enough bug spray on, add two more coats. I got 27 mosquito bites. When you look at the photos, you can definitely tell how forced my smile is! Anyway, I was looking for a basic setting powder with little color that would be able to keep my complexion fresh in the hot sun. I decided to try out the ELF Translucent Matifying Powder which retails for $3, and it was definitely put to the test!

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CoverGirl Natureluxe Gloss Balm~Marble, Review & Swatch

You know how when you’re in the store and the colors of products look amazing, but when you get home and actually try it, it turns out to be a big disappointment?
Yep. That’s this product.
In real life, the color is a muted bright fuschia color in the tube, and while I knew the color wouldn’t exactly transfer to my lips because it’s just a lip balm, I thought I would get something!
A slight tinge of pink.
I reviewed the coral color in this range, and it is lovely. But “Marble” is nothing more than a soft clear gloss on your lips, really.
The Pros:
It’s pretty to look at in the tube?
The Cons:
You get so little product.
This color is not something I’d associate with ‘marble’.
It’s almost completely clear.
CoverGirl prices these at an insane price (in my defense, I got it on sale with coupons, so it only cost me $1.99)
The Bottom Line
What it comes down to is personal preference. If you buy this product for the tint, please skip this color. For eight bucks it’s not worth it. But, if you are looking for just a soft gloss to add to your lips without the stickiness of lip gloss…skip this too ๐Ÿ˜€ One of the many $1.99 drugstore lip balms will do the job just as well!

Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer~Fig, Review & Swatch

I officially have a new favorite product!
Last month, my local Borders had all their Burt’s Bees products 50% off (weird, I know. I don’t know why they were in a bookstore in the first place), and all they had left was the lip shimmers. Since my lips are naturally very pigmented, getting a light color in lipsticks and lip balms is naturally pointless because it doesn’t show up. So I chose the scary red color.
All other lip balms are ruined for me now! The red comes out as such a berry-red crimson which is just gorgeous on the lips. I was extremely surprised at the amount of pigmentation from just a lip balm. And my lips are very moisturized.
As for the application, my lips did feel a little tingly when I first put it on, but it went away within 10 seconds. The color lasted a very long time since the it’s a deep shade that stains your lips, and I didn’t notice any strange taste or smell.
The Pros:
It’s so moisturizing! And the color payoff is simply, amazing.
The Cons:
Absolutely nothing!
The Bottom Line
While the color may not be for everyone, there’s a large range of different shades to pick from.
You can buy them online here at Burt’s Bees

Maybelline Natural Smokes Quad, Review & Swatches

Not gonna lie, I had some really high hopes for this quad. I’ve seen so many gurus rave about it on Youtube, and I guess I let that push my expectations too far for this product.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great quad if you’re just starting out in makeup, or you want to wear eyeshadow but want it to be very subtle. Because that’s about all you’ll get with this.

The colors look so pretty in the pan, but they just don’t transfer that way to my eyes. The white is good as a matte highlight shade, but other than that, it’s kind of useless. The color that looks a bit like satin taupe is pretty much just glitter. Barely any of the gorgeous color in the pan ends up on my lids. Same with the reddish-brown color beneath it. And as for the liner, it’s really ashy, and isn’t the greatest of quality, in my opinion. In short, this quad just doesn’t work for me.
The Pros:
I get a nice wash of color if I want a really nude eye that day, I guess 
The Cons:
The pigmentation is severely lacking, which is unfortunate. Also, why is the white shadow so much bigger than the rest? When I tried to use it as a base, none of the glitter would stick. So it’s kind of a fail…
The Bottom Line:
I’m just…disappointed. I thought it would be more, and it just doesn’t work for me. Now, that’s not to say it won’t work for you. If you want to take the risk, you can buy it here on Amazon, but it’s in pretty much every drugstore and market across the US.

Orly~Honeymoon In Style, Review & Swatch

If you’re looking for a pale, flesh-like pink, then this is for you! It’s super, super sheer, and otherwise probably wouldn’t show up on my nails except for the gorgeous shimmer that’s in this polish. In the sunlight, it’s stunning. My personal favorite thing to do with this polish is to use it as the pink color in a French manicure (or pedicure I guess since it’s on my toes). It really is a beautiful sheer pink! And on French manicures…perfect!

Two coats