Product Quickview – China Glaze Whirled Away

Accent nail done using Butter London Cream Tea and China Glaze Whirled Away

Accent nail done using Butter London Cream Tea and China Glaze Whirled Away

Here is a nail look I put together real quick in order to test out the China Glaze Whirled Away nail lacquer. The reason I only used it as an accent nail look was because of the difficulty I had with it. In theory, this is a great product to add some texture and interesting art to your nails but getting those pieces on your nail is more difficult than expected. I attempted this several times before settling on an accent nail presentation (same concept was done on my toes). Continue reading

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Review: BH Cosmetics Party Girl Limited Edition Palette

I recently posted color swatches for a couple of the BH Cosmetics palettes I purchased and promised to give a more detailed review…so here is the review on the Party Girl limited edition palette! I’ll also add a few pictures of some looks I created using the palette at the end!

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As I already mentioned in the Quick view post, the eye shadows in the Party Girl palette are highly pigmented. The colors provided range from neutral to vibrant with a mix of matte and shimmer choices so the looks you will be able to create with this are virtually limitless. The quality of the shadows are on par (in my opinion) with one of my favorite eye shadow brands, Urban Decay. The texture is velvety smooth and blend with ease. The only negative I can think of is the lack of color names or numbers to identify each individual color. For anyone that wants to post look tutorials this makes it a little more difficult since you can’t refer to a color name, but you can improvise by stating what row and position the colors you use are in. This is also a problem for anyone interested in finding a color dupe.

The packaging is good, although it is not the greatest. It is a slim black plastic case that offers great space-saving versus other packaging options (such as eye shadow pots or chunkier eye shadow palette collections). It is most comparable to the MAC palettes you can customize. Although the plastic is not as sturdy and thick in quality as MAC, it is solid enough that I wouldn’t worry about my shadows being ruined. My only complaint is that the way you have to open it could be better. At times, it feels like you have to pry it open. I would have preferred if it opened like the MAC palettes do (a push of a “button” releases the hold and allows you to open it), but this is just a complaint of ease and does not diminish the worth of the palette at all. Also, this palette does not offer a mirror inside (some of the BH palettes do), but this makes the palette thinner than the ones that do have a mirror.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this palette for anyone that wants a range of fun colors with great quality for a more pocket friendly price.

As promised, here are a few pics of the looks I created using this palette. Unfortunately, I only used my iPhone 4s to capture the images so forgive me if the pics aren’t the best!

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This look was created using the 1st blue shadow on the 4th row, the 5th shadow on the 2nd row (a deep purple), and the 9th shadow on the 1st row (a brownish gold shimmery color). It actually reminds me of a look I did when I first purchased the reformulated Urban Decay eye shadows…if you look at the main image for my blog that would be the look I am referring to.

I also created a second look using this palette. The colors used were: 7th shadow on the 4th row (green), 3rd shadow on 2nd row (bronzy brown), 5th shadow on 1st row (golden bronze), and 10th shadow on 1st row (highlighter).

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Urban Decay’s UD Pro program now available!

If you’re a makeup artist and have been waiting patiently for Urban Decay to offer a discount program then today is your lucky day! The email was sent out today providing the info on how to qualify. Check out the following link for info and access to the application form! If you qualify, you will be able to purchase most UD products at 40% off! Membership is free and lasts for 2 years! It is only available in the US for now, but keep checking back for updates! Also, if you’re a blogger but don’t meet the requirements for the UD Pro program you are advised to contact the PR dept at publicrelations@urbandecay.com. If you meet their requirements they may provide you with products for review purposes (if I find out any more detailed info about that I will let you all know!).

Have a beautiful day!

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What To Watch…

A friend of mine told me to check out this makeup artist on YouTube and now I am absolutely obssessed with him! He has a ton of very informative videos and reviews available. When you get some free time please go check him out. He also appears to have give-aways going on often. Below is the video I was introduced to. Not only is his collection absolutely amazing but his storage solution is something that is completely drool worthy. If you want to go directly to his YouTube channel just click HERE

Enjoy!

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Urban Decay: New Formula Eye Shadows and Custom Palette

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Anyone that is already a fan of Urban Decay eye shadows already know that overall it is a great brand with amazing pigmentation and blendability. When UD announced that they upgraded the formula it made many users curious about what changes could be in store. Continue reading

Product Review: Benefit They’re Real! Mascara

***I was not compensated for this review in any way. This is an unbiased opinion based on personal experience.***

After having several people comment on how my lashes looked (and a couple actually ask if they were real) I thought I should do a review on my go-to mascara: Benefit’s They’re Real! mascara.

I purchased this product on a whim, despite being a bit concerned about the price tag ($22 0.3 oz. full-sized tube, $10 min-tube), but was pleasantly surprised by the results. I will state that this nor any other mascara alone will provide life changing results, but this mascara does provide enough oomph to place it above the average competitor.

In this medium, pictures speak louder than words to I will let the photos do the talking.

Up first, a photo of my lashes with no mascara applied (eye shadow is applied but is not relevant to this product review).

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Now, a photo using a different mascara.

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And finally, lashes using Benefit They’re Real!

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Overall, I love the effect of this mascara versus the others I have used thus far. The brush design helps you reach the smallest of lashes (specifically those in the inner and outer corners). The biggest con would likely be the over abundance that tends to collect at the end of the brush. You have to try and remove the excess before using or you are much more likely to end up with clumps. Also, the instructions telling you how to effectively build up coverage takes a little practice to get right but don’t let this detour you. This mascara won’t make false lash lovers want to give up their falsies, but it will add a little more pizazz to your natural lashes…and maybe help rev up your false lash look.

If $22 causes you to hesitate the mini option may be the best route for you to go. It will allow you to try this product out without as much of a financial investment (although $10 is not necessarily a bargain considering other cheaper mascara options available). Although I am not opposed to a makeup swap when you find yourself with a product that just doesn’t work for you I would not recommend swapping used mascara with anyone unless you know for sure that the wand was never used in it and any wand used was never double dipped in to the tube.

What are your thoughts on the best mascara on the market? Feel free to share your thoughts or opinions!