Month: June 2014

NYX Butter Gloss

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The NYX Butter Glosses are exactly what they say on the package–divine.

Crème Brulee is my absolute favorite nude gloss shade.  It glides on smoothly and the opaque color can completely transform your makeup look.

These glosses never dry out my lips or cling to dry patches, instead they completely cover lips with a beautiful shine.  Since NYX is a drugstore brand, you can’t beat the price either.

I’ll definitely be purchasing more shades soon.

-Jules

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Kylie Jenner Inspired Makeup

With her constant stream of selfies, images of Kylie Jenner’s makeup are all over the place.

Here is my interpretation of some of her most frequent looks and products you can use to achieve the same effect.

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Matte Skin– Kylie’s skin tends to look matte and flawless.  L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation provides a very matte finish and can be built up to medium coverage to deliver that flawless and pore-less look.

Contoured Cheeks– Typical of the entire Kardashian-Jenner clan, Kylie’s cheeks tend to always be contoured.  To achieve a similar effect use your favorite contour shade (mine is Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer) and the Nars Ita Brush to carve out the hollows of your cheeks.

Graphic Liner– Graphic black eyeliner and a dramatic cat eye are staples in Kylie’s selfies.  I like to use Maybelline Line Stiletto in Blackest Black to create a sharp wing.

Full Lashes– Of course, full, thick lashes are another must have to get Kylie’s makeup look.  L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara is my current favorite to achieve super dramatic lashes.  I wrote a more in depth review here.

Dark, Full LipsLorac Alter Ego Lipstick in CEO is a beautiful dusty rose lipstick that delivers that 90s, vampy look.  Kylie’s lips are always full, dramatic and dark.  This lipstick formula is very nourishing and smooth, yet dries matte, which looks great in pictures.

-Jules

L’Oreal Vlouminous Miss Manga Mascara

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This mascara has replaced my Maybelline Falsies as my go-to, super dark and full mascara.

I was skeptical about the trick wand that has a flexible joint in the middle that allows it to bend and hug your lashes as you apply it. It took a little getting used to, but the flexible wand actually helps the bristles comb through your lashes more slowly. The unique bristle distribution and shape of the brush is my favorite feature of this mascara. Instead of a uniform shape or something like the Falsies’ wand that creates evenly full lashes, this mascara gives lashes a doll like look àla the Ardell 102 Demis or the Velour Doll Me Up Lashes.

Overall, this mascara provides length and fullness while giving lashes a unique effect and never smudging.  I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

-Jules

Orchid Lip Colors

In honor of the Pantone Color of the Year, Vibrant Orchid, I am featuring 3 lip colors that allow you to incorporate the trend into your makeup look.

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-L’Oreal Color Riche LaLaque in Lacquer-ized

-Maybelline Color Whisper in Oh La Lilac

-Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in Ultimate Orchid

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

IMG_0031IMG_0035 Naked 3 was promised to be the rose gold, neutral palette to compliment Naked and Naked 2, which feature bronze and taupe neutrals.

The colors look beautiful.  Pink and purple shades are great for complementing blue and green eye colors so I was excited to buy this palette.  I have been pretty satisfied with my Naked 2 Palette and I was hoping Naked 3 would be just as good.  All of these palettes have a good mix of shimmer and neutral colors that appear to be very versatile.

I have not been let down by the brush that came included in the palette (the brush that came with Naked 2 is one of my favorites).

However, the eye shadows have been very disappointing.

I tried applying the shimmers with my finger, with a dry brush and with a brush dampened with Mac’s Fix+.  All three methods failed to give me a good result.  I had the best luck using the pad of my finger, but even then the shimmer shadows went on chalky and had huge fallout that was difficult to remove from my cheeks.  I did not fine the shimmer shades to be buildable at all either.  It seemed the more product I tried to apply the more chalky the texture became and ultimately the pigmentation was disappointing.

The matte shades also disappointed me with their lack of pigmentation and difficulty to blend.  But, they are easy to build up and after a few layers there is some color payoff.

Limit is probably my favorite shade from the palette.  It takes some layering and blending, but ultimately it works well as a transition shade for pink or purple eye looks.

For the price, I don’t think this palette is worth it.  I much prefer the Naked 2, which is much more universal and has better pigmentation.

-Jules