Category Archives: Limited Edition

Wonder Woman Makeup Collection

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Wonder Woman Makeup Collection

Wonder Woman Makeup Collection

Today I want to let you know about the Wonder Woman Makeup Collection available at drugstore.com.  I know that some of you are big comic book fans, and will be very excited to see a Wonder Woman collection available at the drugstore.  The collection is similar to the Disney princess collections that have come out in the last couple years.  I’m not 100% sure on what company put out this collection, but I believe that it is from Markwins (owners of Wet n Wild).  All of these products are currently available at drugstore.com.  There are a couple available at walgreens.com, and they should be popping up in stores at the end of April or early May.

Wonder Woman Beauty Book

Wonder Woman Beauty Book

Wonder Woman Beauty Book $11.99: Get the Wonder Woman look with this eye, face and lip set! Collectable book includes a tutorial on how to achieve a day and night look. Includes: eyeshadow, blush/bronzer, liquid eyeliner, eyeshadow primer, lipstick, and a sponge applicator.

Wonder Woman An Eye for Justice Liquid Eyeliner Set

Wonder Woman An Eye for Justice Liquid Eyeliner Set

Wonder Woman An Eye for Justice Liquid Eyeliner Set $6.99: These three Wonder Woman inspired eyeliners are perfect to take your look from day to night. Just apply the gold eyeliner over the blue or black eyeliner for a stellar look.  Includes: 3 liquid eyeliners in the shades Super Hero, Golden Lasso, and Warrior Black.

Wonder Woman Paradise Eye-Land Eyeshadow Set

Wonder Woman Paradise Eye-Land Eyeshadow Set

Wonder Woman Paradise Eye-Land Eyeshadow Set $6.99: Go from day to night with these shades inspired by the Amazonian Glamazon. 8 shades.

Wonder Woman Amazonian Bronze Bronzer and Highlighter Set

Wonder Woman Amazonian Bronze Bronzer and Highlighter Set

Wonder Woman Amazonian Bronze Bronzer and Highlighter Set $6.99Contour and Highlight to achieve chiseled features. Includes bronzer and highlight compact and a face brush.

Wonder Woman Warrior Woman Lip Gloss Set

Wonder Woman Warrior Woman Lip Gloss Set

Wonder Woman Warrior Woman Lip Gloss Set $6.99:  These Wonder Woman inspired lip glosses come in Pink and berry hues that transform your lips to a kissable glossy pout!  Includes: 3 lip glosses in the shades Wonder Woman, Mighty Aphrodite, and Athena’s Kiss.

Wonder Woman Lip Balm Tin

Wonder Woman Lip Balm Tin

Wonder Woman Lip Balm Tin $2.99: Be empowered with this Wonder Woman Lip Smacker Strawberry Mint flavor! Formula provides a slight tint of red for the perfect pout.

Did you see anything that caught your eye?  Will you be hauling any of these items?  Let me know in the comments below.

Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duos

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Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duos

Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duos

I picked up a few of these Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duos from Sephora for the Holidays, and I wanted to swatch them for you in case you were interested in them too.  I have been impressed with the limited exposure that I have had to Bite Beauty products.  I find that these Luminous Crème Lipstick duos are very comfortable on the lips, and beautifully pigmented.  I do have one full sized Luminous Crème Lipstick in Shiraz that was a gift, but the line runs a little expensive for my taste.  That’s why I jumped on these Mix and Mingle Duos.  I can explore more shades in the line for a fraction of the cost.

Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duos

Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duos

There are six Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duos available this year, and I chose three of them.  The three duos that I chose are in the shades:

  • Latte/Cortado: This coffee themed duo features Latte, a warm nude, and Cortado, a nude pink.
  • Holly/Tannin: Holly is a bright, warm red while Tannin is a deeper, more Christmas red.
  • Mulberry/Scarlet: Mulberry is a deep berry shade and Scarlet is a dark red wine shade that is just a touch sheer.
Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duo Swatches

Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duo Swatches

The swatches are from left to right: Latte, Cortado, Holly, Tannin, Mulberry, and Scarlet.  These duos are small, .05 oz on each side, two-thirds of a full size Luminous Crème Lipstick.  However, they are also only $14 instead of the $24 that a full size will set you back. I am someone who likes to experiment, so I never get through an entire tube of lipstick anyway.  The Bite Beauty Mix and Mingle Duos are perfect for me, and I am so glad that I got them.  These duos are just here for the Holidays, and they are going fast.  If you see that a duo you wanted is sold out online, don’t despair.  It may still be available in your local store.  I definitely recommend giving them a try.

LORAC Mega Pro 2 Review and Swatches

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LORAC Mega Pro 2

LORAC Mega Pro 2

I finally broke down and bought the LORAC Mega Pro 2 Palette and have it to show you today.  I really went back and forth when it came to deciding whether or not to buy this palette.  I’ll discuss my reservations later, but ultimately the LORAC Pro formula and some truly beautiful shades finally won me over.  Luckily, unlike the first Mega Pro palette, the Mega Pro 2 was made in a much bigger batch, so people could actually easily get their hands on it.  The palette is exclusive to Ulta, but it is still definitely available.  I was bummed to have missed out on the first Mega Pro palette.  I personally love the LORAC Pro shadow formula.  I think that they are pigmented, silky, and blend like a dream.  As I have mentioned several times on this blog, the LORAC Pro 2 palette is probably my favorite of all the palettes that I own.  I finally decided that I would regret it if I missed out on this one as well.  So let’s take a look.

LORAC Mega Pro 2

LORAC Mega Pro 2

The LORAC Mega Pro 2 is twice the size of the regular Pro palettes.  It comes in the same type of sturdy cardboard packaging as previous Pro palettes, and it has that rubberized NARS-like coating on the outside.  There is a large mirror on the inside flap, and it is good quality so you could definitely use it to do your makeup.  LORAC chose dark blue theming for their Holiday 2015 collection, and the Mega Pro 2 is no exception.  I think LORAC made a mistake making the inside packaging blue.  It does the shadows a real disservice and makes the palette look much more cool toned than it actually is.  I think the color was off-putting for a lot of people, and I think they would have been more inspired if the shadows were set against a black background instead.  The palette has 16 matte shades and 16 shimmer shades.  As far as I know, there are no repeat shades from previous Pro palettes with the exception of Black (which is in all of them).

LORAC Mega Pro 2

LORAC Mega Pro 2

LORAC really knows how to do matte shadows, and the 16 matte shadows in this palette are fantastic.  They are silky smooth and very finley milled.  LORAC is known for their super soft shadows kicking up a lot of powder.  You do have to use a gentle hand and not dig into the shadows.  If you are rough with your palettes, you may want to steer clear of this formula.  I don’t usually have an issue with it though, because I find the shadows so pigmented that I can use a light hand to still achieve an intense look.  The shimmer shades range from satin shimmer to full-on metallic, with two micro-glitter shades.  There are two shades that needed some building up, Cabernet and Gold Leaf.  Otherwise, the shadows are fantastic.  The real issue that I had with this palette, and the reason it took me so long to decide to buy it, is that there are so many light shades.  The shimmery highlight shades are especially redundant.  At least three of the light shades could have been scrapped for something else and no one would have missed them.  I would have loved to see a matte cobalt blue shade, as well as shimmery emerald and cranberry shades to round off what we did get.  That being said, I am in love with a good portion of the shades in this palette.  Take a look.

Porcelain, Custard, Tawny and Burlap

Porcelain, Custard, Tawny and Burlap

  • Porcelain- Matte, very light skin tone shade
  • Custard- Creamy matte shade with yellow undertones
  • Tawny- Warm orangey brown matte shade
  • Burlap- Matte, warm, light camel color, comes off lighter than it looks in the pan
Melon, Tangerine, Saddle, and Forest

Melon, Tangerine, Saddle, and Forest

  • Melon- Peachy orange matte shade
  • Tangerine- Warm, burnt orange matte shade
  • Saddle- Cool-toned matte brown
  • Forest- Matte blackened green shade, comes off darker than it looks in the pan
Bisque, Lavender, Purple, and Sorbet

Bisque, Lavender, Purple, and Sorbet

  • Bisque- Matte, very light creamy pink shade
  • Lavender- Matte cool-toned lavender
  • Purple- Matte, mid-tone smoky purple
  • Sorbet- Light pink-toned mauve

Gogi, Cabernet, Ash, and Black

  • Goji- Medium pink/berry-toned mauve.  This shade has more of a matte/satin finish.
  • Cabernet- Dark plum with brown undertones.  This shade needed to be built up.
  • Ash- Deep charcoal gray
  • Black- Matte black
Sugar, Chiffon, Prosecco, and Soft Plum

Sugar, Chiffon, Prosecco, and Soft PlumSugar, Chiffon, Prosecco, and Soft Plum

  • Sugar- Shimmery cream shade
  • Chiffon- Light shimmery pink
  • Prosecco- Metallic champagne shade with silver undertones
  • Soft Plum- Metallic taupey-mauve shade with plum undertones
Cinnamon, Sandstone, Gunmetal, and Blue Quartz

Cinnamon, Sandstone, Gunmetal, and Blue Quartz

  • Cinnamon- Metallic copper shade
  • Sandstone- Warm, metallic taupe
  • Gunmetal- Medium metallic gray
  • Blue Quartz- Shimmery electric blue
Moonlight, Seashell, Peony, and Dk. Sienna

Moonlight, Seashell, Peony, and Dk. Sienna

  • Moonlight- Shimmery cream shade with subtle yellow undertones
  • Seashell- Shimmery blush shade
  • Peony- Warm, metallic peachy pink
  • Dk. Sienna- Very deep, warm-toned brown satin finish with very subtle micro-glitter
 Penny, Olivine, Gold Leaf, and Black Ivy

Penny, Olivine, Gold Leaf, and Black Ivy

  • Penny- Metallic bronze
  • Olivin- Metallic taupe with subtle olive undertones
  • Gold Leaf- Shimmery yellow gold.  This shade needed to be built up.
  • Black Ivy- Blackened green? (looks black) satin finish with very subtle gold micro-glitter

There are some gorgeous shades in this palette.  It is a good mix of cool and warm toned shades and is quite versatile.  There are more light shades than I would like, but there are only three or four shades in the whole palette of 32 that I can’t really see myself using.  That’s not bad.  I should point out here that I did not pay full price for the LORAC Mega Pro 2.  I got a 20% off coupon from Ulta right before I left for vacation and I had $9 worth of Rewards Points to redeem.  I ended up saving around $20, so the palette cost me $38 instead of $59.  I am not sure if I would have still gotten the palette if I had to pay full price.  I do really love it and I am so glad that I decided to buy it, but the far left side of the palette leaves a lot to be desired.  What are your thoughts?  Did you buy the LORAC Mega Pro 2?  Are you enjoying it?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case Swatches

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Tarte Light Of The Party Collector's Makeup Case

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case

Today I have something very exciting to show you, the Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case.  I am a big fan of Tarte’s Holiday palettes, and this year the Sephora exclusive Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case caught my attention.  I haven’t had the palette for very long and have only used it a couple times, so this isn’t really a proper review.  But I know that the Sephora VIB sale is right around the corner, so I wanted to at least show it to you and swatch it for you so that you could get a sense of whether or not you want to add it to your Sephora Loves list to pounce on when the sale opens up.  So let’s take a look.

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector's Makeup Case

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case

Here is what Sephora has to say about the Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case: “Be the center of the room with this festive, limited-edition collection, feautring tarte’s beauty favorites, designed to create smoldering makeup looks for any celebration. Create an eye-catching statement wherever you go with the travel-size takeaway palette, featuring shadow, cheek and contouring shades. The trendy collector’s case features a full-size, built-in eye shadow palette with 30 shades, including 24 brilliant, never before seen shades in mixed mattes and shimmers. With a travel-friendly eye shadow brush and deluxe-size mascara, this set is perfect for achieving seamless, on-the-go touch-ups for alluring, party-perfect looks.”  I love that there is a travel face and eye palette withing this Holiday palette.  It’s like getting a two for one deal, and I think it really raises the value of the overall palette.  The travel brush is not my favorite thing, but it will do in a pinch and is a good size for traveling.  Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara is a long-time favorite and it is always welcome as far as I am concerned.

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector's Makeup Case

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case

When you remove the gold travel palette you can see that the Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case has a large mirror.  The lid is too heavy to stand up on its own, but if you can lean it against something the mirror is very useful for application.  The palette itself is heavy cardboard with a rose gold finish, so I think it is quite durable.  It does not lift out of the case.  The case zips up for extra security.  The lid is covered in sequins that remind me of an Aztec or Santa Fe style design.  The photograph doesn’t do it justice.  In real life the mixed metals look is really beautiful.

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector's Makeup Case Travel Palette

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case Travel Palette

The travel palette comes with a bronzer in Social Butterfly, a blush in Amazed, and a Highlight in Pink Champagne.  It also comes with six eyeshadows.  You can absolutely do a full face with this travel palette.  The bronzer is a nice color for those with light skin, though it may pull a little to warm with certain undertones.  The blush is an everyday warm pink that will flatter almost anyone.  Pink Champagne is a little more highlight that I usually go for, so I have to use a very light hand when I use it.  To be fair, though, I am very conservative with my highlight.  Most people will probably love it.

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector's Makeup Case Travel Palette Face

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case Travel Palette Face

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector's Makeup Case Travel Palette Eye

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case Travel Palette Eye

The six eyeshadows in the travel palette have a good range of neutral tones.  You will find a good mix of matte and shimmer in taupe, brown, and plum shades.  Popcorn Strand is a great matte browbone shade, while Yule be Surprised and Mulberry and Bright make great liners.  The two metallic shimmer shades are absolutely gorgeous.  I am very pleased with the travel palette, and like I said before, I think it adds a lot of value to the case.

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector's Makeup Case

Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case

The main palette of the Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case contains 24 shades.  Tarte is not Urban Decay or Kat Von D, so all the shades in this palette are going to be easy, wearable colors that a person can wear to the office as well as a night out.  I love looking at those rainbow palettes and my inner unicorn wants to snatch them up, but as I get older I find that I get a lot more use out of brands like Tarte and Lorac that give me these beautiful user friendly shades.  That being said, this isn’t any old neutrals palette.  The shadows are gorgeous, the shade names are adorable, and I get a lot of inspiration for different looks from this palette.  I think that it is a smart palette.  Tarte chose well when it came to which shades to make shimmer and which ones to make matte.  It’s a great mix of mid tones and dark tones, plenty of highlights, and the shades are pretty evenly spit between warm and cool undertones.  I swatched the shadows in columns moving from left to right.

Top-Bottom: Sugar Cookie, Miracle of Light, Under the Mistle-Taupe, Sleigh Watch

Top-Bottom: Sugar Cookie, Miracle of Light, Under the Mistle-Taupe, Sleigh Watch

  • Sugar Cookie
  • Miracle of Light
  • Under the Mistle-Taupe
  • Sleigh Watch
Top-Bottom: In a Flurry, Rum Pum Plum, Ring-a-ling, Mulled Wine

Top-Bottom: In a Flurry, Rum Pum Plum, Ring-a-ling, Mulled Wine

  • In a Flurry
  • Rum Pum Plum
  • Ring-a-ling
  • Mulled Wine
Top-Bottom: Fizz the Season, Tartetini, Fireside Chat, Cocoa What Fun

Top-Bottom: Fizz the Season, Tartetini, Fireside Chat, Cocoa What Fun

  • Fizz the Season
  • Tartetini
  • Fireside Chat
  • Cocoa What Fun
Top-Bottom: It's Snow Time, baby it's Gold Outside, Party Favored, Black Velvet

Top-Bottom: It’s Snow Time, Baby it’s Gold Outside, Party Favored, Black Velvet

  • It’s Snow Time
  • Baby it’s Gold Outside
  • Party Favored
  • Black Velvet
Top-Bottom: Eggnog, Peach on Earth, Gingerbread Mansion, Haute Chocolate

Top-Bottom: Eggnog, Peach on Earth, Gingerbread Mansion, Haute Chocolate

  • Eggnog
  • Peach on Earth
  • Gingerbread Mansion
  • Haute Chocolate
Top-Bottom: What a Wonderful Pearl, Come What Grey, Chrome for the Holidays, Midnight Kiss

Top-Bottom: What a Wonderful Pearl, Come What Grey, Chrome for the Holidays, Midnight Kiss

  • What a Wonderful Pearl
  • Come What Grey
  • Chrome for the Holidays
  • Midnight Kiss

There are some truly lovely shades in this palette, and I can not recommend it enough.  The Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case is a Holiday palette that anyone could get good use of.  The shades are universally flattering across all ages and skin tones.  This would make an amazing gift for both an establishes makeup lover or a beauty beginner.  The Tarte Light Of The Party Collector’s Makeup Case is $59 for the 30 shadows, 3 face products, brush and mascara, and that lovely sequined case.  It may not be the most inexpensive Holiday palette out there, but I think that it is a pretty good deal for what you actually get.  I like Tarte’s shadow formula, and you can’t beat their Amazonian Clay formula for their face products.  Again it is a Sephora exclusive.  Like all Holiday palettes, it is Limited Edition.  If you can snag it during the VIB sale, then I definitely would.  Just don’t wait too long because you don’t want it to sell out before you can get your hands on it.

CoverGirl Star Wars Limited Edition Collection

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CoverGirl Star Wars Limited Edition Collection

CoverGirl Star Wars Limited Edition Collection

Star Wars fans, this one is or you.  CoverGirl and Star Wars are teaming up to get you psyched for the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie that comes out later this year.  In honor of the film, CoverGirl is launching a new Limited Edition collection that asks fans Which side are you on?  The collection pits Light against Dark, and everything has Limited Edition Star Wars packaging.  (The lipsticks are adorbs.)  The Collection will launch on September 4th, so you should be able to find it in your local stores early-mid September.  So let’s take a look at the new releases.

CoverGirl Star Wars Limited Edition Lipsticks

CoverGirl Star Wars Limited Edition Lipsticks

CoverGirl is releasing six Star Wars Limited Edition Lipstick shades:

  • Dark Purple
  • Gold
  • Red
  • Lilac
  • Silver
  • Nude
CoverGirl Star Wars Limited Edition Dark and Light Side Mascara in Very Black

CoverGirl Star Wars Limited Edition Dark and Light Side Mascara in Very Black

The CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara in Very Black is available with limited-edition packaging.  The Dark Side version is regular, and the Light Side is waterproof. Both formulas come in limited-edition tubes with different iconic Star Wars quotes:

Light Side (Waterproof)

  • 1/10: “May the force be with you.”
  • 2/10: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
  • 3/10: “You’re my only hope.”
  • 4/10: “I feel the good in you.”
  • 5/10: “Luminous beings are we.”

Dark Side (regular)

  • 6/10: “I will finish what you started.”
  • 7/10: “There has been an awakening.”
  • 8/10: “Indeed you are powerful.”
  • 9/10: “You will meet your destiny.”
  • 10/10: “Immune to the light.”
CoverGirl Star Wars Limited Edition Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Glosses

CoverGirl Star Wars Limited Edition Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Glosses

Finally we have the CoverGirl Star Wars Limited Edition Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Glosses in three shades:

  • Sped of Light
  • Nemesis
  • Revenge

What do you think of the CoverGirl Star Wars Limited Edition Collection?  Will you be purchasing any of these items?  I am personally not a big fan of Star Wars, but I know that there are a lot of you out there.  I think that those lipsticks are super cute in their Star Wars packaging, and the mascara quotes are interesting.  I do wish there was some new eyeshadow in this collection.  My favorite beauty products are eyeshadow and blush, both of which are absent.  Tell me what you think in the comment section.  Are you excited, or is this collection falling flat with you.  Let’s discuss below.

Review: Milani Rose Powder Blushes Plus the 2015 LE Collection

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Milani Rose Powder Blushes

Milani Rose Powder Blushes

I featured one of these Milani Rose Powder Blushes in my June favorites, and a couple of you asked for reviews and swatches, so here you go.  There have been a couple Limited Edition collections of these blushes from Summer 2013 and Spring 2014.  Milani made three shades permanent for Spring 2015, cherry picking from the previous collections.  There is also a Summer 2015 Limited Edition collection of three new shades available right now, but I will get to that later.  Right now, let’s talk about the permanent line.

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Romantic Rose

The Milani Rose Powder Blushes are absolutely gorgeous.  The three-dimensional rose embossing is so lovely and it is etched pretty deeply, so you don’t destroy the rose by actually, you know, using the blush.  (Don’t you hate it when that happens?)  The blushes themselves have a silky formula that manages stay soft without tipping over into the powdery category.  I find them very easy to apply and blend out.  They have good lasting power on me, though admittedly I don’t have oily skin.  Bottom line, I think this is a great blush.

Milani Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove

The three shades in the permanent Milani Rose Powder Blush line are Tea Rose, Romantic Rose, and Coral Cove.  I have the last two shades.  Romantic Rose is a mauve-y nude shade.  This is a gorgeous neutral shade, great for lighter skin tones.  Coral Cove is a bright Coral that can be sheered our or built up for a bold look.  It will look beautiful on a wide variety of skin tones.  Here is a swatch of the two.

(L) Romantic Rose and (R) Coral Cove

They are beautiful.  All three shades in the permanent collection have a matte finish.  I think that they would suit a huge variety of people, and you definitely need to check them out.  So, moving on from the permanent line, let’s talk about the new limited edition collection that has been released for this summer.

2015 LE Milani Rose Powder Blushes

2015 LE Milani Rose Powder Blushes

The new Limited Edition Collection of Milani Rose Powder Blushes are currently available in drugstores.  The three new shades are American Beauty Rose, Awakening Rose, and Blossomtime Rose.  These three shades are similar to the current permanent line, but instead of a matte finish, they have a subtle shimmer.  Milani has been available in CVS, but unfortunately CVS is transitioning Milani displays to e.l.f. displays and won’t be carrying the brand anymore.  (It’s great to see e.l.f. in more stores, but I hate that it is at the expense of such a good brand that is already so hard to find.)  So be sure to check you local stores soon before Milani disappears.  I am really interested to see how the shimmer version of these blushes perform.  If they are as good as the matte version, then I definitely need to pick up a couple.  I recommend the Milani Rose Powder Blushes, and if you don’t already have any of them, then you should look into them.  The permanent Milani Rose Powder Blushes are available online at milanicosmetics.com and in certain CVS, Walgreens, and Fred Meyer stores.

Stila Beauty in Bloom Convertible Color Trio

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Stila Beauty in Bloom Convertible Color Trio

Stila Beauty in Bloom Convertible Color Trio

Today I have a fun product to show you that I picked up when Ulta offered its 20% off coupon a few weeks ago.  This is the Stila Beauty in Bloom Convertible Color Trio.  Stila has two Convertible Color sets out for Spring 2015 inspired by flowers.  First is this Beauty in Bloom set that I have to show you today, and also they released a Blooming Bright set which, as the name implies, contains bright spring shades.  I haven’t tried Stila’s Convertible Color for lips and cheeks before now, but I could not resist the Beauty in Bloom set.  Here is the product description from Ulta’s website: “Treat yourself to a bouquet of beauty with a trio of Stila’s signature Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Creams. Long-loved by beauty editors and makeup artists, they blend like a dream, leaving lips and cheeks with a pretty pop of color. This set includes a trio of  floral-inspired hues.”

Stila Beauty in Bloom Convertible Color

Stila Beauty in Bloom Convertible Color

The Stila Beauty in Bloom Convertible Color Trio comes with three mini Convertible Color compacts.  Each one contains a mirror, making them perfect for travel and re-application throughout the day.  Stila Convertible Color is a cult favorite, so many of you are probably familiar with the product.  But for those of you who, like me, are new to Convertible Color let me give you a brief run down of the formula.  Here is the blurb from Ulta: “Stila’s ingenious lipstick and blush-in-one proves to be irresistible. This versatile favorite brightens cheeks and lips with creamy, translucent color. Tap onto cheeks and press onto lips. The sheer tint adds an inherent glow to the cheeks while lips bloom with fresh, radiant color. Two-in-one compact holds the key to easy, monochromatic makeup. A must-have in every Stila girl’s makeup bag.”  I love how creamy the Convertible Colors are.  You can apply them with your fingers, or a brush.  I prefer my e.l.f. Small Stipple Brush, personally.  They apply smoothly and evenly on my cheeks, are not greasy at all, and look beautiful.  On the lips, they have great pigmentation.  The formula is creamy, but I wouldn’t call it moisturizing.  If you have dry lips like I do, then you will need to use a moisturizing balm in conjunction with the Convertible Colors.  I have no issues with fading, but those with oily skin may want to set the blush with powder, or else be prepared to re-apply if needed on long days out.  Now, let’s look at the shades.

Stila Beauty in Bloom Convertible Color in Camellia

Stila Beauty in Bloom Convertible Color in Camellia

The first Convertible Color in the Beauty in Bloom Trio is Camellia.  Camellia is available full size in Stila’s Convertible Color line.  It is a warm toned, medium peachy nude.  This compliments my skin tone so well, and I love it.

Stila Beauty in Bloom Convertible Color in Peony

Stila Beauty in Bloom Convertible Color in Peony

Next up is Peony, which is also available in the regular Convertible Color line.  Peony is a cool pinky-rose with brown undertones.  I am not as big of a fan of it on my lips, but it looks great on my cheeks.  This is a perfect everyday shade for those with fair and light skin.

Stila Beauty in Bloom Convertible Color in Tulip

Stila Beauty in Bloom Convertible Color in Tulip

The final shade in the trio is Tulip, and this one is not available for individual purchase in Stila’s Convertible Color line.  Tulip gives me a gorgeous deep berry stain on the lips, but sheers out for a healthy flush on the cheeks.  This would be a lovely shade for those with darker skin tones.

Stila Beauty in Bloom Convertible Color Trio (L-R) Camellia, Peony, Tulip

Stila Beauty in Bloom Convertible Color Trio (L-R) Camellia, Peony, Tulip

Here is a swatch of all three shades next to each other.  From left to right: Camellia, Peony, and Tulip.  Because I have never used Stila Convertible Color, I thought the Stila Beauty in Bloom Convertible Color Trio was a great deal.  Convertible Color usually retails at $25 for .15 oz of product.  The minis are .07 oz each, a total of .21 oz for only $20.  More product for less money?  Sure, I’ll take that!  I am contemplating going back to Ulta for the Blooming Bright set.  That one contains Lillium and Petunia from the regular Convertible Color line and Hibiscus (coral red) as the exclusive shade.  I think these trios are an excellent deal if you don’t already own several of Stila Convertible Colors already.  Both trios were released for Spring, and are most likely limited edition, so keep that in mind.

E.l.f. Disney Elsa Snow and Ice Makeup Collection

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You may remember about a week and a half ago that I told you about Elsa Frozen themed bags from SOHO Beauty.  At the time, the corresponding makeup line was just being released into certain Walgreens locations.  Now, I am happy to tell you that the E.l.f. Disney Elsa Snow and Ice Makeup Collection is available online at drugstore.com and walgreens.com as well.  Take a look!

e.l.f. Disney Elsa Snow and Ice Icicle Face Palette

e.l.f. Disney Elsa Snow and Ice Icicle Face Palette

E.l.f. Disney Elsa Snow and Ice Icicle Face Palette $6.99:  “The blush creates a flush of color to the cheeks, the bronzer accents and contours cheekbones for beautiful definition and the highlighter creates a gorgeous glow.”  I love the packaging for this palette with the Elsa silhouette.  The palette contains a shimmery golden bronzer, a sheer peach blush, and an ivory highlight shade.

E.l.f. Disney Elsa Icing Eye Shadow & Eyeliner, Let it Go

E.l.f. Disney Elsa Icing Eye Shadow & Eyeliner in Let it Go

E.l.f. Disney Elsa Icing Eye Shadow & Eyeliner in Let it Go $4.99:  “This smooth gliding gel formula is perfect as a long-lasting eyeshadow or eyeliner.  Enriched with Vitamin E to nourish and hydrate the delicate eye area.”  I am not completely sure, but I believe that this is an e.l.f. Smudge Pot in a Limited Edition shimmery peach shade.  If so, this would be a great product, but you would be paying an upcharge for the packaging, as Smudge Pots are only $3 on e.l.f.’s website.

e.l.f. Disney Elsa Snow and Ice Glow Eyeshadow Palette

e.l.f. Disney Elsa Snow and Ice Glow Eyeshadow Palette

E.l.f. Disney Elsa Snow and Ice Glow Eyeshadow Palette $6.99:  “These ultra-silky and lustrous eyeshadows go on smoothly for a flawless look.”  This palette has a wide range of shades from blues to berries, and even a bright orange.  E.l.f.’s shadows are hit and miss, but usually perform pretty well with use of a good primer.  Again, this is really cute packaging.

E.l.f. Disney Elsa Super Glossy Lip Shine

E.l.f. Disney Elsa Super Glossy Lip Shine $2.99 each:  “This Super Glossy formula leaves your lips with a healthy glossy glow. The delicious flavor and sweet scent will leave you licking your lips in delight.”  There are three shades of Super Glossy Lip Shine: Pink Kiss, Fuchsia Fireworks, and Angel.  They do not come in a set this time around, and again, there is a little bit of an upcharge for the cute packaging.  Super Glossy Lip Shines retail for $2 each on eyeslipsface.com.  Both Angel and Pink Kiss are available in the regular line, but Fuchsia Fireworks seems to be Limited Edition to this collection.

E.l.f. Disney Elsa Snow and Ice Beauty Book

E.l.f. Disney Elsa Snow and Ice Beauty Book

E.l.f. Disney Elsa Snow and Ice Beauty Book $12.99:  “Includes a step-by-step guide for a fairytale makeup look.  This Limited Edition Disney Elsa Beauty Book is a collectable item that is sure to reflect your inner pretty princess.  The all-in-one book includes the must have makeup essentials to create your favorite Disney look so you can be enchantingly beautiful for any occasion.   Inside you will find 8 Eyeshadows, Shader brush, Face Shimmer, Shimmer Pencil, Eyeliner Pencil, and Lip Color.”  The Beauty Book looks great.  I like the eyeshadow colors better here than in the eyeshadow palette.  I think you can get more cohesive looks with these shades and the other products look pretty good too.

So, there you have it for the e.l.f. Disney Elsa Snow and Ice Makeup Collection.  Will you be hauling?  I am probably going to pass because I don’t have the same connection with Elsa as I did with some of the other Disney Princesses.  I do like the packaging choices e.l.f. made with this collection by putting a lot of the artwork on the products themselves and not just the outer packaging.  What do you think?  Are you over Frozen, or does this collection excite you?  Let me know in the comments below.

SOHO Beauty Introduces Elsa Frozen-Themed Makeup Bags

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Continuing on with Disney collections, SOHO Beauty now has line of makeup bags featuring Elsa from Disney’s hit movie Frozen.  Four new bags featuring the snow queen are available at drugstore.com, walgreens.com, and Walgreens locations.  They are similar styles to past collections with Disney princesses, this time around with a train case instead of the weekender.  The four bags have light blue and white Frozen snow theming.  They are very similar to each other, with almost the exact same image of Elsa’s face prominently featured.  The different style options (taken from drugstore.com) are:

  • SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Roundtop Bag- $7.99
  • SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Wristlet- $7.99
  • SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Organizer- $9.99
  • SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Train Case- $11.99
SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Roundtop Bag

SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Roundtop Bag

SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Wristlet

SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Wristlet

SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Organizer

SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Organizer

SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Train Case

SOHO Beauty Disney Elsa Train Case

And that is SOHO Beauty’s Elsa bag collection.  For those of you who are wondering, yes, there is a correlating Elsa Frozen makeup line from e.l.f., just like with previous princesses.  I know that it has popped up in certain Walgreens stores, but the makeup is not yet available at walgreens.com or drugstore.com.  What do you think?  Do any of these bags tempt you?  Have you purchased any of the SOHO Disney bags from past collections?  Let’s discuss in the comments below.

Monthly Favorites, February 2015 Edition

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February Favorites

February Favorites

It’s the end of the month, so you know what that means.  It’s Monthly Favorites time!  For anyone new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me, and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month.  February was a month of experimentation, beauty-wise.  I have been tying to shop my stash and get use out of all sorts of products.  I really tried to mix it up and use different products each time, so consequently choosing my favorites this month was much harder than usual.  I managed to do it, though, so without further ado, here are my Monthly Favorites for February.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness and Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness and Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

I am trying to work my way through my primers and foundations before I open any new ones, and one thing that I keep going back to month after month is the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream.  It is such a great product.  I love using it as a base layer under lighter foundations that don’t have enough coverage for me on their own.  It is a great layering product.  It is light-weight and dries down matte.  It really covers up my rosacea and helps my foundation look great.  I have also lately been using Bye Bye Redness on its own.  I simply go back in for a second layer over the areas that I feel need some extra help.  A little goes a long way, and this product has lasted for months.  I prefer to use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply and blend it out.  Though this isn’t normally my favorite foundation brush, it works fabulously with Bye Bye Redness.  The brush fits perfectly in the jar and it spreads just the right amount of product for a smooth and even layer.  This is a great duo and I have been really loving them.

 

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Mauve

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Make a Mauve

On my cheeks I have been loving my new Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Make a Mauve.  I am going to do a full review soon, so I am not going to go into too much detail now.  Make a Mauve has a lovely, creamy formula that blends well without pulling up my foundation.  It is a gorgeous red-toned mauve shade that sheers out for a “just came in from the cold” healthy flush to the cheeks.  It is a great product, so keep an eye out for my full review with all the details coming soon.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Bronzer in Deep Bronze

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Bronzer in Deep Bronze

You know that I have been loving my Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve over the last few months, but in February I put it down in favor of the Maybelline Master Hi-Light Bronzer in Deep Bronze.  Even though most of the country is buried in snow, here in sunny Southern California it’s been blue skies and warm weather, so I am hearing some of my spring and summer colors calling my name.  Deep Bronze is a warm, golden bronze shade.  It is quite shimmery, so I don’t use it for contouring.  It’s a great a blush, though, for that golden bronze look.  There is a lot of red in this shade, so it’s more suited for those with neutral or warm undertones in their skin, but it is absolutely gorgeous.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Taupe

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Taupe

Moving on to eyes, I have been reaching or my Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Taupe a lot this month.  Rimmel is extremely affordable and the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajals have a great formula.  Taupe is my favorite of the bunch because it is a unique shade to my collection and a really versatile liner.  This is such a great shade for the lower lash line for some definition that is appropriate for the daytime when black or brown might be too much.

Wet n Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine

Wet n Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine

I usually try not to include limited edition items in my favortes because I want to make sure you can get your hands on it if you see a product you like.  However, I have been reaching for the Wet n Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine palette (also known as I (Heart) Matte palette) so much over the last couple of months, that I really needed to include it.  I use this palette in conjunction with any variety of other eyeshadows because of the fantastic neutral shades.  That peachy “eyelid” shade is a fantastic transition shadow to use in a large number of looks.  The “browbone” highlight is an everyday staple, and I use the black shadow for liner all the time.  I know many of you picked up this palette and it may be sitting in your drawer because you think of it as a colorful palette, but pull it out and use the neutral side.  It goes with everything.

Lorac Platinum Status Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Platinum Status Eyeshadow Palette

And finally, we have the Lorac Platinum Status Eyeshadow Palette.  Again, this was limited edition, but it is a great palette for February.  I have loved the sweet, romantic eye looks that I have been getting from this palette.  There are some similar shades in the Wet n Wild Petal Pusher palette, since this Lorac palette isn’t available anymore.  I love that gorgeous shimmery rosy-mauve paired with the satin plum shade right next to it.  I have been trying to wear more purple-toned shadows.  Though I will probably always favor greens, golds, and browns as my favorite colors, I have noticed that purples look really good with my coloring.  Lorac usually releases these five pan palettes around Thanksgiving, and they are fantastic, so keep an eye out when the time comes.

That is all for my February favorites.  I hope you saw something that you might want to check out for yourself.  If you have used any of these products, I’d love to know what you thought of them in the comments below.  February was a good month for me.  I feel like I am finally settling in after the move and getting back to normal.  I have been so busy this month, and have been extremely sleep deprived, but otherwise I’ve been doing well.  I am looking forward to the Spring, and busting out some of my more fun colors.  I have a feeling greens and corals are going to feature heavily in the next couple months.  I am usually all for a long winter, but this year I am ready or Spring to come my way.  How about you?