Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review: NYX Macaron Lippie


Hello there you lip junkies,
I have some new lipsticks to review and share with you today. On my birthday I didn't really want all that much since I already buy things out of my own pocket. This year I decided to treat myself to the new NYX Macaron Lippies. Even though I wanted a real box of Macarrrooowwns! These are in more ways better and longer lasting. These came out the month before and I had my eye on them, though I couldn't justify buying them for over 50 bucks then some added shipping fees the NYX site loves to slap on cause of Hawaii. Hate it when they say shipping is free for US then go -Oh except you Hawaii go suck on a fat one :(.
I was originally going to get just 4, but thought it was a better deal to get six since I could include them in the same shipping. (From a seller on E-bay who sells NYX cosmetics.) Could they be fake? Would I be duped? Should I even try? Well, its either do or do not there is no try. They are real, and awwwesome!

So here we go with some pics and reviews <3

List of lipsticks:
1. 11 - Coconut
2. 10 - Black Sesame
3. 08 - Earl Grey
4. 04 - Blue Velvet
5. 07 - Citron
6. 03 - Key Lime

NYX Macaron Lippies.

Photos & Reviews:

NYX Macaron Lippie in Coconut.


11 Coconut: In a nutshell this is a chalk white creamy color. This lipstick was difficult to work with even after I buffed my lips with my Lush lip scrub and set them with the Too Faced lip insurance. It caked, buckled, and creased. That being said it's not your every day or every night color, unless your in the arts, because it photographs well. You may think you'd never use a white lipstick ever, just think about all the many colors you could make up. By adding them to an everyday red or orange or pink. I'd use this particular while lipstick to mix with, yet not personally wear it on it's own.








NYX Macaron Lippie in Coconut.



NYX Macaron Lippie in Black Sesame.


10 Black Sesame: At first this reminded me of Chinchilla by Lime crime. This is a different color all on it's own. Being a lot brighter, more of a cool tone and seems like a true gray. Funny thing is, this is exactly what black sesame tofu looks like minus the tiny black specks. Hard to work with when it came to application and even later seem like a regret to get. Only because it began to clash with my skin tone. Chinchilla seems much warmer then this. Of course you could still use this as a mixing media with a different color, like a purple. So there is some use to this lipstick shade, I wouldn't recommend it if you already have Chinchilla.
NYX Macaron Lippie in Black Sesame.



NYX Macaron Lippie in Earl Grey.


08 Earl Grey: This was an fantastic surprise, the color is nothing like I've ever owned or seen. The perfect pastel blue, not too green not too blue. Sure there are probably similar lipsticks out there but this is one of a kind. The application was a little hard but not as hard as Coconut. Seems like a color that can mix with both warm and cool undertones. The gray and blue in this shade cohere so well together to make the perfect pastel macaron lip color.
























NYX Macaron Lippie in Earl Grey.




NYX Macaron Lippie in Blue Velvet.


04 Blue Velvet: Woah woah woah! This is a brilliant lovely color of a lipstick. I was holding out on buying Lime crime's - No she didn't. Even though it probably could be better quality, this was the better price. They might be similar in more ways then none. This is a hot blue color with a bright flash back. Perfect if you are a raver, or go to black light parties. Its a good application and not hard to work with. Can crease a little but overall a good creamy shade. It brought out the warmness in my eyes. I liked this color a whole lot.


NYX Macaron Lippie in Blue Velvet.




NYX Macaron Lippie in Citron.


07 Citron: Yeah :/ this wasn't such a great idea. Though there were other colors that were a safe choice I decided to enter the danger zone. A yellow lipstick, these are so hard to apply and get a good consistency going. The sunlight definitely brought out the color much better then the indoor lighting or flash did. Yet just like New yolk city it was rather frustrating to get a good thing going. I couldn't see this on it's own unless you used a lip liner of the same color or a white one. It's not pastel like New yolk city, just a tad darker.
























NYX Macaron Lippie in Citron.



NYX Macaron Lippie in Key Lime.



03 Key Lime: More like the zest on a key lime pie. This was a great lipstick to get a hold of cause again I own nothing like this. Being bright and not a metallic shade takes it out of the ball park for me. Warm enough for my skin and light enough not to be Gothic. The lighting for this lipstick is key, pun totally intended. Flash and sunlight bring it out to play. A fun fresh lush color to own. What more can I say.




NYX Macaron Lippie in Key Lime.



Make your own:

This is the part where I played around with the colors mixing and matching. I came up with three ombre combos, you can make your own and even mix with reds, oranges, or other lipstick to change the consistency.


NYX Macaron Lippies - Citron & Key Lime.


NYX Macaron Lippies - Black sesame & Coconut.


NYX Macaron Lippie - Earl Grey & Black Sesame.



These were a great birthday present, and even better I own them n_n. They are affordable which is nice being that most colors like this are sold at 15 or more. If you want to get in on some of the Macaron action take your time because they aren't limited edition. Swoon! So if you missed out buying one color wait till next time to get it. Hope this helps you figure out which color suits your pout. Until next time Aloha.

-Val





Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Ipsy April 2014 bag (Review)

My Glam bag review/update~

Ello my sweet peas! I haven't been on here in a while I understand some of you are wondering where I have gone. I am still on the search for a good affordable school to get my Esthetician license, which is a lot harder then it seems here. Long story short HCC messed up pretty bad and then continued to disappoint my efforts. But my co-work AT MY NEW JOB!~ gave me a heads up on an even better school though it's farther away and would require me to brave the Hawaii traffic for a year 1/2. I am willing to fight for this dream.

On a lighter note I dyed my hair purple/indigo ombre! It is the first time that I have ever done this type of hair style, and so far I've notice it is an attention grabbing hair style. Sometimes it's annoying and sometimes it's just fabulous. It will also be a new challenge and comfort level pusher for me. Which I have been craving for some years now. Like 14 year craving. I've been at an all girl school for 7 of them and at a stress-filled dead end job with a ridiculous dress code. Here it is!



And now for the review...



 Ipsy April 2014 bag (Review):

Lets start off will the theme which is beauty rocks, because it does. I haven't personally been to a concert for a long time now though. Even when Bruno Mars came home, I found $300-$2000 ticket price which was sold out with in 2 hours utterly redonkulous! Damn scalpers. That's ok though, I only really like one song from the talented artist.
The bag I got was good, I liked it and even bought some of the products that I didn't get in my bag. Rainbow honey nail polish is the bee's knees, and for 20% it was a good deal. Bought two shades love em both. Now I also got products I didn't think they'd give me but I pretty much got all that I wanted.

List of products:
1. [Full sized] Cailyn, Tinted Lip Balm - Acid Pink.
2. [Sample sized] Benefit, Lollitint - Candy Orchid.
3. [Full sized] Kiss, Look so natural lashes - KFL01.
4. [Travel sized] Urban Decay, 24/7 Velvet Glide-on eye pencil - Black Velvet.
5. [Full sized] City Color, White Gold shadow & Highlight mousse.



Product photos:

My Ipsy April 2014 Glam bag.



I love how their bags have an inside lining now, and even more details like the logo on the zipper. They really have upped the game since they have started. I also like how they at least had more then just one full sized product even give you added discounts. Can't wait till next month, I just hope it doesn't get stuck in Richmond CA again.


Product photos and review time:

Cailyn, Tinted Lip Balm - Acid Pink.


Now I was hoping to get the Apple pink color, but I got Acid Pink instead. They have a tendency to send me fuchsia shades. But oddly enough this did not seems like a balm at all, it was richly pigmented when I expected sheer coverage. Is good it's a great product definitely moisturized and gave me a great rocking color. The brush is nice and soft which made it easy to apply and just over all is a great richly pigment balm (like a lipstick). It will match my hair now. ;)




 
Benefit, Lollitint - Candy Orchid.


This was something I could do without, even though when they gave me a sample Rose tint. Candy Orchid was not really my cup of tea, the stain is stronger then the Rose tint. Lasted longer too, so if you are looking for a light bright pinkish purple tint this is perfect. It does start out milky but quickly dissipates into a Orchid lip stain. Which is great if you want to have a nice lip product with the Pantone's color of the year.



 
Kiss, Look so natural lashes - KFL01.

Oh! I wanted these soo badly. This particular one as well, Kiss has a great way of making such affordable lashes with a natural light weight vibe. Haven't personally used these yet but I am ready when ever I decide to. They are feather tapered which makes batting your lashes twice as fluttery. I hope when these arrive in CVS stores I can grab one more and use them as demi lashes.



 
Urban Decay, 24/7 Velvet Glide-on eye pencil - Black Velvet.


Oh my~ this was amazing, I loved how it was easy to use and creamy soft. Have tried their Navy liner and this is just as smooth and manageable. Gave me a nice soft winged eyeliner and just worked even better when I tight lined as well. I did get a little flakiness in later hours on the bottom eye line. I wore this for about 8-9 hours with tiny fall out. A little did get into my eye and caused minor irritation but did not cause my eyes to freak out. This is great for a nice warm soft look.



 
City Color, White Gold shadow & Highlight mousse.

Exciting to try new products, I love how warm toned this shadow is. Did a simple eyeliner look with this and the Urban decay velvet pencil. Put this on the center of my lids and it just brought my whole look together. I did not expect this to be as creamy as it was. Because I did have to blend it so it wouldn't clump in areas. Next time I use this, it will be for a cheek bone highlighter to see how it would look on my pale skin tone. Not to sure if it has a tendency to crease because I used an eyelid primer.



Ok my sweets!
Thank you so much for still being interested in my blog which I haven't updated in a while. I am not going to lie I have been in a search for some direction in my life and when I realized I had stopped doing the things I love it just made me sad. I like to share my findings and read yours as well. Hope I can be a little more self-disciplined with my blog. And update it's look as well. 

Mahalo,
Val






Saturday, November 30, 2013

IPSY November 2013 bag (Review)

I don't know how to apologize for this review for being so late. Been in a stressful rush lately to apply to get my Esthetician license with some hiccups and possibly missing the due date. I am glad to say I am back home in Hawaii and ready to work (preferably not in retail.) Then again to be honest with my readers the few that there are, I never planned to be 26 still living with my parents. They are amazing people don't get me wrong but sometimes when you fail at getting a job or anything career wise it can become disheartening. The last thing I want to be is a disappointment to them, I want to live on my own, and know what it's like to file my own taxes without help. Yet I am part of the percentage of Americans that don't get a job in their field right after they graduate College because it's competitive and they like this thing called experience (And they don't want to be the ones to give it to you.) All personal matters aside I love my interest in the cosmetic world and the fan base it creates. And I hope I can share my gathered knowledge and get paid for it one day. Yet for now I will just leave what I learned here or what I've found that I think would interest others as well. 

Thank you for being curious enough to see what I have to say about things that make us happy. Because options are like assholes, everyone's got one and this blog is mine. ;)

Ok now to the good stuff!

List of products:
1. [Full sized] Kiss, ever ez lashes - 03 (Came with glue and applicator)
2. [Full sized] Pixi beauty, bronzer - Subtly Suntouched
3. [Full sized] Nailtini - Caviar Cocktail
4. [Full sized] Be a Bombshell, lip crayon - Shameless
5. [Full sized] EM cosmetics, waterliner - Emerald
6. [Full sized] Starlooks, Gem eye pencil - Amethyst


Wow 6 full sized products for November that's redonkulous. Ipsy's reputation for being one of the best beauty subscriptions is undisputed. I used to compare them with Birchbox and let me tell you Ipsy always makes room for improvement while Birch just believes in their diehard fans. Which is ok, nothing wrong with it. I just need a better deal for my buck is all, cause well I am jobless for the moment. :/

Bag & Product photos:

My Ipsy November 2013 bag.

























I am soooo happy they went with snake print this time, can't tell you how much I am a reptile print gal. The color is actually gold out of photo but I've notice that it changes with format or with different lighting. Needless to say I was blessed with an over abundance.


Product photos and reviews:

Kiss, ever ez lashes - 03






















These were amazing lashes, they are light weight and on a clear band. The length is just enough to pass for a natural look. This was just crazy to receive because it's 2 pairs of false lashes with an applicator and glue. The glue was good, it did not irritate my eyes and did a decent job of staying on. Although it was clear glue that has a duo chrome hue which I thought was rather unusual for lash glue. But it dried clear and looked just fine after I lined it. If this doesn't get you to want to subscribe just wait.


Pixi beauty, bronzer - Subtly Suntouched



































Now Pixi has some great stuff and for this bronzer I just loved the velvet finish of the case. Yet Ipsy kinda hit a miss with me on the color. When this could work for fair skin this just look like there was nothing on my face. The slight shimmer probably could be seen just the color was meh worthy. I do like a good bronzer, I just prefer to be able to see it and then blend it.


Nailtini - Caviar Cocktail






































Now this wasn't the original color I was expecting to get, there was a copper-ish one. Yet I actually liked and worked with this shade better. The metallic dark gray color just popped in lights and complimented my skin tone rather well. The perfect transition color from fall to winter, in fact most metallic shades are best suited for this time. That won't stop me though from wearing this shade in the other seasons as well. This is the 3rd nailtini polish I've gotten over the year and this one I will keep for myself. (Not that I need anymore nail polish. Seriously I have a decent massive collection.)



Be a Bombshell, lip crayon - Shameless







































Meh, is the word I've choose to describe this color. It's pretty sheer fuchsia color, can build up but the shimmer in it just turns me off. The formula is decent and might even be better then the Revlon lip crayons with out the minty smell. Shameless just didn't work for me at this moment, maybe later in a year I'll change my thoughts about it and heck this could work for you if you just love the color of the swatches. It just didn't get my goat.



EM cosmetics, waterliner - Emerald















Color predictable, but boy did this liner live up to the hype! Totally giggly that Michelle Phan decided to share her line with us this month and even more to come. I already have two of the lipsticks and just love love love them. The color always seems predictable since they know it's my favorite color. The formula is really exquisite, highly pigmented, easy to work with, and really is meant for that water line. I mean its semi-permanent once it drys, which means you need to be a little fast and precise. Has a built in sharpener and smudge tip as well.



Starlooks, Gem eye pencil - Amethyst














Did not expect to get two eyeliners in one bag, that is a first. They are different colors and brands which feels like a cop-out but a cop-out in my favor. I really wanted to try this shade to get me out of my purple shy. Shimmery enough to pass for a silver but purple undertone to give it a shy pop of color. This wasn't so water proof though, when I did try this with a primer it still creased. Though I think that was the primers fault. Pigmentation is fantastic and easy to work with.





So that is all she wrote, for last month's Ipsy bag, if you want me to review October let me know in the comments. Though personally I wasn't really that into what I got after I came home to see it. I will however show you my Halloween photo since it is a rather good Kabuki fox makeup look that Rose shock inspired me to do. The mouth is the same but I felt after the fact that I should have added more teeth. Contacts were from Pinkyparadise in Venus Bright red.








































So whether your late in the game or ahead of the trend do it because it satisfies you.

-Val







Friday, November 8, 2013

Aztec gold in a pot of gold (Nail sticker mani)


Since prints are such a fashion find for any wardrobe, it is unfortunate that I have not mastered this fashion trend. So naturally I look to a nail art to get me comfortable with prints. I don't know what it is or if any other people have this problem with bold prints. Yet this gold Aztec nail sticker from Maybelline has given me the gumption to try it. Because it's still fall I think this mani would be great for the transition into winter with the combination of gold and black it's pretty edgy but classic.

Review on Maybelline nail fashion sticker - Aztec gold:
This was such a promising print and just very well done to fit my nails even if I cut one nail template in half. See I have pretty small nails and that's ok sometimes. Whats not ok are nail stickers that are HUGE and even if I tried to used it the print would just look terrible if I cut it to fit my nail size. Like sizing in clothes there is no universal size chart so they make excess in large sizes to accommodate what "Normal" sized people are. If I buy a top I have to get it taken in or not buy it at all, same with nail art stickers... I digress. Now what I didn't like about these nail art stickers in particular is that to make it semi reflective it was thick. The problem I had with them is that even when I filed them down around the edges and sealed them in with a top coat. They were too thick and lifted anyway around the edges. You will see what I mean in the photos.

How to achieve this nail mani:
So to prep your nail, start by wiping it with some nail polish remover and let it dry. If you wash your hands with water the nail will not completely dry and will often cause bubbling under the polish. Then add the base coat, get your nail stickers ready to the proper size. Cut to fit, then place them on, file off the excess and seal them in with a top coat. On the ring finger and the thumb use a gold nail polish. After it has dried use a tiny drop of top coat to where you want to put the nail gem. Add your gem then seal with a top coat. For this mani I had to add and extra top coat a few days after to try to decrease the sticker from lifting.



Product list:
1. Seche Vite, dry fast - base coat.
2. Maybelline fashion nail stickers - Aztec gold.
3. Elf nail varnish - Pot of gold.
4. Black medium sized nail gem.
4. Seche Vite, dry fast - top coat.

Product photo:




Photo of the mani:





































Alright my darhlings, whether you're late in the game or ahead of the trend. Do it because it makes you happy.
-Val












































Friday, November 1, 2013

Smokey Brown Diamond mani

Yet another Fall themed nail art mani that is even easier to do! Yes, I do a lot of easy manicures. Mostly because I hardly have the patience to sit for long hours at a time not touching anything. I bought the Elf Disney villain theme nail polish collection at the local Walgreens and my plan is to use all the colors at least once. Using one of the colors from the Cruella Deville series called Smokey brown. I just added some medium sized gems and voila. A simple nail mani that matches the Smokey browns of the fall season. This is the third Halloween inspired fall mani.

*To set the nail art gems use a decent dot of the top coat to adhere it securely.

Product list:
1. Seche Vite, dry fast - base coat.
2. Elf Disney villains 2013 nail varnish - Smokey brown.
3. Medium sized nail art gems - Silver/clear color.
4. Seche Vite, dry fast - top coat.


Product Photo:









































Nail polish mani Photo:

Elf (Disney Villains 2013) - Smokey Brown







































Whether you're late in the game or ahead of the trend do it because it makes you feel fabulous.

-Val