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My Favourite Cream & Powder Pink Blush Combination: Make Up For Ever & Buxom! posted at 6:30 PM
Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #6 & Buxom True Hue Blush Temptation
When I was applying my makeup last week, I was playing around with my new-ish Buxom blush and Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams (reviewed here) and ended up coming up with a beautiful combination perfect for those with dry skin like me for the colder temperatures.
Cream blush, which is exactly what the MUFE #6 Aqua Cream is, is great for us with dry skin all year round since the formula works better with our skin. It typically doesn't look very patchy and cakey, as long as the formula is produced well. Of course, I love powder blushes too, and I find them easier and quicker to apply and go, so I don't completely ditch the powders. Plus, cream blushes can help powder blush last longer!
#6 Aqua Cream ($23) is a bright baby pink and the True Hue Blush in Temptation is pretty much its twin, but in powder form. It's lighter in swatched, but when you look at both in the pan, they're pretty similar.
Temptation ($24) is a bubble gum pink, similar to #6 Aqua Cream in the pan; it just swatches lighter, more sheer. When you touch the product with your finger, it really feels smooth to the touch.
Both of these products look great on their own, but when used together, they can really pack a punch. I'm curious to see how #6 Aqua Cream would look underneath MAC's Mineralized Blush in Dainty.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS & DEMO: Shu Uemura Holiday 2013 Takashi Murakami Heart-Full Pink Parallel Palette posted at 10:31 PM
Princess by Takashi Murakami for Shu Uemura Heart-Full Pink Parallel Palette - $69
So I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm actually about to give you a first impressions/mini review on an item from a luxury brand, Shu Uemura!
Every December 6th, I get a little gift since it's a German holiday, so I decided to go with this certain gem since it's not really an item I would purchase for myself.
The Princess by Takashi Murakami for Shu Uemura Heart-Full Pink Parallel palette consists of seven eyeshadows (four pressed eyeshadows and three silk smooth eyeshadows) and one blush. All of this retails for $69, which is pretty pricey and why it's something I picked out as a gift. Sometimes, you'll be able to find a 20% or 25% off discount, which is what happened to me. I got this for 25% off using an ebates code and got 5% cash back from ebates.
Majority of the eyeshadows are pretty shimmery. The pink in the middle is more satin than incredibly shimmery. The blush is the matte-est of them all, being a matte.
The pressed eyeshadows are pretty good. They apply well, although sheerly, and they blend without much effort. The silk smooth eyeshadows feel like butter and look really nice and shimmery on the eyes and also blend pretty well.
When I talk about this palette in the video, I mention how I used the Wet n Wild Fergie eyeshadow primer and there was some minor creasing within half an hour, it wasn't so terrible by the end of the day. Today, I'm using a Milani primer and the is pretty major. I've worn the shadows for only two hours and it's disappeared from my crease. Since this has happened with two primers, I'm not sure if this is a primer issue or an eyeshadow issue, since the Wet n Wild primer has been turning its back on me this week anyway.
(And of course, I tossed my LORAC Behind The Scenes, how silly of me.)
Here are the swatches of all the products inside the palette. As you can see, they swatch pretty well. My camera just doesn't seem to do the swatches any justice! Although, in our defense, it's been cloudy the past few days, so not a lot of natural light to work with at all.
Truthfully, I'm not sure what to think of this palette now. I love the packaging and the colours, but what about the creasing? Even with a discount, for $50 or $70 (especially the latter), the extreme creasing does not make this palette worth it.
I have $20 in store credit from Sephora. Perhaps I should go back to my beloved Too Faced Shadow Insurance and see how the shadows react to that primer.
November 2013 Favoruites | closed captioned posted at 12:18 PM
My November Favourites are here!
Not a lot of stuff, actually. I notice a lot of vloggers will have 10+ products in their Favourites videos every month and that baffles me.
Let me know about your favourites in the comments on this video and/or this blog post!
REVIEW: NARS Cream Blush - Enchanted posted at 11:08 PM
NARS Enchanted Cream Blush - $29?
A few days ago, a cream blush from NARS called Enchanted went on sale for only $10, which is an amazing steal since NARS blushes retail for $29! I haven't tried a NARS blush in a few years, so this instantly caught my eye! (I also asked to get Deep Throat again for Christmas. I've been kicking myself for swapping it a few years ago.)
NARS Enchanted is a peach blush, very shimmery. Or, it's supposed to be a peach blush, but in actuality, it is anything but a blush. It is a very, very sheer, little to no colour payoff, which is a real bummer because it looks like such a gorgeous colour in the pan and I was looking forward to owning this.
In photos, you can see the product a little bit after I piled it on and on and on and on. In person, though, it just looks like a highlighter and it doesn't even work well as that. I couldn't see it at all. The Wet n Wild Centerstage Collection To Reflect Shimmer Palette in Rose Champagne Glow that I reviewed here works so much better and is only five to six dollars retail!
In the end, I took it to the post office today to ship it back to Sephora and get my $10 back. It just wasn't worth keeping, not even close. If you look up other reviews on this product, you will see thought similar to mine.
Sephora, I see what you're up to. No more buying $10 products from you when they're usually $30+.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Katniss Everdeen makeup tutorial | closed captioned posted at 9:05 PM
Catching Fire, the sequel to the Hunger Games, premieres tonight in American cinemas and I ended up doing one makeup tutorial for the film. I planned to do two, but I wouldn't have been able to get them up on time, and my eye area is not comfortable having rhinestones on the lower lash line.
It's been a while since I've played with my Sugarpill eyeshadows since I've been trying a lot of the neutral eyeshadows I've recently received, so it felt good to play with bright colours again!
Perfect Palette Tag! posted at 3:56 PM
I originally planned to do a video for this tag instead of a blog post, but with other plans for videos in my head right now, I didn't want to put this potential video on the back burner and then film and upload it after the hype surrounding this tag was gone. I need more variety on my blog anyway, so I figured a blog post would be nice.
I wasn't tagged by anyone specifically (mentally crying at the thought), but it seemed fun to do!
Inglot Freedom System
A lot of people have chosen Urban Decay's fancy and fun packaging for this, and I understand why, and normally, I'd pick the fun unique packaging too, but I have to say that I prefer Inglot's sleek and magnetic packaging over everything else. It's plainer than a lot of things on the market, but there's just something about it. I love the magnetic closing and opening, the way the pans sit in the palette, the INGLOT name written all over.
Kat Von D does come close when it comes to packaging. I love the now tin packaging with the pretty designs embedded on them, like how the Saint eyeshadow palette packaging looks.
Sugarpill Burning Heart & Heartbreaker
Neutral shades are pretty easy to make really well, so I'm not going to give another neutral palette an award and instead give this award to a brand that focuses more on bright colours: Sugarpill! The colour payoff on the majority of their shades is brilliant. The only eyeshadow I've ever had a problem with is Buttercupcake which swatches really nicely, but doesn't show as well on the lid.
You get eight mattes and eight shimmers in a variety of neutral shades. If you want something with a little more colour, I would suggest a Kat Von D palette like Ludwig, which has some neutral browns, a black, but nice greens and orange-y bronzes.
I absolutely love how thin this palette is. This may be a little wide in length, but it really won't take a lot of space in your bag. Plus with eight mattes and eight shimmers, you can create multiple looks while you are out of town.
[PICTURE OF BIGGEST REGRET]
Sugarpill & Kat Von D
I find Kat Von D and Sugarpill have the best names for their eyeshadows. Kat Von D names are always really pretty sounding and Sugarpill is funky and fun.
Kat Von D Star Struck quad
I got this for Christmas last year. It's a really nice quad, with just one dud. I reviewed this quad here. I just don't reach for it often even though I'm the one that actually chose this palette for Christmas, ha. The only reason I haven't tried to sell it in my blog sale is because I really like the deep red shade.
Another least used is the NAKED2, but I've only had it for a little over a month unlike the Kat Von D quad, so... but since having it since October, I haven't touched it very month. I do like the palette! I like it more than NAKED. It's just that I've also been trying Make Up For Ever and Inglot shadows and it kind of got pushed away, but I'm trying to use it a little more!
Urban Decay NAKED
Really, the only reason why this would be my most used palette is because I've had it since the first week it was released in 2010, so I've had it for a few years. I've only hit pan on three shades, but I've made quite a dent in a few more. It is a nice palette though, don't get me wrong.
[PICTURE OF MOST LOVED]
I rotate my palettes and tend to use them all somewhat equally. Some more than others, but I can't think of anything that I've used every single day longer than a month unless I was close to hitting pan on a certain shade and was tired of being "almost there".
Sugarpill Heartbreaker quad is my desert island palette for one reason and one reason only: Mochi is my number one favourite eyeshadow in the entire world and it's in this palette. If I could only use one eyeshadow for the rest of my life, it would be Mochi and that's why this palette is coming with me.
REVIEW: Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams posted at 11:22 PM
Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream ($23)
A lot of YouTubers and bloggers like to use cream bases, both bright shades and neutral shades, in their eyeshadow routines, but I've never really had much of an interest in them since I was sure they would crease on me. I've always been happy with just good eyeshadow primer and good eyeshadow.
Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams get a lot of praise in the YouTube and blogging world, but when I had my first experience with them a little over a year ago, I wasn't impressed. Just very disappointed. But these were also samples from testers at Sephora that I'm sure a hundred of different people have dipped their fingers and what have you into, so that could have been a factor.
You can use these alone or as bases for your eyeshadow. You can even use some of these on your cheeks and lips, it'll say so on the box, but I've used the "lips and cheeks only" formulas on the eyes and had no problems. I can't say the same for the "eyes and cheeks" only since that would be the green and brown one and I haven't felt like I needed to sport a green or brown lip quite yet.
#06 Fresh Pink - This is a baby pink, a typical Barbie shade. You can use this on the cheeks and the lips. I find this to be much too drying on the lips. I've used this with a brush and with my fingers and didn't like the application of either. This is a pretty colour for the lips, so if you do want to use it for that, I would suggest lightly patting it on.
#09 Coral - In the picture, this looks much more like a pink, but I assure you that in person, it looks much more like a coral. You can use this one the cheeks and lips. I like this more on the lips than I do #6. It goes on much more smoothly and doesn't feel as drying. It also looks gorgeous used as a blush.
#10 Orange (Golden Tangerine Sheen) - Very pretty, but super drying on the lips. I do not recommend it unless you're using just a little bit to give a lipstick some sparkle. Very hard to use on the cheeks since it sets very quickly. This is formulated for the cheeks and lips, but I used this on my eyes no problem since I wanted to see how it would make Sugarpill's Flamepoint look.
#14 Satin Brown (Warm Brown Shimmer) - By far my favourite of the bunch. This makes any neutral look really pop. I love to pay this with the MUFE eyeshadow in #129 or with Inglot DS 457.
#22 Emerald Green (Golden Green Sheen) - Also a super gorgeous shade! If you have the Kat Von D eyeshadow palette in Ludwig, the green eyeshadows will look amazing on top of this cream!
6, 9, 10, 14, 22.
These are said to be waterproof, but with a little soap, warm water, and some scrubbing, these come off pretty quickly.
My favourite way of applying these is with my fingers so I can warm up the product and get it onto my lid or my cheeks a little more smoothy. The only time I apply with a brush is with a little smudging brush from Real Techniques to put the product on my lower lash line. When I use bigger brushes, the product just sticks to the bristles and doesn't translate very well onto my lid at all.
When I tried these for the very first time, I wasn't impressed, but now that I've tried the product I actually purchased, I'm more impressed than I originally was. These aren't a necessity when I'm using eyeshadow. I can get by with just an eyeshadow primer, but I do like to use them when I want to alter the colour of my eyeshadow just a little bit. Longevity of an eyeshadow is the same whether I'm using just an eyeshadow primer or an eyeshadow primer and an aqua cream.
If you've tried these before, I'd love to know what you think about them!
I'm Rikki, a twenty-two year old deaf makeup b/vlogger that occasionally writes blog posts and mostly does makeup tutorials on YouTube.