Friday, December 26, 2014

Review & Swatches of Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks in Sandglow, Rose gold, & Amethyst

My favorite cream eyeshadow formula of 2014 was easily the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color pencils. I first tried Sandglow, a golden bronze, and was completely smitten. I received a mini in Rosegold as a GWP from Nordstrom (with purchase of my Laura Mercier Artist Portfolio) and bought Amethyst in the Sephora Friends & Family sale. I love all three and plan to keep adding shades to my collection. In particular, right now I am lusting after Khaki, Moonlight, Burnished Bronze, and Cocoa.

When I packed to go home for Christmas, the only eyeshadow I brought was my faithful Wet N Wild single in Brulee and these three Caviar Sticks. For Christmas, I wore Sandglow on my lid with Amethyst in the crease.

Laura Mercier's Caviar Stick Eye Color pencils retail for $28 and contain .05 oz of product.

Left to right: Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks in Sandglow, Rosegold, and Amethyst 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Must have: Real Techniques Powder Brush

Regular blog readers know I have a soft spot for brushes. Today's feature - the Real Techniques Powder Brush - is a reliable stalwart among my collection of face brushes. I realized I had to write a post on this brush when I caught myself procrastinating washing it because I didn't want to wait for it to dry to use it again.

The Real Techniques Powder Brush retails for $9.99, but you can frequently get it for less with sales and coupons. I bought mine at Ulta.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Comparison: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade & Perfect Brow Pencil in Medium Brown

I have enjoyed Anastasia Beverly Hills' Dipbrow Pomade for a while now (since the launch of my blog, my review of the dipbrow shade Medium Brown has been one of my most popular posts), and I wanted to try another product from the brand for the Sephora VIB sale. I figured I would stick with the group of products Anastasia is best known for - brows. And, since I know the color Medium Brown works well for my coloring, I had to take a brow pencil for a spin.

In choosing between the two brow pencils offered by Anastasia Beverly Hills, I chose the lesser known Perfect Brow Pencil over the perennial YouTube favorite Brow Wiz. Check out the stats: Brow Wiz contains .003 oz of product for $21 and the Perfect Brow Pencil contains .034 oz of product for $23.
A little arithmetic shows the ridiculous disparity in price: Brow Wiz costs $7,000 per ounce of product, while the Perfect Brow Pencil compares at $676 per ounce. (Just for fun, Dipbrow costs $128 per ounce)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Lorac Plum and Peach Blush review & swatches

I don't see a lot of love or hype for Lorac's powder blush formula, but they are a pleasure to use. The new PRO formula offers more shades, but the standard powder blush line is worth taking a look at. Lorac blushes retail for $20 and seem to be on a semi-permanent $10 sale on the VIP Sale page. As always, the Lorac site offers free shipping with no minimum - a perfect setup for enabling makeup addicts.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tony Moly CatChu Wink Cherry / Innisfree EcoFlower Tint Azalea / Etude House Dear Darling Tint Berry

When I was first getting into experimenting with Asian beauty products, I was obsessed with lip stains. Lip stains are a cyclical obsession for me and I have come back around to my stains recently, so I wanted to review these three. I have the Tony Moly Cat Chu Wink tint in #1 Cherry, the Innisfree Eco Flower Tint in #04 Azalea, and the Etude House Dear Darling Tint in #1 Berry. I bought all three on Rose Rose Shop and received my order from South Korea about three weeks later.
Left to right, Innisfree Eco Flower tint in Azalea, Etude House Dear Darling Tint in Berry, Tony Moly Cat Chu Wink Tony Tint in Cherry

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Inglot Nude Matte Eyeshadows: 353, 341, 390, 344, 358

Today I bring you swatches and a review of my Inglot nude matte eyeshadows. My Inglot mattes are workhorses in my collection and get used frequently. The Inglot matte eyeshadow formula is a meat and potatoes formulation - absolutely functional but lacking the superlatives of luxury. In this post, I have swatches of 353 M, 341 M, 390 M, 344 M, and 358 M. Frustratingly, Inglot assigns their color products numbers instead of names, leaving only an initial to hint at the finish.

 I own quite a few Inglot eyeshadows, and this group is what I would recommend to someone building their collection of neutrals in a 5 pan freedom palette. In the same way that Urban Decay's Naked Basics is a great companion palette, these shades work well paired with any look and are very versatile.
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