Tuesday, September 16, 2014

e.l.f. Beauty Books: Vampire and Enchanted Swatches

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I ended up going with Vampire and Enchanted. Vampire SCREAMS fall to me and I love the colors. It has all the warm and cozy fall colors and enough shade variation to help you create all sorts of looks. They also have a couple great shades that will be good for one shadow looks. Enchanted has a palette of purples, pinks and blues that are great for fairies, princesses and anything else super girly and magical.

 

 

Unlike the other past Beauty Books, this doesn't contain a mirror and the fold out face chart, but instead just has the face chart on the left and the products on the right. The eyeshadows also don't have names like the Disney ones do so the instructions on the face chart are a little less specific. As for the products, you can see each book contains a pair of false lashes and glue, 8 eyeshadows, an eyeshadow applicator, an eyeliner and a lip gloss.

 

 

 

How beautiful are those colors? Like I said, perfect for fall. This book has a black eyeliner and red lip gloss. The lip gloss also doesn't have a name but is similar in formula to the glosses that come with the other books.

Below are swatches of the shadows. The first photo is without flash and the second is with.

As with most of the Beauty Books, all of the shadows in this palette have shimmer or glitter in them. I think all of these swatched well and built up well if need be.

Below are the lip gloss and the eyeliner. The first photo is with flash and the second is without.

Here are the photos from the Enchanted palette!

The lashes in this book look to be a little more full than the other lashes. The colors are so much fun and so pretty. I love a good colorful palette!

And here are the surprisingly amazing swatches! First photo is with no flash and the second is with.

 

How dreamy are those? And how stunning is the last color? When I swatched that I couldn't believe how that turned out! I'm in love with all of these! Again, these all have shimmer or glitter in them but for a palette like this I think it's almost necessary.

And below are the white eyeliner and pink lip gloss.

In love!! How about you? Did you pick up any of these palettes? Oh, and by the way, these are only $6! How can you pass these up?

The other two have a bit more of a neutral tone to them. The Wicked one has some greens and browns and the Diva one has blues and darker colors for a smokey look. I think these are great not only for Halloween but even past then!

I already started playing with them so I'll be back next week with my look books and reviews, and I'll be back on Thursday with my LORAC PRO Palette 2 lookbook and review.

xokatie

 

 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Weekly Geekly: Baltimore Comic Con

I love the Baltimore Comic Con. If you're a person who likes comic cons and you're within a couple hours of Baltimore, you should definitely go. It's a bigger con but it feels small. They don't jam celebrities down your throat. There's TONS of artists and vendors there for all of your nerdy needs. It's just so much fun. That's what I did this past weekend and thought I'd share some of my stuff with you guys!

First are some pictures from our walk from the parking garage to the convention center.

This building made me really excited.

 

 

 

We were a block away from the inner harbor and I could just see the tops of the tall ships. I was too lazy to walk down to the opposite end.

 

 

 

 

There were so many amazing cosplayers but I always feel bad stopping them since so many other people do and they're also trying to enjoy their con so I didn't snag any pictures of them. There was a ton of stuff I wanted to buy but I managed to limit myself.

 

I was so excited to find these since I haven't seen series 2 in any stores! They also let us trade in if we opened and didn't like who we got but I loved my Wreck It Ralph!

This is Sherlock by Luke Foster. More information on him can be found here.

This is Sherlock by Liz Leonard. More information on her work can be found here.

 

This girl was drawing custom cat sketches. I got her to do a Harry Potter sketch and Jon got her to do a Green Arrow sketch cover. Above is my Harry Potter. Below is Jon's Green Arrow because it's too cute not to share.

 

More information on the artist, Hannah Benbow, on her website here.

And last but far from least are these amazing pieces that are hand drawn. Take a look at how intricate these are. The artist doesn't even work under a magnifying glass or anything. That's just insane to me!

More of his work can be found here.

And that's it! I love everything I got. I think we might try to hit up the Allentown Comic Con as well and maybe some small ones in Philadelphia so more sketches to come!

I'm going back to binge-watching Arrow now since Jon and I started it over the weekend and we are ADDICTED!! I think we'll be able to catch up in time for the third season.

xokatie

 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

LORAC PRO Palette 2 with Primer and PRO Mascara Swatches

Story time! I was at Ulta a couple weeks ago to pick up a few drugstore basics. I couldn't help but drift over to the higher end section though to drool over the new LORAC PRO Palette 2. I love the first one and I'd been itching to get the second one. The colors are beautiful and that navy blue! Ugh. So I went over there and swatched and felt the buttery soft textures and saw the amazing pigmentation and fell so deeply in love. I immediatly picked one up off the display, but then my brain reminded me that I've been trying to be a little more financially responsible lately and I don't need to buy this right now. I can ask for it for Christmas, I told myself. I sighed, put it back and walked away.

Flash forward to last week when I was browsing through Facebook and stumbled upon a post from Nouveau Cheap. If you don't follow her blog, you really need to. Not only is she my go-to source for all the new drugstore products but she shares when there are good deals on high-end products. This post told me I could get the LORAC PRO Palette 2, a primer and a full-size mascara for $22. Yes. $22. So naturally I had to see what this was all about. Turns out HSN was bundling this all together for $42, but if you're a first-time shopper on the website there was a coupon code that got you $20 off your first purchase. How in all that is good and wonderful in the world of makeup could I pass that up?! I just love when a good deal comes together.

FYI, the deal is still available and back in stock! For more information check out the updated post on Nouveau Cheap.

Needless to say, I was VERY excited when that package arrived on my desk at work yesterday. I could hardly wait to get home and see it in all of its glory.

The palette itself is made of the same material and is the same size as the first PRO palette, which is perfect since it's not bulky at all and is perfectly simple. This palette, even though it didn't seem to pick up on camera even with all these other black products around it, is gray.

 

As with the first palette, the top row is all matte colors and the bottom row are the metallic/shimmery colors. The color selection in here is amazing. The blue is hands down my favorite as I am a complete sucker for navy blue eyeshadows though none ever seem to live up to my expectations. I'm excited to play with it and see how it holds up. The color Rose (third in from the left on the bottom) is STUNNING. I love the Jade color and Nectar. Just all of them are perfection.

 

I really love how much they changed the palettes, too. The only overlap in either palette is Black and even the lighter, more basic neutral matte colors are different. There is a distinct difference between Cream (1) and Buff (2) but it's nice to have a color like that in both palettes. The only thing I will say is that the first palette seems a lot more cohesive than the second palette, which isn't a good or bad thing. It just makes things a little easier if you're a beginner to makeup or someone who really only wears neutrals to grab that first palette and make it your go-to. The second palette has more colors to have fun with.

Now onto swatches!

As always, the light skin tone color will not show up on my skin no matter what I do. I really tried to layer it up but it just wasn't having it. All the other shadows, however, are perfection. The texture is silky perfection and the pigmentation is once again on point. In my opinion and from my limited dealings with this palette in action, there isn't a dud in the bunch.

The palette comes with a trial-size primer which the first did as well if I'm not mistaken. One can never have enough primers so I'll take it!

And to round out the set is the PRO Mascara. I've never tried their mascara before so I'm excited to give it a go.

 

 

As you can see, the brush is a teardrop shape with it larger towards the barrel and narrows out at the tip. It's nice to have the narrow tip so you can easily get to those smaller, tricky lashes that we all have, as well as help out with the bottom lashes.

So that's everything in the set. I am beyond pumped to play with this for the next week or so and get back to you all with my lookbook and review. As for now, I'm going back to cheering for Roger Federer and hanging out with the kits.

xokatie

 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Maybelline Bold Matte by Color Sensational Lip Color Swatches and Review

Hi friends! Hope you're having a great day. Mine is going well. I'm watching Sherlock. Because sometimes, as many times as you've seen it, you just need it at the end of the day. And that is what you call addiction. It could be worse.

ANYWAY. I was so excited to see these lipsticks finally come out. I guess since the product is out I can say that I was a part of the consumer panel for these (Maybelline is owned by L'Oreal) and I knew from the packaging that they sent that these were going to be Maybelline products. It was an absolute joy to test those products and I said as much in my comments back to them. The color that I tested was a mauve color so I didn't need to pick those up from the collection since I still have plenty left.

The colors in this collection are perfect for all seasons and range from a nude to a deep wine color. There are statement colors as well as muted colors so I think there is a shade in there for everyone's tastes. Also, these were a little under $6.00 at Target so it's a great price point.

The two colors that I got are the two pinks in the line with one being a bit brighter than the other.

This one is Ravishing Rose (670) and is a great my-lips-but-better color.

And the other is Faint For Fuchsia (675) which is obviously a nice, bright fuchsia. The matte formula makes it a little less intense so if you've been a little scared to try bright colors, give this one a try. They also have an orange in the line that would be a good one to get your feet wet with.

These are without a doubt the most comfortable matte lipstick I have ever worn in my life. There is no sense of dryness that you typically feel when wearing a matte lipstick - instead your lips maintain the perfect sense of hydration with wonderful staying power. I've mentioned before that I drink pretty much everything through a straw so liquids don't do much damage to my lipstick, but even after eating I still had good staying power. I would say until probably when I had my oranges for a snack around 3:00 it stayed on quite well!

I would recommend this to absolutely everyone. They are quite new so you might not be able to find it as easily but Target seems to be the place to find them.

Have you given any of these a try? Are you a fan of matte lipsticks or could you do without them? Let me know in the comments below!

xokatie