Monday, November 18, 2013

Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains: Photos and Swatches

Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains
at Walgreens stores


From Left:
#01 Nude Chic
#05 Honey Love
#02 Sweet Pink
#06 Cranberry Crush

glossy finish

 On The Lips...

Nude Chic

Honey Love

Cranberry Crush used as a lip liner
Sweet Pink in the center of my lips
My Thoughts...
These balm stains are smooth, pigmented, extremely comfortable on the lips, and leave the lips with a beautiful stain that lasts all day. These are very similar to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains...but are half the price and have a more wearable, neutral color selection. These Jordana balms stains are definitely worth picking up.

I also picked up the Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains in Terra Crave and Rock N Rouge. Photos and swatches coming soon!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

ELF Studio $3 Baked Eyeshadows

ELF Studio Baked Eyeshadows

clockwise from top:
Burnt Plum


Applied dry with no primer:
Toasted, Dusk, Burnt Plum, Bark
Applied wet with no primer:
Toasted, Dusk, Burnt Plum, Bark

  • $3
  • Available in 6 shades (I purchased 4 of them)
  • Size .12 oz/3.5g
  • Can be used wet or dry for a variety of looks
  • Swatches and How-To Tutorials available at
  • "Infused with active key ingredients Jojoba, Rose, Sunflower, Apricot and Grape to nourish and hydrate the skin"

On The Eye...Using Bark & Toasted

I photographed this look at several different angles to show the dimension of these baked shadows.  

For this look I used a damp flat eye shadow brush and pressed Bark all over my lid. I then used a dry, fluffy blending brush and ran a small amount of Bark through my crease to gently fade out the shadow. I blended the Toasted shade lightly through my crease and up to my brow bone to give the shadows a more seamless and natural look.

My Thoughts....
Great product! When applied wet these shadows give a gorgeous metallic effect to the eye. When applied dry these shadows give a pretty sheer wash of color to the eye. These shadows are definitely worth a try...and for $3, you can't go wrong.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

One Palette Challenge: Stila In The Light Palette

"Believe in the beauty of the future"

                                                      -Sarah Lucero

Stila: In The Light

I recently picked up the Stila: In the Light palette even though the last thing I need is ANOTHER neutral eye palette. So I challenged myself to use this palette for several days and create a new look everyday. This is what I came up with...

The Shades...


Bare, Kitten, Bliss, Sunset, Sandstone
Bubbly, Gilded Gold, Luster, Night Sky, Ebony
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Damsel (full size)

Day 1...Smoky Rose Gold

  • Sunset all over the lid
  • Bliss blended through the crease
  • Sandstone in the outer corner
  • Sunset blended from crease to the brow bone
  • Bare under the brow bone
  • Smudged Damsel eye liner onto lower lash line, blended out with Sunset



Day 2...Smudgy Kitten Shimmer

  • Kitten all over the lid, up to the brow bone
  • Bliss blended through the crease
  • Smudged Damsel eye liner on upper and lower lash line, then blended it out with Ebony
  • Blended Kitten on the lower lash line, below the eye liner


Day 3...Mad About Matte

  • Bare all over the lid, up to the brow bone
  • Bliss blended through the crease
  • Sandstone and Ebony blended into the outer corner
  • Bliss lightly blended onto the lower lash line

 Day 4...Golden Sunset

  • Bubbly all over the lid
  • Gilded Gold through the crease and outer corner
  • Bare under the brow bone
  • Kitten in the inner corner
  • Bubbly smudged in the inner corner of the lower lash line
  • Gilded Gold smudged in the outer corner of the lower lash line



Day 5...Dark and Dramatic

  • Luster all over the lid
  • Night Sky lightly blended through the crease
  • Ebony blended heavily through the crease and outer corner
  • Bare under the brow bone
  • Smudgy black liner to the upper and lower lash line
  • Lower lash line blended out heavily with Ebony

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We have a situation...

I'm gonna  need the biggest tub of butter you can find...
Just Kidding!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Walgreens Haul 9/15/2013

I recently made a trip to's what I picked up...

Walgreens Haul
Clockwise From Top:
Maybelline Chic Naturals #250S Tastefully Taupe
Maybelline Stylish Smokes #225S Made for Mocha
Jordana 12 HR Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencil in #05 Pink Evermore
Wet N Wild Color Icon Trio in Zero Dark Flirty (from the Tough Girl Collection)
Tastefully Taupe, Made for Mocha, Pink Evermore

Zero Dark Flirty Trio
From Top:
Maybelline Baby Lips in #70 Pink Shock
Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain in #07 Rock N Rouge
Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain in #08 Terra Crave

Rock N Rouge, Terra Crave, Pink Shock
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All Nude Review: Pixi Shades of Nude Quartette

Ode to the Neutral Eye...

Shades of Nudes
about $25 at Target stores

From Left:
  • matte cream shade
  • shimmery champagne/taupe shade
  • taupe shade with a satin finish
  • medium brown with a satin finish
My Thoughts...
     I'm really loving this little palette from Pixi. The shadows are soft and pigmented...though just the slightest bit powdery... and blend incredibly easily. This is my favorite "grab and go" palette for when I want a quick, neutral eye look without all the fuss. The shimmery champagne/taupe shade looks amazing all over the lid, while the satin brown gives just the right amount of definition to the crease.
     The only down fall I see to this palette is the price point...$25 is a little steep for "drugstore" makeup but if you like a taupey, neutral eye, I believe its worth the price. I love the quality and shade selection of this palette and it would definitely be a nice little staple to have in any makeup collection.

Would I Repurchase?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

My NYX Round Lipstick Collection

These NYX Round Lipsticks are some of my favorites to wear because they are hydrating, pigmented and come in any shade imaginable. This is my collection of NYX Round Lipsticks...
634: Louisiana, 628: Tea Rose, 630: Pumpkin Pie, Un-numbered: Doll, 640: Fig, 604: Jupiter

Lip Swatches...

Pumpkin Pie




Tea Rose

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