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.