August 22, 2017

Dupe?: Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara vs. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Hi hi. My apologies for being gone for so long, for August has been a chaotic month and not enough coffee in between the days. But with some free time I have right now, I figured I finally give you my opinion on whether this Loreal mascara is the drugstore dupe for the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.



I was really excited when I first saw this launched because I do love the Too Faced mascara a lot but I also love me a good drugstore dupe (I mean who doesn't?). Especially when it comes to mascaras, I almost never justify buying a high end mascara when mascara expires in 3 months. Unless it's in one of these favorite sets, then it's definitely worth it. 

So to the review. The Too Faced mascara almost gives a false eyelash look and provides great volume to my lashes. I always loved the effect it gave. However, I can sometimes find this to be clumpy and it doesn't separate the lashes as well. So let's break down the comparisons. 

PACKAGING

Of course, I do love the pink color on both tubes but the Too Faced tube definitely carries a bit more weight to it whereas the Loreal has a light plastic feel to it. As far as the wands go, I do like that the Too Faced one is a little bit longer but I've also always preferred longer wands on my mascaras. The brushes is when you can notice a little bit of a difference between the two products. The Too Faced hourglass shape is more defined where as the Loreal you can see a slight curve to the hourglass shape. The brush hairs are also a bit longer on Too Faced than Loreal. The Loreal looks more as it will perform by providing soft, fluffy volume to the lashes whereas the Too Faced will have more product on each bristle.


FORMULA:
I find the Loreal formula is a lot lighter feeling on the lashes than the Too Faced one. Both formulas though provide great pigmentation and are midnight black on the lashes. 

PERFORMANCE:

I'm very happy to say though that the Loreal mascara performs just as well or even a little bit better than the Too Faced mascara. Both products provide the length and volume that they claim to give. The wear over time was also great with both. No smearing and no flakes throughout the day. Anyway, you can check out the results for yourself and get close and personal with my eyeballs. Each product was applied with two coats.

Left: Too Face Better Than Sex Mascara
Right: Loreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara


FINAL THOUGHTS:

I will still keep using the Too Faced Mascara just to purely use it up, but I'm really happy to say that I do enjoy the Loreal mascara just as well. I might even like it just a little bit more because 1) it's a drugstore price 2) the formula doesn't feel heavy on the eyes but still provides a great effect and outcome. I still want to experiment with the Loreal one with my Covergirl supersizer to see the effect it would give. 

Well I hope some of this was informative and will help you save a bit of money. I would love to keep doing dupe reviews like this one so if you have any suggestions definitely feel free to shout them out. Stay well dears. 


July 9, 2017

Review: Sephora Pro Warm Tone Palette

Happy Sunday! This is a review I've been really excited to do because I definitely believe it's going to be a palette that's going to sell out this Fall season especially that it's limited edition. I did purchase this on my own. It was definitely something that I wasn't planning on purchasing it but after swatching it in the store, I was in awe. I've been wanting an all warm tone palette (or as I like to call it, "pumpkin spice" palette) for quite sometime now.



                                Sephora PRO Warm Eyeshadow Palette

I really want to get into the packaging for starters. It's a nice sturdy feel and the mirror is big and clear. You also get 1.2 grams of shadow for each one which I think is a great amount considering how nice and pigmented they are.

The colors. Lets talk about these colors. They are amazing. If you are a warm tone lover, you're going to enjoy this palette. I find that all of the shadows blend beautifully (minus two shades that I will mention in a bit). What really impressed me about this palette though are the mattes. They are so creamy and pigmented but still blendable. I find them very similar to the Kat Von D matte eye shadows which could be difficult to achieve sometimes. With a good primer, these shadows stay all they and don't get muddy or mix into one another. The only downside is that the shadows can kick up some powder but I think it's something that can be looked past.


First row going from top to bottom: Canvas, Oat, Biscotti, Camel, Ochre, Saddle, Auburn

 The first row is great for all of your basic matte shadows for a base and great transition crease shades. Personally I LOVE the ochre yellow shade as an all over color on the lid.

Second Row Top to Bottom: Sand, Brass, Clay, Copper, Bronze, Adobe, Sandstone



Third Row Top to Bottom: Hazelnut, Khaki, Peach, Brick, Terracotta, Burnt Umber, Chestnut



Top to Bottom: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Sepia, Coconut Shell, Cocoa, Cedar, Obsidian

The only shades that I found some patchiness with and wasn't as smooth as the others was "peach" and "brown sugar". "Peach" can definitely be worked in a eye look with fix plus or anything similar to that to enhance the pigmentation. Also, do you see that matte black. DO YOU SEE IT? I was blown away. 

Other personal shades that I love from this palette include Chestnut, which is actually a brown but has a plum undertone. Brick is another beautiful shade that I like to consider a ruby slipper red. Of course, I'm in love with the pumpkin colored shades such as Terracotta and Clay. 

It's been a while since I've been absolutely in love with a palette but I'm glad I did a "treat yo self" purchase for this. The price is up there especially for Sephora Collection but this palette doesn't disappoint. I think they did such a great job this year with this and really focused on the simplicity but focused on high quality towards the packaging and the formula of the shadows. I really hope they continue to make palettes like this or maybe even make small ones for a travel friendly version. This is going to be well loved addition to my makeup collection.


July 5, 2017

June Favorites 2017 (the minis, the book and the tunes)

It is pouring outside, but I do enjoy a good summer rain. Maybe one of the few things I actually do enjoy about summer. June was a really great month for me as far as focusing on a positive perspective and moving forward. All about self growth and I plan on keeping that momentum going throughout the rest of this year. As far as beauty products this month, I have been testing out some new stuff but they are either samples or mini sizes (which are always super adorable). I also have a lot of random favorites as well this month so ch-ch-ch-ch-check it (sorry, spontaneous beastie boys song just stuck in my head)




BEAUTY 

I'll probably just start with my absolute favorite product from this month. In general, I just love wearing cream blushes for the spring and summer months just because it looks so natural on the cheeks. These are amazing for that purpose. Again, I apologize that these samples look like paint instead of blushes. A little bit of this stuff goes a LONG way. It transforms to a powder finish and the color stays on for the majority of the day. I personally love applying these on the back of my hand with a stippling brush. You could use your fingers, but the brush will help with create a more natural blend to the cheeks. Definitely a summer staple for the easy summer makeup routine.




Bare Minerals Statement Matte Lip Color in Juicy:
If you've read from previous posts, you know how much I LOVE these matte lip colors and that they are definitely my favorite liquid lipstick formulation. So I was really happy to see that they came out with new fun shades for the summer. I was really drawn to this color though. They describe it as a "poppy red" but some of the color pulls off some watermelon pinkish-red. It's a great bold shade for someone who wants to gradually get into wearing bold lip colors. I've been gravitating towards these colors so much this season especially the corals. I think it brings so much youthfulness and light to the face. And of course, Bare Minerals kept that wonderful pudding smell from their original shades





I don't know where I've been for the past several years with the beauty community, but I finally got to try out this incredible powder. I've been using this as my main setting powder and I've especially been loving it for baking under the eyes. It's very finely milled and adds the slightest bit of brightness but also the slightest bit of coverage even though it's a translucent powder. I find that almost perfects the skin giving it a soft focus look. This powder is magical and I don't know how or why. I could imagine that the full size will last you a while so I would say it's definitely worth the price. Also, how cute is the mini size of this??



This has been a rediscovered favorite for me. I've always love the original black color of this liner, but I prefer the brown for these months just because it's not as harsh as the black shade. Gives the eye a softer look which kinda goes hand in hand with the light makeup routine during this season.




Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream:
If you want to smell like a someone who goes on vacation frequently and has their life together then this is the good stuff, let me tell you. In general, I love body creams and this is great for providing moisture but doesn't feel heavy on the skin so it's really excellent for the summer. This claims to tighten the skin (especially the, dare I say it, your bum bum). Unfortunately I can't really verify those results BUT I have been enjoying the formulation of this and the smell is incredible. There's a bit of sweetness to it and it's a really scrumptious scent. Yes. I said the word scrumptious. I clearly always relate my beauty products back to food somehow.

Sephora Pro Crease Brush #10:
Unfortunately, they do not make this brush anymore since it was on sale but they do make other fantastic crease brushes. The hairs on these Sephora brushes are so soft. This has been my go-to crease brush whether it's cleaning up by the brow bone area or applying a transition shade. Also, I just love the long sturdy handle. This has also been great for a applying highlighter which I was surprised by. It has enough density with the brush hairs to apply the color pigmentation but still soft enough to be blend it out.

And then sometimes I just truly enjoy the feel of this brush just as a form of therapy. Is that weird? It probably is..

 

BOOKS 

Milk and Honey:
barnesandnoble.com 
This was a wonderful read for me this month. It was a quick book based off of short poems, but definitely worth every word. I actually went to Strand Bookstore, got myself a coffee and read this whole book there in 2 hours. I really connected with the character and her stages (the hurting, the loving, the breaking, the healing) that she went through from a previous events of her life to help become her best self. She focused on building her personal growth and to find the good around every corner. This book had me in tears at bit at the store. You remember certain feelings, the good and the bad, and I felt I really connected to her story. It's a book where you will be disconnected from the rest of the world and engulfed in her words and how they perfectly describe the emotions we've all had. This is perfect for anyone who needs that push. To know that true love and care comes within you and that you can still achieve that even with any heartache that may come along with it.







MUSIC

Andrew Bird
I've been utterly obsessed with this man. I use to play violin which is still a passion of mine and something I would love to get back into one day. His music is labeled under indie rock, folk rock and  baroque pop which is defined as rock music that combines elements of classical elements. I love the concept of that so much. They way he works to incorporate the violin in multiple ways to provide different and unique sounds captivates me. My favorites have been "Pulaski at Night" "Tables and Chairs" "Roma Fade" and "Why" (Which is a song that is so seductive. Can a violin sound even been seductive??)

Twin Peaks 
Clearly I'm incredibly late into the game, but I've really been loving this show.  I'm only up to season two but I plan to eventually inching up my way to the current season. I wish I could fully explain the show but it's a lot of weirdness (some good and some just really weird), mystery in a murder case, and lots of music with a light tapping on the cymbals for a jazzy effect. Also, every damn donut and pie looks incredibly good. The fashion in it also has a bit of a 1940s and early 80s vibe (not the neon phase of the 80s). I probably didn't explain this well enough but if you're looking for a new show with a decent amount of weirdness but to leave you wanting to watch more, this is a great pick.



Anyway, how was your June? Any other light weight beauty products that should be considered to try? Or any book recommendations? I've been quite the bookworm this summer.