I’ve been slowly going through my makeup stash and doing a bit of decluttering. I want to start passing along products that just don’t get enough use to someone who will show them more love.
Of course, there are some rules. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY before emailing me what you would like to order.
Now, on to the fun stuff!
Paraguaya (limited edition) and Monaco (limited edition) swatched 1x- $6 each
Oh So Special- brand new, never used- $8
Meet Matte- used 1-2x $8.50
Shady Lady Vol. 3- $7.50
TheBalm and the Beautiful- $9.50
Too Faced Enchanted Glamourland (limited edition), as pictured, $17
Urban Decay Loves NY Palette (as pictured, limited edition)- $30
Tarte Amazonian Clay Neutral Quad- $8.50
Tarte Beauty & the box In the Buff- $8.00
Inglot Freedom System shades 461 and 390
Lancome Color Design in Amethyst Glam- $15
Paul & Joe Eyeshadow Palette (limited edition) in 076- $11
Lancome Ombre Magnetique in Ultra-Lavande- $8
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Rose Gold- $10
NYX Blush in Cinnamon- $3
NYX Blush in Mocha- $3
Smashbox Pop of Pink Blush- $8.50
Barry M Blush in 105- $4
Hourglass Ambient Blush in Mood Exposure (used 3-4x)- $23 (SOLD)
Hourglass Ambient Blush Luminous Flush (used 2-3x)- $23
Sonia Kashuk Goddess Bronzer- $7.50
Loreal Infallible Shadows Innocent Turquoise- $5, Eternal Sunshine- $4, Emerald Lame- $4
Maybelline Color Tattoo Pomegranate Punk- $3
MAC Paint Pot For Effect- $8
MAC Paint Pot Treasure Hunt (limited edition)- $10
MAC Fluidline Chilled (limited edition)- $9.50
MAC Fluidline Phlox Garden (limited edition)- $9.50
Kat Von D Holiday Eyeshadow Palette, as shown- $15
Milani Bella Champagne, Bella Taupe- $3 each
Cover Girl Shine Shadows Copper Fling, Platinum Club, Gold Goddess- $2.50 each
Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow Black Pearl and Galaxy- $9.50 each
Becca Eye Tint (no color on label, it’s a sheer, shimmery light taupe)- $7.50
Loreal Infallible in Continuous Cocoa- $4
MAC Shimmermint (limited edition)- $8
Becca Tussah- $7.50
Sephora Peach Beige- $3.50
MAC Melon Pigment (90% left)- $9.50
Makeup Geek Liquid Gold pigment (95% left)- $3.50
Sephora Tangerine Tango Blush Duo- $8.50
Physicians Formula Illuminators in Waikiki Strip and Miami Strip, $4 each
Laura Geller Blush n Brighten in Honeydipped (used 1x)- $10
CARGO Metallico Eyes Palette (limited edition)- $8.50
Too Faced Summer Eyes Palette- $10
Sonia Kashuk Eye on Color 01- $7.50
Giorgio Armani Ecailles Eyeshadow Palette (with mother of pearl case, limited edition)- $21
Milani Shadow Eyes in Cafe Au Lait and Sand Dunes- $3.50 each
Urban Decay 24-7 liner in Rockstar (brand new, never used)- $9
MAC Feline Kohl (95% left)- $8
Urban Decay 24-7 liner in Perversion (90% left) – $7.50
Makeup Forever Aqua Matic pencils in D12 and I30 (95% left) $9 each
Clarins Kohl Kajal in Violet (95% left)- $8
Tom Ford Lipstick True Coral (90% left)- $24 (PENDING)
NARS Audacious Lipstick in Juliette (swatched once, still have box)- $17 (PENDING)
NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in More (used 1-2x)- $10
Bite Double Mini lipstick in Retsina and Shiraz (used 1-2x)- $8
Bite High Pigment Pencil in Violet (used 1-2x)- $9.50
Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Berry (used 1-2x)- $10
Korean Candy (used 2-3x)- $8
Jest (used 2-3x)- $8
Cockney (used 2-3x)- $8
Saigon Summer (used 1-2x)- $8 (PENDING)
Hot Chocolate (used 1-2x, limited edition, that popular mauve/brown/grey shade)- $12 (PENDING)
Haute Altitude (used 1-2x, limited edition)- $10
Pink 4 Friday (used 2-3x, very limited edition)- $15
Viva Glam Nicki (used 3-4x, very limited edition)- $14 (PENDING)
MAC Enchanted One (used 1-2x, limited edition)- $12 (PENDING)
MAC RiRi Woo (brand new, never used, very limited edition)- $16 (PENDING)
MAC Rose Lily (brand new, in box, limited edition)- $10
Revlon Lip Butters:
Lollipop, Tutti Frutti, Creme Brulee, Raspberry Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, Sugar Plum – $3 each
Makeup Forever Mini lipsticks in Rouge Intense 36 and Natural 45 – $2 each
Paul & Joe lipstick in 076 (limited edition)- $7
Kate Spade lipstick in Pop Art Pink- $5
Top Shop Infared Lipstick- $5
Tarte LipSurgence in Fever and Buff- $6 each (PENDING)
MAC Lipglass in Kiss Don’t Tell and Get Rich Quick (brand new never used) – $5 each
Tarina Tarantino lipstick in Pink Elephant- $7
Inglot Lipstick in 104- $4.50
Bobbi Brown Tea Berry Lipgloss (used 1x)- $8
Illamasqua intense lipgloss in Follow- $8
Sephora Tangerine Tango lipstick- $8
Sonia Kashuk Pink Punch- $4
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm in Honey and Rendezvous- $3 each
Revlon Matte Balm in Elusive- $3
MAC Prep+Prime CC Prime in Adjust (used 1x)- $11
Hello again! Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. I did manage to finally crawl out from under my rock and record a favorites video.
I always have fun reading these kinds of posts yet I rarely create them myself! It’s about time that I share with you what’s on my current wish list. This is sort of a preview of coming attractions (aka you’ll surely see a haul video featuring some of these soon as they make the leap from wanted to captured).
That’s all for now! My wish list changes weekly (errr, daily) but these were the goodies that stood out to me the most right now. What’s on your lust list? Anything else that should be on my list?? Go ahead, enable me!
It’s really hard for me to getting excited about a face powder. It takes a truly stunning presentation, an ethereal effect and a fabulous formulation to show up on my radar…OOPS! I kind of just gave away the whole point of this review… well… here you go!
The Givenchy Prime Libre was scarcely a thought to me before Vanessa of theBombshellSuite on Youtube talked about it in one of her videos. She sung it’s praises and I knew I had to investigate.
From the first moment you look at the powder you notice all of the gorgeous detail that went into it’s design. The logo embossed on a leather topped cap and the individual logos for each of the colors to sift through.
The powder I purchase is in the shade Voile Rose, which I wouldn’t have picked had Vanessa not also loved it. As a warmer/yellow skin tone I don’t normally purchase pink based products. But it worked on her so I figured it would on me too. Sure enough, it does.
There are four different colors that meld together into one radiance boosting shade. There is a white, a bright medium pink, a peachy pink and a yellow/beige. This is the silkiest loose powder I have ever touched. It’s incredibly finely milled and undetectable on the skin. It has the tiniest little shimmers that add a sophisticated glow to the skin without being obvious.
What Givenchy says: Voile Rosé: Sensual and voluptuous with a mingling of pinks and mother-of-pearl, this shade creates a halo of light and radiance.
I whole-heartedly agree with their description. “Halo of light” is exactly what this does. I tried my best to get a swatch, and you can kind of see the effect here:
The powder is pricey at $53 but you do get 3g of each color (12g total) or .42oz. You don’t need much; a light dusting will do. It is lightly fragranced, so if that’s something that bothers you I would recommend trying it in store before you shell out the cash. I don’t find the scent offensive at all, and it dissipates quickly once blended onto the skin. The only annoyance I have is that I seem to always have a little powder stuck under the cap and when I twist it open it gets on my vanity. It’s not super messy, but enough so that I noticed it.
My verdict? The first paragraph of this post says it all so I’ll repeat myself; a truly stunning presentation, an ethereal effect and a fabulous formulation. Totally worth it!
I can normally tell by reading a press release or seeing a blog post about a product whether or not it’s something that will work for me. I have been blogging for a number of years now and I’ve learned a lot about what I like and what I don’t when it comes to beauty products. It’s not often that my initial or first impression of something is wrong, at least when it comes to how I will like or enjoy using something. For instance, when I buy a green eyeshadow or a very vampy lipstick, I know it’s something I won’t use every day. It’s with that same analytical eye that I view most of my purchases. How often will I use this? How many other things will compete for my usage of this? When you are trying to tame a large makeup collection, you have to carefully consider purchases that will take up space and see little daylight.
To make a long story even longer, I never in a million years saw the practicality in purchasing the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes. To begin with, they are mostly neutral or neutral adjacent shades which I initially believed I could easily dupe. Secondly, I already have LOADS of neutral eyeshadow palettes, single MAC shadows and et cetera that I almost couldn’t (and wasn’t) be bothered to even investigate the Too Faced ones as they were released. Lastly, Too Faced is pretty known for releasing the exact same shade under a different name in many of their palettes. Being that I have several already, I thought, NOPE. PASS (see my swatch posts of my Too Faced Palettes here and here).
But then there was that fateful trip to ULTA in March when I really just needed shampoo but perused the beauty section and very suddenly decided that all of my initial hesitations about the palette were null and void and it became mine.
The packaging is delicious, from start to finish! The eyeshadows are formulated with cocoa powder which gives them a delectable scent. Normally I shy away from highly scented makeup products (just not my jam) but I make an exception for the Too Faced Chocolate products because I figure the scent is of a more natural origin. At least. I hope it is.
The one down side to this palette (which they have corrected with their new Semi Sweet Palette) is that the names are not printed here. They had a plastic sheet inside but it’s not user friendly so I tossed it.
The shades from left to right, top to bottom: Gilded Ganache, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge, Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto, Hazelnut, Creme Brûlée, Haute Chocolate, Cherry Cordial, Champagne Truffle
Many of the shades are soft, blend easily and are nicely pigmented. There are a couple of shades that are a little more chunky and dry. You will easily be able to tell in the swatches below which are which, but just in case I will identify the troublemakers.
Swatches L-R: Candied Violet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Semi Sweet, Marzipan, Salted Caramel, Triple Fudge, Black Forest Truffle, Milke Chocolate, White Chocolate, Gilded Ganache
Candied Violet, Black Forest Truffle and Gilded Ganache are drier in texture and have larger glitter/shimmer particles. The glitter isn’t a problem, but the shadows themselves are prone to fall out and are more difficult to blend. I use White Chocolate and Milk Chocolate constantly as they make for great blending shades. I also use Salted Caramel a lot as a transition color. Triple Fudge makes an excellent liner and I smoke this out along the lash line for a super easy night out look. Marzipan is one of those pink champagne shimmer colors that add light to the lid.
Swatches L-R: Champagne Truffle, Cherry Cordial, Haute Chocolate, Creme Brûlée, Hazelnut, Amaretto
Champagne Truffle is a very light pink that looks almost white on my skin. It’s a great inner corner highlight shade. I LOVE Cherry Cordial and Haute Chocolate! They are so creamy and have a beautiful satin finish. Creme Brûlée is a gorgeous shining gold that’s perfect for a bronze/summer look. All of these shades perform well.
I have created so many looks with this palette, and repeated those looks over and over and over again. I am so glad I purchased this palette. I never would have thought a neutral palette like this could have impressed me this much. I still keep it in my daily makeup drawer so I can quickly grab it when I need it. The palette retails for $49 at Sephora and ULTA. It’s on the pricier side, but you do get 16 eyeshadows. On the whole, it’s a solid performer with great shades that can be neutral and wearable or more glam and colorful with the purple/berry shades they included. I haven’t felt the urge to purchase the Semi Sweet palette yet. Let me know what you think of this palette or the Semi Sweet if you have it!