Nuxe Reve de Miel – EMPTY!

I have quite a bit of blogging to catch up on, but before I get to reviewing my latest finds, I just want to say A) this is the richest, creamiest, most luxurious lip balm known to man and B), I use this every day (day and night) and it STILL took me around 4 months to use this up!  BEHOLD:

  
This pot shall be repurposed for DIY sugar lip scrub!

Of course, I had a backup waiting.  🙂

  
What’s your favorite lip treatment? 

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NYX and Stila Eyeshadow Swatches

  
This is the Stila “Eye for Color” eyeshadow palette. It has 13 eyeshadows in it – a light and dark of six colors, plus a shimmery black.

  
They seem to overall be well pigmented, which is great! The Petal Pink color is pigmented as well, but it is very light and so is my skin. 😜

Top (L to R): Petal pink, burgundy, bronze, coffee, moss, green

Bottom (L to R): Blue green, navy, lilac, orchid, porcelain, bisque, black

  
There are the three NYX eyeshadows Rachel sent me — good god look at how richly pigmented these are! Wow. And go on silky smooth… I think I’ll have to do eyeshadow with these tomorrow.

Swatches (L to R): Rock, Bright Green, Lime Juice

Well COLOR me excited to try these out.

See what I did there?

Color?

Lol. 

What’s on your nails? Ombre Black and Red 

In the wintertime, I often start to get a little stir crazy.  That’s when I start to do more craft projects, coloring/drawing, and get into doing more nail art.  Hey, why not?  It’s not like I’m going to go run around in the single digit temps outside!  Here’s my latest mani – a red to black ombre done with Zoya Janele (red), Revlon Vixen (dark blood red), and Zoya Willa (black).  I used a damp sponge wedge to do the sponge paint method and topped it off with a coat of Poshè for a great 3-free home mani that looks pretty cool!

   

 

What’s on your nails?  

Drugstore Makeup for Pale Skin!

Hallooooo!  If you have truly pale skin (and no, I don’t mean the drug store’s orangey-beige version of “Ivory”), you have probably done countless online searches trying to come up with foundation, concealer, and powder options, both high end and drug store.  Drug store options seem to be the most impossible, but after loads of searching, I’ve found a few options.  Actually, my entire face today is drugstore, and I’ll post a list of what I’m wearing below! 

For reference, in MAC terms, I would be around an N10, shade wise.  I usually settle for NW10 since I lean more cool, but honestly I would prefer a perfectly neutral base.  Studio Fix Fluid in NW10 works fine for me.  Cover FX does have an N10 shade that is fairly perfect for me, but both these lines are pretty pricey and I wanted another option!

What I have on today is Rimmel Match Perfection in 010 Light Porcelain.  Unfortunately, if you’re in the United Stares, you’ll have to order this shade online, as it’s only available in the UK.  American Match Perfection starts at an ivory shade that is rather dark and super pink!  The Light Porcelain is beautifully neutral.  This is a sheer to medium buildable foundation with a satin finish.  This shade is also available in the UK in a few other formulas such as Lasting Finish, which is a heavier coverage, but sadly breaks me out.  I have no issues with this one.  I got this on Amazon for around $10 USD. 

The concealer I’ve used today is a new one to me and I’m praying it won’t break me out, because it looks pretty nice!  This is NYX Gotcha Covered in Ivory.  I saw a Youtuber say this was “really light” and had to try it for $6 USD.  It’s a full coverage cream concealer in a tube.  What a I like about this for under eyes is it has a bit of a peachy-salmon tone, great for correcting dark circles!  I’ve yet to determine if this creases or causes breakouts, so watch this space.  I set this with powder immediately today and it looked bomb.  Which brings me to…

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Pressed Powder in Translucent 100!  This is a wonderful, finely milled pressed powder that mattifies oil and sets foundation like nobodies business.  Don’t let the white color fool you – this is basically invisible on the skin, at least if you’re fair like me!  It has a nice sponge and a mirror so it’s good on the go.  Don’t want to shell out for MAC Blot?  Don’t have to!  This product is around $6 at the drug store. 

Here’s my finished look.  You like? 

  
I also have on Wet N Wild’s Comfort Zone palette and I used Rimmel’s “Tower of Mauve” lipstick on the lips and as a cream blush!

Do you have any drug store favorites? 

Makeup Of The Day – Berries 

Sometimes I don’t feel like going full tilt with the dramatic makeup, but yet I don’t feel like doing a 100% nude/natural look either.  Usually on these in between days I will go for a middle toned blush and lipstick color like a nice rich berry that isn’t too dark or deep.  MAC’s Amplified Cream Lipstick in Craving is perfect on these days and is also nicely hydrating on these cold winter days.

  
Darn this winter light situation…

Anyway, then I put my nose ring back in and made my nose really, really mad.  Probably should have done this before makeup.

  

BREAKDOWN: 

FACE:   Smashbox Photo Finish Primer mixed with Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in N10 w Real Techniques sponge, NYX HD Concealer in Porcelain under eyes, NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer in Ivory to spot conceal, MAC Set Powder in Invisible, NYX HD Blush in Taupe to contour, Kat Von D Shade + Light Blush in Gomez + Morticia (mixed), MAC Accentuate Sculpting Powder on high points of the face

EYES:  Too Faced Shadow Insurance, MAC shadows in Vanilla, Brule, Kid, Mystery, MAC Fluidline in Shade (this never picks up as green on camera, ugh), Benefit They’re Real Lash Primer, Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara, NYX Micro-Brow Pencil in Black (OMG this is great), ELF Clear Brow Gel

LIPS:  Jordana Lip Liner in Baby Berry, MAC Amplified Cream Lipstick in Craving 

Makeup of the day with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen

Man, I should know that my lips are too dry in February for a liquid to matte lip color…but LOOK at this shade!  I mean really!  My lips are going to pay later and I’ll be slathering on the NUXE Réve de Miel lip balm to try and make up for it.  But….MATTE GOODNESS. 

  
BREAKDOWN:

FACE:  Cover FX Custom Cover Drops N10 with Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, MAC Set Powder in Invisible, NYX HD Concealer in Porcelain under eyes, MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC15 to spot conceal, Kat Von D Shade + Light Blush in Gomez + Morticia swirled together, ELF Mist and Set Spray 

EYES:  Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow in Bone, MAC Eyeshadows in Vanilla (highlight), Brule (lid), Kid (crease), Mystery (outer V), Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo in Ebony, ELF Clear Brow Gel, Maybelline Master Precise black liquid liner pen, Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara black

LIPS: Skone Luxe Doubler Lip and Eye pencil in Wine, NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Copenhagen (very thin layer, very matte this way!) 

What are you wearing today? 

Makeup of the day – Urban Decay Spectrum palette jewel tones

Well, I certainly had fun with this look!  I really went for bold color today.  We are having flash flooding after two days of pouring rain and I just wanted something bright and cheerful. Full makeup breakdown below! 

  
  
FACE:  Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in N10 mixed with Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (fantastic, more on the drops later), NYX HD Concealer in Porcelain under eyes, MAC Studio Finish Concealer NC15 to spot conceal, very light setting with MAC Blot Powder in Light, Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in Bittersweet 

EYES:  Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow in Bone as a base, MAC Vanilla eyeshadow as highlight, Urban Decay Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette shades Deep End and Madness (lid), Flashback (crease), Flatline (inner corner) and lid shades also used as lower liner, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo in Ebony, ELF Clear Brow Gel, Benefit They’re Real Lash Primer, Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara in Black

LIPS:  NYX lip liner in Purple Rain, MAC Up The Amp lipstick 

What are you wearing today?

Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette Swatches 

The Urban Decay Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette ($55 USD) is back in stock at Sephora! This was a limited edition item from the holidays that sold out pretty much immediately, well before the holidays, leaving folks like me broken hearted that they had missed out on this item. Urban Decay hinted at re-releasing it again in late January, but it sold out again within hours! Well, for some reason, Sephora has stocked it again and this time its been available for several days. I was able to grab mine with my Sephora Flash shipping and I couldn’t be more excited!

I will get a full review done soon, but for now, here are some beautiful swatches for you and photos of the palette.

The case is a gunmetal box that is lined with velvet. The matte black top has filligree laser cut edges and can be repurposed as a jewelry box.  There is a beautiful green jeweled UD logo on top.

   
 

The palette insert can be taken out when you’re done with it, so you can repurpose the box.  Check out these stunning ombre jewel tones! 

  
Now, on to the swatches! 

First off, please note that any crumbles in my swatches are due to me being a monster and swatching too hard.  This formula is divine and not crumbly at all, but I went at it like a maniac…oops!  

Now…observe the lusciousness!

  

 

Protest, Junkie, Deep End

  
Madness, Evidence, Prank

  
Omen, Flashback, Voodoo

  
Flatline, Bordello, Backlash

  Daybreak, Burn, West

These are all swatched over the original Urban Decay Primer Potion.

A full review and many looks with this palette are on the way!  Will you be picking up this palette?  

What’s on your nails? Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Violet Flicker 

Every now and then, my hubby will bring home a nail polish for me, especially if he sees a cool one on sale.  It’s incredibly sweet!  Yesterday, he grabbed Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Violet Flicker – which after I did some googling, turns out to have been from their Hunger Games Catching Fire Capitol Collection.  Well, of course, I gave him a big ol’ smooch and major husband kudos.

Violet Flicker is a violet-berry polish with a glass fleck shimmer of magenta and blue.  It’s extremely unique to anything I have in my collection.  I absolutely love the blue reflects!  It’s pretty sheer with one coat.  Two coats will do, but three thin coats turned out to be absolutely stunning.  I topped it with Poshè fast dry top coat and it just glistens.

  
I absolutely think they are trying to dupe the Chanel nail polish bottles here.  Fine with me!

The formula of this nail polish is excellent.  I found it easy to apply without flooding my cuticles and it levels itself out nicely.  The brush is shorter and wider than I normally like, but I have tiny nails and go for tiny brushes (think Essie and Zoya).  The wide cap is a little awkward to use, but I managed ok.  Since I’m just ok day 2 of wear, we’ll consider this a first impression.  🙂

This polish formula is 5-free, which I totally appreciate!  I’m trying to at least stick with 3-free because of fumes and migraines, etc.  This polish is a little stinkier than my Zoya, but it’s pretty enough to open a window.  🙂

These polishes are marked down to around $2.50 at Target!

What’s on your nails? 

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen – FIRST IMPRESSION

Well that’s a mouth full, isn’t it?

I got a sample of Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer with my last Sephora order.  I’m so pale that usually when I get a sample card of foundation stuff, I chuck it immediately; however, when I glanced at this, I noticed the “fair” shade was actually pretty fair.  I did just glance at the card, though, and I mistakenly thought this was a typical BB cream.  So, I sat down to do my makeup with this and just went a-slappin’ this all over my face.

As I’m applying this, I’m thinking, “Uh.  What.  This feels like a primer.  With silicone.  And silica.  And it feels WEIRD.  What…….the…………HECK?” Yet, it has color to it.  The fair color oddly matches my skin tone, which is around a MAC N10 or NW10, which is crazy because that never happens.  The strange thing about it is that Tarte claims you can wear this alone as a BB cream/tinted moisturizer type thing, or under foundation.  I’m here to tell you that as a BB cream or tinted moisturizer, it has basically no coverage and a completely weird finish.  I did attempt to wear this by itself with just a bit of concealer (NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer) and the lame thing about that was, it didn’t play nice with the concealer…I feel like primers are supposed to make blending easier, but this made it harder to move the product around.  ANYWAY, as I was applying it, I looked at the sample card a little better and was like, “OHHHHH, you can use this as a primer, too.”  But the other thing about this primer is, it didn’t really seem to fill pores or blur fine lines, so I’m not sure why I would.  My Tarte Clean Slate Poreless primer does that in spades!

This product also has an SPF of 30 and the sample size has about the amount you would need for a full face to get that SPF…except there’s no way you could use that full amount without being a hot mess.  So, you’re not going to get the full amount of sun protection claimed when using this product.  You’re about to see where I’m going with this, but first, let’s see what the claims are on the Sephora website:

Indulge your skin with this powerful multitasker that works as a primer, moisturizer, light foundation, antiaging treatment, and sunscreen to give you a youthful-looking glow. Worn alone or as the perfect base for makeup, this 12-hour, age-defying, oil-free primer offers light-to-medium, buildable coverage that helps even skintone and other skin imperfections while diffusing light to minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. The creamy, silky formula goes on smooth and blends easily, leaving you with a natural-looking, flawless finish with a broad-spectrum, chemical-free SPF 30 that offers ideal protection from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays.

What else you need to know:
Beauty Balms or BB Creams were originally developed as a perfect post-procedure cream used to treat, hydrate, prime, protect, and camouflage the skin. Great for all skin types including those with sensitive skin, these versatile “five-in-one” formulas are designed to do it all: treat with high levels of active skincare ingredients; moisturize and smooth dehydrated skin; prime and perfect skin’s surface; camouflage and color correct the skintone; and protect skin from the sun with SPF. They can be used as a last step for their skincare benefits or used on their own as an instant beautifier.

This product is powered by tripleB complex, a proprietary blend of natural diamond dust, plants, and lipoamino acids that diffuses light and minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores while improving the appearance of skin luminosity.

Research results:
In a consumer panel study:
– 100% of women immediately saw an improvement in the surface texture of skin for smoother makeup application
– 97% of women saw and felt smoother, softer skin
– 91% of women said fine lines appeared minimized
– 94% of women said pores appeared less visible after 4 weeks

Pretty hefty claims for a primer!

In conclusion, basically I have a beef with BB creams in general that are trying to be all things at once, and that is that they usually fail to do any of those things well.  Skipping steps may seem faster, but you’re going to lose out in the end – lose out on sun protection, coverage, the actual function of a good primer, and the skin care benefits you’d get from a great skin care regimen.  Products that claim to “do it all” rarely can.  Since this is a first impression, I cannot speak to the results over time, but I can say that it did not blur fine lines or fill pores and it did not hydrate my skin and I was not able to use enough to get good sun protection and the coverage was slim to none.  I have yet to try it underneath a foundation, but I can tell from the consistency I probably don’t need to…no need to fix what isn’t broken.  I’ll stick with my great skincare (including antioxidant serum, high SPF, and a badass primer) and take that extra 5 minutes to use seperate products rather than trying to use one product that’s trying to be all things.

For reference, here’s me wearing the product just after applying.  It’s hard to tell about the coverage, because I did go in and spot conceal because I just couldn’t stand it, LOL!  It didn’t really control oil and I did have to blot after about 2 hours.

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Your mileage may vary with this one, but I’m going to say DEFINITELY get a sample before shelling out $36 for 1 ounce!

Have any of you found an all-in-one product like this that actually works for you?