Makeup Forever Aqua XL Charli xcx Eye Liner Collection

Hello beauties, 

Makeup Forever products are no joke. On occasion I have the pleasure of doing wedding, prom, special event makeup and I’m not kidding when I say 60% of the makeup I pull out to use is Makeup Forever. There products LAST and look great in photos. Knowing this made me even more excited for these liners. Who doesn’t want their liner to last all day, be easy to apply, and come in all the colors of the rainbow? I know that’s what I’m looking for in a liner. 

There are 20 shades available in this collaboration, ranging from black, to blue, to yellow, and everything in between. While I’m not sure when I will ever wear a yellow eyeliner it’s nice to know there is an option out there. There is a color for everyone in this line: black, shimmery black, white, all shades of blue, greens, gold, browns, and purples. The one shade I feel is missing is a champaign shade. I love to brighten up my inner corner or to awaken the water line with a little champaign shade and I’m missing that in this collection. 

These are pencil form which means they will need to be sharpened. These Aqua XL eyeliner pencils will retail for $21 a piece and can be found at Sephora and sephora.com. The formula is creamy and easy to apply but sets in place quickly so if you’re looking to smudge things out you’ll have to work fast. I’ve used these as a base and they work really well. As I said they set quickly, so I work one eye at a time and blend things out before it sets in place. There is no creasing or smudging once they set and powder eyeshadows layer on top really well. 

I highly recommend these liners, I think this is a fun collaboration and I’m excited to see a new release with so many fun interesting shades. Let me know in the comments below what shade you are most excited for, is it the mint, yellow, or maybe just a classic gold, let me know? 

xo, Brittany 

BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo Palette Review

Hello beauties, 

I would like to start this post by saying I’m so happy for Shaaanxo. As a fellow beauty blogger I can only image the joy she feels having created this palette and seeing it come through to the gorgeous product it is today. I hope one day to be half as lucky to collaborate with a popular brand to create a product of my own. I hope any lover of the beauty commute has love for the incredible things so many beauty bloggers have been able to create. That’s enough of mt mushy sappy sentiment onto my review. 

This palette is only sold on the BH Cosmetics website, it retails for $14.50, you receive 18 colors in total, 9 eyeshadows, and 9 lip colors. The packaging is gorgeous and the double sided design is incredibly innovative. The shade range in both the lip side and eyeshadow side is awesome. The eyeshadows are pigmented, apply well wet or dry, and last on the lid when used with an eyeshadow primer or base. I love the shade range as well. I think there is a good mix of light and dark and matte and shimmer. 

The lip colors are pigmented, mix well together, and apply well to the lips. However, they are a bit drying, don’t last long, and as you can expect because they are in a palette, not easy for everyday portability. 

One thing I would like to note about this palette that is a BIG turn off for me is the smell. I’m not sure if it’s the packaging, the formula of the products, or what but this palette has a very chemically smell. I’m pretty sensitive to scents so some of you might not notice it but this palette has honestly been difficult to reach for for that reason. I’ve had mine for about 3+ weeks now and I thought over time the smell would fade but it still stinks. I don’t know how else to describe the scent other than to say it smells like a factory. 

If it weren’t for the smell of the packaging I would say this palette is a home run. The quality of the products and innovative packaging really make this palette outstanding and for $14.50 you get one amazing palette. 

Have you guys tried this palette? If so let me know in the comments below. Haven’t tried it? Let me know why not. 

xo, Brittany

Makeup Revolution Hot or Not | Full Review

Hello beauties, 

Over the past few months I've picked up a few things from the brand Makeup Revolution. I'm super impressed with this brand overall, the quality of the products are great, and the price is amazing. I have a range of eyes, lips, and face products. There is much more from the line I'd like to try but I think this range of products has given me a pretty good idea of the quality of the brand as a whole. 

First up the blush palette in Hot Spice, this palette is $10. It has 8 blushes, six matte shades and two highlighting shades. They are all in the pinky peach range and can be used in their own or layered to create your perfect shade. Each of them are super pigmented and last really well throughout the day. The two shimmery shades in this palette work beautifully layered on top of the matte blushes to create a gorgeous shine on the checks.  

 

Next I have the Run Boy Run Salvation Eye Shadow Palette. This palette is a great price, for $10 you get 18 eyeshadow shades, 12 shimmer and 6 matte shades. Sadly, many of the matte shades end up looking the same on the lid. The formula is wonderful I just wish there was more variety. The shimmery shades are gorgeous! With a little MAC Fix + they are even more pigmented and look amazing on the lid!  

 

 

This next palette was actually sent to me by a subscriber before this brand was available in the US, it's the Iconic 1 Redemption Eye Shadow Palette. The quality of this palette is really great. Pigmentation is there and it's for sure a dupe for the Urban Decay NAKED Palette. At $7 for this palette you really can't go wrong! They shades are spot on and the Urban Decay NAKED original. These shades preform well on their own but even better with MAC Fix +.   

 

 

The second face product I tried from the brand is this Vivid Baked Highlighters Peach Lights. I'm a big fan, it's $6, pigmented, gives your skin a gorgeous pearly peach highlight, and looks holographic which is pretty cool! 

 

 

 

On to one of my most favorite products, the Vivid Shimmer Brick in Radiant. This highlight is $7 and really can't be beat for the price.  This highlighter is wonderful because it's like four shades in one. You can mix them all together for a warmer hight or use the lightest shades for a soft golden look. It gives the skin a radiant and is simple to use. 

 

 

Let me know your favorite products in the comments below. 

Blog Sale II | Eyes, Lips, Face, and Nails

Hello beauties, 

Thank you for stopping by my blog sale today. If there is an item you are interested in purchasing please comment your email and the product(s) you are interested in purchasing. I will only be accepting PayPal payments and there will be a $3.00 shipping fee added for products shipping in the USA (for international shipping rates will have to be totaled depending on where it will be shipped. Est. $5-10) . 

Most of these products have been used once or twice and most have been swatched. I will sanitize products before shipment. I will indicate which products have been used below. Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you find something you'll love. 

LIPS

Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip in Tawny Pink. Worn twice, swatched for this post. My Price $15. Originally $27. 

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine #65 Cavaliere used once or twice and swatched. There is a nick on the upper right corner of the Lipshine as indicated in the photo above. My Price $17Originally $36. 

Stila Lip Glaze in Kaleidoscope never used, never swatched, cap still in place on top of bristles. My Price $10Originally $22. 

BLUSH

NARS The Multiple in Orgasm. Used once and swatched for this post. Travel size item. My Price $6. Full size original price $39. 

NARS Blush in Orgasm. Used twice and swatched for this post. Travel size item. My Price $7. Full size original price $30. 

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder Pink Peony used five or six times and swatched. Limited edition Breast Cancer Awareness Collection. My Price $19Originally $36. 

Model Co Blush in Cosmopolitan used once or twice and swatched. My Price $7Originally $22. 

Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights For Light Blush used five or so times and swatched for photo. My Price $10Originally $32. 

Ofra Paradise Pink Blush never used but swatched for photo. My Price $6. Originally $25. 

Model Co Cheek and Lip Tint in Rosy Red used once or twice. My Price $6Originally $24. 

BRONZER

Enter Pronoun Blowtorch Bronzer used once or twice and swatched for photo. My Price $10. Originally $35. 

Modelco Bronze - SHIMMER PRESSED BRONZING POWDER, never opened and never used. This is a smaller than the full size bronzer. My Price $5. Originally priced at $24 for full size. 

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Medium/Deep Matte Bronzer. Used once and swatched for this post. Travel size item. My Price $6. Full size original price $30. 

HIGHLIGHTER

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight. Used three times and swatched for post. My Price $25. Original price $44. 

EYESHADOW

Tarte Carried Away Palette (2012). Used about six times and swatched. My PriceKevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight. Used three times and swatched for post. My Price $10. Original set price was $54. 

Coastal Scents Go Palette Beijing. Used once or twice. Shadow on the bottom right was shattered when delivered to me. Had been pressed back into the pan. My Price $5. Originally $12.95 on sale for $8.95 now) 

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow For Light Fizz Minz Obsidian. Used about five times, swatched, there is a nick on the bottom right corner of the last shadow. My Price $9. Originally $28. 

Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Eyeshadow in Sunset. Used about three times and swatched. My Price $9. Originally $19. 

 Laura Geller Baked Marble Eyeshadow Duo in Pink Icing/Devil's Food. Used once and swatched. My Price $10. Originally $24. 

BROWS

Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil. Used once and swatched. My Price $6. Originally $13. 

Your Best Friend Automatic Eyebrow Pencil. Used twice. Used once and swatched. My Price $5. Originally $12. 

FACE 

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation shade 110. Used once. My Price $30. Originally $43. (p.s one of my holy grail foundation just using a different shade :)

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation shade 115. Used once. My Price $30. Originally $43. (p.s one of my holy grail foundation just using a different shade :)

Giorgio Arman Luminous Silk Foundation shade 5.5. Travel size ( .16 fl oz). Swatched to see shade. My Price $5. Full size original price $62.

NAILS

Butter London Polishes. Never used and never opened. Shades left to right, Lust or Must? and Statement Piece. My Price $10 a piece or $18 for both. Originally $18 a piece. (Apologize these can only be shipped within the USA). 

Again I will only be taking PayPal payments for this blog sale. Also first come first serve. Please comment your email and the product(s) you are interested in purchasing. 

Thank you

xo, Brittany 

How to Get Glowing Skin!

Hello beauties, 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today :) I'm so happy to have you here. I've been getting lots of questions on how to get glowing radiant skin for summer, and I have some tips to share with you. I decided to throw in a fun summery eyeshadow look too!  

My number one tip for radiant skin, and you've all heard it before, and yes I'm going to say it again, drink lots of water! If you are hydrated your skin will be more hydrated and in turn have a natural glow.  

Secondly, I really love to add a liquid highlight under my foundation. I love the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl! I add a little bit to the high points of the face like my cheek bones, center of my nose, and middle of the forehead. I do this under my foundation because this adds a look of radiance from within. 

Lightweight layering is another amazing technique to achieve radiant-looking skin. Once you've drank your water and highlighted the skin, a light layer of a light coverage foundation will help your skin appear luminous.  It's also a great way to apply foundation in the summer heat. If you need extra coverage, use a concealer of specific areas. Using a light layer at first and building layers up as you need. The "foundation" I've been using recently is the It Cosmetics CC+, it has SPF 50, it's lightweight, has light coverage, and wears really well in the summer heat. 

Of course if you want to look bronzed bronzer is your best friend. I love to use Beauty For Real For Aerie Glow Skin in Coco Cabana to contour. It's a cream stick that can be placed right in the hollows of the face and it blends out beautifully. Sometimes if I feel I need a little more color I will go over-top with a powder bronzer but it's not necessary.   

Another light trick I like to use to add a beautiful glow to the cheeks is use two different shades. I love to add one color all over the cheeks and then add another shade right to the apples of the cheeks. My favorite blushes of the moment are Makeup Geek Bliss and Spell Bound

I know I talked about highlighting under foundation, but it's also fantastic to add a little highlight above foundation to the tops of the cheek bones. ColourPop has amazing highlighters, Smoke N' Whistles is one of my favorites. Another favorite of mine at the moment is Makeup Geek eyeshadow in Shimma Shimma

Sometimes it can be easy to add too much glow to the skin, but it's important to remember that the summer heat and sun will add a natural dewy glow to the skin. 

Have a great summer and don't forget to drink lots of water! You are beautiful with and without makeup!

xo

Brittany 

Makeup Geek Haul + Review

Hello beauties, 

Makeupgeek is a brand I have been dying to try for so long now! I've created imaginary carts more times then I can count. That's why I'm even more excited to bring you this review today! I wanted to get my hands on a range of items so I could get an idea of the brand. I picked up an eye brush, two blushes, four eyeshadows, and four of the foiled eyeshadows. 

Yes I'm a brush addict. If I'm trying out a new brush brand, I like to start with eye brushes and more than face brushes. This is for a couple reasons. For one, eye brushes are generally cheaper so I'm not breaking the bank to try a new brand, and also if a brand can do an eye brush well, I'm willing to try their face brushes. I chose the Soft Dome Brush. I love the size and shape of this brush. It has a little point on the end and it's great for getting into the crease and blending out shadows. This brush is a great price at $7.99. The quality is wonderful, it's soft, doesn't shed, and it works well at blending and placing shadows on the lid. 

The blushes are my favorite item I purchased. The formula of these blushes is outstanding! They are smooth, pigmented, easy to blend and apply, and best of all they last on the cheek throughout the entire day! 

Spell Bound is a soft mauve rose shade. While there is no glitter or shimmer, this blush does leave a beautiful soft glow on the cheeks. Spell Bound is a gorgeous shade that I think a lot of skin tone can pull off. It is buildable so if you are fair like I am, a little goes a long way but if your skin tone is more deep you could really get a beautiful flush with this blush. 

The second blush I picked up is Bliss and this shade is wonderful! This is a little coral shade and as you can see in the swatch it is a soft coral. This shade is so wonderful because oftentimes with shades like this, the color payoff is too vibrant. Similar to Spell Bound, Bliss is buildable, smooth, easy to work with and blend, and also lasts all day on the cheeks!  Makeupgeek blushes retail for $9.99 which I think is a good price for the size and amazing quality of the product. 

Moving on to the eyeshadows. Their eyeshadows are extremely popular on YouTube and else where. I have been waiting forever to get my hands on a few shades to try out. Shimma Shimma is one in particular that I have heard rave reviews on. This is my kind of shade. I love some shimmer in my life and this shade is perfect. It's creamy, pigmented, and packs a big punch. It's also extremely buildable so if you just wanted a little glow, use a small amount and for more highlight use a little more. This eyeshadow is great for a brow bone and inner corner highlight but can also be used to highlight the center of the lid or the cheek bones! 

Prom Night is the second eyeshadow I went with. I was drawn to Prom Night and Shimma Shimma because one of my go-to eyeshadow looks is to use Nylon and Satin Taupe from MAC. Prom Night and Shimma Shimma resemble those MAC shades but they are not exact dupes in color or formula.  Prom Night is a great taupe with a little purple hint to it and I love this color for the crease and outer corner. 

Third shadow is Unexpected. I picked this shade because I love a plum colored matte shades. As a pale gal, browns can sometimes look a little moody on my skin, so for carving out the crease of my eye I tend to gravitate towards shades like Unexpected. Makeupgeek matte shades are amazing! The formula is just perfect. They are super matte, blendable, and the color actually stays strong. Some matte shades all blend out to look like the same color but the two matte shades I've tried stay true to their color. 

The last original formula eyeshadow I have is Peach Smoothie. I have heard so many awesome things about this eyeshadow. It is a soft matte peach beige shade. I love to use this as my first blending color in the crease. 

I've found all of the shadows are a little bit powdery so make sure you are tapping off your brush before applying eyeshadow to the lid to avoid fallout. These retail for $5.99 which is a pretty good price for the quality. I wish they were a little cheaper, but compared to MAC $5.99 is an awesome price! 

I thought the foiled eyeshadows would be my favorite but actually these are my least favorite products. The swatches look INCREDIBLE! However, these are a little difficult to work with. After watching Marlena's video on her new 10 foiled shadow where she talks a little bit on how to use these shadows, I've found it's best to sweep a dense concealer brush across the product and do that same motion on the eye lid. Sweep the shadow in one direction on the lid with a little bit of pressure. I also find they fade really quickly. Even with a base and really packing the shadow on the color intensity is dulled down after a few minutes. These shadows retail for $9.99 which I think it a little pricey for these shadows. The pan is extremely small and it takes a lot of product to get a great color intensity. 

The three shades I went with are Fantasy, Mesmerized, and Flamethrower. If you know me and my channel Fantasy screams ME! I love mint and this shade is beautiful! It is a frosty mint shade. I was drawn to Mesmerized because it looks a little like Prom Night with more shine. It's a taupe with a little purple throughout. Flamethrower is an intense true copper shade. 

If you are interested in trying these foiled eyeshadows I recommend starting with one or two shades to see if you like the formula and if you can work with these type of shadows.

As a whole, I'm extremely happy with everything I've purchased. What I would recommend most are the blushes! They are just fantastic and after trying these two I want to try all of her shades! I'm also extremely interested in trying out more Makeupgeek brushes and their original eyeshadows. I don't know if at this time I would purchase any more of the Foiled eyeshadows. 

Thanks so much for reading! Have a beautiful day!

xo

Brittany