Hi Friends. I’m excited to share a new video with all of you. Check out a few new things I found at the drugstore and some PR Goodies I received recently. All information, as well as purchase links, can be found in the description of the video. Have a wonderful day.
As many of you know, I’m a HUGE Hydro Flask supporter. Everyone in my family owns at least two and I have an addiction sometimes, constantly wanting to pick up fun designs and colors. So, I can’t tell you enough how excited I was to see Hydro Flask post sneak peaks of their Hawaii Collection on social media. The day of the release, they actually hid several flasks throughout Maui and left clues for a scavenger hunt. I didn’t get a chance to find one, but I was definitely excited to get my hands on one as soon as it hit our local stores. Just in time for the holidays, the Hawaii Collection celebrates the spirit of Aloha with three gorgeous gradient colors and today I’m going to share them with you.
These gorgeous Hydro Flasks come in three colors – Moana, Anuenue and Pomaika’i. They are inspired by the Hawaiian Islands and the special gradient color application is unique to this product release only.
Moana – which is inspired by the ocean. Moana in Hawaiian means… “large body of water”.
Anuenue – which is inspired by the rainbows. Anuenue also means “rainbow” in Hawaiian.
Pomaika’i – which is inspired by the sunsets. Pomaika’i means “Good fortune or blessings” in Hawaiian.
Each bottle comes with a wide mouth opening for faster fill and flow. They include TempShield insulation which eliminates condensation and keeps water cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 12 hours. Like with other Hydro Flask products, you can expect to have the durable 18/8 Pro Grade Stainless Steel Construction and it is BPA-Free and Phthalate Free. These 40 oz. Wide Mouth bottles pair perfectly with the Hydro Flip Lid and Wide Straw Lids so you can customize how you drink from your bottle.
Retail: $47.95 each
The Hawaii Collection are now available at Hawaii Retailers (I already have seen the display at Whole Foods on Maui yesterday).
Here’s a list of Hawaii stores you can find them at.
Whole Foods Market
T & C Surf Designs
Down to Earth
Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Hawaii
Tokunaga Store Inc
University of Hawaii
Foodland Super Market
Farmers Market Lahaina
Island Naturals Market
Maui Clothing Company
Deja Vu Surf
Hawaiian Island Creations
Maui Sporting Goods
Vim N Vigor
Papaya’s Natural Foods and Cafe
Abundant Life Natural Foods
Island Snow Hawaii
Alive & Well
Pedal N Paddle
Work It Out
Big Island Running Company
New Maui Fishing Supply
Mana Health Foods
McCully Bicycle & Sporting Goods
Hawaii Forest & Trail
Bike Works Beach and Sports
Bike Works Kona
Nukumoi Surf Co
Kona Mountain Coffee
Health Ways II
Oshima Surf & Skate
Malama Surf Shop
Whether you are looking to take a long drive or spend endless hours at the beach, the Hydro Flask 40 oz. Wide Mouth bottles are perfect to keep hydrated. Your water or drink will stay ice cold or piping hot no matter what you have on your plans.
I’m so excited to share with all of you this gorgeous upcoming collection for Zoya’s Fall 2017 Release. The Zoya Sophisticates collection includes a palette of smoldering nudes, wine reds and shadowy hues in pearl, metallic and cream nail polish finishes for show-stopping looks that are on-trend for the Fall season.
This gorgeous collection of shades will be available on August 1, 2017 at ZOYA.COM and will retail for $10 each (US). Each polish has Zoya’s 10 Free Formula that is formulated without Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Camphor, TPHP, Parabens, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide and Lead.
Check out the color selection as well as swatches for each shade as provided by Zoya. I can’t wait to get my hands on these gorgeous beauties. I have my eyes on Beth for sure, it’s definitely a “Honey” color. If I pick any up – I’ll be sure to share any nail looks I create here.
Mckenna (ZP904): a refined pearl in soft almond.
Beth (ZP905): a soft, sandy, rose gold metallic.
Presley (ZP906): a smokey, mauve taupe cream.
Joni (ZP907): a deep, dusty plum cream
Hera (ZP908): a muted, red mauve cream.
Padma (ZP909): a deep, vermillion red cream.
Yvonne (ZP910): a rich, bordeaux red cream.
Mona (ZP911): a deep, burgundy plum cream.
Elaine (ZP912): a dark, umber brown cream.
Hadley (ZP913): a smokey, midnight blue cream.
Tabitha (ZP914): a refined pearl in a deep hunter green.
Gal (ZP915): a smokey, iridescent, peridot gold metallic.
Put August 1st on your calendar and be sure to head on over to ZOYA.COM to pick out your favorites.
Do you have your eyes on any particular shade? If so, comment below and let me know what’s your favorite from this collection.
Disclaimer: Nothing to disclose. This information was provided to me for media relations purposes. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Photos were provided to me via Zoya’s PR.
I know what you’re thinking… Spring is here, Summer is right around the bend and if you are anything like me, you are prepping for the warmer months. Since I live in Hawaii when it comes to Spring and Summer I tend to wear less makeup or none at all so that I can always be ready to jump into the cool, blue, beautiful ocean at a moment’s notice. Living in Paradise is a benefit and I want to be sure that I can take full advantage of it as much as possible. In the case I get caught off guard or ill prepared, I have two products from Pacifica Beauty that I know will be available for me when I need them. The Pacifica Essential Makeup Removing Wipes and Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes.
The Pacifica Brand has been one I have loved and adored over the last few years and I’m always intrigued by the new products they release. Exclusively available at Ulta, the Underarm Deodorant Wipes and Essential Makeup Removing Wipes are packaged in cute and colorful packs (perfect for Spring and Summer) and are ready for you when you need them, whether on the go or in the comforts of your own home.
The Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes ($10) is something new and innovative to help with any underarm issues. These wipes include a blend of natural essential oils and coconut milk that help to neutralize odor. They are aluminum-free, biodegradable and keep you smelling fresh and feeling great for hours. I have been loving these wipes for days I know I’m hitting the beach and throw it into my beach bag to keep me smelling great all day – even after play. Since the ocean water (or pool or pond) can take off any deodorant you may have put on prior, these wipes are handy and essential in keeping me feeling fresh.
These deodorant wipes are soft, with a light fresh scent. They are great for all skin types, 100% Vegan and Cruelty-free. I keep one in my purse always and I love that this makes things so convenient. I pull them out when needed and use on its own. These wipes help to stop malodors and don’t use harsh chemicals which is a big deal for me and my sensitive skin.
The Pacifica Essential Makeup Removing Wipes ($6) is a new addition as well. Infused with coconut milk and jasmine, these biodegradable towelettes help to gently remove makeup, daily pollutants and all the things you don’t want to sleep with. (Honey note: These should be used in combination with your facial cleansing routine, not in place of it) I love the inclusion of Jojoba Oil and Aloe Vera which help to make these wipes gentle on my sensitive skin and leave my skin moisturized. These are different from the Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes as these are made to really remove makeup and they do not burn or cause sensitivities to my skin as the Purify wipes have done. (Read more about that here.) While these wipes work good in removing makeup, I still find that in comparison to my normal makeup removing wipes, these still need a little more effort in removing some of my waterproof makeup.
These wipes are soft, feel great on the skin and are gentle. They do dissolve makeup and I love keeping a packet on hand with me so that on those days I want to jump into the ocean, I can remove my makeup before splashing around (or after to do a fix up). These wipes smell nice, really refreshing and clean and like the Underarm Deodorant wipes, these are also good for all skin types, 100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free.
Hawaii is my playground and there is no time to stop and think about how my makeup looks or if my deodorant held up. When ke kai (the ocean) calls, I just want to jump right in and feel its arms wrap around me. ~ Honey
What I love about Pacifica products is that like me, these are products developed by ocean and beach lovers. Living in Hawaii has its challenges with cost of living and availability but that doesn’t make it any less of a paradise to me and no matter where my future may take me, it will always be my home. Pacifica is brand that always reminds me of the paradise I love and has a product line I’m fond of. Founded by Brook Harvey-Taylor, Pacifica products offer quality with island and beach living comfort. Luxury that doesn’t have to come at great prices to consumers, animals or the planet.
Have you tried any of the Pacifica Beauty brand wipes before? If so, which ones and what are your thoughts on them?
Disclaimer: These products were sent for press sample (review / consideration / gift). All opinions expressed are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and while I did receive free product, no monetary payment or compensation was received to provide this feature.
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Milani Cosmetics and those that have been following me a while know that I use at least one product in each of the looks I create. A few years ago, I purchased my first Milani eye shadow palette – A Runway Eyes kit and I enjoyed the pigmentation as well the price point and because of this I was completely hooked. Fast forward five years and I am still craving that gold packaging… I consider Milani the high-end brand of drugstore cosmetics.
Recently Milani Cosmetics released a Limited Edition collection of goodies as a part of their Bedazzled Collection. The Constellation Gel Eye Liners available in three shades: 01-Enchanted Lapis, 02-Enchanted Black Opal and 03-Enchanted Emerald retail for $5.99 on Milanicosmetics.com and can also be found at select Walgreens locations for a limited time.
Each Constellation Gel Eye Liner comes with 0.14oz/4g of product and an eyeliner brush. The liners are encased in the signature Milani gold packaging but the pot itself is quite lightweight in comparison to other Milani products. I’m quite impressed with the packaging for these liners as it has a twist off/on cap that allows you to keep the liner protected and sealed shut when not in use. The brush that comes with the product is well made in my opinion and I have been enjoying using it not only with these liners but also with others in my collection. It’s dense enough to pick up product but still soft enough against the skin, no tugging. While this brush is small, it picks up enough product needed and allows you ease of control & is easy to hold considering it’s size.
At first glance, these gel liners are absolutely gorgeous in the pot… so much so that I didn’t want to open them, swatch them or use them. I knew right away that the top layer of the liners had an over spray and I knew once I dipped into the pot, I would be sacrificing the gorgeous “Galaxy” look they had. I was quite eager to try these in hopes that they would be as “galactic” (see what I did there? lol) as I thought they looked in the pot.
Each liner is very creamy – much more creamy than I am used to and because of this… I think it offered a heavy amount of slip through the application process. While applying, I had to take my time and apply in layers to not only build up the metallic look of each shade but also to get it to the consistency I want. It didn’t take much to build it up. As you used each product, while it still held the “metallic” look with some shimmer, the product lost the “over spray” I had mentioned I thought it had.
01 – Enchanted Lapis is a gorgeous blue shade with a metallic sheen. When applied it shows up a much deeper shade than what you see initially. I would consider the end result a kind of metallic navy blue.
In the pot, before use… Enchanted Lapis looks like it has blue, purple, silver and turquoise shades – but overall, when applied, it applies the metallic navy blue shade you see on my eyelid.
02 – Enchanted Black Opal reminds me of a deep chrome/charcoal black shade when applied. This color has light flecks of shimmer that can be seen in the application.
In the pot, before use… Enchanted Black Opal has black, silver, pink and gold over spray in the pot before touching the product. It’s gorgeous – but even in my swatch or use on my eyelid, only black/silver and some flecks of silver glitter were visible.
03 – Enchanted Emerald applies and looks like a teal / emerald green when used or swatched. There is are some small flecks of shimmer, but for the most part this looks metallic on the lid.
In the pot, before use… Enchanted Emerald has a gorgeous array of shades in the overspray. Dark emerald green, turquoise blue, bright green and purple are all laid upon the top of this liner.
As you can see from the swatches, any of the pretty effects you see on the liner before use are no longer visible for the most part once you apply the liner. While I don’t necessarily consider that a con, it would be awesome if these liners offered that option. Each of them do lend for a gorgeous metallic hue which I think is still quite stunning.
Now that I’ve given you the low down of these Milani Constellation Gel liners… let’s talk about my thoughts overall. I think these are absolutely gorgeous in the pot and it’s disappointing that they lose that gorgeous overspray once you use the product. However, I don’t think that is the most disappointing. As much as I tried to love these, I struggled with the use of them. After trying different techniques, I think the formulation could use a little adjusting.
First off all – these claim to be Smudge Proof and will “last from dusk to dawn”. I have tried on many occasions to get these liners to stay in place for me… but they either run, smudged or became a mess and using them longer than an hour left me with panda eyes. I have tried to set them with a powder shadow, but that did not quite work for me. After using these for about a month, I found that the best way to apply for the best longevity would be to apply in light layers and build the color up. However, even with that – it still smudged on my oily eyelids and I am not able to use it as a daily liner or out at night on a hot day or it will get everywhere. Using these liners as an all over shadow base may work for some, but I also found the liner to be too creamy for me and because of this the shadow I applied on top moved around quite a bit and then creased in a short amount of time. I think these would be awesome for someone who does a lot of theatrical work or someone looking for a statement liner and something that doesn’t offer longevity. I’m sure some of my cons may have some to do with the fact that I live in a humid/hot climate, but overall I had some difficulty getting the liners to stay in place, in tact and on my eyelids during each use. Wearing this in my waterline caused my eyes to be irritated and again – I looked like a Panda who hadn’t slept in a week. While these did not work for me, I’m still very impressed with how they look. I think the overall creaminess and texture of the product could attest to the slip that the product offers. At the price point, I think it’s definitely worth checking out to see if it will work for you as I know well that what may not work for me may work for someone else. But for me, I consider these a miss, though that doesn’t mean I won’t try to make use of them in future looks. Milani stole my heart years ago and while one product may not work for me, that doesn’t mean I still don’t love them so. Have you tried these liners? If not, is this something you have been interested in? I would love to know your thoughts on this.
This product was a Press Sample sent to me for consideration of review. All reviews listed on this site are 100% honest and unbiased.
I’ll be honest… now that I’m a mommy and a mommy of boys for that matter, I’m not much interested in boy bands. But, hearing about those that are popular today reminds me of New Kids on the Block, NSYNC and Backstreet boys. It amazes me at how much boy bands have grown over the year and how creative they have become. Never did I think I would hear about a Makeup Collection from any of them, so it was cool to hear that the popular band One Direction was due to release a few Limited Edition Collections. As of August 11th, they are now available at a few locations and this awesome little kit comes in three different collections for the One Direction fans at heart.
The irreverent attitude and colorful style of a new generation takes on a glamorous form in Makeup by One Direction. The world’s biggest pop band debuts a limited-edition cosmetics collection by Markwins International, launching mid-August 2014 at Macy’s and select other major retailers worldwide.
Much like the One Direction band members themselves, this prestige makeup line is fun, bold and a tad mischievous, featuring vivid shades, premium formulas and chic, collectible packaging and components.
US RELEASE DATES: Macy’s – August 11th Stage Stores – August 25th Dillards – August 25th Beauty Brands – August 25th Lord and Taylor – August 25th
International release dates… TBD
I got the Take Me Home Collection. It’s a gorgeous collection filled with wearable and neutral toned shades with pops of color. The collection includes:
One Direction Liquilights glow gloss in Kiss You. This gloss is a sheer bright (almost neon) orange toned gloss with micro shimmer. I wish I could provide a swatch for you to see but unfortunately the doe foot applicator was MIA when I opened the package, so I am unable to use it. The color looks gorgeous though and it would be a great shade to rock out during the remainder of the summer months.
One Direction Nail Varnish in Live While We’re Young. This is a gorgeous clear polish with different size and color hex shaped and circle glitters. This would be a beautiful topper over your favorite nail polish. Filled with rose gold, gold, green and blues – this will surely be a favorite of mine.
Nude Sheer Pink Lipstick in Last First Kiss. This lipstick is a sheer medium toned pink. Unfortunately mine came a bit melted in the tube and the tip of the lipstick arrived smashed, but overall the shade is sweet.
One Direction 4+1 Eye Shadow Palette. This palette offers 4 neutral toned shades and one funky and fun gold glitter. I am very impressed with the shadows, they are soft, buildable shades with nice pigmentation in one swipe. The gold glitter is a cream/gel like consistency that offers you a sweet pop of color when you want to jazz up your look.
If you like neutral tones, I think this would be a great palette, whether you are a beginner at makeup or have been using makeup a while – I think you’ll enjoy the simplicity of this palette and the pigmentation.
Little Black Dress Volumizing Mascara in Perfectly Black is also included in the collection. I think it’s great that this little tin includes so many fun goodies to create a look. The brush of this mascara is basic but the mascara is truly black. While I have small lashes and this did not work for me, I know that it will be a great beginner mascara for anyone.
I Wish is a warm chocolate brown crayon that can be used on the eyes or the body… though I do suggest that if you plan to use on your eyes – you reserve the product for eye use only since that is such a sensitive area. The crayon is pigmented and glides on really nicely. I love the color payoff and it can also be used as a base for your eye shadows.
This cool little collection also comes with some fun stencils that you can utilize with your brown crayon or shadows. I especially enjoy using them with the cream glitter in the eye shadow palette.
A total of five sheets with little stencil designs make creating looks fun and exciting. Simply apply to a part of your body like your face, arms, etc. and use like you would any other stencil. It’s easy and the designs are super cute.
I used the gold glitter cream in my palette to create the little design using the diamond stencil. I could have used some help in applying and creating my design but I know this will be a fun tool for anyone.
Overall – I think this little collection is definitely sweet and cute. It comes with so many goodies and it would make a great addiction and gift for a One Direction fan. I’m very impressed with the eyeshadow palette and the quality of the shadows. I’m also super impressed with the variety of products included. I’m also totally digging the collections tin – if I was a teen, I would probably turn this into my “fan girl” box where I stored cards, magazine clippings and more. Oh my – do teens even do that still? Can you tell my age? lol
Find out more about the availability by checking out the Makeup by One Direction’s Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/MakeupbyOneDirection. When I do any makeup looks using some of the products that come in this cute little tin, I’ll be sure to post it here on my blog.
Yay for New Releases! Recently I had the opportunity to test out and play with some new Rainbow Honey goodies that were just released with their Summer MixTape collection. This collection includes 12 new cremes, shimmers and glitters and they are all jaw dropping and gorgeous. This new collection (released July 18th) is now available for purchase on Rainbow Honey’s website and offers you a shade range you will be drooling over.
Summer Mixtape! is available as a complete collection in full size (15 ml each, $90 promotional price for the whole collection of 12 polishes) and mini (5 ml each, $45 promotional price – currently sold out). Each full size color is also available separately (15 ml) for just $10 each. Check out my reveal/video embedded below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube. Scroll down to see photos of the three shades I got.
I received three colors from the collection and I wanted to share them with all of you. Of course, the full size bottles come in the signature Rainbow Honey packaging (which I absolutely love).
Left to Right: Control, Work It Out and Elevate.
Control is a shimmering fuchsia that is almost neon and is a great statement shade for summer or year round. If you love hot pinks, this will surely be an awesome shade to add to your collection.
Work it Out is a creme coral that is another perfect summer staple. This shade can be used alone or topped with your favorite statement glitter.
Elevate is a glitter that includes a blend of blues, turquoise and other shades like green, yellow, pink and white. This glitter is pretty cool in that it looks like confetti on the nails, and offers a variety of glitter shapes from micro glitter to hexes and circles and so much more. Every time I think I have nailed down all the glitter in this bottle, I find another I didn’t see before. lol
Each swatch was done on my nail wheel and each color was done in two coats. The more coats you apply, the deeper Control and Work It Out become in shade. I apologize for the nail wheel swatches, but as I do nail looks using these shades, I’ll definitely post them here. Overall I think these shades are gorgeous. Rainbow Honey is really great at creating a selection of colors. For the price point of each, you are not only supporting a great brand, but getting awesome product. I already have my eyes on I Wanna Get Better, Waves, One Minute More, and Lanterns. The list goes on, but I am surely lovely them all regardless.
Want to check out Rainbow Honey and see all they have to offer? Use promo code MIXTAPE20 to receive 20% off your next order. Promo code expires on 8/31/2014 to take advantage of it while you can. You can check out what Rainbow Honey has to offer on their site: rainbowhoney.com
I have always been a pretty big fan of Wet n Wild and I’m always checking out their products if they catch my eye. A few weeks ago, I came across a display in Walgreens that offered these Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Shimmer Palettes in two shades that I have not seen a part of their permanent collection. I’m still not sure if they are Limited Edition, but consider them so since the girl at Walgreens said that they were not getting them back – once sold out, they were gone. Since they may possible be an LE, I figured I would share them with all of you as quickly as possible so you have the opportunity to go out and get them if you can.
These face powders from Wet n Wild retailed at Walgreens for $6.99 and also included a kabuki brush. While sold separately – I considered it to be a pretty reasonable price, especially since these powders retail for about $6.99 – $8.99 at my local stores here on Maui. I have never seen these before anywhere in other stores and noticed how different they were to the other three that are included in Wet n Wild’s permanent Fergie collection.
The first palette I tried out was Video Bomb. This palette has a pretty cool marbleized look to it like the other To Reflect Shimmer Palettes that are permanent in the Centerstage collection from Fergie. It has a blend of a soft pink, chocolate brown and soft brown and when blended together, it has a soft pinkish brown that works really well as a blush/cheek shade. I loved this palette, but because it is a bit on the powdery side, it can leave your skin looking ashy or muddy – especially if you use too much of it. A little goes a long way – so tap off the excess from your brush before applying and sweep gently on your cheeks for a soft and sweet summery color.
What I love about this palette the most is that it is perfect on those days you are looking for a little color – but are not keen on truly using a blush or bronzer. It will give you a slight bronzed look with a soft pink hue without going overboard. Keep in mind that the palette has a golden sheen to it – so it can look a bit sparkly and shimmery on the skin if you put too much – again, a light hand is key.
The next palette I tried out was Photo Bomb. This one automatically caught my eye in the store because it is VERY different from the original three Shimmer Palettes Wet n Wild offers. It is all one shade, golden and what I thought would be perfect for highlight.
This palette offers a gold sheen, soft but still packs a punch of color. While this is great for a highlight – a little of this product definitely goes a long way. Like Video Bomb, this can offer a powdery texture, but blends nicely if you are looking for a great highlight. I love how both of these powders feel really nice – even when blended on the skin, it feels soft and both palettes are super pigmented.
I think that the Photo Bomb would work well on light and dark skin tones and in most skin tone shades. I was very amazed to see how nicely it looked against my skin and how it offered me a great glow but can see how nice it would work for someone with cool toned skin as well.
There is a lot of product in each palette – 0.4 oz / 11.3 g and I know that a little will go a long way so considering the cost of these palettes, you are getting a great deal for a very affordable price tag. I have read reviews and seen videos on the packaging for the original Shimmer Palettes where it fell apart for some and honestly, I have dropped mine a few times and they have stayed in tact reasonably well. The only thing that worries me is that I may drop it really hard one day and the actual powder will crack – but so far, so good.
Now the one downfall for these sets is the Kabuki brush that is offered with it. I think it is great that Wet n Wild included a Kabuki brush with each of these but after washing one of them, the quality and brush in general was a fail for me. While washing, the kabuki brush shed a lot and during the first use, I felt like the brush was quite rough on my skin. The brush hair felt soft at first but with use, it was uncomfortable and continued to shed. Ultimately – that was not a great selling point for the kit, but it also allowed the powders to stand alone.
Check out your local Walgreens and see if these are in stock. I haven’t tried any of the permanent line shimmer palettes, so I honestly don’t know how they would compare and if these have a different texture. If you are on a budget and interested in trying something fun for the summer months – this may be something you will like. Overall – well I’m not too keen on the shimmer these palettes offer, they are still pretty cool and I’ll make use of them for sure. Don’t forget to check out my video review along with demo on how these look directly on the skin – you can find that video here.
It’s no secret that Milani is one of my all-time favorite drug store brands and has been for a couple of years now. I have had the opportunity to try out quite a bit from the line they offer and for the most part – I’m always impressed with what they roll out. I literally fell out of my seat a few weeks ago when I got word that Milani was rolling out Limited Edition Matte Baked Bronzers and I couldn’t have been more excited.
If you have ever tried or used or even seen (for that matter) one of Milani’s Baked Bronzers, then you will know that you get a lot of product for a really affordable price tag. I have a plethora of Milani products, especially their blushes and I have been waiting patiently and asking the Makeup Gods for the day that Milani would finally come out with a baked bronzer that was matte. Thankfully, they did. However – these are limited edition so you want to make sure you get your hands on them… STAT.
These two new limited edition matte bronzers are available in the shades 08 Sunset (medium tan) and 07 Sienna (light golden tan). They retail on Milani’s website for $8.99 which is the same cost as Milani’s original bronzers like 04 Glow, 05 Soleil and 06 Golden. As I mentioned, the big difference between these new LE bronzers is that they are completely matte.
08 – Sunset (light golden tan) is on the left and 07 – Sienna (medium tan) is on the right
Each bronzer comes with a little bronzer brush (not my favorite to use but definitely awesome in a pinch) and a mirror that is placed in the compact below the bronzer. The come in Milani’s signature gold packaging which gives it such a gorgeous look. Milani definitely ranks high for me when it comes to packaging, because I always feel like I’m buying a luxury brand from the drug store. You get a lot of product in each bronzer – Net Wt. 0.25 oz/7g and because it is a baked bronzer, you can use it dry for a sheer matte finish or wet for a more intense or dramatic look. These bronzers are multi-purpose beauty products as they can be used for both your eyes, face and body (hello – total bonus). They are streak free, apply easily and blend well for an effortless bronze. Since I have both shades – I like to do a contour with Sienna (the darker shade) to define my face and then for an all over summer bronzed look, I use Sunset (the lighter brown) and apply as an all over bronzer.
07 – Sienna is a warm golden bronze and is perfect for those with Medium and golden skin tones. If you have a darker skin tone, I definitely suggest using this wet and build the color up to the shade you think will work best for you. If you have a warmer skin tone – this bronzer will be perfect for you. Since it is matte and baked, you can build up to the shade that you like and those who are not fond of shimmer bronzers, these are perfect.
08 Sunset is a medium tan bronzer and lends for a cool toned brown. It is perfect for those that are light to medium in skin tone and those like me who want to warm up my face without contouring, but looking for an all over bronze. Just like with Sienna, Sunset is buildable and if you need a deeper more intense color for contour, you can definitely use it wet and build upon that color.
The swatches above were done dry on my bare skin and I only used one swipe. Considering I’m fairly darker in skin tone, both shades do show up on me and Sienna is the perfect bronze for me to contour for extra depth and dimension. I love to use Sunset as an all over bronze if I’m looking to achieve a warmer look. Each shade lasts all day with minor fading after 5 hours… but the wear on these bronzers are long lasting. I love that they apply effortlessly and last, but most importantly my skin enjoys them – no break outs at all and it didn’t oxidize or start to look muddy on me after a few hours. If you are planning to use these bronzers for a long period of time, I think they will surely work well for that purpose.
In the look above (tutorial for that look can be found here), I am using Sienna to contour in the hallows of my cheeks to define my cheek bones and along my nose, hairline and jawline. I have always had a few favorite bronzers to contour and warm up my face, but after using these the last couple of weeks, I have to admit that I have neglected my other favorites. I love these bronzers! Their price point is great and the products are awesome.
If you want to get your hands on one of these bronzers, check out their awesome 30% off sale for Memorial Day. I have a long list of suggestions, but if you are looking for swatches on the new Milani Matte Baked Blushes, you can check out my review and swatches for those here. Happy Shopping.
Have you tried these new bronzers out yet? Our you planning to if you haven’t already? Will you be taking advantage of this awesome sale? Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend Loves… wishing you lots of fun and sun!
This year NYX released some new goodies to their line… from their Butter Lipsticks and Colored Mascaras to some new and fun palettes. Included in some of those new NYX palettes is the Adorable Palette, Sex Bomb Palette and Dream Catcher Palettes. I have been testing out these new palettes for the last couple of months and wanted to share my thoughts on the products themselves as well as swatches and photos. Check out my video review embedded below or click here to watch it directly on YouTube. Keep reading on below the video for swatches and my thoughts.
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Let’s talk Sex Bomb Palette. This palette comes with six gorgeous shades that are perfect to create a bold and sexy smoky eye. This palette retails for $7.50 on NYX’s website and was released along with the Adorable Palette (pictured below). Most of the shades on this palette offer great color pay-off and pigmentation. They can be a little powdery – but still apply nicely with a great base and/or primer.
The shimmery taupe shade is probably the least of my favorite in this palette as it is very shimmery and leaves behind quite a bit of glittery fall out. I definitely suggest applying that shade over a creamy/sticky base to keep the shimmers from falling but also to keep from the shadow disappearing after applying. This shade lasted the shortest on my eyes and creased very easily, even if over my best base and primer. I attest it to the shimmer and while it can be a pain, it’s still a gorgeous shade. The black and cream shade in this palette is absolutely awesome – giving you great color pay-off and the matte taupe is a favorite to use all over the lid or as a transition shade. The red looks like a red in the palette but it did seem like a red with a pink tone to it when used on the eye or swatched. It’s not a shade I would use often, but it is gorgeous and I love that it is matte. The charcoal shade in the palette has shimmer, but looks great for smoky looks. Overall I’m impressed with the NYX Sex Bomb Palette and think it would be a cool addition to any collection, especially at its price point.
Next… the NYX Adorable Palette. Similar style in packaging to the Sex Bomb palette (and the Natural palette released last year), the Adorable Palette includes soft neutral shades to create an every day neutral eye or even bump it up for a smoky eye. This palette includes 6 shades in a selection of soft shades to create gorgeous eye looks for those that are looking for a palette that does not include bold bright colors. If you are someone that loves neutral/nude colors, this would be a great palette for you. Like the Sex Bomb Palette, this retails for $7.50 and can be found on NYXcosmetics.com, Ulta.com and select stores that carry the brand.
This palette is probably my favorite out of the three that I am reviewing here. The shades are the most universal for me since I do not use bold shades often. Even if they look like soft neutral colors, you can easily create a bold and daring look with little effort. I created the smoky eye below using this palette and it was easy and fun.
A tutorial for the look above can be found here and products used can also be found here.
I’m quite impressed with the colors and their quality in this palette. The shades are pigmented and you can always build them up easily if you are going for a deeper, bolder look. While some of them may be a tad bit powdery, blending was easy and the color pay off was great. The shade that was not my favorite would be the Shimmery brown shade, while absolutely gorgeous with its gold shimmer, you lose the shimmer while blending and you can experience some fall out. The base for that shade (the dark brown) is still pretty pigmented however, so if you are not interested in the gold micro glitters that are in that color, the dark brown works well.
I love that the Adorable palette is like an all-in-one. It not only offers you lid and crease shades, you get transition, highlight and even an outer-v shade to create a plethora of eye looks. I think this palette is probably my favorite because it allows me to use one palette to create a look instead of dipping into my collection to pull for a transition shade or highlight – which I often do with other palettes I own.
The Dusk Til Dawn Palette (Dream Catcher Palette) comes with 10 shades. It is one out of 3 Palettes that is included in the Dream Catcher Palette Collection. These are said to be Limited Edition though they have been available on NYX’s Website, Ulta and various Drug Store locations for the last few months – so I’m not too sure if they will hang around a little longer. Each palette in the Dream Catcher Collection retails for $15 and include rich neutral shades that you can use to create smoky eyes or every day looks. The particular palette I received (Dusk Til Dawn) includes neutrals and a purple toned shade to create looks.
While the shadows appear to be very pigmented and have a buttery texture, they do offer a heavy amount of fall out and can be very powdery when applying. I felt that it was quite a challenge working with the shadows because of how powdery they were, but the shades themselves were absolutely gorgeous and offered a great variety for creating a daytime/neutral look or smoky eye. When working with these – I needed to apply them over a sticky base and I also needed to consistently build up on the color to get the color pay off that you see in the swatches above. Overall – I think the shades could use a little work, but I would love to see NYX come out with another one similar once the formulation on these shadows are fixed. As I said before – the colors are gorgeous, they just don’t offer the pigmentation and buttery quality I look for when using eye shadows. Staying power was also an issue as after just a few short hours, even the dark shades were faded on my eyes over a great primer.
I have been using NYX products since 2007 and for the most part, I am always impressed with their quality – especially since the brand is affordable. For the most part, I think these palettes are pretty good – though I do think the Dream Catcher palette could use a little tweaking in formulation. If you are just starting off or are seasoned in makeup, I think any of these would be great additions to your collection. Do you own any of these palettes? If you do, I would love to know your thoughts on them and if you don’t… what palette do you have your eyes on?
Have you seen my review on the NYX Butter Lipsticks? Check out my thoughts and stay tuned for a write up with swatches of some NYX Butter lipsticks not yet posted.
Smashbox released the Full Exposure Palette in December 2013. I have had this palette for a couple of months and wanted to share my thoughts with you.
This palette is a neutral based tone palette that is perfect for anyone looking to have a palette that can be used from day to night and all year round. If you are a neutral color lover when it comes to eye makeup – this palette offers a wide range of shades to create those gorgeous every day looks and smoky eyes.
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The Full Exposure Palette comes with 14 shades, 7 matte and 7 shimmer and come in a range of nudes to blacks. I especially love that the Matte shades are fairly easy to blend considering they are matte and many mattes can be difficult. While the shimmer shades are absolutely gorgeous – they do provide a significant amount of fall out because of the type of shimmer in the eye shadows, so patting motions when applying the shadows are suggested. Also – I think it’s best to use them over a sticky base.
This set contains:
– 7 x 0.035 oz eye shadow in shimmer shades (top row): Chocolate Brown with Golden Pearl, Deep Golden Brown with Gold Pearl, Soft Gold with Gold and Silver Pearl, Light Tan with Gold and Silver Pearl, Golden Wheat with Gold Pearl, Midtone Slate with Silver Pearl, Rich Grey with Multicolor and Silver Pearl
– 7 x 0.035 oz eye shadow in matte shades (bottom row): Matte Warm Chocolate Brown, Matte Midtone Brown, Soft Matte Midtone Tan, Creamy Matte Beige, Soft Light Taupe, Ashy Dark Brown, Suede Black
– 0.14 oz Full Exposure Mascara deluxe sample
– Get-the-look eye shape chart
Swatches were done on bare skin and are dry. As you can see from the swatches – the shimmer shades, while pigmented and vibrant do have micro glitter in them that can cause the fall out mentioned previously. Overall – I think it has great staying power, of course – over a base or primer, it will last all day. I love that this palette is one I can grab for any day of the week and utilize it to create a number of looks.
The Full Exposure Palette was created because the pros at Smashbox Studios something like it. While on set, they have seen and worked with every single skin tone and eye shape imaginable, so they wanted a palette that could be used universally, on anyone and anywhere. The artists created the how-to’s to use this palette based on eye shapes so that you could create the most gorgeous eyes possible using this palette.
Overall – I am still pretty impressed, even with the cons I did find in this palette. I will continue to use it in looks to come.
Last year, Milani rolled out 4 Limited Edition Rose Powder blushes (Coming Up Roses). I was so excited about them, I asked my husband if I could get them and he ordered all 4 for me through Milani’s website – which sold out within 24 hours of it’s release online. The Coming Up Roses collection included three matte blushes and one shimmer in gorgeous wearable shades. It sold out instantly in Drug stores when it was released and I know many that wished they could get their hands on it before they were gone. These blushes were some of my favorites for 2013 that it made my Best of Beauty products for the year. Because I enjoyed them so much – I was completely ecstatic when I found out from Milani that they were releasing them again this year – but this time around, they had four new shades.This year’s new release includes four new shades that are matte. These shades are a little more daring that those in last year’s collection and very pigmented. The shades included: 05 Coral Cove, 06 Lady Rouge, 07 Love Potion, 08 Tea Rose. They retail for $7.99 on Milanicosmetics.com and should be available at select Walgreens stores soon – if they are not available already. Just like last year – this year’s collection includes 0.60 oz / 17g per blush, but unlike last year – all the shades are completely matte.
05 Coral Cove is a beautiful coral/orange shade that will be awesome for the Spring and Summer months for those beachy looks. This blush is super pigmented, so a little goes a long way and you want to take your time building up the shade. For those of you with medium / dark skin tones – I like that this shade will show up nicely and still provide a great punch of color. If you have lighter skin tones – this will also make an awesome selection for you.
06 Lady Rouge is a gorgeous deep shade. I think if you are dark skinned or medium skin toned, this shade would be perfect for you. It’s a reddish-orange with deep pigmentation. A little goes a long way with this product and because it is so pigmented, if you are light skinned, I suggest that you use a stippling brush to apply. Tap off the excess from your brush before swiping on your face and build up the color instead of applying a lot at one time.
07 Love Potion is probably one of the boldest shades out of the four. This shade is a hot pink / almost magenta shade that reminds me of a pink fruit punch. Like all the others – this blush is very pigmented and a little goes a long way. For those of you that are medium / dark skin toned, this shade works really nicely and is very visible and gorgeous against deeper skin tones. If you have lighter skin, this shade will be equally gorgeous, but be sure to take your time building up the color.
08 Tea Rose is a beautiful rose hued pink and probably the most wearable out of the bunch. Like the other three, it is super pigmented but definitely a blush I think anyone of any skin tone could add to their collection. If you could only choose one out of the whole collection and are looking for a blush you want to be able to wear often, I think this would be the shade for you.
Overall – I think these blushes are gorgeous, but as I discuss in my video here, they can be a bit patchy to work with. After using them a few times (like last year’s edition) the patchy problem is not prominent but it is something you may have to work on at first. While each color is super pigmented as you can see from the swatches, they can lend for a powdery consistency and will require you to blend out appropriately for the look you want to achieve. I noticed that by using a stippling brush for application that it applied nicely and the color was distributed evenly. Since there is that gorgeous rose embossing in the blush – I think some of that may be the reason for the patchy application. It takes a little finesse and if you are willing to take the time, I think it would be well worth it. If you are interested in these simply for collecting, I know they will be an awesome addition to your collection – but I use my blushes from last year often, so after using them a while – I’m sure they will become favorites.
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I did rate them a 3.8 – 4.0 on the Sparkle Scale. That is a fairly medium rating considering I do love them a lot. The reasoning behind that is because as I mentioned, I love them and don’t mind the work of building up the color slowly for the proper color payoff or taking my time to deal with the patchy color you can get when you first start using the blushes. Those are things I will easily get past and I’m not worried about them. However, you are only able to pick up one type of blush, looking for great color pay off and don’t want the hassle, I suggest the new Milani Matte Baked Blushes. I have a review on those which you can find here. If you want to get at least one Rose Blush and looking for something wearable – Tea Rose would be an awesome choice.
Overall – I think that these are beautiful, a great statement to any collection and highly pigmented. These blushes are still available at milanicosmetics.com – so check them out if you are interested or find them at select Walgreens stores in March. Remember, these are Limited Edition – so once they sell out, they’re gone.
2014 is definitely a year for new products from Milani Cosmetics. This year Milani rolled out the new Matte Baked Blushes to add to their already awesome Baked Blush line. As a matte blush addict, I was so excited to hear about these and couldn’t wait to put them to the test. As one of my favorite Drug store brands, Milani really has stepped up their product line over the course of the last few years and the brand’s products have made favorites pretty often. So – what are my thoughts on these new blushes? Read on to see…
There are two matte blush additions this year to include the colors: Bella Rosa and Delizioso Pink. Each blush retails for $7.99 on the Milanicosmetics.com site and contain 0.12 oz of product (3.5g) which is the same amount as their regular baked blushes. If you are a fan of their original baked blushes but really do not care for the shimmer they offer, then these blushes will surely offer you all the color pay off without the glitter.
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The shades they have available (Bella Rose & Delizioso Pink) are highly pigmented and long lasting. Just a little of the product goes a long way and I prefer using a stippling brush to apply the product for an airbrushed effect. The colors are also very true to their shade in the pan. I especially love how bold Bella Rosa is, but I am very impressed that both shades held up very well against my medium skin tone. A little note – take your time in building up the color of each, after picking up the color on your brush, tap your brush prior to applying so that you have a perfect blend of color. While each blush does come with a little brush (hidden in a little compartment below the blush, tucked in next to a mini mirror), I suggest using a blush brush or stippling brush for the right effect.
What I love about these is that they are not as powdery as Milani’s original baked blushes – because they do not have all the glitter. They offer high quality pigment with a satin feel. Besides providing a great matte finish, they also have the lasting power of high end blushes without the high end price tag. And, of course – they have Milani’s signature packaging which I think gives the products a little “high end twist”. I’ve said it many times before and to me… Milani is the High end of drug store. I am always amazed with the new products that they come out with.
Since these blushes are a part of the Permanent line, you can find them at your local drug store that carries Milani (CVS and Walgreens) and they are also available at milanicosmetics.com. You can expect them to cost about $6 – $7.00 and as mentioned earlier, they are $7.99 on the site. If you are planning to check out your local drug stores, call them first to see if they have gotten them in stock yet. I know that many locations have received them, but some are not releasing until March 2014.
Last year my awesome hubby purchased all four of the Limited Edition Rose blushes for me when Milani rolled it out. This year – they are rolling out four new shades. Since I didn’t have the chance to review the shades from last year – I’ll be talking about those in a blog post and video review soon and hope to get my hands on some of these new shades as well.
Last year’s limited edition blushes made my Best of Beauty 2013 products because of their matte texture (most were matte) and staying power. Not to mention that they are the awesomeness that come out of Milani and Milani blushes are some of my favorites. These blushes retail on Milanicosmetics.com for $7.99 (shipping not included) and will be available next month for purchase at select Walgreens stores. If you can get your hands on these, I highly suggest it. Not only are they absolutely gorgeous in packaging and design, I truly love the first edition and I know I’ll be rampaging through my local Walgreens stores for this collection as well.
Note: A review on the original four Milani blushes will be coming soon as well as the new release for this years four if I can get my hands on all of them. Stay tuned.