Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Nails Inc. Devonshire Row Nail Polish Review

Devonshire Row was my first experience with a creme Nails Inc polish and I have to say it was a lovley experience. The color is a gorgeous mulberry, unique in my collection. The formula applied evenly with 2 coats and dried to a smooth glossy finish. I wore this for 3 days with no chipping or tip wear. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tarte The Stand Outs Limited Edition Best Sellers Kit Review

If you haven't noticed already, I'm all about a good deal. It's rare that I will buy a product that's not on sale, in a value set, or with some type of discount. One particular good deal I found this holiday season is the Tarte The Stand Outs Best Sellers Kit. With all the big Tarte holiday sets I feel this one got a little lost which is a shame because it's really lovley. 
To break it down, you are getting one heck of a deal. The kit it's self is $25. It comes with a full size LipSurgence Luster, a full size Amazonian Clay Liner, a deluxe sample of Lights, Camera, Lashes, and a double ended brush. The LipSurgence is $24 alone, so for an extra buck you are getting everything else, including the $22 liner. Hellooo savings!

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Bronze 

This is one fantastic liner. Once it dried down, it does not budge one bit. The color, bronze, is a lovley shimmering brown with hidden glimmers in the light. This is beautiful on the lash line or smudged on the lid for a sultry look.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! 

I didn't really get to try this one out as much as I would have liked, but from what I have used it has a rich black, smooth formula. It covered my lashes evenly and left them full and defined. The size is generous and perfect to tuck in a purse.

 Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster in Pouty

Pouty is aptly named as this is the perfect pink for your pout. It has the slightest shimmery luster to it, and a smooth lightweight formula. It has a light peppermint flavor. The color is an almost hot pink, but without the brightness. On me, it's almost a MLBB color with an extra oomph. While wearing this color, my mom even noticed and said my lips looked beautiful and full. Definitely a favorite!

Overall, a great little set with a great price. Perfect stocking stuffer or small gift to a friend or yourself! ;)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sephora Favorites In The Glow Blush, Bronzer, and Luminizer Sampler Review

I have to say, I totally am loving these Sephora Favorites sets. They are just a fantastic way to try popular products from great brands, and I find the mini sizes perfect. I rarely finish a full size product so  I just adore these because there's plenty of product and if you don't like one or two it's not a huge loss. 
In The Glow was one I was especially excited for since blush, bronzer, and luminizers are some of my most favorite products. For $45 you get 9 deluxe mini products, which breaks down  to $5 a piece! Crazy deal here so stay tuned for many pictures and reviews, plus a video! :)

So I tried a video review for the first time, but since I wasn't sure how it went I did my regular post as well. Please tell me what you think!

 Sephora Favorites In The Glow

 Sephora Favorites In The Glow

 Sephora Favorites In the Glow

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hr Blush in Splendor

 I personally love Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes so it was a thrill to get one in the set! At 3.4g you get quite a lot of blush for a mini. The color Splendor is a pretty peachy pink with gold glitter (reminiscent of Nars Orgasm). The glitter can look scary but blends out to a nice shine with no disco ball effect. Formula is nice as always, with smooth rich pigment.

full size vs. mini

Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush

Another Tarte product, I was so happy to try this as Tarte is one of my favorite cosmetics brands. Flush looks scary dark in the container but is actually a sheer pinky raspberry shade. It has a gummy candy like scent, but I found it disappears quickly. The actual stick is like nothing I've tried feeling like a solid gel. The only downside is I did find this a bit sticky before it dries down.

 Stila Convertible Color in Peony

Stila Convertable Colors are creams that can be used either on the cheeks or lips. Peony is a lovley shade of dusky pink that blends lovley and is very creamy and pigmented. I haven't yet tried it on the lips but I imagine it would look nice that way as well. I wasn't initially excited about this but it really is one of my favorites.
Stila Convertible Color in Peony, Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Splendor

Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc in Golden Mosiac

This is in the bronzer row, but is so shimmery I could easily see it working as a luminizer. The Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc is visually gorgeous, with four shimmering shades of bronze and gold. Formula is super pigmented and soft, but I'd recommend a light hand when working with this product. The compact on this one is lovley, and has a mirror.

 Nars Bronzer in Laguna

One of the most exciting products for me, I was thrilled to try Nars super popular Laguna Bronzer. The packaging is just adorable, looking exactly like a full size Nars compact shrunk down including mirror. Perfect for on the go use. The only issue with the size is the sides made it hard for me to swirl my bronzing brush in the product. Besides that I completely understand the hype behind Laguna. Laguna is a medium bronze brown shade with a luminous satiny sheen and smooth texture.

Too Faced Chocolate Solei Bronzer

I have a great love for matte bronzers so this Too Faced offering was right up my alley. It is the exact shade of a mug full of hot cocoa and to top it off is chocolate scented! Soft and blendable, this is a great matte bronzing shade.
Too Faced Chocolate Solei, Nars Laguna, Laura Mercier Golden Mosiac

Lorac Perfectly Lit in Spotlight

My first time trying a Lorac product and I have to say I'm very impressed. This highlighter is incredibly pigmented and soft, with amazing color payoff. Unfortunately, it's a bit too dark for my very fair skin but the payoff is so rich I've actually been using it as an eyeshadow!

Bare Minerals All Over Face Color in Pure Radiance

Pure Radiance is a creamy beige tan color, with a bit of shimmer and sparkle. Again, this is too dark for me. But I think like the Lorac, this would look beautiful on deeper skin tones. Bare Minerals comes in the little pot and sifter as usual, which can be a mess but is workable.

Benefit High Beam

I love Benefit's High Beam and was glad to have another mini. I use this everyday and it gives a lovley glow. It's a shimmery pearlescent pink shade and has liquidy consistency that applies with a small brush.
 Bare Minerals, Benefit, Lorac

(bottom to top) Bare Minerals, Benefit, Lorac

Overall, I loved this and thanks for reading!