Friday, March 27, 2015

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette {Review}

DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post.

To see a full review & swatches of the
Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Paletteclick HERE!

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette Review

Hello, my pretties! ♥

Lately, all sorts of brands have taken advantage of the contour & highlight craze by releasing new products; however, none of them have quite caught my eye like this palette. It was love at first sight. Finally, about a month ago, I went to Sephora and spent the gift card that was burning a hole in my pocket since Christmas. I took it home and have been playing with it since. I can't put it down. For those of you who have your eyes planted on this beauty or just for those of you who are curious, here's my review of the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette.

KVD Makeup claims, "An exclusive contour palette featuring 3 shades for contouring and 3 shades for highlighting, designed to shape and define facial features to create a look of authentic dimensionality."

Kat Von D is one of the most well-known tattoo artists of our generation. She is also a musician, model, fashion designer, philantropist, and makeup artist. Her beauty line of cosmetics is inspired by the tattooing inks she works with in her studio. Thanks to her vision in full color, KVD created a makeup collection that focuses on great quality, high-pigmentation, and long-lasting performance.

The inspiration behind the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette, in particular, came from Kat continuously trying to understand the usage of shade & light to bring features forward on the portraits she draws and the tattoos she places on her clients. This is a true makeup artist contour & highlight palette.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils {Review}


*** Disclaimer: I received this product, courtesy of YSL & Influenster,
to use for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Review

Hello, my pretties! ♥

This is the very first time I share a review with you that is all about mascara. I've never bothered to do one because I am so picky with them + I tend to not experiment with them much. As far as mascara goes, I'm a creature of habit; however, when I was sent this mascara, I got excited. I've never tried YSL before and this was a great opportunity to check this brand out. So today, I'm bringing you my first ever mascara review on the YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils


YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Review
Wearing false lashes with this look.

I was not blessed with the curled-up-to-Heaven full, luscious lashes. My lashes not only are whimpy, sparse and super straight, they also grow downwards. So, when I go shopping for mascara, I tend to go for my tried and true ones. I don't deviate much. If I buy regular mascara, it tends to drop my curl badly and if I try to re-curl, my lashes look horrible. Choppy lumps from root to tip. It's a disappointment every. single. time. So, I normally buy waterproof mascara because it holds my curl. To remove it, I use olive oil. It removes everything without irritating my eyes. Plus, it's great for the skin on the eye area.

But I digress...


When I received this mascara, I must admit, I was nervous. Excited but nervous. I didn't want it to be yet another mascara that I hated (trust me, the list is long). Fortunately, I don't.


But let's start with YSL's claims, "NEW improved formula does not dry out. The best gets even better, the original false lash effect mascara, now with an all new Lash Care formula. Achieve absolute dramatic lashes in a single stroke for eyes that instantly pop. Its secret is the Triple-Intensity Formula: intense volume, intense color, and now intense care. The nylon fiber brush coats each lash in deep color and maximum volume from root to tip, while B5 Pro-Vitamin strengthens and protects lashes."

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Milani Cosmetics Color Statement Lipstick Moisture Matte {Review & Swatches}

*** Disclaimer: Some of the products featured in this blog post
were provided by Milani Cosmetics for reviewAll opinions are my own.

Milani Cosmetics Color Statement Lipstick Moisture Matte Review & Swatches

Hello, my pretties! ♥

A little over a month ago, I shared with you a preview of the new Moisture Matte Lipstick collection that was recently released by Milani Cosmetics for Spring 2015.

Milani Cosmetics claims, "Meet your matte. Your fantasy matte. The matte that not only feels great (yes, you read that right - it's actually comfy) but also lasts for hours and has 'a-mazing Instagram selfie' written all over it. Infused with grape seed extract imported from Italy, this smear-proof lip soother delivers mega color that won't budge, even after a close encounter with a cappuccino cup. In eight luxe, go-the-distance shades, from the oh-so-sweet, pale pink Matte Innocence to the va-va-voom, fiery-red Matte Passion. This matte? So major."

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

ULTA's 21 Days of Beauty (Spring 2015)

*** Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.
Graphics provided by Ulta.

Hello, my pretties! ♥

Ulta's semi-annual 21 Days of Beauty is here! This is an awesome event in which Ulta has savings on several of the brands they carry as well as more extreme savings on specific products, which they call "Daily Beauty Steals".

The 21 Days of Beauty event for Spring 2015 begins on Tuesday, March 15th and ends on Saturday, April 4th and are both in-store & online (unless otherwise specified).

ULTA's 21 Days of Beauty (Spring 2015)
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Make sure to visit Ulta.com for additional information & current promotions of the day. To download a copy of this calendar for print, click here.

I know a lot of you are savers like me (I mean, who doesn't like to save money), so I thought you would find this very helpful. Have fun shopping! ☺

Much Love,


Monday, March 9, 2015

#BoycottLimeCrime

#BoycottLimeCrime

March 19, 2014 EDIT

There have been several inquiries about my "jumping on the bandwagon" about this issue. I'm making this edit because I want to be very clear about it: I knew about failed and questionable practices from this brand and its owner way before the news broke out on social media. I found out about it about a year ago and decided, privately, to not purchase their products. I still gave the company the benefit of doubt. Unfortunately, with this whole financial fiasco, I've decided to come forward publicly. Now, this doesn't mean at all that you have to promote this or even agree with me. This is merely my personal stand on the situation and what I am choosing to do about it.
Thank you for your understanding.
E.

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Normally, I don't post stuff like this on my blog and I definitely don't get involved in "makeup drama"; however, I am posting this today because I have a few products from this company that I have mentioned here on the blog. My conscience was calling and I had to come here to tell you this:

From this point forward, I will NOT be purchasing, using, and/or mentioning Lime Crime Makeup on my blog, my YouTube channel or any social media. Any products that I have acquired from them will be stored as a collectible in my personal collection.

For those of you who do not know who/what Lime Crime is: Lime Crime is one of the most popular indie makeup companies out in the market.

Sadly, the company has a pretty dishonorable story and its owner, Doe Deere, has a pretty shady past of her own in the industry. A plethora of lies about their ingredients, extremely poor customer service, blatant disregard for website security, fraudulent charges to credit cards and, most recently, mishandling of security breach are just some  of the issues with this company.

For more detailed information on the company & its owner's sordid past, please check out Oh Dear, Doe Deere! on tumblr. They give a much more detailed account of everything than I could ever give you.  You can also read Rose Shock's blog or LimeCrimeLiar's Instagram for additional information with more specific details about the current situation. 

Since I don't want any of my readers/followers to purchase a product I mentioned and get entangled in their lies, dishonesty, poor customer service, and/or fraudulent activities, I choose to not support this company any longer.

IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED A PRODUCT FROM LIME CRIME'S WEBSITE IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS, CHECK YOUR CREDIT CARD STATEMENT. CONTACT YOUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTION IF THERE ARE ANY UNUSUAL CHARGES ON YOUR ACCOUNT.

I feel terrible for all of those affected by the security breach and mishandling of such a serious situation. Fraud, disrespect & abuse are not a joke. Do your research. Stay informed. Take a stand.

#BoycottLimeCrime

Much Love,