Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Milani Cosmetics Amore Matte Lip Crèmes (Mini-Reviews & Swatches)

DISCLAIMER: I received this care package, courtesy of Milani Cosmetics,
for use & review in conjunction with this blog post. All opinions are my own.

Milani Cosmetics Amore Matte Lip Crèmes | iheartoffbeat

Hello, my pretties! ♥

My favorite drugstore brand, Milani Cosmetics has released the Amore Matte Lip Crèmes!
Originally, they had released a limited edition collection back in Fall 2015; however, after seeing how popular they were & how fast they flew off the shelves, Milani decided to create a permanent collection of lip crèmes. Well... I was fortunate enough to receive 4 out of the 18 shades! And because some of you are curious, I swatched them all and did mini-reviews to give you some info. So, if you're interested in these beautiful & fun lippies, keep reading! ;)

Milani Cosmetics Amore Matte Lip Crèmes | iheartoffbeat

The Amore Matte Lip Crèmes have officially been released on the Milani website, but are set to be available in-stores at the end of January 2016. These lip crèmes have a revolutionary, highly-saturated liquid-to-matte formula that dries to a soft, velvet/matte finish that help your lips look fuller and plump. It comes with a double-sided, flexible, plush applicator that allow the color to apply boldly and opaque. Also, these are super long-wearing and transfer-resistant. I want to point out that these new lip crèmes have been reformulated from the original limited edition ones.

Amore Matte Lip Crèmes retail for $8.99 each wherever Milani Cosmetics are sold. They will be available in 18 shades: Adorable, Precious, Loved, Craze, Devotion, Gorgeous, Sweetheart, Fancy, Obsession, Covet, Sugar, Flame, Amore, Babe, Cherish, Allure, Fling and Fascination. As of the time of this post, there are only 10 shades available on the website (the ones in bold) and no news as to when the rest of them will be released or what colors they are.

Now, let's move on to the swatches...

Saturday, January 16, 2016

UD x Gwen Stefani Lipstick Samples (Mini-Reviews & Swatches)

DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post.


Hello, my pretties! ♥

When I saw there was a 4-lipstick sample pack of the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Lipstick Collection in my #UDxGwen Eyeshadow Palette purchase, I just about fell off my chair! I had purposely avoided reading any reviews of the eyeshadow palette because I didn't think I was gonna get it (read that full story here). When I did and saw these puppies inside the box, I was flippin' excited! Now, it's time to share with you some of the gorgeous lipsticks from this #UDxGwen line that was just released this week. Enjoy!


The #UDxGwen Lipsticks retail for $18 each. They come in 4 different finishes: Sheer, Cream, Mega Matte and Satin. The mega matte finish is brand new to Urban Decay -- a super-intense matte that is very pigmented and lays down color with only one coat.

There are 8 lipsticks in total; however, I will only swatch the ones I received in the sample pack. I've done mini reviews to go alongside each of the sample lipsticks to let you know my thoughts on the colors, finish and formula. Let's dive right into it...

Friday, January 15, 2016

UD x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette {Review & Swatches}

DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post.

UD x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette {Review & Swatches} | iheartoffbeat

Hello, my pretties! ♥

It's a new year & I'm bringing you a new palette review!

As 2015 was tapering off, Urban Decay released its 1st ever celebrity-collaboration palette with no other than the always fabulous Gwen Stefani. I didn't get it right away because I put myself on a serious 'no-buy' at the end of the year. I'm gonna be completely honest: With the move + Christmas, we were broke. Yet I was slightly sad this beauty wasn't in my collection. Well, leave it to my brother to spoil me over the holidays with a Sephora $50 gift card (thank you, brother!) so I could get this cutie. First thing I did right after getting the gift card? Swatch that sucker in-store & hug the first one I could get my hands on! So if you're still interested in getting the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette but aren't sure whether you should buy it or not, here I have this review & swatches to help you make that decision. Ready? Let's do this!

UD x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette {Review & Swatches} | iheartoffbeat UD x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette {Review & Swatches} | iheartoffbeat
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The #UDxGwen Eyeshadow Palette is limited edition and retails at Sephora or on the Urban Decay website for $58. Gwen Stefani was involved in the entire development of the palette and designed every single detail -- from the colors to the packaging to the eyeshadows that were to be included in it.

UD x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette {Review & Swatches} | iheartoffbeat

The palette also comes with a small sample of 4 new lipsticks that just released this week. I will be doing swatches and a mini review of these samples for you to check out. Stay tuned!

UD x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette {Review & Swatches} | iheartoffbeat

The design is very much inspired by Gwen's love for black & white graphic prints and antique gold accents. I love that the graphics are so bold and unique, especially because there is nothing out in the market quite like this. It's very eye-catching and truly represents Gwen's aesthetic.