Too Faced Gingerbread Extra Spicy Palette

Hello folks!

When I first saw the Too Faced Gingerbread Extra Spicy palette I was intrigued but didn’t pull the trigger immediately. I’m glad I held out since I later found this beauty at TJ Maxx for a neat price. This is a very warm toned palette and the perfect fall palette in my opinion. I recently discovered that I don’t have too many warm toned palettes in my collection, so this is definitely a happy addition!

Too Faced Gingerbread Extra Spicy Palette

I love the cute packaging and the eyeshadows smells faintly of gingerbread. This is not too strong which is good since I did find tickle me peach palette a bit too over powering in scent.

The shadows inside the Too Faced Gingerbread Extra Spicy Palette

There are 7 shimmers and the shade for the Graham is a matte with specks of glitter. The rest of the shades are mattes. I really enjoy Too Faced matte shadows since they are pigmented and easy to blend and the ones in this palette is no exception. The shimmers are also very pigmented and there is no fallout. The shimmers have a very creamy formula which I see in a lot of newer palettes these days. The shadows do not fade and wear well throughout the day.

Brush swatches of the Too Faced Gingerbread Extra Spicy Palette

From the brush swatches you can see that the shadows do pack a punch! Overall, I am very happy to have this palette in my collection! I do have a youtube channel now πŸ™‚ so do check out the detailed video review of this palette including live brush swatches below!

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Until next time, ciao!!

The Viseart Tryst Eyeshadow Palette

Hello folks!

Almost everyone who loves eyeshadow has heard about Viseart and how awesome their formula is…I finally took the plunge and purchased the Tryst palette last year. Yup this review has been long overdue! What drew me in was the beautiful color story. The shades in the Tryst palette is so cohesive and right up my alley, that if I were to build my own palette this is what it would probably look like!! πŸ˜€

Viseart Tryst Eyeshadow Palette

The packaging is really nice. It is sturdy plastic and the palette is travel friendly and compact. It comes with 9 eyeshadow pans and a big mirror.

Eyeshadows in the Viseart Tryst Palette

There are 2 mattes, one matte with tiny hits of shimmer and the rest of the 6 shades are all shimmers in this palette. The names come printed on a plastic overlay sheet which I can’t track down right now..the very reason why I usually like shade names to be printed on the palette. If you leave aside that one aspect of this palette, this is a winner in every other way in my book. The mattes and the shimmers blend really well, they don’t fade and they apply really smoothly on the lids. I also like that the shimmers aren’t too ‘shiny’ which gives the eye look a more sophisticated softer look.

Brush Swatches of the Viseart Tryst Palette

The shadows are really easy to work with and the layout of this palette makes it easy for even beginners to quickly choose colors that meld together well. Every time I use this palette I am super happy with the outcome.!

Overall, I love the formula and the shades and look forward to trying more from Viseart in the future! What is your favorite Viseart palette?

Too Faced Peach Blur Finishing Powder

Hello folks!

I always found finishing powders and setting powders unnecessary steps especially since I have dry skin.Β I finally entered the magical world of finishing powders when I first used Guerlain Meteorites. I absolutely love the blurred/ subtle glow the meteorites provided!Β  Since then I do like to try out finishing powders every once in a while. I loved the packaging of the Too Faced Peach Blur and decided to try it out and now I am hooked!

Too Faced Peach Blur Finishing Powder

Like most of the products in the Too Faced peach line this powder has a subtle scent. However it is not very strong and I can’t really smell it once I have applied the powder on my face. The powder looks pink in the pan and my main worry was if that would translate to a pinkish tint on my medium skintone. Luckily, this powder lives up to its claim of being translucent!

Too Faced Peach Blur

The key to making this work is following the less is more rule. I swirl a nice fluffy face brush all over the pan and swish it onto my face. Done..no second dips into the pan. The powder is pressed hard in the pan and there is no kick up. The effect is a nice subtle airbrush sort of finish. I find the final finish comparable to the Guerlain Meteorites πŸ™‚

I love this product so much! I highly doubt I will finish this powder anytime soon since you need so little but if this runs out I’ll happily repurchase!

Do you use finishing powders? Which ones are your favorites?

Too Faced Tickled Peach Mini Palette

Hello! It’s been a while since I last set foot into blogging territory and social media in general! After a nice long break I am back to talk about one of my favorite recent purchases. I absolutely love the Too Faced Tickled Peach palette. I took it with me on vacation and it was a powerhouse palette πŸ™‚

Too Faced Tickled Peach Mini Palette

As with everything in the Too Faced Peach collection, this palette also has that heavenly scent. I actually found it quite over powering the first time I opened the palette but the intensity has considerably subsided with time. The color scheme in this palette is totally up my alley. I am always drawn to plummy warm toned palettes and this one has the perfect shades!

The shades are gorgeous!!

As you can see, it is a pretty well rounded palette. It has the nice matte brown transition shade, a deeper matte brown for your outer V and a nice matte brow bone shade. The metallic/ shimmer shades are all gorgeous. This perfect mix of shades makes it an awesome travel palette. There are so many variations you can come up with this palette so you won’t get bored if you take this along with you on vacation! The sleekness and the nice big mirror is a bonus.

Now, the best part! Each and every shade in this palette performs beautifully. The shadows are smooth and silky and last all day. This palette is totally worth the 26$ price tag! The swatches below are without a primer and using a brush. Look at all those beautiful shades πŸ˜€

Swatches of the Too Faced Tickled Peach Palette

Overall, this is a lovely palette to have in your makeup collection especially if you are drawn these kind of shades. I just wish Too Faced would tone down the scent of stuff in their peach line..although it smells nice after a point it can be a bit over powering!

Until next time,ciao!!

 

Pink Lipstick loves : Summer 2018 edit

Hello folks! I have been obsessed with colorful eye looks for the past month or so. This called for more toned down lipstick shades which were either close to my lip color or slightly muted in tone. I have been constantly reaching for four lipsticks from my collection a bit more than the others lately!

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Pink Lipstick central!

The Maybelline mattes have an awesome formula for a drug store lipstick! They are really comfortable on the lips and glide on real smooth. I use 2 shades from the line; Touch of Spice and Lust for Blush. Touch of Spice is my favorite of the 2. I can put this on with any eye look, or for any occasion. It is my favorite my lips but better shade! Lust for Blush can look a bit weird on my skin tone especially with a tan. But I like to use this in conjunction with more brown based lipsticks or brown based glosses. The balance of white, pink and brown pigments then get balanced πŸ™‚

Similar to Lust for Blush is the Urban Decay Comfort matte in Backtalk. The color is a bit more mauve and has more of a white base compared to Lust for Blush. I feel they are very close dupes though! I like to use this mixed with other lipsticks..it always gives surprising results!!

Last but not the least, I love my Milani lipstick in Plumrose. This is an old love of mine that remained hidden for a while and I am so glad to have this back on my daily makeup stand. The shade is beautiful..it is a true deep rosey pink that will suit a wide range of skintones. The only thing I don’t like about this guy is the watermelon scent.

What are your favorite lipsticks this summer?

Until next time, ciao!!!

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bahama

Hello everyone! I have been wanting to review the NARS Velvet lip pencil for ages. I got this as a gift well over a year ago and it was love at first swipe! The formula is amazing!

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NARS Velvet Lip Pencil in Bahama

Usually I shy away from matte lip products since I have dry lips and don’t feel like torturing them any further. This one however feels like nothing on the lips and when you press your lips together there is no dry feeling either. I do still use a lip balm before applying this since that is the way I roll with any lip product πŸ™‚

The wear time is pretty decent. I don’t find it as long lasting as many of the other matte lip products but I guess that is the price you have to pay for comfort! The plus side is that it fades away evenly and can survive some light snacking and drinking.

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Well used Lip Pencil πŸ™‚

The picture above is the how my lip pencil looks like right now πŸ˜‰ When it was brand new it had a pointed tip like an actual pencil. Now the main gripe I have with this product is that it needs to be sharpened and when I am in a hurry (which is most days) I have no time to hunt down my sharper and sharpen the pencil. For the price of this lip pencil I feel I should have gotten a twist up with a sharpener attached to the other end of the pencil to maintain the tip! Mine looks so busted right now πŸ˜€

The shade Bahama is a Brown nude and pulls a bit darker than my actual lip color. It would be a perfect nude for anyone above an NC30 skintone. Take a look at the swatch below:

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NARS Velvet matte lip pencil in Bahama swatched

I am not a huge fan of the packaging of this product. The lid which has that rubberized feel to touch, does not stay put securely unless you carefully place it. Just a pointer to keep in mind if you plan to carry this around in your purse!

Overall I really like the formula and will try out some more shades. Do you have any shade recommendations in this line?

Until next time, ciao!!

 

Blinc Ultrathin Liquid eyeliner pen

Hello folks!

I have mostly been an eyeliner pencil sort of gal for the most part of my makeup wearing lifetime. Recently I started experimenting with liquid eyeliners and so far I have been loving the Milani Ultra fine eyeliner (review here) …that was until I tried the Blinc Ultrathin Liquid eyeliner pen πŸ™‚ I am quite hooked to this right now!

blinc ultra thin liquid eyeliner pen
blinc ultra thin liquid eyeliner pen

The packaging is quite cool! The sleek pen comes in a nice lightweight recyclable aluminium container. As much as I love good product presentation, the product needs to perform…and in this case its a win! The company claims that the eyeliner is waterproof, smudge proof and fade proof and I did test it out on all these fronts. I found that once you put this on at the start of the day, it looks perfect 10 hours later (no fading!) and that my friend is a good eyeliner πŸ™‚ I don’t rub my eyes too often but just to test this out I tired to smudge it and I failed!

The ultra fiine tip
The ultra fiine tip

Being in the pen form, I find this really easy to use. As you can see from the pic above, the tip is ultra fine! This is excellent if you want the thinnest line possible on your lash line. I usually prefer a thin application of eyeliner to the upper lash line since it gives a pop to your eyes but looks natural at the same time. This pen is a multi tasker for me since I can get a very thin line when I want the natural look, and at same time if I build up the liner I can get a more intense and thicker eyeliner look as well. If your into cat eye looks and winger liner looks this eyeliner might just land up being your best friend since the fine tip gives you a greater precision while drawing them out!

Swatch
Swatch

The company claims that this the thinnest eyeliner tip in the cosmetic industry! Also the tip is not a felt tip like many of the pen format eyeliners, but an actual brush. That gives the tip sufficient flexibility as well which I like!

For me a very important criteria when choosing an eyeliner, especially a waterproof one, is the ease with which I can take it off at the end of the day. I hate having to tug and pull my eyelid area! This eyeliner wins in that category too! It comes off really easily at the end of the day with my oil based makeup remover.

 

the eyeliner in action!
the eyeliner in action!

I can’t think of anything negative about this eyeliner except that it is not black enough for me when I apply the thinnest line possible. In the picture above I applied it slightly thicker than the thinnest line possible with it and only then did I see some intensity in color. However, I do not see this as a game breaker for me. Β The eyeliner is available at Sephora and on the Blinc website if you want to check this out!

Hope your all having a great week so far! Until next time..ciao!!

*PR Sample. The opinions expressed here are my own.