Thursday, August 27, 2015

MUA Makeup Academy Professional has Landed at Chula Vista CVS Locations!

Ok, I lied... I haven't been to ALL the CVSes in Chula Vista, and there are a LOT, but the one in the Chula Vista Center was literally in the middle of setting up the display when I snapped a few pics and snatched a neutral palette. I had been there 5 hours prior on an errand, and it wasn't there, so I almost squealed like a little girl when I found it.

Here are a few shots of the display:

There was some more stuff on the sides, mostly false lashes and brushes, but there were employees setting it up so I skipped that. MUA is a pretty well known high street, or drugstore, UK brand and I knew that CVS carried their brush line, but I hadn't seen any makeup in store until today. This is my first experience with the brand and my first product purchased. Yay! I'm a low key anglophile, so learning that I'd be in an area with a popular UK brand made me a little happy, ok?

I was a bit disappointed to see that the cheapest thing I could find at a glance was a wimpy squeeze tube of gloss at $7.50. I'd say that this brand is somewhere between Maybelline and L'Oreal in their pricing, but I was expecting it to be a bit cheaper. Bummer. The display looks like it's a heavily lip-focused line - there are legit about a dozen different types of lip products - but not a whole lot else in regards to the rest of the makeup kingdom. I love me some lip products, but I wasn't ready to splash out nearly $10 for a single product, so I naturally went for the $14 neutral pallet because I'm basic and afraid of bright colors.

This thing is literally called "Nude Eye Shadow Palette"

Yes, I will be doing a review on this later, but I just wanted to share the pretty picture with you!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Product Review: NARS Supervixen Gloss

Prior to getting this gloss I had been pretty weary of the NARS lip glosses. They're pretty pricey at $26 a pop, and since I'm not a gloss lover that price pushed them way out of the question.

Also, when I started getting into makeup around 2011, the biggest thing was MAC Angel and NARS Turkish delight because of Mrs. Kardashian-West, and all the reports I heard of those glosses back then were that they smelled like paint thinner... uh, what? Well, luckily they've been reformulated since then, so when this full sized one happened to be in a Sephora gift set I didn't end up running in the opposite direction since the formula now has hardly any noticeable smell or taste.

I had a few anxieties about this at first glance; shimmer = gritty, and holy crap my lips are going to be glittery bronze. Both, thankfully, were totally unfounded. Even after furiously rubbing my lips together to test the grit of the shimmer, barely anything registered! No irritating glitter on the lips for me here! I also get a nice hint of moisturization with this sucker on. The "sheer shimmering mauve" shade, at least that is what it's listed as on Sephora, was actually pretty flattering. I still think of it as more of a bronze, but it has enough of a rosy undertone and a thankfully sheer finish to be flattering. As for the feel of the gloss, it's pretty nice. Not overly heavy, not overly sticky... not nearly as light on the lips as my ideal (and probably non-existant) lipgloss, but hey... as far as glosses go, the feel of this one gets a big thumbs up.

swatch after the jump

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Product Review: e.l.f Golden Bronzer

I picked this up along with a few other goodies during a moment of weakness at CVS the other day. One of my best friends, Sami, used to gush about the e.l.f bronzer back in the day and I decided to pick up both at the little kiosk to see what the hype was about. Keep in mind that Sam is whiter than white, and I brown up pretty nicely in the sun, so my experience with this product doesn't exactly match her glowing review.

I'm just going to get right to the point on this bronzer. It's too light and too shimmery for my skin tone and personal tastes. I think that it works a lot better for people lighter than me as a healthy, luminous, subtle glow, or for people darker than me as a customizable highlighter brick... but I'm just in that awkward midpoint where it just ends up looking like shimmer, and that just isn't flattering on my congested summer skin. However, it does make a nice body shimmer!

As for the product quality, well, this is a $3 product we're talking about. I love the fact that it comes with a HUGE mirror, and that the packaging is pretty sleek, but I could have sworn that the weight of the product wasn't obnoxiously pasted on the compact the last time I bought one of these things. It just messes up the sleek feng shui, you know? The powder itself is very soft, and while the swatches below look like it's full pigment, it's actually quite sheer in real life and it tends to kick up a lot of product as well. I tried repurposing this into eyeshadows since I can't do much with it on my face, and I found the shades to be a little too sheer and left more of a tinted shimmer wash than anything else.

Swatches after the jump!

Product Review: e.l.f Lip Exfoliator

First of all, I don't really know how much I can write about a lip exfoliator. Secondly, this is probably the best three bucks I've spent in a while. There. I said it.

I've honestly wanted to try this out since it first launched a few years ago, but never found it in stores and didn't want to go through the hassle of spending more for shipping than I would for the product, so this cheap little thing has been on my covet list until last week when I found a ton at CVS. Score. The thing itself is a little weird because normally I see lip scrubs in little pots, a la LUSH lip scrubs, so the lipstick bullet design had me curious for years.

Upon first inspection, it's a pretty standard e.l.f studio product. Black packaging that could be slightly better quality, but gets the job done and doesn't look overly cheap. The product itself looks kind of like sand stuck in butter, and the taste/scent is kind of odd... it is sweet with a synthetic creme brûlée in both taste and scent, and I can look past it for the most part, but I don't particularly like the scent. 

More after the jump!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Sephora 2015 Brithday Gift!

Yes, it is nearing that time of the year again for me. Another year older, and another year bolder according to Sephora. Personally, I don't like the whole "another year older" thing, so as far as anyone is concerned,  I'm still 21. Capisce?

However, this super awesome birthday perk from Sephora definitely softens the blow! Two mini NARS lip pencils for free? Oh heck yeah!

The two shades you get if you're a Beauty Insider or Very Important Beauty Insider (VIB) are Cruella, which has a velvet matte finish, and Rikugien, which is a satin finish. Needless to say, both are gorgeous and will suit a wide variety of skintones. If you're lucky enough to be a VIBRouge, they throw in a mini eyeliner as well, but I'm not all that broken up about it since I tend to stay away from intense black liners.

Please note how awesome the SoCal sun is for swatch pictures.

Even those these things are touted as "minis", they're still pretty sizable! The Satin Lip Pencils are 0.07 oz for a full size and my "mini" Rikugien is 0.05. Not too shabby! The Velvet Mattes have more product than the Satins at 0.086 oz, and the one I got is 0.06. Well over half the product in each for absolutely zero dollars? Very nice!

I've gotta say that the Birthday Perks have been getting better and better each year! When I first started getting into makeup the perk that year was a little mini bottle of a Philosophy birthday cake scented shower gel, which is nice, but not nearly as nice as two lip products from a pricey makeup line! Hooray for NARS, and hats off to you, Sephora! Thank you for the lovely birthday present.

P.S. I'll be doing individual reviews of the shades as soon as I'm done wear testing them since both are available for purchase.