Summertime – the Essentials

Hi beauties! I’m so excited that summertime is just around the corner – it feels like spring has only just begun! Maybe that’s because of the ridiculously cold weather we were experiencing out in Colorado. But out here, it’s been sunny with plenty of warmth and I’m loving it!

Josie Maran Cheek Gelee, Laura Mercier Gilded Rose, Charlotte Tilbury's Bar of Gold, Charlotte Tilbury Coachella Coral, Sonia Kashuk tinted moisturizer, e.l.f. mist & set, Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Fresh Complexion Foundation, Essie All Tied Up, Nails Inc Wellington Square, Covergirl Colorlicious Lipgloss Plumilicious

With the summer season comes a slight change of products that I’ll be incorporating into my makeup routine. Summer is a season where you usually don’t want to go too heavy with your makeup – especially if you’re in an area where the weather can get unbearably hot and humid (east coasters, you KNOW what I mean!). Last summer, putting on makeup was about as useless as teats on a bull, seriously. I mean the second I stepped outside it would literally start melt off. I’m hoping that this year the humidity might give me a bit of a break. With that said, if at all possible, going with a light face base is key. A tinted moisturizer or a light/medium barely-there-feel foundation will benefit you the most during the hot summer months.

Polish: I’ve said before that I’m not one to follow trends, but as time goes on I’m finding myself more attracted to trend shades for each season. I’m really into peaches, corals and beachy colors right now. Nails Inc. Wellington Square is a gorgeous peachy-orange shade that goes well with all skin tones, and I also really like Essie’s All Tied Up – it’s kind of an earthy coral with gold shimmer in it that just reminds me of the beach. Oranges, corals, mints, warm neons and nude tones are all great for summer.

For cheeks, Josie Maran’s Cheek Gelee is a great pick – the formula is light and creamy and lets you decide how light/heavy you want to go with your colour. It gives your cheeks a radiant, natural glow. Natural and lighter blushers work best during the summer because you really don’t want or need to over-do it. A subtle hint of color will do, just enough that you can tell its there.

Eyes: Again, I’m loving peachy/beachy colors right now and the color shown (Laura Mercier Illuminating Eye Colour in Gilded Rosegold) is one that I actually re-discovered within my stash just a few weeks ago. The color is BEA-U-TIFUL; a true, deep, shimmery rose gold – total buttery perfection and crazy pigmented. Right now I’m really into wearing shadow without any eyeliner at all – just some color on the lids (lately, the Laura Mercier shadow, but any peachy/bronze-y shade will do), a transition shade and some mascara – it really brings a natural, brightened-up look to the eyes.

To give you a radiant, warm glow, add a highlighter or illuminator to the highest point of your cheek bones – one of my personal favorites is Charlotte Tilbury’s Bar of Gold.

Lips: Corals are always great for summer (seen above, Charlotte Tilbury’s lipstick in Coachella Coral), but I’m also liking pastel and bright pinks. Right now I’m loving CoverGirl’s new Colorlicious lipgloss in Plumilicious – it gives a bright, but not too bright tint to the lips and has enough pigmentation that it can be worn on its own, which I love.

To top everything off, with my skin being extra oily during the hot months, a setting spray is a must to keep my makeup in place as long as possible. e.l.f.’s Makeup Mist & Set is a much cheaper alternative and dupe for MAC Fix + and Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray.

So there you have it! What are your essentials and favorites for the warm months to come?

 

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Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Palette (new version)

Bonjour, beauties! 😛 This is going to be a lazy post today, as all the energy I have is draining from me as we speak. I won’t be posting as much during the next few weeks because we really do have to get packing, Easter is coming up and before I know it, we’ll be on the road to our new home!

Today I’m going to show you swatches of the Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye palette. I picked this up during Sephora’s 15% off sale a couple of weeks ago with a gift card I had (the palette retails for $36). I was debating between this and the Naked 2 which I already owned before, but sold in a blog sale (which I sort of started to regret). But since the Naked 2 is quite a bit higher in price (and on top of that, got hiked up YET AGAIN another $2), I said pooh-pooh to that and decided on the Too Faced palette.

I haven’t worn it yet so I can’t comment on wear/longevity, but most of these colors are complete buttery softness, and I have no worries as I know Too Faced delivers on their quality for the most part.

Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection

The new version of the palette contains 3 new shades: Cashmere Bunny, Nudie and Chocolate Martini which replace Velvet Revolver, Nude Beach and Cocoa Puff from the older palette. I’m not familiar with the old palette, but from photos I have seen, Cashmere Bunny/Velvet Revolver and Chocolate Martini/Cocoa Puff look almost identical.

Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Palette
For comparison – (photo borrowed from Laura at French Vanilla Cheeks, thank you again!) – This is the older version of the Natural Eyes palette

Now, onto the swatches!

Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection Heaven, Cashmere Bunny, Sexpresso
From L to R: Heaven, Cashmere Bunny, Sexpresso

Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection Silk Teddy, Push-Up, Erotica
From L to R: Silk Teddy, Push-Up, Erotica

Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection Nudie, Honey Pot, Chocolate Martini
From L to R: Nudie, Honey Pot, Chocolate Martini

Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection Card

So there you have it! Again, I haven’t worn these out all day yet, but I know I won’t have any regrets with this purchase and I have no doubts that the quality will be up to par! I’ll try do a look with it soon. What are your thoughts on this palette?

L’Oreal Paris Collection Privée

Hello everybody! I hope everyone had a great weekend! It’s snowing here… 70+ degrees one day and snowing the next. Just one of the many reasons why I can’t wait to leave this place! I’ve pretty much been lounging around and putting off packing which I totally need to get on ASAP, as we’re moving in about two weeks. I’m tellin’ ya, as many times as I’ve moved, you’d think it would get easier but that just isn’t the case. If anything, I’m getting lazier! Oooh, I just cannot wait until it’s all over!

Today I have some swatches of this spring’s new L’Oreal Paris Collection Privée. This collection was created by L’Oreal with the goal of having a match for women of every skin tone. Inspired by seven beautiful actresses/entertainers, the women who make up the faces of this line are J-Lo, Julianne Moore, Eva Longoria, Freida Pinto, Doutzen Kroes, Liya Kebede and Cheryl Cole (which I believe is only available in the UK if I’m not mistaken). I think there may be a few other shades, but these are the only ones I’ve actually seen or heard of. Each line is geared towards women whose skin complexion resembles their own – Julianne’s would be most fitting for those with light complexions, Freida’s is most fitting for those with darker tones, but of course we aren’t confined to those shades only. As you can see, I’ve chosen a couple that were out of my “range”. I purchased Freida, Julianne & Doutzen’s polishes and Freida and Liya’s lippies. The lipsticks actually look somewhat high-end and if you’re familiar with NARS products, they’re that same rubbery sort of packaging.

L'Oreal Collection Privee
From L to R: Freida’s polish, Freida’s lipstick, Julianne’s polish, Liya’s lipstick, Doutzen’s polish

L'Oreal Paris Collection Privee Doutzen

L'Oreal Paris Collection Privee Freida

L'Oreal Paris Collection Privee Julianne

L'Oreal Paris Collection Privee Julianne, Laura Mercier Nude Silk dupe
Left – no flash, Right – with flash

I also unintentionally discovered a dupe! The reason I bought Julianne was because I didn’t think I had any polishes that resembled that color. As soon as I started applying it, something clicked in my head. I went and grabbed a Laura Mercier polish (in the color Nude Silk) I bought a while ago and sure enough, it looked like an exact match! It took three coats to get Laura’s to full opacity, Julianne’s was only two. It’s soo hard to tell, but Julianne’s is just a smidgen more pink toned than Nude Silk, but on camera, it’s nearly undetectable. So if anyone owns & loves Nude Silk and is looking for a similar color, Julianne is it!

L'Oreal Collection Privee Freida
L’Oreal Collection Privée Lipstick – Freida’s Nude

L'Oreal Collection Privee Liya
L’Oreal Collection Privee Lipstick – Liya’s Nude

The lipsticks are really moisturizing and glossy-like (like a Laura Mercier Stick Gloss, but with a bit more color). You do have to layer them a bit to get the full color out of ’em, but I don’t mind because what I’m more concerned about is the formula & texture. They’re very smooth and easy to apply!

I have to say, the celeb endorsements got me. I don’t think I would’ve purchased any of these if it weren’t for them, but I’m happy I did! The lipsticks and polishes retail for around $6 each, depending on where you get them. If you hit up Walgreens when they have a L’Oreal sale, they’re usually BOGO 50% off, plus I always ask the beauty advisor if they have coupons behind the makeup counter to make it even more worth while! More often than not, they’re happy to look for me! What do you think of this collection? Are there any of them that you’d like to try?

Drink Up! Why Moisturizing is so Important

Hello, all!

Today I want to talk a little bit about skin care. I’m no aficionado, but I can tell you about what works for me.

Now, I’m a popper and a picker. Are any of you guilty of this? When I see a pimple that’s just waiting to burst (I know, I know, but seriously we all go through it!) I cannot just let it sit there no matter how hard I try. I may hold out for a little and keep my mind occupied on something else but soon enough, it calls my name and then I’ve gone and done it. Picking is sooo bad for our skin and even though I know this, I still can’t completely give it up. Not only does it cause acne scarring (I am a huge testament to this), but opening up the spot can spread dirt and bacteria to it, which in turn can cause infections and other permanent spots and marks on our faces. Not cute! Just last year, I stopped using rubbing alcohol on my face, yes RUBBING ALCOHOL. My twice-a-day routine would be to wash my face, I would take a cotton ball soaked in alcohol and rub it all over the spots of my skin that were the most acne prone, which were the outer cheek by my ear, forehead, nose and chin. Then after, I’d use benzoyl peroxide acne cream and “rub my zits off” as one of my best friends would say. I had absolutely no idea how bad this was for my skin, because I couldn’t see any visible effects. Sure, my cheeks and nose would get dry and flaky from time to time, but during those bouts, all I had to do was lotion them up for a couple of days and all would be back to normal again. But essentially, what I was doing was stripping my skin of the natural oils and moisture that it actually needed. I’d heard that drying out your skin would actually cause more oil to produce, but I didn’t believe it one bit. I tried to stop using it a couple of times, but as oily as my skin got, I couldn’t hold out for long.

Moisturizing was a naughty word to me. I just didn’t believe in it. Not even oil-free products. Why would I possibly want to ADD moisture to my already oily T-zone? It just didn’t make sense. I honestly believed it was worse for my skin than having it dry sometimes due to the alcohol use. As I became more interested in beauty, I started to read a bit about skin care and how important moisturizing really is, so I hesitantly gave in and decided to give it a go. I heard that moisturizing your skin will eventually stop the oiliness, but I didn’t see any proof of that. I tried a couple different moisturizers but the hype wore off, I didn’t feel like they were doing anything for me besides causing more grease, so I stopped. Around Christmas time last year, Laura Mercier had a “12 days of Flawless” sale on her site – Every day there would be a really good deal on a certain product. One of the days, her Flawless Skin Tone Perfecting Duet was on sale which included a full-size Flawless Skin Tone Perfecting Creme and full-size Flawless Skin Tone Perfecting Eye Gel Creme for around $48 total, supposedly originally $95. But when I looked at the price for the products separately, the moisturizer was nearly $100 and the eye gel, $60. So even though I wasn’t a fan of moisture, I snatched it up, because A – it was Laura Mercier! and B – there was never going to be an opportunity like that again at that price. I figured, what better time to try this moisture thing out again.

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Tone Perfecting Creme

Needless to say, I’m hooked. I’m actually at a point now where I don’t feel complete unless I’ve moisturized my face after washing. This is one purchase that I can thank my un-thought out instincts for! This moisturizer is said to brighten your skin, give it a more healthy, radiant look and even out your complexion. I don’t know if I can attest to all of those claims, but what I do know is that it moisturizes my skin without ANY feeling of greasiness whatsoever and makes it look awake and refreshed. Though it’s thick, it has a really rich texture that’s light and airy. After wearing it almost daily for the past few months, I can say with 100% certainty that my skin is not nearly as oily as it was before. No more wiping greasy skillet face when I wake up in the morning! It may be due to a couple of things I’ve been doing differently in my skin care routine, but I do truly believe that giving my skin actual time to work with the moisturizer has improved it tremendously. It actually has decreased in oil production! When using it before putting on makeup, I feel it acts sort of like a primer for my primer – it prepares my face, balances everything out and just helps it set perfectly.

Now, because of the price, I don’t think I’ll be re-purchasing anytime soon, which is so sad because I do believe this is my HG. I’ll have to find a much less expensive alternative/dupe and I don’t know how easy that will be, but using this has helped me realize that I DO need to moisturize my skin on a daily basis and how important it really is. To protect our skin from dryness which can emphasize our aging, to prevent it from harsh effects of sun exposure (if it contains SPF) which in turn can cause early aging, etc. I was neglecting my skin, and in a way, abusing it by being so harsh. I’ll never go back to that again!

Do you use a moisturizer in your skin care regimen? If so, which one(s)?

CoverGirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation Review

Hi all! I hope your weekend has been happy and productive (or not, if that’s what you want to accomplish!). I once again (twice, if you caught it earlier) changed my blog name. I’ll tell you, I’m such a lunatic perfectionist when it comes to these things. I’ll sit here and think and think trying to come up with something better, and then even better, and I don’t know why I do this because I’d be changing it at least once a month for the rest of my life at the rate I’m going.. I have. to. stop. I get into these modes where I just obsess about it and it’s sooo unhealthy and ridiculous. I don’t want to keep changing it and confusing people (and myself), so I’m going to try to just let it be, be happy with it, and put the obsessing over it to a halt because it’s just getting out of control. Also, for some reason when I’ve chosen to follow someone’s blog, I’ll check out a new post or something afterward and it gives me the option to follow the person when I already have.. I don’t know if my blog is automatically un-following people or if when I click follow the first time, it just isn’t registering correctly, but if I follow you and then all of a sudden I’m not, it’s not on purpose, I promise! It’s really starting to annoy me because it’s happening pretty frequently. Is this happening to any of you too or is it just me? Hmm.

Anywho, today I’m reviewing one of my more recent drugstore finds. I love searching through Walgreens’ cosmetic aisles for those bright orange stickers!! If you shop there, you know what I mean… CLEARANCE! The CoverGirl Whipped Creme foundations are on clearance at pretty much every Walgreens I’ve visited in the past few weeks. After debating maybe 3-4x during different visits, I decided to pick one up. I think they were about $4.50 or so and I had a coupon for $3 off a CoverGirl foundation, so I really only ended up paying around $1.50 which is pretty freakin’ awesome!

I ended up buying this in the color Soft Honey (#355). What’s funny is I was actually going to buy the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fab 3-in-1 Foundation in this color (I used to wear Soft Honey yeeears ago in their Clean Liquid Foundation) but I didn’t go through with it because it looked way too light in the bottle. I don’t know how consistent the shades are between each of their foundations, but this specific foundation might be one of the closest color matches, if not THE closest color match I’ve ever had, which is saying a LOT because I’ve probably sampled at least 50 foundations in the past year.

The name of the foundation speaks for itself – whipped. So it’s pretty much what I expected. Thick and fluffy, not runny at all.

Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation Soft Honey 355

Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation Soft Honey 355

I wouldn’t say this was difficult to apply, but it was different and took some getting used to. Since it’s so thick, it wasn’t as easy to buff into my skin as my normal liquid foundations. I had to work a little quicker than usual to buff it out before it set in. The first time I tried it, I used my Real Techniques Stippling Brush and it was kind of hard to work with, I just feel like it didn’t buff out so well.  I think my Tarte Airbrush Foundation Brush actually works a lot better because it’s much more wide, thick and dense so it spreads the foundation around more easily and gives it a more even finish. I’m no foundation expert, but I would guess that this might not be great for those with dry skin, since it is such a thick consistency with such a matte finish. I have combination skin – normal skin around my cheek area and very oily around my nose and chin. I can’t do super dewy foundations due to that, but I do prefer a semi-dewy, natural looking glow over a pure matte. This is very matte, but it does a really good job of suppressing the oil for a longer period of time.

I have a before (don’t judge!) and after picture of the coverage. I did apply 2 coats as I usually do just to make sure I have all my freckles, scars, discoloration, and any breakouts covered as much as possible before I apply my concealer.

Covergirl Clean Whipped Creme Foundation Soft Honey 355L – Bare Face, R – Foundation just applied

The right photo is foundation only, no concealer or anything applied yet, so you can get an idea of the coverage. You can see it did even out my skin and covered my dark circles, scarring and freckles a bit. I could’ve built this up with another layer, but I’d rather use concealer to finish the job than cake on another layer of foundation and have it start to look unnatural or obvious. I think it does a good job, coverage-wise. I’m also satisfied with the lasting power – After 8 hours of wear, I do have visible oily spots around my nose and chin (without setting with powder) which is bound to happen with me, but my cheeks look as though they’ve been untouched.

I’m really surprised with this because foundations, whether they’re drugstore or higher end, usually never work out for me (color-wise). The first thing I’m always concerned with is color matching because it’s so hard for me to find a perfect match.. I always feel that if I do find one, I’ll work with it even if I don’t love the formula because a perfect match for me is extremely rare. Though I’m really thrilled about the color, that probably won’t last long since summer’s right around the corner – I tend to get about 2-3 shades darker during those months, so it kinda makes foundation shopping difficult and annoying. The formula, despite its matte-ness will probably grow on me, it’s just not what I’m used to. But it’s actually better aesthetically because of my oil issues. I could always mix in a bit of my tinted moisturizer to give my skin a little more glow too!

Final verdict: I will deem this one a drugstore win!

Have any of you tried this foundation?

Smashbox Ombré Eyes Set – Review + Swatches

Hi everyone!

Today I’m reviewing the Smashbox Ombré Eyes Set which includes a Photo Op eyeshadow/blush palette, full size Full Exposure Mascara and full size Lip Enhancing Gloss. Currently, Ulta is including a free full size Limitless Waterproof Eyeliner along with this purchase (all this for only $29). Helloooo, this was too good of a deal to pass up, I HAD to get it!

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but something about eyeshadows in the color purple call me. When I first started practicing with shadows again a few months ago, the first look I made that looked remotely decent was created with purples. Since then, I’ve become attracted to purples like a magnet. When I scope out new palettes and quads on Sephora, my mouse always clicks on those darn purple hues. It’s an instinct that I can’t help and I don’t realize it until after I’ve done it.. then I say to myself, ” Tasha, you HAVE to stop buying purples!” And it’s true, I do need to venture out! But c’mon, for $29.. how could one pass this up? So here we are, and I must say I’m pretty content with this purchase!

The purples in this palette are pretty pigmented (the Violet is to die for!). The light pink is somewhat chalky with not-so-great color payoff (it basically looks like a faded white on my skin) but when I bought this, I pretty much knew I wouldn’t be using it anyway. The black also isn’t the most pigmented black I’ve ever come across, but I almost never use blacks. I have a couple in other palettes that I own if I ever need them. I haven’t touched the blush yet, so I can’t comment on it’s wear or quality, however, it looks as though it may be too light for my skin tone. I will say after several hours of wear, the colors did appear more faded than when I first applied, but it’s not a significant difference – not enough for me to be bothered. Even if these aren’t *superb* in quality, the mascara, eyeliner and lipgloss together are still worth over $29 alone (approximately $60 combined if you were to buy each one separately). The mascara, I’ve used before – I have several samples of it and while it isn’t my HG, it’s decent enough. I’m not super picky with mascaras, so the more I can collect, the better. The gloss is a pretty pink which looks like it would be flattering on all skintones; semi-sheer, but buildable, moisturizing, and not too sticky. I haven’t used the eyeliner yet because I have a million that I need to use up first, but I’ve read that it’s quite good in quality – not budgy. It also has a built-in sharpener in the cap which I think is so cool! Hopefully it actually works! That would certainly make it great for travel.

Smashbox Ombre EyesSmashbox Ombré Eyes Photo Op Palette from L to R: Pastel, Lavender, Violet, Ebony and blush in Rosy

Smashbox Ombre Eyes, Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara, Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner, Smashbox Lip Enhancing GlossSmashbox Full Exposure Mascara, Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx and Lip Enhancing Gloss in Blush

Smashbox Ombre Eyes

Smashbox Ombre EyesWearing Lavender and Violet from the Ombré palette and Lip Enhancing Gloss in Blush.

I’m not one to follow the trends at all. This palette was released in fall of 2013, but to me, these colors are really pretty for spring despite the late-year release. I’m actually just now starting to understand that there are trends in color that vary per season, and while I’m not going to limit myself to wearing only THOSE colors, the colors in those seasonal collections strangely become more appealing to me. Darn that marketing! Either way, I think purples of any shade go great during springtime! Overall, despite the not-so-great quality in a couple of these shadows, I’m pleased with this. For the price of it all, I feel like I made out like a bandit! What do you think about these colors? Is following seasonal beauty trends important to you?

March Madness Haul/Purchases

Hello, guys & gals!

March is nearly over and April will soon be upon us! That means we’re inching closer to spring trends and weather! I gathered together all of my beauty purchases from this month (hopefully I can make it through tomorrow without caving in). I feel like this was a lot, but most of them are actually drugstore buys – Maybelline Color Tattoos and L’Oreal Paris Collection Privée products making up the bulk of that. I will be posting swatches and reviews of many of these in the days and weeks to come, so stay tuned! What were your beauty purchases for the month of March?

Inglot, L'oreal Privee, Smashbox Ombre, NYX Butter Lipstick, Sephora Glitterguard Primer, Maybelline Color Tattoo

Beautylish and Inglot Review & Swatches

Hi all!

So today, I wanted to post about my very first Beautylish and Inglot purchase! I’ve visited Beautylish.com from time to time over the past year or two, but never ordered anything. Since I started my beauty journey last year, I guess you could say I’ve kind of been a dedicated Sephora girl. I love the fact that I can use eBates, Swagbucks AND Shopkick (shameless plug, maybe, but I’m SO serious about getting free stuff when I can!) to earn cash-back or points towards MORE Sephora gift cards (and I’ve earned SEVERAL), and I also like accumulating Beauty Insider points (if you aren’t aware of their Beauty Insider program, I definitely recommend that you join – it’s free and at the very least, you’ll get a free birthday gift every year). However, being quite disappointed in how their Rouge program has materialized (it actually hasn’t) and how these issues been addressed by the company, I’ve been doing most, if any, of my shopping elsewhere.

That brings me to Beautylish! I don’t know how it happened, I just ended up there browsing again as I do every so often, and the Inglot products caught my eye more so than usual this time. I decided to order. It wasn’t anything huge, but I chose a lipstick, a gloss and a loose pigment (my first loose pigment ever!). Their makeup is fairly inexpensive and I’ve only read good things (mainly about their eyeshadows), so it was a done deal. When the package arrived, the products were charmingly tied and wrapped inside a small, brown paper bag, and a personal message written on a note card was included, thanking me for my purchase! So cute & thoughtful! I love when companies show great customer recognition, those kind of gestures really go a long way. It was a really sweet added touch which will definitely keep me coming back. I’d definitely recommend checking out Beautylish if you haven’t before. The shipping is quite reasonable – they offer free FedEx 2-day shipping with purchases of $35 and up and orders under $35 have a flat $5 charge, which still isn’t bad, IMO. Plus it’s not just a site to shop at, it’s also a community full of beauty lovers – there are tons of beauty-related videos, product ratings, advice, etc. It’s a really neat site, so check it out!

Inglot AMC Pure Pigment Eyeshadow 35

Pigment #35 – This color caught my eye almost immediately – the pictures definitely don’t do it justice. I’ve never seen anything like it! And I’ve never used a loose pigment before, so I was a bit hesitant to buy it in case I couldn’t figure out how to use it properly – but even if I hadn’t Youtube’d videos on it, I don’t think I could’ve passed it up because it’s just such a gorgeous, unique color. It’s a shiny duochrome pigment; a deep periwinkle/cornflower blue mixed with gold. When the light hits it, the gold really radiates and I think it’s just simply stunning. It turned out to be exactly the color I thought it would be, and we all know how makeup swatches and pictures on our phones and laptops can prove to be so deceiving and disappointing once we receive the actual product.

Inglot Sleeks Lipgloss 46, Inglot Lipstick 236 Cream

Inglot Sleeks Lipgloss 46, Inglot Lipstick 236 Cream

The lipstick I chose (#236) went on creamy and evenly. On my lips, it shows up as a maroon color with purple undertones, kind of like what I expected my Dior Lip Addict Extreme in Bonne Aventure to appear (that was one of those “disappointments” I was referring to earlier), so I was very pleased. It has a nice sheen to it too. The lipgloss (#46) is ahh-mazinggg! Okay, now I’m not a huge fan of sparkly gloss by any means. It’s just not my thing. I like my lips glossy, but they’re HUGE so I don’t need added sparkle to accentuate them. HOWEVER, this gloss has an amazing lustrous glow to it. It’s a bright, semi-sheer strawberry red with gold shimmer inside. I couldn’t stop staring at it when I put it on! I don’t look for sparkly glosses, so I don’t know if there is one like this out there – to me this is one-of-a-kind. It’s perfect for summer because it has that golden glow, it’s sheer but not so sheer that it won’t show up when worn alone and it has a nice texture, not too sticky. I know once this one runs out I’ll be buying another, I really, really love this color!

Here’s a little look I tried with the lips and eyes – I’m still on a bit of a learning curve with my eyeshadow.. sometimes it turns out okay, sometimes it doesn’t, so bear with me! I’m not creative at all when it comes to putting together different shadows and looks. I usually find a pictorial or video online to try to imitate, but this time I attempted it without that. I swear, my hooded, droopy eyelids are sooo hard to work with. I recently heard someone on a video say that hooded eyelids are actually the most common eyelids out there, but I have a hard time believing that. Whenever I Google a look, the pictures that pop up are almost always girls with full, visible lids and I get a bit jealous. I mean, they just look like they’re so much easier to work with than mine. There are so many techniques and odd things that I have to do to get the lid color to show, to get my eyeliner to wing out without getting caught on the hood, it’s just crazy. I feel like no matter what I do, it just doesn’t turn out the way eyeshadow should really “look”. Maybe I’ll get the hang of it one day and it’ll be like second nature, but it feels like that day will never come.

Inglot Sleeks Lipgloss 46, Inglot Lipstick 236 Cream, Inglot Pure Pigment Eyeshadow 35

Lorac Unzipped, Inglot AMC Pure Pigment 35

Before I even received these products, I went and ordered some more; 5 Inglot shadows from their Freedom System (the Freedom System is a system Inglot has where you can choose the size of the palette you want to purchase, from a 1-square palette to a 40-square palette, along with the products you want to add to your palette – eyeshadows, lipsticks, concealers, etc.; the freedom to add what you wish!). So I will have another review coming soon! All in all, I’m really impressed so far and I don’t know why it took me this long to try them out! Do you have any experiences with Inglot, or are there any products that catch your eye?