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?

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?

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?

Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Cheek Sweep & Venus Lure Lip Balm Review + Swatches

Just a quick word before my review, I want to thank EVERY one of you who is currently following me right now. I’m really hoping to make this blog work and to help bring some input into the beauty blogging community. I don’t know how likely that is with the thousands of us that are already out there, but I want to at least give it a shot and I really, REALLY appreciate your support! I’ve changed my blog name just because I feel if this ever does jump off (knock on wood), I don’t know that I would’ve been completely satisfied with my previous title or not. I’m an extremely (can’t stress that enough) indecisive person, so I HOPE this will be the last time, because I feel content with the title I’ve chosen now. Anyway, thank you all again & I really do hope you’ll stay with me throughout my journey! 🙂

So as I’m sure most of you know, Radiant Orchid is Pantone’s color of the year. I, for one, am absolutely loving it but I didn’t realize just how much until Sephora released their Radiant Orchid collection this week! This whole collection is, for lack of a better word, radiant! You can check it out here, at sephora.com. I wasn’t completely obsessed with makeup when last year’s color, Emerald, was announced, so that collection didn’t appeal to me as much. If you check Sephora’s website in the sale section (which I stalk several times a day) they still have some of last year’s Emerald products available. I was tempted to buy later on in the year as my makeup obsession grew, but I resisted because there were too many other things that I wanted way more and I don’t think I would ever wear green or blue eyeshadows in public. I’m just not at that level yet.

This year’s Radiant Orchid is vibrant, bright and beautiful – perfect for spring time and not just because of the name. I’d love to get my hands on The Eye: Radiant Femme Artistry Set and The Face: Radiant Femme Artistry Set but those things will just have to wait until my budget allows (sad face). I did manage to get my hands on the Rush Luster Cheek Sweep, which is a gorgeous and extremely (I mean it, use caution!) pigmented Radiant Orchid blush with two luminizers, one in what they have listed on their site as Rose Gold (on the palette, it’s named Spanish Villa) and one listed on the site as Iridescent Pink (Bridal Rose). Both the luminizers are on the shimmery/borderline sparkly side, so if you don’t want to look like a disco queen, you’ll want to use a light hand. The blush has a shimmer too it as well just so you are aware, but it’s not disco queen-y like the luminizers. Everything in this palette picks up VERY easily, so again, proceed with caution and use a light hand! I learned this the hard way, so the photo below shows me wearing way more blush than I personally would feel comfortable wearing in public, but at least you’ll get an idea of how the color appears on skin. Overall, I’m very happy I bought this, as I don’t have any blushes that are this color! Definitely a keeper!

Now the Venus Lure Lip Balm on the other hand, didn’t really tickle my fancy as much. I had my mind made up to get this because I knew it wouldn’t be as bold as the Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick from the collection, which I felt would probably be too bright for my liking. I did swatch the lipstick at the store today and I loved the color, but just don’t know if I would’ve had the guts to wear it. Well, I’m kind of wishing I would’ve gone with that instead of the balm. The balm has a nice peppermint scent to it and is VERY sheer – a little more sheer than I’d like. It’s hard to tell how these things are going to turn out on you until you actually try them on your lips. The swatch below I think was about 12 swipes total (not back and forth), so you can see it really takes a lot to build up. I was hoping it would be a little more pigmented on my lips because of my pigmentation and discoloration. I can’t remember how many times I had to swipe it to get it to build up to the color it was on my lips in the picture below, but it was quite a few. If your lips aren’t as pigmented as mine, I’m sure this would work a LOT better for you! I also don’t like the moisturizing feeling of this. Now I have severe issues when it comes to lip balm/chapstick. I’ve been addicted to it pretty much since the womb (thanks, mom & Bonne Bell) so I have certain kinds that I KNOW will work for me and certain kinds that drive me INSANE and I feel like they’re kind of just there to make my lips slip & slide around or that they’re actually drying out my lips rather than keeping them moist. The feeling of this balm to me is like that of Palmer’s Cocoa Butter – the actual cocoa butter, not the chapstick. For me, this just doesn’t work at all and the feeling of it on my lips literally drives me insane, so I think this will be going back. The color does last longer than the moisturization, but for me, that doesn’t really matter. I’m sad it didn’t work out for me but if I had known it was going to be that texture, I could’ve avoided that altogether.

Sephora + Pantone Radiant Orchid Rush Luster Cheek Sweep & Venus Lure Lip Balm

Sephora + Pantone Radiant Orchid Rush Luster Cheek Sweep and Venus Lure Lip Balm

Sephora + Pantone Radiant Orchid Rush Luster Cheek Sweep

Sephora + Pantone Radiant Orchid Rush Luster Cheek Sweep

Sephora + Pantone Radiant Orchid Rush Luster Cheek Sweep

Sephora + Pantone Radiant Orchid Rush Luster Cheek Sweep

Sephora _ Pantone Radiant Orchid Rush Luster Cheek Sweep

Sephora + Pantone Radiant Orchid Rush Luster Cheek Sweep – From bottom to top: Radiant Orchid blush, Bridal Rose Luminizer, Spanish Villa Luminizer

Sephora + Pantone Radiant Orchid Rush Luster Cheek Sweep

Sephora + Pantone Radiant Orchid Rush Luster Cheek Sweep (a weee bit too heavy)

Sephora + Pantone Radiant Orchid Venus Lure Lip Balm

Sephora + Pantone Radiant Orchid Venus Lure Lip Balm

Sephora + Pantone Radiant Orchid Venus Lure Lip Balm

Sephora + Pantone Radiant Orchid Venus Lure Lip Balm

Have you tried any of the Radiant Orchid collection? Is there anything on your wishlist?

FOTD with Charlotte Tilbury

Today I tried out an eye look with my Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita quad. Now I’m not experienced AT ALL with applying eyeshadow. I’m still practicing so this is far from perfect, but I think it’s quite decent compared to some of the looks I’ve tried in the past (see ‘horrendous’ in the dictionary). I’ve written a previous post with swatches of her shadows that you can check out below.

I used the Prime color on my inner half of the eyelid and inner corner, Pop on the other half of the lid and Smoke for the outer V. The color pop didn’t go on as easily as I would have liked, it was kind of gritty with some glittery fallout, unfortunately. Still a beautiful color. Maybe I’ll try it wet next time.

I used the Colour Chameleon eyeshadow pencil in Dark Pearl to outline my top and bottom lash line – it blends in with the rest of the shadows since it’s brown, so it’s kind of hard to spot but it is a gorgeous, gorgeous color.

Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher in Ecstasy I applied on my cheeks, with the swish color lightly applied to my cheekbones and pop applied to the apple of my cheeks.

I lightly applied a couple strokes of Charlotte’s Bar of Gold just above my blush.

I paired Charlotte’s Lip Lustre gloss in Seduction on top of my Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Touchable Taupe.

Foundation: Revlon Nearly Naked in Warm Beige & Sonia Kashuk Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Honey
Mascara: Guerlain Cils D’enfer Maxi Lash (my favorite mascara thus far)
Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony

Thanks for checking this out and hope you enjoy!

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Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs Lip Color

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon these online and HAD to try some. For only $5.50 a piece (not including the coupons I had), I couldn’t go wrong.

I purchased four of these in the colors Sin-A-Mon (935), Touchable Taupe (940), Stormy Sahara (945) and Untainted Spice (950). I have to say I absolutely LOVE every color and it’s hard for me to pick a favorite.. I’m so into nudes and neutrals right now and every color I bought is wearable (yay, no returns!).

Sin-A-Mon on my lips is like a light beige-y taupe-y color and actually reminds me a lot of my NYX Round Lipstick in Rea, but not nearly as matte or bold. Touchable Taupe might be my favorite out of all of them, a creamy light chocolatey color (I’m horrible with descriptions, can you tell?) that I think goes amazing with my skin tone. Stormy Sahara is definitely a pink-toned sandy nude and in my opinion doesn’t seem to go on quite as smooth as the rest, but nonetheless is still wearable and beautiful. Last but not least is Untainted Spice which is kind of like a chocolate brown with a slight hint of plummy red. It goes on quite glossy which I really like and I really love this color too.

I can’t say I’ve ever really worn Maybelline lipstick before, but I really, really like these and hope they’ll be sticking around for a while. There’s a large variety to choose from (10 in all), so there shouldn’t be much trouble finding the perfect shade for you!

The Buffs Names

The Buffs

935 Sin-A-MonSin-A-Mon

940 Touchable TaupeTouchable Taupe

945 Stormy SaharaStormy Sahara

950 Untainted SpiceUntainted Spice

Charlotte Tilbury Review/Swatches

Better late than never, right? So I finally set up my vanity yesterday (kind of pointless since I’m moving soon, but whatevs) and finally took some pictures of the Charlotte Tilbury products I ordered. I can’t comment on longevity and wear because I haven’t worn any of them yet, I’ve only swatched them for you :). Let’s get to it.

First up is Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Lustre Luxe Colour-Lasting Lip Lacquer. I got two of these in the colors Sweet Stiletto and Seduction.

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Lip Lustre Lacquer – Seduction on the left and Sweet Stiletto on the right

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Sweet Stiletto L, Seduction R

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These are my natural lips for comparison.

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Sweet Stiletto – I would describe this as a pale Carnation pink – I love the color because I’m into lighter/natural colors and nudes right now, so this is perfect for me.

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Seduction – this is a nude beige-y color. I really like this color as well & plan on pairing it with some of my nude lipsticks! I know it’ll go perfect with them. These lacquers are pretty thick so I’d like to see how they perform when I actually wear them out.

Next up is the K.I.S.S.I.N.G Fallen From The Lipstick Tree lipstick in Coachella Coral – this was pretty much the darkest color Net-a-porter had.. I think the rest were nudes and I think they would’ve been too light for my skin tone. I kind of wanted to try them but didn’t want to take any chances.

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(No lip liner) – I like this color a lot compared to other corals I’ve tried lately. I’ve been wanting a coral for spring/summer anyway and the past couple I’ve bought were WAY too bright on me. I looked like a freaking clown! This one is bright but not overpoweringly so, so I think it just might be my perfect summery match. 😉 I’m so happy it worked out for me because I was a bit worried after trying the others.

Next, my Colour Chameleon Colour Morphing Eye Shadow Pencils. I originally only purchased two of these but when I had to re-order my broken Bar of Gold, I snagged another one 😡 (naughty me). I got these in Dark Pearl (for brown eyes), Smoky Emerald (for hazel eyes – my FAVE!) and Amethyst Aphrodisiac (for green eyes). These are eye shadow pencils. The Amethyst is a plummy shimmery purple – I personally tend to sway towards purples like.. all the time. Ever since I started being able to somewhat do my eyeshadow in a way where I can actually walk out in public with it, I feel like it’s one of the only colors that actually looks good on me. Or at least the only one I’m able to work with for some reason. The Dark Pearl is a gorgeous beige-y, taupe-y, shimmery brown. I LOVE this color, I just hope it shows up on my eyes like it does on my arm. To me, it’s very unique. The Smoky Emerald is a very deep, shimmery green. I don’t have any green eye products so I decided to get this one. I love this color as well, I just think it’s super dazzly and rich. Just absolutely beautiful. Like I said I haven’t actually worn them yet but I will say that they glided (I don’t know why I wanted to write glid) on with extreme ease when I swatched them and they were kind of hard to wash off afterward. I don’t think they’ll let me down when put to the test, the staying power already seems to be up to par.

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(Not the greatest picture, sorry) Colour Chameleon eye shadow pencils in Dark Pearl (right), Smoky Emerald (middle) and Amethyst Aphrodisiac (left)

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Top to bottom: Smoky Emerald, Dark Pearl and Amethyst Aphrodisiac

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Top to bottom: Dark Pearl, Smoky Emerald and Amethyst Aphrodisiac

The quad I’ve been eyeing forever was the Dolce Vita Luxury Palette. The colors just look sooo rich and elegant and I absolutely had to have it! Now, in these quads, none of the colors have names – they’re all color-coded according to Charlotte Tilbury. The top left corner is prime, the top right corner is enhance, the bottom left corner is pop and the bottom right is smoke. She has the written tutorial here.

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In order – Prime, Enhance, Pop and Smoke. I absolutely love the Pop color. It’s like a orange/gold, glitter/shimmer shade and looking at it while in the quad, it looks like it would be very gritty and not pick up smoothly at all, but that wasn’t the case, at least on my swatch. It wasn’t complete melty butter, it actually swatched a bit patchy, but it did go on smoother than expected. I’ll be interested to see how this one performs on the lid, but this is my favorite color of the four. The other 3 swatched and went on smoothly as well, a little more so than Pop.

The Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher I ordered was in the color Ecstasy. In the compact the outer looks like a beige-y, peachy color and the inner, a sort of pinky Carnation pink. When swatched, the outer is a pretty true peach and the inner was pretty much as it looks, a Carnation pink with maybe a tiny, tiny hint of peach. Charlotte also has a method for this one, Swish (the outer shade) is meant to be applied to the cheek bone starting from the apple of the cheek and Pop (the inner) is meant to be applied to the apples of the cheek to make them “pop” and glow. This blush does have a bit of shimmer, but it’s definitely not overpowering. I’m not a person that likes glittery facial products at all and I can safely say this is not glittery, but has the perfect amount of shimmer in it. It’ll be perfect for summer days, I love peachy pinks that glisten and glow in the sun 🙂

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Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher in Ecstasy

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Swish (the outer shade) L, and Pop (the inner shade) R

Last, but not least is Charlotte Tilbury’s Bar of Gold Skin Gilding Highlighter. Honestly, the main reason I bought this is because I just love the way it looks! I’ve never seen anything like it, it’s just so darn cute! I mean, who doesn’t want a bar of gold sitting in their makeup drawer?! Anyway, this highlighter is just that – a highlighter. It is a bit glittery, but it’s very fine – it may not be for everyone, but I’m sure I’ll use it, it’s not overpowering to me.

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Not the greatest swatch again, sorry. It is a bit heavy, but I wanted to try to get the amount of shimmer in it.

So there you have it. I’ve just popped my swatch cherry and it couldn’t have been done with a better makeup guru than Charlotte Tilbury. By the way, have you seen her Bardot tutorial with Millie Mackintosh (from Made in Chelsea)? It is absolutely to DIE for. I’m in love with the entire look and I so wish I had the skills to re-create it.

Mo’ Makeup Mo’ Problems

So, after the whole dilemma this past summer with trying to find my HG – my PERFECT shade, I of course have been sticking with my Sonia Kashuk tinted moisturizer (so far only in Honey, but I bought Tan as well back then, and think it’ll work in the summer-time). I don’t know why, but I’m starting to get antsy again. It’s been a few months since I’ve really bought anything makeup-y, so over the past couple weeks I’ve kind of been going a little crazy again.

I decided I wanted to try the whole red-lippy thing. I never ever wear color on my lips, besides my CoverGirl WetSlicks gloss in Guava or some free sample Anastasia gloss (in a color I couldn’t tell you right now).. which really isn’t much color at all. I actually like it the colors I bought – CoverGirl LipPerfection in Coral Twist and NYC City Proof gloss in Cherry Ever After (absolutely stunning color). I kind of hastily tried them because I couldn’t want to see what they looked like, and I think I actually liked them (not sure about the wear-time because I took them off almost immediately). Once I have somewhere to wear them to, I’ll know more.

I also bought yet ANOTHER tinted moisturizer which unfortunately didn’t work for me. Being lazy and not wanting to drive a half hour to Sephora, I thoroughly studied the NARS shades online, looked at reviews of girls (not as creepy as it sounds) with skin color close to mine who wore the TM and came to the conclusion that I’m most definitely Cuba. What I discovered was that I’m most definitely NOT Cuba. I didn’t think tinted moisturizer would be or could be that far off, because my Sonia Kashuk seems so versatile, but this is definitely too orangey for me.

I’m now looking for a light coverage foundation.. again. Less than medium-full and more than a tinted moisturizer. Yesterday, I went out and purchased Sonia Kashuk’s Perfecting Luminous Foundation in Bamboo (05). Should’ve went with buff. I’m mixed, so I don’t get why these darker colors aren’t working on me. I guess I’m really not as dark as I think I am. Maybe I’m in denial about the fact that my summer glow has been gone for months now. Either way, I’m stuck with it now since Target won’t let you return used cosmetics (horrible policy). Might match me in the summer though. Plus, it’s Sonia Kashuk, the woman who saved my life this past summer, so I can’t be that made about it. I also just purchased a tinted moisturizer by Flower Beauty (Drew Barrymore’s new line which I never knew existed until a trip to Walmart yesterday) – I believe it was in shade TM6 which seemed like an exact match.. however, I hated the consistency. It seemed once I touched it to my face it just kind of stopped there – melted into my skin or something and wouldn’t blend.. I don’t know what it was, but it was just very odd and something I’ve never felt or experienced with any foundation/TM ever. So naturally, I returned it (luckily Walmart is more lenient with their policy). I may try Boots No. 7’s TM next.. although I see it only goes up to medium and I’m always afraid medium is too light, but whenever I get a shade higher, it’s always too dark… almost always.

I haven’t had luck with my new buys these past few weeks. My Sonia Kashuk TM is amazing.. it’s just.. I crave more.. not because it isn’t good enough, but because I have spending issues. I get antsy and want to go crazy on new things. Maybe I’ll start posting pictures/reviews of everything I try, because it’s been well over 30+ face products by now and I don’t see many reviews by mixed/light skinned girls. That’s always what I look for when searching for foundations/TM’s, etc. so I can get a better feel of what shade to get, but those reviews are very sparse, so it’s hard to get a good idea. Anywho. Had to vent about this. Maybe I’ll have more luck next time. ‘Til then, cheerio!

Mo’ Makeup, Mo’ Problems

So, after the whole dilemma this past summer with trying to find my HG – my PERFECT shade, I of course have been sticking with my Sonia Kashuk tinted moisturizer (so far only in Honey, but I bought Tan as well back then, and think it’ll work in the summer-time). I don’t know why, but I’m starting to get antsy again. It’s been a few months since I’ve really bought anything makeup-y, so over the past couple weeks I’ve kind of been going a little crazy again.

I decided I wanted to try the whole red-lippy thing. I never ever wear color on my lips, besides my CoverGirl WetSlicks gloss in Guava or some free sample Anastasia gloss (in a color I couldn’t tell you right now).. which really isn’t much color at all. I actually like it the colors I bought – CoverGirl LipPerfection in Coral Twist and NYC City Proof gloss in Cherry Ever After (absolutely stunning color). I kind of hastily tried them because I couldn’t want to see what they looked like, and I think I actually liked them (not sure about the wear-time because I took them off almost immediately). Once I have somewhere to wear them to, I’ll know more.

I also bought yet ANOTHER tinted moisturizer which unfortunately didn’t work for me. Being lazy and not wanting to drive a half hour to Sephora, I thoroughly studied the NARS shades online, looked at reviews of girls (not as creepy as it sounds) with skin color close to mine who wore the TM and came to the conclusion that I’m most definitely Cuba. What I discovered was that I’m most definitely NOT Cuba. I didn’t think tinted moisturizer would be or could be that far off, because my Sonia Kashuk seems so versatile, but this is definitely too orangey for me.

I’m now looking for a light coverage foundation.. again. Less than medium-full and more than a tinted moisturizer. Yesterday, I went out and purchased Sonia Kashuk’s Perfecting Luminous Foundation in Bamboo (05). Should’ve went with buff. I’m mixed, so I don’t get why these darker colors aren’t working on me. I guess I’m really not as dark as I think I am. Maybe I’m in denial about the fact that my summer glow has been gone for months now. Either way, I’m stuck with it now since Target won’t let you return used cosmetics (horrible policy). Might match me in the summer though. Plus, it’s Sonia Kashuk, the woman who saved my life this past summer, so I can’t be that made about it. I also just purchased a tinted moisturizer by Flower Beauty (Drew Barrymore’s new line which I never knew existed until a trip to Walmart yesterday) – I believe it was in shade TM6 which seemed like an exact match.. however, I hated the consistency. It seemed once I touched it to my face it just kind of stopped there – melted into my skin or something and wouldn’t blend.. I don’t know what it was, but it was just very odd and something I’ve never felt or experienced with any foundation/TM ever. So naturally, I returned it (luckily Walmart is more lenient with their policy). I may try Boots No. 7’s TM next.. although I see it only goes up to medium and I’m always afraid medium is too light, but whenever I get a shade higher, it’s always too dark… almost always.

I haven’t had luck with my new buys these past few weeks. My Sonia Kashuk TM is amazing.. it’s just.. I crave more.. not because it isn’t good enough, but because I have spending issues. I get antsy and want to go crazy on new things. Maybe I’ll start posting pictures/reviews of everything I try, because it’s been well over 30+ face products by now and I don’t see many reviews by mixed/light skinned girls. That’s always what I look for when searching for foundations/TM’s, etc. so I can get a better feel of what shade to get, but those reviews are very sparse, so it’s hard to get a good idea. Anywho. Had to vent about this. Maybe I’ll have more luck next time. ‘Til then, cheerio!