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?

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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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.