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?

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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?

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

Blog Change + Net-a-porter & Charlotte Tilbury

It’s been a long time again. I’ve been wanting to start blogging about makeup. I’ve been thinking about it quite often, but haven’t brought myself to do so yet. I think we need more beauty bloggers of color – because whenever I search for reviews/swatches, they’re almost never on someone of my skin tone, so it makes it a bit hard to figure out what it’ll look like on me. I wonder if other girls have this issue as well, so I’d like to start doing that soon! I’m no expert by any means, but if I can post looks and swatches with the makeup I have and buy, it might do somebody some good.

With that said, I’m so excited for my biggest (or most expensive) ever haul yet! I finally scooped up some Charlotte Tilbury makeup! I’ve been literally dreaming about her makeup for months. Net-a-porter was offering free international shipping (I couldn’t bring myself to pay £25 which is a whole ‘nother product that could be bought) so I took advantage of that pretty much the second I got that e-mail. It took me a few hours to decide what exactly I was going to get, but I finally settled upon a few lovely products. They didn’t have the exact blush & lip colours I wanted so I had to settle for different ones, but I know they’ll work out perfectly. Maybe once she starts shipping internationally through her site (depending on the cost), I’ll be able to pick up some more. I’ve also been eyeing a couple of her brushes, but I’m not willing to buy a whole set right now. I took a few pictures of the packaging (so cute!) and will have more to come once I purchase my vanity & get that all set up, hopefully this weekend. My package literally only took TWO days to get here from the UK (take THAT, Sephora!). I ordered it on Monday and it WOULD have gotten here Wednesday, but I wasn’t home to sign for it so I had to wait a WHOLE EXTRA excruciatingly, painfully long day. When I received my package it was so cutely & efficiently packed. It came in a sleek black Net-a-porter box (they even sent a complimentary tape measure! I get excited about the most ridiculous things) with black tissue paper and all the products inside a zip-locked bubble wrap package. The only downfall is that my Bar of Gold came crumbled to bits. 😦 I e-mailed them pretty much immediately, so I hope it’ll be able to get resolved quickly & efficiently. I’ve read a few nightmare stories about their customer service, so I hope it goes smoothly. Anyway, here are the teaser pictures and I’ll have more to come (hopefully with swatches and looks) soon!

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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!

Makeup.. Newfound Addiction.

So right before my most recent trip back home this summer, I suddenly realized that I had been wearing the WRONG shade of foundation for the past year+ (cue horror music now). Now normally I wouldn’t care. But I was going back HOME. To people that I actually care about (husband and daughter are of course relevant, but also irrelevant.. they love me no matter what).. so how am I going to go out in public with pink-face? After probably 20+ trips to 5 different Sephora’s as well as Macy’s, Nordstrom & Dillard’s (I tried EVERYTHING from Givenchy to MAC to Stila) and 2 months AFTER my trip, I finally realized that, hey.. foundation just isn’t my thing. I couldn’t find a shade that matched at all. Not ONE. Why? Because I don’t need all that coverage! Why didn’t I realize this before? Because I didn’t know any better! So now, I’m stuck on tinted moisturizer. For over a month now! So I know this is the one.. MY holy grail (Sonia Kashuk for Target, by the way). Needless to say, my makeup collection has MUCH grown. I used to care less, as long as my blemishes were covered, but due to my horrific experience this summer, I’ve become a bit of an addict. It’s a blessing and a curse. Now, I’m working on my eyeshadow application.. because it’s hard for me not to put it on like a 5 year old. This is something I may never master, but I’m not going to give up, dang it. Until then..