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Wearable Berry Lipstick 

Wearable Berry Lipstick 

I don’t usually go for berry lips, but the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Lip Color in Lover has blown me away. I love this lipstick! It is unbelievably long-wearing (like 12 hours, with eating) and super comfortable. The color itself is a berry toned […]

Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review)

Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review)

I have tried a lot of eyeshadow over the years: Morphe, MAC, Makeup Geek, L’Oreal, Urban Decay, Tarte, and much more. I’m an eyeshadow connaisseur, and while I like a lot of formulas, I have to say that the Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows really knocked it […]

NYX Liquid & Powder Highlight Review & Swatches

NYX Liquid & Powder Highlight Review & Swatches

NYX is one of the trendiest drugstore brands, with some great products. While I can’t advocate for the whole line, there are a few gems (the lip liners are amazing). I tried the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator in the shade Sunbeam, which didn’t really impress me, because it was a little glittery and not as metallic or reflective as I had hoped.

When NYX released the second round of NYX highlighters, the Duo Chromatic Highlighter and the Away We Glow liquid highlighter, I hoped they would be everything the Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator wasn’t. And overall, I have to say, they were.

The Away We Glow Liquid Highlighter has a bit of an odd applicator, because it is a doe-foot applicator. I would really have preferred a squeeze tube, because this highlighter actually makes a beautiful primer. It can be applied all over the face for a very dewy glow (like super radiant) or on top of foundation as a liquid highlighter. The only problem is that it dries down pretty quickly, so you have to make sure that you blend it in right away.

The Duo Chromatic Highlighter in Twilight Tint is undeniably cool. It’s white with blue reflect. There’s no glitter but you can build it up to a pretty intense highlight. It gives you that ethereal glow, but it’s not the most wearable highlight. I know that there are only a few occasions when I would reach for a blue highlighter, but I like that this highlight let me try out the duo chromatic look without spending $40. The formula is very lightweight, with almost no kickback, and it is finely milled. For the price, I think that the quality of this highlighter is very good.

Away We Glow, Duo Chromatic

What are your favorite highlighters? The NYX highlighters, especially the Duo Chromatic Highlighters, are some of the best from the drugstore. Leave your comments below, and be sure to follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin’!

 

 

 

Which Maybelline Concealer is Best?

Which Maybelline Concealer is Best?

Many drugstore brands manufacture concealers, but Maybelline seems to dominate the drugstore concealer playing field. The Fit Me and Age Rewind concealers are popular among internet beauty obsessives, and I have to say, I’m on the Maybelline concealer bandwagon. I’ve sampled three of their formulas: Fit […]

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

Makeup Geek is one of the most popular makeup brands on the internet. Not only is Makeup Geek an online-only store, it was founded by an internet beauty guru. It’s no surprise that Makeup Geek is very popular on platforms like Youtube and Instagram as […]

NYX Butter Lip Gloss Review

NYX Butter Lip Gloss Review

Matte lips and metallic lips may be en vogue right now, but I will always love a glossy lip. Lip gloss was the first makeup I owned and the first makeup I loved. While the days of ultra-shiny 2000s lip gloss might be behind me, that lip gloss loving tween still lives on in spirit. NYX Butter Lip Gloss is my current obsession.

The NYX Butter Glosses are glassy and pigmented. They have just enough color to give a little boost to my natural lips, but they aren’t as pigmented as the Anastasia Beverly Hills lip glosses (which I reviewed here). The NYX lip glosses have just the right amount of color, combined with plenty of shine. The colors I chose were all neutral, two pinky neutrals and one brownish hue.

NYX Butter Lip Gloss

Tiramisu: Mauve

Madeline: Soft brown with a little pink

Crème Brûlée: Peachy pink, a little lighter than Tiramisu

My two favorite colors are Madeline and Tiramisu, but all three shades are pinky neutrals, so they all show up pretty similarly on my lips.

NYX Butter Gloss

I love wearing the NYX Butter Glosses with a lip liner underneath my lips (or just on the edges, if I’m feeling lazy). I usually pair them with either my favorite NYX or MAC neutral lip liners.

The only thing I don’t like about the NYX Butter Glosses that I don’t like is that have a strong sweet smell. I don’t like my makeup to be scented (particularly if it’s heavily scented), and the NYX Butter Glosses smell sugary-sweet. Honestly, you don’t notice the smell unless you actually try to smell the lip gloss, though, so it isn’t a big deal.

The NYX Butter Lip Gloss is comfortable on the lips. The lip glosses feel moisturizing, and they aren’t too sticky or greasy. The glosses come in small tubes, that are just the right size to slip into a purse or pocket. The NYX Butter Glosses are my current favorite lip glosses, and one of my go-to lip products for day or night.

What are your favorite lip glosses?

 

Best Beauty Buys from the Drugstore

Best Beauty Buys from the Drugstore

  Whether or not you are on a budget, the drugstore has some great products to offer. I’m a big fan of the beauty section at Target, as well as the beauty section at Ulta. I’ve tried a lot of drugstore products over the years, […]

De-Puffing Your Eyes 101

De-Puffing Your Eyes 101

The school year has begun, which means business, stress, and (perhaps worst of all) less sleep. While makeup is no substitute for actual sleep, there are remedies for de-puffing your eyes and faking-it-til-you-make-it when you are exhausted. Think of it as a morning cup of […]

e.l.f. HD Undereye Setting Powder versus Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

e.l.f. HD Undereye Setting Powder versus Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

A smooth, crease-free under-eye area is the makeup lover’s dream. I’m not sure that completely crease-free concealer beneath the eye is possible, but hey, we can always strive for perfection. A common technique to perfect & protect concealer for bright eyes all day long is to set the concealer beneath the eyes with powder. You can do this with the same pressed powder that you use all over your face, but there are some products on the market made specifically to set the under-eye area.

Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Powder ($23-$38) is one of the brand’s best-sellers. I wanted to try the powder, so when I noticed that it was available as a reward at Sephora, I redeemed my Beauty Insider points to get a mini-version of the powder in a Laura Mercier sample set. My initial instinct was to try to use it to set my under-eye concealer, but I have tried it all over my face as well. I’ve been a fan of the e.l.f. HD Undereye Setting Powder for months. The powder is fine and soft, and it lightly sets my concealer and brightens my eyes on those days when I need a little more than coffee to wake me up. As an added bonus, it only costs $3. Granted, the container is tiny, but it lasts for a few months because it is only used to cover the little bit of skin beneath your eyes.

When I bought the Translucent Loose Powder by Laura Mercier, I thought it was going to blow me out of the water. But to be quite honest, it didn’t live up to expectations. Unlike the e.l.f. HD powder, the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder isn’t just made for setting the under-eyes. Even though I picked it up with the intent of using it under my eyes, I tried it on my whole face, too. This was a disaster. I applied it as I normally apply powders, with a large fluffy brush. It felt heavy on my face, so it wasn’t very comfortable, and I’m pretty darn sure it was the cause of a breakout. It didn’t look bad, but it didn’t feel good, and my skin wasn’t very happy afterwards.

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I decided to directly compare the e.l.f. HD Undereye Setting Powder with the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder. I applied one to my left eye and the other to the right. The Laura Mercier Translucent powder felt heavier, and it creased more. I took photos of both eyes to see how they looked, and the Laura Mercier Translucent powder wasn’t 100% translucent. While the e.l.f. powder was invisible, the Laura Mercier powder gave my concealer a yellowish tinge, particularly visible in up-close photos (and not cute). The e.l.f. powder was much more comfortable. It felt light on my eyes, and it worked even better than the Laura Mercier powder.

Even though the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder is a luxury item and the e.l.f. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder is a drugstore find, the latter feels more luxurious. The e.l.f. powder is fine and light, whereas the Laura Mercier powder feels heavy and thick. The e.l.f. powder looked better beneath my eyes, and I ultimately prefer it to the Laura Mercier powder.

The Best Lip Liner Under $5

The Best Lip Liner Under $5

A $3.49 lip pencil sounds like a miracle and a scam all at once. How could anything that is the same price as a cup of coffee be good? Sometimes $3.49 coffees aren’t even good. . . and yet this lip pencil is good. In […]