Monday, June 27, 2016

Kleancolor Lipsticks - A Chicago Find

Last month, I took a belated birthday trip back home to Chicago with 2 of closest friends from Vegas. Trying to rack my brain for the best spots and shops to hit in Boystown, (which proved to be a challenge seeing how every time I come back more things have moved or left). One of my favorite kitschy places is Beatnix. I didn't even realize in the back they sell cosmetics...YAASSSSSS.

Stocking up on wig caps, lashes and Kryolan my friend pointed to Kleancolor.

In the past I've bought a few nail polished by that brand but had no idea that also sold makeup. Selling for $1.99 a pop - I wasn't going to pass this up.

19 Melon Crush - a matte coral, that's extremely drying.

4 Liberty - a royal blue that extremely sheer. Needs a blue lip liner first.

20 Mai Tai -outrageous orange-orange that I adore

5 Acai - this purple applies a different shade that when you look at the lipstick. but its quite pretty.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ipsy Glambag May 2016

May is a big winner!

Hikari Bronzer in Radiate - GORGEOUS! Plus you can section off for one solid color.

Smashbox's X-Rated mascara - does Smashbox make a bad mascara?

SOO AE masks (set of 3) - These masks retail for $15-$20, which I've seen for sale at Target. Color me impressed! I've tried the Collagen and Brightening. A little more than what I pay for in a mask, but they are pretty fantastic. 

Epice Hydrating Mask- goes on thin, but leaves skin exceptionally soft

INSPR Beauty's eye fluff brush - never enough brushes!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

NOTD: Morgan Taylor in If The Slipper Fits

If you haven't seen Cinderella that was released March of 2015 - your missing out. Always one for Disney classics, sexist as they may be, I wasn't gonna miss this one. Her infamous dress is EPIC-ALLY beautiful words cant describe. In fact its on my bucket list. This Morgan Taylor color almost does the dress justice.

If The Slipper Fits - is a clear base polish with white and blues confetti pieces
Brand: Morgan Taylor
Name: If The Slipper Fits
Collection: Cinderella
Color: baby blue
Texture: glitter
Coats: 2
Retail $: $9
Rating: A

RetroUrbanRainbow says.... a true representative of Cinderella this color is my ultimate favorite by Morgan Taylor.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Ipsy Glambag - April 2016

Shame, shame on me for falling behind! Here's the April Ipsy Glambag...

Moroccanoil Treatment - little too heavy on my hair, even after the pool.

Trust Fund Beauty's That Glo Tho Face Highlighter - I'm not a fan of the sticks, whether its blush or concealer but this highlighter is beautiful. And you can make it buildable as well.

REN Skincare's Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream - my face actually felt calmer!

Tarte's LipSurgence™ lip crème in Wonder - not in my usual color palette but Tarte is a winner.

L.A.B.²'s Live and Breathe Beauty
Just Blending In Brush - good affordable brush!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Ipsy's Glam Bag - March 2016

I know I've been lagging lately. I've been so stressed dealing with my own medical issues - that I haven't touched my blog. Well, I'm back to being focused and I have March, April and May to review on the Ipsy bags.

First up....

Marc Anthony's Argan Oil of Moraco 
I didn't have high hopes for this Keratin hair serum. I applied it to my hair after washing, blew it dry and flat ironed it. You can tell when the product is on: its heavy and thick to feel. They claim that it will hold your hair up for 3 days, curly or straight. My hair is naturally curly and a hot mess to boot so I was skeptical it could work. HOT DAMN, it worked wonderfully! My hair while I sleep or workout gets crimps in it without fail. Only with this product it stayed beautifully straight. I'm going to get this product in the regular size. WINNER!
Retails $8.99 at Ulta

Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum
The tag line reads, "Replenish, smooth and soften" - I didn't notice any smoothing but there isn't too much to smooth at the age of 30. However, it did leave my skin feeling extremely soft.
Retails at $36 for 1 oz at Sephora

Model Co Lip Laquer in Socialite 
Always one to welcome new brands into my life, however not a fan of this lip gloss. Not a fan of this deep coral, but I did notice on their website this item is now on clearance.
Full size retails at $24

It Cosmetics' Bye Bye Under Eye
I can never find the perfect dark circle product to minimize my under eye. This product isn't it either. Maybe its because I dont have HUGE dark circles but this item doesn't doing anything my Urban Decay or Makeup Forever doesn't. Pass.
Retails for $24 for 0.28 oz

Ofra Eyeliner in Green Go
Glides pretty smoothly for a standard pencil liner.
Retails for $13

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Epic Fail Series: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Havana & Moscow

I'm bringing this series back from the DEAD! 

I have a few pinks and deep reds in the matte creams and they are nothing short of fantastic. When I passed theses at Ulta I knew they were a MUST.

 Major fail!!!! Both give horrible coverage and require a lip liner, and even then I wasn't happy with outcome. (see photos below). Sorry NYX, I basically love everything you put out but not this time...

Friday, March 18, 2016

Peony Shadow Trio - Swatch and FOTD

Peony's shadow trio is one of the things I got in the monthly bags from Ipsy. Below are my swatches and just a basic wearable for work or cocktails with friends. I call it a winner! Not  much else to say cause I'm about to rush out the door...