Wednesday, July 27, 2011

FOTD: WNW Earth Looks Small From Down Here

ELF Eye Primer
MAC Cash Flow Paint Pot
Wet N Wild Brow Pencil
Wet N Wild Earth Looks Small Palette
Wet N Wild Greed Palette
Wet N Wild Mascara
Wet N Wild Liquid Liner
L'Oreal True Match Foundation
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation (powder)
Revlon Colorstay Concealer
Wet N Wild Blush Berry Shimmer
Wet N Wild Mega Last Lipstick Think Pink
Revlon Crystal Lilac l/g

So, I wanted to do a look using all WNW products as much as possible. I don't own their foundations so I didn't complete my challenge but overall I think I succeeded. Excuse me, but I just got a new camera and I'm not too happy with the outcome of FOTDs with it, making the color a little more paler - when IRL it was smokier and brighter. The palette is from their Dream Weaver '11 Collection. My FAVORITE palette out the collection. The dirty gold/olive shade is similar to MAC Cash Flow paint pot (my favorite too) so I paired it up together. I used the white in Greed palette for the inner corners of my eyes - has been my favorite shade to use in most of my looks.

Hawaii is next week - so all my post will be on schedule for the next 2 weeks, I apologize for not updating often or commenting on other and my own's blog. Life has taken a hold, sigh lol.


Friday, July 15, 2011

APOTHICA HAUL: Cargo, Stila, Bobbi Brown Reviews & Swatches

CARGO Blu-Ray Blush/Highlighter - Pink
CARGO Lumieres Du Monde Eyeshadow Palette
STILA Fabulous in Fiji Palette
STILA Kajal Eye Liner - Amethyst
Bobbi Brown Corrector - Medium to Dark Bisque
ESSIE Polishes - Going Incognito & Van D'Go (below)

STILA Fabulous in Fiji - Kajal Amethyst Liner

Plumeria Cream Blush/Gloss
Shadows [l-top]Palm, R&R, [l-bottom] Wave, Escape

STILA Fabulous in Fiji followed by Amethyst Liner (no base)

CARGO Lumieres Du Monde Palette
Swatches are in corresponding order w/ no base from [L-R]

The blush/bronzer is swatched separately and then blended together (shade above both).

Bobbi Brown Corrector Medium to Dark Bisque
CARGO Blush/Highlight Pink (right)

The blush heavily swatched and blended.

My blog sponsor graciously sent me a giftcard code to choose items from their website. It took me over a week of googling swatches, reviews of items they carried on their website to finally settle with the items I picked. I finally gotten around to showing pictures, even though I received these over a month ago. Bad blogger. But I am TRULY happy with what I got and grateful for the chance to try these new items.

The good thing is that the website tends to carry items not available at other populous beauty sites and I was able to get discounted off from a code I found which helped. Onto the reviews...

ESSIE Polishes - Going Incognito & Van D'Go
I didn't have a photo swatch but I promise I do have a future NOTD on these. Going Incognito is so freakin' gorgeous. I love the dark green shade, so unique and flattered my skin tone nicely. Van D'Go was described as a peach color and it wasn't anything I was wow'd in but it is a pretty shade.

STILA Fabulous in Fiji Palette
In my previous post on POP Beauty palette, I said how I was looking for travel items. I originally picked this palette up to serve that purpose because it's so tiny & incase I wanted to wear bright colors. I had $10 to spare on my account so I got this on a "why not" basis - the colors are really nice and I don't own anything similar to the bright green & blue. Really pretty, swatched beautifully - I like Stila shadows but I just don't ever gravitate towards them. Plumeria is just not a color or shade I would gravitate too, it's too sheer/greasy looking for me to wear on the cheeks.

STILA Kajal Eye Liner - Amethyst
I already owned Topaz liner and LOVE it - I saw a swatch online and have been silently lemming for Amethyst, this is a perfect alternative to black liners which on me makes me look older and makes my eyes look smaller. The purple brings out the browns nicely and the staying power on these are good.

CARGO Lumieres Du Monde Eyeshadow Palette
I never tried CARGO items so I gave in and for $20 (currently on sale) I felt like it wasn't a huge loss if I didn't like it. WOW, are these awesome! The blush/bronzer duo is so gorgeous and gave me a lovely glow, separate or mixed. All the shadows swatched nice and my favorite being the Teal & beige/brown color. It's a mixture of shimmer, matte and satin shades and they all work well together - the shimmery ones had a bit of fallout but otherwise no complaints. I was surprised at how big the palette and shades were, and that's my only complaint - the bulk of the palette, pretty big. The shades are that of a MUFE pan shadow size and blush a bigger than MAC's blush pan. The imprint design didn't go away while swatching, and I find it to be cute. Another travel item good to have.

Bobbi Brown Corrector - Medium to Dark Bisque
I was looking at Ren Ren's Makeup blog on color corrector and remembering other YT beauty vloggers speaking on salmon based color correctors for dark under eye circles. I didn't find too many swatches on BB Corrector and my suppose shade was sold out so I opted for medium to dark bisque as it was another recommended color for my skin complexion. This works perfectly if you're the shades of MAC NC 44-45 or probably even the the lower to higher 40s. You can wear it alone or with your concealer of choice on top. Either way my dark circles were not visible and the wear on this lasted me throughout the day, a bit creasing went into the fold but managable. I reach it for everyday now and it works good on blemishes that have blue/purple discoloration.

CARGO Blu-Ray Blush/Highlighter - Pink
This is such a raved product I've never heard of, on Makeup Alley it scored very high. I didn't know if I should've gone with peach shade (only two colors they own) and opted for the pink because it was the most talked about. Unfortunately I hardly found any swatches of the two. Personally, it's overrated - especially for my skin tone, it's a bit chalky. It gives a nice hint of color but I wonder if Peach was better suited for me. The lack of shades is a miss but I'm sure this would look much better on fairer skins. The product itself is silky to the touch with a bit of shimmer - I'm going to try it more as a highlight and see how it fares compared to just using it as a blush. Otherwise it's like an eh

Have you guys tried any of the mentioned products above?


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

REVIEW: Pop Beauty Palette in Indie Pop

Swatched without primer and in corresponding order to the palette.

Color description taken from their website.
Deep olive gold liner, popped navy blue liner, deep emerald liner, deep rose liner
Milky bronze, mocha bronze, sheer apricot, soft rust
Sheer burnt orange, glimmering white gold, eggshell white, soft lilac

It's a tiny, light weight palette and compared to my MAC palette, it's miniscule!

And how it looks inside my makeup bag.

A few weeks ago I popped (no pun intended) into Ulta and browsed a bit.
As some may know, I'm heading to Hawaii in a few weeks and wanted to get some travel items. Upon check out I saw these little palettes but thought nothing of it. I decided to check around again and noticed that my Ulta had a new Pop Beauty section and saw that these palette are for $10. I swatched it and totally loved it.

From my recollection they had another $10 travel size palette and a few other palettes. The brand in general looks promising, I do believe I've seen them in Sephora but my Ulta had a bigger range of their collection. Can't recall because I never pay attention to silly, childish package. Yes, child-like looking items make me steer clear from them. I guess it's that play-makeup thing as a child, kiddy packaging meant cheap products.

It swatched smoothly, a bit sheer but I'd still advise using primer and/or base for optimal color. The dark shade with gold flecks swatched differently on the first go, it does have a green undertone to it. Majority of the shades are of satin texture apart from the teal which swatched more matte. My complaint would probably be that the packaging isn't too sturdy. Overall I am really content with this and will definitely look into more of their items in the future.

It's an ideal palette to keep in your traveling makeup bag.
Will have another post on my undated travel items to Hawaii.
Has anyone else tried POP Beauty items - what's your opinion?


Thursday, July 07, 2011

HAUL: Coastal Scents Brushes + White Color Corrector Review

My Purchased Item - Click for prices:
Liquid Color Corrector - White
Destiny Blender Brush
Precision Detail Brush
Small Pencil Crease Brush
Pink Angle Liner Brush
Magnetized Pans

1. Destiny Blender
2. Small Pencil Crease
3. Precision Detail
4. Pink Angle Liner

Destiny Blender (left) Compared to MAC 224 (right)
I wanted something similar to the the Limited Edition MAC 226 brush, which is a smaller version tapered blending brush to their permanent brush 224. This was the size I'd imagine, good for smaller creases and dense enough to blend. The bristles are a little more flimsy than the stiffer 224 which is the downfall only because it feels cheap (and it is literally) but still gives good blending which is the main importance.

1. ELF Crease Compared to 2. Small Pencil Crease 3. Precision Detail
Just a quick comparision to my smallest pencil brush - ELF, I don't own the MAC pencil brush but the Precision looks quite similar. The ELF brush is a dude to me, it's too round and short to get into the crease to make a sharp line for me. I really like both brushes I purchased, both are good pencil brushes and do nice in doing crease cuts. The precision is a little stiff but I don't mind it - it blends fine. The pencil is a little more softer - if anyone was looking to try either or, I'd pick both these up and try which you prefer.

Pink Liner Brush Compared to MAC 266
I LOVE my 266 brush - I doubled it for eyebrow and eyeliner brush but I was getting tired of having to clean one to do my eyes after using it for brows so I was searching for a stiff angled brush that can do the same. The Pink liner works perfectly for brows, although not as thin as my 266 or as long, the stiffness is right. I haven't tried it for lining but it's a little thicker than the 266 so I probably wouldn't like it as much. I still much prefer my MAC brush though, just in terms of it being thinner but still happy with my purchase.

White - Liquid Color Corrector Compared in size to a full Urban Decay Primer & Travel Size

Liquid Color Correctors are so awesome! Coastal Scents has all the primary colors to choose from but I bought white to test it out. The white is use to lighted a shade's color - it's a neutral shade meaning it adds no color to it but just pale out the color. Next time I purchase from them I'll definitely pick up the black one too, that's to darken a shade. All you need is a small dollop with whatever product you need lighten (NARS foundation in my case)...

NARS Foundation Cadiz (true color form) - Mixed with the Corrector
The White Corrector itself and then blended underneath

I used my NARS foundation as an example. I have to rely on customizing foundation shades due to my skin's forever changing color and no foundation can match me perfectly without oxidizing or just not having it in my range so I opted to get the white corrector which in turns saves me money from me not buying 2 foundations and mixing them both up to get my desired shade. The more white you mix in the lighter it will be, same as with the black corrector (the more darker it'll get). This product is great to have in your kit.

I personally have not had any breakouts so far after my month of usage, the only thing is that the product is on the matte/dry side but majority of my foundations are on the dewy scale so it helps. I'd say it changes the formula of the foundation a bit but it doesn't bother me some because the color itself doesn't - in terms of it looking ashy. The amount of product you put is key, I do a 1:3 ratio - 1 part corrector, 3 part foundation and then mix on the back of your hand.

As for the magnetized pans, I've bought them before. Fits in MAC Palettes and good for pigment pressing.

Hope this was helpful - anyone tried the above products mentioned or anyone suggest other color correctors?


Saturday, July 02, 2011

WET N' WILD: Dream Weaver Limited Edition Collection (Summer '11) Swatches

Fly away to the colorful side! Celestially stunning shades you’ve always dreamt about!

Dynamic new Color Icon™ Eyeshadow Trio collection with 30% more pigment and pearl for ultra-impact color. Playful and beautiful, these shades are influenced by the shades of the cosmos – ones you’ve only dreamt about!

No Bases/Primer

[Left - Right]
Bright Idea
  • Browbone - a shimmery canary yellow
  • Crease - a mossy, shimmery green
  • Eyelid - satin pale fuchsia shade
We’re Blasting Off
  • Browbone - a matte, baby pink
  • Crease - a dark brown, slight burgundy undertone with pink reflects
  • Eyelid - a shimmery pink taupe
Dancing in the Clouds
  • Browbone - shimmery champagne/pale gold
  • Crease - soft violet
  • Eyelid - shimmery bronze peach

[Left - Right]
Fly Me to the Moon
  • Browbone - shimmery white
  • Crease - black with silver reflects
  • Eyelid - satin bright blue
Earth Looks Small from Here
  • Browbone - antique gold, slight green undertone
  • Crease - satin navy blue
  • Eyelid - true grassy green
Enter a New Realm
  • Browbone - metallic silver
  • Crease - black
  • Browbone - true red

Exciting news for Wet N' Wild fans - new limited edition eyeshadow trios!
These shades should be available on July 15th, 2011 - check local drugstores for availability.
Prices are $2.99 each

Quick Thoughts on the LE Dream Weaver Trios

Bright Idea
I personally am not into bright shades anymore, I do think if you're lacking a certain color this can be a good alternative. Although swatched they turned out to be a bit paler than what I was anticipating. The pink in this trio is not similar to Spoiled Brat trio palette. Much paler in comparison, same family color.

We're Blasting Off
This definitely has to be my favorite trio out of the bunch and I bet it will be gone quick. I LOVE the matte pink in it, it's perfect! It's similar to Silent Treatment trio palette minus the pinks plus slight variations in the other two shades, but I would definitely get this if you're a fan of matte, pink or overall "safe" shades.

Dancing In The Clouds
Will definitely be the top 3 sold quickly and this is my 2nd favorite trio out of the bunch. I was slightly disappointed in the purple and was hoping it would be more vibrant as it is in the pan but the other two shades make up for it... I love the copper, bronze peach color and the champagne shades. It's very Summer!

Fly Me To The Moon
Personally, am not a fan of this one - it's not shades or formula I gravitate too anymore but that's not saying the palette is with fault just my personal taste. The blue is pretty and reminds me of MAC Freshwater.

Earth Looks Small From Here
This trio reminds me of a mermaid, this would be my third favorite only because of the antique, golden olive shade. I love the dirty gold appeal - it really is gorgeous and unique. I don't have anything like it in eyeshadow form.

Enter A New Realm
I give credit to Wet N Wild for being one of few companies that produce a true red eyeshadow that's affordable. This is great for anyone who missed out on that LE Holiday 6-Pan Collections that had the red in it. The other two shades aren't unique but this will definitely be part of the top 3 sold out quickly.

What are your thoughts on this collections - spot any favorites you might grab?

And an FYI to those who haven't heard the news, WNW will be discontinuing their 6-pan palettes to make way for 8-pans unfortunately due to 6-pans not selling as well anymore. But WNW is awesome enough to have them still be on sale for a full year until June 2012. Stock up while they're still available!


*disclaimer: wnw beauty ambassador. products provided were sent for review consideration, this does not alter my personal opinion on said products.