Wednesday, March 28, 2012

WET N WILD WEDNESDAY: New Spring 2012 LE Flora and Fauna - Get The Look Collection





  • PRODUCT(S)
Flora & Fauna: Get the Look Collections

  • AVAILABILITY
Available in selected drugstores Mid-March 2012

Suggested retail price: $4.99

  • COMPARISON
I looked through my own WNW stash and haven't found a shadow that were similar to each one apart from the pale, champagne pink "browbone" in the Fauna trio shadows which had many comparable shades. Read more in Overall Thoughts for other comparisons.

  • IN DETAIL
Enter our lush gardens of beauty, fantasy, and desire. 2 flourishing collections in playful and seductive shades that evoke Spring’s infinite possibilities.

Each Get the Look Collection Includes:
1 Color Icon™ Eyeshadow Trio
1 Color Icon™ Mini Blusher
1 Glassy Gloss® Lip Gel
1 Fast Dry Nail Color


Flora
Flora Eyeshadow Trio
- Chartreuse Green, Seafoam Green, Bright Orange w/ more yellow undertones
Mellow Wine Mini Blusher - Brighter Rose color
Mow the Glass Glassy Gloss - swatch here
Twining Vines

Fauna
Fauna Eyeshadow Trio
- Champagne shimmery pink, Shimmery Teal - more blue based, Shimmery Lilac
Pearlescent Pink Mini Blusher - Soft Rose with hints of gold shimmery
Glass Confusion Glassy Gloss - swatch here
Teal or No Teal Fast Dry Nail Color

OVERALL THOUGHTS
I just received these today in the mail and oooo it was a nice surprise. Both are due this month and they are limited edition along with a few other LE displays. It comes in a cute designed package with a new eyeshadow trio and additional perm items such as a blusher, glassy gloss and fast dry nail polish. Pretty good deal for only $5. Fauna to me is more on the cool tone side (not saying it is but appearance wise) compared to the warmer, yet brighter, Flora set. The gloss, nail polish and blush all compliment the eyeshadows which I didn't notice until half-way through swatching - you can tell they gave a bit of thought into this.

I actually would have LOVED for them to use a Mega Last lipstick and nailpolish instead of the Glassy Gloss & Fast Dry. I think that would be a lot more appealing as those are their top sellers. The blushers on both these collections are divine! They swatched so easily and very pigmented. To me, they both looked very similar blended out - a different shade (like a fairer, soft pink) would've been best in the Fauna collection but I do really like both and plan on leaving one in my Travel makeup bag. To get into this further...

Flora
Is my FAVORITE out the two and I think would be easily sold out. All the shadows swatched easily and nicely pigmented. Oh, did I pray the orange would swatched nicely and it did. I like that it's not a true-orange, has a slight yellowish undertones but still very bright. The chartreuse green is that of MAC's Bitter except the texture is shimmery and ever-so-slightly powdery finish. The palette reminds me of oceanic colors, very islander - the Glassy Gloss given to this did not go well - definitely a lipstick would've been more appropriate for these sets.

Fauna
Just looking at it, it didn't look unique. I've seen them pairing eyeshadows like these for awhile BUT the Teal and Lilac purple are nice. The pale, champagne color was the hardest to swatch out of all of them followed by the Lilac purple. I did get the purple to show up though after several swatches and it ended up blending nicely - reminds me of MAC Parfait Amour. The winner of this trio is the Teal-Blue in the middle, it really is a unique blue in the WNW shadow collections. It reminds me a lot like MAC's Birds and Berries or Parrot eyeshadow just by looking at it (I will be doing MAC/WNW comparison post soon - don't fret) so I thought that made up for the lack of uniqueness. I can't entirely knock this collection down though, because in terms of the other three items - Fauna all the way!

RECOMMENDATIONS
I recommend Flora out the two - it had an overall better quality and uniqueness. If you're looking more towards the blushers, glassy gloss and fastdry - then the Fauna collection is your best bet.


SWATCHES


[L-R] Flora Trio Shadows; Mellow Wine Blush



[L-R] Fauna Trio Shadows; Pearlescent Pink Blush


What do you think of these products - able to spot them at your local store?

CELLY

*DISCLAIMER: Products provided were sent for review consideration to MakeupByCelly. This does not alter my personal opinion on said products.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

WET N WILD WEDNESDAY: New MegaLiner Liquid Eye Liner





PRODUCT(S)
MegaLiner Liquid Eye Liner available in
Indigo Blue
Black Sparkle

AVAILABILITY
Available at mass market retailers nationwide beginning February 2012.

Suggested Retail Price: $2.99

COMPARISON
Comparable to WNW older Liquid Eye Liner. L'Oreal has a similar product and so does NYC Cosmetics.

IN DETAIL
This classic is formulated with high definition pigment and a unique blend of polymers for a rich, fluid formula that dries fast and stays put to subtly enhance or dramatically define. An easy-to-control flexible brush delivers precise application. Smudgeproof.

Blue Indigo - a bright, royal blue with very faint shimmer
Black Sparkle - a blackest black shade with silver sparkles

OVERALL THOUGHTS
I tried this MegaLiner in Black last year and didn't like it at all because the felt-tip wand was hard stiff, don't know if it was just mine but it didn't have any give to it so it hurt to actually put it on (think applying liner with a toothpick that had a thin felt over it) - I was hesistant to try it again. I don't know if it's the color or they actually made it different but these were a huge improvement in the felt-tip. It had a little give but was soft enough to apply with the stiffness to control the line. Love!

The colors and pigmentation are great, that didn't falter with the "old" or "new" liners. The blue (although the swatch looks faint) is actually REALLY bright and the black was very opaque on 2 steady strokes. The glitter is there, faint but noticeable - I actually liked it, to spruce up a look or if wearing grey/silver shadow - this liner would compliment it really beautifully.

As for staying power, they both wore on throughout my day (minimal 6 hrs work shift) and would wear on if you don't have a habit of accidentally rubbing your eyes (ahem, raises hand in guilt). These aren't water-proof, mind you - so with water they easily came off with a slight stain (black sparkle having the more difficult removal time) so if you have a naturally oily crease/lid - this might wear off. But I haven't had that problem (just me rubbing it off accidentally) and with makeup removal, staining was very minimal to non-existent.

RECOMMENDATIONS
To anyone on a budget and like liquid felt-tip wands with a bit of "stiffness".

SWATCHES




What do you think of the products - any rants or raves?

CELLY

*DISCLAIMER: Products provided were sent for review consideration to MakeupByCelly. This does not alter my personal opinion on said products.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Review + Swatches: MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre + MSF Redhead




PRODUCT(S)

MAC Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre - Daphane Guiness Collection
MAC Redhead Mineralized Skin Finish - Naturally Collection

AVAILABILITY
Both products are Limited Edition. Some MAC stores may still have it (mines only carried Blonde MSF currently).

COMPARISON
MAC Azalea Blossom's purple shade is comparable to another limited edition blush - MAC Sakura. See swatches below.


OVERALL THOUGHTS
It took a lot of thinking, but thankfully I caved in and bought both blushes because they are amazing!

Especially Redhead (thanks Jillian for your photos, really sealed the deal) since I now wear it everyday and it definitely is my favorite MSF I currently own. It's beautiful for an everyday highlight that can be worn alone or on top of peach, bronze, orange or other warm blushes. There are four separate shades from champagne to a coppery-brown. It has a slight pink undertone to it which makes it more wearable for those of olive and deeper complexions. The shimmer is at a minimal, all you're really getting a beautiful warmth to the skin.

I like Azalea Blush because of it's Ombre effect, lol not going to lie - it's beautiful to look at. I wasn't going to get it initially because I read how similar it was to Sakura. I love Sakura Blush so I thought to myself, I prefer a blush similar to one I love - that way I would definitely wear it often. I would say it is somewhat like Sakura as in the purples are similar to each other but not at all a like, also the pinks bring different overal aspects to one another. Azalea is a more toned down version and not as vibrant, blended together it definitely leans towards the soft pink side with a slight purple undertone while Sakura is more purple with an undertone of fuchsia.

Only thing is that Azalea is a bit hard to get on the brush, personally I don't mind because I prefer layering on as oppose to carefully avoiding a heavy hand but it still can be a nuisance as it takes a few pan swirls to get a decent amount of the brush.

If you missed out on either one, it's a good compromise!

RECOMMENDATIONS
REDHEAD MSF - Warm Undertones is more suitable but it can be nice for those in the cooler family if using the lighter shades or on top of a complimentary blush.

AZALEA BLOSSOM BLUSH OMBRE - Those with cooler complexion is best. I'm warm and caramel skin tone and found it working just as fine, the purple shade helps balance the coolness of it.

SWATCHES


MAC Redhead Mineralized Skin Finish. First 4 on the left - Individual swatch. Far Right - blended together.


[L-R] Azalea Blossom, Sakura


[First Three (3) on the Left is Azalea] Pink section, Purple section, blended together
[Last Three (3) on the Far Right is Sakura] Purple section, Fuchsia heart, Blended together

What are your thoughts - any personal favorites, rants, or other dupes?

CELIA

*PS: This is an old drafted post I made in January and completely forgot to post it, just an FYI in case someone wasn't aware this limited edition collection was sold some time back.

Friday, March 09, 2012

FOTD: 24 Carrot Gold








EYES
MAC Vanilla p/m (lid)
MAC Dazzlelight (highlight inner corner)
MAC Quarry (crease)
Wet N Wild Brown Liquid Liner
Ardel Lashes
Wet N Wild Brow Pencil
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara
Stila Topaz Liner (Waterline)

FACE
MAC Sunbasque Blush
MAC Margin for Highlight
L'Oreal True Match foundation
Sally Hansen Air Spray Foundation
Revlon Colorstay concealer
LIPS
NYX Orange l/l
Wet N Wild 24 Carrot Gold l/s
MAC Watch Me Simmer (lined a tiny bit)

I decided to experiment and venture into orange lipstick zone by trying one of Wet N Wild's new megalast lip colors in 24 Carrot Gold. Pictures can't reflect how bright this is in person, it looks more pink-coral in the photos but in person it's that nice combination of bright-pastel color, if that makes sense? I so love it but don't know if I'm brave enough to just walk out straight like this to the grocery store (sigh, wish I worked for MAC so I can use that excuse lol). I'd definitely blot it down and perhaps find a apricot colored gloss to go on top. Hmm.

What do you guys think - would you rock bright orange lips?

CELLY

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

WET N WILD WEDNESDAY: New Color Icon Single Eyeshadows







PRODUCT(S)
Color Icon Shimmer Singles in
Unplugged
Platinum
Golddigger
Trashed
Glamrock
Sellout
Stagedive

Color Icon Eyeshadow single in
Panther

AVAILABILITY
Available at mass market retailers nationwide beginning February 2012.

Suggested Retail Price: $1.99

COMPARISON
Wet N Wild's 3, 6, 8-shadow palettes are the same formulas. These are just in single shadow form.

IN DETAIL
Eyeshadow single has jet-milled base and silicone technology that provides longwearing, stay-true color for hours of crease-resistant wear. Blends well and applies evenly.

Panther - a satin semi-matte, black shadow

Shimmer singles features intense sparkle, bold fade-proof color and silk-smooth shimmers that stay put for hours with no fallout.

Unplugged - a stark white with light shimmer
Platinum - platinum shade with light silver shimmer
Golddigger - a pale yellow with gold shimmer
Trashed - black shade with silver shimmer
Glamrock - a lilac shade with silver shimmer
Sellout - a pale fuchsia shade with light shimmer
Stagedive - a bright blue with silver shimmer

OVERALL THOUGHTS
I never purchased the single shadows from WNW because they were similar in color to their pans so to my delight I received these new shades and they deliver the same quality as their palettes too. Wet N Wild really, in my opinion, is the best drugstore brand for high quality eyeshadows and for such a cheap price. Better than NYX, which I use to hoard back in my early stages of makeup collecting.

These single shadows all performed well, most only required about 2 to 3 swatches each for opaqueness, Golddigger, Glamrock and Sellout are more on the sheer-side but when it comes to those colors they often are sheer, don't know why that is - I'm guessing that's their intended color payoff but they swatched on easily so I'm sure to reach desired color intensity won't be much. Although I wasn't a fan of Golddigger overall (baby chicken yellow - not my fav color at all lol).

Not a fan of shimmer but these weren't heavy on shimmer, although you do see it when applied, it's not a glitter bomb and they all have satin to semi-matte finishes which I like. Unplugged, Platinum, and Golddigger can all slightly lean towards frost-type of finishes but barely, I was really happy Unplugged worked well for a white shadow. Sometimes the white shadows can be a hit or miss for WNW. The shimmers do stay for quite a while and I didn't really experience fallout, blending was good - these shades had no undertone colors so no muddy effects if continual blending occurs.

RECOMMENDATIONS
For something versatile, I would pick up Panther or Trashed because black is a good option and these two are very pigmented and also Unplugged for a white color. If I HAD to choose three of their new shadows it would be: Platinum, Glamrock and Stagedive. Stagedive is a gorgeous blue (I love their blues) and if you don't have anything similar, it is a great color - very bright and opaque. Glamrock had good color payoff so for those who like soft lilac/violet shades this one is really pretty. Similar to MAC's Parfait Amour. And Platinum is just an awesome silver color, I like how true to platinum it looks.

SWATCHES


[L-R] Panther, Unplugged, Platinum, Golddigger, Trashed, Glamrock, Sellout, Stagedive

What do you think of the products - any rants or raves?

CELLY

*DISCLAIMER: Products provided were sent for review consideration to MakeupByCelly. This does not alter my personal opinion on said products.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Review: GK HAIR 4 IN ONE Curling Iron Set




PRODUCT(S)
Global Keratin HAIR in
4-in-1 Curling Iron Set

AVAILABILITY
Available through Folica.com GK HAIR 4-IN-1 Curling Iron Set
Suggested retail price - $198.00

Folica offers free shipping on purchases over $50
Refer to Coupon sites for additional savings - retailmenot

COMPARISON
Check folica by clicking here for other Clipless Curling Irons.

IN DETAIL
Global Keratin 4-in-1 Curling Set is all you need for versatile styles with incredible curls or waves. Four inter-changeable barrel heads come in sizes 1/2', 3/4', 1 1/4" and 1 1/2". Also comes with a heat resistant glove.

-Clipless Curling Irons
-Adjustable heat, up to 430F/230C
-Ceramic/Tourmaline Heads
-Negative Ions to promote smoother, silkier hair
-Far-Infared Technology
-Swivel cord to prevent from tangle

There is one handle that fits all 4 barrels, the 3/4" barrel is the only one that is of tapered shape while the other three are round and all are clipless (meaning no clip to hold the hair in place.)



OVERALL THOUGHTS

I am SO loving set. I was really happy I was able to receive this for review. As a person who has natural curly hair, I never found it necessary to buy curling irons for the longest time but I was seeing all these YouTube video tutorials using clipless curling irons and my friends using theirs too and I HAD to try it. I like that it's more on the naturally-curly effect (depending on how long and which wand you use) to a nice variety of waves but like mentioned, all natural looking.

What I personally like about this product besides it's a 4 in 1, I like the way it heats up. Normally for flatirons, it either heats up on the spot when turned on or it takes awhile and indicated by blinking lights etc. or you move a dial to your temperature but you're not sure if it's the actual temperature. Anyways, since it's a digital display - the smart thing about this product is you actually see it rising once you turn it on until it reaches to it's desired heat, usually takes less than a minute to reach 360 (might be a dislike for those who are on a rush and can't wait for it to heat up quickly). Oh, and the turn on button must be pressed down a bit w/ force which in my opinion is good, no soft touch for accidental on/off.



The only thing I really didn't like is how to remove the wands from the base, you have to push two buttons inward and then pull out but the pull is very hard and it hurts your fingers having to push the buttons in at the same time. I would get so annoyed by this process. And just to be a bit nit-picky, another glove would be idea - having to take it off constantly to do the other side got annoying as well - but I overcame the process by not using it period.

As for the results with the product, I have yet to use the smallest wand the 1/2 so it's being excluded from this review. Product was used on already straighten hair with argan oil for heat protection.

1 1/2 - as you can see in the photo below, it gives a nice, natural soft wave to my hair. Like, the "day after you curled your hair and slept in it" look - haha. I really like it for casual looks and works best for longer hair as the wand is pretty big.

1 1/4 - is the second larger barrel, this is like the 1 1/2 but the curls/waves are tighter. Still great for a natural, effortless looking style. Best for med-long hair.

3/4 - is the only tapered barrel, it gives very defined waves. I didn't see curls with this one because I believe of it's shape so I'm only guessing the 1/2 would end up being more defined curls than waves. Anyways, this one gives beautiful romantic waves as you can see in the photo below. It was hard to capture but because the layer of waves all fell randomly on top of each other, it ended up giving volume to the hair. Love! And the more popular type of clipless wand.




RECOMMENDATIONS

I recommend this set, but if it's too steep - like I mentioned above they have cheaper alternatives. If you're looking into one, definitely invest in the sets. You're getting your monies worth and I guarantee you'll enjoy at least a few of them and it's definitely great to have options. If I had to choose one, really it depends on what you're looking for - but I'd get either a tapered clipless wand for waves and probably my 2nd choice would be something of a round clipless wand in size 1 1/4 because it gave nice curls or soft waves in a natural but more defined wave.


What do you think of the product - do you own one, favorite way to style?

CELLY

*FTC Disclaimer: I received these products for free as a part of the Folica Review Program but the views and opinions are that of my own.