Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Peach is often like the lighter, softer version of coral, as you can find pink-leaning peach shades or more orange-leaning peach shades, so there is usually a shade that will work for someone! There are even more peachy-beige kind of shades that are more neutral. I love peach on the eyes, whether as an eyeliner or on the center or inner lid. The center of lid is great to really brighten, especially if you use darker, more contrasting shades on the inner/outer areas of the lid. The inner tear duct is a nice place for a pop of more shimmery peach that I find helps to open up eyes.

  1. Bite Beauty Leche — a satin-finished, medium peach lip color
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight — a peach with champagne shimmer and warm undertones that works as a highlighter or subtle blush
  3. L’Oreal Highlighter (230) — brighten eyes with this peachy-pink eyeliner
  4. Make Up For Ever #I524 Pinky Beige — a light-medium peach with a pearly sheen to brighten eyes
  5. YSL Tender Peach (26) — a glossy, pink-tinted peach lipstick

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Saturday, January 10th, 2015

It’s awesome to see that in 2015, finding the right shade of lavender is easier than ever, whether you prefer it on your lips, nails, cheeks, or eyes. Here are a few of my favorites for spring!

  1. ColourPop Brills — a pinky-lavender lipstick with a satin finish
  2. Makeup Geek Secret Admirer — a pop of pinky-lavender for cheeks
  3. MAC Full of Joy — a pale lavender purple with a satin finish for cheeks
  4. Essie Warm & Toasty Turtleneck — a muted lavender with a hint of pink with a cream finish for nails
  5. Make Up For Ever I918 Lavender — a cool-toned, pop of lavender purple for eyes

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Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow
Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, pewter-gold with warm undertones and a metallic finish. It’s like a mix of gold, taupe, and gray, and I find it’s very brightening on the lid. The shade is richly pigmented with a soft, almost creamy consistency, that goes on like butter over the skin. It wore well for nine hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME644 Iced Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a brightened, medium-dark copper brown with warm undertones and a subtle, metallic sheen. It’s very smooth and had excellent color payoff that was easy to work with and blend on the skin. The color wore well for nine and a half hours before starting to crease slightly. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever I628 Reptile Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, olive green with warm, khaki undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture is ridiculously smooth and soft with a buttery, dense feel. It slides over the skin smoothly with intense pigmentation. It really was a dream to work with, and even better, it lasted for nine and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME614 Graphite Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a rich, deepened brown with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was very soft and dense, and it was just slightly prone to thickening on the skin in the way that almost-cream-like-powders can. The pigmentation was incredible as a little went a long way. The color did last well for almost ten hours, though! See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever S502 White Sand Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light, subtly warm-toned beige (there’s an almost gray cast over it) with a satiny sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that wasn’t dense but not really thin either. It felt a lot like a cream-powder hybrid to the touch. The color wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand Artist Shadow
I526 (inner lid), ME612 (middle of lid), D826 (outer lid/crease), M546 (crease),
ME828 (crease), I520 (lower lash line), Sephora Love Affair Eyeliner

Make Up For Ever I526 Pearl Beige Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light beige with a pink-tinge and a frosted finish. It had a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to use with good color payoff. It wore well for nine hours on me before fading. Cle de Peau Stardust #1 (P) is darker, less shimmery. Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (P) is similar. MAC Apricot Blend #1 (LE) is lighter. Maybelline Pure Nude (80) (LE, $6.99) is a cream product. LORAC Nude (P) is similar. Illamasqua Slink (LE) is slightly warmer. Dior Fairy Golds #1 (LE) is similar. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever ME612 Silver Brown Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium, caramel brown with warm, red-orange undertones and a frosted, metallic sheen. It had fantastic pigmentation that went on smoothly and evenly. The consistency was buttery and creamy, and it was so easy to use. This shade wore well for nine hours on me. Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is darker. Chanel Poesie #1 (LE) is less red. Stila Peace (P) is less shimmery. Makeup Geek Night Life (P, $6.99) is more metallic, cooler-toned. LORAC Mocha (P) is similar. Too Faced Cote d’Azur (P, $16.00) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Orchid Haze #2 (P) is cooler-toned. Le Metier de Beaute Champagne Shimmer (P, $28.00) is a cream product. CoverGirl Melted Caramel (330) (P, $4.99) is less metallic. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a medium-dark, plummy taupe with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had fairly good pigmentation with a soft, silky texture that was a smidgen powdery. The color wore well for eight hours on me. Makeup Geek Unexpected (P, $5.99) is cooler-toned, purpler. Tarte Natural Beauty (LE) is similar. Tarte You Look Mauveless (LE) is darker, brighter. LORAC Dusty Plum (LE) is darker, brighter. LORAC Unconditional (P) is lighter. Bobbi Brown Amnesia Rose (LE, $22.00) is lighter. Urban Decay Nooner (P, $18.00) is brighter, darker. Chanel Hasard (99) (P, $29.50) is very similar. Urban Decay Tease (LE, $18.00) is browner. NARS New York (P, $24.00) is brighter, darker. MAC Haux (P, $15.00) is similar. Illamasqua Forgiveness (LE) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Make Up For Ever S718 Salmon Artist Shadow (Blush)
Make Up For Ever S718 Salmon Artist Shadow (Blush)

Make Up For Ever S718 Salmon Artist Shadow (Blush) ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) is a light-medium peach with a hint of beige–there’s a muted quality there–and warm undertones with a satin finish. Make Up For Ever S714 Bisque (P, $21.00) is lighter. Make Up For Ever #225 HD Blush (P, $26.00) is a cream product, darker. Hourglass Dim Infusion (P, $35.00) is less shimmery. MAC Cream Soda (LE, $21.00) is more matte. bareMinerals Peace (P) is more beige. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

I was surprised that this was listed as a blush shade, but it is officially listed as one. The satin texture lends itself well for blush application, as the color goes on effortlessly, blends easily, and looks natural without being too shimmery or too flat/matte. It is a shade that will show up best on fairer skin tones than mine, though it gave my medium skin tone a slight peachy warmth (I think it is more noticeable in person). This shade was nicely pigmented with a soft, almost creamy consistency that was very smooth. On me, it wore well for eight hours before fading slightly.

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Sunday, November 9th, 2014

There are a few different types of gold–all fun and festive for the holiday season–and here are some of my recent favorites! I’d love to hear yours :)

  1. Makeup Geek Gold Digger — a frosted, orange gold
  2. Ulta Gold — a shimmery, yellow gold
  3. Ardency Inn Sunday — a light-medium gold with a metallic finish
  4. Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow — a sparkly white gold
  5. Ardency Inn Heaven — a metallic, antique gold

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