Sunday, July 28th, 2013

5 Must-Have Teals Under $10

Who says you can’t enjoy a vibrant teal without spending a lot? Here are five fabulous shades that are of good quality as well as being incredibly affordable. You can see them all side-by-side here.

Also! If you have any suggestions for a top 5 list, please comment with your idea! If you like this one, there are over two hundred more 5 Ways posts I’ve done in the past :)

Do you have a favorite budget-friendly teal-hued shade?

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013


AVAILABLE NOW AT SEPHORA!

SEPHORA has created a series of captivating beauty collections inspired by beloved Disney Princess characters entitled Disney Reigning Beauties. Each limited edition seasonal collection focuses on the individual style, personality and story of a specific Disney Princess, bringing her to life in a way that inspires women to create their own princess moments.

This summer dive into a daring journey of curiosity and discovery with the Disney Reigning Beauties Ariel Collection by SEPHORA, an assortment of color cosmetics, a signature fragrance and princess-worthy accessories that are inspired by the world under the sea and bold determination of Ariel from the classic Disney animated film, The Little Mermaid. The Disney Reigning Beauties Ariel Collection by SEPHORA captures the ethereal, yet vibrant colors depicted in the film in a stunning array of treasures, beyond your wildest dreams.

Storylook Eyeshadow Palette Volume 3 Ariel Edition ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

Chase the life you desire with this customized palette of 20 bright and brilliant shades, each inspired by and formulated to match the hues from the film. Encased in a keepsake box with original artwork that portrays Ariel in her grotto of collected treasures, these lustrous shades invite you to dare to dream and let your curiosity lead the way with a complete eyeshadow wardrobe.

  • Blue Lagoon The moon shimmering on the lagoon (shimmering blue)
  • Scuttle Ariel’s skintone while talking to Scuttle (shimmering pinky beige)
  • Flounder Flounder coming out of the water (matte nude)
  • Sebastian Sebastian’s face (matte coraly pink)
  • Flotsam Flotsam in the shadows (deep blue charcoal)
  • Sea Shells Ariel’s sisters singing (shimmering ivory)
  • Les Poissons Chef Louis’ bloodthirsty shadow in the ‘Le Poissons’ scene (dusty satin muave)
  • Caspian Sea Light reflecting through the water on Atlantica (shimmering rich turquoise)
  • Your Voice Ursula striking a deal with Ariel (glistening silver pearl)
  • Unfortunate Souls The smoke during Ursula’s finale (matte lavender grey)
  • Atlantica The shimmering turquoise colors of Atlantica (shimmering sea foam green)
  • Fins Ariel’s fin under the sea (glittery mermaid green)
  • Sick of Swimmin’ Ariel’s first breath of air with legs (shimmering opalescent)
  • Ursula Ursula’s skintone in the shadows (pearly purple)
  • Sha La La La Fish chorus singing to Ariel and Eric (matte dark fuchsia)
  • Triton The King shooting his triton (shimmering gold)
  • Wanderin’ Free Ariel imaging herself with legs (shimmering pink champagne)
  • Jetsam Jetsam’s fins in the shadows (deep teal with dark iridescent glitter)
  • Sea Witch The Sea Witch in all her power and glory (pearly violet)
  • Treasures Untold Glistening water from King’s triton (opalescent pale pink)

Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

Open your eyes to endless possibilities with this captivating palette with four vibrant shades that are easy to apply and blend for a variety of mesmerizing eye looks. Let your eyes shimmer like the sea with these inspiring shades, including:

  • What’s-It Matte clay grey
  • Who’s-It Glittering white
  • Dinglehopper Iridescent light teal
  • Snarfblat Violet with iridescent glitter

Sephora X What Cha-Nail-Callit Nail Lacquer Set ($24.50) (Limited Edition)

Make a splash and get into a sea of trouble when you discover these six delightfully daring lacquers. Each sea-inspired shade brings Ariel’s underwater kingdom into a whole new world. Shades include:

  • We In Luck Here Creamy coral red
  • Hotter Under The Water Creamy plum
  • Ariel Rich pearly turquoise
  • Off The Hook Ppearly silver chrome
  • Life Is The Bubbles Iridescent glittery shimmer
  • Devotin’ To Floatin’ Pearlescent teal

Mermaid Song Lipgloss Set ($38.00) (Limited Edition)

Be empowered, be bold, and find your voice with this set of four pigmented, glistening glosses that are fun and flirty, with a hint of feisty. Shades include:

  • Dream Girl Perky pink
  • Sea Witch Bold berry
  • Redhead Rich red
  • Mermaid Courageous coral

Kiss the Girl Eau de Parfum ($58.00 / $19.00) (Limited Edition)

Feel the passion of the moment with Kiss the Girl Eau de Parfum, an invigorating new fragrance inspired by the magical moment of true love’s first kiss. This captivating scent opens with a refreshing burst of bergamot, wet cucumber, and ozonic accord, and is brought to life with a splash of water notes, wild lilac and starfruit, all fused together with warm sandalwood and sensual velvet sensations of ambergris to make the moment last forever.

Set the Mood Compact Mirror ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

Bat your eyes and pucker your lips with this beautifully designed deep sea treasure.

Availability: June 2013 @ Sephora online, July 2013 in stores

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Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil
Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil

Sephora Blonde Ambition Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “beige.” It’s a pale, gilded beige with a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff in a single pass, but it’s only semi-opaque and buildable to about semi-opaque, even though I tried to layer it. It’s sufficient for brightening the eye, and it can be evened out with a brush to blend the eyeliner together. NARS Rue Bonaparte is matte. MAC Gilded White is very similar, perhaps a touch whiter. Other champagne eyeliners are warmer, more beige. See comparison swatches.

Roof Top Party Contour Eye Pencil ($9.00 for 0.04 oz.) is described as “gunmetal.” It’s an olive brown; a murky, dirty brown with a hint of green and subtle shimmer. The color payoff was good in one stroke, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color with two or so passes of the eyeliner. Urban Decay Stash is richer–darker and more intense. MAC Forever Green is greener. bareMinerals 10AM is darker, more intense. See comparison swatches.

I liked both of these, but they weren’t as intense on the eye as they looked in the pencil–it was almost as if the consistency was a little too waxy so the color didn’t build up to full intensity as a result. Though, the waxiness enabled both shades to glide across the skin easily–no skipping or dragging. Both shades wore well for eight hours on me with very minimal thinning but no smudging or migrating.

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It had good color payoff in a single pass, but it's only semi-opaque and buildable to about semi-opaque, even though I tried to layer it. It's sufficient for brightening the eye, and it can be evened out with a brush to blend the eyeliner together.

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

I tried to pull a good variety in blues, from cobalt, purplish blues to sky blues to your bold, bright blues–and not just eyeshadows! I had to pick an eyeliner, because it’s a great way to add a bold pop of color without going full-on blue. If you want to see my picks together, the comparisons.

  1. Sephora My Boyfriend’s Jeans — a pop of cobalt blue for the lash line
  2. OCC Pond — Tardis blue for your nails
  3. Le Metier de Beaute Lapis — a beautiful, medium-dark blue with shimmer
  4. Color Club Over the Moon — a shimmering, holographic blue
  5. Inglot #426 — a brightened, medium blue

What’s your favorite blue-hued beauty product?

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette
Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette

Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette ($30.00 for 4 x 0.049 oz.) consists of four eyeshadows and is a limited edition palette available as part of the Disney and Sephora collaboration for The Little Mermaid (featuring Ariel). It comes in an off-white plastic palette with a scene from the movie (at least, presumably, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen it!) on the cover in shades of blue to violet. Inside, there’s a full-sized mirror and two dual-ended brushes.

Who’s-It is described as a “glittering white.” It’s a semi-sheer, shimmery white with neutral-to-warm undertones. I wouldn’t describe it as glittery; perhaps sparkly but the shimmer seems finer than sparkle. I didn’t have any issues with fall out from this shade. There’s no shortage of shimmery white eyeshadows on the market, but a few of the closer dupes I found were: Disney Ball Gown, which was a touch cooler; MAC How to Marry, which is slightly more pigmented; and NARS Flowers 1 #1, which is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches (there are also several more similar shades that I pulled out).

What’s-It is described as a “matte clay grey.” It’s a soft, muted gray with a hint of brown and lavender. It had a matte finish, and it had good color payoff. The texture was soft without being powdery, and it was incredibly easy to apply and blend out on the skin. NARS Self Portrait 2 #3 is grayer, darker. MAC Parlor Smoke is darker. MAC Creative Whim is purpler. MAC Silver Gull is darker. MAC Silverwear is more shimmery. MAC Look at the Eyes is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Dinglehopper is described as an “iridescent light teal.” It is a semi-sheer, medium-dark green with a pearly sheen. It was a little dry, and I wasn’t able to really build up the color to true-to-pan intensity/color. Chanel Metamorphose #1 is cooler-toned. NARS Delphes #3 is warmer. MAC Lady Grey is less green. MAC Sweet & Sour #2 is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard #2 is similar, slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Snarfblat is described as a “violet with iridescent glitter.” It’s a medium-dark purple with cool undertones and subtle shimmer, plus a few bits and bobs of silver glitter. The glitter seemed to flake away rather quickly, and I really didn’t see it on the lid, or even underneath my lid during application or later on as I wore the eyeshadow (so if you wanted glitter, it really wasn’t present, and if you were nervous about it having glitter, rest easy). It had so-so color payoff but was a bit weak; it can be layered for slightly more intense payoff. Disney Sea Witch is more pigmented. MAC Warm & Smoky is similar. MAC Pink Union #2 is brighter. MAC Drawn to Drama is similar. MAC Dusty Desire is also similar. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple is darker. See comparison swatches.

Overall, the four-pan palette is decent but not as impressive as the larger Storylook palette.  At the price point, if you were just looking to collect a single piece from the collection, I’d still opt for the mirror, and if you had more room in your budget, the Storylook palette.  I didn’t encounter fall out issues, despite two shades being described as glittery, and the eyeshadows lasted well for eight hours but there were signs of fading and then subtle creasing after nine hours of wear.  There is no specific release date yet, but it is expected sometime June or July online.

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Overall, the four-pan palette is decent but not as impressive as the larger Storylook palette. At the price point, if you were just looking to collect a single piece from the collection, I'd still opt for the mirror, and if you had more room in your budget, the Storylook palette.

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Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

 

Disney Kiss the Girl Eau de Parfum
Disney Kiss the Girl Eau de Parfum

Disney Kiss the Girl Eau de Parfum ($58.00 for 1.7 fl. oz.; $19.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “refreshing burst of bergamot, wet cucumber, and ozonic accord, and is brought to life with a splash of water notes, wild lilac, and starfruit, all fused together with warm sandalwood and … ambergris.”

It begins with a blast of bergamot–intensely floral–followed by a cloyingly sweet cucumber note. While I like the freshness and crispness that cucumber can add to a scent, when it’s sweet, it reads very synthetic and oddly placed (almost a stale sweetness). The cucumber, halfway through, is more prominent than the bergamot. The fragrance, overall, was sweet, floral, and aquatic. My personal scent preference is towards sandalwood and amber, but I didn’t pick up either of those two scents; at no point while I wore it was it anything other than bergamot and sweet cucumber. It might be because the scent wears away surprisingly quickly on my skin; it is noticeable and has good sillage for the first hour, but by the second hour, it wears closely to the skin. By the third hour, I couldn’t even detect any more. Normally, the average perfume lasts eight hours on me, with some lasting as long as sixteen (to some degree).

Scent is inherently personal, so if you enjoy either bergamot or cucumber, you may like this.  If you were intrigued by the idea of sandalwood and ambergris, I’d recommend trying to sniff it in-store prior to purchasing.  The rollerball-size is a frosted, aqua bottle with silver seaweed, while the full-size fragrance is in a clear, faceted crystal bottle (just like the perfumes for Cinderella and Jasmine) with clear juice.

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