Cate McNabb Cosmetics : Eye Primer & Lipstick Review
I want to quickly share with you all two products that I recently got from Cate McNabb Cosmetics. If you’ve never heard of Cate McNabb Cosmetics before, they produce natural, paraben-free, and cruelty-free cosmetics with a stunning collection of on-trend colors and products.
The eye primer has a nude tint that applies smoothly and dries to a matte finish. It performs its job well—-enhancing the eyeshadows’ vibrancy, preventing creasing, and extending the colors’ longevity.
I also got a lipstick in the shade “Fetch Pink”. This lustrous medium pink lipstick is long-wearing and highly pigmented, infused with nourishing conditioners like shea butter and sunflower seed oil to hydrate and moisturize lips.
I’m in love with this gorgeous lipstick—-the shade is perfect for everyday wear and the consistency is silky-smooth with a rich pigment that is true-to-color and long-lasting.
Olive & Purple Smokey Makeup Look feat. Beauty UK Cosmetics
I’m back with anotherBeauty UK Cosmetics post! I fell so in love with this brand’s products after my last review (read it here) that I didn’t hesitate to jump at the chance of doing another blog post featuring their gorgeous products!
I picked out a few new items from Beauty UK Cosmetics' website and incorporated them in this olive and purple makeup look that I'll be sharing with you all today!
To start off, I primed my face using Beauty UK’s Prime FX Foundation Primer. This primer is translucent and has a silky texture that helps reduce oil and enhances the longevity of my foundation. I wore this velvety primer as a base underneath my foundation and it did a wonderful job controlling my oiliness and helped my makeup last longer.
The Galaxy Palette comes with ten eyeshadows—-one matte shade and the rest having a metallic or shimmer finish. This palette contains mainly purple and dark green based shades with two light colors for highlighting and a pretty silver shimmer infused brown shade. The two darkest colors in the palette (which are the two blackish shades at the end of the top and bottom rows) also have a green undertone to them.
Performance and consistency wise, these eyeshadows are very smooth and blend-able, but will require a little effort to build up the colors. Some shades have a better payoff than others, but overall, they’re very pleasant to work with and can easily be built to achieve more intensity. They work wonderfully with an eyeshadow primer; I experienced no creasing or fading with these eyeshadows.
Here are the eyeshadow colors that I wore in the makeup look, in order of application:
Shade #2: Inner Lid and Outer Lid Shade #9: Middle Lid Shade #6: Crease/Transition Color Shade #8: Bottom Lash Line Shade #1: Brow and Tear Duct Highlight
After I contoured my face with a matte bronzer, I applied the Shimmer Box in No. 1 Bronze to my cheekbones to give them some luminosity. I love the gorgeous golden shimmer that this striped blush gives when all of the colors are mixed together—-it creates such a beautiful glow!
I ended up mixing together a few lip products to achieve the shade that I wore. Initially, I was just going to wear the “Innocent” lipstick from Beauty UK, but oh my goodness, this lipstick is so pigmented and bright that it would have been too overwhelming if I paired it with this smokey eye makeup look.
The “Innocent” lipstick is a barbie pink shade that is highly pigmented with a very creamy and smooth consistency! It applies like butter and is extremely moisturizing!
For my lips, I applied the “Innocent” lipstick, then blotted with a tissue to tone down the vibrant pink hue. Then, I applied a bit of concealer on top and went over everything with a nude pink lip gloss.
I want to say a huge thank you to Model in a Bottle for sending me all of these amazing goodies to play with! I’ve never tried their products before, but have heard so many great things about them! I’m ecstatic to finally be on the bandwagon! ;)
Model in a Bottle is widely popular for their makeup setting sprays, which have been extremely raved about by makeup artists and beauty bloggers worldwide! What began as a must-have product to obtain longer lasting makeup has now inspired a range of other sealant products like their Eyebrow Sealer and Lipstick Sealer, which I will discuss more about later on in the post.
Beginning with the one that started it all, Model in a Bottle’s Original Setting Spray is truly a gem and is definitely an essential for makeup lovers and artists! This makeup setting spray promises to help makeup last all day and night, and it certainly lives up to its claims! It locks in your makeup and makes it look good like when you first applied it, and it’s also resistant to humidity and water, which is a huge plus in my book! This setting spray dries to a matte finish and has a lovely, refreshing scent! I’m quite obsessed with the scent—-it just smells so amazing!
How to use: After applying your makeup and allowing your mascara to dry, close your eyes and simply spray several times, holding the setting spray bottle 10-12 inches from your face. Wait 20-30 seconds before opening your eyes to allow the spray to completely dry.
- Dries with a translucent matte finish - Absorbs excess oil - Doesn’t clog pores - Never interferes with or reduces the effectiveness of SPF - Is fast drying and non-sticky - Has a clean fresh scent - Adds moisture with Aloe Vera extract - Works well with all skin types, including oily and acne prone - Washes off with water or cleanser - Not tested on animals - Proudly made in the USA
If you want to try the setting spray, but have sensitive skin, Model in a Bottle has a solution for that! They came out with the Sensitive Skin Setting Spray, which gives the same matte finish and lock-in control like the original spray, but is specifically designed for dry, sensitive, and allergy prone skin.
The Sensitive Skin Setting Spray contains hydro essential oils and Aloe Vera to add moisture to the skin and help control inflammation for those who have drier complexions or more sensitive skin conditions like rosacea. This setting spray is said to be fragrance-free, but there is a scent to it, but no worries, the scent is natural and comes from lavender and will vanish once it is dry!
Since we’re on the subject of sensitivity, I do want to point out one of the ingredients in both the original and sensitive setting sprays, which is “SD Alcohol 40B”. SD Alcohol 40B can be found in many acne-control products to control oil, but with regular or long term use, it might over-produce the oil that has been removed by the alcohol. So, if you have sensitive skin or very oily skin, I would highly suggest not using the setting spray on a regular basis and use it in moderation.
Moving on to one of Model in a Bottle's recent additions to their line, the Eyebrow Sealer took me by surprise when I saw it in my package. I’ve never seen a product like this before, so it’s definitely unique and surely did trigger my curiosity.
The Eyebrow Sealer has a liquid formula that dries quickly to a matte finish and helps hold your eyebrows in place and keeps your eyebrow makeup lasting all day long. The sealer comes with two applicator brushes (a spoolie and a brush) for you to choose your preferred application method. A little goes a long way with this product, even one drop of it is way too much, so it will definitely last a long time before it’s emptied.
This sealer did a great job controlling my eyebrow hairs—-they did not budge and my eyebrow makeup lasted throughout the day without fading or smudging!
Also, since this is a liquid product, be careful when applying it to your eyebrows and be extra cautious of the excess liquid that may be leftover on the brush that could potentially come in contact with your eyes. I like to apply this sealer by removing the spoolie from the bottle and letting the liquid drip onto a separate brush before I apply it. By doing so, I’m not contaminating the liquid in the bottle with makeup residue and it also diminishes any excess liquid.
Another fun and unique product is the Lipstick Sealer! This is perfect for those who want longer-lasting lipstick or those who don’t have time for touch-ups.
The Lipstick Sealer ensures that your lipstick stays perfect no matter what, transforming the lipstick into smudge-proof, drink-proof, and kiss-proof to last all day long without feathering or bleeding. It has a liquid formula that dries quickly to a clear finish and doesn’t dry out the lips.
How to use: Apply your lipstick like usual and blot with a tissue. Then, brush the sealer generously all over your lips and keep your lips apart for about 30-45 seconds to allow the sealer to dry. Refrain from eating or drinking for about 10 minutes until the sealer is completely dry and set in.
Tip: To avoid contaminating the sealer in the bottle with makeup residue, remove the brush from the bottle and let the liquid drip onto a separate lip brush before applying.
- 100% Botanical Plant base - Dries quickly and dries clear - Stops bleeding and feathering - No ink, dye, or chemicals
I just love how its small and compact, travel-friendly size! It fits perfectly in any makeup bag and comes with a replacement pad. It’s the perfect tool for all the beauties that are constantly on-the-go.
I really enjoyed these products from Model in a Bottle! They produce innovative, high quality products that are true to their claims! I can see now why so many people love and rave about this company—-their amazing products simply speak for themselves and will definitely not disappoint!
I have another fun subscription box service to share with you all today!
Cult Cosmetics was founded in 2013 and began as a nail polish line, and has now expanded into makeup. They offer a monthly subscription program that delivers a nail polish kit each month right to your doors, consisting of two vegan-friendly, “5-free” Cult nail colors and a full-sized beauty product. The contents in each monthly Blackbox will be a surprise and are based on what’s trending for the month/season.
The monthly membership is $19.99 + shipping and handling ($5 for US members and $8 for Canadian members)—-shipping is free for orders over $40. The membership renews every thirty days and it can be paused (you can skip a month if you choose to) or cancelled at any time.
I received the Be My Muse Blackbox for review, which contained an adorable makeup bag, a lip gloss, and two Cult nail polishes.
I love the transparent makeup bag and thought it was a nice addition to this Blackbox. It’s very well-made and the size of it is definitely purse-friendly. I definitely see myself putting this bag to use, especially for organizing my on-the-go beauty products.
The Turn Me On Lipstick in the shade “Muse” is a lovely red hue, formulated with coconut oil, lychee extract, and vitamins C & E. This liquid-to-matte lipstick goes on wet and dries to a matte finish, and is ultra long-lasting! I wouldn’t describe this lipstick as highly pigmented, but the color can easily be built by applying additional layers to create a more intense payoff. It certainly gives a pretty tint to the lips and will require prior moisturizing to prevent the lips from drying out due to its true matte texture. This liquid lipstick also comes with a mirror on the side of the tube and a LED light applicator for easy applications and touch-ups, which is really awesome (thumbs up for innovative design and packaging)!
I’ve always known about Mehron Makeup, a popular theatrical cosmetics and supplies company that also creates high quality professional products for makeup artists. I’ve seen many alluring photos of their products, heard many great things, and have always been fascinated by their wide range of vibrant cosmetics, so needless to say, it was definitely mind-blowing to finally get my hands on some of Mehron's products!
I had the amazing opportunity of receiving these products for review and I chose four palettes to share with you all—-two cream palettes and two powder palettes. All of these Mehron palettes come in a sleek black packaging with a full-sized mirror and a synthetic brush for application.
Initially, I didn’t want to swatch any of the palettes because they were just so beautiful, but that wouldn’t be much of a review. Ultimately, I decided to only swatch the two eyeshadow palettes and couldn’t bear to dip into the cream palettes, though, I did try out a few shades from the two cream palettes off camera to determine their consistency and performance.
For all of the eyeshadow swatches, they were done on my bare skin, without using a primer.
The L.I.P. Color Cream Palette comes in two different color combinations—-the “Day” palette consists of more wearable, everyday colors like pinks and oranges, whereas the “Night” palette is all about bold reds and burgundies.
This lip palette comes with eight beautiful, vibrant red and burgundy shades that offer a creamy, highly pigmented color payoff that is hydrating and long-lasting. These cream lip colors have a matte texture with a slight sheen finish that has a full coverage and long-wearing formula.
Top Row: Poppy, Valentine, Raspberry, Big Apple Bottom Row: Wild Plum, Velvet Rose, Cherrywood, Cherry Chocolate
The CHEEK Cream Palette consists of eight, richly concentrated blush colors that have an ultra smooth consistency and intense color payoff. I love the sleekness of these cream blushes and how they apply evenly and blend easily with little effort.
Top Row: Tawny Pink, Shell Pink, Bronze, Geranium Bottom Row: Tech-Orange, Pink Coral, Berry Blush, Red Rose
The E.Y.E & CHEEK Powder Palette is made up of a convenient combination of Mehron's richly pigmented eyeshadow and cheek powders. The top row consists of four neutral eyeshadows and the bottom row holds four beautiful blush colors.
These stunning powder eyeshadow and blush colors are similar, if not, identical in performance. All of the shades are extremely velvety, vivid, and true-to-color.
This palette, unfortunately, arrived with one of the eyeshadows completely shattered, which made me so sad! The broken eyeshadow was scattered everywhere and it took me some time to clean up the palette. I couldn’t bear to look at the empty pan from the damaged eyeshadow, so I replaced the vacant spot with an eyeshadow pan that I had laying around in my makeup collection! The pink eyeshadow on the top is the replacement eyeshadow from another brand, not Mehron.
Top Row: Black Onyx, Espresso, Fawn, Orchid Rose (Replacement Eyeshadow) Bottom Row: Bold Red, Mocha, Just Peachy, Tropi Coral
It’s hard to choose, but this last palette is my favorite from the four and it’s the INtense Pro Pressed Powder Pigments Palette in “Fire”. I’ve always loved bright colors and when I saw this palette, I was instantly captivated! It was definitely love at first sight!
I love that the colors in this palette all have a true matte finish and are super bright and intense like its name suggests. These eyeshadows are a bit chalky (which is expected of matte eyeshadows) and they do have fall-outs, but overall, they’re extremely easy to work with—-they apply smoothly, blend easily, and are very build-able.
Top Row: Ignite, Purple Heat, Fire Island, Electric Green Bottom Row: Pure Lightning, Hot Pink, Inferno, Yellow Spark
I wanted to incorporate every color from the “Fire” palette into this makeup look and I did just that. I pretty much just winged this look and had so much fun creating it! I really enjoyed this palette and especially loved the “Electric Green” eyeshadow—-it’s neon love!
Mehron sells all of the colors in the palettes separately, so if you like certain shades or don’t want to purchase the palette, you can purchase the colors individually.
I love discovering and experimenting with new makeup brushes, and recently acquired a few of Everyday Minerals' makeup brushes to try out and I've been hooked on them ever since!
Everyday Minerals is a Texas based company, specializing in all natural, vegan, and handmade cosmetics and skincare products. The company also carries a line of luxurious, yet affordable, professional bamboo makeup brushes.
These bamboo brushes are extremely sturdy and well-made, and are incredibly soft! The handles are made from 100% renewable bamboo and the silky, synthetic bristles have a luxuriously soft feel that is heavenly on the skin!
I washed these bamboo brushes before using them and experienced no shedding—-the brushes kept their shapes after the wash and were still soft and lush just like they were prior to washing.
Double Perfect Eyeshadow/Eyeliner Brush : A two-in-one, dual-ended eyeshadow and eyeliner brush, created to help increase efficiency. This brush has a large, flat eyeshadow brush on one end and an angled eyeliner brush on the other. The angled brush can also be used to define and shape brows.
Everyday Eye Smudge Brush : This brush has a short, rounded shape that is great for applying eyeshadow directly on to the lash line, blending colors, or smudging out your pencil or gel eyeliner. I love to use this brush to blend out eyeshadows on my bottom lash lines, which creates a soft, hazy effect. This smudge brush is definitely the perfect tool for softening eye makeup!
Eye Kabuki Brush : A dome-shaped brush with densely packed bristles that gives a seamless application of a single eyeshadow color all over the lids, and can also be used to blend away harsh lines. This multi-functional brush is also great for contouring, blending out concealer, and applying highlight.
Dome Blush Brush : This long-handled brush has a dome shape with silky soft, plush synthetic fibers that picks up and deposits color to the cheek area effortlessly. It can also be used to apply setting powders.
You can find these beautiful, high quality bamboo makeup brushes and the full professional brush collection from Everyday Minerals at https://www.everydayminerals.com!
I’m always looking for new ways to store my makeup and beauty products, and if you’re like me, then you’re going to love what I’m about to share with you!
I came across Vueset when I was browsing for an empty palette to store my broken lipsticks in and I’m so glad that I stumbled upon this brand! Vueset specializes in high quality and durable, clear palettes and cases, designed to help organize, consolidate, and increase efficiency. Their versatile products are constructed to work together as a system to improve the workspace to create more effectiveness; the palettes are stackable, portable, lightweight, well-made, and extremely affordable!
I have in my possession all six transparent palettes and cases that Vueset currently carries.
The Star Nova case has one large section and is ideal for storing eyelashes, eye/lip pencils, thin makeup brushes, and anything else desired that is elongated or small.
Dimensions: 9” x 4” x 1.25”
The Disco Prima case has thirteen sections—-one large section that holds travel-sized brushes or short pencils perfectly and twelve small individual compartments that are ideal for storing cream products or tiny embellishments like glitters, beads, and rhinestones.
Dimensions: 9” x 4” x 1.25”
The Taxi case has five equally sized vertical sections and is a perfect storage container for organizing q-tips, bobby pins, hair clips, and many more.
Dimensions: 4.5” x 4” x 1.25”
The Viking Jack palette is made up of twelve identical sections and can be used to store cream products and other items like glitters, eyeshadow pigments, and nail art decorations.
Dimensions: 4.5” x 4” x 1.25”
The Bonanza palette consists of fifteen sections and is great for storing lipsticks and cream products.
Dimensions: 4.5” x 4” x 1.25”
The Tahiti palette has twenty-four small equivalent sections, ideal for holding depotted lipsticks.
Dimensions: 4.5” x 4” x 1.25”
Here is what the Tahiti palette looks like with a few of my depotted lipsticks. I’m so happy that my bulky and broken lipsticks now have a home! This adorable little palette is such a life saver!
My overall opinion is that I’m utterly in love with these Vueset palettes and think they’re worth every penny! The palettes and cases are extremely well crafted, sturdy, versatile, and multi-functional! The transparent acrylic allows visibility of the products enclosed and the fact that the palettes and cases can be stacked on top of one another provides a nicely organized and compact work area! The prices for these palettes are wonderful since the quality and durability of these products are absolutely magnificent!
I highly recommend checking out Vueset! You can find these functional and affordable clear palettes and cases at http://www.vueset.com!
(Products were sent for consideration. The views and opinions expressed in this post were completely genuine.)
I want to quickly share with you all these beautiful mink eyelashes from a new eyelash brand called Trucco Lashes. The company recently launched their mink eyelash line and currently carries five different styles, ranging from ultra natural to dramatic glam.
Mink eyelashes are 100% cruelty-free, created with naturally shed or gently brushed mink fur and sterilized to ensure that they are hypoallergenic and safe to wear. These gorgeously natural looking and luscious lashes can be worn up to twenty-five times with proper care unlike human hair or synthetic eyelashes.
The mink eyelashes that I am wearing in the photos are the “Goddess” lashes, which are designed with medium length lashes that subtly overlay to create a lovely and unbelievably natural looking effect. These lashes are naturally soft, lightweight, and have an alluring shine that is undeniably beautiful and luxurious!
Beauty Box 5 Subscription Box Review : August 2014
Beauty Box 5 is a subscription-based beauty sampling service that delivers five deluxe samples and full-sized products right to your door every month. Members will receive a box of mix products such as cosmetics, haircare, nailcare, skincare, and many more from a variety of brands.
You have the option of choosing from three subscription plans: $12 monthly, $30 quarterly (save $6), and $99 yearly (save $45). Beauty Box 5 currently only ships to the US and Canada. US members will receive complimentary free shipping on all boxes and Canadian members will be charged a $3 monthly shipping fee. Subscriptions are renewed on a monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis depending on the plan that you choose. Monthly subscriptions can be cancelled at any time—-quarterly and yearly subscription plans will be cancelled upon request after all boxes that have been paid for are shipped out.
I received my first box from Beauty Box 5 recently and I was quite thrilled with the products in this month’s box.
The August box is all about healthy skin, dazzling lips, and lustrous locks! The box came with an informational card, detailing the items in this month’s box, which included a nice variety of products that I would absolutely use, so I was very happy about that.
Novex Brazilian Keratin: A deep hair care conditioning treatment to restore shine and smoothness.
La Fresh Travel Lite Facial Cleansing Wipes: Portable facial wipes with vitamin E and an oil-free formula to condition and gently cleanse skin.
Style Essentials Nail Polish: A semi-sheer mint based glitter nail polish.
Purlisse Pur~Protect SPF 30: A lightweight nourishing moisturizer that pampers and protects skin against damaging sun exposure.
Nanacoco Lip Gloss: A lovely pigmented pink gloss, formulated with vitamin E to give a lush and moisturizing feel with a high-shine finish.
I’m particularly excited about the moisturizer and full-sized lip gloss in this month’s box!
Beauty Box 5 is definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re into trying new products! It’s a great value and you’ll be exposed to a variety of products that you’ve never tried before and might end up loving, and that’s part of the fun!
Fashion with Impact : Sseko Designs : Ribbon Sandals
Sseko Designs (say-ko) is a fashion brand whose products are produced and handcrafted in Uganda. Sseko uses fashion to empower and educate women in Uganda by providing them with employment and scholarship opportunities to help them pursue their dreams and overcome poverty.
Ever since I discovered Sseko Designs, I’ve been reading up on their story and mission, and I’m just so blown away and am greatly inspired by their goal to create ethical products and passion for helping women to achieve a better life. This company is truly amazing, so please check them out and support their extremely wonderful cause!
Sseko creates beautiful handmade accessories like scarves and handbags, but is mostly well known for their unique and versatile sandals. Sseko’s sandals are made using durable, high quality leather with interchangeable straps that can be tied in hundreds of ways and comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and materials that make every pair absolutely unique.
The sandals I chose have a brown base and comes with a set of bright pink chiffon straps.
Since I adore strappy sandals so much, I decided to style my Sseko sandals as so, which has a basic twist front and a self-tie lace up design. I followed Sseko’s super simple step-by-step instructional how-to-tie video that can be found on their website here, along with many other how-to videos!
The style that I went with is the “Classic Thong” style under the ‘Basic Ties’ section on the website.
For more information on Sseko Designs and their mission, please check out their website at http://ssekodesigns.com!
Adorable Tops from Boutique Chic Auctions + Promo Code
I want to introduce you all to a unique clothing boutique that I recently stumbled upon called Boutique Chic Auctions. This women’s apparel and accessories specialty company is not like your typical online boutique since they offer their stylish and affordable products through auction events on their Facebook and Instagram!
They handpick every piece to make sure the items are on trend and of the highest quality, and auction them off through their Facebook and Instagramevery Tuesday at 7 AM and every Thursday at 7 PM (CST). To participate in the auctions, you simply comment “SOLD” with your size and email address on the photo of the item that you’re interested in purchasing, andBoutique Chic Auctions will immediately send you an invoice and will ship out your style(s) as soon as the invoice is paid. They also offer free shipping and returns are accepted! You can visit their website here for more information on the auction process.
Also, if you do bid on any of the items, mention the promo code “LIENJAE” to receive a special discount off your entire purchase!
I fell in love with these two beautiful tops from Boutique Chic Auctions. The first top is a darling sleeveless fuchsia V-neck, featuring a turquoise aztec print neckline and pom pom trimmed hem.
The second top is a sheer coral chiffon sleeveless top that features a split V-neck with a delicate crochet bodice and an all-over dotted construction.
I believe these tops are no longer available since they’re not on the website anymore, but you can check out Boutique Chic’s Facebook and Instagram for other lovely pieces!
Don’t forget to mention the promo code “LIENJAE” to receive a special discount off your entire purchase!
(Products were sent for consideration. The views and opinions expressed in this post were completely genuine.)
I’ve been quite anxious the last few days, waiting for my order from Style Moi to arrive and I’m so excited that it’s finally here!
Style Moi is a Hong Kong based company that specializes in women’s apparel and accessories. I discovered their website last month and was immediately hooked on their wide selections of fashionable and affordable goodies! They carry an amazing collection of eye-catching pieces, from feminine apparel to street styles, as well as handbags and jewelry, and best of all, their prices are ridiculously reasonable!
I picked out two items from the Style Moi website. My order arrived in ten days from the shipping date, which I thought was pretty fair since the package was coming all the way from Hong Kong. I had no issues with the wait—-it was well worth it since I’m absolutely in love with the pieces that I got!
The first item is a pair of gorgeous faux pearl drop earrings, featuring a round pearl accent and a jeweled drop design, complete with dazzling clear rhinestones in a silver tone setting. These dangle earrings are so beautiful and elegant, and are extremely lightweight and comfortable.
The next item is one that I am enamored with! This drop waist chiffon maxi dress looked beautiful on the Style Moi website, but I fell in love with it even more when I saw it in person! This lovely nude chiffon dress features a V-neckline, adjustable straps, a side zipper, and a drop waist construction with an ultra feminine and flowy silhouette that is simply perfection!