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Is Nyx's Jumbo Eye Crayon in Milk REALLY That Good?

Yesterday I was a bit disparaging towards cult beauty products. I basically said that often they will be succeeded by other products and kind of exist in their own moment. The target of this point was Stila's eyeshadow single in Kitten.

However, I will admit that some beauty products attain and remain cult status because they are simply GOOD.

Case in point, Nyx's jumbo eye crayon in Milk.

Many tutorials suggest using this on the eyelid when applying trickier colors. Others just recommend it it as a primer. Today I am going to test out Nyx's abilities as a primer, compared to two other "crayon products."

This is my second purchase of Milk. I did not use the first one up, I just (foolishly) lost it. This is my first (and probably last) purchase of Cottage Cheese, which I bought solely because of the name. The third product, the Chella "highlighter," I got from an Ipsy bag and wanted to use up. I don't think that's going to happen at this rate.

SPF Skin Products I've Been Using, Swatches Included

Summer is not my particular favorite season, though I was born in late June. I hate sweating, mosquito bites, sunburns, existential crises, etc.

However, these four products have made my life much easier.

I don't pretend to be a scholar on SPF or suncare. I strongly advise (on the slim chance of anyone reading this) to read official scientific positions, if available, and to decide for themselves. I am saying this because some people say face products with SPF are not enough, etc., but I am not exactly clear on time frames and conditions, etc.

ANYWAY. What have I been using this summer?

For my face, I have been mostly using La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur in Fair. It has SPF 20. I bought this for $11 on ebay, because it retails for almost $30. Yeesh. However, this is a super easy product to use, and does blur pores and fine lines. It has a mousse-like consistency that feels like silicone, and yet does not make my face oily. As many reviews note, a little goes a long way, as it will…

Beauty Purchases pt 2, ramblings, swatches, and a conspiracy@

So I contacted Stila customer service yesterday, as I am trying to cancel my eyeshadow order. The order has been processing for a week, according to my Paypal,  and the more I thought about it, the more it seemed foolish to order Kitten.

The thing about cult beauty products is this: they became popular at the time because they fulfilled a perceived need. But the market continues to grow, and companies continue to innovate yada yada yada. So perhaps about 5-7 years ago Kitten was an "essential" because it was the only shimmery champagne eyeshadow on the market, but that is no longer the case. By far.

I already own a dupe for Stila Kitten: L'Oreal 24 Hour Infallible eyeshadow in Iced Latte. And yes, it is a tad sheer and a teensy bit cooler than Kitten, but it seems like that would hardly make a difference on the eye. I also have an unnamed foil from BH Cosmetics that also belongs to this family of eyeshadow. I put swatches of both below because why not? If anyone in this …

My Blush Collection and Swatches, pt 1.

I only recently started collecting blushes this year. Before, I had no idea what to do with blushes and would dread using them. However, once I got the hang of blush placement and stopped worrying about the apples of my cheeks, blush became fun.

Today I am going to share some of blush collection. I also bought the Tarina Tarantino Dollskin blush palette a few months ago off of ebay, but I will save that for another post.

From left to right on my arm, we have:
1._ Fyrinnae blush in Mesmerize
2._Makeup Geek blush in Puppy Love
3._ Flower Beauty Blush in Sweet Pea
4._ Nyx Baked Blush (+ Illuminator + Bronzer) in Chiffon

Let's start with Fyrinnae's Mesmerize. I do not use this often, but I did buy this for its strong purple tone. Besides this, I do not own many purple blushes, and one can see that it is quite pigmented. A little goes a long way, which is why I wish I had a pressed version of this, rather than loose. It makes using it a little difficult.
Next, is Puppy Love. Very p…

TM(yself)O: New Releases

As with other TMO's, this is something akin to an anti-haul. Many upcoming releases have been causing quite a stir, but the pull to buy for me has not been so intense. I think I will conclude this post with a small section of what I have actually bought and used up.

1.) ABH the Subculture Palette. The draw of Modern Renaissance was a slow burn for me. When it first came out I was first getting introduced to the makeup industry, and it was not a big deal. In the subsequent months I observed many reviews and swatches, etc., and I decided I could benefit from it. Which I did. My fear is that I will be the same way with Subculture, though I honestly feel indifferent to it at this point. I love the greens and yellows, and I think they (as they are the color scheme of the palette packaging) are the major draws to this palette. If you are not going to use them, (or the blue for that matter), you might as well buy a cheaper palette. That being said, I love using orange mattes, and I have …

EoTD: Cuprum

So I don't really intend on doing eyes of the days much, as photographing my own eye well with an iphone is a bit of a hassle. Still, I think it is a useful practice to document my own thoughts on the products I use, as well as my "technique"/areas of improvement.

Before I show the actual look, these are the eyshadows I used:

We have Meet Matte(e) Nude, the new Milani metallic palette, a Shiro single with a name too long to type, and Wet n' Wild Brulee.

Not pictured is Urban Decay's Primer Potion, as well as Too Faced Glitter Insurance. Eyeliner was Physician's Formula Eye Booster liner.

The following are pictures of my look, which is pretty standard for me:

So now, onto the reflection! 1.) Products: The Glitter Insurance does a good job of keeping the intensely foiled Milani shadows in place. The last thing I wanted was for it to travel to my crease/near my brow bone. The Milani Palette continues to be an excellent palette, and I used the copper (duh) s…

Maybelline City Mini Palette Review: Downtown Sunrise

This collection by Maybelline is a very smart step, in that a drugstore company is making a product that consumers will want to buy. This collection had a wide variety of mini palettes, of different shade families and finishes. The question is, though, is the formula up to snuff? Watching a swatch video of the entire collection by Allura Beauty, I was impressed by what appeared to be mostly solid-looking swatches.

However, whenever a product is sold on Amazon, with lots of reviews, I like to run it through Fakespot, an extension that detects the percentage of fake or bought reviews. The results did not look promising:

Still, let us proceed with pictures and swatches:

The swatches are finger swatches, over Ruby Kisses 24 Hour Primer. I will go shade by shade:

1.) The pink-leaning cream matte shade. This had medium pigmentation and was of a very soft formula.

2.) The light pastel peach/orange: This was very sheer and required three applications to be built up.

3.) The matte dark brown: V…

Battle of the (Budget) Bronzers

Hi all! As I continuously evaluate my collection and assess and re-assess all the products within it, I decided to break down the three bronzers I have. Two are "cult status" bronzers, and one I found quite by accident.

Though the title of this post is Battle of the Bronzers, I am not going to rank them, but rather explain the pros and cons of each.

First, lets look at some pictures. I will warn you ahead of time that the Butter Bronzer is not as aesthetically pleasing as it once was...

In both pictures the order of bronzers are: Shiseido Oil Free Bronzer in Light ($10), Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer in light ($14), and NYC 10 Hour Bronzer in Sunny  ($5).

Let's begin!

The bronzer by Shiseido was the one I bought from Amazon, at a steeply discounted price. On me, it leans a little red, and is of a far more stiff and pigmented formula than the Butter Bronzer. That being said, I think it does provide a more realistic looking "sunkissed' effect on my skin t…

Recent Beauty Purchases

Continuing on my low-buy, I did buy/order some products lately.

1. The Bite Buttercream lipstick in Caramel, $7.00 at TJ Maxx. This was an exciting find, and so far this is the only warm/orange leaning nude I have that is not garish.

2. Stila Eyeshadow Single in Kitten. Okay. So once in a while I feel the urge to try cult-status products. It feels like I entered a little club. Now I did pay $9.60 for this, as part of Stila's sale, but the shipping was almost $6.00. NOT WORTH IT. I did not receive the shadow yet, as I placed the order yesterday, but I am hoping for the best. I already own a dupe for this- Iced Latte from the L'Oreal 24 Hour Infallible line, but I find that it is very sheer. We shall see.

3. Continuing on the trend of cult favorites, for $4.62 I bought NYC Bronzer in Sunny. I own two bronzers already (Butter Bronzer by PF and Shiseido Oil-Free Bronzer), and though I like both, I thought that Sunny looked really pretty.

4. I also bought this brush. It had really …

Milani Eyeshadow Palette: Eyes on Metallics, Swatches and Review!

Today I am very excited to present to you a review on one of Milani's latest additions to their Everyday Eyes Powder Eyeshadow Collection. I got word on the two new palettes: Matte Basics and Must Have Metallics a couple of days ago, and did not hear/read anything about their quality.

The eyeshadow collection overall is highly rated, and when I saw the official pictures of the Must Have Metallics palette, I knew immediately I needed to try it:
I was most taken with what appeared to be a purple-like color, the fourth long shade, and I knew that because I was leaving for Boston in a couple of days, I needed a sturdy travel palette, so I bought it.

Swatches here:

All shades are swatched over primer. The metallic shades were swatched with a finger, while the matte black was swatched with the brush provided. The brush itself is a small dual-ended blending and shading brush, with stiff yet soft fibers. I wouldn't use the brush apply the foiled shades, though. 
I will go over each sh…

Eyeshadow Palette Updates

Last weekend I paid a visit to Nordstrom Rack and picked up the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette, an all-matte palette I have been interested in for some quite some time. With some birthday funds, I snatched it immediately, for the discounted price of $15.00. I think that it is an excellent matte palette, and I love it because of that subtle use of color and tone. In terms of all-matte palettes, to me this seems much more interesting than others, like the Shade and Light Palette from KvD.  The colors are darker in the pan than in the lid, which is something important to note, and makes (for me) the palette more useful, because I don't really use up a ton of dark matte colors.

Also, in my stash I found I had the L'Oreal La Nudes Palette 1, which I have been using this weekend for easy looks. I have to say, this was a palette I had overlooked, but it is really useful to have, and I plan on travelling with it next weekend. One shade in particular works really well as a highlight, in ter…

Seven Sins of Makeup Tag!

Hello! I saw this video tag on YouTube today, so I thought it would be fun to write my thoughts about each category. Let's begin:

Greed: Least and Most Expensive Products.

I try to avoid paying full price for products as much as I can. Either this means waiting for something to be discounted, or on sale, etc. With that in mind, the product that costs the most per ounce (even though my Modern Renaissance palette was $42), was the single eyeshadow from Ardency Inn, from the Modster Manuka honey infused pigment in Rose Gold. For a little more than an ounce and a half, this was $22.

In terms of least expensive product, I have an Elf blending brush that cost $1.00, as well as a Wet n' Wild single shadow in Brulee that was on sale for $0.75.

Wrath: A product that I have a love/hate relationship is my Bite Beauty Pearl Creme Lipgloss in Oyster. I love how pigmented, long-lasting, and interesting it is. But I'm growing annoyed with how slightly gritty it is, and how it is not a go…

Brands I Want to Try and Brands I Don't Need To

Today's rambling simply consists of brands I would like to try, but for one reason or another, have not had the opportunity to do so. I also decided to add a section on brands I have NO interest in trying.  Please read on if interested!

1.) Kiko Milano: As of now, there is a 50% sale going on, and I am very tempted to purchase their Water Eyeshadow:
However, even with the 50% sale, everything seems a tad expensive. Because I have not heard a whole lot about this brand, it's difficult for me to gauge what is reasonable and what is not.  As of now, I am curious, but content enough with my collection to hold off for now. 
2.) MAC I have never purchased a MAC product, though I did come close! I was going to buy an eyeshadow single from the Star Trek collection, which went on sale, but I cancelled the order and was refunded promptly. I did not just want to buy something because of novelty, especially because I was not amazed by the swatches. I do regret the beautiful swirled face p…