Swatching Singles – The Blues

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Continuing on with swatching the single shadows in my collection, today I present the blue toned shadows in my collection. As you can see, I don’t really have very many blue shadows, and the ones that I do have, mostly run on the darker side of the spectrum.

All are swatched on bare skin / no primer, and photographed in natural light. My favourites will be bolded. As with my previous swatching singles posts, these ones are from Urban Decay, Fyrinnae and Concrete Minerals.

These ones appear more blue toned in real life, from left to right Ubran Decay (Loaded), Concrete Minerals (Kinky) and Concrete Minerals (Souljourner):

Swatching Singles - The Blues

Swatching Singles - The Blues

Up next we have Fyrinnae (+20 Beautification), Fyrinnae (Hypercool), Concrete Minerals (Bulletproof) and Concrete Minerals (Bruise):

Swatching Singles - The Blues

Bulletproof is one of the best bright cobalt eye shadows that I’ve ever tried. I looked everywhere to find one as pigmented!

Swatching Singles - The Blues

So there you have it, all of the blues in my single shadow collection!

In case you’ve missed it, I’ve already swatched the gold / copper / bronze and oranges, as well as the greens in my collection. Left to swatch are the pinks / purples, taupes / browns, and my white / black / silver single shadows.

Friday’s post will be my March Empties, as I managed to use up a decent amount of products.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased all of these things!

Project Focus 10 – Week 10 Review & Update

Project Focus 10 Collab - Urban Decay Naked 3

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Week 10? I cannot believe that it has been 10 weeks already!

Project Focus 10 Collab - Urban Decay Naked 3Today I’m reviewing the final product in the Project Focus 10 Collab with my lovely fellow bloggers: Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom, Stashy from Stash Matters, and Joy from Styled with Joy.

So what is Project Focus 10?

10 different products that have been forgotten or neglected, or that we just want to use up, that have not been reviewed on our blogs before (but are still on the market). Over the course of 10 weeks  we will make an effort to try to use them, and review one of the products weekly (every Monday), and update on our progress on each of the 10 products over the 10 week period.

Urban Decay Naked 3

I’m reviewing the Naked 3 palette from Urban Decay. As you probably know, I have a LOT of single shadows, and only a few palettes, so this was a good excuse to give this neglected palette some love.

Here’s what it says on the website:

Experiment with 12 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN (and insanely beautiful) rose-hued neutrals—from pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte with rosy red micro-glitter. It’s finally here: the long-awaited follow-up Naked and Naked2 (two of the industry’s all-time bestselling palettes)! And this time around, we’re giving you a dozen NEW ways to get Naked. (Yes, we loaded this palette with 12 NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN shades.)

Choose from every finish imaginable: ultra-smooth mattes, gorgeous pearls and glimmering metallics. From the palest, shimmery pink to deep, warm black, these neutrals will make you want to get Naked all over again. Every shade features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.

Urban Decay Naked 3

My experience:

This is a gorgeous palette with both shimmer and matte shades. The more glittery shades (dust, buzz and trick) are prone to fallout, but using primer helps reduce fallout. The other shades are easier to work with and have great blendability. My favourites are shade, limit, nooner, liar, factory, mugshot, darkside and blackheart. This is a perfect palette for year round use and it is great for a wide range of looks from subtle to dramatic. The brush is better than a lot of ones that come with palettes, but I do prefer to use my other brushes (especially my Wayne Goss ones).

Urban Decay Naked 3

 

Update on the remaining nine products:

Project Focus 10 Collab

Makeup:

Hard Candy Primer – reviewed week 1, will never use again after my bad reaction!

Essence Lash Mania Mascara (Waterproof) – did not use, reviewed week 4.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer – did not use again this week, reviewed week 6.

Makeup Tools:

Wayne Goss Brush 01 – reviewed week 2, used daily, LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! It is getting softer with use.

Georgie Beauty False Lashes No. 2 L’Avant Gardiste and Black Lash Adhesive – reviewed week 9, I’m still not ready to try again haha!

Haircare and Bodycare:

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Shampoo – FINISHED and Reviewed week 7!

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Conditioner – FINISHED and Reviewed week 8!

Living Proof Prime Style Extender – reviewed week 3, FINISHED week 6!

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – reviewed week 5, used daily, FINISHED!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Please do check out my fellow collaborators posts:

Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom

Stashy from Stash Matters

Joy from Styled with Joy.

Disclosure: I purchased all of these things!

Next week we will be posting our final conclusions on our Project Focus 10 Collab.

So stay tuned!

 

 

Swatching Singles in My Collection – The Greens

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Single Shadows - The Greens

Today I’m showing you the green toned single shadows in my collection. Once again, these ones are from Urban Decay, Colour Pop, Concrete Minerals and Fyrinnae. All are swatched on bare skin / no primer, and photographed in natural light.My favourites are in bold.

From left to right: Fyrinnae (omgwtf?), Urban Decay (Mildew) and Fyrinnae (Lucky Charmed):

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From left to right – Concrete Minerals (Swamped), Concrete Minerals (Thrash) and Colour Pop (Empire):

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From left to right – Urban Decay (Cobra), Fyrinnae (Disorganization), Fyrinnae (Dressed to Kill) and Fyrinnae (Calipygian). None of these ones swatched or photographed as beautifully as they are in real life. Used over primer, or applied wet, they really show a dark metallic green tones.

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So there you have it, all of the green tones in my single shadow collection! Which ones are your favourite? Next week I’ll be finishing up the Project Focus 10 Collab, before continuing on with my single shadow swatching.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased all of these shadows.

Swatching Singles in My Collection – The Gold, Copper, Bronze and Oranges

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The Single Shadows - Golds etc

I’ve decided to show you all my collection of single shadows by colour grouping since I have a fairly large collection of single shadows (both pressed and loose).

Today here’s a look at the golden, copper, bronze and orange tones that I own. Some of them may longer be available any more. My favourites are in bold. All have been swatched on bare skin / no primer, and photographed in natural light.

From left to right: Colour Pop (Birthday Girl), Concrete Minerals (Vanity), Fyrinnae (Gilded Wings) and Urban Decay (Baked).

The Single Shadows - Golds etc

The Single Shadows - Golds etc

From left to right: Urban Decay (Blaze), Urban Decay (X) and Fyrinnae (Sumatran Tiger):

The Single Shadows - Golds etc

The Single Shadows - Golds etc

From left to right, Annabelle (Goddess), Fyrinnae (Lust Bunnies) and Modern Minerals (Lola):

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And finally, left to right Fyrinnae (Kamikaze), Fyrinnae (Red Panda) and Fyrinnae (Electro-Koi):

The Single Shadows - Golds etc

The Single Shadows - Golds etc

Which ones are your favourites? Up next I’ll post about my single shadows in green tones.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased most of these shadows, and a few were free samples with purchases.

Project Focus 10 Collab – Week 9 Review & Update

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Project Focus 10 Collab

Can you believe that it is week 9 already for the Project Focus 10 Collab with my lovely fellow bloggers: Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom, Stashy from Stash Matters, and Joy from Styled with Joy.

What is Project Focus 10?

10 different products that have been forgotten or neglected, or that we just want to use up, that have not been reviewed on our blogs before (but are still on the market). Over the course of 10 weeks  we will make an effort to try to use them, and review one of the products weekly (every Monday), and update on our progress on each of the 10 products over the 10 week period.

This week I’m reviewing the Georgie Beauty False Lashes Style No. 2 L’Avant Gardiste.

Georgie Beauty False Lashes No. 2

Here’s what it says on the website:

Fullness plus Flare.

Our best-selling style easily goes from day to night. It’s fuller on the ends creating a subtle yet seductive cat-eyed shape.

The Georgie faux lash collection features classic styles to wear from morning latte to midnight soirée. Georgie lashes are handmade, weightlessly voluminous, easy to apply, and can be worn multiple times.

As well, I’m reviewing the Georgie Black Faux Lash Adhesive.

Here’s what it says about the lash glue:

  • The first adhesive that is dermatologist tested, PETA and vegan certified

  • Does not contain formaldehyde or phthalates

My experience: I have very minimal experience with false lashes. I think I’ve attempted applying them maybe two or three times EVER. But it is something that I would love to be able to learn to do well. I purchased these lashes almost a year ago from the Kind Beauty Collective, and have been looking at them longingly ever since. I have always put off using them, because honestly, I am a little intimidated by my lack of skills at applying false lashes.

Georgie Beauty Faux lashes No. 2

These lashes are so beautiful and lush. And the glue did not irritate my super sensitive eyes. But, I must tell you that I really am HORRIBLE at applying false lashes. I even tried again this morning in the hopes of getting them applied well enough to try to take a photo. The product is amazing, but I need loads more practise. I’m going to buy some cheapo lashes to practise with before trying these again, because they are too gorgeous to go to waste. I plan on mastering false lash application this year!

Georgie Beauty Faux lashes No. 2

This morning I dropped one of the lashes while trying to apply them, and it took me more than FIVE MINUTES to find it because I was wearing all black and it was stuck to my sleeve. The struggle is real. Hahaha!

Update on the remaining nine products:

Project Focus 10 Collab

Makeup:

Hard Candy Primer – reviewed week 1, will never use again after my bad reaction!

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette – used 3x this week, to be reviewed in week 10.

Essence Lash Mania Mascara (Waterproof) – did not use, reviewed week 4, will never use again.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer – did not use this week, reviewed week 6, will start using it in the late spring, and summer once I get a bit less pale!

Makeup Tools:

Wayne Goss Brush 01 – reviewed week 2, used daily, LOVE IT! It is getting softer with use.

Haircare and Bodycare:

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Shampoo – FINISHED and Reviewed week 7!

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Conditioner – FINISHED and Reviewed week 8!

Living Proof Prime Style Extender – reviewed week three, FINISHED in week 6!

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – reviewed week 5, used daily, so close to finishing!

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Don’t forget to check out my fellow collaborators’ posts:

Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom

Stashy from Stash Matters

Joy from Styled with Joy.

Disclosure: I purchased all of these things!

 

Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation

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WordPress was being finicky this morning (and at lunchtime), so I’m posting later than usual. But better late than never! Let’s go!

I wanted to try a new powder foundation as my Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Pressed Finishing Powder was very nearly finished. After being tempted by a few different brands, I decided to test out the Cocoa Powder Foundation from Too Faced Cosmetics.

Here’s what it says on the website:

Indulge in our Cocoa Powder Foundation that glides on seamlessly, blending into skin for a weightless, plush-matte, rose petal finish. Infused with our Exclusive Cocoa Complex, this antioxidant-rich, oil-absorbing, non-drying powder defends against free radicals, while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and pores. More than a powder foundation, it hides imperfections while improving the appearance and feel of skin for total complexion perfection. Its decadent chocolate scent smells as good as it feels.

 My Thoughts: 

First off, the packaging is gorgeous, from the outer box to the inner compact.

Cocoa Powder Foundation is available in 8 shades, ranging from fair to deep tan – I’m in the fair to light range, so the lightest end of the shade range works for me, but I don’t feel that there is much selection for darker skin tones – hopefully they will expand their shade range.

The powder is very finely milled, so it goes on super smooth and glides onto my skin. Applied with a makeup brush, I can get anywhere from a light and sheer coverage that is buildable to a medium coverage. But with the sponge applicator, the coverage is medium, buildable to full. I don’t find it to be drying at all, like most powder foundations. It helps keep my face feeling hydrated but not at all greasy, and the finish is luminous yet matte. I love it. I can’t wait to try more from Too Faced Cosmetics!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

I Love Extreme Volume Mascara from Essence Cosmetics

Essence Cosmetics - I Love Extreme volume mascara

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Readers that have been with me since December will know that my favourite mascara is the Get Big Lashes from Essence Cosmetics in the Waterproof Formulation. I recently tried another one from Essence – I love Extreme Volume Mascara in the new Waterproof Formulation.

Essence Cosmetics - I Love Extreme volume mascara

Here’s what it says on the website:

Extreme volume now in waterproof! The large fiber brush coats every lash for splash-proof volume. Opthalmologically tested.

My lashes are long but stick straight and my eyes are sensitive so many mascaras tend irritate my eyes.

I have seven requirements for a mascara:

1. waterproof

2. smudge-proof

3. non-flaking / non-clumping

4. must be DARK black (not blackish, not brown black, and definitely not grey black)

5. volumizing

6. must hold a curl

7. non-irritating to my sensitive eyes

Essence Cosmetics - I Love Extreme volume mascara

How does this mascara measure up? 

To be honest, I think that this mascara just might be even better than my holy grail Get Big Lashes! This mascara meets all seven of my requirements! It is super dark black, and makes my lashes look AMAZING!

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased this!

 

 

 

Project Focus 10 Collab – Week 8 Review & Update

Not Your Mother's Way to Grow Long & Strong Shampoo and Conditioner

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Can you believe that it is week 8 of the Project Focus 10 Collab with my lovely fellow bloggers: Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom, Stashy from Stash Matters, and Joy from Styled with Joy.

What is Project Focus 10?

10 different products that have been forgotten or neglected, or that we just want to use up, that have not been reviewed on our blogs before (but are still on the market). Over the course of 10 weeks  we will make an effort to try to use them, and review one of the products weekly (every Monday), and update on our progress on each of the 10 products over the 10 week period.

This week I’m reviewing the Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Long and Strong Conditioner.  Here’s what the website says:

Remember the princess in the tower with the long, golden locks? Well, now you can let down your own hair because of Way to Grow. Made with essential vitamins, herbs and and bioactive extracts, this salon formula will strengthen, moisturize and give your hair a silky texture by the time prince charming comes for you!

My experience: I finished using up both the shampoo and conditioner this week!

On the conditioner bottle it says: “Intense Moisturizing for All Hair Types

My hair is in pretty good condition considering that I haven’t had a trim since December, but the ends are starting to get a little dry. I wouldn’t say that the conditioner provides my hair with “intense moisturizing” as I’ve had to use a hair treatment mask to give my ends some super conditioning occasionally. I tend to use a heavier conditioner about once every two weeks or so, more often if my hair seems a little dry. But for a daily, or every other day, type conditioning, it is fine. It is probably more intensely moisturizing if you have finer hair.

Would I buy it again? I’ll give it another try in the summer time and see how it performs on my hair in humid weather.

Update on the remaining nine products:

Project Focus 10 Collab

Makeup:

Hard Candy Primer – reviewed week 1, will never use again after my bad reaction.

Urban Decay Naked 3 palette – used 1x, used the matte shades this week.

Essence Lash Mania Mascara (Waterproof) – did not use, reviewed week 4

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer – did not use this week, reviewed week 6.

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Makeup Tools:

Georgie Beauty False Lashes and Adhesive – I had intended to try out my false lashes on the weekend, but my right eye is really irritated / scratchy feeling so I didn’t want to risk making it worse. I haven’t tried any new eye products, so I know that it isn’t allergy / sensitivity related. Maybe a minor scratch from dust – it was really windy and dusty on Friday and my eye started bothering me on Friday night / Saturday morning. Hopefully it will feel better soon. I didn’t wear any eye products yesterday and I won’t again today just in case.

Wayne Goss Brush 01 – reviewed week 2, used daily, LOVE IT!

Project Focus 10 Collab

Haircare and Bodycare:

Not Your Mother’s Way to Grow Shampoo – used 1x, FINISHED! Reviewed week 7!

Living Proof Prime Style Extender – reviewed week three, finished in week 6!

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream – reviewed week 5, used daily.

Project Focus 10 Collab

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Don’t forget to check out my fellow collaborators’ posts:

Ingrid from Curly Spring Blossom

Stashy from Stash Matters

Joy from Styled with Joy.

Disclosure: I purchased all of these things!

Shea Soap and Olive Soap from The Body Shop

The Body Shop Shea Soap

Hello, hello! Just a short little review of two soaps from The Body Shop – Shea Soap and Olive Soap.

The Body Shop Shea Soap and Olive Soap

Here’s what it says about the Shea Soap:

BEST IF YOU WANT TO: Cleanse and moisturize your skin in one step with a vegetable-based soap that has a fresh, creamy scent everyone will enjoy.

BEST FOR: very dry skin

Here’s what it says about the Olive Soap:

Cleanse away the stress of the day while detoxing body and soul with the light and fresh scent of The Body Shop Olive Soap. This vegetable-based soap softens skin with Community Trade Olive Oil from Italy.

My experience: Both of these soaps are super creamy and really moisturizing on my skin. I like that they have a very mild scent. Perfect soaps for sensitive skin, unless you have a sensitivity or allergy to shea butter or olive oil.

I just realized that the Shea Soap resembles a peeled potato. But I assure you that it is soap!

I collect china tea cups. I will probably start using them as props, since they are so pretty and spring-like.

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased these things!