Maybelline The Nudes Palette

posted on: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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The more I use this palette the more I love it. I've read a lot of mixed reviews on the Maybelline The Nudes Palette*, so I was very curious to check it out for myself. My initial reaction when doing finger swatches was a bit of surprise. The shadows were a lot creamy in texture then I expected! The one downside is that the pigmentation in some of the matte shadows is not totally there, but I would say if you are patient and have a nice brush then this isn't an issue. I don't mind building up the matte colours slowly. The advantage with this is there is not much kick up for fall out. I also found that the more you use the palette the better the shadows get. I think some of them just need a little working in. The two colours that have the least colour pay off are the first and last colour in the palette. The first colour has some glitter in it, but it does have a nice subtle iridescent sheen. The last colour is a black, and it is the only shadow in the palette that I am not a fan of. I find it to be quite patchy. My three favourites are the first on the bottom row, the fourth from the top, and fourth from the bottom. My impression of the palette is based on use with a primer because I always use a primer. I like to use MAC painterly paint pot, or the Maybelline Colour Tattoos a primers with The Nudes Palette. The last thing I like about the palette is there are ideas for colour combinations using 2, 3, and 4 shadows on the back of the palette and on the Maybelline webiste. This is really great for anyone new to eyeshadow to give ideas on several different looks you can create with the palette. 

Have you tried the Maybelline The Nudes Palette? What did you think? 

xo Ashley

FOTD | Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy

posted on: Saturday, November 22, 2014

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This look has been my go to, everyday look lately. I'm really loving the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush colour in Mood Exposure, my Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow trio, and my Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in Boy. JP bought me my Chanel lipstick for my birthday back in September and I have been wearing it so much ever since! I can't believe that I haven't mentioned it yet on the blog. The Chanel lipstick in Boy is the perfect everyday lipstick, and I love Mood Exposure because it's a great fall and winter colour. I also adore the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. I really need to track down a pump for it though. That is the one thing that drives me crazy about NARS foundations.

What products have been part of your go-to look lately? Do you have a go-to lipstick?

xo Ashley

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Revlon Gel Envy Nail Polish | Fall/Winter

posted on: Thursday, November 20, 2014

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So I have been really loving Gel-like nail polishes lately, so I was really excited when Revlon sent me some of their new fall and winter Colorstay Gel Envy nail enamel colours to try out! My favourite colour is Black Jack, which is a black colour with very fine blue micro-glitter. On my wish list is the colour Up the Ante, which is a beautiful purple shade. 

The Gel-Envy polishes are meant to be a two-step process, starting with the base coat and colour in one step, and finishing with the Diamond top coat. I also have an older version of the Revlon gel top coat called gel-shine and this seems to work well with the Gel Envy polishes too. I have tried the polishes with and without a separate base coat, and I prefer using a base coat. I like using a base coat just because I like the idea of a barrier between my nails and the nail polish colour. 

The polishes that were sent to me are, Black Jack, High Stakes, All In, Sure Thing and the Diamond Top Coat. I already owned Checkmate and the Gel-Shine Top Coat (I also own Wild Card which is a stunning blue that you can see in my fall nail polish post!). Also, if you are interested, Estee from Essie Button Just did a post on how the Revlon colour in Checkmate is a dupe for Essie Sand Tropez! 

What I really like about the Gel Envy nail polishes is that the formula is pretty thick so it only takes two coats to get your nail polish opaque. I don't usually do thin coats of nail polish, so these polishes really work well for me and the way I apply nail polish. Not only is the formula thicker, but the brush is pretty wide so you can cover more of your nail in one swipe. You can see my nails painted in the colour Checkmate in this post.

Have you tried these polishes? What colours are your favourite?

xo Ashley

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NARS Audacious Lipstick | Lana

posted on: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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As I mentioned in my Sephora VIB Event haul, I bought the NARS Audacious Lipstick in Lana, which is described as a vidid orange-red. I had several orange-red lipsticks on my wish list but decided to go with the Audacious Lipstick because I'm a sucker for new launches. I also love the packaging of the Audacious Lipsticks. I think the black packaging is very sleek and I love the magnetic lid. I also love the NARS logo that's stamped into the lipstick. The Audacious Lipsticks are said to be full-coverage, creamy, and long-lasting. I definitely agree with all these claims. The lipstick applied smooth and opaque in one swipe, and the colour lasted for hours. I also found that the formula was not drying on my lips. Definitely need to pick up more of these lipsticks!!

Which Audacious Lipsticks are your favourites?

xo Ashley

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Bite Beauty Mini High Pigment Pencils

posted on: Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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When I saw this Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix Tin on display at Sephora a couple weeks back I could not resist buying it! I'm seriously falling in love with Bite Beauty! This little tin includes four mini High Pigment Pencils. The tin includes two permanent colours, Pomegranate and Rhubarb, as well as two limited edition colours, Winterberry and Sable. Winterberry is described as a deep raspberry, and Sable is described as a peachy nude. Pomegranate is described as a rich red and Rhubarb is described as a plum rose.  All the colours are perfect for winter, but my two favourites are Rhubarb and Winterberry. I hesitated for a brief moment before buying this tin and thought of putting it on my Christmas list, but then I thought that it would probably sell out fast. If you are looking for Christmas present ideas though, Bite Beauty has some other cute gift ideas at Sephora! 

Have you tried any products from Bite Beauty? Which ones are your favourite? 

xo Ashley

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