Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ben Nye Face and Mojave Luxury Powders

Ben Nye Face and Mojave Luxury Powders Sienna, Topaz,Camel, Olive Sand

Ben Nye powders have been really popular over the last few years mainly because it was known and said that Kim K's highlight was achieved using Ben Nye's Banana Powder. The Ben Nye Face powder line is used in a few ways, to set makeup, control shine, smooth the surface and well as providing a fuller coverage when needed. The two types of powders I am posting about do two different things. The face powder is used to provide fuller coverage and the Mojave Luxury powder is used to enhance a more olive skin tone without the chalkiness as some powders may leave. The Mojave line is a newer improved line where the powder is made ultra fine to prevent chalkiness on the skin without compromising the quality of the powder. I picked up 2 from each line, mainly because the shades looked kind of similar and I wasn't sure which to choose. The powders themselves are very fine and soft once applied to the skin and they really don't leave a chalky finish when applied. Of the 4 shades that I chose I can blend them out and they would all work on my skintone although the shades are all slightly different. The cost of the powders range anywhere from $6 all the way to $20 depending on the size you are looking for. I do plan to pick more up for personal use as well as my kit because so far they work great and there is no flash back in pictures provided you don't apply too much product.

The Ben Nye powders can be purchased online at many retailers however I did purchase mine from if you do sign up now you will receive a 10% discount on your order. Happy Shopping!

Ben Nye Face and Mojave Luxury Powders Sienna, Topaz,Camel, Olive Sand swatches

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Coastal Scents Hot Pots Haul Part 1

Back in September I finally made a few orders of the infamous Coastal Scents Hot Pots. These shadows are about the same size as MAC shadows, hold alot of pigmentation and are priced amazingly at $1.95 each or from time to time they do go on sale for $0.99 each. Now this is a 3 part Haul because I made 3 orders which is totally about 100 shadows. Yes I know seems like alot but considering they are very cheap in price and I needed lol them it wasn't so bad.

With over 300 shades to choose from I felt like a kid in the Candy store. I didn't know what I wanted so for his haul I picked up more neutrals being that its fall now. I am so amazed at how pigmented these shadows are with and without a primer. I've done a few looks using them and love how they blend so seamlessly. Whats even more amazing it you only  need to pick up a small amount of product which would in turn make the actual pots last a long time.

These shadows are so amazing however they don't get enough praise for how exceptional they perform. Alot of the shadows are very good dupes for Makeup Geek shadows as well as MAC shadows. Now since I only purchased the pans I do plan on placing another order soon to pick up a few of the empty palettes that Coastal Scents also carries. Below are the names and swatches of the first part of my haul. Overall I am very satisfied with the colours I chose I do advise to really do your homework to determine what shades have good pigmentation and what shades you should stay away from. Reason being there are some shades that dont have the best pigmentation however its nothing a little Primer can't fix. To see more from Coastal Scents you can visit their website HERE

Chocolate Berry,Cherry Chocolate,Peach,Copper Pot,Light Taupe

Burnt Umber,Redwood,Gypsy Gold,Caramel,Bungalow Gold

Cherry Moss,Golden Avocado,Spiceberry,Pheonix Sun,Victorian Ruby

Chocolatier,Miss Marigold,Cinnamon Stone,Barista,Peach Brew

Root Beer,Burnished Wine,Oktoberfest,St Topaz,Boca Mocha

Cajun Craze,Coconut Husk,Tuscan Terra Cotta, Dark Golden Olive

Bright Copper, Amber Bronze,Light Apricot,New Penny,18 Karat Gold

Makeup of the day: Weekend Makeup

weekend wedding makeup using Colour Pop Shocking Shadow in Shamless

Another makeup look for you lovelies today, this is the makeup look I wore to the wedding that I attended over the weekend. I used a mixture of drugstore, high end and indie brand products.

Algenist Anti Ageing Primer
Mayebelline Fit Me Foundation #330
MAC Mineralized Skin Finish- Whisper of Guilt
L.A Colors mineral blush- Spiced Rum
MAC blush- Blunt
L.A colours pro concealer- Cool Tan

Urban Decay Primer Potion
MUFE E/S #64
Colour Pop Shocking Shadow- Shameless
MAC Chromoghraphic liner-Black Black
Red Cherry lashes #523
MUFE Aqua Brow #30
MAC Prolongwear Waterproof Brow Set- Bold Brunette

NYX Lip liner- Natural
MUFE Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick #31

Monday, October 20, 2014

e.l.f Essential Smudge Pots in Brownie Points, Poppin Party & Back to Basics| Review and Swatches

e.l.f Essential Smudge Pots in Brownie Points, Poppin Party & Back to Basics| Review and Swatches
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Mine was superb I spent it with the family as well as I did makeup for a wedding that I was attending. Today's post is on the e.l.f. cosmetics smudge pots. These smudge pots are cream colour bases that can be worn alone for a wash of colour or underneath an eyeshadow that matches for added pigmentation and depth. They are also pigmented and creamy enough to be worn as a cream eye liner. 
The 3 that I picked up during they're 50% off sale are Brownie points, Poppin Party and Back to Basics they retails for $3 each and pack about 0.19 oz of product in a screw top jar.

e.l.f Essential Smudge Pots in Brownie Points, Poppin Party & Back to Basics| Review and Swatches

 Brownie Points: a dark copper colour that looks great on its own or paired with a gold to give a more rustic eye look
Poppin' Party: is a deep eggplant colour which would be perfect for a night wear smokey eye.
Back to basics: is a beautiful metallic gold which looks absolutely amazing when worn as a liner.

The lasting power on these smudge pots are amazing they last quite long and don't fade at all during wear. I didn't experience any creasing when I wore them under shadows either. I will definitely be picking up more to add to my collection.

Have you tried Elf's Smudge Pots what are some of your Elf faves?
e.l.f Essential Smudge Pots in Brownie Points, Poppin Party & Back to Basics| Review and Swatches

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

e.l.f cosmetics essential 18 piece palette with brush

e.l.f cosmetics essential 18 piece palette with brush

 One of the purchases that I am truly impressed with right now is e.l.f cosmetics essential 18 piece palette. The colours are great for everyday wear and can also be transformed into night looks. Within this palette there are 18 shades to choose from 6 mattes 6 satins and 6 metallic/shimmers. It retails for $8 which is perfect if you are looking to try something new, the packaging is just a basic black sturdy plastic palette with their company logo on it. It looks quite sleek. It also comes with a defining brush which the quality isn't that bad considering it comes with a palette. There are endless looks that you can do with this palette. As for pigmentation I would give it a 7 out of 10 most of the shades are suitable for my skintone however some like the first two shades on the top row need some work. I did do a look using specific shades which I highlighted just so you can get an idea of some of the looks you can accomplish.

e.l.f cosmetics essential 18 piece palette with brush

e.l.f cosmetics essential 18 piece palette with swatches

e.l.f cosmetics essential 18 piece palette with swatches

e.l.f cosmetics essential 18 piece palette with swatches

e.l.f cosmetics essential 18 piece palette makeup look

e.l.f cosmetics essential 18 piece palette eyeshadow choices for makeup look

1- lid
2- transition
3- crease
4- outer V
5- brow highlight
6- brow highlight

Monday, October 13, 2014

e.l.f Cosmetics Studio Bronzer: Warm

e.l.f Cosmetics Studio Bronzer: Warm

Now that its fall the Winter months will soon be ahead. Which means summer tans will now be a thing of the past. Elf cosmetics has alot to offer when it comes to keeping the skin warm and radiant and their Studio Bronzers are one of those products every girl must own. You can create your own healthy glow all year round with Elf's studio bronzer at an inexpensive cost of  $3. With 4 shades to choose from you can swirl them together for a soft hue of warm colour or you can use them individually to customize your look. The studio bronzers come in 3 shades to choose from Warm(warm shimmer)(pictured here) cool(matte) and golden(illuminating shimmer). I went with the warm shade because I wanted something that would enhance my natural skin tone being that I am a woman of colour. Because the compact is more on the sheer side you are able to build on the colour in stages. I haven't used this in any looks before however when I do I would more than likely swirl all colours together then apply to my cheeks and temples. The packaging itself is very sturdy it felt very much like the compacts that Nars carry if not a bit sturdier. The formula itself is very soft so you may find that you have to build on the colour saturation which isn't a bad thing. I will say that a more densely packed powder brush would be beneficial to use. For more elf products visit their website at

e.l.f Cosmetics Studio Bronzer: Warm swatches

e.l.f. Studio Matte Lip Color swatches and review

elf studio matte lip colors
Happy Thanks giving all!. Its a quiet day over on my side. My thanks giving dinner was yesterday so since the weather is rainy and gloomy outside I can sit down with my pumpkin pie and get some much needed blog posts out. 
Last month ELF Cosmetics had there buy 1 get one 50% off so since I had a list of items that I wanted to try for reviewing purposes I decided to make use of the sale as well as an old $5 off coupon I had. Over the next few days I will be sharing with you various items I picked up from the sale. So to start of that series I will be sharing my thoughts and swatches on the Matte Lip Colors.
The Matte lip color have 0.05 oz of product in a retractable casing. It generally comes in 6 shades to choose from however some of the shades I have swatched were limited and are no longer on the website. The Matte lip colors are also infused with Vitamin A,C,E to keep the lips moisturized and supple looking while still providing a semi -matte finish. Elf's Matte lip color retails for $3 each, which is quite affordable for those who are just getting into wearing lipsticks. I really loved how they applied there was no tugging on my lips, I was able to control how opaque I wanted the colour and it was pretty much fragrance free.

The packaging I wasn't impressed with, they felt a little cheap and upon opening one of the lip colors it actually broke into 2 pieces in my hand, as well the actual lip color seemed to have broke free from inside so it fell out. Other than that minor flaw the formula is amazing although they are "matte" which I really don't agree with as they are more or either a semi-matte or satin finish. They left my lips feeling super buttery and soft. the colour variation is also perfect for the fall and winter months ahead. They will definitely be a repurchase for me. There is also a built in sharpener at the bottom so that you can keep the shape of the pencil as precise as possible.
elf studio matte lip colorself studio matte lip colors built in sharpener

elf studio matte lip colors swatches

Left- Right
Rich Red, Cranberry

elf studio matte lip colors rich redelf studio matte lip colors cranberry

elf studio matte lip colors fuchsiaelf studio matte lip colors wine

elf studio matte lip colors natural

Friday, October 10, 2014

10 Minute makeup look

10 minute makeup looks for me are fast and effortless. Looks like these are perfect when your running out for some breakfast with a friend, to the movies or mall or hosting a small get together that is more on the intimate side. For me I try to limit the products used to no more than 15 items mainly keeping in mind that I only have 10 minutes to apply it. Rule of thumb 1 minute per product= less is more. Here a look of what I used for this look, many of the items are what I have been loving this month which I will go more indepth in my weekly faves post.

What are your staple items to complete your 10 min look? let me know in the comments below

Products used

Face: Maybelline Fit Me #330
L.A Girl Pro Concealer- Cool Tan
NYX cosmetics blush- Copper
MAC Cosmetics Blusher- Blunt
Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion
Elf Smudge pot- Back to basics
Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara
Elf Brow Kit- Dark
Lime Crime Velvetine- Salem
Coastal scents hot pot- copper pot
Red Cherry Lashes #513

10 Minute makeup look for women of colour

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fall Makeup look using Costal Scents Hot Pots: Caramel,Oktoberfest,Copper Pot,Barista & Burnt Umber

Today I wanted to share with you a look that I posted on Instagram a few nights alone. Now that I am a SAHM late at night is the only time I get to play around in makeup. I recently received 1 of 3 orders that I made at coastal scents which I will be posting in the up coming days. So I decided to do a look using some of the shadows that I received. Can I say they are amazing! Check below for the products that I used to complete this look.

Products used:

Face: Maybelline Fit Me #330
Elf Complete Coverage Concealer- Medium
L.A Girl Pro Concealer- Cool Tan
L.A Colors Mineral Blush- Spiced Rum
Elf Baked Highlighter- Blush Gems
MAC Cosmetics Blusher- Blunt
Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion
Elf Smudge pot- Back to basics
Coastal Scents Hot Pots- Caramel,Oktoberfest,Copper Pot,Barista,Burnt Umber
MAC Cosmetics Chromographic liner- Black Black
Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara
Elf Brow Kit- Dark
Lips: NYX Round Lipstick- Black Cherry
NYX Lipliner- Caberet

Monday, October 6, 2014

Top 5 Nude Polishes for Fall 2014

Top 5 Nude Polishes for Fall 2014

With Fall finally here I wanted to share with all my readers some of my favourite Nude polishes that I will be wearing this season. Nude Polishes have been a hit this season as well as last season. There is nothing like a great nude polish. It looks so chic and it makes your nails look longer and fingers look similar. I'm all for slim fingers. Anyway it was hard to choose my top 5 colours so I narrowed down my choices based on how they wore, how they applied, and how long they took to dry. All of my nude choices were also based on the undertone of the nude. I tried to select nudes that would be suitable for all skin tones in order for them to be flattering on the nails. All of the swatches done were done in two coats. As I mentioned before they didn't take long to dry either.

Revlon's Rose Beige- Is exactly what the name says its more of a rose pink nude that can be paired with just about anything.
Eva's Nude- Is a yellow toned nude with a subtle shimmer that you can see in the bottle, however it would take more than two coats in application in order to pick up the shimmer
Greyt Expectations- is a cool grey toned nude. One of my faves and perfect for a night our manicure
Julianne's Nude- is a deeper rose beige with a slight orange undertone
Doutzen's Nude- is a cooler nude pinkish grey.

So that wraps up my favourite nude for the fall. I would love to know what some of yours are let me know in the comments below

swatches of Top 5 Nude Polishes for Fall 2014