Friday, September 5, 2014

MAC Melba Powder Blush + Dupe?

Guess who just purchased their first MAC blush? *raises hand* This girl did! Because fall is just around the corner, I had been doing some research on which blushes are best for fall. Obviously, you can wear what you want, but I tend to rotate my collection and like to wear colors more suited for the season. I already have plummy colors that I love and was currently looking for something peachy.

Finally, I found the gorgeous MAC Melba ($22). Although MAC describes it as a matte soft coral-peach, I think its more of a muted slightly-burnt peach shade. Melba is very pigmented and all you need is a little bit on the brush to work up a nice color on your cheeks.

 While doing my research, I saw that NYX Mauve could be a dupe for MAC Melba. However, the pictures I saw didn't have the greatest lighting so it was hard to tell. Since I already had NYX Mauve, I decided to share with you what I thought.
L-R: NYX Mauve, MAC Melba
 In the pan, they look very similar, although Mauve tends to lean more neutral pinkish/brown.
L-R: NYX Mauve, MAC Melba
After the finger swatch, you can see they look nothing alike. Melba is more peach and definitely more pigmented than Mauve.
L-R: NYX Mauve, MAC Melba
Again, Melba is more pigmented and has more of a peach undertone, while Mauve didn't transfer well and leans neutral. Honestly, who wears their blush as swatches on their hands all day? It is more important to know how they look on the cheeks right?

L-R: MAC Melba, NYX Mauve
On my cheeks, they virtually look the same!!! Are my eyes deceiving me? Or can you see a difference?
MAC Melba
I noticed that MAC Melba is a lot smoother and applies flawlessly on my cheeks.
NYX Mauve
NYX Mauve turned out lovely as well, but was a bit more patchy on application.

The verdict? I think these are dupes! Literally, I had to remember which side was which while taking the pictures. They may look nothing alike in the pan and swatches, but on my cheeks, they look the same.  

Obviously I prefer the formula for Melba, but if you want a bargain friendly blush, definitely give NYX Mauve ($5.99) a try. 

After seeing these equally gorgeous shades, which do you/would you prefer?
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

I may be late on the ABH Contour Kit bandwagon, but I have been experimenting with this bad boy for a few months. I think it is good to have a nice kit, whether you use it frequently or not, because it is there for you whenever you may need it.

The palette features six powders, 3 which are highlighters (2 matte, 1 shimmery) and 3 matte contour shades and retails for $40.

I personally don't use it everyday, mostly just when I want definition or on special occasions.
Top - Vanilla, Banana, Sand
Bottom - Java, Fawn, Havana
Direct light
 L-R: Vanilla, Banana, Sand, Java, Fawn, Havana

I enjoy using Vanilla and Banana mixed together under my eyes and on my forehead and chin to highlight the area. My favorite contour shade is Fawn, as it is more neutral toned. Java and Havana are a bit too warm, so I use those lightly as bronzer.
Indirect light
Now on Anastasia's website, you can customize your own palette! There are 21 different powders that retail for $14 each, but if you purchase 6 it becomes $40. 
I love how my face looks sculpted! Unfortunately, Vanilla and Banana don't really "highlight" my face since they are an exact match for my fair/light skin. I really do wish Anastasia would make lighter shades that would show the highlight more prevalently like it does for medium skin tones. Sand is a gorgeous shimmery (not glittery) highlighter. It gives your skin a healthy subtle glow, not a crazy disco ball party.

Pros: Like I mentioned before, this is a great kit to have regardless if you use it often or not. The shades are gorgeous, the pigmentation of the powders are great, and the shades compliment a wide range of skin colors. Now, you can even build your own palette on Anastasia's website by choosing six shades that will compliment you best!
Cons: Unfortunately, it is quite expensive and sometimes can only be found on Anastasia's website. Also, it tends to be out of stock often. Finally, the "lightest" shades don't really highlight fair skin tones as well as it does for medium skin tones.
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Mani Monday | Red Carpet Manicure Plum Up the Volume

Red Carpet Manicure Plum Up the Volume
Happy Labor Day! I know I'm a bit late but I've been busy all day. 
If I can be honest with you, I haven't done my nails in a very long time. Maybe a month ago I did a gel french manicure, but I took it off after two weeks. I have been giving my nails time to breathe.

Today, I did my manicure with the Red Carpet Manicure color Plum Up the Volume. It still has a summery vibe, but gently welcomes the fall season. So of course, I figured it would be perfect to wear it for a bit!

Update on my life:
- School has started once again! I'm in my senior year (4th year) of university and still a bio major =)
- I have a new job, so I'm getting accustomed to the schedule and will continue posting blogs and making YouTube videos once I find time again.
- Currently debating what I want to do post college. I have two separate careers I am thinking of (pharmacy school or teaching science, I know...two extremes)

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Orange Sunshine | Wearable Lipsticks

 Hello lovelies! I know its towards the end of the summer, as school is about to start back in session, but I wanted to show you some orange lippies I have been enjoying.
It's very difficult to pull off an orange lip, but I've noticed that these "orange hued" lippies are very wearable. 
Natural light
L-R: Revlon Lip butter in Juicy Papaya, Tarte Lipsurgence in Joy, and Maybelline Color Whisper in Orange Attitude 

Indoor lighting
Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya
I just love Revlon's lip butters. I've collected several over the years and they provide great moisture for a few hours of color. I would say this color is mostly a peachy/red toned sheer orange.
Tarte Lipsurgence in Joy
I absolutely love Tarte's lipsurgence lippies. They are on the pricier side, but they are great. They give great moisture, smell minty and feel tingly on the lips, and some have good tinting abilities throughout the day. Unfortunately, I can't find Joy anywhere, probably because it is not being made any more. I still have quite a bit left, but I need to find a replacement when it runs out. Joy has medium coverage, and although looks orange in the tube, once applied, it becomes a bit more pink toned.
Maybelline Color Whispers in Orange Attitude
(Enter this lip whispey) I had always wanted to try the Color Whispers, but never did until recently. This shade stood out to me. When I brought it home and tried it on, I noticed it was very similar to something I already had. Turns out, it is slightly more opaque and more pink toned then Tarte Lipsurgence in Joy! The wearability is pretty similar to the Revlon Lip butters and I feel about the same moisture.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Best Friend Weekend | Videos!

This past weekend my best friend, Yami, and I made two videos! Here they are! Hope you enjoy <3

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