Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NYX Lollies Butter Lipstick Review+Swatches

 NYX Butter Lipsticks feature a "unique texture" that "seems to melt onto the lips, giving full yet lightweight coverage with a luxurious satin finish." NYX offers 22 shades, today I'm writing about Lollies. Each Butter Lipstick contains .16 oz (4.5 grams) and costs about six bucks. NYX is proud to be cruelty free. This lipstick was made in Taiwan.

Monday, July 28, 2014

NYX Suede Palette Swatches+First Impressions

NYX' brand new Suede Palette ($12), is a limited edition, eight pan eyeshadow palette that features a variety of both neutrals and jewel tones. This richly pigmented palette contains a variety of finishe, ranging from satin, to metallic, to shimmer. All eight shades have excellent color payoff, though one or two are a little resistant to blending. I particularly love that deep, blackened teal shade! 

While I mostly have good things to say about the Suede palettes, there are two downsides. Pretty much all of the eyeshadows kick up a fair amount of excess powder, infecting each other. On top of that, packaging is disappointing. The palette is made of flimsy cardboard with a flexible clear top. Normally I don't mind cardboard packaging, but the material this palette is made of is exceptionally lightweight. 

Have you picked up the NYX Suede Palette? Are you planning on it? 

Mario Badescu Collagen Moisturizer Review

Mario Badescu's Collagen Moisturizer provides "ultra lightweight daily moisture and moderate sun protection, all in one. Collagen rich formula protects skin from moisture loss and keeps skin smooth, plump, and healthy without the use of heavy oils." This facial moisturizer contains 60ml (2 fl oz) and sells for $22. Mario Badescu does not test on animals. Mario Badescu products can be bought at Ulta, and select salons and spas, and ordered on the brand's website. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

theBalm Shady Lady Volume 2 Palette Review+Swatches

 theBalm's Shady Lady Palettes contain nine "va-va voom shadows designed to illuminate your eye color, putting you in the spotlight! Whether you're feeling the innocent ingenue or the femme fatale, there's a Shady Lady calling your name!" The Shady Lady Palettes are available in four color schemes; my review features Volume 2. This palette contains 17 grams of product. These palettes retail for $39.50. theBalm is cruelty free. This eyeshadow palette was made in America. theBalm products are available on the brands website, at Kohls, and in a limited selection at Sephora.
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