Video: Winky Lux Disco Lip Gloss

Hi friends!

Here’s a little update video for you today on the coolest-looking lip gloss I ever did see, the Disco Lip Gloss from Winky Lux. I hope you enjoy!

You can read my previous post on beauty mini’s where I discussed my initial thoughts on the Disco Lip Gloss here.

You can shop the Disco Lip Gloss here.

Winky Lux Disco Kitten Gloss in Groovy

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Swatch of the Disco Lip Gloss. You can see the little flecks of glitter.
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Another look at the Disco Lip Gloss in Groovy. I posted this to Instagram recently and got lots of compliments on the lip color. Isn’t this bright pink color so fun??

What do you guys think about this product? Would you ever wear it? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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My beauty anti-wishlist, November 2018

Hi friends!

It’s time for November’s anti-wishlist! I’ve rounded up my list of 5 beauty items from newly-released launches that I won’t be picking up anytime soon. Like last month a lot of these are limited edition holiday items. Just a disclaimer, if you’re excited or want any of these items, please don’t take this as a condemnation of said item. I obviously have never used any of them; this is based purely on personal preference. We all love different things and that’s great!

You can get caught up with my previous anti-wishlists here: September, October.

So let’s get started!

HUDA BEAUTY CONTOUR & STROBE SET IN HEARTBREAKER & SHAMELESS

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Image source: Trendmood IG

I believe Huda Beauty has been doing these lip sets for a while now and they bring out different colors from time to time. This one is a limited edition color scheme for the 2018 holiday season I believe. The kit contains one matte liquid lipstick, one lip pencil & one shimmery lip strobe (or lip topper). Actually the value is great; it’s $25.00 for 3 products. So why don’t I like or want it? To be honest, both the liquid lip & lip pencil formulas from Huda Beauty aren’t necessarily my favorite; they’re not bad, they’re just not my go-to. (Check out my full blog post on Huda Beauty here.) Also, I very rarely wear red lipstick these days. I love the idea of red lips and how classic they are, especially for Christmas time, but it’s just too high maintenance for me.

JOUER MAKING MAGIC ULTRA FOIL EYESHADOW PALETTE 

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Image source: Trendmood, via Jouer IG

I believe I’ve only tried one product from Jouer thus far. I’d love to try more especially now that they’re in Sephora, but this limited edition palette isn’t it sadly. I think this literally just launched on sephora.com two days ago, and it’s a little set that includes this 12-pan eyeshadow palette plus a sparkly eye topper for $52.00. An entire palette of foiled, highly shimmery shadows? Just not my cup of tea. I don’t mind one or two foiled shadows as part of a larger palette, but I’d like some mattes in there to help ground the look. Don’t get me wrong, I like shimmer & glitter but definitely not enough to utilize an entire palette-full. (If you’re not familiar with foil shadows, they are used wet to achieve a metallic or hyper-shimmery effect on the eye.)

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN TAPE A L’OEIL NUDE EYE COLOUR COLLECTION

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Image source: Louboutin IG

I don’t know anyone that has personally tried any of the Christian Louboutin makeup yet. I just know what I’ve heard on YouTube or read online and it’s really mixed from what I can tell. This entire line seems geared towards luxury makeup collectors and uber-fans of the brand. I haven’t seen anything yet that I think would be worth the enormous price points. Case in point, this collection of 6 nude eyeshadows called Tape a l’Oeil which launched in early October. They’re $50.00 each and they supposedly apply liquid but set to a powdery finish. I got plenty of good quality shadows in almost every finish: liquid, cream, powder. Why would I need this? And for $50.00 per bottle? Don’t think so. Plus the packaging kinda freaks me out.

COLOURPOP NO FILTER FOUNDATION STIX

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Image source: ColourPop IG

ColourPop expanded their No Filter line just a few weeks ago with this stick foundation launch. It comes in 30 shades for a very affordable price ($10.00 a stick). I’m just not a stick foundation kinda gal unfortunately. I love stick makeup when it comes to blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, etc, but not base products. Most formulas tend to be too dry for my skin. ColourPop claims this gives a lightweight, natural finish that won’t dry your skin out, but I guess I’m still a bit weary. I’d totally be open to trying a stick foundation that was truly hydrating and lumizing, so my fellow dry-skin people out there, if you know of a great formula please let me know! Or if you have tried the No Filter Foundation Stix and it was great on your dry skin, please tell me too!

HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING EDIT VOL. 4

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Image source: Hourglass IG

This one is hard because I really love the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders. I wrote about them in my favorite luxury products post a while back. The formula and finish are absolutely beautiful on the skin. But honestly I’m using them less and less in my routine these days, purely because I find myself gravitating away from powders in the cooler months. I go in and out of love with powders all of the time because of my dry skin, so I just can’t see myself dropping $80.00 for this limited edition palette right now. It looks absolutely beautiful though and I’m sure the quality is top-notch. If you are interested for yourself or as a gift for someone, there are 3 face powders, 1 bronzer that’s exclusive to this palette, & 2 blushes (one shade is exclusive to this palette).

What is on your anti-wishlist this month? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Birchbox is coming to Walgreens!

Drugstore beauty is taking another leap into the future! After hearing that CVS Pharmacy partnered with Glamsquad & eSalon to create the “Beauty IRL” store-within-a-store (which I wrote about here), I recently read that its drugstore competitor Walgreens is getting in the game as well. They are partnering with Birchbox, the well-known beauty subscription service, to bring Birchbox boutiques to 11 select Walgreens locations in 6 U.S. cities starting this December! See the image below from Walgreens’ Instagram with city listings/times.

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This is very similar to CVS’s “Beauty IRL” concept in that these Birchbox-branded boutiques will “live” within a larger Walgreens store. But while Birchbox (and most other beauty subscription services) are synonymous with mini or sample sizes, these boutiques will be stocked with fullsize makeup, skincare & haircare products from Birchbox’s roster of brands. To be more specific, this partnership will introduce 40 new brands into Walgreens including Sand & Sky, Wander Beauty, Embryolisse, Winky Lux & ARROW, to name a few. How exciting!

Interestingly, the products will be merchandized by need and not by brand inside these Birchbox boutiques, which I think is really cool and unlike a lot of other shopping experiences we know. So if you’re not the biggest beauty shopper nor very brand-loyal, this may be something that excites you.

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A rendering of a Birchbox-Walgreens boutique. Image source: Businesswire.com
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A rendering of a Birchbox-Walgreens boutique. Image source: Businesswire.com

Supposedly each boutique will have “Birchbox-trained” beauty consultants to assist you, plus a “BYOB” (Build Your Own Birchbox) section where you can curate your own Birchbox from a selection of beauty mini’s. I think this is such a cool idea as I’ve been a Birchbox customer for a number of years now (and I love a mini anything). And if you don’t live in or near any of the cities listed above, the Birchbox offerings will also be available online at walgreens.com.

I think this will be another great option for beauty shoppers (big or small). It’s awesome to see drugstore retailers making big investments that will ultimately give their customers a different, more exciting experience. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

Are you excited for Birchbox to come to Walgreens? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

Sources used: Fastcompany.com, CNBC.com, news.walgreens.com, CEW.org, businesswire.com.

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Birchbox boutiques are coming to 11 Walgreens locations in 6 U.S. cities starting this Dec. 2018!

Review: Juvia’s Place Eyeshadow Palettes

Hi friends!

You may remember I first posted about indie brand Juvia’s Place a few weeks back when they became available in Ulta stores. Well right before that post, my mom and I did a joint order from the Juvia’s Place website since they were having a sale on a few of their eyeshadow palettes at the time. We picked up three palettes in total: The Nubian, The Saharan, & The Warrior. So I’ve been playing with them ever since and now I’m ready to bring my thoughts to the blog!

This is going to be a bit different in form from my previous reviews since this is the first time I’ll be talking about several products in one review. So for each palette I’ll show you swatches, give you my pros & cons, and then my quick final thoughts. Lastly, I’ll show you one look I did per palette.

One note: the ‘Shop now’ links I included below direct you to Ulta. If you’re outside the U.S. or Canada, click the second link in the above paragraph. Juvia’s Place does ship internationally from their warehouse.

Now let’s get into it!

THE NUBIAN PALETTE – Shop here

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Row 1, swatched left to right.
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Row 2, swatched left to right.
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Row 3, swatched left to right
  • $20.00 for 12 shades
  • 1 duo-chrome, 2 metallics, 4 mattes, 5 satins,

Pros

  • Intense pigmentation
  • Smooth application
  • Has longevity (I wore these shadows for around 10 hours with little to no fading)
  • Great price
  • Ulta accessability
  • Lightweight packaging

Cons

  • Tons of fall-out during application
  • Crumbly texture on metallics

Final Thoughts

I really love this palette and would recommend it. If you like neutral-to-warm golds, bronzes & peaches this is the palette for you. I wouldn’t say it’s perhaps the most ‘everyday makeup’ friendly palette out there since it leans more towards shimmers & metallics, but you can certainly get some very wearable daytime looks depending on the shades you choose. I would recommend using your finger to apply the metallic shades (the two shades in the upper right corner of the photo above), or a wet brush; they can be crumbly and a bit messy otherwise. But once they are pushed onto the eye over a primer they cling very well and are gorgeous.

THE SAHARAN PALETTE – Shop here

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Row 1, from bottom to top: Sokoto, Wodaabe, Bororo, Kia.
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Row 2, from bottom to top: Zoya, Iman, Jamila, Senegal
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Row 3, from bottom to top: Chad, Katsina, Lulu, Fula.
  • $20.00 for 12 shades
  • 3 satins, 4 mattes, 5 shimmers

Pros

  • Intense pigmentation
  • Smooth application
  • Has longevity (I wore these shadows for around 10 hours with little to no fading)
  • Great price
  • Ulta accessability
  • Lightweight packaging

Cons

  • Tons of fall-out during application
  • 1 slightly underperforming shade (Kia)

Final Thoughts

I had my eye on this palette for months and I have to say I was the most excited to start using this one out of the three. And I’m happy to report that I love it! I love the bright pops of color that make this palette so unique. (If you’re not into experimenting with color, I’d give this one a pass.) Best of all? The mattes perform just as well as the satins & shimmers. Even though Jamila (the bright orangey matte) swatched poorly on my hand, it applied evenly and smoothly on my lid. As stated above, the only slightly underperforming shade of this whole bunch is Kia, the beautiful greenish shade in the upper right corner. It was a bit crumbly and didn’t layer over mattes well (I tried using it as a liner first). It performs best when you push it over the eye with a brush.

THE WARRIOR PALETTE – Shop here

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Row 1, from top to bottom: Amina, Idia, Mino.
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Row 2, from top to bottom: Ahosi, Moremi, Kano.
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Row 3, from top to bottom: Dahomey, Bakwa, Benin
  • $20.00 for 9 shades
  • 3 mattes, 6 shimmers

Pros

  • Intense pigmentation
  • Smooth application
  • Has longevity (I wore these shadows for about 10 hours with little to no fading)
  • Great price
  • Ulta accessability
  • Lightweight packaging

Cons

  • Tons of fall-out during application
  • Crumbly texture on some shimmers

Final Thoughts

Wow, this palette has some intense color payoff! Out of all the palettes from this post, I remember exclaiming ‘wow!’ a few times during application. Again, I would recommend to use your finger or a wet brush to apply the shimmers onto your eye. They are incredibly soft to the touch and don’t seem to cling to dry brushes very well. Juvia’s Place actually recommends using wet synthetic brushes to apply their satin & shimmer textures, but sorry, I just never do that. So I use my finger instead. Regardless, I love this one too. It’s just so beautiful, the colors and the textures. The mattes perform superbly which for me is always the ultimate test.

THE NUBIAN PALETTE LOOK

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I used the orangey-cranberry shade (second row, third from left) all over my top lid, and the goldy-bronze shade (second row, second from left) smudged under my lower lash line.

THE SAHARAN PALETTE LOOK

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I used Jamila blended all over my lid and into my crease. Look at that pigment! It stayed super bright all day long too.

THE WARRIOR PALETTE LOOK

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I used Amina all over my lid and Moremi on my inner corner for highlight.

Have you tried any of these eyeshadow palettes yet? Or any other Juvia’s Place products? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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Check out my review on The Nubian, The Saharan & The Warrior Palettes from Juvia’s Place!

 

Video: Glossier Boy Brow vs. Benefit Gimme Brow

I’m back with another video for you guys today! This is my most detailed one to date where I compare the Glossier Boy Brow & the Benefit Gimme Brow, two products that are both best-sellers for their respective brands. I hope you enjoy it and it gives you some insight if you’re looking to buy one (or both) of these products.

(To check out the post where I hauled Boy Brow and spoke about my experience in the Glossier NYC showroom, click here.)

I included some photos below the video as a supplement showing you brush comparisons, and how both products look on me after application.

 

One correction: the Benefit Gimme Brow is available in 8 shades, not 6 shades as I stated in the video.

PRODUCT PHOTOS

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Glossier Boy Brow in Brown
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Benefit Gimme Brow in shade 3 (mini size from Birchbox)
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Brush comparison
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Benefit Gimme Brow on left side, Glossier Boy Brow on right side. And for those interested, I have ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Kathleenlights on my eyes with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Liner in Alkaline smudged around my upper & lower lash lines. I also have the Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry on my lips.

Have you tried Boy Brow or Gimme Brow? If so, what did you think? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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A (teeny-weeny) Sephora haul

Last week my mom and I found ourselves in Sephora, as you do. I had to buy a watch for my brother’s birthday and since Sephora is right next to Nordstrom in our local mall, you know, we had to go in. It would have been rude not to. I was very restrained and only picked up two (count ‘em two!) items. (I did a declutter recently people, so don’t judge me too harshly!).

Just to be clear, I have not started using either of these products yet so I cannot provide any well-informed opinions or insights just yet. With that said, let’s talk about what I bought!

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Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara (mini) & Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

BARE MINERALS COMPLEXION RESCUE – Shop here

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Opal, the lightest shade.

I’m very excited to start using this product. I’m really either a tinted moisturizer girl or just a concealer-no foundation girl these days. Very low-maintenance on the base. (Except if I’m going to an event, or I know I will be out for 10-12+ hours in a day. In those cases, I will use my trusty Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in very thin layers.)  The Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue has been a pretty popular item since it initially launched (it was an Allure Readers’ Choice Award winner), and it was something that always interested me. I’ve been searching for a cheaper alternative to my beloved Bobbi Brown SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm (full review here), since that one is so incredibly pricey. Fingers crossed this will be it!

There’s tons of info on this product on Bare Minerals’ site, but this supposedly offers sheer coverage, hydration, SPF protection, and overall clean ingredients without a lot of nasties like mineral oil, parabens, & phthalates.

I like the packaging on this a lot. It’s basically like a squeezy tube, which should prevent mess and control the amount of product that comes out well.

Like a lot of tinted moisturizers though (or BB creams, whatever) the shade selection isn’t very large at all; there are just 16 shades that cater mainly to lighter & medium skintones so that’s disappointing.

I definitely want to do a more in-depth review of this after I’ve used it for a while, so stay tuned for that.

HOURGLASS CAUTION EXTREME LASH MASCARA – Shop here 

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This is a fairly new release from Hourglass, a luxury brand that I love. I’ve been hearing really good things, but to be honest any mascara that says “extreme” on the packaging has got my attention! According to the Hourglass site, this promises extreme volume, length, lift & definition thanks to its “4D Amplifier” brush. No idea what that means, but I’m very into it! I want 4D lashes! I did notice that the bristles on one side seem to be a bit longer than the other, which reminds me a bit of the CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara. I picked up the mini size for $14.00, but the standard size normally retails for $29.00. I got high hopes for this one!

Have you tried either product from this haul? Have you picked up anything interesting from Sephora recently? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Join me for a makeup declutter!

Hi friends!

I like to keep my makeup collection in check as much as possible. So every 6 months or so I go through my existing stash to see what I have or have not used to make room for newer items. Sometimes I will do it more often, but it really all depends on how much I’ve bought in any given time period.

Here are my main declutter criteria:

a) I haven’t gotten much use out of the item, say within the past 3 or 4 months;

b) it’s in relatively good condition and not horribly old (I’m talking like past 5 or 6 years old);

c) it can be santizied (i.e. no liquids or creams).

If all the above criteria are met, I will take it out of my collection and put it in a “donate” pile to give to friends or family. (I’m still trying to find women’s shelters around me that will take makeup and/or other toiletries.) So I did a little declutter of my stash just recently to make room for some newer purchases, but before I give those items away I thought I’d take you through what I’m parting with. Sound like fun? I hope so, so let’s start!

FACE

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Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box o’ Blushes from a limited edition holiday collection
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Interior of the Box o’ Blushes. Top row from L to R, Dandelion, Bella Bamba, Sugarbomb, Watts Up Cream Highlighter sample. Bottom row from L to R: Hoola Bronzer, Coralista, Rockateur, mini brush.

I actually just referenced this in my beauty anti-wishlist post from last week! After writing that, I got a bit tough with myself. Cute packaging is no reason to hold onto an item that you barely use anymore, so you know what? I’m getting rid of it! I’ve always loved Benefit’s box blushes, and I still do to a certain extent, but I just don’t prefer them anymore. As you can probably see they’ve all been gently used except the Hoola Bronzer which I don’t believe was ever touched. (I do need to toss the little Watts Up sample before I give this away; it’s gotten hard and gross since it’s a cream.)

EYES

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Clockwise: L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1, Sephora Colorful 5 in Mild to Wild Khaki, & NARS duo in Brousse.

The L’Oreal palette was a ‘skip’ in my last Snatch or Skip post on drugstore palettes. It’s nice enough and you can get some pretty good looks with it but I’m just generally underwhelmed, especially for the price. The Sephora & NARS palettes are very nice quality products, but I just don’t reach for them much anymore. Time to move on!

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Clockwise: Clinique duo in Like Mink, MAC single in Ricepaper, MAC single in Greensmoke.
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MAC single in Greensmoke

I actually didn’t buy this Clinique duo; it was included as a gift-with-purchase. I never used it once, I think because I was just bored when I looked at it. Anyway, that’s my excuse. But Clinique shadows are usually very good quality, so I’m sure it’ll work for someone. Ricepaper from MAC was a little too yellow for me, and Greensmoke just didn’t flatter me although it’s quite lovely when you look at it in the pan.

LIPS

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Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks in shades Dreamer (left) & Loyalist (right).
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Loyalist (left), Dreamer (right)

I know “no liquids or creams” is one of my declutter rules, but these are quite new and they’ve barely, I mean barely been used. I only used Dreamer once; Loyalist never got used at all except to swatch. I really love the formulas of the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Inks. The deeper mauve-pink shade Lover is one of my all-time favorite drugstore liquid lipsticks. But I had one of those “what was I thinking” moments when I picked up both these shades. They are beautiful colors for sure, but just way too light for me. Dreamer gave me that horrible “butt-hole” look! Sorry I had to! It’s in such contrast to my natural lip color that it looks like I have a ring in the center of my mouth (hence “butt-hole”). So they gotta go!

Have you decluttered anything from your beauty stash recently? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Instagram images that inspired me this week, Vol. 2

As a follow-up to my post from last month, here is another round of cool images from Instagram this week! If you’re not familiar with my first post, it’s a very simple premise: I pick images that I feel are particularly beautiful and/or inspirational in some way, feature them here and tell you why I love them. That’s it. Considering this is a beauty blog and most of the accounts I follow on IG are those of other beauty bloggers, brands, publications, influencers, etc, most of the images are beauty-related (what a surprise?). But I do like throwing in some randoms here and there.

I hope you are as wowed by these images as I am, so let’s get into it!

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Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month I think it’s only fitting to include this post from Bobbi Brown in this list. You’ll be hard pressed to find any person or family that hasn’t been touched in some way by this horrible disease, so it’s important to remember what the fight is against. These particular lipsticks are part of Bobbi Brown’s Pinks with a Purpose Lip Color Duo, where they will donate $17 for every $45 Lip Duo purchase to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I think that’s awesome.

 

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Two things that drew me to this image: the hues of rose-pink & burgundy and the textures. I loooovveee the whole autumn color palette both in makeup & fashion. Sign me up for more deep pinks, plums, burgundys, golds, warm browns & reds, please.

 

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Don’t you just love all the glitter?? This image stopped me mid-scroll and I knew I had to screenshot it. Between the deep (but still bright) glittery eyes, the sheen on the skin, and the twinkle on the lips, it’s like magic. Of course I know that this has been filtered within an inch of its life, Photoshopped/manipulated, but don’t ruin my fantasy. I still love it anyway for what it is. Plus I really like Dose of Colors; they’re a kick-ass indie brand that does some high-quality products.

 

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Did I mention already that I love texture? Well I do, so #texturetuesday on IG is a fun day for me. I love almost everything that skincare & beauty blogger @ohglowygirl posts, but these kinds of images are particular favorites of mine. We see so many photos of outer packaging, it’s nice to see what’s going on inside sometimes. I love the overall beigey tone of the photo and how the colors of each product play off each other.

 

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I’ve been following the jewelry brand Ragen Jewels on IG since this summer and their whole aesthetic just speaks to me. They do dainty jewelry very well and their prices are quite affordable to boot. I love the mix of traditional golds & silvers with bright pops of color, like in the piece above. Any image with stacked or layered jewelry catches my eye to be honest. And I’m a sucker for any piece with the ‘evil eye’ design; I have a few already in my collection (although not from this brand…yet). The ‘evil eye’ is a huge design element for this brand, so if you’re into that kind of thing you should really check them out here.

 

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This image is just so gorgeous and luxurious to me, yet it seems somewhat retro at the same time, which I assume is down to the fabulous editing skills of makeup artist Jessica or @Ohuprettythings as she’s known on IG. The play of white and black against each other is great. I love a good flat-lay not only because I’m a product junkie but also because it’s a little voyeuristic to me I guess. I just love to see what others are using, what backgrounds they have, etc; almost a peek into someone’s life. You might think the lighter sitting in the middle is a bit strange and out of place, but it nearly blends in with the rest of the image and it adds something a bit personal IMO.

 

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This image speaks to my girly-girl side. Can you guess why? If you can’t, don’t worry I’ll tell you: pink & purple of course! That’s what immediately drew me in but then the high-shine or gloss on both the eyes and lips is what kept my attention. I’m not bothered either way by the expression on the model’s face; to me it’s all about the colors and textures. I’m a real fan of a glossy editorial-looking eye, and the “broken” quality of this (i.e. the nude eyelid with the gloss up to the browbone) makes the image just more interesting to look at frankly.

 

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Remember when I said earlier that autumn colors & tones are kinda my thing? Well now you know why this image from Samantha or @thebeautidentity got me excited! I love the staging of this and the shadows that the light is throwing; the products are perfectly aligned and in focus and it seems like the sun is either rising or setting. I also have that eye palette from Dose of Colors (in Baked Browns) and it’s so incredibly lovely. I must use it more!

 

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This is my random pick, but it was a must. In college I went through a serious James Dean phase and enthusiastically read several books on him, watched all his movies (only 3 sadly) and even some of his early TV work. Anything that I could find either on DVD or on YouTube in the early days. I even did a presentation on his life & work in one of my communications classes. I was obsessed. When I saw this image it brought me right back to that time in my life. Rebel Without a Cause was probably my favorite work of his; it’s just so iconic, isn’t it? Little trivia fact: the actress that played Jerry Seinfeld’s mother on Seinfeld actually dated James Dean in the early ‘50’s before he was famous and even wrote a book about it (which I’ve read of course).

What images have inspired you recently, from Instagram or elsewhere? I’d love to know!

Xo, Erica

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My beauty anti-wishlist, October 2018

It’s time for another beauty anti-wishlist today! The first post in September went down so well that I thought I’d do another edition now that we’re in a new calendar month. A lot more launches have come out since my last post, especially a lot of the holiday gift sets. Not everything on this list is part of a gift set, but I believe 3 out of 5 are.

If you haven’t read my first post, my anti-wishlist contains beauty items from recent or upcoming launches that I will not be picking up anytime soon based purely on personal preference. To be clear, I’m not labeling these products as “bad” or “horrible” (I’ve never tried any of them of course); they are just products that I’m not necessarily excited for nor could I see myself getting much use out of. I think it’s good every now and then to talk about the things we don’t want, not to be negative but to make the point that you don’t have to run out and get every new launch out there.

So let’s get into it!

TOO FACED SUGAR COOKIE EYESHADOW PALETTE (LIMITED EDITION) 

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Image source: Allure.com

This is part of Too Faced’s larger holiday gift collection for 2018, and while I think the colors in this palette look beautiful, wearable and are generally up my alley, I already have all these tones in my collection already. Supposedly these shades are all exclusive to this particular palette, and they smell like fresh-baked cookies! I’m sure I’d love the smell and just stand there and sniff the palette for 10 minutes before applying my makeup, but that’s still not gonna make me shell out $26.00 for this. If you are interested for yourself or for a gift, right now this is still in stock on Ulta.com but out of stock on Toofaced.com, so I’d get on it quick. For me, I’ll pass this time.

WET N’ WILD MEGA GLO BODY LUMINIZER

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Image source: Wet n’ Wild Instagram

I believe this product is now available on both wetnwildbeauty.com and walmart.com, and will launch in Walmart stores by mid October. I read an article on Allure.com that said this is the more affordable version of the Fenty Beauty Body Lava, a luminizing product for the body that you can wear on its own or mixed in with a lotion or moisturizer. Um, I never luminize my body nor do I expose a lot of skin even in the summer months, so I would probably get no use out of this product. I do sometimes apply an all-over luminizer like MAC Strobe Cream or my newer fave, The Hollywood Flawless Filter from Charlotte Tilbury, on my face but that’s about it. Pass.

FENTY BEAUTY STUNNA LIP PAINT IN UNINVITED

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Image source: Fenty Beauty Instagram

Speaking of Fenty Beauty, they’ve just brought out new colors of the Stunna Lip Paint, their long-wear matte liquid lipstick, and the majority look beautiful. I have my eye on Uncuffed, the mauve color, which just speaks to me. But I’ll tell you what I’m turning my cheek to, the black color in the shade Uninvited. I’m just not brave or cool enough to wear black on my lips (unless it’s for Halloween maybe?); I don’t even wear black eyeshadow that much unless I’m using it to line my eyes. I don’t do any lip art or anything like that, and mixing lipstick shades just seems too fussy to me. This will probably look striking on others, but I can’t imagine it on my pale-as-printer-paper complexion. Pass.

PUR COSMETICS GRINCH HOLIDAY SET 2018 (LIMITED EDITION)

  • All images are from purcosmetics.com

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Just no, PUR. I’m sorry but none of this 5-piece holiday collection speaks to me (and I love the Grinch!). I assume this collection is coming out in celebration of the new Grinch movie later this year (which I so want to see), but I probably wouldn’t use any of it. The palette looks too big and bulky, and I never use face masks or liquid eyeliners. Oh, and I’m not in the market right now for new face brushes either. Pass.

KAT VON D FETISH BLUSH + HIGHLIGHTER PALETTE (LIMITED EDITION)

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Image source: Kat von D Beauty Instagram

While I am through and through a blush wearer and lover, I hardly use powder textures as much as I once did. This is a cool-looking palette for sure which contains 3 of Kat’s new Everlasting Blushes (a debut for the formula in fact) and 3 Metal Crush Extreme Highlighters (2 of which are exclusive to this palette). I’ve only ever bought one blush palette before. It was a holiday palette from Benefit a few years back, which is still in my collection although I don’t give it much love anymore. It’s just so pretty I can’t stand to part with it, you get me? I just have a few MAC powder blushes now (in singles) along with a cavalry of my much-preferred cream & liquid products. So I’m just not getting another blush palette. Pass.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on these products. Will you be picking anything up from this list? What is on your anti-wishlist this month? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Mini Glossier haul plus my showroom experience

Well I’ve finally gotten my hands on some Glossier products! If you’re a dedicated reader, you’ll know in the past I’ve lamented the lack of products from this brand in my makeup collection. As luck would have it, about 10 days ago I had some time to spare between meetings in NYC, so I visited their showroom and of course I picked up a few bits to try out. I’d love to share them with you now! I’ve been using 2 out of 3 of the products on and off since then, so I’ll throw in a few brief comments when I can. (I wouldn’t say these products are ready for review though. I’d like to use them a bit more.)

CLOUD PAINT IN DUSK – Shop here

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This was probably the #1 Glossier product on my list to snatch. I’m a cream/liquid blush enthusiast so the Cloud Paint was a must for me. After watching her capsule makeup video series from Harry Makes It Up on YouTube (which I very much recommend), I had a hunch that I would pick up the color Dusk, which is a neutral shade with beige/brown, & orange undertones. I swatched it in the showroom and immediately liked it, so my hunch was confirmed!

The texture is somewhere between a cream and a liquid and it blends like a dream into the skin with the warmth of my fingers. Like most items in the Glossier line, it’s quite sheer for the most part. I find that I have to layer it up a bit in order to get the pigment to last most of the day, but otherwise I’m really liking this product a lot. I’m curious to try this on the lips or on the eyes like Harry did in her series.

BOY BROW IN BROWN – Shop here

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This is probably one of Glossier’s most famous products, and since I love me a good brow mascara I knew I had to try this out eventually. A few friends of mine told me that this was their brow product of choice as well. It comes in just 4 shades (Clear, Blonde, Brown, Black) and I picked up Brown, which is quite dark on me but it’s workable. The tiny wand on this is very reminiscent of the Gimme Brow from Benefit, if you’re familiar with that. It has little fibers to bulk up the brows and a small comb to groom them into place.

I do like this product so far but it does hold a little too much product for my liking, so I have to make sure to wipe the wand off before applying to my brows. Even then, I feel like you still have to follow it up with a clean spoolie just to get out any extra product. After doing all that, the brows do look lovely though.

LASH SLICK MASCARA – Shop here

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I have yet to try the Lash Slick Mascara but I’m super curious about this one. Most of the reviews I’ve read or heard say this is a really good mascara for “daytime.” I don’t differentiate between daytime or nighttime mascaras; I want big, long lashes any time of day. To me, “daytime” translates to something natural or more undetectable, so I’m really not sure if this will become a favorite. But I’m committed to trying it anyway because I may be able to build it up to my liking or perhaps I’ll have an epiphany and start to like more “natural” lashes (wouldn’t count on that though).

NYC SHOWROOM

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If you’re going to the Glossier NYC showroom, just be aware that it’s not a place you can just stroll into; you will probably have to wait outside on line first and depending on when and what time you go, the wait may be a while. I went on a Friday afternoon around 4:30ish and luckily I only had to wait 10 minutes outside (phew). To be honest when you see the size of the showroom upstairs, you’ll understand why they have to control the amount of people in the space.

The showroom is in the penthouse (I believe) of 123 Lafayette Street (off Canal St.), and a very nice Glossier employee dressed in a pink boilersuit will escort you up there from the street. For some reason I thought the space was going to be much bigger but really it’s quite compact.

All the products are laid out very nicely to play with and swatch, and you notice right away that there’s no inventory on the floor. What I mean is you can’t grab your own products; you have to make a list of what you want and place your order either with one of the Glossier employees who’s walking around the floor or go up to the cashier. When your order is ready, they call your name and you get that now-famous pink pouch that’s become synonymous with the Glossier brand. You also get a sheet of fun stickers, many of which are now stuck on the back of my phone 😉.

Overall I found the space quite easy to navigate, but it still can get a little congested so you may have to wait to swatch your product of choice until the crowd clears a little. All of the Glossier employees were very nice, helpful and informative. So considering that I barely waited on line outside and on the cashier line to place my order, I’d say I had as pleasant shopping experience as I could.

Have you tried anything from Glossier before? Have you been to one of their showrooms? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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