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Monthly Archives: May 2012

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Products used:
Tarte 360 Eye Primer
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
BH Cosmetics Custom Palette
Stila Stay All Day Liner in Black
Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Ransom
Urban Decay Mascara Primer
Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Laura Geller mascara sealer
Anastasia Strawburn brow pencil


Product: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Peacock

Price: $4.50 from NYX

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Product Description from the Website:
A radiant eye liner that also doubles as an eye shadow. Made with a blend of mineral oil and powder, our creamy Jumbo Eye Pencils glide on effortlessly—no pulling, tugging or fading—and come in a rainbow of vivid hues. Some call her chubby. We say voluptuous. Available in 32 shades.The eminent Jumbo Eye Pencil is sealed in a recyclable eco-friendly case and is best paired with the NYX dual sharpener.

INGREDIENTS: Bees Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) wax, Ceresin, Microcrystalline Wax, Polyethylene, Octyldodeanol , Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isostearyl Isostearate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, B.H.A, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, and Polyethylene Terephthalate. MAY CONTAIN: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide Red (CI 77491), Iron Oxide Yellow (CI 774992), Iron Oxide Black (CI 77499), FD&C Blue No.1 Aluminum Lake (CI 42090), FD&C Yellow No.5 Aluminum Lake (CI 19140), Chromium Oxide Green (CI 77288), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarine Blue (CI 77007), or Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).

My Thoughts: The NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils are a staple in my collection. I own almost all the colors. I primarily use these as an eyeshadow base to make eyeshadows more vibrant or even alter their color slightly. These will crease if you wear them alone but I do not have any issues with creasing when worn over a primer. I wish you did not have to sharpen them and they were in a twist up type of packaging but they are not too hard to sharpen.

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Quality: 5/5

Value: 5/5

Pigmentation: 5/5

Packaging: 4/5

Overall: 19/20

These are a great addition to any collection and you can frequently find them at Ulta for buy one get one 50% off. What is your favorite shade?

Disclosure: Product purchased by me.


Product: Sleek Ultra Mattes V1 Brights Palette

Price: $10.99 from Sleek MakeUP

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Product Description from the Website: Ultra Mattes are intensely creamy, highly pigmented colours that are super-blendable. These mineral-based eyeshadows are so smooth in texture they are ideal for contouring eyes and creating multi-dimensional looks.
A palette of 12 pressed eyeshadows, the V1 Brights Ultra Mattes i-Divine contains 12 pure matte shades.

My Thoughts: I really have a thing for bright colors and this palette does not disappoint. Some of the colors lack pigmentation when used over bare skin but they really come to life when over a primer or white base. Unfortunately Sleek does not ship this to the USA but luckily I was able to get someone from the UK to get it for me. This palette does not have the usual waffle pattern on the shadows that Sleek Palettes normally do which I think is a positive change. The first 2 swatches of each color set are over bare skin and the next 2 are over NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk.

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Top Row: L-R: Chill, Pout, Sugarlite, Dragon Fly, Pucker, Bamm!
Bottom Row: L-R: Cricket, Bolt, Strike, Floss, Crete, Pow!

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Quality: 5/5

Value: 5/5

Pigmentation: 4/5

Packaging: 5/5

Overall: 19/20

I can not recommend the Sleek Palettes enough. I really wish we had drug store brands like this in the US.

Disclosure: Product purchased by me.


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Products used:
Tarte 360 Eye Primer
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Sleek Ultra Mattes V1 Brights
Stila Sparkle liner in Royal
Urban Decay Mascara Primer
Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Laura Geller mascara sealer
Anastasia Strawburn brow pencil


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Products used:
Tarte 360 Eye Primer
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
Sugarpill Mochi & Acidberry
Stila Sparkle liner in electric
Urban Decay Mascara Primer
Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Laura Geller mascara sealer
Anastasia Strawburn brow pencil


Product: Buxom Color Choreography Eyeshadow Palette in Belly Dance

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Price: $36 at Sephora
Product Description from the Website:
A five-shade palette of vivid, show-stopping eye shadows.
What it does:
Steal the show with spectacular, high performance Buxom® Color Choreography™ Eyeshadow. This versatile palette offers a range of finishes from matte to shimmer in a multitude of alluring shades, including a vivid pop of color. Mix and match the creamy, rich, blendable shadows. The options are endless—let your imagination run wild.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Phthalates
– GMOs

My Thoughts: I adore the colors in this palette but the pigmentation is just not there. The description on the website says that they are “vivid, show-stopping eye shadows”…well they’re not. I still like the palette for softer looks but I definitely do not think that it lives up to the description. Swatches are over bare skin.

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Quality: 4/5
Value: 3/5
Pigmentation: 2/5
Packaging: 5/5
Overall: 14/20

I can’t say that I recommend this palette based simply on the fact that it does not live up to the claims. I do think that it is a nice palette for a softer look.

Disclosure: Product purchased by me.



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