Thursday, December 13, 2012

Top 12 Beauty Products of 2012.

Hello Beauties! Is it just me or did this year fly by? Seems like it was just January the other day.

This post is dedicated to the top 12 products (or categories) that I discovered this year or that were released this year that I absolutely fell in love with. I tried a lot of things this year so it was really hard to narrow it down to 12 but I thought the name was cute LOL.

On to my picks...

1. The Sugarpill Heart Breaker palette.
  This is by far my favorite palette that I've purchased this year. All the colors are really pigmented and unique to my collection.

2. MAC Highlighters.
  These are the Extra Dimension Skin Finishes released this year and the Mineralize Skin Finishes released this Summer from the Heavenly Creature collection. After getting these I really haven't used any of my other highlighters.

3. The Make Up For Ever empty tin palette.
  I've talked about this in my favorites before. It is perfect for those shadows and blushes that come in pan form and you don't have any place else to put them or perfect for travel. I call it my homeless shelter. 

4. Inglot Shadows.
  This year I finally decided to try Inglot shadows and they really are as good as people say. I really love the pigmentation, my only gripe would be that the matte shades are really powdery so just watch for fall out.

5. MAC Lipsticks.
  This year I've purchased quite a few lipsticks from MAC but these three are the ones that I'm most happy about. Pink Pigeon, Heroine, Candy Yum Yum. Unfortunately these three are all LE but word on the street is MAC is making Candy Yum Yum permanent.

6. Real Techniques Brushes.
  These are some really amazing brushes with an ever better price.

7. NYX Matte Lipsticks.
  I live for matte lipsticks and I really love the formula of these. They are matte but not drying at all. Perfect Red, Tea Rose, Bloody Mary and Shocking Pink (my favorite one).

8. NYX Xtreme Lip Creams.
  I really don't have better way to describe these 'than a dream come true in a tube'. These are a highly pigmented liquid lipstick. I have a post with more info and swatches here.

9. NYX Matte Bronzer.
  As you can see I really love this. I purchased this mid-July and it's been my go-to bronzer/contour product ever since.

I think it's funny because I recall saying earlier this year that I really wasn't into NYX but clearly that has changed.

10. NARS Amour Blush.
  This is by far my favorite blush. I love the way it looks on my skin, I find myself reaching for this weekly. That's often (I think) for a blush lover like myself. 

11. MAC Strobe Cream.
  This is a moisturizing highlighting cream. I used this on my many early mornings during the semester because it instantly makes me look alive. 

12. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars.
  These are the newest products (to me) that made the list. They are last but certainly not least. I don't know why I'm just getting around to trying these but they are really amazing just like the hype that follows. The two shades I have so far are Belladonna and Anime (pink and purple of course). I do have my eye on some other shades (of course red being one of them). 

What were some of the products you loved this year? I'd love to hear about them.

Thanks so much for reading! 

XOXO Brittany

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sleek Makeup: Blush By 3.

Hello Beauties! A few months ago I finally ordered a couple of the Blush By 3 palettes from Sleek Makeup (UK based cosmetic line) and so far I really like them. The Sleek blushes I already own are some of my favorites, they are really pigmented, easy to apply, and last a while on my cheeks. You can see pics and swatches of some previously purchased blushes here.

There are 5 available on the Sleek website and of the 5 I picked up Flame and Lace.

From left : Furnace, Bon Fire, Molten


From left: Crochet, Guipure, Chantilly


Of the two Lace is my favorite but they are both really pretty! These are perfect for travel and a great way to test out their blushes if you haven't tried any. These are $12.49 which I think is a really great price for these.

Also I believe Sleek has changed their shipping prices, instead of a flat rate of $10 they charge by the amount of money you're spending. Which can be good, or bad LOL.

Thanks for reading and please leave your thoughts or questions in the comments below!

XOXO Brittany

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Favorites: Orange Blushes.

Hello Beauties! As promised in my favorite pink blushes post, here are my favorite orange blushes. I really love this shade of blush, especially during the warmer months. Out of all of these the one I usually reach for in the Fall/Winter is Taj Mahal.

Like my pink blushes some of these have some coral/red undertones but when I look at them they still lean more towards orange to me.

MAC Marine Life Beauty Powder

Sleek Aruba (this picture does this blush no justice)

NYX Cinnamon

Illasmasqua Excite

Tarte Tipsy

NARS Taj Mahal

MAC Modern Mandarin

Marine Life, Aruba, Cinnamon, Excite, Tipsy, Taj Mahal, Modern Mandarin, Orange

Next up is my favorite coral blushes!

Thanks so much for reading! Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

XOXO Brittany

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fall Haulin'.

Hello Beauties! I know it's been a while since I've done a haul post but that does not mean I haven't been shopping. Here's a few things that I've picked up from Tarte, the Sephora F&F sale, and also MAC.

From Sephora:

Urban Decay Vice Palette
OCC Lip Tar - Anime
Illamasqua Powder Blusher - Lover

From Tarte:

Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush - Blissful
"Baby It's Bold Outside" Blush set

MAC finally put some of the PRO products on the regular site and I picked up a few things (two blushes I already owned).

Kelly e/s
Bottle Green e/s
Indian Ink e/s

Blushes - Top Row - Devil, Rhubarb, Salsa Rose
Bottom Row - Burnt Pepper, Azalea 

More Pics!

I'll eventually post swatches of everything but so far I'm really enjoying everything!

Thanks for viewing!

XOXO Brittany

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

FOTD: Cotton Candy.

Hello Beauties! Here's another one of my fun makeup looks. The color combination reminds me a lot of cotton candy. Enjoy!

Products Used

MAC Painterly Paint Pot
Sugarpill - Mochi eyeshadow
Inglot - #382, #362 (mixed on lid)
MUFE #92
MUA - 18
MAC e/s - Arena
Hard Candy Asphalt liner
Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara
MAC Feline eye kohl
BSS - demi whispy lashes

NYX Matte Bronzer - Dark
E.l.f. cream blush - Headliner
MAC MSF - Center of the Universe

MAC Lipstick - Mehr
MAC Cremesheen Glass - Fashion City

Thanks for reading! Please leave your thoughts in the comments below!

XOXO Brittany

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

FOTD: Casino Night.

Hello Beauties! My younger cousin recently turned 21 so a few of us went to the local casino's for her b'day. I'm not really a casino girl (I'd rather spend money on makeup) but I thought it would be a fun night out and decided to do a fun makeup look to go along.

Products Used

MAC Painterly Paint Pot
MAC e/s - Soft Brown, Blue Candy, Arena, Carbon
MAC Pigment - Naked
MUFE e/s - #92
Sugarpill Loose e/s - Hysteric
Sugarpill e/s - Dollipop
MUFE Glitter - #13
Maybelline Gel Liner
Covergirl Lashblast Volume Mascara
MAC Feline Eye Kohl
BSS Lashes - #1

NYX Matte Bronzer - Deep Bronze
Stila Self-Adjusting Blush - Coral
MAC MSF - Light Year

NYX Xtreme Lip Cream - Dolly Girl

Saturday, September 22, 2012

E.l.f. HD Blushes.

Hello Beauties! I'm really happy to share with you the new HD blushes recently released from e.l.f. When I saw them post a picture on their Instagram in August I just knew I had to had them and I already knew right then that I'd be in love. When I got them earlier this week I was far from disappointed!

They released 5 new shades and they are $3 each, in my opinion you can't beat that with a stick! They are available for purchase on the e.l.f. website and always be sure to Google for a 50% off code. 

They each come with 0.34 fl oz of product which is more than enough, you only need the tiniest drop to get color payoff on the cheeks. You especially need to use a light hand with these because the pigmentation is insane! I recommend using your fingers or a duo-fibre brush.

The 5 shades are: Headliner, Superstar, Diva, Encore, Showstopper
(I think the names are so cute!)

Headliner, Superstar, Diva, Encore, Showstopper
(I used a very small drop and this is what I got from it)

I highly recommend checking these out. Awesome product, with a great price! So far I've only worn Showstopper on the cheeks, I didn't set it with a powder and it lasted a good 5 hours. Which makes me very happy :)

Have you tried these? If so, what you're favorite shade? I think I'm torn between Diva an Superstar for my favorite.

Thanks for reading and please leave your thoughts in the comments down below!

XOXO Brittany

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Inglot Haul.

Hello Beauties! I recently placed an order from Inglot Cosmetics during their Birthday sale. I got a lot of bright colors and I'm very happy to start playing around with them.

Freedom System Blush - 45
Body Pigment Powder - 126

This pic does neither one of them justice!

382 Matte, 366 Matte, 407 Pearl, 370 Matte, 322 Matte

372 Matte, 385 Matte, 333 Matte, 388 Matte, 332 Matte

Everything seen can be purchased here. I was so happy when I found out they were having a sale because I love the variety of colors they have. 

Everything is really pigmented. My only complaint would be is that they are more on the powdery side which means more fall out but nothing that can't be controlled. 

Thanks for reading and please leave your thoughts in the comments below!

XOXO Brittany