Thursday, June 30, 2011

Stila Lip & Cheek Stain Swatches

Lip Stain by Stila at ShopStyle
I've always been interested in the Stila Lip & Cheek Stains but they've always seemed on the expensive side to me so I've never actually taken the plunge to buy one. However, having swatched them a few times, I thought that taking some photos for anyone else interested out there might be a good idea.
Stila Lip & Cheek Stains L-R: Pomegranate Crush, Cherry Crush, Acai Crush, Mango Crush, Raspberry Crush, Yumberry Crush and Coconut Crush
T: Pomegranate Crush
B, L-R: Cherry Crush, Acai Crush, Mango Crush, Raspberry Crush, Yumberry Crush, Coconut Crush
T: Pomegranate Crush
B, L-R: Cherry Crush, Acai Crush, Mango Crush, Raspberry Crush, Yumberry Crush, Coconut Crush
These stains really need to dry fully before their resistance sets in but the darker the colour the better the stain. I let them dry for a minute or so and then went over my hand with a cotton pad filled with make-up remover, here's how they held up.
As you can see Acai Crush held up the best by far. Coconut Crush held up the least. The second best was Raspberry, then Yumberry, Mango, Pomegranate and Cherry. I was disappointed by the lack of power coconut had as that was the one I was leaning towards buying due to the lovely shimmer it has. Not anymore!

What about everyone else, have you tried the Stila Lip & cheek stains? How do they hold up for you?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tarte for True Blood Palette Swatches

I got permission from a wonderful fellow MUA goer and superb blogger Polish Wasteland to post her photographs and swatches of the Tarte for True Blood Glamour Me palette. Not only is it awesome in the layout it has great shades that seem very pigmented! I'm so excited and I want one for myself!
The palette also comes with four looks you can do with the 17 eyeshadow shades! Vampy Vixen, Not Your Average Waitress, Vamp Glam and Luminous Fairy.
Look at the awesome corset top of the palette!

The black gel liner, the shadow primer and the mascara.

Light Box lighting L-R: The Light, Fairy, Dusk, Dawn
Window Light L-R: The Light, Fairy, Dusk, Dawn
Outside Lighting L-R: The Light, Fairy, Dusk, Dawn
Light Box Lighting L-R: Werewolf, Waitress, Nocturnal, Charmer
Window Light L-R: Werewolf, Waitress, Nocturnal, Charmer
Outside Lighting L-R: Werewolf, Waitress, Nocturnal, Charmer
 Light Box Lighting L-R: Glamour Me, Stake, Bayou, Telepath, The True Death
Window Light L-R: Glamour Me, Stake, Bayou, Telepath, The True Death
Outside Lighting L-R: Glamour Me, Stake, Bayou, Telepath, The True Death
Light Box Lighting L-R: The True Death, Immortal, Moss, Legend, 'V'
Window Light L-R: The True Death, Immortal, Moss, Legend, 'V'
Outside Lighting L-R: The True Death, Stake, Moss, Legend, 'V'

Slightly powdery texture of the shadows
My favourites have to be "V", The True Death, Stake, Moss, Nocturnal, Werewolf, and Dusk. What about you are you digging this Tarte palette?

Thanks again to Todo Es Posible from MUA and Polish Wasteland blog!

Also if these aren't enough swatches for you Evermore Beaute has swatches of the palette as well as the lip stain and the cheek stain.

Hourglass Extreme Sheen and Hydrating Lipgloss Swatches

Lip Gloss by Hourglass at ShopStyle

People have raved over the Hourglass line, and their lipglosses are quite popular, so I decided to swatch them for you. Enjoy!

T-B: Primal, Siren, Nectar, Origami, Fortune, Lush, Truth, Verse,  Ignite, Imagine, Reflect

T-B: Primal, Siren, Nectar, Origami, Fortune, Lush,

T-B: Fortune, Lush, Truth, Verse, Ignite, Imagine, Reflect
These glosses are all nice but some of them are significantly nicer than others. For example Reflect sucks. It's pretty much clear with a very small amount of sparkle. Siren on the other hand is amazing. It's metallic orange-red and so pigmented. It's absolutely stunning. Fortune also rocks, a really pretty duochrome pink-gold with excellent pigmentation. Nectar is a really lovely coral as well very juicy looking.
These are $28 USD. Though they look like they're glass and metal they aren't so keep that in mind- they are made of plastic. I went to open them and thought they'd be much more sturdy than they appear.

Lip Gloss by Hourglass at ShopStyle

I also swatched some of the Hourglass Hydrating Lip Glosses. These are also plastic and seem kind of flimsy to be honest. They are also quite sheer, I had to gloop them quite a bit to get the colour shown.  Anyways here they are.
T-B: Ingenue, Heroine
T-B: Pulse, Opium, Hypnotic, Eden, Legend, Surreal
T-B: Pulse, Opium, Hypnotic, Eden
T-B: Eden, Legend, Surreal
Of these I think Surreal is the nicest. It's the most unique a brown with coral opalescent shimmer. The Hydrating Glosses cost $26 USD.

What do you think? Are you interested in Hourglass lip glosses? If I were to spend my money the only ones I would consider would be Surreal, Siren, Fortune and Nectar; the rest I'd pass on.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tarte for True Blood Collection (links to swatches)

From Tarte's Facebook photos
It's true I am an official Vampire junkie. I love True Blood and the Sookie Stackhouse/ Southern Vampire Mystery book series it was based off of. I adore vampire romances, vampire historical novels and vampire myths. And my love for make-up can meet my love for vampires I am a truly happy person. If you didn't see my previous post, Tarte has collaborated with the True Blood make-up artist to create this limited edition collection and I want it. Like now.

But since I have to wait as I just made a huge Venomous Cosmetics order (not to mention the stupid Canadian postal service is still down) I googled and found for you another picture and links to blogs with swatches and pictures, even a video. 
In addition to these two blogs I found some more information about availability on the Tarte Facebook page. This coming week Tarte will be posting swatches and looks with the items on their blog

The collection will become available on and June 29th. It will be released in stores in Ulta and Sephora around mid-July. 

Hope this was exciting for at least some of you!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Annabelle Jungle Belle for Spring 2011

Though I’m late to the ball game on this one, Annabelle released their Spring collection about a month ago, and if you’re into orange and pink this is likely to interest you. Included in the collection are three eyeshadows all of which are trios. They all have overspray but the colours underneath I think are quite lovely as well.
Also included is a pencil liner, two liquid glitter liners, a leopard bronzer and two shades of lip gloss pencil.
The Leopard Bronzer is named after the title of the collection, Jungle Belle. 
Personally although I like the Leopard Bronzer it’s too similar to the Too Faced version to be unique or interest me. Plus we’ve all seen bright electric blue liners before too. 
The three eyeshadows as you can see are named Savanna Sun (a warm brown, a coral pink and a medium orange), Tropic Thunder (a medium bright blue, a dark blue and a light celery green), and Exotic escape (a light lavender, a baby pink and a medium grass green). Though not shown there are two glitter liners Amazonian a dark yellow-based green and Wild Blue a dark blue.
Lastly is the two gloss pencils- Florish and Fauvish, A bright medium orange and a pale yellow-based pink. These are $7.99 each.

So what do you think, do you like the looks of Jungle Belle or are you going to pass?

Too Faced Fall 2011

Too Faced has got a bunch of awesome releases for Fall 2011 and their Midnight in the Garden of Glamour collection. They've released another item too though which I'm just going to include as part of the collection. The new products are making me want to make a Too Faced purchase and the fact ebates is having double cash back at Sephora right now (8%) isn't helping! Anyways onto the products!

Eye Shadow by Too Faced at ShopStyle

First up is the palette I'm most excited for, the Matte Eyeshadow Collection. I adore Too Faced's matte eyeshadows they are so pigmented and soft and I own about four of them. This palette is 9 matte shadows in lovely soft colours. There are three large and six smaller shades.

  • Tufted Suede: a soft yellow based tan
  • Velveteen Bunny: an off-white ivory
  • Fresh Linen: a pale pink
  • Chinchilla: a light to medium warm brown
  • Coffee Bean: a dark neutral brown
  • Pebbles: a medium cool grey
  • London Fog: a navy
  • Vintage Violet: a greyed violet mauve
  • Midnight: a dark charcoal grey
All of the shades look really lovely, though some of the names seem a little off to me. Personally Pebbles and Chinchilla should switch names as should Midnight and London Fog; and Fresh Linen and Velveteen Bunny. Anyways, Pebbles really appeals to me as I've been on the look out for a matte light cool grey for a long time and have yet to find one that I like so I'm hopeful for this one. 
The only thing I don't like about this palette is that Velveteen Bunny and Coffee Bean are much like my Heaven and Teddy Bear matte eyeshadow duo from Too Faced that I already own, but under different names.
The palette cost $36 USD, or $45 CND.

Eye Shadow by Too Faced at ShopStyle

Next up is a twist on the old favourite Lemon Drop Color Correcting Shadow Insurance, a yellow tinged eyeshadow primer. The slight yellow tinge is supposed to reduce the look of red discolouration on the eye lids that many of us have. I love the original clear version of Too Faced Shadow Insurance so this yellowed version intrigues me greatly. You can see my original TFSI review here.
Lemon Drop TFSI cost $18 USD or $24 CND, the same size and price as the original.

Mascara by Too Faced at ShopStyle

Next is a new mascara called Size Queen. Costing $21 USD/$28 CND for 0.5 oz the only shade available is Pitch Black. Infused with keratin, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, panthenol and red algae this mascara is supposed to give you length, volume and flexibility. 

Eye Shadow by Too Faced at ShopStyle

Strangely, Too Faced has come out with a second Smokey Eye Shadow palette- only differing in name from the first by the fact the second has Collection, and an 'e' in Smokey; as well as a couple different shades. The same price and sizes as the matte shadow collection the smoky palette has 9 shadow colours as well.
  • Firefly: A Silvery Taupe
  • White Lie: Sugar White
  • In A Flash: Silver shimmer
  • Cloves: Bronzy Brown
  • Nice Ash: Light Charcoal
  • Smoking Jacket: Blackened Plum
  • Up In Smoke: Blackened Brown
  • Smokin Hot: Matte Black
  • Smolder: Matte Navy
Personally most of these colours I either have already or just don't appeal. I felt this way with the first smoky palette too with in comparison had an ivory cream, a peachy taupe shimmer, a dark bronze, a peach-champagne shimmer, a blackened emerald green shimmer, a dark violet blue shimmer, a black, a silver shimmer, and a shimmery dark grey. I doubt you'd need both.

Makeup by Too Faced at ShopStyle

Too Faced has released a new line of single shadows as well named the Exotic Color Intense Shadow Singles. According to Sephora these are all satin finishes and are supposed to have "maximum color payoff". There are 12 shades in total.
  • Cop A Teal- Peacock Teal
  • Copper Penny- Bright Copper
  • Enchanted Garden- Expresso Brown
  • Firefly- Antique Gold Shimmer
  • Frilly Lily- White Shimmer
  • Magic Mushroom- Neutral Pink Shimmer
  • Midnight Mist- Sapphire Blue
  • Nice Stems!- Golden Green
  • Night Nymph- Black Silver Shimmer
  • Petals to the Metal- Metallic Brown-Blue
  • Poison Orchid- Darkened Amythest
  • Violet Femme- Lavender
I'm wondering how close Petals to the Metal is to their already existent shade Label Whore- or any of the other dupes out there, Mac Club, Urban Decay Lounge, etc. I would like to see some of these shades though, and I like the flower themed packaging and names. These cost $18 USD/$24 CND and have 0.06 oz of product. When comparing to their other singles though they cost $16 USD and had 0.08 oz of product which is disappointing. 

Brushes & Applicators Sets by Too Faced at ShopStyle

It's nice to see a smaller brush set available from Too Faced with this collection's launch. The Shadow Brushes Essential 3 piece set is just that, three eyeshadow brushes. Each brush is made from the synthetic fibre Too Faced likes to call Teddy Bear Hair. They all are supposed to be duo purpose as well with a liner/smudger (smallest) brush, a lid/smoker (medium height) brush and a crease/blender brush (tallest). They do all look nice and from previous experience I can say that Too Faced does have lovely soft, non-shedding  brushes. This set costs $39 USD.

Eyeliner by Too Faced at ShopStyle

Last but not least is the Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner. This is supposed to be a creamy long-wearing liner that sets for eight hour wear. It also comes with a slanted smudger on the end.
The pencils come in 0.04 oz and cost $18 USD/$24 CND. There are six colours.
  • Perfect Black
  • Perfect Black Orchid (Blackened Purple)
  • Perfect Brown
  • Perfect Peacock (Teal)
  • Perfect Purple (Medium-Dark Purple)
  • Perfect Storm (Charcoal Grey)
That's all for now! What do you like from Too Faced's new Fall Collection? (Yes, amazingly it's available now at Sephora and on the Too Faced website- just click any of the pictures).