Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My Coastal Scents Hot Pots Haul With Swatches

                      Hi ladies and gents! Many of you, if not most, know about the company Coastal Scents. They've been around a while and were among the first companies to popularize pre-made eye shadow palettes like the 88 color palette. They also used to market supplies to make your own cosmetics as well as brushes, soap making, bath bombs, etc. Now they offer a variety of finished products that are quite affordable, including loose pigment products, pressed products, bath products, mascara, pencils, etc. 

                     I have had a wishlist of their pressed eye shadow pans called Hot Pots accumulating for quite some time. A good majority of the neutral colors on that list were sold out, so I decided to wait to purchase. There are currently 375 shades available, although that could change if they decide to discontinue or add more shades. At any rate that is more than PLENTY to choose from. The pans are magnetic and will work with any freestyle palette or in one of the few that they have avialable on the site. The best part is they are only $1.95 per color! A few times per year, they also have them on sale at a steal for $0.99! It's not always predictable when those sales occur, so it's best to sign up for their email list and follow them on social media for sale alerts. Beware, a ton of people wait for those sales to load up, so many coveted shades sell out very, very quickly!

                       I ordered 80 shades in all. I scoured the comments on their Instagram account and it didn't take long to find a 25% discount code that worked site-wide. Always look for a code and most of the time you will find something. My total after the discount was a mere $117. Any order at $50+ qualifies for free 2 day priority shipping in the U.S. We got a snow storm here in Kentucky, so my package was delayed by one day and I got it on Wednesday. Still very fast considering I ordered Friday night. The shadows have matte, satin, and shimmer finishes. As with many brands, the matte finishes are a little patchy and chalky. They are still very buildable and blend out well enough. Most of the satin and shimmer finishes have great color payoff and layer very well. 

                     Get ready for quite a few photos. I took these in natural light with no flash on my iPhone. I'll try my best to briefly describe each shade. Click on the photos for a larger view! Alright, let's get to it! Below is the first group. The shades left to right starting at the top are: Cloud White, White Silver, Vanilla Sky, Chamois Nude, Flesh Tone, Nude, and Gypsy Stone.

                             White Cloud is just your standard matte, creamy white. Nothing mind blowing, but a nice shade to have. White Silver is a shimmering white with a slight silver sheen. Vanilla Sky is a light, fleshy satin finish that makes a nice eye highlight. Chamois Nude is a fleshy matte nude and reminds me of MAC's Blanc Type but a smidge darker. Flesh Tone is a warm, shimmering nude that leans slightly peach. Nude is a satin finish and more neutral than the previous shade. Gypsy Stone is a satin, light-medium grey toned brown.

                             Next is Tuscan Terra Cotta, Oatmeal Tan, Cocoa Diamond, Camel Taupe, Concrete Jungle, Frosty Taupe, and Bermuda Sand.
                              Tuscan Terra Cotta is a satin, light warm shade. The name really fits! Oatmeal Tan is a slightly deeper and matte version of the previous shade. it makes a fantastic transition color. Cocoa Diamond is a light, satin, warm brown. It has the orange tone with a brown sheen. Camel Taupe is somewhere between a satin and matte finish. It's similar to the previous shade, but more orange and less brown. Concrete Jungle is another satin and is definitely more brown than Cocoa Diamond. Frosty Taupe is also a light-medium satin. It's a taupe that has that slight orange tone. Bermuda Sand is a light, matte sandy color. It's neutral with a barely there yellow tone. Another great blending shade!

                              The shades below are: Light Taupe, Oktoberfest, Harvest Brown, Barista, Coconut Husk, Kokomo Cafe, and Timeless Taupe.

                             These shades are all matte. Lots of variety for blending! Light Taupe is slightly warmer and deeper than Bermuda Sand. Oktoberfest is Oatmeal Tan's darker sister. Awesome for adding deep warmth to the crease area. Harvest Brown is similar, but has less warmth. Barista is similar to Harvest Brown, but even less warm. Coconut Husk is a pinch lighter and more neutral than Barista. Timeless Taupe is a neutral taupe that has the same medium depth as the rest of the group. These may not look all that special, but when blending other colors and getting that gradient effect, these are a must in my opinion!

                      Next we have Boca Mocha, Deep Roast, Brownstone, Ash Grey, Steel Grey, Gunpowder, and Incognito.

                            Boca Mocha is a medium/deep, warm brown satin that has a nice sheen without being a shimmer. Deep Roast is a deep, matte warm brown shade. Brownstone is a cooler, deep matte brown. Ash Grey is also a matte finish that is a medium/deep standard grey. Steel Grey is smoother like a satin, but has the sheen of a shimmer. Almost metallic, dark silvery grey tone. Gunpowder is like a deep charcoal brown satin. It looks warm and cool at the same time. My brain can't decide, but it's a beautiful color! Incognito is a satin, but sooty black. It has a few little sparkles floating around, but it doesn't transfer to the skin. This one is an impressive black guys and gals!

                                 Next is Aluminum Taupe, Light Plum, Foxy Pink, Thulian Pink, Magenta Pink, Cinnabar Rose, and Fine Wine.

                               The lighting made these slightly deeper than they are in person. Aluminum Taupe is a satin-shimmer (to me anyway), and is a light, taupey champagne color. Light Plum is a light, shimmery pinky plum that needs a little building to be opaque. I bet it would do well applied wet. Foxy Pink is a medium, satin, rosey pink that has a nice sheen. Very pretty! Thulian Pink is a shimmer and more intense than the Foxy Pink. It's probably my favorite pink! Magenta Pink and Cinnabar Rose are both matte and beautiful, but if it were up to me, I would swap their color names with one another. Fine Wine is matte and a more neutral mauvey version of the Magenta shade. 

                               The next shades are Lavender Lace, Amethyst, Elven Midnight, Regalia Purple, Edgy Eggplant, Raisin Berry, and Violetta.

                                  The light washed out some of the purple, but I don't alter the color in swatches with editing. Lavender Lace is a soft, satin lavender. Perfectly named. Amethyst....look at it! It is slightly less pink than the photo, but this is a gorgeous shimmery gem. Just like it's name. I can't even give it justice! Elven Midnight. This is a medium satin with a nice almost metallic sheen. It's a taupey shade of violet and grey. Regalia Purple is satin finish that looks almost like a deep violet-periwinkle that has that touch of soft blue. Edgy Eggplant is a matte royal violet-indigo shade to the best of my describing abilities. Raisin Berry is on of those that sells out quickly. It's a satin finish that is like a copper, cranberry, berry shade all rolled into one. Will make all eye colors pop! Violetta is a medium/deep matte, warm violet shade and would be great for blending and layering.

                          Next we have Amber Bronze, Burnt Umber, Dark Chocolate, Cherry Chocolate, Chocolate Berry, Platinum Blue, and Niagara.

                                Amber Bronze is a beautiful coppery bronze with a satin finish. Again, named just right! Burnt Umber is another deep, matte, warm brown, but less orange than some previous shades. Dark Chocolate is a satin that is a deep chocolate color that almost has a golden something something going on in the background. The next two: Cherry Chocolate and Chocolate Berry are very similar. Both are deep, satin shades of chocolate. The Chocolate Berry shade has a slightly more pinky-red sheen to it than the Cherry Chocolate. You wouldn't NEED both, but hey, subtle differences. Paltinum Blue is a shiny satin finish that is platinum in color, but has an icy blue reflect. Hard to describe! Niagara....can we just take a moment? This photo does zero justice to this color. It is a satin finish that is a minty blue-green with a golden sheen. If I didn't know any better, this was harvested from the scales of a bombshell mermaid! My favorite out of the entire collection I own!

                           Moving onto Vibrant Blue Green, Blue Hawaiian, Brandeis Blue, Rainstorm, Midnight Blue, Deep Eggplant,and Dark Golden Olive.

                               Vibrant Blue Green is a darker, matte minty shade. It's not teal and it's not a kelly green, but it is a pretty one! Blue Hawaiian is a shimmery satin that looks like the Caribbean ready to take you on vacation. Fun pop of color! Brandeis Blue is a satin finish and one that I had to build up a little bit. It is also that beautiful ocean blue, but slightly darker than Hawaiian Blue. Rainstorm is a deep satin shade of grey/blue. Like a storm cloud. Will make the baby blues pop! Midnight Blue is a very deep matte shade of navy that leans indigo. It's absolutely gorgeous! Deep Eggplant is a bluer and darker version of Midnight blue. A matte finish with silver sparkles in it that do transfer when swatching, unlike the black shade earlier. Dark Golden Olive is a satin finish and is the perfect deep shade of golden olive...just like the name says! 

                             Below is Amazonian Ice, Elven Green, Jewel Teal, Grape Vine, Shamrock Green, Fresh Chive, and Pinehurst.

                               Amazonian Ice is a shimmering lime green. Would be a fun kick of color! Elven Green is a satin finish that I had to build up to opacity. It is more of an apple green and could be used with bright greens or gold to bring out either quality in this color. Jewel Teal....*angels singing*. This one is a satin finish that is just as the name states....a jewel toned teal. Very hot for the warm months! Grape Vine is a satin finish with an almost metallic sheen. It's a deeper green with a reflection of gold. One of those that would make hazel eyes look more green! Shamrock Green is a matte and is similar to the Vibrant Blue Green from earlier, but it is definitely more green and less blue. Fresh Chive is a matte and is the ultimate, punch your face off, green! Haha! Pinehurst is also a matte and is a very deep green, like pine needles. 

                               Next we have Citron, Solar Flare, Sunflower Petal, Gypsy Green, St. Topaz, Sunset Gold, and Gold Strike.

                               Citron is a light shimmering yellow with a slight gold sheen. This would add a beautiful highlight to the inner corner. Solar Flare has that same reflect of gold, but more intense in the shine and the yellow. It's bright and beautiful! Sunflower Petal is a deeper, matte, mustard yellow. It would make a nice combo with some of the shimmer colors to balance out a look or to build up and add a pop of color. Gypsy Gold is a satin finish, run of the mill gold, but it almost has a slight pinky champagne color when the light hits it. St. Topaz, Sunset Gold, and Gold Strike are the same shimmering finish with subtle differences. They are all coppery golds, but different levels of the copper coming through. 

                           Lastly we have Persian Peach, Orange Crush, Tea Rose Pink, Peach Puff, Peachy Keen, Peach Brew, Pink Frost, Bright Copper, Watermelon, and Vibrant Red.

                              Persian Peach is a matte true peach. This will be a fantastic blending color and maybe even a browbone highlight for warm tan skintones. Orange Crush is also a matte finish and is a medium toned bright orange, just like the soda! Would be a fantastic bright transition shade applied with a light hand or a pop of color applied more opaque. Tea Rose Pink is a satin finish. Very soft pink, just like the palest pink rose in a garden. Peach Puff is a matte, soft, pinky peach. This would be beautiful to transition deeper pinks or on the lid with a black winged liner. Peachy Keen is a satin that reminds me of orange sherbet for some reason, with a kiss of strawberry. It's so pretty! Peach Brew comes off as a matte finish with some sparkle in it. It's deeper in the swatch than it is in person. An orangey peach that I will probably also double as a blush! Pink Frost is a shimmering baby pink that has a kiss of that peach tone, but it's very subtle. Bright Copper is just that!  A satin finish bright copper, just like a brand new penny. Watermelon is a satin finish, soft red that has a pink sheen to it. Kind of like watermelon candy does. Lastly is Vibrant Red. This is a matte finish and as most matte reds, has to be built up. It does stain a bit, which is also typical. Nonetheless, it is always good to have a red, just in case you ever find yourself needing one for a very specific look!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween: Lady Frankenstein

Hi readers!!! I re created this look I did for Halloween last year. I didn't buy a costume and wanted to have some fun taking the kids out for trick or treating. This is what I whipped up last minute with nothing more than I had in my makeup stash. It requires nothing fancy. You could certainly bump it up with some professional airbrush or special effects makeup. You could also add the color to the body and really dress it up to go all out! Last year I put the front of my hair up into a victory roll, added a bandana, and it instantly gave it an old school pinup vibe. I could totally see someone with long deep waves and a form fitting dress make this into a super sexy version! You can check out the full tutorial here:

                                      Thanks for watching! Remember, you are beautiful, always!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MAC Diva Lipstick Review

                           This little beauty is a new addition to my little makeup family. The other day, I realized I had 6 empties and decided to back to MAC those puppies! If you don't know what back to MAC is, here ya go. If you have 6 full size empty MAC containers, you can return them for a FREE lipstick. Yes, I said in zero dollars! Of course this does not apply to Viva Glam products since that money goes to charity. I originally went in for the shade Sin, but they were all sold out, so I picked up Diva. It's in the same deep, vampy shade family.

                                Diva is a matte finish. Deep, rich burgundy berry shade. 

                      This one is a great color for fall, but of course anyone who knows me....I'll rock it all year long. That's just me! Many do not like how drying matte lipsticks feel on the lips, but I don't mind it. They are the most long wearing of the bunch. Make sure to exfoliate and moisturize the lips well before applying and your should be good to go. This is also a permanent shade. You can purchase for $16 at MAC online, in-store, or at the counter in Macy's. Remember, you are beautiful, always! 

MAC Rebel Lipstick Review

                          Ok, can we just talk about this lipstick? Actually I think I need a moment of silence for this baby! It's by far my favorite lipstick. It is the fabulous Rebel

                              Down to business ladies and gents! This is an all year shade for me. For those who stick to the changes of season, this is THE perfect fall shade. It's a satin finish...again...mahhh fav! Creamy, not too dry. It's a cool, deep berry shade, but vibrant at the same time. Makes you teeth look whiter and brighter. It's absolutely gorgeous and every time I wear it, I get complimented and asked what I am wearing. 

                               It is a permanent shade and is $16 at MAC online, in-store, and at the counter in Macy's. It's so easy to see why this is a cult favorite! You need it in your life, stop right now, get your butt to the store and throw your money at this one! It's good stuff! Remember, you are beautiful, always!

MAC Viva Glam Nicki Review

                           First of all, I am wayyyyy late getting around to this one, but I have had it in my collection for a while now. Why not! I am sure there are some floating around on ebay or amazon with a nauseating price tag! This is the first Viva Glam color collaboration MAC had with Nicki Minaj

                               For those who may not be aware of the Viva Glam line, I'll explain. The original Viva Glam shades are permanent and occasionally, new shades are released. Usually in collaboration with a celebrity. When you purchase a Viva Glam shade, the money goes to a research fund for AIDS. Very cool! So you get to feed your lipstick addiction and help a good cause. This particular shade was the first of two collaborations MAC did with rapper Nicki Minaj. It is bright pink shade that has a coral tone. It's also a satin finish, which I mentioned in my previous blog, is my favorite. Not too slippery, not too dry. Just like in the story of Goldilocks, juuuuuust right! I didn't have a shade like this and I was out shopping, spotted it and decided to try it out. I don't wear the hell out of it because it is limited edition, so obviously I can't repurchase. And ol' girl here is not gonna pay ebay prices! 

                                  I can totally see mixing this in with other shades to get a custom look. I haven't tried that yet, but now that I think of it, it's on my list! Do any of you own this one? Leave me your feedback below. Remember, you are beautiful, always!

MAC Snob Lipstick Review

                           Hello! This is my swatch and review for MAC lipstick in the color Snob

                           This lipstick is a satin finish, which is my favorite by the way! I grabbed this one a few years back when the first Viva Glam Gaga shade launched. People were going nuts over it and I wanted it because I didn't have anything like it. Of course when I arrived at my local counter......all sold out! Immediately, the woman working that day showed me a couple of shades that were similar and Snob was the closest one they had in stock. It's a cool toned baby pink. When I think of this color, I think of the color of a blanket that a newborn baby girl would be wrapped up in. It's not a shade that is going to be everyone's cup of tea. If you like more pale shades and you are a sucker for MAC satin lipsticks, this is going to be something right up your alley.

                                 It feels very nice on the lips. Not super slippery like a cremesheen, but not drying like a matte. It's the perfect in between. I don't find I have to reapply often. It sticks around a good amount of time. This is a permanent shade and can be purchased for $16 at the MAC online store, counter at Macy's, and MAC stores. Remember, you are beautiful, always :)

MAC Creme D' Nude Review

                            Hi! I am on a swatching kick today and decided to blog all of my MAC lipsticks in one day. No big deal, I only have 5. This one is the first I ever purchased. I've had it a few years now and picked it up when the very pale, nude lip was very popular. 

                                   Creme D' Nude. This one is a popular shade. When I uploaded a Youtube review on this a few years back, all these females were so vicious in pointing out that I pronounced the name incorrectly! Not Cream, but Cremmmme. Yes, I knew this, but in my defense, talking to a camera is weird and nerve wracking and I flubbed. So sue me! Hahaha. Moving on....this is a Cremesheen finish meaning it is almost glossy in texture. It has a ton of slip to it and applies a little more sheer than some other finishes. As you can see in this photo, a little of my lip is showing through and I applied it pretty heavily

                                    My lips are very naturally textured, so this kind of finish tends to settle in all the little cracks and crevices. My natural, naked lip color is actually darker than this shade. It can look a bit strange and is hard to pull off without looking sickly. What I LOVE it for is mixing with other shades to lighten them up. It's great for that. Don't be afraid to layer your lipstick to create a customized look! This little booger is almost used up. I will say that this finish does tend to be messy in the tube. It's so glossy that it almost melts and when applying, it will push up against the side of the tube. It has it's purpose, but I don't think it's a stand out shade, for me anyway. It's a permanent shade and retails for $16 on the Mac Cosmetics website, the counter at Macy's, and in Mac Stores. Thanks for reading and remember, you are beautiful, always!