Thursday, 18 September 2014

Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette - MUST OWN

Hey ladies and gents!!

What do I love about this time of year??
Holiday collections!! And everybody is out the blocks this year with some hot products designed to pull our pockets and make us salivate. Wouldn't trade that feeling for the world, you know?

At the top of my Christmas Wish list?

The Urban Decay Vice 3 Palette *ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh*


I watched Kandee Johnson's  video (click above to watch) and she brought it home for me. Check her video out, she's really entertaining.

I LOVE keeping palettes in my makeup artist kit and they come in handy for my personal use as well. I am not a de-potter which is bad. I am mostly lazy (no shame) and actually like showing my clients and students the brands I prefer.  When I can I make a double purchase and can I tell you I am serious about my eyeshadows. I work hard at the blending and I detest excessive fall out. So I recently made the transition for the second time in my career to owning not just drugstore and mid range brands but some high end as well.

So Urban Decay is a good choice for me because I already own one of their best selling palettes and setting sprays and I love them. Wayne Goss discusses the Naked Palette in the video below. Let me know if you want a review from Moden so that you will know how it works here (the setting sprays work well in Barbados given our conditions).

My Holy Grail soft setting spray!! 


Yassssss URBAN DECAY  yassssss!! I am in love with the Vice Palette 3 and it is all because of the packaging.

Isn't it loverly?!!
If you are unfamiliar with the brand, here is their write up:
Urban Decay is beauty with an edge. Feminine, dangerous and fun, it appeals to women who relish their individuality and dare to express it. From our insane range of velvety Eyeshadows—including the bestselling (and often-copied) Naked Palettes—to our award-winning eye liners, budge-proof mascaras and legendary Makeup Setting Sprays, we've been shaking up the industry for over 15 years. (Excerpt taken from www.urbandecay.com)

I love the mirrored case, it's so chic and trendy and I absolutely love Urban Decay brushes that accompany their palettes. Not usually my first choice for applying the shadows or blending but I adore them for concealer placement. Go figure :)

I can say that in my experience, the matte textures can be chalky depending on the shade. They usually require a bit of work OR you have to wet the brush and apply. But you see this palette? From the swatches and reviews I've seen and watched on the 'Tube, I ain't got no worries. I will HAPPILY spend the US$60.00 plus shipping and handling to own this.

I am getting 20 eyeshadows for maybe $150.00 - $200.00BDS (on a bad day if I import). High quality, pigmented and with a variety of colours and textures at approx $10BDS each; won't sleep on this one. Unbeatable!

While I was overseas I purchased The Balm 'Nude Tude (comment below for a review on this product) and I recharged on my Lorac and Naked 1 (I think I might get Naked 3). But I was so bummed that I didn't buy the Urban Decay Electric Palette. Even though it was US $49 the colours are so vibrant and the textures are creamy and buttery even the neon shades.

I deeply regret not buying this :( womp womp
I digress. The Urban Decay Vice 3 palette is probably going to be in my hands by December.  This will definitely be a treat for me. I do not like to put things in my kit unless I've tried and genuinely like them. That's my method, it's worked so far, I'm sticking to it.

Check out Xsparkage's blog on the palette for close ups of the shades, definitions and her review!

Tell me what your next eyeshadow purchase will be?

xoxo
Heidi.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Overview: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks

I mentioned these so many times on Facebook and Instagram that you had to know an overview was coming. The only thing holding up the show was the price - $78BDS LP - and in these harsh economic times yuh girl had to be realistic and pace herself. Still, the #beautyblogger and shopaholic in me wanted to give you my thoughts. I have four of the 26 shades.

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As seen in Cave Shepherd
posted on our Facebook page May 16, 2014

The press spiel: "Color with the power to transform your lips, your look, your attitude.

Intensifies: Saturates lips with high-intensity color—in one stroke. Lip-sculpting statement shades for all skintones.

Sculpts: Multi-faceted pigments create definition. Lips look beautifully shaped, sculpted, curvaceous.

Hydrates: Time-released Moisture Complex helps capture and seal-in hydration. Lips feel continuously moisturized throughout the day.

Super creamy, glides on effortlessly, covers evenly. Sensually soft and smooth, luxuriously comfortable. 6-hour wear.

The lipstick bullet is shaped to sculpt the curves of your lips. The case feels like luxury in your hands. And with one click, case closed
.

The only thing I don't completely agree with is the six hour wear claim. The darker shades do slightly stain the lips which adds to the longevity but these creamy beauties certainly won't last that long through eating, drinking and talking.



The packing is standard Estee Lauder navy and gold. The case feels luxurious though not as weighted as the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine. It's magnetic and the cap secures itself to the base with a satisfying "click".



L - R: 120 'Desirable', 230 'Infamous', 340 'Envious' and 440 'Irresistible'

A lot of popular YouTube beauty vloggers that I watch have said that these creamy formulas are comparable to the Tom Ford lipsticks. That's especially great to hear since they cost $20USD less. I have gifted both Heidi and my mainest Janelle one of these lipsticks, and they LOVE them. I defer to those two lipstick fiends so if they love it you know it good to go. From my testing, if you enjoy the: M.A.C Cremesheen, NYX Black Label or Too Faced La Creme lines you're gonna die over these. Not literally but you know what I mean. I think they're a joy to reapply because they don't cause any tugging, drying, flaking or peeling on/of the lips. This is a handbag lippie!

'Infamous' after about an hour
Makeup by Heidi 

Wearing 'Infamous' for 3+ hours after eating and drinking with no touch-ups
Makeup on both faces by Heidi
Both outfits made by The Tri. Collection

For full swatches of the four shades on my lips check out this keek.

So at the heavy $78BDS is this a must try? If you're feeling the inkling to spoil yourself I'd say sure :) I honestly recommend getting the one colour you know you'd get the most use out of.

There is also a travel set available from Cave Shepherd


Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Quickie Raves

This blogging thing takes a bit more work that some of you may realise. And then us over thinkers might just complicate the matter unnecessarily which leads to us not always getting the information to you in a timely manner. Now some things like skincare and foundation certainly take a bit more time to familiarize yourself with in order to give an honest opinion. Especially if you're like me and seek to give the most first hand information possible. But then they're other products that I'm sure you wouldn't mind if it's a picture I took or one I got offa Google. You just want the information. So that's what this series aims to provide. Imma just tell you about the good stuff.

Now that I've rambled on; let me show you a few things you have to try ASAP... if you haven't already.

Milani Anti-Feathering LipLiner

You can find this for under $20BDS (0.04 oz) at No. 1 Beauty Supply. Higher end brands such as Bite Beauty, Make Up For Ever and Urban Decay have a very similar product to this that would cost you way more. In my experience, this formula makes any lipstick you put on top of it feel as if you used a M.A.C Pro Longwear lip liner.



Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Synthetic Wax, Polybutene, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cetearyl Behenate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Mica, Ceramide 3, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Isoceteth-10 Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Water (Aqua).

Ingredients in the Make Up For Ever Lip Line Perfector (0.04 oz $19USD): Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Synthetic Wax, Polybutene, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cetearyl Behenate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-t-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Mica, Ceramide 3, Sodium Hyaluronate, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Isoceteth-10, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Aqua (Water), Hexylene Glycol.

Nuff said.

Aveeno Positively Smooth Shave Gel

I get this from Diamond Girl and I've been using it for years. I know people shave their legs with all sorts of things; this is just my favourite.

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Real Techniques Expert Face Brush



Samantha Chapman was really on to something when she created this line. This brush in particular is one of the stars. I love it for foundation application - that downward strokes then buffing motion - and if you have a large face you can even use it to contour your cheeks with cream products. What's even better; it's not a pain in the you know where to completely clean since the bristles aren't sooooo tightly packed *side eye Sigma Sigmax*.

NYC In A New York Color Minute 'Grand Central Station'

What ever top coat you think you love, put it in the garbage. Aiite, I'm kidding but *Katt Williams voice* this **** right here!!! I got this in my New York haul on the recommendation from Crystalis007 from YouTube. She said it was her Holy Grail. Fast forward a couple months to when I finally subscribed to G from Nouveau Cheap's blog and she said it was her Holy Grail drugstore top coat. I finally tried it a couple weeks ago and was instantly converted. Dries fast. High shine finish. Cost me bout $2+USD in Walmart. Collins, Imma need you to get your life. In the interim, anyone with access to this, holla! No, seriously, I need five back ups.



Since we're on the topic of nails, lemme close off this post with this find:

Butter London Nail Foundation



"Make up for your nails. This silk-finish, stain resistant base coat provides the perfect foundation for butter LONDON Nail Lacquer. Our base coat hides and smooths tiny ridges and imperfections in the nail. It is like cover-up, or foundation make-up for the nail.

It leaves a silky, matte finish when used alone. This makes it an excellent product for MEN who want an invisible, but immaculate manicure. When used as base coat, it provides a beautiful, smooth surface on which to paint. This will give a wonderful result to the look of your nail lacquer
".


I got this in kit from that salon upstairs Lanterns, Urban Corner. Mind you, I don't think it last very long when worn on its own but it does provide an excellent base. I like to think of it as the grown up version to that Revlon 'Post Trauma Nail Treatment'. The kit was over $140BDS but when you consider that one Butter London polish is $39.45BDS (last I checked)...


Do you like this quickie format or do you prefer the singular reviews? Help a Sistuh out!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Let's Talk Polish

Since the May edition of this series I gotta tell yuh, I've been lazy. Sometimes yuh don't feel like painting yuh nails or shaving yuh legs...knawmean?

Thing is, the nail polish hauling didn't stop so then I found myself with an insane amount of polishes to go through before preppin' for the blog sale. Sigh

Lewwe go...

I tried another of those Essie appliques and I must say, they're really handy for events. This is the set I wore to Heidi's wedding.


They last a couple days and peel off pretty easily - don't mind me with that bad habit though
Then when I was travelling to Antigua, Lisa convinced me that a gel polish would be best. So I gave it a go.


That teal really did look great and the manicure lasted a full week. Gel polishes aren't something I would keep up with though; I have too many polishes to try.

Back in May when I saw the Rimmel London display in iMart I was very good and just picked up one colour. Honestly, the other colours weren't very unique. For the price, they're worth checking out.

Rimmel London Salon Pro 'Reggae Splash' (two coats)

Full into to blog sale prep and the task is to decipher the dupes in my collection. Can you spot any?

M.A.C 'Formidable!' (three to four coats)

O.P.I 'Peace & Love & OPI' (two coats)

Nails Inc. London 'Royal Botanical Gardens' (three thin coats are your best bet here)

Rimmel London 60 Seconds 'Mintilious' (you need patience and a steady hand with this one. The formula is opaque but potentially streaky)

O.P.I 'AmazON...AmazOFF' (two coats)

Nail Rock 'Neptune Green' (three coats for full opacity or just two if you want it to look like a jelly)

Wet n Wild 'Through the Grapevine' (two coats or three thin ones)

RGB Cosmetics 'Violet' (two coats)

Ruby Kisses 'Blues Clue' (this shade is just GORGEOUS; you need three coats though)

Rimmel London 60 Seconds 'Blue My Mind' (very opaque but you need two coats to even it out unless you're a Pro)

Revlon Brilliant Strength 'Mesmerize' (two coats; but you could get away with one)

Phew! After all that intensity - some of those blues stain the nails - I wanted to go back to a softer shade for a bit.

Essie 'Virgin Orchid' 

That takes three coats to really look good but it's so nice and girly that I don't mind.

What colours and formulas are you loving at the moment?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

My Foundations: Lancome Teint Visionnaire

As seen on the Lancome counter in Cave Shepherd, Broad Street


Teint Visionnaire made its way to Barbados in December last year. Strangely, only two shades are available to this day. I got number 11; according to the UK website there are four darker shades in the range. There are 20 shades in total. 11 isn't the perfect shade for me but I made it work.

The press blurb - "Teint Visionnaire Key Features:

LancĂ´me’s new vision of high perfection.

TEINT VISIONNAIRE offers 2 expert steps in 1 foundation to combine perfect coverage and natural finish:

High Coverage Corrector:
The High Coverage Corrector is enriched with Vitamin CG. Its creamy texture immediately reduces the appearance of dark spots, dark circles and imperfections.

Flawless Perfecting Foundation:
The perfecting foundation flawlessly evens out the complexion and visibly improves the appearance of pores and wrinkles every day. The foundation is enriched with LR 2412, the active ingredient integrated in Visionnaire skincare.

An even and flawless looking complexion:
Skin's appearance looks visibly improved.
The skin texture looks refined, dark spots and imperfections appear reduced and pores look minimised.

Benefits: Skin Perfection, Even Skin Tone, Flawless Coverage

How to apply Teint Visionnaire
Step 1: High Coverage Corrector
Using your fingertips, apply the High Coverage Corrector before the foundation on targeted imperfections for optimal coverage of dark spots, dark circles, any redness or blemishes.

Step 2: Flawless Perfecting Foundation
Apply the fluid using a foundation
brush in a circular buffing motion to create a natural and flawless-looking finish to your complexion
".



One pump 

One pump blended out

Precision Spot Concealer

If I'm using a liquid foundation I apply my concealer afterwards, so that's how I used this. At $145 BDS LP for 1 oz, this is the most expensive foundation I've purchased locally. I guess they bumped up the price due to the inclusion of the 0.1 oz concealer and the Visionnaire skincare ingredient. As I said in my last foundation post, you'd have to use a foundation very frequently to see any skin care benefit claims.

Benefits listed on the US site: "Immediately:Perfectly even, flawless complexion with a natural finish.
In 4 weeks*:
Size of dark spots are reduced by 17%
Fine lines are reduced by 12%
Size of pores are reduced by 11%
In 8 weeks*:
Size of dark spots are reduced by 22%
Fine lines are reduced by 20%
Size of pores are reduced by 17%
*Clinical test conducted under the supervision of an expert on 48 women during 4 to 8 weeks
".

N.B. Nothing can actually reduce the size of your pores. They can only reduce the appearance of them. 

Swatch comparison of the foundations reviewed thus far

I love the pump on this foundation. It makes it easy to dispense as much or as little as you want. This formula is very fluid and pigmented; and you absolutely have to shake it well before use. You should do that with all liquid foundations actually. I discovered that using a buffing brush resulted in its strokes being visible on the skin since the foundation takes a while to set. Using my hands made it a little bit better but that might not appeal to everyone since it's so pigmented that that can be messy. I tried this with different primers as well and I can tell you this is not oily girl friendly. If you like a "natural" i.e. dewy finish and won't be in the sun a lot maybe but this certainly isn't for someone that's looking for their makeup to be intact for 8+ hours. You can see evidence of how it wore here and here

The SPF 20 in this formula is a nice addition but if it didn't have it I'd venture to wear this formula at night. Maybe I'll give it another go if Barbados every cools down later in the year but for now I can tell you that I will not be repurchasing.

Fancy packaging

Oh and since it's a foundation review I didn't focus on the concealer but I think it's very handy to have the matching concealer attached to the foundation. This particular one is quite pigmented, thick and sticky. Due to the colour of number 11 I found that it works well as a colour corrector as well as a concealer; but because of its texture it settles quickly into fine lines. I'm going to use it on its own to cover hyperpigmentation and then set my face with a powder foundation.

"ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: OCTINOXATE 7.5%, COSMETIC INGREDIENTS: WATER, DIMETHICONE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, PROPANEDIOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, ALCOHOL DENAT., CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, SODIUM TETRAHYDROJASMONATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, POLYGLYCERYL-4, ISOSTEARATE, PEG/PPG-18/18 DIMETHICONE, SORBITOL, DIMETHICONE/PEG-10/15 CROSSPOLYMER, DIMETHICONE/POLYGLYCERIN-3 CROSSPOLYMER, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, ADENOSINE, MAGNESIUM SULFATE, DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, PHENOXYETHANOL, MAY CONTAIN: TITANIUM DIOXIDE, BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE, IRON OXIDES, FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE".