Who hasn't ever used a cream colored eyeliner? Well now is a good time to start! Especially if you are nervous to use COLORED eyeliner, this shade I have hear by Silk Natural
is a darker color that is an easy transition from a basic black.
Silk Natural's cream eyeliners come in 10 colors
! They are "waterproof, long lasting and 100% natural- no silicones, no petroleum products no preservatives! They're comparable to gel liners, but more natural, and kinder to the skin- the one tiny compromise is that you do have to set them with a little bit of Perfecting Powder- but once you do they'll last as long as you need them to." These bad boys also won't dry out on you like a lot of these types of products!
As you can see by the swatches, this color (Peacock) is a deep shimmery green/blue that would go awesome with a neutral eye or even on your lower lash line for a pop of color and something different. Fun Fun Fun!
The texture of this liner isn't so 'creamy' it was more of a solid cream (if that makes sense). So it doesn't make a huge mess when trying to pick it up which was a plus! I used a small eyeliner brush to pick up some color and had to do a few swipes back and for to get enough, but in the end the product went on smoothly and did last throughout the day.
With the pigmentation of these and the ease of use, I may be purchasing some more colors, like their FUN looking Envy color!
Image from their website
Full Size - $6.50 Sample Size - $ .50
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Eyeshadow in "Neuron"!
Wooo Wee! This shadow has a ton of sparkle and shine to it! This color that was sent to me is in the color Neuron. "Neuron is full of sparks! It's a medium teal shade with a pearl finish, slight golden overlay and tons of blue twinkle."
It comes in the same type of container as the photos below, plastic clear jar with a black screw on lid and a sifter! (thank god!) I usually tend to make a huge mess when using loose powders so when some shadows don't have a sifter I end up wasting a lot of product because I'm clumsy!
When swatching the product I loved how easily it moved around my hand when I was making the swatch circle. That tells me this shadow is going to be great for blending and easy to work with! Also, while I was playing around with it, the way it's formulated, it's easy to build up color as well. So I could wear this as a sheer look or build it up to make a real statement on my eyes!
The photo they have on the site matches KINDA similar to it in person. To my eye it looks a little blue instead of green like shown in the photo on the website. But none the less this color is so pretty over any color base. I would love to use this over a black base for a gorgeous nighttime look! The shimmer and sparkles are like any other shadows I have so I am excited about putting it to good use! Also they have (take a deep breath) 238 COLORS to pick from!
-Dianna1 Jar = $4Check out their shadows HERE
Okay so who loves convenient makeup along with good quality makeup?! I know I sure do. Cosmetique sent over this "Beauty Blockbuster" palette to take a look at and post my honest thoughts about.
At first I was afraid this may be like one of those palettes you get at CVS that you buy because it looks cute, then you get it home and are disappointed in the quality. Well, I was proven wrong. First of, I NEEEEEEED to show you the adorable packaging it came in because my mom thought I was crazy because I was like "AHHHH HOW CUTE!!!!" Let's take a look!
Okay!!! So do I really need to explain!? Am I the only sucker for adorable packaging? To me this says "Hey we really take all aspects into consideration and put thoughts into EVERYTHING!" Little things like this make me know a company is dedicated to quality.
Anyways, this palette includes: 24 eyeshadows, 12 lipglosses, 3 blushes PLUS 2 lip brushes, 2 double-ended eyeshadow applicators and a blush brush. Yes! This is what I mean by convenient! All you need to bring extra is a liner, mascara and foundation! So much easier than carrying around different containers of different shadow colors or lipsticks!
I have used this palette for a few days now and have created completely different looks EVERY day. I was almost excited to see what I could come up with the next day. The shadows are great colors and look even better when using a NYX Jumbo Pencil underneath to help pop the color even more. I love the finishes on all of them!
The lipsticks (last two rows above the 3 bigger pans) are a great range of colors, but I did need to put a gloss over them to help them be a little more moisturizing. But the colors are great and went well with every look I made.
The blushis fun for me because I don't own two many different colors and this helped me experiment with the darker shade, middle shade, and lighter shade. So I believe this palette is good for any skin tone because of the shade ranges it includes.
I didn't use the applicators just because I prefer using my own makeup brushes. But I do believe if you don't have your own brushes, then these are okay to use on the go and if you don't want to carry around long handle brushes.
So this is a $75 value! But on their website they have it for $25! And that's a steal because of the amount of different looks you can make using just this ONE palette! Also makes for great gifts!
Palette = $25
The exclusive offer code is CBBB2011
With the offer code, the palette will be $10.00!!! Over 50% OFF RETAIL!
The RETAIL PRICE: $25.00 and VALUE: $75.00
The code will be good thru 9/15/11.
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"The LASHEM™ brand was developed to help the everyday woman keep her youthful glow; it is a reflection of a healthy and natural lifestyle to accommodate everyone from the working woman to the stay at home mother. Our brand combines natural ingredients for the highest quality made possible. We are dedicated to promoting natural beauty in a world full of unrealistic expectations in our current society. We offer anti-aging products that are natural and made in the United States. The LASHEM™ product line consists of mascara, anti aging creams, and eyelash booster."
With that being said, I have received a few products to try and tell you beauty lovers my honest opinion about. I will be talking about Lashem's "3-in-1 Eye Bright".
3-in-1 Eye Bright Gel!
"Say bye-bye, so long to dark and puffy circles around your eyes!" Sounds too good to be true? One product that gets rid of dark tired looking circles and puffiness? Well I have tried this product for a couple weeks and can give you my opinions now. This is what it claims to do on their website:
-Decrease puffiness and helps reduce melanin production.
Reduce the appearance of dark under eye circles
-Prevent future damage to the area around the eye.
-QuSome patented technology encapsulates active ingredients delivers deep into the epidermis.
-No skin irritation.
-Balance cells: stimulates circulation and increase the amount of oxygen delivered to the cell.
-Improve overall texture of skin by increasing production of collagen and elasticity.
-Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
First of, I love the little packaging it comes in. It's a round silver bottle that has a pump to help control how much product comes out so there is no wasting of product. Just be a little careful because it can come out fast.
The only thing I didn't like about the packaging was that the directions were hard to read on the bottle because of how shiny and reflective the container was. But it definitely is something that looks nice on your makeup counter or bathroom counter.
So, when using this, you apply it after cleansing your face so you have nice fresh clean skin! The you press the pump and one pump is all you need to cover your eye area. Just smooth is over and around your eyes and give it a minute to completely absorb into your skin and dry.
The gel is a golden color and once I put it on my eyes and rubbed it in, it immediately gave a very nice cooling sensation around my eyes and I could instantly feel like my skin tightened up a little around my eyes. Felt like an instant eye lift! :D
I noticed I don't look AS tired as usual when I first get up for work if I stay up late (which I usually do!). It does a good job of reflecting light away from your dark circles and I loooove the instant gratification I get from the immediate cooling feeling and tightening of the skin. I am big on instant gratification! A little impatient I guess you could say, haha!
And at $39.99 compared to those VERY pricey creams that are $70+ and do the same thing, this is the better deal for your money and see better results.
.5 fl. oz -$39.99
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Okay, I picked this eyeshadow quad in "Fairy Tales" at Ocean State Job Lots, and it was really cheap so I said, eh why not, the colors are really pretty and I am usually really pleased with L'oreals line. But man did this one pull a fast one on me!
I was excited to try the colors since I didnt quite have that blueish color or that dark burgundy color. When I went to swatch them the quality felt really nice and silky, but when I looked at my finger and tried to swatch them they came off really powdery and not all that pigmented. :( I was so upset because the colors looked really pretty together and could have used them with a lot of other colors I already have. It was a good choice of complimenting colors just not enough pigmentation and had to apply a lot to get even a decent amount of color.
Even though I was already disappointed just by the swatching them on my hand, I tried to make them work just for fun. after applying a few layers, the color buildup just wasn't strong enough for my liking so I have to say I'm going to have to advise you pass up this one if you come by it. The only color I can really see myself using up is the vanilla/gold color for a highlight which did look pretty. But this also could be used for someone new to shadows and doesn't want anything to pigmented because that can be intimidating and easy to mess up. I do love L'oreals other products so maybe it's just this palette that didn't have much going on. Swatches below!
From the website: "Finely milled with an extra soft base of Corn Silk and Jojoba Oil, NVEY ECO Eye Shadows can be used in combination to enhance and contour the eye or individually for a flush of color. Chamomile and Vitamins A, C, and E make for a smooth and soft formula excellent for dry and sensitive skin. Single shades can be used, or step it up with any combination of your favorite NVEY ECO Eye Shadow shades; can be used wet (with water only)."
I cannot stop collecting different types and colors of eye shadows, I'm beginning to think it may be a problem! Haha, but I feel you can never have to many different shades of neutral colors either for a highlight if it has some shimmer/sheen to it or as a lid color for a neutral smokey eye.
Nvey Eco was sweet enough to send us a tester version of their shadows. The one I was sent is in the number 152. (Pictured below)
Now I get excited about neutrals and some people don't get why, because they seem boring. But to me these are the colors that you know you will get use out of because it can be worn with other shadows and match anything you wear!
When first touching the shadow it's got a very soft formula, and no gritty feeling to it. In the pan it doesn't seem like it has much shine to it, but when I swatched it on my skin in the light it does have reflecting aspects to it and gives off a nice and subtle satin look. This color for me is perfect for the use of a highlight under my brow bone and that's most likely what I will reach for from now on because it's not overpowering but still has decent pigmentation.
Comparing the swatches on the website to the actual product in my hand, I'd say the websites picture to my eye seems a tiny bit darker than the actual color in person, so keep that in mind when selecting one of their 24 colors.
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Although I'm not a huge fan of blue shadow, I have to say... I really do like this shadow. The color I have is #156. In the pan it is a robin egg blue, but on my skin, a bright teal. The finish of this shadow is a silky soft shimmer.
The pigmentation is very nice, and the shadow is packed very tight into the pan. I would compare this quality to MAC, or NARS.
I will definately be trying a few more colors in the future.
We were lucky enough here at Beauty Marks The Spot Reviews to get our hands on this collection before it comes out from Alima Pure Cosmetics. This collection is called "Fall Runway Collection" and its a Limited Edition Collection and are sold only as a set not individual shadows. It will be selling for $30 (a $44 value), and for each set sold $2 will be going to The Global Fund for Women. (How great is that!!) Now when will it be on sale to the public? Make sure to mark this on your calendars because you are
won't want to miss this limited time offer. August 2, 2011 is when it will be available on www.alimapure.com
. This set comes with four shades that compliment each other very nicely. Below are swatches in two different lights so you can see the beautiful satin shimmer to some of the colors.Left to Right: Backstage (Satin Matte), Catwalk (Luminous Shimmery Eyeliner), Press Pass (Luminous Shimmery), Front Row (Luminous Shimmery)
These are very fine texture to them which makes it easy to apply and layer. I found that these colors are buildable too. What that means is you can do one layer and have it be a very sheer wash of color on your lid, or put more layers on top and have it become darker and more concentrated color (which is what I like more). Also I experimented and love the way these colors work when using them with a damp brush.
The first color (Backstage) is a perfect color for a highlight on the brow bone and matches with any makeup look, so this seems to be one of those shadows that can easily be a must have because it's very versatile. The black color is ashimmer eyeliner that you can apply to your upper lash line with a damp eyeliner brush, which is what I did in the photos below, but I also think this color would work great as a color for a smokey eye look. The color Front Row is a beautiful gold color that really comes to life when used wet. It's like jewelry for your eyes! And my favorite is the color Press Pass. I love colors in this shade range, and the silkyness it has to it is lovely for all eye and skin colors.
I just want to mention the packaging, when it came in the mail it was such a cute wrapping that shows they put time and thought into their products. I came in pink tissue paper wrapped tightly and a sticker with their logo on it holding it in place. It may be silly but little things like that show that thought goes into their every move.
I can't wait for the launch of this collection so you guys can get your hands on it! It's a great way to start with this brand too if your new to it because its a pretty neutral easy color selection and then you can branch out into other fun colors. (They have over 250 products and 61 yes SIXTY ONE shades of foundation)
Available August 2, 2011
$30 (set of four shadows)
Please visit their website for more products and information:www.alimapure.com
Let me start off by saying I already have a list of things I want to order from Alima Pure.
The color Backstage (only available in this set) is a PERFECT brow highlight for light to medium skin tones. It is a soft faintly pale pink matte shadow.
Front row is a nude/tan with metallic shimmers.
Press Pass is a plummy brown with shimmers.
The liner from this set is called Catwalk, a black with metallic shimmers.
Although i say shimmer, I don't mean crazy chunky glitter. These shadows/liner have a subtle sexy sparkle.
The texture is silky smooth, and you can tell that these powders are very finely milled.
Quality is amazing, as well as presentation. The little bird logo is so cute and gives this brands packing a cute earthy fun look.
I may even order myself a second of this set just so i can have a backup of Ba
First I want to start off telling you guys that Medusa's Make-up has 48 Pigmented Eye Dusts online!! Talk about a variety and big selection!! Also these pigments aren't JUST for the eyes, you can use them on your lips as a gloss if you use their "Stick it" Primer first and then apply a clear gloss. Neat right?!
We picked out this eyedust from the color swatches on the website. This particular one is called "Counterfeit" I feel like the color in person was a tinyyy bit off from the product picture in on the site but I wasn't dissapointed because the color was still a pretty light green with lots of reflecting parts in it and it is very wearable green. The powder is very fine and light so it's easy to work with and blends very well.
As any eye dust it can be quite messy if your not careful or have a shaky hand so it is advised to take your time and use a primer and/or base to help the pigment stick to your lid easier. It comes in a clear 1.5 gram jar with the brand logo on the lid and color on the bottom of the jar. This makes it super simple to find what color your looking for.
Another great way to get use of these long lasting jars of pigment, is to use them wet for an eyeliner too! Never have to buy or sharpen pencils again if you have a variety of these pigments. They are reasonably priced as well, which makes it easy to have access to every makeup collector.
With a few different ways to use this pigment, the good color payoff and amount you get in a jar for $6 each, you should really give them a try, their customer service was great so if you have any questions they will be happy to help! Photo's below of a way I used this pigment:
To visit their website and check out their variety of vibrant colors click HERE
and the them Beauty Marks the Spot Reviews sent ya.I.5 grams/ $6
AN EYE AS A LIP
As Dianna mentioned above, this product is lip safe. OF COURSE I had to give it a go. And it was fun! I would wear this out, but with a less sticky gloss. Maybe i will mix some into a chapstick. this seemed to get gloopy and the pigment didnt stay floating in the gloss... pigment settled quickly.
All I did was squeeze some gloss onto a mixing pallette, and dump some dust onto it. After mixing with a lip brush I applied to my lips and lids.
Concrete Minerals was a new brand for me. So I was super ecstatic to work with them and try out some of their shadows.
There whole thought on their brand is "Concrete Minerals launched in 2009 and we believe that every girl on Earth should have the opportunity to use gorgeous products that meet their needs in terms of quality without wreaking havoc on their skin" Which is a great objective because everyone is unique and has different skin types that can be sensitive to certain ingredients.
Concrete Minerals products contain no nonsense, commonly referred to as: : Parabens :: Fragrances :: Dyes :: Nano-particles :: Bismuth Oxychloride, Talc or other cheap fillers.
The packaging is a 1.5 grams jar that has a black screw top & clear bottom with a sticker on the bottom that tells you the brand name, color, and ingredients. So as you can tell it's easy to find the color you are looking for quickly! The two that I picked were the colors Sabotage and Lithium (They were kind enough to throw in a free color called Brat as well(Shocking, hot pink) . Lithium is (Sparkling chrome silver) gorgeous. It's not that often you come across a color that almost looks like a shiny liquid metal. It is matched the photo on the website so I was very pleased with that. Sabotage (Black w/ pink sparkle & sheen) is a very unique color. It's a black mica but has specks of pinky/purple to it. Now that alone is my favorite combination! And again I found the colors in person to be very similar to the photos they have on the website when you order.
Left to Right: Lithium, Sabotage, Brat
Top: using just a primer
Middle: NYX Milk pencil underneath
Bottom: NYX Black pencil underneath
Note: You can also these wet. Just dampen your brush with water and apply for a more intense look or use as a liner.
It was hard to pick up the actual beauty of the middle color on my camera but it is really pretty and perfect for a smokey look. The texture this pigment is very soft and didn't have a gritty feeling. The shine/finish the lithium and Brat give off is one of my favorite qualities of these minerals. So if you prefer a more matte or don't like shiny/shimmery finishes I wouldn't recommend these.But if you do then this should be on your must try list! They also have sets of colors and specials on their page.
If you do have any questions about their products, your orders or anything at all their customer service is impeccable and they are very sweet! ::Thumbs up for great service!:: I would love to try more colors in the future and share them with you!1.5 Gram Jar =$7http://concreteminerals.com/shop/
I love pigments and minerals, and so I was very excited to try out a new brand... and I am happy to tell you all I really like Concrete Minerals. I find a lot of loose shadows skip and look uneven, and this didn't happen here. The colors are very pigmented and opaque. I am excited to play around with my samples and do a few looks, maybe film a tutorial or two with them. The colors I have:
My eyes see: a hot pink/magenta with light sparkle, and a slight blueish undertone
They say: (Shocking, hot pink) The hottest, brightest vegan pink under the sun excluding dyes! Pat it on lightly, and its violet leanings will pop out. Wear it all over your lids, and dance this mess around because you'll be the star of the party!
My eyes see: sheer burnt orange red, minimal sparkle
They say: (Deep shimmery red) A vibrant true-red shade of red! A popular part of our beloved "Alice" collection!
My eyes see: turquise/teal with metallic sparkle
They say-(Dark teal w/ gold sparkle) Although hard to capture properly in the eye images, this shade is rich, seductive and incredibly flirty. The gold sparkle adds pop to this fan-favorite!Sorry pictures are messy eyelid swatches with no base or foundation
E.l.f. products are like a 50/50 hit or miss with me. I am a real label junkie when it comes to makeup, so not loving the quality of some of this stuff was expected. In saying that, I would like to let you know that there a few things from this company that are absolute staples in my collection.
One of my favorite things is the Waterproof eyeliner pen. I first discovered these is Target a few years back, and have since rarely used other liquid liners.
It is a felt tipped marker liner, and comes in a few colors. (Black, Plum, Coffee, Midnight, Ash)
The problem here, is inconsistency in the brush tips. Some are short and stiff, and some are longer thinner and a little more movement. Depending on the look your going for, the tips will make all the difference. I always order a bunch at a time, so I usually end up with a few of each. With the price point of only ONE DOLLAR, I never feel guilty grabbing a few in my order, because some of my favorite eyeliners cost $20 or $30.
Pigmentation is pretty good, and buildable. Staying power is great 10+ hours (but I so use UDPP underneath it). I have even fallen asleep with it and woken up with a pretty decent looking eye still. The formulation is great, and doesn't crack and flake off on me like most liquid liners do.
Packing - In-store packaging is just a cardboard throw away piece. The liner itself is just a slim black plastic. Nothing fancy, but not ugly, tacky, or childish.
Application is pretty fool proof, so perfect for beginners.
*Helpful Hint* To make these liners last you a long time, make sure to cap tightly and store in a cup cap down to keep the juices flowing.
Elf.... I can remember when I was first told to try Elf Cosmetics and was really confused as to why they would want their company named after tiny little Christmas workers, it just didn't make sense. Until I actually went to find the website and it stands for Eyes Lips Face....Duhhh Dianna!
Anyways, all their products are either $1 or the "Studio" line is $3 and up depending on if you buy kits and such. So the question is, if it's a cheap price does it mean cheap quality makeup? The answer is.....it depends on the item. Their lipsticks are great quality and texture but packaging ruined mine, eye-shadows are okay quality for $1 (better than some NYC stuff) but the false eyelashes I don't care for and would stay away from (my eyelash glue that came with it came out like powder...yea...lol)
Now for this waterproof eyeliner pen, Alyx has swore by it and she told me this within the first week of meeting her and I remember her raving about it but wasn't sold on how great it could be, so she handed a new one to me to try.
The packaging is quite nice, nothing to fancy and easy to hold in your hand and keep steady which is vital when using a liquid liner. Under the cap is a felt tip instead of a little brush which is great especially for beginners with using liquid liner because it's easier to control. So this product is great for beginners or someone with a shaky hand.
I used this liner with a primer underneath (Too Faced Shadow Insurance) to test how I would normally use the liner with shadows and primers and to give it an even longer wear. I slowly pulled the felt tip at an angle close to my lashes and was amazed at how easy the product came out onto the lid. I predicted it would have a dry feeling or "skip" when I was trying to apply it. It didn't do that and it actually dried almost instantly which is a huge plus because when I use some other liquid liners I can open my eyes to quickly and it transfers on top of my eyeshadow and ruin my whole look :( But since this is quick drying I don't need to worry about that.
When it was time to take my makeup off the liner hadn't moved! In honesty, I really was in shock at the staying power, after a few scrubs with makeup remover, it came off. I am thoroughly impressed and for $1, why not stock up! Just like Alyx said though, make sure you store these with the cap side facing down to keep the product from drying out.
Try it! You only have a bunch of money to save by using this over any other expensive liquid liner.