Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Anastasia Beverly Hills Hydrafull Gloss

Being a Sephora Beauty Insider, you get treated to special gifts with purchase from time to time. Recently Sephora offered a full size of Anastasia Beverly Hills Hydrafull Gloss ($18 retail) in the color Moi with a $25 purchase. I jump to the chance to try out this gloss so I placed an order. First off, Anastasia BH Hydrafull Gloss describes this gloss as a “clinically tested gloss proven to help maximize and maintain lip hydration and fullness. This long-wearing lip gloss features "Kiss Me Quick" plant extract that helps to increase volume and fullness in lips, Brown Algae , a key ingredient that smoothes, firms, hydrates, and revitalizes the appearance of skin, and Balkan Botanical®Infusion—Anastasia's exclusive antioxidant-rich complex that helps soften, soothe and hydrate skin..”
I did find that my lips felt hydrated and moisturized when the gloss was applied as well as a little after it had worn off. This gloss has a pretty thick consistency but I don’t find it too sticky or heavy like some other glosses. Anastasia uses as "innovative silicone paddle" applicator which I'm not crazy about so I have been using a lip brush to apply. I find that I get a much smoother and even application using the brush. Another thing I really like about this gloss is the scent; it reminds me of a creamsicle, YUM! Moi is a neutral pink with a cream finish. It’s a perfect "my lips but better" shade that is well pigmented and gives a natural, glossy look to the lips. This is a perfect color for everyday. Thanks Sephora for a great free gift!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sleek MakeUP i-Divine Au Natural Palette

I am kind of behind on getting the Au Natural palette from Sleek MakeUp. It was released last year as part of the Nude Collection and I having been going back and forth for months on whether or not to purchase it. I love the Sleek Storm palette, so I finally decided to bit the bullet and order Au Natural. It sells for $10.50 on the Sleek MakeUp website. This palette is a mixture of warm and cool tones shades each with very buttery texture. It offers excellent pigmentation in a variety of matte and shimmer shades.
Top row left to right:
Nougat – matte light beige
Nubuck - matte dove grey
Cappuccino - matte tan beige
Honeycomb - matte yellow beige
Toast - matte peachy orange shade
Taupe –shimmery champagne taupe

Bottom Row left to right:
Conker – shimmery red bronze
Moss – dirty moss brown shimmer
Bark - matte cool toned dark taupe brown
Mineral Earth – cool chocolate brown shimmer
Regal – matte deep plum brown
Noir – matte black

You are able to great a variety of looks with this palette, from everyday to evening. I would say my favorite shades are Nubuck, Cappuccino, Taupe, Moss and Mineral Earth. I have created most of my looks with those colors for the past couple of days and love the way they look when applied. Overall a great palette for neutral shadow lovers out there!