Monday, April 13, 2015

[Steals and Deals] Target Beauty Box for Spring 2015 available now!

Target's Beauty Box for Spring 2015 retails for $5 + free shipping and is valued at $38. The box includes: 
  • Maybelline Color Elixir (full size)
  • L'oreal Infallible Makeup Setting Spray (full size)
  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream (deluxe sample)
  • Shea Moisture 10-in1 Renewal System Shampoo (travel size)
  • TRESemme Tres Two Extra Hold Spray (travel size) 
  • and probably some coupons! 
This is amazing deal! If you are interested in this I would say order now since they tend to sell out quickly :) And if you have a Target REDcard you get a 5% discount as well! Get yours here.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Aritaum Honey Melting Lip Tint in Lady Dessert

Aritaum Honey Melting Tint in Lady Dessert
Retails: ~$10 on eBay and

Lady Dessert is a pinky coral with a slight sheen

Left: Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Fruitti
Middle: Aritaum Lady Dessert
Right: Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya

Thoughts: I've always loved the tinted balmy type of lip products and the popularity of Aritaum's Honey Melting Lip Tint made me very curious. Judging from the name Honey Melting Tint I expected this to be very balmy but pigmented much like my favorite Revlon Lip Butters. However, this turned out to be quite dense and has a slight sticky feeling on the lips though not unbearable. The pigmentation is great, you can do a sheer wash or build it to full on color. Because it isn't as balmy, I find that the staying power is a decent 4 hours and I believe it leaves the slightest tint on your lips after it wears off. 

The shade Lady Dessert is a gorgeous mix of pink/orange coral, it is a slightly red leaning especially when compared to Revlon's Tutti Fruitti which is an orange shade and Juicy Papaya which is a more orange coral. I love this shade, I tend to wear it over lip concealer so that it shows up true to coral, on my pigmented lips it leans more orange. 

The packaging is quite cute and sturdy, it is a typical twist up bullet with a cap that shuts tight. It doesn't feel cheap or loose in the packaging. 

Overall, I really love this Honey Melting Tint, to me it is more of a lipstick than a tint or balm. It is very comfortable to wear and I quite like that its not slippery like balms can be. I've always loved Korean lip products for their really pretty wearable shade ranges. I definitely want to pick up more in the future!   

Cargo Vintage Escape Palette

Cargo Vintage Escape Palette
Limited Edition (I got mine from, btw they are having a 20% off Cargo sale right now!)
12 eyeshadows, (5 mattes, 7 shimmers)
0.36 oz 

Harvest Moon: Matte cream, neutral
Cuddle: Shimmery pinky-champagne, cool 
Frolic: Satin brown, warm
Cinnamon: Shimmery bronze, warm
Twigs: Shimmery navy blue, cool
Black Crow: Matte black, cool

Crisp: Shimmery pale yellow, cool
Hot Cocoa: Matte medium brown, neutral
Autumn: Matte orangey peach, warm
Withered Leaves: Shimmery olive green, warm
Rustic: Shimmery brown with red undertones, warm
Chestnut: Matte dark brown, cool

Thoughts: I was lusting after this palette for the longest time and finally found it on The site looked a bit sketchy at first because they sell a lot of discontinued products but everything I've ordered (this and Wet n Wild's Penny single eyeshadow) are authentic. Shipping is counted by weight so the more you buy, the more shipping will cost which is the only downside (I am not being paid to say this!!). 

Anyway, back to the palette. The pigmentation of the eyeshadows are very good, aside from Harvest Moon which doesn't show up as much as I like but it does feel very smooth. The shimmery shadows are especially nice, smooth and buttery but not too buttery that it flakes. As for the mattes, Black Crow and Chestnut are a bit on the dry side but Autumn and Hot Cocoa are very creamy. The shade selection screams Fall, even the shade names are very fall-esque and those who love warm neutral looks need this palette. To be honest I wanted this palette purely because of the bottom row. My favorite shade is Autumn, something about a matte warm peachy orange just draws me in. 

I also love the packaging, the leather-like cover and the fact that it wraps all around making it extra secure. I thought that the inside would be cardboard but it is actually a hard plastic and is very sturdy. I just wish the palette itself isn't so thick (it is about the size of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette before they repackaged, and is thicker than the Naked palettes). 

Overall, this palette is wonderful warm neutral palette that is especially great for fall or all year round. The quality is great and you can get a variety of looks out of the shades from a green or navy smokey eye to warm natural day looks. For me, the only downfall of this palette is the size of it. I think if you love warm neutral looks this palette would be great for you!      

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wet n Wild Single Eyeshadow in Nutty and Panther

Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Singles
Nutty, Panther
Retails: $1.99 each at CVS, Walgreens  

Left: Nutty, Bronze/taupe with a slight light blue duo-chrome
Right: Panther, matte black

LORAC The Skinny Palette in Plum (Limited Edition)

LORAC The Skinny Palette in Plum
Fall 2014, Limited Edition
7 eyeshadows, (4 mattes, 3 shimmers)
Retails: $15 for 0.45 oz

1. White, shimmer, cool
2. Light beige, matte, cool 
3. Light peach with golden shimmers, warm
4. Plum, matte

4. Plum, matte, cool, cool
5. Light brown, matte, warm
6. Maroon leaning brown, matte, warm
7. Black with golden shimmers, cool

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rimmel Show-Off Lip Lacquer in Luna

Rimmel Show-Off Lip Lacquer in Luna
Retails: ~$5-$6 on Amazon for 0.18 oz


Peachy-orange, cream, gloss

Packaging: Plastic tube with a black top that is cut to look like a crystal. The black tube fades into a gradient with the color of the lip lacquer (yes the color you see at the bottom is the actual color of the product). The applicator is angled and has a hole in it which holds extra product (no need to dip back in!). When you first open the tube it breaks some sort of pressure seal that lets the product flow up and fill that top area of the tube.  

Quality: This lip lacquer is what I consider one of those "liquid lipstick" gloss formulas where it is very opaque and creamy but gives off a bit of shine at the same time. I do find that this later dries to a matte finish and as with most pigmented matte lip products, this tends to settle in the lines of your lips. Luna is a gorgeous peachy-orange nude cream. The swatch appears quite dark in the pictures but on my lips the color is very light and gives the look of a nude lip. On my skintone, which leans very yellow, the orange in the product stands out a lot. The lip lacquer has a strong old-makeup type of smell to it.

Thoughts: I am always a sucker for peachy orange lippies and this was no exception. When I heard about the formula of these I was quite excited as I do not own any super opaque lipglosses, especially ones in a peachy nude color. Although I love the color and the packaging (I think it looks very chic), I can't say I love the formula of this, at least not in this particular color. My lips are almost never in perfect condition and Luna seems to accentuate every flake and line on my lips. After about half an hour, the shine of the gloss goes away and I am left with a dry matte lip. However, I do find that if I apply a good layer of lip balm before applying this, the gloss stays on longer and feels much more comfortable. In the end, the deal-breaker for this lip lacquer is the strong old-makeup fragrance. It doesn't quite linger on your lips, but it just isn't pleasant to smell every time you apply it. 

Will I repurchase: No. I think Rimmel did a great job with the color selections in this line and the packaging is lovely, but I think there are better opaque lipglosses out there that doesn't smell as bad. I also think that because Luna is quite milky/pastel in color it tends to accentuate any flakes and lines in your lips. However, this may not be the case for the other shades in this range. I will continue to use it since I can make it work with a bit of lip balm and the fragrance goes away soon enough. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Get it While it's Haute: LORAC's Skinny Palette in Plum Now on Hautelook!!!

I usually don't post sales like this, but I just wanted to let my fellow makeup junkie know that LORAC's Skinny Palettes are now on, including the elusive Plum version! They are priced at $15 each, but on Hautelook you have to spend $100 or more for free shipping, otherwise shipping is $5.95. I just snagged a Plum palette for a total of $20.95 w/o tax. Still a good deal considering the palette has 0.45 oz of product! The event ends Friday, but I have a feeling it will be sold out soon! Also the Nude and Navy versions of the palette are on Amazon for free two-day shipping with Prime, otherwise it's free shipping with orders over $35.