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September 28, 2013

Sigma Creme de Couture Palette

Hi!

Here's a little review/first impressions post of Sigma's new Creme de Couture Palette. I had been getting e-mails from Sigma about this palette for a while and I had decided not to buy it because I figured I already had colors similar to the ones in this palette. 

Enter Xsparkage. 

I'm sure you all know Leesha from Xsparkage but if you don't, she's a YouTube beauty phenom. She does tons and tons of beauty tutorials, product reviews, and I think you get the picture. Well, she posted a review on her thoughts on this palette and she totally and completely changed my mind! Ha! So I had to buy it and I'm glad that I did. 






In all honesty, I do have some of these colors. Like the brown, maybe even the orange, and the peaches but I certainly do not have those blues and lilacs. Leesha described these as "pastel neons" and I agree with this description. They are really bold, pigmented, pastel colors. 

They're all matte and surprisingly enough for a matte texture these shadows are very easy to blend into one another. I haven't swatched them without a base but when I applied them, I used my NYX milk eyeshadow pencil and they were really bright. Here's the look I did: 



I have not used it after that but so far in impressed. The palette is $32.00 but I did get a 10% off with a code that I can't quite remember at the moment (but you can totally get some percentage off codes from YouTubers and on retailmenot.com) so, it came out to roughly about $32.00 for me. I think it's definitely worth it if you don't have similar colors to these especially if you're a lady who sometimes enjoys her neutrals but also loves pops of color. 
,
Elba 

What I've Been Up To

Hello little love bugs! 

I imagine you're all doing well! At least I hope you are! As you can see, I've been quite the busy bee! I've been progressing in school and work has been slowly crushing my soul. However, I keep going! I've been learning a great deal about myself and a great deal about others. Life lessons! Anywho, here are some things I've been working on at school: 

This is my first completed oil painting.

A logo for myself that I'm working on that is also crushing my soul and killing me softly. 

My second oil painting, not finished!

My hybrid animal. 

People think that studying art is easy. It's really not. It's time consuming and frustrating but very fulfilling! I'm happy with my progress so far, the only thing I really want to knock out of the ballpark is my logo. Talk to you all soon! 

,
Elba 
xoxo

September 13, 2013

Make Up for Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick and Em Cosmetics

Hello!!!!

Oh my goodness! It's almost mid September! I'm about two weeks into school and ALREADY I've been too busy to update :( BOO! I know! However, it is not due to lack of inspiration! I had a couple of items I wanted to "review." I say "review" because I haven't quite used these items a lot but I've already formed some opinions. The thing about me is that I will absolutely HATE a product and use it again and then love it. I'm a very strange girl, what can I say?

First up, is the Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in Mat. 4. I LOVE this color. LOOOOOOVE it. I think it's a little pumpkin but not quite so orange. It has a tinge of pink to it. I think it's perfect for Fall and also perfect for every day wear, like if you're going to the supermarket or something. I was actually wearing it in my modeling post. I dabbed it on so that it wouldn't look so heavy although I do love wearing it opaque. 

It has a matte texture and I have got to say, for a matte lipstick it is AMAZING. What I mean is, that the texture although matte is not drying at all. I was very surprised. I usually expect that dry-my-lips-need-to-be-quenched feeling from matte lipsticks 3-4 hours into wearing it but surprisingly enough, I didn't feel that way at all...AT ALL! It's matte so, as expected, the longevity is good though that's not really an issue for me. It retails at $20.00 at Sephora. 



Next up, I have Em Cosmetics.

Hm...what can I say? Alright, I was extremely excited about these products because, hello, Michelle Phan, Makeup Guru extraordinaire is backing this brand. Em Cosmetics just recently launched and offers Life Palettes (palettes tailored to specific events in your life) and they have been offering a few deals. One of these deals, which is the one I grabbed at, was the get one lipstick and one liner and get a free deluxe palette for under $30.00. I did my research and got the Creamy Color Classic Lipstick in Kiss Me! and Waterliner in Black Night and I received a deluxe Life Palette in Look 1 (Warm Fuzzies) of the Love Life Palette.


You don't actually get everything in the look, which, I was a little sad about but it's totally okay because you get three eyeshadow and one of the lip glosses.




I really like the eyeshadow. It's smooth and buttery, they're not extremely pigmented but they're not rip-offs either. I found that the shadows with pearl (satin) finishes were more pigmented than the shades with a sparkle and a slight pearl/satin finish. In this case, Puppies & Kittens and Teal Rain were more pigmented than Springtime. My favorite of the three was Puppies and Kittens, you can wear it alone and it works well by itself. Someone mentioned to me to expect fallout with these eyeshadow but I expect fallout from any eyeshadow so, if you don't like fallout, buy shadow shields or don't pack so much eyeshadow onto your brush or do your eyes first. I also find that pearl/satin eyeshadows tend to have more fallout than matte and semi-matte eyeshadows. 


This here, is Melon. I love Melon. I think Melon is beautiful. It's sheer but still adds a beautiful hue of pink over the lips. It's also very moisturizing and not sticky at all. It does have some sparkle but it's not overwhelming at all and you can't feel the glitter/shimmer on your lips. 


This is the product that I was most surprised about. I didn't love it (this might be a different case because as I mentioned before I change my mind frequently) but let me tell you why. Below, is Kiss Me! when it arrived.


This is the Kiss Me! I expected :(
Look, I know buying makeup on the internet is a gamble because you can't see the shades in person but I think that the difference between the swatch online and the actual lipstick is quite drastic. I have a red lipstick not an orange lipstick and yes, orange and red are in the same family but I think they're different. Am I crazy? Do you guys think it's the same color? I was so looking forward to the swatched shade. Oh well! 

The lipstick is moisturizing, it doesn't have a distinct smell, which is okay I guess, I don't mind scents. Since it is creamy, I didn't expect for it to be very long lasting, again, this isn't an issue for me because I am totally for reapplying lipstick but I didn't really like how it wore down. I guess it's because I wanted an orange/coral lipstick and it's red and red doesn't really wear down nicely on me. This lipstick retails at $16.50.


Last but not least I present Waterliner in Black Night. I wasn't disappointed by it but I wasn't necessarily impressed either. For the most part, it did stay on my waterline (which is its purpose) pretty well. I had another comment that the liner flakes off after 6 hours. I'm not sure whether it was this liner or not but I think 6 hours of wear from a liner is pretty decent if you ask me. However, I didn't wear it on my eyelid, I wore it on my waterline and it stayed on for about 6 hours before I had to reapply and even then I still had some left. It isn't as black as I wanted it to be but I don't mind because sometimes I like going for a softer look. It retails at $20.00 which is expensive for a decent eyeliner. 

That's all for now! Hope you guys found this helpful! Until next time my sweet little dragon hearts!

,
Elba

September 06, 2013

That Time I Turned Into A Model

You guys ever do your friend a favor and it ends up being super awesome? No? Guess you guys haven't been as lucky! Haha!

Recently, one of my BFFAEs asked me to model some clothes for her. I didn't even hesitate when she asked, I was all gung ho for it! It was really funny at first but I think that after a while we all really enjoyed it and I believe, you know, that some of us, may have careers in fashion and styling. I think we all found our calling on Wednesday night!

Since, New York Fashion Week is in full swing (I actually worked a show today!), I thought it would be the appropriate time for me to show you guys my debut as a model!





Now, I'm only joking but I actually had a lot of fun doing this and if I were tall enough (I'm 5 feet tall or 152.4 cm) and thin enough, I would totally consider being a model, it appeals to the inner narcissist in me. 

Clearly, I'm loving myself as Kanye loves himself! This kind of self-love is healthy here and there, I totally recommend it and I hope I see pictures like this from of all you guys! 

,
Elba
xoxo
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