April 2015 Favorites

Hola chicas!

Another YouTube video went up on my channel after a month (yikes!) off. Check it out!

Products mentioned:
JACLYN HILL FAVORITES PALETTE welp! sold out – not restocking — sorry :( // mark. On the Edge Full Size Hook Up Liquid Eyeliner // mark. Lash Act Build and Define Mascara // NYX Cinnamon blush // City Color Intense Blush Quad-Collection #2 // NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Brush // NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in New Orleans (read my review here) // Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water // Model in a Bottle Original Makeup Setting Spray // Glamglow SUPERCLEANSE™ Daily Clearing Cleanser: http://bit.ly/1EPnA86 // Murad Advanced Active Radiance® Serum // Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++ // The Battle of Versailles by Robin Givhan

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Disclosure: some samples provided for editorial consideration.

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the makeup show nyc

I’m no stranger to attending The Makeup Show NYC and this year, it’s as if the event snuck up on me! Now in its 10th year, TMS is an opportunity for pro makeup artists and beauty enthusiasts to learn new techniques, sit in on some amazing keynotes (this year Billy B, David Klasfeld (founder of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics), and Rebecca Restrepo are all set to take the main stage), and more.
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I first learned about Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics back in ’09 at The Makeup Show (read more here) and now they’re available in Sephora with quite the cult following. This is THE place to discover new brands while stocking up on your kit.

Tickets are still available so purchase yours (I recommend the two day pass if you can handle crowds because there is SO MUCH to see and learn). You won’t want to miss out.

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Christopher Kane for NARS Summer 2015 Collection

nars christopher kaneFor Summer 2015, NARS partnered with designer Christopher Kane to create – NEONEUTRAL, a limited edition collection of unexpected shades and formulas inspired by the nature of neon and the nude shades that complement them. The collection features a ten, limited edition products. There’s something for everyone as it’s a full line of eyeshadows, blushes, multiples and lip glosses.
nars christopher kane reviewI received samples of two products: Outer Limits Single Eyeshadow and Quantum Illuminating Multiple.
nars christopher kane eyeshadowOuter Limits Single Eyeshadow ($25) is an iridescent rose gold with flecks of pink and gold sparkle. It has a soft texture, so soft that it tends to fall apart or break apart when applied. There is a lot of fall out so this is when I’d recommend applying your eye makeup BEFORE foundation. When it’s applied dry I notice that it’s hard to blend but if you spray your brush with a bit of Fix+ it’s much easier to apply. Also it’s best when patted versus swiped across the lid.
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The Quantum Illuminating Multiple ($39) is a sheer iridescent magenta that’s exclusive to NARS boutiques and narscosmetics.com. I rarely (never) wear or use NARS multiples because I much prefer powder on my cheeks but this is one shade that I absolutely HAD to have.
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It’s quite sheer but easily buildable if you’re looking for a more intense shade. When first applied, I noticed how dry the formula was but a bit velvety. I would use this solely as a blush. Although multiples can be used on cheeks and lips but this formula isn’t one that would perform well on your lips.

The collection is available at NARSCosmetics.com and NARS boutiques now, then at department and specialty stores on May 1, 2015. I definitely have my eye on the Starscape blush because it’s just so intense that you’d be a fool ot to get it if you have a deeper skin tone (plus if you’ve seen my top blushes video you’ll know I can’t say no to a hot pink blush).

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jin soon x tila march

We’ve spoken about neutrals but now it’s all about the brights!jin soon tilaNail guru and all around awesome person Jin Soon Choi collaborated with designer Tamara Taichman of Tila March to create a beautiful collection of nail lacquers. The five shades range moody greens to pale pinks to neon lime-yellow. The colors last a looonnnngg time and are pretty fantastic. I am a major fan of Jin Soon polishes because the pigment is there with one or two coats (although Charme requires a third coat to be really intense). They’re not streaky and dry down pretty quickly.

All JINsoon formulas are 5-free and formulated without harsh chemicals such as formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin and camphor. The Jin Soon x Tila collection is available at Sephora now.

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benefit roller lash mascara

So Benefit goes hard when it comes to promoting their new releases. Like, they don’t play ANY games. Me being me, I fall for it every. damn. time. I’m a marketer’s wet dream because I will buy (almost) anything for the sake of beauty. Which brings me to their latest launch…
benefit rollerlashRoller Lash ($24) promises to not only lift and curl lashes, but the “instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours.” It contains provitamin B5 and serine, known for their lash-conditioning benefits, according to the brand. It has a curved plastic wand which makes applying pretty easy.
benefit rollerlash reviewAs someone with naturally curly lashes I do notice that my lashes look super curled and a bit longer. But only by a smidge. The more I use it, it tends to clump on me. The curls didn’t last long and by mid-morning, I noticed my lashes looking pretty regular.

It’s the basic bitch of mascaras.

I wanted to love this so much. Desperately so after all of the hype and positive reviews from the blogosphere and YouTube universe (YouTubeverse? Not a word). It just didn’t cut it for me, especially when there are so many other mascaras out there that WOW me. It’s okay but not great. I much prefer my mark. Lash Act Build and Define Mascara ($12). Now that’s a mascara.

If you’re keen on trying it, I say pick up a sample at Sephora if you have the chance. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara is available at Sephora and Benefit boutiques.