Tuesday, August 2, 2011

VIVALAREVIEW: Too Faced Shadow Insurance

As most people say, eyeshadow primers are essentials to keep your shadows on all day and night without creasing. Too Faced and Urban Decay are the main competitors between primers.

Remember, a little bit goes a long way!

As far as packaging goes, I like the Too Faced brand better, UDPP has a wand tip applicator which can gather more bacteria with applications (although I like how the wand gives you the perfect amount of primer per lid, and Shadow Insurance is hard to control with how much comes out). QUICK TIP: If your shadow insurance isn't coming out (and you think it's out), cut the top tab and apply the excess product at the top with a brush.
The formulation between the two are slightly different, UDPP is thicker and heavier than the light Shadow Insurance. Shadow Insurance feels like you dont have it on, unlike UDPP. Some people say that there are creasing issues with Too Faced Shadow Insurance. The first week of trying this out with a single color on the lid, I had a slight problem, but it seemed to just have gone away.
They are the same price, but I feel like you can get a whole lot more product from a squeezable tube than with a long container with a sponge tip.

Overall, I like the Too Faced Shadow Insurance the best out of all there is out there.

My Overall Rating: ★★★
Affordability: ★★
Quality: ★★★★★
Too Faced Shadow Insurance $18 US 

FTC: All pictures were taken by me. Im not being sponsered or paid for this blog.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

VIVALAREVIEW: Hard Candy Glamoflague Heavy Duty Concealer

Time to hide those blemishes. The right way.

This product is one of those "Cult Favorites". You know, the one those certain items that everyone seems to be raving about? I will be reviewing the Heavy Duty Glamoflauge Concealer by Hard Candy.

I bought my Glamoflague in the color Medium (which is too light for my skintone)

First off, let me start by saying: WOW. This is a great product for something so cheap ($6 US) that you can find at Wal-Mart! On the back of the clear box the concealer comes in, it says that the product can even cover up tattoos, which for me, is something that immediately sells me on. As soon as I purchased this, I couldn't wait until the next day when I could try it out. This product isn't perfect, but is very close to it. This does a great job of covering up your dark under eye circles and unsightly pimples.

 The "unsung hero" of this product would have to be the concealer pencil stick that comes with it. It's great for any on-the-go touch ups or microscopic blemishes. QUICK TIP: Don't apply this on your blemishes when it is fully sharpened. Apply it when the tip is dull, because the sharp tip can hurt on your sensitive blemishes. Try lightly pressing it down on a tissue to make it dull. I wish that Hard Candy would either make the pencil bigger or sell it individully. I think it would be such a great product for everyone to try. The pencil has the same effect of the actual concealer, the only thing is that its more light weight. Its less easy to blend in because of its solid consistancy, but still workable.

Even if you buy a shade that may be too light (in my case) or too dark for your skin tone, it does wonders when you blend it into your skin.When you apply this on, you want to make sure you only squeeze out, the tiniest amount. A little of this product can go a very long way. The only flaw I have with this product is that if you put on just a little bit too much underneath your eyes, it will make your face feel cakey and heavy. The reason for this is because its consistency is a thick liquid, hence why Heavy Duty is on the packaging.
QUICK TIP: When applying, start by swiping/rubing it back and forth under your eyes. Then follow with patting it until its blended into your skin. I have normal skin, and so far this hasn't cause any problems for my skin. The product will surely last me a very long time, but next time I will get the tan color. Hard Candy needs to have more skin tone options in general because it seems like their products are only aimed for those who have lighter skin (I know in pictures my hand seems to be pale, but in real life, I would say my skin is more olive colored).

Again, you need the tiniest amount for your entire face
(Top): Glamoflauge is blended into my skin (Bottom): Pencil swatch
Overall, I would highly recommend someone to go out and get this product only if they have dark under eye circles and/or noticeable blemishes (since this is a heavy duty concealer).

My Overall Rating: ★★★★
Affordability: ★★
Color: ★★
Quality: ★★★★★

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer in Medium $6.00 US

FTC: All pictures were taken by me. This blog is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

VIVALAREVIEW: MAC Lipstick in Jist

Cute boys crave copper lips.

This review is over MAC Lipstick in Jist. This color is one of my favorites! I love to layer a light peach gloss onto this subtle copper brown tone. If you log onto the MAC website, their picture really doesn't do it any justice. Jist is a light copper brown shimmer with gold flecks that add an extra oomph to your lip color.

As mentioned in my MAC Lipstick in Lustre review below this, I adore MAC Lipsticks. They go on nice and smooth, and come out with a great finshed look. (Wanna read me rave more? Look at my review below!) QUICK TIP: This lipstick is a Frost, so when you apply it you have to be careful not to put on too much. Its best to apply only one or two coats. Frost lipsticks tend make your lips look glazed and light. Personally, I prefer the Lustre lipsticks better because these dont apply as smooth or as creamy.

 As you can tell, I'm almost out! I would recommend this color to darker skin tones for a nice contrast against your skin. Since this color is a neutral, any look could go well with this.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★
Affordability: ★★★
Color: ★★★★★
Quality: ★★★★★

 MAC Lipstick in Jist $14.50 US

FTC: All pictures were taken by me. This blog is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

VIVALAREVIEW: MAC Lipstick in Lady Bug

Ready for that pop of red to your lips? 

Today I'll be reviewing a MAC Lipstick in the color Lady Bug
Lady Bug

Some girls are afraid to add that perfect, bright, and dazzling red splash of color to their luscious lips. First off, don't be afraid! Every girl needs a punch to their look. Feeling courageous enough? The thing I absolutely love the most about this lipstick is that it glides onto your lips leavening them feeling nourished and hydrated. They have a nice creamy consistency to them which makes them even more enjoyable to wear. This is a Lustre lipstick so when you apply this on your lips, they feel smooth and light. Plus, this lipstick is long lasting on your lips, so there's no need for re-application.

 Red's are a good way to spice up your everyday look. I would recommend this shade for light to medium skin tones. 
QUICK TIP: When using red lipsticks, be precise when you apply it. We want a nice clean look on your lips. Also, avoid lip liner, this contributes to smearing.
MAC makes red lipsticks absolutely fabulous! The small downfall is the price. It's a little bit pricey for a lipstick, but these are worth it (plus you can always Back-to-MAC)!
Oh, and P.S. If your looking at MAC Red, its a much deeper red than Lady Bug.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★
Affordability: ★★★
Color: ★★★★★
Quality: ★★★★★

 MAC Lipstick in Lady Bug $14.50 US

FTC: All pictures were taken by me. This blog is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


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