Influenster Beauty Blogger VoxBox Video!

I was really excited to get another VoxBox from Influenster so quickly!

The theme for this box was “Beauty Bloggers”.  Want to see what was inside??

Click the photo below to see the video!

If you would like an invite to join Influenster, let me know and I’ll be happy to send you a link!

Thanks for watching!  Have a great day!

Review: Sally Girl Eyeshadow Singles

Blue Marine & Olive

A review!!  It’s been a while!

During my trip we made a stop at the local Sally’s Beauty Supply store.  My momma was so sweet to pick these up for me!  (One is never too old to be spoiled by one’s mama!) 🙂

  Thanks, Mom! 

Blue Marine is a lovely blue with a faint hint of gold sheen.  The sheen is hard to pick up once the shadow has been applied to the eye, so I would consider this more of a matte.

Olive is a beautiful olive green that also has a golden sheen.  The sheen on this one is a little more noticeable, even after application.

Pros:

  • cruelty free!
  • fun colors
  • blends well
  • CHEAP!!  (a whole big $.99 each!)
  • ability to connect together to build your own palette!

Cons:

  • a little powdery, easy to over-blend
  • needs to be worn with a primer to show colors well

Conclusion:

These little babies are really cute and fun to try for the price.  The pigmentation could be better, but with primer they look great.  They blend easily, sometimes a little too easily.  I found it was easy to over-blend these into oblivion and then have to apply more…..

Applied alone (L) and with primer (R)

The fact that these can be connected together to form a custom palette is PURE GENIUS!!!  I wish more companies would create packaging with that ability!

Sliding together

Eyeshadows connect to make a custom palette!

These are the first Sally Girl products I have tried.  I wish the pigmentation was better, but they are still fun to play around with for the price.

Have you tried any products from Sally Girl?  What are your favorites?

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

🙂

Review: Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Instructional Palette

Sonia Kashuk Matte eyeshadow palette

Quality matte eyeshadows are one of the things I am always on the lookout for.  Matte eyeshadow is flattering to all age groups as it does not accentuate fine lines and wrinkles.  It can also be used to fill in brows, unlike eyeshadows that have sparkle or shimmer.  (Who wants disco-ball brows?)  I have tried a few of the brushes from the Sonia Kashuk line at Target that have worked well, so I thought I would give this a try.

Pros:

  • smooth, blendable shadows
  • great pigmentation
  • lasts long without fading or creasing
  • good color selection
  • versatile, can also be used for brows and liner
  • affordable
  • small, great for travel

Cons:

  • not natural
  • only available at Target

Conclusion:  This is a great palette!  It has a great mix of warm and cool toned colors that would work for all skin tones.  It’s a nice compact size that would work well for travel.  The colors go on smoothly and blend beautifully.  For anyone who is new to makeup or is just looking for help with application, it has a pull out drawer with step-by-step directions for three different looks.  Sonia Kashuk Matte EyeshadowIdeally, I would like this to be a natural product, but unfortunately it is not.  However, I am happy to report that this product doesn’t cause any stinging or irritation.  The pigmentation of the colors is impressive!  The black in the lower right corner has to be one of the blackest black shadows I have seen!

Here are some swatches – just look at that black!  I have to say that the 3 colors on the bottom row are my favorites – a rich mahogany, a smokey grey, and a deep black.  There are so many combo possibilities with this palette!

Sonia Kashuk Matte Eyeshadow swatches

Swatched over primer

 

The Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Palette is only available at Target stores and Target.com.  This retails for $19.99, which works out to only $1.66 per color for really good quality eyeshadows!

What are your favorite products from the Sonia Kashuk line?

Sonia Kashuk Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

UPDATE: FOTD featuring Indulge Me Palette from Prestige

After those sad-looking swatches from the review, I wanted to share a look to help show what the shadows look like in action.

 

For this look I used the Unbudgable Primer first to prep my lids.  Then I placed the color First Class over the whole lid and up to the brow bone.  This is a sheer champagne/beige color that leaves a sheen after the glitter is blended away.  Next I applied the color Royalty to the outer corner and crease areas and blended it over slightly into the inner corner.  I then applied a very light layer of the color Majestic in the crease to add a little depth.  I lined the upper lash line with the black pencil liner from the kit.  It applied smoothly without dragging or pulling.  I smudged it slightly and added a layer of the color V.I.P. on top to set it.  Finished it off with a couple of coats of Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara in Black.

This lasted through an afternoon and evening of running errands with my family.

I hope this helps to give a better idea of how these products perform.

Product Review: Prestige Indulge Me Palette

I purchased this palette last week.  I haven’t tried much from the Prestige line but I just couldn’t resist this little beauty!  When I first saw this I immediately thought of the Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes.  This retails for $12.99.  I purchased it from our local Kroger affiliate grocery store for $9.99.  It contains:

  • a mini Primed & Ready Unbudgable Eye Primer .12 fl oz (3.6ml)
  • 6 eyeshadows .04 oz (1.2g) each
  • a mini eyeliner in black .02 oz (.6g)
  • a dual sponge tip applicator

Prestige Eyeshadow Palette

I love the packaging of this palette!  The purple is very vibrant and the sparkle in the word INDULGE is fun.  This is made from foam padded cardboard and has a magnetic closure.  The magnet holds well without making it impossible to open.  I like that it has a small mirror.

The Primer:

This tube is pretty tiny, but it seems a little goes a long way.  I have really oily lids.  Usually I use the Palladio Herbal Eye Primer.  This primer goes on a little sticky whereas Palladio is more smooth on the lid.  I was concerned that this would mean crazy creasing, but nope!  This held my shadows in place beautifully all day!

The Shadows:

The color names are: First Class (beige), Majestic (purple), Royalty (teal), Jetsetter (navy), Five Star (silver), V.I.P. (black).  ALL of these are glitter-bombs!  Don’t get me wrong, I love a little sparkle to the eyes just as much as the next girl; but I have to admit, I was relieved when some of the glitter faded away as I blended the shadows.  Buuuut…..the glitter that faded from my eyelids, of course fell to my cheeks so BEWARE of fallout!!  (Note to self:  do eye makeup first when using this palette!)

Swatched on bare skin with no primer.

Honestly, these shadows do not swatch very well at all.  They seemed….splotchy?  After taking the above photo, I was thinking this was going to be a “regret” purchase.  But to my surprise, the colors applied well and blended nicely when I used my brushes.  The colors stayed vibrant all day.  Clearly, they are meant to be used with the primer!

The liner:

Pretty standard pencil liner (swatch above at bottom of photo).  This is a very nice rich, opaque black that lasted all day without smudging everywhere.  After applying the liner, I used an angled brush to apply V.I.P. over top to set.

The applicator:

Standard sponge tip.  One side is more wide and rounded, one side is more narrow and pointed-although not at all a sharp point.  I am not a big fan of these as I much prefer to use brushes.

Conclusion:

Overall I am pleased with this palette so far.  I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite makeup purchase of all time, but for the price it’s nice to have some fun colors to try looks with.  I don’t own any of the Urban Decay palettes so I can’t compare them side by side.  The glittery fallout can be annoying (very) but it’s manageable.  The primer works well and I really hope I can find it in a full size.  I did not experience any stinging or irritation from these products, which is always nice!

Have you tried this yet?  I would love to know your thoughts!