Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Sugarpill Limited Edition & Permanent Chromalusts Available Now!

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Sugarpill, one of my all-time favorite cosmetic brands, has JUST released a new limited edition chromalusts along with a handful of permanent new chromalusts! I haven't personally tried any yet, but I just grabbed 2 of the limited edition Pastelle chromalusts and will grab some of the new permanent chromalusts soon.

Click here and head on over to snatch up that LE chromalusts because I'm guessing it's gonna sell quickly like the last few!

Sugarpill recently shared sneak peeks of all the colors on Instagram,...



MAC x Miley Cyrus Viva Glam Swatches & Review - Lipstick and Lipglass

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mac miley cyrus viva glam swatches and review

MAC x Miley Cyrus Viva Glam 

MAC announced that Miley Cyrus would be the Viva Glam spokesperson for 2015. Regardless of whether or not you're a Miley fan, it's hard to deny that she's the type of bold personality that can get people talking--which is exactly what the Vivia Glam campaigns need! If you're unfamiliar with MAC's Viva Glam campaign, I highly recommend reading about it on their site. In a nutshell, the campaign raises an incredibly amount of money that goes towards supporting individual (adults and children) affected by and living with HIV/AIDS.

Being the young, bold personality she is, Miley chose what MAC has described as "super-sexy hot pink" as her lipstick shade accompanied by "super-sexy hot pink with sparkling pearl shimmer) lipglass. 


MAC x Miley Cyrus Viva Glam Lipstick & Lipglass Swatches

Sorry about the difference in skin tones below. The first shot with just the lipstick is more accurate to my actual skin tone, but with this weird winter weather and that blizzard (which is when I took these shots) the light has been changing constantly and it's making my camera super wacky.  The way google translates my images once I upload them makes them a bit odd as well. At least the lipstick shades are as accurate as I could capture even if it's making my skin look pale and oddly speckled in one pic!

mac miley cyrus viva glam swatches and review
MAC Miley Cyrus Viva Glam Lipstick

mac miley cyrus viva glam swatches and review
MAC Miley Cyrus Viva Glam Lipstick Swatch

mac miley cyrus viva glam swatches and review
MAC Miley Cyrus Viva Glam Lipglass
mac miley cyrus viva glam swatches and review
MAC Miley Cyrus Viva Glam Lipglass over Lipstick


MAC Miley Cyrus Viva Glam Lipstick Review

Shade - medium-deep hot pink with a slight salmon undertone
Finish - amplified (creamy and with a moderate shine)
Flavor/Scent - MAC's traditional vanilla
On the Lips - creamy, with plenty of slip; opaque coverage; very comfortable to wear
Price - $16 retail 
Where to Buy - MAC/maccosmetics.com 
My Thoughts - I'm a huge fan of MAC's amplified finish and you guys know I can't resist a good pink, so this lipstick was a total hit for me! I know I probably have a few colors that are similar, but I couldn't think of an exact dupe off the top of my head. The color is great, coverage is great and wear is comfortable. AND purchasing this lipstick benefits a great cause. Well done, MAC and Miley!

Tip: I love this over both More to Love liner and Cranberry liner (coming soon once again in the upcoming Penciled In collection) if you like a nice vibrant lip. You can also layer over Hip n' Happy if you want to subdue it a midge.


MAC Miley Cyrus Viva Glam Lipglass Review

Shade - medium deep jelly pink with multi-tonal pearl flecks
Finish - gloss with reflective specks
Flavor/Scent - MAC's traditional vanilla
On the Lips - MAC's typical lipglass formula; sticky; great shine; nice reflective specks
Price - $15 retail
Where to Buy - MAC/maccosmetics.com 
My Thoughts - If you're like me and you don't mind a sticky gloss, this is a fun pink lipglass that complements Miley's lipstick well. It can also be worn on its own or over other colors. The multi-tonal pearl flecks give it added dimension, but the effect is moderately subtle overall and doesn't make you look as though you've doused your lips in glitter (in case that's not the type of effect you're looking for). I think it works well with Miley's Viva Glam mini collection and suggest giving it a try. 

What do you think of Miley's Viva Glam lipstick and lipglass? Have you purchased either or both?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand for consideration. All opinions stated above are my own.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Marsala - Let's Talk Pantone's Color of the Year

Pantone's Color of the Year (from Pantone's site)

Pantone announced their Color of the Year not long ago and the beauty world has been buzzing since. I'm going to be honest, I've been on the fence with some past Pantone Color of the Year choices and this year is no exception.

Marsala isn't a "bad" color, it's just not something I'm personally drawn to. This reminds me a lot of the 90s, which was not my favorite beauty period. In fact, I'm fairly certain I had several lipsticks that were identical to the color in the image above from when I first started in beauty retail back in the 90s. I hate to say it, but I initially felt as though it was a kind of drab choice. Admittedly, I tend not to like many reds in general--mostly bright cool reds or neutral reds--so there's that. I also feel like some previous Pantone colors have been more flexible in terms of being able to easily incorporate them year-round. With Marsala, I feel like it's darker than what I'd normally choose for a spring or summer color. Not that it can't be worn year-round (I don't believe there are any "rules" when it comes to beauty since it's about self-expression and art), but for me personally, I like lighter colors in spring, vibrant colors in summer, then deeper colors in fall and winter. I'm sure the fact that I live in an area with 4 well-defined seasons is a factor.

Who knows? Maybe this will push me out of my normal preferences, especially if I have clients requesting it year-round. I just wanted to share my initial feelings on Marsala and see if anyone else is feeling the same.

What do you think? Are you excited for the year of Marsala or feeling a bit ambivalent?

I will definitely be looking for Marsala products that get me a bit more excited for this year's Color of the Year. If you have any recommendations let me know! I'd love to find some Marsala eye/lip/cheek product that change my mind.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

MAC Studio Conceal & Correct Duo in Pale Yellow, Pale Pink Review & Swatches

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MAC Studio Conceal & Correct Duo in Pale Yellow, Pale Pink

MAC Studio Conceal & Correct Duo in Pale Yellow, Pale Pink

MAC recently released a collection of products meant specifically for perfecting complexions. Included in this launch were these neat little conceal & correct duos, which I think seem best suited for undereye correction. They launched 4 duos--pale, medium, medium-deep and deep--which each include 2 blendable shades; a 1 blue/purple corrector (from pink all the way to orange) and 1 shade of yellow (from pale yellow all the way to ochre). I received the Pale duo, which includes a Pale Pink and Pale Yellow. 

Note: Just a little color-theory tip! To neutralize a color, use the color opposite it on the color wheel. 

I spent a few days testing this out on myself. While I would be better suited to the Medium concealer/corrector duo given the depth of my complexion, I was still able to get a reasonable idea of how the formula and shades function. I look forward to trying them on fairer complexions down the line as well. 


MAC Studio Conceal & Correct Duo Pale Yellow, Pale Pink Review

Product Type - liquid corrector duo
Shades - pale pink, pale  yellow
Under the Eye - lightweight; blendable; light coverage; moderate dry time in very thin coats
Price - $25 retail
Where to Buy - MAC/MACCosmetics.com 
My Thoughts - For starters, I think the feel of this formula is fantastic! I hate super thick, dry formulas for delicate undereyes and this is lightweight, silky and very blendable. It dries down to a skin-like finish, not chalky matte--also a plus. The coverage is light and while you can apply multiple thin layers, I don't think you can achieve correction for super intense undereye pigmentation. The dry time on this formula is moderate when applied in thin layers, but should you apply more than a thin layer (which I don't personally recommend in general) it will not set very quickly. From the moment I first worked with this I could tell it had a reasonable amount of silicone in it, which I tend to prefer. There was only a small amount of creasing for me after a day of wear in the reasonably deep crease I have under each eye.

Overall, I think the formula itself has some great aspects such a the blendability, texture and finish. The small amount of creasing I experienced by applying super thin layers and allowing them to set between was great and I loved that it didn't get dry or cakey with wear. I like that I was able to mix the two colors to create a nice light salmon color and the packaging is compact. The coverage is light to maybe moderate if you build it up gradually, which may not be enough for those with fairly dark undereye circles. I need to get my hands on the other shades before I can fully determine just how effective these duos can really be on medium to deep complexions. For someone with a fairer complexion and lighter undereye circles, this Pale Yellow/Pale Pink duo may do the trick!

For reference, I am roughly an NC 25-30 depending on the time of year and I think the medium would probably best suit my complexion.

The question is: will I be adding these to my kit? I'll definitely have to try out a few of the deeper shades on some deeper complexions before I can make a final decision. They may be nicer for lighter correcting, so we'll see!

Have you tried any of MAC's new Conceal & Correct duos? What did you think?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions above are my own and based on my personal experience. 


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Stalk me! Sharing Tips, Makeup Artistry Sneak Peeks & Products Favorites on Instagram in Real-Time!

I know some of you follow me on social networks in addition to here, but for those of you looking for more tips, tricks and product info head over to my instagram account (@beautypopstop) and start following!

I tend to share a lot of little tips and blurbs on new products I'm using or testing on there throughout the week.

In fact, just recently I shared info on a new foundation I've fallen head over heals for as well as some new brushes I've added to my kit! I'll occasionally share shots from projects, looks, photoshoots, etc. as well.



Basically, if you want to see MORE from me in real-time ... or you're just nosy in general and want to see what I'm up to, head over to Instagram!

I'm probably going to do a few posts on Valentine's Day beauty tips and product suggestions in the next couple weeks so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Beginning of Year Purge Blog Sale!

Please read everything prior to purchasing!
Occasionally updated as I have time to go through things. Paypal only--no e-checks. I will consider reasonable offers on multiple items :)

This will be updated periodically as I de-stash, which I try to do at least once per change of season!

I have so many products that sit and go unused (many of which are backups and some I haven't had time to use) simply because I have so many to begin with! Between the fact that we're moving soon and my little guys have had a lot of expensive evals this summer, I've decided it's time to purge! I recommend you google swatches as these are quick shots and the color may vary from monitor to monitor. Please also note whether they are new, used, etc.

How to Purchase

  • If you are interested in purchasing anything, please email me directly at doria@beautypopstop-dot-com with the items you want along with the email address you want me to send your Paypal invoice to. 
  • Please note whether or not you want to add insurance for an additional $2 on top of the regular shipping fee of $2.50.
  • I will send invoices out quickly (unless I am at therapy with one of my little guys, in which case there may be a small delay). Payment must be made within 30 minutes of the invoice going out or I will have to move on to the next person. 
  • Everything will go out on a first-come, first-serve basis. It has been my personal experience that holding things simply doesn't work, so please don't ask me to :)

For emails that come in during the night I'll address them from oldest to newest in the morning.

Usage: I have described and taken pics of usage as accurately as I can. 

Shipping USA: 

  • Items will ship out within 2-3 business days from the day they're paid for. 
  • A flat-rate of $2.50 for shipping will be applied to all U.S. orders regardless of volume with the exception of items noted with specific shipping prices. Everything will ship via USPS. Insurance can be added additionally for $2 upon request. 
  • If you do not request it I assume you are willing to risk shipping without and acknowledge that I cannot be held accountable for melting or damaged as a result of shipping.
Shipping International:
  • If you're outside the US I don't mind shipping internationally if you're willing to pay the cost. 
  • Canada can vary, but generally it's $5-$10 in my experience. Please provide your postal code and I'll give you a shipping cost.
  • I find most countries (except Canada) cost about $12+ (depending on the weight) for First Class and $24 for a small flat-rate Priority box (if it fits inside this box it ships for that rate) 
  • When you contact me let me know which country you're in and I can tell you the cost of shipping.

If you're international and wish to purchase contact me with your postal code and I can calculate shipping, but I believe the cheapest would be USPS International Priority which I believe is around $16.50 USD. Everything will ship out within 2-3 business days. All items will be carefully package.

Any instances or lost, stolen, or damaged packages must be dealt directly with the post office.

NOTE: I strongly suggest requesting insurance for an additional $2 as I cannot be held accountable for melting or damage due to shipping.

As soon as a product has been paid for I will cross its name out. If it hasn't been crossed out yet it means it hasn't been purchased yet.

Here we go...

Deborah Lippmann Sexy Back Lip & Nail Set BNIB - $18 (revail value $24)

Korres Wild Rose Race & Eye Serum/Brightening & Line Smoothing Serum BNIB - $25 (retail value $45)

Tarte Cosmetics CC Primer in Medium BNIB - $20 (retail $34)

Tarte CC Undereye Corrector - SOLD


It Cosmetics Velvet Luxe Empress Fan Brand New in Original Packaging - $28 (retail value $48)

or

Combined both IT Cosmetics brushes (OMG foundation + Empress Fan) for $38

It Cosmetics OMG Foundation Brush #106 - $18 (retail value $24

or
Combined both IT Cosmetics brushes (OMG foundation + Empress Fan) for $38

Tarte Cosmetics Best in Faux BNIB - $15



MAC Brook Shields Cherished Cream Colour Base Duo (swatched 1x each color using clean spatula) - $20



Shu Uemura Eye Lot - All 3 items for $35

Individual prices marked below:

Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil (eye) shade Red Purple 11 BNIB - $18 shipped (retail value $24)

Shu Uemura Drawing Pencil (eye) shade White 91 BNIB - $18 shipped (retail value $24)

Shu Uemura Petal Lash Mascara in Intense Black BNIB - $20 shipped (retail value $28)





Ellis Faas Lip Lot  - All 3 BNIB for $60

Individual prices marked below:

Ellis Faas Glazed Lips in shade L304 BNIB - $25 (retail value $35)

Ellis Faas Hot Lips in shade L401 BNIB - $25 (retail value $35)

Ellis Faas Milky Lips in shade L207 BNIB - $25 (retail value $35)


Price for lot (will not separate)

Japonesque Color Collection Brush Lot BNIB (includes a total of 5 brushes, 1 of which is duplicated) - $45 (value of $94 retail total)



-"Face" Brush (designated to color, contour & highlight according to Japonesque) value $32 retail

-2 "Lip" Brush (designated to fil and define according to Japonesque) value $14 retail each and this includes 2

- "Foundation" Brush (designated for flawless coverage according to Japonesque) value $18 retail

- "Eye Crease" Brush (designated for depth and dimension according to Japonesque) value $16 retail


Price for lot (will not separate)

SOHO Naturals Brush Lot - $25 (value of $49.96 retail)

-"6 Piece Fresh Face Brush Set" (includes foundation brush, highlighter brush, all-over eyeshadow brush, angled eyeliner brush, smudge brush, brush pouch) value $16.99 retail

-"Powder Brush" (all over powder brush) value $9.99 retail

- "Retractable Kabuki Brush" (mineral makeup, pressed powder, bronzer according to SOHO) value $12.99 retail

-"Blush Brush" (blush - plastic packaging around brush head has dent in it and was like this when I purchased it, but brush is fine) value $9.99 retail


Unused Sephora Dome ZPalette with magnetic stickers, no spatula (comes in original plastic sleeve) - $25 

This arrived with 2 light marks on the back (my camera couldn't pick them up well even in that close up pic) and a small part of 1 edge is a little uneven, which I've seen in some of my palettes in the past, but I took a pic so you can see.

Mine came with this little area with a wonky edge
Has 2 light scuffs marks on it, which were there when I received it. It was hard to capture them with my camera because they're pretty light.

MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Powder in Light Plus with original box (used 1x) - $20



BNIB DHC Face Color Palette EX in Sunny Bronze - $16 
Brush still in original plastic sleeve


Mehron Lip Day Palette - $30 (retail value $43.95)
Comes with brush that was included with the palette. Includes 8 shades (32gm of product total). For reference, a single MAC lipstick tube is 3gm of product.
Each color used 1-2x with a clean lip brush.

This is a pro palette and the formula is wonderful IMO. Trimming down my kit because I have way too many lip products! 


These are the shades in the Mehron Day Lip Palette

Pacifica Complexion Lot - $25 or purchase individually

Pacifica Ultra CC Cream in Warm/Light BNIB - $15 (retail $18)

Pacifica Perfect Lotus Universal Powder in Light BNIB - $13 (retail $16)

Pacifica Transcendent Concentrated Concealer in Natural BNIB - $13 (retail $16)




BNIB Soap & Glory Mother Pucker Extreme Plump Gloss - $16






That's it for now!

Contact me directly if you're interested in any of these at the email address listed above. These are on a first come, first serve basis. Shipping costs are listed above.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Monat Rejuvenique Oil Intensive Review

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Monat Rejuvenique Oil Intensive Review

Rejuvenique Oil Intensive is a multi-ingredient oil blend meant for skin and hair. According to the brand's site it offers the following:


  • "Nourish and energize the scalp with an invigorating blend of 11+ unique molecular ingredients –including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids – that mimic the body’s natural oils! The proprietary formula reduces hair thinning, prevents oxidative stress and adds incredible volume, repairing the hair with instantly visible, long-lasting shine without the damaging effects of silicone." 

As many of you know, I am a HUGE fan of oil for skincare. I use it for my body, face and hair on a regular basis as part of my routines. Like many quality oil blends I've tried in the past, this can be used in hair, body and on the face. 



Price

This product comes in a 1 fl oz bottle and is priced at $99.

Ingredients

Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Adansonia Digitata Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Caryocar Brasiliense Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil

Where to Buy

This can be purchased directly through Monat's site.

My Thoughts

While I can't comment on some of the benefits Monat states this product offers, I can say that I found it to be as effective in regards to hydration as many oil mixes I've used. My skin was more hydrated and did not react (which is usually the case for my sensitive skin with oils) with use. I also liked using this on the ends of my hair post-showering--a regular part of my hair care routine. I found it kept my hair shinier and healthier feeling. Overall, fairly effective. 

The price tag on this product is particularly high. I tried to find additional information on the brand's site regarding where ingredients were sourced, which I've found can often play a big part in the price tag on certain oils in addition to their general availability, and couldn't find anything specific. For this reason, I can't really say whether or not this oil mix is as effective as its heft price tag suggests. It may be, but I don't feel confident enough to say for certain I feel it is. I would recommend contacting the company directly and inquiring as to why the price tag is as high as it is prior to purchasing if it is something you'd like to know more about. 

What do you think? Have you tried Rejuvenique Oil Intensive? What did you think of it?

Note: Products in this post were provided by ifabbo for consideration. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience.