FIF: e.l.f. Cruisin Chic Smudge Pot & Light Blush Palette

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but my local Super Target has a new e.l.f. display, featuring both blush palettes and several of their smudge pots.


I’m wearing e.l.f. Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic and the deeper matte pink from the Light Blush Palette.*



e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic
This went on looking super pigmented but kind of faded by the time I came home.  It’s such a pretty, kind of gunmetal-y shade that I want to figure out a way to make it work.  I’ll definitely be trying this again, either over a lid primer or as a cream color base.

e.l.f. Studio Blush Palette in Light
This contains four brand new blushes (or three blushes and a bronzer).  I already love the formula of their Studio blushes, and this palette is no exception.

What do you think of these products?  What’s your opinion of e.l.f. Cosmetics in general?

If you’re interested in these products, check your local Target or shop


*I’m also wearing Origins Smarty Plants CC & Milani Runway Lashes Mascara

FIF: Wet n Wild Cashmere Lipstick & Brush With Destiny Blush

Now this is a 90’s lipstick I can get behind.  It’s kind of a sheer midtone brown, which is significantly more flattering than Milani’s.

Brush With Destiny
This is a pretty sheer, peachy color with golden shimmer.

In sticking with the brand, I’m also wearing the green browbone shade from WnW’s Comfort Zone palette, which is a long time favorite.

FIF: A Trio of Milani Products

Today’s First Impression Friday is on three of Milani’s newest products:


Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine in 03 Florence
This went on looking really pretty–so pretty that I was willing to overlook the weird sticky formula.  I was ready to fall in love with this and sing its praises from the rooftops, until I noticed the glitter bomb of fallout down to my cheeks. (Can I even call this fallout?  More like grease-out thanks to its “ground-breaking gloss technology.”)

Milani Powder Blush in 01 Romantic Rose
This blush is really pigmented, if a bit powdery.  I love this shade, kind of a pinky nude.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in 61 Matte Naked
I love the idea od this mauvey nude shade, but it gave me straight up corpse lips. Like if I were playing a dead teenage hooker on SVU (which would be kind of amazing.)  That said, the formula is beautiful.  I def need to try a couple of the other, more normal shades in this line.  Matte Naked might work for you if you’re very fair and into the whole 90’s grunge revival thing.


Can you see that crazy oily glitter explosion?

Have you tried any of these products?  What do you think of them, or Milani Cosmetics in general?


FIF and FOTN: Marsala Madness

Today’s First Impression Friday and FOTD will document my first shot at incorporating the new 2015 Pantone color of the year into my beauty arsenal. When Marsala was revealed as the COTY, I was initially unimpressed, thinking it was just a watered down version of oxblood, but now I might be in love this warm red.

Anyway, today I decided to try out Pur Minerals Soul Mattes palette and NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in Burgundy.  This pinky-marsala look would be great for Valentine’s Day, although I plan on incorporating Urban Decay Coax.


Please ignore the creepy side angle; I’m strategically hiding a blemish on the opposite side of my nose.


Soul Mattes
This palette contains eight matte shadows ranging from pinks to marsala(s) to neutrals, with cheeky shade names such as Alter Ego (my favorite.)  This is the first Pur Minerals product I’ve ever tried, and the quality of the shadows is excellent.

NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil in Burgundy
I’d actually never tried a single NYX Jumbo Lip Pencil before today, which may be surprising considering I have a dozen or so of their Jumbo Eye Pencils.  Burgundy is a rich, opaque, true Marsala shade that would be beautiful on a multitude of skintones.

What do you think of this look?
How do you feel about the color marsala?


Giveaway Roundup

Beauty guru and all around cool girl Leighannsays is giving away a cute makeup bag filled with goodies from Makeup Geek, Coastal Scents and more in her Best Things Giveaway here.

General Assembly is giving away a trip to NYC (and the opportunity to boost your network, upgrade your career prospects, and get an inside look at New York City’s tech hub) here.



P.S.I know I’ve been super inactive lately, but I have a lot going on with the beginning of the semester.  I promise to post at least once this weekend.

This or That Thursday: Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity vs.Benefit Watt’s Up

I originally considered calling this series Thurs-dupe but decided that was a bit too corny.  Anyway, today’s battle is between Benefit Watt’s Up and Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick in the shade Sparkling Sands (which is also available in more of a cool toned pinky shade.)


Both products are creamy twist up highlighter sticks that impart a golden sheen onto skin.  Watt’s Up may be just a hint warmer, but the two are practically identical once blended.

A full size Watt’s Up costs $30 for .33 oz of product, while Chic Luminosity is $10.99 for .37 oz.  It’s also worth mentioning that although Benefit markets itself as cruelty-free , it is actually sold in China which means the company funds animal testing.

The verdict: Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick in Sparkling Sands is a cruelty-free dupe for Benefit Watt’s Up for roughly 1/3 the price for slightly more product.


Have you tried either of these products?
What’s your opinion on Sonia Kashuk cosmetics?