Thursday, December 15, 2011

Buzzworthy: Revlon Lip Butters Lipstick

Lollipop, Tutti Fruiti, Berry Smoothie
It almost felt like a Christmas miracle when I stumbled upon these Revlon Lip Butters Lipsticks at my local Target. There had been such a buzz about them lately, and they are extremely hard to come by. These are set to be apart of Revlon's permanent line and will trickle into your local store slowly. The lipsticks are a lipstick balm hybrid and are supposed to moisturize the lips, while giving a sheer shine of color. I picked up the lipsticks in three shades- Berry Smoothie (a neutral berry color), Tutti Fruiti (an orange coral) and Lollipop (a fuchsia pink). I would not classify these as a tinted lipbalm. I'd much rather categorize them under the hydrating lipsticks that double as a lipstick and a lipgloss (think MAC's Supreme Sheen lipsticks or Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks). These lipsticks are moderate in hydration, and although I would not consider them more hydrating than an actual balm, the texture is soft and well- buttery! What I really like about these lipsticks is the color it gives off. Slightly sheer (just a right pop of color) and slightly shiny, these are gorgeous and subtle. To be honest, I really hate the packaging. The lipsticks are covered in a quilted plastic cover that matches the shade of the lipstick. Retailing at just $6, I can justify having these in a few shades! Bottom line? If you can find these at your local drugstores, a few shades are worth having. Pictured below are Berry Smoothie, Tutti Fruiti, and Lollipop, and pictured left are the shades swatched. Have you checked out Revlon Lip Butters? Leave your thoughts in the comments.  

Berry Smoothie, Tutti Fruiti, Lollipop

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Buzzworthy: Urban Decay's Naked 2 Palette

After the success of Urban Decay's wildly popular Naked palette, Naked 2 is hot off its heels and the shelves!!! I had to fight a little to get this palette since crazy makeup lovers like me kept crashing the Urban Decay website! The palette is packaged in a tin similar to its predecessor, and just a touch heavier. While original Naked owners received the eyeliner duo with their palette, Naked 2 (like new Naked palettes) comes with an eyeshadow brush. The 12 shades of neutral shadows are a stunning array of greys, browns, and taupes, but compared side by side with the original Naked palette, it doesn't seem to stack up. Don't get me wrong, 12 full sized shadows for $50 is a phenomenal deal. The shadows, typical of Urban Decay, are outstanding quality. The palette, though "neutral", pulls warm- although the colors would flatter cool tones as well. I am not slamming the palette. In fact, there are standout colors in this palette including Snakebite (a bronze gold) and Pistol (frosted taupe). Though the matte colors in the palette are borderline chalky (Tease and Blackout), the palette is still worth more than a bang for your buck and a must have for neutral lovers. However, if you own the orignal Naked palette, you could skip Naked 2 without feeling a tinge of guilt. The two palettes are far too similar to need both. The brush accompanying the palette is great for blending and the lipgloss (though skipable) is a nice shade. If you missed out on the orginal palette, this is definitely a chance to satisfy your need for an awesome neutral palette for an amazing price. The quality of these shadows will not disappoint you. Bottom line? The palette is beautiful and worth the money, but everyone knows the sequel is never as good as the original. Pictured below is my FOTD using Verve on the inner corners and browbone, Snakebite on the lid, Pistol on the crease and Blackout in the outer v. The palette is currently sold out on Urban Decay's website and is slated for a February 2012 release to retailers.  Are you planning to pick up the Naked 2 palette? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Foxy, Half Baked, Booty Call, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite

Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

**UPDATE** Urban Decay's Naked 2 is back in stock on Urban Decay's website!!! Grab one while you can ladies!!! Click HERE to pick up your Naked 2!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Dupe this Look: Jennifer Lopez

This picture of Jennifer Lopez has been circulating the makeup boards for years now. The beautiful green smokey eye served as my inspiration for a night out on the town with my girls. Jennifer's olive skin and brown eyes are really complimented by the earthy green tones. I started with dusting Nars Wicked eyeshadow all over my lid. Then, using my MAC 239, I patted on MAC's Sweet and Punchy on the lid and inner corner of my eyes. Then I blended MAC's Humid into the outer corners of my eyes, and topped it off with  MAC's Green Smoke right in the crease. I also blended a little bit of Humid underneath my lower lashline to really achieve a smokey look. I topped it off with a set of Miss Ardo's #20 false eyelashes and MAC's Blacktrack fluidline in a cat eye shape. Sticking to Jennifer's glowy look, I used Lorac's baked blush in Hollywood and kept my lips nude with MAC's Peachstock with Chantecaille's Charm lipgloss on top. Pictured below is my FOTD inspired by Jenny from the Block. What's your favorite way to rock green eyeshadow? Leave your thoughts in the comments.