Sunday, December 7, 2014

"DIY" Freedom Palette - SEPHORA Colorful Eyeshadow Custom Palette Case and ELF Eyeshadow Palette Deconstruction

I have a small Z Palette I've been using for my depotted lipsticks, but the z palettes aren't very travel friendly, at least I'm afraid to just dump it in my bag.  The plastic window does not seem very durable.  For home organization, the Z Palettes are great but you can't really just toss them into your purse.  The unii palettes are great for travel but for $29 per palette this gets pretty steep if you're a hoarder like me...

Seeing the new Sephora eyeshadow custom palettes, I wondered if the inserts could be removed to make a freedom palette.  They aren't cheap on their own but if you are shopping for eyeshadows anyway, you can get them free with purchase with the purchase of a few eyeshadows.  I used the $20 off $50 Sephora discount to get a better deal.

The small 3 pan Sephora Eyeshadow Palette is almost the same size as the small Z Palette.  The inside compartment is nearly exactly the same with the Z Palette being 1/4" wider.

The 6 pan sephora customizable palette is just slightly smaller in width than an Unii Palette and quite a bit smaller than the elf 12 shadow palette. I'll be converting the elf palette into a magnetic palette.

Size comparison. Anothersoul Etsy palette on bottom, elf 12 shadow, Unii Palette,  and sephora 6 Pam on top.

Height comparison.

The sephora custom palette was really really easy to convert into a freedom palette.  The insert that houses the shadows is foam.  I just pried it off with my fingers and there was only a little bit of residue. Keep in mind, although you can fit more pans in the compact, you are removing the shock absorption of the foam and shadows maybe more likely to shatter if you are just tossing it in your bag.  I'll be using mine for lipsticks so it won't matter.

Sticky underside of the foam. Top has a shiny plastic piece to make it look nice.

There is a little half moon piece that holds the key for the eyeshadows.

It was easy to pry it up and stick it in the same sized hole above it.

Comparison to the small Z palette.  The sephora insert almost fits.

Small Z Palette vs sephora 6 pan and 3 pan.

The sephora custom 6 pan can fit 30 small round 18.5mm z palette lipstick pans.

With the insert removed you could easily fit 4 sephora eyeshadows in this palette. Easiest part is that it's already magnetized! Blue shadow is a sephora sized pan.   

Magnetic Palette Comparisons:
E.L.F. elements palette (mirror) $1
Z Palette Small (window) $14
Sephora custom 3 pan (mirror) $13
Sephora custom 6 pan (mirror) $16
Unii Palette (mirror) $29
Etsy Anothersoul Original Palette $15
Z Palette Medium (window) $17
Z Palette Large (window) $20

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Foundation / BB / CC / Moisture Tint Swatches and Review - Fragrance Free

Having a fragrance allergy is annoying to say the least, having to peruse labels, being paranoid if anyone else is doing your makeup.  Being a bridesmaid twice now and just having gone through my own wedding, I've basically had to become my own makeup expert and make my own kit to avoid any reactions.  

Shopping for foundations was one of the more tedious processes, any of the highly touted, holy grail high end foundations contain Fragrance as an ingredient (MUFE HD/Dior).  Many reviews I read about foundations good for photography Revlon kept on coming up, off to the drugstore!  Revlon Colorstay, Nearly Naked, and Photoready are all fragrance free, yay! I ended up using the Revlon Photoready for my photoshoots in Taiwan and for the wedding in the US and it looked great and lasted well through the day in heat (used with Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure (fragrance free) + Milani Mineral Powder).  The makeup artist in Taiwan was really impressed with the product, I came in after the morning shoot in 90 degree weather and she's like, wow, you barely need any touch ups. I sweat a lot, and the makeup didn't breakup too much, just some blotting and powder and I was ok to go.  I'm pretty sure the colorstay would have looked good as well but the super heavy paint smell of the product is just such a turn off for me. For reference I have sensitive combination skin that is oily on the tzone and drier on the cheeks.

Revlon Nearly Naked
ClaimsThe ultimate lightweight makeup. Formulated with weightless pigments, this refreshingly light formula melts right in, creating a fresh, even complexion. Works in harmony with your skin to cover flaws and perfect tone and texture.
SPF: 20
IngredientsActive Ingredients: Octinoxate (3.5%). Titanium Dioxide (1.9%). Inactive Ingredients: Aqua ([Water] Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Boron Nitride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Niacinamide, Hydrolyzed Oat Flour, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Palmitic Acid, Oleic Acid, Phytosphingosine, Ceramide 6 II, Cholesterol, Linoleic Acid, Ceramide 3, Tocopherol, Ceramide 1, Triolein, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Alumina, Silica, Sodium Citrate, Dipropylene Glycol, Laureth-7, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methoxy Amodimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Methicone, Stearic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI 77497).
Comments: Good buildable coverage, more natural finish.  Honestly haven't tested this enough to comment on the staying power.
Repurchase: TBD

Revlon Photoready
ClaimsFor poreless, airbrushed skin in any light, you need Revlon PhotoReady™ Makeup. Photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light to erase every flaw. Our complete, yet undetectable coverage results in a stunning finish.
SPF: 20
IngredientsActive Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (1.1%), Zinc Oxide (2.0%). Ingredients: Aqua (Water) Eau), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitride, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Nylon-12, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllac, Tone Crosspolymer, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Alumina, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Glycerin, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Trisiloxane, Methicone, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Tribehenin, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Cycloheptasiloxane, Silica, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947).
Comments: Excellent staying power and coverage, looks great in photography.  I've only used this with a primer.  Does look like "makeup".  Not sure if this specific product is being replaced but there is a new Photoready Airbrush Effect product coming out in similar packaging marked as "New Formula"
Repurchase: Yes

Revlon Colorstay
ClaimsLongwearing coverage with Time Release Technology and a lightweight formula that won’t cake, fade, or rub off. Specifically made for combination or oily skin to control oil absorption and shine. Your look stays flawless throughout the day.
SPF: 6
IngredientsActive Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (7.3%). Non-Medicinal Ingredients/Other Ingredients: Aqua ((Water) Eau), Cyclomethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Nylon-12, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Tribehenin, Isododecane, Polyisobutene, Sodium Chloride, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Bisabolol, Serica ((Silk Powder) Poudre de Soie), Tocopheryl Acetate, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Lilium Candidum (Lily) Bulb Extract, Lactobacillus/Eriodictyon Californicum Ferment Extract, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower Extract, Serica ((Silk) Soie), Alumina, Dimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Ethylene Brassylate, Methicone, Trisiloxane, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain +/-: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499).
Comments: It "looks like makeup", has good coverage and is build-able, but the smell is really off putting.  I can see how it would be great for "flawless" makeup for stage or photography.  
Repurchase: No

For more day to day wear I prefer something lighter like a BB cream, CC cream or lighter foundation. I've been testing out a few different types and do have to say Jouer is my current favorite.
The Tarte full coverage foundation is thrown in there since the packaging is similar
 and it has that moussey feel similar to the Jouer.

Rachel K CC Cream
: The CC Cream Original shade is a light color for fair skin tone with pinkish undertones. It combines various benefits all in one - color control, oil control, whitening, brightening, moisturizing and UV protection with SPF 35 PA ++. Oil Free, Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist tested, Ophthalmologist tested, Non-comedogenic, Non-irritating, Helps sooth and calm, No animal testing.
SPF: 35 PA ++
Coverage: Light/Buildable
Ingredients: Water, Titanium Dioxide/Mica, Zinc oxide, Dimethicone/Human Oligopeptide-1, Glycerin, PEG 10 Dimethicone, Acrylates/Ethyhexyl Acrylate/ Dimethicone, Disteardimonium, Hectorite Mica, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone, White Tea Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Adenosine, Hyaluronic acid, Silica, Sorbitan, Olivate Lecithin, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Aloe, Sodium Citrate, Barbadensis leaf extract, Methyl Paraben, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Iron Oxide
Comments: This color is a bit light for me and doesn't oxidize too much. The finish is more matte than dewy and is not very moisturizing. When I tried to purchase this, the company didn't ship to the US yet however made an exception for me, excellent customer service! They do ship to the us now so yay! and they do have a new formulation that come in a few shades.
Repurchase: No (might try a different shade)
Price: $39
Size: 1fl oz (new packaging)

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
: A perfect blend of skincare and makeup that hydrates skin and softens fine lines with a sheer hint of color for a healthy, dewy glow.
SPF: 20
Coverage: Very Light
Ingredients: Octyl Methoxycinnamate and Menthyl Anthranilate.
Purified Water, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) PEG-40 Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cyclomethicone, DEA-Ceryl Phosphate, Hexyl Laurate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Propylparaben. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica.
Comments: This is a good product if you have dry skin and little to no blemishes. Product provides very very sheer coverage. I have combination skin so my t-zone is super oily by the end of the day with this product.  I may need the oil free version but like a little more coverage from my product these days.
Repurchase: No
Price: $20.50/$43
Size: 1oz/1.7oz
Availability: Sephora

Smashbox BB
Claims: This multitasking tinted cream formula with SPF 35 moisturizes, primes, perfects, controls oil, and protects for flawless skin on set and beyond. Formulated with emollients and optical pearl pigments, this BB Cream gives skin a glowing, ethereal look and provides a hydrating veil for the complexion to maintain moisture on the surface of the skin. With its ultrasmoothing finish, it instantly re-texturizes to create a smooth canvas and enhances the wear of makeup. Ideal even for oily complexions, this expert formula with UVA/UVB protection helps inhibit oil to prevent the complexion from getting shiny throughout the day without the typical chalky matte finish.
SPF: 35
Coverage: Light
Ingredients: Active: Octinoxate 7.50%, Octisalate 4.00%, Oxybenzone 2.50%, Titanium Dioxide 1.10%. Inactive: Water\Aqua\Eau, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D'Orge, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polyquaternium-51, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Trehalose, Oryzanol, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Urea, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucrose, Glycerin, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Caffeine, Linoleic Acid, Cholesterol, Lecithin, Squalane, Sodium PCA, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Laurate, Xanthan Gum, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Silica, Disodium EDTA, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica.
Repurchase: TBD
Price: $39
Size: 1oz
Availability: Sephora, Department Stores, Ulta

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint
Claims: A lightweight, mattifying moisture tint evens out imperfections and imparts a velvety smooth finish with its Multi-Mineral Complex. SPF 15 protects from UVA and UVB rays while vitamins A, C and E deliver rich antioxidants to the skin. It features sheer coverage that can be layered to build.
SPF: 15
Coverage: Light/Buildable
Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 6%, Zinc Oxide 3%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Peg/Ppg 18/18 Dimethicone, Silica, Dimethicone, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phytantriol, Hexyl Laurate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Nylon-12, Sodium Chloride, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Polydodecanamideaminium Triazadiphenylethenesulfonate, Polyvinylalcohol Crosspolymer, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Chloride, Lysine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Potassium Sorbate. May Contain (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
Comments: Product has a very mousseish texture and is easy to apply. Coverage is buildable and looks very natural. Oil Free and Fragrance free!
Repurchase: Yes
Price: $38
Size: 1.7oz
Availability:, Nordstrom

Smashbox CC
: With an advanced, lightweight formula, this color-correcting cream is a game changer with the proven ability to visibly lessen the appearance of dark spots, sun spots, and post-acne marks instantly and over time. It neutralizes and brightens skin for a more even complexion and primes, perfects, protects with SPF 30, adding moisture without creating excess oil.
SPF: 30
Coverage: Light
Ingredients: Active: Octinoxate 7.50%, Octisalate 4.00%, Oxybenzone 2.50%, Titanium Dioxide 1.10%. Inactive: Water\Aqua\Eau, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Behenyl Alcohol, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Ascorbyl Glucoside, PEG-40 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D'Orge, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Sucrose, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Lecithin, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Caffeine, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Cholesterol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Linoleate/Oleate, Linoleic Acid, Dimethoxytolyl Propylresorcinol, Squalane, Sodium PCA, Urea, Bisabolol, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Glycerin, Oryzanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Stearic Acid, Silica, Ergothioneine, Xanthan Gum, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Alumina, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Chlorphenesin, [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Zinc Oxide (CI 77497), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)] .
Repurchase: TBD
Price: $42
Size: 1oz
Availability: Sephora, Department Stores, Ulta

Cover FX Natural Finish
Claims: This silky smooth foundation provides buildable, sheer-to-full coverage for comfortable all-day wear. Vitamins C and E soothe inflammation and reduce redness while protecting against premature skin aging, and anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties protect against damaging environmental factors. Available in an array of shades, it was designed to achieve a natural-looking, soft finish in a long-wearing water-resistant formula.
SPF: None
Coverage: Light/Buildable
Ingredients: Water, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Diethylhexyl Carbonate, Dimethicone, Squalane,Tribehenin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Triacontanyl Pvp, Butylene Glycol, Ethyl Linoleate, Ethyl, Linolenate, Ethyl Oleate, Erythritol, Sodium Chloride, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Bisabolol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Lauroyl Lysine, Sorbitol/Sebacic Acid Copolymer Behenate, Phytosphingosine, Xanthan Gum, Tetrapeptide-21, Homarine Hcl. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499).
Repurchase: TBD
Price: $40
Size: 1oz
Availability: Sephora

Clinique BB
This instant morning routine gives skin just about everything it needs for a quick start: SPF protection, antioxidants for prevention, and just enough coverage to banish imperfections. In addition to these beneficial factors, it makes the perfect primer, too.
SPF: 30
Coverage: Light
Ingredients: Active: Octinoxate 7.5%; Octisalate 4%; Zinc Oxide 3.5%; Oxybenzone 2.5%; Titanium Dioxide 1.1%; Other: Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Germ) Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Linoleic Acid, Oryzanol, Squalane, Cholesterol, Caffeine, Sucrose, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-51, Lecithin, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Sodium PCA, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Trehalose, Urea, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Silica, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol; May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica
Price: $37
Size: 1.4oz
Availability: Sephora, Department Stores

Clinique Moisture Sheer Tint (Discontinued)
: A refreshing, sheer wash of colour that hydrates and evens out skin tone. Protects with a powerful antioxidant complex and SPF 15 sunscreen. 4 skin-friendly shades wear beautifully alone or under makeup. Oil-free, so all skin types can benefit.
SPF: 15
Coverage: Very Light
Ingredients: Active Ingredients: octinoxate 3.5% titanium dioxide 1%. Ingredients: water (aqua purificata) purified, cyclopentasiloxane, butylene glycol, steareth-21, glyceryl stearate, dimethicone, isostearic acid, tromethamine, aloe barbadensis leaf water, palmitoyl oligopeptide, caffeine, sodium hyaluronate, ascorbyl palmitate, cholesterol, trehalose, tocopheryl acetate, glycerin, sucrose, anthemis nobilis (chamomile), silica, hydrogenated lecithin, polyethylene, sorbitol, cellulose gum, peg-8, lecithin, chamomilla recutita (matricaria), pvp, stearic acid, glyceryl polymethacrylate, xanthan gum, steareth-2, hexylene glycol, magnesium aluminum silicate, caprylyl glycol, sodium citrate, bht, carbomer, disodium edta, chloroxylenol, chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol
Comments: Really great for everyday.  Started using this in my teens and still like it.  Unfortunately it's discountinued, I'm not sure if the Moisture Surge Moisture Tint replaced it or the Supermoisture Makeup.
Repurchase: N/A
Price: N/A
Size: 1.4oz
Availability: N/A

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15
: Get 12 hours of flawless coverage with this long-wearing, skin-perfecting formula with UVA/UVB SPF 15. It's full coverage with a weightless texture. With a broad range of shades available and a supremely blendable and buildable formula, everyone can achieve skin that looks healthy and natural.
SPF: 15
Coverage: Medium/Buildable
Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Mica, Dimethicone, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Phytantriol, Hexyl Laurate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium Chloride, Hexylene Glycol, Lysine, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Nylon-12 Fluorescent Brightener 230 Salt, Polyvinylalcohol Crosspolymer, Kaolin, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Sorbate, Iron Oxides.
Comments: Full coverage, looks like makeup.  Feels nice but can get cakey around pores,  My tzone was fairly oily after a full day. I'll need to retry this with a primer to see how it lasts.
Repurchase: TBD
Price: $38
Size: 1.7oz
Availability:, Sephora, Ulta, Department Stores

Monday, November 17, 2014

Magnetic Freedom Palettes - Z Palette, Unii Palette, Etsy Anothersoul Palette

Since my previous review of the Etsy palettes by Anothersoul. I've since then purchased a bunch of pro sized Z Palettes and went on a depotting/consolidation frenzy to organize a bunch of eyeshadow palettes and blushes.

The Unii Palette by far is the best for travel as it is sealed. It would still be best to put some paper towels in there for a "buffer" in case anything shifts around.  I have the old version, but I have converted them to have a magnetized bottom and it works MUCH better this way.

The Etsy Palettes are a great option if you are on a budget and care more about unique cover designs.

Z Palettes I would say are the best for at home organization since it has the clear window for you to easily identify and access what you want.

What Fits?
 Unii Palette - Urban Decay Naked 2 and Urban Decay Deluxe Palette with some random shadows from Wallpaper Palette

 Unii Palette with Sample sized Benefit Blushes

 Unii Palette - Wet n Wild Palette

 Etsy Anothersoul Palette - Tarte Blushes
Measured 7" x 4.5" x 1/2"H with magnet area (inside square) 5 7/8" x 3 3/4". It fits pans up to 5 mm high.  Fits 6 Tarte blushes perfectly.  Tarte blushes are already magnetized and only require a push pin or something sharp to pop them out of the original compact.  Can put them back into the original compact at any time!

Lipstick Small Z Palette, Excuse the Mess

Z Palette Small - Urban Decay, Mac, Makeup Geek
UD Sellout, UD Toasted, UD Buck
Mac Crème de Violet, MG Unexpected, MG Sensuous
UD Heist, UD ACDC, UD Rockstar Pigment (Pressed)
 Z Palette Large Purple with Miscellaneous
Row 1 - UD X Pigment (Pressed), UD Shag Pigment (Pressed), UD Naked, Smashbox 35mm, UD Freelove, UD Kiss, UD Smog Pigment (Pressed)
Row 2 - Prestige Melba, Shu Uemura P Spring Breeze, UD Vert, Shu Uemura Me Green 500, Shiseido S14, Benefit Where There's Smoke, UD Goddess Pigment (Pressed), Sephora Chrome 04
Row 3 - Stila Heart, Stila Queen, Stila Royal Flush, Stila Ace, Cargo Fiji

Z Palette Pro - Miscellaneous Neutral and Purple
Swatch 1 - Clinique Black Honey Quad, Clinique Quad, Tarte Via Del Moro, Benefit Tickled Mink, Benefit Buckle Bunny, Benefit Dandy Brandy, Benefit Mr. Right Now, Stila Coco, Shu Uemura P Kaihaku, UD Last Call, UD Smog
Swatch 2 - UD Asphyxia Pigment (Pressed), Clinique, Clinique, UD Rockstar Pigment (Pressed), UD Diamond Dog, Tarte Lucy I'm home, Smashbox Starlit, UD Purple Haze, UD Crash, Paula Dorf Mardi Gras, UD Retrograde, Nars Night Fever

 Z Palette Pro Matte Eyeshadows - IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty, Stila In the Know, theBalm Meet Matte Nude, The Balm Nude'tude

 Z Palette Pro - Urban Decay Mega Palette - Naked, Naked 3, 15th Anniversary, Smoked

 Z Palette Pro - NYX Blushes

 Z Palette Pro - theBalm Blushes

Z Palette Domed - Urban Decay Bronzers, Milani Baked Blushes, Laura Geller Baby Cakes

Please see this link for my review of the Etsy Palettes

Please see this link for depotting tips

Monday, April 7, 2014

Eczema Face

Having an eczema breakout as a result of some makeup wipes I started reacting to and this was my face on the day of my engagement photoshoot. Yay *sarcasm* doesn't look too bad on camera, but just tons of patchy spots that look terrible with foundation on.  It looks cakey no matter how much primer you slather on, especially around the mouth area.  Eyeshadow on a dry patchy area is just a nightmare...
Probably also my body clearing out toxins from eating foods that are known triggers for me (dairy, sugar, chocolate, shellfish).  It always takes a while to heal since I'm impatient and scratch and like desserts... :/  Trying to be patient and be good with my diet, eating more fermented foods and taking my probiotic, fish oil and vitamins.  Week 2 from this day and getting better, takes about a month for skin to fully renew itself so hopefully be rash free in another week or so.  This week is definitely a lot less red than last week.  Egyptian magic cream has be helping keep the flakes hydrated.  By the end of the day my skin feels very dry and "tuggy" itchy with flakes but I know that means it's healing.
Rest up heal up!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

False Eyelashes - Dolly Wink, Diamond Lash Little Wing Series

I'm still a makeup n00b and have been practicing playing around with false lashes.  I still gravitate towards the more natural looking lashes.  Recently I went to a makeup trial and the lashes the MUA used are super defined and flared at the wing giving a very cat eye look.  Excused the crooked or partially glued weirdness and derpy faces (that's just my face) ... I'm still learning, I did read a blogpost where they apply the glue to directly on the eye instead of the lash... I might try that next time since positioning is the biggest @#$%!
I always find it more helpful when I see the lash actually on a person.

I really love the dolly wink series but trim them a lot since I'm not really into the full on "dolly" look.  They're pricey but look so nice!  The Diamond Lash Little Wing series is a great cheaper alternative.

Dolly Wink 09 Natural Dolly

Dolly Wink 10 Sweet Cat

Dolly Wink 11 Pure Sweet

Diamond Lash Little Wing Muse Eye

Diamond Lash Little Wing Romance Eye

Diamond Lash Little Wing Wing Eye

Diamond Lash Little Wing Secret Eye

Diamond Lash Little Wing Airy Eye

Eyemazing Jun Komori 102

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sephora VIB 500 Point Perk Tarte Amazonian Treasures Collection

Like a good little hoarder, I held on to my points until a good 500 point perk came up.
I'm not sure if it's online only, I received a notice in my Beauty Insider email.
It's marked as a Beauty Insider Exclusive on the product page.

This is an amazing deal with a bunch of Tarte's best selling products.
All Tarte products are more natural and strives to use less harmful chemicals.  That being said they do still use Talc in their powders.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates

I love Tarte and have been using their products for a few years now, specifically their eyeshadows and mascara. I have an allergy to "fragrance mix" or chemical fragrances, so love that they don't use synthetic fragrances or any fragrances at all in most of their products.  I personally already own most of the products from this set in full size so will compare to show you how cute and well sized the samples are.  I really wanted to pick this up so I could have some travel sized versions of my favorite products!

-Lights, Camera, Lashes! (0.10 oz)
-Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow in Shimmering Moss (0.10 oz)
-Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed (0.05 oz)
-Pure Maracuja Oil (0.23 oz)
-Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder (0.07 oz)

Top Left Sample 0.10oz / Right Full Sized 0.20oz
Middle Left Sample 0.07oz / Right Full Sized 0.32oz
Bottom Top Full Sized 0.24oz / Bottom Sample 0.10oz

Left Full Size Exposed / Right Sample Exposed
I did notice that my sample of exposed seemed slightly different than the full sized Exposed I currently own.  It's possible that they've changed the formulation slightly or just a different batch.  The sample is a lot more pinky/orange in the pan, but swatches just slightly more pink.  It's generally the same color and the difference isn't really that noticeable and could just be my indoor lighting.

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in ExposedExposed is an amazing nude matte blush for everyday.  So easy to blend and wears really well.  It's really as good as the rave reviews I've seen everywhere.  Definitely perfect for a makeup beginner as the color is subtle and hard to overdo.

Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara Is a perfect volumizing daily mascara that won't irritate the eyes.  It's one of my favorite mascaras to date, it's not the waterproof version but it lasts well, holds a curl and doesn't flake.
Check this previous Mascara Roundup Post for the Review

Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder I haven't used my Smooth Operator powder yet as I'm still working through my bare minerals powder so don't have a review yet, but there are so many rave reviews on this setting powder.

Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow is full sized and possibly just the old packaging.

Ingredients List:
Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara
Aqua, Alcohol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Stearyl Olive Esters, Stearic Acid, Cera Carnauba, Triethanolamine, Candelilla Cera, Acacia Senegal Gum, Panthenol, VP/VA Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Aminomethylpropanediol, Chlorphenesin, Iron Oxides (CI 77499).Amazonian Clay Finishing PowderSilica, Kaolin, Lecithin, Lysophosphatidic Acid, Lysolecithin.

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Exposed

Talc, Zinc Stearate, Tricaprylin, Polyethylene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cera Alba, PEG-150 Distearate, Lanolin, Laureth-4, Tocopherol, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Kaolin, Tin Oxide, Mica, Carmine (CI 75470). (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Red 6 And Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090).
Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow Shimmering Moss
Isododecane, Mica, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax/Cire De Candelilla, Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire De Carnauba, Squalane, Hydrogentated Polyisobutene, Lecithin, Barium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Carbonate, Trihydroxystearin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Tin Oxide, Kaolin, Retinyl Palmitate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Friday, April 19, 2013 Review #2 - Neo Vision Dali Heart Brown and Blue

I really loved my last purchase of the Neo Vision Dali Heart Grey. I noticed that had them for cheaper than Eyecandylens and had the Neovision clear cases as the bonus cases, I asked via facebook messaging and they let me add a few extra cases to my latest order.  It is definitely best to contact them through facebook, as a query via their website form or email went unanswered.

 Neo Vision Dali Heart Blue
Comfort: 5/5
Color Payoff: 5/5
Origin: South Korea
Water content: 45%
Diameter: 14.2 mm
Comments: Really pretty vibrant blue, the dark limbal ring pronounces the enlargening effect.  These are my first blue lenses and I really love them.

Neo Vision Dali Heart Brown
Comfort: 5/5
Color Payoff: 5/5
Origin: South Korea
Water content: 45%
Diameter: 14.2 mm
Comments: Gorgeous and englargening, very subtle pretty heart detail. Very comfortable as usual with the Neo Vision Dali lenses.