Wednesday, July 27, 2011

EOTD: Sleek Curacao palette

This has replaced my Bohemian palette. I LOVE each and every color, and decided to do a quick look before I stepped out with the little one and her father. 

Products used:
Sleek Curacao Palette- Blue Hawaiian, Green Iguana, Purple Haze & Singapore Sling
WnW Vanity Palette- Shimmery Beige
Dior Show Extase mascara

Very simple look, and the quality of Sleek eyeshadows are remarkable. I recently picked up Scandalous blush, and like Pan Tao.... the pigmentation is OFF THE CHARTS!!! Swatches of Scandalous, as well as the Monaco, Curacao and Oh So Special palettes coming soon.

How's everyone's week going thus far?

-Miss Brina

Thursday, July 7, 2011


I saw these beauties while I was browsing through target today, and I am so glad I picked them up. I was surprised how pigmented they were, just one swipe with my tapered blush brush from Sigma was more than enough product to do both cheeks. I can't find my receipt, but they were about $6 a piece. The packaging is really simple, yet sturdy, and comes with a mirror and mini brush in a compartment under the blush. I've never really cared much about the marbled blushes, bronzers, shadows or beauty powders before this purchase... I just figured it helped with aesthetics, but I literally had a GLOW when I applied Rose D'Oro to my face! The gold veining really did wonders.

Left: Rose D'Oro,  Right: Luminoso

Left: Rose D'Oro,  Right: Luminoso

I'll pick up a few more shades on my next trip, that's for sure!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

UPDATED!!!! Review: NYX Matte Lipstick

By now ya'll can tell I LOVE me a good lippie! High end, YES. Drugstore, YES. Homemade, YES. I live for a great lipstick, so you can understand my excitement when I saw these NEW matte lipsticks from NYX. I mean, the Soft Matte Lip Creams were AMAZING, so these have got to be just as great, right? WRONG! They unimpressed me so much that I've had them for almost a month now, and am just getting around to even writing about them. I know they are a matte lipstick, but the majority of the colors wear VERY dry on your lips. The real and only wow factor (for me) is that you can pretty much count on full color coverage in one swipe. I ordered mine from BeautyJoint, which processed my order on monday and had them on my doorstep by tuesday afternoon!!! Great service, but even their site displayed the colors slightly off from what you truly get. Take a look at the photo below for a more realistic swatch of what you'll be getting when you order (FYI- Butter, Bloody Mary & Audrey are mislabeled on the chart). I'll also be posting swatches of the colors I bought for reference this week.

For example, I ordered Perfect Red, but it came looking more like Pure Red. But it's not a real FAIL for me, as they do have some great colors and the wear time is pretty much all day, even with eating and drinking. With the exception of a couple colors I purchased, like SIERRA, PERFECT RED and STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRI, I'll more than likely be pairing them with a good lipbalm, liner and clear gloss to be able to wear them and not feel like my lips are going to crackle and fall off. 

Has anyone else tried these lipsticks out yet? Did you have the same issue with ULTRA dry lips like I did?

UPDATE: Here are the swatches!