Beauty

Review: NYX Lid Lingerie in Dynamic, Revel and Rose Pearl

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NYX’s Lingerie line has got me all kinds of shook. So when I found out that they were releasing “eye tints” from this range, I was excited. They’ve got a matte range and a non-matte range. I picked up 2 from the matte range and 1 from their non-matte range. I’m always skeptical about liquid shadows because I find they tend to crease easily but I was excited to see how these would hold up!

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What is it: These eye tints by NYX cosmetics are the company’s foray into the liquid shadow world! It’s weightless, easy to apply and incredibly long-lasting. Their non-matte range offers an array of shades that have a pearl finish that isn’t glittery or too shimmery. They’re not meant to be super opaque but it can be built up. Similarly, the matte range offers the exact same thing but in matte shades (duh!). These shadows are meant to give you the most natural yet pretty tint to your lids! Dynamic, from the matte range, is a blush toned nude shade. Revel, another matte, is a nude almost close to my lid colour shade (lol). And finally, Rose pearl is a shimmery pinky rose! All of these retail for $10 at your local NYX retailer or store!

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The Good: OKAYYYYYYYYYYY. I won’t lie. I thought these would not be too good. Seriously. But when I used all of these, I was blown away! Even though they’re marketed as a “Sheer eye tint”, these are nowhere near sheer! I’d definitely say that they’re opaque but you can definitely wear it sheer too. I’ll go through each shade individually before I get into the formula. Rose Pearl is gorgeous. I use it as a base for any shimmery pinks I put on my lids or even when I don’t feel like doing too much on my eyes (hello work day!). Dynamic is a blush pink which looks great on my lids! I like to layer this one with some shades from the tartelette palette. I use Revel as a base on days I don’t feel like using any makeup at all! The formula of these are AMAZING. It’s not liquidy nor is it super moussey, if that even makes sense. I find that it’s a perfect balance of the two. The applicator wand is great. I use it to dot on my eye lids and then use a brush to blend. These blend incredibly well. In fact, it’s so super weightless that I forget that I have eye shadow on. Also, it blends with powders and other liquids so flawlessly! I am truly impressed. These lasted on my eyes throughout my work day and didn’t crease (I did use Too Faced’s shadow insurance as a base). So that’s always a plus. All in all, these particular shades are pretty awesome! I can’t wait to pick up some of the other shades to compare and see!

The Bad: N o t h i n g.

Overall Rating: 10/10

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Beauty

Review: Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in Smoky

Hello Dolls! Hope you’re all doing great! I’ve got a few things for you in this post. Obviously, this is a review…duh! BUT I’ve also got a corresponding swatch video for you as well (you can click here, if that’s all you want to see). So without further adieu, let’s get in!

First Impressions

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When I heard that Shay Mitchell was teaming up with Smashbox to be the face of their new cover shot eyeshadow palette line, I was excited! Although, I’m sad that all these colours aren’t in ONE big palette, I’m still glad they’ve released them based on different eye trends out there. I obviously wanted to purchase the Smoky palette because I have an unhealthy obsession with jewel toned shadows. I know I say this about most things I love but I genuinely fell in love at first swatch! These babies were smooth and pigmented so I couldn’t say no!

Product Application and Formula

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If I could describe this palette in one word then it would definitely be PIGMENTED. I can’t explain to you, actually I can…when you look at the swatches, how gorgeous these shades come off! The formula is buttery smooth and it blends into one another flawlessly. I love that it has two matte basic shades in this palette. It’s not super powdery and it’s just perfect. The quality of these shadows are impeccable! The smoky palette includes everything you need to create the perfect smoky eye. I also LOVE that it has some shimmery shades, given glitter is the IT thing right now. With an amazing eye shadow primer, these shades stayed on my eyes the whole night and came off only when I used makeup remover. I will say that there was a tiny bit of fall out BUT I’m willing to let it slide because the shades are so perfectly curated and they complement each other so well.

Rating: 9.5/10

Swatches and Packaging 

I think this video speaks for itself don’t you think? BUT if you insist, I’ve also included photo swatches and a little bit about each shade here.

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  • The two big matte shades in this palette are Feature (matte milk chocolate) and Instinct (matte cream). These can be used as bases, highlights for your brows and even as a crease blending shade
  • Headline is a shimmery maroon. Hell Ya is a metallic brown and Rock Me is a metallic silver.
  • STFU is a shimmery green and probably one of my favourite shades smashbox has put out. Slayer is s matte slate grey colour and Big Night is a black with shimmery glitter.
  • The packaging is literally one of my favourites because it’s sleek, easy to carry and has a big mirror. Also, the holographic cover is literally one of the coolest covers I’ve seen!

Rating: 10/10

Price: $35 (CDN) and you can purchase it at any Smashbox retailer, I got mine at Sephora.

Final Verdict

Do I think you need this palette in your life? YES. Do I think you can achieve the easiest most gorgeous smoky eye with this palette? YES YES. Is the price incredibly reasonable? YES YES YES! Honestly, this is easily one of my favourite launches from Smashbox! If you want these gorgeous shades, I suggest you head on over and purchase this palette ASAP!

Overall Rating: 10/10

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

 

Beauty

Review: Urban Decay’s Full Spectrum Palette

Happy New Year Dolls! If you didn’t check out my previous blog post, then you can do that by clicking here! Since this is officially the first blog post of 2017, I wanted to start it off with a review because this was one of the main reasons why I had started blogging altogether. As always, you can follow me on all my social media accounts by simply searching Daff Diaries or clicking the links on the right hand side of this page!

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If you’ve been an avid reader of this blog, then you already know how much I love Urban Decay as a brand. They have some of the best eye shadows out there and you will never be disappointed by any of their product launches. So when this palette first came out, like most people, I read the reviews. Now, some reviews were great and some not so much…so I figured why not give this palette a shot!

First Impressions

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I’m what you call a true Urban Decay junkie, mainly because I own practically every palette this company puts out (so loyal UD, you should send me some stuff for the promo :P). Anyways, when I saw this palette at the Urban Decay store, I picked it up merely because it was on sale. I didn’t swatch all the colours. In fact, the only colour I swatched in-store was Calavera (the bright yellow) and it was super pigmented! That alone sold it for me. So when I first swatched everything, I will say there were a few shades that were powdery but by no means was it not pigmented. Yes, UD has had better palettes but this one isn’t AS bad as some people made it seem. I will say that you can’t wear these colours daily (unless you work somewhere that requires you to). But all in all, I was satisfied with what this product was going to offer me. It has a bevy of colours that goes absolutely well with all those South Asian events I attend and I don’t really own a similar palette like this.

Product Application & Swatches

As I mentioned, there were some shades which are a little powdery, but they’re not bad. You have to make sure you use an eyeshadow base with this palette so that you avoid fall out from the powder/glitter. Other than that, you can check out the video posted here to make up your mind about the swatches. I will say this though, you can use these shadows wet and boy, are they extremely pigmented when wet. Like all Urban Decay palettes, the shadows are buttery smooth and glide on to your lids without any sort of issue (with the exception of a few powdery shades). My favourite shades in the palette have to be Blindsided, Metamorphosis and Iced. The other thing I love about this product is the fact that there are 21 eye shadow shades which work on its own or with one another. With 2017 here, I already can sense that one of the biggest trends of this year is going to be the coloured smoky eye and this palette is perfect for that!  The packaging is your typical Urban Decay packaging. It’s got a hefty size mirror and it comes with their dual sided brush (one of my favs). Majority of these shadows are extremely pigmented and I love that the most unconventional colours are one of the best ones in the palette.

Swatch Rating: 8/10 

Product Application Rating: 8/10

Packaging Rating: 10/10

Price & Availability

I bought mine at the Urban Decay store located inside Square One in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. But you can purchase this at Sephora or at any UD retailer for a cool $57 (CDN). I think it’s a steal because it is on sale right now and it’s limited edition!

Final Verdict

Do I think this is a must-have product for every single person out there? No. But do I think this is a great palette for those who love bright colours? Yes, a thousand and 1 percent. I don’t think this palette is bad at all despite having a few powdery shades.The swatches of some of the bright colours are amazing and when used wet, this is one killer palette! If you love colour, you better pick this up ASAP because it is ON SALE right now!

Overall Rating: 8/10

See you in the next post!

kisses,

S

Beauty, Lifestyle

VIB Rouge Appreciation Event & Sephora Haul!

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Hi Dolls! Hope you enjoyed the last post! If you didn’t read it, then make sure you read it right here. Last weekend, I attended Sephora’s VIB Rouge Beauty Insider Appreciation event….and TODAY, I’m going to share with you what happened! So let’s get right in…

The Event

Sephora is notorious for holding events for their VIB Rougers (if you want to know more, you can click here). I attended the event at their Sephora Square One location. Here, they shut down the store for their VIB Rougers to get first access/look at some of their Holiday gift sets. And if you purchased anything, you would get four times your beauty points earned. Upon arrival, I was checked off a guest list (please make sure you RSVP or you’ll be stuck waiting), given a shopping bag and then escorted towards their breakfast snack table. The cutely wrapped biscottis were delish (seriously, chocolate and me in the morning are goals). There was coffee and water as well. Then began my favourite part of the whole event: Shopping!

Sephora Haul

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As you can see, I picked up Tarte’s Gift Box, YSL’s Lip Gift Box and Smashbox’s Liquid Lipstick in Bawse.

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Tarte’s Pretty Paint Box

Why: Tarte is one of my favourite makeup brands and I love all the stuff they put out every Holiday season. I find you get your money’s worth and it’s always in gorgeous packaging!

YSL Lips Discovery Set

Why: YSL is literally bae. Like you don’t understand how much I love YSL’s lip lines and all these lippies are in different shades of coral (we all know my obsession with corals).

Smashbox Always on Liquid Lipstick in Bawse 

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Why: Although, this wasn’t part of the holiday line (it’s permanent), I HAD to pick this up. It’s created by Youtube creator Lilly Singh aka Superwoman & I’m already in love!

Freebies

Let’s be real, we all go to these events particularly for the freebies! This one was filled with some really cool goodies I cannot wait to try!

Stay tuned for reviews of each of the mentioned products in the next few weeks! Have an awesome day and see you in the next post! x

Beauty, How To Guide

Makeup Diaries: The Rose Gold Smoky Eye

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The Naked 3 palette has been one of my favourite palettes to use whenever I’m not sure what eye look I want to do. If you want to read my review on this palette, then click here! In the meantime, here’s a makeup look featuring the Naked 3 Palette! Have fun recreating this look dolls & don’t forget to follow me on my various social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr).

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1) First apply a base all over the lids. I used Groundwork by MAC. Then, I applied a lighter base colour because I wanted the rose gold shade to pop even more. I used NARS Rue Bonaparte liner, which I smudged all over the lid.

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2) With the lightest shade in the palette (Strange), I applied it all over my lids and brow bone. Then, I applied the shade Burnout all over the lids, focusing on the centre of the lids. Also, I put a little bit of Dust in the inner corner of the lids.

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3) Then, I took the shade Buzz and applied it to the centre of the lids. After, I took the shade Limit and lightly applied it in the crease.

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4) With the shade Nooner, I applied it all over the crease and outer corners of the lids. Make sure to blend into Limit so that there are no harsh lines! Then, I took a mixture of Factory and Liar & applied it to my outer corners of the lid (to build subtle intensity).

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5) Make sure to blend the outer corners into the shade Nooner (in your crease). Also, with the shade Darkside, I lined my upper and lower lash line. Make sure to blend Darkside into your outer corner and crease, so that you get a seamless gradient.

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6) Since I wanted a subtle winged liner look, I took a liquid liner (Kat Von D’s Trooper) and I lined my upper lash line. I took NARS’ eye liner in Via Venetto and applied it to my water line.

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7) With Benefit’s Browzings, I filled in my eyebrows. Then, I curled my lashes by using Tarte’s lash curler. Then, I took the Buxom Lash mascara and applied it to my upper & lower lashes.

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8) Make sure to wipe off any excess fall out with a makeup wipe! Finish off your look with your favourite foundation/concealer routine. Make sure to add a peachy blush and a coral lip to really pull your look together! I used Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy Blush in Peach Satin and Revlon’s HD Lipstick in Hydrangea. I set my whole look with Make up forever’s HD setting powder!

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Happy Wednesday Dolls! x 

Beauty

Makeup Diaries: The Naked Battle

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Before the release of the new Naked Smoky Palette from Urban Decay, I’ve decided to do a little compare and contrast between all the Naked Palettes that I own. Each one of these palettes are unique yet similar to one another. Below, I’ll share a link to my review (click on the title/picture) and who will benefit the most from each one of these palettes. As always, if you’re not following me on my various social media accounts (seriously, why aren’t you yet?!), then give me a follow on these sites: Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest & Tumblr. 🙂

IMG_2886The Naked Palette

What: This is the original Naked palette, which created quite the frenzy when it first released. I still remember having to return to Sephora a few times before the palette was back in stock. At the time of this palette’s release, there was nothing like this on the market and being Urban Decay, I knew that the shadows would not disappoint.

Who will benefit the most: It’s a warm toned palette but I’ve seen almost every skin tone use this. Each one of these colours are gorgeous on practically anyone. Personally, this being the original Naked palette, I’m sentimental about this one.

How often do I use it: Quite often. If I’m not using just the palette for an eye look, then I’m usually picking out the colours I want to use for a certain eye look.

What I use it for the most: A golden/bronze smoky eye. I find that this palette is really perfect for any sort of smoky eye, whether it’s for a shimmery one or a matte one. Click here for an eye look created using this palette.

Why this should be the palette you purchase: …because this is THE original Naked Palette and honestly, if you have to pick out of all the Naked Palettes, then this really should be the one. It’s the most versatile and the most flattering on any skin tone.

 IMG_3799The Naked 2 Palette

What: This was the much-anticipated second installment of the Naked line of products from Urban Decay. This palette was specifically created to showcase cool toned shadows, which weren’t included in the original palette. Although, there’s a few shadows that were re-included in this palette from the original, it’s still a pretty unique palette. Again, Urban Decay hit it out of the park with this, which features some gorgeous metallics and shimmers.

Who will benefit from this the most: As much as I want to say this palette is made for all skin tones (it is, I mean I use it on my lids and haven’t had an issue), this palette looks the best on lighter skin tones. These shades don’t wash lighter skin tones out and it really does a great job at looking neutral. This doesn’t mean that if you have a darker skin tone, then you should miss out on this. The darker colours, shimmers and metallics will work wonderfully with any skin tone. But as a whole, this one is best for lighter skin toned dolls!

How often do I use it: If I’m being completely honest, not as much as my other Naked Palettes. This is probably because this palette (for my skin tone) isn’t perfect for daily wear. But I do use it for nights out, time to time.

What I use it for the most: Shimmery and metallic eye looks. Also, I have used the shade YDK alone on my lids a lot of times and it looks amazing! Here’s a look I did using this palette.

Why this should be the palette you purchase: …because the quality of the shadows are incredible. If you love cool toned shadows and/or metallic/shimmery shades, then this is the palette for you.

 

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What: This had to be the palette I was waiting for the most. I’m a huge fan of anything that is rose hued or rose-gold. So, it was a given that I would be purchasing this no matter what the outcome. Again, UD (being the game changers they are) killed it with the third installment of the Naked palette. This palette includes rose hued shadows with a mixture of mattes, shimmers and satins (like the other palettes).

Who will benefit from this the most: Anyone. Honestly, I’ve spoken to anyone and everyone that have used this palette and the verdict is the same: It’s amazing. Although, it’s probably the priciest from the lot, but it really truly is a unique palette that flatters every single skin tone.

How often I use it: A lot. This palette is usually at the top of my bunch. I find that whenever I’m in doubt of what eye look to do, this is the palette I gravitate towards first. This also makes my brown eyes really pop out, so most of the time this is the palette I use for nights out.

What I use it for the most: Everything from a smokey eye to a shimmery eye to even using some of these shadows individually. The shade Nooner is used for almost all my eye looks I wear, as a crease/transition shadow.

Why this should be the palette you purchase:…because have you not seen how pretty the colours are? This palette is super versatile and even with the hefty price, it’s totally worth it. You can transition this palette from day-to-night very easily.

 

IMG_3882The Naked Basics

What: After releasing three installments of the Naked palettes, Urban Decay did something everyone was waiting for (including me). They decided to release a smaller, more compact version of the Naked palette featuring only “basic” matte eye shadows!

Who will benefit from this the most: Anyone who’s obsessed with matte shadows and anyone who needs something subtle for work. This palette works with any skin tone, despite being a more warm toned palette (which is why UD released a cooler and darker toned version of this palette, which I don’t own). Each one of these shades can be used with one another or by itself, which is perfect for the workplace environment.

How often I use it: Every day I am at work. Out of all the Naked palettes, this is the one I use everyday because the colours are not shimmery, they look great on my eyes and they’re matte as well as you can transition your eye look from work-day to party-night!

What I use it for the most: Everything from a subtle smoky eye to a basic brown eye. Sometimes, I just use Venus to highlight my brow area and that’s it. Here’s a look I did using this palette.

Why this should be the palette you purchase: …because it’s an all matte palette that’s super versatile and the size of this palette is perfect for travel!

There you go dolls, hope this guide helps you decide which Naked palette to go purchase! Have a great Sunday Dolls! x

Beauty

Review: Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette

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If you’ve read my reviews on the Naked palette and the Naked 2 palette, then you’re already aware of how obsessed I am with the “Naked” range of products Urban Decay has put out. After much speculation, Urban Decay decided to put out a third installment of the “Naked” palette, focusing mainly on rose-hued neutrals (which includes mattes, shimmers and glitters). Like the other two palettes, the set up of the Naked 3 palette is the same. This palette is filled with 12 never-before-seen shadows and a double-ended brush. Each of these shadows are infused with UD’s special “pigment infusion system”, which blends ingredients to give you the perfect shadow that is velvety in texture, rich in colour, blends easily and stays on your lids for hours. Like the other palettes, this has been created so that you can create subtle daytime and extravagant nighttime looks. I picked this palette up merely because I was extremely impressed by Urban Decay and the other Naked palettes, plus the colours looked extremely gorgeous!

My Verdict?

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This has to be one of my go-to palettes for situations that start with the question “What the heck will I do with my eyes?”. As always, Urban Decay does not disappoint with this palette at all. First of all, the quality of these shadows are incredible. If you’re an avid reader of this blog, then you already know my obsession with Urban Decay eye shadows and why I love them. They’re seriously one of the best out there. The texture of these shadows are incredibly smooth and super blendable. They’re buttery soft to touch, including the glitters, and it glides on your lids perfectly. Also, there’s no fall out from these shadows. I find that with glittery/shimmery shadows, you have to always be careful when applying because you don’t want the shadow to be all over your cheeks. But with these shadows, I had no problems like that whatsoever. Second of all, the pigmentation of these shadows are amazing! With one swipe, you get a great deal of colour. You can also build the colour up without it looking cakey, which is important for creating specific types of smoky eye looks. The colour selection is also pretty. The rose-hued shades look gorgeous on any skin tone and each of these shadows can be worn alone or with one another. Thirdly, the packaging is super adorable. It’s a metal hinge case, like the Naked 2 palette. It comes with an enormous mirror. Lastly, I love that there’s a good mixture of mattes, shimmers and satins. This makes the palette super versatile and easy to use for transitional makeup looks. All in all, this is one amazing eye shadow palette that I think every makeup addict should own. It sells for $64 (CDN) and includes a double-ended brush (which is seriously the only eye shadow brush I use now) as well as a packet of one week’s supply of 4 different primer potions. I got mine at Sephora but you can pick it up at any Urban Decay retailer!

The Colours

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  1. Strange: Pale matte-satin pink (I use this as a base & highlight for the brow bone)
  2. Dust: Light dusty pink micro glitter (love this in the inner corners of the lids)
  3. Burnout: Light pink shimmer/satin (amazing as a base for a smoky eye, can be paired with any eye shadow)
  4. Limit: Matte dusty rose/mauve (perfect as a transitional colour in the crease)
  5. Buzz: Metallic rose shimmer with silver microglitter (can be used on its own with a dark liner)
  6. Trick: Light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal microsparkle (I love this shade for nights out)
  7. Nooner: Medium pinky-brown matte (I use this shade all the time for my crease no matter what eye look I wear)
  8. Liar: Medium metallic mauve shimmer (this is the perfect base for a dark shimmery smoky eye)
  9. Factory: Pinky brown satin (this is great in the outer corners, perfect for lining the lower lash line)
  10. Mugshot: Metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shimmer (this is one of my favourite colours in the palette because it’s so unique)
  11. Darkside: Deep taupe-mauve satin (perfect for a smoky eye)
  12. Blackheart: Smoky black matte with rosy red microsparkle (this is the best eye shadow UD has put out. Period.)

 Happy Shopping Dolls! x

Pros:

  • Amazing quality of shadows
  • Versatile palette, cute packaging
  • Great longevity on the lids, buttery smooth, blends extremely well
  • Beautiful colours

Cons:

  • None at all

Rating: 10/10 (If you already don’t own this, then what are you waiting for? Seriously, this has to be one of the best eye shadow palettes I own)

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