MAC ‘Art of the Eye’ Collection Review, Swatches

MAC Art of the eye collection

Fresh off of my excitement about the MAC Temperature Rising Collection, I have several pieces from the current Art of the Eye Collection to share with you. As you probably guessed, this collection revolves entirely around bringing focus to the eyes. With colorful, bold hues, Art of the Eye offers products to emphasize your pretty peepers.

mac art of the eye

MAC is really challenging us to step outside of our comfort zone. I don’t know about you—but I can’t remember the last time I owned a magenta eyeliner! This review isn’t comprehensive, as it doesn’t feature all of the available pieces, but I think it’s enough to get the idea. [Read more...]

CARGO Color Palette Eyeshadow Quad in Vienna Review, Photos, Swatches

cargo eyeshadow

Even if this eyeshadow quad from CARGO was released a few years ago, I had to share it with you. It’s too gorgeous to pass up! In my humble opinion, CARGO’s eyeshadow singles have one of the best formulas on the consumer market. The shades are rich, pigment-packed, and feel super smooth. I found that the same qualities I love about the singles, were passed down to this fantastic foursome—the Color Palette Eyeshadow Quad in Vienna.

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CARGO Vienna

With three interchangeable everyday wet/dry shades, CARGO added a pretty pop of color to use as a liner, or to increase depth in the crease. [Read more...]

Flower Beauty Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad in Foxy Browns Review, Photos, Swatches

flower beauty shadow play eyeshadow quad

Earlier this year, Flower Beauty launched exclusively at Walmart with much fanfare. The line was created in partnership with Drew Barrymore, and I’ve seen so many products from the line receive high praise in the blogosphere. I finally had a chance to check out a few pieces from the collection, and first up is the Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad in Foxy Browns.

flower beauty shadow play eyeshadow quad foxy browns

Shadow Play in Foxy Browns

This is a beautiful combination of browns and taupe with a soft shell pink for highlight, so my first impressions were favorable. To the touch, they feel so smooth and creamy—but they’re also powdery. It’s so hard to describe, because I can’t say that I’ve ever wanted to love something more. When I went to apply them, that’s when things went a little south. [Read more...]

MAC Temperature Rising Collection Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Temperature Rising Collection

It’s getting hot in here…

We all know that new MAC collections come fast, and they come furious. And I have to say, it’s been a long time since I’ve paused and been like—WOW—AMAZING! This post has taken me some extra time because I have not stopped dabbling in the new Temperature Rising Collection since it hit my desk. In a single word, I describe this one as “impressive”. Check out the pieces I tried!

Nail Lacquers in ‘Scorching Haute’, and ‘Tropical’

In the past, I’ve noticed some inconsistencies in the MAC Nail Lacquer formula. With Temperature Rising, I really liked the results I had with both shades, Scorching Haute, and Tropical. Both give stunning results with full coverage. The glitter in Scorching Haute looks good with two coats (but great with three), and Tropical looked perfect with just two coats. Unlike a lot of glitters I own, the finish was nice and smooth with my top coat of Seche Vite. (I personally find this one to work best!)

MAC Scorching Haute Tropical Nail Lacquer

Scorching Haute, Tropical [Read more...]

Pacifica ‘Enlighten’ Eye Brightening Shadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

pacifica enlighten eye palette

Pacifica is a beautiful, earth-conscious brand that I could once only find at my local Sephora. Their line of fragrant body-care products, candles, fragrances, and lip balms are delicious! They recently branched out—now I can find their products at Target, and they’ve introduced color cosmetics to their core collection lineup. Although the collection is on the smaller side for now, I like what they’re doing; formulating natural, safe, and sustainable products without sacrificing on the beauty of the products.

pacifica enlighten eyeshadow palette

Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette

The Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette was introduced earlier this year, and I was immediately drawn to its gorgeous packaging. (I’m such a sucker!) Next, it was the inviting color palette—not flashy, yet not overly basic—just enough to bring out stunning eyes. There’s something about the lure of the eyes being warmed up with both a golden and jewel-toned purple. If you haven’t tried this color combo yet, you’re missing out! [Read more...]

L’Oréal Paris Miss Candy Collection (Limited Edition) Review, Photos, Swatches

loreal paris miss candy collection

I want candy!

Brand new from L’Oréal Paris, meet the Miss Candy Collection. You may already be seeing this limited edition collection in stores now, but it’s not slated for an official release until May. Enjoy these pops of colors for your eyes and nails!

Infallible Eyeshadows…

The core collection of Infallible Eyeshadows (in which some of them I’ve reviewed here) are very popular due to their rich pigment payoff, ease of use, and length of wear. While I didn’t have the time to put the wear time of these limited edition shades to the test, I wouldn’t be surprised if they were long wearing. (If there’s anyone who has tested these specific shades, please let us know in the comments!) I will still say I find they’re best applied with a finger or a sponge applicator. They can also be applied with a wet synthetic brush, resulting in a “foil” method for some of the more iridescent shades.

Just like my previous warnings, fight the urge to dig into the product—you really only need to lightly swipe across the top. Make sure not to throw away the little pressing tool piece that you’ll find inside when you open it. You’re supposed to use it to pack the shadow back down after use.

The new shades:

  • Dive Right In — iridescent aqua
  • Strawberry Blonde — iridescent cotton candy pink
  • With a Twist — iridescent violet
  • Cherie Merie — shimmering medium orange


loreal paris 24 hour infallible miss candy collection eye shadow


Miss Candy Collection Infallible Eyeshadows  [Read more...]

Currently Loving: MAC Fashion Sets “Embrace Me” Collection

MAC Fashion Sets Collection Embrace Me

Earlier this month, MAC released the Fashion Sets Collection, and what a gorgeous collection it is! In its entirety, Fashion Sets features four distinctive shades with coordinating pieces for each bold hue; Embrace Me (bold fuchsia), Heroine (bright violet), Ablaze (bright orange), and Silly (soft blue-pink). Each shade features a Lipstick, Lipglass, Nail Lacquer, Lip Pencil, and Eyeshadow.

I was instantly crazy about Embrace Me. This bright flash of fuchsia literally made me feel like dancing! Like I needed somewhere to go after I put it on. And let’s just say—at my age—I don’t feel like “going out” much anymore! While I don’t happen to have the lip pencil that matches, I do have the rest of the Embrace Me pieces, and I am in love.

Let it be known—no, I definitely don’t recommend wearing the eyeshadow at the same time you’re wearing the lip colors (well, at least for me), but the layering potential with the Lipstick and Lipglass is pure SASS. If Embrace Me isn’t your kinda shade, do pop into a MAC location to check out the rest of the collection in-person before it’s totally gone. There are some true color winners to be had.

MAC Embrace Me Lipstick

MAC ‘Embrace Me’ Lipstick (matte) — bright fuchsia cream [Read more...]

What’s New: CARGO Cosmetics Route 66 Road Trip Kit

Get your kicks, on Route 66!

New for spring, get your wanderlust on with this great value from CARGO, their Route 66 Road Trip Kit. With four easy-to-apply essentials, this kit will make you look pretty and polished in just a few minutes.

What’s included:

  • Route 66 cosmetic pouch/wristlet
  • Road Trip Eyeshadow — shimmering sand
  • Route 66 Lip Gloss — sheer coral shimmer
  • Texas Liner Liquid Eyeliner Marker (travel size) — jet black
  • 3 Triple Action Mascara (travel size) — black

CARGO Route 66 Road Trip Kit

I’ve been a fan of CARGO’s lip glosses and eyeshadows for a long time, but I have to say—the Texas Liner really steals the show! If for some reason, you decide not to go with this kit, I totally recommend picking up a Texas Liner. It’s a crazy intense jet black liquid liner marker, that you can use to make both thick and thin lines with. It’s quick-drying and water-based, and I find it’s pretty easy to work with. Liquid liner is tricky enough, so a marker version makes me a happy camper. [Read more...]

What’s New: MAC Hayley Williams Collection

Maybe you recognize this flame-haired beauty, Hayley Williams from the band, Paramore? She’s definitely a stand-out in the music world with her original, cool vibe, and killer vocals. Her style has spawned a new 4-piece collection with MAC Cosmetics that will be sold exclusively online for a limited time. If you like oranges and shimmering corals, peep this new collection before it’s long gone!

I tried out all four pieces—and while they weren’t necessarily for me, I do have appreciation for all color. Especially when it’s vibrant with exceptional payoff. Some of these pieces leaned a little more editorial in nature for me, but I can still see people wearing them. I’m personally a huge fan of the Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade. But see the collection in its entirety below, and sound off on what you think!

Hayley Williams Collection

  • Lipstick — Sounds Like Noise (bright true orange matte) [Read more...]