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Hello readers,
Today I have the Make Up For Ever Artist Palette Volume 3 - Florals eyeshadow palette to share with you. I grabbed this when it appeared in the Sephora sale section (and it looks like it's still in stock as of this post). I was drawn in by the mix of neutrals and edgier shades. Let's take a look at swatches.


This palette features a mix of classic neural and bright shades. Most of them have a shimmery finish, but Blue Lagoon (second row down, left shade) leans a bit more sparkly and Straw Yellow (bottom row, left shade) leans more satin matte. I first tried to apply with with a large fluffier shadow brush and it just did not work. I got much better results when I switched to a shadow brush with shorter denser bristles and used a patting rather than brushing motion. All of the swatches below are over Urban Decay Primer Potion.


ME-230 Peacock Blue

Make Up For Ever ME-230 Peacock Blue over Urban Decay Primer Potion

I-544 Pink Granite

Make Up For Ever I-544 Pink Granite over Urban Decay Primer Potion

ME-930 Black Purple

Make Up For Ever ME-930 Black Purple over Urban Decay Primer Potion

D-236 Lagoon Blue

Make Up For Ever D-236 Lagoon Blue over Urban Decay Primer Potion

I-804 Golden Pink

Make Up For Ever I-804 Golden Pink over Urban Decay Primer Potion

I-918 Lavender

Make Up For Ever I-918 Lavender over Urban Decay Primer Potion

S-404 Straw Yellow

Make Up For Ever S-404 Straw Yellow over Urban Decay Primer Potion

ME-512 Golden Beige

Make Up For Ever ME-512 Golden Beige over Urban Decay Primer Potion

I-528 Pearl

Make Up For Ever I-528 Pearl over Urban Decay Primer Potion

Conclusion

My first impressions of these shadows are a bit hit and miss. The majority of shades applied quite nicely and though some took a little extra work, I was able to build them up to a nice pigmented finish. However, Blue Lagoon ended up being more sheer than I was hoping for and Straw Yellow was much more muted when swatched than it looked in the pan. Hopefully I'll be able to get both of them to cooperate a little more when putting together some EOTD looks. You can find Make Up For Ever on


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Hello readers,
Today I have the Light Waves Highlighter Palette from Becca Cosmetics to share with you. This palette is only available on Becca's website which made it a little more difficult for me to get my hands on here in Canada. Luckily, I had a friend who was visiting from the US and she was able to order it for me and bring it up with her. Let's take a look at swatches.


This palette features three highlighters, two of which are also sold individually and one which is a new shade. I've been a fan of Becca's pressed highlighters for a while now. Opal is one of my most used makeup items and I've wanted to try some other shades from the same line. Moonstone and Prismatic Amethyst were on my wishlist so when I saw they were both in this palette it seemed like a good deal.


Moonstone


Pink Sapphire


Prismatic Amethyst


Overall all three of these make nice highlighters. My personal favorite is Prismatic Amethyst and it wore well for me over a full work day. I was hoping for a little more pigmentation out of Pink Sapphire so I could also use it as a blush, but it ended up being the most sheer of the three. If you don't have any of the shades and they all appeal to you, this is a good deal, and having them all in a single case is convenient. However, if you were interested in it because you can't get Pink Sapphire by itself, I'm not sure if it's worth the splurge. You can find Becca Cosmetics on


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Hello readers,
Today I have The Bold Collection from Live Love Polish to share with you. This ten shade collection features a little bit of everything, so get ready for lots of pictures. Let's take a look at swatches.

Skinny Jeans


Skinny Jeans features a navy blue jelly base with a fine flecked blue shimmer. The formula was very easy to work with taking two coats for full coverage. Just be a little careful about flooding your cuticles because this shade does have the potential to stain skin a little bit. However, I didn't have any stains on my nails when I used base coat. Photos show two coats of Skinny Jeans with one coat of Live Love Polish Quick Dry Top Coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




Chandelier


Chandelier features silver holo shard glitters in a clear base. I used it hear over Skinny Jeans. The formula was alright. I did have to swirl the brush in the bottle a bit to pick up a decent amount of glitters, but they applied quite easily and were relatively smooth after one coat of top coat. Photos show one coat of Chandelier over Skinny Jeans with one coat of Live Love Polish Quick Dry Top Coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




Stiletto


Stiletto is a deep berry pearl shimmer. The formula was a tiny bit thick, but made up for it by being a one-coater. Photos show one coat of Stiletto with one coat of Live Love Polish Quick Dry Top Coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




Pavé


Pavé features iridescent shard glitters in a clear base. The formula just did not work for me. The glitters were hard to distribute evenly on the nail. I had to do a lot of nudging around with the brush. However, the biggest issue I had was that the glitters did not lay flush with my nail at all. Even after two coats of top coat there were still some rough corners poking through. Photos show one dabbed coat of Pavé over Stiletto with two coats of Live Love Polish Quick Dry Top Coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




Velour


Velour is a deep teal leaning green pearl shimmer. It had a formula very similar to Stiletto - a tiny bit thick but full coverage in a one coat. I did have to pay a little bit more attention to brush strokes lines with this one. They're easy to keep neat as long as you brush straight up the nail. Photos show one coat of Velour with one coat of Live Love Polish Quick Dry Top Coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




Blue Suede


Blue Suede is a royal blue pearl shimmer. The formula was easy to work with taking two coats for full coverage. You do have to pay a little more attention to your brush strokes, make sure you go straight up the nail. The resulting brush stroke lines are subtle, but they are there. Photos show two coats of Blue Suede with one coat of Live Love Polish Quick Dry Top Coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




Corduroy


Corduroy is a vibrant sunflower yellow creme. The formula was excellent taking two easy thing coats for full coverage. This does dry quite shiny on its own but I added top coat out of habit. I didn't think this colour would play nice with my skin tone, but I was pleasantly surprised - it looks really good! Photos show two coats of Corduroy with one coat of Live Love Polish Quick Dry Top Coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




Macchiato


Macchiato is a medium latte brown creme. The formula was a bit patchy on the first coat but built up to full coverage on the second. I found floating my brush a little more than I usually do helped get an even finish with this shade. Photos show two coats of Macchiato with one coat of Live Love Polish Quick Dry Top Coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




Chenille


Chenille is a medium muted purple creme. The formula was very similar to Macchiato - a little bit patchy on the first coat, but layers up nicely. Photos show two coats of  Chenille with one coat of Live Love Polish Quick Dry Top Coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




Thigh High


Thigh High is a dark navy blue creme. The formula was excellent and super pigmented one coater. Photos show one coat of Thigh High with one coat of Live Love Polish Quick Dry Top Coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




Conclusion

My personal favorites are Skinny Jeans, Corduroy and Thigh High. The Bold Collection is available exclusively on Live Love Polish. You can find L.L.P. on


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Hello readers,
Today I have Hello Waffle Cosmetics' January Visage box to share with you. This month's shades were inspired by The Phantom Tollbooth and features a neutral palette with some surprises. Let's take a look at swatches.

Hello Waffle Cosmetics Tock Ticks Eyeshadow


Tock Ticks is beautiful pale warm cream colour with a hint of blue sheen. The formula was super pigmented and applied effortlessly. This one is somehow super shiny without being sparkly or glittery.

Hello Waffle Cosmetics Tock Ticks eyeshadow over Urban Decay Primer Potion

Hello Waffle Cosmetics Sunrise Symphony Eyeshadow


Sunrise Symphony is a deep metallic rose gold. I call this 'deep' because most rose golds tend to be on the lighter side. This one surprised me when I swatched it. It has such a glowy finish which I just was not expecting based on the jar. It also has a super pigmented easy to apply formula.

Hello Waffle Cosmetics Sunrise Symphony eyeshadow over Urban Decay Primer Potion

Hello Waffle Cosmetics Humble Humbug Eyeshadow



Humble Humbug has a red-leaning brown base with a soft blue sheen. In the jar in looks more chocolate brown but once applied the warm red undertones come out. I do recommend primer with this one if you want the blue sheen to stand out.

Hello Waffle Cosmetics Humble Humbug eyeshadow over Urban Decay Primer Potion

Hello Waffle Rhyme And Reason Blush



Rhyme and Reason is a deep brown leaning mauve blush with teeny gold sparks. This is very pigmented for a blush, and since it's eye safe, I think you could easily use this as an eyeshadow too. I've swatched it fairly heavily below, you can blend it out more which makes it more wearable as a blush.

Hello Waffle Rhyme And Reason blush over bare skin

Hello Waffle Cosmetics Castle In The Air Lipstick



Castle In The Air is described as a warm ruddy rosewood but for me it definitely seems more like a terracotta brown with strong orange undertones. It is fairly sheer and lets my natural lip colour peek through. This isn't a great shade for my skintone, but it's sheer enough that I will probably just use it as a lip balm around the house.

Hello Waffle Cosmetics Castle In The Air lipstick

Apocalyptic Beauty Faintly Macabre Highlight



This month's guest indie is a new-to-me brand, Apocalyptic Beauty. Their contribution is Faintly Macabre, a warm beige higlight with a strong green flash. The formula is easy to work and can be built up to get stronger green tones (like in the swatch below) or sheered out.

Apocalyptic Beauty Faintly Macabre highlighter over bare skin

Conclusion

When I first opened this month's box I felt a bit underwhelmed by the neutral palette, but I was pleasantly surprised at how many of the items I loved once I took the time to swatch them. I had a hard time narrowing down a favorite this month, but my top three (in no particular order) are Sunrise Symphony, Tock Ticks and Faintly Macabre. You can find Hello Waffle Cosmetics on

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Hello readers,
Today I have the Spellbound Glow Rainbow Highlighter from Tarte Cosmetics to share with you. I picked this up a few months ago when it popped into Sephora's sale section and finally had the chance to swatch it.



This highlighter features four shades as stripes in a single pan. It includes a pearly off white, warm beige, pale pink and pale grey leaning purple. The stripes are wide enough that you can aim for an individual shade or blend multiple together. I've done my best to swatch them for you individually. Once applied, they don't appear as different as they do in the pan but they are still noticeable different.





Overall the pink and purple were a bit more buildable than the white and beige shades but all give a lovely glowy (but not glittery) finish. My personal favorite is the purple shade since it is a little less common in highlighters, but all are shades I see myself using. This is sold out on Sephora (though I think you can get it in a full collection set) but it is still in the sale section on the Tarte website for $13USD/$17CAD which is a ridiculous bargain. You can find Tarte Cosmetics on


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Hello readers,
Today I have the limited edition Illimité Winter Nights Trio from Live Love Polish to share with you. This trio features shimmery shades with a bit of sparkle. Let's take a look at swatches.

No Escape


No Escape features a warm coral (cool) to pearly white (warm) thermal shifting base with a strong gold shimmer and small holo glitters and flecks. The formula was quite easy to work with. I used two coats here because I completely forgot it was a thermal when applying it. In its cold state or when it's transitioning two is enough for full coverage. When it is completely it it's warmest white state, my nail line shows through a tiny bit. This dries relatively smoothly on its own but I do recommend top coat of the odd little glitter bump. Photos show two coats of No Escape with one coat of Live Love Polish Quicky Dry Top Coat in daylight spectrum lighting.





The Nihilist


The Nihilist features a medium lilac base with a soft blue shimmer, a sprinkling of silver holo shimmer and small silver holo glitters. The formula was quite easy to apply. I used three coats here, but it was so close after two that if you have shorter nails or a less distinct nail line two may be enough for you. Like No Escape this dried quite smoothly though a coat of top coat is recommended for a perfectly smooth finish. Photos show three coats of The Nihilist with one coat of Live Love Polish Quicky Dry Top Coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




No Escape


White Night features a sheer milky white base with a strong blue flash, lots of small iridescent glitters and a good dose of silver scatter holo shimmer. The formula was easy to work with though sheer (this is sold as a sheer polish from the get go). I used three coats here and my nail line still shows through a little bit. I think this could also be nice layered over an opaque base colour. Despite all the glitters, this dries quite smoothly and a single coat of top coat in enough to smooth everything out. Photos show three coats of White Night with one coat of Live Love Polish Quick Dry Top Coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




Conclusion

My personal favorite of the trio is The Nihilist. Overall I was quite impressed with how smoothly all three of these dried even with non-trivial amounts of glitter in the formulas. The Winter Nights Trio is available now sold as a set and individually. You can find illimité and Live Love Polish on


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Hello readers,
Today I have the February COTM shades from Girly Bits Cosmetics to share with you. This month's duo features a mix of neutral and vamp. Let's take a look at swatches.

Dark Reflection


Dark Reflection features a deep burgundy jelly base with dark red shimmer and green to blue shifting iridescent flakes. The base looks a bit more purple in the bottle, but it reads more red on the nail. The formula was easy to work with,though I did occasionally have to swirl the brush in the bottle to grab more flakies. Three coats were needed for full coverage. This dries relatively shiny, though there is the occasional flakie divot so I recommend top coat for a perfectly smooth finish. Photos show three coats of Dark Reflection with one coat of Girly Bits Cosmetics What A Rush top coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




You Look Mauvelous


You Look Mauvelous features a taupe leaning purple (or purple leaning taupe, depending on the lighting) crelly base with lots of small red and grey metallic flakes. The formula was very easy to work with and took two thin coats for full coverage. Photos show two coats of You Look Mauvelous with one coat of Girly Bits What A Rush top coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




Conclusion

I really surprised myself. When looking at the bottle I thought for sure Dark Reflection would be my favorite. I mean, I love flakie filled jellies. But after putting them on, You Look Mauvelous takes the top spot for me. I just love the crelly base that looks a little different when I change lighting, and the contrasting red flakes make it really interesting. The February shades are available now until March 1, 2018 at 11:59pm EST for $16.50CAD each. This duo will also be available as a set for $31CAD until February 10th. You can find Girly Bits Cosmetics on


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Hello readers,
I decided to try something new for 2018 where at the beginning of each month I choose a brand in my collection to focus on. This doesn't mean I'll wear the brand exclusively during the month since I have all sorts of fun stuff to swatch and review for you guys, but I'll try to pick something from the brand of the month when I'm picking a polish from my stash to wear. I think this will help me rediscover some shades that are tucked away in drawers and boxes. For January I chose ILNP.

Sweet Serenade


Sweet Serenade features a dark purple to green duochrome base with tiny blue flakes. There are also hints of blue shift in shaded lighting. The formula was a tad thick (though I've had this bottle for a while so it could just be age) but well pigmented. I needed two coats for full coverage. This poish dries with a slightly less than shiny finish, so top coat does help bring everything together. Photos show two coats of Sweet Serenade with one coat Girly Bits Cosmetics What A Rush in daylight spectrum lighting.




Sirene (H)


Sirene (H) is a green to purple multichrome with a subtle holo shimmer in direct lighting. In shaded lighting it switches gears to a shift of blue, teal and purple. The formula was sheer but easy to apply. Three coats thin coats were needed for full coverage. This one is super shifty. Photos show three coats of Sirene (H) with one coat of Girly Bits Cosmetics What A Rush top coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




... and a couple more in shaded lighting so you can see the blue and turquoise come out to play. Yes, that is the same polish.



Harbour Island


Harbour Island features a sheer turquoise jelly base with a flecked holo shimmer. This is described by ILNP as a a polish that can be worn over other polishes or built to opacity. Layered over other shades? Definitely. Built up to full coverage? Not so much. I used three coats here and my nail lines are still very visible. I also found the formula quite thin in consistency and as a result I had more cuticle flooding than usual. Photos show three coats of Harbour Island with one coat of Girly Bits Cosmetics What A Rush top coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




Time In A Bottle


Time In A Bottle features a deep teal jelly base with silver metallic flakes and tiny holo flakes. The formula was easy to work with though sheer. I used three coats and still didn't get full coverage. My nail tips are still pretty obvious, which is disapointing. Photos show three coats of Time In A Bottle with one coat of Girly Bits Cosmetics What A Rush top coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




Long Walks


Long Walks features a light taupe base with a subtle scatter holo shimmer, strong copper flash and a sprinkling of gold flecks. The formula was very easy to work with taking three thin coats for full coverage. Photos show three coats of Long Walks with one coat of Girly Bits Cosmetics What A Rush top coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




My Little Glacier (H)


My Little Glacier (H) feature a steely blue metallic base with a subtle shift aqua and a soft scatter holo shimmer. The formula was easy to work with taking two coats for full coverage. I also didn't have any issues with brush strokes despite the metallic formula which was a very pleasant surprise. Photos show two coats of My Little Glacier (H) with one coat of Girly Bits Cosmetics What A Rush top coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




Conclusion

Overall Long Walks and Sirene (H) were my favorites of the ILNP I pulled out of my collection this month. I wanted to love Harbour Island and Time In A Bottle but the sheer formulas just did not mix with my nails. You can find it and many more on

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Hello readers,
Today I have Girly Bits Cosmetics' contribution to Polish Pickup's January release to share with you. This month's theme is Sugar Rush and Girly Bits chose unicorn bark as their inspiration. Let's take a look at swatches.



I Licked It, So It's Mine features a pink tinted clear base filled with tiny silver holo flakes, golden shimmer, a strong violet flash, small blue holographic glittera and a sprinkling of blue metallic flakes. The formula was very easy to work with. I used three coats for full coverage. I dried with the slightest texture from the flakes and glitter but a single coat of top coat was more than enough to smooth everything out. Photos show three coats of I Licked It, So It's Mine with one coat of Girly Bits Cosmetics What A Rush top coat in daylight spectrum lighting.




I am not usually a pink polish person, but I love this. In some lighting it looks pink, in others a violet blue and in a specific corner of my living room it looks like a shiny silver. It is quite the chameleon. This polish, along with many other sugar rush inspired goodies, will be available for pre-order on the Polish Pickup website for four days beginning February 2nd, 2018 at 11AM EST.

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Hello readers,
Today I have Televator from the Kat Von D Everlasting Glimmer Veil Liquid Lipstick line to share with you. I completely impulse bought this during the last Sephora Rouge sale when the deep blurple sparkly colour caught my eye. Let's take a look at swatches.

Televator is a vivid sparkly grape purple. When I swatched this on my wrist in store it seemed super pigmented and full coverage in a single swipe. However, when I tried to apply it to my lips after purchasing it, the formula didn't seem quite as easy to work with. I found it quite patchy in a single coat and ended up having to try and even things out with a second. I was semi-successful. There were still some sheer spots, but it wasn't too obvious unless you looked really closely.




Now for wear. I really like the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick line. I find it lasts really well on my lips without being overly drying. Since this also had the words everlasting and liquid lipstick in the name I was expecting a similar formula but with some serious sparkle. That is not what I got. This lipstick dissolves with water. On top of that, this base colour stains your lips (and any other skin it touches) a deep berry colour really fast. I would be totally ok with that if I wasn't afraid of this dissolving outside my lip line when I take a sip of water and staining so that I couldn't clean it up easily. I honestly can't see myself wearing this anywhere I anticipate drinking or eating for fear of ending up with a 'five year old who got their hands on mommy's lipstick' look.

Overall, I'm disappointed. The colour is so pretty but the formula is so disappointing. I've read reviews where people had better luck using the Glimmer Veils layered over other base shades. Maybe I'll give that a try some day. Right now I don't see myself reaching for this lipstick very often since the whole dissolves with water aspect significantly limits the situations in which I would be comfortable wearing it.

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