Saturday, August 23, 2014

Karin Herzog Finest Chocolate Cleansing Gel

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Remove all traces of cosmetics and impurities with this professional grade, dual action cleanser and makeup remover.  It effectively removes dirt and oil while simultaneously conditioning the skin.  Formulated with pure essential oils, it helps to unclog pores, dissolve impurities, and remove waterproof makeup without stinging or irritation, even in the sensitive eye area.  For a deeply indulgent experience, the cleanser contains luxurious Swiss chocolate for a sweet scent and extra hydration, leaving the complexion supple, soft, and radiant.





Features & Benefits:

  • Gently cleanses, without the use of harsh detergents and is suitable even for the sensitive eye area. 
  • Highly effective, even on waterproof makeup.
  • Effectively removes dirt, sebum, and makeup from the pores.
  • Restores the skins optimal pH balance, priming it for the subsequent application of oxygen products.
  • Leaves the skin feeling hydrated, soft, and supple.
  • Contains no preservatives. 
This is what the product looks like.  I know, not too appealing...and I accidentally squeezed way too much out, but OMG I want to eat my face every time I use it.  It smells like chocolate frosting.


Usage:
Take a small amount of cleanser (hazelnut size) and warm it between your fingertips.  Combine with warm water and massage onto dampened face and neck in circular motions for 10 to 15 seconds.  Rinse thoroughly with warm water until all traces of the cleanser have been removed.  Use morning and evening.

This unique gel formulation can also be applied without water.  it is ideal for heavy makeup users.

The Karin Herzog Finest Chocolate Cleansing is available for $55 online via www.karinherzog.com


I've been using this for a few weeks now and it does exactly what it says.  I have super oily skin and it doesn't leave it feeling greasy afterwards.  That being said, I would suggest that if you do have oily skin to use this at night as it is pretty moisturizing.  It removes every bit of waterproof liner and mascara from my eyes with no problem.  It's a multi-purpose cleanser and I absolutely love it. 




Friday, August 22, 2014

Coastal Scents EOTD

Hey y'all!  Super quick post today.  Shortly after I got my most recent order of Coastal Scents Hot Pots, I decided to play around with a few.  You can see my swatches here



Unfortunately, I didn't make a list of what I wore other than everything on my eyes....so that's why I titled this an EOTD.  I quite like the combo and have received MANY compliments on it.


Now for the rundown:

Primer (DOH!, forgot to note which one)
Essence Stays No Matter What Eye Pencil in Whipped White Frosting over the lid only
CS Bronze Peach blended into the crease
CS Paprika blended over Bronze Peach
CS Georgia Peach all over the lid
CS Rich Walnut lightly blended into the outer V
Ulta Naked on the browbone

For my liner, I first applied Rimmel Scandaleyes liner in Brown then applied CS Burnt Umber over it.  I did this for the top and bottom liner.  Then I finished up with Maybelline Falsies mascara and Maybelline Define-A-Brow in Medium Brown.



So what do y'all think?  I'm absolutely LOVING it with my hair & eye color.  I feel I could pull this off year round.



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Coastal Scents Hot Pots

Hey y'all!  If you haven't heard of Coastal Scents, where have you been?  They carry a wide variety of makeup and DIY bath products.  So far I'm loving everything I've purchased from them.  You can see how I used their empty palettes HERE to depot my other palettes into.  The makeup brushes I've tried are amazing....and I plan to get more.  The blush palettes are great, but today I'm going to show you my collection of Hot Pots.

Fair warning though, there will be a LOT of pictures in this post and I couldn't break it down into multiple posts without feeling like I was leaving something out.  


Hot Pots are individual eyeshadow pots similar to MAC and MakeUp Geek.  While those range in price from $5.99 for MUG to $10 for MAC, these retail for $1.95.  That being said, Coastal Scents ALWAYS has some kind of sale going on and you can get these for under $1....which is when I tend to stock up on them.  You can see in the picture above I have them in my CS DIY palette along with 2 MAC and one Urban Decay shadow(which are covered with the splatter brush so you can see just the CS ones.  For the price, you can't really go wrong....even if you don't care for them.  Which, there are a few that I'm not fond of so keep reading to find out which ones.

These swatches took up most of my forearm.  I debated on doing them over primer and/or NYX JEP in Milk, but decided to go on bare skin instead.  As you can see, some are pretty pigmented while others aren't.

Snow Bunny, Bronze Peach, Tuscany, Paprika, Burnt Umber, Volcanic Blast, and Vibrant Red

Neon Bright Pink, Passion Fruit Pink, Python Green, Vibrant Green, Deep Viridian, Georgia Peach, and Rich Walnut

I completely forgot to mention that I took these pictures with my cell phone.  I was having user errors with my DSLR and rather than toss it across the room I decided to put it down and just grab the phone.  It was kinda awesome though since I can just yell at my phone and it snaps a picture.  

Now to what they look like in the pan, and my thoughts.

Bronze Peach
What CS says: A sultry, brownish peach hue with a matte finish.
What I say:  I chose this because I'm LOVING how orange, peach, and coppery shades look on my eyes.  I felt this would be a better transition shade for me to pair up with those as it would have more than just flat brown.  Thankfully it lives up to what I want AND it's wonderfully pigmented.


Burnt Umber
What CS says: Rustic, deep berry hue that delivers a matte finish.
What I say: It's more of a medium-deep reddish brown.  I haven't really played around with this TOO much yet, though I did use it in an upcoming post...but this is absolutely fall smokey eye perfection to me.  I can't wait to play around with this some more.


Deep Viridian
What CS says: Deep green shimmery.
What I say: It's like a deep shimmery teal.  I love to wear this as bottom liner paired with neutral colors on the lid.  LOVE it.


Georgia Peach
What CS says: True peach hue with a shimmer finish.
What I say: I saw one of the review comments stating this pulls more orange than peach.  I wanted it either way, and boy am I glad I snagged it.  It does pull more orange-y peach and looks amazing on my eyes I think.  


Neon Bright Pink
What CS says: Vibrant fuchsia with an opaque matte finish.
What I say: I was slightly disappointed with this one.  It's sheer, but buildable.  That being said, it's probably WAY better over a base than on bare skin.  I still like it though & can't wait to use it more.


Paprika
What CS says: A rich, orange-red hue with a smooth, matte finish.
What I say: This is more of an orange-brown shade.  Perfect, for me, as a transition shade in the crease.  Absolutely LOVING it, and it's completely opaque and matte.


Passion Fruit Pink
What CS says: A bright pink hue with a smooth, matte finish.
What I say: This one is  one of the most disappointing of all that I have.  It's uber sheer, though I have used it over a white base and it was a little better.  


Python Green
What CS says: A vivid yellow-green hue with a matte finish.
What I say: Over bare skin this looks almost like a nasty bruise, but better over a white base.  I look forward to actually playing with it more.


Rich Walnut
What CS says: A lavish, deep brown hue with a shimmer finish.
What I say: I love this deep rich chocolate/coppery shade.  It's perfect for my blue eyes for a variety of uses.  Smokey eyes, crease color, liner, etc.  


Snow Bunny
What CS says: A flurry of soft white shadow with a matte finish.
What I say: If you're looking for a super opaque, stand alone white...this isn't it.  On bare skin you can barely see it, but this would look great over a white creamy base to set it and keep it from creasing.  It could also look great as a highlight color.  I was most disappointed in this shade, but I'll still work it in.


Tuscany
What CS says: A rustic reddish-orange hue with a matte finish.
What I say: Another lovely transition crease color.  The description is pretty spot on with this opaque, pigmented, matte.  It's got a little brown to it, but mostly reddish-orange.


Vibrant Red
What CS says: A siren red hue.
What I say: The picture of the pan doesn't do this one justice.  In the pic of my palette, it shows more true.  Such a vibrant red hue.  Pigmented like crazy, I can't wait to wear this during college football season.  It does look sorta orange in the swatch, but trust me it's a perfect red.


Vibrant Green
What CS says: A brilliant burst of green with a soft, matte finish.
What I say:  This is a vibrant kelly, Kermit, green.  I love how opaque this is and I can't wait to use this for St. Patrick's Day....and possibly Christmas.


Volcanic Blast
What CS says: An explosive, reddish-orange hue with a matte finish.
What I say: Perfect description from them for this shade.  I plan to play around with this when I want to do some more vibrant or sunset type eye looks.  I think the opacity of this will be perfect.


Some are just meh, while most are perfection and just as good(in my opinion) as some of the mainstream eyeshadows I own.  Bronze Peach, Tuscany, and Paprika all look kinda similar in the pan, but they are absolutely different shades/tones.  If you skip any of these, I would probably skip Snow Bunny and Passion Fruit Pink.  

Some of these I ordered in place of purchasing the Urban Decay Electric palette.  While I don't have it to compare and see if they are dupes, I'm pretty happy with the ones I picked.  I mean for $2(or under $1 when on sale) you really can't go wrong with any of these.  

If you haven't tried anything from CS, I would suggest signing up for their e-mail list so you can find out as soon as they load their deals.  Most of what I've purchased from them was during a 50% off Black Friday sale while most of these hot pots came from a recent $0.99 sale on all hot pots.  

These would be great for your own collection or even for someone just starting out with makeup.  It's inexpensive, good quality, and you can fully customize if you want.  

I'll have a FOTD post using some of these soon. :D

Do you own anything from Coastal Scents?  If so what's your favorite product?


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Win or Fail Nails - Zoya Naturel Deux Dotticure

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Hey y'all!  Today's post is the result of swatching polishes while half asleep.  Life has been an emotional rollercoaster since April and as soon as it starts to look up, BAM, something else happens.  Needless to say, my anxiety has been in overdrive and my sleep schedule has been crazy.  

That being said, I grabbed a dotting tool and did random little patterns using Zoya Aubrey over a base of Zoya Chanelle.  





I felt it was actually cute IRL, but as I started editing pictures I wasn't too happy with it.

What do y'all think?  Win or Fail?


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Zoya Naturel Deux Gradients

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Hey y'all.  So as I'm pulling my Naturel Deux polishes out of their packaging and line them up on my desk to rest before swatching, I notice that I absolutely have to do gradients with them.  They beg to be used together.  


I will totally admit that I was half asleep when doing both of these, but I actually like them both.




First, I used Spencer as the base color to blend with Chanelle and Emilia.  I only did 2 layers of this sponging gradient and really should have done a few more.   It looks like different types of layered chocolate.



For this one Madeline is the base color and blended with Aubrey and Marney(Marnie).  Out of the two I think this is my favorite.


I REALLY wanted to add something to these, but didn't want to royally mess it up.  Being half asleep I did at least want to show y'all how well these blend together for something subtle.  This way if you don't want the entire collection, you can at least snag half of it. 






Monday, August 18, 2014

Zoya Naturel Deux Collection Review & Swatches

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Hey y'all.  Earlier this year Zoya released the Naturel collection.  Now they have the Naturel Deux, as a transition collection between late summer and early fall.  Both of these sets are uber work friendly neutrals.  I also feel like they could be worn along with some of the different Urban Decay Naked palettes and match perfectly.  


This collection includes 3 beautiful rich browns and 3 purply plum shades.  All 6 are creams.  Not only are these perfect for the workplace, but also for those who don't really like bright/vibrant colors or glitters, but still want to look polished. 



Spencer - Can be best described as a full-coverage, rich camel cream.




 Chanelle - Can be best described as a full-coverage, toasted almond cream.  This reminds me of how milk chocolate looks when it's smeared on my fingers after eating a candy bar.  




Emilia - Can be best described as a full-coverage, dark chocolate cream.  Odd how I didn't notice that the polish looks almost marbled in the bottle.




Madeline - Can be best described as a full-coverage, muted rose cream.  




 Aubrey - Can be best described as a full-coverage, medium mauve cream.




Marnie - Can be best described as a full-coverage, deep warm plum cream.  Oddly my label says "Marney"....so just in case the website says Marnie.
As with every Zoya collection, I don't really look at color descriptions as I'm swatching.  I make my own notes then include both sets of descriptions in my review.  For this one....everything was pretty much exactly what I wrote down.  Each of these applied pretty evenly with 2 coats, though Emilia was almost screaming for a 3rd.  As always, I used top coat.

These are now currently available on Zoya.com for $9ea. or $54 for the entire sampler set.


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