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Fiona Stiles Light Illusion Prism Palette Review:

I don’t even know where to begin with Fiona Stiles Light Illusion Prism Palette ($14 orig. $28) glamour babes. My haunches are telling me to start with the pros then work my way down to the cons, so let’s begin. But first, I’ll give you boys and gals a brief description of what this palette truly could have been if it didn’t lack in a few areas.Fiona Stiles Light Illusion Prism Palette is a soft focus, silky powder that captures, diffuses and softens the way light reflects on skin, to give a lit from within appearance. Gently luminous, fool-proof application recreates and enhances the way light reflects on skin to refine complexion appearance. Soft shimmer, sheer natural coverage with a subtle glow that’s suitable for all skin tones. Sounds like and obviously is a gorgeous palette, right?

Take note.

Pros:

The palette itself is beautifully eye pleasing. It’s sleek, slender, and sturdy. A perfect tote-able piece.

There are three shades: Shimmering Pink, Shimmering Champagne, and Shimmering Tan.

They Capture, diffuse and soften the way light reflects on skin, to give a lit from within glow. 

They Filter out harsh light and refine the appearance of your complexion

Can be applied almost anywhere to the skin to enhance features softly.

The soft shimmer is pearlescent.

The formulation is finely milled, lightweight, buttery smooth, blends evenly, and applies easily. 

Somewhat buildable.

Cons:

The sheer coverage is very, very sheer, and is not suitable for all skin tones. I’m fair skinned and I had to layer the shades on a bunch of times to produce some kind of glow. Thank god it’s lightweight.

Tons of kickback dust. It gets everywhere.

The shades do not carry much pigmentation. Out of the three, Shimmering Tan has the most. You can actually see that particular shade the best in my photo and its not saying much. 

Shimmering Pink and Shimmering Champagne barely show up on the skin even though my swatches say different. It’s the weirdest thing, I know. 

The longevity is what killed me with this palette. 2 hours of wear and just like that, poof! Gone. I really hate disappearing acts, sigh.

I will be returning the Light Illusion Prism Palette. I recently learned that Ulta is pulling the entire Fiona Stiles line from their Stores- a revamp is on the way! 

I am more than willing to give Fiona’s line another chance if the reformulations prove to be successful. We gotta keep in mind not everyone gets it right on the first try.

Stay beautiful! Xo

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NYX Cosmetics Epic Ink Lip Dye Review:

I was a little unsure as to whether or not I should try NYX Cosmetics New Epic Ink Lip Dye because of the not so stellar two star rating it has received from reviewers. I took the gamble anyway, bought five, and do not regret my decision glamour babes. These are pretty (both literally and figuratively) awesome. I am just going to set the record straight. Some of the reviews have stated NYX’s Epic Ink Lip Dyes are clumpy, bleed, feather uncontrollably, are messy, not thick enough and do not apply evenly. I don’t know how a water based lip dye can become clumpy or have thickness. That’s the purpose of a lip stain. It’s intended to tint lips with beautiful color providing long lasting wear; minus the rich formula of a liquid lipstick, gloss, or lipstick. I have not had a problem with feathering or bleeding. If you do come across this situation, a lip primer pencil does work wonders. Take it from a lipstick junkie who has tried it all, lol. Unless you’re holding the tube upside down when getting ready to apply, or missing the initial target, meaning your lips. There is no mess from what I have experienced.

Which five shades out of the twelve did I buy? Let’s just say they all run in the red and pink family, lol!

Poised- true red

Blazed-brick red

Fresh- deep scarlet with a blue undertone

Charmer-deep strawberry red

Charmer-deep hot pink

The formula is lightweight, saturates lips with bold, lively color, are comfortable to wear, and dries to a matte finish almost instantly. Each Epic Ink Lip Dye carries a doe foot wand that’ll create precise, even, and easy applications. You can wear these a multitude of ways. Alone, add some gloss for high shine, underneath another lipstick for extra oomph, or mix it up with other shades in the Epic Ink collection. Since they’re water based I would not find them suitable for dry lips. They sink into every line and noticeably show. I would most definitely exfoliate lips before applying. This will help the color adhere smoothly giving you long lasting wear (9 hours) throughout the day and a more polished look.

If you’re willing to take a leap of faith, Ulta is having another sensational BOGO sale on all NYX Cosmetics valid thru 2/11/17. Come on, place your bets! Either way you can’t lose. Ulta kindly accepts returns if you’re unhappy with your purchase. It was worth a shot, right?!

Stay beautiful, xo.

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Soap & Glory Heck of a Blot Instant Perfecting Power Primer Review:

Its been awhile since I posted a face primer hasn’t it glamour babes? Well, thats because I finally finished most of my ELF face primers, and figured to move on to a new one, which is Soap & Glory’s One Heck of a Blot Instant Perfecting Power Primer ($14 at Ulta). This Primer/Base is the pore-fect secret weapon to shine free skin. I should know! My skin gets pretty oily when it wants to and this pick was a good call on my part (pats on the back to me!). Formulated with shine bloc 12 hour matte spheres and pore shrink technology. One Heck of a Blot performs as a multi acting primer that helps: Diminish the appearance of pores

Control shine for 12 hours

Make your makeup last longer

Hide imperfections

Even out skin tone

Reduce the appearance of redness

Leaving you good to glow!
Ya just gotta love how the packaging entices you to buy this stuff! Lol.
All kidding aside, this primer really works, and I am happy I came across it. The texture of the primer itself has a creamy gel like consistency with a tinge of peach coloring that applies clear when blended into the skin; Making this perfect for all skin tones. It is also lightweight, smooth, applies evenly and easily, absorbs quickly, and doesn’t clog pores. It can be worn under or over makeup, or even by its lonesome self. There are times I don’t wear a whole lot of makeup, so, this is a nice buffer to have around when wanting to smooth out skins texture and minor surface imperfections without having to use all of the mediums. That being said, when makeup is applied skin looks absolutely flawless. I do have some slight redness from acne scarring, some large pores, and uneven skin tone, and this primer smoothed over everything. One heck of a blot reminds me of an invisible band-aid, healing everything no one, not even myself wants to see instantly. I didn’t exactly get 12 hours of shine control, it was more like 6, but it still kept my over productive sebaceous glands in check, and my makeup pristine for a full 10 hours. Oh yea, Soap & Glory and I rang in 2017 glowingly.

What do you think of Soap & Glory’s One Heck of a Blot Primer? Love or hate?

Stay beautiful! Xo.

 

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Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Flash Extensions Effect Mascara Review:

Cancel those lash extension appointments glamour babes, you no longer need them. Soap and Glory’s Thick and Fast Flash Extension Effect Mascara ($14) will take you no time at all when wanting to achieve big beautiful lashes at home! So, kickback, relax and let the wand work its magic!I was a skeptic myself when I came across Soap & Glory’s Flash Extension Mascara. I thought, how can a mascara take on the effect of lash extensions if the fiber versions cant even take on the challenge??? Here’s how!

*Silicoat Mineral Lash Plump: hydra-mineral complex
*Exclusive, all-day wear No Flake 4D-Flexywax Technology: wraps lashes in a creamy, thickening combination of hard wax and plastic wax – for perfect adherence (and no tackiness)

*Antioxidant rich vitamin E strengthens and nourishes lashes.

*A great mascara formulation such as this one needs a supersoft volu-amp 360 degree loading brush to kick those lashes up a notch. The double trim ultra soft bristles lengthen, volumize, and define every lash for superior intensity.I’m loving the lightweight formulation combined with the 360 degree round brush. Lashes are lifted, separated and have significant definition. Apply as much as you like, Soap & Glory’s Thick and Fast Flash Extension Mascara is completely buildable. It does not cake, flake, clump or feel sticky afterwards. I find using a primer along with this mascara works amazingly if you really want to achieve the false lash look.

Check it out!

Now that’s the real McCoy from a faux lash perspective, lol.

I’ve actually received many compliments and have been asked where I got my lashes done because of the fabulous, natural fullness this mascara produces. I use to get them done religiously until I realized that the lash extensions were destroying my natural ones, and the high maintenance up keep was just not worth the money.
Soap & Glory’s Thick & Fast Flash Extension Effect Mascara is a much better alternative, and might I add, a more practical and affordable approach when desiring gorgeous full black lashes.

Have you tried this mascara?! Are you loving the effects?!

Whether you’ve tried it or not, today is your lucky day! Ulta (click here) is currently having a 30% off sale (Psssst! Use your $3.50 off coupon on top of the sale when you spend $15 or more) on all Soap & Glory Skin Care and Cosmetics, excluding holiday sets. It’s totally worth trying for $9.80, and stocking up on if you’re a fan, which I will be doing quite shortly, lol.

Stay beautiful! Xo.