NEW Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Liquid Lipstick Set Review

Each holiday season brands put out numerous holiday gift sets and make it seem like it’s a “deal” or a special that comes around once a year. It leaves many of us wondering, is it a gimmick and is it really worth it?? Well today I am putting one holiday collection to the test! I gave in and purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Holiday Mini Liquid Lipstick Trio. I have ALWAYS wanted to purchase ABH liquid lipsticks but haven’t wanted to throw down the money. I’ve known people to swatch them and the swatch is still on their hand the next day… and that’s AFTER showering. Or so they claim, hahaa. Just kidding.

Anywayyyyyy

ABH is known for their liquid lipstick formula consistency and brilliance. Everyone I know is obsessed with them. I’m so fortunate I got a steal, 3 mini liquid lipsticks for $25. Some may not think this is a steal but however, I think it will be. & this is why…..

First off you only need to take the brush out once to get full pigmentation and the formula is long lasting so all you need is one swipe for the whole day. Secondly, the application was sooo easy! The shade bittersweet (my favorite) is a hard formula to master, it’s described as a “Swiss chocolate” but to me has a slight purple/burgundy undertone. This happens to be my favorite lipstick color in general, most lipsticks this color do not have a consistent formula, this, however, was not patchy at all! No second coat was needed as well.

Time to break down what you actually get!

You receive 3 miniature liquid lipsticks that contain 2.3 grams of product for $25. The claims are that it’s a “full coverage pigment, comfortable matte formula and has a rounded applicator for lining and applying lip color.” The shade descriptions are in order to lightest to darkest and the description in parenthesis is my personal opinion 😉

Left to right: Hudson, Dazed, Bittersweet <3333

Hudson – Deep peach (perfect for every day)
Dazed – Redwood (classic red)
Bittersweet – Swiss chocolate (perfect for the holidays)

My absolute new favorite color in the whole entire world is now Bittersweet, it’s absolutely perfect! Unfortunately the shades Hudson & Bittersweet are new to ABH and is only sold in this holiday trio. But if you are loving the shade Dazed it’s available for individual purchase at its full size.

Sooo my final thoughts….

Gimmicky? Maybe. Worth it? YESSSSSS.

If you love all three shades I say go for it! I think most people will fall in love with Bittersweet because it’s so unique and the formula is perfect which is hard to master for a shade that color. Hudson is perfect for everyday but is a little basic, but hey it’s an everyday color that’s transfer proof and small enough to take everywhere 🙂 Dazed is a classic red, this will definitely be my go-to date night red lipstick since it’s transfer proof! $25 for only 3 mini liquid lipsticks sounds like a lot but considering the formula there’s no question about it 😉

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NEW Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette Review and Tutorial

The Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette is the definition of a multitasking makeup palette. Though multitasking, 12 matte shades just doesn’t take my breath away.

However….

The quality of the shades are amazing and I’m so surprised at how much you can actually do with this palette.  I’m the first to admit I don’t fall in love with neutral matte shades, but these are not intended to be used strictly for eyeshadow. These shades can be used for shadow, bronzer, BROWSSS and even blush for some. By some I mean me, I have used this as a blush and was in love at how natural it appeared on my cheeks. I get washed out during this time of year but I don’t enjoy “pinky” blushes. It’s definitely the best time of the year to use this palette as blush to add some color to the skin if you’re a fan of neutral colors.

 

Out of the 12 shades, 6 are 0.035 oz, 3 are 0.070 oz and 3 are 0.21 oz. Most of the shades have a rosy, taupe, grayish or brown tone. This palette is perfect for smokey eye looks and can create both warm toned and cool toned looks. My favorite shade is ember without a doubt- it’s a reddish brown shade. My go-to shade for blush is desert. I used timber as my brow shade which worked, but the red undertone was quite evident on my brows. Next time I will definitely go with terracotta for the brows since it’s a taupe shade. As for bronzer, I use the perfect combination which includes timber, terracotta, and desert 🙂 The shades smoke and stone are a must for any smokey eye, the consistency in all of these shades was incredible. They feel buttery smooth, apply amazing to the eyelid, blend like a dream and last all day.

Swatches with and without flash
Top left: Solstice, Journey, Dunes, Stone, Smoke
Middle: Sand, Ember, Onyx, Instinct
Top Right: Terracotta, Desert, Timber

Final Thoughts…. 

If you need an all in one palette I would grab this ASAP. This is also perfect for traveling, the mirror is huge and clear as day. One of my favorite aspects of this palette is honestly the packaging, it has a heavy feel, a huge mirror, and feels sturdy like it will last forever. This palette also smells sooooo delicious, I can smell it right now as I’m typing. (: weird to say but the smell just puts me in a good mood lol. The only dislike I have with this palette is the 3 white/cream shades. I wish they would have thrown some unique neutrals or maybe a brick orange in the mix. As I stated earlier, the shades are amazing in quality and pigmentation. The colors are neutral and can come off boring but these are essential crease and transition shades that many people use on a daily basis. I definitely feel this is an underrated palette from Tarte. I love Tarte as a brand as they are cruelty-free 🙂 and the pigment is always there with them!

Watch the palette in action below!

Maybelline City Mini Palette Review & Demo

I have seen so much hype over the Maybelline City Mini Palettes. I can’t lie, the packaging was very intriguing. It took me months to debate if I should give in and buy it. The palette itself is very small, it retails between $7.99-9.99 and you get 6 shades so the shades are priced approximately $1.33 per shade. I picked up the “Urban Jungle” palette which has various shades of greens. This is perfect for the fall season and would favor those especially with brown or green eyes.

First impressions…

These shades are extremely hard to blend, they have the same formula and consistency of their other eyeshadows. It seems like the same exact thing only packaged in a more appealing and eye-catching pattern. The colors are very beautiful in the palette, but there are two shades that are very similar to each other. The gold shade barley shows up on the eyes. You MOST DEFINITELY need setting spray to make these shades even show up, the dark black shade and the matte green shade are the only colors that actually shows up without it. I would have to say those two performed best on the eyes, but were still hard to blend. The other green/gold shimmery shades did not show up at all with a dry brush or finger. The white shade is extremely powdery and chalky, I thought it looked horrible as a brow- bone/inner corner highlight. The shade is way to pale to begin with, the other 5 colors are warm toned and deep- a champagne or off white color would have been a much better match for this palette. Like I said, I honestly believe they threw shades they already had into this palette. The only unique shade to me was the black that had small green glitter particles in it- but the glitter fades away in short time.

Above are shades on the tan part of my arm and my inner arm, I wanted you guys to see how differently they show up on different skin colors. The pictures above are with and without flash. I attempted to re-create this look and removed one eye with makeup remover and re-set it with concealer, powder and primer. It still did not come out the same, it made the shades even more hard to blend and the gold color didn’t really show up at all- even with setting spray. I’m not sure what the makeup wipe had to do with it exactly but it did not apply the same afterwards.

Final thoughts…

If you can find any of these City Mini Palettes on sale I believe it would be worth it. I personally think these are overpriced for drugstore eyeshadows, there are many better options with higher quality priced the same or even lower. I’ve noticed drugstore brands raising their prices increasingly over time, I thought maybe they were changing the formulas a long with it but honestly most of the products have the same formula and aren’t worth the hype. Comment below your opinion of the Maybelline City Mini Palettes, have you tried this one or a different one?

Watch the palette in action below!