Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Viseart Mon Petit Chou Chou Palette Review: Swatches + Looks

So I was waiting to grab this palette on the Sephora VIB sale this spring, but it sold out before I had a chance to nab it. Luckily, the palette was still on Viseart's website and they had just debuted the new Spritz palette I was eyeing. I went ahead and ordered them both together despite telling myself that I would wait to grab the Spritz palette. I will be reviewing the Spritz palette in a separate upcoming blog post. 

I am really excited to be supporting Viseart right now. They are a fairly small makeup brand compared to other companies and have extended their Pro makeup artist discount (all products for 20% off) to all essential workers and healthcare personnel during the current global crisis. You just have to sign up to get put on the Pro mailing list here.

Here are swatches of the top row of the palette:

And here are the swatches of the bottom row of the palette:

My thoughts on the shades:

The mattes are really nice to work with. They may not feel buttery soft to the touch like some mattes from other brands, but they perform very professionally on the lid (and that's honestly what counts in an eyeshadow palette). The sparkly pink shade and the pale peachy nude shimmer work well on the lid as well. Keep in mind that I usually apply my first coat of any eyeshadow on the lid with my fingers and then blend with a brush afterwards. The shades wear for quite a long time on the lids with a primer under them (8+ hours). I haven't tried the silver or dark brown shimmer shades on my lids yet so if anything changes I will keep you posted.

Here is the first look I did with this palette (which could be easily replicated with the Viseart Petit Pro 2):

I used the coral shade in my crease and layed that down first and blended. Then I took the sparkly pink shade on my finger and laid it down on my main lid. On the inner and outer corners of the eyelid, I cheated a little bit and used a dark brown shade from my Colourpop Mar palette. When I had the shades placed where I wanted them, I cleaned the outer part of the eye look with the brush I used to lay down the coral shade to blend everything in.

My second look:

For this look, I took the darker matte brown shade (it's more my skintone), and applied it to the crease of my eye. Then on the first half of the lid I placed the peachy shimmer shade on my lid. To finish the look, I added the matte pink shade to the outer v.

My final thoughts on this palette:

This is a limited edition palette for $30. And while it is a great palette in terms of performance and delivers the quality so common of Viseart, the color selection is limited to only neutral brown/nudes and pinks. Unless these are your everyday colors that you gravitate towards, I would suggest passing on this palette and saving your money for a more everyday palette from Viseart such as the Apricotine which is the same price point but more neutral. 

Hope this review was helpful. I'm curious, did any of you grab this palette for spring?

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Foodie Post: A Refreshing Cucumber Lime Drink

I've been getting bored of water, flavored water, soda and wine over quarantine. Also a few of those aren't exactly the most health drink options. After realizing how refreshing some flavored water beverages were with their cucumber and lime essences, I decided to try my hand at making my own version of those drinks at home. I juice or blend a full cucumber and mix in some limes or limeade with a bit of water to get this drink shown above. For a thinner more watery consistency for your drink, add more water to offset the vegetable thickness. For a thicker consistency, try just using limes and a pinch of water (enough to get the cucumber to juice or blend).

What have you been drinking lately? 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Physician"s Formula x Weylie Hoang Palette Review

I picked this palette up as a small pick-me-up treat for myself at the beginning of quarantine when I made a Target grocery run. I love how creamy and buttery the formula is in this palette; it's truly a representation of the "butter" collection we have come to know Physician's Formula for. 

Unfortunately, for my Fenty 370 skintone, neither bronzer works well on my skin. They will be amazing on super fair skintones, however. I personally use these bronzers are nude/neutral eyeshadow shades when I want to lay a base of shadow down for a look from another palette that doesn't include a neutral brown shadow.

The blushes are a nice color, but the pigmentation is again lacking on my Fenty 370 skintone. 

The standout shades for me in this palette are the two highlights. I am obsessed with the darker highlight on the lower left side of the palette named Golden Hour. It gives me the most perfect peachy neutral glow. It's not an over-the-top blinding highlight (but you can layer it that way); rather it provides the most perfect natural healthy skin glow when your face catches any sort of light around you.

Did you pick this product up? What were your thoughts on this palette?

Monday, March 16, 2020

March 2020 Ipsy Glam Bag

Here is what I got in my March 2020 Glam Bag. I'm so obsessed with the bag! The color is a lovely teal and the studs add a bit of an edge to the bag. This month since this is Ipsy's 100th Glam Bag, every subscriber got an extra sixth product in each of their bags.

Here are the products I received along with a review:

FoxyBae Replenishing Hair Mask:
This mask has a lovely coconut smell. So far I have used this once but can't tell if it actually did anything for my hair. My hair isn't dry or damaged and the product didn't make anything worse so the jury is still out on whether or not I would purchase this product individually. I've been trying a new hair regimen lately with Function Beauty so it's hard to determine if this product over the top of all of that is changing anything. (For those who are dying to know: the Function Beauty products have completely changed my hair for the better, but I will discuss that in a separate post).

Pacifica Beauty Hemp Infused Eyeshadow Palette in Quartz, Dusty, Smokey Quartz, Tiger, and Crystal Flower

A brush

The Tatcha Water Cream

TARTE Sea Quench Hydrating Primer

Honey Jarret Clean Whip Cleanser

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Trader Joe’s Haul: Green Goddess Salad

One of my favorite places to shop for groceries is Trader Joe's. They have quick, easy, and delicious options to help make cooking at home exciting and fun. One of my favorite products they carry is the Green Goddess salad  dressing. I can make quick delicious salads without much effort using this particular product on the daily.

One of my favorite ways to use this product is to get a mix of different salad greens (arugula, kale, lettuce, etc), toss on some grape or cherry tomatoes and season my salad with this dressing. Its great as a side salad or if you want to add some protein to it, it can serve as a full meal on days when you don't want to eat a whole lot.

What are your favorite Trader Joe's products? Have you tried the Green Goddess dressing?