Thursday, July 31, 2014

Milani 'Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows': Part One (Review+Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

Over the past few weeks, social media (instagram, Facebook and Twitter) has been a buzz with the release of Milani Cosmetics' new 30 shade 'Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow' line. A gel to powder formula, the new Milani shadows are incredibly vibrant and rich, delivering maximum colour and opacity in just one swipe (all of the shades are extremely well pigmented, with the exception of two, which I will feature in part two of my Milani 'Bella Eyes Gel Powder' post). 

With three finishes to choose from (satin matte, shimmer and metallic), the new 'Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows' are incredibly light weight and can be used wet (as an eyeliner or foiled shadow) or dry, depending on your desired finish. While the shadows all appear to be somewhat dry upon first appearance (I thought they were going to be very difficult to work with), once swatched it is clear they have a very creamy, soft formula (like a gel) that makes for easy blending. 

With a large variety of both neutrals and colours, the new Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder eyeshadow collection truly has something for everyone (I personally tend to stick to neutral tones, but those who love a lot of colour, will not be disappointed). While I can appreciate the quality and pigmentation of all of the shadows in the line, I have placed a '*' beside my  favourite shades from the new collection. Below is a closer look at the first fifteen eyeshadows from Milani's new 'Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow' collection (the second set of fifteen shadows will be featured in my next post): 

01 Bella Ivory (Satin Matte)*: A gorgeous champagne with pink undertones, an iridescent sheen and iridescent white shimmer. 

02 Bella Sand (Shimmer): A light shimmering yellow-toned gold with very finely milled iridescent gold shimmer. 

03 Bella Cappuccino (Satin Matte)*: A matte dusty brown with slight purple undertones. 

04 Bella CafĂ© (Satin Matte): A light, matte smoky brown with yellow undertones. 

05 Bella Taupe (Satin Matte): A cold-toned, matte taupe with strong grey undertones.

06 Bella Espresso (Satin Matte): A deep cool-toned chocolate brown with yellow undertones and finely milled gold shimmer. 

07 Bella White (Satin Matte): A matte white with a slight iridescent sheen. 

08 Bella Sky (Shimmer): A light sky blue with an iridescent blue sheen and very finely milled blue shimmer. 

09 Bella Navy (Satin Matte)*: An insanely well-pigmented navy with finely milled iridescent turquoise shimmer. 

10 Bella Gray (Satin Matte): A light silver-toned grey with a slight iridescent sheen. 

11 Bella Charcoal (Shimmer): A deep charcoal grey with an iridescent sheen and finely milled silver shimmer. 

12 Bella Black (Satin Matte)*: A deeply pigmented matte jet black. 

13 Bella Pink (Shimmer): A frosted baby pink with an iridescent lilac sheen and finely milled white shimmer. 

14 Bella Violet (Shimmer): A bright violet purple with an iridescent, almost metallic blue sheen. 

15 Bella Purple (Satin Matte): A matte smoky plum with very finely milled iridescent blue shimmer. 

Milani's new Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows start at $3.99 USD (depending on the retailer) and can be found at CVS stores in the US as well as The Superstore/Loblaws stores in Canada.

What do you think of Milani's new Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows? Will you be picking any up? Which of the fifteen shades above would you most like to get your hands on? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

L'Oreal Pop Balm in 'Wild Lily' (Review+Swatches)

Hey Everyone, 

To know me is to know my love for all that is tinted lip balm. With incredibly dry lips and an affinity for boldly coloured lip products (I can appreciate a good nude, but colour is always more fun), I am always on the hunt for the next best tinted balm (lipsticks, for the most part, are just too drying for me). So, when I found out that L'Oreal was releasing their new line of 'Pop Balm' tinted lip balms, I could't wait to give them a try. 

Similar to one of my all time favourite lip products, L'Oreal's Colour Riche Balms, their new 'Pop Balms' contain moisturizing oils such a jojoba oil and shea butter to condition lips, leaving them soft and hydrated for up to eight hours. With a creamy, buttery texture, L'Oreal's new 'Pop Balms' glide on easily, leaving lips with a slightly glossy (they aren't high-shine, but they definitely don't give lips a matte look), nicely plumped finish. 

Unlike the 'Colour Riche Balms', which are quite sheer, the new L'Oreal 'Pop Balms' are extremely well pigmented, giving lips a bold, opaque 'POP' of colour (hence the name). While the Pop balms are fairly bright upon first application, they can easily be built up or sheered out depending on your desired look (I, personally say, go bold or go home). 

Below is a closer look at one of the new L'Oreal 'Pop Balm' shades: 

L'Oreal Pop Balm in '410 Wild Lily': 
A bright, almost neon barbie pink with blue undertones, 'Wild Lily' makes for the perfect bold Summer lip. Extremely moisturizing, 'Wild Lily' applies beautifully (this is a no-mirror-needed type of product) leaving lips feeling nicely hydrated all day long. 

The new L'Oreal Pop Balms retail for $9.99 CND and can be found at mass retailers and drugstores nationwide as of the beginning of last month. 

What do you think of L'Oreal new Pop Balms? Will you be giving them a try? What is your all time favourite tinted lip balm? Be sure to let me know in the comment section below. 

Monday, July 28, 2014