Makeup Reviews

Latest Drugstore Makeup Purchases (3/9/2019)

Hey beauties! I recently stopped at my local drugstore and purchased some makeup that I wanted to test out. I had an itch to try some affordable products so I made a few purchases. I wanted to show you all what I picked up and my thoughts on each item I bought.

The first item I picked up was a concealer. I was going to just pick up my usually FIT me concealer but I knew I wanted to try something new. So, I grabbed Maybelline’s Age Rewind concealer and it works well. I’m not the biggest fan of how the product sits on dry skin but if it is used lightly it is a good concealer. I also feel that the sponge on top soaked up a lot of the product and a lot of what was in the component was lost in that sponge. It felt like the FIT me concealer lasts me a couple of months where this concealer lasted me not even one month of use. This concealer costed around $9.

The next item I picked up was the Maybelline eyebrow define full brow pencil. This is a product I’ve used before but I decided to go for another color. I stopped using this product because I felt that it was a tad bit waxy on my eyebrows after a while of using it. I either got a bad batch or they changed the formula but after buying a basically waste of money product that was too waxy I turned to ABH brow pencil. It was getting expensive as I do my eyebrows everyday and the product was quickly running out. I tried the Maybelline eyebrow define full brow pencil again and I had better luck this time. It isn’t too waxy and works as a good ABH eyebrow pencil dupe. This product was around $8.

The next item I got was the ELF Volume Plumping Black Mascara. This mascara was definitely not the best I’ve ever used as it did run on my makeup after wearing it all day. With that being said I did only spend $2 on it which was a good price for the product. It wasn’t flaky but it just ran on my makeup. I also have a 14 hour day that is nonstop. So, it could be possible that it isn’t the fault of the mascara but it could have been oily or sweaty skin.

The final product I purchased was the ELF Intense Ink Eyeliner. This eyeliner only cost me about $3 and it works so well. I actually loved using this but it isn’t for precise use. If you like a sharp wing you better move on. The chunky nature of the liner and the rougher felt pen makes it near impossible to make a sharp wing. I use this and KVD Tattoo Liner together; one to make the line on the lid and the other to make the wing.

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Make sure to comment down below what products you’ve tried recently and tell me how those products worked out for you in the long run.

-Stay Chic,

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Liquid Skin Frost Review (11/12/2018)

Hey beauties! I’m here with a makeup review and today I’m reviewing the Liquid Frost from Jeffree Star Cosmetics. I literally was quaking when I saw Jeffree Star was coming out with a Liquid Skin Frost so I just had to get it! I needed to write a review on it and show my first impressions because I didn’t want to test it before I did a blog review and document my experience.

Of course, as always, I will talk about the packaging of the product. It is in very durable packaging and it is definitely vanity worthy. I like that there is so much product you get in the bottle. I also am in love with how the cap twists and locks so there is no accidental spilling. The top also has a pretty durable button that allows the person to suck up the product with their eyedropper and dispense it.

The unicarton was very cute and of course it was pink. What was really cool about the unicarton was how it seemed almost holographic, which of course I am obsessed with. I got the shade Frostbite because clearly the name is sickening but the shade itself is gorgeous! I was conflicted about which one to get because I wasn’t sure what shade would best suit my skin tone. Right now I’m in between foundation shades because I am losing my tan from the summer but I want to make sure that if I go tanning it will still be a good shade for me. I worry only because my skin tone is so warm that any colder toned highlighter makes my skin look very orange.

Luckily Jeffree Star Cosmetics was able to make this beautiful shade that actually makes my skin look gorgeous and glowy. You can even build it up to make it look a lot more blinding but I wanted a more natural look. It also wasn’t too glittery or chunky which could be a problem for other Liquid highlighters. It was the perfect amount of shimmer for me and I definitely recommend purchasing!

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-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Doing AlexaTheGirlGamer’s Halloween Makeup (10/28/2018)

Hey beauties! I wanted to share a DIY costume and makeup look I did for my fellow blogger AlexaTheGirlGamer. I was very proud of the makeup I did on her and I wanted to share my work. She also was pretty happy because she got a pretty cute Halloween costume out of it.

She wanted to wear a masquerade mask but she couldn’t find a mask that fit her personality. So she explained to me what she wanted and I did my best to give her the masquerade mask that she felt incorporated her personality and the colors that she wanted. Those colors were obviously blue and purple which matched the shirt she was wearing.

I used the Laura Lee Party Animal palette as well as the Norvina Palette and the Too Faced Unicorn Palette to create this look. This eye look was mainly inspired by her sweatshirt and slightly by what she explained she was looking for in a mask. I then used eyeliners from Sephora, Julep and Bow N Arrow to make the drawn on masquerade mask.

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure you comment down below what your thoughts are about this makeup look and DIY costume.

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

HUDA Beauty Faux Filter Foundation Sample Review (10/15/2018)

Hey beauties! I am really excited to share the review of HUDA Beauty’s Faux Filter Foundation, I’ve seen this all over social media and in ads everywhere and I have been anticipating trying it. I ended up getting it in a sample and I decided why not! So I tried on the foundation and kept it on for over twelve hours.

When I saw this little sample packet I honestly thought they did well when it came to packaging–even though it was a sample the packaging of the sample is definitely quality. I tried the lightest shade in the ones we were given which is Macaroon. I applied this foundation using the same techniques I use while I apply my daily makeup.

At first I realized how cakey the foundation which got a little better when I threw on some setting powder and setting spray. Everything had seemed to resolve itself until I was 6-12 hours into wearing the foundation. The foundation had creased in my smile line, completely disappeared around the edges of my nose, sheer on the bridge of my nose and forehead and cracked in the middle of my brows. I was sorely disappointed in this foundation and I am glad I tried the sample before purchasing it because I wouldn’t have been happy if I wasted money on it. This may have been because of my skin type or just the way my skin is in general and the way it is textured etc. Just because I say this didn’t work for me this doesn’t mean that it couldn’t work for someone else and if it does than that’s great!

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and make sure to comment down below what your thoughts are on this foundation.

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Elf Lip Plumping Gloss Review (9/15/2018)

Hey beauties! Today, I will be reviewing an Elf product that I recently picked up from Target. It was one of those products that begged to be in my cart. There was no way I could refuse purchasing this especially being in the spirit of buying things I don’t need. Isn’t that any Target trip though?

First, we are going to discuss packaging as always. I actually love the packaging for this product. The sleekness of the crystal looking tube and even the typography is aesthetically pleasing. I can tell that the better quality packaged products are the more expensive ones. This lip gloss was $8 not including tax.

I got this lip gloss in the shade pink cosmo. I thought the name of this was suitable for the color and flavor of this lip gloss. I am very happy that this lip gloss isn’t plain, it has refined glitter in the lip gloss itself that gives it a perfect sheen to it.

This is a before and after picture of no product vs. wearing the Lip Plumping Gloss. In a way I feel that there is a minimal difference in the plumpness of my lips. If anything I feel it filled my lips out a little more but it didn’t make them noticeably bigger. I do enjoy this product though as a lip gloss in general. Something I am happy with is that the refined glitter isn’t gritty on the lips which tends to be an issue with products like this.

Overall, I like this product and I feel like it made my lips fuller but nothing too noticeable. With that, I recommend this more as a lip gloss than a lip plumper. I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and comment down below what your thoughts are on the results of this Lip Plumping Gloss.

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette Review (9/1/2018)

Hey beauties! I’m super excited to review Makeup Revolution’s Reloaded eyeshadow Palette. I recently hauled this in my Ulta Haul post which you can read here: Ulta Beauty Haul. This palette really caught my eye because of the many different shades that were in the palette.

Of course, as per usual, we will discuss the packaging of the product first. Makeup Revolution in general is very affordable and this palette itself only costs $7. With that in mind the brand had to cut corners somewhere to keep products good quality but still at an affordable price point. They clearly cut corners when it came to packaging. It’s definitely lower quality packaging, I feel that Elf Cosmetics has better packaging.

Now, as for the quality of the eyeshadows themselves. They aren’t the best quality I’ve ever seen but they definitely aren’t the worst. It took a few swipes to get good pigment on a lot of the matte shades. When it comes to applying them with a brush I feel that you have to make sure you are using a dense brush otherwise you aren’t going to pick up enough product. It’s kind of hard to blend so this isn’t a palette for those who are just starting to learn how to do makeup. The one problem I have is that the iridescent white shade barely even shows up which you can see for yourself since it’s the first swatch on my arm under the yellow. I would definitely test these eyeshadows out at Ulta before making a purchase!

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content and comment down below what your thoughts are on this Makeup Revolution palette.

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Dose Of Colors Liquid Lipstick Review (8/25/2018)

Hey beauties! I think from now on I am going to try and give you all little breaks in between my haul posts since I do hauls so often. So here I am today with a review of a liquid lipstick I wrote about in a haul post yesterday! You can check out that haul post here: Ulta Beauty Haul #2.

So, if you missed the post yesterday make sure to read up on that because these two posts are directly related with one another. I purchased a liquid lipstick from Ulta in the search for a nice fall shade. I grabbed this lipstick from Dose Of Colors and I was automatically obsessed. It was a nice berry mauve shade which gives me a break from the constant nude shades I usually wear.

Let’s talk about packaging, of course we do this first before jumping into the review. I think this packaging is very simple and sleek but it would be the perfect addition to the vanity. It is great quality and it honestly reminds me of Jeffrey Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick packaging! I love the frosted look of the tube and the white chrome duo is gorgeous.

The shade name of this matte liquid lipstick is Warm & Fuzzy. The shade name honestly translates to how this lipstick makes me feel. I love how this shade looks on me and the formula is amazing. The matte finish is perfect and it’s tested (by me) to be kiss proof but definitely not food proof so make sure you carry it to re-apply if you are planning to dine-out. It wasn’t a streaky lipstick but I did apply two coats and the picture above is the result. This is definitely a brand worth checking out, their products can be found at Ulta on Ultas website or on Dose Of Colors website.

I hope you enjoyed this review and remember to subscribe for email notifications. Comment down below what your thoughts are on this brand Dose Of Colors and their liquid lipstick.

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette Review (8/22/2018)

Hey beauties! I’m here to finally review the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina eyeshadow palette. I just got this for my birthday from one of my best friends and I have been super excited to test it out and share my results with you all. From the looks of this palette I actually wasn’t sure if it was for me. It just didn’t seem like a palette I would use very often but I decided I wanted it just for the sake of collection but I was wrong! I’ll discuss why later…

First, let’s obviously discuss packaging as always! Since the Norvina palette is the sister palette to Modern Renaissance, Subculture, and Soft Glam it has the same velvet packaging. I am in love with the lavender color of the palette as well. The packaging is made well and it’s sturdy like it’s sister palettes. If you don’t know Claudia Norvina is the daughter of Anastasia Soare who is the original creator and owner of Anastasia Beverly Hills. Her daughter Claudia Norvina is the president of the makeup company and this palette is named after her.

The inside of the palette is the classic sister palettes look as well. I’ve always loved the look of these palettes. They are simple, sleek yet elegant and look great on any vanity. I love the shade range on the palette as well, it’s absolutely gorgeous. But the shade range was a reason I wasn’t sure if I wanted the palette in the first place. I didn’t know if I would use the shades in the palette… until I swatched it!

After swatching the shades I knew that this palette wasn’t something I wanted just for collection. The shades look so amazing swatched and seeing them in the eyeshadow pans does not do these gorgeous shadows justice. They are very pigmented and are soft shadows. My favorite shades are Summer, Wild Child, Rose Gold, Soul, and Love.

I did an eye-look with this palette and I used the shade Base to soften my eyeshadow primer, I then used the shade Incense as a transition shade. Afterwards, I used the cool toned dark brown shade called Volatile in the crease of my eye and I blended it out into a cat eye. I used the shade Summer on my lid and on the inner corners of my eyes. To give the eyes an edgier look I took one of my favorite shades Soul, which is a periwinkle color, and blended it on my lower lash line. I then added some mascara to finish off the look!

I loved this palette and I hope you enjoyed this review post as well as the eyeshadow look I made with it! Please remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Comment down below what shades you like the most from this gorgeous ABH palette!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Easy Vacation Makeup Look (7/21/2018)

Hey beauties! I am officially on vacation and I couldn’t be happier. These next two weeks I will be doing vacation related posts! So this post is going to show you an easy makeup look you can wear when going out on vacation (these makeup products also don’t require much space in your carry-on or suitcase)!

I did dewy foundation, I contoured my cheeks lightly with pink blush and applied BECCA Cosmetics highlighter in Opal. My eyebrows are filled in with Estee Lauder’s Brow Pencil and combed with MACs Brow Gel. I did my eyeshadow with a mauve pink shadow and smoked my lash line out with the same pink shade I then used Opal on my lid. I threw on Kat Von D liner and lashes. Lastly, I put on Jeffree Star Cosmetics Christmas Cookie Velour Liquid Lipstick.

I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content. Comment down below what your thoughts are on this eye look!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell

Urban Decay Born To Run Palette Review And Eye Look (7/16/2018)

Hey beauties! I’m excited to finally review Urban Decay’s newest eyeshadow palette Born To Run. This was featured in my post Shopping Haul because I went to Sephora on my Trip To the mall and purchased this palette. I was ecstatic to review this palette!

Of course, we will discuss the packaging of the palette first. This palette’s unicarton is super cute, it has the Urban Decay symbol with pieces of the front of the palette in the letters. It almost looks like the UD is cut out and you are looking at the front of the palette already. Such a cool concept! For the packaging of the actual palette itself, I love that Urban Decay complied a ton of travel photos and made it into a sort of travel mood board. The palette’s packaging is also super sturdy because it’s made of plastic (not heavy duty cardboard or thin tin like a lot of other palettes).

The palette itself is huge. It’s a lot bigger width wise and length wise than I expected. There are 21 shadows in this palette, which is a decent amount of shadows for an eyeshadow palette. The mirror is very large and the palette is luxuriously heavy, these are two things I make sure to note when buying a palette because the price point becomes important if they skip out on the packaging. The color scheme of this palette is very different and definitely gives me the travel feels.

The size of the pan for these eyeshadows are pretty big, they are about the size of my thumb. The only problem I have with the palette is that there are a few shades I personally know I won’t typically use.

The eyeshadows have a lot of color pay off. They are not only pigmented but there isn’t a lot of fallout either. These eyeshadows blend together seamlessly and there are endless amounts of eye looks you could do with this palette. I love that the palette can be used a lot and also something you can display on your vanity. The shimmer shades are also very creamy.

I did an eye look using this palette i started off with the tan shade Breakaway to soften the eyeshadow primer, I then used the peach shade Still Shot as my transition shade. I then blended Riff into my crease and then blended the shade Good As Gone into my crease and blended it out. After, I took concealer and applied it to the sides of the shadow to make it a more defined shadow line (cut crease look). To top the look of I threw on a winged liner and fake lashes.

I really loved this palette! I hope you enjoyed this post and remember to subscribe for email notifications for when I post new content! Comment below your favorite shade from this palette!

-Stay Chic,

Stephanie Russell