Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Beauty Trove's Top 5 for December 2017!

Happy New Year Everyone!  This has been a thoroughly tough year and I am glad to be in 2018.  It feels great that we can start to shed the events of 2017.  To celebrate, here are my top picks in cosmetics and beauty for December 2017.  Let me know what your favorites for December are!

1.  Lorac Pro Palette ($44.00).  I am so glad I bought this eyeshadow palette.  I know I am late to the game but this is an iconic palette for a reason.  The colors are separated out into two rows, one for shimmers and one for mattes.  I like the categorization.  It makes it easy to create a fast eye look when I need to be rushing out the door.  The eyeshadows are gorgeous and really creamy.  They blend extremely easy.  I can't wait to purchase more eyeshadows from Lorac.  I do wish they would do a special restock of the Lorac Mega Pro 2 so that I could add this to my collection.  A girl can dream!

2.  Too Faced Peaches and Cream Comfort Matte Foundation ($36.00).  Okay this is your warning.  I am going to be featuring a lot from the Too Faced Peaches and Cream collection for my favorites.  I have to admire a good matte foundation.  I love wearing a matte foundation in the winter and this one does not disappoint.  The coverage is amazing and I can wear it throughout the day without any touch ups.  It smells like peaches too!
3.  Too Faced Peaches and Cream Peach Perfecting Mattifying Setting Powder ($32.00).  There is a reason why places like Sephora can never keep this setting powder in stock.  This is one of the finest milled powders I have ever use, absolutely soft.  It smells fantastic.  The powder really does keep you matte throughout the day.  Also, I really love the container.  It has a snap on lid that makes it easy to dispense and store your powder.  This pairs amazingly with the comfort matte foundation.  A fantastic pair!
4.  Too Faced Peaches and Cream Just Peach Velvet Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00).  Wow, just, wow!  If you are looking to pick up something from the Peaches and Cream collection, look no further.  This is a great matte palette for lovers of warm toned eyeshadows.  You can get a lot of neutral, peach and berry looks with this eyeshadow palette.  I think this palette would especially be great for February.  The shadows blend really well and there is little to no fallout.  Definitely worth checking out next time you are at Sephora.

5.  Lottie London Only Got It Covered Sponge Applicator Concealer ($5.49).  I love drug-store makeup finds.  Lottie London is a relatively new brand to Ulta and has some absolutely lovely cosmetics.  I have been using the concealer nonstop for December and now January.  The coverage is excellent and really covers my dark under eye circle.  I also use this for extra coverage on my nose and chin.  The concealer blends out easy and is perfect when you set with powder.  Trust me this concealer is going to be a mainstay in my everyday makeup drawer.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Beauty Trove's Top 5 for November 2017

Happy Tuesday Everyone!  We are already well into December and closer to the holidays!  I know I have been somewhat late on the monthly favorites.  I will be discussing what beauty products I have loved during the month of November and will publish two different posts on the favorites for September and October, if you guys are interested.  If you are wondering what my top favorites for November were, keep reading.

1.  ColourPop's Element of Surprise Pressed Eyeshadow Palette ($16.00).  ColourPop has been extremely busy over the last two months.  Lately, it seems that they are launching a new eyeshadow palette every week!  But I'm not complaining.  I purchased the Element of Surprise Pressed Eyeshadow Palette when it first launched.  I was totally sucked in when I saw the palette pictures on ColourPop's twitter account.  This is the first palette to feature all forms of ColourPop's eyeshadows: mattes, shimmers, satins and duochromes.  The duochromes are gorgeous!  If you are fan of berry toned eyeshadows, you will especially love this.  The mattes blend really easy.  For the shimmer and duochrome formulas, I like to press those all over my eyelids with my ring finger.  If you need extra staying power, I would use the Nyx glitter glue primer.  This palette is worth the money, I am continuing to use the Element of Suprise palette in December. 
2.  Lorac x Disney Beauty and Beast Pro Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00).  Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie.  I love the original animated Beauty and the Beast and the live action film with Emma Watson.  Lorac teamed up with Disney to create this Beauty and Beast inspired eyeshadow palette.  I can't get enough of it and wore it throughout November.  The eyeshadow quality is the same as Lorac's other pro palettes...pigmented, blendable, and super soft.  I love that the eyeshadows are color dupes for the outfits worn by Belle and the Beast.  The packaging is also super cute.  It is shaped as a bookmark with a little ribbon bookmarker in it.  It features a nice front closing claps as well.  The palette goes on and off sale on the Lorac website so I would keep my eyes peeled for that.  In addition for yourself, this palette would also make a great gift.
3.  Nyx Cosmetics In Your Element Shadow Palette in Earth ($30.00).  Okay, yes the palette is extremely expensive for a drug-store brand.  However, the colors are gorgeous, particularly if you love golden and cranberry eyeshadows.  This in your element palettes are some of the best eyeshadows from Nyx Cosmetics.  I really love the cranberry and green shimmers in this palette.  This palette screams fall and winter.  If the price is a little on the steep side, I would wait for a 50% off sale on the Nyx website.

4.  OFRA Cosmetics Rodeo Drive Highlighter ($29.00).  If you absolutely need to glow, look no further.  Ofra's Rodeo Drive Highlighter is an absolutely stunning golden highlighter that truly looks like the sun.  Wear Rodeo Drive on the high points of your face and you will look like a golden goddess. 

5.  L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss ($10.99).  I know it sounds strange to have a matte gloss but it really is!  It is like the most comfortable liquid lipstick you will ever wear.  There is some transfer but I rather have transfer and staying power than having my lips feel as dry as the Sahara.  I have tried four of these in: Blushing Ambition, Nude Allude, Statement Nude, and Bare Attraction.  I love all of them!  I wish I would have bought the mini gloss lip set so I could try on more colors.  If  you wanted to try one out at first, I would suggest Nude Allude.  Nude Allude is one of those universally flattering colors that will bring any makeup look together.  There is a sale currently on L'Oreal products, 50% at Ulta.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday Cosmetics and Beauty Sales!

The best Black Friday sales can be found online.  Why fight through the lines when you can get what you want without the hassle?  Check below for some of the best deals!

1.  Morphe.  Get 25% off site wide.  Pick up the Jaclyn Hill palette, the newest 35O or stock up on new makeup brushes.

2.  Tarte CosmeticsAlso, 25% off on most items.  I would check out their skincare line.  The rainforest of the sea cleansers will seriously change your skincare game.
3.  Jeffree Star Cosmetics.  Try out this independent beauty brand with this first Black Friday Sale.  I picked up both eyeshadow palettes for $27 each.  Can't find what you wanted, try the Beautylish website also offering the same sales.
4.  Stila Cosmetics.  25% off site wide.  Plus 8% cash back.  It is a great time to pick up the magnificent metals eyeshadows.

5.  Nyx Cosmetics.  30% off site wide.  Snap up some of the ultimate palettes and your element palettes in your cart.
6.  Medusa's makeup.  Medusa's makeup is a fantastic independent beauty brand.  I love their blushes, especially Georgia Peach.  Black Friday sale at Medusa's is 30% off site wide.

7.  Anastasia Beverly Hills.  Huge Black Friday sales at Anastasia Beverly Hills.  Check out their glow kits for $24 (orig. $40).

8.  Pur Cosmetics.  Black Friday Deals of Buy One Get One Free.  Now is the time to stock up on foundation and skin care products.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Brighten Up Your Day-ColourPop 20% off Sale!

As we approach the long months of winter, the days are shorter and everything seems, well kind of gloomy.  I like to add color when the skies are grey to remind myself that summer will be back before I know it.  ColourPop has a tremendous sale to help add some fun colorful hues to your makeup arsenal.  Most items on the ColourPop website are 20% off when you spend $40 or more.  I suggest picking up some of the ColourPop items that have recently launched on Sephora: Golden State of Mind Eyeshadow Palette ($26.00), Semi-Precious Eyeshadow Palette ($26.00), and the Polite AF Shadow kit ($30.00).  All of these items would make great gifts for family and friends...and even yourself.  $40 or more also gets your free shipping, which I always appreciate.  The sale lasts until 11:59 PM PST.  Check out the sale, you'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Yes Please! Restock this Friday

The palette that ColourPop can't keep stocked will be back this Friday (09/22/2017) at 10 am PST.  Be sure to mark this date on your calendar so you can snatch this gorgeous palette before it runs out!  I say Yes Please! to the restock.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Palette Still Available

The much anticipated Kat Von D Saint and Sinner palette (limited edition) has finally been released for purchase at the Kat Von D Beauty and Sephora websites.  The beautifully designed cathedral stain-glassed window inspired package contains luscious, hyper-pigmented, and dare we say sinful eyeshadows.  The Saint and Sinner palette was swatched earlier this month and everyone, including myself, was blown away by the spectrum of colors and finishes (satins, mattes, shimmers, and duochromes).  Kat Von D's favorite shade is called "Vestment", an emerald-black, duo-chrome hue influenced by dragon scales.  This would be perfect color for any Game of Thrones fan.  To see the swatches, click on Kat Von D Beauty's Youtube video below.

The palette retails at $62.00, which is on the expensive side.  However, when you calculate the price per gram, the palette is actually a great deal (Sephora and Kat Von D Beauty offer free shipping if your purchase is over $50).  Each color will most likely last a long time, given that it only requires one brush stroke to get a dramatic eye look.  The palette is still available on both websites and I have already purchased mine. So which one will you be, the saint or the sinner?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Beauty Trove's Top 5 for August 2017

Every month seems to go faster than the one before it.  The summer was filled with lots of new launches from Anastasia, Morphe, Too Faced, ColourPop, and many more beauty companies.  It was almost too much to keep up with.  I have been trying out a couple of items from these new launches and discovering cosmetics that have been a mainstay in the beauty community.  If you want to see the makeup that I have been loving for the month of August, keep on reading.

1.  The Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette ($38.00).  This is one of those palettes that was hyped throughout the summer.  The palette itself ranges on the more expensive side for Morphe, but as evidenced by the fact that the palette has sold out every time it relaunched, it is well worth the money.  The eyeshadows are of a higher quality than Morphe typically has and I am hoping that this is a sign that Morphe may be reformulating its older palettes.  The Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette features 42 gorgeous and very bendable eyeshadows.  It is mainly geared towards warm toned colors (perfect for fall!) and a few pops of unexpected colors.  I think the metallic gold, bronze, and copper make this palette worth the investment.  I have gotten a number of very pretty looks with this palette and can't wait to take it back out again in October to play with it some more.  I will keep you informed on the next relaunch date.

2.  Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush in Apri-Cot in the Middle ($2.99).  Wet n wild is known for being an affordable yet high quality cosmetics brand.  Wet n wild surely doesn't let you down with their Color Icon Blushes.  I have been wearing Apri-Cot in the middle pretty much everyday in August and am continuing to use it in September as well.  Apri-Cot in the middle is a super pigmented blush that is the right combination of nude, pink, and peach.  It looks great on the apples of the cheeks and goes perfectly with the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe palette and a new highlighter that I am going to discuss.  Apri-Cot in the middle is super affordable and super flattering.
3.  Maybelline Face Studio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Gold ($9.99).  I fell hard for this highlighter.  It is absolutely stunning on the high points of the face.  I have a number of
high end highlighters that cannot do what this less than ten dollar highlighter can do.  The shade, in my opinion, is universally flattering and gives a gold, bronze goddess look.  It pairs wonderfully with my other two favorites (above) this month.  Pick it up and try it out, you won't be disappointed.

4.  Juvia's Place the Magic Palette ($35.00).  The other palette have been wearing exclusively in August is The Magic Palette by Juvia's Place.  NikkieTutorials featured an eye tutorial on this palette.  It has 16 huge soft and pigmented eyeshadow pans.  The metallics are some of the best eyeshadows I have ever used.  I really love this palette and love that The Magic Palette is now part of my permanent makeup collection.

5.  First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay ($24.00).  I typically stay with my Mary Kay Timewise set (includes cleanser).  But this month has been strange and I have been breaking out frequently.  I received a sample of this cleanser in my ipsy subscription and decided to give it a world and try it out.  This cleanser really works.  I am not sure how it worked but my breakouts calmed down and my pores shrank, quite a lot.  I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a full sized one from Sephora.  I am continuing to use this cleanser twice a week, while using my Mary Kay cleanser as my main one.  I am interested in trying out the rest of the red clay line by First Aid Beauty.  I am wondering if anyone else has liked the red clay line and which products do you suggest I try next?

That's it for my August favorites!  What products have you been enjoying in August?  Let me know by commenting below.