Tuesday, June 6, 2017

BEAUTY: SMITH AND CULT NAIL POLISH REVIEW

Today I am super excited to be reviewing some products from a brand that is new to me and I think to a lot of people out there, Smith and Cult.

This brand was unknown to me until my parents (They really know me well and have excellent taste in makeup) gave me a lip gloss kit (I will be reviewing them next week) and two nail polishes from this brand. They know I am a makeup junkie and they are always gifting me fun cool things for me to try. Smith and Cult was made by the creators of Hard Candy and it has their funky vibe to them. Everything about their products is unique!

As you know, I have struggled for years to find a nail polish that lasts. I don't know why this happens to me, but every nail polish I try chips immediately. When I say fast, I mean hours after I've applied a polish I look down and there it is, a chip! The only manicure that lasts is salon gel nails, and even those last for about 7 days until I see a chip. I must be very rough with my hands in comparison with other people because this happens every single time I do my nails.....until NOW!

Smith and Cult base "Basis of Everything"
I got "Basis of Everything", which is a base coat, and "Exit the Void" which is a periwinkle blue. Can we take a second to talk about the names? I love when companies come up with cool names for their nail polishes, and I feel like they are quite clever not only on their naming, but the charming little story behind the name. If you go to their website (by the way, it is very funky and hip) on the description for the nail polish they provide you with a story for the shade. "Exit the Void" had this story: "Ended up leaving the party tonight after 5 min b/c saw about 7 guys that could have easily been my next mistake." How cool is that?


Smith and Cult Color in the shade "Exit the Void"
Now let's talk about the packaging. I absolutely LOVE the packaging. Each bottle is unique. The caps look like they have been bent or crushed. Each one different. The caps are golden and the bottles are heavy. I love it. Even if the product was absolute garbage I would still purchase it just because of it's packaging. You can remove the cap to expose a normal cap underneath so it is easier to apply the polish. How clever!

The formula is really good. This nail polish lasted a whopping 5 days on me, and it chipped because I put a second coat of top coat on them because they were getting a bit dull and I wanted to make them shiny again. I am sure if I hadn't added any more coats it would have lasted at least a week. I have to say, this product IMPRESSED ME. I have looked everywhere for a nail polish/lacquer that would last for ages and Smith and Cult answered my prayers.

The only con I could say is that this product is expensive. It is not your typical drugstore nail polish. You can purchase it on Smith and Cult Website for ($18) and I saw them on Amazon as well. But to be quite honest, it is worth EVERY PENNY. Clearly I didn't purchase this product, it was my parents, but I will definitely be buying more of these miracles in a bottle.

***DISCLAIMER*** The opinions shown on this post are mine. I am not paid by Smith and Cult to review this product. The product was purchased by my parents and given to my as a birthday gift.



Friday, June 2, 2017

BEAUTY: TARTE SHAPE TAPE CONCEALER REVIEW

Today I am going to be giving you my opinions on the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. I know this is not a new product but it in new to me. 

I had run out of my ultimate favorite concealer, the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer and I had heard so much hype over social media about the Shape Tape concealer that I decided to give it a try. I am going to jump right in on the Pros and Cons of this product and at the end I will give my opinion of it. 

Pros
  • Incredible high coverage - this product will cover everything. When I mean everything, I mean EVERYTHING. I covered one of my tattoos with this product and you couldn't event tell where it was.
  • Long wearing - this concealer will wear all day long. At the end of the day my foundation gave up on me and this concealer was still going strong. 
  • Very blendable - It is not hard to blend this concealer. Compared to the MAC Pro Longwear, which you have to blend right away or it is hard to move around, this concealer gives you a little bit of time to work it into your skin. Now, once is set, it is set forever!
  • Wand applicator - I cannot begin to describe how happy I was with this wand. It is big, but efficient, not like the pump of the Mac Pro Longwear, that wastes so much product.

Cons
  •  Strong smell - I am not one that hates fragrance in makeup, but the scent of this concealer is a tad to much! I really cannot tell you what kind of smell it is, only that it is pretty powerful and floral. I will say, you can smell it while you are applying it, but the scent goes away after you are done blending.
  • Shade selection - I have to be clear and explain myself with this one. The shape tape has a good shade selection, 14 shades to choose from. My complaint is that compared to other brands their shades are not the same. I am usually porcelain (the lightest shade available, one step above drown victim white) in every single foundation and concealer shade, so I bought the lightest shade they have with a pink undertone which is "Fair". Let me tell you... this shade was WAY to fair on me!?!?!?! Seriously? I am pale, but this was super pale. I guess what I'm trying to say is, go to the actual store and try it on before you purchase it. I bought it off their website so I didn't know it was so light. 
  • Only available at ULTA 

So, what's my verdict? I like this product. I feel like it is very easy to blend. I don't feel like I have to set it, since it really stays in place all day long. It sits on the skin way better than the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, with the added bonus that it doesn't have that ridiculous pump that spits product all over the place. It will not look caked if you blend it with a beauty sponge. I will definitely be repurchasing this concealer, probably a shade darker...for sure. 

That's it for today. Until next time, stay gorgeous!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

BEAUTY: MORPHE 35R REVIEW

Today I am going to be reviewing the new Morphe 35R eye palette. I was watching Jaclyn Hill on her recent video called "Bronze Gold Smokey Eye" and she mentioned this eye shadow palette. I immediately knew I needed to get my hands on it. The colors looked very nice and golden and I just fell in love with it. As all of Morphe Eyeshadow Pro Makeup Palettes, they retail for $22.99 and they all have...duh, 35 colors in them. The palette has 15 shimmer shades, 18 matte shades and 2 satin shades. All of them are highly pigmented.


Like with all Morphe Products, I was not disappointed with this palette! It is absolutely gorgeous. The colors are highly pigmented and blend out very nicely. They do have some fallout, but to be honest, I always do my eyes first, so if I have some fallout I just wipe it clean before I do my foundation. If you prefer to do your face makeup first, you can always "bake" your under eye area with some translucent powder and then do your eyes. Once you are done you can just dust off the powder and it will take any fallout you had with it.


I would definitely recommend this palette to anyone that is a beginner in makeup, and non beginners too. I am always working on a budget and if you break it down to cost per eye shadow it is $0.66 per eye shadow. Compare that with Anastasia Beverly Hills Singles ($12), Makeup Geek ($10 for foiled, $6 for regular), or MAC Singles ($6), and these are a really good, very high quality alternative. It is also important to notice, with every new release they come up with, their eye shadows get better, and it seems like they do listen to what people ask and their interests. The only con I would list with Morphe in general is that shipping is a lot. I would suggest waiting for some a free shipping sale if you are not purchasing more that $100.00 worth of products. They do offer free shipping on orders of $100 or more. 



 ***DISCLOSURE*** The opinions expressed on this blog are my own. I do not get paid by Morphe to review their products. I purchased this product myself and I am just sharing my experiences with you

Sunday, April 2, 2017

IT'S BEEN A WHILE

Long time no bloggie! I know I have been MIA for a really long time. Last time I blogged it was in December!!! So, first of all HAPPY NEW YEAR (4 months later!).

What a crazy year 2017 has been! Life has been a roller coaster these past couple of months. I have been focusing all my energy in preparing my beauty room and makeup studio. Working on many reviews for this new year and most importantly, preparing my YouTube Channel. I have already started filming and testing my camera equipment, lighting, background and audio. Hopefully the channel will be up and running in the next couple of weeks. I will definitely keep you guys updated with what I am doing and when will I go live on YT. Thank you for your patience and support! :) 

Anyways, that's it for now. Starting this week you will see more blog posts from me. I am not ready to commit to a settled schedule of posts like I was last year, but I promise I will post more regularly! 

Until next time, stay fabulous! 

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

BEAUTY: URBAN DECAY MOONDUST REVIEW

Hello lovelies! Hope you are doing well. The other day I went to ULTA (which I have to mention is never a good idea for me, since I have zero self control when it comes to purchasing makeup) and got the Urban Decay Moondust Palette. I had my eyes on it for a while so I decided to finally get it. I have a few festive makeup looks I want to do for December so this palette is perfect for those shimmery looks. If you want to see some of them you should definitely follow me on Instagram @mrsfrancesmarie (You can access my IG through this website too). I have to say, I am really loving this palette!


First of all, can we talk about how absolutely gorgeous the packaging is?! I have to admit, part of me picked this palette because it is so stinking beautiful! Black/Silver glitter? Do I need to say more? Also, the magnetic packaging is a great touch. I love when companies do this. First of all, it makes it feel so much more luxurious, and secondly, it will always stay close, even if it is in a makeup bag (not that I would put this beauty in a bag).



Like always, Urban Decay never fails to disappoint on the quality of their eye shadows. They are so pigmented and they blend beautifully! They almost feel like foiled eye shadows. These apply best with your fingertips or with a wet brush. I have all of the Urban Decay palettes and the pigmentation on these is by far the best. Not only that, even when I washed the swatches with soap, I needed makeup remover which is a great sign. These will last and will not fade on your eyelids during the day. 

From left to right: Specter, Element, Magnetic, Lightyear, Granite, Lithium, Vega and Galaxy. Picture was taken with a ring light flash and swatched dry. Wet colors are more intense.
The palette has eight (8) shades: Specter (soft pink with almost translucent shimmers), Element (peach with pink sparkles), Magnetic (purple with blue sparkles),  Lightyear (green with green sparkles), Granite (black with multi color sparkles), Lithium (brown with gold/rose gold sparkles), Vega (Blue with blue sparkles) and Galaxy (blue gray with translucent sparkles)


I am so happy with my purchase and I know many glamorous eye looks will come from it. The Moondust Palette retails for $49.00 dollars and you can get them through ULTA, Sephora and Urban Decay Website. 

I hope you enjoy the looks I create with this beauty. Until next time, stay gorgeous!

Monday, October 10, 2016

BEAUTY: HALLOWEEN SCARECROW MAKEUP

Another October Monday, another Halloween makeup! I have to say, I am really enjoying doing these looks! So, on Sunday I played with this look and I have to say I was quite happy with how it turned. I will admit, the lines under the eyes were so hard to do, and basically I can't smile or they will look bent. If you know me, you will know it is impossible for me not to smile when taking a picture so that is why they look a bit crooked but hey, whatever, I liked it and that's all that matters. What other makeups have you guys been doing or planing on doing for Halloween. Leave a comment below! I hope you enjoy this look and until next time, stay gorgeous!




Products I used:

Foundation: Loreal Paris true match in the shade W2 Light Ivory

Concealer: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in the shade NW15

Setting Powder: Rimmel London Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in the shade 001 Transparent

Contour/Bronzer: Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in the shade Park Avenue Princess

Blush: Coastal Scents 10 Blush Palette (no name on the shades, but it was the darkest peach color)

Eyes: Tartelette in Bloom Palette
          All over the lid - charmer
          Crease: first Flower Child, then intensified with Smarty Pants, then intensified again with Rebel
          Outer Corner: first Leader, then Firecraker (applied with my finger to have a foiled shadow appearance)
          Center of the lid: Rocker (applied with my finger as well)

Liner: Maybeline New York Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil in the shade blackest black (only for the tightline and the top of the lid liner. For the stitching and lines I used Loreal Infallible Laquer Liner 24H in the shade blackest black

Mascara: it Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara in Black

Eyelashes: Ardel Semi Wispies

Lips: Loreal Paris La Lacque in the shade 209 Choco Lacque

Monday, October 3, 2016

BEAUTY: HALLOWEEN LEOPARD MAKEUP

Hello there loves, I know...so long without a post. I have to say, I have been so busy with so many other things that it was simply impossible for me to squeeze in some time to write and blog. I would rather always give you quality content instead of just posting stuff that is sub-par to what I always give you. I hope you understand. Sometimes family is more important and I needed to focus my energy on my house, husband and baby. Anyways, no more excuses. I am back and I will try my best to post once a week from now on.

So, it is OCTOBER!!! I am so excited about it. It is by far my favorite month because I always manage to play with makeup a lot and really the sky is the limit on what you can do. I will post every week a new Halloween themed makeup for you guys. I will list the products I used down below as well. If you want to see an actual tutorial, let me know and I will make it happen. Until next week! Like always, stay gorgeous!





Products I used:

Foundation: Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Serum in the shade Light Vanilla

Concealer: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in the shade NW15

Setting powder: Rimmel London Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in the shade 001 Transparent

Contour/Bronzer: Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer in the shade Park Avenue Princess

Highlighter: Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Palette in the shade Light

Eyes: Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette (Used these also for the spots)
          All over the lid: Super Mom
          Crease: Natural Beauty
          Outer Corner/under the eye: Power Player

Liner: Maybeline New York Long Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in the shade Blackest Black (Used this also for the spots and the nose)

Waterline: Maybeline New York Master Precise Skinny Gel Pencil in the shade Defining Black (also lined my lips with this)

Mascara: Loreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in the shade Blackest Black

Lips: NYX Liquid Suede Creme Lipstick in the shade Kitten Heels (How appropriate the name, ha ha ha)

*Forgot to apply false eyelashes this time... so sorry of the lashes were not that intense.