Posted by Lisa Heath | November 16, 2013 7:26 pm | 1 Comment
I have the pleasure of reviewing 6 FACE atelier products and a few of them have definitely become staples!
From the FACE atelier website:
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
At FACE atelier, you are your beauty icon. We believe that being beautiful is all about being the best that you can be. FACE atelier refuses to present an image of how we think a woman should look. Instead, we strive to provide you with sophisticated and versatile makeup that helps you look and feel beautiful. FACE atelier is makeup that simply works. And works simply.
I will be showing you 2 Facade shades, 2 Ultra Sheer shades, a lip putty and a lip glaze.
Facade makes creams obsolete as its one-of-a-kind, silicone-based, liquid-to-powder formula provides translucent, non-streaking, buildable matte color that sets with a natural glow. Silky soft and extraordinarily light, Facade comes in five shades for face and lips.
I will be buying more and more of FACE atelier Facade products in various shades. I was absolutely blown away by it! It is hands down the most comfortable, light weight and gorgeous products I’ve come across in a LONG time. I cannot say enough about it!
For a cheek color, it blends easily and I was able to sheer it out to the color I wanted. A little goes a long way with this!
On the left is Arabesque and on the right is Chameleon.
Arabesque is a beautiful raspberry shade and Chameleon is a rose pink.
On the lips:
This is Arabesque, a nice raspberry shade. I used 2 coats of Arabesque over FACE atelier lip putty. Just 1 coat gave my lips a nice pinky tone, but 2 coats is actually a great shade for me.
Chameleon is slightly more neutral than Arabesque and a great everyday shade.
Both of these were incredibly comfortable as both a cheek color as well as a lip color. You can tell right away that these have silicone in them, the feel is unmistakable. It goes from feeling like an airy gel formula to a soft powdery formula instantly. I absolutely love it.
Price: $27.00 for an 8ml tube
Silicone-based Ultra Sheer is magic in a bottle. Hydrating yet oil-free, add it to Ultra Foundation to subtly alter its hue, or use it over Ultra Foundation to highlight. Apply it over your moisturizer for a diaphanous finish that floats on your skin as it luminates. It’s a blush. It’s a bronzer.
I have been adding Ultra Sheer to my moisturizer every day for a nice highlight to my skin. It’s subtle, but your skin gets a natural “dewy” look to it when used.
Ultra Sheer Champagne is on the left, Ultra Sheer Opal is on the right. You can see my skin has a sheen to it in the 2 spots it’s applied.
With a flash:
I used flash for this photo to show the subtle color differences. This is taken without mixing them into moisturizer.
Again, a light weight and easy to use product. What I really like is that you get the nice glow without it settling into fine lines and making you appear older than you are. I’ve had that happen several times with products that have a illuminating effect and it’s frustrating!
Price: $40.00 for 1 oz
Impossibly shiny and smooth as glass, our non-sticky, moisturizing formula is a cinch to apply with its sanitary, slant-tip applicator. Highly concentrated and pigmented, long-lasting Lip Glaze gives a high-shine effect while hydrating and mositurizing your lips. And as per usual (for FACE atelier), a little goes a long way.
I don’t usually do lip glaze or glosses. Most are too sticky for my liking. Not FACE atelier Lip Glaze! I received Paradise to review and I’ve actually ran out already from wearing it so much (time to buy more!)
Paradise is a sheer medium coral. It gives enough color to show up, but it doesn’t overpower. I have been wearing this on my minimal makeup days and I enjoy the shade on me.
Price: $26.00 for a 15ml tube
Used under lipstick, velvety Lip Putty fills in those pesky fine lines in and around the lips, eliminating colour bleeding, blurring and blotching.
At the same time, Lip Putty moisturizes and hydrates the lips because of its singular combination of essential oils and vitamins. And it also provides organic ultra-violet protection. Naturally.
All 3 lip swatches above had Lip Putty as a base. It’s a nice base for lips, very soft and hydrating without looking too wet if you want to wear it alone.
Pictured above is just a sample, the actual Lip Putty comes in a lipstick tube. I applied with a lip brush and really liked this. I will be repurchasing this when I run out as well!
Price: $24.00 for a .14 oz tube
Overall, I am pleased with all of these products. The standout product for me though was Facade! As I said before, I plan on purchasing more in both of the shades shown above as well as additional shades FACE atelier carries. Lip Putty is definitely another item I will be repurchasing. I liked wearing it both with and without a lip product over it.
FACE atelier does not test on animals. In adherence to PETA principles, FACE atelier products have not been tested on animals. They do not buy ingredients from vendors who test on animals, nor do their vendors buy from manufacturers who test on animals. I know that is very important to many of my readers, so I wanted to point that out.
I know for some the price points are on the higher end. Some, even for me. But I also know that some products are just worth the splurge. I would rather have 1 or 2 amazing products instead of having 10-20 “so-so” items. For me, these products are worth the splurge. They feel luxurious and are better than most products I already own.
For more information - check out the FACE atelier Website. There are several more products I have my eye on!
Make sure you check out the FACE atelier Facebook Page as well for more reviews, demos and product information
Have you tried FACE atelier? I’d love to hear about it if you have!
Posted by Lisa Heath | August 4, 2013 11:36 am | 5 Comments
It’s no secret that I am a subscription box lover. I have 3 going currently and I am always on the lookout for new and exciting boxes to try out!
Wantable.com offers two different types of boxes for only $36.00 per month. I know $36.00 sounds like a lot – but looking back, I spent $10 a month on Birchbox for almost 2 years and all I really got was sample packets and every few months I might get a full size product. For $36.00 a month with Wantable.com, you get 4-6 full sized cosmetic items.
My July Box!
July’s box was PERFECT for me and my skin tone. Very flattering colors and 4 of the 5 products I will use regularly (and will probably buy more of). The value is well beyond the $36.00 fee as well.
Lets move onto the items!
Michael Marcus Eyeliner: Prism
I’m going to start this off with the one item I wasn’t happy with. It looked promising – a dark brown eyeliner with glints of gold shimmering in it. When I did an arm swatch though, it was rough, it pulled and it left my arm red. Color payoff wasn’t great and when I applied a little pressure to get some color, it crumbled a little and 3 small chunks came off. I’m a huge eyeliner junkie, but if its that rough AND crumbled – it’s not going near my eyes! Because of this, I did not do an actual eye swatch. I already have sun damage to my eyes, I don’t need more caused by crumbled, rough eyeliner.
Michael Marcus Eyeliner Retail Price – $20.00
Lisa Watier Ombre Soufflé Supreme: Sunrise Peach
Now my favorite item of the box! Lisa Watier Ombre Soufflé Supreme in Sunrise Peach. This is a light, airy, and has anti-aging properties. I used my fingertip to apply (as suggested) and it feels like a light, whipped mousse. When I applied it instantly turned to a light powdery feel. It gave off a nice shimmer to my lids without looking like a 13 year old who just discovered glitter makeup. Perfect for a neutral look, or as a toned down base you can add a fun pop of color to! Very usable!
Lisa Watier Ombre Soufflé Supreme Retail Price – $24.00 CAD (which converts to about $23.10 in USD)
A very nice, subtle shimmer!
Paula Dorf Cheek Color: Ecstasy
Another great product! Paula Dorf blush in the shade Ecstasy is a light rose shade with a very fine shimmer to it. It’s almost hard to see when applied and gives off a nice natural glow. Builds up very nicely if you want a stronger shade (I use it fairly light handed). Very soft blush with great application and easy to wear for an every day look.
Paula Dorf Blush in Ecstasy Retail Price – $23.00
Manna Kadar Gloss Ware Long Lasting Lipgloss: Lip Candy
This is a completely new-to-me brand. I want more though! Manna Kadar Gloss Ware Long Lasting Lip Gloss in Lip Candy is a great shade for me. It applied easily with a doe foot application and felt more like a lipstick when on. There was a touch of stickiness, but really not that bad (I dislike sticky lipgloss!). I wore it for 3.5 hours before it started to fade. Not too bad for a gloss. Lip Candy is a pretty coral pink with gold shimmer in it.
Manna Kadar Gloss Ware Long Lasting Lip Gloss Retail Price: $19.00
Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer: Apple Kid
Eep! Nail polish! I was very pleased to find this in my box for July! I have actually never tried Rainbow Honey (shame on me, I know!) I received the color Apple Kid which is a nice fuchsia shade with lots of shimmer! I applied 2 coats for the thumb swatch I did and I will definitely be wearing this again.
Rainbow Honey Nail Lacquer Retail Price: $10.00
Overall Value of Box: $95.10 (even if I deducted the eyeliner I didn’t care for, it’s still worth $75.10)
Subscription Price: 36.00
Not a bad deal. Aside from the eyeliner, I will use the other 4 items again without a doubt.
Not sure you want to subscribe without trying it for yourself? You can also buy each box for $40.00 without signing up for a sub box!
How Do I Sign Up?
When you first sign up, you are taken to a screen that helps you fill out your preferences which helps eliminate the possibility of getting items in the wrong colors as well as products you just won’t use. (I added a screenshot to show you)
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You just move the slider either up or down for Love or Dislike (leave it in the middle if you Like it). Very easy to do and this is why my box had colors and items I was actually into! There are several screens you do this in. It should take you no more than 5 minutes to get through. It will go from types of products, to finish of products (not a glitter lover? Select Dislike and you should never receive glittery items!), your skin tone, whether you like toned down or dramatic shades, to actual color shades! They really go in depth on this to ensure you get a box you love!
Not into cosmetics? They also offer an accessories box! The accessories box contains 3-4 boutique jewelry pieces. Monthly price is the same as the Makeup Box!
Monthly Subscription Price – $36.00
One Time Purchase Price – $40.00
Where do you go? Wantable.com
Can’t afford a box one month? They give the option to skip your box. I always like sub boxes that allow you to skip!
Don’t like your box for any reason? They allow you to RETURN your box! You just have to return it within 6 months of receiving it.
Not too bad, and I am ready to sign up (in fact I signed up right before typing this review). For me, its worth it. I can skip when I need to, return if I don’t care for it… otherwise I get new makeup to play with.
So what do you think? Willing to try Wantable.com?
Posted by Lisa Heath | February 25, 2012 12:56 pm | 29 Comments
Merle Norman Spring 2012 Color Collection Review and Swatches
Beauty takes to the skies this Spring with Merle Norman’s Newest Color Collection! Introducing light and airy shades that are right on trend! Eye’s are sub-lime, cheeks look heavenly and lips get all dolled up!
Merle Norman’s Spring 2012 Color Collection combines modern pastels with warm, textured neutrals and an unexpected pop of fuchsia to compliment right-off-the-runway fashion looks.
I am so incredibly excited to have the opportunity to show you the Merle Norman Spring 2012 Color Collection! I was sent some select pieces from this collection to review and the colors are amazing! I was blown away by the color selection as well as the application of each product. Each item comes in sturdy, sleek black packaging that can take a beating (my son knocked the quad off the counter on accident twice and the shadows stayed intact and there isn’t even a ding on the compact!)
Light & Airy Eyecolor Quad comes with 4 gorgeous colors. Airy which is a matte pale aqua, Angel Wisp is a slightly shimmery pale mauvish pink, Wink is a semi-matte pale pink and Winging It is a semi-matte sheer charcoal grey. There are so many combinations to be done with these 4 colors. I found each color to be smooth and easily blendable. The colors are soft yet pigmented enough to “pop.”
Quad I received for review:
Second quad available with this collection:
Cream Puff Lasting Cream Eyeshadow is a cream shadow that can be used alone for a light wash of color, or as a base primer to use with the gorgeous Light & Airy Eyecolor Quad. Cream Puff is a neutral shade with the slightest hint of shimmer. When I applied Cream Puff it blended right in and was incredibly smooth. It felt like a light powder once I blended it in.
Age Defying Eyeliner in Black Onyx is a wonderful way to finish off the eye look – a soft black retractable eye pencil that glides on smoothly without any pulling. As with the eyeshadow quad and cream shadow, this compliments the light airy look for the eyes.
Heavenly is a gorgeous limited edition, oversized Lasting Cheekcolor. Heavenly is a gorgeous matte pink cheekcolor with a lovely flower motif on the top. The flower is a champagne colored overspray that goes away after the first few uses. I’m not big on shimmer blushes, because the shimmer generally accentuates my slightly larger pores, but the matte pink works amazingly well with my skin tone. I absolutely loved it. Heavenly gave my cheeks a pop of color without being overbearing!
Last but not least is Merle Norman’s Creamy Lip Color in Dolled Up. This has got to be the creamiest lip color I have ever worn and the color is long lasting. My lips feel soft without a sticky or goopy feeling. Dolled up is a bright fuchsia and when I say BRIGHT, I mean it!
I did a look using all colors I was sent. For my eyes, I did a base “primer” using Cream Puff Lasting Cream Shadow. Then I used my Light & Airy Eyecolor Quad. I used Angel Wisp on the inner corners of my eyes blending outwards, then Wink in the crease and Winging it on the outer corners. Airy was used to line the outer corners of my top and bottom lash line. To finish my eyes, I used Black Onyx Age Defying eyeliner. I have Heavenly on my cheeks for a little color and then applied Dolled Up Creamy Lip Color! (I realize my eyebrows are a little crazy)
Closeup of eyes:
Closeup of Lips:
Full Face View using all products:
Merle Norman Spring 2012 Color Collection is set to release March 1st (for a limited time only!) and will be available at Merle Norman Salons.
You can check out Merle Norman’s other cosmetics at www.MerleNorman.com as well as visit them on Facebook here
***The items in this post were sent to me for review. I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own***
Posted by Lisa Heath | January 8, 2012 11:19 pm | 1 Comment
Urban Decay’s 2012 Spring Collection has been announced! They are adding new items to their Permanent Line! It will be out January/February of 2012! They have brought in 4 new shades of Concealer Pencils to add to their permanent range (now there will be 8 Concealer Pencils instead of just 4) that come in darker shades! Perversion is also now a permanent 24/7 Glide On Pencil!
Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color – $19.00
- Apocalypse: Deep berry
- Lovechild: Pale pink blue
24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil – $19.00
- Demolition: Matte deepest dark rown
- Perversion: Matte blackest carbon black
- Woodstock: Bright fuschia pink shimmer with silver micro glitter
24/7 Concealer Pencil – $18.00
24/7 Concealer Pencils
- CIA: Very light, creamy ivory
- DEA: Light peaches and cream
- FBI: Light medium beige
- NSA: Medium beige
- ATF: Medium dark golden beige (new)
- DOD: Dark warm tan (new)
- KGB: Darker golden caramel (new)
- MIA6: Deepest cocoa (new)
These lovelies will be available at Sephora, Ulta, select Macy’s, and of course UrbanDecay.com
Again, these are being added into their Permanent Line as well – so don’t worry about stalking Ebay to grab these if they sell out immediately! They will be restocked over and over!