PUR Cosmetics Diaries Collection ~ swatches

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Eeeekkk~ I just got new launches by PUR Cosmetics :) Their new Diaries collection that includes two palettes: eye shadow and contour.

OMG! the packaging is everything! 
Who doesn't love marble and rose gold? I know I do love it! What else blogger dream are made of?

There are two palettes in the collection :
* The Soiree Dairies Eye shadow palette
* The Contour Diaries contour palette

And yes they do look the diaries I used to have back in the days :)
Size wise I could compare them to Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette, PUR palettes are a bit shorter and a bit wider. The outer box is same as a packing, marble with rose gold details. Both palettes are on a bit thicker side. because they do resemble diaries. Both palettes have a mirror inside and shade names printed in rose gold.

The Soiree Dairies

An eye shadow palettes , that contain 12 beautiful shades. Perfect for day and night. The shadows are silky smooth and really pigmented. Mix of neutral, copper and bronze colors We have 4 mattes, 4 satin and 4 shimmers. I'm sorry but the shimmers are calling my name! :) Like I mentioned before there is a nice sized mirror, and the names are printed under each shade.  I do think this palette will be a hit!  Not only packaging  wise but the color selection as well :) Can't wait to play more with it .   $34

The Contour Diaries 

Now lets move to contour diary book. Same packaging as the eye shadow palette. Inside you will find six shades.

 3 highlights:
* Charm ~ light pink/peach
*Dream ~ golden
* Flirt ~ warm peach

3 brozners:
* Secret ~ light brown
* Passion ~ warm brown
* Mystery ~ deep brown

All shades are creamy and blend able. You can mix them to get you own desired shade as well.  Don't mind me as I go and play with my new babies :)

Pur Beauty is a cruelty free brand.

Both palettes are already available and PurCosmetics.Com and Khol's.
Which one are your getting?

Lancome L'absolu Rouge Lipsticks and Matte Shakers ~ swatches and review

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I get so excited every time I see Lancome products in Octoly store. 
Lancome is so good to me! Thank you so much for accepting and sending me all your wonderful products for the review.  It means a lot for a small blogger like me. 

This is not my first review of Lancome products on my blog. In the past I reviewed their color correctors (click here) and L'absolu Lipsticks (click here).
Also at some point I will be reviewing the Absolute Powders and Eye Cream :) 

Today I will be reviewing both L'absolu and Matte Shakers lippies. 
This time all my L'absolu Rouge lipstick came in cream finish. aside from matte, cream is my favorite. 
The lipsticks are really opaque and feel hydrating  on the lips. I really adore this formula.  Lipsticks wear pretty long and there is no need to reapply often.  there is about 44 shades in range so for sure you find something for yourself 

Shades I got:

* Beige Mirage ~ very pretty nudy beige with slight peachy undertones. I love this color , It look so pretty on its own and over a lip liner. Definitely one of my go to nudes. 

* Exotic Orchid ~ another my favorite. And I think this will be my most wearable color.  I would describe it as a nude rosy shade with hints of mauve. Kinda your lips but better :)  Out off Lancome lipsticks I won this one is by far my favorite. 

* Impatiente ~ This lippie unfortunately got stabbed with my nail.. ugh  clumsy me. Impatiente is this orangey red that personally I feel that don't look good on me :(...  There is something about the orange undertone that I cant pull it off.. yeah  thats how I feel.  If You ask my hubby and he will tell you that he dont care, I look good in any color :) Gotta love him ! Aside that slight orange undertone I will def will be wearing this beauty. Like I said this formula is really good. 

* Absolute Rouge ~ this creamy bright red with hints of pink in it.  Classic red that every girl needs. Beautiful and very wearable. This color and classic black wing liner and you good to go.  I do love red lips If I could I could be wearing red lipstick every day :) 

L'absolu rouge lipsticks are simply great. I love very comfortable formula and pigmentation. The do have a very nice scent to them . I do like scented makeup products, I dunno I know some people don't :) I mean come on whats not to love. They are luxurious, creamy and long lasting. I am eyeing one shade from this range. I swatched in sephora few weeks ago and fell in love :) Now hubby gotta pull out big bucks and get me that lipsticks.

Matte Shakers, a follow up to their glossy Juicy Shakers. Comes in the same cute cocktail shaker inspired tube.  The unique cushion sponge applicator allows maximum absorption. as for me  it is  really hard  to apply on the lips. Especially with darker colors. It gets messy  all over. I have to use a brush to clean up the edges.  The formula is really lightweight but really pigmented.  For me they do feel more like a lip stain than matte liquid lipstick. It take about 15 min for  the color to dry on the lips, once it does its transfer and kiss proof, plus you don't even feel the lipstick on the lips at all.   Formula contains water and oil so you have to shake to tube ( you will hear beads jumping in it ). The shake allows for the water and oil to mix up first. Do that before applying.  They do feel hydrating on the lips thanks to Vitamin E :)
 a little note: I didn't shacked Magic Orange, you can see how sheer is it on the swatch below.  And than there is another swatch of it once I shook the tube. 

There are 7 colors in the collection . The Shades I got:

* Beige Vintage ~ ummm hello! my new FAVE! I know I have a lot of faves lately. But this color is so pretty. warm dusty rose. Its is so flattering on my lips :) I love colors like that. 

* Energy Peach ~ beautiful classy peach shade. I don't own many peach lipsticks, one of my faves is Just Peachy by wet n wild, and since than I don't really reach for peachy shades often. This one is really pretty and looks beautiful on :)

* Magic Orange ~ when i first swatched it I was disappointed coz it was really sheer... but well I didn't shake the tube  so there was no color, but ... after i did OMG that orange is so bright and fun! I does look a lot brighter in the tube than on the lips. It is bright but not that bright  LOL .. you know what I am saying hahah  ...Wish I could pull off orange lips :( but yeah such a fun summer shade 

Here is a better swatch of Magic Orange. It does look better on the lips tho. :)

The last matte shaker was send to me before , but I thought why not include it in this post :)

.* Kiss Me Cherie ~ beautiful blue based red   and yes i love blue based reds. This one is like a berry kind of red that will look gorgeous on anyone :)

Aside of that big sponge applicator I really like them. If I am not mistaking they retail something around $22 which is not bad at all.

Thanks Lancome and Octoly ! Products were send for my honest review. 

Maybelline City Palettes ~ Graffiti Pop ~ swatches and review

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I have to say I was looking forward to the new Maybelline City Palettes. 
I went yesterday to my local Rite Aid and guess what ?! Yes we finally have the display :)
I also notice few more new launches by Maybelline, that I am thinking of picking it up. 

But now I will show you what Influenster send me :) 
I got accepted in a Maybelline vox box and I got a Mini City Palette is a shade Graffiti Pop.
Now to be honest, if I would go now to pick few palettes, Graffiti Pop would not be on the list. I am eyeing few other ones, that I would like to try first . But... after swatching it, I fell in love :) I mean that blue and purple are just so pretty! plus palette do contain few natural shades, so I am able to create something wearable on my eyes. I really like the two shades on top of the blue one :) Those are my kind of shades :) 

Personally I really like the texture. Soft, creamy and pigmented. Graffiti Pop contains mostly shimmer and satin shades. There is 6 shades in the palettes and it cost $9.99. In my opinion they are better than other maybelline palettes, you know the bigger ones ? I did enjoyed the new 24k gold palette tho, but the others compared to this one were so so. The do retail at the same price but if I had to choose I would definitely purchase the mini'city palettes over the bigger palettes (im sorry but do they have a name? I can't remember). 

I do like the palettes and by the looking at them and seeing swatches online, I think they will be fun to play with. And hoarder in me want them and I think will get them soon :) There are 8 in total :)
Available at Ulta, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens
Price $9.99

*Thanks Influenster and Maybelline for sending me this palettes. Opinion is my own.,

Anti-Aging skin care with HydroPeptide Nimni Cream

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Oh hey! guess what another anti aging post :) This time it will focus one of the newest innovation from HydroPeptide -  Nimni cream. 
This cream is prefect for those who concern about wrinkles, fine lines and loss of facial volume.
Nimni cream was developed by Dr. Marcel Nimni, a leader on a collagen products. 

The key ingredients:
* Patented Collagen Support Complex ~ blend of amino acids that fights skin sagging for a firmer appearance
* Time-Release Retinol ~ improves skins fullness and elasticity while resurfacing skin for more even tone and texture
* Anti-Aging Peptides ~ improves skin structural integrity and provides additional collagen signaling.
* Collagen Supporting Antioxidants ~ helps stimulate and support healthy collagen.

Now let me tall you how this cream worked on me :)
So like some of you know I'm in my 30s. I know some would say I might be too young for anti aging products, but better start early then cry later.
My skin is acne/oily and sensitive. I always do a test before I apply any sort of product. Over all  My skin really like this cream. I didn't get any breakouts or any rash. Thank god!. It absorbed fast and left my skin feeling soft.  At first I started using it only twice a week and than i increase to use it every day or every other day. Since this cream is strong you want your skin to get used to it and not hate it.
I been using it for a about 3 weeks now ( i apply it twice a week) and I can see small changes. Like my fine lines getting smoother and my skin tone even. I don't have wrinkles or any other concerns. It didn't give me any bad reaction nor did it clog my pores.
It have a strong herbal scent that to some people might be to much. also the cream color is kinda yellowish-greenish... On the picture  promoting product cream is white. You get kinda mustardy color tho.  Why can it be white LOL.
The only down side of this is the price. This cream cost $110 (0.5oz) But if you use twice a week it might last you few months.

I applied it on a cleansed skin  and neck, avoiding eye area.
Over all I think this cream is good. I would love to send it to my mom now and see how it will preform on her skin. Like I said before my fine lines are even and my skin looks really good.
Now would i repurchase it ? No, unless I have the $$$ to spend on it. Over all I did recommended this cream to few of my co workers :)

* product was send to me for review from Brandbecker and Hydropeptide #hydropeptide #nimnicream. 

Vitamin C anti aging skin care ~ DermaE, C2CaliClean and InstaNatural

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Ok, so here we go another anti aging skin care post. :) coz hey better start faster then be sorry later :)

 Vitamin C is an antioxidant powerhouse with skin brightening and anti aging properties.
Did you know Vitamin C support collagen heath, which is responsible for skin firmness? It helps brighten the skin, so if you have a dark spots or uneven skin tone and sun damage, you should look into products that contain vitamin c.

One of my favorite skin brand - DermaE, launched Vitamin C boosted skin care line that includes concentrated serum, moisturizer, night cream and micellar water.
DermaE is vegan and cruelty free brand. Their skin care products contain non toxic ingredients and well environment friendly. First I heard of DermaE on Instagram.  Some bloggers I follow was lucky enough to test their skin care. I, myself love to discover and try new brands. And was lucky enough to be added to DermaE Pr list :) and here I am writing my first ever review on the blog.
I have way more products to write about in later time :)
for now lets talk about their Vitamin C anti aging skin care.

A while back I was send Concentrated Serum and Renewing Moisturizer. Both products feel good and my skin really like them. I do have acne and sensitive skin. They feel non irritating and smells great. As you can guess citrus-y kinda scent :)
First, I put on the Concentrated Serum ~ it helps brighten skin and boost collagen health, minimizing the look of wrinkles, fine lines while improving the appearance of uneven skin tone. Hylauronic acid and Vitamin C (key ingredients) work together to protect skin form environment stress, helping prevent the signs of aging. Soothing Aloe and Vitamin E deeply moisturize for a rejuvenated you. Another great ingredients are Rose Hip Oil and Green Tea, to which my skin reacts well. Overall this serum is great. It does absorb fast and didn't clog my pores.
Renewing Moisturizer ~ lightweight and radiance boosting  moisturizer, supports collagen heath, help  to improve the appearance  of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Probiotocs and Rooibos work with nonoxidizing vitamin c to shield and straighten skin natural defenses for smoother and firmer skin. Works perfect with serum. Plus it can be use day or night.
Both products work well with my sensitive skin :) Vitamin C skin care available here.

Now we took care of the skin and now time for lips :) Yes you can't forget about the lips!
Recently I got a anti aging lip balm by C2CaliClean. I'm not going to lie I never heard of them before. I was just send a box full of oranges and two lip balms :) Can't complain here :)
So give your lips what they have been craving - anti aging lip conditioner that has proven to replenish, repair and n nourish . C2CaliClean lip conditioner is packed with rich natural oils to bring back life in to the lips. It provides :
* long lasting hydration
* deep conditioning
* refreshing citrus-y mint experience

I use this lip balm night time, after scrubbing my lips I applied it and simply go to sleep. .Most days I wear lipsticks so only on the days I don't I apply it. It does feels good, I do adore the scent :)  So if you struggling with a dry lips this might be for you :)
Lip balm can be found here.

and last is a Vitamin C toner by my other favorite skin care brand InstaNatural. This is not the first time I'm mentioning InstaNatrual on my blog. i seriously love their skin care. Now that they repacked all the products I love it even more. The packing is one of the factors that makes me buy a product. It is important.
InstaNatural is a small company that started in Florida. their goal is to provide natural, effective skin care solution/Their products focus on organic and natural ingredients without using harmful parabens and other questionable ingredients.
I was lucky enough to meet with Shana, who works for InstaNatural a while back. It was nice to learn more about the brand that you really like , you know ?!
Im not gonna lie I have a bunch of InstaNatural products so at some point there will be a brand focus post, in which I can talk a bit more of each product.
Today I will focus only on Vitamin C toner, which is life! Spray on toner!  I actually like them more than regular toners. i feel like I don't waste that much of a product. The mist is really nice and there is not dripping ! The toner is boatload with herbs that have anti-acne, anti-aging, skin-lighting and skin-inflammatory benefits. Daily use will support skin protective barrier, priming it to absorb serum and moisturizer more effectively. the key ingredients :
*  MSM  ~ is essential source of sulfur and it has anti-acne, anti-aging and skin lighting and soothing properties .  It helps to reduce appearance of pores.
* Witch Hazel ~ anti-acne and anti-inflammatory agent. it contains healing active ingredients. It is good to own a Witch hazel because of all the properties.
* Lavender Oil ~ nourishes and refreshes skin, also anti-acne agent.  Lavender oil is the most used essential oil in the world.  It help to restore skin complexion, reduces acne and slows aging .
* Geranium Oil ~ nourishes and refreshes skin, Helps with acne and dark spots on the skin.
* Vitamin C ~ it is basically good for your skin. Helps with anti aging, acne, reduces fine lines, wrinkles,
Toner can be used by all skin types, however if you have really sensitive skin make a skin test before spritzing it all over your face. I have oily-acne-sensitive skin  and I find that it works really good on me. I never got a bad reaction and my skin feels amazing. Plus this stuff smells so good!
InstaNatural is sold mostly online.
I leave a link here that will take you straight to their website.

thanks for reading !
xo Monica 

MAC Holiday collection ~ sneak peek

I saw recently Trendmood and LipstickJunkieForver posted on IG a little sneaky peeky of upcoming Mac Holiday collection. \

Well, by looking at the embossing on the highlight it will be Holiday Collection. 
Ladies , famous Whisper of Gilt is making its comeback once again. 
It did came back last year in Nutcracker sweet collection :) lucky us who got our hand on it :)  and now it is coming back again!

I really cant wait to see more of this collection, like lipsticks for example :)

what do you girls think of it ? I know i am saving my bucks now :)
definitely will update once other products will be reveled :)

*pictures credit @trendmood1 on Instagram 

Metallic Lip Potions by Fairy Girl ~ swatches + review

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Fairy Girl have done it again :) This time brand surprised us with a Metallic Lip Potions!
Liquid metallic lipstick are so on trend now :)

I  really love that the brand you love and supports , support you right back. Fairy Girl is the brand that   I am lucky to work with :)  last week I received a small parcel filled with their newest launched. 8 Metallic lip potions :)

The lipsticks come in the same packaging and same tube as Fairy Girl"s amazing  matte liquid lipsticks.
 And the shades! I love the shades! they all scream summer! Absolutely gorgeous! They are very comfortable on the lips!  Color payoff is on point and they are transfer proof. Which means once you apply  they will dry and it wont budge :)  and did i mention they are created with out parables, vegan friendly  and cruelty free! yes!

Yes they are metallic and yes they are wearable. Some metallic lipsticks might be way to metallic, right? Fairy Girl's metallic is very subtle and prefect for every day.
Lipstick have a vanilla scent to it just like the matte ones do.

I got spoiled with 8 gorgeous shades:

* Pink Moon ~ metallic hot pink
* Metal Rose ~ metallic soft pink rose *my favorite
* Mermaid Kiss ~ metallic mermaid teal *favorite
* Unicorn Princess ~ metallic bubble gum pink
* Miami ~ metallic peachy pink copper
* Violet Venom ~ metallic violet purple
* Butterfly Soul ~ metallic gold
* Precious ~ metallic red with pink undertones

Aren't they stunning? Do you know you can also wear them as a lipstick toppers? I do! I rock Metal Rose over Note Cosmetic Lipstick (forgot the name, but the color shades are really similar). I got so many compliments already on that pair! :) If you don't eat much greasy food it will wear all day :)

Personally cant wait to see what Fairy Girl will came up with next :)  I would love to see a highlights and maybe eye shadow palettes :) or better since they already have lipsticks, matte liquid lipsticks and metallic liquid lipsticks , now time for glosses and lip liners :) what do you think Fairy Girl ?

Thank you one more time :) I simply adore your products !

click here to shop :)
$15 each

Jeffree Star x MannyMUA collab ~ swatches + review

Yes, I know I am late to the swatch party but whatever. 

i was super excited for this collab. I knew the bundle was the thing for me. I needed it. The collab launched while I was at IMATS. At Beautylish booth the collection was up. So everyone could swatch it and get it right away at the discounted price. The only downside was ... no box. You know the bundle comes in a cool box that makeup collectors and beauty blogger need in their collection. Well i passed on it then, coz no box I don't need you. Instead I grabbed few other JS products. after I was done I asked my sis in law to order the bundle off JS website... and guess what sold out :( 
bummer right? so I said to myself I wait till it gets back in stock. 

Few weeks ago I entered giveaway at Makeup Addicts Rejoice on FB where the main prize was ... JS x Manny Collab. And woohoo i won :) You guys have no idea how happy I was :) 
Noosha was super fast with shipping and I got my prize shortly after :) 

You guys it is breathtaking! the box, the packaging the products all perfection. 
I just love the black holographic packaging ! The bundle includes two Velour Liquid Lipsticks and one Skin Frost Highlight. All wearable and it will suit everyone :)

I adore JS liquid lipsticks formula. I do have few in my stash. They feel really nice on the lips and no drying. Colors wear through out the day. The new shades come in a limited edition packaging, black holographic packaging with JS  (star) and Mannys (crescent)  logos . 
"I'm Shook" ~  medium tones burnt coral. It looks more red on me then coraly. 
"Daddy" ~ this one is my favorite. cooled tones brown, that gives you a 90's grungy vibes. I love brown lipsticks! this is def a must have one :)
Both wear amazing and both go on opaque on the lips. Like I said before JS formula is amazing. 

Now the skin frost. OMG its just stunning. It is called Eclipse and its described as an icy peach highlight. It is same size as other JS highlights. It comes again in a limited edition packaging with JS and Mannys Logo imprinted on the product. Large mirror inside is a huge plus. 
I used only a bit, coz hello I don't want to destroy the logo LOL . It is blinding! I love how it look on my cheekbones. and when you spray it with a makeup spray it is even more blinding! Love it! glow for days ! 

my tiny Jeffree Collection :)

Sinful Colors ~ Desert Divas - Stoned Crystal Shimmer ~ Swatches

Found new Sinful Colors nail polishes at my Rite Aid. Well not so new but new to me. I don';t understand why we get all the collections so late... Its NYC for crying out loud! Can you believe I didn't see Kandee polishes display!?! And I went to every drugstore I saw in my path and nothing. Oh well, what can I do... :( 

anyways I did find the Desert Divas display,  that Stones Crystal Shimmers are part of ...but with only four colors left :( I did pick them up anyways :) Sinful Colors are the best drugstore polishes! not only they are affordable but also they do last pretty long on my nails. 
Each nail polish have a translucent crystal flakes in. And surprisingly they go on really nice on the nail. What you see in the bottle , well you get that on your nails. 

here are the colors and swatches of shades I got

Just Deserts #2218 ~ light neutral pink.  Formula is a bit sheer, but the color can be build up. Shown on swatches 2 coats. no base or top coat.

Thera-Pewter #2223 ~ shimmery gray with lavender undertones. I really like this color. again formula rather sheer but you can get away with two coats.  Excuse my swatch LOL, nail polish didn't dry properly and I applied another layer and it results in that uneven swatch :( 

Super Cooper #2225 ~  gorgeous shimmery dusty sage green. I adore this color! formula is amazing. Opaque in two coats. 

Namaste The Night #2220 ~ shimmery deep plum. and boy this one is gorgeous! nicely opaque and again two coats and you good to go. 

Clay Me #2221 ~ shimmering copper , burnt terra cotta orange. I am not a biggest orange fan but this one is really pretty! especially with the shimmery flakes :) Shown two coats, but it is surprisingly opaque in one coat.

overall I really love this collection, hope I get lucky and track more polishes :) 
which shade did you like?

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