Friday, March 27, 2015

Brand Spotlight-Milani Cosmetics


Disclaimer: All the products mentioned in this haul were purchased by me and were not sent from the company for review.
Now that we've gotten that out the way, let's jump right into this.
I am extremely overly obsessed with this brand!!! Milani Cosmetics have amazing products for half the price of Prestige Brands (Prestige brand is a cosmetic brand sold at a high end retailer i.e. Estee Lauder, MAC, Lancome, etc.). The pigmentation and quality of their products rival higher end brands and is some time preferred to such higher end brands.

Let me show you what I purchased.

These gorgeous lipsticks come in 8 colors (I'm featuring 4). All in a smooth creamy matte texture. They glide on creamy but dry matte. The pigmentation is amazing. They retail from $4-$6 (depending on the retailer you choose). Of these 4, "Matte Blissful" is my absolute favorite. Such a pretty light pink color. It's like a mix of M.A.C's "Snob" and Faux" lipsticks with a smoother texture.
Another awesome feature about these lipsticks, besides the amazing quality and price, is their packaging. The bottom shows the color that's in the tube with the name and the sleek gold packaging makes the lipsticks look more luxurious. I'm a sucker for gold packaging. Milani consistently creates amazing lip products. Among my most favorite.





SWATCHES




These amazingly crafted hybrid powders are super soft but greatly pigmented. They come in 29 shades (Again, I'm featuring 4). They can be used wet or dry (Dry for a stunning shimmer, Wet for more impact). They are super blendable and leave a high-impact sheen to the eye with micro shimmers (not overly glittery or sparkly). They retail for about $5 a piece. I only got a couple because I wanted to test them out but of course milani didn't disappoint. The packaging is the same as all other products, gold and fabulous.
I swatched them dry but as you can see, they show up vividly in just a finger swatch, so imagine packing them on or wearing them wet.


Baked Powder Blush

Now these little gems are all over the internet. They come in 9 shades (I'm featuring 2). The number one most talked about shade is "Luminoso". Every blogger, vlogger, YouTuber, etc is using it. That's the one I went to get but of course my Duane Reade is out of stock. So I purchased the two below. There are no swatches because I just got them but the color is AMAZE-BALLS. It's like a blush and highlighter in one!!! You always can add extra shimmer to the cheeks but I love these alone! So beautiful. Doning the same luxurious packaging as the rest.

Rose D'oro on the left/Dolce Pink on the right



I am a firm believer that one makeup brand can't satisfy all my cosmetics needs but this brand is definitely trying to prove me wrong. Mostly everything they make is a home-run. This is just a small haul but I definitely plan to return with more Milani is the future.
If you are looking for quality, great prices, great products, a great range of colors, and just an overall great brand, check out your Milani display at your nearest RX store. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.


Your thoughts and comments are always welcome. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog.
Until next post,
XOXOxx

Monday, March 23, 2015

MOTD: Work Appropriate Spring Color



"I think the beginning of all beauty is knowing and liking oneself"
Kevyn Aucoin

We've made it to Spring!!!
The weather hasn't caught up with the season yet (it's still 30 and below in New York) but I'm transitioning my daily makeup to fit the season.

One easy and appropriate way to switch up your makeup to fit the season is to add a pop of color to the bottom lash and water lines. 

Today, I add a pop of Cyan to my water line and added blue mascara to the bottom lash line to enhance the water line color. This gives you a nice brightness to the eye with a bit of color that you can still rock to an office or to do your daytime tasks. I kept everything else pretty neutral as to not overwhelm the face with to many focal points.

Products used will be listed below 

FACE PREP:
MAC P+P Vibrancy Eye (for under eye)
No7 Beautifully Matte Primer (full face)

FACE:
FOUNDATION- NARS Sheer Matte Foundation (Tahoe)
CONCEALER- MAC P+P Highlighter (Light Boost) mixed with Estee Lauder DoubleWear Concealer (Medium Dark)
UNDER EYE POWDER- MAC Select Sheer Loose (NC15)
FACE SETTING POWDER- MAC MSFN (Dark Golden)
CONTOUR- MAC Studio Fix Powder +Foundation (NW45)
HIGHLIGHT- THE BALM Cindy Lou-Manizer
BLUSH- NYX Blush (MOCHA)

EYES:
BROWS- Anatasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Brunette)
LID/CREASE- MAC (Always Sunny) ProLongWear eyeshadow
OUTER V- MAC (Folie) eyeshadow
UPPER MASCARA- MAC In Extreme Dimension Mascara
LOWER MASCARA- MAC Zoom Lash Mascara (BLUE CHARGE)
WATERLINE- MAC Hi-Def Cyan Chromographic Pencil

LIPS:
LINER- MAC (Sweet Brown) lip pencil (no longer made)
LIPSTICK- Milani Matte (Naked) Lipstick
GLOSS- MAC (Boy Bait) Cremesheen Glass

This is a very easy look to achieve. I think it's just enough color as well. What do you think?

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and all comments and feedback are welcome
XoXo