Formula X Acclaimed Part of The Cut Fall 2015 is Either Cool or Like Granny Stockings

Formula X Acclaimed

I recently saw the new shades Formula X has picked for The Cut Fall 2015 and decided to try out the nude shade, Acclaimed.

I keep flip flopping on this shade, part of me likes it (I think its kind of cool) but I also think its kind of green and maybe looks like granny stockings (a resemblance my best friend mentioned to me). Maybe I’m just not cool enough for this fun greeny nude. I like that its a little different, but I just don’t know if I’m ready.

If you are wondering about the wear time, this shade preforms just as well as my other Formula X polishes. When using The System this shade lasted five days with just tip wear. The picture above is with two coats and, the polish levels and smooths easily during application. I think I might need Ignite (a great red) and Grandeur (a navy blue) from the same collection, they are stunning.

You can get this polish at Sephora and online for $10.50.

The rundown: A

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Defines Cheekbones with just one Compact

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow in Light to Medium

Filmstar Bronze and Glow has been a raved about item from Charlotte Tilbury since the line launched. I was never really tempted to try it until the highlighter craze of this summer happened which, is when I picked one up. I have the shade Light to Medium, there is also a darker shade called Medium to Dark.

The gorgeous retro gold packaging houses two powder products. One is called Sculpt, a cooler bronze shade and the other is Highlight, a shimmery gold sheen. Both shades have some shimmer to them which I don’t mind too much, since I am not a big daily contour-er. If you are, know that shimmer can make a contour look less convincing since it reflects light. I’m more of a bronze all over and highlight gal nowadays, so this works for me. The shimmer in both products helps them blend into the skin and look natural (no one is naturally matte and if you are, know that my oily self is very jealous).

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow in Light to Medium Swatched on my NC/NW20 Skin

I didn’t love this as much when I had a tan, since the Sculpt shade is quite light. Now that I am back to my pasty natural self, this works really well. I use the Sculpt shade to add some definition to my face. I use it like a bronzer  (I am a long time lover of the 3-E bronzing technique) but it is a bit cooler than your standard bronzer, so it is more defining. The highlight applies really beautifully so long as you use a light hand. It doesn’t come off too gold, just glowy and healthy.

I am feeling the love with this palette, its really handy to have a bronzer and highlight in one compact. I can travel with just this and some blush options and be set for a few weeks. You can get this lovely product (and the darker version) for $68 at Beautylish, Nordstrom and at Charlotte Tilbury online.

The rundown: A- ( I wish the Sculpt shade was darker, when I have a tan this palette is too fair for me, the powders are lovely, this is just a personal shade preference thing)

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette is for your Dark Side

Urban Decay Naked Smoky

I am really late on this, I know. When this first came out I saw the colors (drool worthy) but I am an avid warm eyeshadow kinda girl, so I decided to hang back and see if that drool impulse faded. Unfortunately for my wallet, I just couldn’t get this out of my head. One day I walked into Sephora and it came out with me (admittedly one of friends had a strong influence on me that day, but it was pretty inevitable).

Naked Smoky is the well, smokey (I usually use an E in smokey) eyeshadow palette in the Naked palette family bonanza. I am a huge fan of smokey eyes and, this palette makes sense in the Naked family. I will say I was a bit hesitant since UD did have a (sort of) similar palette, the Smoked palette back in 2013. I really love that palette (to this day, its amazing). I really loved that they added killer jewel tones to spice the smokey eye up a bit. This palette is very neutral (no stunning sapphire or emerald shadows here) and very cool (which is good for a naked smokey look, who would have guessed).

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

When using a primer I find these shadows work really well for me, except for Armor (its the one with glitter, one had to be, its an Urban Decay palette). I love the color of Armor, but the glitter ends up all over my face by the end of the day and it was just not cute. I think with some glitter glue or something tacky, it would work much better. The matte shades worked well for me, but per usual I always made sure to layer them so they were easier to blend (tip, if you are looking for a more mid-toned matte, mix Combust and Whiskey before applying). These shades are really stunning, my only quip is I wish the palette had one warm shade. Just one. That way you could apply it just above the crease or in the crease to keep the smokey eye looks from getting too punched-in-the-eye looking.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Swatched on my NC/NW20 Skin

I wish I could say I didn’t enjoy this palette, but I actually really do. Its a beautiful range of shadows in a formula that works well with my primer of choice (NARS Smudge Proof Shadow Base). I find I can do very pretty everyday looks with this, but I also have the shades I need to bump up my look if I want to.

You can get this palette online, at Sephora and, at Ulta for $54 (also, why are the Naked palettes getting steadily more expensive? I know its only a few dollars more, but why?!).

The rundown: A

The Lip Products that have Accumulated in my Bag

the goods

I raided the bottom of my bag and per usual, I have quite a treasure trove of lippies down there. The real theme here is pinky-nude everyday lippies (shocking I know). My favorite formulas are represented though, so I thought it would be good to share.

I love Bite Beauty and their Luminous Creme Lipstick in Fig is a newer shade for me, its a pretty pink. I love the Luminous Creme formula, the shade Rose is a long time favorite as well (Rose is warmer and Fig is cooler). I also have the Butter Cream Lipstick in Heather, which I love. Its more of a browny pink than Fig, which I find easier to wear day-to-day.

Charlotte Tilbury’s Bitch Perfect Lipstick is an all time favorite, it goes with me everywhere. Fully pigmented, pinky-nude and, comfortable to wear makes this one a winner every time.

NARS has two products in here as well, their Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien is fabulous. Its a more mauvey pink, but the pencil format makes it super easy to apply. This is the mini size from Sephora’s birthday gift this year, but I could see myself getting the full sized (the shade and formula are fab). The gloss is the new Chelsea Girls color from their Fall 15 collection, its a beautiful sheer pinky nude. I have been loving both the color and the easy, non-sticky, unscented formula.

Then we are really throwing it back with the Dior Lip Glow. I used to be obsessed with this when I first got into makeup. Its a nice balm that changes your lip color based on your lips skin chemistry. Its easy to wear and goes a nice bright pink on me (this isn’t actually a gimmick, it goes more plummy on my mom). I think this is in my bag in an effort to use it up, this one is old, I must admit.

Another oldie and goodie is the Clarins Instant Light Balm Perfector. This one is in shade 02 but I love all the shades, this is just the one currently in my bag. This is an easy, moisturizing, lightly tinted lip gloss/balm hybrid. I just love em.

What do you have in your bag? Any lippies you recommend?

My Favorite Moisturizer to Take on Trips- Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

I’ve been spending more and more time living out of a suitcase. Due to this unique living situation (I travel about 2 weeks of every month for work) I have to say the hardest thing about traveling frequently is good skin care. My skin always suffers when I am on travel and, I have been spending some time figuring out what helps.

My biggest suggestion if you are traveling is to moisturize more than you would at home. When I am traveling I never sleep as well, drink as much water or, eat as well. This all comes through loud and clear on my skin. I get dry and I get acne and then you have to choose which issue you want to tackle because most of the time the solution for one makes the other one worse. Besides telling you guys to try and drink more water and eat your vegetables while you are traveling (which can be hard, let me tell you, but you should still try) I can suggest you use a great moisturizer.

Fresh has a travel size of their Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream, which is beautifully nourishing without being greasy. It sinks into the skin quickly and makeup layers well over it. The great thing though is, its very hydrating. It helps to boost radiance and plump my skin even when I am in another time zone, eating hotel food and, mainlining caffeine to get through it all. This moisturizer really keeps my skin balanced and even when my life is against it. I would even use this daily back home (thats how fabulous it is).

If you are looking for a great moisturizer (even if your’e not oily and you want a nice daily moisturizer instead of something more intense, this is a great product) I would highly recommend this one. You can get this moisturizer at Sephora and online for $42 for 1.7 oz or $16.50 for 0.5 oz (this is the travel size, I find this lasts me about two weeks using it morning and night, a little goes a long way).

Let me know if you are interested in more travel skin care tips and tricks and I hope you enjoyed this post!

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Matte Revolution Lipsticks in 1975 Red and Miss Kensington

Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Lipsticks in 1975 Red and Miss Kensington

My other recommendation from the Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson collections (besides the highlighter, that I reviewed here) are the Matte Revolution lipsticks. I love the bright orange red 1975 Red and beautiful nude Miss Kensington, they are prefect summer shades.

swatches from the top 1975 Red and Miss Kensington

I find the Matte Revolution formula really nice, its not super drying (but I did feel some light drying after about 4 hours of wear, the Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons are less drying in my opinion). I love that these lasted longer on the lips because of the formula, I got a good 5 hours or so of wear. I love the square-ish shaped bullet, I found it made it easier to apply the bold 1975 Red (1975 Red is very pigmented). The shades have a matte but not like the sahara matte finish (I hope this makes sense, the pictures should help).

wearing 1975 Red

1975 Red is such a great red! This one does look good and matte once it dries down, I love the warm red color. I don’t find it too orange, as in, it doesn’t make my teeth look yellow and still complements my neutral skin tone. Its a great summer shade and since I have been loving red lips lately, its been in heavy rotation.

wearing Miss Kensington

Miss Kensington is a bit more semi-matte in finish and the color is sheerer out of the bullet than 1975 Red. This is actually something I prefer in nude shades, since it makes throwing on this lipstick easy throughout the day (you don’t have to worry too much about staying in the lines). This is more pale than I would usually wear on my skin tone, but somehow, it still looks really flattering. I find it a nude with a tiny hint of pink (barely any pink) that doesn’t wash you out or make you look dead. If this is a bit too nude for you, you can add in a lip liner or gloss to amp up the color (I love wearing this with Laura Mercier Potpourri liner to make it pinker).  This shade settles more into my lip lines than 1975 Red does, but some gloss or lip balm (under the lipstick to keep the finish) should sort that out (I just wanted to show the effect of just the lipstick).

I really love these lipsticks, like all Charlotte Tilbury’s lipstick they have a light vanilla scent and are generally lovely. These will be staples in my lipstick rotation and, I’m looking forward to trying other shades from the Matte Revolution formula (the whole line is now available in the US through Nordstrom).

You can get these shades for a limited time at Nordstrom for $32 each.

The rundown: A- (a tiny bit drying, but better than most matte lipsticks)

The New Diorshow Mascara is Fabulously Chic

Diorshow Mascara in Black 090

Dior has reformulated their iconic Diorshow Mascara and, its fabulous (as the title of this post will also tell you). Dior added microfibers to this formula to boost volume but not clump (which I agree this mascara does).

I really have been enjoying this mascara, I love the super huge bristle wand (per usual). I find the formula nice as well, its not crazy volumizing or lengthening, but its a good all in one mascara (does both well). This is not waterproof, but I didn’t see any smudging or transfer during the day. This also held my curl really well, which I was pleasantly surprised by.

bare lashes
wearing the new Diorshow Mascara


This is a comfortable mascara which means its not crunchy, flaky or, crispy. I didn’t have any problems with the microfibers, they never got in my eyes or irritated me. I honestly didn’t notice them (and I mean that in a good way). This mascara does have a fragrance to it, its a rose perfume scent. I don’t notice it after I apply (so I don’t get whiffs of this during the day), just when I have the tube close to my face.

This ticks all the boxes for me, great all-around lashes (you can also really build this up for some serious drama, only one coat is pictured), lasts all day and, it doesn’t clump. I would purchase the full size of this (instead of just the travel size). I can see why this is an iconic mascara, its great!

You can get this new fabulous formula at Dior counters, online and, at Sephora for $27.50.

The rundown: A