I first spotted these NYX In Your Element Eyeshadow Palettes at the NYX store in Tysons Corner, VA. It was my first time at a NYX store and I wasn’t expecting to buy anything, (I normally get my NYX fix at Ulta). I didn’t realize until I was in there that a NYX store has SO MUCH MORE than your typical Ulta or drugstore does.

Case in point – these beauties.

NYX In Your Element Eyeshadow Palettes

NYX In Your Element Eyeshadow Palettes

I knew I had to have them from the second I saw them. My reasons are as follows:

  1. I’m into astrology.

    I was born on September 23rd and am technically a Libra (an air sign) while also on the cusp of Virgo (an earth sign). I find that these two signs combined, fit my personality to a tee. I’m practical, responsible, and analytical like a Virgo – yet talkative, sociable, and indecisive like a Libra. But I digress…NYX says that these palettes are inspired by the earth’s elements. The four astrological elements are – Earth, Fire, Water, and Air. NYX also offers “Metal” (an all-shimmer palette) and “Wind.”You can read more about astrological elements and what yours is here. Coincidentally, Earth (Virgo) and Air (Libra) were the two palettes I was most drawn to for shades and packaging.

  2. THE PACKAGING.

    These are not your typical budget-brand eyeshadow palettes. The packaging feels sturdy and heavy – with glossy plastics and gorgeous patterns. On the inside is a full-width mirror – not that I ever apply an eyeshadow look in a compact mirror but ya’ never know. It’s nice to have just in case. I’d also wager that these eyeshadow palettes are resistant to cracking as I dropped the air palette as soon as I opened it and was so relieved to see all the eyeshadows fully intact post-fall.

  3. Color Payoff

    I swatched these babies in the store and could tell the quality was well-above their price point. Now, I’m not one of those people who equates high-pigment with high-quality. For my everyday, “normal person,” (non-working makeup artist) needs, I find that blendability is just as important as pigment. While these shadows have great pigment, they aren’t as blendable or buttery as, say, Anastasia Modern Rennesance. But they’re definitely more blendable than your average drugstore shadow and are definitely comparable to a MAC eyeshadow.
    NYX In Your Element AirNYX In Your Element Earth

  4. Price!

    These palettes were originally priced at $30 which seems steep for NYX, a typically budget cosmetics brand. However, I bought them on sale for $15 and as of the publishing of this post – they are STILL in stock and on sale on the NYX website. I think they’d be worth their price at $30 but I wouldn’t consider them a bargain at that price. For $15, they’re an absolute steal.

Summary

Overall, I don’t think these NYX In Your Element eyeshadow palettes will be ones I reach for every day because, to me, they just feel special. Even the neutral tones in the Earth palette are pretty bold and unique in their own way.

Regardless, I love the concept of these palettes and the quality is great for the price. I’m considering picking up the “Wind” palette while they’re half off – although how often am I ever REALLY going to wear those shades of aqua? More Pinterest research is required…

Which of these NYX In Your Element eyeshadow palettes would you want to try? Would you pick based on your astrological element? Let me know in the comments below!

NYX In Your Element Eyeshadow Palettes

Wearing the NYX Air Palette

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For those of you who have seen my last post on the Lancome Matte Shakers, you know how obsessed I am. The formula is so unique – it applies like a sheer fluid but dries down to a matte wash of color.

As the name implies, you have to shake these to get real color payoff. The pointed sponge-tip applicator makes them easier to apply than your average liquid lipstick, (even easier than my beloved Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick).

My only gripe is that I don’t think the shade names or descriptions on the Sephora and Ulta websites are very accurate. It’s not a valid complaint about the product itself but if you’re shopping online, it makes picking out the right shade kind of tricky.

Regardless, I took a gamble  and purchased the best-selling “Beige Vintage” and the less popular, “Plum Plum Girl.”

Lancome Matte Shakers in Plum Plum Girl and Beige Vintage

Beige Vintage

Lancome Matte Shaker in Beige Vintage

I can see why this shade is so beloved. Again, this is not even remotely “beige” but rather a very neutral, flattering medium rose.

For me, this is like Tarte Exposed Blush – not alike in its shade, but in its usability. Tarte Exposed is my go-to blush for just about any makeup look. It goes with every kind of lipstick shade and every kind of eyeshadow look.

Similarly, this shade of lipstick works well with smoky eyes of any shade, and blushes in peach or pink undertones. However, my favorite way to wear this color is with a neutral, shimmery eye and glowy pink flush on the cheeks.

Either way, I think I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of this shade as we move into the spring/summer months. (#Arewethereyet?)

Plum Plum Girl
Lancome Matte Shaker in Plum Plum Girl

Freshly applied…

Lancome Matte Shaker in "Plum Plum Girl"

Dries down matte!

I own a lot of berry-toned lipsticks. This one is different – slightly cooler in undertone, yet a true purple in shade. Unlike some of the other shades, I think “plum” accurately describes the color of this lipstick.

Now let’s be honest, if you don’t like cool-toned lipsticks, you WON’T like this lip color. But if you’re like me and love the 90s grunge look with its greyed-out nudes, you may like this lipstick. It’s as if those cool nudes married a dark, vampy lip and gave birth to “Plum Plum Girl.”

If you’d like to see my review of the other shades, click here.

Other Makeup Worn In These Pictures:

NYX In Your Element Eyeshadow Palette – Earth (Row 2, gold and peach shades)
L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation in “Natural Buff”
Becca Apres Ski Highlighter Palette – Shade 1
L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Blackest Black

Have any of you tried the Lancome Matte Shakers? What are your favorite shades? Let me know in the comments!

I first started hearing about the Lancome Matte Shakers from one of my favorite YouTubers (Allana Davison). It must have been like a subliminal message because it took several months before I really wanted to try one.

Liquid lipsticks are hit or miss for me (Kat Von D = hit, Anastasia = miss) so I initially passed these babies over for more standard lipstick formulas. But when Bloomingdale’s had a 10% off discount, I decided to give them a try.

Lancome Matte Shakers

I first purchased the shades “Kiss Me Cherie” and “Beige Vintage.” Unfortunately, Bloomingdale’s ran out of the “Beige Vintage” shade before they could ship it and that particular order was canceled. That shade is still on my wishlist so stay tuned for an update!

Formula + Application

The formula is so unique. It’s not drying or sticky like a standard liquid lipstick but instead, feels very sheer and lightweight. It looks shiny when you first apply it and like most liquid lipsticks, it dries to a matte finish. It lasts fairly well without touchups and fades evenly so if you forget to reapply you’ll be left with just a sheer wash of color. True to the name, these liquid lippies need to be shaken before application to get any real color payoff.

I was nervous that the bulky sponge applicator would make it impossible to apply neatly (an issue I’ve had with most liquid lipsticks). But because the formula is so sheer, this type of applicator helps spread the color on easily. The pointed tip helps with precision but it should be noted, that if you want a super bold, clean, precise lip – this product may not be for you. It gives a more sheer, blurred effect, ideal for natural makeup looks.

Lancome Matte Shaker Applicator

Once I realized I loved the formula and applicator, I decided to purchase three more shades with an Ulta 20% off coupon last month. I’m such a smart shopper – I know.

The shades I purchased, in addition to “Kiss Me Cherie,” were: “Abrickadabra,” “Berry n’ Clyde,” and “Red’y in 5.” I found the formula to be consistent across all 4 shades. Check out my shade review and try-on below.

Shades

Kiss Me Cherie

“Kiss Me Cherie” is described as a “deep brick red” but on me, it’s really more of a bright pinky red. I’m not too mad about it…it’s red enough for the festive holiday season and pink enough to take me through Spring.

Lancome Matte Shaker Kiss Me Cherie

Abrickadabra

Described as “pumpkin spice,” this shade feels true to its description. I love this shade! Warm, neutral, and a little spicy – it’s just right for the season. Not to mention, I love the name. I’m not sure if it has any “brick” tones but the “pumpkin spice” description is on the money. I’m not sure why but it’s coming off slightly shiny in this picture but rest assured, this shade dries matte just like the others.

Lancome Matte Shaker Abrickadabra

Berry n’ Clyde

This was the only one that I was slightly disappointed with. Given that it has “berry” in the name, I was expecting it to be…ya know…berry colored. It could just be my skintone, but as you can see, this is nowhere near a berry tone. It’s more like a hot pink and to be honest, I’m seriously considering exchanging it for a true berry shade. Maybe I’ll have better luck with “The Grape Escape” or “Plum Girl.”

Lancome Matte Shaker Berry n' Clyde

 

Red’y in 5

This shade is described as a “warm fiery red” and it’s just that. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be flattering on my pink undertones but after swiping it on, it might just be my favorite of the bunch!  I think I’ll get way more wear out of it come spring/summer.

Lancome Matte Shaker Red'y in 5

Lancome Matte Shaker Red'y in 5

Price

Regarding price, these liquid lipsticks clock in at $22 a pop. Definitely more expensive than your standard drugstore lippie but the formula and application of these are so unique that you really can’t dupe it. Not yet, anyway. It will be interesting to see if L’Oreal (Lancome’s parent company) releases something similar for the drugstore.

I collect lipsticks from drugstore to luxury brands and I’ve never tried anything like these. I’m not sure how long a bottle will last if you use it every day, but I’d say they’re worth the price tag.

Overall

Like I said, the formula of these lipsticks is truly unique. However, I do think the shade names and descriptions are off. So do as I say and not as I do – visit a Lancome counter in person if you can to try the shades on.

What do you all think? Will you be giving these matte lip shakers a go? Comment below with your favorite shade. 🙂

 

And yes. I’m now as obsessed as everyone else is. Ugh. Don’t you hate it when you give into hype and then regret not giving into it sooner?

I made my first Glossier purchase about 2 months ago. I did my research and decided on a few carefully selected products. After testing them out for a couple weeks, I made a second purchase. Fast forward 2 weeks and I’m totally converted.

Glossier Product Review

 

Check out my full review below:

Boy Brow in Brown

Glossier Boy Brow in Brown

It’s as good as they say. Light hold (this is no Anastasia Brow Gel), texture, a tint that lasts. If you have barely-there brows and are used to a full dip-brow routine, this may not be for you. But the spaghetti monster in the sky blessed me with a natural mono-brow so my everyday brow products tend to be light pencils to fill in gaps and/or clear gels to keep those suckers in place. After using Boy Brow, I’ve found my HG brow product and obviously, a new reason for living.

Generation G in Crush, Zip, and Jam

Generation G in Crush Glossier Generation G in Zip Glossier Generation G in Jam

The first shade I bought was “Jam” and I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t crazy about it at first. It gave me wine lip. You know what I’m talking about. When it’s winter and you’ve got chapped lips and you just had 2 glasses of red wine and it’s accentuated all your cracks with deep purple, post-mortem nightshade? Yeah, that. Which is great if you’re into that kind of thing!

But personally, wine lip (unless from a true wine-colored matte lipstick) is just not my jam (get it?) Glossier’s Jam applied to bare lips on a cold November morning clings to dry spots and accentuates cracks like nobody’s business. I let it hang out in my makeup bag for awhile until I realized that applying a thin layer of lip balm underneath it changes EVERYTHING. Errrythang.

And yes, your lips should be properly exfoliated and moisturized before applying any lip color but REALLY. Who has time to do that every morning before rushing out the door? Ideally, a well-formulated lip color doesn’t accentuate dry lips and I admit that I may be adding extra steps to make this product work but ya know what? I LOVE the final look.

And it really is a unique product. There’s not many truly matte, truly sheer lipsticks out there. I picked up Crush and Zip in my second Glossier order and I’m officially a convert to the Generation G cult.

If Jam gives you wine lip, then Zip gives you Cheeto lip and Crush…idk, maybe makes you look like you just ate jello? I don’t really eat jello.

Anywho, now that I know how to use these, I can’t recommend them enough. They’d also be great for anyone who wants to wear a matte lip color but is afraid of anything too bold.

Haloscope in Moonstone and Quartz

Glossier Haloscope Swatches

I love a good highlighter and these do not disappoint. It’s been awhile since I’ve used a cream highlighter (I’m a big fan of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors and Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders) and I’m starting to wonder if I’ve been missing out on the wondrous world of cream highlighters! Haloscope is a bit more like a balm than anything else but fortunately, after using it regularly for a month I can confidently say, it does NOT break me out.

Moonstone is a sheer white glowy shimmer that turns fair complexions into little snow angels. Quartz is a little more golden and ideal for medium skin tones but still works on my NC/NW 25 skin. These both last really well throughout the day (8 hours, easily) and add a very realistic glow – noticeable enough to be worth applying but not as noticeable as say, Becca Opal. I probably won’t be purchasing the third shade, Topaz, as it’s probably too bronzy to work on my skin tone. I’d definitely purchase both of these shades again but I doubt I’ll have to, as the stick is pretty chunky and will probably last forever.

Clear Lip Gloss

Glossier Clear Lip Gloss + JamOkay, you guys know that I don’t do glossy lips. But I was watching a beauty blogger talk about this and she said it was just nostalgic and reminded her of the days when she was a teenager and wore clear lip gloss. I, too, remember those days when the only makeup I wore was Maybelline Great Lash and clear Bonnie Bell lip gloss. For many of us, a little tube of clear gloss was our first introduction to makeup and what can I say? Nostalgia made me do it.

Plus, Glossier has a deal where you can buy the Clear Lip Gloss + Generation G Lipstick for $6 off. I’d practically be LOSING money if I didn’t buy it…right guys? Right?!

Anywho, I love this lip gloss. I don’t know if it’s just been forever since I’ve worn a clear gloss or what – but the formula is sooooo smooth and luxurious. The doe-foot applicator is extra soft and cushiony and is just a dream to apply.

I still have bad memories of that hair-stuck-in-gloss phenomenon…so I’m not sure if I’ll ever step foot outside of my apartment with a shiny gloss on a windy day. That being said, I’ve already worn it a few times to the gym (with hair up tightly in a ponytail) and I’m kinda digging it…

How long until super shiny lips come back in style? Regardless, I would definitely repurchase.

Milky Jelly Cleanser

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

I was so intrigued by the name of this cleanser and once I heard all my favorite bloggers raving about it, I knew I had to give it a try. After using it for a couple months, I don’t really know how I feel. It smells nice and has a nice texture but it definitely doesn’t remove makeup. Like, at all. And I don’t even wear the heavy-duty, waterproof stuff.

Also, I’m not totally confident that it’s really even all that cleansing. That being said, it rinses clean without drying your skin out and is totally decent for a morning cleanse or as a second cleanse in the evening (after makeup is removed). I’ll be using the rest of the bottle but probably not buying it again. 

Super Bounce Serum

Glossier Super Bounce

Glossier makes 3 different serums, Super Bounce (with Hyaluronic Acid), Super Glow (with Vitamin C) and Super Pure (with Zinc and Niacinamide). All three of these are all-star, anti-aging, antioxidant-packed ingredients so I had high expectations. I decided to pick up Super Bounce since ya know, WINTER IS COMING and I figured I’d need the extra moisture.

Sadly, this did absolutely nothing for my skin. Literally, nothing. It didn’t break me out at all, which is something considering I have sensitive skin but I might as well have been putting water on my face. Speaking of water, that’s basically the texture of this serum. It has JUST enough to it to keep it from running down your face.

Based on the reviews I read, this is the best one of the bunch so I probably won’t be trying out any of their other serums. The price isn’t expensive for a serum but it’s so tiny that I ran through the whole bottle in a month. And my face isn’t even that big. Thumbs down.

Balm Dotcom in Rose

Glossier Bam Dotcom in Rose

This is a pretty standard, subtly scented, pink-tinted lip balm. The packaging is super-cute and I enjoy using it but other than that – how much can I really rave about a lip balm? This layers great under the Generation G lipsticks and I probably will purchase it again just to try out the other scents but I wouldn’t say this is a MUST-buy.

 

The Verdict

Overall, I’d say give their makeup a try. I’m pretty impressed by what I’ve purchased so far and will probably give the Stretch Concealer and Wowder a try in the future (holla if you want to see review for those too). All three of the products I purchased in the makeup category are pretty much must-buys and all three now have a permanent home on my bathroom counter and in my makeup bag.

*Note, I’ve heard really positive things about the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint foundation and I’m sure I’d love it since I prefer watery, sheer foundations (like MAC Face & Body). Unfortunately, both the Glossier Skin Tint and MAC’s Face & Body contain Cyclopentasiloxane – an ingredient which breaks me out so badly, that even using it in my haircare will cause my back and neck to break out in huge cystic zits. Ugh. This ingredient is totally fine for most people so don’t let that deter you from trying out Glossier Skin Tint.

The skincare is meh. It didn’t break me out which, again, is really saying something given how many products out there just don’t work for me but I don’t think it’s anything that special. The formula of the Milky Jelly Cleanser is certainly unique and enjoyable to use but it’s not life-changing.

Glossier Packaging

Lastly, can we take a moment to talk about the packaging? I absolutely adore these little pink bubble wrap ziploc bags and have already started using them in my purse. Plus, I love it that they send out these cute stickers. I may be a grown-ass women, but I haven’t forgotten my Lisa Frank days. Emily Weiss and the Glossier team definitely know their target (millennial women) market.

Have you guys tried Glossier yet? What are your favorites/least favorites from the brand?

 

 

 

See my review of the Maybelline Matte lipstick collection here. 

Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude LipsticksI have a love/hate relationship with nude lipsticks. Whether it’s matte or glossy, I find that a lot of nudes wash out my fair, slightly cool-toned complexion. But alas…I keep trying to find that elusive, perfect nude and that led me to the Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude lipsticks.

Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude Lipsticks

Maybelline describes this collection as their “creamiest matte lipstick in 10 nude shades. Warmer, more sensational nudes for every skin tone.”

I have to say that these are, indeed, pretty creamy in texture – SLIGHTLY creamier than Maybelline’s standard matte lipstick formula. Personally, as much as I love a matte lip, I don’t mind the creamier texture. Nude lips can look sickly if they’re too matte so a smoother texture lends itself well to these kinds of shades.

Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude Lipsticks

Maybelline Inti-Matte Nude Lipsticks

I have 5 out of the 10 shades and really like 4/5 of them. Check out the shades on my NC/NW 25 skintone below:

Honey Pink

Words cannot describe how much I hate this color on me. I don’t know what sugar demon possessed me to buy it but alas, we are long past the 30-day return policy on this one so I guess Honey Pink and I are stuck together.

I would imagine this color would look way better on someone with red or blonde hair or as a fresh pop of color on very dark skintones. I’m smiling in this picture but I’m dying inside.

Maybelline Honey Pink

Almond Rose

This shade is oh-so romantic. It’s the perfect neutral rose for day or night, any season.

Maybelline Almond Rose

 

Brown Blush

This one is more like a dark mauve and pairs great with a golden/bronze eyeshadow look. It’s very on-trend for that cool-toned grunge look. If that’s your thing.
Maybelline Brown Blush

Raw Chocolate

Does anyone else sometimes buy makeup products based on the shade name? I think I was craving chocolate when I bought this one and I have #noregrets. It’s warm, chocolatey and rich without being too dark and pairs pretty well with just about any eyeshadow look.Maybelline Raw Chocolate

Toasted Truffle

Mmm…toasted truffles…if I wear the lipstick, will Maybelline feed me truffles? Sadly, no. But this is a gorgeous shade worthy of its name. It’s pretty dark on me but because it’s still so neutral, it’s not difficult to pull off on a random Wednesday morning.

 

Overall, I’d give these lipsticks an A+ for formula and shade range. My favorite, most-worn shades are “Almond Rose” and “Raw Chocolate.” What are your thoughts on nude lipsticks? Love em’ or hate em’?

Comment below with your favorite nude lipstick <3