Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Gorgeous Cosmetics Perfect Base Liquid Foundation Review + Demo

Gorgeous Cosmetics Base Perfect Foundation

Gorgeous Cosmetics Perfect Base Foundation ($45/1 oz.) is described as oil free and long lasting, this silky foundation delivers flawless results for a perfect complexion. The smooth, oil free emulsion blends effortlessly onto the skin. Special light diffusing pigments amplify the light, giving skin the appearance of a healthy luminosity. Contains Vitamins A and E to soothe and condition the skin. Medium to full coverage, suitable for all skin types.

Available in (18) shades ranging from 4 skintones (#) and 5 different undertones (letter): 1N, 2N, 3N, 1NB, 2NB, 3NB, 1B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 1Y, 2Y, 3Y, 4Y, 5Y, 1D, 2D, 3D. 

Here's a Foundation Chart sent to me by Gorgeous Cosmetics:

FIRST, FIND YOUR NUMBER (this is the intensity)
- #1 is our light tone
-#2 is our medium range
-#3 is for tanned skin 
- #4 and 5 are for deeper skin tones.

SECOND, FIND YOUR LETTER (this is the undertone)
-The letter should match the undertone of your skin:

N= Neutral (if your undertone is between yellow & pink— a balanced undertone)
NB= Neutral Beige (closer to pinkish undertones)
B= Beige/Pink (beige/pinkish undertones)
Y= Yellow
D= Dark

Gorgeous Cosmetics Base Perfect Foundation in 2N (swatched w/ finger)
Gorgeous Cosmetics Base Perfect Foundation in 2N (blended out w/ finger)

In my case, I chose the Perfect Base Foundation in 2N. When swatched on my arm it looks too dark for my face but once I worked it into my skin it seemed to work just fine with my summer tan (which I'm trying to hold onto as long as I can!) And since I typically highlight my face it worked perfectly alongside the foundation to make the brightened areas stand out more. I was advised that the lighter shades are a bit darker but looking at the 1N sample I was sent it would have been too light and pink for me. Choosing your appropriate shade is a bit difficult, you may want to try getting a sample or get color matched at Nordstrom before committing to a color.

The foundation gives a medium to full coverage in a lightweight formula. I applied it with my beauty blender and was surprised out how lightweight it actually felt. It literally felt like I had no foundation on whatsoever! (I even checked myself in the mirror a few times to make sure it was still there lol) It blended into my skin so effortlessly and actually felt as though I was applying a moisturizer rather than a foundation, which is a big plus in my makeup book. The foundation gave my skin a flawless and nice healthy glow all while keeping it moisturized throughout the day with it's soothing vitamin A & E. It lasted me about 12 hours maybe more (this was towards the end of the night so I removed my makeup). Towards the end of the day I did notice a bit of shine on my forehead but nothing major (I don't have oily skin at all and instead do get dry patches on certain areas of my face). This foundation might not be suitable for those with oily skin.

Before & After using the Base Perfect Liquid Foundation

The foundation has a fresh perfume scent that I don't mind at all but those who are sensitive to smells may not like it. To put the smell into words, it reminds me of a fresh soap scent, like when someone comes straight out of the shower.

Gorgeous Cosmetics Base Perfect Liquid Foundation on face
There was one major downfall for me with this foundation and that was that one of the ingredients in it is fragrance (parfum). The first time I tested it on my face I noticed a few break outs the next morning. I wasn't sure if it was the foundation itself or something else that may have caused the breakout so I decided to stop using it for the meantime. I went back to using my everyday foundation and my face cleared up. After a week or so, I tested the Perfect Base Liquid Foundation again this time for a week. After 3 days I had to stop using it from the bad breakout it caused on my entire face. Reminiscent of MAC's Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in consistency, smell and finish, I hardly ever reach for it because of the reaction my skin has to it. I've come to realize that any foundation with a perfume smell to it does not do well on my skin. This is why I tend to stick to drugstore foundations that practically have no distinctive scent to them.

Gorgeous Cosmetics Base Perfect Liquid Foundation on face

Gorgeous Cosmetics is truly up there when it comes to beautiful and sleek packaging. The Base Perfect Foundation comes in a cylinder matte black lightweight yet durable bottle. It has a pull off cap that houses a pump which dispenses just the right amount of foundation. I love the unique packaging of the bottle but I'm a bit hesitant about not being able to see or feel (as mentioned before the bottle is lightweight) how much product is left.

Pump Dispenser
Controlled Pump Dispenser
I can't tell you how bummed out I am that my skin had a bad reaction to the Base Perfect Foundation. It is such a pity because I am absolutely in LOVE with the texture, smell and finish of this foundation. It is a super lightweight foundation that has medium to full coverage (essential when I look for foundations). It's long-lasting formula kept nicely throughout the day without any touch-ups (about 12 hours). If you are not sensitive to any of the ingredients found in the Base Perfect I absolutely recommend it. I have been loving the Gorgeous Cosmetics  thus far! Click on the link to see my review on the Shimmer Dusts.

Availability: /
Price: $45

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration by the manufacturer. This does not affect any opinions featured in this post as they are my own honest experiences with the product.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Gorgeous Cosmetics 'Soft Grape' Shimmer Dust Review + Swatches + Makeup Look

Gorgeous Cosmetics Shimmer Dust in Soft Grape

Gorgeous Cosmetics Shimmer Dust ($25/3g) is described as luxurious loose powder pigment, which dusts lightly over eyes, face and body.  Highly pigmented and super silky soft.  Simply alter your application technique to create a gorgeous soft sheen, an intense colour effect or anything in between.

Available in (18) colors: Antique Gold, Antique Pink, Aqua, Burnt Copper, Forest, Gold, Luminesence, Minty, Ms Vegas, Mysterious, Plum, Purple Berry, Sand, Seriously Violet, Silver Suede, Soft Grape, Starlet, Suede.

Soft Grape is a soft purple with pink undertones. It's a great color for those who are scared to work with purples on the lids. Layer it over other purples or mix with browns, blacks or greens for a nice pop of color!

These highly pigmented loose pigments blend smoothly and are easy to build intensity when layering them. To build a saturated color on the lid they can be used with a wet brush, I like to use MAC Fix+ on my brush to make the pigment color pop even more. Used over an eye primer, this pigment has a  lasting power of around 7 hours. Use a very light dusting with these shimmers on the body as well for a very pretty glow.

Soft Grape Swatch (1 layer)
Layered Swatch (2 layers)
Wet Swatch (1 layer)

Gorgeous Cosmetics Shimmer Dusts come in a round matte black plastic container with a see-through twist cap. The shimmer itself is covered by a sifter which allows you to control the amount of product you need. At 3g (11 oz) of product it might seem a bit small for the

price but remember, when working with pigments a little goes a long way. Pigments come in small amounts no matter the brand. The shimmer dusts come with less product for a few bucks more than the MAC pigments ($21/0.15oz).

"Gorgeous Cosmetics is an prestige cosmetic brand, founded in Melbourne, Australia in 1999. From face primers to contour powders and lipsticks they offer a variety of cosmetics. The brand is a one stop shop in creating a full flawless look from start to finish. Enriched with anti-aging and healing ingredients such as Chamomile, Aloe Vera and Vitamins A & E, the Gorgeous Cosmetics range embodies quality to create a complete Pro makeup collection."

Overall Thoughts
These finely milled shimmers are beautiful pigmented products to work with. They are so simple to use and apply to the eyes. Amp up a simple eye look with a shimmer dust. Applying them wet builds the intensity of your look. The packaging, quality and lasting power of them are well worth the price. I can't wait to get my hands on more colors!

Gorgeous Cosmetics 'Soft Grape' Shimmer Dust on center of lid
Gorgeous Cosmetics 'Soft Grape' Shimmer Dust on center of lid

Availability: Nordstrom / Gorgeous Cosmetics
Price: $25

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

*NEW* Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow - Full Collection + Swatches + Makeup Look

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow Collection

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99, 0.05 oz) is a new collection of gel powder eyeshadows that has been added to the permanent makeup line. They are described as rich, vibrant colors that glide on in a single stroke, delivering a stunning multi-dimensional effect.The formula of a gel powder starts off as a gel then is transformed through a special process into a powder eyeshadow that delivers pure color and power wear.

The collection features neutrals as well as bright vibrant pops of color. This formula is meant to be crease-resistant and can be applied wet or dry. The texture of these shadows are soft and powdery, some colors more than others. At first touch they feel more dry than soft but it is as though body heat warms the product up for a buttery smooth feel. They apply effortlessly and blend easily on the lids. Use a brush to apply or for an intense pop of color I prefer to use my finger to apply the shadow directly onto my lid. To achieve a foiled look using the metallic finish shade, add a bit of MAC Fix+ to your brush before dipping it into the eyeshadow.

The formula has a lasting power of about 7 hours. I began to see some fading after that time span especially on my lower lashline. Some colors fade faster than others though. I saw the most fading with Bella Navy. So far my favorites have been Bella Mandarin (for my crease), Bella Gold (I apply it to the center of my lid), Bella Sand (as a lid color) and Bella Ivory (for my browbone).

These shadows are available in (30) shades and (3) finishes - Satin Matte (SM), Shimmer (S), Metallic (M):

Top (left-right): Bella Ivory, Bella Sand, Bella Cappuccino
Bottom (left-right): Bella Caffé, Bella Taupe, Bella Espresso

01 Bella Ivory (SM) is an off white pearly shade. It is great as a subtle inner corner & browbone highlight.
02 Bella Sand (S) is a beautiful soft gold with fine shimmers. This is great for a soft natural sheen on the lid.
03 Bella Cappuccino (SM) is a soft warm brown with the slightest sheen. The sheen is not that noticeable. It is great for the crease or as a light healthy-looking wash on the lids. I like the definition it gives to my crease.
04 Bella Caffé (SM) is a soft cool brown with a slight sheen not easily noticed on the lid. It is a great crease color.
05 Bella Taupe (SM) is a soft muted grey-brown shade with a slight sheen in it. Use it all over the lid or in the crease.
06 Bella Espresso (SM) is a medium brown with a gold undertone in it. The sheen it has is much more noticeable than the previous shades. When applied wet the color deepens significantly.

Swatches (white background): Bella Ivory, Bella Sand, Bella Cappuccino, Bella Caffé, Bella Taupe, Bella Espresso

Swatches (open background): Bella Ivory, Bella Sand, Bella Cappuccino, Bella Caffé, Bella Taupe, Bella Espresso

Top (left-right): Bella White, Bella Sky, Bella Navy
Bottom (left-right): Bella Gray, Bella Charcoal, Bella Black

07 Bella White (SM) is a translucent stark white with a subtle shimmer. I love to use this on my browbone and inner corner for a bright highlight.
08 Bella Sky (S) is a translucent pale sky blue shade. It has a very shimmery finish.
09 Bella Navy (SM) is a deep blue with a satin finish and slight shimmer. When applied wet it is richer in color. This is a great lid shade.
10 Bella Gray (SM) is a light translucent gray with a satin finish and slight shimmer due to its transparency.
11 Bella Charcoal (S) is a deep steel gray with brown undertones. It is very shimmery and would be a great lid color for a festive eye look.
12 Bella Black (SM) is a dark black with a satin but almost matte finish. Great for smoking out a look on the outer v.

Swatches (white background): Bella White, Bella Sky, Bella Navy, Bella Gray, Bella Charcoal, Bella Black

Swatches (open background): Bella White, Bella Sky, Bella Navy, Bella Gray, Bella Charcoal, Bella Black

Top (left-right): Bella Pink, Bella Violet, Bella Purple
Bottom (left-right): Bella Champagne, Bella Khaki, Bella Emerald

13 Bella Pink (S) is a frosty pale pink with a shimmer finish. The color applies lighter to the skin than what the pan shows. This is a great shade for the lid.
14 Bella Violet (S) is a light violet with a pink undertone and has a shimmer finish.
15 Bella Purple (SM) is a deep purple with a slight sheen. This is a gorgeous lid color.
16 Bella Champagne (S) is a pink champagne shimmery shade. I would put it over an eyeshadow base for a more glossy effect.
17 Bella Khaki (S) is an olive green with a gold undertone. I has a shimmery finish and has great pigmentation.
18 Bella Emerald (S) is a rich deep green with a shimmer finish. It has more of a metallic finish when applied with MAC Fix+.

Swatches (white background): Bella Pink, Bella Violet, Bella Purple, Bella Champagne, Bella Khaki, Bella Emerald
Swatches (open background): Bella Pink, Bella Violet, Bella Purple, Bella Champagne, Bella Khaki, Bella Emerald

Top (left-right): Bella Rouge, Bella Silver, Bella Teal
Bottom (left-right): Bella Gold, Bella Copper, Bella Bronze

19 Bella Rouge (M) is a red metallic shade with pink undertones. Apply wet for a foiled look.
20 Bella Silver (M) is a light silver metallic shade with fine shimmer in it. It has great pigmentation.
21 Bella Teal (M) is a blue-green metallic shade. It swatches more blue than green compared to how it looks in the pan and applies more as a shimmer until built up with more product.
22 Bella Gold (M) is a deep yellow gold with a metallic finish. It is very pigmented. It can be used in the center of the lid or inner corner for a pop of color.
23 Bella Copper (M) is a pigmented rich copper with gold undertones. Use it wet for a foiled finish.
24 Bella Bronze (M) is a rich warm brown bronze with a metallic finish. It is greatly pigmented when applied dry but loses its pigmentation when applied wet.

Swatches (white background): Bella Rouge, Bella Silver, Bella Teal, Bella Gold, Bella Copper, Bella Bronze

Swatches (open background): Bella Rouge, Bella Silver, Bella Teal, Bella Gold, Bella Copper, Bella Bronze

Top (left-right): Bella Cobalt, Bella Fuchsia, Bella Mandarin
Bottom (left-right): Bella Chiffon, Bella Rose, Bella Diamond

25 Bella Cobalt (SM) is a bright opaque cobalt blue containing fine silver shimmers. It has great pigmentation.
26 Bella Fuchsia (SM) is a sheer light fuchsia with a slight shimmery finish. Layer it on to build pigmentation.
27 Bella Mandarin (SM) i s a satin cool orange. It has a slight sheen when swatched but when applied on the crease it isn't noticeable. I love applying this color to my crease for the majority of my looks.
28 Bella Chiffon (Highlight/S) is a frosty yellow-toned white with a shimmer finish.
29 Bella Rose (Highlight/S) is a frosty pale pink with silver shimmers.
30 Bella Diamond (Highlight/S) is a very frosty white shimmer.

Swatches (white background): Bella Cobalt, Bella Fuchsia, Bella Mandarin, Bella Chiffon, Bella Rose, Bella Diamond
Swatches (open background): Bella Cobalt, Bella Fuchsia, Bella Mandarin, Bella Chiffon, Bella Rose, Bella Diamond

Each shadow comes in a round gold compact with reflective snap shut caps. The packaging is like the Milani blush compacts. Although they are very pretty they are a bit bulky for eye shadow compacts. They will take up a good amount of storage space. You can depot them if you are looking to store them in a palette but please RESEARCH how to before trying to pop them out of the packaging. The shadows themselves seem to be baked onto a terracotta pan instead of a metal pan and there is a process to depotting them.

The Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows are a breath of fresh air to the drugstore makeup brand. I have not come across any other brand selling single shadows that are as pigmented, versatile and easy to blend as these at that price point. Their lasting power is about the same as other drugstore brands, as an artist I'd like my shadows to last all day but it's fine as most women keep their makeup on for about 9-10 hours a day. I'm glad that they are not limited edition and are a part of the permanent Milani line. Although the packaging is pretty to look at they do take up a lot of storage space (I currently have to keep them in a bag until I find out what to do with them) and I am considering in depotting them to make room. With a vast array of colors you are sure to find what is right for you. In that sense I like the fact that they are single shadows and you don't have to buy a whole palette to restock on just one color (this happens often to me with drugstore palettes). I definitely recommend my beauty junkies to check these babies out!

Wearing Bella Navy & Bella Copper on lid / Bella Mandarin on crease / Bella White on inner corner & browbone

Wearing Bella Navy & Bella Copper on lid / Bella Mandarin on crease / Bella White on inner corner & browbone

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Availability: Drugstores / Milani
Price: $3.99 ea.

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration by the manufacturer. This does not affect any opinions featured in this post as they are my own honest experiences with the product. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

*NEW* Girlactik Matte Lip Paint in Iconic Review + Swatches + Makeup Look

Girlactik Beauty Matte Lip Paint in Iconic
Girlactik Matte Lip Paint ($23) is an opaque liquid lip paint that dries completely matte in under a minute without leaving a dry or flaky feeling on your lips.

These Lip Paints are available in (4) colors: Iconic, Allure, Demure and Starlet. The color selection is limited but they are all beautiful colors that go well with most skin tones. I'm hoping that Girlactik releases more colors soon. I'd like to see more daring colors and a variety of neutrals.

'Iconic' is a classic red lip color with a blue tone. Think of it as the perfect pin-up red lip product. It complements all different skin tones and makes your teeth look as white as possible.

Girlactik 'Iconic' Lip Paint Swatch

These lip paints apply in a light-weight liquid form and dry to a matte finish within a minute's time. They are very long-wearing and depending on your daily activity you don't need to reapply product throughout the day. I love wearing a red lip, especially a matte red lip but finding a product that doesn't transfer throughout the day is a bit difficult, not with these lip paints though. And yes, they are smooch-proof! (Trust me, I tested it on the boyfriend - LOL)

The Girlactik Matte Lip Paint does not flake, crack or smear like some other matte lip products. When dealing with any type of matte lip product you do want to make sure your lips have been exfoliated. This allows for a smooth even application without showing any imperfections on the lips. Keep in mind that matte finishes show every small detail of the skin whether it is on your face or lips.

The formula is already pigmented and opaque enough and for you to be able to get away with one layer but I like my lip colors to be intense so I always wear more than just one layer. The way I use this lip paint after exfoliating is to apply one layer, let it dry for about 10-15 seconds and apply another layer on top. I'm not too fond of the smell (I'm not too sure how to describe the smell) but I haven't come across any lip paints that have a very appealing smell. If you are sensitive to certain smells this might not be the product for you. What I can say is that this is not a fruity smelling lip product. Once it dries I don't notice the smell too much so it's not a big issue for me.

The Lip Paints cost $23 which is a bit much for a lip product but Girlactik is a crulety-free, higher end makeup brand. It can be found online or at select higher end Rite-Aid stores. The formulation and durability of these lip paints are well worth the price.

The packaging itself is very sleek and appealing. The bronze-brown metallic features stood out the most to me. The lip paint tube feels very lightweight but holds a good amount of product at 0.25 fl oz compared to other lip productS. (MAC lipglasses hold .17 fl oz of product) The applicator is a traditional doe-foot applicator which in my opinion is the best for dealing with liquid lip products like these. It allows for a more precise product application without needing to apply a lip liner.

Doe-foot applicator

Overall Thoughts
I'm really glad I got a chance to try out Girlactik Beauty products. The Matte Lip Paint has become a staple in my collection. I love the pigmentation, application and durability of this product. Other than the smell and price point, I have no complaints about this product. If you are in the search for a great red matte lip product  I highly recommend you try it. I can't wait to get my hands on the other colors!

Stay tuned for upcoming reviews on other Girlactik Beauty products and be sure to follow me on Instagram, Shugaandspice1 for makeup looks featuring products you find in my reviews. Also go follow Girlactik on Instagram for more swatches by fellow bloggers and makeup artists!

Wearing Girlactik 'Iconic' Matte Lip Paint
Girlactik 'Iconic' Matte Lip Paint in lips

Availability: Girlactik / Naimies
Price: $23

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration by the manufacturer. This does not affect any opinions  featured as they are my own honest experiences with the product.