Make-up Reviews

Viva La Diva Tropical Temptation Eye Shadow Palette Review and Swatches

A few months ago I introduced you to a small Swedish drugstore brand by the name of Viva La Diva.


Sadly the brand is virtually unknown in the US, nor available our side of the shore. Golly why can’t we have cute cosmetics like this stateside? No fairs!

Moral of the story is Viva la Diva came out with a rather cute collection of goodies for the Summer one of which was a very sweet little eye palette with plenty of shimmering shades of pigmented greens, blues, sandy golds and browns. Rather an ideal palette for Summer and cheap as day old chips.

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This is my first venture with Viva La Diva and probably won’t be my last after experiencing the brand for myself. For it’s inexpensive price tag I’m quite delighted with the quality of the shadow palette.


The Viva La Diva Tropical Temptation Eye Shadow Palette is a slim line compact which contains 12 shades of shimmering shadow. The shadows aren’t huge and you’ll probably hit pan fairly quickly but they are richly pigmented so a little does go a fairly long way.

The shades range in color from deep ocean blues, aquas, and teals, watery greens, and shades of sandy golds and browns. It’s a pretty versatile palette that allows for a warm sunny look or a cooler, bolder Summer look. Seeing as it has 12 shades to choose from you can mix and match for any number of various looks. I only did a few swatches below as I was feeling greedy with the palette hehe!


Each shade is nicely pigmented with a shimmery finish however fall out is a problem during application and this could be annoying to some. The shadows are loosely packed into the pans so you’ll get a good deal of kick up when your brush hits the shadow. I also noticed shades don’t blend particularly well together as they end up becoming one color. The shades all apply smooth and blend easily onto the eye but two or more shades creates a bit of a mess. Aside from these minor rants I absolutely adore the palette.

With it’s cute size, inexpensive price tag, and variety of color I’m quite pleased with my first purchase from Viva La Diva and look forward to trying out future items from the brand.

Sadly, I have no recommendations where to purchase these goodies from however I do suggest checking makeup forums or MUA to see if someone in Sweden would be willing to CP a palette or two. Worthy of a hunt down in my humblest. Great little palette!

The two looks created below were created using one shade each from the palette one with a light neon green and the other a white gold.

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Anyone tried the line before or any fans of it?

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Hauled It: Bobbi Brown Diamond Dust Eye Shadow Review and Swatches

Few months ago I hauled a trio of Bobbi Brown Diamond Dust Eye Shadows from QVC for $50 bucks. The Muse loves a good deal and she got these with free shipping she felt like it was a total makeup score. I’ve never seen these from Bobbi before however a friend had mentioned they were released prior to this.


Moral of the story is they are still available in a three pack for $50 from QVC if you’re lemming ‘em after my review!

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At around $16 bucks and some change each of these are a rather great little deal. They come packaged together in a single box but each have their own box when removed from the package. Pretty cool as if you don’t like a shade or want to split up the trio with friends it ends up a pretty easy way of doing so due to the cool packaging.


You’ll get three shades in the set which are Pink Metal (Shimmering Baby Pink), Snowflake (Shimmering White), and Gilded (Shimmering Gold). The shadow quite remind me of Vincent Longo Wet/Dry Sparkle Shadows or Milani Runway Eyes Wet/Dry Sparkle Eye Shadows. Appearance wise they do seem similiar to these shadows I mentioned but the formula is considerably different. Unlike the smooth application of Milani and Vincent Longo these have a bit of a gritty texture and not as much pigmentation as a normal Bobbi shadow. Although I love the finish and I don’t mind the sheer colors I admit I’m not fond of the gritty texture which makes application a little bit of a chore. The finish results of the shadow are a very nice sparkly look, if you hate shimmer and sparkle you won’t like them but if you like a shimmer finish you’ll enjoy these.

Bobbi Brown Diamond Dust (left) versus Vincent Longo Wet/Dry Sparkle Eye Shadow (right)


Putting aside the gritty texture I do think they are a rather great steal although I prefer Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow for a finer, easy to apply sparkle shadow.

Overall, I can’t deny I loved the price and with a little work they apply very nicely. Worthy of a pick up if you’re wanting to add to your Bobbi Brown collection!

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Gently Flushed Summer Cheeks: Susan Posnick ColorMe Review


If you’re looking for a gentle flush of color this Summer that mimics that of NARS Orgasm do check out Susan Posnick ColorMe Blush in Camelia.

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Susan Posnick ColorMe Blush is an easy to apply face color for cheeks or eyes. It comes in a cute travel friendly self-dispensing pot with attached puff and a mirror for application!


This mineral blush isn’t richly pigmented but it has enough of a peachy, pink glow to leave cheeks gently flushed with a hint of color that’s both natural and pretty. Application is a breeze with the puff which distributes just enough product on cheeks. The finish of the blush has a tiny bit of a golden sparkle that’s very flattering for fresher, Summer color. The color Camelia is a pinky, peach blend that’s much like NARS Orgasm minus the slightly iridescence of the NARS version. The shade was inspired by Nicole Kidman and it’s easy to see that it would be an ideal and flattering shade for those who sport as creamy a complexion as hers.


The plus side of the packaging is it allows for easy application of a loose, mineral blush minus the tapping, swirling, and buffing drama. Simply tap the attached puff onto cheeks for application and done! Simple! The product is enclosed inside it’s jar without every having to touch a brush.


Although the finish result isn’t dramatic it’s the simplicity that captures the eye. With an every so slight sparkle and a pinch of pink and peach it makes for an ideal natural, fresh makeup look for Summer.


Likey!

Susan Posnick ColorMe Blush is available in seven shades on her website.

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Too Faced Metal Eyed Liquid Eyeliner Review and Swatches


Golly anyone else an emotional wreck when it comes to applying liquid liner? I’m fairly decent with gel or pencil liner but put a liquid one in my hands and I begin to shake in fear.

For those of you who aren’t as emotional with liquid liners you’ll be happy to hear all about the new Too Faced Metal Eyed Liquid Eyeliner!

Click it to see what it’s all about after the jump!

Not unlike Too Faced Glitter Eye Liners these new liners have a sparkling, shimmery finish to line lids with however the formula is that of a liquid liner. Line eyes with long-lasting, non-smudging liner that comes in eight shimmering shades. The quick drying formula makes application a snap even for liquid liner amateurs like me!


The thin brush lines eyes precisely for a clean, professional look. The gentle formula has great color payoff with a rich pigment and a beautiful shimmery finish.

Pictured below Too Faced Metal Eyed Liquid Liner in Twilight (Sparkling Navy Blue)


Too Faced Metal Liquid Eyeliner will be available for $17.50 each in the following shades:

  • Black Out (black)
  • Dirt Bag (reddish brown)
  • Brown Sugar (golden brown)
  • Get Lucky (sparkling emerald)
  • Shotgun (gunmetal
  • Handcuffs (metallic steel)
  • Plum Crazy (vivid amethyst)/li>
  • Twilight (sapphire spark

If you’re seeking a new liquid liner in your life with a bit of sparkle to spice up your Fall looks do check out Too Faced Metal Eyed Liquid Eyeliner to perfect your eye look with a bit of pop.

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Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Gloss Review and Swatches

Oxymoron: A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist.

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Lipstick Queen scores again with her incredible Oxymoron Matte Gloss!

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Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Gloss contradicts itself with a smooth, sheer formula that wears like a gloss but has the finish of a matte lipstick. With incredible vintage Gorey-like illustrations on the packaging this matte gloss is chic and multitasking for cheeks and lips.

I know I’m one of those that falls into the category of being deadly scared of matte lipstick…well ok..I admit it…matte anything scares the hell out of me. Matte colors be it shadow, lipstick, or other proves a difficult medium to work with as it’s particularly a daunting task to blend and apply correctly. No worries Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Gloss is creamy, moisturizing, blends flawless onto cheeks or lips, and leaves behind pigmented color that’s flattering, healthy, natural, and very pretty. Possibly one of the best matte formulas I’ve had the pleasure of working with.

Not unlike that of Stila Convertible Color compact these glosses are long wearing on your face for a fresh burst of color. The formula is slightly tacky and holds a certain stickiness to it but applies like a dream to cheeks leaving behind just the right amount of color. That tack in the formula allows the product to remain on cheeks for a nice, long wear especially in humid, hot weather!

As for lips, the gloss comes with a decent enough lip brush (if you have your own you might like to use that) for application. Shhh I tend to apply with a finger tip, gives me more control, just be sure you use nice clean finger tips before dipping it into the compact! The gloss smooths onto lips easily leaving behind very pigmented color with a tiny hint of subtle glossiness that contradicts that of the very matte finish. I noticed the formula was a bit drying on my lips but not over much however those with VERY dry lips should probably prep well prior to use and perhaps add a bit of gloss on top to prevent the gloss from feathering or drying lips out further.

The shades I tried are quite similar in color with very slight differences. Free Ride is a nude peach where as Honest Politician brown rose shade. On my lips and cheeks I didn’t notice much difference between the two shades but regardless both were flattering.

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In the photos below I am wearing the gloss on my lips and cheeks!

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Overall, with it’s ability to act as a blusher and a lip gloss (or lipstick if you please), Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Gloss is worthy of a check out. As with many of her products I’ve tried I find I’m not disappointed and quite impressed. Very good stuff and worthy of my Muse Approval.

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Lipstick Queen Oxymoron Matte Gloss is available via Lipstick Queen’s website for $20 each.

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