Markwins MakeUp by 1D + Giveaway


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Makeup by 1D

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I actually came to know about these kits, because the diehard One Direction Fan Kelly over at Glitter Diaries, had shared a kit a while back HERE.

I can’t say that I am a fan, but there are a few songs I have bobbed my head along to!

In any case, I think kits in the general sense, are cute. You are given the resources to recreate a look, armed with the necessities.

This is no exception.

One Direction’s new makeup line created by Markwins and this is the limited edition kits. I got three different sets to play around with – TAKE ME HOME COLLECTION, LIQUILIGHTS GLOW GLOSS, and the ROCK ME NAIL KIT. Truthfully, I was amped up about the Nail Kit, and the Glow Gloss.

So what did I think?

TAKE ME HOME COLLECTION
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Nail polish was pretty because of the glitter. So much lovely glitter :D Applies fairly well too. Sorry, forgot the swatch picture for this one -____-
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The mascara is just a typical mascara. Nothing fancy. It isn’t waterproof, so not good for my monolids. Cream shadow is quite pigmented. I used it with the tattoos, and for the shadow. I found I ended up liking the lip colour a lot. Just looking at the tube, I thought it was too pink for me. Luckily the fact that it is a tad sheer meant it is quite everyday safe. It actually isn’t as dry as my lips made them look. I just haven’t been taking care of my lips with the cold weather we have been having. The gloss isn’t as pigmented like the Glow Gloss down below, which mean that you could wear it out on a daily basis. You could overlay it on another lipstick as well.

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Makeup by 1D

Tattoo stencils were the first of this kind for me. So there was a learning curve to using these guys. You can see that I had issues with the crowns lol. Anyway, I lay the stencil on my skin, swiped a few times at it with the cream liner, and then smudged it into the crevices with my finger. I then applied the glitter creme from the palette to the cream shadow. You probably will have better results if you take a puff, and pat the stencil using very pigmented shadows. That is how I usually would use stencils.

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The gold glitter was a bit of an overlay. Not as glittery when you get past the surface. They are pretty, but I couldn’t find whether they were eye safe. I would assume that they are…I used this instead over the cream shadow when I did the tattoo. The other colours, were lovely. I wish they were a tad more pigmented, but with a good base, you could pat them on to intensify its effect.

Features all the things you need for a look.

LIQUILIGHTS GLOW GLOSS
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I like that they are also quite pigmented. That makes it interesting, as I am a little out of the age range to be able to pull it off on a regular basis. These would be more like something to use when you have something fun to attend. These babies are ridiculously shimmery, and bright! They activate under black light, making the already pretty bold lip gloss, even craziers :D They have natural oils and vitamin E to keep your lips soft and hydrated all day and all night. I mean, it was pretty apparently that they wouldn’t dry out your lips, as they are glosses. However, as it started wearing down, I did notice my lips were still moisturized soft. They are a tad gritty since there is a lot of shimmery goodness in there. But seeing as they are pretty pigmented, it would be hard to wear on a daily basis.
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The gloss in the kit is MUCH lighter and wearable than the black light Glow Gloss.

ROCK ME NAIL KIT

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Happily– UV iced blue
Had high hopes for this one. Such a vibrant deep blue. Unfortunately it is VERY sheer. I did 3 medium coats on the nail, Even then you can tell it was quite sheer. So if you use this, a white polish coat as a base will help.

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Moments- UV neon pink
Applied in 2 coats. First coat made it a little :T but the second coat evened it out, and lead to MAJOR love. Very bright, as expected of neons. It also didn’t dry matte, yet was loud and fun. Thankful I don’t have a job that would frown upon this type of bright colour :P

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Diana- UV 3D holographic
It has long glitter bars, and regular glitters. Not too in your face. One coat application for decent glitter coverage is also a plus.

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Kicks- UV snow cone blue
Not afraid- UV electrified pink glitter
Star– UV holo glitter

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Happily Polish + Kicks Glitter

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Moments Polish + Not Afraid Glitter

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Loved how the glitters changed the base colours, and made them look gorgeous at the same time. For a fan of glitter, this might be something you want to take a look at.

Over the blue Happily polish, the pink Not Afraid glitter makes it turn purple. Kicks blue glitter adds depth to Happily. Covers up the sheerness of the polish. Star over Happily shows up a bit more pink. All three are great accents in their own way. Very pretty too. I applied 2 coats of a top coat over the glitter, and yet it still isn’t shiny. I would probably try another coat, or go with Seche Vite. Nothing can escape that one.

For all three polishes, the brushes of the polish was a little bit of a pain to manipulate. They are also a little hard, so take gentle strokes to try and avoid as much of brush streaks as much as possible. The polishes alone look great though, as they are shiny without having to use a top coat.

The nail kit is also one that activates under black light. Again, don’t have a black light to see if it really does. But judging by the bright colour of the pink on its own, I don’t deny it. (I mean my white shirt glows when I go for Karaoke, thus I would think these would too!). I loved that they came with glitter. It gives you that opportunity as a teen to want to customize your nail game.

So where can you guys find these?
Not sure about Canada, but for the rest of the world, you can find it at the following stores if you have them near by starting…NOW
Macy’s
Dillards
Boscov’s
Stage Stores
Beauty Brands
Lord & Taylor

 

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Annabelle Wants Us to Stay Sharp

*Products in this post were provided complimentary for review purposes. Views and opinions about the product are my own*

Annabelle Stay Sharp

Annabelle Cosmetics Stay Sharp
Gotta love when a brand you love, puts out a fun new product.

I read on Steph’s FunSizeBeauty’s post HERE that they are cheaper cousin of the Smashbox ones…so I was excited to try out the Stay Sharp line.

Annabelle Cosmetics Stay Sharp
Annabelle Cosmetics Stay Sharp
Go Black, Cappuccino, Glam Red, Java

Annabelle Cosmetics Stay Sharp
Annabelle Cosmetics Stay Sharp
Still, I was SUPER confused with the Stay Sharp pencils. I mean, I tried to twist it up so I could get more product…but you can’t do that. Well, not in the traditional sense. You also don’t sharpen it. As the name suggests, this is a stay sharp pencil, meaning that it is self sharpening. When you close the product, by twisting on the lid, it seems to push up the pencil and sharpen it. The sharpening are stored in the tip of the cap.

Have you ever accidentally broke the tip of your pencil, since you pressed too hard? Well, since this pencil doesn’t dispense too much, you can’t really break the tip. But depending on the amount you need to line (like a friend of mine draws a thicker line since she has monolids like me), then you may need to sharpen once to get the daily job done.

Annabelle Cosmetics Stay Sharp
Go Black on the upper lash line, and Cappuccino on the lower lash line.

Now, wear time…
For me, oily skin, monolids, hardly touches the skin around her eyes…it lasts just half a work day. about 5 hours for me…which I can’t say makes it the best for me to use. I can see it start moving about the 4 hours mark, but a slight clean up allows me to continue with it. That, is when applied to the upper lash line.

On the other hand, I really REALLY enjoyed the lip liners.

Annabelle Cosmetics Stay Sharp
They are dry on their own. But they give off such a lovely look, that a slap of gloss makes it wearable (no gloss in the pictures). They are also persistent, which you would want in a lip liner. These sell for $9.99, but with the coupon they have available on the Annabelle Website it brings the cost down a lot. Making them easily collectable :P

Changing up my blushes…

So, I had come across Vicky’s post over at Blush and Simplicity on her fall blushes.

Season Transition Blushes

It made me want to share what I am look forward to using in the fall/winter. So here are my lovelies…

Season Transition Blushes
Season Transition Blushes
From Left to Right:
(Keep in mind that I did heavier swatches here. I don’t actually apply them at full power)

  • NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Red Cheeks
  • APIEU Nature Lip & Cheek Pot Rouge in Raspberry
  • Sally Hansen Carmindy Blush in Fawn
  • NARS Blush in Mounia
  • NARS Blush in Dolce Vita
  • La Femme Blush in Pinkr
  • La Femme Blush in Golden Sunset
  • Annabelle Cosmetics Blush in #18 Rosewood

It took me awhile to warm up to NYX Red Cheeks. It is too Bozo the Clown. But when I did, I liked the flush it gave me. As a cream, I need to be REALLY careful when I apply it. I don’t actually apply it like the swatch, but lightly dab the product, and then dab my cheek three times. Then I attack my cheek with a brush. Also, if you go too thick, I find that it leaves a faint stain.

Okay…so the Apieu really need to be retired. I know, but I want one last season out of it! Blended out, it is really pretty, which makes it really hard to let it go, despite it being past its prime.

The Sally Hansen Carmindy blush was a purchase from Dollarama, since we didn’t get the line. Basically, Beauty So Clean has been my friend for those powders. Lets me keep them longer. Anyway, has a bit of shimmer, which is how I like my blushes.

NARS Mounia was a Shiseido Warehouse sale purchase. Because it looked so vampy in the pan, it HAD to come home with me. It is a little heavy looking for summer, so I reserve this one for the colder weather. Looks shimmery brick red-ish.

NARS Dolce Vita is like its lighter toned cousin. A very fine sheen to it, and easier to work with, as it is on the sheer side. That means I can take my time, and not end up like I stamped my cheeks.

La Femme Pinkr, is a thrown in, since I need something…fun. A deep but fun pink, I use it when I need to take my cheeks out on the town. I kid. These babies are really cheap though, and you only need a little to go a long way.

La Femme Golden Sunset reminds me of a red version of Mounia. Like its Pinkr sister, a little goes a long way.

Lastly we have Annabelle Cosmetics Rosewood. One of the first Annabelle Blushes I bought. It was relatively cheap, and back then, I needed a darker blush. Formula is a little harder than the others, but it gives off more colour than the contour like products that I have.

Last week on Instagram…

I’ve been addicted to Color Match on Android. I mean, the 2048 is fun, but I like the colours more. Plus its a great time killer on the subway, unlike many internet needed games.

Sweet Potatos and Green Tea. It has been a relaxing sweet treat for me to eat during this last week. Then Mom went on a drying spree with these babies. I’ll post about that soon.

Did you see my post about the Kiss Instawave. As long as you read the instructions, most people shouldn’t have problems with this. Like I said, I’m addicted. If you have troubles, lmk. I will do what I can to trouble shoot for you…or if I know you, come on over :D

Egyptian Magic seems to have made its way to Costco. This set was 39.99CAN. Not bad cause it seems that some stores here sell it for $40 for the large size alone. Haven’t used it yet, since I’m not 100% sure if I want to keep it…but if I do I shall update :)

Got my passport renewed. I hope that it comes soon. I was surprised that I was in and out within 20 minutes. Got to love when you don’t have to wait as long as you would normally expect.

I had the opportunity to meet the Pixiwoo ladies, Sam and Nic! It was pretty fun. Thankful that Farley Co Beauty gave me a chance to come hang out with the Real Techniques crew :D