Urban Decay

Urban Decay – Naked Cherry Cheek and Lips – Review Time

Urban Decay…. sigh.

So a few weeks back, I wrote a post about how I felt Urban Decay is a bit overrated these days. Everyone loves them, but me? Not so much.

Imagine my surprise, when I find myself at Macy’s with a little bit of money to burn and face to face with the Urban Decay Naked Cherry collection. I’m all like “Damn, it’s sooooo pretty!” and as much as I tried to resist, I went home with the blush kit, 1 lipstick and even the freaking setting spray.

Out of principle, I left the eye palette right where it was.

I was pretty excited to try these beauties. It’s not just the packaging, which is all smoky and sexy, but also the red tones in this collection. They just scream fall and holidays to me. From a marketing perspective, the release is perfect because people are naturally gravitating to these colors this time of year.

However, as usual for Urban Decay, this is not a perfect collection.

The metallic lipstick called Devilish ($18), that I picked up is actually quite nice, which is what we come to expect from their Vice lipstick collection. It is a bright pink that layered over darker shades is an excellent topper, but even on its own is a stand alone. The glittery particles are super fine and don’t appear chunky at all and if metallics are your thing, then I totally recommend this one.

I wish I can be as positive about the Highlight & Blush Palette ($34) as I am about the lipstick. There is a light peachy/ pink highlighter that is quite nice and I actually enjoy, but the matte blush and icier highlighter are just not worth spending the money on this kit.

The strawberry (I know this is a cherry palette, but it looks more ripe strawberry to me) colored blush looks beautiful in the pan, but it takes a Herculean amount of effort to get this to show up on your cheeks. I even switched to a stiffer brush to try to pick up some more product, but then was like, “why am I trying so hard?”. It should not take this much work to apply some damn blush!

The other highlighter is actually also a very pretty cooler toned one with a pink shift, but it was flaky in texture and, overall, I just don’t like my highlighters to be that white. Also, I didn’t find it to be very blinding as the color suggested it would be.

The setting spray is a Cherry inspired version of the Urban Decay All Nighter ($15) spray and it’s supposed to smell like cherries, but all I got was the same weird after smell that you find in their regular one. I don’t know if it’s just me, but the All Nighter has this stale glue smell after you apply it that drives me crazy, although I do think it performs very well.

Overall, I don’t think it’s worth all the hype. With so many berry toned beauty products in the market right now, I think you can skip these items for now.

Anyone else picked up any of the UD Cherry line? What do you think?

Let me know in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

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Sephora VIB Sale

What’s in my Cart? Sephora VIB Sale – Mini Edition

I love the Sephora VIB sale, but having it so close to the holidays sometimes makes me hesitate to blow so much money on makeup.

I’ve got a teenage daughter, peeps! Do you know how much shit she asks for? Not to mention the 9 year old boys love affair with Lego’s. Why do those damn things cost so much?

Anyways, I can’t resist a sale and quite frankly, my list this year is a nice mix of wants and needs. Also, all my items came from the Mini section, which really does help bring the expenses down.

I mean, let’s be honest. How many times do you find yourself going through an entire full size product? If you are my mother, that would be every time because she only buys foundation like once every 5 years. Me, on the other hand, makeup is literally coming out of everywhere.

So I gave myself a small budget, and saved some of my Ebates and Ibotta savings for this day to help bring down the expense. Hey, every little bit helps!

Let’s start with the Wants:

Natasha Denona Mini Star Eyeshadow Palette- I swatched this palette while I was in Sephora the other day and I fell in love. The shimmers are brilliant and the mattes are super creamy. Yeah, it’s about the size of a stick of gum, but I don’t care. I WANT IT!

Wander Beauty – Wanderess Off Duty Palette – I have been dying to try Wander Beauty, but nothing about their travel friendly products have ever made me fully commit. Of course, put out a warm toned palette in beautiful bronze colors and suddenly I want it all. Such a sucker!

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Mini Trio – I would consider this a half want/half need. I am actually a big fan of their Photo Finish Primer, but I have so many primers already. However, I’ve been wanting to try their primer water for quite some time, so figured this holiday set with its cute as heck packaging, was the way to go.

The Needs. A much smaller list, but these are products that I am actually missing from my collection at this time.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Actually, in the long run, if you are a fan of this concealer, it’s actually a better deal to buy the full size version at $30 as you get 2.2 oz vs .05 in the mini, but having never tried a Nars concealer, I’m not ready to commit even though it’s always received pretty decent reviews. I’m a tarte Shape Tape Girl, but I’m willing to give this a try.

Farsali Rose Gold Oil – I’m a true believer in this little wonder and use it all the time, although sparingly, as you don’t need more than a few drops at a time. I always buy the mini as it tends to last me in between sales.

Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara – I am totally loving the Butter London Double Decker mascara that I got in one of my Boxy charms earlier this year, however, I have gone way past the 3 month recommended expiration and I want to see if there is anything else worth looking into. I figure a mini is a good investment seeing that mascara is one thing you should not hold onto for very long.

What are you guys picking up or have picked up during the sale? Any recommendations? If so, leave them in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Holidays · Too Faced

Too Faced Sugar Cookie Palette – Review Time

Forget the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade or any specific drop in temperature, for me, the holiday season goes into full swing the minute I get my hands on a Too Faced Holiday Collection item.

I was perusing my local Macy’s the other day, itching to spend some recent bonus money from work I received and came across Too Faced’s most recent line. I was tempted to get the Gingerbread palette, but the price deterred me a bit. It was a little more than I wanted to spend and, to be honest, I was so close to buying it, when off in the corner, this adorable little mini palette catches my eye. I immediately put down Mr. Gingerbread and wrapped my hand around the cutest and sweetest smelling palette of them all.

Truth be told, I haven’t heard too much hype around the Sugar Cookie palette. Not sure why because it’s FREAKING beautiful! Consisting of 8 cooler toned shades (3 shimmers and 5 mattes) built into a small tin palette, not sure how this is not getting more attention.

For $26, I think this palette is a great deal. Normally, I would tell you that the shimmer and metallics steal the show, but with this palette, it’s the mattes that are the stars. Milk & Cookies is this cool toned taupe that blends perfectly in the crease as a transition shade. Burnt to a Crisp is probably the most pigmented chocolate brown I have seen in a long while and bonus points for not skipping or getting all patchy.

As usual with any Too Faced palette they always throw in a matte with some glitter, which I usually skip over, but Tough Cookie is an excellent black matte and I’m not even mad that they threw in some purple specks in there. It actually looks nice!

I do wish the lilac matte, Cookie Pusher, was slightly more pigmented, but it’s fine. I think I just might be a little too pale for this shade. Same goes for Butter & Love, which is a pink hued off white color. However, that shade is perfect for the brow bone or inner eye.

From Top to Bottom: Nom Nom, Milk & Cookies, Half Baked, Tough Cookie, Butter & Love, Fresh from the Oven, Cookie Pusher, Burnt to a Crisp

The metallics are good. I love the colors, but I find the execution to be spotty with some. Nom Nom, the iridescent silver shade is a little flaky upon application and I can’t quite seem to find a good fit for it when creating a look with this palette.

Fresh from the Oven is a beautiful rose gold/copper shade and performs the best out of the trio all on its own. It works beautifully with a brush or with your finger. However, the one I love the most is the coppery one with a purple shift shade called Half Baked. It’s the metallic I have used the most and the one that made me buy the palette, but, word of advise, it works best when you wet your brush with a little setting spray. The color won’t want to stick too well when dry.

Anyone pick up this little sweet thing? What about it sister mini, Tickled Peach?

If so, let me know in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Holidays

Happy Halloween!!!

It’s been a crazy, hectic, fun day between work and the Halloween festivities, but wanted to hop on and say a quick Happy Halloween to all my readers.

This is probably my most favorite holiday of all time because when else can you dress up and knock on strangers doors and get candy?

It’s like the Disney version of The Purge!

Anyways, I went over to my friends house with the kids and we took them trick or treating, ate pizza, drank wine and binged on candy.

It was literally the perfect night! See for yourself!

Costume for school: Logan as Goku from Dragonball Z and Sofia as Cheryl from Riverdale
Sofia with her friends

The Family Pic: Sofia as a witch, Logan as Spider-Man and Me as a Scarecrow
Up close of my makeup. I think I did good for the 30 minutes I had to get ready after work
Neighborhood Decorations
More Decorations
Found this really old tree and it was the perfect creepy background
Kids dancing to Just Dance Halloween songs
The Lion and Scarecrow
The whole crew of kids

Hope you all enjoyed your evening!

Till next time, ghouls!

Maritza

Juvias Place

Juvia’s Place Warrior Palette – Review Time

I know I am, once again, late to the game on this palette, but it’s new to me, so I thought I would give you a fresh perspective after the hype has died down. Also, I know that Juvia’s is getting ready to drop the Warrior 2 soon, so maybe this may help your decision as I know it’s built to be a sort of companion palette.

This is the second palette I have purchased from Juvia’s and much like the Festival, I am so very drawn by the aesthetics of this brand. I’m about as white of a girl as you can get, but something about the tribal artwork with the three gorgeous Black women on the front (who give me total Okoye vibes from Black Panther) calls to me.

The goddess Danai Gurira

I LOVE it!

Packaging aside, I also love the Juvia’s Place formula overall. It’s pigmented, creamy and the shimmers are spectacular. I’ve found that you can use them with a brush or your finger and they are both phenomenal. The mattes are quality mattes, not dusty and certainly hold up well throughout the day, which I found to be the same with this palette.

The Warrior Palette ($20) is also a very neutral palette, which is exactly was drew me to it. As a green eyed girl, warm browns and coppers are my go to basics for when I want an easy, yet POW look. The two matte shades, Mino and Kano, were the ones that drew me in the most. Kano especially, since I love to use caramel colors like that on the crease.

Kano on the crease, Mino in outer V and Amina on lid.

However, I found out that Kano has a yellow undertone, that on my skin color shows much more predominantly than I wanted. I’m not mad at it as is nice considering that I don’t have a color currently in my collection like that, but it wasn’t what I was expecting.

Left to right in Palette: Amina, India, Mino, Ahosi, Moreno

Mino is actually really deep and chocolatey, which helps me deepen Kano to where I want it.

Left to right in Palette: Kano, Dahomey, Bakwa, Benin

I have the same issues with some of the shimmers. In the pan, some look like they will lean more toward a champagne shimmer, like Amina and Moremi, but they, once again, pick up more golden. I find that I have to do test swipes on my wrist before digging into a shade to make sure that it will go with the look I have in mind.

Are these deterrents? Maybe for girls with my skin tone and color as you might have the same issues as me, but I use this palette quite frequently and really enjoy it. However, if you are in the market for a new neutral palette, I think you might want to keep that in mind.

Anyone else have the same thoughts as me on the Warrior Palette? If so, you know where to drop your comments.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Besame Cosmetics

Besame Cosmetics – Peter Pan Mermaid Lagoon – New Collection Reveal

I was totally snowed, friends!!

If you read my earlier post this week, you would have seen me hypothesizing on Besame’s new collection and I was totally convinced that it was going to be Cinderella.

Well, I was wrong, but not disappointed in the least.

Honestly, I love that Besame took a step back from the Disney princesses and went with another very much loved character. Actually, the mermaids had like a 10 minute role in the film, yet they were so memorable because they were like the Mean Girls of Neverland.

I mean they did want to drown poor Wendy!

That doesn’t take anything away from this collection and quite frankly, I already have my calendar marked for the November 5 release because, friends, I’m getting a few things!

And by a few, I mean like 90%.

First off, you know I never say no to an eye palette and this one is so pretty and fresh. I love both the Snow White and Agent Carter palettes, but they were darker in tone and this one is so crisp and light. I love it!

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I will most definitely pick up the bronzer and highlighter, because…. seashells? I am a Florida girl after all.

I won’t pick up all 3 lipsticks, but definitely one of the shades, most likely the pinky toned one in the pic above from Trendmood. I also will skip the perfume, as though I’m sure the bottle is gorgeous (is it the mermaid?), I’m very sensitive to certain scents and I always need to smell perfume before I buy it.

I am so very excited for this collection and freaking Besame has my credit card practically on auto payments as it is, so it’s no brainer for me.

Stay tuned to for more info as I get them.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Ittse

Ittse – Ready Rouge Creme Cheek Color – Review Time

I think blush is one of the most underrated beauty products out there. Most of the time, eyeshadows and lipsticks take all the glory, but I see very few people talk about the hardworking blush.

Well, I’m going to change that today because I managed to get my hands on the latest release from Ittse of their Ready Rouge Creme Cheek Colors and it’s going to get cheeky in here!

Well, I did get one contour in the set, so not all are blushes, but they are are truly beautiful. I also did end up giving some of the pans to my friends to try out, so I couldn’t swatch them all for you, but I believe them to be the same in quality (other wise, I would not have given them away 😉).

Creamy to the touch, when you swirl your finger in the pan, you are kind of taken aback by how smooth it is because I expected something waxier as my experience with previous cream blushes always had me struggle a bit to get product out.

Not the case with these shades. I was easily able to get enough product from just one swirl to dot both cheeks and blend it in, which is nice because when you first put it on, you are like “Yowza! That’s pigmented!”.

Personally, I love a pigmented lipstick or shadow, but I kind of want a soft, natural blush. That’s ok, because they actually blend out really nice. You can use a brush or even a beauty sponge to work the product in, but I used my fingers and it was fine.

Ready Rouge Creme Blush in Coquette

The finishing effect is this soft natural flush of color, which is perfect for an everyday look.

I thought it would be nice to see if I can wear the shade Coquette as a lipstick as well, since I like the look of my cheeks and lips matching, but I believe that it requires a bit more wax to give it the lasting power we see in a cream lipstick.

If you want to pick up one the Ready Rouge Creme Cheek Colors to try for yourself, you can do so by heading over to the Ittse website. The pans will run you $10 each or you can pick up a quad for $38.

If you want to save 20% on your order, feel free to use my code BEAUTYSWATCHER. Keep in mind that I do make a slight commission if you buy any products.

Anyone else want to give their most favorite hardworking blush a shout-out? If so, do so in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Besame Cosmetics

Besame Cosmetics – New Collection Theory – Cinderella???

If you have been a long time reader of my blog, then you know I am a HUGE fan of Besame Cosmetics. I love their attention to detail and I really get wrapped up in the whole nostalgia of the brand.

I bought every last piece of the Agent Carter line and recently picked up some of the Snow White pieces that went on sale.

It’s funny because just last week I was wondering what Besame was up to. After they launched the Avengers Infinity War line, I really haven’t seen any major collections announced. Well, as usual the Universe picked up on my musings and was like, “Patience, my friend.”

This past weekend, I was checking my emails and I came across this one from Besame advertising their 1950’s Prom Party in the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, which if I didn’t live completely across the country, I would totally go, when I noticed in itty bitty writing ” for the launch of our newest Disney collection.”

Ohh…. Besame. You are so sneaky!! You thought I would miss that, didn’t you?

Of course, I’m trying to tie the theme to a Disney movie and automatically, I think of Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty since both came out in the 50’s.

However, today Besame dropped another hint when they posted on Instagram that they will be announcing their newest collection on Thursday. They didn’t give you too many hints, other than the post below with a bunch of bubbles floating around, but it was enough to get all Besame Beauties in a titter.

Some speculated that it was Ariel, but that wouldn’t align very well with their 1950’s prom theme. Besides The Little Mermaid came out in the 80’s. Then someone said that the bubbles could be a direct reference to the Sing Sweet Nightingale scene in the movie where Cinderella was mopping the floors while she sang and her step sisters were in the other room and I was “Bingo!”.

You see, this is why I like Besame. They don’t drop bombs, but rather little Easter eggs and I appreciate that they keep us engaged. They could have easily just put a picture of the glass slipper and have us all go into fits, but they were like “Yeah, we are going to make you work for this.”

Check back on Friday to see if my theory was right. Either way, I’ll probably buy it!

While we are on the subject of Disney Princesses, Besame is probably making some room for their new collection by putting their Snow White products on major sale, so if you didn’t pick up anything when it first launched, now is your chance. The two Snow White palettes are on sale for the next week and a half for only $10 each!

All you have to do is use code Shadow10 at checkout and you will be saving like $28. They also have their lip balm trio on sale for $8 if you use code Pies8. Just remember you can only use one code at a time.

I am affiliated with Besame, so you want to use my link, feel free to do so by clicking here. I do get a slight commission if you decide to purchase anything, so keep that in mind.

So who do you think the newest Disney collection will feature? Let me know in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza

Urban Decay

Urban Decay Back Talk Palette – Forgive or Forget?

If you read my recent post on makeup brands everyone loves, but I don’t, I mentioned that Urban Decay was seriously slipping. A brand that I lived for and looked forward to all their releases, is now trying to compete with Colourpop’s weekly release schedule.

A good example of my theory is the Back Talk palette that came out this spring. The shades are completely up my alley with rich mauve and berry tones, which are actually quite perfect for fall. However, as much as I LOVE the colors, I hate how these shades perform, which is why it sat in my makeup cart collecting dust for about 4 months.

However, life is all about forgiving, so I decided to give this palette a second chance. We all tend to go into things with preconceived notions of how things will perform based on reviews we read or hear, so maybe now that the hype has died down, its time to come to my own final conclusion.

Yeah…no. Still not a fan.

The four cheek colors are BEAUTIFUL and actually perform great. Double Take is a creamy, soft pinky mauve that I would buy all on its own. Cheap Shot is a deep berry, really beautiful, I imagine, on darker skin tones. Low Key is a summery peach shade which I use as blush topper and Party Foul is a pink champagne highlighter that gives a lovely lit from within glow.

All the Cheek products are high quality. When you swatch them, they are creamy and smooth to the touch, which is the first thing you notice is missing with the eyeshadows.

The mattes are ok. BackTalk by far performs the best and has the most staying power. WTF completely faded away by the end of the day and 3 Sheets is so close to my skin tone, that I can’t tell what it did, but it’s a beautiful base on me.

The Mattes

The shimmers were the worst! Bare is similar to Party Foul in color, but no where near close in shine. Curve, Shade and 180 are more of a satin than shimmer and I’m not quite sure what is the best way to use them because I really want them to SHINE, but not even with setting spray.

The Shimmers

Attitude is by far the most shimmery of them all and the most pigmented. It’s a shimmery strawberry shade and lovely. You need to use a bit of setting spray to get it to its full potential, but even with that it fades pretty quickly.

Overall, the shadows are pretty disappointing, however, not as disappointing as the way this palette was structured. With this slim, removable mirror separating the cheek from the eyes, it’s the stupidest design. You can’t snap the palette shut without the magnetic mirror, but I always take out the mirror when using the palette because it so slim it’s useless to me, so on more than one occasion I lost track of the mirror under other stuff and couldn’t find it right away.

Double Take, Low Key and Party on the Cheeks. 3 Sheets, BackTalk, WTF and Bare on the eyes.

Urban Decay, let’s stick to a basic palette design. Honestly, I think most of us would appreciate it.

Back Talk was on sale in Sephora for $38 last time I checked, however, it’s so similar in tone to the Naked Cherry that maybe it’s worth investing in that for the eye shadows.

Till next time, my friends.

Maritza

Love It!

Brands I Love, but Everyone Skips Over

I was going to say that everyone hates, but that wasn’t the vibe I was going for and I don’t think anyone, including myself, hates a brand, they just prefer others.

Does that make sense?

Anyways, these are just some brands that I feel don’t get enough love on social media, but I think are pretty darn good.

Almay

I know. I know. Almay is kind of the red headed step sister of the makeup world. Always shoved all the way in the back of the drugstore makeup aisle alongside Neutrogena. They never really get any attention. Well, they really weren’t doing anything to make themselves noticed until recently when it looks like they rebranded.

Personally, I love their Shadow Squads and their Butter-kiss Lippies are so creamy. I own 4 of them and literally one is in each one of my favorite purses because they are moisturizing with a dash of quick color.

Also, their makeup wipes are completely underrated. They take off EVERYTHING!!

Besame Cosmetics

One of two brands that I am affiliated with at this time. I LOVE everything about Besame, but I feel like they are a niche brand.

Generally, people who have some sort of affinity for retro looks and styles seem to really favor this brand, but I love them for their all out commitment to the production of replicas and also because their products are really good. In an era when brands are coming out left and right with new products, I appreciate that Besame takes it sweet time to perfect a products.

If you haven’t tried Besame yet, I recommend starting off with one of their lipsticks. I love 1941 Victory Red, but 1946 Velvet Red is pretty popular. The are long lasting and SUPER pigmented. The square shaped tip of the lipstick takes some getting used to, but I work around that.

BH Cosmetics

So I know that a lot of people say they love this brand, but I just don’t hear enough hype around it and I don’t know why. I love BH! I think they have an excellent combination of quality and price and, also, like Besame aren’t releasing stuff left and right, which makes me think they are being conscience of whats going into their makeup.

I see a lot of hype around their brushes and their Festival palette was a real hit this spring/summer, but I’m a fan of their baked shadows. I LOVE the Supernova palette and use it all the time. The colors are metallic, pigmented and last all day. Also, they are really easy to apply with your fingers, so no brush necessary, which is great for those days you are rushing out the door.

For the price, it’s a win!!

Antonym Cosmetics

Ok, I would consider Antonym a small indie brand, but they have a pretty loyal following and for good reason. They are AWESOME! Not only are they certified organic, but they are headquartered in my very own hometown of Miami (extra brownie points for that).

They are are on the pricy side, but well worth it. Their baked blush in Peach is my go to blush of all time. I may stray here and there and use another one every so often, but always go back to my Peach. If you are you looking for good quality basics, then check out Antonym. You won’t regret it.

Any brands you want to give a shout out to?

If so leave them in the comments below.

Till next time, my friends!

Maritza