Kat Von D Quad Halo Eye

Kat Von D Quad - Sage

 

Seriously though, how gorgeous is Sage from the new KVD quads? I purchased Sage on the promise that it helped brown eyes pop. And it did, y’all. Only problem was the immense amount of fallout I got from each shadow.

 

Kat Von D Quad - Sage

 

I used a Milani eyeshadow (28 Bella Chiffon) in the center and was shocked at how gorgeous it blended. The gold reflex was A+

 

Kat Von D Quad - Sage

 

And for the lips, I used my favorite lip liner of all time: MAC Nice ‘n’ Spicy!

Let me know if you purchased any of the quads, I’m soooooooo tempted to try out Rust next.

Until next time!

 

@alongthemoon

Mini Sephora Haul

Got the chance to pick up a few things for more Spring inspired makeup. Here we have:

 

Sephora Favorites Paint it Pink, $40 (A must have if you don’t already own any of the products. Plus, who doesn’t need a new beautyblender?)

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, $10 (Still testing it out. Not sure I have feel about it with my naturally curly hair.)

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea 500 Points Set, FREE HONEY (Absolutely amazing. Grab it if it’s still in stock and if you have 500+ points available, obviously.)

 



  

That’s all folks. Make sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram. Until next time!

 

Xoxo,

Steph

My New Favorite Things: Glow Edition


These go-to products have helped my dry skin tremendously this winter. I can’t live without them! Let me know if you have any favorite products for your dewy look.

Pictured: Becca Opal Poured (looks gorgeous underneath and on top of foundation)

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Palette

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation

Becca Backlight Priming Filter

How I Ended Up With A Fake Lorac Pro 2 Palette


Never in a million years I thought I would be writing this. But the fact that this can happen to a beauty hoarder like me only means it can happen to anybody. Seriously, this is coming from somebody who owns the original (and authentic) Lorac Pro 1 palette.


I did notice this palette felt lighter than the Lorac Pro 1 I have. But it had the soft matte cover that did not feel cheap or lackluster in quality. At a first glance, I could not tell that this wasn’t authentic.

However, I did have a weird gut feeling when this palette first arrived. To put it in context, my sister had brought this from London. She had gotten it for me for pocket change, and from a street vendor selling different makeup brands.


Getting it at a steep discount is already a sign. But more importantly, the packaging itself is a sign. The primer (picture above) had a consistency I thought a regular eyeshadow primer had. But then I read the label.


“Not for indmdual sale.” Misspelling is another major deal breaker.


Lorac palettes come with a QR code in the back that should lead you to Lorac’s official website. My fake palette didn’t do that. It claimed the code was inactive.


There was more than enough signs for this palette to be deemed inauthentic. But I had it in my drawer for a full month before realizing that something was off.

Fake products are made with various ingredients that are hazardous to the skin. The eyeshadow primer is the most dangerous since it’s the first to make contact with your eyelid. The shadows are bad too, and swatching them while closely looking at the color payoff made me notice they weren’t Lorac quality.

 

As you can see, the shadows are very dusty with little pigmentation.

I hope this breakdown helps anybody who may purchase cheap products thinking they are authentic. Always always always purchase from an authorized retailer. Makeup goes on your face and the risks are never worth the lowered price tag.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you guys next time!

RCMA No Color Powder Review


Like many, I RUSHED over to Beautylish after watching KathleenLight’s review on the RCMA no color powder. After trying it out several times, my opinion is simply holy shit!

Yes yes 100% yes it is a Laura Mercier translucent powder dupe. I’ve used LM to set my concealer for so long now, it seemed near impossible that a $10 powder could create the same effect.


This is how my under eye looks with a bit of baking using the RCMA powder. Notice the lovely blur it creates.


Here’s a close-up of my foundation set with the RCMA powder. No white cast at all with flash photography!

All in all, the powder leaves a beautiful matte finish that lasts. And it’s worth noting that this guy brings three ounces of product while Laura Mercier only carries 1 oz.

The packaging for the RCMA powder is horrendous, but remember that cheap packaging = cheap pricing. So I can definitely look past it.

My opinion, I will definitely re-purchase and use for my everyday makeup. It’s a must!

Make sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram. See you next time!

Best of Beauty 2015

DSC_1575

2015 was the year I became a beauty whore, to put it mildly. It was quite difficult to narrow down my favorites for the year, but these proved to be the creamiest, pigmented, and most beautiful products that I would (and have) recommended to everybody.

So here’s where all my money went in 2015 YAY:

Primers

L to R: Pur Hydrate & Balance Correcting Primer, Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer, Too Faced Hangover RX Face Primer, Too Faced Glitter Glue

L to R: Pur Hydrate & Balance Correcting Primer, Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer, Too Faced Hangover Rx Face Primer, Too Faced Glitter Glue

I was never on the primer trend unless it was the Urban Decay potion primer. Nevertheless, I researched and found primers that improved the longevity of my makeup (and even hydrated my skin). I’m stupid for having the miniature versions of the Too Faced Shadow Insurance and Hangover Rx primers, but once these bad boys run out I’ll be getting the full sized version for sure.

 

Lip Balm

Smith's Minted Rose Lip Balm

Smith’s Minted Rose Lip Balm

Chapped lips give me anxiety and this lip balm gives me the moisture I NEED. It’s seriously amazing and not at all expensive. And the mint feeling is extraordinary.

 

Foundation

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in 'Sand'

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Thank you based god for finally letting me find my PERFECT foundation. Once Teni Panosian listed it as her favorite foundation of all time, I immediately went to purchase it. It doesn’t move around my face, it gives a perfect finish (I don’t use powder on my face with this FYI) and it blends like a dream. I would say it’s a medium to full coverage foundation, yet it doesn’t feel like you’ve packed on any product! It’s my favorite foundation to date.

 

More makeup after the jump!

Continue reading

The Link Between Fashion and Interior Design

The challenge between fashion and interiors is that one’s focus is different than the other. Fashion allows us to conform to what fits our bodies, demonstrate our personality for the day, and evolve our personal style. Interior design is aimed to bridge the gaps of our living and work space from being just four walls, a roof, and a ceiling. Yet I find that both aim to create formations and aesthetics that best suits its owner(s). Who’s to say you can’t connect both?

Besides the idea of fabrics, color coordination, and aesthetic traditions, both entities give the owner the same keen eye of personality and creativity. Your outfit and bedroom space can embody design practices that are just an extension of you. Here’s some examples of home design through the visions of fashion designers.

Below is the former Moroccan home of Yves Saint Laurent.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

And here you have Valentino’s Château de Wideville near Paris. You may recognize it as one of the spots for Kim & Kanye’s pre-wedding celebrations.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Not only do I find both of these locations inspirational in its beauty and history, but it demonstrates the ability of treating the small areas of one’s home like that of a dress, or pair of pants, or heels. Take the details, patterns, inspirations, colors, and cutting-edge designs to develop something great; instead of just beige walls and a leather couch.