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Megan M.
Review for IT Cosmetics® BROW POWER™ Super Skinny - 1 day, 12 hours ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Universal Gray more...
I really enjoy this brow pencil. I bought it primarily because it comes in a Gray shade and while I don’t have gray hair, my brown hair is quite ashy and most Western brow products are just too warm for me. If you also need an ashy brow product (or if you do have gray hair) I think you’ll like this. It isn’t super gray but it’s enough not to turn orange. I haven’t had the product break on me and I find it to be a really nice workhorse everyday pencil that gets my brows done quickly. Would recommend. If you’re interested in trying it, maybe wait until one of Ulta’s promotions because sometimes they’re half off.
Review for surratt beauty Lip Lustre - 5 days, 13 hours ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Other more...
I have this in shade Amethyste, a cool toned shimmery lilac with very fine shimmer. It is one of the most unique lip glosses I own. Ultimately it is sheer, so it isn’t SUPER purple on the lips, though the lavender is noticeable and it does give you a cool-toned effect (you can layer to make it more purple). If you have cool undertones or feel like layering this one over cool toned lipstick, this will suit you really well. The applicator deposits the right amount on the lips, it wears well for a gloss, and it never bleeds outside of lip lines. I find it hydrating. It also will never leak or break in your bag. The only con is that is is stickier than something like Fenty Gloss Bomb or other more “balmy” glosses. So if you hate any slight stickiness, this wouldn’t be for you.
Review for surratt beauty Prismatique Eyes - 6 days, 9 hours ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: surratt beauty Prismatique Eyes Glamour Eyes more...
I love this product so much! I have Glamour Eyes and I’ll definitely be purchasing more (be aware that Sephora online doesn’t stock all the colors, you need to find them in person and get lucky or order them from elsewhere). It’s like a treasure cube. The top of the box screws off to reveal a cream eyeshadow in deep violet, and the bottom pivots on a hinge to provide a pan of amazing duochrome blue-purple glitter. It’s seriously gorgeous. The only learning curve for me was selecting the right brush to apply the cream as it’s a little thinner and more emollient than some creams can be. I ended up going with Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush. I found I could wear a little of the cream and the glitter and I got a lighter look, while intensifying the cream base made a more dramatic look. Great product.
Review for stila Heaven's Hue Highlighter - 1 week, 1 day ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Opulence (white pearl - sheer, fresh opalescence) more...
I have this in shade Opulence- a pale, creamy, glossy white- and boy am I impressed. I already own two white highlighters so I didn’t need this but I really wanted it. Becca’s Pearl is much more satin in finish and noticeably more warmer ivory-beige in undertone; Burberry’s Fresh Glow in White is similar in undertone (perhaps a touch cooler) though it can be more intense on the skin if I want than Stila. Opulence has a putty like texture that translates as cream-to-powder and applied well with a standard highlighter brush. It has a truly refined texture in that (if you get the right shade for your skintone) you don’t even see it there until you turn your head, and then you see glossy glow, like you were caught in a lightbeam. There is no powderiness at all and it doesn’t emphasize texture. It lasts well over long and hot days. I’m thinking of buying another shade.
Review for Giorgio Armani EYE TINT Collection - 1 week, 2 days ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I have this in shade 8 Flannel. It is a pale taupe-y mauve-y shade that shifts pink and would translate best on fair skin. I like this for days I’m in a rush as it’s easy to apply and blend with fingers or a synthetic brush. I’d call the finish a satin so it gives a soft complex look when worn alone, though I can layer powders for more depth. It wears pretty well through long or hot days. I get some creasing around the fold of my eye but I can reapply product over product that’s already set without it getting cakey or messy. If you’re always in a rush but want to wear something pretty on the eyes (one SA told me her client applied these at traffic lights in the morning), check these out.
Review for PAT McGRATH LABS Mothership II Eyeshadow Palette - Sublime - 3 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This a beautiful warm toned palette with a mix of shimmers, mattes, and duochrome glitters. You can get some incredible looks with it that will really push you out of your comfort zone. Initially, though, I struggled to love it and to make looks with it work. You can go a few different ways with it— you can make sunset type looks with Skinshow Glow, Copper Toned, Bronze 005, and Rose Dusk, you can go very pink with Astral Ghost Orchid, or you can use one of the palette’s standouts, Blitz Emerald, a smoky green with a black base, as a starting point. It can be hard to unite all these different avenues. I still haven’t quite figured out the right way to make Blitz Emerald work outside of a very smoky eye or on a wet brush as liner but I don’t tend towards super intense looks.
For me, the standout shade and the one that seems to pull the palette together is VR Nectar, a gorgeous duochrome with hints of gold, mauve, and peach. If PMG sold singles I’d buy a backup. Astral Ghost Orchid pulls quite pink and isn’t as smooth as Astral White from Subliminal.
One of the things that made Subliminal easy to use was the included matte transition shade. Sublime doesn’t have one, though you definitely can use shades like Rose Dusk and Copper Toned as transitions if you want and they will still look nice. (It does have a matte brown but it’s too deep to be a transition on my skintone.) For transitions I reach for the matte taupe shade from Subliminal, for ABH Birkin, for the mauves from Naked 3, and others.
Lastly, these seem designed to wear best without primer. So experiment with wearing them that way and see how they work for you. I have hooded eyes and they still wear a long time on me— the most I ever do is use a matte shade first on my lid. These seem designed to almost “melt” down so the shimmers and duochrome give a wet effect on the lid. Over an intense primer these shades don’t stick very well and look dull. I’d go for a cream shadow if you do want to wear one.
Since these are such a punch to the wallet, I’d recommend buying during a sale.
Review for PAT McGRATH LABS MTHRSHP Subliminal Platinum Bronze Eyeshadow Palette - 3 weeks ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This is a gorgeous palette with very high quality, creamy, pigmented shadows in a dirty greige/ gold/ cool bronze theme. There are 5 shimmers and one matte. If you like these colors and they register well on your skintone, this could definitely be a good way for you to try the PMG brand.
Why this fell a bit flat for me: I own two of the larger PMG palettes (Subliminal and Sublime), and they both have a specialness to them that gives me joy every time I open them and forces me out of my box and into creating more unique looks. My favorite thing about the larger palettes is actually the duo chrome glitters, despite being worried I’d not get use out of them. The smaller palettes like this one are just okay in comparison. They don’t have any of those amazing duochromes that made the larger palettes so special and they end up feeling very dupable. I do like that they made the box art part of the packaging but that’s minor. In terms of Platinum Bronze in particular- the colors swatched beautifully on my hand but read very similarly on my eye and got muddy. It also got very smoky very fast- I couldn’t get a wearable daytime look from it at all. I’m NC5 for reference, and I saw a blogger who’s NC25ish say the same. That being said- this could be an awesome set of neutrals if you are medium deep and many eyeshadows come up ashy on you. I would recommend swatching in store before buying.
Bottom line: if you want one of the smaller PMG palettes I’d go for La Vie en Rose since it’s the most unique. Otherwise, save up and get your favorite larger palette during a sale.
Review for Natasha Denona Duo Chrome Top Coat Browan Mauve/Purple 0.2 oz/ 6 g - 1 month ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Review for: Natasha Denona Duo Chrome Top Coat Lavender/Gold and Silver 0.2 oz/ 6 g more...
I have this in Lavender/Gold and Silver, and I love the way it stands out on my very fair blue-toned skin. I think that whether you will like this depends on what you’re looking for an eyeshadow to be. Are you looking for this to be a topcoat, as it’s marketed, or a super-opaque instagram style eyeshadow? If the latter is your cup of tea, look for something else because you won’t like this. One coat of this gives me a transparent, glossy effect which I enjoy- I think it’s very editorial and current. The shimmer is fine and wet-looking and doesn’t fall on my face. 2-3 coats and the color becomes more opaque making the lavender base more visible. I plan to purchase peach and mauve soon. If you want something similar but with more base color, have a look at the Dior Fusion Mono eyeshadows (no duo chrome shades though).
Review for Gucci II Eau De Parfum Spray - 1 month ago
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
This perfume is the love of my life. I thought it got discontinued several years back but they still offer the larger size at Sephora so that’s where I buy it. I have tried other perfumes in the fruity floral category but they never speak to me like Gucci II does. I bought it because a scent card fell out of a magazine and it reminded me of growing up and picking blackberries. There’s also black currant, cedar, and heliotrope. Some days it smells like green grass and other days like muscat grapes. It also wears all day on me, unlike many perfumes that seem to dissolve into a powdery mess shortly after you spray them. Anyways, I love it.
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