This HAS to be one of my most exciting launches. I know I say that for every launch, but really...this IS by far thee most. I think a big part of it is because I personally love it so much and truly feel it is such a revolutionary sponge. I know there are many sponges on the market, but the precision, the texture and the density on this one is like no other. I started "leaking" this sponge in the beginning of the year thinking it would launch in the summer. Due to unforeseen circumstances, it was postponed another 4 months! So stressful, as a brand owner; but I think that is another reason why the launch became that much sweeter for me - the anticipation! Anyway, without further-ado, introducing The Velvet Sponge! I also launched another dream of mine in addition to the sponge, The Velvet Candle. I have always had a love for candles and dreamt of having my own one day. The design & the scent was custom made with a sleek finish and a soft and beautiful scent. I seriously cannot wait for you guys to check it out! And if you haven't yet...check it out below!
I took these photos back in June, hoping to post them for my blog post - then the palette sold out in a few hours. When they decided to bring it back a few months ago, again - I missed the boat and it sold out AGAIN! Safe to say... this has been a popular palette. For an item to sell out on the first launch - it is more/less the hype. The second time around a palette sells out - its definitely the product! Because at that point, there has been all sorts of feedbacks, tests and reviews on the item and will be more than likely, a successful relaunch. I have to say, I am in that category of positive reviewers. I decided to finally post this because, why not? It is coming back in stock tomorrow, 09/19/17! Set your alarms and make sure to purchase this. I HIGHLY recommend this be in your kit if you are a makeup artist, and also a palette you can purchase for yourself (non-makeup artists) because it really is an all in one palette. Read my review below:
As much as there has been amazing feedback on the palette overall, you're always going to hear a couple unhappy reviews. Sometimes the expectations are too high and sometimes one truly just doesn't "love" a palette - and that is totally fine as well! All reviews are relative. I am here to give you facts and have you be your own judge and you can see if it works for you! I have however done a couple tutorials on YouTube where you can see how the pigment truly comes up on the eyes. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f244vFEweo&t=4s
The palette has 35 shades in a mixture of textures from mattes, to satins, to frost and shimmer. I LOVE that this palette has a lot of warm tones. Warm tones fit every skin tone and she has a variety of the warm tones to fit not only every skin tone but also take you from a natural to a dramatic look. There are just a handful of cool toned shades and those are the "pops" of the palette - which I think is just enough for a palette! The colors blend absolutely beautiful. The fall out is minimal and the shimmer/frost shades pop up just like in the pan. Some shadows in other palettes look beautiful in the pan but the second you put it on, the color dulls out and fades. You will not have that issue with these shades. Will they pop even more using a wet brush? With shimmer shades, always!
I know a few of the complaints were about the cool toned matte shades just like I mentioned on YouTube; but keep in mind, almost always, cool toned matte shades will never look as great as warm tones. Matte cool toned pigments are just not meant to blend the same way and thats because of the ingredients in the color pigments itself, so we can't really blame Jaclyn or Morphe for this, as I am sure they did their best! The ONLY complaints I do agree with is the fact that the shade names aren't listed on it, however, it does come with a shade chart separately with the names attached. BUT if you're using a palette to create a "look"...is it essential to know what the names of the shades are? Not so much, in my opinion. My suggestion would be for them to stick that sheet on the back of the palette next time - keep everyone happy :)
Now lets come down to an important determining factor, the price! For $38, you get 38 eyeshadows. And to have the payoff that it does? No room for anyone to complain! It truly is a great investment and I think anyone can benefit with an all in one palette like this. Below you will see some swatches in regular daylight. These shades have not been altered & photo hasn't been edited. Of course, shadows will blend differently when used with a brush, so I suggest for this, watching a few videos/tutorials to see the actual payoff. But if you trust me...they're great - I promise ;)
Here are the swatches below. This wouldn't be possible without my girls at the studio helping lend an arm or two, lol! The shades are in the exact same order as the palette starting from the top row going from left to right. I hope this blog post was helpful! Would love to hear your thoughts on them or if there are any other palettes you'd like me to review, comment and let me know! Till next time, XOXO!
The Beauty Blender was the revolution of makeup, in my opinion. I don't even remember a time I did makeup before a Beauty Blender. What were we doing? I remember using the white precut sponges that ate half your makeup. I also remember using my fingers to blend out my concealer (took forever). And the powder puff was great but you couldn't really dampen it and it ended up leaving a super powdered finish. You get the point...makeup was a struggle before the Beauty Blender lol!
Here's a quick video showing the many different ways:
1. I use my Beauty Blender damp. This helps your makeup go on thinner (no cake face) and gives it a soft airbrush finish. I use it to apply my liquid foundation and blend it all over my skin. You can also use this to apply skincare.
2. I spritz a bit of a setting/hydrating spray on my Blender before I apply the foundation/concealer. (best tip ever! try it)
3. I use the damp Beauty Blender to melt my concealer into my skin and blend it into the foundation seamlessly (since I always use a lighter shade of concealer).
4. I also use the damp Blender to pick up my translucent powder and set in my skin. Using the damp Blender will help it really mend the product into the skin, so it stays in place all day. It will also help in avoiding a powdery face!
5. Last but not least, use your Beauty Blender to apply any type of liquid or cream highlighter. The Blender will help the product melt into the skin without all the makeup underneath move.
Alright so I feel like this is a bit challenging for many of us. Just when we try to do a little bit...we end up with a full face glam. A little concealer here, a little mascara there, a little bronzer here & a whole lot of highlighter everywhere! Sometimes, its inevitable. So if you really want to look good without makeup - you have to really not put so much effort into your makeup, but into the skincare & the grooming. Below are simple steps to truly looking fresh without a speck of makeup! Do you have any tips? Comment and share!
And that is MY go-to in looking MY best with no makeup on. Hope you enjoyed this! Have any tricks up your sleeve? Please comment & share!
Hi Guys! I have been getting a lot of questions regarding my Workshops and I want to do a little update here! I have ended my Workshop classes and will no longer be doing it. All your emails have been forwarded to the right people who are handling it. If you have ANY issues with the account, PLEASE email firstname.lastname@example.org as I have no access to anyones account. All accounts, website, back-end stuff are taken care of by my partners, so they will be best in helping you with your account. I do appreciate your patience and I am very sorry for the delay! I hope that you guys enjoyed the Workshops for the past year - I had a great time! As most of you already know, I have started my own YouTube channel, so lets stay connected! --> www.YouTube.com/user/MakeUpbyLilit
Saturday night I was invited to the Dose of Colors headquarters for one of the most beautiful events I've been to. Everything was beautiful from the blush chiffon curtains as you walk in, to the gold & mirrored high chair and tables, the food & dessert setup, the big portraits of the launch campaigns and of course the ice bar! Oh and not to forget the photo section (which I unfortunately didn't get a chance to take a photo in *crying face*) with the single roses hanging upside down all the way down the wall. If you haven't seen any of this, it is all over Instagram just search for the tag #desixkaty.
Decorations put aside, I am really proud of the girls for this launch. Both Desi & Katy are so talented in makeup and so educated with products - I did not expect less from them. They are very hard working girls and truly honest with anything they put out there. If they don't love it, they won't say they love it! So you better believe their products are none less. And teaming up with Dose of Colors is something that just FITS their brand so well. Congrats Anna, Katy & Desi on such a beautiful collaboration! Now lets get started on the goodies...
The packaging is simply beautiful. From the soft touch nude box, the gorgeous photo of the girls, the metallic nude packaging and glittery compacts! Even the lipsticks & liquid lipsticks have a soft touch feel. As a developer & creator, I know the difficulty of packaging. Every single thing must be thoroughly thought out in advance. You create an image in your head and hope it comes together perfectly once actually sampled out. This process is usually not easy and sometimes takes several tries. In other words, I can definitely appreciate these products and their packaging! It is also great to know that Desi & Katy both had creative freedom with the entire collection! Now let's open these babies up...
This quad comes in 4 very different yet versatile shades: Suz (champagne), Noli (bronze), Turbosan (gunmetal), Harpoon (olive). Suz is the perfect champagne color you can use in your tear duct, your brow bone and as a topper for a halo effect on the eyes. Suz is best used with a wet finger. Noli is your ideal bronze shade with NO ORANGE (haha - check Desi & Katy's review). Turbosan is a color that is really just hard to describe lol - somewhat gunmetal somewhat dark plum. In fact, I believe it has a plum base with silver glitter which come off as reflectors, so pretty! Harpoon is another difficult color to describe - I would say Turbosan and Harpoon are best described as a two-tone color because of the base/glitter. Harpoon is the perfect olive shade topped off with some gold glitter - you have the intensity in both! Harpoon is also best used with a wet finger.
As bright as all the shades look, they actually have a very soft and satin finish. I have taken photos below without flash so you can see how subtle these can actually be and how wearable they are. On the left I have twirled my finger in it 2-3 times and on the right I have swatched them each one time. You can definitely build the intensity, as you can see, by either layering the product or using it wet.
Here, I spritzed some of the Elcie Hydra Enhancer on my fingers before I dug them into the eyeshadows. You can see it looks a lot more intense and almost "wet" looking. When used wet, you need absolutely no base to get the colors you see here. Of course, again, this is using absolutely no flash and no sunlight. In the sunlight - these shades are absolutely poppin! (as seen on their snapchats ;)
They also launched two shades of highlighters in the gold family. The pigments are super creamy with amazing payoff! On the left, Mirame, is a deeper bronze shade that almost has a rose gold finish. I LOVE bronzers with a rose gold hint because I feel it's close to our skin tone so it just fits right in, blending into the skin tone. On the right, you have Fuego, which is more of a truer gold. This would definitely be more "poppy" on the skin and brighten and lift vs. melting in. Of course, all this has to do with your skintone too. The swatches below will help you better determine the right shade for you.
I am SO glad they created classic lipsticks. As much as I love and will always wear liquid lipsticks, something about a classic lipstick is just...classic. Especially with a nude, I love a lipstick formula because it just looks so fresh and natural on the skin vs. a super matte nude finish. On the left you have No Shade & on the Right, More Creamer Please (coming from the joke about their Starbucks orders lol) - love it!
The formula is a new one they helped create for Dose of Colors. The texture is super creamy, opaque, but yet a thin almost satin finish. No creamer please (on left) is the perfect deep nude with no orange & no pink. It almost looks like a skin tone if you ask me lol. The lighter you are, the darker this may look on your and the darker you are the lighter, more natural it will look on you. Same story with No Shade, lighter finish for dark tones and more natural to lighter finish with lighter skin tone. And this is the deal with ANY lip color on the market. Based on the swatches, you can determine which is more 'you'. For me, I switch it up all the time! I love all shades of nude and you can truly never have enough!
Liquid Matte Lipsticks
You KNOW I am all about that Hot Fire! It looks almost Coral-y in the photo, but its def more orange-y in person. I am ALL about this shade and cannot wait to try it on. Savage (with an accent - where is the accent sign?!), is a dark vampy shade that comes off almost red, almost purple. Desi and Katy both described it as "Oxblood" and I have to say thats the perfect description. I love this shade; but not something I'd regularly wear. Because I am so olive, I need to have a nice tan to pull this off, otherwise I look Goth with these shades lol. AND I am more of a "au natural" typa girl. Desi & Katy an pull off annyyyyy shade (seriously, how?) but if you have a tanner to darker skin, I think this shade will look bomb diggy!
Over the Top Lip Gloss
I've mentioned several times how I am not so much of a "color gloss" type of girl - so you know I am loving Over The Top. This lip gloss is clear with tiny gold specks that make the skin look like its just glistening. Again, I have not used flash yet so you can see how it looks in regular lighting. I lost the picture I took with a flash lol, but I am sure you can imagine the glitter glistening. This to me seems more like a Lip Topper as well, add on top of any shade for that extra oomph.
And I leave you with these delicious adorable chocolates! So creative & such a nice treat! Let me know your thoughts on the launch! I will be doing a YouTube tutorial with it soon so you will be able to see it in true colors on video. Till next time!
Becca is the brand that doesn't usually disappoint you. Most of their products have been and are thought out and quality. Now I know they already have many highlighters (Opal which I LOVE) but I was excited to try their newbies and matching glow glosses. I have swatched them below with my reviews. Let me know your thoughts!
As usual, let's start with packaging and product development. Becca created 6 holographic highlighters with matching lip glosses. The package is a beautiful gold/pearlescent packaging which is so beautiful you don't want to throw it away. That aside, the compacts and the glosses were pretty basic as far as Becca packaging. I'm usually not a huge fan of holographic. In fact, when I was in Italy, all the vendors were insisting on showing me holographic, as that was what was trending. BUT, the colors Becca put together for each two tone is pretty perfect. Their product development team is GOLDEN! Check out the swatches below.
Light Chaser Highlighters
There are three pink toned highlighters with gold or silver undertones. The pigments are beautiful and not glittery at all; it goes on just like butter. I don't have much to say about this because it's not a new product - but I have to say I like pink on the lighter skin tones and gold on darker skin tones - so I'm not quite sure how I like the dark pink, personally!
The gold tones are beautiful and usually my favorites. However I have to say I am a little bit confused about the purple-y gray one in the middle. That is the one shade I did not like and cannot imagine what type of skin color that would compliment. But that shade is the reason why I was not into holographic this year, it is however trending just like the unicorn and rainbow highlighters. I am honestly not a fan of it but doesn't mean it's not great for someone who likes "more than natural".
liquid Crystal Toppers
I am very particular with lip glosses. I usually like the color to be very subtle and I am not a fan of pigmented glosses, I'd rather do a lipstick. So I have to say that I did actually love these new Becca lip toppers. The color is very sheer and just makes your lips look beautiful without adding too much color. Again, I have to say, I am not a fan of the gray one. In fact the lip gloss actually has blue glitter - not sure why lol; but it's all part of the holographic trend, if you're into that.
I tried not messing with the lighting too much when taking these photos because I wanted you to see the true colors of each swatch. I think it's always a good idea to have matching glosses and highlighters because it makes the consumers job easy! Too many shades of highlighters on the market and many glosses can be overwhelming. Have you guys tried these? Would love to hear your thoughts!
So excited to share that celebrity makeup artist Rokael Lizama is a huge fan of the Elcie Hydra Enhancer! He recently used it on Beyonce during this photoshoot with her babies and also on a night out with her hubby a few days ago! The Hydra Enhancer is something so special and can be used in so many ways, so I asked Rokael what his secret was in using it. Read his tips below!
Rokaels Secret Beauty Tip: "I use it before the makeup to hydrate the skin; but I also spray it on my Beauty Blender with the foundation on it for more blend ability and to sheer it out." So simple yet so genius right? I personally spray my beauty blender and dampen it with the Hydra Enhancer to make sure the makeup lasts vs. just using water, but I do it before I dip into the foundation. Trying Rokael's technique next time for sure! Thanks Rokael! She looks flawless ;)