mark. MOD POP Eyeshadow Palette Review

mark. MOD POP Eyeshadow Palette Review

Hey beauties!

So there’s a new eyeshadow palette on the market and you know me! I had to get my hands on it!

I ordered the new mark. by Avon MOD POP Eyeshadow Palette about three weeks ago and honestly, I hesitated to try it out. To be clear, this is a special, exclusive edition eyeshadow palette to go along with the MOD Eau de Parfum Spray and  MOD Body Lotion for the 2017 holiday season. I hadn’t gone to any special events to use it :/

Here’s the MOD trio:

Honestly, I’m not a fan of the exterior packaging. I prefer the more sleek, stylish and sexy packaging styles. In my opinion, this is a little more retro and I’ve never been a fan of black/white so that’s just me! Once you open the package, you’re in for a real surprise!6

There are more matte shades than shimmer which is perfect for me as matte tends to show up better (from my experience with other palettes); however, the shimmer shades are absolutely fab! Do you see the shimmery peach in the far right corner? It is so beautiful!

Actual photos:

MOD POP Eyeshadow Swatch:

First impression: When I first saw the palette online, I knew I needed to get it but when I saw it in-person, I was pleasantly surprised. The palette looks the same in-person as it does online but with a slightly deeper color in-person. I was worried that the shades would be more sheer, looking at the picture online. Sometimes, computers and monitors play tricks on us lol We think we’re getting one thing and it’s completely different! That’s the gamble we take ordering online, right?

I honestly looked at the colors and got a little intimidated. I couldn’t stop thinking “why the hell would they release these colors around fall?” I thought they’d be more suited for summer since they were colorful but then I actually tried them on. I can definitely see why this is a holiday edition palette. In colder months, we tend to wear more solid colors, less prints and if we’re being honest — it’s mainly cream/beige and black sweaters. The colors in this palette help complement the “boring” attire and even give a more “festive” look. Just imagine using that blue for a nice “frosty” look with your cream faux mink hat 🙂 I guess this is why we should not judge a palette on first look, huh?

Still not a fan of that black and white packaging though lol.

Pigmentation: I was pleasantly surprised by the pigmentation. The instructions say you can use the palette dry or wet it if you want a more bold look. I was able to achieve this look without wetting my brush. I used an eyeshadow primer with a beige base; however, I feel as though I probably wouldn’t need it to help develop color with the MOD POP Eyeshadow Palette. I was surprised that you can even see the color in low light situations.

Blend-ability: This has to be one of the easiest palettes in terms of blending. For the first time, I didn’t spend a lot of time blending or switching brushes. Even when I blended, the color didn’t completely disappear. It allowed for a nice, color-tinted shadow. All of the colors went on with absolutely no problem.

Price: $22 which really isn’t bad when you compare some of the other 12-shade eyeshadow palettes online. For the quality, I’d definitely say it’s worth it.

Testing out the palette: I used the blue, purple, black, a little pink and a little of the pearlescent white for this look. For the highlight under my brow, I used a gold from the Eye Dream of Glam palette.

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mark. MOD POP in low light

Final verdict: Overall, I’m pleasantly surprised with the quality of this palette and recommend it to anyone looking to increase their collection and beginners that would like to experiment with color. Tip: make sure you always have a neutral transition shade for a more subtle look 😉

Let me know what you think! Would you wear this during the holidays? Or even just when you’re out and about?

Now available online, click here to order the mark. by Avon MOD POP Eyeshadow Palette.

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mark. by Avon MOD POP Eyeshadow Palette

New! mark. Eye Shadow Single and Clique It Compact

New! mark. Eye Shadow Single and Clique It Compact

New! mark. Eye Shadow Single and Clique It Compact

Check out the new mark. By Avon line introduced in Campaign 10, 2017.

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Best Makeup Setting Spray Ever

Best Makeup Setting Spray Ever

Oh the hassle of not only applying your makeup but getting it to last all day! Hopefully, I’m not alone when I say this but I don’t care for the constant reapplying or touch up of makeup. I just recently figured out what it means to powder your nose. Don’t judge. Many of you know that I don’t have much time to get ready in the morning or apply makeup. When I do, I want it to last. Most makeup gurus post how to make their makeup last all day and usually it’s because of a setting spray. Naturally, I went looking online — studying makeup tutorials and searching Facebook groups. I saw a lot about Giorgio Armani Prima Refreshing Makeup Fix for $70 at Nordstorm, Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray for $31.00 at Sephora and L’oreal Infalliable Makeup Extender Setting Spray which retails for $16.99 at Ulta.

So what’s a girl to do if she just simply wants to wear makeup all day without breaking the bank or going through hell and high water to find a setting spray? I decided to give Avon’s True Color Makeup Setting Spray a try. Catch out the review below.

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Avon True Color Makeup Spray (freshly applied)
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Avon True Color Makeup Setting Spray (after 11 hours + gym)
 

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Avon True Color Makeup Setting Spray

To order, go to http://avon4.me/2o6MD1t.

OMG! What happened to my camera and why does my face look like this?

OMG! What happened to my camera and why does my face look like this?

At first I was a little embarrassed to say this and even now, I can’t believe I’m typing it but I’ve got to share this with you. Part of this is actually pretty darn funny when you think about it. As you know, I hardly get the time to get all dolled up and make an appearance but it doesn’t stop me from lathering my lashes in mascara, creating arches galore eyebrows and glossing these lips.

Tuesday, I decided to take it a step further and applied foundation. It was the next step towards becoming a glamazon but I had to make it quick. When you’re up at 5:30 a.m., rarely do your eyes and mind work at the same time.

Once I got to work, I decided to get on SnapChat and crack my daily jokes but I noticed something was off. My photos and videos looked like they had a filter on them. Nothing major but like I edited the photo with the tool to soften the skin. I thought maybe it was SnapChat’s new filter (even though I don’t use them) or built-in feature.

I decided to take pictures using my regular camera and noticed the same thing. All of my pictures looked — flawless! What the hell! I couldn’t figure it out so I decided Apple must have sent out an automatic update for the camera. I asked two of my co-workers if they noticed any difference with their cameras. One co-worker has iPhone 6 Plus and the other has iPhone 7 Plus (same as I do).

We actually pulled out our phones and did mini photo-shoots to compare the cameras. We snapped pictures of walls, bags, and anything else that was nearby. All of the pictures looked about the same but they stated they didn’t notice any difference in their camera. No one dared to take a selfie. Bad hair days and such. I was so confused that I actually updated my  Facebook status  and asked my friends if they noticed anything different with their iPhone cameras! Only one person thought the camera changed but others argued that it hadn’t.

I took another selfie without makeup and OMG! Now that’s some good stuff! Any time your foundation can convince you that your camera has been secretly updated — you know you have some good stuff. I can’t believe how amazing the coverage can be. Instead of just talking about it, I wanted to show you. All pictures are untouched and unedited. I even included a picture from today with absolutely no makeup (don’t judge me).

No makeup (ewwwww):

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The best darn foundation ever (about 5 hours since applied):

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The makeup routine:

1: Cleansed with Anew Clean Refining Daily Scrub – love this stuff

2. Moisturized* with nutraeffects Balance Day Cream SPF 15 – designed for people with oily or combination skin. First time using it. Official opinion coming soon.

3. Applied Flawless Liquid Foundation – applied with beauty sponge

4. Set it with Flawless Loose Powder – just lightly dusted with large powder brush

5. Created brows with Glimmersticks Brow Definer

6. Masked the lashes in SuperExtend Nourishing Mascara

7. Puckered up with mark. Lipclick Matte Full Color Lipstick in Starlet

8. Applied blush

9. Finished it off with Makeup Setting Spray – this is the original formula, not the True Color Makeup Setting Spray. The packaging itself makes me want to scream as it looks so beautiful! Can’t wait to try it.

* Note: I skipped my MagiX Face Perfector as I wanted to try out the new mattifying moisturizer and wanted to see if it really works. I’ll try to pair both together soon and see how they work together.

Needless to say, I love it! I didn’t want to look too made up and it was perfect. You can build it to your liking and it still feels very lightweight. And the best part about all of this? It’s currently on sale for $8.99! So if you’re interested, click the pic below to pick up your bottle.

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Avon True Color Flawless Liquid Foundation

Lip Gloss Haul and Swatch

Lip Gloss Haul and Swatch
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Avon Lip Gloss Haul

Hi, my name is Natalie and I have a problem. I’m beginning to realize that. You see the picture above? Yea, that’s not part of a collection acquired over time. That was all purchased at the click of a button, probably 30 seconds between each click. My mom mentioned that she was looking for peach lipsticks and it reminded me that I needed to prepare for spring.

 

To be clear, I’m more of a lip gloss girl than lipstick. I have my few fave lippies but I really LOVE lip gloss 🙂 It’s an old habit that I just can’t shake. I remember the old school lip glosses from the ’90s with the glass tube and roller ball (ugh, I’m showing my age). Yes, I’m that girl — the girl that had every flavor and my favorite one — orange!!!

For the most part, I really feel like I can wear any of these glosses any day of the week. So I’m just throwing them all in my purse and when my lips get dry, I’ll just pull out one from my bag like Barney and apply 🙂

With the average “good” lip gloss costing anywhere between $20-24, you are in for a real surprise when you see what’s below! I’ve outlined each product but scroll down for the actual swatches. Yea, I swatched lip glosses. I couldn’t help myself 🙂

I’ll be reviewing each product from left to right. The prices on the right are current sales prices and subject to change. One thing I really love about this company is that the deals come around so often and even without the deal, it’s still reasonably priced. Hey! I’m a woman on a budget 🙂

Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Mellow Melon – $5.99

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Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick in Mellow Melon

In Campaign 5, 2017, Avon announced that it decided to upgrade the formulas on it’s current lipsticks and even changed the packaging to include “True Color.” True Color Technology is what Avon promises, for those of us apprehensive online shoppers, “the product you see is the product you get.” The Avon True Color Nourishing Lipstick is actually a new addition to the makeup line and not an upgraded formula for an existing product. This lipstick is infused with jojoba oil, vitamin E, collagen and lanolin. Click here to see all 10 shades swatched. 

It is truly moisturizing and feels good on the lips. I didn’t feel as though it weighed my lips down and really didn’t notice it while applied. It’s very pigmented. It actually reminded me of one of my higher-end brands that I wear around spring of every year.  I couldn’t wear all of Avon’s lipsticks due to some ingredients that felt like wax. They actually had a burning sensation that I couldn’t stand. As soon as I applied the lipstick, I took it off. I didn’t want them to puff and swell. It didn’t happen but I couldn’t take the risk of walking around like a blowfish.

The only exceptions to this were the Perfectly Matte lipsticks and Ultra Color Indulgence lipstick (replaced with Ultra Hydration Lip Color). These two lipsticks didn’t cause any reaction and the color pay off is amazing! Even with the matte formula, my lips seemed super moisturized and I never had any of the embarrassing scenes of cracked/chapped lips.

Final judgement: a definite must-buy. I was skeptical of purchasing more than one shade due to the aforementioned possible allergic reaction but now that I see that it doesn’t exist; the lipstick is pigmented and feels so good — I’d be a fool not to buy more!

For more information on the new product changes/replacements, click here for the complete guide.

Avon Ultra Glazewear Lip Gloss – $5.99

In all fairness, I’m already a purchaser of the Ultra Glazewear Lip Glosses but this is the first time that I’ve ever purchased the two shades above (Citrus Shine and Pale Peach). Prior to this purchase, I had about 4 shades of the Glazewear lip glosses (Iced Pink, Mocha Latte, Rich Brown, and Perfect Nude). I just recently acquired the Clear and Creamy Nude which should  be arriving in a couple of days (you’re beginning to see I have a problem, aren’t you?).

At any rate, I like the fact that this lip gloss is very lightweight. To put it simply, it is a very “clean” lip gloss. By clean, I mean that it isn’t heavy, it doesn’t stick and it’s not runny. You hardly notice that you are wearing any at all. The coverage is sheer but you can definitely tell that you’re wearing lip color. When I apply the Mocha Latte or Rich Brown, people ask what “lipstick” am I wearing (yes, it’s sheer coverage but noticeable).

Final judgement: I love this lip gloss. I feel it’s very appropriate for the workplace by adding a hint of femininity without being too aggressive/arrogant. It’s a nice, subtle touch. Perfect for no makeup days and very “natural” days.

Avon True Color Glossy Tube Lip Gloss – $4.99

In comparison to the Ultra Glazewear Lip Gloss (listed above), I’d have to say this is “heavy duty.” The lip gloss seems slightly more heavy as it delivers more gloss and pigmentation. According to Avon, it’s infused with vitamins. Prior to today, I owned one shade of this lip gloss in a very pigmented pastel pink. It smelled like cotton candy 🙂

The Glossy Tube really does deliver when it says shine. I feel as though you can skate on this lip gloss. It’s not oily and doesn’t even contain oil. This lipstick puts me back in the mindset of “my lip gloss is popping.” This is truly a gloss for those that want to be seen and noticed, from a distance.

Final judgment: this is my absolute fave! Now remember, I am that girl that loves the roller ball lip gloss. What’s the point of wearing makeup if no one can notice it? Yep! That’s me! This lip gloss differently grabs attention and though it’s sheer coverage, it’s easily build-able.

mark. Glow Baby Glow Hook Up Lip Gloss – 2/$15 (other wise, $10 each)

The two things that I noticed about these lip glosses are the smell and the ability to “hook-up.” The lip glosses have a very soft candy-like scent. It’s not overpowering but noticeable. I love the idea of hook-ups as you can hook-up any mark. product and carry two products versus one. For example, you can attach your eyeliner to a lip gloss and have one solid piece versus fiddling through your purse for both products.

The consistency reminds me of the Glossy Tube Lip Gloss. Major differences would be the shades available, the applicator (tube vs doe foot applicator) and mark. seems to have more glitter/sparkly but other than that, it really comes down to a matter of personal preference. I can see myself using either.

Swatches: 

 

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If you would like to order, click here to go to the online Avon store.

Avon For the Love of Makeup Artist Palette: Preview, Review and Photos

Avon For the Love of Makeup Artist Palette: Preview, Review and Photos

Avon True Color For the Love of Makeup Artist Palette does not officially hit the brochures until Campaign 23, 2016; however, I was able to get my hands on this palette ahead of time and wanted to share my results with you — hence, the “preview” description. Though it doesn’t pop up in brochures for another 2-4 weeks, depending on where you’re located, it is exclusively available online right now! In the video above, I show the colors upfront. For today’s fall inspired look, I decided to use the new For the Love of Makeup Artist Palette (pics shown below).

This palette includes:

• 30 Eyeshadows (18 shimmer/metallic and 12 matte)

• 5 Lip Glosses

• 3 Powder Blushes

• 2 Powder Highlighters

• 1 Powder Contour

• 1 Dual-Ended Eye Applicator

• 1 Lip Applicator

• 1 Cheek Applicator

• Palette measures 4 3/4″ L x 7 1/2″ W x 3/4″ H

Overall: I’m very pleased with this palette. It’s very affordable — 41 products for $19.99. The creamy metallic eyeshadows are very smooth and easy to blend. The color payoff is good in relation to the price. My only concern is the light shade of contour. For women with darker complexions, this may not be one of the products that you use but still, a great product for the price.

Want to give the new palette a try? Click here to get your new Avon For the Love Of Makeup Artist Palette.

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Avon For the Love of Makeup Artist Palette: Fall Makeup Look

Products used from the For the Love of Makeup Artists Palette to create this look:

Fawn Contour

Bronze Highlight

Pearl Highlight

Peach Glow (blush)

Plum Radiance (blush)

Ginger Matte (eyeshadow)

Amethyst Metallic (eyeshadow)

Wine Shimmer (eyeshadow)

Rose Metallic (eyeshadow)

Gunmetal Shimmer (eyeshadow)

While on the Avon site, I noticed the metallic eyeshadows are on sale for $3.99! They go on like butter 🙂 If you’re only interested in getting the metallic shades, hurry. They’re limited time offer. Eyeshadows available in shades:

Rose Metallic

Copper Metallic

Plum Metallic 

Silver Metallic

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Avon Mega Metals Cream Eyeshadow

Buy Avon online now.

 

mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat Review

mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat Review

Just purchased the mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat in Bare All and I must say — it is an absolute must-have. It’s available in 8 different shades and offers both sheer-to-medium and medium-to-full coverage.

Sheer-to-medium coverage: mauvelous, terra hotta, bare all, baby me.
Medium-to-full coverage: razzmatazz, fired up, pop tart, coraltini.

• Increases lip moisture by 124%
• Infused with shea, cocoa and mango seed butters plus vitamin E
• Treats dry, rough lips
• Delivers color with buttery shine
• 0.10 oz. net wt.

Click here to get your mark. All Butter Now Lip Treat.