Showing posts with label review. Show all posts
Showing posts with label review. Show all posts

Monday, February 03, 2014

Moment of Pride: La Femme Blushes in the Z Palette

Read below why I'm so proud of this palette and mini reviews of La Femme blushes and the Z Palette!

I've been a fan of the Z Palette system for a while--  sturdy casing with a magnetized, open space system for different sized makeup pans.   A definite must have when going to the trade shows! So perfect for your kit or personal makeup collection. I had one that I hadn't put to use, until I was going thru my stash, condensing it and trying to use up what I have. What better way to put my large, black Z Palette to use than to house my lovely collection of La Femme blushes in it!  This palette fit all 10 blushes!  The palette also came with thin, self adhesive, round magnets if you have cosmetics that aren't in a metal pan.  I didn't need them, but great to have!

I finally ordered my La Femme blushes from MakeupMania over the Spring of 2013 after stalking Devin's blog and Helena's blog aaannddd watching Tia work  her magic....using their purchases as guides.  At $3 per pan, what was taking me so long? I think I was apprehensive as I am with most online retailers when making my first purchase.  Once I received the blushes I wasn't disappointed.  These inexpensive, pigmented blushes pack a punch! MakeupMania shipped them in a decent amount of time.  I would definitely order from them again.  I didn't buy the 12 well palette that is designed for the blushes. so they sat in their shipping box for protection (they came as individual pans in little baggies in mini envelopes). The Z Palette was perfect for them!

I feel so proud of this palette. I wish I had done this before investing in my custom MAC blush palette.

I look at the colors and get excited for the possibilities!

Since Blogger refused to rotate my picture, I'll list the colors top to bottom, left row and right row:
Left Row-
Soft Beige
Flamingo Pink
Purple Passion

Right Row-
Golden Rose
Sunkissed Dawn
Golden Sunset
Check out my swatches here.   I hope to use the blushes soon in FOTD's!Do you have La Femme blushes?  What are your favorite blushes?

Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween 2012: Enchanted Queen Plus Size (by Leg Avenue)

This year was my first year really dressing up to go out for Halloween.  I usually get into Halloween for the kid, but this year I wanted to get in on the fun.  The last costume Halloween party I attended, my efforts were lackluster.  This time, I wanted to make a real effort! This will be a review of the costume, retailers and makeup!

I was trying to choose between a few costumes, but I ended up with my #3 choice that was available when I went to the store: Enchanted Queen/Enchantress Queen of Hearts.  I bought it from Party City and was able to try it on in the store.  A TIP that my friend Ro shared with me: Go in leggings and a tank.  Perfect!

Costume Sizing: I was worried that Leg Avenue's Plus Size Standard, 1x-2x would not fit; 3x-4x was barely available online.  Multiple sites gave different measurements and gave a range of size 14-20 for the 1x-2x.  That sounded sketchy for me.  I'm 18/1-2x/H cup. -__- *i really hope this helps someone, because I'm disclosing helluva lot only because I had the hardest time*

To my surprise, when I tried the costume on at the store, the costume fit comfortably over my minimal clothing.

2 pieces: dress and crown headband
Arms: sheer fabric with elastic band
Body: stretch material (some may feel more comfortable with a body shaper.  I didn't wear one.) I wore my tank under the dress so that I wouldn't show too much cleavage.
Skirt: fell comfortably below the buttocks.  (I don't have much junk in the trunk so it worked for me.)
Headband: It fit over my head with my locs!
When I saw the headband, I thought the plush toy crown was small.  In my pictures it looks bigger than I thought it would appear.

Party City: The store has a system of finding your costume by number on their wall OR calling the store with the item number.  You wait in line to tell the clerk which costume you want.  The clerk tells the stock room and you are sent to the back to retrieve the costume.  During the Halloween holiday, there are special limitations.  No returns after the 24th or whatever policy is running at the store; be sure to check! As a mass retailer, what one store doesn't have, another might.  If I hadn't found my costume at Party City, I would have ordered from  If you order, be sure to call in with the item number.  One person was impatient with me as I was going to put him on hold to get the number, but was advised to call back.  The next experience was perfect! The associate had my cart set up with discounts for when I was ready to call back (after making a decision, lol).  I would be able to identify the account with my email address.  Awesome, right?

Accessories:  I was able to get my matching sceptor, half gloves and makeup from Party City as well.  I opted for half gloves instead of long gloves.  I thought the half gloves were tres chic, but i forgot about my nails -__-  I wore the gloves anyway.  While  Party City offered the black and white striped tights by Leg Avenue that I'm wearing in the pictures below, I called numerous Party City locations as well as visited more and I could not find them any where.  I took a trip to a local costume shop and found them! It was the highlight of my day! Online, I saw that the stockings were offered in a 3x-4x size, but I couldn't find that in the store.  Luckily the plus size 1x-2x tights worked!  They came to my navel, but for assurance I actually like stockings and tights to come to my bra! =p.  I accentuated the skirt of my dress with a petticoat.  Again, it was tough to find a plus sized petticoat in the store (plenty online), so I bought a regular sized black one.  It worked, but a plus sized one would have eased my conscience.

Makeup:  I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for my makeup.  I just knew I'd be wearing a red lip.  Ro, helped me out again and said I should look at some MAC face charts.  Ace of hearts, FTW! It went perfectly with my costume!

I bought the costume makeup offered at Party City.  I will not do that any more.  I bought the white cream makeup in the tube and little crayon-like sticks with black, red, blue, white and green.  The white cream makeup wasn't as opaque as I wanted.  The crayon didn't dry or hold as I expected.  The red crayon didn't work well over the white paint.  I did may face for regular makeup and my dad did the ace of hearts card over my eye.  As an artist, he has a kit with different brushes and acrylic paint.  I asked him to pull out the acrylic paint for patch work.  I added some white to sparse areas of the card.  He put some red on the hearts that weren't defined.  For the black, we used Maybelline gel liner.  Next time, I will use a color wheel by Ben Nye or some professional costume makeup from the costume shop here in town.

What I used: Outside of the card, (thanks, Dad!) I used my normal foundations (MAC matchmaster and prolong wear mixed) set with careblend bronzing powder.  I did a black smoky eye (based with Maybelline's 24 hour tattoo Bad to the Bronze and top with Milani's Liquif'Eye liner in  black and blended.  My lips were outlined and shaded in using Nars' Jungle Red lip liner.

(Another party-goer pimp, 2 chainz or a king.. IDK.. and me!)

I think everything turned out well!  I'm plotting on my next costume... A can-can girl!  (I want to get in on post season sales ;))  What will you be for Halloween?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

MAC Hidden Treasure Blush vs Black Radiance Warm Berry Artisan Color Baked Blush

I bought MAC's Hidden Treasure blush (Style Seeker collection, August 2012) I couldn't help but think that I bought a more expensive version of a blush I'd been avoiding, Black Radiance Warm Berry Blush. I only avoided this blush because I have at least four of the other Artisan Color Baked blushes. I didn't need another. Well, now I have both and I wanted to compare them to settle my mind and to share with you guys!

 Check below for swatches and more!

MAC Hidden Treasure blush:
"Rich, burnt red"
.21oz, $20
Subtle, pink sheen

Black Radiance Warm Berry Artisan Color Baked blush
Strong, deep red
.1oz, $4.99
Little, no sheen

In the pan, MAC's HT looks lighter than the Warm Berry.  The sheen brightens it up.  However, HT is a bit deeper in that it leans browner compared to Warm Berry.  Warm Berry has a burnt red look, but  more pink is mixed in the base so it looks more true red when compared to HT. 

Both blushes are amazingly pigmented, but I think the sheen in HT make it more friendly on different skin tones.  Warm Berry may be a bit harder to use, but my experience with the new Black Radiance baked blushes versus their old matte blushes, they are much easier to use.  You should use both with caution and with a fluffy brush, stippling/skunk brush or fan brush.

Do you have this blush??  What do you think of it??