Product Review: Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette

Hello everyone and welcome to anther product review here at TCM! Today I’ll be covering a prestige purchase that I debated buying for a very long time! Anyone who’s been here for a while knows I love to save money with coupons, sales,etc. Therefore, buying a makeup palette FULL PRICE is a BFD in my world. That said, after doing a lot of research, I felt that the UD Moondust Palette would be a good purchase.

Swatches

Above you can see all of the palette shades, as well as the shades swatched on my arm!

First Impressions

To be fair, I’ve had this palette for maybe a month and a half now, so I’ve messed with it a bit already. I find all of the colors super duper pigmented which is great! Also, it is very opaque without a base color underneath which is a plus for me because I hate blending! I mean, I’ll do it, but it’s so much workkkk. I just wanna look cute and keep it moving. These shades make me feel like I’m on the set of Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century which is very trippy and fun at the same time.

My favorite shade is probably Lightyear because I’m trying really hard to incorporate more green into my daily look! Galaxy is a close second because it’s almost like a black with green glitter pressed into it and it’s so pretty! I definitely had to use a primer with these shades because without it the fallout is real yo! I tried them with both the UD Primer Potion and NYX Glitter Primer and I think NYX’s works better in this case.

Should I Buy the Moondust Palette?

Bottom Line: Yes, you should buy this palette. I get that glitter isn’t for everyone, but for those who do enjoy wearing it on at least a semi-regular basis, this is a great bang for your buck! Moondust shadows by themselves cost $21 and this palette is only $49. That means by buying the palette you get 8 colors for a little more than you would pay for 2 individual shadows. It must be noted, however, that the colors in the palette only contain .02 oz of product while the individuals contain .05 oz. Also, say you already own a couple individual shadows. There are a few colors exclusive to the palette that you could pick up as well.

Which swatch do you like the most? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Have a great day!

-Dymond M. <3

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After Christmas Sales 2016

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone! If you were one of the people celebrating a holiday that involved gift giving, you probably got a lot of cool stuff and maybe even a little cash to blow! Now that we’re done with the eggnog and Christmas dinner hangover, it’s time to get shopping! Below is a running list of some of the best after Christmas sales I could find. Stars next to the sale means I’ve shopped it personally! I’ll update them as best I can between now and New Year’s, and if you see one I haven’t, holla at me in the comments or on any of my socials @thechicmachine! Lastly, don’t forget to enter my epic anniversary giveaway!

Love ya!

-Dymond M. <3

Fashion/Accessories

***Best Sale I’ve Found So Far!! NYLON magazine’s shop is BOGO 50% off the whole store PLUS free shipping AND get an extra 15% off your total with code NYLON15. If you guys decide to buy something, here’s my referral link!***

*Hot Topic Hot Mess Clearance Sale : Tees & Tanks are $5.99 and $9.99 and everything else is 40% off online. In store, all dresses are 50% off and BOGO Free on everything else!

Kate Spade NY: 30% off Sale w/ promo code SPRINKLES

Olive and Frank: Put a bunch of jackets and tees on sale that aren’t normally. (These are the same people who made those Bad Girls club jackets you see all over tumblr and in this post)

Urban Outfitters: Extra 30% off sale
*ModCloth: Extra 30% off everything with promo code BOXITUP

Valfre: End of year sale! Up to 90% off some products, but almost everything is discounted.

Beauty

Elf Cosmetics: 50% off sitewide and free shipping at $25

Memebox: 5x points on all purchases and 10% off w/ promo code HOLIDAY10

Ulta: 3x points for regular members, 5x points for platinum members, lots of Hot Buys, and 5x points on Maybelline,NYX, and L’Oreal products!

Sephora: Lasy Hurrah Sale! Up t0 70% off of select products. Lots of great palettes and brush sets on sale!

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Product Review: The Glossier Black Tie Set (+Giveaway!)

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I’m a holiday junkie. My first indication that the holidays are here (besides the ever earlier Christmas music) are when stores begin releasing their holiday collections! I was very excited to see that Glossier was making the Black Tie Set and I bought 2 so if I really liked what was in it, they wouldn’t see out before I was able to get my hands on another one.

Alas, this may be the first time Glossier truly disappointed me with the products I received. But let’s start with the good first. Now the packaging was absolutely A1, which is standard for most Glossier products (looking at you Gen G!). They included a little booklet from their photo shoot at The Line which I thought was a nice touch.The box felt really sturdy and I loved that black ribbon at first sight. So far I’ve worn it as a headband and a long bow for my ponytail. Wearing it as a choker is next on my list and I’m hoping I’ll figure out more ways to wear it as I go.

Haloscope in Moonstone

I loved the new Haloscope shade! It has a glassy blue/purple glow that just differs from Quartz, and I think it’s far more radiant than either Quartz or Topaz. I posted a swatch video on my IG (@thechicmachine) if you want to see it in action. I think it compares to Milk Makeup’s holographic highlighter if you’re looking for a dupe.

#1 Eyeliner in Graphite

Now onto the rest of the collection. I think the #1 Eyeliner in Graphite disappointed me the most out of all of the products. The smudging sponge on the end of it is useful, but since it the color looked more like a charcoal than a black, it just didn’t look pigmented to me. It looked like I tried to wipe off my regular eyeliner and didn’t get it all. The application wasn’t very smooth either and by the end of the day, it just looked melted, even with an eye primer. Thumbs down, Glossier.

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The “Glossier Pink” Nail Polish

Great in theory, bad in execution. The color was perfect! But, the brush, in an effort to cover the whole nail in fewer swipes, was almost too big and didn’t hold a lot of product which led to an overall patchiness that I’m not a fan of. I subscribed to Julep Maven’s subscription box for a long time, and I’ve tried a LOT of nail polishes, and this one just didn’t meet standards. Maybe I just got a bad batch?

“Adult” Lip Gloss

Lastly, the lip gloss. I don’t wear lip gloss much, so I don’t have much to compare it to, but I don’t feel like this is a product I would’ve added in a holiday box? I know they’re trying to make it feel less juvenile, but I think it missed the mark. It’s very pretty, but I don’t think it belonged.

Happy Monday!

-Dymond M. <3

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Product Review: Updated Generation G Lipstick

Happy Monday everyone! I’ve had a crazy weekend between work, going to the state fair, and trying to catch up on a bunch of schoolwork and ambassador stuff. BUT I’m here and ready to start the week! When Glossier announced the 2 new Gen G lipsticks, I was obviously stoked. I can never have enough lipstick so I ordered both Zip and Leo along with restocking my Boy Brow stash and my Priming Moisturizer (Never can have enough of it!). I’ve actually ordered from all 3 batches of Gen G (You thought there were only 2??) and I wanted to point out some of the differences between the 3.

The first color I bought was Jam, just to see if I enjoyed the formula since I’m not much of a matte girl. The color payoff was nice, but I noted that the actual lipstick had gotten caught between the cap and the tube and was smudged onto it. It was pretty noticeable considering it was see through. I wrote back in my initial post that I felt that compared to all of their other products, the Gen G tube felt cheap and plastic-y.

A few months later, when all of the lipsticks restocked, I purchased Cake, Like, and Crush. The tube was a little less see through and felt firmer, but it still wasn’t the best it could’ve been. That’s why I was really glad to see the opaque tubes that make a definite “click” sound when the cap is closed. Now that’s improvement!

Cake was a disappointingly peachy nude lipstick which was another reason I was happy to try Leo! Personally, I don’t think the formula changed much from the original, but I didn’t have a problem with it before, so that’s okay! Would I call Leo my perfect nude? No. However, it actually shows up on my lips and is very flattering for my skin tone which is more than I could say for Cake. It’s a very pretty fall color as well, so this will go into regular rotation very soon!

As for Zip, I liked it, but it wasn’t my favorite. I love bold red lipstick, and I like to reapply to keep it as opaque as possible. Zip just made me feel like I had eaten a sandwich right after putting on one of my other reds. Not patchy, but just not pigmented enough. I guess that’s a personal opinion seeing “sheer” is in the description, but I think reds should always be loud and proud!

I’m really proud to see how Glossier has progressed over the last year, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next. Want your own Gen G Lipsticks? Don’t wait! These babies will sell out quick so get yours today!

Get Generation G Today!

Ciao!

-Dymond M. <3

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My Everyday Makeup Look

Even though I really enjoy the artistry behind makeup, on a day to day basis, I really don’t wear a lot. I want my makeup to be functional, look natural, and make me feel great! I want to wear the makeup and not have the makeup wear me. That’s why I love brands like Glossier who really embody those ideals. This post is a short look at my “natural” makeup look is sponsored by Glossier, though all opinions are my own. Let’s get started!

My everyday look has to be quick and easy so that if I’m rushing out of the door to school, or only have a few minutes in between classes, I can have it done ASAP. So on a normal day, I’m using 5 or less products!

real Techniques Powder Brush

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara 0.3 Oz

bareMinerals MATTE SPF 15 Foundation with Click, Lock, Go Sifter – Golden Dark

L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color, Blushing Harmony, 0.18 Fluid Ounce

Stretch Concealer

Boy Brow
Sometimes the two that get cut out are the foundation and concealer because I don’t wear them unless I really want to look put together. Luckily, I take care of my skin to a degree where I don’t need to wear it every day anyway! I do love the glow foundation and concealer give, however. It’s a great pick me up when your skin is feeling a little dull! Also, when picking an everyday lip color, make it the truest nude that you can find. Now, I have two toned lips which makes finding a lip color that matches both difficult. L’Oreal’s Color Rich in Blushing Harmony mixes both, but since it has a glossy finish, I always dab off the excess.

Makeup should be fun and effortless on all but the most glamorous of days, so make the most of it and find what’s right for you. Of course, giving your skin a good base by cleansing your face every day and taking good care of your skin makes great makeup easy to achieve . You all know I subscribe to the Glossier method, so you can find their full product list here.

I hope you all enjoyed my natural look post, and I will see you next week!

Happy FunDay!

-Dymond M.

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Product Review: Glossier’s Super Serums

Happy Monday everyone! No, this isn’t a rip-off of Captain America, but rather a product review for Glossier’s Super Serums that were launched a few weeks ago. Normally I only play around with skincare/beauty stuff for about a week before I write my reviews. However, I wanted to give these a little bit longer to try since they each have specific uses. I ordered the Super Pack which includes all three serums for $65.

I’ve never used serums alone before. I do have some experience with the serums and essences that my sheet masks come soaked in, so I figured this would be a similar sort of experience. The Supers packaging looks the best out of the Glossier range so far! They packaged each serum in a small glass bottle with a dropper and pale pink top! It looks and feels very luxurious which I find is great for the price point.

The instructions say to apply in between facial washing and moisturizing, and you’re only supposed to use each one ONCE per day. For each serum, I’ve applied two drops on each cheek and two on my forehead, so a little bit goes a long way.

I’ve been breaking out a lot recently, so I’ve been using Super Pure the most out of the three.  After two weeks, I don’t see much of an improvement in my skin, and I seem to have broken out even more. I haven’t been wearing any makeup the last week in order to give my skin time to breath,  and I’ve discontinued use to see if it goes away soon.

Super Glow is my current favorite! It’s vitamin C infused which is supposed to give your face a healthy glow when it’s looking a little dull. This one totally works for me! It has the most watery consistency of the three so I only apply one drop per cheek and one of the forehead. It definitely makes my skin look more glowy and less tired. I do have a time making sure it doesn’t roll off my face while I’m trying to pat it in, so I suggest tilting the head back for this one.


Super Bounce has been very helpful too! I’ve been fighting a cold for the last several days and I’ve had a Netflix date with my bed and Grey’s Anatomy. I just kinda felt like a stale piece of bread. Super Bounce restores elasticity to my skin and helps it feel very soft and smooth which is great for makeup application! Super Bounce is the thickest of the serums so I alternate between 1 or 2 drops on each cheek and only one on the forehead.

Although I’ll be taking a break from these to see if my breakout subsides, I really did enjoy using these serums! I highly recommend purchasing them in the pack because you save a full $19 by doing so. However, you can buy just one at $28 to try it out!

Also, apparently there was a glitch in the Glossier referral link system. Normally, referrals are supposed to cap off at 50 people (or $500), but it allowed me to refer about 300 people (or $3000) this year. They’ve fixed it, but I just wanted to give you a heads up that my 20% off link does still work! I just won’t start earning credit again until next year. That may mean fewer giveaways for now (sad face, I know), but thanks to you guys, I was able to donate $700 of that credit I earned to Rachel’s Ray of Hope, a local charity in my town. I hope to continue to donate in the future which means you have to keep using the link!

Cheers!

-Dymond M. <3Glossier

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Product Review: Covergirl Clean Matte Products

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had great weekends! About 2 weeks ago I had the epic pleasure of receiving my first VoxBox from Influenster! This box included a full sized BB Cream and Pressed Powder from Covergirl’s upcoming Clean Matte line. It also included one of their Colorlicious Oh Sugar! tinted balms to round out the look. I received my COVERGIRL Clean products complimentary from Influenster. Although I got these products for free, all opinions are my own. Let’s get started!

First up was the heavy hitter of the box, the Clean Matte BB Cream. I normally go for more dewy makeup products so I really haven’t tried much in the way of matte products. I ordered my box in the darkest shade, 560 Deep, which was a pretty good match. My only color complaint is that the yellow undertones are very prominent in this formula, making me a tad bit lighter than I am in reality. The cream was very easy to spread (I used a basic sponge to apply) and I think it blends well. Just be careful to blend all the way around the chin and neck because if it isn’t blended completely, it will leave a noticeable line.

I was impressed with how quickly it turned from liquid to matte, and I don’t think it compromised my personal look any. However, for those who wear glasses (i.e. ME) be careful not to apply much product where your glasses sit on the bridge of your nose. It will return to liquid after application and start sliding and smudging and overall being gross. This was without the use of a setting spray, so I can’t determine yet if it would be better with one.

 

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Look Ma, No Filter!

I really liked the Clean Matte Pressed Powder! I felt like I could wear the powder alone with a decent amount of coverage and it’s also very matte, but not drying! Also, the powder didn’t have a tendency of melting like the cream did. The compact that the powder is in does include a mirror which is always a plus, but I always seem to have trouble getting it to click shut which results in it flipping open at inopportune moments. I don’t like that when the compact is open it can’t hold itself up and instead falls open. Not very helpful when my hands are full. It does include a puff applicator, but no finger strap, so I would replace it ASAP.

Lastly, the Colorlicious Oh Sugar Balm was meh at best. It had melted out of the tube when I first opened the box, but I was able to put it back in. I received the shade Candy, and the color payoff is pretty great, but it smells like straight sugar with a little bit of vanilla flavoring. And after my Butter London Lippy Lipstick smelled like the world’s greatest bakery, this just can’t compete.

I had a great time reviewing these products and I can’t wait to try out more products through Influenster! I enjoy trying new products, so if there is something you’d really like me to try out, let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to get it done!

Have a great week!

-Dymond M. <3

 

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Ulta's 21 Days of Beauty 2016!

Guys, it’s that time of year again! Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty will be back September 4th and there are some super great deals this time around! I’m excited because with the new Ulta opening in the next town over, I can finally check out the Benefit Brow Bar promotions! They also have a Clinique bar and a whole section dedicated to Lancome which I could only find online before. I’m going to be purchasing the Urban Decay Revolution Lipgloss in Vice because when I tried it on yesterday at the Grand Opening, I fell in love with it, and with my $5 off coupon it’ll be down to $6! And with my double birthday points next month, I’m going to try and rack up all throughout this sale. What will you guys be buying? Let me know!

Happy Sunday!

-Dymond <3

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Cosmetics Lust List #1

Cosmetics Lust List #1

Julep facial mask
nordstrom.com

Urban decay eyeshadow
urbandecay.com

NYX makeup primer
$10 – selfridges.com


This list of cosmetics products dropping into stores this fall (or that already have) that I’m super excited for and want them SO BAD! Includes Julep which is FINALLY getting into Ulta as two super cool sets including the Night Shift Sleeping Mask which is my absolute fave for bed! Also, Maybelline has released another nudes palette with NEONS! Time to let my 14-year-old self loose with the blue eyeshadow! It could be considered a dupe for the Urban Decay Moondust Shadow palette, but this one seems to have more shimmer to it! OF course to make that shimmer stick, I’ll need some glitter primer. NYX’s has gotten so popular in the last 2 months that it’s sold out in most store and can only be found online at NYX’s site or Ulta’s. Ugh. I’ve been trying to find some dupes for it, so I’ll let you know if I do. I hope everyone’s week is getting off to a great start!

Happy Sunday!

-Dymond M. <3

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Product Review: TONY MOLY Bubble Mask Sheet

Hello, dear readers! Happy Saturday! I made it through my first week of senior year and I must say, I’m thoroughly unimpressed. Oh well. Another thing I was unimpressed with was this mask. No! A mask I didn’t like? I’m sorry to say it’s true. But before I explain, let’s let Justin from the Asian Beauty blog Juskin break down the ingredients in this mask!


Irritants

Cocamidopropyl Betaine: This ingredient is derived from coconut oil, and has multiple functions. It is able to work as a surfactant, allowing the product to be washed away easily if needed.  Cocamidopropyl Betaine can also be used as an emulsifier, stopping other ingredients in the product from separating. In doing so, it thickens the formulation and reduces irritation from other ingredients in the product. This ingredient also allows the product to foam and provides some light moisture to the area applied.  This product is listed as an irritant because it can worsen dermatitis & eczema conditions with repeated use.

Phenoxyethanol: Is used for its antibacterial properties, and as a preservative in skincare/cosmetics. This ingredient has side effects if the dosage is high in products. However, is non–toxic when applied on a dermal route (the skin). This product is considered an irritant because it can cause severe discomfort to the human body if ingested. This is sought of irritation is unlikely for cosmetics, as there is not enough Phenoxyethanol a product to cause such irritations.

Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract: This ingredient is a powerful antioxidant and has antibacterial properties. However, also has a fragrant component, possibly causing skin irritation.

Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract: Primarily used in cosmetics as fragrance, and has tiny antibacterial properties. Studies have shown Lavender Extract can cause cell death topically, and reduce collagen count over time.

Stars

Glycerin: Is found naturally topically on our skin, and helps our skin stay soft & supple. It ‘draws’ water from beneath our skin layers to the top. This will result in this ingredient treating dry skin conditions topically. However, when too much pure glycerin is added in a product, this can actually be negative for you. Needless to say, too much of pure glycerin will continue to take water from our layers underneath our skin, until it is dehydrated.

Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids: These amino acids are derived from apple juice. It allows the product to create a dense amount of foam/ lather.

Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether & Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether: This ingredient is the heart of Tony Moly’s Bubble Sheet Mask, and are commonly called perfluorocarbon. This ingredient bubbles up and supplies extra oxygen topically on the skin. The oxygen contained in the bubbles is then massaged into to skin. The idea behind this product is to replace the oxygen levels within our skin, because as we age our oxygen levels in our skin decreases. Oxygen gas is needed because it provides a useful function in producing collagen. Additionally, oxygen in our skin can help with killing bacteria, and help with anti-aging. However, scientific studies have shown that there isn’t enough oxygen in these ingredients to provide these benefits.


Well, Justin, despite all of the star ingredients in the Tony Moly Bubble Mask Sheet, I just couldn’t do it. The whole mess got started when I first pulled the mask out of the package. There was no sort of film or netting in between the folds of the mask to separate it, and while that may be fine for some of the thicker paper masks, for a thin charcoal mask that is coated in serum that begins turning into bubbles upon contact with oxygen and skin, time is imperative, and I just couldn’t unfold the darn thing!

It took me a full minute to get it onto my face and even once I get everything folded down, it was ridiculously oversized. I guess it thought I had Homer Simpson lips or something. Plus, the upper lip section kept sliding down onto my actual lip which was disgusting once the bubbles started forming. I let the bubbles form almost completely, but I eventually took it off after about 5 minutes for fear of accidentally ingesting the stuff. And to add insult to injury (or maybe the other way around) as soon as I took it off, my upper lip, under my eyes, and my eyelids (don’t even ask me how the bubbles got up there) began itching and tingling like crazy. I chucked it and washed my hands and face thoroughly!

I really hate I couldn’t like it. The fun factor is WAY up there! I mean bubbles for your face? It’s the Santa beard in the bathtub whenever you want! But in execution, I just wasn’t feeling it. However, thanks to a giveaway from @thevaintreasures I’m going to have 13 other sheet masks to try out for you guys, so stay tuned!  Also, don’t forget to go check out Justin’s blog and the last post he also contributed to! You won’t regret it!

Have an awesome weekend!

-Dymond M. <3

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