Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Palette Review and Swatches

Hey lovelies! I know it’s been a WHILE since my last post. I was busy moving and stressing and budgeting the last month and a half, but now that that’s all over with, I can get back on track! I … Continue reading

Wantable Makeup Box – August 2014 – Review

Hello Lovelies! I received my Wantable makeup subscription box about a week ago, but I’ve been really swamped with work and various other things going on, so I haven’t had time to post my review yet. I need to step up … Continue reading

Wantable Makeup Box July 2014 Review

Hello Lovelies!

I received my Wantable Makeup Subscription Box a little earlier than usual this month! Wantable is now using UPS Mail Innovations, which I have had good luck with in the past. My box was ordered on the 24th of June and arrived today, June 28th. I’m very impressed as the boxes last month took about a week to arrive. And getting the box early means I get to review earlier! Hooray!

A cute how-to guide for the perfect selfie!

A cute how-to guide for the perfect selfie!

The first thing I saw when I opened my box was this super cute how-to guide with tips on how to get the Picture Perfect Selfie! I thought this was a neat idea, but I miss my “Hello Gorgeous” style inserts. Also, the page was a bit too large for the box, so it’s wrinkled and torn in places.

My Loves List!

My Loves List!

I change up my loves list nearly every month, just to make sure I have a lot of variation in my boxes. This month, my loves included Fair Skin, Cool Tones, Eye Shadow, Bronzer, Lip Color and Tools. My likes were Complexion Products and Lash Product. My dislikes (where you’ll never receive anything from) was Warm Tones, Brows, Eyeliner, Highlighter, Blush and Nail Polish. Don’t get me wrong, I love just about everything on the list, but I’ve got to keep them on their toes!

Worth it!

Worth it!

Every Wantable box costs $40, or you can subscribe for $36 per month. This month’s box was worth a whopping $106.00! I received four items. Three were off my loves list, one was off my likes. And let me tell you right now, I loved my box this month. I’m not afraid to shout from the rooftops when something seems lackluster, but this was perfect for me. I’m absolutely in love with makeup brushes. I’m constantly purchasing new ones and trying them out. And this month, I received a makeup brush from Tarina Tarantino and one from Vincent Longo! I have some Vincent Longo products already from last month’s box, and I really have been impressed so far, so I’m really looking forward to trying out that brush. Tarina Tarantino though, I’ve never used. But I suppose that’s okay, because I got three products from her this month!

Tarina Tarantino #43 Pigment Brush

Tarina Tarantino #43 Pigment Brush

 My first item this month was a Tarina Tarantino Pigment Brush, #43. While I couldn’t find this individual brush on her website, it shows on my invoice as being a $25.00 retail value. It has very soft, synthetic bristles and a really cute pink design. The ferrule is a deeper shade of pink with a little bow accent in silver. It came in a small pink bag that closes in the back. I can always use a new all over shadow brush, and this one picks up colors quite well. It seemed to really hold onto the pigment that I dipped it into. This will be going into my everyday makeup brush roll!

Vincent Longo #37

Vincent Longo #37

The next item in my box, also a brush, is a Vincent Longo foundation brush, #37. This retails for $30.00 on the Vincent Longo website. It has long, soft, synthetic bristles and seems like it would evenly apply any liquid or cream face products. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I’ll definitely give it a shot! I normally use my Beauty Blender for foundation, but I’m always up for new things. I think the design of the brush is very sleek and well done. I love the Tifffany blue accents, and it seems sturdy and well-put together.

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash!

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash!

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash Wand

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash Wand

I’ve actually been in the market for a new mascara, so I was definitely happy to see the Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash Mascara in my box.  This mascara retails for $19.00 on the Tarina Tarantino website. While this was off of my likes list, I’m glad they included it! It’s a lovely, deep, true black. When it’s applied to your lashes, it can be very natural, but lengthening. You can build up the coats as well to make a more dramatic statement. The formula includes awesome ingredients like shea butter and jojoba oil, which are moisturizing and beneficial. And don’t even get me started on that amazing packaging! I love the gunmetal color, and it shimmers like a jewel. This will be going on my vanity to display!

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Palette

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette

This is probably my favorite item out of the entire box this month, the Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette. It retails on the website for $32.00. A gorgeous little compact with five shimmery shades, this is perfect for putting in your purse! The colors are all very pigmented and oh-so-soft. I think this will be amazing on my brown eyes! I can’t wait to do some purple looks this summer. The packaging is to die for, with little skull accents and a shimmery purple lid. It does feel a little light, so I’m worried about dropping it because I don’t think it would last. With how smooth the shadows are and how funky the packaging is, this is one palette I’ll be very careful with, because I want to have it for a long time.

Swatch - Natural Light

Swatch – Natural Light

Overall, I’m exceptionally happy with this month’s Wantable box. I will use every product in it regularly, with the exception of the foundation brush, but I’m sure I’ll find a use for that as well. I find foundation brushes like this, that are synthetic and soft, are excellent for applying face masques with. The full value of the box, as I mentioned above, was $106.00 USD. That’s $70.00 more than what I spent, and I got to try out some new products I may not have grabbed for myself!

I hope this review helped you out! Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are, and what you’d like to see next.

Until next time, beauties!

XoxoxoX

Brenna Bombshell

Mirabella Mineral Eyeshadow Duo – Review

Hey beauties!

A quick review and look of the day!

In my Wantable subscription box for May, I received an eyeshadow duo from Mirabella in the colors Titan and Haute. They’re a gorgeous, highly pigmented pair. Titan is an icy pale blue shade, and Haute is a deep matte blue. The colors complement each other quite well and I’ve been really happy with them so far. 

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I normally go with dark colors on my deep brown eyes, but sometimes you need to really shock with a blast of color. While I wouldn’t have chosen these two for myself, I’m glad they came in my box. One of the biggest reasons why I love subscription boxes is because they give me a chance to try new things that I normally wouldn’t purchase on my own. 

The pair come in a small, white, hard plastic container that clicks shut. The pans are magnetic, so you can remove them and replace them as you’d like. I think this is an amazing concept, as the amount of shadows I go through in singles in ridiculous, so I normally buy palettes instead to try and reduce waste. The duos go for $28.00 on the Mirabella website and there are currently two different sets to choose from (although you can always replace them with others). 

I found these had minimal fallout upon application, were very smooth both with and without a primer, and had excellent staying power. I left my makeup on for about six hours and the look never smudged or creased at all! It was as vibrant when I went to take it off as it was when I first applied. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that they were buttery smooth, but they weren’t chalky at all. It was a happy medium that left for clean application and a nice, lightweight feel on my lids. Sometimes after a few hours, I can feel like my eyes are suffocating under the weight of the dramatic looks I do, but not with these. 

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Verdict:

Packaging: 10/10 – I love that I don’t have to toss the whole package when I’ve finished, and I can continue using the same one and replacing colors as I finish them. The case snaps closed and won’t pop open, keeps your shadow safe, and since it holds two, it would be wonderful to travel with instead of bringing a whole palette or multiple singles. It’s very sturdy and has a small mirror inside to check for touch ups. 

Application: 8/10 – Soft enough to apply well, but not so much that they had crazy fallout, I was a big fan of the application of these. I will say that when you blend, these can blend completely into nothing. I always say that if you think you’ve blended enough, blend some more, but you do want to be careful with these or you’ll lose all color. 

Longevity: 10/10 – These lasted six hours on without smudging, fading or losing any of the vibrancy they had when I first applied. 

9.3/10

These are definitely an excellent purchase for anyone looking to add a bright pop of color to their daily look, or for a super intense eye. They blend easily and look great when used together or alone. Eyeliner applied over the top goes smoothly and doesn’t feather into the powder. I’d recommend these for just about anyone. With a white eye base, you could pull these off as bright as they are in the package, or go neutral for a softer outcome. 

I hope you enjoyed this super quick review and learned something new! Let me know what you thought and what you’d like to see next in the comments below, and be sure to subscribe to always be on top of what’s new and trending in the beautiful world of makeup and style!

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Medusa’s Makeup Review and Swatches

Hello beauties! I recently received a box of goodies from Medusa’s Make-Up, including several of their eye dusts, an eye shadow, a gel liner, a lipstick, a brush set and a makeup bag. Today’s review is going to focus on … Continue reading

Kat Von D – True Romance – Beethoven Palette Review and Swatches

Hello to the most wonderful fans and followers a blogger could hope for! After having wonderful success on my Facebook Page, I am responding to a poll, in which my readers are most interested in seeing a review done of … Continue reading