Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sevi Eco Vegan Minerals: Flower Powder Blush Review + Swatches

This past weekend I attended DC Vegfest: an annual vegan food celebration at Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.  Among the fantastic foods offered there, a few venders who sold vegan, cruelty-free cosmetics caught my eye.  I grabbed three of the Sevi flower powder blushes while I was there - they were only $4 a piece at the booth!



Like a lot of indie powder products, these blushes came in small sifter containers, and they each had 2.00 grams of product.  That's quite a lot for the price you're paying!


The colors I got were rose petal, pink heather, and peach blossom.  They are made of iron oxides, mica, vegetable lecithin, L-lysine, and they may contain zinc oxide.  They're also manufactured in the USA, which is a positive.


These are absolutely GORGEOUS in the container.  You can see that peach blossom has a little bit of glitter, while the other two don't.



Swatched on NW40 skin, no primer.  Left to right: Rose petal, pink healther, peach blossom.

Rose petal had fantastic color payoff and wonderful pigment - I will definitely be wearing this a lot in the winter.  Pink Heather, on the other hand, had a very iffy consistency and did not apply well.  It separated on my skin and did not have much color to it.  Peach blossom is easily my favorite out of the bunch - it's very true to color and looks lovely on the skin.  I can see this working for many different skin tones, at many different times of the year.

Rose Petal: 7.5/10
Pink Heather: 5/10
Peach blossom: 7.5/10

Sevi blushes normally retail for £13.49 pounds, but occasionally you can find booths that have them on sale, like I did at VegfestDC this year.  You can get them online here:  http://www.carefreebeauty.eu/face/sevi-mineral-blush

Will you be picking these up?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette: Review + Swatches

I am enamored with the Urban Decay Fall 2013 collection, particularly the Vice 2 Palette.  I found myself passing over the original Vice last year, but the Vice 2's collection of jewel tones and deeper colors drew me in.

The packaging is very sturdy, and rather slim.  It's only about half an inch thicker than the original UD Naked palette, and about twice as wide.



The packaging is a mixture of plum, fuschia, and gray colors. How pretty!


The palette contains a good-sized mirror that stays open on its own. 



The Vice 2 is mostly shimmer, but contains three matte shades (X-rated, Habit, Rewind) for a total of 20 shadows.  It's a fantastic mixture of deep, bright, and neutral tones to suit any occasion.  My personal favorite colors are Madness, Voodoo, and Damaged.




It also includes this double-ended, synthetic brush.  I found the blending side a little difficult to work with, but the synthetic bristles on the "paddle" side did a good job of depositing product without absorbing it.  The fibers feel a bit like plastic.

Swatches here are done on NW40 skin without primer:



Left to right:  Smokeout, Lovesick, Shellshock, Coax, X-Rated


Prank, Madness, Strike, Stash, Poison


Radar, Damaged, Voodoo, Betrayal, Derailed


Dope, Toxic, Habit, Ambush, Rewind

Overall, I give this palette an 8/10 rating.  The shadows are wonderfully pigmented, and the packaging is practical and sturdy.  The only minor issue I have is the brush, but it's won't be much of a problem if you switch it out for one of your favorites.

The Vice 2 Palette retails for $59 and is available at Sephora, Ulta, and UrbanDecay.com.  Will you be picking it up for the holiday season?

NW40 Color Matches!



It can be a real pain finding a matching foundation color, and I'm no stranger to hunting through department stores in search of that HG foundation.  My criteria:

* Must match my skintone, obviously
*Has a natural looking finish
*Long lasting
*Cruelty free. ***
I haven't found my perfect match yet, but here are some swatches of the process thus far.




Top row, from left to right: Revlon Nearly Naked in 240 Toast, Revlon Colorstay in 360 Golden Caramel, MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation in NW40, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour full coverage foundation in Tan-Deep, NARS Tinted Moisturizer in Groenland. Bottom Row: Dior Hydra Life BB Creme (unknown color), Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream in W15, Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream in Medium, Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in 5.5 Warm Honey, Tarte Amazonian Clay pressed mineral powder in Honey.



From top to bottom: Revlon Nearly Naked in 240 Toast, Revlon Colorstay in 360 Golden Caramel, MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation in NW40, Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour full coverage foundation in Tan-Deep, NARS Tinted Moisturizer in Groenland.



Top to bottom: Dior Hydra Life BB Creme (unknown color), Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream in W15, Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream in Medium, Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in 5.5 Warm Honey, Tarte Amazonian Clay pressed mineral powder in Honey.

*** Several of these brands have changed their cruelty free status recently.  The only two on this list that remain cruelty free as of today are NARS and Tarte!  Thus, I won't be repurchasing any of the others.