Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop Face Palette Review + Swatches

Welcome back everyone! :) I am sooooo excited! So, a little story on how exactly I obtained this palette. My phones wifi has been a little messed up lately and so I was kind of bummed out knowing that I was going to be at work with no wifi. Lucky little me, the collection launched at EXACTLY when my first break at work started and one of my coworkers was sweet enough to let me borrow her phone so I could place my order with Sephora during my break ( yeah, I can be a little enthusiastic about makeup). If she hadn't let me used her phone, I would not have been able to get my hands on this, so a big shoutout to Gisell! Thanks girl! <3

Love or hate Jaclyn Hill, it doesn't really matter because the girl is doing so much to better herself and spread her joy and passion of makeup. I personally love her and have a lot of respect for her as both a woman and a makeup artist. I remember subscribing to her a couple years back when she came out with a MAC STARTER KIT video and right off the bat, I found her so helpful and informative that it just really made me want to learn more from her. Learned from her I did! Anyways, I just want to say congratulations Jaclyn! You have come so far and I know you will get even further with that passion of yours and hard work!
I was really excited to get this and I was lucky enough to do so. This was the one item I wanted to get my hands on. The packaging is so beautiful!

This palette is limited edition, retails for $52 and comes with three blushes and two highlighters. This is exclusive to Sephora and comes with a total amount of product of 0.72 oz.
-ROSE SPRITZ: (blush)- midtone neutral pink with loads of gold shimmer
-AMARETTO: (blush/bronzer)- Warm, midtone satin caramel with rose undertones
-PAMPLEMOUSSE: (blush)- deep, satin coral that leans pink/ grapefruit pink
-CHAMPAGNE POP: (highlighter)- a neutral, champagne with peach undertones
-PROSECCO POP (highlighter)- soft, warm yellow gold

I did want to compare the other two Becca highlighters that I own
I did notice a difference in texture of the highlighters in the palette to the single highlighters I already own. Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop felt slightly more dry especially when I compared them to my Opal and Moonstone. One thing you should know right off the bat of Becca's highlighters is that although they are powders, the texture they have is phenomenally smooth and creamy which really gives them a buttery feel. Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop lacked that buttery texture.They were still soft however, and applied well onto skin.

Overall, this is such a great palette. I am really glad I was able to get this palette. The blushes are really, really good and super pigmented! I have heard some people say they can use Amaretto as a bronzer color which I would definitely agree that on some skin tones, it would work as a great warm toned bronzer. On me personally, (maybe because I am a warm very light toned?) the red/warmth in Amaretto really shows up when I applied to my skin and it looks more like a blush than a bronzer. Nonetheless, it is a very universally neutral friendly blush. I love the highlighters. I felt Champagne Pop was borderline a good shade for my skintone ( Estee Lauder Bone foundation) without looking too dark. I find Opal is too dark and Moonstone is a great highlighter for me for reference. I can use Champagne Pop for other facial areas such as the Cupids Bow and around the eyes. I personally preferred Prosecco Pop for my skin tone. It's sooooo gorgeous! Is it the most original shade of highlighter? No. But the shimmer is just perfect and great for many warm toned skintones :) The application of all the powders was blendable and very pigmented

It also comes with a really good face mirror that is great for traveling. Speaking of traveling, I love how sturdy this palette feels. It just feels really compact. :) One thing that I was like, "Really?", was the little plastic film with the names of the products. I looked at it, thought it was so cute and threw it away. I never keep those but thankfully the names of the blushes and highlighters are on the back of the palette. I do wish they had printed the names inside of the palette rather than on the back but I'm okay with the names on the palette somewhere so it's okay! :)

This will launch in stores June 16 :)

-awesome value
-collectors item
-very sturdy packaging
-great mirror
-travel friendly
-very pigmented powders
-good quality powders
-good variety and universally friendly
-cruelty free

-Limited edition (currently sold out)
-slight formula difference between highlighters in palette and single highlighters
-No names inside of palette ( However, there are names on back of palette)

Thank you so much for stopping! Hope you guys are having a wonderful week and let me know if this face palette is something you have been wanting or if you were able to pick it up and if you are liking it or not. Any questions, comments or concerns please contact me :)

Getting my highlight on fleek,
Wicked Honey Bee

Monday, May 30, 2016

A Calling for Chroma: Even in the Saddest of Times

I really like how this photo is slightly dreary with a very cool toned background but also has a dash of bright yellow. In addition, you also get the complimentary colors blue and orange which really helps contrast the colors.

I actually have a mustard colored cardigan in my closet that I haven't worn in a while. This definitely inspires me to pull it out and give it some love! :)

What colors have been inspiring your life lately? Thank you for stopping by and may we always appreciate and remember those who gave their lives for us in the line of fire. Service men, women and animals alike. Thank you. I can never have the courage or strength you do.

Much love,
Wicked Honey Bee

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Nicole by O.P.I. Quick Dry Top Coat Review

Hey everyone! I hope you all have been doing well!
The weather here in California is sooo out of whack. One minute it's cold, the next it's sunny, then it's cloudy, then it's hot. Oh Em Gee. My fibro pain has not been at its full force but when the weather can be polar opposites, it can definitely take a toll on me. So cheers to an icy hot pack and a warm bed! Phew! Can't wait for my three day weekend to just rest!
Anyways, I am back with a review on a beauty item that is an essential to every nail art design. A top coat! This one here is Nicole by O.P.I.Quick Dry Top Coat and I picked it up at Ulta. It is a full sized clear top coat nail polish with 15 ml and retailed for $6.99.

Day 2 (Used Essie Butler Please and Ciate's Cookies N Cream underneath Quick Dry Top Coat)
This top coat was a no go for me. This is the second time I have used it and it chips within the second day. I have been better off simply not using this as a top coat because it almost feels like my nails chip faster when I do use this. I washed dishes, washed my hands, washed my hair, etc. the basic necessities of an average day and it couldn't last through that. There is no way this would last at my work! So unfortunately, I am on the hunt for a new top coat. Merp. :/ I would definitely say that if are a pretty hands on person, I would pass on this.

-shiny finish

-Chips within 2nd day
-does not protect nail design/polish

Have a great rest of the week! :)

Love always,
Wicked Honey Bee

Friday, May 20, 2016

My Back 2 MAC Reward of the day.... Fabby Lipstick

MAC Lipstick in Fabby
Hey beautifuls! It's been a while since I have been able to post and so much has happened in just a week. Very positive things but I've still been a busy bee nonetheless! However, I was able to pass by my local mall and turn in some Back 2 MAC products I needed to recycle.

For those who don't know what Back 2 MAC is, it's basically a recycling program for MOST of your empty MAC products. Once you reach 6 eligible items that you have finished or decide you don't want anymore, you can turn them in and get a free lipstick of you choice (some places can give you a free eyeshadow). The point of the Back 2 MAC program is that you recycle your plastic so MAC can recycle and reuse the plastic/packaging. I wish more companies would do this!

I was going back and forth between some lustre finishes but I ended up picking up this one. I do believe the trend of super matte lip looks is winding down and in turn a shimmery lipstick like Fabby is on the rise.
MAC Lipstick in Fabby
MAC Lipstick in Fabby
Fabby is a light to mid tone neutral pink with a gold frost finish. It's not overly frosty but it does have some shine to it that helps create some dimension to the lips. It's not particularly moisturizing but it's not incredibly dry either. Pigmentation is 8 out of 10. Overall, it's so pretty and cute! This normally retails for $17 with 3 grams of products.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have you ever received a free lipstick from the Back 2 MAC program? Have a great weekend everyone! <333

Any questions, comments or concerns, please let me know! :)

Wicked Honey Bee

Monday, May 9, 2016

Urban Decay Spectrum Palette Review + Swatches

Welcome back everyone! Hope you all have been doing great (well, at least okay for a Monday). I finally had some free time today and I thought I would review a little something that I have been personally loving lately.

The Urban Decay Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette retails for $55 and is limited edition. It comes with 15 full sized eyeshadows. Some shadows are exclusive, some are permanent and some are from older limited edition palettes. Each eyeshadow comes with 0.05oz.

Protest, Junkie, Deep End, Madness, Evidence, Prank, Omen, Flashback, Voodoo, Flatline, Bordello, Backlash, Daybreak, Burn, West
1. Protest- emerald green with gold shimmer
2. Junkie- true blue-green with multi dimensional shimmer and small glitter particles. My fave from the bunch!
3. Deep End- Aqua pool blue with shimmer finish
4. Madness-  midtone cerulean blue with shimmer finish
5. Evidence- Shimmery dark royal blue with black base
6. Prank- Deep, dark navy blue with floating blue shimmer
7. Omen- Sheer purple and pink duochrome
8. Flashback- Magenta with blue reflex
9.Voodoo- Dark eggplant with lilac shimmer and black base
10. Flatline- Shimmery beige with strong pink tones
11. Bordello- Blush pink with mauve undertones and shimmer finish
12. Backlash- Hot pink with shimmer finish
13. Daybreak- a soft rose gold with silver sparkle
14. Burn- Warm midtone brown with silver sparkle
15. West- Dark cool toned with some very settled plum undertones and a settled sheen.

So first of all, I love Urban Decay but I have been talking some smack on them with their last three previous palettes that I bought from them being their Naked Smokey, Vice LTD palette and Gwen Palette. Two of those had not so great (Smokey) to down right bad(Vice LTD) pigmentation and the other had nice (Gwen) pigmentation but was too basic for my own personal taste. All I can say with this palette is that my faith has been restored in Urban Decay's Palettes again. The pigmentation, the quality, the formula and the texture is ON POINT in this palette. Every single eyeshadow has that Urban Decay quality that I know and love while maintaining the awesome value that it is by coming in a palette. Assuming I did my math right, I basically paid $3.67 for each full sized eyeshadow.... O.o and really good quality UD shadows in fact! If you love jewel tones and shimmers this is the palette for you. I cannot get enough of the color selection and most importantly that Urban Decay formula. Personally, this is not a travel palette based on packaging, color selection and limited shadow finishes. There are no true mattes in this palette.

On a personal note, I am never one to use just ONE palette to create an eyelook. The only palette I can create an entire eyelook using just the shadows in the palette and be happy with the eyelook is the Urban Decay Pulp Fiction palette ( which is ammaaaazzzzing by the way if you like a dark, warm, neutral eye). Other than that ONE palette, I always use multiple palettes or singles to create eyelooks. That being said, I don't mind that this doesn't have a "transition", a black shadow or any other basic shadows needed to create a flawless eyelook as I always end up using some single or other palette to bring the whole eyelook together:) I use this palette the same way I would use the Urban Decay Electric palette (another great palette by the way), by using just one or two shades and then using some other shadow(s) that are not in that palette.
The packaging is beautiful and I have been using that mirror nonstop whenever I do my makeup. It's huge and lightweight at the same time. The eyeshadows can be removed from the box. The mirror or the top of the palette makes this palette not very safe for travel as it does not close snugly.

This is such a good deal. I have no problem with any of the shades. There are different finishes but no duds!

-soft, pigmented shadows
- 15 full sized eyeshadows
-very large mirror, perfect for the entire face
-great value, each shadow is roughly $3-$4 (regular retail price for full sized UD shadow is $18)

-Very beautiful packaging! Love the cutout design around the mirror as well as the UD gem logo
-Jewel tones

-Does not snap or lock closed/top will fall very easily if not careful/not travel friendly
-limited edition

Thank you for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week! :)
Wicked Honey Bee <3

Sunday, May 1, 2016

My trip to Universal Studios Hollywood Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

"Whether you come back by page or by the big screen Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home"- J.K. Rowling
Hey peeps! Welcome back! So, I have had an action packed Friday and I had to share it with you guys. If you follow my blog you may already know that visiting Hogwarts has been a goal for me this Spring. I have finally been able to visit it this Friday and omg, all I can say is I can't wait to go back!

It's been approximately 10 years since I last visited Universals Studios Hollywood. It's such a great place and magical in its own way. Ever since I heard that Harry Potter was going to be coming to Hollywood Universals Studios, I had to go again as soon as possible and so away I went!
  • Hi Buckbeak!<3
  • Butterbeer stand :) A must try if you ever visit Hogsmeade
  • It never snows in SoCal... we must be in Hogseade!
  • Hmmm... which wand to pick?
  • Chocolate Frogs! I thought I felt something jumping around in there
  • Hogwarts!!!
  • Where to? Hogwarts or Hogsmeade?
  • Honeydukes for those with a sweet tooth
It was BEAUTIFUL! It was of course packed with people but it was so amazing. I was able to pick up my Elder Wand ( or the Dumbledore wand) and picked up a butterbeer which were the two things I HAD to pick up! Let me tell you, the line for the butterbeer was looonnng but it was really good if you are into sweet drinks. I would say it's a combination of caramel and butterscotch. :) I wish we didn't have to leave but alas, earwax! Oh wait, ahem I meant to say, alas, I'll see you again soon Hogwarts!
  • So glad to see Waterworld is still at Universals! Those flames were HOT
  • Raptor on the loose!
  • Steven Spielbergs, movie director legend in case you didn't know, aircraft for one of his sets
  • The Simpsons ride was so funny!
  • That's the biggest guitar I have seen
  • Gorilla on the loose!
  • Walking the red carpet like a pro
The rest of Universals was great! We were able to get on almost all of the rides which included the action packed Transformers and the heart stopping Jurassic Park ride. If you recognize that plane wreck above, YES, that is from the actual Steven Spielbergs set from War of the Worlds and was also the music video set of Rihanna's and Nicki Minaj's "Fly".

Overall, I had a great time at Universals Studios. It's was really cool seeing so many people dressed up in wizards robes and so, so, so many other people with Harry Potter shirts, scarves and wands. It's amazing what Joanne Rowling did and this empire she created despite her obstacles when she first was trying to get The Sorcerers Stone published. Facing sexism, rejection and other personal obstacles in her life, she was able to create something so magical and touching. I will forever love her books and her determination. She is a true inspiration and I am just so happy for her!

If you are ever in SoCal, definitely check out Universals Studios. It is so fun there and maybe you will get lucky and see a celeb or two! ;)

Would you want to visit Hogwarts? Thank you for stopping by, I hope you also had a great Friday and great week!

Love always,
Wicked Honey Bee