Friday, July 22, 2016

The Highlight Tag! // Ten Questions

Hey everyone! I'm back here in my happy place! Phew! So it's been a little difficult for me to keep up with the beauty world as of lately buuut I was able to see a new tag called the highlight tag! Very similar to the blush tag.

I don't think I have done a Tag yet so this is exciting for me :)

So lets give this a go shall we?

1. BEST PACKAGING: Becca x Jaclyn Hill Face Palette // Just look at it. It's so beautiful with a luxurious look and feel to it.

2. BEST NATURAL HIGHLIGHT: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette //The middle shade Incandescent Light is the most perfect natural highlight in existance. It's soft and formula is spot on.

3. BEST GOING OUT HIGHLIGHT: Becca Prosecco Palette // Because nothing speaks BAM! like a gold highlight.

4. REGRET PURCHASING: Colourpop Butterfly Beach // It's beautiful but I think I prefer powder highlights. If you prefer creams, this would work better for you. It's also too dark for my skin. Nothing wrong with it, it just doesn't work for me :)


5. FAVORITE BRAND: MAC // These aren't too shimmery like the Becca highlighters. I would say these are more an irridescent shimmer so your skin looks almost as if it's glowing.


6. MOST USED: MAC Mineralize SkinFinish in A Perfect Topping // A truly perfect name for my perfect go to highlight. Beats my Becca collection. It just GLOWS, baby!

7. LEAST USED: Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Highlight in Aura // This is absolutely gorgeous. Even though it's suited more for a cool toned individual, I still like it a lot. I do however, find it kind of difficult to wear since it is so pink and cool toned.

8. MOST EXPENSIVE: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal // Hi Becca!
9. LEAST EXPENSIVE (pictured above): ELF Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls // Hi ELF!

10. WHO DO YOU TAG? I tag you all! Yes, you, the one reading this! I would love to know what your Highlight Tag looks like! :) Please let me know if you if you decide to do a Highlight Tag or comment down in the comments down below :)

I don't have a huge highlight collection but I do feel like I have a well rounded collection of  Highlights. Thank you guys for stopping by! Have a great and safe weekend!

Peace,
Wicked Honey Bee

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Eye of the Day: She-Devil

Hi everyone! :) Today I thought I would share with you guys an eye look that I was messing around with today. I literally had no idea what I was doing or what I wanted to do and it just kind of came out like this... which I'm okay with because I really like how it came out! :) I will definitely be using some more liquid lipsticks as eyeliners.

The burgundy eyeliner is surprisingly really, REALLY easy to for anyone to use even if you don't like working too much with crazy colors. It's dark enough where it doesn't look too crazy on the eye but you can still tell it's not your basic black. (It's a badass color for the upcoming Fall)  It would be really cool to try out KVD's Exorcism with some more neutral eyeshadow shades. Will definitely be experimenting with that!:)

ITEMS USED:
-MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre all over lid as primer
- NARS Scorching Sun Duo (matte shade on left) as a transition shade
-Urban Decay Electric Palette Slowburn as crease color
-Urban Decay Electric Palette Savage blended into crease and all over lid
-MAC Electric Cool Shadow in Gilded Thrill in the center of the eyelid
-Anastasia Beverly Hills Love Letter in outer crease, inner crease and right inside the crease for a halo effect
-Anastasia Beverly Hills Love Letter on lower lashline
-Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Exorcism as Eyeliner
-Benefit They're Real mascara
-Anastasia Beverly Hills Tempera as browbone

Hope you guys enjoyed this look! :)

Peace to all,
Wicked Honey Bee

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Kat Von D Serpentina Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches

Kat Von D Serpentina Palette ( modeled by my nephew, a ball python named Butters; He's sooo adorable<3)
S-s-s-s-s-alutations everyone! Okay I'm sorry lol I was trying to get into the whole Serpentina spirit here and I don't think my parseltongue *wink, wink* (harry potter reference) form of snake speaking is spot on but nonetheless-s-s-s-s, I am s-s-s-s-uper excited to share with you guys my thoughts on the new Kat Von D Serpentina Eyeshadow palette! S-s-s-s-s-s-o cool!... okay, seriously I'm done now. lol  :)

I have been so excited for the release of this palette since last year when Kat was barely unveiling her first sketches of the Serpentina palette. So shall we look inside? Oh! and say hi to my nephew Butters! He helped me out today by modeling the palette! :)

MINI RANT: I have to say this simply because this is my blog and I believe in respect towards others and towards oneself. I am not the kind of person that doesn't NOT leave negative reviews. Oh yes, I will leave negative reviews. I fully support being open and honest about a products flaws BUT I also believe in respecting a company and giving constructive feedback. It's called being honest with mercy. That's my motto and that's something I always try to keep in mind whenever I have something negative to say about a lot of things actually. My problem is don't be that person that goes and writes a bad review on a product only to say how mad you are you weren't able to get the product. I saw a couple of reviews on Sephora's website under the Serpentina palette which claimed a one star because the website crashed and they weren't able to get the product. That's not a review... that's a complaint on a different matter! That's not fair to the product or to any other customers that want to purchase that palette. It's called a "product review" not a "complaint center". It's immature stuff like that that I feel has put strain on the beauty community recently. Don't be that person! RANT OVER.

This is Timmy! My other nephew and he is a Boa!
This is a limited edition palette that comes with 8 pressed full sized KVD shadows and one loose pigment for a total of 9 different eyeshadows. This retails for $45 and is exclusive to Sephora and KatVon D

BLOODMILK: a warm toned, dirty rusted red with a matte finish
MEDUSA: dirty warm, medium bronze with a shimmer finish
ANKH: a warm, very dark espresso brown with plum undertones and a lot of fine gold glitter
QUEEN: a maroon with a silky shimmery finish
HIEROGLYPH: warm copper orange with a shimmer finish
NILE: a very vibrant cobalt blue with a shimmer finish
SCARAB: a forest green, emerald with a shimmer finish
VENOM: a smokey midtone amethyst with a matte finish
PROPHET (Loose Eyeshadow): a very yellow based gold with a very faint green tint to it and a metallic finish
Prophet is a removable shade
All I can say is that this is a damn good palette. All of the shimmery shades were perfected. Smooth, creamy, super pigmented and easy to blend. Bloodmilk and Venom had a drier texture than the shimmery shades but were formulated the same as the shadows from the Shade Light Eye palette. So if you are familiar with Kat Von D's eyeshadows, you know that they do have a slightly drier texture than many matte eyeshadows in the market BUT they are super soft and super easy to blend. To be quite frank, KVD matte shades are my favorite matte shades in the market and these didn't let me down. The loose pigment was beautiful as well. It didn't need a fluid like MAC Fix Plus to help adhere to the skin. It worked just fine without it and there wasn't too much fallout. Just like the pressed shadows , the loose pigment was also very pigmented and smooth. This is definitely a jewel toned palette with a good mix of warm and cool toned shades. The most unique color would have to Bloodmilk.

The packaging is pretty neat but I do have a complaint about it. The mirror is too small and since the packaging is more shaped like a box instead of flat like most eyeshadow palettes are, it does present a bit of a difficulty for me. It just doesn't feel very comfortable in the hand. When I was testing some of the eyeshadows out on my eyes, I did end up just using a compact mirror to finish.

I did end up busting out my Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix Palette because I spotted some VERY similar shades... and I actually did find one where it's a dupe. Like I can't tell the difference at all. Let's take a closer look:
 Hieroglyph and Harpsichord are exactly the same. I couldn't tell the difference between them at all. Neither in the formula nor the color. So just be aware that there is a repeated color from the Mi Vida Loca Remix palette.The other two that I found that were similar were not exactly the same. Queen is browner while Rewind is redder. Scarab shifted more blue while Lemmy is a truer emerald green. I personally am never really a fan of repeated colors with a change in name. Although in this case, it might be a good thing considering the Mi Vida Loca Remix was limited edition and is no longer available.

If you get the chance to get this palette, just get it. Don't hesitate. You can use some of the brighter or more lively colors on the lower lash line. The point is... the formula on this thing is fantastic.

PROS:
-vegan
-cruelty free
-great value $5 per shadow
-creamy, easy to blend, pigmented shadows

CONS
-limited edition
-very small mirror/ difficult to use
-repeated color from the Mi Vida Loca Remix palette

Hope you guys found this helpful! Any questions, concerns or comments, please feel free to let me know and I will get back to you as soon as possible! Thank you! Time to walk like an Egyptian to bed!

Peace,
Wicked Honey Bee

Sunday, July 3, 2016

BzzAgent Buzz: NEW Loreal Pure Clay Masks in Exfoliate & Refine Red Algae, Purify & Mattify Eucalyptus, Detox and Brighten Charcoal*


Hi everyone, long time no see! June has been such a hectic and stressful month for me. I was kind of thinking it was gonna be all lovey dovey with birds chirping and butterflies fluttering about. NOPE! Not the case. I have been busy juggling a part time job with a full time school PLUS my fibromyalgia has been misbehaving a bit which really makes things harder for me. BUT I am back :)

So today I have a review, a little different than the others that I have done. These products were sent to me by BzzAgent for review purposes. If you don't know exactly what BzzAgent is, BzzAgent is an online website that sends you free products to try in exchange for honest, thorough feedback. In order to qualify for products to review, you need to fill out surveys and be active with their activities. It's a pretty easy website to navigate through and I highly recommend you sign up with them!

So I was sent these three clay face masks. These masks are from L'oreal and they are new on the market. They each retail for $12.99 and each claim to serve a different purpose. Each pot has 1.7 oz.

Exfoliate and Refine Pores Red Algae Mask, Purify and Mattify Eucalyptus Mask, Detox and Brighten Charcoal Mask
Pure Clay Mask Exfoliate and Refine Pores, 3 Pure Clays + Red Algae
 The Exfoliate and Refine Red Algae mask is the only one out of the three that has small grain-like particles that helps exfoliate the skin as you wash it off.
Pure Clay Mask Purify and Mattify Pores, 3 Pure Clays + Eucalyptus
 The Purify and Mattify Eucalyptus mask is my favorite and the least drying out of the three. As soon as I washed it off, I noticed very noticeably brighter skin, more than I noticed than the Charcoal mask.
Pure Clay Mask Detox and Brighten, 3 Pure Clays + Charcoal
Detox and Brighten with Charcoal mask was probably the least impressive of the bunch. It's still a good, affordable mask but there was nothing too special about it. The eucalyptus mask brightened the skin more than the charcoal mask.
Red Algae on left//Black Charcoal on right
Overall, I liked the Eucalyptus the best. I felt that it really made my skin look the best and it dried out my skin the least. However, all three did perform pretty similar. None of them irritated my skin which can be common with clay masks since they suck out more than just the excessive oil in skin; they can also suck out ALL oils from the skin. I didn't have that problem with these. I think these would be good masks for people like myself that have a combination type skin where it's not too oily or too dry. They all dried in roughly 5 to 10 minutes and needed to be taken off in 15 minutes. The Red Algae mask has a pretty cool concept to it. Considering it is a scrub and a clay mask it didn't feel harsh on the skin. I would recommend using these up to 2 times a week instead of 1 time a week which is what I usually recommend for clay masks. These were also easier to wash off than some other clay masks that I have tried. I know sometimes they can get really stuck on the skin and I am happy to report that it wasn't the case for these :) They all visibly tightened my pores, didn't leave my skin too dry and removed all of the excess of dead skin. That being said, I do still think that the Eucalyptus had a little extra brightening power and dried out my skin the least. Not too much of a difference... just a little ;)

PROS:
-medium range priced clay masks
-good for sensitive skin
- brightens skin
-easy to wash off

CONS:




-not cruelty free
-charcoal mask was an average performing mask

Thank you so much for stopping by! I do hope I am able to get back into the swing of blogging again. It sucks because there has been so much I have been wanting to talk about but I just have had no time. Thank you again everyone, stay safe!

Peace,
Wicked Honey Bee

*Disclaimer: I was sent all three of the items mentioned for free for review purposes. I am not being paid. As always.... my review is still my honest humble opinion.