Friday, September 23, 2016

Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel Review + Swatches

Hi everyone! :)  I am back with another review and to be honest I think the next couple of posts will be reviews because there is A LOT of new things coming out and although I feel I haven't been going too crazy with makeup holiday shopping this year, I did get some stuff that I really liked and wanted.

So, this is one of Tartes 2016 holiday items and I have been eyeing this since I first heard of it. I don't need anymore blushes but this was too beautiful to pass up. It retails for $44 and comes with 0.084 oz x 10.

SOME COMPARISONS CONCERNING SIZES OF PANS...

Full Size Tarte Blush: 0.20 oz
Tarte Amazonian Clay Palette : 0.084 oz (each pan/ ten pans total)
Tarte Deluxe/Travel size Blush: 0.05 oz

So, the pans in the Amazonian Clay Blush Color Wheel Palette actually have more than the travel sized Tarte pans although it's pretty hard to tell just by looking at it.
 MOD: warm, nude-peach
DECO: warm pink coral
SURREAL: light cool toned baby pink
CULTURE: warm bronze rose with gold shimmer
IDOL: warm, light gold with shimmer finish
CONCEPT: warm, midtone nude blush
ICON: neutral mauve
MONTAGE: neutral rose
IRONIC: medium-dark rose with plum tones ( would have liked to see more pigment, looked too similar to MONTAGE)
CRAFTY: cool toned, champagne with a shimmer and microglitter finish (love this one!)

Overall, I really like the color selection except for Ironic. I expected for it have more pigment and be a little more plum. I also felt that ICON, MONTAGE and IRONIC could have had a little more distinction between them. They are too similar when you compare them to the upper half of the blush palette which don't appear similar at all when compared to each other. I really liked the formula on these blushes. There wasn't as much kickup as I have experienced in past holiday blush palettes. I really, really love how this palette was organized. I felt that the upper half had more summer and spring colors while the lower half had more fall and winter colors. CRAFTY is sooo beautiful by the way! I am really glad they chose some highlights into the palettes this year! :)

HOW DOES THIS YEARS BLUSH PALETTE COMPARE TO PREVIOUS BLUSH PALETTES?

Tarte makes some beautiful blush palettes for the holidays. Their holiday blush palettes are always something to look forward to. This year was a little different than the last couple of previous years. Previously, Tarte would release a 5 pan blush palette, each pan with 0.158 oz each. This year, Tarte released a 10 pan blush palette, each pan with 0.084 oz each. So there is less in each blush than previous years but you still get more blush total. Some pros of this years palette is that there is more variety of blushes ( 8 blushes), more total amount of product and two highlighters. Some cons is that there is no mirror and the shape of the new 10 pan blush palette can be difficult for storage although it is still compact.

I like this years palette better just because there is more variety and more product. I can live without another mirror. I, personally, don't see myself taking this traveling because I don't see myself using this many different blushes on a trip lol

PROS:
-great gift for holidays
-great variety
-better price value than previous years
-two highlights
-compact
-pigmented
-blendable
-palette is labeled with blush names

CONS:
-shape of palette is difficult to store
-no mirror
-limited edition
-some similar shades within palette

Will you picking up this palette? Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend! :)
Happy Friday,
Wicked Honey Bee

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Calling for Chroma: Desert Life


Hey everyone welcome back :) So, today I thought I would make a color scheme using this photo which I took at Disneylands California Adventure at the Cars ride which is such a fun ride! ( A big thank you to my awesome and beautiful friend Joanna! Thanks budddy!) I went a couple of weeks ago but I really like how rusty the colors are in this photo.

These browns, tans and moss green really makes me think of casual. A nice white button up blouse with a cute tan belt with a matching tan sandals topped off with a moss green handbag. This color scheme almost has an organic feel to it and is really appropriate for upcoming Autumn! ;)


Sunday, September 4, 2016

Switching to Sulfate-free haircare...OGX Coconut Curls // Curly Hair Care

Hi everyone! I'm soooo happy to be back! :) I have been having some issues with my laptop constantly overheating with the photo editing program I use but now my laptop is okay.... for now o.O Merp. It still needs some tweaking because as I type this, I can hear it overheating again. :(

So I have had my ups and downs with my hair. If you have curly hair, you probably have a good understanding of why. Curly hair is naturally drier which is why it's important to make sure your curls are getting enough moisture to help tame frizz, de-tangle locks and moisturize dry split ends.

I have heard so many different girls with beautiful curly hair saying how they make sure they use sulfate free shampoos, conditioners, leave in conditioners and oils. Sulfate is an ingredient found in many shampoos that strips the scalp of the oils it naturally produces which can be a good thing for many oily haired girls. But not so good for girls with curly hair. So! I have decided to follow suit and try it out for myself.

Quenching Coconut Curls Curling Hair Butter Leave In or Rinse Out
I picked up the following:
  1. OGX Quenching + Coconut Curls Shampoo
  2. OGX Quenching Coconut Curls Conditioner
  3. OGX Coconut Curls Curling Hair Butter Leave In or Rinse Out  
  4. OGX Coconut Miracle Oil Penetrating Oil
  5. OGX Coconut Curls Styling Milk
First of all, Coconut Curls and Miracle Oil are two different lines in the OGX family :) Its been almost a month since I started using these lines and I would recommend this for people with dry scalp and dry hair. Ever since I started using this combo of items I have noticed that my scalp has been oilier and I have had much more hydration to my hair. That being said... this is most definitely not for someone who has an oily scalp and/or straight hair. I wouldn't say my hair is oily but I don't have a dry scalp anymore :)

My hair also has less frizz and more shine which I really, really appreciate!

In this picture my hair was still considerably wet but later in the day as it dries, it starts to expand with more volume lol :) I have also stopped using my diffuser which is also a leading contributor for split ends and heat damage! The one other product I use is the Tigi CatWalk Curls Rock Amplifier and that helps to hold the curl. Other than that my hair right now is completely OGX lol :)

If you are in the market for curly hair care and styling, I would really suggest this line by OGX. You might find your scalp a little oily. If you do, you can try using a regular sulfate shampoo once or twice a week depending how you feel your hair is doing.

Thank you for stopping by! :) What does your hair care routine consist of? Happy Labor Day! xx