SauceBox Cosmetics Creme de la Creme Makeup Tutorial

28 July 2014

Last week, I decided to order the Classic Trio from SauceBox. I wanted the Forbidden Fruits palette the most and knew I would eventually get Creme de la Creme, but when ahead and went with the Classic Trio since Temptation looked nice too and it would eventually save me some money.

Out of the three palettes, I decided to do Creme de la Creme first since two out of three people wanted to see a look using this palette. I will probably do Temptation next.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows

27 July 2014

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows - $3.99/$4.59

When it comes to eyeshadows, I am a middle to high(er) end brand kind of woman. I've tried many lines of eyeshadow from many drugstore brands and I've never been very impressed with the quality. That changed a little bit when I saw these new eyeshadows from Milani. 
A gel powder – what would that even look like? We’ll tell you: It looks like rich, vibrant color that glides on in a single stroke, delivering a stunning multi-dimensional effect. What makes it a gel powder? Well,the formula starts as a gel and then is transformed by a special process into a stunning powder eyeshadow with pure color and power wear. 
The unique process allows you to blend this incredibly innovative, weightless formula easily with your fingertips to light up your eyes. Even more to entice: It can used wet or dry, resists creasing,and comes in satin matte, shimmer and iridescent metallic finishes. You just have to try this gel powder. It’s that different.
There are thirty colours total to choose from and out of the thirty available, I purchased six: three brown neutrals, one bronze, and a navy and emerald green for a little bit colour. Angie is who convinced me to get the navy one.

Bella Navy

Bella Emerald

Bella Bronze

Bella Caffe

Bella Cappuccino

Bella Espresso

Here's a tutorial using some of the eyeshadows.

Espresso, Caffe, Cappuccino, Bronze, Emerald, and Navy

Long story short, these eyeshadows swatch a lot better than they perform on the eyes. Both wet and dry, it takes a bit of muscle to get the eyeshadows to show up. The darker ones like Emerald and Navy perform better (though they still require some work), and even Bronze just a bit does too, but the lighter shades like the coffee named ones are practically nonexistent on the lid when dry and wet, it takes a few layers to show up. The amount of water I have to use up and time I have to spend making sure these look nice is not something I'm fond of. I much prefer an eyeshadow that I know is going to be already decently pigmented like Urban Decay eyeshadows.

When I first got these, I was very excited to try them but as the days went by, I wasn't caring for them as much as I wanted to. When I made a SauceBox purchase, all I could think about was getting rid of the Milani shadows. In the end, I ended up returning the browns and bronze and kept the Navy and Emerald.

Another CVS has different colours than the one I purchased these from, and I'm kind of tempted to try out the more neon colours, but at the same time, I'm not sure I want to. 

My Makeup Story.

24 July 2014

I don't know if the My Makeup Story videos are tag videos, but I saw Judy from ItsJudyTime upload this video a few days ago and thought it was interesting.

This is a video where I talk about how I got into makeup, what it means to me, what my favourite brands for certain things are, what products I'd wear for the rest of my life, and to be just a little more controversial, my thoughts of the beauty community of YouTube as a whole.

Neutral Brown Eyes, Purple Lips Tutorial - Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows

22 July 2014

Last week, I stopped by CVS to pick up a few (6) of the new eyeshadows from Milani. Since Milani was BOGO50% and I had both $5 in ExtraBucks and a $4 off $12 makeup purchase coupon, I picked up twelve.

The next day, I decided to do a little tutorial trying the eyeshadows out. I used three out of six and even used one of my new Dose of Colors lipsticks!

Take a look at the video if you want to see the products in action!

Illamasqua Velvet Blusher - Sleek

20 July 2014

Illamasqua Velvet Blusher in Sleek - $32

The Illamasqua Velvet Blushers are a product I've had my eye on for a few months, but never made a purchase and, of course, I regretted it when Sephora stopped carrying Illamasqua. Fortunately, Bloomingdale's picked up the brand and Ashlynn was kind enough to send me this for my birthday. I chose the colour Sleek.

Velvet Blushers are supposed to be a lightweight formula that delivers a fresh, natural, and matte finish. It is a cream to powder blush.

Illamasqua (or was it Christine from Temptalia?) describes this as a dusky coral shade. To me, corals are always really nice and bright, so I'm not seeing the coral in this. To me, it's more like a dusky rose when I swatch it, but it may just be my eyeballs and my skin colour that make it  look as such.

To apply this, I really recommend using your fingers. I tried to apply it with a Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Contour Brush and the brush wouldn't pick up any product. Fingers are best to apply and blend.

I found it to be pretty easy to apply and blend with my fingers. It's much easier to blend than the MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Creams made for the cheeks. A little bit can go a long way, so I do suggest starting with a little bit of product at a time and then building up the pigmentation if you're not satisfied.

Overall, I am very happy with my choice. I do like their regular cream blushes, so I'm happy that I like this as well. There are only two colours available that I know of so I hope they will come out with more shades eventually.


17 July 2014

six piece brush set - $6

My makeup brush collection is growing and growing. It is getting to the point that my gigantic spinning wheel for makeup brush storage is overflowing, but I can't stop getting new brushes because I love trying new tools to better my makeup application. Plus, more brushes equals more new ways of doing new designs in makeup.

I'll tell you right now: if you don't like somewhat negative reviews, then skip this. If you look at my past bornprettystore reviews, which are all reviews of products I have been sent for free, you will know that I have given okay to pretty damn good reviews of the products. Unfortunately, these brushes fell short compared to everything else I've tried.

While going through the samples for review page, I decided to pick out this brush set, mostly because of the flat and thin brushes that people mostly use for eyeliner.

This is the Nose Shadow Brush. Reading the name, I'm assuming this is supposed to be used for contouring the nose. I don't contour at all, especially around the nose, so what I ended up using this for was eyeshadow application where the eye meets the nose bridge and brow bone. If you watch my tutorials, you know I love adding a highlight shade there to brighten up that area. The shape of it made it a little awkward to use, but it wasn't bad.

But this is bad! This happened right before I took pictures of the brushes this morning. When I got this, I knew it was going to happen eventually because it already felt really loose, but I didn't want to mess with it. After having it a week and feeling how much looser it got just by holding it, I finally just tugged on it just a little bit and it broke apart. Such a letdown. 

This is a smudge brush. It's actually bigger than the standard smudge brushes that I've seen. Unless you're going for a heavy smoked out look on the lower lash line (which is awesome), then it's too big. I ended up using this for matte highlight as well. 

You can tell from the name that this is supposed to be an eyeliner brush, but since I use liquid eyeliner, I use this as a lip brush for my OCC Lip Tars. It's a very good brush for that. 


This is an eyeshadow brush that is not good for basic lid application. I much prefer to use this for the lower lash line and it's actually pretty good at that. It's pretty thin and not overly fluffy and all over the place so you can get a thin-ish line on the lower lash line.

This is another nose shadow brush that is actually very similar to the eyeshadow brush above, but bigger and a lot fluffier. I'm not a fan of this brush at all. I tried using it on the lower lash line but it didn't apply very well at all.

If there's any brush in the set I will have no use for (besides the broken one for obvious reasons), it's this one. It's a dual-ended brush with a sponge applicator on one side and eyeshadow brush on the other. I do not like dual-ended brushes at all and I really don't like sponge tip applicators. I'm not sure why sponge tip applicators still exist in places that are not disposable kits anyway.

Although the set is very cheap at only six dollars, this is a set I just cannot recommend. I give bornprettysure/MAANGA/generic brand brushes good reviews for the most part, but this one is mediocre and really let me down.

But if you are interested in this set or anything else from the store (seriously, the other brushes I have reviewed in the past are pretty good), then make sure you use my code RPH10 to get 10% off your order.

Sugarpill Burning Heart Eyeshadow Palette: Makeup Tutorial

14 July 2014

I am so excited to make this blog post. Posting my makeup tutorials on a blog post isn't that exciting, but it is when you're collaborating with two really good Internet pals of yours!

Victoria (also known as BiohazardousBeauty) and Mandy and I have been Facebook friends and YouTube friends for quite a while and we all decided to do a collab together using one product that all which of us own, which is the Sugarpill Burning Heart eyeshadow palette. All three of us did very different looks with it and I really like what we came up with.

Their videos are linked in the info box so make sure you take a look at theirs after you take a look at mine!