Thursday, November 29, 2012

Urban Decay - Naked Basics Pallette - Release


Today Urban Decay released their Naked Basics Palette, the nice thing about this one is that it includes pretty much all mattes.



The palette includes:
  • Venus - Soft, off-white demi matte
  • Foxy - very light yellow/beige matte
  • Walk of Shame - very light pinky nude matte
  • Naked 2 - rosy taupe matte
  • Faint - warm, dusty brown matte
  • Crave - deepest, darkest brown/black

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette retails for $27 and is available for purchase at Urban Decay , Sephora, Ulta, and select Macy's stores.

Will you be getting this palette? What are your thoughts on it?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Guest Post - Sidrah of Makeup Mew

Simple Neutral eyes with Berry lips

I love the winter season and bringing out my cozy comfy sweaters, scarfs and boots is something I always look forward to. So when it comes to my makeup I love changing it up. Since I constantly use lip balm during this season, I’ve been obsessed with the Revlon Lip Butters. These lipstick/lip balm hybrids are exactly what I need for the windy season since I need to keep my lips hydrated. 

For this look I wanted to show you guys a slightly glammed up neutral look. You can never go wrong with neutral eyeshadows! I used my trusty MUA Heaven and Earth Palette. I applied a very shimmery cream shadow all over the lid and then used a dark brown shadow in the crease using a fluffy blending brush. To add a bit of color to the look I applied my favorite bright bluish green kohl eyeliner on the lower lash line from Essence in the shade Cool Breeze. 


For the rest of the face I kept it dewy and used a highlight on my cheeks along with a bronzer to add some definition. For that glossy berry lip, I chose a Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie to finish off the look. The lipstick isn’t an intense berry shade since it has more of a pinkish hue to it. 



Products Used:

Eyes:
  • MUA Heaven and Earth Pallete
  • Revlon Color Stay Liquid Eyeliner in Blackest Black
  • Maybelline Great Lash Biggest Volume in Black
  • Essence Eyebrow Designer in 02 Medium
  • Essence Eye Kohl in Cool Breeze (lower lashline)

Face:
  • L’oreal True Match Foundation in Sand Beige
  • MUA Blush in Shade 04
  • Motive’s Sculpt and Shape (Bronzer)
  • MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Lightscapade (Highlight)

Lips:
  • Revlon Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie

I hope you all liked this neutral glammed up makeup. Thank you Amy for letting me guest post on your blog!

A little bit about me:

I’m a beauty blogger over at MakeupMew where you can find a variety of makeup tutorials and beauty product reviews. I first got into makeup a few years ago after becoming obsessed with YouTube beauty gurus. I love experimenting with bright eyeshadow colors and what better way to showcase makeup looks then with a tutorial. Check us out for step-by-step tutorials and makeup reviews or follow us on Twitter (@MakeupMew)!

-Sidrah 

***If you’d like to submit a guest post, please click here to find out more!***

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wet n Wild - Where’s the Party? 2012 - Limited edition - First Look


I had completely forgot about this collection coming out, lots of family stuff happening, holidays, and other things were first priority I suppose. Anyway over the weekend I went on a search to find one specific palette from this collection.

Sparkle Til Morning was my target, I had to have it because of all the buzz going on about it. I ended up stopping at 3 Walgreen's in my area to no avail, needless to say I went home defeated. I decided to check out ebay (I rarely buy stuff on there that has to do with makeup, too many chances of fakes), I ended up seeing Sparkle Til Morning selling anywhere from $11 starting bid to a buy it now for $58! Nope I wasn't going to go that high, no chance of that like ever.

Anyway I ended up doing a call around to some stores that were a little farther out of the way, 4 stores later I had a winner. I squealed when I heard the words "Yes I have 2 of those left.", I composed myself again and calmly replied asking if she could hold both for me as I was driving 45 minutes away. She was quite nice and told me she'd be happy to hold them till the next day when I'd have a chance to grab them before work!

Of course being the impatient makeup addict that I am I hopped in my car and drove 45 minutes away to a small... very small town. I got there and walked to the cosmetics area to find that there, on the display sat two Sparkle Til Morning palettes and thought to myself (could there really be 4 total left and she didn't notice it? Or maybe she never bothered to hold them for me).

Anyway I grabbed those two and walked to the front register and asked if I could get help in cosmetics because they were holding something for me. I waited patiently till the lady came over, I advised her I had asked someone to hold something for me. She then pulled out a piece of paper with two eyeshadow palettes under them, these however were those cheap holiday palettes that you find in your present or stocking from a kind Aunt who didn't know the difference between good quality drugstore products and chalk bless her heart.

Needless to say I was disappointed that I had specified the words Wet N Wild and Sparkle Til Morning and instead found chalk on hold for me. I politely said nevermind, those ones are the wrong thing and let her know she could put them back.

I was still excited to get the 2 that I had and I ended up picking up the Shimmer The Night Away as well, I didn't bother picking up Drinking a Glass of Shine as it was the same thing as the I Matte's from a prior release.

Anyway onto the photos!







I will have a review up and swatches later on this week!

 
Do you own anything from this collection? What's your favorite?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Lit Cosmetics - Review - Giveaway!!!


A while back I ended up getting some Lit Cosmetics, I had placed an order but then sent a request to cancel it right away and even though they cancelled it somehow the order got shipped out anyway.

I was surprised to find it on my steps and sent an e-mail right away to them to let them know, I got a quick response from Jodie who is the owner of the company letting me know to just keep it and enjoy. I was impressed by how quick, polite, and professional the response was. Since then I have used the glitters and glitter base in quite a few of my makeup looks.

Anyway onto the photos!






Swatched over Lit Cosmetics Clearly Liquid Glitter Base













What the site says:

How do Lit Cosmetics Compliment Everyday Makeup Products?

Lit Cosmetics is perfectly compatible with all other make-up brands whether it be eye shadows, eyeliners, glosses, lipsticks, lip tints, mascaras, blushes or bronzers. It can be used on it's own or as a cosmetic enhancer. Lit is the perfect addition to your makeup collection and promises to take your application experiences to exciting new heights.

Lit glitter can also be used to enhance: hair, body, face, nail polish and tattoos.

Our glitter is available in 4 sizes:

• Size #1 (.002 x .002) - “Sexy
Sophistication” the smallest glitter cut.
Only available in Solid.

• Size #2 (.004 x .004) - “Fun Lov’in
& Fancy Free” the most popular cut.
Available in Shimmers, Solids, Metallics
and Electrics.

• Size #3 (.008 x .008) - “Go Bling or
Go Home” medium cut. Available in
 • Size #4 (.015 x .015) - “Diva” the big
cut. Available in Solids and Shimmers—
most stores will not carry this size.

• Size #4 (.015 x .015) - “Diva” the big
cut. Available in Solids and Shimmers—
most stores will not carry this size.

Lit colours are available in 4 textures:

• Shimmers - see through iridescent
sparkles with a touch of colour. note:
Neon shimmers will glow under black
light—a white eyeliner base will enhance
this effect.

• Solids - pure glitter colour.

• Metallics - a matte shine with solid
colour—a great alternative for
customers who are not into glitter but
are into shine and colour.

• Electrics - shocking colour with a little
hint of sparkle. note: Electrics will glow
under black light—a white eyeliner base
will enhance this effect.






My Final Thoughts for Lit Cosmetics Clearly Liquid Glitter Base:

Availability:  www.litcosmetics.com

Cost:  $22.95 (Net Wt. 30 ml / 1 fl. oz.)

Texture:  Watery feeling but not runny.

Packaging:  Glass bottle with a screw off top.

Thoughts:  I really love this base, it doesn't irritate my eyes, it's very easy to work with. and it holds the glitter on really well. Another thing I love about Lit Cosmetics is the great customer service, the e-mails were promptly answered, and are very professional and polite.

Cons: The only con I could find on this one is the packaging, I love the sturdiness of the jar but I would love if the bottle opening had a cap that had a dropper type stop on it. I find that things get in the jar very easily with the large opening, if it had a dropper cap it would allow for it to be tilted and used a drop at a time in turning making it more sanitary. Don't let this deter you on it though, it's worth getting.

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Feathers!

My Final Thoughts for Lit Cosmetics Glitter:

Availability:  www.litcosmetics.com

Cost:  $12.95 (Net Wt. 4 grams / 0.14 o.z.)

Texture:  Varies with glitter size, grainy to chunky.

Packaging:  Square stackable jars (I believe these are  gram jars).

Thoughts:  I love the variety of these glitters, there are so many colors to choose from and on top of the shades you have up to 4 different sizes to pick from as well. I like the packaging because I can leave them separate or connect the jars as stackables. Again I want to point out the great customer service of the brand.

Cons: I personally don't find any cons with the glitters, some people might think the price is on the higher end. My thoughts on this though is for the amount of variety, sizes, and the great customer service it's definitely worth purchasing from Lit. I have placed another order yesterday already and look forward to swatching those when they arrive.

My Ratings:  5 out of 5 Feathers!


 



   

Are they Cruelty Free? Yes. The site catalog has the cruelty free logo and the owner has stated that they are cruelty free.

I really want to stress the importance of making sure you buy Cosmetic Grade Glitters!  Do not confuse craft glitters or other kinds of glitter with Cosmetic Grade Glitters. The difference is that non cosmetic grade glitters can scratch the cornea of the eye and do serious damage. So if you are using glitters for makeup purposes ensure you find the cosmetic grade!

Giveaway Time!

The MiniMe Lit Kit
Contains:
• 1 glitter colour Rich & Famous S2
• 30 ml Clearly Liquid Glitter Base
• detailer brush mini
• shadow brush mini
• sparkle duster (removes stray glitter)
• silk tote bag
Worth $39.95


Rules/Information

The Giveaway will start today November 24th, 2012 and go until December 25th, 2012

This giveaway is Open International as well.
If an International winner wins they will be responsible for paying any additional customs charges on the prize package. 

Package is no longer my responsibility once it has been mailed. If the winner does not respond to my e-mails before package is sent regardless of if it is a question or not (I give at least a week or two to respond) I will not be sending it, if package does not arrive and is returned unless it was my own error I am not responsible (this does not include if you suddenly move and regret to inform me/forward your mail). A new prize winner will not be chosen during that giveaway if package had been sent and returned, it will be put towards a future giveaway. I spend my own money on these prizes and unless noted and I will not have it wasted by paying $5-13 on shipping and having it returned. I do enjoy giveaways for you guys but I also want people to understand I am not rich, this takes away from my own personal things at times.

If you are under 18 you must have your parents permission to enter this/receive packages.

The winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter.
The winner will be notified via e-mail, you must respond within 48 hours of the e-mail or another winner will be chosen at.  Once the winner is chosen there is no set time of delivery, it depends upon what is going on in my personal life. I will try to mail the package out right away but during busy times this may take longer, please remember this is a free item(s) that you are getting I am not obligated (unless it is a sponsored giveaway) to mail them out within a certain period of time.

Good Luck to Everyone!!

Do you own any Lit Cosmetics? What's your favorites?

Disclaimer: I did not buy these, they were sent by mistake to me all opinions are my honest thoughts. Prize was given courtesy of  Lit Cosmetics for giveaway to my readers.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday - Cyber Monday Sales!

I normally don't post a ton of sales each holiday, this year though I'll post the ones I find for you all (although I'm sure most of you know of these already!).

Eve Pearl
Glamour Doll Eyes

Inglot
Luminess Air
Lime Crime
Lit Cosmetics
Buy1 Glitter get 1 FREE on any online orders Nov 23rd
Sugarpill

 Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links

Guest Posts!!

So I've decided to start accepting guest posts for my site (this will be an ongoing thing no deadline), so if you're interested in being featured on The Crow and the Powderpuff then read the following guidelines below!

To be considered for having your guest look posted I have a few guidelines that need to be followed, so please ensure you read this all the way through before submitting your look.

  • You must be a follower of my site (I want to support my readers/followers who have supported me all this time!).
  • Provide me with 2 clear non blurry pictures, one of a close up of your look with the main focus being your eyes or lips. The second being a full face shot of your look. Also make sure the pictures you send are not tiny, I would like them to be at least 650x650 but not too big either.
  • Provide a list of the products you used to get the look.
  • If you'd like to include a youtube video or blog link in the post include that as well.
  • Please send everything in one e-mail, and make sure it is written out in the email as if you were posting it on your own blog (you can see my examples that I've done here and in the bottom of my FAQs section).
  • Tell my readers a little bit about yourself examples: your first name or nick name, where you're from, when you first got into makeup, what inspired you to do the look, ect.
  •  Only send one guest look at a time please!!! If you spam my e-mail with more then one I will have to skip your looks all together. Once I have posted one of your looks it is ok to send another one. 

 Send guest looks to guestpost4thecrowandthepowderpuff@hotmail.com

Ensure to include "Guest Look" in the e-mail title.

(Also I know it's a long e-mail, but until I get my sites custom e-mails it's going to be like this)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Glamour Doll Eyes 4th Birthday Surprise!!


Today Glamour Doll Eyes is doing a special 4 year Birthday surprise, with each order made on Wednesday November 21st (Central Time) they will be including a Limited Edition eyeshadow called "4 Candles".

Disclaimer: This post contains an affiliate link.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tilth Beauty - Review


A while back I got the change to trying out some skincare products from Tilth Beauty, I received the Ant-Aging Firming Moisture Cream and Flawless Serum. I had not heard of Tilth Beauty before this, but I do love products that are on the natural side and do not include a ton of ingredients that are going to irritate my skin.

Tilth Beauty’s Anti-Aging Firming Moisture Cream and Flawless Serum …

The Flawless Serum is a blend of encapsulated Retinol, Myrtle Leaf Extract and Adaptonyl®  that gives skin a flawless complexion. Adaptonyl® lifts and restructures the appearance of cell barrier function, resulting in healthy, younger looking skin.

Retinol (Encapsulated) – Stable retinol helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restores the look of UV-damaged skin. Improves the appearance of skin elasticity by 20% and the appearance of wrinkles is diminished by up to 17% after 12 weeks.

The Anti-Agin Firming Moisture Cream will help reduced the appearance of your unwanted facial folds and lines.

Tilth Beauty is a brand that offers skincare products that are made without parabens,  phthalates, sulfates, petroleum based products, silicones, synthetic fragrances, or GMOs.

Anyway on the photos!





A Flawless Serum 
 





 What the site says:

A Flawless Serum is the flawless blend of encapsulated Retinol, Myrtle Leaf Extract and Adaptonyl® that gives skin a flawless complexion. We all know the amazing benefits of Retinol, but did you know that Myrtle Leaf Extract is a true cell energizer and guardian of skin longevity? No? We are certain that your skin will realize it when you step up to the anti-aging ‘pro’… A Flawless Serum. Along with Myrtle Leaf Extract, Adaptonyl® lifts and restructures the appearance of cell barrier function. What does this mean to you? Beautiful, healthy and younger skin… of course!

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:

Retinol (Encapsulated) – Stable retinol to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore the look of UV damaged skin. Improves the appearance of skin elasticity by 20% and the appearance of wrinkles is diminished by up to 17% after 12 weeks. 

Myrtle Leaf Extract (Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis (Myrtle) Leaf Extract) – Significantly reduces the appearance of the number of wrinkles and length of wrinkles, a genuine cell energizer and guardian of skin longevity, limits the degeneration of the skins appearance and reduces first signs of aging. 

Adaptonyl® (Withania Somnifera (Indian Ginseng) Root Extract) – Known to energize cells, helps maintain the barrier function; Soothing, calming, antioxidant and collagen protector that allows maintaining the appearance of skin flexibility. 

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

Apply A Flawless Serum to clean skin once or twice daily for professional skin cell renewal.

INGREDIENTS:

Aqua (Water), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycerin, Alcohol, Retinol, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Withania Somnifera (Indian Ginseng) Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Cyclodextrin, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate

Warning: For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep out of reach of children.

Notables: Paraben-Free

Anti-aging Firming Moisture Cream







What the site says:

Anti-aging Firming Moisture Cream was created with skin enhancing and moisturizing ingredients which will gradually, but profoundly, improve the skin’s elasticity and firmness. But, please do not take our word for it – use Anti-aging Firming Moisture Cream daily and you will see the transformation for yourself. Anti-aging Moisture Cream will help reduce the appearance of your unwanted facial folds and lines … helping to turn back your unique aging clocks.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS:

Renovage™ (Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride-Teprenone) – Fortifies and enhances thin and fragile mature skin, skin regains fullness, firmness, elasticity and smoothness

Supersterol (C10‐30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters) ‐ Skin conditioning, repair and moisturizing agent

Pistacia Vera (Pistachio) Seed Oil ‐ Moisturizing, contains high amounts of Linoleic Acid (an Essential Fatty Acid) and is rich in natural occurring sterols

Narcissus Poeticus Flower Wax – Moisturizing, free radical scavenger, emollient

DIRECTIONS FOR USE:

Apply Anti-aging Moisture Cream to clean skin once or twice daily to help fortify and restore fragile, dry and/or mature skin.

INGREDIENTS:

Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin*, Narcissus Poeticus Flower Wax, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Pistachio Nut Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Potassium Sorbate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Allantoin, Teprenone, Phytic Acid,  Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Tocotrienols, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Tocopherol (D-alpha), Citric Acid

*Certified Organic Ingredient

Warning: For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep out of reach of children.

Notables: Paraben‐Free, Phthalate‐Free, Gluten‐Free






My Final Thoughts for Tilth Beauty Flawless Serum:

Availability:  www.tilthbeauty.com

Cost:   $62.00 for (Net Wt. 29 grams / 1 fl.oz.)

Texture:  Slightly watery feeling but not runny.

Packaging:  Plastic pump bottle.

Thoughts:  I love the fact this has simple ingredients that are nice and gentle for my sensitive skin, this leaves my skin feeling smooth and a little more hydrated. I did notice a difference in my skin texture over the weeks, and love the way it makes my skin look and feel. This product did not irritate or break me out, I would definitely recommend this brand in the future.

Cons:  The only con that some might see if the pricing, then again this is more of a normal pricing for Serums so it's not that bad.

My Rating:  4.5 out of  5 Feathers!

My Final Thoughts for Tilth Beauty Anit-aging Firming Moisture Cream :

Availability:  www.tilthbeauty.com

Cost:   $55.00 for (Net Wt. 50 grams / 1.7 fl.oz.)

Texture:  Cream very thick feeling at first but absorbs nicely into skin leaving no greasy feeling and skin soft.

Packaging:  Glass jar with a twist off lid.

Thoughts:  I Again I love the simple ingredients that are nice and gentle for my sensitive skin, this is by far one of my favorite moisturizing creams. I definitely felt this was helping to hydrate my dry skin a lot better then just using my normal moisturizer. It felt at first like it was going to be a greasy moisturize but after applied it quickly absorbed into my skin leaving it soft and hydrated even after the first use I noticed a difference. I did not notice any breakouts from this one either, which is always a plus. I would recommend this one to anyone who is wanting a hydrating moisturizer.

Cons: I found no cons with this one, I really love this moisturizer. 

My Rating:  5 out of  5 Feathers! 







Are they Cruelty Free? Yes, the has the cruelty free logo.

Tilth Beauty contains no parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petroleum based products, silicones, synthetic fragrances or GMOs in their products.
The Anti-Aging Firming Moisture Cream is $55.00 and Flawless Serum is $62.00. And full product descriptions and Additional info is available on the TilthBeauty.com website.

Per the updated FTC guidelines, I received the sample products with compliments from BeautyStat.com, but my review is my own objective opinion.