I realize I’m a little behind on the times here, but man am I excited! I recently got my hands on some goodies from Melt Cosmetics (and also got to share a few words with Dana herself, more about that below) and I am in love. I scooped up all three of their four-pan eyeshadow stacks (Love Sick, Dark Matter, and Radioactive) as well as four of their matte lipsticks in the shades Spacecake, Dark Room, Sext, and Bang! Bang!. Since they’re a smaller brand with no retail presence (which means nowhere to go swatch all the preciouses), I thought I’d give you guys a full breakdown of everything I know about the brand and their products, with swatches and photos of course.
Founded in 2012 by makeup artist besties (and serious beauties) Lora Arellano and Dana Bomar, Melt is a California-based brand featuring cruelty free lipsticks and four-pan eyeshadow compacts. I was able to get in touch with Dana to ask her a few questions about Melt products and she informed me the brand started with just five lipsticks; now the range includes 12 eyeshadows across three palettes as well as 18 ultra-matte lipsticks in nude, black, and pretty much every shade in between.
The stacks come in sets of four eyeshadows with a small round mirror, each in a magnetic disc, which makes them perfectly stackable and perfectly portable too. They do run at a semi-steep $48 each, which works out to $12/shadow and a free mirror. That said, the pans are massive! With the price and size comparisons for MAC, Melt, Anastasia Beverly Hills, and Makeup Geek below… I’d argue these are a pretty good deal.
MAC Pro Pan: 1.5g / 0.05oz ($10.00) ABH singles: 1.7g / 0.059oz ($12.00 or 4 for $40) Makeup Geek: 1.8g / 0.064oz ($6.00) Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow: 2g / 0.07oz ($21.00) Melt Cosmetics: 3.57g / 0.125oz (4 for $48.00)
There are few things in the beauty world I love more than a light spring look with a pop of color, so when Too Faced released their spring 2015 lineup, I had to get my hands on the new Sugar Pop palette. It retails for $36, but I picked it up during the Ulta Platinum sale for 20% off. Those sales always get me, but it worked out – I was able to scoop up the new palette and a two pack of the RealTechniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for just $37.
I love watching YouTube stars share their favorites every month, but some of those videos and lists are just sooo long. Since I’m doing the whole beauty blogger thing now, I decided I’d share my favorites too – but I’ll be keeping these lists to just my top five, not every item that made its way onto my face last month. So here it is, my Top Five February Favorites:
TarteTartelette Amazonian Clay matte palette ($44) – I picked up this gorgeous all-matte palette recently and I just can’t get enough right now. The colors are buttery and pigmented, they blend beautifully, and they all pair well together lending to cool neutral looks with a touch of drama from deep purple Bombshell and pure black Fashionista. I’ve reached for this practically every day and even The Boyfriend loves the purple smokey eyes I’ve been rocking lately.
Okay okay, I’m not going to lie to you – I’m using the term essential veeery loosely here. Some items are a “must,” but many are just a “want” because I like to be prepared for anything – especially when traveling back to my hometown for special events like weddings and birthdays. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m back in Philly this week for a small stomping grounds reunion and a major wedding in NY, so here’s everything I brought with me for a few nights out with my closest friends, two separate looks for the wedding ceremony (daytime) and reception (evening), plus The Boyfriend’s birthday the very next day. I guess you can call this the “special occasions” version of my travel essentials.