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Should You Pony Up for the New My Little Pony Makeup Collection by Pür Cosmetics?

Not A One Trick Pony

 

IMG_2290If there is one thing that I can guarantee, it would be that by the end of this entry you will have learned nearly every possible horse and pony pun. I promise its not all horsing around though! After the success of their Trolls Movie collection, Pür Cosmetics has released another new line inspired by an 80’s/90’s beloved toy franchise. My Little Pony, yes, those adorable and colorful plastic pony toys from your childhood, have inspired a new makeup collection. So saddle up, hold on to the reins, and get ready to explore the rainbow that is My Little Pony.

As an avid fan of bright and bold shades, I was quite excited to see that this collection was just a bit bolder in comparison to the Trolls Movie Collection, which I had missed out on. The My Little Pony collection features brushes + makeup bag, glosses, a palette, and glow sticks, however, I opted to only purchase about half the collection. I can’t recall why, at the time, but I decided to skip on the rainbow themed, brushes, makeup bag, and most of the glosses. I want to believe that these brushes are no one trick pony as every Pür Cosmetics brush I’ve ever owned has out performed their more expensive sisters. I believe I was simply was more interested in the actual cosmetics than the tools this time around.

A Horse Of A Different Color

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There was certainly no foal-ing around when it came to the shade selection of the My Little Pony: The Movie Collection Eyeshadow Palette. These shades absolutely embody the imagery, the soul, and the overall brightness that is My Little Pony. This palette contains 16 shades and is slightly bigger than the size of a hand. While the outer packaging of the palette is quite bold, the palette itself is a simplistic white with a holographic logo on the cover. This palette lets its shades be bold rather than just the packaging.

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The mix of matte, satin, and shimmer shadows is refreshingly beautiful and would stand out among any collection of naturals or nudes. This palette, unlike the Trolls palette, features brighter summer/spring shades. Little Pony’s don’t abide by the seasonal rules and neither should you!  The shades were soft and smooth to work with but there was a bit of fallout.  The purple  shade (Magic) was a bit under pigmented – but blended amazingly, as did all the shades. These were very easy to layer, build up or sheer out. Even the bolder shades like Pinkie Pie and Tempest Shadow were easy to work with. There are enough softer shades to balance out the bolder shades so that you can create a softer look or a full on stand-out look. I prefer to apply the matte shades with a fluffy brush and the satin/shimmer shades with a denser brush. To make these shades more intense I used my finger or applied them wet. These swatches are sans primer but a primer would intensify them. I prefer to layer shades as a way of priming and reach for Generosity as my all over the lid shade before starting any look. I achieved about 5-10 hours depending, the lighter shades faded much quicker while the bolder shades lasted much longer. Primer will also elongate the wear. None of these shades creased.

 

Straight From The Horses Mouth

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As for the glosses, there are many more in the set than shown here. I, however, decided that two was my limit. I tend to trot toward the drier variety of lip products, often coating my lips in matte shades that won’t budge until a nuclear bomb drops or I decide to eat the greasiest Big Mac. Gloss just doesn’t have the type of commitment I’m looking for, so I usually swipe left.

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The My Little Pony: The Movie Glitter Lip Gloss Topper’s were just as glossy as a show pony’s mane. The concept of a more subtle lip when paired with such a bright shadow palette was well planned. It is always ideal to play up either your eyes or your lips, usually not both. When wearing these on their own I was reminded of the texture of a liquid lipstick. These certainly did not feel like just a topper. You can, of course, add a bit of sparkle and shine to any lipstick with these toppers. I swatched these sans base. The formula wasn’t too thin or too slick. It clung to the lips nicely without feeling sticky or tacky. They do transfer and you will only get about 2-3 hours wear with them, less if you’re eating. They have such beautiful shift that adds dimension to the lip, plus, the shimmer doesn’t feel grainy or noticeable during wear. Based on the quality and versatilely, I believe these are absolutely worth adding to your collection. It is also worth noting that no bleeding occurred, however, there was a bit of light feathering, and minimal settling into the fine lines of the lips.

A Pony Tale

No look is complete without completely glowing to the lords. Even if you don’t share my affinity for an absolutely blinding highlight, you care surely appreciate the glow and shift of the My Little Pony: The Movie Magic of Friendship 3-Piece All-in-One Glow Stick Kit. Holographic clothing may be a passing fad, for a second time, but bright eyes will never go out of style. These holographic, shade shifting, glow sticks can be used

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in anyway your heart desires, seriously! As I was playing around with this products I realized that these had more glow than the highlight horse, and will have you swooning. These make the perfect inner corner or brow bone highlight. They work to prime the eye for shimmery shades. You can even use these on the lips to add a holographic touch to any lipstick. While they are a bit stiff for cheek wear, you can make them work by applying short strokes on the cheek and blending with a brush. You will have a truly 90s holographic glow!

 

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Shades featured: – Cheerful (Iridescent Pink with Gold Shift) – Blissful (Holographic Iridescent Blue with Pink Shift) – Joyful (Iridescent White with Blue Lavender Shift
I didn’t find these to crease and I got about 6-8 hours of wear.

Hot to Trot

I have created a bold, cool toned, eye look paired with glowing cheeks and glossy lips. This look embodies this collection in a wearable way. If you would like to see more looks, please be sure to follow me on instagram.

 

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Primer- @kevynaucoin #kevynaucoin The Celestial Skin liquid lightening to add a dewy and summery glow to my skin. I mixed this into my foundation and also applied it as a primer.
Foundation- @maybelline #maybelline#maybellinefitmefoundation In 220
Highlight- @purcosmetics My Little Pony: The Movie Magic of Friendship 3-Piece All-in-One Glow Stick Kit in Blissful topped with shadow shade Twilight Sparkle Brows- @benefitcosmetics@benefitcanada #benefitcosmeticsGimme Brow, Goof Proof Pencil, Ka-Brow Eyebrow cream gel
Contour- @kevynaucoin #auCOiNTOURBook of Contour 2 Sculpting cream applied on hollows of cheeks, sides of nose and outer forehead. Applied sculpting powder over with a fluffy face brush.
Shadow- @purcosmetics My Little Pony: The Movie Collection Eyeshadow Palette – Generosity all over lid as a base (this helps to intensify other shades and help them last longer), Pinkie Pie applied to outer v and crease. I used a fluffy brush and I applied this shade in sheer layers to build up. It made it easier to get a gradation since I used this also as a transitional shade. Magic was applied on the outer v, outer lid, and lower lash line. I applied rainbow dash using my finger to the inner lid, inner corner, and inner lower lash line. Twilight Sparkle was applied to the brow bone.
Lashes- @shophudabeauty @hudabeauty#hudabeauty #shophudabeauty Noelle lashes
Liner- @absnyproducts #absnyproductsInk Pen Liner
Lips- @purcosmetics My Little Pony: The Movie Glitter Lip Gloss Topper in Applejack

 

Have you picked up this collection? Passed? Love or hate, leave some comments!

 

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Moschino x Sephora – This is Not A Toy

 

Its A Bear of A Collection

When Sephora announced its collaboration with Moschino, the ever creative brand that has featured windex style perfume bottles and McDonalds inspired fashions, I rejoiced! Its aways such a pleasure when fashion brands cross the fine line into beauty since it Screen Shot 2017-09-03 at 10.58.53 PMusually translates to unique packaging, interesting shade combinations, and above all, collectable, limited edition items. This collection has proved no different and it sold out in record timing. Almost instantly after being released ]the Moschino x Sephora collection was gone. Many even had their orders canceled by Sephora; this is very much unlike the brand. It is currently being peddled on ebay for shocking amounts.

While you may no longer be able to get your hands on this adorable little collection, we can only hope that the makeup gods have it in their favor for a restock. I purchased my items about 3am the day it released. I opted to only pick up the items that spoke to me and skipped on the fragrance and the eye mask. Each golden bear product is 24K platted for an extra touch of luxury, even if it feels like cheap plastic.

This Is Not A Moschino Toy

The pièce de résistance of this collection is absolutely the Moschino Bear Eyeshadow Palette. it is shaped like a small bear toy that was touched by Midas and filled with makeup. On the tummy it says “This Is Not A Moschino Toy”, which is a cheeky reference to objects that look like toys but are not. This palette, as mentioned above, is plated in 24k gold, however, do not expect it to have a heavy or even sturdy feeling. This palette is quite cheep in terms of weight and feels more like cheap plastic that was painted gold. Honestly, I felt it was a waste of gold, Midas must have truly been bored that day.

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To open this palette you must lift the top by slipping your finger into a little indent; it is not magnetic. Once you open and lift the bear facade you will see an eclectic mix of shadows in various finishes. The top shades are warm in tone while the bottom shades are cooler. There is a nice mix of satin and metallic finishes and these all applied smooth as butter. Most were pigmented enough to be worn without primer, which is exactly how I watched them.

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I preferred a more dense brush for the metallic shades and a fluffier brush for the mattes. For the most pigment- use your finger or apply moist. They are easy to build up or sheer out. Can be applied moist or dry. Do not crease and last up to 8 hours without fading . I was highly impressed with these shadows overall and there are enough basics to balance out the more bolder jewel tones. If you’re not a fan of the packaging and prefer a more traditional set up- the shadow base does pop out and these seem like they would be easy to Depot.

Midas Had A Lot Of Free Time

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Moschino proves that it is truly possible to fuse fashion and beauty with the Moschino Bear Lip Gloss Chain. This set features 6 mini lip glosses and a Moschino Chain necklace that you can actually wear. The bear can carry one gloss, so it is fashionable and functional. While I wouldn’t wear this accessory, I could see it working well on those that favor this style or appreciate a novel concept. The names of the glosses represent cities that have significance to Moschino.

 

While the shades were beautiful in the tube, not much else can be said for these shades. Only half of them performed at the level I would expect from either

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Brush It Off

This collection also featured Bear tipped brushes. These brushes were a nice weight; the weight I expected to feel with the palette. These brushes very sturdy in the hand and the  Bear tips were quite cute. These may be hard to store if you are used to storing your brushes end side down. These are best to store laying down.  The bristles overall were smooth and blended product well, but I felt the face brush didn’t pick up enough powder product. Other than that, these brushes a perfect for a collector or just someone who appreciates cute packaging.

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Thats a Bear-y Nice Glow

For those who love a compact, the Moschino x Sephora collection also featured a Highlight housed in a bear faced compact. This felt the same as the palette in terms of weight, 24k gold plated plastic. The shades included were a light champagne and a soft blush named Uptown and Downtown. I liked applying these over cream or moist for an intense highlight. For a more subtle glow apply dry with a fluffy brush. I personally like layering them for a softer peachy shade.

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The Traditionalist

For the minimalist and the traditionalist, there is something for you in this collection! The Moschino Shopping Bag Shadow Palette. When I friar saw this palette on the site, I was sure it was a part of a past collaboration. It seemed so out of place until I realized – if you’re shopping for Moschino products that are obviously not toys, you will need a Moschino bag to put them all on. The practicality of this still novel but more functional design became perfectly clear.

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This palette is small in that it can fit in the palm of your hand. It is sleek in terms of simple. It has a magnetic closure and is simple to store and carry. The shades are warm and will probably suit most, if not all skin tones. The theme is very marsala, just as there was a large marsala component in the Bear Eyeshadow Palette (three shades almostnearly identical). There are enough shades in this palette to create a neutral everyday look, a dramatic look, or even a full on glam.

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Look At Me Now

I have created a look using as many products from this collection as possible. This look features shadows from the Moschino Bear Eyeshadow Palette, highlight palette, lip gloss set, and even the brushes were used.

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Primer- @yslbeauty #yslbeauty Touché Eclat Blur Primer
Foundation- @dermablendpro#dermablendpro Cover Cream (received complimentary from Derma Blend) topped with Intense Powder Camo in my T-zone to combat oily skin.
Shadow- @moschino #moschino Barely Bare all over lid from base to brow bone applied with a fluffy brush. Clay applied in crease as a transitional shade also applied with a fluffy brush. Bound Brown applied in the outer V in circular motions. On lid I applied a Screen Shot 2017-09-03 at 11.00.55 PM.pngmix of Fort Knox and Spun Gold applied with dense brush and finger. On lower lash line I applied a mix of Kisses and Fantasy.
Brows- @benefitcosmetics@benefitcanada #benefitcosmeticsGimme Brow, Goof Proof Pencil, Ka-Brow Eyebrow cream gel
Contour- @kevynaucoin #kevynaucoinBook of Contour 2 Sculpting cream applied on hollows of cheeks, sides of nose and outer forehead. Applied sculpting powder over with a fluffy face brush.
Highlight- @moschino Bear Highlighter shades Uptown and Downtown mixed and applied over moist skin (sprayed @pixibeauty #pixibeauty #pixibypetraMakeup Fixing Mist )
Liner- @physiciansformula#physicansformula Sexy Booster Cat Eye Eyeliner
Lips- Bear Lip Gloss Chain shade in Soho

 

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If you would like to see some more looks I have created with this palette and other products featured in this collection please be sure to check out my Instagram.

 

 

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Reunited and It Feels So Good…

In The Beginning

If you sang that as you read it, you’re good people in my book. Even if you didn’t get my reference to slow jams of the past, the message remains the same, it feels great to be back. I began blogging sometime around 2011/2012. My blog was birthed out of my rather intense compulsion to let it be known when I am displeased. Sure, that sounds a bit narcissistic, but it isn’t without altruistic purpose. My goal was to help consumers make informed decisions about the beauty products they may want to purchase.

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2017 – Makeup skills on point

There was a time when the internet wasn’t absolutely  saturated with beauty bloggers and vloggers. There were two main sites that would always pop up when searching for reviews, the very informative, but always in the perfect lighting, Temptlaia and the, I can’t see anything you’ve put on your face, Musing of a Muse. Of course on youtube we had Michelle Phan. These were the big league pages as most of the Vloggers and Bloggers you may love today were just getting started or had not even begun. This left a bit of a void where consumers had to trust these chosen few or the advertiser. Let us also consider that advertisers don’t always give a clear idea of how a product will work. I don’t exactly mean the use of photoshop but also the skill involved.

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2012 – Not so on point

The average consumer for beauty products at the drugstore isn’t your local MUA, she is your 13 year old neighbor just beginning to explore, the mom looking for some mascara to glam up her routine, or even the cash strapped college student in search of a new lip shade for her hot date. These are the average consumer, or at least were until the boom and rise of the beauty content creator. The skill involved to achieve the perfect glossy lip or chiseled contour sometimes takes years of practice and dedication. So, of course you won’t be able to achieve the perfection shown in print and video advertisements. You may be left in a haze of disappointment, but has the product actually failed you? Or have you failed the product?

Everyone Can Do It!

With the rise of the content creator also came the rise of the tutorial. Now, the fresh faced teen, the mom, and the student had eager creators ready to teach them all the skills they needed. The average consumer could now achieve, or try to achieve, the look of perfection that they were sold with the product. Purchasing would then become dictated more by what the influencers used and less about traditional advertisements. The beauty industry took notice and began to work directly with “Guru’s”, “Influencers”, and “Content Creators”  to advertise in a new and less traditional manner, hence the birth and rise of the creator.

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Michelle Phan- The OG

Every girl could simply watch a few tutorials and start creating her own. After all, who doesn’t want to be internet famous? This was something I never really cared much about. Even before this emergence, I was blogging about how Covergirl Blast Flip Lipstick was a total flop and making little pictorials for products like Rimmel London Glam Eyes HD.  And while I watched the small vlogs and blogs I used to love grow into mega stars, my original blog never officially took off. I blame this partly for the low photo quality and partly for the fact that I hadn’t officially discovered tweezers. I had a mustache and Helga brow in every picture that involved my face. I never took myself or blogging too seriously… until I discovered the joy of vlogging.

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I officially began my youtube around 2008 as a comedy page that mostly featured my friends and our wacky adventures. Around the end of 2012, with some urging from my followers, I began to vlog officially. With zero equipment and editing software paired with my shy nature, the quality is exactly what you would expect. Surprisingly these first videos have amassed more views than anything else I have ever vlogged about. I like to think that’s because people love watching a train wreck.

I signed up for instagram around the end of 2012 and to be honest I didn’t understand its purpose nor did I find it relevant. It was like hipster Twitter for pictures. How much does one Hipster weigh? One Insta-gram. Ha! In hindsight the hipsters were on to something major. Instagram had become my main platform and allowed me to share mini informative reviews and swatches and YouTube allowed me to go in depth about product performance. I had all but abandoned my blog until my first official NYFW invite arrived in my email. My blog was about to completely transform.

Is It Washable?

I haven’t always loved fashion. Growing up Plus Size, even in New York City – the capital of fashion, there weren’t many options. My grandmother would take me to stores like Lane Bryant and The Avenue sometimes even The Gap. I wanted to wear rebellious cyber goth clothing and live in hot topic however, even if I did desire a more mainstream look, plain T shirts, Jeans, and hoodies were about as stylish as I was able to get due to limited options. It was a bit demoralizing.

If you’ve never been a plus size, teen girl, shopping at the mall with her thinner friends, then you don’t know the struggle of the sock and jewelry corner. For the plus size teen of the 90’s and early 2000’s, mall shopping meant hopping from store to store only to be able to fit the accessories, while your piers flip through endless isles of the newest styles. Occasionally, there would be a store with a plus size section. This section was often hidden in the back and require a walk of shame to reach it. This is where fashion goes to die. Shapeless, plain, and trend devoid. The mantra used to be, if you are plus size, you don’t want to show off.

 

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Mixing Patterns – Plus size girls can do it too.

Clothing options for the plus size woman have vastly improved in last 20 years, but with every step forward there have been some serious steps back. I addressed this often in my prior blog. It became a main focus of mine to address issues and also show off style for plus size options. I focused on a plus size trends like the “Fatkini”,  clothing that was labeled un-washable, and finally I merged fashion with beauty. ‘

Starting Anew

This is where my prior blog concluded and it is where I want to pick up. This blog will serve as a supplemental source of information on all that is fashion and beauty. In depth reviews on beauty and fashion, and even NYFW coverage will be found here! I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you all, and thank you for coming on this new adventure with me!