Friday, December 1, 2017

Aveda Birds of Paradise Review Part 2: Lips

Hope you guys had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! We spent it with my parents at our family's lake house in southern Virginia and it was just the best, most gorgeous week away with my people. And if you follow me on Insta- you'll also know it was much needed after these last few weeks. More on that soon, friends!

In any case, if you missed part one of my Aveda Birds of Paradise Review, make sure you check it out here! Because today I'm sharing my most favorite part of this collection, the products that literally blew me away, and you guys. These lip colors. I'm dying! I've been dying. And had I not had surgery three weeks ago, I would have shouted my love for them to you even sooner! The lip collection includes two of their Limited Edition Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Colors and two Limited Edition Nourish-Mint Rehydrating Lip Glazes. And friends, these lip products are SO perfect for this cooler weather we've been enjoying in north Texas these last few weeks and just gorgeous shades for all of your holiday parties coming up. And if you're still looking for a gift for your girlfriends, your mama, really anyone who loves makeup- these would all make excellent stocking stuffers! 

One other thing I love that they did with this collection? They had something for everyone with their lip products. Want a bolder lip? These creamy, high pigment lipsticks are perfect. Want a gorgeous gloss, lip topper and shades with just a hint of color that are perfect for every day or for the office? These lip glazes are the jam. Is that still a thing? #wewillgowithyes


The lipsticks are buttery, opaque, easy to apply, super comfortable, they have a great, fresh minty scent and they do not dry my lips out in the slightest. And probably my favorite thing about these lipsticks? They last through dinner and don't slide all around your mouth--or even worse--give you that dark lipstick rim around your mouth--not at all a cute look for date night. 

Here is the red, Poppy Ember. This is my new favorite red in my lipstick collection-- which is saying a lot because I don't have that many, really because it's so hard to find that perfect shade. Red can also be really intimidating to wear! I wore this beauty to dinner with my hubby and then out for drinks with our friends and it was so flattering that even the two other people we were with commented on how much they loved my lip color. It's just that perfect shade. It's a perfect tangerine/coral red with just the right amount of pop & it is brilliantly universally flattering, it makes any evening makeup look absolutely stunning and would be so gorgeous for the holiday parties in your future.

Sangria Bloom and Poppy Ember- both so creamy and dreamy!
How pretty is that lip color? And how cute is the Mr? 

Here is the bright, beautiful raspberry shade, Sangria Bloom. Also absolutely stunning! If I'm being totally honest, this one I found wasn't quite as opaque as the red but it was equally as buttery and has a wonderful slip on the lips that made me reach for it again and again ovefr the last few months. And what I love about this one is how buildable it is. Two coats and I was good to go. It's truly a stunning raspberry-plum shade and again, is a gorgeous color for evening, holiday parties or a fun night out. And again- a really fun color to give you a nice, bold lip that's not totally obnoxious. And it feels like heaveeeeeennnn! I just wish I were a liiiiittle more tan to truly feel like I was rocking this color. #hellospraytan But it was such a fun color that I didn't mind the paleness. 😉

Along with the lipsticks are two shades of their nourish-mint lip glazes. I had never tried these before and I am floored. They're incredibly moisturizing and great on top of lipsticks or on their own as a sheer tint of color. One of which, Rose Water, I have used as a topper nearly every single day since September on top of my favorite every day pink/nude shade for a beautiful, glossy finish. Pop it right in the center of the lip and it instantly makes your lips appear fuller and just stunning. I LITERALLY can't get enough of this shade and for me personally--it was the stand out of the entire line. I've traveled with it, it's been in every purse I've carried since I received it, it came to the hospital with me. I. Am. Obsessed. 


The other shade, Mulled Plum, is a really pretty, sheer plum color which is beautiful on its own or on top of a plum lipstick. I've tried both ways and I love it on its own. Since I'm so fair, it gives more than a hint of color and is perfect for evening. It was a little dark for my taste but this shade on a deeper skin tone would be absolutely stunning. It feels really great on the lips, they add a little pop of gloss but aren't overly sticky, the formula is amazing and I do feel the slight lip plumping effect and it's actually COMFORTABLE! #canigetanamen That is SO hard to come by! Both of these shades remind me of MAC Lip Glass-- they have the same exact finish, they feel the same and are just so, so great. Can't recommend them enough. 

I think it's pretty obvious that the lip products in this collection are a total win in my book. Total. Win. And spoiler alert: without a doubt my favorite gems in the entire line. So if you're in the market for the most buttery, gorgeous holiday lip colors and my favorite lip topper of life- run, don't walk to Aveda and get your hands on my absolute faves. And for all you holiday shoppers (ahem, all of us) all of these lippies would make wonderful gifts for the girlfriends and mamas in your life and such great stocking stuffers! And now I'm TOTALLY eyeing this shade for an easy, every day natural lip! 

Happy Friday, friends! Which product are you most excited to try? 

*The products mentioned in this post are c/o Aveda. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. No money exchanged hands. Just sharing what I'm loving & keeping it 100% real with you guys as per usual*

Monday, October 30, 2017

Aveda Birds of Paradise Review Part 1: Eyes

If you've been following my blog or know anything about me, you know that my hair is my crowning glory. Over the years I've changed the color slightly, minus the one time I finally bit the bullet and went a brilliant and beautiful brunette.. which I still loved. But everything about my hair has changed and gotten even better in the last seven years since I changed stylists and went exclusively to Aveda color. And I'll say, every cut, style, highlight, color and deep conditioning treatment has left me just so thrilled to have found my hair king.. AKA the owner of Evolve Hair Studio in McKinney and my beloved hair stylist, Evve. Note: you know you've found your person when you move 45 minutes away from his salon and you still make the trek. Y'all, I just can't quit him, the magic he does to my hair and how fun he makes our time together. Trust me, you need an Evve. But essentially, I switched to Aveda years ago and never looked back because I noticed such a change in the health of my hair. All of a sudden it was thicker, healthier, the color was more radiant and it's been love ever since!

Over the last seven years of using and loving Aveda's hair products-- their dry shampoo is my absolute favorite among others-- I'd been skeptical about their beauty products. I'd previously dabbled into their eye shadows and a few lipsticks but they've always left me wanting more--more pigmentation, more color pay off, and just more bang for my buck. The shadows blended okay, not wonderfully, but I could tell were always geared towards the woman who wants a natural, easy, more toned down face of makeup. And that was fine, but I had other products that I felt a little safer with, that I believed were easier to use and colors that blended really effortlessly and performed like a dream. And am I the only makeup loving girl who gets nervous and even slightly intimidated by natural products? I'm weird that way. But I'm constantly trying new makeup-testing it, playing with it, all the things, and I was pretty lukewarm for so many years. 

And then Evve gifted me Aveda's fall makeup collection, Birds of Paradise. The shadow colors are rich and gorgeous for Fall, I swatched the products on my hand upon leaving the salon and already had a few thoughts. But I took them home, played around for weeks, tried the products together as they are intended and mixed them in with my tried and true go-tos to see how they performed together. I traveled with them, practically tucked them in at night, you get the drift, I'm a true junkie for beauty products! But for the most part, I like to know everything about a product and how it wears and performs before I give an honest review.

For ease of reading, I decided I had SO much to say about each of these products that I needed to separate posts into a series: eyes, lips and face. Today, we're talking all about the eyes. 

Upon first swatch, I admit, I was leery. There wasn't much pigment, as you can see in the photos below, and I was a little nervous about heading out for the night with a face full of eye makeup that could have ruined my entire look. But you guys, the colors are beautiful on the eyes.. more blendable and rich in color than they were on the back of my hand or even on the brush when I first grabbed some color. I was a little surprised that so much color came on to my lid from the brush because they aren't the creamiest or rich in color on the brush. But, my goodness did they pack a punch! Please don't be like me and grab as much color on to your brush as possible at first, thinking that because they're a harder shadow and not creamy (hello, talc-free) that your brush isn't gathering any color.. because you will have a mess. Going in with a light hand and building from there is best. 

                    Swatched dry                            Swatched wet

Using these shadows dry does not do this swatch above on the left justice. I promise the brush grabs more color. But adding a little Mac Fix Plus on the brush and then going on to the lid creates a totally different ballgame and it's GORGEOUS. Check out the color pay off up there! The difference is stunning.

I will say, at first glance I was a little hesitant about Fjord- it's a deep plum and for the most part, I stick to a more natural bronze-y eye look on the daily,. However, applied in the outer corners and it was everything my basic eye look needed for a little Fall punch.. and used wet with a thin liner brush, and you have the most beautifully unexpected but not too crazy pop of color to line your eyes.

I ended up using all four of the colors over and over again and while they do take a little getting used to, much like most natural makeup products, they build up beautifully while giving such a beautiful color pay off. Not over the top or anything (I'll save my Lorac Pro Palette or Makeup Forever shadows for that) but I'm telling you, your eye makeup will be BEAUTIFUL and you will get so many compliments. Or maybe that's just what happens when you finally ditch your favorite neutral eye look for something a little more season-appropriate and add a little more rich color than usual. Purple on the eyes? Not usually my thing, I'll be honest. But with gold and mauve or just mauve on its own it's beautiful. And I actually loved them blended in with some of my favorite go-to Nars colors for a little warmer, more neutral pop of color. You guys.. again, the colors are truly stunning and actually so versatile and easy to add into your own eye makeup routine. I'm telling you what I've been saying to myself for so long: don't be hesitant about color! Used the right way, it's subtle and stunning.

And I really can't say this enough- these shadows are stunning. The colors are rich and they just feel and look like some of the more expensive eye shadows in my collection. And the best part? They're talc free and made from waxes of different flowers, which in my mind is so totally Aveda. How cool is that? While the rest of the beauty world is busy smelling and loving the Too Faced Sweet Peach Collection, I'm over here smelling my Aveda eyeshadows that smell like real flowers. And I love that. 

Out of all of them, Saffron Glow is my favorite because of how much it makes my blue eyes pop. Golden bronze on a blue eye is the single most flattering eye look in my opinion and Aveda nailed it in getting the perfect golden tone- not too yellow, not too bronze. And perfect for my pale skin with pink undertones. Dab a little Glacial Lotus on the brow bone and you have literally the most naturally glowy but not too in your face highlight and the easiest makeup look ever. 


Here is how I created a look using all four of these beauties before a night on the town with my man. So pretty, right? And not in the least bit too colorful or crazy. Just different enough to where EVERYONE took notice and loved the look on me. And is it just me or did the gold and mauve make my blue eyes pop?

Overall, I'm completely impressed and surprised by how much I adore these shadows. They are thoughtfully and carefully curated and I know how much time went into choosing these colors and making them so exquisitely beautiful and just perfect for this time of year. And even more, I feel so good using products that use natural ingredients found in nature instead of a factory that still offers a beautiful wash of color. They are easy to blend and perfect to travel with-- these are all standard individual eye shadows which make for adding to a Z Palette a total breeze. And for the first time ever, I'm totally on board and obsessed with trying more Aveda beauty products to see what products they come out with in the future and discovering gems I might have overlooked from previous collections. 

Thanks for hanging today, friends! What new shadow color are you thinking about adding into your routine for Fall? Have you tried Aveda makeup? Am I totally behind the times? Let me know in the comments below. 😊

*The products mentioned in this post are c/o Aveda. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and there was no monetary compensation for this post.*

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