Krystal C.'s (BeautyByKrystal) Beauty Product Reviews
Favorite cream shadows!
These have become my favorite cream eye shadows, I only own two shades right now, Neptune and Topaz, but I easily grab for these more than any of my other cream shadows. The pigmentation is amazing, especially Neptune, it's a gorgeous marine teal with a slight golden shimmer. Topaz is a great everyday shade, a sheerer champagne. These shadows are creaseless on my eyes, even without a primer and the pigmentation lasts from morning till night. I secretly plan on owning them all some day ;)
LOVE! Smooth, Pigmented, Longlasting and Gorgeous!
Youngblood's pink blush special from October may be over, but their Crushed Mineral Blushes are still a must-try if you are a blush-aholic and/or a mineral fan. Normally I don't care for mineral blushes because they are crazy pigmented and require special attention when applying and blending out. These Youngblood mineral blushes are fairly pigmented, which I highly appreciate. I can just dip in, tap a bit then apply and blend like I would with a pressed blush.
Sherbet "gold-laced pink-peach" is quite pigmented and gives a very feminine, pretty flush to the skin tone.
Tulip "sheer baby doll pink" is a very light shade with a gorgeous luminous effect.
Did You Know?
You can use these loose mineral blushes as eyeshadow pigments, lip colors (just mix in with your favorite lip balm/gloss) and even create your own custom nail polish (just mix in with a clear polish)!
The not-so-staining lip stain :(
I haven't heard much about the N.Y.C. Smooch Proof 16 hour Lip Stains, so I wanted to pick one up and see how the staying power is. This is a felt tip lip stain, it applies like a colored marker and dries to a semi-tacky finish, I experienced some drying, but no hydration at all - used without a balm underneath or on top.
Unfortunately, this stain did not last 16 hours as it is named, it didn't even stay an hour - on its own. When I did a lengthier process than just applying it, it lasted about 4 hours, but once it fades it's completely gone, there is no staining.
Here's the process I used to get it to stay longer:
- apply a lip balm prior
- apply the lip stain and let dry
- reapply the lip stain and let dry
- apply a lip balm again or a gloss
Timed photos are without balms and glosses, I had a cup of coffee and a piece of toast (this was all before lunch)
If this product actually stained the lips so there was color even after it fades away, I would give this a better review. Sadly, the color doesn't last and the product doesn't really stain my lips. $4.99 isn't expensive, so I might go back a get a few different shades to try instead of this bright and pigmented Forever Fuchsia.
Best gel liner, pigmented, creamy, smudge-proof and long lasting!
I'm not a huge gel liner girl, I only own two ELF gel liners in Black and Midnight (which I've owned for about a year are not dried out), so when I started using the Youngblood Incredible Wear Gel Liner in Midnight Sea I quickly noticed a big difference from my usual gel liners. I've read about these liners on Beautezine in the past and I knew their quality was top notch. Just from checking out their website, I really like how they notate which liners are vegan friendly, I wish more companies would do this.
The gel liner is really creamy and pigmented, a tiny dip of your brush into the pot goes a long way. For a liner not labelled as waterproof, this is pretty powerful when you try to smudge it up after it dries. Aside from wearing this on my upper lid, I have been really liking it on my bottom waterline. Midnight Sea is dark enough to pull off the sultry look, but it's also blue enough where it makes your eyes look whiter. It's a great shade and I have been really enjoying it. I can't wait for the colder months to arrive, I want to use it as a base for a navy smoky eye :)
I love blue shadows, Mermaid is perfection & cruelty-free!
I first fell in love with Youngblood eyeshadows with their Starlet quad, and now Mermaid has become a top favorite of my collection as well. If you are familiar with my blog, then you won't be surprised to hear that I L.O.V.E. blue eyeshadow! I love it as an accent color, a liner and even on my waterline during a neutral look. I subconsciously find a way to incorporate blues into my makeup with nearly every look I do. Blues remind me of water and watery shades make me feel happy. It took me all Summer to realize this is why I'm gravitating towards blues so often.
Mermaid is a palette with four "shades of sea and sky", Pink Pearl (non-vegan) a baby pink almost lavender shimmer with a blue/green duo chrome, Abalone (non-vegan) a blue shimmer with baby blue iridescence, Ocean Mist a watery blue shimmer, and Sea Glass a teal or "Robin's egg" blue shimmer. My favorite is Sea Glass, I think it is the most pigmented, it's beautiful used as a liner too ;)
Best for smoky eyes & cruelty-free!
I've been playing with the Youngblood Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Starlet since late last winter. I wanted to take my time in reviewing it because if you're like me, a bit tight with the money, I want to be sure that all four shades can be used on their own, all together and that they are grade A quality. I'm so pleased to say that the Youngblood Pressed Mineral Eyeshadows are amazing! They are rich in pigmentation, buttery in texture, extremely easy to blend out and into each other, they don't crease on my moderately oily lids (tested with/without a primer), and because of how little product you need to use - you get a lot of product for your money. I can't even begin to tally how many times I have used this palette, and it still looks brand new, barely any dips in the eyeshadow pans so far.
I love the quality of the palette, it is black and sleek - a classic look, and the closure is magnetic. The strong magnetic closure is not too strong where you're struggling to open it and not too light where it'll open on its own in your cosmetic bag. There's a full size mirror inside, normally I don't use these, but the large size is actually really handy for when I'm doing my lower lash line makeup application. The back shows the eyeshadow names, this takes some getting used to, for some odd reason I always get the eyeshadow names mixed up.
As I mentioned earlier, the eyeshadow quality is fantastic! I love mineral eyeshadows, and having them pressed but still hold that amazing pigmentation is simply a luxury I enjoy. The quad is described as "icy accents and dramatic darks".
Moonstone: a frosty white (very similar to MAC Crystal Avalanche)
Storm: a matte charcoal with a slight brown hue
Black Opal: a rich satiny pitch black
Platinum: a shimmery cool toned silver
#1 Setting Powder!
Ever since I received the Youngblood Pressed Mineral Rice Setting Powder, I've been preferring it over all my other powders. I even removed my Ahava Compact Powder from my purse and replaced it with the Youngblood Rice powder - that's a huge statement. Let's begin...
The packaging - sleek and gorgeous! I love products that are all black. There's a full mirror inside, a sponge (which I haven't used yet) and the plastic sheet to protect the powder and keep it all clean. The compact has a sturdy closure, and if your toddler gets a hold of it and drops it on accident, it doesn't shatter! WIN! The quality - amazingness! I love it! The powder applies evenly, smooth, clean (meaning no excessive dusting), can be swiped on or pressed into the skin. It lasts all day, it combats my oils so I'm not shiny, it has never looked cakey on me and it camouflages my larger pores giving me the flawless look. I have the shade medium, and when I go for a makeup-less day I can still get an even skin tone with this powder.
My favorite part about this powder, it leaves an even, matte finish without ever making my skin look dry. I never experience dry patches, flaking, splotchy coverage or tightness. This powder feels like it was made for me; it fits my weird, complicated, combination skin to a T and it is more affordable than the MAC powders I have in my collection. Overall, I'm over the moon and I couldn't recommend it more :)
conceals, highlights, lasts through heat and sweating
The Youngblood Ultimate Concealer is indeed "ultimate". It is lightweight, yet very emollient which makes it easy to blend into the skin and it still packs a lot of coverage. This concealer seems to melt into your skin like a foundation does, unlike most concealers that tend to stay topical and need a lot of setting in order for them to "stay put". I can wear this over blemishes, under eyes and even as a highlight, as the shade Medium is lighter than my skin tone but I can still blend the shade out to a sheerer tone which camouflages into my skin seamlessly.
I'm usually very sparing with my concealers, none of them have the brightening effect that the Ultimate Concealer does. My favorite use for this concealer is to brighten up the entire under eye area. Having two young children, I pretty much only function on caffeine and my eyes are beginning to tell that secret, so the concealer is like magic, bringing my skin back to life!
I chose a deluxe sample (.17 fl oz / 5ml) of the Youngblood Mineral Primer in my last Beauty Army kit, and for the past month or so I have been using this primer after my morning moisturizer and underneath my face makeup (tinted moisturizer or foundation). It feels smooth and spreads really evenly, which means a little goes a very long way. This deluxe sample size has lasted me so long and I literally only use one pump which turns out to be a tiny pea-sized amount, and that covers my entire face. It doesn't have much of a scent, but it smells exactly like my ELF Mineral Infused Primer (click HERE for that review). In comparison, the Youngblood Mineral Primer ($41.00) feels, looks and performs very similar to the ELF Mineral Infused Primer ($6.00) and the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($36.00). As much as I love owning Youngblood products (because I'm head over heels for them this year!) I just cannot see myself spending $40+ on a primer that is so similar to a $6 primer that I can easily pick up at Target.
Love it, simple, sturdy and easy to use
About a month ago, I received a Unii palette to review. I was so excited to try this out since it's one of the All Stars of the YouTub beauty community. Then I started looking at my makeup collection, what makeup was I willing to destroy to depot the makeup pans and transfer them into my empty Unii palette? Moving on to my destruction project performed yesterday. As I was tidying up my "work" area, I kept moving my Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV around like it was junk and constantly in my way. I had won this palette early in the year from Beautylish, and even though I was super excited, it sat, unopened, untouched and forgotten up until yesterday. If I never use this palette because of its over sized, unnecessarily bulky packaging then it is the perfect victim for a depotting project to fill my Unii palette!
There was no dainty way of depotting this palette, I pretty much just tore it up, all while being gentle so as not to disturb the eyeshadow pans. Took me about an hour to rip it all up and get the shadows out. I also took some time to grab my sticky labels, measure them to the eyeshadow pans, label all the shadows and then placed them into my Unii palette (in alphabetical order). The Unii palette has a magnetized base so the metal pans sat in there securely, but if your pans are not metal the Unii palette comes with a magnetic sheet the same size of the interior of the palette so you can measure and cut out your own sticky magnets for your makeup.
Overall I LOVE my Unii palette and I love how easy it is to access these beautiful Urban Decay eyeshadows now!