Saturday, September 20, 2014

Happy to be back!

Hello, Beauties!

I am so happy to be back in the swing of things. I have a lot of fun posts scheduled! 

Be on the lookout for posts featuring new Urban Decay, ColourPop, Milani, Nars and much more...

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Maybelline Bleached Neons Color Show Nail Lacquer

Hello, Beauties!

Here is part two of my Maybelline Bleached Neons series. There will be one more post following this one. Today I'm showing you the Color Show Nail Lacquer shades that are part of this limited edition collection!

Colors from L to R: Lime Accent, Bleached in Peach, Citrus Collide, Coral Heat, Pink Punch, Ultra Violet.

There were seven shades in the collection, but I only picked up six. There was a blue shade, but I have WAY too many blues in my collection... so I skipped it!

Keep in mind that these are all LE shades, so hurry up and grab them if you're going to. These polishes are about $2.99 each, and can be found at your local drugstore. 

Here are swatches on my nails: 

Overall, I think the colors are really fun and bright for summer. They are perfect for those that are a little intimidated by full on neon shades. The formula varies from polish to polish. Most of them go on pretty sheer with one coat, but you can get a nice opaque finish with 2-3 coats. 
Lime Accent dried to an almost matte finish while the other shades looked more glossy. None of the shades had any sort of shimmer or glitter. I found that Lime Accent was the most difficult shade to work with, and Ultra Violet was the easiest. 

Have you tried any of these shades? Do you plan on it?


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Maybelline Bleached Neons Color Elixir Liquid Balms

Hello, Beauties! 

Today I'm swatching the brand spanking new Maybelline Bleached Neon Limited Edition Color Elixirs for you! Maybelline has released a whole range of Limited Edition shades in this summer collection including Color Elixirs, Color Whispers, Color Tattoos, a new Master Glaze Blush and Color Show nail polishes. So far I have been able to nab just about everything except for two of the Color Elixir shades and the two Color Tattoo shades. I have heard that the Color Tattoos are dupes for two of last years LE shades, so if that is true, then they would just be dupes in my collection anyway!

Now onto the good stuff! I will not be reviewing these glosses since I have already done a previous review with my thoughts on the Color Elixir Liquid Balms. If you are looking for a more in depth review, you can see one here.

I decided to swatch all of the shades on my wrist and my lips so you can really get a good idea of the color payoff. 

Overall, I love them. They are consistent formula and scent wise with the original Color Elixirs in the permanent range. If you are a fan of the Color Elixirs and are interested in these shades, I would keep an eye out as they have not hit most drugstores yet. On all of the displays I have seen, there are only two of each shade, so you'll need to grab 'em when you see 'em. Keep in mind that these are all limited edition, so when they are gone, they're gone.

Here I am wearing Orange Aglow.

Stay tuned for more Bleached Neon reviews!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Review: Essie's Fashion Playground

Hello Beauties!

I apologize for the hiatus. I am happy to say that I have a TON of new things to review, and I am back in action! 

Fashion Playground is one of the new shades from Essie's Hide and go Chic collection for Spring 2014. There were six colors on the display, but this was the only one that spoke to me. You know how I love mint green, and this one has shimmer involved!

Take a look: 

Overall, while I think that this is a beautiful shade, it is another Essie dud for me. I found that the formula was very sheer and streaky, and I needed at least 3 coats to get to the opacity that I desired. I was very excited that this polish had shimmer in it, because none of the other mint green shades in my collection do. Unfortunately, once this polish is applied to the nails, you basically have to get out a magnifying glass to find the shimmer. I would not repurchase this shade.

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned... I have an exciting giveaway coming very soon!


Sunday, January 19, 2014

New at the Drugstore: Wet n Wild Fergie Vivacious Varnish High Shine Lip Stain

Hello, Beauties!

Wet n Wild has put out a ton of new products for 2014. I have had a chance to try a few, but today I wanted to talk to you about the new Wet n Wild Fergie Vivacious Varnish High Shine Lip Stain.

I had no idea what to expect from this product. By looking at the packaging it looks like a typical gloss, but the words 'varnish' and 'stain' had me thinking there was more to it than that. There was a nice selection of shades, but I decided to play it safe and get the two lightest shades. I found these at my local Walgreens, and you can go to the Walgreens website to see the full color selection. The product is 0.24 oz, and run about $3.50 a piece. 

The first Shade I tried was Legendary Face. This color is a pink nude 'your lips but better' shade. The applicator is long and thin and applies the perfect amount of product. You can see in the picture that the sponge tip is stained darker than the product on the applicator - hence the staining property. This actually scared me because I HATE how the Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stains stain my lips a darker color than the color of the actual product.

Here is Legendary Face on the lips. The top photo shows the product immediately after it is applied; the second is after 3 hours of wear. 
I thought that this shade was beautiful. In the first picture you can see that it applies just as it looks in the tube. I was happy to see that the lip color only darkened a bit after wear; it didn't stain my lips a crazy color like some other staining lip products I have tried. It felt nice and smooth on the lip upon application. I did think that this varnish was thicker than a typical gloss, and has as almost tacky feeling. If you are looking for a thin gloss product, this is not it. This shade applied evenly, lasted at least 5 hours on the lip without needing a touch up, and just looked beautiful. It smells lightly sweet, but the scent is not overwhelming at all. 

The next shade I tried was called Giving Realness. This color is a gorgeous peachy nude. I was really hoping it would look like Revlon Bellini gloss. Again, you can see that the applicator is stained a much darker pink shade than the product itself. Scary! Sadly, that was the last thing I needed to be worried about with this shade...

Here is Legendary Face on the lips. The top photo shows the product immediately after it is applied; the second is after 3 hours of wear. 

This shade was MUCH more difficult to apply. I had to work with it for at least a minute to get an even application. It was patchy and gloopy and just an all around mess. When I finally got it to look like an even coat, I pursed my lips together and it was a mess all over again. I wore it for three hours for review purposes, and you can see that it also did not do a crazy pink stain on my lips. The color actually looked pretty and just slightly darker. Unfortunately, I wiped this off of my lips after the 3 hour mark because it was a patchy, sticky mess. You can't really tell in the photo above, so I've added a close up for you to see.

Hopefully you can see in this photo how patchy and awful this shade looked on the lip.

Overall, I really loved Legendary Face and had high hopes for this product line. After trying Giving Realness, I wish I would have tried the darker shades. I have a feeling that the darker shades would apply much nicer and not as patchy. Since the price point is so low on this product, I may go pick up some of the darker shades with hopes that I'd love them as much as Legendary Face. 

Have you tried these? Do you want to?

Monday, December 30, 2013

New at the Drugstore: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Hello, Beauties!

I have a first impressions post for you today about a product I have been dying to get my hands on; the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser!

I spotted this at my local Bed Bath & Beyond and snatched it up immediately. If you read my Best of Beauty 2013 post, then you know that my favorite primer has been The POREfessional by Benefit. When I saw the description of Maybelline's pore filling primer, I was very intrigued.  The price point is much more affordable than The POREfessional and even much more affordable than L'Oreal Miracle Blur, which is supposed to give a similar effect. I purchased my Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser for $5.29 at Bed Bath & Beyond. 

The Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser is said to do the following: 

  • Instantly blur the look of pores, without clogging them
  • Smoothes and refines skin's appearance

Size comparison next to L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder

It is described as a transparent gel formula that smoothes on clear, and is non-comedogenic and fragrance-free. The packaging says that you can wear it alone, or "smooth a thin layer under foundation for a smooth looking finish."

I applied a thin layer of the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser under my L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder: 

Pardon the breakouts! This photo has no filter and no retouching. My pores are not 'erased' but are definitely 'blurred' and look much better than they did before!

Overall, I really love this primer. I think it is such a bargain for the price. It feels smooth and luxurious on the skin, and definitely minimized the look of my pores. I don't think it 'erased' them as the product name implies, but in the official claims of the product it says it will 'blur' your pores, and it does do that. I felt that it made my skin more matte in consistency, and helped my foundation apply much more beautifully and last much longer. It has no scent and no minty or cooling sensation when applied, which I think will be great for those who have sensitivities to those things. On top of all that, I am a huge sucker for packaging, and it doesn't get much cuter than this.

If you are looking for an amazing primer and are on a strict budget, this may just be the primer for you!

Have you tried this product? If so, what do you think? 


Monday, December 23, 2013

Best of Beauty: 2013 Edition

Hello, Beauties!

I am sorry I have been away for so long. I recently moved and have had a lot of things pop up in the meantime. I am happy to say I am back! I have really missed posting.

Today I am going to share my beauty favorites for the year of 2013. I have had the chance to try some fantastic products this year! I will break it down by category, and at the end of the post, I will add a few not-so-favorites!


Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
     *Honorable Mention - L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder
*Honorable Mention - YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Illuminating Foundation
Tinted Moisturizer
Jouer Luminizing Tinted Moisturizer
BB Cream
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream
*Honorable Mention - L'Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Liquid BB Cream
Benefit The POREfessional
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
bareMinerals Ready Foundation
Translucent Powder
TheBalm Sexy Mama
MAC Blush in Royal Sunset
     *Honorable Mention - Benefit Cha Cha Tint
Tarte Park Avenue Princess
TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

 Urban Decay
*Honorable Mention - Wet n Wild Eyeshadow in Nutty
Eyeshadow Primer
Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer
Eyeshadow Base
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
Undereye Concealer
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
Benefit Gimme Brow
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Mascara Base
Chanel Beaute Des Cils Mascara Base
Maybelline Eye Stiletto Liquid Eyeliner
Em Cosmetics Waterliner

YSL Rouge Volupte in 1 Nude Beige  
Lip Gloss
Buxom Full On Lip Cream in White Russian
Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Bellini
Lip Crayon
Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Demure
Lip Stain
Buxom Full On Lip Tarnish in Extortion
Lip Liner
Urban Decay Lip Liner in Naked
*Honorable Mention - Starlooks Lip Liner in Bare
Lip Treatment
Tarte Maracuja Lip Exfoliant

Makeup Palette
Tarte Aqualillies Waterproof Eye & Cheek Palette
Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

TheBalm En Root Keep My Color Shampoo
TheBalm En Root Keep My Color Conditioner
Deep Conditioner
Ion Extreme Moisture Creme
Dry Shampoo
Batiste Dark & Deep Brown Dry Shampoo
MoroccanOil Light Treatment
Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray
Heat Protectant
Kerastase Nectar Thermique
Farouk Systems Chi 1" Flat Iron
Remington Keratin Therapy 1" Clip Free Curling Iron
Tangle Teezer

Bath and Body
Body Wash
SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Body Wash
Pacifica Body Butter in Indian Coconut Nectar
*Honorable Mention - 100% Pure Coconut Nourishing Body Cream
Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub in Coconut Lime
Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum
Self Tanner
Million Dollar Tan Cabana Tan Extreme & Cabana Tan Extreme Face
Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant

Dolce & Gabbana 3 L'Imperatrice Eau de Toilette

Eye Makeup Remover
Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
Makeup Remover Wipes
Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
Cleansing Water
Caudalie Cleansing Water
Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash
Benefit Refined Finish Facial Polish
Michael Todd Blue-green Algae Toner
L'Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Serum Concentrate
L'Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Day & Night Cream
Eye Cream
Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream
Lip Balm
Smith's Rosebud Salve in a Tube
Face Mist
Urban Decay B6 Vitamin Infused Complexion Prep Spray
Clarisonic Mia 2 Cleansing System

Not so Favorite Products of 2013
Almay Wake up Undereye Concealer
Maybelline The Falsies Big Eye Mascara
Dior Creme De Rose Lip Balm
Michael Todd Pink Grapefruit Body Lotion
Evolvh UltraShine Moisture Conditioner
Pacifica Alight BB Cream
Chapstick Hydration Lock 
ModelCo Fibre LASHEXTEND Lengthening Mascara

So, that's the list! Did any of your favorites make it on my list?  Disagree with any of my un-favorites?

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! 


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