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!

Jorden


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!



-Jorden-

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? 

Jorden



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!


Face

Foundation
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
Primer
Benefit The POREfessional
Concealer
MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
Powder
bareMinerals Ready Foundation
Translucent Powder
TheBalm Sexy Mama
Blush
MAC Blush in Royal Sunset
     *Honorable Mention - Benefit Cha Cha Tint
Bronzer
Tarte Park Avenue Princess
Luminizer
TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Eyes 
Eyeshadow
 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
Eyebrows
Benefit Gimme Brow
Mascara
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Mascara Base
Chanel Beaute Des Cils Mascara Base
Eyeliner
Maybelline Eye Stiletto Liquid Eyeliner
Em Cosmetics Waterliner

Lips
Lipstick
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

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

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

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

Fragrance
Perfume
Dolce & Gabbana 3 L'Imperatrice Eau de Toilette

Skincare
Eye Makeup Remover
Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
Makeup Remover Wipes
Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
Cleansing Water
Caudalie Cleansing Water
Cleanser
Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash
Exfoliator
Benefit Refined Finish Facial Polish
Toner
Michael Todd Blue-green Algae Toner
Serum
L'Oreal Youth Code Texture Perfector Serum Concentrate
Moisturizer
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
Tools
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! 

Jorden
Friday, November 1, 2013

My Everyday Makeup Routine

Hello, Beauties!

Today I am going to update you on my everyday makeup routine. This is the routine I use Monday through Friday at my office job... but I love it so much, that it has become my weekend staple as well.

Here is the roundup of products that help me achieve my perfect daytime look: 


Foundation: L'Oreal True Match Lumi in W4 Natural Beige, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, BareMinerals Ready Powder Foundation in Medium Beige N20, Real Techniques Powder Brush
Concealer: Benefit Fake Up in 01 Light, L'Oreal True Match in Fair/Light N 1-2-3, MAC 188 Duo Fibre Stippling Brush
Eyes: Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer, WnW 380B Walking on Eggshells Eyeshadow Trio, MAC 217 Shadow Brush, e.l.f. Professional Blending Eye Brush,  Maybelline Line Stiletto in Blackest Black (upper), Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in Matte Black (lower), Chanel Beaute Des Cils Mascara Primer, L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara in Blackest Black
Brows: Tweezerman Slanted Tweezers, Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Deep
Cheeks: Studio Gear Contoured Blush Brush, on my cheeks I have been using the deepest pink shadow from the Sephora + Pantone Palette that is pictured
Lips: Baby Lips Dr. Rescue in Berry Soft, Maybelline Color Elixir in Petal Plush

Both photos were taken in natural light, which accounts for the variation. No filters were used in these photos, only text was added.

Here is a closeup of the eye look.



Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this post. 

If you have any questions about the products in this post, let me know in the comments section below!


- Jorden


Disclaimer: Benefit Gimme Brow was gifted by Benefit Cosmetics. All other products were purchased by me.

Friday, October 25, 2013

L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara (Lash Out Butterfly)

Hello, Beauties!

You all know how I love L'Oreal Voluminous Mascaras. So when I saw that they were coming out with yet another version, I knew I just had to have it. 

I stumbled across the new Voluminous Butterfly Mascara at my local Wal-Mart and snatched it up in the shade Blackest Black (868). I have been using it for two weeks now, and wanted to share my results with you. 





The applicator is like nothing I have ever seen before. It has two "wings" that are open on the sides. The "winged" side is great for the top lashes, while the opposite side with the very short bristles is perfect for the bottom lashes. It did take some getting used to, but not long after beginning my very first application of the product, I got used to it. 





It is a nice, wet formula that is very similar to the Voluminous Million Lashes mascara. I personally love this type of texture in my mascaras. It has the signature "L'Oreal Voluminous" scent, so if you are not a fan of the way that those mascaras smell, you probably will not enjoy the scent of this one. I find that the scent is fairly strong, and I do notice it hours after application, but the scent doesn't bother me. It gives great length to your lashes and a fair amount of volume. The formula is a nice jet black shade. I felt that my lashes were very well separated after using this mascara and there was no issue with clumping, smudging or flaking at all. 


 Left side after using Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, right side with nothing.

One thing that I don't like about this mascara is that the brush is not symmetrical. The side with the "wings" is tapered to a point and the winged side is supposed to be applied to the outer lashes and the slimmer side pointed towards the inner lashes. I personally don't like to use my left hand when applying mascara, (can you say hot mess, anyone?) so the winged side gets applied to the inner corner. Honestly, I don't notice a difference between the side that is winged and the slimmer side. 

Overall, I think my lashes turn out looking great after using this product. The brush is innovative, but I don't think my results are any different than when I use Voluminous Million Lashes. I think it is a great mascara, and if you like the brush, I think you will love this product!



Questions? Comments? Fire Away!
 

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