Saturday, July 26, 2014

ELF Snow White cosmetics collection and makeup bags

Hi everyone!
OMG have you seen the new ELF cosmetics Snow White makeup collection? Many of you have probably seen the Ariel (The Little Mermaid) collection in local Walgreens stores but now ELF has put out a Snow White collection as well. I first heard about this through a blogger called Musings of a Muse, if you don't read her blog, you should. She has awesome reviews on all kinds of products- not just makeup.

These are the things I found at two of the local Walgreens here in TX but I believe they sell them at CVS and Rite-aid as well. (You can also purchase them online at Walgreens.com) ELF (Eyes, Lips, Face) has put out the same type of cosmetics they did for the Ariel collection- Lip products, eye shadows, makeup brushes, and a blush/bronzer duo.


I also found these cute makeup bags made by Soho. They come in three different sizes and are all really pretty and made well. They range from $7.99 to $11.99.  I picked up the largest bag which I have to say fits a ton of stuff! It doesn't have pockets inside which is a down-er but it is a decent size and you can fit quite a few large palettes and such inside. 

The outside of the bag and below is the inside lining. Very pretty but I imagine hard to clean. 


I also purchased the lip collection which comes with a lip stain, shimmer lip gloss, and a lip balm. (From left to right) The stain is a really pretty deep red, the shimmer gloss I found to be a bit on the light side and the balm is a pretty berry color. I am wearing the lip stain in the picture below- I apologize for the lighting- it actually doesn't look this dark in natural sunlight but I thought it looked really pretty and DID remind me of Snow White. The stain is a true stain, it will last for hours but comes and applies as a marker instead of a gloss or lipstick. It is kind of difficult to apply because of the marker pen form so I would be careful as the color can get kind of splotchy. 





I hope to pick up a few more of the ELF products in this collection soon. I love the Snow white art on the products! Have you guys seen these are you local stores? Has anyone purchased the eye shadows or other items? What did you think of them? I'd love to hear it. 



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal Review/Swatches


Hey guys!
Sorry it's been so long, I am taking online classes and they are just killing me! Besides that, we are still in the process of moving so I am currently staying with my parents for a bit and there is not a whole lot of down time! Anyway, I picked up a few of these new Maybelline Baby Lips at Wal-mart and wanted to show them to you guys. I'm actually not a huge fan of the the Baby Lips lip balms but wanted to try these anyway. They are super sheer and give just a touch of color to the lips. The two I picked up were Beam of Blush which is a purple color and Gleaming Coral which looks like a bright orange in the tube but actually comes off really soft. 




Beam of Blush

 Gleaming Coral

 Beam of Blush on the left/ Gleaming Coral on the right



I see why they call them Crystal but you can see here that even though they do actually have some shimmer in them, it doesn't show once it's on your lips or in a swatch. Beam of blush seemed to have more color pay off than the Coral and smells like Bubble Tape bubble gum. If you ever chewed that when you were a kid, you know it has a distinct smell to it which I really like. : )

I am wearing Beam of Blush here

The Coral has a pleasant orange-y scent to it as well but it's not really my thing and like I said, the color pay off was not a good as I was hoping considering the color of it in the tube.

Overall, I'm still not really a big fan of these Baby Lips products. They moisturize for a bit but by no means are made for serious lip hydration and provide minimal color. I really wanted these to have a bit of sparkle too since they are "Crystal" but was disappointed. They do have a lot of shine to them though. They retail at Walmart for just under $3.00 so not completely a bad deal but not really worth even that much in my opinion.

Has anyone else tried these or love any of the other Baby Lips? 



Thursday, June 5, 2014

Easy Summer Eye look (Wet n Wild Fergie Limited Edition)

Hi everyone!
Today I have a super easy summer look for you using the new Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage palette called Purple Drank. I believe there are four palettes that are limited edition so if you can find them in your local Walgreens or CVS, pick one up. Here is the palette and a few swatches- I really love these shades of purple. It comes with five colors, two lighter sparkly shades and three matte shades of purple.


On the left: With flash  On the right: Without flash
No primer was applied

I started by placing a light brown above my crease back and forth across my eye. I used the purple on the bottom left of the palette and applied it to the inner and outer corner of my eyelid, leaving the middle of my lid alone. I also applied the purple to my lower lash line, keeping it on the inner and outer corners. I lined my water line with a brown eyeliner- Rimmel Scandal eyes. This eyeliner is nice and creamy and won't transfer onto your eye so it's good for all you contact lens wearers. Next, I mixed the two lightest shades and applied those to the bare space on my lid, right in the center. Be sure to blend everything well- I just used my finger to blend between the light and purple shades. I also applied these two shades on my lower lash line, in the center also. I also took the lightest shade in the palette and highlighted my inner corner/tear duct. Lastly, I used the darkest purple, the one in the center of the palette and used it as a liner on my upper lash line. I curled my lashes and applied mascara and that's it. 



I completed the look by using my ELF blush in Candid Coral and used LA Girl's Glazed lip paint in Babydoll which is a bright barbie pink. I feel like this look is perfect for hot weather/summer. The blush has bits of gold shimmer and the bright lip is a nice change; add a bit of bronzer and you're good to go. I get tons of compliments when I wear this palette so I hope you'll try it out. 



Does anyone own this palette or any of the other limited edition ones? What do you think? Will you be trying this look for summer? Let me know if you do!


Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Review

Hey guys!
Sorry I've been MIA lately, classes are almost over and we are moving! Yes, after years of being away from home, we are finally moving closer to family! Of course all that comes with military life also comes stress as we prepare to move and sell our house so we have been busy needless to say. I am going to try and keep posting as much as I can in between all the crazy-ness though, I promise.

So with that being said, let's move onto the review. So I don't know how many of you are on Instagram, but I have seen and heard so much about this 3D Fiber Lash thing. I have seen pictures everywhere and let me say, it's been well over 2 months of me contemplating this mascara. I finally broke down and purchased it through one of my followers actually, you can buy it here. So yes, it is pricey- $29.00. My initial reason for NOT purchasing it was not because of the price but because of the fibers. I have tried a few drugstore brands and swore up and down that I would never buy anything like that again because of those little fibers! Anyone else feelin me? They get all up in your eye and hurt like hell to be honest. So I was a little hesitant to buy this and I actually looked up a tutorial on Youtube on how to use them and realized that it might not be that bad.

The fiber lashes are sold by a company called Younique which is quickly becoming the next Mary Kay is what I've heard about it. The thing I like about Younique is that their products are natural- they tell you what's in each product and their website gives a detailed description of each ingredient. I LOVE that fact!  Not long ago I wouldn't have cared much but since I've found out I am allergic to a few very common preservatives/dyes in many cosmetics, I am always looking for products that are more natural. If you have any kind of sensitive skin or allergies, I would totally recommend you look into Younique.



The mascara comes with 2 tubes in a small case that looks like and eye glass case. It comes with a transplanting gel and the fibers- which are made of green tea- crazy right?! So basically the company recommends you first apply a coat of your favorite mascara, let it dry, then go on applying the fiber lashes. You first use the gel, then add the fibers before it dries and seal it with another coat of gel.



I personally love the transplanting gel by itself. It is a great mascara all on its own. It coats all your lashes, it builds volume,  it's not too wet and the brush is nice and fluffy. So I tried applying it the way they recommend and found that it clumped a bit too much. I just did not like the effect of it- I think because you let the first coat of mascara dry, it just gets too clumpy once you apply the rest. I did try it without applying mascara first- I just used the transplanting gel, the fibers and more gel and I did see a difference. I always use a comb to brush through my lashes, even with regular mascara so I would recommend you use something to separate them a bit more.


I have Younique on the left eye in all picts. On the right eye in the top, I have nothing on my lashes. In the second pict, I applied my favorite mascara, the Almay One Coat Triple Effect to the right eye. On the bottom, I have Younique on both eyes. For sure this system will add all kinds of length to your lashes. I wasn't expecting it to impress me over my Almay mascara but it actually does. It adds just a bit more length and volume to my lashes and I do prefer it over my regular mascara. It takes only a few minutes to apply, the fibers DON'T end up in my eyes and the overall look is really nice. It beats applying false lashes any day! It lasts all day- I would say, something like a water proof mascara but you can wash it off at the end of the day. I did not have a problem with it flaking but if you apply too many fibers, they will fall out onto your cheeks.

What do you guys think? Better than falsies? I can only see this having a problem in the future which is that the transplanting gel with dry out or have issues because you are using it on top of the fibers and then placing the wand back in the tube. Eventually, so many fibers will end up in the gel which defeats keeping them separate. I have been wiping the wand after using it a second time before placing it back in the container. Not an issue yet but I will keep you posted if it does become a problem.

Now that you know how awesome this thing is, will you give it a try? Have you already tried it? What did you think? I would say well worth the money and I might have to try a few other products from this company. : )



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Benefit Gimme Brow Review

Hey everyone!
I have a great review for you today, it's the Benefit Gimme Brow brow gel. I don't know where I've been but I had not seen/heard of this product before a few weeks ago. I was actually watching Jaclyn Hill on Youtube and heard her talking about this product, so I went and picked it up at Sephora and boom. Where has this been all my life?! This is the number one natural brow product I have been looking for! No joke, if you have brows like mine, you NEED this in your life. Ok so let me explain- Gimme Brow is a brow gel that contains tiny fibers that actually attach to your own hair and give the appearance of fuller brows instantly. I know that sounds like a commercial but seriously- check out my before and after.



Yes, this little brow gel does this amazing thing.  Now let me tell you, I don't usually use brow gels because I don't naturally have full brows and I don't feel like I need a gel to keep them in place. My brows are very thin and need a lot of filling in so I usually use a pencil or powder to fill them or both but with this fiber gel, there is no need for anything else. The best part of this is that it really does look super natural. This product can be so good for so many people. If you need lots of filling in like me, this is amazing but if you also have full brows and are looking for a good brow gel to keep those hairs in place, this would work great too. It combs through the hairs so easily that it fills in just enough to keep your brows looking natural because let's face it, no one wants to look like their 5 year old drew on their face with sharpie. I love to have full defined brows and I love the way it looks but when I'm in a hurry on most days, this little thing comes in so handy.

So it's basically like a little spooly brush but it's super tiny and this actually comes in two shades, I have the medium/deep but from far away it doesn't come across as dark as I'd personally like it- I think that's what makes it look more natural. I love that the color is a true brown also. I have tried many brow products that have a reddish tint to them and it just doesn't look right on me. This is more of a cool brown shade, at least the medium/deep shade is- I have not tried the lighter shade yet.



The one thing I will say is that it's not that easy to control, your brows have to be shaped the way you want because this will attach to any of those tiny hairs so if you're in between waxes or have a few stray hairs this will pick up on those, making it that much harder to keep the shape perfect and once this gel sets, it sets. Because it's a gel, it's harder to wipe any excess or clean up any mess like it is with a power or pencil so be sure you are brushing it right in the area you want it.


By far, this is the best brow product I have found in a long time and my new go-to for easy everyday looks. It retails for $22.00 at Sephora or online and worth every penny! Go out and try it, I promise you'll love it!



Friday, May 23, 2014

bareMinerals BARESKIN foundation review

Hi everyone! 
So I have another review for you today on the new bareMinerals BARESKIN serum foundation. I know there is so much talk about this and since it came out everyone has gone crazy for it; of course I did too. I purchased mine at Sephora and I have to say the customer service there was really nice- I like to point out good customer service when I get it since so many people seem to think it's a waste of time now. So let me start by saying this foundation comes in like almost every shade you could want. I was a little overwhelmed by all the colors and the fact that they don't match up to the original bare Minerals powder foundation doesn't help. Anyway, the girl at the store matched me with this thing called the Color IQ. Have you guys seen or heard of this? It's really cool. It automatically scans your skin and matches you to almost any product in the store. So she used this on me and it actually matched me one shade darker but after testing it on my skin, we both agreed one shade lighter would be better. I ended up buying Bare Beige 08 and it actually is a really good match for me. This foundation retails for $29 at Sephora or online and the brush they recommend using with it is $28. I did not purchase the brush so I won't say that the outcome of how it applies isn't different. It might be completely worth the money, maybe someone can give a comparison if they did purchase the brush with the foundation? I ended up using my ELF Powder Brush which is really similar to theirs. 



From Sephora's website, this foundation claims to be:

"Created with exceptional purity in mind, this ultrathin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish, and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance—it’s like nothing you’ve ever felt before."

Ok so it definitely is ultra thin and does make your skin look like, well...skin. I love that it feels really light, like you're not wearing makeup. It is very liquid-y and they do recommend that you shake it before applying. You only need a small amount, I used three drops on each side of my face and two on my forehead to try and get full coverage. I believe they recommend anywhere from 4-8 drops depending on the coverage you want. So here is my before and after. Don't mind my less than perfect skin and barely there brows! 




You can see it does cover and it actually looks really good right after you apply it. I did set mine with a powder because I do get oily and it is a liquid foundation. So here's what I don't like about it- even though it looks great after you put it on and feels really light weight, I didn't feel like it wore well. I don't consider myself to have oily skin but I do get oily in my T-zone and I felt like my skin just soaked up this foundation. Without setting it with a powder, within I would say 2 hours, my skin was all kinds of shiny and with powder on top, it still broke down within a few hours. I can put concealer over my scars/blemishes and I just feel like after a while, you can see them because it's like the foundation has worn off.

 I would not suggest this if you have super oily skin or very dry skin either. I found that it brought out any dry patches I had on my face and made them more noticeable. I'm not really sure who could use this foundation and really love it. I would consider it more like a better version of a BB Cream and if you have really great skin with not much to cover then you would probably like this.


                  (On the left: Just foundation, no powder    On the right: Set with powder and touched up later in the day)

So here I took a picture of myself about two hours after I applied the foundation without setting it with anything and you can clearly see my forehead is an oil slick! It does look really natural but it's a bit too natural for me. On the right, I did set it with a translucent powder and touched it up with more powder and this is after about 5 hours of wear- I can still see shine on my forehead and this isn't close enough to see here but I could see my blemishes on the top of my forehead after that long.

Overall I think it's just a really great BB Cream. I don't think it's worth the price tag to be honest, that's just my opinion. I think it's a good foundation for someone with really great skin that just wants to look a little more flawless. I consider myself too old and feel like I need a bit more coverage and I like my skin to be a little more "made-up" than natural looking. LOL. I like that it's free of parabens and hypoallergenic and I love the way it feels on my skin but I just wish it had more staying power.

How do you guys feel about it? Anyone have really good results with this product? I'd love to hear about it!



Thursday, May 22, 2014

Urban Decay Sale!


Hey guys! 
OMG have you seen the sale Urban Decay is having online? Check out some of these items- Lip Junkie Lipgloss for $5? Palettes for $10? Their Mineral Makeup for just $7? Umm yes please! I believe some of these are a one day only sale so get your hands on them now! There is so much to choose from- eyeliners, bronzer, lashes, nail polish, the list goes on. Considering Urban Decay products are usually pretty pricey- this is such a good sale to get a few things you've been wanting to try. 

What are you guys gonna get? I know I need to get me a palette and I'm sure I can find a few other things to add to my cart. LOL. Let me know what you guys find!


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Colored Mascaras

Hi everyone! 
So I want to start off by saying, whatever happened to makeup being something fun? I feel like everyone is all serious about it- it has to compliment you and enhance your natural beauty- blah, blah, blah. Remember the days of sleepovers and putting makeup on your friends? That was so much fun! 
Does anyone watch Gilmore Girls or ever watch it? Ever see that episode where Lorelai throws a birthday party for Luke's daughter? They do make-overs and the next day she is describing what happened to her friend and says something like, remember when makeup was fun, all we use it for now is to look better. LOL! It's so true though! I know the general idea is make you look better but really, who took the fun out of it? Was it only cool to wear bright blue eye shadow when you were 12? Why can't we wear it now? Ok so anyway, moving on to this post- fun stuff- colored mascara!! 
Now I know some people will only wear colored mascaras that are not very bright or they want it to look a certain way, maybe a hint of color, pretty natural. In my opinion, why wear it then? Isn't the point to show it off? 
I absolutely LOVE colored mascaras! It takes me back to when I was 13 and wore all kinds of crazy colors and didn't care. I'm so glad that they brought them back so I'm gonna share what I have in my collection and show you some swatches so you can see what they look like. If you are a mascara lover like me and want to know about this new colored mascara thing, then keep reading. 

First I wanted to show you some swatches of a few of the mascaras, the brighter ones, so you can see exactly what they look like and what they look like on my eye. Here is Rimmel Extra Pop mascara in green, Maybelline Great Lash mascaras in Wink of Pink and Teal Appeal, and NYX color mascara in purple. 


Here they are on my lashes. They are all pretty pigmented and you can build them pretty easily with a few coats to the desired color. 


Here I used the NYX purple mascara in place of my regular mascara to pair with my eye shadow for the day. You can see up close it is super pigmented and pretty but from far, it doesn't come off as bright as you would think. I think this purple is really pretty and goes well with brown eyes (of course)!  They are all gorgeous in my opinion and if you want something a little different than just the everyday black/brown, I really suggest you try these! 


I do own quite a few, including all of the Great lash ones. I am actually not a fan of the original Great Lash mascara but since these are colored, I manage to use them up! The Rimmel ones are really great and build volume pretty easily and the L'Oreal Voluminous are the exact same as the original black but super pigmented, so if you love the original, you will love these. I also have this small red one that I bought at Sally Beauty Supply but have not yet tried it. 



What do you guys think? Will you give the colored mascaras a try? If you already own some, what are your favorites?



Monday, May 5, 2014

Affordable Special Occasion/Classic Bridal Makeup tutorial

Hey guys! 
Hope your week is off to a good start. Since we are now all into Spring and Summer is not far away, I wanted to do a bridal look for you guys because I know tons of weddings are coming up soon. This is a classic bridal look or you could use this for any special occasion really. I absolutely love the way everything came together with this look, it's one of my favorites. I hope you guys enjoy it too.

I started with the eyes so that I could clean up any fallout from the shadows or any mess/mistakes. You want your foundation to look flawless so it's easier to start with the eyes first.

So for the eyes, to keep them neutral, I used my Coastal Scents Revealed Palette. This palette is so awesome and very affordable. Literally, you can mix any shades and come up with a great look every time. I find myself using it almost on a daily basis now. 


First I applied the shimmery shade to my inner corner and the middle of my brow bone, then I took a matte brown and applied that just above the crease of my eye in windshield wiper motions. Then I applied a shimmery gold/brown all over my lid, just to the crease, avoiding the inner corner. After that I used a darker brown with shimmer and used that in my outer V, applying more to my lash line and less going up through the crease. So before applying my eyeliner, I used a makeup wipe and just cleaned up any excess fallout and sharpened up the edge of my eye shadow. For eyeliner, I took my ELF Cream Liner in black and created a wing as well as tight-lined my upper lash line with it. Then with a small flat brush and the black shadow in the palette, I just blended the liner out to soften it up a bit. I curled my lashes and used one of my favorite mascaras- Almay's Triple effect. ( I also used a brown liner in my waterline) I wanted to use false lashes for this look, being a special occasion so I decided on the Ardell Demi Wispies which are really full and very nice without being overly dramatic.






So for the face, I started with Hard Candy's Shine Free Primer before applying my foundation. I used Rimmel's Stay Matte foundation in Soft Beige- this is a great foundation because of it's staying power. If you plan to wear this all day and through the night, you want a good foundation that will last. I used my Pixi Correction Concentrate as my concealer under my eyes. As much as I love the bright/Kim Kardashian contouring under the eyes, for this you really should use a concealer closer to your skin tone and this Pixi one is great for covering darkness and just brightening that area. I set everything with Neutrogena Mineral Sheers powder in Buff and a big fluffy brush. Then with a fluffy Kabuki brush, I applied Sonia Kashuk's Undetectable Cream Bronzer in the hallows of my cheeks and around my hair line on my forehead. This bronzer is amazing, I can't say enough good things about it- try it, you'll love it. For brows, I used Anastasia's Brow Duo in Soft Brown. There are so many different ways to apply brow powder depending on the fullness of your brows and how you want them to look but I apply the darker shade from the middle to the end of my brow and then just brush it through with a spooly. Then I take the same spooly and brush what's left of the powder and blend it through the inner part of my brow to keep it from looking too harsh. (Pixi also makes a great brow pencil that comes with a gel) For the cheeks, I used ELF's HD Blush in the color Superstar and their small stippling brush. This blush is super pigmented so you don't need very much at all, it looks so good on the skin and lasts all day! Lastly for the lips, I wanted to keep them neutral but still soft and pretty, so I used a combination of NYX's Soft Matte Lipcream in Milan and layered Feyoshe's BFF on top for the perfect pink lip.


Here is a shot in natural light, I wanted you guys to see how well it looks even in sunlight. (No flash used in this picture)



Here are some tips to follow for the big day: 
You don't want to use a product with SPF in it because of the flash- some products will reflect light differently
Start with primer on face and eyelids to help your makeup go on smoother and last all day
Go for brighter colors because the camera flash can wash you out
Use a matte foundation and matte bronzer/blush- nothing with a lot of shimmer or it can come across as oil on your skin
You can use a dark liner to define your eyes but smudge it out to soften it up
Fill in your brows to frame your face
Neutral colors on the eyes are great for everyone and a bit of color on the lip helps bring everything together
Set your makeup with a setting spray to hold everything in place for the whole day- If you don't have one, check out my DIY Setting Spray, it's easy and inexpensive.

So that's it guys. I hope you found this tutorial helpful. As I said, I really loved how this look came out and I hope you'll use it for a special occasion coming up!