Monday, April 30, 2012

Another Summer Eye of the Day!

About a week ago, I posted a summer time eye of the day using neutrals and blue. A lot of people seemed to love it, so I decided to create another summer look for you all :) This one is a bronze and orange look, very warm and Summer ready. I came up with this on a whim a few mornings ago while I was trying to think of a look that used a bit more color. I've been wearing this almost every day now since coming up with it and I find it really compliments blue eyes because of the gold tones in it. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have been!


Products used:
~Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
~Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Sippin N Dippin (Lid)
~Wet N Wild Single Eyeshadow in Penny (Crease)
~The Balm Eyeshadow in Shameless Shana (From the First Shady Lady Palette, outer V)
~L'Oreal Lineur Intense in Black (Upper lash line)
~Revlon Eyelash Curler
~L'Oreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara
~Milani Eye liner in Terra Brown (Lower lash line)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Cream Cleanser

Hey loves sorry I haven't been posting much at all lately. Again, I've been super busy. My works schedule is getting crazy, and I've been feeling super tired. My skins been feeling it too and I have been breaking out non stop. The other week when I stopped by Walmart to pick up a few things, I decided to try a new facial cleanser to help with these breakouts. The one that appealed to me the most was the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Cream Cleanser. The bottle comes with six ounces of product and retails for about seven dollars.


So, what did I think of it? Well, I really enjoyed how it left my skin feeling. It didn't leave my skin feeling overly tight like a lot of cleansers seem to do, and left it with a nice, cool sensation. My skin felt so fresh and awake after using this cleanser, I contribute it to the fact that it contains aloe and chamomile!

The texture of it is not really that creamy. It is more like a thin lotion. When I Imagine a cream cleanser, I think of a thick cream, but this as I said is like a smooth lotion. I prefer the thicker creams because I feel like they tend to lather more, but this texture was not terrible. I enjoy how it seems to glide over my skin and left it feeling soft without drying it out like a lot of acne products tend to do to my skin. Just to be sure though, if you try out this product, always follow with a moisturizer!

This product also claims to reduce redness, and I would agree with that. If you want this product to reduce redness in your face such as the cheek area, it won't. It is made to reduce redness in breakouts and areas of acne, along with inflammation and size. It does both of these things quite effectively, and I noticed results after the very first use.

My only disappointment with this product is that it doesn't lather. At all. The directions say to rub the product between your hands and add water to achieve a lather. I tried this, yet nothing. I like my face washes to have some lather because I feel like they leave your face a bit cleaner and are able to remove more dirt and makeup than cleansers that do not lather. It also has a different smell to it, not terrible but again, I know a lot of people are very sensitive to smell!

Overall, I would repurchase and recommend you to try it out if you have acne!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

NYC Blushable Creme Stick Blushes Review and Swatches

If there is one product I purchase way to much of, it's blush. Especially when I find it for a great deal. Recently I've been loving these NYC Blushable Creme Stick Blushes. I picked up two of these a few days ago in addition to the one I already owned and I'm so happy with all of the colors! They are so beautiful and easy to work with!




Packaging:The packaging on these is so simple but I love that its something different as opposed to a powder or cream blush in a pan. They twist up and you get about two inches of products which is a great deal of product. I feel like the way they packaged this provides more product that the typical cream blush that comes packaged in a pan or compact. They do have a bit of a cheap feel to them and the label tends to wear off quickly, but to me it's the product quality that really matters!

Pigmentation: The pigmentation on these blushes is fantastic. They have a ton of pigmentation in just one swipe. I know cream blushes typically do tend to have a lot of pigmentation, yet once you blend them out they seem to almost disappear. With these, the pigmentation doesn't disappear or blend away.

Swatches!

Colors swatched, in order, Plaza Pink, Berry New Yorker, Urban Spice.


Colors: I've seen these Creme Blush sticks in about four colors for the regular line, possibly five. They have come out with about four limited edition colors as well. The colors I own are Plaza Pink, Berry New Yorker, and Urban Spice (All from the regular line). Plaza Pink is the most gorgeous frosty baby doll pink with a bit of shimmer, my favorite. Berry New Yorker is a matte mauve or pinky brown color and Urban Spice is a shimmering bronze color that would be great for contouring or for a bronze glow on the cheeks. Each color packs a great dose of pigmentation and they all give such a gorgeous healthy glow.

Application: To apply these, I just sweep them across my cheeks and blend using either my fingers or a dense brush. I have seen many people on Youtube and such put these on their fingers first, and then blend. I tried this method but found it doesn't give you as much pigmentation and really sheers out the color. If that is ideal for you, then I'd definitely try these blushes out as well as those of you who love pigmented blushes.

Overall, if you're a fan of blush like I am, I think these would make a great addition to any collection! They are gorgeous colors that would compliment any skin tone, not to mention, the price is definitely right! (3.99 each!) You can find these at your local CVS, Walgreens, or Walmart.



Monday, April 23, 2012

L'Oreal's Fairest Nude, The Perfect Nude Lipstick!

I know that many people have trouble finding the perfect nude lipstick that doesn't make you look dead, wash you out, or attract attention to all of the imperfections on your lips. I know I had this trouble for the longest time before discovering L'Oreal's Color Riche Lipstick in the Shade Fairest Nude! You can purchase this for about $8-10 dollars depending on where you find it, and its a great lipstick for such an affordable price!

As you can see, this is more of a pinky nude rather than just a nude. A pinky nude is preferrable when it comes to nude lipsticks though because since they don't match your skin tone identically, they tend to not make you look dead and corpse like. The photo shows it of a brownish / nude, but it is definitely more pink than a brown toned nude color. It actually reminds me of a "My lips but better" shade.

The pigmentation on this lipstick is amazing. It provides great coverage on the lips and is far from sheer. The formula is very smooth. I have a lot of problems with lipstick drying out my lips, even ones that promise to moisturize and replenish the lips. The L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick didn't promise any moisturization, which made me hesitant to purchase it. After using it though, my lips weren't dried out and flaky. They weren't super moisturized such as with the Revlon Lip Butters, but they felt nice and smooth. I didn't have to go running for lip balm.

This did have a slight smell, nothing like lipstick usually smells. Its a unique scent, but doesn't bother me. (Just a side note for those of you who are very sensitive to smells)

The packaging does look quite elegant on this lipstick, but I find that it's very unappealing. I guess it looks somewhat high end, but it reminds me of a lipstick an old lady would pull out of her purse or something to that effect.

Here it is on my lips in warm lighting. I love how natural and gorgeous it is. Overall, I was very impressed by this lipstick-a definite repurchase of mine! I have found myself reaching for this almost daily now- a huge feat for me who can never stick to one product repeatedly!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer Review

I recieved this primer a little while back from a giveaway and have been promising to review it ever since. I also had a couple requests from my lovely followers wanting to hear about it. So here I am, finally getting around to it now! Lol. I've been a little busy if you wern't already able to tell.


What Smashbox Claims of this Primer...
What it is: A hydrating foundation primer that leaves an immediate cooling, refreshing sensation on the skin.

What it does: Hydration is essential for healthier, younger looking skin and makeup that just looks better. Give your complexion a moisture boost while creating a perfect canvas for foundation application with this lightweight, oil-free formula. It contains Hydraplex12 extract derived from desert plants, which allows the primer to immediately quench parched skin and seal in moisture for hours with a protective barrier that fills in fine lines and pores.


I really love the packaging on this! You can tell that it is high quality just by holding it in your hands. I also love that it comes in a squeezy tube. Smashbox primers used to come in glass bottles which probably wasn't very practical. Easy to break and I'm assuming people were not able to get all of the product out. I love any product that comes in a tube. It's so convenient and you get your moneys worth by being able to use all of the product. Five stars for the packaging ;)
The texture is smooth and you can feel how hydrating it is just by rubbing it on your hand. It soaks into your skin, leaving it feeling soft and refreshed. It's a more watered down texture, so it doesn't fill in pores and fine lines as well as silicone based primers do, (Although this IS silicone, you just can't feel it) but it really helped my makeup stay in place all day. I love this product for my skin especially because it tends to be very dry in some areas, and this primer assisted in moisturinzing these. Now I would still recommend you use a moisturizer with this product because it is infact not marketed as a moisturizer, it is a primer therefore you still need your daily moisturizer to keep you skin as hydrated as it should be.

When it comes to the scent, this product does have a light scent. I am very sensitive to smells but this one didn't bother my nose or my skin the slightest. My skin is sensitive as well to many things and this one didn't break me out!

The only downside I can find of this product is the steep price point. One ounce retails for $42.00 USD. Although I love this primer, I just can't see myself going to purchase another one for that much. If they were to lower the price (Yeah, right), I'd be a forever purchaser. But, if you have the money and you don't mind spending forty or so dollars on a primer, I absolutly recommend this-especially for those you girls who have dry skin that needs a little extra TLC- like mine!


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Summer Time Eye of the Day!

I was really feeling summer time today with the sunny warm weather and was very inspired to do this look! It's your basic natural eye with two different blue eyeliners. I thought it was pretty unique and different, something out of my comfort zone. I hope you all like it and possibly find inspiration from it. I also wish I went over the top eyeliner more, it's pretty patchy and light. Oh well, I'm just wearing it to work anyways, lol. This really came out so much better in person!



Products used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin
Too Faced Naked Eye Palette (Colors used: Silk Teddy and Nude Beach on the Lid, Push up in the crease.)
Maybelline Gel Liner in Sapphire (Upper lash line)
Milani Liquify Liner in Aqua (Lower lash line)
Revlon Eyelash curler
Maybelline the Falsies Flared mascara in Blackest Black


Monday, April 16, 2012

Milani Baked Eyeshadow in Fusion Review, Swatches and Photos!

I was at CVS today looking at the 75% off Easter clearance and obviously had to take a trip to the cosmetics aisle. Naturally, I had to pick something up. Milani is currently buy one get one half off at CVS, So I grabbed the Milani Baked Eyeshadow in Fusion and the Liquify Eye liner in Aqua-which will be a seperate review. I love Milani products, and their new line has been really eye catching. These are my first two products from all of the new ones.

The Milani Baked Eyeshadows are absolutly stunning. They are swirls of different colors all baked into one shadow. Fusion is made up of swirls of gold, copper and a light purple shade. It is easily the most gorgeous shadow of all the Milani Baked Eyeshadows.





The packaging on these eyeshadows is really gorgeous and simple. I love how sleek and shiny it is. The only thing I dislike about these is the brush they include inside. It is impossible to use- scratchy and messy. Its a huge waste. I would rather them include more shadow and just ditch the brush. I think 99.9% of us never even touch it anyways. LOL.




From the swatches and how it looks on the eye, you can see that all of the colors go together into a beautiful bronzey/brown shade. Thats what I find quite upsetting about baked eyeshadows or marbled eyeshadows. The colors usually just fuze into one simple color and the others become undetectable. Its a bit of a bummer when the lilac color I was looking foward to just disappeared.

The texture of this shadow is great. It is smooth and applies easily. I have heard people say that these shadows are very similar in terms of texture and application to MAC's Mineralize eyeshadows. Sometimes, with baked shadows I find that they can be very sheer and not pigmented, but this one took me by surprise. It was easy to work with and blended well. Fallout is also extremely minimal, which is a huge plus for a shadow with some shimmer to it. Overall I'm really loving this shade and I plan on purchasing more- be on the lookout!

Maybelline Sunset Prisms!

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Hey everyone! I'm so sorry I've been slacking a bit lately with my posts..I've been very very busy with work and haven't had the time but I'm back today to share with you a polish I recently rediscovered my love for. It's Maybelline Sunset Prisms, an amazing color for the beautiful summer weather. Since this is an older polish in my collection, it's not available in stores any more, but you can easily find it on Ebay and Amazon.com for super cheap prices.

Maybelline Sunset Prisms is the most gorgeous orange/tangerine shade with an green iridesent shimmer. Its truely the most unique polish in my collection and just screams SUMMER!


Sunlight, no flash.

Lowlight, no flash.



All pictures are shown with three coats. I used three coats for optimal coverage, although you can still see my nail line slightly. Obviously as you can tell this is a sheer polish, but worth taking the time for three coats since its an extremely fast dry formula. The bottle claims that it is "50 second nail color" and that is 100% true! This nail polish is of the fastest drying I've ever used. Application was also a dream! It applied smoothly and evenly without any mentionable problems.

As always with nail polishes like this, it was a bit difficult to photograph the green iridescent shimmer but please note it is so much stornger and more beautiful in person! It seems to be more obvious in low light but still very noticable in sunlight or direct light.

Overall, I'm definitely going to be wearing this on my nails a lot during the summer! Its gorgeous and a snap to apply!




Thursday, April 12, 2012

Nivea A Kiss of Shine Natural Glossy Lipcare Review, Photos and Swatches

Lately I've really been loving lip products, so when I found Nivea's A Kiss of Shine at the Dollar Tree, I knew I had to try this one out, there was nothing to lose! I've also been one of Niveas long time fans. Their lip balms are amazing, so smooth and moisturizing. I can't get enough of them! You can imagine how excited I was to be able to try out their line of lip gloss for only a mere dollar. Matter of fact, I picked up two because a girl can never have enough back ups that she will probably never get around to using, right? ;D

What Nivea claims of this product...
-Brilliant clear glossy shine
-No sticky residue
-Long-lasting moisturization


Packaging: The packaging for this lip gloss is pretty standard when it comes to look. It comes carded, nothing that really catches my eye besides the fact that it is Nivea. The strong point when it comes to how the product is packaged is that they included their claims on there such as "no sticky residue." I can't stand sticky glosses and this is something I keep an eye out for. What I do really love about the packaging though is the squeezy tube with the slanted tip. I prefer this to the standard gloss and wand packaging. Some people may argue that a squeezy tube is a more messy way of application, but I find it so much more convenient.



Color: This gloss is a light nude shade. (Please note it appears to be a yellow tint in the images but it is not.) Yet, it is not pigmented at all and on the lips it is just a clear, shiny gloss. No sparkles, shimmer, or any of that jazz. I believe this also comes in a pink shade as well if that interests you!

Application: My favorite thing about this lip gloss is that it stays true to what it claims. It claims to be non sticky, and it is! One of the few glosses I have that actually isn't sticky! It applies smoothly onto the lips. I also find this gloss very moisturizing. It lives up the Nivea name for sure, keeping my lips from chapping. Now it's not ChapStik for sure, but it does prevent and protect from the weather and cracked lips.




Longevity: I was very impressed with how long this gloss lasted on the lips. Lip glosses tend to not last very long (Thats why we have lipstick!), but this one was a bit different. Now I won't tell you it lasted hours on hours, because it didn't. But It lasted about two to three hours, which in my book is fantastic. I hate reapplying lip gloss every two seconds and Nivea ensures that now I don't have to.

Overall I'm loving this product from Nivea. Its of great quality for a super affordable price. As I said, I got mine at the dollar store, but if you can't find yours there, it typically retails for about $5.00 which is still a steal! I recommend you try this out for yourself. Especially if your very picky like me when it comes to lip gloss!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

EOS Lipbalm in Medicated Tangerine Review

For the longest time I've been hearing great things about EOS Lipbalms but haven't picked one up yet until just last week! I purchased mine for about $3.50 in the flavor Tangerine. The tangerine flavor is also medicated to help with chapped lips and cold sores at the same time.

Ultimately I was attracted to this product because of how adorable it is. Not just the packaging, but the lip balm itself. I love that it's spherical and so unique from other conventional stick lip balms that I have approximately a million of. Its a bit large, and this won't be one you will be keeping in your pocket, but it's great in your purse. I don't have to fumble around forever trying to find that tiny tube chapstick. Instead, I can find this round little lipbalm almost instantly.




This lipbalm has a great claim as well that I find very interesting, but wonder if it's true-or possible. It claims that It has anti bacterial protection that can protect your body from the common cold or cough. Now, I personally don't see that as very possible, being as you only put it on your lips, not in your body. The cold, flu, or other viruses need to be broken down from the inside, not from the outside. The other claim is the protection against coldsores, which I hope is true, because I always seem to get a cold sore at the worst time!

As for moisturization properties, this lip balm makes the top spot on my list. For many lip balms, I find myself having to apply them nonstop in order to keep my lips moisturized. But with EOS, it locks in moisture, so even if you don't reapply the balm, your lips don't continue to become chapped. After I purchased this I ripped open the package immediately to try it because my lips were in terrible shape. A few hours later, I found that my lips were noticably smoother, softer, and now had minimal irriation.

When it comes to the scent, I find that EOS' medicated Tangerine scent is highly debated. Many people find that it smells unappealing due to the medicating properties. Yet from my personal opinion, this scent is nothing rancid and underlies the sweet, fresh smell of Tangerine. I love the scent of this lip balm, and although it would smell better without the medication I still enjoy it because I know it is keeping my lips protected from those dreaded coldsores ;)

If you're not sold on this lip balm already, let me just throw in one more thing that may just do it for you. EOS is 95% natural, gluten free, and not tested on animals. It is also paraben free. Hooray!! I think that EOS has easily become my favorite lip balm :)

What do you think of EOS lip balms? Do you have a favorite scent?




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Monday, April 9, 2012

My Very First Giveaway!

So I originally planned to do my first giveaway right at 150 followers, but I'm only three away so I decided just to start it now! I'm super excited about this. I appreciate all of the support you have all given me and let this be my way of saying thank you!
All products are unused, untested.



Rules
-You must be 18 years or older.
-You must live in the US (I'm so sorry, I know I have lots of international followers :( I apologize to all of you and I feel terrible it is not open to you loves.)
-You MUST follow me via GFC!
-Only one winner will be selected in a random drawing.
-I will be sure to verify all entries. If an entry is not valid, it will be removed.
-I will contact the winner through email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new one will be selected.

Prizes
1 Bottle of Spoiled by Wet N Wild Nail Polish in Use Protection
1 Bottle of Spolied by Wet N Wild Nail Polish in Distant Memory
1 Bottle of Sally Hansen Insta Dry Nail Polish in Sonic Bloom
1 Bottle of Wet N Wild Quick Dry Nail Polish in Clear Coat

The giveaway will run from April 9th to May 1st. On May 1st, the winner will be selected and contacted.

To enter this giveaway, you must follow me. If you are one of those people who follow blogs just to enter giveaways then unfollow after the giveaway is over, you will be banned from all future giveaways (I promise, I will notice if you do this!) Also, no giveaway blogs, Please.


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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Smashbox Photo Op Shadow Trio in Aperture Review, Swatches and Photos

If you read my blog regularly, you'll probably remember that I won a ton of Smashbox goodies from the ladies at Beauty Crazed. I haven't had a chance to review any of them, but finally I've had time to do a review on the Photo Op Shadow Trio in Aperture. These shadows are some of the best quality I have ever used. They are soft, pigmented, and all around beautiful.




The shades included are Alabaster, Sky, and Truffle. Alabaster is a beautiful matte cream/beige color. Sky is a light, baby blue, and Truffle is medium matte brown/taupe. All are equally gorgeous and consistent in terms of pigmentation and texture. (Swatched in order mentioned)






At first, I didn't think I would be able to put the matte baby blue shade to use, but I found that baby blue is actually an easy eyeshadow shade to wear. I added a bit above the crease and the inner corner. It wasn't too much, but gave the look a nice pop. It made it much different than just your typically neutral look. I found that the baby blue was good for girls like me who find it hard to incorporate color into their looks. This is kind of an introductary way to do so, simple and with a light color.

I applied these over a cheapie primer (ELF eyelid primer in Sheer) and even over a not-so-good primer, I found that they lasted all day without creasing or fading. The colors stayed vibrant and didn't all mud together into one. I find that even some of my other pricey shadows can tend to do that if I don't use my trusted UDPP. Overall, I'm very satisfied with the staying power of these.

On the best note of all about these-there is NO fall out what-so-ever! They have tons and tons of pigmentation, but no fallout in the least. Some shadows with a ton of pigmentation can also be a little difficult to blend, but these blend like a dream. These are easily one of the simplest shadows to work with. If you have trouble working with matte shadows sometimes, this one will change your mind! I find that mattes tend to be chalky or messy, but these were soft as any satin or perle shadow. I was so surprised at the quality of these.

Overall, I'm very satisfied with this eyeshadow trio. Although I recieved it for free as a contest winning, I'm positive I'll invest in another. Although these are quite expensive at $28.00 a trio, they are something to look into and possibly invest in. You will get a lot of use out of these!


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Wet N Wild Gray's Anatomy

So today I went to Five Below (If you don't know what that is, its a store in New England that carrys a little bit of everything and nothing is over five dollars) to pick up some last minute Easter cards. Naturally, I had to look at the lovely Wet N Wild display mine has. They hadn't stocked it in the longest time, but today was my lucky day! They had! I picked up two new polishes, both from the Quick Dry line in the colors Grays Anatomy and Hanna Pinktana. They cost me only $1.99 each, and although I have never tried a Wet N Wild polish before, I figured I didn't have much to lose.

Grays Anatomy was my first choice. Its a gorgeous somewhat-sheer silvery grey polish with purple and green duochrome. Absolutly gorgeous. This once stood out to me like none of the others did. The duochrome effect is not as obvious on the nails as it was in the bottle, but nonetheless looks amazing.

I loved working with this nail polish. Its drag and streak free! It has very even coverage, and the brush is the perfect size. Although the line is called "Fast dry" It isn't the fastest drying nail polish I've used. I would give that spot to Sally Hansen.

All pictures are with three coats, no base or top coat.
Bright Lighting
I took this picture to show the true duochrome effect the polish has in real life. It was difficult to capture in the other pictures but I managed to get the right angle here! :D


I also apologize for how messy these are :( Lol, I took them right after painting my nails and before I was able to clean up the edges :P

Well thats all I have for you today! I hope you all have a great Easter and enjoy spending time with your loved ones!

Upcoming Posts:
Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner Review
Julep Annette Nails
MAC EOTD using Girlish Romp Mineralize quad for spring!
Giveaway?????? :)


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer Review, Swatches, and Photos!

The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer is the perfect highlighting powder for any complexion! It is a beautiful and soft shimmering champagne color that highlights all your best features.

This product is overly adorable. It comes in a nice little compact with a mirror and all! It contains .3 ounces which is double what say, an average blush would contain. This amount of illuminator will last you forever. All you need is a light hand to apply it and it gives you a radiant look. I love the name they gave this as well! Mary Lou-Manizer, a cross between an illuminator and a womanizer. I love how they portray a mugshot on the front of the compact with Mary Lou-manizer as a womanizer. So cute and original.



This illuminator retails for $24.00 for .30 ounces. I find that it is worth the splurge because not only is it an illuminator, it can also be used as an eyeshadow too. When applied to the lids, it gives a beautiful wash of champagne shimmer and works great as a browbone highlight.


When it comes to highlighters, I can be very picky. They are usually just a glittery mess. But with Mary Lou-Manizer, you get the most amazing highlight. This illuminator is not glittery at all. It is superfine shimmer that won't make you look like a glitter/shimmer bomb. It works for day time looks or for spicing up a night time look.

The powder is soft, blendable, and super pigmented. I would recommend it to anyone. If you are looking for a splurge or just a great illuminating powder that you won't want to bring back, try Mary Lou-Manizer. She won't let you down :)

Wearing Mary Lou-Manizer and my warmest bathrobe!