Friday, October 17, 2014

A BEAUTY ESSENTIAL--HEALTHY LOOKING LASHES & BROWS - E.L.F. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara

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For a more polished look, you want to have great looking brow and lashes.  E.L.F is here to help.  With E.L.F. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara you can achieve that at an economical price.  The product will help you achieve glossy, shiny, healthy-looking lashes and brows, infused with long wearing conditioning agents in our Wet Gloss Lash & Brow mascara. Flawless lashes and brows have never been easier!
E.L.F. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara
I use this stuff only for placing/sculpting my eyebrows, and it works great! It holds all day, and I use both sides of the tube on my brows.  I have no reason for NOT using this product on my eye lashes other than the fact that I prefer to use it for my only my brows.

It holds my brows in place pretty well. I use the lash side first because I believe that the formula doesn't dry as hard as the brow side.  I then shape and fill in my brows with either a brown matte shadow or my Anastasia Dip Brow.  Lastly, I finish it up with the brow side of the Wet Gloss.

This product is Holy Grail status for me! It keeps my brows in place all day with out creating gaps by making the hairs stick together.  You can wax, thread and trim your eyebrows to perfection, but there will always be a hair or two that just won't get with the program and this brow mascara will help keep them in place all day without leaving them stiff, sticky or flaky. It is perfect for keeping eyebrows in place and making them look more natural if you've filled them in.

E.L.F. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara retails for $1.00.  It may be purchased at Target, www.eyelipsface.com and www.drugstore.com.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

DID NOT GET MUCH REST? YOU CAN STILL LOOK YOUR BEST - bareMinerals Well-Rested CC Eye Primer

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According to bareMinerals Well-Rested CC Eye Primer is a color correcting eye primer that instantly cools and recharges skin for a refreshed and revitalized eye area.  You can wear it alone or under makeup to extend eye shadow color and concealer wear.
bareMinerals Well-Rested CC Eye Primer
This color-correcting eye primer instantly cools and recharges skin with a revitalizing mineral blend, aloe and caffeine, with a hint of tint.  I did some research, and I found that bareMinerals Well-Rested CC Eye Primer instantly recharges skin with cooling effect and lessens the appearance of dark circles and imperfections.

I use this everyday on my eyelids and under my eyes.  It blends very well, holds up for hours and brightens the area under my eyes.  The brightening I love because it seems to take a few years off my age. 

On days when I do not feel like wearing a full face of makeup I put this product on and follow-up with a light dusting of powder.  And wouldn't you know it. I look great. Areas that are dark are now lighter and imperfections are covered.

I also like the fact that it is cooling.  If you plan to use it as a concealer you might be disappointed. It is a very sheer coverage but that's what I wanted. As a concealer primer it works well. Many primers are sticky and gunky and hard to blend into the outer skin around eyes. This one isn't. It's light not heavy or greasy feeling. It dries almost immediately so you can put on eye shadow right away if you're in a hurry. 

bareMinerals Well-Rested CC Eye Primer retails for $20.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora, Ulta, Nordstroms, www.qvc.com and www.bareesscentuals.com.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

YES YOU CAN WEAR CREAM BLUSH - NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Tea Rose

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Do you avoid using cream blush because you are not sure how to put it on your cheeks?  Well I am here to teach you how.

Today I am using NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Tea Rose. According to the NYX website, their cream blush is a velvety smooth, mineral Rouge Cream Blush that offers a sheer wash of radiant color. The glorious payoff is dewy, sultry and long-lasting!
NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Tea Rose
So here is how to place your cream blush on your cheeks (or at least how I do it):

1) Rub some of the cream blush on your thumb;

2) Take your index and middle fingers and rub them in a circular motion on the thumb with the cream blush on it;

3) Now smile big in the mirror!  Take those two fingers with the product on it and rub it on the apples of your cheeks and blend towards the hair line.

4) BAM....you are done.

If you put to much blush on you can take a new foundation sponge and wipe the area until you get your desired look.

Questions? Let me know and I will do my best to answer your questions.

Happy blushing!

NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Tea Rose retails for $5.99.  It may be purchased at Wal-Mart, Ulta, some drugstores and www.nyxcosmetics.com.

Monday, October 13, 2014

BE PRECISE WITH YOUR LINER - Tarte's Lights, Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Liner

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According to Tarte, the Lights, Camera, Lashes Line triple black formula delivers the ultimate in precision pigment for a rich definition that lasts. Powered by provitamin B5. It helps to moisturize and soothe the skin while thickening the appearance of lashes. The foolproof design, complete with an easy-hold grip, allows the liner to seamlessly glide and fill in spaces, without any skipping, smudging or pulling. Simply trace the ultra-thin, flexible tip along the lash line to create tight, crisp lines or the bolder, more dramatic looks you desire.

It is cruelty free, dermatologist tested and ophthalmologist tested.
Tarte's Lights, Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Liner
First of all, this product stays all night.  If you do not use a good makeup remover, the product will be difficult to remove.  Therefore, if you are out for a night on the town, this product will be perfect.  Especially when you do not have time for touch-ups.

I really like this liner!  It goes on dark and smooth.  The felt does not dry out either. The line goes on thin and you can build it to as think as you want. It doesn't flake off like other liquid liners. It is also long lasting.  I have had it lasted about 12 hours!

This Precision Longwear Liner really helps when you want to create a wing look too.  Also, this is the perfect liner if you are learning how to draw a wing.

Basically this is an all around great eyeliner.  Tarte's Lights, Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Liner is a  great liner for beginners and pros.

Have you tried this eyeliner?  What is your opinion?

Tarte's Lights, Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Liner retails for $20.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora, Ulta and www.tartecosmetics.com.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

THE SUN IS STILL OUT, TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN - Mary Kay Suncare Sunscreen SPF 30

Purchased by Me

Yes it is Autumn, but the sun is still out, and that means you still need to worry about the sun ruining your skin.  I came across Mary Kay's Suncare Sunscreen SPF 30, and I realized that you DO NOT need to spend $30, $40 or $50 to take care of your skin.  Save your dollars where you can, and buy that high-end makeup or purse.
Mary Kay Suncare Sunscreen SPF 30
Mary Kay's Suncare Suncreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is water-resistant and made generally for oily to normal skin. The sunscreen blends in easily, and does not turn too whitish.  It can be used throughout the day, and not just for the beach. I had been using Neutrogena, but it was too thick and sticky.

I really like this because it can be used on face and/or body.  It protects from UVA and UVB rays, and it is non-comedagenic which is a plus for me.  The sunscreen absorbs fast, and leaves your skin feel fully moisturized.  On top of that it has been dermatologist and clinically tested.

For me, Mary Kay's SPF 30 sunblock outlasts and outperforms other brands, even if they have a higher SPF rating. It is fairly shiny when applied. You do need powder after this, but once applied, the shine is gone and it doesn't come back (at least not for me). During the day my skin would get dry, but not anymore. I don't even need a separate moisturizer under this.  I slap it on, and I am good to go. The best thing about it is that it is inexpensive.

The only slight flaw is that the tube gets a little hard to squeeze from after it's about half empty, but the product is so good that doesn't matter.

So continue with the sun protection and continue to save your hard-earned money.

Mary Kay's Suncare Sunscreen SPF 30 retails for $17.00.  It may be purchased through your local Mary Kay representative on-line or in person; www.marykay.com.

Monday, October 6, 2014

THE OFFICIAL DUPE FOR MAKEUP CLEANSING CLOTHS - Pampers Baby Fresh Diaper Wipes

What would you say if I told you that you could get THREE TIMES the amount of of facial wipes for about the same price that you pay for a 25 count of Neutrogena Facial Wipes? And it takes off the same amount of makeup!

That's right, I am talking about Pampers Baby Fresh Diaper Wipes!  For years, diaper wipes have been substituted for many other things such as removing deodorant from dark clothing, cleaning your keyboard and recycling them as dust cloths.  People also use diaper wipes to remove their makeup; including this person.

See if you can tell the difference between the amount of makeup removed from the Neutrogena Facial Wipe and the amount of makeup removed from Pampers Baby Fresh Diaper Wipes:

Dupe for Neutrogena Facial Wipes
As you can see above, Pampers removed the same amount of makeup as the Neutrogena Facial Wipes did.  So why would want to spend $4.99 for 25 sheets when you can spend $3.99 and get 72 sheets of diaper wipes?

So go ahead and take off your makeup for 72 days straight, instead of going out every three weeks to buy more facial wipes.

Pampers Baby Fresh Diaper Wipes retail for $3.99 at www.drugstore.com, WalMart, Target and your local drugstore.

WHITE LINER--A MULTI-PURPOSE EYELINER.....NYX Pure White Eyeliner

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You have seen it in ULTA and your local drugstores; white eyeliner. The king of the white eyeliners is NYX Slide On Pure White Eyeliner.  But what do you do with WHITE eyeliners? There are dozens of uses for this product and here are just a few of them:

NYX Pure White Eyeliner
 There are dozens of uses for this product, and here are just a few of them:
  • Wearing falsies?  Try this trick.  Place white eyeliner in the lower water line and black eyeliner on top.  BAM!  Wide eyes!
  • Drawing a winged eyeliner for the first time?  Draw the wing with the white eyeliner first, then trace over with your black liner.
  • Use the white eyeliner in the inner corner of your eyes.  When you did not get enough sleep from the night before, the white in the inner corner will make you appear wide awake.
  • White eyeliner helps shape your brows!  Apply around your eyebrows to make the shape you want.  Also, you can use it in highlighting your brow bone.  Apply it below your brown and then slightly smudge it along this bone.
  • Using white liners as a normal liner is also another way to have nice bright and larger looking eyes. This is so because white tends to attract light and totally makes your eyes pop out beautifully.
So those are a few of the ways to use white eyeliner.  The white eyeliner of my choice is NYX Slide On Pure White eyeliner.

NYX Slide On Pure White eyeliner retails for $7.99.  It may be purchased at ULTA, Target and some drugstores.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Beauty Blogazon Articles of the Week--October 5, 2014


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Friday, October 3, 2014

LOCK IN YOUR COLOR - Paul Mitchell Color Protect Locking Spray

Purchased by Me

Help fight the fade and protect your hair color investment while adding radiant shine!  Harness the power of sunflower extract  for longer lasting color.  Not to mention it helps protects from sun damage.
Paul Mitchell Color Protect Locking Spray
I have medium, dry and wavy hair, which I dye. This is a good leave-in conditioner for longer hair because it is not too heavy. It gives your hair a smooth, shiny finish.  I was looking for a product with sunscreen for my hair, and I came across this spray in a fashion magazine. Living in the South, my hair is dry as straw and extremely tangled. Moreover, my hair tends to get lighter because of the sun. I thought this product would help, so I bought it, and boy am I glad I did. This stuff is wonderful. It has a nice mild fragrance, and the product itself is light, so it doesn't weigh my hair down at all. 

This product is amazing. It really keeps my hair color bright and doesn't fade. At the same time the product moisturizes the hair, but only enough that the hair feels like smooth and silky.

This is the only item in the Paul Mitchell color protect line that I would purchase again. It seems to lengthen the life of my color and smells great.

The Paul Mitchell Color Protect Locking Spray retails for $12.50.  It may be purchased at your local Paul Mitchell salon or ULTA.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

OH SO SCANDALOUS - Rimmel's Scandaleyes Thick and Thin Eyeliner in Black

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Scandal Eyes Micro Eye Liner by Rimmel is a waterproof precision fluid liner. It is a 2 in 1 slanted felt tip liner, which is supposed to draw flawless, thick and thin lines.
Rimmel's Scandleyes Thick and Thin Eyeliner in Black
This is really just a regular eyeliner, not even water-resistant at all. I did try this over powder eyeshadow on my lids, and they did wear for the whole day with very slight smudging toward the end of the day. So maybe a cream or powder base will help the staying power of the eyeliner, but it will not hold up on a hot day or on oily skin by itself.

The pigmentation of the eyeliner ink is actually fantastic--bold, black, and buildable. The mini chisel-tip is a little tricky to work with in order to get the desired line thickness on the eyelids. But I actually really like the short chisel applicator of this eyeliner for lining the lower lash line, something that I personally find difficult with most liquid eyeliners since the felt-tip or brush-tip applicators are longer and can be less precise with pressure, resulting in uneven or sloppy lower liner.  I really like this eyeliner because it really gives me the perfect lines and stays on like it claims.

I tried just about every liner out there from Urban decay to Revlon, and they have always smudged and ruined my makeup, but finally my dreams have come true. Plus its such a thin marker that it allows you to really control the thinness of the liner. I absolutely recommend buying this.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner in Black retails for $5.99.  It may be purchased at your local drugstore, ULTA and www.drugstore.com.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

EYE GOT MY EYE ON YOU - Tarte's Colored Clay CC Eye Primer

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Tarte's Colored Clay CC Eye Primer is a universal eye primer with lid nourishing and color-correcting colored clay.

According to Tarte, the CC eye primer is infused with color-correcting and skin nourishing colored clay. This smoothing eye primer absorbs excess on the lids, offering a neutral base for the perfect eyeshadow application.  The waterproof formula works to address the appearance of redness and discoloration, and provide a gentle skin balance to brighten the delicate skin on the eyelid.  This easy-glide, neutral pencil tip preps lids prior to makeup application for better wear and truer shadow payoff that can last for up to 12 hours.
Tarte's Colored Clay CC Eye Primer
This eye lid primer is perfect! It goes on easily and smooth, and blends nicely.  It does not need time to dry. It covers up any coloring on your lid, and can really brighten up the inner corner. My eye makeup will stay on for over 12 hours without hassle. I have had this for about a month and a half and have barely put a dent in it. You get more for your money than I ever thought. 

Tarte gets an A+ for this eye primer.  It glides on smoothly, cancels out any discoloration, and is not sticky or greasy. My shadows stay looking great all day. The packaging is excellent too.  It has no brush, but instead is an easy to apply crayon.  However, be careful when taking the cap off or you will hit the corrector because it is a little hard to pull off.  

Overall, I enjoy this product as part of my daily make up routine, but I use it sparingly because of the price/product amount.  It is expensive for what your receive.  But it is a good primer, and I recommend it.

Tarte's Colored Clay CC Primer retails for $21.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora, Ulta and www.tartecosmetics.com.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TOO EXAGGERATED? - Rimmel's Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer

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According to the package, Rimmel's Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer is your secret beauty weapon to maximize color and wear of your eyeshadow color from four to seven hours.  It is supposed to instantly smooth and prep lids and make your eye color smudge proof.
Rimmel's Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer
I really loved this concept.  I really did.  Words cannot describe how bad this primer is.  I have tried pretty much every drugstore eye primer, and this by far the worst! First of all the tube comes empty.  I had to keep pumping the wand to get product on the applicator.  Then when I apply it, I am left with a pearly, greasy texture.  And it gets worse as the day goes on.   After only a few hours of wear, my eye shadow was gone and what was there was just a little greasy eye shadow left, with those black lines you get when your makeup smears on your eye lids.  Really?

This stuff is horrible. I am usually not completely turned off by a beauty product, but I have a hard time even calling this a primer! I feel like my shadow stays on longer when I wear no primer compared to this! I have very dry skin everywhere on my face other than my eyelids so I do need a primer to keep my shadows on all day and thought I'd give this a try because I do enjoy some Rimmel products, but I was really disappointed and obviously won't be repurchasing.