Thursday, October 30, 2014


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The latest and greatest mascara from L'Oreal has hit the market with its Voluminous Butterfly Intenza.  Why is it so great?  It comes with a double wing tip shape that gives your lashes extreme volume for an intense fanned appearance.  The fiber infused formula instantly coats the lashes with a rich veil of color for longer looking, intensely charged lashes with up to 9x the volume.

L'Oreal mascaras have quickly become my new favorites, and this is largely due to the Butterfly line. I love the original formulation, and the new Intenza formula does not disappoint. This mascara fans out my lashes and gives all day volume, separation, and definition. My lashes do not uncurl, nor does the color smudge under my eyes.

This is a good mascara.  If you like the original, there is a good chance you will like this too. It is not super wet and smeary like I find many L'Oreal mascaras to be. And it is easy to use. I don't have the patience to do 3-4 coats anymore, so I like mascaras that provide a lot of black impact on the very first coat, and that really delivers.

This could very well be holy grail status for me. As soon as I put it on the other morning, I said, "wow" out loud because the length and volume were amazing. The twisted, small, plastic brush with very short bristles really does make your lashes flutter, like butterfly wings, and it is a great look. It's a dry formula that doesn't smudge or flake. I wore it nearly 16 hours yesterday and it looked just as good at the end of the night as it did in the morning, freshly applied.

This is one of the best, if not the absolute best, in the drugstore.  The product makes my lashes totally pop.  I like it a lot for the way it looks. It is near the top of the drugstore price range but it is excellent.

L'Oreal's butterfly line of mascaras have been wonderful in my opinion.  They work really well and can give that false lash look if you want it, and I do.

L'Oreal's Voluminous Butterfly Intenza retails for $8.99.  It may be purchased at your local drugstores, WalMart, Ulta and Target.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


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This is an ultra sheer, soft pressed powder that is comprised of four coordinating colors; yellow, light pink, reddish bronze and an orange bronze.  These four shades blend to create that single perfect shade which balances and enhances anyone's skin undertones.

In one sweep across the color wheel you get the perfect blend of color to apply onto your cheeks.  When I used NYC's Color Wheel in bronzed pink, I found myself not sweeping my blush brush in one particular color on the wheel.  I found that the mosaic pattern blended into a beautiful color which lasted hours on my cheeks.
NYC's Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder
NYC's Color Wheel is silky in finish and applies beautifully.  This bronzer/contour powder is also matte in finish.  Sometimes it can be hard to find an inexpensive bronzer without some type of shimmer to it.  The mosaic pattern of light and dark colors paves the way for a very natural look.  Now I will tell you that it does take a little build up to get your desired look, but I would rather that than some huge brown streak across my face.

For the best application, take your brush and contour your cheeks, neck line and forehead.

I liked NYC's Color Wheel Mosaic Face powder in bronzed pink.  It brightened my skin, minimized my flaws, and reduced the shiny spots.  Finally it enhanced my skin tone with soft, natural color.

NYC's Color Wheel Mosaic Face Powder in bronzed pink retails for $4.47.  It can be purchased at WalMart, Target and most drug stores.

Monday, October 27, 2014


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Today I am reviewing Too Faced's Glamour Gloss in Tickle Me and Peel-A-Boo.  The glosses are completely new to the scene, but they are terrific.  It is a cross between one of their lip glosses and lip injections.
Too Faced's Glamour Gloss

Too Faced's Glamour Gloss Swatches
The slight plumping effect is nice since it is not too exaggerated, and the tingle is not too intense.  It feels so moisturizing on my lips and looks wonderful over any lipstick. It is long lasting and really adds a pop to days when I don't feel my lips are full enough. I love all the colors too!

They have this minty tingle, and are so smooth and awesome. I dare to say they are even in my top three glosses of all time. I do not find them sticky at all. I love how they give just the sheer but slightly noticeable color to my lips.

This is one of the best lip glosses ever! I bought the color "Peek-A-Boo" and use it almost every time I wear makeup. It is a great natural-looking color. It gives me a slight plump and feels cooling on my lips. It is not overly shiny. It has just the right amount of pigment and shine. The packaging is adorable as well. I will definitely be buying this gloss in different colors!

The glosses are gorgeous and vibrant. This lip gloss is very pigmented and has great color pay off. One swipe and you're good. Since this is a volumizing lip gloss, it plumps lips up slightly but does not have a harsh stinging sensation like other lip plumper seem too.

Overall, the lip glosses are presented in cute packaging.  On top of the wand, there is a fake diamond to make it that more gorgeous. It is absolutely more posh than NARS or MAC cosmetics.

This is a 'look at me' lip gloss and is bright / noticeable. If you're looking for something subtle or natural, this is not it.  If you are looking to be noticed by that cute guy at the bar, put on Too Faced's Glamorous Gloss.

Too Faced's Glamour Gloss retails for $17.10 (one sale) at Too Faced Cosmetics.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

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Friday, October 24, 2014

BE ILLUMINATED - Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl

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Want to achieve a soft glow?  Well, Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl is your answer.  It is a soft golden pink liquid pearl highlighter.  This product contains moisturizing sesame seed oil and skin-soothing raspberry, chamomile, and sweet almond seed extract to improve skin firmness and smoothness.  Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl has a sheer, light-reflecting formula that smells like fresh raspberries.  You can wear it alone for a dewy look or over your makeup for a pearl-like look.

To use, twist up the product, swipe half of the product on your forehead, brow bone, and cheekbones.  Then tap lightly.  It takes about 30 seconds to sit, since it is a little creamy and wet.  But once it dries, it sets and lasts for a long time. It also gives nice glow.
Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl
I truly like this product.  This highlighter is amazing because it is not sparkly. It just gives a beautiful sheen to your cheeks. You automatically look better and brighter when using it!  It does not feel tacky. The formula is very thin and light, and it is also very easy to apply and buildable. It is not glittery and gives a nice dewy glow to skin, which is everything I could want. It also does not move my foundation around when I apply it.

I usually opt for powder highlighters, but this one is perfect for mixing with your foundation or dabbing on top of a BB cream for a finish that glows. The product comes out a pink hue, but when you rub or pat it into the skin, it melts into a beautiful pearly/gold sheen. A lot of highlighters that are more gold toned, tend to be quite pigmented, and can easily be overused.

The one thing I do not like about the product is the packaging.  Since it is opaque and plastic, you cannot tell how much product you have left after using.

So other than the packaging, Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl ranks high for me.  What is your favorite highlighter and why?

Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl retails for $30.00.  It may be purchased at Ulta, Sephora and

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GET THAT OMBRE LIP LOOK - Hard Candy Ombre Lipstick

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You see it everywhere on Pintrest; an ombre lip.  But can you achieve it without using two or more lipsticks?  Yes you can.  With just a swipe of the Hard Candy Ombre Lipstick, you can have that ombre look you always wanted to achieve.
Hard Candy Ombre Lipstick
I chose the color Reliable.  It is a nude and maroon color in a square shape.  Three-quarters of the color is nude and the rest is the darker shade.  In theory this lipstick works.  Put it on and have the nude color on the bottom with the darker color graduating to the top.
Hard Candy Ombre Lipstick Swatch
The directions for applying this is not on the actual product, but I’m aware that the usual ombre lip goes darker around the edges of the lips to lighter on the inner portion of your lips, so I applied the lipsticks that way, creating a gradient effect from dark to light.  Unfortunately, I was unable to create the ombre look that you see in magazines and Pintrest.

I also wanted to speak about the mess factor.   Since the lipstick is in a square shape, achieving a well-rounded look is difficult.  I went outside the lip line when I applied the Hard Candy Ombre Lipstick.  I took a Q-tip to fix the mistakes, something I don't usually do with lipsticks.

The lipstick itself has a slight greasy feel to it.  When I put on a lipstick the last thing I want to feel on my lips is an oil slick.

All in all, I have to give a thumbs down on this product.  I would not recommend this to a friend, and I definitely will not be repurchasing the Hard Candy Ombre Lipstick again.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


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The Simpsons have had a cult following for years.  Now MAC has made two eyeshadow quads for The Simpson's 25th Anniversary and, therefore, a limited edition.  Today I am reviewing Marge's Extra Ingredients quad.  The quad has four colors: Harpooned Heart (pink), Sexy PB&J (purple), Beehive Blue (blue) and Vivacious Vacuum Cleaner (deep, deep navy).

The packaging is fantastic!  The case is made from heavy-duty plastic which closes with a push-button.  And when you open the case, there is a mirror as long as the case. 
Overall, the texture is decent, while the pigmentation was fairly good.  The colors are vibrant and pack a punch.  I have medium toned skin so here is how the color appeared on my skin:  Harpooned Heart looked almost white, Sexy PB&J was a medium purple, Beehive Blue was a bright blue, and Vivacious Vacuum Cleaner looked like a dark purple.  So all colors, except the pink, came out as promised.  A white sticky eye shadow base would help the color pop more.

The texture allowed for smooth application and blending, except for the pink which was a bit chalky.  This shadow has an extremely shimmery and sparkly finish, but I did not have any fallout when applying it.

Overall I was impressed with the product.  A lot of the colors were a little bold for my taste, but still pretty.

MAC's Marge's Extra Ingredients quad retails for $44.00.  They may be purchased at MAC.

Monday, October 20, 2014


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Here's an oldie but goodie; Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact In Rose.  Anyone remember this little guy?  In case you have not, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact is a shimmery, brush on powder which creates a soft, rosy glow.

To use, sweep your blush brush through all five shades of the Shimmer Brick Compact in Rose and dust lightly on your cheekbones after you have applied your regular blush.  For best use, focus on where the light naturally hits your face.
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact
I chose to wear the Rose color, and I think these colors are beautiful.  I think this is a pink blush and highlighter in one. I love the shimmer and the versatile pink. It really goes with anything. It's not super pigmented, so you don't have to worry about putting on too much blush by accident. It gives just the right amount of shimmer and pink for your cheeks. It really is dummy proof, which is a bonus for me.  I love makeup that is simple to apply without second guessing.

Now there are other colors than Rose, if pink is not your thing.  Other colors include:  bronze, nectar and pink quartz.  The bronze is great and very easy to use.  Some people have been known to use the bronzer as an eyeshadow too.  And since we are headed towards cooler weather, a bronzer like this would be an asset to your makeup collection.

It not just gives you an instant glow on your face, but it is also good for application on your entire face like a compact powder if you want to add a bit shine to your face. I know it might sound weird for some, but trust me it works wonders! It gives you a natural glow. Plus not to forget it is also great as a blush and a highlighter. I have used the MAC mineralize skin finish as a highlighter as well, but I find it to be a tad too whitish. The best thing about this is that it is buildable, so if you want to have a heavy look just rub in a bit more.

I definitely would recommend this product.  And if you do own a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, please share your opinion of it.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick retails for $44.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora or Bobbi Brown.

Friday, October 17, 2014


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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, and

Thursday, October 16, 2014


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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, and

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) 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

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

Sunday, October 12, 2014

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