Friday, December 19, 2014

GET BEAUTIFUL, SMOLDERING EYES WITH L'OREAL VOLUMINOUS SMOLDERING EYELINER

Purchased by Me

I purchased this product on a whim, but it proved to be a fantastic choice!  The color is rich, intense and kajal inspired.  It is L'Oreal's Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner in brown, and man is it beautiful.  According to ULTA, this bold, blendable pencil comes in deep shades and glides on easily for an intensely captivating smoldering eye look. The custom sharpener is included with the liner to preserve the conal kajal tip which allows for optimal contouring of the eyes.

The eyeliner is specifically shaped to glide on the top and lower lash line for dramatic shaping and contouring.  The rich, intense color deposits liner taking your lashes from edgy to exotic in one, simple sweep.
Check out L'Oreal's Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner with Conal Kajal tip and Custom Sharpener

L'Oreal's Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner with Conal Kajal Tip Swatches
I have searched high and low for an eyeliner pencil that is long lasting and bold but not a liquid liner.  I absolutely love this eyeliner. Not only is it easy to apply, but it creates the perfect dramatic look.  It glides on so smooth on my upper lash line and smudges/blends out like a dream.  After I smudge it in and blend, it lasts quite a while unless my eyes start watering profusely or it gets wet, then it will run.

TIP:  It is not meant to be applied to the waterline or be long lasting (and it doesn't claim to be). Nowhere on the packaging does it say it is waterproof or smudge proof, just intensely brown. If you want to set it with eyeshadow then it will last longer. 

I have not noticed any smudging or smearing. It seems to set after a minute, and is gorgeous brown and so creamy. I like how the pencil is more chubby and comes very pointed.

It is hard to explain, but I like how the tip is very large and you don't need great makeup skills to maneuver the pencil. The tip is described as a "conal kajal tip." When this is smudged out, wow, its very smokey and sexy.

L'Oreal's Voluminous Smoldering Eyeliner retails for $8.99.  It may be purchased at ULTA, Wal-Mart, Target and your local drugstore.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

BE A STAR - Kat Von D's The Star Studded Look

Purchased by Me

Out for the holidays is Kat Von D's The Star Studded Look.  It is comprised of the deluxe sample sized Immortal Lash 24HR Mascara in black, Tattoo Liner in Trooper (black) and Studded Kiss Lipstick in Underage Red.  A fantastic stocking stuffer for the holidays!
Kat Von D's The Star Studded Look Makeup includes a 24HR Mascara, Tatoo Eyeliner and a Studded Kiss Lipstick.

Swatches of Kat Von D's The Star Studded Look Makeup including a Lipstick, Eyeliner and Mascara
Kat Von D Studded Kiss in Underage Red - this lipstick is saturated in a fire engine red color and smells like candy.  The formula of the lipstick is very good, but not fantastic.  When I applied it on my lips, it dragged a little rather than going on silky smooth.  But it did last throughout the day with very few touch-ups.

Tattoo Line in Trooper (black) - this eyeliner has a no-fray brush which helps with precise lining.  You can draw super-fine lines to lines that make your eyes rock.  I did not have any problem with applying the liner, and it lasted pretty much until I took it off.  The liner did not smear or smudge.

Finally, is Kat Von D's Immortal Lash 24HR Mascara in black - the mascara claims to coat, curl and lengthen in one fell sweep.  On my eyelashes, the mascara did all three and lasted for hours.  I also loved the deep black color.  It truly made my eyes pop.  To top it all off, it did not smudge or smear while I had it on.  It gave an overall polished appearance.

All in all, I really liked the Kat Von D's Star Studded Look.  I like that you can use these products together or as separate components.  This would be a great present for someone who has not had the opportunity to try Kat Von D, and at the retail price of $20.00 it cannot be beat.  You may purchase Kat Von D's Star Studded Look at Sephora.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A DUO OF LIPSTICK - Buxom 2 Of A Kind

Purchased by Me

So here is another stocking stuffer for you; Buxom's 2 Of A Kind Mini Full Bodied Lipsticks In Mistress (a light, glossy pink) and Hooligan (mauve).  Great price, absolutely adorable! It is about the size of a deck of cards, so it is a perfect stocking stuffer.
Looking For A Neat Christmas Stocking Stuffer?  Check Out Buxom's 2 Of A Kind Mini Full Bodied Lipstick Makeup!
Buxom's 2 Of A Kind Mini Full Bodied Lipstick Makeup Swatches
I purchased one of these as an impulse buy for a family member.  The colors are complimentary for light and medium skin tones.  It plumps, hydrates and makes your lips simply irresistible!  The full-bodied lipstick goes on satiny smooth and lasts nearly all day long.  These creamy shades plump lips while giving them high-impact color to suit any mood.

I can pull off Hooligan without a problem with my medium toned skin.  The Mistress, I have some problems with because of the lightness of the pink.  It just does not look good on its own.  However, if I layer it on top of a darker hue of lipstick, it looks great.

Also, this is a good way and price to try two colors offered at Sephora by Buxom. I say "offered" because they aren't limited edition.  You can purchase the full size lipstick if you like it enough.  The mini set retails for $18.00 and may be purchased at Sephora.   The full sized lipsticks retails for $21.00.

Monday, December 15, 2014

LUSTRE & BRILLIANCE - COLOR BRILLIANCE LIPSTICK TRIO BY LAURA GELLER

Purchased by Me

Laura Geller's Color Brilliance Lipstick comes with three lightweight, slimline lipsticks which deliver rich, creamy color in modern pearl finish.  It is infused with Coconut Oil and Vitamin E to help soothe and condition lips for irresistibly kissable wear.
Laura Geller's Color Brilliance Lipstick Trio Makeup is infused with Coconut Oil and Vitamin E

Laura Geller's Color Brilliance Lipstick Trio Makeup Swatches 
I like these colors and the fact that you can mix them.  I love the way they feel on my lips and the long-lasting wear.  And it is very easy to carry in your purse or even jacket.  The colors are beautiful; so moisturizing and do not feather. The slim line makes applying so easyThis set has a nice variety of colors. The lipsticks are creamy, and include beautiful colors that you can use in all seasons for a great price.

My favorite color is Flirt followed by Zen. It is nice to see lipsticks that have color to them like these do, and they go on very velvety and smooth.

I recommend you try these lipsticks as they are far better than the drug store brands and make your lips look and feel great. I have many of Laura's products and I have told all my girlfriends...now they purchase too!

The hunt for universally flattering lip color is over! Laura Geller Beauty Color Brilliance Lipstick Trio combines 3 long-lasting lipsticks in one handy set, perfect for gifting or keeping.  I recommend buying two; one for you and one for a friend.

Laura Geller's Color Brilliance Lipstick retails for $25.00.  It may be purchased at www.ulta.com, www.qvc.com and www.blush.com.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Beauty Blogazon Articles for the Week--December 14, 2014


Friday, December 12, 2014

BE FILLED WITH WONDER | Rimmel Wonder'Lash Mascara

Purchased by Me

New to Rimmel is the Wonder'Lash mascara made with Aragan oil to help condition your lashes.  There is no flaking or smudging, and it goes on with zero smudging.  I love that the brush has very soft bristles, which is not too large or small.  It is able to hit almost all your lashes in one sweep.  For a more dramatic look, a second coat goes a long way.

New to Rimmel!  Wonder'Lash Mascara Makeup with Aragan oil to help condition your lashes.
My lashes are long in length, but not very full.  Thankfully, this mascara gives me the volume that it needs to have a complete look.  It creates a glossy, winged effect with massive volume at the roots right to the tip.  I find that the closer and more densely packed the bristles, the less clumps you get. I think it is because not as much mascara settles between the bristles so when you comb through your lashes it is evenly distributed on the brush, rather than depositing a lot in one area and not so much in another.

Now the wand flexes just underneath the base of the brush.  I find that this makes it a little harder to really get the brush into the base of your lashes because it does not provide a lot of grip with the wand bending back and forth. So I felt like I was gliding it lightly over my lashes instead of really getting it in there.

I do have to say that this mascara kept my lashes soft all day long.  Since it was soft and not crunchy, I was able to add a coat towards the end of the day to freshen up my mascara.  Overall it gave a more natural look, not a false lash look.

This mascara is super.  The Ultra-Flex brush hugs lashes defining them from root to tip, and is definitely worth a try.

The Rimmel Wonder'Lash retails for $9.99.  When I purchased the mascara, it came with a $1.00 coupon.  It may be purchased at your local drugstore, Wal-Mart and Target.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

TOP 7 DIY BEAUTY USES FOR OLIVE OIL

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There are numerous beauty uses for extra virgin olive oil.  They are simple and inexpensive ways to use olive oil keep yourself beautiful.  Here are the top seven (in my view at least):
7 DIY Olive Oil Uses to Keep You Beautiful and Help You With Nails, Skin, Eye Makeup, Lips, Hair and Others
1)  Nail Care - It is winter, and that means dry nails and cuticles.  Solution?  Rub a few drops of olive oil into the cuticle area and nails.  Cuticles stay nice and soft and nails receive a natural shine.

2)  Exfoliator - if you have dry, itchy skin during the season, simply mix sea salt and extra virgin olive oil, and rubbing it into the affected area to slough off the dead skin.  Or better yet, add a few drops olive oil with a drop or two of lavender essential oil into your bath and soak away the stress.

3) Eye Makeup Remover - place a couple of drops of extra virgin olive oil onto a cotton pad to gently remove your day's worth of eye makeup without irritating the eye area.

4) Lip Scrub - combine brown sugar with olive oil to fix chapped lips.  If you want, add a little lemon juice for some added flavor and exfoliating properties.

5)  Shiny Hair - got a case of the flyaways?  Don't go out and buy more hair products.  Simply use a few drops of olive oil on flyaway ends after styling for an extra-glossy finish.

6)  Shaving Cream - run out of shaving cream?  Use extra-virgin olive oil in place of shaving cream, for soft and subtle legs.  You will avoid razor burns and bumps with this little trick.

7)  Eye Cream - you don't need expensive eye creams to get rid of fine lines.  Simply dab extra virgin olive oil underneath your eyes at night and wake up to younger looking skin.

Well, those are seven ways to use extra virgin olive oil in your beauty regimen.    I hope they work for you as well as they did for me!

Monday, December 8, 2014

HELLO SUNSHINE! Too Faced's Bonjour Soleil Bronzers

Winter is around the corner and we all know what that means, pale complexions.  But I have the answer to that, and it is called Bonjour Soleil by Too Faced.  It is a limited edition trio of bronzers to give you that sun-kissed look.  The colors include - Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer, Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer and an application brush.
This is a great product for the price.  Since I have a medium complexion, I do not dabble too much in bronzers, but this trio blew me away.  Because I was unsure which bronzer would compliment my complexion, I picked up this trio of bronzers.  Now the guessing game is over.  If one bronzer does not work, I still have two others to choose from.  And if I am really lucky, all three will look great on me.

The bronzers are very natural looking and even smell like cocoa.  The Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer is dark- a little goes a long way. I love using this for contouring because it is a dark bronzer, and my skin was medium in the summer, now a fair-medium with olive undertones. The Sun Bunny (middle) is the perfect cheek bronzer, and I used the Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer as a highlighter. I even like the brush included, it helped make for a nice sharp contour.

I absolutely love this bronzing trio!  It is very pigmented, lasts for hours and goes on easily.  It is perfect for conturing and blends very well.  This is a brilliant kit and the trio of bronzers are definitely top quality.  This would make an excellent Christmas present for anyone.

Too Faced's Bonjour Soleil retails for $44.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora, Ulta and www.toofaced.com.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Best Articles from the Beauty Blog Coalition--December 7, 2014





  • TheFabZilla: Together let's unbox Popsugar Must-Have for December! It's all sorts of sparkle and cheer! 
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: The new Aftelier Perfumes Honeysuckle Face Elixir is unmitigated luxury face oil perfection, and a definite must-have!
  • Painted Ladies: Sheila shares tips to stay confident through cold sores and gives you a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.
  • Beauty on the Bayou: How long can this keep your eyeshadow looking great? Find out here!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison has fallen for Bite Beauty holiday lip minis: Lip Duos and Best Bite Remix Mini-Pencils
  • Beauty by Miss L: Very simple Christmas tree nail art
  • Spontaneous Chick: Be sure to check out the MAC Objects of Affection Review and enter to win your own lip gloss set.
  • Friday, December 5, 2014

    GET THE SECRET - Too Faced The Secret To No Makeup Makeup

    Purchased by Me

    Honestly, I think this palette is amazing. It consists of six products: a bronzing veil, a cream blush, a powder blush, a concealer, a luminizer, and a brightener.  According to Too Faced, you get the feeling of looking like you woke up perfectly fresh and flawless.  It is what every woman dreams of.  Too Faced has unlocked the secret with this universally flattering palette of essential soft pinks and neutral nudes designed to conceal, luminize, bush and brighten.
    Get the secret behind Too Faced The Secret To No Makeup Makeup including bronzer, blush, concealer, luminizer and brightener.
    The cream blush is very pigmented.  One swipe will be enough to give you a healthy pink glow. At first I thought the cream blush will look too pink, however, you just have to use it sparingly, and blend well. The powder blush looks very glittery on the case, but it will not look glittery on your cheeks.  The bronzing veil works very well to contour my cheekbones and nose bridge. The color is slightly lighter than what I would normally wear as a bronzer, but actually it worked quite well.

    The brightener is one of the best things about this palette, especially for highlighting your eyebrows. It is very blendable while being highlighting, and you can use it in combination with the concealer. The luminizer is great for the nose bridge and near the cheekbones.

    The staying power is quite decent. When I wear this palette, I usually need to touch up only after about 6+ hours.

    As for the packaging, it is cute and actually quite durable. Plus it comes with a small mirror, and the three look cards which sort of teach you how to use the palette.

    This is a great palette, however it does not work on every skin tone. If it works on you, the products will look amazing. Especially if you're new with contouring, then this palette is a great product to try.

    Too Faced The Secret To No Makeup Makeup retails for $39.00.  You may purchase it at Sephora, Ulta and www.toofaced.com.

    Wednesday, December 3, 2014

    24 HOUR SHADOW PRIMER? YES, AND SMASHBOX HAS IT!

    Purchased by Me

    Looking for a shadow primer that lasts 24 hours and locks on color? Something with no fading or creasing, or even having to worry about humidity or sweat! Smashbox's 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer makes shadows last, and has the added benefit of making color appear more vibrant.
    Trying to avoid fading and other hassles with your eyeshadow? Check out this review of Smashbox's 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer Makeup.
    I love this primer. My eyeshadow goes on smoothly and blends beautifully. I have trouble with my eye shadow blending together and smudging. By the end of the day it's a hot mess. With this product my eye shadow did not even budge after 12 hours of wear.

    I have used it with both powder and cream shadows, and have found it to work great with each helping to prevent that annoying makeup crease. The primer itself is very smooth and light, and semi clear, so it brightens your eyes a little before you use the powder.

    This also makes the eyeshadow colors be their true color. It is not sticky and is very easy to blend into your skin. It makes the makeup stay put through the day, but it is still easy to blend colors together and smudge eyeliner for a smokey eye.

    And a little dab goes a long way. I do not go anywhere without my tube these days, if I plan to wear makeup. I will forever be grateful to this little tube of magic.

    Smashbox's 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer retails for $20.00.  It may be purchased at Sephora or Ulta (not affiliate links).

    Monday, December 1, 2014

    Be Masterful With Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush and Bronzer

    Purchased by Me

    Get a defined glow with the light diffusing Face Studio Master Hi-Light blush and bronzer.  The product's formula has an expert balance of shade and shimmer illuminator for a beautiful natural glow without the glitz.
    Review of Maybelline Master Hi-Light Bronzer and Blush Makeup
    I purchased the Mauve color, and I love it.  This blush/bronzer lasts for hours, I wore it for close to 12 hours, and it looks as if I just applied it.  It does not cause any break-outs on me. It has a soft glow that is not glittery, but healthy looking.  Beware: it is VERY shimmery. But the shimmer is finely milled, not chunky.

    This product is pigmented and blends well.  The shade "mauve" leans more on the bronze side, which I like. It gives some warmth to the face and a beautiful luminosity to my cheeks.  It isn't a stretch to say that it is comparable to a MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in terms of color, texture (very smooth, not shimmery) and wearability. Unlike a lot of bronzers, this is the kind you can comfortably wear everyday on any occasion.

    I like how compact the packaging is, and it comes with a mirror and small brush which is actually usable. There is a good range of colors so that you aren't left struggling to match your undertone or shade.  The shades are a bit deceiving, because Mauve is actually a terracotta orange when swatched. Nude is a champagne highlighter, and Pink Rose is a beautiful bright pink.

    Overall, I like Maybelline's Master Hi-Light Highlighting Blush.  It retails for $7.99 and may be purchased at Target, Wal-Mart and local drugstores.

    Friday, November 28, 2014

    BE BUFFED AND BEAUTFUL - Too Faced Air-Buffed BB Creme

    Purchased by Me

    What a foundation!  It provides five, yes five, benefits in one little package.  The Too Faced Air-Buffed BB Creme primes, conceals, mattifies, brightens and protects against UV damage.  The foundation comes with an "air-buff" brush with their exclusive cruelty-free teddy bear brush which was specifically designed to blend the weightless formula to perfect skin.
    Tips for Applying Too Faced Air-Buffed BB Crème Makeup Foundation with beautyblender sponge

    Tips for Applying Too Faced Air-Buffed BB Crème Makeup Foundation with beautyblender sponge
    The foundation is different in that it is not a liquid.  It gives medium coverage and dries to a matte finish after application.  I did not like the brush the foundation came with, so I tried my BeautyBlender sponge.  Using the BeautyBllender takes a few minutes to apply the foundation, but the staying power makes it worth the extra time....it lasts all day, even in the heat. I set the foundation with ELF's translucent setting powder.  It is very natural looking but has good coverage. It covers blemishes, redness and uneven skin tone without looking like a mask.  Because it's a solid, I like that I can carry it while traveling and not worry about it breaking up like a powder or spilling like a liquid.

    I wear the shade Cream Glow, which is a perfect match for my winter coloring, and with a little concealer first, the coverage is just right. You can build it up a bit in areas where needed.  It is not too matte or shiny, and just gives off a nice soft glow.

    I've tried tons of foundations and and BB creams, and I definitely think this is one of the better ones. Applying with the brush it comes with is iffy, I'll agree with that!  But if you use a beautyblender sponge, or even your fingers you will get a soft finish that doesn't look oily or too dry.

    Too Faced's Air-Buffed BB Cream retails for $39.00.  It is available at www.ulta.com, www.toofaced.com, and www.skinstore.com.  The beautyblender sponge can be purchased for $19.95 at www.beauty.com.