Thursday, October 23, 2014

BE ILLUMINATED - Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl

Purchased by Me

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 peal-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 www.benefitcosmetics.com.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GET THAT OMBRE LIP LOOK - Hard Candy Ombre Lipstick

Purchased by Me

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

THE SIMPSONS | MARGE'S EXTRA INGREDIENTS EYESHADOW QUAD BY MAC

Purchased by Me

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).

MAC MARGE EXTRA INGREDIENTS EYESHADOW QUAD
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. 
 
MAC MARGE EXTRA INGREDIENTS EYESHADOW QUAD SWATCHES
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

OLDIE BUT GOODIE | BOBBI BROWN SHIMMER BRICK COMPACT IN ROSE

Purchased by Me

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

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

Purchased by Me

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

Purchased by Me

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

Purchased by Me

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

Purchased by Me

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

Beauty Blogazon Articles of the Week--October 12, 2014


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

Purchased by Me

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


Check out all of the best reads from the Beauty Blogazons this week: