Thursday, July 29, 2010

Too Faced Fun in the Dark Light-Up Mirror Make-Up Palette (Limited Edition)

After weeks (more like 1 week) of not buying anything from Sephora and almost going berserk, my boyfriend decided that it would be safer having me out of the house and getting something before I hurt him. So onto Sephora we went and boy was I happy. I felt happy again. It wasn't until this moment when I realized that I had been miserable. Oh boy...
Anyway, I didn't know where to start, I've collected so much makeup that I really don't need anything. So the search began for something unnecessary but totally cute and inexpensive if possible. After searching the whole store twice, I stopped by the Too Faced section. I've never tried this brand because it seemed like it was a bit expensive for my taste, and it wasn't like I didn't own a lot of stuff they were offering from other brands. Either way, he only thing in my little basket were my eye makeup remover and some benefit combo set thing that I put in there so that it looked like I was shopping a lot.
I really wanted to try something in a set but almost all the displays were sold out of them, that is until I saw the Too Faced Fun in Dark palette. At first I couldn't believe it. It's this little palette with four eyeshadows, a blush, a bronzer, a lip color, and a gloss. The detail on the palette was too cute, the cover has a super sexy pinup look to it of a gorgeous voluptuous girl with her lover getting romantic under a small light. When you open it up you can see that it has a nice big mirror decorated with leaves of some sort, and my favorite part, it has lights!
Yes, it has six little lights, three on the top, three on bottom to help you achieve that awesome look in the darkest place.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow

I've never owned cream shadows. I always see the girls on YouTube using Mac paint pots but they are quite expensive and since I have no need for them I figured that I could find a cheaper substitute to start out with.
Almost every time I went to purchase drugstore makeup, I was tempted on buying these, but they were a bit pricey for something I really did not need, so I held off. I held off until they went on Bo Go sale. Now you know me, I will jump at the chance of buying one and getting the second 50% off.

So I initially was going to purchase four of them, but I wasn't sure how I would like them, so I only got two. The ones that I got were Black Magic and Moonlit Jewels. Beautiful colors!
I brought them home and immediately started to take pictures, the colors looked vibrant and super pigmented. When I swatched them on my arm I was not disappointed. They were gorgeous!!!
I fell in love. I couldn't wait to do a look with these to photograph for this blog.
So I got my chance one day when I wanted to go out and decided to use Black Magic because it has pink in it and that is my ultimate favorite color. I applied it with my finger since I do not have any spare brushes to use with these and the instructions actually advise you use your fingers anyway. The color went on nicely on my eyelids. The pink was super nice and it stayed put pretty well. I want to add that I did apply my Urban Decay Primer Potion beforehand to avoid any creasing. I then wanted to blend out the edges of the color, and this is where trouble started. As I was trying to blend out a bit with my finger, the color started to fade really badly. I then applied a little more and blended ever so slightly. So far it was OK. I then wanted to add a bit of a highlight with the white color in the palette to my inner corner and a bit on my brow bone. Again the color stayed pretty well, but when it came to blending with the pink, it was a disaster!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Maybelline's Expert Wear Blush and Bronzer

I had a little crazy moment a few weeks ago where I would go to the drugstore almost everyday and get something. It could be some blush, some eyeliner, it didn't matter, but I had to get something.
I picked up these two things because they were on sale, buy one get one 50%. I think those offers enable us to get more makeup for less.
The blush I got was Pinch O Pink (#20) and the bronzer was Forever Warm (#5)
Yes, yes, I know drugstore makeup is cheaper, but I don't have the benefit of returning something that I've used in case I don't like it. So if I can get it for cheaper then I'm willing to take the risk.

Anyway, I've used these products three times, and all three times I've changed my mind. That's why it took me so long to write a review about it, and the reason I am reviewing them together is because, well because I used them together and besides, they are very much alike.

At first when I swatched them, the colors were very pigmented on both the blush and the bronzer. I then put on the blush and I was disappointed, the amount of product my brushed picked up was minimal. Either the powder was very pressed or my brush just refused to pick up any more, but as I applied it on my face there was hardly any color. The texture was a bit too thick for me, not coarse, just dense I suppose.
Another disappointment was the bronzer, but this is partly my fault. I don't really need bronzer, I am nicely bronzed already, but still I wanted to see what all the hype was about for summer. Still, when I applied the bronzer there was no difference on my face, I think I either had to buy a much darker shade or my face really does not need any bronzer.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Lip gloss and eyeliner

More than a review this is a beauty tip I suppose.
There are days where I don't feel like wearing any makeup. Nothing!
Let's face it, with the high temperatures summer brings and our busy schedules, who has the time?
Still, I feel that if I just walk out the door as if I just woke up, I look less than attractive.
So what's a girl to do?
Lipgloss and eyeliner of course.
It is not going to make a huge difference on how you look, but I feel that when I have these two things on, I look more put together without trying too hard. Heck I even wear this to the gym.
A good quality waterproof eyeliner will last you hours and won't leave you with raccoon eyes even if you sweat. A beautiful color lipgloss that isn't goopy or sticky can be reapplied throughout the day as needed and looks nice too.
Now I know some people don't like glosses, you feel like you have grease on your lips. I guess it's all about preference, but I think that finding that right shade of gloss that looks good on you and the right application will make your lips look luscious without looking like you gobbled down a bucket of fried chicken.

So that's it gals, when you're in a tight spot and you just need a little definition to your face, lipgloss and eyeliner are your friends.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Maybelline's Expert Wear Eye Shadow Quads

My little sister and her bestie were here last week. We played games and partially watched a movie. Then we went out to get some gelato. As we were walking down Arthur Ave., I couldn't resist walking towards the drugstore. I had to get some makeup. We went it and we started talking about what kind of makeup my sister wore and all that stuff. Apparently she owned some makeup but was unsure on how to apply it on her so that she could get a dramatic look without looking over the top. I took this as a chance to pass on some of my knowledge and learn something in as well.

So we were pondering on what to get. Something age appropriate, inexpensive and easy to use for a teenager. Maybelline was on a Bo Go sale so I picked out my falsies mascara previously reviewed, and we picked up their Expert Wear eyeshadow quad in Time for Wine
The colors were pretty neutral but there was this nice dark color in it that could take the look up a notch and add some drama like she wanted.

After getting home and eating our sushi (Yum!) we started playing around with the makeup. I decided that even though I had several brushes to do her eyes with, we were going to stick with the little applicators since she might not own the same brushes that I did. Let me tell you, it wasn't easy, but they served their purpose.

I did one eye, pausing at each step so that she could mimic what I did, I did cheat a little, I applied Urban decay's primer potion. I never use my eyeshadows without it and since she doesn't own it I decided to give her a little sample tube I had saved from a previous palette I got.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Maybelline's Volum'Express The Falsies mascara

One I've learned in my short time playing with makeup, is that you can find good quality products in drugstores.
With drugstore makeup it's kind of hit and miss. You can purchase a product and if you don't like it then you're stuck with it, can't return it after it's been used. So I'm usually wary of buying anything unless I've done my homework.

As usual, watching beauty videos on YouTube, I saw a lot of girls finishing their looks with false lashes. What a pain! Having to cut them to size to fit you, putting the glue, then trying to make them stick to your eyes and look natural? That is a bit too much for me, maybe I'll try that in the distant future.

Then I heard about the the falsies mascara. If you didn't know, that is what false eyelashes are called: falsies. Maybelline came up with a mascara that is supposed to give you the nice full look of false eyelashes.
False eyelashes are supposed to give you that dramatic look, perfect for a smokey eye. Nice long thick lashes, wow! This mascara doesn't quite go there, but it's a great product nonetheless.

I've never used Maybelline's products, and for a first try I think this mascara is wonderful.
My lashes are nice and long to begin with but when I applied this it added more length, wow!
The formulation is nice and thin so clumping is minimum, and you can totally build up the intensity if you would like to. I like to keep it at one coat though, that's my personal preference.

The mascara wears nicely, my lashes get that extra oomph that we all love and need and it does not smudge as I thought it would. It keeps intact pretty nicely which is great for long term wear throughout the day.
When you remove it though you will find some resistance but just give your makeup remover a chance to break up the product and then wipe away.

So what do I really think of this mascara?
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I don't have pictures at the moment, I was so excited to post this review that I totally forgot to take pictures when I used it. I'll post some as soon as I can, I promise.

I have a picture now, one eye with and the other without the mascara on:


As you can see my lashes are a bit long and full on their own, but I feel like the side that does have mascara is a bit longer, it just give me the oomph I like.

You can purchase this mascara at most drugstores, mine was a little over $7.00

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Urban Decay's Naked Palette

Hey guys, so today I'm super excited because a package came in the mail today. If you follow me on Facebook, you'll know that I've been waiting like a mad woman for my new Naked palette. I was floored when Urban Decay posted sneak peek pictures, the colors looked gorgeous!

So, let's start with the basics:

First of, this palette is from their fall collection. I know, I know, summer just started, but you know in this industry sometimes fall comes earlier than expected. Lolz.
Second of all, the colors are neutral, but they're not your typical neutrals. No, no, no! They are fab neutrals! Omg guys, these colors are so fierce, yet so appropriate for everyday wear. You can wear them to school or work for a natural look but still look glamorous as only us Urban Decay's girl can look.
Third and certainly not least, and this is one of the most important parts, they are full size eyeshadows! Each individually eyeshadow packs 0.05 oz and you get twelve 0.05 oz shadows in this palette. Holy molly!

Now these shadows are not all new, some of them have already been released. Personally, I only own two of them in other palettes and both of them are my faves. These twelve shadows complement each other beautifully. Urban decay really went all out with this palette. It is so sleek and sophisticated. You can pop it in your purse and take it with you wherever. The mirror has a nice size to it so touch ups are easy wherever you are.
One of my favorite things aside from the gorgeous eyeshadows, is the 24/7 dual ended eyeliner. One side has our trusty color: Zero, the other side has this new color called whisky which is a brown color.
To top that all off, it comes with an ubber cute mini primer potion. Why is it so cute? It is not your standard cylindrical shape that you usually get with your palettes, it is shaped just like the full size only smaller. Adorable!

As you all know Urban Decay's eyshadows are highly pigmented and long lasting. Add that to all we've said above and you have the must have palette of the Fall season.

I give this product:

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Urban Decay's Naked palette deserves the highest marks for being sleek, sophisticated, and downright amazing! I know the palette is a bit pricey but please keep in mind what you're getting here. It is totally worth the money.

Picture time!

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You can buy this from Urban Decay's website or from Sephora and it will cost you $44.00
Urban Decay is currently sold out on these so check back frequently if you want to purchase from there.

I want to try something new, if you have gotten this palette please post a picture of a look you've created with it. I would love to see what you come up with and maybe get some ideas from you!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

EOS Lip Balms

I'm all for lip products. I think that if you don't have enough time in the morning to do your makeup, as long as you have something on your lips you'll still be able to feel pretty. Taking care of your lips is also something I keep in high regard. I want my lips to feel smooth and hydrated so whenever I'm throwing any lipstick or lipgloss my lips do not look chapped and dry.

Saying that, I must admit I hate chapstick. It is so generic, some of them have tint and flavors but they're just not that appealing. A few weeks ago I saw a video on Youtube from emilynoel83 where she reviewed these amazing lip balms. Now, you know me, I had seen this product before but completely ignored it. Until of course Emily talked about it. It is the EOS (evolution of smooth) Lip balms.

They come in this cute little round shape, makes them look like a bouncy ball. You twist off the cap and you find the balm itself in a rounded shape. They come in different scents like summer fruit, honeysuckle honeydew, sweet mint and their new lemon drop (with SPF 15). The smell these puppies have are delicious! Oh my, makes me want to eat them. I'm more of a visual person, so the shape they have is what sold me, but the smell is such a nice little touch. It's not overpowering and it doesn't linger too much after you've applied it so that is great.

Now, onto some more important matters. How good is it?
Well, in my opinion these are awesome.
First of all, the application is super quick, just pucker up your lips and coat them with the balm in one or two strokes. You do both lips at one so that's a time saver.
The feel of it is super smooth, my lips feel like velvet when I have this on.
The packaging is great. Just throw them in your purse without having to worry that the cap will come off, and when you need to apply it, you don't have to dig through your purse to find it. The ball shape is easy to feel around in your purse without having to look.

So how do I rate this product? I give it:

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Because all of the things it does and the fact that it's convinient and cute, this product gets the highest marks. I urge you to get it if you're in the market for some good quality and fun lip balms.

Now onto the pictures:


I'm trying something new with the pics, so please click on them for full size.

I bought this trio for $9.99 and if you check EOS website you'll notice that they run for $3.29 each. I urge to to look in your local drugstore and see if you can find a good deal.
If you're thinking of only purchasing one, I recommend the lemon one just because of the SPF in it.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Revlon's ColorBurst Lipstick

A few weeks ago I had a revelation. As I went around my makeup train case, I admired all my lipglosses. Oh my beautiful glosses, in an array of color and formulations. Then I realized something appaling! I didn't own any lipsticks.
How can that be? No lipsticks? Well I guess it makes sense. I lick my lips too much so putting on some color that would stay on for more than a few minutes did not make sense.
Yet, since I've started taking new appreciation for makeup, I decided that I had to own at least a nude lipstick.
I saw on a bunch of Youtube videos how people raved about Revlon's colorburst lipsticks. They said great things about it and when it came to the perfect nude lipstick, Revlon was the way to go.

So I went and searched for it at my local Walgreens, but, DUN DUN DUN! They were sold out!
They had every color except the one I wanted: Soft Nude.
I went berserk! I wanted it, so I searched, I went to all of my local drugstores until I finally gave up.
I was so upset that I even considered getting something else, but my heart was set. I wanted Revlon.

Finally I decided to try again, so to Rite Aid I went, and lo and behold, they had it! I snatched it as quickly as I could, it was the last one.

The packaging is so cute! It has a quilted pattern in two sides of the case which I love. I'm a visual kind of girl, so this was too good to pass up. There is no peek in window on the top but there is a sort of swatch that tells you what color you're getting. Yes, I know that sometimes the color they have on the swatch is nothing like the color inside, but I think that this time they got it right. Be careful though, some of the lipsticks are shimmery, so be sure to check the top swatch, if it shimmers or sparkles then that's what you're gonna get in the product itself.

As soon as I got home I opened my Colorburts lipstick, it was gorgeous! The color matched the swatch perfectly in my opinion and it even had the Revlon name engraved on it. It looked so sophisticated. I applied it and the texture was so smooth and creamy. It glided right on my lips unlike other lipsticks that feel dry and tug on your lip a bit.
When I saw myself in the mirror I was floored. It looked pretty. I was amazed. I loved it, I love it still. I have found my perfect nude lipstick.

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Yes, I know I only own one, but for now that is all I need. I think this lipstick is perfect in every way, I can use it alone with an awesome smoky eye or top it off with a gloss for a subtle wash of color.

You can purchase this product in most of your local drugstores and the price will vary. Mine was $8.99. I suggest waiting for a BOGO offer or buy them in a two-pack like the ones in Target.

On to the pictures:

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