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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Why You Should Be Tightlining Your Eyes

I’ve said it before and I’ll proudly say it again – who better to create a product for the masses than a blogger? They know what works, what doesn’t, and most importantly, what we want to see. Take these Waterliner Intense Color Eye Liners ($18 @ emcosmetics.com) from YouTube sensation MICHELLE PHAN. Adding color to the waterline, or tightlining as it is also know, is a big trend these days so putting out liners just for it is genius. I’m a little late in getting to these since they came out late last year but better late than never!

Colors shown here are Sunshine Yello and Teal Tease.

A few things to keep in mind when choosing a color and why you should be using one in your makeup routine. First, the color can help your eyes look bigger if you use a light color like white or this brand's In the Nude or the Sunshine Yellow. Black if obviously always good if you are going to a total black-out smoky eye look and I love that she has bright color options in the mix too, to add a dash of unexpected color in an unexpected place. Choose from 11 colors total.

So how did these last on the always tough place to hold color, water line? Click after the jump to find out!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fall Product You Need to Know About

Are you ready to talk fall makeup yet? September issues and all that jazz? Now that my birthday has passed, I’m ready, so let’s start with some standouts … 

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Sunday, August 03, 2014

Are These Eyeliners Really Bulletproof?

Hot summer months are all about apply your makeup once during the day and having it stay. So when I saw TOO FACED’s new Bulletproof 24 Hour Eyeliner ($22 @ toofaced.com and sephora.com), I knew they were a must-try.

One side is the fat pencil liner and the other is the smudger, or what they call the Blending Ball. These are waterproof and have a sharpener hidden under the Blending Ball, which is convenient.

So do these live up to the name? Click after the beat to find out. 

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Friday, August 01, 2014

Ardency Inn Visits Los Angeles for the Summer Collection!

ARDENCY INN is taking a vacation in Los Angeles when it comes to their new Summer 2014 Collection. They teamed up with the lead singer of Shadows on Stars, Randa Leigh, and shot the campaign in LA’s seedy industrial district, which was complemented the artist’s vibe nicely.

This 4 products play under the Modster Collection and the ones I tried are the Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in Forward, described as a provocative pink with blue and violet undertones, and the Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in Cream, described as a true yellow cream used to brighten the eye liner on the water line. 

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review+Swatches - MAC Moody Blooms Collection

It’s been a bit since I wrote about any MAC products so here is a nice colorful collection, the Moody Blooms Collection.

What It Is: Exotic, night-blooming flowers with a hint of danger inspire a hothouse of seductive shades. Sensual colours shroud eyes in earthy metallic. Eye Shadows and lips suggest hidden motives with deep blue plum and dark berry hues of Sheen Supreme Lipstick. Bronze Powder Blush provides a final adrenaline surge before these beauties dissolve into the night.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

5 Favorites … In Super Bright Makeup!

Everywhere I turn these days I see brighter and brighter shades of makeup on the shelves and me likey! Neon nails, bright lips, pronounced cheeks, and poppin’ peepers is where it’s at right now. So which feature are you fixin' to make bright?

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1. MAYBELLINE Color Sensational Vivids Lipcolor in #885 Vibrant Mandarin ($7.49 @ drugstores nationwide) – orange-based and red is so sexy and will look hot with a faux tan this season.

2. MILANI Liquid Eye Liquid-Like Eye Liner Pencil in Aqua ($6.99 @ milanicosmetics.com) – a bright metallic teal blue that really makes brown eyes stand out.

3. OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE COSMETICS Nail Lacquer in Deven Green ($10 @ occmakeup.com and sephora.com) – not quite neon green so a little more wearable for us older folks.

4. BUTTER LONDON Lolly Brights Cheeky Cream Blush in Piccadilly Circus ($20 @ butterlondon.com and ulta.com) – use a light hand with this poppy red color as a little goes a long way. 

5. LIME CRIME Velvetines in Pink Velvet ($20 @ limecrime.com) – a super matte hot pink. Love these Velvetines!

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Are They Real? Testing Out Benefit's New They're Real! Push-Up Liner

This new gel liner in a pen is a huge launch for BENEFIT COSMETICS and the buzz on it seems to be everywhere. It complements their super successful They’re Real! Mascara and called They’re Real! Push-Up Liner ($24). This one claims to get the black color super close to lashes using their Custom AccuFlex Tip. So how did it work?

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Review+Swatches - Make Up For Ever Aqua Matic

In my continuing obsession with eyeliners, I bring you two from MAKE UP FOR EVER and their new Aqua Matic liners. Since the brand is a makeup artist’s go-to line, I expect a lot from it and have rarely been disappointed from the items.

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Since temps are heating up, as the name hints at, these liners are able to lock onto lids. Each contains a combo of silica, oils, and polymers that creates a flexible film that’s able to hold up to sweating, heat, and even water. They truly don’t move after setting.

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Shown here in I-30 – Iridescent Lime Green and I-22 – Iridescent Electric Blue

Choose from 10 shades with unique finishes for $21 @ sephora.com

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Review+Swatches - IT Cosmetics 'No Tug" Waterproof Gel Eyeliner

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At first I thought these were these but they’re not. These new ones are the gel formula you love and only find in a pot form now in a liner form - IT COSMETICS 'No-Tug' Waterproof Gel Eyeliner. You read correctly! You love the gel eyeliners and IT has put them in a pencil form! File this under #whydidntsomeonethinkofthisearlier?

The “no-tug” tag in the name is totally accurate as these just glide on, so much so that I dare you to apply this with one hand and not use your other one to hold the lid taut like we all usually do! You won’t skip a beat with these.

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Shown here in Black and Brown, the Black formula is one of the darkest black liners I’ve seen in a looong time. And speaking of long, I actually had a hard time removing these from my lid after a full day of wear. I guess because it’s waterproof, it stays on extra well so must make sure you have an extra good eye makeup remover so you’re not rubbing and tugging a lot in the eye area, which is not recommended.

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And one last cool trait? Pull at the other end and off comes the sharpener.

Choose from 10 different shades for $22 @ itcosmetics.com

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Review+Swatches - Jane Iredale Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner/Highlighter

Liquid eyeliners and pencil liners are fine but a lot of times but more times than not I find myself looking around my makeup table for a smudge brush to soften the look, especially for a daytime look. This JANE IREDALE Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner/Highlighter ($20 @ janeiredale.com and beauty.com) is a nice one to not only apply color but virtually eliminates the second step of blending it in. 

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