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Thursday, July 09, 2015

New Liners and Mascara from BENEFIT COSMETICS!

You’ve probably seen the photos or heard the buzz about BENEFIT COSMETICS’s new additions to the They’re Real collection. Four new Push-Up Liners and two new Mascaras!

So do these colors perform as well as the originals? i put them to the test!



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Friday, February 27, 2015

5 February Faves + 1

These were my favorite beauty products for February! See any you’ll be trying?

From L to R:


EYLURE Brow Crayon in Nº 20:Mid Brown $8.99 @

L’OREAL Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor in Continual Crimson $12.99 @

IT COSMETICS Hello Lashes Extensions $24 @

NUDESTIX Lip & Cheek Pencil in Flesh/Soul $24 @

BOBBI BROWN Brightening Brick in Coral $46 @ and

ULTA Oval Blending Sponge $2.49 @

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

Friday, August 08, 2014

Love Pink Makeup!

I think pink makeup has to be my favorite this summer and here are some that are at the top of my list and in my purse!


From L to R clockwise:

COVER GIRL Colorlicious Lip Gloss in Whipped Berry from Katy Perry’s #Instaglam Collection $7.99 @ and drugstores nationwide.

TARINA TARANTINO Dollskin Cream Blush in Mr. Pink $29 @ and

CIATÉ LashLights Luminous Lash-Tip Colour in Famous $17 only @

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Lip in 21C $19 @

MILANI Rose Powder Blush in Bella Rosa $7.99 @ and

NYX COSMETICS Butter Lipstick in BLS01 Razzle Fiesta $5.99 @ and

MAYBELLINE Master Glaze by Face Studio Blush Stick in Pink Fever $8.99 @ and

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

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Monday, June 02, 2014

5 Must-Have Summer Products

A Makeup Primer
SKINDINAVIA The Makeup Primer Spray ($49/8oz, $35/4oz @ – a skin primer is going to help your makeup stay on your face where it belongs and not melt off any quicker then it has to. This one is the first face mist primer I’ve seen and I love that you just mist it on and then you’re onto your next step of foundation. Also available in an oil-free version.

Waterproof Mascara - URBAN DECAY Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara ($20 @ and – nothing worse than coming out of the pool or ocean with black mascara running down your cheeks. Not sexy.

A Continuous Spray SunscreenHAWAIIAN TROPIC SPF 30 Dry Oil Clear Spray Sunscreen ($8.99/6oz @ – I’ll use a dry oil over a heavy lotion any day during the hot summer months and this one has sunscreen in it? Woo-hoo, double-duty, baby! And this is one of those continuous spray ones so you can get in in those hard to reach places on the body!

Non-Moving Lip ColorKAT VON D Everlasting Liquid Love ($19 @ – who wants their hair getting stuck in lip gloss when the summer winds blow? Not me! This one dries down to a super matte finish; almost too matte but better to have color then none at all. And these lasts for hours on lips! Shown here in Bauhau5, a deep raspberry.

Bright TipsNAILS INC. Gel Effect Polish ($14 @ – I just picked up this bright red called St. James shown here last weekend (Mayfair Lane also shown here, a dusty pale pink) and wow, does this polish totally rock! I was sick of taking the time to put on a flawless manicure on my fingernails only to have it start chipping within 24-hours. This formula uses a plasticiser technology to create the glossiness and longevity of a salon gel polish but without the price tag or removal process. 

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

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Estee Lauder Opens 2014 with a New Mascara!

It seems like the most popular question I am asked when someone I meet finds out I blog about beauty is what my favorite mascara is. It is this one, of course, but overall, I’d have to say this next line is the most consistent with their superb quality of mascaras. Heck, they could be just putting the same formula out in different packaging for all we know!


The newest from ESTEE LAUDER is their Sumptuous Infinite Daring Length + Volume Mascara ($26 @ and comes out any day now. They’ve redesigned their brush in this one with their first molded brush. What does that mean exactly? It’s 12 rows of bristles includes 11 short rows that makes it able to get at the shorter lashes. The one row is called the Extended Comb and is longer than the rest and helps comb the color through the lashes and fan them out. I couldn't get a good shot of the comb in the below picture :(


The formula contains carbon black fibers that are fused onto lashes giving them more volume and really, who doesn’t need or want that with a mascara!?

I got an average of 9 hours of flake-free wear out of this mascara for the 6 times I’ve worn it and recommend this to anyone looking for a new mascara in the New Year.

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

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Monday, September 23, 2013

The Strangest Looking Mascara Contraption You'll Ever See!

When it comes to combing out lashes after applying a few coats of mascara, I am a fan of the metal combs, not the plastic combs. This one from Perfect Lash Comb, which is in my Hall of Fame, or this recently discovered one from the ROYAL & LANGNICKEL line, called the Silk Brow/Lash Groom ($9.99 @ are two good ones to consider. 

And this Mega Effects Mascara ($8.49 @ from AVON kind of uses the same kind of idea for applying their mascara. Using the bristles like one of these above combs, you comb in the mascara for an even and clump-free application. When I first saw this in a magazine, I didn’t see the correlation between the metal comb and mascara, but after getting it in my hands, it’s pretty obvious that this way works, and it works, well … click after the jump to see! 


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Friday, September 13, 2013

Tarte Lights, Camera, Flashes! Mascara and Inner Rim Liner

Do you have one eye that always seems to come out better when you put on makeup? For me, my right eye is always easier. I’m right-handed so maybe that has something to do with it? Anyway, speaking of eyes, the TARTE COSMETICS line just came out with two new items for eyes as part of their Fall 2013 CollectionLights, Camera, Flashes! Statement Mascara in Black and Lights, Camera, Flashes! Waterproof 12-Hr Inner Rim Liner in Black. Let’s get a closer look at both, shall we? 



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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review+Swatches - Butter LONDON Color Cosmetics

The BUTTER LONDON line just expanded their line this month by adding makeup items to their nail polish line. Comprised of WINK Mascara ($20/6 shades), WINK Cream Eye Shadow ($18/6 shades), WINK Eye Pencil ($18/6 shades), LIPPY Tinted Balm ($20/6 shades) and CHEEKY Cream Blush ($20/4 shades). I tried some of their glosses here so I guess this was in the works for some time. 



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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

New Review! Bare Escentuals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara

Here’s a big release from the BARE ESCENTUALS brand! It’s their Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara ($18 @ and at first I wasn’t wow’d by it at all. It took me a few uses to get used to it and see the benefit of it. If you are looking for length, this is one for you. Separation? You get that took.

Bare-Escentuals-Domination2The secret to this one is not only the formula but of course, the brush. It’s what they are calling a Protwist180 Wand where the bristles spiral up the brush like a spiral staircase. So it is able to deposit color on every lash and really lengthen each one.

The only negative I found is that I tend to use the tip of the wand to get the lashes in the outside upper and bottom corners but there ain’t no bristles there to do this, so I had to adjust this habit. Otherwise, this is a really nice quality mascara. 

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes., Inc.
Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Buildable Mascara Throughout the Day? Really?

Neutrogena-Healthy-Length-MascaraHave you ever heard of a buildable mascara? Like being able to apply more after it sets? My experience is that you pretty much can’t update it again … until now! I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t experience it but this new Healthy Lengths Mascara from NEUTROGENA.

Now I’m pretty set with my go-to mascara here but this one kinda threw me, in a good way! I really let each layer dry before applying another and I noticed instead of my lashes acting like hardened spikes of wheat, they were instead pliable and open to accepting more layers of this on them. I got 4 layers and they look quite nice!

Now, the downside. While it lasts on lashes if you don’t touch them, as soon as water touches them, off it starts to come. So forget about wearing this to a wedding or if you see a sad commercial. Here is my idea -  wear it to work and then when you have another place at night to go, layer on some waterproof or other mascara that will set it. The finished lashes look so good that this trait is such a bummer.

Available in 3 shades for $8.49 @

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