Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mabyelline Falsies Mascara

I have heard so many people talk about this mascara that I finally decided to give it a try.  I've been using Benefit They're Real, and I'm not sure if anything can compete with it, it is my holy grail of mascara. But here is my take on the Maybelline Falsies mascara::: the formula is not as voluminous as the Benefit mascara, but if you put enough coats on you will get thick lashes that don't clump.  As far as adding length, I'm not 100% sold that it does that, but this mascara is great for an everyday look. It also has a slight smell to it that I'm not used to, but thats not a big deal.  I have a feeling this mascara will dry out pretty fast, but it was only $8 so that's ok.  If you have a special occasion I would use the Benefit mascara, simply because it is amazing and you will use less of it to get full,long lashes.  
I'm not sure if I will repurchase this product, but I will use all of it because it isn't a bad mascara by any means, however it's not the best out there.

Monday, March 17, 2014

e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzer

Let me start off by saying, sorry for the long hiatus.  I haven't felt inspired until lately :) But I come bearing a great find and it is an    AH-MAZING bargain! I have seriously used every high-end bronzer imaginable. Chanel, Bobbi Brown, Nars, Laura Mercier, Benefit, Cargo...you get the point.  I  have been using Cargo bronzer for 6 months then began to run out, so I bought Bobbi Brown in Natural.  I do like it, but do I love it? Well, I don't looove the $40 price tag.  So, I was in Target buying a vacuum and of course wandered over to the cosmetics isle looking for a bronzer.  I'm so glad I did.  I present to you E.L.F Blush & Bronzer Duo.  It is almost identical to Nars Laguna and Orgasm duo.  This stuff is unreal.  I'm returning my Bobbi Brown Bronzer ASAP.  I really can't believe a drugstore bronzer is this good.  It is so natural, and not too shimmery. And I hate shimmer in bronzer but this one is so subtle.  Did I mention it is only $3??? It is much better than the NYC Sunny bronzer I blogged about months ago.  Mainly because the pigmentation is much stronger in the e.l.f.  bronzer.  In the pictures it may look brown or muddy but I promise it is so natural.  And if it doesn't work for you, it was only a waste of $3 instead of $40.   

Also, these are my first pictures with my new camera, so they are nowhere near was good 
as I want them to be, but I'm working on it :)  This week I'll be reviewing Maybelline Falsies Mascara and my new foundation obsession. Yes, obsession.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Updated Favorite Mascara

I know I recently posted about my favorite mascara combo months ago, however, being the beauty junkie that I am I found a new favorite. I'm sure you have all heard of it...  They're Real by Benefit. Ummm...I'm OBSESSED.  This gives me the same effect that my Laura Mercier and Lancome did except now I don't have to use two mascaras to get length and volume.  I still wear my LM Long Lash alot, but the thing about the Benefit mascara is that it adds incredible volume to your lashes.  And on top of the volume, it adds very noticeable length.  You can layer this mascara, and customize the amount of length and fullness you want.  Hands down best mascara on the market (in my opinion) Go buy it, you will not be disappointed.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Bright and Beautiful Eyes

This is probably going to be one of my favorite post. I think eyes are everyone's best feature, and a lot of people don't want to or dont have the time to spend playing them up. I'm all about the "no makeup, makeup look". Where you have make up on but it doesn't scream "Look at me I'm wearing a smokey eye!" The best way to do that is to create a beautiful concealed canvas around the eye.  I only wear eyeshadow if I'm going to a special event, most of the time I just do some simple makeup tricks Ive learned along the way to play up my eyes.   You can make your eyes stand out without having eyeshadow on. 
Bear with me this will be a lengthy post :)

First step to create bright eyes is .....an eye brightener, duh!  I've been using Maybelline Age Rewind Eye Brightening concealer in the color "brightener", they also have a neutralizer color that would work good too.   I put this under the outside corner of my eyebrows where there tends to be a shadow, and right above my cheekbones from mid-pupil to my temples and blend blend blend. Then take your under eye concealer, you really need two different concealers, the first for your eyes, this one should be a creamy, non drying concealer that are usually found in TUBES not palettes. The second concealer is for blemishes or redness which should be more full coverage and thicker, these are the ones on palettes or ones that have a lid. Some of the brands I use for under eye concealers are Jane Iredale, Maybelline, and Laura mercier. For blemishes or redness I use Bobbi Brown, Bare Minerals, or Sonia Kashuk from Target. Also NYX yellow concealer is AMAZING for dark circles, I reviewed this in a previous post, go take a look :)  

So  after you blended your brightening cream put your under eye concealer on and make sure you bring the concealer down in a pie shape so you don't look like a raccoon in pictures. Doing a pie shape also helps brighten and highlight your face. 

Once your done with that I use Benefits Eye Bright pencil (NYX has a similar pencil called Milk for $3) and dab it in the inner corner of my eyes, and also right ABOVE the arch in my eyebrows.  Doing a little highlighting above the brow causes your eyes to look bigger, and gives them a little lift. If you do too much brightening only inside the eye and under the brow it will make your eyes appear small. So blend it in once you put it above your brow, you can also use the brightening pencil for any dark area around the eye you may see or shadows by the inner corner. 

Now all that is left is to finish it off with Laura Mercier's Secret Brightening powder and dust it all around the eye or anywhere you put your eye concealer, in the corner, and outer corner.  It sets your concealer, and brightens the whole area. It also last forever, I've had mine for well over a year.  

Tip : if you want to make your eyes appear bigger line your bottom tear duct with the brightening pencil and it will really open your eye. 
And don't forget to curl your lashes! It makes such a difference.  Hope you got a few helpful tips for making your eyes bright and more beautiful!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Physicians Formula Airbrush Powder

I've been meaning to review this powder for a while now. It's the physicians formula airbrush powder. Lets just get right into it... I must say I do love it, it provides ALOT of coverage. It really evens out my skin tone and covers any redness.  The only negative is that it is a little thick for summer, and the shade I bought is too light for my skin. But all in all its a really great powder for around $8.  I put it on with a big powder brush, but you definitely get more coverage when using a powder puff or spongy applicator. Also if you are wearing foundation under this powder it may be too much for a day time look, especially if your adding bronzer and blush.  This powder is perfect to be worn alone with just concealer and moisturizer.  
Just a little tip: if you have foundation on and you want to make sure it stays in place instead of applying powder to your whole face and brushing it over take a puff applicator and tap it into the powder the press and roll the powder onto your skin into your T-Zone.  That will allow your foundation and concealer to stay in place without moving it around and irritating your skin. I'm sure you know this already, but avoid pressing the powder into the eye area. I'm doing a post about brightening your under eye.. So be on the look out for that. 

Macadamia Natural Oil Mask

I don't have anything negative to say about this conditioner. It is flat out amazing. I would even say it is the BEST conditioning mask I have ever used, besides Kerastase Chroma Riche. I was grocery shopping and saw their high end products on sale so I bought this for $28 (not sure how much it usually sells for) but that's still a little pricey.  I was skeptical at first, but I loved the packaging and the name so I splurged (which happens way too often on hair and makeup) so when I opened it the formula itself has a creamy sheen and smells so wonderful. You put it on your hair for 7 minutes, which is a long time to just stand in the shower, but that's the price you pay for incredibly soft and shiny hair.  As soon as I washed it out my hair felt 1000x softer than before. I do a lot of damage to my hair with straighteners and curling irons so my hair gets pretty dry and this was exactly what my hair needed. Also. It didn't make my hair oily or weigh it down, but I wouldn't use it more than twice a week since it is a heavier treatment. One more thing, a little goes a long way, so don't use too much because then it might leave behind some residue.  All in all, this was a great beauty find! It should last me forever! 

Here is the description of the product from Ulta's website:
"Macadamia Deep Repair Masque is a revitalizing hair reconstructor for dry, damaged hair. A combination of macadamia oil and argon oil along with tea tree oil, chamomile oil, aloe and algae extracts rejuvenate and rebuild the hair, leaving the hair deeply nourished for improved elasticity and shine with long-lasting conditioning benefits.
  • Combines Macadamia & Argan oils with Tea tree oil, chamomile oil, aloe and algae extract
  • Deep nourishment & long-lasting conditioning
  • Ultra-conditioning hair reconstruction"

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Hair Tip

I am one of those girls that gets bored with hair color easily, I am always looking to go darker, or lighter. However,  last year was the last time I was ever coloring my hair again.  It just got old, going to the salon every 4-6 months and then trying to get your colorist to understand your vision.  The last time I had it colored it was so dark, and I hated it. I grew it out and it was at the awkward stage where you're thinking....should I go touch up my roots? Should I just get it highlighted? Then I found a solution.  Shampoo.   I seriously cant believe I had never heard of this before.  It's by Clairol, and its called Shimmer Lights.  You can either get the purple shampoo for blonde highlights or the copper/orange shampoo for brown hair.  I bought the orange one since my hair is dark brown, used it one time and my hair was all of the sudden a natural ombre.  The shampoo says its  "protein-enriched that tones down brassiness", so I'm not sure how all of that works I just know I like what it does. I wash my twice, the first time I don't let it sit I rinse it out pretty fast, but the second time I let it sit about 5-10 minutes.  When I blow my dry hair its much brighter, softer, and shinier. I've read reviews online and I think if people say it doesn't affect their hair it's because they aren't letting it sit long enough.  This isn't a shampoo I use everyday, I wash my hair about 3 times a week and use this shampoo twice, the other time I use a clarifying shampoo.  So if you're looking for something to hold you over between colors you must buy this shampoo! 
Shimmer Lights