Thursday, March 29, 2012

AOTD: Pearls and Bows

As a girl who shares the natural urge to love anything with a bow attached to it, these are heaven!

I find that usually no matter what I'm looking for (or not looking for) I find in Forever21 and these post earrings are just the perfect thing a little glitz and glam for everyday wear. I find that they are just enough with my everyday outfits to look a little more classically girly this spring without overdoing it. Plus, for just $1.80, they are a bargain basement steal for sure!

What accessories have you been loving for this spring?
Tell me your picks in the Comments!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Makeup Review: E.L.F. Studio Powder Blush

A couple of months ago I started to get a little obsessive about trying to grow my blush collection, just for purposes of variety and what I found is that just because a blush isn't $20, doesn't mean it doesn't deserve some props and among those I found this perfectly pink passion blush!

E.L.F. Powder Blush in Pink Passion

Having heard some pretty good things about E.L.F Studio products and personally testing out the E.L.F. Studio Contouring Duo, I figured that for $3.00 I couldn't really go wrong and I was proven exactly that when this blush came along!

Being a bit familiar with the knock-off NARS-type packaging, I was glad to see that there was a window included in the compact to make it easier to find the color I was looking for both in the store and in my collection if I happen to pick up more of these blushes. However, I could live without the mirror included seeing as it is a bit small for real use to put on my blush as I prefer a much larger mirror.

Don't mind the little dent I made trying to get the clear backing off!

When I finally got around to really opening up the product and just as I was about to dip my brush in the pan I noticed there was some slight discoloration from light shining into the window. So in the end I was a bit disappointed with that, but found that once I started using the blush more in that area the discolored layer came off to reveal the true color once again underneath.

What I also noticed once I dipped my brush into the blush is that it is super pigmented! Which is not something easily found in most drugstore products! I was excited about that, but since it is so pigmented, I found it best to apply with a stippling brush in circular motions. I also found the blush to be incredibly powdery in the pan, but once I blended it onto my skin I found it was just the opposite and actually doesn't look nearly as powdery as expected which really surpassed my expectation for a $3.00 drugstore product!

The Stats:
 - Available in 11 shades!
 - Only $3.00 each
 - Easily accessed at your local Target or Kmart as well as
 - Handy Looking Window (great if you have many in different colors!)
 - Small Mirror
 - Intensely Pigmented
 - Smooth Formula

Have you tried any other E.L.F. or E.L.F. Studio products?
I would love to hear what you have to say about them in the Comments!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Makeup Review: Essence I ♥ Extreme Volume Mascara

Pretty much since I started to get serious about makeup I have been looking for the perfect formula for my lashes that will define them while giving voluptuous volume. Now I have been through a few different varieties of mascara and found that some of them to be better than others, I finally found the ones that work best for me include a volumizing formula like this one that I was excited to find that Essence had sent me for review.

Essence I ♥ Extreme Volume Mascara

For me, finding the right mascara has been a long and hard road, but as you may remember, I have raved and loved Buxom Lash Mascara and then more recently fell in major love with the Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara, but what I found in both of those mascaras was that they weren't very thickening. They separated and coated my lashes with ease, but I also craved just a little more.... oomph! 

With this mascara, I find I get all the extra oomph I need! In just one coat I get a good amount of separation just as I do with my other favorites, but this one also thickens my lashes just enough to still look natural and volumized. When another coat is added on top I find that my lashes start to stick together a little bit, but it is nothing that a few extra swipes or a lash comb can't fix in exchange for even more thicker looking lashes with a bit more length added into the mix. However, after two coats this mascara only seems to clump lashes together, so for those of you who like to layer on lots of mascara will want to stop at just two coats. 

Plus, this mascara is priced just under $4.00 so there is no need to shell out an insane amount of money every 3 months for a new one. I also find that the mascara brush resembles that of the Too Faced Lash Injection and Benefit Badgal Lash, but find this formula is much wetter than either of those two and doesn't include the flaking I experienced with those which truly makes this mascara far more worth the money.

The Stats: 
 - Available only in one carbon black formula
 - Big Brush
 - Provides volume, separation, thickening, and slight lengthening
 - Use two coats for dramatic looks
 - Priced around $3.99
 - No Flaking

Have you tried this mascara or others from the Essence line?
Tell me what you think of it in the comments!
*This product featured was provided courtesy of Essence Cosmetics

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Popular Posts

Recently I have been looking into my past posts and noticed some old, but great reviews that I thought still deserved a little more time in the limelight. Here are the top 5 popular posts!

Crown Brush Synthetic Flat
Bronzer Brush
A while back I went to the 2011 Premiere Beauty Classic and was introduced to a new company I had never heard of before: Crown Brush. I must have looked dumb-founded when I glanced at the price tags on the brushes. As little as $1.50 a brush?! Now I can afford that! But upon closer inspection, being the perfectionist I am, I found quite a few things wrong with some of the brushes, like the cut was not straight across or the handle had a nik in it, But after much searching I finally found a brush I liked with no niks or scratches on the ferrule and a perfect cut. Read More... 

Regis Designline Leave-In
Conditioning Styler
Despite this product's long name, it is actually a very simple product that can make an impact on your hair. In the summer (and even in the winter at times) my hair gets a little dryer than normal and this leave-in conditioner cures it! I will admit this is the first leave-in conditioner I have tried because I do not usually have too many problems with my hair drying out and at the roots my hair is oily so I never thought I needed one. I finally realized that even I need one last summer when I went on a trip to New York City and after just 2 days, the city was wreaking havoc on my hair making my normally tame, soft, silky textured hair turn into a dry, coarse, frizz-ball! Read More...

Urban Decay Naked Palette
Once upon a time, I was browsing Sephora's website to look at new products when I came across The Urban Decay Naked Palette. It had all of the eyeshadow colors a girl could need, from barely there naked to golden baked bronze and browns to the sultry and oh-so smokey black and grey. I had lusted after it and what do ya know, over half a year later, I've got my paws on it and I am not letting go anytime soon! Read More... 

Stila One Step Makeup
This product claims to be a 4 in 1 primer, foundation, concealer, and powder in one bottle so I must admit I had unusually high expectations for this foundation. This is a product that I have absolutely anticipated the release of, but after quite a few weeks of wear and comparison to other foundations, I only have mixed feelings about it. Read More...

Hard Candy Just Face It
As you all know, I am a serious sucker for anything that claims to multitask, especially this whole 4-in-1 deal thanks to the Stila One Step that I had a little love affair with a while back. However, the Stila One Step had a quite large price tag attached and has now been replaced with the Perfect & Correct formulation, so getting my hands on it can be a little challenging to say the least. So at last, I found myself walking through the isles of Wally-world (Walmart) looking for a dupe to my high end purchase, and, what do you know? I walked right past this foundation and then took a few steps back and heard angels singing, well at least I could have sworn they were! Read More...

Which are your favorites?
Tell me in the comments!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Makeup Review: Essence Lipsticks

Hey everyone! I recently received a few products courtesy of Essence Cosmetics to try out in addition to the ones I already have and love. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they sent me two of their lipsticks, especially because I have heard good things about them and I have been meaning to pick up a few.

Essence Lipsticks in Natural Light Top to Bottom:
55 Coralize Me! and 48 Red Carpet
Essence Lipsticks in Artificial Lighting Top to Bottom:
55 Coralize Me! and 48 Red Carpet

Once again, Essence has surprised me! Each of these lipsticks are just $2.50 each and for being low-end cosmetics, pack a whole lot of punch! Starting with the packaging they did a great job! I love the fact that there are labels on the bottoms unlike the Colour & Go Nail Polishes and Stay With Me Long Lasting Lipglosses. I also love the fact that the outside packaging color coordinates with that of the inside lipstick color perfectly so when you have multiple lipsticks in a drawer or makeup bag it is super fast and easy to find the color you are looking for without having to open the container or read the bottom label.

Upon first inspection of the actual product inside, the shimmer in Coralize Me! looked to be a bit over-whelming and made me think that it would have a very frosty finish to it and Red Carpet Looked to be a true matte red, which at first was very intimidating. Imagine the look on my face when I swiped these on my lips and found they are nothing like what they look in the tube!

Top to Bottom: 48 Red Carpet and 55 Coralize Me!

Despite the chunky, frosty looking glitter in Coralize Me!, it is in fact not chunky and not frosty as all and is actually quite wearable and the shimmer is barely noticeable on the lips while the overall formula feels pretty smooth, but is still a bit grainy as expected. When I applied Red Carpet expecting it to be a crazy full coverage matte red, I quickly found out that it was much more buildable medium to sheer pink-red than I was expecting and it is actually a very high-shine formula that tends mimic that of a thin pigmented red gloss.

Once again Essence did a great job with this product and although the shimmer lipsticks are not as smooth as I was hoping for, I still think they are great lipsticks and I can't wait to get some more!

The Stats:
 - Just $2.50 each
 - Shimmer tends to feel a bit more gritty than the creamy formula
 - Pack buildable pigment for subtle color to WOW color
 - Feels slick and much like a thin gloss on the lips
 - Lightweight Texture
 - Shiny Finish
 - Perfect for anyone who is beginning with lipstick or generally doesn't like the feel of heavy lipsticks

Have you tried these lipsticks yet?
Tell me what you think of them in the comments!
*These products were sent to me for review courtesy of Essence Cosmetics

Makeup Review: Rimmel London Clean Finish Foundation

I know what you're thinking... "Another foundation? Don't you have enough already?" Well the answer to that question is... Never! For me, foundation is the single most important part of my beauty routine and while some people like to run out and buy all the new lip glosses or eyeshadows, I prefer to put that money towards trying to find my next Holy Grail foundation. With that said, this one is definitely not it!

Rimmel London Clean Finish Foundation in 120 Ivory

After my first try with Rimmel London's Stay Matte, I tried to stay optimistic about their products, especially because I have heard some nice things about this particular formula being their best one yet, and I agree, but it still isn't nearly as good as other drugstore foundations I've tried.

I must admit tho, Rimmel did a much better job this time with the shade range, including both fairly light skintones to medium-dark skintones, but even though this shade (120 Ivory) is lighter than that of the Stay Matte formula, it still isn't light enough for me! Therefore, this one, like the Stay Matte, is going to be reserved for summer until it matches my skin better. However, I did have an okay run with it because unlike the Stay Matte, this thicker, creamier, more forgiving formula blends much, much easier, but still isn't to the blendability that I expect from a Holy Grail foundation. I also find that the 100% poreless claim on the front of the bottle doesn't exactly live up to itself. I do feel as if some of my larger pores do look a bit camouflaged, but it is nothing big enough for me to start jumping up and down about anytime soon.

One of the best things about this foundation is that it has a really unique applicator. I find that the paddle does actually help get the foundation out and serves a purpose in dispensing the product, otherwise I don't think this thick formula would come out of the bottle! However, overall the whole product could have been a bit better than it was in regards to the shade range and the not-so-true claim on the front of the product.

The Stats:
 - Better Shade Range (fairly light to medium/dark)
 - Unique Applicator
 - Thick Formula
 - 100% poreless claim doesn't live up to itself
 - Medium amount of blendability

Have you tried any new drugstore foundations lately?
How did they work out for you?

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Makeup Review: Essence Stay With Me Longlasting Lipgloss

As a girl on-the-go, I am always in need of a good go-to gloss that I can deliver pigments and shine while moisturizing and staying in place all day. Thanks to Essence, I have finally found one that fits the bill!

Essence Stay With Me Lipgloss in Candy Bar

Since I have to wake up oh so early in the morning and haul my tired tush to school, I literally NEED products that will go on quickly and easily and last all day. That also means I expect my lip products to stay on without bleeding while still feeling... well... pleasant.

In my experience, most long-wearing products tend to be sticky and feel heavy, so I was pleasantly surprised when this formula turned out to be everything but that... at first. When I first apply this to my lips, I'm in heaven! It feels soft, silky and plush and creamy on the lips. Unfortunately, this dies down after the first hour and half and becomes a bit tackier, but this is common of long-wearing products and I don't mind it as the formula still doesn't thicken as much as others.

This gloss also has a fairly unique applicator that I haven't exactly seen in many glosses. The applicator looks like a fuzzy hourglass, but despite how funny it looks, it actually really does apply the gloss quite well. The "well" of the hourglass is perfectly sized and hugs the lower lip while the rounded ball on the top prickly applies gloss to the upper lip. However, if you are a fan of the traditional doe-foot applicators, you may need some practice with this one and in many cases it can be a "hit or miss" kind of thing whether you like this unique applicator or not.

However, this pigmentation is never a "hit or miss". This gloss is so pigmented you would think it is a liquid lipstick!  All six colors in this line are super pigmented and are sure to stand out against any other gloss in your collection whether you practically have enough to last a lifetime or only a week, this belongs in your collection!

The Stats:
 - Very Inexpensive at just $2.29
 - Creamy, Plush Moisturizing Formula
 - Transforms into a tackier formula
 - Truly lasts 4 hours+ without reapplication
 - Lasts through light snacks and meals
 - Super Pigmented
 - Unique Hourglass Applicator
 - Available in 6 colors

What do you think of this gloss' unique applicator?
Love it or Hate it? Tell me in the Comments!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

New Sigma Beauty Releases!

Thanks to Sigma, beauty buffs and makeup mavens can now get their hands on great quality, affordable makeup brushes, eyeshadow palettes and cleansing tools. 

Sigma Cleansing & Polishing Tool

To add to their already great line of cleansing and polishing tools come 3 new attachments called the Spa Solutions ($29.00) to get your skin looking great! Of the three new attatchments, one of them goes beyond your pretty face and is actually used for the body. But before we get to that one, I'll take you through each of the two new face additions:

 The Extra-Soft Brush - This soft silicone brush attachment is made for gentle cleansing of super sensitive skin.

 The Massager - The silicone massager helps to maximize the absorption of skin care products like moisturizers and serums while stimulating skin circulation. 

And finally The Exfoliator - This pumice exfoliator is designed to gently exfoliate the feet and smooth away calluses and rough skin. (*Not for use on the face*)

Performance Eyes Kit

Sigma has also been rather busy creating a new set of 8 Performance Eye Brushes with a sweet price of just $55.00. These brushes have been carefully created and selected to create  extra detailed eye looks from your liner to your shadow! Here's a look at each one of the brushes:

Eye Liner - E11 - For precise lining of upper and lower lash lines. Creates detailed and elaborate looks.

Tightline Liner - E16 - Ideal for application of cream, gel and powder formulas on the upper lash line.

Waterline Liner - E17 - Perfectly applies cream, gel and powder formulas on the lower lid waterline.

Smudge - E21 - Soften harsh lines on the upper and lower lash lines.

Blending - E36 - Precise blending of powder products on small areas, such as the inner corner of the eyes.

Shader - Inner Corner - E46 - Perfect for application of highlight shades in the inner corner of the eyes.

Shader - Crease - E47 - For applying and blending darker shades onto the crease.

Shader - Lid - E56 - Precise application of pressed and loose eye shadow onto the lid.

Also, don't forget to use coupon code MARCH 2012 in the checkout to receive 20%off your order and a FREE gift!

Tell me what your favorite brush or attachment from the new collections are in the Comments!
*I am affiliated with Sigma Beauty and all pictures used in this post are property of Sigma Beauty

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Collective Haul!

Yay! for the first haul of March! Before I get around to showing all the products, I would just like to say that I did receive all of the Essence Cosmetics for review and did not pay for them. However, the other products featured in this post were personally picked out and paid for with my own money. Now that we have all of that out of the way, on to the new products!

Top Left to Right: Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam Foundation in
120 Porcelain Ivory, Essence Mono Eyeshadow in Blue Mission,
and Essence I <3 Extreme Volume Mascara.
Bottom Left to Right: Essence Lipsticks in 55 Coralize Me and
48 Red Carpet, e.l.f Powder Blush in Pink Passion, and above is
NYC Smooth Skin Liquid Makeup in Ivory.
If you have been with me for a while, you may have noticed my repurchase of the New York Color Smooth Skin Liquid Makeup and my new purchase of the e.l.f Powder Blush that I mentioned looking forward to trying in my Essence Blush Review. Plus, I'm really looking forward to trying out Essence I  Extreme Volume Mascara since it is no secret that I crave more voluminous lashes! And while I was at the drugstore, I thought the new Maybelline Dream Nude Air-foam foundation looked like an interesting concept, so hey, why not give it a try? However, I did think about trying the Revlon version instead, but I have heard that the PhotoReady line has shimmer in their foundations and being a girl with combination/oily skin means shimmer has no business being in my foundation!

Have you hauled any products this month?
Tell me in the Comments!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

February Favorites

Time for yet another Favorites! This time around I have quite a few new favorites from the past month!


Essence Mattifying Compact Powder in Translucent
Finally! I holy grail mattifying powder! I cannot tell you how long and hard I have been looking for an amazing mattifying powder like this! Well, actually I can tell you, ever since I realized I have combination skin! Since then I have searched high and low for a great, not just good, oil-controlling powder that will leave me looking both natural, not powdery, and matte, not shiny and I can't believe I found one that works these wonders in a drugstore product!

Essence Eyebrow Designer in 03 Light Brown
After relying on Urban Decay's Naked Eyeshadow, an EcoTools Angled Eyeliner brush and Maybelline's Great Lash Clear Mascar and Brow Gel to keep my brows looking full and perfectly in place I decided it was time to experiment a little! Although this pencil is luke warm to me unlike the Mattifying Compact Powder, it is extremely great for the price, just $1.49, and I find that it is easier and faster to use rather than my usual routine of brush and shadow with clear gel overtop.


Thanks to this product, with the addition of C. Booth Walnut Shell Body Scrub and Cleanser and X Out Wash-In Treatment each used one a week, my skin is finally getting to be where I want it to be! I have had a lot of issues in the past with products, *cough cough* Biore Ice Cleanser * cough cough*, resulting in even more acne or giving me an allergic reaction (both of which happened with the Biore Ice Cleanser).Therefore, this product is amazing for my skin! I didn't see amazing results initially, but as time wears on this product and the others in my routine are doing remarkable things for my skin!


New Storage!
Finally! Some new storage so I can actually see all my makeup! Before I had gotten these storage containers I was always looking for a certain mascara, eyeshadow or lipgloss, but thanks to these two acrylic storage boxes I can see everything, and most importantly find everything I need, exactly when I need it!

What were some of your favorites from this past month?
Tell me what they were in the Comments!
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