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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Essence Gel Eyeliner in Midnight in Paris. Review and Swatches!

Hello my pretties! Welcome back or welcome in general if you have never been here before! Do you guys ever have makeup obsessions that come and go? A certain type of product that you used all the time and for some unknown reason just stopped using? I find myself doing this all the time. For a while I'll use one certain type of foundation then one day I switch and it makes it's way to the bottom of the bin to be left and forgotten. Then months later I'll pull it out and be like "oh my goodness I used to love this! What happened?" Ya that happens to me all the time! Well one of those moments happened to me when I was moving and I was sorting through my eyeliner drawer. I started seeing how many gel liners I owned and I got to thinking "how come I never use gel liners anymore?" I used to use nothing but gel eyeliners. They were my go to's and then all of a sudden I completely stopped using them!

So I made it a point to bust them out and again and I fell in love once more. I missed my creamy little pigmented buddies. The only problem with abandoning them was that a lot of them had dried out so they needed to be tossed away. So this meant I needed new ones...obviously!! I wanted to try a few new kinds and I had heard rave reviews in the past about the Essence Gel Eyeliner so whilst in Ulta I picked one up. I mean at $2.99 I figured even if it was complete rubbish I wasn't losing out on much.

So I've used it for a couple weeks now and am ready to share my thoughts! I'm not going to beat around the bush here...this eyeliner is AWESOME! I think it is one of the first true waterproof gel eyeliners that I have found. Ugh it is so good! It is creamy, pigmented, and incredibly long wearing. You do need to let it set a couple of minutes before you go smudging around all over the place.

As you can see from this swatch it has amazing color pay off. 

Now the only color they offer is black so if you aren't a black eyeliner lover then I am sorry. I however 9 times out of 10 reach for a black liner so for me that is completely fine. Now also as I mentioned it is really a waterproof eyeliner so you are going to need a makeup remover to remove this.

I use my Sonia Kashuk Core Tools Slanted Eyeliner brush for application which is one of my favorite brushes for gel eyeliner. This eyeliner really is so creamy and easy to use. It is nicely pigmented so I don't feel I need to keep dipping my brush into the product to build the color.

Overall an amazing and affordable gel eyeliner. If you are in the market for a new one or a less expensive one I highly highly recommend this. I used it in the look below and you can see how dark and beautiful it is. I can forsee myself getting a lot of use out of this in the future.


Please ignore my terrible eyebrows. They are in terrible need of a good plucking!

Other products I used for this look if you are interested-

  • Covergirl 3 in 1 Foundation
  • Avon Extra Lasting Concealer
  • Physicians Formula Cover FX Powder
  • Jordana Blush in Rose 
  • Sephora and Pantone palette
  • Wet N Wild Megalast lipstick in Sugar Plum Fairy
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Beginner Makeup Essentials for $10 and Under!

I can remember my first makeup palette like it was yesterday. I couldn't have been more than 13 when I got it and I knew from that moment on it would be love. It had like 5 eyeshadows and a couple lip colors and I remember playing with it everyday. As I got older my makeup love continued to flourish and I spent lots of time trying to perfect the perfect look. Back then there were no YouTube videos to watch or Instagram Pictorials to look at so learning was a bit more difficult. I often wish I had someone who had told me "okay here are some basic products you need." I did not so I fumbled around the makeup world on my own and figured it out but not after much trials and failures and pictures that I can look back on and cringe at. Hello there burgundy lip liner and nude lipstick!!! EEkkk...

So today's post is for all of you just branching out into the makeup world. I'm going to talk about a few makeup staples that I think everyone should have. A few basic things that every girl should have in her makeup bag! Now I know most of you ladies are probably younger and don't have a trillion dollars to shell out for makeup either so I made sure to include products that were also very affordable. Come with me my dears on this magical makeup voyage...

Face:

Okay the first thing you should have is some sort of foundation liquid or powder. This day in age there are so many awesome formulas for beginners and thanks to the world of BB and CC creams they are both easy to use and comfortable to wear. Now there will be plenty of time for more sophisticated formulas but for now you want it to be simple and easy. Just enough coverage to even out the skin and conceal minor skin concerns. The top 3...
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Tinted Moisturizer, Light to Neutral 30- 1 fl oz
1. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer Tinted Moisturizer is a great little product. You get a nice sheer, easy to work with formula, and an SPF of 20. This makeup is comfortable and light weight so it is a good foundation for makeup newbs. 

Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream Skin Perfector, Light- 1 fl oz
2. Revlon PhotoReady BB Cream is another drugstore favorite of mine. I find it is one of the most comfortable BB Creams out there. It helps to smooth the skin, hydrate, and color correct but without feeling greasy and uncomfortable. 
Milani Even Touch Powder Foundation, Natural Tan 09- .42 oz
3. If you don't feel like you are quite ready for a liquid makeup just yet than fear not! There are many great powder foundations out there as well. I love the Milani Even Touch Powder Foundation. It is a lightweight powder makeup. It has good coverage for a powder so you will still get some color correction with this but with a much more simple application. This is great for those of you that are in school since you can just toss it in your bag and go. The mirror and sponge make for easy touch ups as well. 

Cheeks:

The next makeup staple is a blush! Blush though scary at first is a complete game changer. It really helps sculpt and awaken the skin. A good blush can bring any look together. 
Real Techniques by Sam & Nic Chapman Blush Brush- 1 ea
1. Okay so my first product isn't makeup but it is def something that you will need. It is a blush brush. This one is by Real Techniques which I love but other good drugstore brush brands are EcoTools, E.l.f Studio, and Revlon. Most blush brushes that come with blushes are CRAP. They are coarse and apply blush uneven so a good brush is a great investment. It will considerably change how your blush looks and applied. 

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush, Warm- .24 oz

2. You pretty much can't go wrong with most Physicians Formula Blushes. They are one of my favorites and I don't think I have ever bought one that I didn't love. The Happy Booster blushes are great because they give you just enough color and radiance. They look very natural and are easy to work with. I also love the Nude Wear and Powder Palette Blushes from Physicians Formula. 

Maybelline Master Glaze by FaceStudio Glisten Blush Stick, Coral Sheen- .24 oz
3. Just like anything else there are other formulas of blush as well. Every person likes different things in life. Some people like crust on their sandwich and some do not. Some people like powder blush and come like a cream. The Maybelline Master Glaze blushes are a great cream blush. They are so easy to blend. Simply dot on your cheek bones and blend out with your fingers and you are done. 

Eyes:

Now that we have covered the face and cheeks it is time to move on to the eyes. This is where people usually get all sorts of flustered. Eye makeup can seem daunting and scary at first but it shouldn't be. With the right products and a light hand you can become an eye makeup master. Makeup is all about starting small and then building up. Find a few products that work, practice until your comfortable, and then build upon your skills. 
e.l.f. Smudge Pot - Long Lasting Eye Shadow and Eye Liner (Brownie Points #21696)
1. I think cream eyeshadows are the easiest for beginners. They are easy to blend out and are great because you only need one good shade to make it work. You also don't need a bunch of fancy brushes because you can use your fingers. My favorite are the E.l.f Smudge Pots and the Maybelline Color Tattoos. Both come in a wide variety of colors and have a long wearing formula. 


2. The next essential is eyeliner! Though this is the step that usually takes a little while to get the hang of it is the most beneficial. Eyeliner gives the eyes a lot of definition and really helps open the eyes and make you look more awake. The Jordana 12 HR Made To Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils are my favorite right now. I did a review of them the other day which you can read right here! They are a really easy to use creamy formula that lasts all day. 
 
3. The last step is mascara. Mascara can be a girls best friend but finding a good formula is key. The Covergirl Clump Crusher and Prestige My Blackest Lashes are both great. They give some volume and some length but are pretty basic and easy to use. 

Those are the 3 essentials for the eyes that I think everyone can benefit from using. Like I said makeup involves constant learning so start small and once you get the hang of using these 3 basic things then you can build upon them. 

Lips:

The last part of the face that we didn't already cover is your lips. This is where products are typically the easiest to use and get the hang of. By now I am sure everyone has used a chapstick or lip balm so you know how to apply something to your mouth. They have great lip products these days that are so easy to use. I love the new balm lipcolors. 
Revlon makes some awesome lip products that give you moisture and beautiful sheer washes of color. The fact that the color is more sheer makes them a lot easier to work with and be able to reapply. Their Lip Butters and their Kissable Balm Stains are two all stars.

As far as beginner makeup you don't need much else. I hope you found this helpful!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sample Sunday... Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35

Hey there lovelies. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and got to enjoy what is beginning to look like a lovely fall season. I already am in a total pumpkin craze! As we speak I have a pumpkin candle burning. Mmmmmm....

So back in June we bought a new house and moved. Now one thing that moving always proves to me is that I have a lot of stuff...too much stuff! Specifically I have too much makeup! Now being a beauty blogger, makeup artist, and working for a skincare and makeup company tends to make beauty products accumulate rather quickly. I also realized while moving how many product samples I have. I'm talking about a whole drawer full in my vanity. It isn't that I don't love beauty samples but I just find myself forgetting about them. I toss them in a drawer where they lie forgotten and develop abandonment issues. I am subscribed to a couple monthly makeup subscription boxes and order a lot of products online so that is where they mostly come from. 

So in order to force myself to start using my sample products up I am going to do a segment each Sunday called Sample Sunday. I will use a sample completely up during the week and then review it for you here. 

This weeks installment is a product I used this week which is the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream. I happened to pick a great product to start this out because I ended up really loving it. I've had a love/hate relationship with BB Creams over the years. I love the things they promise but most of the BB creams I have tried have left me feeling uncomfortable and felt like they just sat on top of my skin. Also most that I have tried were not quite up to par with the coverage I would like. This BB Cream is not like that at all. 

It looks like your normal BB Cream. It is a thick creamy consistency but it blends out beautifully. It is a light/medium coverage. It felt light on my skin but it had enough coverage to help camouflage some redness and minor blemishes. You can def tell there is a moisturizing property to this. It left my skin feeling comfortable but without feeling greasy. 
This is my face before (left) and after application (right). As you can see it helped conceal some of the redness and blemishes that I have going on and helped really even out my skin. The coverage really is pretty nice.

It also wore pretty well throughout the day. I did notice a little bit of breakdown but it still was looking pretty good when I got home after 7 hours of wear. 

Overall I would say this is one of the best BB Creams I have tried. Now I wish it had a prettier price tag because of course the BB Cream I fall in love with is $39! Yuck. I only have to use a little more than a pea size to cover my whole face so it would last a while but I still don't know if I want to pay that much for this product. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Affordable Amazing Eyeliner with Jordana 12 HR Made To Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil Review and Swatches!

Welcome back lovelies! I hope everyone is having a wonderful day today. It's a beautiful day in NY for once and I am enjoying every bit of sunshine. I wanted to bring you a review of another product that I have been adoring lately. I hope your not sick of my reviews of products I love yet because there are plenty. Don't fret though my little pretties because I do have a couple reviews coming down the pipes of products that didn't really wow me.

However, today's post is on some products that you seriously need to add to your collection....like now...right now! Well if you are an eyeliner wearer that is! I'm talking about the Jordana 12 HR Made To Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils and for the sake of having the longest name in the world for the time being we are going to call them the Jordana 12hr Liners Okay? K! "An eyeliner pencil that's a liquid? How can that be?" You say! Well it is true but we'll get to that in a minute. First let's see what Jordana's claims are for these.

• Intense, Instant Color Eyeliner that is Made to Last
• Smooth-Gliding Pencil For Precise Application
• Long-Lasting (Up to 12 hour wear)
• Water & Transfer Resistant
• Sharpens with Deluxe Sharpener
• Paraben-Free
• Made in USA

That's a lot of claims right there but they were pretty spot on. Now these eyeliners are not that old. I think the new products for Jordana got released last fall and I hunted then down like a hawk. I found mine at Walgreens which seems to be the only store in my area that carries them besides Kmart. They are $2.49 which is a huge steal especially for what you are getting with these. I being the makeup junkie bought all 6 shades that they offer so you get to see all of them here.

Espresso Last is a beautiful liner for my soft and natural girls. This is a warm toned matte brown eyeliner. However, I do stress that even though it is a little more natural than the rest of the bunch it is still very pigmented and applies opaque so it is still going to be kind of intense unless you smudge it out a bit or apply a little shadow on top.


The next shade is called Charcoal Definition which is a charcoal colored liner with silver microglitters. This does have a little bit of a sparkle to it so if that isn't your cup of tea then you probably won't like it. The Jordana website makes all the colors look matte but they def are not. This shade is my go to "going out" eyeliner because I love that shimmer and drama.


The next is Purple Fix which is my absolute favorite for my blue eyed ladies (like myself)! If you know me well than you know I love my purples...eyeshadows, eyeliners, even lipsticks...so this quickly rose to the top for me. It is a nice deep purple with pink microglitters. It has the most gorgeous sheen and looks amazing paired with a nice purple shadow.


The shade here is Black Point which is an insanely pigmented matte black eyeliner. This bad boy is the big kahuna of my black eyeliners. If you want the look of a liquid liner without as much hassle this is the liner for you. I applied it next to a bunch of my high end liners and I think it is of equal quality. It is even better than my Urban Decay Perversion Eyeliner which everyone goes gaga for but about $18 cheaper!  



The next shade is called Jade Jewel which is the green of the bunch. It a beautiful deep dark green shade with a little bit of a sheen. Perfect for lots of different eye colors and a gorgeous shade to wear in the fall. 




Lastly we have Aqua Stone which is kind of a stand out in this collection. Unlike all the other shades that are nice and deep this is a fun bright color. It is a bright blue eyeliner with a sheen and it awesome for a little pop of color on the lower lash line. It reminds me a lot of the bright blue in the new L'oreal Silkissime Eyeliner line but it still saves you a couple bucks. 

Formula:

So here's where we get to the Liquid Eyeliner Pencil part. As you can see from the swatches these are very pigmented and apply nice and opaque. The reason they called them as such is because though they are a pencil format and apply like a pencil; they are soft and glide on like liquid. I would more say actually that they apply like a gel liner. They are easy to work with and don't tug at the lashes like some pencils do. I have had mine though a few I've replaced for over a year now and they still haven't dried out. They are pretty soft though so don't sharpen them too much. 

Packaging:

I am kind of a snob when it comes to eyeliners. I get all huffy when I have to sharpen them even though it only takes a second. I feel like everything should just be mechanical by now. So I do wish they didn't have to be sharpened but for the price and quality I suck it up and do it. You get a good amount of product here as well. It is your standard eyeliner pencil size and I love how sleep they look.

Wear Time:

I will say that they are pretty good on their 12 hour wear time claim. I have put these to the test on my double shift days and they do really stay put. I haven't really tested out their waterproofness (is that a word?) but I do know you need a makeup remover to take these off which is typically a good sign. One thing to watch out for though is transferring. These do take about 30 seconds to set and dry. One they dry they are really on there but if you don't give them that time before moving your eyes all about they will transfer to the upper lid. So just be nice and patient and left them set and you will be pleasantly rewarded. I have also found this is hands down one of the best eyeliners for my waterline and tightline as well. I have been using it under my mascara on my top lashline for weeks now and it stays put all day long. It is crazy!

Final Verdict:

A win!!! A win all the way around for me. Pigmented, Long Wearing, Inexpensive, and Easy To Use....All the makings for a stamp of approval from me. 

Has anyone else tried these? Thoughts? Leave a comment down below and let me know what you think about them or let me know which ones you'd like to get! Don't forget to follow me on my social media handles and follow me on Bloglovin so you never miss a post! 



Sunday, September 7, 2014

Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick Review and Swatches! Matte Peony, Matte Crimson, and Matte Magenta!


It is no secret that matte lipstick is in for fall. We are seeing lots of different companies releasing their versions of matte lipsticks for the fall collections. Namely Maybelline, Wet N Wild, and L'oreal. Clinique also jumped on this matte lipstick trend for the fall season and man did they do an amazing job at it. I can't get enough of them. There are 8 shades all together. From left to right in the picture about you have Matte Plum, Matte Suede, Matte Beauty, Matte Mandarin, Matte Peony, Matte Petal, Matte Crimson, and Matte Magenta.

As I was saying I absolutely love them! I bought 3 of the shades so far but I know for sure that I will be acquiring more within the next couple weeks. They are pretty comfortable to wear despite their matte finish. I have always loved a matte lipstick but in the past I found that a lot of them are very drying. These however, don't leave my lips dehydrated. I think the best part about them besides comfortability is that they also have a very long wear time. Besides a touch up after lunch I can wear these all day without them fading or wearing off. Another amazing bonus of using Clinique products is that they are fragrance free, allergy tested, and cruelty free so they are a great option for anyone with sensitivities to beauty products or fragrance. 






The first shade I purchased is Matte Peony which a coral pink shade. Though I don't see myself wearing this much in fall I def will be wearing it a lot in spring. 




I also purchased a shade called Matte Crimson which is a rich red shade that I am in love with! I have worn it a lot in the past couple weeks and it is one of the best reds in my collection. 




Lastly this shade is called Matte Magenta which is a nice bright pink. Another lovely spring and summer shade. 

All three are absolutely wonderful and beautiful. I have had the chance to play with all the shades and I guarantee all the shades are as awesome as these 3. 


As with any other matte lip product you want to make sure that you nourish your lips. I always start with a lip exfoliator to help get rid of dead skin on the lips and make your pout nice and smooth. My favorite is the E.l.f Studio Lip Exfoliator which I did a review of here. I then follow it up with a lip balm to keep my lips conditioned. 

Overall I am a huge fan of these. They have a lovely matte finish while feeling comfortable. I love that they last all day long. The colors apply opaque without a bunch of coats and apply even. They are $16 a piece which I think is a reasonable price especially when you consider that you really only need one coat on the lips for a nice even finish. Go to your local Clinique counter and check them out for yourself. Clinique consultants are trained to help you pick your perfect shade. Trust me you won't regret it!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Wet N Wild Limited Edition Fall 2014 Eyeshadow Palettes Review and Swatches


If you know anything about me than you know that I love the Wet N Wild eyeshadow palettes. I have sworn by these for some time now. I would say they are the best eyeshadows for the price that you can get. I have made it my mission to obtain and own every Wet N Wild (wnw for this post) eyeshadows that exist. Now when Wet N Wild adopted the Fergie line they came out with some rather disappointing palettes. They were chalky and poorly pigmented and I kind of lost hope for a little bit. However, do not fear because wnw has picked themselves back up and released some amazing new products for fall 2014. In this post I am going to review a few of the new limited edition eyeshadow palettes and in a separate post I will do a review on some of the new limited edition lipsticks that they also released.

The new eyeshadows are in the new 5 pan type set up. If you don't know wnw did some revamping of their products and came out with a few new things. They discontinued some palettes and replaced them with these new 5 pan style kind. I found mine on a display at Wegmans's but I know they have also been popping up at Walgreens, Tops, and Riteaid as well. I purchased mine for $3.99 a piece. I only bought 3 out of the 4 palettes because as you'll see below one was a palette with blue shades that I knew I wouldn't get much use out of. I forgot to take pictures of the display so this picture I got from nouveaucheap.blogspot.com who also has a post on these.




The collection also has a limited edition mascara that comes in it as well but I didn't pick that up either. I haven't had much luck with WnW mascaras in the past and I have way too many right now so I decided to pass this one up.

So I picked up the other 3 palettes which you can see above. I am almost too excited to write right now because I want you to go right out and get these. They are an amazing deal for the quality let me tell you.

The three that I picked up from left to right are Smoke and Melrose, Angels and Aubergine, and Melrose at Midnight. As you can see the set up is a little different than some of the older palettes. Now I don't mind the little how to's for applying colors that come on the back of eyeshadows but the way they labeled these eyeshadows are just strange. For one I personally would never put hot pink on my browbone. When I used this I used the base shade on my brow instead. Makeup is your oyster so you can do whatever you want with it but I personally wouldn't go by the labels on these for application.


This first palette is called Smoke and Melrose. This is a lovely warm toned neutral palette that I can def see myself wearing for more everyday looks. I did the swatches on bare skin so you can see how pigmented these are. As with more wnw eyeshadows a little goes a long way. These are soooo pigmented and beautiful. All the shades apply so smooth and they are so soft and creamy. I love that this palette also gives you a little bit of variety in finishes. The browbone shade is a beautiful matte which by the way I have been using as a blending shade for the crease. You can also see we have some amazing shimmers and some more satin shades.


This palette is called Angels and Abergine and I am so in love with this palette for fall. I love deep dark plum shades in the fall and this hits the spot. It reminds me a lot of the shades that Smashbox picked for their fall collection but at a much better price point. Yet again we get a variety of finishes. You get a nice black matte and some satin and shimmer shades as well. As with the other palette the shadows are intensely pigmented. That black is one of the best around. You literally need to barely tap your brush in it to get good color pay off. Also like the other palette these shadows applied so smoothly. They feel like silk. They also apply incredibly smooth and even. I see myself visiting this a lot for a more dramatic night look.



This palette is more of your cool tone neutral shades. This palette is called Melrose At Midnight. This is another great palette for everyday wear or if you like a nice soft natural look. Most of the shades in here have some sort of sheen so if you don't like that then stay away from this one. The definer shade has little gold microglitters that are gorgeous. Yet again you get great pigmentation from this one. They also apply smoothly and even. I have heard a lot of talk about this palette and Smoke and Melrose having some Urban Decay Naked Palette dupes in them. If you are more interested in that then visit Nouveaucheap.blogspot.com where she talks more about what dupes they have.

Did I convince you yet that these are amazing? Well if not then just believe me that they are AMAZING!  I can't stress enough how wonderful these are. They are worth every penny you will spend on them. I dare to say that these palettes apply much better than 2/3rd's of my high end palettes. I also think these would be great for anyone who is new to wearing makeup. They are easy to work with and the shades are beautiful. You get two great everyday palettes to work with plus one that is a little more dramatic for when you're feeling sassy!!!

Have you found these yet? Tell me what you think about them and comment below where you found yours.