Monthly Archives: December 2014

Face of the Day – 12/15/2014

Hey hey! I just wanted to make a quick post sharing pictures of my face of the day from yesterday as well as all of the details!

For the eye look, I’m using Makeup Geek shadows in Peach Smoothie as a transition shade and Last Dance to deepen the outer portion. I’ve got KIKO eyeshadow in 203 on the inner and outer portion of my lid with KIKO 218 in the center of my lid. The pink in the inner corner is Urban Decay’s Hot Pants. I finished it up with House of Lashes Temptress Wispy lashes and a bright red waterline, courtesy of Inglot’s AMC Gel Liner in 79.

Eyeshadow with pop of pink

I’m also wearing Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder in Medium Brown for my brows and NYX’s Matte Lipstick in Butter on my lips.

Pink eyeshadow look with NYX Matte Lipstick in Butter

Also, this awesome new headpiece of mine is from Bullhorn! I think they’re really lovely and a great way to turn a bad hair day into something fabulous! ūüėõ

Pink eyeshadow look with NYX Matte Lipstick in Butter

The husband and I are heading out to a cabin for a few days on Wednesday so I might be a little MIA for a bit¬†but I am soo pumped for a relaxing few days out in the country! Hope you’re all doing well!

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Maybelline Color Elixir Review and Swatches

Today I want to share with you another top-notch drug store product, Maybelline’s Color Elixir Lip Colors¬†($7)! I originally picked up three of these a couple of months ago and ended up loving them so much that I recently bought two more shades. Now that I have my own¬†little rainbow of these amazing lip colors, I thought it was time to share¬†my Maybelline Color Elixir review and swatches with you guys!

Maybelline Color Elixir Review and Swatches
Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color. L-R: Glistening Amber, Breathtaking Apricot, Signature Scarlet, Hibiscus Haven and Mauve Mystique.
OVERALL REVIEW: 8.5

Packaging: Clear tube that looks like a lipstick bullet is encased inside which I think is pretty cute. The top screws on and stays put. 9/10

Longevity: Lasts well for a gloss, even hanging around while eating and drinking. 7/10

Application: Easy to apply with the slanted and tapered doe-foot applicator. 9/10

Texture: Silky and slightly tacky without being overly sticky. 9/10

So clearly I don’t have many negative things to say about Maybelline’s Color Elixir Lip Colors! These babies have a lot of strong points and are definitely one of my favorite lip gloss formulas.

These are some super pigmented glosses which is one of the reasons why I love them so much! Unlike many glosses which just give you a slight tint, these glosses¬†give you full on color. ¬†They’re great on their own and some shades pack a real punch but they’re also really fantastic to layer over lipsticks to add shine and/or alter the color.

Another great thing about the Maybelline Color Elixirs is¬†that they have a pretty impressive wear time for a gloss. This is not an all day lip color but they generally last between 2-6 hours, more towards the latter if you aren’t eating or drinking without a straw though. However even with eating, there’s no real need to panic about how your lip color looks as these do stick around pretty damn well.

The formula of these is also really nice! They feel silky and only slightly tacky on the lips. I can’t stand¬†when glosses are so sticky that they make my lips feel like I’ve slathered them in honey or something but these are really pleasant, light and comfortable to wear. These are also quite moisturizing and I never feel like my lips are drying out. Quite the opposite, in fact!

They do have a scent/fragrance though so be warned if you’re sensitive to such things. It’s difficult to describe but it’s almost like a vanilla spice with something a little…perfumey in there. I don’t find it to be too over powering though.

These come with a slanted and slightly tapered doe-foot applicator that makes applying them precisely a breeze.

Maybelline Color Elixir Review and Swatches

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Winter Makeup

Brr! It’s feelin’ frosty over here!

Recently my long time friend and fellow makeup addict @crcosmetics and I teamed up for this winter makeup collaboration, AKA my first collab ever! ūüėõ

We wanted to do something Ice Queen/Winter Wonderland inspired and this is what I came up with.

Ice Queen Makeup

For this look I started with a base of Mehron’s Clown White and a some blues from the Makeup For Ever Flash Palette. I used several different shadows/blushes for the pinks and blues you see everywhere and I also used a few different lip products for this look. To get the white eyelashes, I rubbed Clown White into a pair of falsies before applying them. My brows and the gems on my forehead came from a craft store.

I’ve got a big day of blogging planned and lots of photos to take so time to hop to! Hope you guys are staying warm! ūüėČ

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NYX Eyeshadow Base Review

Hey guys! I was rambling on about my love for my NYX Eyeshadow Base in White in a post a few days ago and that’s when it occurred to me that I love this product soo much that it totally deserves its own post and review.

NYX Eyeshadow Base review

OVERALL REVIEW: 8.5

Packaging: Comes in a small round container with a twist on lid. It’s a little bit of a bother to get your fingers in there, especially if you have long nails, but you can always use some sort of tool to scrape a little up.¬†7/10

Longevity: I pair this with a primer but when I use it my eyeshadows usually stay vibrant and crease free all day long. 9/10

Application: Easily spreadable when dabbing with finger. 9/10

Texture: Slightly thick and tacky consistency is great for holding and intensifying eyeshadows. 9/10

This product comes in three colors, Skin Tone, White and White Pearl. Skin Tone is best suited for use with neutral eyeshadows, White will created added vibrancy to all shadows and White Pearl will created added vibrancy while also adding a pearl/shimmer effect. White is my favorite!

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Sigma Beauty 20% Off All Brush Kits!

Yep, you read that right! For one day only Sigma Beauty is offering 20% off all of their brush kits. Their kits are already an awesome value so 20% off really makes them a great deal!

sigma-beauty-sale

Offer is valid December 8th, 2014 until 11:59pm CST so don’t let it slip through your fingers if you’re in the market for some new brushes or still searching for the perfect¬†gift for your makeup-obsessed loved ones. ūüėČ Use code SIGMAKIT at checkout to receive the discount.

I received the¬†Mrs. Bunny Travel Kit¬†as a Christmas gift from my husband last year and I absolutely love it! I’ve been using it for a year, the brushes are amazing, super soft, have held up perfectly and get constant use from me.

I wanted to quickly get this post up because like I said, this sale is for one day only! Don’t forget that orders over $50 also ship for free!

Hope you’re all having a lovely day! ūüėÄ

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Coastal Scents Black Friday Haul!

I’m proud to report that I somehow managed not to go nuts with all the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals and ended up only placing one order! Crazy, huh? ūüėõ Coastal Scents was offering 50% off of their ENTIRE website.¬†Their stuff is already really affordable, so it was a steal at half¬†off and I just couldn’t pass that up. So without further adieu, I present to you my Coastal Scents Black Friday Haul!

Coastal Scents Haul

For a grand total of $17, shipping included, I snagged 3 brushes and 4 pots of their glitter powders. My order also came with a 4 shade sampler of the Revealed Palette and a nifty little sticker!

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November Favorites!

Hey guys! Some of you may have read on here a few weeks ago¬†that I was going to start sharing my monthly favorites with all of you. At that time, I was planning on doing it in blog posts but then I made a YouTube channel and figured “Hey, why not just start with a video?” so that’s what I did! ūüėõ

So what are my favorite products for November?

And what’s on the rest of my face?

  • Eyes – Makeup Geek shadows in Beaches and Cream, Peach Smoothie & Chickadee Caramel and Sienna from the Anastasia Maya Mia Palette as well as Instigator from the Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette.
  • Lashes – Ardell 206’s
  • Lips – MAC Ruby Woo
  • Brows – Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Medium Brown
  • Blush – MAC Warm Soul

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