Showing posts with label Maybelline. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Maybelline. Show all posts

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Black Eyeliner

A friend of mine posed the question:

How many black eyeliners does one really "need"?

Being that she is a makeup junkie, like myself, she has like minded friends and they justified owning a ton of black eyeliners because of the type (Pencil, Liquid, Gel, etc.) and Finish (Matte, Shiny, Shimmery, etc.)  I like these people!

I believe that one can own multiple types of liners. One liner is not going to do the job for different looks.  Black liner is the most basic and necessary of all the liners. A building block, if you will.

The first eyeliner I ever purchased was a black liner. It was actually one of those red Maybelline brow and eye pencils in black, but I loved the red casing of the pencil and it was the 80's everyone wore black liner...even the guys.

I used pencil liners forever, but quickly found that I was skilled enough in liquid liners to use those on a daily basis.  My current favorite liquid liner (I use it almost every day) is the Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner.  It's a deep black color with a micro fine brush. It's perfection.

I never got the hang of gel liners. I think my eyelids are too saggy to keep the brush from dragging and making me look like a clown. But I admire other people's handy work when it comes to gel liners. I still have a MAC Blacktrack gel liner from years ago. I keep it stored upside down and tightly sealed. So far it hasn't dried out or turned.

I did have a brief love affair with cake liners at one time. My most favorite being the Chanel La Linge de Chanel in Nior Lame.  I love the deep black and ease of application, but then I had a kid and time was precious so mixing a liquid with the cake liner took up too much time. Sacrifices had to be made.  I sill have that liner, and I use it on special occasions.

So if anyone questions how many [insert makeup item here] is too many?  Just point them in a makeup addict's direction. We're here to justify your purchases as well as your collection!

Do you have a favorite black liner?  Let me know in the comments section.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When Saving Costs More Than The Splurge


A little while back I listed a few Splurge VS Steal items. Basically I was showing you that some high end/more expensive items have suitable duplicates from other brands for much less money.  However, not everything can be duplicated, as I recently found out when I tried to find a less expensive dupe to my Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB Cream.

Let me start from the beginning.  My skin has drastically cleared up and has become less oily. YAY!!  What once was a perfect foundation (Ben Nye, Kat Von D, Edward Bess), now provides too much coverage and it can be drying for my skin in places.  I wanted a foundation with sheer coverage that would even out my skin tone and provide light moisturization.  I reached for my bottle of Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB SPF 20. (Review) At the time of my original review my skin was very different. I needed more coverage and was much oilier. Now with my skin under control the Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB was IDEAL for me.  Perfect color, perfect sheerness, perfect finish, just perfect all around.  But the $135 price tag gave me heart palpitations.  What was I going to do once I ran out? I certainly couldn't afford another bottle, could I?  I set out to find a less expensive alternative.

I tried the following:

1.  CoverGirl Smoothers SPF 15 BB Cream Tinted Moisture Fair to Light for $7.99. - Still AWFUL stuff. (review)  Still barely any coverage, still streaky and still an oily mess on my face. $7.99 down the drain.

2.  TheBalm BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF 18 for $25. A Decent TM but The Color was off and by the end of the day it looked cakey and had settled into my pores. No Bueno.  $25 gone.

3.  Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation in Porcelain Ivory for  $10.99. A great color match but funky applicator and it settled into my pores like nobodys business.  I tried applying it with  my Sonia Kashuk Dual Fiber Brush and the finish was better but it turned cakey and oily in short time. $10.99 spent and lost.

4. Holika Holika Aqua Petit Jelly BB for $14.18 it's jelly like texture was a tad too watery for me and never felt like it fully set on my skin.  The coverage was perfectly sheer and the color match was great, but the dewy texture didn't jive with my preference for office makeup. $14.18 poofed just like that!

5. INNISFREE Long Wear Cushion BB Cream for $16.80.This is a sponge infused with a liquid BB/foundation hybrid.  The coverage was a too opaque and it was impossible to blend. $16.80 off to South Korea never to be seen again.

6. Kiehl's Actively Correcting & Beautifying' BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50 for $37.00. (Review) The coverage was OK, but I wanted something more sheer.  Plus the color match was a tad darker than I wanted. Oh Well $37 well spent, but not the perfect match.

7. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare CC Cream SPF 18 for $36.00. The CC Cream was nice and provided very sheer coverage. Almost too sheer! I couldn't tell it was on my skin at all.$36 went invisible like the CC cream on my face.

Adding up all I spent came to $147.96 not counting the shipping and tax. Sometimes you end up spending more to find a less expensive "dupe" than you would if you had just purchased the original in the first place.  Luckily I can still use most of the items I purchased as back ups or alternatives when I'm in the mood for a change, because none of them were awful, well except for the CoverGirl BB cream. That stuff ...ugh!   Lesson Learned. When I run out of the Omorovicza Complexion Perfector BB Cream. I'm buying a new one!

Have you experienced this before?  The only other time I would day this happened to me is with The Clarisonic.  Dupes to this facial brush just don't match the awesomeness of this tool.  Let me know your experiences in the comment section.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Splurge VS Steal Beauty Products

I think it's fun to buy makeup. I adore certain brands like Chanel, NARS, YSL, etc.  But I don't like wasting money. There are some beauty items I will splurge on like foundation, for example.  If I find the right one for my skin type, I "need" to buy it no matter what the cost!  Mascara is so subjective, what works for me, may not work for you, so I spend what I like on mascara if it works.  My philosophy is this:
If you spend time and money trying to find a dupe for "that perfect, but expensive, product", you will end up spending more money and time trying to find a decent dupe than you would, if you just purchased "that perfect, but expensive, product" in the first place.  However that doesn't mean you have to break the bank on every beauty product.  Pick your battles in life just as you pick your splurges.  

I have compiled a brief and incomplete list of Splurge VS Steal items I have personally used and found to be just as good as the pricey originals.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Top 10 Tuesdays - Top 10 Drugstore Beauty Products


Hi! I'm back with Top 10 Tuesdays. After taking a little hiatus, I knew I just couldn't resist sharing with you my top ten drugstore beauty products!

So without further ado!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Walgreens Summer Beauty - Sponsored

Summertime is the best time to enjoy the sun (safely) go on adventures and still look fabulous while doing so. Your friends at Walgreens have made it simple to get a great summer beauty look to keep you looking beautiful whenever, wherever!


One of the biggest beauty tricks to keep looking your best in the summer is to protect your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun and keep your skin hydrated. 


With Banana Boat UltraMist Protect & Hydrate Clear Spray or the Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Sunscreen you'll keep your skin hydrated AND protected. I love this spray sunscreen. It dries in an instant, it's never greasy and the ultra fine mist makes application a cinch!  The Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Sunscreen feels and acts more like a rich body lotion but it's still a SPF 30 sunscreen! It hydrates my skin, sinks in quickly and protects my skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Plus the Hawaiian Tropic scent is the scent of summer. You just can't argue that!


A great makeup trick for the summer is to keep your look, and the products you use, minimal.  I love sporting a bold lip in the summer so the Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in Barcelona Nights gives the perfect summer lip.


This ultra glossy, long wearing, hot pink lip stain is perfect for the Summer. It looks bold, dramatic, flirty and fun all at the same time! 


To keep the attention on my luscious lips, I keep the rest of my makeup minimal using a facial sunscreen, a sheer coverage tinted moisturizer, neutral blush and a light dusting of powder.  To finish the look I want big, bold lashes to compliment my bold lips.  I use a light wash of a shimmery neutral shadow and Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up! Colossal Washable Mascara in Glam Black.


The mascara builds volume without looking spidery and doesn't flake. It washes off easily at the end of the day with no tugging on my delicate lashes.

And viola! My finished look. So simple and easy!


What summer look is complete without a fun and vibrant manicure? I chose a bright pink-y coral shade from Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel called Lady Luck.  For the accent nail, I chose a stunning cobalt blue from Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel in Wild Card.


Now here is where it gets fun. Here is a quickie nail art tutorial on this summer manicure.


1. Paint all nails your preferred base color


2. Choose an accent nail or apply to all nails the contrasting color and apply diagonally from mid nail to tip.


3. Using a dotting tool place three dots of the base color right inside the contrasting color diagonal line.


4. Using the dotting tool again, place three dost of the accent color right outside the diagonal line onto the base color.


5. Allow to dry and finish with a top coat.


Don't have a dotting tool?   Here's a beauty secret:  Use a pencil and pin. Place a flat or round head pin into the eraser of a pencil. The eraser holds the pin in place and the head of the pin can be used just like a dotting tool!  Now you can have fun nail art just like you see on Pinterest! 


Oh and did I mention, that the Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel really lives up to its name? The finish is a high glossy shine that avoids chipping and flaking for up to 5 days for me!


Thanks to Walgreens, looking beautiful this summer is easy!

What about you? Do you have any beauty or makeup tips for Summer? Have you tried any of these products?  What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments section.

Like the Tutorial?  Pin the entire series of photos to Pinterest here:


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Walgreens Beauty through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Walgreens Beauty, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Top Ten Tuesdays - Top Pink Lipsticks


Top 10 Tuesdays is back with our picks of the top 10 pink lipsticks.  I have several listed below that are either some of my personal favorites or ones that I am hoping to try some day.  I am known as a red lipstick fiend, but bright pinks are near and dear to my heart.  Although I do like the occasional pale pink and mauve too!  Take a gander at the list and let me know some of your favorites in the comments section!

1) The iconic NARS Lipstick in Schiap $ 26.00. The color is a semi matte shocking pink

2) The ultra creamy Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Anarchy $22.00. The color is a bright fuchsia

3) The sheer and light MAKE UP FOR EVER in N31. $20.00, The color is a soft fuchsia

4) The luxurious and stunning Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Lipstick in Gemma - 64 $51.00, The color is a pinky rosy mauve.

5) The balm-like and rich Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Pale Mauve. $25.00. The color is a sheer pink nude mauve.

6) The decadent Givenchy Le Rouge in 205 Fuchsia Irrésistible. $36.00. The color is a rich and semi matte vibrant fuchsia

7) The thrifty and bright Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lipcolor in Fuchsia Flash. $7.50. The color is a bright and opaque hot pink.

8) The long wearing L'Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge Lipcolor in Forever Fuschia. $9.99. The color is an opaque and semi matte hot pink with blue shimmer

9) The romantic Lancôme 'Rouge in Love' Lipstick in 375N Rose Me. Rose Me Not. $28.50. The color is a long wearing matte fuchsia.

10) The moisturizing and sheer stila 'color balm' lipstick in Elle. $22.00. The color is a sweet and sheer warm baby pink.


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