Easy Summer Makeup with Colorful Liner

This is a favorite go-to look of mine, when I am in a hurry and want a more bold eye look. The warm bronze tones make it a perfect makeup look for the summer months. I love using duochrome eye shadows. They give the illusion of more than one eye shadow color being used and looks like you put in WAY more effort than you actually did. I love pairing the shadow with a bright eye liner in the lower water line (usually a bright blue or green, for this look, I used a bright metallic teal). If you aren’t feeling the colorful eye liner a brown or nude in the water line would also work.

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I started the eye makeup by priming my eyelids. I used a color correcting eye primer to prime my eyelids from my upper lash line to my eyebrows and along my lower lash line. I then used a bronze cream shadow as an eye shadow base and to intensify the color of my eye shadow. If you want an even more intense shadow look you can use a black eyeliner or cream shadow as a base. I applied the cream shadow from my upper lash line to just above my crease and along my lower lash line. I did not put any of the product in my inner eye area.

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Next, I applied a matte warm medium toned brown eye shadow as a transition shade to my crease and blended upwards towards my brow bone. For my brow bone highlight I applied a matte cream colored shadow.

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I applied a blue brown duochrome eye shadow to my mobile eyelid and blended it out to just above my crease (this one is from Wet n’ Wild and is an excellent, inexpensive dupe for Mac’s Club eye shadow & Blue Brown pigment or Make Up Geek’s Insomnia pigment). I also applied the shadow to my lower lash line. I added more of the eye shadow to my outer eye area and blended well. The more you blend the eye shadow the brown pigment comes through.

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I wet an angled brush and used a dark brown eye shadow from the same Wet n’ Wild palette (Comfort Zone) and used it as an eye liner along my upper lash line. I kept the line very thin (I wanted the focus to be on the eye shadow and bright color in my waterline) and angled it slightly upwards at the ends to lift my eye. To make sure I had a clean canvas, I took a dry cotton swab and ran it along my lower waterline to clean any makeup residue than had gathered there. Then I applied my teal eye liner to my waterline. To make the eye liner super intense, I waited a couple of minutes and added another layer of eyeliner. I then took a flat liner brush and with pushed some of the duochrome shadow along the very base of my lower to cover and skin showing between my lash line and waterline. I then blended more of the transition shade to my crease area for a more blended appearance of my eye shadows. I then added a shimmery white shadow to my inner eye area to make my eyes appear more wide and awake.

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To finish the look I lightly filled in my eyebrows with a brow pomade, added 2 coats of mascara to my upper and lower lashes. I then bronzed up my skin with a matte bronzer, added a peachy golden highlight to my upper cheekbones and along the bridge of my nose. I then completed the look with a peach toned blush and lip gloss.

 

Products Used:

On face: Shiseido Refining Makeup Primer, L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation in 103 Natural Buff, Cover Girl Ready Set Gorgeous in 115 buff beige, Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 Light (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #20 Sand (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent, NYX blush in Summer Peach, NYX Prismatic Eye Shadow in Girl Talk (used as a highlighter), Revlon Photo Ready Bronzer

On Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Maybelline Color Tattoo by Eyestudio in 25 Bad to the Bronze, Sephora Collection eye shadow in No.65 Lazy Afternoon (applied to brow bone), Ulta Eye Shadow in Sable (transition shade), Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow palette in Comfort Zone – Definer shade on right hand side used as main eye shadow and the Definer shade on the left was used as upper lash line eyeliner, Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Palette in Walking on Eggshells, I used the Browbone shade (inner eye highlight), Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Junkie (used in lower waterline), Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, and Avon Astonishing Lengths mascara in Black

 On Lips: NYX Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie

Easy Peasy Makeup Look

I find the process of applying makeup to be quite therapeutic. I can easily take an hour or more to apply any given makeup look, while enjoying every minute of it. However, there are some times when I just need to get my butt out the door, so spending an hour doing my makeup is completely out of the question. I thought I would share one of my go to easy, 10 minute makeup looks.

Step 1: I applied an eye shadow primer from my upper lash line to my brow bone. I prefer to use a color neutralizing formula to  counteract any redness and hide any veins.

Step 1: To prep my eyes, I applied an eye shadow primer from my upper lash line to my eyebrow. I prefer to use a color neutralizing formula to counteract any redness and hide veins.

Step 2: I applied a medium brown cream eye shadow and blended it out to just above my crease.  added extra shadow to the outside corner of my eye, to add depth and create the illusion that my eyes are farther apart then they are. I also applied the cream shadow along my lower lash line. I then added a matte, cream colored eye shadow to my brow bone.  When I am in a hurry, I prefer to use a cream eye shadow that I know does not crease, when used on its own. Usually, when a cream  shadow is blended out, it gives the illusion that more than one shadow color was used.

Step 2: I applied a medium brown cream eye shadow and blended it out to just above my crease. then added extra shadow to the outside corner of my eye, to add depth and create the appearance that my eyes are farther apart. I also applied the cream shadow along my lower lash line. I then added a matte, cream colored eye shadow to my brow bone.
When I am in a hurry, I prefer to use a cream eye shadow that I know does not crease, when used on its own. Usually, when a cream shadow is blended out, it gives the illusion that more than one shadow color was used.

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Step 3: I lined my upper lash line with a creamy black gel liner. To make my lashes appear fuller, I used the same gel liner to tightline my upper lash line. In a time crunch,  I usually reach for a gel liner and apply it with an angled flat brush, which allows for quick and precise lining of the eyes.

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Step 4: To give the illusion of bigger and more awake looking eyes, I applied a nude colored eye pencil to my lower waterline. I applied 2 coats of mascara to my upper lashes and 1 coat of mascara to my lower lashes. Finally, I filled in my eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil and finished with a brow gel to add more depth and hold the hairs in place.

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Step 5: I applied a mattifying face primer before putting on my full coverage foundation (by using a full coverage foundation, you will have less blemishes to cover, which in turn, will save you a bunch of time-especially if you are blemish prone like me) then used a concealer to hide any blemishes the foundation didn’t cover. I also applied concealer underneath my eyes and along the bridge of my nose. Next, I applied my lipstick to both my lips and cheeks. Not only is this a time saving move, it creates a more cohesive look. I then lightly applied a translucent face powder to set my makeup. As a final step, I applied a shimmery, off-white eye shadow to my inner eye area to open up my eyes.

Products Used:

On face: No 7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base, L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation in 102 Shell Beige & 103 Natural Buff, Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 Light (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #20 Sand (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), NYX lipstick in Chic (used as cream blush), Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent

On Eyebrows: essence eyebrow pencil in brown, L’Oreal Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara in Medium to Dark

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Kevyn Aucoin The Prime Color Creme Eye Shadow in Decadent (applied to eyelid and crease), Sephora Collection eye shadow in No.65 Lazy Afternoon (applied to brow bone), Clinique brush-on cream liner in 02 True Black (used on upper lash line and tightline), NYX Wonder Pencil in Light (used in waterline), YSL Shocking Mascara in black

 On Lips: NYX lipstick in Chic

 

 

My Top 6 Favorite Spring Lippies

Don’t get me wrong, I love rocking a vampy lip in the colder months or a subtle nude lip year round. But there is something refreshing about putting on a baby pink or bright coral lip come springtime. I thought I would share my top 6 (5 just wouldn’t cut it for me) favorite lip products for Spring.

Lippies from left to right (no flash used) - Urban Decay Obsessed, NARS Roman Holiday, Revlon   Rich Girl Red, BUXOM Sweet Thing, NYX Instanbul, and Rimmel Little Minx

Lippies from left to right (no flash used) – Urban Decay Obsessed, NARS Roman Holiday, Revlon Rich Girl Red, BUXOM Sweet Thing, NYX Istanbul, and Rimmel Little Minx

Lippies from left to right (flash used) - Urban Decay Obsessed, NARS Roman Holiday, Revlon   Rich Girl Red, BUXOM Sweet Thing, NYX Instanbul, and Rimmel Little Minx

Lippies from left to right (flash used) – Urban Decay Obsessed, NARS Roman Holiday, Revlon Rich Girl Red, BUXOM Sweet Thing, NYX Istanbul, and Rimmel Little Minx

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Obsessed ($22) - The shade is described as a bright baby pink and I find it to be quite opaque in it's coverage. This is a highly pigmented, creamy lipstick formula that is non-drying to my lips.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Obsessed ($22) – The shade is described as a bright baby pink and I find it to be quite opaque in it’s coverage. This is a highly pigmented, creamy lipstick formula that is non-drying to my lips. An added bonus is this lipstick’s packaging is not only very durable but also beautiful.

NARS lipstick in Roman Holiday ($27) - This shade is described as a sheer, delicate pastel pink. I find this lipstick to be a beautiful shade of pink with a cool, almost purple undertone. This is my all time favorite lipstick. I love it. I find this lipstick to be very moisturizing (it contains Vitamin E). It can be worn sheer or is easily buildable to create a more intense lip look.

NARS Lipstick in Roman Holiday ($27) – This shade is described as a sheer, delicate pastel pink. I find this lipstick to be a beautiful shade of pink with a cool, almost purple undertone. This is my all time favorite lipstick. I love it! This lipstick is very moisturizing to the lips (it contains Vitamin E). It can be worn sheer or is easily buildable to create a more intense lip look.

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Revlon Super Lusterous Lipstick in Rich Girl Red ($5-$8 depending on where you purchase it) – This is a sheer brick red color with orange undertones. It provides a high shine finish and adds moisture to the lips (contains Vitamin E and avocado oil). This formula is easily buildable to create a more intense red lip.

BUXOM Full-Bodied Lip Gloss in Sweet Thing ($19) – This shade is described as hot pink. For me, this is definitely not the case. Sweet Thing is more a pinky coral on my lips. It is also advertised to have a non-tingle plumping effect. I have not noticed any plumping with this gloss, however, I love the formula. It is quite sheer with a subtle shimmer and is hydrating to the lips. It is also long-lasting for a lip gloss.

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul ($6) – This is a warm pink color with coral undertones. It is a very creamy formula that sets to a matte finish. I wouldn’t say it is moisturizing to my lips, but for a matte formula I don’t find it to be drying. This shade is easily adaptable by adding a pink or nude lip liner.

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Rimmel Provoalips 16 Hr Kissproof Lipstick in Little Minx ($6.99) – This shade is described as a medium bright fuchsia and I would say that is a very accurate description. This is a 2 step lip product, a stain on one end and a moisturizing top coat on the other. This is a VERY long-wearing product and is perfect for all day wear, since touch ups will be rare. My 2 complaints with this liquid lipstick are it’s yucky fragrance/taste of the top coat and it’s juvenile packaging (see previous post for more information on the Provocalips liquid lipsticks).

 

Products Used: 

No 7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base, Cover Girl Ready Set Gorgeous in 115 Buff Beige, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 Light and 20 Sand, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent, NYX lipstick in Watermelon (used as blush) Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder in Bronze (used as blush), Wet N Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Shimmer Palette in To Reflect, Sephora bronzer in 3 Los Cabos, NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Wet N Wild Creme Eye Pencil in 130 Pixie, Sephora Collection eye shadow in No.65 Lazy Afternoon, Ulta eye shadow in Sable, Urban Decay eye shadows in Sable, Dope, Toxic, Ambush, and Alien (used as blush in Little Minx look),  L.A. Girl endless & semi-permanent auto eyeliner in Very Black, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Crash, Urban Decay Perversion mascara, Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil in Blonde 4 and Brown 02, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown, L’Oreal Stylist Plumper Brow Gel Mascara in Medium to Dark

 

Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butter Review and Swatches

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Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butters come in 10 shades ranging from neutral beige to bright berries. They are priced at $8.00 a piece. Colors shown: NY, London and LA (left to right)

Ulta brand products have always been hit and miss for me. I find their prices to be quite expensive for what you are getting. Plus, in my opinion the product packaging leaves a lot to be desired. With a price point comparable to Sephora’s namesake brand, I feel there is much improvement needed for the Ulta line to be on par with Sephora’s. However, a few weeks back they were having an awesome sale on Ulta products (on sale plus buy 2 get 2 free!), I decided to try my luck and order a few different Ulta lip products. FYI, when I was researching this post, I noticed that they are again having a sale on Ulta products buy 2 get 2 free :)

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Super Shiny Lip Butters Swatched from left to right: LA, NY and London

But, I digress back to the review. Minus my everyday staple transition eye shadow in Sable, these Super Shiny Lip Butters are by far my favorite Ulta product that I have tried. I purchased 3 of them and wish I would have bought more. All 10 shades are named after different cities throughout the World. Although, the textures of each shade I purchased are different, I did not notice any difference in the creaminess or ease of application. These babies just glide onto the lips, leaving a beautiful, pigmented, high shine result, each and every time. I also find these to have an excellent staying power for a lip butter product. While on the lips, my lips felt soft and moisturized, but after the product wore off, I felt they left my lips quite dry (I normally don’t ever suffer from dry lips). Since I love these so much, I have just added a lip balm pre application to prevent the dryness factor from occurring.

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On lips: LA Ulta describes this shade as a sheer bright blue pink. I think it is a perfect everyday shade for spring and summer.

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On lips: NY Ulta describes this shade as a sheer berry. I find on me it is more of a sheer cool toned red. This color is easily buildable for a more intense look.

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On lips: London Ulta describes this as a berry with flecks of gold pearl. My absolute favorite (this should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me). I love this color! This shade is very buildable which makes it a perfect shade for day or night.

Pros:

  • Rich color pigmentation
  • Lasts much longer than other lip butters that I have tried
  • Unscented
  • Price when you buy them on sale

Cons:

  • Very cheap packaging
  • Not as moisturizing as I would have liked
  • Limited color selection compared to other makeup brands’ lip butter lines

Bottom Line:

I love these lip butters. If only they had added more moisture to my lips they would have been perfect. I would definitely purchase more colors from this line…but only if they were on sale. I find the $8.00 price to be a little steep since the packaging is so cheaply made.

 

Products Used:

Tarte Clean Slate face primer, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, DermaDoctor DD Cream, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 and 25, NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light, Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 011 Creamy Natural, Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos, Urban Decay Highlighter in Craze, Marvin Westmore blush in Mocha and Cocoa, Make Up Professional eyebrow pencil in Taupe, Lorac Take a Brow in Brunette, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original, Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal in 60 Silver Strike, Ulta eye shadow in Sable, Anastasia Beverly Hills eye shadow in Sable, Urban Decay eye shadows in Maui Wowie and Shellshock, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Bourbon, LA Girl Endless Semi-Pemanent Auto Eyeliner in Very Black, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Highlight Hyperliner in Crystal Gun, Urban Decay Perversion mascara, Bad Gal mascara in Plum, Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butter in LA, NY and London

Easy, Colorful Spring Makeup Look

 

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Spring Makeup – Shimmery eyes with a pop of purple paired with rosy lips and cheeks.

 

I love Spring! From the weather, to the flowers (I’m a sucker for tulips), to the pastel color palette…I love it all! I thought I would share a spring look I created, using the pastel colors that I love. The inner eye color can easily be substituted out to more flatter your eye color e.g. green for brown eyes, bronze/copper for blue eyes. The step by step instructions on how I achieved my eye makeup are listed below. Happy Spring!

 

Step One:

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I started my eyes off by priming them with a color neutralizing eye primer. Then I applied a white eye shadow pencil to my upper eyelid, inner eye area and lower waterline.

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I blended out the eye pencil with my finger, making sure to pay extra attention to my inner eye area.

Step Two: 

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I applied a shimmery light champagne color over the white pencil on my upper eyelids, to add depth to the look, I added a cool toned light brown eye shadow, right above my crease and to my lower lash line.

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After blending out the cool toned brown transition shade, I applied a sparkly white shadow to the center of each eyelid (I applied it with a damp brush to intensify the eye shadow’s shine and intensity) and lightly blended it outwards.

Step Three:

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To keep the look light,I tight lined my upper lash line with a shimmery dark gray eye pencil rather than my usual black and lined my waterline with a shimmery light lilac eye pencil (over the white pencil).

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Next, I lined my upper lash line with a blue-based purple eye pencil. I kept the line very thin, since I only wanted to use the liner to add definition to my lash line.

Step Four:

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For a bright pop of spring color, I applied a shimmery, glittery lavender shadow to my inner eye area (I used a wet pencil brush to apply the color in order to get the exact placement of shadow that I wanted). To make sure the color was as intense as I wanted, I applied the shadow in a couple of layers.

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Next, I applied a matte, pink-undertoned, white eye shadow to my brow bone. I made sure to blend this color into my transition shade to keep the look from looking choppy. To finish the eyes, I added two coats of mascara of black mascara to my upper lashes. I used a sparkly, purple mascara on my lower lashes.

 

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To complete the spring theme of the look, I highlighted my cheekbones, the bridge and tip of my nose and cupid’s bow, I then applied a cool pink lip butter on my cheeks and lips for an extra dewy effect.

 

Products Used:

On face: Benefit the POREfessional face primer, Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation in 103 Natural Buff, Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #25 (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour my cheeks and nose), Urban Decay eye shadow in Bobby Dazzle (used as a highlighter), Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butter in LA (used as a cream blush)

On Eyebrows: Make Up Professional eyebrow pencil in Taupe, Lorac Take a Brow In Brunette and Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, Urban Decay eye shadow in Last Sin (applied to eyelid), Urban Decay eye shadow in Undone (transition shade), Urban Decay eye shadow in Bobby Dazzle (applied to center of eyelid), Urban Decay eye shadow in Grifter (applied to inner eye area), Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Eye Shadow in Daylight (applied to brow bone), Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Gunmetal, Avon Color Dazzlers Sparkling Eye Pencil in Daylight, pop glitter stix Le Crayon Liner in Freesia (used in lower water line), Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (first coat upper lashes), Urban Decay Perversion mascara (second coat upper lashes), and Sephora Glitter Mascara in Majestic Purple (applied to lower lashes)

 On Lips: Ulta Super Shiny Lip Butter in LA

 

 

 

Essence Lipsticks – Bargain or Bust?

essence lipsticks: 07 Natural Beauty, 11 Nude Love and 12 Sparkling Miracle (left to right)

essence lipsticks: 07 Natural Beauty, 12 Sparkling Miracle, and  Nude Love  (left to right)

Let’s be real, when you see a lipstick with a $2.99 price tag (full price – not on sale) you might think to yourself, “that lipstick is probably total crap, I don’t want to put that anywhere near my lips.” Well, the lipsticks by essence will quickly have you changing your tune.

Swatches:  12 Sparkling Miracle (top), 07 Natural Beauty, (middle) 11 Nude Love (bottom)

Swatches: 12 Sparkling Miracle (top), 07 Natural Beauty (middle), 11 Nude Love (bottom)

Initially, I only bought one lipstick (again, at the time, I didn’t want to waste my money on crap). It was 12 Sparkling Miracle (could have given it a better name), a beautiful shimmery magenta-ish purple. Needless to say, from the first swipe, I was pleasantly surprised and very pleased with this product. I later ended up purchasing two more colors from essence’s Longlasting line of lipsticks: 07 Natural Beauty, a pink your lips but better shade and 11 Nude Love, a beautiful pale peach toned nude. All the lipsticks are creamy, well pigmented, non-drying, and last for a good length of time. I would compare their formula to my NARS lipsticks,which I also love.

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11 Nude Love – No lip liner used, you can easily apply one for more lip definition and added depth.

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07 Natural Beauty – No lip liner used.

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12 Sparkling Miracle – No lip liner used. I applied a more sheer application here, can easily build color to be more intense.

 

 

Pros:

  • Price
  • Smooth and even application
  • Creamy texture
  • Shimmer formula is non-gritty in texture
  • Staying Power
  • Longlasting formula isn’t drying

Cons:

  • essence brand only available at Ulta or Ulta.com
  • Unlike other drugstore lipstick lines, color selection is sparse

Bottom Line:

I love, love, love these lipsticks and could not recommend them more. The Nude Love shade is quickly becoming my most used nude lipstick. These are a definite must in your makeup collection. In the future, I will definitely be picking up some more colors.

 

Products Used: 

No 7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base, Cover Girl Ready Set Gorgeous in 115 Buff Beige, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 Light and 20 Sand, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent, Urban Decay blush in Fetish, Urban Decay Highlighter in Craze, Sephora bronzer in 3 Los Cabos, NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Chanel Aqualumieres Water Palette used two bronze colors in far left side of palette, Sephora Collection eye shadow in No.65 Lazy Afternoon, Ulta eye shadow in Sable, Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow in On the Rocks, NYX Prismatic shadow in Punk Heart, Urban Decay eye shadow in Sellout, L.A. Girl endless & semi-permanent auto eyeliner in Very Black, Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in 02 True Black, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Crash and Lucky, Urban Decay Perversion mascara, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara in Excessive Black, Make Up Professional eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown, Lorac Take a Brow in Brunette and Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Review

Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara in 00 Blackest Black ($7.99 at drugstores)

Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara in 00 Blackest Black ($7.99 at drugstores)

There have been so many recent launches of new mascaras in the drug store lately, and being the mascara junkie that I am, I have wanted to try them all. However, I have contained my urges to purchase any of them until now. This one intrigued me more than most, I don’t know, maybe it was the cute metallic pink packaging that pushed me over the edge. Being a Maybelline mascara definitely worked in it’s purchasing favor. Of all drugstore brands, Maybelline mascaras are a definite favorite of mine. I have seen many reviews of this mascara, both before and after purchasing this product, and most reviewers really loved this mascara. I however, am not in this camp.

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I was very disappointed in the results of this mascara. I will give it credit for its lengthening properties, although this mascara was not advertised as a lengthening mascara, but a volumizing mascara. From the package, “Introducing LASH SENSATIONAL: our unique, open-fan brush and fresh-liquid formula capture and volumize lashes from root to tip.” This mascara did not provide volume to my lashes, I would attribute this to the fan brush on the wand. It separates lashes and fans them out giving a more fluttery appearance. The wand also makes it very difficult to apply the mascara on the lower lashes (I never have issues applying mascara to my lower lashes), it applies way too much product making lashes clumpy and spidery looking.

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Close up of the open-fan brush.

 

I ended up giving this mascara to my little sister, since we usually have differing tastes in what we like in a mascara. Needless to say, she hated it. To quote her, “I have never had a mascara make my lashes look worse after applying mascara than before I applied mascara.” Guess, this mascara will be heading to the mascara graveyard.

 

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Lashes before mascara application.

 

Lashes with first coat of mascara on top lashes. No mascara on lower lashes.

Lashes with first coat of mascara on top lashes. No mascara on lower lashes.

 

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara on top lashes and 1 coat on lower lashes.

Lashes with 2 coats of mascara on top lashes and 1 coat on lower lashes.

 

Pros:

  • Lengthening formula
  • Long Lasting
  • Relatively inexpensive drugstore mascara

Cons:

  • Did not provide any volume to my lashes.
  • Made my lashes feel crispy not soft.
  • Not suitable for lower lashes.
  • Some people may find the mascara wand awkward to use.
  • Hard to remove, I had to use an oil based makeup remover to remove all the product from my eyes.

Bottom Line:

I would only recommend this mascara to those of you only looking for a lengthening mascara. Still, there are much better lengthening mascaras to be found in the drugstore e.g. L’Oreal Telescopic and Maybelline Define-A-Lash.

Valentine’s Day Look #2 – Pink Shimmery Eye with Red Matte Lip

Light Shimmery Eye and Bold Red Lip Look

Light Shimmery Eye and Bold Red Lip Look

 

For my second Valentine’s Day look, I wanted the focus to be on my lips. I decided to go with a strong red lip paired with a pink, shimmery eye. I chose a matte formula liquid lipstick (for the staying power), since most likely your Valentine’s Day plans will involve drinking and/or eating and hopefully lots of kissing. Sadly, this lippie did not even come close to my expectations (I will have a full review on this line of products in a future post). Here is a step by step tutorial of how I did my pink, shimmery eye.

 

Step One:

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I started by priming my entire upper eye area and lower lash line, with a matte, tinted eye primer. I chose this primer to cover any discoloration on my eyelids since I would be using light colors on my eyes. Then from my upper lash line to crease I applied a matte white eye shadow pencil to act as a base and really make the eye shadows I was going to use pop.

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I also added a translucent face powder from my crease to my eyebrow, which helps the powder eye shadows blend better (I do not do this step if I am working with creme shadows).

Step Two:

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Next, I added a soft cool pink eye shadow to my crease. Then I blended it out and up, to create a transition shade for all of my eye shadows.

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I added a sparkly off-white eye shadow over the white base on my eyelids. I went over this with a shimmery, pale pink loose pigment, and blended this into my transition shade.

Step Three:

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I used a bright fuschia eye shadow with a satin finish formula in my crease to add more depth and definition.

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I made sure to blend this color really well with with a fluffy blending brush, using wind shield wiper motions (back and forth).

Step Four:

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I then wet a flat shader brush and dipped it into my loose pigment, that I had used in step 2. I applied this to my eyelids, to make them really sparkle, as well as, cover some of the fuschia shadow that had gotten on my eyelid during the blending process. I blended only the edges of this shadow, as to not disrupt it’s intensity and sparkle. I tightlined my upper lash line with a black pencil eye liner, before adding a black liquid liner to my upper lash line. To lift and open up my eyes, I added a small wing at the end. To give the illusion of bigger eyes, I lined my lower waterline with a shimmery, white eye pencil. I then used the same sparkly, off-white shadow to highlight my inner eye area and a matte white shade with a hint of pink undertones to highlight my brow bone. I finished up by adding 2 coats of mascara (one coat thickening, one coat lengthening) to my upper lashes and one coat of mascara to my lower lashes.

 

 

Products Used:

On Face: Lancome La Base Pro  makeup primer, Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + foundation in shade 30 (I wanted a full coverage foundation, since any red on my face would be magnified by wearing a red lip), Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 Light (to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose) and 20 Sand (to cover blemishes and any redness not covered by my foundation), NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used under eyes to counteract any purple tones), Rimmel Stay Matte face powder in 001 Transparent (used all over my face, to combat oiliness), Sephora bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour nose), e.l.f. blush in Pink Passion, Jane shimmer powder in 5 Plutonium (used for cheek highlight)

On Eyebrows: Makeup Professional eye pencil in dark brown and Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade in medium brown

On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Rimmel Stay Matte face powder in 001 Transparent (used over eye are to make primer less tacky and blend eye shadows), NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk (used as an eye shadow base), Urban Decay X-Rated eye shadow (used as transition shade), Urban Decay eye shadow in Bobby Dazzle (used on eyelid and inner eye), Urban Decay eye shadow in Junkshow (used in crease), Jane shimmer powder in 5 Plutonium (used over Bobby Dazzle), Urban Decay eye shadow in Tainted (use along lower lash line), Lancome Color Design eye shadow in Daylight (used as brow highlight), Jordan Glitter Rocks Retractable eye liner in Black (used to tightline my upper lash line), L’oreal Liner Intense liquid eyeliner in Black Mica (upper lash line), Tarina Tarantino eye liner in Crystal Gun (in lower waterline),YSL Shocking mascara (for length), Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara  in Excessive Black(for volume)

On Lips: Dior Lipliner Pencil in Holiday Red (lined and colored in entire lips), NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo (used all over lips)

 

Valentine’s Day Look #1 – Smokey Eye with Pink Lip

 

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The first Valentine’s Day look I wanted to share with you, is this brown smokey eye, paired with a rosy cheek and pink glossy lip. Here are the step by step instructions I used, to achieve my smokey eyes:

Step One:

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First, I primed my eyelids and lower lash line with an eye primer. I also added a champagne cream shadow pencil to my eye lids as an eye shadow base, to help my eye shadow last longer.

I also added a matte neutral brown eyeshadow  to the crease and blended upward, to create a nice transition for all my eye shadows.

I also added a matte neutral brown eyeshadow to the crease and blended upward, to create a nice transition for all my eye shadows.

Step Two:

Next, I added a shimmery, light brown eye shadow to my entire eyelids and lower lash lines.

Next, I added a shimmery, light brown eye shadow from my lash line to my crease and lower lash line.

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I made sure to blend this color with the transition color, I had placed in my crease.

Step Three:

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Then, I followed with a medium brown shimmery eye shadow which I placed in my outer V of my eye and blended it out, bringing some of the color into the crease.

I also brought this medium brown eye shadow along the outer half of my lower lash line. I made sure to blend so there would be a smooth transition from one color to the next

I also brought this medium brown eye shadow along the outer half of my lower lash line. I made sure to blend so there would be a smooth transition from one color to the next.

Step Four:

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To add even more definition to my eyes, I added a satin finish, very dark brown eye shadow to the very outer corner of my eye in a small diamond shape. Then, I tightlined my upper and lower waterline. I also added a matte black shadow over the liner in my water line to add depth and longevity.

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I also lined my upper lash line with a smudgeable black eyeliner and smoked it out with some matter black eye shadow (same shadow I used in my waterline), I then added a shimmery cream color eye shadow to my inner eye area to open up my eyes.

Step Five:

Add lots and lots of mascara to top and bottom lashes.

Add lots and lots of mascara to top and bottom lashes.

 

To finish my look I added a shimmery rosy pink blush to my cheeks. I highlighted my cheekbones with a champagne gold highlighter. Lined and filled in my lips with a pink lip liner, added a cool toned pink lipstick and added a creamy pink gloss to the center of my lips.

 

Products Used:

On face: Tarte Clean Slate face primer, Loreal True Match foundation in W3, Maybelline Fit Me concealer in #10 (used to highlight under eyes and bridge of nose), #20 (used to conceal blemishes), NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Light (used to counteract darkness under eyes), Sephora Bronzer in 3 Los Cabos (used to contour cheeks and nose), Urban Decay highlighter in Craze (cheekbones and bridge of nose), Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Blush in Pink
 
On Eyebrows: Makeup Professional eyebrow pencil in Dark Brown and Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Medium Brown
 
On Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden (used from upper lash line to brow and on lower lash line), Wet and Wild Eyes Creme Shadow Pencil in Pixie (used for an eye shadow base on upper eyelid), Ulta eye shadow in Sable (used as transition color in and above crease), Bare Minerals Ready eye shadow in Cognac (used on entire eyelid and along lower lash line), Urban Decay eye shadow in Ambush (used in outer V and blended into crease), Urban Decay eye shadow in M.I.A. (used in very outer corner of eye and outer quarter of lower lash line to add depth and definition), Sephora Collection eye shadow in No. 65 Lazy Afternoon – White Beige Matte (used to highlight brow bone), Wet and Wild Walking on Eggshells Palette, light shimmery cream color (used to highlight inner eye area, Jordan Glitter Rocks Retractable eye liner in Black (used to tight line my upper lash line), Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last eye liner in Black Point (used to line my lower waterline), Urban Decay eye shadow in Blackout (went over Black Point in waterline for extra staying power), and Sephora Nano eye liner in Midnight Black (used to line upper lashline), Urban Decay Perversion mascara (added to my top and bottom lashes)
 
On Lips: Ulta Contour Lip Liner in Rose (used to line and color in my lips), NARS Roman Holiday lipstick and NYX Butter Gloss in Eclair (added to the center of my lips)