Thursday, August 30, 2012

Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner

I have been using this eyeliner for the past month called the Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner in the color Black, and I have been loving it! I have been experimenting with different liquid eyeliners for a few years, and I still haven't exactly mastered the application (I think it is because my eyelashes are so curly they get in the way). I am not bad at putting it on, I just always wanted something easier. Recently I have been seeing a lot of people talk about liquid eyeliner in pen form, and they said it was easier to use than the regular kind.These rave reviews on liquid eyeliner pens made me buy this one. Here is a picture of the eyeliner I am going to review:


Here it is outside of the packaging:

And here you can see that it has a very fine felt tip.
Here are swatches of this eyeliner on my skin.
To keep this review short, I will tell you the good things and the bad things about this product.
Pros:
-cost: $7.99 USD
-Very dark and opaque
-You can create thin and thick lines
-Pen form makes it easy to control
-This doesn't dry out quickly (I have had it for over a month so far)
-Lasts all day and does not fade

Cons:
-You may need to be careful with this because although it last all day, if you rub your eyes a lot it may smudge.
-Only comes in black

This is a very nice product, and I recommend it if you want an easy way to apply liquid eyeliner. You also don't need to worry about the staying power. I do wish that it came in a few more shades; for example, gold, purple, green, silver, or bronze. I give this eyeliner a 9 out of 10.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

New Maybelline Color Tattoos! Limited Edition!

As soon as I heard that  Maybelline was coming out with new limited edition Color Tattoos, I started searching EVERYWHERE for them! Last Friday I finally found the neutral colors at Walgreens, so today I am going to review all of the new shades for their fall collection.


If you haven't heard about this product yet, this is a cream eyeshadow that is long lasting. You can wear it as a base under powder eyeshadows or use them alone. I have a full review on the other shades HERE. These are usually priced from $5-$7 and can be found at drugstores. 

Here are some closer up pictures:
From left to right: Rich Mahogany and Mossy Green

And here is Barley Beige and Gold Shimmer

Here are swatches of all of the shades:
From left to right: Gold Shimmer, Rich Mahogany, Mossy Green, and Barley Beige.

So, now I will tell you a little bit of information about each shade:

-Gold Shimmer: Just like the name says, this is a shimmery gold shade. There are two Color Tattoos from Maybelline's original line called Bold Gold and Bad to the Bronze, and to me this looks almost like a mixture of the two! This shade is smooth, and easy to blend just like most of the original ones.

-Rich Mahogany: This shade is a very deep brown, and it seems to have some reddish undertones. This one has the least amount of shimmer, but it still does have a shiny, metallic appearance. 

-Mossy Green: This shade is a forest green with gold shimmer particles. Also you can see the gold shimmer particles on the skin pretty well. This is my favorite out of all of these because I like this color the best.

-Barley Beige:This color is a light tan color with tiny gold shimmer particles. This is a nice skin tone base for many people, and it can make other eyeshadows stand out when used as a base for powder shadows. It also seems to be a dupe for Mac's Bare Study Paint Pot. 

All of these shades are similar in consistency to most of the original shades. To me it seems like the more shimmer a shade is the easier it is to blend, but I still have no trouble blending out the shades that aren't super shimmery. They also all have good color pay-off. The swatches are only one swipe of the product. I think these colors are perfect for fall. If you want them you need to act soon because they are limited edition! 

I hope you enjoyed this review! Please leave a comment telling me which one is your favorite shade!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara Review

Today I am reviewing another recent mascara purchase. It is the Maybelline Mega Plus Mascara in Blackest Black. It is a new Gel-Mousse formula that is supposed to make lashes feel more nature and less hard and brittle. This has quickly become one of my favorite drugstore mascaras! If you want to know why keep reading!

Here is the mascara in the packaging:

And here it is outside the packaging. I love the bright blue color of the tube!

Here you can see the wand of the mascara. It has regular brush bristles, and it is tapered on both ends. The wand is sort of flexible because it has a slit in it.This allows for separation and even coating.

Here is a picture of my wearing no mascara



And in this picture I am wearing the mascara

Now I will let you know what I liked and disliked about this product::

Pros:
-Cheap ( I have found this from $5-$7 USD)
-Formula keeps my lashes from feeling hard and brittle
-Last all day without flaking
-Gives me a little separation, a little volume, and a lot of length
-Adds some curl to my eyelashes
-Tube of mascara does not dry out quickly ( I have had this about a month and the formula feels the same still.

Neutral:
-Gives a natural look; your lashes won't look super thick like you have on false eyelashes. Some people may like this effect and others won't. I kind of makes me look like my lashes are just naturally awesome (which isn't exactly true.

Cons:-By the end of the day it had smudged a little bit on my lower lash line. It was nothing too serious though.

Final Verdict: I think this mascara is great for people that want a more natural look. It does pretty well with length, volume, and separation overall; so I believe it is an all around good mascara. If you want big, bold eyelashes that are very dramatic, this is not the mascara for you. It does not give the most volume and length. I do think this is great for everyday though, so I find myself using this the most out of all of my other mascaras! Since it does a nice job in pretty much every category, I give this a 9 out of 10

Friday, August 17, 2012

What's In My School Makeup Bag

On the days I wear makeup it is very important to me to be able to touch up at least one time throughout the day. Also my skin is pretty oily, so I like to make sure my face looks matte at all times instead of shiny and oily! Since I have recently gone back to school, I thought I would share the items that I consider essential for my school makeup bag.

I got this beauty bag for free from Target, when they were giving away free samples!


Here are the items I keep in my makeup bag:
-Maybelline Baby Lips in Grape Vine: I like this because it is a tinted lip balm. My lips are moisturized, and I also get a nice wash of color to my lips! I have a full review on these HERE.

-Mary Kay Tinted Lip Balm in Poppy: I like this for pretty much the same reason as the Maybelline Baby  Lips, only the color is different. It is also slightly less moisturizing than the Baby Lips, so I like to have both.

-Co. Bigelow Mentha Lip Tint: I bought this lip gloss at Bath and Body Works, and I like it because berry colors look nice on me, and it has a minty sensation and flavor.

-Elf Mascara Duo: This mascara is two sided and only cost 1 dollar. I like to keep a cheap mascara on my just in case I don't have time for mascara in the morning. It also does a pretty decent job for the price! A review of this is coming soon.

-NYX Retractable Eye Liner in Black: I keep eyeliner in my bag just in case I need to touch up my eyeliner, and it is also great when I don't have time in the morning to put on eyeliner.

-Mary Kay Oil Blotting Sheets: This product is the most important product in this bag to me! This allows me to blot off the excess oil on my skin without having to remove or add makeup to my face! If you have oily skin I think you need this product!

-Pony-tail Holder and Cotton Swabs: I like to keep a pony tail holder in here just in case I am in need of one, and the cotton swabs are excellent for cleaning up smudged eyeliner/mascara. You don't even need eye makeup remover, the cotton just pulls the smudged product right off!

I really hope you enjoyed seeing what makeup I bring to school! I also want to add that sometimes I add lip products to the bag depending on what I am wearing that day. What makeup products do you always like to have in your purse or in your bag?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Bath And Body Works Haul

A few days ago I received a coupon in the mail for a free travel sized item from Bath and Body Works, and it was no purchase necessary! Definitely sign up to have coupons sent to you if you shop at Bath and Body Works because they have some great deals! Anyways, I told myself I would go in and only get the free thing, but as usual I ended up spending a more than I intended to! It was a good deal though (see, even now I'm trying to justify buying beauty products). Here are the things I got:


I got three mini body mist (from left to right): Love Love Love, Country Chic, and Warm Vanilla Sugar. These were three for $10.

Then I also got one of their new hand sanitize ( I think they changed the packaging on the big ones). It is the scent Fresh Picked Tangerines. And I got a Warm Vanilla Sugar travel sized body lotion for free with my coupon.

Okay, and now you guys are about to think I have a problem because I went back to Bath and Body Works the day after I got this stuff. They were having an event where if you get a full sized signature collection item you get a free little bag with some products in it. So here is what I got the next day:


I bought the full sized Midnight Pomegranate fine fragrance mist, and got the Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin travel sized lotion, Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin mini candle, Pocket Bac Caramel Apple hand sanitizer, and the Pocket Bac holder for free.

I hope you enjoyed this because I know I love reading about the fragrances other people have been buying lately! Let me know if you want a review on any of these scents!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Revlon Grow Luscious Plumping Mascara Review

Today I will be reviewing the mascara that I showed in my Target haul a few weeks ago called the Revlon Grown Luscious Plumping Mascara. I have the color Blackest Black and it is water proof.


On the packaging this mascara claims to "plump lashes for maximum volume". On the back of the package it says that the formula had a lash enhancing complex that will grow your eyelashes.

Here is a picture of the wand. It has a triangular shape with and has regular brush bristles.

I wasn't really sure about the claims this mascara was making when I first bought it. I thought, "how could a mascara grow your eyelashes?" I was definitely proven wrong when I tried this though. I probably should have taken a before and after picture of my eyelashes before and after I used this. My eyelashes didn't necessarily grow longer, but they have been looking thicker. I am sure that it is this product, because it is the only new thing I'm using. It doesn't give my eyelashes the best appearance when it is on though, so I am kind of neutral about this mascara. Here are my pros and cons:

Pros: -made my lashes grow
-cheap
-gave me volume and a little length
-didn't get clumpy after 2 coats
-easy to get off even though it is water-proof
-eyelashes don't feel hard/crunchy

Cons:
-This flakes a lot!
-The stopper is horrible, and I have to scrape lots of product off the wand before I use it


Here is a picture of my bare eyelashes:


And with the mascara on:

The pros outweigh the cons with this mascara, however, I feel like I could get a better mascara from the drugstore. It isn't bad, but it isn't the best mascara either. I will continue to use this, but I do not think I will be repurchasing it. I wish it was more long lasting and less flaky. I did get this on sale though for $2.48 so it was good for that price. I wouldn't recommend paying full price for this one, but if you see it for as cheap as I got mine, it may be worth trying. Overall I give this a 6.5 out of 10.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Back to School Walgreens Haul

School starts really soon for me, so I wanted to pick up some products that would be good for an everyday look st school. I bought most of these products at Walgreens.

First I bought a Maybelline Eyestudio Color Pearls Marbleized Eyeshadow in Bronze Blowout

From Walgreens I also bought a Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Trio in Silent Treatment

And the new Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara in Blackest Black

And lastly at Walmart I bought an Eos Lipbalm in Summer Fruit, which I forgot to take a separate picture of. This is a repurchase, and I already have a review HERE.

I hope you all enjoyed the products I picked for Back to School! Reviews of all of these products are coming soon!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine

Today I am reviewing the Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Plum Wine. This product is a cream product and has been know to give people problems with lack of pigmentation, so I decided to buy one of the darker shades.

 The blush has a spongy texture, and a consistency that is similar to Playdoh! This is where it gets the name bouncy. It does not actually bounce though; is just has a mold able texture.

Here is a swatch of the blush:

As you can see the color pay-off for this particular shade is pretty good.

Now I will tell you what I like and what I don't like about this particular shade:

Pros: -Lasted on my skin all day and my skin is pretty oily
-Light weight on my skin
-Compact packaging, and does not contain too much excess packaging
-This particular shade had a nice amount of pigmentation
-Price: $7.99 USD
-Can be applied with fingers, and sometimes I use a stippling brush to apply it

Cons: -It can be kind of hard to work with the texture because it molds so easily
-The lighter the shade is the less color payoff it will have

I do enjoy this shade of this product, and I think it works really well on my skin tone. It isn't the most easy to apply, but I still use it very often. The only thing I don't care for is the shade selection of these. Yes, there are many shades, but I am constantly hearing from people that the lighter shades don't show up at all. If you are thinking about purchasing these I would look at the darker shades like plum wine, hot tamale, candy coral, pink frosting, and pink satin. Overall, I give this product a 8 out of 10.