Friday, June 28, 2013

Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop

Sorry this was late getting up again, It'll be open an extra day until Monday night!

Meet Me on the Brightside
     Happy Friday Bloggers!  The weekend is just about here! Come link up to my Brightside Beauty Blog Hop for a chance to gain new followers and find amazing new reads. Linky list will be open now until this Monday night 11:59 pm, Ohio time. There are only a few guidelines , so read, follow, and let the fun begin.  Don't forget to come back every Friday to join the blog hop and enter future giveaways :)  The blog this weekend with the most views will win a co-host spot on next weekend's hop so get your network on :)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Influenster Sunkissed Voxbox!

I'm so happy that I was chosen to participate in Influenster's Sun Voxbox program! They sent me these products complimentary for review:

1. Dr. Schools for Her High Heel
2.Goody Ouchless Ribbon Elastics
3. Sinful Colors Sinful Shine with Gel Tech in the shade Bottoms Up
4. Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream in Light to Medium

I think I'm most excited to try out that nail polish, but I definitely will have reviews on all of these products coming soon!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Inglot Haul!

Inglot is one of my favorite makeup stores, but sadly there are none in my area. But a couple weeks ago I went on vacation with my family to Florida, and I started crying happy tears because they have Inglot stores! I may be slightly exaggerating about the crying part, but don't you hate it when you love a store but you have to drive hours to get to it?

Anyways, I decided to get another freedom system palette (I have a full review and you can see my first Inglot palette here):

I got the following shades (from left to right):
-122 Rainbow
-14 shine
-128 Rainbow
-480 DS
-61 AMC

I really wish these eyeshadows had actual names instead of numbers! Anyways, here's some swatches of these eyeshadows:

I love how these show up very bold without much effort. They definitely have a lot of color pay off.

Also, from Inglot I got one of their gel eyeliners in the shade 74 matte. This is my first time trying one, but I have heard awesome reviews of their eyeliners.

I'll have a full review on the eyeliner soon after I get a chance to try it out more.

Have you ever shopped at an Inglot store? What is your favorite makeup store?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Review: Hard Cand CC Correction Creme

Lately I have seen so many makeup brands come out with a face product called a CC Cream. At first I was so confused! I almost thought it was a joke, and I kept thinking, "how many alphabet letters will they go through to describe these things". But I decided to give them a try. From my experiences with BB creams and CC creams it seems like American BB creams are similar to tinted moisturizers with a few extra benefits, while CC creams have color correcting properties with more coverage.

When the smashbox and clinique CC creams came out I really wanted to try them, but I thought I should try a cheaper version before I spend all that money. The CC cream I found at the drugstore is the Hard Candy CC Correction Creme. 

 Hard Candy is a brand found exclusively at Walmart stores. I paid about $8 dollars for this product and it has 1.5 oz of product. There are 4 shades: fair, light, medium, and dark; so they have a pretty nice range. I have the shade dark.

The Claims:
1. Color corrects skin tone by blurring imperfections
-I was surprised of the amount of coverage this had. I do not have a lot of problem areas on my face; I mostly have scars and once in a while I get small breakouts. I felt like this did a nice job of covering up my imperfections.

2.Neutralizes undertone with light reflecting pearls
-This claim seems pretty accurate to me as well. The light reflecting pearls are not noticeable on the skin, and it give my skin a brighter appearance. It almost looks like I highlighted my face a little, but at the same time it looks very natural,

3.Brightens complexion and gives air brushed finish
-Hmm... this claim seems a little repetitive. The brightened complexion part was already mentioned, but I will agree that this smoothed out my face very nicely. I would say that an air brushed finished was a little bit of an exaggeration because I can still see my pores a little bit.

4.Even texture and gives smooth appearance
-Wow, another slightly repetitive claim! But I guess this is emphasizing the texture while the last one was about the finish/appearance. When I'm wearing this cc cream my face has a soft texture, and feels very smooth; I just wish it looked smoother.

5.Oil free and moisturizes skin
-I have oily/ acne prone skin, so it's nice to know that this is oil free. Also since my skin is already oily,so I don't use a moisturizer when I'm going to use this. It lasts about 3 hours on me before having to blot which is pretty decent to me. After 6 hours I find that it is pretty faded.

-Low price
-Nice amount of product
-Color selection
-More coverage than a BB cream
-Brightens skin
-Oil free
-spf 15

-Staying power

-Smoothed out my skin for the most part, but I felt like it could have done a better job at making my pores look less noticeable.
-I know I said color selection was a pro (because at least there is more than 1 or 2 colors!), but I really think there need to be one more dark shade that is darker than the darkest shade.

The pros outweigh the cons for this product, and I think it is pretty good. I do enjoy using this when I want a more natural face, and when I don't need something very long lasting. I like wearing this product during the hotter weather because I don't like a bunch of products on my face when its hot. I am satisfied that this cc cream has more coverage than a BB cream, so I probably will repurchase it over some of the BB creams I use. This product is good, but it isn't amazing. If it lasted longer, and looked like I used a primer when I have it on my skin It would be perfect to me.

Have tried out any CC creams? What do you think of them?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Review: Maybelline Color Whispers

The Maybelline Color Whispers have been out for a little while now, but I thought I'd go ahead and share my opinions on them. The two shades that I own are called A Plum Prospect and Mad for Magenta. As you can see I gravitated towards the purple shades again!

Maybelline claims that these are supposed to feel like a "weightless gel" on your lips. These also contain no oils or waxes, and they claim to give "translucent gel color". These come in 20 different shades and, the price usually ranges from around $7-$9. 

A Plum Prospect:

A Plum Prospect is a dark berry/purple shade. This is the darkest shade, and I have found that it has more color payoff than the lighter shade I have.

Mad for Magenta:

Mad for Magenta is a lighter, more pink shade. It gives a slight berry-pink tone to my lips. 

Here are some swatches of these shades, (from left to right ) A Plum Prospect, and Mad for Magenta:

I really enjoy these, and I believe they do exactly what the claims say. I can't really feel them on my lips. They have a smooth, almost watery texture as I apply them. These also aren't moisturizing to me, but they do not dry out my lips either.

Also the color payoff claims are pretty much correct. The lighter shade does have a translucent look, but I feel like the darker shade is somewhere in between translucent and opaque.

The lasting power of these is pretty decent as well. I can get about 3 hours of wear out of these. Though I have found that these have the tendency to migrate towards/outside the edge of my lip line if I wear these too long or apply to much.

Overall, I think the Color Whispers are pretty good. I like the range of colors, and they are definitely worth the price. I like how these don't feel thick or heavy on my lips, and I really enjoy wearing these when it's warm outside. These are also sheer enough to apply without a mirror, and last me a decent amount of time depending on how much I am talking or eating. The only thing I don't really like is that they can migrate past my lip line. I am able to solve this problem by making sure I don't apply a whole lot or making sure I don't go over my lips with the product to many times. This isn't a huge issue to me though, and I will definitely purchase more in the future!

Have you tried the Maybelline Color Whispers? Which shade is your favorite?

Friday, June 7, 2013

Bright Side Beauty Blog Hop!

Meet Me on the Brightside
     Happy Friday Bloggers!  The weekend is just about here! Come link up to my Brightside Beauty Blog Hop for a chance to gain new followers and find amazing new reads. Linky list will be open now until this Monday night 11:59 pm, Ohio time. There are only a few guidelines , so read, follow, and let the fun begin.  Don't forget to come back every Friday to join the blog hop and enter future giveaways :)  The blog this weekend with the most views will win a co-host spot on next weekend's hop so get your network on :)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Review: Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara

Maybelline's newest mascara is a part of The Falsies line, and it is called The Falsies Big Eyes Mascara. Before I say anymore I just want to let you know that I have been using this for 5 days, and I already know that this is now my new favorite mascara! The mascara I have here is in the shade blackest black, and the mascara is double sided. It has one normal wand for your top eyelashes, and it has a tiny wand for your bottom eyelashes.

The original Maybelline The Falsies mascara was already my favorite mascara. For me it was everything I wanted in a mascara. But now this one has bottom lash wand?!?! I am not really a fan of having a separate mascara with a tiny wand for my lower eyelashes, so this is everything I desire in a mascara, plus more!

The larger wand for the upper lashes is somewhat large and flat, but it has a small spiral. This is different from The original Falsies and the Falsies Flared, because it does not have the spoon shaped wand.

The smaller wand for the lower lashes is very tiny, and it has a very slight cone shape. I think it is the perfect size for grabbing my lower eyelashes without looking clumpy.

Now here's a picture of my eye without any mascara on:

I'm not sure why my pupils look square... but anyways here is a picture of my eye with 2 coats of the mascara on:

As you can see this mascara does a lot for my eyelashes. It gives me a good amount of length and volume! Some may say that this gives me a kind of spidery lash effect, but the way my eyelashes look in these pictures is how how really desire them to look! To me it lifts my lashes and makes it look like I have more eyelashes than I actually do. Also after two coats it starts to clump a little bit, so I stop after 2 coats.

I think this is a great mascara overall. The packaging is nice and functional. It is convenient to have both an upper and lower lash wand all in one mascara. The price is great (I got this for around $7). And this isn't water proof (though it also comes in waterproof), but it last great on me all day without smudging or anything. It is also easy for me to remove. I really can't think of anything bad to say about it excepts that it can get clumpy if you aren't careful.

This is my new favorite mascara, but if you prefer more volume, more separation, or a more natural mascara you may not like this. Plus everyone has different experiences with different mascara, so it's hard to say. I think if you liked the original Falsies or Falsies Flared you probably would really enjoy this. I recommend trying this out, especially if you are already a fan of the Falsies line.

Would you try out this mascara? Have you tried any of the Falsies mascaras?

Monday, June 3, 2013

Review: Mary Kay Garden Sky Mineral Eyeshadow

In my may favorites I talked a little bit about this Mary Kay Garden Sky Mineral Eye Color, and here is a more detailed review.

This eyeshadow is part of Mary Kay's limited edition line for spring and it cost $20. It is one pan of eyeshadow, but their are three different shades contained in the pan. I like the packaging. It is small and compact, so it's great for travel. It can also be placed in Mary Kay's refillable compacts if I want a mirror.

The top shade is a bright, lime green color; the middle shade is a light, bronzy, brown; and the bottom shade is a vibrant, medium blue. All three shades are shimmery and have great color payoff when swatched on top of a primer, which you can see in the swatches below. 

Each of these colors looks very similar to how it looks in the pan, except the green is a little lighter and brighter when applied to the skin. 

Earlier in the week I wore these shades so you could get a better idea of how they look on the skin:

Here I applied the green shade in the inner half of my eye. You can see that it definitely looks lighter than it did in the pan. I am wearing the blue on the outer part of my eye, and the light brown is on the inner part of my eye near my tear duct (the darker shade in my crease area is Urban Decay's Twice Baked eyeshadow). I also put each shade on my lower lashline, matching them with how I applied them to my eyelid. 

Overall I am happy with how well these shadows performed! The color payoff was very nice, and I did not have to work to get the colors to show up vibrantly. These also lasted very well with a primer. By the end of the day my eyes looked the same as when I applied them! I wish the price was a little cheaper, but I think this is worth the price. The eyeshadows are definitely good quality. If you are interested in this check it out soon because this product is limited edition. You can purchase this eyeshadow here.

Have you tried Mary Kay products before?