Saturday, August 24, 2013

Top 5 Maybelline Products!

If you've been following my blog for awhile it is probably very obvious that Maybelline is my favorite drugstore brand!  I always get extremely excited for new product releases, and I don't think I've ever done a monthly favorites post that didn't include something from this brand! I have tried so many Maybelline products in the past few years, so I'm excited to share with you my top 5 favorite products.

1. Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadows: I think I'm a Color Tattoo addict because I can't get enough of these! These are my favorite eyeshadow bases, and they don't crease on my oily eyelids. The color selection is awesome, and Maybelline keeps coming out with new limited edition shades! If you have not tried this I really think you need to because they work so well, and are priced pretty cheaply!

These 6 are my favorite shades: Audacious Asphalt, Bold Gold, Tenacious Teal, Edgy Emerald, Bad to the Bronze, and Painted Purple.

2. Maybelline Baby Lips and Baby Lips Electro: So... I'm also a Baby Lips addict.... I think its because the packaging's cute, there are lots of shades, and they smell amazing! Also they are usually only $3 where I live. These add a sheer tint to the lips, and keep them moisturized. I will admit that these aren't the most amazing at moisturization, but I use them a few times a day and my lips stay moisturized. It's great that Maybelline comes out with limited edition Baby Lips as well!

3. Maybelline Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner: This eyeliner is the only liquid eyeliner I use now, and I have repurchased it several times! It has a very fine point that is easy to control, and I can easily create thick and thin lines with it. This does not smudge on me throughout the day either! I think this is also great for people that have a hard time putting on liquid liner.

4. Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids:  I have been using these two lipsticks so much this summer because the colors are so bright and fun! The Color Sensational Vivids have a nice selection of bold, bright colors which is pretty unique for drugstore lipsticks. These are comfortable on the lips as long as you moisturize first. I've also found that these last a very long time on my lips, and they aren't even marketed as a long-wearing product!

These shades are Shocking Coral, and Fuchsia Flash:

5. Maybelline the Falsies Big Eyes Mascara: Like I said in my original review of this mascara, this has everything I really want in a mascara! I really like the added length and the voluminous, almost clumpy look. It is also really nice that this has a bottom lash wand as well! I know all mascaras work differently on different people, but I recommend trying this out because it's priced pretty well!

There are so many more products that I enjoy for Maybelline, but these are the ones that I feel like I can't replace with products from another brand. These products are very significant parts of my makeup collection, and I use them daily!

What's you favorite product by Maybelline? Do you have a favorite makeup brand?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tri-Color Nails With Studs

 This is a nail design that I created last week, and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! I have seen many people do nails designs with tape creating a pointed section at the middle of the nail, and I decided to do a version with three colors and studs.

The colors I used to create this are Mary Kay Blue Lotus, Revlon Bold Sangria, and Maybelline Blue Freeze. I wanted to make this look a little more interesting, so I used round studs from a Kiss Nail Artist Metallic Accents. The top coat I used was Sally Hansen Insta Dry, and I'm really happy with it because the studs on my nails lasted 5 days! They probably would have lasted longer, but I decided to change my nails. 

Here is a picture tutorial if your interested in how I got this look (click on the picture away from the pinterest button to enlarge):

I hope you enjoyed seeing this nail design! Would you ever try something like this?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Recent Nail Designs August

I have been into nails and nail art so much lately- probably because I'm constantly on pinterest! Since I have been doing a lot of different manicures I decided to post all of my recent ones weekly instead of every time I try something new!

1. Summer Inspired Gradient Dots: This is a design I saw on pinterest and was inspired to recreate with different colors.

2. Purple Stripe Manicure: This is a really simple look, but I think it looks pretty elegant! I used silver nail striping tape that I bought on amazon for $1.00.

3. Pink Nails with Flakes: This is another simple manicure. All I used was flakes on the accent nail, and I really enjoyed the holographic effect which the picture doesn't really show :S

4. Purple and Blue Gradient Nails: This is similar to the Blue Ombre Nails that I posted a month ago, but this time I decided to use purple instead of dark blue. I think I like this color combination better!

5. Colorful Dripping Nails: This is my most recent manicure, and I used a Migi Nail Art Set to create the dripping look. I am really excited about the Migi sets because the metal, fine tips on the polishes make it so easy to create designs.

Wow, is is obvious that I love purple? I didn't even realize I used purple for most of these. Anyways, I hope you enjoy seeing my recent nails. Which is your favorite?

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Review: Mary Kay At Play Eye Crayons

Today's review is of the new Mary Kay At Play Eye Crayons which I have incorporated into all of my recent eye looks. This is also the the final review I am doing of the Mary Kay At Play line since I have already reviewed the Baked Eye Trios, Jelly Lip Glosses, and Lip Crayons.

The Eye Crayons come in four different shades: In the Navy, Green Tea, Purple Smoke, and Gold Mine; and they cost $10 each.

Here are some swatches of the different shades:

These shades are very beautiful, and I think they'll be great for the fall season! They are also very creamy, have nice color payoff, and blend so easily. The pencil packaging can be nice because you don't have to dip your fingers in a pot to use the product. These remind me a lot of the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils, and they work very similarly.

I like using these with an eyeshadow primer first, and I usually use eyeshadows over these. I have tried wearing them alone, but they creased and faded quickly. They work so much better as an eyeshadow base than alone for me, and they last all day if I use it as a base. Using these gives the eyeshadows I uses over them so much more dimension, and they look a lot more vibrant. I have been using Gold Mine the most because it looks so pretty all over my eyelids with a gold eyeshadow on top. It is definitely the best for everyday use!

I really like using these because the colors are gorgeous, but I prefer the formula of Mary Kay's Cream Eyeshadows better, since I can use those without a primer. Also the cream eyeshadows don't require sharpening. I think this product could be improved by being a retractable pencil and having more lasting power. Overall these are awesome eyeshadow bases though, and I will continue using them because they add more depth to my eye looks.

What do you think of these Eye Crayons? What is your favorite eyeshadow base?

Review: Mary Kay At Play Lip Crayons

These Lip Crayons are another part of the new Mary Kay at Play line which I have been using a lot recently. If you want to learn more about the line check out my previous reviews on the Baked Eye Trios and the Jelly Lip Glosses!

There are four different shades: Candied Apple, Perfect Pink, Violet Love, and Toasted; and they cost $10 each.

Here are some swatches of each of the shades:

I really like these Lip Crayons because I can apply it to my lips more accurately than regular tube of lipstick. You do have to sharpen these, but they sharpen easily with a jumbo pencil sharpener. These also glide on the lips very easily, and they feel so smooth and comfortable. I definitely feel moisture on my lips when wearing these, and I like the shine that these have because dry skin on my lips isn't accentuated.

The Lip Crayons also have good color payoff! They remind me of the darker shades of the Revlon Lip Butters because you can get a pigmented lip color, but they feel more moisturizing and smooth than a regular lipstick. I enjoy the shade selection too because there is a bold shade, wearable shades, and a nude/natural shade which can all suit many skin tones. Also I get about 3-4 hours of wear with these which is pretty decent, since they don't claim to be long-wearing. 

I have been liking this product lately, especially the shade Violet Love. I love the color so much it has become my everyday lip color! And I really like how they feel on my lips because they aren't dry or sticky; they're just comfortable. I also really enjoy the fact that these are priced at $10 each which makes them close to drugstore prices! Also these have a really nice fruity smell, so that makes applying and reapplying these more enjoyable to me. I can't really think of anything negative about this product other than having to sharpen it, but if it were retractable you wouldn't be able to keep that sharp point as it wears down. You'll need to find a jumbo pencil sharpener like the NYX one to sharpen this. Overall I think this is a pretty nice product, and I would recommend trying it out if you are interested in these shades. 

Have you tried the Mary Kay at Play Line? Which product in the line is the most exciting to you?

Review on the Mary Kay At Play Eye Crayons coming soon!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Review: Mary Kay At Play Baked Eye Trios

Today's review is on another part of the new Mary Kay At Play line called the Baked Eye Trios. In my last post I reviewed the Jelly Lip Glosses and explained more about this new line. 

I don't think Mary Kay has ever done baked eye shadows before, so I was interested to try these out. There are 4 different eyeshadow trios: Ocean View, Tuxedo, On the Horizon, and Earth Bound; each cost $10 which I was pretty excited about. This whole line of products is pretty affordable since everything is $10 each!

Here are some swatches (swatched dry over primer) , and eye looks that I created with each of the palettes:

Most of the shades applied nicely dry (see swatches above), except the white shade in the Tuxedo trio was a little patchy. They all apply more vibrant with a lot more color payoff when applied wet though. If you try these out I definitely recommend using most of the shades wet, unless you are going for a more subtle look. In the eye looks above, the in the first two I used the shadows completely dry, and in the last two I used them wet.

Also, I did not have much fall out when using these. I got couple specks on my cheeks from the lightest colors, but this is not a problem if the shadows are used wet. All of these eyeshadows lasted all day on my eyes with a primer, and I did not have any problems with creasing or fading.

The packaging on these are very nice and sturdy. It is similar to Maybelline's baked duos, but these are bigger. I also think the color selection is pretty nice! Although I would have loved to see a purple trio, I enjoy that On the Horizon and Earth Bound are are more neutral and wearable, while Ocean View and Tuxedo are more bold.

Overall I really like these trios, and I'll continue using them. It is pretty convenient to have colors all together in a trio for traveling. I also feel like these colors are unique and aren't repeated in Mary Kay's regular mineral eyeshadows. And keep in mind that they can be used wet or dry, and most of these shadows look their best wet. I still think these are worth the price, and I think out of all these shades there's a trio here for everyone. I still hope in the future that Mary Kay will make a larger color selection of though.

Do you plan on trying any thing from the Mary Kay At Play Line?

Reviews on the Lip and Eye Crayons coming soon!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Review: Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lip Glosses

Mary Kay has come out with this new line called Mary Kay At Play that features fun, colorful products geared towards the younger generation of women. The first product I have tried from this line are the Jelly Lip Glosses:

These retail for $10 and come in 4 different shades: Teddy Bare, Hot Tamale, Berry Me, and Crushed Plum.

Since these are Jelly Lip Glosses they don't have the opacity of regular lip glosses like the ones in Mary Kay's regular line. As you can see from the swatches above they almost have a clear look to them with a tint of color, which makes them a lot more natural looking on the lips than a more opaque lip gloss. I think these are nice especially for people who are afraid of wearing a lot of color on the lips.

These lasted pretty well on my lips for a lip gloss, due to the fact that they are a little sticky. These lip glosses glide on easily though and are very comfortable on the lips! I also enjoy the color selection. I think all of these would work well on any skin tone!

Overall I really enjoy using this product, and I have nothing negative to say. They feel nice on the lips, last a nice amount of time, and I like all of the different shades. I like to use these on days where I have on hardly any makeup. I also really like to use these when I have on dramatic eye makeup and want more toned down lips. A lot of people prefer bold lips, so this isn't for everyone. I do recommend these if you enjoy a more natural look though!

What do you think of these Jelly Lip Glosses? Are you going to try anything from the Mary Kay At Play Line?