Thursday, September 26, 2013

New Limited Edition Colored Mary Kay Lash Love Mascaras

For the fall season Mary Kay has added 2 colored mascaras to the Lash Love line. I have a full review on the original Lash Love mascara, and the Lash Love Waterproof mascara, so I won't go into too many details. Here are the mascaras swatched and my favorite ways to wear them.

The new shades are "I Love Plum" and "I Love Green", and cost $15.

The Lash Love mascaras have these spiky, plastic wands which allow for definition and separation of the lashes.

Here is the "I Love Plum" shade on my lashes. My top eyelashes are looking a little clumpy, but the eyelashes on my right eye never really cooperate anyway! I like how this shade is pretty subtle, and I enjoy wearing it on the top and bottom lash lines. This is a really nice color for fall, and I have been able to incorporate it into a lot of eye looks.

This is the "I Love Green" mascara and the color is a lot more bold and noticeable. I prefer to wear black mascara on top and apply this green shade only to the bottom lashes for a pop of color. Although I really love the color, I get more use out of the purple shade because the shade is a little more versatile.

Overall, I like both of these mascaras, and I really hope Mary Kay makes more colored mascaras. I would love to try a navy or burnt orange shade!

Do you like to wear colored mascara? If so, what are your favorite ways to wear it?

Friday, September 20, 2013

Recent Nail Designs September

Here are my nails from the end of August to Mid-September. I have more Pinterest inspired nails, and some techniques I've never tried before. I hope you enjoy!

1. Blue with Glitter and Studs: I like the way this came out because it is pretty girly with the glitter, but at the same time its kind of edgy because of the ring finger. Studs are my favorite nail are decoration because they can completely change the look of the nails. 

2. Blue and Purple Flames: I was inspired from a nail design I saw on pinterest to create this look. I achieved this look by using a toothpick and making stripes from the tip to the middle of the nail using different colors. My design came out a little messier than the one I saw on pinterest, so mine actually reminds me of flames more than stripes. I still enjoyed how this turned out though!

3. Feeling Lazy: For these nails I used Broadway Nails Impress Press-On Manicure, and this design is called "Holla!". I really love using these when I want a more complex design without actually spending time doing my nails. These only take me 5-10 minutes to apply and last about 5 days. And the whole week I get comments like, "Did you do that design yourself?!" from friends, and it feels pretty nice! Of course I tell them that they're just press on nails, but it still feels good haha. 

4. Purple Nails with Magnet Stripe: I had originally planned on just painting my nails purple, but I got bored and decided to put a stripe in the center using Sally Hansen Magnetic nail polish. I kind of had issues with the tape I was using though, so it turned out messier than I had hoped it would look :S. It doesn't look that bad from the picture, but you can kind of see on my ring finger that the tape pulled off some of the polish. I don't know why I didn't just redo it; I guess I was feeling lazy this week too! I may try this again in the future with some different tape. 

5. Pink Nails with Spider Web/Knit Accent Nail? I don't exactly know what to call that design, but these nails are my favorite, and I wore them the week of my birthday. I usually don't do a lot of intricate free-hand designs, but I definitely want to keep practicing in the future, because I really like how this came out. I decided to just do the ring finger because there was no way my non-dominate hand could do this on all five of my fingers on my dominate hand! 

Which manicure do you like best? What's your favorite kind of nail art?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Sephora Birthday Mini Haul

I was pretty excited about this year's Sephora Beauty Insider birthday gift which is The Real Birthday Turn-Ons by Benefit, and since my birthday was September 10th I finally got to try out these products. Along with the Benefit set, I decided to also try out the Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box.

It seems like the Deluxe Shadow Box has been out forever, but I am just now getting around to trying it! I was pretty close to getting one of Urban Decay's newer pallets, like on of the Naked palettes, but I really couldn't justify buying more neutral eyeshadow shades! Fishnet, Ransom, Graffiti, and Peace really caught my eye on the website, so I went with this palette.

The products in the Benefit Set are the Watt's Up highlighter and the They're Real Mascara. These are actually the first products I've ever had from Benefit. I'm especially excited to try the They're Real Mascara since it has been raved about so much!

Also I got a few samples from ordering online (shown in the first picture). I got Mark Jacobs Dot and Daisy perfume samples, and a sample of the Make Up Forever Pro Finish Powder Foundation.

I've been so busy lately that I haven't been able to post as frequently, but I hope you enjoyed this short haul! I'll have reviews on everything coming soon!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Review: Mary Kay Oil Mattifier

Since my skin is so oily, I'm always looking for products that'll help me keep the shine away. I think it is so frustrating to put on makeup only to have your face look like its been greased with cooking oil a few hours later. Thankfully, I am able to keep my skin matte longer with this Mary Kay Oil Mattifier.

This product cost $15 dollars and comes with .6 fl oz. of product. The amount of product in the tube is really great, and I usually can go the whole year without running out; And I use it daily!

The actual product is white, but it dries completely clear when rubbed in. I actually have it rubbed in next to the swatch, so you can see that it is completely clear.

When I use this Oil Mattifier, I squeeze out a dime size amount onto my hand and rub it into my t-zone. Then afterward I continue on with primer, and the then the rest of my face makeup .

Normally when I leave my face bare my skin is oily in about 3 hours, and I can extend that time to 5-6 hours when I use this product along with powder! This makes such a huge difference! This product can also be applied over makeup. So,when I start to get, oily I blot my face with blotting sheets, and then use more of this over my makeup. 

If you have oily skin, and are looking for a way to lengthen the amount of time you skin stays matte, I would highly recommend this! It has definitely decreased the amount of times I have to blot my face during the day!

Do yo have oily skin? If so, what do you do to keep it matte?