Monday, March 31, 2014

Update: Project 10 Pan 2014

I started Project 10 Pan about 2 months ago, and surprisingly I did a pretty good job with it! I have not bought any makeup in soo long; I don't even know how I've managed to do that! This has really made me pay more attention to the products in my collection.

Here are some before and afters for each product I decided to include in this Project 10 Pan:
1. Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Deep Rose: A lot more of the pan is exposed now! If I use it for another month or so it should be finished.

2. Maybelline Stylish Smokes Quad in Plum Smokes: Honestly, I didn't expect to use up the eyeshadows, but I have made quite a dent in all of them.

3. Maybelline Eye Studio Baked Eyeshadow Duo in Bronze Blowout: The same goes for this duo; I didn't expect to use it all up, but I have used a ton of it!

4. Mary Kay Tinted Moisturizer in Bronze 2: I know you can really tell, but I went from having about half of this product to less than a fourth left. If I use this for a couple more weeks I'll be done.

5. Maybelline Fit Me Powder in 355 Coconut: I probably would have used this up if I didn't keep wanting to use the Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder instead... I'm almost done with this though.

6. Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss in Hot Cocoanut: The lip glosses were probably the easiest to go through. I have about half of this product left.

7. Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss in Strawberry Fizz: This lip gloss is pretty much finished. I probably have less than 5 uses left.

8. L'Oreal Color Riche Balm in Heavenly Berry: This was also easy to go through because the product is so buttery. It is twisted all the way up in the picture above, so I may have less than 5 uses left.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I did with this. I honestly thought I failed and barely used up any of these products, but once I made the before and after collages, I was pretty excited. This was actually pretty fun, and I'll probably do it again in the future if I start hoarding makeup again!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Top 5 of March 2014

In the spirit of the Spring season, I've been playing around with brighter makeup looks this month, and my favorites for this month really show that. I tried not use makeup that was not included in my Project 10 Pan items (I'm doing an update on that in my next post), but these are the things I couldn't really do without this month:

1. Urban Decay Deluxe Eyeshadow Palette: These shadows are so bright and fun, and they're perfect for spring! I've worn these shadows so many days this month, and even when I did a neutral look I used one of these shades for a pop of color on my lower lash line.

2. Maybelline Color Whisper in Mad for Magenta: I kinda forgot about my Maybelline Color Whispers, so I pulled them out again this month. This shade is a beautiful pinky-berry shade and it feels very smooth and comfortable on the lips.

3. Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lip Gloss in Violet Vixen: This lip gloss is very similar in color to the Maybelline Color Whisper mentioned above. I really loved wearing these to as a lip combo, and they last very long when paired together. And this lip gloss is probably one of the most comfortable lip glosses I own.

4. Hard Candy CC Creme: This CC Cream has the best coverage out of all of the ones that I own. It feels so light as if I'm not wearing any makeup, yet it does a great job of perfecting my complexion. I love it, but my only issue is that it breaks down on my oily skin within 6 hours.

5. LA Girl Pro Conceal in Fawn: I think this is the cheapest concealer I've ever tried, but it is also the best one I've ever used! It is so creamy and easy to blend, but it doesn't crease when I use it under my eyes. Also the coverage is impressive. Their color range is fantastic too! I've you have not tried LA Girl Concealers I highly recommend trying them.

Here are some swatches of my favorite shades in the Urban Decay Deluxe Palette:

 And here are some swatches of the MK at Play Lip Gloss and the Maybelline Color Whisper:

What products have you been using this month? Do you like bright eyeshadow? Are you going to by the UD Electric palette?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Tough As Taupe: Purple and Taupe Eye Makeup

The cream eyeshadow that I am featuring in today's eye makeup look for my color tattoo series is the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe. I remember when this first came out, and it seemed like everyone was raving about this shade along with the Bad To The Bronze shade. Although, I love Bad To The  Bronze and use it all of the time, Tough As Taupe has never been a favorite for me. I guess it's because I prefer warmer shades on my eyes. 

To day I tried to work with this color and my look turned out a lot more purple than taupe! This base did make the overall look very cool toned. 

Products Used:
-Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough As Taupe
-Urban Decay Fishnet Eyeshadow on the lid
-Sugarpill 2am Eyeshadow on the lid
-Urban Decay Underground Eyeshadow on the outer corner and crease
-Urban Decay Zero Eyeshadow on the outer corner
-The Balm Adagio as a brow bone highlight
-Sugarpill Velocity Eyeshadow on the lower lash line
-Maybelline Master Precise Ink Eyeliner Pen
-Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara

I'm actually pretty happy with how this came out! Maybe I'll use Tough As Taupe now.... I think this would be a nice look for prom too because it's bold but not crazy dramatic.

Would you wear a look like this? What's your favorite cream eyeshadow?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

New Mary Kay CC Cream Review

Mary Kay has come out with a new CC Cream, so every single makeup brand officially has a BB/CC Cream now! Okay... I'm just kidding... This product will be replacing their old Tinted Moisturizer.

Mary Kay CC Cream
Price: $20
Available on and through Mary Kay Consultants

The packaging on this product is pretty much everything I could ever ask for in a face product! It appears to be a normal squeeze tube, but IT HAS A PUMP (I get way to excited about products with pumps)! I love how easy it is to control how much product comes out of the tube.

The Mary Kay CC Cream comes in 4 different shades: Very Light, Light to Medium, Medium to Deep, and Deep. The shade I have (which is swatched above) is Medium to Deep. This is a light coverage product that does a nice job of evening out the skin tone, but it won't hide every imperfection. Since this isn't a full coverage product, the shade range is very forgiving.

I normally apply this right after I cleanse my skin because it does a nice job of moisturizing me skin. I buff this into my skin with a foundation brush, and it leaves me skin looking smooth and hydrated. It blends easily into my skin and leaves an almost matte finish once I let it absorb into my skin.

This is a pretty hydrating product, but if works pretty well for my oily skin. I can usually get 6+ hours out of this before it starts fading. I'd imagine that it would work even better on someone that has normal-dry skin.

Although this isn't my favorite CC Cream of all time, it is definitely in my top 3 (my first favorite is the Maybelline BB Cream, and my second is the Hard Candy CC Cream). This CC Cream feels very luxurious on the skin, and feels a lot better than the other two that I've mentioned. The Maybelline and Hard Candy creams have slightly better coverage though. I do think that this is still worth the price. If you are looking for a CC Cream that will really benefit your skin, you may want to check this one out!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

New Mary Kay Bronzing Powders Review

I was a fan of Mary Kay's old Mineral Bronzing Powders, so I was a little sad when I heard that they were being discontinued. Luckily they have come out with these new powders which I've been using for the past few weeks!

Mary Kay Bronzing Powder
Price: $18
Available on or through a Mary Kay Consultant

This product comes in sleek, plastic containers that feature removable pans which you can place in a Mary Kay custom compact.

There are 2 different shades: Light-Medium and Medium-Dark. The lighter shade is a pretty neutral light brown shade, and the darker shade is a little warmer. Neither of come off orangy on the skin.These also have a slight sheen to them. I don't see shimmer on the skin, but there is definitely a nice glow that still looks very natural

I'm happy with the pigmentation on this product because these shades aren't sheer, but they aren't so pigmented that people with lighter skin would have a hard time using them. They also blend very easily into the skin, so they won't look to harsh and dark.

Here is a swatch of the dark shade (top) and the light shade (bottom):

I normally wear the darker shade, I don't really have any issues with lasting power. I can get about 6+ hours of wear before it starts to fade, which is pretty decent to me. I think these shades work great to warm up the complexion after face makeup is applied, and the dark shade is also a decent contour shade. I wish there was one more shade that is even darker than the dark shade because it would be perfect for contouring on medium to deep skin tones.

Overall, this is a great product and I would repurchase it. I wish it was a little cheaper, but I really like the finish and the color of the dark shade on my skin tone. I think a wide range of skin tones could get good use out of these shades. I think if you try this you won't be disappointed, but there may be cheaper alternatives at the drugstore.

Do you plan on trying this out? What are your favorite products to bronze and contour with?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Top 5 of February 2014

It's already time for another monthly favorites, and last month I went back to a lot of products that have been favorites for a long time. I'm doing Project 10 pan, and not buying any makeup in the last month has made me really use and appreciate all of the products in my collection.

Here are my most used products of February 2014:

1. Maybelline Ltd. Blush in Coral Blush: It's such a shame that this blush was limited edition because it is such a gorgeous bright orange! I am a huge fan of orange blush, and this is the brightest one I have. If you have a deep skin tone orange shades like this will look incredible on you!

2. Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Deep Rose: This is another blush I've been using all month and it is actually part of my project 10 pan. Trying to use it up has made me realize how much I like the color. If you decide to try a Maybelline Fit Me Blush I would definitely recommend going with the shades deep rose or deep wine even if you have a light skin tone. All of the other shades are too chalky and sheer.

3. Mary Kay Eyeliner in Violet Ink: I've been wearing this gorgeous deep purple shade a lot lately as a pop of color on my lower lash line and in my water line. I need to try more shades from this line because this eyeliner is very creamy and long lasting.

4. Mary Kay Oil Mattifier: This is a product that I can't go a day without! Without it my skin is an oily mess after a few hours. I love using this when I wear face makeup, and I like wearing this by itself.

5. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Smitten: The weather's finally heating up a little bit where I live, so I've been enjoying using this lip stain. This stays on my lips for hours. Not having to worry about my lip product fading is really nice!

Here is a swatch of the eyeliner (top) and lip stain (bottom):

And here is the Maybelline Ltd. Blush (top) and the Fit Me Blush (bottom):

Have you tried any of these products before? What products have you been loving this month?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Incoco Nail Polish Appliques Review

I'm not sure why I always decrease in my amount of posts towards the end of the month, but I'm back with a review on the Incoco Nail Polish Appliques!

Incoco Nail Polish Applique
Price: $7.99-9.99
Available at

These Nail Polish Appliques come in a pack containing 16 polish strips. There are so many designs on the Incoco site to choose from. Seriously go look at their website right now and look at all the designs! They also come out with cute seasonal designs. They have some new St. Patrick's Day appliques on their site right now.

If you have tried polish strips/nail wraps before, the application of these will be very familiar to you. After you remove the plastic from the nail applique you can place it on your nail and easily file away the excess.

The design that I've been wearing for the past 1 and a half weeks Merry and Bright. It is a gorgeous glittery design with a complex pattern that reminds me of water marble designs.

These were so easy to apply! Out of all of the nail wraps/appliques/stickers that I've tried these fit to my nail the best. And since they're made of real polish I didn't have any issues with peeling.

The lasting power on these appliques is also very impressive! With other brands I typically get about 1 week of wear, but I have had this design on for 10 days with minor chipping at the tips of my nails.

Here's how my nails look after 10 days:

I've been very happy with this product, and I don't have anything negative to say about it! The price is fair, there are so many designs to choose from, they are easy to apply, and last long! I know this is starting to sound like a rave review, but I highly recommend trying these! These are so perfect for special events, so I will definitely use more of these in the future.

Also, Incoco was kind enough to give me a discount code to share with you all if you decide to try something: SHADOW15 (good for 15% of your order; expires March 14th).

*Disclaimer: Incoco kindly provided me with this product for review purposes, but all opinions stated in this review are completely honest.*