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40% off Drugstore at Ulta

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40% off at Ulta

40% off at Ulta

This is just a quick heads up to let you know that Ulta is having a 40% off sale on several drugstore brands.  All Maybelline, Revlon, Almay, Physicians Formula, and Jane Cosmetics are included in the sale.  It should be noted that NYX is not included in the sale this time around, although they have almost always been included in the past.  Jane Cosmetics has taken their place.  You have until Saturday, 4/19 to take advantage of the 40% off, both in-store and online (no code required).  What’s even better, is that you can still use Ulta’s regular $3.50 off of $10.00 coupon on your 40% of items, so that’s substantial savings.  I think that you may also be able to use manufacturer’s coupons as well, but don’t quote me on that.

So, off to Ulta with you, and happy shopping!

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed Collection

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Maybelline Baby Lips Pink'ed Collection

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed Collection

Maybelline has some new Baby Lips out right now, the Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed Collection.  I don’t jump on every Baby Lips release that Maybelline offers, but this collection looked great for Spring and it caught my interest.  I was at Ulta taking advantage of the last week of 21 Days of Beauty, and stumbled upon this display.

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink'ed Collection

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed Collection

Maybelline was BOGO 50% off, plus I had a 20% of coupon, so I decided to pick up a couple of shades.  As you can see by this picture, when I was at Ulta the display was pretty picked over.  There are five shades total in the collection, three of which were available to me.  Luckily, the two shades that I was the most interested in were still there, so I walked out with 120 Rose Rush and 125 Very Berry.

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink'ed Collection (L) Rose Rush (R) Very Berry

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed Collection (L) Rose Rush (R) Very Berry

For those who haven’t tried Maybelline Baby Lips yet, they are a tinted lip balm.  The Pink’ed Collection Balms have the same formula as the original Baby Lips.  I find them pretty moisturizing and comfortable on the lips.  They have a lot of shine and generally sheer pigmentation, though some do pack more of a punch of color than others.  I can wear them for a few hours before I feel the need to re-apply, and even as they dry down and wear off, I never feel like they dry my lips out.  As far as tinted lip balms go, I think that they are a great option and I always have one in my purse.

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink'ed in Rose Rush

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed in Rose Rush

Rose Rush is a pink toned coral shade that falls somewhere in the middle of the collection pigment-wise.  The pigmentation is sheer, but still noticeable on the lips.  There is a very subtle scent if you sniff the tube, but it is light enough that I don’t notice it when I apply.  If you are extremely sensitive, you may be able to pick it up.  To me it’s a very pleasing sweet, slightly rosy scent that I like very much.  If you are looking for shine with a touch of warm color, Rose Rush is a great choice.

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink'ed in Very Berry

Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed in Very Berry

Very Berry is a sheer raspberry and it’s the most pigmented of the collection.  There is some decent color with Very Berry, similar to Cherry Me from the original line.  Very Berry has a sweet fruity scent that is noticeable during application.  It is definitely stronger than Rose Rush, but it’s still a light scent and it dissipates very quickly.  The wear-time is a little better for Very Berry.  Even after the shine has worn off and the products has faded, there is still a wash of color.  I wouldn’t really call it a stain, but it is enough to squeeze out another hour of wear before needing to re-apply.  If you are looking for a break from your lipstick, but still want some color, Very Berry is a great choice.

Top: Rose Rush, Bottom: Very Berry

Top: Rose Rush, Bottom: Very Berry

Here is a swatch of the two shades.  Rose Rush is on top, and Very Berry is on the bottom.  I’ve seen swatches of the other shades in the line, and my impression is that 110 Pop of Pink has some decent color, but 105 Blush Burst and 115 Mad for Magenta are both so sheer that they are almost clear.  I am very pleased with my shade selection and can see myself getting a lot of wear out of both of these two shades.  Both Rose Rush and Very Berry have a smooth, moisturizing formula that feels great on the lips.  If I had to choose just one, I’d opt for Very Berry, but I actually recommend both shades.  I believe that Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed Collection was released a couple weeks ago, so if you haven’t seen it pop up in your local drugstores, it should be there soon.  Prices will vary by location.

Have you tried any of the Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed Collection?  If so, let me know what your favorite shade is in the comments below.

February 2014 Monthly Favorites

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February 2014 Favorites

February 2014 Favorites

It’s the last day of February, and you know what that means- it’s time for my Monthly Favorites.  For those of you who are new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month.  To be honest, February was kind of a blur.  I feel like maybe I was on auto-pilot for some of the time because I am not getting as clear an impression of the month as a whole as I usually do.  I’ve been under a lot of stress and I’m having a hell of a time with my insomnia.  You know how it is sometimes, just going through the motions day after day.  Sleep deprivation had a lot to do with it.  Nonetheless, I do have some favorites that made an impression, so let’s get into it.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Mauve

In case you couldn’t tell by the rave I gave it in my previous post, I really loved the Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Mauve.  It is such a beautiful shade, and it wears really well.  Mauve has definitely become one of my favorite blushes in my collection.  I find that I am less of a fan of pink blushes.  I like less traditional shades like bright coral or plum.  Mauve fits right in with that.  It gives me a lovely sheen and looks great.  You should definitely check it out, especially because Maybelline is so often Buy one Get one 50% off at Ulta and certain drugstores.

Nivea Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon

Nivea Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon

Last month I showed you Nivea Kiss of Milk & Honey in my favorites.  This month I have the Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon.  I love this line of lip balms!  They are creamy without being waxy, and so moisturizing.  Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon has a subtle herbal scent that is simply lovely.  It’s a very unassuming scent, so it doesn’t get in the way.  Just like Kiss of Milk & Honey, Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon feels fantastic and leaves my lips hydrated and very happy.  The lightweight formula is comfortable and works so well at keeping my lips healthy.  Love it!

NYX Studio Perfect Photo Loving Primer

NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer

I discovered the NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer and have really been enjoying it.  My favorite primer is Smashbox Photo Finish, and this NYX primer is very similar, but only a fraction of the cost.  It’s very smooth and wears well.  I’m not going to go into too much detail right now because I plan on doing another Battle of the Drugstore Primers soon, but just know that NYX Studio Perfect Photo Loving Primer is fantastic, and well worth a try.

Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask has been a lifesaver this month.  According to paulaschoice.com: “This rich cream mask calms redness, stops flakes, and rekindles the glow.”  The combination of experimenting with skincare (more on that later) and the cold temperatures requiring us to let the heater run so much made my skin super dry and flaky.  No bueno.  The Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask is one of the strangest “masks” I’ve ever used.  It’s a thick cream like a heavy moisturizer that should be left on the skin for at last 20 minutes, or you can also use it as an actual moisturizer overnight.  It doesn’t feel sticky or greasy, absorbs easily into the skin, and works like a moisturizer, so that’s how I have been using it.  The difference in my skin is obvious.  Within two days, my skin looked noticeably healthier and felt much better.  If you have issues with dry skin, I definitely recommend the Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask.  The only down side is that you have to order online.

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia

I have been loving my new Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia rollerball.  I wanted a perfume that was a little more sophisticated than the scents that I usually go toward (Juicy, Ed Hardy) but not too heavy.  What’s great about Acqua di Gioia is that it still smells fresh and clean, but with a grown up sophistication.  It is an aquatic scent, with light citrus and floral notes.  The scent reminds me of a villa in the Mediterranean, so beautiful.  I can see myself wearing this constantly during spring and summer.  Love it!

Bath and Body Works Sensual Amber

Bath and Body Works Sensual Amber

This month I pulled out my Bath and Body Works Sensual Amber Body Lotion and Shower Gel.  It’s is such a lovely and sexy fragrance.  Bath and Body Works describes Sensual Amber as: “The exotic scent of lotus petals enveloped by golden amber and blended with succulent plum and creamy sandalwood.”  This isn’t a year-round scent for me because it is a little more perfume-y than most B&BW scents, but I love it for late summer/early fall, and also late winter.  It’s a great scent for February, especially around Valentines Day.  Sensual Amber is a warm, seductive scent, but not so heavy that I feel weighed down by it.  I really like it.

Lorde Pure Heroine

Lorde Pure Heroine

My final favorite is a lifestyle favorite.  I’m a bit late to the party, but I’ve been obsessed with Lorde’s Pure Heroine album.  Beyond just “Royals” which is a great song, the album as a whole has a cool, indie-pop sound with witty, intelligent lyrics.  The extended version has six additional songs from The Love Club.  It’s a really good album and probably 90% of what I’ve been listening to this month.  It’s hard to believe that Ella Yelich-O’Connor  is so young and I can’t wait to see what she does next.

That’s it for my February favorites.  I hope that you saw something that you liked.  If you have used any of these products, I’d love to know your thoughts.   Leave me a comment below.  And let me know what your favorites were for February.  I am looking forward to March.  I think I am getting my sleep under control, so fingers crossed I will have better luck with it next month.  Things are slowly moving forward with our upcoming move and we still don’t have details like where and when.  The going theory is that we will be moving in late summer, like August or September.  Having a work-related move with the company relocating us is a lot different than our previous moves and a lot more stressful.  We should be getting more details soon, though, so I am hopeful and excited.  It seems that winter is pretty much over in these parts.  I will miss it when it’s gone.  I have really loved the cold temperatures and snowy weather.  Call me crazy, but winter is my favorite time of year, and I’ve enjoyed it.  I can see spring peaking around the corner, trying to take its place.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush and Bronzer

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Maybelline Master Hi Light Blush and Bronzer

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush and Bronzer

I finally have my review for the new Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush and Bronzer as promised.  The Master Hi-Light Blushes recently came out as part of Maybelline’s Spring 2014 collection along with the Master Glaze Blush Sticks.  Though the Blush sticks look pretty cool, I was immediately drawn to the Master Hi-Light Blushes because of the beautiful basket weave design and gorgeous color combinations.  I am a sucker for pretty products, and these are very, very pretty.

Maybelline Master Hi Light Blush and Bronzer

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush and Bronzer

The Master Hi-Light Blushes are described as: “Light diffusing Face Studio Master Hi-Light blush and bronzer formulas have an expert balance of shade and shimmer illuminator for natural glow. Skin goes soft lit with zero glitz.”  Make no mistake, these are shimmer products.  The name “Hi-Light” is a really good indicator of what you are going to get.  These are illuminating blush/highlighter combo products, which I actually really love.  I like shimmery blushes because it saves me from having to use separate highlighting products that are often way too shimmery for my taste (theBalm Mary Lumanizer, I’m talking to you).  There are four blushes and two bronzers as part of the permanent collection, though Maybelline did release a Limited Edition Master Hi-Light blush and (I think) bronzer in the new Dare to Go Nude Collection.  The LE shade is in Natural, I believe, and it’s a nude-ish champagne shade as to be expected.  I don’t have information for the LE bronzer.  The four permanent blush shades are Nude, Pink Rose, Coral, and Mauve.  The two bronzers are Light Bronze and Deep Bronze.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve

Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve

I chose to get the blush in Mauve and the bronzer in Deep Bronze.  I loved the shades in both.  Mauve is a warm plum-toned mauve shade with a lot of champagne shimmer.  The blush is finely milled so that the shimmer isn’t over-powering and it blends really well, but not so finely milled that it doesn’t stick to the cheek.  Depending on the brush that you use, there may be a lot of fall-out.  I prefer a duo-fiber stipple brush (e.l.f.’s as a matter of fact) for almost all of my blushes, so I didn’t have much of a fall-out issue, but it really does depend on what you use.  When I swatched the blushes (below) I used the brush that comes in the bottom compartment (it’s the flip up type of packaging) and there was a ton of fall-out, so I definitely don’t recommend using that brush.

Maybelline Master Hi Light Bronzer in Deep Bronze

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Bronzer in Deep Bronze

Deep Bronze is a warm, golden bronze shade.  Again, the Master Hi-Light blushes and bronzers are quite shimmery, so I wouldn’t recommend Deep Bronze for contouring.  It’s a great bronzer shade, though, especially if you have medium or dark skin.  I can’t wait for summer when I have a little more color because this will be excellent on the cheek as a blush for that golden bronze look that is so popular during the summer months.  There is a lot of red in this shade, so it’s more suited for those with neutral or warm undertones in their skin.

Mauve on the left and Deep Bronze on the right

Mauve on the left and Deep Bronze on the right

Here is an extremely concentrated swatch of the two shades.  Obviously you wouldn’t wear them this heavy on the cheek.  But I wanted to show you what they look like when you swirl your finger across all the shades in each product.  Mauve is on the left, and you can really see the champagne and gold blending with the berry and plum shade to create this gorgeous deep rose gold color.  Deep Bronze on the right looks like a molten copper as the two gold shades mix with the brick and dark brown.  Very beautiful.  You can also see that the shimmer is very fine and not chunky glitter at all.

Maybelline Master Hi Light Blush in Mauve

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Mauve

Here is Mauve blended out on the back of my hand.  It is such a unique shade in my opinion.  This is two layers, so you can wear it more sheer if you have a lighter skin tone.  You can also build up the shade even more, but two thin layers are prefect for me.  It wears very well, and didn’t fade on me at all throughout the day.  It is a lightweight product and did not look powdery or patchy.  I was a little concerned that the color wouldn’t be even because of the basket weave, but it looked smooth and even with no single shade sticking out more than the others.

Maybelline Master Hi Light in Deep Bronze

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Bronzer in Deep Bronze

Here is Deep Bronze.  It applied just as well as Mauve, and is a beautiful warm tan.  The only caution I have for Deep Bronze is that it may pull orange on certain skin tones, so I’d avoid it if you have cooler undertones.  Otherwise, it will look lovely.  Again, this is two layers and the shade can be worn more sheer or built up for bolder color as desired.

Maybelline Master Hi Light Blush in Mauve

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Mauve

Here is a pic of me wearing Mauve so you can see what it looks like on the skin.  I am realy impressed with the Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush and Bronzer based on these two shades.  The illuminating sheen that these products provide is simply beautiful, and the cute basket weave design looks pretty in your collection.  I definitely think that you should check them out for yourself.  As an added bonus, as you saw in this post, you can also use these products as eyeshadow palettes.  Both the blush and the bronzer have great shades that work well together on the eyes.  The shades in the Mauve blush are what is on my eyes in the picture above.  I can’t say enough good things about it.  Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush and Bronzer get two thumbs up in my book.

EOTD: Sweet Valentine’s Look

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Sweet Valentine's Look

Sweet Valentine’s Look

Friday is Valentine’s Day and my husband, who couldn’t wait, gave me an early Valentine’s present with the Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve.  I’ve had the blush and one of the bronzers for about a week now, and will be doing a full review later this week.  In the meantime, though, I wanted to post this Eye of the Day.  I loved the colors in Mauve, and thought that they would make really beautiful eyeshadows.  I had planned on doing a golden-pink Eye of the Day for a soft Valentine’s Day look anyway, and this fit really well for that.  I played around a little and took pictures to post.  The lighting is a little warmer than usual because it was starting to get dark outside and I had to use indoor lighting.  I hope you enjoy.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve

Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve

This is Mauve.  I’m a sucker for pretty things, and I could not resist.  I’m on a limited “no-buy” for the year because of our move, so I didn’t want to buy them for myself, but I kept talking about them.  The Hubs listened, and he got me Mauve and Deep Bronze.  They are so pretty!  I have been using Mauve everyday since I got it, but need to play with Deep Bronze a little more before the review.

Sweet Valentine's Look

Sweet Valentine’s Look

For the eye look, I applied the golden shade all over the lid, followed by the light champagne shade to the brow bone and the inner corner.  I used the cranberry shade in the crease, which was pretty warm, so I applied the dark mauve shade over it do deepen it up and give it some dimension.  This look is supposed o be sweet and light for those who don’t do smoky eyes and I think that it works really well for that.  This is totally appropriate for day to night if you are going out right after work for drinks with the girls or dinner with your sweetie.

Sweet Valentine's Look

Sweet Valentine’s Look

I lined my eyes with a combo of black and brown shadow just go give my eye some definition and darken my lash line.  You can definitely do more with liner, but again, I wanted to keep it sweet and simple.  I use Maybelline the Rocket mascara.

Sweet Valentine's Look

Sweet Valentine’s Look

I hope that you like the look.  I am planning to do a bolder, darker Valentine’s look later this week, but it depends on how the weather treats me.  I use natural light for my pictures, so if it’s dark outside, I have a hard time getting good shots.  We are having a winter storm for the next couple of days, so I’ve got my fingers crossed that I can get a look up.  I know the lighting in these shots was different than usual, but was it alright?  I’d really appreciate the feedback on that.  I don’t want to do a EOTD or a tutorial if you can’t really see it, so let me know in the comments below what you think.

Monthly Favorites January 2014

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January 2014 Favorites

January 2014 Favorites

Today’s post is the first monthly favorites post of 2014.  For those of you who are new to the blog, monthly favorites are those products that particularly stood out to me and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month.  January’s favorites are more focused on skincare than makeup, but I do have a couple cosmetic items to show as well.  So, let’s get started.

Soap & Glory Hand Food

Soap & Glory Hand Food

I’ve been loving Soap & Glory Hand Food for my dry winter skin.  When the weather is dry and cold like this I feel like applying lotion often, and Soap & Glory Hand Food is very nice and the scent is delightful.  What’s great about it is that Hand Food gives me the moisture that I need without feeling greasy.  The lotion dries down pretty quickly.  I hate lotions that linger after I rub them in and make me want to avoid touching anything for a few minutes.  No one’s got time for that.  Hand Food smells amazing and makes my hands soft without taking up too much of my time.

Weleda Skin Food

Weleda Skin Food

I’ve been using Weleda Skin Food off and on for about a year, but it has been a real savior for me the last two months.  For some reason my feet decided that they wanted to resurface themselves, so they’ve been extra dry, cracking and peeling.  I don’t know what happened because I didn’t to anything different, but my skin just freaked out in a major way.  Using Weleda Skin Food really helped and healed my skin.  It’s a thicker balm-type of product, so it’s great for nighttime use.  It has a very earthy smell, which could be a turn off for some, but it is a little miracle worker for troubled skin.  Weleda is sold at health food stores like Earth Fare and it’s also sold at Target, as well as online.  If you have super dry areas that need a little extra help, I really recommend Weleda Skin Food.

Nivea Kiss of Milk & Honey

Nivea Kiss of Milk & Honey

I have a new favorite lip balm in Nivea Kiss of Milk & Honey.  It is creamy without being waxy.  There is no noticeable taste or scent.  It’s a very unassuming lip balm that feels fantastic and leaves my lip hydrated and happy.  I enjoyed the Nivea lip butter in Macadamia kiss, but don’t like balms that come in a tin.  I prefer this type of convenient mess-free balm.  I really like the formula because it’s extremely moisturizing, but also lightweight.  I am definitely going to stock up.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

I bought this Too Faced sample kit from Sephora over the Chistmas buying frenzy, and the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer was one of the included items.  I have heard so much about what an awesome product it is that I decided I needed to see for myself.  Honestly, bronzer isn’t an item that I get very excited about, so I wasn’t sure how much I’d like Chocolate Soleil.  As it turns out, I really like it a lot.  It’s such a great shade for contouring.  The picture above makes it look warmer and lighter than it does in real life (sorry, I was having lighting issues because of the weather).  In reality, it is a medium matte brown that looks great as a contour shade that’s not too orange, but those with lighter skin may want to use caution.  It would be too dark for fair skin, or those with light skin that use a heavy hand.  (If that’s the case, Milk Chocolate Soleil would be a better shade for you than the original.)  And yes, it does smell very convincingly like chocolate.  Yum!

Maybeline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk

Maybeline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk

I pulled out Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk this month and have really been enjoying the looks I am creating.  It looks beautiful alone, and also as a color base to use with my Naked 3 palette.  I forget how great these Color Tattoos are, and then I pull one out and get obsessed all over again.  They are especially good for quick and easy looks because you can definitely wear them all by themselves applied with a finger, and they last all day without creasing or fading.  At least they do for me, but I don’t have oily lids to contend with.  Pomegranate Punk is a beautiful shade for brown eyes like mine, and I definitely need to use it more often.

Chocolate Soleil Bronzer on top and Pomegranate Punk on the bottom

Here is a swatch of the makeup items.  Too Faced Chocolate Soleil is on the top, and Pomegranate Punk is on the bottom.  January was a really good month.  2014 has kicked off to a great start and I am looking forward to the months to come, but it has been stressful.  I will be moving across the country later this year and I am realizing just how much is going to be involved in that trek.  I don’t have all of the details (it’s a work thing so there are other factors) and the not knowing is a major stressor in my life.  I am a little “OCD” and find comfort is lists and plans.  Not knowing the when, where, and how is going to cause me issues, so the next few months will be all about a growing experience in learning to let go and trust that things will work out in their own time.  Wish me luck.  :/  On the upside, I have been enjoying the cold winter weather.  I know that many of you are praying for Spring, but I am happy as a clam snuggling up in my sweaters and slippers.  Things are good.  :)

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

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Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

I am very excited to show the the new Maybelline Dream Winder Powder today.  Maybelline discontinued their Dream Matte Powder and added Dream Wonder Powder to their permanent lineup.  I don’t necessarily think that Dream Wonder is a close replacement for those who loved Dream Matte, but I do think that it’s a good addition to the Maybelline line.  For those of you who like pressed powders, Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder is a great new option.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder comes in a flip up compact with a well for the sponge.  Do not use the sponge that comes with the compact.  Take it as a friendly warning.  I don’t know what Maybelline was thinking when they included this horrible item.  It smells so bad.  The sponge smells like oil and rubber and it is a very potent odor.  And what’s worse, is that the smell clings to skin so that you fingers and face will smell as well.  Just chuck the sponge.  You can easily find replacement sponges that don’t smell to use instead, or you can do what I do and apply the powder with a brush.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

The formula of the powder itself is very nice.  Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder is smooth and very finely milled.  According to Maybelline, the “Powder is smooth-whipped with 60% less talc, so there’s no chalky dust to cling to flaws. Our powder glides on smoothly for smooth-buffed perfection.”  It’s supposed to feel like a “powder-less powder” that looks like second skin.  I have to say that I agree.  Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder is extremely lightweight and blends into skin seamlessly to give an enhanced and even look that doesn’t look powdery at all.  Dream Wonder Powder minimizes pores and fine lines, and while it doesn’t give the same soft-focus look that, say, Revlon Nearly Naked does, it gives a smoothed over look that hides imperfections.  With my dry skin, I can’t speak to how well it manages oil, but I can say that it doesn’t cling to dry patches or look powdery, so this is great for those with dry skin or older skin.

There are 16 shades in the Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder line.  There is a wonderful selection of light, medium and tan skin tones.  Those who are very fair and those who have very dark skin may have problems finding the right shade.  This is a problem because Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder does have some coverage of it’s own.  I wouldn’t call it a proper powder foundation, but it is not translucent by any means.  It’s a great powder to top off a tinted moisturizer or BB cream for a light, natural look.  If you have really god skin that just needs a little evening, you could probably get away with just using the powder, but the rest of us will need a little more.  Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder wore well on me and stayed for 6+ hours before needing a touch up.

All in all, I think Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder is a great product and recommend it.  It is priced at around $10, but that will vary by location.  Be sure to keep an eye out for sales in the drugstore, and Ulta almost always has a $3.50 off of $10 coupon available to print on the website.  The powder really does look like second skin and blends in flawlessly.  I’d say that it is a win for Maybelline, though people who loved Maybelline Dream Matte Powder may resent the change.  It is not a true replacement, but rather an innovative addition to the line.

Even More New Products for Spring 2014

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I was out and about this weekend and spotted even more new and exciting displays full of products for Spring 2014.  Most of these pics came from Walgreens, but there are a couple from Ulta as well.  I have a lot to cover in this post, so I am going to jump right into it.

Revlon by Marchesa

Revlon by Marchesa

First up is this really cool display of tools designed by Marchesa.  “We started by looking at all the various beauty tools that Revlon makes. We knew that we wanted to bring an elegant femininity to this collection and ultimately decided that the three designs should be inspired by three dresses from our Spring/Summer 2014 runway show. We think the result is quite romantic with the three intricate lace patterns” says Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, Marchesa co-founders.  Revlon is “bringing the runway to your fingertips” by offering designer tools such as nail files, tweezers, compacts, etc.  The products are really beautiful.

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Cream

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Cream

With BB creams for face and hair, is it any wonder that there is one for body now?  Jergens says of the BB Body Perfecting Cream: Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream delivers flawless-looking skin with 5 visible benefits in just 5 days. This revolutionary body lotion goes on sheer, dries quickly, and works like a moisturizer to visibly improve your skin with every use.  Hydrates, illuminates, evens, firms, and corrects.  BB Body Cream delivers varying benefits depending on your skin tone. It goes on sheer and then adjusts differently to a range of shades.  There are two shades, one for all light skin tones, and one for medium-deep skin tones.

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Nude Glow Makeup Collection

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Nude Glow Makeup Collection

Sorry for the slightly blurry pic, but this is Physicians Formula Nude Wear Nude Glow Makeup Collection.  The display contains boxed Nude Wear powder, blush, and bronzer, as well as the Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow liquid highlighter and touch up pen.  The packaging is so freakin’ adorable I want to buy everything.  I won’t, but it’s so cute.

Maybelline Master-Glaze and Master-Light

Maybelline Master Glaze and Master Hi-Light

Some fun new cheek products from Maybelline are the Master Glaze Blush Sticks and the Master Hi-Light Mosaic Highlighting Blushes.  The Master Glaze Blush Sticks described by Ulta as: “Face Studio Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick makes cheeks go dewy and gently glazed with sheer blush color. Liquid shimmer pearls plus shea butter glide provide blendable blush color and smooth, even application.”   The reviews say that these are extremely pigmented and long-lasting.  As far as the Master Hi-Light Mosaic Highlighting Blushes: “Light diffusing Face Studio Master Hi-Light blush and bronzer formulas have an expert balance of shade and shimmer illuminator for natural glow. Skin goes soft lit with zero glitz.”  They are really beautiful and very tempting.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Also from Maybelline is the new Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser.  The transparent gel formula smooths skin and blurs pores for a refined appearance without clogging pores.  Baby Skin is free of Cyclopentasiloxane so it’s not going to be an exact dupe for primers like Smashbox Photo Finish, but it is probably very similar.  This primer has been very popular in other countries, and many people are thrilled that it has finally landed in the US.

CoverGirl Bombshell Volume Mascara

CoverGirl Bombshell Volume Mascara and Bombshell Intensity Liner

CoverGirl released a ton of products for Spring 2014, and here is a small display of a couple more.  This is the Bombshell Volume Mascara and Bombshell Intensity Liner.  The dual ended mascara claims to make lashes ten times more noticeable.  I’m a big fan of lashblast, so this one may be worth a try, but it is gigantic, so it may be difficult to wield.  The Bombshell liner claims to give 24 hours of “sexy, liquid intensity”.  (what does that even mean?)  It looks like it is a marker pen style of liquid liner from what I can tell.

CoverGirl True Blend Foundation

CoverGirl TrueBlend Foundation

Also from CoverGirl is the new TrueBlend Foundation shade match system.  (This display also features the FixSticks and True Match products that I showed you earlier this month.)  CG True Blend got a major overhaul.  Many, many moons ago (pre-2008) I used TrueBlend, but when they changed the formula I hated it and never used CG foundations again until this past year when CG Outlast Stay Fabulous came out.  Now they changed TrueBlend again and I am interested.  I’m not 100% sure that CG upgraded the formula, but I think that they have, and they certainly changed everything else.  There are 21 shades to choose from in a wide variety of light and dark shades.  CG breaks the shades down into light, medium and dark ranges, with 7 shades per range.  There is a good chance that you could find a match with so many choices.  After so much success with CG Outlast Stay Fabulous, I definitely want to give the new TrueBlend a try.

L'Oreal True Match Mineral Powder

L’Oreal True Match Mineral Powder

I spotted L’Oreal True Match Mineral Powder at Ulta.  L’Oreal True Match Mineral offers 16 hours of oil-free, shine-free wear time.  To be honest, I can’t really see how this product differs from the original True Match Powder, which is already really good.  If anyone can offer any insight on this product let us all know in the comments below.

L'Oreal Extraordinaire Lip Color

L’Oreal Extraordinaire Lip Color

L’Oreal Extraordinaire Lip Colors are new hybrid liquid lipsticks in a variety of 16 shades.  They are similar to the Shine stains that L’Oeal released last year, but a little thicker or more opaque and without the staining effect.  This is L’Oreal’s answer to the Maybelline Elixers (which is what I thought was Maybeline’s answer to L’Oreal’s Shine Stains).  At any rate, if you are a liquid lipstick lover, then this is your heyday.

Wow, that was a lot of products to go over.  There are so many new products out that it’s tough to keep up, so be sure to keep your eyes open when in the drugstore because I am sure that there are even more displays that I haven’t seen yet.  Stay tuned because I am also going to show you the many new displays that I found of NYX products.  That’s right, NYX has so many new releases that I need an entire post of just NYX to show it all to you.  I’ll be getting that one up as soon as I can.  In the meantime, happy shopping!

10 Best of 2013

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It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to do my favorites of 2013 post.  If I listed all of the products I loved this year it would be the longest post ever.  So, after mulling it over and narrowing down, I finally decided to do a top 10.  There are plenty more products that I love, but I can’t include everything, so these are the best.  While many of these products were released in 2013, that wasn’t a requirement.  These are the products that I personally loved this year, no matter when they came out.  Most of these products are drugstore, but there are two higher end items because they truly are favorites.  If you have been following this blog, you probably will recognize every item on this list because if they didn’t get full reviews, they were at least mentioned in Monthly Favorites posts.  So, let’s get started.

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

Probably the best product to come out all year was the CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation.  I was really surprised because I don’t usually like CoverGirl foundations, but this one rocks.  This foundation is really great and unique because it works equally well for those with oily or dry skin.  Very few products truly are for all skin types, but this foundation really is.  CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is mattifying, without drying out your skin.  It has solid medium coverage, but is still lightweight and not cakey.  The best part is that it lasts all day long.  I have worn this foundation for 16 hours in 90 degree Florida humidity and it did not budge, sweat and all.  If you are looking for a good liquid foundation, this is the one you should try next.  The only downside is that the 3-in-1 claims are bogus.  I still need a primer because I have ginormous pores and it will settle in if I don’t prime first.  You will also need a concealer if you have major issues like dark acne scars or really dark circles.  CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is a great foundation, despite the over the top advertising.  Try it, you’ll probably like it.

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation

The other foundation that I have loved in 2013 came out in 2012, but is still a winner.  The Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation, like CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous, is good for all skin types.  (This jar is still in it’s packaging because I recently ran out of my last jar and this is my replacement.)  Revlon Whipped Creme is a full coverage foundation with an odd pudding like texture.  It blends like a dream and will last all day long.  This is a serious foundation, and may be a little much for every day use for some of you (not me), but it’s awesome for nights out or special occasions.  I usually turn to Revlon Whipped Creme when I know I’m going to have pictures taken because I love the look it gives me.  Despite the thicker texture, I don’t feel that it lays heavy on the skin.  I really like Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation and it has definitely been raved about all over the internet.  If you haven’t tried it, take a chance.

Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder

Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder

My final favorite face product of the year was definitely Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder.  Though the Nearly Naked Foundation that was released at the same time didn’t do it for me, the Nearly Naked Powder has been fantastic.  I love how light it is, and the soft focus effect it gives to my skin is lovely.  It blurs the imperfections and makes me look younger.  I tossed the ridiculous little pillow sponge it came with and apply it with my e.l.f. Powder Brush.  Revlon Nearly Naked is, in my opinion, the best powder in the drugstore.

Lorac Pro Palette

Lorac Pro Palette

Moving to eyes, the Lorac Pro Palette launched Fall 2012, but I didn’t get in until Spring 2013.  Though it rivals the Naked 2 palette for my favorite, I think that the Lorac Pro is more versatile and universal, so it is a better overall product than the Naked palettes.  For more details and pictures check out my review.  The Lorac Pro is a fantastic palette and could conceivable be all you need if you aren’t a makeup addict like me.  The entire top row are matte shadows in a range of light to dark.  The bottom row of shadows are a variety of shimmer and metallic shades.  Not only can you achieve lovely neutral eye looks, but there are copper and purple shades to add some variety.  The dark matte brown and black are great liner shades.  The only thing I don’t like about the palette is the rubberized packaging that picks up everything and constantly looks dirty, no matter what.  Oh, well, we can’t have everything.  If you could only get one higher end palette, the Lorac Pro is an excellent choice and one of my favorite products in 2013.

Jordana 12 Hr Made to last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil

Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil

If CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation isn’t the best release of 2013, then the Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils definitely are.  Long-time readers know of my obsession with NYX Slide On, Glide On, blah-blah-blah liners that were my number one favorites until these Jordana beauties came out.  Now, I am completely obsessed with these.  The Jordana 12 Hr Made to last Liquid Eyeliner Pencils are the best pencil liners on the market (IMO) and they are only around $3.  These pencils are designed to give you the same intense color as a liquid liner.  They have a creamy formula that glides onto the lid with ease.  Even on the waterline, there is no tugging or pulling needed to get the color to show up.  They take a minute to set, so you do have some time to smudge them out and work with them.  Once set, these babies don’t budge at all despite sweat, tears, rain, you name it.  You need this.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Taupe

Another 2013 liner that I’ve loved is the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Taupe.  This is such a great shade for the lower lash line for some definition that is appropriate for the daytime.  Rimmel is extremely affordable and the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajals have a great formula.  Taupe is my favorite of the bunch because it is a unique shade to my collection and a really versatile liner.  In a sea of blacks and browns that can be a little much for some people, Taupe is easy and comfortable- a great choice.  Rimmel also offers a Nude version of the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajals, which is a unique shade for the drugstore and the creamy, yet long wearing formula makes it a wonderful choice for brightening the waterline.  Both Taupe and Nude definitely deserve a look.

Maybelline Volume Express the Rocket Mascara

Maybelline Volume Express the Rocket Mascara

The best mascara of 2013, hands down, is Maybelline Volume Express the Rocket Mascara.  I love this.  It has unseated CoverGirl Lashblast as my favorite drugstore mascara.  Though Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes is my all-time favorite Holy Grail mascara, the Rocket is a close second.  The Rocket has a large rubber brush and a slightly dryer formula, similar to Lashblast.  Something about the Rocket makes my puny lashes really shine.  I have tried a lot of mascaras this past year, but none have done as much for my lashes as The Rocket.  This product deserves all of the rave reviews.

Jouer Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment

Jouer Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment

Though I’ve only mentioned it a few times on this blog, I have been consistently loving Jouer Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment all throughout 2013.  I originally got a sample tube through Birchbox and discovered how great it is.  This is my second full-sized tube.  I use the Jouer Lip Enhancer as a night time lip treatment and it works wonders on my dry lips.  When I apply it at night, I wake up with soft, smooth, healthy-feeling lips.  I can definitely feel the difference when I don’t use it.  The Jouer Lip Enhancer is a little pricey, but not too bad and the tubes last forever.  I bought two tubes last January and I just busted out this second tube a couple months ago.  A little goes a very long way.  I don’t want to ever be without the Jouer Lip Enhancer, it’s that good.

Maybeline Color Whisper in Made-it-Mauve

Maybelline Color Whisper in Made-it-Mauve

I’m sure it’s no surprise that my favorite lip product of 2013 is the Maybelline Color Whisper in Made-it-Mauve.  This was made for me.  I love the Color Whisper formula.  It’s so creamy and moisturizing, and the Color Whispers have completely unseated the Revlon Lip Butters in my collection.  They are fantastic.  Made-it-Mauve is such a good color for me.  I love those pinky-brown my lips but better shades, and Made-it-Mauve is in that family but with a bit more rose.  I could wear this shade every day and not get tired of it.  If you haven’t tried the Maybelline Color Whispers, you must.  They are so comfortable and there are a ton of shades.

2013 Favorite hair products

2013 Favorite hair products

I am a dirty cheater, and am counting my favorite hair products of 2013 as one thing.  I know, I know, so sue me.  First, Batiste Dry Shampoo is the best hair product ever.  What rock was I living under that I took so long to try dry shampoo?   My hair gets oily super fast, and Batiste has become my new best friend.  I tried a few other brands, but Batiste is by far the best in the drugstore.  I like the Hint of Colour Dark & Deep Brown version because it doesn’t leave a white cast and it has very mild scent.  Some of those dry shampoos are like spraying perfume in my hair, which isn’t my favorite thing.  If you haven’t found a dry shampoo that you like, I highly recommend Batiste.  My favorite hairspray (for years now) is the Tresemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray.  It works the best for my hair for solid hold without making it crunchy or sticky.  It’s also really inexpensive and easy to find.  Finally, for shampoo and conditioner, I am partial to John Frieda.  I really like the Luxurious Volume Thickening line, but the Full Repair line is probably the best.  I have pretty healthy hair to begin with, but I do color it, so this shampoo and conditioner keep my hair healthy.  You should definitely try it if you need good hair care on a budget.

Those are my top 10 (or so) products of 2013.  There are so many more products that I could have mentioned.  (Like the Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse foundation, Jordana Twist & Shine Balm Stains, Michael Todd skincare products, Sigma brushes, Sleek Makeup and so much more.)  But, I couldn’t name everything.  I’m curious as to what products made your list of favorites for 2013.  Let me know in the comments below what you loved the most in the last year.

New for Spring 2014 (Part 2)

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As promised, here is the second post featuring the new displays I’ve seen for Spring 2014.  Last time I showed you some of what Revlon, Almay, and CoverGirl has to offer.  Today I have pics from L’oreal, Maybelline, Rimmel, and Sally Hansen.  There are some exciting products in this bunch, so let’s get right into it shall we?

L'Oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer

L’Oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer

First up is the L’Oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer.  L’oreal launched this to go along with their new Visible Lift CC Cream, but this is “a CC cream or your eyes”.  It comes in three shades and has a roller ball applicator to “roll away signs of fatigue and dark circles”.  The thinner consistency should work best for those who need some added moisture and don’t like thicker concealers because of lines under the eye.

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

Rimmel has a new foundation out.  Rimmel says of the Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation: “A feather light, oil free formula with an airy mousse texture that won’t feel heavy or greasy. Delivers all day shine control and blends flawlessly for a natural looking matte finish. Minimizes the appearance of pores. The weight is over – finally, shine has met its matte.”  I am interested in trying the foundation and Rimmel is always really affordable, but I am a little hesitant after my skin reacted so poorly to the BB cream.  I’m still not sure what ingredient I was allergic to, but my face has never reacted so poorly to any product.  If you’ve tried this foundation let me know.  I definitely want to know more about it.

Maybelline Color Elixer

Maybelline Color Elixir

Next up is the Maybelline Color Elixir Liquid Color Balms.  They are lip colors that are sort of a hybrid formula.  They go on like a gloss, but have the color of a lipstick.  Though I haven’t tried the Elixirs yet, they remind me of the L’Oreal Colour Caresse Shine Stains from last year.  They are basically a liquid lipstick.  I’m definitely interested, but the tubes are pretty tiny, and they are pricey.  I’ve seen them at Ulta and Walgreens and they are $8.99 for 0.17 oz.  I definitely want to try them, but I’ll wait for a sale.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

I have to say that I am pretty interested in the new Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder.  I have been loving the Revlon Nearly Naked Powder, but I’m always interested in trying new things.  Maybelline claims that this product doesn’t feel like a powder, but like second skin.  Maybelline says that the Dream Wonder Powder is made with less talc for a creamy glide and smooth, flawless finish.

Sally Hansen Triple Shine

Sally Hansen Triple Shine

Sally Hansen has some new Triple Shine polishes out.  There are a ton of shades in this collection, around 30 I think, in a variety of finishes.  There are even some flakies!  This is not a limited edition collection, so all of these polishes will be permanent from here on out.  The Triple Shine polishes are supposed to be ultra glossy and durable.

Sally Hansen Nail Art Kits

Sally Hansen I Love Nail Art

And finally, I found the Sally Hansen I Love Nail Art Collection.  This collection includes: Neon polishes, Stipers, Nail Art Pens, four Nail Art Kits, and two new top coats.  There is the Big Mate Topcoat and the Big Shiny Topcoat.  The four kits come with three tubes each of: Beads, Studs, Fringe, and Glitter.  There is also a kit with some tools including two brushes and a dotting tool.  This is a great display for those of you who are into nail art.

That’s it for now.  Let me know if you have tried any of these products, especially the Rimmel foundation and the Maybelline powder.  I’d love to know your thoughts.  Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for new displays while you are out and about because there should be plenty of them.