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Spotted at Ulta: New from Maybelline and NYX Summer and Fall 2014

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I was at Ulta over the weekend picking up an early birthday present, and while I was there snapped a few pictures of new displays from Maybelline and NYX.  I have mentioned a few of these products before on this blog, but this is the first time that I have seen them in-store.  First up, I’ll start with Maybelline.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather and Master Kajal Liners

Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather and Master Kajal Liners

In this display are the new Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather Collection, and the new Eyestudio Master Kajal Liners.  The new Color Tattoo Leather Collection contains five matte cream shadows with cool-toned leather-like shades.  The available shades are: Creamy Beige, Dramatic Black, Vintage Plum, Chocolate Suede, and Deep Forest.  The new Eyestudio Master Kajal Liners are creamy kohl eyeliners, available in four shades.  Here is what Maybelline has to say: “Our cone tip applicator and cream stick formula with intense kohl pigments provide a bold smoldering line. Waterproof eyeliner. Suitable for inner eye use. Infused with luxurious oil. All day wear.”  The four shades are: Onyx Rush, Charcoal Skies, Midnight Brown, and Navy Night.

NYX Summer/Fall 2014

NYX Summer/Fall 2014

You may recognize some of these NYX products from this post where I showed you the new Summer/Fall collection.  Here is what they look like in real life.

First are NYX Proof It Waterproof Eyeshadow and Eyebrow Primers.  I’ll start with the Eyeshadow primer- “Intensify your shadows with our durable and waterproof eye shadow primer. Smooth on to lids before applying shadows and voilà! Your eye makeup will stay in place, no matter what the weather, without creasing or smudging.”  Be careful when you purchase these Proof It primers in the store because both the Eyeshadow Primer and the Eyebrow Primer look exactly the same.  The packaging will probably cause the displays to get mixed up as people are shopping.  As far as the Eyebrow Primer goes, here is what NYX has to say: “Smooth and conditioning, our clear eyebrow gel sets your brows in place all day, rain or shine. Apply over brows before shaping with powder to keep them in control. Our formulation was made specially formulated for thin, sparse brows.

Next to the Proof It primers is the Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer that came out in the Spring: “This super silky, light and fresh formula creates a comfortable cushion on your skin to enhance makeup application. The incredible formula creates a smooth, uniform canvas that minimizes shine and makes application flawless. Your skin will feel like it has been touched by an angel.”  Next to that is the NYX Lip Primer: “Instant gratification for your lips. Create the perfect canvas for lipcolor with this texture and color enhancing superhero. Ensures that lip product lasts and does not go outside the lines. Somebody get this product a cape!”  The bottom of the display shows the new NYX Brow Gel.  Here is a closer look.

NYX Brow Gel

NYX Eyebrow Gel

NYX Eyebrow Gel: “Keep your misbehaving brows in place with our discreet and easy-to-use brow gel! The lightweight, waterproof formula creates thicker, fuller, natural-looking brows and comes in five versatile shades.”  The five shades are: Blonde, Chocolate, Brunette, Espresso, and Black.  You will notice that there is also a slot for the 22 Angled Eye Brush.  I am not sure if that is new or not, but I don’t think so.

NYX Suede Collection palette

NYX Suede Collection palette

The final item I have for you is the NYX Suede Collection Shadow Palette.  Here is what NYX says: “The next generation of our richest jewel-inspired shadows has arrived. Our ultimate arsenal of shadows sparkle, shimmer and illuminate with gorgeous results. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with this limited edition palette.”  They also claim that the palette is travel-friendly, and that the 8 shimmery and metallic jewel tones will help you create a variety of looks from “subtle and natural” to “glamorous and dramatic”.  The Suede Shadow Palette is Limited Edition, and the $12.00 price tag look pretty fair, based on the size of the shadows.  This picture does not do it justice because of the wonky reflections and bad store lighting.  It is gorgeous in real life.  If I didn’t already have five million other shadows, I would snatch this up in a heartbeat.  Here is what the promo picture looks like.

NYX Suede Shadow Palette

NYX Suede Shadow Palette

That’s it for the products that I spotted this time around.  I hope that you saw something that interested you.  I know that I am definitely curious about a couple of these products.  If you’ve tried any of the new items, I’d love to hear your experience with them.  Leave me a comment below telling me your thoughts.

More Summer/Fall 2014 Collections from the Drugstore

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I have more new items to show you from my local Walgreens.  I was there over the weekend and spotted several new displays.  I snapped some phone pics to show you what’s new from Rimmel, L’Oreal, Maybelline and more.  I’m not sure if these collections still count as Summer or if they are new Fall 2014 additions.  It’s that time of year where it’s tough to tell.  Either way, there are some very interesting products, so let’s get started.

Real Techniques

Real Techniques

First up, did you know that Real Techniques is now being sold at Walgreens?  I sure didn’t, but I’m glad to see it.  Real Techniques brushes are very good, and affordable for the most part.  I think that they have only been available online or at Ulta, so it’s good to see them branching out to new distributors.  Pictured here are the Core Collection for Face, the Starter Kit for Eyes, the Powder Brush, and the Blush Brush.  Now those of you who do not have an Ulta near you can go down to Walgreens for Real Techniques brushes.

L'Oreal Glossy Balm Crayons

L’Oreal Glossy Balm Crayons

L’Oreal Glossy Balm Crayons are the newest jumbo twist-up lip crayons to hit the drugstore.  Here is what the company has to say: “L’Oreal Paris introduces Glossy Balm Crayon. Glossy Color Lasts for Hours, Crayon Point Tip Glides Over Lips.  Never Needs Sharpening, Simply Twist to Advance. Ultra glossy color for a flirty, playful pout.”  L’Oreal is a bit late to the party since literally every other brand has a version of these.  It’s a little like re-inventing the wheel, and there are only eight shades, but I am a big fan of this type of lip product, so I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Rimmel Rockin' Curves Mascara

Rimmel Rockin’ Curves Mascara

Something new and unusual is Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves Mascara.  Check out that wonky brush head!  Here is what Rimmel has to say: “Say goodbye to quiet lashes! Our first broken heart-shaped brush creates a fringe of big, curvy, rockin’ lashes. This cleverly-shaped applicator twists and curves to hug the lash line; the thin tip grabs hard-to-reach inner lashes, while the amplified base pulses lashes with incredible volume and curve. Lashes are plumped and lifted in one clean stroke. No clumps!”  I don’t know about that applicator, but I am definitely intrigued.  I certainly haven’t seen a mascara wand quite like that before.

Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Mascara

Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Mascara

The newest addition to the Maybelline Volum’ Express line is the new Pumped Up Colossal Mascara.  Per Maybelline: “Our biggest mascara brush with the double curved stem delivers a double shot of mascara. Smoother formula with double the collagen plumps without clumps. Pumped up volume up to 16X with the first double shot brush that scoops up an extra shot of plumping formula for the most pumped up volumizing lashes ever.”  16 times the volume is quite the claim.  I don’t know how this mascara actually performs, but they sure are pumped abut it.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Foundation

Maybelline Dream Wonder Foundation

This last products I am actually really excited about.  It’s the new Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid Touch Foundation.  Here’s the buzz: “A flawless revolution for perfection so real it’s unreal. Breakthrough liquid foundation texture fuses with skin. A finish so impeccable, yet undetectable. Medium to full coverage liquid foundation, ideal for normal skin. Breakthrough texture fuses with skin.”  I am a liquid foundation girl, and I definitely want to give this a try.  I really liked the Dream Wonder Powder, so I am very curious about this new expansion to the line.

That’s it for the products that I have this time around.  I hope that you saw something interesting to you.  I know that I am definitely curious about a couple of these products.  If you’ve tried any of the new items, I’d love to hear your experience with them.  Leave me a comment below telling me your thoughts.

Monthly Favorites June 2014

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Monthly Favorites June 2014

Monthly Favorites June 2014

I have my June Monthly Favorites for you today, and there are some really great products in this bunch.  For those of you who are new to the blog, Monthly Favorites are those products that I reached for over and over or particularly stood out to me throughout the month.  I’ve been having a lot of fun with color throughout the month of June, and I’ve also been experimenting with new products.  A couple of old favorites caught my attention as well.  So let’s get started.

Inglot Palette

Inglot Freedom System Palette

I have really been loving my Inglot palette all throughout June.  I’ve been meaning to do a full review for months now, and I will get to it soon.  In the meantime, though, I just want to say that the Inglot shadows are fantastic.  They are extremely pigmented and easy to apply.  For those unfamiliar with Inglot, this is a Freedom System palette, meaning that I bought the empty palette and then filled it with any shadows I wanted.  The shadows are huge, and come in hundreds of shades in a variety of finishes.  I chose greens, oranges, pinks and gold with a few neutrals to anchor the palette.  There are so many different looks that I can get out of these shadows from extremely bold and colorful, to a neutral day look.  I love it, and will be reviewing and (more importantly) swatching soon.

Coastal Scents 4 Piece Interchangeable Palette

Coastal Scents 4 Piece Interchangeable Palette

Another build-your-own palette that I have been loving this month is the Coastal Scents 4 Piece Interchangeable Palette.  I was looking for new brow powder, and my favorite shade to fill in my brows was in the Coastal Scents 88 Warm palette, but I used it up.  I’ve made do with other shadows, but they weren’t exactly what I was looking for, so I went searching for some Coastal Scents Hot Pots.  They do sell a 4-pan magnetic palette designed for brows with the same shades as my top two shadows (Light Taupe-A deep, exotic taupe hue with a matte finish“, and Timeless Taupe- “An antique brownish-grey hue with a matte finish”), but I didn’t like the other two shades involved.  Instead, I chose Gypsy Green- “An opaque wash of verdant beauty with a slight satiny finish” and Cherry Moss-A reddish-brown hue with green iridescent shimmer” to top off the foursome.  I am enjoying all four shades, but especially the brow colors.  Coastal Scents Hot Pots are a pretty decent size, and I have always had good luck with them.

Derma MD Copper Co-Q10 Moisturizer

Derma MD Copper Co-Q10 Moisturizer

I have already reviewed all of the Derma MD products that I was sent and mentioned that the Copper Co-Q10 Moisturizer was my favorite.  Click this link to read the full review of you missed it, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway.  I am positive that this product above all the others has helped reduce my redness so much.  I love the moisturizer because it is not greasy or oily in the slightest, but delivers a ton of hydration that stays put for hours and hours.  It is extremely lightweight and absorbs into the skin so that you don’t even notice it.  I think that it would be appropriate for all skin types, oily or dry.  It is a great product.  There is a coupon code toward the bottom of my review for 50% off, if you are interested.

NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee

NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee

I received the NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee from Ipsy in my June Glam Bag.  I did not expect to like it because the color is very light for me.  It is lighter than my natural lip color and nudes my lips out, which is just a bad look on me.  But I love the formula of these Butter Glosses.  They are so comfortable on the lips, and the moisture sticks around for a long time.  What I’ve been doing with Crème Brulee, is layering it over some of my darker brown lipsticks to lighten them up for the summer.  The result is more on the rich, pinky-brown side, much more appropriate for this time of year.

NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee

NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee

Here is a swatch of NYX Butter Gloss in Crème Brulee by itself.  It is a very pretty color, just not my bag.  But if you like natural pink-toned nudes, Crème Brulee is a great option for you.  The formula is fantastic, even if you are not usually a gloss lover.  It layers beautifully, and has made some very interesting shades when paired with other lip colors.  I’m liking it a lot.

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

I have to tell you about the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer.  It is extremely similar to the Sigma F-80, but it is only $6.95 as opposed to $24.  Per Coastal Scents: “The Bionic Flat Top Buffer is perfect for buffing in foundation, blending in powders, and applying bronzer. The durable, dense bristles offer great control and a full coverage application.”  I will definitely have a full review coming on this brush, but let me just say that I have been using it all month and my foundation has looked fantastic.  Love it!

Nivea Lip Butter

Nivea Lip Butter

I decided to give the Nivea Lip Butter a try again, mostly because of how much I loved the taste and smell of Vanilla and Macadamia Kiss.  The scent is warm vanilla bean with rich nuttiness that is just heavenly.  I am still not a fan of the tin packaging, and the formula has a lot more slip that I prefer, but the Nivea Lip Butters are very moisturizing, and make my lips feel good.  I can’t use it all the time, but every now and again, I want to go through a tin of Vanilla and Macadamia Kiss because that flavor and smell make it all worthwhile.  Yum.

Orange and Coral lips

Orange and Coral lips

Finally, I’ve been busting out my orange and coral lip products.  Summer time is when I love bright lip shades, and there is something about orange and coral lips that makes me so happy.  My favorites are Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous, Maybelline Color Whisper in I Crave Coral, and Rose Rush from the Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed collection.  I have reviewed all of these products in the past, so go ahead and search for them using the search box on the right for more information on the individual formulas.  The Revlon Balm Stain is definitely more on the orange side of the fence, where the Color Whisper is an orange-toned coral shade.  Rose Rush is a pink-toned coral.  Here are some swatches.

(L-R) Rendezvous, I Crave Coral, Rose Rush

(L-R) Rendezvous, I Crave Coral, Rose Rush

From left to right: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous, Maybelline Color Whisper in I Crave Coral, and Maybelline Baby Lips Pink’ed in Rose RushRendezvous is also the more opaque of the bunch, while Rose Rush is on the sheer side giving just a hint of that coral color, noticeable but still subtle.

That’s it for my June favorites.  I hope that you saw something that you liked.  I am happy that July has arrived because it is Birthday month!  Yes, I like to celebrate all month long.  :)  We have some nice dinners planned, and I know that I’ll be doing a little bit of shopping.  I’ve been very good so far this year, so it’s time for a little splurge.  Things are still stressful and up in the air as far as moving plans, but I am feeling better about the situation and am doing well.  I’m looking forward to what life brings me in July.  What were your favorite products from the month of June?  Let me know in the comments below.

Beauty Quickie: Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

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Beauty Quickie

Beauty Quickie Series

Hi everyone, today I want to introduce a new series here on BiBB.  I am going to start doing “Beauty Quickies” occasionally.  A “Beauty Quickie” is a truncated review on a beauty product, like a 60-second review.  As you know, my usual reviews are pretty detailed and sometimes a little long, which is great for brand new products with a lot of characteristics to tell you about.  However, if there is a product that has been out for a bit, or if there isn’t a whole lot to say then a full review is a little much.  So, from now on, I’m going to be doing “Beauty Quickies” for these products to give you a short and sweet mini review with the important facts and my opinion, but with less details.  These may happen once a week, or once every two weeks, depending on what products fit the category.  Don’t worry though, the bulk of my reviews will still be the full length detailed reviews that you are used to.  To start this series off, my first “Beauty Quickie” is going to be the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser primer.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser is a silicone based primer that many people have compared to the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer or Benefit The Porefessional Primer (which I personally don’t get because they aren’t the same at all).  Ingredients-wise, it is pretty similar with one notable exception.  There is an absence of Cyclopentasiloxane in Maybelline Baby Skin, but it does have Dimethicone as the main ingredient.  I don’t know if that means anything to you.  It It didn’t mean a whole lot to me at first, but now that I’ve worn it several times, I’m thinking that missing ingredient may be more important than I originally thought.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you know hat the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is my all-time favorite.  It works perfectly for my skin.  Unfortunately, it’s pretty over-priced, and I am always in the market for a dupe.  That’s why I bought Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser in the first place.  I like silicone primers because they fill in my large pores and even out the surface of my skin.  Maybelline Baby Skin does do that.  The application is somewhat unpleasant because the formula is thick and it pills up as I spread it on.  I really hate that, but it does even out as I continue to blend it onto the skin.  The main selling point of Maybelline Baby Skin is that it is supposed to blur the look of pores for a smoother, younger appearance.  It did not erase my pores, but it did give me a blurred out, soft focus look to the skin.  Unfortunately, my skin seems to reject the formula, because I could not get any good wear-time for foundation when I wore this primer.  I never have a problem with foundations fading or breaking down on me, but with Maybelline Baby Skin I was losing them only two to four hours in.  I find that it sits heavily on my skin and breaks down my makeup.  I know that Maybelline Baby Skin is popular, but for me it was a bust.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

Here is a pic so that you can see what the product actually looks like.  It looks similar to Smashbox Photo Finish Primer or NYX Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer, but it just doesn’t do the job for me.  If I did not prefer liquid or cream foundations it may do better.  If my skin was good enough to simply top the blurred out effect of Maybelline Baby Skin with a powder foundation, I may love it.  As it stands, though, Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser does not work for me and I can’t recommend it.

Thanks for reading my first Beauty Quickie, though this particular post wasn’t as quick as they will be in the future.  Let me know your thoughts on the series.  I am hoping it will be a good place for things like single lip product reviews, nail polish reviews, or maybe swatches for new LE shades of existing products.  Comment below and tell me what you think.  :)

New from the Drugstore, Summer 2014

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Hello all, I hope that you had a good Father’s day however you may have spent it.  I was in my local Walgreens over the weekend and spotted several new displays.  I snapped some phone pics to show you what’s new from CoverGirl, Revlon, Maybelline and L’Oreal.  So let’s get started.

CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation

CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation

CoverGirl is continuing it’s focus on a younger market with the Ready Set Gorgeous line.  With fun packaging and Katy Perry as the celeb pushing the line, it has certainly garnered attention.  Here is the Ready Set Gorgeous Oil-Free Foundation.  There is also a Powder Foundation as part of the line, but my Walgreens didn’t have any as part of the display.  CoverGirl claims that the “Ready, Set Gorgeous foundation provides a flawless, natural look that lasts all day in one simple step” and is available in twelve shades.  Also part of the display are the Covergirl Clean Makeup Remover Wipes.

CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer

CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer

Next is the CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer.  CoverGirl claims: “Ready, Set Gorgeous concealer quickly conceals dark circles and imperfections.” It is also oil-free.  The Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer looks to have a sheer, lightweight, more liquid formula, and comes in six shades.

CoverGirl Professional Mascara and Dare to go Nudes Eye Enhancers

CoverGirl Professional Mascara and Dare to go Nudes Eye Enhancers

I am a little confused by this next CoverGirl display.  Perhaps they reformulated the three versions of Professional Mascara that they carry because they are not new products, but the display makes them look new.  I haven’t seen any information about this, so if you know, tell us all in the comments blow.  Also part of this display are the Dare to go Nudes Eye Enhancers eyeshadow quads in new shades.

Revlon Summer 2014

Revlon Summer 2014

Here is a large display from Revlon Summer 2014 featuring the new Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains and Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy polishes.  The polishes are gel-like, but aren’t gel polishes themselves.  The display reads: “Our Revolutionary Diamond Top Coat delivers a protective coating for long-lasting strength and shine”,  so they do not need to be cured.  The nail colors contain a “base and color in one“.  Also part of this display are the new Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara, new shades of the Colorstay Eyeliners, and the new Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liners.  Below is a closer look at the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain

The Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains are another hybrid lip gloss and stain in one.  The  formula offers a “comfortable, lightweigt, non-sticky texture with color that goes on evenly and gives a soft shine“.  There are twelve shades in the line, and it will be permanent, not limited edition.  Revlon claims that they are moisturizing and not at all sticky.

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream

Next up from Maybelline is the new Dream Pure BB Cream.   What sets this one apart from the original Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream is that it is an acne-treatment BB cream that contains 2% salicylic acid.  That is very exciting.  Apparently it has been available in both the UK and Australia for a while now and there are a few differences with the new US version.  First off, the US gets five shades, unlike the overseas versions that offer only two.  Also there does not seem to be any SPF in the US product, but the UK and Australian versions contain SPF15.  The overseas versions are decently rated, so I am excited to see how well the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream goes over in the US.

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

A surprising addition to L’Oreal’s lineup is the new Miss Manga Mascara.  This is inspired by Japanese anime characters and their long, thick, spiky lashes.  L’Oreal claims that the 360 degree “Flexor” brush provides amplified and maximized “Manga” lashes with over-sized volume.  I am all for big crazy lashes, but I am surprised that L’Oreal (who is usually so classy) introduced this loud, juvenile, and gimmicky packaging.  It seems out of character.  However, I am sure Miss Manga will be very popular with the younger crowd.

That’s all I have for you today.  I hope that you saw something that interested you.  I am interested in the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream, though BB Creams are not my favorite thing.  I’ll have a review of the CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous line coming soon.  I may split it up and do the foundation in one review and the powder and concealer in the second review.  Either way, you should be seeing them shortly.  Are any of these new items from the drugstore catching your attention?  Let me know in the comments below.

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.