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Beauty Quickie: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

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Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

It’s time for another Beauty Quickie, and today I am looking at Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice.  Untainted Spice was released at the beginning of the year as part of The Buffs collection, which is part of the permanent line.  The Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick line is one of the best in the drugstore, and Untainted Spice is a gorgeous shade, perfect for the Fall.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

The Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick formula wears really well.  It is comfortable on the lips, and has great staying power.  You can easily get away with four or more hours of wear with Untainted Spice.  I don’t find that it dries my lips out at all, and it doesn’t settle into fine lines or feather.  Untainted Spice is a warm brown shade with red and plum undertones.  You can sheer it out a little bit, or build it up for a deep, dark, opaque lip.  Darker brown tones are right on trend for lips this season.  Untainted Spice has a subtle retro 90’s vibe, but still remains sexy and current.  This is such a beautiful color for the Fall, and a very flattering color for those with a neutral or warm skin tone.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Untainted Spice is definitely one of my favorite fall lip colors this year.  I grew up in the 90’s, so I can’t resist a brown lip.  I love that the warmer tones keep Untainted Spice so wearable while still giving that rich brown color.  It’s a keeper.  The combination of a really great formula and a lovely rich shade, makes it a product that you are going to want to check out.

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Monthly Favorites September 2014

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Monthly Favorites September 2014

Monthly Favorites September 2014

It is Monthly Favorites time again.  September has come and gone, so I have rounded up my favorites to share.  For those of you who are new to the blog, “Monthly Favorites” feature those products that particularly stood out to me and ones that I reached for over and over throughout the month.  I didn’t wear a ton of makeup through September because I was laid out for two weeks because of my back problems.  I still ended up gravitating to a few products pretty much every time I did wear makeup, though, so those are the items I have to show you.

Sleek Sunset palette

Sleek Sunset palette

First up, I have my Sleek Sunset palette. I did an Eye of the Day post a couple weeks ago using some of the blush colored shades in this palette.  I have been loving the shades in this palette for some warm, romantic looks to transition into Fall.  I do wish that there was a little bit more variation in the palette, because the shades can look very similar on the eye.  Overall, however, I love the colors, and really enjoy the Sunset palette, especially paired with less shimmery shades.  Which brings me to my next favorite.

Coastal Scents Go palette in Beijing

Coastal Scents Go palette in Beijing

I busted out the Coastal Scents Go palette in Beijing to pair with the Sleek Sunset palette, and to wear on it’s own.  The pinks and mauves in this palette have really been appealing to me lately.  I used to avoid a pink and purple color palette on my eyes, but over the last year or so I have been going in that direction more often and am loving it.  Coastal Scents shadows are pigmented and smooth.  I have a couple of the 88 shade palettes and they are great too.  I also love how affordable CS palettes are, and how often they offer bundles and sales.  I think that the Go plattes are a great bargain.

NYX CoQ10 Renew Skin Elixir

NYX CoQ10 Renew Skin Elixir

I have been testing the new NYX CoQ10 Renew Skin Elixir and will have a full review soon.  In the meantime, however, I am including it in my favorites because I love the formula.  NYX claims that the coenzyme Q10 boosts radiance and vibrancy.  I still need more time to test that theory, but I like the way it primes my skin and the look that it gives me.  It is lightweight and feels great, and I like the fresh scent that it has.  It’s a good option.

L’Oreal Color Caresse Shine Stain Lip Color in Everlasting Caramel

L’Oreal Color Caresse Shine Stain Lip Color in Everlasting Caramel

On my lips I have been reaching for L’Oreal Color Caresse Shine Stain Lip Color in Everlasting Caramel.  I’ve been using it as a base stain and then topping it with something more moisturizing because I find the Shine Stains a bit drying.  The staining effect works pretty well, though, and I love the color it gives me.  I like Everlasting Caramel as a base under tinted lip balms like my Maybelline Baby Lips or my next favorite.

Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Tint

Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment

I can’t get enough of the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments  I’ve been reaching for Rose more often lately, but I like the whole line.  They are so incredibly hydrating!  They feel so good on the lips.  Rose has a very sheer rose hue, that gives my lips just a touch of life.  It works great over another color to add some moisture.  This is the mini version because the full size it a bit pricey for my taste.  I prefer to get my Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments in value packs.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Mauve

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Mauve

Finally, my last favorite for September is the Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Mauve.  If you were reading me earlier this Spring, then you may remember that 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.  Mauve is sort of a plum toned rose-gold shade.  It gives me a lovely sheen and looks great.  And a little goes a really long way, so I’ll have this blush for a long time.  Love it.

L-R Everlasting Caramel, Rose, Mauve

L-R Everlasting Caramel, Rose, Mauve

Though I didn’t swatch the eyeshadow palettes because that would have been too much, here are swatches of the other color cosmetics.  From left to right: L’Oreal Color Caresse Shine Stain Lip Color in Everlasting Caramel, Fresh Sugar Rose Tinted Lip Treatment, and Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Mauve.  September was a tough month for me because of my back issues.  I’m all better now, thank you.  I am so extremely happy that Fall has arrived, though.  It’s still warmer than I’d like, but I know sweater weather is just around the corner.  The leaves are changing and starting to fall from the trees.  Halloween is fast approaching.  I have some ideas for Halloween tutorials, but let me know if you have any specific requests.  Do you know what you are going to be for Halloween yet?  Let me know in the comments below.  And tell me what were your favorites for September.

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

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Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

Today I want to show you Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice, a perfect Fall lip shade.  Maybelline released the Color Elixir line for Spring 2014.  They started popping up at the end of 2013 and were out in full force by the beginning of the year.  Here is what the company has to say about them: “A trio of concentrates delivers the color of a lipstick, the cushiony care of a balm, and the glass shine of a gloss. Our exclusive smoothing angora brush delivers a polished, even application and smoothing sensation to lips.”  You may think that these Color Elixirs look a lot like the L’Oreal Color Caresse Shine Stains, and you would be right.  They are very similar, except that the Color Elixirs do not claim to be stains, and they are more hydrating than the L’Oreal Color Caresse Shine Stains.  It is a very similar product, though.

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice goes on like a gloss.  It has a rather thick formula during application that loosens up with your body heat.  Once you get past the initial few minutes, you are left with a comfortable, just slightly sticky formula.  It’s not quite as creamy as the NYX Butter Glosses, but it is hydrating and feels good on the lips.  The applicator is very soft, and a great shape.  It’s wide enough to get most of your lip in one swipe, but the pointed tip allows for more precision along the edges of your lips and your cupid’s bow.

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

Intoxicating Spice is a reddish brown cream shade.  It looks more brown in the tube than comes off on the lips.  The pigmentation is sheer, which I think is true across the line, though I can’t be positive because Intoxicating Spice is the only Color Elixir I own.  It can be layered, but won’t ever be completely opaque.  It lasts on my lips for a few hours before needing to be re-applied.  The glossy shine does not stick around for very long, though.  If you are looking for a high-gloss finish, this isn’t for you.  I do not think that it emphasizes lines, but because it is a gloss, it can tend to migrate.  If you have a lot of fine lines around your lips, you may want to use a liner to keep things in place.  I am not wearing a liner in the swatch below.

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice

Overall, I really like Maybelline Color Elixir in Intoxicating Spice.  It is perfect for this time of year as we move into Fall.  It’s not too dark, but has those warm Fall tones.  I think the Color Elixir line is worth checking out if you like hybrid glosses.  I think that I may pick up another shade or two.  Though I don’t wear glosses nearly as much these days, I think the Color Elixirs are really nice and worth a go.

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Spotted: New Fall 2014 Collections from the Drugstore

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It’s been over a month since I did my last “spotted” post, and there are plenty of cool new collections out at the drugstore.  I have a few of them to show you today, including Milani, Maybelline, CoverGirl+Olay, Sally Hansen, and Wet n Wild.  Some are limited edition, some are permanent, but all of the products are pretty interesting.  So, let’s get started.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

First up, we have the new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish.  SH claims that this 2 step method (polish and top coat) creates a real gel manicure, but without the lamp.  No curing process needed, and it is supposed to remove with normal nail polish remover.  Too good to be true, or true miracle indeed?  I’m not sure yet, but I will let you know.  There are 45 shades in the collection, and though this display didn’t have all of them, it did have a 2-pack with a polish and the top coat.  I am not loving the nearly $10 price tag per polish, but for gel lovers, this may be a great option.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

I finally spotted the new Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow.  I am not sure what gel powder means, so here is what Milani has to say: “Rich, vibrant color that glides on in a single stroke, delivering a stunning multi-dimensional effect. What makes it a gel powder? Well, the formula starts as a gel and then is transformed by a special process into a stunning powder eyeshadow with pure color and power wear. The unique process allows you to blend this incredibly innovative, weightless formula easily with your fingertips to light up your eyes. Even more to entice: It can used wet or dry, resists creasing, and comes in satin matte, shimmer and iridescent metallic finishes. You just have to try this gel powder. It’s that different.”  There are 30 shades in this new permanent collection.

Maybelline Fashion Rocks

Maybelline Fashion Rocks

Next up is the Limited Edition Maybelline Fashion Rocks Live Fall 2014 collection. This collection celebrates Fashion Rocks which is an annual international charity fundraiser event that debuts on CBS on September 9th.  The Maybelline Fashion Rocks Collection is broken into four looks which include Indie Princess, Rock Goddess, Urban Attitude, and Sultry Siren.  The collection features repromoted shades for eyes and lips, but the Color Show nail polishes are new LE shades.

CoverGirl+Olay The De-Puffer

CoverGirl+Olay The De-Puffer

CoverGirl+Olay The De-Puffer Eye Concealer has a cooling metal tip in the squeeze tube to massage away the look of puffiness and dark circles.  With Olay Rejuvenating serum and cucumber extract, this could be a big hit for those with aging eyes.  I have more issues with fine lines than with puffiness or dark circles, so I may pass.  It does look promising, though.  If any of you have tried it, let me know what you think.

Wet n Wild Fall 2014 Limited Edition Megalast Matte Nail Colors

Wet n Wild Fall 2014 Limited Edition Megalast Matte Nail Colors

Lastly, we have Wet n Wild Fall 2014 Limited Edition Megalast Matte Nail Colors.  Wet n Wild has released three limited edition collections for Fall 2014.  There is a collection of limited edition matte lipsticks, as well as a collection of limited edition Coloricon 5-Pan Eyeshadow Palettes that my drugstore did not have.  But, they did have this display of Megalast Matte Nail Colors.  There are no repromotes in this display, and all six shades look fantastic for Fall.  That gorgeous navy blue is calling to me, especially at only $1.99, but I am trying to stick to my no-buy.  Still, these are pretty nice.

That’s it for this round.  I can’t wait to see what else pops up as we get more into Fall.  I feel like the drugstores around me get collections very late compared to other places.  But hopefully I can find the new limited edition collections early enough to show you so that you can get your hands on them if you want them.  More Fall displays should be on their way, as well as 2014 Halloween displays.  After that, my favorite time of year brings all of the Holiday collections.  Be sure to keep your eyes peeled when you are out and about because there will be a lot to see.  :)

Big Drugstore Sales this Week 7/27-8/02

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Sale Alert

Sale Alert

I am just stopping in to let you know of some pretty good drugstore sales going on this week.  I don’t usually post about weekly drugstore sales because they are often Buy One Get One 50% off sales, and that’s not really that great of a deal.  But I always pay attention to Buy One Get One Free or 40% off sales, and that’s what I have to tell you about today.

First off, Rite Aid is offering a 40% off sale on Wet n Wild cosmetics and Fergie nail polish.  Rite Aid is also offering Physicians Formula as Buy One Get One Free.  This is a great deal because Physicians Formula can be really expensive for the drugstore.

If you don’t have a Rite Aid near you, there is a deal on Physicians Formula at CVS where you get $8 in extra bucks when you purchase two PF products.  Extra Bucks can be used like cash on anything in the store, not necessarily just beauty products.

Then at Walgreens, they are offering 40% off on Wet n Wild nail polish and 40% off on Maybelline cosmetics.  This is a great time to pick up the new Maybelline Nudes Expert Wear Palette.

No post tomorrow because it’s my birthday and I will be spending it with my sweetie.  Don’t forget to enter my current giveaway to win a free Derma MD Eliminate Eye Cream.  I hope that you are having a good one.  :)

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.