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L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Skincare Line

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L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Skincare

L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Skincare

Today I am reviewing the L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Skincare Line.  I was sent several products in a Voxbox from Influenster for review.  For those who have never heard of Influenster, here is what they say on their “about” page:  “Influenster is a free-to-join community of trendsetters, social media masterminds, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences.  The Influenster site is a hub where members meet to learn about new products from our favorite brands as well as review the products they already use in their day-to-day lives!  Influenster invites its most active members to participate in exclusive VoxBox programs where members receive complimentary products to test and review. In exchange, we ask our members to do what they already love to do: share their opinions with their friends & followers on social media!  But that’s not all. We have a lot going on including digital challenges, twitter parties, & contests!”  Check out influenster.com for more info.  Now, on to the goodies.

L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Line

L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Line

I was sent the Revitalift Volume Filler Serum, Eye Cream, Day Cream, and Night Cream.  Here is what L’Oreal has to say about the line: “L’Oréal Paris reveals a new collection of anti-aging skincare products that help correct skin volume loss, a sign of aging that often gets neglected. The special formulation contains an exceptionally high concentration of skin plumping ingredients Hyaluronic Acid and Fibroxyl, which provide an effective solution to thinning skin, fine lines, wrinkles and volume loss. Revitalift Volume Filler line has our first anti-aging skincare products that target skin volume loss head on. Skin resiliency is restored, while the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed. Immediately skin is hydrated. After just 4 weeks of use, the cheekbones show more fullness, under eye area is less hollowed and there is an overall reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.”  These products are kind of all over the place, with both good and bad aspects to the formula.  I’ll talk about them each individually.

L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Daily Re-Volumizing Concentrated Serum

L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Daily Re-Volumizing Concentrated Serum

L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Daily Re-Volumizing Concentrated Serum: I love the innovative packaging for this serum.  The idea is that you can put off getting injectables by using these products, so the serum is housed in a package that is reminiscent of a syringe.  It’s cute and clever.  Of course, no topical product will ever give you the same results as injectables, no matter what it is.  This serum has a gel-like consistency that spreads easily into the skin. It feels nice and has a pleasant scent.  The issue with this product is the presence of alcohol and the lack of multiple anti-aging ingredients.  I don’t think this serum did anything for my skin.

L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Eye Treatment

L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Eye Treatment

L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Eye Treatment: This eye cream has a thicker formula than I am used to, which is characteristic of this line.  They all have a thick, gel-based formula.  I like the way the eye cream feels, but I have not seen any noticeable difference in my wrinkles or the under-eye hollows that this product claims to target.  It is nicely moisturizing, though, so I will definitely finish this tube.  I won’t be re-purchasing however.

L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Daily Re-Volumizing Moisturizer

L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Daily Re-Volumizing Moisturizer

L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Daily Re-Volumizing Moisturizer: This is the day cream of the Revitalift Volume Filler line, so right away, I need to take a point away for having no SPF at all in the formula. The moisturizer has a thick, somewhat sticky formula that takes a long time to absorb into the skin.  It is not ideal to lie under makeup, and can cause some application issues with your foundation or primer.  I did enjoy how moisturizing it is, but the formula suffers from a lack of major anti-aging ingredients and it does contain alcohol.  If you have oily skin there is no way you can handle this goopy formula.

L'Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Night Cream

L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Night Cream

L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Night Cream: There is very little difference between the day and night creams in this line. Since the day cream has no SPF, it is completely unnecessary to have both.  Again, the formula is thick and a little sticky.  I found it difficult to wash the creams off of my hands after applying them.  The night cream provides nice hydration, but brings little else to the table.

My main issue with the L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler is that it broke me out.  I don’t know if it was because of the fragrance (which is pleasant, but not helpful) or the alcohol in the formula, but my skin was not pleased.  I used the products for three weeks, then stopped using them to see if that would clear my skin up.  I have been under a lot of stress, so after a week of not using them, I went back to the Revitalift Volume Filler to see if it really was the culprit.  Right away my skin broke out again.  In total, I used the Revitalift Volume Filler for 4.5 weeks.  I did not see any noticeable difference in my lines or wrinkles.  My skin did not look fuller, smoother, or more vibrant.  I don’t think that the L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler line works.  Perhaps if I continued to use the products I would see a difference, but my skin is too sensitive to keep going.  I will not be finishing these products, with the exception of the eye cream.  If you are looking for a good drugstore skin care line, I recommend Neutrogena or Olay products.

FTC Disclosure: The products reviewed in this post were sent to me for free by Influenster for review.  This does not guarantee a positive review, and my thoughts on these products are 100% honest.  No other type of compensation was offered or accepted.

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Some Interesting New Drugstore Items for 2016

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New for 2016

New for 2016

It’s a new year, and that means that there are a ton of new products out for our enjoyment.  There are so many new collections out right now that it is tough to keep track of all of them.  I decided that it might be fun to show you some of the new items from the drugstore that caught my interest.  This is by no means an exhaustive list of what is new in the drugstore, but rather the items that look interesting to me.  A couple of the items have been out for a few weeks now, but most of them are just now hitting the shelves.  I am going to try to include pricing, but please remember that prices vary by location.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayon

Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayon

I am probably the most excited to try the new Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayons.  What?  Yes, the super popular Maybelline Color Tattoos are now available in crayon form instead of the pots.  I don’t know how the formula has changed to accommodate the new style of Color Tattoos, but I really hope that they are as good as the pots were.  I also hope that they expand the shade range soon because these shades are great for fitting basic needs but not terribly unique.  These retail at Ulta for $6.99.

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation

Another Maybelline item that caught my eye is the new Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation.  Hydrating and matte don’t usually go together, so right away I am intrigued.  Maybelline claims that it is a refreshing gel-whipped foundation that leaves complexion perfected and smooth with a velvety, soft-matte finish while skin stays hydrated for 12 hours.  I have tried whipped mousse foundation, but no gel-based foundations, so I am sold.  I have to know what this formula is like.  The Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft-Matte Hydrating Foundation retails for $10.99 at Ulta.

 Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser


Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser

You can’t watch Youtube these days without Micellar water making an appearance in some way, and I am interested in the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser.  This has been out in some areas for a little bit and has gotten some great reviews.  Here is the blurb: “This All-in-1 cleanser is surprisingly powerful yet gentle to skin. It effectively removes makeup, cleanses skin and refreshes. A multi-purpose cleanser that contains Micellar technology. Like a magnet, micelles capture and lift away dirt, oil and makeup without harsh rubbing, leaving skin perfectly clean, hydrated and refreshed without over-drying. Dermatologist tested for safety. Ophthalmologist tested. Non-comedogenic–won’t clog pores.”  Micellar water is intriguing to me, and I want to know more.  The Garnier version retails for $8.99 at Ulta.

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation SPF 50

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation SPF 50

Cushion foundations are hitting the market hard right now, and I am most interested in the Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation SPF 50.  Physicians Formula claims that it is a creamy mineral fluid foundation that promises to correct visible imperfections, blur lines, and leave skin with an airbrushed finish as well as protect it with an SPF 50 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen.  I have never used a cushion foundation, and although I know that Korean brands have been producing them for years, they are relatively new to the US.  L’Oreal has also released a new cushion foundation, but this Physicians Formula is more appealing to me.  The one major drawback for me, though, is the price tag.  Both the Physicians Formula and the L’Oreal cushion foundations are between $16 and $18, depending on where you get them.  That is pretty steep for the drugstore.  Still, the product is intriguing.

Nyx Cosmetics Whipped Lip and Cheek Soufflé

Nyx Cosmetics Whipped Lip and Cheek Soufflé

Next I have a slew of lip products to show you, the first of which is the NYX Cosmetics Whipped Lip and Cheek Soufflé.  This is a 2-in-1 whipped mousse for you cheeks and lips that leaves a matte finish.  It has a doe-foot applicator with a pointed tip for precise lip application.  You can also dab a little of the mousse on your finger to apply a wash of color to your cheek.  I like 2-in-1 products, and I am interested to see what NYX has come up with.  If there is a brand that I trust with stellar cheek and lip products, it is NYX.  The Whipped Lip and Cheek Soufflés retail for $5.99 at Ulta.

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color

I am also interested in the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors.  These are a lightweight gel matte formula, which is different.  The Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors have been out for about a month now, and the reviews have been mixed.  The main complaint that I have seen is that they don’t actually dry down to a fully matte finish.  I can see why that is a big problem for a product with the word “matte” in the name, but it’s not an issue for me.  I have not jumped on the matte lip cream bandwagon because my lips are too dry to follow that particular trend.  I think that they are lovely, but they just make my lips looks pickled.  So a demi-matte, comfortable formula like this is way more my speed that a true matte.  These are $8.99 at Ulta.

L'Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss

L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss

Along the same lines is the new L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss.  Like the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors this is a demi-matte lip product that keeps a certain level of hydration to keep lips from drying out.  I am not sure which lip product I am more interested in between the Revlon and the L’Oreal.  They seem pretty similar by the description.  If any of you have tried either of these two products, I’d love to hear your thoughts.  The L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss retails at Ulta for $9.99.

CoverGirl Colorlicious Oh Sugar! Lip Balm

CoverGirl Colorlicious Oh Sugar! Lip Balm

The final item that I have to talk about to today is the CoverGirl Colorlicious Oh Sugar! Lip Balm.  Here is the blurb: “CoverGirl’s Colorlicious Oh Sugar! Lip Balm is a vitamin infused, moisturizing lip treatment that nourishes, protects and smooths lips. Grapeseed oil, avocado butter and vitamins C and E lock in moisture, keeping lips soft and smooth.”  I believe that these tinted balms are being set up as possible dupes for the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments.  I find that extremely hard to believe  because I love the Fresh Sugar Lippies and I have never had much luck with CoverGirl lip products.  But, I am all about tinted lip balms, so I certainly want to try them.  🙂  The CoverGirl Colorlicious Oh Sugar! Lip Balms retail for $8.99 at Ulta, which is a little steep for tinted lip balm from the drugstore.  Hopefully the formula makes up for the price tag.

Those are all the new products from the drugstore that have caught my eye recently.  More products are spilling in for 2016, so I am sure there are plenty of new arrivals that I may have missed.  Have you tried any of the new products that I listed here?  I’d love to get your thoughts.  Are there any products that I didn’t mention that you think I need to check out?  Let me know in the comments below.  What products are you most interested in trying for 2016?

Monthly Favorites for September 2015

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Monthly Favorites September 2015

Monthly Favorites September 2015

It is time for my Monthly Favorites post for September.  I don’t know what it is, but I really love Favorites posts.  For anyone 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.  I’ve been drawn to deep berry and gold shades all month long, and I’ve been trying to mix in some of my older products as well as trying new ones.  Lucky for me, September didn’t have any fails, so I am going to get right into my favorites.

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

I’ve been trying a new primer in September, and my choice was the Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer.  My favorite primer is still the Smashbox Photofinish, but I have been enjoying Primed & Poreless.  It makes my skin feel so smooth, and foundation lays very evenly over it.  It doesn’t fill in my pores as well as Smashbox Photofinish, but I like the way my makeup looks over Primed & Poreless.  It’s a good option.

Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation

The foundation that I have been reaching for has been the new Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation.  I don’t think that the skin bettering ingredients are enough to really make a difference in skin quality, but I like the formula of the foundation and they way it makes my skin look.  It has a light-weight formula that blends easily over the skin.  It builds to medium coverage that looks natural and healthy.  I don’t think that it would do a great job controlling oil, but it feels great on normal-dry skin.  I wouldn’t count on it for real anti-aging or skin improvement, but it has SPF 15 and is a good drugstore foundation.  Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation comes in 12 shades.

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic

My go-to blush for September has been Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic.  Poetic is a warm, nude peach with a satin finish that looks good for any occasion.  I have raved about the Forever Blush formula before, so I won’t go into too much detail.  It applies smoothly, and the blushes have great pigmentation and staying power. You can read my full review to see swatches and get more details on the Forever Blushes.  Poetic is such a universally flattering shade, that I strongly recommend it.

Lorac Pro Palette 2

Lorac Pro Palette 2

I pulled out my Lorac Pro Pelette 2 during September and it was hard for me to want to use anything else.  For me, the Lorac Pro 2 has such a perfect mix of shades that I can easily come up with dozens of looks that are beautiful and distinct without having to think too much about it.  I love that, unlike the Naked palettes, there are plenty of matte shades as well as the shimmers for looks that have more complexity and that wear better on aging eyes.  The neutral everyday shades are appropriate for any situation, and the few colorful shades add some whimsy and set the Lorac Pro 2 apart from most other neutral palettes.  The mix of warm and cool tones makes the palette universally flattering and a good choice for anyone.  All the shades have great pigmentation and blend very well with each other without getting muddy.  I personally don’t need primer when I use LORAC shadows to get crease-free wear that lasts all day.  I can not recommend this palette enough, and it is one of my all-time favorite palettes. Feel free to read my full review of the Lorac Pro 2 for swatches.

Sleek Blush by 3 in Sugar

Sleek Blush by 3 in Sugar

When I wasn’t wearing Lorac Pro 2, I pulled out the Sleek Blush by 3 in Sugar and used that middle shade, Muscovado, for a golden berry eye look.  You guys, this shade!  It is amazing on the eyes.  Don’t get me wrong, I like wearing the three blushes in the Sugar palette in the Fall.  They are beautiful, extremely pigmented and long-wearing.  But using Muscovado as an eyeshadow was a stroke of brilliance.  I can’t get enough of the gorgeous rich berry shade with that lovely golden sheen.  It makes me so happy.

L’Oreal Glossy Balm Crayon in Petite Plum

L’Oreal Glossy Balm Crayon in Petite Plum

My final favorite of September is the L’Oreal Glossy Balm Crayon in Petite Plum.  The Glossy Balms are really comfortable on the lips.  They glide on as smooth as silk, and leave lips feeling hydrated.  They are definitely more moisturizing and have more slip than the Revlon Balm Stains.  They feel more like the Maybelline Color Whispers on the lips, but even more hydrating than those.  They really do feel like lip balm, so much so that I forget that I’m wearing lip color.  Petite Plum is a brown based plum shade with a lot of pigmentation.  It’s a great lip color for Fall.

That is all for my September Favorites.  I hope you saw something that you might want to check out for yourself.  There were several oldies but goodies mixed in with the new.  If you have used any of these products, I’d love to know what you thought of them in the comments below.  I am so excited that October is here.  I will be celebrating my 10th wedding anniversary!  I have so many fun things planned and at the end of the month I will be at Walt Disney World for 10 days.  It is going to be a wonderful month and I can not wait for the adventure to begin.

L’Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet High-Intensity Shimmering Colour

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L'Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet Hair Color

L’Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet Hair Color

Today I want to talk about L’Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet High-Intensity Shimmering Colour.  I have colored my own hair for years, and though I have tried other brands, I am loyal to L’Oreal Feria.  I find that the formula works best for me.  So, when I saw that L’Oreal Feria had put out some fun colors earlier this year, I had to try the Power Violet shade.  I had purple hair back in college, and really liked it.  I’ve been debating for a long time now if I wanted to do purple again, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take the plunge on such a wild and also high-maintenance hair color.  Purple is even worse than red when it comes to upkeep.  When I saw L’Oreal Feria Power Violet, I figured it was a good compromise.  Power Violet is not purple, but the shade leans purple, making it different, but not too far out there.  Lat’s take a closer look.

L'Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet Hair Color

L’Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet Hair Color

L’Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet High-Intensity Shimmering Colour is meant to be used on brown hair.  I am not sure why that is, and I can’t say what would happen if a blonde used it.  My guess is that the color would pull more pink or magenta, but I can’t say for sure.  The side of the box shows the projected color outcome based on how dark your hair is (like all at home hair dye).  If you have colored your hair before, you will be familiar with the process.  Be sure to thoroughly read the directions, though, because there are a couple differences with L’Oreal Feria Power Violet.  The formula of the dye is very runny, more so than other L’Oreal Feria formulas.  It helps to have a buddy help you out so that you don’t end up with spots of dye on the floor, surfaces, or walls of the room you are in.  My hair was pretty long when I dyed it the first time, and it was a real pain.  The runny formula was difficult to keep under control.  I have since cut my hair and dying it was much easier the second time around.  Here is the result on my hair.

L'Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet Hair Color

L’Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet Hair Color

I took a picture both indoors and outdoors so you could see it in different lighting.  You can see that L’Oreal Feria Power Violet comes off as a red-toned violet shade.  I think most people will be able to get away with it in an office environment, unless you have a very strict dress code.  Indoors, the color is a cherry coke shade that I think is perfectly appropriate.  It’s not until you step into the light that the purple tones come out in the violet color.  This picture was taken over two months ago.  The color stayed very well in my hair, which really surprised me.  Red and Purple are high-maintenance shades that fade quickly.  But Power Violet held on and on.  Obviously my roots grew out as time went on, but the violet color hardly faded at all.  I liked the color so much that I used Power Violet again the last time I dyed my hair.  It is not purple, but the violet is an interesting color and I got a lot of compliments on it.  Unless you have the strictest of dress codes, I definitely think that you should give L’Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet High-Intensity Shimmering Colour a try.  I purchased both of my boxes from Ulta for the rewards points, but L’Oreal Paris Feria Power Violet High-Intensity Shimmering Colour is widely available in stores and online.

Monthly Favorites and Fails, May 2015

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Monthly Favorites

Monthly Favorites

With June quickly approaching, I have my Monthly Favorites and Fails for May ready for you today.  For anyone 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.  Fails are products that simply did not work out and I do not recommend, because it is just as important to know what products to avoid as it is to know which ones to get.  May was a much better month for me than April (otherwise known as that time I came down with the Plague).  Though was still dealing with sickness for the first week or so of May, I felt much better and much more myself during the rest of the month.  I also did some traveling in May, and my Favorites reflect the items that I took with me on that trip and just kept using.  So let’s get into it.

Beauty Without Cruelty A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser

Beauty Without Cruelty A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser

I received this Beauty Without Cruelty AHA Facial Cleanser in my December Ipsy bag.  I didn’t use it right away because it claims to be designed for normal to oily skin and my skin is dry.  However, it was nice and compact, and I didn’t have any other cleansers that would fit in my travel bag, so I decided to bring it with me to North Carolina.  I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.  It cleansed my skin thoroughly without making it feel stripped or tight.  The formula will be problematic for some because of the inclusions of aroma-therapy essential oils.  They did not seem to bother my skin, and the scent is very subtle and not bothersome at all.  Beauty Without Cruelty AHA Facial Cleanser is not going to become one of my go-to products, but I am glad that I got the sample from Ipsy because I have really enjoyed it this month.

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer

My next Favorite for May is the Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer.  I reviewed this concealer back in February and said that I really liked it.  I stand by that assessment.  Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer goes on so smoothly, doesn’t look cakey in the slightest, and I do not have issues with creasing or settling into fine lines around my eyes.  At the same time, it has really great staying power, especially if you set it with a light powder.  It is a great concealer, and you should definitely try it out.  I have it in the shade Light.

L'Oreal Pro Matte Powder

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Powder

I ran out of my beloved Revlon Nearly Naked Powder (so sad) and have been using this L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Powder instead.  It is a completely different formula than Nearly Naked, but I have been enjoying it.  It is very finely milled, and looks good on the skin.  The Infallible Pro Matte Powder has some pretty decent coverage on its own.  Though it is a setting powder and not a powder foundation, it does have some of the same qualities that a powder foundation has.  If you have good skin, you can get away with just using Infallible Pro Matte Powder.  I am not that lucky.  I like the Infallible Pro Matte Powder a lot, but I do have to be careful to use a light hand because it goes from light and airy to overly powdery rather quickly.  I do think that it is a good option, and have been using it a lot all through May.

Wet n Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine

Wet n Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine

A product that I have been using so much that I couldn’t not include it is the Wet n Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine palette (also known as I (Heart) Matte palette).  I usually try not to include limited edition items in my favorites because I want to make sure you can get your hands on it if you see a product you like, so I apologize.  Because I was traveling I needed something compact that I could do some quick and easy looks with that could go with any outfit.  I have been loving applying the creamy browbone shade all over the eye first, and then using the peach shade liberally in the crease.  I then deepen the crease with the brown shade using a small pencil brush, and use the black shadow for liner.  I have probably worn that simple eye look 60% of the time this month.  It was so easy that I didn’t need to think about it, and it looks beautiful.  You do not need this palette to accomplish the look.  Any collection of similar matte shades (and there are many) will do the trick, but this is the product that I have been using and I love it.

Coastal Scents Go Palette in Beijing

Coastal Scents Go Palette in Beijing

When I wasn’t using the Wet n Wild palette, I went for the Coastal Scents Go Palette in Beijing.  The pinks and mauves in this palette were exactly what I wanted for some sweet and romantic pops of color.  I used to avoid pinks and purples but over the last few years I have seen the error of my ways and now I love them.  I know that I have talked about how great Coastal Scents is and how much I enjoy their shadows.  The Coastal Scents shadows are pigmented and smooth, and they are so affordable.  The Go palettes are a great bargain, especially because Coastal Scents often offers them in a bundle sale.

Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro

Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro

For blush this month, I pulled out an oldie but a goody, the Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro.  You’ve seen it before, you know what it is.  It has been too long since I used Rose D’Oro, and I almost forgot how much I truly love this blush.  Once I pulled it out again, however, I haven’t been able to put it down.  Just look at it!  It is a rosy peach shade with gold veining throughout.  The gorgous shimmer means that you can skip a separate highlighter.  It can be sheered out for a soft glowy flush, or layered for intense color.  It looks amazing on the cheeks.  Rose D’Oro is the perfect shade for spring and summer, and I am not putting it back in my drawer.  I am going to be wearing the heck out of it over the next few months.

Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm in Fresh Plum

Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm in Fresh Plum

A new (to me) product that I’ve been enjoying this month has been the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm in Fresh Plum.  I have been going for a barely there lip all month, and when I am not wearing my Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments, I have been wearing this.  I have one word to describe the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm- comfortable.  You all know how obsessed I am with the Nivea Kiss of Milk and Honey and Nivea Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon lip balms.  They are Holy Grail, can’t live without them status.  Well the Neutrogena Revitalizing Lip Balm feels very similar.  It is so moisturizing and comfortable on the lips.  The color is very sheer, so it is perfect for days when you couldn’t be bothered to do a lip color, but you want something there.  It’s a great product to throw in your purse and go.

That does it for my favorites, now onto this month’s Fails.  Always keep in mind that my reviews are based on my specific experience with these products, and good or bad, you may have different results.  So, just because I give a product a bad review, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a bad product.  It just means that it did not work for me.

Eclos Skincare

Eclos Skincare

I tried this 6-Piece Anti-Aging Starter Kit from Eclos Skincare.  Eclos is a branch of Freeman Beauty.  I really love Freeman facial masks, so I decided to try their skincare line the last time I made a purchase from Freeman’s website.  You can also get this set from Ulta.  Eclos touts their Apple Stem Cell Technology as truly amazing stuff that is clinically proven to significantly reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture.  I call shenanigans.  The products were generic at best, and some were truly terrible.  Not only did these products do absolutely nothing for my skin, but the scent was unbearable to me.  These are not large sample sizes, but even so, I couldn’t finish several of them.  Even the clay mask, something that Freeman does very well, was just ho-hum for me.  The primer was so bad that I tossed it after one use.  I like Freeman Beauty a lot, and their masks are wonderful.  I really wanted to like the Eclos skincare line.  Ultimately though, I hated all of it and do not recommend that you try any Eclos products.

That is all for my May Favorites and Fails.  I hope you saw something that you might want to check out for yourself.  If you have used any of these products, I’d love to know what you thought of them in the comments below.  May was a good month for me.  I am finally feeling back to normal.  I have several projects on the horizon, and am nervous but excited.  I am not looking forward to the intense heat of a Southern California summer, but at least I won’t have to endure the humidity like I did in NC.  Are you looking forward to the summer?  Any big plans on the horizon?  Let me know.  🙂

Beauty Quickie: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

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I have a Beauty Quickie for you today.  Let’s talk about the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray.  For those who haven’t seen my Beauty Quickies before, they are shorter product reviews that I usually do.  It’s kind of a down and dirty look at the product.  The setting sprays that I enjoy the most are the Urban Decay All Nighter and NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray.  They both perform very well.  I was really curious to see how L’Oreal’s version stands up, especially with a $16 price tag, a bit much for the drugstore.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

Here is the blurb from L’Oreal: “Keep your makeup looking fresh hours after application: no melting, fading or touch-ups necessary. This lightweight, oil free setting spray locks in your total makeup look, Face, Eyes, and Lips, preventing color from smudging or settling into fine lines for all-day staying power.”  I have dry skin, so I usually don’t have too many issues with fading throughout the day.  My main reason for using a setting spray is to get rid of that powdery look when I am finished with my makeup.  But I did put Infallible Pro-Spray & Set to the test on long days in warm weather.  I tried it over several foundations, and to be honest, I didn’t see much of a difference in how my makeup wore.  I tried to give Infallible Pro-Spray & Set the benefit of the doubt, but it just didn’t seem to do anything.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray

In addition to the lackluster performance, I have two major complaints with Infallible Pro-Spray & Set.  The first is that the spray comes out a little too hard for my taste.  I use the recommended T and X motion to evenly distribute the mist, but it sprays too much.  My face ends up feeling too wet and a little sticky.  The other major complaint that I have for the Infallible Pro-Spray & Set is its horrible smell.  My husband says that it smells like glue.  I think it smells like cheap generic lotion from the 80’s.  It’s sort of a powdery, chemical, perfumy smell.  It is so gross, and not something I want on my face (or anywhere else).  L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray has gotten some great reviews online, but for me it is a total dud.  Save your $16, and put it towards the $30 Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, or even better, spend $7.99 on the NYX Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray and get some Starbucks with the rest.

Best One and Done Shadows for Single Shade Looks

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Best One and Done Shades

Best One and Done Shades

I am really excited about today’s post.  There is a tag doing around Youtube about the best shadows for one shade looks.  I think that’s great because, let’s face it, sometimes we simply don’t have the time or the inclination to do a complicated shadow look with six different shades.  Sometimes we need to rush out the door and only have five minutes to throw on our makeup.  Or maybe you just want to do a simple look to liven up your face as you run a couple errands on a Saturday.  I have seven one-and-done shadows, all from the drugstore, that will give you a beautiful eye look with just one shade.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze

One of the easiest shadows to apply when you need to rush out the door are cream shadows.  My first one-and-done offering is Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze.  I find that the Color Tattoos work very well for me without creasing or fading and don’t need to be set by a powder.  I don’t even need a brush.  I simply apply the Color Tattoo and blend it out with my fingers, easy peasy.  Bad to the Bronze is a deep metallic bronze shade.  The intense metallic finish gives it a multi-dimensional look when the light catches it, making it look like you have more things happening on your eye than you actually do.

e.l.f. Smudge Pot in Cruisin' Chic

e.l.f. Smudge Pot in Cruisin’ Chic

Another cream shadow that I have spoken of often is the e.l.f. Smudge Pot in Cruisin’ Chic.  It is a gorgeous brown-based metallic taupe, and a lighter shade than Bad to the Bronze.  The Smudge Pots are so lightweight and creamy, they blend like a dream.  When they dry down they have great lasting power with no creasing or fading.  I really love Cruisin’ Chic.  It couldn’t be easier to apply with either a brush or your fingers.  It is a great everyday option that all by itself looks like I put way more effort into my eye look than I really did.

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush

Moving away from the cream shadows, let’s talk about L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush.  First of all, if you don’t already have this shade in your collection, run out and get it immediately because it is gorgeous.  Amber Rush is a metallic rose gold color that is to-die-for.  It is so beautiful!  The Infallible Eyeshadows are pressed pigments that seem to “melt” onto the skin during application.  The soft, velvety texture glides on beautifully and is extremely lightweight.  You can use either a brush or your fingers to apply.  I like to use both, actually.  I use my fingers to pack the shade onto my lid, and then diffuse it up through the crease with a fluffy brush.  One shadow look or not, Amber Rush is a must-have.  Another Infallible Eyeshadow option for a one shadow look is Bronzed Taupe, but that one is quite a bit darker.

Ulta Brilliant Color Eye Shadow in Taupe

Ulta Brilliant Color Eye Shadow in Taupe

A similar style to the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows is the Ulta Brilliant Color Eye Shadow in Taupe.  It is also a pressed pigment and performs just as well as the L’Oreal Infallibles.  Taupe is a warm brown based, metallic taupe shade.  It is a great neutral, but with some drama and intensity. It is a little bit lighter than Bad to the Bronze, and a little darker than Cruisin’ Chic.  For those of you who aren’t a fan of cream shadows, this type of shadow may be a better option.  You can apply Ulta Brilliant Color Eye Shadow in Taupe with fingers, or use a synthetic brush for great results.

Wet n Wild Coloricon Single Eyeshadow in Nutty

Wet n Wild Coloricon Single Eyeshadow in Nutty

I can’t do a one-and-done post without mentioning the quintessential Wet n Wild Coloricon Single Eyeshadow in Nutty.  It is a metallic taupe that works for any occasion.  It can be built up for a darker look, or sheered out to look more natural.  Nutty is a standard powder eyeshadow, so those who may not know how to use other formulas will be able to apply it with ease.  It is the least expensive shadow on the list at only $0.99.  Wet n Wild Coloricon Single Eyeshadows are intensely pigmented, have excellent lasting power and an overall fantastic formula.  You need Nutty in your life.

Jesse's Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust in Sunlit Cactus

Jesse’s Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust in Sunlit Cactus

A somewhat daring one shadow option is the Jesse’s Girl Pure Pigment Eye Dust in Sunlit Cactus.  I mentioned this in my April favorites post and can not get enough of it.  There are orange, gold, and green pigments in the shadow, and they create all of these fantastic dimensions to the eye.  Loose shadows can be a little messy at times, but I definitely think that Sunlit Cactus is worth the trouble.  The shade is so eye catching, and interesting without much effort on your part.  It has so much drama and intensity, it can absolutely stand alone.

e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow in Golden

e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow in Golden

The last shade that I have is e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow in Golden.  It is a warm, brassy gold shade that is lighter than many of the shadows on this list for those who don’t like dark eye looks.  I really like the e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow formula.  It blends extremely easily and evenly.  The shades offer great pigmentation, but can be applied lightly and sheered out for a subtle wash of color.  For a one color look, I would pack Golden on the lid, and then gradually blend it up to nothingness with a fluffy brush.  It is beautiful.

Best One and Done Shade Swatches

Best One and Done Shade Swatches

Here is a swatch of all the shades mentioned, side-by-side and in the order they were mentioned, so that you can easily compare them to each other.  By now you may be noticing a trend in all of these shades.  They are all shimmer or metallic finish and they are mid-tone shades in the taupe, bronze, and gold families.  My personal opinion is that those are the best shadows for single shade looks.  They are universally flattering, go with everything, and the finish catches the light in such a way that the shadows look darker or lighter with the contours of your eye.  You can certainly do one shadow looks with other shades families like grays or plums, but these shades are the ones that I thought would appeal to the most people, and that most of you may already own.  You can achieve different looks with only a single shade depending on the tools you use to apply them.  For most of these shades I would recommend a flat shader brush for the lid and a fluffy brush for the crease to alter the way the shadow looks slightly.  You don’t have to make it too complicated; the whole point is that these are for easy looks to get you out the door quickly.  I hope that you saw some shades you like and that you try some one shadow looks the next time you are pressed for time.  What are your favorite one-and-done shades?  Let me know in the comments below.