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Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadow by EyeStudio

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Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadow

Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadow

Today I have two of the Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadow by EyeStudio to show you.  The duos were released for Spring 2015 and they are readily available in stores and online.  The Color Molten shadows are designed to be cream to powder shadows with a gel-like formula.  The product description goes a little something like this : “EyeStudio Color Molten eyeshadow from Maybelline New York is a lustrous, dimensional cream shadow that melts to a new molten luster.”  Sounds great, doesn’t it?  Let’s take a closer look.

Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadow in Rose Haze

Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadow in Rose Haze

The Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadows make a lot of claims about their unique formula.  Maybelline claims that their “micro-gel pigment formula melts with a liquid touch. Dimensional color gleams with a new molten sheen.”  The shadows feel similar to the Maybelline Bouncy Blushes in that they have some give and are a little bit squishy, but do not have a completely creamy or mousse-like texture like a regular cream shadow.  The micro-gel formula is extremely lightweight, and feels like air on the skin.  I had high hopes for the Color Molten Eyeshadows, but they ultimately were a disappointment.

Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadow in Teal Twist

Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadow in Teal Twist

There are eight duos in the Color Molten Eyeshadow line.  I chose to try Rose Haze and Teal Twist.  I tried a couple of different methods when applying these shadows.  I used my fingers and several different types of synthetic brushes.  No matter what method I used, I found the Color Molten Eyeshadows really hard to use.  The formula is extremely difficult to blend out, so I could get a nice application on my eyelid, but trying to blend into the crease was a pain.  They apply patchy, with lackluster pigment.  I got the best color pay-off when using my fingers, but of course, that gave me the least amount of control for a multiple shade look.  I was able to blend the shadows out in the crease with a brush, but that sacrifices a lot of the pigmentation, and I ended up with more of a sheer wash of color.  The promised cream to powder formula never quite delivers, and I don’t think the Color Molten Eyeshadows ever dry down all the way.  Consequently, even on dry eyelids, the shadows crease up and fade.  This formula is simply a mess.

Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadow in Rose Haze

Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadow in Rose Haze

The Color Molten Eyeshadows swatch decently.  This is two layers of product.  Rose haze consists of an icy pink and a brown toned plum shade.  The plum has the best pigmentation of the bunch.  Teal Twist has a shimmery beige with micro glitter as its light shade.  This is paired with an extremely disappointing blue toned metallic teal.  Rose Haze applies with more pigmentation on the eye than Teal Twist does, however, I must admit that the teal shade does look beautiful on the eye when sheered out.

Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadow in Teal Twist

Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadow in Teal Twist

All in all, I thought that the Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadows were a huge let down.  Though I was able to accomplish decent looks with the products, they were difficult shadows to work with.  A beginner, especially one with inadequate tools, may not be able to get them to work at all.  Bottom line, they are way more trouble than they are worth with poor pigmentation and a horrible formula.  I would recommend passing them by completely, even if they are on sale.  They just aren’t worth the hassle.

Monthly Favorites, February 2015 Edition

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February Favorites

February Favorites

It’s the end of the month, so you know what that means.  It’s Monthly Favorites time!  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.  February was a month of experimentation, beauty-wise.  I have been tying to shop my stash and get use out of all sorts of products.  I really tried to mix it up and use different products each time, so consequently choosing my favorites this month was much harder than usual.  I managed to do it, though, so without further ado, here are my Monthly Favorites for February.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness and Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness and Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

I am trying to work my way through my primers and foundations before I open any new ones, and one thing that I keep going back to month after month is the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Neutralizing Correcting Cream.  It is such a great product.  I love using it as a base layer under lighter foundations that don’t have enough coverage for me on their own.  It is a great layering product.  It is light-weight and dries down matte.  It really covers up my rosacea and helps my foundation look great.  I have also lately been using Bye Bye Redness on its own.  I simply go back in for a second layer over the areas that I feel need some extra help.  A little goes a long way, and this product has lasted for months.  I prefer to use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply and blend it out.  Though this isn’t normally my favorite foundation brush, it works fabulously with Bye Bye Redness.  The brush fits perfectly in the jar and it spreads just the right amount of product for a smooth and even layer.  This is a great duo and I have been really loving them.

 

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Mauve

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Make a Mauve

On my cheeks I have been loving my new Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Make a Mauve.  I am going to do a full review soon, so I am not going to go into too much detail now.  Make a Mauve has a lovely, creamy formula that blends well without pulling up my foundation.  It is a gorgeous red-toned mauve shade that sheers out for a “just came in from the cold” healthy flush to the cheeks.  It is a great product, so keep an eye out for my full review with all the details coming soon.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Bronzer in Deep Bronze

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Bronzer in Deep Bronze

You know that I have been loving my Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve over the last few months, but in February I put it down in favor of the Maybelline Master Hi-Light Bronzer in Deep Bronze.  Even though most of the country is buried in snow, here in sunny Southern California it’s been blue skies and warm weather, so I am hearing some of my spring and summer colors calling my name.  Deep Bronze is a warm, golden bronze shade.  It is quite shimmery, so I don’t use it for contouring.  It’s a great a blush, though, for that golden bronze look.  There is a lot of red in this shade, so it’s more suited for those with neutral or warm undertones in their skin, but it is absolutely gorgeous.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Taupe

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Taupe

Moving on to eyes, I have been reaching or my Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Taupe a lot this month.  Rimmel is extremely affordable and the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajals have a great formula.  Taupe is my favorite of the bunch because it is a unique shade to my collection and a really versatile liner.  This is such a great shade for the lower lash line for some definition that is appropriate for the daytime when black or brown might be too much.

Wet n Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine

Wet n Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine

I usually try not to include limited edition items in my favortes because I want to make sure you can get your hands on it if you see a product you like.  However, I have been reaching for the Wet n Wild Drinking a Glass of Shine palette (also known as I (Heart) Matte palette) so much over the last couple of months, that I really needed to include it.  I use this palette in conjunction with any variety of other eyeshadows because of the fantastic neutral shades.  That peachy “eyelid” shade is a fantastic transition shadow to use in a large number of looks.  The “browbone” highlight is an everyday staple, and I use the black shadow for liner all the time.  I know many of you picked up this palette and it may be sitting in your drawer because you think of it as a colorful palette, but pull it out and use the neutral side.  It goes with everything.

Lorac Platinum Status Eyeshadow Palette

Lorac Platinum Status Eyeshadow Palette

And finally, we have the Lorac Platinum Status Eyeshadow Palette.  Again, this was limited edition, but it is a great palette for February.  I have loved the sweet, romantic eye looks that I have been getting from this palette.  There are some similar shades in the Wet n Wild Petal Pusher palette, since this Lorac palette isn’t available anymore.  I love that gorgeous shimmery rosy-mauve paired with the satin plum shade right next to it.  I have been trying to wear more purple-toned shadows.  Though I will probably always favor greens, golds, and browns as my favorite colors, I have noticed that purples look really good with my coloring.  Lorac usually releases these five pan palettes around Thanksgiving, and they are fantastic, so keep an eye out when the time comes.

That is all for my February favorites.  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.  February was a good month for me.  I feel like I am finally settling in after the move and getting back to normal.  I have been so busy this month, and have been extremely sleep deprived, but otherwise I’ve been doing well.  I am looking forward to the Spring, and busting out some of my more fun colors.  I have a feeling greens and corals are going to feature heavily in the next couple months.  I am usually all for a long winter, but this year I am ready or Spring to come my way.  How about you?

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer

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Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer

Today I have a review for the Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer.  This concealer was released as part of Maybelline’s Spring line.  Here is what Maybelling has to say: “New Master Conceal by Face Studio from Maybelline New York, is a master concealer. Our formula camouflages imperfections and dark circles with ultra-resistant full coverage.  Ultra-concentrated formula with no buildup. Camouflage flaws and dark circles with no telltale cover and undetectable finish.”  Spoiler alert: this concealer is great y’all.

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer comes in a squeeze tube with a pointed applicator.  It is wonderful packaging because you can easily control how much product comes out.  You are not wasting any product with the easy to use applicator.  Often when you try a drugstore concealer you will find that they are either way too dry and crease up in fine lines, or else super runny with no coverage.  What’s great about the Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer is that the formula has a good deal of moisture, but is more creamy than runny.  It felt great on my dry skin, didn’t look cakey in the slightest, did not crease at all, and it didn’t settle into fine lines around my eyes.  At the same time, it had really great staying power.  When I set it with powder, I get a solid seven hours before it starts to fade.  The creamy fomula melts into the skin so easily that the finish really is undetectable.  I would call the coverage more medium than full coverage.  It is great at concealing minor dark circles and spots.  If you have really major dark circles, it may not be quite enough, but most people will find the coverage sufficient.

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer in "Light"

Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer in “Light”

I purchased the second shade in the lineup, which is “Light”.  There are five shades total.  I am pretty pale, but “Light” is almost too light for me.  It definitely has a brightening effect under my eyes and I need to be careful when I use it on the rest of my face to blend it in with my foundation.  (I was having lighting issues and just could not get it to come out right, so this picture makes the concealer look darker than it really is.  At least you can see the consistency and how well it blends out, even though the color is a little off.)  So when purchasing, keep in mind that the shades run lighter than you would expect.  “Light” also has a strong yellow undertone, which is great for covering up dark circles and neutralizing redness.  I believe “Fair” has some peachy undertones, but the other four shades are all yellow based.  Cooler skin tones may have some trouble shade matching.  Other than that, though, the Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer is a great drugstore option.  I highly recommend it.

Ulta Haul- New Items from NYX, Essence, and Maybelline

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Ulta Haul

Ulta Haul

I have an Ulta haul to show you today that is full of new products for Spring.  I will definitely be reviewing most of these products in the upcoming weeks, so I wanted to give you an idea of what new items are out there, and what you can expect to see coming up here on the blog.  Ulta had some Buy One, Get One 50% off sales happening when I ordered, plus 20% off, so I actually scored these products for a pretty good price.  So let’s get into it.

Spongeables

Spongeables Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer

First off, an item that I needed to repurchase and one that I have mentioned several times on the blog is the Spongeables Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer.  I usually get the pink version that has a Lavender and Tee Tree Oil scent, but they were out.  Instead I opted for the Citron Eucalyptus version, which is a nice scent, but pretty strong.  I love these scrubbers and I have been missing Spongeables while I’ve been out of them.  I definitely notice a difference when I don’t use them.  Ulta had them BOGO 50% off, and that sale is still currently on.

New from NYX

New from NYX

And now we move on to some brand new products from NYX Cosmetics.

  • NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Toasted Marshmallow- Smother your lips with a silky gloss bursting with color! Our Intense Butter Gloss has the same mouth-watering texture and scent of the original formula with even more color payoff in 12 new delectable shades.
  • NYX High Definition Blush in Summer- A high definition, lightweight blush that blends evenly. NYX Cosmetics vibrant and silky HD Blush delivers a beautiful flush of color and is paraben free.
  • NYX High Voltage Lipsticks in Free Spirit, Wine & Dine, and Dirty Talk- Power up your look with 22-super charged shades of lipstick that are high voltage! Don’t be afraid to swipe on a thick coat for a super-rich finish of dramatic color with NYX Cosmetics High Voltage Lipstick.

Right now, Ulta has all NYX lip products for BOGO 50% off.  I can’t wait to get all of these items photographed and swatched so that I can start testing them.  The Intense Butter Gloss and HD Blushes are available on NYX’s website, but as of this posting the High Voltage Lipsticks aren’t yet listed.

Maybelline Master Glaze and Master Conceal

Maybelline Master Glaze and Master Conceal

I went ahead and picked up the new Maybelline Master Conceal that I showed you yesterday.  I chose the shade “Light” and will be testing the concealer immediately so that I can get a review up as soon as possible.  I know that many of you will be curious to see how well it works.  I also finally picked up Maybelline Master Glaze Glistening Blush Stick in “Make a Mauve”.  I’ve been wanting “Make a Mauve” since it came out last year, but hadn’t gotten around to it.  I am so excited to finally have in it my possession.

New Essence Eyeshadow

New Essence Eyeshadow

I also grabbed some new items from Essence.  Essence is a brand that I have very little experience with.  I have found their products to be kind of hit and miss.  Some have been truly fantastic, though, so I definitely want to try more of their lineup, especially because Essence is so affordable.  Here is what I purchased:

  • Essence 3D Eyeshadow in Choco Cupcake
  • Essence 3D Eyeshadow in Caramel Cream
  • Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow in Choco Chic
  • Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow in Frosted Apple
Essence Lash Princess mascara

Essence Lash Princess mascara

The last item that I purchased is Essence Lash Princess Mascara.  “Get the royal treatment! Essence’s Lash Princess Volume Mascara is presented in a fantastic evening gown design and has a unique wand applicator designed for extra control to reach every lash. The prestige inspired cobra brush is specially shaped to lift, separate, and cover each individual lash for the most majestic volume.”  I totally bought this mascara for the freaking adorable packaging.  Just kidding.  (Sort of.)  Really though, I think that it will be a great formula to try and only $4.99.

I am very excited about all of my purchases.  I will be testing and swatching so that I can get the reviews up for you as soon as possible.  Please let me know in the comments below which new products you are the most interested in so that I can give those products priority.  Have you purchased any of these items?  Tell me what your experience was with them if you have.  Are any of these items on your wish list?  Let me know.

New from Maybelline and CoverGirl Spring 2015

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Spring 2015

Spring 2015

I stole my husband’s iPad, and went off to CVS yesterday to see what is new in the drugstore for Spring 2015.  Boy howdy, are there a lot of new products to play with!  So many, in fact, that I am going to have to break them up into a couple different posts, as not to be completely overwhelming.  So, today’s post will focus on Maybelline and CoverGirl.  Stay tuned for subsequent posts showing you even more new displays featuring Spring 2015 releases from your favorite drugstore brands.

Maybelline Spring 2015 for Eyes

Maybelline Spring 2015 for Eyes

Fist up from Maybelline is a large display that shows their new Spring line for the eyes.  The new products contained in this display are:

  • Maybelline Brow Drama Tinted Brow Gel
  • Maybelline Brow Precise Pencils for shaping and defining brows
  • Maybelline Master Graphic Eyeliner
  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara
  • Maybelline Color Molten Cream Powder Shadow

I am interested to see how the Master Graphic Eyeliner works out, which is a chubby felt liner with a slanted point like a marker.  I hope that is isn’t too thick for a precise line.  The Lash Sensational Mascara has a “full fan effect” thanks to the curved brush head that has long bristles on one side and short bristles on the other.  It is supposed to “reveal layers and layers” of lashes.  I really liked the Mabelline Rocket mascara, so I may give Lash Sensational a try.

Maybelline EyeStudio Color Molten Cream Powder Eyeshadow

Maybelline EyeStudio Color Molten Cream Powder Eyeshadow

Here is a closer look at the Maybelline EyeStudio Color Molten Cream Powder Eyeshadow. There are eight shades in this new line.  Each duo is supposed to be “a lustrous, dimensional cream shadow that melts to a new molten luster.”  They look beautiful, and I can’t wait to see how they perform.  The eight shades in this line are:

  • 300 Nude Rush
  • 301 Taupe Craze
  • 302 Endless Mocha
  • 303 Midnight
  • 304 Sapphire Mist
  • 305 Plum Fusion
  • 306 Rose Haze
  • 307 Teal Twist
Maybelline Master prime and Master Concealer

Maybelline Master prime and Master Concealer

The next display, which you can see has been pretty picked over, contains two new products from Maybelline FaceStudio.  These are the Master Prime face primer and the Master Conceal camouflaging concealer.  There are three shades of Master Prime available: 100 Blur + Smooth, 200 Blur + Redness Control (not pictured), and 300 Blur + Illuminate.  Oddly, the 300 Blur + Illuminate shade is the only one of these primers that also has SPF 30.  All three are supposed to “blur away your skin concerns.”  The Master Conceal is supposed to be a full coverage camouflaging concealer to cover any issues, yet it also claims to be light weight.  There are five shades of Master Conceal, ranging from Fair to Medium/Deep.  It should be noted that the “Fair” shade has pink/peach undertones rather than yellow or beige undertones.  I am very curious about both of these products.

CoverGirl Spring 2015

CoverGirl Spring 2015

This gigantic Spring collection from CoverGirl has new items for lips, face, and eyes.  Let’s jump in with the new foundation, the new CoverGirl Ultra Smooth Hair Smoothing Foundation + Applicator.  I really don’t know what to say about this products, so instead I’ll just give you all the claims straight from CoverGirl.  “Smooth is sexy and always in style.  Smooth-looking skin starts with even tone and texture, and although nobody particularly likes to admit to imperfections such as redness, blemishes and even fine facial hair, everyone loves the appearance of gorgeous skin.  Infused with Olay smoothing serum in a silky base to soften the look of skin and fine facial hair for easy lay-down.  Optical concealers camouflage, perfect for eliminating redness and covering imperfections, Smoothing polymer holds the look in place.  Unlike a sponge, the applicator won’t soak up foundation – it easily comes off and smoothes right onto the skin – plus, you end up using less product.

Moving on to eyes, in this display we see:

  • CoverGirl Full Lash Bloom Mascara- Soft, full lashes that are never stiff or brittle. New petal shaped brush and soft, mousse formula, with natural beeswax, brings out every lash.
  • CoverGirl Bombshell Intensity Liner- Expert precision application for a little or lot of sexy. With the smooth glide formula and tapered tip, easily create your own dramatic look for intensity that lasts all night. Longwear liner for 24 hours. Super sexy effects for eyes.
  • CoverGirl Bombshell Pow-der Brow + Liner- Cover Girl Bombshell POW-der Brow & Liner – Soft powder adheres to brows and defines eyes. 2-in-1 brow & liner powder.
  • CoverGirl Eyeshadow Quads- Cover Girl Eyeshadow Quads have pure luminous colors that are made to be played with. Quads of luminous color designed to be as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4  all-over, lid, crease, and liner. Enriched with skin conditioners for smooth, even application. Subtle to dramatic in seconds with buildable rich color pigments.  Three new shades.

Finally, for lips we have the new Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick.  These are replacing the now discontinued CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipsticks.  There is a large range of shades broken up into Rich Reds, Luscious Pinks, Smooth Nudes, and Yummy Plums.  This deliciously rich lipstick is infused with shea butter for lasting color and comes in 36 shades you can’t help but crave.

CoverGirl Lip Lava lipgloss

CoverGirl Lip Lava lipgloss

Speaking of lips, also from CoverGirl are these new Lip Lava lip glosses.  “Bold color, lacquer shine. Rich color of a lipstick, high shine of a gloss. Highly pigmented colors.”  There are nine high shimmer shades in the Lip Lava line:

  • Lava Luster
  • Lychee Lava
  • Mango Lava
  • Live, Love, Lava
  • Ooh La Lava
  • Look it’s Lava
  • Lava-nder
  • Muava Lava
  • Lava Glow

These glosses are intense, fun colors that are extremely eye catching and very cute.  There are also three new shades of Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss.  Sorry, I didn’t catch the shade names, but they are brilliant, shimmering jewel tones.  Very pretty,

And that is it for Maybelline and CoverGirl.  Did you see any products that you want to try, or have you already gotten some of the products mentioned?  Let me know in the comments below.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Be sure to stay tuned for more new items from the drugstore over the next few days.  I still have Physicians Formula, Rimmel, L’Oreal, and more to come, so keep watching this space.

14 Best of 2014

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Best of 2014

Best of 2014

It is time for my wrap up of the products that I liked best in 2014.  These are products that didn’t necessarily come out in 2014, but that I loved and used in 2014.  It’s basically my most favorite of all my favorite products for the year.  If you have been paying attention over the last year, all of these products should be familiar to you.  I have mentioned all of them in at least one “Favorites” post, though I do try not to be too repetitive in those posts as much as possible.  These are definitely the products that I have been reaching for throughout the year, so let me get started.

Derma MD Copper CoQ10 Moisturizer

Derma MD Copper CoQ10 Moisturizer

First up, let’s talk skincare.  In 2014 I discovered Derma MD when they sent me several products for review.  The product that I have loved most from the brand is the Derma MD Copper CoQ10 Moisturizer.  This is my third bottle, and I am sure that I will continue to use the Copper CoQ10 for a while.  It has helped reduce my redness so much, which is my number one skin concern.  I love the moisturizer because it is not greasy or oily in the slightest, but delivers a ton of hydration that lasts for hours.  It is extremely lightweight and absorbs into the skin so easily 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, and I recommend it to anyone.  Derma MD is often featured on sites like Hautelook and Rue La La to cut the cost by a significant amount.  I also have a 50% off promo code at dermamdskincare.com for my readers.  Enter code beautybudget at check out to receive the discount.

The Body Shop Honemania

The Body Shop Honeymania

Moving away from the face to the body is the Honeymania scent from The Body Shop.  I love this scent so much.  I have body butter, lip butter, and shower gel in Honeymania.  It smells like honey and wild flowers, and is just a gorgeous fresh scent.  I actually prefer the formula of the body butter more from The Body Shop than from Bath & Body Works.  It is less greasy and absorbs into the skin better.  Honestly though, I almost don’t care what product it is as long as it is in the Honeymania scent.  ;)

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

Moving on to tools, the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer is a dead-on dupe for the Sigma F80, but for a fraction of the cost.  This is my favorite style of brush for blending in foundation.  I have a review for all of the details about how the brush performs.  The bristles are soft and densely packed, making it a fantastic foundation brush because it feels comfortable on the skin and blends everything out easily and evenly.  The handle is shorter than most, so the brush fits much easier into makeup bags than similar brushes.  I have washed it countless times, and have had no issues with shedding or bleeding.  The Bionic Flat Top Buffer is very well made and a high quality brush.  If you are considering getting the F80 you should consider this one first.

Sigma E-36 Blending Brush

Sigma E36 Blending Brush

One brush from Sigma that is 100% worth the hype and the money is the Sigma E36 Blending Brush.  This brush is essential for me.  I have hooded lids that aren’t too big, and this brush fits in the cease perfectly.  I can lay down dark crease shades without them getting out of control and taking over my look.  The E36 is very thin and has long, slightly firm bristles.  The small fluffy brush is just perfect for precision blending and I use it all the time.  It may be too small for those with really large eyes, but it’s so perfect for me.

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation & Revlon Nearly Naked Powder

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation & Revlon Nearly Naked Powder

When it comes to face makeup, my foundation and powder are repeat favorites that I had from last year.  I am combining them and only counting them as one because it is the pair of products used together that is my true favorite.  I am talking about the Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation and the Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder, both of which have me scraping the bottom to get the last bit.  The Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous is really great and unique because it works equally well for those with oily or dry skin.  Very few products truly are for all skin types, but this foundation really is.  CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is mattifying, without drying out your skin.  It has solid medium coverage, but is still lightweight and not cakey.  The best part is that it lasts all day long, even in the worst heat and humidity.  I definitely think that it is one of the best drugstore options for foundation.  Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder is such a good product that if you haven’t tried it yet, you absolutely must.  I love how light it is, and the soft focus effect it gives to my skin is lovely.  It blurs the imperfections and makes me look younger.  Revlon Nearly Naked is (for me) the absolute best powder in the drugstore and definitely one that I will repurchase.  It’s tough for me to use up products all the way because I have so much makeup to choose from.  It says a lot that both of these products are basically empty.  I highly recommend them both.

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic

Hopefully you aren’t sick of me talking about the Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic, because it was definitely a major favorite for me this past year.  Poetic is a warm, nude peach with a satin finish that looks good for any occasion and on many different skin tones.  The Forever Blush formula is so great in general.  The blushes apply smoothly and evenly, and they 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 my favorite, though, because it is such a universally flattering shade.  I strongly recommend that you check it out.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve

Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve

I haven’t mentioned the Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve since the Spring, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been using it.  It is such a beautiful shade, and it wears really well.  Mauve has definitely become one of my favorite blushes, especially when I want to skip highlighter and use a blush with some shimmer.  It is sort of a plum toned rose-gold shade that is different than any other shade I have in my collection.  The shimmer particles are finely milled and do not look chunky or glittery.  It gives me a lovely sheen and looks great.  A little goes a really long way, so I’ll have this blush for a long time.  I really love it.

Lorac Pro Palette 2

Lorac Pro Palette 2

There is no way that I can talk about my favorite products of 2014 without mentioning the Lorac Pro Palette 2.  It is probably my favorite palette of all of the palettes that I own, which says a lot because I have so many of them.  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.  Feel free to read my full review of the Lorac Pro 2 with swatches for more information on the palette.

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow

In 2014 I discovered bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow and have been so impressed.  I don’t know why it took me so long to try bareMinerals, but I have really been enjoying the brand.  I first tried a mini bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 in “The Epiphany” that I got in a kit over the Holidays last year.  I could not get enough of the creamy, silky formula.  I reach for that duo all the time.  Next, I purchased the bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Soundrack” and that same buttery texture had me hooked.  The shadows feel so luxe and expensive on the skin- a real high quality experience.  My most recent bareMinerals purchase is the READY Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Happy Place” that was just delivered a week or so ago.  It is absolutely gorgeous, and I can’t wait to play some more with it.  BareMinerals READY Eyeshadows are a little pricey, but they are worth it in my opinion.

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

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

How many times have I talked about e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic this last year?  I have enjoyed the Smudge Pots in general, but Cruisin Chic is the number one “must-have” of the bunch.  The gel formula doesn’t crease, but also doesn’t dry out my lids.  It is lightweight and hardly noticeable.  It lasts all day long without fading.  And the best part is that the e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic is only $3 (e.l.f. recently raised their prices).  Be sure to check out my review of the Smudge Pots.  Cruisin Chic is gorgeous brown-based metallic taupe.  It is a great everyday option that looks so multidimensional that I can get away with wearing it all by itself, but it still looks like I put way more effort into the look.  It couldn’t be easier to apply with either a brush or your fingers.  I can’t think of a single reason why you shouldn’t get it.  Trust me, you need this in your life.

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment

Another products that should be no surprise to find in my Best of 2014 roundup are the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments.  Though I had tried them before this last year, I became obsessed with them in 2014.  I love the way that they make my lips feel.  The Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments are so hydrating and have a beautiful sheer wash of color that looks so natural and pretty.  My two favorite shades out of the line are Sugar Rose and Sugar Berry.  Sugar Rose is very sheer, but still gives my lips some life.  The look is almost like my lips have a fresh kiss blush that is quite attractive.  Sugar Berry is a plum-toned berry shade that has still has decent pigmentation, despite being a sheer balm.  It is what I wear when I want color on my lips, but still want my lips to look natural.  I have really fallen for the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment line.  They are definitely a splurge, but I really think that they are worth a go.

Nivea Kiss of... Lip Care

Nivea Kiss of… Lip Care

My other lip love of 2014 is much more affordable, but just as wonderful.  I am addicted to the Nivea Kiss of Milk and Honey and Nivea Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon lip balms.  I am a lip balm junkie, and I continue to try new lip balms when I get them in Ipsy bags or something like that, but I keep coming back to Nivea.  These balms are so extremely hydrating.  I have really dry lips, and am constantly re-applying my lip products.  The Nivea balms last longer than most, and the formula is lightweight and silky without being greasy or waxy.  They have no noticeable taste, and the pleasant scent is extremely subtle and only lasts during application.  They are fantastic, and I can’t live without them.

Born Pretty Store Water Decals

Born Pretty Store Water Decals

One of my favorite new discoveries from 2014 are the Water Decals that I’ve been getting from the Born Pretty Store.  I had never heard of water decals before Born Pretty contacted me.  There was a steep learning curve for figuring out how to use water decals, and the first two attempts were somewhat painstaking.  By my third try, however, I had my technique down and they were easy as pie.  I absolutely love how professional water decals make my nails look.  I don’t go to the salon to get manicures, and I have extremely limited talent when it comes to nail art.  Let’s be honest, I can barely paint my nails without making a mess.  But the water decals make my clumsy efforts look expertly executed.  They are basically a temporary tattoo for nails, and (once you get the hang of it) really easy to use.  I have gotten all of my water decals from the Born Pretty Store, so you can either type “water decals” in the search box or just click the Born Pretty category on the right hand side of the page for a closer look at the manicures that I have come up with using water decals.  They are really fun and my new favorite way to do nail art.

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia fragrance

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia fragrance

Finally, my favorite fragrance has been Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia.  Oh my god, you guys, it smells so good!   Acqua di Gioia is a fresh, clean aquatic scent, with light citrus and floral notes.  It instantly transports me to a villa in the Mediterranean, and I can’t get enough of it.  The image in my head when I smell Acqua di Gioia is of clean blue water and fluffy white towels.  The name means “water of joy” and I can’t think of a better and more accurate name for the scent.  My husband also loves it and always compliments me when I wear it.  In fact, he liked it so much he picked up the men’s version for himself.  You have to smell Acqua di Gioia, if you haven’t already.  It is truly lovely.

And that completes my Best of 2014 post.  These posts are hard to do because I have used so many great products over the year.  I do think that I was able to round up the best of the best, so to speak.  These are the products that have gotten the most love over the year and that I would recommend the most to you.  I hope that you saw something that you like.  Let me know what your favorite products have been throughout 2014.  Are there items that I really need to try?  Tell me about them in the comments below.

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.

Beauty Quickie

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