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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.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Today I have my review for the new Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara.  Lash Sensational was released for Spring 2015.  If you read my March Favorites post, then you already know that I am really enjoying Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara.  It gives me a lot of length and a beautiful fanned out effect that I love.  It is hard to do mascara reviews because mascara is so subjective.  We all have such different needs when it comes to mascara.  For me, I look for a product that gives me length and volume in one coat, and that doesn’t clump or flake.  (I can’t stand spider lashes.)  I feel like Maybelline Lash Sensational really delivers.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Here is what Maybelline has to say about Lash Sensational: “Lash Sensational Mascara is the first patented fanning brush with 10 layers of bristles to reveal a full flourish of lashes. Liquid Ink formula coats from all sides for a sensational full fan effect.”  So, let’s talk about this brush.  It has a slight curve, and the bristles on the wand are different sizes.  The inside of the curve and the tip of the wand have short bristles, good for getting to the base of your lashes.  The bristles get larger on the side and the bristles on the outside of the curve are long and give lashes the “full fan effect” that Maybelline promises.   Here is a closer look at the wand.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Now let’s see Lash Sensational in action.  The top photo is my naked eye.  All I have done is curl my lashes, though my super straight lashes do not like to hold a curl.  As you can see, my short, stubby lashes need a lot of help.  The bottom photo has one coat of Lash Sensational.  You can see it is a vast improvement.  I like to stick to one coat when possible because I feel like piling on any mascara weighs my lashes down too much.  I’ll do two coats if I have to, but I love mascaras like Lash Sensational where I can get away with just one coat.  I love the length it gives me.  There is a little extra volume, but the wand does a great job of separating my lashes and making it look like I have more lashes than I really do.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

For me, Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara is a keeper.  Long fluttery lashes are my preferred look, and Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara gives me what I need.  I had no issues with flaking or smudging, and I like the formula a lot.  Everyone has different needs and preferences with mascara, but I think it’s a great formula for me.  Maybelline has become my favorite drugstore brand for mascara.  Between Maybelline’s The Rocket Mascara and now Lash Sensational Mascara, Maybelline is doing it right.  What about you?  Have you tried Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara?  What did you think?  What are the most important aspects for you when it comes to mascara?  Let’s talk lashes in the comments below.

Monthly Favorites and Fails, March 2015

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March 2015 Monthly Favorites

March 2015 Monthly Favorites

It’s Monthly Favorites time, better late than never.  Thank you for your well-wishes while I was sick.  I was pretty bad off all week with that stomach flu, but I feel much better now.  Almost completely back to normal.  I thought about skipping Favorites for March since it is so late in the month, but I really like Favorites posts.  Besides, I’ve been testing new products that I haven’t gotten a chance to review yet.  I really want to at least mention a couple of them because there are so many drugstore brand sales this week.  So, even though it is almost half way through April, I am going to talk about my favorites from March.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation

My first favorite is one that I haven’t gotten a chance to review yet, but that I have been really liking.  It’s the new L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation.  I am surprised my how much I like this foundation.  I have dry skin, so I was expecting that it would be too dry for me, but it isn’t as long as I use a good primer underneath.  L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte has an extremely lightweight formula.  It does not have a full matte finish, but more of a demi-matte finish that keeps some of the life in your skin which is probably why I can get away with using it.  The foundation lasts all day on me, even long days outside like at Disneyland.  I will do a full review soon, but in the mean time, know that L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation is a keeper.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Another product that I haven’t gotten the chance to review yet is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara.  Here is the blurb from Maybelline: “Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara is the first patented fanning brush with 10 layers of bristles to reveal a full flourish of lashes. Liquid Ink formula coats from all sides for a sensational full fan effect.”  I love how my lashes look with this mascara.  The “full fan effect” is no joke, and I get great length and volume with Lash Sensational.  This is definitely a mascara worth checking out.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Rose Rush

Maybelline Baby Lips in Rose Rush

It is Springime and I am all over a coral lip.  I keep reaching for my Maybelline Baby Lips in Rose Rush from the Pink’ed collection. For those who haven’t tried Maybelline Baby Lips yet, they are a tinted lip balm.  I find them pretty moisturizing and comfortable on the lips.  They have a lot of shine and generally sheer pigmentation, though some shades do pack more of a punch of color than others.  Rose Rush is a pink toned coral shade that has sheer, but still noticeable pigmentation.  I think that Baby Lips are a great option and I often have one in my purse.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes

I found myself reaching for my Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes all month long.  I have several of them, and I love the formula.  I know that you are all probably familiar with the Amazonian Clay Blushes, so I won’t spend a ton of time on them.  All you really need to know is that they are nicely pigmented and apply very smoothly.  The blushes pictured are in the shades Adventurous and Treasured, which were both Limited Edition, but any of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes are worth exploring if you haven’t already done so.  They are a cult favorite for a reason.

Clean Apothecary Olive Oil Brush Shampoo in Lemon Scent

Clean Apothecary Olive Oil Brush Shampoo in Lemon Scent

I am still absolutely loving my Clean Apothecary Olive Oil Brush Shampoo in Lemon Scent.  I did a full review of this brush shampoo as well as the Goat’s Milk variety, so be sure to check it out for more details.  I still can’t get over how well it cleans my brushes and how quickly I can get through all of them.  It cuts through foundation and cream products like nothing else that I have tried.  I have a ton of brushes, and this brush shampoo makes it so much easier to clean them.  I also really like the subtle Lemon scent.  It is very fresh.  Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoo is a little expensive, but I think that for my needs it is absolutely worth the cost.

Pedi Scrub Foot Buffer

Spongeables Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer

I was without my Spongeables Pedi-Scrub Foot Buffer for a couple months, and now that I have it back I can tell how much I missed it and what a difference it makes.  This is the Revitalizing Citron-Eucalyptus version.  I think that I may prefer the Lavender & Tea Tree Oil a little more, but both scents are very nice.  One side of the Spongeable is soft and gentle, infused with soap and aromatic botanicals to leave feet clean, fresh and sweet smelling.  The other side buffs away dry, rough skin on heels and soles, and exfoliates.  Use the soft side to cleanse and moisturize; flip the sponge over to the scruffy side to exfoliate and massage away aches, pain and tension.  I really like Spongeables, and don’t want to go without again.

B&BW Honeysuckle Wall Flowers

B&BW Honeysuckle Bouquet Wall Flowers

And finally, more of a lifestyle favorite is the Bath & Body Works Wallflower in Honeysuckle Bouquet.  I know that I have talked about how much I love B&BW Wallflowers.  They are so easy to just plug in and get any room smelling great.  I use candles in the living room, but I always have a Wallflower in the bathroom.  Honeysuckle Bouquet is described as “Sweet honeysuckle, pink peony and a touch of creamy vanilla bring spring to any room.”  I love the smell of honeysuckle, and this scent is divine.  I totally recommend picking it up for spring.

And, now onto some Fails for the month.  Sadly, I did have some products that I did not like at all.  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.

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Renew BB Cream

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Renew BB Cream

My first fail of the month is the Physicians Formula Argan Wear Renew BB Cream.  I was so excited to try this out, and was extremely disappointed by its performance.  It is supposed to be “a luxurious, high performance formula that will even out your skin tone, vanishing flaws and imperfections and smoothing skin texture without ever leaving a greasy feel or finish.”  I tried so hard to make this product work for me.  I applied it with brushes, my fingers, a sponge, with and without primer.  No matter what I did, the BB Cream looked streaky and patchy on my skin.  I think there is too much oil in the formula, and that’s coming from someone with dry skin.  It sank into my pores, emphasized every flaw, and made my skin look terrible.  I was really surprised because I know a lot of people love Physicians Formula face products like this, but I hated the formula.  Also, people who are sensitive to smell will have a hard time using this product because the argan oil is kind of stinky.  All in all it was a big fail for me.

Born Pretty Water Decal Nail Wraps Set

Born Pretty Water Decal Nail Wraps Set

My other fail for the month was this Born Pretty Water Decal Nail Wraps Set.  This is the first product from the Born Pretty Store that has not worked at all for me.  The set includes five cute plaid patterns of full nail wraps that are water decals.  My main issue with these is that they were so big that they were completely unruly.  I had to cut them down a lot to fit my nails, and then when I tried to apply them, they kept folding up and creasing.  Every time I would try to smooth them out they would slip and slide around my nail because water decals are like that until they dry.  It was a very long and frustrating process which yielded very poor results.  I think the patterns are super cute, but they were not worth the hassle.

And that wraps up my Favorites and Fails for March.  I am sorry that this post was so late but like I said, I felt like I was dying last week, so it is better late than never.  I hope that you saw something that you liked.  I will try to get the full reviews of the new 2015 products up as soon as I can, though I probably won’t review the crappy BB Cream.  I’ll just say that it sucked and leave it at that.  But definitely a review for the L’Oreal Foundation and the Maybelline mascara will be coming down the pike.  What did you think of my Favorites and Fails?  Have you had any experience with these products?  Do you disagree with my opinions?  Let’s talk about it in the comments below.  Thanks again for all of your well wishes while I was sick.  I appreciate it, and I am so happy to be feeling better.

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.