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Halloween Tutorial: Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

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Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

Halloween is almost upon us, but if you are like me you may still be unsure of your costume.  I was wandering the Halloween aisles at Target, and saw this adorable giraffe headband.  It was only $3, and I knew that I had to get it for a Sweet and Sassy Giraffe Halloween tutorial.  This makeup is not as hard as it looks, but it is really time consuming.  Make sure that you have at least an hour (if not more, depending on your skill level) to dedicate to the makeup look.  Once you have the makeup done, the rest of the costume can be as simple or as complicated as you desire, but we will discuss that later.  Also be sure to check out my previous Halloween tutorials to learn how to transform in to a Glamour Cat and a Totally Outrageous 80’s Jem-style Rocker.  Let’s get into the makeup.

Tools

Tools

Before we start, I want to stress that you do not have to use the exact products that I used.  There aren’t any unusual products here, so you should be able to use what you already have in your collection. Here is what you will need:

  • A good eye primer. I used a sample of Bare Minerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer.  If you have NYX Jumbo Eye pencil in Milk or a similar white base, then you may want to use that all over the lid and around your eye area to save yourself a step later.  Unfortunately I misplaced my Milk, so I had to do without it.
  • Eyeshadow in matte dark brown, matte white, and matte black.  I used the Coastal Scents 88 Warm palette for almost the entire look, but any shadows will do.
  • Brown Eyeliner.  I chose the Rimmel Scandaleyes Khol Kajal Liner because I wanted that subtle sparkle.
  • Black Eyeliner.  I chose the e.l.f. Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen for my lid and the NYX Slide On Glide On Pencil liner for my lower lash line, but any black liner will work.
  • Gold Eyeliner.  This may be the only item that you don’t already have.  You can find gold liner pretty easily this time of year.  I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in El Dorado.
  • Optional False lashes.  I tried.  I really did.  I think this look would be great with false lashes because giraffes have long lashes, but I couldn’t make them work for me.  Falsies, you are my nemesis and I conceded my defeat.  Those ever elusive long fluttery lashes were not in the cards for me this time.  Perhaps you will have better luck.

Start with your normal primer and foundation routine.  If you want to, you can use a light bronzer to warm up the edges of your face.  Do not contour, but a little around the temples and jaw line is good.  Prime your entire eye area (and use your white base if you have it).  I also recommend filling in your brows at this point so that you have a good frame for the eye makeup.  I filled my brows in with the same mix of brown shades from the 88 Warm Palette that I used for the giraffe spots.

Giraffe Step 1

Giraffe Step 1

Step 1:  Lightly dust some dark brown shadow on the lid and low on the crease.  I used the same shade that I will be using for the giraffe spots.  Blend the edges with a tan or peach shade but be sure not to go too high.  This step is just to get some color on the lid, but it will be overshadowed by the rest of the look, so don’t worry too much about getting it perfect.

Giraffe Step 2

Giraffe Step 2

Step 2:  Using a small detailed brush and dark brown shadow, create small square-ish shapes.  Leave a small space between the brown spots, and vary the size and shape.  Giraffes have asymmetrical spots, so you are not looking for perfection.

Giraffe Step 3

Giraffe Step 3

Step 3: Continue the pattern all around your eye area including above the brow, under the eye, and toward the nose.  You want the spots on the inside of your face and on the eye to start small, gradually getting larger as you approach the outside of the face and the cheek.

Giraffe Step 4

Giraffe Step 4

Step 4: If you do not have NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk or another white base, take a matte white eyeshadow and fill in the area between the spots.  This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but it adds a lot to the overall look.  If you are pressed for time, you can skip it, but I think it is worth the effort.  I used the white in the Wet n Wild I (Heart) Matte palette.

Giraffe Step 4

Giraffe Step 5

Step 5: With the gold eyeliner, place a dot/dash in the center of each brown square.  Again, this step adds a ton of dimension to the look and makes a huge difference.  I warned you in the beginning that this look was time consuming, but you will love how the gold liner transforms everything and takes it to the next level.

Giraffe Step 6

Giraffe Step 6

Step 6: Line your eyes and add mascara.  I used the e.l.f. Essential Waterproof Eyeliner Pen for my upper lash line and the NYX Slide On Glide On Pencil liner for my lower lash line and waterline.  I also smudged some black eyeshadow on my lower lash line.  I flicked my liner out for a baby wing.  I don’t recommend a dramatic wing for this look, but if you are comfortable with false lashes, more power to you.

Giraffe Eyes

Giraffe Eyes

Congratulations, the eyes are done!  Make yourself some coffee or tea.  Have a cookie.

Giraffe Step 7

Giraffe Step 7

Step 7: On the forehead we are going for a subtle triangular shape.  Make the spots that are closest to the nose smaller, getting larger as you go up the forehead.  These spots should be less square shaped than the spots on the eye, but it is essentially the same thing.  Instead of adding gold to these spots, you want to take the brown liner and outline the shape of the spots.  I chose to do a partial outline on the inside spots and fully outlined the ones on the edge to make the transition more subtle.

Giraffe Step 8

Giraffe Step 8

Step 8: Starting on outer edge of the cheek, make medium sized spots with a flat shader brush, gradually getting larger as you move toward the jaw and neck.  You don’t want to bring them in too much because you want the center of the face and neck to be empty.  You can move toward the center over the collarbone and chest, but you never want the sides to meet.  The spots/squares on the neck and chest should be quite large.  Your spot pattern will depend on your outfit.  Make sure to carry the pattern over your shoulders and down your arms if they are exposed.  Just remember, larger spots on the chest and shoulders getting gradually smaller and more sparse down the arm toward the wrist.  Leave the inner arm bare, and you don’t have to do your hands.  If you are in a colder climate and will have your skin covered, you can stop at the neck and chest area.

Giraffe Step 9

Giraffe Step 9

Step 9: Outline your spot pattern with the brown liner.  By this point I was really pressed for time so I was not as careful as I should have been.  I’ll admit that I got a little sloppy with this step, but I was running so late.  It also may be hard to see the edges of all of your spots, so if you have a buddy willing to help you out with reaching all of the spots on your neck, it may help.  When you are done, lightly spray yourself with setting spray.

NYX Butter Gloss in Praline

NYX Butter Gloss in Praline

Step 10: Choose a lip color.  I opted for a medium nude gloss, though you can do any color that sings to you.  This is NYX Butter Gloss in Praline.

Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

Sweet and Sassy Giraffe

Makeup is done.  Yay!!!  Put on your super cute Giraffe ears and snap a selfie.  You earned it.

For the rest of the costume, if you have anything with a giraffe print on it then you are ahead of the class.  But really, a tan or brown shirt or tank top paired with a brown or black skirt or pants is all you need.  The makeup is elaborate and is the real star of the show, so the costume is less important. Personally, I had everything I needed to put this costume together already.  I only bought the ears, so my total giraffe look cost me $3.  Hopefully most of you will also already have most of these items and can replicate the look pretty easily.  I love the way it came out.

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial.  I am very happy with it, and it really is easier than it looks.  It’s just time consuming.  I hope I explained myself thoroughly and that you find this tutorial easy to follow.  People will be pretty impressed with your mad skills if you show up with this makeup look.  I would love to know if you try this Sweet and Sassy Giraffe look for yourself, so be sure to let me know in the comments below.

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Turtles! with BPS Green Stamping Polish

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Turtles with BPS Green Stamping Polish

Turtles with BPS Green Stamping Polish

I am so in love with this adorable turtle manicure that I did using Green Stamping Polish from the Born Pretty Store.  It was extremely easy, so any beginner can do something similar with whatever stamp design they might have.  I have several reviews for products that I have received from the Born Pretty Store, and you can see the other BPS reviews I have done by clicking on the Born Pretty Store link in the “Categories” section on the right hand side of the blog.  These turtles are super adorable, but the real star of the show here is this gorgeous duochrome green stamping polish.

Green Stamping Polish from the Born Pretty Store

Green Stamping Polish from the Born Pretty Store

A stamping polish has a slightly thickened formula than a regular polish that results in an opaque stamped image every time.  A regular iridescent green polish would never get the crisp, clean, opaque images that a true stamping polish would give you.  That is what makes this polish so unique.  It is just as gorgeous as a regular duochrome green polish, but has the formula of a true stamping polish for excellent results.  The polish actually has a teal blue base, but it is so packed full of green and gold shimmers that it appears green in the bottle.  The color of the stamp changes depending on what base you have stamped this polish over.  If you start with a white or blue base color, you will see more of the teal come out in the stamp.  Over black though, all you would be able to see is the shimmery green.  I can’t wait to try it out over all sorts of color bases.

For my turtle mani, I used Rimmel 60 Second polish in Let’s Get Nude from the Rita Ora collection.  I used a stamp from the Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit (Plate SE21) that I reviewed way back in early 2012.  I don’t know if it is still available, but any turtle design will do.  The polish would also look great with a fish design.  The stamping could not have been easier, and I had all ten nails done in five minutes.  I topped everything with Seche Vite, and I was done.  The green stamping polish worked like a dream, and looks amazing.  I highly recommend it.

Turtles with BPS Green Stamping Polish

Turtles with BPS Green Stamping Polish

I love this green stamping polish, and am going to get a lot of use out of it.  It will look so cool for holidays, like Halloween zombies and Christmas trees.  It is currently on sale for $3.59 at the Born Pretty Store.  As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, the Born Pretty Store is located in China, so shipping will take a while.  It is normal for orders to take 2-4 weeks to ship to the US, and in my experience, I have gotten most of my orders within 2-3weeks.  You should definitely plan ahead if you are ordering something time sensitive (like for a vacation or holiday items) and order them early.  Orders ship within 24 hours.  Check out the BPS website bornprettstore.com, or their facebook page for more details.  For 10% off any regular priced items from the website, use coupon code BBBK31.

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FTC Disclosure: The product reviewed in this post was provided to me for free by Born Pretty Store for consideration.  This does not guarantee a positive review, and my thoughts on these products are 100% honest.  No other type of compensation was accepted.  I do not get any kick backs or compensation from any orders placed.

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?

New Spring 2015 from Rimmel and Physicians Formula

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Spring 2015

Spring 2015

Continuing from Monday’s post, here are some more brand new products for Spring 2015 that are now available in the drugstore.  This time, I want to focus on Rimmel and Physicians Formula.  Be sure to check out my first post focusing on Maybelline and CoverGirl, and stay tuned for one more post with even more new products from Revlon, Almay, Wet n Wild, and more.  I will start with Rimmel.

Rimmel Wonderlash Mascara with Argan Oil

Rimmel Wonderlash Mascara with Argan Oil

Argan oil is all the rage in the drugstore this Spring, as you will see again later in this post.  The first item that I have to show you is the new Rimmel Wonderlash Mascara with Argan Oil.  Obviously Rimmel isn’t the first brand to feature Argan oil in its mascara formula (hello, Josie Maran), but it is a unique option for the drugstore.  Rimmel Wonderlash Mascara with Argan Oil that smoothes and defines lashes with zero clump volume while leaving lashes feeling conditioned. Easy smooth application brush captures and coats separating lashes from root to tip. Reveal all lashses, even the ones you did not notice.  The mascara comes in both waterproof and non-waterproof versions.

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hr Foundation

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hr Foundation

Rimmel has revamped their Lasting Finish formula, and has introduced the new Lasting Finish 25 Hr Foundation.  Instant perfect coverage that feels extra comfortable and lasts all day.  Blends flawlessly, seamlessly, instantly and easily into the skin.  Sweat, heat, humidity and transfer proof for up to 25 hours.  I am very interested in this formula.  I love that there are some solid yellow tones in the lineup, and the price point is great.  I’d love to know if any of you have tried this foundation yet and what your thoughts are on it.

Physicians Formula Extreme Shimmer Collection

Physicians Formula Extreme Shimmer Custom Eye Enhancing Makeup

Moving on to Physicians Formula, I spotted this display with the Extreme Shimmer Custom Eye Enhancing Makeup Collection.  The collection includes smoky cool tones and warmer nudes.  This display as been pretty picked over, but here is what should be in the collection:

  • Physicians Formula Extreme Shimmer Shadow Nude Palette
  • Physicians Formula Extreme Shimmer Shadow Smoky Palette
  • Physicians Formula Extreme Shimmer Gel Cream Eyeshadow Nude Set
  • Physicians Formula Extreme Shimmer Gel Cream Eyeshadow Smoky Set
  • Physicians Formula Extreme Shimmer Nude Eyeliner Set
  • Physicians Formula Extreme Shimmer Smoky Eyeliner Set

With a name like “Extreme Shimmer” you can bet that this collection is full of sparkle and shine.  If you are a matte lover, just keep on walking.  However, if you love the glitter, this may be right up your alley.

Physicians Formula Argan Oil and Argon BB Cream

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Oil and BB Cream

As I mentioned before, Argan oil is all over the drugstore right now, and Physicians Formula is largely responsible for that.  Here is what is pictured above:

  • Physicians Formula Argan Wear Glow OilPhysicians Formula’s Argan Wear Glow Oil is 100% Pure Argan Oil.  This magical ingredient from Morocco transforms skin, smoothing the appearance of fine lines, brightening dull skin and renewing suppleness, helping to enhance skin’s youthful looking glow without ever leaving a greasy feel or finish.
  • Physicians Formula Argan Wear Illuminating OilPhysicians Formula’s Argan Wear Illuminating Oil is 100% Pure Argan Oil, known as “liquid gold” for its rich conditioning benefits, can improve skin’s brightness, tone, texture and elasticity Ultra-Nourishing Illuminating Argan Oil. Weightless multi-tasking miracle combines the benefits of a moisturizer, primer, brightener, protector & treatment in one! Use on face, body, hair, & nails.
  • Physicians Formula Argan Wear Renew BB CreamPhysicians Formula Argan Wear Renew BB Cream is 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. SPF 30. Infused with 100% Pure Argan Oil.
 Physicians Formula Argan Wear Blush and Bronzer

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Blush and Bronzer

The final products that I have to show you today are the Physicians Formula Argan Wear Bronzers and Blushes.  There are two shades of each, and they are unbelievably beautiful.  I don’t know how they perform, but they may be worth purchasing just to add such gorgeous product to your collection.  Physicians Formula’s Argan Wear Bronzer treats skin with ultra nourishing ingredients and delivers a sunlit glow as if you’ve escaped to Morocco. Mirror & Brush included. Infused with 100% Pure Argan Oil, smoothing the appearance of fine lines, brightening dull skin and renewing suppleness, helping to enhance skin’s youthful glow.  The Bronzers come in the shades Light and Bronze.  Physician Formula’s Argan Wear Blush is an ultra-luxe formula, which features luminous, light-reflecting pigments that deliver a skin perfecting effect for a youthful and glowing radiance. Infused with 100% Pure Argan Oil.  The Blushes come in the shades Natural and Rose Rush.  Here is a closer look at the design.

 Physicians Formula Argan Wear Blush

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Blush

That’s it for Rimmel and Physicians Formula.  Did you see any products that you want to try?   I’d love to hear your thoughts if you have already purchased any of these products, especially the Rimmel foundation and any of the Physicians Formula Argan Oil products.  Let me know in the comments below.  Be sure to stay tuned for more new items from the drugstore coming up in the near future.

Influenster Frosty Box

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Influenster Frosty Box

Influenster Frosty Box

Today I have a Frosty Box from Influenster, full of products to review.  It was chock full of both lifestyle items as well as beauty products.  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.

Frosty Box Lifestyle products

Frosty Box Lifestyle products

There were three lifestyle products in my frosty box, and this time around they were all food items.  First off, I received a full bottle of McCormick Gourmet All Natural Thyme.  “The freshest flavors deserve a fresh new look! McCormick Gourmet’s Thyme imparts a light minty flavor that is distinctively warm and aromatic. We use FlavorSealed technology to lock in the fresh thyme flavor and deliver it to you.”  I am a fan of thyme, so it will come in handy for many dishes to come.  Next I got a packet of Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane decaf green tea.  “Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane is made with the very finest green tea leaves, peppermint and other botanicals, because at Celestial Seasonings, we know you are what you steep.”  I wasn’t too impressed with Candy Cane Lane to be honest, but peppermint teas aren’t my favorite to begin with.  If you like minty teas, you my enjoy it, but it wasn’t for me.  The final lifestyle product I received was a bag of Strawberry Fruit Vines Bites made by Red Vines.  “Fruit Vines Bites are a new, soft, chewy fruit candy, from the Red Vines family, available in two fruit flavors – strawberry and cherry.  Low fat and made with no preservatives, Fruit Vines Bites are available in three sizes.”  I was pleasantly surprised by the Fruit Vines Bites.  They are not waxy or chalky like some fruit snacks can be, and they don’t have a strongly artificial taste like some others do.  I don’t know about the Cherry flavor, but the Strawberry flavor tasted very authentic.  I liked them.  If you are someone who buys fruit snacks, you should give them a try.

EcoTools Style + Smoother hairbrush

EcoTools Style + Smoother hairbrush

Now, on to beauty products.  This is the EcoTools Style + Smoother hairbrush.  “A versatile half-round design provides the styling features of a round brush, while the cushioned paddle gently smoothes and detangles.”  I have naturally very straight hair that tangles easily.  This brush helps prevent static and frizz, and does a great job of getting tangles out without breaking my hair.  I’ve had a lot of success in styling my hair, both wet and dry, with this brush. The EcoTools Style + Smoother hairbrush is definitely worth trying, especially if you have naturally straight hair.

Rimmel London’s Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner

I was thrilled to see Rimmel London Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in my Frosty Box.  “Get long lasting shocking color intensity with Rimmel London’s Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliners.  Their high intensity pigments give you an instant color impact and the ultra smooth & creamy formula glides on easily.  They are waterproof, smudge-proof, sweat-proof, heat-proof, humidity-proof and scandal- proof!”  I reviewed these liners when they first came out about a year and a half ago.  The Scandaleyes Khol Kajal Liners have excellent staying power, and last on the lid all day without fading or smudging.  In the waterline, they last about 3-4 hours.  They are fantastic, and a great buy from the drugstore.  If you haven’t tried them yet, do it.

Rimmel London’s Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

Rimmel London Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

Also from Rimmel is the Gentle Eye Makeup Remover.  “At the end of the day, Just Let It Go with Rimmel London’s Gentle Eye Makeup Remover.  This Eye Makeup Remover gently removes all eye make up, including long lasting & waterproof make up, with no oily residue.  Gently remove all of your eye makeup and start fresh again in the morning!”  This one wasn’t a hit for me.  I agree that Rimmel’s formula is gentle and will not irritate the eyes.  It is true that there is no oily residue and it feels cooling on the skin.  However, it has a hard time with long-wearing or waterproof eye makeup.  Ironically, Rimmel’s Gentle Eye Makeup Remover can’t remove it’s own Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Eyeliner.  If you usually go light on your eye makeup, you may enjoy this light and gentle formula.  But, if you favor dramatic looks or waterproof makeup, look elsewhere.  Rimmel London’s Gentle Eye Makeup Remover can’t keep up.

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum

I received a sample of No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum.  This and the single tea packet were the only products I received that were not full sized.  “No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum – Visibly younger. Supercharge your skincare regime with this clinically proven serum. No7’s highly acclaimed Protect & Perfect Intense technology has been re-engineered to deliver even better anti-aging results.”  To be honest, don’t really have anything to say about this serum.  The packet was only good for about two uses, and it did not leave any impression on me one way or the other.  That tells me that the formula is pretty generic, and similar products can be easily found in the drugstore.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color

NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum

The final product in my Frosty Box is the NYC Expert Last Lip Color in the shade Sugar Plum.  “Ready to take your lips to the next level? Try our NEW Expert Last Lip Color in twenty tantalizing shades. Get intense amplified color and shine that lasts up to 6 hours! Our moisturizing formula glides of easily for a silky, smooth, velvety finish for all day wear.”  I liked the formula of the NYC Expert Last Lip Color, but Sugar Plum is not the shade for me.  The lipstick applied creamy and smooth, and felt moisturizing on the lips.  Unfortunately, Sugar Plum is too frosty a shade for me.  It emphasized lip lines and looked awful.  Sugar Plum might look great on younger or smoother lips, but my dry lips were not looking so hot.  I’d be willing to try a different shade in  the line, though, because the formula was nice.

voxboxThat’s it for my Frosty Box.  I was a little surprised that Influenster sent me a vox box because I have been absent from the site for a while, but I am glad that they did.  I love being able to try out new products, good or bad.  I ended up liking more than half the items in the box, so I’ll consider it a success.  I do not know if I will receive another one in the future, but I hope that I do.

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.

More Summer/Fall 2014 Collections from the Drugstore

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

Real Techniques

Real Techniques

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

L'Oreal Glossy Balm Crayons

L’Oreal Glossy Balm Crayons

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

Rimmel Rockin' Curves Mascara

Rimmel Rockin’ Curves Mascara

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

Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Mascara

Maybelline Pumped Up Colossal Mascara

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

Maybelline Dream Wonder Foundation

Maybelline Dream Wonder Foundation

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

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

New for Spring 2014 (Part 2)

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As promised, here is the second post featuring the new displays I’ve seen for Spring 2014.  Last time I showed you some of what Revlon, Almay, and CoverGirl has to offer.  Today I have pics from L’oreal, Maybelline, Rimmel, and Sally Hansen.  There are some exciting products in this bunch, so let’s get right into it shall we?

L'Oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer

L’Oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer

First up is the L’Oreal Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer.  L’oreal launched this to go along with their new Visible Lift CC Cream, but this is “a CC cream or your eyes”.  It comes in three shades and has a roller ball applicator to “roll away signs of fatigue and dark circles”.  The thinner consistency should work best for those who need some added moisture and don’t like thicker concealers because of lines under the eye.

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation

Rimmel has a new foundation out.  Rimmel says of the Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation: “A feather light, oil free formula with an airy mousse texture that won’t feel heavy or greasy. Delivers all day shine control and blends flawlessly for a natural looking matte finish. Minimizes the appearance of pores. The weight is over – finally, shine has met its matte.”  I am interested in trying the foundation and Rimmel is always really affordable, but I am a little hesitant after my skin reacted so poorly to the BB cream.  I’m still not sure what ingredient I was allergic to, but my face has never reacted so poorly to any product.  If you’ve tried this foundation let me know.  I definitely want to know more about it.

Maybelline Color Elixer

Maybelline Color Elixir

Next up is the Maybelline Color Elixir Liquid Color Balms.  They are lip colors that are sort of a hybrid formula.  They go on like a gloss, but have the color of a lipstick.  Though I haven’t tried the Elixirs yet, they remind me of the L’Oreal Colour Caresse Shine Stains from last year.  They are basically a liquid lipstick.  I’m definitely interested, but the tubes are pretty tiny, and they are pricey.  I’ve seen them at Ulta and Walgreens and they are $8.99 for 0.17 oz.  I definitely want to try them, but I’ll wait for a sale.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder

I have to say that I am pretty interested in the new Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder.  I have been loving the Revlon Nearly Naked Powder, but I’m always interested in trying new things.  Maybelline claims that this product doesn’t feel like a powder, but like second skin.  Maybelline says that the Dream Wonder Powder is made with less talc for a creamy glide and smooth, flawless finish.

Sally Hansen Triple Shine

Sally Hansen Triple Shine

Sally Hansen has some new Triple Shine polishes out.  There are a ton of shades in this collection, around 30 I think, in a variety of finishes.  There are even some flakies!  This is not a limited edition collection, so all of these polishes will be permanent from here on out.  The Triple Shine polishes are supposed to be ultra glossy and durable.

Sally Hansen Nail Art Kits

Sally Hansen I Love Nail Art

And finally, I found the Sally Hansen I Love Nail Art Collection.  This collection includes: Neon polishes, Stipers, Nail Art Pens, four Nail Art Kits, and two new top coats.  There is the Big Mate Topcoat and the Big Shiny Topcoat.  The four kits come with three tubes each of: Beads, Studs, Fringe, and Glitter.  There is also a kit with some tools including two brushes and a dotting tool.  This is a great display for those of you who are into nail art.

That’s it for now.  Let me know if you have tried any of these products, especially the Rimmel foundation and the Maybelline powder.  I’d love to know your thoughts.  Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for new displays while you are out and about because there should be plenty of them.