Laura Geller Balance-N-Bronze Review

10 December 2011

This is going to be part of a mini review set I'm doing. I recently purchased a box set from Ulta by the brand Laura Geller. It was $60 (or $45, w/ my employee discount) for five full-size products and a couple of brushes. Unfortunately, the Baked & Beautiful set seems to be fairly hard to find. Also, five products is a lot to review in one post so since all of these products are available for single purchase, I'm just dividing these reviews up by product. This review is going to be on the Laura Geller Balance-N-Bronze powder duo in "Regular".

This product is a duo of the Balance-N-Brighten powder foundation and the Bronze-N-Brighten bronzer. Now, most pictures of this product online show an even split b/t the foundation and bronzer but mine has a lot more foundation than bronzer. Which is totally fine w/ me and I will get into that in the review. All LG Baked Collection products start out as a blend of liquid pigments which are then baked for 24 hours on terracotta plates. This is supposed to result in a really fine, silky powder which, due to the different color swirls w/in the powder, are supposed to match all skin tones and also be good for all skin types. This product is $31 alone and can be purchased at Laura Geller's website, QVC, and for sure, and probably anywhere LG products are sold. It comes in two shades - "Fair" and "Regular".

Revlon® ColorBurst™ Lip Butter Review

28 November 2011

So, this is another one of those tinted lip balm reviews that I love to do, but this is a good review, I swear. I feel like a lot of the reviews I do aren't so great. I dunno, I think only reviewing products you love is strange. If you have a legit reason for not liking a product, you should share it w/ everyone, yes?

Who knows? Anyway, this review is pretty exciting because not only are these products cool, cheap, and drugstore but...*drumroll* they're also NOT LE or special edition. Which means in a year, this review should still be relevant, haha. :)

My Hair Dye Routine

25 October 2011

I get a ton of questions about my hair during my day to day life. It's kind of funny, but I've actually been using the exact same hair dye for most of my hair dyeing days. My hair has been blue, teal, green, blond, yellow, orange, purple, burgundy, and pink over the course of my life and I've gone through various different types of dyes from Manic Panic to the dye you can get from Hot Topic to Sally Beauty Supply dyes but I always go back to red. Red was actually the first color I dyed my hair to and I just fell in love w/ how I look w/ it. I don't actually have black hair - I know it looks dark and I've actually gotten into shouting matches w/ people over this, but my hair is a very dark reddish-brown and it is QUITE obvious when you see my hair in sunlight.

Anyway, I've been using this dye from L'Oreal since I was 15...So almost a decade! I've had my hair other colors but I seriously always end up going back to the red. This stuff is super easy to use - it's specifically formulated for dark hair and it has the bleach built-in to the dye so you don't have to do multiple steps. I've always colored my own hair and I don't really have a method; it's literally just slap-dash style!

Sugarpill Pressed Shadows Review (Pt. 2.5)

Originally this post was going to go in my main review of these shadows but it was already pretty long and I didn't want to make it SO obnoxious to read so this is the pressed shadow review Pt. 2.5, which just looks at the actual shadow colors themselves. I've gone through and swatched any shadow I owned that could be considered a dupe, from high end to low end and, well, the results speak for themselves. For my initial thoughts regarding Sugarpill in general, click on the second picture of the Burning Heart quad. For the review on the shadow quads themselves, click here.

I purchased the two available quads - the Sweet Heart quad and the Burning Heart quad. There are nine total pressed shadows available, so the only one I didn't purchase is "Bulletproof", which is the matte black. I really like the NYX single shadow in "Black"; in fact, I like it so much that I purchased a backup when NYX was on sale at Ulta. That, and I have MAC's "Carbon" in both the Pro pan form and in a pot from the Venomous Villains collection, so...I really don't need another black shadow!

Sugarpill Pressed Shadow Review (Pt. 2)

24 October 2011

Okay, we're getting into it. I apologize that everyone had to wait for this stuff. I'm vaguely neurotic about things like this. I had to try these shadows over primers, w/o primers, and various other random tests to fully do this review, hence why it took so long. For general overviews of packaging and prices and fun stuff like that, click the second picture for my Sugarpill overview. This is Part 2 of my Sugarpill reviews/ravings, but there is a bit more information at the Initial Thoughts post I did.

Basically, I am really fond of these quads. I purchased the two available quads - the Sweet Heart quad and the Burning Heart quad. There are nine total pressed shadows available, so the only one I didn't purchase is "Bulletproof", which is the matte black. I really like the NYX single shadow in "Black"; in fact, I like it so much that I purchased a backup when NYX was on sale at Ulta. That, and I have MAC's "Carbon" in both the Pro pan form and in a pot from the Venomous Villains collection, so...I really don't need another black shadow!

Anyway, let's get on w/ it, right? (For a color-by-color product breakdown, click here!)


21 October 2011

Okay, so I don't know why I haven't typed up this post until now. It's 11 PM and I got the package at 2 PM and I had the pictures for this post edited and uploaded by 3 PM. And then I just sat around and did other things, like play the Sims on FB and pet my cat. But, okay, let's get down w/ it. This is going to be one of those ridiculously long posts from me...which is why I've divided up my reviewing into three posts. As you can tell by the overly excited title, this is a Sugarpill related post. I know, I know. Sometimes, you see a certain product or brand hyped up sooooo much and it just makes you doubt as to why it's so popular - because it's really hyped or because it's actually good.

Well, here's the thing - this isn't hype. Sugarpill is really that good! Okay, admittedly, I can't attest to staying power as of yet...I had an problem actually making myself use and swatch these products. Why? If you've ever gotten something you REALLY wanted for a long time, you probably understand this feeling. I didn't want to actually use them, haha. I wanted to just sit there and stare at them because they are just so damn pretty! (Warning - you may read the words "pretty" and "cute" numerous times in this post. I will try to restrain myself.) This post is just an initial thoughts type post. For an actual review on the pressed shadows, click here. If you want a color-by-color breakdown of the pressed shadows, click here. My review on the loose shadows I purchased will, hopefully, be up before the end of the week!

Rimmel London Sunshimmer Maxi Bronzer Review

19 October 2011

So here is the second bronzer review from Rimmel. I'm getting a bit smarter, haha. Instead of posting the main Product Line Overview posts and then frantically trying to get the reviews up, getting bored, and then forgetting about them (although I SWEAR I will be working on my e.l.f. reviews and my Studio M reviews!), I'm posting all the reviews up first and then I will make the big overall post! That way, no one is sitting around waiting on my lazy ass, I can post these reviews at my leisure, and they're more likely to actually see the light of day. I already talked about the two Rimmel London Natural Bronzers that I own and now it's time to talk about the Sunshimmer Maxi Bronzer!

This bronzer is available at most stores that stock Rimmel cosmetics. There are some stores that only have the smaller bronzers, so you'll have to look around. They range in price from $6 to $9, so I would wait until Rimmel products go on sale. I've also seen these bronzers have dollar off peelie coupons on them, so keep your eyes peeled. Based on sizing and pricing, it's actually a better deal to purchase the Natural Bronzers. You only get a grand total of 0.10 oz extra product in the bigger bronzers and I suspect that it's the same exact formulation...just w/ a different raised pattern and some golden shimmer that wears off.

Rimmel London Natural Bronzer (2 Out Of 3) - Review

I like how I start doing bronzer reviews AFTER summer ends. But then again, maybe it makes sense since everyone will start getting a lot paler. I don't self-tan. Or rather, I don't self-tan my face. There's this L'Oreal self-tanning lotion and Oh. My. God. It has this VERY noticeable multicolored shimmer to it and I look like a Twilight vampire that rolled around in Cheetos. After that tanning fail, I just don't use self-tanners. I get pretty bloody pale in winter, but I tan quite a lot if I'm actually in sun. I used to be obsessed w/ tanning. I'd go to the beach just to lay around. But lately I've been pretty ambivalent about tanning - if it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, well...I don't look like I was slaving in a rice paddy all day, ya know?

This particular bronzer is anywhere from 3-5 dollars at any drugstore in which Rimmel is sold. If you live near a Meijer, it's currently 30% off until Saturday! If you don't, check your Halloween makeup displays at whichever grocery/super store is nearest to you - Rimmel has a Halloween makeup display, w/ mascara (do not get the mascara; if it's the same as the one near me, it's the Glam'Eyes Day2Night mascara and that stuff is not good), liner, two different (permanent) eyeshadow quads, and a couple of nail polishes...but also a dollar off coupon. Hopefully this isn't some kind of Michigan only thing!

Maybelline Fit Me™ Review - PT. 2 (Blushes & Bronzer)

17 October 2011

So, as usual, I am tardy to the party once again. This is going to be part two out of two reviews on the Maybelline Fit Me™ range. (For the review on the foundation, concealer, and pressed powder, click here!) I've decided to divide up the review because, well, there's a lot of stuff to talk about! In this particular post, I'm going to talk about the blushes and bronzer that come in this line. For reference, you could honestly use this review as a reference to any pressed powder blush or bronzer that Maybelline releases in this type of compact because they're pretty much the same thing. There are some cream blushes and some limited edition baked products that are different, but for the most part, all of the blushes that come in this type of packaging are very similar - the only difference is, obviously, the colors.

These products can be found anywhere the full Maybelline range is sold, like Walmart, CVS, Rite-Aid, etc. It has its own display in the Maybelline line and can still be found in some random end-caps. It will be cheaper at places like Meijer and Walmart in general but when drugstores or Ulta have BOGO sales, I recommend checking those out. These products are typically about $5.50 a pop. So they're not super expensive but they aren't the cheapest out there, as far as drugstore goes.

Maybelline Fit Me™ Review - PT. 1 (Foundation, Concealer, & Pressed Powder)

16 October 2011

So, as usual, I am tardy to the party once again. This is going to be one out of two reviews on the Maybelline Fit Me™ range. (You'll be able to find the second review here.) I've decided to divide up the review because, well, there's a lot of stuff to talk about! In this review I'm going to blather on about three products - the foundation, concealer, and the pressed powder. For a while, this foundation was HG status for me, which is crazy!

These products can be found anywhere the full Maybelline range is sold, like Walmart, CVS, Rite-Aid, etc. It has its own display in the Maybelline line and can still be found in some random end-caps. It will be cheaper at places like Meijer and Walmart in general but when drugstores or Ulta have BOGO sales, I recommend checking those out. The foundation and powder retail for around $5.50 at Walmart, and the concealer is just slightly cheaper.

I apologize in advance because this review is long and it's a lot of text. For a TL;DR version - foundation is light coverage and is good, especially for those w/ good skin to begin w/ and dry to normal skin; concealer is okay, nothing special...I would pass; powder is okay, especially for color range, but there are other powders that are better from Maybelline and other drugstore brands.

e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner Review *EDITED* to add the Black!

11 October 2011

I must say, I really like the e.l.f. Studio line. There are only a few products I'm not fond of, but all things considered, the bulk of the line is very nice AND it's cheap. Almost everything is $3 and some things are $6, but they're usually worth it. I almost don't want to type out this review because it's going to be kind of biased. Why? I only own two colors and they're both light and shimmery. As such, I don't own the black and I don't think these shimmery liners are any good as liners. So, this review in a nutshell - these don't show up and aren't thick enough to build up much color. But I've heard that the black one is pretty damn good! So who knows, maybe I'll drag my happy ass to Target and pick it up. Mission success! I purchased the black one and I REALLY like it. I like these as bases but, yeah...

Onwards, my friends.

butter LONDON Polish Review

28 September 2011

I don't know how many people got to take advantage of this, but Ulta was having a sweet promotion for the month of September - every day, a new product was on sale, usually for 50% off. Sometimes, it was a free gift w/ purchase (either StriVectin or Dermalogica I think). One of the days they had butter LONDON polishes on sale, BOGOF. I've known about this brand for a while but never had an opportunity to try them out until Ulta started carrying them. Not even going to lie - the price totally throws me. These polishes are $14 and that's a lot of money to spend on a polish, especially one you've never even tried before. I don't even like paying the $8 for Essie or OPI. But BOGOF? That made each polish $7 each and, well, I can live w/ that.

This brand has some excellent looking glitter polishes but I didn't want any since I find glitter polishes to be so irritating to work w/. I ended up getting one from the permanent line, a royal blue cream called "Blagger" and one from the Fall/Winter '11 collection called "No More Waity, Katie". Not only is the name super cute, but this is one of the most interesting colors I own!

Urban Decay Supercurl Curling Mascara Review

24 September 2011

This is going to be a review on the Supercurl Curling Mascara from Urban Decay. This only comes in black. I've tried several mascaras from Urban Decay before (Big Fattie, Skyscraper, and the lash growth one) and they never really did much for me. Skyscraper was so dry that it clumped w/in seconds on me. It's similar w/ MAC; MAC mascaras usually just...don't get my rocks off, ya know? I do like Opulash, but that's it. A travel size of this mascara came in the Book of Shadows Vol. 4 and, surprisingly, I like this mascara so much that I will probably repurchase when I run out. This mascara is normally $20. Which is pretty expensive for a mascara, TBH. I would normally argue that quality should matter more so than price point, at least for me, but w/ mascara I find that hard to justify. It's hard to throw $20 on a product you'll have to junk in three months, but I REALLY like this stuff!

I am of the general opinion that high-end mascaras are a bloody rip-off. I like Rimmel mascaras - in fact, my current favorite is this Rimmel mascara w/ WOW in the name (I can't remember the rest) which I found in Meijer for under $4. I like L'Oreal Carbon Black Voluminous, I like Covergirl's LashBlast Fusion, and One By One from Maybelline. Don't get me wrong - I've used some very good high end mascaras...but in the end, there are drugstore ones that work just as well - barring CARGO's TexasLash or Too Faced Lash Injection: those are fantastic and I haven't found anything that I like more. I mean, come on! Lash Injection smells like CITRUS. But now that I've gotten WAY off track, for the actual review, continue after the jump.

24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner Review

I'm going to talk about a product I was incredibly excited for - the 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Liner from Urban Decay. I used to hate liquid liner because I was horrible at applying the stuff. I got really into gel liner for a while but liquid liner just seemed so convenient. I was introduced to the L'Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense and it was love at first streak. After that, I decided to give liquid liner a try again. You don't need to dirty up a brush and w/ liners like the L'Oreal one or the Maybelline Line Stiletto®, application is super easy, because they have a flexible felt tip instead of a brush, so the tip isn't going to randomly flare out.

After that, I tried out the Physicians Formula Eye Booster and fell in love, haha. Pen-style liners are so easy to use and you feel like you get more control. This has a brush tip, but the tip is tightly packed and has never flared out on me. As of right now, this liquid liner is unsurpassed by any I've tried and this liner, while being decent, doesn't beat the PF one or even the Maybelline liner for me. I didn't actually buy this liner on its own - a fullsize liner comes in the Book of Shadows Vol. 4. The color I have is in "Perversion", which is the carbon black shade.

Hard Candy Stay In Line Mechanical Pencil in Santorini (REVIEW)

28 August 2011

Okay, so I've definitely blathered on about my love of mascaras and eyeliners w/ lash growth serum (here and here for two examples) and I'm continuing the sparse lash girl love w/ a really kick ass product. I'm also pretty sure that if you've been here before, you know I love color. And if you haven't been here before? Well, I bloody well love color (and, no, I am, sadly, not British, but I have a bad tendency to curse like a sailor and I'm hoping 'bloody' is a bit less offensive as busting out the f-word...if it IS offensive and annoying, please comment and chew me out! I don't want to go around offending and upsetting people!) And let me just say...Oh, well, before I go and spoil the whole review, let me jump and then you can continue reading!

L'Oreal Colour Riche® Le Gloss Review

So these glosses have been out for a while now. And I'm just a lazy sod. Because, well, I had actually taken the main pictures for this review and just never got around to swatching them on my lips. But I've finally gotten around to it and am now throwing my hat in the ring, along w/ the rest of the beauty blogosphere. As you can probably tell by the title and the picture, this is a review on some of the L'Oreal Colour Riche® Le Glosses. I have four shades and, while I do like them, I think they are a bit pricy. I know this sounds CRAZY, considering I just reviewed a $20 blush and a $95 face paint palette. But while these glosses are nice and all...I don't reach for them right off the bat. These are going to cost you around 8 dollars a pop for 0.40 oz of product, which is quite a lot.

I bought four different colors, in varying finishes. I tend towards brighter colors, so none of the more toned down ones appealed to me and, color me crazy, but I'm not going to pay $8+ for a clear gloss.

Stila Custom Color Blush in Coral Review

27 August 2011

I feel like every time I do a review, I start it out w/ "So, this is going to be a review on *blank*," which is hysterical and redundant, since I always title the posts w/ "*Blank* Review". I need to come up w/ a new opening line or something. But until then...So, this is going to be a review on the Stila Custom Color Blush in "Coral". I guess the "Pink" color came out a while ago as an LE product? (Correct me if I'm wrong here!) I am not 100% sure if these are going to be permanent line, but I hope so, because this blush is pretty fantastical. Stila was always one of those brands (much like Smashbox and Lorac, TBH) that, while they had quality products, was always something I browsed and then passed over. They have very unembellished packaging and their product tends towards a more natural look. I've never owned a product from Stila that I didn't like but it just seemed too expensive to pay for basic products.

That being said, they've gotten a lot more hip lately. Plus, the quality of their products has always been really good. I will say; spending $20 on a blush was not the easiest thing to do. It just seemed like a gimmick...custom color skin matching technology always seems to feel gimmicky to me but I had tried out the sample out of skeptical curiosity and fell in love w/ the color. I tend towards peachy blushes anyway; they seem to flatter my skintone more. But what was crazy about this blush is that when I had my friend swatch it on her hand, it looked different. Now, this could be lighting or the amount of product we had each used or just sheer insanity and blindness, but that alone sold me on it.

Milani INFINITE Liquid Eye Liner Review

26 August 2011

This is a review that is long coming - these liners have been out for quite a while, and I got them when they were new. I had two other colors, but I actually used them up and just never repurchased. And not because I didn't like them. I like these liners quite a lot. Not necessarily as liners, but to add details to the eye. I usually do dots, if I do anything regularly, but I've used them for other things, including colorful leopard spots and stripes.

I think the best quality to these is that they come in colors that aren't necessarily thought of as being drugstore. There are the typical black, brown, and gray, but there are also four bright colors. This liner comes in eight shades total and it retails for around $6.49 at most drugstores and any retailer that sells Milani.

For more liner swatches and information and general craziness, click here for my MASSIVE eyeliner extravaganza post!

Physicians Formula Eye Booster™ 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum Review

As I'm sure anyone who has been browsing this blog knows, this is my favorite liquid liner. I never really liked using liquid liner because, to be quite honest, I was horrible at applying it. I could never get a nice fluid line - I loved the look of liquid liner, but I was just clumsy at applying it. Then, I discovered the L'Oreal Lineur Intense and the Maybelline Line Stiletto® liners and started liking liquid liners a lot more. Pen style liners are easier to use in general, but the flexible tips of these two liners make liquid liner something you could apply in your sleep.

Then I found this liner. This liner also contains a lash boosting serum and, while I'm not 100% sure how well this works as a lash growth product, I will say that my lashes do look a bit longer and seem healthier in general.

For more liner swatches and information and general craziness, click here for my MASSIVE eyeliner extravaganza post!

Maybelline Line Stiletto® Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner

Here's a different type of liquid liner. This is my top choice for drugstore - it's the blackest liquid liner I've, it is easy to apply. It's similar to the L'Oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense but I've found that the L'Oreal formula peels and flakes on me. I don't use this one anymore, because my new everyday liquid liner has some added benefits, but this one is, admittedly, much blacker.

For more liner swatches and information and general craziness, click here for my MASSIVE eyeliner extravaganza post!

Stila Sparkle & MUFE Aqua Liner Reviews

These liners were born out of a desire to get the LE Lancôme Artliner Waterproof EyeLiner in "Beach Gem"...and of course, they were sold out. So I had that crazy desire to buy SOMETHING that resembled it. Of course, I ended up at Sephora and of course I went liquid liner crazy.

I'm posting about both of these in one post because they are pretty similar...and both have pluses and some minuses but they definitely have the same crazy staying power. For more liquid liner reviews/swatches/liner craziness, check out my Eyeliner Smörgåsbord post.

Make Up For Ever Flash Palette Review and Epic Fail

24 August 2011

I'm going to start out by saying that the fail was completely and totally on my end. I love the everlasting fudge-balls out of this palette and would re-buy in a heartbeat, so it is most definitely not because of anything MUFE did or didn't do. I have no complaints what-so-ever about this product, although there are some downsides, but they're to be expected when you consider the actual nature of this product. I mean, besides the price, which I know is pretty high.

BUT...when I review products, I consider how useful the product is and also how well it achieves what it says it does and also whether or not the product is a good deal for what it is. This palette will cost around $100 but it is a $216 value and, quite honestly, I feel it is worth every penny. But let's get on w/ it!

FTC Disclaimer: I WISH I was affiliated w/ Make Up For Ever...I love a lot of their products and their artistry is beyond amazing, but sadly, I am not. I don't make any money from MUFE, but I AM affiliated w/ Amazon, so if you click on the link, I make crack money money, which would probably go to more makeup to play w/ and review.


This post isn't really anything important...or not really. I'm doing a semi-real life, semi-relevant to beauty post on my new hair cut. Not to leave y'all in suspense or anything. I wanted to get the Joan Jett mullet but the lady cut it a bit too short. Oh well, my hair grows super fast, and I kind of wanted a punky sort of hair cut so I'm hoping it looks a bit better when it grows out more.

That being said, I do like having short and long hair, it just doesn't feel right. Anyway, let's get to some random pictures so you can see how my bangs have a mind of their own and only like looking...well, however the bloody fuck they want to look. And, sadly, it's usually not good, haha.

e.l.f. Essentials Nail Polish & Eye Makeup Remover Pads Review

21 August 2011

When I was at Target, I bought a ton of e.l.f. products. Most of them, I haven't actually tried out yet, but I did try these two products out and I really do enjoy them. So w/o further ado, onwards towards the review!

Covergirl LiquilineBlast in Green Glow Review

16 August 2011

Nope, this is definitely not an EOTD, haha. This is just me playing around w/ some liners, including the one I am about to review. That liner would be Covergirl's LiquilineBlast liner in "Green Glow". I love liquid liners. I love the intense look...I just love everything about liquid liners. However, they can be tricky to use. What's neat about this pencil is the fact that it's supposed to mimic the look of liner w/ the ease of a pencil liner.

This picture right here will take you to my main eyeliner post, if you're interested. Other than that, let's continue. This liner retails between $6 to $8, depending on where you get it. It's by Covergirl, so it's pretty readily available in drugstores, grocery stores, etc. I only have the one color because I just wasn't interested in the others. I have several really good black liners already, although the formula of this is really nice. There are six shades available and I would say that they're a pretty decent drugstore dupe of Urban Decay's liners.

Okay, enough rambling!

Ulta Smokey Eyes, Metallic Eyes, and Automatic Liner Review

Okay, so I can't find the Ulta Smokey Eyes liners on their website anymore, BUT they were still selling them in my Ulta store as of last week. So I guess I'll talk about them anyway, and if you can spot them in your store and are interested, definitely check them out. Anyway, this is going to be a review on several Ulta brand eyeliners!

e.l.f. Studio Eyeliner & Shadow Stick Review

This is going to be a review of an e.l.f. Studio Line product - the Eyeliner & Shadow Stick. I have two of the six color combinations. Lots of brands make these types of products - Wet N Wild has their Perfect Pair duos, which are a cream shadow stick w/ a coordinating liner. What I like about these products is they seem super easy. You can blend on the shadow and then you have a color coordinating liner right on the other end. Plus these liner/shadow duos are automatic, which means no sharpening!

e.l.f. Studio Line products often go on sale at e.l.f.'s website for 50% off. You can find the Studio products in Target stores, some Big Lots, and I've found them at my local Meijer store as well. These products are $3 each, which is still pretty cheap, but if you can get a coupon code, they'll be $1.50 each!

Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil and Exaggerate Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil Review

This is going to be a review for a product that has been out for a while. I've actually had these pencils for quite some time just takes me a while to get things done, apparently. I have five of the Soft Kohl Kajal Liners and one Exaggerate pencil. Kohl liners tend to be notoriously smudgy - they're great for a smokey eye. While the other pencil is the exact opposite; it's waterproof and while you can still smudge it a bit, it's meant to be a bolder defining liner.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio in Green Eyes Review

Physicians Formula was always one of those brands that never interested me. They had some decent face products, but everything seemed more geared towards achieving a natural look or it just had too much shimmer. I was always turned off by many of their bronzers because of the shimmer. Plus I'm just not a big "face" person. I love blush, don't get me wrong, but Physicians Formula is also more expensive than most other drugstore brands. While they're geared towards healthy skin and natural looking products, $12 for a face powder was just more than I liked.

That being said, they've been introducing a lot of new lines, like the Happy Booster™ powders, which are pretty, smell great, and look amazing. Also, the Eye Booster™ 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum is my go-to liquid liner. The Organic Wear® Line is a super cool concept, especially for drugstore makeup. But the best product line they've come out w/ so far is the Shimmer Strips collection for the different eye colors. This is going to be a review on the pencil trio for green eyes.

e.l.f. Essentials Brightening Eye Liner and Shimmer Eyeliner Pencil Review EDITED NOV. 28TH

This is going to be a review on some dollar e.l.f. eyeliner products - three of the Brightening Eye Liners and one of the Shimmer Eyeliner Pencils. I love eyeliner, which is funny because I usually only ever wear black liner, but...I like branching out. Or, rather, pretending that I'm branching out. These liners are super cheap, but they aren't the only cheap things, as far as liners are concerned. Both Wet N Wild and N.Y.C. make liners for only a buck as well, and they're longer than these.

Clicking on that picture will take you to my Eyeliner Smörgåsbord post, which is all things eyeliner. It's still a work in progress right now, but hopefully it will be done by tonight!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Antwerp, Stockholm, Istanbul, and Addis Ababa) Review

14 August 2011

This is a post a long time coming. This is a product that I am absolutely raving mad about and in love w/. I want to buy all of these. I want to buy dupes of these. Like every product, these aren't flawless, but they are definitely on the fantastic side of the spectrum. I know you all know what it's about (since there's a picture of them, haha) but in case you aren't positive, this is going to be a review on the absolutely amazing NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. I have four colors and they are seriously to die for. Okay, well, maybe not to die for, but they are super effin' fantastical. These are $6 on NYX's website and NYX often goes on those B2G1 sales at Ulta. You can also buy these lovely little lippies at Cherry Culture and Nonpareil Boutique for $4.50! I'm not sure how long this sale will go on for, but I would definitely check this out.

I am not a super big gloss fan. I have tons of lip gloss because I'm constantly getting sucked in to the next big thing, but I am not a huge gloss fan. Also, I have been pretty anti-shimmer lately. Not sure why, but it's just my personal preference at the moment. So when I saw these, I was GEEKED. They're matte, which is super awesome and they are also in the form of lip glosses, so it's super convenient as well. Anyway, onto the review and swatches!

Hard Candy Glossaholic Lipgloss Review

11 August 2011

Another Hard Candy review! This time, it's on some sweet frickin' lipglosses - the Glossaholic glosses. These are really similar in style to the MAC Wonder Woman collection; they're the same size and the wands are the same. These glosses come in six different shades. There are also two special glosses that are supposed to help either relax you or wake you up, but I'm going to review those separately. You can find that review here.

These glosses can be found at Walmart and they're $5 each. I often find that Hard Candy products tend to be hit or miss for me. I either love the products to death or I think they're awful. But these glosses are definitely on my love list. In fact, I've gone through one entirely because I love them that much.

So let's continue!

Hard Candy Glossaholic Chill Out and Rise & Shine Review

This is going to be another Hard Candy review on the Glossaholic Sequin Saturated Shine lip glosses, but on two specific glosses. I already have a review on some of the colorful glosses that you can find here. These are really similar in style to the MAC Wonder Woman collection; they're the same size and the wands are the same.

These glosses can be found at Walmart and they're $5 each. I often find that Hard Candy products tend to be hit or miss for me. I either love the products to death or I think they're awful. I love the normal Glossaholic glosses and if I could rewind, I'd buy two more of those instead of these two.

Hard Candy Fox In A Box Review

This is going to be a review on the Hard Candy Fox In A Box Bronzing Duos and Blushing Quads. I flipped out when I saw these because they were so cute looking! That, and they reminded me of the Benefit Boxed Powders. I ended up buying every single one. You can find Hard Candy products at Walmarts. These duos and quads each cost $6.

Of course, I bought them, used them a couple of times, and then promptly forgot about them. This seems to happen a lot. I buy all sorts of stuff and then continue using my old favorites. I apologize that this review took sooooo long for me to get to. :/

Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE VOLUPTÉ Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick SPF 15 Review

08 August 2011

Have you ever gotten into a rut before? I often feel this way. Lately I've been making a lot of posts on cheap makeup - Wet N Wild, e.l.f., and Maybelline. I love drugstore makeup and I love cheap stuff, but I don't plan on being the type of blog that only talks drugstore, ya know? So here's a different direction - this is going to be a review on the Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE VOLUPTÉ lipstick in "01 Nude Beige".

This lipstick retails at Sephora, Yves Saint Laurent counters, and at YSL's website for $34. Yeah. That's a lot for a lipstick, I know. And since we're all aware that this is one expensive lipstick, I'm not going to be mentioning that in the actual review because, well, it's really bloody expensive, and if you don't have the money, you just don't have the money.

That being said, let's get on w/ this review.

e.l.f. Essentials Brightening Eye Color Quads - Review

04 August 2011

I am really excited to be finally doing this post. This is going to be a review on one of my favorite e.l.f. products. It's a favorite for many reasons - it's good quality stuff, it's compact, and, hell, it's bloody cheap. This product will cost you ONE DOLLAR. Yes, this product is not perfect. But it is more than worth the dollar it costs. And that would be the e.l.f. Essentials Brightening Eye Color quads. I'm sure most everyone has heard of them, and there have got to be a bazillion reviews available on these things, but I figure I'll add one anyway! ;)

Currently, there are 19 quads available, but they seem to be adding more at a rapidly increasing rate. I have eight and it's those eight I will be talking about today. Like all products, some of these quads are better than others, but the discrepancy between each quad is minimal. It must be stated that there seems to be a wide difference in quality - some people don't think highly of these. I don't know if it's on a batch by batch basis or if my body chemistry is different, but I have never had a huge issue w/ this product.

Zombie Apocalypse & Friends

12 July 2011

Haha, I was reminded about this from my parents actually. They're quite entertained w/ the fact that they've known this girl since we were around nine or ten years old.

I had never actually read this article before but not that I have...who the fuck is embarrassed to ride in her car? I don't get it.

Oh well, I'm sure horror movie fans and most everyone will get a kick out of this, so if you didn't know, you should.

And if you don't know Emily, then read her damn blog. I mean, if you're at MY blog, you probably have some sort of interest in makeup. And she blogs about it too. So, yeah. Click those links!

Eye Studio® Color Explosion™ in 10 Amethyst Ablaze & Master Drama™ Cream Pencil in Midnight Master Review

While on a recent shopping trip, my eye was drawn to an endcap. I usually always glance over endcaps to see what is new or if there are any BOGOs or products w/ an added gift, but this time my attention was drawn to a new Maybelline display. They had shadow palettes and new eyeliner pencils. I love eyeshadow and I love automatic liners PLUS I was armed w/ coupons AND there was a BOGO50% so obviously these new products were going to be mine.

I love greens but usually of the bright or neon variety...forest greens aren't my piece o' cake. There was a palette of greens but most of the colors didn't scream out to me. I am not super huge into blue shadows and the pink one was okay. I imagine I'll end up buying the neutral palette eventually. I ended up getting 10 Amethyst Ablaze, which had some really fun purples. I also picked up a Master Drama™ Cream Pencil in 405 Vibrant Violet.

The liner was around $7.99 and the palette was $9.49 before tax. They are new products, however, so I expect that the price will drop. I imagine you'll be able to find these palettes and liners in any drugstore that stocks Maybelline. I am assuming they are going to be in the permanent line but as of right now stores appear to only have a couple of each color in stock.

Physicians Formula Organic wear® 100% Natural Origin Mascara Review

11 July 2011

I am a mascara junkie. It's the one beauty product I always have on hand and, ironically, is usually the one beauty product I frequently forget to apply. That being said, it's also one of the few products that I'll wear alone. I hardly ever wear foundations and powders and sometimes I'll go w/o eyeshadow but I'll still wear mascara! I have the typical stick straight, sparse, full-o'-sadness Asian lashes. They are similar to my hair in the sense of they hate being curled. For me, a good mascara is one that holds a curl and in my lashes, that is rare.

But since my lashes are so hard to please, when I find a mascara that both lengthens and thickens, I keep it around, even if it's not so great at holding a curl because even wax-based waterproof mascaras do not prevent my lashes from pointing straight down in ten minutes.

This is going to be a review on the Physicians Formula Physicians Formula Organic wear® 100% Natural Origin Mascara. This product has been out for a while and I've always been interested in trying it, but I could never convince myself to do so. This product is around $9 at drugstores.

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear™ Talc-Free Correcting Pebbles Review

15 May 2011

This is going to be a review on the Physicians Formula Mineral Wear™ Talc-Free Correcting Pebbles. This product retails for about $10-$13, depending on where you buy it, and can be found in Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid, Target, Meijer, Ulta, etc. All of the Mineral Wear™ products are: hypoallergenic, fragrance free, paraben free, dermatologist approved, and non-comedogenic. There are often products w/ $2 off or $3 off coupons on them and the brand often goes on 40% off or BOGO50% sales as well. I was curious about this product because it reminded me of the GUERLAIN Meteorites Perles, except a hell of a lot cheaper. Of course, the packaging is pretty cheap looking, but what can you do? The Meteorites retail for $57...which means the PF is about a fifth of the price!

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher Review

16 February 2011

This is going to be a super quick review on the Revlon PhotoReady™ Translucent Finisher powder. This retails for around $11.99 anywhere Revlon products are sold. It comes w/ a decent amount of product and also has about, give or take, 3-4 shades including the translucent.



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