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 used...plus, 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 hair...me 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 now...it 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.



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