Friday, November 28, 2014

e.l.f. Cosmetics - Cream Eyeliner in Black -Swatches & Review

 E.L.F Cosmetics Cream Eyeliner is a cream-formula eyeliner that dries down to a matte finish. It is available in ten different shades, from neutrals to brights . The one I purchased is Black. This eyeliner retails for $3.00 for __ oz. of product and can be purchased at and Target (Target only carries the shades Black and Coffee).
 The formula for this cream liner is a very soft, lightweight one that dries down to a matte finish. It is opaque with one swipe, but a little patchy, so I always do two swipes. The color itself is a pretty dark black, but not the blackest I've come across (this is really only noticeable when applied next to or on top of darker eye makeup). It applies wonderfully on the waterline and tightline - opaque with one swipe and no noticeable patchiness. 
 I wore this eyeliner on the upper lash line for around 7 hours to test it out and saw no noticeable fading. However, I did notice some smudging on the lower outer lash line; I used tissue paper to remove the smudged liner and was surprised by how quickly it wiped away. Also, wiping it away didn't mess up my foundation or concealer underneath at all, so the smudging doesn't bother me all that much. Cream and gel eye liners tend to be a little more difficult to remove, and this one was no different. I found that holding a makeup wipe - or a cotton round with makeup remover - over my eyes for about 15 seconds made the product come off much easier.
 This eyeliner also came with a tiny little angled eyeliner brush. I actually really like using this brush when I'm going for a thicker winged eyeliner - which is pretty much every time I wear makeup :p If you prefer thin eyeliner, though, I'd suggest purchasing a separate eyeliner brush, like this one or this one.  
 I really like this eyeliner. It glides on smoothly, dries down fairly quickly, and lasts all day without fading. And since it's only $3, I think this will probably be my go-to liner from now on!

^Cream Eyeliner swatch, photographed in the shade.

^Cream Eyeliner swatch, photographed in direct sunlight at sunset.

^ELF Cream Eyeliner in Black, applied in a thin layer to upper lash line.

^ELF Cream Eyeliner in Black, applied in a thick layer to upper lash line. Also applied onto the tightline and the waterline. 

^ELF Cream Liner on upper lash line in my Holiday Party eye look.

^I used ELF Cream Liner in Black for my Glitter & Sparkle Challenge entry on Savvyist. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Berry Rose - Review & Photos

 Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick is a new line of lipsticks that aim to provide opaque lip color with moisturizing properties. These lipsticks are available in 25 shades and retail for $6.99-$7.49 for 0.14 oz of product and can be purchased at CVS, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart. The shade I received is called Berry Rose and is a medium, slightly blue-based raspberry pink with a pinky-silver metallic sheen.
 This lipstick is packaged in a silver bullet with a square shaped base; the cap is a slightly sheer purple color and has an angled top with an engraving of a crown. On the bottom of the packaging is a sticker that has the name of the color; the sticker itself is colored to correspond with the color of the lipstick. For this specific shade, there's a slight difference in the color of the lipstick and the color of the sticker (the sticker being a matte raspberry and the lipstick being metallic and more blue-based). I don't think you'd be able to rely on the sticker itself to tell you the shade, which is unfortunate seeing as another sticker that's been placed on the lipstick prevents you from opening it to check out the actual product color. 
 The formula of this lipstick is a lightweight, very moisturizing one that glides on incredibly smoothly. This shade was semi-opaque with one swipe and fully opaque with two. I wore it for 2 hours before I noticed slight fading, and at the 3-hour mark there was significant fading, so I re-applied. It's definitely not a long-wearing formula, but most moisturizing lipsticks aren't. This lipstick didn't feather around the edges of my lips as much as other moisturizing lipsticks do, but I'd still recommend a lip liner or primer to prevent feathering completely.
 These lipsticks have a pretty strong floral/baby powder scent. I did notice throughout the day, especially the first few hours of wear, that I kept getting whiffs of it, so if this scent isn't one you like, it's something to consider when making your purchase. 
 This lipstick kept my lips very moisturized throughout the day, so I like it :) In the fall and winter months my lips get really chapped and dry, so will be using this lipstick a lot during that time. Also, the shade Berry Rose is really great for those seasons :D

^Swatch of Rimmel Lipstick in Berry Rose. Photographed in the shade.

^Swatch of Rimmel Lipstick in Berry Rose. Photographed in direct sunlight.

^Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Berry Rose.

*Product provided by Influenster for testing and reviewing purposes.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Influenster Moda VoxBox - Photos & Overview

 This fall, I was one of 7,500 lucky Influensters to receive the Moda VoxBox. The word moda is Spanish for fashion, and I believe this box was geared for those of us with the "Fashionista" badge. Each box contained 8 items, of which five are beauty products (yay!) and three are kind of random items.
 If you aren't familiar with Influenster, it is a an online community of consumers who, based on their social networking presence and different criteria, are chosen to receive complimentary full-sized (or deluxe sample-size) items to test and review! To read more about it and sign up, click here.

 1) The first item included in this VoxBox is the new Scandaleyes Rockin' Curves Mascara from Rimmel London. This mascara is a brand new and boasts the promise of volume and curve. It is available in three shades: Black, Carbon Black, and Extreme Black. The one I received is Extreme Black. It retails for $5.49-$5.99 for 0.41 fl oz and can be purchased at your local drugstore. For a full review, click here!

 2) The second item in the box is Rimmel London's Moisture Renew Lipstick, which is available in 25 shades - the shade I received is Berry Rose. Each retail for $6.99-$7.49 for 0.14 oz of product and can be purchased at CVSTargetWalgreens, and Walmart.

 3) The third item is the Moisture Renew Lip Liner Universal Transparent by Rimmel London. This lip liner is available for $5.99-$6.49 for 0.008 oz of product and can be purchased at your local drugstore, including Walgreens and Wal-Mart.

 4) The fourth item the Puffs Softpack, which holds 132, 2-ply tissues in a a thin, flexible, plastic case. A 1-pack retails for $1.99-$2.49 and a 3-pack retails for $4.99-$5.99. For a list of places that carry this product, go here and click on the "Shop Now" link.

 5) Item number five is the Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask. This mask is intended to condition and coat each strand of hair and smooth the protective outer layer. It is also infused with honey and apricot fragrance. To use this product, you apple through damp hair, comb through, and rinse. Easy! A 6.3 fl oz tube retails for $14.99. You can find this product, as well as other Hair Food items, at Target.

6) The sixth item in the box a single pack of Simply Cocoa by Swiss Miss in the flavor Milk Chocolate.  It is also available in Dark Chocolate. Simply Cocoa always contains only five ingredients: Sugar, Cocoa, Nonfat Milk, Salt, and Natural Flavor. A full box of this contains 8 packs of 1 oz. of cocoa mix and retails for $2.29 at Target and Walmart.

 7) Item number seven is the Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer. This moisturizer contains vitamins C, E, and B5, and is claimed to absorb quickly and lock in moisture for up to 48 hours. This is available in 3 oz, 10 oz, 21 oz, and 20 oz containers and range from $4.00 to $10.00. You can find this at Target, Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens

 8) The eight and final item included in the Moda VoxBox is Resource Spring Water, which is 100% percent natural spring water with naturally occuring electrolytes. Each bottle (excluding thee label and cap) is made with 50% recycled plastic that is 100% recyclable and retails for $1.49 for 33.8 fl oz.

*Each product in this box was provided complimentary from Influenster for testing and reviewing purposes.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Rockin' Curves Mascara - Review & Photos

 Rimmel London Scandaleyes Rockin' Curves Mascara is a brand new mascara that is intended to "pulse lashes with incredible volume and curve." It is available in three shades: Black, Carbon Black, and Extreme Black. The one I received is Extreme Black. It retails for $5.49-$5.99 for 0.41 fl oz and can be purchased at your local drugstore.
 This mascara isn't my favorite. In fact, it's one of my least favorites. The formula itself is fine - it's really black and dries fairly quickly, and is easy to clean off if you accidentally smudge some on your eyelid. It also gave me volume and curve, like promised - though it only lasted a few hours before I noticed my lashes started to fall a little flat.
 The spoolie is shaped like an S, with one curve being larger and one being smaller. I assumed the large one is intended for the upper lashes and the small one is intended for the lower lashes, so that's how I used it. The large curve is good - great, even. It coated my lashes evenly, and I flipped the wand over (so that the part that curves out was closest to my lashes) to get the product closer the the base of my eyelashes. The smaller curve, however, sucks. It isn't curved enough to coat the lashes evenly and has a tendency to hold onto a LOT of the product, which is then transferred to my lashes in large clumps. Because of this, it doesn't really separate the lashes, but instead causes them to clump and stick together.
 For me, the good formula just isn't worth the trouble of the awful spoolie. I just don't like enough about this product to purchase or recommend it. If you want to make this mascara work, a lash comb or separator would definitely be beneficial. Orrrr, you could skip the hassle altogether and just buy a better mascara. I'd recommend Rimmel's Volume Accelerator Mascara, Too Faced's Better than Sex Mascara, or Urban Decay's Perversion Mascara.

^Rimmel Rockin' Curves Mascara applied to both upper and lower lashes.

^I used Rockin' Curves Mascara in my Halloween Spiderweb makeup look.


*Product provided by Influenster for testing and reviewing purposes.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil - Photos & Review

 OFRA Cosmetics Universal Eyebrow Pencil is a water-resistant brow pencil that only comes in one color - hence the "universal" in the product title :p This product retails for $13 for .04 oz of product and is available at
 This brow pencil has pretty good color payoff, but since it's waxy, it has a tendency to apply a little patchy. The patchiness is much less noticeable on actual brows as opposed to bare skin, so if you have little to no eyebrow hair, this pencil isn't the way to go. However, if you have semi-full eyebrows with perhaps a few sparse areas here and there and need something to fill in and slightly shape your brows, I'd recommend this. 
 The waxy formula really helps keep your brow hairs in place, and you may find, depending on how unruly your brow hairs are, that you don't even need to top it off with a brow gel. I have several brow hairs in the middle of my arch that are in the habit of pointing straight downward, and this pencil does a great job at keeping them in place.
 Since the pencil color is only slightly warm-toned and can be darker or lighter (depending on how much pressure you apply and how much you use a spoolie to blend out the product), I can definitely see it working on people with a variety of hair colors. For those with extremely light blonde hair or people with red hair, it probably wouldn't be as good of a match.
 Bottom line: If you think this "universal" color would work for you, I'd say go for it! I definitely plan on using up the rest of my pencil :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Micro Eyeliner - Photos & Swatches

 Rimmel London Scandaleyes Micro Eyeliner is a waterproof, smudgeproof felt tip eyeliner pen that is supposed to provide "intense color" and "last up to 24 hours." It is available one shade (Black) and can be purchased at your local drugstore for $5.99 for 0.0367 oz of product. For a list of places that carry this product, click here.
 This eyeliner isn't obe of my favorites. The felt tip tends to dry out pretty quickly, and I've found the formula isn't really waterproof. It does go on pretty opaque and wears pretty well throughout the day, but I wouldn't recommend it. Instead, try Jordana FabuLiner for only a few bucks :)

*Product provided by Influenster as a badge prize.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Sheri - Photos & Swatches

 Stila Cosmetics Color Balm Lipstick is a moisturizing lipstick that is opaque with two coats. It comes in 16 different shades (all of which are a cream finish); the shade I have is Sheri. These have a minty scent to them as well as a cooling effect on the lips. Color Balm Lipsticks are available for $22 for 0.12 oz of product and can be purchased at Sephora, Ulta, and