Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm, 12 Apple Pink - Photos & Swatches

 Cailyn Tinted Lip Balm ($19.00) is a semi-opaque, matte lip balm. This product is available in 18 different shades and can be purchased at CailynCosmetics.com. The color featured in this post is 12 Apple Pink.

^Photographed outdoors, in the shade. No flash.

^The attached lip brush compared to a full-sized lip brush (OCC's #10 Precision Lip Brush).

*This product was included in my April Ipsy Beauty Bag. Click here to purchase a subscription for only $10 a month!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara - Review & Photos

 Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is an deep black, volumizing mascara that claims to "separate, coat, and curl each lash." This mascara retails for $23 and can be found at Ulta, Sephora, and the Too Faced website.
 The packaging of this product feels and looks sleek and fancy. The tube is a pink-tinted silver and has the brand name and mascara name embossed onto the side. It also has a bit of weight to it, which is nice as it adds to the high-quality feel of the product. The actual wand is a thinner wand with an hourglass shape. The shape of the wand helps to better coat all of the lashes, as it's curved and can hug them. However, since the hourglass shape leaves the tip of the wand really thick and round, it makes it difficult to use the tip to get the inner and outer lashes.
 This formula is on the thicker side and has a tendency to get clumpy after the second coat. I used a lash comb in between each coat to avoid any clumping and still get the amazing volume this mascara offers. I've worn this mascara 8 times now, and each time after about 3 or 4 hours of wear I notice slight smudging on my lower lash line, especially on the outer corner. I generally return/stop using products that result in smudging, but this mascara leaves my lashes so long and curled that I refuse to stop using it. I will, however, only use this mascara on days when I wear medium to dark eyeshadows on my lower lash line, so the smudging won't be noticeable.
 I really love this mascara. If you want volume and curl and don't mind smudging (or are lucky and don't experience smudging with eye products), I'd most definitely recommend Better Than Sex!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0, The Cliff Hanger - Review & Swatches

 BareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 - The Cliff Hanger is an eyeshadow duo that contains the colors Suspense and Awe. This duo can be found at BareMinerals and retails for $20 for 0.1 oz of product.
 I really like the packaging of this duo. It is a small, very thin palette with a smooth, matte finish (so no fingerprint smudges, yay!). It contains a decent-sized mirror that stays at an angle when left opened (as shown in the picture above), which makes it a great mirror to use when applying your makeup. This duo also contains a sponge-tip applicator, which can be great at packing on color.
 Suspense is a medium-toned subdued taupe with a matte finish. This eyeshadow is incredibly smooth and is decently pigmented. I wore this shade on my eyelid for 8 hours straight and noticed no creasing or fading. On my skin, this shade isn't always detectable, as it's incredibly close to my skin tone. However, I think it's prefect as a transitioning color for darker crease colors, and that's what I intend to use it for.
 Awe is a slightly purple-toned warm brown with a satin finish. In the container this eyeshadow looked like it was going to be really shimmery, but when applied to skin it leaves a very beautiful, subtle sheen. It was just as smooth as, but a more pigmented than, Suspense. I wore this shade on my crease and lower lash line for 8 hours straight and noticed to creasing or fading.
 These eyeshadows are long-wearing and have a beautiful finish. I would definitely recommend trying out this duo, or any of the other color options they have.

^Smooth, matte packaging.

^ Suspense and Awe swatched over Urban Decay Primer Potion.

^Suspense applied on lid, crease, and lower lash line.

^Awe applied on lid, crease, and lower lash line.

^A look I created using The Cliff Hanger.
Suspense in crease, Awe on lid and lower lash line. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain - Sweet Pink & Nude Chic

 Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains retail for $2.99 for .095 oz of product. Available  in 7 different shades, this product and can be found at your local Walgreens.

^Nude Chic 

^Sweet Pink

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BareMinerals Double Trouble - Photos & Swatches

 BareMinerals Double Trouble is a gift set that included two mini Marvelous Moxie lip products- you get a lipstick in Make Your Move and a lip gloss in Smooth Talker. This set retails for $14.00 and is available on the Sephora website and the BareMinerals website.

^Size comparison. The mini products are in the middle.

^Make Your Move Lipstick

^Smooth Talker Lip Gloss

^Make Your Move with Smooth Talker over top.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

My Classic Go-To Makeup Look - Photos & List of Products Used

 In this post I am going to be showing you what products to use to achieve me favorite, classic go-to makeup look featuring Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation . I generally use the same face and eye products and change the lip and cheek products depending on what I'm in the mood for and what matches my outfit. If you wanna make it a little more dramatic, you could add false lashes and some lip gloss!

List of products used, in the order I used them:

 -Benefit The POREfessional Pro Balm
 -Smashbox PhotoFinish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
 -Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation, 200 Soft Beige
 -Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Treatment Concealer
 -BareMinerals Eye Brightener, Well Rested (used to set concealer)
 -Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Original
 -Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade, Chocolate
 -Sleek Makeup Face Contour Kit, Medium (applied contour color to hollows of cheeks)
 -Benefit High Beam
 -Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush, Fearless
 -Sephora Long Lasting Eye Liner, 01 Noir Black (did thick eyeliner with wing to create a cat eye)
 -Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil, Perversion (used on tightline)
 -Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal, 005 Nude (used on waterline)
 -Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
 -MAC Prep+Prime Lip
 -Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil, Anarchy
 -BareMinerals Loud & Clear Lip Sheer, Pink Pulse

#StayMatteSwitch @RimmelLondonUS.

*The Rimmel Stay All Day Liquid Mousse Foundation was 
provided by Influenster for testing/reviewing purposes.

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure

 Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure ($3.99 for colors, $4.99 for designs) comes in a whopping 35 different designs (14 of which are solid colors) and can be found at your nearest drugstore or discount retailer, such as Walmart, Target, and Walgreens.
 The application process is pretty simple. First, you find the right sizes for each of your nails and line them up in order (hint: you can find the size numbers on the back of each nail toward the tip). Next, you use the prep sheet provided to cleanse your nails of any dirt or residue. Doing each nail one at a time, you then remove the backing of the fake nail and press onto your own nail, holding down with slight pressure for about 5 seconds. This process was fairly easy for me, though I did have trouble removing the backing of each nail; it took a lot of pulling and the use of tweezers to remove it. Other than that, easy peasy!
 The nails lasted a good 4 days on me without falling off and probably would've lasted longer had I not gotten bored of the color and removed them (I generally change my nail color every few days). They appeared very natural, and my family members didn't even realize I was wearing fake nails until I pointed it out!

* I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing and reviewing purposes.