Sunday, February 2, 2014

Maybelline The Buffs Collection Review Lip Swatches and Mac Dupes

 If you were enchanted last year by the Maybelline Vivids collection that featured bright and bold shades this may not be a collection for you, but if you love to vary your looks or you felt that the vivids were just too VIVID you may want to check out The Buffs.

This collection makes sense coming from Maybelline, the brand that has brought us the line of Fit Me products. We can fit our foundation, our mattifyer, even our pressed powder to work perfectly for us, why not lipsticks? The Buffs collection features nude shades for every skin tone and are affordable for most budgets. It seems many companies are bringing us a very nude spring and these are a great way to stay on trend. Also, since there is a wide variation of shades you can choose a nude that works for you now or a lighter or darker one for those times when you have a tan or are a little pale.

The overall formula is consistent with  other Maybelline color sensational lipsticks in that they are soft and creamy, have a honey nectar scent, and leave a bit of shine when applied. Depending on the shade they can last from 3-6 hours.

Left Top- Bare All, Left Bottom- Nude Lust. Right Top- Blushing Beige , Right Bottom- Maple Kiss

BARE ALL- is an almost white shade that gave me (fit me 220, mac NC 30) concealer lips. This shade showed every lip flaw so it would be best to exfoliate before applying. This shade would be best for those with very fair complexions or those who want a very light lip. This shade could also be used to tone down a darker shade or applied to the center of the lip over another lipstick to highlight the center of the lip.It leans slightly yellow.

BLUSHING BEIGE- this shade is slightly darker and leans pink. It is great for those looking for a light pinky nude and it is similar to mac peachstock and mac pure decoration.

NUDE LUST- is similar to mac close contact and is a bit of a greyed pinky nude.

MAPLE KISS- is a red based medium brown that would look great if you have pigmented lips already, it may look like "your lips but better"
Left Top- Truffle Tease, Left Bottom Touchable Tuape, Right Top- Sin-A-Mon, Right Bottom- Stormy Shara

TRUFFLE TEASE AND SIN-A-MON- both look very similar to exclusive event and riri nude on the lips but they lacked some of the greyness that would make them a full dupe. These will look quite different on different skin tones. On my skin they were medium grey nudes with a bit of brown. Truffle Tease leaned more yellow while Sin-a-mon leaned more pink.

TOUCHABLE TAUPE- is a chocolate brown that has a bit of purple untertone and reminded me some of mac hot chocolate. This shade should flatter mostly any skin tone.

STORMY SHARA- is a pinky medium brown nude that would look good on medium to darker skin tones as a nude.
Top Left- Untainted Spice and Top Right- Espresso Exposed

UNTAINTED SPICE- This shade also pulls a little purple but is a medium brown (this shade also reminds me of mac hot chocolate but it isnt enough purple to be a full dupe)

ESPRESSO EXPOSE- is a darkened reddish brown that would be a great vampy shade on lighter skin tones or a rich nude on darker skintones.

Overall what I loved about this collection was range. I feel like with ten nude lipsticks that lean pink, yellow, brown, purple, grey, and red, it really covers a lot of different skin tones and undertones. I think that most people will be able to find a nude that fits them or even just a shade they like. The packaging is quite pretty with the soft pink shaded tubes and the shades the color of the sticker on the bottom. These shades are creamy and smell like honey nectar.


Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure is a Knock Out

I recently received a few Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes from Influenster. I have used these products before and own quite a few, so i went into this product testing with a positive attitude. The shades i received complimentary from influenster for reviewing and testing purposes were Red My Lips, Pat on The Black and Jaded.

The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure is just that.. a complete manicure. You can skip the base coat and top coat and get the same results had you used them. This product offers 7 benefits- base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, color, top coat, chip resistant, and gel shine. Unlike a lot of products in the drugstore this one lives up to its claims.

So, is this product the holy grail of polish or does it have some shortcomings?  Well, it all depends on what shade you use. For example, if you use Red My Lips you will get a perfect application because the formula is thin enough to give you a thin coat that drys fast but opaque enough that you don't have to use more than 2 coats. The flat brush also helps to deposit just enough polish. If you use Jaded, the experience is a little different. This shade lacked the pigmentation of Red my Lips and also Pat On The Black and was very hard to work with. Apply too much.,. and its goopy.. apply too little and its barely there. After 3 coats i finally got an opaque coverage. While that is a lot, i was thankful i didn't have to apply a base coat or top coat to it like other polishes. Pat on the Black, if applied slightly thick, needed only one coat and is great if you are in a rush to paint your nails but have about 10 minuets to let them dry. The other shades only took about 5-7 minuets to dry. Again, the time is still a lot less than if you had to wait for a base coat and top coat to dry.

Overall, i really like this product. There are many other shade choices available, including some gorgeous glitters! You can find these online at for about 6.49$ or in your local drugstore.


and video review

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation Review

Recently i was picked by Influenster to test the new Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation. I received this product complimentary for reviewing and testing purposes. When i do my make up i tend to think of having a shiny face, or rather an oily face, as something to avoid at all costs. A product that promises to work as a foundation while keeping my skin fresh, and matte? Well i had to give that a try!

 The packaging is quite simple, squeeze out product. The coverage is about medium but it really works well as a base for more complex looks or on its own for more minimal looks. I like that it feels light but still covers pores and gives me an almost air brushed look. While you can apply a setting powder you really don't need it. This product doesn't settle into fine lines or wrinkles of the face.

I created this look using the Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation. I kept it very simple and minimalistic. I love how i can achieve the no makeup, makeup look. Stay Matte made my skin look even and smooth. Its no photoshop, but it does a good job of making any imperfections of the face become hidden. I applied Rimmel London Scandaleyes in Retro Glam to my eyes to complete the look and you can add a little gloss if you'd like!

Overall i am quite impressed. I am very used to having to wear a primer, foundation, and setting powder to achieve a look close to this. One product and done is helpful for those who like a minimal routine in the morning but is also good for those who like to also wear blush, highlighter, and do a contour. You wont have that caked on look since your base is so minimal.

Hits stores January 2014~

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Jesse's Girl Glow Stix Review and Swatches of Red Dawn, Wicked, and Tangerine

Have you ever thought to yourself, how awesome would it be to have glowy, iridescent lips, that had all the shine of a glow stick, but subtle enough to be classy and adult? Well I have and Jesse's Girl has brought back their Ice lip glosses from last year, now called Glow Stix with the addition of a new shade! Perfect!
When you first see this product you may be a little intimidated by this product when you see it in the tube. Don't be. First off this product applies slightly white sheer and you only see the color when light hits it just the right way. You can use these on bare lips, over lipstick, or over liner. While the applicator is a bit tricky to use, especially over lipstick, i would suggest applying over liner. The applicator, which is a doe foot applicator, tends to pick up very little gloss and tends to wipe lipstick off the lips when applied tinting the gloss in the tube. I would suggest popping out the white stopper and dipping a lip brush in. It gives a smoother and more even applicator. My only real issue with this product is how small the tube is. It is just slightly larger than the applicator itself but the tube makes the actual space of product magnified. Above i have applied Tangerine (reflects orange) over maybelline's electric orange color sensational lipstick (upper left corner), Red Dawn (reflects red) over have to have it liner from mac (upper right corner), and i applied Wicked (reflects green) over Brazen Berry by maybelline color sensational lipstick.

Overall i like how these feel on the lips, not sticky, not too wet, and i adore the subtle glowy effect. You can pick these up in Rite Aid or online at

Urban Decay Moon Dust Shadow Review and Swatches

A little late to update this but if you haven't already seen them or got your hands on them, the new Urban Decay Moondust shadows are a must have!

What is so special about Moondust shadows? While they offer sparkle and shine without all the mess (though there is some fall out!) Use these shadows wet or dry for a high pigmented look. They have a bit of a moist feeling to them which helps them to adhere to the skin well though i still suggest using a primer. Above i have both Zodiac and Stargazer shades. I love glittery these are!  They do contain reflective micro-glitter and its higher in quality than most micro-glitter shadows.  I would not recommend using a brush that isn't dense to apply these. They Have great pigmentation but are more glitter than shadow.  Overall these are a must have if you like sparkle!They are currently on sale for 20$ on Below i have created an eye look using Stargazer on the lid and Zodiac on the crease blended out to the brow bone. I got a full 7 hours of wear with minimal fading.

Allure Beauty Box Fall 2013 Product Information

I have some fantastic news for you all! The Allure beauty box is back and filled with fall products!
This seasons box will be on sale on July 23rd at noon EST.

This box will cost 39.99$ plus shipping. Honestly it ususally comes out to close to 50$ but its always worth it above and beyond! It is great for people that don't live near a walmart or other discount store but want to try some great drugstore products at a fantastic discount.

Included in this seasons box is:
Schick Hydro Silk Razor
KMS California Hair Stay
RoC Retinol Correxion Cream
Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair
Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask
Burt’s Bees Lip Balm
La Roche-Posay Redermic Intensive Anti-Aging Corrective Treatment
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs Lotion
Pixi Eye Bright Liner
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish
Sally Hansen Cuticle Eraser & Balm
Simple Skin Care Foaming Cleanser
Redken Satinwear 02 Ultimate Blow-Dry Lotion
Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion
Redken All Soft Argan Oil
Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
Goldwell Gloss Style Magic Finish Hairspray
Sally Hansen Ouch Relief Wax Strip Kit 
Skintimate Shaving Cream
Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask
Sally Hanson Salon Effects Nail Strips
Sation Nail Polish
Tibolli Hair Oil

Best of all these items are all full size!
This sale will be live at this link -

Monday, June 17, 2013

Temperature Rising and All About Orange Review and Swatches

Since i am so behind i decided to combine two recent collections into one post! Hope you guys don't mind!

Temperature Rising-
I loved this collection for its warm tones and rich colors. Some of the shades were borderline fall, but they do work for the season! I love that the collection is made colorful with just a pop of purple.

Limited Edition - 16.50$
Calienti- This dazzle formula is lightweight and shimmery. Burgundy base with gold and purple flecks of glitter. Can apply slightly streaky but overall is an easy to apply lipstick that gets about 4-5 hours of wear.
Sheer Seduction- Also a dazzle formula. equally light weight. Not as shimmery as Calienti, is a copper base with copper glitter which is most noticeable in direct sunlight.Lasts 4-5 hours
Feel My Pulse- A light and creamy light magenta in a cremesheen finish. Lats about 5 hours on the lips and goes on opaque in about one swipe.
Altered Beige- This yellow based beige in a luster finish is the perfect light nude. Goes on opaque in about 2 swipes and lasts about 3 hours on the lips. Creamy.

Top to bottom- Calienti, Sheer Seduction, Feel My Pulse
Altered Beige
Wearing Altered Beige on the lips and Temperature Rising Quad on my eyes- Swelter on lid, beauty marked on the outer corner, Performance Art on my brow bone, and Temperature Rising on the crease. Ripe for love on my cheeks and nude on board as my contour.
The Glosses in this collection were equally beautiful which shades that perfectly compliment the lipsticks.

Limited Edition-
Underdressed - This shade pairs perfectly with Calienti. This gloss is super glittery and contains flecks of gold and purple. It is a bit sheer on its own and lets your natural lip tone peek through when worn alone but really make the lips dazzle by layering over Calienti.
Rhythm- This semi sheer light magenta gloss has flecks of pink glitter. Over bare lips gives a hint of purple but over Feel My Pulse this shade really pops.
Soft Serenade-  This soft sheer gloss has flecks of copper in it. The sheerest of all four glosses gives the lips just a hint of glitter when worn alone. It is a very natural look and would look fantastic at the beach allowing for some sparkle without looking overdone. Also looks great layered over Sheer Seduction.
Liquid Passion- This lipglass is the most opaque  of the four and applies a bit milky. A yellow based nude will settle into the creases of your lips when worn alone but looks great over Altered Beige.

On the left is Underdressed, swatched on skin, and swatched over Calienti. On the right is Rhythm, swatched on skin, and swatched over Feel My Pulse.
Liquid Passion Lipglass

Rising Sun cremesheen glass from all about orange and Soft Serenade

From top to bottom - Rising Sun (from All About Orange), Soft Serenade, and Liquid Passion.

There were two quads featured in this collection. Each one very pigmented. These are a great improvement from the recent quads that MAC has been releasing. They apply easily, easy to blend, great pigmentation, no creases when applied over primer, 8 hour wear.

 Limited Edition- 44$
Bare My Soul -seems a bit fall in terms of color scheme it is meant to reflect the gold and bronzes of the beach, tans, and sun. The green allows these shades to really pop. Great for natural looks and smokey eyes. Romantico - is a soft beige, Bare My Soul- a golden yellow, Friendly is a chocolate brown, and When in Rio- is a green that has a bit of a teal reflection.
Temperature Rising- This quad is a great soft toned palette which is great for very girly eye looks and even a smokey eye look if using Beauty Marked on the lid. Performance Art- greyed lavender, Temperature Rising- a soft pinkish peach, Swelter- a lavender with a blue reflection, and Beauty Marked - is a blackened plum with red micro glitter. There was minimal fallout.

Bare My Soul Quad- L-R Romantico, Bare my Soul, Friendly, and When in Rio

Temperature Rising Quad- Performance Art, Temperature Rising, Swelter, Beauty Marked
Wearing Temperature Rising Quad with Swelter on the lid Rich Glance on the inner corner of the eye, Performance art on the brow bone, Temperature rising in the crease, and Beauty Marked on the outer v. Calienti and Underdressed on the lips. Ripe For Love on the cheeks and Nude on Board to define the cheeks.

Look idea!
 All About Orange-
This collection featured, well, orange! While some of the lipsticks were pinks that leaned orange the overall theme was pretty cohesive. This collection included 7 shades of lipsticks and three blushes. Featured many re promotes.

Limited Edition 15$
Neon Orange- This shade is permanent in the pro line and has an amplified finish. This shade leans the most red of all the shades. Very opaque when applied and lasts about 7 hours.
Tart and Trendy- Lustere and is a bright creamy orange. Leans a bit less red than neon orange. Even though it is a lustre it has even coverage and is opaque in about two swipes. Lasts about 3 hours on the lips.
Sushi Kiss- A light and creamy coral that reminds me of the color of salmon. This shade is half way between orange and pink. This shade has a satin finish and is opaque in one swipe. Lasts about 6 hours on the lips.
Tangerine Dream- This shade is also a lustre finish and is a bit sheer. This shade is a true orange that has a yellow base. While it does cover the lips in a few swipes it does let some of your natural lip shade peek through.
Sweet and Sour- This cremesheen lipstick lasts about 6 hours on the lips and is a light pink coral shade. Soft on the lips and the lightest of all the shades.
Razzledazzel- This lustre finish lipstick is a coral pink shade. Mostly opaque can look like a natural shade on the lips depending on your skin tone.
Flamingo- Also a lustre finish and it is a milky light coral. This shade leans more pink than orange and lasts about 4 hours on the lips. Mostly opaque.

Limited Edition 21$
Royal Sunset- Pinkish coral blush that glides on smooth and is easy to blend. Looks  very soft on the cheek.
Honey Jasmine- A peachy orange blush that gives the skin a bit of a natural blushed look.
Immortal Flower- A light peach that can also double as a highlighter depending on skin tone is applied over the apples of the cheeks.
MAC All About Orange Lipsticks- L-R Neon Orange, Tart and Trendy, Sushi Kiss, Tangerine Dream, Sweet and Sour, Razzledazzel, and Flamingo. From left to right All About Orange Blush in Royal Sunset, Honey Jasmine and  Immortal Flower.

All About Orange Swatches- On the left- Neon Orange, Tarte and Trency, Sushi Kiss, Flamingo, Royal Sunset, Honey Jasmine, Tangerine Dream, Sweet and Sour, Razzledazzle, and Immortal Flower.