Friday, November 29, 2013

Maybelline The Elixir Color Sensational Lipgloss in Blush Essence Swatches and Review

Maybelline just introduced some new glosses that are supposed to be a mix of a pigmented lip color, lip balm, and shiny gloss.  I have Blush Essence (095) to show you today.

The packaging is pretty clever as it looks like a lipstick bullet from the outside.  The applicator is a flat elongated triangle-shape which makes it possible to apply the gloss without having to re-dip a million times.  It has a slight sweet scent which I don't really notice after application, but it may be that I'm not as sensitive to certain scents as others.  I get maybe 3 hours of wear before the color really starts to fade.  The gloss is nicely moisturizing and has a squishy, balmy feel to it, and is quite comfortable to wear.  I think Maybelline did a nice job with the formula.

Blush Essence is a cool-toned rosy pink with very subtle tiny silver shimmers.  It has a decent amount of pigment and gives my lips a nice dose of color and shine. (I usually go over my lips with a few swipes of the wand.)

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I'm really digging this gloss.  The formula is quite excellent and the color is lovely.  It's a winner in my book!

Any thoughts on the new Maybelline Color Elixirs?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Turkey Day

To my readers who celebrate, happy Thanksgiving!

These are little candles my mom has had since the 70s.

And, because this is a beauty blog, here's what I have on my nails: Sephora by OPI Once a Cheetah, Always a Cheetah which is a ridiculously sparkly orange.

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Have a wonderful holiday!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Hanukkah

To my readers who celebrate, happy Hanukkah!  (It starts at sundown.)

Here's some smokey blue and silver Hanukkah-inspired eyes.

(not really enjoying the mascara I chose... too clumpy)

Eyes:  NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk -- all over lid as a base
          Smashbox Eyeshadow in Aqautica -- moving lid
          Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Naked -- crease to blend out the blue
          Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow in Brulee -- under the brow
          Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Binge -- lash and water lines
          Milani Liquif'Eye Metallic Eyeliner Pencil in Silver -- inner corner and lower lashline
          Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Mascara


Monday, November 25, 2013

Milani Marbelized Baked Eyeshadow in Must Have Fuchsia Swatches and Review

I was on a pink eyeshadow kick last year and wanted a hot pink shadow to wear with light pink and gold shadows.  Milani was really the only brand I saw at the drugstore at the time with a hot pink shadow, so I thought I give it a try.

I don't have a lot of experience with baked eyeshadows, but I know they apply sheer when used dry, and more intensely when used wet.  It even says so on the back of this shadow.

Like most marbelized/baked powder products, this looks very pretty in the pan.  It also comes with a curved applicator with a brush on one end and a sponge-tip applicator on the other end.

Must Have Fuchsia is a bright pink with a little light purple shimmer.

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from left: swatched dry, swatched wet (flash)

This gives a soft wash of color when used dry.  It is definitely sheer.  When used wet, it applies patchy and it's hard to build up the color.  I also see creasing and fading at about the 4 hour mark even with a primer.

Milani is one of my favorite drugstore brands, but this was a miss for me.  I can't get it to apply nicely when wet, and it's too sheer for my liking when I use it dry.  It does look pretty when used as a transition color (going from a dark color to a light color), but I admit, I hardly ever use this. 

The Milani Baked Marbelized Eyeshadow comes in 9 shades and retails for around $7 USD.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Look of the Day Gemstone Series: Emerald

Emerald is May's birthstone and a symbol of rebirth.  According to the American Gem Society, emeralds are "believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth." Because high-quality emeralds are rare, many are treated to improve the clarity of the stone.

I decided to keep the look simple for emerald, using a glittery green eyeliner with coral cheeks and lips.

source: American Gem Society

Eyes: Milani Ultra Fine Liquid Eyeliner in Emerald Glisten
         Benefit They're Real Mascara

Cheeks: Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Achiote

Lips: Tarte LipSurgence lip luster in Achiote
         Tarte Maracuja Divine Shine lip gloss in Achiote

from left: Tarte Achiote Blush, Tarte Achiote lip luster, Tarte Achiote lip gloss, Milani Ultra Fine Liquid Eyeliner in Emerald Glisten

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Have a delightful day!

Citrine/Imperial Topaz

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Review

A good toner can be hard to find.  Often, they have irritating ingredients like alcohol or fragrant plant extracts.  I have to admit, I don't usually bother to use toner, partly because of these problems, and partly because I don't feel like I really need one all of the time. However, in the winter when my skin starts to get dehydrated, I like to add in a hydrating toner as an extra step to provide a little more moisture to my skin, which is how I found Clinique's Moisture Surge Face Spray.

This is a good, fragrance-free, oil-free, alcohol-free, hydrating spray-on toner.  It has ingredients like aloe, chamomile, glycerin, and vitamin E to hydrate and soothe the skin, along with caffeine to reduce redness.

Clinique says: Water your skin. Take along a refreshing face spray for showers of thirsty skin relief. Bursting with moisture and active aloe. But not a drop of oil. Rapidly replenishes skin's moisture level, restoring balance. Softens and soothes in a flash.

You can use this after cleansing (and go so far as to spray it on a cottonball or pad to use it, if you like that kind of thing), and/or you can spray it directly on the face throughout the day. Any skin type can use and benefit from this toner, especially in the drier months of the year.

It feels somewhat cooling when sprayed directly on the skin, but immediately warms up to skin temperature.  It has no scent and feels soothing when applied, and it seems to reduce redness quite effectively. This can also be used after makeup or powder application to make the skin look more dewy and less powdery.  The spray produces a fine mist and doesn't spray too much on the skin and make you wet (so long as you hold it far away enough!).  It doesn't feel sticky once it dries, and it relieves tightness and discomfort.  I like that it provides a boost of hydration during the day as I need it.  I think this does help with making my skin feel less dehydrated.  I figure the more humectants (ingredients that pull moisture from the air) and anti-irritants layered on the skin (in light layers in different types of products), the more they work together to protect the skin's natural moisture barrier.  Unfortunately, because I don't have dry skin (dehydrated is different than dry), I can't speak to how well this works for truly dry skin.  The ingredients certainly are beneficial for any skin type.

Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Yeast Extract\Faex\Extrait De Levure, Caffeine, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Trehalose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucrose, Sorbitol, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol

I'm impressed by the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray.  It is a great toner to have with you throughout the day (you can put it in a wee spray bottle to carry with you, although the bottle itself isn't too huge or heavy) as skin begins to feel tight or uncomfortable, or to use twice a day after cleansing to add a little extra hydration to your skincare regimen.  Recommended for everyone!

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray is $22 USD for 4.2 oz. (125 ml).

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Gold and Copper Eyes of the Day with Marc Jacobs

I used my new Marc Jacobs Starlet palette today.  The colors are so metallic and gorgeous, and I like the fall-y look the gold, copper, and brown created together.  The shadows are super soft and buttery, and they are excellently pigmented.

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Eyes: Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7 in The Starlet
                  gold -- inner third of the lid and inner corner
                  copper -- middle of lid and middle of lower lashline
                  dark brown -- outer third of lid, crease, and lower lashline
        Physicians Formula Eye Booster Eyeliner + Serum in Ultra Black
        Maybelline Full 'N Soft Mascara in Black

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Have a beautiful day, and thanks for visiting!