Hey all of my makeup junkie friends! I’m ready to get a complete new makeup look. I’ve recently gone red with my hair color and the plan is to go shopping for new makeup shades. I have saved up some cash and I’m in need of some new beauty products including mascara, foundation, concealer, new eye shadow colors, blush and possibly lipstick. I’m not a big fan of lipstick, I’m a gloss girl but I think I’m going to try something new. Color on my lips!
So stay tuned, I’m coming back next week with new makeup and I will review every piece I buy. I’ll show you my new red hair, my new makeup look and what I honestly like and dislike about the makeup I buy.
I love my lipgloss and Smashbox limitless long wear lip gloss in the color Endless actually stands up to its claim. I’ve tried lots of different glosses that say they are long-lasting, but this is definitely one of my favorites! It really does last all day and feels so good on my lips.
Another plus is that it’s not too sticky which is always a problem with lip gloss. And the color Endless is a really nice neutral color and it goes with almost every makeup look that I do. It’s not too pink. I can’t stand it when I buy a gloss from looking at the picture and then when I get it home it’s too pink. You know what I mean? I go through this lip gloss so fast because I use it everyday. Love it!
The color is a sheer plumb (it looks kind of red in this picture but it’s not) that has a beautiful shine and it claims lasts for 6 hours but I would say it’s longer! The wand in the tube is contoured and makes it super easy to apply. The formula is nice because it protects your lips too with an SPF of 15. You can use this gloss alone or use it over another color.
The only thing I can say that is bad about this gloss is that I go through it so fast and have to keep buying it. And some people find it too thick but I don’t think it’s too thick at all. When I do buy it I usually purchase two tubes so I don’t have to keep buying it over and over again.
These Smashbox lip glosses come in lots of beautiful colors too. And it’s only $22.00 I just love this color for myself but you should check out the other colors.
How many times have you put on your eyeshadow and after a few hours it either creases in the folds of your eyelid or the color just fades away? I can’t stand that. Well, after trying several different eye shadow bases, I have great news! I found an eye shadow base that really works. It’s called NYX Eyeshadow Base.
NYX Eyeshadow base is a high quality eye shadow base that is in a cream form. I have the skin tone version of this base. It works really well when you need that extra intensity and it helps your eye color last all day! Most days I wear natural looking eye colors but sometimes I like to get bold with the eye color on my eyes and when I do I use this shadow base because quite simply it really works.
There are three different tones of this eye shadow base, there is white for super intensity when you really want your eyeshadow color to pop. Use white when you are wearing bright bold colors. There is pearl for evening looks, like when you really want your shimmery shadow to show up and then there is the skin tone which is great for everyday use and will help your shadow last all day and into the night.
It’s only about $7.00 and well worth it. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
I have a little secret… I found this company called Birchbox and I am in love!! Birchbox is a company that has full size beauty products you can purchase on their website or you can sign up to get beauty samples of top of the line beauty products delivered right to your door every month for $10! Really it’s just a shipping cost. But that small fee to pay is worth it if you are a makeup junkie like me and love to try all of the latest makeup and cosmetic products but can’t afford to buy the full size. And, it’s a great way to try a product before you are ready to buy it. You will get anything from skincare to makeup to the latest beauty tools, from well-known brands.
Try before your buy!
I just purchased my first beauty product from a sample I tried. It’s the Kissable Couture lip gloss! I’m admittedly a lip gloss junkie and believe me I have tried a ton of different brands. I fell in love with the sample from Birchbox so I thought I would splurge and get the full size. It retails for $22.00 (I think that’s the most money I have ever spent on lip gloss) but what the heck! I’m worth it. 🙂
Anyway you should try Birchbox out. You can cancel it anytime, but I don’t think you will because it’s so much fun getting a little pink box in the mail with 5 to 6 beauty samples inside! Sometimes the samples are a large size too. I got Dermalogica microfolliant in the last one and it’s a pretty big jar.
To sign up for Birchbox and get your beauty samples too Go Here!!
I have the black and the brown Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner and can’t gush enough about how much I love them! I was so scared of using liquid liner because I kept picturing a really heavy line a la Amy Winehouse (God rest her talented soul!). The only reason I caved and gave it a try was because I saw that it had a fine marker sort of tip. I was hooked right away because it went on thin, easy, and clean. I was fully expecting a mess and had the cotton swabs and tissues on hand but ended up not needing them and still haven’t to this day.
You get a really controlled application with Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner so you can line your eyes subtly or give yourself sexy cat eyes without even having to try too hard. I’ve worn it to two weddings (I cry every time!) and during allergy season with my super watery eyes and this stuff stayed put and didn’t smudge. And, unlike a lot of other waterproof eye makeup, this doesn’t get clumpy or dry out easily and so far I haven’t had to deal with any flaking either which is pretty great.
Another thing that really impresses me about Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner is that it really does stay on all day. I wear it to work—usually don’t even need any other product with it—as well as out for fun and even at the gym and find that when I get home it’s still looking pretty good and doesn’t need to be reapplied. I recommend it highly to everyone! And, having both the black and the brown are great because the brown is a little more subtle for a daytime look than the black and also can look more dramatic if you go a little thicker without looking too dark if you have lighter skin like I do or have a heavy hand when applying makeup.
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I’ve read some mixed reviews about the Sigma Makeup Brushes which is why I wanted to share my experience with them. I personally have been using them for some time and really love them. I’ve bought cheaper brushes and some that were way more expensive than these and can honestly say that these have not done me wrong or made me sorry for spending my money on them.
I really like that you’re able to get all the brushes you need in a kit and think that maybe those who have not liked their Sigma brushes may not have been using the right brush for the right type of makeup or application. The price is totally justified when you know just how much getting each type of brush individually would run you and the fact that you get some natural and some synthetic brushes in the kit is great because they give you all the different help you need for everything from your coverage to your shadows to your highlighter. Again, I totally believe that taking the time to learn a little about what brush is best used for what application is key in getting your money’s worth out of a set like the Sigma Beauty Essential Kit Makeup Brushes.
Anyone looking for professional grade makeup brushes can’t really go wrong with the Sigma Makeup Brushes because they’re not at all expensive for the quality that you’re getting or the amount of brushes in the set. They’re easy and comfortable to use because of the size of the handles and they’re super soft to the touch so your makeup goes on pretty flawlessly. Not that it matters to everyone, but they also come nicely packaged. I really don’t think you can go wrong with these brushes.
I was skeptical about paying anything more than drug store prices for foundation after a few bad choices in the past, but because I still hadn’t really found a foundation that didn’t mess with my sensitive skin; I caved and decided to try Bare Minerals Foundation.
The verdict: Pretty impressive!
My skin color changes dramatically from one season to another because I go through phases where I’m outdoors non-stop and then practically hibernating indoors when I have a lot of work to do. Bare Minerals was the first foundation I’ve ever used that somehow seems to match flawlessly even with the changes—not that I would have trouble finding a second color if needed thanks to their pretty extensive line of shades. The color goes on smooth and never looks cakey even when I fear that I may have over-applied it.
So far I have used the Bare Minerals original formula and their matte and find that I like them both for different occasions. The matte is so great for keeping my oily T-zone from looking slick when I work a long day and then the original formula covers and gives me a glow, so I love them both for different reasons. The original formula has never left me looking oily yet ether, but because I have problem skin I’d rather be safe than sorry and have the matte formula on hand too.
I remember reading about Bare Minerals Foundation online and seeing something about it being so natural that you can sleep in it and it turns out (thankfully!) that they weren’t lying—guilty as charged! I’m horrible about remembering to take my makeup off at night and I’m happy to share that not only has this not made me break out but it also hasn’t rubbed off on my pillowcase and made a mess. As a matter of fact, I haven’t had the ring-around-the-collar on any of my white blouses either. If you’re looking for an awesome foundation; Bare Minerals Foundation is as good as it claims to.
As a total makeup and especially blush-junkie, I have to say that the NARS Orgasm Blush is pretty “orgasmic”! I used to shy away from blush and just thought it was a waste, but once I tried it and saw what it can do for your face and your complexion I was hooked and have never looked back. It’s hard for me not to get excited when I stumble on a color and texture that works as good as this one!
The first thing to know about NARS Powder Blush Cheek Color Orgasm is that it goes on really sheer and doesn’t seem to ever look overdone or caked on. It definitely gives you a pretty glow that brightens up your entire face but without looking too obvious. I really like how it’s a cross between a peach and a pink and from what I know, the peach in it makes it flattering for pretty much anyone and any complexion which is another plus to this blush.
My favorite thing about this blush is how it looks when I have a bit of a tan because the color has a hint of gold shimmer to it that catches the light really nicely and just glows, kind of the way you do on a warm day at the beach. Of all my blushes, the NARS Orgasm Blush is my favorite for the color and the way it goes on. It’s soft and gorgeous and long-wearing which is all you really need out of a blush. If you want a thumbs up rating on this one then I would give it two thumbs up or more! It really is a gorgeous blush for anyone whether they wear a lot of make up or just want something to perk up their face once in a while.
If the use of the word “naked” wasn’t enough to get your attention, then the delicious colors in the Urban Decay Naked Palette sure will! This is by far the best palette of neutral shadows that I’ve used to-date, likely because it’s so much more than just your same ol’- same ol’ palette of neutral eye shadows.
I guess I’ll start with the packaging, which is sleek and swanky and as dee-lish as the colors inside. The colors themselves give you all you need to create anything from a toned-down daytime look to super sexed-up glam for night, if that’s what you’re after. While the Urban Decay Naked Palette does offer up a good number of the creams and beige’s that you expect in a neutral palette, it works its way over to the more colorful and even darker side of the spectrum with deep purple and bold blue. I was more than happy to realize that this gave me everything I needed so I wouldn’t need to carry around any other shadows and yet still be able to create a gazillion different looks. I’ve managed to get a great smoky eye using the palette and have even pulled off a few very low-key sweet looks—sweeter than you’d expect from colors with names like ‘Sin’ and ‘Hustle’! I also found that a couple of the colors worked well as highlighters by gliding a little color just above my brow bone and the tops of my cheeks using my finger when I wanted to liven my face up before a last minute date. (See—more than just a neutral shadow palette!)
Overall the Urban Decay Naked Palette is worth picking up. The colors are incredible and very diverse and you get all kinds of great textures too. Having everything from matte to all-out glitter and everything in between really lets you mix it up for a ton of looks. This product is totally worth spending your pretty little pennies on.