One Brand Tutorial-Maybelline

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I have inserted pictures for the palettes so the positions make more sense. They are not my photos nor do I claim any rights to them.

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Maybelline Nudes Palette: 5th shadow in the top row: muted grey brown as a transition shade, 2nd shadow in the bottom row: cool toned brown used in the crease, 3rd shadow in the top row: cream color used on the brow bone, and 1st shadow in the top row: shimmery white used on the inner corner for highlight.

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow in Coral Oasis

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Fourth shadow in the quad: warm chocolate brown used in the outer corner, First shadow in the quad: warm beige shimmery shade used on the lid.

Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal in Medium/Deep

Maybelline Volume Express The Falsies Push Up Drama mascara

Mayebelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel liner in blackest black

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Life’s a Peach

 

 

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E.L.F Matte Lip Color

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I recently posted a photo of myself on my Instagram wearing a bright berry lip that garnered lots of attention. (See Below) I was surprised at the amount of buzz I was getting wearing a $3 product! If only my higher end lippies got that much love. When a friend asked what I was wearing I didn’t hesitate to share my bargain beauty find. “You won’t believe that it’s an E.L.F. matte lip color, ” I boasted. “And it was only three bucks!” I have a total of four of these fabulous finds now: Berry Sorbet, Praline, Coral, and Tea Rose.

The formula of this product is smooth and glides on easily despite its matte finish. The pointed tip makes application a breeze even in those hard to reach corners of the mouth; it can even be used to line the lips so you can mix and match colors for a cool ombre look! There is no unusual smell to these babies, so if you are sensitive to what goes below your sniffer no worries E.L.F. has that covered. All in all there is nothing bad I can say about this product. It is lost cost and high quality that most matte lip lovers will flock to.

Of course you can still find E.L.F products in your neighborhood Target and at their website eyeslipsface.com but E.L.F. has also expanded their market into actual drugstores. I found my Coral lip color just last week in my local CVS and have seen several new displays in my Walgreens housing their products. They have even popped up in Wal*Mart! Needless to say if you want to find this product or another by E.L.F look no further than your usual drugstore haunts. Happy shopping!

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Me wearing Berry Sorbet
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Review: NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette

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Long awaited…review on this product I have had for months! I think I have talked about this on my channel for the last six weeks, but I am just now getting around to posting this review. There is a lot of hype surrounding highlight and contour palettes right now. Frankly they are all the rage! Just about every major cosmetics label has one out right now: be it a duo, trio, six-pan, cream, or powder. The most notable of the high-end brands are Anastasia Beverly Hills and the Kat Von D Shade and Light. While I have tried a contour pan by Anastasia, I have not tried or purchased the palette by Kat Von D. I merely swatched the palette the last time I went into Sephora.

I was all set to shell out my $46 to purchase the Kat Von D palette until I saw a review of the NYX palette on Lustre Lux’s channel. At $25.99 the NYX palette was a fraction of the cost and NYX has a reputation of being a higher quality affordable brand. I purchased mine directly from the NYX website. It took entirely too long to get here, but when it arrived all eight of the pans were intact. I tried it out the next day, and one thing I quickly figured out is that the powders go on much better with a natural fiber (or natural fiber feel) brush as opposed to a synthetic brush. I use a natural fiber contour brush that I got in a set from Sephora.

When using a synthetic brush the color does not deposit on to the brush well; therefore the power is not as pigmented. When using a natural fiber brush the colors are pigmented and very blend able. The palette contains four highlight colors and four contour colors. I would say that this palette is great for all skin tones, but especially friendly for those of us with a bit more pigmentation than others! Which is my book is a win, however, if you are of a very fair porcelain skin tone I would steer clear of this as a contour palette. The colors may come off muddy on a very fair skin tone. I would also discourage anyone with a very deep skin tone from purchasing this palette. If your shade is an NC 55 or higher even the deepest shade may not give you the desired results for contour. Also the palette’s pans pop out to be replaced which is an extremely cool feature for a drugstore priced product!

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Overall I would give this palette a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Minus a star simply because you cannot use a variety of brushes with the palette. Many makeup lovers have synthetic as well as natural fiber brushes in our collections. Only being able to use a natural fiber brush with this palette is extremely limiting. Check out the swatches below!

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Highlighters

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Contour Powders

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Beauty on a Budget: NYC Lip Lacquer Review

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I guess I figured I would do some actually blogging today! More seriously, one of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2015 is to take my blog more serious. Writing has always been therapeutic for me and I definitely need some therapy at the moment! High school teaching is not living the dream…you heard it here first!

If you’ve been trolling your local drugstore like I often do (seriously they know me at my CVS) then you may have noticed the plethora of NEW! signs plastered in the cosmetics section. I am a sucker for those signs so naturally I followed the glossy, colored paper toward a new lip product. I always peruse all of the brands in cosmetics, but I must say it is rare that I pick up anything NYC.

Don’t get me wrong, there are things in their line that are fantastic, but it isn’t the first place I gravitate to. On this particular CVS trip the new NYC lip lacquers caught my eye. I am usually not a fan of lacquers or liquid lipsticks because I find them to be quite drying. However, I’ve been dying to try the Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick since I saw them on Elba Navarro’s channel. Those bad boys are $23 a pop!

Since I am working on a Teacher’s salary and paydays are once a month; I wanted to explore a less expensive option first. I picked up an NYC lip lacquer in Coney Island Cotton Candy, which in true NYC style, was named after an iconic landmark in New York. It is a bright fabulous pink with a blue based undertone, a true Barbie pink. I wore it the next day thinking at only $3.99 it wouldn’t last long.

Imagine my surprise when I looked in the mirror at the end of a 7 hour school day and there was still color on my lips. It wasn’t as flawless as when I applied it at 6:30 AM, but it still looked presentable. My lips didn’t peel because they were dry, the color wasn’t patchy, and I didn’t feel like I wanted to scrub my lips to remove a sticky film.

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At the end of my day

NYC’s website describes their latest innovation as: rich lip color, high coverage, long wearing, light weight texture, hydrating/moisturizing, comfortable all day, non sticky, and doesn’t dry lips. Of the bulk of claims I particularly agree with the statements that the product is long wearing, comfortable, hydrating, and rich in color. I don’t think it’s a high coverage product seeing that I had to apply a few swipes to get the full color as it appears in the container. However, the colors are gorgeous so well worth the work. Overall I would say this product is worth a try and certainly worth the tiny price tag of $3.99. I purchased three of them!

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CVS/Ulta Beauty Deals and Steals

   I have not purposely been neglecting my blog. I began a post last weekend and I actually ended up losing all of my work because like a dummy…I did not save my work! I have recovered from the anger and I’m ready to write again…lol. A few weeks ago now I had so many CVS coupons and discounts I feel like I could have purchased half of the store. However you know what I used all those perks on…beauty products!

   If you’re not in the know, CVS has a Beauty Club program in addition to the Extracare Card. Beauty junkies like myself can appreciate the fact that every $50 you spend on Beauty gets you 5 Extrabucks! I literally shop CVS once a week even if I am just browsing the store…they know me at every CVS within a 10 mile radius of my home…haha. So I recently had a handful of coupons that earned me a whopping $30 off! My damage ended up being 9 items for a total of about $40 which in unheard of as the cost of drugstore cosmetics has been on a steady climb. 
   I also popped my head into Ulta in search of the elusive Revlon CC cream in Medium/Deep. I’ve decided that unless you order that shade direct from Revlon it is like the Easter Bunny…you’ll never see it! Well you know I did not leave my Mothership empty handed. Ardell lashes were on redline so I picked up a pair of the new Lash Lites in #335. I’ve worn them about 3 times since then and they are super comfortable. After grabbing those and a bottle of Sally Hansen Xtreme Nails ; I was quickly informed at the register that Ulta’s Beauty Club Rewards program was changing and it was my last chance to select a free item with my points. 
   Needless to say I picked up my item of choice as instructed: NYX Butter lip balm in Parfait. The new Ulta rewards system is easier to understand and a lot more to the point and succinct. In short the more you spend the more points you earn; the more points you earn the more discounts you get off merchandise…sound familiar?! (See above) 
   I hope you guys are having a fabulous week and enjoyed this post! The products I purchased are pictured and listed below. Please leave a comment if you would like a review on any of these products! xo
Top Row (left to right): Milani Brilliant Shine gloss in Mai Tai and Nude Touch, Maybelline Eye Studio quad in Nude Romance, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Nude Compliment, Sally Hansen Xtreme Nail in Lacey Lilac
Center Row: Milani Power Lip in Macaroon, Ardell Lash Lites in #335, Black Radience shadow palette in Urban Jungle, Maybelline Buffs lipstick in Nude Compliment, NYX Butter Lip Balm in Parfait
Bottom Row: NYX gel liner in Dark Brown, NYC Brow/Eye Liner in Sable 

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