L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara Review & Photos


Loreal Miss Manga Mascara 1

I’m always up for a mascara challenge, and L’Oréal Paris recently released their latest innovation—Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara. If you’re familiar with Manga, you know it’s a type of Japanese comic book featuring whimsical drawings of characters with mostly enlarged eyes, and some of them have exaggerated groups of spiky eyelashes.

Coincidentally, I went to a festival in Little Tokyo last weekend, and they had an AMAZING store that sold nothing but Japanese cosmetics, so you know I was in heaven. What I thought was super interesting, was that a lot of the models on the packaging were portrayed with Manga-type eyes, even the hair color boxes! loreal miss manga

So with Miss Manga, the effect is supposed to offer an amplified lash effect that has volume, and a grouped, spiky look. It’s available in both regular and waterproof formulas, and has an interesting brush. It’s cone shaped with a tapered end, and the wand itself has a section that flexes. I find that the bristles are on the shorter side, and very dense; holding a considerable amount of product to really coat lashes.  [Read more...]

Sneak Peek: Urban Decay Perversion Mascara


Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

This hit my desk very early this morning, and I wanted to share with you ASAP! 

Meet Urban Decay’s upcoming mascara, Perversion. Are you familiar with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion? It’s a GORGEOUS, long-wearing, blacker than black matte eyeliner, and Perversion Mascara is its sexy sister. Here’s the scoop!

From Urban Decay:

Urban Decay launches Perversion Mascara. So intense you might need a safe word, Perversion glides on and gets you sexy in one stroke. Yet it won’t quit until you say when. Like a second skin, our ultra-creamy, lengthening, volumizing formula coats each lash with triple-black pigments and a deeply nourishing ingredient blend—for bigger, blacker, badder lashes. It’s sick how black it is…the purest, deepest, most intense black color imaginable. Our formula has a creamy, full-bodied texture that’s not too dry, not too wet. This allows just the right amount of “pull” so it glides through lashes. The result: incredible control for insane lashes. Go ahead and pile on coat after coat. Want to apply more before you go out at night? No problem. Even if it’s been all day since you applied, more Perversion always means more beautiful lashes. Our formula NEVER gets sticky or clumpy.  [Read more...]

bareMinerals Crystallized Full Face Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


bareminerals crystallized holiday collection

Tis the season for gorgeous holiday palettes, and bareMinerals never lets me down. One of the latest is the new Crystallized Full Face Collection, and it contains eight pretty products to make your holidays glisten.

bareminerals marvelous moxie lipgloss in hypnotist

Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Hypnotist

Never one to skimp on the sets, bareMinerals included all full size products for eyes, lips, and cheeks in a keepsake tin. [Read more...]

Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things Holiday Collection Palette Review, Photos, Swatches


too faced a few of my favorite things palette

Joy to the girls!

Too Faced really rocked it this holiday with their Joy to the Girls Collection, and this is probably my favorite piece from the collection, the A Few of my Favorite Things Palette. It’s jam-packed with 20 fantastic eyeshadows, two blush shades, two of their most popular bronzers, a full-size Lip Injection Color Bomb in an exclusive shade (Bee Sting), a deluxe size Better Than Sex mascara, a get-the-look guide, all in a chevron clutch with a pattern by celebrity decorator Mary McDonald. WHEW! That was a mouthful! Let’s take a closer look…

too faced holiday a few of my favorite things palette

Let’s talk eyeshadows for a minute. Too Faced is well-known for their great eyeshadow quality—it’s rare that there’s a total miss—and I truly didn’t feel there was a total miss in this palette. A few of the shades may be a little stiffer than others, but overall, the quality is there, and the pigment payoff is well worth it. While swatching, pigmentation was great on a single pass, and while applying, the pigment both lays down, and blends nicely.  [Read more...]

Loréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara Review, Before/After Photos


loreal voluminous butterfly mascara

I’m always looking for that affordable mascara that delivers prestige mascara benefits—and I think I’ve found one! I’ve been testing out the new Loréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, and it delivers such a gorgeous fanned-out effect with volume. AMEN!

loreal butterfly brush 1

Voluminous Butterfly Mascara brush

I guess you could say I am a mascara connoisseur, or addict (take your pick!)—I own no less than 10 different types/brands at any one time. Some might find that wasteful (and no, I don’t hoard the old ones because that’s just gross!), but I swear, they all do different things. They’re kind of like bras—this one’s padded, this one’s for working out, one gives you cleavage…you get the picture, right? Same thing goes for mascara. I have different loves for each one of them, and I’m always rotating them in and out. But this baby right here? Voluminous Butterfly is my perfect little trifecta; it defines by beautifully fanning out my lashes, adds volume, and holds a curl to them, pushing those babies up!

Here’s what sets it apart from the others in my stash: [Read more...]

RiRi Hearts MAC Collection Fall 2013 Review, Photos, Swatches


riri hearts mac collection fall 2013

Today is the day! You can officially purchase the new RiRi Hearts MAC Fall Collection at North America MAC stores, then it’s launching at other locations and online on October 3rd. It’s a comprehensive collection, with eyeshadow palettes, new lipsticks, a RiRi Woo Lipglass, and more.

riri hearts mac fall 2013 collection

RiRi Hearts MAC Fall Collection 2013

From MAC:

Rihanna premieres her perfect palette of lavish fall colour – a range of decidedly daring yet classically gorgeous shades, finishes and tools, all encased in the metallic warmth of rose gold packaging. Lipstick in deep raisin, orange frost, creamy nude and the vivid red of RiRi Woo match gleaming Lipglass, while eyes in contrasting soft and smoky cocoas complement luminous skin highlighted with Diamonds Cream Colour Base and Powder Blush in Bad Girl Gone Good.

Let’s check out what I tried a little closer! This is a comprehensive review, so get settled in… [Read more...]

Tarte brings Beauty Without Boundaries with QVC’s Today’s Special Value


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My FedEx guy did a real bang up job on getting these to me in time to properly photograph and swatch the new goodies from Tarte’s Beauty Without Boundaries (8-piece set) QVC Today’s Special Value for you. They arrived so late last night, that I didn’t have time to do a full breakdown, but I still wanted to share the scoop—because at just $59.96, it IS a good deal—for today only! And it’s cute, right? [Read more...]

MAC Indulge Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


mac indulge collection

I know this review is a little behind on the collection release date, and I’m so sorry! I like to really try things out, and sometimes it takes me a little longer than others to get through certain collections, especially when they’re larger. I thank you in advance for your patience, and let’s get on with it!

Decadence is the name of the game with the MAC Indulge Collection, where “no taste is too extravagant”. With smoldering eyeshadows, Cremeblend Blushes that just flush the skin, come-hither Lipglass and Lipsticks, and gilded and bright nail colors—here we go.

Lips…

mac by design feed the senses sweet succulence lipstick

By Design, Feed the Senses, Sweet Succulence

Of the five lipsticks available, I have three of them; Feed the Senses, By Design, and Sweet Succulence. The three could not be any more different! ($15 each)

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MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara Review, Photos


MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara

My mascara addiction is truly no joke, and it breaks my heart every few months to have to purge them. Which is why I just know it will hurt me when it comes time to bid my new MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara adieu, because I just love it so!MAC In Extreme Dimension Mascara

In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash

I guess what makes me love it so much, is that it truly does envelop all of my lashes in a yummy black shade that makes them pop out. The small, stubby brush has rows of plastic bristles that are on the shorter side which actually make it look like the mascara is going to clump because of the way it gathers on the bristle tips—but luckily—it didn’t. [Read more...]