COVERGIRL Flamed Out Mascara Review, Before/After Photos


covergirl flamed out mascara

I always get super excited when I see a new mascara from COVERGIRL, because I’ve typically had really good luck with them. In the past, I was such a mascara snob! It was always a prestige brand for me—you name all the $30 & up ones, and I’ve tried them! But I’m so pleased that in the last few years, mass brands have stepped up the mascara game. When a new mascara comes out from my fave mass brands, it is my personal mission to put it to the test.

covergirl flamed out

The newest display at my CVS features a slew of new COVERGIRL “flame” themed products. One being this little ditty right here—Flamed Out Mascara. Flamed Out promises up to three times the volume versus bare lashes, and the ability to reach every last lash. It also promises that the formula sets quickly, and that it resists smudges and smears. [Read more…]

ZOYA Stunning Summer Collection 2013 Review, Swatches, Photos


zoya stunning collection

Now THIS is a summer collection! These new bright hues from ZOYA are going to be great mani/pedi shades for the warmer weather. A few of the shades almost strike me as neons, especially if you layer a white polish underneath them beforehand.

ZOYA stunning summer collection

ZOYA Stunning Collection for Summer 2013

It’s unbelievable to me how ZOYA can keep their polish quality so consistent. You guys, I honestly can’t remember the last time I was disappointed in the flow or coverage of a ZOYA shade. I swear—I’m not on their payroll! But I’ve hardly ever had an unfavorable thing to say about their polishes. The coverage, flow, and consistency here with the Stunning Collection for summer is no exception. Yes, I recommend the entire collection!

This collection is comprised of cremes—but you’ll notice a little bit of a satiny shimmer in the bottles, this shimmer doesn’t really translate for me on my nails; with the exception of Thandie (orange), and Micky (pink-coral). My fave shade here? You should know I picked the bright pink, Yana! I’m not predictable or anything, right?

Here’s the shade breakdown, with two coats for each swatch.  [Read more…]

mark. Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stain Review, Photos, Swatches


mark gloss gorgeous collection

Like the look of a lip stain, but could go without the dryness they leave behind? Check these out—the Gloss Gorgeous Stay On Lip Stains from mark. Gloss Gorgeous is a 2-in-1 product, you’ll get the benefits of a stain with the look of a shiny gloss in one step.

mark gloss gorgeous

I’m a fan of this style of component for a lip product—it’s a brush tip on a clicker pen. It’s quick and clean, and makes applying on the go a snap. It takes about 10-15 clicks to get your gloss pen started, but only takes a click or two for an application. They’re available in eight shades, and I tried five of the fun shades: [Read more…]

Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection Nail Lacquers Review, Photos, Swatches


maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collections

I’ve got something super fun to share with you—the Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection! Available in stores in July, these new lacquers remind me of a trend I’ve seen made popular by indie nail polish brands. I had truly never seen this until last year, but it’s the jelly “sandwich”. The polish finish usually has a squishy jelly texture, and there are multi-colored and multi-sized glitter particles sandwiched between those layers. It’s a pretty cool effect.

Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots

Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection

With Color Show Polka Dots, there are five shades of milky jelly shades (one of them is a transparent base), with black and white glitter floating in the pigments. These are the first polishes I’ve owned like this to date, so unfortunately, I don’t have any dupe information to share with you right now. I just know that the shades I’ve seen like this usually cost at least twice as much as Maybelline’s $3.99 suggested retail price, and these are a little easier to get since you’ll be able to find them as drugstores soon. Ready to check them out a little closer?  [Read more…]

MAC ‘All About Orange’ Collection Review, Photos, Swatches


mac all about orange collection

Last year, Tangerine Tango was Pantone’s pick for color of the year. I reluctantly accepted it, thinking orange wasn’t good for me at all. I was totally wrong! I ended up embracing it whole-heartedly, and as a result—orange is now one of my favorite colors. Here we are, more than a year later, and MAC is launching a collection that is literally all about orange, the All About Orange Collection. I’d rather have it a little late, than not at all!

The collection contains a small assortment of orange-tinged pieces, with lipsticks, nail lacquers, a few powder blushes, Cremesheen Glass shades, and an eyeshadow quad. I have a few of those pieces to share, let’s check them out!

mac razzledazzler lipstick

MAC Razzledazzler Lipstick

Razzledazzler Lipstick is my favorite offering from All About Orange. It’s a light, creamy peach with a lustre finish. It makes my otherwise dry lips feel nice and hydrated, and the color lasts about three and a half hours for me. If you’re afraid of anything orange (like I was), this is the easiest way to break into the energetic hue. Razzledazzler offers medium coverage. [Read more…]

NYX Love in Florence ‘Sunsets with Sophia’ Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatches, Photos


nyx love in florence sunsets with sophia

NYX Cosmetics is well-known for creating dupes of some of our favorite higher end brands, and they do a pretty great job! Expanding their extensive eyeshadow lineup, is a new collection of palettes in their “Love in Florence” series. This is the Sunsets With Sophia palette, with five warm hues.

nyx sunsets with sophia palette

For a small 5-pan, I think this configuration is pretty generously sized. Housed in a black palette with a see-through lid (dang, no mirror), the size makes it perfect for sticking inside of a handbag or small makeup bag for travel. [Read more…]

MAC ‘Art of the Eye’ Collection Review, Swatches


MAC Art of the eye collection

Fresh off of my excitement about the MAC Temperature Rising Collection, I have several pieces from the current Art of the Eye Collection to share with you. As you probably guessed, this collection revolves entirely around bringing focus to the eyes. With colorful, bold hues, Art of the Eye offers products to emphasize your pretty peepers.

mac art of the eye

MAC is really challenging us to step outside of our comfort zone. I don’t know about you—but I can’t remember the last time I owned a magenta eyeliner! This review isn’t comprehensive, as it doesn’t feature all of the available pieces, but I think it’s enough to get the idea. [Read more…]

butter LONDON Summer Holiday Collection Review, Swatches


butter london summer holiday

butter LONDON brings us a summer collection of nail lacquers that proves bronze has more fun! Meet four shades from the new Summer Holiday Collection. This popular British beauty brand boasts a comprehensive collection of lacquer shades, nail treatments, and lip glosses.

butter london summer holiday collection

Bobby Dazzler, Marbs, Bit Faker, Poole

I’m quite impressed with these shades! All four offered completely opaque coverage in two coats, they leveled nicely, and applied very easily. One thing I noticed with the silver shade (Bobby Dazzler), you’ll need to make sure both coats of polish are entirely dry before applying your top coat to prevent excessive brush strokes. Don’t worry, it won’t take long! Metallics like this dry pretty quickly. [Read more…]

CARGO Color Palette Eyeshadow Quad in Vienna Review, Photos, Swatches


cargo eyeshadow

Even if this eyeshadow quad from CARGO was released a few years ago, I had to share it with you. It’s too gorgeous to pass up! In my humble opinion, CARGO’s eyeshadow singles have one of the best formulas on the consumer market. The shades are rich, pigment-packed, and feel super smooth. I found that the same qualities I love about the singles, were passed down to this fantastic foursome—the Color Palette Eyeshadow Quad in Vienna.

cargo vienna

CARGO Vienna

With three interchangeable everyday wet/dry shades, CARGO added a pretty pop of color to use as a liner, or to increase depth in the crease. [Read more…]