Monday, December 26, 2011

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush: Review and Swatches!

Hello everyone! I sincerely hope that each and every one of you beautiful ladies had a great Christmas. I know I did. I wanted to do a quick post sharing my thoughts on a fairly new product that I found last week.  If you are anything like me, you know that going to CVS around once a week is pretty standard, if not almost mandatory. Since I am in their beauty club I always end up getting awesome coupons that pretty much make me come back. Well, last week, it was one of those coupons that prompted me to stop by CVS. To be quite honest with you I didn’t really have a game plan when walking in there, but I figured that it wouldn’t be that hard to find something to spend my money on. I mean come on, it’s CVS.  And it wasn’t hard at all. Not long after I started browsing I saw the display for this new product from Maybelline. The product is called Dream Bouncy Blush, when I saw it, it didn’t really seem like something I wanted to purchase, but since I love blush and weird make up textures, I decided to give it a try. I got this product in two shades, Hot Tamale and Plum Wine. Hot Tamale is bright pink, and I mean it, it’s pretty bright. It’s not just your regular hot pink though, there is some dimension to it, when you use the right amount it looks absolutely beautiful. Plum Wine is a dark mauve plumish color; I don’t usually wear that color blush so I thought I would give it a try. I loved it. Too bad I didn’t own it in the fall! The texture is quite hard to describe, I don’t own anything else that feels like this. And I do own quite a bit of mousse products. It’s nothing like their dream Mousse blushes; it feels more tightly packed and harder to the touch. I certainly do feel like “bouncy” is the right way to describe it. If you press on the product and let go, it does seem like it bounces back up a little, it feels quite sponge-like at times. I was pretty impressed with the color pay off as well, because while I do enjoy the Dream Mousse blushes, sometimes I feel like they can lack pigmentation.  Lasting power was only alright, I used both Hot Tamale and Plum Wine and they both seemed to have lasted the same amount of time. On me, they lasted about 4 hours looking as great as when first applied. Keep in mind that my skin is not oily whatsoever, in fact it’s quite dry, so I assume that on someone with oily skin they will most likely not last as long.  I’m looking forward to my next trip to CVS; I think I will pick up a couple more shades. The price as I have seen is around $7 dollars, but with the sale that I got them on (buy one get one half off) and my handy dandy $5 dollar off coupon it is a pretty darn good deal.
I suggest if you are even just a little curious about this product to pick up one shade of it, Hot Tamale is pretty unique so I would go for that one.  Here are some swatches and pictures of the product.
The packaging
You can see that it's a little domed :)
  Hot Tamale and Plum Wine
Hope you enjoyed the post and have an awesome day.

Friday, December 23, 2011

NOTD: Rage by Orly


Hello everyone! Hope you are all doing well. With Christmas only two days away, I thought I'd share with you all the polish I've decided to wear that day. This Christmas I will be wearing Orly's Rage on my nails. I decided on this one because I wanted something different from the typical reds. I feel like this rose-gold color is just as festive because its glittery/metallic finish remind me of gift wrapping paper. This is the only Orly polish I own and I simply love it because it's quite a unique color and all you need is two coats for complete opacity. You can find Orly polishes at most drugstores and they're around $7 per bottle. The picture above honestly doesn't do this polish justice so you should definitely check it out in person if you get the chance!

Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas, or whatever holiday you celebrate, with your family and loved ones. Be safe and keep an eye out for my New Years Eve look ;)

-Michelle

Friday, December 9, 2011

The curious case of the Sephora Giftcard...

Hello all!! Good morning :) It is 7:00 am right now and I am sitting at starbucks with some time to kill, so I thought I would share a story with you all. A few months ago my husband and I received an envelope in the mail that did NOT belong to us, it was purple and it looked like some sort of greeting card was inside. We put it aside and said to ourselves that we would return it to the sender some time later. That was back in October haha. Well, last night as I was cleaning out a drawer in our kitchen, I found it again! I was pretty distracted listening to some Katy Perry song while cleaning, that without thinking about it, I opened it! I don't know what I was thinking, I think maybe in my head I was hoping that it was a wedding card that we never opened, that I didn't even bother to read the heading of the envelope. Well, it wasn't a wedding card. In fact, it was a birthday card to someone named Ashley and what are the chances..a Sephora Giftcard inside. Let me rephrase, a $50 dollar Sephora Giftcard. Did you get that? SEPHORA. Ahem, excuse me, I seem to be getting excited just thinking about it. After I had just finished a conversation with an old friend and confessing my love of makeup to him, I stumbled accross this giftcard. Oh and it was torture, I quickly called Michelle, and we thought of the possibilities, we thought we could do a giveaway for the blog, we thought we could buy some products to review (all in the name of the blog of course!!). We ended our conversation on the phone by agreeing to return it, it just didn't feel right to spend something that wasn't ours. Oh, but then I talked to my husband. We talked about it for about 20 minutes, and during that time we revisited the possibility of not returning it, some of our excuses were the fact that I had already opened it, and it was sent way back in October. We were lusting after the card indeed, well, mainly just me, but Andrew loves to see me happy, and since I have been a bit down lately, I know that he just wanted to see me smile. Don't worry, after a few minutes we realized we certainly couldn't keep it, it would have been wrong. Since I didn't damage the envelope much, I was able to tape it back up and return to the sender. I wrote an apologetic note on the inside too, man I was so embarrased! And now that I am writing this I am even more embarrased that I thought about keeping it. Just because I have been a little sad lately does not give me the right to take something that's not mine, end of story. I hope that the card gets given to the right person, and I hope that she buys lots of makeup goodies :)
Well that's it, that's my little story! Hope you guys have an awesome day. I know I will!

-Angie

Friday, December 2, 2011

November Faves!!!

Finally uploaded a video to Youtube :)
of course..its a webcam so ehhhh
Enjoy!!
also..I do not know why I said the Highbeam was powder..I think I was thinking of another highlighter :P sorry!!








Products:
Boot's Cold Cream
Boot's Cleansing Milk
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Boot's No.7 Lifting and Firming Foundation
Estee Lauder's Double Wear Foundation
Maybelline's Dream Matte Powder
Boot's No.7 Highlights Illuminating Lotion
Milani's Mineral Blush in Sweet Rose
Milani's Baked Blush in Rose D' Oro
Pixi's Brightrning Peach Correction Concentrate
Milani's HD Advanced Concealer
Milani's Liquif'' Eye Eyeliner in Black
Wet n' Wild Gel Eyeliner in Black
Maybelline's Falsies Mascara in Brown/Black
Flirt's All That Lash Mascara in Kickin Brown
Revlon Lipbutter in Creme Brulee
Revlon Lipbutter in Berry Smoothie
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Petal
Boots No.7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Mischief.


woooo that's a lot!!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Review: Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters!

For the few of you who haven't heard already, Revlon has released a new permanent line of Colorburst Lip Butters. When I hear "lip butter" I automatically think of something like this:
These are lovely too, but not very practical since you have to clean your finger after each use. Unless, you have a brush you use with it. Revlon sort of took the idea of a lip butter and took it up a notch by removing the messy finger problem, and placing the lip butter in the form of a lipstick!
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter - Sugar Plum

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter - Red Velvet
These basically have the pigmentation of a lipstick, and the moisture of a lip balm, it's the perfect combo! Of course there are a few shades in the collection that are more on the sheer side, but I think that's the case with all make up collections. The collection consists of 20 different colors, but I only picked up two of them, Sugar Plum and Red Velvet. I feel like these two are perfect fall and winter  shades, so I didn't feel the need to get any more for now, but will definitely be back for some spring colors when the time comes ;)

Overall, I would definitely recommend these, especially this season when our lips tend to get a little dryer and could use the extra moisture. Check them out and let me know what you think!

Happy Tuesday <3

Friday, November 11, 2011

NOTD: Facets of Fuchsia by Revlon

The moment I saw this polish it basically called my name. Have any of you noticed that glitter polishes have become really in this season?! Well I noticed, I mean OPI's new collection has some, China Glaze brought some out too, and obviously so did Revlon. Now, I have to admit this was not a in the moment purchase. I took a few days to think about it because glitter polishes are always such a fuss to remove. But after seeing it time and time again every time I walked into a store, I finally gave in, and I am ever so glad that I did! First of all let me say that I am VERY impressed with the wear of this polish! This was my first Revlon nail  polish and it didn't chip for like an entire week, maybe even longer if I hadn't taken it off haha. Furthermore, the black base of this polish is very nice and opaque after two coats, however, it does not at all cover the purple glitter. I got so many compliments while wearing it, everyone thought I had layered two polishes. I just love it, it has the darkness I like for these months, PLUS the beautiful sparkle of the glitter which is perfect with the holidays coming up. On another note, I've heard through other blogs that it is comparable to a polish released by Deborah Lippmann called Bad Romance. If you'd like to see pictures of that one, I suggest checking out Allison's blog. From what I can see, they are indeed VERY similar. Their prices differ greatly though, with Revlon being around $5 and Deborah Lippmann around $18.

What do you guys think of it?

Happy Friday <3

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NOTD: Khloe had a little Lam-Lam by Nicole by OPI



As soon as I heard the Kardashian sisters would be releasing a nail polish collection I knew I'd HAVE to try them out. The collection consists of 14 colors that are named as follows: All Kendall-ed Up, Sealed with a Kris, Kim-pletely In Love, Khlo√© Had a Little Lam-Lam, Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi, Rainbow in the S-kylie,  Disco Dolls, Listen to Your Momager!, Wear Something Spar-kylie, It’s All About the Glam, Follow Me on Glitter, Kendall on the Katwalk, and My Empire… My Rules.




All the shades are lovely of course, but the one that really caught my eye was Khloe had a litte Lam-Lam. Teal is my favorite color and Khloe had a little Lam-Lam is a deep blue-green teal color, practically made for me ;) In the picture you can't really see its green undertones, but I assure you, they're there! It has no glitter, or sheen to it, which is the type of finish I enjoy most during the fall. I was able to find the collection, or excuse me, the Kollection, at my local Wal-mart and don't really know where else you could purchase them. I already know I will be wearing this quite often in the coming months, and who knows, I might even go back for more haha

What colors would you guys like to try?

Happy Wednesday <3