Saturday, December 21, 2013

Revlon Cheek Boutique powder blushes in Racy Rose, Wine Not, and Highlighter Rose Glow REVIEW and swatches

Finally spotted these new Revlon blushes and highlighters at my local CVS! I was so happy to see this and so happy to not see that they are limited edition. Revlon has had powder blushes before, but I believe in only two shades. I am glad to see this range being expanded and am really excited to try out the quality. They also decided to include two powder highlighters. These highlighter blushes remind me of MAC's msf natural. They give some color but also a brightening effect. See below for swatches and review of the three items I picked up.
Revlon Cheek Boutique display (what a cute name!)

There are 6 different powder blushes, 1 cream blush, and two highlighters.
powder blushes $9.99, highlighter 11.99



The two powder blushes that caught my eye are Racy Rose and Wine Not. Racy Rose seems to be a brightening baby pink with a slight sheen. Wine Not is a deep burgundy red that seems more matte. 
I also picked up one of the highlighters in Rose Glow. It has two different shades of pink and a few shades of beige pink shimmer.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Maybelline Master Glaze blush stick in Just Pinched Pink, Master Hi-light in Mauve REVIEW and swatches

A few days ago, I saw the new Maybelline display at my local CVS. I picked up a couple items because they seemed intriguing. They both happened to be blushes, but with different textures. These do not seem like they are limited edition so they should shortly be showing up at the regular Maybelline racks at your local drugstores. One of the blushes is a blush stick in Just-pinched pink and the other is a powder highlighting blush in Mauve. See below for swatches and reviews.

Maybelline master glaze blush stick in Just-pinched pink, $9.99
Maybelline Master hi-light in Mauve, $9.99

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Covergirl LipPerfection jumbo gloss balm in Cotton Candy twist, Blush twist, and Cupcake twist REVIEW and swatches

I recently spotted a new display in CVS that contained the Covergirl Bombshell mascaras, a few jumbo gloss balms, and nail polishes. I have purchased waaaay too many nail polishes recently and have hardly used enough of them. They are literally just sitting there waiting for me to use them for the first time. So for that reason, I will only allow myself to try the other products in this display (...good reason, imho...). I have used the jumbo gloss balms before. I purchased Blush Twist a while back and did a review on it. I did like it a lot and decided to give these new shades a try. Note that these jumbo gloss balms do not say limited edition but rather "new" so I am guessing they will be part of the permanent display soon. I also purchased the Bombshell Volume mascara to try. It looked quite intriguing. The tube is huge! I will try to review this soon in a separate blogpost.

Now, on to the Covergirl jumbo gloss balms. I purchased two new shades- Cotton Candy twist and Cupcake twist. I compared these two to the the Blush twist I already have in my collection.

Upon first look, the packaging looks exactly the same. Because I only had one gloss balm until now, I never really needed to look at the name or shade. I knew it was just Blush twist. However, now that I have two new ones in my collection, I really have to take a good look. Covergirl does a good job making the caps look different. However, they do not do a good job in labeling it with the name. As soon as you tear off the plastic that wraps the gloss balm, you only see the number on the bottom of the stick. The number, not name, remains and makes it difficult to remember. On the plus side, it is nice that the gloss balms are individually wrapped in plastic to avoid people using it in the stores. The plastic is rather hard to remove so be patient on that aspect.
The applicator is a pencil tip with a twist up mechanism. It doesn't sharpen after the initial point has flattened out, but you can still get it on your lips quite easily without a mirror.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Outfit of the Day: November 22nd 2013- cozy cardigan

This outfit was from Friday. I wanted to dress extra cozy and still be presentable so I chose this big slouchy cardigan to go with my skinny jeans and tee. Since the cardigan sweater was bulky, I also threw on a belt to give me some shape. The lace headband was just a nice way to "dress up" the outfit a little more so it didn't look like I just woke up. Hope you enjoy it!


Top: Striped tee from H&M
Bottom: Forever21 skinny dark jeans
Cardigan: Forever21 cable knit slouchy cardigan
Bag: Calvin Klein navy leather tote
Headband: Forever21 lace pearl and diamond headband

EM

Maybelline Color Tattoo LE in Nude Pink, Just Beige, Matte Brown REVIEW and swatches

I have been keeping such a close eye for these Maybelline Color Tattoos ever since I heard about it. I know that since they are limited edition and each display only carries 2 of each shade, I literally have to be the first person there to get first dibs. I wanted all three of the shades because I don't really like shimmery or sheen eyeshadows. These are all MATTE! I don't believe Maybelline usually comes out with all matte shades for their color tattoos. Moving on to the shades...shall we?

There are three shades in this display, Nude Pink, Just Beige, and Matte Brown. I was the first one to the CVS store to browse this display (or so I assumed since all the products were there) so I picked up one of each of the shades!

Maybelline Gilded in Gold display in CVS


Maybelline Color Tattoo, $7.49

Vaseline Rosy Lips comparison (UK versus US) swatches and REVIEW

Hello,
Last week, I found the small tub of Vaseline Lip Therapy in Rosy Lips at Target! I was very excited as it is starting to pop up everywhere. Most places carries the regular Vaseline lip therapy and the Cocoa scented one. I love rose scented things and this one is supposed to have a hint of pink. I own the Vaseline Rosy Lips from the UK for a long time now (about 5 years ago?) and I love the texture and consistency. It isn't too sticky, but enough to keep my lips moisturized. The problem is that it isn't readily available here, so if the small tubs prove to be equal or better then I am set!

I did a quick comparison in case you have been trying to hunt for the UK version.
Vaseline Rosy Lips: UK version (left) and US version (right)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Dior polishes Destin (382) and Galaxie (992) REVIEWS and swatches

I did not purchase a whole lot from the Sephora VIB sale 2013 but did manage to pick up some essentials and fun items. Two of these fun items are the Dior polishes in Destin and Galaxie. I fell in love with Destin- the smokey taupe shade. I am not a huge fan of reds, but Galaxie shown so bright and in such a berry shade that I made an exception. I am super glad I did because these two polishes are amazing! If you get your hands on these, definitely give it a try. Dior's polishes are always extremely well made- formula, durability, and shade selection and these are by no means an exception.

Dior polishes: Destin and Galaxie, $23 each

Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks in Java, Peacock, Oyster, Onyx REVIEW and swatches

Walking around Walgreens a couple days ago, I spotted a new Revlon display amongst all the holiday goodies. The Revlon display included the new shadowlinks...untouched! I was so excited that I picked up 4 different shades to play with and share with you. To my knowledge and to the display, I did not see that these were limited edition so there is no big rush to grab these immediately. However, they are fun stocking stuffers if you have a makeup junkie in  your life. Let's move on, shall we?

Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks, $2.99

Each eyeshadow is split into groups: neutral, pinks/plums, blues
I also later noticed that it contains pearl and metallic finishes...there might be more finishes but those are the only variations in the four I picked up.

The reason why they are called shadowlinks is because they can link together. This is great if you don't want to be constricted by a palette but still want the shadows together in one place. You can swap them out whenever you want without spending tons of money on a palette holder.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Outfit of the Day: November 10th 2013

Though it has become colder here in California, the sun is rather still bright. I took advantage of the nice day out to get a photo of my outfit with the fall colors outside. Hope you enjoy!


Top: American Eagle long bay blue sweater
Bottom: Victoria's Secret gray leggings
Bag: Target x Phillip Lim small gusset taupe
Necklace: Sole Society tassle gold necklace
Shoes: Target two toned boots
Scarf: street vendor in London
Jacket: Pink Limosine black coat

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer balm in Demure REVIEW and swatches

I almost passed these by when I was at my local CVS a few days ago because the Revlon Colorburst Lacquer balm looked so much like the balm stains. Had they not been in a special display, I wouldn't even have notcied. The lacquer balms are much more shiny whereas the matte balms are much more matte in packaging than the regular balm stains. If you are looking for it, make sure you grab the right products. I have one of the lacquer balm products today to share with you. I believe it is the lightest of the pink shades.

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer balm in Demure, $9

outfit of the day November 9th 2013

Today I have a quick outfit to show you. I am really liking this outfit because I finally am able to wear my boots. California weather hasn't been too cold lately so I have been holding back on bringing out all of my boots. Hope everyone is having a good weekend!




Top: Target periwinkle dolman sweater
Bottom: Forever 21 dark skinny jeans
Boots: Target two-toned boots
Bag: Target x Phillip Lim small guesset bag

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Revlon Chalkboard Nail Polish sticks REVIEW and swatches

I've been playing with the Revlon Chalkboard nail polishes on and off for the last couple weeks because they are just so fun. They remind me of being in school and drawing all kinds of things on the chalkboard. There was something about being in school and being able to write on the chalkboard. Anyway, I took advantage of this product to do a couple of neat designs. See below for my review and some swatches.

Revlon's Chalkboard nail polishes come with two ends. One side is a black matte polish that dries to what a clean chalkboard would look like. The other side has a thinner brush and contains pastel colors that come in shades that chalk does. I picked up two shades: a turquoise and a pink.

Revlon Chalkboard polishes, $8.99

Outfit of the Day: October 28th 2013- Pink in the News

Hi Everyone,
This outfit was from a couple days ago and I really like it. The colors were soft and easy on the eyes and contrasted the gloomy weather that has been going on around here. It was also very cozy and warm!




Top: American Eagle polka dot cream pink sweater
Bottom: Forever21 pink nude skinny trousers
Shoes: Target striped red and white flats
Bag: Calvin Klein navy leather tote
Scarf: Newspaper print UK tissue scarf from Oxford Street in London
*funny thing about this scarf is that none of the writing on it makes any sense. They are either not words or complete sentences. But I like the idea of it so much that I did not care what it said.

Hope everyone is having a great week!

EM

Friday, October 25, 2013

Outfit of the Day: October 25th 2013- Pastels in the Fall

I know Fall has finally come around and the weather got more chilly, but I just couldn't help but dress in some pastel colors. This sweater that I have in pastel pink is the warmest and comfiest sweater ever. I really like that it is 3/4 sleeve so that I can still move around and not have it get in the way. It has a slight slouchy feel to it so it just makes it that much more relaxing. Everything else just went with the sweater. Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!




Top: Forever21 pink 3/4 sleeve sweater (last year)
Bottom: Target Mossimo turquoise trousers
Shoes: Unlisted brown oxfords with sequins
Bag: Calvin Klein navy blue tote
Necklace: homemade shell necklace with pink pearl

EM

L'Oreal Colour Riche balm Pop Limited edition shades in Lilac Sweetness, Dragon Fruit, Ballet Show, and Vineyard Peach REVIEW and swatches

On my most recent visit to Target, I found a display near the L'Oreal section. I have seen a lot of the items before: the accent top coat nail polishes as well as the Colour Riche balms. However, in the midst of the Colour Riche balms, I noticed that there were 4 new and limited edition shades that I have not laid eyes on or heard of before. I tried looking up swatches and couldn't find any. That was when I picked up all 4 to play with and share with you. These have a special "Pop" label on them so they seem to be slightly different than the originals. See below for swatches!

The L'Oreal promotional display at Target

Next to the permanent Colour Riche balms are the limited edition shades
left to right: ballet show (171), dragon fruit (172), lilac sweetness (174), and vineyard peach (176)

Since there were no swatches online, I couldn't tell which one I wanted. There are the four limited edition shades for funnnnn.

L'Oreal Colour Riche balms Pop in Lilac Sweetness, Dragon Fruit, Ballet Show, and Vineyard Peach, $5.99

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Outfit of the Day: Stripes and Brights October 2013

Helloooo. Have to play catch up. Unfortunately, I ran behind on my OOTD posts. On the positive side, I am writing them now and they are all going to be in this post! You will see different outfits from last week all in one place. How cool is that? Anyway, Fall has been rolling in slowly and I have been trying to transition nicely into the weather. It still doesn't feel cold enough in the California weather to break out my big sweaters and boots so I am patiently waiting. In the mean time, enjoy these outfits!

Top: neon yellow vneck tee from New York and Co.
Cardigan: Target grey with pink stripe
Scarf: Primark light pink with floral detailing
Bottom: Forever21 skinny jeans dark rinse
Bag: Calvin Klein navy leather tote

Top: J.Crew blue and white stripe tee
Blazer: Forever21 black 3/4 sleeve with white wavy lines
Bottom: Express jeans
Bag: Calvin Klein navy leather tote
Necklace: homemade shell necklace

Top: Forever21 white chiffon top with crochet collar
Bottom: Forever21 skinny dark rinse jeans
Cardigan: Target cream knit
Shoes: Target black patent peep toes
Necklace: Clover sterling silver from Ireland

Hope you liked these outfits! What are some of your favorite things to wear during the Fall season?

EM
All products shown here were purchased with my own money and were given my fair and honest opinion.

L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara REVIEW and comparison with Maybelline Mega Plush, Maybelline Rocket, and Lancome Hypnose

Browsing through my local CVS, I came across a new mascara from L'Oreal, the Voluminous Butterfly mascara. The claim for this mascara is that it will stretch your lashes to corners with their special wing tip brush. I don't know about you, but I can always use a little help to make my lashes look longer and eyes bigger. Doesn't that help everyone? I haven't come across anyone that says they don't want their eyes to look bigger and their lashes fuller/longer. Anyway, keep reading to see how this mascara worked for me.
L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara, $8

The Butterfly mascara has a texture that leans more wet than dry, but does coat my lashes evenly and volumizes. It also lengthens slightly and keeps them curled.
L'Oreal Voluminous butterfly mascara brush

Maybelline Colorsensational Lip Elixirs in Caramel Infused, Mauve Mystique, Petal Plush, Blush Essence REVIEW and swatches

I finally spotted these Maybelline Elixirs at my local CVS, yay! I have been waiting on these since I heard such good things about them on the internet. I knew I had to try them for myself. These aren't limited edition, so don't be afraid of missing out on them. See below for swatches and review of four of them many colors available.

Maybelline Elixir stand in CVS

Stand contains two of every color. Eventually, this should be in the permanent stand.

left to right: Caramel Infused, Mauve Mystique, Petal Plush, Blush Essence
0.17 fl. oz.