Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays to all!

Hi Everyone!
I just wanted to wish everyone Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. This is the time of the year to spend with your loved ones. Sending love and hugs to each of you. Thank you for being followers of my blog and sharing the joy of sharing with me this year!

I hope to do a 'thank you gifting' session near new years time. Keep an eye out if you want a makeup goodie!

EM

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipstick in Pink light REVIEW and swatches

I came across this temporary display of Almay lip products and it really made me do a double take. I have hardly seen Almay with new products and Revlon-looking lip products at that. They look very reminiscent of the Revlon lip butters. Though this is a few years behind, I think Almay's version isn't so bad and has something to offer. Keep reading for review and swatches!


The display that the lipstick sat in was separated into light, light medium, and medium shades. Each of those categories had a pink, red, nude, and berry shade. I am more light medium, but liked the Pink from the light category better. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Vaseline Creme Brulee lip therapy balm!

You know it is the holidays when you see decorations being put up, Christmas music being played, and people shopping like crazy at the malls. Another thing that hints to the holidays is special holiday edition lip balms. I am talking about the Vaseline Lip Therapy. You might have read my previous post on the Rosy Lips version. I am in love with this stuff. Recently, at Walmart and subsequently Walgreens and other drugstores, I found this on the shelves. It retails for about $2. 



It is as moisturizing as the other US version of lip therapy and has the most wonderful scent! It smells sweet, a bit of caramel, and well dessert-y. It is good enough to eat. I don't see limited edition on here, but I feel like it is one that will only come around during the holidays. 

I almost didn't want to write a post about this because there are not any photos for swatches. It just looks clear on my hand. However, in case you are looking for stocking stuffers, wanting to try this scent, or just trying to nurse your lips from the cold, I wanted to bring your attention to this!

Will you be picking one up this winter?

EM

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

it Cosmetics The IT factor Duo in Je ne sai quo REVIEW and swatches

It has been a while since my last review. Truth is I haven't indulged in a lot of makeup items. With the holidays coming around the corner, I have been trying to move my funds into presents for my family and friends. I did happen to get a few things for myself, which you will see me review in the next couple of weeks.
Today I am sharing the IT factor duo lip stain set with you. It is an Ulta exclusive and it retails for $24. I really like this set because I feel like it is very easy to use. The set comes with a lip balm like stick that looks clear in the tube, but slowly changes color on your lips. It is very moisturizing for a stain and smells like cherries. The lipgloss is also a stain and it turns from a milky light pink in the tube to a bright magenta shade on my lips.

IT cosmetics IT factor Duo, $24

The lipgloss has a doe-foot like applicator and applies very easily. 
The lipbalm/lipstick has packaging that remind me of MAC viva glam lipsticks!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

YSL Touche Eclat in Or Rose (Sephora exclusive for VIB rouge) REVIEW and swatches

During the VIB holiday sale at Sephora, I picked up the YSL Touche Eclat in Or Rose. Or Rose is only available to VIB Rouge shoppers (maybe VIB too?) at Sephora. I picked up one because I love Rose Gold and this was just right up my alley. I actually never tried the regular Touche Eclats despite their popularity because I don't really find myself reaching for highlighters. I have highlighters, but with my oily skin I prefer to keep things more matte on the surface. I couldn't resist with the rose gold though, gahhh.

$41 at Sephora

Or Rose comes in a rose gold metallic container. The inside is otherwise the same as the regular Touche Eclats. I love the look of this pen!
It has a pen cap on one end and a push button on the other end. When pushed, product comes out of the fibrous brush and you can either spot or blend into your skin.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Benefit Majorette Blush REVIEW and swatches

Sephora's VIB Rouge 2014 Holiday Soiree started a couple days ago and I got my hands on the Benefit Majorette blush among many other items.... This blush is unique because not only is it a cream to powder formula, it can also be worn alone naturally and under many of your other blushes. When worn under blushes, it changes the look of those blushes depending on how much of Majorette you apply. I personally haven't played too much with that idea yet, I wanted to just get to know this blush on its own. So far, I really like it. Keep reading for my take on this cutie.

Sephora, $28

Majorette is the only color of its kind. I don't know if Benefit will release other shades of this same product in the future, but so far I would say this is a fairly universal shade.
It is a light pinky orange matte shade and can be built up to your desired strength. It looks slightly pink on my skin tone, but gets more peachy when I apply more. Best of all, the build up does not cause flaking, clumping, or stickiness. I really dislike cream blushes because they end up with a tacky feeling, which causes my hair to stick to it or just feels icky on my face. The powder finish on this one really allows a natural feel on your cheeks!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquers in Pink Diamond, Petalite, and Smoky Topaz REVIEW and swatches

I can't say I have been hunting for the Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquers ever since I saw them popping up from people's blogs. They first came out in Bed Bath and Beyond beauty departments and I've been poking my head into the CVS, Walgreens, and Target Revlon display since. Surprisingly, I haven't been obsessing to get my hands on these...perhaps it was because it was not limited edition? or maybe it was that I was spending too much money on the Ulta Friends and Family sale....gahhh. Either way, I was pleasantly surprised when I did come across a display at Target for the new Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquers. They look very pretty in person- check it out!

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquers, $8.99 Target

The lip lacquers come in a sleek tube, similar to the colorburst lipglosses. They have a silver cap rather than a black one and have a very cool looking square crystal at the top. This adds just the right about of oomph without looking too overstated. 

Swatches is with one swipe of lip product. I even had to scrape some onto the tube edge because the wand carried so much product at a time.

Unlike the other lipglosses that Revlon has, the applicators on these lip lacquers are brushes. I actually prefer the doe foot applicators over this, but I guess the brush can pick up more products in this case. 
Pink Diamond is a metallic frosted pink
Petalite is a melon pink with a hint of fine shimmer
Smoky Topaz is a almost-nude mauve with the slightest sheen

Sunday, October 26, 2014

KISS InstaWave Automatic Curling Iron REVIEW

I love curling my hair, but I always happen to either burn myself or have my curls not last. Lately, I have been using the NuMe curling irons and they work wonders. However, they are also clipless and require you to place your hands close to the iron and also wrap around it to keep the hair on the barrel. I have burned myself a couple times when I was in a hurry and I have to admit it really makes me think twice before using it. 

If you would like to see a video of how to use the KISS InstaWave curling iron, see my video here.

When I heard about an automatic curling iron, I was intrigued. Not only does it have the ceramic plating, it also has a diamond coating. This helps make your hair shiny, prevent frizz, and also is less damaging for your hair. The KISS InstaWave has a max temperature of 420F and also has a low and high heat option. Of course, there is the curling contraption. 
The InstaWave was fairly easy to use. You take a clean strand of hair, size to your liking, and you insert it into the curling contraption. Then you press either left or right on the dial and it will automatically take the strand up into the barrel. You hold it here for 30 seconds or so and voile! It depends on your hair type, but for me this lasted a whole night and day without any hairspray or mousse. 
After using the curling iron

I have tried to tangle my hair around this barrel, but it seems to always be able to unravel and put your hair nicely around the iron! Amazing. The dual rotation option allows you to curl your hair to the left or to the right. This means you can hold the curling iron the same way and still get opposite-twisting curls, no matter which hand you use! I know with other curling irons, I have to twist my arm to get my hair to curl a different way.  Another thing I noticed that was different was traditional curling irons with and without a clip ravels your hair quite snug around the barrel. This creates a very tight curl in your hair. The InstaWave does not ravel very tightly, but you still get that nice curl. I feel like this allows curling without damaging your hair. If you wrap your hair extremely tight around something really hot, it can definitely break your hair. Though the InstaWave does not wrap tightly, you can get hair curled tightly if you take smaller strands at a time. Likewise, for looser curls, either take more hair up at a time or run your fingers through the curl once it is off the barrel. Lastly, it heats up super fast (less than 1 minute).

2nd day after curling, no hairspray

The KISS InstaWave goes for $59.99 and more info can be found on their website. You can't purchase it directly from them, but they do sell at Amazon, Target, and Ulta. Target currently has it on sale for $49.99 so get it here! I don't know how long the sale will last, but I would definitely give it a try if you love curling your hair, want lasting curls, and don't want to burn yourself in the process. 


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



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sara Happ Lip Slip REVIEW

I discovered the Sara Happ Lip Slip product when JCREW had a sale and this was one of the items with additional discounts. My lips are always on the more chapped side and I love constantly keeping them moisturized. Happy lips means happy smile.
Anyway, I purchased these with the intention of just using it as another lip conditioner. To my surprise, it quickly became one of my favorite lip products. I am particular about my lip products. I don't like things that are overly sticky or overly thick or thin, but want something that doesn't need reapplication constantly. The scent definitely has to be nothing or good. I don't like the chemically scented ones.
Lip Slip is one that checks off all of that! I love using it before bed because when I wake up I find myself still with it on. It isn't annoyingly sticky, which a lot of lip products tend to be if they are long lasting. This one does feel tacky, but only if you press your fingers onto your lips and rub them.

I don't know if it is just the box that I received, but the cap is extremely difficult to open. I mean not only is it small and round, but I am sure there is some pressure that kept it closed. I had to pry it with scissors and throw it on the ground. Just when I thought my hands were torn and too sore to try to open it, it finally popped open. I hope this is just a rare occurrence because it was a big draw back. I don't know if I would buy another jar of this if the next one was just as difficult to open!
Other than that, it comes in a bow-tied box. It is a rose gold color and is extremely precious and cute.

Sara Happ Lip Slip, $12

Application/texture: It is a creamy consistency with a slight hint of shimmer, but you can't feel any of that on the lips. It doesn't feel sticky or heavy, but does have a "slip" when you rub your lips together.
Lasting power: These last all day and night. Unless I really eat something and wipe my lips, they can last a long time.
Scent: It smells like sweet bakery treats!
Moisture: It is very moisturizing.
Overall: I love the scent, longevity, non-sticky, and moisturizing features of this lip conditioner. However, I do wish there was another way to apply it. I can use this mainly at night because I know my fingers aren't dirty, but I wouldn't feel comfortable digging my fingers in there throughout the day. 

Hope this helps you decide if you want a lip product like this! What is one of your best lip conditioners?

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

Monday, October 6, 2014

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder in Bronze, Navy, Charcoal, Purple REVIEW and swatches

Like I mentioned in my previous post, my internet has had issues for a week, which left me to no blog posting :(
Now that it is back, I am flowing these reviews out as fast as I can.

What I have today to review is the Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder. It appears that Milani has stepped up their game once again and has really liked the idea of gel and eye products. My previous post reviews the Constellation Gel Liners, which I also enjoyed. Unlike the Constellation Gel Liners, the Bella Eyes Gel Powder is definitely in their permanent line. I actually found these on the permanent Milani display in stores.
$4.99, cvs
I purchased these during CVS's bogo 50% off and got myself 4 of the many shades you see here. 
These Gel Powder products aren't as pigmented as the Constellation Gel Liners, and I didn't expect them to be. They are definitely more powdery and less glittery. 

Milani Constellation Gel Eye Liner in Enchanted Lapis and Enchanted Emerald REVIEW and swatches

My home internet has been out for a whole week. It is amazing actually to see how dependent I have been on the internet. A lot of the work I needed to do rests on that mysterious, invisible web and without it has left me so inefficient. I apologize for not being able to get this review out sooner, especially since it appears to be limited edition and also have been popping up at most drugstores already. 
I purchased the Milani Constellation Gel Eye Liner almost 3.5 weeks back and spent a long time trying to decide how I felt about it. I have extremely oily lids and I want anything that has to do with an eyeliner to also be long lasting and pigmented. However, I don't like glitter, which this product also seems to come with. See below for some in-store displays. The displays do indicate the collection is limited edition, but if you look at the actual products themselves, they do not list limited edition; rather, they say "new".


As you can see, the Bedazzled collection is indeed "limited edition", but the product themselves show "new" on the packaging. There are also nail polishes and lipsticks, which I did not pick up. I will be reviewing two shades of the Constellation Eye Gel: Enchanted Lapis and Enchanted Emerald. There is one more shade that looks like a grey graphite, but I couldn't get my hands on that. The Lapis shade is a deep navy blue with a slight hint of glimmer, whereas the Emerald shade has a metallic, deep forest green and some glitters.

The product comes in a small round jar and also a mini brush for application. The brush is actually pretty good, but you can easily use an angle eyeliner brush if you had one too. This brush strikes me more as a small concealer brush, but can nicely apply the product as liner or shadow. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sally Hansen Fall 2014 Runway polish shades in Vintage Confetti and In The Flesh REVIEW and swatches

Coming across a limited edition Runway display from Sally Hansen, I couldn't resist but to pick up two bottles of nail polishes. I am a basic and neutral lover so despite having a bagillion bottles of nude pink, I had to pick up another one. To make myself feel better and to try a layering look, I also picked up a glittering pink-gold polish. See below for review and swatches!

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Vintage Confetti and In The Flesh, $8

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Pout REVIEW and swatches

Smashbox came out with a lip lacquer that is supposed to have better staying power called Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer. Not to be confused with their existing Be Legendary Lipgloss, which is more like the traditional lipgloss, the Long Wear Lip Lacquer (LWLL) is a lot more pigmented and has a different feel on the lips. The shade I chose is in Pout, which also comes in the lipgloss version. I have compared the two, and there is a difference! I wish they would name it differently because it is very easy to get confused. Continue reading for more info on this product!

Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer in Pout, $24

This packaging is more square and also much shorter than the lipgloss. The LWLL contains 0.20 fl oz of product, which is the same as the lipgloss.

one swipe of the Smashbox Be Legendary LWLL in Pout

As you can see, the pigmentation is very nice on this product. Though a pastel pink, I don't have any problems with it on my lips and washing me out. I do have to be careful how much I put on, but with a regular amount of coating on my lips, the product gives me a bit of lightening and does not make me long like a ghost. The Pout in the Lipgloss form does not have any pigment on my red lips. It just gives it a glazed look.

I also want to point out that this is very nice on the lips. It feels really cool and slightly more water based upon application. It doesn't feel sticky and does not rub off easily. One downside is I don't feel it does much to moisturize my lips. I don't think it dries them out a lot, but I feel it is more drying than moisturizing.

Application/Texture: It was very easy to apply and rubbing my lips together to spread the product was also very smooth. It didn't feel sticky and also had a cooling sensation at the beginning.
Staying power: This stayed on for about 3 hours before fading. It does fade faster with food/drink, but I noticed it on longer than my other lipglosses.
Scent: It doesn't really smell like anything.
Overall: I like that a pastel pink lip product actually lightens my lips without making me look dead. It has a good staying power and does not have the usual lipgloss stickiness consistency. This prevents hair from sticking on to your lips and getting dragged across your face when you try to pull them off. Overall, a good product, but I wish it could be more moisturizing.

What are your thoughts? Do you like the LWLL more than the Lipgloss from Smashbox?

EM

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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish in B Girl Days 4-9

This is the 3rd installment of the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel review. I did two other posts prior to this showing the application and the 2nd and 3rd day of wear. I haven't been posting daily for updates because it doesn't seem to have changed too much. I also feel it is easier to see the photos all in one post anyway...so the fewer the better. If you would like to know more about the application and the product, visit my first installment of this product here.

A quick summary of this polish is that I LOVED it. IT is pigmented and does last a long time. Unfortunately, I didn't get to test it out till day 14, which is the advertised length of time. I was doing some artwork for my friend's wedding favors and it got heavily damaged. However, you can see on day 9 what the wear looks like. For me, that is probably as bad as it gets before I want to remove it. I also want to put on a new color since I get bored of the same one easily. Either way, I probably wouldn't want to wear it out till day 14, but it is definitely nice to be able to get a whole week's wear without much chipping.


As you can see, days 4-6 look approximately identical. Day 7 shows slight chip near base of the thumb nail and also slight polish retracting from index finger's tip. 
Day 8 is roughly the same as Day 7. Day 9 is where I noticed more wear on the base of all the other nails. Perhaps it is just my nails growing over the course of a week and it looks like it is chipping at the base when in fact it is as intact as the first day. Either way, it looks like it needs a clean up job after a while. Even if the polish does hold for 2 weeks, your nail will grow and you will have to take care of the empty nail. 

I do want to say that this is very good wear time for me because I wash my hands a lot. This polish has held up for so long and continues to do so until I removed it from the art project mess. However, I am sure I can wear it for a few more days and be okay. There might be a few more chips than usual, but nothing I can't live with. The only thing is, for the first time I found myself wanting it to chip so I can replace it with a new color. I will definitely reach for Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel polishes for those long trips that I don't want to have to remove polish or fix a chipped nail. This is amazing polish quality.
One small down side is that I notice the brush isn't the best. When I apply the 3 coats, I noticed each progressive coat does streak the previous one. You have to be extremely careful. I have since purchased another shade: a light pink nude shade. The pink nude shade does not have this problem and lasts just as long.

What are your thoughts? I cannot recommend enough. The staying power on this baby has blown my mind!

EM

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

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Day 2 and 3: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish in B Girl

So it has been 24 hours since I first applied the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish. Here is how it looks on day 2 and Day 3.

Day 2

Day 3

After two days, nail polish is still looking good. I have been rough with my nails today so I noticed a dent in the pointer finger. Other than that, all is good! 

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

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish in B Girl: Intro and Day 1

Happy Friday! At my local Walgreens, I found this new polish by Sally Hansen called the Miracle Gel. This regime consists of 2 products: base (color) coat and a clear top coat. The good thing about this is that it does not require any uv or light source. It takes natural light as its curing process. All I need to do is let it sit out and it will harden over time. More pros are that it lasts 14 days and it can be removed with regular polish remover. I am going to document this polish over the duration of the next 14 days. Unless of course it chips crazy on the 7th day, in which case I will probably just stop. Here is a little intro on this product and what my nails look like on the first day.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel set in B Girl, $15.99
This is usually sold individually, but this special set includes both the base color coat and top coat to get you started.

It has the Sally Hansen flat paddle brush. The top coat bottle is blacked out. It is clear on the inside.

Day 1
As per their instruction, this is 2 coats of base and one of the top. I think I could have done 3 coat of base to get rid of nail line.

So far, I can tell you this is not the easiest polish to paint. It does appear streaky and you have to do it gently and lightly. 
The color is quite vibrant. 
Dry time is pretty quick, like most normal Sally Hansen nail polishes.

Stay tuned for how this looks in a few days! Hopefully it lasts as long as they advertise!
EM

Have you tried these polishes? How do you like gel nails?

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

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Nail of the day: Grey-beige-gelly

A quick post on the nails that I had on for Hawaii last week!


Barry M HiShine Gelly in Almond
A very nice shade to pair with all of my outfits!

Enjoy!

Hope everyone had a good 4th of July :)

EM

Dior Addict It-lash mascara in It-purple REVIEW and swatch

I have been eyeing the Dior Addict It-lash for a little while now. My lashes are very picky- they are thin, straight, and short. I need a very good mascara to give it the oomph it needs. I have had experience in the past that just because a mascara has a name brand or cost a lot does not necessarily mean it is the best for me. Mascara is very personal and depending on your lashes, the $5 drugstore version can do you wonders compared to a $25 designer one. Anyway, if you have lashes like me then you might find this review helpful!

Dior Addict It-lash in It-purple, $26
It comes in a fancy tube with the knob at the top. This is very similar to their lipsticks and lipglosses.

The wand and brush of the mascara is spiky and spread out.
It is ideally what I need for long and coated lashes. 

The shade is an electric purple, but on my black lashes they are more of a hint of color.
Unfortunately, the mascara formula does not work well with my lashes. It coats it, but the color tones down my black lashes making them seem even thinner than before. It also does not hold my lash curls, which makes them straight. Because it makes my lashes look thinner than without mascara, I could not capture this on my camera.

My friend was able to pick up that I have purple mascara on, even though it was subtle. I guess it is good to know that the color is showing up. 

Application/texture: The application was very easy. No tugging or poking. It takes a while to coat all my lashes, but they look evenly done when finished.
Staying power: The color does last all day, but it does not hold my curls at all.
Scent: none detected.
Overall: I wanted to like this mascara, but unfortunately it does not work well with my short, thin, and straight lashes. It coats it, but because this is purple it makes the lashes look less black (rather a light purple) and thus thinner. It also does not hold the curls, making it another no-no. On the positive side, it did not flake or smudge. However, because it failed two of my needed criteria, I can't keep this to use. If I had to use it, I would probably layer this on top of a black mascara just to give it a bit of color after it is already curled, lengthened, and volumized.

Have you tried the new Dior Addict It-lash mascaras?

EM

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

Monday, June 30, 2014

Jason Wu for Lancome Pre-Fall 2014 blush in Pressed Rose and brush REVIEW and swatches, free Jason Wu clutch!

I have always loved Lancome's cosmetics and skincare. When I found that they are doing a Jason Wu collaboration and a pre-fall release, I was all over it. What I also found out was that if you purchase $50 worth of products, they also throw in a free Jason Wu designed clutch. What a great deal! I purchased a Blush Subtil Duo in Pressed Rose and a Mini Precision Cheek Brush. See below for swatches and review.

Jason Wu for Lancome

The packaging came in a way I don't normally see them packaged: in plastic wrap. In addition, the box is not a silvery color, rather a sleek black with floral designs.

Turns out that the black boxes are just sleeves and underneath are the usual silver boxes. I placed them side by side. 
$30 (blush duo), $20 (brush), Macy's/Nordstrom

Another layer in, we see the products. The blush duo has a beautiful black shiny surface with a rose on the top left. The brush does not have anything that indicates Jason Wu's collaboration, but does have the Lancome brand and rose.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner REVIEW and swatches

When I saw the Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner appear on Sephora's website, I purchased it immediately. I have used their They're Real Mascara and found that it does last all day. I especially love the drier textures and the way the product was made. I had high hopes for this new liner especially because I have oily lids. I need something that can hold all day without smudging, flaking, or budging. The Push-Up Liner is a gel liner that has been made in the form of a twist up pencil. See below for more review and swatches.

Benefit They're Real Push-Up Liner, $24

The applicator has a twist off cap and inside is a pointed tip that has an orange plastic stopper. You remove this to get product going.

Upon removal of the orange plastic, you can see the tip has an oblong slant dispenser.

The material of this tip is silicone-like and can be very flexible. Does not feel tugging or poking on your lids.

After many clicks, some of the black gel product finally peeks out.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

E.L.F. cosmetics Ariel collection: bronzer and brush collections REVIEW and swatches

So I have heard about the Ariel collection that ELF cosmetics has released at several Walgreens stores already across the country and I wanted to see it for myself. After hunting down a few stores over a course of a few days, I finally found them! I was so ecstatic that when I asked a store personnel to bring down the displays for me, I was sure he thought I was a little crazy. Anyway, I have played with them and reviewed it for you here!


ELF Ariel Bronzer and Brush collection. $4.99 and $9.99, respectively

Let's start with the brush set.
ELF Ariel brush set, $9.99

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Lanolips Lemonaid lip balm REVIEW and swatches

Sorry for being MIA! I have recently traveled outside of the country where internet wasn't always readily available. And to be honest, I was so busy taking in all the new food, people, and sights that I just didn't have time to write a post. However, now that I am back, I have tons to share. One of the things that I have purchased on my adventures was the Lanolips Lemonaid.

Lanolips Lemonaid

Lanolips also has another lip/nail product that is unscented. The one I chose to purchase, Lemonaid, has a lemonade scent as well as some shimmer for your lips. The shimmer doesn't really show up as shimmer, rather just a glossy look. A little blurb I found on the packaging: Lanolin is very good for your skin because it is very similar to the lipids that are present in your body. Lanolin is the product that Lanolips uses in their products. With that thought, this product should more likely infuse with your lips and hydrate them.

One thing that I really liked about this product is the ease of application. It has a slight slant with a big nozzle for dispersing product onto your lips. Since it is in a tube, you don't need to worry about contaminating the rest of the product with your finger like the ones in jars.

Lanolips Lemonaid, tip of applicator and swatch on hand

There isn't any color in this product. The main idea is that it should hydrate your lips and keep them hydrated throughout the day. I found this product to hydrate for a long time without the need of reapplication. I also found it very lightweight so it doesn't feel like something heavy is sitting on your lips. Though it appears to have slight shimmery properties, I don't see it on my lips. The scent, lemonade, is outstanding. I love lemonade and this definitely smells like it. The scent doesn't linger around too long, but just enough to make me smile as I apply it on my lips.

The only problem is it is not readily available in the US. This product is Australian made and I found it on my trip in England. It was pretty expensive for a tube of lip balm, but it does work. I searched ebay and found that this is sometimes for sale. 

With the difficulty of obtaining this product, I don't know how far I would go to get it. However, I know the next time I am in the UK or Australia, I might just grab it if my lips are feeling dry!


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

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wet n Wild Coloricon Bronzer and Blush Summer 2014 REVIEW and swatches

I finally spotted these at my local CVS! I popped in one afternoon to just maybe see the Wet n Wild Coloricon bronzer and blush collection. To my surprise, they were all there and untouched. I quickly grabbed the two darker shades because I really liked the one I got last year. Keep reading below to see swatches and more information.

Wet n Wild Coloricon bronzer and blush, $3.99
Dusk Till Dawn, Everything Under the Sun
Dusk Till Dawn is the lighter of the two. It has a red tone brown bronzer and a peachy redpink blush.
Everything Under the Sun is a darker bronzer. It has a muddy brown shade and bright neon orange as blush.


Dusk Till Dawn
Bronzer, blush, mixed.
This one was very light. It took several swipes to get the color you see. My skin tone isn't dark (NC30-35) so this barely showed up on me. The texture is also more chalky than other Wet n Wild products I have used. I was a bit disappointed with the pigmentation of this. Staying power was also lacking a little. I do love that the bronzer and blush are matte because I can't stand sparkles or glitters.

Everything Under the Sun
Bronzer, blush, mixed.
This one came up brighter and more pigmented than Dusk Till Dawn. It is the darkest one of the three in this collection so if you are much darker than I am, you might need to reconsider this. 
Though better in pigmentation than its buddy above, it still isn't up to par with the rest of the regular Wet n Wild collections. I would prefer this over Dusk Till Dawn, but don't know how often I will grab it. Wear time is about 5-6 hours.

Final thoughts: For $3.99, this is a really cute and affordable compact to take to the beach for touch ups. It has the diversity of a matte bronzer and blush, which can be mixed to give you a different bronzey blush shade. It also has an extremely cute design. However, in terms of pigmentation, texture, and longevity, there are definitely other products in Wet n Wild's line that are better.

Have you spotted these yet?
EM

Saturday, May 10, 2014

L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara REVIEW

I finally found the Miss Manga mascara from L'Oreal in my local CVS! I love the cute looking mascaras and this one is said to give you just that "cute" look. I, of course, needed to try it for myself. See below for lash photos!

What cute packaging!

I got the Blackest Black shade.

Maybelline Bleached Neons 2014 Lip Elixir in Orange Aglow and I'm Blushing REVIEW and swatches

On my walk around Rite Aid the other day, I noticed that there were multiple stands of Maybelline products. To my surprise, they were the Bleached Neons collection and they were hardly touched. I grabbed a couple of the Lip Elixirs since previous shades in the same line has worked well for me. See below for swatches. These are limited edition so if you find these swatches appealing, make sure to grab it at your nearest drugstore soon!

Maybelline Bleached Neons display, Rite Aid, $8.99

Monday, May 5, 2014

NOTD: sparkling champagne nails - Milani and Rimmel polishes

A nail of the day from back in the day. I have had this in my camera reel for the longest time, but have never posted it up. Seeing it today made me happy and want to do my nails again. This has that girly fresh feeling. Because it was so long ago, I had to dig back to find the names of the polishes I used!

Sparkling champagne nails
Base: Rimmel New Romantic
Top: Milani Sugar Burst

Two coats of Rimmel New Romantic. One coat of Milani Sugar Burst.

Happy Monday!
Em

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

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2 year anniversary surprise

Thanks for making my 2nd year of blogging fun and entertaining!

To say thank you, I would like to give back something!


If you like what I write, I would loveee it if you could subscribe! You can get updates from my blog as often as you like. To make it more special, from now till May 10th 2014, I will send a surprise goody to anyone who subscribes and sends me an email with their mailing address. All you have to do is:
  1. Subscribe here. 
  2. Remember to confirm subscription after signing up to complete the process! 
  3. Send an email to emtinyblogs@gmail.com with your mailing address and a fun beauty fact about you.
For those of you already subscribed before April 2014, email me with 1) your favorite type of blogs that I write and 2) your mailing address, and be entered in a big beauty prize giveaway.

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Topshop Cream Blush in Afternoon Tea REVIEW and swatches

I recently re-discovered this cream to powder blush by Topshop in my blush stash and immediately fell in love with it again. With the summer heat coming through, I noticed that my cheeks needed more soothing products. A cream blush can really help you from looking too dried. As much as I love powder blushes, sometimes they can get a little...well powdery. Don't get me wrong, I don't like sticky creamy makeup on my cheeks at all -so I found just the thing! This Topshop blush is not only cream texture, but it dries to a light powdery finish. It is perfect!
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Topshop Cream Blush in Afternoon Tea, Nordstrom.com, $12
The box is black with white dots and the product is the opposite colors. Such cutteee packaging!
Packaging is sturdy with a mirror inside.

The texture is creamy at first, but upon application on cheeks or hand it turns into a powdery finish.

Friday, April 25, 2014

SANA Super Quick Melty Gel Liner Ex in Black Chocolate REVIEW and swatches

The last of the three goodies given to me by a subscriber is this SANA super quick melty gel liner. This was the one out of the three that I had asked her to bring for me. It is a gel liner that twists up to a fine pencil tip. To see the other two goody reviews I did, visit here for Revlon's Moisture Stain lipgloss and here for L'Oreal Color Riche Moisture Matte lipstick.

This item is from Hong Kong, but you can also find it at Sasa's website online.
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SANA Super Quick Melty Gel Liner Ex in Black Chocolate

The gel liner is so light in my hands.
It has a twist up applicator that does not go back in reverse. So don't twist too much up on the first try. The tip of this is very thin, which makes it unnecessary to sharpen.

L'Oreal Color Riche Moist Matte Lipstick in Spring Rosette REVIEW and swatches

Another installment of one of the goodies that my subscriber gifted to me is the L'Oreal Color Riche Moist Matte (aka Moisture Matte) lipstick in Spring Rosette. I have not seen this in drugstores yet here in the States, but it might soon well make its way across the ocean. This came from Asia, which makes me feel like a lot of you might already have seen it in drugstores if you live in that part of the world. If not, take a peek..you might find this intriguing as I did and want to buy it on ebay :)
To view other goodies I got, visit here.
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Okay, back to the review!

L'Oreal Moisture Matte lipstick in Spring Rosette. Without the clear plastic wrap on right.
Without the plastic wrap, the product is quite sleek and futuristic looking.

Per L'Oreal's website:
A lipstick that delivers intense moisture while providing a velvet matte finish. Colour Riche Moisture Matte's unique formula contains jojoba oil for unrivaled moisture and comfort along with matte gel technology to create an intense matte look.