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When I first saw this nail color I knew I had to have it! Rockstar Pink is a glitter nail polish with mostly pink glitter. When you look closely at it you can see that it has blue, red, silver and gold and it is a very fine glitter, not chunky at all.
Usually when I buy glitter nail polish you need quite a few coats to make it look like it does in the bottle, or add a layer of colored polish underneath to make the glitter stand out. Not so with this baby! This is with just two coats! The formula is pretty thick and not runny at all. Another thing that I love about this nail polish is that it also dries really quickly.
You can find this and other Sally Hansen nail polishes at your local drug store and other stores like Target and Walmart. I bought mine from Target for $2.44 and the best part is that I had a $1 off coupon! $1.44 for some blinging nails? Yes please!!
I’ve seen a lot of reviews on the new Milani baked blushes, so I decided to check them out for myself. The Target that I went to didn’t have a large selection, but they did have Luminoso which was the one that I was really wanting. It is a shimmery peach shade that would look great on ALL skin tones. It is very true to color when you see it in the pan. It’s not too orange or too pink, it is the perfect peach shade. It has a very light sheen to it that is not overpowering or chunky glitter. Luminoso is very pigmented so if you have a fair skin tone you can apply it lightly, as for darker skin tones I think it would also give a beautiful peach glow.
I got mine at Target for around $8.00, and you can also find it in drugstores. It does come with a little brush that has it’s own little compartment under the pan and a small mirror.
This has quickly become one of my all time favorite blushes! You should try to pick this shade up, like I said I think it would look gorgeous on everybody!
I went to my mailbox a few days ago and too my surprise there was a coupon for a free box of the new John Frieda Precision Foam Hair color! I immediately went to the store and picked up a box in the shade 4BG Medium Chocolate Brown.
They claim to be “The first ever premium permanent home hair colour that uses foam technology to deliver salon-quality results at home”.
First is very easy to mix and apply. You mix the color into the developer and tilt it five times, DO NOT shake. To dispense the foam you squeeze the bottle and apply the foam to your hand, then onto your hair. They do provide you with black salon quality gloves, not the cheap plastic ones that come with other at home hair colors.
The application was very easy for me, and you get a lot of the product. Even though I have shoulder length hair, I have a ton of hair and usually have to buy two boxes so that I have enough to cover all of my hair. With this one I had more than enough for my hair to be completely covered. You leave it on for 20 minutes then rinse off and use the provided conditioner and your done! There was no dripping on my clothes, bathroom, or my face, and it rinses out very easy and quickly. I can’t say that with other hair dyes I’ve tried. I normally spend 20 to 30 minutes rinsing my hair making sure I have gotten all the dye out. I was very happy with the end result, there were no streaks in my hair because it covered everything. The color does look a little darker, but I’m not sure if it has anything to do with the fact that I already had dyed my hair with another dark color months before. You can’t lift color with color!
The packaging is more sleek than other dyes and they have a wide range of colors to choose from, 20 in total. It costs $10-13 and you can find it at Target, Walmart, Ulta, and drugstores. It may be a little pricier than other at home hair dyes, but I think it’s worth the money! Easy, mess free, and great results!
Not too long ago I was at Nordstroms and I stopped by their Bobbi Brown counter to check out some of their foundations. I haven’t used Bobbi Brown foundations in years, so I wanted to give them another try. What caught my eye was their Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation.
From Bobbi Brown:Oil-free, all-day wear so you’ll have soft-matte, even-looking skin without having to pile on powder throughout the day, this is Bobbi’s soft-matte “sequel” to our (now discontinued) Oil-Free Finish Foundation. Sponge-like powders absorb excess oil on the surface of the skin, while emollients lock in moisture to ensure skin remains perfectly balanced. Transfer-resistant formula helps create a barrier against heat and humidity for 8 hours of wear so makeup stays in place. Perfect for oily and normal/combination skin.
Since I have oily-combination skin this sounded like it would be perfect for me to try out. After a few tries the MUA decided that my color was Warm Natural 4.5. Since I have such a hard time finding the right foundation shade I decided to get a sample rather than buying an entire bottle and returning it if I wasn’t happy with it.
When I first tried it out the color looked a bit too pink, which is my problem with all foundations! But, when I started to blend it out, it matched my skin color perfectly! It blends very easily unlike other long lasting foundations. The one thing that I did notice was that it did not give me enough coverage with just one coat. I had to build it on so that I could get the coverage I like. As for the oil control and long lasting claims, I think it lives up to both. I didn’t find the need to touch up my t-zone as often as I normally do, and it did last all day. It didn’t oxidize or shift on my skin like other foundation would on oily skin. The finish is a semi-matte, and looks a more on the matte side, but without the powdery effect.
If you like a sheer to medium long lasting foundation I would recommend this foundation. It comes in a wide range of shades, 20 in total. So I’m sure most of you won’t have a hard time finding a shade that is right for you. It is packaged in a pretty glass bottle that tends to make the foundation appear a little lighter than it actually is. And here is some great news, it comes with a pump!
Hope this review was helpful!
After doing my last review on Mally Cosmetics one of my readers, Velya, suggested that I try her mascara. I looked into it and ordered mine shortly after. Mally Cosmetics mascara is one of her top sellers. According to Mally, before she made the mascara she used to spend hours (I don’t know about that) using a mascara, brush, pigments and a comb creating her famous clients’ voluminous, long lashes. She finally combined her method and bottled it up to create her Volumizing mascara.
After I received it I quickly washed off my eye makeup and tried this bad boy out. And I have to say that I am impressed! I love the pigmentation, it is one of the darkest mascaras I have tried. The formula is slightly drier and it almost seems like it’s old but it doesn’t apply like so. It doesn’t flake off and lasts for quite some time. After two coats my lashes definitely looked more voluminous. The mascara didn’t really lengthen though, so that was a little disappointing. When I saw her on QVC she said numerous times that if you would keep on applying it, your lashes would look scary long! I didn’t really find that to be true, but I think I may combine a lengthening mascara plus this one to create long, voluminous, gorgeous lashes! The one thing that I have noticed, is that I always seem to get some of this on my lid, this is not a problem I have with other mascaras, so I’m not sure what the deal is!
I totally recommend this mascara if you love thick, dark lashes. I can see why it’s a favorite. You can find this mascara on Mallybeauty.com for $20.00 or QVC.com for $28.00/2. I would go with QVC it’s a better deal!
“Covergirl LipPerfection is a bright color that can transform your day and your lips. Enriched with a silk moisturizing complex, our formula helps sustain moisture levels and helps create soft, smooth, beautiful lips in just 7 days.”
I am in love with this lipstick! The claims that Covergirl makes are dead on! It’s a great formula, and I have never felt a lipstick so soft. It feels like velvet when you are applying it. Feels like your applying a lip balm, without the greasiness. It feels like heaven!
I got it in the shade “Fairytale”. Fairytale is very pigmented and lasts for a LONG time. Even after I washed off my makeup at night it left a stain on my lips. I wasn’t expecting this to be a long-lasting formula because that’s not one of CG’s claims but it was a great bonus!
The packaging on this lipstick is also great. The only thing that I can find wrong, is the shade at the bottom of the lipstick is a little off, so you may want to keep that into consideration when purchasing it. If you do buy it make sure you purchase it from a store that will let you exchange it if your unhappy with your shade selection. I however, love the shade I picked out and I am definitely purchasing other shades.
Have you tried any of the Covergirl Lip Perfection lippies yet?
On a previous post I did a review on the Mally Cancellation Concealer, which I wasn’t too happy with but one product that I do like is her eyeshadow in Brownstone.
The packaging is great, it is a light green color with a snake skin pattern with a mirror on the inside. I love the color and the texture of it. It is a dark cool frosty brown that I think would look great on a lot of different skin tones and compliment any eye color. It does, however have a bit of fallout but easy to clean up. It is goes on smoothly and has great pigmentation. It is easy to blend and does not crease even without a primer or base.
Have you tried any of Mally’s products?
Last Fall Urban Decay released the infamous Naked Palette. It is so hard to find, that some people are actually selling it for $90 on Ebay!! I finally got mine from Sephora just about over a month ago, and I’m happy to report that it was worth the wait!
This palette has 12 shades. Eight of them are more on the natural side and four of them are a little darker, perfect for those smokey eyes. Naked has 6 permanent shades, 5 new shades and one repromote. When it was first released it came with double ended liner with Zero and Whiskey and a travel size Primer Potion. Urban Decay changed that, and mine came with a brush instead of the eyeliner.
There is not one shade that I am disappointed with. They’re all very pigmented and have little to no fall out. If you are new to make up or a makeup veteran this should be in your collection. It has the perfect shades for brides and engagement pictures. If you can find it, GET IT!! Maybe two if you can!!
Before I even got the chance to swatch it I used it on a client for her Senior Prom. I loved the way it looked on her. She wanted her eyes to be the main focus and stand out, and I think she looked gorgeous! (Most beautiful skin I have ever seen!!!)
If it is in stock , you can purchase this at Sephora, Ulta, and Urban Decay in store or online for $44.
From Urban Decay: “Your makeup will last 16 hours! Perfect for all skin types, this ultra-fine mist holds makeup for brides, dancers, and ladies who just like looking GOOD!“
While at a recent trip to Sephora I noticed the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray and it peeked my interest. I have been using MAC Fix + since it first came out, but I don’t usually do it on a daily basis. I do like Fix + so I wanted to try All Nighter to see if it would be better. You know we’re all always looking out for the next best thing!
I have really oily skin and in a couple of hours my makeup usually looks like a big mess, especially in the hot humid weather we have here in Texas. When you have oily skin, your makeup starts to shift and tends to oxidize your foundation, powder, blush and bronzers, not such a hot look! All Nighter claims to work on ALL skin types and last 16 hours. According to their site, ” it has a patent pending Temperature Control Technology that makes the weightless mist so powerful and sets it far above the competition. Your makeup won’t melt when it’s warm and humid or become dehydrated when it’s cold and humid. Yes, it actually lowers the temperature 0f your makeup to hold foundation, eyeshadow, blush, and concealer in place.” Sounds like an answer to ALL my prayers!
So, what did I think of the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray?….
First off, it is oil and paraben free, which means it won’t cause breakouts. It has a clean scent that is not overwhelming. However, I do find it to feel a bit sticky or tacky as it’s drying. The first time I tried it I applied it under my makeup, something I do with Fix +. WARNING!! Do not do this if your going out in public! My makeup wore off faster than if I was not wearing a finishing spray! It even made me oilier, after a couple of hours my skin looked extremely shiny, even in places where I normally don’ t get oily.
The next time I tried it I applied it over my makeup, and I was still a big greasy mess. It took a little longer than when I applied before my makeup, but still it was a couple of hours. By the end of the night my face was shiny after touching up my face with powder three times and my blush was almost completely gone. The worst part of my trial was that I even tried it out over my MAC Pro Longwear and my face was shiny. With MAC Pro Longwear I get just a bit of a glow not shine after a few hours of wearing it. So, 16 hours?! Not so much!!
From other reviews that I have read on other blogs and on Makeup Alley, a lot of people like this. Unfortunately for me it was a miss. I will not repurchase and I’ll stick to Fix+.
I’m not sure if many of you have heard of Mally Roncal. She has been a makeup artist for celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Thalia and Ashlee Simpson. She released her own makeup line in 2005 and it is sold on QVC and I believe the only retail store you can purchase her line is at Henri Bendel in NYC. If you’ve never shopped on QVC, it is really simple and if you’re unhappy with your purchase it’s very easy to return. Her major claim for her makeup line is that it is really long lasting. I haven’t seen many reviews on her products and since I do have a few of her products I thought I could share my experience with this line.
One of her most popular products is the Cancellation Concealer. On her site:
“This is a fabulous face duo. The creamy concealer never cakes, providing full coverage for dark circles, small flaws, or blemishes. Follow with translucent setting powder for a look that lasts. Comes packaged in a convenient, keep-it-together pouch with a double ended brush.”
First off I really like the way the product is packaged. It comes in a cute light pink pouch with everything you need to create a bright eyed well rested look. It’s a two step system, first you apply the concealer with the brush provided and I then I usually use my ring finger to blend it out. Then you use the other end of the brush to apply the translucent powder which brightens your under eye. The double ended brush itself is great. Both ends are soft and they do not shed.
The texture of the concealer is very creamy and blends beautifully on your skin.. The coverage is full and the consistency reminds me of MAC Studio concealer, my favorite. What sets it apart from other concealers is the setting powder. It is supposed to keep the concealer lasting all day with out creasing and accentuating the fine lines some of us have around our eyes. But unfortunately I don’t think it lives up to it’s claims. After a while it does settle under my eye, accentuating my fine lines, and it makes the skin under my eyes look really dry! On the site it does have a lot of positive feed back but it didn’t work for me, and I will continue to use my HG concealer MAC Studio Finish!
It is available in four different shades: Fair, Light/Medium, Tan, and Rich. I bought the Light/Medium shade and it is the perfect shade for me.
Have you tried this concealer or any of her other products?