Sunday, September 29, 2013

Product Review: Maybelline Color Tattoo in 70 Barely Branded

Hey cuties! So I'm back with a review for you guys. There's actually a funny story about how this product came into my life. I was actually getting something for my friend because it was her birthday. But the friend that I was shopping with wanted to get her something extra in the candy isle. There were these people hanging out doing a survey on a new sign and the organization of the candy isle and they were offering $10 gift cards for anyone who did it! I wasn't planning on getting anything for myself until I got paid, but after the survey I could! Plus another little gift for my friend, of course.

Since there's a ton of hype around these shadows, I had to have at least one Maybelline Color Tattoos in my collection. This particular shade was recommended by a friend because she absolutely loved it and said I had to get it.

The packaging is pretty basic. I don't think that there's a lot you can do with these small, pot like jars. All of my gel liners and cream shadows look really similar, and this one is no exception. This was meant to be applied with your fingers, which I'm not a fan of because it's a little messy, but that's the way you usually apply cream shadows. I'm not complaining, but I one who does ten million things in the morning while I'm getting ready and this shadow does get on the things that I touch. But that's my fault for being stupid and not wiping my hands.

I wasn't impressed by what it looked like in the pot, I thought it would've been more vibrant. But when I swatched it on my hand it was so pretty! It's shimmery, but not glittery and overpowering. It just brings a little fun and life in a very basic nude color. This covers all the little veins that show my eyelids (gross, I know) and any redness I may have. My eyelids are naturally dark, so when I wear this alone it makes my eyes look more awake and alert. Yay! No more zombie eyes!

When I test out products, I put it through school and work. If it holds up, then it's got great lasting power. And guess what! This stuff was still on my eyes by the end of the day. Yes, it faded a lot, and I mean a lot, but it was there. I'm usually out for about +12 hours, so I was definitely blown away.

When I was looking at these shadows in the store, they did come in a pretty good selection of colors. I think that there is at least a couple that everyone would like, if not more. I got mine for less than $7, so you can get more than one color without breaking the bank. Honestly, if something's cheap, that's my favorite part.

-Long lasting
-Easy to wear

-Boring packaging
-Kind of messy

Overall, looking forward to getting more. My friend and I are eyeing the pink shade that just came out and I think I would like the bronze color as well. But we'll have to see what happens. See you next time!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Product Review: Went 'N Wild Walking On Eggshells and Sweet as Candy Trio

Hey cuties! I've never been one to wear eyeshadow but I know that there is so much hype around the Wet 'N Wild eye shadows, and when I saw the price, what the heck? If I didn't like it, then it was only about $3 down the drain insead of $30. 
Walking on Eggshells

When I looked on the Wet 'N Wild website, I originally wanted the Sweet as Candy trio, but Walgreens was out of stock so I got the Walking on Eggshells insead. And let me tell you, I have no regrets. I feel like these colors are perfect for me because I'm one who hardly ever wears a smokey eye. I found that I get the right amount of color that I can wear to school without looking too heavy.

Okay, there's a story behind the the big crack in the top shadow. I went with my family to go get haircuts because I was promised to go to Walgreens (which is where I got this) while we were waiting. And you know, being a beauty blogger, I felt the urge to swatch the colors on my hand. But I dropped it! And now some of my eyeshadow is on the floor of Great Clips. :(

Anyway, back to the review. I absolutely love the fact that it has ingravings of where each color should go. And for beginners, it takes away all the guess work. 

Swatch time! I was surprised at the pigmentation for something that costs $3. Honestly, I've tried a lot of crappy eye shadows and that's probably why I haven't been interested in wearing any. But as you can see, the pigmentation is actually really good. There's a light, muted pink color, a brown crease color, and a shimmery champagne highlight. All the colors are similar with this brown-y hue that reminds me of a coffee shop. 

Sorry for the bad picture quality,  but here's how it looks on my eyes, without a primer. For me, it lasts until I get home from school (about 6 hours). I don't know if it lasts longer than that, because I like to take my makeup off right when I get home. 

Honestly, I'm not of a pink kind of girl. So I never thought I would actually like wearing pink eye shadow. But I think I changed my mind.

Sweet as Candy

I have no self control when it comes to makeup. I had to go back to Walgreens and get the Sweet as Candy trio. But, to justify it, they were having a sale and it was only $2. I mean, come on, I had to.

Honestly, I probably didn't need to buy this. It's basically the same thing as the Walking on Eggshells trio except the pink is a little bit darker and the colors aren't so similar. 

I'm still impressed with the pigmentation and wear of these eye shadows and I think that you can afford to buy a lot of these without breaking the bank.

-Super cheap!
-Long lasting

-A lot of fall out

Overall: Definitely going to get more when I have the urge for more eye shadows. But for now, I'm going to stick with just these two. Fall is coming so I'm eyeing some new lip colors. Is anyone else doing that? New seasons always make me want to go shopping.

On another note, I've been using my twitter a lot lately and I talk more about beauty related things, along with some other stuff. Also, Compare Hero wanted to reach out and say a little something about their infographic. So go and check it out if you want to.

Last side note, I promise. I just wanted to apologize in advance, I just got a new job so I'm still getting used to the extra stuff on my plate. So, if I'm a little late on posting, I sorry! This is also why I'm posting this review two days later than I planned. But, I have to go study. So see you next time! XD

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Product Review: Innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Pact

Hey cuties! If you have oily skin, then you know my daily struggle with sebum. Isn't that just a gross word? Sebum. It doesn't sound nice, like zit or phlegm. Anyway, I'm always up to trying something that might control the oil on my skin. Also, this was my very first purchase from Innisfree. So let's get to it!

First of all, the packaging came in this Eco-friendly box. That made me instantly like Innisfree more because I'm a bit of a tree hugger. Inside, there is a small sponge you can use and a plastic shield to separate the sponge from the product. I'm always worried what kind of germs sponges hold and if it's infesting my makeup. The plastic cover is nice, but I bet most people will loose it within a week.

The product is supposed to be translucent, but I found that it left a white cast of my skin. I definitely do not need to be any whiter so that was a big downside. I even had my friend try it and she said the same thing. But then again, we were using the sponge. If you use a brush, I think you will be fine.

The oil control does what it's supposed to do. It keeps my skin matte longer than the other powder that've tried. I would say that it gave me 3-4 hours without shine. For my skin, that's pretty impressive.

I originally wanted the No-Sebum mineral pact insead of the mineral powder because I wanted something to chuck into my purse for touch ups. During school, I find that I only need to reapply this once, maybe twice on a bad day.

-Good oil control
-Suitable for all skin tones
-Easy to travel with

-Can leave a white cast

As always, let me know if you've tried this product and what you thought! Also, how has your week been going? I was gone studying. :( So sad to leave the world of blogging, even for a little bit. Tell me in the comments section! XD

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Product Review: Maybelline Baby Lips

 Hello lip junkies! So I'm back in school and I needed a no-fuss lipbalm to stuff into my purse. Who wants to be worried about makeup touch-ups when you're studying? The Maybelline Baby Lips seemed like a good choice to make since there is a ton of hype fluttering about them.

The packaging is pretty cute with the bubbly script and the clear cap. I like how they picked complementary colors. But it does seem a little cheap because the plastic isn't the best quality. I'm not complaining because for something that costs less than $3, I was expecting that. 

I only have a couple of the tinted ones, Peach Kiss and Cherry Me. There is a bright pink one, but I didn't think that suited my skin tone. There are some that have no pigmentation and come in different flavors if you don't want anything tinted.

The formula is super moisturizing and soaks into your lips really nicely. It does leave my lips hydrated for a while, but not the 8 hours that they claim. I say it's about 4-5 hours, which means I only have to reapply this once during the school day.

I like and then hate the Cherry Me shade because it has a nice, sheer color that you can build up. It's not a bright red that's great for everyday wear, even so that I let my little sister use it (she has no experience with makeup). But the smell! It has a strong cherry Kool-aid scent. I don't know about you, but I never liked the smell of those powdered drinks. It's just so artificial and candy-like it's a little overpowering. It didn't seem to faze my sister, but it's too strong for me.

As for the Peach Kiss, the swatch is not how it looks on the lips. I have naturally dark lips for some reason, and this shows up a slightly nude shade. It was a little let down because I thought it was going to be this pretty peachy-pink, but I actually like how it turned out. I've never tried a nude lip color before. It's just like my lips, just a little bit lighter. Pairing this with a more dramatic cat-eye draws more attention to my eyes. As for the scent, it's definitely not as strong as the Cherry Me. Of course, it has to smell like peaches, but it's very muted. 

-Build able
-Nice color
-Very hydrating
-Cute Packaging

-Strong smell (Cherry Me)
-Not very pigmented

Wow, I think I talked a lot about a couple of lip balms. To be honest, I'll be using Peach Kiss a lot more than Cherry Me as long as my slight tan stays. For the first time in years I have a little color and I'm going to use it for my advantage. Cherry Me is still okay, I'll probably use it more when fall is in full spring. 

Have you guys tried these lip balms? What did you think? Let me know!