An Eyeliner That Lasts On The Waterline – Really

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When I first became an Avon representative, I knew one of the first products I had to try – Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner Pencil. I freely admit I was attracted to it because I always saw the Pixiwoo girls using it in their videos!

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Sephora Bobbi To Go Palette

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I’m taking a break from the Monday Mashup this week because I got SO excited when I saw this new Beauty Insider perk from Sephora! I typically do not cash in my points, but this new “Bobbi To Go” 500-point perk grabbed my attention so much that I made an order for cotton rounds ($4) in order to cash in my points and get this perk. Don’t judge me. I actually did need the cotton rounds, and with the Flash shipping it was worth it. ;)

The kit includes a mini palette, a sample of mascara, and a sample of eye cream. I haven’t tried the eye cream or mascara yet, but I had to dig into the palette the very next morning after it arrived!

Let me preface my thoughts & swatches with reminding you this is a Bobbi Brown palette. Bobbi Brown is not known for having bright, vivacious colors. I typically do my makeup pretty naturally, and I like Bobbi Brown. If you are more into Sugarpill, Urban Decay, etc. you probably wouldn’t be interested, but I really like my Bobbi! I have several of her other palettes.

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Here she is. It’s definitely a mini – roughly the size of a credit card.

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The palette contains 1 blush, 4 shadows, and 1 mini brush. The brush is kind of floppy and would be useful for blending but not placing shadow or forming shapes, in my opinion.

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The blush color included is called Pale Pink. It’s from the regular core line and can be purchased in a full size for $25. Unlike the name would imply, it’s pretty bright!

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The 4 shadows. They’re pretty tiny, but great neutral colors. Clockwise from the top right they are Heather Mauve Shimmerwash, SaddleMahogany, and Bone. All of them are available in the core line for $21 each, however Saddle is not yet available on Sephora’s website.

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Here are the colors swatched. The Pale Pink blush is quite pigmented. Bone does have pigmentation but it pretty much matches my skin so you can barely see it right below Pale Pink. Heather Mauve shimmerwash is a shimmery taupe. Mahogany is a dark ashy brown. Saddle is a dark matte brown that also leans toward ashy rather than warm.

I’ll admit the mattes do not swatch well at all. They are kind of annoying in that way. However when working with them on the eye I kind of appreciate that you have to build the color up rather than it showing up full-throttle at first swipe. It gives you more control. Because of that though if you have a deeper skintone you probably would find these annoying. They’d take a lot of building and layering to show up with enough contrast. For pale-skinned me, however, it’s a plus.

Overall, I like this perk and I’m glad I got it. This is definitely a palette for someone who is already a Bobbi girl and knows what she is getting formula-wise. I look forward to trying the eye cream and mascara, and will certainly post reviews of those too.

Quickie Review – Gorgeous Cosmetics Lipstick in Pink Flip

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I had the chance to meet one on one with Gorgeous Cosmetics at Cosmoprof, and they gave me a few of their products to try. The first of which is this lipstick in the shade Pink Flip. 

I really like the packaging. It’s a square, shiny black tube with the Gorgeous logo in beige. The tube has some weight to it without being clunky – it feels solid high quality, which is important because this is a higher price point lipstick. The lipstick retails for $25, so you want there to be nice packaging!

Pink Flip is a very classic, creamy neutral pink. This is the kind of color that pretty much anyone could wear. It’s bright without being overstated, and has a cream finish – not flat matte but not overly shiny either. No frost or shimmer – yeee! :)

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Once applied, this lipstick feels great on my lips. It’s very creamy and comfortable, but doesn’t slip and slide around like the Color Whispers I tried yesterday. The pigmentation is really good too. I just put on a light coating of it in the photo above but I got very complete coverage.

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If pink is your thing, I highly recommend this color. I really like it a lot and it will go with a lot of looks. If pink isn’t your thing, they have a huge shade range with everything from bright purples and orange to neutral nudes.

Gorgeous Cosmetics are available from their website, www.gorgeouscosmetics.com, but also from Nordstrom which is SUPER cool because you’ll get free shipping and you can use ebates! ;) If you’re a MUA, you should totes check out their pro program too, which includes a nice discount. More info at the Gorgeous website.

Maybelline Color Whisper Swatches & Review

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In a world where drugstore brands were all competing to bring us moisturizing, pigmented color… 

Okay so maybe that’s a little dramatic (you DID read it in the movie trailer voice, RIGHT?), but ok we got Revlon Lip Butters, L’Oreal Color Riche Balms, and Maybelline Color Whispers all one right after another. I LOVE Revlon Lip Butters. So I was really excited to try Maybelline Color Whispers too. So much so that when they went on sale at Ulta a while back, I got 6 of them. They were BOGO or BOGO 1/2 off or somethingorother. A lot of bloggers & youtubers seemed to really like these, so I was all excited.

You know what? They’re just okay. Revlon Lip Butters are way better, for me. One thing I do really like is the scent. They’re kind of a sugary lemony scent. Yum.

Here are swatches of the ones I have:

cherryontopMaybelline Color Whisper in Cherry on Top

coralambitionMaybelline Color Whisper in Coral Ambition

gonudeMaybelline Color Whisper in Go Nude

mochamuseMaybelline Color Whisper in Mocha Muse

orangeattitudeMaybelline Color Whisper in Orange Attitude

pinuppeachMaybelline Color Whisper in Pin Up Peach

I love that there are some brighter colors. However, due to the gel formula of these lipsticks, the bright colors remain pretty translucent, which means it’s hard to apply them completely evenly. My lips were slightly dry and irritated from all the swatching by the time I tried Orange Attitude and Cherry on Top, which you can see by the bit of unevenness visible on my upper lip.

The wear time on these is minimal since the formula has a ton of slip, which is another reason why some colors look slightly uneven — the product is moving around on your lips and settling.

The colors are pretty, but these aren’t a go-to or a must have product for me. I will keep and use the ones I have but I most likely won’t be purchasing any more of them, and I certainly gravitate more toward my Lip Butters than these. They retail for around $5-$6 each at drugstores and Ulta.

What do you think of these? They’ve been out for a while so I’m sure a lot of you have tried them! ;)

I’m going to go marinate my poor lips in some lip balm…

Senna Cosmetics Summer 2013 Collection Pictures & Swatches – Part 3

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The third and final installment of my picture/swatch posts of Senna Cosmetics’ Summer 2013 collection – face stuffs! The face component of the collection includes 3 products: 2 mineral bronzer/highlighter duos called Brilliant Bronze, and the Powder Point brush #33.

Can we talk about how much I love the Senna Powder Point brush? Oh, yeah of course we can — it’s my blog! :) I LOVE THIS BRUSH. It’s so soft and fluffy, while the beveled shape still allows for precise application. I also adore the aqua handles on Senna brushes. The Powder Point brush retails for $38, and for such a high quality brush it is well worth it. For those wondering how it might compare to the MAC 138, it’s the same sort of idea at a significant savings (the MAC version retails for a steep $53). I don’t know much more than that about a comparison because I don’t own the 138. Like the MAC 138, the Senna Powder Point brush is made from natural fibers. I do have the Sigma F25 (formerly SS138, guess why…) which is cheaper than Senna’s brush but not quite as soft and it sheds a little bit, like all of my Sigma face brushes do. *sigh*

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AND NOW TO THE BRONZERS!

Yes these are baked mineral bronzer/highlighters, but unlike other brands’ similar products they actually contain skin-healthy pearl powder. Pearl powder contains amino acids and proteins to hydrate and nourish your skin. We cover our face in the stuff, why shouldn’t makeup pull double duty? Plus, I love to see it when a brand takes so much care with its ingredients. ;) These retail for $42.

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Senna Brilliant Bronze Baked Mineral Bronzer/Highlighter in Dawn is described as light bronze with a seashell pink highlighter. The bronzer side has a quite rosy tone to it. You could totally wear this as blush for that warm pinky sun-kissed look. The highlighter is very light baby pink. Both shades have shimmer.

sennadawnheavySenna Brilliant Bronze Baked Bronzer/Highlighter in Dawn – heavily swatched on fair skin, direct sunlight.

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Dawn, blended out. The highlighter and bronzer are both visible when the light hits them, but are definitely subtle. You can layer them however for a more intense look – this is how I personally would wear it since I’m so fair. :)

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Senna Brilliant Bronze Baked Mineral Bronzer/Highlighter in Sunset is described as deep bronze with a golden highlighter. Don’t be intimidated by how dark the bronzer side is; Like its companion Dawn, Sunset is a buildable, flattering shade. This bronzer/highlighter would complement a variety of skintones. Both sides do have shimmer

sennasunsetheavySenna Sunset swatched heavily.

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Blended out as if I were going to wear it.

Senna Cosmetics Summer 2013 Collection Pictures & Swatches Part 2

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It’s time to check out the eye products from Senna’s Summer 2013 Sunglow collection!! And what a treat…

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Senna Cosmetics Summer 2013 Pictures & Swatches Part 1

sennaSenna Cosmetics has done it again and created a stunner of a collection for Summer 2013! The Sunglow collection is a relatively small 11-piece collection (small if you’re used to the giant launches of the likes of MAC etc., but plenty for normal people lol) and I have pics and swatches!!!

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This month I got my very first Ipsy Glam Bag, and the theme was Pretty in Pink. One of the items in my bag was a full size bottle of Sation nail polish in the shade Love At First Byte. [Read more...]

Covergirl Outlast Nail Polish

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I was doing one of my favorite things…prowling a 24-hour drugstore at a strange hour of the day/night, and stumbled across the Covergirl nail polishes. I have known about them for a while but kind of ignored them. Except in this Walgreens, they were about at eye level. And there was a shade that would NOT be ignored…

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April 2013 Julep Maven Box – It Girl

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The April theme for Julep Maven boxes was brights, and boy did they deliver. I opted for the It Girl box this month and also added on the color Lena and the Rock Candy Glaze in Candy. The It Girl box included some actual rock candy in it, too. Cute touch. :)

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