Feb 28, 2014

February Flops!

February seemed like I did outrageous amount of drugstore shopping! Don't get me wrong, I have tons of love for drugstore makeup, but this time around I ended up with some flops. These products were each featured in my February Hits and Misses video, but I also wanted to give them a quick mention here! 

L'Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Liner Pencil in Blue ($8.99)-  This is from the new limited edition Color Creations collection by L'Oreal. I thought this pencil was going to be a fabulous bright turquoise like the mascara, unfortuanately it was an average navy. I was just disappointed in the shade (I was under the impression that it was going to be a match with the mascara). For the price, I can get a better navy elsewhere.

L'Oreal Voluminous Color Creations Mascara in Turquoise Crush ($9.99) - The turquoise color is what caught my eye here, I mean who doesn't want turquoise lashes? Unfortunately, I found this mascara formula extremely thick, and it took like five layers for the color to show up (keep in mind that I have blonde lashes too). It was nothing like the original voluminous, what a disappointment! 

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Ooh La La Sexy Eyes Trio ($12.95)- I usually love Physician's Formula liners, I have too many to count. I decided to give this one a try because there are three different liners in the kit, a pencil, kajal, and a pen. The pen was watery and poorly pigmented, the kajal and pencil were ok. The big downer for me was that these liners all had a vanilla scent to them, which  stung my eyes! Yikes! 

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paints in Rich Russet and Chestnut Taupe ($5.49 each)- I know, everybody seems to love these. Not me. I found that these creased horribly and faded only after a few hours of wear. I really didn't like the wateryness of the formula either.. The colors are pretty, but these just aren't my style. 

What are your February Flops? 

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Feb 26, 2014

Maybelline Dare to Go Nude Color Tattoos for Spring 2014

YES! There are six new Color Tattoos from Maybelline, recently launched from their Dare to Go Nude collection for Spring 2014. I was thrilled to find them, I actually came across them on my lunch break at the Rite Aid down the block from my work. We all know how difficult hunting for limited edition collections can be! Thankfully, I found these no problem. They are all gorgeous, shimmery neutrals. I've been using them everyday for a week straight, yeah I am a bit obsessed. Color Tattoos make me crazy! 

Maybelline Color Tattoos by Eyestudio / $7 each at Rite Aid
There are the six new, limited edition color tattoos from the Dare to Go Nude Collection for Spring 2014.  love the fact that they are all neutrals! 

Top Row (left to right):  Pure Nude, Stroke of Midnight, Sleek & Spice
Bottom Row (left to right): Nude Compliment, Caramel Cool, Beige-ing Beauty

From left to right:  Sleek & Spice, Stroke of Midnight, Pure Nude, Caramel Cool, Beige-ing Beauty, and Nude Compliment.

Sleek & Spice is a smoky brownish taupe, with an almost metallic finish. Stroke of Midnight is a true black with subtle silver/blue sparkle, this shade is a bit patchy. Pure Nude is an opaque champagne shimmer. Caramel Cool is a warm bronze with a metallic finish. Beige-ing Beauty is a yellowish gold with silver shimmer, also a bit patchy. Nude Compliment  is an opaque shimmery cool-toned taupe. These swatches are all two swipes each. Nude Compliment and Sleek & Spice are my favorites of this collection! 

Claims: "Our ink technology creates 24HR wear for our most intense, long-lasting color saturation. Cream formula glides on without creasing and keeps color vibrant."
Pigmentation: I feel like the lighter shades are less pigmented than the deeper shades, but they are easy to layer and build color so it doesn't bother me. The darker shades have excellent color payoff, one swipe is all you need to get full color.
Finish/Texture: The finish on all six of these is shimmery, almost metallic. The texture on each shadow is very creamy, and can easily be blended with fingers or a brush.
Lasting Power: I have never experienced creasing or fading with Color Tattoos, they last all day for me. I wouldn't doubt the 24 hour claim on these, they are that good.
Packaging: Each shadow is packaged in a small glass pot, with a screw on lid.
Price/Availability: These are $7 each at Rite Aid


  • Creamy texture
  • Buildable color
  • Easy to use
  • Pigmented ( but the darker shades are better)
  • Inexpensive
  • Overall great quality


  • Limited edition 

Maybelline won me over again with this collection of beautiful neutrals. I'm a neutral shadow fanatic, and this was exactly what I've been wanting to see from Maybelline. Each color will compliment any skin tone, and can be used to create many different looks. Plus, they are under ten dollars, which blows my mind...because I prefer the quality of these over MAC paint pots! 

I love that Color Tattoos can be worn alone or used as a base for shadows. I often wear mine both ways, and once the shadow dries, it stays on for good. It's easy to remove at the end of the day, and never feels uncomfortable on my eyes. I have at least fifteen different shades now, and none of them have ever creased or faded on me. Maybelline Color Tattoos will always be one of my all time favorite drugstore products!

If you would like to see the other items that I purchased in this collection, check out my Dare to Go Nude Collection swatch video below! 

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Feb 15, 2014

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Lip Colors

If you have been keeping up with me on YouTube, you know that Milani has tons of new products out for 2014! I was thrilled when Milani decided to send me their full line of new makeup, but the Lip Intense Liquid Lip Colors definitely stood out to me the most. I started testing them right away, and after three weeks of constant use, let me tell you...

They are fabulous. 

There are 4 shades total: Pink Rave, Violet Addict, Fiery Coral, and Red Extreme.

The tubes are a bit peculiar, the shape is just odd to me, but it's what inside that counts! These lippies are full of silky pigment that glide on effortlessly!

Swatches from top to bottom: Pink Rave, Violet Addict, Red Extreme, and Fiery Coral.
Pink Rave is a bright medium pink, Violet Addict is a bright pinky- violet, Red Extreme is a bright, blue toned red, and Fiery Coral is a bright cool toned pinkish-coral.

Claims: "Satisfy your craving for shockingly intense, super-shiny,full lip color with Lip Intense Liquid Color. Lip Intense applies like a highshine gloss, but has the longevity and wear of a lipstick.  The sponge-tip applicator allows for a fast,easy, and precise application. Paraben-free."
Pigmentation: One swipe gives full color, a little goes a long way! I'm amazed at how pigmented these are, the swatches show it all.
Finish/Texture: The finish on these reminds me of satin. It's not exactly matte, but it does have a hint of shine. The texture is very creamy, like a NYX matte lip cream but silkier.
Lasting Power:  I had 4-5 hours of wear on these before I needed a touch up. They do stain the lips, but not in a pretty way, expect to reapply these throughout the day.
Scent: These have a strong Cheesecake scent to them. I know that's really specific, but every time I smell these it just reminds me of cheesecake frosting. Haha!
Packaging: Like I said before, I don't think the packaging is pretty. I like the bright colors, but the shape is just outdated to me. 
Price/Availability: I didn't buy these personally, Milani sent me them in consideration for review. The only place I have spotted these right now is at  Walgreens for $6.50.

  • Great pigmentation
  • Bright, stunning colors
  • Creamy texture
  • Satin finish
  • Inexpensive

  • Scent is ok, it does fade quickly
  • Lasting power isn't the best, touch ups needed
  • The packaging is a bit tacky

I would definitely call these a lip cream, it's like a cross between a creamy lipstick and a gloss. I'm so impressed by the light, silky texture, and the intense color that these have! 

Although I'm over the moon about these lip creams, I must say that they don't have the best longevity. They claim to last 'like a lipstick', but I only had 4-5 hours of wear before these faded badly. They leave behind a funky stain, the ring-around-the-mouth kind, so reapplying is key. It's not surprising, since the texture is so light and silky.

If you're looking for something bright and unique, these are for you!  I already want more shades to choose from! Will you be trying the new Milani Lip Intense Lip Colors?

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Feb 9, 2014

IMATS LA 2014!

I can't believe that I waited until February to write about my IMATS experience, oops! Better late than never right? This was my second year attending IMATS, and this time around I was all about the deals.  After my Coffee Bean run, I was pumped and ready..to stand in line! Yes, the lines were incredible this year, most of them were over an hour wait. All in all, I still had a wonderful time seeing all of the booths and meeting some awesome people! On with the pictures! 

Of course OCC was my first stop, I had to touch all of the lip tars and restrain myself from buying each and every shade. I ended up with one of their newest shades, Rollergirl! (The bright lavender in the upper right hand corner). 

Limcrieme! I love my Limecrime Velvetines and lipsticks,so picked up a few new shades! I also decided to be a bit adventurous this year and try out some of their eye products. The Limecrime booth is always eye candy to me, I love seeing all of the bright colors together.

The NYX booth was HUGE. It had four long sides, each packed with goodies. This is only a small portion of it, displaying all of the liners! Everything was on a great discount, I went crazy and bought way too many things, but hey it's IMATS.

Too Faced wins the award for cleanest booth, haha! They were very organized, something that everyone appreciates at IMATS. I bought a few of their newest items, the Chocolate Bar palette and the new Sweethearts blush. 

Ka' Oir Cosmetics is a makeup line created by model Keyshia Ka'Oir that features bright, bold makeup suitable for all skin tones. I had a great time playing with all of their bright glosses, lipsticks, and glitters. I ended up with swatches ALL OVER my hands and arms!

Dose of Colors is a new brand to me, and this was also their first year at IMATS. All of their lipsticks and glosses were incredibly pigmented and creamy! 

I had the chance to meet my all time favorite YouTuber, Emily of Beauty Broadcast! She was so down to Earth and even sweeter in person. It was so cool getting to tell her how I've been watching her videos all of these years, which inspired me to creating my own channel! 

I also got to visit with Doe Dere, the founder of Limecrime! Ever since we met at last year's IMATS, we've stayed in touch and become friends! It was so nice getting to catch up in person. I'm so happy with how far Limecrime has come this year! 

IMATS 2014 was amazing,I got everything I wanted and then some! The lines were long, the crowds were big, and the deals were unbeatable. It was awesome how many people came up to me for pictures and hugs, meeting subscribers was just unreal. I loved every minute of it, the crazy chaos of IMATS will always hold a special place in my heart.

See you next year IMATS Los Angeles! ;)

If you want to see what IMATS was like in person, check out my IMATS LA vlog below!

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