Wednesday, February 27, 2013

We Have 50 Followers!!! + Giveaway

We have 50 followers!!! This means that our Beauty Giveaway will expire soon! Make sure you enter. The contest is open internationally :) Also tell your friends about our blog so that you guys get more cool contests!!!

Haylee :)

P.S. Feel free to comment below with what you would like to see in our next giveaway which will begin when we have 100 followers.

Swatch & Review: Color Club Polish in Mamba

So I got this polish in my February Birchbox. It's Mamba by Color Club. It's a standard red color that will look good on any skin tone. the quality of the polish is nice. Mine tends to chip after about 3 days however. Enjoy!

Haylee :)

Sephora's 2013 Birthday Gift: Benefit's They're Real and Watts Up

My birthday's in January....but I'm reviewing my birthday gift from Sephora now, which shows you how behind I am on reviewing products. I wanted a chance to try the products out before I talked to you guys about them. Here I go...

Benefit's They're Real Mascara in Beyond Mascara- So when I opened the mascara tube I was a bit surprised by what greeted me. The spiky wand looks more like a medieval weapon than a tool of beauty for your eye but I love it!!! The sturdiness of the bristles actually help separate your lashes and keep them from clumping while the end of the brush is perfect for coating the lower lash line. This brush has been the only time I have ever applied mascara to my lower lash line perfectly without clumps or big black streaks because I couldn't handle my wand properly.  I also feel like the shade makes my lashes (which are already black) really really dark black, more so than any other mascara product I've tried. I also feel like I get a lot of length from this wand, but it s hard to tell since my lashes are already very long naturally(I am one of the few people who has naturally long, full lashes). I didn't think this mascara made my lashes look any fuller/thicker but it might just be because I applied only a single coat to each lash line. The sample I got is not waterproof, but this doesn't bother me cause i don't ever use waterproof mascara. I have so many other mascara a lying around that I need to try, but I think i will definitely invest in a full size of this product. One thing I can say, however, is that this product definitely will make any birthday girl's day if she is a Sephora beauty insider. Sephora's birthday box actually calls it the "world's number one mascara".

Benefit's Watts Up Soft Focus Highlighter for Face- This champagne toned highlighter is actually a bit different from the actual product that is not sample sized. The actual product has what looks like a little powder puff on one end to help blend the product into the cheeks. This product is nice, but I stopped using it after one try because I loved my theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer 100 times more. I will try and give this product more of a chance later maybe, but right now my go-to highlighter is from theBalm. Benefit's product is in stick form and can just be wiped on the cheeks without a brush which is handy for travel.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Makeup Mondays

So I wanted to start a new series called Makeup Mondays where I will post a look that I am currently wearing so you guys can try it out. I will also try to have a picture of the look so that you can decide if you like it without having to purchase all the makeup for the look. Unfortunately, due to the quality of my camera, the images might not always turn out that great :(. Anyways, here is today's first look:

Foundation-A mixture of Clinique's Perfectly Real Makeup in Shade 39 (G) and Urban Decay's Naked Foundation in Shade 9.0. I mixed the two because I'm almost out of the Clinique foundation and I am MADLY in love with my Urban Decay foundation.

Eyes-I got a Naked palette for Christmas from my boyfriend and I use it all the time. I'm probably the last person on Earth to have this palette so my apologies for taking so long :). I used BUCK all over my lid up to my brow bone after covering the eye area with primer. Then I applied SMOG all over my lid. I darkened the outer area of the lid by blending in DARKHORSE, and finally, I highlighted the inner rim of my eyes with HALF BAKED. I completed the eye look with a coat of Clarins Wonder Perfect Mascara.

Cheeks-I blended my two shades from Mary Kay's Santa Fe Sun to create the blush on my cheeks and hilighted the tops of my cheekbones with theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer.

Lips-Perpetual Plum from Maybelline's Super Stay 24 Hr Color line.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Congrats Marissa!

Congrats Marissa on winning our Post Holiday/New Year's Giveaway! Check your email for our official notification. Everyone else, check out our Current Giveaways section for more giveaways and tell your friends to join so that we can pick a winner for the Beauty Giveaway! We need 50 followers!!!

Haylee and Anna :)

Random Product Reviews

So recently I have been very busy socializing with friends and focusing on work so I have not had that much time to post on my blog. I have picked up SO MANY products over Christmas break and January and just have not had the time to give them a proper review...hence this post. Here we go...

theBalm Cosmetics's Mary Lou Manizer
I recieved this product as part of my December Birchbox subcription which was gifted to my by Anna. I never used highlighter before recieving this product, but now I cannot get enough of this product. When my sample runs out, I am definitely buying more! It's the perfect shimmery champagne color that is flattering on all skintones. I use it a bit above my cheek bones as a highlighter, in the center of my lips on my Cupid's bow, in the inner rim of my eye, and on my brow bone right below my eyebrows after my arch to open up my eyes and give them a nice glow. The color can also be used by itself as an eyeshadow and falls somewhere in between VIRGIN and SIN(from the original Urban Decay Naked palette) as far as coloring goes. The packaging is super cute and creative as well; it turns "Mary Lou" into a bad girl taking a mug shot with a board highlighting(no pun intended!) all her offenses such as shimmer and eyeshadow. I was very impressed with both theBalm and Birchbox when I got this product since it was my first product from either of the two companies.

Urban Decay's Naked Palette
So I FINALLY got the Urban Decay Naked Palette. I'm sure everyone and their mom already has this palette, but I still want to review it so that girls that are getting one now can prepare for what they are getting. The palette was an AMAZING gift from my sweet, thoughtful boyfriend (probably in an attenpt to get me to shut up about the palette since I talked about it non-stop before receiving I love all the colors in the palette and they are perfect for tanned skin since the palette is warm-toned. The color payout is fantastic and a little goes a long way. The shadows last on the lid all day long and don't crease/smudge unless touched by the hand so I don't recommend the shadows if you are the type of girl that can't sstop touching your face all day. The downside is that there is a lot of fallout from the shadows, but that can be fixed by holding a tissue under your eye while applying the shadow or (for the less coordinated among us including me) applying your foundation after doing your eyes. The biggest con about the product, however, is the brush (I believe it's called the Good Karma Shadow Brush). I personally believe all it does is spread bad karma since it does not blend as well as my EcoTools brushes and is rough and scratchy on my sensitive eyelids.

Urban Decay's Naked Skin Weightless Ulta Definition Liquid Makeup (also known as foundation for the confused among us)
Stop what you are doing, throw out your old foundation, and head to your nearest Ulta or Urban Decay counter to get shaded for this foundation that hit the stores right before Christmas. I promise you won't regret it. This product makes me look FLAWLESS. No joke, I look like a model. My mother could not get over how long lasting the product was and how gorgeous I looked over Christmas after taking endless photos and going to night long parties. It is a perfect match that adjusts to your skin and feels very lightweight. I do suggest you get a professional to match your skintone otherwise, you might not be happy with the product since it might make your face look ashy if you are pale. According to Urban Decay, the product is a paraben free (yay!), demi-matte finish infused with Matrixyl 3000 (an anti-wrinkle peptide), brightening Litchiderm, and green tea (which has antioxidants). The best part is that the foundation is buildable so that you can put on as much as you want/conceal as much as you want. Personally, I only need a light coverage. Other pros include the fact that the prduct is not tested on animals/is crualty free.The major downside is that this is the most expensive foundation I've ever bought coming in at a whoping $38 USD for only 30 mL of product. I wear shade 9.0 for those of you that are wondering what shade might be a perfect match for you.
Tips for making the product last longer: Although it was recommended that I should pump out the formula on my hand and then blend it with a brush onto my face, I prefer to get a small jar used for foundation samples at the department store and pump my foundation into the jar before blending the foundation onto my face. That way I can save the excess product and use it for the next time. You can get the small jars over the counter at the department store. Mine are from Clinique. Another plus is that the little jar is great for traveling.

Haylee :)

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