Believe The Hype: 24 Hour Color Tattoos by Maybelline

Have you ever been reluctant to try something, then get the opportunity to do so, find you love it and kick yourself for waiting? That’s my story on Maybelline’s Color Tattoos. Sure I was reading all the raves about them on other beauty blogs. Yet, my previous experience with L’Oreal’s Infallibles turned me off on these so-called long-lasting cream shadows. The Infallibles failed and creased before I even finished my makeup.

However, I got a chance to try a couple of the Color Tattoos out. The 24 Hour Color Tattoos run roughly $5 to $7. So, I knew I had a steal when I found a pot for $1.78 at Target…

polishes green eye 124 polishes green eye 125Even though it was a matte orange, I figured that it was a very cheap investment to find out just how great these Color Tattoo pots were. But, for good measure, I picked out a metal-colored one too.

First, this is ‘Fierce and Tangy’…

polishes green eye 126 polishes green eye 130 polishes green eye 132The metal shade I chose is ‘Inked In Pink’…

polishes green eye 129 polishes green eye 127 polishes green eye 131The reason I picked a pink was in the hopes that the posts I read about these was true; they last and last. I figured that pink would make a great colored primer if it did just that.

I liked what I saw when I swatched…

polishes green eye 138 polishes green eye 137 polishes green eye 134After allowing the creams to set on my arm, I did a finger rub and they did not budge. I was eager to try out ‘Fierce and Tangy’. I wore a solid orange top that day and I got a couple of compliments on how cool my shadows looked. IOne person even asked me if I did my own makeup. I took that as she couldn’t believe I could have done so well. Shrug.

Did they live up to the hype? Affirmative. And with flying, stay in place, colors. You may not believe it, so I’ll do another post on the 9 more I have accumulated since these two. Talk about hanging around on the eyelid!!!

The texture is a bit dry yet, you can work with it before it sets. I used my finger to apply it. Later on with a matte taupe I purchased, I tried a stiff makeup brush but that didn’t work so well. It clumped up. But, one thing you can do is layer this product. After applying one, let it set. Repeat.

Have you tried any of the Maybelline Color Tattoos? What one is your favorite color?

Milani: Eyeshadow Primer; It Works In The Nude

In a search for a damn good shadow primer, I’m paying whatever I can get my hands on. Sort of. When I found out that Milani had an eyeshadow primer, I made a point of hunting it down. I found this one at Walgreens. However, it was in a Walgreens in Orlando; not in Denver. I have learned that Walgreens doesn’t carry Milani in Denver. Yet, I have heard that there are a few that are starting to…

Mega swatch day 305 Mega swatch day 306The info on the packages always reads so promising…

Mega swatch day 308It doesn’t have to be nude; I just want it to hold my eyeshadows for at least 6 hours…

Mega swatch day 307However, nude it is…

Mega swatch day 310 Mega swatch day 312Milani’s primer is more liquid-y than the competition’s. It appears to be quite thick in the above photo, though. Swatched on my hand, it gives you a better idea about its consistency…

Mega swatch day 313And, it blends right in. I mean, like easily and dries fast!

Mega swatch day 314If I apply a very, very thin amount of a primer on my lids, I’m getting better and longer wear. So, more is not really better for me.

My verdict is that Milani’s Eyeshadow Primer is a hit. It worked with making my eyeshadow last up to 5 hours. One thing it didn’t do was intensify the shadow’s color. After discovering that the formula was on the thin side, I wasn’t surprised. This primer is a keeper and Milani doesn’t disappoint. That’s why they are one of my top drugstore brands.

What primer is the holy grail for you?

From Sample to Sell: L’Oreal’s Miracle Blur

I’m not alone, am I, with loving the small samples of skin care products that come in beauty magazines? Since becoming a beauty blogger, I don’t just try them out and say ‘well, that’s nice’. I check it out as a research project. Really!

I went ahead and bought L’Oreal’s Revitalift Miracle Blur after using the sample…

Mega swatch day 133After reading the ad and then experiencing the sample, I was motivated to purchase Miracle Blur. Here are some of the reasons I found Miracle Blur to be of interest…

Mega swatch day 137We are working with an SPF 30 here. That’s my minimum level. I really wish I would have been more concerned about using an SPF when I was younger. But, I don’t think it was discovered yet!! Next reason…

Mega swatch day 134It says ‘erases the look’, it doesn’t hide it or cover it. The light-reflecting properties divert the light from the areas you apply this. Also note, it doesn’t say that it moisturizes the skin. You still need a moisturizer.

Here’s some info from the back as well as the ingredients…

Mega swatch day 135Even though those chemicals are hard to pronounce, they do work as a sunscreen. Do keep in mind that many of these ingredients can cause skin irritations more readily than other skin moisturizers. I suggest making your purchase of Miracle Blur at a store that allows returns so you don’t waste any money.

The texture of this product is…different. It’s one that is difficult to explain. The closest I can come to explaining it is that it reminds me of the left-over goo from the lotion dispenser’s tip. You know how it’s not smooth but just a bit sticky? Miracle Blur is close to that…

Mega swatch day 139But, it rubs in very smoothly…

Mega swatch day 141It has a bit of ‘slip’ to it and I found that my mineral foundation stayed in place very well. When I used a liquid foundation, it blended very smoothly. And on a few occasions, I wore the Miracle Blur alone. That’s rare and usually a day when I’m staying in. But, it is still important that I put an SPF on my skin. Especially since I am enjoying sitting outside in the evening facing West.

Have you tried Miracle Blur? Do you look forward to using the skin care samples from magazines?

Victoria’s Secret: Pout FX Lip Primer and Definer

I don’t see a lot of blog reviews on Victoria Secret’s makeup. However, I got a 20% off coupon and thought I’d try something new. After careful consideration, I chose this lip primer…

notd poop lots of swatches haul 060I couldn’t resist trying out Pout FX before I photographed it. It had to be tested right away…

notd poop lots of swatches haul 062This is twist-up crayon that’s easy to hold. It’s a bit chubby so it makes for quick service to apply. I found Pout FX to be very smooth and soft. It is like a flavor and fragrance-free lip balm, just a bit on the heavier side. Some of the lip primers I use are moist and I have to let them set before applying my gloss or lipstick. With Pout FX, I was ready to go as soon as I capped the crayon. There was not any color change in the lipstick that I used this with.

notd poop lots of swatches haul 064The application is easy and I found that this product was not drying at all on my lips. It fact, I feel I could wear it without any gloss or lipstick over it. But, that wouldn’t be near as fun, now, would it?

Here’s what Victoria’s Secret Pout FX has to say about itself…

notd poop lots of swatches haul 065Basically, it says that it will keep your lipstick from bleeding and will help it stay put longer. Just what I want my lip primer to do. And, that is what I got! Pout FX worked perfectly with lipstick, gloss and both together. The Vanity can wholeheartedly recommend this lip primer.

I got this at Victoria’s Secret store for $9.60 with my 20% off coupon.

love & beauty: Two Shadow + Primer Eyeshadows

Do you know what an eyeshadow primer is? It is a product that you apply to your eyelids in hopes that when you apply an eyeshadow that it will stay put, not crease or fade…until you take it off. Lately, I have been discovering more shadows with the primer already in it. Here’s a couple of my most recent finds…

review photos Dads Kiehls 001 review photos Dads Kiehls 002These are from love & beauty, Forever 21′s brand. Since these cost next to nothing, like $3, I got the only two shades they had available…

review photos Dads Kiehls 005A metallic silver named ‘Light Grey’ and a shimmery taupe named ‘Champagne’. These are two shades that I find classy. And, gosh, the shimmer they have!…

review photos Dads Kiehls 004So, I put them to the test right away. I used ‘Light Grey’ all over my eyelid and used an eyeliner pencil along with mascara. I got creasing in about 3 hours. I tried ‘Champagne’ and it lasted just a bit past 4 hours.

It defeats the purpose, but I applied Ofra’s Shadow Primer and then used ‘Light Grey’ over that. I did manage to get about 4-4.5 hours this time. As much as I love the idea of splicing shadow with primer, I’m still looking for one that truly performs. I swatched the shades and you can see that they are quite pigmented and shimmery…

review photos Dads Kiehls 009 review photos Dads Kiehls 007I want to continue to experiment with these two love & beauty shadow + primers. I may not be able to use them as suggested, however, I like the way they look on me.

Have you found any good shadow + primers?

Twinkle Not Wrinkle: Nurturing Force’s Do It All Eye Primer

In my quest to find a shadow primer that works with me, I had my eyes peeled to find something while I was at The Makeup Show Orlando. I happened upon the Nurturing Force booth…

The name of the product is easy to remember; ‘Twinkle Not Wrinkle’…

For just one product look at ALL the benefits it holds…

And one benefit for the entire world: no animal testing!

‘Twinkle Not Wrinkle’ is really as rich of a cream as my photo shows…

And a quick swatch shows how quickly it absorbs (must have been no more than 6 seconds) and vanishes…

Nothing. It disappears. But, don’t think that it has stopped working. I found that this workhorse made my shadows stay put for up to 8 hours. The only product that didn’t stay in place was a dual end coloricon eyeliner from Wet ‘n Wild.

What I also liked about ‘Twinkle Not Wrinkle’ is that even though it is one of the richest creams I have ever used around my eyes, is that it didn’t feel greasy or heavy. I didn’t need but the smallest amount to hydrate my skin around my eyes and hold my shadows in place. It has virtually no fragrance. And Nurturing Force states that this is even good for the most sensitive skin. I have behaving skin and not overly sensitive however, I feel that this cream would be OK with most sensitive skins.

Right from their website: “With our Aloe Vera Gel First Ingredient Formula, our main ingredient Aloe Vera Gel contains Antioxidants; plus we have added Comfrey Plant Extract & Avocado Oil. It is a rich non-oily cream formula, which helps to hydrate and protect the lids and sensitive areas around the eyes at night.” All of those ingredients spell ‘nurturing’.

The website price is $38. I say that’s a great deal considering how many products I use for what ‘Twinkle Not Wrinkle’ can do.

Icing’s Primed and Ready’ Eye Shadow Primer

Shadow primers are relatively new to the makeup scene for the general public. I got my first one as a duo with a lip primer in a Laura Geller collection. At the time, about 7-8 years ago, it worked quite well for me. However, for the past 1 to 1-1/2 years, I can’t get a primer to work for anything! So, I have been quizzing bloggers and members on beauty forums what they have found works. I have taken quite a few recommendations and still haven’t found one that keeps my shadows in place all day. Boo.

Somewhere down the aging line, I started getting oil lids. I don’t think I had that problem when I was younger. In fact, my skin has become a bit drier but I still have oily lids. Boo.

On my quest, I have purchased many different products. I found this one at Icing’s and since it was 50%, I figured it wasn’t that much of a $2.75 waste to give it a go…

This is Icing’s ‘Primed and Ready: Golden Girl’. I’m going to take it that the golden part is because of the primer’s color…

I guess, that would be an old gold color. I found this primer to be very liquid-y. When I put it on my lids, I patted it on rather than rubbed it because it was just that runny. The first couple of times I tried ‘Primed and Ready’, I didn’t find that it made my shadows last a lot longer before it creased up. I gave it a go with several mineral and pressed shadows.

As swatched on my arm, this is one layer…

There is only the very slightest of pigment from one layer.

Since it was rather thin in consistency, I thought I’d experiment with applying 2 layers. So, I put one the first one and then did some other makeup task waiting for it to dry before applying a second layer. This is a swatch of two layers allowing for drying between them…

I’m tapping it on with my fingers rather than rubbing. With 2 coats, you can start to see that it is building up. Slightly.

Two layers did a lot better than just one. But, it only got my shadows to last maybe an extra hour. So, I’m still not really satisfied with the results. As you can see the color better with 2 coats, it does make for a nice, muted wash of color on the lid. I didn’t find that this primer intensified the colors of any of the shadows I used.

If you have ever used one of elf’s shadow primers with the doe-foot, ‘Primed and Ready’ is very close to the same consistency. I can’t recommend this shadow primer, as in my experience with it, I didn’t get the results that I set out for. However, I did feel that it made my eye shadows last a couple of hours longer than if I hadn’t used anything. Do keep in mind, maybe someone with non-oily lids could get this to work like a charm.

I gambled with just under $3 and here, I feel I got what I paid for. Have you tried Icing’s ‘Primed and Ready’ shadow primer?