Maybelline’s 24 Hour Tattoos: Dare To Go Nude Collection

Obviously, I love makeup. I couldn’t be a makeup blogger if I didn’t. And, a few of the items I get, I become obsessed with. Maybelline’s 24 Hour Color Tattoos are some of them. I know I’m not the only one either. You know how you find out you are obsessed about particular makeups? You get overly giddy when you find that limited collection and find it ridiculously hard to remain calm, cool and collected. You also have to hold your hand over your mouth when you pay for them because you are extremely giddy about it and want to blab your good fortune to the uninterested  (I promise) checkout person. But, when I can run home and photolog them…sigh…sweet bliss…

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These are from Maybelline’s Dare To Go Nude Collection. Yes, I know wearing makeup and calling it nude a nude look is an oxymoron. That’s the fun of makeup.

I paid about $8 a piece for these. Considering they are some of the best products to wear as eyeshadow primers, I think they are a very worthy investment. Especially when I can put one on, do some eyeliner and mascara and I’m rather ready for work. Great payout for a little effort. And, the name ‘tattoo’ is meant to mean they.stay.put. With one exception that I’ll get to, that’s what these do.

The lightest shade, ‘Pure Nude’ makes for a flirty, shimmer eye primer. But, you can go it alone and call it almost a Marilyn Monroe look with a very dark eyeliner…

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Next is ‘Stroke of Midnight’. I think this is probably 11 minutes after midnight because it turns into something way different, like once it’s past midnight, than the other five tattoos. You’ll get a shot of that in the swatches…

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‘Nude Compliment’ is a name that makes me giggle. Compliments on my eyes, I’m totally sure is what it means. This is the best taupe eye shadow primer/cream I own. If you get just one, this would be the classic for your Vanity…

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I know ‘Caramel Cool’ isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea. However, the effects it has with green and yellow eyeshadows is so worth the investment. You will be pushing all of your eyeshadow looks to new limits with this one…

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Now, if you only get TWO, you should get ‘Sleek & Spice’. I love this one as a stand alone. I used my richest brown eyeliner (*cough Beauty From The Earth’s upcoming ‘The Last Drop’ eyeshadow cough*) and I have made the fastest smoky eye in the West…

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Last is ‘Beige-ing Beauty’. What looks like a peachy-nude, actually has this orangey duo look to it. Totally awesome. Totally unexpected…

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The swatches in non-direct sunlight…

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And these are high noon light…

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‘Stroke of Midnight’ was so patchy that it had to get a severe pat-down and, that still didn’t quite do the trick. I am going to have to fiddle a lot with that one. My next trick will be to see if I can use it as a cream eyeliner. I won’t be using that one much as a primer or shadow, I can tell. The others, they are work horses. I love them all and am pleased without any doubts to add them to the Vanity.

I found these at Walgreens in a display and have been seeing them more and more. But, they are going fast because I haven’t seen a full display with all six shades since I picked these up.

Are you game?

 

Be A Runway Beauty: Wet ‘n Wild Three-Pan Shadow Collections

Nothing wants time to fly faster than me anxiously awaiting to get the newest Wet ‘n Wild shadows. These three are almost their newest ones. There are the holiday cream glitters and 8-shade palettes now coming out. I’ll show you those in the near future. For now, here are some delightfully interesting 3-palette shadows…

swatches of wnw 002When Wet ‘n Wild puts a color collection together, it will get it to expand out of ‘safe’ color choices for shadows. Most of the time, I would never think of putting some of these colors together. Yet when I create a look with them, I’m like ‘Wow! That’s amazing!’

First up: Grays Matter…

swatches of wnw 005I had to take a super close-up to show the twinkle..

swatches of wnw 006Here’s your warning for this post: my swatches didn’t turn out at all like I wanted them. You may know that, mostly, Wet ‘n Wild powder shadows are not all chalky. Some have the fall-out expected from Wet ‘n Wild shadows. But, the natural lighting I used is way too harsh to see the proper pigmentation of these on the skin. There. I have given the disclaimer…

swatches of wnw 009Why there is the reference of gray in the name of this palette is beyond me. These shades are purple! The lightest shade is very pale. However, it did show up better on the eye. And the darkest, it was very flaky but with primer, it rose to the occasion for the eye of the day look.

I’m going to say this one is my favorite: Silent Era Film…

swatches of wnw 019 swatches of wnw 021Everything you read before on the first palette applies here. The darkest shade doesn’t work too well without a primer or something underneath to grip it. The lightest shade is more obvious on my eyelids because of the skin tone difference from my much darker hand.

And last, here’s Camera Obscura…

swatches of wnw 013 swatches of wnw 017The lightest and second lightest shades practically don’t exist on my hand. Again, on the lid, it is better. But, not only by about half. These two shadows were the weakest pigmentation-wise of the entire collection. However, where the previous darkest shades were full of fallout and really needed a firm hand to apply properly, this dark shade rocked out. It was very pigmented and created an awesome, deep smokey eye look.

If you keep your eye shadow choices far away from the wild side, you should be quite happy with these. They are more subdue, much more neutral, than the previous Pop Art collection of late this past summer.

How do you feel about these colors? Can you see the cross-usage between them?

Salon Perfect Polishes Usher In Fall 2013

Ready for Fall? Nope, me neither. But, like it or not, retail stores are already vying for your end of the year dollars. Yep, I’m sucked in too.

Salon Perfect nail polish is having a banner year. They have been showing up strong at Walmart. Even though I found this endcap on the lotion and shampoo aisles, instead of the beauty area, it was full and fresh for the pickings…

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I feel that a limit of 3, from any collection, is not as hard as I thought. Considering I’m not wearing polish at the moment. But, I am still enjoying the process of polishing…

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Mega swatch day 002 Mega swatch day 001Just Wow. These brushed on so smoothly. You can see that they are super-rich in pigmentation. Two coats and these are good to go. Oh, and there is no top coat on these self-shiners.

Which one would you wear first?

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?

Nabi Cosmetics: Eye Shadows

Nabi doesn’t just make nail polish, like the ones I reviewed here. They also make shadows. A lot of different color shadows. And they are very inexpensive. I got these two for something like 2 for $3…

I only purchased these two because I wasn’t quite sure how well they would apply. They had samples out but I didn’t trust them. However, these are as soft. But, they are also full of fall-out. I’ll come back to that in a moment.

This is ‘Coco Bean’…

And here is ‘Chocolate’…

Hungry yet? Swatched out..

‘Coco Bean’ is on the left. It has a slight gold shimmer too. ‘Chocolate’ is on the taupe-y side and has that shimmer of mauve/purple in it. I noticed it more in direct sunlight than here, in the sunny window.

Here’s my verdict: if you like to experiment with different shadows like me, it’s a very inexpensive investment. When I used my new Sephora airbrush shadow brushes, I didn’t get the fall-out I did just swatching these two with my finger. The two shades blend very well together and do play nice with other brands. Will I get more? Yes. I want to try out some of the strong, bold colors that they have. The vanity says yes, go play!

Again, I got these at a store called Rainbow at The Florida Mall. There is another Rainbow store in another mall, but it didn’t have makeup.

Does an investment this cheap make you want to just try it out?

Anastasia Beverly Hills: She Wears It Well Eye Shadow Palette

As a beauty blogger, not only do I get to read ‘real’ opinions on products, but I also get to find out more on brands that I hadn’t tried before. Case in point, Anastasia Beverly Hills. I knew Anastasia was the eyebrow queen. She has been raved about by Oprah to Selena Gomez, on perfecting an A-list of celebrities. That’s quite an age range for a brand to be so popular.

And with this popularity, Anastasia is creating more and more gotta-have products. The new ‘She Wears It Well’ eye shadow palette is the upcoming addition to her classy product line…

This palette will surely get you gussied-up, retro Hollywood style. Doesn’t the packaging look nicely high-brow? And the palette itself; truly Beverly Hills…

The magnetic snap down top is foil embossed on a faux-croc case. This elegance preps you for what you’ll see inside…

The pallete comes with five how-to cards on classic Hollywood looks…

With these cards to inspire you, you’ll have no problems creating dreamy starlet looks…

There are niine total shadows to create a retro to modern look of chic. 3 matte shadows and 6 shimmers are all you need to replicate Hollywood Glamour or a current catwalk style. And not just an add-on, the palette’s brush has a flat, rounded brush and very useable tapered brush on the other end. Whether you use your own brushes or the one contained in the palette, you will find that these shadows are extremely soft, highly-pigmented, able to be worn dry or wet.

The shadows blend together like a Rogers and Astaire dance routine. Every single one applies creamy and stays put like an all-day classic movie marathon…

Going across the top of the palette: Trophy, Glow, Frosting, Onyx. I love using Frosting as an all-over lid base.

I swatched the middle shadow, Sunset, horizontally above the other swatches. You can barely see it as it is almost the same shade as my skin. However, the shimmer makes it a bit more sassy. Going across the bottom row of the palette: Latte, Foxy, Almond, Toffee. And Almond is my favorite shade to use as a highlight on my brow bone.

The neutral tones of ‘She Wears It Well’ will suit anyone that wants to create a wash of subtle shades of today, to wearing the shadows foiled for the dramatic look of glamour and sultry style right out of the Golden Era of Hollywood.

With a price point of $34, the ‘She Wears It Well’ palette can put glamour and Hollywood sophistication on your vanity while giving you the tools to create your own classic Beverly Hills chic look.

You can find Anastasia Beverly Hills products at Ulta, Sephora, fine departments stores and on their website.

This product was provided to me for my honest review. These opinions are mine alone.

China Glaze: Bohemian Collection

After attending the CosmoProf in Las Vegas last weekend, I was excited to review some of the items I got. Then, I get a call today from my Sally’s Beauty Store Manager that the China Glaze Bohemian collection came in. I got to see these ‘live’ in Vegas so I am very excited to have my hands on them so soon.

I hope this means Fall is coming and soon…

‘Swanky Silk’ is on the left. That’s sort of a gold-ish taupe. On the left is ‘Unpredictable’. I liked the twinkle of light reflecting off it. To the right is ‘Rare and Radiant’. Not really so rare since I have at least 2 very close dupes. :P

Then, I grouped the purples and blues together…

First is ‘No Plain Jane’, ‘Want My Bawdy’ and then ‘Deviantly Daring’.

The display shows a peacock along with the model. So, you can see that all these shades are inspired by the plumage of a peacock. Pretty cool but, sure to make some red and pink polish lovers feel left out.

I got a free bottle of ‘Diamond Dry’ for purchasing 2 China Glaze polishes. It was only 1 freebie per person though. This is a $6.99 product. I’m looking forward to trying it out…

I shall be swatching these soon…like next year with all the other polishes and products I have for review. (That’s a joke. Maybe not.) There will be no case of writer’s block on this blog!!

Are you going to get any of these?