Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summer Target Haul

Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder, Revlon Lip Butter, Essie Nail Polish, Maybelline Gel Eyeliner, Elf False Lashes
Hello!  Last week I went to Target to buy several items that I have been wanting for quite some time.  I went after my last exam to celebrate summer!  I have been using these products a lot over the past week, and I and I thought it would be great to review them for you.
To start things off: Rimmel London's Stay Matte Powder.  I picked this up in the shade Translucent because of my extremely fair skin.  I have been love, love, loving this powder!  My skin tends to get oily, and I feel like when  I wear this powder, my skin stays nice and matte for a lot longer than when I wear the powder I had been using.  I got it for $3.99.  My other powder was around the $30 mark, so I'd say this is a definite win!

Next up, the Elf false eyelashes.  I got both the natural and dramatic.  I am going to be in my school's musical next fall, and we have to wear fake eyelashes on stage.  I bought these because they were cheap, and I thought they would be a good way to practice using the eyelashes before I had to do it in a dressing room getting ready for a show.  These are a HUGE disappointment.   I watched a video on YouTube explaining how to wear the eyelashes, and I applied them correctly, but the ends did not stay put.  They kept popping up and it was so aggravating.  I tried waiting longer for the glue to get tacky; I tried waiting less time for the glue to get tacky; nothing seemed to work.  These were only $1.00 each, but I would much rather invest more money into false eyelashes that actually work.

 Essie's nail polish in "The More the Merrier" has been so great!  I have it on right now, and I absolutely love the bright, chartreuse color!  I already wrote about it on my blog here, so read that if you want more information.  It was $7.79.

Recently, I have really been loving Revlon's Lip Butters.  I purchased two colors this winter, and I wore one all the time.  I love the way the feel and the way they look on my lips.  They are so nice and they do moisturize really well.  I picked up a third shade, Pink Lemonade.  I love this color!  It is really light (I tried to do a swatch, but it barely showed up!), and it's a nice pinky wash of color.  I love this for when I don't want to look like I'm wearing a ton of makeup or if I have done bolder eyes and lots of blush and highlighter so I need something light to balance it out.  It was $6.49, and well worth the buy!  I think I will continue to buy these until I have them all!

I have never tried gel eyeliner before, but I have wanted to for a long time.  I've seen so many people praise the Bobby Brown gel eyeliner, so I was set to try that.  Then, I started noticing people loved the Maybelline one just as much.  Because it is much cheaper at $7.99, I decided to purchase it first, so that I wouldn't throw too much money down the drain if I hated it.  I have not hated it though!  It is so nice and lovely to apply.  I got it in brown because my coloring is really light, and black eyeliner is so dark on me.  It is a great dark brown color, and it shows up really well.  It is also so easy to do a little cat-eye flick with this stuff, which I absolutely adore!  It can be hard to do that with a pencil because it can be tough to make it go exactly where I want and liquid just goes everywhere, so I've definitely found myself a keeper!

One random skincare item I got was Aveeno's Skin Relief Moisture Repair Cream.  I wasn't planning on blogging about this, but oh my word!  I picked this up because it was the only non-comedogenic  lotion that Target had, and I was out of the stuff I usually use.  I was bummed about it being in a pot rather than in a bottle with a pump, but I have gotten used to it more quickly than I would have imagined.  This lotion is so extremely moisturizing.  I think it is absolutely perfect. It stays on all day too, which is nice as I have found that some lotions tend to fade away.  I absolutely love this product.  It was $11.59, but this pot will take me a long while to work through!

So that's it!  I got so many things that I've been wanting to try, and I've loved most of them.  Leave me a comment telling me what you think about these products or tell me about something that you've recently picked up and are loving!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Product Review | Illamasqua Blush in Hussy

Hello, lovelies!  A few months ago I took a trip to Sephora, and I was super excited to see that they had an Illamasqua counter.  I had never seen Illamasqua sold anywhere before, and I had heard so many people rave about their blushes that I really wanted to try one.

The color Hussy pulled me in instantly.  It is such a beautiful pink.  I love that you can get a really light coverage that is still extremely pigmented, or you can build it up for a more dramatic look.

The color is so nice for summer.  I also love how extremely pigmented the color is.  It is a matte blush, which I really love.
Here's a swatch.  It is lighter on the swatch, but you can really build it up with no effort!

It pairs so nicely with a lot of highlighter because it doesn't make your cheeks looks super shiny, but allows the highlighter to shimmer while providing a nice pink flush.  I have been loving pairing it with a lot of Benefit's Moon Beam highlighter.  I feel like it gives me a nice, summery, glowy face that really complements light eyes and lips.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Top 5 Nail Polish Colors for Summer (First Blog Post--Yay!)

Hello, loves!  Before I just dive into the post, I'd like to introduce myself.  I'm Andy.  I am completely in love with makeup, and I decided to create this blog for two reasons: to share my love of makeup and to kill the summer boredom!  Now, onto the actual post!

I am absolutely mental about nail polish!  I paint my nails every Sunday, and I have built up quite the collection of colors.  I thought I would share the top five colors that I love for summer.

L-R: Teal the Cowboys Come Home, Cajun Shrimp, The More the Merrier, Strawberry Margarita, Mint Candy Apple

First off is "Teal the Cowboys Come Home" by OPI.  I love this color because it is such a great shimmery blue.  It is nice because it doesn't sparkle, but it shines with an incandescent sort of glow.  It is a darker blue, but the shimmeryness makes it a great summer color!
Next is "Cajun Shrimp" by OPI.  This is a reddy, coral color.  It is great for the feet when you want a pop of color on your toes to show through your open-toed shoes.   I love coral, but being fair-skinned can make it hard to wear sometimes, but I don't find that this color looks funny with my skin tone at all.
"The More the Merrier" by Essie is the newest addition to my ever-growing nail polish collection.  (I plan on doing a post about all the items I just bought for the summer, so stay tuned!)  I don't have a good green color, so I was really excited about seeing this in Essie's new summer 2013 collection.  I loved how it was almost lime, but not quite.  It makes me think about picnics on golf courses.  I can't wait to rock this color all summer long!
Another pinky color, "Strawberry Margarita" by OPI definitely makes the cut for great summer colors!  I adore this bright pink.  It is so girly and so much fun to wear.  I personally believe that everyone needs a staple pink in her nail polish collection, and this is most certainly mine!

Last, but certainly not least, is "Mint Candy Apple" by Essie.  This is my all-time favorite nail polish color!  I am in love with the glorious, pastelly blue.  It is light and happy and I always get so many complements when I wear it.  In fact, I wore it a while ago to dance class, and everyone noticed it.  Since then, two of the girls have bought the polish!  This is a lighter color, but it is so bright that I would definitely recommend it for the summer.

Well, that's all five of my picks for a great summer nail polish.  Leave a comment telling me what your picks are or letting me know what you think about mine!