Makeup Wars – Our Favorite Purple Nail Polishes

It’s been a hot second since I’ve done a post with my Makeup Wars sisters. I know, I’m terrible. But I’ve crawled out from under my rock and today my girls and I are sharing our favorite purple nail polishes.

Soooooo not an easy task. Especially for a nail polish hoarder like me. How can I possibly have a favorite? That’s like asking a mom to pick their favorite kid. Okay, I’m kidding. I am hands down my Mom’s favorite. Just like Cult Nails’ Flushed is my favorite purple nail polish.

Cult Nails Flushed nail polish

Now as much as I love this baby, she just doesn’t photograph well. Cult Nails describes Flushed as a true “Blurple” (blue/purple) buildable sheer with an intense purple/pink shimmer effect that appears to glow through the polish (source). Yeeeep, that description is dead on for me. This nail polish has everything I could ever dream in a polish. It’s so unexpected and I’m always getting compliments when I wear it.

Flushed nail polish

And then there’s that luscious jelly finish. *swoons* I can’t get enough. Best purple everrrr!!!

Cult Nails Flushed

Check out the purple nail polishes that my gals picked.

Purple nail polish lovers…do you have a favorite?

Mascara Monday: Avon Mega Effects mascara

Welp, here we go…finally. My review of the very awesome Avon Mega Effects mascara. I’ve got a lot to say about this kid. But of course I would. I mean, it’s not everyday you see a mascara like this. I soooo didn’t see this coming. No offense Avon, but when it comes to dynamite mascaras, I wouldn’t think to turn to you. That didn’t hurt, did it? My bad. You know what I mean. Yes, of course…Avon is a great beauty brand but I wouldn’t exactly call them innovative. Welllll, honey, this mascara is single-handily changing the game. Yeeeep! I was so exactly that I received a sample of this to review.

Avon Mega Effects Mascara review

Price: $10 from Avon.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5

What It Claims: “This breakthrough mascara provides 24-hour volume, leaving lashes darker, denser and more dramatic. Get ready for a corner to corner lash transformation with our first ever Wonderbrush. “ (source)

The Truth: It’s the most interesting mascara that I have ever used.

What I Loved About It: It is so easy to tote around.

What I Didn’t Like: It takes some time to really get the super lush lashes.

This is going to be a pretty lengthy review so for those of you that just want to get to the point, I’ve broken down the review in Pros and Cons.

Pros:
-It’s affordable. Only $10!
-It makes applying mascara to the bottom lashes super easy.
-It has a fantastic build-able formula.
-Ideal for traveling. It’s so small and compact!
-While not waterproof, I found it to be a pretty sturdy long-lasting mascara.
-It’s perfect for those with super small and wonky lashes.
-It really helps brings those lashes out.

Cons
-It can look rather intimidating.
-The wand may be difficult to hold for some.
-Excess mascara comes off each time you pull the wand out.
-There’s a learning curve that busy mascara lovers may not want to deal with.
-The mascara has more separating power than volumizing power.
-You have to squeeze the tube to get the wand out and that can be a bit tricky.

Avon Mega Effects Mascara packaging

 

Overall: I first learned of this mascara when my girl Lianne of The Makeup Girl showed it off on Instagram. Her picture had me at hello I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on this baby. And now she’s here. Is it love at first sight? Not exactly. But I gave this mascara a 5 out of 5  for a good reason. It’s just that awesome. Even if it’s not perfect. First let’s talk about the so-called wand.

Avon Mega Effects Mascara wand

Avon calls this their Wonderbrush. What makes it unique is that it is able to adjust in multiple angles. It’s pretty cool because you are really manipulate this wand to get every single lash on both the top and bottom rows of lashes. It also does a great job at getting those inner corners. The plastic bristles are stiff and long enough to sweep through the lashes effectively. However, the handle of the Wonderbrush is short. Very short. I found that it was easiest to use 2 fingers (my pointer and my thumb to apply the mascara. It’s tough for someone like me who has bad nerves. Trial and error will eventually help you find what works best but I struggled with application for quite some time.

Avon Mega Effects Mascara-3

Also, when removing the Wonderbrush from the tube, I ended up with a ton of mascara residue. Getting that brush out is already a bit tricky (you have to squeeze both sides of the tube) and once you do, you’ll see way more mascara than you’ll want to use on the brush. Sweeping it on the side of the tube isn’t BAD but not always ideal.

Now for performance – it rocks! If you’re looking for a mascara that will last all day, this is your girl. She really doesn’t budge but managed to move easily with eye makeup remover. The longevity is my favorite aspect about this mascara. Volume and length were decent. Not impeccable but I did get a nice set of lashes that stood out. The more you apply, the more va-va-voom factor your lashes will get. I got a good 4 coats without having to worry about clumping.

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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Mega Effects mascara

Do I recommend it?: Absolutely! Especially if you are looking to try something fun and interesting in the mascara world. 

So yes. I adore this mascara. Mainly because I think it is crazy innovative but also because it just works really well. I should be available on Avon.com later this month. Think you’ll try it?

The Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 94

Nautical scarf

Yay for another post from the The Lipstick League! We are a group of beauty bloggers, bound together by the desire to save the world with beauty, one post at a time!

EauMG – reviews her favorite black pepper perfume, CdG PLAY Black.

Gouldylox Reviews – In need of a skin rescue? First Aid Beauty has you covered!

My Beauty Bunny – Searching for cruelty free dupes for Benefit Hoola lipgloss? We’ve got swatches that closely match the shimmery bronze lippie and will keep you looking great in animal-friendly style!

Nouveau Cheap – Looking for some beautiful new powder blushes with a silky-smooth texture, awesome pigmentation and an even more awesome price (under $3)? Click right here.

Pink Sith – wants to know if you’re a concealer floozy? She is. This time she has an “affair” with the Edward Bess Platinum Concealer and explains why she and Edward can never be photographed together.

Prime Beauty – chose 10 cream blush contenders for the latest Top 10 Tuesday Best Cream Makeup.

Phyrra – shares her favorites for Fall 2013 Colors.

Vampy Varnish – Has swatches of the beautiful new Zoya PixieDust Collection for Fall 2013!

we heart this – apologizes in advance for creating a deep sense of need in you after you see Le Métier de Beauté Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe, a tinted treatment that makes your skin glow…and costs a lot of doe.

Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber had to see what the fuss was about over Dior’s new Nail Glow, a $24 tinted nail enhancer. Check out the review & swatches, decide if it’s worth the hype!

Clumps of Mascara – Sick of beauty subscription boxes? It’s not exactly cheap, but POPSUGAR’s Must Have box is the best box I’ve ever seen!

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by EauMG – Let’s travel to the Land of Oz where musk is not only a perfume note but a Life Savers’ candy flavor! One of my favorite perfume blogs is Australian Perfume Junkies. This blog consists of a great team of diverse perfume junkies that cover mainstream perfumes, niche perfumes, men’s fragrance…you name it, they’ve talked about it!

Question of the Week:

Name some beauty icons who inspire you.

B says, “Let’s see…there’s RuPaul, Queen Latifah, Laila Ali, Jill Scott, Diana Ross, Billie Holiday, Iman…ugh, I could go on and on.”

Do you have any beauty icons?

The glorious liquid gold from M.Steves

M.Steve's Boost

It’s been a lil’ minute since I’ve shown y’all what skincare products I am currently using. Of course I’m always testing something but every now and then a product makes its way into my medicine cabinet and just doesn’t leave. I got this wonderful bottle of M.Steve’s Ultra-Nourishing Boost with Rose Hip Seed Oil to review and I’m really wondering where this liquid gold has been all of my life

Random Fact: In the lactating world, breast milk is also called liquid gold. So much so that any woman who has accidentally spilled a bottle of the stuff has been known to have a full out breakdown. Fo reals. But back to the ‘facial’ liquid gold. I really really dig this stuff. And I can’t believe this is my gateway product into the M.Steves brand. Are you familiar with them?

M.Steve's Ultra-Nourishing Boost

The brand was founded by Mally Steves Chakola and each product focuses on tackling aging concerns. I typically don’t review anti-aging products but sometimes  when I find one to be so freaking awesome, I can’t help but ring the alarm about it. What’s so fab about this oil? I mean, it’s an oil. How is it different from the other thousands of oils out there? I’m so glad you asked.

-It’s lightweight (perfect for those hot summer days and nights).
-It can be combined with other beauty stuffs (like your foundation).
-A little goes a long way.
-It’s fragrance-free. Perfect for fragrance haters like yours truly.
-It’s hydrating without being greasy.
-It’s vegan!

M.Steve's Ultra-Nourishing Boost back

This glorious oil has made its way to the M.Steves line simply because it has been known to firm and smooth fine lines. Okay, I don’t have those yet but honey, I’m all about preventative care. I will be keeping this bottle of lusciousness nearby. It’s not cheap though. It’ll run you a good $64 but hey, you know how I feel about investing in skincare. Some things you can’t put a price on. Ya dig?

M.Steve's Ultra-Nourishing Boost in hand

Check out M.Steves for some of their awesome anti-aging products. I kinda want everything because the packaging is just adorbs!

Too Faced Summer Sexy Shadow Collection

Soooo apparently Summer 2013 started right before July. Has it always been that way? I don’t know. When you live in a state where there are two seasons (hot and hotter), it seems like summer is alllll the time. I’m a lover of summer collections. They are always so fun and cheerful. I got this Too Faced Summer Sexy Shadow Collection to review and it just screams summmahhhhh!

Too Faced Summer Eye 2013 Summer Sexy Shadow Collection

And what’s inside is kinda awesome too…

Summer Eye 2013 Summer Shadow Collection

This tin case contains 9 exclusive ‘resort-inspired’ eye shadows. Too Faced knows how to do a good eye shadow so I just knew the quality of this was going to be on point. And of course it didn’t disappoint. First, let’s talk about these 3 shadows to the left.

Too Faced Peach Fuzz

They’re gorge! They can probably be used as highlighters and blushes but with a very light hand. I found Peach Fuzz to be super glittery but I think it would work well under the brow bone. Or even for illuminating the skin if you like glittah.

Too Faced Sunbeam

Shadow-wise, I found that they were all pretty flattering.

My descriptions of ’em:
Plumeria – A frosty cotton candy pink.
Coral Crush – a shimmery rose coral.
Mermaid – a shinning sea blue with shimmer.
Cocoa Beach – a bronzed mauve with gold shimmer.
Chocolate Sun – a milk chocolate with subtle gold shimmer.
Toasted Coconut – a toasted gray.

Each shadow (with the exception) of Tosted Coconut has some bit of shimmer it. I found that they all had nice pigmentation to them but if you’re looking to do some kind of smokey eye, you would probably need to use a shadow that isn’t in this palette.

Too Faced Summer Eyes swatches
(L-R)
Plumeria, Coral Crush, Mermaid, Cocoa Beach, Chocolate Sun

Not too shabby for $36 and it is definitely a palette that represents summer. Too Faced rocks the house…again!

POPSUGAR Must Have Box June

I’m so ridiculously excited about sharing this box with y’all that I can’t even think right. Please excuse any kind of randomness you get from me while reading this post. First things first…yours truly was asked to join the very prestige group of bloggers. POPSUGAR has handpicked a couple dozen of us for their POPSUGAR Select group and I am honored to be a charter member. Aside from landing a spot on their site, they also gifted me with my first POPSUGAR Must Have box.

POPSUGAR Must Have box

I’ve read about these babies before and they are THEE box of all subscription boxes. They are a little bit on the expensive side (retailing at $35 a month with free shipping) but the contents are always spectacular. I’ve been spoiled by this box and I’m pretty sure no other box will be able to compare. Check out the offerings in this month’s box…

Popcorn, Indiana

Popcorn FIT

I’ve never heard of this brand but man I need to see if they are in my local grocery store because this is one yummy bag of popcorn! Popcorn, Indiana FIT Popcorn is a relatively healthy snack because it’s only 40 calories per cup. The sea salt wasn’t too overwhelming and it was just a nice little snack to have while watching Dexter on the sofa.

Juice Beauty

I’ve had Juice Beauty on my radar for quite sometime so I was excited to get this Stem Cell Repair Moisturizer from them. They even threw in 2 different shades of their CC Cream. Neither shade worked for me but I can’t wait to give this moisturizer a whirl. I have no idea what stem cellular repair means but it sounds promising. Ha!!

Gorjana Griffin Zuma

Nautical scarf

Darliiiiiing, this Gorjana & Griffin Zuma Scarf retails for $62 and it is just divine. I love the nautical blue and white combined with the touch of bright orange. I’m a beach girl so I love a good lightweight scarf. I’ve been using it on my head and almost had to arm wrestle Mama Clumps for it. Oh…and Elle’s cabbage patch doll and my ironing board both say hey!

Revenge Wears Prada

A book! Remember those? I’m not even gonna lie…it’s been forever since I’ve had the time or been relaxed enough to curl up with a good ole’ book. I think I’m going to make Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger break me out of it. I can’t wait to start flippin’ the pages of tis one. I’ve heard great things about it!

Project 7 Quench

I’ve seen these Project 7 Quench the Thirsty Mints at my grocery store before and thought they were just another brand of mints. But they aren’t. Proceeds from each purchase go towards helping provide clean water to those need it. Fresh breath for a good cause? Right on!

Addicted to Sweat

I have yet to find myself in the gym since being a new mom. I’ve always preferred going to the gym over working out at home but I’ve got to get my physical activity in check so receiving this Hard Candy Fitness DVD — Addicted to Sweat 4 came at a good time. We’ll see how this works.

A pretty dynamic box, huh? Yeeeep. I’ve gotta do some penny pinching but every other month or so I may scoop up a subscription.

Any lovers of the POPSUGAR Must Have box?

The cute and dainty COVERGIRL Smoochies Lip Balm

So COVERGIRL has these new lip balm-y type thingies and they take me back to being in middle school.

Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm

Did anyone else buy lip balms that looked a lot like these at the hair store? Hmm. Okay, maybe that’s just me. These are definitely better than the hair store ones because the quality is nice and they don’t smell like artificial cherry gone bad. Every few years just about every big drugstore beauty brand releases this kind of product. COVERGIRL’s Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balms are super affordable and I like to dub them as the gateway beauty product for pre-teens and teens. This is how a beauty addiction starts, y’all. They always start with something as innocent as a lip balm.

CoverGirl Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm

CoverGirl Smoochies

I’d let my preteen daughter wear them because the color is subtle and they lippie is actually moisturizing. I’m rockin’ Tru Luv here and I kinda how faint this is. If it were any deeper, this shimmery mauve probably wouldn’t compliment me too much.

CoverGirl Tru Luv on lips

CoverGirl Tru Luv

Not too shabby, huh? You can find these anywhere COVERGIRL products are sold for under $5. There are 12 shades of these and if you’re in the market for lip balm, you may like these. I totally want to hoard them all. Especially for nostalgia purposes.

Mascara Monday: Clarins Wonder Waterproof mascara

I’m back with another Clarins mascara! I am slowly working my way through their mascaras and when I got a press sample of this one, I couldn’t wait to put it to use. It’s a waterproof mascara! I am always on the hunt for a good waterproof mascara. Especially in the summer time. I had high hopes for this bad boy…

Clarins Wonder Waterproof mascara

Nothing fancy in the packaging department…

Price: $27.56 from Amazon.com.
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “The name says it all. This mascara not only creates volume, curl and definition but is also resistant to water.” (source)

The Truth: It’s waterproof…but only for a split second.

What I Loved About It: It has a fantastic formula and wand.

What I Didn’t Like: It just wasn’t…waterproof.

Overall: I’m a fan of Clarins. I haven’t featured many of their products but I’ve been messing around with them for a while. I’ve reviewed one of their mascaras before and I had high hopes for this one. Then again, I tend to think that when you spend a good chunk of money on higher-end cosmetics, they SHOULD work. Of course that isn’t always the case but hey…a girl can dream. At first glance, this mascara appears to have it all. It’s got decent and unassuming packaging and the wand is nice.

Clarins mascara

It reminds me a lot of those super cheap mascaras. And not in a bad way. It’s simple,  sweeps well through wonky lashes and it gets the job done. It isn’t plush so you won’t achieve insane volume but that’s okay because it’s a waterproof mascara. Any added volume would just be a perk.

Initial application of this mascara is grand. The gel-like formula laid on my lashes with ease. But because it’s a waterproof mascara I wanted to ensure that it could hold up if water hit it. So I dunked my face in a sink full of water and…the mascara stayed! I didn’t see any smudging and I was elated. And then I let my face dry and before I knew it the mascara was flaking off of my lashes. Oh boooo! It broke my heart, really. I tried testing the mascara again by spritzing my face with water and while the mascara stood up a little bit better, it eventually started to flake away. Dang it, man. The volume and lengthening is actually really decent so I was so sad that the waterpoof-ness wasn’t up to par.

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats

 

Clarins waterproof mascara

Do I recommend it?: If you’re looking for a waterproof mascara, PASS. If you’re a Clarins lover who needs a decent amount of volume, go for it.

I’m still on the hunt for a fantastic waterproof mascara. Have you found one yet?