Come oooon, Fall 2014. NARS has some fantastic things for us!

NARS Fall

I’m kinda ready for FAll. Yes, I know this is a little crazy considering Summer just started but quite frankly, I can’t enjoy summer. It’s just TOO hot, yo. That and the daily thunderstorms are seriously raining on my parade. Literally. I’ve got another reason to look forward to cooler weather and vampy shades. NARS Fall 2014 Fall collection Night Caller is seriously up my alley. Here’s what they are givin’ us…

Eyeshadow Duos
Jardin Perdu Duo Eyeshadow ($35) – (L) metallic dove grey, (R) metallic amethyst
Dolomites Duo Eyeshadow ($35) – (L) shiny rose quartz, (R) chocolate

Eyeliners
Night Flight ($24) – black with cobalt blue pearl
Night Bird Eyeliner – black with purple pearl
Night Clubbing Eyeliner – black with gold pearl
Night Porter Eyeliner – black with green pearl

Lip Pencils
Bansar Satin Lip Pencil ($25) – rose brown
Mondore Satin Lip Pencil ($25) – cranberry

Face
Mauritanie Matte Multiple ($39) – strawberry red
Unlawful Blush ($30) – amber pink with silver pearls

That blush and those lip pencils are miiiiiine!

The Best Black Eyeliners Ever!

Black eyeliners

So I’m not gonna lie…I am pretty boring in the eyeliner world. And it’s not because I work some professional job or that I consider myself to be Mrs. Conservative. Naw. I just really love black eyeliner. I wear it everyday and very rarely will I wear another color. Do I love emerald greens, bright blues and royal purples on my eyes? Yeeeep. But black liner is staple, girl. It just is. This edition of the Makeup Wars, us gals are sharing some of our favorite black eyeliners. I thought I’d stick with my faithful Urban Decay Zero, but really I’ve tried a TON of black eyeliners that I’ve loved.

 

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They are far from cheap but I can’t get enough of Urban Decay’s pencil eyeliners. Especially that Zero. For some reason, my eyes have gotten really sensitive over the years and the only pencil that I KNOW won’t leave me tearing up is Zero. Oh, and it doesn’t budge. At all. I’ve purchased and repurchased this pencil so many times. Like, you don’t even want to know how many times…

 

Physicians Formula trio

So they suck in the foundation diversity game, but Physicans Formula makes some realllllly nice eyeliners. Their liquid and pencil eyeliners are pretty cool, but really its their dark and smooth Kohl eyeliner pencil that just makes me go gaga. I can’t get enough of it for when I really want to smoke out my eyes.

Maybelline really gave us a gem when they put put their Eye Studio Ink Pen Eyeliner. The Black version of this liquid eyeliner pencil is spectacular.

A few years back, NYX gave us an entire collection of black liners that I couldn’t get enough of. They were so cool to give us these because each liner has a different formula. Everything from matte to sattin and liquid, NYX had us covered on the black liners front.

When I really want some pop to my upper lashline, I love Essence’s Metallic black eyeliner. It has just a very small amount of shimmer that really makes the eyes stand out. And it’s only $1.99 and does darn good around water and sweaty situations.

Urban Decay Perversion bottle

I did a review on Urban Decay’s Perversion cream liner and I still loving that baby from the moon and back. Other runner ups are Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Cream in Shade 27 and the cult fave MAC Blacktrack gel liner.

And let’s not forget Milani as they are always there to give us budget-friendly sturdy liners in all shapes and sizes.

 

Milani Eye Tech Liquid Liner

 

I could really go on and on, but I’ll stop here and let my girls share with you some of their favorite black eyeliners…


The best black eyeliners
 

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Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 131

LORAC Pro Palette 2 packaging
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! 

Question of the Week: Your house has been robbed–don’t worry everyone is safe–but your beauty stash has been raided. What’s the ONE product you hope has not been stolen?

My Beauty Bunny – You may have heard China recently changed its rules on cosmetics animal testing. But what exactly does the rule change mean for cruelty-free beauty lovers? We’ve got the facts!

Nouveau CheapOne product that functions as moisturizer, face primer AND sunscreen? Surely that’s too good to be true…or is it?

Prime Beauty – celebrates our nation’s birthday and Eddie’s with a giveaway from Eddie Funkhouser!

Phyrra – shares her June Beauty Favorites! Do you love any of these?

Clumps of Mascara – tried very hard to ignore it. In fact, it looked pretty similar to the original. But she was weak and so LORAC’s Pro 2 palette was purchased and it is looooved!

EauMG – Victoria’s is in LOVE with this indie bath and body line’s bubbling, foamy sugar scrubs. Oh, and they smell DIVINE.

 

Question of the Week:

Your house has been robbed–don’t worry everyone
is safe–but your beauty stash has been raided.
What’s the ONE product you hope has not been stolen?

B says, “Everything else can be repurchased but if my Clarisonic is gone…someone better hold me back!”

 

What would you hate to find gone?

See you next week!

 

 

 

Happy 4th of July, America!

Happy 4th of July

Because any holiday is reason enough for me to indulge in a cupcake. Just sayin’… Truthfully, though – I’ve always acknowledged Juneteenth more than the 4th of July since it relates to history more but hey, I am all about that freedom stuff and whatnot. Sending my fellow Americans lots of positive vibes. Enjoy this day and keep it safe!

Also, would I be a mean parent if I woke my babe up and took her to see fireworks? Seriously though! Elle goes to bed at 7pm and fireworks don’t start until 9pm. I reallllly want to take her. I’ll wake her. Yeah.

Enjoy your day!

Lipstick League: Weekly Links, Volume 130

Fashion Fair Livid
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! 

Gouldylox Reviews – Makeup Wars is all about purple eye shadows! They look amazing on everyone; which is your favorite?

My Beauty Bunny
Who says natural makeup has to be boring? Go bold with the Cherry Bomb Lip Lacquer (and more!) from Cate McNabb.

Nouveau Cheap – swatches the new Maybelline The Nudes Palette and gives you her first impressions (plus a few dupe comparisons).

Pink Sith – wonders if you actually read nail polish reviews, or just look at the pictures. She puts you to the test with some pretty Nail Polishes from FingerPaints!

Prime Beauty – discusses the issue of rosacea, a common problem among women and how to treat it. But that’s not all…enter to win a Cetaphil Gift Basket AND a trip to the Emmy’s!

Phyrra – brings you an Orange is the New Black Flaca Makeup Tutorial! See other character tutorials too!

we heart this – if James Vincent tells you need a Fan Brush, well then, you go get yourself a Fan Brush (and read his advice on what to do with it.)

Clumps of Mascara – is in love with this Too Faced Melted. How can a lipstick/gloss/stain thingy be THIS fantastic?

EauMG – It’s officially summer and here are Victoria’s perfume picks for Summer 2014!

 

Question of the Week:

Which lip color do you reach for
when you’re in need of a pick-me-up?

B says, “I have really been loving MAC’s RiRi Woo. It rocks my world.”

 

What about you? What lipstick makes you happy?

See you next week!

 

 

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Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick…whooooa!

I’ve been wanting to buy Too Faced’s Melted lipsticks forever. I tried to ignore them. I told myeslf that I would hardly use them and that they weren’t really THAT unique.

Too Faced Melted

I lied to myself. And last weekend, I finally bit the bullet and purchased one. I was trying to be modest and hoard them all but really it was the Melted Fuchsia that called my name. Have you girls tried it? Ohmigoooodness.


Too Faced Melted Fuchsia
I’m pretty sure this shade will look gorgeous on just about anyone who wears it. It is indeed a very BRIGHT fuchsia but it somehow flatters me as it has nice blue undertones. And as all of the reviews have claimed, these Melted thingies wear very well. Do yourself a favor and exfoliate your lips if you find them cracking. These babies tend to seep into every crack and crease. The smell reminds me of Play-Doh but it doesn’t bother me. Honestly, I’ll take Play-Doh scents any day over floral or vanilla scents.

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Too Faced said that these lippies should have “the shine of a gloss, lasting power of a stain, and pigment-packed color of a liquid lipstick.” Very interesting concept and one that I don’t think I’ve heard of before. The applicator has makes applying it easy.


Too Faced Melted applicator

I was shocked at how opaque this is, but that’s a good thing! It feels very light on the lips and really does last for quite some time. If you’re eating and manage to wipe your mouth, you will likely wipe off the color but yep, you’re left with just a little bit of staining.

It does surprisingly well and I’m trying to figure out which bill I shouldn’t pay so that I can buy some of these babies. Haha! Just kidding.

Maybe.

Seriously, though…at $21 they aren’t cheap but they are so worth the price and I don’t think I’ve come across a lip product that has gotten me THIS excited in soooo long. So yeah, girl. I’ll be wearing this lippy foreeeeeever.

Have you tried Too Faced’s Melted lippies yet? Check ‘em out here.

 


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Why RoC rocks and #RoCWrinkleRanking!

RoC antiaging products

This is a sponsored post through Beauty Stat and last week a pretty cool Twitter party went down. If you missed the memos that I posted all over social media and thus missed the party, girl…I feel for you. Guys and girls from all over tweeted using the hashtag #RoCWrinkleRanking. A mess load of prizes were given out and we all got the skinny on how wrinkles and zip codes are interrconnected. Who would have thought?

We counted down the top 50 wrinkle-prone cities. The research was done by RoC and  Sperling’s BestPlaces and I sat on the edge of my seat with anticipation to see where Orlando, Florida would fall. I knew we would make the list and sure enough, we were #10. The #1 city was Riverside, California and NYC was #2. While we all tweeted our shock, horror and thoughts over the cities mentioned, we also chatted some of RoC’s awesome products.

RoC Antiaging

My beauty blogger girls have been recommending that I try some thangs from RoC for years now. Honestly, I don’t know what has taken me so long. Their lineup is impressive and you know that I am all about that preventive care. Yes, I know I don’t have wrinkles at 29 but if I get in to the habit of using anti-aging products, I will still look 29 at 59, right? Haha. At least that’s the hope.

RoC Skincare

I can’t wait to really start testing these goodies out. I have already been using the Eye Cream nightly. And I have been searching for a good night cream for months now. I received the following products from RoC.

  • RETINOL CORREXION Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
  • RETINOL CORREXION Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer, SPF 30
  • RETINOL CORREXION Eye Cream
  • RETINOL CORREXION Max Wrinkle Resurfacing System
  • RETINOL CORREXION Deep Wrinkle Serum


RoC Skincare products

Only a true skincare fanatic would get so excited about getting the opportunity to try these. If you aren’t familiar with the brand, know that RoC Skincare has been around for 50 years and they pride themselves on producing anti-aging products that guarantee a visible difference. All of their products are reasonably priced, can be found at your local drugstore and more importantly…THEY WORK! I’ll keep you updated with my experience with RoC. In the meantime, check out that study and see where your favorite cities land.

Have you ever tried anything from the brand RoC?

 

This is a sponsored post brought to you by BeautyStat and RoC. #bstat

Living the Truly Radiant Life!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant. All opinions are 100% mine.

Gather around, my loves. For it is time that we talk about dental beauty. I covered a bit of this a few weeks ago when I talked about my toddler’s dental routine, but let’s talk about how us grown folx should be taking care of our teeth.

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It has been forever and a day since I’ve played around this brand but I am excited to see that they are still some kind of awesome. In addition to cleaning the teeth, Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant is intended to strengthen and whiten teeth for a more radiant smile. Which, of course, is a total necessity for us beauty bloggers who are always cheesin’ at a camera.

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Yes, I know you think that all toothpaste is created equally but no way, girlfriend. I’ve been lovin’ on Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant because it removes 100% more surface stains than other toothpastes and hello, it’s the only toothpaste with baking soda, peroxide and active calcium. Using this toothpaste is so much easier than mixing the baking soda and peroxide in a cup and dipping the toothbrush in. Yes, I come from the old skool. While that may work, it’s good to know that Truly Radiant is a fluoride anticavity toothpaste because nooooo one has time for cavities. No one.

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And speaking of the toothbrush…

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Have you ever tried the Arm & Hammer Spinbrush? It is pretty comparable to higher end toothbrushes and I can’t get enough of it. Powered by 2 AA batteries, the Truly Radiant Spinbrush removes 100% more plague than a manual toothbrush. And trust me, you can tell the difference after the first time that you use it.

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But really it’s the Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Booster that I find intriguing. This stuff is supposed to whiten teeth in just 1 week AND it contains 3x more whitening agent than a leading white strip.

Arm and Hammer Truly Radiant

I am still in the process of using it but I love that it is easy to use and doesn’t require any extra steps. You apply just a wee bit before your toothpaste, brush and go!

If you are feeling the clean and healthy teeth vibes, visit the Truly Radiant website and read tips to bring out your inner radiance on how to live radiantly. I absolutely love her personality and she has me wanting to live radiantly everyday!

 

Truly Radiant

 

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

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