Smashbox X-Rated Mascara review

I looooooove Smashbox. They’re one of my favorite brands. They’re one of those brands that has spectacular products but they aren’t all in your face about it. No showy advertisements, annoying endorsements or frills from these folx. Nope. They keep it simple. Great products. The end. I purchased this mascara some weeks back because it has literally been calling my name for, ooooh, I don’t know…some months now. And I’ve got HIGH expectations for this Smashbox X-Rated mascara. Yes sir, I do. 

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Review of Maybelline Volum’ Express Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara

MAYBELLINE VOLUM’ EXPRESS FALSIES PUSH UP DRAMA

I’m too embarrassed to look back at when my last mascara review was. Like, so ashamed, y’all. Many of you found me because of my mascara reviews so at the very least, I should keep up with them, right? *snort* So while I can’t crank out a review each week, I’ll be shooting you at least 1 drugstore mascara review and 1 higher end mascara review a month. How’s that?

And if by chance I can give you more, then…heyyyyy! 

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A Maybelline mascara is up to bat in 2016 and it’s because good ole’ Mayb has been one of my favorite brands for years. I purchased this baby a good 2 months ago and well, eh…

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Lancome Grandiose Mascara review

Lancome Grandiose mascara

I love everything about Lupita Nyong’o. I hope she never fades away and continues to be in the spotlight. Dark brown girls hardly ever grace magazines that aren’t Essence and Ebony and I just think these beauty and fashion magazines could use some diversity. So keep winning, Lupita, my love. Please. I love her so much that I’ve got her on my vision board. I just find her spirit, drive and success so inspiring…

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Months ago I received a sample of Lancome’s Grandiose mascara and I put it to the test in early February. I don’t have many bad things to say about Lancome’s mascara. I think they are wonderful. I think they are consistently consistent when it comes to performance and I rarely have bad experiences with their mascaras. And this one?

Well…

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara review

Maybelline Lash Sensational

Yaaaay! The chick who has a blog about mascaras is finally doing a mascara review. Finally, right? Woot! During my hiatus, I was pretty ghost in the mascara exploring department. I pretty much wore the same thing ALL the time. Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara. But a few weeks ago, I finally got into the groove of things and Maybelline’s Lash Sensational mascara called my name. And so I purchased it! 

I spotted this baby at Target and packaging-wise, it looks like…you know, Maybelline’s other 28,000 mascaras. But that wand. The wand sold me!

Maybelline Lash Sensational wand

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Playin’ Up The Eyes

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Wearing a full face of makeup in the summer is so not even an option. Yes, girls…I know. It is so hard to wear less when you are used to looking like a bombshell each and every day. Instead of discontinuing the use of products that I love, I have decided to switch things up and wear products that are fitting for the summer. See! Easy, right? Instead of wearing foundations, I opt for tinted moisturizers or BB creams. Instead of lipsticks, I may start showing my lips stains more love. And when it comes to the eyes, well, I could never be without SOMETHING on them. Luckily, I don’t have to be thanks to Revlon’s Bold Lacquer mascara and Revlon’s ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner.

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Perfect for the gal who loves letting her eyes do the talking for her, both of these products can produce such an amazing daytime look without much effort. After all, who really has time to put on a ton of makeup before a big meeting? You really don’t need a ton of products on your eyes to look…glamorous. Also, I find this look particularly easy for Moms of little ones.

After applying an eye shadow color that is close to your complexion, take Revlon’s ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner and apply it to to your lower lashline.

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I love everything about these liners. Not only do they last just about all day, but Revlon has given us such an amazing selection of colors. I typically wear black eyeliner on my lower lashline but when the summer hits, I like to be a bit more bold with the color and I fine Green Spark to be right up my alley. It is edgy enough to be fun and eye-catching but also conservative enough to be worn in professional settings. Green Spark also looks great on girls of all eye colors and I think it especially compliments us brown-eyed girls. Also, formula-wise, while many of these liners are too watery, ColorStay Skinny applies with ease. The applicator is clumsy girl friendly and what you’re left with are sweet and straight lines that last all day.

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But wait! You’re not done yet. If I don’t do anything else in the morning, I make sure to always apply mascara. Mascara is almost like magic because no one has to know that you stayed up last night binge watching your favorite show. Or that you are running on 3 hours of sleep because your baby decided that 4am was play time. Revlon’s Bold Lacquer mascara is not only great at making your eyes standout, but its lush black formula really gives the illusion of happier and more awake eyes.

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When used together, both Revlon’s ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner and Revlon’s Bold Lacquer mascara is the double threat for chicas on the go this summer. I can’t get enough of both of them and will be tossing them both in my suitcase for when I travel this summer.

You can get both at Walmart!

As a participant in the Totally Her program, I’ve received product samples and/or compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

How To Get A Sizzling Summer Look In 5 Easy Steps

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This post is brought to you by Simply Beautiful and Walmart and I will be showcasing tips and products on how you can achieve a Sizzling Summer statement. I love summer time! I really do. But when it comes to makeup during the summer, I am a believer of the “less is more”.

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I love playing up the eyes, wearing a dramatic lip and keeping my cheeks simple with a touch of bronzer or blush. Mind you, I live in Florida. And the wearing a ton of makeup everyday thing just doesn’t seem sensible when you’re battling humidity and mini hurricanes every other day.

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I managed to crank out this entire look spending practically nothing. Lean in, girlfriends. I’m going to show you how this works. But first, let’s give a shout-out to the products that were used…

  • Revlon Bold Lacquer mascara
  • Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner
  • Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick
  • Revlon Powder Blush

I grabbed each and every one of those products at my local Walmart. First up, I evened out my skin tone with a pressed powder. I truly wish Revlon’s PhotoReady BB Cream came in darker shades as I’ve heard great things about it but they don’t have anything fitting for my deep complexion. *raises fist to Revlon* Good ole’ Rev won me back with their fantastic powder blush in Wine Not.

Revlon Powder Blush

I applied it to the apples of my cheeks and was left with a great dose of color. Since I’m a girl who loves bold lips, I selected Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fuchsia Fusion.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick

Shades like this rock my world because I find them so flattering on women of all complexions. We’ve got our understated cheeks and a bold lip and so it’s on to the eyes.

Revlon’s Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner is some kind of great because the brush is stiff enough to really give you control and the formula is not only long lasting but the BLACK is rich, deep and sultry.

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It pairs perfectly with Revlon’s Bold Lacquer mascara. Perfect for my girls who are looking to have dramatic eyes, Bold Lacquer not only delivers but it lasts for hours at a time.

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I haven’t tested it in a thunderstorm yet, but something tells me that she won’t budge. But really, what’s a Summer Sizzling look without a hot manicure to match?

Boom. Thank you, Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel

Gel nails are the trend these days but I love how I am able to get salon performance at a fraction of the cost. And I can do it at home. High Stakes is a funky hunter green and it totally fits my personality. It also makes for a pretty fantastic manicure and pedicure color. Green is a pretty untraditional shade for summer but hey, it’s cool to switch it up every now and then, right?

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And there you have it. A look fit for summer that you too can create at home with these affordable goodies from your local Walmart. The best part? A look like this takes very little time.

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What are you thinking, lovely lady? Would you wear a look like this or would you play up the eyes more with an understated lip? Let me know in the comments! As a participant in the Totally Her program, I’ve received product samples and/or compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Milani’s 30 Shades in 30 Days Contest!

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Milani Cosmetics has been doing some epic things this year, girls. I hope you’ve been checkin’ them out and if you haven’t, you need to. In addition to their FABULOUS new nail polishes, they have also given us their Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow that I can’t WAIT to review for you. Because they’re just so cool like that,Milani is giving their fans a chance to win something for 30 days straight. An entire month of goodies for all who press their luck!

But like many things in life, it won’t be easy. Milani is asking that you answer a question. That’s it. Answer one question, put in your info and BOOM – 300 Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows will be up for grabs for the next 30 days. And you’ll want to score one of these because they are just beautiiiiiiful!

Click here to head on over and good luck!

Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Basics…is it for the brown girls?

Urban Decay’s Naked 2  Basics palette is here and while I intentionally got excited about it, I’m wondering it will be a great fit for us dark brown girls.

 

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“OMG B…who cares?! Can’t you just be happy that UD is giving us a new palette?”

Um yah. I am happy. But I’ll be less happy if I can’t rock it. Just sayin’. I really loved the original Naked Basics palette. In fact, I rediscovered it last week when a friend was visiting and…I let her borrow it.

Anyone have any idea how I can nicely say “Yo chick…give me that palette back!”?

Urban Decay’s lovers wanted MOAR when it came to Naked Basics and so UD has given it to us with cooler hues. These taupe-hued matte eye shadows have never been before so I am excited to get a closer look at them. I’ll admit it, I was a bit disappointed to hear that they were cool, but I don’t know…maaaaaybe they can work for us dark brown girls? I’ll have to see it in person before I judge it.

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Retailing for $27 just like its predecessor, I wonder how well Naked 2 Basics will do. We’ll see what the verdict is. I’m thinking more fans will appreciate the versatility of the original better, but time will tell. If you’re ready to ‘gon and purchase it, you can do so here.

 

What say you? Have you tried the original Naked Basics? And did you like it? Will you be scooping up the sequel?