Mascara Monday: Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious mascara

Revlon Lash Potion mascara

A new Revlon mascara!! It is a well known Clumps of Mascara fact that I’ve always had issues with Revlon mascaras. And I’m not the only one either. Many of you have had your issues with the brand’s mascaras. The past few, however, have been decent and despite not being an insane fan of the original Grow Luscious mascara, I was kinda excited to try this one that I received for review.

And I mean, look at the packaging!

Revlon Lash Potion mascara

Revlon Lash Potion mascara

Talk about ‘Best Dressed Mascara’, uh? Let’s hope she lives up to her fabulousness!

Price: $7.99 at drug and mass retailers nationwide and from CVS, of course!
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5

What It Claims: “Revlon Lash Potion drenches lashes with a potion of strengthening proteins for captivating volume and length. Lash Potion works to nourish lashes so they reach their fullest potential—looking lush, long and lustrous. The Lash Potion ‘Illusionist Wand’ has wide grooves to instantly coat lashes in formula for maximum volume and triple brushes to comb through for clump-free length – in just one swipe! There are no smoke and mirrors here – just enviable long, voluminous lashes.” (per press release)

The Truth: Not bad. Could be better though.

What I Loved About It: The volume is niiiice. It’s been awhile since I’ve tried a mascara with a good amount of volume. This one has it!

What I Didn’t Like: Revlon still can’t get the whole mascara packaging thing down right. Ugh. It’s so annoying.

Overall: I really do have a love/hate relationship with Revlon. I’ve always thought that their mascaras had so much potential but there was always something that stopped them from being awesome. It usually isn’t their wands because the wands are pretty awesome. I like this one a lot!

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Yeah, it’s pretty massive but it’s a fantastic wand for volumizing. And boy does it really bring those lashes out there! If you’ve got super tiny lids or lashes you may struggle with this one a bit. And not because the wand is so huge. But because of that huge mascara hole…

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This is so common in Revlon’s mascaras that I’ve given it a name. I’ve named it the Black Abyss. I don’t know why this feature keeps popping up in their mascaras. It does nothing but cover their great brushes with a ton of mascara goop. And it takes time to remove said goop. Time that many don’t have, well…time for. That said – as awesome as the wand is, the Black Abyss gets in the way a bit.

But if you’ve managed to remove the excess goop and apply the mascara to your eyes you’ll achieve a wonderful set of lashes. I was amazed at what this mascara could do with only 1 coat. Pretty spectacular! The formula is pretty thick so it’s best to work quickly and settle with only 2 coats of mascara if you can help it. If you go for a third you may end up with clumps of mascara. Hehe. See what I did there? 😎

There is a bit of downfall to this mascara though. I found that it tends to flake over time. It had a hard time lasting throughout an 8 hour work day. I would catch it flaking away a few hours later. Ugh. And we all know how much I hate flaking mascaras. The best way to prevent this is to apply as few coats as possible. So instead of 2, I found myself applying just 1 coat and I didn’t have the problem as much. But it kinda sucks because while my lashes looked great with 1 coat, they looked amaziiiiing with 2. *sigh*

I’m guessing the waterproof version of this should straighten that out a bit. I can’t speak on if the mascara will help thicken and strengthen lashes over time since I’ve only been testing it for a week. And as gorgeous as the packaging is, that dress of hers is very fragile. She got all scrapped up in my purse.

Revlon Lash Potion mascara

Boo.

 

Bare Lashes



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Lashes after 2 coats


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Mascara on Eyes 1

Do I recommend it?: I do! But only if you’re in the market for a volumizing mascara. I think it’s great for short term wear if you don’t mind messing around with the excess mascara on the wand. And of course if you buy this mascara from CVS/pharmacy, it’s applicable for those awesome Extrabucks Rewards.

 

So Revlon still hasn’t fixed the “lack of a stopper” issue in their mascaras. Womp. But this is still a stellar mascara.

 


The Story Of The NARS Lip Pencil That I Wore For 2 Weeks Straight

My morning schedule is absolute madness. It isn’t even funny. Going back to work after maternity leave has had its challenges and Esposo and I are still trying to handle them efficiently, but dude…how do people do it? Getting myself and a baby ready for the day is tough enough but add in getting breakfast, lunch, washing bottles, pumping and trying not to forget anything and it’s like…whoa. By 7am I feel like I’ve already done enough for the day.

That said, when it comes to beautifying, I have a good 5-7 minutes to get it together. And even that’s pushing it. We all know how much I love a good lip and usually achieve one by pullin’ out a lipliner and lipstick but come on, y’all…ain’t nobody got time for all that. Fo reals.

Instead, I’ve been having a love affair with 2 of these new NARS Satin lip pencils.

NARS Satin Lip Pencils

Oh my, are they heavenly. I mean, my gooooodness…

And I know what you’re thinking, “B, it’s just ANOTHER lip pencil to hit the market. What’s the big deal?” Yah. I said the same thing. I don’t know, y’all. Except for the fact that these aren’t self-sharpening (ugh, hate that), these are actually better than many of the pencils that I’ve tried. And I’ve tried a lot.

NARS Satin Lip pencils swatches

For one these babies are nice and hydrating. I still like to put down a base of a balm before application but it’s great that I don’t have to worry about my lips being drier than the Sahara. And the color intensity is just well, intense!

Luxembourg is described as a watermelon and it’s just beautiful! ‘Scuse my imperfect application. Please don’t let it overshadow the awesome that is Luxembourg.

NARS Luxembourg

I could seriously wear this lipstick daily. Oh wait. I did wear it 2 weeks in a row. Womp.

NARS Luxembourg on lips

And then there’s Palais Royal, a stunning Sangria…

NARS Palais Royal

I know, right?

NARS Palais Royal on lips

I’m pretty much obsessed with these and I love how they leave a bit of stain behind. So yes, they will fade over time but not for a very long time. And since it’s a pencil, I’m able to line my lips, apply and then toss in my purse all under 2 minutes.

You done well, NARSy. You done well.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $25/pencil
Availability: At Sephora.com, NARS.com and at Sephora counters 
Limited Edition?: Nope
Do I recommend?: Hecks yah! I mean, they aren’t cheap but c’mon, when has NARS ever been cheap? If you’re okay with splurging, I think you’ll really like these. They are nice and as hydrating as lip pencils can be. Plus, the color selection is just really nice. You’ll definitely find something that suits you.
 
 

 

Are you a lover of lip pencils or do you find them to be pretty gimmicky?

3 Reasons Why Using Natural Skin Care Products Can Transform Your Skin

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As a beauty blogger, I like to review allll kinds of products; from the indie brands to the huge well known brands and everyone in between. But can I be honest? I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to the products that I use daily. If you check my medicine cabinet, you’ll probably see me usin’ some natural brand or all natural product. It’s just how I roll and how I’ve been rollin’ for years. Of course, I’m not above resorting to non-natural products either. I am of the belief that you have to use what works for YOU. And honey, I’ve come to find out that natural just works. And here’s why.

Sometimes less is more. I’ve come across some amazing moisturizers that contain all kinds of ingredients that promise to transform my skin. But you know what I also find transforming? Coconut oil. It’s cheap, easy to find and doesn’t make all of these promises about what it’ll do to my skin. It’s simple and sometimes simplifying our skincare routines without a ton of added ingredients is what we need.

Natural ingredients have healing properties. Don’t believe me? Buy yourself a bottle of tea tree oil and dab a bit of it on a pimple. I’ve tried my fair share of pimple poppin’ creams, gels and masks and nothing works as well as tea tree oil. I can say the same thing about baking soda, lavender oil and jojoba oil. I’ve never come across a commercial product that not only feels good on my skin but treats it gently too.

Natural ingredients can be gentler to use on problematic skin. Of course this isn’t the case for everyone but as an acne sufferer and with me constantly battling ezcema, I’ve found more success with products that contain natural ingredients than anything else. Coincidence? I think not. Sometimes nature knows best.

Are you a fan of natural skincare products or are you open to using anything? Check out http://www.betterskintoday.com for a wide range of all natural skincare products.

 

*Disclosure: This sponsored post is brought to you by Better Skin Today. 

Zoya PixieDust nail polishes – summer edition!

I know I JUST reviewed Zoya’s PixieDust nail polishes but I was beyond excited about this collection and couldn’t wait to share it with you. Zoya is giving us more of those awesome PixieDust nail polishes in 6 new and beautiful shades. I received them for review and I am beyoooond in love with these little ladies. They have the same formula as the previous PixieDust nail polishes, of course.

Zoya Pixie Dust-Summer Edition

And they are just as fine!

Zoya Miranda

Miranda is a rose sparkle with a ton of magenta POW. This is my favorite shade out of the bunch. I just love juicy fruit punch-y shades like this.

Zoya Beatrix

Zoya Beatrix nail polish

Beatrix is a tangerine that fits in nicely with her sisters.

Zoya Destiny

Zoya Destiny nail polish

Destiny is a bright orange coral that will look stunning on all complexions.

Zoya Solange

Solange is a gold metal sparkle and I should love this one but it’s just okay to me. Maybe she’ll have to grow on me a bit…

Zoya Liberty

Liberty is a goooorgeous bright blue. And of course she’ll give you stained fingers if you don’t you a base coat.

Zoya Stevie

Stevie is a sweet lavender. She’s the safest of the bunch.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $9/bottle or $54 for the collection
Availability: At Zoya.com.
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Miranda, Destiny, Liberty 
 
 

See any that you like?

St. Ives Pear Nectar & Soy Body Wash – so fruity!

Welp. Spring time is here. And that means it’s time to switch up the body products. Yes, darlings. As the seasons change, so do my body preferences. I prefer thicker butters, creams and soaps in the winter time but now that it’s warmer, it’s time for somethin’ a little different.

Like this kid I got sent to review!

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Okay, so we all know how I feel about fragranced products. Yeah, I just can’t get down with too many of them but whatever – I know I’m in the minority and it just so happens that St. Ives’ products aren’t insanely fragrant. Yes, this smells like pears but not in an overwhelming OMG, I’m going to throw up this smells so bad kind of way. Which is awesome!

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Like all St. Ives products, this baby is free of parabens and all of that yucky stuff. I asked Esposo what he thought of the fragrance and in typical male fashion, he was totally off. “It smells like bubblegum,” he says. Okay no. It smells nothing like bubblegum. It smells like a fresh pear. Really!

It’s a body wash that is probably best for those with oily skin. It’s a bit on the clear side so if you have super dry skin, it may lack some of the moisture that you may need.

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Somehow my eczema didn’t flare up too badly with this so I’m doing cartwheels. St. Ives always does a grand job with um, everything. Yes. This is a nice addition to their skincare line. I love!

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $3.99
Availability: Target, Target.co, and drugstores nationwide
Would I Repurchase?: Why not? Cheap, cleanses well and smells yummy!
 

Whatcha think, St. Ives fans? Would you get down with a pear smellin’ body wash?

Pretty Polishes: Milani Fast Dry nail polishes

Milani High Speed Fast Dry polishes have some new shades this season. Woo hoo! I received a few of them to review so of course I’m sharin’ them with you lovely people.

Milani Fast Dry polishes

Hereeeee we go!

Milani Flaming Race

Flaming Race is a red coral creme and ohmigoodness, I ADORE this color. My camera is making it look mostly red but ignore that. It is a true and wonderful coral. I can’t stop staring at my nails when I wear this.

Milani Pink Express

Pink Express is a light pink cream and you know how I feel about those. Once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Blah.

Milani Move on Mauve

Move on Mauve looks all plain in the bottle but this this mauve pearl has a beautiful undertone to it. If you look closely, you can spot subtle magenta shimmer. This is the kind of shade that was on its way to being all Granda-y but it made a fierce comeback.

Milani Rapid Orchid

Rapid Orchid is a deep and vampy purple that looks black on the nails.

Milani Quick Teal

Quick Teal is a gorgeous teal and of course I’m having issues capturing its awesomeness. You HAVE to wear a base coat when wearing this nail polish. If you don’t, you will definitely endure blue stained fingernails.

Milani Instant Pearl

Instant Pearl is an off white pearl. It’s nice. It’s a great wedding shade for the bride with a little bit of spark.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $4.99/bottle
Availability: At drugstores and MilaniCosmetics.com.
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Move On Mauve, Quick Teal, Flaming Race
 

Well, well, well…I can’t say these polishes are my favorite Milani product. For one, the formula on them kinda suck. They were all on the thick and goopy side. It made application difficult, especially when going for a second or third coat. And they really don’t try fast. I mean, at all. My nails were still wet after a good 10-12 minutes of polishing. It’s a shame because I think the color ranges are great but the formula could definitely use some work. Ah well. I’ve still been rockin’ Flaming Race for 3 days now. They aren’t exactly 1-coaters either. I had to apply at least two coats for each polish to get an opaque finish.

Zoya PixieDust nail polish collection

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Say hello to one of the most popular nail polish collections of the season! The textured nail polish trend is like…huge and Zoya’s Pixie Dust is one of the leaders in spearheading this trend. Like most nail polish trends, when it comes to the textured look, you either love it or don’t. I happen to be a fan of the sparkly matte bumpy look so these are right up my alley. DSC_6900

Chyna is a red dazzle sparkle and this is probably my favorite out of the bunch. She would probably look dynamic alone but man, I love how sparkly she is even with a dull matte finish.

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Nyx is a periwinkle sparkle and she is one of the lighter shades in the collection. I found that the matte look wasn’t as apparent but it’s still a very pretty and Spring appropriate shade.

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Godiva is a soft nude sparkle and she looks a little funky on my complexion. Pretty still? Yes. It’s the kind of shade I’d wear to work if I wanted something with a subtle pop.

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Dahlia is my second favorite because dang, look at that sparkle! It looks a lot like charcoal but the sparkle is just so unique and pretty.

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Vespa is just as sheer as sheer as Nyx and has a nice mint appearance to her. I don’t know if I’m a fan of the PixieDust formula on lighter shades.

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London is a fog gray that rocksssss.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $9/bottle
Availability: At Zoya.com.
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Chyna, Dahlia and London
 

Application of these were niiiice. I didn’t have any problems whatsoever. And you would think that removal would be horrific a la removing glitter nail polish, but nope, I didn’t have any issues at all. I’m all over this collection and since Zoya has announced that they’ll be coming out with more PixieDust polishes for the Summer and I am going to be all over those. What do you think? Are you a fan of the textured nail polish look or not so much?

OPI Bond 007 Liquid Sands polishes

I am all over these Liquid Sands nail polishes. Have you tried them yet? I am beyond hooked. I love them more than I loved mattes and crackle nail polishes. They are so fun and unexpected. I mean, WHO would have thought we’d be rockin’ textured nail polishes? Crazyyyyyy. OPI is giving us the Bond Girls, a collection of six new Liquid Sand nail lacquers featuring a textured, matte finish infused with reflective sparkle fitting the allure surrounding the Bond Girls*. I got these for review and couldn’t wait to get my nails on them.

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Literally.

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Vesper is a dark purple and I think it has the bumpiest look out of all of the Liquid Sands. I love it! Plus it’s a purple that actually looks purple. That’s hard to come by among dark purples.

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Honey Ryder is a shimmery gold that has a nice dose of silver intertwined up in it. It’s an interesting color and I didn’t think I’d like it but somehow it works.

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Jinx is my favorite of the bunch! OPI says its a coral but it is really so much more. It’s a fire-y red and punchy orange. It is the definitely the kind of polish you’d want to rock if you want statement nails.

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Solitaire is a diamond sparkling white. This is such a gorgeous wedding color for the bride with a little personality.

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Pussy Galore is a baby pink and if you look closely you can spot a bit of neon pink shimmer.

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Tiffany Case is a gorgeous sea blue but it gives smurf fingers. Look!

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Yeah, so it doesn’t matter how gorgeous a polish like this is. The staining doesn’t make it worth using. :tears:

Pretty groovy collection, uh? You either like the textured nail polish look or you don’t. And if you don’t, that’s okay. If some of these colors scream your name, you can probably layer a top coat over it for more of a glossy effect. The texture will still be there but you won’t have the matte finish. I’m a fan. I absolutely love Liquid Sands!

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $9/bottle
Availability: Ulta, JC Penny salons, anywhere OPI is sold
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Tiffany Case, Honey Ryder and Jinx
 

 

*verbiage from press release