Mascara Monday: COVERGIRL Queen Lash Fanatic waterproof mascara

It’s been a minute since I’ve tried a COVERGIRL Queen mascara. I don’t hear much about COVERGIRL Queen releases until they they’ve been out for  a while. I so wish that they were on the same radar as the regular COVERGIRL stuffs but I don’t think they are. Oooooh well. But letter late than never, right?

Price:$5.19  at
Packaging (brush wand): 5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Get up to 2x* the look of more lashes rain or shine!* The mircochannels in each bristle of our Lash Surround brush smoothly and precisely deliver mascara to each and every lash – creating the look of more lashes.” (source)

The Truth: What a really cool wand!

What I Loved About It: This is a fantastic waterproof mascara!

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t promise to volumize but I wish it gave me  little more.

Overall: I am sooooo impressed with the wand on this mascara. Granted it’s not innovative or anything but it does a really good job at breezing right through those lashes. Because the bristles get shorter towards the tip of the wand, you are able to get into those inner corners with no problem.

Yeah, I know. There are a lot of mascaras like this, right? Still. Somehow this one worked better for me than most. I am not much of a waterproof mascara wearin’ kind of gal because I find that most “washable” mascaras do okay with lasting on me all day. But if you suffer from allergies, find yourself constantly rubbing your eyes, do a ton of sweating, or need your mascara to last more for more than 8 hours or so, a waterproof mascara is ideal. And if you fall in any of those categories, you should definitely take a peek at this mascara.

This baby doesn’t budge. I mean..not one bit. BUT, it removes with ease with my makeup remover. Formula-wise, it’s got a nice consistency that helps darken the lashes. Lengthening and volumizing is meh, though. Which hey, not all mascaras are made to give you drag queen lashes. And that’s  cool. The longevity of this mascara made up for its lack of volume. I tested it by wearing it during an intense workout (BTW, I neeeever wear makeup when I work out. Never.) and it stayed put. Score!!

Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats


Do I recommend it?: If you’re looking for a mascara that stays put no matter what and don’t care too much about a ton of added length and volume, you’ll love this one.

Any waterproof mascara lovers in the house?

Wet ‘n Wild Fauna and Flora collections

Inquiries about Wet ‘n Wild’s Fauna and Flora sets have been blowin’ up my inbox. And I see why. Have you gals spotted these in your drugstores yet? OMG…Wet ‘n Wild does it again. And affordably so!  Look at these. Look at them, I say!

And don’t turn your nose up to ’em either. Their $4.99 price tags don’t mean that these are those crappy bootleg brand eyeshadow sets that come out around the holidays. I’ve long begun to start associating Wet ‘n Wild with quality goodness. And you should too, girlfriend. Even if you are a higher-end kind of gal. Gas just hit $4/gallon here in Central Florida and I am going to be pinching pennies even more now than ever.

Gas, ugh. I just depressed myself. Anyway, let’s move on…

These beautiful sets should be in your drugstores but because they’re so affordable, awesome, cool and special (adjective overload, much?) folx are snaggin’ them up with the quickness. If you’re wondering if they are in your neck of the wood, check out Nouveau Cheap’s Interactive Map.

On we go!! These Flora and Fauna sets rock primarily because you get so many products in ’em. For less than $5 you get…

-1 Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio (regularly priced at $2.99)
-1 Color Icon Mini Blusher
-1 Glassy Gloss Lip Gel (regularly priced at $2.99)
-1 Fast Dry Nail Color (regularly priced at $1.99)

So just by scooping this up, you’re saving over $3. Hollerrrr!!

Let’s take a peek at Fauna first.

Pretty stuffs, uh? The Fauna palette is niiiice.

A little chalky at first swatch, these shadows can easily become creamier and easier to use a little effort.

…and a clearer pic of that purple.

The blush is a shimmery pink and it goes by the name Pearlescent Pink.

It’s a bit lighter than most of the blushes I wear but somehow it still compliments my complexion. So I’m not complainin’.

Lippy-wise we’ve got Glass Confusion, a frosty and creamy pink. Not my style but the great thing about these lippies is that they have a peppermint-y taste. Not that I mean to go around licking my lips but you know what I mean.

Aaaand for the nails, we’ve got Teal or No Teal.

I applied one coat of polish to the nail on the left and 3 coats to the nail on the right. Even with 3 coats, this is one super sheer polish.

Next up is Lady Flora!

Does this palette not scream Spring or what?

These shadows are a bit cooler than the Flora palette and while they are just a sheer, they are gorgeous.

Blush-wise, we’ve got a warmer one in this set. Mellow Wine is a matte blush that has a tad bit more warmth to it than Pearlescent Pink does.

Mow the Glass Glossy Glass is a super gel-y lip gloss with a pink tint to it. It looks clear on my lips though.

I’m not sure if Twining Vines is a permanent shade but if so, I don’t know how I missed this one. This shimmery olive is goooorgeous. It has chrome finish and it’s absolutely stunning.

Overall: Fauna and Flora both rock. And even if you come across these and you’re not feeling 1 or 2 of the products, you didn’t spend a ton of money on ’em so all isn’t lost.

Weigh in….which set do you like more? Fauna or Flora?

NYX’s Color Lip Balms roooock!

Yep, it’s me again. Bragging about the awesomeness that are lip balms. I do this frequently. Probably more than I need too but honestly… What’s better than a lip balm? A drying lipstick? A sticky lipgloss? I think not. Lip balms will always run the world for because as much as I love lipsticks and glosses they just can’t moisturize my lippies as well as balms can. And even better than a lip balm is a tinted lip balm. And in this case, NYX Cosmetics’ Color Lip Balms.

Here’s what NYX has to say about these kids,

“Add color and moisturize to your lips in one application. When your lips crave hydration and you crave color, NYX Cosmetics new Color Lip Balm is the perfect option! Get the moisture, shine, and a sheer wash of color your lips desire while still looking natural. Available in 12 shades.” (source)

They ain’t lyin’ about the moisture. I find myself wearing these for hours at a time without my lips getting all dry and flaky. The color range is pretty awesome too. From neutrals to bright pinks and reds, there’s a little somethin’ for everyone. Yeeep, you read correctly. I typed “red”.

You hear that gals who think they can’t wear red lipstick? Even if you are still fearful of rockin’ red, wearing a sheer red balm like NYX’s Grazie is a great gateway color to wearing super pigmented red lippies.

Featured here I’ve got Spasibo, Grazie and Xie Xie.

And some swatches….

I love using these in the morning when I’m headed out the door for work. They give me enough “color” so that I feel polished and unlike lipsticks and glosses, they won’t leave prints all over my water bottle or whatever I’m eating for breakfast. And if it’s some EXTRA color that I’m craving, I can also use a lipliner with these.

Spasibo is the neutral kid of the bunch and it virtually disappears on the lips.

Grazie is what I would describe as a light red. It has just a bit of coral in it but it’s the kind of shade that will compliment gals of all hues.

And then there’s Xie Xie, my favorite. Xie Xie is a pinky raspberry that actually leaves a bit of a stain once it disappears from the lips. Niiiiice!

When comparing these to Revlon Lip Butters, these aren’t nearly as pigmented but just as moisturizing. They aren’t half bad and the price point is groovy too. $3.79 isn’t much and if you’re diligent enough, you can probably catch them on sale at Ulta. Hollllaaa!!!

I love you, NYX. I love these balms and I love RuPaul’s Drag Race.

That last bit was random. Kinda but not really. 8)

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Surf collection

Summer has totally surpassed Spring here in Orlando, Florida and I couldn’t be happier. Ask me that when the sweltering weather gets here and I may renege that I ever made this statement. Ha! This collection includes 6 gorgeous polishes with foil metallic finishes.

Mryta is medium-dark orange with lighter orange shimmer that reaches an opaque finish with 2 coats. This was my favorite of the bunch. I absolutely love orange nail polishes and so one with a foil finish just brings me so much joy. And I know what you’re thinking but no, this doesn’t look like China Glaze’s Riveting. Riveting is much brighter.

Kimber is a coral-red with warm orange-gold shimmer and of course it’s my second favorite. This baby is a beaut. It’s like a silvery and bright terracotta. It looks stunning and if you don’t get any other polish from this collection, this is definitely the one you’re going to want to get. 

Meg was probably named after the daughter from Family Guy but that’s neither here nor there. 8) This warm, lightened grassy green with chartreuse shimmer photographed so funky that I had to do some editing to show you its true color – so please excuse the pink in my fingers. This polish reminds me of money, baby. So of course I like it. Woot!

Zuza is blue-based aqua with silver shimmer and it’s quite reminiscent of the waters in the Bahamas. I’d love it more if it didn’t stain the nails. This is the case with many polishes of this hue. Even with a base, they tend to stain. Which is totally unfortunate because I adore beautiful aqua shades like Zuza. The first pic is of Zuzu after some doctoring up.

Carly is a rich eggplant purple with strong magenta-red undertones and magenta-pink and violet shimmer and whoa, how refreshing is it to see shades like this in summer collections? I love, I love, I looooove!

 Rory is a a silver-shimmered cotton candy pink with strong blue undertones and she’s pretty just now my style. You know…with her being pink ‘an all. My crazy cam is giving her more “purple” but nope, she pink. 


Must Have’s:
-Mryta: So gorge!
-Kimber: For the ultimate pedi color this summer!
-Carly: Hot stuff!

I received an opaque finish after 2 coats for each polish. I think Zoya did an awesome job with this collection. There’s a little bit of something for everyone.

Whatcha think? See any you like? You can grab these polishes for $8 a pop or the entire collection for $48 at


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Real Techniques brushes is another reason why beauty bloggers rock…

There’s more to beautifying than good skincare products and awesome eye shadows. Beautiful eyeshadows and a foundation that gives your skin a flawless finish means nothing if you don’t have a dream team of brushes.

Lately I’ve been loving Real Techniques.

Okay, loving is an understatement. I’ve been obsessing over them a bit. And rightfully so. I could totally write an essay on how much I love these brushes. Buuuuuut I quit grad school for a reason. This writer HATES writing essays.

I do, however,  love me some lists yo.

5 Reasons Why I Love Real Technique Brushes:

      • They were designed by a beauty blogger. Ca-learly beauty bloggers rock.
      • They are color coordinated! Base = gold, Eyes = purple, Finish = pink.
      • You won’t break the bank buyin’ them. Unlike other brands…*cough*
      • The packaging for each brush gives great examples on HOW to use brush.
      • They are cruelty-free brushes. 

Real Techniques recently launched some new brushes and of course I just had to check ’em out. Let’s spotlight them individually. Cool?

Expert Face Brush ($9)

Brush Description: Ultra firm and broad for application and blending of cream or liquid foundation.

My thoughts: Like every RT brush I’ve ever tried, this one is insanely soft. I much prefer using a stippling brush for when I apply cream or liquid foundations but after using this one, I can see how it works. I apply the foundation using my finger tips and then gently buff the foundation into my skin using this brush. And it works beautifully! This is also a great brush for applying a flush of bronzer or blush.

Setting Brush ($8)

Brush Description: The key to completing any look with a controlled dusting of powder or highlighter.

My thoughts: Soft just like its siblings, I couldn’t find much use out of this brush. Then again, I’m not a professional. After letting my makeup artist friend (hi Lynn!) use this brush, she fell in love. I can appreciate a brand of brushes that has brushes for beauty novices and professionals alike.

Fine Liner Brush ($6)

Brush Description: The ultimate tool for precision application of liquid or cream eyeliner

My thoughts: One can never have too many liner brushes. Especially if you’re like me and you’re too lazy to clean them after using. While I much prefer angled eye liner brushes, I like how this one is precise enough to give me a thin line of gel liner on my lower lashline. It’s perfect. The bristles are sturdy enough to give me control, but soft enough so that it’s not hurting my lids. Win!

Overall: These are 3 great additions to the RT lineup. And the prices are SO right. When I was a makeup newbie, cool brush brands like ecoTOOLS and Real Techniques weren’t around so I assumed that the best brushes were the higher-end ones. So not true. Supporting Real Techniques means you’re getting brushes worth your pennies and you’ll be showing love to beauty blogger.

Because who runs the world? Beauty bloggers!

Okay, I’m kidding. Kinda. 8) You can grab these from Ulta and online.

Have you ever tried any Real Techniques brushes?

Mascara Monday: NARS Larger Than Life Lengthening mascara

Oh boo. How have I not tried any of NARS’ mascaras? This must be some kind of beauty crime. NARS has the best blushes and eye shadows everrrr so of course I assumed that this mascara would be up to par. Let’s take a look see…

Price:$25 at
Packaging (brush wand): 4 out of 5
Overall: 3 out of 5

What It Claims: “This mascara delivers length and separation with its high-performance formula. The high-tech bristles on the conical brush allows for maximum lengthening capabilities and precise lash definition that lasts all day. Nylon fibers cling to lashes for extra length, while macadamia nut oil and vitamin E help enhance their suppleness. You’ll be left with impossibly long and impossibly sexy lashes.” (source)

The Truth: Man, I expected more.

What I Loved About It: It’s a light mascara that didn’t weigh down the lashes.

What I Didn’t Like: It didn’t give me enough length.

Overall: Welllll, you win some and loose some. And that’s the case with everything. Mascaras included. It’s hard to find a good lengthening mascara. In fact, I find the best the lengthening mascaras are fiber mascaras. They are easy to apply, they help elongate your lashes and they are easy to remove This mascara claims that it has nylon fibers in it but I can’t locate them with my bare eye.

The good news is, the mascara has a nice and build-able formula. Once it goes on the lashes, it feels light. Not wispy light but it doesn’t feel heavy and weigh down the lashes. Which is always a good thing. The wand is pretty groovy too.

But I don’t feel like the mascara did enough for my lashes. Due to testing out waaaay too many mascaras, my lashes have been skimpier than ever and so I was hoping that this lengthening mascara would realllly bring the lashes out there. That wasn’t the case. The wand allowed me to separate beautifully and while I got a just a bit of volume, the lengthening just wasn’t there. But considering the mascara gave me a lil’ bit of something, I gave it a 3 out of 5. Because it’s not a terrible mascara. It’s just an okay one.

Bare Lashes

Lashes after 2 coats


Do I recommend it?: Meh. If you’re a NARS lover like I am, you’re better off spending your money on one of their fabulous polishes, lipsticks or eyeshadows.

Any NARS fans in the house? Have you tried any of their mascaras?


Vanilla lips, charcoal cheeks and an ocean breeze in a jar – Thanks LUSH!

I don’t think I’ve played around with LUSH alllll year. How lame am I? Ah well. Better late than never. Since summer has rolled around these parts (Florida totally skipped Spring), I’ll be baring more of that skin. Not in a “It’s so hot, I’m just going to go nekkid.” kind of way but have I been struttin’ in my skirts, shorts, bathing suits and strappy tanks? Oooooh yeah. These LUSH goodies are perfect for scrubbin’, exfoilating and moisturizing your skin all while getting it ready for the warmer weather.

Vegan Sweet Lips Lip Scrub in Vanilla
($8.95) – get it here

Oooooh how I love these lip scrubs. Prior to using the ones from LUSH, I was scrubbing my lips with my toothbrush. Which ain’t exactly sexy. But this scrub? Oh my words!

I love that it contains only a few ingredients. Sugar, vanilla extract, cocoa absolute and organic jojoba oil. Short and sweet ingredient lists are the best. LUSH says this scrub tastes like freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and I totally agree. And did I mention that it’s edible? Yes girl…if scrubbin’ on the go is your thing, you can dab some of this on your lips and lick it right off.

Oh, one thing though: be sure to close the top nice and tight. For if you don’t, the sugar will harden and become un-usable. Such was the case with my last jar of this scrub. Womp.

Dark Angels Facial Charcoal Cleanser
($11.95) – get it here

While it wouldn’t win the Sexiest Cleanser award, this cleanser is actually pretty effective. Even for those with sensitive skin like meeeee. Yeah. I get super excited when I come across cleansers that don’t make my skin go nuts. This cleanser is for those who have blocked pores and want to combat breakouts. Who knew black sugar and powdered charcoal could be so divine together?

There’s also a dose of rhassoul mud and organic avocado oil, both which do a great job and moisturizing the skin. Fragrance-wise, this stuff is…different. It’s got sandalwood and rosewood oils in it and while I’m a fan of both, the earthiness of this throws me off a bit. The fragrance dissipates after rinsing it off but still…when it’s on there, it smells funnnnyyyyy. But it works. And so I plug my nose and get to slathering.

Ocean Salt Facial and Body Scrub
($19.95 for 4.2 oz/$34.95 for 8.8 oz) – get it here

This Florida girl loves anything that attempts to capture the essence of the ocean. Of course nothing beats actually going to this beach, but this scrub isn’t half bad. Scent-wise, it is amaziiiing. Both refreshing and invigorating, I find that this coarse sea salt scrub is great for the face AND body.

It’s smooth and slick enough to go on the face but still coarse enough to be used on the body. It’s also a great unisex scrub as I find that the fragrance has a bit of a masculine whiff to it. With avocado oil, grapefruit and fresh lime infusion, this scrub gives a darn good job at giving the illusion of being at the beach.

LUSH never steers me wrong….

Amor de Lacquer: OPI New York City Ballet SoftShades

Well, well, welllll…isn’t this refreshing? While corals, neons and glitters are dominating the nail scene this spring, OPI is hookin’ us with with softer shades. I’m not hatin’ on this collection, y’all. I love loud colors like most but I also really enjoy wearing soft shades every now and then. Especially when they give me an opaque finish with no more than 3 coats. Such was the case with these. Weeee!!

According to OPI, this collection was ‘inspired by the New York City Ballet (NYCB), one of the world’s premiere dance companies’. Very cute. Oh! And this is also the debut of my newly shaped nails. Some of my older nail polish posts will sport the square look but the newer posts will be showing the oval look. This is such a big deal for me since I haven’t changed my nail shape since uh….ever. 8)

Care To Danse? is a creamy lilac. In fact, it’s so faint that it almost looks pink. It definitely looks more “lilac” in the bottle.

Barre My Soul is a sheer beige and it gives the the perfect “naked” look for nails. This is the kind of nail polish I’d wear on a job interview. 

You Callin’ Me A Lyre? is an ascending pink that would be perfect for an American manicure. Not that I’d wear one because American (and French) manicures are like soooooo 1990’s. Agree or disagree?

My Pointe Exactly is a gorgeous sheer gray that looks blue in the bottle and on my nails. It’s a strange shade for a sheer but somehow it works.

Don’t Touch My Tutu! is the one shade that I’d wear the most often. I just love how creamy this white is. It’s stunning and classy and everything I’d want from a sheer white cream.

Pirouette My Whistle is a silver sparkle that looks okay with 3 coats but is probably better layered over a polish. My nails are stained so it doesn’t look the best solo. 

Pirouette My Whistle over Care to Danse?

Must Have’s:
-You Callin’ Me A Lyre?: I could wear this one everyday.
-My Pointe Exactly: There is something so pleasantly unusual about this one….
-Don’t Touch My Tutu: Ooooh, how wonderful is this white creme?

I was a little nervous when I saw the promo for this collection. While I like sheer polishes, a lot of ’em are a pain to deal with because it’s hard to get them to apply to an opaque finish. Soooo not the case with these kids. I applied 3 coats for each polish and they were all completely opaque. Fan-freaking-tastic. I love love looooove these.

Are you a fan of sheer polishes or not so much?


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