Beauty Review: Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner

Gel eyeliners! Gel liners are seriously a lot like mascaras in that I love to buy them to see if they are better than the previous ones I’ve tried. Once upon a time, gel eyeliners used to be hard to find in drugstores. But thanks to L’Oreal HIP and now Maybelline, you can now grab the ‘used to be high-end only’ liners at your nearest CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, Rite Aid, Longs, etc. Hollerz!

Now..let’s take a look at Maybelline’s Lasting Drama

 
The packaging makes some pretty serious claims. 24 hours? Really?


Let’s take a closer look at the packaging.

Waterproof? Check! Smudgeproof? Check! These are qualities that I NEED in a good gel liner. Well y’all, I am proud to say that Lasting Drama is a phenomenal drugstore gel liner. It isn’t too thick and cake-y (like L’O HIP’s) but it isn’t as watery (like Clinique’s) either.
I snagged the color in Charcoal but it isn’t as dark as I normally like my black liners. Still, it isn’t too shabby for drama-less work appropriate looks. It also comes in a brown and purple and with a liner brush.
 
If I were you, I’d trash it and go with a better angled brush. Two cookies for effort, Maybelline but I’m not sure if this is the best kind of brush to use with a gel liner. BUT…if someone finds success with it, please let me know!
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack and Maybelline’s Lasting Drama liner…
 
  

So is it a good dupe for a higher end brand gel liner? I think so! I got it on sale for $6.99. The average luxury gel liner costs anywhere between $13-$25. So if you do the math…well, do you even need to? Lasting Drama is an incredible deal with great performance.

Eye see you!

 

Yep…it has my eye of approval. Okay, I’ll stop it with the ‘eye’ jokes. Eye promise.

Have you tried this yet?
Whatcha think?

Sales & Spotlights (HUGE SALES!): Week of 8/16/09

Happy Sunday!! Enjoy the following sales, chicas.
If you can, get out to a Walgreens this week. They are killing it on the beauty sales front. Gotta love it!
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This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
  • Revlon Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off.
  • Wet ‘n Wild Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 Free.
  • L’Oreal HIP Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 FREE of (you know I hauled-reviews coming soon!).
  • Maybelline Cosmetics (eye or lip)–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off. Has anyone checked out the Colorsensational lippies? They look niiiice.
  • Sally Hansen–$2 off Nail or Lip Treatment or HD nail color. Can’t wait until the Xtreme polishes go on sale.
  • Neutrogena Cosmetics, ache or cleansing skin care–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • Jordana Cosmetics or getting marked down like crazy.
  • The entire stock of Jane Cosmetics at most Wal-greens are heavily discounted.
  • Black Radiance is soooo on my radar now more than ever. Lovin’ these prices!
  • Sinful Colors’ polishes are always super cheap. Hot colors for only $1.99.
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This Week’s Sales at CVS

  • (with card) Revlon Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 Free.
  • (with card) Maybelline Foudation, powder, blush, concealer or lip–Buy 1, get 1 Free.
  • (with card) Maybelline Pulse Perfection mascara–$12.99.
  • (with card) L’Oreal Eye, Shadow, liner or mascara–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off.

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This Week’s Sales at Rite-Aid

We don’t have Rite-Aid’s here in Florida but I woke up with an email from a reader who took a picture of their ad saying that L’Oreal products are also BOGO here!
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Your Local Newspaper

Do you check it? Revlon Cosmetics has $1-off coupons and L’Oreal has been known to have $2- off coupons. Serious beauty recessionistas check the Sunday paper like it’s a job. Get on it!

Makin’ any hauls?
Tell me bout ‘em!
Here’s to a great upcoming week!

Sales & Spotlights (HUGE SALES!): Week of 8/16/09

Happy Sunday!! Enjoy the following sales, chicas.
If you can, get out to a Walgreens this week. They are killing it on the beauty sales front. Gotta love it!
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This Week’s Sales at Walgreens
  • Revlon Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off.
  • Wet ‘n Wild Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 Free.
  • L’Oreal HIP Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 FREE of (you know I hauled-reviews coming soon!).
  • Maybelline Cosmetics (eye or lip)–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off. Has anyone checked out the Colorsensational lippies? They look niiiice.
  • Sally Hansen–$2 off Nail or Lip Treatment or HD nail color. Can’t wait until the Xtreme polishes go on sale.
  • Neutrogena Cosmetics, ache or cleansing skin care–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off
  • Jordana Cosmetics or getting marked down like crazy.
  • The entire stock of Jane Cosmetics at most Wal-greens are heavily discounted.
  • Black Radiance is soooo on my radar now more than ever. Lovin’ these prices!
  • Sinful Colors’ polishes are always super cheap. Hot colors for only $1.99.
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This Week’s Sales at CVS

  • (with card) Revlon Cosmetics–Buy 1, Get 1 Free.
  • (with card) Maybelline Foudation, powder, blush, concealer or lip–Buy 1, get 1 Free.
  • (with card) Maybelline Pulse Perfection mascara–$12.99.
  • (with card) L’Oreal Eye, Shadow, liner or mascara–Buy 1, Get 1 50% off.

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This Week’s Sales at Rite-Aid

We don’t have Rite-Aid’s here in Florida but I woke up with an email from a reader who took a picture of their ad saying that L’Oreal products are also BOGO here!
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Your Local Newspaper

Do you check it? Revlon Cosmetics has $1-off coupons and L’Oreal has been known to have $2- off coupons. Serious beauty recessionistas check the Sunday paper like it’s a job. Get on it!

Makin’ any hauls?
Tell me bout ‘em!
Here’s to a great upcoming week!

My dry skin battle

Hey guys I have DRY skin mainly on my face. I tried almost every moisturizing face cream i could afford and I settled on cocoa butter because that’s the only (cheap) thing that worked for me. Until I got a recommendation from Luxetips for Lumene Radiant Beauty Drops.

They come 28 in a jar for a 28 day treatment. But I honestly saw results during the first week of applying the formula to my face and neck. Its really light! Here are the capsules

Here is the formula It glides on easily and I really have smooth glowing skin now. So if the winter months had you dry and peeling check out CVS and pick you a jar up for 23 dollars.

Tamar

TamarforClumps@gmail.com

Beauty BOGO: L’Oreal HIP’s Color Presso

I just had to pop my head in for a quick second to let you all know about some of the great beauty deals swarming in drugstores this week. I suggest you jump online and check the ads or snag the ad from your Sunday papers because the deals are INSANE this week. I won’t be indulging too much as I am saving up for my trip to Los Angeles at the end of the week.

One deal that I felt was worth mentioning was the Buy 1, Get 1 free on all L’Oreal nail and lip products at Walgreens.

That means that you can get one of these for $12.99…

…..and then get another one! Did you miss my review on this baby? Check it out HERE. It is definitely worth playing around with. Does anyone own any of the Color Presso’s?

If there are any beauty deals that you think I should check out this week, let me know!!

Enjoy the rest of your Monday, family

Beauty Review: L’Oreal HiP’s Color Presso

Greetings gorgeous people!

If there is one thing I love….it’s innovative beauty. New ideas, concepts, technologically beauty operated stuffs and ultra cool packing. It excites me and shows that as the world progresses…so does the world of beauty!

L’Oreal HiP’s Color Presso thingies are like….so…totally cool!

I mean, look at it.

That’s Sally Hansen’s Night Lily on the nails, by the way

That’s a sexy lip gloss, uh? I purchased (782) Ritzy Color Presso from Wal-greens for $12.99. Now normally I wouldn’t purchase L’Oreal HiP regular price because drugstores usually have Buy 1, Get 1 sales but I just had to share this with my family….that would be yall.

ALERT: L’Oreal is on sale at CVS: Buy 1, Get 1 Free!! Check the ad here.

Per L’Oreal’s website:

“Grab Hold of Endless Color Combinations
Press one side for a single shade
Press two sides to mix and blend hundreds more
Press to Express”

Well, I don’t know about “hundreds” but I see what you’re gettin’ at, Lo HiP. This is such a cool product. The packaging is just so much fun. And look how funny it looks when you squeeze both tubes.

Ha! That just tickles me.

And you can even wear it as an accessory!

Okay, I’m kidding about that last bit but it’s one product that has endless uses. It is a little on the pricey side being a few dollars short of some higher end brands.

What I DON’T like about this product is that the gloss factor doesn’t last as long as I would like for it to. I’ve encountered this with many Lo HiP lip products. Granted this is better than most but it still is almost non-existent after an hour or so. Boo to that.

Check out my video review (warning: I’m a mess)

Actually, L’Oreal HiP has a ton of goodies in store for us. Look what I caught on Crackberry:

Ah haaaa….


I think I’ll wait for BOGO before I purchase any thing else.

What do you think? Have you tried this? Want to? Not interested?

Don’t act like you’re too cute to be shoppin’ in the drugstore, girl!

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Beauty Review: Sinful Colors nail enamel

Welcome to day 2 of Week ‘O Reviews. I have dedicated this week to providing your reviews in all areas of beauty….face, hair, and nails!

My love for nail polish and at home manicures and pedicures continues to grow. I can’t help it! Growing up I always had a nice little caboodle dedicated to nail polishes. 60+ polishes later and I am often found with polishes in my purse, applying top coats in my office and moisturizing my cuticles during traffic. I just love nail care and design. And I love doing it myself!


One of my favorite nail enamel companies is Sinful Colors; a brand found at your local Wal-greens. When I tell you the performance of these polishes is amazing….I mean it! They come in a variety of colors, have seasonal collections and check this….they are only $1.99 a bottle! And sometimes you can catch a BOGO! Can’t be that with a stick, as my Mommy would say!

For these polishes to be so cheap, they certainly have fantastic staying power. I’ve been wearing Purple Diamond for 3 days in this picture.

Wait…pause for the cause—I looooove this color. I’m not a glitter fan but the finish of Purple Diamonds is fantastic!

Of course the number of coats is dependent on the color and finish (cremes, glitters, opalescent, etc) but either way, I am always impressed with the initial application. I can’t say how great they are with touch-ups because I am usually changing my nail color every 3-5 days. Are they comparable to the O.P.I, Essie and China Glaze? Absolutely! Here’s my SC family…


(from left to right)

-Coco Diamond (Lumines Que Collection)
-Burgundy Apple
-Purple Diamond (Lumines Que collection)
-Bahama Sunset
-Black On Black
-San Francisco
-Pink Diamond (Lumines Que collection)

-The Lumines Que collection is currently in Wal-greens’ beauty department. However, you won’t find them by the regular stash of Sinful Colors. Check near the door where the “new collection docks” are. <--former Wal-greens employee here, trust me on this, lol!) Online shopper? They do have a website but the polishes run $2.50 a pop. Oh no, I don’t THANK so. ;)

I give Sinful Colors an A+!! Have any of you purchased some of these polishes? Your favorites? Any recs? Oh–while you’re exploring SC, check out cosmetics from Jordana. They are usually located right by Sinful Colors. Jordana has the cheapest liners/glosses ever and they are amazing!

Stay beautiful, fam!

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