CVS Beauty Fashion Week challenge + win a $50 gift card!

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Sooooo another Fashion Week has zoomed right on by and with her she dumped a ton of beauty trends that have beauty-obsesesd folx like myeslf going gaga.

Like last season, I’ve been trying to see if I can comfortably mimic some of those trends without lookin’, ya know, too cray cray. Aaaaand with the help of CVS/pharmacy, I think I can do it. If it turns out a total disaster, at least I’ll be covered with CVS/pharmacy’s 60-day Beauty Guarantee.

Trend #1:
Strong brows.

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Considering I was born with massive brows, I’d say that I’ve been rockin’ this trend for a good 28 years now. For serious. Big brows are back and if you’re like me and yours need constant defining, check out Maybelline’s Eye Studio Master Shape brow pencil ($7.99). Even a newb like me can fill in those sparse areas with ease. But remember – less is more.

Trend #2
Insanely bold lip colors.

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Yas! Y’all know I love to rock a bold lip and will do so no matter what the season is. Maybelline’s Color Sensational Vivids lipsticks are freaking ah-mazing. I’ll be reviewing them but in the meantime, how awesome is Vivid Rose? I scooped her up for $7.39 and got Neon Red for $3.69.

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Hollerssss. It’s easy to hoard these because every shade is super pigmented and goooorgeous.

Trend #3
Blue eyeshadow

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Say whaaaat? I didn’t see this one coming. I don’t have anything against blue eyeshadow. I just don’t wear it often. This trend has me being a bit more creative when doing my makeup in the morning. I’ve been trying to find ways to comfortably wear blue. I’m lovin’ this L’Oreal Colour Riche eyeshadow palette.

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Not bad for under $8.

Trend #4
White/neutral nail polish shades

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I love white nail polish. Like, luuuuurve. I just don’t wear it often because they can be a bit of a pain to apply. But if you find a good one like Sally Hansen’s Sheer Bliss ($7.79), you better rock it, sister.

Thanks to these affordable products, I hit 4 trends and stayed under $50. But remember, for every $50 spent on beauty at CVS/pharmacy, you get $5 in ExtraBucks Rewards!

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Hello Kitty Say Hello Palette – Wild Thing

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My girl Hello Kitty is still struttin’ her sexy self up and down the beauty aisles. I’ve been super excited about the Hello Kitty beauty line ever since it first debuted at Sephora a good 2 years ago. The brand seems to consistently come out with new products and palettes with adorable packaging. Like this new Wild Thing palette…

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Pretty, uh?

The palette contains 6 eyeshadows. 4 here…

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…and 2 here.

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I’m not sure why the eyeshadows at the bottom are larger. I thought for a second that they were face powders or bronzers but nope, these are definitely eyeshadows. They appear to be best fitted for placing under the brows. Oh, and speaking of the pigmentation of these shadows…

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They aren’t the best. So so quality is the norm with the Hello Kitty beauty line. I’ve learned to deal with it because I am more attracted to the actual packaging of the products than the performance of them. Crazy, I know but hey…only a true Hello Kitty fan would make sense of these things. The line is really best suited for the younger beauty lover as I would imagine that they wouldn’t care much about the quality of the products.

Of course, you could really make these work but packing on the color and using an intense base but the longevity isn’t long lasting. But is the palette adorable to look at? Um yeah. It’s Hello Kitty.

Cost: $38

Where to Buy: Sephora and Sephora.com

Hey Hello Kitty lovers, have any of you tried the HK beauty line?

 

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Smokey Eyes with Urban Decay’s Smoked Eyeshadow Palette

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Look at me! Look at me! I’m wearing eyeshadow again. Are you proud of me? This is becoming a regular occurrence and I have no one to thank other than Urban Decay. Nothing says, “Put me on your eyes NOW!” like one of their palettes. You can’t ignore the temptation. There’s only so much swatchin’ and starin’ you can do when you see those palettes. It’s like they force you to actually apply the shadows on your eyes too.

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I featured the awesomeness that was the Vice palette (still in love with that one, by the way) but when I can’t decide between so many colors, this Smoked palette has been my saving grace. I don’t own any of the Naked palettes but I think I like this one better than Naked 1 and Naked 2.

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I mean, what’s not to like? You get 10 velvety smooth shadows and you can create natural work-appropriate looks and fancy shmancy Happy Hour looks and everything in between. It’s the perfect travel palette because it has such a lovely variety of colors. And the palette is cute and compact.

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I love how it’s zip up-able. I can’t tell y’all how many eyeshadow palettes of mine have been wrecked because a palette somehow flipped open. That’s so not happenin’ with this baby. Let’s take a closer look at these pretty shadows…

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I’ll do a quick run-through of the color descriptions just so you can get an idea of what we’re workin’ with. 5 of these shadows are new to the Urban Decay line-up and we’re working with 5 shadows that we’ve seen before from UD.

Kinky: soft ivory peach with matte finish (newbie)
Freestyle: light pantyhose nude with matte finish (newbie)
Mushroom: warm grey with shimmery finish
Backdoor: true dark brown with matte finish (newbie)
Blackout: blackest black with matte finish

Barlust: dark golden brown with metallic finish (newbie)
Rockstar: deep aubergine with shimmery finish
Evidence: deep navy blue with shimmery finish
Loaded: deep emerald shimmer with metallic base
Asphalt: deep gunmetal with silver micro glitter and metallic base (newbie)

Swatches…

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Also in the kit (that I forgot to take pictures of – because I’m nutty like that) is a full-sized version of the eyeliner in Perversion (blackest black) and a mini Primer Potion in Original. We all know how epic Urban Decay Primer Potion is and I adore everything about the mini travel-friendly size. Perversion, on the other hand, as much as I love it, for some reason it really irritates my eyes. My eyes get all watery and red and it’s just a mess. So no Perversion for me. Which sucks because it’s such an amazing dark dark dark black eyeliner.

I love how diverse the color selection is. The top row is great for creating neutral looks and then you’ve got the bottom row with its shimmery goodness. I’m a neutral girl by nature (just because I really prefer myself with subtle eyeshadow) but I wanted to push it to the limit with this palette.

I used:
LID: Evidence
OUTER-V: Rockstar
CREASE: Backdoor
BROWBONE: Freestyle

…aaaaand

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I’ve been playing around with the neutrals too and I’m lovin ‘them. I just adore everything about this palette.

OVERALL: For $49, I think this is such a great eyeshadow palette for basic and advanced eyeshadow looks. And if you’re an Urban Decay lover, you pretty much HAVE to get it. Even if you already have some of these shadows in other palettes or singles. I love how everything is housed and I think it’s such a great nifty travel palette and everyday palette. And if you think that the price is too steep, keep in mind that the Perversion eyeliner alone is $19. That’s almost half of the value of the palette. So yeah, you’re getting MORE than your money’s worth. I’d snag it.

Get more deets about this palette here.

 

Makeup Wars: Our Holiday Metallics

I’ve been asked to join another blog group and I’m all giddy about it because blogging is one thing but being a part of a community is something else. It just wouldn’t be as fun. I am the newest blogger on the Makeup Wars group, a band of bloggers who rally together to do showcase their opinions, recs and pics on a particular topic. It’s fun stuff because within MY post, you can click on over to another blogger’s post. It’s mad cool, yo.

This week we’re rappin’ about holiday metallics and while I’m not much of a metallic-wearin’ gal, I came across some goodies in my beauty stash. I’m going to tryyyyy to incorporate these bad boys throughout the weeks. Maybe I’ll grow to love them. Kinda like corals. OMG, remember how much I hated coral nail polish? Hmm mmm…

MoonRaker from OPI’s Skyfall collection is a fabulous metallic gray.

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And when it comes to metallic shadows on the lids, I am loooooving Urban Decay’s Smoked palette.

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I mean, check out that bottom row of awesomeness. Loaded is my favorite and it is a gorgeouuuus deep emerald shimmer with a metallic base. And when it comes to lips? Y’all know I looooove red. It’s hard to find a fantastic red metallic lipstick (although I think Hourglass Siren is close) so a few years ago, I faked a metallic lip by dapping a bit of hot pink glitter over red lipstick.

Sounds crazy, but I promise you it works. Especially if you’re pairing it with a shimmery metallic gold eyeshadow. POW! That red lip is COVERGIRL’s Cherry Bomb and I don’t even know if they have it anymore. It was hands down one of my favooooorite red lipsticks EVER!

Laugh at me if you want, but I promise it works. I’ve got plans to dabble in more metallic cosmetics so stay tuned for my findings.

Any metallic cosmetics lovers in the house?

Urban Decay’s Vice palette – my new beauty BFF

Look at me! Look at me! I’m wearing eyeshadow again.

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This is like 2 weeks in a row. I’m so proud of myself. I’m just sayin’… When you go from being too lazy and not doing anything more than mascara and liner to actually doing full-blown eyeshadow looks, you have to kinda pat yourself on the back. And don’t think I didn’t. :cool: Today’s look is brought to you by Urban Decay’s Vice palette.

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Yep yep. Have you gals seen this palette in person yet? O.M.G…online pictures hardly do it. If you’re near a Sephora, do yourself a favor and check out this palette. You’ll likely be shelling out the $60 for this baby.

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Yeah, I know. It’s not the world’s most affordable palette but me thinks Sephora’s Friends & Family sale is coming around soon and this palette should definitely be on top of your list. First, let’s see what Sephora says about this palette,

“This decadent collection of shades has a mix of mattes, satins, shimmers, neutrals, and brights, offering a lot of something for everyone. This sleek purple case is beautifully minimal and classic. Press to open and the dampened hinge slowly treats you to a glimpse of the booty inside. The palette also includes a large mirror and double-ended Good Karma Shadow and Crease Brush.” (source)

So wait…20 eyeshadows of various textures AND a double-ended brush? Makes that price seem a little bit better, uh? After all, this isn’t just any kind of palette. This is an Urban Decay palette. Which means the shadows are going to perform impeccably. Yup. Let’s work our way from the outside in.

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The box that the palette comes in showcases the shadows on the back which is extremely helpful. And shout-out to Urban Decay for naming their shadows. Many brands don’t feel the need to name the eyeshadows in their palettes and I find it to be crazy frustrating. And this is one sturdy palette, homies. I can’t but my finger on the material that it’s made out of it but it’s solid and long-lasting. It feels like a rubberized finish and I love how it’s smudge-proof too.

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It’s definitely one of the most durable palettes I’ve ever come across. And then when you pop it open, well, it’s just pretty mind blowing. I can’t even begin to put my finger on some of the best shades in this baby. Okay, I lied. I can. There’s Chaos…

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And Noise…

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The lovely Vice.

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And Penny Lane…

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I love a palette with the perfect mix of bold and neutral shades and the Vice palette does this beautiful. Time for some swatches!

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(L-R)
Desperation, Mused, Jagged, Blitz, Penny Lane

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Junkie, Chaos, Occupy, Unhinged, Black Market

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Provocateur, Rapture, Vice, Noise, Armor

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Nevermind, Echo Beach, Anonymous, Freebird, Laced

Beautiful shades, uh? Am I in love with everyone? Nopers, but how many times have you loved EVERY shadow in a palette? The bright blue matte called Chaos is gorgeous and all but it’s tough to pack on the skin. Of course a base will help it really pop. The jet black stain that is Black Market is a STUNNING black. I love sheerer colors too. Anonymous works as a stunning browbone color for me. I find that most of the shades are workable. And for this look…

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I only used 3 eye shadows.

LID – Unhinged (metallic electric turquoise with shimmer finish)
CREASE – Laced (opaque pinky taupe with matte finish)
BROWBONE – Anonymous (opaque almond with matte finish)

Not too shabby, uh? That blue eye took me all of 5 minutes to do. Yessir. I’m lovin’ the Vice palette. There are a tooooon of looks you can create with it. It’s currently available on Sephora.com and if the $60 price tag has you a bit queasy, the holidays are rollin’ around. :wink: Know what I mean?

Any lovers of this palette? How awesome is that electric turquoise?

LORAC’s Pro Palette is perfect for us newbies too!

I’ve been doin’ some serious eyeshadow palette lovin’ all season. First there was Too Faced’s Return of the Sexy Eyeshadow Palette  and now LORAC’s Pro Palette. Where in the WORLD have I been? Have y’all seen this palette? The palette that single handily had me putting on eyeshadow?!

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Do you see that? That’s me! That’s me wearing eyeshadow. Weeee! But okay, first things first. Say hi to the palette.

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Details about the palette…

This PRO artistry palette is packed with eight shimmer and eight matte eye shadows in all the shades you need to create the hottest looks straight from the red carpet. LORAC’S velvety smooth shadows are infused with soothing botanicals and are ultra-pigmented to perform wet or dry so you can shade, shadow, line, and define your eyes, just like a pro.

This set contains:
– Mini Behind the Scenes Eye Shadow Primer
– PRO Eye Shadow Palette

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

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I never scooped up either one of Urban Decay’s Naked palettes so I was so excited to see this one. After all, it seemed to embody a lot of what the Naked palettes had: pretty neutrals of various textures. I’m more likely to dive into shades like these instead of vibrant colors anyway. The palette includes 8 mattes and shimmers. The mattes reside on the top with the top with the shimmers residing on the bottom.

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And yeah…usually when I get new products that I plan on showing off on the blog, I wait until I photograph them before I showcase ‘em. That so wasn’t the case with this palette. Hence the random smudges. I couldn’t help it, y’all! It was just too beautiful to not touch.

Time for some swatches!

First up, the mattes:

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TOP: White, Cream, Taupe, Lt. Pink
BOTTOM: Mauve, Sable, Espresso, Black

And then the shimmers…

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TOP: Nude, Champagne, Gold, Lt. Bronze
BOTTOM: Pewter, Garnet, Deep Purple, Slate

Impressive, uh? Both the mattes and shimmers apply absolutely beautifully. The mattes provide rich color and appear creamy on the skin. The shimmers are stunning with a nice and subtle sparkle. Of course I’m a matte lover so those were the ones I found the most use out of. I would have liked to see either the White Cream or Taupe removed and a burgundy in its place. I find that burgundy eyeshadows are spectacular for neutral looks. I could have also done without the 3 similar shads Nude, Champagne and Lt. Bronze. Of course they LOOK different but they are also alike enough to where we could have gotten another shade in the mix. Like a shimmery gray, maybe?

Either way, I think this is a fantastic palette for professional makeup artists, makeup enthusiasts and beauty newbies a like. I managed to crank out several looks using both the mattes and shimmers and I just love how easily the shadows applied. The only downfall would be that applying the shadows can mess up the palette a bit.

Examples…

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Yeah, the fall out is intense. But not so much when applying so I’m okay with that. In fact, I think these shadows will do even better when used wet. I’m not bold enough to try that though. Ha!

Overall, it’s a stellar palette that runs for $42. You can scoop it up at Sephora and Sephora.com.

Revlon Expressions Experiment – Red Lips Included

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Revlon for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love a good ole’ beauty challenge. And I feel like it’s been fo’eva since I’ve done one. For one, I’ve been mad lazy on the makeup tip. Powder, liner, mascara, gloss…done. The Florida heat plus pregnancy laziness put me in quite the lazy mode. Leave it to the Revlon Expression Experiment to drag me out of my haze.

Revlon is trying to inspire women to step outside of the box a bit and play around with makeup that they may not normally wear. Well, clearly I’m not THAT girl because I’ll wear anything. Especially when a red lipstick is involved.

Know what I mean? Let’s do a quick run through of what everything is before I showcase the look that I managed to crank out.

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First up is the PhotoReady Eye Primer & Brightener.

I didn’t use it as a makeup primer but it did a darn good job at brightening under the eyes. Which, I can ALWAYS use. Then there was the PhotoReady Color Correcting Primer.

While I used this, I didn’t notice much of a difference in powder application or longevity. I reckon primers do 10x better when used in conjunction with liquid and cream foundations; 2 kids I don’t tango with in the summertime. Now that kit came with 2 eye shadow palettes but I wanted something neutral since I was going to be rocking an insanely red lipstick. And so I settled on Bombshell.

And then there were the lippies. Ooooooh, the lippies…

(L-R) Fire & Ice lipstick, Candy Apple Lip Butter and Sizzle Canicule Lipgloss.

Swatches of ‘em all…

Oh! And then gorgeous nail polishes which I totally forgot to swatch on the fingernails.

Wearing blue nail polish isn’t exactly out of my comfort zone so I’m pretty sure you’ll see swatches of that kid soon. I took all of the goodies in the beauty lab and got to work. The results…

Not too shabby, uh? I took these pictures before the right side of my face starting breaking out like you wouldn’t believe… I dig the philosophy behind this. Revlon is attempting to empower women by getting them to step outside of their comfort zone a bit and try something new in the beauty world. I’ve been screaming this for years. Go Revlon go!

Are you more of a “stick with what you know” beauty gal or do you like to play around and do different things when you can?

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Fuchsia Eyeshadow for Friday. Oooh yeah!

Doing makeup is like learning another language. If you don’t practice that ish, you’ll lose it. It’s a scientific fact. In attempts to hold on to my Spanish language, I go around tweeting en Espanol. I call it tweetando. Don’t go Google-ing that word because I totally made it up. When it comes to makeup, well…I’ve been playing around in it a lot lately. I can crank out a neutral eye in 5 minutes flat like it ain’t nobody’s business.

But vibrant looks? They take more time. Still though…I’ve been challenging myself to press it to the limit when it comes to these kind of looks. At the same time, I want these so-called vibrant looks to be work appropriate. Whether pink eyeshadow could be dubbed “work-appropriate” is debatable though. ;)

I used Milani’s Baked Eyeshadow in Must Have Fuchsia to get some pink-y goodness. Developed to use wet and dry, these baked eyeshadows require a bit of work to really get to the colors to pop. In fact, I tried them both wet AND dry and found that I like using them dry better. It took a bit of packing on to make the pink THAT pink. Or pank as some of us say. Bahahaaaa!

Oh, and for my lips?

I do a ‘whole lot of mixing in the beauty lab (ahem…bathroom) but this was by far the coolest lip creation I’ve ever come up with. I want a nail polish shade like this. And I want to dye a few of my locs this color. If I had a favorite color, it would very well be this one. And y’all are gonna hate me for it, but I used FIVE products to achieve that lip look. Check ‘em below.

EYES:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
NYX Milk Jumbo Eye Pencil
Milani Must Have Fuchsia baked eyeshadow (lid)
Make Up For Ever #92 (outer-v)
Laura Mercier Rosewood (bridge between crease & browbone)
Laura Mercier Golden Cream (browbone)
MAC Cosmetics liquid liner (way too jagged)
Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes mascara

FACE:
Cover FX Total Coverage Cream Foundation
tarte Hotel Heiress bronzer
Bobbi Brown Brownie Shimmerbrick (throooowback)

LIPS:
Manic Panic Deadly Night
NYX Pink Caramel
Homemade lipstick of mine called No More 9-5
MAC Port Red
Some pink-y gloss of a bootleg brand. No really, I don’t know what the brand is.

I’m really trying to make more of an effort in doing my brows. I get them threaded every 2-3 weeks but when they start growing back they get all unruly. Most days I just straighten thm out with some brow gel but I want a cleaner look without them looking too sculpt-y. Still tryna find what works.

Shouts out to the pimple that decided to buy a plot in between my brows. Ugh.

Back in 2010 I did a super awesome pink eye that I want to revisit. Dang man. I missed when my hair was that short. Short hair just makes sense in this humid climate yo.

Anyways….

Any pink eyeshadow lovers in the house?