Monday, June 28, 2010

Cover Girl LashBlast Fusion

Cover Girl's LashBlast is one of my favorite drugstore mascaras. It's thick and black and builds serious volume on my lashes. They have taken this line and created a lengthening formula and a shimmer formula. Their most recent addition is Fusion which is a combo of the lengthening formula and original volume formula.

I had to hunt for a tube, my local Ulta just didn't have it, nor did Target. I finally found a tube at of all places Wal-mart (which isn't a usual shopping spot for me - but with the new interior re-do, they've certainly eliminated many of my complaints).

I've tried it for a couple days and found it to be a decent mascara for the approx $8 I paid for it. I don't like it as much as the original, but it's pretty good. The volume isn't as good as the original but it does add nice length to my lashes. I still don't love the big thick applicator either - tough to get those tiny lashes with it. But overall this is a good mascara for someone who wants a bit of both volume and length without being extreme in either category.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Bare Escentuals Vintage Pearls

So the 3rd installment of the Bare Escentuals Pearls Auto-Delivery from QVC arrived last week. It's called Vintage Pearls and I have to say that it's really a classic look set of colors. Navy and cream being the highlights and an excellent shade of dark Navy eyeliner.

Included in this kit:
  • Antique Pearl eye color - light peach coral
  • Twilight Pearl eye color - blue steel
  • Big & Bright Eyeliner in Midnight - deep Navy
  • Flawless Definition Mascara
  • Vintage Pearl Blush - washed poppy
  • Brightening Pearl Mineral Veil
  • 100% Natural Lipgloss in Glazed Donut - champagne mist
  • Blending Brush
  • Full Tapered shadow brush
  • Flawless fan brush
The eye colors are very pretty and very classic.  Antique pearl is a creamy shade of palest peach and it looks natural on the eye. The Twilight Pearl is a nice shimmery navy color that I thought blended pretty well and made for a nice classic eye (it also happens to match my new USA Soccer jersey which I thought was pretty handy for USA vs. England). They eyeliner shade is just about the most perfect navy I've seen. It's deep and almost black but not quite. It performs like the other ones from previous kits, so it's not an all day stay liner for me - but does pretty well for about 5 hours.

The brushes are pretty basic, though I don't have a fan brush and likely won't use this one - largely because I'm not an artist with my makeup. The full tapered shadow brush is a staple in my kit, so it's good to have a double for travel (it's great for a classic "darker lid" look).

Overall, I like it just as much as the other pearl kits and I suggest you keep your eye on QVC as these kits tend to show up as "specials" on shows about 4-6 months from now. eBay is always another good option for these kits or individual pieces.

    Thursday, June 17, 2010

    MAC To the Beach

    Another month and another MAC collection. This time, it's To the Beach and it's really retro and pretty.
    I know this topic has been written about on several blogs, and they all got me excited to try a few of the products. I selected a lip gloss, eyeshadow and Marine Life highlight powder.

    The eyeshadow in Shimmermoss is a beautiful teal that is highly pigmented and very shimmery. But it works well with a few of my more shimmery Bare Escentuals colors as a base and I quite like the shade.

    The lip gloss (Tinted Lip Glass) in Easy Lounger is a true pink. It's not as sheer as my Buxoms, but it's a great fun summer color that really stands out on the lips. It lasts a couple hours as well which I really like, and seems to nice and moisturizing.

    The Marine Life highlight powder has not yet shown up, back-ordered to extinction I'm afraid. But here is an excellent review of this sold out shade.

    A few of the colors are still available at MAC and Nordstrom. Or if you want to search eBay...

    Monday, June 7, 2010

    Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams

    Make Up For Ever is a line at Sephora that always has interesting products. I love their Aqua Eyes eye liner, it doesn't smudge or budge on my oily lids. One of their new products this summer is the Aqua Creams. They come in 22 colors and are formulated for either eyes or cheeks / lips. 

    I purchased 2 colors that are for the eyes, shade 21 (turquoise) and shade 3 (silver). These are billed as waterproof and smudgeproof creams. I'll give this to you in 2 categories - the Good and the Bad.

    The GOOD - Color payoff is excellent! I love the intensity of the shades and the even color they provide. They are very slick to apply and blend very easily. No sparse pigment here people, just intense color.

    The BAD - Oh did they ever smudge and smear. I was expecting great things. Several bloggers gave them the thumbs up, but they must not have oil slicks for eyelids like I do. I thought because the eye liner pencils are so great, that these would hold up just as well. I was severely disappointed. I ended up with a big silver streak in my crease. Not attractive.

    In summary - these were a total bummer. If you have dry lids - they will work amazing for you, I even think those with normal skin can make them work. But if your lids are oily, forget it. The whole point of something smudgeproof is for it to NOT SMUDGE. I don't want to use primer with cream shadows, I want them to stick like the Bobbi Brown long wear Cream Shadows. All in all that was a waste of $40. Two excellent colors, two complete meltdowns.
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