Friday, June 27, 2014

Mascara Review: No Falsies Needed

Hello friends!
I hope everyone is having a beautiful end to their week! Last week my husband took me shopping and I purchased some amazing and not so amazing products to review and compare for you. The most requested product review was for mascara. Shopping for mascara is not the simplest of tasks. There are so many different choices for mascara to choose from. You can get mascara that makes your lashes longer. You can get mascara that makes your lashes thicker. There is blue mascara, black and brown mascara. There's mascara with glitter and mascara with fibers, you could never try them all yourself. Lucky for you, I've had an obsession with mascara since I started wearing makeup many many moons ago ;)

The mascara that I am so confident in recommending to you is They're Real! from Benefit Cosmetics. I first tried this mascara when I was given a duo sample pack from benefit as a birthday gift from Sephora.

 According to the package, They're Real! claims to lengthen, curl, volumize, lift and separate your lashes. It says that they're jet black, long wearing formula will not wear off. I was amazed because for the first time in I think, um, EVER, the product does EXACTLY what it claims to do. I, apparently, am not the only one that thinks this because the package also says that 94% of users saw dramatic length and volume, 90% saw base to tip curl, 94% saw visible lift and a whopping 100% of users saw long-wearing results!

After using the travel size that I received for my birthday I purchased the full size tube from Sephora for $23. I know a lot of you are used to paying between 6 and 10 dollars for mascara and are having a hard time justifying dishing out 23 big ones, but trust me, it is more than worth it! You can't bat your beautiful lashes at a young stud if they're stuck together and less than stellar.

 Think about how much money you've wasted trying to find that perfect mascara... and now your search is over! You never have to waste endless dollars ever again and can instead invest in a knock out product that will cause any guy to look twice and have every woman wondering if they're real...don't worry, we're still talking about eyelashes!

Benefit Cosmetics has a lot of amazing products but their beyond mascara, They're Real!, is definitely my favorite! Like I mentioned earlier, I've tried a lot of mascaras but after finding this gem I will never have to go on the hunt again!
If you've tried this mascara, please, let me know what you think in the comments below.

Thank you for reading what I have to share!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

L'oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur Eye Treatment Review

Hello friends!
I absolutely love trying out all of the latest and even some of the not so greatest products for you all, my friends, to keep you looking fresh and fabulous without leaving you broke and homeless! Is there a product you've been dying to try but are afraid that you may just be wasting your money? Are there two products you're trying to choose between but aren't sure what to expect? Well I have great news for you, if you leave the name of the product(s) in the comments section on ANY post I'll make sure to provide you with the most detailed and informative review that I am capable of. These products can be anything pertaining to beauty, fashion or lifestyle so knock on your noggin and tell me what you want reviewed and/or compared.

Today I am reviewing a product that so many people have been asking me about lately which is the L'OREAL Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother Eye Treatment. This is a new product from L'OREAL that claims to erase the look of crow's feet, fatigue and signs of puffiness with opti-blur technology which is supposed to diffuse light in millions of directions, instantly smoothing fine lines, wrinkles and the appearance of pores. This eye cream claims to INSTANTLY reduce the signs of aging and fatigue around the eye area to create a younger, more radiant appearance. This product also contains pro-retinol A, vitamin C and what L'OREAL says is a specially-designed peptide for the eye area to reduce the appearance of aging over time. 

Now that I've informed you of what the L'OREAL Revitalift Miracle Blur Eye Treatment says it's going to do I'll tell you what it actually does.

I bought this product from the local supermarket 4 days ago for $24.99. I could not wait to get home and try it because I have seen numerous commercials and have had multiple women inquire about it with high hopes. The packaging is nothing extravagant but that's not something that I care about as a consumer.

 When I put a dab on my finger just to get a feel of the consistency and texture I was very impressed. The cream has a nice silky smooth texture without being greasy which, in my opinion, is a major bonus! I washed my face and did my usual bedtime routine for my face and put the eye cream on last, as instructed per packaging. I noticed the fine lines under my eyes were not as pronounced as they were prior to using the eye cream. The next day when I was getting ready I applied the eye cream before applying any of my eye makeup and was really surprised at the results!

I noticed that the fine lines and crow's feet around my eyes were dramatically reduced and the dark circles around my eyes diminished as well. The cream isn't greasy so your makeup doesn't smear, it stays in place. I noticed my eyes looked brighter and not so tired. Makeup settling in the fine lines under my eyes is my biggest pet peeve when it comes to makeup so having a product that reduces the appearance of said lines is definitely worth the $25 and change it costs to purchase it. I'm not sure I would label this a miracle but it definitely works!

Have you tried the L'OREAL Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Eye Smoother Eye Treatment? If so, please leave a comment below and tell us what you think of it! 

Thank you for reading what I have to share!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Tip of the Week #3

Hello friends!
I want to start by apologizing for not getting my tip of the week out earlier but my husband and I were in Orlando celebrating our first wedding anniversary. Holla! We're back now and I have so many reviews to post, some are good and some are not so good. I despise having to give a not so pleasant review but my job is to give you all, my friends, a little insight in to the products that you are considering spending your hard earned dollars on.

Now, let's get on to the tip of the week!
This week, my tip is one that can be used in so many ways! So, what is it? 
Invest in a white eye pencil.
I prefer a jumbo eye pencil just because they tend to go on smoother and are creamier. My favorite jumbo eye pencil is by NYX and the color is Milk (#604). If you have darker skin, I would recommend using a champagne color.

White eyeliner is great because it brightens your eyes and gives you a refreshed, well rested appearance. The eyes aren't the only thing that the white pencil enhances, making it one of my beauty regime staples.

The most obvious use, of course, is using the eye pencil as an eye pencil (I know, I'm a genius). For a clean, modern look try using the white eye pencil by itself creating a winged edge. This is a really cute look if you're going for minimal makeup and using the white liner for a nice clean, crisp pop of white. If you are doing the white on it's own just be sure not to draw the line too close to your upper lash line. Doing so will give you more of a clown effect instead of a chic modern look and the last time I checked, Bozo wasn't in style. If you are willing to be a little more daring you can add a bright colored liner right below the white line on your upper lash line. I love playing around with different colors in the summer. If you rock this look make sure the rest of your makeup is neutral so you don't look overdone. These are both great looks for summer because they look so clean, fresh and fun! 

Another look I love with the white eye pencil is very similar to the one mentioned above except instead of a bright colored pencil along the lash line you use a brown or black liner to give your eyes a very dramatic, intense look. You begin with the white pencil drawing a white line double the thickness that you normally would and finish with brown or black along the lash line. You can add a winged edge for a more dramatic effect.

To create the appearance of larger, brighter eyes apply the white eye pencil to your lower water line. When you first apply it it will look stark and harsh but after you blink a few times it will naturally soften and blend to an amazing, bright eyed gaze.

Do you get aggravated by eye shadows whose color doesn't pop? Ever feel like you put your eyeshadow on only to find a few short hours later that your color looks dull and faded? Just another reason to add the jumbo white eye pencil to your plethora of pencils in your makeup collection. Use the jumbo eye pencil as a base/primer for your eyeshadow by covering your lid with the white pencil and adding your eyeshadow color of choice on top. Keep in mind when choosing your eyeshadow color that the white will lighten the pigment, so, choose a darker color than the final result you are trying to achieve. Not only will your shadow stay exactly where you put it but it will really stand out and pop! 

One of my all time favorite uses for the white eye pencil is also one that I think makes the most dramatic difference.
Line the inner corners of your eye by tracing the natural V  shape in the inner corners and then blending. By doing this, you will make your eyes appear larger and really give them an awake, refreshed look. On the contrary, if you have wide set eyes you will want to avoid this tip and instead, line the OUTER corners and it will make your eyes appear closer together.

You can also use the white eye pencil to highlight your brow  bone. Lightly apply directly under your brow and blend. I prefer to apply the eye pencil under the outer portion of my brow only but you can do it either way. And while we're on the topic of can also use the white pencil as a guide when plucking. Simply trace the shape of the brow you are trying to achieve and then pluck away the white!

I love the white eye pencil because it is so versatile. So far, we've talked about enhancing the eyes but let's talk about enhancing something that every woman wishes were bigger.......your lips! By applying a thin, faint line above the cupid's bow and below your lower lip, you will create the illusion of fuller, more voluptuous lips. Make sure you blend the line o you get the desired effect that you are looking for.

One more thing to tell you about and then we can wrap this little ditty up. If you have a blemish and a less than stellar concealer you can use the eye pencil to cover the blemish and give your foundation a little help to give you that flawless finish that we all strive to achieve.

I hope everyone has enjoyed the tip of the week today and if I missed anything, please, add it in the comments below. I'm going to be posting a lot today so keep your eyes open and ready for some more reviews!

Thank you for reading what I have to share!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Happy 100 Giveaway

Hello friends! 
I wanted to let everyone know about the Happy 100 Giveaway! 
When my blog gets 100 followers I will be so happy and grateful that I want to make you all, my friends, the ones that made this all possible, happy as well. How am I going to make you happy you ask? By giving away a gift basket with amazing products in it totaling MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS!!!!

I will be printing out everyone's names and putting them in a basket and drawing 3 winners. To show that I'm being fair I will recruit my husband to take video of the process. 

The only thing you have to do to enter is follow my blog!
1st place will receive the amazing gift basket and 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive products that I've reviewed on my blog :)
Thank you to everyone for supporting me on this exciting journey! 

Thank you for reading what I have to share!