Feb 192015
 

wpid-wp-1424409625488.jpegBeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Lipsticks and Gloss

As I walked through the cosmetic department of H.E.B. Grocery Store, I was pleased to see Milani Cosmetics on sale for $1 off!! I immediately started looking for items I hadn’t used.  As I browsed, I saw new matte lipsticks. These are the ones I chose.  I also picked a lipgloss.BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Lipstick and Gloss hand swatches with flashThe picture above is with a flash.  The picture below is without a flash.BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Lipsticks and Gloss hand swatches without flash

 1st up is the Milani Brillance Shine Lipgloss in Berry Tempting.20150214_005753BeautyByLeRenda Milani Lipgloss It’s not what I was expecting. BeautyByLeRenda Milani Lipgloss Berry Tempting close up It’s disappointingly sheer.  It looks nothing like the the color in the tube. :-(

Next up is Matte Glam BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Glam Lipstick

Love this color! It reminds me of MAC Heroine but at a fraction of the price at only $3.99! :-)

BeautyByLeRenda Milani Lipstick Matte DivaIf you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that this Matte Diva lipstick was hands down my favorite of all of the Milani Lip colors. BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Diva Lipstick pic 2 It’s similar to MAC Pink Pigeon.  I loved this color so much that I had a mini “selfie photoshoot” while wearing it.BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Diva Collage 2 with flash The pictures above are with a flash. Whoa! Matte Diva almost looks neon, like it’ll glow in the dark. Ha ha! :-pBeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Diva Collage 1

 I had to remember that I still had one more color to review. LOL! :-D

So on that note, last but not least here’s Matte Passion. BeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Diva Passion close upBeautyByLeRenda Milani Matte Passion Matte Passion reminds me of MAC Lady Danger, just not quite as bold.

Overall, I’m happy with the Milani Matte Lipsticks and thoroughly disappointed with the Brilliance Shine Gloss.

Jan 232015
 

BeautyByLeRenda Loreal Infallible Limited Edition Pro Matte Glosses

My 1st thought when I read “Matte Lip gloss” was that doesn’t make sense. How can something be a gloss and a matte. Then I thought, well maybe it’s like a liquid lipstick. Either way, due to the colors being pretty and all Loreal products being $2 off at HEB, I figured I’d give them a try.

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They’re not actually matte. They glide on smoothly and feel nice on my lips, but they still have shine and never dry down to a real matte texture. Even though they last pretty well throughout the day, they do still transfer.

Here’s Blushing Ambition
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BeautyByLeRenda Loreal Infallible Limited Edition Pro Matte Gloss Blushing Ambition

BeautyByLeRenda Loreal Infallible Limited Edition Pro Matte Gloss Blushing Ambition on Lips

 Here’s Fuchsia Amnesia
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This is Tantalizing Tangerine BeautyByLeRenda Loreal Infallible Limited Edition Pro Matte Gloss Tantalizing TangerineKODAK Digital Still Camera

And the last one I got was Aphrodite Kiss
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I definitely like that they’re fully pigmented. The color pay off is great.  I’m not sure how long they’ll be available so if you look fully pigmented,  long lasting inexpensive lip glosses, I’d recommend you go get these soon.

Jan 052014
 

Stila Eyeliner Pen I’m not sure why I’d never tried this eyeliner or even heard anyone talk about it before, but I tested it at Sephora last month and instantly fell in love.  Eyeliner pens are my favorite liquid liners.  They just seem to be much easier to apply. The downside is that it’s hard to find a good one. So what do I mean by “good”?

  1. Wet
  2. Stiff and pointed tip
  3. Long wearing/lasting

I’ve tried MAC Penultimate and it used to be my favorite. It has a short precise felt tip that glides on smoothly. It lasts all day. I tried Revlon Colorstay, which is pretty good, but the tip is bigger than I like and they don’t seem to be made the same. I’ve had a couple that were great and then a couple that dried really quickly and were hard to apply. It stayed on all day without any problems, even through intense workouts.  I also gave the Elf eyeliner pen a try.  The original version of the Elf eyeliner pen was decent.  The newest version I don’t like at all.  It has a weird applicator.  It’s flat instead of long and pointy.  You have to keep pumping it to get the liquid to come to the tip.  It never seemed wet enough to glide on.  It ended up being almost painful to apply.  (plus it went up a dollar. *hmph*).

Stila Eyeliner Pen standing This Stila eyeliner pen is by far the best that I’ve ever tried.  When I took the cap off, I was instantly optimistic because I saw the tip.  It’s really long and goes from thick to fine.  This means you can easily make a very thin or thick line above your lashes.

Stila Eyeliner Pen Swatches On my hand I applied the same Stila eyeliner pen.  On top I held it at an angle.  At the bottom I used the very tip with a soft stroke.   Here it is on my eye. Stila Eyeliner pen open eye Stila Eyeliner Pen eye closed Another thing I absolutely LOVE about this Stila Eyeliner Pen is that it dries quickly and once it’s on…it’s on. You will need makeup remover to get it off.

Jan 032014
 

Rimmel The Max Volume Flash Mascara I took a chance when I tried this mascara.  I hadn’t heard any reviews and didn’t take any time to look it up.  I saw that it was on sale for $2 at H.E.B. grocery store and decided to give it a try.  Rimmel Max Volume Mascara brush I’ve been using it for a while now and it does a pretty good job.  I recently posted a look while using it when I created my FOTD with Ofra and Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette.  To see that post click here.Rimmel Max Flash Mascara on one eye

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It’s ok.  It’s not the best mascara I’ve ever used but it’s definitely not the worse.  It got the job done.  I mean, it was only $2 so my expectations weren’t that high anyway.  Not sure that I’d buy it again, but  I don’t regret that I took a chance on it.

Dec 232013
 

The Naked Palette 3 came out a couple of weeks ago. Beauty lovers all over have been thrilled about the 3rd installment of the neutral palette by Urban Decay.2013-12-21 03.03.33

Initially I wasn’t interested. I remember all of the hype about the 1st one. I finally caved in and purchased it. You can see my review here. When the 2nd one was released, it didn’t seem to be much different from the 1st one so I didn’t bother to get it. It also appeared to not be as versatile, particularly for people of darker skin tones. So when the 3rd one came out I though ehhhh. I’ll pass. Well, I went to Ulta last week and saw that they had them in stock. Then…I don’t know what happened. Something just came over me, and I suddenly felt like I had to have it.

2013-12-21 02.57.24LOL! I swatched the colors and compared them to the 1st one and saw that they were actually different.

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I like that the new palette comes with samples of all 4 of the Urban Decay Primer Potion. The first one came with a travel size of the original formula (which I still have).

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The original Naked Palette is described as bronze neutrals whereas Naked 3 Palette is described as Rose Neutrals. Swatches of Naked 3 Below. 2013-12-23 00.15.51 Above is with a flash and below is without. 2013-12-23 00.15.33 From Left to Right:  Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, and Blackheart

I used the duo ended brush that came with the palette.  I didn’t use any of the primer potions.  The were applied to my bare skin.  I noticed that not all of the colors swiped well.  Some needed to be layered quite a bit. The easiest ones to apply were Blackheart, Burnout, and Dust.  It was very challenging to get Darkside, and Limit to show.  I don’t even remember how many layers I had to do to build up the color to show up.  I haven’t done an eye look with the palette yet, but I’d guess the colors will work a lot better with the primer potion added 1st.

So did you cave into all of they hype for the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette? If so what are you thoughts on it?

Sep 042013
 

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I received this Coastal Scents eyeshadow quad in Starry Night as a free sample with a purchase I ordered earlier this year. I happened to be going through some things and found it so I decided to give it a try.

As you know, I’m a huge fan of Coastal Scents. I truly believe they have great products for such an inexpensive price. I especially love the fact that they have sales EVERY Fri. I wasn’t really concerned about the pigment or quality while trying out this quad. I was more interested in seeing how the colors blended.  Here’s the look I came up with below.

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I accented the look with false lashes by Ardell (my favorite lash company) in #102 Demi.Ardell Lashes 102CoastalScents Starry Nights Quad One eye openArdell Lashes 102 looking up

 

I’m really impressed with these lashes. They remind me of a more natural version of my beloved MAC #7 lashes. I’ll definitely buy more of these.

 

***Oh and for my Texas beauty lovers, H.E.B. has these lashes on sale for $2.50. :-)***