01 July 2015

NEW Milani Moisture Matte Lipstick Shades - Lip Swatches & Comparisons!!! PIC HEAVY

Today I have something rare for this blog – all of the new shade additions to Milani’s Moisture Matte Lipstick range for Fall 2015! There are 8 new shades, all of which are beautiful autumnal tones. I have lip swatches of everything as well as some comparisons to other already existing Milani shades. And since I’ve never properly reviewed Milani’s Moisture Matte Lipsticks before, I have a quick overview about the formula as well. We have a lot to discuss, so let’s get into it!!! J

L to R: Matte Darling, Matte Beauty, Matte Flirty, Matte Love,
Matte Fearless, Matte Iconic, Matte Kiss & Matte Luxe

L to R: Matte Darling, Matte Beauty, Matte Flirty, Matte Love,
Matte Fearless, Matte Iconic, Matte Kiss & Matte Luxe

29 June 2015

#ManicureMonday - Zoya Lillian

Happy Monday everyone!!! Words never spoken, right? J Today for Manicure Monday we have one of my favorite brands – Zoya. I’m currently wearing Lillian, which is a beautiful kind of Robin’s egg blue crème with a fair hint of mint to it. It’s such a gorgeous color and an amazing formula...as per usual for Zoya. I don’t know what it is about Summer that’s making me reach for the Springy pastels, but it seems to be a trend that’s happening with me. J I used 2 coats basically just because I’m so used to it, but you could definitely get away with just 1. What are your nails sporting this week? Let me know in a comment! J

And in Zoya related news, they are currently running their Celebrate Color Freedom Promo – Buy 3 polishes, get 3 FREE! Plus free shipping!!! Just use the code “3FREE” between now and 11:59EST on July 4th. That’s a fantastic deal and I wish I weren’t tempted, but I totally am!!! I already have 4 chosen and I’m slightly ashamed…but only slightly. J Anyway, definitely take advantage of the code  if you’re looking for a few new polishes (I have absolutely no affiliation with Zoya, nor do I receive anything should you use it). See you again on Wednesday with the new shades from Milani’s Moisture Matte Lipstick range! J

27 June 2015

NEW Milani Moisture Matte Lipsticks & Stay Put Brows Spotted at CVS!

***UPDATE: I caved and picked up every shade of the Moisture Matte Lipsticks so hopefully a giant swatch fest with some comparisons to prior shades will be up on Wednesday or Friday! Lots of surprising shades btw...and no deep browns or blacks. More towards purples.***

Just thought I'd write a quick update of my finds at CVS this evening. The new Milani displays were up, which is strange because none of the stores near me ever put out new products or limited edition collections...especially not early. So, if you were unaware, Milani is expanding their range of Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipsticks! They appear to have added 8 brand new shades, most of which look perfect for Fall and would be fantastic on deeper skin tones as well (shade names and descriptions below pictures). There are also new brow products that mimic the Anastasia DipBrow Pomade potted brow color trend called the Stay Put Brow Color (shade names also after pictures).

I haven't swatched any of the Color Statement Matte Lipstick shades (I only bought Matte Darling - self restraint and all), but judging from the pictures and the caps, I'll do my best to describe the new hues. The shades are from left to right:

Matte Darling (74) - medium slightly rosy pink

Matte Beauty (69) - medium brown-leaning nude

Matte Flirty (71) - very deep wine that almost looks black

Matte Love (73) - very deep brown-based wine that also looks nearly black - may actually be brown

Matte Fearless (70) - this one looks either very deep brown or actually black

Matte Iconic (68) - straight up classic deep red

Matte Kiss (72) - slightly lighter pin-up red

Matte Luxe (75) - slightly muted, bold orange (definitely orange, but not super bright & in-your-face)

Really exciting, though a number of the colors looks really similar! I'm debating doing a swatch post of all of them, but not sure I really want to purchase all 8 shades. We'll see. I'm curious if the deeper shades are as deep and vampy as they appear! I'm also curious just how similar the deeper shades and the reds are to one another, as well as to their prior matte shades. (Slowly convincing myself "must. try. all!")

Moving on the the new Stay Put Brow Color. This appears to be Milani's response to the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade and all the other similar potted brow products. They have a good range of color options - there are 5 shades, which is respectable in the drugstore price range. They also come with a dual-ended brush and the spoolie actually looks really nice! We'll have to see how it actually performs. So again, here are the colors as pictured from left to right:

Soft Brown (01) - light ash brown to medium brown hair

Natural Taupe (02) - golden blonde to light ash brown hair

Medium Brown (03) - medium brown to chestnut hair

Brunette (04) - chestnut to chocolate brown hair

Dark Brown (05) - chocolate brown to black hair

Hope you're all having a great weekend! Let me know what you're most excited about, and especially what lip color you really want to try. I'm thinking I also need the orange and one of the reds; the rest are just massively intriguing! Anyway, have a good night and I will see you during the week for more typical posts!

26 June 2015

NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer - Better Than the Rest?

I do not know why, but I have the worst time with eye shadow primers. I never used to need one to prevent my shadows from creasing, but over the years I noticed mainly my right eye becoming more and more prone to shadow collecting in the crease. Strangely, my eye lids are not particularly oily nor do I use a heavy eye cream – if any – on my eyelids. Like any makeup addict, I quickly turned to shadow primers thinking surely one could help my seemingly small and common problem. Well, nearly every primer I have tried since the problem began has been of little help. Enter the NARS Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base. It actually does prevent most creasing, but I desperately wanted to find something more affordable than the $25 price tag attached to the NARS primer. I tried virtually everything. Things that work wonders for everyone else barely made a difference on me. That is, until I came across the NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eye Shadow Primer!

24 June 2015

Summer Worthy Makeup Staples - Quick & Easy Color

Since Summer has officially arrived (yea!), I thought this would be the perfect time to share some of the types of products I seem to turn to year after year when the weather heats up. I don’t tend to have a specific “Summer routine,” but there are definitely certain types of products that I gravitate toward when I’d rather be enjoying the sunshine than messing around with makeup. The general rule seems to be that it must be quick, easy and relatively sweat-proof.

22 June 2015

Manicure Monday - Nails Inc. Abbey Road

As I said last week, I'm going to start posting Manicure Mondays on the blog and...get ready for it...it's Monday! J

So, today we have another pastel purple shade because I seem to be going through a phase. I guess it’s my last hurrah to Spring pastels. Today’s mani is using “Abbey Road’ from Nails Inc.’s NailKale range. I absolutely love these polishes! Ever since Nails Inc. repackaged their polishes, I’ve been addicted. The brush, the gorgeous bottle, the shades. They’re all just stunning!

“Abbey Road” is basically just a gorgeous pastel lavender (I think. It’s not lilac is it? Never can keep the two straight!). It has a crème finish and, as with all the Nails Inc polishes, applies evenly and with great ease. The brushes seriously make them worth every penny! J I painted 2 coats, but you could definitely get away with 1 if you wanted. So rare for a pastel! “Abbey Road” is definitely a keeper!!! J

Let us know what’s on your nails as we’ve officially entered Summer, plus we could all use more polish inspiration like a hole in the head, right?! J Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!!!

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