New Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids - Brazen Berry 905 Lipstick

January 28, 2021

Brazen Berry in #905; had to really look for this collection before finding it at Kmart

Mackenzie's Notes:

I was excited to find out that Maybelline was releasing some vibrant lipstick shades as part of their permanent collection.  They are formulated with honey nectar and feel moisturizing on the lips, without feeling sticky (think a mix between Maybelline Baby Lips and Revlon Lip Butters).  I tend to wear bright lip colors regularly but usually applied as a stain that gives a pop of color without being too garish.  I already have oranges, fuchsia pinks, bubble gum pinks and bright orange reds in my collection, but I have been looking for a true purple lip color for a while now. Once I saw the new Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids line, I knew I had to try "Brazen Berry", especially with spring and summer around the corner! This is as close as I have gotten to a true purple in a drugstore lipstick line, and I appreciate that; the color is a purple with fuschia undertones, perfectly wearable and lovely on warm skin undertones.

I finally spotted Brazen Berry #905 at a local Kmart priced at approximately $5.50 and decided to pick it up.  Having loved this color, I am thinking about picking up Vibrant Mandarin and Vivid Rose in the near future. 

It was hard to capture the neon orange cap, but it's very pretty and fresh on my vanity
Very sleek packaging; the lipstick has a sturdy base and thin twist up body

Pros: The color is really beautiful and I applaud Maybelline for coming out with such a unique shade. It's a very wearable purple that I believe lots of people can wear if they wish.  The formula is very moisturizing and not sticky (not as sticky as Revlon Lip Butters); my lips didn't dry out over the day.  The lasting ability of this lipstick is impressive, as it lasted about 6 hours on my lips, after which it left behind a very demure and even stain. Packaging is very cute, sleek and efficient.  The Vivid collection is a great value, highly pigmented, comfortable and original lipsticks for under $6.

Cons: You have to apply at least two coats of lipstick to get the true color of the lipstick.  That is perfectly acceptable but since I like to wear bright lipsticks as stains to work, I wish this was pigmented enough so I could do that.  Also, while the formula is very comfortable, I wish this came in a matter finish since the color is already so intense; I prefer a higher gloss on nuder shades. Also, these shades keep selling out, so grab one when you get a chance ladies!

Grade: 5/5

(L) Swatched once on bottom, twice on the top - color becomes more purple when applied heavier (R) Brazen Berry lips!
Maybelline Vivids "Brazen Berry" with Color Club polish in "Peace out Purple"
Reader's Recommendations: Have you tried Maybelline's Color Sensational Vivid line yet? What other colors do you recommend I try? What do you think of wearing really bright lipsticks, are you a fan?

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette: Natural Olive Makeup Look

January 23, 2021

Enjoying bright lip colors and a full eyeshadow look during these cold winter months! It's the small things..
Mackenzie's Notes:

After receiving Urban Decay's Naked 2 as a Christmas gift, I have been playing around with it everyday, trying to come up with different looks for different days and moods! I usually coordinate my makeup to my outfit - in example, a grey shirt would go better with a cool toned makeup look with pink lipstick and blush, while a simple black or indigo shirt would go better with a red lip and red toned blush.  This specific look was inspired by a new olive/brown sweater accented with gold thread that I recently purchased.  I decided to go for a natural look with green/olive tones and pair that up with a coral blush and orange lipstick. Green and orange are complimentary colors on the color wheel and they contrast and complement each other wonderfully! 

Naked2 Makeup; a flirty everyday look
Products Used:  

Eyes - Elf Eyeshadow Primer
          Urban Decay Naked2 Palette (Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Snakebite, Suspect and Pistol)
          Wet n Wild Liquid Eyeliner in 'Black'
          L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Mascara in 'Blackest Black'
Face - Garnier BB Cream in Light/Medium
          L'Oreal Mineral Foundation in "Natural Ivory"
          Nars "Laguna" Bronzer
          Tarte "Splendour" Blush
          Lorac Perfectly Lit Highlighting powder in "Luminous" 
Lips  - Revlon Lipstick "Siren"

Guide to achieving the eyeshadow:

1. Apply "Suspect" all over the (primed) lid using a regular shadow brush.
2. Using the same shadow brush, apply "Pistol" on the outer third of the lid. Using an angled liner brush, I then applied "Pistol" to the outer third of my bottom lash line as well.
3. Apply "Snakebite" in your 'outer V' (the space where you would draw a cat eye extended through your crease). Also apply "Snakebite" in the outer corner of your bottom lashes as well. 
4. Blend the shadows together using a window wiper motion, while still keeping their relative position.  Pull some of the "Snakebite" shadow from the outer V into the crease.
5. After blending everything out, apply more "Pistol" on the lid and "Snakebite" in the outer V for extra color saturation.
6. Apply "Foxy" on your brow bone and "Bootycall" on your inner eye corner to brighten up your eyes.
7. Slightly dampen your flat angled brush, and then pick up some "Half Baked"; apply it on your bottom lash line for a pop of color. The wetness of the brush will ensure a more precise line and a more saturated eyeshadow color.

Brushes used: Shany Cosmetics Crease brush, Angled Brush and Urban Decay double ended brush included in Naked2
Reader's Recommendations: What are your favorite colors in this palette? What looks have you achieved with the Naked 2? Leave some links, would love to see what everyone else is coming up with! So far though, I'm in love with this palette so expect more looks in the future!

OMGNailStrips Review - Nail Foil Strips Review, Nail Foil Art

January 21, 2021

Rose Gold nail art design - Valentine's Day nail art
With Valentine's Day coming up, we are in full swing of trying nail art and pretty designs.  And may I add, doing nails is one of the most relaxing activities - from deciding on color coordination to applying polish to figuring out stickers, I forget about anything bothering me and I take some time for myself. So, just as a disclaimer, if you're stressed, take some time to do your nails.

For this nail design, I focused on the rose gold combination and wanted a bit of opulence and change of pace from the usual opaque basic color.  I used a Forever 21 cheapie glitter polish (anything would work really) and paired it with the OMGNailStrips - surprisingly, the whole process didn't take too long and I ended up with a complex and beautiful manicure.

OMGNailStrips packaging is small and simple
Miranda's Notes:
My sister, Mackenzie, also reviewed the OMGNailStrips and provided a very helpful step by step tutorial on applying these nail foils.  As I was doing my own designs, I was following her advice so be sure to check out the post on how to apply nail foil strips or nail polish strips. Plus, she made a cute plaid nail art so that's another reason to read on (yes, I linked the post three times because my sis is awesome).

Pros: The OMGNailStrips are affordable with free domestic and international shipping and provide a wide range of options of polish strips and polish foils. I was drawn to this red and gold design because I knew I could not create it by free-hand and because I loved the shiny material of the strips.  Plus, the design goes perfectly with rose gold accent nails and I can't turn down a rose gold polish.  Overall, I am happy with the quality and clarity of the print, the amount of strips, the designs, and product longevity.

Cons: The biggest issue I had with the strips was the lack of adhesive.  I had difficulty having the nail polish strip stick to my nail despite first prepping and cleaning my nail.  I wish the product would actually glue easier - because of this, the nail strip ended up wrinkled and moving across the nail bed.  I tried setting the nail strip with a top coat which helped set it on my nail bed but because of air bubbles underneath, the nail foil strip again wrinkled.  The process of applying was a bit tricky and took some pulls and pushes to align the strip correctly.

Grade: 3/5

Different designs per nail  foil adds versatility
OMGNailStrips close up
Disclosure: product sent for consideration, opinions are all our own.

Too Faced Naked Eye Swatches - Too Faced Naked Collection Review

January 17, 2021

Too Faced Eye Shadow Palette - Review and Swatches

Too Faced Naked Eye - Too Faced Eye Shadow Collection 
Every girl should own a neutral eye palette that suits her skin tone and eye color.  For those busy days when you don't have time to coordinate colors or do some heavy-duty blending, it's easier to just apply one natural color on the lid and get started on errands.  I love light makeup that makes me feel confident and pretty without looking like I spend a ton of time getting ready.  I've swatched several natural eye palettes and my favorite is the Too Faced Naked Eye palette. From the soft colors, great pigmentation, longevity, and tiny glimmer, this is the palette I use for my every day makeup.

The Naked Eye includes three cards with tips on creating different looks
Miranda's Notes:

Pros: As you'll see below, the colors in this palette are lighter toned and yet are completely different shades and textures.  I often find that in natural eye shadow palettes the colors are either white, really white, black, and really black - and I end up spending a ton of money for basically two colors with no nuance.  In the case of the Two Faced Naked Eye palette, I can create different everyday looks while still being natural.  The Classic look has a green-grey color that emphasizes my eye color, the Day look has highlighting shimmering colors, and the Fashion adds a bit of sensible, muted glam. The Naked Eye palette also has a balance between glitter colors and matte colors depending on preference.  Both my sister and I tried the product and created beautiful looks - so it's fair to say this Naked palette is suited for everyone.

In terms of quality, the eye shadows have strong pigmentation, are long lasting, easily blendable, and the color is true to the pan color.  In some instances, I noticed some fallout but it may have been due to my overzealous brush application.  Overall, the Too Faced Naked Eye is affordable, packaged beautifully, easy to carry in your purse, perfect for creating natural eye makeup, and is guaranteed to stay the way it was originally applied.

Cons: None (yes, I feel that strongly about this palette - finding neutral makeup that looks natural and is high quality is a hard requirement but Too Faced meets all expectations).

Grade: 5/5
Day Look, Classic Look, Fashion Look - I usually mix and match although the color pairing is helpful
Swatches Too Faced Naked Eye: In the Buff, Pillow Talk, Like a Virgin

Swatches Too Faced Naked Eye: Birthday Suit (I love using this as a lid color too), Satin Sheets, Unmentionables 
Swatches Too Faced Naked Eye: Pink Cheeks (glimmer pinkish-undertone), Lap Dance, Stiletto
Favorites of mine include Like a Virgin, Birthday Suit, and Satin Sheets (and everything else!)
Close up of the Too Faced eye shadow palette to reflect the shimmer and matte options

Maybelline Color Whisper Oh La Lilac Swatches Review

January 11, 2021

Maybelline Color Whisper - Oh La Lilac 90 Swatches
Maybelline Color Whisper - Oh La Lilac 90 Review
Color Whisper 90 Oh La Lilac Maybelline (there's a ton of options in this line and lots of pretty colors)
I love collecting bright lipsticks and crazy colors, but for some reasons (well, the school and job reasons), I never have the courage or time to wear these bright colors.  I love tinted lip balms, slight stains, or anything that is a build-able, day-appropriate color. So when I saw Maybelline released the Color Whisper line, I was more than excited - I was even more excited when I bought Oh La Lilac and realized how beautiful it looked.

According to the site, these lipsticks are pure color pigments suspended in a weightless gel with no heavy waxes or oils.  And let me tell you...the product definitely doesn't feel heavy or shiny or smearing-y or sticky or anything - just a pretty, no fuss color.  This review is for the Maybelline Oh La Lilac 90 color but I'll be going back to purchase more - I found these Color Whispers at my local CVS but most colors were sold out.  Before I go on with the review, I'll confess I'm obsessed with the looks from J.Crew and have always wondered how the models have that flushed, barely there lip color - well, I'm thinking Maybelline sneaked them these color whispers because these products achieve the J.Crew perfect-tinted lip look.

Photo Credit: J Crew Spring 2012 collection - J Crew lipsticks (don't tell me these aren't whispers ) 
Packaging is small and easy to carry - product cap matches the color
Miranda's Notes:

Pros: The Color Whispers are the perfect balance between those extra heavy lip butters and light lip balms.  I'll probably go as far as saying they remind me of the YSL Volupte Sheer Candy - the lipstick is soft, has a slight shine, the color payoff increases with application, and the product moisturizes.  All the colors work perfectly for pale skin and there is a wide range - plus, I can say I'm wearing lilac lipstick without actually feeling afraid of wearing it.  Color Whispers have no scent or taste so for those with sensitive needs, it's another plus.  I adore the colors available, the way it feels, and the packaging so I highly recommend Maybelline Color Whispers - may I remind you all that Valentine's day with all the pretty pinks and purples is coming up?

Cons: Because of its softness, the product lasts only about 2 hours, but application is easy and not even the short wear can out-do the pretty look created by these lipsticks.  As you can see from the pictures, the actual stick color is much softer on the lips, so if you consider buying, be sure to see swatches first as the product may show as lighter.

Grade: 5/5

Color Whispers are flattering on everyone as the color isn't too bold to distract 
Depending on light, Oh La Lilac shows a a cool pink or soft purple pastel 
Maybelline Oh La Lilac Swatches - increased application intensifies color 

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Swatches and Review

January 6, 2021

Naked2 is a pretty large palette, but constructed very well. It has a metal outside and the cover snaps closed, very secure
Mackenzie's Notes:

My sister surprised me this Christmas with Urban Decay's Naked 2 eye shadow palette.  If you are not familiar with this palette, it is marketed as a sequel to their Naked 1 palette.  The first palette Urban Decay released had more warm shades (golden) while the Naked 2 consists of more cooler toned colors; but they each include complimentary colors and are versatile palettes.  I'm glad my sister got me the Naked 2 because I have a warm skin tone, and golds and coppers can be too much for me.  There are 12 separate shadows (each 0.05 oz), a small Lip Junkie lip gloss in "Naked" and a double ended Shadow/Crease Brush. She purchased it for $50.00 from Macy's and it's also available in store and online at Sephora. I have read tons of reviews on it and people have raved about it - did it live up to all the hype?

I will include a product review, an explanation of all the shadows and a look that I came up with using this palette only!

Format of the shadows is great since my brushes fit well; I also enjoy the visible names of the shadows
Palette has a large mirror, and the hinge is sturdy, keeping the top open; you can easily lay it flat or close it if you wish
This is a synthetic brush and it's pretty stiff, but still very comfortable. I love the fluffier end, great for blending!

Pros: I truly enjoy the colors in the Naked 2 palette and they are very easy to work with; whatever level you are, I think the way these colors were curated helps in achieving flawless looks every time.  Very buttery and pigmented formula from Urban Decay (except maybe Foxy, but that has its own purpose!). Wonderful bargain for the price, you get several medium tones, three/four highlights and four crease colors; usually, palettes only give you really dark or too light colors, without including the  medium range.  The packaging is sturdy, the mirror useful and it is easy to keep the case clean. The brush included was useful too!

Cons: I wish they included an eye primer instead of the lip gloss, as it would have suited the idea of an eye palette better; many people can buy a lip gloss easily, while an eye primer is something more difficult to purchase and find. While it is a great bargain, I am still going to complain about the price, as $50 is still pricey! I am a matte finish lover, and I wish they would have included another matte crease color, something like a darker chocolate brown. 

Grade: 5/5

Beautiful pigmentation and some versatile finishes. 3 Mattes, 2 Chunky Glittery shades, and the rest Metallic/Pearl
Urban Decay Naked 2 (first 6 colors)

1.  Foxy -Warm, off white, matte color. Light pigmentation, I usually mix it with "Bootycall" for a less intense highlight.
2.  Half Baked - Gold color, metallic finish. Great pigmentation, would be beautiful as a lid color or bold eyeliner.
3.  Bootycall - Pink/peach toned white color, pearl finish. Great pigmentation, my go to for inner corner highlight.
4.  Chopper - Penny color, metallic finish with chunky golden sparkles.
5.  Tease - Plummy brown matte color, medium/heavy color payoff. It's my go to crease color.
6.  Snakebite - Dark bronze with a golden shimmer, metallic sheen.  Interesting color, great pigmentation.

I didn't realize I included "Snakebite" twice and missed "Blackout"; sorry lovelies, but I hope you can imagine it ;)

7.  Suspect - Champagne, taupish bronze color, metallic finish. Love it as a lid color!
8.  Pistol -  Warm bluish, grey color, metallic finish. Wonderful pigmentation, good  on the lid for when you want a silver smokey eye!
9.  Verve - Medium tone, silver color with some warm undertones. Great pigmentation, use it for a pop of brightness on your lid.
10.  YDK -  Medium/dark warm champagne metallic color with chunky rosey silver sparkle. I use this on my lid since it's a lovely color for smokey yet natural looks.
11.  Busted - Dark, warm plum color, metallic finish.  Another crease color I use frequently! heavy pigmentation, great as eyeliner also for lighter skin tones.
12.  Blackout -  The most beautiful, heavy pigmented matte black. I use this as a crease color for dramatic looks or I wet the brush and use it as eyeliner.

The look I created today with my new Naked 2! Can't wait to show you more looks in the future

Readers' Recommendations:  Have you bought this palette and how did you like it? What do you think I should invest in next? I'm thinking of spicing things up with a more colorful selection. Also, send me your links with the looks you created using the Naked 2, would love to see all the possibilities!