Monthly Archives: February 2014


Maybelline Limited Edition Color Tattoos - Maybelline Nude Pink, Matte Brown, Nude Compliment Color Tattoo

Some mornings before work, I’m just not having it - and everyone who works or has to wake up early knows what I mean by “it.”  Barely dragging out of bed and putting on the first pieces of clothing I see in my closet, the last thing on my mind is creating a beautiful, refreshing, perfectly blended makeup look (let’s be serious, my coworkers are lucky I even bothered with a bit of foundation - the “this’ll do” kind of a foundation application).

But because I still have to appear presentable, I always rely on Maybelline Color Tattoos for a  “I’m ready to work and accomplish things” look.  Maybelline Color Tattoos have gained quite the popularity in the beauty community, but I did not actually try the products until the Maybelline Gilded in Gold Holiday 2013 collection. My Color Tattoo collection is tiny but I get tremendous use out of my Limited Edition Shades (yes, they’re that good). The Color Tattoos are cream based eye shadows that can be applied with a brush or with your finger. For me, application is the main selling point as the Color Tattoos formula blends easily, is pigmented, and can be sheer or strong based on preference.  All Color Tattoos can be used as a base for powder shadows (and they perform wonderfully), but I prefer the simpler and time-saving sole application.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Nude Pink Limited Edition (swatch above) is a matte pink beige that depending on the light conditions has purple tones. Nude Pink is the perfect color to brighten and open up sleepy eyes - the shade is almost nude and mimics a concealer. The Nude Pink shade is one of the Color Tattoos that do not crease at all as the formula is thicker than other Color Tattoos.  I apply Nude Pink all over the lid using my finger, pop some mascara, and voila, I actually look like I got ready. Nude Pink Color Tattoo was a part of the Holiday 2013 Maybelline Limited Edition collection.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Matte Brown Limited Edition (swatch above) is a deep chocolate brown that is a universally flattering shade.  Matte Brown adds depth to the eyes and a bit of color - surprisingly, despite its strong pigmentation, this shade is also easy to blend and I’m confident using it all over the lid.  Matte Brown Color Tattoo was also a part of the Holiday 2013 Maybelline Limited Edition collection.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Nude Compliment Limited Edition (swatch above) is a grey-tinted taupe with a sheen finish (this Color Tattoo does not actually contain shimmer but rather has a metallic finish). Nude Compliment is part of the Maybelline Dare to go Nude Spring 2014 Collection. Side note here, this Dare to go Nude collection is what a natural-makeup-loving-girl’s dreams are made of - I also picked up a Master Glaze blush and two of the Maybelline Limited Edition Buffs lipsticks in Ravishing Rose and Barely Bronze. Nude Compliment does crease a bit but nothing offensive as some other cream eye shadows out there.  This shade is quite complex and can look differently per person (thus, it’s another Maybelline winner!).

Although these Limited Edition shades may difficult to procure, I’ve linked to Amazon where you can purchase quite similar neutral shades from the permanent Color Tattoo line.  Priced affordably at approximately $5.00, these Maybelline goodies are popular for a good reason.  The vibrant and long lasting Color Tattoo eye shadows are perfect for no-fuss application and a speedy makeup routine.

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.


Ipsy February Glam Bag 2014 Review

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It’s Ipsy time again! For February, the month of love (and self pampering), Ipsy included a lot of lovely pink products that should help us with dates or girls’ night out. 

The Zoya polish in Odette was a wonderful addition to this bag (keep in mind this full size retails for about $8 so why are you not subscribed to Ipsy yet!).  This is a newly released color from Zoya Spring 2014 Naturel Collection, and Zoya Odette is a taupey purple grey shade. Unfortunately, purple colors don’t look the best with my warm skin tone because purples bring out yellows by default - either way, this Zoya shade is a nice color to transition from winter into spring. The formula was opaque in two coats and application is easy as I love the brush size on Zoya’s polishes.

Pacifica Hawaiian Guava Body Butter is a pretty large tube, and I was happy to have this included because at this time of year since you can’t have enough lotions.  The Hawaiian Guava body butter has a strong yet nice tropical scent that reminds me of grapefruit and mangoes. I’ve been applying this to my hands only as it might be too much of an olfactory experience if applied over the whole body.  This product is a body butter and I can tell it provides really nice moisture without taking too long to absorb into the skin.

POP Beauty Plump Pout Lipgloss in Fuschia Freesia is a deluxe sample size - beautifully packaged and sleek, this gloss is perfect to throw in your bag for touch ups throughout the day.  POPbeauty markets this product as a gloss with the wear of a stain, full of nourishing ingredients for your lips.  This POP Beauty formula is very comfortable and feels light on the lips (not sticky at all), while packing a pretty punch of cool fuchsia pink.  However, I didn’t notice any staining and the wear time is relatively short; also, the smell of this gloss is quite off-putting as it’s similar to a burning plastic chemical scent.  I have been wearing the POP Beauty Pout gloss and enjoying it, but I’m not sure I would repurchase because of its smell (I’ll take vanilla cupcakes over burnt tire any day).

Eyetini Eye Cordial Cream Shadow Tint & Base in Spiced Rum (that was a mouthful) is a gorgeous liquid metallic gold cream shadow packaged in the form of a lipgloss.  I found it very easy to apply using the doe foot applicator and it can be easily smudged out all over the lid.  After I sheered it out a bit, the shade pulled more coppery than gold on me, but it was still a beautiful color.  Eyetini Spiced Rum is very smooth, has fine shimmer, and does not crease. At $18 full size, it is quite pricey but it’s a great quality product that will last you a while.  I was surprised at how much I like this product and I’m considering purchasing the Champagne shade in the future.

Lastly,  Ipsy included a pack of JCat Eyelashes and Glue (EL20).  These are a set of dramatic lashes with a relatively thin band, and the glue is tinted black (which I think is a pretty cool move on their part). I have relatively long eyelashes and when I add fake eyelashes, you know I’m going for an over the top dramatic look suited for special occasions.  That being said, those occasions don’t arise that often in my life as a grad student (aside from maybe Halloween) and even though this set retails for $3.99, I probably won’t repurchase additional pairs.

Overall, I was pleased with this month’s Ipsy bag as the value was great, but I would’ve wanted to receive different colors in the polish and the gloss.  I was also really hoping to try the City Color Matte Blush and I am slightly disappointed to receive my second pair of lashes from Ipsy (but now I’m just being spoiled because Ipsy delivers every time on value). I am really happy to have been introduced to the Eyetini shadow product, as they’ve only included nail polishes from this brand in past Ipsy bags.  Let me know in the comments what you received in your Ipsy bag this month, I am curious on what you thought of your make up goodies!

If you’d like to subscribe to Ipsy or see past bags, visit Ipsy’s website (affiliate link).

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

CAUTION UPDATE: IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE POP BEAUTY GLOSS - DO NOT USE THE GLOSS AS INGREDIENTS USED ARE UNSAFE.  Email Ipsy to request a replacement or refund - more information available on the MakeupTalk Forum here.

Beauty Blender Dupe Comparison - Beauty Blender Review

No one likes to hear “I told you so” but if that’s what it takes to discover and experience something new, then so be it. With that somewhat confusing introduction, let me walk you through how to get a flawless, photoshopped makeup look (I do realize this is now even more confusing).

Chances are you’ve seen or at least heard of the Beauty Blender - and like me, chances are you didn’t purchase it because the Beauty Blender is just a sponge, is nothing special, is expensive, and is over hyped.  So, you probably walked right past the Beauty Blender and tried a foundation brush, a stippling brush, or some kind of a much cheaper Beauty Blender dupe.

In a comparison with any other foundation tools, the Beauty Blender is the absolute best tool to apply foundation (I know that’s a strong statement, but I fully stand behind it!). The Beauty Blender shape and material lend themselves to a flawless foundation application on any and every kind of skin type - because the Beauty Blender has to first be wet, the final look also looks luminous and dewy (and becomes a smooth, matte finish). The Beauty Blender is easy to clean with its own cleanser or liquid soap, so unlike a brush, you apply clean makeup on a clean face.  I’ve tried other purported dupes like the Sonia Kashuk Beauty Sponge, and the comparison isn’t even worth the time - the Beauty Blender is still superior to any other kind of makeup sponge.  I’ve also tested several popular foundation brushes and found that the bristles of the brushes emphasized dry skin and left streaks and marks of foundation. The Beauty Blender size is perfect for all angles, provides full coverage without showing imperfections, and works with almost every kind of foundation or BB cream. Reader Maria Cardoza commented that you can also wait for coupon releases or a store sale to receive the Beauty Blender at a discount (for example, Sephora 20% storewide or Cherry Culture which also sell value packs).

My sister, Mackenzie, was the one who ultimately bought me the Beauty Blender and convinced me to try it - the results are absolutely impressive (I could go on and on why this product is worth its cost). So, go out and invest in the Beauty Blender, and once you realize how beautiful your makeup looks, I’ll probably confirm it with “I told you so.”

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

Maybelline Baby Skin Review - Baby Skin Primer Comparison

With face primers, things can be really good or really bad.  Think about it - a good primer is the difference between “my face is photoshopped smooth and glowing” and “my face is spackled thick with foundation, is dotted with small discoloration patches, and overall melting off.”  As an attorney, I was always taught to think in ‘grey’ and realize that some issues aren’t really black and white.  Clearly, whoever created that doctrine hasn’t tried makeup primers - when I test a face primer it either ends up in the “love” or “loathe” pile (no room for discussion!).  I’m paying a ridiculous amount of money for a product that is often times clear or invisible and goes under makeup (hence, my high expectations for primers).

When Maybelline released the Maybelline Baby Skin primer, I was ready to try it and I wasn’t going to let my adoration of Baby Lips balms get in the way. There have been several releases of drugstore primers, but if anyone could introduce an effective primer, it was Maybelline.  Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser primer is meant to reduce pores, prolong the lasting finish of foundation, and create a matte skin effect.The Baby Skin primer ingredients include dimethicone and silica silylate - these two ingredients are what specifically create the smooth, non-shiny look.  Several primers like the Pixi Flawless and Poreless caused spots immediately the next day - I’ve kept my routine the same so I know when a primer is the culprit for breakouts.  First, the Maybelline Baby Skin primer did not break me out - this may not be true for everyone because of the dimethicone, but in my case, there were no breakouts even after prolonged use.  Second, Baby Skin proclaims that it’s an instant pore eraser but I’d rather label this primer as a pore alleviator - yes, Baby Skin smoothed pores over but not as much as the Benefit The POREfessional. However, (and this is a big however), take a look at the primer comparison photo above - I took this photo within 3 minutes of creating the swatches and the Benefit Porefessional already had a big pool of oil around it (can’t argue with hard evidence!).  For me, Benefit Porefessional is often too oily and cannot be worn for a full day. Lastly, Maybelline Baby Skin created a matte, smooth effect without being too dry - compared to the Smash Box Photo Finish Foundation Primer  which highlights dry patches, Baby Skin provides a balanced mattefying effect. Baby Skin also helped my foundation last longer although I did notice some fading around the nose and forehead area.

Maybelline Baby Skin primer is affordably priced ($6.99 at Ulta) and its benefits outweigh the negatives. This primer does not cause breakouts, does prolong foundation staying power, does provide medium pore coverage, and does create a smooth finish with minimal shine - so, Baby Skin goes into the love pile (for now at least, until a cosmetic company releases ‘Photoshop in a Bottle’ for .99 cents).

If you’re still looking to learn more about potential primer products, the Brightest Bulb in the Box did a comprehensive review and comparison of sixteen face primers (plus, she’s a no-nonsense blogger with science knowledge to match so you should probably stop by her blog anyway).

Have you had any luck with other primers or do you have a favorite? I’ve read mixed reviews on Baby Skin so if you’ve tried it, let me know about your experience!

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.