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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Good Deal Round Up

A few good deals have found their way to my inbox, so I thought I would consolidate them for you in one post!
  • Tarte is having their Endless Summer Sale where you can get $5 off an order of $50, $10 off an order of $75, and $15 off an order of $100. Use code LDAY to make it happen!
  • Get 20% off your entire Pixi Beauty order to celebrate their Fake Awake Kit's award as the best All-Nighter Fix from Nylon's Beauty Hit List. Use code pixienylon to make it happen.
  • Too Faced is having their Semi-Annual Vintage Sale where products that are normally on sale are discounted even more. Two of their Glamour To Go Palettes are only $10! No code necessary!
  • Get 25% off Fake Bake's best selling Airbrush Self Tanner with the code AIR25!
  • Express is offering 30% off all women's clothing. No code necessary!
  • Josie Maran is offering 15% AND free shipping with code GOLD15.
  • Sephora is having phenomenal sales that, last I checked and heard from others, they were adding more things to.
  • Starting tomorrow, Crown Brush will have their Labor Day Weekend Sale with 40% off Palettes and 30% off brushes! No code necessary. 

These are just the deals that have it my inbox lately and I know there must be a ton more out there. Please feel free to leave the sales you are loving in the comments!

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Review & Swatchfest: Polish & Co. in But You Knew That and Mint To Tell You

Polish & Co. But You Knew That
As a native Southerner, Polish & Co. has a special place in my Texan heart. This North Carolina company offers a 3 free line of polishes that come in a ton of "syrupy" shades to provide you with a southern belle experience in a bottle.

The shade But You Knew That is a bright coral shade that leans orange.The formula is on the thicker side, so I was surprised to find that it isn't completely opaque with two coats (as you can see in the swatches). Three will definitely do the trick, but because of the thick formula, it takes some time to dry. I have very white tips as well, so those with paler or more translucent tips won't have this issue.

Mint To Tell You  is the pastel blue shade I have been searching for all summer, but doesn't lean green and the "mint" in the name might suggest. After trying But You Knew That, I was surprised to find that Mint To Tell You is almost opaque with one coat! Both polishes have a naturally glossy finish without a top coat and clocked in with similar wear times at 3 days without tip chips. For me, this is average - not too short, but I wouldn't call it long-wearing.

You can purchase Polish & Co. nail polish from their website, polishandcompany.com, for $12 a bottle for .5oz. Compared to drugstore polishes the price is a little steep (most are around $8-$10 for .46-.5oz), but, in the case of the light blue polish, I think the formula is better and worth the price.

Polish & Co. But You Knew That

Polish & Co. But You Knew That

Polish & Co. But You Knew That

Polish & Co. Mint To Tell You

Polish & Co. Mint To Tell You
Polish & Co. Mint To Tell You
Polish & Co. Mint To Tell You
FTC: Product mentioned in this post are press samples. All thought and opinions are my own. This is not a sponsored post.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: Mally Volumizing Mascara in Black

Mally Volumizing Mascara
Mally Volumizing Mascara
Mally's Volumizing Mascara in Black offers up a formula that promises to promote lash thickness without clumping. The brush is densely packed and frills-free in terms of shape, but is supposed to work with the "carefully chosen powders" and natural wax to keep your lashes looking their fullest. 

I was surprised at how effective this brush was. I was positive the plushness would cause the clumping it was trying to combat, but it didn't. That being said, I didn't find the formula to be particularly stellar in terms of adding volume to my lashes. It is, however, on the thicker size and very black, so it gives the appearance of a thick lash line. 

The great news about this formula is that, despite not being the waterproof version of this mascara, it is very budge-proof. It has stayed on through 12 hour work days (commutes included) without smudging or flaking. Still, the $20 price tag is a bit much for a mascara I'm not crazy for. But, if you like the results you see in the pictures below, and the idea of a budge-proof mascara appeals to you, check this out! 

Mally Volumizing Mascara - Before

Mally Volumizing Mascara - After

Mally Volumizing Mascara - Full Face

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Too Faced Semi-Annual Vintage Sale is On!

Too Faced Leopard Love Palette
Too Faced Cosmetic's Vintage Sale is up and running and, as a result, you can save up to 70% on some amazing products! I'm a huge lover of Too Faced and show it in the amount of their products I have in my stash. To see reviews and swatches of all of them, check the Too Faced tag! Of the products I've reviewed, some are regularly available in the sale section and so are already a steal. The Leopard Love Palette is the perfect compact blush palette to travel with and not only provides you with a satin finish bronzer, but a pink blush, and dewy highlighter. The Smoky Eye Collection has three sets of colors that are perfect for creating almost any smoky eye you could want. 

I hope these are helpful and that you snag some Too Faced goodness during the event (ends 9/6)!

Too Faced Smoky Eye Collection

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender

Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender

Despite functioning as a pressed powder, Mally's Evercolor Poreless Face Defender is far from it. Not only does it function as a setting agent to keep makeup budge-free all day, but it promises to minimize the appearance of pores and lines and keep you from having the ashy tinge so commonly cause by setting powders. What sets this product apart so drastically from a setting powder? Well, take a look at the actual product to see for yourself.

This cloudy, gelatinous looking product contains silica that seals and smooths a finished face of makeup and is actually the perfect solution to a hot day. The most fitting description for the texture is like that of a thin, silica-based primer. One problem with the clear finish, however, is the inability to see how much you are applying. It takes a few tries to perfect because, with too much, it's easy to look too matte and almost caky. Another trick I picked up was the patting motion necessary to set a completed makeup. Try swiping a sponge with any product on it over your freshly done blush and see what's left. The answer: smudge-face. Take it from me and pat the product on when you try it for the first time. It will keep you from having to redo your makeup.

Once the application issues were resolved, I found myself really enjoying the Face Defender. Using the large Japanese sponge that comes with the product, I applied a thin coat all over my face and, after I went for a long walk on one of the hottest days in Chicago this summer, I found that gentle blotting took away my sweat, but not my makeup! Even if you don't anticipate sweating throughout the day, it will keep makeup looking smooth and matte. Just be careful of your pressed-powder habit to touch things up. This stays all day and will look caky if you start layering it.

The last thing that's a little tricky with this product is the sponge. I love how plush it as and the way it applies the product, but it's too large to fit in the compact. I don't know if I prefer a smaller sponge or larger packaging to accommodate it, but I didn't like having to carry around an uncovered sponge while traveling.  

With a $40 price tag and a packaging issue (which, admittedly, might be minor to nonexistent for some), you have to want to try a pressed powder alternative or be looking for something to keep your makeup sweat proof all day. If you want these things, however, I think it's definitely worth trying! It's safe to say that this is a unique product.

Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender

Malle Evercolor Poreless Face Defender

Mally Evercolor Poreless Face Defender
FTC: This is a press sample. All thought and opinions are my own. This is not a sponsored post.

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Making Up the Midwest is Making it to the West Coast!

It's an exciting day in the MW household because we are packing out bags for Style Week Orange County! Thanks right OC-ers, from September 5th through the 8th, I'm going to be Making Up the West. I'm working with the Style Week coordinators, to provide you will blog posts talking about all of the events, runway shows, shopping deals, and fashionable fun to be had. On top of that, I will be live-tweeting the event so make sure to follow me (@MakinguptheMW), Irvine Spectrum Center, or Fashion Island to stay updated on where to be and who to see!

What does that mean for regular Making Up the Midwest readers? It means that you will have a front row seat to all of the Style Week events as I plan on doing Outfits of the Days, Face of the Days, and general picture blogs of all of the festivities. Be sure to subscribe to the TheHazeleyehoney on Youtube so you don't miss videos of the action!

If you need your fashion fix now, hop over to the Style Week OC blog to check out pieces written by your's truly regarding upcoming events, celeb appearances, and more! Have something special you want covered? Tell me in the comments!

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Review, Swatchfest, & Comparison: Maybelline Limited Edition Color Tattoo in Rich Mahogany

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Rich Mahogany

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Rich Mahogany

 Just when I thought I had reviewed all of the new Color Tattos out with Maybelline's latest fall release, a lovely reader let me know that I missed one: Rich Mahogany. Because I've already done a review on Color Tattoos, specifically the new ones, and this one is no different in texture or performance than those, I will stick to color description and comparison in this post.

Rich Mahogany is medium-dark chocolate brown with a slightly lighter shimmer. When I think of mahogany, a richer, warmer brown comes to mind. While Rich Mahogany was a nice, deep brown that complemented Maybelline's Fall Color Tattoo collection, it was more ashy and cooler than I expected. Not bad, just unexpected! Quality-wise, it goes on opaque with one swipe and is relatively smooth despite containing shimmer.

I compared it to the products I did, not because I thought they looked exactly the same, but because they were the closest products I have in my collection and it can give those that already have them a means of relative comparison. Smashbox's Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Gemstone has a similar shimmery finish, but is definitively more plum-leaning and Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe (a permanent shade in the Color Tattoo Range) has a matte finish and is much cooler than Rich Mahogany.

Overall, I always recommend Color Tattoos as drugstore alternatives to high end long-wearing cream shadows and shadow bases. Rich Mahogany might not have been what I imagined in terms of color, but it seems to be unique not only to my collection, but to drugstores period. Check this one out before it's gone!

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Rich Mahogany 
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Rich Mahogany

Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Gemstone, Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Rich Mahogany, Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Tough as Taupe

Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Gemstone, Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Rich Mahogany, Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Tough as Taupe

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Review & Swatchfest: Maybelline Limited Edition Color Show Nail Lacquer in Boho Gold

Maybelline Limited Edition Color Show Nail Lacquer in Boho Gold
Much like Downtown Brown from the same Maybelline collection, Boho Gold is another color that I have always been drawn to because of the amazing duo/triple chrome effect it has. Unlike Downtown Brown, however, I don't have a few dupes for it - although they are available in prominent brands on the market. Fir instance, Chanel's PĂ©ridot and OPI's Just Spotted the Lizard are very similar, although both are more green overall. 

In the bottle, I would describe Boho Bronze as triple chrome nail polish with a bronzed gold as the primary color and olive green and midnight blue as two secondary shades. On the nails, however, this polish loses a little of its dimension and is mostly composed of the bronzed gold shade. The green is slightly evident on the edges, but the blue disappears altogether. While I would ave like to see all of the colors translate to the nails, I don't hate the results it actually gives. The formula could use some work as it's very sheer. But, it's so thin that three coats provides full coverage and dries quickly. 

For the drugstore price,  solid wear time, and unique color, I would recommend Boho Gold to anyone looking for a fun, fall-looking duo chrome polish. 

Maybelline Limited Edition Color Show Nail Lacquer in Boho Gold

Maybelline Limited Edition Color Show Nail Lacquer in Boho Gold

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: Maybelline Touch of Light Luminizing Face Glow

Maybelline Touch of Light Luminizing Face Glow 
Maybelline Touch of Light Luminizing Face Glow 
Aside from the Limited Edition Color Tattoos from this collection, I was most excited to try Maybelline's new Touch of Light Luminizing Face Glow. Right out of the bottle, it reminded me so much of my favorite cream/liquid highlighter by Josie Maran. Unfortunately, not only did it not live up to the Argan Luminizer, but I wouldn't say it lived up to the basic qualifications for a any cream or liquid highlighter.

To be fair, straight out of the package this products looks gorgeous. Its warm, rose gold shimmer not only complements Maybelline's entire fall collection, but most any skin tone as well. In fact, right up until it's  blended into the skin it looks like it is going to be a promising product. But, once fully blended, the product sheers out drastically, leaving only tiny gold flecks behind. Those who don't like glitter won't love the fact that the only evidence this product leaves behind is a trail of shimmer and glitter lovers might find the payoff a little disappointing.

I tried using this both under and on top of my foundation to selectively highlight the areas specified on the top of the bottle and I didn't notice much of a difference. With a price tag ranging anywhere from $7 to $10, I would like to see some results considering how effective other products in this collection are (and cheaper!). If you are looking to snag something from this collection, I wouldn't recommend this. However, there are some must-haves to snag if you find them! Check out the Color Tattoos, Eyestudio shadow quads in Cozy Cashmere and Olive Martini, and Color Show Nail Polish in Downtown Brown. All of them function beautifully and are well worth the price.

Maybelline Touch of Light Luminizing Face Glow 

Maybelline Touch of Light Luminizing Face Glow 

Maybelline Touch of Light Luminizing Face Glow 
See this product in action in my latest tutorial!

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

BBC Roundup: From L'Oreal to Clarisonic, this weeks' roundup has it all!

  • Clarisonic has just released a new Acne Cleansing Set. For more information, and a chance to win your own, head over to Blushing Basics.
  • NARS re-launched their Eyeliner Stylo line with new colors and formula. The Stepford Witch reviews and swatches these for you!
  • Retrodiva's Beauty checks out Neutrogena's new Shine Control primer, foundation, and powder. See if it really does keep the shine at bay.
  • Cosmetically Challenged has chosen her favorites from the China Glaze Bohemian Collection. Did any of your faves' make the cut?
  • Alison of the Advice Sisters wants to tell you why she's in love with Dimitri James (not actually the MAN, whom she's never met, but definitely his SKINN Cosmetics). The Perfect Palette is your perfect travel companion.
  • Destany at Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom thought she was losing her mind recently when she forgot the Deborah Lippmann True Blood nail polish she was wearing was scented...
  • Emily Hudspeth is Bringing the Beauty to You! Getting great deals and having great hair are 2 things that most girls love. See these great L'Oreal products that Emily scored and how she liked them.
  • Do you wear makeup to the gym? BeautyTidbits shares her opinion on troweling on cosmetics before a workout session.
  • Connie from Mimi's Mani's shares the anti-aging benefits and her love for Dalton Cosmetics.
  • Making Up the Midwest found the perfect yellow nail polish just in time for the transition to fall!
  • Stephanie Louise- All Things Beautiful swatches the 4 new shades from the Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo line for fall...which are must-haves?
  • Discover an arsenal of beauty goodies that will keep your look bullet proof and that travel well! Mama Fashionista shares her tools for Beauty On The Go!
  • Who doesn't love a good beauty bargain? Christina from Curls N Pearls shares her latest makeup counter savings discovery.
  • Grab the men in your house! LuminousLacquer's fiance shares his thoughts on August's BirchBox Man!
  • TheFabZilla discovers an eye makeup remover that's natural, paraben-free and cruelty- free from an organic food store. Find out if it's a yay or nay.
  • The Beauty Professor took the recently-released Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation on vacation...read all about her pleasant surprise!
  • Glitter.Gloss.Garbage is giving away two Eclos Anti-aging skincare sets!
  • BeautyJudy swatches and reviews the summer collection of a new, fashion-based nail polish brand, LVX.
  • Rie from Nails and Noms would like to introduce you to Takko Lacquer, a new indie polish brand that has a gorgeous range of shimmer, jelly, and duochrome polishes!
  • Lipgloss Break and Alberto VO5 are giving away a huge hair care prize package. Enter to win!
  • Make Up For Ever hits the spot with their lasting lip colors, Aqua Rouge. Beauty Info Zone has two of the these beauties to share with you.
  • Blushing Noir swatches the new Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge to prove that a hot red lip CAN last all day!
  • Scottish Beauty Blog caught up with amazing Ana Cruzalegui and her team backstage at this year's Edinburgh International Fashion Festival and what a makeup extravaganza it was!
  • Fall calls for dark, rich hues! See how Phyrra used Manic Panic Voodoo Blue & Purple Haze to change her hair for Fall.
  • Ro's Raving about Fevour Cosmetics, a new mineral cruelty free cosmetics line.
  • Lola from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog has found THE Holy Grail face oil- Sponge Ladi Avokanto is heavenly, Cruelty-Free, and a healthy must-have miracle worker in a bottle!
  • Oh So Lacquered tries her first Sephora by OPI polish and is completely obsessed with this turquoise glitterfest!
  • Sheila from Painted Ladies takes you on a tour of the mascaras featured on the blog recently. Which mascara is the best?
  • Is your hair dry and unruly? Then the new Smooth Lock line from Redken might just be for you. Pammy Blogs Beauty tames her long, dry, highlighted locks with this great new line!
  • Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog swoons over the holo sparkles in an Island Girl nail polish.
  • Starting blogging but don't know what you should do? Cosmetics Aficionado shows you 5 blogging changes you can make today.
  • Ashley from Peek & Ponder shares a frosty purple eye makeup look and shows each step it took to create it.
  • Have you tried Pomegranate nail lacquer yet? Nidia at Lit from Within does her interpretation of the 'claw' nail art with Blue Screen of Death and Cyberspace.
  • Miss L from Beauty by Miss L reviewed Institut Arnaud Youthful Radiance Day Cream SPF5 that is for women in the age of 25-35 who wish to fight against the first signs of ageing.
  • Polarbelle finds a vacation in a palette with the NYX Be Free Palette; nearly everything you need in one box.
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    Friday, August 24, 2012

    Review & Swatchfest: Maybelline Limited Edition Eyestudio Quads in Olive Martini and Cozy Cashmere

    Maybelline Limited Edition Eyestudio Quad in Cozy Cashmere
     Maybelline has a winning 2012 fall collection and, in addition to reviewing and swatching three of their limited edition Color Tattoos and a polish from their limited edition Color Show shades, I have two of the limited edition quads to show you as well.

    This was a hard collection to pass up as it focuses on rich neutrals and browns in a big way. The first quad, Cozy Cashmere, is the perfect example of this. With a stellar champagne highlight shade accompanied by a rich chocolate with gold sparkle and two matte/satin shadows - one medium brown with a red undertone and one medium brown that leans taupe - this quad just screams fall. I can't believe this purchase is the first I've tried these Maybelline quads because they really do have excellent quality. All of the shades in both of these palettes are pigmented without primers and glide on smoothly.  I don't notice them having an especially long wear time alone (3-4 hours of a "just applied" look), but I typically wear shadows with primers anyway. While the darker shadows tend to have fall out, I would say they are chalky or powdery. I'm especially impressed with the shadows in Cozy Chasmere because they are a perfect blend of textures and can be used to create a subtle daytime fall look or an amped up night look. All of the darker shades lean a little red and, as a result, will flatter warmer skin tones. But the next quad I'm going to talk about, Olive Martini, will cater more toward cooler skin tones.

    Olive Martini is one of the most interesting quads I've seen in a while because of the duo chrome shade it has. Despite having a few shadows with this sort of effect, I'm suckered into buying it nearly every time because it's just so gorgeous and unusual. I particularly like the way it was paired with the other shades in this palette because I never would have put a baby blue shade with it on my own. The only downside I see with the palette is the lack of finishes. All of them are very shimmery if not downright sparkly. This might be a bit much for many people's daytime look. But it's ideal for a night on the town! But, I shouldn't mislead you. This palette could easily be used in a daytime look; it just doesn't present as much versatility as a palette like Cozy Cashmere that has lighter, more daytime appropriate shades.

    Overall, I would recommend both of these palettes to readers! In fact, I might be on the fast track to purchasing more of these within the permanent line because they are so great. A+!

    Maybelline Limited Edition Eyestudio Quad in Cozy Cashmere

    Maybelline Limited Edition Eyestudio Quad in Cozy Cashmere

    Maybelline Limited Edition Eyestudio Quad in Olive Martini

    Maybelline Limited Edition Eyestudio Quad in Olive Martini

    Maybelline Limited Edition Eyestudio Quad in Olive Martini
    Cozy Cashmere used over the Gold Shimmer Color Tattoo Cream Shadow

    Cozy Cashmere used over the Gold Shimmer Color Tattoo Cream Shadow

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    Review, Swatchfest, & Comparison: Maybelline Limited Edition Color Show Nail Lacquer in Downtown Brown

    Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Downtown Brown

    Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Downtown Brown

    Of all of the new releases with the new Maybelline collection, Downtown Brown was the most attractive nail lacquer to me because it has an intriguing duo chrome finish. After bringing it home, however, I found that it's not only duped by a MAC pigment, but also another shade within the same fall Maybelling collection. Read on to learn more!

    Before starting with the dupes, I'll give the polish itself a review. Downtown Brown is a red-tinged brown with a green-leaning turquoise reflect. One coat provides semi-sheer coverage and two makes the polish mostly opaque, although I had to add a third coat to a few nails to get complete coverage. The nice thing is that the formula is thin enough so that even three coats dries in a reasonable time. From my experience with other polishes in this line, wear time ranges from two to four days without tip-wear - pretty average for my nails.

    After looking through my collection to find similar polishes, I ended up discovering a dupe in an unsuspecting place: my pigments and eyeshadows. MAC's Blue Brown pigment has a slightly bluer reflect, but the red-brown base is exactly the same and, when mixed with a clear polish, creates a very similar effect, but with a slightly cloudier teal finish. Wear time with this shade will depending on the polish you mix the pigment with.

    After looking at some shadows from Maybelline's fall collection, I also fond that a duo chrome shade from the Olive Martini quad would create the same effect. While creating a polish with a pressed shadow is slightly tricker than using a pigment, it is possible as Amber with Makeup Geek shows us in one of her latest tutorials! To see a review and swatches of that and another palette I picked up from this collection, check back later!

    Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Downtown Brown

    MAC's Blue Brown pigment mixed with NYC clear polish

    Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Downtown Brown

    Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Downtown Brown with MAC's Blue Brown on the pinky

    Maybelline Eyestudio Eyeshadow Palette in Olive Martini

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