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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Get your game face on, pros. The Makeup Show is in town!

The Makeup Show is returning to Chicago with some major keynotes, hands-on workshops, killer deals, and great networking opportunities! Hosted at the Bridgeport Arts Center, the event promises to be as packed this year as it was last.

In addition to keynotes from the likes of esteemed celebrity MUA Pati Dubroff, and stars of Face Off and Naked Vegas Anthony Kosar and Nix Herrera (see a full list of panelists and a schedule on the Makepup Show site), there are going to be new products and unprecedented discounts. Be sure to check out the following:

  • MAKE UP FOR EVER will bring their new Rouge Artist Shade Extensions and coordinating Aqua Lip Liners to trade for the first time.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC) is bringing Tarred and Feathered - their lip-defining, anti-feathering lip primer - to Chicago for the first time.
  • KEVYN AUCOIN is offering 50% off their entire range of Sensual Skin Enhancers and debuting their NEW Loose Eyeshadow Shimmers.
  • INGLOT Cosmetics is offering between 30% and 50% discounts on select products. 
  • TEMPTU is launching their Best In Kit - complete with 6 shades to sculpt, line, define, and highlight.
While these are just a few deals, there will be 75 brands beauty brands present! Will you be in attendance?

OCC Tarred & Feathered

By Bailey B

Review + GIVEAWAY: Too Faced Little Black Book of Bronzers

Too Faced Little Black Book of Bronzers
With just a few weeks left until summer, Too Faced launched every bronze-seekers dream - their entire bronzer collection packed into one palette! While they call it the Little Black Book of Bronzers, "little" it's anything but. While it has sold out both times it was available on Too Faced.com, you can buy each Too Faced Bronzer individually. $30 a pop might not be feasible for most, so I reviewed each one to give you an idea of which are right for you, and which you can do without. 

Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer - A matte bronzer light enough for fair to medium skin tones. 
Chocolate Soleil Bronzer - A deep matte bronzer for medium to deep skin tones. 
Snow Bunny Bronzer - A light, shimmery bronze that consists of 4 distinct shades - a white-gold frost, a light copper, a light pink, and a rose gold. This functions well as both a highlighter and eyeshadows!
Bronzed & Poreless Bronzer- Too Faced has turned its Primed and Poreless powder into a pressed bronzer for smooth, even coverage. Although a little warmer, it looks very similar to Milk Chocolate Soleil, and is nearly identical when worn. The primary difference is the smoother texture and lack of chocolate scent.
Pink Leopard Bronzer- A shimmery bronzer that's similar to, but deeper than, Snow Bunny.
Beach Bunny Bronzer - The deep counterpart to Snow Bunny, this bronzer has 4 distinct shades that lend themselves well to performing as eyeshadows or mixed together as a bronzer.
Endless Summer - Although I haven't had any issues with Too Faced bronzers budging throughout wear, Endless Summer is their long-lasting formula that promises long-lasting wear. Despite having a small amount of shimmer and being slightly deeper, it looks nearly identical to Milk Chocolate Soleil when worn.
Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer - Similar to Beach Bunny, Sun Bunny offers multiple shades of shimmery bronze - one light and one deep. Perfect for all-over bronzing!

What's your favorite Too Faced Bronzer?

Too Faced Milk Chocolate and Chocolate Soleil Bronzers

Too faced Snow Bunny Bronzer

Too faced Snow Bunny Bronzer

Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless

Too Faced Pink Leopard

Too Faced Beach Bunny Bronzer

Too Faced Beach Bunny Bronzer

Too Faced Endless Summer

Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer
Too Faced Little Black Book of Bronzers

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Win the Ultimate Bronzer Wardrobe from Too Faced!

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Review: Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara

Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara

While at BeautyCon last weekend, I managed to snag a few of the Spring 2014 launches from Revlon - including Revlon's NEW Bold Lacquer Mascara! It promises length and volume with a bold, black, fiber-laced formula. While it wouldn't be my go-to mascara for dramatic lashes, I think it delivers on its lengthening promise, but adds some wispiness (rather than volume) to lashes. Additionally, the formula is long-lasting, leaving no signs of smudging, flaking, or fading throughout the day! In the end, it comes down to whether or not the effect it provides to the lashes is what you want. Here's a brief breakdown:


  • Volumizing
  • Smudge-free, flake-free wear
  • Affordable ($7.99)


  • Doesn't lengthen as much as other formulas
Have you tried Revlon's new Grow Luscious formula?

Before | After
8AM | 6PM
By Bailey B

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Current Foundation Routine

It's been a while since I've shared the foundation products I use on a daily basis, but the change in weather has solidified my routine to ensure my makeup won't move as the temperatures rise. To see the products I'm loving, and how I apply them, watch the video above! For any reviews I have of the products used, check out the links below. Share what goes into your daily foundation routine in the comments below!

Products Used:

it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector Concentrate Cream
Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (shown in the Bonjour Soliel Palette)
theBalm Instain Blush in Toile
Benefit Watts Up Highlighter

Brushes Used:

Makeup Geek Angled Stippling Brush
Makeup Geek Face Buffer Brush
Makeup Geek Cheek Highlighter Brush
Real Techniques Blush Brush
em Cosmetics All Over Face Brush

On the rest of my face:

Shadows from Mally's More Perfect Palette: Natural and Mally's Glow Eyeshadow
Mally's High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Wild Tulip

By Bailey B

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Top 5 in Under 5: Brow Products

Products mentioned:

  1. it Cosmetics Your Brows But Better (YBBB) Skinny Pencil (Get 2 for $29 ($14.50 a piece) on QVC) - The size and consistency of this pencil makes it perfect for creating a crisp outline for brows that need some shape, and drawing realistic individual hair. The spoolie on the end is a bonus!
  2. it Cosmetics Brow Power Waterproof Perfector - The increased thickness of this pencil (as compared to the YBBB) makes it a great choice for filling in brows. Additionally, the creamy consistency sets brows, so once they are filled they stay in place all day.
  3. NYC Kohl Brow/Eyeliner Pencil - This is the affordable cousin to the it Cosmetics Brow Pencil. It's great at filling, and the waxy consistency makes it good for setting brows as well.
  4. Milani Brow Tint Pen (review) - For a product that multitasks as a fine-liner and a filler, Milani's felt tip brow pen is perfect. It creates a natural looking tint - perfect for creating natural-looking brow hairs. 
  5. Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade - For those that prefer the precision of a liner brush, a pomade is for you and Anastasia's Dipbrow Pomade is the cream of the crop for it's smooth consistency and impressive lasting power! The only issue (currently) is the lack of shade range. I personally don't have an exact match, but viewers let me know that new shades are set to hit shelves this summer!
  6. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow - As an alternative for those wanting a pomade, MUFE's brow mousse comes in at a close second. It promises the same lasting power as Anastasia's, but the shade range is wider, and the products is dispensed through a nozzle which might be trickier for some.
Make sure to watch the video above for more product info!

By Bailey B


Monday, May 26, 2014

Review & try on: SocialEyes Lashes in Vamp, Delight, and Enchanting

SocialEyes lashes in Vamp, Delight, and Enchanting
Karissa Pukas - one of my favorite YouTubers - recently launched her very own lash line: SocialEyes Lashes. Given how on point her lashes (really, her makeup in general) look in all of her videos, I figured purchasing a few would be a sound investment in the beautification of my own eye area. And at $5.95 a pair, who could resist?!

The line has 13 sets of full lashes, 2 sets of half strips ($4.95 a pair), and a set of individual lashes ($3.95 for a set). I decided to go for the following:

Vamp: tapered lashes with varying lengths that get more dense toward the outer lashes. These look lush, but natural given the varied lengths of the lashes.
Delight: tapered lashes with a length that uniformly gets longer toward the outer corner (along with the density). These add a little more drama than the Vamp.
Enchanting: long, defined lashes tapered so the longest lashes are in the center of the strip. These tend to look the most natural when worn. 

Given the price, I am so impressed with how natural the lash fibers look and feel - no synthetic sheen to give your falsie secret away. The thin (and clear in some cases) lash band contributes not only to the natural feel, but comfort I experience when they were on - no thick, rigid band to irritate eyes. They feel well made too. I anticipate getting quite a few wears out of each pair!

Whether you are a daily lash wearer or someone who just liked to indulge occasionally, this is a fantastic line of lashes to draw from. You can't beat the quality for the price, and they ship worldwide! 

Have you SocialEyes-ed yet?

SocialEyes lashes in Vamp

SocialEyes lashes in Vamp

SocialEyes lashes in Delight

SocialEyes lashes in Delight

SocialEyes lashes in Enchanting
SocialEyes lashes in Enchanting
By Bailey B

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Review & Swatches: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains in Rio Rush, Miami Fever, LA Exclusive, and Parisian Passion

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains are the latest glossy-stain hybrid to make big waves after hitting the beauty shelves! If you love pigmented lip color that stains the lips and leaves a glossy finish, keep on reading (and check out the video above) to see if these are for you!

For starters, I picked up the following shades:
Rio Rush - Bright pink
Miami Fever - Vibrant orange-red
LA Exclusive - Soft baby pink
Parisian Passion - Deep plum

All of these shades have a cream-finish - no glitter or shimmer to speak of. They glide on smoothly and evenly (provided lips are dry) and while the glossy shine wears away with minor eating and drinking, the color lasts for hours - approximately 4-5 hours. The tapered doe-foot tip makes precise reapplication a snap when the time comes!

The only downside I noticed is the scent. These have a very synthetic smell that, while I can't taste or smell once it's on my lips, is definitely noticeable when during application. To those who are sensitive to scent, I recommend the L'Oréal Colour Riche Caresse Aqua Lip Lacquer. The texture and performance is very similar to what I experience with Revlon's Moisture Stains, but with a more pleasant scent. 

Have you tried Revlon's new Colorstay Moisture Stains?

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains in Rio Rush, Miami Fever, LA Exclusive, and Parisian Passion

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains in Rio Rush, Miami Fever, LA Exclusive, and Parisian Passion

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Rio Rush

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in LA Excluive

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in LA Excluive

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Miami Fever

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Review & Swatches: CoverGirl ShineShadows in Gold Goddess, Platinum Club, and Color Me Money

CoverGirl ShineShadows in Gold Goddess, Platinum Club, and Color Me Money

Cream shadows from the drugstore can be hard to come by, but some unsung heroes I discovered a few months ago are those from the CoverGirl Bombshell ShineShadow line! At first, I started with the shade Platinum Club - a smoky metallic plum - but it took me a while to broaden my horizons to Gold Goddess and Color Me Money. Once I did, I knew they deserved their own review! 

The ShineShadow line has a mousse consistency, and each of them have a metallic finish. Each one is layerable to pack on the pigmentation, yet dries to a powdery finish. Those with oily lids will want to prime beforehand, but I don't think a setting powder is necessary. For the price (about $7), these are a great way to add a high shine finish to your everyday look. 

Have you tried them yet?

CoverGirl ShineShadows in Gold Goddess, Platinum Club, and Color Me Money

CoverGirl ShineShadows in Gold Goddess, Platinum Club, and Color Me Money

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

CoverGirl ColorLicious Lip Gloss in Plumlicious, Whipped Berry, Sweet Strawberry, and Candylicious

I've been on a gloss kick lately. Something about the (impending) heat of summer makes me want to lighten things up in both color and texture, and glosses are a great way to do it. Among the spring/summer launches in the drugstore is a new shade range of glosses within CoverGirl's Colorlicious line – some bright candy-toned hues that are exactly what I have in mind for my seasonal lip switch-up. The colors I got were the following:

Plumlicious – A sheer neon pastel plum with a jelly finish
Whipped Berry – A sheer pink berry with a jelly finish
Sweet Strawberry – A sheer blue-toned red with a jelly finish
Candylicious – A frosted lilac with a soft violet duochrome

Each one swatched beautifully and with great pigmentation, but sheered out a significant amount on the lips. Each one glided on smoothly, provided relatively even pigmentation, and had a great non-sticky texture, but the lightweight consistency led to a short wear time at around 1.5-2 hours without major eating and drinking. 

Ultimately Whipped Berry and Candylicious ended up looking very similar save a subtle frost in Candylicious. Additionally, Sweet Strawberry lacked all of the pigmentation the swatch promised. Plumlicious, while sheer, might be a great way for those who are purple-phobic to add an on-trend pop to their everyday look. 

Overall, these are some good lightweight glosses to have, but don't let the stark differenced between the 4 when they are in the tube fool you into thinking you need all of them. On the lips they are very beautiful, but not as pigmented or diverse as you might think.

Looking for gloss with more of a punch? Check out Milani's Brilliant Shine Lip Glosses!

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Navy & Gold for Spring & Summer

Looking for a way to add some sophisticated color to your spring and summer look? Navy is a great way to do so. Here's a quick and easy tutorial using a blend of neutrals and navy with some great new products from the drugstore! Curious about a certain product? Check the links below to see a review and learn more!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Peek Inside my Mary Kay VoxBox + Giveaway!

A recent Influenster VoxBox presented me with an excellent opportunity to try some Mary Kay products. Some were new to me, others were old favorites, but all created a simple, glam look I've been loving when I need a go-to look. Check out everything that came in my VoxBox below!

Lash Love Mascara – Unlike the lengthening version of the Lash Love formula, the wand with this mascara is straight. The plastic bristles are longer and evenly spaced, and while I feel like they contributed to evenly coated lashes, the wand wasn't able to curl my lashes as well. They formula lasted all day flake and budge-free, but I tend to prefer the lengthening formula for what it can do to my eyes.

Cream Eyeshadow in Apricot Twist A longtime favorite, this cream shadow applies smoothly and lasts all day on my eyes without creasing or fading. Apricot Twist in particular is a beautiful golden peach shade that illuminates eyes nicely, while still providing faceted color if that's the only color you chose to wear on your lids that day. The concealer/cream shadow brush is perfect for getting a smooth, even, opaque application

Mineral Cheek Color in Shy Blush – With every Mary Kay blush I try, I wonder why they aren't more talked about! This shade in particular is a soft coral with a finely milled gold shimmer that acts as a highlight as well. With great pigmentation and a smooth texture, it blends in evenly and wears well all day. It's also buildable, making it suitable for a wide range of skin tones!

Bronzing Powder – While it looks tantalizing in the pan, this bronzer looks even better when worn. The satin finish allows it to work well not only as a bronzer, but also as a contour in the hollows of the cheeks, temples, and beneath the jaw line. The texture of the powder gives skin a flawless finish and blends well with other face products – both cream and powder.

Setting Powder – The timing of this box coincided with a comment I received on a Top 5 video rounding up my favorite Mary Kay products. KraftyKaitlyn said, "I had a friend recommend it and I fell in love!!! It really is just how she described it... It's like velvet! The texture and finish is amazing!" On the scale of setting powders, Mary Kay's is more finely-milled, making it difficult to build up a noticeable white cast. While I find this doesn't set makeup as well as those that might apply heavier, the difference is negligible. The real highlight of this product is the packaging! The sifter at the top has a turn-style closure to keep products from getting trapped in between the cap and sifter, making a mess imminent upon opening a jar that's been tossed every which way in travel. This is my biggest problem with loose powder products and Mary Kay has solved it!

NouriShine Lip Gloss in Mango Tango– Once again, this isn't my first try with Mary Kay's gloss, and every time I use them I'm shocked more people don't rave about them. Although they slip easily on the lips and feel light and cushiony when worn, the pigment is the real star of the show when it comes to these glosses. 

Gel Eyeliner & Expandable Brush - Mary Kay's gel liner is on the softer side, but offers up excellent pigmentation. With allergy season underway, I sometimes can't help but touch my eyes during the day - eyeliner that lasts is a must. This gel dries to a matte finish and lasts through nearly anything! It proved to be a little difficult to remove, but nothing that a top-notch makeup remover couldn't accomplish, and completely worth it for a liner that lasts through allergy season!

At the end of my VoxBox trial, I continue to be impressed with Mary Kay. Since I already have (and love) the Cream Eye Shadow in Apricot Twist, so the one I received in my VoxBox was an extra. You know that that means - enter to win one of my favorites down below!