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Oh Mascara… a product that really makes your eyes pop but that I’m so critical of when it comes to finding and trying new brands.  I’ve been told by so many people that mascara basically is the same for each brand, but that the wand is what makes a difference.  I truly beg to differ.  I am the only one out of all of my siblings that got stuck with the itty bitty lashes from birth.  There’s absolutely no hope in finding them longer over night and while some lash conditioners and strengtheners may work, it’s always temporary.  Because of this, I’m constantly on the hunt for a mascara that I can consider a holy grail and that will work for my hopeless lashes.  Over the last few months I had the opportunity to try out a mascara I had never heard of before:  Bellimisa Masterful Eyes Mascara.  And, today I share my overall thoughts with all of you.

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Bellimisa Masterful Eyes Mascara is the signature mascara from the brand.  The company states that the mascara lengthens, shapes and defines your lashes – giving them an immediate volumizing effect with a water-resistant finish.  It has film forming agents that provide maximum quality and staying power while vitamin E and peptides keep your lashes healthy and conditioned.  Masterful Eyes Mascara is also safe for sensitive eyes (like mine) and cruelty free.  Bellimisa Masterful Eyes Mascara is free of Parabens, DEA/TEA, Propylene Glycol and Harmful Preservatives.  It yields various benefits like Vitamin E which is an antioxidant and lash conditioner and Peptites that help enhance growth and restructuring of the lash.

Color – Black, Net. Weight – 0.27 oz./8mL

Ingredients: 
Aqua/water, Cera Alba/beeswax, Copernicia Cerifera Cera/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) wax, Glyceryl Stearate, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil/Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Pvp, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Silica, Sorbitan Sesquiloeate, Palmitic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Phytate, Myristic Acid, Lauric Acid, Oleic Acid, Ppg-26-buteth-26, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Alcohol, Apigenin, Oleanolic Acid, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1
MAY CONTAIN (+/-): CI 77891/titanium Dioxide, CI 77491/iron Oxides, CI 77492 Iron Oxides, CI 77499 Iron Oxides

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Now that you are armed with all the information on the product itself, let’s talk details – shall we?  Bellimisa is an interesting mascara and so far after using it the last month or more I’ve been enjoying the brush/wand hourglass shape, it’s really allowed me to get close to my natural lash line and coat from the root to the tip.  However, since I have such small and thin lashes, I feel like this mascara just doesn’t have enough oomph to really coat my lashes and give them the affect I’m looking for.

I’m used to a mascara that has a mousse like texture that allows for coating of my lashes while providing length and grasping each of my tiny little lash hairs.  This falls short in the length and the volume aspect when it comes to my lashes.  I feel like the color is not dark enough, and it doesn’t add to my lashes, but makes my already small lashes look small.  Layering this mascara or building it up can also pose a problem, because while it is water resistant, the more layers you put on, the quicker the mascara starts to leave little bits of product on my cheek bone and below my eyes.

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Here’s the deal – we all know I keep it 100 here and I love sharing products I adore, but I’m also realistic, not every mascara will work for me and my needs.  I have crappy lashes – plain and simple and there are few mascaras that can yield great results for me that are on the market today.  But, here’s what I do love about Bellimisa – over the last month and a half or so of using the product, I have found that my lashes seem stronger, much more conditioned than before and I do notice that there is less shedding of my lashes than previously.  While this mascara doesn’t necessarily give me the va-va-voom look I yearn for in a mascara, it’s a perfect (one to two coat) mascara that I can use daily to lightly enhance my eyes while still conditioning and strengthening my lashes.

Bellimisa offers a cool subscription service which allows you to replenish your mascara either monthly or bi-monthly at a discounted rate of just $16.00 a tube or you can decide to pay by a one-time purchase of $28.00 per tube if you decide not to go with the subscription.  You also have the option of customizing your subscription with additional products from the line like the Natural Fiber Brow Gel, Hydrating Silk Remover or Cleansing Sponges should you decide you want more.

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Honestly, I think that it’s great that a mascara offers so many great benefits and I think that someone who has longer lashes will most likely love this mascara.  It’s not the mascara’s fault that I ended up with small lashes when I was born, but it also means that I tend to be a lot more selective when it comes to mascara.  I think that ultimately – you won’t know if a mascara works for you unless you try it for yourself… and in my case, this particular one helps with the health of my lashes, but doesn’t offer me the benefit of length and volume that I seek.

Want to learn more about Bellimisa?  Check out their website: https://bellimisa.com
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So, what about you?  Have you heard of Bellimisa before?  If so, have you tried any of the products?  Do you have short lashes and if you do, what are your favorite mascaras to use for length and volume?
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When it comes to Max Factor, it’s a brand name I have used back in my teens and one of the first makeup brands I was interested in because of it’s line of fun and funky eye shadow colors.  It’s funny to think that a brand I hadn’t seen in my local stores in about 10 years holds such a place in my memories… but I remember seeing gorgeous eye shadows in the displays as a teenager and it was an impression I hadn’t easily forgotten.  I’m excited to say however, that Max Factor is returning to the United States, offering their Max Factor USA Capsule Collection and for a limited time, you can get your hands on some of these gorgeous beauties.

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Working with Pat McGrath, Global Makeup Artist and Design Director, Max Factor released a limited edition capsule collection that includes four fabulous products:  The Masterpiece Max Mascara, Masterpiece High Precision Liquid Eye Liner and two Colour Elixir Lipsticks in Simply Nude 725 and Maroon Dust 735.  This gorgeous collection of treats was released in August (yes, I’m aware that I’m a bit late to the game) and are available to purchase at select Target, Walmart and Walgreens locations (you can also purchase online on Amazon and Drugstore.com for a limited time).  I have just recently started seeing this collection in my local stores as of the end of September, so hopefully it will stick around for my makeup lovers to get their hands on them.

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Now, if you are a part of the younger generation of makeup addicts, you may not be familiar with Max Factor or the brand itself.  Let me clear that all up for you…  Max Factor was the original inventor of modern makeup and the very first artist to start his own brand.  The capsule collection that you see here was specifically created to be a limited edition collection to the United States, featuring a select edit of glamour essentials for all beauty lovers.  Since Max Factor didn’t just invent new ways for women to explore and express their glamour, he changed the beauty industry and paved the way for all artists, creators and makers you love and follow today.

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Let’s start with the Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara ($9.99).  A high volume, high definition mascara that offers high impact volume in one swipe.  The brush for this mascara delivers volume and definition to offer bold and thick lashes.  It’s smudge proof and touch proof and I love that it leaves my lashes feeling soft and feathery.  If you are like me and have very sensitive eyes, I think you’ll enjoy this mascara because it is a great one for that purpose.

“Max Factor, Academy Award Winner and Visionary Make-Up Artist, comes a line of make-up that created the most glamorous looks of Hollywood’s Golden Era.”

Now, I have oober sensitive eyes and my lashes are pretty much hiding from the real world.  Because of this, I tend to wear false lashes as much as I possibly can and I’m very particular with my choice of favorite mascara.  The Masterpiece Max Mascara definitely helped to coat my lashes to add length and I like that the wand is small enough to still grab on to my teenie tiny lash hairs.   I do need to wear it layered with another mascara that offers more volume, but nonetheless, it gets the job done and like I mentioned previously, it works great on my sensitive eyes.

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The Masterpiece Precision Liquid Eye Liner ($9.99) is a high precision liquid eye liner.  This liner is said to transform your look with a bold, intense liquid liner that will offer the precision of a pencil.  With Black Velvet formula, this liner glides on smoothly and dries quickly.  This liner was created to allow you to create two glamorous looks from one versatile and unique paddle shaped tip.

“You are not born glamorous, Glamour is created!” – Max Factor

Now, I’ve tried a liquid liner from another Drugstore brand similar to this one before and in all honesty, it’s a liner I consistently have used over the last year or so.  So, I wouldn’t call this “unique” since another brand has similar on the market.  I do however, enjoy the formulation of this liner.  If you are looking for bold and black color, you’ll definitely have that here.  The liquid dries really fast, which is always a great thing.  And, I love that you have the option of going thick or thin just by the flick of the wrist to create the look you desire.

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Since I’ve used another eye liner like this one before, I’m quite familiar with how to manipulate the liner to create the looks I want, but I can totally tell you that if you haven’t used anything like this, it may take a bit of getting used to, to get this to work in your favor… unless you are just a pro at getting things down.  If you are looking for a liner that can offer you bold and deep color, I think you’ll enjoy this a lot.  Start with a thin line and carve out your wing or your liner and then turn the liner on the side to color in the gaps… that’s the best way I can explain it to work for you if you are struggling.

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While this is a pen liner, it has a very liquid like consistency, so a light hand is best when applying it.  It dries quickly, but that also means you will need to work pretty fast.  The bold color can give you all day wear, which is great, but that also means that if it does start to move on you, it will be so noticeable because the color is so bold.  While I didn’t notice much smudging or running of the product on my eyes – I can say that if you tear up – it will move on you… so I reserve this liner for days that my allergies are not crazy on me.

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The Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipsticks ($13.99 retail – prices vary at different locations) in Maroon Dust and Simply Nude are probably my favorite in this collection of treats from Max Factor.  Let’s face it, I have more lipsticks than any one person should own, but it’s one of my favorite makeup products to have.  These lippies are said to have the same formulation as their original ones but have slightly different packaging from what we had seen from Max Factor before. I actually like the gold packaging, it gives the product a luxe feel.  These lipsticks are said to have “active moisturizing ingredients” to help transform your lips into looking luscious and full as well as giving you that look of smooth, plump and soft lips.  These colors are said to be complimentary, which I actually like since I know I can get use out of each shade.  Maroon Dust reminds me of a nude Terracotta like shade that is perfect for Fall (or year round) and Simply Nude is a gorgeous nude shade you can use daily or year round.  Each of these lippies are quite comfortable on the lips and have a pretty decent wear time.  With eating or drinking, I definitely need to touch up – but considering these are creamy, I still get about 3-4 hours of wear time.  If you tend to have drier lips, I highly suggest exfoliating (sugar scrub or a toothbrush) because these are so creamy they can really exaggerate the lip lines.

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I also think these are quite expensive, even for a roll out of new products – they are still pretty up there in the Drugstore cost range.  If these are too much for you – I would go for Milani Color Statement lipsticks (nude cream being one of old school favorites and a similar shade to Simply Nude).  I’m sure if I look through my vast Milani lipstick collection I’ll find a dupe for Maroon Dust.  Don’t get me wrong, these are gorgeous lippies, but at the cost point, I’m not sure I would gravitate towards purchasing them if I hadn’t tried the formulation out first.  I have however, been getting a lot of use out of both of these shades and I think they look great with Spice Lip liner from Milani.

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I’m absolutely ecstatic that I had the opportunity to try this capsule collection.  Let’s be honest here for a moment, there are some brands that I will always remember and will have a place in my heart as those that I have loved at first look.  Max Factor is definitely one of those brands.  I would love to see the entire line make a come back to the United States, but I’m definitely happy that I was able to reminisce of my teenage years with a brand I enjoyed.  Who knows, we may see this brand pop up more in the coming years.

Have you tried anything from this collection?  If so, what was  your favorite?  If not, do you remember Max Factor and seeing it in your local stores?

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When it comes to lashes, I’ve said it time and time again… but I really wasn’t included in that distribution.  I always joke around about it, but apparently I was absent when they were handing out long luscious lashes and I was left with what I have on my eyes now.  All kidding aside though, my lashes are small, thin and very difficult to see… so any type of product that can help enhance them naturally or give them a little more pizzazz, I’m up to trying.  Recently Pixi Beauty sent me some fun mascaras and lash products to give a go and today I’m sharing my thoughts with all of you on each one.  Let’s get started shall we?

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Over the years, I have tried several products from Pixi, but I don’t recall trying any of their mascaras, so this was quite exciting for me to give them a try and see how they worked for me.  I’ve had these mascaras now for over a month and I’m finally comfortable providing my thoughts on each one.

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Pixi products (like these mascaras) can be found online at Pixibeauty.com or via Target which is where I like to buy my Pixi products.  There are four mascaras that I had the opportunity to try.  The Black Lacquer Lash Primer, Lash Booster Mascara, Lengthy Fiber Mascara and Lower Lash Mascara.

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The Black Lacquer Lash Primer retails for $15.00 and comes in a jet black formula.  This lash primer is a multi-use product that helps to plump, protect and prep your lashes for your favorite mascara.  It has a thick mousse-like consistency which I like and it applies fairly easily to my lashes.  Since it has a smaller brush that has a curve, it easily gets to all of my itty bitty lashes and coats them nicely.  I like that this lash primer doesn’t irritate my eyes, since many primers can do so and it applies without any clumping.  This product works well with layering other lash products so I do enjoy it for that reason and it doesn’t smudge if used on its own.

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The Pixi Beauty Lash Booster Mascara retails for $15.00 as well.  It comes in Blackest Blue or Blackest Black (I have blackest blue) and while you could be a little worried about a blue mascara, it’s such a dark shade that it doesn’t look blue on the lashes.  The shade itself really brings out my brown eyes.  This mascara is said to be the “do-it-all” mascara that curls, defines, lengthens and thickens but leaves behind a glossy and waterproof finish.  It has a standard mascara wand, but one that is stiff, dense and small enough to coat all of my lashes for a showstopping look.

I love how my eyes sparkle with this mascara, it’s not a favorite, but it gets the job as the description promises.  Since I have pin straight and thin lashes, I do have to curl my lashes, but the formula of this mascara helps my lashes hold their curl.  It offers my lashes length and thickness without clumping and it doesn’t smudge, budge or move on me.  I will say though, I was pretty impressed at how easy this mascara came off with my micellar water.  Even if it is said to have a waterproof finish, I didn’t have to scrub my eyes to remove the product at the end of the day.

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The Lengthy Fiber Mascara retails for $16.00 and comes in a black formula.  This mascara enhances and elongates lashes with its fiber filled formulation.  I haven’t been a fan of fiber mascaras over the last couple of years because my eyes have been so sensitive, so I was a bit worried to try this one out.  Immediately after removing the want from it’s tube, I noticed the fibers on the brush (as you can see from the image above).  I was terribly worried that it would affect me and took my time applying this mascara.

With a few swipes of this mascara onto my lashes, I noticed a huge difference in how long my lashes had looked.  This mascara is a bit different than your traditional fiber mascara in that you apply it over another mascara, versus a traditional fiber mascara in that you apply it beneath a mascara.  Once I figured out how to get it to work, it seems to work fairly well.

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With any fiber mascara, it can irritate the eyes if the fibers poke your eyes or get into your waterline, but once I was able to figure out how to make it work for me, I haven’t had any issues and I really enjoy it.  My lashes look fuller and longer and while I did get irritation in my eyes the first time, now that I know how to apply it, I haven’t had any issues.

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Pixi Beauty’s Lower Lash Mascara retails for $11.00.  This mascara comes with a specialized slim brush that has short bristles to help effortlessly coat lower lashes and hard-to-reach small lashes.  It has a water-resistant formula which makes it great for the lower lashes and if formulated with vitamin E and panthenol to help the product stay all day – especially on sensitive and runny eyes like mine.

Since I have naturally short lashes, I find this mascara to be my favorite out of the four.  You never think you need a “lower lash” mascara but when you try this, you’ll surely see why it was created.  This mascara and brush wand help to really elongate my lower lashes and separate them easily.  This formula allows the mascara to stay all day without any smudging which I love, even with my water eyes and I love that I can use this mascara to help with clumping.  I apply one thin coat of this mascara to my upper lashes prior to my other mascaras to make sure that I grab all the little lashes that are hard to reach.  This really makes a difference in how my lashes look.

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I love that Pixi Beauty offers a unique collection of mascaras.  Since I naturally have short lashes, I tend to layer my mascaras to create a customized effect that will allow my lashes to be seen.  These four mascaras layer nicely together and work well to create the layers I’m looking for.  You can decide to use each mascara together and layer them or use separately to create your perfect lash look.

Overall, if I had to choose my favorite out of the four mascaras that I’ve tried, I think the LowerLash Mascara would be my fave.  It grabs all my little lashes on my lower and top lashes to create a great look.  But all of them work well and provide a great combination when used together.  Even the Lengthy Fiber Mascara impressed me.  I highly suggest checking them out if you are looking to try something new.

Have you tried any of these mascaras before?  If so, what do you think about them?  If not, are there any you are interested in trying for yourself?

You can purchase these products and so much more from http://www.pixibeauty.com or at your local Target Store.

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About a month ago I was sitting around in front of the television flipping through channels when I stumbled upon QVC and Mally Roncal had some gorgeous goodies she had been debuting.  Now, I am a huge fan of Mally and I’m not gonna lie, in a matter of seconds I found myself in front of the computer ready to check out.  QVC stated that it had been quite a while since Mally (a makeup artist to the stars and creator, founder and owner of Mally Beauty Cosmetics) had a Today Special Value or TSV on the show, so I knew it was my time to pick it up and get it while it was available.  Today I’m sharing with you this lovely buy – one I’ve had in my possession now for almost a month and testing and playing with.  Since the set is still available on QVC, I figured this would be a great time to share with you.  Mally The Good Life 6-piece Color Collection includes a set of awesome high performance products with new goodies for 4K HD.

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So what is this awesome collection?  The Good Life 6 piece Color Collection on QVC includes 6 products that offer high-performance quality to quickly enhance your beauty.  This kit is awesome, especially for busy moms that really want a quick pop of something without putting too much time into their busy days.

Check out the video on my YouTube channel as I show you all the goodies live.

4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation is a full coverage, hydrating, moisturizing, anti-aging, HD powder foundation.  Basically – it melts like a cream once you apply it to the skin and literally leaves your skin looking flawless, feeling soft and hydrated for hours.  Formulated to emulsify the minute it touches your skin – with awesome skin loving ingredients like coconut oil.  This foundation is nice and feels great on the skin so I have been loving it.  We all know I rarely use foundation but when I do I need one that will be good to my skin and not leave me feeling funky, oily and yuck.  This foundation feels really nice on and leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft.  This foundation is available in the shades Fair, Light, Medium, Tan or Rich.  I got Tan, but I think that I could have pulled off Medium as well.  This foundation will retail for about $38.00 once it releases.

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You also get the Mally Beauty Foundation Brush.  This is a duo-fibre foundation brush that buffs the product into the skin.  It’s soft to the touch, but very dense which allows you to pack on color.  This brush is a little scratchy on me, even after washing, but it could be because my skin is sensitive, but overall I think that it would be a great brush if I didn’t have sensitive skin.  Because this can really pack on the color when using this brush – it can offer full coverage for the foundation included.  Since the foundation shade is a tad bit too dark for me (probably good for summer), I will probably choose another brush for application.  I could not find this brush listed anywhere – but I’m sure it will retail between $40 – $50.  The ferule is well made, sturdy and this is a really nice brush to add to your collection.

The More is More Mascara is a new release as well and coats the lashes for a dramatically dark, lush, “false-lash” look.  This mascara is a tad bit more wet than I would like for a mascara, but I LOVE the effect that it offers me.  It volumizes and lengthens leaving my lashes looking larger than they normally are.  This mascara’s wand it designed to allow you to apply the mascara the traditional way using the mascara wand horizontally and then changing it up to have the wand pointed vertically to help lengthen the lashes.  I do notice length and volume with just one or two coats… even with my small itty bitty lashes.  As we all know, my lashes are oober short, so the fact that they are noticeable and visible says a lot.  This mascara applies easily and I love how soft my lashes feel after application.  It literally feels like you have nothing on.  This mascara is not waterproof and can smudge on me, but I’ve been enjoying it nonetheless.  The mascara will retail for about $20.00 when it is released.

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In the photo below I am using one coat on the top and one on the bottom.  If I build up my lashes more, you can definitely see a huge difference.

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You also get the Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra in Moonlight (a light champagne shimmery shade) and the Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra in Smoky Quartz (a medium plum – brown shimmery shade).  Both of these are such gorgeous shades and have the same type of formula of the traditional Evercolor Shadow Sticks.  Moonlight is a gorgeous shade to apply to your brow bone and inner corner of your eyes to help brighten up your eyes and give you the look of being awake and the Smoky Quarts is a great shadow stick to apply all over your lid and lower lash line for a touch of sparkle and eye shadow.  The Evercolor Shadow Sticks are smooth and creamy enough to apply to your lids and blend them out, but set nicely for stay all day coverage.  These are perfect for those days that you want to look put together, but don’t have a lot of time to do your makeup.  If you purchase the Evercolor Shadow Sticks on their own – they retail for $25.00 each.

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The Performance Lip Shellac in Cherry Blossom is a medium soft focus pinkish-nude shade.  This lip shellac is very pigmented and you get a punch of color in one swipe.  It is such a gorgeous color, but I’m not a fan of the sticky consistency.  I know I’ll get some use out of it, but wish it wasn’t so sticky.  I do know however, that it lasts longer than a traditional gloss because of the sticky texture and it is much more pigmented than a gloss.

This product is not available for sale yet, but should be about $20.00 when it is released.

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Along with the collection, you also get a really cute pink and grey makeup bag to carry all your goodies.

In the collection there are products that are brand new and not available for purchase separately till August 1st.  The 4K Ultra HD Fantasy Foundation and More is More Mascara are new launches and not yet available till then.  Each product you get is in full size.  If the products in this set are purchased alone, you are looking at a retail value of about $170.00 and the Mally Good Life 6 Piece Color Collection is currently available on QVC for $62.00 (plus shipping).  When I purchased my set – it was $58.00 on TSV and you can always opt to purchase in 2 easy payments.

Since I’ve had this set now for about a month, I’ve been getting lots of use out of the products included.  When I’m looking for something extra and a little variation in my every day – mascara only – type of look, I pull out this set and add in some of the fun goodies that are included.  Considering the price point of this collection and how much each product is sold separately, I’m really impressed and think the cost of this collection is well worth it.  I highly suggest checking it out and seeing if this set is one for you.  You can purchase this at QVC.com.

Watch the video and get all the details from me.  Click here to watch directly on YouTube.

Have you seen this product set from QVC yet?  If so, is it something that you would be interested in?  If not, is it something you plan to check out?

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When it comes to hair, well – I was blessed with lots of it… except for the department in which my lashes are concerned.  My Chinese & Filipino genes kicked in and left my lashes not only sparse, but short and tiny.  They are hard to see and basically look like I have none at all.  I do use false lashes to mask that and while I have considered lash extensions, I opted out of that choice because my eyes are too sensitive for the adhesive.  What I’m left with is little to no lashes on my peepers and a continuous search to find the mascara that will fix it all.  Recently I was sent the Pacifica DreamBig Lash Extending 7-in-1 Mascara to Try.  Let’s just say that I was skeptical and wasn’t quite sure it would work for me… but I gave it a go the last 2 – 3 months and I finally have my thoughts on this product for you.  Let’s get started, shall we?

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Now – we all know that when it comes to mascara I’m consistently on the hunt for a good one.  I tend to love high-end mascaras but hate the price tag so I steer clear if at all possible – though I do repurchase the ones I love until I find a good dupe.  Since I have teeny tiny lashes, finding a mascara that will give me both volume and length is a challenge and I find myself layering my favorites that offer that so that I can get a desire-able look.   Hearing about a mascara that will offer not only length and volume but a variety of benefits for my lashes sounded too good to be true, until I tried it.

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The Pacifica DreamBig Lash Extending 7-in-1 Macara offers you 7 wonderful benefits with a magic wand that lets you fake it till you make it.  Retailing for $16.00 and available for purchase at Pacificabeauty.com, Ulta Beauty Stores and Target Stores, you can get this mascara pretty easily.  Considering the price point, it is about $10 more than what you would expect to pay at the drugstore, but offers so many more benefits.

Offering Instant Length, lifts and separates, volumizes and conditions, rich color pigment, a lash serum formulated within and a 2-in-1 brush, you simply can’t go wrong with what this mascara offers.  You can easily amplify your lashes instantly with all natural plant fibers that build and build your lashes to give you that full and long lash look you are searching for.  I have tried many mascaras over the years and have loved many as well, but I’m beyond impressed with this one – so much so… I have already repurchased another tube.

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Included in this mascara is a clinically studied peptied that has been shown to help improve natural lash length and volume.  The natural ingredients within the formulation help to condition the lashes.  I have noticed over the last 2-3 months that while my lashes are still short, they feel soft and are not as brittle as they tend to be.  With the mascara on my lashes, my lashes are soft and feel lightweight.  They are not stiff at all – which makes wearing this mascara nice.  I love the effect this mascara offers, though it is not waterproof and it can run on me very easily.  Since I have sensitive allergy prone, watery eyes, I noticed that it will run and smear very quickly once wet or teary eyed.  It can also smudge some… so I have to be careful to select a good time to wear this mascara.  But, even with a runny mess sometimes, I absolutely enjoy the look it offers and will continue to use it.

Interested in seeing a live demo?  Click on my YouTube video here and check it out.  I do a review as well as show you each coat as I apply it and how it looks when the mascara is applied.

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Left Side – with one coat of each, Right Side – no mascara

If I’m looking to put on mascara quickly and head out of the door, I tend to do one coat of the lengthening mascara and one coat of the volumizing side of the magic wand.  The results and difference in how my lashes look are pictured above.  If I added another thin coat of each of the lengthening brush and the volumizing – then I would have gotten lashes that are pretty substantial and visible.

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Both eyes have two coats of mascara

The Pacifica DreamBig Lash Extending Mascara has a wet formula.  I’m not too fond of wet formula mascaras because they tend to clump my lashes before they offer any benefit.  This mascara can definitely be built up – but it also offers some clumping after too many layers (specially for me, because my lashes are quite short).  It took me a few tries to get the hang of how to use this mascara and I really needed to work on wiping off the excess before applying to my lashes so that it wouldn’t cause it to clump up.  The formula is nice – dark and rich, which I love.  After about 2-3 uses I did notice that the formula was a lot easier for me to work with, either because I finally figured out how to make it work or because the mascara dried some.

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Length and Volume in a Twist - Pacifica DreamBig Lash Extending 7-in-1 Mascara, Review & Demo

How do you use your Magic Wand?  Well, simply apply the first layer using the long brush.  Let it dry to the touch and twist the end of your wand to review the shorter brush that is used to build.  Apply the second layer.  I tend to use one layer of one brush and two layers of the other to help give my lashes the length I want.  What’s so great about this mascara is that you can continue to layer it for the look you want… layer away.  And, with daily use you will help to condition and grow your lashes.

Did I mention the packaging?  I absolutely love the chic white tube, but most importantly the stars and unicorns… well – it’s the bees knees and I love it.  We know I love mythical beings like fairies and unicorns and this mascara literally reminds me of unicorn tears sent to offer my lashes some awesome magic. 😉

Overall – as with many things from Pacifica, I’m quite impressed.  I have tried a few mascaras from the brand before and they just didn’t wow me or offer me anything that I liked, so I was so happy to find one that I really have been enjoying.  I have to be a bit careful when using it because it does smear or smudge on me if my eyes tear up.  On days when I don’t have that issue, it will go all day and look great.  I would love to see Pacifica offer a waterproof formula for this mascara because I would absolutely love it.  If you’re planning to use this at the beach this summer – I would probably skip it – because even with a little rain, I have raccoon eyes.  But, that still doesn’t keep me from enjoying it – because it does what it says it will.

As with anything from Pacifica, this mascara is 100% vegan and cruelty-free and overall lash friendly.  Like I mentioned previously – there are several places you can purchase this mascara when it’s in stock.  I hope it is a permanent item because it’s one I will use for my lifetime… I truly like it.  How about you?  Have you tried this mascara yet and if so what are your thoughts?  If not, what do you think about a mascara with such an interesting wand?  Gimmicky or lifesaver?  I think it’s a lifesaver!

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Milani so I tend to stock the site and my local stores for new products consistently.  About a month or so ago I came across a display for some products that I had been eyeing from the website that were recently released – so I decided I would pick them up to try them out.  Ultimately – like with any type of product, what may work (or not work) for me, may or may not for others, so I figured I would share my experience on them.  Today I bring to you my thoughts on the Milani Moisture Lock Lip Treatment, Milani Lash Trifecta Mascara and the Milani Length in Seconds Lash Extension Fibers.  If you are not in the reading mood – you can check out my video where I explain my thoughts, here.

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Let’s start with the Milani Moisture Lock Lip Treatment in 01 Moisturizing Almond Coco which retails on Milani’s website for $8.49.  I got mine at Walgreens for $6.99 or $7.99 (sorry – I lost the receipt and couldn’t remember the cost).  I was immediately attracted to these because I cleanse and moisturize with oil nightly so I thought this would be a great option for daily use as well as on the go (since carrying a tub of coconut oil with me in my purse was not an option).  The lip treatment comes in 8 different types of oil treatment and has a Net. Wt. of 0.10 oz / 2.85 g which is a good amount of product and perfect for the on-the-go option.

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This lip treatment includes a scent (specifically a sweet coconut for the one I selected) and is formulated with Jojoba, Avocado and Tsubaki Oil.  Each shade is infused with a different nutrient-dense oil to treat a specific concern – the almond/coconut being that it  helps with moisture.  The applicator is really cool and unique.  It’s soft and much larger than your standard doe foot applicator, but applies evenly and nicely to the lips.

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What I love is that while there is some tact to the actual formula of the product, it is not sticky at all and really glides onto the lips, leaving them moisturized for house thereafter.  There is a shine to your lips which make this perfect for days when you want a natural look as this particular one doesn’t have any color.  Did I mention is smells wonderful?  I absolutely love the fragrance from this product – not overpowering at all but leaves a hint of scent while applying.  My lips feel soft, moisturized and overall hydrated for the rest of the day and I love that the packaging of this product makes it so easy to use and take with you.  I’ll be buying more of these in different shades/types really soon.

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The Lash Trifecta Mascara retails for $7.99 and helps to lengthen, curl and separate per the claims from Milani.  This mascara separates each lash using a curved 3-sided sculpting brush that adapts to your lash line.  It has special conditioning ingredients in the mascara formula that make the lashes feel soft – never brittle.  With the use of this product, your lashes will appear longer and fuller and offer clump-free wear.  The lash brush works well in coating each and every lash – including my really small ones that most mascara wands tend to miss.  The formula seems to coat each lash well too.  I like that the wand is on the thinner side allowing me to really get to the base of my lashes for good volume at the root.

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Overall – I think this is an okay mascara.  I have never really had any luck with Milani mascaras in the past, but liked how similar this mascara wand was to that of one of my favorite high end products.  The formula in my opinion is mousse like and applies nicely – though like most mascaras, the first several uses are a little too wet to my liking for my teeny tiny lashes.  The brush is interesting in that some of the parts of the brush are a little sharp or pokey like and rushing when applying this mascara is not ideal… taking your time will allow for you to use the brush properly without poking your eye.  Once the formula dried a little, I noticed it applied nicely and did pretty okay.  Since I have short lashes, I wouldn’t say it gave me a lot of length or volume, but I do love that my lashes are really soft (no matter how many coats I use) and I definitely didn’t have issues with clumps.  Also – it really doesn’t smudge or move through the day unless my eyes are watery… then I’m a raccoon. lol  The formula is a plain mousse black which makes it ideal for every day use – there’s no shine to it.  I’m still on the fence as to whether I would repurchase this mascara again.  I think that it is pretty okay – but doesn’t quite wow me like some other mascaras from the drugstore.  I like it – but don’t love it.

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The Length in Seconds Lash Extension Fibers is something you don’t see very often at the drugstore.  Retailing for $7.99 this product is Vegan and is tiny little white fibers that help give you that false lashes look.  I have pretty tiny lashes, so products like these seem to be ideal for someone like me, but often times, I think they just don’t work as well as I would like.  To apply, simply apply one coat of your favorite mascara to your lashes and then brush the Length in Seconds Lash Extension Fibers onto your wet lash tips.  Finish off the look with a second coat of mascara to seal in the fibers.  I found that I really had to be selective with the lash fibers in the type of brush and formula I used to get optimum results.  The fibers really are abundant, so sometimes if the mascara is not wet enough – they do not stick and can fall on my cheeks or into my eyes.

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Applying this product can take some time and a little finesse which is something I’m not particular fond of.  If it gets into my eyes – it causes my eyes to tear and even if I’m able to get it out, by that time my eyes are ruined and I really can’t salvage the makeup look.  I make sure that when I am applying this product that my eyes are not sensitive that day and I take my time when putting it on.  I like the concept of it and with the right mascara it really can give me a nice full look.  I find however that most fiber extension products like this one, because my lashes are so small, that it doesn’t give me huge benefits like a plain mascara can because there really isn’t enough lashes to grab onto.  While it tends to stay in place most of the day and doesn’t really flake off, I find that it can really irritate my eyes if my peepers are watery that day and can cause a mess.

Overall – I’m not sure if this product is right for me.  I’ll continue to use it because it’s affordable and I like to make use of the product – but I’m not sure that I’ll repurchase it.  Who knows, after a few weeks or months of continued use of this product, I may find a way to make it work and may end up changing my mind.

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The photo above shows what my lashes are like before “without any makeup, mascara, etc.) and then what it looks like with the mascara (2 coats) and with the mascara and the lash fibers (two coats mascara, one coat lash fibers).  The mascara only and then mascara with fibers were done on two different days so that I was not layering on additional product.  As you can see, the mascara holds well on its own without the lash fibers and once I apply the lash fibers they really make my lashes stand out much more.  I don’t necessarily think I need them but it works for what it does.  I do think that the lash fibers work better with some of my thicker mascara wands however and a wetter mascara formula.

Overall – as I mentioned above, I know I’ll be adding more of the Moisture Lock lip treatments from Milani to my collection in the future.  I’m really enjoying the one I have and I’m about to run out soon.  I still have some use left for the Lash Trifecta Mascara and the Length in Seconds Lash Extension Fibers so after using it a little longer, I may change my mind and decide I do like them.  Sometimes even after a while of using a product, with a little trial and error and rediscovery – you may change your mind and decide something that wasn’t great at one time, became a hidden gem.

So what about you, have you tried any of these products before?  If so – what are your thoughts on these products?  If not, are there any you are interested in getting?  You can pick up these products and so much more at Milanicosmetics.com or your local drugstores that carry the brand.  I’m super excited to find Milani at my local Walmart now – woohoo!

Don’t forget to watch the video embedded above or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

xo

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Mascara and eye liner, two things that I love and use consistently when it comes to makeup.  I was very excited to hear that Covergirl had released some new products for the eyes recently and even more excited when I got the chance to check those out for myself to see how I liked them.  Anything that promises me over the top lashes and a bold cat eye are definitely something I am interested in checking out.  Covergirl’s Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me! Eyeliner by LashBlast have been put to the test – do you think they made the cut?

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Let’s start with the mascara shall we.  The packaging on this mascara is cute and it is huge – it even feels pretty large when holding it in your hand.  The product says that this will provide you 400% corner-to-corner volume and has a unique lash styler that you twirl as you apply.  As you will see in my demo/first impressions video, this was a little tricky to apply at first.  The wand is kind of odd in my opinion and even after using this product for a month since recording the video, I still have yet to get the “twirling” aspect of it down.

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I got this mascara in VERY BLACK which is great because that is really the only mascara color I use.  The mascara is very dark in shade which I like and it makes my lashes definitely stand out against my tattooed liner.  I am quite impressed with the brush and how it gets my little lashes and really does add volume from corner-to-corner as it states.  I think the only con I had for this product was the overall learning curve and the fact that applying to my lower lashes was not very easy at first and is still a bit of a challenge for me.  I will usually stop applying this mascara at two coats because I will notice that if I am trying to twirl as suggested, it can start to make my lashes clumpy and bunchy.  If I do not twirl and apply as I would normal mascara that I use, I can usually get about three coats of mascara without clumping.

The formulation is a little on the mousse-like side and seems to take a little longer to set than my regular mascaras.  Once set it doesn’t seem stiff or hard on my lashes and my lashes still have a soft feeling to them.  The biggest issue for me was that since my eyes are sensitive and do tear, once it tears I have mascara smeared all over my lower and upper lash line.  I definitely need to try the waterproof version.

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Overall – I think the mascara offered me reasonable length and volume and I have continued to use it since I first opened the package.  I isn’t a favorite, but I have been able to make it work for me and I like the effect it gives my lashes.  Would I continue to purchase?  Hmm… maybe in a waterproof formulation to use as every day because it did offer good lift and volume for my tiny lashes.

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Next is the intensify me! liquid liner by lashblast.  This liquid line has a unique paddle-shaped top that gives you two different looks in one.  You can either go dramatic and thick or thin and elegant.  The formula is an intense black formula that glides on smoothly and dries super quick.  I love that you can create different looks easily and it’s great that there is minimal to no skipping when using this product as you apply your liner.  This liner is Ophthalmologist tested and suitable for contact lens wearers which is a plus for me all around since my eyes are sensitive. It removes easily with soap and water, which is great but also a negative for me since I have sensitive eyes I tear a lot.

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I did notice some smudging after a little while of use and if my eyes tear heavily, it will smear and run.  But, the formula on this product is dark and a deep black which I like.  It has a little shine to it, but still appears black once it sets.  I love the paddle-like tip on this product because it makes applying your eye liner or creating a cat-eye or winged liner so easy, even for those who are novice at it.  I think this would make a great starter liner and I know I’ll continue to use it because I love how smooth it glides against my eye lid without tugging.  You also get bold color in one swipe which is awesome.

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It’s rare to find really good liquid liners at the drugstore that will meet both my need for ease of use as well as color pay off and quality.  I’ve pretty much tried them all and I’m really impressed with this product overall.  I would love to find it in a waterproof version, especially since my eyes tear often and if I do, I know it will easily become a favorite.

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Overall – while I was fairly impressed with the products when I first tried them (see my video here), I definitely think that I have grown to enjoy these products.  I use the Covergirl Super Sizer by Lashblast Mascara in combination with some of my favorite lengthening mascaras and get a great result and I have truly been enjoying the Covergirl intensify me! by lashblast liquid liner because of it’s ease of use for creating your favorite kind of eye liner look.  Will I purchase these again?  Hmmm… I know I’ll definitely purchase the intensify me! eye liner again and I’m still on the fence with the Super Sizer mascara.  If I can find the mascara in a waterproof version and try that out – it may give me a better idea if I truly would consider this a repurchase.  I like it, but it smears easily on my watery eyes so I’m still not sure about that.  Overall – I do think they are pretty nice products for the price.

Have you tried any of these yet?  What are your thoughts on these products?  Don’t forget to check out my video where I demo and share my initial/first impressions of these products.  My review you are reading here is after a month or so of use.

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I’ve been sitting on some new Jordana Cosmetics products now for a few months and little by little a few of these have been appearing here on the blog or in makeup looks and tutorials on YouTube, but I haven’t really posted about them in a whole.  Today I figured I would share a few of them with all of you in the case that you decide you want to check them out for yourself.

Get the whole run down and a little chit chat in my recent video which you can watch embedded below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

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First on my list are the Jordana Cat Eyes Liquid Eye liners.  I discussed these on my blog a week or so ago and also listed swatches which you’ll find here.  These are just $2.99 and come in fun colors for those summer looks that are not only bright and playful but runway ready.  These shades are fun, funky and I love the price point.

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Next up are the Jordana Color Tint Blush Sticks.  I have six out of the twelve shades that are available and these are priced just as awesome as the eyeliners.  At just $2.99 each, these make great cream blushes or a base for your favorite powder blush.  While they apply smoothly and I enjoy how nicely they blend on the skin, I find blending with my finger is probably the best bet in application and these do really well as a base offering good longevity.

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Left to Right – 10 Sunkissed, 11 Rouge Romance, 12 Golden Sheen
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Left to Right: 07 Baby Pink, 08 Hot Hot Hot, 09 Peach Nectar

If you wear these on its own – they will give you a great flush of color (or vibrant color depending on the amount you apply) but they will fade.  The color will last – but you may need to apply.  Nonetheless, these are fab for the price point and I love using them.

Jordana Dramatic Effects Mascara

Another fun addition to Jordana’s every growing line up are the Jordana Dramatic Effects Mascaras.  These come in fun and bold shades and retail for $2.99.  I was really excited to check these out and as much as I loved the bold colors, unfortunately – due to my small eye lashes, the brush was not ideal for applying as I would regular mascara.  They didn’t show up on my lashes as well as I had hoped so I had to find another purpose for them.  I took out the shades and tested them on my hair and found that they worked well as a temporary brush in color.

Jordana Dramatic Effects Mascara

The dramatic effects mascaras applied easily to my hair with one swipe and worked just as other “hair mascaras” have in the past for me.  While this may not have been the thought behind them when it was formulated, it’s the only way I can get use out of these.  It’s not Jordana’s fault that I have short itty bitty lashes – so I just make due in anyway I can.  Just a quick note for anyone who uses it this way – while the colors did wash out when I shampooed my hair, the green shades or blues may take a little effort in taking the color off.  It didn’t stain or ruin my hair, but did take a little more elbow work to get it off.  I find soaking my hair with a hair mask makes it easy and effortless to remove.

I did post a full review on the Jordana Modern Matte lipsticks – however, new colors were released around the same time as these products.  You can find swatches on the new shades here and my thoughts and swatches on the original release here.

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These new products can be found at various stores like Walgreens and CVS (I’ve been seeing them pop up here in my local stores) and you may also find them at your nearest Kmart.  Of course – check out jordanacosmetics.com because all of these products can also be purchased online.  Have you tried any of these yet?  What are your thoughts on them?  Don’t forget to stop by my video as I chit chat about the products – click here.

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Disclaimer:  The products mentioned in this post were sent to me for review and / or consideration.  All opinions are my own and 100% honest & unbiased and I was not paid to provide this review.  There may be affiliate links posted through out.

I can’t believe how fast this year has flown by.  In all honesty, I think I blinked or closed my eyes for a nap like Rip Van Wrinkle and woke up a year later.  So much has happened this year and I have had the awesome opportunity to try out so many different products newly released.  While I have tried out so many wonderful products, I also found that I stuck with a few favorites from last year as well.  With the end of 2014 so quickly approaching, myself and the gorgeous beauties from the Beauty Council bring to you our Best of Beauty 2014.

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My list includes a variety of Cosmetics, skin care, face and body products as well as hair and perfume.  My favorites range from Drug store products to high end and include a wide variety for all.  I know I’m a little earlier than usual this year, as I normally make this post or video in January – but I wanted to share this information with you in case you are looking for ideas for Christmas presents for that Beauty lover in your life.  I’ll have a video and maybe a revised post sometime in January.

[Some of the products mentioned in this post include Press Samples & Affiliate Links.]Best of Beauty 2014

This year I tried out a lot of new skin care items and while some didn’t quite work for me, others have become favorites of mine.

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  • Coconut Oil – this has been a favorite of mine a few years now and still something I just can’t live without.  It is the number one item in my skin care arsenal.
  • Freeman Beauty Feeling Beautiful Face Masks – I have tried several of these this year and so far I’m loving them all.  They are not harsh on my sensitive skin and really affordable.
  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser – this is my HG facial cleanser and one I’ve been using for years now.
  • Japanese Konjac Sponge – I have used a few varieties of these Konjac Sponges this year and they have been great for my face and a separate for my body.
  • Valentia Skin care Vitamin C + Hyaluronic Serum – We all know I’m a serum addict and this one is one of my favorites.
  • Michael Todd Soniclear Cleansing System – I have only been using this the last few months but it is my favorite cleansing tool to date.
  • Be Delectable by Cake Beauty Body Lotion – yummy, delicious scent and great moisturization.  One of my favorite lotions – EVER!
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For hair care this year, I wanted to be able to use products that would offer my hair more moisture so I could embrace my natural curls.  I also needed products that would protect my hair from sun damage and help tame my frizz.

  • Dove Pure Care Dry Oil – When used in combination with my Coconut Oil and/or Argan Oil, this dry oil has helped to keep my hair soft and frizz free.  This product also smells yummy!
  • DermOrganic Argan Oil Hair Care line – these products, all of them from this line have become favorites this year and I don’t know what I would do if I lost them or couldn’t buy them.  They leave my hair feeling so soft, my curls are gorgeous and my hair is frizz-free.

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I can’t believe the amount of products I have had the opportunity to test out and use this year.  While I had to narrow my list down quite a bit, I chose out a few items that I knew I tend to pull for more than others.

  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams – I wish my local stores sold all the shades available, but nonetheless, I stock up on these when I can.  They apply like a liquid lipstick, feel nice on the lips and their matte.
  • J.Cat Wonder Lip Paints – these very affordable lip gloss like products are fun and come in a variety of shades.  I own six of them and really have been enjoying wearing them the last 6 months or so.
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes – these lippies were just recently released within the last few months.  They are creamy, feel wonderful on the lips and they don’t dry my lips at all.
  • Milani Color Statement Lipsticks – there’s no secret there that I am in love with these lipsticks.  Nuff said. lol
  • Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencils – ah, these are so awesome.  Full with pigment and color, feels wonderful on the lips and non-drying.
  • Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Shadows – I love how easy these are to apply to my eyes and they are so easy to grab and use for days when my makeup application has to be quick. So affordable too.
  • Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette – I have a few favorite palettes from this year, Lorac Pro 2, Lorac Mega Pro and so many more… but if I had to choose one palette I thought really hit it home for me this year – it was the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. And, I’m not gonna lie… my Semi Sweet palette is on its way – so I am excited for that too.
Best Face Products 2014
It’s no secret that I have a thing for blush and highlighters.  Well, let’s face it, I have a thing makeup in general. lol  But this year I tried out some new products and ventured on to new goodies to play with.
  • Benefit Porefessional – While I don’t use many face products, I do sometimes look to primers to help minimize pores.  This is still one of my all time favorite face products.
  • Maybelline Baby Skin – Instant Pore Eraser – I love the way this product feels on my skin.  Just like the Benefit Porefessional, this is a product I do not use often, but when I do – it helps my products in longevity (like blush and bronzer) and minimizes my pores
  • NYX Sunkissed Radiant Face Powder – One of my all time favorite highlighters I used this year, this product feels so soft, is finely milled and blends great on the skin.  It can be used as an all over face powder or on special areas on your face.
  • NYX Matte Bronzer in Deep – This is one of my favorite Matte bronzers from the drug store.  This product is the right shade for me and the shade range is nice for a drug store brand.  It blends nicely, doesn’t look patchy on and works as a great all over bronze or contour.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders Palette – this palette is well worth the cost for the amount of product you get.  If you are interested in diving into Hourglass – this is a great way to try three of their powders.  I love Radiant Light as one of my favorite sunkissed highlights though all of the shades definitely have a place in my heart.
  • Milani Baked Blushes – Come on now… we all know I love Milani and I am a huge lover of Milani Baked Blushes.  They are available in gorgeous shades and are very pigmented, have awesome staying power and are some of my favorite blushes to bat.
Best of Fragrance 2014

I love sweet smelling scents and this year no matter how large my collection of fragrances, I still found myself consistently pulling for these.

  • Malin+Goetz Dark Rum Eu de Toilete – this scent is unlike any I have smelled before.  It’s unisex so man or woman can wear it.  It’s a musk like scent but has a soft hint of feminine touch.  I can’t explain it.  I love layering it with some of my favorites for a custom blend.
  • Coach Love – this is one of my signature scents and it makes so much sense seeing as I love the brand Coach.  Definitely one of my favorites.  Soft with a hint of sexy.
  • Aquolina’s Pink Sugar – There is just something I love about a sugary sweet or vanilla scent and this one really takes the Cake. lol

Best Mascaras and eyeliners 2014

I am always looking for the perfect mascara and eye liners and while I have quite an extensive collection, I tend to gravitate to the same ones over and over again regardless of my selection available for use.  These are some of my favorites from this year.

  • L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara – I really love that this mascara gets all my tiny little lashes and makes them visible.  For the price tag, I think it offers great volume and some length that work for me.
  • Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara – this one has been a favorite now for about two years.  Since I have short lashes, I love that this coats my lashes, gives them great volume and make them visible for me.
  • Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara – still one of my favorites into the second year of use and I have continued to purchase over and over again.  Gives me length, volume and doesn’t flake.
  • New York Color Liquid Eye liner – while this isn’t waterproof, I still love that it lasts on me for quite a while, definitely a favorite of mine and under $3.00 – it can’t be beat.
  • Mally Beauty Evercolor Waterproof Liners – Midnight is probably one of my favorite liners, though I do have a few other colors and love them.
  • Jordana 12 Hour Made To Last Liquid Pencil Liner – these are some of my favorites and I have them in every color available.  They work well on my waterline, apply smoothly and hello – they are under $3.00

I know my list of products is long and I would be lying if I didn’t say that I actually narrowed it down quite a bit.  Truth be told, I had a lot of fun testing out and trying new products this year and it definitely reflects on the products I enjoyed using and selected.  I think the joy in beauty products and makeup for me is that the options are definitely endless… from drugstore to high end brands, now a days you have so many choices available for you – it really is difficult to narrow down favorites when so many of them are close calls.  Did you notice I left out nail polish?  If I included those… I would need a whole new post. lol

I’m definitely looking forward to 2015 and all the new releases and products that will become available soon.  Brands are constantly developing new formulas and shades, colors and textures that it makes for a great selection.  I hope you all stick around and read or watch about those products here as I love to share them with you.

Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday season.  And, don’t forget to stop by the other lovelies posts from the Beauty Council and see what made their top picks for 2014.

Signature Honey

It’s no secret that I don’t wear makeup every day… even if I love using makeup and creating looks – my every day consists of mascara and lip balm or nothing at all.  It took me many years to get comfortable in my own skin and majority of the time, I rather not hid it if I don’t have to.  Since this is the case – mascara is a big deal for me and I go through a tube of it quickly.  I have my favorites, but I’m always on the hunt to find the mascara that will not only give me gorgeous length but also volume.  Unfortunately, I was the only one out of my siblings that was blessed with nada-lashes…  What are nada-lashes?  Lashes that I have nada of – lol.

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Chrislie Lash Amplifying Mascara & PrimerAbout a month ago I got my hands on the Lash Amplifying Mascara and Primer from Chrislie Formulations.  Having used lash growth serums in the past, fiber mascaras and those that claim to give you gorgeous lashes when you can so easily see that they are using falsies in the ad, I was a bit skeptic if this primer and mascara would work on me.  When I received the package, I eagerly started to use the product in hopes for a glamorous and show stopping affect.

Chrislie Lash Amplifying Mascara & Primer

The Lash Amplifying mascara and primer (0.2 oz. / 2 mL) is a two step process and claims to give you “Instant, Luscious-looking Lashes for Simply Divine Eyes”.  The tube is double sided and is labeled accordingly for easy application.  I especially love the size of the tube because it wasn’t too thick or too skinny that it made it difficult to grip in my hands while I was doing the application.  The mascara & primer have RegnaLash which is an effective peptide complex that is designed to nourish, hydrate and condition lashes (and brows) for a healthier and longer-looking lashes in just 4-6 weeks.  The product itself is supposed to promote soft, supple lashes and resist clumping.

Chrislie Lash Amplifying Mascara & Primer

Application is easy!

First you apply the side labeled #1 – the primer.  This primer is a clear gel that contains lengthening and thickening fibers that bind to your lashes to give them a thicker and longer look when you apply the mascara.  I really enjoy this primer in that even if they have fibers included in the gel, I didn’t feel them at all and my very sensitive eyes didn’t even know that it included such.  It felt very comfortable on the eyes and I didn’t feel like it irritated them at all, as most fiber mascaras do.  When applying the primer, make sure you place your brush at the base of your lashes and sweep it up to the tip of your lashes.  Let try and then move on to step two.

Step two is applying the mascara – #2.  (In case you are unsure as to which to use first – they are labeled accordingly on the tube.)  When applying the mascara make sure to coat each lash as you would with your regular mascara.  Wiggle your wand from the base of your lashes and up to the tips.  If you are looking for a more dramatic effect – apply two coats.

Chrislie Lash Amplifying Mascara & Primer

 

As you can see from the photos above… the first image on the far left is my eyes without any mascara.  Don’t mind the look of liner, my eye liner is tattooed.  The second and third image is what my lashes look like after two coats of the Chrislie Formulations Lash Amplifying Mascara and Primer.  I have very very short lashes and very little volume, but you can surely see a difference on how two coats of this product makes.  If I took the time to add another coat (which I have done in the past), it would give my lashes a little more volume and length for a nice look.

What I love the most about this product is that it doesn’t clump my lashes – I have gone up to four coats just to test it out and didn’t experience any clumping.  While it does say it is water-resistant, since I have very watery eyes – I did experience some smudging if my eyes teared up a lot, but it held up for all day use without budge if I wasn’t experiencing any tears that day while using it.  The mascara was comfortable without the feeling of fibers poking into my eye like other mascaras have done in the past, which is a huge plus.  After just two short months of using this product, I have noticed that my lashes appear to be much softer and more conditioned then before.  I also noticed a little growth in my lashes and they are a tad bit longer then before.  My lashes feel soft when they have the primer/mascara on them and don’t feel stiff or crunchy if I should touch them with my fingers and I like that they have that wispy feeling even if they have 2-3 coats of product on them.

Chrislie Lash Amplifying Mascara & Primer

Overall:  I have been a huge fan of Lashem for years and was excited to try this product out since I used their Lash Growing Serum many times with positive results.  This product is easy to use and great for those who travel since you only need one tube.  Considering I have sensitive eyes – I was amazed at how comfortable they were for me.  The product is clinically tested, Ophthalmologist tested, fragrance free and most importantly Not tested on animals.  If those things weren’t important enough already – for a product that offers pretty good results for little ol me who doesn’t have lashes – it only costs $14.99.  Um… hello, score!

To order this product and more go to: http://chrislie.com/

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Let me start off by saying I apologize that my pictures look so darn orange and weird lately.  I think my camera is acting up because it seems like most of my photos that I’ve been taking (the face ones) are coming out orange, or it could be that because it is now Fall going into Winter and the lighting in the sky is affecting the image.  But here is my Face of the Day.  I haven’t been feeling myself lately and really haven’t put any makeup on all week so I decided I would suck it up and beat this face. lol (you know I really don’t like that term. lol)

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Products used:

  • Eye Primer – elf eye primer
  • Eye shadows – Lorac Pro Palette: Gold (middle of my lid), Deep Purple (outer & inner corner of my eyes as well as into crease and lower lash line), Sable & Taupe (transition shades blended above the crease), Cream (brow highlight) and though it had already lightened some before I took the photo – Lt. Bronze (inner corner highlight)
  • Eye liner – Jordana 12 Hour Pencil liner in black (upper lash line, waterline / tightline and lower lash line)
  • Mascara – Elizabeth Mott’s It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara layered with Mary Kay’s Lash Love
  • Lips – MAC’s High Tea Lustre Lipstick

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thursday.  Don’t forget to check out my Thirsty Thursday Segment on my YouTube Channel.  I’ll be doing that every Thursday and would love to talk story with all of you.  Have a wonderful Aloha Friday.

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I absolutely love Fall… though you don’t really get the full experience here in Hawaii.  This time of year you will notice that a lot of my eye makeup looks are similar… smoky eyes with a red or neutral lips or eye makeup that looks similar in shades to what I’m sporting in my look from today.  To me, Fall reminds me of beautiful falling leaves of various rich and warm tones… purples, oranges, browns and golds.  When I think about Fall, I always seem to remember the scene from American Beauty (hmm… some of you may not know of that movie. lol), where they are walking down the street lined with leaves and another scene where the plastic bag blows and swirls from the wind.  I just love Fall. lol

I decided to create this makeup look, not only to show off my new flower crown I made, but because I was sitting at home, missing my husband.  His schedule changed back to what it used to be and after two months of having him home to have dinner with us, he is back to working the 3pm – 11pm shift.  I just missed him A LOT.  So I decided since my heart felt a little empty – that I would create a look that was inspired by my love for my husband and my thoughts of Fall.  I am really hoping that one day I can experience what falling leaves and the real fall season is really like.

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Makeup used…

Eye Primer – Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Eyeshadows – Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette (Rewind – Transition above the crease, Habit – Brow highlight, Ambush – Lid Color, Betrayal – lower lash line pop of color, Strike – pop of gold in the middle of the lid) Kat Von D Spellbinding Book Palette (WTF – crease color, Wonderland – outer v / outer crease)

Eyeliner – Jesse’s Girl Liquid Eyeliner (upper lash line to wing out my liner) and Jordana’s 12 Hour Made to Last pencil in Black (waterline)

Mascara – Elizabeth Mott’s It’s So Big Mascara under Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash

Lips – Milani Cosmetics All Natural Lip Liner and Dulce Caramelo Lipstick

Brows – Benefit’s Gimme Brow in Medium / Dark

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Accessories…

Brown Daisy Flower Crown – Made my yours truly

Gold Leaf Earrings from Shoplately

Gold Teddy Bear Pendant & Chain – Gift from my hubby over 9 years ago

Diamond Studs – Wedding gift from my hubby over 12 years ago

 

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{This is not a sponsored post.  All products mentioned were purchased by me or sent to me for PR purposes.}  

 

I received the Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara in my September Ipsy Bag.  As most of you know – I am a mascara junkie and probably have anywhere from 7 – 15 mascaras in my makeup stash at any given time (honestly, probably more).  Since I have such short lashes, I am always looking for a mascara that will not only give me awesome length but volume and of course, holding my curl is definitely a huge plus to give my lashes the look of length.At first trial with the mascara, I found it a bit difficult to work with.  I later figured out that the actual formulation dries very quickly.  While that is not necessarily a bad thing, it may be a bit tricky for some to work with.  I like to build my mascara on my lashes, so it took a little bit of finese to really get it to work.
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Once I had the opportunity to really figure out it’s use –  it worked really well for me.  The brush is awesome and it really does help to contribute to great curl.  The mascara is just $19.99 for the full sized tube (10 ml) and comes in black.  You can order it directly from the Elizabeth Mott website or you can search the site to see if a store near your carries the item.While I have heard of Elizabeth Mott products before (I’m a huge fan of the Lash card for myself and clients), I never tried the mascara so it was awesome that I had the opportunity to give it a whirl.  I have been using it daily and in fact will need to pick up a new tube since my sample is just about gone.  Please check out my video review below or watch it directly on YouTube.In each photo above I am using the Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Mascara 🙂

I am a sucker for smoky eyes.  And, I especially love it during the Fall and Winter months because it just adds drama to any outfit.  But, what I truly love about wearing smoky eyes during Fall and Winter is that you can pair it with rich, deep, berry lips and it will absolutely stop traffic.
I created this look because later that day (in the evening honestly) we were going to the County Fair that only happens once a year.  I wanted something that would last all day and that I could use from Day to Night.  Honestly, I had this look on from about 10am to about 11am.  If you want to see my Makeup Removal routine and one of my night time skin care routines, you can check out that video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPLvzfG2GWQ  I was actually using this makeup look on that night when I filmed that video.
Products used:

  • Cowshed Cow Lippy Lip Balm
  • MAC Rebel Lipstick
  • Milani Cosmetics Fuchsia Lip liner
  • Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara and Benefit They’re Real Mascara (lashes)
  • Benefit Gimme Brow and Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius (brows)
  • Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in Black (in upper and lower waterline)
  • Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Eyeshadow Pencil in Prolong Purple (lower lash line – pop of color)
  • Jordana BOLD Fabuliner in Black (upper lash line to create cat eye look)
  • Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Bronze Have More Fun (eye shadow base)
  • NYC Bronzer in Sunny
  • Milani Cosmetics Rose Blush in Romantic Rose