Monday, October 28, 2013

Milani Sparkling Mascara Top Coat!

Good evening Zombies!

Just in time for Halloween and with Christmas right around the corner, Milani Cosmetics has released three awesome new Limited Edition Sparkling Mascara top coats. I was lucky enough to receive them to share with you.

Per the Milani website:

A glamorous sparkling mascara top coat that adds a beautiful shimmer to lashes. The gel based formula allows for easy, even application.

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The wand. I think this wand is absolutely PERFECT for adding the glitter to mascara or alone on the lashes. It's not too big or clumsy and seems to get each lash.

Swatches! I will have looks done with these bad boys in the weeks following.

*small typo- should read Bronze Glare

I did wear Golden Eyes today to test it out and I must say I'm excited about these. Usually glitter bugs my eyes, but this top coat did not. I applied it over mascara and had just enough of a hint of sparkle to make my lashes glisten in the sunlight. I think these are really fun and will be great to add a touch of bling to your holiday looks. 

This collection will be available at select CVS, HEB & Fred Meyer stores for a limited time and retail for $4.99 (USD), though prices may vary.

What are your thoughts on this sparkly goodness?

*products in this post were sent to MZ for review purposes only. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cherry Melt Down, LOTD!


It's hump day! And I actually did my makeup! ANDDD wanted to share it with you too. #winning

It's quite odd for me to gravitate toward more neutral eyeshadow shades, but lately, I tend to reach for more muted and golden shades.  Of course, I still love my sparkle and shimmer! I've also really been enjoying pairing a rich lip with neutral eyes.

The Goods: 

Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ Cream in "Light"
Milani "Luminous" blush

Milani eyeshadow primer
Darling Girl Cosmetics eyeshadow base in "Fluff" over primer
Chinovi Cosmetics "Melt Down" main lid and lower lash line
Darling Girl Comsetics "Jeweled Taupe" in crease
Milani Liquid eye liner in "Black" upper liner
Urban Decay "Bourbon" liner in waterline
Revlon Lash Potion mascara in "Blackest Black"

Milani "Black Cherry" lipstick- perfect for Fall.

I hope you're all having a wonderful week. :)


Monday, October 21, 2013

Darling Girl Cosmetics "In Living Color" Shadow Bases.

Good evening Zombies!

Today I've swatched for you the new In Living Color eyeshadow bases from Darling Girl Cosmetics.

Per the Darling Girl website:

"What is In Living Color shadow base? ILC shadow base is used to create a colored foundation on your eyelid to affect the color/vibrancy of the eye shadow that’s applied on top of it. Its purpose is not to prevent creasing so it is recommended to use your primer of choice underneath In Living Color shadow base.

*In Living Color Shadow Base is a hand blended and hand poured product, that being said if the pour is too hot a thin layer of wax will settle on the top layer of the product. This in no way affects the product or it’s wearability however you might need to make a few swipes to get through the thin layer of wax to show it’s true color."

The eyeshadow bases come in 5 gram jars which contain 3 grams of product. There is a slight *waxy* smell, but I kind of like it. ;)

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There is a trick to these bad boys! Make sure you warm up the top layer- with a finger tip or breath before attempting to apply and you'll get smooth and creamy color payoff.  I adore "Love is Strange" and "Little Black Dress", each of these colors hung on to my skin once swatched for a really long time. "I Pink I Love You" and "Sweet and Spicy" were the most pigmented of the bunch whereas "Fluff" was a little more difficult to work with than the rest of the group. What you see in my swatch of "Fluff" was 4 swipes of product. Again, once warmed up a bit, it applies a little more smoothly.

I really love these bases and can not wait to try them on my lids. I use a base every time I apply eyeshadow. I apply them over an eyeshadow primer. This is how I've always done my makeup since my early days of blogging. I find by using a base my eyeshadow stays on much longer and the colors are more vibrant and pigmented.

"In Living Color" shadow bases are $5.50 for a fill sized jar or grab a sample for $1.00.

*products in this post were sent to MZ for review/consideration purposes only. All opinions are 100% my own and honest.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Vivid Purple Lipstick.. A SHOWDOWN!

Good evening my lovely Zombies!

One of the hottest shades of lipstick/lip gloss right now is intense, vivid red based purples with blue undertones, such as MAC "Heroine". Because "Heroine" was limited edition, I went on the hunt for lip products in drugstores that might be similar to "Heroine" for the people who missed out on it. I found 4 pretty similar colors and one that could be a dead on dupe.

Here is my showdown!

The contenders are:
 MAC "Heroine"- limited edition
Maybelline "Brazen Berry"- Vivids collection
Covergirl "Divine"- core collection
Maybelline "Lavender Voltage"- limited for Fall 201
Maybelline "Vision in Violet"- The Elixirs collection

Don't mind the wonky top of "Brazen Berry". My kid twisted it into the lid. :/


As you can clearly see, right off the bat, "Lavender Voltage" takes the cake in terms of being a pretty dead on dupe to "Heroine." Heroine is matte, where as "Lavender Voltage" is a creme and doesn't last as long on the lips. But this would be a very comparable lipstick for those of you who missed out on or can not afford "Heroine."

"Vision in Violet" is pretty close as well, but it's a gloss. I could see pairing it with "Heroine" for an intense combination!

It's quite fun to have all of these lippies swatched next to each other to compare the similarities and differences. In terms of staying power, "Heroine" and "Lavender Voltage" take the win, but "Brazen Berry" is so lush feeling on the lips and applies so evenly. There is no doubt ALL of these lippies are bright and fun and perfect for a purple lover such as myself.

I purchased these lip products at MAC, CVS, and Walgreen. Go, go forth and buy all the purple!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

My unhealthy obsession with Max Factor "Fantasy Fire".


Ok, maybe it's not so much unhealthy, but that it's rounding the bend to be that way. :D A friend of mine was in the UK recently and brought me back the very coveted "Fantasy Fire" from Max Factor. Let's just say, it wasn't until I saw it in person that I realized I'd been needing it all of my life.

I've done three different manis in a week using it and wanted to show you each one. :D

The day after it arrived, I paired it with L'Oreal's "Miss Pixie". Miss Pixie is a jelly royal blue. The blue set off "Fantasy Fire" in the most dramatic way, making it flash copper in certain light and blue in others. In natural or indoor light, it looked purple. I wore this mani for a good week before I decided to take it off, begrudgingly.

So, then I realized I really needed to see FF over China Glaze's "Flying Dragon." "Flying Dragon" has amazing blue sparkles in the rich purple base. Because FF is a Neon, it dries almost matte, so I knew that FF would cancel that out and let the blue sparks shine. Hell yeah it did!

Outside/natural light

The thing I forget about Flying Dragon is that it chips SUPER easy and a whole chunk of nail polish came off the next day from one of my fingers. Just an excuse to change my mani!


Are you drooling yet? Yeah, me too. Here I paired OPI's "Russian Navy" with Nuf Oh 51 and "Fantasy Fire." I mean, for the love of all things shiny and amazing.

And in the sunlight? Yeah, it's so much better. *sigh*

I've not ever been *this* excited about a nail polish. "Fantasy Fire" has forever changed my life.. (so dramatic) I implore you ALL to somehow get a hold of a bottle. You will not be sorry.

*products in this post were purchased by me or sent to me as a gift. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

L'Oreal Colour Riche "Matte For Me" and "Lacque-onic"!

Good morning Zombies!

I took a short hiatus from the blogaroo! Butttt, I'm back!

A little while back, I purchased two of the new L'Oreal Colour Riche lip colors in "Matte For Me" and "Lacque-onic" from Target and thought I'd swatch them for you!

I purchased leMatte in "Matte For Me" and laLaque" in "Lacque-onic". 

The lipstick twist up and the ends are easily broken, as you can see on "Lacque-onic". You also have to be careful when putting on the lids.

"Lacque-onic" is a super shiny, creamy tomato red color. While the color is rich and pigmented, it likes to come off....everywhere. It smears pretty easily and needs reapplying frequently. I was hoping it would last a lot longer on my lips. It's an "in your face" red though, and perfect for Fall.

"Matte For Me" is a matte deep pink/berry color. For a matte lipstick, this one is so smooth and not at all drying, which is a total bonus for me. I refuse to wear matte lipstick if it feels like it's suffocating my lips. This one doesn't do that, AND the color lasts for a good long while. I'm pretty impressed and hope to pick up a few more shades from the leMatte line.

Have you tried the laLaque or LeMatte line of lippies from L'Oreal yet? What are your thoughts?

*products in this post were purchased by me. All opinions are my own.