Monday, November 25, 2013

Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara Review and Photos

I was lucky enough to receive this mascara compliments of Influenster in their recent Rose Vox Box. I wanted to recap my experiences in it as well as show it off in a few lights while wearing some makeup that nods to the mod feel of this line.

At first glance I was terrified of the huge brush, as I do favor smaller brushes, but I was pleasantly surprised. This still separated quite nicely without clumping or getting mascara all over my eyelids.

It's really simple to pull off the mod winged eyeliner in a very wearable fashion, especially when the rest of your makeup stays neutral.

I ALWAYS curl my eyelashes before applying mascara, it takes hardly any time and it really gives the lashes some extra oomph.

This mascara will be hitting shelves this month, I have already spotted it popping up in stores near me.

I have very short lashes and I absolutely love the length that this gives in just one coat. Yes, I am only wearing one quick coat of mascara in these photos. That's where that large brush pays off!

You absolutely can wear another coat of this, but because it does have such great pay off, I suggest using a lash comb or spare mascara brush (they have them at places like Target for $1!) to comb through before the second coat to ensure no clumps.

Most days I wear glasses instead of contacts and you do not have to worry about losing your eyes behind your frames, the long, thick look that you achieve with this mascara still makes your eyes pop.

My favorite thing about this mascara is how quick it is to get long, full lashes. No need to build it up, just curl, swipe, and go!

Again, I received this product courtesy of Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Jelly Polish and Stamping in Layers Featuring OPI and Bundle Monster

I recently acquired a couple of things that made me have a new nail art love, two new jelly polishes and the new Bundle Monster CYO stamping plate set.

I ordered Zoya Paloma during their Halloween promotion, and man, I love it. I need to get their other two jelly shades, the formula was perfect.

For this mani I used a jelly from OPI, which I think they called sorbet polishes, that I found in the dollar area of Target for $4. The shade name is Y'all Come Back Ya Hear, which is from the 2011 Texas collection. The formula was pretty good, not as good as Zoya's, but good.

These are the products I used today.

Gelous is my favorite base coat, always smooth and really bonds well. OPI Y'all Come Back Ya Hear. Milani 301 White (which I found at Dollar Tree and is great for stamping). Lastly, I've been fond of Color Club's topcoat lately.

This is what three coats of OPI Y'all Come Back Ya Hear looks like alone.

These are the plates I used, the honeycomb design BM-422, and the bee from BM-401.

After applying three coats of color and letting them completely dry, I stamped the honeycomb design on all nails. Now, be careful with the final coat of jelly polishes. Zoya's did not smudge my stamping at all, but the OPI did smudge a bit, so use a light hand and just float the brush just in case. 

After that final coat of color I stamped on the bee on a few nails, creating the extra layering effect. I finished it all off with a layer of top coat.

Here is the finished mani:

Also, here is a shot from my instagram ( of the same technique done with Zoya Paloma:

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation Review

I was recently lucky enough to receive the Rimmel London Stay Matte foundation compliments of Influnster to test and review. Short review: This stuff is awesome, go buy it. If you'd like a little bit more detail, please read on and check out the photos. I also do need to note that this product is not on the market in the US yet, but it will be very soon!


 As you can see this foundation comes in a handy tube, which I really prefer. It's lightweight and easy to squeeze onto my brush. My foundation brush of choice is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Mixed with this foundation the two create a soft, light coverage that still handles any imperfections beautifully. It feels very breathable and not once has it gotten flaky or chalky on my face. My face stays nice and shine free for about 8 hours before I might get some break through shine, but it's nothing a quick blot with some blotting papers can't fix. In the following photo I have JUST the Rimmel London Stay Matte foundation on half of my face, no concealer, no powder, nothing. It covers the redness and blotchiness of my skin without settling into any lines or pores.


 I'm not sure what the price will be on this foundation when it launches, but I'm sure it will be in the same range as their others, which are very affordable. A little goes a long way with this foundation, especially using the brush. I was concerned about the color of the foundation, especially since Influenster chose it for me, but it blends perfectly. As noted in the photo I am shade 103 Light Ivory. I could probably wear a shade lighter and still have it blend nicely, so there seems to be a lot of wiggle room. Overall, this foundation has great staying power, covers beautifully without feeling heavy, and is definitely something I would purchase again.