Friday, June 28, 2013

Maybelline Color Whispers

       Maybelline's color whispers are the latest big thing in the world of lipstick/lip balm hybrid products!

The Good:
-Packaging: I love the slim size of these lipsticks. I think that the colored cap paired with the silver writing combines to make an elegant,yet vibrant, facade.

The Bad:
-For a lip balm type product, these are awfully pigmented. That would be fine with me if these were marketed as a lipstick, but since they are described as a "whisper" or color on the lips I was not expecting so much color. The pigmentation is stronger the deeper in the color spectrum that you go, which is why I prefer the lighter shades in this line.
-When I wear these, I notice them "feathering" outside of my lip line. This is my main concern with these products. They seem to smudge outside of my lip line due to their slick consistency.

Are the better than...

*Revlon Lip Butters?:
  I own almost all the Revlon lip butters with the exception of four shades so I'm sure you can guess...I definitely prefer Revlon lip butters. They go on smoother and are not super pigmented from the first swipe, but they are buildable.

*L'oreal Colour riche balm?:
The L'oreal colour riche balms are could not be more different than the Maybelline color whispers. Maybelline delivers pigmented lipsticks and L'oreal delivers a lip balm with a hint of pigment.  I prefer the L'oreal for everyday use.

Lust for Blush:

Pin Up Peach:

Who wore it Red-er:

Berry Ready:

Overall, I'm not the biggest fan of this lip product. In my opinion, there are far better lip sticks/lip balms available at the drugstore. If you really love a certain color that you feel is unique then, by all means, go for it, but otherwise I would resist their alluring packaging and spend your money on something else. 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Too Faced Summer Eye Palette

    Summer has arrived! To celebrate the warmer climate, Too Faced has released their summer line which includes an eyeshadow palette. I was so excited when I saw this palette on a little while ago. I ordered it immediately thinking it would be the perfect way to incorporate some brighter colors into my makeup this summer. Ultimately, I was disappointed. Before buying, I did not realize how much gold glitter was in most of the eyeshadows. Due to the high amounts of glitter, I ended up returning this after I swatched it (which is when I noticed the glitter.) I like the shades overall, but the glitter was a deal breaker for me.However, I think that the quality of the shadows is good. So, if you love glitter, I would still recommend this palette. 


Seashell: matte pastel peachy-coral
Plumeria: shimmery cool-toned pink
Cocoa Beach: taupe brown with gold glitter

Peach Fuzz: light yellow gold with gold glitter
Coral Crush: orangey coral with chunky gold glitter
Chocolate Sun: deep brown with lots of gold glitter

Sunbeam: yellow with gold glitter
Mermaid: shimmery blue-green
Toasted Coconut: warm medium brown with a satin finish

Cost: $36 

       If you really love the shades and don't mind glitter then this could be the palette for you. However, if you're not one for heavily shimmery/glitter shades then I would skip this one.

L'oreal Colour Riche Balm

The L'oreal color riche balms are the ultimate my lips but better product! I love the hint of color that it gives my lips and the moisturizing feel, resulting in a natural, yet slightly shiny finish.

*The blue one isn't swatched. I couldn't  get the camera to pick up on the slight tint; it just looked like a strange spot of shine on my arm when I took pictures. 

What L'oreal claims: "This tinted lip balm provides a hint of luscious, kissable color, smoothing lips instantly and for a full 8 hours of continuous hydration. Lips are softer and more supple all day long—and keeps conditioning even after it’s been removed"  

I agree that the lip balms provide a "hint" of color that "smoothes lips instantly;" however, I can't say that I noticed 8 hours of hydration after this wore off.

Sundays by the Seine:

Rose Elixir:

Caring Coral:

Heavenly Berry:

*This product truly does smooth the lips. It doesn't settle in lip lines or cling to dry patches as some heavier lip products may.

*For me, these lasted about two hours on my lips. In between the time it wore off and the time I reapplied, I did notice that my lips were not dry. I have extremely dry lips naturally, so I was impressed that the moisturizing properties were able to sustain my lips for hours. 

* I love the packaging! The little "puzzle piece" in the front allows for the cap to be secure; moreover, the bottom part can double as a mirror. I don't find that I need a mirror when applying these as they are pretty sheer, but it is nice to have the option to check after applying.

Overall, I really like this balms for when I want a natural look! Although I own four of them, when applied, they look very similar.For this reason, I don't think that one needs the entire collection of them as each color is not entirely unique when compared to another. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Covergirl Shimmering Sands Trio

I have seen the Covergirl shimmering sands trio being talked about for years! At $4, I don't think you could get smoother shadows that go as well together. This is a great option for those looking for good-quality, neutral shadows from the drugstore. 


If you already have a lot of eyeshadows, then this palette isn't really anything unique. However, if you are just starting out with makeup or just don't have very much, this could be a great addition to your collection!

Too Faced Workdays to Weekends Perfect Eyes Set Review & Swatches

 recently put up a Too Faced value set that features seven products, five of which are full sized. It's an $116 value that is being sold for $65 online only at I bought this on an impulse upon finding it online and I am so happy I did!

Overview of the products:

Naked Eye Palette:
      One of the best things about this product is its versatility. The shades included are perfect for creating a natural or smokey eye. It has some gorgeous purplish-gray shades that are beautiful for creating a slightly colorful look, without going too far out of the box. 


In the Buff: a matte ivory
Birthday Suit: a sheer shimmery beige
Pink Cheeks: a sparkling baby pink 

Pillow Talk: a satiny tan
Satin Sheets: a frosty pink 
Lap Dance: a metallic silvery plum

Like a Virgin: a matte plummy brown
Unmentionables:metallic shimmery gray with silver sparkle
Stiletto: a matte black

    Overall, Too Faced shadows are soft, long-wearing,and blendable. The pigmentation is leaving a bit to be desired.That is the only aspect of this palette that I was disappointed in. However, the palette is called "Naked eye" so maybe the shadows are intended to be sheer. 

My rating: B-

3-Way Lash Lining Tool: 
       When I bought this set, I really wasn't interested in the eyeliner. However, I figured that even if I didn't like it, the rest of the set would still be worth it for the price. After using it a few times, I have to admit that as far as liquid liners go, this is a pretty good one. It lasts all day, delivers a dark matte black line, and isn't too runny. 
       The concept here is that the three pronged tip creates three different looks.The first being to dot the eyeliner on your lash line to create fuller looking lashes. When I used it that way it was very obvious that I had dots of black eyeliner. Needless to say, I will not be using it that way ever again. 
       The second method is to turn the eyeliner so that only one prong is pressing against your eye to create a thin line. When I used it this way, I was pleasantly surprised. Normally I am not a fan of liquid liner but I love the look of this one. It doesn't dry to a glossy wet-looking finish like other liquid liners I have tried. 
       The third method is to use all three prongs to create a thick line. This way requires some filling in as the lines leaves some gaps in between. It works fine; however, I don't have a lot of lid space so I find that creating a thin line is most flattering on me. 

My Rating: A

Lash Injection:
        I have to say, I am slightly disappointed in this mascara. It's not bad by any means, it's just not great. I would rate it as average.However, mascaras seem to work differently on everybody depending on one's natural lashes and how one applies.So, it's very possible that -for some- this mascara is ideal.
       I have tried the Too Faced "Lashgasm" mascara and loved it so I wish that that would have have been included instead. 

My Rating: C+

Mini Shadow Insurance:
     I have a ridiculous amount of eye primers in my collection, nevertheless, I have always wanted to try this too faced one! I have extremely oily lids and after testing this one out I have found that it works wonderfully to combat creasing(my main concern when it comes to an eyeshadow base.) Overall I am very impressed and can see why everyone seems to love this product!

My Rating: A+

3-piece Brush Set:
      Last but not least is a brush set. I love the girly look of these brushes. The beautiful pink handles, soft bristles, and density of the brush hairs all lead to nice, well-worthy brush set. 
      The brushes themselves are very well made. I don't think that the black part of the handle could come off of the pink part even if you wanted it to!

Liner/Smudger Brush:

Lid/ Smoker Brush: 

Crease/Blender Brush:

My Rating: A-

    Overall, I am really impressed with this set as a whole. For what is included, it is a great cost. This set is limited edition and only online at so get it while you can! It is perfect for trying out a bunch of great Too Faced products!