New from Maybelline

Maybelline recently released a bunch of new products to their line and right off the bat, I want to let you know I was very impressed! Lately, some of the larger drugstore brands have been kind of lacking in my opinion, especially Maybelline. But, I'm excited to announce that their new releases have redeemed my love for their brand!

I'm always on the hunt for a gorgeous blush palette and this one screamed my name. Butttt, I wasn't as impressed as I hoped to be! I'm probably just too fair for this palette, but the blushes in here are just SO pigmented my cheeks always end up looking like a clown. Plus the formula is kind of dry and the formula doesn't blend out very well. The only shade I can kind of use is the light corally shade towards the end of my photo.

I was pumped to try this foundation because I adore the L'Oreal coushion foundation! I'm happy to report that I also love this one, but for different reasons. Unlike the L'Oreal version's super dewy finish, this foundation has a satin to matte finish that makes it pretty wearable for most skin types. The bulk of my face is a dry desert, but my forehead gets pretty oily throughout my day. This foundation is one of just a few that looks flawless on all parts of my face, dry or oily! As for the coverage, I was also very shocked. I expected it to have light to medium coverage, but I would place it more medium to full. It easily covers up all my redness and discoloration!

So I'm not 100% sure if this product is new or not?? It was in a display that said "new" but I'm pretty sure this product has been around for a while. I'm guessing it's just a new shade. Overall, I think this is okay. It's nothing too special, but does have a very pretty color that enhances shadows on top nicely. Would I purchase again? No. I prefer cream to liquid but if you love liquid shadows this may be the product for you!

I've said it before, and I'm going to say it again. I am a bit of a mascara snob (for lack of better terms). My favorite mascaras are almost always from high end brands, but Maybelline stole the show on this one. At first I had a bit of a love-hate relationship with it, the first few times I wore it my top lashes felt almost sticky. But, after several wears that glitch went away and now I absolutely LOVE this mascara! It gives the perfect amount of volume to both my top and bottom lashes and doesn't look clumpy at all, even with a ton of coats. Plus, the waterproof version lasts on my bottom lashes all day long without a problem. I honestly haven't used another mascara once in the last two months.

I saw so excited when I saw Maybelline released a bunch of new single shadows for a SUPER affordable price! These babies are just $2.99 a piece!! One of my biggest gripes with the more mainstream drugstore brands like Maybelline, Revlon, L'Oreal, etc. these days is that their products are getting to be pretty pricey. Most single shadows from other brands are at least $5 a pop! No thank you! Anyway, these affordable singles are getting pretty mixed reviews. The formula is far from consistent throughout the range. But, if you do your research ahead of time to find out which shadows are best I think these little guys are super worth your three bucks.

After watching a video on youtube about the range (check out Tati from Glam Life Guru!) I picked up four colors and overall I'm impressed! The deep brown shade, Made for Mocha is a gorgeous matte tone, perfect for deepening the outer corner of the crease. It's a little on the dry side, but still blends out very nicely so I'm not complaining! Next up is The Glo Down, a gorgeous gold with hints of champagne. This shimmer formula is SUPER soft to the touch and really packs the pigment! It's definitely my favorite shade! I also picked up the bright blue shade, Acid Rain. This one disappointed me. It's a shimmer formula, but unlike The Glo Down this shade feels dry to the touch and blends out pretty patchy, lacking the pigment I expected from such a bright blue. I do think it's workable, but overall it's not my favorite. And finally the shade NY Silver. I loveeee this! It's seriously the most perfect, metallic silver shade I've ever used. It's super creamy to the touch and applies with so much shine and pigment.

Maybelline is known to have some of the best lipsticks at the drug store, so when they came out with a nudes line, I had to pick up a couple! I went for the shades Almond Rose and Toasted Truffle. And I have officially fallen in love with both!! Almond Rose is a pinkier nude perfect for Spring and Toasted Truffle is a deep mauve with brown-ish hues. The formula of these lipsticks is incredibly creamy and comfortable to wear, but still dries to a semi-matte finish. Plus, they last ages on the lips! I can't wait to pick up a few more from the collection.

What's your favorite new product from Maybelline?

XX,

Shannon

New to my Skin Care Collection

Over Christmas I was lucky enough to receive quite a few skin care products from family and friends as gifts! So today I wanted to give a little run down on exactly what they are and how I like them so far. Let's get going!! (Ps. I am SUPER proud of how these photos turned out! How do you guys like the marble background!??)

Origins Drink up Intensive Overnight Mask $26

I was really excited to receive this from my parents because my skin has been so DRY this winter! This overnight mask is a moisture intensive product, for dry skin types, with the purpose of adding a load of moisture to your skin. It contains apricot and avocado oils, along with japanese sea weed! I've only used this mask once so far, but on first impression, I liked it a lot. It smells fresh and leaves my face feeling soft and refreshed in the morning. Plus, it's a pretty great value! A little goes a long way with this mask, and the package is pretty good sized, so it should last a long time.

Glossier Priming Moisturizer $25

If you have dry skin or seasonal dry patches, drop by Glossier's website NOW and order yourself this primer! I mean it. Over the last few weeks this primer has landed a solid spot in my daily makeup/skincare routine. After cleansing my skin (with my Glossier milk jelly cleanser) I pop on some of my holy grail First Aid Beauty cream, and finish by coating my entire face with this baby. I gotta be honest, I don't notice too much of a difference in the longevity of my makeup with this primer. But, for my purposes, with the way my skin has been, I don't care much. Mac Fix + holds my makeup in place on it's own and this lovely gem keeps my skin feeling soft and hydrated for hours!

Ultra Repair Cream with Vanilla $30

As I mentioned in the above paragraph, and have mentioned about 50 billion times throughout the last year, the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is my HOLY GRAIL heavy duty moisturizer! So obviously, when I saw the cute little holiday set this cream came in, I knew I had to have it! The set came with two, 2 oz containers of the magic cream I love so dear. This one is same formula as the classic, scentless cream, but with a soft vanilla scent. It's perfect for the dry spots on my legs and arms and keeps me smelling sweet all day!

Foreo Luna Mini $139

This gift was one I was most excited for this year. I've been wanting to invest in an electronic cleanser for a while now. The Foreo really intrigued me because of it's silicon based bristles, which make it more sanitary and easy to clean. So far I've been really impressed with it! I feel like it gives me a much deeper clean, especially in the areas I typically have lots of blackheads. I chose to go for the mini version for a couple reasons, A.) it's cheaper and B.) I felt like the smaller version would allow me to navigate my face a littttle better. Needless to say, I'm quite satisfied with my choice! Let me know in the comments if you guys would like to see a full skin care routine post featuring this!

Honeyskin Ultimate Face and Body Cream $23.37

I got this giant cream from my great uncle on Christmas eve, he always finds the most unique and personalized gifts! I'd never heard of this brand before, but it really seems like something special. All of Honeyskin's products are natural, gluten free, paraban free and animal "friendly". This specific cream claims to be the ultimate cream for dryness, even as severe as eczema, rosacea or psoriasis. I've only gotten the chance to use this a few times, but so far I'm impressed! The formula is a thicker consistency than many moisturizers, you can really feel it absorbing into the skin. It also has a soft, natural scent, mostly of honey!

XX,

Shannon

Lip Beauty Favorites 2016

Part 3/3 here we go! I know it might seem a little crazy, but I had to dedicate a whole post to my lip favorites because there are SO many! So I'm going to get into it quick!!

First things first! I feel like 2016 was truly the year of Colourpop. They just keep expanding their ranges and improving their formulas, I can not get enough! By farrrrr my favorite product I have tried from the brand is their lippie stix. These lipsticks come in the most unique shape, unlike any lipstick or crayon I have tried. The unique shape makes application a breeze, plus the formula is AMAZING. I have recommended this product to so many friends and everyone has loved them. Even the matte formula feels moisturizing on the lips and the pigment lasts ALL DAY LONG. Not kidding! My favorite shade of the moment are Kathleen Light's Lumiere. It's the most gorgeous purple-mauve tone that is actually a dupe for my favorite lipstick of the year (which I'll get to at the end!).

I discovered the Smashbox Be Legendary Lipsticks just a couple months ago when I picked up their holiday set. It included six beautiful shades in mini form and I cannot get enough! This set included lipsticks from the satin formula (they have matte too!), but once they begin to wear off they appear more sheer. Which I actually really like, because even though they aren't super long lasting, they wear off in a beautiful manner. Plus, these are by far the most nourishing lipsticks I have ever used! If my lips are cracking this is the lipstick I reach for. I loveeee the bright lilac shade, Tabloid and also the deep reddish brown, Fig.

The Revlon Ultra HD lipcolors were among the first liquid lipsticks I really fell in love with. For the first half of 2016 these were my go to lip products for any occasion! I've found that my problem with a lot of liquid lip formulas is that they are too thin and too drying. The formula of the Ultra HD, on the other hand, is more of a thin mousse that flawlessly locks in moisture and color all day. At under $10 a pop I'm just going to go ahead and say that these are among my favorite lipsticks of all time! I especially love the shades Love (perfect red) and Devotion (pinky mauve).

Andddd for my favorite high end liquid lip of the year! Smashbox KNOCKED it out of the park with their Always on Liquid Lipsticks!!! I only have one shade currently but I'm dying to get more because the formula of this product is phenomenal. Again, the consistancy is a little more moussey than the typical liquid lipstick formula. But it doesn't dry out my lips and lasts ALL FREAKIN DAY LONG! Which is all I really ask for a liquid lipstick! I also need to give a round of applause to the applicator of this product. Unlike the typical doe-foot this liquid lipstick has an applicator that is shaped like a diamond and has a tiny hole in the middle. The shape makes applicatioin much easier and the concept of the design makes it so I don't have to keep dipping back into the tube, the dip in the center holds enough excess product. The shade Stepping Out has had me stepping out of my comfort zone (see what I did there? I'm so punny) finally wearing and loving cool tones and browns!

I discovered these two gems wayyyy back in the Spring time in a Sephora Favorites lip set and I've been obsessed ever since. Nar's Dolce Vita is the perfect sheer lipstick to throw on and go.  It gives such a subtle wash of color to the lips which is perfect for those no makeup makeup days. I ALWAYS keep this product in my purse. My tube is actually starting to run low, time to buy a backup! And as for the Marc Jacobs Prim Rose lip liner. This pinky nude liner applies like a creamy dream and matches perfectly with so many lipsticks in my collection (being the mauve/nude junkie I am...). Although, I love each of these products on their own, together they are a dynamic duo. My favorite way to wear these lippies is by filling in my lips with Prim Rose and applying Dolce Vita over top. It gives the perfect dimension between warm and cool tones.

The Bite Beauty Multi Sticks came into the beauty scene with a bang in the later half of 2016. This product was talked about more than almost any other cosmetic release of the year (with the exception of anything Kylie Cosmetics related and the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette!). With a huge range of colors, catering to every skin tone, these little sticks are marketed as a multi purpose product. They can be used to bronze or blush, depending on the color, apply as a cream eye shadow or wear as a lipstick. I've used them for all of these things and really enjoy their finish in every aspect. They do crease a bit when applied to the eyes, but simply setting with an eye shadow fixes the issue. Overall the Bite Beauty multi sticks have become a staple in my makeup collection and I LOVE them for travelling! No need to bring a giant palette! I especially adore the shade Gelato, it's the most unqiue cool tone purple/grey.

Anddd last, but very certainly not least, by any means, is the Urban Decay Vice lipstick in Backtalk. This is my favorite lipstick of 2016 and currently my favorite lipstick OF ALL TIME. It's my go to lipstick for literally anyyyy look! The formula is among the "comfort mattes" of the Vice range and comfortable it is. Surprise surprise, it falls within the "mauve-nude" spectrum, which I almost always end up reaching for. But this particular shade has a little more purple/grey in it than anything else I have tried. It's such a unique color and such a great formula! But, as I mentioned above I did find a dupe! Colourpop's lippie stick in Lumiere is a dead match to Backtalk. There is a subtle difference in the formula (Backtalk is creamier) but overall the color itself is a dead match! So as much as I adore Backtalk, if you're looking for a much cheaper alternative hop on over to Colourpop's shop!

Whew, that was a LONG one! What were your favorite lip products from 2016? I'm always looking for new lippies to try!

XX,

Shannon