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

January Favorites 2017

January 2017 is down in the books and I'm STILL writing 2016 when I cash my checks at the bank. (Anybody else do this well into every new year!?) January was such a great month, but it flew by so so fast. I've been keeping pretty busy over the last few weeks. Semester 2 of my first year of college is full swing and I am swamped with homework. As I type this I'm simultaneously studying for my three tests next week (or at least trying...). I've also been so lucky to spend quite a bit of time with friends and family lately. I even went on a little ice skating date with Mark a couple weeks ago! January was also a great month for beauty! These new releases are giving my wallet so much anxiety. So, expect some haul posts soon! In the mean time here are a few of my go to products from month one of 2017!

Glossier Priming Moisturzier $25

Okay so I justttt talked about this baby in my new skin care post over here! And I have become so obsessed with this product since I got it for Christmas. Winter has completely destroyed my skin, I have dry patches constantly and this primer gives such a nice extra layer of hydration. Does it make my makeup last longer? That's the thing everybody asks, and the truth is no. But, it does give a beautiful, hydrated, smooth base for your makeup to lie on top of and these days that's my goal with any primer!

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Pink Frosting $14

Ughhhh this lipstick. Sephora released a ton of new (and all beautiful) shades to their liquid lipstick range and I am so obsessed with this color. It's made me an official cool tones fan! If you dont already know, the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains are among the best liquid lipsticks on the market today and in terms of price, sit well under most other high end lip products at $14 a pop. Per the name,  they has a much thicker and moussier consistency than the typical liquid lip. They wear great (5+ hours) and don't dry out my lips unlike much of their competition (Anastsia, Stila, etc.). I can't wait to get my hands on some other new colors!!

Anybody like how my nails are like a dead dupe for the lipcolor?? KL Polish in Zoey!!

Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop $38

I know, I know, it's crazy that I'm just now getting on the champagne pop train!! I'm proud to say I finally added this iconic highlight to my stash over Christmas and I am really impressed. Seriously, all the rave is true! This shade is just the most neutral gold highlight I have ever used in my life. I feel like it can work for such a large variety of skin tones from fair to deep.  When I want my highlight to shine to the heavens, I reach for this. (And a tip for my fairrrr skin gals!! If you feel like this pulls slightly dark on you, mix a little of Becca's Opal in. It looks gorgeous!)

X-Formula Delete All 5 Finger Nail Polish Remover

So, I recently found out that Formula X is being discontinued and that breaks my heart because this product is SO good! Over the last month I've used this several times and it never ceases to amaze me. I pop all five of my fingers into the sponge and the polish on my nails is gone within a few seconds. Magic. Unfortunately, it's out of stock online, but I still wanted to post a little something about it in case you can find it somewhere in stores!!  I you happen to see this on sale in Sephora, I highly recommend grabbing one while you still can!

What were your favs from January!?

XX,

Shannon