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

February Favorites

I know I know!! It's already March 9th and here I am posting FEBRUARY favorites. I'm late on the train this month, but I still wanted to get my favs up because I had several awesome ones!! Today I'm all kinds of giddy because I am officially on spring break. I can't even begin to explain how incredibly excited I am to have a whole week off to relax. But, anyway let's get into my favorite products of February!

Clinique Superbalanced Makeup 

So, the first product I want to talk about is this foundation from Clinique. I picked this up because I got a sample from Sephora a few months back and absolutely loved it. Lately I've been spending the majority of my time either at school, work or home, so I've been really preferring "no makeup" makeup these days. This foundation honestly gives the perfect amount of coverage for that type of look. It's super super light on the skin, blends like a dream and is pretty moisturizing on the skin, but it's not insanely dewy. The formula itself has a very thin consistency, that is buildable, but I would not recommend this to my full coverage loving friends. Beyond the great formula the price point is EVERYTHING! It's only $25 a bottle and does come with a whole fluid ounce (average of most foundations). The only con I have found with this is that it doesn't have a pump. Other than that I give this foundation 5 stars for my light coverage days!

Colourpop Super Shock Shadow in La La

Next up is one of the Colourpop single eyeshadows, in their older cream formula in the shade La La. Now, this color and formula is not new by any means, I've actually had this in my collection for quite a while now. But, recently I have just really fallen back in love with this shade. I love all of the Colourpop cream eye shadows that I have in the shimmer formula, they have SO much pigment and last forever on the eyes. This color specifically is just such a nice light bronze tone, I love applying it all over the lid or just throwing it on with a light brown blended in the crease.

This last month my lips have been so dry. I don't know what's going on, I think maybe because the weather's been so up and down, like it's 50 one day and 20 the next, my lips have just been a crackly mess. I've been exfoliating like crazy and pretty much only wearing these three lippies when I do put anything on my lips!

Nivea Milk & Honey Soothing Lip Balm

So my real go to lately has been this Nivea Milk & Honey lip balm. I've been a huge fan of their Coco Butter Kiss lipbalm in the twist container for years now. But my problem with that one is I don't like applying it when I'm out and about, because I have to dig my dirty fingers into the product and it just feels gross to do in public. So, I went to Target and found this guy in the typical chapstick form and I love it! It's not quite as moisturizing as their lipbalm in the little tin, but it still is really nice and makes my lips feel a lot better when they are cracking like mad!

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Lip Balms

When I want to add a little color and sheen to my lips I've been reaching for my Covergirl Oh Sugar! Lip Balm in the shade Caramel. I have two other shades from this range that are more pinky and I love to wear in the summer months. But, the shade caramel is just so nice for the winter in my opinion. It's a super light wash of color! You will barely see it on the lips, it mostly just adds a soft sheen and it looks really nice over a more pigmented nude lipstick. I love the way this formula wears, it's super moisturizing and enriched with vitamins. I also feel like it's very similar to the Fresh Sugar Lip Balms but at a fraction of the price!

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains 

And, lastly on the rare occasion that I do go out with friends or Mark I've been almost always reaching for this new shade from the Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stains in the shade 41 Vintage Rosewood. You guys already know how much I love the lipsticks from this range. I talked about another favorite shade in my January favorites here. The formula of these is very nice for a more affordable liquid lip. They are the least drying formula I've tried and last for HOURS. This shade is such a gorgeous deep nude with brick tones in it. I feel like it would look fab on almost any skin tone!

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

(Any last but not at all least, my skin care favorite of this last month, which I didn't get a picture of.) My skin has been having a moment, or more like a whole season. Since mid November I have been dealing with off and on texture and severe dryness unlike ever before. This overnight mask is my savior. After using this mask my face feels so soft and my makeup applies so evenly. It's become my favorite face mask I've tried to date!

What were your favorite products from February?

XX,

Shannon