Monday, December 4, 2017

Urban Decay Makes My Look Last

I was a skeptic of setting sprays. I just didn't understand how it could keep my makeup fresh all day and is a setting spray really worth the money?

Well, I have a few friends who swear by Urban Decay's All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray and one gifted me the product, telling me I had to try it.

So I did.

And surprisingly, I wasn't disappointed! I finished applying my makeup--lipstick, brows, and all--and then sprayed the mist onto my face. I let it soak in and went about my day.

When I finally got home 10 hours later, my face looked almost as fresh as when I left. Of course, my makeup wasn't perfect, but I definitely saw a dramatic difference, so I'd say the spray is absolutely worth the price.

I give it 5 kisses.



It's available on www.urbandecay.com for $32.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Fiber, Mascara, and Lashes! Oh my!

I'm constantly searching for ways to make my lashes longer, fuller, and darker because I absolutely love lashes. They're definitely one of the most important important details on your face.

While I was teaching a BlendSmart make up class, I commented on one of the women's eyelashes and she just raved about this product.

So I applied Cherry Blooms' Fiber Eyelash Extensions. The wand has tiny fibers on it that you apply after putting a base on your lashes. My lashes totally blew up! They looked so much longer instantly.

Unfortunately, the fibers fell off my lashes onto my cheeks so I had to wipe off my cheeks as the night went on.

I give it 3 kisses.



It's available on www.cherryblooms.com for $49.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Almay Age Essentials is the Essential Concealer

The last drug store concealer I bought was Almay's Age Essentials Concealer.

This stick concealer was creamy, hydrating, and lasted allllllll day long.

There's no catch! It didn't even dry out the skin under my eyes. This was the diamond in the rough and left me with fresh makeup for my whole day.

Who says drug store makeup can't do the trick?

I give it 5 kisses.



It's available www.walmart.com for $10.97.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Physician's Formula: #InstaReady for a Fleeting Moment

Next up on my drug store trial, I tried out Physician’s formula #InstaReady Full Coverage Concealer.

This liquid concealer gave me decent coverage. I often used it to cover up bruises after plastic surgery procedures.

It didn't dry out my skin and thankfully it wasn't too sheer. My only problem with it that as the day went on, the coverage didn't last as long as I would've liked.

I give it 3 kisses.



It's available on www.ulta.com for $5.49.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Full-Coverage: Maybelline Comes Close But Falls Short

I did a test drive of 3 different drug store concealers on a mission to find the best.

I picked up Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment. It went on incredibly well with its sponge applicator. The concealer wasn't drying at all and had a great feel.

Unfortunately it just didn't give enough coverage for underneath my eyes. My dark circles still made an appearance.

I give it 4 kisses.



It's available at www.ulta.com for $11.49.

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Perfect Pink: CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick

On my latest Target splurge, I picked up CoverGirl's Colorlicious Lipstick in Honeyed Bloom.

I was in the market for a new nude shade and I found the pigment of my dreams. For me, this was the perfect pink. It looks totally natural.

I've always liked CoverGirl's lipsticks because they're so smooth and creamy. They don't tend to last longer than an hour or so, but you can only expect so much from a drug store product.

I give it 4 kisses.



It's available on www.covergirl.com for $5.99.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Lashes for Days

My last Target visit resulted in quite the drug store cosmetics haul. I purchased Covergirl's new Total Tease mascara, among lipsticks and bronzers (you'll hear about those in the next few days).

I was incredibly impressed with Total Tease. I picked it up in Brown Black because the little bit of brown makes my blue eyes pop more. They even sell the mascara in Black, Brown, and Navy (how fun!).

With it's innovative applicator, I was able to apply the mascara with ease, giving my lashes more volume. This tool let me separate the lashes that stuck together! This is definitely the best choice a drug store has to offer.

I give it 5 kisses.



It's available on www.covergirl.com for $7.99.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Bright Eyes with Wilma Schumann

I was eager to try out Wilma Schumann's Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads, but I was worried that I would have a bad skin reaction. I have incredibly sensitive skin so I was nervous I'd end up with red, puffy eyes.

Instead I just lost my under eye bags! I'd had a rough week, which resulted in a lot of work and a lot less sleep. My under eye bags were darker than I'd like to admit, but these pads really relaxed my eyes. The next day my circles were so much lighter!

I looked and felt rejuvenated!

I'd give these eye pads 5 kisses.



It's available for $18 on www.wilmaschumann.com.

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Natural Lip: Tarteist Lip Paint

I picked up Tarteist Lip Paint at my latest Sephora visit, too, and was not disappointed.

I typically for a dark lip color, but this time I chose "Birthday Suit," which is a pink-nude shade. It's almost looks too natural. It threw me for a loop!

The lip paint goes on smoothly and it's almost a sin not to use it. With expert lipstick lines and this shade, Tarteist Lip Paint is my new go-to for any situation.

I give it 5 kisses.


It's available on www.sephora.com for $20.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Rosy All Day Long: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush

I'm not a huge fan of blush, but I saw Tarte's Amazonian Clay Blush during one of my regular Sephora runs and figured I'd give it a shot.

I think I originally lost my love for blush when I couldn't find any pigments without shimmer. My skin, while I wish it was, is definitely not perfectly smooth and shimmer always brought out any bumps on my cheeks.

Luckily, this Tarte blush is gorgeously matte with absolutely no shimmer. The pigment is so dense so you'll only need a little on your BlendSmart brush. It blends so easily and it's bubble gum pink shade is guaranteed to look great on any skin tone.

I give it 5 kisses.



It's available on www.tartecosmetics.com for $21 (it's on sale!).

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Chinese Women Can't Fly Home: Why You Shouldn't Travel for Surgery

If you've seen this NY Post article, you know about the three Chinese women who traveled to South Korea for plastic surgery. You probably also know that they got stuck in South Korea.

Their faces were so swollen after their procedures that the airport and airline staff couldn't identify them as the women in their passports.

There's something to think about before you travel to have facial work done. (Plus, the altitude pressure changes during flights can be extremely unsafe right after surgery! Yikes!)

Traveling for cosmetic surgery is a common interest, but I'd caution anyone looking to fly for a procedure because you'll always want to go to the original doctor for touch-ups and fixes. If your doctor is 3,000 miles away, things get a bit more complicated.

So try to stay close to home if you can. Remember that big cities are known for having great plastic surgeons, but small towns host some hidden gems, too!

The moral of this story is if you're going to have your appearance significantly altered, think about your passport photo!

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Secret to Getting Flawless Eyes with Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster Eye Serum


I was walking through Sax Fifth when I was attacked by a Trish McEvoy makeup artist--you know how they can be. I love the makeup counter, but I hate walking through it. It’s like going through a war zone because you’re fighting your way through it! 

I'm hesitant about Trish McEvoy because every time I fall in love with something of hers, she stops making it. So I don’t want to buy anything of hers anymore! 

But this woman at the makeup counter introduced me to her Beauty Booster Eye Serum. She put it underneath my eyes, right on top of my makeup and it looked like my makeup was fresh again! Dry skin begone! 

Now I use my BlendSmart and pat this serum under my eyes every time I do my makeup. It’s magic! I love it.

I give it 5 kisses.


It's available on www.neimanmarcus.com for $98.50 (and it's worth the price!).