Sunday, April 13, 2014

NEW! Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara Review

Happy weekend Lovelies! Today I'm super excited to review a brand new mascara for you guys by the Maybelline Volum' Express line! I usually have good luck with these mascaras, my favorites being The Colossal and The Rocket so I couldn't have been happier to discover that there has been a new one released!

Product info: This mascara claims to "pump" up your lashes to give you tons of volume. Its brush is fattest in the middle and tapered at the end and the formula comes in a washable and waterproof form. It retails anywhere from $5.99 to $7.99 anywhere Maybelline is sold but if you visit Ulta now through Saturday April 19th, they are having a 40% OFF sale on Maybelline cosmetics so you could get this mascara for just under $5!

My experience: The very first thing I noticed about this mascara is that it has a very wet formula that takes a few minutes to completely dry. If you're not careful, you could end up with a bit of a mess on your eyelids. Fortunately, it dries without feeling flaky or crispy but does not give me that much volume like it is advertised to do. It actually gave me quite a bit of length, however, and sort of fans out my lashes. Because this is such a wet mascara, if you apply too much it can weigh your lashes down and make them stick together so I find that using only two coats is best.

My natural lashes

After one coat of Pumped Up mascara

Two coats of Pumped Up mascara

I do really enjoy the brush on this mascara. It's not too huge in the middle and the tapered end really helps with reaching all of my lashes. I can see myself liking this mascara more and more in the future after the formula has time to dry up just a smidgen and while It's not a mascara I would reach for when I want massive dramatic lashes, I like it for an every day use. I'd recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind wet formulas and is looking for a bit of length in their everyday mascara!

Thanks so much for reading! Have you tried this mascara? What do you think of it?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Limited Edition Wet n' Wild Walking The Red Carpet Palette Review

Welcome back Lovelies! Today I'm going to be talking to you about something I get excited for every year- the limited edition Wet n' Wild eye shadow palettes! I managed to pick up the one titled "Walking the Red Carpet" about a week or so ago at a Walgreen's. It retails for around $4.99 and can be found almost anywhere Wet n' Wild is sold.

Most of the shades in this palette have a warm tone and lean towards a bronzey look. The only two matte shades are the browbone and eyelid colors on the left side which also happen to be the least pigmented. All of the other shades range from having a slight sheen to being very glittery and have that notorious, beautiful pigmentation that Wet n' Wild shadows are known to have.

Left side of the palette

Right side of the palette 

The most interesting shade in this palette by far is the gold shade on the right. This is perhaps the truest gold shade I've ever seen in a shadow. Unfortunately, it also happens to have the most glitter and fall out. I tried to take a close up picture to show you the glitter in this shadow. It's not too chunky feeling but there is SO much fall out, I can definitely predict a huge mess if it's not used carefully and with a good primer.

Overall, this palette isn't as exciting as I thought it would be. The colors are beautiful and the quality is excellent for the price, but a lot of the shades are just too shimmery for my liking. If you prefer mattes, this probably won't be the palette for you. If you don't mind a little shimmer/glitter then I think you'd have a lot of fun experimenting with this!

Thanks so much for reading, leave any questions or comments down below! :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

My Current Favorite: Under Eye Brightener

Happy Monday everyone! Today is the second post in my "Current Favorite" series in which i tell you all about a product i'm loving at the moment and then give one away to a lucky reader! Last time I talked about an awesome mascara and today I'll be telling you about the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer.

I've been using this highlighting pen for months now and I absolutely adore it. To apply, I simply turn the knob at the bottom which causes product to be dispensed onto the brush at the top. Then I dab it under my eyes, in my inner corners, under my eyebrows, on my cheekbones, and lightly blend it out with a small brush. I don't notice it settling into any fine lines - although I don't have very many - and it stays put almost all day.

The coverage with this product is just average. It does well with my dark circles which aren't very prominent but probably won't provide maximum coverage to someone with severe dark circles. That being said, I mainly rely on this pen for brightening. After applying it to my tired looking eyes in the morning I can immediately tell a huge difference. I look so much more fresh and awake without being dewy or shimmery considering this has a matte finish.

These pens come in a decent shade range with both yellow and pink undertones. As of right now, I own one in the shade Ivory and one in Radiant. I find that Ivory has a bit more coverage but Radiant is a pinky/peachy color which does a better job at counteracting blueish under eye circles.

Now for the fun part! One of you lovely readers will receive a brand new Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in the shade of your choice! This giveaway will be open to residents of the U.K. and the U.S.

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Thanks so much for reading! Leave any questions down below and look back for more giveaways :)