Maybelline RASPBERRY RHAPSODY, FUCHSIA FLORISH, SIGNATURE SCARLET Color Elixir Lip Gloss Swatches & Review

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IMG_2070My world was just turned upside down.  Every once in awhile you’ll see me mention about how much I love the usual doe-foot applicator we see so often used in lip glosses.  Now there’s one with something even better!  The Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Gloss (MSRP $8.99) applicator is flat, tapered and just pliable enough to make gloss application a breeze.  One swipe gives off fabulous pigment and even coverage.

IMG_2069 Maybelline RASPBERRY RHAPSODY, FUCHSIA FLORISH, SIGNATURE SCARLET Color Elixir Lip Gloss IMG_1427(L-R: Maybelline Fuchsia Florish, Signature Scarlet, Raspberry Rhapsody Color Elixir – interior with flash)

IMG_1460(L-R: Maybelline Fuchsia Florish, Signature Scarlet, Raspberry Rhapsody Color Elixir – outside with flash)

Raspberry Rhapsody is a demure, tinted berry with slight shimmer.  The sheerest of the three, but still packs a nice punch of pigment.

IMG_1464Fuchsia Florish is an electric pink, the perfect bold cream for your pucker!

IMG_1478Signature Scarlet is a juicy maraschino cherry red, lots of shine, no shimmer!

IMG_1452This product is fabulous because it shines brilliantly like a gloss but has the saturation of a lipstick.  None of the ones I tried were sticky or drying.  My lips felt amazing and the color lasted at least 4 hours.

Of course, there are many more shades to choose from, you’re not saddled to these bright beauties!  You know I’ll definitely be picking up my signature mauves and nudes!

Which shade is your favorite?  Show off and share your pout on social media with the hashtag #MyLipMagic and get entered to win an evening clutch and beauty products!

***This post is sponsored by Maybelline and Refinery29.  I received product to try for review purposes.  All opinions remain my own and are 100% honest, always.

Top 10 Tuesday – Gold Eyeshadows to Lust Over


I love Top 10 Tuesdays… it gives me a chance to essentially shop my stash and show off my favorite products from sometimes many years past.  It’s like when you look at pics of yourself with friends from years ago and remember the good ol’ days!

A lot of these on my list of Gold Eyeshadows to Lust Over are long gone… no longer available to purchase unless you get lucky on a swapping site or evil-bay.  However, some are perm or recently launched… so act fast ;)

IMG_3996In no particular order:

  1. Maybelline Shady Shores Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream-Gel Shadow – this was from Summer 2013.  Shady Shores is very much a sunshine gold with an ever so slight duochrome.  This product in any shade is amazing for holding your eye look perfectly all day long.
  2. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine 24hr Infallible Eye Shadow – a more metallic, shimmery gold – this one stays vivid and will also keep your eye look going strong all day.
  3. Chanel Apparence Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow – I actually chose this for my Makeup Wars favorite holiday metallic as well.  This is more of a demure, sheer gold while still being shimmery.  This formula is also fabulous as a base for all day wear.
  4. Chanel Lucky Stripes Iridescent Powders for Eyes and Cheeks – Oh, you thought this was only for your cheeks?  No, sir.  I actually like to wear these shades even more on my eyes (if you click the link you’ll see photo evidence of this)!!  You probably also saw me feature this one in the Top 10 Tuesday Get Your Glow On and Makeup Wars My Most Expensive Face.
  5. Chanel Topkapi Quadra Eye Shadow Palette – This is from Fall 2011 and is a super sexy and lust-worthy quad from Chanel.  Lots of sultry brows and taupes and an over the top hawt gold.  Proving all quads are not created equal.
  6. Dior Mordore Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow – This is a recent one and launched with Fall 2013.  It’s probably the best bronzy gold out there, but, as you’ll see from the rest of my list, Dior knows how to do golds and do them very well.
  7. Dior Golden Savannah 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow – Maybe more towards the khaki-gold side of the spectrum, this palette has some amazing golden bronzed and olive shades.  I love it because it brings out the very (and I’m talking very) minute flecks of green that hint at my eyes.  Golden Savannah was released with Fall 2012.
  8. Dior Couture Golds 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow – Couture Golds contains a gold from every end of the spectrum – from a white gold to a deep brown with golden flecks.  It truly makes that perfect holiday eye.  Which is fitting, since this palette was released with the Holiday 2011 Collection.
  9. Dior Five Golds 5-Couleurs Eyeshadow – I believe this was from Holiday 2010 (omg… it’s amazing to me I am that much of a hoarder… I just love my golds!).  This is the Dior palette that started it all for me… it began my Dior Golds Obsession.  Can you blame me?
  10. MAC Bare My Soul Eye Shadow x 4 – Bare My Soul is recent from Summer 2013.  It’s not a palette you’d immediately think of when you think “gold” but the shade this quad is named for, Bare My Soul, is a fabulous gold shade (very impressive for a lustre finish) and the whole eye look will just blow your mind.

I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 Gold Eyeshadows to Lust Over!  Check out the Golds the other bloggers love and be sure to tell us what your faves are!

Maybelline PEACH KISS Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm Swatches & Review

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Maybelline has really captured my heart (and my eyes!) with their Color Tattoos… but what about my lips?  I’m hearing a lot about Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm, so on an impulse buy at the register at Ulta I picked up the shade Peach Kiss.

IMG_0872IMG_0874 IMG_0877 IMG_2464 IMG_2472Peach Kiss is a very sheer nude-peach shade that glides on effortlessly and is extremely soothing to the lips.  The scent and taste are yummy (if you like peaches, and I do!) and uplifting.  It boasts an 8hr wear, but I don’t get that.  I have to reapply this product quite a bit, as with any balm.

Bottom line: This is a great and inexpensive item to keep in your handbag for keeping lips looking supple and nourished.

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm retails for $3.99 and is available at Ulta and drugstores nationwide.

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Top 10 Tuesday – My Favorite Cream Beauty Products

Cream Beauty Products is a pretty broad topic.  When I first began to think of and pull my favorite items I noticed I was focusing way too much on just makeup, when cream can apply to all areas of beauty.  Because of this, I chose to involve some hair and skin products as well that I absolutely love!

For this Top 10 Tuesday, please enjoy my Favorite Cream Beauty Products (in no particular order!).

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  1. Living Proof Nourishing Styling Cream – I love this so much I bought the super size and have contemplating writing in to the company about possibly making a jug of it.  If it was safe to do and would still benefit my hair, I’d drink it.  Kills frizz fast.  WOOT.
  2. Le Metier de Beaute Colour Core Moisture Stain LipstickSan Tropez has been a go-to peachy nude lip color for me for as long as I can remember.  Smooth and pigmented, perfect for my tone… just can’t go wrong if I grab this.
  3. Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme – I feel like you can’t talk about one LMdB lip product without including another.  Cafe Creme works well with San Tropez for a lovely nude, sultry lip.  Bonus: Not sticky in the least!
  4. Miracle Skin Transformer Face – Are you tired of hearing me talk about this yet?  Creamy, easy to apply, helps makeup last all day.  If it could cook I’d marry it.  It also comes in a version for acne prone skin that I also love.
  5. Chanel Le Blush Cream de Chanel – This is a recent release from Chanel but it’s captured my heart so much I’ve already ordered another shade!  Presage is shown above, and limited edition, get it fast!
  6. Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream – The perfect coverage, a lovely airbrushed look without appearing heavy.  Missha BB Cream has a permanent place in my stash.
  7. IT Cosmetics Bye, Bye Undereye – This concealer will blow your mind.  Did you ever dot concealer over a red area or imperfection and you’re like… um that didn’t really cover so well.  This won’t happen with Bye Bye Undereye.  A small dab will coat everything you need and more and is easy to buff and blend.
  8. Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadow – Seriously.  If I’d have known how in love I’d be with this Seashore Frosts I’d have bought at least five of them.  I use it at least once a week.  There is no shade out there quite like it and it works well with so many colors.  Plus, the formula is amazing.
  9. Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer – This product, along with the Anti Bac Clearing Lotion, saved my face from looking like I just turned 13 (Acne!).  I should actually do a post on the products because they’ve been a godsend.  I like to use them in between testing new skin care (because not all skin care works well for me and my sensitive, hormonal, acne prone skin – thank you, having babies).
  10. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps – This is the limited edition bottle from the Holiday 2012 LE Kenny Scharf release.  This stuff is creamy, velvety smooth and doesn’t make my skin itch or react.  It leaves me moisturized and supple.  A love!

In hindsight, I’m thinking… darn I didn’t include nail polish!  WTF, beauty blogger.  That list would be ridiculously extensive, so let’s just pretend I spared you.

I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 Favorite Cream Beauty Products!  Check out what the other bloggers love to use and tell us what your faves are!

Maybelline PRECIOUS PEARL, BLUE PARADISE Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream-Gel Shadow Swatches & Review – Summer 2013

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Every piece of PR I saw or received on the new Maybelline Summer 2013 Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream-Gel Shadows said there were eight.  Yet every display I saw showed only six.  Each display only had room for six.  So, I’m thinking… error or maybe two got pulled for whatever reason.  Nope.

I drove all over creation searching for the six that originally launched, luckily I found the final two shades on an impromptu stop to UltaPrecious Pearl 10 and Blue Paradise 15 are as beautiful as their brothers and sisters and make excellent additions to the line up!

IMG_5942 IMG_5945 IMG_5950 IMG_6076The swatches above were taken outside using a flash.  The swatches below were taken outside with no flash, with sort of an overcast sun thing going on:

IMG_6078Precious Pearl almost appears to be a duochrome in the pot, but swatches pearly white.  This shade is on the shimmery side and perfect for that inner corner of the eye pop.

Blue Paradise is a blue with a pinkish-purple shift that you can see better in the pot and in person.  In the flash photo it appears teal, where in the shaded photo it looks to be a cornflower blue.

Out of the two, Blue Paradise is my favorite, yet both serve different purposes (for me) of use.  They feel like a gel (solid but wet) and slick on the eye, giving enough time to blend before they set into a powder.  These make fabulous bases for shadows and even alone as a wash of color.  Precious Pearl, like Icy Mint, is more toward sheer in color.

These Maybelline New York Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream-Gel Shadow ($6.99) are limited edition and will be available at select mass retailers nationwide for the month of May 2013 only.

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