Thursday, February 27, 2014

Poparazzi Makeup Brushes - First Look

I traveled out of my way today, for makeup. I have my local CVS which is great, but the last time I stopped by, it didn't have what I am really trying to get my hands on, the L'Oreal Collection Privee Color Riche Lipsticks. You know, the four shades to match four of L'Oreal's models, Doutzen Kroes, Frida Pinto, Eva Longoria, and Jennifer Lopez? Ooh, you didn't know? Well, watch out, because those are my new lemmings and as soon as I get my hands on one you can bet your bacon it will be here.

Anyhoo, I decided I would try the next nearest CVS to me, the one in Pacific Palisades, CA. I browsed the aisles like a rabid monkey in search of the Privee, but didn't find them. What I did find was a picked-over display of the Maybelline Nude collection. I browsed all of the new displays and didn't see much that was interesting to me. Just as I was walking though the brush aisle, defeated and about to leave empty-handed, a little pop of green and hot pink caught my eye. There they were, standing out from the essence of beauty and Ecotools brushes. These crazy little brushes with pink and polka-dotted handles. The bristles were white with pink tips. And they cost about $2.50 a piece.

I was intrigued. I have been to many CVS's and Rite Aids in my time and I have never seen these Poparazzi brushes. I had to buy them. Now, I don't expect them to be great quality but you never know, they could surprise us. I needed a second crease brush anyway because my MAC 217 is amazing but I can't keep it clean all the time.

In any case, I will be doing a full review of the Eye Crease Blender and the Eye Shadow brush by Poparazzi within the next couple of day. I just wanted to give you a first look, in case you're on the hunt for cheap brushes at your local drugstore.

Poparazzi Makeup Brushes

How do you feel about a makeup brush you can buy for $2.19? Does that excite you or make you suspicious? I know I was really excited when I picked these up. I have high hopes for these funky little brushes. But we'll have to wait and see.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Covergirl Clean Glow Blusher in Peaches

Today we are taking a look at Covergirl's Clean Glow Blusher in Peaches/110.

from the package: "This lightweight formula blends easily so you can customize your perfect matte glow every time."

I have to admit that Covergirl is the last drugstore makeup line that I give consideration to when I am browsing my local CVS. Something about their brand doesn't speak to me, and I'm not sure if it's the advertising (i.e. Pink's annoying "clump crusher" mascara commercials) or the miserable experience I had with the last covergirl product I tried over 5 years ago, the abominable Smoky Shadow Blast. Suffice it to say I haven't purchased a CG product in a very, very long time.

I suppose it was the very alluring brand new display I happened upon at CVS just days ago that drew me to this product.

CoverGirl Clean Glow Blusher Peaches
Something about the display and the way it sat prominently just as I walked in made my eye go straight to the blushes and highlighters. I'm a sucker for any makeup that has the word "peach" in the title. I think there is something delicious about peach lips and cheeks and on occasion, eyes.
CG Clean Glow Blusher comes in a fairly sturdy plastic pan with a white bottom and a clear top so you can see the product from the within the packaging. I like that because I think the way the product itself is designed is very pretty to look at; it almost looks like a 3-toned wave, and it just makes you eager to swirl your brush around in there.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Maybelline Volum' Express The Mega Plush Mascara

This was an impulse buy. I had been wearing Physician's Formula Organic Wear mascara and was unsatisfied with the results. I was browsing Walgreens, actually shopping for a new shampoo and conditioner and when I passed the new beauty displays there was, sitting on the top shelf, a display for Maybelline Volum' Express The Mega Plush mascara. I suppose I was a bit of a sucker because I bought it due to the fact that it was being sold in a two-pack for $9.99, and the regular price for one was $8.99. I grabbed one of the two-packs and headed for the register. I bought it in the color Blackest Black.

It was one of those rare moments when I bought something on the fly and didn't spend any time researching it or the reviews. Sounded good on the package. Gel-mousse formula, 40% less hard waxes. Also, I liked the fact that the brush had bristles, like mascaras used to before every drugstore mascara started with the hard plastic brushes. I'm not a fan of those. I was seriously tempted to buy L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara that was sitting right next to the Mega Plush, but at $9.99 for one of those, the Mega Plush seemed like more of a bargain.

The Packaging: Very cute, in my opinion. The tube is a teal/turquoise with hot pink metallic lettering. The wand part is just the right size and thickness to hold in your hands while applying the mascara.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Nivea A Kiss of Care & Color lip balm in Sheer Coral

Let me start off by saying, I am an absolute lip balm hoor. At any given time, I have about 5 lip balms in my purse, not to mention two lip glosses. If I see a new lip balm advertised, I will hunt it down and try to snag it the minute it hits the shelves.

I have tried countless lip balms, including natural ones and yes, including high-end ones such as Fresh, Dior, and even La Mer - which is still the best lip balm I've ever tried but at a whopping $50 won't be taking its place in my purse anytime soon.

Nivea A Kiss of Care and Color comes in three shades: a pale pink, a sheer red, and Sheer Coral, which is the one I bought. This lip balm sits among the top 10% of lip balms I have tried from the drug store. It is one of the best drug store lip balms I have used and certainly the best that has a hint of color. It beats Burt's Bees tinted lip balms as well as Alba Terratints.

Let's start with the packaging: so far so good. I have only had it for four days and so far no problems with it coming undone and making a mess. It comes in a silver stick with a slanted top, which is odd considering the product itself is flat, not slanted.

The Product: the stick itself has a moisturizing center and the outer ring is the color. Sheer coral, in this case. However the color itself goes on a bit more pink than coral.

The Consistency: smooth as butter, although not as thick as a Revlon Lip Butter. Light, like a lip balm. Comparable to chap stick but it feels nicer going on - not as stiff.

Moisturization: very good. My lips feel hydrated when I put it on and for a few minutes there is a very light
cooling sensation.

Color payoff: sheer. As is to be expected from its name.

The Duration: short. But, it seems that most lip balms don't last long on me as I tend to smack my lips and rub them together a lot.

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars. I really recommend this product for moisturization with a hint of color.

I bought this product for $5.49 at Walgreens. I have a feeling it might be cheaper at CVS or Rite Aid by about .50 cents but may be harder to find there.

Have you tried this lip balm? What would you compare it to?

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Inspired by G over at Nouveau Cheap, as well as countless other bloggers/vloggers such as Vampy Varnish, Scrangie, and the pixiwoo sisters, I decided it was time to dive into the pool of insanity that surrounds beauty bloggers on the net.

Suffice it to say that my posts will not be the most sophisticated you've seen, as I am a novice, and furthermore I am working only with the camera that comes with my Samsung Galaxy S4. But, at least you'll know what makeup looks like under the glaring eye of a cell phone.

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