Thursday, April 30, 2015

Review | CoverGirl | The Super Sizer & Intensify Me! Liquid Eye Liner



Hey ladies!

I am so very pleased to say that CoverGirl found me to be special enough to send their newest products to try and review! How awesome is that? CoverGirl was one of the first companies I tried when I first started wearing makeup, and it was all that I used for quite a while until my makeup interests began to grow. However, CoverGirl has always remained close to my heart. CoverGirl's TruBlend Mineral Loose Powder was, still, and will always be one of my favorite powders.





"The Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara gives you 400% more corner-to-corner volume for full, fanned out lashes. Our amazing Lash Styler transforms even small lashes— just twirl as you apply it to your lashes for an instantly Super Sized lash look. Opthalmologically tested, suitable for those who wear contact lenses."

$6.85 on the CoverGirl website


Ladies, you know that I am a mascara FREAK. I will always say that because it will always be true. There is nothing that completes a look more than long and voluminous lashes!

In true CoverGirl fashion, the mascara packaging is bright, vibrant, and eye-catching. Turquoise is one of my favorite colors, so that was a major plus for me. The wand is a little new to me since I'm used to a much fatter brush. It's skinny, and the bristles are plastic and separated.

When I applied the mascara, I applied it as I normally do-wiggle and pull up. I noticed instantly how much length I gained. It was amazing with just one coat. The formula isn't too wet, so I didn't have to worry about it getting on my lids. For my second coat, I twirled the wand as the directions stated and viola, volume and length. All you need are two coats and you are set!

I am completely in love with this mascara. The only thing I wish is for a little bit more volume. If the brush could help separate the lashes more, we'd definitely have a winner! The length that it gives me is incomparable, though!

"Get the control of a pencil with the intensity of a liquid eyeliner for beautifully defined eyes every time. Our all-new paddle-shaped tip gives you two looks in one—thick and dramatic or thin and elegant. The intense black formula glides on smoothly and dries quickly for instant drama. Clinically tested, suitable for sensitive eyes."

$8.00 on the CoverGirl website


I must admit that the tip of this eyeliner was...off-putting. I was completely turned off by it. I asked myself, "How in the world am I supposed to create any kind of wing or thin line with this thing?" Nonetheless, I gave it a try anyway. 

Let me tell you, ladies. Not only could I create a thin to thick line from my inner corner to my outer to create a wing, but the pigmentation is amazing! I didn't have to press down on my lash line to get the product out. All I had to was place the liner on my lid and glide it across. 

To be honest, the last time I tried a CoverGirl felt tip eyeliner, I hated it. The pigmentation was there, but I couldn't build on top of it without the line flaking off. Worst part? It dried out within a few days of buying it. No, thanks! Luckily, this is NOT the case with this eyeliner.

The Final Verdict?
I was able to fully test both products for an entire day (8:30 AM-11 PM) and they both held up incredibly well. No smudges, no flaking, and no brittle lashes. I will say that my wing smudged a little today because I was crying a little bit (happy tears, though!). My lashes don't feel dried out and my eyeliner has stayed in place, all day!
I am in love with this mascara and eyeliner, and you will be too!
Calling all CoverGirl fanatics:
Hop on this new mascara and eyeliner!

Stay tuned for a look I created with both of these products...
Best part? The entire look was done with ALL drugstore makeup! :)


What do you think?
What are your favorite CoverGirl products?


xoxo,

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Your Happiness is Your Responsibility


“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.” 
-Stacey Charter

I am so guilty of all of those things, and I think we all are or have been some time or another. I used to define my happiness and self-worth based on how a man or another person I care about viewed me.  I blamed him/them for the reason why I couldn't look at myself in the mirror. I blamed him/them for the reason why I couldn't help but burst into laughter when someone said that I was beautiful, special, smart, or capable of being something other than "a high school dropout with a child on one hip and another on the way."

Some of the worst things that have been said and done to me were by that people that I love/loved or that claimed to love/have loved me. Family, friends, boyfriends, etc. I was ugly, fat, my teeth weren't right, "You will open your legs for any man that calls you pretty", stupid, childish, and wouldn't amount to much of anything other than some abusive man's wife and mother of his children with no education and no money. Why would I believe anything other than what they would tell me about myself? Those statements came from people that said they LOVED me. I became so used to that treatment that I began to think that it was normal.

I began to think those statements were true...

I didn't believe anything other than what I was I told. Why? Simply because they didn't make me feel that way. They didn't make me feel that way. Think about how absurd that sounds. How can anyone make me feel anything that I don't want to feel? How can I believe something someone says if I didn't believe it to be true? How can I define who I am and my happiness based on the opinion of another person?

It took YEARS to get over some of the demons of my past. There are things that happened over 10 years ago that I am now beginning to move on from. It's hard. An absolute uphill battle. I never expected any less, though. To me, dealing with a painful past isn't about the amount of time it takes. It's about how you get through it.

Every morning I have to tell myself that I am good enough. That I am strong enough. That I can do whatever I set my mind to. And, most importantly, I have to tell myself that I can and I will be happy.  Even if that means that I have to scratch, claw, and fight my way to it - it will happen for me. Some days are worse than others, some days are better, and other days...are the BEST.

I find things to get excited about: a new job or business opportunity, a vacation with family or friends, having time to put on makeup (of course), working out/eating right and seeing results, etc.

My happiness is MY responsibility. The decisions I make, the people I surround myself with, the places I choose to go, etc. It's all on me. And as soon as I realized that, the simpler life became.



What makes you happy?
What gives you motivation to be a better you?

xoxo,

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review | Maybelline FIT Me Foundation Dewy & Smooth


Photo Credit: Google - Maybelline.com

Hey boo! I have tested, re-tested, and tested again the new Maybelline FIT Me Dewy & Smooth foundation and I finally have a verdict for you. First of all, I have to preface this post by saying that this foundation had been sitting on my desk for about two weeks before I cracked it open. While I was out shopping for it at Target the first time, I picked up the shade 120 Classic Ivory. Under the lighting at the store it looked too light for me. But that doesn't mean much since I'm horrible at color matching myself. With that idea in my mind, I looked around to see if I could find the next shade over. Naturally, there was only this shade along with 210, 220, and the darker shades. Since I didn't want to put it back, I figured if the foundation was too light, I could just use some bronzer on the perimeter of your face to fix it. It's better to have foundation that's too light than too dark. You can always bronze up your skin or mix in a shade darker to create your color match.

A week or so later, I ran back to Target again and found the next shade up, 125 Nude Beige. I quickly ran to the cashier to pay for my new and "perfectly matched" foundation. When I ran home and put on the foundation, I noticed it was a tad too dark for me, but all was not lost. It's the perfect shade for me in the Summer. Yay! The irony in all of this was, 120 Classic Ivory had been my match the entire time! 

So, I say all of this to say, kids: 
When in doubt, test your foundation on your skin first before making a solid verdict. Test it against your neck and chest. Let it dry, too. Sometimes foundations can oxidize into a darker shade. 
If the shade is wrong, just wipe it off and return it/exchange it for a shade up or down.

Dewy & Smooth
Normal to Dry Skin
$5.69 - Target

The packaging is almost identical to the original FIT Me foundation. Although I like the square, glass packaging, this foundation does not contain a pump. You have to pour it out on to the back of your hand, directly on to brush/sponge, or foundation mixing palette (if you have one of those). This was somewhat problematic for me because the consistency of the foundation is very smooth and thin so when I poured it out the first time, I wasn't expecting it to come out so fast. Long story short, I ended up wasting a lot of the product.

Yikes! Sorry for the finger prints!


The coverage is light to medium, depending on what tool you use to apply. When I used a flat foundation brush and beauty blender, the coverage was about medium. When I used a flat top kabuki, it came out to a light -to-slightly-medium coverage. The flat top kabuki brush blended and dispersed the product too much for. My rosacea was still peeking through.

I did not find the coverage buildable. Adding a second layer made me look and feel cakey. Not a good look.

Other than that, I loved how the foundation applied. It blended beautifully into my skin. It also matched well with my FIT Me concealer in 20 Sand Sable. The foundation covered up my pores and gave me that flawless look right after I applied it.

The photo below was taken with my Galaxy S5 front-facing camera. 
No filters, in natural light.

Unfortunately, after a few hours, I noticed that the foundation didn't really set into my skin the way I'm used to my other foundations doing. As soon as I touched my face, I saw my foundation on my fingers. If I brushed up against something or gave my boo a kiss, my foundation left some sort of "present" behind. I remember pulling away from his face after a kiss and seeing my foundation on his cheek. YIKES! Even though he didn't mind, it still wasn't cute.

I also noticed that the foundation moved at the end of the day. It settled into my smile lines, dimples, lines under my eyes, and left a line on my nose. It began to cake up a little bit on parts of my face too. However, this only happened when it was warmer outside. When it was colder, the foundation held up nicely. Since this foundation is for Normal to Dry skin, I'm not really surprised at this fact. My skin type is combination, so it changes with the weather.

Overall, I enjoy this foundation...in the Winter. It slides right off of my face when there's any hint of heat or humidity because of the oil in my skin. The foundation does what it claims: giving hydration, smoothness, and a natural, flawless, luminous finish. If you have normal to dry skin and you are looking for a medium coverage foundation, give this a try. If you have normal to oily skin, reach for the Maybelline FIT Me Matte & Poreless version.

Any requests on what I should review next?
Leave a comment below.
Have you tried any of the new FIT Me products?
Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Talk to you soon!
xo

**All products mentioned were purchased by me for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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