Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick~Hooked on Pink, Review & Swatch

Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick in 065 “Hooked on Pink” is the perfect color for fall!
This is a cream finish lipstick (it may look shimmery in the swatch below but it is a cream!) in a berry, almost red color.
I’m really impressed with the application of this lipstick. It glides on smoothly and doesn’t highlight any imperfections. It does have a bit of a cosmetic-like smell, but it’s not too bad.
True to life color!
The Pros:
This deep berry color would go great with a bronzy, darker look for fall. It’s reasonably priced at around $5.50 at most locations, and overall it feels nice on my lips.
The Cons:
It does have a bit of a smell, but it’s not too bad.
The Bottom Line
I happen to really enjoy this color and it’s a great way to wear a darker lip color without looking vampy!

elf Essentials Concealer Brush

My new holy grail brush!
Although this is your typical small concealer brush, I love this because it’s only $1 and easily found at Target. It’s a synthetic brush, which it great because it works well with so many products. What I really love is the multi-purpose points of this brush. It’s perfect for pinpoint concealing, running shadow along the bottom lashline, applying eyeliner, and applying lipstick! The bristles are thick and dense, which really made this brush stand out.
The Pros:
I pretty much just listed them above <3
The Cons:
The Bottom Line
No shedding, the brush feels solid, it can do so much, and it’s only $1. I’m running out as soon as possible to grab some more! I’d highly recommend it!

Milani HD Advanced Lip Color~Cotton Candy, Review & Swatch

The Milani HD Advanced Lip Color in 111 Cotton Candy is a very soft, glittery baby pink lipstick.
The product comes in a black tube embossed with ‘M’s and gold accents. It’s twist tube style, but very slow, and since the product is so soft, I would not recommend twisting it farther than just beyond the top.
Before you apply this, I warn you to make sure you don’t have dry or chapped lips, or this lipstick will show up absolutely horrendous! There’s so much glitter that it gives a foiled effect and highlights any imperfections on your lips. Also, there’s a very strong, fruity scent emitting from the lipstick, so I’m not sure what’s up with that.
I personally don’t care for this lipstick much. It’s not just that I’m not into glittery makeup, it’s the feeling when it wheres off after a little while. All you’re left with is coarse glitter on your lips and it’s a horrible feeling!
True to life color
Now what really gets me, is on the product page on the Milani website, it claims that this lipstick nourishes, hydrates, and delivers a sheer wash of color with clarity and perfect radiant shine. It instantly comforts dry, chapped lips, and provides long-term moisturization.” 
Ha. It was very opaque, drying, and oh yeah, there was more shine from the glitter than a four-year-old’s tiara. Nice try Milani. 
The Pros:
I love the baby pink color.
The Cons:
It’s far too soft for my taste, the products smells weird, and there’s so much glitter that it looks like it came from a child’s makeup kit.
The Bottom Line
I’m just not impressed. Yeah, maybe I’ll wear it occasionally with a cream finish gloss over top to tone it down a bit, but other than that, it’s unfortunately going to sit in my drawer.
I received the product for free, but the review is 100% honest

My Experience at the Bare Escentuals Outlet Store

Yesterday I visited an outlet mall near me, and I decided to pop into the Bare Escentuals outlet store.
Now, the only makeup-oriented store I had ever visited before is Sephora. I know, I have yet to make it to an Ulta! So, for those of you who haven’t been to ‘makeup-oriented stores’ or are relative newbies when it comes to makeup, I thought I’d give you a rundown of my experience!
The store itself was very nicely set up, with all the displays and what not, and a big table in the center where the workers could do swatch tests and show you how their makeup works.
While I was there, one of the ladies very kindly did a full face of makeup on me using their mineral foundation, an all over face powder for a bit of depth, and their famous mineral veil.
As for the makeup she put on me, it looked fine when she first put it on, and about an hour later I looked like I had been aged 10 years. It was positively ghastly! My undereye circles looked awful (despite her applying “concealer”), and all of the powder had settled into the fine lines under my eyes, which generally aren’t noticeable. Not impressed!
Since I went to an outlet store, all of the prices were severely marked down as opposed to what you would find at Sephora or Ulta. For example, I bought a radiance color in Rose Radiance (review coming soon!), which only cost me $6.50, but is listed as $19.00 on their website. Lipglosses from the Bare Escentuals line were $6.50, and many of the brushes were listed as $6.50 as well. They had a nice display of eyeshadows that were $9.50.
Overall, it was a pretty nice store. While I’ll stay away from the face products if I go back, the prices were phenomenal and a lot cheaper than drugstore makeup!
Have you visited a Bare Escentuals Outlet store? Let us know what you thought in the comments!

elf Translucent Matifying Powder, Review

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I recently got some pictures taken and needed a powder to keep the shine away since it was an outdoor shoot in the forest. A word of advice for those doing photoshoots in the forest: if you think you have enough bug spray on, add two more coats. I got 27 mosquito bites. When you look at the photos, you can definitely tell how forced my smile is! Anyway, I was looking for a basic setting powder with little color that would be able to keep my complexion fresh in the hot sun. I decided to try out the ELF Translucent Matifying Powder which retails for $3, and it was definitely put to the test!

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