CoverGirl Cheekers Blush~Natural Twinkle, Review & Swatch

CoverGirl Cheekers Blush in 183, Natural Twinkle
3 grams-Made in USA-$4.39

What does it claim to do?
-Sheer, natural color
This is the darkest of the four Cheekers blushes that I bought, as it’s a rosy pink with a hint of brown. There is a small bit of golden shimmer.
I quite like this blush. I think that the texture is nice, and just as it says, the color gives a beautiful rosy, golden glow.
It is one of the more sheer blushes, but it is only supposed to give a glow, and can be built up.
The Pros:
This is a great color to give a good golden glow on fair and light to medium skintones. Any darker than that, and this might not show up.
The Cons:
It smells. Weird. Like rotten peppermints. And it’s strong. So beware(:
The Bottom Line
7/10
The smell is a deal breaker for me, unfortunately. It’s just nasty. So if you’re really sensitive to smell, pass on this. My face drawer even smells like this and I only bough the blushes two days ago.

Ingredients

CoverGirl Trublend Mineral Blush~Shimmering Sands, Review & Swatch

Covergirl Trublend Minerals blush in 430, Shimmer Sands
18 g-Made in USA-$9.50

What does it claim to do?
-Provide a “kiss of color”
I picked this up in my haul of the decade and the reason that I did, was because I was intrigued by the size of it. It’s massive! There were four shades I believe, but I may be mistaken because this was one of two left at my RiteAid!
This blush has a really nice texture. It’s smooth and velvety, and very pigmented. The color is a soft color with shimmer.
Included in the package, you also get a small puff with the CG logo on it, but I wouldn’t advise using it with this blush unless you want to have clown cheeks!
Now when you get it on your face, the color isn’t nearly as spectacular as it is in the swatch. It turns out to be quite sheer. It is buildable, I suppose, but even with the small bit I put on, my cheeks looked as shimmery as they needed to be.
Ingredients
The Pros:
If you can get this with a coupon, you get a massive amount for a great price. Also, the color is really nice for giving off a fresh glow.
The Cons:
It can be a bit on the sheer side, and this particular shade won’t show up as well on darker skin tones.
The Bottom Line
7/10
It’s a decent product. Not the best blush I’ve used, and not the worst. What this would be good for is if you wanted a soft glow, or if you needed to set a cream blush.

And can I just say, for the record, price stickers kind of suck.
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Wet ‘n Wild Eyeshadow Trio in Silent Treatment, Review & Swatches

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You know when you keep seeing other beauty bloggers & vloggers using one product and you have to have it? That’s how I feel about Wet ‘n Wild’s Eyeshadows! I’m constantly seeing so much hype about these and I picked up a few trios the other day to try out. I typically go for neutral shades so I picked out their Eyeshadow Trio in Silent Treatment, a beautiful combination of shades that would honestly go great with any skintone and makes for the perfect daily eyeshadow palette!

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Maybelline “The Falsies” Volum’ Express

Maybelline the Falsies Volum’ Express Washable Mascara, Blackest Black
0.25 fluid oz.-Made in USA-$6.00
What does it claim to do?
  • Give you false lashes
  • 300% more lashes
This is without a doubt, my favorite mascara so far. Everything just works really well with this product-packaging, formula, brush. It’s just an all around good product.
This mascara comes with a curved brush, which is really fantastic for getting all of my lashes evenly coated. I know you can curve pretty much any mascara brush, but the angle that this one in particular is at makes for a beautiful application.
The formula is also really good. It’s not too wet, and it’s not too dry. I found that it didn’t tend to clump up much, and the color is a true black.
The Pros:
The brush and formula are such a fantastic match for this product and my lashes are easily much more curled, blackened, and noticeable.
The Cons:
It does have a funky smell, but all Maybelline products have that.
The Bottom Line
9/10
This truly is a great drugstore mascara!

elf Essentials Brightening Eyecolor~Butternut, Review & Swatches

elf Essentials Brightening Eyecolor in Butternut
Made in China
This quad is made up of four colors: a yellow-toned cream, peach, dark plumb taupe, and a dark bronze. All have golden shimmer.
The colors are very nice. For being only $1, they are really pigmented. And they transfer onto the lid beautifully. The only color that isn’t on the same level as the rests is the peach. It’s such a skin-toned color that it isn’t on the same level of pigmentation as the rest.
The Pros:
The pigmentation is really good, the packaging is good, and the best part, it’s only $1!
The Cons:
I did have a bit of a problem with this-when I put it on my eyes, they started burning a few minutes later. So I may have had an allergic reaction with this product. I haven’t read of anyone else having the same problem, so it may have been just a fluke. Also, there are parabens in this product-just a warning.
The Bottom Line
9/10
This isn’t perfect, but for only $1, it’s pretty darn good(:

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara in shade 100, Blackest Black
0.43 fluid oz.-Made in USA
Ah, an oldie, and not so much a goodie. I picked this up because it was only $3.24 at Meijer, and since it was deemed to be such a “classic”, I wanted to give it a shot.

What does it claim to do?

  • Condition & thicken lashes
  • Intense black lashes
  • Lash-building brush
  • Washable formula
Well first off, the only good thing I could find about this product is that I really like the pink pacaging. It’s cute, and classic, which I like.

The formula is a wet one, and for that reason, I found that it didn’t properly coat my lashes because of the brush it’s coupled with. They just didn’t mesh. My other big problem is that although this mascara is “washable”, I tested it by running my dry fingers across my lashes in the middle of the day, and they had mascara on them when I looked. Not very good.
But the biggest problem is the brush. It’s horrendous. The bristles are so far spread out that the mascara can’t grab onto my lashes, leaving them barely coated with black. If the brush were more dense, I might have had a better experience.
The Pros:
The packaging.
The Cons:
The brush and the formula just aren’t up to par.
The Bottom Line
5/10
I feel like this mascara is designed for 12-year-olds who shouldn’t be wearing a lot of makeup. If you’re into the natural look and want just a bit of definition in your lashes, then this mascara would be perfect for you. It just missed the mark for me.

Maybelline Fit Me Powder in Shade 110, Review

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The Fit Me line from Maybelline caused a lot of hype when it first launched and I was really drawn to their Fit Me Powder. I’ve heard some really great things about this powder, from how light it is to how it sets makeup and thought it would be a perfect first impression of the Fit Me Line. This varies in price depending on where it’s sold, but you can always get a good deal on a sale at Ulta or something!

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Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream, Review

Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream
1.7 oz- Made in USA
I’m not really a moisturizer person, just because I don’t like gooping thick amounts of smelly white cream on my face. Plus, they can get very expensive. So when I received a sample of this, I pretty much ran out and got it.
Although the name says “Gel-Cream” I wouldn’t call this a cream at all. It’s a watery, green gel. Which is nice, because unlike a cream, the gel doesn’t sit on top of your skin. It sinks right in.
It does have a smell, it’s made with grape seed extract so it does smell like grapes. The scent can be overpowering at first, but I didn’t notice it once it’s on my face.
This little 1.7 oz jar will last you a very long time. The price of the product runs around $6, but there’s always coupons on the internet for Garnier moisturizers. You need a pea sized amount to cover your entire face, so I’m projecting that I won’t have to buy a new one for 2 years, which is great for my wallet!
As for what it actually claims to do, I have found that this product moisturizes really well. Because it sinks so well into my skin, my skin looks glowy and feels softer than before.
The Pros:
Being a gel moisturizer is refreshing, and I love how it moisturizes without my face feeling goopy and covered in cream.
The Cons:
The smell might throw some people off, but it didn’t bother me much.

The Bottom Line
9/10
I think this is an excellent product and well worth your money, whether you look for high-end or drugstore products. 

elf Beauty School Blush & Bronzer Palette, Review & Swatches

Grab this before it’s gone!
I found this on clearance for $2.55 a few weeks ago at Target, but it’s still available for $3 online at elf.com, but there’s no telling for how long it will be available as I don’t think this is a permanent palette!
I have a few of the elf Studio blushes, and I thought that this palette would be a lot like those-sheer in color. But in fact, these 4 colors are the exact opposite!
Starting off with the colors themselves, the palette comes with two blush shades, and two “contour” shades. In reality, the left of the two contour shades is a skin toned one and on most skin tones would be a highlighter. The first pink is a babydoll pink with no shimmer. The second pink is a hot pink with golden glitter. The first contour is skin toned with some shimmer in the pan, but it doesn’t transfer to the skin. The second contour is an matte, orange toned brown.
The texture of these 4 shades is really nice. Not a single one is powdery. The are all extremely creamy, and as a result, blend like a dream!
The packaging is alright, there’s no mirror or any writing on the back. The only problem that I have with it is getting it to open. The bottom half is very slim, the same width as the top, so when you go to grab the side to open it, you have to work to grab just the bottom part so you can open it.
The Pros:
The texture is gorgeous, and the colors can work on all skin tones which is great. The price is great too, since you get 4 cheek colors for just $3!
The Cons:
The packing could have been orchestrated a bit better, but it’s not too bad.
The Bottom Line:
9/10
I am so happy that I picked this up! This will be a staple for me in the winter to warm my cheeks up, and if I need to travel, this is the only blush/bronzer I will grab!

Clinique Color Surge Eyeshadow Duo in Sahara Gold, Review & Swatches

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There are few colors of eyeshadows I love more than gold. It’s just the perfect, universal eyeshadow shade that is guaranteed to make you look like you have your life together. Since gold shimmer eyeshadows are my weakness, I absolutely had to pick this one up. This is the Clinique Color Surge Eyeshadow Duo in the shade Sahara Gold that I picked up from a Cosmetics Company Outlet for only $12.

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