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Monday, January 16, 2017

Review: Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Liquid Liner | First Impression

This post contains press samples

If there's one thing that's obvious about my beauty look, it's that I love a winged liner.

My love of a cat eye has resulted in my testing out a lot of liquid liners to find my favorite ones.  And today I'm doing more of that.

Thanks to Influenster, I get to check out the Maybelline Master Precise Curvy liquid liner.  I got this along with The Colossal Big Shot mascara.





So this liquid liner's claim to fame is in it's uniquely shaped oval felt tip (pictured below). With it, you're supposed to be able to create thin or bold lines by just turning the direction you hold the liner. The flat edges will help you get close to the lash line and create thin precise lines. And you can wing out your liner using the tip. 


But, is it easier to work with than my holy grail pen liquid liners (Kat von D Tattoo liner, Lorac Front of the Line Pro, or Jesse's Girl liquid eyeliner)? Will it really demystify the cat eye? And will it make me a believer in a felt tip liner once again? 

Let's test this baby out and find out. Check out my experience in the video below. 


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Review: NYX Total Control Drop Foundation | New at the Drugstore



Hey everyone! Happy New Year! We're excited to kick off 2017 with a new product review. 
Judging by all the promising new products popping up on my instagram feed and the shelves at a beauty aisle near you, we might be in store for a great year -- at least in the beauty arena. 

Today we are going to tell you about the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation (0.43 oz, $14) that recently hit shelves at ULTA.  Currently, 14 shades are available online, and six in store, but come January 28 the full line of 24 shades officially releases. (NOTE: You can get all 24 shades directly from NYX now.) 


NYX Total Control Drop Foundation, @girlythingsby_e
NYX Total Control Drop Foundation 07 Natural
NYX's Total Control Foundation's dropper bottle design (pictured above) reminds me of the Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum and the Sephora Collection Teint Infusion Ethereal Natural Finish Foundation. Honorable mention to the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation for also having a dropper bottle design, albeit a sleek black bottle instead of frosted glass. 

Many people are wondering if NYX is creating a dupe for the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, but I think they're actually trying to replicate serum foundations (like the ones previously mentioned) instead. 

The difference? CoverFX Custom Drops are meant to be mixed with your skincare or current foundations in order to adjust coverage, while NYX's foundation is meant to stand alone as your foundation. And in my testing I can say it's definitely not a dupe for the CoverFX drops. And I haven't tested other serum foundations, so I can't compare. 

But, regardless of whether or not this product is a drugstore dupe for a higher end brand, the fact remains that the claims are alluring. 

According to NYX the Total Control Drop Foundation: 
  • Offers adjustable coverage  (sheer to full coverage) by simply adjusting the number of drops used (the box provides a legend) 
  • Provide a velvety matte smooth finish that's light weight

The matte finish makes me think this is geared toward those with combination to oily skin. Those with dry skin might not want to try this, or if they do, moisturize well before hand and use a hydrating primer.

Check out my video review to learn more about the foundation, see me apply it to find out if it's truly buildable, and find out my final thoughts. 

Is this foundation gunning for holy grail status or is it just alright? Let's find out. 



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Saturday, December 31, 2016

First Impression Review: Maybelline The Colossal #BigShotMascara

This post contains PR samples

@girlythingsby_e, #BigShotMascara, Maybelline

Well guys, 2016 is almost officially behind us. Boy what a year it has been, huh? It certainly had its ups and downs.

Regardless of how you felt about 2016, on thing is for sure, we got a lot of new makeup releases and plenty to chat about in the beauty community.

And we can't close out the year without squeezing in one more product review for you. After all, that's the primary focus of this blog.

So we're bidding 2016 a fond farewell by chatting about voluminous lashes, courtesy of a new drugstore mascara. Seems appropriate, considering va-va-voom lashes are a must for New Years and beefing up my savings efforts (or rather ramping down my spending?) is a 2017 goal.

Enter the new Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara ($6.49), which arrived on my doorstep courtesy of Influenster.


The mascara claims to deliver fully-loaded volume in just one coat. I'm not making this up guys. That's what it says on the packaging. It's other claim to fame is the brush. It's a regular bristle brush (not rubber). But instead of straight bristles, it also has curled bristles that are supposed to help grip your lashes to really separate them and coat them with mascara.

Maybelline Colossal Big Shot mascara wand

Listen, long, voluminous lashes are kind of my jam. (Aren't they everyone's?) So, I was ready to dig in and see if this mascara would really deliver. Check out my video below to see my first impression review.



And, in case you didn't get a close enough look at my mascara results in the video, here's a still shot for you. As you can see in the caption, it took three coats of mascara to reach this level of volume and lengthening. 

So much for fully loaded lashes in one coat...

Still, if you can look passed needing multiple coats (which I can), I think the results are pretty good. Now let's just hope the dry mascara formula doesn't result in mascara flaking into my eyes (or the tube lasting only a few weeks). 

Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot mascara (3 coats) 






























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Friday, December 30, 2016

How to Conceal Redness or Acne on Skin using Color Correction feat. NYX HD Studio Concealer Wand



Alright. It seems like concealing skin imperfections ranks high on your need-to-know list. Can't blame ya. Few things take the wind right out of your sail quite like skin troubles. I get it. I've been there.

We recently discussed how to use color correction to make dark under eye circles vanish.

And you guys requested more.

Specifically, you want to know how to hide redness on your skin when foundation and concealer alone aren't doing the trick.

Whether its a pimple rearing it's ugly head, rosacea, or a red nose courtesy of the winter weather, you can use color correction to conceal it.

The same color theory principles apply here. But instead of reaching for an orange tone, you'll be reaching for green. A green color corrector, like the NYX HD Studio Concealer Wand ($4.99), will help counteract red tones in your skin.

Why? Because red and green fall on opposite sides of the color wheel.

Now, let's take a look at how to use green color corrector to hide redness in your skin in the video below. Don't forget to keep submitting your requests!


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Thursday, December 29, 2016

How to Cover Dark Under Eye Circles feat. NYX Dark Circle Concealer



Whether you suffer from them often or only occasionally, I think we can all agree on one thing:

Under eye circles are a drag. They need to be annihilated.

As if going about your day to day responsibilities weren't tiring enough, along come dark under eye circles to emphasize your exhaustion.

Worse yet?

When they seem to permanently stick around, no matter how much sleep you get, as if to announce to the world that you're some kind of tired old hag.

Well, eff that.

Let's render those suckers invisible and continue kicking ass at whatever we're doing today.

You can conceal dark circles quickly and effectively with color correction. If dark circles are your nemesis, then then a peach, salmon, or orange toned corrector is your weapon of choice. It all comes down to color theory. Orange falls on the opposite side of blue on the color wheel, making the orange tones of your corrector counteract the blue tones in your under eye circles.

You can combine your favorite concealer with a bit of corrector  to mask them. Or you can look for a concealer that already has a peachy/salmony/orangey tone to it, like the NYX Dark Circle Concealer ($5.99), for a one-step approach (an excellent choice if you battle dark circles regularly).

Let me show you how.

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