Saturday, April 26, 2014

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

I have pretty much been lusting after the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks since I first set eyes on them in Ulta, but figured since they're part of the permanent collection there was no rush to buy them all, right? WRONG. I made the mistake of purchasing just one of them yesterday and now I need all of them in my life immediately, if not sooner. 

I picked up Melted Peony, but there are also five other shades: Melted Nude, Melted Coral, Melted Fuchsia, Melted Violet, & Melted Ruby. 

"Get the staying power of a stain, the intense color of a liquid lipstick and the high shine of a gloss in one long-wear formula. Using exclusive technology to keep cauldrons of molten lipsticks liquid and creamy, Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick comfortably coats lips in bursts of intense, high-impact, super rich, saturated color that lasts for hours."

  • "Too Faced Co-Founder and Creative Director Jerrod Blandino had never seen lipstick more beautiful, intense, rich and glossy than when it’s in its melted form in the cosmetic labs. With this inspiration, we created a lipstick liquified so it doesn’t lose its pigment or shine while keeping a comfortable, flexible and cushiony wear."

These are really decently sized, considering you only need a very small amount per application! I definitely see myself using this color a lot since it's PERFECT for Spring/Summer, but I bet I'll still never even make a dent in it...especially if I cave & purchase the other five shades. 

The applicator is what makes these truly fabulous. They all have an attached precision tip applicator for clean, effortless application. No brush, no liner, no problem! Perfect for on the go. 

(Note: You have no idea how much I wanted to put this on yesterday the minute I left the store. But, as a blogger, it's always pictures first!)

Here's me attempting to capture the lipstick coming out of the tube. As I mentioned earlier, you only need a tiny bit, so make sure you don't squeeze too hard, especially at first. 

This was supposed to be a swatch in the sunlight, but it's pretty overcast today!

Swatch with flash. 

Applied! The texture of this is sort of hard to describe. It's not super drying (looking at you, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick!) but it's not sticky like a gloss. It's more like the texture of the Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers, which I also adore. 

Has anyone else purchased these? Do you love them as much as I do? :) 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Allure Summer Beauty Box - On Sale April 29th, 2014!

I've heard about how amazing the Allure Beauty Boxes are, but they sell out CRAZY quick and I always seem to miss them! This time, I'm setting an alarm! :)

Here's what's included in the Summer edition of the box, going on sale Tuesday!

It is, admittedly, pretty heavy on hair products but I happen to love hair products so this is perfect for me!

Are any of you going to try to snag one of these? What are you most excited about?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream (+discount code!)

So, if you've been reading my blog for a while you already know I'm really not a fan of all the BB/CC/DD/ZZ creams on the market. I just find that the colors always seem a little off and end up going back to my regular foundation. But they're all the rage, so I'm always on the hunt to find one that works for me!

Studio Gear was kind enough to provide me with their Hydrating CC Cream in 'Linen' to review. Admittedly, I was hesitant at first, but guys--this stuff is awesome!

First, a little background on Studio Gear:

"Founded by industry veterans Steve Rohr and John Avolio, Studio Gear Cosmetics is a prestigous cosmetics brand featuring a full collection of professional makeup brushes, revolutionalizing complexion formulas, and a wide selection of color products for the eyes, cheeks, and lips. Since 1996, Studio Gear has been on set at hundreds of professional photo shoots, in the beauty departments of Bloomingdales, Macy's, Dillard's, HSN and ULTA, and also in the everyday woman's makeup bag. This is a line created true to the concept that every woman deserves professional, high quality cosmetics at a reasonable price." -via

Some general information on the product from Studio Gear's website: 
Hydrating CC Cream transforms and enhances your complexion in an incredibly light, smooth formula. This foundation simultaneously fights aging, retains moisture, and covers and treats blemishes with a non-oily, perfectly radiant finish.
Key Benefits:
  • Protects:  SPF 20 protects the skin, while Hydra-Extend technology provides moisture for up to 72 hours.
  • Perfects:  Enjoy natural looking coverage while micro-encapsulated pigments perfects and fade dark spots and acne scarring.
  • Corrects:  Anti-aging and collagen building ingredients help minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Hydrates:  Hydra-Extend technology provides up to 72 hours of continuous hydration.
  • Conceals:  Micro encapsulated pigments deliver a fresh dose of color that adapts to your own skin tone, creating the most natural looking coverage.
  • Smoothes:  Skin nourishing ingredients help to correct and maintain youthful complexion.

Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream: 

There are three shades of this CC cream: Linen, Natural, & Wheat. I chose Linen since I usually use an 'Ivory' foundation. 

The color is kind of scary when it first comes out of the tube. It's sort of gray-ish!

Once you start blending it goes from gray! AH! I had a small heart attack at first but...wait for it...

It blends to a perfect finish! AMAZING. It does still look a tiny bit yellow in this photo, but after a few minutes you could hardly even see it. Very, very impressive. It definitely evens out the overall look of my skin and IS very hydrating. If you want a nice dewy look, I'd recommend wearing this on it's own. If you want a more matte look, put a bit of finishing powder over the top & you're all set!

Here's my face of the day using Studio Gear's Hydrating CC Cream:

Super lightweight but has fantastic coverage! Moisturizing but definitely not greasy. And, of course, the color matches my skin almost perfectly. 

Interested in trying this CC Cream or other Studio Gear products? Use discount code BLOGGERCC to get 10% off your purchase!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SNEAK PEEKS: Ipsy April 2014

April 8th, 2014

Last but not least, the bag spoiler:

APRIL SNEAK PEEK #6: Put your records on and sing your favorite song with all of this month's fabulous beauty rocking picks!

LOVE the color, but not really a fan of the graphic. I think they could have done something much better with this month's theme!

April 7th, 2014

Aaaaand we're back! Sneak peek #5:

Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Spray Mousse

Looks So Natural Lashes
KISS Looks So Natural Lashes

St. Tropez Tanning Essentials - Gradual Tan Plus Anti-Ageing Multi-Action Face

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Anti-Ageing Multi-Action Face

Such A Tease So Seductive Lashes

Demeter Jasmine Roll On Perfume Oil

Classic Blender Natural
Coastal Scents Brush (can't really tell which one from the spoiler picture!)

April 4th, 2014

Sneak peek #41

Benefit Lollitint

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion

St. Tropez Tanning Essentials - Gradual Tan Plus Anti-Ageing Multi-Action Face
St Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Anti-Ageing Multi-Action Face

Cover FX Mattifying Primer

Sneak peeks will resume on Monday 4/7! :)

April 3rd, 2014

APRIL SNEAK PEEK #3: Hey DJ! Your beauty routine deserves a fabulous remix and one of these awesome beauty finds will help you scratch that!

White Gold Shadow & Highlight Mousse
City Color White Gold Shadow & Highlight Mousse

Rainbow Honey Nail Polish in Midnight Fountain

Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow

April 2nd, 2014

Sorry for the late post, ladies! Here's spoiler #2 from earlier today:

APRIL SNEAK PEEK #2: Life is a stage and your lips are at the center. Let one of these fabulous lip products take the lead!

Cailyn Tinted Lip Balms in Apple Pink or Acid Pink. 

IPSY featured Longwear Lip Pencil
Starlooks Longwear Lip Pencil

Mary Kay At Play Jelly Lipgloss in Teddy Bare and Berry Me

What lip product are you hoping to get in your bag?? :)

April 1st, 2014

Ready for your April sneak peeks? Here's the first one from Facebook!

APRIL SNEAK PEEK #1: Bring out the velvet ropes and bust out your makeup melody for this awesome rock star product in your Glam Bag this month!

Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil

I actually have one of these already & I adore it, so I'm excited to get a travel sized one! :)

If you're not an Ipsy member yet & want to sign up to get the next bag, feel free to use my referral link here:

Thursday, April 3, 2014


My first Birchbox ever contained an adorable tiny sample of theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer. I fell in love with it & used it almost every single day until I finally hit the end of the pan. Luckily, theBalm runs 50% off sales fairly frequently so I picked up a full size of it along with the other 'manizers,' Betty-Lou & Cindy-Lou!

How adorable is the packaging? One of the main reasons I LOVE theBalm's products!

Here's Mary-Lou. A gorgeous pale gold powder that can be used as a shadow, highlighter, or shimmer. 

Betty-Lou is a bronzer that can also be used as a shadow. 

Cindy-Lou (the newest addition!) is a pale peach powder that can be used as a shadow, highlighter, or shimmer. 

Mary-Lou Manizer

Cindy-Lou Manizer

Betty-Lou Manizer

Swatches, top to bottom: Betty, Cindy, & Mary

I would definitely recommend picking one, if not all, of these up as soon as you possibly can! They're all SO pretty & so versatile! I use a combination of Cindy-Lou & Betty-Lou on my cheeks and Mary-Lou on my eyes.