The Totally Doable Nail Art Challenge Day 28: Galaxy

Galaxy nail art was the challenge I was most looking forward to. I have been seeing them all over Pinterest and have been mesmerized by how gorgeous they are. Luckily for me, the lovely ladies over at Pretty Squared posted this tutorial for me to follow. It was not nearly as complicated as I had envisioned and I loooove the result!

Curious about the other days of this challenge?  Day 1 and 4 (flowers and swatch), Day 7 (braided), Day 10 (bright), Day 13 (ombré) Day 15 (match OOTD), Day 19 (mint), Day 22 (Earth Day) and Day 25 (gold & silver).

You can also find me on Cosmetics Aficionado. She is doing a blogger spotlight series! See my interview here.



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Review: Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious

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What it claims: Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious promises clump free application that adds volume and length. Proteins included to strengthen lashes (according to Revlon's website).

Cost: I could find very little about price, plus I have yet to see this mascara pop up in my area drugstores. According to a reader, they are set to launch May 1. Of what I could find, around $9.88. 

Overall impressions: I was looking forward to swiping this on my lashes when it arrived in my box for the Revlon challenge in the Allure Beauty Blogger Awards. I had used the original Grow Luscious mascara and had amazing results. I was optimistic that the experience would be similar.

First of all, the artwork on this tube is to die for! It's the type of packaging that draws you in and makes you want to reach for it. 

The brush is a bushy bristle. It is the same size as the original Grow Luscious, which is longer than average. Revlon reports that the brush is triple grooved.

This is where the love stops, unfortunately. The application was nothing like original Grow Luscious. In fact, it did very little for my lashes. They clumped together, had no volume or length.

The worst part, within a couple of hours it flaked all over my under eye area. On top of that, even after the mascara was completely dry, it would leave black lines on my brow bone.  

I was hoping I had just been sent a bad batch so, I googled for some reviews. I noticed Allure mentioned the flaking. This was also the case on Makeupalley.

I'm sad to report that I was completely dissatisfied with this mascara. It was a big 'ole bummer. I would love to see this packaging thrown on the original Grow Luscious. 


The Totally Doable Nail Art Challenge Day 25: Gold/Silver

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For the Gold/Silver day I decided to couple the two together. I went for  Zoya's Julesas the base and swiped a bulk of  Essie's Set In Stones at the base of my nail. I pulled the glitter upward and allowed it to taper off. I love the look these two achieved together!

Want to see other days of this challenge?  Day 1 and 4 (flowers and swatch), Day 7 (braided), Day 10 (bright) , Day 13 (ombré) Day 15 (match OOTD), Day 19 (mint) and Day 22 (Earth Day).

Review and Swatches: Revlon PhotoReady Kajal Intense Eye Liner + Brightener

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Ready for a bran-spankin'-new-not-in-stores-yet product from Revlon? Meet the PhotoReady Kajal Intense Eye Liner + Brightener. These are a dual ended pencil liner that include a jewel tone and a brightener. 

I was eager to tear these open when I discovered them in my Revlon beauty box for the Allure Beauty Blogger Awards. They sent all three of the shades including Purple Reign, Emerald and Blue Nile.

Since these have yet to hit stores, I don't have much in the way of claims or price breakdown. The liner's package states, "Create a bold, exotic look. All-day wear."

Each of these shades are gorgeous and well pigmented. Compared to other drugstore liners, the formulation does not glide or slide on. I love swiping these shades around my lash line to add a pop of color to a nude eye. They also work beautifully as a base. The shades lasted throughout the day, with a primer. These liners served as the inspiration for my Peacock Eye Tutorial in Allure's Beauty Blogger of the Year Awards (voting is open until Friday!).

The opposite end includes a highlighter meant to be used in the water line. If you are suffering from eye redness or needing to appear wide awake, swiping a light shade in your waterline will do the trick. This brightener lasted a couple of hours. 

I think the concept of including a brightening liner with the regular shade is smart and appealing to consumers. I adore the shades selected for this collection. If you are looking to grab some jewel tones for your stash, these liners are a great addition. I also love the Kajal in conjunction with Revlon's 16 Hour Shadow quad in Sea Mist.

Are these liners something you will be reaching for at the drugstore?


Review & Swatches: Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow in Sea Mist & Free Spirit

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What it claims:  A powder shadow available in 16 quads. Shades claim to be blendable, crease and smudge proof and last up to 16 hours. -According to Revlon Website

Packaging: Each shadow sits comfortably in plastic packaging about the size of the palm of your hand. Each shade is of different size and shape. The back of the package features photo instructions for application. A dual ended sponge applicator is also included.

Cost: $5.99-$7.99 at drugstores

Overall Impressions: Sea Mist and Free Spirit were new quads added to the ColorStay line this Spring. Revlon sent both of these for the Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year Awards. I reached for the Sea Mist palette in my Revlon challenge (see the look here).

I was quite impressed with the 12 Hour palettes but had yet to pick up the 16 hour formula. The only difference I noticed is the packaging. The pigmentation is good for this drugstore palette. I think these palettes are well thought out since they both include a highlight shade and medium to deep tones.

The shadows blend easily. Since I always use a primer, I am unsure if these are crease or smudge proof on their own. As for 16 hour staying power, I disagree because with a primer they last 8-10.

I love the color selection in Sea Mist. They are all gorgeous and well pigmented. The lightest shade makes blending easy. I think the turquoise and emerald are to die for! In most cases, I find emeralds to appear black. In Sea Mist, it is true to color. The shades are all shimmer. 

The Free Spirit shadows appear matte in the package, however there is a very slight amount of silver shimmer. However, they do not catch the light when applied on the eye. The black in this palette appears more on the charcoal side. I am usually afraid to go for blues, however I have become adventurous with this palette! I recommend this quad to women who experience fine lines and wrinkles. Matte shades distract from both. 

I have no complaints with these quads. I think they are a great drugstore palette at a fair price point. The color payoff is beautiful and selection is broad. The jewel tones in Sea Mist are a rare find in drugstore palettes. Of the two, this is the one I would recommend most. Each palette is well thought out, includes a highlight and can achieve a broad range of looks. 


Review & Swatches: Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede

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When Allure and Revlon sent a box of new products I was overwhelmed (and excited!) by sheer number of lip products. I have recently acquired an appreciation for lip color.

In case you missed it, yesterday, I posted the Spring 2013 Lip Butters. Today, I have swatched the Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Private Viewing, Socialite, Preview, Muse, Supermodel and Backstage.

What it claims: A 20 shade collection that boasts itself for retaining moisture and all day lasting power. Provides a suede finish that is "food proof." (according to Revlon's website)

Packaging: These compact lip products come in a twist up tube with a plastic cap that allows you to view the shade.

Cost: $8 at drugstores

Overall impressions: In the first few minutes of application, the Ultimate Suede has nice hydration. Eventually, the product will set and adhere to the lips. This aids in the staying power. When this occurs, all moisture is lost and it becomes necessary to add a lip balm. I am no longer able to slide my slips back and forth upon setting.

Even though a balm must be added, I'm quite happy with the color payoff. Most of the shades appear true to color, or close to it, on my pigmented lips. The exception to this is Private Viewing. This is of little shock to me since most nude shades have little payoff on me.

I noticed that the Ultimate Suede will last, at most, 4 hours. I experienced little transfer to cups or food. The color fades quite nicely too. It does not settle into my lines during the setting stage or throughout fadeout. The color will evenly lighten until reapplication.

Revlon calls these "suede" in finish but I'm not sure what they mean. In my mind, it meant matte. However, I think this is an open interpretation. Upon application, there is a dewey quality. This tends to last until the product sets. I did not notice shimmer but they're not completely matte, either.

Private viewing is a golden nude. Socialite is a peachy pink while Preview is a dusty rose. I would describe Muse as the most pink of the bunch with mauve undertones. Supermodel and Backstage are both gorgeous berry shades. Each shade has gold subtleties. My favorites of the bunch are Socialite, Preview and Supermodel. 

I reach for these on days where I know I'm not going to have much time to reapply. I'm able to make it to lunch, then reapply after eating. I know I will have some gorgeous color, for a couple of hours, and never have to worry about feathering or uneven fadeout. I don't think they meet Revlon's claims but they are a good everyday lip product when applied with a balm.

What was your experience with the ultimate suedes?

Don't forget to check out the Revlon box challenge in the Allure Beauty Blogger Awards!