February 26, 2015

New Makeup Revolution I Heart Obsession Palettes - Stila Dupes!

Makeup Revolution has just launched a new line of palettes called I Heart Obsession $6.16 each, and they all look like they could be dupes for the Stila Eyes are the Windows palettes!  Granted, they have 10 shades while the Stila palettes have 12, but they look like they definitely have some dupe shades in there.

Born To Die is a taupe-y neutral palette and looks similar to Stila's Soul palette. 
West End Girls has deeper shades and reminds me of Stila Spirit. 
Paris looks similar to Stila Mind 
Wild is the Wind could be a Stila Body dupe with it's blues and purples
Here are the Stila palettes for comparison:
It would be worth it to swatch these and do some comparisons because the Stila palettes are $49, so it would be great to have some dupes, even if they're not 100% exact.

There's a fifth I Heart Obsession palette called Pure Cult that looks like a Naked 3 dupe as well!
I'm going to check these out and hopefully give you some swatch comparisons in the coming weeks!  

February 25, 2015

NYC Expert Last Lip Lacquer Swatches and Review

NYC Expert Last Lip Lacquer ($4.19 CVS) is a new release for Spring 2015 and claims to deliver intense color in a lightweight, glossy formula. I purchased 8 out of the 12 shades to try since CVS had them BOGO 50% off a few weeks ago...let's take a look!
The Expert Last Lip Lacquer line offers a nice selection of shades from nudes to pinks, berries and reds. They're packaged in lightweight plastic tubes that look nice and simple...they're a little cheap feeling but that doesn't bother me because the price is great and I'd rather have a superior product inside the tube than have fancy packaging. I also like that the entire tube except for the cap is clear and you have a large area to see the color inside.
They come with a standard doe foot applicator...I wish it was one of the bigger, flatter ones that some other brands have, because it would reduce the number of times I have to dip the wand back in to get more product. With these, the color seemed to be mainly just on the tip when I pulled it out of the tube so it took 3 or 4 dips into the tube to cover my lips well.

February 20, 2015

Kardashian Beauty Hair Line Spotted at Bed, Bath & Beyond

When I spotted the new Kardashian Beauty hair line at Bed, Bath and Beyond this morning and posted the photos to Instagram, I had no idea that it would be my most liked, most visited post to date (or that Khloe herself would be among those who liked it!). So, since my Instagram account is literally blowing up over this, I figured I would do a quick blog post for those of you who aren't on Instagram. 

I had seen that the line was going to be sold at Ulta, but since I don't have an Ulta close by, I was happy to see it land at Bed, Bath and Beyond! 
First, I picked up the Blow Dry Cream and the Black Seed Dry Oil.  Then I decided to also grab the Dry Conditioner because I've never tried one before and my 2nd day ends usually need some love.
I also spotted  a Dry Shampoo, Hair Spray, Volume Foam, and Curl Defining Cream Gel.

Are you excited to try this line?  Or have you already purchased it at Ulta?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Karelen Review and Giveaway

I am so excited to bring you a review and giveaway of a new body care line called Karelen. Karelen's body butters, cremes, and dry oils contain natural, good-for-the-skin ingredients and absolutely no parabens, glycols, mineral oils, or petrolatum. They're made in the USA and are cruelty free with no animal testing ever, not to mention they come in 13 delectable scents and are super affordable.  Keep reading after my review for your chance to win a prize pack of Karelen products, and also for a coupon code to get an exclusive discount at Karelen.com.  Let's take a look!

The Scents: 

I was given the opportunity to choose 3 scents out of the 13 available.  It was a hard decision because they all sounded wonderful, but in the end, I decided to go with Shea Your Way, Jojoba Joy, and Luscious Coconut.
Shea Your Way is a warm, sweet, gourmand type fragrance with notes of toasted sugar, creamy vanilla, and salted caramel.  It smells good enough to eat! Plus, all of the products with this scent contain shea butter as a main ingredient.
Jojoba Joy is an amazingly fresh and clean scent but it's not soapy- it's well rounded and perfect for every day.  It has notes of pineapple flower, jasmine, honeysuckle, creamy vanilla, and sandalwood. All of the products with this scent contain Jojoba Oil as a main ingredient.
Luscious Coconut is one that I had to try because I love coconut scents.  This isn't a straight coconut, rather it smells like a tropical vacation (or maybe a pina colada!).  The coconut, vanilla and sandalwood notes are offset by mango, apricot and orchid.  All of the Luscious Coconut products contain Coconut Oil as a main ingredient.

The other available scents are: Alluring Argan, Aloe There, Carrot Caress, Mango Crazy, Moringa Magic, Olive All Over, So Avocadolicious, Sultry Black Castor, Tea Tree Treat, and Vivacious Vitamin E (you can check them out here)

February 19, 2015

L.A Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer Review

Recently, one of my readers asked me what I thought of the L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer ($5) and I realized that I hadn't reviewed it yet, which is crazy because it's one of my favorite concealers, drugstore or high end.  Let's take a look! 
I've been using Pro Conceal since this past summer and I originally bought it because I had seen tons of YouTube videos and other bloggers saying that this was the best concealer ever.  For me, it truly is...at least for everyday use.  If I'm going out or have a big event to go to, I'll use a full coverage concealer like It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye (or the new Wet N Wild Fergie Come Correct), but this is my daily concealer.  It's medium coverage, totally buildable, and so creamy and smooth.

New Maybelline Spring 2015 Color Tattoo Swatches Black Orchid, Hydrangea Hype, Rose Riot

Last week I posted some swatches of two new Maybelline Color Tattoo shades that were released for Spring 2015 (see them here) Petunia Punk and Hibiscus Heartbreak, but then I started hearing around the internet that there were three additional shades being released.  Some people told me that they found all five shades in a display at Walgreens and Duane Reade called "Girls Night Out", while others said they saw them at CVS in a different display.  
None of the Walgreens in my area had the Girls Night Out display...in fact, they didn't have any new Color Tattoos at all! I picked up the first two at Harmon's last week, and then I started checking all of the Walgreens and CVS stores in my area.  Of course, the very last CVS I checked had them and I almost missed them completely because they weren't part of a display! They were sitting on top of another Maybelline display that had the Lash Sensational mascara and Color Molten eyeshadows in it...a sales associate must have just stuck them there because they didn't have a home. There were only 2 of each shade and these are limited edition, so I have a feeling they are going to be very hard to find. 
Top: Black Orchid
Bottom: Rose Riot, Hydrangea Hype

Top: Rose Riot, Black Orchid
Bottom: Hydrangea Hype

Mally Beauty on HauteLook Tomorrow!

Mally fans, guess what?  Tomorrow at 11am EST (8am Pacific), Mally Beauty will be on HauteLook and that means you'll be able to save 50, 60, even 70% off (or more)!

If you're not a member of HauteLook yet, it's free to join.  I have no way of knowing which products will be included in the sale, but I'm hoping it's some of these:

Volumizing Mascara $20- This is one of the best volumizing mascaras I've ever used, but is $20 normally so I'm hoping to score a bargain.
Evercolor Eyeshadow Sticks ($25 each)- These are my favorite eyeshadow sticks...totally bulletproof and last forever! (See my review here)

Poreless Face Defender ($40)- This is a mattifying balm that my dry skin likes so much better than powder.  Just pat it on and your makeup lasts all day!
My advice would be to sign up for HauteLook tonight so that you're all ready to go tomorrow as soon as the sale goes live because products sell out very quickly...the popular ones within minutes!
I'll be at my computer at 11am tomorrow...I can't wait to see what's going to be part of the sale!