Sunday, December 15, 2013

Maybelline Color Elixir Review for Raspberry Rhapsody #30

Maybelline Color Elixir Review

For Raspberry Rhapsody #30

So I'll admit it, I was totally sold the moment that I saw the commercial on this one, and when a $2.00 off coupon arrived in my mailbox, well I simply had to run out to the store and take the plunge. Upon my arrival, my biggest debate then became which color to select, because they had a very wide variety of selection. 

I finally settled on Raspberry Rhapsody #30, as shown below. 

In application, this shade appears to be a cross between a dark violet, and plum shade. Overall I was pretty happy with the purchase, though I usually do not rock shades quite this dark. Honestly, the swatches do not do it justice when compared in application, however here they are both with and without flash...


Application- Smooth and soft, I found that this Elixir didn't dry out my lips, or show any flaws if you've got any unattractive winter dryness going on. 
Pigmentation- Medium, to high in color appearance, this gloss doesn't require any other primary lip shade worn below it. 
Texture/Scent- No smell, texture was very silky and was not sticky 
Longevity- Wore a decent amount of time, nothing superb, however most glosses aren't in my personal experience. I was able to do some running around, and come home with some color still in place. 

Overall Thoughts..

I will definitely be trying this product in other shades, and my only complaint is that it didn't appear as pink as it looked in the bottle, or even on the swatch when I tried it in the store. I loved the fact that I was able to get it at the fair price of only $4.99 (originally $6.99 at Target, prior to using my coupon for $2.00 off) and combined with the multitude of shade options, I will without a doubt be both buying and trying it again. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wall Decal by RoomMate's ---> Tips, tricks & How To Hints

RoomMate's Peel & Stick Wall Decal Detailed Instructions & Tips
Well, September has arrived, and along with it has come a very somber state of mood for me, as reflecting upon the past year has unfortunately brought me both strife, and exhaustion.. However, with this somber state, I've also gained a need to adjust my surroundings accordingly, and the first of set of several current attempted re-decorating, and DIY organization projects is officially complete, hooray!

The best news? I did it for only $10 using a Room Mate's brand wall decal that can be purchased at most Wal-Mart or Target stores (as seen in the photo below- please excuse the nail polish swatches on the side, lol.) that with a little time and patience, is super easy and gives your entire room renewal with a bang.

Because I found the directions a bit lacking and vague, here's a few tips if you are considering this idea for your own home :) along with my final product results compared to the image sold in the photo.

Supplies Needed
Electrical or Masking Tape 
Duster or Swiffer Duster (Also can use a separate dry rag) 
Wet & Dry Rag (Or similar product such as Magic Sponge & Paper Towels)
Measuring Tape - If uncertain or desired. 

Not So Quick Before You Stick!
Although oh so tempting, try and place your wall decal when you've got a quiet moment, or even quiet moments, set aside to follow the steps as shown below.

Preparing & Pre-Placement 

(1.) Select where you are going to place your decal - Prospect where you where place your wall decal by both decor and furniture surrounding that wall. Keep in mind that depending on what image you decide on, the required dimensions must be adjusted, and that if you are decorating a small child's room you assure that it is not placed in their direct reach or subject to becoming a choking hazard.
NOTE: This particular product does not have a specified on the box, and is able to be adjusted in pattern placement if you'd like. I tried to follow the photo's pattern for the most part, and my finished product was 28in. in total Height x 52in. in Length. 

(2.) Clean the area before placement- It's important that you remove all dirt and debris from the area of placement to ensure that your wall decal has longevity and sticks properly. I prepared by swiffering the wall, then wiping it down with a wet Magic Sponge, and drying with paper towels. 

(3.) Carefully cut out pieces for your pattern- Most wall decals come with separate pieces, and will require you to cut out each piece individually. TIP: For the best success, I suggest you cut around the pieces closely, leaving out a bit of extra space on the clear part of the sticker to ensure you place them properly as described in step 5 below. 

(4.) Select Layout- Whether you are following the suggested pattern or making your own, the best way to ensure your results is to go to an area with a bit of clear floor space and laying out the entire image as you'd like to stick it on your wall out on the floor. TIP: If you are having difficulty seeing the pieces coming together to recreate the image shown in the photo, try and start by finding the pieces in a particular single line, area or cluster. For example, in the wall decal I selected, I began by singling out the particular pieces needed to recreate the top 'branch' line first, followed by the bottom 'branch' line, and choose to place the leaves last once the primary image was in place. 

(5.) Pre-Placement- You are almost there, and about to have a beautiful image on your wall! In order to secure the size and straight structure of your decal before you start picking and sticking, tape it just as you plan to place it up on your wall piece by piece. NOTE: It is very important that you only place the tape on the clear part outside of the actual sticker, otherwise you will risk having it permanently stuck to your actual decal or possibly damaging your decal attempting to remove it. 

(6.) Measuring It Up (*Optional*)- If you are trying to achieve a straight line, or have parts that are not touching each other that you want to align, take a moment to make sure you have all the pieces pre-placed in the appropriate place. 

(7.) Place Your Decal- It's finally time, are you ready?! Begin on one side removing 1st the taped up piece, and replacing it with the actual sticker on your wall adjusting it accordingly and then carefully securing it in place with either your hand, or a flat object to smooth it over starting from either top to bottom, or from one side to the other horizontally. Once certain that the 1st piece is fully secured, move on to the next, and so on. TIP: If you're creating an image with winding, or connecting line pieces like the example wall decal that I choose, make sure that the two ends meet and connect to each other without lines or any separation showing to the best of your ability. 

Hopefully your own wall decal turns out as lovely as I think mine did :)



Friday, August 2, 2013

A Few Makeup Looks for July 2013

 - Look #1- 
 ((From the GoChromeOrGoHome Series))

BooMboX (Look 1 of GoChrome..Set)
-Look #2-
Parrot Eyes 

-Look #3-


-Look #4-
Pink Pixie 

-Look #5-
Alien After Party 
-Look #6-
Lost in the Fish Tank 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Revlon Colorburst = My Latest Obsession!

So quickly quickly I must express how Revlon Colorburst is officially a staple in both my makeup bag, and my daily makeup routine.. For now at least :)

Unfortunately I've only tried one and the shade name is "Cupcake" but most definitely be trying more and adding some actual looks with the product as far as wear, and possibly some additional swatches. 

 I would compare the pigment to certain Mac lipsticks, and the texture is super creamy and non-drying in application. Not to mention the price, which is anywhere from $5 to $10 in almost any local drugstore. Checkout the quick swatch of  "Cupcake" shown below, I would compare it to a shimmery, cream version of the famous color "Saint Germain" made by MAC. Again, more to come :) 

Monday, July 1, 2013

New Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Berry Bomb & Reminiscing Punk Punch

New Baby Lips Shades 
The Electro Line

So I cannot even try to play it off, this was one product line that I simply couldn't hold back.. I saw the display in a quick trip to Ulta, and found myself going to multiple local drug store locations in less than 24-hours because the suspense was killing me so much I couldn't stand it!  

With that being said, it goes without saying that I'm a HUGE fan of the Baby Lips products in the originally released variety,  so I had pretty high hopes, and expectations for this particular selection because it was a combination of my current lip balm obsession (+) a purple tint; which is my signature lip color most of the time. 

The Results.. 

OVERALL OPINION OF PRODUCT: The results when using Berry Bomb were everything I thought they would be! I was relieved to find out that my biggest concern (as mentioned following the swatch image below) was put at ease, and ecstatic that this could be added to my list of amazing Baby Lips flavors!  

APPLICATION & COLOR TINT RESULTS: When applied, the texture was both smooth and appealing. The 'berry' shade left the hint of shine with a very light, and ever-so-subtle purple tint. The color was non-abrasive, and transcended a perfect hue of color tint that's loud without being over-the-top bold.  


Berry Bomb Swatch 
Photographed without flash, after running the balm across my wrist once, back, and then once again. 

Because not every Baby Lips experience is a good one...
I just wanted to take a moment and express the only significant problem I've ever had when dealing with this product for both future prevention precautions, and the simple curiosity how one beautiful shade of an AMAZING product happened to go SO terribly wrong! 

When I first tried Baby Lips, I immediately pointed out the shade I could not live without as being "Pink Punch" a luscious pinker shade of melon, that's appealing on almost any skin tone for almost anything.. 

The Results..
When I had applied all of the other previous Baby Lips product varieties they had been smooth and soothing, leaving my lips softer to the touch, and just generally better in feeling than before I had used it... However, when I tried the shade "Pink Punch" it was very waxy and unpleasant, leaving the appearance of my lips very dry, and peeling more than usual, which resulted in the color tone being very uneven, and just generally unattractive overall. 

Baby Lips "Pink Punch" Final Grade: D
Such a shame that such an amazing color option, turned out to be such a bummer! 

Two Of A Kind.. 
Swatches for the 2 Color Selections Discussed 
Top - Berry Bomb from the Electro Line
Bottom - Pink Punch from the Original Releases 


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Colgate Optic White Products= Clean, but not totally sold

My thoughts on the Colgate Optic White System pretty much all boil down to one fact: The products are awesome as expected for cleaning performance; however whitening results we're pretty much invisible in my opinion. 

I love the toothbrush and would definitely purchase it again, as well as the toothpaste. But the mouthwash had the most foul taste, and coated your throat for at least 30 minutes after using it with a thick, foamy foulness. Either way, I was excited to give it a go for free thanks to the 2013 Influenster Sugar N' Spice Voxbox :)

Friday, February 15, 2013

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