Wednesday, July 16, 2014

London Calling: I need your help!

Okay Pandas. You have a mission. Think of yourselves as the James Bonds of makeup.

I will be headed to London soon for a few months and I am getting ready to haul some makeup for the trip across the pond, but I need your advice and help.

If you have been to England in the Fall/Winter, what are your must haves? And while I am there, what should I pick up?

Also, if you have touristy/food suggestions, I would love to here them as well.

Here's some more info:

  • I will be there for 3 months
  • My skin gets dry in the winter
  • I will be doing a lot of commuting to school and some travel
  • I do not need to pare down what I bring

Basically, I need tips on your fave waterproof products, if you even think I need them in the London rain, long-lasting items, and you can even talk skin and hair care.


So tell me, what would you bring for three months in London?

Thanks guys. I really love and appreciate you all!
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Mally Volumizing Mascara Review

Mally Volumizing mascara ($20) has rapidly become a cult favorite in the beauty world. I love Mally and was introduced to her when my mom ordered some of her products on QVC years ago. I love her vibrant energy and I like most of the products I've tried, but was definitely excited about her mascara.
Mally Volumizing Mascara Review
This is a very buildable formula and I love that the black really is a deep and glossy black!
Mally Volumizing Mascara Review

I love the brush on this mascara as well. I normally shy away from the crazy oversized brushes or the brushes with dips and curves and torture-device like ends. This is medium-sized and uniform and holds a lot of product.

Mally Volumizing Mascara Review

Above is two coats on my lashes. This mascara doesn't clump easily, but the only thing I dislike is that it is wet enough that is sometimes gets onto the lash line during application. I always wear liner, so it is easily covered, but if you don't, take this into consideration. I have also had several tubes of this and there are some inconsistencies between tubes. Some are wetter, some build really well and others do not. That is my one concern with this mascara.

This mascara lasts all day on me and doesn't flake or irritate my eyes. It is a bit hard to remove, so use an oil-based eye makeup remover.

If you haven't tried this formula, I suggest picking it up at QVC or Ulta. QVC has a 30 day money back no questions asked return policy, so it is a great way to try her stuff!

Are you a fan of Mally products or her mascara?

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Black Tied: Swatches and Review

I caved and picked up the Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Black Tied ($20) because I couldn't resist the idea of black gloss with multi-color sparkle in a gorgeous formula.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Black Tied

In my experience, black gloss can be tricky. I much prefer straight up black lipstick or liner if you really want that goth chic look that is trending right now. I wasn't expecting this to be all that pigmented and mostly wanted it for layering.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Black Tied

This is also described my Smashbox as 'sheer', so there are no illusions going into this gloss. The formula is the same as Coraline, nice on the lips, smooth, and non-sticky.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Black Tied

The sparkles, black base, and minimalist packaging make this a really stunning piece on any vanity, but do you really need this black gloss?

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Black Tied

Here is a swatch of Black Tied. It looks kind of like dirty water on the hand. The sparkles are so minuscule and very hard to capture without blurring the photo and adding flash, but are more apparent in person. 

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Black Tied

Above is Black Tied on lips in artificial lighting. What this gloss does is bring out the pink/cool undertones in your lips very well. So, if you are looking for a very basic gloss that will enhance your lip color for cool-toned looks, this is a good choice. Although, I know that many reading this will want/expect more of a punch out of a color like this. 

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Black Tied

Above is a more natural lighting scenario. You can see my lips appear cooler, pinker, and slightly gray. This gloss will in no way give you any 'goth' look. I tried layering this over other glosses/lipsticks and it cools them down a bit and adds plumpness and a slight sparkle to my lips.

You are not going to get much pigmentation out of Black Tied, no matter how much you layer it, so for $20, pass on this black gloss, no matter how pretty it looks in the tube, UNLESS you are looking for an easy to wear, comfortable formula for a my lips but cooler (toned) look. I personally like the way it gives my lips a finished look when I am just wearing black liner and mascara, but it is more of a frivolous un-necessity.

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