Editors Top 4 Eyeliners

editors pick of eyeliners

Achieving a cat eye, wing, smudged, or smoky look can be tricky to accomplish without the right tools.

From high end cosmetics companies, to frugal drug store finds, we’ve compiled a list of different eyeliners for different looks.

Cat Eye/Wing

This sexy 60’s throwback look can be hard to get down, but with practice, the right tools, and some great gel and liquid liner, you’ll have this feisty look in no time.

MAC Fluidline Eyeliner

MAC Fluidline $16 – This gel pot is thick enough that it doesn’t run, but is creamy enough to spread onto your skin easily.  Long wearing, smudge proof, and available in 9 colors, this gel liner goes on silky and soft. The application brush is sold separately, so this beauty buy can start to get pricey, especially if you do this look everyday.

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner

Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner $9.99 – Including an application brush, and available in 4 colors, this drug store find is the budget friendly versions of MAC’s Fluidline.  Oil free, smudge proof, and water proof for 24 hours, you can easily achieve a winged eye look while saving a few bucks.

How to Apply:  Dip a thin, eyeliner brush into the gel, make sure to get a sufficient amount of gel onto the brush, but not so much that it looks clumpy.  Start to apply a thin line of gel onto your lash line, first with short, small strokes, and once you get the feel of it, start being a little more generous with your line, if you want a bolder look.  When you’re ready to create a wing, you can use a piece of scotch tape as your guide so you can have a symmetrical look, just make sure you match up your angles on each eye.  Also, don’t be afraid to mess up, just wet a Q-tip in makeup remover and fix up your lines.

Waterline

When you want to add in a little more drama to your look, maybe if you’re going from day to evening, adding a little liner to your lower water line can really transform your makeup look.

Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense

Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense $16 – Available in 13 shades ranging from Intense Ebony to Intense Amethyst, this double ended, no sharpener needed precision eyeliner is great for getting into those tight little areas.  The turning head allows you to get more liner without the use of a sharpener, and the smudge end gives you the opportunity to create a smoky look in just a few strokes.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Liner in Nude

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Liner – Also with a turning head, no pencil sharpeners or shavings to deal with, this line of liners comes in 10 gorgeous shades, my favorite so far is Nude!  When creating a neutral eye look, with lots of beautiful browns and golds, line your waterline with nude liner, it will make your eyes look bigger.  As far as other eye looks go, I haven’t seen it look as good as with a neutral eye, it seems to stand out in an odd way with purple or other colored shadows.

How to Apply:  Make sure that you’re not teary eyed when applying liner to your water line, otherwise it will make it harder for the liner to stick and it will end up running, along with your mascara.  Apply the liner to your desired color saturation.

Pro Tip: To ensure that your liner won’t smudge, lightly apply concealer right underneath your lashes, to create a barrier that your liner can’t get passed.

Look out for more top eyeliner picks and pro tips to apply them!!!

Best Makeup Products Under $10

makeup under ten dollarsIt should come as no surprise that makeup can be expensive, and trying to hop on new trend band wagons can be costly.

That’s why we’ve bought, tested, and tried many drugstore brands in order to find the best buys under $10.

maybelline dream bb cream reviews

Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream

Coming in at only $7.44, this moisturizing, sheer foundation is a steal.  Providing great coverage as well as hydrating benefits, this skin enhancer is oil free and is a skincare and makeup in one.

The only drawback is if your skin is naturally on the oily side, like mine, your face will be shinier at the end of the day.  During my test run with this BB Cream, I had to reapply translucent powder so I didn’t look like I took a quick jog around the corner.

L'Oreal Paris telescopic mascara reviews

L’Oreal Paris Telescopic Mascara

Just barely making the cut at $9.48 is L’Oreal Paris’ Telescopic Mascara in black.  The eyelash brush in this mascara is very thin, making it easy to reach into the corner of your eye and getting those little lashes.

Telescopic really does make your eyelashes look long and dynamic.  If you’re looking for fuller lashes as well, that’s where it doesn’t pull through.  I Love Telescopic to lengthen my lashes, but I usually use a volumizing along with it.

Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder reviews

Covergirl Clean Pressed Powder

Nonacnegenic (won’t cause acne), noncomedogenic (won’t clog pores), and oil and fragrance free, this light pressed powder needs to be a staple in your makeup bag.  Available in 6 shades, I use Classic Ivory 510, you can find the right shade to fit your skin tone.

I always keep one at home and one in my purse for occasional touch up, especially in the summer.  You can always find coupons either online, in magazines, or in your Sunday paper for discounts to cut the price of Covergirl products even more.

E.L.F. makeup mist and set reviews

E.L.F. Cosmetics Makeup Mist and Set

At an astonishingly low $3, this Makeup Mist and Set from Eyes Lips Face is such a great buy!  Just mist on your finished makeup with a few sprits, and your look will be preserved all day long.  This mist is especially useful during the summer when your makeup wants to melt like your favorite ice cream cone; this mist keeps it in place.

These budget-friendly beauty buys are makeup bag must-haves!  Keep reading for our next list of makeup products under $10!

Review: Covergirl truMAGIC Skin Perfector

Covergirl truMAGIC skin perfector reviewsWhile watching television one day, I saw a commercial for this product, they said something to the effect of, “Are you pores large?” Of course, I think, “Yes, they are!”, not really thinking if I do indeed have large pores or not.  Once I saw their images of an orange with and without this product, in the after image the pores in the orange seemed to be diminished and less noticeable.  I was sold!

I went to the local Target near my house, to get my normal groceries and toiletries, and took a quick peek into the makeup section.  I quickly snagged one of the last few truMAGIC Skin Perfectors and went to the check out line.

The next morning, I busted the compact out of the packaging and applied the product on with the smooth pad that was included.  It took some force to actually get the balm out of the compact and onto the pad, as well as trying to get the balm off of the pad and into my skin.

The balm wasn’t greasy, it didn’t seem to clog my pores, I didn’t have any breakouts or anything, and in regards to its claim to cut through shine, I don’t think it delivered so much, at least not with my oily skin.

The one thing that actually really burst my bubble in the hopes that this product would become a staple in my beauty routine was the poor way that it applied to my skin.  As I kept using the product, I paid for it so I was going to use it until the end, the more difficult it was to apply, chunks kept separating itself from the rest of the balm in the compact and was difficult to get onto the pad.  Also, the chunks that did make it onto the pad would then be transferred to my face, where I’d have to smooth them out with my fingers, or they would fall off my face and onto my counter before I got the chance to even rub them in.

In their commercials and even on the product page on their website, this product seems to be so much more than what I experienced.  There’s even this great little graphic on product page of the website where there’s a beautiful, balmy, smear of this product that looks so easy to rub into your skin.  Trust me when I saw, that this was not my experience with this product.

Now, I can’t speak upon their other truMAGIC products, the luminizer and bronzer, but sad to say that Covergirl disappointed me with the pore minimizer.

Create a Scent Experience with Demeter

demeter fragrancesWe could go on all day about Demeter. This fragrance company aims to help users create and recall memories through very specific, singular scents. This means that their perfume isn’t like anything you’ve ever tried: it actually smells like everyday items that will remind you of happy times. We perused Demeter’s massive fragrance library to come up with interesting combos you can use to create a fantasy that comes to life right on your own skin.

1. Summer Nights

Use “Bonfire” along with “Ocean” and “Salt Air” to recall wild summer beach nights with friends and fun, and even “Lobster” if you love a beachy feast. Or try “Spring Break” on its own for a one-step memory maker.

2. Holiday Coziness

Have amazing memories of bundled up winters and leaving cookies for Santa? Start out with “Christmas Tree,” then layer in “Sugar Cookie.” You can even try “Frozen Pond” to recall skating with friends and siblings, then “Fireplace” to warm up at home afterward.

3. Preschool

Call to mind the joys of simpler times by using “Plah Doh” or “Crayon”. For snack time, try “Graham Cracker” on for size.

4. Gardening with Grandma

Along with several single-note flower scents like “Lily” and “Daffodil,” Demeter actually makes a “Dirt” scent that will remind you of the first time you put on your too-big gardening gloves and wielded a child-size trowel. Layer it in with “Wet Garden” to create the full experience. You can even add a touch of “Earthworm” for down-to-the-detail authenticity.

5. Art Studio

Are you really an artist at heart? Close your eyes and pretend you’re living your free-spirited dream by mixing “Paint” and “Turpentine”. More of a woodworker? Try “sawdust” for that natural, bohemian feel.

6. Spiritual Sundays

Remember days at church with “Holy Water” and “Holy Smoke.” Even though this is supposed to be a list of happy memories, we feel compelled to mention that Demeter does make a “Funeral Home” fragrance, just in case.

7. Horse Country

“Fresh Hay” mixed with “Saddle” will bring you to a happy mental place full of galloping and flowing manes.

8. Cocktail Hour

Whatever your drink of choice, Demeter it a bartender who can take any order. With scents like “Gin and Tonic,” “Champagne Brut,” “Bourbon,” “Frozen Margarita,” “Martini,” and several others more, you can mix it up to create a boozy night, minus the hangover. Wine-drinker? “Dregs” smells like the sediment at the bottom of a bottle of red wine!

9. College Days

“Paperback books” will bring the college library to mind, and “Pizza” will help you remember, well, every single meal. Were you a hipster back then? They’ve come up with a “Vinyl” scent just for you! And to try to recall those crazy college nights, refer to number eight. (wink)

Here we’ve only listed the tip of the crazy-smelling iceberg. Check out Demeter’s Fragrance Library for yourself to make your own unique scent memories!

Fun in the Sun: City Lips in Sun Diego

city lips review sun diegoAs the warmer months approach and summer love starts stirring, it’s time to start thinking about your summer look. What better way to achieve a sexy summer you than a sunkissed lip shade that plumps lips by up to 3mm?

I put City Lips on my to-try list months ago, but kept putting it off because I was afraid it would sizzle and sting like the lip plumpers I’d tried before (I‘m looking at you, DuWop Lip Venom and Too Faced Lip Injection). But I finally figured, with a 60-day no-risk trial period, if there was anything I didn’t like about the product, I’d just send it packing

To my surprise, I found it actually felt great on my lips! There was no burn, the texture wasn’t gunky or slippery, it lasted all day, and it left my own lips underneath feeling soft. And of course, the most important part: my lips puffed up so much, you’d think I’d just gotten collagen. Bonus: my lips stayed plump even after I took the gloss off! See for yourself:

The drab before:

city lips before

The amazing after:

city lips sun diego after pictures

Full of collagen peptides, City Lips’ effects last long-term, unlike other lip plumpers whose effects wear off along with the sting. With City Lips, these unique peptides are absorbed by the lips to stimulate the skin’s own self-plumping processes, my lips puffed up and appeared much smoother and less wrinkly. I even noticed the fine lines around my lips were plumped up and virtually invisible, even without makeup, after 30 days of use.

Sun Diego is a warm, sun-kissed coral-pink that will look sunny and natural next to tanned or darker skin, or will look like a fun pop of subtle, kissable color next to fair skin. My favorite feature of this shade, though, is the gold-ish shimmer. It’s just enough to make lips really stand out and look even plumper when the lights hit them, but it’s not so much that you look like you glitter-bombed your lip gloss.

Take this color to the beach with clean skin, natural eyes, and a healthy dose of bronzer. To transform it for a nighttime look, pair it with super-curled black eyelashes and a medium-brown eyeshadow blended just under the brow bone.

If any of this sounds like something you’d like to experience, go ahead and click here to kiss thin lips goodbye!

Review: Dior Addict Lip Glow

dior addict lip glow reviewsI have to admit that Dior really lured me in with the packaging for this product. Dior Addict Lip Glow in sheer natural pink comes in the most darling crystal pink case. I’m being honest with myself (and you) that Dior’s marketing sucked me in. Luckily, the product is equally as amazing as the packaging. (Phew!).

Whenever I swipe this balm on my lips, they feel silkier right away. I always put a coat on before I head out in the morning so that the SPF will protect my lips from any potential sun damage (on my “long” walk from the car to the office!). Addict enhances my natural lip color, giving me the slightest pink flush. One of my girlfriends uses this product, too, and it’s amazing how much different the color looks on her lips! This balm really does change color on your lips, and somehow, someway…it creates your perfect tint. I don’t know the magic…I just know I LOVE it!

The level of moisture I get from using this product is incredible. My lips feel so much more hydrated right away. It tastes just a little bit sweet and is the perfect mix between a gloss and a balm. You get color, shine, and protection all wrapped up in this pretty little case (that I’m clearly obsessed with!).

Mango Butter and Loofah Extract are the sole ingredients in this lipstick. That’s right, just TWO ingredients! I’m so used to seeing a list of ingredients longer than the list of benefits that this was definitely a plus for me.

I haven’t just worn Addict alone, I’ve also swiped it beneath a vibrant lipstick to moisturize before I add extra color, and it does a great job of getting my lips ready for attention.

At $32 bucks a pop, Addict Lip Glow isn’t cheap, but it feels amazing, looks incredible, and the packaging (if I may add one more time) is too gorgeous to pass up…it seriously doubles as an accessory!

The price is the only change I wish I could make about this product. Other than that, Dior Addict Lip Glow is one of my favorite lip products of 2014…so far!

Sangria City Lips Review

This past week, I was invited out to glamorous Hollywood for a launch party for a new product.  Being a beauty blogger for many years, this isn’t out of the ordinary, so when I got the invitation to attend this launch party for City Cosmetics,  City Lips in Sangria, I knew it was business as usual.

Sangria City Lips reviews

I expected the usual: open bar (don’t mind if I do), free products, swag bags, other bloggers, a celeb or two, different magazine writers present.  What I didn’t expect was how much fun I would have, and how much I really enjoy their new product.

I’m familiar with City Cosmetics, I’ve tried a few of their products, but never got the opportunity to try their City Lips line.  Now, I had the City Lips in Sangria in my hands, ready to try it for the first time. During the event, I excused myself to the ladies room and slicked on the deep, shimmering, burgundy gloss.  When I saw the color in the tube, I thought it would have a very dark, thick look on my lips, but on the contrary, the gloss went on subtly sheer and the shimmer looked gorgeous.  Even with what I was already wearing, usually I plan out every bit of makeup according to my attire, the gloss complimented my skin tone, eye color, and outfit choice perfectly.  When choosing lip sticks, balms, glosses, I typically choose a nude or coral color, so it was a welcome surprise when this merlot inspired plumper complimented me so well.  So far, Sangria City Lips was off to a great start.

I returned to the party, mingling with people I knew, making new acquaintances, and then suddenly realized that my lips weren’t burning or tingling.  Knowing what I do about lip plumping products, they usually cause your lips some discomfort, beauty is pain.  But, this amazing lip plumper didn’t irritate my lips!

When I returned home later that evening, I applied another coat of the gloss before I went to bed, per the instructions.  As a good beauty blogger, I was going to see this product review through from start to finish and really commit to the instructions.

I woke up the next morning, a hint of gloss still on my lips, and got ready for the day.  This time I planned my outfit around my makeup, I knew I had to keep testing out this luscious lip elixir.  So, with a cute white dress and heels, and my Sangria lips ready to go, I started my day, making sure to reapply the gloss as the day went on, and again before bed that night.

I kept this routine up over the weekend, and am happy to report that I am definitely noticing a change in the appearance on my lips.  They feel healthier, more hydrated, the little fine lines and creases are less noticeable, and most of all I’m noticing a little more lusciousness in my lips that wasn’t there before.

Sangria has me intrigued, I’ll admit.  I’d like to get my hands on the clear City Lips version so I can use it with my own favorite lipsticks and stains to keep the plumping going.  This intoxicating Sangria may have just turned me into a City Lips girl.

Shedding Light on Dark Spot Correctors

Every single woman on the planet suffers with uneven skin tone and dark spots, whether they’re caused by the sun or acne scars, unless you’re just some freak on nature, and the list of products out there that are supposed to help our skin glow in an even hue, seems to be endless.  How’s a busy woman supposed to try all of these products to find the right one?  We’ve narrowed down the results for you!

Our #5 Dark Spot Corrector: Garnier Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector

garnier dark spot corrector reviews

This drug store find is indeed a gem.  It does work to reduce the appearance of dark spots, age spots, and acne marks, but only to a certain extent.  After the product has done some of its magic, after about 6 weeks or so, it seems to stop working.  Some people also claimed that the product burned or irritated their skin.

We would suggest this product for those who have slight uneven skin tone and dark spots and don’t need a lot of issues to be repaired.

 

 

 

#4 L’Oreal Youth Code Serum Corrector

dark spot corrector reviews

This drug store find also is a pocket book friendly option.  With light reflectors in the serum, you will instantly see a difference in your skin tone.  Many women say that they saw an improvement in the appearance of their uneven skin tone and dark spots, but didn’t eliminate them completely.  Also, multiple women have claimed that their skin broke out after using this product.

 

#3 Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

best dark spot corrector review

This product works very well in reducing the appearance of dark spots to due age or sun damage.  It seems that the spots due to acne or hormones, it doesn’t seem work as effectively.  But generally, those who choose Kiehl’s are loyal to the brand.

 

 

#2 Lancome Bright Expert Dark Spot Corrector

best dark spot corrector review

As number two on our list, we really cared for this product.  It absorbed nicely, corrected dark spots, but it just took a while to get there.  Some reported that it took even a couple month to see satisfactory results, but they did get the results.  As one of the most expensive product on our list, it is something to factor in when purchasing a dark spot correcting serum or cream.

 

 

#1 City Cosmetics Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector

dark spot removal reviews

Coming in at a bold number one on our list, is the Illuminating Dark Spot Corrector from City Cosmetics.  The powerful enzymes in this corrector works to break down the pigments that have been deposited in your skin, while simultaneously working to prevent the deposits of more pigments in your skin.   This corrector works on age spots, liver spots, sun damage, and acne scars.  Some have seen a difference in their skin in as little as two to four weeks.

Lip Plumper Review: Bite Beauty Cinnamon Plumping Lip Oil

The unfortunate part about getting older, is that our faces call our bluffs.  No matter how much makeup we apply, there just seems to be no way to hide your age.  Now, there is the option of trying to do something about, besides makeup, using different creams and moisturizers that attack fine lines, but what about a lack of fullness?  Ever since I turned 50, it seems that by cheeks and my lips have lost their youthful plumpness.

It doesn’t make sense to me why there are eye creams, neck creams, masks, and peels that address aging on your face, but there are few treatments and serums that help a woman treat her thinning and creasing lips, without the assistance of a plastic or cosmetic surgeon, holding a scalpel or needle.

So, I have been on a mission to find a non-invasive, lip plumping solution.  I’ve been intrigued lately about lip plumping lip glosses.  Do they really work?  I had to try them all, well a lot of them, for myself.

bite beauty cinnamon plumping lip oil review

I bought Bite Beauty Cinnamon Plumping Lip Oil, $22, and slicked the spicy, glossy, oil on.  At first glance, I liked the color, a kind of reddish-coral, and of course noticed the signature cinnamon scent and taste.  I felt a little tingling, not exactly my favorite part of the process, I don’t want anything to make me tingle, but it wasn’t so painful that I had to wash it off immediately.  Once I had the gloss on my lips for a minute, I notice that the “cinnamon” flavor wasn’t actually so cinnamon, maybe it’s because I’m too used to the natural, organic cinnamon that I get at the natural foods store, this obviously was a more candied type of cinnamon, probably for a younger crowd, story of my life.

While the cinnamon lip plumping oil was supposed to be doing its magic, I decided to make dinner for my family, got distracted with cooking, no longer noticed that tingling, and forgot I was wearing the gloss.  Once I had a minute for myself, about half an hour later, I looked back in the mirror…..”Where’s the plump?!”  I continued on with dinner, hoping the plump would kick in, later I looked in the mirror again, and saw somewhat of a plump.  Okay, not bad, I have a little something going on.

All in all, I’m not a fan of the candied cinnamon, but I did like the color that the gloss gave on my lips, I think it goes well with my skin tone, and the plump wasn’t as bold as I was hoping.  Though, after wearing the gloss, I did feel that my lips were more moisturized, so I think that’s a great plus.  Would I buy this product again?  Perhaps not, I think I’m still on my mission for the lip gloss plumper holy grail.

Skin Brightener Review: City Lights

When I was younger, as other girls were worried that their lips weren’t quite “pouty” enough or their lashes weren’t “flirty” enough, I was caking on foundation trying to hide some real imperfections.

city lights youth renewal treatment review

I just happen to be one of those unlucky women with blotchy, uneven skin. Plus, I suffered from years and years of horrible acne. So, between the unevenness I’d always struggled with and the light scarring from my teenage years, my skin had always been the largest source of my insecurities.

I’d tried other brands like Murad and Resist in the past, but my results were so minimal that the price tag just wasn’t worth it. As much I wanted clear, vibrant, even toned skin…I didn’t feel right throwing my hard-earned money away on false hope!

City Lights was going to be my last attempt before I admitted defeat and accepted my biggest and most frustrating flaw. But I figured that accepting physical imperfections was just a part of life.

City Lights did end up being my last attempt…because never again will I need to try another skin brightener. City Lights has changed my face, my confidence, and my life!

Within 15 minutes my skin started to look a little different. The unevenness I’d been struggling with for over three decades was changing right before my eyes. I stared at my reflection in disbelief.

I know that it sounds as if I’m making this up. Fifteen minutes to brighter skin? But I am sincerely asking you to take my word for it. After living with blotchy skin my entire life and after all of the trial and error I’ve been through with other products, I feel obligated and excited to share my new skin secret. It wouldn’t be fair to keep City Lights to myself!

When I went to bed that first night (you apply City Lights at night) I told you that I had already noticed small changes happening. When I woke up in the morning and looked in the mirror, I had tears in my eyes. FINALLY something worked for my skin.

I’ve been using City Lights for a month now, and I don’t think I’ve been this in love with anything since my wedding day (love you, Dan!).

City Lights gave me hope, confidence, and for the first time ever…I truly feel beautiful. My husband, my friends, and even a few coworkers have commented on my glowing, radiant skin. I haven’t been shy about sharing my secret (obviously!) and I hope that if you’re unhappy with sunspots, blemishes, discoloration, freckles, dullness, or uneven skin tone like me, you’ll give yourself and your skin the gift of City Lights.

Until I tried this product, I was always envious of those women who could leave the house without wearing any makeup at all. For the first time in my entire life, I don’t have a reason to be jealous anymore. Yesterday, I curled my lashes, threw on a coat of mascara and that was it. No more concealer, no more foundation, no more hiding!