Review: Loreal Extreme Volume Collagen Mascara

9:44 AM

Summer's here again, so that means there are tons of new products to try, drugstore and high end. When I was at Walmart before I left on vacation I stumbled across the Loreal Extreme Volume Collagen mascara (in extreme black). I had read some anticipation of this product on the Internet, so I figured I'd give it a try. At around $7, it was right about the same price as the Carbon Black Voluminous I've been using (and love), which is running pretty low. The package is quite pretty - a very thick and durable black tube covered in lucite, it looks very high end for the price.

The brush reminds me of a standard bristle brush on steroids. It has an hourglass shape, but with thicker and more sturdy bristles, allowing it to penetrate through each lash and coat them with mascara. At the same time, this brush pulls through any clumps and gives a natural, lash by lash thickness that doesn't look spiky or gloppy.

Just for a reference, I have posted a before and after. Obviously, nothing on before (not even a base). After 2 coats, you can see the difference!
I am so pleased with the after - particularly because it separates each lash, but also doesn't get on my eyelid!! The bristles get the mascara on the lashes and I'm not cleaning up my liner and eyeshadow due to smudges and smears which is a HUGE plus for me! Also, I did not have any flaking or smudging throughout the day - something that Maybelline Colossal did on me, although I loved how the mascara looked on.
Retail Price: $7.99 USD
Where to purchase: Ulta, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart,
Product: 5 out of 5
Price: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5 - The package is durable and the brush is very strong and sturdy.
Overall: 5 out of 5
Would I purchase again? Absolutely! This may be my new favorite mascara!

Victoria's Secret

Victoria's Secret "Very Sexy" makeup on sale 75% off!

3:45 PM

Good afternoon all! I tell you, it's hard to dig out from a vacation, followed by a holiday weekend. Now that I've been able to play catchup, I wanted to post some great buys I found at Victoria's Secret the other day.

Definitely not the place I think to buy makeup, Victoria's Secret does have some good little buys in the store. They recently have discontinued their "Very Sexy" line, and as a result, it is all 75% off! I stumbled across this while looking for some of their body lotion, and ended up buying two eyeshadows and two eyeliners, below. The eyeshadows are Lights Out (a deep sparkly forest green) and Spin (a deep sparkly royal blue) and the two eyeliners are Sexy Slate/Silvery and Black Satin/Extra Olive.

Here is a closeup of the gel eyeliner duos. I was very happy with the consistency and wear of these. Not only are the colors gorgeous and very pigmented, but they glide on easily with an angled eyeliner brush, stay very well and have great colors.

These were the only two eyeshadows left. There were tons on the testers that I would have loved to include, but I did pick these two colors up as well. Although they are dark, I think they will make a very nice smokey eye, as well as a fantastic eyeliner. Although I only swatched dry, I will try to use these as liners when I get the chance. The consistency and colors reminded me a lot of the Nars colors, especially those with the glitter. The only difference is these didn't seem as "chunky" as the Nars eyeshadows tend to be when they have the large pieces of glitter.

I will follow up shortly with some looks using these colors so you can actually see them on.

Bare Escentuals

A Bare Minerals Deal for you!

8:47 AM

So, as you all know, I live and love mineral makeup, especially Bare Minerals. If there any of you ladies out there who have been hesitant to try, Sephora has a fantastic deal right now on a starter kit, plus a full size of their famous Buxom Lips lipgloss in Charity for $60.00!!

Not only can you pick the shades that will work for you here, but this item ships free as well! What a deal! You got four colors for your face - two foundations to mix together or use individually to create your perfect shade, but you get the famous Warmth and Mineral Veil as well. Also, three full size brushes, which I love and some of their Prime Time face primer. Add the DVD to show you how to apply, and this set has everything you need to get started with Bare Escentauls!

Do you live in one of the Best Skin Cities?

11:05 AM has run an issue on the top 10 best Skin Cities, and it is quite interesting!

Number 10 is Cheyenne, Wyoming....

Where do you fall on the list? I certainly don't - guess all the corn fields don't help the skin here in good old Indiana!

On the other hand, what are the things you can do to help keep your skin healthy?! How about avoiding these Seven Deadly Skin Sins....

1. No smoking

2. No tanning

3. Use sun protection...

And, I'm back...

4:20 PM

I will upload some gorgeous beach pictures here shortly, and then back to the makeup! But, here's a preview of all the shells on the beach - what a dream!!

Sun Protection

From the beach with love...

8:04 AM

I am down in sunny Florida this week, and when this came across my email, it couldn't have been more appropriate! What a great little pack, especially for a weekend vacation out in the sun somewhere. Sephora has put together a limited edition package, the Sephora Sun Safety Kit. Not only does this come with sunscreen, but also with bronzer, foundation, lotions, and anything else you might need to protect you from the harmful rays.

What a great little set for only $22! And an even better way to try some items out that you have been looking at for some time!

Bath and Body Works

Must Have Mom's Day Gifts -

8:36 AM

What mom wouldn't like to be pampered on Mother's Day? Well, has put together a list of 13 things that moms all over love, and there is sure to be something for the mom on your list!

How about a little relaxation? With Bath and Body Work's Aromatherapy set, that's exactly what you get! All mothers could use some "me" time. Help her kick back with the Bath & Body Works Aromatherapy "Gift of Relaxation" kit, $35. It includes a eucalyptus spearmint scented scrub, lotion, pillow mist and sponge.

For the mom that's the beauty junky, how about a great all-around palette to pamper herself with! This one by Urban Decay, the Urban Decay Sustainable Shadow Box, $36, includes 10 eyeshadows, shadow primer and comes in an eco-friendly box to boot.
If your mom dreams of adding mega shine to her hair, then she'll love the Ojon 5 Piece Shine & Protect Hair Ritual Kit, $49.95. I have been using Ojon for over 6 months and I absolutely love the stuff! There is something about naturally soft, silky and shiny hair that is a must!

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