L.A. Colors Bold Color Lash Mascara Plus Eyeliner Double the Fun

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LA_Colors_Mascara_Glitter_and_StilettosDon’t get me wrong, I am a total makeup fanatic who loves to splurge but let’s keep it real, this girl is definitely on a budget. Launching your own business isn’t cheap and sadly neither is keeping up the high maintenance activities of nail manicures, extensions, and trendy shopping. With my busy schedule, and juggling a handful of wonderful clients, girl, ain’t nobody got time for all that, seriously.

Now, I’m not going to say that coppin’makeup from the Dollar Store is at the top of my to do list but, if they do happen to have some of the good stuff, and they often do, I will snag what I can just to keep up stock. On a recent trip to pick up some art supplies I swung by the cosmetics aisle and was enamored with the collection of nail polish and mascara available. L.A. Colors, I must say has some pretty good polish but I had never tried any of their makeup items. I found a couple double-packs of Bold Lash Mascara and Eyeliner in Jet Black and Ultra Violet that I could not pass up. For about $2 for each pack, the price could not be beat. I figured if the nail polish works decent, the mascara should too. Usually, I do not deviate from my Maybelline XXL but hey, why not live dangerously (hoping I do not get a dreaded pink-eye). In all honesty, these things can happen.

So far I have tried both the Jet Black and Ultra Violet Mascara and coordinating eyeliners, and I am pretty happy with the results. The Mascara went on smooth without irritating my eyes. It did not clump and enhanced my lengthy lashes well. I have worn both Mascara products with and without the liner and I must say without the liner is great for a simple daytime look. The eyeliner, gives a nice edge. I also blended the Jet Black Liner and Ultra Violet Liner to create a contrasting cat-eye which looked pretty cool (look for pics on Instagram).

The products are relatively small, compact and perfect for tossing in your purse for a quick fix or taking on a weekend trip in which you prefer not to lug your entire kit. The pigment in the Jet Black Liner and Mascara is great as well as the pigment on the Ultra Violet Liner. As far as the Ultra Violet Mascara goes, I would like to have seen a brighter hue to make the lashes really pop with that purplelicious goodness but, otherwise not a bad find for 2 bucks.

 

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NYX HD Finishing Powder High Definition Makeup

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Hiding dark circles is a project all by itself. For all the girls out there who have dark circles for one reason or another, know that you are not alone. In an effort to avoid the caked-on appearance of heavy concealers, I decided it might be time to try out a lighter powder. I found the NYX HD Finishing Powder at ULTA and decided to give it a whirl. The price was great so I figured if it didn’t work well, no biggie. The trend seems to be High Definition and translucent which almost seems like a juxtaposition however, I have found some success in using some other defining products in the past such as the Revlon Photo Ready Powder. I opted for the NYX HD Finishing Powder to focus specifically around my under-eye area where my circles tend to be the most pronounced.

The NYX HD Finishing Powder is a light, translucent powder that effectively reduces the appearance of lines and pores on the skin. The powder is available in three shades including: Banana, Mint Green, and Translucent. I selected Banana as my powder of choice and immediately got to work on my dark circles.

The powder really is lightweight but it does have a matte finish. In order for dark circles to appear less noticeable, I have found that there needs to be some illumination happening. Though the finishing powder did have a flat, dull appearance, it went on smooth and did not weigh down my skin or clog up my pores. I would compare the product to dusting a light layer of baby powder on your face. If the matte look is not something you are going for you, you can always brighten it up with some shimmer powder. The matte finish however, does reduce the appearance of fine lines around on the face to give a softer appearance.

I would definitely recommend this finishing powder for anyone looking to soften those tiny smile lines around the mouth but, for combating dark circles, definitely go for some added glitter, shimmer, and shine.

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder Gorgeous Glow-Flawless Finish

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On my latest trip to ULTA, I picked up a few goodies to get my skin ready for fall. One of the sweetest finds that I came across was the Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder. I knew instantly that I needed to try this powder because I had been wanting to illuminate some areas on my face that had fallen victim to summer breakouts and subsequent scarring. I have no problem using bronzer year-round. In fact, I encourage it. The problem with most bronzers however is that they are poorly made. All too often I find myself disappointed in how pasty or overly pigmented bronzers seem to appear. The Illuminated Shimmering Powder by Urban Decay is lightweight and made for use on the face or body.

There are 3 options available for Illuminated and they are: Aura, Lit, and Luminous. I selected Lit because it was closest to my complexion. With so many different undertones, it can be hard to locate the right powder throughout the year. The product is packaged in a shimmery box with rose-gold design, metallic lettering, and includes a mirror and applicator brush. There is plenty of powdered packed into the 0.2 oz box so I imagine that it will last for quite some time unless you are like me and use it every single day.

Illuminated goes on smooth without leaving a caked on residue. After a light application, I noticed that my skin took on a healthy, natural-looking glow. I use the powder on top of my blush to give it a nice sun-kissed look. This is hands down the best illuminating powder I have used and I would highly recommend it as a must have makeup staple. I may be tossing out several bum-bronzers that I have picked up along the way if not re-purposing them for other color-combo projects.

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