REVIEW: theBalm MARY-LOU MANIZER

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while. If you were wondering, I was on vacation!! Todd and I just got back from a lovely trip to Seattle. We ate a lot, drank more than our weight in coffee, and got to see a bunch of friends (old and new!). I wouldn’t have been able to post, even if I wanted to! I barely had time to sleep, we were so busy. It was awesome.

Now that we are back to reality, I thought it was time to hop back on the beauty bandwagon! Todd just got promoted at work, and I am so proud of him. Me? Well, I am just here for you guys. (:

I thought that I would just pop in with a quick review today. I will start working on some tutorials now that I am back, but I just wasn’t feeling up to it today! I am still trying to unpack and get settled back in.

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Oh Mary-Lou. Mary-Lou, I love you. This lovely gift from BronzeandBlush has already became a summer favorite of mine. I received it in the mail the day before we left, and I have used it almost everyday since! I love using it as an eyeshadow and a highlighter. The golden champagne color is perfect for summer, and I feel like a goddess with it on.

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I was a little skeptical at first, because I am so pale. I was very pleasantly surprised though. I think that this is really a universal highlight, especially for summer. I think this would be great if you are looking for a nice glow on your cheeks in the winter too actually.

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Swatchy-swatch. This is not a highlight that has huge chunk of glitter. It is more of a honey colored shimmery sheen on the skin. If you are only into matte products, this product is definitely not for you. I find myself going without an eyeshadow primer when I swipe this on my eyes really quick. I am in love, there’s not much else to say!!

Mary-Lou retails for $24 USD, and you receive 0.3oz. That is a lovely $80/oz. I know that sounds crazy, but this stuff is so pigmented, it will last forever.

Pros:

  • Pigmented
  • Shimmery (no huge chunks of glitter here!)
  • Perfect for a luminous glow
  • Eyeshadow AND highlight in one
  • Long wear time
  • Mirror in compact (yiss)
  • Cute packaging

Cons:

  • Seems fragile
  • Transfers on my hooded lids if I packed it on too much (a little goes a long way)

Blushing Daisy Score: 10/10!!

It was user error with the transferring. I really love this highlighter/eyeshadow. I am so grateful that my dear friend gifted it to me! (: Thanks girl!

What products from theBalm do you think are theBomb?

xoxo
Tina

Bonus: Gorgeous latte from Victrola in downtown Seattle!
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Surprise Haul From A Wonderful Boyfriend

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My boyfriend, Todd, is so amazing. He knows what I will love without even asking! My eyes lit up when I saw that beautiful little Sephora bag in his hands.

I got out of class early today (I still have class later this evening though unfortunately!), and I got home while Todd was still at the mall. I knew he was picking up some jeans for work, but I had no idea that he would be coming home with surprises for me!

I have been wanting a bronzer, and Snow Bunny from Too Faced is ADORABLE! I mean, how can you not like something with the name “Snow Bunny”?

My liquid liner took a crap on me on Saturday, and I practically had a melt down (let’s face it, I totally had a melt down) because we were already at a car show about an hour and a half away from home! Clumpy eyeliner is not the business. I have heard MANY great things about Stila’s Stay All Day liquid eyeliner pen, so I am super pumped about it! I already adore their Stay All Day liquid lipstick, so I know I will love this!

I have been wanting an eyeliner pencil from Urban Decay for a very long time now, and I am almost out of my MAC Technakohl eyeliner… I don’t even think that Todd knew that.

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Swatches from left to right:

  1. Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Waterproof Eye Pencil in Black Velvet
  2. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black
  3. Too Faced Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer

First Impressions:

  1. UD’s pencil feels like butter and is very pigmented.
  2. Stila has great packaging, it is very pigmented as well, and this is not going to budge, I can already tell! I couldn’t get the thin line underneath to even come off!
  3. SNOW BUNNY IS GORGEOUS! I love the luminous glow. It’s awesome that I can choose if I want to blend all of the colors or just use specific ones.

You should expect some reviews soon on these products!

Overall, I am ECSTATIC! Todd, thank you so much! I LOVE YOU!
I LOVE HIM YOU GUYS!!!

xoxo
Tina