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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REVIEW: SINFUL COLORS PROFESSIONAL NAIL POLISH (EASY GOING)

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Hey everyone!

Today I am here with a nail polish review! Sinful Colors Professional is probably the cheapest nail polish brand (that I have heard of), ringing in at $2 a pop!

I was wary of the quality because of the price. Let’s just say that we can never judge a book by it’s cover!

Now, I am not saying that this is the best nail polish I have ever used, but for the price, I would definitely pick up a few more colors!

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The shade Easy Going is a very opaque pastel pink that is just a few shades shy of being white. I like the shade, but I usually shy away from white leaning shades.

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On my fingers I did two shades, letting the first shade dry before applying the second. I did not use a base or top coat. I rarely use base/top coats honestly! There was some slight bubbling, which bothered me.

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I did one really thick coat on my thumb. I don’t suggest that… it was bubble city! With this polish, you really need to stick to at about two thin coats.

A base coat may prevent the bubbling.

I am sad to say that I don’t have any after photos, but this polish lasted 8 days on me with NO CHIPPING WHATSOEVER! I am absolutely amazed!! I usually don’t pay attention to how long my polish lasts without chipping, so I need to start doing that with my others. I am so impressed with this $2 polish longevity wise. The bubbles are the only thing that’s steering me away.

Pros:

  • Longevity (8 days, no base/top coat)
  • Price ($2 a pop)
  • Color payoff is good with two coats

Cons:

  • BUBBLES!!

Blushing Daisy Score: 8/10

Those darn bubbles bother me so much! I will test this brand again with a base coat definitely. I would still repurchase though. I think they have a pretty nice color selection, and  for $2 you can’t be too disappointed!

I recommend a good base coat!

What is your go-to nail shade?

xoxo
Tina

REVIEW: MAC LIQUIDLAST LINER

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Why hello everyone!

It has definitely been a while. I have been so busy, and I wanted to pop in and say hello! What better way than a review?

It has been very difficult to pry the stila Stay All Day liquid liner pen from my hands, and I haven’t wanted to try another liner since. I received this MAC Liquidlast Liner as a gift, and I have never tried a liquid eyeliner from MAC before.

LET ME WARN YOU NOW, if you are not keen to brush applicators, this product is NOT for you. The first time that I ever used a liquid eyeliner, it had a brush applicator. It was an absolute disaster!! I avoided them since, but that was about 8-9 years ago (wow, time flies!). When I opened this liner it felt like the ultimate test. It definitely gets easier with practice. I have been wearing winged-style eyeliner since the beginning of high school, so I have had my fair amount of practice.

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This eyeliner has great pigmentation, and it definitely lasts. I never experience flaking or smudging, with or without primer.

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I can get nice, clean wings with ease. The brush isn’t too long or flimsy. I’d say that it is a better brush applicator if you are just starting out with a brush style.

This eyeliner runs for $19.50, and you receive 0.084 fl oz. That is a whopping ~$232.14/fl oz! Oh my MAC! It is pigmented, and a little goes a long way.

Pros:

  • Pigmented
  • Long wear time
  • Stiff brush compared to others
  • Qualifies for Back 2 MAC program
  • Doesn’t irritate my eyes

Cons:

  • Brush applicator (if that’s not your thing)
  • Can be a little difficult to remove
  • Expensive for some (I think it’s priced just fine)
  • It gets on my eyelashes while applying

Blushing Daisy Score: 9/10

I knocked a point because I don’t like when liquid eyeliner gets all over my lashes during application. I prefer the stila pen for that sole reason. I do really like this liner. A lot of drugstore liquid eyeliners irritate my eyes, and this eyeliner does no such thing. I don’t mind it being a tad more difficult to remove because that ensures that the wear time is fabulous. I love that it qualifies for the Back 2 MAC program; I can save the empty tube, along with five other qualified products, for a new lipstick! I think it’s good to have different types of eyeliner in your arsenal. I am definitely happy to have this one be a part of  mine.

What is your favorite liquid eyeliner?

xoxo
Tina

REVIEW: MY TOP 3 MAC LIPSTICKS FOR SUMMER

Hello Everyone!

Today I am going to be reviewing my top three choices of MAC lipsticks for the summer season! I love bright colors, and all of these lipsticks are really fun.

I did make a video, yay! You can check it out here:

MAC Candy Yum-Yum (Matte)

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Candy Yum-Yum is a BRIGHT cool-toned pink. I think it looks awesome on many skin-tones (I am MAC NW-13). You really need to exfoliate your lips before using this lipstick, as you should with any lipstick to be honest. This matte formula will extenuate the dry skin on your lips if you don’t. With exfoliation, this formula looks great! It’s highly pigmented, and it lasts 6+ hours on me. It even gave me the pleasure of fading evenly after I ate three tacos! 😀

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MAC Vegas Volt (Amplified)

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Vegas Volt is a bright coral that leans more pink than red. This one, to me, is a chameleon; it looks different on everyone! I looked at many photos of this shade before I purchased, and I really do think that it caters to almost any skin tone. I was easily frustrated with this lipstick at first, but I think that I finally figured it out. Honestly, I figured it out right before taking these photos, ha! DEFINITELY exfoliate before wearing this one, and do not leave any balms on your lips before applying. I always applied this lipstick with very minimal lip balm residue, and it was always a patchy application! I applied Vegas Volt today with absolutely nothing on my lips, and voila! It went on evenly. Also, this lipstick tends to settle into the fine lines on my lips. It bothers me, but not enough to stop wearing it. The color payoff is worth the line “settlage” in my opinion! This will last about 6 hours on me, but it doesn’t fade as evenly when eating as Candy Yum-Yum.

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MAC Impassioned (Amplified)

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Impassioned is a bright fuschia-pink. The formula of Impassioned is the best formula from MAC that I have ever used EVER! I didn’t exfoliate before putting, and I could probably apply it without looking in a mirror. It just glides on so evenly! It lasted 6+ hours on me as well, and faded evenly. This shade is probably the most muted of the three, but it is still bright. I think out of all three, Impassioned caters to pretty much any skin tone. I really feel like this is a universally flattering shade!

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Blushing Daisy Scores:

  • Candy Yum-Yum: 10/10

  • Vegas Volt: 8/10

  • Impassioned: 10/10

What are your go-to summer shades?

xoxo
Tina

Review: YVES SAINT LAURENT CRÈME DE BLUSH: Shade 4, Audacious Orange

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YSL CRÈME DE BLUSH is a soft creme-to-powder blush. Shade 4 is a beautiful bright reddish-coral color. The packaging is sleek, with a gold finished lid. YSL is known for having gold packaging, and I never cared for gold in packaging until I ran into this brand. It is just so gorgeous and sleek. What’s not to love?

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This is my first YSL product, and it was gifted to me! It smells extraordinary, like roses. It also blends out to the most beautiful natural finish. This blush is easy to blend, and I have been using my fingers for application.

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As you can see, it does lean a bit more brown on my skin, but I think that’s what sets it off from the other coral blushes that I own. The finish I get with this blush has to be the most natural compared to any other blush I have used. It is the perfect flush on my cheeks.

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I would definitely love to pick up a few more of these blushes someday. They make me feel like a princess!

This blush runs for a staggering $38 on Sephora’s website. You receive 0.19oz. That is $200/oz! No wonder why I feel like royalty with this baby on my cheeks! That’s the price you pay for high end products, but I think it’s worth it!

Pros:

  • Highly pigmented
  • Blends easily
  • Smells wonderful
  • Lasts all day
  • You will feel like a princess/prince with this on! (:
  • Nice packaging

Cons:

  • Price! ($200/oz)

Blushing Daisy Score: 10/10

I can look past the price on this blush. It’s a high end product, and you should expect a steep price tag! I also feel like I can’t complain about the price of products because people in places like Australia are paying ~$30 for a MAC lipstick when it is only ~$16 here in the states. I love this blush, and it is easily my new favorite!

I am becoming hopelessly addicted to high end products (Thanks Bon!), but I decided to hold off on purchasing any more until I finish college. I wanted to get a part time job, but I think it would be more smart to focus on solely on school. I am in a situation where I do not need a job right now. I feel like I would end up putting work before my education; that’s what I was doing before I moved last summer! I also want my spare time to be focused on this blog! It makes me happy helping people with their beauty woes!

Do you own any YSL products? How do you like them?

xoxo
Tina

Swatches/Review: My MAC Eyeshadow Singles

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Hello everyone!

Yesterday I was gifted an overwhelmingly large amount of makeup (Thanks Bon!), and a big hunk of it was MAC. I only owned two eyeshadow singles beforehand, and I didn’t see the point of reviewing only two shades. I was actually planning on reviewing my MAC collection as a whole because of how small it was, but I have enough now to break it up into sections.

I like MAC’s eyeshadow, but I wasn’t wearing the two that I owned previously very often. You might be thinking why I neglect them, and, in all honesty, I neglect most of my eyeshadow! Since I received my Naked 3 palette for Christmas, I haven’t really been using much else. Well, it’s time to make a change!! My plan is to give my other shadows use alongside my beloved Naked 3!

No matter what brand eyeshadow, I will always use an eyeshadow primer. I switch back and forth between Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance and Urban Decay Primer Potion. They both function on par with each other on my skin! For the swatches today, there is no primer though.

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MAC Veluxe Pearl Eyeshadow in Jealousy Wakes

This is a dark shimmery forrest green. It applies smoothly and is very pigmented! I didn’t experience fallout while swatching this.

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MAC Satin Eyeshadow in Melody

This eyeshadow is more light than Jealousy Wakes and appears to be matte. It looks a bit powdery, but I didn’t experience any fallout while swatching.

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Left: Jealous Wakes | Right: Melody

Favorite of the two: Jealousy wakes. I prefer darker greens, but they can both be used together in the making of a green smokey eye!

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MAC Frost Eyeshadow in Very Violet

This is a faintly shimmery purple. It’s not deep, but not too light. There was no fallout, and it is very pigmented.

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MAC Matte Eyeshadow in Shock-A-Holic

I don’t understand. This eyeshadow is definitely not matte. You can see the glitter in the photo!! This one was harder to build up, and it did have a little bit of fallout. It’s a bit more deep of a purple compared to Very Violet.

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Left: Very Violet | Right: Shock-A-Holic

My favorite of the two: Definitely Very Violet. Shock was hard to build up, and it still appears patchy in the photo. Shock was also not matte, but claims so on the package. I’m shocked! (pun intended)

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MAC Satin Eyeshadow in Faux

How do I explain this color? It’s a reddish-taupe that leans slightly brown. It is matte, pigmented, and I didn’t see fallout.

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MAC Veluxe Pearl Eyeshadow in Antiqued

This is a beautiful coppery-reddish brown. It’s shimmery, pigmented, and doesn’t fallout! I think the name is quite suiting.

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MAC Matte Eyeshadow in Passionate

This is a pigmented matte pinky-red. I didn’t see any fallout. I have no idea how to integrate this color, but I am up for the challenge!

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Left: Faux | Middle: Antiqued | Right: Passionate

Favorite of the three: Antiqued hands down. The color is so beautiful, and I am excited to use it with my Naked 3.

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MAC Veluxe Pearl Eyeshadow in Knight Divine

This is a shimmery grayish-black. I love setting my pencil liners with this. It’s pigmented and there’s no fallout when using.

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MAC Veluxe Pearl Eyeshadow in Bright Future

This is a shimmery yellow gold that leans more yellow. It’s pigmented and there is very minimal fallout. This is from the Style Warriors Collection, and I am assuming that it was LE (Limited Edition).

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Left: Knight Divine | Right: Bright Future

Favorite of the two: Tied. They are too different to choose between!

Overall Favorite: Antiqued

Overall Least Favorite: Shock-A-Holic

Blushing Daisy Score: 9.5/10

  • Pigmented
  • Long lasting
  • Wide shade variety
  • Little to no fallout
  • Only two shades had minimal fallout: Shock-A-Holic and Bright Future
  • Only one patchy shade: Shock-A-Holic
  • Blend easily
  • $15 a pop

I like these overall, and would consider purchasing more in the future! Do you own any MAC shadows? How do you like them?

xoxo
Tina