Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What's New/Want It! Wednesday: A powder night treatment, Pink's not just for lips and cheeks!, Fall into the.. V-Gap?, and new products for Bright Eyes!

Happy Wednesday!

I actually don't have too many things for today-- kind of a slower week for releases. But I still have some things to share! =)

Bare Escentuals introduced a new skincare line to their collection, and this one caught my eye.
Pure Transformation Night Treatment, $60 at Sephora.

What it claims: The concentrated powder formula replenishes skin while you sleep so you'll wake up to the famous bareMinerals luminous glow. It dramatically reduces the appearance of pores, evens skintone, and improves skin's texture. Available in four tones, it instantly diffuses imperfections for a range of complexions. And rest easy, it won't come off on your pillow.

Interesting idea! If it really does all of those things, it would be fantastic. And the applicator is just fun-- I love buffing brushes, haha. However, it is a bit pricey. =\

Up next! There has been an emergence of not only orange but PINK! Pink shadow has been on the runways and in new palettes. Example, Urban Decay's "The Fun" Palette, $34 at Ulta.

Here are some pictures of pink shadow in action--- I think it really is a fun look, just limited in how many situations it would be appropriate in. You could always channel this with a nice shell pink~ 

I've also seen a new trend with nails--- known as the "V-Gap" manicure. What do you think? I like it better than the half-moon, but it looks kind of hard to do!

The "V-Gap"

A product I am SUPER excited to test out is MAC's new Prep + Prime Highlighers. There are 3 shades: yellow for a "light boost," peachy coral for a "brightening" effect, and shell pink for a "radiant" look. These are $24 at MAC counters. Not sure of the release date just yet, but I'll tweet it (@BeautyMaven8) when I know!

Okay that's all for today! Hope you all are having a nice week~ 

Until next time--
~Beauty Maven

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tried-It Tuesday-- Nail edition!

Hey there!

Lately I've been way into painting my nails-- but between the leopard nails and trying out Shellac (review to come), I didn't have many opportunities to change color very often, since the leopard stayed on for 10 days, and the Shellac lasted about a week.

Here are some colors I've been trying! =D

Hard Candy "Sky"-- which I added some green to~

So pretty! (Original color here.)

Hard Candy "Envy." A black base which reflects emerald.


OPI Austin-tatious Turquoise.  Peacock-y!

My own concoction-- OPI Show It & Glow It layered over Revlon Strawberry Electric.

Bling bling! The epitome of girly, haha!

So what do you think? Which one is your favorite? Any you would/would not wear? And what color do you have on your nails right now?

Until Next Time--
~Beauty Maven

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mascara Monday- L'Oreal's Voluminous

Hello all!

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend~ my week is starting off with a bit of a cold, bleh, so please accept my apologies for posts being up later than normal. I will try as best as I can to be coherent, haha!

Up for today's Mascara Monday!: L'Oreal Voluminous, original with curved brush, $7.49 at Walgreens, but I often see it for $5 at Target and Wal-Mart.

What it claims: 

  • Uniquely formulated to resist clumping, soften lashes and build lashes to 5x their natural thickness. 
  • Maximizing formula quickly thickens and builds lashes in a single application for a full and dramatic lash look.
  • Patented volume maximizing brush thickens lashes evenly and smoothly leaving them soft with virtually no flakes, smudges or clumps.

Let's take a look!
Shown with the "Voluminous Naturale"-- review for that to come.  ;)

Naturale on top, Original on bottm. The brush is fluffy without being TOO big.

Close-up of brush~

Bare lashes.

Bare lashes, angle.

With Voluminous.

With Voluminous.

At an angle--- look how pretty!!!!

So, basically -- I LOVE THIS MASCARA. When someone asks me what my favorite mascara is, hands down I always say Voluminous. (Honestly, I don't know why I keep playing with different mascaras... oh wait, because it's fun!) 

Seriously, though-- for the price, it is of amazing quality, and it really stays put with no smudging, flaking, and applies in multiple coats without clumping. It also adds a fair amount of length, too. I am VERY demanding of my mascara-- I want it to be able to do flips and feed my cat-- and this one definitely performs 100%.

Be sure to apply coats before drying, as with most mascaras, to lessen the likelihood of clumps. The brush isn't too technical, but if you hate it upon first application, just give it a few more shots. Also-- and this is interesting-- it seems to volumize better a few days after opening. I suppose the introduction of oxygen thickens it a bit. 

In a flash~
Great mascara. If you own one mascara, this should be it. 

Have you tried this one before? It's definitely been around a while! Let me know your thoughts on it!! =)

Until next time--
~Beauty Maven