Make Up For Ever Smokey Extravagant Mascara

MUFE Smokey Extravagant Mascara – Travel Size

I tried this mascara as a mini when I traveled recently. I always like having a mini mascara when I travel, it is just much more convenient.

the divine brush

Smokey Extravagant has a great brush. Its a fiber brush and it is huge. I love how it tapers so you can get into the inner corners and get the lower lash line easily. Its great. It also does a great job of keeping your lashes separated and fanned out.

Its the formula that I’m not a huge fan of. I find it mostly lengthening, which is great, if that is the effect you are looking for. I am a volume girl, so its not for me. The formula is also very wet, which is also not my favorite. Not to say either of those things are bad, they are just not my mascara preference. One thing I do find odd about this mascara is that it never actually sets. It stays wet/tacky on my lashes all day. It doesn’t transfer or smear, but somehow it just doesn’t dry. I find this doesn’t flake either, I really had no wear issues with this.

bare lashes
wearing Smokey Extravagant

This is a good mascara, its just not my style. I think if you are looking for some good length and a pretty awesome brush, this one is for you.

You can get this mascara at Make Up For Ever stores, Sephora and online for $24.

The rundown: B


NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Gives Glow Magic

NARS Sheer Glow in Deauville

I have been on a foundation kick lately. I wanted a new one for fall. I feel like every fall I want a new foundation, its something about this time of year. I tried the Dior Star but with the shade I had (I returned it because of shade, not because its a bad foundation) too light and the next shade up too dark I just couldn’t. I decided not to get the two and mix because seemed like a hassle. Instead I got NARS Sheer Glow.

I have been wanting to try this one for a long time, considering everyone and their mother loves this stuff. I was a bit apprehensive with my full-on oily skin but, I figured why not, its only makeup. I got the shade Deauville, which is a great match for me. For reference I have about NC/NW20 skin (I’m pretty neutral, I have an almost olive undertone).

hormonal acne has taken up residence on my chin

I am currently spotty, thanks to my lovely hormones but, it does make for a good coverage check.

wearing one layer of NARS Sheer Glow

I have to say, this foundation has really great medium coverage. I still use a spot concealer but, this covers most imperfections and all discoloration/unevenness. The finish is beautiful, the glow is as advertised. You get a beautiful, skin like glow once this foundation sets. I find with my oily skin a thin layer of this over a primer works best. I don’t really build this since it will slip and move more easily on my skin once my oil gets going. I can get this to last about 8 hours on my skin with a primer and powder, but not on my nose (the devil).

I really enjoy this foundation. I am actually pretty surprised. I will say the longevity isn’t as great as I wish (but only because I work long days and have oily skin). Its a great everyday foundation option that looks natural on, but has great coverage.

You can get this foundation at NARS counters, online and at Sephora for $45. It does not come with the pump (which is crazy and annoying) but you can get the pump separately for $6 (which I clearly did).

The rundown: A


My Favorite Liquid Liners

Kat Von D liners all the way

I have tried out a lot of different liquid liners. I prefer pen style liners and, recently, I have found ones I love. Really love.

I love the Kat Von D liquid liners. I prefer the brush style tip of the Tattoo Liner, but the felt tip on the Ink Liner is also quite good. I have found that most liners with felt tips wear away very quickly and then you can’t get a good, sharp wing anymore. The Kat Von D version works very well and doesn’t go too dull too quickly. But that is the main reason I love the Tattoo liner, the brush doesn’t wear so you can always get a great wing.

Kat Von D Brush Tips

As I mentioned, I have tried many liners. I would have to say my next favorite is the Eyeko Eye Do liner (the tip on this one is felt, but it holds up very well). I like the Revlon pen liquid liner from the drugstore, but there is some variation in quality from liner to liner. Some of them are not as black, which is fine if you layer the pigment.

There is actually one liner I have tried that I dislike (which I usually don’t share since I don’t enjoy being negative, I would usually just not mention it but, I wanted to be honest). I have actually reviewed it here on the blog before, but it needs a serious amendment. I find the Stila liner that everyone loves just falls apart. The tip goes messy and blunt in a week, I swear. I don’t know if I’m especially hard on my liners, but no other I have used falls apart so quickly.

What liners do you love? I’m always looking to try others.

A Lip Combination Love – Pink Lip Liner Style

Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in 01 and Laura Mercier Lip Liner in Potpourri

I have been into lip liner lately (you heard in my favorites video) and I have gravitated towards one combination in particular lately.

Swatches from the Top: Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in 01 and Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Potpourri

I like how it is subtly fall, but still light enough that my small lips don’t look silly (like a dark classic fall shade can do to them).

wearing this awesome lip combination

There isn’t too much to say about this combo. I love the final color. I also find the combination of products is long wearing (thank you lip pencil) and still moisturizing (thank you Clarins Lip Perfector magic). You guys know I am all about lip pencils and pairing them with a gloss helps make the whole situation more wearable.

What have you been wearing on your lips lately? Are you feeling the fall berries and plums?


How I Use Single Shadows

the trick

I have always found it hard to use my single shadows. They are so darn pretty but its such a pain to open all the little compacts and use them and then close them (hopefully, on a good day). I end up just pulling out a palette and giving up.

Lately a slew of amazing quality, compact, mini-palettes have been released. From the NARS Smokey Eye Kit to the Urban Decay Naked2 Basics. I have found that pairing a single with a all-in-one kit like those just makes it so easy.

it works!

All the problems I had with singles goes away when you pair one with a mini-palette (thats what I’m calling them, but they are really just smaller palettes). The ideal mini-palette will have a lot of mattes (at least my ideal one would) to help blend and add depth. This is because most of my singles are shimmery all-over-the-lid kinda shades. But if you love a certain matte single, pairing it with just about any mini-palette will work.

I dunno, maybe I’m late to the party and everyone has already been using this trick. But its awesome. I hope you try it or, if you have already been using it, then let me know what singles and mini-palettes you love (because I have been all over this lately).

Tarte Blush in Blissful Warms Cheeks to a Glow

Tarte Blush in Blissful

Beauty blogger confession, I have never before owned a Tarte blush. I have always heard such amazing things about them, but as a steadfast NARS blush girl, I never took the plunge. Thankfully, I finally caved and got one. I picked up Blissful, which Tarte describes as a shimmery peach.

Tarte Blissful

I have been really loving this blush, surprise surprise, the formula of this guy is fantastic. Its long wearing (this lasts all day on me, which is about 10 hours), well pigmented, blends beautifully and looks like skin. The color is very natural and beautiful on. Its one of those colors that just adds life to your face and brightens the complexion. To be honest, I don’t see a lot of the shimmer in this shade, it comes off more matte to my eye.

Tarte Blissful Swatched on my NC/NW20 Skin

The color has bit of a pink tone to it, so its not really theΒ peach Tarte claims but I don’t really mind (but I am also a big coral blush lover). I would suggest being careful when you dip your brush in since this shade is quite pigmented, but with a light hand you get an amazing natural flush.

Wearing Tarte Blissful on my Cheeks

I have really been enjoying this blush and I am glad I finally found out what all the Tarte-blush-fuss was about. You can get Tarte blushes online and at Sephora for $26.

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