Beauty Blurbs: L'Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

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It’s time for another mascara review! Today, I tried out L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara in Blackest Black. According to L’Oreal this mascara “extends and lifts outer corner lashes to give you a winged-out effect, instantly volumizing lashes at the roots and stretching lashes outward.” It also has fibers (Cocoon fibers as they call them…butterfly…cocoon…get it?) that attach to your lashes for extra length.

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The “Butterfly Brush” is definitely unlike any mascara wand I’ve seen before. It is most narrow near the inner corner of your eye and thicker as it heads towards outer lashes. It has well-spaced, firm, rubbery bristles that are asymmetrical on one side to create the “winged out” effect, and shorter, even bristles on the other side.

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Above is a shot of my eye with no mascara on the left and with two coats of L’Oreal’s Butterfly Mascara on the right. The wand allowed for easy application. It allowed me to separate each lash to ensure little clumping without globbing (really spell check? Globbing isn’t a word? Disagree.) on mascara each time I touched my lashes. The formula was great too. It didn’t dry too quickly, so it was easy to apply a second coat.

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I was enamored with this mascara when I first applied it, but looking back at these pictures, I’m less impressed. I just feel like my lashes don’t look as full or long as they do when I use different mascaras. I didn’t curl my lashes today, so that may have something to do with it. I do have to say, my lashes still felt soft after application, and I didn’t have any flaking all day.

4At $8.99 a tube, I’m still happy that I purchased this mascara to try (Full disclosure: I had a coupon, so I got it for $2.99). The “innovative” wand is unique and easy to work with, and the formula is great. I think next time I’ll try curling my lashes and maybe even going for three coats (dream big, right?).

Has anyone else tried L’Oreal’s Voluminous Butterfly Mascara? Did your lashes become so winged out and fabulous they almost fluttered off your face? Did the “Cocoon fibers” allow your lashes to escape to new dimensions? Do tell.

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It's Just Another Manicure Monday….Cloud

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Better late than never, right? Squeezing in another manicure Monday with a couple of hours to spare! This week, I’ve been welcoming spring with Revlon’s Top Speed Nail Enamel in Cloud. Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you don’t like it), I don’t think they produce this polish anymore. It looks like Revlon still has a few bottles to sell via Amazon here.

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I thought Cloud was a great polish for March because it is a crisp, light lavender (as opposed to a dark lavender?). The cool, rainy weather outside we’ve had doesn’t exactly scream “SPRING,” but it felt like I needed to brighten things up anyway.

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I painted my nails in a rush before heading to sub one morning, and I must say, it did dry very quickly.Unfortunately, I only had time for 2 coats, and I think this polish really needs 3 to become opaque. I’m in favor of the high speed drying, but it’s kind of counterproductive if you have to add multiple coats to achieve the desired color. I also think the polishes marketed as “quick drying” chip easier. Sometimes the “saved time” isn’t an even trade off when you have to paint 7 coats, and it chips easily.

3If you want to rock a lavender nail for spring, maybe check out Essies’ Lilacism or Nice is Nice. I think lavender colors are perfect for someone wanting to branch out from traditional pinks/peaches/corals but doesn’t want to try anything too bold. Hope you add lavender to your spring nail color line up! (Like anyone has a spring nail color line up…ridiculous.)

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Beauty Blurbs: NYX Infinite Shadowstick in Crystal

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Today I’m reviewing the NYX Infinite Shadowstick in Crystal. I picked this up at Ulta a few weeks ago, and it’s been part of my daily routine ever since. And by “daily routine,” I mean days I’m subbing or days I feel like the cashiers at HEB deserve to see me in makeup. Living that crazy life, you know.

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I love that my Ulta offers testers for NYX products even though they’re on the “drugstore” side. Not that I haven’t been guilty of “testing” non-samples before (so sue me.), but it’s nice to be able to test out the products that are under $40, since that’s the makeup I tend to gravitate towards. Anyway….I swatched all nine of the available colors on my hand, and those suckers wouldn’t BUDGE. I tried hand sanitizer, tissues, and whatever random liquid they had to remove makeup at Ulta, and they were staying put! I figured that was a good sign of staying power, so I bought the color “Crystal” which is a pearly white.

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Crystal is the perfect color for highlighting the brow bone and inner corner of the eye. I typically draw it on and blend it out with my fingers. It glides on easily and doesn’t smear off throughout the day. I haven’t tried it as one, but I bet it would have great staying power used an eyeshadow base. However, they have several neutral tones that would probably make better base shades. I’m pretty sure the bright white shininess of Crystal could easily throw you back to middle school makeup days if used all over. And no one wants that. (Though, personally, I favored pink, shimmer shadow in middle school.)

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Crystal is great for brightening up my brow bone or inner eye corner, and I love how long it stays put. All but two of the NYX Infinite Shadowsticks are pearly with all being varying shades of beige with the exception of one light, mauve-pink shade. The remaining two shadowsticks are matte black and matte dark brown. I think the matte sticks would be great for creating a matte, smokey eye look.

4Overall, I’m definitely a fan of Crystal. It’s a pearly, subtle white shadow perfect for a highlight. I think I may try Almond (pearly taupe) or Flushed (pearly coral-beige) in the future as an all-over shadow base. At $8.99, these shadowsticks aren’t exactly cheap (if you’re a cheapskate like me), but they do offer great staying power and versatility depending on your color choice. Hope this helps anyone considering purchasing one or more!

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It's Just Another Manicure Monday…Navy Baby!

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Who’s excited for another Manicure Monday? I kept the brand the same but went on the opposite end of the color spectrum from Naked Ambition! This week I’m rocking Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in Navy Baby.

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I tried to capture what a pretty navy this is in person. It’s a very rich color with just a hint of shimmer. I have on 2 coats, but the coverage was plenty with just 1! I feel like that’s rare in a lot of polishes, so it’s definitely something to be noted. It isn’t super shiny on its own, but I did add a top coat.

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As I mentioned in my other post, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes have a wide brush for easy application, beautiful colors, and last forever. I think it’s supposed to simulate a base coat, color, and top coat in one. It delivers!

3I know with March being here, I should have probably worn a springier color this week, but I couldn’t pass Navy Baby up! I’ll have plenty of time for bright colors over the next several months! Plus, this is my life. I do what I want. #rebel

Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!

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February Favorites!

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It’s March! What?! I’m excited for springtime colors and (hopefully) pretty weather, but I’ll miss boots, hoodies, and chili!  Today marks March 1st along with the end of February, so I wanted to share a few of my February Favorites with y’all…

Disneyland: I haven’t really talked about it much here, but Louis and I went to Disneyland again from February 6-10, and it was so fun! We spent 3.5 days at the park enjoying rides, sharing ice cream, and meeting characters. I also got my first two pairs of Mickey ears! Spending all summer there made it feel like “home,” so we were happy to visit again. Now we have equal love for the Disney Resorts on both coasts! Guess we need to go to some international parks now? 😉 I need to post some trip recaps soon!

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The Monuments Men: We were so excited for The Monuments Men to come out this February, but it didn’t get very good reviews (scoring only 34% on Rotten Tomatoes). Thankfully, we decided to risk it anyway, and I’m so happy we did! It was funny, emotional, and (loosely) based on a great, true story. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of Clooney, Damon, Murray & Goodman! My only criticism would have been more Bill Murray screen time because his character was pretty hilarious (as always)!

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Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry & Standout:  I’ve already blogged my love for Revlon’s new(ish) Matte Balms, but I seriously loved wearing them this month. I even went against my better judgement and wore Standout to substitute for Middle Schoolers. Sultry has been my go-to everyday lip product because it packs just enough of a punch to be dramatic without making me look stupid. So..yay for that.

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Nalgene: This one’s kind of silly, but I’ve been using my favorite Nalgene a lot more lately. I’ve always been a big water drinker, but this post, on Sweat Stretch Eat encouraged me to drink even more and keep track of how much I drink to ensure I get enough each day. Since my Nalgene is 32 oz, it’s easy to keep track of exactly how much I’ve consumed. Plus, since it has a screw on lid, it’s easy to carry around with me. And that bright orange? Love. I snagged mine at Target for under $10, and they have tons of great colors if you’re interested!

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Chevron Ombré Tile: I snagged this Chevron Ombré Tile at Target on the clearance rack at the beginning of February to add to our bedroom for $9! It’s still listed at $19.99 on their website, and I could only find a tiny white-on-white ding on mine, so I was psyched! It matches our bedroom wall perfectly, and Lou said it’s his new favorite thing in our room, so I’d say that’s a success. It’s much more vibrant in person, but you know I had to add that Instagram filter.

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Downton Abbey: Another season of Downton Abbey has come and gone (everyone in the UK is like…uh, ya, we know.) much too quickly. I look forward to this show every week, and my favorite thing may just be the costuming…or the accents. I’ve started saying the words blueberry, strawberry, and spoon with a British accent for some insane reason (I’m not making this up unfortunately), and I can only assume it’s due to this show. My one, very serious, qualm is how short the seasons are! I’m sure it costs about $1.7 million (uhh..or pounds?) to produce each historically accurate (maybe?) episode, but come on. We need at LEAST 12 episodes a season. Please producers, listen up. Give us more Downton.

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Super Nintendo: Yes, you read that correctly. My hubbs is a computer genius (not exaggerating), and he bought this mega-cheap computer (I think it was like $25?) called a Raspberry Pi (it’s the cute little rainbow box below) several months ago (could I have had any more parenthesis in this sentence? So sorry.). He’s used it for various projects here and there, but this month he made the incredible decision to turn it into a video game console. We can now download and play virtually any video game from the original Nintendo up to a Playstation 1. I’m not much into current video games, but Super Nintendo and Nintendo 64 were my jam back in the day. He can also download old school arcade games. We bought a USB Super Nintendo controller off Amazon, and I’m pretty sure we’ve played almost every day since he set it up. Our current fave is Diddy’s Kong Quest, since we beat Donkey Kong Country. Of course, Mario has to sneak in every once in awhile, too. I really can’t get enough of it. Talk about cheap entertainment.

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Hope y’all’s Februarys were amazing, and you’re ready to jump into spring!

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