It's Just Another Manicure Monday…Naked Ambition

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Hi y’all! I just wanted to pop in today to talk about one of my favorite polishes, Sally Hansen Complete Manicure in Naked Ambition. I have several of the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes, and they’re all great. The colors are very rich, and they have over 50 to choose from!
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According to their website, this polish is supposed to be a base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, and top coat all in one with a gel-like shine. I’d have to say, I agree! I also love the wide brush because it allows for easier application. I’m pretty terrible at painting my nails, so I need all the help I can get.

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The color Naked Ambition is great because I love that nude polish look, but I hate when I can see the white part of my nail through the polish. Does that make sense? If I add a few coats of Naked Ambition, it offers full coverage. In these pictures, I have on 3 coats.

3I’ve had this polish on for 5 days now and even with multiple showers and doing the dishes, my nails are still chip-free! Snag your own bottle here!

My goal is to paint my nails every week and let y’all know which colors I enjoy…hopefully I remember next Monday. Definitely not making any promises.

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Beauty Blurbs: Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal in Barely Branded

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DISCLAIMER: I’M IN LOVE WITH THIS PRODUCT. The Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal (what a mouthful) is one of my new favorite products! This cream gel shadow is supposed to last for 24 hours and make your shadows more vibrant. It comes in several shades, and I tested out Barely Branded, which is a light shimmery nude color.

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This shadow glides on SUPER smoothly. I simply apply it with my fingers (because I’m super serious about beauty and all), and it hardly takes any product to cover my entire eyelid. This shade is the perfect color for an all-over base to layer other colors over. I typically use it on my entire lid with a darker color in my crease and a highlight at my brow bone. It could be worn alone though by someone who likes a more natural look. You know, because shimmering eyelids are natural.

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Maybelline Color Tattoo works almost like (or possibly even better than) an eyeshadow primer. It doesn’t crease at all and seriously increases the color and wear of my other shadows. I’m not sure if it would stay on for 24 hours as claimed (and who needs makeup to last that long? Seriously?), but it did last me for 16 hour days at Disneyland last weekend without a problem! I also have it on today, and it’s been on for over 11 hours including a trip to the gym…it hasn’t budged!

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I’m also pretty bad at blending my eyeshadow well, and the smoothness of Maybelline Color Tattoo really allows me to mix together various colors seamlessly. Also, if I apply too much product, it’s much easier to blend out. It really doesn’t take much eyeshadow at all because all of my products cling so well to the cream gel formula. Another thing to mention is that it adds some shimmer to my typically matte shadows when layered.

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I definitely want to try some of the other available colors. There’s a beautiful reddish plum called Pomegranate Punk that I’d love to try! I’m also nervous to see how these types of shadows do when layered together. I’m not sure if the brightness of the purple would mellow when blended with Barely Branded. Guess I’ll just have to buy it and find out. 😉

5At $6.99 these gel cream shadows are definitely pricier than some other drugstore singles, but I think all of the benefits (no creasing, great staying power, primer-like qualities, etc.) make that price MORE than fair! Let me know if you’ve tried any other colors of Maybelline Color Tattoo shadows! Or, get your own jar of Barely Branded here!

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Beauty Blurbs: Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Standout

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Howdy friends! I’m back today with a review of another Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm. After searching far and wide (ok, just Walmart & Ulta), I finally got my hands (well hand…it’s not that giant) on a tube of Standout. I totally fell in love with Sultry, so I was psyched to finally find this color to try!

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This is a classic, beautiful red. I’ve looked for and tried other red lipsticks before, and I find that so many are either a coral red or a pinky red or an orangey red, but not just a true, RED. Yes, I know that sounds dumb. Trust me though. Go look for a true red lipstick, and you’ll see how hard it is to find! First world problems, I know.

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As I said before, I love the Revlon Matte Balms. Between these and the Balm Stains, Revlon is quickly becoming the holy grail of lip products for me! The Matte Balm is matte (duh), highly pigmented, and very long-lasting. It does tend to sink into cracks and crevices on your lips and is obviously not moisturizing. Make sure your lips are smooth and moisturized before enjoying these rich, beautiful shades.

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BAM. Did I tell you, or what? A true, classic red! Love it! I know it’s kind of bold, but I’ve been wanting to try red lips for quite awhile. Standout Matte Balm sealed the deal for me.

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Don’t commit to this color if you don’t want it on for a LONG TIME. Seriously, today, I ate pigs in a blanket, went to church, drank water, took a nap, and ate chipotle over a span of several hours, and this stuff DIDN’T BUDGE. And no, I wasn’t eating super awkwardly trying to avoid messing up my lipstick or anything. I reapplied once to the inner area of my lips just to ensure the color remained even, but it really wasn’t necessary.

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I kept my eye makeup simple, so Standout could be…uh…the standout.

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The one small issue I did have was some bleeding around the edges of my lips. I think that’s pretty typical of several lipsticks, but it’s still a pain. I may invest in a “clear” lipliner and use that underneath as I’ve heard that eliminates bleeding and increases wear. Worth a shot!

7For good measure, here are a few shots of me looking like a fool trying to take pictures…ridiculous. 😉 All for y’all. Get your own tube of Standout here!

More Beauty Blurbs and a yummy recipe coming up this week! Get ready!

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Beauty Blurbs: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Romantic

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Hey y’all! Today I wanted to do a quick review of another Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. I already sang the praises of Honey and Crush, so I picked up Romantic on my last trip to Ulta assuming I’d love it just as much. Unfortunately…I didn’t. I gave it a whirl this morning as I was leaving to go babysit. I felt like a showgirl…this was definitely not the best morning babysitting look. The things I do for y’all.
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The outside of Romantic’s tube made me think it was going to be a rich cranberry red with tons of color like the other balm stains. However, Romantic was more like (shocker) a balm stain. It was kind of sheer and shiny without as much pigmentation as some of the other shades. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because it does fit the bill as a balm stain, but it really differs from my other shades.
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It looks thick in my pictures, but I can assure you it was pretty sheer. There was definitely a good amount of color, but Romantic wasn’t as vibrant as Crush for sure. It was also slightly pinker than I was expecting. The wear was comparable to Crush and Honey, but Romantic may have worn off slightly quicker. I think the more sheer color caused less of a stain to remain on my lips as well. Although I do like how it looks in my natural light pictures, I decided to return this shade to Ulta today. It definitely looks better in my pictures than it did in person. At least Ulta has an awesome return policy!

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For someone looking for more of a sheer balm-like lip product, I would say go for Romantic. I wasn’t a fan, but the color was pretty, and I could see others liking it for sure. If you think you’d like it, grab a tube of Romantic here! I was able to pick up another Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm to try today, so hopefully I can review that soon! I also have some new eyeliners, eyeshadows, and primers to review too! Lots of Beauty Blurbs coming your way!

And, to round out this post, some more super awkward pictures of me. Enjoy!

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Aveeno Positively Nourishing Body Wash

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I just wanted to pop in and rave about this Aveeno Positively Nourishing Body Wash that I’ve been loving lately! As far as I know, there are 4 varieties. I’ve tried the antioxidant infused body wash and the calming body wash. The other two are supposed to be hydrating and smoothing. The hydrating and smoothing bottles would probably be more beneficial for my dry skin, but I honestly typically pick body washes based on scent. I also figured since they all claim to be nourishing, I couldn’t really go wrong. Besides, they’re less than $7 a bottle at Walmart.

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The first one I tried was the Calming body wash which contains lavender, chamomile, and ylang-ylang. It smells so good! It has a calming (duh), relaxing scent. It’s moisturizing without being slimy, and I love it! The bottle is a great size, and it lasted me for a long time. If it sounds like your cup of tea, you can get a bottle here!

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When I finally started running low on the calming body wash, I picked up a bottle of the antioxidant infused white peach and ginger scented body wash. This little fella smells even better! It’s super fresh and moisturizes just as well as the calming body wash. It’s supposed to “nourish your skin while uplifting your senses.” What is that supposed to mean? I don’t think I had a stronger sense of vision or hearing when I used it, but who’s to say? If you want your senses possibly affected, get your own bottle here3I know this post may be kind of boring, but there are always a billion body washes on the shelf. I wanted to throw in my two  cents to make it less stressful for you next time you’re out of body wash. 🙂 Besides, if it’s good enough for Jen, it’s good enough for you.

jenJump on the bandwagon, y’all.

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