Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation Review

Okay. .this month my beauties I decided to challenge myself and try out some drugstore makeup, yes I am not kidding! You all know I love my Sephora and MAC, but I am really curious to see if there are some other great drugstore makeup out there to try. I will be honest, purchasing drugstore makeup is not my favorite thing to do because I like to try things out before I buy it too make sure the products does what it says. You know what I mean? Now, eye shadows, lipsticks, and mascaras I am safe with, but foundation is the scariest thing for me to try at the drugstore. Why? Well, you are unable to color match and I hate to make the trip to buy something that may not match and have to drive all the way back to the drugstore to return and go through the same process all over again, right? So, now you know my reasoning.

Anyway, during the middle of last month I decided to be brave and try out Maybelline's  Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation$7.99, I picked up because I have been seeing a lot of reviews on this product on youtube and on various beauty blogs as well. 

What Maybelline says about the Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation:

  • It Unique cream-whipped foundation provides 100% baby-smooth perfection.
  • Skin looks and feels hydrated for 14 hours – never rough or dry
  • Lightweight formula provides perfectly moisturizing coverage
  • Blends seamlessly and feels fresh all-day
  • Oil-free, Fragrance-free, Dermatologist Tested, Allergy Tested, Non-comedogenic – won’t clog pores.
  • Safe for sensitive skin

Now, this product contains the foundation and a sponge for application. I typically don't like to use a sponge for applying this foundation so I decided to use my Too Faced Cosmetics Kabuki Brush $32, to applying the foundation in order to achieve a light airbrushed look to this cream foundation.

Characteristics of the foundation when applying it and wearing:

  • The foundation felt light and smooth to the touch. Not cakey or heavy feeling at all!
  • Blendability of the foundation was easy and smooth too.
  • The Coverage of this foundation is a light to medium coverage to me. However, you can build this one up with out it getting too cakey and messy.
  • The color of the foundation was slightly deeper on my complexion, but manageable with some blending.
  • Very hydrating to the skin which is great if you have a normal to dry skin type. If you are on the oilier side, this formula maybe a bit much and you may want to opt and use Maybelline's Dream Matte Mousse Foundation $7.99, since it will offer more mattifying for oily skin.
  • Wearability throughout the work day was pretty good! Just make sure you use a foundation primer and set this foundation with a powder that has a dewy finish. My favorite powder to use with this foundation was MAC's mineralized skinfinish. My shade is medium deep.

The downside to this foundation is the shade range. Maybelline only offers 10 shades in this formula, so with that said the said I purchased the 350 caramel and that was the darkest available. I hope that Maybelline offer deeper shades of this formula because I think this will be a great affordable cream foundation option for those with normal to dry skin that need a hydrating cream foundation for the winter months.

 

However, if you are a loyal department store makeup lover definitely try out Laura Mercier's Laura Mercier 'Creme Smooth' Foundation $50. This foundation is next on my list tryouts.Laura Mercier's foundation has a hydrating formula that includes a multipeptide complex infused with Dermaxyl and advanced optical diffusers that help to visibly smooth out lines and wrinkles. This foundation is also perfect for normal to dry skin and it offers buildable coverage with a radiant, smooth finish. Pricey, but for what you pay you will receive some wonderful skincare benefits from the multipeptide that is firming and I love all the firming I can get.

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Urban Decay Book Of Shadows 3 Review

Hey my beauty chameleons! As you all know Urban Decay Cosmetics released their limited edition Book of Shadows 3 on their website on September 7th (labor day) at 12:00 CST. I am so glad I was close to my computer around that time because within ten minutes of my purchase the Book of Shadows 3 was sold out! Yes, I am not kidding in 10 minutes! That is crazy for a new launch for any brand. However rest assure this palette will come back at Urban Decay online and I know for sure Sephora.com and ULTA Beauty will launch this wonderful palette this Holiday season and will be in store sometime in October. So, if you did not get you hands on it this time around definitely stay tuned and check your local Sephoras and Ulta's in-store and online closer to that time.

Anyway, earlier this week I came home from work and my hubby said that there was a package waiting for me on my desk and when I got to it I saw my Urban Decay Books of Shadows 3 package. So, like any makeup junkie and place everything down and rushed to open my package. Everything was packaged very nicely from Urban Decay and I also found a sample of some cream shadows too! Here is what the Book of Shadows look like in person. It is super cute 🙂

The packaging as you can see is so cute and a bit thicker than the previous book of shadows. I think that is mainly due to the fact that this beautiful book has lighting as you see in the picture above. I had to test the lighting out in the dark and it worked. hee hee 🙂 Not that this is functional in anyway, I think this was made just for aesthetics, Right? The inside appears to resemble the city of NYC and all this fashion and beauty that comes along with it to me. Inside the Book of Shadows 3 you will find a mix of brights, neutrals and dark shades that will give you the variety to create some every day looks and fun after 5 looks too. This palette includes the following:

Book of Shadows 3 includes 16 shadows, two 24/7 glide liners (Zero & Ransom), and a Mini Primer Potion. Colors in order:

  • Perversion (Matte Black)
  • Uzi (White Satin with lots of Micro glitters)
  • Loaded
  • Kush (micro glitters)
  • Midnight Cowboy Rides Again**
  • Last Call**
  • Rockstar
  • Money
  • Haight
  • Maui Wowie**
  • Smog**
  • Bordello
  • Radium
  • Snatch (micro glitters)
  • Suspect
  • Psychedelic

**Notes shadows are available and can be purchased separately.

All of the shadows are very pigmented and glide on the eye with ease of blending and that is one characteristic I love about urban decay's eye shadows. I love that there are brights to work with and neutrals because I know a lot of people would be afraid of this palette if it only contained bold colors. The only too shadows that I was not 100% in love with was Uzi and I believe snatch because of the glitter fall out, but I guess it would be full for a holiday party or Halloweens looks. The primer is always awesome and the 24/7 glide pencils I love because both are waterproof and can also be used as a shadow base too. A shadow base? Yes, if you are wanting to create a bold look on this eye area. Here is a closer look of the palette and swatches:

Like I said before the shadows are beautiful. Now is this worth purchasing? Well, if were not able to get your hands on the book of Shadows volume 1 or 2 this would definitely be a great palette to go for. Now, if you own the prequels to these if it worth the purchase? Yes and no. I do own the prequels and I have to say that there were only a few repeats and I will explain this in this video below:

 

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Overall, if you are a collector of these palettes definitely check this beautiful Book of Shadows. I think this again would be a great gift for a fellow makeup junkie or Christmas gift for someone that has been trying to get this for some time. Questions for you? Did you get this palette? What are your thoughts? Was it worth it to you? Please share. Also is you would like to see a certain looks created  with this palette please post your ideas below because you all know that I will be creating some tutorials on my youtube channel for sure.

Anyway, stay tuned, for all of my youtube subbies there will be an official youtube video review coming up for this palette too. In the meantime have a fabulous day and I will chat with you soon 🙂

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Urban Decay Book Of Shadows 3: Holiday 2010

UPDATE!! The Urban Decay Book of Shadows 3 is now available at ULTA Beauty and Sephora.com

 

Okay. . .  My beauty Chameleons! You all know I am a Urban Decay Junkie, right? Well, I just had to share with you all some information I came across while reading one of my favorite youtube guru's blog by Marlena over at Makeupgeek.com. Okay. . . let me calm myself down, lol. You know Urban Decay is famous for coming with beautiful limited edition palettes for the holiday season right? Like the very first Book of Shadows which I love so much and still own. Then they came out with the Book of Shadows II last Holiday and yes I have that one too. Lastly, this past spring they came out with the limited edition Alice In Wonderland Book of Shadows too! Well this holiday season Urban Decay will be release another fabulous palette for you die hard Urban Decay fans. The new Book of Shadows III is due to launch out this fall and it is so going to be in my collection.

The New Book of Shadows III will be influenced by NYC (New York City). Just check out the pretty packaging that I saw on the web! From what I read online the  palette will includes 16 eyeshadows (0.03 oz. each, total of 0.48 oz.), 2 miniature-sized eyeliners (0.03 oz. each, total of 0.06 oz.), and 1 minature-sized Primer Potion (0.13 fl. oz.). This cute Book of Shadow will retail for $54 and you know it will be available a sephora.com soon!

 

 

Isn't it so cute? I can not wait to get my hands on this gorgeous Book! Stay tuned because there will be a review and swatches coming with this bundle of joy! Are any of you planning on getting one? If so. let me know if you would like to see some tutorials using colors from this palette by leaving your comments below. Until then eveyone have a fabulous weekend 🙂

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Temptu Limited Edition Enhance Kits: Summer Glow Tutorial

If you have already seem my review and tutorial the tutorial on the Temptu Limited Edition Enhance kit: Summer Glam and you are waiting for the tutorial for the TEMPTU AIR pod™ Enhance Kit Blush & Highlighter – Summer Glow ($65 Value) Summer Glow – Vintage Ruby 405/ Pink Pearl 305 look then this post is for you!! In this tutorial I will show you how to create a summer glow look using purples and wines in a wearable way for the eyes and lips. After the eyes and lips tutorial you will learn how to use Temptu's Summer Glow Vintage Ruby blush and the Pink Pearl Highlighter that I really love to use. If have to say, even though these kits are labled "Summer" glow I feel these colors can be used for the fall season too.

Products Used In This Tutorial:

  • Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
  • Lorac: Sorenity E/S
  • Smashbox Cabernet E/S
  • MAC Sushi Flower E/S
  • Smashbox Blackout E/S
  • Wet 'N Wild Eyeliner: Black
  • Fiber Wig Mascara
  • Mod Lash by Andrea Lash #33
  • Temptu Airbrush Foundation Honey 008
  • MAC Studio finish Concealer NW35
  • MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Powder Medium Deep
  • Temptu Limited Edition Enhance Kit: Summer Glow
  • NYX Prune Lip Liner
  • L'Oreal Pearl Plum lustorious Lip Gloss

 

All of the products used above can be found at Sephora.com, Cherry Culture.com for NYX, Ulta.com and Nordstrom.com for MAC cosmetics.

 

Pictures Of The Look:

 

 

 

Summer Glow Tutorial: Eyes, Lips & Cheeks

 

 

 

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Urban Decay Naked Palette Reveiw

Okay, my beauty chameleons!! After seeing many reviews of the Urban Decay’s Naked Palette on twitter and Youtube I decided to get my hands on this palette today! Why? Well this is such a beautiful palette of neutrals that any woman would want to have in her eye shadow wardrobe. This palette is perfect for everyday looks and most importantly it is a perfect palette for women that are on the go and travel! Why carry around dozens of neutral eye shadow singles in your travel bag when you can have all of the neutral shadows needed in one palette! In addition to the collection of colors you all get a dual ended eye liner in Urban Decay’s most popular shade Zero (black) and the new Whiskey (matte brown), and the Urban Decay Primer Potion too!

I personally love the Velvet exterior of the palette with the gold lettering of the name of the palette too. It feels and look so luxurious. As far as the shadow quality? Fabulous! I like the fact that Urban Decay include a few matte shadows like Naked Buck in addition to the beautiful monochormatic shadow of browns and the black and silver toned shadow too all for $44! This palette can literally take you from day to night! The pigmentation is awesome as usual with this brand and they have never let me down on that. I love Urban Decay! I wish I could take the entire Gondula of Urban Decay from Sephora and have it in my home for personal use, lol. I can dream though, right? Anyway, here is a closer look of the palette and swatches:

Here are the swatches:

More About this palette & What They Say About It At Sephora:

These neutrals won’t leave you naked. THIS is how Urban Decay does neutral: Far from boring, the Naked Palette includes 5 NEW shades (with names like Buck, Darkhorse, and Virgin) in addition to seven of the brand’s most addictive best-selling eyeshadows. This is a shadow palette that everyone will want, everyone can use, and everyone will buy. Experiment with office-appropriate neutrals, summertime bronzy looks, or sultry smokiness (achieve golden, brownie, or grey-hued shade combos). Plus, you get an exclusive double-ended version of the award-winning 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero (black) and Whisky (a warm brown shade without sparkle) and a mini genie bottle of Eyeshadow Primer Potion. With all this at your fingertips…you’ll hardly need clothes at all.

This set contains:
– 12 x 0.05 oz shadows: Virgin (nude satin), Sin (champagne shimmer), Naked (buff matte), Sidecar (beige sparkle), Buck (brown matte), Half Baked (bronze), Smog (golden brown shimmer), Darkhorse (bronze-plum shimmer), Toasted (taupe-bronze), Hustle (mocha shimmer), Creep (near-black metallic), Gunmetal (dark grey metallic)
– 2 x 0.02 oz Double-ended 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Zero (black) and Whisky (warm brown)
– 0.13 oz Travel Size Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Currently, I noticed the Urban Decay Naked Palette is sold out at Sephora online and Urban Decay online, so hopefully they will be coming out with more for those of you that are dying to have this palette in your hands to use for this fall season. I checked with Ulta.com and it appears that they do not carry this gorgeous palette yet, but I will definitely keep you all posted!In the meantime, if you leave close to a Sephora Store definitely go check them out and see if they have in stock.

Lastly, be on the look out on my youtube channel Nhop76 because I will be coming up with a few tutorials on how to create some fun looks to wear to work, everyday, and the club too!

***Update!! The Naked Palette is now available at Ulta.com search by Urban Decay Kits!

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Eye Shadow Primers: Urban Decay, Too Faced, & Smashbox Primers. What’sThe Difference?

Eye shadow primers!! The most talked about primers on youtube and beauty blogs are the Urban Decay Primer Potion, Too Face Shadow insurance and Smashbox Photo finish lid primer. Which one is the best overall? Well, let’s answer that question today. Before we do that let’s talk about each primer and what they do!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion 0.34 oz Original:

What it does:
Packaged in a precious, genie-like bottle, Eyeshadow Primer Potion is an ultra-sheer, totally nude eye base that glides on with the wave of a wand and then disappears instantly. It’s the ultimate eye prep for smoother, more vibrant shadow and all-day wear, with absolutely no creasing. Now with a new and improved bent wand!

what I think:
I think this is the best primer ever. It is very easy to blend out your shadow over this product and it does not create a milky ashy texture on brown skin too!! Overall at Sephora this primer is rated 5 stars consistently and so worth the $18 you will spend on this one for sure! The only downside to this one is it packaging. I always wonder do I get all of my product out? However with the new paddle foot Urban Decay’s says that you will be able to get every last drop so we will see about that.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

What it does:
Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer creates the perfect canvas for eyeshadow application. Wear this universal shade under shadow to increase longevity, or create the perfect nude eye by applying over the lid for an even tone.

What Else You Need To Know:
The exclusive formula contains Phytomoist, a plant-based hyaluronic acid for ultimate moisturization and amino acids for skin-smoothing benefits. Soft focus pearls help diminish the appearance of fine lines on the lids while the patented Qusome® delivery system ensures all ingredients penetrate the skin to deliver effective results.

What I like and dislike:
I love that this primer is also easy to blend shadows with. I also like that tinted color in this product too. With the tint it is easy to even out uneven skintone like redness and other discoloration too. The down side for brown skin women in the deeper tones this primer may appear to look ashy. Overall I love this one too! You will shell out a bit more on this one ($18), but again another goody for the makeup collection.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Size: 0.35 oz
What it does:
This is your full-coverage insurance policy against all fading, creasing, melting, blurring, oil slicked, and hard-to-blend eyeshadow accidents. Our silicone based eyeshadow primer transforms any eyeshadow into a perfectly blendable, color-drenched, intensified version of itself, then locks it down perfectly until you take it off. This soothing formula evens out the skintone on your lids and smoothes lines while securing a barrier between the oils of your skin and your makeup, so no shadow catastrophes will ever happen again.

What I think:
The packaging of this product is awesome because I was able to get every last drop of product out with ease. It goes on smooth and creamy, however when it come to blending out the shadow it because difficult especially with darker shades. This item sells for $18 and I think it is great when you are working with light pigmented shadows, but when darker shadows not so good.

Overall, if you would like to see my full review on these primers what my video below which will be a little more detailed with swatches and more!

Video Review:


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Urban Decay Book Of Shadows Palette Review

Last holiday season Sephora launch a beautiful limited edition shadow collection by Urban Decay called,”Urban Decay Book Of Shadows Palette“. This wonderful palette consisted of sixteen eyeshadows which were eight of the best sellers and eight exclusive new shades found only in this palette. All of these colors where nestled inside a cute pull out drawer palette with two premium brushes to blend with and a travel size of Urban Decay’s award winner primer potion eyeshadow base. There is also a large mirrored vanity framed by one-of-a kind 3D pop-up of Urban Decay graphics like gorgeous butterflies, birds, and flowers.

This one of a kind palette sold so fast last holiday season that Sephora could not keep up with the demand. As a result of the success of this palette, Sephora has decided to bring this palette out again for this season. So, if you’ve missed out you have another chance to purchase this top reviewed palette by Urban decay. The colors in this palette are:Perversion (Matte Black), Last Call (Plum tone), Grifter (sheer lavender with lots of silver microglitter), Mayhem (deep Purple), Baked (rich Bronze), Smog (deep coppery bronze), sidecar (bronze sparkle), gridlock (medium brown), shakedown (shimmering taupe), Roach (deep brown with reddish sheen), Scandal (peachy-pink),Midnight Cowboy (golden beige with gold glitter), Goddess (midnight blue with lots of electric microglitter), shattered (bright green/blue shift), Absinthe (electric green), Protest (dark green). All of these colors will definitely keep a fashionista busy creating some chic looks for this fall holiday season.

One thing you will like about purchasing beauty products from Sephora is they give their clients the opportunity to review everything that is purchased on and off line. To my amazement this product was reviewed 260 time and all of the people that reviewed Urban Decay’s Book Of Shadows Palette rated it five stars. That is amazing! I know for a fact that the top reasons for this is due to the fact that the eyeshadow are highly pigmented, the palette consist of a lot of neutrals, and the value by far is outstanding knowing that the price of each shadow cost $16. So, if you are a makeup fanatic or you know a makeup fanatic that missed out on this wonderful palette from Urban Decay, I recommend visiting sephora to check out the Urban Decay Book Of Shadows Palette soon to be back in stock again for your shopping fun this holiday season.

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Swatches:

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Beauty From The Earth Mineral Eyeshadow Review

Okay, you all know or maybe you all are learning that I LOVE makeup especially eyeshadows!! Well, for some time since I’ve started watching youtube reviews and tutorials I have been seeing the buzz about Beauty From The Earth Mineral Eyeshadows and how great they are! So, back in June I decided to browse around that site and check out some things. To my surprise the products was not expensive at all. One shadow retails for only $6.50 for a 1 gram net weight of product in the jar. I thought that was awesome considering other mineral brands like Bare Escentuals retails for $13.00 and more! Before I decided to click and shop like crazy I decided to purchase some samples. That’s right! You can order for $1.00 each and select whatever color you want!! I also decided to purchase sample jars to place my samples in and the sample jars only retails for $1.00, so all in all I ordered 10 jars and 10 samples for a total of $20.

Samples inside jars:

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I was really impressed with how much of a sample they sent me. Typically on their site the sample is enough for 2-3 uses. Well if you use them appropriately the sample can be used more than 2-3 times! Why, The minerals are so pigmented and I love it! They colors look great with just primer alone, however when you layer them on top of a cream shadow or Mehron Paradise palette colors they are freakin AWESOME!!!

Check out the swatches on top of primer by Too Faced:

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As you can see from my swatches the mineral shadows goes on very smooth and luminous too! Also you can see that the carry a range from bright colors to even more neutral colors. Check out there website to see the big variety of shadows and other mineral products that they carry.

You are probably wondering if a video and some tutorials will be coming from this brand and yes, there will be. Hopefully tonight I can start filming my serious of videos for you all. I think I will create the following looks for you all:

1. A  Red Hot wearable eyes using wildfire, addicted and a black shadow

2. A fall inspired look using harvest and a brown shadow

3. A bright and dramatic look using lime, green apple and blueberry

So stay tuned for more. Until then you all have a great day!

Tasha 🙂

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Get Gorgeous Lashes To Die For

Are you looking for gorgeous lashes to die for? Everyone wants long and voluminous lashes like celebrity favorites like Kim Kardashian, Beyonce and Rihanna:

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According to Debbie Hartley-Triesch, Nordstorm National Beauty Director, “these are the tips for the best lashes of your life. . . To build stronger lashes, use Enhancing Serum along the top and bottom lash-line morning and night, Use a lash curler before your mascara for an eye-opening effect, try a lash primer to coat and thicken lashes and apply your mascara in a zig zag motion to build lash volume. Then to glam it up day or night add false lashes. For eye makeup removal always remove your mascara gently and efficiently with an eye make-up remover. Finally, for maxium effect replace your mascara every 6 week.”

-From Nordstrom’s march 2009 book

Products suggested for use:

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Enormous Lash (6 mL) Eyelash enhancing serum, $95, Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus 0.16oz/5ml Travel Size (No Box) travel size, $14.75, MAC #33 Lash, $12, and Lancome ‘Bi-Facil’ Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover, $26.

If you are looking for some awesome mascaras check out some of these top brands below to experience luxurious lashes at every price point.

Top Mascaras:

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Dior DiorShow Iconic Mascara
is a mascara with an innovative oblique brush that curls and defines lashes. What it does:DiorShow Iconic Mascara is the latest in Dior’s dazzling range of best-selling mascaras. Created backstage for fashion shows and celebrity red carpet events, the Iconic mascara features an oblique cut brush that gives an extra lash-curling effect. With its long, skinny teeth, the plastic comb brush allows you to precisely coat each lash one-by-one-creating a long, separated fan of lashes that usually takes the skill of a makeup artist. The extra-hold formula provides a 24-hour-curl with 100% smudge-proof results. What else you need to know:Inspired by the tailoring technique of cutting fabric on the bias to create maximum curve, the Iconic brush features soft silicone bristles that spiral around the stem to lift, curl, and separate every lash, $27

Too Faced – Lash Injection Pinpoint Mascara
is based on the world famous Lash Injection formula Lash Injection Pinpoint targets each lash to create the dramatically long extremely defined and separated lashes of your dreams! Like a mascara architect Lash Injection Pinpoint’s exclusive 3D Polymers build waterproof tubes around each lash that expand and stretch far far FAR beyond the natural lash while the sleek pinpoint precision brush separates and curls lashes for the most divinely detailed lash look imaginable! Easily removable with out Lash Injection Antidote eye makeup remover or soap and warm water this amazing mascara doesn’t dissolve and smudge like any ordinary mascara. Lash Injection Pinpoint comes off in tiny tubes like little lash socks! Incredible! Innovative! Glamorous! $19.50

Clinique High Impact Mascara
Kicks up the volume and length of each and every lash for a look that’s lusher, plusher, bolder. Pure, deep colour only adds to the impact. Wear it once and you’ll feel naked without it. $14

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