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Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow Collection

I’m very, very excited about this new product from Milani. This just landed on my doorstep so I’ll be putting these to the test for a while. I’ve heard lots of raves about this and it definitely piqued my interest.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow Collection

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow Collection Description

The concept of a gel powder is very interesting. Have you picked up a few of these yet? What are your thoughts on these?

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441

I haven’t been this excited about a NYC product until this. I got it in the mail and didn’t think much of it. When it was time to try it out, I regret overlooking it earlier. In fact, this is the best product I have ever tried from them to date I think. Here’s NYC Expert Last Lip Color.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441

This is described as the following on their website:

The New NYC Expert Last Lipstick is moisturizing, comfortable and longwearing, it stays on up to 6 hours. Discover the wide range of shades developed to match your every mood and style! You’ll find perfect plummy shades standing alongside true reds, next to creamy peaches. There’s one here for every look, outfit and situation you could dream of.
The all-new Expert Last Lipstick . Who knew you could feel this way about a lipstick?”

Swatches shown below shows a lone swipe then 2 and then 3 from left to right to show how buildable it is with more layers and pigmentation.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 (in shade)

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 (lighting changed)

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 (direct sunlight)

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 (with flash)

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 (lighting changed again)

Verdict? The shade I got is Traffic Jam 441. I absolutely love this classic red shade. I wasn’t excited at first because I actually didn’t think the formula would blow me away. It goes on very smooth and creamy on the lips. There is more color payoff than I imagined there would be. I only needed one coat of this on my lips and I’m set. Formula is very moisturizing — not dry at all as one would expect sort of from what a lipstick would be. It feels almost like it’s a matte formula when worn on my lips, but it’s not matte at all. I can’t nail down what the scent is really but it reminds me of candy. It’s not too strong and it dissipates pretty quick. I get at least 5 hours of wear from this throughout the day without having to reapply it. That’s good for a lipstick since it’s not a lip stain. I experienced some feathering when I checked it at the end of the day. Not bad for not using this with a lip liner, but lip liner is still a must-have with lipsticks in general. There are 20 shades you can choose from with this lipstick line of theirs. For the price it sells for, it’s a guaranteed steal in my opinion. The only negative I can find has to do with the product packaging. How you see it in the shots above is what you’ll get. The lipstick sticks out of the lower tube casing. I like my lipsticks to be protected in the tube casing in case the lid pops off. I do keep my lipsticks in my makeup bag, but once in a while I’d just toss a new shade directly in my purse. It would be a disaster if the lid pops off while in my purse. The product would just get over everything. Lipsticks I’ve seen from other brands actually retract all the way into the tube, but not all so it’s not something I’d take points off from them or anything like that. A couple of other brands package their lipstick the exact same way they do. Just keep that in mind when you’re carrying it around.

I’ve posted on my Instagram account here what it looks like on me with just one coat.

NYC Expert Last Lip Color Traffic Jam 441 IG Post

It retails for about $1.99 or so and you can get them for an even cheaper price when they go on sale or you use coupons on them. This can be found in chain drugstores and mass merchandisers nationwide.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Kiss Everlasting French Nails

Okay guys, today’s post is on another item from the Influenster Spring Fling VoxBox 2014 that I got. I’m not a huge fan of fake glue on nails as I prefer the polish strips over them. Part of it is the bulkiness, but if your nails are on the short end this is really one way to add length to it without actually going to the salon. Here’s Kiss Everlasting French Nails.

Kiss Everlasting French Nails

The Influenster insert boasts about this product: “The ultimate French manicure that never chips — guaranteed. Rich, white smile line looks like you just left the salon; file to any shape with no tip wear. Available in Flat and Regular nail arches with Flec-Fit Technology to ensure ultra-comfort and a perfect fit! Available at Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Kmart, Rite-Aid, & Target.”

Verdict? This product comes in a neatly packaged box that is both appealing and classy. It comes with 28 nail pieces, a mini file and a manicure stick. The version I got is labeled Real Short for the length. There is no room for me to really trim it down to a certain desired length so I skipped that step. It comes with an instructional insert that is easy to follow. The instructions are also clearly cited on the back of the box. I didn’t even bother reading the instructions since I’ve used similar products (from this brand too!) before. I used the manicure stick (or what is commonly called the orange stick) that came with the kit and pushed my cuticles back. I then measured out which nail pieces would fit on all 10 fingers of mine. Since my left and right hand nails are almost exactly the same in size, I just measured the nails out for one hand and looked at the tab of the nails. The tabs are numbered and I just look for the corresponding number in another piece for my other hand. I broke off the tip of the glue included and started application. I applied glue to the nail up to close to where my natural nail will end (my natural nails are shorter than the glue on nails from the kit). I then gently pressed down the nail onto my actual nail with the tip sliding under the cuticle when applicable. I held the nail down for 30 seconds for good measure before breaking the tab at the french tip off by bending it down and then up until it snaps. I filed the part where the tab has been broken off since it’s rough to the touch and I’m done. One important thing to note is to not be stingy with the glue during application. I was trying to be cautious to not put too much glue that the first few nails ended up with an air pocket kind of look that I can see through the glue on nails. All the other nails where I’ve put enough or too much glue doesn’t have this air pocket or air bubble look. It’s not noticeable at all, but I wish it wasn’t there and that I used enough glue in the first place.

I’ve posted on my Instagram account here what it looks like immediately after application.

Kiss Everlasting French Nails IG Post

I did NOT like the edges so I used the mini file that came with the kit to smoothen it out to a rounder edge. If this lasts just as long as the previous kit I’ve used from them here, it’s good to go for more than a week.

This retails for $6.49 and is available at mass retailers and drugstores nationwide as well as on their online store. For a full list of online and in-store retailers, click here.

*Products featured here are complimentary to test through Influenster’s VoxBox program.*

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom All-in-1 Nude Palette

I have never been a fan of nude palettes. I personally prefer jewel tone colors and shimmer in palettes. So imagine my surprise that I actually considered picking this beauty up when I saw it in CVS. I considered, but never did. I usually get all my makeup at CVS only if there’s a good deal going either with their ECB deals or with the red machine coupons combined with the weekly sales. When I finally got my hands on this it was a moment of “I can’t believe I didn’t get this sooner!” and just pure amazement. Note that this is definitely not a product for anyone. Read on to see why. Here’s my take on Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom All-in-1 Nude Palette.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom All-in-1 Nude Palette

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom All-in-1 Nude Palette (product instructional guide)

The front of the box packaging it came in states the following:

Eye Shadow

Create the Perfect Nude Glow!
How-To-Guide + Mirror & Applicators Included”

The product packaging is extremely adorable. It’s so pretty and sexy as well with the lace details and ribbon. The color scheme they chose for the packaging goes really well with the colors found in the palette. This product comes in 2 shades, Natural Nude and Warm Nude. The one I have is Natural Nude. Each palette houses 16 different nude shades that are all shimmer in nature. Here’s the first indicator if this palette is for you or not. The shades are all shimmer regardless of which palette you choose. If you are NOT a fan of owning an all shimmer nude palette, it’s best to pass on this. The shimmer isn’t subtle at all even though it’s not a full on glitter bomb type of shimmer. The instructional guide is located in the back flap of the square cardboard packaging. I didn’t think much of it in the beginning, but it does actually contain very useful information for me at least. It gives suggestions on how to use the 12 shades in the palette. For the eyes: row 1 is suggested to use to highlight, row 2 as base on eyelid, row 3 used to contour and row 4 as eye liner. For nude contouring, the guide just breaks it down as row 2 for blush and rows 3 and 4 for bronzer. I didn’t follow the instructional guide to a T being that I did find it a bit ridiculous that such shimmery shades are used to highlight. My personal opinion is this product is too shimmery in general for that. Still doable depending on where you’re trying to apply it to highlight. BUT with that said, I think this palette is wonderful as a nude eye shadow palette. I find the formula to be very pigmented and powdery. You will experience some fall out with this. This doesn’t bother me at all though for the product price point. If this was a high end brand, then yeah….I have a big problem with that. I did end up using the foam tip applicator it came with along with the mirror and gently packed the product onto the eyelids on the first try. It stayed on nicely for 5 hours with minimal wear. It definitely would’ve lasted longer (maybe through the entire day) with a primer. As a blush and bronzer, it’s on the shimmery side. If you’re not a fan of shimmery blush or bronzers, only get this if you are strictly using this as shimmery eye shadows then (or try working with this as a highlighter, which I have minimal success with). I did try the shades for blush and bronzer and it almost was too shimmery for my taste. I’m glad that I still find it usable or else this palette would be a no-go for me. As eye shadows alone they’re great but I didn’t want to be stuck with a palette of 12 shades that’s just for eye shadows, so this is still a win in my book. I didn’t use the brush that came with this since the bristles are a little bit on the rough side, but it will definitely work in a pinch if you decide to carry this palette around. Swatches shown below are one swipe of the product with the foam applicator from left to right and top to bottom of the palette.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom All-in-1 Nude Palette Swatches

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom All-in-1 Nude Palette Swatches (direct sunlight)

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom All-in-1 Nude Palette Swatches (with flash)

I do intend on picking up the Warm Nude palette later on when CVS runs a good deal for this.

This retails for about $13.95 and should now be available at various mass retail and drugstores as well as online on their website.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Milani Bella Blue Lash Art Colored Mascara

Part of the limited edition Bella Blue Collection, Milani brings us these 3 blue colored mascaras to play with. I was excited to see this in the press release here, but tried to not have high expectations when it comes to performance and pigmentation of these 3 shades. I can say these are definitely much better in both aspects than their lip color counterpart in this collection, the Milani Bella Blue Lip Art Saturated Lip Color. Just in time for Fourth of July festivities, here’s Milani Bella Blue Lash Art Colored Mascara.

Milani Bella Blue Lash Art Colored Mascara

Milani Bella Blue Lash Art Colored Mascara (direct sunlight)

This is described as:

  • Gorgeous, buildable colored mascara
  • Limited Edition
  • Made in USA

The product packaging is very similar as their Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss line. The gold mirror surface cap helps me with checking on my makeup every now and then without needing a mirror. Using this product is pretty straightforward: apply to upper and lower lashes as desired. I don’t detect a scent really during the entire time I’ve come into contact with this product. The colors are vivid and vibrant. It dries pretty quick on my lashes and I just add more coats for color opacity. I never went past 2 though and I find this surprising (as well as pleasing really). I didn’t think it was as pigmented as it is. Some shades show up better on lighter lashes (mine are black but I tried it on someone with blonde lashes), but all the shades show up regardless of lash color. It leaves my lashes ever so slightly crunchy when I have 2 generous coats on. Not a problem for me though with what I’m getting out of this product. Removal for me takes as much as a waterproof mascara even though the product description doesn’t claim it to be waterproof (or not). I tried simply using facial wash and water — some came off but what was left over did not budge. Most of the product that was left over were on the tips of the lashes. It all came off the next day in the shower. The next time I used it, I used a waterproof makeup remover to do the job. Swatches shown below is one stroke of a blob of the mascara applied onto my arm then having the brush swipe over it twice. I tried to just swipe it over my arm as is, but the product stayed in the grooves of the mascara brush so I had to use the product gathered on the tip to apply it onto my arm and then run the mascara brush over it to create the swatches. The 3 shades from left to right are Bella Blue, Mediterranean Blue and Azure.

Milani Bella Blue Lash Art Colored Mascara Swatches

Milani Bella Blue Lash Art Colored Mascara Swatches (with flash)

Here’s a shot of the product on the brushes to show the color of each shade.

Milani Bella Blue Lash Art Colored Mascara Shades (to show color of product in tube)

I’ve posted on my Instagram account here on what it looks like with 2 generous coats.

Milani Bella Blue Lash Art Colored Mascara IG Post

If you have to decide what to get from Milani’s Bella Blue Collection, I’d say these are it.

These retail for $3.99 each and should now be available in select Walgreens, KMart and Fred Meyer stores as well as online on their website.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

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