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Tried It Tuesday – Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow

13 Mar

This week’s Tried It Tuesday is brought to you by Pants.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow ($5.84, – I first spotted these right before Christmas. Red and I were both in Charleston visiting our families, and we snuck away to Target because it was open until midnight. I saw the Maybelline Color Tattoo and had to have the Tenacious Teal because my favorite color is teal/turquoise. Well, this really is an electric blue more than teal.

I got this to wear as a cream bright liner. Well, it didn’t work out as well as I wanted it to for lining purposes. To be fair, I really only used it like that once. I haven’t worn it as a shadow yet because I typically avoid bright blue shadows because they make my blue eyes look gray.

When I wore it as a liner, it stayed all day with no problems.

Tenacious Teal has some glitter in it too, which is fun. I ended up buying Tough as Taupe a few weeks ago, because I’m a sucker. I kept seeing everyone talk about this color on YouTube, and I had to have it. I’m a big fan of gray shadows, and decided it was a necessity. Tough as Taupe is matte.

I have worn Tough as Taupe several times, both as a base and alone. I like to wear it with black eyeliner and a darker color in my crease, because I feel my eyes look sloppy if I don’t. Kinda like I just swiped it on as I was running out the door or slept in it.

Tough as Taupe wore really well too, with no problems. When I wear it as a base, I also use Urban Decay’s Primer Potion under it. I never noticed any creasing.

I do like these, and I think they wear well, but I’m just not excited about them. I get excited when I see a tutorial using them, but I’m not reaching for them much on my own.

I give the Maybelline Color Tattoos 4 out of 5 sparkles.


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Tried It Tuesday – Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminious Eyeshadow

28 Feb

This week’s Tried It Tuesday is brought to you by Red.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in #84 Epatant ($36,

I have had my eyes on these luminous eyeshadows for quite a while. I liked all of the shades, but after seeing Rachel Bilson’s Shoemint ad here I was set on Epatant. It’s a lovely taupe shade with a hint of green to it. I happen to love how this looks on my hazel eyes.

This eyeshadow is described as a gel. I’m not sure if that is the right definition. I would call it almost a mousse. It is very light and spongy. This lightness makes it nice for using it as a nice wash. It is incredibly easy to intensify the shade as well. It blends so easily. I have been wearing this shadow almost daily. I love the luminous quality to this shadow. The price tag is a little steep for one eyeshadow, but you do get a lot of product and a little goes a long long way.

I give Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminious Eyeshadow 4 out of 5 sparkles.


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Tried It Tuesday – Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color

7 Feb

This week’s Tried It Tuesday is brought to you by Pants.

Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Apocalypse ($18, Sephora exclusive)

Sephora describes this color as “deep plum,” and I love me a deep plum lip color. I saw several blogs swatch and review this color, and when I got a chance to go to Sephora, I made sure to check it out. I tested it on the back of my hand and kept staring at it, and finally decided, “I’m doin’ it! I’m getting it!”

This photo doesn’t do the color any justice. You can apply it straight to your lips for a dark, dramatic look. However, I like to apply the pencil to my finger tips, then pat the color onto my lips for a less dramatic look. It gives a nice hint of plum, and is suitable for day time.

When applied as it’s intended, it does give a glossy look and isn’t drying. But when I pat it on, it looks slightly matte. I like to pair it with a gloss on top, specifically Lancome Juicy Tube Jelly in Magic Spell (“a sheer pinky-rose with opalescent flecks)”.

I’ve been wearing this around the house a lot, mostly because I haven’t really left my house since I bought it. But I’m very excited to wear it when I go out!

The one downside is that you have to sharpen this, which means that I’ll lose some of the product during the process. I really think they should make these retractable like the Tarte LipSurgence pencils.

I give Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Apocalypse 4 out of 5 sparkles.


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Tried It Tuesday – Boots No7 Line and Define Lip Liner

31 Jan

This week’s Tried It Tuesday is brought to you by Red.

Boots No7 Line and Define Lip Liner ($7,

I have been on a YouTube beauty guru watching kick, particularly Lisa Eldridge and Pixiwoo. The No7 lip pencils kept popping up. They always looked amazing so I thought that I better try them out. I knew that Target carried this brand, but for whatever reason I never had the inclination to try any of their products out.

I picked up 20 Nude and Melon. Both gurus used both colors in their videos. Lisa Eldridge actually had a hand in designing the color of 20 Nude. Let me tell you, she is a GENIUS of a lady. 20 Nude is the most perfect color ever. It makes your lips the most impeccable peachy nude shade. Lisa Eldridge mentioned that it works great using the pencil with some lip balm over it. I didn’t think that would ever work on me, but it did. The melon shade is just as great. I love it with a light pink gloss over it. I think it will probably be my go-to shade for the summer.

In the past when using lip pencils I found them to be chalky and drying on my lips. This is SO not the case with the No7 lip pencils. They glide on smoothly and you can’t even tell that anything is on your lips. You can wear anything over these pencils, lipstick, gloss, or just lip balm. They all work. Also with lip pencils, I never found one that I didn’t have to reapply over and over again. This pencil has some really nice staying power.

I will tell you all right now. You absolutely MUST have the 20 Nude lip liner in your arsenal. It’s THE perfect shade. School, work, out on the town, it works for any occasion. It’s effortless to use and that is what makes it so great for me.

I give Boots No7 Line and Define Lip Liner 5 out of 5 sparkles. 


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Tried It Tuesday – Boots No7 Intelligent Balance Mousse Foundation

24 Jan

It’s Tuesday again, so that means review time!


Boots No7 Intelligent Balance Mousse Foundation ($13.99,

I’m a tinted moisturizer girl. It’s what I started with, and it’s what I prefer on most days. One reason I held off on wearing makeup for so long was that I couldn’t stand the feel of foundation on my face. Over the last year or so, I’ve been searching for the perfect foundation for days when I want to look a little more… flawless? Put together? I don’t know, I just have foundation days sometimes.

I decided to give this Boots No7 mousse foundation a try after one of my favorite YouTubers, nvmakeuplover, did a review of it. I thought I’d give it a try since it wasn’t too pricey and I could actually go get it at Target and not have to order it.

The texture is very soft, and when you blend it in, if gives a matte, powdery finish. There’s no need for setting powder. However, I have combination skin and in the winter, my forehead and cheeks can look flakey. And this product seems to just make it worse. I’ve tried it several times since I bought it in September, and it’s only looked nice maybe twice.

I do moisturize before applying, but my forehead still looks flakey. And it seems like the more I blend, the worse it looks.

Flakes aside, I do like the coverage and lightweight feel of the product. I’m hoping to try it again when it starts to get warmer and my skin decides it’s going to be oily again.

If you have normal to oily skin, this product might be really great for you. Combination and dry skinned girls should probably avoid it.

I give Boots No7 Intelligent Balance Mousse Foundation 2 out of 5 sparkles.


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Tried It Tuesday – Mascara edition

17 Jan

For this edition of Tried It Tuesday, we’re both going to talk about some new mascaras we’ve been trying.


Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes ($19,

I got a mini version of this mascara with a Tarte holiday set. Tarte describes it as a “push-up bra for your lashes,” and that it curls, lengthens, adds volume and conditions lashes. Well, I don’t know if it curls, but it does hold the curl pretty well after I use my lash curler. It adds some volume and length. What’s weird is that I can tell it adds length on my shorter lashes closer to the inner corner/center of my eye, but it doesn’t look like it adds much length to my outer lashes. It does add volume, but it clumps my lashes a little more than I like – not that it’s super clumpy, just slightly. While it works fine, I don’t really think it’s worth the $19 price tag.

I give Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara 3 out of 5 sparkles.


L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes ($8.99,

I have been wanting to try a fiber mascara for quite sometime. I had a coupon and decided to try  this mascara out. Yay coupons! The brush is pretty amazing and the mascara is very buildable. I love how this mascara looks on my lashes. It really defines and makes them look very full. My only qualms with this mascara is with the actual fibers. I don’t think there has been a time where I haven’t got one of the fibers in my eyes. I like it so much I still use it.

I give L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Mascara 2 out of  5 sparkles.

Tell us, have there been any mascaras you have tried recently?


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Tried It Tuesday – Inglot Eyeshadows

10 Jan

For this week’s Tried It Tuesday, we are discussing Inglot eyeshadows. We have seen these shadows mentioned here, there and everywhere. Of course we had to try them out. Pants purchased them first and told Red she needed them in her life.


From left to right: #351 (matte ivory), #397 (warm peachy beige), #407 (peach), #360 (matte taupe brown), #329 (matte chocolate brown)

I decided to spend some of my holiday money on an Inglot Freedom System. Pants has a couple of these and I have been wanting one for a while. It was finally time.  Depending on the brand, some shadows can dry my eyes out, or make them swollen and puffy which is why I opted for the five shadow Freedom System. I love how affordable this palette is. The Five Eye Shadow Square Freedom System is $10 and the shadow refills are $5 a piece. For a total of $35 I was able to create my palette. I wanted to make a travel friendly neutral palette. That is why I chose a range of mattes and shimmers as well as lights and darks.

I have to say that I’m very impressed by these shadows. They didn’t irritate my eyes at all. The shadows are highly pigmented and blend amazingly. I’ve been having too much fun wearing these shadows every day. The bright peach shadow (#407) was used in a MakeupGeek tutorial. Pants and I talked about the shadow a lot and I do mean A LOT. She finally purchased it and told me that I NEEDED it. I think everyone NEEDS it. It’s so shimmery and so pretty. I think it would look amazing on any skin tone. The other shades are just as wonderful and pair nicely with the bright peach.

I give Inglot eyeshadows 5 out of 5 sparkles.


Top row, left to right: AMC Shine 46 (pink champagne shimmer), Pearl 397 (shimmery light peach), Pearl 407 (golden peach), Matte 361 (matte bright peach), Pearl 405 (metallic copper).

Bottom row, left to right: Pearl 445 (shimmery light purple), Pearl 423 (shimmery dark brown), Matte 338 (matte peacock blue), Matte 385 (matte grass green), 104R (teal rainbow)

Left to right: Pearl Shine 17 (light green with gold shimmer), Pearl 414 (emerald green shimmer with a brown base), DS 501 (purple-gray with silver glitter), Matte 376 (matte dark gray), AMC 73 (reddish purple with fine silver glitter)

I. Love. These. Shadows. I would compare their quality to Urban Decay. They are so soft, velvety and pigmented. You don’t have to load up your brush with product to get good coverage. These blend easily, and they look just as bright on the lid as in the pan. And like Red said, you can’t beat the price – $5 per regular shadow and $7 for a rainbow shadow, which is three shades in one.

I actually have to make myself use other shadows because I want to wear these everyday.

I give Inglot eye shadows 5 out of 5 sparkles.


Since we don’t have an Inglot near us, we had to rely on the Interwebz to help us decide what colors to order. There are two great resources for swatches – Temptalia’s Swatch Gallery and Name That Inglot. The good news is that some Macy’s are starting to get Inglot counters, so we’re going to keep our fingers crossed that one will be near us soon!


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