Monday, March 31, 2014

Drugstore Starter Kit !

Makeup can be very scary if you don't know much about it. I'M here to save the day!  I put together a drugstore starter kit of all the products a person new to makeup would need.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder · I love this to powder by tzone to keep me from getting oily.

L'oreal Miracle Blur Primer · This primer is an exact dupe for the Benefit Porefessional.  It blurs all your pores and helps your foundation last all day.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso · This blush is a universal shade.  I think that it would look amazing on all skintones.  It gives you a beautiful flush.

Wet n Wild Mega Glo · These highlighter/blushes are amazing for the price.  They are so pigmented and come in a few different shades.

Covergirl Super Thick Lash Mascara · This mascara doesn't have the prettiest of packaging but, it does the job!  My lashes look so amazing when I'm wearing this.  It gives them volume and lenghth.

L'oreal Infallible Shadow in Amber Rush ·  If you have blue eyes this is a must have!  And even if you don't have blue eyes this would look amazing.  It is such a beautiful copper-ish color.  And the texture on these is great too.  They aren't a cream shadow yet, they aren't a regular powder shadow either.

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze · Maybelline Color Tattoos are the way to go if you like a cream shadow.  Bad to the Bronze is my personal favorite but there are so many different shades to choose from.  Plus, Maybelline comes out with tons of limited edition shades every year.

Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutrals Palette · This palette is great for people who like a neutral eye. There is a shade for everyone this palette. It is great for a beginner and it also great for traveling .

Rimmel Kohl Liner · These liners are so creamy yet have serious lasting power!  And the nude one is great for making your eyes look extra bright and awake.

Jordana Eyeliner · I love to use these to tight line or for a pop of color on my lower lash line.  They are very inexpensive and also last throughout the day.

Jesse's Girl Eyeliner ·  I am not the best at winged and this pen makes it so easy.  It is not the blackest black but it does an amazing job.

Maybelline Gel Liner · As I said before I am not the best at winged liner but, once and awhile I break out the gel liner.  This is the blackest of the black and is ultra creamy.  It goes on smooth and dries nicely.

Jordana Lipliner · Just like the eyeliners the lip liners are just as good.  They come in an array of nice neutral lip shades and are very inexpensive.  They go on the lips smoothly and last very nicely under your lipstick.  They aren't too creamy but, easy to work with.

Milani Lipliner · These liners are nice and creamy and wear well under most lipsticks.  The shade range is not very large but they do have great neutral, everyday shades.

Maybelline Colorsensationl Lipsticks · Out of all the drugstore lipsticks these are hands down my absolute favorite!  They are creamy but not too creamy.  The lasting power is amazing and they look great on the lips.  They do not cling to dry patches on the lips.  There are so many colors to choose from and each one is very pigmented.  Some of my favorites are from the Vivid's collection.

Maybelline Colorsensational Lipgloss · Again just like the lipsticks these are highly pigmented and have great lasting power.  For a lipgloss they are definitely opaque.  

Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss ·  These glosses are more on the sheer side but, come in some great shades.  Plus they aren't sticky and do not smell too funky.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss · These were just repackaged and they look so cute.  They are similar to the colorburst ones but, are a bit stickier and bit more opaque.  I would not say that they are full on opaque but, I would not say they are sheer either.  My favorite is pink pop.

Almay Color + Care Lip Balm · I was truly intrigued when these came out.  I was so fascinated with a gloss plus a balm.  They are very hydrating on lips and even after it has worn off you can still feel how well nourished your lips are.  Since this is more of a balm these are very sheer but still look gorge.  

Maybelline Baby Lips  · These smell great and leave your lips nice and hydrated.  Plus they have some great shades that double as a nice lip stain.

I did not include a concealer or foundation is this starter kit because it all depends on your skin type.  I have dry skin and my two favorite foundations are the TruBlend from Covergirl and Ponds BB Cream.  But my BFF has oily skin and she loves the Maybelline Fit Me.  So it just all depends!

Hope you enjoyed this Starter Kit.  What are your favorites from the drugstore ??

City Styles 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Maybelline Master Glaze Blushes !

Let me start off by saying cream blushes are not my favorite.  I have tried so many different ones and most fail.  I have pretty dry skin and most cream blushes stick to my dry patches and I look ridiculous (I think so anyway).  But, these Maybelline Master Glaze blushes are a bit different.  I would not call them a cream nor would I call them a gel or a glaze.  They are a mix of all three.  These blushes are highly, highly pigmented so be careful!  I do not like to apply these directly on my cheeks.  I take my Elf stippling brush and swirl it on the top of the blush and then apply to my cheeks.  This gives me the perfect flush to my cheeks.  They last for a good part of my work day and tend to only break down if I do not set my makeup.  I have seen them at all my local drugstores and range in price from $7.99- $9.99.  They have been my go to blushes as of late and I am pretty impressed.

Pink Fever - Coral Sheen 

Pink Fever - Coral Sheen

What is your favorite cream blush ??

City Styles 

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eye Paint !

Rimmel recently released these eye shadow paints.  I have not heard many people talk about these so I of course had to pick them up and review for you guys!  I bought chestnut taupe and pomegranate.  And may I say that they are amazing !!! They last on my oily lids for at least eight hours and are pretty pigmented.  When I wear the taupe I do need another color on the lid too since it is quite light but, the pomegranate is great on its own.  I love to pop them on when I am in a rush.  They have a doe foot applicator and I like to blend them into my lid with my finger.  I think my fingers work best with the creamy texture.  I have seen them mostly in Duane Reade and Walgreens and they cost about $6.99.  I truly enjoy Rimmel products and think these are a nice edition to the line.

Have you tried these ??  What do you think ??

City Styles 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Rimmel Show Off Lacquers !

Rimmel released their Show Off lacquers awhile back but, at the time they were only available at Walgreens.  They have recently been released to the rest of the drugstores!   I love, love, love these!  They are like a liquid lipstick.  The lacquers are extra pigmented and come in amazing colors.  I of course had to get almost the whole range.  I mean at $5.99 a piece, why not.  I know, I know hoarder alert!  Anywho, these do not dry down to a matte finish and have a nice doe foot applicator.  They stay glossy and wear so nicely.  They don't become patchy but, leave a nice stain to the lips.  I love to wear these to work.  I always get complements.  If you like a bold lip I would totally suggest you pick them up!  

When you first but the lacquer the top of the tube is clear.  Once you open it fills with product.  Make sure not to buy an open one!

luna - out of this world - nova - aurora - stellar - apocaliptic - big bang 

Have you tried these lacquers yet ??

Sorry I have been MIA.  We are so short staffed at my job that I have been working 10 hr days with almost no breaks.  It has been like this for the past five weeks and it has finally caught up to me.  I am so tired and just want to relax when I get home.  Hopefully things will be back to normal soon (fingers crossed) and I will be back to posting five days a week!  

City Styles 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Milani Lipgloss {Brillant Shine & Lip Intense}

Milani recently came out with a ton of new products .  This included the brilliant shine gloss and the lip intense liquid color.  I decided to pick up one of each!  The brilliant shine gloss reminds me a bit of the revlon color burst lip glosses.  The gloss smells ok and has nice pay off.  I got the shade sweet grapefruit, which seemed like a "Gina" shade.  It's goes on smoothly and isn't too sticky. I totally want to go back and pick up one or two more.  Now the lip intense is definitely INTENSE.  If you don't like too much color on your lips I would say opt out of buying this.  I picked up the shade fiery coral.  It is a bam in your face pinky coral.  It dries down to an opaque, matte finish.  You definitely need to exfoliate your lips before wearing this one.  Once it dries, it clings to all of the dry patches and does not look pretty.  I would say that the lip intense does not get used on a daily basis but, it is really nice for a night out.  

sweet grapefruit - fiery coral

Have you tried any of the new Milani products ??


Thursday, March 13, 2014

NYX Butter Lipstick !

Since the butter glosses were so successful, NYX decided to come out with lipsticks.  And must I say I love them only slightly less then the glosses, only because I like a gloss better then a lipstick!  They are nicely pigmented and come in 22 shades.  They are lightweight and have a nice satin finish.  They aren't too creamy and glide on the lips.  The lipsticks are $5.99 each and like I said yesterday Ulta does a lot of BOGO's so be on the look out.  

 fun size - taffy - lollies - fireball - razzle - hunk 

 fun size - taffy - lollies - fireball - razzle - hunk 

Which do you prefer better, the gloss or the lipstick ??

City Styles

PS - I recently reaches 10,000 page views and I just want to thank everyone who has read this blog !! I will be doing a giveaway soon !!  I am jus so grateful to each and everyone of you =) 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

NYX Butter Glosses !

The heavens opened up the day I bought my first butter gloss!  These are absolutely, hands down the best glosses ever!  Holy grail status times infinity!!  NYX definitely hit the jack pot when they came up with this idea.  They are so creamy and smooth.  They smell like candy and named after delicious pastries.  The butter glosses are highly pigmented and come in 22 shades.  They are a whopping $4.99 and Ulta does a lot go BOGO's so you can get two for about $8.  They are not sticky and keep my lips nice and smooth.  They don't cling to my dry patches and are just amazing.  I have twelve of the shades and I would not doubt that I will own all at some point.  

Creme Brûlée - Tiramisu - Merengue - Eclair - Vanilla Cream Pie - Maple Blondie - Apple Strudel - Peaches and Cream - Cupcake - Peach Cobbler - Sugar Cookie - Strawberry Parfait 

Creme Brûlée - Tiramisu - Merengue - Eclair - Vanilla Cream Pie - Maple Blondie

Apple Strudel - Peaches and Cream - Cupcake - Peach Cobbler - Sugar Cookie - Strawberry Parfait

Have you tried any of the glosses ??  What is your favorite shade ??

Friday, March 7, 2014

Milani Baked Blushes {Bella Rosa & Delizio Pink}

Milani recently came out with two new baked blush shades!  I am a huge Milani baked blush fan.  Luminoso is my holy grail, favoritest blush of all time.  So, when I heard Milani came out with new shades I rushed to CVS to find them.  And I am so happy I did.  They are absolutely drop dead gorgeous.  Delizio Pink is a blue based pink and Bella Rosa is a deeper berry pink.  They are both highly, highly pigmented and have a beautiful sheen.  A little goes a long way and with the right brush (I'm loving the sigma angled brush) you will fall in love.  These blushes wear well all day and I truly can't say enough good things about them!  They retail for about $10 and can be found at CVS or Duane Reade.  
 Delizio Pink - Bella Rosa 

Delizio Pink - Bella Rosa 

What is your favorite Milani product ??

City Styles 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Maybelline Dare To Go Nude {Color Tattoos}

Today is the first day of Budget Buy March !!  So, I wanted to show you guys something new and something I love!!  Maybelline Color Tattoos are amazing!  They come in a great range of shades and they are always coming out with great limited edition colors.  They say they 24 hour wear,  I am not sure if that is true or not.  But, what I do know is that they last my 10 hour work day and then some.  I love to wear these on their own or even as a base.  They work well with powder shadows and are extremely pigmented.  Maybelline recently released the Dare to Go Nude collection.  There are six limited edition Color Tattoos, I only picked up the three I liked the most.  I got Pure Nude, Caramel Cool, and Sleek & Spice.  They retail anywhere from $7.99-9.99.  I picked mine up at Duane Reade.    I highly recommend these to everyone.  They are one of my holy grail, drugstore staples!

Sleek & Spice is a nice taupe shade that is a bit on the warm side.  Caramel Cool is a bronzy, gold shade that is on the cooler side, hence Caramel Cool.  Pure Nude is an icy, white shade that sheers out to a beautiful highlight.  I have heard some people say it is similar to an RMS Beauty highlighter. 

What is your favorite Color Tattoo shade ??  And how do you feel about cream shadows ?? 

City Styles 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Bobbi Brown Nectar Collection !

Bobbi Brown recently came out with their Nectar collection.  I was very intrigued by the gloss and nail polishes.  I am a huge Bobbi Brown lover.  She has amazing products and her brushes are to die for!  I blindly ordered the gloss and polish off of and I am so happy!  Yes, guys it's another coral gloss !  I just can't help myself.  The gloss is not too pigmented but it gives a gorgeous wash of color on the lips.  It isn't too sticky and smells ok.  The nail polish is also gorgeous.  Nectar is a beautiful pinky coral and Bare Peach is light peach-ish glitter.  Together they are the ultimate combo.  They also wear nicely.  I did not have any chipping until day three and it was only at the tops of my nails.    

What is your most favorite Bobbi Brown product ??

City Styles 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Kevyn Aucoin {Sculpting Powder & Candlelight}

I recently had my first trip to Space NK!  It was just amazing and I have been back since.  While I was there I picked up two products that have been on my "list".  I don't know about you but, I keep a mental list of all the items I want and it evolves everyday.  Most items on the "list" are permanent.  I am one of those gals that buys the limited edition stuff first and says I'll come back for the rest but, never do.  So anywho,  I have been eyeing Kevyn Aucoin's Sculpting Powder and Candlelight Highlighter for the longest.  The only problem was I never saw them in person so I was quite hesitant to buy them.  I love to see makeup items in person; especially bronzers, foundations, and concealers.  
Well I was so happy to see Space NK carries Kevyn Aucoin and I could not resist how gorgeous these products are.  The Scuplting powder is great for contouring.  But, if you are fair like me be careful when using this.  It is pretty dark and can look a bit muddy if you blend too much.  Let's just say I learned the hard way.  On the other hand Candlelight is just a joy to use.  You don't have to worry one bit when using this.  It is so creamy and beautiful.  It looks great on the cheek bones!  Both of these retail for $44 and have 3.10g of product.  I am really enjoying using both of these products!  

Have you tried Kevyn Aucoin ??  What is your favorite contour and highlight ??

City Styles 

PS - How adorable is my new Kate Spade wallet ?? I am loving light pink for spring !! 

Edward Bess Deep Shine Lip Gloss {First Kiss}

I first saw this gloss on The Beauty Look Book.  I thought it was such a pretty pink that I had to have it.  I have also never tried Edward Bess before so I thought hey why not.  This gloss is the Deep Shine Gloss in First Kiss.  It is such a nice bright, but still light, pink.  There are seven other shades in this range and they are all gorgeous.  I have been thinking about going back and getting Wild Passion.         The gloss itself is not very pigmented but, it still packs a punch.  It is not sticky and smells like coconut and vanilla.  It is a cream lip gloss with no shimmer, which is great!  The packaging is so sleek and compact.  This retails for $30 and has .2fl of product.  I love to wear this by itself and it lasts a few hours on the lips.  

Compared to Nars Angelika, Sephora Pin-Up Pink, MAC Silly (LE), and Chanel Imaginaire (LE)

 Have you tried anything from Edward Bess ?? 

And on a side note, the post before this one (Roar) is actually an old post.  I was updating it and somehow it jumped to the front.  

And some more news I am dedicating the rest of March to Budget Buys.  Because I mean come on who doesn't love a good budget buy!  So every post in March with the exception of three will be all about my drugstore loves !  So please let me know what your fav budget buys are! 

City Styles