Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Top 10 Best Gel and/or Cream Eyeliners of 2012

Gel eyeliner is an amazingly versatile makeup essential. In order to create any makeup look these days, it is highly recommended to use gel and/or cream liner in order to make it happen. Only just recently, I got the chance to try numerous gel, as well as, cream eyeliners and as a result, I have decided to narrow down the many that I have discovered, to only the top 10 best gel eyeliners of 2012.

10. Inglot Matte Collection AMC Eyeliner Gel. One of the best gel eyeliners I have discovered this year is definitely this one. Available in not one, but 20 (yes 20) shades, this gel liner demonstrates why it is one of the best gel eyeliners of 2012. Guess what? It is only $12. The Black shade in the Inglot line is perhaps one of the darkest, if not the darkest gel liner I have discovered yet. This gel liner is available at your nearest Inglot retailer or on the official website. I think that this eyeliner gel is vastly underrated, but I also truly believe once others recognize how amazing it actually is, they will be wanting to use it.

9. Stila Smudge Pots. A few months ago, when shopping at the North Point Mall in Alpharetta, GA I had the pleasure of trying and buying Stila Smudge Pots. To my surprise, these gel eyeliners were amazing. Like most gel and/or cream eyeliners, the smudge pots not only work as a versatile gel liner, but they make a great eye shadow base too. One of the best qualities that I have discovered about Stila’s Smudge Pots is the fact that they are incredibly pigmented, so you can build color. Plus the gel liner doesn’t dry right away to a powder finish, but when it does, it lasts for hours upon hours. Stila Smudge Pots are available at your nearest Stila retailer for just $20. Let 2012 be a reminder that if you haven’t had the opportunity to try these gel eyeliners, you definitely need to.

8. Shiseido The Makeup Accentuating Cream Eyeliner. The first time I tried this eyeliner, I was shopping at Bloomingdales. Instead of boring you with a long dissertation about how I did come across this amazing eyelining product, I will just say that to my surprise this eyeliner truly demonstrates why it is one of the best of 2012. The color is visible and because this product is so pigmented, it is very noticeable. After wearing it for a long time, it still remained in place. Shiseido’s The Makeup Accentuating Cream Eyeliner is available at your nearest Shiseido retailer for $26. If you are looking for an eyeliner that does not smudge or does not budge, you are going to love this one.

7. Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner. I first discovered this cream liner when shopping at Herberger’s in the Southgate Mall located in Missoula, MT. Since I first used this incredible Clinique addition, I have to admit I am now a regular user of this cream liner in True Black. It comes with a stand-alone, small travel brush too. In fact, I still use the exact brush it came with to apply it. Can you believe it? The color is pigmented, producing an outstanding color pay-off, as a result. It is relatively long-lasting and very easy to apply. This eyeliner is clearly one of the best gel and/or cream eyeliners of 2012 and de rigueur to say, I would recommend this cream liner to anyone.

6. Yves Saint Laurent Effet Faux Cils Longwear Cream Eyeliner. Recently, when shopping at Nordstrom’s at the Tyson’s Corner Mall in McLean, VA I had the opportunity to not only try, but discover this amazing cream eyeliner. Not only is it pigmented, producing an incredible color pay-off, but it is long-lasting. It doesn’t smudge nor fade. The application is also fairly easy, so applying it is simple. Yves Saint Laurent’s Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils Longwear Cream Eyeliner can be purchased at your nearest Yves Saint Laurent retailer for just $25. Would I use this cream eyeliner again? Yes. Would I recommend it to a friend? Most definitely.

5. Make Up For Ever Aqua Creamliner. When it comes to finding, as well as, using a beauty necessity, there is a lot to contemplate, especially when that necessity is a gel and/or cream liner. Available in various shades, this creamliner confirms why it is in a league of it’s own. I first discovered this great Make Up For Ever addition when shopping at Sephora in Valley Hills Mall in Hickory, NC. To my surprise, this eyeliner is amazing. Everything from it’s vibrant quality to it’s actual intense color formation was surprisingly fantastic. It also managed to last the entire day, which is why I have dubbed it being one of the best gel and/or cream eyeliners of 2012. You can purchase Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Creamliner at your nearest Make Up For Ever retailer for just $20. There is something to be said about an eyelining product that is easy to apply, water resistant, and incredibly adaptable.

4. Shu Uemura Painting Liner Eyeliner. Makeup is as unique as the individual that wears it. Eyeliner is amazing and an important beauty essential and the most versatile eyeliner around is definitely gel and/or cream eyeliner. Not only is this eyeliner long-lasting, it is both water and smudge proof. The texture is smooth. The color is incredibly pigmented, producing a color payoff that is simply amazing. Whether you purchase this amazing gel liner in black, brown, or even purple, you are going to love it. Available at your nearest Shu Uemura retailer or wherever Shu Uemura cosmetics are sold, this outstanding gel liner can be your’s for just $25 right now.

3. Cle de Peau Beaute Intensifying Cream Eyeliner. When I traveled to Dallas to tryout for a reality show, I went there without gel or cream eyeliner. In an effort to discover some, I decided to do shopping before auditioning. At the Neiman Marcus store, I was kindly asked by the sales associate if I wanted to try this eyeliner. The color produced by this eyeliner is intensely visible. In fact, out of the many gel, as well as, cream eyeliners I have tried, this one tends to be one of the most pigmented eyeliners yet. Available in 3 shades, this cream eyeliner is seriously one of the best gel and/or cream eyeliners of the year. This remarkable addition to Cle de Peau Beaute and wonderful cream eyeliner can be purchased for $60 at your nearest Cle de Peau Beaute retailer. Don’t settle for less, get only the best.

2. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. Do you love it? When you first try a product and you know almost instantaneously whether you love it or hate it, need I remind you that the first time I tried this gel liner, I loved it. Available in 13 shades, this gel liner is truly a force to be reckoned with. Not only is the texture of this product elite, but this gel liner lives up to it’s marketed concept. It is long-lasting and highly pigmented. This fabulous Bobbi Brown addition retails for $22 at your nearest Bobbi Brown counter, retailer, or at Sephora. This award winning gel liner remains to be one of the best gel eyeliners of 2012.

…and the number one gel eyeliner of 2012 is…

*drum roll*

1. Mac Fluidline. The moment you have been waiting for. After trying numerous gel, as well as, cream eyeliners (with a vast majority of them being great) I have come to conclusion that the best of 2012 is clearly Mac’s Fluidline. Available in 6 individual shades, 3 collection shades, and several limited edition shades, this gel liner clearly demonstrates why it is the number one gel and/or cream eyeliner of 2012. Not only is it long-lasting, it is color building. The color pay-off produced is phenomenal. It goes on light and doesn’t dry right away, but once it does dry, it lasts hours upon hours. In fact, you could probably fall asleep with this liner and it will stay on the next day. It doesn’t irritate the eyes nor the skin. I have tried so many gel and cream eyeliners and none of them compare to this one. You can purchase Mac Fluidline at your nearest Mac store or counter or wherever Mac cosmetics are sold. The best of the best of 2012 and it is under $20.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Tanning Lotion Reviews: Hellbent by Australian Gold

When it comes to Australian Gold and tanning, the two just go together much like coffee and mornings. I have been quite a fan of Australian Gold's tanning lotions for several years. Of course, putting my fondness aside, I have discovered that some tanning lotions by the popular tanning brand are not the best. I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised when I recently tried this tanning lotion at my local tanning salon.


PROS

This fabulous addition by Australian Gold is fortified with what is described as a potent bronzing blend. This bronzing blend consists of 10th dimension bronzers that work together to create a darker color that is as radiant and vibrant as the individual that uses it.

Hellbent by Australian Gold has an array of ingredients that vary from hemp oil, aloe vera and a wide range of antioxidants. And because Hellbent by Australian Gold has all of these ingredients, your skin will not only maintain its natural moisture, but it will produce more of it. Raise today, will not raisin tomorrow.

This tanning lotion product is tattoo friendly, so if you wear tattoos, you don't have to worry about them fading. Having an unique blend of tiger grass and color repair, Hellbent proves why it is a great tanning lotion and wonderful addition to Australian Gold.

When it comes to the overall scent of Hellbent by Australian Gold, the fragrance is typically described as a "Naughty N' Nice" type of smell. The actual scent reminds me of a creamy vanilla with hidden floral and a spicy undertone. It's a perfect balance, but more leaning toward the creamy vanilla and spicy side. To be honest, I actually enjoy the smell of this lotion a lot.


CONS

If you are searching for a non-bronzing tanning lotion, you will not like Hellbent by Australian Gold simply because it is a bronzing tanning lotion. If you are not into bronzers at all, this is not the tanning lotion for you.


RATING - 87%


Hellbent by Australian Gold can be purchased at your nearest Australian Gold retailer or your tanning salon for $77, but there are many places that sell this tanning lotion product for much cheaper. It is available in 11 oz. Sample sizes of this product are much cheaper obviously. Would I purchase this tanning lotion again? Yes, I would. I am not promising that I would use it normally, but it would be nice to use sporadically. Would I recommend this tanning lotion to a friend? Yes, I would. Especially to those looking for a nice bronzing tanning lotion.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Yesterday's Photo of the Day...



DRESS
Madison Marcus

SHOES
Joey O

HAT
Liz Claiborne


Sunday, March 18, 2012

My latest Victoria's Secret haul for 3/18/12

So yesterday, I had the opportunity to travel hundreds of miles to the nearest Victoria's Secret store, where I bought 4 Very Sexy Bras (simply because they are the best bras by Victoria's Secret and one of the best bras I have ever wore in my life), 4 matching panties, 5 Pink! panties (Taking advantage of the 5 for $25 sale), and of course, 3 Beauty Rush Shimmer Swirl Creams (which are 3 for $25)...


Beauty Rush Shimmer Swirl Cream in Candy Baby
Candy Baby is a very sweet smell. If you can imagine cotton candy mixed with creamy vanilla, the result would definitely be Candy Baby. If you are into sweet scents and fragrances, you are going to love this one. It is a fun fragrance. I have been a fan of this scent ever since my nose smelled it. This product is incredibly hydrating and does possess a shimmer that is natural and relatively dewy. Victoria's Secret's Shimmer Swirl Creams are a lot like Bath & Body Works Signature Select-A-Shimmers, which I truly love.

Beauty Rush Shimmer Swirl Cream in Sweet Tease
Sweet Tease is a very sweet smell. Although it is not as sweet as Candy Baby, it is still a sweet fragrance. If you can imagine a vanilla fragrance with small hints of berries, the result would definitely be Sweet Tease. Berries and cream? If you are into sweet scents and fragrances, you are going to this one. Once again, this product is so hydrating and does possess a shimmer that is natural. The shimmer is more dewy and natural, which is a reason I truly love these products.

Beauty Rush Shimmer Swirl Cream in Plum Drop
Plum Drop is a very clean, yet sweet smell. It is definitely a lot different then the two scents above, but regardless it is fantastic. If you can imagine a sweet plum fragrance with small hints of honeysuckle, vanilla, and light floral, the result would definitely be Plum Drop. If you are into scents that more of a light fruit smell with hints of floral, you are going to love this one. Aside from the overall smell, the product itself is hydrating and moisturizing, lasting relatively long. I love the shimmer in this, as it is subtle and natural, but visible.


Also, as a result of my purchase, I received a Victoria's Secret Rewards Card, which I can use April 1st. The amount is unknown and starts at $10 and goes up to $500. It is good for both offline and online purchases. Anyways, knowing what I know now in regards to the Beauty Rush line, I am definitely going to go back (whether to the store or even online) and get more products from this line.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Yves Saint Laurent's offering a free birthday gift

When you create an account, you will receive complimentary birthday gift from YSL. After registering click the "Address Book" button to add your shipping details to your account. Just click here right now, to get started.

Free Clarins Extra-Firming Day Cream Sample

All you have to do is simply "like" Clarins on Facebook. Then after you have liked them, click on the "Join the Firming Revolution" tab to possibly receive a free sample of Clarins Extra-Firming Day Cream. Every week through April 10th, Clarins will select thousands of winners for this free sample packet. Get started right now. Just click here today.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Everyone asked me what makeup I wore...







...when I attended my cousin's wedding. Instead of going through an entire makeup look (which I will do soon, so stay tuned) I am going to list the products I used. I will also include the list of my clothing and accessories too.

MAKEUP
MAC's Select Cover Concealer in NC42
MAC's Studio Fix Fluid in NC42
Cover Girl's Clean Pressed Powder in Soft Honey 155
Urban Decay's Baked Bronzer in Gilded
Benefit's Sun Beam
MAC's Eye Shadow in Nylon
MAC's Eye Shadow in Gorgeous Gold
MAC's Eye Shadow in Diamond Dove
Clinique's Brush-On Cream Liner in True Black
Ulta's Automatic Eyeliner in Black
Maybelline's Great Lash Big in Blackest Black
Rimmel's Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown 001
MAC's Lipstick in Honeylove
Sephora's Cream Lip Stain in 02 Classic Beige
Other...


NAILS
Sephora OPI in Charge It!

HAIR
I originally brought a long a travel sized flat iron, but later decided that I wanted to curl my hair. It was then that I went to the hair salon to get my hair curled. After contemplating and debating whether or not to wear it down, I decided to use my Chanel hair clip and pin it up.

DRESS

SHOES
Joey O

PURSE
Nine West

JEWELRY
Zales
Arte D'Oro
Park Lane

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Looking for cute, trendy clothing for an affordable price choose DHStyles

DHStyles is definitely a great place to shop, if you are on the prowl for great clothing at an affordable price. Not only does DHStyles have clothing (especially amazing dresses) but they also have accessories too. To begin shopping, just click the banner below...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Dillard's Strivectin Serum Giveaway

To enter simply click here and follow the instructions to complete and submit the entry form to be part of this Sweepstakes.

Open to legal residents of the United States (excluding New York and Rhode Island) who are 18 years of age and older as of the date of entry.

Winners selection will be conducted by random drawing from all eligible entries on or about March 23, 2012.

Prize: (10 winners) Strivectin Get Even Serums. (ARV $89)


For more information visit the Official Rules. Sponsored by Dillard's, Inc.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Free 14 oz. Detour Lean Muscle Shake from GNC

Just click here to print out the free coupon which allows you to get a free 14 oz. Detour Lean Muscle Shake from GNC. No purchase necessary. Just give this coupon to the GNC clerk and it will be applied. Expires on Wednesday, March 7th 2012 so hurry, print it out now, and redeem it at your nearest GNC store today.

Lancome Génifique - Free 7 day supply

All you have to do is click here and fill out the form to receive an invitation for your 7-day supply of Lancome's Génifique. This is only redeemable at your nearest Lancôme makeup counter.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

FOTD for March 1st 2012


FACE
MAC's Mineralize Foundation with SPF in NC42
NARS' Concealer in Caramel
MAC's Lustre Drops in Peachy Bronze
Guerlain's Meteorites Powder in Teint Dore 03

EYES
NYX's HD Eye Shadow Base
MAC's Eye Shadow in Typographic
MAC's Eye Shadow in Forgery
MAC's Eye Shadow in Crystal Avalanche
NYX's Felt Tip Liner in Jet Black
Maybelline's Great Lash Big Mascara in Blackest Black
LORAC's Take A Brow Eyebrow Palette in Brunette

LIPS
Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil in Wallflower
NARS Lipstick in Tashkent