Eylure x Thalia Collection Faux Lashes

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Eylure’s latest collab is with The Queen of Latin Pop, Thalia! The NEW
Eylure x Thalia collection features lash and brow products that mirror
Thalia’s personality: fun, vibrant, gorgeous and sexy. Featuring faux
mink and airy lashes, brow pencils and brow palettes, these
innovations will add a gorgeous pop to any eye look. This is an ULTA
exclusive.
I don’t usually wear fake eyelashes, but I decide to play with one of these.
Here are the styles:
Power Play – $7.99
Girl Boss – $7.99
Lady T – $9.99 (Faux Mink)
City Cool $9.99 (Faux Mink)
I tried City Cool because it’s 3/4 length and I thought it would be easier to apply (and I wouldn’t have to trim them). These were fairly easy to apply.  If I was going to wear lashes out, I would have to practice more, though!
This were wispy and flirty on, but since the band doesn’t go all the way across, it’s important to line with black liner. The band on these are fairly thin and they feel pretty comfortable on.
All in all, I recommend these lashes.  They are affordable and come in some great styles (Eylure has lots of other sizes, too).
Do you wear false lashes?  What brands do you like to wear?

My Beauty Faves Week of April 20-26, 2015

Spring is such a crazy season!  It can be rainy one day, then sunny and warm the other.  And don’t get me started on seasonal allergies…which is my least favorite part of spring!

I have been trying lots of different types of beauty products this week  and thought I would review a random sample of my favorites.  The one common denominator is that they are all fairly affordable and easy to find.

Below, you’ll find foaming shower gel, an affordable anti-aging skincare collection, beauty tools, fun eyelashes and

Rituals Zensation Foaming Shower Gel
Rituals Zensation Foaming Shower Gel

Rituals Zensation Foaming Shower Gel ($15 USD) — Zensation combines Organic Rice Milk, a natural ingredient that nourishes the skin and leaves it silky soft, with Cherry Blossom, the Japanese symbol of purity. Squeeze a small amount of gel into your hand – contact with water transforms the gel into a rich, relaxing foam.

What I think:  I love this scent — it smells fresh and sweet, perfect for spring! It foams up in the shower and leaves the skin smelling amazing!  I am obsessing over all of the Rituals scents I have tried!

Available at us.rituals.com.

Skin+Pharmacy Anti-Aging Collection
Skin+Pharmacy Anti-Aging Collection

For affordable and effective skincare, try the NEW Skin+Pharmacy Anti-Aging Collection. This clinically-tested line features time-release and UV-protective technology to target the visible signs of aging, and includes retinol day and night moisturizers, retinol eye creams, glycolic cream cleansers, and glycolic day moisturizer ($12-$20).

What I think:  So far, my favorite product from this line is the Skin + Pharmacy Advanced Anti-Aging Therapy Glycolic Peel Pads ($20 USD). They are very easy to use — wipe clean face thoroughly with pad, leave product on for 10 minutes (less if your skin is sensitive) then wash off. Skin is smooth and glowing and pores look so much smaller!  Love these and really love the price (20 for $20).

Learn more and purchase at http://www.cvs.com and CVS stores near you.

Beauty 360 Ergo Buffer
Beauty 360 Ergo Buffer

Beauty 360 Ergo Buffer ($5.99 USD) — Is a part of a new, premium beauty tools line available at CVS stores.  This a 3-in-1 tool that shapes, smoothes, and shines nails, this 75-piece line delivers the ultimate in quality, precision and convenience!

What I think:  This is so easy to get shaped and smoothed nails.  It take a little time to get used to the design, but one you do, it’s a lot of fun!  You can shape on one side, smooth on the other, and the inside is the shine buffer.  I like to keep mine in my purse for nail emergencies.

Purchase and learn more about the line at http://www.cvs.com

Eylure Eyelashes
Eylure Eyelashes

A heritage brand 65 years in the making, Eylure is widely respected.  From creating Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra look to collaborating with Katy Perry, the brand offers an elegant range of quality lash categories to cater to the individual consumer.  As the first lash brand to come to market in 1947, the lash experts at Eylure present a collection with a concise range of eight categories that encompass every lash occasion. The eight categories, cover both strip, individual, and pre glued lashes.

What I think: These are so affordable!  From $3.49 for the Katy Perry lashes to $9.99 for multiple lash packs, you can change your lash look whenever you wish! They are very easy to apply and include lash glue.

Available at Target, Ulta and Kohl’s.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Spring 2015
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Spring 2015

An improved formula delivers extended wear and enhanced shine — still with the one stroke, one coat convenience that has made Sally Hansen Insta-Dri a cult favorite since 2009. Insta-Dri’s three-in-one formula combines base coat, color, and top coat in one bottle, making it even easier to have a glossy manicure in a minute. It dries in just 60 seconds, creating full-coverage color and shine without the wait.

The new spring shades are Re-teal Therapy, Plummet, In Nude-tral, Cherry Fast, Navy Fleet, Show Steel-er, Making Mauves, Leapin’ Lilac, Black to Black, Ablazing!, Quick Fire, Set Sail, Cocoa A Go Go, and Orange Zest.

What I think: I love how easy this is to apply and how fast it dries.  Remember though, more coats means more drying time!  I have been enjoying the softer colors like In Nude-tral and Making Mauves.  But, the brighter colors are really nice on toe nails as sandal-season approaches.

Available at mass market retailers near you.

NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow
NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow

NYC New York Color 24 HR Waterproof Eye Shadow ($2.99 USD) This retractable chubby has a unique, pigment-packed formula for 24-hour waterproof wear. Color glides on smooth and stays crease-proof all day and all night. Try using it as a liner, or smudge with your finger for a smoky effect.  Available shades: Wall Street Bronze, Brooklyn Mocha, Tribeca Taupe, 5th Ave Gold Rush,  Murray Hill Champagne,  Rockefeller Center Snowflakes,  Empire State Building, New York At Night, Central Park Tulips,  East River Romance and Madison Square Park.

What I think: If you like cream eyes shadows, these are affordable and easy to use.  Plus, there is an array of pretty, natural shades for every day wear.  The only thing is that they don’t spread very easily and need some working with to cover well.  But for $2.99 each, grab a few and play!

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

What products are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!

 

 

New Year’s Eve Beauty Essentials

It’s New Year’s Eve!  Are you going out tonight? I am!  Well, just to dinner and the movies with my husband and youngest daughter, but still, I want to look my best.

New Year’s Eve is a perfect time for going all out with makeup.  You can add sparkle and drama that you wouldn’t usually wear for every day.

My picks for tonight include glowing skin, smoky eyes with dramatic lashes, a shimmery lip and sexy perfume.  What are you wearing tonight?

Miracle Skin Transformer Spotlight
Miracle Skin Transformer Spotlight

Miracle Skin Transformer Spotlight ($45 USD) — Featuring beautiful, light illuminizing, pearlized pigments, Spotlight instantly adds a radiant glow to any skin tone. This 5-in-1 complexion enhancer hydrates, primes, illuminates, enhances and protects in one, easy step. This universal shade is infused with skin saving vitamins, antioxidants and natural actives to hydrate and nourish skin while also delivery anti-aging benefits.

$48 / Available at Kohl’s, Nordstrom and ULTA stores and online via www.miracleskintransformer.com, www.kohls.com, www.nordstrom.com and www.ulta.com

Smashbox Travel Full Exposure Palette
Smashbox Travel Full Exposure Palette

Smashbox Travel Full Exposure Palette  ($22 USD) — This versatile eye shadow set provides eight must-have neutrals in one portable palette. From nudes to blacks, these crease-resistant, long-wear shimmers and velvety smooth mattes are organized with shimmers on top and mattes on the bottom so that they are easy to use.

This set contains:
– 4 x 0.026 oz Shimmer Eye shades in Chocolate Brown/Golden Pearl, Soft Gold/Golden Silver Pearl, Light Tan/Golden Silver Pearl, Mid-Tone Slate/Silver Pearl
– 4 x 0.026 oz Matte Eye shades in Matte Warm Chocolate Brown, Soft Matte Mid-tone Tan, Creamy Matte Beige, Ashy Dark Brown

Available at Sephora stores and

Let RevitaLash Cosmetics help you ring in the New Year radiantly! With two ultra-volumizing mascaras that prime and lengthen lashes while fortifying and conditioning and a highlighter that’s packed with Vitamin C, these makeup must-haves do double duty to keep you looking your best long after midnight.

Volumizing Primer ($24 USD) — High-performance amplifying primer saturates eyelashes with color intensity while conditioning, smoothing and protecting for maximum beauty effects. Features a distinctive Indigo Blue shade to brighten the eyes and intensify the depth of mascara while delivering moisturizing and conditioning benefits to help support lash strength and softness.

Volumizing Mascara ($24 USD) — This volume-loving, buildable mascara saturates eyelashes with color intensity and definition while conditioning, smoothing and protecting for maximum beauty effects. Wet, high-performance, clump free formula intensifies eyelashes resulting in a voluminous eye-popping finish and long-wear performance in a water-resistant formula.

Spotlight Highlighting Pencil ($24 USD) — This instantly illuminating highlighting pencil accentuates and perfects in all the right places. The eyes, cheekbones, lips, and brow bones are all conditioned with Vitamin E while appearing luminous and youthful.

All RevitaLash Cosmetics products are available at www.RevitaLash.com and at salons and spas nationwide.

Eylure Eyelashes
Eylure Eyelashes

Eylure’s party lashes are delicately spruced with sparkle and shine, turning your epic evening into a captivating countdown into 2015! Couture is the designer inspired lash, a streak of glossy black emboldened with gunmetal studs, there’s a lot of attitude packed into this little lash. These limited edition lashes include an adhesive, instruction leaflet and a guarantee of gorgeousness.

You can purchase Eylure at Ulta stores and http://www.ulta.com.  Learn more about the lashes at http://www.eylure.com

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss
Gerard Cosmetics

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss ($24 USD) — Formulated with rich pigmentations, similar to that of a traditional lipstick, that never feather or bleed, the Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses provide instant shine and moisturization along with collagen boosting peptides to increase lip volume and reduce wrinkles both safely and painlessly. The Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses are packaged with a built in mirror and light for easy use, even in the dark. Shades: Candy Apple, Crystal, Seduction, Jewel and Pouty Princess.

$24 / Available online via www.gerardcosmetics.com

Lavanila Laboratories Fragrance in Pure Vanilla
Lavanila Laboratories Fragrance in Pure Vanilla

Lavanila Laboratories Fragrance in Pure Vanilla ($58 1.7 oz) –The Perfect Vanilla. This sexy blend of pure Madagascar vanilla, sheer freesia and creamy tonka bean is seductive and magnetic. A grown up expression of vanilla, this fragrance is more vanilla bean than vanilla cookie. 

Purchase at http://www.lavanila.com

Enjoy your New Year’s!  See you next year!