March Mascara Madness!

I have been sent some fabulous mascaras for my honest review and I am so excited to share them with you!

Flower Beauty Extreme Measures Lengthening Mascara

Flower is the new beauty line by Drew Barrymore.  The brand’s philosophy is that you no longer have to spend a lot of money to get the quality cosmetics you want and deserve. Where other beauty brands spend a vast percentage of the cost of their products on ads, they do not. Drew, as an owner of the brand, takes pride in promoting Flower, which in turn allows the company to put all of their resources into the formulas and packaging, and not into advertising.

The first item I have tried from Flower is the Lash Knockout Volumizing Mascara ($6.98 USD). The claims for this mascara is it will:

  • Lengthen and nourish lashes with Red Seaweed for elasticity
  • Shiny Polymers add shine, luster and condition
  • Vegetal Polymers provide easy application and superb adherence for all-day wear

What I think:  This is a great thickening mascara for a fab price! The brush has plush, closely placed bristles that impart a nice, thick coat of mascara.  If you like volumizing mascara, this is a good one to try.   Available at Walmart and Walmart.com.

L'Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara

L’Oreal introduces liquid extensions in a bottle, with Telescopic Shocking Extensions mascara ($8.49 USD), a new generation of lash length. In one motion lashes are separated, intensified, and look shockingly lengthened for an
intense make-up result.

What I think:  This plastic bristle brush really lengthens lashes, and separates as well.  If that is the look that you like, I really recommend this mascara.  It is easily available at drugstores and mass market retailers near you.

Mineral Fusion Lengthening Mascara

Mineral Fusion Lengthening Mascara ($14.99 USD) This is a natural mineral mascara. Minerals apply smoothly to darken and lengthen for beautifully defined lashes.  Naturally nourishes and protects to promote maximum lash health and fullness.  Gentle, non-irritating formula applies easily, without clumping, flaking or smudging.  Free of Gluten, Parabens, Artificial Colors, Fragrances and Talc. Never-tested on animals. Hypo-allergenic.

What I think: If you like a natural look, this will give that to you with natural ingredients.  I know that some ladies don’t like huge lashes and this will give a softer look.  Available at www.mineralfusion.com

Mally Beauty Instant Impact Mascara

NEW Mally Instant Impact Mascara takes lashes to great lengths with a six-ball applicator that distributes mascara evenly to each lash–every one of them will look longer and fuller than ever before!

What I think:  This is my favorite mascara at the moment.  It gives HUGE volume and length.  The only thing is that the product tends to collect at the base of the last ball, so be careful when you take it out of the tube.  I wipe it off with a tissue and go to town on my lashes.  Great for night looks or for the ladies who like drama every day!

This is now only available in a kit at www.qvc.com called Mally 7-piece Makeup Makeover Collection for $72.50 USD.  Hopefully it will be available by itself soon!

Ellis Faas Mascara

Ellis Faas Mascara ($34 USD)A creamy mascara that perfectly coats, lengthens and separates each individual lash.  This mascara is ideal for creating customized looks. In one coat, it accentuates your lashes with subtlety; additional coats frame your eyes with lush, more dramatic effect.

What I think:  I am loving the versatility of this mascara.  One coat gives you very long and separated lashes.  A couple more coats provides volume as well.  Plus, it comes in a very cool bullet container.

Enjoy!

New Lip Looks for Fall!

I never wear very dark lip products because they tend to travel down my lip and make me look older. But, in the fall I like to go a bit darker than usual with darker pinks, roses and nudes.

The following products are new this season (or just new to me) and are a fabulous and glamorous way to change-up your lip looks!

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Antique Pink

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour ($26 USD) Laura introduces a luxurious new lipstick that gives lips the ultimate in colour, texture, and finish. In one smoothing swipe, the crème formula envelops lips in rich colour with a semi-lustrous finish. The cushiony, lightweight texture feels comfortable, while pure Olive Oil and Vitamin E nourish lips. Features an elegant, modern case with a metalized finish.

Available in 18 beautiful colors.  I have it in Antique Pink which is actually a bit darker than the photo. It glides on so smoothly and feels fab! Available at www.lauramercier.com.

TIGI Cosmetics Decadent Lipstick – Gossip

TIGI Cosmetics Decadent Lipstick ($19  USD) is a luxurious, multi-purpose lipstick that goes on smooth and keeps your lips healthy! Not only does it give you long-lasting color, it also contains emolients that keep lips moisturized, and anti-oxidants that keep skin healthy!

This is so pretty and moisturizing and comes in 18 colors. Find your favorite one today!

visit www.tigiprofessional.com for a TIGI Cosmetics salon

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in Rosewood

Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge ($24 USD) — A liquid lip color that provides the intense and long-lasting hold of a lip stain with the eye-catching shine of a gloss.

Formulated with a combination of high molecular weight polymers and volatile oils, Aqua Rouge locks color on the lips for a smudge-proof result that will not transfer or fade. Its intensely pigmented formula provides immediate, opaque color with extreme shine, and its creamy, non-sticky texture glides effortlessly on the lips for comfortable wear.

Aqua Rouge’s double-ended packaging allows for a simple, two-step application: apply lip color with precision using the ergonomic, foam applicator and evenly distribute the clear top with the polyester brush to lock the color onto the lips.

Visit www.sephora.com to purchase and it is available in 12 fresh colors.  This is extremely long wearing and is not drying if you continue applying the top gloss coat throughout the day.

Mally Age Rebel Lip Wand Trio

Mally Beauty Age Rebel Lip Wand Trio ($30 USD) Saturate lips with gorgeous color. These quick and easy lipstick pencils hydrate and condition while showing off luscious color. The brilliant, creamy sheen is long-wearing and has no tackiness. Plus, there’s no need for a sharpener–these Lip Wands are automatic! .
Includes:

  • 0.05 oz Lip Wand in Pink Peony, a pink
  • 0.05 oz Lip Wand in Berry Flush, a berry
  • 0.05 oz Lip Wand in Perfect Rose, a rose pink
  • Made in Italy

I love all of the colors, but they are a bit brown-based and I think the Pink Peony is the softest and prettiest shade.  If they feel a bit dry on, use a gloss over it and the color will stay a long time! Purchase at http://www.qvc.com!

Enjoy!

Fight The Powder Event With Mally Roncal On May 8, 2012

Mally Poreless Face Defender Compact with Sponge

Mally Roncal, celebrity makeup artist and president of Mally Beauty, has one nemesis— translucent powder! It does everything it’s not supposed to—highlights lines and wrinkles, dulls your complexion and leaves you looking lackluster. That’s why she has declared a war against translucent powder and developed a life-changing alternative: Face Defender. A high-performance, completely clear antidote to old-fashioned powder, the revolutionary formula has inspired legions of women to throw away their old compacts and change the way they apply makeup forever.

As the leader of the war on powder, Mally is issuing a battle cry, encouraging women to take a pledge to “Fight the Powder.” Beginning early May, you can take the “Fight The Powder” pledge on Mally Beauty’s Facebook page.

And, if you are going to be in the New York City-area on Tuesday, May 8th, Mally and her “Fight the Powder” squad are encouraging women to take a stand against translucent powder by trading in their old compact for Face Defender. The event is taking place outside of Grand Central Terminal, where Mally and her beauty team will encourage commuters to participate in a makeup trade-up. The first 50 women to take the pledge will receive Mally’s Face Defender ($40 USD).

Here are the details:

What:                   Fight the Powder with the Mally Beauty Team

When:                  Tuesday, May 8, 2012: Rush Hour

§ 6:30 am – 9:30 am

§ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

*Rain Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Where:                Outside of Grand Central Terminal

I do not live in New York City, so will unable to attend the event.  But I have recently received a sample of the product and love it!

The Face Defender is a clear solid product that almost looks like wax.  But when patted on the skin with the enclosed sponge (in a compartment under the compact with a mirror), pores and fine lines melt away!  Well, not really, but it appears as so.  Even the wrinkles under my eyes that are from seasonal allergies smooth out instantly with this product.  So nice!

Available for purchase at www.qvc.com and www.mallybeauty.com.

Please let me know if you attend the event.  I want to hear all about it!

Enjoy!

Mally Ultimate Performance Brightening 2-in-1 Eye Shadow

Mally Ultimate Performance Brightening 2-in-1  Eye Shadow ($26 USD)

What is it: A 2-in-1 eye shadow, with water built right into the formula, designed to be incredibly hydrating and long lasting. It creates gorgeous luminosity on the lid and can be built for more intensity and blended together seamlessly. The rollerball end contains a soft highlighter that has many great uses. It can also be worn on top of cream shadow for that extra glow.

Who is it for: Women who want a beautiful, bulletproof eye shadow that doesn’t crease, fade, or smudge.

Why is it different: This two-step eye shadow system allows you to create a beautiful eye look. How do I use it: First, take the cream shadow and apply it all over the lid, from lash line to crease and blend gently with your finger. Or, you can run it along the upper lash line for a great pop of brightening color. The beautiful formula is going to lay smoothly on the eye, hovering over any fine lines and wrinkles. It blends seamlessly to create a fabulous wash of color. Now, take the Highlighter and just pop it right into the inner corners of the eyes to instantly make you look awakened and refreshed. You can also take a little and apply it right in the center of each eyelid to make your eyes look wider..

Includes:

  • 0.1-fl oz cream shadow
  • 0.02-oz highlighter

What I think:  This product comes in 3 shades for the cream shadow — bronze, lilac and mint cream.  I have the lilac and bronze.  I like the lilac color the best, but it doesn’t have much staying power.  It starts off as a bright shimmery lilac, and fades to a softer matte color in a couple of hours.  Still, it’s pretty.  The bronze does last longer, but it is a bit dark for me.

The highlighting powder is pretty, but very sparkly.  It works well at the inner corners of the eye.

I say this may be a good product for you if you like sparkly, shimmery shadows and can reapply if needed.

Enjoy!

Fall Makeup Guide Part 3 — Go For the Glow!

Eyes are extremely dramatic this fall, so my advice is to keep cheeks and lips soft and glowing.  Some fun new products to try are:

Mally Beauty Ultimate Performance Inner Glow Blush ($36.00 USD) is a blush system that won’t fade or crease and looks believable and natural from the start. This unique two-phase system uses a rich cream to hold on and give even, beautiful color; and a subtle activating powder that mutes the intensity, keeps the look beautiful, and gives a soft lit-from-within glow. The distinctive dual-chamber compact allows for portability and convenience.  It includes a dual-ended brush — one end applies the cream blush and one end the activating powder. Available in 4 shades to match your skin tone — Light, Medium, Rich and Tan.

What I think:   This is a fantastic idea for blush!  I have the light, which is a pinky-rose shade and a light powder.  I  apply the cream blush over primer and/or foundation. It appears a little dark at first, but I lay it on.  Then I brush the powder over it and it tones down the shade, plus makes my pores look less noticeable.  You can also sweep the powder all over to finish the face.  So pretty and lasts all day! Available at www.qvc.com.

One Triple Play Shimmer Lipgloss Trios ($9.99 USD) let you pamper your lips the natural way. Each cute, portable palette features three delicious flavors of gorgeous gloss. Wear them alone or apply in layers for custom kisses. Not only are One’s glosses eco-friendly, their packaging is 100% safe for our planet. When you’ve used the last of your luscious lip treat, just recycle the tin to contribute to ONE beautiful world.

What I think:  This large lip palette is perfect for the girl on the go.  The colors are sheer enough for ladies of all ages.  I am also impressed that the tin is recyclable.  One products are available at Target.

Hard Candy World Balmination ($3.00 USD) is a mixture of a fabulous glossy, tinted, lip balm with an amazing sugar-lemon flavor and very cool packaging. 8 shades to protect, nourish and moisturize lips.

What I think:  Not only is this balm very cool, it is so affordable at only $3.00 each!  When applied, you get a soft flush of moisturizing color which is perfect for every day.  It also tastes terrific — yum!  Purchase at Walmart.

Does Your Makeup Fade Easily? Try Mally’s Bulletproof Beauty!

Celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal creates beautiful cosmetics that enhance a women’s beauty while lasting all day. This is perfect for all of us busy women, whether we are spouses, mothers, hold full-time jobs, make time for hobbies (like beauty blogging) or a combo of these. It is wonderful to try a line that includes wearable shades that won’t fall down my face at noon! Lately, I have tried the following fabulous products:
 
Mally Beauty 24/7 Professional Blush System ($35.00 QVC) This 24/7 blush is made using two new technologies that activate one another for long-lasting results. It gives a beautiful, natural blush that lasts with a cream and a powder blush that you layer for an all day glow. Together, these two products create the perfect bond, locking in a long-wearing, fresh, dewy color that won’t budge.

Includes:

  • 0.26 oz blush compact
  • Dual-ended brush

Mally Evercolor Long-Wear Shadow Stick Duo ($31.92 QVC) —  These shadow sticks in beautiful shades bring out the white in your eyes and catch highlights when you bat your lashes. The bulletproof formula glides on, sets, and wears for hours–all you need are these sticks and a finger to smudge and soften. I love the shimmer and the fact that they only come off when you take them off! So pretty! 

Includes:

  • Includes two 0.06 oz Evercolor shadow sticks — the colors combinations are:
  • Foxy: includes Rosy Taupe and Saddle Shimmer, both brown shades
  • Starlet: includes Dusk, a shimmery rose and Platinum, a metallic shimmer
  • Showstopper: includes Plum, a deep purple and Champagne, a shimmery beige

Mally “Rise & Shine” Long Wear 9-pc Brightening Collection ($67.00 QVC) —  The best of Mally’s high-performance products in a total face collection that helps you refresh and recharge your looks–so you feel your best.

Includes:

  • 0.3 fl oz Cancellation Conditioning Concealer in Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, or Rich
  • 0.18 oz Rise & Shine eye shadow duo with eye shadow brush in Coffee and Mocha
  • 0.13 oz Rise & Shine brightening blush
  • 0.39 fl oz volumizing mascara in Black
  • 0.04 oz Evercolor Starlight liner in Kona
  • 0.10 oz luminizer in Heavenly
  • 0.10 oz Highshine lip pen in Southern Peach
  • 0.044 oz Brow Beauty Brow Boost in Taupe
  • Cosmetic pouch

Some of the highlights of this collection is the Cancellation Conditioning Concealer — a long-wearing, full-coverage, SPF 25 concealer to be used under and around eyes, all over face or on body. Cover anything you want to conceal; Volumizing mascara captures Mally’s time-tested method of building incredible lashes. The formula won’t budge, but comes off with soap and water; Evercolor Starlight liner in a long-wearing deep brown called Kona, perfect to brighten and define eyes when you need performance; The Highshine lip pen creates Mally’s signature super-shiny lip by delivering a primer, lipstick, and gloss in one. The Southern Peach is a really pretty neutral

My least favorite was the eye shadow only because it both the shades are a deep brown. A lighter color would have made a more complete eye look.

Tips to used the kit: Apply concealer under eyes and on lids; dab and blend gently. Also add to any spots that need concealment. Apply luminizer with fingers on lid and cheekbones. Dust eye shadow across lids, lash line to crease. Use eye liner on top and/or bottom lash line and in inner rims for a more smoky look. Stroke on two coats of mascara on top lashes, one on bottom. Using short, feathery upward strokes, apply Brow Boost. Smile and apply blush on apples of cheeks, blending up towards cheekbones. Finish with a gorgeous glossy lip.

What is it: Mally Ultimate Performance Lipcolor System ($25.00 QVC) is the last word in glossy, full-color lip color that shines and lasts. The Lip Lacquer and Lip Liner work together to deliver a gorgeous, shiny full-color lip look that lasts and won’t travel. The Lip Liner works all over the lip to prep and grab, while the Lip Lacquer goes on ultra smooth, unbelievably shiny, and stays put.

Includes:

  • 0.17 fl oz Lip Lacquer
  • 0.01 oz Lip Liner

Mally Beauty

Celebrity makeup artist Mally Rancal has created a cosmetic line that I think would look great on any woman, no matter her age or skin tone. The colors are vibrant and extremely well pigmented, and just a lot of fun to wear!

To create a smooth canvas for the color, try Mally’s Ultimate Performance Professional Foundation ($45.00). This is a cream foundation that covers well while looking natural. I like to apply it with my fingers or a sponge, but it does come with a very soft hand-tufted foundation brush. The foundation is available in five shades; Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Rich

The City Chick Smokey Eye Kit ($40.00) is an easy way to acheive the coveted smokey eye look. The palette includes a cream base, a soft neutral and a medium and dark shade that work great for smokey eyes. I have tried Plum Chelsea which is a fun alternative to the original black and gray smokey eye. The kit comes with an eyeliner pencil and is available in Brownstone, Skyscraper, Central Park, Nolita Navy, Midtown Merlot and Plum Chelsea.

My favorite Mally product is the High Shine Liquid Lipstick Pen ($20.00). This beautiful lip color is a cross between a lipstick and a lip gloss. It covers and is opaque like a lipstick but is shiny like a gloss. I have Perfect Pink, a very pretty neutral medium pink. I have been wearing it everyday because it goes with everything and looks natural, yet polished. It also comes in Summer Peach, Super Natural and Sweet Berry. 

Visit www.mallybeauty.com to purchase or learn more about this fun makeup line.