Milani Cosmetics — New Products For 2016

Milani Cosmetics is an affordable drugstore brand that has very high quality, fun products!  I was lucky to receive some of their recent releases for my honest review:

Moisture Lock Oil Infused Lip Treatment ($7.99 USD) — Give dry and cracked lips a kiss goodbye with super-hydrating Moisture Lock Oil Infused Lip Treatments. These luxurious oils glide on without feeling tacky or greasy, allowing you to sip, smooch and smile without having to wipe off! Formulated with Jojoba, Avocado and Tsubaki Oil, each treatment has its own additional benefits to keep lips nourished all year round. Indulge in the lip-loving feel and addictive scent of Milani’s new lip oils.

I LOVE these lip oils!  They are my new favorite lip product!  They are as moisturizing as a lip balm, but give a little shine.  I like a natural lip and this is perfect for day time looks.  Plus it treats as you wear it!  It is available in 8 different oils and I want all of them. My current favorites are the Revitalizing Grapefruit and the Moisturizing Almond Coco, but all of the ones I have tried taste, smell and especially fell amazing!

Everyday Eyes Eye Shadow ($9.99 USD) — This visually impactful collection is perfect for a non-intimidating impulse buy. Each palette consists of expertly color coordinated shades that work well together when applied step-by-step, and in any color combination. Included in each palette is a professional, dual-ended brush that blends, defines and applies easily. An easy ‘How To’ guide is included so that you can master any eye look.

I have this in Earthly Elements that are a mix of matte and shimmery earth tones, including a surprising matte reddish orange, that I really love!  They are well pigmented and I can do a smoky eye or a natural day look with them.  I am excited to try other palettes as well-especially the plum one!

Big & Bigger Lashes ($7.99 USD) — Get larger than life lashes that won’t smudge or flake with this maximum volume mascara that builds intense volume in just one application. This mascara’s creamy texture and lash conditioning ingredients make it easy to enhance eyes while leaving your lashes soft and lush. The custom designed sculpting brush has a flat reservoir side that deposits mascara directly to lashes and a comb on either side that distributes mascara evenly from base to tip, separating lashes. The bristles on the top of the brush catch hard-to-reach lashes in the corner of the eyes and can be applied to bottom lashes for extra va-voom!

If huge lashes are for you, try this mascara! It takes a bit of practice to perfect the technique with the brush, but once I did, I got length (which I need) with the volume.

Milani has also released new brow products, a matte lip crème, a combo foundation and concealer and more.  Check all of their new products out at CVS Stores nationwide and

More Gorgeous Fall Makeup!

It was so warm in Kansas City today, it had to be almost 90 degrees.  I had to take my daughter downtown Kansas City to shop for a homecoming dress, and it was way to hot for Autumn!

Even though it still feels like summer, the shops has really cute fall clothes!  It reminded me that I needed to do another fall makeup post!

I have been sent the following products to review.  They include the perfect fall makeup for eyes, cheeks and lips:

Hard Candy Top Ten Eye Shadow Palette in Birthday Suit
Hard Candy Top Ten Eye Shadow Palette in Birthday Suit

Hard Candy Top Ten Eye Shadow Palette in Birthday Suit ($6 USD) — Hard Candy Top Ten Trendsetter Palette Eyeshadow is an eyeshadow collection of fashion-forward colors in a chic, fabric mirror compact. The collection features an extraordinary range of shades, with matte, shimmer, glitter, and metallic finishes. Birthday Suit, the collection above contains matte shadows in nudes and grays.

What I think:  These colors are amazing for fall! The nudes and grays can combine to make a really cool smoky eye.  Or, go natural with the softer colors.  These are pretty well pigmented and can stay on a long time, with an eye shadow primer.  Plus, very affordable!

Purchase at Walmart stores

Milani Limited Edition Rose Powder Blushes ($7.99 USD) — Now this is a blush that deserves to be seen! Gorgeous in the compact, even prettier on cheeks, this petal soft, natural-finish powder shapes, contours and highlights. Streaks? Never. Easy to use? Always. In ultra-flattering shades that you just can’t live without.

Milani Stay Put Brow Color ($6.99 USD) — Stand out by filling in, like a pro. Count on superior staying power, the perfect amount of brow color, precise application and intense definition. Choose your closest match or combine two shades to achieve the most envy-inducing brows imaginable. Dual-ended, professional brush included.

Milani Amore Matte Lip Crème ($8.99 USD) — It’s time to put your lipsticks on notice. The Amore Matte Lip Crème has arrived. This revolutionary, highly saturated liquid-to-matte formula dries to a soft, velvety finish for fuller-looking lips. Its double-sided, flexible plush applicator hugs the contours of lips, working to lock in bold, opaque color. Non-sticky, smooth and ready for all-night wear, the limited edition Amore Matte Lip Crème is the ultimate transfer resistant kiss-me-matte.

What I think: The blush is gorgeous!  I love that it’s a soft rose, which is perfect with a dramatic fall eye and lip.  The brow cream is very easy to use.  Just apply cream with brush, then brush through brows with spoolie for a natural look.  And the matte lip cream is so on trend.  Matte lips are in and this one is vibrant and long-lasting.

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Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Sumatra
Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Sumatra

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Sumatra ($20 USD) — Ditch your sharpener, but stay sharp! This waterproof kohl eyeliner glides on and self-sharpens every time you twist the cap off. Inspired by Smashbox pros who sharpen before every use on set, this first-of-its-kind pencil has a sharpener built right into the cap for a perfect tip-so you’ll always get a precise line.

What I think:  This is a rich, dark brown liner that stays on all day! I love that it has a twist on cap, it keeps the eyeliner soft and fresh.  The built is sharpener works well and is very handy.

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Face Stockholm Cream Shadow ($24 MSRP) — Slips on easily like your favorite cashmere sweater or silk top, this dreamy shadow will be your go-to for luxurious, luminous color that performs throughout the day.  Highly pigmented, this smooth cream formula is creaseless, blendable and buildable, for versatile color that can be worn alone or layered under powder shadow.  Literally the crème de la crème of shadows!

Face Stockholm Lipstick ($22 MSRP) —  Available in three formulas — traditional Creams, classic Mattes and subtle Veils.

What I think:  Both of these products are in such rich fall colors.  The cream shadow is very blendable, and works well over an eye primer.  It will last longer.  The lipstick is a rich bronzy-wine.  So pretty.  It’s sheer on if you swipe it across your lips, it becomes darker when layered.  Love!


What are you loving this fall?  Please leave a comment and let me know.  It can be makeup, or anything else that you love.

Makeup Ideas To Create A Goulish Halloween Look

Halloween is in a few days, can you believe it?! Do you have your scary look ready?

I usually do my nails with fun Halloween colors and glitter.  And sometimes I do crazy makeup, too.

Below are some great ideas to inspire you to dress up:

Want to be Cleopatra for Halloween?  Or just want a fun, dramatic eye to go out in?  Try these awesome products from Milani:

Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow ($3.99 USD) — Rich, vibrant color that glides on in a single stroke, delivering a stunning multi-dimensional effect. This eyeshadow can be used wet or dry as a shadow or highlighter.

Eye Tech Perfection Liquid Liner ($6.99 USD): The ergonomic handle is designed to be used by everyone and to line the eyes with ease

Runway Lashes Instant Volume Mascara ($3.99 USD): For lashes that look like they could leap right off the catwalk, swipe on this instant-impact mascara that lasts for hours.

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Mineral Fusion Nail Polish
Mineral Fusion Nail Polish

What are you putting on your nails this Halloween? Mineral Fusion has your nails covered for all of your crazy costume ideas this Halloween. With over 60 gorgeous shades ($7.99 each), including bright metallics, basic neutrals, deep reds and blues, spunky sparkles and top and base coats, Mineral Fusion is the one-stop destination to complete your look for this spooky time of year!

Each formula is 100% Vegan and free of Formaldehyde, toluene, camphor and dibutyl phthalate.

Availability: Whole Foods Markets nationwide, as well as other fine health food stores and

uslu airlines presents scarily cute nail polishes and lipsticks just in time for Halloween! Above are three of the spooky shades (all named after airport abbreviations):

WOR Lipstick — Bright Ivy Green

BOO Nail Polish — A Dark, Not Quite Navy Blue

CCS Lipstick — A Daring Deep Crimson Red

uslu airlines color products are made by using only the highest quality components, are clinically tested and are formulated for the most sensible skin compatibility. Relying on the most advanced quality formulas, uslu airlines sets the current trends with a range of fantastic colors that are second to none. uslu airlines nail polishes are 5-free! That means no formaldehyde, no dibutyl phthalate, no toluene, no formaldehyde resin and no camphor.

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Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum

Don’t forget to take care of your skin after all of the crazy Halloween makeup! Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum ($80 USD) is this season’s pick of the patch! Formulated with a powerful dose of Pumpkin Ferment Extract and packaged in orange, this super potent Vitamin C serum improves cellular renewal and works to enzymatically digest dead skin cells and decongest pores. With the help of powerful antioxidant complex, essential nutrients and anti-aging chronopeptide, this revolutionary serum evens skin tone, fights cellular UV damage, stimulates collagen synthesis and optimizes skin physiological activities of defense and cell regeneration.

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What look are you going for this Halloween?  Going to any fun parties?

New Milani Eye Liners for Fall

Summer makeup is so easy. You don’t need a lot for a fresh look that is perfect for the season. But fall makeup is a different story.  When the weather turns cooler, and the fashions become more bold, the bright colors come out of the makeup cases and on to our faces!

Milani has introduced two new eye liners that are perfect for fall.  Eye Tech Liquid Eye Liner and Infinite Liquid Eye Liner offer bold lines and bright colors, and even though it is not quite fall yet,  I have already begun having fun experimenting with them.

Eye Tech Liquid Eye Liner ($6.99) puts the control in your hands.  This pen-style liner boasts a water-based formula that has a “flow thru system” and a felt-tip applicator for a steady line in one stroke.  It goes on incredibly smoothly and you can get more than one look from it. The first time I tried it I was going out with friends, so I did a thick cats-eye line on my top lashes. I have also drawn a very fine line at the base of my lashes to for a more natural look.  It is available in black, brown and charcoal.

Infinite Liquid Eye Liner ($5.99) is a long wearing liner that boasts a waterproof formula that lasts up to 24 hours.  This comes with a very thin brush that you dip into the product and apply. Once you apply it, you have just a few seconds until it dries to correct any mistakes, because it STAYS ON!!! My daughter applied the blue liner (Infinite) on her friend and it took a lot of makeup remover to get it off! You know that if you put this on in the morning it will stay on all day! It is available in 5 dramatic shades: Infinite (the metallic electric blue),  Endless (metallic purple), Eternal (golden green), Forever (golden bronze) and Everlast (black). My favorite is the Forever, it is so pretty and wearable for day.

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Milani Cosmetics — Drugstore Luxury

Milani is a quality drugstore brand that was launched in 2002 and was first created for women of color. Now the line extends to all skin types, which is great for everyone who wants highly pigmented products at an affordable price!

I have been lucky enough to try quite a few products from Milani’s varied collection. Below are reviews of three of my (many) favorites.

Sunset Duos Blush and Bronzer ($6.49 ) — This is a wonderful product! The website states that it “delivers a fresh, cheeky blush and a healthy-glow bronzer in one convenient compact! Expertly matched blush & bronzer are pressed into one cake, taking out the guesswork on how to coordinate your makeup.” I completely agree! It comes in 6 duos. I have 01 Sunset City which is a shimmery light brown bronzer and a pretty peachy blush. I like to wear it two different ways. I either take the bronzer and apply it in an E or 3 depending on which side. This means I start at the temples and sweep down to my cheeks, then down to my chin, creating a natural bronzed look. I then apply the blush to the apples of my cheek. Or some times I swirl my brush around the bronzer and blush together and sweep it all over my face. Very pretty and fresh!

Buzzworthy Lip Gloss ($5.49) — I swear to you that my shade of gloss, 03 Bee Rich (a very sheer red) tastes just like a watermelon Jolly Rancher. Yum! This gloss has a nice slanted tip applicator that is easy to use and it creates a very glossy lip. For moisturized and smooth lips, this gloss was formulated with Honey Extracts, Cranberry Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil and enriched with Vitamins A & E. Available in 9 shades.

Runway Eyes ($8.99) This is a unique eye shadow palette. There are six intense eye color bars in one compact. You can use the colors individually or combine them for a multidimensional impact, and they can be applied wet or dry. I have number 08 Catwalk, which include a dark gray, deep blue, burgundy, silver, bronze and white shadows. Although it sounds very dramatic, it is surprisingly wearable. A plus is that the colors last all day!

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