Sunday, January 01, 2017

Beauty Blurb | Maybelline 24karat Nudes Palette, Colossal Big Shot Express Mascara & Master Precise Eye Liner Review + Swatches

This post is sponsored by Maybelline. All opinions expressed are my own.

Beauty Blurb: Maybelline 24karat Nudes Palette, Colossal Big Shot Express Mascara & Master Precise Eye Liner Review + Swatches
Beauty Blurb: Maybelline 24karat Nudes Palette, Colossal Big Shot Express Mascara & Master Precise Eye Liner Review + Swatches


If you're looking to up your beauty game for 2017, look no further. I tried and tested Maybelline's new 24karat Nudes Eye Shadow Palette, Colossal Big Shot Express Mascara, and Master Precise Liquid Ink Pen Eye Liner.

Beauty Blurb: Maybelline 24karat Nudes, Colossal Big Shot Express Mascara & Master Precise Eye Liner Review + Swatches
Makeup look featuring Maybelline 24karat Nudes Palette, Colossal Big Shot Express Mascara & Master Precise Eye Liner 

Swatches and reviews below!

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Maybelline - 24karat Nudes Eye Shadow Palette - $11.99

With twelve shades ranging from peachy cream and royal violet to deep matte coal black and iridescent copper, this neutral eye shadow palette has everything you need for everyday and dramatic looks. The compact size also makes it ideal for travel. 

I went with a golden smoky eye in the photos above, using the pale shadows as highlighter under my brows, the copper in the crease, blending with the golden black along the lid, with a touch of shimmery gold in the middle. I also used the top left (a shimmery pale champagne) on the inner corners of my lids for some added sparkle. 

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Maybelline - 24karat Nudes Eye Shadow Palette Swatches

The shadows are silky and blend well when applied with brushes. I found that the lighter shades were a little sheer, while the deeper ones were very pigmented. You can up the intensity by layering and using eye shadow primer. Swatches above (left to right, top to bottom following the order on the palette). Note: the lighter shades do not pick up on my skintone very well in the photos, but they're there.

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Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Ink Pen Eye Liner
Available in Intense Black - $7.99

I tend to avoid liquid eye liner because it can be intimidating, but I was actually able to apply the Master Precise Liquid Ink liner easily (with no mess-ups!) thanks to the flexible cone-shaped applicator. It was easy to create a thick cat-eye with a sharp wing. Plus, it dried fast and lasted all day. I liked the deep black opaque color because it really made my eyes stand out. Tip: go slowly, and carefully outline the wing before filling the rest of the line in.

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Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Express Mascara
Available in Black for $8.49

I always aim for lush, dramatic lashes and the Colossal Big Shot Express did not disappoint! I'm extremely picky when it comes to mascara, and I've gone through lots of different drugstore and premium brands. Trying this was a pleasant surprise: I was seriously impressed by the length and fullness I got from applying it. The brush features wavy bristles that lift and separate while adding tons of volume. I always use an eyelash curler before applying mascara, and this held the curl without flaking or smudging all day. 



Overall, I had a positive experience testing each of these products. The price points are amazing, and the mascara is especially a steal. Let me know if you end up trying any of these. I'd love to know your thoughts.

All items mentioned in this post are available in mass market retailers at the suggested retail prices listed. 



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Friday, December 30, 2016

Jolly Holiday | Forever 21 Burgundy Suede Dress + Patterned Tights

Sweets and Hearts Holiday Winter Party Style - Outfit featuring Forever 21 suede shift dress, houndstooth tights, Boohoo coat, vintage quilted bag, black patent pumps

Here's what I wore to the family Christmas party. The burgundy suede dress is actually from Forever 21 of all places (yeah, they have genuine suede/leather pieces from time to time)! I got it in the clearance rack a couple of months ago. It's a great color for fall and winter too. I styled it with houndstooth tights, a lightweight wrap coat from Boohoo, a vintage quilted bag, and black patent pumps with little gold buckles (I've had these forever).

Sweets and Hearts Holiday Winter Party Style - Outfit featuring Forever 21 suede shift dress, houndstooth tights, Boohoo coat, vintage quilted bag, black patent pumps
Sweets and Hearts Holiday Winter Party Style - Outfit featuring Forever 21 suede shift dress, houndstooth tights, Boohoo coat, vintage quilted bag, black patent pumps
Outfit Details:
Burgundy suede shift dress (Forever 21)
Black wrap coat (c/o Boohoo)
Black quilted crossbody (vintage; thrifted)
Black suede gold chain pumps (Steve Madden)




Hope you enjoyed the holidays and HAPPY NEW YEAR!




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