Topic: Maybelline

3 of My Favorite Affordable Unsung Makeup Heroes

Published in: Guest Post, Maybelline, The Body Shop, Unsung Heroes

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Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder, The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes Palettes, and Maybelline Full n’ Soft Waterproof Mascara

The long-running Unsung Heroes series here on Makeup and Beauty Blog features some of our all-time favorite permanent collection products.

When I was looking through all of my makeup, trying to decide what I should write about for a Makeup Unsung Heroes post, I realized that most of what I have are things that everyone else loves, and that’s probably why I bought them. Rarely do I just go out and buy a product because I think it looks good. But sometimes those are the best ones!

Here are three products that I sort of took a chance on and ended up loving, and I think you might like them, too. 🙂

Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder

When I heard about Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder, it was only about $7 bucks, and I was using a super expensive Makeup Forever powder at the time. I wanted to find something cheaper, and I was really loving how loose powders worked, especially for baking under the eyes.

The first time I tried it, I used my beautyblender and pressed it into my concealer under my eyes. The soft formula made my under-eye area feel like silk, ’cause it kind of absorbed the concealer. It made everything look perfect under my eyes, and that’s mostly why I love it.

I also use it to set the rest of my face, and here’s a trick. If you put a little bit more than you normally would where you’re going to be putting your contour, that helps your contour not go all patchy, like mine tends to do sometimes. It just helps everything blend so much better on top.

If you’re really sensitive to scented makeup, this is probably the strongest smelling makeup item I have. It literally smells like the strongest synthetic floral scent in the word, and it reminds me of how my mom’s makeup used to smell in the ’90s. Good thing I can only smell it when I’m applying it, and I don’t smell it on my face the rest of the day.

But just a fair warning if you’re super sensitive to fragrances.

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Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder ($7)

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The Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Concentrated Crayons: An Amazing Drugstore Find

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Eyes, Guest Post, Maybelline

maybelline color tattoo concentrated crayons

I’ve talked about how much I love eyeshadow sticks, so I was already primed and ready to like these Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Concentrated Crayons.  

I was not, however, expecting to LOVE ❤ them!  

Here’s just a quick look at all 10 of these incredibly smooth and crazy pigmented eyeshadow sticks. Plus, they have major staying power. The packaging says up to 24 hours…but I didn’t test them for that long.  Suffice to say, they last a full workday with no fading at all. I am so impressed with these shadows that I won’t be disrespectful and say that they’re only “good for a drugstore brand.” They’re just awesome period, and the icing on the cake is that you can get them at Target for $6 each.

Since there are 10 shades in the line, I broke them down by color family.  

The pinks and purples…

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Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Concentrated Crayons in Pink Parfait, Lilac Lust and Lavish Lavender

As you can see, these are very sparkly, but still very pigmented.  I find Pink Parfait to be very similar to Pink Pearl by Boots No. 7, and Lilac Lust and Lavish Lavender seem more unique to me, especially among the world of eyeshadow sticks.  

Of this group, my favorite is Lilac Lust.

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Everyday Makeup Look: All Drugstore Products!

Published in: Boots, Drugstore Beauty Finds, Guest Post, Loreal, Maybelline

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When I was re-organizing my makeup collection, I realized that I have a fair amount of drugstore products. Most of my makeup is from Sephora or Nordstrom, but I’ve always mixed in drugstore buys into my everyday makeup routine.  So, I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could do a full face of makeup only using my drugstore products.  Turns out, I can!  I actually really love all of the products that I used, so I’ll need to make a point to reach for them more often.


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Two great drugstore foundations: L’oreal True Match Lumi Cushion and L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

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L to R: L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion in W8 and L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation in 109

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Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Color: Review & Swatches, Part 2

Published in: Guest Post, Lips, Makeup, Maybelline


Here are swatches of the second group of $6.99 Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lip Colors. (Click here to see pics and swatches of the first batch.)

Just as a recap, here are my thoughts on the formula overall…

First, these are incredibly vibrant, and almost all of the 10 available colors are completely opaque, even after a single layer.  Unlike the name suggests, though, I didn’t find them to be particularly matte.  I’d describe them more as satin, with some appearing a bit glossy.  Also, they don’t ever completely dry down, and they aren’t nearly as transfer resistant as the liquid lipsticks by Kat Von D, ColourPop or Sephora, for example. 

That being said, they aren’t as drying either, so there’s the big trade-off with this formula.

I love the color range and how comfortable these are.  But, I don’t love the incredibly strong scent or how easily they smudge and transfer. 

If you’re sensitive to fragrances, be very careful about these.  Upon application, there’s a strong floral/powder scent (maybe freesia?) that I can still notice after 20 minutes (though it’s weakened by then). 

I also feel a bit of a tingle on my lips after I apply them.  I’m not sure if it’s a reaction to the scent or an ingredient in the lipsticks, but it isn’t painful and doesn’t make my lips red or swollen or anything like that. Just something I thought I should note.

Overall, if you’re looking for intense pigmentation in a comfortable and affordable liquid lipstick, these are worth checking out; however, if you’re looking for long-lasting lipsticks, you may be disappointed. And be careful if you’re sensitive to fragrances!

Here are swatches and details of the last five shades (the reds and purples) — Fuschia Ecstacy, Orange Shot, Rebel Red, Vivid Violet and Possessed Plum.

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L to R: Fuschia Ecstasy, Orange Shot, Rebel Red, Vivid Violet and Possessed Plum

Fuschia Ecstacy.

Swatched on my arm, this looks like a pink/red, but on my lips it looks much redder. 

I really like this color.

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Fuschia Ecstasy

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One Wash Wonders: 4 Eyeshadows You’ll Love if You’re Lazy or Busy

Published in: Burberry, Essence, Eyes, Guest Post, KIKO Milano, Makeup Tips/How To, Maybelline

KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 06 Golden Brown

KIKO Long-Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 06 Golden Brown on my eyes and MAC Velvetease Lip Pencil in Lover’s Lane on my lips

One Wash Wonder Eyeshadows

My favorite One Wash Wonders. Clockwise, from top left corner: Burberry Eye Colour Wet & Dry Glow Shadow in 002 Nude, Essence I Love Nude Eyeshadow in 04 Sweet Like Chocolate, Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Leather 24hr in Creamy Beige, KIKO Long-Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 06 Golden Brown

Can we all please take a moment to thank the Beauty Gods profusely for creating One Wash Wonders?

Those magical neutrals that look amazing on their own, don’t require any makeup skills, and cut down the time you spend on your eyes to a handful of seconds are definitely the types of shadows I’m most grateful for.

In case you need a little inspiration for your first (or tenth) OWW purchase, here are my all-time favorites!

One Wash Wonder Eyeshadows

L-R: Essence Sweet Like Chocolate, Burberry Nude dry, Byrberry Nude wet, Maybelline Creamy Beige, KIKO Golden Brown

The Budget Buy: Essence I Love Nude Eyeshadow in 04 Sweet Like Chocolate (€3.19/$3.56)

Essence I Love Nude Eyeshadow 04 Sweet Like Chocolate

Essence I Love Nude Eyeshadow 04 Sweet Like Chocolate

Wearing Essence I Love Nude Eyeshadow in 04 Sweet Like Chocolate last summer…

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