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New at the Drugstore: Wet ‘n Wild, Maybelline, Rimmel, & NYC

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New and limited edition Spring 2014 products have already begun to hit the drugstore shelves, so I’m here with a roundup of a few of the new products I’ve purchased over the past week. As I sit writing this and looking out the window at another grey, snow-filled sky, all I can think about is how completely ready I am for spring to finally arrive. While the weather certainly isn’t cooperating, these bright fresh makeup items are at least a reminder that spring is on the way– we’re going to make it!

Wet ‘n Wild Megalast nail color in Candid Affair (34360) and Sophisticated Lady (34359) – I think Spring ’14 is going to be all about shimmery pastel nails, so WnW is spot on with these  shades. There are six total limited edition Megalast shades in this collection which I spotted at Harmon’s, but should also be showing up at Walgreens, CVS, and Rite Aid soon. It’s no secret that the Megalast formula is one of my favorites, and these two shades are no exception. Candid Affair is a pale shimmery lilac, while Sophisticated Lady is a frosty rose gold.

Wet 'n Wild Megalast polish in Candid Affair (left) and Sophisticated Lady (left).

Wet ‘n Wild Megalast polish in Candid Affair (left) and Sophisticated Lady (right).

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush in Barely Pink – This shimmery peachy pink blush stick is part of Maybelline’s limited edition Dare To Go Nude collection that recently hit drugstores as well. Thought to be a potential dupe for the NARS Orgasm Multiple, this cream blush is a dream to apply, but is slightly lacking in pigmentation, even on my fair skin. For darker skin tones I’d say this would be a beautiful cream highlighter, and for me I think I’ll need to play around a bit more with the level of intensity I can build up. While it’s no NARS dupe, it is a great cream blush formula that has me wanting to check out some of the permanent collection shades.

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush in Barely Pink

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush in Barely Pink

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush in Barely Pink

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush in Barely Pink

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush in Barely Pink swatched

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush in Barely Pink swatched heavily on the right and blended out on the left.

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paint in Chestnut Taupe (007) – Ever since reading rave reviews about the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paints from British beauty bloggers I’ve been dying for them to make an appearance in the USA. Good news is the wait is finally over and these definitely live up to their reputation! If you’re a fan of the Maybelline Color Tattoos the Rimmel Paints will be right up your alley, as they have the same excellent versatility (worn opaque or sheer, as a shadow, base, or liner). Chestnut Taupe can be worn intensely for a beautiful metallic look or blended out with a fluffy brush for a more natural wash of color.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paint in Chestnut Taupe 007

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Paint in Chestnut Taupe 007

Chestnut Taupe swatched heavily (right) and blended out (left).

Chestnut Taupe swatched heavily (right) and blended out (left).

Wet ‘n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain in Nudist Colony (129) – I’ve already shared my love for the WnW Balm Stains (here) so I decided to add another color to my collection. I was on the hunt for Rico Mauve, but when it was sold out decided to give Nudist Colony a try. I typically stear clear of nude shades as it’s hard to find one that suits my complexion, but I figured there wasn’t much to lose here as these balm stains retail for just over $2. I’m still not convinced that the brownish orange Nudist Colony is the right shade for me, but the next time I’m feeling like my look should include a nude lip I will definitely give it a go.

Wet 'n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain in Nudist Colony 129

Wet ‘n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain in Nudist Colony 129

NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color in Riverside Rose (020) – As you can tell I can’t say no to a chubby lip crayon, so when a new NYC display popped up at my local CVS I picked up Riverside Rose to give it a test. Truth be told it’s a lovely pinky mauve that is a perfect My Lips But Better shade on me; however, I absolutely cannot get past its terrible fragrance. I’m not normally one bothered by fragrance in cosmetics, but the cheap, sweet, fruity scent of these NYC lip crayons are too much for me to handle. Definitely try these at your own risk, especially if you’re sensitive to strong scents in your makeup!

NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color in Riverside Rose 020

NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color in Riverside Rose 020

Wet 'n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain in Nudist Colony (left) and NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color in Riverside Rose (right)

Wet ‘n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain in Nudist Colony (left) and NYC City Proof Twistable Intense Lip Color in Riverside Rose (right)

Well there you have the newest additions to my drugstore makeup stash. So far I’m loving the Spring ’14 new releases and can’t wait to get my hands on the limited edition Maybelline Color Tattoos or the new Rimmel chubby lip pencils too. Let’s hope that rocking some of these fun spring shades will encourage the weather to get the hint!

Have a great weekend,

-LMC ♥

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Quick Tip: How To Fix Dried Out Cream Eyeshadow

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If you’re a lover of cream eyeshadows and blushes like me then you’ve probably experienced the sad situation pictured above–  you reach for a product you haven’t used in a little while, only to open it up and find it cracked, dry, and ready for the trash. Granted, there are times when makeup is past its peak and it’s time to bite the bullet, throw it in the bin, and pick up a fresh new pot. Sometimes, however, a dry, cracked product is just the result of leaving the lid a little too loose or the effect of the nasty January air. Either way, there’s a quick and easy way to bring your cream products back to life– hooray!

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All you’ll need is some saline solution and any sort of flat mixing utensil. I chose a plastic fork, but a cuticle stick or small spatula would work well too. I like using saline because I know it’s clean and safe to use around your eyes, although I’ve heard of others using distilled water or witch hazel in its place and having good results too. If there’s a different mixing medium you’ve tried and liked, leave a comment and let me know!

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Next, add a few drops of the saline solution directly to your cream shadow or blush. Less is more, so I start with 2-3 drops and then add more as needed. Once you’ve added the saline use the flat end of your mixing tool to begin stirring up the product so the liquid is totally incorporated– for me this only took about 20 seconds. When the saline is totally mixed into the cream product just spread it evenly and flatten it down. And, voila!

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You’re left with a rich, buttery cream product that goes on smoothly and is free from any nasty dry bits. Comparing this photo of my Maybelline Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink with how it looked at the start of the post you can see that the product is much smoother and the color even looks a bit brighter. When applying the product it was much easier to pick up with my brush and went on smooth and opaque, a far cry from its dry and patchy former state. Overall I’d say this is an inexpensive and easy way to revive dry cream shadows, blushes, and eyeliners. Give it a try yourself, and be sure to let me know how it worked for you!

-LMC ♥

Face of the Day: Colorful Eye Makeup from Sephora

I attended another class at my local Sephora recently, this time on techniques for rocking colorful eye makeup. While I have my share of colorful shadows, and a colored liner or two, I’m still not 100% confident in putting together an eyeshadow look that isn’t mainly neutral. When given the choice between using shades of blue, purple, or green at the class I opted for blue, as it seemed most of out my comfort zone and I wanted to hear what tips the instructors could offer me. Overall, I’d say it turned out pretty good!

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The look began with a foundation of eye cream and primer– first  the Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream, which I found extremely thick and hydrating, and followed up with Sephora Perfecting Eye Primer. Next we created a simple eye look using an all over cream-colored shadow and a slightly deeper brown in the crease. Now it was time for the color! Our instructor Melissa recommended I try the Sephora Contour Eye Pencil in “My Boyfriend’s Jeans”, a deep electric blue. I was a little hesitant, but after adding a bit to my tightline and smudging some on my upper lashline I was loving the look! We could have called it a day at that point, but instead went for an even more dramatic look by layering on some Lancome Long Wear Calligraphy Gel Eyeliner in “Indigo Darling” and adding a bit of the royal blue shimmer shade from the Lancome Color Design palette in “Midnight Rush” to my crease and lower lashline. After that I popped on a bit of Dolce & Gabbana Secret Eyes Lengthening Mascara and my colorful eye look was complete!

I loved having the opportunity to try some new products at this class (and was surprised by how much I enjoyed the Sephora eyeliner and Lancome shadows!) and receive one-on-one tips from Sephora instructors. I have already signed up for two more upcoming courses, this time featuring holiday/party eye makeup and false lashes, and I’ll certainly report back on what new techniques I learn and products I get to try. In the meantime, I’m really loving the look I created and have added the “My Boyfriend’s Jeans” liner to the top of my to-buy list! If you have any other recommendations for colorful liners or shadows you love, please leave a comment and let me know. See you soon!

-LMC ♥