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theBalm Mr. Write (Now) Eyeliner Pencil

thebalm Mr. Write (Now) Eyeliner Pencil

theBalm Mr. Write (Now) Eyeliner Pencil is brand new and I’ve got all the info you need about them!

These new liners come in eight shades, have a twist-up feature and built-in-sharpeners on the end. The caps match the shade inside, which is always a great feature for when you are rushed and just grabbing at liners, usually blindly (or at least I am because I barely ever remember the names of anything.) They have a nice satiny texture so they feel really creamy going on without any tugging. They also have pretty great payoff.

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Note: Cruelty free

Pop-arazzi Nail Polish from CVS!

Pop-arazzi Nail Polish

There’s a new nail polish in town and her name is Pop-arazzi. Isn’t she cute?

I found this display at my local CVS store and I am pretty sure this line replaced the Spoiled line. Or so I have heard from the nail polish rumor-mill. There are quite a few of these pretty polishes ranging from sheers to metallics and every color you can think of. And the cap! I am pretty sure this is my favorite nail polish cap ever, since I am such a sucker for polka dots.

I believe these retail for $2.99 each normally, but I got them on a buy 2 for $5.00 deal. The formula wasn’t the best ever but certainly nowhere near the worst. I think the colors I got are worth the minor formula issues because I really like them. The brush (see photo below) is very workable and I had no problems with it at all.

Pop-arazzi Brush

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Note: Undetermined if cruelty free

theBalm Nude Dude Nude Eyeshadow Palette Volume 2

theBalm Nude Dude Nude Eyeshadow Palette Volume 2

theBalm Nude Dude Nude Eyeshadow Palette Volume 2 is the latest edition to their Nude series, which also includes Nude ‘tude and Meet Matt(e) Nude.

Are you tired of nudes yet? I’m actually not, which is kind of surprising. I think I am more into nudes now than ever before simply because I feel they look better on me than brighter shades generally do. And the variety is pretty vast in this palette. I mean there are twelve shades in it and many of them really aren’t “nude” per-se. We’ve got mattes, metallics and shimmers, as well as a dual-ended application brush and large mirror inside. As with most of their palettes, you can use these wet to make them into liners or bump up the pigmentation, if you so desire.

theBalm Nude Dude Nude Eyeshadow Palette Volume 2-2

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Note: Cruelty free

Morgan Taylor Spring 2015

Morgan Taylor Spring 2015

Happy Monday! Is there such a thing? Mine isn’t going to be happy because I have to get a root canal this afternoon! I am dreading it, I haaaaaate the DENTIST and a root canal is the worst thing ever. Ugh, wish me luck.

Let’s forget about teeth and focus on nail polish ok? The Morgan Taylor Spring 2015 collection features four new soft shades all inspired by the New York Fashion Week shows. Actually the spring and summer 2015 collections from them kind of go hand-in-hand, but I decided to split them up into two blog posts. I was sent the spring collection along with a bottle of Need For Speed, which is their quick dry top coat, and Mattes A Wrap, which is a matte top coat.

Since these are on the very pale/sheer-ish side, I used three thin coats for most of them. The formula was a little hit or miss for me depending on the shade.

Morgan Taylor Heaven Sent

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Note: Cruelty free

The Lipstick League: Week of 2.2.15

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Question of the Week: How much time do you spend on your skincare regimen each day?

My Answer: Maybe 10 minutes at the most. I wash my face in the shower in the morning then apply sunscreen with moisturizer. Sometimes, when I am not super lazy, I will then apply some eye cream and/or other facial goop. In the evening I wash my face, apply a retonoid face and eye treatment and then sometimes either moisturizer or a sleeping mask on top of that.

The Lipstick League Links of the Week

Beautygeeks – If you habitually skip body lotion after your shower because you’re too rushed, this new Jergens Moisturizer for Wet Skin is a game-changer, even more-so than Olay Moisturerinse (discontinued anyway) and Nivea In-Shower Body Milk and Lotions (sorry, Nivea).

Beauty Junkies Unite – In 1983, I used to sneak my brother’s Grandma’s bottle of Vidal Sassoon shampoo in my bathtub and use it when I wasn’t supposed to. Now, that original cherry almond scent is coming back in updated Vidal Sassoon Shampoo & Conditioner formulas, and 7 year-old me couldn’t be more thrilled.

Clumps of Mascara – shows off more Shea Moisture Cosmetics awesomeness.

EauMG – Valentine’s Day is a week away! Treat yourself with these little lovely-scented luxuries.

Gouldylox Reviews – I always feel like sharing my thoughts with you when I read magazines, but I never do. That changed this week. Grab your People StyleWatch and let’s discuss.

Love for Lacquer – Looking for an affordable & moisturizing lipstick from the drugstore? How about these from the ELF Studio Line which are only $3!

My Newest Addiction – Have you seen the new Charlotte Tilbury Filmstars On The Go Palettes or Beach Sticks? Laura shows you Some Like It Hot and Moon Beach. GORGEOUS!

Nouveau Cheap – If you love the Disney Princesses and you love makeup brushes, get ready for cuteness overload.

Prime Beauty – asks if you really need a shave cream and what is a hair inhibiting gel? Find out the answer to these pressing questions!

Phyrra – Ever wondered who the best all around cruelty free drugstore brand is? Phyrra shares why she picks Nyx Cosmetics!

Vampy Varnish – The new Zoya Delight collection for spring 2015 truly is delightful!

we heart this – introduces a five ingredient product that will clear blemishes, smooth and tighten skin, diminish pores, exfoliate, tone, clarify and hydrate. Oh yeah, and it’s only $19.95! Check it out.

(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

Guest Post of the Week, as chosen by Beautygeeks – I’m all about a specific sheet mask for therapeutic moisturizing right now, but my pal Tracy at BeautyReflections recently posted this great moisture-mask smackdown that reminds me that moisture masks in a tube are great options too.

-Kelly