Hi there, my darlings! Oh the week and a half I've had! Between orientation for the new job and my killer commute, I literally haven't had a chance to breathe! But I promised myself that I would keep blogging and blog I shall. Nevertheless, every once in awhile, things slip through the cracks. Case in point: this post! I had this up and ready to go LAST Friday, but life intervened and here we are! Since the blog is pretty much a direct reflection of my personal headspace, I knew I wanted to share with you all how I would incorporate my love for makeup with my busy work schedule while still trying to have a social life. Recently, Stila Cosmetics sent over a set of goodies and a lightbulb went on over my head. What are we talking about today, you ask? MOTDs, that's what! A simple day look for a full day at work, followed by a quick switcheroo to transform into a dramatic look for a night on the town--using products all from Stila (with the exception on my foundation and pressed powder)!


THE BASICS:

STAY ALL DAY Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22.00 USD)

Introducing “Intense” shades of Stila's #1 selling waterproof liquid liner. From thin, precise lines, to thick, dramatic strokes, the formula glides on with ease, dries quickly and won’t smudge or run, day-into-night. The fine marker-like tip offers precise application for everyone from novices to pros and results in beautifully defined eyes that will leave a lasting impression.

  • Goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling.
  • The fine tip makes application a cinch.
  • Waterproof formula lasts all day!

When Stila says microtip, they mean MICRO. This tip is so fine that, try as I may, I just couldn't get a clear, focused shot of it! At first, I was worried that it was too thin and I would end up spending ages lining my eyes. But that wasn't at all the case! The tip just allows for greater precision so it didn't take as long to get the perfect wing tips and the formula is so easy to work with that you can glide on liner to the thickness you desire in all but a snap. Totally love this baby!




HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara ($23.00 USD)

Dare to be HUGE! 


Introducing HUGE™ Extreme Lash Mascara… for the biggest, boldest, blackest black lashes ever! With just one coat, you instantly get major volume, length, curl, lift and intense black color. Go as bold as you want! Even with multiple coats, this flexible, buildable formula leaves lashes soft with no clumps, flakes, or fall out.

Benefits:

A custom blend of soft, flexible waxes build volume with no clumping
Lash conditioners lock in moisture so lashes stay soft, coat after coat
Crimped brush bristles hug, catch and coat every lash
The curved brush mimics the eye shape so it’s easy to grab every lash
Long-wearing, smudge-proof
Clinically tested. Suitable for wearers of contact lenses


My new favorite mascara! And I don't say that lightly! I have thin, straight lashes that can use all the volume and curl they can get. This mascara gives them fabulous volume and impressive lift but also lengthens while it's at it for comfortable, all-day wear!




DAY LOOK:


SHIMMER -- STAY ALL DAY Liquid Lipstick ($22.00 USD)

Stila’s iconic Stay All Day® Liquid Lipstick gets a makeover! NEW Stay All Day® Shimmer Liquid Lipstick has the same comfortable, all day staying power as the original matte formula, but now in a subtle metallic, shimmering finish! 

Full coverage, shimmer liquid lipstick stays in place for up to 12 hours.
Weightless, color-rich formula won't bleed or transfer.

Available in 6 shades:

  • Patina Shimmer (Shimmering dusty rose)
  • Beso Shimmer (Shimmering true red)
  • Miele Shimmer (Shimmering warm dusty rose)
  • Illuminaire Shimmer (Shimmering warm caramel)
  • Lume Shimmer (Shimmering fuchsia)
  • Nudo Shimmer (Shimmering warm terracotta nude) (SHOWN BELOW)

I have to be honest: I am NOT a morning person by any means so most days, I barely manage to smudge on a little kohl liner on the lower lashlines, throw on my nerdy glasses and run! I slap on a lipstick on my commute. But in an ideal world, this would be my perfect day look! Gently winged liner, just on the upper lashline, and a pretty, pink-toned lipstick like Nude Shimmer shown below. What do you think?




NIGHT LOOK:

STAY ALL DAY Liquid Lipstick ($22.00 USD)

The ultimate power pout! This creamy-matte, full-coverage lip color delivers bold, long-lasting color and stays in place for up to 6 hours of continuous wear. 
The texture is weightless on lips and comfortable. The color-rich formula will not bleed or transfer. 
Enriched with Vitamin E and avocado oil, Stay All Day® Liquid Lipstick softens the lips so they look and feel beautiful!
Benefits:
  • Creamy-matte, full coverage liquid lipstick
  • Long-lasting color stays in place
  • Weightless, color-rich formula will not bleed or feather.
  • Enriched with Vitamin E and Avocado Oil to help hydrate and keep lips comfortable.  
Available in 39 shades, shown below is Fiery (Deep Red)


If I'm going out at night, I prefer a bold, dramatic look. Could I pull this off right after work? Logistically, yes! Just swipe on the liquid eyeshadow, add liner along the lower lashlines and switch the pink lip with a bold shade like Fiery shown below. Instant drama! Realistically, though, I would have to be going somewhere pretty special to go all out like this after a long day at work! ;)





GLIMMER AND GLOW Liquid Eye Shadow ($22.00 USD)

This brilliantly long-wearing sparkle eye shadow combines the perfect mix of pearl and glitter to lavish eyes with incredible luster and shimmer. With its uniquely lightweight, water-infused texture, Glitter & Glow glides on effortlessly, then dries down smoothly, locking in maximum sparkle with minimal fallout, for eyes with a real "wow!" factor.

All 13 shades available EXCLUSIVELY on site:

  • NEW! Beauty Junkie (Rose pink with gold sparkle)
  • NEW! Coral Crush (Sheer golden peach with green and pink sparkle)
  • Wanderlust (Sheer gold with pink sparkle)
  • Kitten Karma (Champagne with silver and copper sparkle)
  • Smoldering Satin (Deep tan with silver sparkle)
  • Rose Gold Retro (Rose gold with silver sparkle)
  • Diamond Dust (Sheer silver with multi-color sparkle) (SHOWN BELOW)
  • Gold Goddess (Sheer antique gold with silver sparkle)
  • Smoky Storm (Light Pewter with silver sparkle)
  • Molten Midnight (Black with silvery gold sparkle)
  • Bronzed Bell (Bronze with silver and copper sparkle)
  • Ballet Baby (Sheer baby pink with silver sparkle)
  • Next To Notte (Vibrant deep red with pink glitter)


    Here's a closer look at the liquid eye shadow in Diamond Dust! So gorgeous while being SO easy to use! Literally I just swiped it on using the wand and let dry.





So there you have it, my darlings! Stila products are available at fine retailers and mass merchandisers nationwide, such as your local Sephora across the US and Canada. To find a retailer near you OR to purchase online, please visit Stila's website HERE. Shipping is free with a $50 order within the US.

For us Canadians, Sephora is the way to go for our Stila fix!


To discover other great products, you can follow Stila Cosmetics through the social media outlets below :

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Which of the two looks I created do you like best? Tell me in the comments section below!










***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***



Hi there, my darlings! You know, I'm sure there will come a day when I'm no longer excited about discovering a new brand or ecstatic over an established brand's new launch. A day when makeup no longer gives me a thrill, no longer makes me happy. But...that day is not today! After a really long, exhausting week last week, with my usual 4 hour, killer commute, I came home to a package from a shiny new brand and I swear, it made my whole day better! I'm happy to report that I found a whole lot of pleasure from discovering the adorably packaged brand, Nuest Cosmetics. Take a peek--I bet you'll fall in love too!


SHEER GLOW CUSHION FOUNDATION + PHOTO FINISH ROSE PRIMER ($38.00 USD)

The compact’s makeup-perfecting rose primer smoothes the skin allowing makeup to last longer while acting as a barrier between the skin and makeup. This helps to prevent clogged pores and breakouts. Use the Photo Finish Rose Primer before applying the cushion foundation for a flawless finish.

This is such a cute compact and I'm usually a big fan of cushion foundations. Alas, the shade I was sent, Nude Fair, is obviously altogether too light for me. I did like the texture and blending of the foundation itself but I can't speak to anything other than that.

As for the primer, I actually may get some use out of that. Although hard to see in the picture below, it has a very light, rose tint to it...which means it would be great to prime the under-eye area in particular!




MAGICAL JELLY HIGHLIGHTER ($28.00 USD)
  • Magical Jelly highlighter with a fresh, bouncy texture can be used all over the face and body to add shimmer and dewy glow.
  • The jelly texture has self-smoothing memory-form with water base, quick drying formula leave you feeling fresh and comfortable.
  • The smooth gel texture is versatile to use anywhere you need a little extra shimmer, you can mix with foundation and blend.
  • Five stunning shades concentrated pigmentation allows for customized glow. Ideal for all skin types and tones.
  • Each Magical Jelly Highlighter comes in its own fun package as sassy & sweet as you.
Available in 5 shades, Ruby Kiss is shown below.



Well, let's just start off by saying that...I LOVE THIS! I want to literally bathe in this stuff! A gel formula highlighter? It's as if it was MADE just for me. Incredibly intense, a little goes a long way with this stuff. Just dab on a little bit and make to smooth on immediately because this baby dries super quick into a sheen. Much like a topcoat would. I honestly find one thing I don't like about this--from the color to the formula, it's a huge winner for me. YUGE.




SILISPONGE ($15.00 USD)

I get so emojinal when someone tells me I’m cute.

You’re an Original…like me. You embrace what makes you unique as much as your beauty routine. I’m your perfect companion – ready to go where you go, flexible and – best of all – I won’t soak up all your expensive makeup. I’m a giver at heart, saving your makeup for your face and helping you blend and contour with ease. Plus, I’m easy to clean and made from cruelty-free silicon. What’s not to love?
  • • Non-absorbent – save money using less product
  • • Made of hypoallergenic, cruelty-free silicone
  • • Flexible, teardrop shape for hard to reach areas
  • • Easy to clean, rinse and reuse – the planet will love you



Being a staunch believer in the Beauty Blender, I honestly do not see the point of silicone sponges. Unless, ok, maybe if you're using an expensive product and don't want to waste a smidge. That being said, using a silicone sponge may not waste much product but it doesn't help one bit with blending. So, in short, if there's a product, such as blush or highlighter, that you can swipe on and not bother with blending, I guess this little sponge will come in handy. Otherwise, it's pretty much just an adorable, little prop.




So there you have it, my darlings! All of Nuest Cosmetics' adorable products can be purchased on their website HERE. Shipping is free with a $30 order within the US.

For us Canadians and all my international beauties, international shipping IS available! Yay!


To discover other great products, you can follow Nuest Cosmetics through the social media outlets below :

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Have you heard of this brand? f not, which of the products in this post do you like best? Tell me in the comments section below!











***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***



Hi there, my darlings! So, just as I started to get used to my new sleep schedule in order to be able to get to work on time....BAM! It was a long weekend here in Canada! Which don't get me wrong, I love long weekends as much as the next person and honestly, a little break after a whirlwind work orientation was much needed and appreciated. But, try as I might, my sleep schedule was kinda messed up...again. And the first thing that paid the price was my face! Dark circles, puffy face, dull skin....you name it, I got it this morning! I knew this was coming too so I was prepared with a few truly fabulous products from NYX Cosmetics that literally all but saved the day!


HONEY DEW ME UP PRIMER ($17.00 USD)

Inspired by honey’s golden glow, we developed a primer that neutralizes the appearance of discoloration and redness. Our innovative light reflective gold flecks create a luminous look that will help keep your skin looking radiant all day.



Let me start by saying that I love honey...to eat! But to put ON my face? With my oily skin, I was skeptical to say the least. If you're worried too, like me, fear not! This is a super lightweight and incredibly absorbent primer, with an almost gel consistency, that literally all but disappeared when I applied it. My skin does look brighter and just more luminous when I have this on--so much so, that I'm often tempted to skip moisturizer (and I admit, I have a couple of times!) with just this to refresh my skin! Definitely worth the price!




HD PHOTOGENIC CONCEALER ($6.00 USD)

Now available in 12 more shades to accommodate an even wider range of skin tones, our best-selling HD Studio Photogenic Concealer effectively covers imperfections, discoloration and under-eye circles without ever looking cakey or obvious. The result is beautiful, natural-looking coverage you can count on.

Available in 23 shades, the shades 05 Medium (top) and 03 Light (second from top) are shown below.

AND

WONDER STICK ($12.00 USD)

The Wonder Stick is our ultimate dynamic duo: One side for a brilliant highlight, the other for a sleek contour. Now available in two more highly pigmented color combinations! Each couple is creamy as can be, which allows for beautiful blending. Available in six color-coordinated shade pairings.

Available in 6 duos from Light to Dark, the Universal duo is shown below.



OK so dark circles. No matter how much sleep I seem to get, I'm plagued by them. And if I don't get enough sleep, I pretty much walk around looking like a raccoon. So, I've been searching high and low for the perfect concealer, just for those days when my sleep schedule has been all out of whack. Formula-wise, I like these A LOT. They aren't too heavy and blend quite easily. When it comes to the shades I was sent, welllll...Light is obviously way to light for me and Medium is kinda touch-and-go. At this price, I fully intend to try a couple of more shades.

If bloating, especially around your face and particularly during PMS or shark week, is your problem, then a little contouring or highlighting can go a long way in helping you feel and look less puffy. But when it comes to contouring, quick and easy has to be the name of the game for me. I want to swipe, blend and go. The WonderStick allows you to do just that! Bonus that it's very portable so you can throw it in your purse and whip it out in the ladies' room at work, if you're running late in the morning (like I invariably am).




MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY (DEWY) ($8.50 USD)

Demand perfection! For that fresh dewy glow that lasts, the NYX Professional Makeup Setting Spray - Dewy is lightweight and comfortable while working hard to make sure your makeup stays put.
OR

HD FINISHING POWDER ($10.00 USD)

A lightweight, translucent finishing powder that helps soften the appearance of fine lines and pores. This silky pressed powder has a fresh matte finish.

Available in 3 shades: Banana, Mint Green and Translucent (shown below)



Last but not least, finishing your makeup. People tend to focus so much on the base of their makeup routines that they often forget the final, crucial step. Think of a finishing powder or a setting spray as a topcoat but for your FACE. You wouldn't think that your mani is complete without a topcoat, would you? I certainly hope not!

If you have oily skin, the translucent finishing powder will come as a lifesaver. You can blot out any oily patches after applying your foundation in the morning or touch up your face as needed throughout the day. In this uncomfortable heat, I'm often left looking like a fried pastry which is not a good look, I tell you. I can't tell you how many times this baby has pulled me together after lunch on a hot day!

Now, if you have dry skin and like the glowy, dewy finish, this setting spray should come in handy. Just spray on after you have finished your makeup for that sun-kissed look that's so lovely in the summer!




So there you have it, my darlings! NYX products are available at fine retailers and mass merchandisers nationwide, such as your CVS, Target and Ulta, across the US. To find a retailer near you OR to purchase online, please visit NYX's website HERE. Shipping is free with a $25 order within the US.

For us Canadians, NYX products are found in select stores, such as your local Shoppers Drug Mart, or online HERE. Shipping is free with a $30 order within Canada.


To discover other great products, you can follow NYX Cosmetics through the social media outlets below :



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What is one beauty product you fall back on to help you pull your look together after a long weekend with little sleep? Tell me in the comments section below!










***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***



Hi there, my darlings! TGIF! I can't believe I finally get to say this...and really mean it! Don't get me wrong--I love my new position! LOVE it! But, the commute is killer, as I mentioned previously, and my day has just been drastically cut down. I literally do not know where my time goes. So, It got me thinking--what products can cut my getting ready routine shorter? Or what about those days when I need to get somewhere social right after work? What beauty products in my arsenal are true time savers...or rather, time saviors in my case? The answers lie in this post and a few things I tested  from PUR Cosmetics'. I'm sure I'll have more time savers by brand in the near future but for now, these definitely do the trick!


PUR COSMETICS Bare It All 4-in-1 Skin Perfector ($39.00)

By combining high-quality skincare ingredients with complexion-perfecting pigments, this new 12-hour demi-matte foundation instantly perfects the look of skin while helping to correct problem areas over time. Its weightless and full coverage formula masks imperfections, pores and fine lines all day without cracking, separating or fading – fitting into your busy lifestyle by eliminating the need for touchups throughout the day. Formulated with agave extract, green tea, ginseng, B vitamins and PÜR’s proprietary Ceretin® Complex, this unique formula moisturizes and plumps the skin while stimulating the skin’s renewal process and fighting signs of aging. Helping you love the skin you’re in, it’s makeup that gives you the confidence to bare it all.


PUR COSMETICS No Filter Blurring Photography Primer ($33.00)

Moisturize, color balance, prime and illuminate the skin in one step. This unique primer with prismatic blurring micro-pearls helps to color correct while age-defying skin care ingredients nourishes the skin and a vitamin-rich Energy Complex with moisturizing agave and essential fatty acids prep the skin for makeup application. Loaded with essential oils like Coconut, Olive, and Shea a drop of this into your foundation will result in a dewy yet shine-free finish that boosts radiance and masks imperfections for a picture-perfect complexion.




Let me start by saying that I do NOT have time nor do I intend to make time for a full face of foundation in the morning...that, too, definitely not in the summer. But that means if I ever need to head out after work, the dark circles and blemishes on my face will have a field day popping up in pictures. Can't have that, now can we? Which is why, I really like the Blurring Primer which can be mixed in with moisturizer or just smoothed on by itself. It immediately brightens my face and makes my skin tone more even. Plus, the shine-free finish means that my oily skin isn't annoyed with me.

The foundation I like because it's super light weight. Otherwise, believe me, I would steer clear. You can tell immediately from the pics below that it's a juicier, lighter voundation which still provides full coverage. The demi-matte finish is infinitely wearable, especially during the hotter months and I do believe that Tan (far left) serves me quite below. Golden Dark (second from left below) is also swatched.




PUR COSMETICS Love Your Selfie (Currently unavailable)

Let's take a selfie. Our exclusive "love your selfie" travel-friendly kit is filled with everything you need to get that natural, picture-perfect look in a flash. Included are eight limited edition eyes shadow shades, our selling lip gloss and mascara and our top selling powders to bronze, blush and illuminate your way to loving your selfie. Make sure you share your pics with us. For eyes: exposure-vanilla matte, fade-sandy peachy brown matte, filter-rose gold shimmer, photo bomb-dark plum shimmer with black flecks, flash-champagne shimmer, capture-taupe matte, sepia-milk chocolate matte. Close-up-muted black matte-.04 oz each for lashes: big look mascara-.12 oz for lips: chateau kisses lip-plumping lip gloss in exposed-pinky nude-.14 oz. For face: mineral glow bronzer-.08 oz, afterglow illuminating powder-.08 oz, savvy blush-.08 oz.





As much as I hate to share unavailable products, this handy, portable, everything-you-need palette really deserved a mention! With a great range of shades and finishes, the eyeshadows can take you from day to night in a snap, while the blush-highlighter-contouring shade trio (bottom three swipes) take care of your urge to add a little definition to your features.

Special shout out to the Big Lash mascara, which gives me so much volume and length with that thick, comb-like brush! A little mascara can totally wake up tired, worked-all-day eyes!




Last but not least, the lipgloss dubbed Exposed is a pretty nude shade both for work and to pair with a smokey eye look for after hours. I'm not a huge fan of lipglosses but it's a pretty enough shade to throw on before running out the door in the morning.




So there you have it, my darlings! You can pick up any most of these products on PUR Cosmetics' site HERE. Shipping within the US is free over $40!

For shipping to Canada and internationally, please check PUR Cosmetics' association with MyUS which you can read about on their site.


You can find PUR Cosmetics through the social media outlets below for all the latest about their products:

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What are your favorite time savers?  Tell me in the comments section below!















***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***



Hi there, my darlings! Happy Hump Day! Now while I love my new job, my new schedule is kicking my butt! Not to mention my 2-hour commute...one way! As you can imagine, I literally have time for nothing! So, I thought to myself that this was the PERFECT time to try a couple of Wet n Wild's new 1 Step Wonder Gel Nail Colors. Because, if I even get time for a mani during the week, you know it better be super fast! Are they destined to be my mani saviors? Well, read on to find out!


1 STEP WONDER GEL NAIL COLOR ($4.99)

The first gel formula that doesn’t require a top coat and cures without a lamp, this nail color breakthrough is about to become your nail MVP. Provides up to 2 weeks of color and shine in 1 easy step.


Pinky Swear is a pale, pale baby pink creme. I have to admit I had quite a hard time with this one. It was quite streaky and even though I let each coat dry completely, I had problems with little bubbles forming all throughout. It may be the heat lately but application was a challenge. The swatches below show 3 coats by itself.






Lilac A Virgin is a light lilac creme. I still had some issues with streakiness but not nearly as much as Pinky Swear. And thankfully, no bubbles! The swatches below show 3 coats by itself. I quite like this pretty pastel!






It's Sher-Bert Day! is a hot pink creme. Now this was a clear winner! Depending on how you paint your coats, you could totally get away with just 1 coat of this one. The swatches below show 2 coats by itself, simply because I have a LOT of ridges of my nails. Gorgeous bright pink for Summer!






So there you have it, my darlings! You can pick up any of these fun products on Wet n Wild's website HERE or in select retailers AND drugstores across the US and Canada.


For all the latest launches, don't forget to follow Wet n Wild through the social media outlets below :

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Have you tried these polishes yet? I would love to hear from you in the comments section below!












***Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.***

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