* REVIEW* Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes !

Okay, has anyone even heard of Younique before?
I'm not all knowing, but I just came across this brand in the past couple months.
I started seeing all the posts on FB about some mascara that made it look like you had fake lashes.
A product that makes it look like you have fake lashes-
without the hassle of actually wearing fake lashes?!?
I was down to try it!
Read on to see what I found... :)

The Product
*picture taken from Younique's website*

The 'mascara' comes in a hardy, stylish carrying case (pictured above).
Inside are two tubes- one containing the 'transplanting' gel and one containing the fibers.
Both are applied just like mascara, with an almost identical brush used in many mascaras.

Some of it's Claims:
- "dramatically enhances and magnifies appearance" of your lashes
- easy to use with their 3 step process
- water resistant
- wash off easily

The Review
Okay, so I had seen lots of before and after pictures of this product from random people who posted them on fb and online.
I have to say that- a lot of them- were pics of regular lashes that became clumped and wiry looking... and I wasn't too keen on that.
I had a friend who said she tried it and it was amazing, however,
so I gave in.

Here are my lashes before ANY makeup whatsoever:

Here are my lashes with two coats of the gel/fibers:

- easy to apply
- definitely makes my lashes look at least 2 or 3 x longer
- comes with super cute, durable case
- washes off very easily

- a little expensive at $29
- does give a slight wiry affect, depending upon how many coats you do
- fibers sometimes fall from the brush/your lashes under your eye below
- has to be applied carefully for those of us that wear contacts

The Verdict
This product no doubt extends lashes significantly. The quality of the LOOK of your lashes, however, depends upon how many coats you use. Obviously, if you have short lashes you're going to want to use several coats (you can technically use as many coats as you want). Your lashes will be longer... but each coat causes just a bit of clumping and that wiry look. The shorter your lashes are and the more coats you use- the greater the chance they'll look clumpy and wiry. Not a good look. 
Although it might be tempting to use coat after coat to get those nice, long lashes- don't do it.
For those of you with short lashes, I recommend two coats (that's what I used in these pics).
For those with longer lashes, I would do no more than 3 coats.



Candy Cane Christmas Craziness

Who loves alliteration??
I know I do.
Always makes a good, cheesy title :)

Anyway, I know Christmas is basically almost over,
but I wanted to do a couple last minute posts that I didn't get a chance to do before today
(this being one of them).
I saw this crazy-fun look on Pinterest and decided to recreate it the best I could,
so it's by no means my own idea!

Okay, my eyebrows are horrid- I know this.
Not only do they need to be shaped,
but I struggled like mad filling this in correctly.
BUT HEY- this was all just fun and games anyway :)

I used:
UD's 'Downfall' & 'Undone'- crease
Sugarpill's 'Love+' & 'Tako'- upper lash line/eyeliner
'Love+'- eyebrows

This is obviously crazy and just for fun- not something I would wear out or take seriously
But, I like to do those kinds of looks every now and then :P

Merry Christmas, everyone!


Christmas Classics series- 'Peppermint Kisses'

I've got another post in my yearly Christmas Classics series today.
This is another one is from the previously known Lush Lacquer (now Polish Me Silly)
from about 2 or 3 years ago :)

'Peppermint Kisses' is a white base with red, pink, white, and green hex & square glitter.
It's a little thin, so at least a few coats are required to reach opacity.
This IS a polish that you have to dig into to get some of the glitters,
but it's nothing too time consuming.

I wish they still sold this;
it's a great one!


Candy Lacquer's 'Santa's Sweet Shoppe'

Happy two days 'til Christmas!
Now that winter break has started,
I have a plethora of Christmas posts to catch up on.
So... expect a ton of them in the next few days. 

For today,
here's 'Santa's Sweet Shop' by Candy Lacquer over OPI's 'Pink Friday'.

'Santa's Sweet Shop' is clear top coat with almost every kind and color of glitter.
Most prominent are pinks, reds, oranges, and some neon colors.
It definitely looks like to me what Santa's real candy shop would look like


Naughty Snowballs

Goooooood morning!
I have a quick but bright post today.
I recently picked up this new, sparkly baby from L'Oreal:

This is 'Snowball', and it's obviously packed with chunky, holo glitter.
I decided to feature this over an Essie Christmas polish from last year, 'Berry Naughty'...
and here's the result!

(apologizing now for the horrible state of my nails. sad)

It's nothing fancy, but the holo sure is delicious.
It's festive and easy :)
After losing one of my favorite chunky holos (CG's 'Techno'),
this should be a good replacement.
Have a happy Friday!



Christmas Classics series- 'Frosty'

Happy Monday!
This is my last full week of work before Christmas,
and I'm ready to power through it ;P

I have another Christmas classic for you today,
and it IS a classic- one of the oldest Christmas polishes I have!
Here's 'Frosty' from the (what used to be called) Lush Lacquer,
but now Polish Me Silly.

This is 2 coats :)

This lovely, white based polish with all kinds of green and red glitter has held up beautifully over the years :) It's not gloomy or thick,
and still goes on pretty well.
Too coats is really I needed to reach opacity.
Though they don't sell this anymore,
(boo)- it will always be one of my favorites! :)


Super Simple Christmas v.2

Happy Monday! 

BUT, I can help you start off this Monday right with today's new look :)
Last year, I created a simple Christmas look.
I decided to create a similar but different spin on it for this year.

A lot of the looks I post take either a lot of time, experience/knowledge, 
and products to create.
Not everyone has all or some of those things,
SO- I wanted to create a look that anyone could create, it takes about 5 minutes,
and you could use any products to do it :)

Here's this year's super simple Christmas look:

I used:
Too Faced's Shadow Insurance
UD's 'Downfall' & 'Undone'- crease
UD's 'Vanilla'- inner corner
SYN Cosmetics' 'Moolah' & 'Greedy' and UD's 'Dragon'- lower lash line
L'Oreal Butterfly Intenza mascara

I like the matte on the lid and the party-like shimmer on the bottom ;P
It's easy and fairly tame,
but still has that holiday spirit!

What do you think?
Would you wear this?


Candy Lacquer 'Candy Cane Fiesta'

I posted the other day about my new christmas polishes from Candy Lacquer.
Here's the first of the two of them,
'Candy Cane Fiesta'!

*pictured here over 2 coats China Glaze's 'Merry Berry'*

This polish is adorable and packed with almost every kind of glitter there is.
Hexes (of all sizes and colors), circles, squares, rectangles, snowflakes, hearts, flowers... and yes, candy canes!

I almost wish this polish had a different name, even though it's cute.
Because of the name, I was expecting to find several little candy cane glitters.
Instead, I seriously found, maybe, 3.
I ended up having to go back to the little baggie of extra glitter that came with this polish to find a candy cane.
I'll add the bag to the bottle and have plenty for next time, though!

This polish had a great consistency and went on as a beautiful top coat over this CG.
Definitely one of my new, favorite Christmas manis!

What do you guys think?


Christmas Classics- OPI's 'Lost on Lombard'

For the past couple years,
I've been doing a 'Christmas Classics' series of old(er) nail polishes that are either Christmas-themed or strike me as good Christmas polishes.
Today's post is the latter.
I've posted this polish before,
but it's lovely for the holidays
(especially as a base for stamping)
and I decided to post it again!
I'm sure it could be found pretty cheap nowadays,
as it's about a year or so old.

Here's 2 coats of OPI's 'Lost on Lombard':

'Lost on Lombard' is a holly-red creme.
It goes on like a dream and it perfect for Christmas.
I'ved used it under stamping quite a bit in the past,
but it's adorable on it's own, as well :)


November favorites!

I haven't been blogging regularly enough to even have a 'favorites' post these past months,
but I'm finally making it up for that today :)

BEHOLD, my favorites (some that I blogged about, some that I didn't get around to) 
from November!

1. EOS chapstick in 'Green Mint'

I love EOS chapstick.
It lasts forever and works fantastically.
What I like best about this 'Greent Mint' flavor is the
(duh) minty flavor :) It reminds me of winter/the holidays,
so I think now is a perfect time to go buy it.
If your lips are as chapped as mine,
it will be a welcome reprieve! :)

You can find these almost anywhere, from Target to Walgreens- & stores like them.

I did a post on this bad boy the other day here.
Basically, it's perfect for the holidays.
I don't regularly use powder at all,
but I make an exception for this one.

I reviewed this mascara the other day,
and it's UH-MAZING.
See my full review for the details! :)

4. Yes to Carrot's Shampoo & Conditioner

So I originally bought this brand because I wanted to try something without all the harmful chemicals that mainstream brands use.
Carrots seemed different but not too wacky.
Turns out, (I didn't pay close attention) and it's actually for a dry scalp O_o
Lucky for me that I bought this,
because the cold weather this past month has caused my scalp to be super dry.
It's never flaked before,
and it's super irritating and embarrassing.
This product, though, helps immensely with that.
PLUS, it's made out of completely safe ingredients AND makes your hair smell good :)
I definitely suggest this brand for anyone who is struggling with a dry scalp 
and/or just wants a safe and healthy alternative!

I did a review on this lipstick here.
It's been one of my favorite, go-to Fall lipsticks.
I love all Maybelline lippies,
and this doesn't fail to disappoint! :) 


* REVIEW * L'Oreal Butterfly Intenza mascara

If you've been following my blog for awhile,
you'll know that aside from SYN Cosmetics/glitter/metallics/red... I love me a good mascara :P
Lately, L'Oreal has released some mascaras that have been ON POINT.

Is today's post going to be the exception?


Read more to find out! :) 

The Product
L'oreal's Butterfly Intenza mascara

Okay, so the chevron background went a lithe haywire 
with the mirrored look of the mascara casing...

Here's a better pic (including the brush) from L'oreal's website:

Some of it's Claims:
- extends your lashes "like wings"
- contains a "breakthrough double winged tip" brush
- fans out and separates lashes
- provides 9x more volume

The Review
and I've also used it in a ton of my makeup looks on here
(and in everyday life, AND it made my top products of 2013 post).
I was extremely impressed with it,
so I had high hopes for this newer, updated version.
Let's just say, it did not disappoint! 

I do have longer lashes naturally. This can be nice,
but a lot of mascaras can really muck them up and cause them to stick together.
( see this one from Benefit, for example)
Here are my lashes prior to any makeup:

Here they are with L'Oreal's Butterfly Intenza macara:

Muchhhhhhh better :)

- Reasonable price at $8.99 bucks
- Gave plenty of volume and length!
- Easy to use brush
- Hardly ever clumps, even in the tube/around tube opening

- The brush is a bit bulky, so it's a little hard to reach those 
teeny tiny lashes in the inner corners of my eye
- I like using black, but this only comes in 2 shades of black, 
which might be a problem for people who prefer brown

The Verdict:
I absolutely love this mascara. The volume and length it gives my lashes is awesome.
I can only imagine how fantastic it works for those with not as much lash.
It appeals to all kinds of customers!
Plus, the price is pretty good.
I've been using this particular tube of mascara for almost a month now,
and it's still maintaining the same consistency and quality as the first time I used it.
Very pleased!
I definitely recommend this to everyone :)



Christmas nail mail!

Nail mail days are always some of the best.
Today's post consist of two Christmas polishes from Candy Lacquer.
I haven't used Candy Lacquer in a half year or so,
but the last polish I got from there was great.

Can you guess which these are? ;)

Stay tuned for these babies to be swatched! :)


Newest SYN Cosmetics swatches & sale info :)

Ya'll know I'm crazy for some good, glittery, metallic pigments.
Few specialize in that better than SYN Cosmetics.
She gets it right every time! :)

Here are my latest purchases:
(pictured over Too Faced's Shadow Insurance- no photo editing other than text)

It's a little hard to see here, but 'Snap' isn't just a lovely purple;
it shines gold in the right light, too.
:: drools ::

These greens are luscious and gorg.
I foresee maybe doing a fun Grinch makeup look with them :)

If you like these,
head on over to her shop.
Currently, most (if not all) pigments are half off- just $3.99 !


Let me know what you think!