COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss

COVERGIRL recently released their spring collection consisting of lipsticks, jumbo gloss blams and of course nail polishes. The COVERGIRL Outlast stay Brilliant Nail Glosses are super glossy (hence the name) and last over a week with minimal tip wear. I used two coats to achieve opaque color, topped it with seche vite and was out the door.

photo 1 Since I’ve already reviewed these super pretty nail polishes (review here) I’ll keep it short and sweet. If you’re looking for some new, affordable nail polishes I suggest you head over to your local drugstore and snatch up one the new pastel shades!

(R-L) Blue shade is "Skylight" and Mint Green is "Salt Water Taffy"
                    (R-L) Blue shade is “Skylight” and Mint Green is “Salt Water Taffy”

Let me know in the comments if your feeling pastels this spring season?

xox,

amanda brooke

All About Orange

As I was perusing the NARS counter at Nordstrom last week-swatching every lip product I could fit on the back of my hand-I noticed a variety of vibrant, eye-catching colors from fuchsias to pink-tinged purples to rich reds. In the midst of this exciting swatch-fest, I laid my eyes on one of the most gorgeous lip colors I had ever seen and it was ORANGE.

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 7.39.23 PMWe all remember a couple years ago, when pantone dubbed tango tangerine, that pretty coral-orange shade, the color of the year for 2012. At the time, I wasn’t really into the color; I feared it was too intense for me, but now I’m all about an orange lip for a pop of color!

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Being a brunette with a lighter skin tone, my mother and grandmother told me to steer-clear of orange. They claim it is meant for blondes or those with a deeper skin tone. I obviously ignored them and went straight for the chubby lip pencil and with a couple swipes my lips were coated with the striking mandarin hue-I was hooked. Orange may be a bit out-there for some, but for those willing to step out of their comfort zone it’s definitely a great option. Just pair your statement lip with a light application of foundation, a touch of bronzer, lots of mascara and you’re good to go. Here are some of my orange lip picks for spring and summer!

NARS Short Circuit Lipstick is a gorgeous red-tinged orange with a warm undertone. Perfect for brunettes looking for an orange lippie that’s not too orange.

NARS Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil is described as a bright medium red-orange with a satin finish.This is a great pick for those with medium to deep skin tones.

Chanel Calypso (337) Glossimer is the way to go if you are looking for a super glossy lip. Described as a bright medium orange with hint of pink and golden, coral and fuchsia micro shimmer. It shows up a bit more sheer, but nevertheless still gorgeous. A cheaper alternative to the Chanel is Rimmel Stay Glossy 3D Lip Gloss in Lights, Camera, Action.

Maybelline Vibrant Mandarin and Electric Orange Color Sensational Vivids Lipsticks are perfect if the other two lipsticks are out of your price range or you just want to try the trend without breaking the bank. Vibrant Mandarin is a very bold, medium-dark orange with a red undertone and satin finish. Electric Orange is a true neon orange shade with a satin finish. Both of these are amazing options from the drugstore.

Hope you enjoyed! Let me know in the comments below if you plan to try this awesome trend for spring and summer!

xox,

amanda brooke

COVERGIRL TruMAGIC Collection

Spring equals perfect skin and with the new COVERGIRL TruMagic Perfecting Balms you can achieve that with just one swipe. If you are looking for glowy, fresh and perfected skin these new makeup items could be just what you need.

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These new balms come in three different finishes: truMAGIC Luminizer, truMAGIC Skin Perfector and TruMAGIC Sun Kisser.This month I was sent the luminizer and perfector.These balms have a unique texture and feel very silky-very luxurious for a drug-store product.

The skin perfector is great for those oily girls out there. The product is silicone-based and claims to smooth pores, reduce shine and can be used throughout the day for on-the-go touch ups. While I haven’t personally tried them, Mally Cosmetics and Stila both have products like this on the market. The COVERGIRL one is the first affordable drugstore version. I really enjoyed using the product on days when I wasn’t wearing much makeup at all. It kept my skin matte for longer and kept my nose shine-free. However, I did not like the appearance when worn with a heavy foundation, especially one that had a satin or matte finish.  It tended to cake-up a bit around the sides of my nose if applied too frequently. I do like this product and would recommend it if you want to try an alternative to a pressed powder.

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The luminizer is meant to be used as a cream highlighter along the bridge of the nose, brow bone, cheekbones, chin and cupid’s bow or any other places on your face you like to highlight. I like the idea of this product, but I don’t feel that this specific color works well for my skin tone. I am on the lighter side and this highlighter leans very gold-giving me that no-so-cute disco ball effect. I tend to go for champagne or cool-toned pink highlighters. Also, this had some noticeable glitter in it, which I am not a huge fan of. I do think this product would be a beautiful highlighter for someone with a medium to dark skin tone.

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Overall, I enjoyed the skin perfector, but wasn’t a huge fan of the luminizer. I may eventually pick up the sun kisser to see if it’s a cheaper alternative to my beloved Chanel Bronze Universal.

This product is available for $ 9-11 at all mass-market retailers nationwide.

Tried it? Like it? Interested? Let me know in the comments below!

xox,

amanda brooke

COVERGIRL Bombshell Collection

Doesn’t every girl wanna be a bombshell? Well thanks to COVERGIRL now we can. COVERGIRL recently released its new BOMBSHELL Collection giving all women the beauty tools they need to create a sexy, stunning bombshell inspired makeup look.

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The first product I’m going to review is the COVERGIRL Bombshell Volume by LashBlast Mascara. COVERGIRL took note to those women that like to “cocktail” mascaras, a.k.a me, and created a 2 in 1 product. This Mascara has a dual-ended wand that allows for both MEGA VOLUME and DRAMATIC INTENSITY.

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To achieve those bombshell lashes follow these two steps:

Step 1: Coat your lashes with the extreme volume basecoat. This side of the mascara is supposed to give your lashes incredible volume without the clumps. To be honest, while I do enjoy this mascara, I wouldn’t say it is totally clump free. During application, I applied one coat to my upper and lower lashes and noticed some clumping. However,this is inevitable with volumizing mascaras.If you are familiar with the original LashBlast mascara by COVERGIRL, the brush on this end is virtually the same.

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Step 2: After coating lashes with the extreme volume basecoat, apply the dark, intensifying topcoat. This end of the mascara claims to seal in the basecoat, giving lashes a dark smooth finish with the ultimate lasting power. I happen to really like this side of the mascara. This end of the wand is just your average bristle brush. These types of brushes are excellent for adding length to your lashes. I definitely think this the finishing touch to take your lashes into the bombshell zone.

This mascara comes in four different shades:Very Black, Black,Black/Brown and Brown and retails between $9-12.

The next product that was sent to me is the COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner. This liner claims to give your eyes an intense and captivating look. The liner has a precision felt tip pen with a formula that glides on smoothly. I absolutely love this eyeliner. I am normally terrible at applying liquid eyeliner, but this made it absolutely effortless. To apply I put one swipe of the liner on my upper lashline. I really enjoyed the subtle flexibility of the felt tip. It gave me a great amount of precision. My only complaint is that I do wish the actual formula was slightly more black. Overall, this liner gave me a deep, dark and sexy look-definitely bombshell worthy.

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This long-wear eyeliner comes in two shades: Pitch Black Passion and Chocolate Kiss. It retails between $7-9.

Overall, I really enjoyed these new COVERGIRL products. I am looking forward to trying the Bombshell Shine Shadow by LashBlast from the line as well.

hope you enjoyed. Leave your comments or questions down below!

For more information check out http://www.covergirl.com

xox,

amanda brooke

 

 

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss

COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss is the perfect addition to any beauty lovers makeup stash. These fabulous polishes have a high-gloss finish without the hassle of a topcoat.

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I love the new COVERGIRL polishes for those days when I am in a rush and can’t be bothered doing a full manicure. They provide an even color with a smooth application. Fast and fabulous; what could beat that?

photo 3I have found that the best way to apply the nail color is to do one coat,wait a few seconds then apply another for a perfectly opaque look.

With 48 trend-inspired glam shades every nail polish lover can find a shade (or two) that is perfect for them.The luxe-looking packaging doesn’t hurt either.

Shades are:

Photo Credit: COVERGIRL.com
Photo Credit: COVERGIRL.com

The COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Glosses are available at all your local COVERGIRL retailers for around $5. Prices vary depending on where you purchase.

For more information check out  http://www.covergirl.com/beauty-products/nail-polish/outlast-stay-brilliant-nail-gloss

xox,

amanda brooke

Capitol Collection Glosstinis from CoverGirl

CoverGirl does it again with their oh-so-cute Glosstinis inspired by the new Hunger Games movie: Catching Fire.

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As I’ve said before I LOVE the Glosstinis. I am a self-proclaimed nail polish addict and clearly do not need another bottle. These Glosstinis are the perfect thing for lacquer lovers who have a ton of nail polish or those who just want to try a color without the commitment of a big bottle.

(L-R) Pyro Pink, Inferno and Seared Bronze
                                           (L-R) Pyro Pink, Inferno and Seared Bronze

The Capitol Collection contains 9 stunning shimmery shades that create a show-stopping luxurious look on the nails. The formula is also long-lasting. I did have to use three coats to achieve full opacity, but trust me it is well worth it!

The shades are:

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I received Inferno (615), Seared Bronze (630) and Pyro Pink (620). All shades are gorgeous, but my personal fave is seared bronze. This color is perfect for an accent nail!

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Go get these Glosstinis now!

 

Available for a limited time at all of your local CoverGirl retailers.

xox,

amanda brooke

COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Mascara by LashBlast

When I received my products from COVERGIRL this month I was extremely pleased to see the COVERGIRL Clump Crusher by LashBlast Mascara a.k.a one of my FAVORITE MASCARAS of all time. We are talking holy grail status.

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This mascara is perfect for achieving long lush lashes without the clumps. The thing that l love most about this mascara is that you can coat your lashes as many times as you want (I’m a three-coater type of gal) and it never gets clumpy.I’m all for volume and length but clumpy lashes are definitely not a good look.image

The “lash-hugging” innovated curved brush allows you to coat each lash from root-to-tip giving you 200 percent more volume. Sounds pretty awesome, right?

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This mascara comes in 4 different shades: Very Black (800), Black (805), Black Brown (810) and Brown (815).

Clearly, I am a huge fan of this mascara and for $6.99 I encourage all of you to go to your local drugstores and snatch up this wallet-friendly gem!

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For more information check out covergirl.com

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried the COVERGIRL Clump Crusher Mascara?

xox,

amanda brooke