L.A. Colors Color Craze Extreme Brights Collection Review

I was at T.J. Maxx (have I told you I LOVE that place?!?!) the other night and had already been through all the beauty dept. and made my way over to toys to meet up with my husband and 3 year old son.  As I turned the corner, along with the disney princess makeup sets was this:

I began drooling immediately!  Look at those colors!  They are sooo me!  I personally do not understand why T.J. Maxx thinks these belong only in the children’s dept.  I know I am not the only adult women who loves to rock bright colors like these!  In fact, China Glaze came out with a very similar collection of colors this past spring called Electro Pop!

I believe their 6 bottle collection retailed at $42 or you could buy the individual bottles for $7 each….. This L.A. Colors collection of 7 bottles cost me just $6.99!!!!  The colors are obviously not exactly the same as the China Glaze Electro Pop, but still…  I think I actually like the L.A. Colors set better, and would argue that they are much more “electro” than the China Glaze ones.

Anyway, the first question you probably have is –  Is L.A. Colors a good polish?  Let me tell you, I love them!  First of all, they are DBA, toluene, and formaldehyde free AND they are a cruelty free company (As far as I know, China Glaze is all those things as well)!!  Plus, they are extremely affordable!  You can find them at Dollar Stores (Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Family Dollar) and other discount stores.

To show you the quality of them as much as possible, here is what they look like with a single coat:

and here is with a second coat:

AND here (on my gracious hubby’s nails because I ran out of nails LOL) is the pink color from this L.A. Colors set next to Pool Party by China Glaze (a single coat of each):

 

 

 

 

 

and last of all I shall show you each individual color on my nails:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The two purple colors are very similar, but one is just a tad darker.

So it pretty much goes without saying that I adore this nail polish collection and I highly recommend you high tail it to your local T.J. Maxx to see if they also have it to get one for yourself.  Otherwise, you can check your local dollar stores to see if they have any of the colors OR you can shop online here!  L.A. Colors also makes all kinds of makeup.  I need to check out their ingredients and try them out again, as it has been a while since I have had/used any of their makeup.

Hope you all enjoyed this review!  Do you also like to wear bright colors?  Which of these colors is your fav?  Let me know in the comments below!

Geek Chic Cosmetics Mini-Review

My darling hubby bought me a couple mineral eyeshadows from Geek Chic Cosmetics.  I tried them out today and thought I would share my first impressions and give sort of a mini-review.   The 2 colors I have are Blood Wine and As You Wish.  Here they are swatched:

They are nicely pigmented and go on very smoothly.  I would say they are of equal quality as BFTE, and the colors are beautiful!  They do not have as much selection as BFTE, but they are a smaller company.  I do not like Geek Chic’s packaging as much as BFTE’s.  All their shadows are part of a collection and the top of the jars have a sticker with the collection name on them.  Take a look at mine sitting next to a BFTE jar:

I do not like being unable to see the shadow color through the jar.  BFTE has their logo stamped on the top of their lids, but there is still plenty of space to see the shadow.

Even on their sides, the Geek Chic jar clarity is not as nice as BFTE’s.  However, Geek Chic is $5.99/jar and BFTE is $6.50.  50 cents isn’t really a big deal to me, but it does all add up.  It is worth mentioning also, that Geek Chic also offers glitters,lipsticks (called Joysticks!), lip glosses, and lipbalms in some awesome colors that I can’t wait to try soon!  They even have Alcohol free soild perfumes called “Solid Scents”.  Everything they sell is created by them (they never re-package!) and all their products are cruelty free, gluten free, paraben free, and Vegan (expect the joysticks & biobalms b/c they have beeswax in them).  Parabens aren’t a big deal to many people, but I actively seek paraben free products, and while they are getting more common, they still can be difficult to find.  Geek Chic is a small home based business, and when you order something, it is made fresh for you, usually within a week, and then mailed out, because they do not have the room to store tons of pre-made product.  This means you may have to wait a bit longer for your order than some other places, but at least you know your lipgloss hasn’t been sitting around in a fullfillment warehouse for months.

With all that said, I am super excited to try more of their products! You can check them out at www.geekchiccosmetics.com!

Here is the look I created using As You Wish & Blood Wine:

I used Blood Wine on the lid & As You Wish in the crease, and BFTE’s Full Moon Rising as a highlight color.  I then used Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Ransom to line the top and lower lashline, and Rimmel Exaggerate Liner in Purple Shock on the waterline.

I completed my look using Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation in 4.0, Revlon Beyond Natural Blush & Bronzer in Nude, and Urban Decay lipstick in Confession.

Physicians Formula Eye Booster™ 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum Review

A couple weeks ago, I bought the Physicians Formula Eye Booster™ 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum pen.  I have been looking for a good precision eye liner pen and this appealed to the “crunchy” side of me because it is hypoallergenic, fragrance free, paraben free, and “dermatologist approved”. It also appealed to the diva side of me, because it is not just an eyeliner pen, but also a lash growth serum.  That is why I didn’t mind paying almost $10 for it at my local Walmart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that I have used it for a couple weeks, I am ready to give you my thoughts on it.  At first, I thought that it may become a must have go-to item for me.  I am sad to say, I no longer feel that way.

It started out giving me nice clean dark lines that were easy to control.  It continues to be fairly good at allowing me to easily make precise lines, but it is no longer dark and vivid and I find myself repeatedly going over lines to get them to look good.

I could understand this happening if I had not kept the cap on tight or left it laying or turned upside down.  However, I have been very careful to keep it standing up so the liquid is always at the tip, and I have always made sure the cap clicked tightly closed. I also have not noticed much, if any, increased lash growth.  Perhaps just a small amount in the very inner corners of my eyes.

With that said, I will not be repurchasing this product, and the quest for an awesome, precise, bold eyeliner pen continues.

L’ Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara Review

For the last few weeks I have been trying L’ Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara.  I had been wanting to try a tubing mascara for a while now, and this is the least expensive one that I know of.  I picked it up at my local Walmart for about $8.

For those of you who do not know about tubing mascara, the idea is that instead of just coating your lashes with color, this formula of mascara actually wraps around the lashes and dries creating a tiny tube around each lash.  It is supposed to be healthier for your lashes because it isn’t as harsh and it is supposed to be easier to remove, while still being water resistant.

It is a two step mascara.  Step 1 is a typical white primer.  This primer does a good job in my opinion, but it has a very strong smell, kind of like super glue.  I can get past it, but I really don’t like it.  You do not have to wait for it to dry to go on to the 2nd step.

 

The 2nd step is, of course, the tubing mascara.  I do not notice any particular odor with this, but I have experienced some difficult completely covering the white primer with one coat, and doing two coats seems to create an instant spidery effect, which is fine if you like that look, but I do not.  So I feel, you have to apply this super fast for optimal results.

Here is a picture of me with this mascara on the left and nothing on the right for comparison:

As you can see, this mascara doesn’t give much volume, but it does lengthen pretty well.  For me personally, defining and lengthening are more important than thickening or voluminousness, but everyone is a little different in what they want out of a mascara.  Personally, when I want super thick luscious looking lashes, I go for falsies, because no matter how many mascaras claim to be like falsies in a tube – they just aren’t!

One thing that should be important to all women is the ability to gently remove the mascara, because sleeping in mascara is a huge no-no (even though we have all done it at least once if we’re honest)!  This mascara will not come off easily with a makeup remover – and even splashing water on your face will not remove it….

It looks something like this after being splashed with warm water:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

but if you then gently take your thumb and index finger and pinch your lashes, the tubes will  begin to slide off.  This alarms some women, because they think they are loosing lashes, but you aren’t!  Its just the mascara tubes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, this is a decent mascara, but I try to avoid buying L’Oreal products in general because L’Oreal tests on animals.  I DO love the tubing technology, so I will be trying another tubing mascara soon.  I believe the next least expensive is Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara, which is $16, so look for a review on it sometime soon!