Best Drugstore Makeup: The Eyeshadow Edition

Eyeshadow

There isn’t a shopping trip that goes by that I don’t stroll the makeup aisles of my favorite drugstores. You never know when I may come across a new brand or find a shade that I suddenly remember I don’t have. It drives my husband crazy for sure but in the end, I’ve learned which products work and over the years I definitely have my favorites.

Out of the types of makeup I shop for the most, eyeshadow is in the top two. When I’m looking for a new one to add to my arsenal, these are the brands I stick to and here’s why!

1. Maybelline® Eye Studio® Color Tattoo® 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow.

My favorite cream eyeshadow ever with a rich pigment and lasting power that’s almost unheard of with a drugstore brand.

2. Scandaleyes Shadow Stick

When I need bold eye color but running really low on time, I break out these shadow sticks. In the time it takes to color inside my crease lines, I have rich color that doesn’t streak, crease, or fade.

3. Rimmel London Glam’Eyes Quad Shadow

The packaging has gotten a makeover since the last time I bought this palette but it was totally worth it. It’s easier to get to the long lasting and totally gorgeous shades.

4. Wet-n-Wild Color Icon Trio

This brand can be very hit or miss but I found that the Color Icon Trio is the best eyeshadow they have. Pefect for the makeup newbie with placement etched right in the shadow along with great color.

5. Milani Runway Eyeshadow

I love these baked eyeshadow minis, with the ability to be used with water for even deeper color. I seriously need to get more of them in my life.

6. Maybelline® Eye Studio® Color Plush® Silk Eyeshadow Quad

Not a shocker that Maybelline is on here again. Love the pigment this quad delivers with two matte and two shimmer shades that can create a wide variety of looks.

7. CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 3-Kit Eyeshadow

When all else fails, you can never go wrong with CoverGirl. The collection of three complimentary shades give you the day look you want every time.

What are your favorite drugstore eyeshadows?

My Lips Are Getting Schooled With Makeup Academy Cosmetics

MUA Lipstick

Being the product junkie that I am, I’m always on the lookout for the next best affordable thing. I say affordable because I’m always on a budget but that doesn’t mean I want to skimp on quality. Some drugstore level brands can be hit or miss. But when you find one that does work, you seriously stock up! That’s why drugstores like CVS can be a very dangerous (but very fun!) place.

So I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review some of the products from the exclusive Makeup Academy Brand Shop at CVS. The UK based beauty brand is making its way stateside, with a $4 to $25 price range. They have everything from lip color to professional brushes,  in sleek and expensive looking packaging.

The Color Intense lipstick selection was the first thing that caught my eye, with a wide range of colors from the daytime neutral to the rich and bright.  I had a shade from each extreme and both performed really well. The colors were rich, the lipstick glided on smooth, and the staying power was decent (made it through a day of work!). It didn’t dry my lips out either, which is a major plus.

Makeup Academy Lipstick

Mulberry

Mulberry is a muted burgundy color that’s perfect for a daytime look. The barely there look is so on trend this Fall and this shade is just a kiss of color if the nude lip is not your thing.

Makeup Academy Lipstick

Coral

Coral on the other hand is like a bold dose of summer I don’t want to let go off. It’s just the right shade of orange, looking just as vibrant on my lips than it does in the tube.

To get the deets on their lip sugar scrub, check out this past Fierce newsletter. While you’re there, make sure you sign up! I have an exclusive review of their makeup brush coming up in a future issue.

 

FTC Disclosure: Products in this review were received as free samples for review. All opinions are my own.

Sons of Anarchy Season 7 Premiere Style

Sons of Anarchy Season 7

Examiner

I admit I was pretty late to the Sons of Anarchy train. After running out of shows to watch this summer I finally got around to the SOA and man, I didn’t know what I was missing!  Needless to say, the last 6 seasons are very fresh in mind (I’m still mourning OPI and pissed about Tara) so being excited about the final season premiering tomorrow is an understatement. Besides the fact that the final ride will premiere on my birthday, I can finally experience the show in real time.

I never thought I would love a show about outlaw bikers, which was one of the reasons why I never tuned in from the beginning. But between the great storylines, shady characters, and a sexy Jax Teller, I’m officially hooked. I can see why my husband would love to have a Harley and I would gladly be the ‘old lady’ riding behind him.

But not without the right outfit!

A leather jacket and boot cut jeans are a definite given but you know I always need that punch of color and very big accessories no matter what the inspiration.

Leather Jacket

  • Torrid Denim Slim Boot
  • House of Fraser Pu Biker Jacket
  • Old Navy Perfect Rib Tank
  • Charlotte Russe Oversized Cut-out Medallion Earrings
  • Charming Charlie Gia Heavy Chain Link Necklace
  • 2 Lips Too Too Legacy Boots
  • Kat von D Studded Kiss Lipstick

 

Will you be tuning in to the season 7 premiere tomorrow night?

Nine Boots To Fall In Love With

Fall Fashion

It’s officially Fall ladies so let’s talk shoes! I’m more than a little ready to put the sandals up and wear something more cooler weather ready. Granted, it’s still 90+ degrees down here but a girl can dream, can’t she?

When it comes to boots, I look for something with a bit of edge (like buckles or zipper details, the right amount of height (nothing that’s borderline trashy), and unexpected colors. With fashion trends like leopard print and casual chic style, the right pair boots can make all the difference between a good outfit and a fierce one!

Here are nine picks that totally fit the bill.

(Right to Left)

  1. H&M Ankle Boot
  2. Wallis Fashion Black Platform Shoe Boot
  3. Pink & Pepper Rapper Wide Calf Riding Boot
  4. DOLCE by Mojo Moxy Kiwi Boot
  5. Kelly & Katie April Bootie
  6. Studded & Cuffed Stiletto Lace-Up Booties Charlotte Russe
  7. Wet Seal Slouchy Heeled Buckle Boots
  8. MIA Gale Women’s Pull-on Boots
  9. FERGALICIOUS Women Believin Boots

Four Fierce Fall Hair Trends

Hair Styles

Though the temps aren’t letting up (at least down here anyway) this weekend marked the official end of summer. These past two weeks for me have been the epitome of the Fall season – colorful changes and ending the year on a high note. And as such, I’m embracing these exciting changes on all fronts. My wardrobe is as Fall ready as ever and now it’s time to do something different with this hair. Like many of you, I’m looking at the season’s latest trends for the season.

This year fall fashion designers have been on the ball, re-imagining old trends while staying true to the classics. While the Fall is usually about slicked back hair and business worthy updos, this year there’s more style variety to go around. I’ll show you what I mean!

Relaxed Ballerina Bun

Fall Hair Trends 2014

Renewed Style

Remember this hair style from a few seasons back? Instead of loading our hair up with ton’s of gel and pulling it back super tight, we can go the Roberto Cavalli route. No need for it to be super perfect but rather a laid back kinda of vibe that’s still chic and trendy.

Slicked Back Center Part

Fall Hair Trends 2014

Harpar’s BAZAAR

If sleek and chic is more your thing (even I have my moments!) then this trend is worth a try. A crisp center part and a really laid ponytail can work anywhere from the office to Happy Hour. It’s also the perfect hairstyle to rock metallic eyeshadow or berry red lipstick.

Ride the Waves

Natural Hair Styles

Pinterest

Not ready to let go of the summer just yet? Then rock soft waves like the models in Chloe Fall fashion show. The key is to keep them smooth so they don’t look like you spent your morning on a windy beach.

Sixties Mod Hair

Fall Hair Trends 2014

Darling Dexter

If you’re going to have sixties inspired fashion, you have to have the hair to go with it right? Channel your inner Joan Crawford or Megan Draper with a side swept bang and well placed bouffant. If you’re really looking for a change, go short with an asymmetrical bob.

What’s your favorite Fall hair trend?