Drugstore Buy of the Week - Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal BIG Shot Mascara x Shayla

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Big Shot Mascara Boomin' in Blue

A few years ago I saw the most amazing bright cobalt blue lashes on a New York Fashion Week runway model - and I never forgot the color, the volume and the length of the lashes she had.

Over the years, I've been able to try various blue mascaras, but either the blue was not vibrant enough and/or the formula was lackluster.

So imagine how happy I was to learn the star beauty vlogger and makeup artist Shayla was creating a collection with Maybelline - and one of the products was a bright BLUE volume mascara!

Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Big Shot Mascara Boomin' in Blue is a makeup lovers (and mascara lover's) dream come true.  From the fist swipe of the mascara brush, the bristles grabbed perfectly on to my lashes and deposited true, cobalt blue color from every angle.  The formula gave me volume and length, with no clumping or flaking.

The Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Big Shot Mascara Boomin' in Blue is a wet formula, but not dripping wet. When it dried down, I had a medium soft hold on my lashes.  After they were dry, there was no smudging during the day. 

The Boomin' in Blue instantly brightened up my eyes and whole face, and I loved applying it on both my upper and lower lashes. At night, it was easy to remove with makeup wipes or eye makeup remover.

Boomin' in Blue is stunning and will work with all eye colors.  People immediately noticed the change from my usual black mascara, so expect lots of compliments!

Purchase Here: Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Big Shot Mascara Boomin' in Blue

If you really want to amp up your eye look, pair the Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Big Shot Mascara Boomin' in Blue with a matching blue eyeliner.

Also, the fact that I can get this amazing color, with a equally fantastic formula at the drugstore for $7 is another bonus.  Congrats Shayla on the start of what I'm sure will be many more beauty products we'll fall in love with. - RLB

Purchase Here: Maybelline Volum' Express Colossal Big Shot Mascara Boomin' in Blue

Nail Polish Find - BLACK UP Nail Lacquer, Nudes

Black Up Nail Lacquer NVAO08 
If you love nude lipstick, chances are you also love a great nude nail polish.  But many nail brands don't carry warm and cool dark brown, medium brown, tan and olive-based shades to match various skin tones. 

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I stumbled across Black Up Nail Lacquer Nudes collection and was impressed with the 7 shades which range from warm and cool beige, tan, medium and dark brown shades.

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My closest match was Black Up Nail Lacquer NVAO08 which is a beautiful orange/yellow based medium dark brown.  When I wanted a lighter, neutral nail, I liked the warm peachy tan Black Up Nail Lacquer NVAO01 (shown, below).  

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Black Up Nail Lacquer NVAO01 

The Black Up Nail Lacquer shades are all so flattering they are perfect to create different looks, even if they are not your "nude" hand shade.

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Another great feature is the oval shaped brush which made is easy to quickly cover each nail bed with no messy mistakes.  The Black Up Nail Lacquer formula is smooth with very little streaking and they had a natural shine finish, before a top coat.  

Black Up Nail Lacquer drying time was also fast, about 2 minutes.  With a 2x week application of top coat, I got 5+ days of wear before major chipping.

For any woman of color looking for a true "nude" nail, Black Up Nail Lacquer are worth exploring!- RLB

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Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Cheek Creme Blonde Mink 
This year, Victoria Beckham is back with a new, expanded makeup collection with Estee Lauder, and one of the stars of the line is her new Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Cheek Creme Blonde Mink. 

The cream blush comes in one shade, Blonde Mink, and it works with all skin tones.  It's silky to the touch, lightweight and creamy.  The blush has a soft focus glow along with a peachy/orange/brown blend of color.

Blonde Mink worked well with my skin tone, and I loved how easy it was to blend with just my fingers, or a beauty blender.

Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder
Cheek Creme Blonde Mink
Victoria Beckham Estee Lauder Cheek Creme Blonde Mink can also double for a touch of color and highlight for lips on weekends as well as over a neutral lipstick to add more dimension.  I loved the dewy, fresh look it gave my cheeks and lips.  Worn over lips, it wasn't drying and wore well during the day.

The Cheek Creme is dense with pigment, so just one touch in the pan for each cheek was all I needed.  Once I blended it in, my cheeks had a beautiful glow and color all day, with no fading or smudging after a morning application (approx 8+ hours).

The packaging is stunning with it's leather and gold trimmed details, making this an ideal beauty gift for yourself - or the beauty lover in your life.  I can't wait to see Victoria Beckham create more of these Cheek Creme's in a few more universal shades as well. - RLB

Body Care Find - Clio Designs Palmperfect Electric Shaver for Women

Clio Designs Palmperfect Electric Shaver 
I've discovered a handy and (cute!) new tool for quick, easy shaving.  The Clio Designs Palmperfect Electric Shaver  is a palm sized, lightweight electric shaver.  It works with 2 replaceable AAA batteries (although they were included in the pack I received).

Clio Designs Palmperfect Electric Shaver  was perfect for light to medium shaving needs for underarms, bikini area and legs.  I only needed to lightly go over my skin with the razor, since there was no need to press down hard to shave the hair off.  I got the best results using the on hair that had just had a few days growth (about a 1/4 of an inch).  Note: If your hair is longer than 1/2 inch, you will feel slight pulling as you use the shaver, which may be uncomfortable for you.

All I had to do is press the button on the Clio Palmperfect Cordless Shaver and it began buzzing away.  I went over the area about 3-4 times to get the close shave I like, and I also used it with both dry and wet shaving in the shower successfully.  With either type of shaving, the Clio Palmperfect Cordless Shaver for Women glided easily over my skin.and I could shave any areas I needed to because of it's curved, palm sized design  Once I was done, my skin was never irritated or nicked.  I used the Clio Palmperfect Cordless Shaver for Women about 2x week on average.

*This product was provided courtesy of Clio Palmperfect PR for reviewing purposes.

Beauty Find - Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro

Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro 202 

I've featured a few new liquid lipstick matte formulas recently, but if you're in the market for a luxe version from the the one and only maestro of fashion, Giorgio Armani, the Lip Maestro  is hands down one of the best.

From the formula to the finish and the signature packagingGiorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro is a fantastic lip product to treat yourself to.

Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro is extremely pigmented, creamy and smooth going on.  It's a lip stain that gives a velvet matte finish and most importantly - moisture.  My lips never looked or felt dry, and the liquid going on wasn't sticky, gummy or oily in feel.  The texture is a gel-cream hybrid and one coat is all I needed for complete opaque color.The applicator is plush and soft and allowed the product to spread across my lips seamlessly.

My favorite shade was a pinky-brown nude, Lip Maestro 202. This nude in particular, will look great on women with light and darker brown skin.  The finish, although matte, has a velvet look with just a touch or luminosity which makes it unique.  

Giorgio Armani Beauty 
Lip Maestro 402 
I loved my Lip Maestro 202 so much I also decided to get a beautiful red, and Lip Maestro 402  was just what I wanted.  It's a vibrant blue based red that looks great on many skin tones.  For both shades I got about 6 hours of wear with eating/drinking before I needed a touch up.  I only did one touch up per day and my color stayed true until I removed it at night.  During the day, my lips continued to feel soft, plump and moist, with no smudging, bleeding or flaking.

I also love the Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro red packaging, which looks and feels expensive and chic whether I'm taking out of my bag or on my vanity in my lipstick case. 

There are also so many shades to choose from in the Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro collection.  You're sure to find more than a few you'll love.  There are 18 Shades in all, including multiple gorgeous reds, pinks, peachy tones and coral shades.  - RLB

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Fragrance Find - CHANEL Gabrielle Chanel Eau de Parfum

One of CHANEL's newest scents is an ode to the founder, Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel.  Created by Olivier Polge, GABRIELLE CHANEL was inspired by the idea of an imaginary flower.  The scent is based on a four white flower note structure.  Exotic Jasmine, fruity green ylang-ylang, fresh sparkling orange blossom and grasse tuberose.  The four flowers are represented by the four corners in the raised glass bottle design.

Like many CHANEL scents,GABRIELLE CHANEL has complexity and longevity, but it stays close to the skin with a very small "fragrance arc".  That means you'll never announce your arrival in a room with the scent.  I loved the opening notes, which were bright and yet rich at the same time.  On my skin the orange blossom was very prominent, with it being balanced by the slightly sweet ylang-ylang.  

With a morning application,GABRIELLE CHANEL lasted on me about 8-10 hours, and developed into a richer floral that dried down with a crisp, warm feel.  I think this is perfect for Fall and Winter in particular, and it is as versatile for day and it is for night.

CHANEL GABRIELLE is quite concentrated, (I only used 2-4 spritzes each time), so rest assured if you're treating yourself to this scent, the price tag gives you many months of wear, even with frequent use.  

I especially love using an extra spritz for the hair or clothing since it lingers like a light veil the entire day.  To keep CHANEL GABRIELLE with you while you travel, there's a 1.7 ounce version as well.

CHANEL GABRIELLE also makes a beautiful beauty gift for that fragrance lover in your life. The CHANEL GABRIELLE bottle design is stunning and perfect to adorn any dresser.  The label and the stopper have a lamé color, along with and a blend of gold and silver. The fragrance liquid itself is a gorgeous gold color. Stunning! - RLB

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Drugstore Buy of the Week - NYX LUV Out Loud Lipstick

NYX LUV Out Loud Lipstick

For many beauty lovers, NYX has become the go-to brand for great quality, on-trend inexpensive makeup. Their newest line, NYX LUV Out Loud Lipstick was inspired by the brand asking: What qualities make a person beautiful? For them, the answer was passion, confidence and fearlessness, to name a few. 

NYX LUV Out Loud Lipstick is a line of 6 shades.  All bold and vivid.  There are two pink nudes, bright pinks and vibrant purples.  NYX LUV Out Loud Lipstick are velvet mattes and are great for when you want to have a lip that makes a statement. Note: There are four shades shown in the photo above, but there are six in the collection.

Passionate, (shown, on the left) was my favorite. This is a medium, warm violet shade. It was perfect for when I wanted a bolder lip that wasn't pink or red.  Many of the shades in this collection are perfect to transition to a brighter or darker lip for Fall as well. 

The texture is creamy and lightweight. The color glided on my lips easily without streaking, and set within seconds.  Since the finish is velvet matte, it has a matte appearance that didn't look dry or cakey.

The liquid lipstick had good wear throughout the day, even after eating/drinking.  I only reapplied about once on average to bring back the vibrancy, although the stain of the color did remain (all the shades are very bright when first applied).

The formula is very pigmented, so just a light swipe gave me the exact matte color in the tube.  It's not necessarily designed to be an hydrating lip product, so I found a light layer of lip balm or lip primer, like the SEPHORA COLLECTION Beauty Amplifier Lip Primer allowed my lips to feel moisturized all day.

At under $7 a piece, you can pick up a few of these without breaking the bank. - RLB

Purchase Here: NYX LUV Out Loud Lipstick 

*This product was provided courtesy of NYX PR for reviewing purposes.