First Impressions: L'Oreal's Voluminous Miss Manga

Let me start off by saying that L'Oreal is my HOLY GRAIL brand for mascaras.  I love every single one in the Voluminous line. So, when I found out that there was a new one coming out I was STOKED and I had high hopes! I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was. I finally found it at Wal-Mart for $5.99! (it retails for $7.99)

L'Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga

The brush is interesting. It's a cone shape but what's really cool is the wand itself, it rotates 360 degrees! When you apply the mascara you have a springy effect. The fact that it moves really helps get all up in there! You can really get to the root of your lashes and fan it out.

Here I am with nothing on my lashes.

Ignore the fact that I look dead, I just woke up. :)

I normally put on It Cosmetics Tightline mascara first but to really test this out I didn't this time. After one coat I look like this...

I wanted a little more so I applied two coats and this is what I got.

Not too much of a difference but I do really like it! You're suppose to end up with an anime type effect and it doesn't quite get you there. (Would any?) It does give great length and the volume is enough to make you look like you have more lashes. One thing that some people may not like it that it is a little clumpy. I think it has a lot to do with the brush considering the bristles are all different sizes. If you have a clean spooly, use that with this and it probably wouldn't clump the way it does. Also, it stays really good! I haven't had any problems with it flaking. I even rubbed my eyes earlier forgetting that it was there and it is still in great condition.

Overall, I think this is one of my new faves! The best to me is L'Oreal's Voluminous Butterfly. It's practically perfect and this one is a VERY close second. To make it short, if you see it in stores, snatch it up!

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Easy Eye Look Using The Chocolate Bar Palette

Time for a tutorial! This is my first one so please bear with me. Here we go!

First things first you want to prime your eyelids. (I already filled in my brows with Anastasia Brow Powder Due in Caramel) This helps the shadow stick and stay all day. I use Urban Decay's Primer Potion.

Urban Decay's Primer Potion

Next, I highlighted my brow bone and above my brow using Milani's Brow and Eye Highlighter in Matte Beige/High Glow. I only used the matte end. I use my finger to blend it out.

Yes, I realize I look goofy! :)

Now we start with the eye shadow. With this look you only need two! I started in my crease with Salted Caramel and used windshield wiper motions. The brush I used was E.L.F.'s Eye Shadow Blending Brush, for just $1 it's fantastic!

Salted Caramel

Now using your ring finger, take Marzipan and pat it all over your lid. You want to use your ring finger because it is the weakest one. You can also use a shader brush. Then blend some more using the same brush you used in your crease.


Now take your favorite liquid liner and finish off with mascara. The liner I used was Maybelline's Line Stiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner. For mascara I used It Cosmetics Tightline and Benefit's They're Real. Then you're done! Here is the final look.

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***Happy birthday to my wonderful husband, Kenny!!*** 

10 Coconut Oil Uses for Your Beauty Routine

Coconut oil is one of the most versatile items I have ever came across. You can use it to cook with, as diaper rash cream, to help with a sore throat, etc. But, this is a beauty blog and I am going to tell you my top 10 ways to use it for your beauty routine. 

Make-Up Remover: This stuff can take off the most stubborn mascara out there! Simply put some on your fingers and rub it over your eyes or put it on a cotton pad and do the same thing. Your make-up will melt away.

Body Scrub: Mix together one part oil and two parts sugar to make a lovely smelling exfoliate. Once you're in the shower wet your body, lather some of the body scrub onto a pouf or a wash cloth and scrub away! You will end up glowing and super smooth! Plus, you'll smell heavenly! You can also use it as a lip scrub.

Lip Balm: This one is super easy. Just pucker up and smooth it on. Your lips will be kissable soft in a matter of seconds.

Make-Up Brush Cleaner: To create the cleaner you want to use two parts antibacterial soap and one part coconut oil. When you are done place a small amount of mixture in your hand and dip the brush into it. Then take your brush and swirl it around until clean. After you are done, rinse your brush thoroughly and lay flat to dry.

Frizz Tamer: This works wonders on flyaways and adds tons of shine to your hair.

Deep Conditioner: Lather all over your hair and comb through. If you sleep with it still in your hair be sure to use a shower cap or place a towel over your pillow. If you do not use it overnight, keep it in your hair for 10-30 minutes (longer if you want, it won't hurt anything) rinse then wash your hair thoroughly.

Shaving Cream: Switch this out for your normal shaving cream and you will end up with the smoothest legs you have ever had. Another product I like to use is conditioner. Men can use this too!

Night Cream: After you take off your make-up and you are about to go to bed, take a small amount and rub into your skin. It is great for people with dry skin!

Cuticle Oil: With this one you can either use it solid or you can liquify it. To liquify the oil just place a small amount into a microwave safe bowl and heat up for 20 seconds then stir. Heat longer if needed. When you are finished rub it into your cuticles. 

Lotion: Just like with the night cream you can rub this into your skin and go about your day. It can tend to be a little oily (duh) so be sure to rub it in good. If you use too much just take a soft cloth and pat your skin to soak up the excess.

There you have it! Go get a jar and start using it now! You will not regret it.

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It's Electric! Boogie Woogie, Woogie!

Urban Decay has done it again with this ultra bright eye shadow pressed pigment palette. I can't be the only one who thinks of the "Electric Slide" when I hear the name! Electric it is! Now let me say that I am a neutral gal. I love my tans, browns, whites and blacks. But every now and again you want to stand out. 

Urban Decay Electric Palette $49

This palette has 10 shades that are super bright. Two of the shades are repeats in Urban Decay's line, Revolt and Chaos. The other 8 are brand new! All shades have great color payoff and blend beautifully! Every shade is .04 oz and it also comes with a dual ended brush. The brush is very pretty, it is black with purple ends. I have used it multiple times and it works wonderfully.

Top Left to Right: Revolt, Gonzo, Slowburn, Savage, Fringe
Bottom Left to Right: Chaos, Jilted, Urban, Freak, Thrash

Revolt: Bright metallic silver shimmer with silver glitter. This is the only one I kinda have a problem with. It is a gorgeous metallic but the fall out is pretty bad. I have noticed that if I pat it on more than rub it on it does help. Just be sure to do your eyes before your foundation if you use this color.

Gonzo: Bright turquoise matte with floating tonal pearl. 

Slowburn:  Bright red-orange matte with floating pearl. This color is a pain to get off! The payoff is awesome but it stains like crazy. This would be another one that you want to put on before foundation only because if you do have some fall out it will be a pain to fix.

Savage: Bright hot pink matte. Also stains like Slowburn but not nearly as bad. I also noticed that this is a little powdery.

Fringe: Bright metallic teal.

Chaos: Bright blue matte with floating tonal pearl. 

Jilted: Bright metallic fuchsia with blue shift.

Urban: Bright metallic purple.

Freak: Bright green with gold shift.

Thrash: Bright lime green matte with floating gold pearl.

Left to right: Revolt, Gonzo, Slowburn, Savage, Fringe, Chaos, Jilted, Urban, Freak, Thrash.
I used Urban Decay's Primer Potion underneath every color.

Beware if you purchase this palette that there is a warning on the back that reads, "Warning: Slowburn, Savage, Jilted, and Urban are not intended for the immediate eye area." I have used all of them on my eye area given they are pigments and I didn't have any kind of problem. But I have heard some people say that Slowburn irritated them.

Overall I really love this! I think it is a fabulous palette and it is definitely something I would repurchase! Here is one look that I have created using Electric.

I used Chaos on my lid and lower lash line and Jilted in my crease. I blended the two together to create a purple in the middle. I wore it all day at work and through the night and it did not budge! 

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