First Impression: Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation

With all of these drugstore releases it’s hard to keep up! I feel like every time I sneeze, Maybelline is releasing a new foundation. I truly do like most of them so I rarely hesitate to pick one up whenever they come out with a new launch. The new Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation is described as a soft-matte hydrating foundation, which is an oxymoron if I ever heard one.maybelline dream velvet foundation
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maybelline dream velvet foundation dark skinI decided to take it for a spin and do a first impression of the shade Coconut (95), the default shade of dark skin girls everywhere in the world of Maybelline. Watch to see how it turned out!
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Maybelline also released the Dream Blender Foundation Blending Sponge to apply the foundation.
maybelline Dream Blender Foundation Blending SpongeI laughed a bit when I saw this and have yet to muster up the energy to use it. It’s like a super firm beauty blender with a handle. While the Beauty Blender (and most beauty sponges) are soft, this is quite firm. According to some on YouTube it’s a neat little tool but as someone who owns A LOT of brushes, I’ll pass. If you’re just starting out with makeup and aren’t looking to spend a lot of money, you can pick this up but I’d recommend the Real Technique sponge instead.

The Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation ($10.99) and Dream Blender Foundation Blending Sponge ($5.99) are available in drugstores and Ulta this month.

Disclosure: samples provided for editorial consideration.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayon Review

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Maybelline has extended their wildly popular Color Tattoo line into jumbo shadow pencils! I’m a fan of the Color Tattoos because they’re crazy pigmented and offer a long-wear eye look for drugstore prices. The release of the Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayon is part of the Spring 2016 collection, available in drugstores January 2016.
maybelline Color Tattoo Crayon_1662Richly pigmented, ultra creamy and packaged in a convenient stick format, the new Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayons are for people like me who hate products in pots but want the lasting power. Honestly, if you were already a fan of the original Color Tattoo eyeshadows, you’re going to love this one.
maybelline Color Tattoo Crayon_1672There are ten (10) shimmery shades (no mattes) in total and I haven’t experienced any issues with creasing, something I usually run into with many stick shadow formulas.
maybelline Color Tattoo Crayon_swatches L-R: Barely Beige, Pink Parfait, Bronze Truffle, Lilac Lust, Lavish Lavender, Creamy Chocolate,  Audacious Asphalt, Grey Crystal, Gold Rush, Charcoal Chrome
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The Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayons are available now via Ulta for $6.99. Full availablity in drugstores in this month.

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Review & Swatches

Happy New Year!! Wanted to kick off the year with a review and swatches of the NEW Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lip products.

I was pretty excited about the release of Maybelline’s Vivid Matte Liquid lip color because I could have sworn they were liquid lipsticks. Apparently not. Watch for the full review!

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They’re still very beautiful lip colors and if you’re someone who hates the dryness and flakiness of liquid lipsticks then be sure to give this a try. Just beware — they transfer pretty easily and you should definitely carry the lip color you’re wearing around with you, lest you want to have patchy lips. All in all, it’s an okay lip product. They glide on smooth and hydrate lips and are pretty comfortable on the lips. They’re definitely more of a medium coverage lip product offering more color than a traditional gloss.
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These are new to drugstores and are currently available at for $7.99.

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get ready with me: casual birthday celebration ft. carli bybel palette

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HELLO! IT’S ME! I was going to a little birthday celebration with my family, so I decided to film myself getting ready. This is NOT a tutorial, you’re just getting ready with me. I was really excited to use the Carli Bybel palette from BH Cosmetics after my initial review and swatches.

There are a few noticeable fails in this video, namely my eyeliner which was annoying me hardcore. Not sure if I’m a fan of the Maybelline liner. Are you? And yeah I cleaned up the mascara on my nose 😛

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5 Beauty Launches I’m Excited About In 2016

I LOVE January simply because of all of the new beauty releases hitting the shelves. Brands love to start the new year off with a bang so i’ve compiled a few products that have caught my eye. Here are 5 beauty launches I’m excited about in 2016.
2016 beauty launches
NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30, $44
Anytime NARS decides to release a new foundation, I simply can’t say no. They’re formulas are amazing and the coverage never disappoints. The new NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF 30 is an oil-free formula that offers a soft-matte finish in 12 different shades. Their Velvet Illusion Complex technology creates a soft-focus effect while Transparent Blurring Powders instantly enhance the look of skin by helping to blur imperfections and even tone. Sign me up!
Available January 15, 2016 at NARS Boutiques and Available February 1, 2016 at Sephora, department, and specialty stores.

tarteist™ matte lip paint, $25
So technically this is available now online so you can get the early bird special and run to purchase it. I first spotted these beauties on Snapchat back when tart took a group of beauty vloggers to Turks and Caicos (unfortunately my invite got lost i the mail :(…). I’ve been actively stalking them via instagram for their release and it’s finally here! This full coverage formula is applied using the tarteist™ paint brush wand with an ergonomically slanted, soft tip so anyone can easily paint on precise pigment. The pigmentation looks CRAZY and it dries down to an ultra matte finish. They’re available in 10 different shades ranging from a shocking pink to a beautiful neutral.
Available now on Tarte’s site and Sephora.

Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon, $8.99
Depneding on where you live you just may be able to spot this display in your local drugstore now. I’ve ben getting into brows this year and I hate falling in love with an expensive brow products (it’s an expensive habit!). As one of my favorite drugstore beauty brands the release of Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon gets me super excited. The Brow Drama Pomade Crayon is a chubby brow pomade crayon that sculpts, shapes, and tames brows with a blendable creamy texture.
Available in drugstores in January but I’ve also found it here.

Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray, $28
This one hits close to home because I’ve been working on behind the scenes on this launch (well, not product formulation….only online promotion). I’ve never used a texture spray because I’m black for obvious reasons but who’s to say that I wouldn’t be able to try them out. I do straighten my hair every once and a while but I HATE when my hair looks pin straight. Now that I have a bit of a bob situation, I’d love to recreate that cool, undone, sexy type of hair. The Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray is a dry argan-oil infused texture spray formulated with high-performance resins and zeolite to form a bond between hairs for a texturized hold with a dry, gritty finish.
Available for preorder now on

M∙A∙C Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, $20
MORE LIQUID LIPSTICKS, PLEASE! So I love the Retro Matte lipsticks from M∙A∙C so this is an interesting release for me. With intense pigmentation and a flat, matte finish this liquid lipstick is available in 15 saturated shades.
M∙A∙C Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is available in-store January 7, 2016 in the permanent line.