Beauty, Makeup, Product Review

Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Today, let’s talk YouTube.  I love me some YouTube!  I can get lost for hours tangled in a sea of make-up, music, and more.  My favorite videos, though, are the make-up ones.  I especially enjoy Emily Noel’s videos (check out her channel here).  Her recommendations are always informed and honest.  You can tell when she truly loves a product and when she doesn’t care for it.  I appreciate that in a beauty reviewer.  She is always talking about (and using) the Milani Eyeshadow Primer (find it here).  I never thought eyeshadow primers were necessary.  However, after hearing her talk about how fabulous the Milani one was over and over and over again, I finally gave in and tried it.  Oh boy, am I glad I did!  I can’t believe how good this stuff is!  For starters, it’s only about $6 for a tube.  I’m guessing a tube will last a good year as I’ve been using mine for about 3 months and barely made a dent.  It goes on smooth and leaves a nice, even, blank slate for eyeshadow.  Not only that, but it extends the wear of the eyeshadow as well.  It’s the product you didn’t know you needed.  It really is fabulous.  I would highly recommend checking it out! 

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Do you use an eyeshadow primer?
Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Beauty, Makeup, Product Review

Sephora Bold Lip Kit Review

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Today, let’s talk lips.  Bright, bold lips to be exact.  For Christmas, my bro and sis-in-law gave me the Sephora Favorites-Give Me Some Bold Lip kit.  Spoiler alert, it’s fabulous!  The kit contains 6 bold lip colors, 2 of which are full size!  Gift sets are such a great way to sample different products you may not have otherwise purchased.  Next holiday season, I’ll certainly be checking into Sephora more frequently! Unfortunately, the bold lip gift set is no longer available, but we can still review the products, right? Let’s get into it!
First of all, let’s establish criteria for a good lippy.  To be a good lip product the formula needs to be comfortable on the lips, it needs to be long-lasting, it needs to fade well, and be transfer-proof.  Now, that’s a tall order, but let’s see what we come up with, shall we?  

Kat Von D: Everlasting Liquid Lipstick: $20
Shade: K-Dub

This was my favorite of the bunch.  There’s just no getting around it.  The formula is fabulous, it’s comfortable, lasts for hours, fades nicely, and is transfer-proof.  That’s an A+ for all the criteria of a good lipstick!  It comes in 40+ shades and although this bright pink may not be everyone’s jam, I would highly recommend picking this up in your favorite shade.  $20 is on the high side of lipstick. However, if you purchase a color that you wear every day, it’ll be worth it.  The formula is that good!  

Too Faced: Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long-Wear Lipstick: $21
Shade: Drunk Dial
This is my second favorite of the six and luckily it’s full-size!  I’m not sure I would call this a matte lipstick, though, maybe I just didn’t let it dry down long enough.  Nonetheless, this is a fabulous lipstick.  It is indeed hydrating and so comfortable on the lips.  It’s also long-lasting and it fades nicely and evenly.  The only downfall is that it’s not transfer-proof.  However, that’s not a deal-breaker for me.   It comes in 20 shades, so again, if you can find one in a shade you wear every day I would recommend this product.  Just a heads up, it is part of the Peaches and Cream collection so it does have a scent to it.  If you’re sensitive to smells, you might want to pass on this one.

bareMinerals: Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor: $19
Shade: VIP
This one just barely comes in at #3.  I really like the formula and it gets a big thumbs up on all 4 criteria, especially comfort.  This stuff glides on and you can’t even tell you have product on your lips!  The longevity isn’t quite as good as the Too Faced, so this one is third on my list.  This comes in 10 shades.  There are a few neutrals, but most of the shades are on the bolder side.  They look wearable, though.  Even this bright red isn’t over-the-top by any means. Check them out if you’re interested!  I’d recommend them for sure!

Tarte: Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint: $20
Shade: Wannabe
They are not kidding about the lip paint in the name!  It goes on thick and dries almost immediately.  This color is so intense it looked like I was spreading dark chocolate on my lips.  No joke!  Again, this is a comfortable formula, lasts a long time, fades okay, and is transfer-proof.  Although the formula hits most of the criteria for a good lipstick, I just wasn’t wowed by this product for some reason.  It comes in 20+ shades, most on the brown/pink side of things.  This isn’t a bad product by any means, but I’m not sure about the $20 price tag.  If you can find it on sale, then I’d say go for it, otherwise, it’s a pass.

Bite Beauty: Amuse Bouche Lipstick: $26
Shade: Liquorice
First off, this is a beautiful color.  It goes on the lips as a deep, deep red with some hints of gold.  It’s gorgeous and fades absolutely beautifully.  The longevity isn’t bad either.  However, it is not a comfortable formula nor is it transfer-proof.  It comes in 38 shades with some pretty bold choices including a blue and a teal.  $26 is a lot for a lipstick, though.  Again, unless you can find this on sale, it’s a pass.

Nudestix: Magnetic Matte Lip Color: $24
Shade: Vino
This was my least favorite of the bunch.  Unfortunately, this was the other full-size product.  It is long-lasting and is transfer-proof.  That’s where the good things end, though.  It is not comfortable on the lips and fades terribly.  After eating, half of it was gone and the other half I basically had to peel off.  That’s not a cute look, especially when you’re wearing a dark color.  If you were going out for the night and wouldn’t be eating anything, it would probably last until morning. For $24, though, there are better options out there.
There you have it; the complete review of Sephora’s Favorites Bold Lip Kit!  Just to be clear, these all wore off after eating.  Some just faded better than others.  To recap, my top recommendations are the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, the Too Faced Peach Kiss Moisture Matte Long-Wear Lipstick, and the bareMinerals Statement Matte Liquid Lipcolor.  Those are all excellent formulas and well worth the higher price tag.  I’d highly recommend them!  
Have you tried any of these products? What’s your favorite lipstick?
Another big thanks to Russ & Erin!  You guys always give such thoughtful (and bloggable) gifts!
Thanks for stopping by!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
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Beauty, Hair, Makeup, Product Review

2017 Talk Fabulous Awards

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Can you believe 2017 is over?!?!  I certainly can’t. I thought it might be fun to start off this year by reflecting on my favorite things from last year.  Most of these I’ve talked about in a previous Fabulous Finds Fridays.  Hopefully, this will help you make easier decisions when purchasing beauty products.  These are listed in no particular order.  Let’s get into it!

Jazzy Jasmine will be helping us out today!

This is my favorite dry shampoo!  It works great without leaving that annoying white cast.  Plus, it’s inexpensive.  This girl is living on dry shampoo these days, so having a cheap option that works great is the best of both worlds!  Check out my full Dry Shampoo Review here.

This moisturizer is amazing for my oily skin!  It’s hydrating without being overly oily.  The pump is awesome and allows for some serious control over how much product you’re applying.  One pump is perfect for me during the summer.  Two pumps are just the right amount during the spring and fall.  In the depths of winter, I use three pumps.  It looks flawless under makeup and it’s just fabulous! Check out my full review here.

Every time I try a new concealer, I always find my way back to this one. It’s just so good.  The applicator is pretty much foolproof as it’s just a puff that you slide over your face.  Easy and fabulous!  Check out my full review here.

This mascara is on point!  The formula is so easy to work with and leaves your lashes looking full and voluminous.  If you haven’t tried this yet, get in your car, drive to your nearest drugstore, and pick this up!  Check out my full review here.

Don’t be fooled by the low price tag on this stuff.  I avoided this for a long time thinking “Can a foundation that’s $6 really be good?”  The answer is yes, yes it can.  The finish is truly flawless and leaves your face looking bright and healthy.  I get so many compliments on my skin when I wear this product.  When you’re at your local drugstore picking up the Lash Paradise, pick this up too!  I talked about this foundation in my Beauty Favorites post here

These lipsticks are simply beautiful!  The formula is matte, but not drying.  They’re comfortable to wear and don’t budge (unless you’re eating some oily food).  Some of my favorite colors are Rebel Rose, Berry Recognize, and Missy and Fierce.  Check out my full review here.

Just like the Wet n Wild MegaLast lipstick above, this nail polish has some serious staying power.  Want your nail polish to last for days on end without paying an arm and a leg?  Cool, me too!  This is the nail polish for us!  Check out my full review here.

That’s it for the 2017 Talk Fabulous Awards!  What are your favorite products from 2017?

Thanks for stopping by!  See you in my next post!

lylas,
MissyAnn

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Beauty, Budget Shopping, Everyday Style, Makeup, Product Review, Travel

The All-in-One Palette and Why You Need One

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Today, let’s talk skepticism.  For a long time, I was quite skeptical of those all-in-one palettes.  You know the ones, they have eyeshadows and blush and lipstick all in one compact.  I just couldn’t wrap my mind around having cream products next to powdery ones and how messy that must get.  Did I actually try it, though?  No, no I didn’t.   Was I missing out big time?  Yes, yes I was.  
Last week, the Thanksgiving holiday brought a chance for the hubby and me to visit my family back in Kansas.  All the good food and good company are reason enough to be excited to go home.  One extra perk is that oftentimes my mom has a pile of things she bought that didn’t work for her, but she thinks will work for me.  Aren’t moms the best?  This trip she had an all-in-one palette from Revlon (find it here).  There are 3 shade choices for this palette; mine is Berry in Love.  It includes 6 eyeshadows, 1 blush, 2 lipsticks, 2 lip glosses, a mirror, and mini applicators.  The applicators actually aren’t bad, but preferably I would use my own brushes.  The mirror is a little small, but usable.  
The colors are said to be universally flattering, and they are certainly very pretty.  The blush is a little light on my skin tone.  It does layer well, so with a little extra work you can get a good color payoff.  I wish the pan for the blush was bigger as it’s difficult to use a full-size blush brush, but it’s workable.  The palette doesn’t come with a highlight, but you can easily use any of the lighter eyeshadow shades for that purpose.  As I mentioned, my biggest fear was that the powder products would get all up into the cream products.  I’m happy to say, that has not been an issue yet.  So far so good!  
My favorite part of this palette is the convenience.  This can replace 5 products you would normally have to include in your makeup bag with this one palette.  With holiday travel season upon us (and any traveling for that matter) space is at a premium.  If I can pack a product that saves precious space, that’s a big plus.  It’s also nice not having to think about coordinating your eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick choices.  It’s all right there, already optimized with universally flattering colors that work well together.  It’s quick and easy to just throw in your bag and go.  That I like and you will too!  If you’re like me and were skeptical of the all-in-one palette, just try it out.  You won’t be disappointed!
Have you used an all-in-one palette?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
Have a fabulous weekend, lovelies!
lylas,
MissyAnn
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Beauty, Makeup, Product Review

The Perfect Match

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Today’s installment of Fabulous Finds Friday is all about makeup.  It’s really Target’s “fault”.  They gave me a coupon for any L’Oreal True Match product.  Like I’m going to pass that up!  I’m a big fan of the True Match foundation and the powder, but I wanted to try something new.  So, I reached for the True Match blush (find it here) in Neutral 1-2 Precious Peach.  Guys, this stuff is amazing!  And would you look at that pigment!  It claims to “precisely match your skin tone and undertone, leaving you with the most natural flush of color imaginable.”  True story!  The color is truly a perfect match and it lasts all day.  It’s just gorgeous!  I like that it comes in a compact complete with a mirror and brush.  I haven’t used the brush, but it is a nice option if you want to throw it in your purse for on-the-go touch-ups or travel.  You can find it at most major drugstores for around $8, and it’s totally worth it!  If you’re in the market for a fabulous blush or are just wanting to switch things up, pick this puppy up!  You won’t be disappointed!
What’s your favorite makeup line?
That’s all for today.  Have a fabulous weekend, lovelies!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Beauty, Budget Shopping, Makeup, Product Review

How to Easily Master a Flawless Eye Look

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Today, let’s talk makeup. If you haven’t noticed already, I love experimenting with different makeup. One thing I still struggle with is creating the perfect eye look. Some days I do okay, other days I lack the time/energy/creativity it takes to make a stellar eye look. Enter quad eyeshadows, or, as I like to call them, a game changing life saver. These take all the guesswork out of where to put what color. They come cleverly labeled with a color for your brow bone, crease, lid, and a liner. Even on my most zombie-ish mornings, I can figure that out. Most major drugstore brands carry these eye shadow quads, but my favorites are the Expert Wear eyeshadow quads from Maybelline (find them here). They run about $5 and come in a variety of shades. The quality is fantastic as they are very pigmented and easy to blend. Plus, they last all day even on the hottest summer day.  No melting eyeshadow here! 
I have this line in three colors.  Let’s take a look…
Chai Latte
My favorite is Chai Latte.  As you can see, I’ve used this so much that I hit pan on all the colors and even ran out of the highlight!  (Luckily, Maybelline has some great single eyeshadows so I could easily replace that color.)  Check out the instructions they provide on the back.  So handy!  This quad is great for every day and goes with everything.  
Amethyst Smokes
The Amethyst Smokes is a gorgeous palette.  You can easily go from day to night with this one.  Just check out the shimmer of the dark purple and black.  Stunning!
Charcoal Smokes
Everyone needs some good gray eyeshadows and the Charcoal Smokes certainly fit the bill.  Another great palette to take your look from day to night.  Love it!
If you’re in the market for some new eyeshadow, I highly recommend these Expert Wear quads from Maybelline!  What’s your go-to eyeshadow?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
Have a fabulous weekend, lovelies!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Beauty, Budget Shopping, Makeup, Product Review

Bright Eyes

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Who doesn’t want bright eyes? You would expect to pay mega bucks for a great eye cream, right? Wrong. What if I said you can get a fabulous eye cream for only $10? Well, great news, you can! Here’s the story…
I’ve never been much for preventative skin care.  I mean, I cleanse and moisturize, but that’s about it.  One day at the grocery store I was procrastinating from actual grocery shopping and was perusing through the e.l.f. products. Yes, my grocery store carries e.l.f. makeup. It’s awesome.  I noticed they had an eye cream.  Feeling it might be time to start protecting that delicate area of my face, I decided to try it out. Specifically, I bought the Illuminating Eye Cream (find it here) for a mere $10.  I used it day and night until I ran out.  The stuff really works!  The dark circles under my eyes gradually lightened.   The puffiness disappeared.  I was noticing a difference.  The changes were subtle and gradual, but they were there. Just as I ran out, I got an eye cream in my summer FabFitFun box.  I started using that to replace my e.l.f. one.  I figured, this stuff is more expensive, so it’s gotta be better, right?  No, I quickly learned that logic is flawed.  The price of the product doesn’t necessarily indicate quality.  I used the eye cream from my FabFitFun box for about 2 months.  The dark circles returned, the puffiness came back, my eyes were not looking as bright as they once had.  At that point, there was only one thing to do.  I bought another jar of eye cream from e.l.f. and never looked back.  If you’re looking for a great eye cream or just looking to do some experimenting with skin care, I would highly, highly recommend this product!
Do you have a preventative skin care routine?  What products would you recommend?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
Have a fabulous weekend!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Beauty, Makeup

Para, Para, Paradise

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
Guys, I’m in love…with a new mascara!  It’s the L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara (find it here) and it’s on point!  This stuff is getting some serious love from beauty gurus and with good reason.  You can find it at Target and all the major drugstores for around $8.  It comes in 3 shades with waterproof versions available as well.  Let’s examine the claims of this mascara according to the L’Oreal website. Claim one: “Silky smooth formula glides on evenly and easily”, check!  Claim two: “This volumizing and lengthening mascara delivers a full lash fringe that’s feathery soft”, check! Claim three: “No flaking, no smudging, no clumping”, check, check, and check!  This stuff will make your lashes look amazing!  Go out and pick some up right now, you’ll love it!
Have you tried the Lash Paradise mascara?  What do you think of it?
That’s all for today.  Monday we’ll be talking all about traveling!  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Beauty, Budget Shopping, Cleaners, DIY, Fabulous Finds Friday, Makeup

DIY Color Switcher

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!
So, we’ve all been there. That time when your favorite makeup brush is full of the wrong color. It’s got purple eye shadow when you want to use brown, etc. What’s a girl to do? Ain’t nobody got time to clean their brushes every time they want to switch eye shadow or even blush. Enter the color switcher. These are the latest craze in the beauty world. Sephora and Ultra both have a version that will run you about $20 (find them here and here). You can find them slightly cheaper on Amazon and Wal-Mart even makes a version (here). Even the cheaper versions aren’t worth it when you can make your own for a buck. That’s right, $1. It’s easy! Here’s how. Run out to your local dollar store and pick up one of those hair bun donut things (here). Unwrap it and you’re done! Start wiping your brushes on it when you want to switch colors. Easy peasy! If you want to go the extra mile, you can put it in a tin. I’m sure you can find those at the dollar store as well. I just happened to have this tin laying around that was waiting for its purpose in life. The hair bun donut thing fit perfectly! Now, how’s that for an easy yet super useful DIY?!? 

This is by no means a replacement for cleaning your brushes with soap and water.  Speaking of that, I really need to clean mine.  How often do you clean your brushes?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
Beauty, Makeup, Product Review

My Beauty Favorites

Fabulous Finds Friday

Hey, guys! Welcome back to Talk Fabulous! 
Today, we’re doing something a little different for Fabulous Finds Friday. Over the past few months, many beauty You Tubers have been talking about their ride or die makeup. Basically, that’s a fancy way of saying the products that they absolutely cannot live without. Since I’m always late for the party, now seemed like a good time to share my favorites with you. Again, these are items that I repurchase over and over and rush to the store when I run out of them. Let’s get into it, shall we?
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer: $5-$10
As a super fair skinned girl, I love this self-tanner!  My legs will not tan and, as we all know, I love to wear skirts and dresses in the summer.  This lotion is perfect as it goes on easily, doesn’t stain your hands, and will gradually give you that perfect summer glow.  It’s nearly impossible to mess up this application.  If you haven’t already tried this, I highly suggest you run out and pick one up right now (or after you finish reading this blog post 😁).  You can find it on Amazon here.


Dry Shampoo
Dry Shampoo is a must-have for me.  Sometimes I just flat out don’t have the time or the desire to wash my hair.  For those lazy days (which, let’s be honest, happen quite often) dry shampoo is the perfect refresher.  I have a few favorites. Check out my dry shampoo review here.  I usually switch between the Suave Professionals Refresh and Revive Dry Shampoo and Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo.  Either one is great.  Sometimes I even keep both on hand!
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer: $5
This was the first drugstore primer I ever tried.  I gotta say, I’ve never looked back.  It’s so good!  Plus, it’s so inexpensive!  That’s a win-win!  This is something that can always be found in my collection.  It does just what it claims, blurs pores and smooths the skin.  I haven’t found a foundation yet that doesn’t look nice on top of this primer. Love it!  Find it on Amazon here.  Check out my full primer review here.





Maybelline Cover Stick Concealer in Yellow: $5
I talked about my love of this product in my Color Corrector Review (here) so I won’t go into too much detail again.  If you’re part of the dark under eye club, then this product is for you!  It’s amazing at covering up those dark raccoon eyes we all get from time to time.  This product comes in a variety of colors, which I’m sure also work great.  I’ve never tried them, though, as I’m concerned about putting cream products on my already oily skin.  If you’ve tried out the other colors, let us know what you think in the comments below!  Pick it up on Amazon here



Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer: $5
That’s a mouthful and also I’m noticing a trend.  I promise I’m not sponsored in any way by Maybelline.  But, Maybelline, if you’re listening, I love love love your products!!!  Oh, right, the concealer.  This concealer is fabulous!  I’ve tried out countless others and I always go back to this one.  The applicator makes the product so easy to apply and it covers well without being cakey or too heavy.  It’s just an awesome product.  When you run out to buy the Jergens Natural Glow, pick this up too!  Find it on Amazon here.



e.l.f. Flawless Finish Foundation: $6
Look!  A non-Maybelline favorite.  It’s basically a miracle!  In all seriousness, though, this is a great foundation.  To me, this beats out foundations that are 2-3x more expensive.  I get so many compliments on my skin when I wear this.  It has great coverage and truly makes your skin look flawless.  For 6 bucks, you can’t beat that!  Check out their color selection here.
Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder: $6
Can you tell I have a slight crush on all things Maybelline? It’s true and this powder is no exception.  I know, I know, powders are boring, but they’re oh so important.  You can’t have a flawless look without a good setting powder.  This powder certainly delivers on that (find it here).  It’s creamy, glides on smooth, and has just the right amount of coverage without being cakey.  I’ve also come to adore the round sponge applicator included in the product.  In fact, I’ve started applying all my pressed powders with a round sponge.  It really allows you to press the product into your skin for that extra flawless finish.  I first heard Rachel from RachhLoves talk about applying powder this way, so I gave it a shot.  It really works wonders!
Looking at my list I realized all these products are basics.  There’s good reason for that.  If you don’t have a good base, the rest of your look will suffer.  You can always experiment with different eye shadows, blushes, lipsticks, etc., but it’s so nice when you have that one product (or products) that you know won’t let you down.  
What are some of your can’t-live-without favorite products?  
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
lylas,
MissyAnn
P.S.  Stay tuned tomorrow for a special surprise!