Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mac Viva Glam Rihanna 2 Swatches & Review

The latest installment of Mac's Viva Glam line released online a few days ago. This is the second collaboration with Rihanna and Viva Glam. For those who don't know, every cent of the selling price goes towards helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

I received my package today and I have to admit at first glance I knew the lipstick wasn't something I'd normally wear. For starters, its a frost finish and I'm not a huge fan of frost's. Finish aside, its just an odd color for a lipstick. Its described as a cool mauve frost.

Although its not something I'd likely wear, hats off to Rihanna for thinking outside of the box and creating something different!

Now the tinted lip glass, on the other hand, is STUNNING! It is a sheer, cool toned gloss with loads of beautiful sparkle. I think it is beautiful on its own but is definitely perfect for layering and changing the way some of your favorite lipsticks look. As with the majority of Lip Glass's the formula is a bit sticky but its not something that would stop me from wearing it.

Here are some swatches on my arm.

Retail: Lipstick - $16 Lip Glass - $15

Monday, March 17, 2014

Wet n Wild Coloricon Floral Values 5 Pan Eye Shadow Palette

Hello! As you may know, I am currently out of town. Today's post is a guest post by Mercedes from Beyond Beauty Lounge! Please show her some love!

Good Morning! I am so thrilled Heidi is allowing me to guest post on My Vanity Basics today. I have to admit I was a bit nervous and unsure if what to talk about. Then I remembered I had picked up a few of the new Wet n Wild 5 pan eye shadows at CVS a few weeks ago and hadn't used any of them yet. So today I will be showing you a quick eye look I did with the floral values palette.

Wet n Wild Coloricon Floral Values 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette photo

Wet n Wild eyeshadow palettes have been very hit or miss for me, some a great and others junk. The good thing is even when I get a bad one it's not a big deal because these are so inexpensive and with my various drugstore rewards I usually pay hardly anything for them. When I picked up this one Wet n Wild was bogo 1/2 at CVS and each palette had a $1.00 off coupon on it. If I remember correctly before the sale and coupon these are $3.99, you really can't beat that. If you get a dud they make for good play makeup for the kids.

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Having brown eyes I tend to gravitate towards purple shadows so I knew this was one I wanted to try. I have read conflicting reviews from other bloggers on this particular palette. I have to say it was just okay for me.

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I didn't care much for the browbone frosted lilac color at all. It was not very pigmented and well I just don't want a frosted color in this area I would have preferred a matte shade.  If I had to rate the colors in this palette I would give the base, and definer colors a C+, the eyelid and crease color a C, and the brow bone color a D.  The eyelid color appears in the pan as a bright pink however it was muted on my skin and required some packing to show.

Photo of eye shadow using the wet n wild floral values palette
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Product List:

  • Primer: Wet n Wild Fergie Take on the day 
  • Eye shadow: Wet n Wild Floral Values 
  • Liner: Rimmel London Exaggerate Liquid Liner in black 
  • Lashes: Favulash human hair lashes in 4001 Davao
  • Mascara: CoverGirl Bombshell Volume in Black 

Photo of eye shadow using the wet n wild floral values palette
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Have you tried any of the new Wet n Wild palettes? If so what do you think of them? 

Mercedes is the blogger behind Beyond Beauty Lounge, A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Green Smoky Eye

I've been looking forward to St. Patrick's Day for months now and I'm so very excited that it's almost here! I get to celebrate this year in Louisiana with my family. I missed out on Mardi Gras festivities but I'm totally excited about spending time with my family and enjoying the parades. By the time you all are reading this, I will already be there!

Since I'm cheesy and super excited about St. Patrick's Day, I decided to do something green! Plus, I just scored this L'Oreal 24 HR Infallible Eye Shadow in Golden Sage on clearance at Target for $2.08!

Product List:
  • L'Oreal 24 HR Infallible Eye Shadow in Golden Sage
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Ground Brown
  • MAC Eye Shadow in Embark
  • Maybelline Rocket Volum' Express Mascara
  • KISS Ever EZ Lashes in 01
  • e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit in Medium
  • Anastasia Brow Wiz in Caramel
  • Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Onyx

First, I applied Golden Sage to the lid with a damp brush, I found it had more of a pop that way. I then mixed between Ground Brown and Embark on a fluffy blending brush and applied it to the crease focusing mostly on the outer corner. On the bottom lash line I applied Golden Sage with a bit of Ground Brown and Embark on the outer edge connecting the lower lash and top lid.

That's pretty much it as far as shadow goes. It's a really simple look. I completed it with a bit of mascara and lashes on the top and mascara on the bottom lashes. I also applied Onyx to the waterline.

It's really simple but still a pretty pop of green for St. Patrick's Day, not to mention its perfect for brown and hazel eyes!

How do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?!

Monday, March 10, 2014

What's in My Neutral MAC Palette

I have so many eye shadow palettes but for some reason my Neutral MAC Palette will always hold a special place in my heart. I think maybe its because I put it together myself. All of the shadows just really work well together for me so I figured I'd share with you all whats in my neutral MAC Palette!

1. Shroom 
2. Omega
3. Naked Lunch
4. Patina
5. Espresso
6. Ground Brown

1. Wedge
2. Soft Brown
3. Cork
4. Satin Taupe
5. Woodwinked
6. Sketch
7. Embark
8. Rule
9. Coppering

In my opinion and for my personal use, this is the perfect mixture of matte/shimmer, light/dark and even a few pops of color that work for me. I'm so obsessed with warm looks right now using Rule and Coppering. There are also shades that I can use for my brows which really makes this an all around perfect palette for me.

What are your favorite MAC shadows? Let me know if you guys would like to see swatches!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Zoya Magical Pixie Dust Spring 2014

It's been a while since I've reviewed and swatched some beautiful nail polish for you guys! My favorite "seasons" for nail polish releases are Spring and Summer since that's when all the pretty, bright colors tend to come out!

As soon as I received the press release for the newest installment in the Zoya Pixie Dust line, I was SO excited! The collection consists of 3 brand new Pixie Dust's that are perfect for Spring!

Zoya Magical Pixie Dust - Cosmo

This is absolutely stunning, it is a silver based Pixie Dust with larger iridescent hex particles.
Cosmo is just simply stunning! I couldn't stop staring at my nails.

Zoya Magical Pixie Dust - Vega

Vega is a beautiful sky blue shade that also has larger iridescent hex glitters.
The sparkle packed into all 3 of these is unreal!

Zoya Magical Pixie Dust - Lux

Lux is a gorgeous rosy pink shade with large iridescent pieces.
This polish manages to be so delicate and feminine while still being
so beautifully full of sparkle.

Hot or Not?: Extremely HOT! All 3 of these polishes are so extremely beautiful. Full of dimension with tons of texture and large iridescent hex glitter. These seem to be a bit more textured that previous Pixie Dust's but they still apply nicely and dry quickly. But really though, I can't get over how incredibly sparkly these are! It's like I dipped my nails in liquid crystals! I highly recommend checking these out if you are into textured polishes, these are perfect for spring!

Retail: Online on Zoya's Website $10 each

*Items in this post were provided for consideration. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

February Favorites 2014

I'm really going to need this year to slow down! It's been amazing so far and I want to cherish every moment without it flying by!

I know we are already into March but I still wanted to share my favorite products from February. I've made it a goal to get a favorites post up every month so if I slack, let me have it!

  • Rimmel BB Cream 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup in Medium - I've had this for ages and never used it. I've been trying to shop my stash a bit and use things I've forgotten about so I finally used this! I got away from using BB Creams because they started making my skin feel greasy but this doesn't at all. Since I live in South Florida, its already HOT HOT HOT here, I love having something that provides decent coverage, isn't heavy and has sunscreen and this fits that perfectly!
  • L'Oreal Lineur Intense in Carbon Black - I hadn't used a liquid liner in a while so I decided to pick this up and quickly remembered why I used to be so obsessed with liquid liners. I love the look and the precision I can achieve. Plus this doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes so that's a major plus. The best part for me is how black it is. My one and only complaint is why on earth is there nothing on the tube itself?! Except for a very tiny sticker on the bottom, there is no writing or label or anything! 
  • Revlon Precision Clear Lash Adhesive - You all know how into lashes I've been! I've used Duo Lash Glue for years but for some reason in the past few months I seem to have developed a major sensitivity to it and as soon as I place the lashes my eyes water nonstop. I picked up Revlon's Lash Adhesive on a whim and WOW! Not only does it not irritate my eyes at all, I overall like it so much more than the Duo. And totally random but if you've used this before, is it just me or does it sort of have a blue neonish tint before it dries?!
  • Maybelline Rocket Volum' Express - I have to admit, when I first got this mascara, I HATED it. So much so, I only used it a handful of times. Recently I pulled it out for some reason and after I applied false lashes I used this mascara to blend my own with the falsies and I LOVE it! It has to be one of the truest, darkest black mascaras that I've ever used.
  • Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Radiant - This is another product that I used to use all the time but haven't in a while. It is one of my favorite highlighting products because of how convenient and simple the packaging is. My only complaint is that it doesn't seem to last very long, I go through one pretty quickly.
  • Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Nude - I've been shying away from using black liners in my water line and this has been my go to. I love the brightening effect of the nude liner. The formula is so smooth and I love that its waterproof.
  • Lash Applicator - I've tried SO many different methods of lash application and this is by far my favorite. If applying lashes is something you struggle with, I highly recommend you give this a try.

Favorite Blogger: Without a doubt this has to go to Mercedes from Beyond Beauty Lounge. Not only is she an awesome blogger whose opinion I highly value, shes been an amazing friend of mine from the beginning of my blogging days. Make sure you check her out and let her know I sent you!

Favorite Songs:

  • Justin Timberlake - Not a Bad Thing

  • John Legend - All of Me

What were some of your favorite products or things from the month of February? As always, I'd love to know what you guys have been loving!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Building a MAC Collection: March 2014

Well hello there! Last week was INSANE, to say the least! My mom had surgery in the beginning of the week so I was busy taking care of her. Thankfully, shes doing better now and things are starting to calm down and get back to normal.

Anyway, Today I have something very exciting to share with you all! My good friend Mercedes from Beyond Beauty Lounge and I are coming together to bring you a new series called Building a MAC Collection.

We've been talking about this for a while now and I'm so excited to finally share it with you all! If you are a regular reader of beauty blogs I'm sure you're aware of all the monthly beauty subscription boxes out there. I was sucked into subscribing to a few of them and began to realize I'd never use most of the samples I got. I have a box under my vanity full of samples that I barely ever touch.

Mercedes came across a feature that Mama Fashionista and Pammy Blogs Beauty did called MAC Matters which basically consisted of them dropping their monthly subscriptions and putting the money towards building a collection of MAC. We decided to play off that idea and came up with Building a MAC Collection (BAMC)


  • Each month we will have a $50 limit.
  • If you happen to stay under the limit, the remainder will rollover to the next month.
  • BAMC posts will be up on the first Monday of every month

I don't have a huge MAC collection, ok maybe more than the average person, but MAC face products is where I lack. For my first installment of BAMC I decided to start a MAC face palette. 

  • Single Large Pro Palette - $8.00
  • Pro Palette 6 Pan Insert - $2.00
  • Sculpting Powder in Shadester - $16.50
  • Shaping Powder in Emphasize - $16.50

Bringing my grand total for this month to $43! Which means I have $7 to roll over to next month.

I've been using both of these since I got them and LOVE them!!! I use Shadester for contouring and Emphasize for highlighting and setting my under eye concealer. They are both so smooth and buttery for being powders.

This is going to be so much fun! We encourage you all to take part in BAMC with us! If there is interest we can even set up a link up.

What are your must have MAC products? I would love to get suggestions!