Anastasia Beverly Hills Maya Mia Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches & Review

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Happy Wednesday! Today I have the Maya Mia eyeshadow palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills to share with you! This palette was created by makeup artist Maya Janeska (@maya_mia_y on Instagram) and contains 10 beautiful shades, including 2 beautiful pops of color hues to create the perfect glam look!

The palette also comes with 5 tutorial cards containing step by step instructions on how to achieve. 

The packaging on this palette is to die for! I LOVE the color scheme and of course the chevron pattern with the pop of zebra print.

This palette contains 10 shades ranging from matte to shimmer. I absolutely LOVE how there are tons of neutrals in here and then when you want to crank up your look, you can pop some of the teal or peach shade on your lid or lower lash line.  All of these shades were buttery smooth and easy to blend out on the eye. These collaboration palettes are truly some of the BEST on the market right now and I can't wait to review the last one for you next week! 

Nude - Matte nude shade. This is very light on my skin tone, but works as a great all over lid base color. 

Deep Brown - Matte dark brown shade. Great for deepening up the look. I have also been using this to fill in my brows as well! 

Sienna - Deep burnt orange matte.  VERY pigmented. Such a unique & pretty color! 

Warm Taupe - Taupe brown matte. Insane pigmentation. Beautiful taupe shade!

Vanilla - Pale white with a hint of sparkle.  Great for highlighting the brow bone. (Also in the Amrezy palette)

Aqua - Light aqua with a hint of shimmer. Very blendable and easy to work with

Fresh Peach - Light peach with a hint of shimmer.  I love shades in this color range!

Glisten - Rose gold metallic. MY FAVORITE shade of life! This was also in the Amrezy palette (Review HERE)

Caramel - Warm brown matte with an orange under tone.  So much pigmentation! Was also in the Amrezy palette

Gold Bar - Light yellow golden shimmer. Gorgeous color!

If you missed out on the Amrezy palette (I believe it is sold out right now) I would recommend picking this up asap! There are very similar shades and the quality is absolutely on point.  Plus, who doesn't love a pop of color every now and then!?

The price of this is $29, which is an amazing deal for 10 shadows plus an Anastasia shadow brush. 

What do you think of the Maya Mia palette? Is this on your wish list?

Availability : Sephora

Price : $29

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Nexxus Color Assure Pre Wash Primer & System Review - #ColorAssure

I've been dying my hair for years and the color tends to fade so quickly (Especially when I dye it red!) I had the opportunity to test out a new color assure system from Nexxus and I have to say - the results are incredible!

For the past 3 weeks, I have been using the shampoo, conditioner, glossing tonic and the star of the set - Pre Wash Primer! How did I not know there were primers for your hair out there!?

The NEW Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer is a pre-treatment to shield hair in the shower. It helps to repel water, so color stays longer and more vibrant. The Pre-Wash Primer is sulfate-free and infused with a blend of clear oils, including almond, coconut and argan oil.
• Almond oil is known to lock in moisture, nourish hair and reduce breakage
• Coconut oil is known to provide softness and elasticity
• Argan oil is known to improve shine and vibrancy
• White Orchid Extract is known to provide moisture and works to seal and protect hair by repelling water** and keep it from entering the core.

Right before you head into the shower, you pump 4-6 pumps in your dry hair concentrating on the ends and then working your way up.  For me, 6 pumps was A LOT and made my hair feel very greasy even after washing it out. 4 pumps worked perfect for me.  After using this primer for a few weeks, my color was still vibrant and looked like I had JUST dyed it!  My hair was soft, smooth and just looked and felt healthy.

I spritzed the glossing tonic after I blew dry and curled my hair and it gave it so much extra amazing shine! 

The overall system is absolutely fantastic and I will definitely continue to use it from here on out. I dye my hair quite a bit, so this will be perfect to keep the color in tact. 

To learn more about the Nexxus Color Assure system, check them out on twitter 

*Sponsored by Conde Nast & Nexxus. All opinions are my own*

L'Oreal Glossy Balm Collection - Swatches & Review

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Happy Saturday! Today I have a short and sweet post about the new L'Oreal Glossy Balms that came out as part of their Fall 2014 collection! It seems everyone has jumped on the chubby lip crayon bandwagon these days, and now it's time for L'Oreal to shine. With 8 shades, there is a great mix of pinks, nudes & berries.  (I am missing the shade Vintage Rose)

L'Oreal claims these balms to give lips a high dose of pigmented shine, while smoothing and conditioning to keep lips soft and supple for hours on end. 

While I did find that they were very comfortable to wear on the lips and provide a great deal of moisture, I was a tad disappointed with the pigmentation on some.  The darker shades were GREAT and then the lighter shades left me wanting more color. 

Baby Berry - This shade had great color pay off on the lips. If you're just starting to experiment with the dark lip trend, this is a great product to try out.  Because of the semi sheer coverage, it's very easy to throw on when you're on the go and not have to worry about a lip liner. 

My BabyDoll - Very light pink. It was almost invisible on my lips.  Also settled into my fine lines. 

Petite Plum - Another one with great color pay off.  Would make a great Fall lip shade!

Innocent Coral - Incredibly pretty shade on the lips. The color pay off was great! 

Pink Me Up - One of my favorites in the collection. I love a good fuchsia shade and the pigmentation was great! 

Ginger Candy - This was pretty much non existent on my lips. It's a very very light nude. I can see myself just keeping this in my purse in case my lips are a little dry need a little somethin' somethin' during the day.  

Lovely Mocha - Classic MLBB shade. Another one that is great to keep around when you need to touch up. 

Overall, the darker shades are definitely worth checking out. While they were moisturizing and comfortable to wear,  they also provided just the right amount of sheen to your lips.  I like how you can just apply these without using a mirror if you're on the go.

As far as wear time goes, don't expect them to last all day. I was able to get a few hours at most when I wore Baby Berry.  But the plus side to that is, I know I can just go ahead and reapply easily plus give my lips a little extra moisture during the day.

Top Picks : Baby Berry,  Pink Me Up & Innocent Coral

What are your thoughts on the new Glossy Balm Collection? Have you tried any of these shades?

Availability : Ulta | CVS | Rite Aid | Walgreens

Price : $7.99

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Friday Favorites & Fails! (September 12th 2014)

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Happy Friday and welcome to the very first Friday Favorites & Fails! I hope you guys will enjoy reading these posts each week and hopefully you can put a few things on your beauty wish list!

Face Products

L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer - $2.29 Buy Here I don't know how I lived without this concealer in my life! It's VERY comparable to the MAC Pro Longwear concealer but for a fraction of the price. I have mine in 3 different shades - One for under the eyes, blemishes & to highlight. They have a HUGE range of shades so you are bound to find one that works for you! 

Maybelline Pure BB Beauty Balm - $8.99 Buy Here I honestly had no idea what exactly this was when I first got it in the mail to try out. It has a VERY light sheer application BUT I have been using it as a base for my foundation and it's AWESOME. It has 2% Salicylic Acid in it and I swear it has been clearing up my blemishes.  It removes the redness from my face and just gives a little extra coverage that my foundation or concealer can't do. 

Blush Favorites

MAC Pink Cult - $22 - Buy Here - I talked about this blush in a recent review HERE, so I won't go too much into detail.  It's just a nice natural looking matte pink blush that is great for every day wear! 

Tarte Blush in True Love - $26 - Buy Here - If I want to do something a little bold on my cheeks, I have been reaching for True Love from Tarte! These blushes are phenomenal and last such a long time on me. 


Maybelline Pumped Up! Waterproof Mascara - $5.99 Buy Here I REALLY love this new mascara from Maybelline! I can't promise you it will replace The Rocket mascara, but it's pretty darn close! It makes my lashes HUGE  and is definitely waterproof. I wore this on Rylan's first day of pre school and while I was crying all the way home, it didn't budge.  The formula is a little dry, but that works for me personally. I'm not a huge fan of super wet mascaras. 


MAC Lipstick in Diva - $16 Buy Here - Oh yes.. I have busted out my dark vampy lip colors already. Diva is an absolute Fall must have if you want to rock a bold dark lip this season.  I heard it sells out extremely fast this time of year, so if you have been wanting it, go grab it while you can! Even though it's a matte formula, I didn't find it too drying at all. It wears like iron on me! 

NYX Matte Lipstick in Merlot - $6 - Buy Here - If you don't want to spend the money on a MAC lipstick, NYX has some incredible matte vampy shades! I discovered Merlot this week in my stash, put it on and it was love at first swatch. It's SO unbelievably creamy that it didn't even feel like I had a matte lip on! The color payoff is so intense. 

And that wraps up my Friday Favorites! Yay for no fails this week! What were some products you have been gravitating towards all week long? Are any of the products shown on your to buy list?

*Some products provided for review, others were purchased by me. Contains affiliate links*

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