Monthly Archives: December 2012

Zoya Lovely Collection Review and Swatches

Zoya Lovely Collection Review and Swatches

  Is winter really almost over?? Zoya says it is! I really love how Zoya is first out the gate to share with out their new Spring Collection for 2013. The Zoya Lovely Collection features a total of six shades containing a mix of shimmer/metallics and creams in eye catching spring colors that will have you ready to box up your winter clothes. This collection is set to start shipping on January 1st, 2013 and retails for $48 on Zoya.com. My Thoughts: The Zoya Lovely Collection screams spring! First I thought it would be very sheer based on the promo photo's that I saw, but it is quite the opposite. I found the both the cremes and metallics to be very thick. The creme's were a little hard to work it, in that they did not lay evenly on the nail. I found that after applying two coats some areas…
Maybelline Master Duo Liners for Spring 2013

Maybelline Master Duo Liners for Spring 2013

    Perfecting the cat eye and thick winged liners are on my list of things to do every single year. In 2013 I may finally be able to cross that off my list. Maybelline's Master Duo Thin>>Thick Glossy Liner ($7.99) is the first two in one glossy liquid liner. Deep iron oxide pigments create  intense dramatic color that shiny, ulta glossy and never matte. The Maybelline Master Duo Liners provide two eye liner looks in one with just a flip of the wrist. This s great for those who want to start off with a thin liner then finish with a thicker line to create that intense winged eye look. Six shades make up this new collection, I only have five to show you below. The one missing is Polished Green. It's important that you shake these first before use.  The Navy Gleam and Violet Luster still seemed a…
Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Metal Swatches and Review

Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Metal Swatches and Review

  Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo pots were a big hit when the first hit the shelves. With several amazing colors that could be used as eyeshadows, primers or even gel liners these diverse creations sold at a record of one sale every 10 seconds around the clock! Five new shades make up the newest Metal collection in the Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo repertoire .     The innovative technology creates intense saturated metallic color and the cream-gel formula smoothes on the for crease-proof color. Very similar to Mac Cosmetics paint pots these color tattoo shadows make the perfect primers to set your eyes for a crease free night on the town or with their 24 hour intensity make the perfect eyeshadow.   Four of the newest colors are swatched for you below. With a retail price of $6.99 these gorgeous beauties are going to fly off the shelves fast. Gold…
Maybelline Volum’Express Mascara “The Rocket” Review

Maybelline Volum’Express Mascara “The Rocket” Review

    There are several brands of Mascara that I like, but when it comes to Drugstore Mascara I've always been a huge fan of Maybelline.  New from Maybelline New York, the world leader in Mascara is The Rocket, Volum'Express Mascara ($7.77). This mascara is said produce lashes that are 8x Bigger Smoother and Even.Since I haven't had to much luck with some of the new Mascara's that have graced the scene this year I was eager to try these out. So what makes Maybelline's The Rock mascara different from all the rest? The Bright Pink and blue packaging are really great eye catchers, but it appears to be the Exclusive Supersonic Brush and the Acclimed Volum'Express Formula.  The supersonic brush with a rigid core and micrio-bristles loads  on big, sleek volume instantly with zero clumps.The Rockets fast glide gellant  formula contains micronized pigments and thickening agents for smooth even…
Maybelline Color Whisper Lipstick Collection Review X Picture Heavy

Maybelline Color Whisper Lipstick Collection Review X Picture Heavy

; "Because a whisper can say more than a shout" If the Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids collection was a bit to bright for you Maybelline's Color Sensational Color Whisper might be right up your alley! The Maybelline Color Whisper Collection ($7.49) is an assortment of 20 Whisper Soft pure color pigment shades suspsended in a weightless gel with no heavy waxes or oils. These are very reminiscent of the Revlon Lip Butters, so if you liked those you may very well like these. The colors are clean and light and offer a very natural hint of color depending on how heavily you apply them. Infused with nourishing honey nectar that help keep the lips feeling smooth and soft, the moisture level I have to say is about a 7. I was able to wear these for a long period of time without my lips feeling as if they were becoming dry…
l Covergirl Lip PerfectionLipstick Finds at CVS

l Covergirl Lip PerfectionLipstick Finds at CVS

  Last week I announced that CVS was having there annual Beauty Clearance Sale. Most of the CVS stores in my area don't really have much on sale so I decided to grab my usual round of Mascaras. While I was there I couldn't help to notice that the Covergirl lipsticks were on sale. I honestly don't own much covergirl so I decided to grab a few of the lipsticks.   See Red is from the Cover Girl Queen Collection. It is a gorgeous reddish orange shade. It reminds me of MACs Lady Danger or Tarte's Fierce. Temptress is a watermelon pink that looks great with my skin tone. Enamored is the deep merlot wine color that I've been looking for all season. All these colors a moisture rich and very pigmented, just one application is all you need for great coverage! You can find these colors at your local…
Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Review x Picture Heavy

Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Review x Picture Heavy

Ladies Rejoice!!! Maybelline is blessing us with some amazing new lipsticks due to hit stores in January 2013. The Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Collection features ten eye popping colors in gorgeous rich and creamy hues that make you just wanna smack ya mama... Okay maybe that's a bit much, but seriously If you don't own many MAC Cosmetics lipsticks the Sensational Vivid Collection offers tons of look alikes and at a fraction of the cost!! ; Now don't sit up here and tell me you dont want to run to the store and just grab them all!! The formula of these lipsticks are very creamy. Due to the creamy nature I had to lower my expectations on the amount of pigmentation that they would really provide. Check out swatches of the Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids and more information on each one listed below. ; 1, Pink Pop: Pink Pop is a vibrant…
L’oreal Paris Voluminous Diamond Mascara Review

L’oreal Paris Voluminous Diamond Mascara Review

  L'oreals diamond collection couldn't leave all the glitz and glam on our nails. This year they introduced a Voluminous Million Lashes Diamond Mascara, which is said to resist clumping, soften lashes, and build lashes up to 4x their natural thickness. Mascara and eyeliners are my go to products when I just want to go with a soft natural look so I was excited to try out a mascara that could really make my lashes stand out.   On first glance I thought that this mascara was rather bulky. It reminded me of Urban Decays Big Fatty Mascara, which was also unnaturally big. The brush is rather big also, it's not too big  that you can't adequately cover your top lashes with one coat, but it is way to big for the bottom lashes. I found when trying to apply to my bottom lashes I got more on my face…

Lets get NAKED with Urban Decay!

My friend over at glitterglossgarbage posted a photo of all her Naked palettes on Instagram, and  I thought to myself what a neat idea!! Why don't we all get buck naked together!! Show me yours and ill show you mine!! Let me see your Urban Decay Naked pictures. It can be any of the palettes or the Naked Skin!! If your on Instagram tag me @cosmeticallychallenged in your post! Please no nude photo's!!!!!
Zoya Lovely Collection Spring 2013 x Press Release

Zoya Lovely Collection Spring 2013 x Press Release

Zoya Lovely Beauty is a lovely state of mind Lovely, just LOVELY! Spring is awash in six soft and lovely new Zoya shades including three dewy metallics and three fresh blooms of cream. Poetic in nature, this collection is sure to capture the beauty of the season like no other....   ZOYA LOVELY – SPRING 2013 Piaf (ZP652) - Fresh Forsythia Yellow Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Fashion Designer Zang Toi) GeiGei (ZP651) - Blushing Cherry Blossom Pink Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13). Julie (ZP650) - Soft Wisteria Purple Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13). Blu (ZP653) - Lucky Hyacinth Blue Cream - Full Coverage Neely (ZP655) - Earliest Spring Green Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13). Jacqueline (ZP654) - Perfect Magnolia Nude Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13) Shipping January 01, 2013 Ultra long-wearing,…

Sation Nail Polish Random Colors Swatches

Last month while in Atlanta I stopped by a nail supply shop. I was looking for the new Sation holiday collection. Unfortunately, it wasn't in yet so without   rhyme or reason I just picked up a couple of random colors that caught my eye.   Electrical Storm is an iridescent polish that color shifts to blue when the light hits it right. I only applied two coats but I believe that maybe applying at least 3 to 4 will give you a good solid opaque color. I think this polish would look better if my nails were a bit shorter. Imagine that, a polish that looks good with nubbs. The sheerness of the polish allows for my tips to show through which I don't necessarily care for too much.   Million Dollar Nails  is a beautiful Cherry Red color that's great for the Holidays. Two coats was more then…
Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12 Hour Lipstick is Fierce!

Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12 Hour Lipstick is Fierce!

You all know how much I love red lipstick, I mean it's seriously like an addiction. I'm a new found Tarte fan (Idk why you guys didn't tell me about them sooner), and I had to try out their Glamazon 12 Hour Lipstick in the color Fierce! This was one of the items that I picked up with my $20 VIB gift card at Sephora and I actually ended up getting it for free after using my 10% coupon that came with my VIB welcome pack #winning. The Tarte Glamazon Pure Preformance 12 Hour Lipstick is a clay infused lipstick with moisture rich butters which help bring out the smoothness in the application. This is truly a fire engine red lipstick, not as bright as MAC's Lady Danger which has more of an orange undertone but not as deep as MAC Red. I would say that this looks more like…
Length without Commitment! DIY Clip in Hair Extensions!

Length without Commitment! DIY Clip in Hair Extensions!

As most women, I have a love hate relationship with my hair. I'll wear it in a certain style for a while then I get bit by the change bug and have to do something drastic. Right now I'm just trying to maintain healthy hair while growing out it's length. Last month I decided to order some hair and get a sew in. The hair started to shed very badly after 2 weeks and I ended up having to take it out before the weft went bald. This, is a story for another day! Since I still wanted the length but I didn't want a bald spot in my wallet I decided the next best alternative would be to create clip in hair extensions. By going this route I would be able to still maintain my healthy hair without worrying about it being braided to tight. I would still be…
DermOrganic Healthy Hair Holiday Giveaway!

DermOrganic Healthy Hair Holiday Giveaway!

The Christmas Holiday is almost here, can you believe it? We've all been running around, standing in long lines, fighting traffic, and hunting for the best deals to make sure everyone on our list has an amazing Christmas We'll it's time to think about yourself!! How would you like to win the gift of Healthy Hair?? DermOrganic the vegan, hair car company is giving away a their complete line of Argan Oil hair products to one lucky winner! These products are great for those of us who are very conscious about about we put into and onto our body, just check out the deets on the products below! products are all vegan. products made without animal by-products and are never tested on animals. products contain no sulfates, glycols, DEA, MEA, dyes or food coloring products are Gluten-free products contain no artificial preservatives. Paraben-free products are made without salt, sodium chloride…

MAC, NYX, Urban Decay, Graftobian, Face Atelier Makeup Blog Sale

Welcome to the Cosmetically Challenged Makeup Blog Sale. All items are gently used or have only been swatched. Each product has been sprayed or wiped using Beauty So Clean Makeup Sanitizer. All items were purchased by myself and none were provided by PR for review.   How it works All Items are first come first served. If the item has a line through it's name that means it has been sold. Once item is requested you have 3hours to pay via Paypal or you forfeit the item. Once payment is received the item will be removed from the listing. Shipping starts at $4 with an extra .75 per item. If your items will fit in a small USPS priority box shipping cost will not exceed the cost of the box and DC. This is only open to US resident only. Please keep in mind there will be no returns, exchanges, or refunds of…
The Makeup Show 2013 Schedule is Out!

The Makeup Show 2013 Schedule is Out!

At last the schedule for the Makeup Show 2013 is out! The Makeup show is a PRO-Only beauty event bringing the professional beauty industry together like no other event. With four stops in the United States and one in Europe the Makeup Show is the place to be if you're a professional in the Makeup Artistphere that is serious about cultivating and growing your craft. The Makeup show is a place where you can network, learn, teach, and become to exposed to the all the latest innovations in the field. Not only does the show offer great hands on classes with some of the top Celebrity Makeup Artist but you'll also get to sit on on seminars conducted by some of the top people in the beauty industry. In between sessions you can browse the different vendors and stock on all your makeup needs to really make your kit stand out.…
L’oreal Diamonds Nail Polish Collection

L’oreal Diamonds Nail Polish Collection

    L'oreal Diamond Nail Polish Collection has us ready to throw on our party dresses and hit the town.  I was super excited to see that this collection actually had some solid colors with a "hint" of glimmer for us ladies who just want a simple polish.  For the solid glitter polishes I had to apply at least 3 coats to get good coverage. The more sold colors only took two coats. Check out swatches of each one below!   Drop Dead Gorgeous is my favorite from the Loreal Diamond Collection. While the picture makes it look like a black granite polish with silver flecks in the light it shows up as a deep navy/purple. Fancy Me is a a Maroon Gold and Copper  Jelly Polish. This is a normal red flecked festive polish that you see in most collection. It took a couple of coats to get good…
Say It With Your Wrist! x BCBG Affirmation Bracelets

Say It With Your Wrist! x BCBG Affirmation Bracelets

Aren't theset o die for!!! Obviously, I'm a bit late on seeing these, but after seeing them in Lord and Taylor I knew I had to pick them up. BCBG Generation Affirmation Bracelets come in a variety of colors and sayings. At $18 for the large and $12 for the small  (plus an extra 25% off with friends and family coupon) I knew I couldn't go home with just one. I decided to pick out words that I thought defined and described me best. What I really adore about these bracelets is that you can wear them alone as a solitary statement piece or pair them up with other trendy bracelets that you own. While I found these at Lord and Taylor you can also find these cuties at Macys, and BCBG.com. While several of the ones I wish I could own are no longer available I love these.  I've added…
How to Shop the CVS Beauty Clearance Sale like a Pro!

How to Shop the CVS Beauty Clearance Sale like a Pro!

  Okay you've heard about it, you've waited for it and now it's final here, the CVS Beauty Clearance event. At the end of every other season or so CVS does a big overhaul and marks several of their beauty items 50%-75% off. I mostly get word that the sale is going on via twitter or from the budget friendly beauty blog  NouveauCheap.com.  NouveauCheap has a master list where readers send in what they've found on sale at their local CVS stores. Now before you print the list out and go all beauty clearance crazy here a a couple of things you should keep in mind. 1. Not all CVS will physically mark their products down. This means you have to physically go in, fill you basket up with items from the list that you think are said to be on sale, and use the scanner in the store to…
Tarte Carried Away Collectors Set Gorgeous Green EOTD

Tarte Carried Away Collectors Set Gorgeous Green EOTD

As promised here is another look using the fabulous TARTE Carried Away Collectors Set.  This time I used the lower right hand quadrant, the one with more of the greens. I am also including names of the colors just in case you don't have this palette.   I primed my lids with MACs Rubeneque paint pot then applied TARTE Hawaiian Palm to the  outer lower lid and Olive Grove to the inner lower lid near the tear duct. I also applied Olive Grove to the first 1/3 of my lower lash line.  Next I applied Sin City to my inner crease and outer v. I made sure to really blend this all the way up to right below my brow bone so that it didn't look so harsh. I dabbed a small bit of Sunshine State right in the middle of my lids to give them a little sparkle. I added Georgia Peach  to my…