50 Shades of MAC Cosmetics Lipsticks Part 1

50 Shades of MAC Cosmetics Lipsticks Part 1

  Have you ever wanted a one stop shop to be able to check out MAC Cosmetics Lipsticks on Women of Color? Sure, they're Pinterest but even then finding swatches of limited edition and discontinued shades can be pretty hard. Last year I had this grand idea that I was going to swatch every single MAC Cosmetics lipstick that I owned. I had it all planned out and everything until reality hit me. If you haven't seen my lipstick collection you're probably a little in the dark so let me update you. I currently own maybe oh 50-75 shades of MAC Lipstick. Between photographing and editing I knew I wouldn't have time to do anything else. Since, I'm getting a PhD and all I put my brain skills to work and came up with the idea of creating a 50 Shades of MAC Directory featuring other fabulous beauty bloggers.  Each…
PUR Minerals Jupiter Ascending Palette Review

PUR Minerals Jupiter Ascending Palette Review

  Jupiter Ascending is the latest release by PURMinerals in conjunction without the upcoming movie Jupiter Ascending staring Mila Kunnis and Channing Tatum.  The PUR Mineals Jupiter Ascending Palette  retails for $29.99 and comes with six pan eyeshadow palette, a precision eyeliner, and a super adorbs pout enhancing lip gloss.  The eyeshadows are great for creating a subtle smokey eye. However, if you are around my complexion I would suggest using a primer with these shadows to really take advantage of the color pay off.  The swatches below are shown without primer. Destiny eye shadow (cream), Night Sky eye shadow (slate), Jupiter eye shadow (rose) ,Caine eye shadow (mocha) Cosmos eye shadow (iridescent white), Eye Shadow Brush ,Light-up lip gloss in Galaxy (pink) ,Liquid precision eyeliner in Outer Space With these shadows I was able to create this look below  When I saw that the palette had a precision eyeliner I got super…
Nars Reformulated Nail Polish Swatches in Zakynthos and Elbrus

Nars Reformulated Nail Polish Swatches in Zakynthos and Elbrus

    Remember about two weeks ago when I told you that Nars reformulated their nail polish and added 19 New Shades? Well, I was able to get my hands on two of them and let me just tell you they are absolutely stunning! I chose two shades that I knew I would really wear, an office friendly taupe and a bold vampy magenta. Though I'm not a fan of the new brush I do love how the polish goes on evenly and dries quickly.  NARS Zakynthos NARS Elbrus   What do you think of these gorgeous shades? The new colors can be purchased on Nars.com and Sephora. <
Summer Drink Series: Frozen Mango Strawberry Margarita

Summer Drink Series: Frozen Mango Strawberry Margarita

Hey Sippers!! Welcome to this weeks edition of the Summer Drink Series!  Last weekend was a whirlwind for me. It was Mr. Cosmetically Challenged's Birthday and I was trying to balance spending time with him while also trying to keep my parasites in the lab happy so, of course to wind down it called for a drink. My initial thought was wine pops but after going to about five different stores I could not find a popsicle mold to save my life! So since the universe was against me I decided to just go with what we already had on hand. In the refrigerator were strawberries that were going to go bad if no one ate them within the next couple of days and on the counter was a mango that smelled absolutely delicious. Now, I'll be honest. Mangos intimidate me, partially because I always have trouble slicing them. That…
Maybelline Color Show Veils and Jewels Nail Polish Swatches

Maybelline Color Show Veils and Jewels Nail Polish Swatches

The new Maybelline Color Show Veils and Jewels collection for Fall 2014 does not disappoint with the sparkle factor it brings to your manis.  Ten new shades in all, 5 chunky, fun glittery Jewel shades and 5 smoother Veil colors that range from a gorgeous pale teal to a rich amethyst.  I have nine out of the ten swatched for you. All polishes have a clear base with a heavy dose of glitter to add that glam your fingertips need this fall. It seems I always have one or two standouts from every new collection and I certainly have a favorite here.  Precious Pearl looked good on every polish I tried it on and I tried it on several.  Doesn't matter if the polish is light or dark, this white glitter adds a whimsical touch and makes the mani instant fun!  My second favorite would have to be the Veil…
HUM Nutrition: Vitamins for the Modern Women Plus Give Away!

HUM Nutrition: Vitamins for the Modern Women Plus Give Away!

"BEAUTY STARTS FROM WITHIN... which is why we started HUM"   The older I get the more I know I should be taking my daily vitamins. I'm always being asked by my mom "Are you taking your vitamins?" when I complain of an ache or a pain. I do take vitamins but they aren't the most exciting part of my day. They're not as exciting as lets say my first sip of coffee, or putting on a brightly hued lipstick, but with a little help from the people over at HUM Nutrition I think taking a daily vitamin might be a little more intriguing. HUM Nutrition's mission is to make you look great and feel even greater. They have a cutting edge line of supplements that have been developed by leading researchers in California. So, instead of buying one of those multivitamins that give you a little bit of this…
Summer Drink Series: Skinny Girl Sparkling Pina Colada!

Summer Drink Series: Skinny Girl Sparkling Pina Colada!

  Skinny??? Yep you read right? I had to trim some calories on ya folks. This week's Summer Drink is a twist on the classic yet super sugary and high in calorie Pina Colada. Meet it's thinner and healthier cousin Sparkle!  I came up with the idea of doing a Sparkling Pina Colada for two different reasons, 1.) The people over at Sparkling ICE were kind of enough to send a bunch of their Zero Calorie Sparkling Mountain Spring Water  in various tasty flavors over for me to try and 2.) I need to lose weight... but you guys kinda knew that already. What's great about the Sparkling ICE Mountain Spring Water is that there are a variety of flavors, 12 Sparkling Waters and 6 Sparkling Ice Lemonades, they're all zero calories, and contain vitamins and antioxidants, one huge thing for me is that it has a very low, practically…
Alison Rocks Rebecca Minkoff during the Pretty Little Liars 100th Episode

Alison Rocks Rebecca Minkoff during the Pretty Little Liars 100th Episode

Are you a Pretty Little Liars Fan?? I've been watching since Season 1 and I've even read (well listened) to some of the Audio books. While Pretty Little Liars isn't your typical high school drama, and well , with your not so typical relationships I can't help but get caught up in the girls fashion choices. Oh how I wish I could have afforded to wear some of things they rock when I was in high school. I was lucky if I even sported a Tommy Hilfiger Polo, purchased with the hard earned money from my part time job of course. Last night I tuned in for the 100th episode and though I've kinda been on the fence about Alison D. being back this season she quickly changed my mind when she showed up for her first day back to school carrying a Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote! Even the guy…
Nars New Fall 2014 Color Collection- Night Caller

Nars New Fall 2014 Color Collection- Night Caller

Have you seen the latest from Nars? If not take a peek at their new Fall 2014 color collection called "Night Caller". Just the thought of if makes me think of sultry jewel tones, super black eye liner and mascara and a whole lotta rouge. Seeing the promo pictures reminds of the movie Dallas Buyers Club.      Mondore Satin Lip Pencil, $25 limited edition cranberry  Bansar Satin Lip Pencil, $25 rose brown  Jardin Perdu Duo Eyeshadow, $35 limited edition (L) metallic dove grey, (R) metallic amethyst  Dolomites Duo Eyeshadow, $35 limited edition (L) shiny rose quartz, (R) chocolate
Finger Lickin’ Good Fourth of July Nail Art!

Finger Lickin’ Good Fourth of July Nail Art!

  The Fourth of July is a day full of history, fireworks, and gathering with friends for some of the most epic BBQ's. No Fourth of July would be complete without seeing someone licking BBQ off their fingers. If that particular person is going to be you this year be sure to do it in style with this Fourth of July inspired Manicure! This Fourth of July Nail is a mani features nothing but patriotism with it's stars, stripes and fireworks. Recreate this mani using Zoya Purity, OPI Blue my Mind, and OPI Edinburgundy for the ultimate manicure that will have fellow barbecuers wishing their nails were just as finger licking good!
NARS Reforumlates their Nail Polish & adds 19 New Shades.

NARS Reforumlates their Nail Polish & adds 19 New Shades.

Hot off the Presses! NARS has reforumlated their nail polish and with the reformulation their introducing 19 new shades to mix in with 24 fan favorites! The new reformulated nail polish is made With a unique combination of resins and polymers, the upgraded formula is designed to improve wear and strengthen nails, while the removable cap and specially designed brush allow for easy application. The classic shades include Classic Shades Include 413 Bleeker – Navy Blue Arabesque – A sheer pink with pink glitter Back Room – Black Bad Influence – Smoky taupe Chinatown – Blood red Dovima -Tomato red Ecume – White Endless Night – Black grape Hunger – Mandarin red Jungle Red – Bright red L’Avventure – Lilac Manosque – Deep smoky lavender Mash – Army green infused with gold Night Breed – Black with silver glitter Night Flight – Black with cobalt blue pearls Night Porter –…
Milani Cosmetics Bella Bleu Nail Polish Swatches

Milani Cosmetics Bella Bleu Nail Polish Swatches

Hey everyone! Today I have the new Milani Cosmetics Bella Bleu Limited Edition Nail Polish to share with you. This polish is from a small limited edition collection that  launched with a lipstick and three mascaras that I'll be sharing with you later this week. Bella Bleu is a dark blue based duochrome nail polish with beautiful shimmers throughout. If you're bold this would be the perfect polish to wear for a date night out however be careful because it can stain. To create a beautiful design the new Maybelline Color Show polish in the color Precious Pearl was added. As I mentioned this polish is limited edition but seems to be really popping up at Walgreens. Be on the look out for Bella Bleu where Milani Products are sold!  
Summer Drink Series: Fourth of July Mojitos!

Summer Drink Series: Fourth of July Mojitos!

  The Fourth of July is right around the corner so for this week's Summer Drink Series I decided to do a refreshing drink that you can enjoy with friends as you sit outside and enjoy the pool, great smells wafting from the BBQ, and the squeals of the kids playing in the yard. Mojitos are one of my favorite drinks, except for when you get the mint stuck in your teeth and you turn to smile at a really cute guy, that never happened to me of course. Anywho, back to the mojitos. So I had this awesome idea that I was going to do a patriotic take on Mojito's. They were going to be absolutely perfect and have blue and red ice stars floating throughout. Except... well my mini star ice cubes weren't actually mini and they were actually too big to fit inside the mason jar glasses.…
I Got the Look! Channeling Chrisette Michele

I Got the Look! Channeling Chrisette Michele

This week I decided that I was tired of my old hair and I felt I really needed something new. There wasn't much I could but I knew that the top of my hair was starting to take on a Lil Richard feel with the way the front was starting to hang on my forehead. I browsed through Pinterest trying to find inspiration and like several times before I fell in love with a picture of Chrisette Michele. I've been a Chrisette Michele fan since the very beginning and really fell in love with her back in 2009 when I finally got on Twitter and saw that she was an avid tweeter herself. Her album Epiphany spoke volumes to my soul and I would sing it at the top of my lungs in the car  (unable to hit half the notes) on the way to work.  This morning on my…
Milani Cosmetics Bella Gel Powder Eyeshadows Swatches

Milani Cosmetics Bella Gel Powder Eyeshadows Swatches

  If you've seen the entire Milani Cosmetics  Displays at your local drug stores on sale it's because they're getting ready for something absolutely amazing. Milani hasn't released any new eyeshadows since 2012 and so it was definitely time to shake things up a bit. I spotted the Milani Cosmetics Bella Gel Powder Eyeshadows at my local Walgreens. These are popping up in other stores but the thing is that each store has a different display. My display in Walgreens had 18 different shades while some displays in CVS only have about eight. I reached out to Milani to find out if these were limited edition due to the displays and guess what everyone THEY'RE PERMANENT. Yes, they're permanent and there are 30 shades!! So what's a Gel Powder Eyeshadow?  To be honest, I'm not exactly sure.  The display described it as "Pure Color. One Stroke Application. Power Wear. To…
Take a Selfie with Mally Roncal from Mally Beauty!

Take a Selfie with Mally Roncal from Mally Beauty!

Mally Beauty has stolen our hearts with her lovable charm and must have beauty products. Now that her beauty products can be purchased at Ulta we no longer have to sit in front of the TV and watch the products be applied to models, instead we can go and check them out for ourselves. While you're there you can even take a Selfie with Mally! Mally Beauty kicked off a nationwide ‘Selfie’ sweepstakes at all ULTA Beauty locations! A life-sized picture of Mally Roncal is on display at the Mally Beauty product station in each store. Shop the Mally Beauty collection and take a selfie with your favorite beauty guru from June 8th to June 28th to be entered into the Mally Nation Sweepstakes. Each week, 50 winners will be chosen at random to receive a Customer Choice Trio (valued at $55), and one grand prize winner will be chosen at random to score the ultimate gift—a Mally Beauty ULTA Mega…
Maybelline LEATHER 24hr Color Tattoos

Maybelline LEATHER 24hr Color Tattoos

Last week I shared with you the new Maybelline "The Nude Palette" and this week I'm bringing you some other new goodies from Maybelline. I'm a Color Tattoo collector, and so when I received the email from Maybelline showing all the new products to be on the look out for I was very intrigued to see there was going to be Leather Edition Color Tattoos. For those that are new to the game Color Tattoos are a cream gel eyeshadow that goes on smooth and stays put all day! There are five shades in this collection and I found four at my local Bed Bath and Beyond. The display only holds two of each color so if you're on the hunt for these make sure you grab them quick! The Maybelline Leather 24hr Color Tattoos pair awesome with colors on the Nude Palette and can be used as a base…
Summer Drink Series Week 2: Birds of a Feather

Summer Drink Series Week 2: Birds of a Feather

Mr. Cosmetically Challenged and wont' be taking a tropical vacation this year. Actually, this is the second year that we've decided to put grown up things ahead of laying on the beach. Last year we purchased a house and this year we're trucking ahead to pay off my car four years early. We won't be laying on the beach sipping frozen cocktails but this doesn't mean we can't do it at home. Hell, it's definitely hot enough! You may notice some owls in the background of the pictures below. I love owls, I have them everywhere in my house. While they aren't a tropical bird per say the colorful statues in my kitchen gave me the inspiration for this drink that I like to call "Birds of a Feather".   With this drink I wanted it to be tropical but also a dessert drink so I created it so that…