Product Reviews

Hi beauties!

So I’ve finally decided to give my thoughts on the very much talked about Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr cream gel eyeshadows. I have been using them for about 2 months now and I thought was a good time to really test them out and tell you what I think. I haven’t worn every color that I own because my profession doesn’t allow too bright of looks but I have tested them out on arm for almost a good 24hrs.

So what are the Maybelline color tattoos is something that your probably asking. They are cream gel eyeshadows that do remind me of MAC paint pots but the colors are very bright. They are a cream gel eyeshadow but when they dry depending on the finish it looks like regular eyeshadow. They are supposed to last 24hrs which I will tell you my opinion on that claim in a bit. I didn’t get all 10 shades but I do have 6 of them which is a good amount. These are the colors that I knew I would wear more and some that I want to wear more and be more bold with my eye looks.

So the colors that I own are Promegrante Punk, Edgy Emerald, Painted Purple, Audacious Asphalt, Fierce & Tangy and Bad to the Bronze. I missing Too Cool (white), Tough as Taupe (matte brown), Tenacious Teal (blue) and Bold Gold (bronzy gold). I will probably go looking for Tough as Taupe and Bold Gold.

I am in love with the colors, they are bright and vivid and apply great. My favorite of the group is Bad to the Bronze, I wear it everyday. It is simple and gets me out the door. I wear it alone and apply a eyeshadow to my crease from one of my Urban Decay Naked palettes. It seriously is the best color. It has a frost/shimmer to it so if you’re not a fan of frosty or shimmer eyeshadows you may not like it on its own but if you apply a matte eyeshadow on top then it will be great.

The wear time of the eyeshadows are great in my opinion. I have swatched them on my arm and they don’t move. I can lay on my arm and none of the color will transfer after I let it set. I have to say I have not worn the shadows without a primer on my eye. I can’t go a day without primer because it’s embedded in my makeup routine. So I can’t say that they wear great without a primer but with a primer they are amazing. I haven’t experienced any creasing. I apply them with my fingers because I find that it applies best that way.

I can’t compare them to MAC paint pots because I only own two and I am not a huge fan of paint pots. The ones I own aren’t special in terms of color. So in this department I am not an expert on which is best but they are significantly cheaper than paint pots so that is plus.

The Maybelline cream gel eyeshadows I wear as a base really to bright up my looks and on it on and it is a really great eyeshadow. I haven’t used them as eyeliner but I’m sure that they will work just a great as an eyeliner since they are cream gel eyeshadows.

I do have one warning about Painted Purple, it is probably the only one that has terrible payoff when applied to the eyelids. You will see in my swatches that it applies great but for some reason on the eyelids, it is sheer and I have to coat my eyelids with twice as much product and I still don’t get the pay off that I want so it is being used solely as a base for my purple eyeshadows. Other than that one tiny complaint, they are perfect!

So on to the pictures!


Audacious Asphalt

Audacious Asphalt

Bad to the Bronze

Bad to the Bronze

Pomegranate Punk

Pomegranate Punk

Edgy Emerald

Edgy Emerald

Painted Purple

Painted Purple

Fierce & Tangy

Fierce & Tangy

With flash

Close up with flash

As for the price of them, I have seen it vary depending on where you go from $6.99 to $8.99. I found most of mine a Target and a few select CVSs. It really depends on the area you live and what your beauty store carries. I would look around if your going to drugstores. I don’t know if these are permanent or just a collection that they put out but if not then I will be buying a backup of Bad to the Bronze as soon as I find it again because I love it so much!

I hope this review helped and please let me know what other products you would like to review in the future and what information you would like me to include for next time so I can refine my product review. 🙂

XO, Tavi


Hi loves!

So its a new week which means new manicure! So this weekend, I went on a shopping spree at Walgreens, CVS and Sally’s Beauty (which I did a blog post on, check it out here). So after my spree I painted my nails with the new colors that I purchased.

I’m wearing:

– L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche nail polish in 280 Pink me up!

– Sally Hansen Gem Crush nail polish in 03 Big Money

– Base coat: Orly Nail Defense

– Top coat: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Pink me up! & Big Money


Pink me up! & Gems


Pink me up! (left); Big Money (right)




I really like L’Oreal Colour Riche nail polishes. It went on very smooth and since it is a cream finish it gives off a high shine. This might be my favorite color for spring and summer 🙂 I was really surprised at how much I like Sally Hansen’s Gem crush. The glitter is fine but it goes on so smooth. I am wearing just one coat on my  nails. I like that I didn’t have to build it up with a lot of coats to get that much glitter on my nails. I also like how the big pieces of glitter are purple so when it reflects it has a purple shimmer and it goes great with the hot pink.  I will be purchasing more of them soon!

Hope you enjoyed this weeks selection and check back next week for another edition of Nails of the Week.

XO, Tavi



Hi loves!

So I have just returned from running some errands and I thought it would be fun to show you guys what I have picked up. This is not a review of the products but I will give some thoughts on a few that I started playing with already! Most of theses products will be featured in future blog post/reviews.

First store that I went to was Walgreens, I was a bit disappointed in the selection the one near my house had but I did get a few good things. Most of the things here were the nail polishes since they were having a buy one get one 50% off that ends today!

I purchased:

– Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect Color Care in 08 Sorbet and 04 Stain

– Sally Hansen Gem Crush in 03 Big Money

– L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche in 410 l’orange, 510 paparazzi pleaser, and 280 pink me up!

– L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Balm in 318 Heavenly Berry, 418 Caring Coral, and 819 Carmel Comfort ( I have swatch these on my hand and they are very sheer. I think the best color was Carmel Comfort. I will be reviewing these once I apply them to my lips).

– Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick by Kat Moss collection in 12 (which is the orange/red shade) and 08 (pink nude)

– Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque (I love this stuff!!! )

Next I was off to Sally Beauty Supply because I was out of nail polish remover and I like their pure acetone to remove my nail polish:

I purchased:

– Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

– Beauty Secrets Pure Acetone

And since I purchased Seche Vite I got a free China Glaze nail polish. So I picked 544 Liquid Leather and then since I renewed my Sally Beauty’s card I received one free item from Silk Elements so I picked the Soft Holding Spritz Styling Spray.

Then I decide to go to CVS because I didn’t find everything that I wanted at Walgreens.

I purchased:

– Maybelline  24 hr Color Tattoo cream eyeshadows in 10 Fierce & Tangy and 50 Edgy Emerald ( I will be doing a review on these next!)

– Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara


12 (left) 08 (right)


So let me know if there is anything from this shopping spree that you want to see a specific detail review about. I will be doing Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows and most of the nail polishes will be featured in a nails of the week post.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend 🙂

XO, Tavi

So I decided after seeing so much hype on the different vlogs and blogs to try the Julep nail polishes and sign up for the Maven box subscription. So basically every month for $19.99 you get a box of new nail polishes. Some are from their permanent line and others are exclusives that haven’t been released to the public. You also receive something extra to enhance your mani/pedi experience. Mine was a hand scrub (which I love!). It’s a sneak peek box of new products. So naturally, I’m overly excited to subscribe to this membership. Seeing that the nail polishes individually are $14.00 a bottle and at least with the maven box you will get two polishes, I believe. My first box came with two so that is what I am assuming.

So here is their description of the Maven program off the website:

Being a Maven, gives you exclusive access to COLOR!  You get it first, and YOU decide how often you want to receive your beauty editor Sneak Peek Box
For just $19.99 a month, you’ll receive over $40 worth of trendsetting polish colors and cutting-edge treatment products each month customized in a gift-able Sneak Peek Box
Each Sneak Peek Box features new, never before released colors and treatments FIRST to you, before anyone else
Your box also includes hits and cult favorites – the products we like to keep on the top of editors’ minds
20% off all purchases
FREE shipping on ALL your purchases
Each box also comes with a surprise and delight element- something to look forward to!
Receive additional membership perks throughout the year

So after reading that your all ready to sign up right! Well after much difficulty of receiving my box, my first shipment was stolen. I finally received my replacement and I was not overly impressed. I have pictures of the my nails with both polishes and they just didn’t impress me. Well Shania (silver) did more than Lindsay (dark purple).

Lindsay was the most difficult polish I have every applied. It was runny/watery and I felt like I had used half the bottle applying it to my hands. After one manicure, I can see the level of the polish has changed. I don’t know about you but with my other polishes I have never seen the level move no matter how many times I used the polish. With Shania the application was better. I didn’t feel like I was using so much product. It wasn’t dripping off the brush as Lindsay.

Here are pictures below of me first trying out the polishes. I tried to show how runny Lindsay was compared to Shania.

Lindsay (left); Shania (right)


Uplcose view of the application


Lindsay (left); Shania (right)


View of how the product was too watery for application


This one was not as watery out of the tube


Glycolic Hand Scrub


I tried to show in the pictures how watery Lindsay is but not sure it came across. Overall, my first impression of the nail polish is not a good one. I don’t like how I feel like I’m using so much polish for just two coats. I can say that the finish after all the mess was cleaned up from the application was nice. I used my Sally Hansen Mega Shine top coat to give it the high gloss finish.  I do like the hand scrub and will be repurchasing that when I run out. It gives a nice finish to my manicures. I haven’t canceled my subscription as of yet to Julep because you have to call them to cancel which I think is such a hassle. I don’t have time to call to cancel and rather just send an e-mail. I also don’t like that when my package was shipped out I was sent a confirmation e-mail to track my package which lead to the first one being stolen. They will charge you the  $19.99 and shipped a product anyway if you don’t select skip this month between the 20th-25th of each month. Unlike my shoe memberships, you don’t receive a credit, they will just ship you a box anyway. So I’m going to give my selections another try this month and see if I want to purchase again but so far this was not something I’m enjoying.

Hope this review helped some of you that were thinking of subscribing.

XO, Tavi


So it has been too long since I’ve done a post! So what better way to start again by giving you my thoughts on the new Naked 2 and comparing it to the Naked 1 palette. For those of you who don’t what I’m taking about, Urban Decay came out with Naked palette about year ago, I believe. It is a palette dedicated to warm neutral colors. It was very very successful. Now they have released the Naked 2 palette, which is more on the cooler side of neutrals. These colors are more grey/taupe colors where as the Naked 1 or original Naked (whichever you prefer) is on the warmer side with rich browns and golds.

Personally, I love them both! I was so excited to get my hands on the Naked 2. A lot of people have being saying that you don’t need both palettes that you can live with just one. Which is true to some extent. I can do my makeup with either palette but it depends on what look I’m going for. I think the Naked 2 since it is on the cooler side give me a softer and more shine finish when I do a smokey eye or any look, while with the Naked 1, my look is very smoldering and intense. So for me I love them both because there are colors that I can’t just get in the Naked 2 in the Naked 1 and vice versa. So it really depends on your makeup personality but I say if you can get them both, get them! I haven’t been disappointed.

I do want to note that I feel like Half Baked, which you see in the pictures below has a different finish and I have to put a base under it with Naked 2 palette for it to really pop. I don’t know if they changed the formula because Half Baked is in all their palettes usually but I have noticed a difference.

The size are equal in length. I do prefer the Naked 1 package over Naked 2

Another view comparing the size.

Naked 2 on the left and Naked 1 on the right

Upclose view of the shadows

Swatches of Naked 2 shadows on the arm with flash

Swataches of the Naked 1 with flash

Swatches: Naked 1 top and Naked 2 bottom with flash

Swatches of both with no flash (Naked 1 top and Naked 2 bottom)

Overall, I do love both palettes but I am using the Naked 2 more because I love the black shadow unlike in the Naked 1 where I didn’t use the black at all really because it have silver sparkle and way to much fall out. The same with the grey shadow at the end.

I hope this helps!

XO, Tavi

I found this really cute site that has daily outfit post and you can actually order the pieces in the outfit. I haven’t made a purchase from the site just yet but I can’t wait to try it! So this isn’t a fully review but I wanted to give the link to my personal link for you guys to shop.

The fun thing about this site is that you get points for every tweet, facebook comment and recommendation to a friend that you make. You also get points for every purchase and when you get 2,000 points you get a $20 giftcard. I think that is a cool thing to promote and a way to give back to your customers. A lot of online membership services sites are doing this now and I think it is a smart way to keep the customer coming back for more. So check out the site and let me know what you think!

Yes to Blueberries Age Refresh Brightening Facial Towelettes

Product Description:

These ‘Brightening Facial Towelettes’ are formulated with Blueberries and Coconuts to gently cleanse, remove makeup, and moisturize skin all in one. With Lemon Peel and Apple to help brighten skin, these are a great addition to our Age Refresh collection. They leave your skin feeling clean and glowy!

  • 99% Natural
  • Biodegradable & FSC Certified
  • Dermatologically & Opthalmologically Tested
  • Oil-free, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic
  • Size: 30 pre-moistened towelettes
  • Price: $7.99

So from reading the product description and seeing how it has all these good ingredients you would think that these would be great! Well they aren’t. These are by far the worst facial cleansing wipes I have ever used. It says that you can just take a towelette out and wipe away all the dirt and make-up from your face and you are left with clean skin that you don’t even need to rinse with water after. That is a complete lie. These wipes are dry. they have no moisture to them. Like most of us, we use a make-up wipe before we cleanse our face with our nightly routines. My first issue with these wipes is that it doesn’t remove all of my make-up It is terrible for removing eye make-up. I have to wipe over my eye at least five times and that still doesn’t remove all the mascara and eyeliner from my eyes. Which by having to wipe my eyes so many times it pulls at the my eyes lids which is unhealthy and can cause wrinkles and fine lines, which is something that these wipes are supposed to help prevent. My second issue with these wipes is that after using them my skin doesn’t feel clean it feels sticky and dirty. So when I go to my next step in my nightly routine to cleanse my face with my face wash, as I am massaging it into my skin I notice that it is turning brown because I still have make-up on my face. My third issue with them is the smell. The lemon smell makes me sick every time I open the package. In my opinion, it is just too strong and overwhelming.

I wish I had better things to say about these wipes but I don’t. I will not be repurchasing them and not sure I want to try other things from this line. I may because I have heard good things about the wipes that come in the green package but after such a terrible experience with these I am hesitant to stray away from my holy grail wipes the Neutrogena makeup remover cleansing towelettes in night calming.

Hope you have enjoyed this review and it helps with your own purchasing decisions!