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RIMMEL Magnif'Eyes and NYC Get It All

RIMMEL Magnif’Eyes and NYC Get It All

The lazy, hazy days of summer sometimes need a pick-me-up and if you are reading this blog that usually means something cosmetic. When that feeling pops up there’s nothing like a drugstore trip to add a new product to your life. Having received 2 of the Rimmel London Magnif’eyes Double Ended Shadow + Liner and 3 NYC NEW YORK COLOR GET IT ALL ALL IN ONE LIP COLORS was a definite boost in these lazy days.

There’s so much to love with the Rimmel London Magnif’eyes Double Ended Shadow + Liner that 2 aren’t quite enough. These amazing shadow crayons and liners are the smoothest I’ve tried in ages and the price is so right at MSRP $6.47. How do you pick from these shades? #001 Back To Black, Liner: Matte Black, Shadow: Gun Metal Grey (high pearl with glitter), #002 Kissed By A Rose Gold, Liner: Brown (low pearl), Shadow: Rose Gold (medium pearl), #003 Queens Of The Bronzed Age, Liner: Gold (high pearl with glitter), Shadow: Bronze (medium pearl), #004 Dark Side Of Blue, Liner: Matte Cobalt Blue, Shadow: Dark Grey (low pearl), #005 Pink & Purple Rain, Liner: Matte Dark Plum,  Shadow: Light Pink (high pearl with glitter)rimmel collage

 

I’ve got Pink & Purple Rain along with Kissed by a Rose Gold. These 2-in-1 pencils are easy to apply and last me the entire day. I don’t even have to use an eyeshadow primer with the crayon end since they last through even these incredibly hot and humid days.

Rimmel Magnif'Eyes liner end

Rimmel Magnif’Eyes liner end

The liners are kohl kajal so they are intense and long wearing. Not only can they be worn as eyeliner on the top or bottom but they can be used on the waterline. The shadow side is incredible with a long lasting, creaseproof, and waterproof formula. These are total love with Kissed by a Rose Gold especially getting a lot of wear.

NYC Get It All lipsticks in PINKdigious, ExeptioNUDE, ImpREDsive

NYC Get It All lipsticks in PINKdigious, ExeptioNUDE, ImpREDssive

NYC NEW YORK COLOR GET IT ALL ALL IN ONE LIP COLOR ($2.99) are new to NYC New York Color Cosmetic’s line. These are very creamy with a good wear time. The finish is shiny and the colors can be intense.

NYC Get It All lipsticks in ExeptioNUDE, PINKdigious, ImpREDsive

NYC Get It All lipsticks in ExeptioNUDE, PINKdigious, ImpREDssive

Colors available are ImpREDssive, WondeREDfu, IncREDible,  FUCHSIAtastic,  FabFUCHSIA,

ExeptioNUDE, MOCHAmazing, ExtraordiBERRY, and TerrifiCORAL

 

They have a candy like fragrance that reminds me of Cherry Lik-M-Aid (am I aging myself?) which was always my favorite. likmaidI have the NYC Get It All lipsticks in ExeptioNUDE, PINKdigious, and ImpREDssive. ExeptioNUDE is a mauve nude, PINKdigious is a bright pretty pink, and ImpREDssive is a hot red shade that will get you noticed. Using a light coat of these will give you more of a sheer look but they are easy to intensify with more than one coat plus they’ll last longer that way.

NYC Get It All lipsticks in ExeptioNUDE, PINKdigious, ImpREDssive

NYC Get It All lipsticks in ExeptioNUDE, PINKdigious, ImpREDssive

So what are you waiting for? Get to Target, Walmart, and drugstores to find a new look for under $10 with a Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Double Ended Shadow + Liner and a NYC Get It All lipstick. Oh and pick up a cold drink while you are there!  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration

Can a $4.25 NYC eyeshadow palette change your makeup wardrobe?

NYC Individual Eye Shadow Palettes

NYC Individual Eye Shadow Palettes

As an eyeshadow addict I admit I’m a bit of a snob. I usually spend my time perusing Ulta and Sephora rather than CVS and Walmart. It’s almost always eyeshadows that attract me first. My rather large collection has price points that include $1 shadows, $5 shadows, $12 palettes, $25 + single eyeshadows, and $45 and up eyeshadow palettes. So why am I stuck on two NYC IndividualEYES Eyeshadow Palettes?

First reason is that I am crazy about the NYC Lovatics by Demi Nude Palette and wear it all the time. Since I received that palette my opinion about NYC Cosmetics has dramatically changed. When I was offered other NYC products to test I happily agreed. And of course I started with the two eyeshadow palettes: Pink Nudes and Bronze Nudes.

These palettes have everything you need for a complete eye look: 4 eyeshadows, eyeshadow primer, gel eyeliner, and highlighter. The eyeshadows include an All Over Lid matte shade, Crease shade, Outline color, and a Highlighter shadow. I don’t necessarily use these in that order though. I like to use the crease shade on my eyelid, the outline shade in the crease, and the highlight color on my browbone.

NYC Individual Eyes Pink Nude and Bronze Nude

NYC Individual Eyes Pink Nude and Bronze Nude

NYC IndividualEYES Pink Nude labeled

NYC IndividualEYES Pink Nude labeled

There are 3 IndividualEYES Eye Shadow Palettes in the nude shades (along with 5 more colorful choices): Pink Nudes, Bronze Nudes, and Beige Nudes. Wearing Pink or Bronzes Nudes gives me a very soft eye yet there’s enough pigment to the colors that they don’t disappear. I’m over the smokey eye right now, it just doesn’t feel right to me with warm weather clothes. These palettes fit the bill perfectly.

NYC Individual Eyes Pink Nude

NYC Individual Eyes Pink Nude

Pink Nudes is a cooler palette with matte pinky brown, lightly shimmered pink brown, taupe, and a slightly darker brown that blends beautifully with the shades. It’s a seamless look. The 3 shadows are satiny without shimmer.

NYC Pink Nude

NYC Pink Nude

The right side of all these palettes has a great eyeshadow primer, a brown gel cream eyeliner, and a highlighter that is frosty. I’m very impressed with the primer and use it with these shadows and others. The gel liner is very creamy and can smear. My advice with it is to let it set before you curl your lashes or apply mascara. Once set it lasts well, especially on the top lash line. The illuminator is very creamy and blends well. It adds a touch of shimmer to your look.

NYC Individual EYES Primer, Gel Liner, Illuminator

NYC Individual EYES Primer, Gel Liner, Illuminator

Bronze Nudes has a similar configuration with warmer shades that are neutral. I tend to skip the matte shade in both of these but I do prefer the one in Bronze Nudes over the Pink Nudes one. The highlight shade is a shiny cream, the crease color is a light golden taupe while the outline shade is a golden bronze. None of these apply dark but you can build them up if you want more color.

NYC Bronze Nude

NYC Bronze Nude

NYC New York Color introduces NYC New York Color individual eyes eye shadow palette, featuring everything necessary to complete an eye look in a slim, portable design. 3 shade ranges for every mood: the nudes, the basics and the smokeys!
Each eye set includes a color-boosting primer, four highly pigmented, high-definition, complimentary shadow shades, a highlighter and a gel eyeliner. Plus, with clearly indicated step-by-step instructions, the Individual Eyes Eye Shadows Palette give you tips for easy application and professional results!

These portable all-in-one IndividualEYES Eye Shadow Palettes retail for $4.99 though Walmart sells them for $4.25. You can see all the palettes on the NYC page if you want more information.

I really think these are amazing and not just because I was lucky enough to receive them from PR. The IndividualEYES Eye Shadow Palettes will delight you, I’m sure of it.  — Marcia

 

The Nudes Collection: soft, warm neutrals available in Beige Nudes, Pink Nudes and Bronze Nudes

The Basics Collection:  brown tones for each eye color, including Green Eyes Basics, Blue Eyes Basics and Brown Eyes Basics

The Smokey Eyes Collection: sultry options of Smokey Charcoals and Smokey Violets

NYC Lovatics by Demi – you won’t believe how great these are (giveaway alert too)

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

The last time you saw me write about NYC Lovatics by Demi I was raving about the Natural palette that has been created in the Demi Lovato collection from NYC. My raves have continued since I use this palette all the time. It hits the right buttons for the looks that I love. Plus it’s a total dupe for the original Urban Decay Naked palette. It’s spot on. Whenever I see dupes I wonder about quality but there’s no wondering with this palette since the quality is there 100%.

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

There are no names on this palette but NYC numbered them and then gathered them into groups depending on the look you are interested in: Discreet Nude, Glamour Nude and Smokey Nude. The numbers are in the order of the palette seen above.

NYC Lovatics by Demi Natural palette

NYC Lovatics by Demi Natural palette

There’s a mix of finishes in the palette making it great for whatever look you want.

NYC Lovatics by Demi first 8 swatched

NYC Lovatics by Demi first 8 swatched

NYC Lovatics by Demi last 4 swatched

NYC Lovatics by Demi last 4 swatched

 

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi shades 4, 6, 9

My favorite shades are always metallic and lightly shimmered like #4, 6, and 9. I like pigment and brightness in my shadows and Natural has that along with the everyday shades that you need like the matte shades. This is a total steal at $6.99 or $4.99 (Walmart) and I really hope that NYC brings out more palettes in this line.

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Pink Lip & Cheek Tint

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Pink Lip & Cheek Tint

In addition to the palette NYC came out with a few more fun items including four Lip & Cheek Tints that are only $3.99. These are liquid stains and they really do stain. If you are looking for a very natural lip tint that will not dry out your lips at all and yet will impart some color, these are for you. They come packaged like a nail polish and the brush is easy to use for  applying but you need to work fast with these.

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Pink Lip & Cheek Tint

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Pink Lip & Cheek Tint

I have Cheeky Pink and Cheeky Strawberry and there’s also Cheeky Red and Cheeky Berry. As much as I love cream blushes I’m really too old for these liquids as cheek shades so I personally use them on my lips. Cheeky Pink is bright and has a longer lasting stain to it than Cheeky Strawberry which is darker but subtler.

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Strawberry Lip & Cheek Tint

NYC Lovatics by Demi Cheeky Strawberry Lip & Cheek Tint

If you have a daughter who does something like dance competitions or cheerleading, these would be perfect. They give that fresh from the cold appearance but won’t disappear, especially Cheeky Pink. According to NYC these are kiss proof and smudge proof.  A great substitute for Benefit’s Lip and Cheek Tints!

I think Demi Lovato is a great spokeswoman for NYC. She’s on a career comeback, she’s bright and cheery, and she’s a fresh face beauty. With different packaging you could sell these for much more and no one would know the difference. — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: We have extras of all three products in this review so the BIZ Subscriber who wins this giveaway will receive the two Lip & Cheek Tints as well as the NYC Lovatics by Demi Natural palette. This is open to US and Canada through 3/11/16 at 11:59 p.m. EST. If the comments close early please email your comment to [email protected] and label it Demi Lovato or NYC; then you can click enter and continue on.

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Splurge vs Steal with Urban Decay, Covergirl, NYC Lovatics, Makeup Revolution USA

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It’s time for a new Makeup Wars and I’m excited about this one. I can’t wait to read what the other bloggers have chosen as their SPLURGE vs STEAL items. For my edition I decided to stick with neutral palettes since they are so popular. Urban Decay Naked palettes started the craze with Too Faced Chocolate Bar and Chocolate Bon Bons following. At $54 and $49 respectively it’s hard to own all the ones you are interested in…. so here comes the steals.

I read this type of article often in magazines and the first thing that comes to my mind is the question of Quality. Yes, two items may look similar, but is the steal something you’d want to wear/use? I have made sure that my steals are ones that I can recommend without question.

URBAN DECAY is the brand that I believe has led the way into the neutral revolution. They have excellent marketing and know how to get the word out with some cutting edge products. Just look at how they’ve promoted the Gwen Steffani items! People are going nuts over them. Also their Naked palettes don’t go out of favor. When I was pulling this together I realized that I can’t find my Naked Basics and Naked 2. Just because they are older doesn’t make them any less relevant and now I’m thinking about purchasing them. I looked to see how to compare my ‘steals’ to my Urban Decay and Too Faced. I hope I’ve succeeded.

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Lovatics by Demi

NYC Cosmetics has a new collection in collaboration with Demi Lovato. I received several items that I’ll be reviewing in full and I’m loving them. This $6.99 palette LOVATICS BY DEMI is incredible and a perfect match for the original URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTE. $6.99. vs $54. Now that’s what I call a Splurge vs Steal. When you find this at Walmart, Target or wherever NYC is sold, grab it before it’s too late.

NYC Lovatics by Demi (Natural) on top of Urban Decay Naked (original)

NYC Lovatics by Demi (Natural) on top of Urban Decay Naked (original)

URBAN DECAY NAKED 3 vs ULTA ROSE GOLD PALETTE

These two are so close that I can blindly reach for either to achieve the same looks. This is a $54 vs $20 Splurge vs Steal except that Ulta’s palette is always on sale and you can use their coupons. This particular week all ULTA products are buy 2 get 2 free, last week this palette was $12.

Urban Decay Naked3 vs Ulta Rose Gold

Urban Decay Naked3 vs Ulta Rose Gold

MAKEUP REVOLUTION USA AFFIRMATION vs URBAN DECAY SMOKY and TOO FACED CHOCOLATE BONBONS

There are 32 eyeshadows in MAKEUP REVOLUTION’S AFFIRMATION PALETTE. This Ulta exclusive is $15 with BOGO 1/2 currently going on. It’s also available with the $3.50 coupon that Ulta advertises. I had to seek out two palettes to match up with the AFFIRMATION palette because it has so many versatile shades.

Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette

Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette

Urban Decay Naked Smoky contains these shades: champagne shimmer micro-glitter, medium bronze, metallic taupe iridescent micr-glitter, metallic silver taupe tonal sparkle, light metallic gray, medium charcoal micro glitter, jet black satin, deep plum taupe, cool taupe matte, rich brown matte, soft pink taupe and light beige satin. Look at the above picture – recognize those shades?

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons contains these shades: matte mauve, cool greige, matte suede, matte plum brown, gilded rose, electric fuchsia pearl, cherry cola shimmer, satin nude, smokey sapphire, deep metallic amethyst, gilded cocoa, metallic taupe, metallic cocoa bronze, and matte warm cream. You can find duplicates of all these shades in the Makeup Revolution Affirmation palette too.

top Urban Decay Smoky, left Makeup Revolution Affirmation, right Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

top Urban Decay Smoky, left Makeup Revolution Affirmation USA, right Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

While I love my Urban Decay palettes I shudder thinking about how much money they’ve cost me. Makeup Revolution USA Affirmation isn’t as pigmented as UD and TF but I end up with the same colors and looks. I’m the only one that knows that the Affirmation palette costs a fraction of the other too.

COVERGIRL TRUNAKED NUDES

Covergirl trunaked Nudes

Covergirl trunaked Nudes

Last is the Covergirl trunaked Nudes palette which is a beautiful rendition of a nude palette. The colors are exactly what you need to create daily looks as well as smoky eyes. The palette sells for approximately $12.99 but you can find sales on it. Currently at Ulta it’s $11.98 with a BOGO 1/2 on Covergirl products. I have been blown away by the color and quality of this palette.

I think these steals are pretty fabulous and the true definition of Splurge vs Steal without compromising quality. What’s your favorite steal?  –  Marcia

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*NYC, Covergirl, Makeup Revolution received for editorial consideration, others are self purchased