Mascara Mania

Today I want to share with you all of the mascaras I have open and in use. I’m a bit of a fiend with these since I get unhappy quickly so I’ll move on only to realize that the one I stopped using isn’t so bad.

I never have guilt opening a sample size mascara since it’s rare that I’ve paid for it other than indirectly like a subscription box. Full size I’m more careful about so I’ll try to keep it to a mass market mascara and a more prestige one.

So here are the 4 I’ve got going and my opinions of them. Enjoy the read.

Mallywood Smoky Mama! Mascara

I’m not going to say more about Mally Beauty’s Mallywood Smoky Mama Mascara since I have reviewed it and shared what I love about it. I’m just beyond the 2 month mark and it’s starting to get thicker so it proves that 3 months is the max I should use mascara.

L’Oreal Voluminous LASH PARADISE

L’Oreal Voluminous LASH PARADISE is one of the most talked about drugstore mascara around. It does what it says – provides volume and length. I bought Blackest Black and it is truly blackest. The color is dark and the mascara gives a dramatic look. It’s the one mascara that I’ve rebought this year. It’s reminiscent of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara so if that worked for you then you’ll want this too.

L’Oreal Voluminous LASH PARADISE

It can be hard to remove so don’t try it with just water. I use my eye makeup remover on a cotton pad and hold it on to loosen the mascara before attempting to wipe it off. It usually takes me two times to get it all off. That is not a complaint since this does what I want.

I obviously disagree with the back of the package since I don’t think soap would work on this thick mascara and I always do two coats but you know your mileage may vary.

L’Oreal Voluminous LASH PARADISE

L’Oreal Voluminous LASH PARADISE

The next are sample sizes that came in various subscription boxes or purchases. I love these smaller sizes since it gives me a good idea of whether or not I’m going to like the mascara. But they can be deceiving too. I had a mini Smashbox and loved it enough to buy the full size which then disappointed me so much that I wanted to kick myself. I had a mini Benefit RollerLash that was god’s gift to eyelashes but as much as I loved it my next full size didn’t match up to it. But I haven’t given up on RollerLash.

Speaking of Benefit RollerLash there’s Benefit’s BAD gal BANGOne really nice thing about this mascara is that you can actually buy the mini ($12) to see if you like it. Yes it’s more than a drugstore mascara but IMO it lasts as long as their full size one for half the cost.

Benefit Bad Gal BANG!

But what’s my opinion of it? I’m very much on the fence with it. I’ve been using it on a typical day that doesn’t include anything special but I’m not going to be wearing it when I want my lashes to pop. It’s not bad but it’s not special on my particular lashes (short, straight, but they will accept a fake curl). Reviews are mixed on Sephora about the mascara which goes to show that it’s a product that can work magic on one person and bomb out on another.

Benefit Bad Gal BANG!

MAC had a mini (and I mean mini) in my last IPSY bag. I was happy about that since MAC False Lashes used to be one of my favorites. Guess what … it’s not one of my favorites now and this didn’t tempt me to buy it again.

MAC False Lashes mini mascara

MAC False Lashes mini mascara

I thought for sure I’d like it because of the natural bristles but it didn’t really show up much. It didn’t matter how many coats I applied, it just didn’t like me. It even smudged on me. With a $45 MAC order at Ulta you can try this for yourself. But don’t go spend $45 just to try it.

My report card:

MALLY  =  A

L’OREAL LASH PARADISE  =  A

BENEFIT BANG  =  C

MAC FALSE LASHES  =  D

What’s your mascara of choice these days? I’m always on the prowl. Two new ones are waiting for me – a mini Hourglass Caution and a full size MILK Kush. Do I have to wait??  — Marcia

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You will definitely fall for Mallywood Smoky Mama Mascara

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I know you’ve tried many mascaras over the course of your cosmetic life but you haven’t tried one like Mally Beauty’s Mallywood Smoky Mama Mascara. This one has been terrific for me since the very first use and continues to be that way weeks later.

Mallywood Smoky Mama! Mascara

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There are many times I grow into liking or even loving a mascara so it’s a very pleasant surprise when the first use is as terrific as the 30th use. No waiting for it to “age”, not too dry, not too wet. So what makes this mascara stand out? It’s the brush actually according to Mally. There are other Mally Beauty mascaras but what she did differently with this one is to trim the bristles down. They are very short and very effective.

To create a no-fuss natural smoky eye, Mally would take a mascara wand and cut the bristles to be so short you almost don’t see them! Then she would take that wand slowly press it into the bottom lashes. This creates the most natural and effortless smoky eye possible.

Mallywood Smoky Mama! Mascara

The bristles allow you to get each of your lashes with ease, from those little ones that are stubborn to your longest lashes. I notice how well the mascara coats the lashes leaving them beautifully defined with lots of length. I get a nice amount of volume from Smoky Mama but my lashes are skimpy so they aren’t super full. You can build this up without finding clumps.

I’ve yet to have a smudge even though this is a deep black. When I wear it with black liner instead of my typical brown my lashes look even thicker.

with flash so you can see the small bristles

Some mascaras make my eyes water especially at the end of the day but I haven’t had that at all with Mally Mallywood Smoky Mama! Mascara. That’s another reason that I’m excited about recommending this to you.

Mallywood Smoky Mama! Mascara

For marvelous eyes and magnificent blush stick with Mallywood!  —  Marcia

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Mally has stolen my heart with the Mallywood Highlighting Blush

Mallywood Highlighting Blush

It’s hard to express just how much I love Mally Beauty’s newest blush, Mallywood Highlighting Blush. I have worn it continuously since I got it. Every other blush is totally ignored, even products I’ve bought since I got this. Everything about this Mallywood blush screams my name and refuses to allow me to wear anything else.

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One reason this is so unusual is that I’m a huge fan of cream blushes and actually don’t wear powder ones that often. But Mally changed my mind with the perfect pink blush. With 4 blush shades and 2 soft highlighter shades it is perfection for my cool toned fair skin. Mallywood though isn’t just for pale princesses since it can be built up, it’s appropriate for just about every one.

Mallywood Highlighting Blush

The best way for me to use Mallywood Highlighting Blush is to swirl a blush brush around the entire surface of it. It has a unique “wave” pressing technology that allows for all the shades to blend seamlessly together for a perfect blush shade. With all but the purple shade I can use these with a smaller brush on my eyes too. The purple doesn’t seem to pick up much color individually though but it adds to the overall effect.

Mally Beauty Mallywood Highlighting Blush

Mally Beauty Mallywood Highlighting Blush

While the delightful packaging screams glitz, there’s nothing glitzy about this. The highlighters are subtle, the only glitter is the embossed glitter on the compact. These are more iridescent. I take a medium size eyeshadow brush and pick those up to highlight on the top of my cheekbones. This is so perfectly multi-purpose!

 

Mallywood Collection

This Ulta only blush is part of a great looking collection but most of the collection is limited edition so you don’t want to lose out by hesitating. The blush will be the best $28 you’ll spend all summer. This is holy grail territory for me!  —  Marcia

 

Mally makes life a lot more beautiful

Mally Beauty Soft Focus Lowlight & Highlight Trio and Pure Pigment Melting Lip Powders

It’s Mally time, time for you to get “gorgois” and today I have some beauties to show you. I promise you’ll want them.

First is the Soft Focus Highlight to Lowlight Trio, a trio of talc free powders that feature different levels of luminizing pearls. The palette is subtle and perfectly fits the name Soft Focus. While the 3 shades look very close in the palette once on they have their own personality. You can use them separately or blend them together. My choice is separate.

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Mally Beauty Soft Focus Lowlight & Highlight Trio

First you’ll find Mocha Martini on the left. This is the darkest of the trio but dark it’s not. It has a sophisticated light glowy golden brown that is great to use under cheekbones, along the sides of your nose and at the hairline. The color is just dark enough to give you some definition but not so dark that it’s noticeable. This is what contouring should be for fair faced maidens.

Next is Rose’ All Day which makes for a great light pink blush or to be used down the center of your nose, the tops of your cheekbones and on your browbone. Yes these can all be used as soft eyeshadows. The texture is divine.

On the far right is Bring On The Bubbly which is recommended at the inner corner of the eye along with at your Cupid’s Bow or anywhere you want to softly glow.

Mally Beauty Soft Focus Lowlight & Highlight Trio

The beauty of this palette is the softness and how well the shades blend. They brighten your complexion, they blur imperfections, and there’s a seamlessness to them when applied. It’s different than the highlighters I’ve written about lately because of the light glow that is noticeable yet no one knows why you look so gorgois. It’s bringing a magical yet understated glow.

This is available on Mally Beauty’s site for $35 but I have two deals for you! The first is that for a limited time Mally has a 20% off sale going on. I don’t know when it ends so act quickly with the code MALLY at checkout. Here’s another deal that I think is fabulous. QVC has a 4 piece collection for $47.19 that includes this wonderful palette but also includes an Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra in Champagne, a light golden shimmer shade, More is More Mascara, and H3 Lip Gloss in Sweet Peach, a sheer light peach shade. This is a steal IMO. Every one of these products are must haves!

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As much as I love this palette what is something worth hunting down are Mally’s PURE PIGMENT MELTING LIP POWDERS. These were available on QVC but I missed them and unless you are a Mally follower you might have too. But they are really unique to my lip collection and I’m glad to have them. These are available at Amazon though, you want to add one or more to your collection.

Mally Pure Pigment Melting Lip Powder in Tender Rose

I was sent a duo that contained Tender Rose and Soft Nude. There are two more available too in Mellow Mauve and Gentle Pink.

Mally Pure Pigment Melting Lip Powder in Soft Nude

These squat containers are just too cute. There’s a small lip gloss type wand that applies the pigment to your lips. You’ll love the cool sensation you first feel, they feel slightly wet and you have time to smooth on the pigment before it starts drying down. (I want a powder with this feeling!) You end up with a soft matte look that lasts really well during the day.

Mally Pure Pigment Melting Lip Powder in Tender Rose and Soft Nude

The best part though is that this isn’t drying at all. I’m not a big fan of liquid matte lipsticks but I am a fan of these Pigment Melting Lip Powders. I swear my lips don’t feel one bit dry when wearing these. I have the trendy matte look without the drying out of my lips. This isn’t a luscious look if that’s what you are looking for but it’s easy non-drying color.

Mally Pure Pigment Melting Lip Powders

Soft Nude looks sort of tan in my swatch but on my lips it’s a true nude, not too light, not too dark. Tender Rose is also lighter on my lips than my swatch which makes me quite pleased since I don’t like dark lips on me. It’s sort of a red popsicle stain to me.

With the pigment lips I have some advice. Your lips should be exfoliated and dry which is true for all matte lips. First shake the bottle before using to mix the pigment. When done be sure to close it tightly so it doesn’t dry out. Also if the color goes on unevenly just use a lip brush or even a q-tip to even them out. You can build the color too once it’s dry by adding another layer or two. But let them dry first before you do that.

Mally Pure Pigment Melting Lip Powder in Soft Nude and Tender Rose

These were inspired by Korean beauty and they are formulated with encapsulated pigments. The color transforms from powder to cream when it comes in contact with the natural oils of your skin. They are totally unique to my life and a creative longer lasting alternative.

All of these make a great spring/summer addition to your life and if Mally has any say over it, you know you’re going to look just gorgeous!  —  Marcia

 

 

Open up to pretty eyes with Mally Beauty with the Open Up! Eyeshadow Quad

Mally Beauty Open Up! Eyeshadow Quads

Looking for something new to open up those peepers, maybe some fresh new palettes for fall? Take a look at Mally’s Open Up! Eyeshadow Quad Set of 2 Eyeshadow Palettes, including Everyday Nudes and Everyday Deep Neutrals ($35, which also includes a dual-sided brush).

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The Open Up! Eyeshadow Quad Set comes with the two palettes and a dual sided brush that I don’t have, but if you watch the video on QVC you can see the brush in action and it looks really nice. The two palettes feature neutral shades, one with day colors and the other with deeper evening shades. Both palettes have a combination of matte and shimmer shades, and the texture is soft and velvety thanks to the coconut butter-infused formula. I find that these eyeshadow apply easily, blend well, and last all day with a primer.

Mally Everyday Nudes Palette

The Everyday Nudes Palette has from top right going clockwise:  Sand, a shimmering creamy beige; Terra Cotta, a matte brownish orange; Earth, a shimmery deep golden brown; and Clay, a matte medium brown.

Mally Everyday Nudes Palette swatches, left to right:  Clay, Sand, Earth, Terra Cotta

Sand is a perfect base shade and I often wear just this plus some thick black eyeliner. I also love the Terra Cotta – it’s a great lid shade, as well as a beautiful crease shade for some depth without a lot of drama. Earth and Clay are nice, workhorse shades. This is a wonderful, versatile palette that is belongs in everyone’s collection.

The Everyday Deep Neutrals Palette

The Everyday Deep Neutrals Palette has from top right going clockwise: Cashew, a shimmery taupe; Brazil Nut, a matte medium brownish gray; Acorn, a shimmery bronze; and Almond, a shimmery medium brown.

The Everyday Deep Neutrals Palette, left to right:  Almond, Cashew, Acorn, Brazil Nut

The Everyday Deep Neutrals is more dramatic than the Everyday Nudes but it’s still demure enough for anytime, really. Cashew is a beautiful wash that might be too shimmery for some, but I love it. Brazil Nut leans a little purple on me, which I like. I use this as a crease shade then define it with Acorn and it is just gorgeous.

I think that Mally makes beautiful cosmetics that are infinitely wearable, especially for those of us who aren’t particularly graceful with our cosmetics. She is like the savior for those with bad eyes and pre-coffee hands. It is pretty impossible to overdo it with her palettes, and anyone from a novice to a pro can easily get amazing looks. Mally recommends starting with the eyeshadow in the top right corner then working your way around the palette going clockwise, with the top right shadow as your all over wash, bottom right on the lid, bottom left on the crease, and top left to line along the lashes. This is the way I use these palettes and it gives me great results every time.

You can find Mally’s Open Up! Eyeshadow Quad Set of 2 Eyeshadow Palettes as well as tons more Mally Beauty products at QVC.  Happy shopping!  – Lisa

Has Mally H3 Concealer met the mark when it comes to concealing?

Mally H3 Concealer

Mally H3 Concealer

The Beauty Info Zone team had fallen madly in love with Mally Beauty Dark Circle Corrector. We gushed about it and were thrilled to own it. Then when we went to purchase it again, it was gone!! Disappointment doesn’t even cover how we felt. But Mally Beauty is back to the rescue with their H3 CONCEALER so they’ve made it up to us. And to their customers. When we were sent this new concealer we were eager to see if it lived up to our old favorite.

Mally H3 Concealer is available in 5 shades (Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, and Rich). Available at Ulta and QVC (limited shades) it’s considered to be a hydrating and brightening concealer. Let’s see how this stacks up in our book.

MARCIA HAS H3 CONCEALER IN FAIR

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally has redeemed herself. I was really missing the Dark Circle Corrector in Lighter and savoring what little I had left. When I received this new creamy concealer I wasn’t sure if it could the original off its pedestal but it stands right up there with it.

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

In the tube the concealer appears very light and a good match for my fair cool toned skin. If you are uber pale this might not be quite light enough for you but for most of the fair maidens in the land this will work.

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

When first applied it has a yellow cast but have no fear since it blends so seamlessly into skin that the yellow just tends to brighten your undereye area. I’m currently applying it with the wand, smoothing it in with a Beauty Junkees mini kabuki brush, and then melding it onto my skin with the warmth of my finger.

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Mally H3 Concealer in Fair

Besides my undereye area I often have to conceal around my nose and that area worries me since product can disappear into my pores there. I use just the lightest touch of H3 Concealer with my finger and it looks natural, removing the redness that can appear.

Overall I think that Mally saved the day. When looking up where to purchase this I found a great deal on QVC which I’ll be taking advantage of – Mally Correct, Conceal & Brighten 3 piece collection. The collection contains this H3 Concealer, Dark Circle Corrector, and Perfect Prep Neutralizing Primer. Now I can safely finish the remains of my Dark Circle Corrector and have a new one and a backup of this great concealer.

LISA HAS H3 CONCEALER IN MEDIUM

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

I think I actually cried when Marcia told me my favorite Dark Circle Corrector was no longer available!! I have extremely dark undereye circles and it takes industrial strength concealer to mask them…or something with a miracle inside, like the Dark Circle Corrector, which did so without looking heavy or cakey. So I was hoping for something similar but certainly doubted I would be finding the exact same rainbow inside this tube.

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

In the tube the concealer appears pretty yellow…I thought it would be too warm for my neutral skin. However, it’s actually quite forgiving and will work for most medium skin tones.

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

I dot this on from the bottom of my nose to the outside of each eye, then underneath my nose where I tend to have red capillaries. Then I use my beloved Artis Oval 6 Brush to smooth the concealer out and it blends in perfectly, making dark circles disappear and causing eye bags to go packing. As Marcia mentioned, the yellow tint works to brighten the undereye area which is always a plus.

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

Mally H3 Concealer in Medium

If you were a huge fan of the Mally Dark Circle Corrector, you can come out of mourning…the H3 Concealer is definitely here to save the day and save you from dark circles!  We think the best place to find it right now is at QVC and the best deal is the Mally Correct, Conceal & Brighten 3 Piece Collection.  Happy Sunday and happy shopping!!

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Mally Beauty brings “gorgois” to life

We believe that Mally Beauty needs no introduction. Mally Rontal is known not only for her personal beauty but also for her perky personality and wonderful line of cosmetics. We feel so lucky to have received some of her latest products and want to share these “gorgois” products with you.

MARCIA is loving H3 Gel Lipstick

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush and Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush and Nudish

Mally Beauty has created a brand new line of lipstick that are incredibly comfortable to wear. No dry lips will occur with H3 GEL LIPSTICK. Like the name suggests they have a gel like finish but apply and look like a full cover lipstick.

Available in 12 shades there’s going to be one for everyone’s taste. The pigment is rich and my lips feel so nourished in the two shades I have. Colors available are Grapevine, Rosy, Poppie, Nudish, Buff, Coraline, Angelic, Sheerly, Crush, Hibiscus, Flame and Flush. Let’s talk about the name H3 GEL LIPSTICK, okay? H3 stands for triple hydration since that’s what these lipsticks are all about. Gel means it’s not a wax based lipstick, instead it’s gel based. The gel helps these glide on your lips and helps to keep your lips feeling soft.

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Flush is a beautiful bright pink hue that perks up my complexion and brightens my look. It’s a delight to open when you see the faceted bullet and a delight to apply. But I do have a warning, don’t roll up the tube too far since the lipstick itself can be delicate and break off in the tube.

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Flush

My second shade is Nudish which takes me beyond the typical nudes that I wear. In the tube it appeared darker and browner than my taste gears but this is an example of “don’t judge a book by its cover” since it’s so much lighter and flattering once on than I expected.

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

This nude is not ghostly in any way. It’s more of a mauve with nude undertones. Of course your mileage may vary since your skin chemistry could affect the color. For someone like me who loves a light lipstick, I’m totally comfortable with this subtle shade.

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Mally H3 Gel Lipstick in Nudish

Not only are they gorgois but they hydrate so you can’t go wrong – just don’t twist the tube too high.Mally More is More Mascara and Eyeshadow

LISA is loving Shadow Stick Extra Eyeshadow and More is More MascaraMally Shadow Stick Extra in Burnished Bronze

Mally Shadow Stick Extra in Burnished Bronze

Mally Shadow Stick Extra in Burnished Bronze

Marcia got some gorgois lips and I went for gorgois eyes. The Shadow Stick Extra Eyeshadow ($25) comes in ten different colors: Shimmering Mauve, Royal Plum, Pink Champagne, Burnished Bronze, Champagne, Autumn Shimmer, Chocolate Diamond, Marina, Storm, and Over The Taupe…shades ranging from the light creamy Champagne to deep blue Marina. This is a cream eyeshadow that applies super smooth and gives a good 45 seconds of smudging playtime before setting. I usually stay away from cream eyeshadows because they just don’t last on me but this stays on all day without creasing or fading. The rounded edge makes it perfect for a thick line along the lash line, which I then like to finish off with a thin black eyeliner. My shade is Burnished Bronze, a gorgeous shimmery medium brown. This is too dark for me to use as a wash but there are several lighter shades that I am dying to try that look perfect for that job. Mally More is More MascaraMally More is More Mascara wand

They say you can never be too rich or too skinny and I think you can never have thick enough eyelashes. More is More Mascara ($20) is right up my alley, because this awesome mascara grabs every single eyelash and makes them thicker, longer, and lusher…each coat delivering on the ‘more is more’ promise. Mally Shadow Stick Extra and More is More MascaraOne of my favorite mascaras is the Mally Volumizing Mascara and I have to say I think I might love More is More Mascara even…yup, you guessed it…more! It gives me ultra black lashes, and the brush really grips onto lashes for a very dramatic look. One coat is great for day, two coats really make for WOW lashes.
Mally Shadow Stick Extra and More is More Mascara

There are so many great items in Mally’s line that make for a ‘gorgois’ look, from lips to eyes. Be sure to check out these products and more at Ulta.com.

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