Maybelline Matte Lip Showdown

One of the things people have asked me to blog about is makeup, and in particular, affordable makeup. Everyone wants to look good, but we want to do it on a budget, right? I certainly do! I’m working on a series of posts on drugstore makeup: stand out products, dupes for higher end products, and product reviews. This post will focus on two matte lip products from Maybelline. Which is better? Do they last as long as they advertise? Would I purchase again? Read on to see!

Matte lips are the trend in lipstick right now. Matte refers to the finish of the lipstick. Instead of a gloss or a sheen, matte lipsticks deliver a flat, suede-like finish to the lips. The benefit to matte lipstick is that is typically extremely pigmented, and it lasts longer on the lips than its glossy counterpart. Right now the trend is matte liquid lips – a highly pigmented, matte finish delivered in a lip gloss type applicator and form.

If the plus side of matte lips are the pigmentation and lasting power, the con side is that they typically dry out your lips. Also, ladies who are older may struggle with matte lipstick as it tends to emphasize every line in your lips. In addition, as the lipstick wears, you can end up with an unattractive “ring” around your mouth.

I definitely think matte lips have a place and a time, but there are tricks to application. I highly recommend applying a balm to your lips (EOS lip balm is my favorite!) before you apply. This will moisturize your lips and will help to prevent that parched feeling that can occur from liquid lipstick. It’s important to exfoliate your lips before application because the matte formula will emphasize dry or flaky lips. I like to rub my lips with a towel or damp toothbrush, and then apply balm. Lastly, when you do start to experience drying or the “ring”, a light layer of balm can re-hydrate and smooth out any cracked areas.

Recently I tried out two matte lip products from Maybelline and I thought it would be fun to do a brand showdown! Get ready for… a Maybelline Matte Lip Showdown!

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink/ Target / Amazon

Maybelline advertises that this product will give you flawless matte finish for up to 16 hours. This retails for $9.49.

I purchased the shade Believer, which is a dark plum leaning towards burgundy. The product has a doe foot applicator with a pointed tip, which makes it easy to line your lips precisely. I found it very difficult to apply the product. This definitely was not a swipe and be done application; it applied choppy and I had to blend it out with my finger so my lips wouldn’t look patchy. However, once I blended, the product looked smooth and saturated on my lips.

This product is very drying. Most liquid lipsticks are; it is just the nature of a matte lip. However, I thought this was an uncomfortable wear. Even with applying balm prior to application, my lips felt dry right away. Throughout the day, I felt almost uncomfortable with how dry my lips were.

Now to the wear… I don’t have many good things to say, unfortunately. It does provide a 16 hour wear… however, the wear is very uneven. My lips cracked and I experienced flaking in some spots and “the ring” in others. I swatched the product on my hand the night before… that swatch stayed on my hand for 3 days, through washing my hands numerous times, showers, cleaning, etc. So it certainly does last – it just doesn’t last comfortably.

Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink actually reminded me a lot of LipSense. Now before you get offended, LipSense lovers, what I mean by that is the wear reminded me of LipSense if you did not include the glossy gloss application. It absolutely does last, but without some sort of gloss it just doesn’t wear on your lips well.

Pros: incredibly long lasting and highly pigmented. It comes in 10 shades. I also really liked the applicator.

Cons: It doesn’t wear well, period. It’s uncomfortably dry and wears off the lips unattractively.

Would I purchase again? No.

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick/ Target/ Amazon

Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick is a liquid matte lipstick with a velvety matte finish. It retails for $7.99.

I purchased the shade Electric Pink, which is a bright hot pink shade. The product has a long, skinny applicator with a rounded tip. I found that Maybelline’s description of this product as having a “velvety matte finish” was spot on. It applies very easily to your lips, very much like a creamy lipstick. I did not find it necessary to line my lips. It smoothed on perfectly with no need for me to do any blending other than rubbing my lips together.

You will experience some drying with this product; as I said, it is the nature of matte lipsticks. However, my lips didn’t feel uncomfortable throughout the day.

Now on to the wear. This is not a budge proof formula. You will get transfer on cups or straws, and it does wear throughout the day. However, I still had product on my lip after eating lunch and wiping my lips with a napkin. What I really loved was that as the product wore off, it didn’t do so unevenly. There was no flakiness, patchiness, or “the ring” rather it just faded throughout the day.

Pros: very pigmented, smooth application, feels good on your lips, comes in 9 shades

Cons: it is not long lasting. You will need to reapply if you wish to have the 16 hour wear of the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink.

Would I purchase again? Yes! I really like this product and it has gone into my lip rotation.

Ladies – what do you think? Do you own either of these products? Do you plan to purchase now that you’ve read my feedback? Do you have any matte lipsticks or liquid lips that you think I should try?

Please let me know if you would like to read more posts like this!

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Hair Curling Tutorial

As promised, I have created a vlog (video blog) on the technique I use to curl my hair! Make sure you refer back to my post The Secret to Lasting Curl for the products I think are vital in the curling process. It’s the products that make it last three days, not the technique alone!

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A few things before you watch:

It is long, clocking in at 25 minutes. One, I haven’t taught myself how to edit. Two, I wanted to show the whole process, including both how I curl and then how I style. Feel free to multi-task while you watch, or fast forward to see what you think is applicable.

Cooper makes an appearance twice in the video.

I keep referring to the clamp of the curling iron as the barrel – I keep saying “release the barrel”. What I really mean is release the clamp on the barrel.

I hope this is helpful! Let me know what you think!

Hair Curling Tutorial

Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Review

I’m such a beauty product junkie. I love makeup and I can never resist the allure of trying the next big thing. For this reason, I rarely purchase products twice. I do have my holy grail products that I buy again and again, but those products are a short list. When it comes to eyeshadow, mascara, or lip products I am always trying something new.

For the past few months, I’ve been hearing lots of hype about the new 3D Fiber Mascara. I’d seen the promo pics and heard the reviews, but I remained skeptical. (I’m always skeptical, btw, about everything until I try something myself.) It was on my wishlist of things I wanted to try, and in May I reached out to my readers to see if anyone sold Younique products. Adrianne Lazar, one of my sweet and faithful readers, offered to gift me the mascara and let me review it for the blog. Here is my review of the Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes!

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Here’s what you receive when you order the Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes:

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The mascara comes in the cutest hard shell carrying case. It contains the Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers. The cost is $29.00.

Directions:

  1. Apply your regular mascara.
  2. Apply a coat of the Transplanting Gel.
  3. While the Transplanting Gel is still wet, apply the Natural Fibers.
  4. Apply another coat of the Transplanting Gel.

Tips for Success:

  • I found it worked best if I worked one eye at a time.
  • Comb through your lashes with a lash comb after applying the second coat of Transplanting Gel.
  • Try not to blink – I did get some Transplanting Gel on my lid while applying, but it wiped off easily.
  • Adrienne told me she doesn’t do Step 1 – she just goes right into Step 2. I haven’t tried that yet but who doesn’t want to skip a step?!

I was really impressed with the mascara! It definitely lived up to the hype.

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I was worried the fibers would irritate my eyes (I’m a contact wearer) but I had no issues! It was also extremely easy to wash off at the end of the night. I did have a little bit of smudging under my eyes but I experience that with almost any mascara – I have oily eyelids.

I will say this isn’t a daily use mascara, mainly because when I’m running around with the kids I like to keep my makeup routine to five minutes or less. However, I will definitely be using this for special occasions and date nights!

Want to order the Moonstruck 3D Mascara? Adrianne Lazar would love to be your Younique consultant. Right now she is offering a special to readers of Tickled Peach! When you place an order of $50 or more, you will receive one free eye pigment! Simply mention you are a reader of Tickled Peach when you place your order.

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The Secret to Lasting Curls

I, like many other women, have many things I don’t like about myself. My nose is big. My legs have stretch marks and cellulite. You could rest a plate on my butt and it wouldn’t fall off. I have t-rex arms.

One thing I rarely complain about is my hair.

I have extremely thick hair. Like super thick – so thick I frequently break ponytail holders and brushes. The texture, naturally, is coarse and frizzy. If I let my hair air dry with product, it looks like this:

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Even with product it is frizzy and crazy big – now that I don’t much care for. If I had my way I’d straighten it with a flat iron or curl it with a curling iron daily but really ain’t nobody got time for that.

However, my hair straightens and curls easily and when I take the time to fix it, I love it. I’ve watched many a YouTube video and have been very trial and error as far as products go, and I’ve found the perfect combination of curling technique and products to curl my hair. When I curl using  the products you see below, I can get three days of perfect, bouncy curls. Today I’m sharing The Secret to Lasting Curls!

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Some of you are giving me the side eye, I’m sure. You’re thinking “yeah my hair looks like that right after I curl it, but 10 minutes later it is flat!” Mine used to do that, too, until I switched up my products and changed the way I curled my hair.

Proof:

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The picture on the left is my hair the night I first curled it. The pictures on the right are three days later. Three days! In the heat and humidity of May, after I had slept on my hair for two nights. (And who am I kidding, probably two naps. This girl loves naps.)

Further proof:

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This is from my maternity photo shoot last August. It was 98 degrees that day and about 80% humidity. I was drenched with sweat the instant we walked outside. This particular shot was after about an hour of walking, sitting, and standing. My hair was dripping wet but the curls held.

Ok, so want to know my tips and tricks?

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It’s all in the product, baby.

First of all, I curl freshly washed hair. I know a lot of people say to curl your hair when it is dirty but I don’t do that. I do put product in to “dirty” it up and give it texture, but I usually curl the day of a wash or I wash the night before and air dry. I never double process… meaning if I curl my hair, I let my hair air dry. Save your hair some damage – don’t blow dry and curl with heat. As I mentioned, my hair is wavy and frizzy. The heat of the curling iron smooths the wave and frizz so there is no need for me to blow dry or flat iron to straighten beforehand.

Tip: if you hair is fine, apply products and style as normal. Curl on the second day. Fine haired girls need that extra day of natural oil to help the curl hold.

Fresh out of the show, I apply a heat protectant. Right now I’m using Kerastase Nutritive Oleo-Relax. I got a sample in my Birchbox last year and loved it, so I ordered the full size. I did not love the full size. I mean, I don’t hate it but once I started using it daily I quickly discovered it wasn’t worth the exorbitant price tag. However, since it was so expensive I am going to use every dang drop. Once I am done I will be switching back to Moroccanoil.

Next I apply mousse. This step is the key, y’all. Mousse gives your hair texture and “grab”. I apply a golf ball amount to my hair from my ears to the ends of my hair. Right now I’m using BlowPro Body by Blow No Crunch Volumizing Mousse. No particularly reason for this brand except I got sucked into a QVC infomercial.

Tip: never apply product to your roots, unless you are using a root lifter or dry shampoo. Never.

Occasionally I will use the It’s a 10 Miracle Blow Dry Volumizer. I don’t use it every time because it breaks my “don’t apply products to your roots” rule. I have a dry scalp and products further irritate it, so I usually skip this step. My hair is big anyway and I don’t really need volumizer. However, I do like this product and would recommend it to girls with fine hair.

As I said before, I wash my hair, apply the products mentioned above, and then air dry. Once my hair is dry, I curl my hair. Keep checking the blog — I have a vlog coming soon on how I curl my hair! The curling iron I use is the Pro 1″ Curling Iron from Walmart. It is less than $15 and I love it. The cord rotates, it has adjustable heat settings, and it heats up quickly. The barrel is also coated so it doesn’t snag my hair. I highly recommend this line!

Tip: my lovely hairdresser, Kessler, gave me this tip. You should never straighten your hair and then curl. Blow dry, sure, but don’t use a flat iron and then turn around and use a curling iron the next day – the curls just won’t take as well.

I separate my hair into three sections to curl. After I curl each section, I do a quick spritz of Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine. My hairdresser used this on me once and I fell in love. It smells amazing and it makes my hair soft and shiny. I am stingy with this – too much can cause your hair to look greasy.

While I do my makeup, I let my curls sit (for at least 20 minutes). Do your makeup, put on your clothes, get the kids dressed, whatever you need to do – but don’t touch your hair. Let the curls cool completely.

Then I bend over and rake my fingers through my hair. I stand up and use my fingers – not a brush! – to arrange the curls like I want them. Then I take a small amount of pomade (a pea sized amount) and a small pump of the Oleo-Relax and mix them together in the palm of my hand until the pomade has melted. I scrunch this mixture into my hair, again starting from below my ears to the bottom of my hair.

The products I use for this are Mitch Clean Cut Styling Cream and Kerastase Nutritive Oleo-Relax. The styling cream is my husband’s and I just use what we have on hand. You could use any pomade or styling cream and any shine drops.

Lastly, I spray with a light hold hairspray. You still want to be able to run your fingers through your hair and work with it, so I wouldn’t recommend a stiff hairspray. Freeze It is my hairspray of choice but when I curl I use BlowPro Blow Out Spray.

I really think the key products are the mousse and the pomade/shine drops mixture. Also, do not brush your hair! I don’t use a brush at all during those three days. I use my fingers or a wide tooth comb. A brush pulls out my curl and makes my hair frizzy.

So there you go – The Secret to Lasting Curl! Keep checking back for a vlog on the technique I use to curl my hair. That will be posted July 27th. If you have any questions, let me know!

Best Concealers for Tired Eyes (and Moms!)

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I think I’ve mentioned I’m a bit of a zombie mom. I’m tired. I need sleep. I live for naps, and coffee is my best friend. My 9 month old still gets up two times a night. IT IS FUN TIMES. Only not.

You know, I never had an issue with dark circles when I was young. Throughout my 20’s I don’t even think I owned concealer. But when I turned 30 and I had my first child it was on. That young 20-something girl got all the sleep she wanted and needed. This 35 year old gets 6 hours a night and I want more need more give me more sleep!

(Seriously – just this weekend my husband and I were having our quarterly “what do you miss?” conversation and the answer was SLEEP. I love love love my babies but I also love love love sleep. Does it make me a bad mom to admit I miss the day of sleeping in until 10 am?)

I’ve tried dozens on concealers in the attempt to find one that will brighten the area under my eyes and cover up my dark circles. Here are a few of my favorites!

indexBenefit Erase Paste ($26) is the BEST CONCEALER EVER. Yes, I’m shouting at you. This will transform your face. I put this on and instantly I look like I have had a wonderful night of sleep. I have recommended this to many a friend and they all love it. I apply under my eyes and on my eyelids and blend with a beauty blender sponge. My only warning would be for girls who are oily under their eyes – you will need to set this with powder.

2Benefit Fake Up ($24) is another favorite. It is great for girls who are a little dry because the concealer is surrounded by a moisturizing balm. It is super creamy and blends easily.

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While I use Erase Paste under my eyes, I use Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser ($8) under my eyes and on other areas of my face that I would like to brighten. After I apply the Erase Paste and my foundation, I’ll go back in with a swipe of this under my eyes, around my nose, and on any dark spots. I love, love, love this concealer. I rarely repurchase beauty products (I always want to try something new) but I’ve replaced this twice.

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If you have very dark circles, then Bare Minerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener ($22) is for you. It is more of a highlighter, so you’ll want to use it on top of a concealer, but it works wonders. I use this on my cheekbones and down the center of my nose as well.

MAC-Concealer_FinalMAC Studio Finish Concealer ($18) is what I use for blemishes, but it is too thick to use under your eyes. I love it for dark spots and pimples though!

Tip: when selecting your concealer shade, always go with a shade lighter than what you would wear elsewhere on your face. This helps to combat dark circles and brightens your face.

What’s your favorite concealer?