Tuesday, January 29, 2013

I'm still here! Update!

Still here!  Promise!

Hi folks!  I just wanted to do a little update here on a few things that are going on and tell you that I'm still here, I just haven't had the time to sit down and write some posts.  I don't think I've mentioned this yet, but I am in the works to get my personal trainer certification this spring.  I am planning to take the exam sometime in February and have been really kicking things into gear to prepare for that.  It's time-consuming because I basically have to read a textbook and take a test on what I learned from it, which sounds easy but there is a TON of information to remember.  I am also in the middle of wedding planning and have been working on finding deals on decorations and making sure our wedding party is getting everything they need for the wedding.  The weather also gotten significantly better compared to last week and the fiancé and I decided to start spring cleaning the house a bit, which has taken a considerable amount of time.  It has been a very busy week for me, but I am continuing to come up with ideas for posts!  I am unemployed at the moment, which will be changing in April as I just accepted a summer position with the National Park Service (this will be my fifth season with them)...but for now, money is tight and I am having to come up with creative ways to share things that I am trying out or am loving from my current collection.

Anyway, thanks for staying loyal!  I hope you continue to stick with me!  This summer should be very fun and although I will be very busy with work, I will also be more financially stable and hopefully continue to provide you with reviews of new things!  I can't wait to share it with you.  :D


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Review: Philosophy Take a Deep Breath

Philosophy Take a Deep Breath

Have I told you how much I love getting an Ipsy bag every month?  Oh, I have?  Okay then.  :D  This amazing moisturizer was in one of my Ipsy bags during the summer last year and quickly became my favorite daytime face product!

Take a Deep Breath retails for $34 at Ulta and boasts oxygen-diffusing properties which allow the skin to detoxify and breathe better, causing cell-regeneration and a healthy-looking glow to the skin.  

Now, I can't say for sure if my skin is "breathing" better, but the moisturizer is super lightweight and gives my skin a soft feel.  I am not a fan of heavy moisturizers on my skin during the day, so this is perfect for me.  If you have super dry skin during the winter (unlike me), you may not want to try this during that time of the year.  However, it is a great lightweight moisturizer, perhaps for the summer.  It does not contain SPF though, so be sure to add a sunblock into your routine.  :D

Take a Deep Breath doesn't have much of a scent, which is fine by me.  It is super smooth and glides on the skin effortlessly.

It is a bit of a splurge, but one I don't mind undertaking.  The jar lasts me about three to four months if I use it everyday.  I have repurchased it (or rather asked for it for Christmas) once since I started using it and definitely plan to repurchase it again.

Have you tried Philosophy Take a Deep Breath?  Have you tried something similar?  Let me know!  Enjoy!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Fitness Friday!

Earn Your Shower!

My all-time favorite motivational quote when I'm just not in the mood to get up off the couch and get in a workout is "Earn your shower".  This quote gets me up and going and on my way to a good sweat so that I feel like I've really earned my shower.  Whether I go for a run outside or do a tough yoga session in my living room, I try to work up a sweat each at least three times a week.

This week however, had a theme.  I wanted to earn my shower each and every day!  First off, I have to admit that I didn't earn my shower on Wednesday.  :(  I had planned to go to the gym that night but unfortunately my nosepiece on my glasses broke and they are painful to wear now until I replace the broken piece.  I am blind as a bat without them and it was too late to waste a pair of daily contacts on a trip to the gym.  However, the rest of the week went great!  

Each day this week I bundled myself up and went outside for a run!  If you live in North America (or even in Europe as I understand), you know that there has been a wave of freezing cold conditions sweeping through this hemisphere!  Being a southern girl from North Carolina, I am not exactly accustomed to super cold weather, much less running in it!  

Here's an Instagram photo I posted the other day (follow me @FlipOverBuggie) after a 2.5 mile run outside of my house.  It was a rather chilly day and I am learning that it is going to take some time for my lungs to get used to such cold air!  Recently I bought a headband I found on sale at Target for running that is fleece-lined and keeps my head and ears super warm this time of year!  I have never bundled up so much for a run before.  Here I have on my Danskin capri leggings (which I am obsessed with) with socks pulled all the way up to my knees.  I also had a long-sleeved shirt on underneath of my Roxy sweatshirt.  I almost left the house without gloves on but as soon as I walked outside, I turned right back around and grabbed them!  Boy am I glad I did!

I just love my RunKeeper app.  It keeps track of my runs through GPS and plays an Itunes playlist of my choice.  It also keeps track of my weekly progress including mileage, average pace, longest distance, longest run duration, etc.  I am also keeping track of my goal to run 365 miles in 365 days and each time I run it updates and gives me a percentage of what I've completed so far.  I think I'm right on track!

In other news, I went shopping with my lovely, pregnant sister and we stopped in Bed Bath & Beyond.  I have always wanted a Tervis Tumbler but just never found one I really loved.  Well, I finally found one!  Isn't this just adorable?  I have goldfish swimming in my coffee!  What?!  It even looks like there are aquarium rocks at the bottom of the cup and bubbles coming up from the fish.  It is just too cute.  I had to share.  :D

Do you have any fitness motivational quotes you like?  What did you do this week to earn your shower?  What do you think of that quote?  Why not try to challenge yourself to "earn your shower" everyday or maybe three times per week?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What does my face cost? Tag!

My Daily Face Costs WHAT?

I've seen this tag around a few different times and through both blogs and YouTube, so I decided it would be a fun one to do and share with you!  Although I wasn't personally tagged to do this, many tag posts/videos tag anyone to do it so I'm joining in on the fun anyway!  If you like this kind of thing, please do a post/video and let me know in the comments what the link to it is!

How much my full face of everyday makeup costs is something I've never really put much thought into.  I know approximately how much each product I own cost me, but never really thought about combining them all and seeing what the damage would be if I had to go repurchase each item.

Without further ado, here it is!  My full face of makeup that I wear on the daily unless I decide to change things up a bit and add a little more to the mix.

I have featured the products with green text in either a review or other random post and have linked that post to the text if you are interested in learning more about them!

First things first.  Before applying anything to my face, I make sure it is clean and moisturized.

Next, if I'm having a "good skin day" I use just a tinted moisturizer to even out my skin tone.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Enhancer in Fair to Light 20 - $10.99
Real Techniques Buffing Brush - (part of the Core Collection sold for $21.95)

Next I conceal the dark circles under my eyes and any scars/blemishes that are still standing out through the tinted moisturizer.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Nude - $7.99
NYC Cover Stick in Light - $1.99

Finally, I set my face makeup with a pressed translucent powder.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent - $4.99
Shany Cosmetics Face Brush - (part of a set sold on Amazon for $12.99)

I add a little bit of warmth to my face with a bronzer.

E.L.F. Cosmetics Contouring Blush & Bronzer - $3
Coastal Scents Angled Blush Brush with Natural Bristles - $4.95

I sweep on a touch of blush to the apples of my cheeks for a healthy glow.

Real Techniques Contour Brush - (part of the Core Collection sold for $21.95)

Lastly, I fill in my brows with a brush and an eyeshadow just a touch.  I actually didn't used to do this until recently and now can't imagine a my face looking right unless I fill in my brows.  I tight line (apply eyeliner to the inner rim of my upper lids) with a black eyeliner, curl my lashes, and apply mascara to the top lashes.  I finish off the look with either a lip gloss or a fun lip if I'm in the mood.

Ulta Eyeshadow in Sable - $4
Real Techniques Brow Brush - (part of the Starter Set sold for $17.99)
NYC Eyeliner Duet in Islands in the Stream - $1.99
Sally Hansen Eyelash Curler - $5

And the numbers are in!  If my math is correct (and with me you never know), the grand total of my everyday face makeup if I had to go out and buy it all again would come top $202.74!!  I sure am glad that I don't have to go spend that all at once.  Luckily for me, quite a few of these products (particularly the more pricey ones) were actually gifts that I specifically asked for in the hopes of not having to spend money on them myself!  :D

I hope you enjoyed this post and be sure to let me know if you do this tag!  I tag each and every one of you to pull out all of your everyday makeup items and see how much your face is worth!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Review: Flower Beauty Shine On Lip Gloss in Pretty in Petunia

Flower Beauty Shine on Lip Gloss in Pretty in Petunia

Last month in the January edition of Allure magazine, Drew Barrymore was featured.  She talked about the usual things: her past, movies she's been in, her love life...but she also talked about something I was super excited to see!  She was about to launch her new makeup line, Flower Beauty to be sold exclusively at Walmart.  I have to admit that after reading the magazine, I totally forgot about Flower.  However, yesterday I was in Walmart and came across a display of a brand of makeup I had never seen in stores before.  It took me a minute to figure it out, but after pondering for a moment I realized that it was Drew Barrymore's collection!

The collection at my Walmart consisted of a display of a few different lip products including glosses and three varieties of lipstick finishes, a couple of mascara formulations, and nail polishes.

The price range of these products are within the usual drugstore prices, around $5-7 for one item.  I decided to use a gift card from Christmas to pick up three items to have a little variety to share with you.  I am going to make this a little mini series of the three items I grabbed, since one of them is a polish and I want to do a nail-of-the-day with it!

The first product I picked up from Drew's new line is this Shine On Lip Gloss in Pretty in Petunia.  First, I have to say that the packaging of these products is gorgeous.  They have nice clean, crisp lines with a very classic look.  The white top with the silver border makes this product look very upscale to me.  

Pretty in Petunia just looked like a really nice basic color to have.  It's a great rose pink with a very slight coral undertone to it.  I thought this would be a nice spring color.  It adds a fresh look to my face and really brightens up my mood.

The gloss has a doe-foot applicator, which I love, and is easy to apply.  It has nice pigmentation and is not too sheer, but also not super opaque.  It is a nice gloss that can be worn with our without lipstick and gives great color to the lips.  It's not a super sticky gloss and has great staying power.

The thing I love most about this gloss and the other lip product I picked up from the line is the scent.  Both products are rose-scented!  This goes along great with the "Flower" theme of the line and makes for a really nice, elegant feel to the products.

Have you tried anything from this line yet?  Is there anything from it you are looking forward to trying?  Stay tuned for the next two items I purchased from Flower Beauty at Walmart!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Nail of the Day: Black Satin & Rainbow Connection

Nail of the Day:
Rimmel Last Finish Pro in Black Satin and 
OPI Rainbow Connection

Today I bring to you a fun little combination I came up with the other night.  I recently purchased my first bottle of completely black nail polish.  WOAH.  Really?  Yes.  Really.
I've never been much of a black and neutral nail polish kinda girl.  In my book, the brighter and more obnoxious, the better.  At least when it comes to my nails.  So it's no surprise that when I attempted to paint my nails plain black the other night, my fiancé glanced at them with a look of surprise and a hint of disgust.  
He never sees me with non-bright nails!  I just had to add some color.

And so, this combination was born.

On top of the Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Black Satin, I painted two layers of OPI Rainbow Connection from the Muppets Collection that came out in late 2011.  
Side-note: I am IN LOVE with the Muppets, as they bring a huge sense of nostalgia to my life.  So this collection of polishes was my dream come true and I received seven (yes, seven) of them from my stepmom for Christmas last year!

The Rimmel polish has a very smooth application.  The brush is one of those flattened type of brushes, which I like.  The polish did require two coats to get a nice, opaque finish but I find that this is true of most polishes.

Rainbow Connection is such a cool polish to me.  It is literally full of rainbow colored hex-shaped glitter pieces in a variety of sizes immersed in a clear polish.  It is fairly easy to apply and getting the glitter to spread and look evenly distributed is a little bit easier than some other polishes I have tried.

The combination of these two polishes reminds me a little of space and I've gotten a few random compliments on them around town.

I'm looking forward to trying this combination with some of the other Muppets Collection polishes I own.  In the collection, there are quite a few glitter polishes similar to Rainbow Connection in a few different colors; namely Fresh Frog of Bel-Air, Divine Swine, Gone Gonzo, and Gettin' Miss Piggy with It.  I'm sure there will be future posts of these combinations as I own the preceding four polishes.  :D

Are you a fan of combinations of polishes like this?  Have you tried something similar?  
Let me know!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Review: NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Pink Rose

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Pink Rose

I have to admit that I am slowly working my way into wearing more lip products.  I have always been a chapstick and "the less pigment the better" lipgloss kinda girl.  Lately though, I have been trying to venture out.  Expand my horizons.  Experiment.

If you read my NYX lipstick review post, then you know I have discovered that I can wear orange-toned lipsticks!  Oh.  My.  Gosh!

Since my discovery, I have been on a kick of seeking out every coral-colored, orange-toned lip product I can get my hands on...of course, I don't buy all of them, but I have to at least take a look-see at them!

I did however, come across this little beaut at Ulta when they had a buy one get one 50% off sale on NYX lip products and just had to grab it!  NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss retails at Ulta for $5.49.

My new little lip buddy is NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Pink Rose and it is just a gorgeous color.  It has nice pigmentation and a great sheen.  It's perfect to wear on it's own or on top of a lipstick.  I have been pairing this with my NYX Lip Smack Fun Color Lipstick in Fire.  It creates a perfect summery lip that I am sure will be a staple look for me during the warm months!

The gloss has a doe-foot applicator, which is my favorite for glosses.  The product is super smooth and has a nice, not-to-sticky glossy finish.

With flash.

Natural light, no flash.

Have you tried this color?  Or these glosses?  What do you think?

Friday, January 18, 2013

Fitness Friday!

It's Working!  It's Working!

So I got a huge bit of encouragement today when it comes to my recent dive into a diligent fitness routine!  Today, my fiancé told me that he is starting to see a difference in my figure since I've been working out so much!  This was a great compliment from him and meant more to me than I think he realized.  Even though I am feeling the results a little bit, it is so nice to hear it from someone that sees me every single day.  There is a huge difference between someone seeing a difference in you that sees you every few weeks to someone that sees you every day.  It's a great feeling to know that I'm making some progress!

I am feeling so proud of myself this week.  I have logged at least three runs per week for the past three weeks so far!  I also have worked my way up to running/walking (mostly running) three miles at a time.  Since my 5K last year, I have been trying to build up the endurance to run the whole three miles again...it is much harder than most think!  

RunKeeper is a truly amazing app for the Iphone.  It has been super helpful to keep me on track and gives me great feedback on my runs!  The only issue I have is that sometimes my GPS on my phone (which is not RunKeepers fault) gets messed up and my pace and distance gets super wacky!  The other day I apparently was running a 4 minute mile...RIGHT.  I wish.  :D

I just had to share this little breakfast creation I like to make sometimes.  This little tasty morsel is a piece of cheddar cheese toast topped with a fried egg and avocado.  NOM.  Although this deliciousness is made up some fats, most of them are good fats found in the avocado.  It contains protein in the egg and cheese and healthy, complex carbs in the multigrain bread.  This was a perfect breakfast before I went out for my run at the park.

Are you having any fitness triumphs this week?  Do you have any delicious breakfast morsels you like to eat?  Let me know!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fitness Friday!

Run, stretch, repeat.

This week I had a few realizations.  First, I realized that although it's a bit of a drive to get to the park I go for my runs in, I have found that it is my zen time and I love it.  Second, I realized that my hips need some strength work.  And third, using a foam roller for some good ol' myofascial release is PAINFUL.

Becca came over a few times this week to do a few burst workouts from a few apps I have on my Macbook (I'm sure I will highlight these apps in a future Fitness Friday...they are Daily Cardio Workout, Daily Ab Workout, Daily Butt Workout, etc. if you're interested now).  One afternoon after a quick, intense workout we decided to do some work with Becca's new Gaiam Foam Roller she purchased at Target a few weeks ago.  The premise behind the foam roller is to roll over your muscles slowly and stop at points that experience a little bit of pain.  This allows the muscle fibers to release and gets out those little "kinks" we have in our muscle fibers.  It's a great alternative to traditional stretching and gets into some of the places that aren't released in those traditional positions.

I have to say that using a foam roller is mighty painful.  One moment you're rolling along peacefully and then POW!  You've hit a tight spot.  The feeling after allowing the fibers to release though, is honestly amazing.  I definitely recommend trying this.  There is quite a learning curve to it and you have to work up to holding yourself off of the ground to allow for the roller to really put pressure on the muscles, but the payoff is a really relaxed feeling to the muscles.  You should try it!

On another note, I am continuing on with my running goal of 365 miles in 365 days.  According to my running app Runkeeper, I have logged 8 miles so far since deciding to do this and I still have another run I am planning for Sunday.  Seems like I'm off to a good start this year!  I'd better be because I have my first wedding dress fitting three weeks from tomorrow!  Yikes!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Nail of the Day: Orly in Lola

Orly in Lola

Today I bring to you another Nail of the Day!
And here I go again with the coral colors! 
 I swear, after Christmas in my mind it's spring. Unfortunately there will probably be another two to three months of cold and perhaps even a little snow here and there.  Alas, in my mind it is time to set aside the dark colors of fall and winter and jump right into brights and neons!
Therefore, I have started pulling out my corals and bright blues and grassy greens.
Prepare thyselves.

I picked up this little ditty last spring at Ulta on a whim when I came across the little tiny Orly bottles they offer for $3.50.  It's a great way to grab a color you're not totally sure of and gives you a chance to try it without making the commitment to an $8 full-size bottle.
This color is absolutely gorgeous for spring/summer.  It is a great pink with a coral undertone and looks amazing with a tan!  Of course, I don't have a tan yet this year but who cares?  Not me!

Orly makes a good quality polish.  I find that their more bright colors do need an extra coat every once in a while to really get an opaque finish.  However, the staying power is comparable with other polishes within it's price range, which to me is extremely important (I'm sure by now I've told enough how hard I am on my nails).

Anyway, this color has been really fun for me this week.  The sun is supposed to shine here in Wilmington this weekend and the temperatures are expected to rise into the 70s!  I will definitely be touching this up and sporting it in shorts and a tshirt at the park this weekend whilst I sit in the sun!!  :D

Are you loving any nail color families lately like I am?  Are you moving onto spring colors or are you sticking with winter colors until spring is officially here?  Let me know!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Review: NYX Lip Smacking Fun Colors

NYX Lip Smacking Fun Colors

I just had to share these little gems with you today.  As you may have read in previous posts of mine, I am new to the world of NYX...and I'm loving it!  I love the quality of NYX products and most of all, the price!  Most items average around $5-6, which is an awesome price for the product you are getting.  I featured a NYX blush in my October Favorites post and am still using it as my everyday cheek color.  So, today I have decided to share with you these great lipsticks from NYX.

The three colors I have of NYX Lip Smacking Fun Colors are from left to right: Eucalyptus, Fire, and Power.  Eucalyptus and Power were two colors that I received in my Ipsy Bag a few months ago.  Since I found that I loved the formulation of these lipsticks so much, I decided to purchase another color yesterday.  Ulta had a great sale on NYX lip products (buy one get one 50% off), so I decided to go with a lipstick and a lipgloss.

The formulation of these lipsticks is very creamy and super pigmented.  A little definitely goes a long way.  The colors available are just beautiful and I love the packaging.  The bottom of the tube shows a block of the exact color of the lipstick, allowing for easy identification among other lipsticks in my collection.
As far as staying power, I have definitely found better formulas.  However, I am so 
wishy-washy about what color I want on my lips that it is honestly okay that the color doesn't stay all day.

I just want to take a moment to revel in the majesty of this color.  I am on a super coral/orange lipstick kick right now because I figured out that these colors actually work with my skin tone.  Fire is absolutely amazing and is definitely going to be a staple in my summer makeup collection.  I can't wait to wear it with a tan!!

I definitely recommend these lipsticks as they are only $3.99, come in at least 59 (this is what Ulta offers) amazing shades and are of great quality!

Have you tried these lipsticks?  Do you have a lip product you are really loving right now?  Let me know!


In my quest for some good lighting for pictures this morning, I found that the kitties were apparently loving the area I chose as well.  :D

Monday, January 7, 2013

Review: Avon Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro

Avon Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro
Dual Eye System

As you may know, I received a bag of goodies from my friend Becca full of Avon products for Christmas!  This gift was so awesome because not only do I get to have a whole new brand of products to try out but I also have an arsenal of products to review for you!  My last review was the Avon Super Drama Mascara, which I also received from Becca.  The post can be seen here: Mascara Review

I just had a birthday.  I turned 25.  That's right, I am now a quarter of a century old.  
Oh. My. Goodness.
This means that I'm halfway to 30!  
Obviously this product couldn't have come to me at a better time.  Now, I'm not really freaking out about my age.  However, I do realize that I am no longer a teenager and that the years are going by quicker than they used to.  Things are starting to change and my eyes are one of those things.  I have been noticing gravity taking a little effect, as well as an increase in the intensity of the dark circles under my eyes.  
So, hello new eye cream!

The Anew Clinical Eye Lift Pro is a Dual Eye system, meaning that it contains two products in one; a lifting upper eye gel and a moisturizing under eye cream.  The gel is meant to be applied to the upper eye area up to the brow bone while the cream is meant to be applied like a common eye cream under the eyes and on the upper cheek bone area.

I really like the consistency of the products.  The gel is refreshing and not too heavy on the lids, while the cream is very moisturizing yet light enough to not feel greasy or heavy.  As far as the effects of the products, I do have to say that I feel like my eye area is looking a little brighter.  In the morning I feel more awake and my under eye area feels soft and moisturized, making it easy to apply concealer on the remaining dark circles I am still experiencing.

Overall, I have to say that I am really enjoying this product.  It has become a new part of my nighttime regimen and I'm sure it will last for quite some time.

I hope you enjoyed this review!  Have you tried this product?  Do you have any eye creams or Avon products you are loving right now?  Let me know in the comments!

I hope you're having a great day!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Fitness Friday!

It's Deceivingly Sunny Out...

So I thought in an effort to change things up a little and to allow me to blog about something even if I don't have a product ready to review or something interesting to say about beauty products, that I would start a new weekly post!  Fitness Friday!  This way, I can keep in touch with my readers but not be forced to find something beauty related to talk about and find myself writing so-so posts.  In these posts I will be talking about fitness-related things such as what I did fun this week to work out, new routines I am trying, new running routes I have discovered, etc.  I hope you will enjoy these posts and perhaps I can inspire you to get up and get active with me!

As you may or may not know, I am a big fan of running.  I can't say I am great at it, but I do enjoy the benefits of running such as lean muscle it builds, positive cardiorespiratory effects, and an overall sense of well-being.  As a sort of New Years/Wedding Year (this is what I've been calling New Years all week teehee) resolution, I decided to set a goal for myself to run 365 miles in 365 days.  This means that I have to run at least one mile everyday or at least seven miles per week.  This may not sound like much to an avid runner, but for me it is just enough to push me and I'm sure I will end of running much more per week as the year progresses.

Today I started my running resolution by driving over to a local park in our area.  This is my favorite park because it has a nice asphalt surface (which is better for my shin splints than concrete) and although it is near the road, it is secluded from passing cars by lots of trees.  The park is never too busy and everyone is very friendly.  It's definitely my favorite place in Wilmington to go for a run.

I titled this post "It's Deceivingly Sunny Out" because I was so excited to get outside today since we have had almost a week of rain, however I was unpleasantly surprised by the chill in the air!  My joyful run turned into a fight with my body to warm my hands and sniff my nose constantly while trying to maintain my breathing!  Overall, it was a very pleasant run...however next time I will be sure to at least bring a tissue and some warm gloves to keep my mind from the cold.

I thought I would share with you what I was wearing today to fend off the cold (as best as I could).  Today I wore my Brooks running shoes with my Spalding leggings, an Old Navy thermal and an American Eagle tshirt.

Thanks for reading and I hope you're having a spectacular day!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Review: Avon Super Drama Mascara

Avon Super Drama Mascara

Today I bring to you a review of Avon's Super Drama Mascara.  I received this mascara in a Christmas gift bag from my friend Becca about a week ago.  The bag was full of a bunch of goodies including some body products, perfume, and makeup products!  To see the rest of the products I received in the bag, check out my Avon Haul Video!

I was very excited to get a new mascara as I was in the market for one since my everyday mascara is starting to dry up.  This mascara claims to add length and build volume, and I must say that it delivers.  The formula is very smooth and the brush makes it very easy to apply.  The mascara seems to glide on the lashes effortlessly.

The brush is unlike any other mascara brush I have seen.  It is made up of flat, wide plastic bristles that are stacked on top of one another.  Somehow this strange pattern of oddly shaped bristles makes for an awesome brush!  

The staying power of the mascara is quite long.  I can wear it for the entire day and the color seems to stay on my lashes rather than flaking off under my eyes.  The product isn't advertised as waterproof and seems very easy to remove from the lashes.  This makes me even more surprised that I don't find flakes under my eyes after wearing it all day.

Overall, I am very satisfied with this mascara.  It is definitely going to be a regular component of my everyday makeup bag.  I would definitely recommend this product if you are interested in trying a new mascara.

I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful!

If you have any Avon products or any mascaras you are enjoying or have enjoyed, please share in the comments!

I hope you're having a great day and had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year!