Maybelline New York Unstoppable Highlighter in Fluffy Cloud - Limited Edition for Spring 2011

Maybelline New York's Unstoppable Highlighter in Fluffy Cloud

Right when I had lost my favorite MAC Chroma pencil, I found Maybelline's  Unstoppable Highlighter in Fluffy Cloud with their limited edition display for Spring 2011 featuring products used during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.  This white eyeliner (though labeled highlighter and probably multi-purpose) was exactly what the doctor ordered.  There was even a $1 off coupon with the display!  Yay!

I just had assumed that this product was going to be a shimmering white retractable pencil  that I could use to highlight the inner corners of my eyes.  Well, like mom said, don't just assume.  I opened the top when I got home and was surprised to see that it was a pretty matte white.  Weird right?   But this actually turned out to work out better.  I have been using it a lot for many of my looks inspired by spring flowers.  See my Sakura-themed look here and more coming soon.

I'm pretty happy with my purchase, but I'm sad to see that this is limited edition.  It stays on the lower waterline really well and applies very opaque white.  I might have to go pick up another one from the display.  If you see it, act fast because there are only two per display and these are limited edition!

Do you use white eyeliner?  Are you ever surprised to open a product and get something different from what you thought?

Maybelline Fit Me Blush in Medium Nude 208 - Swatches, Photos and Review

Maybelline New York's new Fit Me Line - Blush and Foundation.

If you missed my review of Maybelline New York's Fit Me Foundation, click here.  I was really impressed by the quality of this foundation.  It gave such a beautiful skin-like finish that I thought maybe the same quality would have gone into the other products in the line.... er, no I was wrong.

The foundation was so impressive.  It reminded of what I thought Guerlain's Lingerie de Peau foundation should have been like.  Great buildable coverage.  Super light weight feel.  Smooth application and blendability.  Satin, skin-like finish.  All for $7.  Unreal.

Unfortunately, Fit Me Blush is no where in the same ball park as its foundation counter part.  The color I purchased was Medium Nude 208, a shade recommended in my foundation color range.  In the pan, it looks promising.  The shade is a shimmering nudey pink.  Reminds me a of softer, less sparkly Nars Sin.  However, on the skin, it's almost nothing.  There is almost zero color payoff.  Also the texture is such a turn off.  The powder is hard as a rock and very hard to pick up on a brush.  Fit Me Fail.

Medium Nude 208 in the pan.  Looks pretty here.
Barely there swatch.  I tried to apply this heavily, but this is the best I got. :-/

Beautburg's Overall Rating: D
Try the Foundation, skip the other products in the line.  Maybelline spent a lot of time focusing on the feature product of this product family and just slapped together the rest.

Maybelline Fit Me Blush is $6 available at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide.

Sakura Collaboration - Spring Cherry Blossom Eye Makeup Tutorial with Sugarpill Cosmetics

My finished sakura-themed look.  

I am thrilled about today's post.  Anna of Fenua Beauté and I were gushing about our love for Sugarpill cosmetics and had previously discussed how we are weak in the knees for any makeup product with incoperating the theme of sakura.  So, we decided over Twitter to collaborate to do a sakura-themed FOTD on our respective blogs using our favorite Sugarpill products.

In Anna's look, she paints delicate petals on the corners of her eyes.  Click here to see her look.  She looks ethereal!

I wanted to paint the actual blossoms on my face and extend the shadow to the hairline.  I think it would be awesome to bring this look to the next level and make it uber kawaii and outrageous.  But I wanted it to be somewhat wearable for most folks.  You can make this look more subtle by not taking the shadow out as far and limited the blossoms to one (or none). 

The Sugarpill products used.
See the step-by-step for details.  Above are Tiara (silver), Lumi (white) and Paperdoll (purple) loose eyeshadows.  The palette is 4-Color Palette in Sweetheart.  I used Dollipop and Tako pressed eyeshadows.  All products are available at  If you want to see a review of them, click here for the Sweetheart palette and here for ChromaLust Loose Eyeshadows.

Step 1: After you have put on your face makeup, prime your eye area (lid, undereye and to the temple) with an eyeshadow primer.  I used Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer.
Step 2: To create a base, I mixed Inglot Duraline with Lumi ChromaLust Loose Eyeshadow.  Lumi is an irisdescent white with blue and green shimmer.  It is very sheer and makes a nice base for the eyelid.
Step 2 (cont'd): Cover the entire lid to the brow with this base.  Also apply to the lower lash line.  This will help hold color.
Step 3: Apply Dollipop at the crease.  Blend upwards.  Pack on extra color at the center of the eye for a pop of pink.
Step 3 (cont'd): Blend upwards and to the start of the eyebrow, creating a sort of Y shape.  Don't worry if this looks weird now.  You'll blend and mix later to soften edges and bring the look together.
Step 4: Where Dollipop ends, take Paperdoll and blend to soften the line.  Extend outwards towards the temple.
Step 4 (cont'd): Blend outwards towards to temple.
 Step 4 (cont'd): Keep going.... all the way to the hairline.
Step 5: Take a larger blending brush and dip in Dollipop.  From the hairline in circular motions create soft clouds of color towards the eye.
Step 6: With the same brush, dip in Tako and blend towards the eye.  Don't be afraid to go above the eyebrows or onto the tops of the cheekbone.
Step 7: Take Tiara on a clean brush and highlight the eyebrow and the inner corners of the eye, near the tear duct.  Using the same brush, apply Tako to the inner corners of the eye.
 Step 8: Blend Tiara to the eyeshadow in the temple.  Blend to make everything cohesive, but don't over-blend to muddle the colors.
Step 9: Line the waterline.  I used Stila Smudge Stick in Lionfish, a shimmering brown, vs. a black to keep the look soft.
Step 10: Line the bottom waterline with a white pencil.  I'm using Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Fluffy Cloud, a limited edition shade for Spring 2011.
Step 11: Apply top lashes.
Step 12: Apply bottom lashes for an extra doll-like look.  Define your brows.
Step 13: The fun part!  Painting the blossoms.  I'm using creme colors from Make Up For Ever's 12 Flash Color Case.  I mixed the white and fuchsia shades together to create the petals.
Step 13 (cont'd): Obviously, I'm not going for perfection here!  The petals can be more blobs, and then go in with another color to define.
Step 13 (cont'd): The smaller the brush the better.
Pretty petals!
Sakura! Spring is here!
Right eye (blossoms here are dotted with yellow and silver).
Go large or small on the petals.  No reason to just stop at 3.  Go above the eyebrow or onto the cheeks!

Thanks Anna for collaborating with me on this super fun project!  I had a great time doing it, and I hope it's one of many!

Do you like cherry blossoms?  Do go anywhere to see them? 

Beautyburg's Spring Giveaway! Win The China Glaze Crackle Collection And A Basket of Fun Spring Beauty!!!!

Our spring giveaway!

Hello beautiful!  Spring is almost here, so why not celebrate with a basket of beauty booty?!  Enter for a chance to win our Spring Giveaway Basket!  Marlowe arranged it himself.

To enter is easy!  Just fill in your email.  Subscribe to Beautyburg for extra chances to win this basket!  Really up your chances of winning by Liking us on Facebook or subscribing to our YouTube channel.

The Beautyburg bunny will mail this to your door!  

Win the complete China Glaze Crackle Collection and more! 

So what's in this basket of goodies?
Burt's Bees Natural Manicure Set (see below for what's in the set)
China Glaze Crackle Nail Polish in Black Mesh
China Glaze Crackle Nail Polish in Broken Hearted
China Glaze Crackle Nail Polish in Cracked Concrete
China Glaze Crackle Nail Polish in Crushed Candy
China Glaze Crackle Nail Polish in Fault Line

China Glaze Crackle Nail Polish in Lightening Bolt
Claire's 6 Piece Mini Nail Set in Pastel
Claire's 6 Piece Mini Nail Set in Rainbow
LA Color Style + Art 3D Nail Stickers - 2 sets
Maybelline New York Express Finish in Blue Brilliance
Maybelline New York Express Finish in Lilac Luster
Revlon Scented Nail Polish in Beach
Revlon Scented Nail Polish in Ocean Breeze
Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Cloud
Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Electric
Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Orchid
Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Fly With Me
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Purple Pizzaz
Wet n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Lust
Plus some yummy Easter candy treats all in a festive spring basket.

 These colors would look cute with Crackles over them!

The contest ends April 15, 2011 at 11:59pm PST!  It's open to international friends, and you must be 18 or older to enter (or get permission from a parent).  Winner will be announced  the weekend of April 16th and will have 48hours to respond. 
Please only one entry per person!  Thank you all for participating and coming to check out Beautyburg


How Did Maybelline Fit Me? Maybelline New York Fit Me Foundation Photos, Swatches, Review

Maybelline Fit Me Products: Foundations, Concealer and Pressed Powder.

Me BEFORE and AFTER my "fitting."

Hi everyone!  This week has really flown by.  For the past two weeks, I have been road-testing Maybelline New York Fit Me Foundation.  I have to say I have always wanted to be a girl who used drugstore foundation, and I have found some really great contenders.  However, I always revert back to department store or high-end brands.  Foundation is one of those tricky makeup items that I do feel that the majority of the time a pricier product is justified.  That said, I wasn't really sure how a $7 foundation (which is even cheap by drugstore standards) was going to do pitted against some of my favorite expensive brands. 

Let me say... the socks were blown off.  I couldn't believe how good this foundation was... and not just by drugstore standards.  The technology that went into this line is pretty impressive.  The feeling of the foundation is extremely lightweight.  It blended incredibly well and had a satin finish.  What impressed me most is how well it was close to skin texture and look when applied.  I bought 220 Natural Beige, which was a pretty good match to my NC30 skintone, but I liked this foundation so much that I bought a lighter shade to custom blend an exact match.  Even with two bottles, it's still cheaper than a MAC foundation!

I have actually found myself reach for this more than my usual foundations lately.  It's a great option for daytime wear with its medium coverage, which can be sheered out.  My favorite way to apply it is a stippling method with a MAC 130 brush.  Then I blend with a lightly dampened sponge.  Maybelline New York Fit Me Foundation also has a SPF of 18 for those who are sun conscious.  It lasted very well through a long day and didn't oxidize.  The finish is satin, and I would say this is more hydrating vs oil controlling.  But I do think all skin types could use this foundation.

So maybe my dream of being a drugstore foundation girl is actually coming true.  I highly recommend checking this out if you want a natural foundation for even coverage at a low price.   I will be doing a review on Fit Me Concealer and Pressed Powder and Blush later, but as a spoiler, I started off on a good note.

Pressed Powder comes with a puff and mirror.
210 and 220 (top right) swatched.
How do you think this foundation "fits?"

To Review:
Maybelline New York Fit Me Foundation $7 for 30ml, 1fl.oz. at drugstores, Target, Walmart nationwide.
Pros: 18 shades from very pale to dark.  Very nice satin skinfinish.  Feels light and natural on skin.  
Cons: Hard to tell from the bottle what's the best shade.  Their shade matcher, which is a plastic slot where you put your finger, isn't the best system.  
Overall Beautyburg Rating: A-

How do you know if a foundation "fits" you?  What's your favorite foundation right now? 

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor in Park Avenue Peach 535 - Swatches and Photos

Park Ave. Peach

I have been having so much fun reviewing some drugstore lipcolors the past couple of weeks.  The bar being set by drugstore products has been set really high!  I have been really impressed by the overall quality of everything I've been trying.

This product has been on the market the longest of my recent reviews (L'Oreal Infalliable, Covergirl Lip Perfection).  Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipcolor comes in 48 shades.  Park Ave. Peach is actually categorized in the "Reds" shades.  It's red-based for sure, but is it an actual red?  No.  But it is very, very pretty.  Park Ave. Peach is a pigmented soft creamy mid-toned peachy pink.  I appreciated that it was so opaque.  The color went on smoothly and covered my naturally dark pink, blue-based lips.  It was a pleasant surprise!  I was expecting this shade to be sheer, but I was really about how fully pigmented it was.  I would definitely wear this to the office.  It doesn't feel like spring with pretty pinks does it?!

The tube.  Unfortunately, there is no way to see the color without opening the tube.
Swatched.  The texture was creamy and moisturizing.  No tugging on application.
On lips.  I like the full coverage and the slight shine.

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor  in Park Ave. Pink 535 is $7 and available nationwide at drugstores.

What are some of your favorite drugstore lippies? 

Maybelline - Express Finish - Grand in Green and Chic Chocolate

Here are two limited edition colors for fall for Maybelline's Express Finish 50 Second Nail Color line. I am loving these two shades. Working in finance, I am always looking for subtly interesting shades that I can wear in the work place. The formula was on the thinner side but not watery. Applications below are with two coats and 1 coat top coat. I purchased both at a local CVS, and there were displays with $1 off coupons.

Grand in Green - deep grey army green teal with shimmer

Chic Chocolate - a cherry chocolate with raspberry shimmer

What do you think about these shades for the work place? Has Maybelline been surprising you with nice LEs? I know I'm impressed.