Maybelline Facestudio Master Strobing Stick/Liquid Illuminating Highlighter Review

I’m back with another review today, sharing my thoughts on the Master Strobing Illuminating Highlighter Stick & Liquid by Maybelline. I picked these products up at CVS for $9.99 each. I love liquid and cream highlighters so when I saw these I couldn’t resist.

Both of these products can be worn alone or together. Let’s talk about the liquid highlighter. If I’m not mistaken, there are only 3 shades. I looked in other stores as well as online and only found these 3, “Light Iridescent”, “Medium Nude Glow” and the one I grabbed “Deep Gold”. I tried this first by itself with my beauty blender and it completely disappeared as if I hadn’t put anything on at all. The next time I tried to blend it in with my finger and it still didn’t work for me. It looked like I had been wearing it all day and it had worn off. In order for it to show up and pop the way a highlighter should, you have to apply a ton of it which ends up making a mess. You’re supposed to be able to mix this in with your primer or foundation the same as most other liquid highlighters, but I really don’t see it working that way either. Worn by itself, this highlighter is a fail in my opinion.


Moving on to the highlighting stick. I picked up the shade “Nude Glow” and the other shade they have is “Light Iridescent”. I hated the way this looked. It dried almost instantly which made it hard to blend in with a beauty blender or my finger, and when I used a brush some of the product came off and what was left looked patchy and awful . It has a nice little sheen to it(before blending) but I would never choose it over any other highlighter that I have.


When worn together they provide a slight highlighting effect that is somewhat workable if you’re not big on highlight. Still not something I’d ever reach for. Another negative is that neither of them last long at all, they wear off very easily. Overall, I’m just not impressed with either of these products.

Have you tried either of these? Comment your thoughts!


February Favorites

Hey guys! I don’t know where the time is going but it’s getting away from me, *sigh. As usual, I’m a few days late with this but here’s the run down on my favorite products from February.

Milani Keep it Sweet Sugar Lip Scrub I always have to keep some kind of lip scrub handy so when I saw that Milani had one out I didn’t even think about it, I just grabbed it. It works really well and my lips feel nice and smooth afterwards. I love the way it smells. I use it every other day/night and especially before I wear any matte lipsticks. It’s $10 on the Milani website but I got it at Target for $8.99Milani, Sugar Lip Scrub, February Favorites

Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Powder So everybody has this or has tried it. I’ve seen so many good reviews and Youtube videos with this powder and from what I could tell, everyone loves it so I decided to finally try it. I got it from Target for $5.99. I’ve been wearing it alone to control oil and shine and I feel like I should’ve been using it a long time ago. It’s great. It doesn’t really do much for my pores but it does control the oil really well. I like the fact that it’s long lasting and I don’t have to reapply throughout the day. I haven’t tried it on top of foundation yet but I bought a few new liquid foundations that can’t wait to try it with.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer I picked this up for around $5 at Target, just because I bought the Fit Me powder and for other reason. It’s almost comparable to the Too Faced “Born This Way” concealer as far as the coverage, texture and consistency. It has good coverage, it’s really creamy and easy to blend into the skin. As with the Fit Me Powder…I should’ve picked this concealer up a long time ago. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer, Medium, February Favorites

Too Faced Sweet Peach Lip Oil I bought this last month when I did my huge Ulta/Sephora haul. It was $19. I got it in the shade “Papa Don’t Peach”. First of all, let me just tell you that it smells AMAZING!! Like, I want to eat it! In the description on Ulta’s website it does say that it tastes like peach, but I’m not suggesting that anyone eat it. I’ve been using this in the place of chapstick. It’s super creamy and moisturizing. This particular shade is subtle, yet noticeable so it’s perfect for everyday wear.

Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick I was so excited to get my hands on these because I love the Vice Lipsticks  and I love liquid lipsticks so I had to have these! I’ve been wearing “Conspiracy”(Metallized) which is a plum-bronze color. It looks like a deep dark purple and brown at the same time. It has little specs of gold that are just beautiful on the lips. The other shade I’ve been wearing is “Amulet”(Comfort Matte) which is a brick rose color. What I love the most is the lasting power. They seriously last all day, from morning to night. They don’t budge at all. I don’t even carry them with me when I go out because there’s no need to touch up or reapply throughout the day. They’re $18 and definitely worth it!

BareMinerals Gen Nude Liquid Lip Color & BareMinerals Gen Nude Over Under Lip Liner So this isn’t just one of my February favorites, this is currently my all time favorite liquid lipstick! I LOVE it! It’s matte but it goes on super creamy and feels really nice on the lips. It’s moisturizing so it doesn’t dry out at any point and it’s long lasting. I’ve worn this all day without having to reapply. Also, it smells good and y’all know how I feel about good smelling lipsticks! It’s only $18 and trust me I’m not complaining but I feel like it’s worth more. I’m just saying, it’s that good! As for the liner,  for $16 it’s one of the best ones I’ve come across. I love the finish and how pigmented it is. It applies easily and very creamy. I hate when a lip liner is so dry that it skips and doesn’t apply smoothly. This one is perfect!

Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray  Ok, so I initially thought that this was just a regular setting spray and since I had run out of my All Nighter setting spray I just grabbed this. But, it’s not a setting spray, it’s a prep and priming/refresher spray that controls oil, balances the complexion and evens out the skin tone. You use it in the morning after washing your face but before applying moisturizer, then again at night in the same order. You can also use it during the day as a refresher and it won’t mess up your makeup. I’ve been using it daily and I’ve noticed that my skin looks brighter and healthier. My face doesn’t get quite as oily throughout the day as it used to. I use it morning and night, even when I don’t wear any makeup at all. Overtime it’s supposed to continue to reduce oil and shine, and improve the appearance of fine lines. Overall my skin does look and feel better, so I love it and I’m going to continue using it. For those of you who use any of Urban Decay’s setting sprays, this is the exact same price at $31.Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray, Ulta

That’s everything that I’ve been obsessed with over the past month. I hope you enjoyed and maybe even saw something that you want to try! -Melyssa


Drugstore Mascara: My top pick

I’ve been trying out different types of mascara lately. I have my favorite luxury mascaras, of course but I wanted to give the drugstore brands a chance to wow me as well. I went on a little CVS/WalMart haul the other day to grab some products that I’ve been wanting to try, including mascara. I picked up the following four from WalMart….

COVERGIRL Plumpify blastPRO This is supposed to create a dramatic full lash look by plumping and lifting the lashes from the root. It was an instant fail! It left clumps on my lashes with the first stroke. After cleaning the wand I gave it another try on my other eye, but the same thing happened. It left my lashes stuck together in a black, clumpy mess. It was only around $8 but I was still disappointed that it was so messy and didn’t do anything that it claimed to do. Never again!

COVERGIRL, Plumpify blastPRO mascara

COVERGIRL Plumpify blastPRO

COVERGIRL Lashblast Volume Waterproof Mascara Claims to give you 10 times more volume. It cost $6.25 and while this one didn’t clump or make my lashes stick together like the blastPRO, it didn’t add any volume either. It had absolutely no effect whatsoever. On that note, I probably won’t purchase any other COVERGIRL mascara.

COVERGIRL, lashblast VOLUME, mascara


Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus Waterproof Hydrofuge Claims to increase the volume of your lashes with no clumping or smudging. It’s only $4 so whatever the outcome is I feel like you can’t get too upset. I didn’t notice any difference with the first two coats but after applying one or two more there was some progress. My lashes were definitely darker and there was some added length. There was no clumping and my lashes were separated and lifted. I can’t see any dramatic lash looks being created with this mascara but it’s great for everyday use or when you just want to do a little less makeup.

Wet n Wild, Max Volume Plus Waterproof Hydrofuge, mascara

Wet n Wild MAX VOLUME PLUS Waterproof Hydrofuge

MAYBELLINE Lash Sensational Full Fan Effect For $6.25 and no different from any other mascara in its claim to add volume, this one supposedly takes it a step further by creating a “fan effect”, fanning out your lashes. I’ve seen several YouTubers using this which is what prompted me to try it. It took two coats for me to notice any difference. It didn’t create the “fan effect” that it claims to but it did darken, lengthen and curl my lashes enough that I felt it was workable. It’s washable and though I prefer waterproof mascara, I wasn’t disappointed. It didn’t smudge, run or leave any clumps. If you’re going for a full on glam or dramatic look, I wouldn’t recommend this mascara. It’s better for simple, everyday looks.

Drugstore mascara, review, maybelline lash sensational review

Maybelline Lash Sensational

Considering all points…price, what the products claim to do and the actual results, I’d have to say that my top pick out of the four is the Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus. Wet n Wild has really stepped their game up lately so I was excited to try this mascara. What really caught my interest was the fact that it’s formulated with Macadamia Nut, Jojoba and Olive oils to condition the lashes and prevent breakage. I wasn’t at all disappointed with this product. I will be wearing it on a daily basis and repurchasing.

My second choice would be the Maybelline Lash Sensational. If you’re looking for something affordable, for everyday use or something you can wear under false lashes I’d recommend this one. It’s pretty decent and I’d probably buy it again.