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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Benefit's Boi-ing Collection Is Now in Session!

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just came out with a collection called Boi-ing – two new products, two existing ones, and all now have cool, fun names, and they are … CONCEALERS!

And check out this cute display of the products in my local Ulta. I don't agree with the message of skipping class, I mean how could anyone, but the display itself is fun with the rulers and pink eraser colors. How about a message like, "Just apply concealer and don't skip class." Isn't that better?

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So which do you need? It can be confusing so I love on their website you can choose what area of the face you need some coverage and they will recommend which product you need to use. I also gave a breakdown of the details of each below.

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Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer – the sheerest of the bunch, this one contains vitamin E and apple seed extract surrounds the color in the stick to keep skin super hydrated. This one used to be called Fakeup.

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Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer – this is exactly as the name states! Made for spot treating all over the face and full coverage of blemishes, dark circles under eyes and random discolorations. This one is full coverage.

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Boi-ing Brightening Concealer – ideal for dark circles under the eyes, this pink undertoned cream corrects anything brewing under your lids. This used to be called Erase Paste and is full coverage.

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Boi-ing Airbrush Concealer - bluuuurrrrrr those face imperfections with this waterproof, sheer-to-medium, coverage cream. This one gives medium coverage.

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$20 each and all four are available in Light, Light/Medium and Medium @ benefitcosmetics.com nordstroms.com 

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From L to R:  Airbrush Concealer, Hydrating Concealer, Industrial Concealer, Brightening Concealer

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Everyday Minerals with Colorescience

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When I think of the COLORESCIENCE brand I think of their iconic sunscreen, face powders and the like, not an eye, lips, cheek, everything palette! But that’s what we have here with their Beauty on the Go Palette ($54 @ colorescience.comdermstore.com).

Now this one is not super crazy with all the bright colors and textures. I’ve had a couple of people write me about suggestions for an everyday palette and this is a good one to consider.

It’s 5 neutral-colored mineral powders that will flatter every single skin tone out there. And while I rarely hit pan on most of my makeup, I think I just might on this one and I view that as quite an accomplishment! What I like most about this one is the tote-ability of this. I mean, it’s eyes, and cheeks in one easy-to-carry palette.  

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L to R : Neutral Apricot (ivory), Champagne Shimmer (a light pink w/shimmer), Universal Blush (mauve), Sun Kissed Bronze (brown), Coffee Shimmer (dark brown w/shimmer).

Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Is Toppik Your Brow Answer?

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I’ve been putting off getting my brows microbladed because, well, I’m kinda chicken to do it as it looks pretty serious. I know that my brows will look perfect for a while but I also won’t be able to try out brow products, which I love to do!

So have to get them in while I can. And up now is this one from TOPPIK and it’s their Brow Building Fibers Set ($19.95 @ toppik.com, dermstore.com). You’ve probably seen those mascaras with fibers in the formula to make lashes longer? Well, it’s the same idea but for brows. My issue with brow products has always been making them look natural and now powdered/penciled in.

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But don't look for any Instagram eyebrows from this set! These are all about the natural look. This 3-part system includes a wax that is applied first so the powder has something to stick to, the Brow Building Fibers and a dual-ended brush for application. With the angled side of the brush, you apply the wax along your existing brow hairs and where you want to apply the fibers. With the other rounded side of the brush, just tap some of the powder out (I used the cap) and dip the brush in and dab it on.

So how does this work? I have a scar in my left brow that I’ve always had an issue covering up completely but this one seems to cover it seamlessly and this looks so natural; probably better than the pencils I’ve been using lately.

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Available in 3 shades: Light Brown, Medium Brown, Dark Brown.

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Urban Decay Turns Up the Naked Heat

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Who knew I would fall so in love with the new Naked Heat ($54 @ urbandecay.com, ulta.com, macys.com) palette from URBAN DECAY; it’s heating up my summer! It’s part of the Fall 2017 collection and has all the makings of a success. I mean, take a look at the Modern Renaissance palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills. It seems like a lot of the shades I see used in tutorials from that palette are similar to some in this one. I mean, they’re not dupes, but a few are in the same family for sure.

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                               Modern Renaissance VS Naked Heat - Who wins?

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And I’m sure I’ll be using this one just as much (the Anastasia one in the picture is my second one I’ve bought!).

I don’t think there is much more I can say about this palette except to pick it up!

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And also new are two 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($20 @ urbandecay.commacys.com). The shades are Alkaline, a deep wine, and Torch, described as sienna. I swear by their liners for their long-lasting and the shades are just really wearable.

Will you be picking up these products?

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Is Nyx Lip Ink Really Epic?

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I’ve always been fascinated by how Benefit’s Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain has done over the many years it has existed in their line. I mean, the stain itself is nice but the way of putting it on your lips/cheeks is just ridiculous, in my opinion, and not in a good way. If you’ve never seen it, it uses a nail polish brush, which makes it quite impossible to get some coverage and to stay-in-the-lines, so to speak!

So when I read about these new lip inks coming out, I marched right over to Ulta to pick some up. The brand? NYX COSMETICS. The name? Epic Ink Lip Dyes ($7 @ nyxcosmetics.com (on sale right now for $4.90 each!, ulta.com).

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Finally, a lip ink that comes in many colors and with a great-er delivery system! So how did they perform? They were just like I thought, a highly pigmented dye/stain that’s lightweight and dries all the way down to a matte finish. I got almost 4 hours of wear before the dreaded wear-off where the wet lip meets the dry lip. And these have no transfer unless you get your lips wet, then the color transfers.

Do these sound like they will be making it in your bag?

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From L to R:

Poised – true red, Charmer – deep strawberry red , Revolt – orange, Heartbreaker – deep hot pink.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

NARS Hits Us With their Powematte!

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So here’s the next big release from NARS and I couldn’t have been more excited to try them! NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment ($26) is part of their Fall 2017 Collection. 20 shades total and come out on July 5 on the Sephora mobile app, July 6 on narscosmetics.com, July 13 on sephora.com.

What It Is: Introducing Powermatte, a breakthrough new lip formula infused with Fluid Pigment Complex, a new super-saturated, liquefied pigment with an ultra-flexible finish that delivers concentrated coverage with lightweight long-wear. Apply to bare of lined lips for a high-impact matte look that lasts all day – or all night – long. This liquefied pigment pushes the possibilities. It’s matte at its maximum.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Is this the Best Drugstore Liquid Lipstick?

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I’m in lippie heaven right now. Seriously! There have been a bunch of new releases to hit my desk in the past week plus some I bought that just came out so if you love lipsticks as much as I do, be sure to check back.

First up, MAYBELLINE SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick ($9.49 @ maybelline.com, walgreens.com, target.com) What It Is: SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick gives you a flawless matte finish in a range of super saturated shades.

My take: Wow, just wow. I think I may have found my favorite drugstore liquid lipstick! The colors are simply fab (favorites right now have to be the dark pink of Lover and the bright orange/red of Heroine) and I really like the vanilla-cupcake-scented formula. Here’s the breakdown - These dry down matte but not dessert dry. They have some tact to them but the color is totally non-transferable. I just got the new NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments the other day and immediately tried one and that one has a slight tact to them but these seem to have more, which I kind of like. The super dessert dry ones have become like nails down a chalkboard for me and I just can’t wear them anymore.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Vamp Stamp - Hype or Happenin'?

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How often do you get your winged eyeliner just perfect … on both eyes?! It can be hard, especially if you have hooded lids like I do. It can make applying a winged liner really tough. But a tool has come along to help!

THE VAMP STAMP is exactly that, a rubber mold that will stamp your wing liner right on the corner of your eye. I started following them on Instagram as soon as I came across them about 6 months ago and finally in the past few months, the stamps were released.

Right now you can purchase the VaVaVoom Stamp in Medium and Large ($25 each @ thevampstamp.com) and they also sell VINK Eyeliner Ink + VERGE Angle Brush ($20 @ thevampstamp.com). And it was really hard waiting for these to come out. I even tried making my own stamper with a false nail glued to a stick – I saw a picture of it on Instagram so it worked for someone!

Anyway, I ended up purchasing the Large figuring I can use some of the many liquid liners I already own. Not so fast. It seems that only some liquids work with the stamp and forget about gel pot liners. Those don’t work at all. What was odd was that I could not find one review about the ink and if it was a necessary purchase before I just bought the stamper. All of these items are not cheap so I was hoping to cut a corner here.

So I waited a few and figured there much be something to their Ink so I threw caution to the wind and picked it up along with the Medium stamp to try that one out too.

From what I had been seeing on their Instagram, these seem like a god send! There’s video of girls getting the perfect wing and I just knew this had to be my answer, but is it?

 

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Is this the Strobing Product of the Summer?

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Highlighters are the hottest products in makeup these days, which is funny since they've been around forever. Everyone just wants that glow so I can see why but you've seen one highlighter, you've seen them all, right? That's what I thought. Enter MAYBELLINE FaceStudio Master Strobing Liquid Illuminating Highlighter ($9.99 @ ulta.com). It’s available in three shades: Light/Iridescent, Medium/Gold, Dark/Nude Glow, and these really caught me off guard.

I’m used to using a powder highlighter these days so it took me a beat to get used to using these that are creams. But wow, so worth it! I’ve pushed the powders aside and these three have taken center stage! I love the different options when it comes to the colors and These. Stay. Put! I don’t think they are waterproof but they are close enough.

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A dab and blend on the tops of my cheeks, a dab and blend in my cupids bow, really anywhere and wow, do these perk up my parts, and probably the only ones you need to get you through summer ... seriously. 

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

NARS Sheers It Up with Their Latest

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You're experienced with The Multiple from NARS, right? Now we have the Sheer Multiple and two limited-edition ones with  Pop Goes the Easel Sheer Pop Multiple ($39 @ nordstrom.com). This is part of the Summer 2017 collection and like the regulars, these are buildable, weightless, and can be worn anywhere, but they’re a little sheerer than the standard ones. Great colors!

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Côte Basque – shimmering poppy pink

Motu Tane - pink

Disclosure: Samples of these items were provided for review purposes.

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