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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Testing Out the Hottest Mascaras!

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There seems to be a bit of buzz on the above mascaras:

  • BUXOM Big Tease Plumping Mascara
  • URBAN DECAY Troublemaker
  • L’OREAL Voluminous Lash Paradise

So I thought I’d do a post about all three comparing how they look, apply and last. First up is L’Oreal.

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L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise ($8.99 @ target.com) - Our 1st mascara for voluptuous volume & length now with even more black pigments. Soft wavy bristle brush holds maximum formula for a dramatic volumizing charge. 200+ bristles catch every lash for a full fringe effect.

My thoughts – I thought this one was good for a daytime work look. It doesn’t give over-the-top lashes but just enough on each hair. The brush reminded me of the one from Better Than Sex.

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Urban Decay Troublemaker ($24 @ urbandecay.com, ulta.com) – Get super-fat, super-long, sex-proof lashes. This mascara is so good it should be illegal. Urban Decay's Troublemaker Mascara delivers 13.7x the lash volume,* and sexy, fluttery, intensely black lashes. The failsafe formula volumizes and lengthens as it separates, while UD's custom brush grabs onto lashes, curling as it coats. UD loaded up this mascara with insane benefits - for thicker, impossibly long, perfectly fanned-out lashes.

My thoughts – I had super high expectations for this one and for me, it just didn’t deliver. My lashes were not as big as they could have been. I mean, look at the picture! I did try to build it and build it. If you are looking for definition, this one seems to do that well.

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Buxom Big Tease Plumping Mascara ($22 @ ulta.com) – (this one) instantly plumps lashes, delivering maximum volume, and noticeably longer lashes for a full and flirty look. A unique blend of 3 high-performing and perfectly calibrated waxes delivers a smooth and creamy application experience, coating every surface, from root to tip, resulting in heavyweight volume, length, & lift. A conical shaped brush releases just the right amount of product and allows you to reach base-to-tip intensity, while individual chisel-tipped fibers divide and conquer every lash for a non-clumpy, lash multiplying effect.

My thoughts – out of all three mascaras, this one delivered the most fierce and, well, plumped up lashes, however, it was also the most difficult one to work with. The conical brush helped but it was like applying 3 coats at one time and I felt a tad clumpy in places even though I went over and over areas. What I did like about this mascara is is that you can applying this mascara over already mascara’d lashes. Like go to work, come home, get ready to go out and use this mascara to create a night time sexy look. This one has a place on my makeup table.

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sephora Welcomes Antonym Cosmetics

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Have you heard of the ANTONYM COSMETICS yet? I wrote about them a while ago here and then their name popped up again when Sephora added them to their store last month. Yup, when Sephora adds a brand, I pay attention!

So what are they about? Antonym Cosmetics is an Ecocert certified, cruelty-free and eco-friendly. And they take it one step further. See the packaging in the eye shadow quad? It’s made of bamboo, as is the makeup brush handles.

They saw a gap between an organic line and one that performs. So how do the products perform? See below!

 

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Monday, September 04, 2017

New Line Alert! Welcome Sleek MakeUP.

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Are you on the highlight bandwagon? Some days I am and some days I’m not. But I think I’m pretty much back on with the discovery of this next one from SLEEK MAKEUP. The brand just landed stateside from the UK and is being carried @ ulta.com now and will enter Ulta and Walgreens stores later this year.

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So what’s in the line and how do they perform? There are 152 SKUs and it’s comprised of lipsticks, bronzers, highlighters, palettes, liners, mascaras etc. and this Highlight Palette in Cleopatra’s Kiss. Have you seen a highlighting palette that combines both creams and pressed powders? I haven’t so this was a welcome treat.

For the two powders, one is seems to be a vanilla color and the other more of a pink champagne. And for the two creams, there’s a light bronze and the other is a barely-there gold.

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All four shades seem really versatile and you can’t beat the price on this at $14.99.

Pick up the line @ ulta.com.

Is this a line you’ll be checking out?

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

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Victoria's Secret Hits Us With Some Velvet Mattes

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I was super excited to hear about VICTORIA’S SECRET’s Velvet Matte Cream Lip Stains ($14 or 2/$18 @ victoriassecret.com). Nowadays with so many versions of liquid lipsticks out there, I had no idea what I was going to get!

So how did these do? Click the below link to see!

 

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Monday, August 21, 2017

This is a Stain You'll Want to Know About

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Me n’ a lip stain go together like shala-la-la! So these PIXI BEAUTY GelTint & SilkGloss ($12 @ pixibeauty.com, target.com) are right up my alley. I can get a little tired of liquid lipsticks here and there, so these are a nice alternative to color that will last longer than 1 hour.

Choose from:

  • BerryTint & SweetGloss
  • PinkTint & PrettyGloss
  • BeachTint & FreshGloss

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And the tints seem to be a tad mint infused but know that the mint is not irritating in the least. And the tint color is buildable! While i only got about 2.5 hours of wear, I'm will to trade-off longtime wear for the weightlessness these delivered.

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My favorite of the bunch is the BerryTint and I’m not much of a gloss person anymore so I rarely use it, but the tint is great by itself and it doesn’t dry lips out at all.

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

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Next Benefit Tint Is Out!

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BENEFIT COSMETICS Gogotint
($30 @ ulta.com, benefitcosmetics.com) is the next installment of their stains that have become a cult favorite. Like the other shades, it comes in a nail polish-sized bottle with a nail polish-type brush that applies the color. Use it on lips or cheeks and my stance on these has always been the same. I’m just not a fan of the application device at all. After applying it to lips or cheeks I always have to use something else to blend it in. Like the colors but hate the delivery of them.

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This Gogotint is a juicy bright cherry stain and seems to be a tad darker than the rose of the original. So is this something you’ll be picking up?

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

Friday, August 04, 2017

Are Burberry's New Liquid Lip Velvet Lippies Worth It?

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With a name like Liquid Lip Velvet, one would assume theses new ones from BURBERRY would fall into the liquid lipstick category, but not so fast. Described as, “bold and matte whipped lip cream,” that’s what they are, so these are in no way liquid lipsticks.

So how do these wear? I would put this in the same category as a regular creamy/matte lipstick as it acts pretty much the same, maybe just a tad thinner. The formula is really pigment and I found that I only needed one swipe on lips. As far as wear time, I got an average of 4 hours and the colors do transfer.

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How this one is different than your lipstick in a tube is with the wand. The actual doe foot that applies the color to your lips is bendy! All the ones I’ve come across don’t move but this one bends, which is kind of cool!

Overall I’m not sure the steep price is worth what you get, or maybe I’m just so used to liquid lipsticks and how they wear that I expect for from a lippie these days. Is this something on you’re going to check out?

Choose from 14 colors for $34 @ burberry.com, sephora.com.

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From L to R: Fawn No. 05, Bright Plum No. 49, Oxblood No. 53

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

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour

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I think I might be crowning myself (is that allowed??) the Queen of Liquid Lipsticks! I love to try them and just when I think I’ve professed my favorite, another comes along and fights for the title.

The latest to enter the ring? RIMMEL Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour ($4.99 @ target.com, ulta.com). These are super pigmented, obviously, and dry down all the way to a matte finish and feel but not desert dry on the lips (I have to think of a word to describe this!). There is zero transfer and these seem to wear-off evenly, which is such a huge plus in my book.

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Shown above in Fire Starter

I received 2 from PR and wanted to pick up a few other shades and had to visit 3 different stores to find them in stock! I’ll take that as a good sign that people are liking them too. Choose from 13 colors in all.

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L to R: #210 Rose & Shine, #820 Heartbeat, #500 Firestarter, #710 Latte To Go

Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.

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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