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Thursday, November 16, 2017

#MatteMetallics from Maybelline

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Metallics are all the rage and why shouldn’t they be? Metallic colors are just plain cool looking! And fall seems to be the best season for them. MAYBELLINE just came out with Color Sensational Matte Metallic Lipsticks ($7.49 @ maybelline.com, ulta.com) and while I’m not much of a blue lipstick wearer, theirs makes me want to rock it!

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As much as I like the shades in this collection, they are just your basic lipsticks that don’t last a super long time like liquid lipsticks, however, they are comfortable to wear and don’t require the commitment. So there is a trade-off. Which do you prefer?

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From L to R by number: 950 White Gold, 954 Pure Gold, 958 Copper Spark, 962 Hot Lava, 966 Copper Rose

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From L to R by number: 970 Molten Bronze, 974 Silk Stone, 978 Smoked Silver, 982 Gunmetal, 986 Serpentine

One question regarding the numbers of these shades and all Maybelline lipstick shades – does the brand go in some kind of order and started at 1 and they are at almost 1,000 different shades of lipstick since their creation? Let me know if you have the answer!

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Get Wickedly Divine with LA Splash Cosmetics

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just came out with a new liquid lipstick, Wickedly Divine Liquid Silk Liquid Lipstick ($18 @ lasplash.com). They claim the formula to be one of, “the SOFTEST wear on the market.” I’m not sure exactly what that means, a soft wear, but I have some guesses!

What I liked – Each truly felt like I had nothing on my lips! Now that’s amazing and I think I’ve only experience that with one other brand, so big plus. In addition, these all toe the line of being too drying on lips but are not. And combine that with the “I-feel-nothing-on-my-lips,” and this is the perfect combo for me, the exception being the Dragon’s Blood color. Hot pink is one of my all-time favorite shades to wear on my lips but this one was sadly too drying.

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What I didn’t like – the packaging makes it hard to see which shade is which. I understand the creativity with the packaging and appreciate it but I just think these would have been better in clear to help with functionality.

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Since I used to work at Swarovski, I am a crystal snob and the crystal on top of the wand is a cute detail but it’s plastic, and not Swarovski. A nice addition overall but again, I’m a crystal snob.

As far as each color, the tubes have a white sticker that looks like they just stuck them on at the last minute and they don’t even fit properly on the bottoms, and some have come off. So combine a missing sticker with the hard-to-see-through packaging, and ugh!

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They seemed to have changed the doe foot. The Infectious shade has a basic one and the rest of the lippies have a hole in the middle of it. I think the one with the basic foot is from the initial release of these and they upgraded when putting out more colors. Big plus!

As far as colors, this one includes quite a few shades (38) and effects to choose from including straight up mattes, metallics and also a few duo chromes.

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L to R (no reason for this order): Wrath, Evil Darling, Evil Queen, Dragons Blood, Infectious, Vanish, Blood Thirst.

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Monday, November 06, 2017

Glowing with the Latest from Fresh

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Since the temps have cooled down a bit, I don’t have to worry about sweating more than usual when I’m out and about so break out the extra steps! Yes, I consider adding highlighter or bronzer (most times) an extra step when it comes to putting my face on but I’ve been trying to make more time for it.

The latest one to come sailing across my desk is FRESH FreshFace Instant Glow Luminizer ($38/1oz @ fresh.com) and wow does this one have a lot of uses.

First, let me tell you about the finish. It has no glitter, but what they call a microshimmer, or I think, more of just a luminous glow and it’s very slight at that. Since I have a heavy hand when it comes to applying makeup, this is great for me!

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I tried this one under foundation, over foundation and solo and I think it works best under foundation and solo. The look it gave me under foundation was one of, I’m-not-sure-what’s-different-but-it’s-good; subtle and little boost.

A few things you should know about the formula – it contains some good-for-skin ingredients like vitamin C, meadowfoam seed oil, cucumber extract and evening primrose. Now I’m not sure how much these ingredients can really help the skin because the amount you use of this cream is not that much unless you apply it all over the face. This one also has a really nice fragrance that seems to be cucumber, which is really nice.

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

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Is this the Hottest Product in Metallic Makeup?

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MAYBELLINE
just came out with the Metallics Collection and today I’m looking at the 7 shades of Master Precise Ink Metallic Liquid Eyeliners ($8.99 @ maybelline.com, ulta.com, target.com).

Fall is officially upon us so feel free to intensify your look or just add a bold shade. These waterproof liquid liners have a super pointy tip that’s not a bristled brush (yeah) so you will get a clear-cut line of color.

Inside each tube is a metal weight so you can mix the color inside if it’s been sitting for a few.

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While some of the shades were bolder than the others, these for sure have a place on my face! And after drawing a line, don’t wait too long if you need to do some cleaning up because once it dries down, it won’t move. What I like about using a liner for this metallic trend is that it adds just a dash of flavor to your look without overdoing it. 

As far as wear-time, these are worth the price tag and then some. The colors are rich, even the light ones, and I got an average of 9 hours with the three different shades I tried. That’s a pretty good track record. I do have one question though, why no blue??

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From L to R: Galactic Metal, Stellar Sand, Teal Galaxy, Violet Nova, Solar Gold, Black Comet, Cosmo Purple.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Heavy Metal with Urban Decay

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So here we are at the start of the holiday season onslaught of beauty products. Yeah!! Starting me off is the URBAN DECAY Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette ($55 @ urbandecay.com, sephora.com) from their Heavy Metals Collection.

What It Is: A shadow mayhem in a crushed metal case. We packed this limited-edition palette with 20 of our most amped-up metallic shadows yet—and every single one is NEW and exclusive.

What sets Heavy Metals apart? We developed a whole new Eyeshadow formula for this palette. We bumped up the foiled effect to create our most metallic shadows ever. In doing so, we carefully crafted the formula on every shade to make sure each one would apply with a soft and creamy texture and create intense, shiny metallic effects. Every shade has a velvety feel for the perfect application, provides insane color payout and blends like a dream.

My Take: It seems like shimmery or glittery shadows have been making a comeback these days. It’s certainly been matte, matte, matte, but it makes sense since you can certainly wear a whole look of all mattes and look normal but it you did that with shimmers or glitters, you better be headed to an 80’s party.

While I usually do a 2:3 ratio when it comes to eye shadows (2 are mattes and 1 is a shimmer or other texture), these will certainly give me many options to experiment with!

As far as quality, I always expect a lot from UD and they usually deliver with the exception of a few shades, like Dive and Starfire that were not quite up to snuff, but the rest were good, even the duo chromes. 

As far as the packaging goes, I kind of like it and the mirror in the middle. In the handful of times I’ve used this, I find myself using this mirror instead of my makeup mirror to apply the shadows. 

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Bright shades on left

left column:
GROUND (metallic black w/iridescent shimmer)
SPANDEX (metallic deep blue w/purple shift and blue micro-sparkle)
METALHEAD (metallic deep purple)
MULLET (metallic deep green)
TWISTED (metallic gold)

right column:
ALUMINUM (metallic warm gray-taupe w/iridescent micro-sparkle)
DIVE (metallic medium blue)
PUNK ROCK (metallic fuchsia)
AMP (metallic bright teal)
GLAMROCK (metallic silver)

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Neutral shades on right
left column:
BASS (metallic bronze)
DEMO (metallic bronze-rose)
AFTERPARTY (metallic red)
ROADIE (metallic burgundy)
SCREAM (metallic mauve)

right column:
GLORY (metallic golden bronze)
STARFIRE (metallic bright copper)
ANGELFIRE (metallic pale pink)
MAIDEN (metallic beige)
ACOUSTIC (metallic nude)

One tip they have listed on their site is to spray a makeup brush with their All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray before dipping into a color. Great idea!

Is this something you think you’ll pick up? It’s limited-edition so don’t miss out if you plan on it.

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

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Models Own Lix Matte LL

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The latest brand of liquid lipsticks to cross my desk are from the UK brand, MODELS OWN and their Lix Matte Liquid Lipstick ($7.99 @ ulta.com). I swear, these formulas are getting better and better with each brand I try!

Upon opening the cap, I noticed a peppermint scent but I didn’t feel it on my lips. I’m just not a fan of the feeling on my lips or the supposedly plumping effects of those that contain mint so this was nice.

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It seems that there is a trend lately of trying to be different when it comes to packaging and most seem to cover it up in that you can’t tell what the color is inside the tube. I am not a fan of this at all. I like that I can see instantly what color I am grabbing or looking at, like with these.

I also like the “clack-clack” sound of the tubes when I bump them together. Yes, it can be the little things that delight!

So how did these wear? They dry down all the way and are a tad transferable. I did experience a little beading on the lips with the two red shades but it was very little. As far as comfort, apart from feeling like I have something on my lips, these were certainly not uncomfortable, like some can be. When it comes to how they wore and how long, I got about 5 hours until they started coming off on the inside of my lip, mainly the top lip, and like most reds, the rest wear off was sort of patchy. And really wore off if I ate something. So basically, these wore like most red liquid lipsticks. No one seems to have perfected it quite yet, so overall, I’d give these a B+.

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Shown here in: Candy Cane, Coral Fresh, Strawberry Mojito

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Beautiful HAC-ing with Burberry

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BURBERRY
just came out with some great HAC-ing (highlighting and contouring) products and I’m super excited to talk about them!

First, the list:

  • Lip Colour Contour in Medium No.03
  • Face Contour in Medium No.01
  • Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen in Nude Radiance No.01
  • Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance No.01
  • Fresh Glow Highlighter in Rose Gold No.04

Let’s look at each one closer:

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First up is the Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base No.1 Nude Radiance ($48/1oz @ nordstrom.com) – love how this 55% water-infused primer is to give your overall skin a glow from under your foundation. Glad they thought of this as it adds just a dash of elegance to your look.

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Fresh Glow Highlighter in Rose Gold No.4 ($68 @ sephora.com) – if you’re adept at a press powder highlighter, this may be for you. And in rose gold!!

Face Contour – Effortless Contouring Pen Face & Eyes in Medium No.01 ($37 @ nordstrom.com) – contouring and sculpting with makeup is not as easy as it looks. But thankfully this one I wrote about the other day and this one here help. Besides the shades, blending in easily is the most important traits when it comes to a good contour color. This middle-of-the-road shades seems like it will work with most skin tones.

Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen ($37 @ sephora.com) – add a dam of radiance to the tops of cheeks, inner corners of the eye, cupids bow, wherever really, and this one blends nicely and looks adult.

Lip Colour Contour in Medium No.3 ($31 @ sephora.com) – wear as a lip primer or by itself. Eh, it was the least impressive out of the bunch.

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See anything you like? Know that these are all limited-edition so pick them up sooner than later.

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New Liptensity from MAC Cosmetics!

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MAC COSMETICS
just added new shades of Liptensity Lipsticks ($21 @ maccosmetics.com, ulta.com) and I have them here!

What It Is: A brilliant formula that pushes the boundaries of colour. Each lipstick holds intense amounts of pigment, resulting in extreme colour intensity, clarity and vibrancy. This luxurious gelled base melts on contact, providing fully saturated colour with a satin finish in one stroke.

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Yes, yes, and yes, these lipsticks seem to do all of the things in the description. I’m amazed at the one swipe of color and you’re ready to go!

The only thing I can’t seem to get used to since I’m so in deep with wearing liquid lipsticks regularly is trying to get used to the transferability of a traditional lipstick, which these are (an average of 3 vs. 8 or 9 hours). So I wore Clouds In My Coffee all weekend. Baby steps.

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From L to R: Ginger Rose (mid-tone blue pink), Fire Roasted (brick red), Brick Dust (neutral pink), Noblesse (purple), Clouds In My Coffee (nude pink).

And they also came out with new Liptensity Lip Pencils, which I’ll be swatching here shortly!

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

Monday, October 09, 2017

Contouring with Rouge Bunny Rouge

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         Darla just had to be in the cube while I was shooting the pics so I had to include her in this post!

I absolutely love the name of this next brand, ROUGE BUNNY ROUGE. Isn’t it sweet? This is my first experience with the UK brand and it’s been a good one. I tried their 'Shadow Play' Natural Defining & Contouring Liquid ($35 @ rougebunnyrouge.com, bloomingdales.com) and as much as I’m just not that into HAC-ing (highlighting and contouring), this one actually makes me want to do it! Is it because the color is so workable? Or is it because the color makes it so easy to do? Both actually. The wide puff is the perfect size to apply a strip down each cheek and along the hair line, and then, they recommend it, using your finger, just blend it in!

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The universal shade shown here is called Dusk and it’s a light brown with rose undertones. I’ve also been wearing it on my lids as a shade. Wherever you decide to wear it, just be sure not to wait long to blend your color in as this stuff stays put!

Did I pique your interest?

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

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

The Ultimate Matte Lippie from Buxom

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One of my super tip-top lippies that acts-like-a-liquid-lipstick-but-is-a-matte-lipstick is from the BUXOM line. I’ve written about a few of these True Nude Lip Foundation ($20 @ buxomcosmetics.com) shades here and there since they came out but not all at once, so here they are, swatches and all.

The reason I think these act a lot like a liquid lipstick or are the closest thing to it that I’ve seen is that they are totally non-drying on the lips, wear for hours, yet they are not hard to take off like a traditional liquid lipstick. Also, these Buxom colors are not as thickly pigmented as a liquid lipstick. Otherwise, I feel like these act a lot like them or at least more than any other matte lipstick I’ve ever tried.

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One odd trait is the smell. The smell is not a dessert smell or cupcakes, it’s more like … crayons. Yup, the smell is sort of like Crayola crayons. ColourPop’s Lip Stix also have this scent, though lighter, and the packaging of these two are the same, hmmmm…

Lastly, they have a shade in this collection called Naked, which is colorless. I use it as a primer on lips before applying one of the colors.

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The one thing I pray to the lipstick Gods is that they make more colors with this formula. I’ve tweeted Buxom a couple of times so hopefully they’ll hear my prayers. Until then, I'll just bask in these ones!

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From L to R:

  • Revealed (rich brown)
  • Nude (beige pink)
  • Bare (chestnut brown)
  • Buff (nude beige)
  • Au Natural (cinnamon pink)
  • Undressed (mauve pink)
  • Naked (colorless)

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

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