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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Is This Your Fall Palette?

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I admit that I’m wary of these huge generic-looking looks-like-it-was-bought-as-the-99cent-store eye shadow palettes like this one shown here. But I did find a small, “woooow,” slip outta my mouth when I opened it!

I mean the name, Fall Into Frost Palette (#35F), is just so fitting for right now, not to mention the colors inside, they all just whisper fall. This one comes to us from MORPHE BRUSHES and it’s my first try of the brand ever.

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This 9” x 6” palette contains 7 new matte shades and 28 metallics, so 35 colors in all and for $22.99 @ morphebrushes.com. That’s 66 cents a shade! Count me in. And check out the quality of the shadows on my fingers! I guess it really is true that we mostly pay for packaging when buying a product these days as I can think of a few brands off the top of my head where the quality doesn't meet these and theirs usually cost double. 

What look would you create with this palette? Let me know in the comments!

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

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Is This Your Holy Grail Liner?

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This MAYBELLINE Master Precise Curvy Liquid Liner in Black ($7.99 @ ulta.com, drugstore.com) seems to be residing between a liquid liner and a pencil liner. It’s part of their fall collection and I don’t think this color could be any blacker!

This is probably the closest to an overall Sharpie-look of an eye liner I’ve ever come across – the liner tip and pen-like case and even the color on the skin. And what I like about this most is that I can choose from a thin or thick line across the lid.

And this didn’t bleed at all, which is a very important trait to me, and lasted an average of 8 hours before starting to wear off.

Some may find this one a tad difficult to wield as the tip is rounded instead of pointed, which I mentioned above. This works fine for me but I found that I had to draw a medium to thick line by default because of the shape, so if you’re a novice, you may not want to start with this one.

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


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Sunday, September 18, 2016

5 Beauty Tools You Need

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1.
ARTIS Elite Oval 7 ($65 @ artisbrush.comspacenk.com) – A new addition to the brand, this one is a little bit smaller than my beloved Oval 8 so it's a tad easier to maneuver and I've almost exclusively been using it to applying my liquid foundation these days.

2. BEAUTY BLENDER Sur.face Simple ($30 @ beautyblender.com) – known for their cult-favorite sponges, I’m really hot on this palette to mix my Cover FX Cover Drops with its medium, tap out some mineral powders out of their tubes, or play around with some different creams to create a new shade for my lids or face.

3. MUA MAKEUP ACADEMY Lash Separator ($10.50 @ cvs.com and CVS stores nationwide) – I recently broke my Holy Grail lash separator but glad I found this one in its place. It is curved the same as your eye so easy to quickly run it through lashes.

4. URBAN DECAY Iconic Eyeshadow Brush ($24 @ urbandecay.com, nordstrom.com) – if you get one eye brush in your collection, make it a great one like this. It’s the perfect width and length and can handle a lot of different products.

5. REAL TECHINQUES #301 Flat Contour Brush ($21 @ realtechniques.com) from the Bold Metals Collection – this short, compact, and dense brush is great for applying liquid or cream foundations, blush and bronzers.

And I think I'm ready to add one of these to my Holy Grail list! Yup, it's the MUA Makeup Academy Lash Separator. I had one just like it on my list but this one is less expensive than that one and easier to get hold of. As you read above, I was ready for a new one so help me welcome MUA Makeup Academy Lash Separator to the Holy Grail list of beauty products! What's on your list? 

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

Friday, September 16, 2016

Your Answer to Long-Wearing Eye Color

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I recently decided to count my eye liners. I know, I know, I don’t know why either as I’m not really into counting my makeup! Not sure if I should be embarrassed or happy but adding up all my liners including shadow sticks, liquid liners, and lip liners, I have 168. In this day-and-age of makeup collecting, which  seems to be a thing now, I’m not sure if that is even considered a lot! What do you think?
Anyway, 3 I will be adding to my collection are these from NUDESTIX. I think these Magnetic Eye Colors ($24 @ sephora.com, qvc.com) came out last year or at least some of the colors did but I’m glad I came across them.

What it is: A 3-in-1 eye shadow, eye liner and eye primer that’s super long-wearing, waterproof, eye shadow pencil that provides intense color in satin and matte finishes, precise lining, and primes lids for all-day wear.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Why You Need to Try These Lipsticks

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It seems like all the major brands are putting out huge lip collections these days! And MAKE UP FOR EVER is jumping on that bandwagon too with their Artist Rouge Lipstick ($22 @ sephora.com). The collection is 15 Matte Finish Lipsticks (color name begins with the letter ‘M’) and 30 Satin Finish Lipsticks (color name begins with the letter ‘C’).

What It Is: 45-show stopping shades packaged in new signature packaging and available in two simple, but beautiful finishes – 31 lustrous creams and 14 velvety mattes. The range only features the best reds, nudes, pinks, berries and artistic lipsticks, providing everyone with the most flattering shades for their skin tones.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Use This To Pick the Correct Foundation Shade

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How do you pick out a foundation shade? Right now, there are two ways I select the correct shade of foundation. One is Sephora Color IQ and the other is the Temptalia Foundation Matrix. Overall, this is one area in the beauty world that the makeup companies have not figured out the answer to.

So when I was contacted by a PR company to see if I wanted to try the new MATCHCo, I jumped at the chance. Your complexion usually changes depending on what season it is – in the summer it’s darker and in the winter, it’s lighter.  

Enter MATCHCo, a company using technology to solve an age-old problem. No need to guess what your shade is. Simply download their app and it walks you through the less-than-4-minute process of finding your shade of foundation. And this time includes the purchase of it!

 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

#NudeItUp With the New Collection from bareMinerals

BAREMINERALS just came out with a huge collection of lippies called GEN NUDE. It’s comprised of lipsticks, lipgloss, liquid lipcolors and lip liners. 60 shade offerings in all!

Nude lippies are a funny thing. It would seem that since its nude, it would go with all skin tones but that’s not the case. I recently threw out an expensive nude liquid lipstick after determining that it was too pink for me.

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Let's check out some from each collection!

 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Are We Being Trumped By Mascara Companies?

I’ve often wondered about mascara, as in, what’s to stop a company from using the same formula from product to product just with different packaging and a new jazzy name? Take The SuperSizer and Plumpify blastPRO both from COVERGIRL that I got around the same time. I like them both a lot and have been alternating from using each one on different days. The brushes are different so they seem to apply the mascara a little bit differently in the end look. But how do I know that this is really a new or different formula from the one hanging on the rack in the store next to it?

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So with this in mind, I did a little research into these two specific ones. First, mascara formulas are probably not all that different from each other. I mean, they have to do a specific thing and as you can see from the below, have to contain the same kinds of ingredients. And if you were curious about product testing and the FDA, click here

The SuperSizer ingredients:

Water, Acrylates Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Triethanolamine, Polyethylene, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Synthetic Wax, Oleic Acid, Alcohol Denat., Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Methylparaben, Glycerin, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Trisodium EDTA, Simethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylcellulose. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.

Plumpify ingredients:

Water/Eau, Acrylates Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire De Carnauba, Triethanolamine, Polyethylene, Propylene Carbonate, Lecithin, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Synthetic Wax, Oleic Acid, Alcohol Denat., Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Methylparaben, Glycerin, Ethylparaben, Tocopherol, Propylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium EDTA, Simethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylcellulose. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.

So just something to think about because I’m not sure us consumers will or could ever know if a company owns one, two or three different mascara formulas that they just alternate with each new one they put out. What do you think?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Take Urban Decay Out for an All Nighter

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I heard about this after having lunch with a fellow blogger. Her skin looked amazing and this was the catalyst! URBAN DECAY All Nighter Liquid Foundation ($40/1oz @ urbandecay.com, ulta.com) is the latest to come out and this is a, wait for it, full coverage one. Yeah! I’m so used to sheer or medium coverage these days that it’s nice to see a serious one come down the pike.They say that this one won’t quit after just a few hours, hence the name. It has a matte finish but don’t worry, it doesn’t look flat like primer paint, and a little goes a long way. One pump is good for the whole face and because it’s full coverage there’s no need to build up multiple layers.

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I used my Artis 6 brush with this one when I first tried it and woah, too much, my face looked a little cakey in different areas, so I tried this Sephora brush and then this one from Cover FX and neither worked well, so I tried a damp Beauty Blender and it did the job nicely. I would advise using a moisturizer before applying this foundation so it goes on smoothly.

And I know it is a small detail but the airless pump really is a great delivery system. Not only does it dispense the right amount each time but it keeps it free from contaminants. 

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

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Get Your Superhero on with It Cosmetics

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Mine came in this cute pouch with pins on it!


I’m not sure how I feel about shimmery/glittery eye shadows these days. I’ve been so all about mattes that I almost forgot they existed! So when the new IT COSMETICS ‘Superhero’ Eye Transforming Anti-Aging Super Palette ($42 @ ulta.com) was sent my way by their PR team, I thought, “ok, time to move out of the mattes!”

This uniquely shaped palette is quite fun in the packaging department and serious about the product inside. Each superhero-inspired shade was developed with plastic surgeons (not sure which one/s) and infuses anti-aging properties inside. Hmmm, not sure if I’m applying enough of it on my lids to reap that benefit, am I? Well it sounds fancy.

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