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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

#BewitchingBeauty with Ralphs This Halloween

This is a sponsored post. All words are my own.

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What are you going to be for Halloween this year? I’ve done a slight rendition to this comic book makeup look shown here and I decided to really go all out this year with the wig and full makeup. It’s really easy, doesn’t take a lot of time and looks really cool, so I thought I’d do a tutorial with makeup I picked up on my weekly shopping trip at Ralphs.

I’m going to be wearing a lot of makeup for the tutorial so I have to make sure I prep my skin well. After washing I apply Organic Wear Bright Boost Oil Elixir. This face oil is packed with really great ingredients: camellia seed oil as well as oils from sunflower, jojoba and grape seed among others. No silicone fillers inside!

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After waiting a few for the oil to seep in my skin, I apply Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Cushion Corrector + Primer in Peach/Lavender. This duo color-corrects my skin and blurs fine lines and pores, which is exactly what I need for this look.

Next, I apply Almay SmartShade Anti-Aging Skintone to my face and neck. Right now I’m in the odd stage of “it’s not summer but not quite fall yet,” so my skin’s tone is in between. This one from Almay is able to adjust to your skin tone.

So now my canvas is ready. With a liquid liner, I outline my features like the face, lips, brows, eyes and nose. I line my eyelids with a cartoony-color that’s bright pink and then mascara. I’ve been liking Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Volum’ Express Mascara. This look calls for big volume so I coat about 20 layers on and then apply false lashes.

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Next is the most important part to make it look fully cartoony and grainy. Dab white dots on the face and neck. I used a liquid liner, not a pencil, as a liquid is more pigment and won’t smudge once it dries.

Since I’ll be attending an all-day Halloween party with my niece, I need to make sure my lips stay on, so that’s why I’m choosing Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in Lover. If you are a regular reader, you know that these are at the top of my list of long wearing lippie list! I just can’t get enough of this formula. I hope they are never discontinued.

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The last step in this tutorial is the hair. I picked this wig up at the thrift store and have had it for a few years. Like a pair of cat ears, you just never know when you’re going to need a funky wig. And here is my final look. Do you like it? Will you be trying this look out for your upcoming Halloween party? 

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And between 10/18 and 10/31, spend $15 and save $5 on your next purchase. Look for shelf tags! $5 off coupon printed at checkout so pick up all your Halloween beauty needs at Ralphs. I spent more than $15 so I have my coupon in my wallet ready to use on my next weekly shopping trip. Keep Ralphs in mind for all your beauty look needs!

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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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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                                                                        Shown here in Bare

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.

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.

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