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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 17, 2017

New Brand Debuts At Sephora.com!

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How often do you visit the Sephora website? I remember only a few years ago where they did seem to add new brands that often but that seems to have changed, and I’m delighted! You know if Sephora’s carrying it, it must be something.

First, a little about the brand – STELLAR was created by TV personality, Monika Deol. The born-in-Punjab-India-and-raised-in-Canada beauty saw a gap in the makeup industry of products for medium skin tones. In addition to face powder, concealer and blush, her line offers 22 foundation shades and of those, 17 cater to medium skin tones. I’m sure she’s making a lot of people very happy right now!

For this post, I’m focusing on 3 of the Metallic Moon Lipsticks $22 @ sephora.com.

So how did these do? Click the below link to find out.

 

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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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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Is This the BEST Liquid Lipstick Out There?

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As a beauty blogger, it’s fun to compare notes with other bloggers on what they’re using, loving, hating etc. Recently, I had an email conversation with Courtney from phyrra.net and since I know she too loves her liquid lipsticks, I had to ask her what her favorites are. And she stated two that I had not tried out yet: Jouer and Sugarpill. Since the Jouer ones had been high on my list, I decided to buy a few of those.

So here we have JOUER Long-Wear Lip Crème Liquid Lipstick ($18 @ dermstore.com) in Rose Gold, Fraise Bonbon, and Blush.

So how did these do?

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These are some of the most comfortable liquid lipsticks I’ve ever worn. So much so that I’d put them in the top 5, for sure. They dry down all the way to a 100% non-transferable matte finish. In this case matte does not equal desert as these dry down but not too far down where the color is uncomfortable to wear on the lips. It's like the color is not even on the lips, that's how comfortable these are. I know, yeah!

Shown above L to R:

  • Blush – a nice YLBB pink
  • Fraise Bonbon – cool berry red
  • Rose Gold – rose gold

As far as wear-time, the Blush lasted the longest, then the Rose Gold and of course, red being a super hard shade to get longevity out of, the Fraise Bonbon.

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The doe foot of the applicator is pretty basic and my only complaint would be the square cap. The cap houses the wand and you hold it to apply the color. I find it’s pretty small so you have to make sure you have a good grip before applying. Then again, maybe I’ve become accustom to all the round caps out there!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

IT Cosmetics Comes Out With Major Glow

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The temps are officially starting to warm up so the timing of these is great as I’ve had the sun-kissed look on my mind and so does the rest of the beauty world, it seems.

IT COSMETICS Confidence In Your Glow ($32 @ itcosmetics.com, ulta.com) – What It Is: Get the look of an instant all-over vitality-filled glow, plus a boost of brightening and radiant warmth, in one simple step! From the sensorial experience of the fresh orange scent to the powerful vitamin C-infused radiance-boosting and brightening formula, Confidence in Your Glow™ transforms the look of your complexion with high-performance, anti-aging ingredients and talc-free, ultra-luxe pigments. Combined with proprietary Drops of Light Technology™, your skin will feel instantly softer and smoother with a younger, airbrushed appearance! Developed with plastic surgeons and perfect for all skin types and tones, this compact is truly your one-step wonder for your most beautiful-looking skin.

 

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Monday, April 17, 2017

A New Beauty Category You Didn't Know You Needed

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Lot of buzz in this pretty new category of “lip toppers.” They are special effects you can put on top of your lipstick to give it a unique texture/color/effect. I’ve seen a few brands come out with these with most people dismissing it as just a fancy lip gloss, which I thought they might be too, but not in the case of these from URBAN DECAY. It’s their Vice Special Effects Topcoats ($18 @ urbandecay.com, ulta.com).

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What I like is that I can take a regular ol’ lipstick, apply a topper, and this makes the whole lip color dry down like a liquid lipstick. Speaking of, I tried some of these with liquid lipsticks and wow, my lips felt like they were suffocating, so I wouldn’t recommend using these with one.

The duos that I sported (tried with NARS, Maybelline, and MAC) and even though the formulas didn’t move, they seemed to still be a tad transferable.

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What I dislike immensely is the brush. The skinny brush looks cheap and makes the product hard to apply evenly. Come on, UD! We certainly expect more at this point in your life.

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Shown here:

Copycat (by itself), a bright pink with iridescent glitter - Copycat on top of Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red

White Lie (by itself), an iridescent white with blue-violet shift - White Lie on top of Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red

What I like: you can really get creative with these! Every single lipstick topper will give you a different color with a lipstick, so if you like to be unique, this could be something you’ll want to try out.

Choose from 12 shades total!

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Springtime with Physicians Formula

It’s officially springtime for PHYSICIANS FORMULA and they just came out with some cool new products. Let’s take a look at my picks from the bunch:

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($12.95/3.4oz @ physiciansformula.com, ulta.com) and #InstaReady Face Primer SPF 18 ($12.95/1oz @ physiciansformula.com, ulta.com) – We all know that along with good quality makeup brushes, prepping and finishing the face is key to having your makeup last throughout the day/evening.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Can You Really Put Confidence In a Compact?

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IT seems like IT COSMETICS is just everywhere these days, doesn’t it? I’ve been writing about them since 2008 and they were acquired by L’Oreal last year, so hopefully they were continue to put out innovative products in the market. Sometimes after a brand gets picked up the quality can fall by the wayside. So fingers crossed!

The latest release that has my attention is their Confidence in a Compact with SPF 50+ ($38/18g @ itcosmetics.com, ulta.com).

What It Is: Developed with plastic surgeons, Confidence in a Compact is your first-ever solid serum foundation—and delivers all the skincare benefits of the best-selling Confidence in a Cream, plus full coverage and SPF 50+ physical sunscreen, in one simple step! The groundbreaking solid serum technology combined with anti-aging hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, squalane, antioxidants and a super ceramide cream truly transform your complexion. Available in Fair, Light, Medium, Medium Tan, Tan, Rich and Deep.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

More Mattes From NARS!

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Love those fat matte lip pencils? NARS just came out with 10 new shades of their Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($27 @ narscosmetics.comsephora.com) shades. What I really like about these besides the smooth formula is the precision in lining the lips that you can only get with a pencil. The name may be Matte in the name but I feel like these are not the mattes out there in that the colors don’t look dry on my lips or dries them out. 

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Are These Your Answer to the Highlighting Trend?

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If you’re looking to get in on the highlighter craze, the latest ones from PIXI BEAUTY are good ones to start with. They are the Glow-y Powder ($16 @ pixibeauty.com, target.com) cheek powders put out in partnership with beauty vlogger Aspyn Ovard – two highlighters and one blush. While I’m not really on the whole highlight-on-the-cheek bandwagon, these do have a place in my routine, mainly in the inner corner of the eyes and also under the brows. And the blush? Toes the line at being too shimmery for blush (for me) but over a matte blush, it’s nice.

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