The CIATE LONDON line is really branching out from nail polish to other makeup categories like with these Cooling Eyeshadow Slick Eyeshadow Primers ($16 @ ciatelondon.com). These shadow primers are different from others that I’ve tried as the formula is super thin, and almost immediately dry down after applying and don’t move.
I was pretty excited when I saw KAT VON D’s Metal Crush Eyeshadows ($21 @ sephora.com) coming out for the fall. While I try and wear the bright colors like theses when it comes to shadows it seems that I gravitate towards them more for lips but things can change!
Each color is made with the brand’s own technology called Color-Soaked Concentrate, which are custom blended powders for the greatest possible saturations of pigments and pearls in a long-wearing eyeshadow. Each seems to have a metallic finish and comes in 11 colors.
So how did these do? Well you may be surprised. I know I was.
HYLAMIDE SubQ Eyes ($35/15ml @ hylamide.com) – this new-to-me line is made to work with your current skin care products in that it has the ability to penetrate deep into the skin to nourish and fix that targeted area. This SubQ Eyes contains some major ingredients to fix all around the eyes – puffiness, dark circles, hydration and fine lines. Yes, I could list all the ingredients but really, they’ll probably mean as much to you as to me. The proof is in the … serum and this one works and doesn’t take weeks to see results. So keep using the products you’re using and just add this eye serum!
BEAUTY 360 Portable Manicure Kit ($9.99 @ cvs.com) – this kit contains 5 interchangeable tips for giving yourself a manicure or pedicure at home: Buffing Tool, Emery Tool, Shaping Tool, Fine Shaping Tool and a Cuticle Pusher.
TATCHA Silken Pore Perfecting Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 35 ($68/2oz @ tatcha.com) – just because we’re changing seasons doesn’t mean you should ditch the sunscreen. New from Tatcha is a lightweight and non-comedogenic one that protects skin from both UVA and UVB. This one doesn’t feel greasy and I didn’t have to wait for it to absorb before applying makeup.
BUXOM True Nude Lip Foundation in Bare ($19 @ sephora.com) – not sure how I missed these when they came out a while ago but I’m glad I did. This one shown here in Bare, a chestnut brown, looks like a regular ol’ lipstick but it adheres to lips beautifully and acts more like a liquid lipstick. And it dries down to a super matte finish that doesn’t budget for hours. I’m in! Available in 7 shades
VOTRE VU Silk Stockings ($34/4.06oz @ votrevu.com) – nylons are still so uncool to wear but sometimes you want a little color but not a tan. This skin nourisher will give skin a dash of glow and it contains some nourishing ingredients like vitamin E and extracts of calendula and Saint John’s wort. And what’s great about it is that it won’t wear off until you wash it off.
Disclosure: Some of these items were provided for review purposes. Some I bought.
Just out is BENEFIT COSMETICS’ Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer ($29 @ benefitcosmetics.com) and it seems to be breaking some ground.
It’s a shadow primer, has SPF 20, an EnviroDefend Complex, which is supposed to protect from environmental stress, hydrates the skin, and comes in a one-color-fits all shade, which seems to blend into being invisible on the skin.
Even though the category of liquid lipstick is still relatively new on the scene, there seems to be two different kinds that I’ve experienced - those that dry down on the lips and *BAM*, they don't move. These ones seem to be the most matte and drying but do last the longest, with some up to 12 hours. You can pretty much eat and drink anything without having to worry about your lip color coming off, unless what you're eat contains oils. And then there are those that are a tad more moisturizing than the aforementioned thus making them a tad more transferable. These seem to last about 4 to 5 hours but overall feel better on the lips.
The latter is what the latest from CIATE LONDON fall into with their Liquid Velvet Matte Lip Slicks ($19 @ ciatelondon.com) I was surprised when I read about these as I thought the brand was just about nails and would pretty much always be about nails but it’s great to see this new direction!
These contain Hyaluronic Acid and their own blend ingredient called PlushPigment, which helps with the staying power and moisturizing feel on the lips.
So which formula is the best? Click below to find out!
While I like my birthday, I hate when I receive a gift that really makes me question if the giver even knows me or not, so that’s why a gift card to CVS/pharmacy Beauty Club is perfect for me!
And they are rolling out some new brands for fall, so the timing is great. New brands to the stores/website: Skin+Pharmacy, MUA, Jouviance, Pop-Arazzi, Promise Organic, and Wilma Schumann.
Here's what I picked up on my trip to my local store:
- Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads ($18/5 pairs)
- Pop-Arazzi Nail Polish in Spice is Nice ($2.99)
- Juviance Exfoliant Gentle Purifying Scrub ($22/3.4oz)
- Promise Ultra-Moisturizing Argan Crème Lotion with Shea Butter ($8.99/6oz)
I went a little over $50 on the card, but that’s ok as I'm filing the difference as a birthday present to myself!
Disclosure: I rec'd a $50 gift card in order to facilitate this review.
Have you heard of the VELVET 59 line yet? I’m not sure if the line is called Velvet 59 by Paris Manning or just Velvet 59. Anyway, the creator is a 22 year-old world traveler that grew up around cosmetics her whole life and looked up to the classic beauties of yesteryear and wanted to create a brand that captured that glamour but with a modern twist. All the products are vegan and cruelty-free and she uses some really unique ingredients in some of them.
Choose from lipsticks, liquid lipsticks, an eye shadow palette, contour palette and lip glosses.
First up, The Malibu Sunset Lipstick Collection. These creamy lipsticks in the metallic rose gold cases lasted about 4 to 5 hours on lips and each gave off a matte velvet finish. The four shades are totally wearable for a lot of skin tones. See anything you like?
I don’t think anyone thinks more about packaging than BENEFIT COSMETICS. They just came out with the perfect stocking stuffers, yup, 4 months early!
Each of these cuter-than-cute kits contains minis (I’d say some of them are deluxe sizes) of some of their best-sellers and two of the kits contain two new products. Yeah!
Are the Eyes are Your Calling Card?
They’re Real!: Sexy on the Run Mascara & Liner Kit ($32)
- This one contains mini sizes of:
- They’re Real! Push-up Liner
- They’re Real! Mascara in Beyond Brown and Jet Black
- They’re Real! Remover
- Tips and Trick pamphlet
I really loved being a redhead, burgundy red to be specific, but the upkeep was bananas. Water is the number one enemy of hair color so I cut down on swimming and when it was time for a root touch up? Getting to the salon took over my life! I mean, as soon as I saw some of my natural brown color come through next to my temples, I’d start planning my next touch up appointment. Sometimes there was only about 3 weeks between appointments.
So now I’m back to a medium brown but when any grays start poking through I'll have this on hand to combat them!
Gray Away is a temporary root concealer made just for women. And it’s quick – instant coverage of gray hair in 10 seconds, easy - the pinpoint spray applicator ensures precise coverage, and it looks natural.
Choose from two different formulas, Light Brown and Black/Dark Brown. The Light Brown matches medium brown to dark blonde hair shades and the Black/Dark Brown matches black to medium brown. Each contains self-adjusting technology to blend your gray roots with your hair color.
$9.99/1.5oz can = 40 applications @ grayaway.com.
And just for Cybelesays readers, get free shipping on your order now until August 31st. Just plug in the code FREESHIP when you check out!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All words are my own.
With the exception of hair masks, I’ve pretty much stopped using face masks. My skin has entered a new phase known as hormonal acne, which I’ve discussed here before. So I’ve been sticking to using this product for the past month+ to try and get it under control and thankfully, it has worked.
So now back to trying something new! And this time it is LING SKINCARE’s latest SparkLING Makeover Mask ($80/4 masks @ lingskincare.com).
Remember those oxygen bars that were hot for a minute? Think of this mask like one of those where the oxygen is directed onto the skin. It uses carboxy technology to draw out massive amounts of oxygen to the surface of the skin, which helps with firming and rejuvenation.
Apply one packet of the goo to the skin and then wait about 10 minutes or until the bubble noise has ceased. I used a small hair color mixing brush to apply it instead of my fingers but fingers work fine too.
So what did I think? While it’s doing its subtle bubbling, it kind of tickles! I did find myself giving a little scratch here and there. As far as how to mask works, in the two times I used it, I did feel like the surface of my skin got a boost of rejuvenation. No tightness or over cleansing with this one. This was quite a nice skin treat and less calories than a glass of champagne too.
Disclosure: A sample of this item was provided for review purposes.