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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Rude Cosmetics Primer Oil

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It really surprising how much face and eye primers have become part of our makeup application routine. I mean, I always wear them and when I forget, I almost feel like starting over my face to include them.

Two I’ve been using the past month or so are from Indy brand, RUDE COSMETICS. They are both oils so I was up to the challenge of testing them out.

 

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

It Cosmetics Confidence In A Foundation

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Leave it to It Cosmetics to come out with my staple foundation. IT COSMETICS Confidence In A Foundation ($32/1oz @ itcosmetics.com, sephora.com, ) keeps the confidence going and they claim up to 24-hours. 24 hours? I’m not sure how they test that trait out. I mean, do they actually have test subjects wear the foundation for up to 24-hours to see how it wears? And when do they consider the time is up on wear-time? All things that make you go hmmmm…

 

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Urban Decay Game of Thrones Palette

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By now you’ve probably seen all the photos of the URBAN DECAY UD / Game of Thrones Palette ($65 @ urbandecay.com, ulta.com) and a lot of you picked it up as it’s sold out on their website! What a stellar collab.

The palette is comprised of the five house names of GOT – House Targaryen, House Lannister, House Stark, The North. I had to ask a GOT friend of mine how to refer to these five names as I don’t watch the show!.

Check out these 20 shades of mattes, metallic and frosty shimmers inside the palette. It has 16 shades and four transformer shadows.  

Click below to see the look I created and my thoughts on the palette overall!

 

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation

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Overall, I've pretty much had a good experience with just about every KAT VON D beauty product I've tried. But this next one really hits the ball out of the park! It's her new Lock-It Powder Foundation ($36 @ sephora.com). 

When it comes to full-coverage powder foundations, I've only experienced a handful of them and really the only one I can remember is Bare Escentuals. 

What It Is: A vegan powder foundation that delivers full-coverage, instant blurring, and extreme long wear, in a sexy compact. Lock-It Powder Foundation is formulated with rice powder extract to blur away imperfections. Kaolin, a clay mineral, helps give a diffused, matte finish without feeling dry, making this formula ideal for a range of skin types.  

 

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Monday, April 08, 2019

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer & Hello FAB Bendy Avocado Concealer

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FIRST AID BEAUTY
just added five new shades of their Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer ($28/1oz @ firstaidbeauty.com, sephora.com, ulta.com, dermstore.com). Since temps are warming up, perhaps a heavy foundation is not in your wheel-well. The formula contains a broad-spectrum SPF 30 and is whipped like a mousse. It meets all the basic requirements for a tinted moisturizer like building up to a medium coverage, so if you’re in the market, this would be a good one to consider, especially if you have sensitive skin as all their products are formulated for it.

 

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

UZ Eye Opening Liner

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This product had quite an interesting launch! Their Unframe the Beauty campaign was launched inside manila envelopes with Confidential written on the outside and given out to peeps attending NYFW this past February. Inside was a liner and a way to vote KEEP or DROP the liner. With some experience under the Flowfushi name in Japan, a successful launch in that region gave them hope for this side of the world.

I was contacted via email and sent a sample of the black and posted some Instagram Stories about it, though I admit, I was kind of confused by the campaign and the voting on it. .

What It Is – UZ Eye Opening Liner ($16 @ uz.team). And there’s a lot of thought behind every aspect of these 13 available colors.

UZ-Keep Or Drop campaign

 

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Innisfree Vivid Cotton Ink

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I was pretty fascinated with these when they came out and since these INNISFREE Vivid Cotton Ink ($12 @ innisfree.com) are also from Korea, I was not too surprised when they kinda acted the same.

What It Is: Intense like ink, comfy like cotton! Matte yet moist liquid lip glides on easy, creating a velvety finish. Leaves behind a lasting tint in 13 vivid shades. Formulated with botanical oils that keep lips feeling moist, including: cotton seed, camellia, mango seed and avocado.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

JILL STUART Jelly Eye Color

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Now this is a differently textured shadow! It’s wet. It’s jiggly. It’s Jelly. It’s JILL STUART Jelly Eye Color ($20 @ jillstuartbeautyusa.com) and is part of the K-Beauty storming out shores right now.

What It IsA fresh, lightweight and soft gel eye shadow that glides seamlessly on to the eyelids for the perfect wash of color. These single-color shadows  create a wet/glossy look with a long-lasting shimmer. The innovative formula locks in the pearlized finish while also moisturizing and hydrating eyelids to prevent creasing.

 

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Pixi Beauty Eye Reflections Shadow Palette

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Lately, I’ve been watching quite a few videos by Australian YouTuber, Schellea Fowlwer, on her fabulous50 channel. She focuses on tips and tricks of applying makeup for those who are older. I’m not 50 yet but I have hooded lids and lines around my lips, and she shares tips on how to work with these aspects. There’s almost nothing I love to watch more on YouTube, and she just gives me the most useful tips and they are easy to replicate.

Her '5 Biggest Makeup Mistakes On Mature Eyes Tutorial Over 50 by Fabulous50s' was my introduction to her and I've referred back to it a few times. Since gravity is already working against you to drag the outside corners of your eyes down, her whole point of this video is that you should always look for ways to bring the eyes up in that area and not down. I was doing a few of her "don'ts" so it was nice to see what they were and why some are not flattering. 

Pull away tips:

  • A thick line of liner on the mobile lid will make your eyes appear smaller. Tighlining the top lid is better.
  • Black liner on the bottom water liner can make eyes look more almond shaped.
  • Don’t follow nature when applying shadow! Don’t bring the shadow all the way down on the outside.
  • Neutral or nude eyeliner pencil can open up the eye look.
  • Eye primer is a must!
  • Only apply a highlighter in the middle just under the brow, not all the way across.

Since I’m loving the new PIXI BEAUTY Eye Reflections Shadow Palette in Natural Beauty ($24 @ pixibeauty.com) I thought I’d try it out using some of her tips. The palette has both mattes and shimmers in it so this sole one can be used to create a whole look.

Click the link to see how I did it and what I used!

 

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Kosas Tinted Face Oil

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Have you ever heard of a tinted oil or a foundation oil? It seems that a new brand, KOSÅS, has put one out. They call it a Tinted Face Oil ($42/1oz @ kosas.com, neimanmarcus.com, nordstrom.com) and the base of it is made up of six active botanical oils that seem to do double-duty – nourishing skin with ingredients like oils from avocado, red raspberry, green tea, meadow foam, jojoba (second ingredient listed) and rose hip, while adding a touch of color.

 

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