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Are you afraid to navigate the world of cream eyeshadows? For some, there are simply too many unknowns like, “Do I use a brush or my fingers for application?” or “Do I buy a cream eyeshadow stick or a pot version?” Well, leave all the doubts behind because we are about to deconstruct cream eyeshadows. First of all, […]
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Are you afraid to navigate the world of cream eyeshadows? For some, there are simply too many unknowns like, “Do I use a brush or my fingers for application?” or “Do I buy a cream eyeshadow stick or a pot version?” Well, leave all the doubts behind because we are about to deconstruct cream eyeshadows.
First of all, do not be afraid to use a cream shadow. In fact, cream shadows are much easier to maneuver because they can be applied by using your fingers. Now, creams do dry quite quickly, so be sure to blend as soon as you apply. If you can’t bring yourself to apply using your digits, then I highly recommend MAC brush 217. You simply cannot go wrong with the mother of all blending brushes.
As for choosing between pots or sticks, I personally like both for different reasons. For instance, shadow sticks are very easy to apply straight to the eyelid. However, they can dry out quickly if you do not keep the caps on tight. The same can be said about cream pots, but I normally keep them in their original box packaging to help increase their shelf life. So have no fear and have fun with some cream shadows. You will love the added dimension they give whether or not you decide to place a traditional powder shadow above it.
Below are some of my absolute favorite cream shadows:
- Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 at Ulta): The Maybelline cream shadows are not only affordable, but they come in an array of colors. If you can only choose one from their collection, I would highly recommend Bad to the Bronze. This is a fabulous neutral that goes well with eyeshadows in the same color family.
- Benefit Cosmetics Creaseless Cream Shadow ($20 at Ulta)
- Marc Jacobs Twinkle Pop Stick Eyeshadow ($28 at Sephora): If your looking for a perfect shade for the inner corner of your eye than I highly recommend the shade Honey Bunny.
- Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($29 at Sephora)
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Sephora Play! Review for August 2016
August 2016 Sephora Play! Review For those who are acquainted with Sephora Play!, know that monthly beauty products come in different bags each month. I absolutely love the August Sephora Play! bag as it’s a simple drawing of a winking eye and below it states, “Wink outside the box”. I thought it was a wonderful […]
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August 2016 Sephora Play! Review
For those who are acquainted with Sephora Play!, know that monthly beauty products come in different bags each month. I absolutely love the August Sephora Play! bag as it’s a simple drawing of a winking eye and below it states, “Wink outside the box”. I thought it was a wonderful way to peak the consumer interest in bags products, which all revolve around—you guessed it—the eyes!
- Makeup for Ever – Artist Shadow I-544 ($21/full size): One thing I love about this Makeup for Ever eye shadow is the color. It’s described as an “iridescent pink granite eye shadow”, but it comes off more of a darker pink/purple color. Either way, it’s really a pretty color that requires no more than a swipe of your eye shadow brush. If there is a negative to the sample of the Makeup for Ever eye shadow, it is the size. It’s so tiny that you can only fit a small flat eye shadow brush. However, at the end of the day, it’s a great addition to any travel bag.
- Urban Decay Perversion Mascara ($22/full size): If you’re looking to lengthen your eyelashes, then the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara is a good alternative to your everyday mascara. I like the fact that it gives a very natural look without weighing down your eyelashes.
- Algenist Eye Renewal Balm($68/full size): I don’t know about you all, but I love me some great under eye cream. The Algenist Eye Renewal Balm was a welcome addition to my collection because this balm has a thin consistency that is easy to massage into the delicate under eye area. The other plus is that a little bit of product goes a very long way.
- Lancome Energie de Vie Smoothing & Glowing Liquid Care Moisturizer ($/full size): Over the course of the years, I have used number of Lancome products because they are really good. The Lancome Energie de Vie Smoothing & Glowing Liquid Care Moisturizer is no different.
- Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencil 12 hr Wear Waterproof in Love Affair ($23.50/full size): What a lovely purple color for an eye pencil; not to mention it goes on like butter. Of all the products this month, I have to say this was my favorite, and a wonderful surprise because I’m normally hesitant of using store brand products. However, the Sephora Collection Countour Eye Pencil is worth looking into if you want a smooth and blendable eye pencil.
- CLEAN Reserve Warm Cotton ($ / full): I gave my mother this sample to try on thinking that smelling it on her would give me a different perspective on the scent. Well, no matter the time of day, my mother smelled liked a fresh load of laundry the whole day. That’s really the best way I can describe the CLEAN Reserve Warm Cotton perfume. Please note that this perfume is not toted as being the equivalent to Bounce fabric softening sheets, but rather a “bright and pure blend understated floral and musk, reminiscent of the soft scent of fresh linens”. So if you’re looking for a clean fresh scent, then the CLEAN Reserve Warm Cotton is a winner.
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Here is a glimpse of my Sephora Mini-Haul for the month of October. This month my focus was on the necessities vs. splurges. Alright, the Stila was definitely not a necessity. 🙂 Below is a breakdown and review. Sephora Collection Universal Lip Liner ($10) : I’ve was on the lookout for a universal lip liner […]
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Bobbi's Skincare Picks
Bobbi Brown Mask
Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil
Bobbi Brown Moisturizing Balm
Peter Thomas Ross Acne Invisible Dots
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Swatches
Here is a glimpse of my Sephora Mini-Haul for the month of October. This month my focus was on the necessities vs. splurges. Alright, the Stila was definitely not a necessity. Below is a breakdown and review.
- Sephora Collection Universal Lip Liner ($10) : I’ve was on the lookout for a universal lip liner because I’ve been sick and tired of trying to match every single lipstick or gloss with a similar lipliner. I don’t know about you all, but its way too much work and too much money especially if your lip collection is extensive. There were quite a few options on Sephora’s website, but I decided on the Sephora Collection Universal Lip Liner because of its reviews and great price. I’ve used it for a week now and must say that its a great value product that gets the job done. There was no feathering, no bleeding and no smudging no matter what lip product I used. The only negative I found was with its waxy consistency, but I expected this given the purpose of the product.
- Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation ($39): I have combination skin (normal to oily) and sometimes its difficult to find a foundation that will last hours without having to powder every hour. I use this foundation for daily wear because its one of the few that lasts a full work day and with minimal touchup. It also lives up to its name as being a full coverage foundation, which can make its application a bit difficult. I either use a damp Beauty Blender ($20) or the Tarte Airbrush Bamboo Foundation Brush (what a gem!) with a few pumps of MAC Fix+ ($22).
- Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots ($12 for 24 dots): I always thought that the minute I past puberty I could kiss pimples goodbye forever. Adios. Hasta nunca baby! Yeah…I was sorely mistaken. Millions of adults continue to suffer with acne well past their teens and I’m no exception. The difference is what I use to combat these nasty little suckers — Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots. Simple apply the dot over the blemish overnight and let the salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid do its thing. After two treatments, my blemishes are gone leaving behind no scarring.
- Clarisonic Replacement Brush Head Twin Pack ($44/radiance): I’m a month away from having to replace my Clarisonic Mia 3 brush head and decided to stock up. However, this time I decided to deviate on the brush head type going from sensitive to radiance. Apparently, the radiance brush heads are much softer and better for sensitive skin. Once I try this bad boy, I’ll be sure to post a review.
- Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in shade Firenze ($24): This line of liquid lipsticks are my absolute favorite, hands down! So when the shade Firenze popped up as a Sephora VIB Exclusive, in a shade I normally gravitate to, I quickly put it in my basket. Its such a lovely, dusty mauve shade that I highly recommend!
- Samples: Smashbox Insta-Matte, Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer , Dior Capture Totale Multi-Perfection Creme
- Bobbi Brown Bobbi’s Skincare Picks: I’m so excited I received this box as part of a promotion code (check RetailMeNot.com for Sephora codes ). As we all know, Bobbi Brown products are expensive, but so, so good. This box contains a coral grass & green algae moisture mask, a cleansing, and an extra repair moisture balm. I look forward to trying all of these out.
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How To Get Long Lush Lashes – Without False Eyelashes
How many times have you watched a YouTube video to get some morning makeup inspiration? By the end of the video, have you asked yourself, “who really puts on false eyelashes at seven in the morning?” Don’t get me wrong, once in a blue moon, I have the extra motivation to go all out and […]
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Shiseido Eyelash Curler
DIor Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and Benefit They're Real! Mascara
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner & Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner
How many times have you watched a YouTube video to get some morning makeup inspiration? By the end of the video, have you asked yourself, “who really puts on false eyelashes at seven in the morning?” Don’t get me wrong, once in a blue moon, I have the extra motivation to go all out and put on my nicest falsies. It’s as if by using them I’m summoning my inner goddess with the intentions of conquering the world . However, that little fairy tale is always short lived and I find myself with the same dilemma — how does one achieve the appearance of long voluminous lashes without using false eyelashes? And so here is my step-by-step way of getting this desired look:
Grab your biggest, baddest eyelash curler and pump up your lashes ’til your hearts content. One quick tip — make sure you place your curler at the very base of your lashes and pump at least three times consecutively.
Recommended Eyelash Curler:
- Shiseido Eyelash Curler ($19.50)
- Shiseido Eyelash Curler Replacement Pad ($6)
The following step is crucial. You must prime your eyelashes! A great eyelash primer will help extend the life of your newly curled lashes. It also will give them a sturdier feel, which helps sustain the weight of your mascara. The biggest bonus to using an eyelash primer is that many come formulated to amplify and enhance your natural lashes.
Recommended Eyelash Primer:
- Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum ($28.50)
Once your eyelash primer has had time to properly dry, it’s time to use several coats of your favorite mascara. The lash look your going for (ex. long, wispy, voluminous, etc.) will ultimately dictate the mascara you will use. Please read our prior post, Mascara Mania, for more information.
- Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening and Volumizing Mascara ($24)
- Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23)
Take a black waterproof eyeliner and liner your upper waterline. This will give your lashes more depth and create the illusion of fuller lashes.
Recommended Waterproof Eyeliners:
- Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in black ($25)
- Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in #88 Noir Intense ($33)
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Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Nude Dip
September 2016 For those of you who are new to Tom Ford Beauty products, you should definitely look into incorporating some pieces from his collections. One product I seem to reach for time and time again is the Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in the shade Nude Dip ($80). What makes this item a must-have is […]
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Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Nude Dip
Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Nude Dip, close up
Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Nude Dip, swatches
For those of you who are new to Tom Ford Beauty products, you should definitely look into incorporating some pieces from his collections. One product I seem to reach for time and time again is the Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in the shade Nude Dip ($80). What makes this item a must-have is “each eye color quad is designed with four opulent complementing shades that achieve multiple looks, from a bold, smokey eye, to a sexy slash of color and everything in between. Formulated with advanced color processes, the four luxurious finishes — sheer sparkle, satin, shimmer and matte — offer a spectrum of intensity and effects and deliver incredible shade fidelity and outstanding adhesion” (Selfridges.com). The Nude Dip quad is my go-to shade because of its combination of nude, beige and cream colors tend to be universally flattering and can be layered over any paint pot or eye shadow cream stick to elevate the look.
This product is enjoyable to work with because of the consistency of the texture. The Tom Ford Eyeshadows apply smoothly and are highly blendable, making it almost impossible for even a novice to mess up. Furthermore, the shimmer shadows have a sheen to them that does not look cheap or glittery, which I can certainly appreciate given I’m closer to the being 40 than 20. As we age, many makeup artists tend to lead women away from any eye shadows with satin, frosts or pearl sheens. And yet, with the Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quads, there is no reason to feel afraid of using such textures because the quality is that good. This eye shadow will not emphasize fine lines or exaggerate the eyelid shape.
Lastly, the packaging is absolutely divine. The high gloss plum/bronze color with Tom Ford’s signature name in gold speaks to the sleekness of the product both inside and out.
The following cream shadows, used as a base in conjunction with the Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Nude Dip, will bring your look to another level.
- Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige, Bad to the Bronze and Tough as Taupe ($6.99)
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Multiple Use Makeup: Lip & Cheek Products
I’m a sucker for a good beauty deal, so when I come across a product that has a dual function, I don’t think twice about trying it out. One type I gravitate to time and time again has been the lip & cheek combos. There are many advantages to purchasing this particular type of makeup […]
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I’m a sucker for a good beauty deal, so when I come across a product that has a dual function, I don’t think twice about trying it out. One type I gravitate to time and time again has been the lip & cheek combos. There are many advantages to purchasing this particular type of makeup such as:
- Lip & cheek color are the same, so there is no second guessing what combination of colors you should use together. This feature is most important when trying to do makeup on the fly.
- Ease of use: I normally use my fingertips to apply since brushes may be too large for these compact items, unless it comes with an applicator like the Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lips & Cheeks ($40). I particularly like applying with my fingers because it gives such a natural look and feel to the makeup. However, it is buildable in case you’re looking for more than just a flush of color.
- Cost benefit: These products tend to cost less compared to being purchased on their own.
- Easier to travel with one product, which serves multiple purposes, then traveling with many products that only have an individual purpose.
The only negative some may find to a lip & cheek product is the staying power and texture. Now, all this will depend on the type of skin you have. For instance, if you have oily skin, a cream formula may not be for you. Also, depending on the brand, some stay on longer as a lipstick versus a blush. I have listed my personal favorite lip & cheek duos below, but it’s really important to try different brands to see which one is a better fit for you.
Lip & Cheek Duo Recommendations
- MAC Casual Colour ($22): This particular product is my favorite, so much so that I own five of the nine shades (found and purchased at my local CCO). Of the group, MAC Casual Color in Weekend Getaway is universally flattering and a great everyday cool pink color. The MAC Casual Colour collection also includes (as per MAC Cosmetic website):
- Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain ($30): Benefit does not have a wide variety of colors to choose from in comparison with the MAC Casual Colour line (four shades vs. nine), but the color payout is just as nice. What makes this product unique is the packaging and consistency. First, it looks like a bottle of nail polish. Secondly, the tint is in liquid form and is supposed to be applied with the included brush. It’s a bit peculiar applying makeup with a brush, but that feeling will subside once you get the hang of it. Included shades, as per described by Benefit Cosmetics:
Note: The Stila Field of Florals Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Palette, pictured above, is currently unavailable per the Stila website.
- Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lips & Cheeks ($40): I know what you’re thinking: why buy this product for $40 when you can practically buy two MAC Casual Colours for almost the same price? And you are absolutely correct! I would not usually purchase an item this expensive when there are clearly other options. However, my local CCO had several YSL products at a 30% discount and I simply couldn’t resist. I purchased the color #8 Pink Hedoniste because I figured I couldn’t go wrong with such a neutral color (FYI Most CCO’s have a no return policy). After using it, my only regret was not purchasing more because I love it that much! From the beautiful packaging (looks like a square nail lacquer bottle with a golden cap) down to the nicely shaped applicator. This design is definitely aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. The formula feels like a whipped cream as compared to the MAC Casual Colour, which has a much thicker/drier consistency. Another plus is that there are twelve shades to choose from; almost guaranteeing that there is something for everyone. So if you happen to have extra money in your beauty budget, this may be one of those products to indulge in.
- Travel Palettes: For those who travel, a lip and cheek palette with multiple colors is essential. These ready-to-go palettes allow for maximum shade versatility while simultanously saving precise cargo space. So Instead of packing multiple blushes and lipsticks on your next vacation getaway, try Stila’s Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Palette $39 (either in cool or warm palette).
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