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Classic Vibes 

Classic Vibes 

The stars of this look are Kiko 706 lip liner paired with MAC Habanero Liptensity Lipstick and the NYX Vinyl Liquid eyeliner. 

Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review)

Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows (Review)

I have tried a lot of eyeshadow over the years: Morphe, MAC, Makeup Geek, L’Oreal, Urban Decay, Tarte, and much more. I’m an eyeshadow connaisseur, and while I like a lot of formulas, I have to say that the Colourpop Pressed Powder Shadows really knocked it […]

Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss Review & Swatches

Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss Review & Swatches

I bought two Black Radiance lip glosses at Target a few months back, because I was looking for glittery lip glosses to send me into summer. While I should probably just break down and purchase the famous Jouer Lip Topper in Skinny Dip, I saw the glitter and the price tag on these glosses and I was game to try them. Here is my Black Radiance Brilliant Effects Lip Gloss Review & Swatches.

I haven’t heard much about Black Radiance as a brand, but it appears to be targeted towards black women, which is wonderful as many makeup brands don’t provide adequate shade selection for deep skin tones (particularly drugstore brands). The brand is also cruelty free, which is fabulous.

 

I bought two neutral shades, Romantic and Star Struck. I prefer Star Struck to Romantic, because it it is a little more glittery. I have to say that, for the price, you get a decent product. While the actual gloss is a thick and goopy, it isn’t sticky. The glitter doesn’t feel gritty, though it also isn’t quite as reflective as I had hoped. The lip gloss has a fruity smell, which is unusual but not overwhelmingly unpleasant. These two colors are pretty alone or over a nude lipstick. I think that, as far as drugstore lip glosses go, I prefer my NYX Butter Gloss. However, the NYX Butter Glosses are not glittery, so if you are after a glittery look you may prefer the BR lip glosses. My only real problem with the Black Radiance lip glosses are the applicators. Instead of a doe foot, these lip glosses have a brush applicator, which can get frizzy and messed up after use. (Remember the Kylie lip gloss drama? They’re those applicators). Overall, I give these lip glosses a C: They’re comfortable, glossy, and sparkly. They do the job, but the applicator is odd and they aren’t anything special.

 

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(Almost) Summer 

(Almost) Summer 

Face:  MAC Fix + LA Girl Pro Coverage Foundation  NARS All Day Luminous Foundation  NYX blush in Taupe and Away We Glow highlight in Moon Glow  Sephora Collection bronzer  Milani blush in Luminoso  Wet n Wild Precious Petals and I’ll Have a Cosmo highlights  Anastasia […]

Bobbi Brown Lipstick Review & Swatches

Bobbi Brown Lipstick Review & Swatches

Bobbi Brown is one of the makeup queens of the century: her luxury products and feature-enhancing techniques defined my beauty routine as a young woman. Bobbi Brown makes makeup for every skin tone and skin type, and her lipsticks are no exception. For Christmas, my […]

Nude Lipstick Edit

Nude Lipstick Edit

Nude lipstick is perfect for makeup fanatics and beginners alike, because of its versatility. Nude lips are always polish and lovely, and there are many shades of nude (from peachy tones to mauves) so they can be suitable for any skin tone. I have many favorites, and I plan on shopping for many more lips, but here are a few I have been loving as of late.


MAC Creme de la Femme: I use this lipstick constantly, paired with the MAC lip liner in Brave. It is a frost finish, but it appears only slightly shimmery on the lips. It not too glossy or flashy, but it isn’t totally matte. It’s lipstick, but it’s also just your lips but better. I adore it, and it’s my go-to mauve shade. I know I can rely on Creme de la Femme!

MAC Honeylove: Another MAC favorite is this true nude. It is beige (with a tinge of peach) but it doesn’t make my lips look dead. It is the perfect nude, because it can be spiced up with a gloss or toned down when worn alone. The matte finish is ever-chic (especially these days) and it’s another go-to.

NYX Lip Lingerie in Lace Detail: I adore this lipstick, and I plan on buying more Lip Lingeries in the near future. It’s the perfect matte liquid lipstick for me, because it doesn’t transfer but it doesn’t dry my lips out either. It’s slightly sticky, but I don’t notice it unless I press my lips together (which isn’t something I do naturally). It’s comfortable and flattering (a similar color to Honeylove), but I am so impressed by the formula and price that I know I’ll buy more as soon as they go on sale at Ulta!

Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Sugar: I don’t wear this as often as I should, because it’s a lovely formula and it glides on easily. It’s a liquid lipstick, but it doesn’t dry down to a matte finish. It’s lightweight and subtle, and perfect for the non-lipstick-wearer. It’s very light, so I often layer it on top of other lipsticks (like ABH Pure Hollywood). I apply a deeper nude lip Pure Hollywood, with Melted Sugar on the center of my lips to produce a fuller effect. Easy to apply, easy to wear, and darling color. Too Faced is having a sale on their site right now, so I might seek out a few more shades.

Lace Detail, Melted Sugar, Honeylove, Creme de la Femme

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss Review

Anastasia Beverly Hills made its name in the world by selling eyebrow products that upped everybody’s brow game. That being said, Anastasia Beverly Hills is more than a brow genius. ABH’s Glow Kit has received a lot of accolades from internet beauty gurus, and not […]

Micellar Water: Garnier vs. Simple

Micellar Water: Garnier vs. Simple

Micellar water has made an appearance at the drugstore in recent months, and while micellar water was a staple in France, it is a relatively new addition to American skincare. But what is micellar water? How do you use it. Before I purchased micellar water […]

Summer Makeup Must-Haves

Summer Makeup Must-Haves

With each passing day, winter is further behind us. The changing season requires a few changes to your makeup bag, like a darker shade of foundation for those of us who get tan. Summer makeup is all about a natural, radiant complexion. Here are my tips and tricks for re-vamping your makeup bag for summer.

  1. BB Cream/Tinted Moisturizer: Lazy days and summer heat call for a tinted moisturizer or BB cream (these two products are similar, whichever you prefer will work. I like the Neutrogena BB Cream and the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream). BB creams and tinted moisturizers lie somewhere between foundation and SPF: they are lightweight, they usually provide SPF, and they even your skin tone with light coverage. Add concealer, blush, and bronzer and you have a full summer face, or wear alone for a day at the beach. Either way, a BB cream or tinted moisturizer will feel fresh and lightweight in heat and humidity.
  2. Cream Blush: Instead of caking on powder, I like cream formulas in the summer months. Dab a little on your cheeks right on from the applicator with products like the Tarte Cheek Stains, blend with your fingers and you are good to go. A rosy glow is good for all seasons, and pinks and corals are great for a summer flush.
  3. Lip Gloss: ‘Tis the season for glossy lips. So back away from those matte plum lipsticks! Swipe on a gloss to amplify your natural lips for an easy summer kiss. I recommend priming your lips with chapstick before you gloss, though, to protect your lips from the sun. I love the Buxom lip polishes.
  4. Highlight: I advocate for highlighters all year round, because I always enjoy a nice glow. However, glowing skin is even more important for summer looks. Keeping with a cream formula like Benefit Watt’s Up! will maintain an extra dewy look, but a smooth powder formula like the Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer will be just as beautiful.
  5. Bronzer: Bronzers are so versatile: they can be used as an eyeshadow, to contour, or simply to warm up your complexion. Apply to your cheeks and your forehead, near the hairline, to add color to your face. I like Hoola by Benefit because it gives a flattering bronze without orange undertones.
  6. Mascara: An easy summer look isn’t complete without long lashes. For a natural and beautiful look, Benefit’s Roller Lash curls and lengthens, so your eyes will look wide open and your lashes will look long and dark.