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I finally got my hands on Jouer Cosmetics Long-Wear Lip Crème Liquid Lipstick in Cabernet ($18) and the Long-Wear Lip Topper in Tan Lines ($16). It seems like every time I try to order from them, one color was out of stock and I refused to pay for shipping or be forced to get another color that I didn't really want.
The products came in this cute light pink box with rose gold trimmer. Cabernet is a very creamy matte deep red with blue based undertones - it kind of reminds me of Coloured Raine's Cherry Blossom. For $18, you will get 0.21 fl oz. Tan Lines is a metallic shimmering bronze lip topper - similar to Bite Beauty's Gold Creme lip gloss except Jouer's is more bronze. For $16, you will get 0.20 fl oz.
Press play in the video below to see Tan Lines in action as I recommend picking this one up for your collection. Jouer's lip toppers are non-gritty, not sticky and actually bring some moisture back to your lips if you use it with a drying matte liquid lipstick.
Happy holidays! I wanted to create this very easy and quick red lip look that you can absolutely wear separately or if you're feeling daring...wear it with your favorite glitter topper.
Products used/mentioned: Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation PrimerAJ Crimson Foundation in Shade 4Coloured Raine Cherry Blossom Liquid Lipstick Use code SOPHIE for $$$ off Colourpop Cosmetics Bichette Lip Pencil OPV BrushesSigma Beauty E56 Shader Lid Brush Real Techniques Bold Metals 300 Tapered Blush Brush CoverFX Perfect Setting Powder Translucent Light Violet Voss Glitter AdhesiveViolet Voss Tickle Me Holo Glitter If this glitter is out of stock, you can try OPV Pressed Glitter in CharmedMAC Cosmetics Mineralized Skin Finish
Covergirl Roses Trunaked Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99) is an 8 pan eyeshadow palette with a range of colors - neutrals, rosey pinks, and deep burgandys - that vary in matte to shimmer finishes. It comes housed in a skinny plastic case with a dual-sided sponge applicator.
Honestly, it reminds me of a more affordable dupe to the Urban Decay Naked 3. The only difference is a bit of inconsistency in the formula. Here is a photo of swatches straight out of the pan with one swipe only (You can view more in the video below).
And here are swatches of each color built up.
At first swatch, you can already see that these are going to take some working with to get the pigmentation and look desired. To be honest, the shimmers performed fine. It's more so the matte shades that I'm a little concerned with. I haven't done a full look using this palette yet - I will update once I do but take a look at the shades in the video.
[embed]https://youtu.be/0WJ4sxAuTIM[/embed] Products used:
OPV Pressed Glitter in Love Lock OPV Brushes NYX Cosmetics Blackberry Slim Lip Pencil Sigma Beauty E56 Shader Lid Brush Kami Cosmetics Berry Liquid Lipstick AJ Crimson Loose Finishing Powder in Neutral Matte Violet Voss Glitter Adhesive MAC Cosmetics Mineralized Skin Finish
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For Cyber Monday, NARS and Sephora decided to snatch more money from our wallets and release these NARSissist Unfiltered Cheek Palettes that were available for that day only and for early access for VIB rouge members. I purchased the Unfiltered I palette ($59) because it looked like it would compliment my skin tone based on the initial photos that I saw. So let's jump into my photos and a bit more of the information that I received from the press release.
From the press release - Sculpt, shape, and glow with a covetable wardrobe of high-impact matte and seductive shimmer blushes, customized to you with NARS Unfiltered Cheek Palettes. These are blush palettes that are a curated selection of six must-have shades in each limited-edition mirrored palette. You can warm up your face with hot bronzes and reds in Unfiltered I; or choose to cool down your look with soft pinks and golds in Unfiltered II.
NARS’ unparalleled powder blush formula is richly pigmented and micronized to deliver sheer, buildable color. This season’s lineup takes style to the next level with five limited-edition blushes and one iconic shade in each palette. Wear individually or blend together to customize your look.
UNFILTERED I SHADES (Left to Right): WATCH ME: Opalescent gold (sheen)* ME FIRST: Apricot (sheen)* TAKEOVER: Copper rose (sheen)* OUT THERE: Deep russet (matte)* CHIC: Rich raspberry (matte)* EXHIBIT A: Red (matte)
UNFILTERED II SHADES (Left to Right): CONQUEST: Pastel peach (matte)* UNDEFEATED: Pale pink (shimmer)* POWER PLAY: Vivid pink (matte)* HOT SAND: Peach champagne (sheen) FAME: Pink amber (sheen)* CANDID: Mauve raspberry (shimmer)*
*New limited-edition shade
As mentioned above, I purchased the Unfiltered I palette because it looked like it would compliment my skin tone based on the initial photos that I saw and I wanted to give you the scoop before its released again. (I uploaded the photos as a gallery to save scrolling space. Please click the gallery to view the photos larger). My friend from @Manniefique was also kind enough to swatch this palette on her skin tone as well as she is a bit darker than I am.
Shades (Left to Right): WATCH ME: Opalescent gold (sheen), ME FIRST: Apricot (sheen), TAKEOVER: Copper rose (sheen), OUT THERE: Deep russet (matte), CHIC: Rich raspberry (matte), EXHIBIT A: Red (matte)
Overall: Both @Manniefique and I agree that this palette is a stunner. The shades are buttery soft and blend like a dream. The only one shade that has me questioning "but why NARS" is Watch Me - the opalescent gold (sheen). I'm definitely not wearing that shade on my cheeks (not on this skin tone) but maybe as a highlight for an eyeshadow? I'll let you know how it turns out...
No filter. No limits. #NARSissist.
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Anastasia Beverly Hills Black Cherry Lip Gloss is a creamy deep plum gloss that is designed to give your lips an intense pout. For $16, you get 4.5 grams of product which is almost 16oz. It's a very creamy formula that doesn't apply tacky or sticky but still leaves your lips with a super shine - a glass like finish. ou can wear it alone or pair it with a lipstick for an extra pop.
Here is a live look at me applying it.
Cupid's bow highlight - OPV Highlighter in Glam-O-Rous $27.00
If you remember - or if you're a new reader here Kami Cosmetics is a luxury beauty brand that has been designed for the sophisticated and chic woman in every skin tone. The best thing about this brand is it is owned by woman of color with the kindest heart. You can find out more about the brand in my first review here. I was recently sent some more of their products to test out and I couldn't be happier to share some photos of the liquid matte smooch line.
This liquid lipstick formula is one of the best that I have tried. It's very pigmented for how light-weight it is on the lips. You really only need one swatch to get a true color payoff (see below) but if you want to apply two coats to build it up, touch up wear after a long day or even do an ombre lip then these are the liquid lipsticks you want to try.
Here, I wanted you guys to see what Wanted and Blue looked like on my lips. Let me know which other colors you want lip swatches of.
Available: Online at Kami Cosmetics for $18 each.
Excuse me as I interrupt our regularly scheduled program - but I just had to when I opened this Gold Crème Lip Gloss from Bite Beauty.
Literally. Liquid. Gold. I will update you all once I have do official lip swatches but my friend @manniefique and I swatched this so you can see how it pops on different skin tones.
I was mesmerized from the moment I took this out of the box. There is no other lip topper or dazzleglass in my collection or that I know of that comes near the amount of shimmer and sparkle in this. I wore it around the house (for about 45 minutes as I'm typing this) and it's not sticky or gritty at all nor does it have a scent.
Again. I will update you all with a better swatch and some looks as soon as I can but I wanted this to get up while it was still in stock (and I was able to get a back up of it)
Update: You can view a video of me using this on my lips here
Available: This is limited edition and currently in stock at Sephora for $22.
First, I'm shooting all of these photos (and possible video if I upload with the new camera so let me know what you guys think). When Colourpop Cosmetics launched their Fall Edit 1 collection, they included a promo to receive 4 free shade if you ordered over a certain amount: Times Square, Viper, Love Bug and Notion (swatched in this previous post). Of course, I received them all (yes, I shop too much) so here's a look at Times Square, Viper, Love Bug and Wolfie that I received in my last order.
- Times Square ($6) – Ultra Matte Lip
- Viper ($6) – Ultra Matte Lip
- Love Bug ($6) – Everyday is Valentine's Day when you wear this rich Terracota in an ultra matte Lip
- Wolfie ($6) – Leave ‘em howling in this rich rosy pink ultra glossy lip with a flash of gold on top in a Metallic finish
Also, check out my Instagram for quick video tutorials on how I created the look with Love Bug!
Star Light, Star Bright First star I see tonight - How I wish Stila Cosmetics got this highlighting palette right. The Stila Star Light, Star Bright Highlighting Palette is a new, limited edition trio of highlighters that was released for the holidays. It includes three radiance-enhancing highlighters with an ultra-smooth formula that was designed to melt into your skin. It is $39 USD and contains 3 x 0.5 oz/ 14.78 mL of product. The shades are transcendence (opalescent pink), Kitten (shimmering nude pink) and Bronze (sunkissed radiance).
The brand says that the formula was created with “ultra-fine, light diffusing particles” that will melt into your skin and give you a natural-looking glow...and that's where I think the problem is.
At first touch, these are some of the softest highlighters I have ever felt. So smooth, creamy and buttery that I wanted to just stand there and rub my finger in it all day. When it comes to swatching or wearing it, it gets a big F from me. The colors are pretty but there was hardly any pigmentation to it for it to show up properly on my skin tone. Below there are swatches taken in store.
When trying to apply this with a brush...well just don't. Please don't. If you want to take the chance, I recommend applying it with your fingers first and then blending it out with a beauty blender. Let me know if this works for you or what you thought about it.
This is available exclusively at Sephora.com and in-stores for $39 USD.
By now, you’ve figured out every single outfit that Rihanna wore to the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards but while the world was consumed with her pale pink sporty ensemble from Hood By Air and her gold grommet belted gown from Alexandre Vauthier, I was obsessing over what lipstick shades she was wearing and how I could find them? Luckily, I didn't need to look far...
Image from www.mtv.co.uk
Rihanna opened the show with her hair slicked back in a pony tail and wearing head-to-toe pale pink with hints of red in her sporty, corseted outfit. Her deep red lipstick is what pulled everything together for me and according to the team over at Coloured Raine Cosmetics, she is wearing Cherry Blossom, a deep blue based red matte liquid lipstick that only costs $17.
Image from www.mtv.com
Rihanna's final look was the gold grommet belted gown from Alexandre Vauthier - a elegant gown to close the show and accept her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. She chose to pair the gold hue and dramatic styling with the dark purple lipstick Raine Fever from Coloured Raine - again, available for $17.
So it's easy to say here are the shades, go ahead and buy them so you can be one step closer to living your life like the Bad Girl herself but will the colors look the same on you? Are they comfortable? Are they worth the money? Luckily, I already had both of these shades in my lipstick collection and I can attest to the fact they are long-wearing, comfortable and true to color (especially on women of color).
You can read a more in-depth review with more photos of these shades in my previous Coloured Raine Cosmetics feature here. And make sure you check out the Coloured Raine team celebrating the lipstick shade features on their Instagram below.
MUFE reformulated the foundation to "combine the comfort of a sheer foundation with the performance that pro makeup artists demand in the new Water Blend Foundation. The buildable, lightweight formula delivers a flawless and dewy finish with a beautiful, even complexion. Available in 20 shades, Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation is the reformulation of pro makeup artist’s favorite Face & Body Foundation, delivering the same results with an upgraded formula." The new results include:
- Hydrating: 80% of the formula is purified water infused with vitamin B5 to provide hydration and improve skin elasticity.
- Waterproof & Transfer-proof: Coated micro-fine pigments improve payoff and skin affinity with guaranteed waterproof and transfer-proof coverage.
- Easy to apply: The unique, water-gel texture feels smooth and light, even when it dries to a resistant finish for flawless, all-day wear.
I first got to check these out early in April during the Makeup Show New York. As an ambassador to the show, I was able to get the sneak peek and behind the scenes on the foundation from the MUFE team and lead artist Nicholas Lujan. You can watch his mini demonstration and see live swatches of the shades here (I highly recommend watching this completely through as Nicholas gives some amazing talk through on the new foundation and some makeup artistry tips).
Nicholas says you can use Water Blend as a primer but also as foundation on your face and body. It's a light, transparent, buildable coverage that leaves the skin looking like skin. You can apply it with your fingers, a brush, a sponge or with an airbrush tool and you can manipulate the coverage depending on the tool that you use. Personally, I prefer to apply mines with my fingers. Just make sure that you let it fully dry before you add on additional layers.
Here are swatches of the 13 shades that I was able to get my hands on at the show. In the name - the Y stands for yellow undertones and the R stands for red undertones.
Overall thoughts: For reference, I wear shade Y455 (a more blended out swatch is posted below) and I absolutely love this foundation. Like I said, it is 80% water based so it gives me a very light weight coverage with a very natural looking look and dewy finish. I've been wearing this all throughout the summer for events and bbq's that require me to look a little bit more done up but without putting makeup on.
If you have severe hyperpigmentation, acne scars or serious break outs, this may not be the best foundation for you to use right now because the coverage just isn't there for that (or to be applied over layers of color correctors and concealers). As mentioned earlier, it has a gel like formula so you want to try using a denser brush or your fingers - try to stay away from using a beauty blender because I found it to just absorb the foundation on me (beauty blenders suck up water and this is 80% water).Comparison: Yes, for the same price, you can get the Ultra HD foundation which provides fuller coverage, however, I do recommend having a bottle of this in your shade for those extremely hot days when nobody has time for a melting face. This also make a great transitioning foundation for a younger teenager who is just starting out with makeup.
Thank you to The Makeup Show, the Make Up For Ever Team and Nicholas Lujan for allowing me to film his segment.
Lift cheekbones, look instantly slimmer, or sculpt like a celebrity with Too Faced's Cocoa Contour Palette ($40).
This is the original set that first launched in 2014 and it includes the two essential sculpting shades, a matte highlighter and a luminous pop of light for a contoured look that never looks flat. The powders are infused with the antioxidant-rich Exclusive Cocoa Complex that blend together seamlessly and indulge you with a decadent chocolate scent. It also features a Contour Buki Brush for the most professional sculpting effect.
I'll be honest, I wasn't a big fan of this palette because it is way too light for my skin tone (see the pics below). However, Too Faced has recently released a darker version of this palette - one that is more designed with deeper complexions in mind (I will post a separate review on that).
Overall, if this palette matches your skin tone, it is a good one to use to start learning how to contour and to use for light definition in the summer heat.
Look at it. No, no, scroll back up and look at the palette again. Isn't it so beautiful? This is the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette.
"Be sweet as a peach with these fresh-picked shades infused with the juicy scent and antioxidant-rich essence of peach. Create endless looks with 18 shades of peachy pinks, corals, bronzes, and pops of purples that will have you looking summer-fresh year-round."
As always, I applied these swatches with the Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eye Shadow Primer Potion as a base for the shadows to really make the colors pop.
Hello lovebugs! It's time to reveal this month's Essence Beauty Box! This months theme was designed to have you "Shine Like a Star" so let's dive right on in shall we?
First up, let's take a look at the Soak it Up Oil Cocktail from Dark & Lovely. The Soak it Up Oil is the 2nd step of the Moisture L.O.C. regimen, inspired by the “O” in the LOC Method. The LOC method is a natural hair care routine that you can use to moisturize and protect your hair and then seal in the moisture with a hair butter or oil, so that all of the moisture is locked in. The "L" stands for Leave-In, the "O" stands for Oil and the "C" stands for Cream.
This Soak it Up Oil from Dark & Lovely contains blends of 5 Oils: Sunflower oil, Apricot oil, Coconut oil, Avocado Oil and Moringa Oil that's great for hydrating your hair and nourishing curls and coils.
While we're talking about hair care, let's jump right on into the next product: the Coily Custard from Miss Jessie’s. The Coily Custard is a slippery emulsion that coats each frizzy strand with a dose of super moisture and shine that enhances and defines your curl pattern, reduces frizz, and fights curl shrinkage. It's best described as a wash-n-go styler. I'll update you in a few days once I test this out.
Next, the box included a set of Looks So Natural Lashes by KISS. These are soft and tapered false lashes that are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural lashes. My box also included a clear strip lash adhesive.
Do I need to say anything about this CoverFX sample? I mean, IG fam, you guys know how I feel about this brand -holy grail-. Well, since we are here... This is the Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment by CoverFX. It's a lightweight gel primer that imparts an instant matte finish as well as extended shine control while minimizing the appearance of pores and preventing & healing acne blemishes. This clinically tested primer is vegan and free of the Inflammatory Five: gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens or talc.
Lastly, there is a sample lipstick from IMAN Cosmetics. Apparently, the box this month alternated between a lipstick or a lip shimmer and I received an orange-red lipstick. It's a luxurious and creamy semi-matte lipstick, however, it's another lipstick in a color that doesn't suit me. We talked about this during last month's box so I'm really hoping that the preference center starts working on the Essence Beauty Box website because I feel as if I'm wasting my money on lipsticks that I'm not going to use again (after swatching for you guys of course).
And lastly, they decided to surprise us with a travel size sample of Optic White Toothpaste by Colgate.
Overall, I'm impressed with everything in this box except the lip color. I'm really excited to try out this lashes and hair care products so I'll let you guys know what I think after giving them all a thorough test run.
What did you think of the February Essence Beauty Box? Are you subscribed yet?
I wanted to stop and do this really quick video review for you guys to compare the new MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam Ariana Grande lipstick to a few other MAC lipsticks that I own - Riri Hearts MAC Talk That Talk and Instigator. Turn your volume up, press play and get the details!
So last year, we all heard the news that MAC Cosmetics chose Ariana Grande as the new VIVA GLAM spokeperson.* The news spread like wide fire on social media - not only because of the support of the cause - but because of the trendy story behind the colors.
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a "matte plum." It's a deep, dark plum with a satin finish.
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink.” It’s a sheer, pink-tinted lipgloss with gold and pink sparkles.
When I first saw the promotional pictures, it immediately reminded me of Riri Hearts MAC Talk That Talk lipstick and the Clear Water Lipgloss from the Alluring Aqua collection. So I wanted to do a few comparisons to help you...
I'll admit that I said "Wow" when I swatched them. It's a beautiful color alone and with paired with the lipgloss. However, it is a bit patchy, so make sure that you grab a matching lipliner - try it with Vino perhaps? It will be in-stores and at-counters on January 21st, 2016.
*The VIVA GLAM Lipstick was originally created in 1994 to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS at a time when the pandemic was dramatically affecting fashion and beauty communities in particular as well as the wider world. What makes this so historic is that 100% of the purchase price of any VIVA GLAM product goes towards the M·A·C AIDS Fund which is committed to addressing the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting diverse organizations around the world that provide a wide range of services to people living with HIV/AIDS.
*Purchased. All opinions are my own*
Hi Loves! So I wanted to try a little something different for these swatches of the new Urban Decay Gwen Stefani lipsticks. Mind you, I will be making a switch into more videos for these reviews as soon as my glam room is done but you know what's going on. Anyway, back to the collection.
There are eight shades in this collection. Here are a few swatches on a woman of color so you can get a better idea of what they may look like on your skin tone.
714, is a bright red mega matte lipstick. Surprise, surprise that the first one that we talk about is a mega matte :-P. This one kind of pulled orange/red on me which I don't mind but in comparison to the other reds in this collection...well let's just say I have a few other favorites.
Ex-Girlfriend, is a sheer nude-rose with a pink shimmer. Legit, I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this one. I was expecting a typical "nude" lipstick which as women of color we all know how that goes. However, this one is a brownish-pink and surprisingly, I reallllly love it! In this picture, I am wearing it with the matching UD Gwen Stefani 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil.
Firebird, is a deep fuchsia cream lipstick but on me it pulls more of a bright magenta color. It's a great shade to wear all year round. I especially like to wear bright colors like this during the Winter because it gives me an instant pick me up.
Phone Call, is a sheer bright coral cream lipstick (exclusive to the Urban Decay website). This is a great lipstick for the Spring and Summer, especially because it's so light weight and comfortable, I just didn't get a lot of payoff from it so I recommend using the matching lipliner before applying the lipstick.
Plaid, is a sheer deep berry lipstick (exclusive to the Urban Decay website). I like the light pop of color that it gives me - kind of similar to a gloss without the stickiness.
Now that we've seen half/full face swatches (I said I was trying a different style) which one is your favorite? My top 3 in order are Ex-Girlfriend, Spiderweb, and Firebird - cue the gasps that the nude lipstick topped them all for me.
You can pick up these lipsticks ($18 USD) and the rest of the Gwen Stefani collection on UrbanDecay.com. If they are sold out, you can pick up some of the collection from Sephora.com. Let me know what you end up getting!