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Today I’m gonna start my blog post off with a little story, so grab you something to drink, sit tight and read on.  As a child, I absolutely hated my hair, among other things that most girls are not very happy with on their bodies.  I developed my woman parts earlier than most so they stuck out and I had to use a bra before other girls did, my hair was difficult to manage and to top it all off – I came from a family that lived paycheck to paycheck, struggling to make ends meet.  Growing up was a challenge, as it is for most girls – but for me, I not only dealt with bullying, but I had to fight for my right to be who I am.  I later realized that I needed to truly love myself in order for others to see who I was and that bullying (while wrong and a terrible thing for anyone to go through), happens more times than not.  My story (the very short version of it) was shared with you today because it offers me a connection between my life and that of Vanessa’s Essence.  This natural and organic hair care line was was developed by a mother who reacted to her child Vanessa’s experience of being bullied and she was inspired to do something positive for other girls.  The gap in availability of natural hair care products for girls can be a challenge to find and the companies goal is to not only encourage young girls to love themselves and be who they are naturally, but to also stop the bullying by starting conversations that raise awareness of the serious consequences of bullying.  Today – I share with you Vanessa’s Essence.

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Vanessa’s Essence is a hair care line that offers a variety of products that are geared to help young girls with wavy, curly, coily and afro-textured hair and assist them in understanding their hair and loving what they were given naturally.  Vanessa’s Essence worked with experts to develop a special line of natural hair care products just for girls.  The finest natural and organic ingredients were formulated to create products that work best for thick, curly, coily, kinky and wavy hair.  The products are compliant with US Food and Drug Administration Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) standards and come with nourishing ingredients that you and your hair will love.

Ingredients like: Organic Coconut Oil infused with Grape Seed Oil, Capuacu Butter, Organic Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Mango Butter, Manuka Honey and Yucca Leaf Extract help to keep your hair moisturized, frizz free and easy to manage.

I had the opportunity to the try the following products:  Lovely Locks Hair Milk, Clean my Koils 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner, Knot Dry Revitalizing Moisture Cocktail and Let’s Hear It For The Kurls Hair Jelly Curl Definer.  I’m going to share with you each product and let you know how each one worked for me.

Lovely Locks Hair Milk $17.39 / 8oz – nourishes your curls by locking in moisture and giving it a gorgeous shine.  It’s perfected to style 3 and 4 type kinky curls in need of a light twisting styler and adds the much needed moisture your hair craves.  It’s a creamy leave-in conditioner that I apply after my shampoo/conditioner and hair mask while my hair is still damp.  I also apply on dry hair when I need a little extra something but rather use it when my hair is wet.

Formulated with Organic Aloe Juice that acts as a natural conditioner to help nourish your hair follicles, while rice bran oil stimulate hair growth and help prevent split ends if used regularly.  Shea Butter helps to sooth, shield and protect your hair from dust and heat and keep your hair silky soft and smooth.  The Lovely Locks Hair Milk smells great too and I love how my hair feels after using it.

Klean My Koils 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner $19.00 / 8oz – Of course a good clean for our hair is always a wonderful thing.  Ideal for dry hair types – this product helps infuse your hair with hydration while cleansing with a light lather.  I have noticed that after using this product my hair feels light and has so much shine and luster.  My hair feels clean, looks fabulous but it doesn’t sacrifice my curls while drying out my hair like other cleansers can do.

The core ingredients used in the product accelerate hair growth and heal damaged hair. They include Organic Aloe Juice, Shea Butter and Peppermint Leaf Extract, which alleviate dandruff and dryness. Yucca, Horsetail, Nettle and Melissa Leaf Extracts help in addressing hair loss. The Soybean Oil helps the nutrients absorb more fully into your hair. Distillates of Sour Cherry and Grapefruit act as a deodorizer, cleanser and detangler, strengthening hair follicles and stripping hair of damaging chemicals. Another core ingredient, Witch Hazel Distillate (Witch Hazel Distillate is a clear, colorless botanical extracts prepared from the recently cut and partially dried, dormant twigs of the Hamamelis Virginiana Linne plant) delivers bounce and volume, Pro Vitamin B5 locks in the moisture and Pomegranate Seed Extract adds luster to dull hair. The high antioxidant and vitamin content of Pomegranate Seed Extract helps to increase the blood circulation in the scalp, strengthen blood vessels and thereby promote healthy hair growth. You can experience the results over the long-term.

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Knot Dry Revitalizing Moisture Cocktail $16.95 / 8oz – this product has easily become one of my favorite hair care products.  My hair tangles all the time because of my curls, the weather and of course, because I can’t figure out whether to wear my hair up or down.  I’m always looking for something to help detangle my hair while leaving it feeling soft and silky too.  This product provides my hair with much needed moisture to help with handling and detangling so that detangling my hair doesn’t hurt and a can run my fingers or a comb through my hair easily. It provides hydration to my hair while leaving it looking glossy (not greasy) and offering shine.

The enzymes, vitamins and minerals in the Organic Aloe Leaf Juice promote growth and condition from within, and Honey heals damaged hair.  Coconut Fruit Juice improves blood circulation in the scalp and enhances the density of hair and strengthens the hair follicles, which prevents it from breaking.  Organic Green Tea has antioxidants, and its anti-inflammatory properties help to stop hair loss and promote the growth of new hair.  Knot Dry also Organic Cranberry Extract which is known to be good to grow long and lustrous hair.  It also promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss.  The Vitamin C and Vitamin A in cranberry increases the growth of hair and keep the hair strong. The anti-fungal and antiseptic properties of cranberry helps to prevent the formation of dandruff. There is a light fragrance to this product, but it’s not overpowering at all.

Let’s Hear It For The Kurls Hair Jelly Curl Definer $18.00 / 8oz. – This product is a favorite among girls with 2 and 3 type curls/hair.  It helps to accentuate and enhance your natural curls so you can embrace and love the hair you’re born with.  This hair Jelly is one of my favorite products as well since it helps to condition my curls, leaving them looking like they have been revived and brought alive.  I find that this is perfect to add to my hair after I have just washed it or when I need to revive my curls and twist them up some.  It helps to tame my frizzles without adding stiff, crunchy hair and it is not sticky at all.  You get medium hold that you can still run your fingers through.

Agave Nectar and Manuka Honey help define and condition your curls, prevent split ends, fight frizz and remove build up on the scalp. Vitamin B5 minimizes hair loss and promotes hair growth. Combined together, the ingredients strengthen hair follicles and nourish hair from root to tip.

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I have come a long way in this hair journey of mine.  While my hair is not perfect, I can honestly say that after years and years of hating it and hating how curly it was – wishing for straight locks like my friends, I’ve finally embraced my natural curls.  I can only hope that my love for my hair will increase over time and that I’ll love it even more.

I can honestly say that after using and testing out Vanessa’s Essence Hair Care products over the last several months, in combination with some of my other hair care faves, I’ve fallen in love with them.  When you try a product and immediately notice how different your hair feels and looks, you know that it is something good and great and you must hold onto it.  I will be a lifelong customer of Vanessa’s Essence and can’t wait to replenish my product stash with more.  The products are costly, but I have used SO MANY hair products in the past with similar price tags and even heftier ones that haven’t nourished and moisturized my hair the way these do.

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As an adult, I have learned so many great and inspiring things – like how to love myself.  Things like that are not taught, but have to be learned when you come to terms with who you are and figure out how to embrace it.  I love that Vanessa’s Essence strives to work with young girls so that they can love their natural beauty because I know that young Honey could have used something like this many years ago.  Sometimes, just a few words of encouragement, a smile and great hair can go a long way.

Check out Vanessa’s Beauty products on their website: https://www.vanessasessence.com/

Signature Honey

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Oh – when it comes to skin care devices and products that state heavy claims on how they can tone my skin, make it look youthful and help with anti-aging, I’m always excited to try them out.  I’m said it many times before, but I’m almost 40 (36 to be exact) and over the years I have always believed that proper skin care is the best way to prevent the signs of aging.  So, when I read about and watch late night commercials (yes, I am a late night commercial person), I tend to really gravitate to the products to see if they really are what they claim.  While up late a few months ago, I came across an infomercial regarding the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System.  To say I was interested to not only test it out but to see how it worked on my skin, was an understatement, I was definitely intrigued.  I was absolutely ecstatic when the PR Company for  Conture reached out to me a few days later asking me to review and test out their product and I couldn’t wait till it arrived so I could test it out for myself.

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Now, if you’ve been on my site before – you know that when it comes to skin care, I have tried my fair share of products, gadgets and everything in between… you name it – I have probably tried it.  But, this is the first of its kind.  The Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System is the first of its kind type of Anti-Aging device that brings the Professional Medical Spa technology to consumers in a safe, painless and affordable way.  Having worked in the plastic surgery industry and seeing these types of treatments first hand, I was very excited to see how it would live up to its claims and I couldn’t wait to try out the system for myself.

So what is the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System?  

It’s an anti-aging device (as I stated earilier) that you can use in the comforts of your own home.  It’s a non-invasive revolutionary preventative and anti-aging cosmetic device that you can use at home.  The Conture utilizes a unique combination of Ultra-Low Sonic Vibrations combined with Isometric Copressions (Vacuum) to safely, gently and easily stimulate the skin.  It’s similar to Pro Services that can cost hundreds or more per visit and that require 10 visits or more to sometimes see results.

The Conture is clinically shown to dramatically increase skin radiance, smoothness, lift and texture while decreasing the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles.  In just one use you can immediately see noticeable results and you literally only need to use the unit for about 2 minutes per treatment.  When I first heard all of this information, I’ll be honest, I didn’t think that it would even be possible, let alone effective enough to see results in one treatment without hurting my already sensitive skin.

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So, what do I think about this product?

Since I’ve given you the break down on the claims for the Conture, after using this unit for about 2 weeks, here’s what I think.  First of all, let me tell you what I thought after the first use.  I didn’t expect to see results at all after the first session of using Conture, but I did and I really was pleased with what I saw.  I don’t really have much wrinkles, but do have lines from weight loss and weight gain as well as some minor crows feed and fine lines and wrinkles that are from smiling, wearing my glasses and rubbing my eyes from my allergies.  All of which I have been able to keep under control with daily use of serums and my favorite skin care.  After the first use of using Conture, I noticed that my smile lines had decreased quite a bit.  The Conture literally added life to them,  with it’s vacuum like suction I felt it plumped those lines up so that it was not as visible as it had been prior to the treatment.

“The system utilizes a unique combination of isometric compression, which gently lifts and releases targeted skin areas, and low sonic frequency vibrations which together safely, and gentle stimulate and tone dull, aged looking skin. The device safely stimulates the skin from a sluggish state by gently lifting and releasing targeted skin zones using a gentle vacuum, resulting in clinically visible enhancements to skin appearance, absorption, and overall skin health.”

After using the unit on my forehead, I also noticed that the fine lines on my forehead seemed like they were plumped up and not as noticeable too.  It is such a relief when you are using a product and notice just a few minutes later how much it has made a difference.  My jaw line also seemed to have shrunk some, or at least looked like I was not as chunky in that area as I had been before I had started the treatment.  All of these results I am talking about happened within a 2-3 minute time period and I noticed immediately after the treatment using the Conture for the first time.

I continued using the product 2x a day for the last two weeks.  I noticed over the course of the last two weeks how the texture of my face had improved.  My skin looks brighter, is much more even in tone and feels smoother than before.  It feels like my skin is much more accepting to my skin care products, and skin absorption is better than it had been in a long time.  Since I naturally have dry skin, I layer on several types of skin care products as a part of my daily regimen and I started noticing that the absorption of the products was taking longer than it normally did to drink up my serums.  With the first week and into the second week of using the Conture, I noticed my absorption of my skin care serums was quick and fast… like my skin was drinking up the greatness once again.

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Some cons of using this product are not necessarily cons because my skin tends to freak out some at the beginning of a new skin care add on.  I noticed a few days after using the Conture on my face that I started breaking out.  But do not fear, because my skin has done this each and every time I have tried something new.  I tend to consider it my… “skin has to get worst before it gets better phase” and while it’s a con now, I am already noticing some improvement in the whole treatment process.  I break out a lot when I start new treatments and it can proceed well into a month before I notice that my skin is actually just cleansing itself.  It happens with masques or new products, so I do not contest that it has to do with the product itself.  After just two short weeks, I noticed such a huge difference in how my skin feels – I know that the Conture is working for my skin.

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My Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System included:  The Conture Device, Kinetic Treatment Serum, AM Ignition Lotion, PM Recovery Creme and US Charging Cord and Adapter.  I have been  using the Kinetic Treatment Serum prior to each Conture treatment to help prep my skin and to allow the device to glide across my skin easily.  I use the AM Ignition Lotion in the morning after my Conture treatment along with my morning AM skin care regimen and serums and then the PM Recovery Creme in the evening after the Conture treatment along with my PM skin care regimen.  I use different products in the AM and PM already.  My skin care products I currently use and have been using seem to work okay with those that came with my Conture.

I have been using the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning System on the Mild setting for my face the first week but have since started using the “Face” setting after using the system for a week.  I haven’t had any sensitivity issues at all using this product which is a huge plus.  Being Eczema prone and having such sensitive skin, I have had so many products cause flare ups and I haven’t had any problems with the Conture.  What I love the most is that Conture is developed by a brand that I have know and love – Luminess Air.  Luminess Air is a brand I have used for years and as a makeup artist, it is one I have stocked in my kit to do bridal work and shows for years on clients.  I knew that the Luminess Air brand was a favorite, but now after trying Conture for 2 short weeks, I have found that they are great at taking care of my skin.

This post is just my first impressions.  In about 3 weeks I’ll be sharing with you my full review after using this product for just over a month.  You’ll be seeing before and after pictures as well as a full review on the product and whether or not it lived up to the hype over the month.  Overall – having used this product for two weeks, I can honestly say – it’s wonderful and I love it so much I’m looking into getting one for my mom.  She’s a skin care lover like myself and I know she’ll just love it.

Want to see before and after photos?  Come back in a month for a full reveal and review!

Have you tried this product before?  If not, are you like me and stay up late to watch infomercials and have seen the Conture featured?  Stay tuned in the next few weeks for a full review with before and after photos of my results after using the Conture for just a month.

 

 

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Let’s face it, not everyone is blessed with curly hair.  I’m really lucky in that I have coiled curls that grace my long luscious locks, but those that don’t have curls need to improvise some.  Since my natural curls are coiled and there are days that I may want softer, larger barrel size curls, I turn to one of my favorite hair tool brands.  I have a pretty nice collection of Nume goodies from the Lustrum Set, Classic Reverse Wand and the 25mm Classic Wand so it’s a hair tool line that I truly do enjoy.  As I say, when you don’t have them yourself – improvise and Nume has the tools to help with that.  Nume celebrates their 5 year anniversary (Happy Birthday Nume!) and with that I want to share with you one of my favorite hair tools and some fun discounts you can utilize to get in on some of this hair tool goodness for yourself.

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If you are looking to change up your style some, I definitely suggest the classic wand.  I have the 25mm which is a common barrel size and perfect for someone who is a beginner hair tool user or advanced.  The Classic Wand has a 100% Tourmaline-infused ceramic coated barrel and utilizes an innovative clipless design for crease-free curls.  Since I naturally have dry hair – it’s great to use a wand instead of a curling iron because the clip can cause creases and with dry hair, it literally can ruin all that work… so I prefer a wand vs. a curling iron.  The curling wand has negative ion technology and heats up to 410°F.  What I love the most is that with your purchase/order you also get a heat-resistant glove that helps with the curling process.  I put emphasis on “heat resistant” because you can still burn your fingers, so use extreme caution still.

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Since I have natural curls that tend to be really coiled and tight, I like to brush my hair out with my fingers to soften my natural curls.  Using a Flat Iron can help straighten your natural curls prior to adding them back in with the curling wand.  Since the Classic Wand has that tourmaline-infused ceramic coated barrel, when using it on your hair you are locking in shine and your curls will last longer.  This type of curling wand is perfect for those beachy waves we all love to rock during the summer months or voluminous glam waves for that night out with the girls or a date.  This wand is perfect for use on medium or long hair and since it heats up quickly, it makes the process of creating your perfect waves easy as pie.

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To create the soft beachy waves I am sporting today – I finger combed my natural curls so that they were not so tight and then grabbed 1 inch sections of my hair.  Starting at various lengths of my hair (some near the root, some near the bottom and the middle of my locks) I added the curl using the Nume 25mm Classic Wand.  Once I completed my whole head of hair, I finger combed through my hair once again to pull out the curls so they were not so tight.  Since I added the curls to different sections and lengths of my hair, it gave me much needed volume and created a fuller textured look.  To set the curls, I added a shine spray and scrunched my hair with some Argan Oil.  Since I have thin hair but my hair is long… I need to create more volume and add to the bulk of my hair so I also spray with a light leave-in conditioner and I’m good to go.  If you want more curls then texture, you can always skip running your fingers through your hair and leave the curls intact and set with a setting or hair spray.  Make sure prior to adding any heat to your hair that you use a heat protectant so that you are protecting your locks from damage.

Creating beautiful locks with curls for days is as easy as moving your arms above your head.  It can take a little practice sometimes, but once you find a routine you enjoy – you will find that it is easier than you thought.  Since my hair is just about past my butt, it can take me a while to get through my whole head of hair, but it’s all worth it in the end.

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Like I mentioned previously, it is Nume’s 5th Anniversary!  Because of this awesome celebration – Nume is offering great discounts for all of my readers and followers.  If you are looking to add to your hair tool collection or to pick something up for the first time – now’s your chance to get some of these awesome tools at a discount.  I’ve been buying Nume products now for as long as they have been a company and I love not only their quality but the products themselves, so I know you’ll enjoy them too.

Any classic wand (reg $79) $19.99 using code HAPPY5YEARS

Any magic wand (reg $89) $29.99 using code ANNIVMAGIC

Silhouette straighteners (reg $99) $24.99 with ANNIVIRONS

Any set $89.99 (including Octowands) with ANNIVSETS

So, do you have your eyes on any of these beauties?  What set or wand or straightener are you looking at picking up for yourself?  I can’t recommend them enough and as I said previously, while I do receive PR Samples I have purchased from Nume on many occasions.  I plan to pick up a Straightener and a Titan 3 to add to my collection soon.  Be sure to head on over to the site and click on the links above to utilize the coupon codes.  The sale begins today and ends on Easter Sunday (March 27, 2016) so be sure to check it out in time to take advantage of the awesome deals.

Smooches!

Signature Honey

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Too Faced always comes out with the most eye appealing cosmetics along with show stopping packaging that absolutely sucks me in each and every time.  However, as cute as the packaging is on this particular product, I was really intrigued to get this palette because it included the shades available from the Love Flush Blush collection which I haven’t had the opportunity to get my hands on just yet.  Today I share with you the Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe Palette and my thoughts and swatches on this product.  Just a little note, when I checked the Too Faced site yesterday, this palette was still in stock, but as of this morning, it is labeled Sold Out.

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The Too Faced Love Flush Wardrobe ($36.00) includes 6 gorgeous blush shades that are long wearing, fade proof, smudge proof and keeps your cheeks perfectly flushed for up to 16 hours.  This palette includes high impact shades that will provide a pretty pop of color an any skin tone.  Each blush applies to the cheeks easily and is very pigmented providing color that is show stopping.  The shades include a range of nudes, pinks, corals and berries so each tone of blush you could need is included in this selection.  The blushes have a net wt. of 2.0g/0.07 oz each which is quite a bit considering the price point for the whole palette.  If you were to buy these shades individually (as they are sold on the site) it will cost you $26.00 each blush so the palette is not only convenient but it also offers you great quality and product for the price.  My biggest issue with this palette is not the quality, but that it is listed as a limited edition product.  I think it would be a great deal if it was permanent.

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The packaging is really nice.  The palette is much larger than I thought it would be which gives you a great amount of product for the price.  But I also enjoy that it comes with a mirror which makes this perfect for travel.  Each blush is housed in a cute heart shape with the Too Faced logo imprinted on it (with use that will eventually disappear) and the names of each blush are posted right below the pan which make it easy for reference.

The blush shades work well layered together and that is how I have been using them over the last several weeks, though Love Hangover has become my favorite of the set and one I find I’m using consistently.  The shades in the palette include:  Love Hangover, Baby Love, I Will Always Love You, How Deep is Your Love?, Justify My Love and Your Love is King
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While Baby Love is a bit light against my skin and sometimes does not show up, it makes a great base and blending shade for sheering out a color that may be too bold for me – like Your Love Is King.  Ultimately, I’ve been able to get great use out of this entire palette and I’m so glad I decided to pick it up before my Makeup Spending Challenge began.  It’s a great little palette that includes 6 of Too Faced Popular blushes so I think it’s a great buy overall.  I wasn’t immediately intrigued with the single Love Flush Blushes and I think it was just meant for me to wait a while because this baby was released for me to try them all.
Each of the blushes have really nice pigmentation, so when applying them (especially the deeper and brighter shades) I suggest a lighter hand or a fluffier brush so you are not packing color onto your cheeks.  Since there is so much color that comes off – honestly, a little of the blush goes a really long way.  I love that these blushes are long wearing.   I wouldn’t say that it last 16 hours since I don’t wear my makeup that long normally.  But, after applying in the morning, by late afternoon and into the evening, I notice that I still have remnants and a hue of the color left on my cheeks.  That is great since many blushes wear off on my skin in a matter of a few short hours.  I definitely think these offer long wear in comparison to blushes I have used in the past.
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I am using the Love Flush Blush in Love Hangover on my cheeks in the look above.  That color lasted on my cheeks all day and into the evening.  I truly enjoy how these blushes work so well with my skin tone as many times I do not use certain blushes because they can cause my skin to look too white or too ashy.  These worked so well – I’m loving them.  For a GRWM style video as well as a look at the products used in that look, click here.
The packaging is just absolutely cute and adorable as is most and anything that Too Faced offers.  I love the details and how sweet and feminine it is but I also enjoy the fact that it really is sturdy.  As I mentioned before, if you are one who loves to travel with your blushes, I think this would make a great companion.  Everything seems nicely compact and sealed in its packaging well.  Even after I have dropped it many times, I didn’t notice any chipping or breaking which is a huge plus.
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I’m bummed to see that this palette is sold out online after just seeing it in stock yesterday.  I’m hoping that Too Faced will restock it soon or make it permanent.  As I mentioned above, this palette includes shades that Too Faced already offers in the Love Flush Blush collection so if there is any particular color you are interested in or want to have as a single, you can find those available on the website.
Head on over to my YouTube channel and check out the video I have talking about the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette and this one – the Love Flush Blush Wardrobe – here.
Overall – I really enjoy this palette, a lot more than I thought I would.  Do you own any of the Love Flush Blushes or this palette?  If so, what are your thoughts on it?  If not, is this something you may have your eyes on?  Comment below and let me know.
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The matte lip is all the rave and trend right now and that includes the liquid to matte lipsticks that we are seeing from different brands.  While each of them have similar formulations, I can’t help but enjoy the ones I try since it allows me to go without touching up all day.  A few months ago, Milani (my favorite drugstore brand) came out with the Amore Matte Lip Cremes.  I got my hands on four of them so I figured I would share them with you should you be wondering how they worked for me.

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme - Liquid to Matte Lipsticks

The Milani Amore Matte Lip Creams come in eight different shades at the moment – though I am sure Milani may be adding to this list of liquid lipsticks eventually.  You get a pretty nice variety of shades from very light and wearable nudes to deep dark vampy reds that are showstopping and perfect for the Fall season.  Each liquid lipstick retails for $8.99 on Milanicosmetics.com but I’m sure they can be found a bit cheaper at your local Walgreens where available.  I ordered one of the shades online and haven’t been able to locate a display at any of my local stores to date.

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme - Liquid to Matte Lipsticks
Left – 02 Adore, Right – 04 Lust

The Amore Matte Lip Cremes have that liquid-to-matte formula that has been coveted by many lately.  It dries to a soft, velvet like finish and really gives your lips that fuller look.  If you are familiar with the Brilliant Shine Lip Glosses from Milani, these liquid lipsticks have the same double-sided, flexible plush applicator which I actually enjoy because it applies nicely to my pretty full lips.  Each one has a sweet sugar/vanilla scent which makes application enjoyable – I love it.

Out of the four shades I have I am really loving the darker ones – Crush & Flirt.  Crush applied so easily, though because it is so dark, with any type of oily food, it starts to really fade and can leave that ring on the inside of your mouth.  Flirt is a gorgeous berry red that will be my go-to for this Fall Season.  Adore and Lust are really nice too – but I truly fancy the darker shades at the moment.  I’m sure during Spring and Summer I’ll pull for Adore & Lust more.

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme - Liquid to Matte Lipsticks
Left – 01 Crush, Right – 08 Flirt

While most liquid lipsticks dry to a matte finish and can be drying on the lips – I was pretty impressed with the texture of my lips with these on.  Most of the shades I own (I have four of them) apply pretty evenly, though I thought Lust was the one that I needed to work with to really get the best application.  Was it enough to sway my opinion and dislike the product?  No, because after a little fixing, I was able to get it to work for me without issue.  These lipsticks take about a minute to two minutes to dry on me… but I think it depends on the weather.  During the summer months I found that it remained tacky up to 5 minutes before it actually set.  Now that Fall is here and the days are a little cooler, the colors set on my lips within a minute and are locked into place for several hours through the day.  All of the shades I own have an opaque color on the lips when set and dry and I can get approximately 6-7 hours of wear time before I feel the need to reapply.  If I am eating anything oily (like my favorite food, pizza) – of course, it will start to fade and in some cases, I’ll need to touch up.  But – I can kiss my hubby without any transfer which also makes these “HUBBY APPROVED!”

Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme - Liquid to Matte Lipsticks

Considering the price point and the fact that this is from a Drugstore brand, I think they are really nice and I enjoy them.  My goal is to collect all eight so that I have a selection to choose from when dressing up my pout.  I would love to see Milani create many different shades as they have with their Color Statement Lipsticks – purples, plum nudes and dusty rose pinks are all of my favorite types of shades, but an orange and mauves would be great hits as well.  Overall – I am loving what I tried so far and I think they are a great addition to one of my favorite brands.

Have you tried these yet?  Have you been able to spot them at your local stores?  With the price point and the brand, I think these could definitely be a hit.

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Disclaimer:  The products mentioned in this post were both purchased by me and also sent to me for review consideration.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.  I was not paid to feature these products or provide my thoughts, however – affiliate links are posted through out.