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When it comes to beauty products, I think eye shadows and eye shadow palettes are definitely some of my favorite things.  I just love looking at all the pretty colors and I definitely think palettes are my weakness when it comes to purchases.  Recently I was introduced to Shop Hush (an app and website that sells Bad Habit Beauty products) and I just had to pick up this set up palettes to add to my collection.  Today I introduce you to the Solstice and Supernova eye shadow palettes.

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I picked up both the Bad Habit Solstice and Supernova palettes off of ShopHush for $24.00 (for both) about a month ago.  I definitely wanted to share these palettes with my readers and followers because for the price point, they are seriously – LEGIT!

Let’s talk about the Bad Habit Solstice Palette first.  The Solstice palette retails for $16.00 if purchased separately.  It has a mix of mattes, shimmers and glittery shades in warm hues.  It’s gorgeous and I love that it includes colors that I can wear on an everyday basis.  I was beyond impressed with each shadow and loved how buttery most of the shades were and how packed they were with pigment.

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Many say that the Solstice Palette from Bad Habit Beauty is a dupe for the Natasha Denona Sunset Palette which retails for $129.  I don’t own the Natasha Denona Sunset palette so I couldn’t tell you if it indeed is a dupe, but I can say that for a $16 palette, it definitely impressed me.

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Because the shades are definitely soft and buttery, you do get some kick up and some fall out, but it’s not difficult to work with and each shade builds up perfectly.  I am loving this as my everyday palette and I’m enjoying it tremendously.

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Next I am sharing with you the Supernova Palette.  Retailing for $16 on it’s own, this palette offers a combination of shades that are much cooler toned than the Solstice palette.  That’s one of the reasons why I ordered them as a pair, I thought it would be a great way to check out two different tones of shades for different looks.

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As with the Solstice palette, the Supernova palette provides a combination of matte, shimmer and glittery shades.  I find that while each shade is also buttery (like the Solstice), it is not as creamy as the Solstice palette.  To explain, the Solstice palette is so creamy that when dipping your brush into shades like Dawn, Rays and Twilight, your brush literally makes a big indention.  However, with Supernova, placing your brushes into this palette doesn’t leave it as messy but still picks up a lot of color and blendability is great.

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The Bad Habit Supernova palette is said to be a dupe for the Natasha Denona Lila Palette which retails for $129.  As I mentioned with the Solstice palette, I do not have the Lila palette so I personally cannot compare the two to see if they are indeed dupes, however – I can tell you that for $16 – it’s definitely worth checking out.

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Just like the Solstice palette, the Supernova palette provides you with a lot of texture and colors to be able to create a variety of looks. I’ve been loving the brown shades in this palette as accent colors to a smoky eye look.

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Overall, I am absolutely digging these two palettes from Bad Habit Beauty.  I’m impressed with how easy the shades from each palette blend as well as how gorgeous each color is.  The price point of each considering the quality and how good they are, well – that absolutely seals the deal for me.  I’ve already referred several friends to buy these and because of these, I’ve purchased several more palettes from Bad Habit Beauty and Shop Hush.

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Definitely download the ShopHush. app on your phone (android and iPhone) and get rewards for logging in each day as well as free shipping on your orders.  I can’t wait to share with you all of the other palettes I’ve purchased from the site, so stay tuned for that.

Have you tried any of the palettes on ShopHush?  Or, what about Bad Habit Beauty?  Let me know your thoughts, for sure.  Would you pick up a dupe to a highend palette at an affordable price?

 

 

 


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I’m a wholehearted believer that great makeup application is done with great tools.  But, over the years I’ve learned that your tools or makeup do not need to be expensive or have a luxury price tag to get the job done.  I have tried a variety of different tools from different brands and I can attest that quality and cost are not always one in the same.  Beauty Junkees has easily become one of my favorite makeup brush brands (and makeup brands for that matter) and today I’m sharing with all of you a new collection of brushes.

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Beauty Junkees is a brand I’ve talked about here on the blog many times.  I’ve recommended their products to many friends and readers over the years and it’s become a favorite of mine to use for just about every and any occasion.  What I love about Beauty Junkees is that they are so affordable, that it makes creating your everyday makeup looks an absolute breeze.  Beauty Junkees brushes and cosmetic products are sold via their website and on their Amazon Storefront.

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Let’s talk about their new Duo Fiber Collection.  Retailing for just $29.97, this set includes 6 brushes and come with a faux leather zip-up bag.  Each brush is labeled with its use/name so that beginners or pros can utilize the tool for what it’s for.  The 6 piece Duo Fiber Makeup Brush Set has long and short synthetic hairs to pick up and distribute the perfect amount of makeup.  Each application will provide a sheer, flawless, skin-perfecting finish.  Back in my freelance days I often used duo-fiber brushes to apply cream and liquid products so that it left the skin and application soft and blended.  The short bristles hold the product, while the long bristles blend to a featherweight finish.  These brushes work great with liquids, creams, and powders.  They are ideal brushes for acneic, scarred, dry or aging skin.  Each brush comes with a solid wood handle with double crimped copper ferrules.  I love how soft these are and the fact that there is such a great selection of brush type in this set.  You can literally create a look using just this set of brushes, from foundation and concealer down to the eye makeup and highlight.  These brushes do not shed and are just perfect considering the price point and how affordable they are.

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The Pro Powder set comes with 3 brushes and retails for $19.97.  This gorgeous brush set also comes in a faux leather zip-up bag and is also labeled for easy to use simplicity.  The 3 Piece Pro Powder Makeup Brush Set is best used to apply powder all over the face and body for that gorgeous, polished finish.  These brushes work great with loose, pressed, minerals, blush, contour and highlighter powders and I love how soft and fluffy they are.  They are made with high density synthetic Taklon bristles and are vegan-friendly.  Each brush comes with a solid wood handle, double crimped copper ferrule and is created to not shed.  I love this set because it is the perfect type of brush for an effortless application or all over color.  Did I mention these were soft?  My gosh, they are so soft that it’s hard to not want to pet them 😉

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I’m always excited to try new products from the Beauty Junkees line.  The brand has flourished and extended their line of products a lot since I first started using the brand about three years ago.  With over 200 makeup brushes in my collection, I find that I will always pull for a Makeup Junkees brush before any other brand.  I am also a huge fan of the different makeup they now have available – from eyeshadows to blush and highlight (lippies and brow products too).  Beauty Junkees is becoming one of my favorite brands for a wide selection of beauty products.  You can search {Beauty Junkees} on the blog and read up on some of my favorites from the brand.

If you’re like me and love a minimal makeup look or go for a glammed up smoky eye, I definitely suggest checking out what Beauty Junkees has to offer.  I think that price really doesn’t always determine the quality and in this case, the quality surpasses the price point making these brush sets an absolute steal.

Wanna get more information on these sets and more from the brand?  Head on over to http://www.beautyjunkees.com/

 

 

 


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Hello party people.  It seems like I’ve been a little MIA this week, but I promise I have good reason as to why.  You see, all three of my boys are on Spring Break, so that basically means mommy is on break too so we’ve been busy spring cleaning the house, donating and having lots of fun.  So, I’ve taken a little break from the blog a few days this week to play and have some fun with my family.  Nonetheless though, I wanted to share with you some products I’ve been loving from Jordana Cosmetics.  The Contour N’ Highlight Sticks are new to me, having just come across them about 2 weeks ago at my local drugstore, but the Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lipsticks are a formula I know about and I was so excited to get my hands on some shades that are wearable.  (You can read about my review on these from last year, here)

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Let’s talk about the Contour N’ Highlight Sticks.  These retail for $4.99 each and you can select from the Jordana Sculpt N’ Go Creamy Contour Stick which offers three different contour shades (Light, Medium and Deep) and come in an easy to use stick form.  The Contour sticks help you add shape and definition to your features in 30 seconds or less.  What makes these so fun is that they are mistake-proof, blendable and matte with a buildable formula for soft to glam looks.  I have it in the color Deep, which is actually darker than I had thought but it blends out so well, the darker color works for my skin tone.

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I use the Contour stick and apply below my cheekbones, jawline, hairline and sides of my nose.  While the tip of this stick is pointed for great precision, after lots of use I’m sure it will take away the point but applying the product is still easy.  I have been loving how easy this product is to blend out and the way it feels on my skin is wonderful.  It has a kind of cream to powder texture.  After applying, I blend it out to a powder like finish so it doesn’t feel heavy or cakey on the skin and I don’t notice that it oxidizes or looks too heavy.  I love how light weight it feels and I’m very amazed at how much I’m enjoying this stick.  It’s perfect for daily use for light contouring or for a full blown glammed up look.

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The Jordana Glow N’ Go Creamy Strobing Stick also comes in three shades – Pearl Glow, Champagne, and Gold.  I have Champagne (Radiant Glow) and have really been loving this product as much as the contour stick.  This product is the perfect creamy and blendable highlighter stick that melts flawlessly onto the skin for a mistake proof application.  You can use this product to create the perfect strobe or for a light and subtle highlight for everyday use.  Like the Contour Stick, the Creamy Strobing Stick is also creamy and blends out to a powder like finish.

This product can be applied above the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, center of the forehead and below and above lips to add glow where desired.  It’s also easily blended with your fingers.  It doesn’t feel heavy or too creamy and I haven’t noticed any creasing.  It’s perfect to use on it’s own or set with a powder highlight.

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Each product offers a Net Wt. of 0.23 oz / 6.5 g so for the price point you get a lot of product to use and it’s easy to repurchase when it’s used up.

Jordana is one of my favorite drugstore cosmetic brands and I thought these would be something fun to use, but I didn’t realize I would like it as much as I did.  I’m really impressed – especially because of the price point and how well they performed considering its cost.

Now let’s talk about the Sweet Cream Matte Liquid Lip Colors.  These retail for $4.99 and as I mentioned previously, I actually have a review on my blog with a few of the shades.  The bright pink, coral and purple shade I got last year are definitely not my daily wearers so I had been on a hunt now for a while in hopes of finding more neutral tones at my local stores to add to my collection.

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I found four gorgeous shades that are wearable every day tones in nude pinks and browns that I just love.  So, while I did provide a review for you on these lippies initially last year, today I’m sharing swatches of these colors.  If you are looking for wearable shades that are comfortable on the lips – I definitely suggest picking these babies up.

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I picked up the following colors:  Rose Macaron, Creme Brulee, Tiramisu and Cinnamon Toast.  Cinnamon Toast a new color added to the line not too long ago, but the other three were a part of the collection, though I just couldn’t get my hands on them.  I had been on the hunt for Creme Brulee for months now and I’m so glad I found it at Walgreens a few weeks ago.

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I love these shades because they are not only wearable but these matte lipsticks are one of my most comfortable to wear.  They are creamy when applied and while they dry down to a matte finish, I find that my lips do not feel overly dry.  They are creamy and feel almost whipped like when applying to the lips and I just love their longevity.  Jordana has a variety of colors from bold and red to nudes and pinks so you really get a lot of lip colors to choose from.  They also have the same type of doe foot applicator that the others I reviewed have and I enjoy them.

Net wt. 0.11 oz / 3 g in each tube of lipstick

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These colors stay on for hours – they claim it’s a 16 Hour Wear time and I can get at least 10 hours without any budging.  They are infused with Vitamin A, made in the USA and are water resistant.  What I love is that you get 12 gorgeous shades for any and all skin tones.

The video below is my original review of the Jordana Sweet Creme Matte Liquid Lipsticks, but I thought I would include it anyway.  My thoughts haven’t changed at all with these lippies.

Honestly, I’m always impressed with Jordana products.  There’s a reason why most of their products are a part of my collection – I enjoy them and like them.  If you are someone like me that loves a no-fuss kind of makeup look, you’ll surely love how easy these products are to use.  I definitely suggest checking them out if you haven’t already and see how they fit in your every day makeup routine.

You can purchase these products at: https://www.jordanacosmetics.com or at select drugstores that sell these products.  I got mine at Walgreens.

So – what about you, have you tried any of these before?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on them if you have or if not, do you think you’d get any use out of these beauties?

Signature Honey


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It’s that time of year when I start to pick up a few key items when it comes to makeup.  The last few years I haven’t done much makeup shopping – to be honest, I’ve been doing really well with my spending.  But, I tend to pick up a few items to try towards the first few months of a new year.  About 3 weeks ago I found myself browsing through the aisles at my local Walmart – mainly because I was getting my oil changed and had nothing to do for an hour.  I know, I know – bad idea.  But, I found that it was actually a good time to check out the new cosmetic finds.  Within the last couple of months, Wet n Wild released their Perfect Pout Gel Lip Balms and I had seen a bunch in stock at Walmart at about $2.99 a pop so I decided, hey – I want to try these and I picked them up.  Today I’m going to be sharing with you my thoughts on the Wet n Wild Perfect Pout Gel Lip Balms and we’ll see if they were a hit for me.

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Wet n Wild claims that this is their 1st Gel lip balm that provides a natural looking, sheer gloss that glides on smoothly while delivering lasting moisture and a sheer, glossy color.  I picked up a total of five shades, mainly because I really want to see the different range of colors and how they would work with my skin tone.  In all honesty, I didn’t think these would pack much of a color.

These Perfect Pout Gel Lip Balms come in 7 different shades.  Wet n Wild says that these are more glamorous than your regular lip balm, yet more natural looking than lipstick with it’s breakthrough color and gel formula.

“Your pout gets wrapped in luxury and kissed with a soft, barely there shade of glossy gorgeousness.  You will never want to be without it.”

Now, for years I have been a fan of the Maybelline Baby Lips.  This particular lip balm is ideal for me to take on the go and toss in my purse while offering my lips a smooth balm that is perfect for every day use.  I had wondered if these Perfect Pout Lip Balms from Wet n Wild were similar.  After applying the first color on my lips (while in the waiting area of Walmart because my lips didn’t have any balm and were feeling dry), I was immediately impressed with how easily this balm glided on.  I didn’t have a mirror to look at the color so I had no idea what it looked like on.  I went to the car when my oil change was complete and realized that I had a really pretty soft pink hue to my lips.  I was impressed.  Having used Maybelline Baby Lips for years and knowing that while they offered a tint of color – because my lips are darker than most, I don’t see the hue very often.  I was very impressed with the color payoff of the Wet n Wild.

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So, let’s get down to business… how are these lip balms?  First, if I had to compare them to Maybelline Baby Lips, honestly – I don’t think I’d buy a Baby Lips again.  I love the pigmentation on these lippies, they have nice color and perfect for my style.  The fact that the tinted ones show up on my dark toned lips are a big deal for me.  They allow me to put them on and run out the door looking put together.  They glide on a lot easier than Baby Lips as well.  There are times when some of my Baby Lips balms slightly tug on my lips when applying.  I’m thinking that the gel formula may have some to do with the slip.  If you are looking for a lip product with slip and that glides on – you’ll enjoy this one.

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The Perfect Pout Balms feel good on the lips but you certainly have to reapply after eating and drinking.  They are not really long lasting and longevity is basic – nothing to write home to mom about.  But, I feel for the cost and the basic need of these, they work.

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With regard to moisturizing the lips – they definitely moisturize my lips and I haven’t noticed any drying or odd feeling after using all day.  I have been enjoying these for every day use because I have a few colors to choose from and they are perfect for days I have no makeup or only mascara.

These lip balms feel very comfortable on the lips – lots of slip for someone like me who loves to pucker their lips often.  The color does transfer onto anything your lips touch – including my husband’s lips but it still looks fairly natural so he wasn’t too bothered by it.  These are very glossy on – so it looks like you have something on your lips for sure.  I love how smooth it is and how smooth it leaves my lips.  Formulated with Vitamin E, Avocado Oil and a proprietary Phytosterol complex – my lips are left feeling quite nice.

Ingredients: Dipentaerythrityl Hexa C5 – 9 Acid Esters, CaprylicCapric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Octyldodecanol, Polybutene, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyethylene, Bis – BehenylIsostearylPhytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Coco – glycerides, Phytosteryl Oleate, Mineral OilHuile minerale, Euphorbia Cerifera Candelilla WaxCire de candelilla, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Persea Gratissima Avocado Oil, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, OleicLinoleicLinolenic Polyglycerides, FlavorAroma, Ricinus Communis Castor Seed Oil, Cetyl PEGPPG – 101 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Polyglyceryl – 4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Squalane, EthylenePropyleneStyrene Copolymer, ButyleneEthyleneStyrene Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra – di – t – butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol, Ubiquinone, MAY CONTAINPEUT CONTENIR Titanium DioxideCI 77891, Red 21 LakeCI 45380, Red 7 LakeCI 15850, Red 28 LakeCI 45410, Yellow 5 LakeCI 19140, Red 30 LakeCI 73360, Blue 1 LakeCI 42090, Iron OxidesCI 77491, CI 77499 

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There is a huge con for these lippies however.  Do NOT leave these in the car, especially if it is a hot day.  I’m thinking due to the gel-like formula, they melt easier.  I left mine in my purse and ran into the store to grab a bottle of water.  I was only gone about 5 minutes and when I came back to the car – it was so soft it basically mushed some what.  It wasn’t even a hot day – so I was disappointed to find how soft the product was after the short time.  This is the type of balm you definitely don’t want to leave in your pocket because your body heat can melt or soften the product easily.

These lip balms are very lightly scented in my opinion – I could smell a hint of what I thought was a fruit like fragrance, but couldn’t quite figure it out and I didn’t find that they had any flavor – maybe it was just me.  Overall – at the price point, (they are cheaper here in Hawaii than Maybelline Baby Lips) I think I may replace these in the future when I run out of them.

You can purchase these products where ever Wet n Wild products are sold – I have been seeing them at Walmart, Walgreens, Target and CVS here.  They are also available online at Wetnwildbeauty.com

So what about you?  Have you heard or tried these lip balms from Wet n Wild?  Do you think these are worth checking out.  If you do, definitely let me know in the comments below your thoughts.

Have a great day.

Signature Honey

Disclaimer:  I purchased these products with my own money.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased – as with anything you see on this site.  Affiliate links are posted through out.

 

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It’s no secret that I’m not really a huge gloss fan.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I think they are ugly or anything – it’s just that I have long hair that ALWAYS gets stuck to my lips and I’m not a fan of the sticky icky… ya know?  So, when I find a gloss that is not only gorgeous but also isn’t sticky – I’m a fan… like totally.  Jesses Girl is a brand that I’ve loved for a few years now since first trying something from the line about 5 years ago (or so) and I remember seeing the release of these Glow Stix Lip Glosses a year or so back.  I honestly thought they looked cool, but didn’t really think it would be something I’d enjoy – until I used them.  Today I’m going to share with you my thoughts on these Jesses Girl Glow Stix Lip Glosses… and you can decide if they are something you’ll want to check out too.

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Jesses Girl Glow Stix Lip Glosses are available in three colors and retail for $4.99 (net. wt. – 0.05 oz / 1.5 mL each).  These are stunning iridescent, holographic topcoat glosses that feel really really nice on the lips.  As I mentioned previously, I’m not a fan of gloss because they tend to be sticky and get caught in my hair – but I found after using these that they are quite comfortable on the lips.  I have had these now for over a month and have used them to top my favorite lip colors and have also used them on their own.

The available shades are: Red Dawn, Tangerine and Wicked.

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Red Dawn is clear iridescent gloss with an orange hue and a red shift.  It is my favorite of the three to top over a pink lipstick shade because it really enhances the lipstick color.

Ingredients:  Cholesteryl oleyl carbonate, Cholesteryl chloride, Cholesteryl noanoate, BHT

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Red Dawn

Tangerine is a clear iridescent gloss with a yellow hue and a green shift.  This is a gorgeous color to top pink or nude lipsticks to enhance the color.

Ingredients: Cholesteryl oleyl carbonate, Cholesteryl chloride, Cholesteryl noanoate, BHT

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Tangerine

Wicked is the boldest out of the three shades in my opinion.  It is a clear iridescent gloss with a green hue and a blue shift.  I have been enjoying putting this gloss over red lipsticks or deep fuchsia or berry colors.

Ingredients: Cholesteryl oleyl carbonate, Cholesteryl chloride, Cholesteryl noanoate, BHT

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Each shade on my lips was applied with two coats of gloss and minimal blotting so that you could see the color effect that the glosses provided.   However, when I use these glosses, I usually will pucker my lips together for a more natural look.  The photo below is what my lips look like if I pucker them up and blend and distribute the color much more evenly on my lips.  This is how I would wear it on it’s own if used without any base.

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a blend of Red Dawn and Tangerine on bare lips
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Wicked Glow Stix Lip Gloss over a pink lipstick

These lip glosses, while made and designed to be toppers actually make really nice glosses on their own.  They feel comfortable on the lips and while they need to be reapplied after drinking, eating and some talking, they give your lips a gorgeous glossy look with a color hue.  I really enjoy wearing them on their own and love that my lips feel moisturized and hydrated when I have them on.

The lip gloss comes with your standard doe foot type of applicator – but I like it, it applies the gloss nicely and I can easily trace the outline of my lips without any issues.

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The packaging on these lip glosses is simple but very fun.  It’s basic and allows you to see through to the iridescent holographic color inside which I think is super cool.  While these shades do not fully glow in the dark, because of the type of colors they are – you can see a hint of them under a black light.  I don’t have pictures to show you but I noticed it on accident while at a party – you could see a yellow hue to my lips – I thought it was pretty cool.  These lip glosses are obviously not something you would expect to use but once you try them, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how cool they are.  I definitely think they are fun and I love using them on their own.  They are not kiss proof – which I mentioned before, but they feel so comfortable on the lips that I enjoy using them.

So how about you, do you think you would like these funky glow stix glosses?  I think they are fun and definitely worth checking out at that price point.  I suggest picking up at least one and having some fun.

You can purchase these beauties at: https://www.jessesgirlcosmetics.com/ or at your local Rite Aid.  We don’t have Rite Aid here so I order online and enjoy the affordable and quick shipping.

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While I have quite an extensive collection of cosmetics, I think one of my all-time favorite products would have to be lippies.  I have my fair share of gorgeous lip products I love and I absolutely swoon over new ones that come my way too.  There is not a lipstick, gloss or balm I don’t fancy and I love checking out new brands as well.  Today, well – it’s no exception!  I want to share with you Highlight Cosmetics Liquid Matte Lipstick and hopefully you found something new to check out too.

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I was recently introduced to Highlight Cosmetics.  Highlight Cosmetics is a highend brand that was created to express the power of makeup.  Their goal was to contribute to a boost of confidence for all women, all around the world.  They used outer beauty and inner beauty as factors of their inspiration and worked hard to create products that offered quality for their customers, ensuring that each customer is looking and feeling beautiful.

Highlight currently offers 10 gorgeous and vibrant shades of liquid lipstick.  The matte liquid lipsticks are long lasting and non-transferrable leaving your lips smooth with a velvet lipstick.  Highlight’s liquid lipsticks are suitable for all skin tones, and offer ingredients that are high quality, consisting of different oils that will maintain its natural color while helping your lips to retain moisture and smoothness.

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I got to try Ruby Royalty – a gorgeous deep burgundy red that is a matte lip with a slight metallic finish.  This lipstick is VERY pigmented, but super smooth and easy to apply.  It has a great soft velvet feel that I’m really enjoying and while it does kiss off, it lasts long on the lips.  I can easily get 4 – 6 hours of wear time with normal fading before I have to touch up.  I’ve been able to eat food and drink without any huge issues and just some fading as well.  After 6 or more hours, while I did have fading, it faded nicely (no weird and funky line on the inside of my lips).  I love that this doesn’t transfer on me, which is a huge thing because my husband doesn’t like lipstick on his lips and he has given me no complaints.  This lipstick doesn’t have that traditional matte liquid lipstick feel and is not drying on the lips at all.  It’s comfortable and offers beautiful opaque pigment so you get one swipe with gorgeous color.

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The formula of this lipstick is quite interesting.  If you’re expecting a dry-matte lipstick or something that will dry out your lips, then this is not it.  Since the lipstick has a satin feel – I suggest applying slowly to ensure that you get an even application.  The formula itself has a mousse like texture, kind of like a creamy matte, not a liquid.  I love that this product is definitely comfortable on the lips.  You can feel that it dries down, but it doesn’t leave my lips feeling like I have 100 layers of liquid lipstick on.  My lips are soft and the product is quite light weight.

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Ingredients: Isododecane Cyclopentasiloxane Trimethylsiloxysilicate Beeswax (Cera Alba) Dimethicone Kaolin Disteardimonium Hectorite VP/Hexadecene Copolymer Octyldodecanol Polybutene Silica Silylate C18-36 Acid Triglyceride Propylene Carbonate Phenoxyethanol Stearalkonium Hectorite Ethylhexylglycerin Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Oil Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3 Tocopheryl Acetate Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Laminaria Ochroleuca (Kelp) Extract Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract Camellia Oleifera (White Tea) Leaf Extract MAY CONTAIN: +/- Mica (CI 77019) Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492) D&C Red 27 Aluminum Lake (CI 45410:2) FD&C Yellow No 5 Aluminum Lake (CI 19140:1) Carmine (CI 75470) FD&C Blue No 1 Aluminum Lake (CI 42090) D&C Red No 6 (CI 15850) FD&C Red 7 Calcium Lake (CI 15850:1)

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I would have loved to see a much darker, more deeper toned red in the collection, but I’m hoping that Highlight comes out with many more colors.  Overall, I do really enjoy Ruby Royalty and I’ve already been eyeing some of the other shades in the collection.  You can find a selection of neutrals, reds and pinks available – metallic and completely matte.

The NATURAL infusion of TURMERIC, GREEN TEA, WHITE TEA, SEA KELP, and a BENEFIT PEPTIDE will give your lips a soft, moist, and smooth finish.

Each Highlight Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick retails for $25.00.  The tube of lipstick includes a Net. Wt. of 4g / .14 fl.oz. and is encased in a gorgeous tube.  The packaging is fabulous and I love that it has that faux lipstick look, giving you the impression that you are pulling out an actual lipstick bullet… ha ha, trust me, I did try initially to do so.

Highlight Cosmetics is Made in the USA is cruelty free, gluten free, paraben free and non toxic.

Check out Highlight Cosmetics here: http://highlightcosmetics.com/

Have you  heard of  Highlight Cosmetics before?  If so, have you tried it?  Also, are you currently into liquid lipsticks?  Do you think you would like the formulation of these?

Signature Honey

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I know that Summer is coming to an end shortly, but let’s face it, we can use water resistant cosmetics year round – not just during the summer months.  One of my favorite brands offering a variety of water resistant products is Cargo Cosmetics.  Cargo Swimmables collection includes an array of products for anyone and offers great color and high pigmentation for those that are active or just looking for longevity in their makeup.  I’ve been a huge fan of this collection over the years and I’m excited to share a few of my favorites with all of you today.

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The Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush (0.10 oz / 2.83g – $26.00) and Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Bronzer (0.45 oz / 13g – $29.00) are some of my favorites from the collection.  They are blushes and bronzers I have repurchased time and time again over the last 6 years or so and some of my favorites in my entire makeup arsenal.

The Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush offers you color that won’t streak or fade and provide you with long lasting sweat-proof and weatherproof color on your cheeks.  I have Bali (a medium rose pink with an iridescent sheen) which is newly added to my collection and Los Cabos (soft tangerine with a coral hue and golden sheen).  I have had Los Cabos for over a year and have purchased it several times for friends that love coral toned blushes.  You get a lot of product in each pan and it is so pigmented a little goes a long way.  Los Cabos offers my cheeks that beautiful glow I love to wear during the summer and is a perfect “every day” blush choice for me.  The powder is silky and has a formula that glides onto the skin for a subtle wash of color that you can easily build up to the intensity you are interested in.  While it appears sheer with one swatch or swipe, you can manipulate the powder easily to provide the coverage you are looking for.

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swatch of: Bali, Los Cabos & Water Resistant Bronzer – taken with natural light
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swatch of: Bali, Los Cabos & Water Resistant Bronzer – taken with ring light

Features and Benefits

  • Silicone-coated pigments provide better adhesion to the skin and help withstand water for extended wear.
  • L-Lysine, an amino acid found naturally in the skin, helps increase the blush’s long-wearing and water-resistant properties.
  • Paraben free.

The Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Bronzer is a silky powder formula that also glides over the skin for a subtle radiant glow.  It is one of my favorite bronzers I own and in fact, I have 4 different bronzers in my collection from Cargo because I always enjoy them.  This bronzer will not streak or fade, is sweat-proof and waterproof too.  It’s natural looking and doesn’t look orange on my skin or change color or oxidize like some bronzers have done to me in the past.  It’s comfortable on and I love that it has a golden sheen to it.  This is not the type of bronzer I would suggest or use for contouring, but it gives my face and body a sunkissed glow that makes me look like a goddess.  It’s one of my favorite bronzers for a reason and I love it.

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Features and Benefits

  • Silicone-coated pigments provide better adhesion to the skin and help withstand water for extended wear.
  • L-Lysine, an amino acid found naturally in the skin, helps increase the bronzer’s long-wearing and water-resistant properties.
  • Paraben free.

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The Cargo Better Than Waterproof Mascara was something definitely fun for me to try.  Retailing for $20.00 (0.33 fl.oz. / 10 mL), I honestly wasn’t sure how I would like this product.  If you know anything about me, it’s that I prefer waterproof mascaras (though I don’t use them all the time) because my allergies are so bad, a normal mascara usually doesn’t stay in place all day for me.  This mascara states it is “better than waterproof!”  So I honestly wasn’t sure about the claims… until I tried it.  This is truly a water resistant mascara but still gentle enough to be worn on my eyes every day.  It stays put and in place all day long.  Now, I haven’t gone swimming with this mascara yet – but let’s just say, my sweat was rough enough the last few weeks to really give this a good test.

The wand is really basic so I didn’t think it would offer my lashes much of anything… but it did give me some volume and length.  This is the kind of mascara I would particularly select when at the pool or going to the beach and want to make my lashes stand out without putting on a full face of makeup.  It offers a tubing formulation which allows the mascara to stay put during the day, but yet it is easily removed with warm water or gentle pressure.  I was able to remove the mascara with my Garnier Micellar Water (the regular one) and my Simple Micellar Water without any issues.  No heavy eye makeup remover or oil based remover was needed.  No smudging or running and long lasting awesomeness all day long.  I would love to see this formulation with a different wand aimed specifically to help with length and volume too.  The formulation is also quite black which make it stand out nicely on my short lashes.

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As most people know, I’m a fanatic for colored eye liners and these Cargo Swimmables Eye Pencils (net wt. 0.04 oz / 1.2g – $18.00) are quite the find.  I have six of the twelve shades available from the line.  Each pencil is creamy (very creamy), waterproof and smudge proof with a formula that glides on with ease.  This product claims that it can last up to 14 hours and while I can only attest to 10 hours of total wear, I do love that they last that long.  I have very watery eyes so a product that can hold up to my teary and watery eyes while still looking vibrant is wonderful.  I love that I can wear the shades on my waterline and they stay without budging.

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Left To Right – Top to bottom: 08 Lake Como, 07 Lake Geneva, 10, Dorado Beach, 05 Pfeiffer Beach, 11 Shelly Beach, 04 Loch Ness

I haven’t particularly worn these in the pool or ocean and haven’t gone swimming with them but they lasted 10+ hours without the need to touch up through my sweaty days and allergy prone watery eyes without an issue.  I just love how small the tip is and how easy it is to get a precise line, especially since the formula is so creamy, it makes it easy to wear and apply.  Once you apply and let it set, it will stay all day until you take it off.  You can sharpen your pencil (I like twist up pencils better but I’ll take it) and it’s paraben free.

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Now, I couldn’t possibly leave out the lippies so I would also like to share with you the Cargo Essential Lip Glosses (0.08 oz / 2.5mL – $16.00) available in 15 shades.  I have three of them in the colors:  Rio, Sahara and Belgium.  Now, if you have been following me a while, then you know I am not a huge fan of lip glosses and I have my select favorites.  These essential lip glosses actually amazed me in that I didn’t expect to like them as much as I do.  They are creamy and moisturizing with a formula that glides over the lips easily and doesn’t feel sticky at all.

Super high shine lip gloss delivers intense, lasting color! The creamy, moisturizing formula glides over lips, and most importantly it never feels sticky.  I’m really liking how these feel on my lips and most importantly, I love how they are not sticky so it makes wearing them easy to do.  Since I haven’t been using matte lippies at all this summer, I’ve been enjoying pairing Sahara with my favorite nude lipsticks to give them a little shine.  These seem to last fairly long on the lips which is a plus and they are also gluten-free and paraben free.

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Top to Bottom, left to right: 04 Jaipur Swimmables Lip Pencil, Rio, Sahara and Belgium

If you’re not into gloss that much or need a great lip liner, don’t worry – I got you covered.  The Cargo Swimmables Lip Pencil (0.04 oz / 1.2g – $18.00) is a long lasting pencil that offers great lip definition, high pigmentation and is waterproof.  It’s pretty long lasting in my opinion.  I love that it sharpens, it’s soft on the lips and applies very easily and I haven’t noticed any feathering or transfer providing me long lasting color.  Through eating and drinking, I have really noticed how long this lasts so it would make a great base for your favorite lip color.  I also love that it sharpens which is a big plus.  I have the color Jaipur which is a nice mauve rose hue that seems to pair well with many of the lip colors I already own and I’ve been enjoying it this summer.

Well, that’s all I have to share with you today.  I have a new palette I ordered from Cargo not too long ago and hope to share that with you here as well.  Overall, I’m always impressed with Cargo Cosmetics and the products they offer.  I have purchased products from Cargo off and on over the years and I’ve always been a fan of their quality.  It’s a shame you don’t hear as much about them as you would other brands, but if you are looking for some great quality products or something new to try, I highly suggest checking them out.  I have been a fan of theirs for over 6 years and it’s always good to see when a brand keeps the quality and improves for the better in time.

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You can purchase these products and so much more at: http://www.cargocosmetics.com/ or Ulta Beauty.

Have you tried anything from Cargo before?  If so, what are your favorite products or your experience with the brand?  If not, do you foresee something from the Swimmables collection in your future?

Signature Honey

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I must admit, I’m a terrible blogger sometimes.  For example – I have been sitting on these beautiful products from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics for months now, and I’m only getting around to writing and featuring them now.  Life tends to get the best of me and I find myself consistently playing catch up on many things.  But, the plus side to waiting months to write about these gorgeous cosmetics, is that I have had the chance to really try them out, test them out and really figure out how they work for me.  Today I share with you a look I created using some of the products from Youngblood Cosmetics as well as swatches of the products I received.  This is a brand that you may read about in the blogger realm, but it is not talked about much in the YouTube community.  I’m not sure why – the products… they’re gorgeous.

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Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics offers a wide range of cosmetic product from eye shadows and blush to bronzer and foundations.  They are a high quality brand offering pigmented products that are luxe and gorgeous.  Created and founded by Pauline Youngblood, these products were formulated to help conceal and correct imperfect complexions while offering products that would be good for the skin.

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After years of working with patients who suffered from traumatized skin from harsh laser treatments, acne, rosacea and cosmetic surgeries, Pauline Youngblood decided it was time to create a line of cosmetics that were not just mineral based, but good for the skin.  Youngblood provides the healthiest, highest quality products while empowering women to look and feel their best.

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So let’s chit chat about some of the products I’ve been testing out and using and my thoughts on each one.  I love when I can try a range of products from a brand and since I has not tried anything from Youngblood Cosmetics before, this was my opportunity to see what they had to offer.

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The Pressed Mineral Eye Shadow Quad in Shanghai Nights ($43.00) comes with 4 gorgeously pigmented eye shadows and a Net Wt. of .14 oz / 4g.  The four complementary shades come in a sleek and stylish mirrored compact and are perfect for your vanity or on the go.  I love that each compact comes ready for a look and includes matte, pearl and shimmery finishes that blend perfectly together.  There are 7 different eye shadow quads to choose from so you can easily find one that will be perfect to suit your style.

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Left to Right – Shitake, Beige-Ing, Cherry Blossom, Bamboo

I tend to gravitate to warm shades vs cooler tones, but I really enjoyed using this palette.  The shade range offered you everything from a crease and transition shade to a lid and browbone / highlight shade all in one palette.  Each color feels like silk and applies easily.  I especially love that they are mineral based, but they are in pressed form which make using these really easy.  Used over a primer I can easily get hours of wear out of the shades – I wore them for at least 8 hours over a primer and they lasted and was as vibrant as ever.  The compact is well made with a sturdy magnetic closure so this makes for a great palette for travel.

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The Youngblood Cosmetics Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen in Noir ($26.00 Net Wt. 0.59 mL/0.02 fl.oz.) is Vegan and a showstopper.  This liner has a precision tip and offers great control and beautiful bold color in one swipe.  I love a great liquid liner with a tip that will allow me to create a wing easily and this is definitely it.  The liner dries quickly and stays put for hours.  Even with my watery eyes, I found that I could wear this eye liner all day without smudging.  I was quite impressed with its staying power and loved the precision point.  But what I love the most is that creating the perfect wing was easy with this liner, it applies nicely and made my job perfection.

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If you are looking for a liquid eye liner that is easy to use and control with bold color in one swipe and no streaking, I think you’ll definitely enjoy this one.  I love that it’s so long wearing and perfect to create a thick or thin line.

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The Intimatte Mineral Matte Lipstick in Vain ($19.00 – Net Wt. 4g. / 0.14oz) is also Vegan.  I have a beautiful burgundy shade that is an absolute show stopper.  I can’t wait to really get some use out of this color during the Fall and Winter months.  This lip color is super-rich and provide high-impact payoff with ultra pigmentation.

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This color is bold, so I would love to see how vibrant the more neutral shades are.  From what I can see on the site, there are 9 shades available and all in beautiful tones from pinks and nudes to plums, corals and reds.  There is a shade for everyone.  Vain was absolutely comfortable on the lips.  While it is a matte shade, it was very comfortable on my lips and left my lips still feeling hydrated and moisturized.  The formulation on this lip color is awesome.  Like with most lipsticks, they do come off with drinking or eating – but where time offered quite a few hours on its own and I love that my lips were so soft after removing it.

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Youngblood Mineral Radiance in Splendor is probably one of my favorite product sin the bunch I have tried.  Retailing for $43.00 (Net Wt. 9.5g / 0.335 oz.) the compact includes Vegan and Gluten Free products and is an absolutely gorgeous product.  These products represent a mesh of colors that are reminiscent of a tropical vacation and used together on your face or body or individually will give you a great and wonderful glow.

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Each shade in this compact is gorgeous.  I love to pick out the colors I want to use and use them separately on my cheeks or as a highlight and when I’m feeling like I want to go bold and shimmery, I swirl my brush over all the shades to create a gorgeous shade.  This compact is super pigmented and offers rich color with lots of great staying power.  If I apply this over a primer or use on its own – I get great lasting power for hours without needing to touch up.  I love blushes with a golden hue and a few of these shades have a gold sheen offering the perfect glow on my cheeks.  I can build up the color for a punch of pow or lightly tap my brush into the compact for a soft summer glow.

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My entire look (above) was created using the Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics I featured in this look (with exception to my eyebrows).  These photos were taken with my phone (as with all of the images on my blog lately) and as you can see – the colors are soft but gorgeous.  The lips are bold, but still wearable.

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The wing liner in my look was done using the Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen, which I absolutely LOVE.  And, I am looking forward to trying out many more cosmetics from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.  Overall – I think the quality of these products are superb and I love how they feel against the skin.  I have naturally sensitive skin, dry and eczema prone so some cosmetics can really dry out my eyelids or cause my skin funky flareups.  I love a product line that offers quality ingredients and great products.  Yes, the price point on their products are quite high – but considering the quality and “good for your skin” feel you get when using these gorgeous products, I would buy them in a heartbeat.

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I can’t wait to order and try more products from Youngblood Cosmetics.  I find that I pull for this brand’s products often because I don’t have to think about what to pair with my eye shadows – I have the colors I want and need for a soft summer look without having to overthink the whole situation.  If you are a blush and highlight lover like I am – I highly suggest checking out the Youngblood Mineral Radiance Compacts – they come in a few gorgeous colors for you to choose from.  And, if you are looking for a great liquid liner – check out the Eye-Mazing Liquid Liner Pen.  Heck, check out all of their cosmetics, I know you’ll enjoy them as much as I have.

You can check out Youngblood Cosmetics on their website to see what else they have to offer: https://www.ybskin.com/

Have you heard of or tried anything from Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics?  If so – what are your thoughts?  If not, are there any products you are interested in checking out?

Signature Honey

Disclaimer:  The products featured and mentioned in this post were sent to me for review consideration.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.  Affiliate links are posted through out.  Thank you Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics & PR for all your patience in waiting for me to feature these products.  I truly love them and apologize for taking so long to post about it.

 

 

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It has been a few years since I have used foundation consistently on my skin.  I remember a time when it was something I did daily or several times a week having worked in the beauty industry for so long.  But over the last three years or so I decided it was no longer a necessity and I really wanted to let my natural skin shine.  It took a while to get it to the point where I’m happy with it, so I was a bit intrigued and surprised to receive a package from PUR Cosmetics that included their HydraFluid Water Serum Foundations.  Having not tried anything form PUR Cosmetics before, I thought that this would give me an interesting perspective not only on their product but also on the brand.  Today I share with you the new PUR Cosmetics HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation and my thoughts on this particular product.

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Since I stopped using foundation a few years back, I’m always intrigued with what I see making its way onto the beauty scene.  Over the last few years, different brands – luxury, high end and drugstore, have been releasing new and improved products that not only help the skin but offer skin loving benefits that many foundations didn’t back when I used to use the product consistently.  I discontinued the use of the product to let my natural skin shine but also because my skin had become so sensitive over the years – it was the best thing I could have done.  Now with new products on the market, loving your skin and adding coverage has been an added bonus.

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The PUR Cosmetics HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation (whew – say that five times, fast, lol.) was recently launched on February 7th, 2016 at locations like Kohls and Ulta stores nationwide and has been available via the purcosmetics.com site as of January 18, 2016.  Retailing for just $39.00 this new foundation is available in 5 different shades:  Light, Medium, Tan, Dark and Deep.  The HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation (Net. Wt. 0.1oz) comes in an easy to use squeeze tube and is ideal for those with Normal, Combination or Dry Skin which makes this foundation a great choice for my skin type – which is dry.

What makes the PUR HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation so unique is that it contains an encapsulated water complex that delivers Swiss Alps-sourced water to hydrate the skin for lasting radiance while providing silky, medium coverage.  If you are like me and don’t use foundation but sometimes need a little coverage – this foundation can provide you that “bare looking” skin with a perfect complexion.  Since water sourced from the Swiss Alps is known for its high purity and is the ideal mineral water to refresh skin – this foundation is ideal in that it leaves my skin feeling hydrated and moisturized but still offering me a light-weight coverage that leaves my skin dewy and breathable.

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This is my BEFORE (left) and AFTER (right). The BEFORE is bare faced without any makeup (just moisturizer) and the AFTER includes a full face of makeup including PUR HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation.

Application of the HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation was easy and effortless for me.  I applied 2-3 drops of the foundation to my face and used a synthetic flat kabuki brush to apply it the first time.  It smoothed on easily without any problems.  To follow up I also tried it with a wet beauty blender and a synthetic round top kabuki brush to see how it would work with each and it also applied easily, evenly and nicely.  Buffing into the skin and layering as I felt I needed additional coverage was easy as well.

After being in the beauty industry a while – what drove me nuts about foundation is that it was always a trial and error for finding my correct shade.  Blending two or three to customize the perfect color for me was a must for most brands.  While PUR Cosmetics only offers five shades in this line, I was impressed to find that TAN was the perfect shade for my skin tone and blended well as if it were my own skin.  That’s a rarity and I was impressed that I didn’t have to do a custom blend.

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Left to Right: LIGHT, MEDIUM, TAN, DARK, DEEP

With Key ingredients like:  Encapsulated Water Complex, Ceretin Complex and Vitamin E – the PUR HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation utilizes phospholipids to deliver the purest water sourced from the Swiss Alps deep into the skin for long lasting hydration.  It helps smooth, firm and lift the skin’s appearance and helps to soothe the skin and provide antioxidant benefits.  It did leave my skin looking a little dewy which I actually enjoyed.  Since I haven’t been using foundation the last few years – the dewy look was not overpowering but really allowed my skin to look bare faced.  The consistency of this product and the way it feels against my skin reminds me of a CC cream – again, lightweight but with coverage.

Since I don’t use foundation, I’ve been enjoying using these products and the other shades for other things as well.  The darker tones blend well for me to use as a contour and the lighter tones work reasonably well as a highlight to brighten under my eyes.  Though I don’t use a lot of makeup – these have made great products to help polish a look while still allowing my natural skin that I worked so hard to improve – shine!

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Having not used foundation in a few years I am glad that I was able to test these particular ones out.  Not only did it give me the opportunity to try something from a brand I hadn’t had the opportunity to, but it’s a great foundation for people like me that don’t wear any or for those that do and are looking for something lightweight.  The coverage is definitely build-able, offering you light to medium coverage and the feeling on the skin like a BB or CC cream.  If you are someone looking for heavier coverage, I would suggest starting with a primer and laying that down first, applying the PUR Cosmetics HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation and then setting with a pressed or setting powder to get the coverage you’re looking for.  If you are looking for a mattified look – you could easily get that with using the same steps I previously mentioned.  And, if you are like me and want a light weight, soft and dewy coverage – you can use this foundation on its own.

Overall – as someone who no longer uses this type of product (unless I feel I need to), I’m not only impressed with the product itself, but I also love that my skin didn’t break out or have any sensitivities when using this.  That’s a rarity and one of the reasons why I stopped using foundation to begin with.  My skin felt nice and smooth after and I didn’t notice any oxidation either.  The foundation lasted on my skin all day – at least 9 hours and I didn’t feel oily or need to blot through out the day.  My skin overall felt moisturized and hydrated and I love that you can still see my skin through the product.  It is also Husband approved, because it didn’t smudge off on his clothes or anywhere on him which he enjoyed and while he could tell I had some form of coverage on my skin – he also commented that he liked that it looked natural and not “thick or cakey”  <- His words… lol.

So what about you… have you tried this foundation from PUR Minerals?  If so – what are your thoughts on it?  If not, what have you tried from PUR Cosmetics and what do you suggest I check out and try next?  Comment below and let me know.

Signature Honey

 

Disclaimer:  The products mentioned and discussed in this post were sent to me for review consideration and possible feature.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and I was not paid to provide my thoughts or feature this product on my blog.  Affiliate links are posted through out.

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty is Back for Fall 2015

I’m so excited because September means that Pumkin Spice Lattes and the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty is back for Fall.  Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty Event is one that many of us beauty lovers look forward to and anticipate each year.  The event allows you to get awesome deals on some of your favorite products and beauty brands and today I’m sharing with you my Top Picks for this sale that began a few days ago.

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If you have been following me a while – you know that the Per-fekt Beauty line is one of my favorites and the Lash Perfection Gel is one of my Top 5 Favorite Mascaras.  Available on Sept. 17th – The Per-fekt Beauty Lash Perfection Gel is going to be on sale for $14 versus $28.50 at its retail price.  Woohoo – time to stock up.

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I’m not gonna lie, I’ve had my eyes on the Urban Decay Naked Skin Line since I first seen its release, and more so the Beauty Balm since I know I would get use out of it.  Instead of $34 the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm is just $17 – which is an absolute steal.  Available Sept. 18th.

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On Sept. 21st you can stock up on some Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels from Skyn Iceland.  This Online Only steal is perfect to take advantage of so you can up your skin care game.  Get 35% off the products and get ready for your Fall and Winter skin care routine.  I have tried many eye gels but have had this product on my wishlist now since I first seen it released.  I’m excited to try it and add this product to my nighttime skincare routine.

The last product I have is the Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush & Powder Blush.  I got Los Cabos which is a peach toned blush that will be perfect to add a little brightness to your cheeks year round.  Originally retailing for $26.00 – during the Ulta Beauty 21 Days of Beauty Sale you will get the full sized blush for just $13.

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While some of my picks may not tickle your fancy – there is a bunch of goodies available for you to choose from – all at discounted prices for your picking and taking.  Here is a small list of products on sale in case you are interested. I started the sale from today’s date on so that you will not be sad that you may have missed out on some of the others that were available last week 🙂

You can check out the full list here.

September 15 – IT Cosmetics Eye lift in a Tube (50% off / now $14.50) and Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation (Online only – 35% off / Now $22.75)

September 17 – Too Faced Bulletproof 24 Hour Eye Liner (50% off / now $11) and Per-fect Beauty Lash Perfection Gel & Liquid Lash Curler (Online only – now $14)

September 18thUrban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balms (50% off / now $17) and Clarisonic Cleansing Brush Heads (Buy One Get One Free)

September 19thBare Minerals Lasting Line or Round The Clock Eye liner (50% off / now $8), Exuviance – Entire Line (25% off / now $18-90)

September 20thLaura Geller Balance-n-Brighten Baked Color Correcting Foundation (now $20 / regular $33) and Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara (50% off / now $10)

September 21stSkyn Iceland (online only steal) Hydro Cool Firming Eye and Face Gels (35% off / now $19.50 – 22.75)

September 22ndAmazing Cosmetics Anti-Aging Primer, Travel size (now $10 / regular $18)

September 23rdCargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush and Powder Blush (online only steal – 50% off / now $13)

September 24thStila Convertible Color (now $12 / regular $25)

September 25thIT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Mascara (50% off / now $12)

September 26thTarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Liner (50% off / now $10)

Are you going to be taking advantage of some of these awesome steals?  While I think this list of goodies that Ulta Beauty has for discount is great – there are a few brands I would have loved to seen in the sale… do you have any brands you would have liked to see too?  What’s on your list to pick up?

Signature Honey

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I absolutely love lipsticks!  If I said otherwise that would be a big fat lie and I would expect everyone and anyone to call me on it.  While I have my favorites, I will never turn a good lippy down, especially when they are affordable and offer great wear and color pay-off.  Last year I was introduced to Nicka K Cosmetics through Ipsy and was intrigued not only with the color range, but the price point.  So, today I share with you a few shades from the Nicka K Hydro Lipstick collection.

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Nicka K New York is a cosmetic company founded in 1995 in New York City.  While they have been in business for over 15 years, I am quite bummed to find that I only learned of them last year.  Their goal was to create professional-level makeup that was not only high quality, but affordable – proving that the best makeup is not necessarily the most expensive.  Today I share with you four lipsticks from Nicka K’s Hydro Lipstick line.  These gorgeous lippies retail for $4.99 on the site and come in 24 gorgeous shades in various tones, hues and colors for every day and runway looks.

These luscious color infused lipsticks are formulated with hydrating moisture to keep your lips moisturized for soft lips and long wear.  The Hydro lipsticks are formulated with jojoba oil for a lightweight feel that is comfortable on the lips.  These gorgeous affordable lippies are also Paraben free.

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Left to Right – Begonia, Daring, Forward, Resort

The packaging on these babies are sleek and offer a nice metallic brown look to them.  As much as I love the look of the lipstick tube, I think the feel of these are really light – while some may like that sort of thing, I feel that makes the packaging appear or feel a bit on the cheaper side to me.  However, for travel, packing light, etc – it definitely could be a great thing… I’m just particular like that.  Each bullet has the color on the top of the lid which makes it easy to find and easy to select and after comparing the shade swatch with the actual lipstick – the colors are pretty dead on accurate.  Each lipstick has a Net WT 0.12oz/3.3g so you get a lot of product for a great price point.  These shades are very creamy, very hydrating on the lips and have apply boldly in color with just one swipe.

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  • Begonia is a deep coral shade with a golden copper metallic shift.  It actually looks much nicer applied or swatched then in the tube so I was quite amazed with how nice this color looked on.
  • Daring is a gorgeous red with a soft blue undertone.  This is the kind of red that gets you runway ready in a snap.  It does have a shine to it like a cream.
  • Forward is a deep brick red maroon shade that applies like a cream as well.  Like Daring it has a gloss shine to it.
  • Resort is my favorite out of the four I own and is a perfect pink/peach nude cream lipstick. I have gotten a lot of use out of this shade.

If you are looking for affordable lipsticks that won’t break the bank but offer great pigmentation and color payoff, hydration on your lips and feel great on, I think you will enjoy these.  While there are other lipsticks in the drugstore that you may find that can be a bit cheaper, I love how these feel on my lips and find that these have a nice texture and feeling on my pout.  These lipsticks offer me a good 4-5 hour wear without re-applying so long as I haven’t eaten anything and with simple drinking, etc. you will definitely see transfer.  While they are not truly long wearing – they feel so nice on the lips it is hard not to like them.  As I mentioned previously, while the packaging on these are really nice and chic I don’t like the weight of them to me and it definitely does make the lipstick itself feel cheap.  I love the color of the packaging and once I applied the lipstick to my lips – the packaging didn’t bother me because these lipsticks feel really nice and comfortable on.

Have you tried anything from Nicka K before?  Have you tried these lipsticks?  What do you think of the price point?  You can purchase these lipsticks and more Nicka K cosmetics at www.nicka.com.

Signature Honey

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The winter months often have my skin quite light in comparison to what shade I am during the summer months so bronzer tends to be my best friend, year round – but certainly during Spring.  I have never been a fan of shimmery bronzers and while I do use them, I find that it just draws too much attention to the places I really don’t want to have seen.  My ideal bronzer would be one that blends well, matches my skin and is obviously matte, and while I have found some that I love, I find that this particular bronzer is one I pull for often.  Last year one of my favorite drug store companies released a matte bronzer and today I share the NYX Matte Bronzer with all of you.

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Reasonably and drugstore priced, the NYX Matte Bronzer retails for $9.00 on their website and in various stores like Target and Ulta.  These compacts come in five shades (Light, Deep, Medium, Dark Tan and Deep Tan).  While I do not particularly think these shades would be great for those with really fare skin, I find that the color choices are really nice for those with my skin tone or darker.

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Each bronzer has a Net Wt. 0.33 oz 9.5g and in my opinion – that is a lot of product for the price.  This bronzer is completely matte and very pigmented.  I not only use a light hand when applying it, but I must also ensure that I tap the excess off of my brush prior to applying as it can offer a very dramatic contour.  I own the color in Deep – which is a cool brown shade that still lends for a warm tone, which I like.  It lasts for several hours when applied directly to my skin and I do not notice any oxidizing, which is a big deal since many matte bronzers can do this on my skin.

Packaging is great – easy for travel and sturdy.  I have dropped my bronzer many times and it hasn’t cracked, chipped or shattered on me yet.  The compact itself also has a built in mirror which I think is great for traveling and taking with you though I do not think touch-ups are needed.  This bronzer has a soft, buttery like texture which I love, without out the dust that can often come with it.  I have applied with contour brushes and fluffy brushes and find that it blends out without issue and offers you a subtle or dramatic bronze and contour effect.  This product has easily become a favorite and go-to and I find I pull for it much more than my high end brands.

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Whether you are looking for a subtle bronze, contour or dramatic definition I think anyone would enjoy using this product.  It’s affordable, which is a huge deal for me and it does the job of those that I have paid twice the price for.  This matte bronzer from NYX is one of those that I definitely recommend if you can find the shade that fits you best.  Unfortunately – my biggest con is that this is not available for all skin tones and I know my light Snow White skinned loves will probably not find a shade that will work for them.  But I definitely suggest giving it a run and see for yourself.  You can purchase this bronzer and more at nyxcosmetics.com or at your local Ulta or Target stores.

Have you tried the NYX Matte Bronzer?  If so – what shade do you use and if not, is it something you would try?

Signature Honey

 

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The cateye “winged” liner is something that truly will never go out of trend – it’s absolutely timeless.  But, eye liners come and go and while some work well – others not so.  I have done my fair share of testing and trying out liners in a plethora of price points and brands and I’m always on the hunt for one that is not only affordable, but that will also be long lasting, smudge proof and do the job.  Today I bring to you my thoughts on the Jordana Cat eye Liners.  Let’s see if they live up to my standard.

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A few months ago Jordana Cosmetics released their Cat Eye Liners in a variety of colors.  I actually came across these beauties at my local Walgreens in the “What’s New” display and picked up a few colors I knew I had to have and try out.  Shortly after, Jordana sent over the whole collection of shades for me to try and share with you.  Each eye liner retails for $2.99 and there are a total of eight shades – some very wearable like black and brown and others bold shades like green, blue and gold.  Jordana’s claim is that these liners are lightweight, long wearing, smudge-proof and can be used by those from beginner to pro.

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The eye liner tip has a tapered brush applicator which is kind of standard when it comes to eye liners.  If you are like me and enjoy the NYC Liquid Eyeliner – you may like this liner as well.  The actual brush itself is not too long as to take away from control but offers good movement while still being stiff enough to create a nice wing.  I’m actually quite impressed with how nicely it glides on and find that it is easy to apply – though I have been creating a winged liner now for many years.

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Left to Right: Black Leather (01), Black Brown (02), Orchid (03), Twilight (04), Caribbean (05), Envy (06), Suede (07) and Future (08)

Each shade has great pigmentation though some of them do require you apply more than one coat / layer.  I really like how the shades show up against my skin without issue and Black Leather (01) has been my go-to lately for a black liner when creating a wing.  These have a nice liquid consistency – they are not too runny or liquid-like but they are also not too thick which I think really makes a difference with application.

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In the look above, I am using the Jordana Cat Eye liquid liner in Black Leather on my upper lash line to wing out the look.  A tutorial and full list of products for this look can be found here.

While I think these work great – especially for the cost, there are a few things that I could see worked on with regard to formulation.  While they are smudge proof, because I have watery eyes, I find that they do not last all day on me.  While the part of the liner on my lid will do fairly well, my outer corners or wing tends to fade and in some cases, it just comes off.  If I were to cry or tear up profusely it wouldn’t last and I would look like a raccoon.  Another issue I see, though not a problem for me, is the size of the brush applicator.  I don’t find an issue with it, but I’ve been creating winged liner and eye liner looks now for many years.  However, since the brush is quite small for those who are beginners, I can see how it would get frustrating when applying because the color deposited in one swipe is not as much due to the size of the brush.  It may take a few swipes over the lid to create the bold statement color someone is looking for.  While this is not an issue for me, I know that it can be for others so I figured that I would mention it.  While the liner is pigmented and the color bold in just one swipe, it may need to be built up to get the effect one is looking for.

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Overall – I’m quite impressed with these liners.  Let’s face it, I’m always for shaving a buck and these are not only affordable, they do work.  Even with the little mentions of things that didn’t work for me, I’ve still been getting some great use out of these babies and I would recommend them.  For the price point – I think they are pretty darn cool.  I’m very impressed with what the drugstore brands have been releasing lately and it’s nice to see that the color range of drugstore products are really evolving.  You can purchase these products and more at your local Walgreens and CVS or online at Jordanacosmetics.com.

Have you tried these eye liners yet?  If so, what do you think about them?  If not, are you interested in testing them out for yourself?

Signature Honey

 

Disclaimer:  The products discussed and mentioned in this post were purchased by me and also sent to me for review and consideration.  All opinions are my own and 100% honest and unbiased.  While some of the product were sent to me for free, no monetary compensation was provided for my review and my thoughts are genuine.

 

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Liquid lipsticks are definitely all the rage lately.  I remember a few years back when I had tried some 12 hour lippies and hates how they felt on the lips, so trying out anything new was not on my list of priorities.  Last year I had gotten my hands on some Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks and LOVED them and I really enjoy some from Stila as well, but I didn’t think that I would find any others that I would covet until now.  If you google, search or even do a hashtag search for #lasplash you will see that these liquid lipsticks are taking the World by a storm.  I picked up eight of LA Splash Liquid Lipsticks and decided I would share them with you.

LA Splash Lip Couture liquid lipstick

LA Splash is a brand that is sold online and at a few retailers (which I do not have near me).  While it is a makeup brand with a varied product line from pigments to lipsticks and glitters – they also offer a very wide range of liquid lipsticks.  A few of these liquid lipsticks I’ll be sharing with you today come from the Lip Couture, Smitten LipTint Mousse and StudioShine Waterproof Lip Lustre lines.  The range in price between $11.98 and $13.98 and come in a wide variety of not only fun and funky shades, but cool names.

LA Splash Lip Couture liquid lipstick

Charmed, Love Good and Nymph-Adora are from the Smitten LipTint Mousse collection.  These shades retails for $11.98  and the names of this collection are fun.  I’m a huge Harry Potter fan so I enjoyed seeing this collection from the get-go.  If you are into dark or vampy shades, fun, bright hues or even blues or greens, you will definitely enjoy the color range in this particular collection.

Belle, Alice and Tiana are from the StudioShine Waterproof Lip Lustre Collection.  This collection retails for $13.98 each and the shades in this collection are fabulous.  Some of the colors have a metallic look with micro shimmer so while the liquid lipstick dries matte, it has almost a sheen to it giving it a really cool metallic finish.  This particular collection includes nudes and neutrals, bold pinks and plums and gorgeous vampy reds and burgundy shades – it’s gorgeous.  As you can tell from this particular line, it is named after Disney princesses or ladies from Disney which I love.

Ghoulish and Rose Garden are from the Lip Couture line that retails for $11.98 each.  This line also has a broad color range from purples and nudes, pinks and even a fun gray-ish blue and a black.  That I know of – each color in this line leaves a matte finish as do all of the other collections.

LA Splash Lip Couture liquid lipstick

These colors are fabulous and offer a wide range for anyone to use and any skintone which I absolutely love.  The price point is reasonable considering that there are so many other brands that offer similar for over $20 and drugstore brands that are coming out are starting to really increase their price point.  If you are someone that really wants a lippy that will last – I definitely suggest checking these out.  They are simply made with a lip gloss like tube and doe foot applicator – but application of these products are really simple.  I do suggest apply from the middle of your lip and work outwards to best coverage.

There are many pros and a few cons to this product that I want to share with you.  After testing out the shades, I noticed the ones I have from the Lip Couture and Smitten LipTint Mousse collections last the longest on the lips.  They have great staying power and if you are not going to be eating much that is oily you can expect these to last a really long time.  The StudioShine Waterproof Lip Lustre Collection does last on the lips, but I find that it does come off faster than the others, though I think it may have some to do with that metallic sheen I mentioned earlier.  These liquid lipstick do have a chemical like scent to them – but I didn’t find it as overpowering as some have said – which is interesting since I have fragrance sensitivities and I found that once I applied it to my lips, the scent dissipated almost immediately.  These lip products dry quickly so I do suggest you work fast – but not quick enough that if you make a mistake you can’t try and fix it.

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On my lips – Love Good Smitten LipTint Mousse

Love Good is my absolute favorite of the eight liquid lipsticks that I own and I find that it lasts fairly long on my lips.  With eating and drinking (nothing really oily) I have gotten 10+ hours of wear and in some cases, longer using these products.  They definitely are kiss proof and it has been nice because I can kiss my hubby without him freaking out.  Details for that makeup look can be found here.

Removal – if you order from their website 5 or more you will receive their lip butter that will help to remove the lipstick and leave your lips soft… supposedly.  This product didn’t work for me so I didn’t even photograph it.  The easiest thing to take off these liquid lipsticks is some good ol coconut oil.  I take a little and dab on my lips and then light rub my fingers on my lips and it comes right off.  Makeup removers and makeup wipes didn’t even budge any of this stuff for me and I found that coconut oil worked the best at dissolving and breaking down the product with little effort.  Best thing is that after using the coconut oil, my lips were perfectly fine, no dryness or issues after.

Details, Details – When applying these liquid lipsticks, they will be pretty much full opacity at first application.  Try not to apply too heavily – one layer is more than sufficient.  The more layers you pack on will cause the lipstick to start to flake and come off.  I find that one layer of this lipstick is more than enough with a full punch of color.  If you have any fading on the inner part of your lips, you can apply a light layer in those areas just to touch up – but I find that these fade fairly well, depending on the boldness of the color.

LA Splash Lip Couture

One question I have gotten a few times is “are these drying when on the lips?”  They dry matte and can feel dry on the lips, but found that they did not leave my lips feeling dry – if that makes any sense.  The texture of the product on my lips is dry – but my lips do not feel dry like they are screaming for moisture.  I was pretty amazed by that honestly and that is why I have enjoyed using these.

Overall – I’m impressed with these lippies, especially for the cost.  The definitely are long lasting.  I swatched them on my hands the first day I got them and through washing dishes and everything else in between, it took almost three days to get it off my hand completely.  However, if you are looking for a lipstick that you know will last all day or longer – through eating, drinking and a whole lotta kissing (teehee), then I definitely suggest you try these out.  I’m quite impressed and looking forward to picking up a few more shades to play with.  Should I do so – I’ll definitely will post swatches for all to see.

Purchase these and  more at LASplash’s Online Site.

Have you been seeing these around the net?  What are your thoughts on liquid lipsticks?  Do you have a favorite or have you tried any of these yet?

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Disclaimer:  All products discussed and mentioned were purchased with my own money.  All opinions stated are 100% honest and unbiased.  There are affiliate links listed through out this post which I do make money from.