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If you didn’t already know – I am born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Maui.  While it’s quite expensive to live here, it’s my island home and I’m proud of it.  My families roots and ancestry go back several years and my Great Grandmother was even of 100% Hawaiian ancestry.  Because of this, I’m always VERY proud of where I come from and the great things that Hawaii has to offer.  The islands are a wonder of talent, many of which come from the music industry.  My parents are musicians, so I have definitely seen my fair share of talented song birds and instrument players over the years.  One very talented person who comes from my island home of Maui is Anuhea Jenkins and I’m excited to share that she has recently collaborated with one of my favorite cosmetic brands, Cargo Cosmetics.  Today I’m going to share with you the You Had Me At Aloha palette – a new and limited edition release.  Let’s learn more about it, shall we?

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This gorgeous limited edition palette called:  You Had Me At Aloha is hawaiian themed with 12 gorgeous shadows.  Retailing for just $34.00 this palette includes a very versatile mix of neutral shades and pops of color to create gorgeous and stunning eye looks.  Each shade is inspired by Hawaii’s beautiful natural beaches and floral and forest landscapes.

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The shades through out the palette are laid out in 3 quads and 6 duos to perfectly coordinate and achieve both day and night looks.  I have also been enjoying pairing different colors outside of the coordinated tones (like Kai, Lei, Shaka and Shell) to create my own custom looks.  The palette also comes with a versatile dual-ended eye shadow brush that will allow you to apply the color and blend as well as a black pencil eye liner that can be sharpened to complete your entire look.

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Left to Right: Hula, Waikiki, Hapuna, Kona, Shell, Shaka
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Left to Right: Hibiscus, Island, Kai, Tiki, Lei, Luau

Shade Descriptions:

  • Hula – champagne (shimmer)
  • Waikiki – light peach (matte)
  • Hapuna – ivory (matte)
  • Kona – medium brown (shimmer)
  • Shell – light pink pearl (shimmer)
  • Shaka – medium pink purple (matte)
  • Hibiscus – light yellow (matte)
  • Island – peach (shimmer)
  • Kai – teal (shimmer)
  • Tiki – deep brown (matte)
  • Lei – violet (matte)
  • Luau – aubergine (shimmer)

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I’ve had this palette now for a few weeks (since it was released on Cargo’s website) and I was not only intrigued but very excited to get it when I posted about the collaboration between Cargo and Anuhea last year.  When I talked about the collaboration months ago, I had no idea what the products would be or the colors so as soon as I seen it… I fell in love.  This particular palette screams “Honey” to me because the colors within are literally those that I use all the time or my favorite and must-have types of shades.  But, the fact that Anuhea is a local girl from Maui and signed as Ambassador of one of my favorite brands, really was the icing on the cake for me.

The shimmer shades through out this palette are absolutely stunning and gorgeous and each have a really nice texture.  The matte shades definitely wowed me more than I had expected.  Perfectly selected to have the mattes you need to create a whole eye look.  I am always impressed with the quality of Cargo’s products and I’m amazed they are not hyped up as much as other brands.  I have several palettes from Cargo but I think this is my favorite.

“As a Hawaii girl, I’m really proud to share this collaboration with all of you.  This beautiful palette is a must have for the makeup lover – especially if you enjoy colors like these.  Wearable shades with pops of color to help you create a stunning look.” – Honey

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Let’s talk about the packaging… first, how beautiful is this Hawaii themed palette.  I think the design on the cover and the gold foiling really add a special touch.  For years to come, this will be a palette I will love having in my collection – even if just to hold for sentimental sake because the packing is gorgeous.  The colors are all named after places in Hawaii or things about Hawaii which I love.  I also love how so many of the colors represent its name perfectly – for example:  Kai (which is the teal shimmery shade in the palette) is Ocean in hawaiian.  And Hapuna which is a gorgeous location on the island of Hawai’i (Big Island) is a beautiful ivory matte shade which is reminiscent of the location that Hapuna is – tranquil, quaint, a golf resort area and great beaches for surfing.  Kona, a medium brown tone represents one of the main towns on the island of Hawai’i is lined with lava rack along the western coast and you’ll find various coffee farms & many historic landmarks on the island there.  All of the names of this palette correspond so well with the color it represents.

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About Anuhea

Hawaiian born singer and songwriter, Anuhea, is one of the most popular talents to originate from Hawaii. She charted top ten on the iTunes Pop, R&B and Reggae charts as well as the Billboard Heatseakers and World Music Charts. Anuhea has shared the stage with Bruno Mars, Babyface, Al Green, FloRida, Hoobastank, Jack Johnson and Ziggy Marley. She won two Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, Hawaii’s version of the Grammy’s, for Contemporary Album of the Year and Most Promising Artist. Eight of her songs consecutively made it to #1 in Hawaii including, “Higher than the Clouds.”

This gorgeous palette and the collection of products in collaboration with Anuhea has been available in over 1,100 Kohl’s department stores as of February 2017.  Anuhea will be appearing in all elements of the brand’s comprehensive marketing campaign including the print and digital advertising, in-store displays, public relations and even event appearances and social media.  I recently watched a live mini concert that she did via social media two weeks ago at Turtle Bay Resort on the island of Oahu where she debuted her song “You Had Me At Hello” and talked about the line with Cargo.

You can get your hands on this palette currently at: Cargocosmetics.com and at Kohl’s stores throughout the United States.

http://www.cargocosmetics.com/limited-edition-you-had-me-at-aloha-eye-shadow-palette.html

So, will you be getting your hands on this limited edition beauty?  If so, I’d love to hear all about it.  While I don’t know Anuhea personally, I feel like I do have a personal connection with her since she is from my island home.  I’m excited to see this collaboration (keep an eye out for more products I’ll be sharing from the collab coming soon) and I’m wishing her all the best in her continued success.

Maui No Ka Oi

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Disclaimer:  This product was purchased by me with my own money.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased.  Affiliate links are posted through out.  The image of Anuhea was provided to me from Cargo Cosmetics as part of PR purposes.

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When it comes to Max Factor, it’s a brand name I have used back in my teens and one of the first makeup brands I was interested in because of it’s line of fun and funky eye shadow colors.  It’s funny to think that a brand I hadn’t seen in my local stores in about 10 years holds such a place in my memories… but I remember seeing gorgeous eye shadows in the displays as a teenager and it was an impression I hadn’t easily forgotten.  I’m excited to say however, that Max Factor is returning to the United States, offering their Max Factor USA Capsule Collection and for a limited time, you can get your hands on some of these gorgeous beauties.

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Working with Pat McGrath, Global Makeup Artist and Design Director, Max Factor released a limited edition capsule collection that includes four fabulous products:  The Masterpiece Max Mascara, Masterpiece High Precision Liquid Eye Liner and two Colour Elixir Lipsticks in Simply Nude 725 and Maroon Dust 735.  This gorgeous collection of treats was released in August (yes, I’m aware that I’m a bit late to the game) and are available to purchase at select Target, Walmart and Walgreens locations (you can also purchase online on Amazon and Drugstore.com for a limited time).  I have just recently started seeing this collection in my local stores as of the end of September, so hopefully it will stick around for my makeup lovers to get their hands on them.

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Now, if you are a part of the younger generation of makeup addicts, you may not be familiar with Max Factor or the brand itself.  Let me clear that all up for you…  Max Factor was the original inventor of modern makeup and the very first artist to start his own brand.  The capsule collection that you see here was specifically created to be a limited edition collection to the United States, featuring a select edit of glamour essentials for all beauty lovers.  Since Max Factor didn’t just invent new ways for women to explore and express their glamour, he changed the beauty industry and paved the way for all artists, creators and makers you love and follow today.

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Let’s start with the Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara ($9.99).  A high volume, high definition mascara that offers high impact volume in one swipe.  The brush for this mascara delivers volume and definition to offer bold and thick lashes.  It’s smudge proof and touch proof and I love that it leaves my lashes feeling soft and feathery.  If you are like me and have very sensitive eyes, I think you’ll enjoy this mascara because it is a great one for that purpose.

“Max Factor, Academy Award Winner and Visionary Make-Up Artist, comes a line of make-up that created the most glamorous looks of Hollywood’s Golden Era.”

Now, I have oober sensitive eyes and my lashes are pretty much hiding from the real world.  Because of this, I tend to wear false lashes as much as I possibly can and I’m very particular with my choice of favorite mascara.  The Masterpiece Max Mascara definitely helped to coat my lashes to add length and I like that the wand is small enough to still grab on to my teenie tiny lash hairs.   I do need to wear it layered with another mascara that offers more volume, but nonetheless, it gets the job done and like I mentioned previously, it works great on my sensitive eyes.

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The Masterpiece Precision Liquid Eye Liner ($9.99) is a high precision liquid eye liner.  This liner is said to transform your look with a bold, intense liquid liner that will offer the precision of a pencil.  With Black Velvet formula, this liner glides on smoothly and dries quickly.  This liner was created to allow you to create two glamorous looks from one versatile and unique paddle shaped tip.

“You are not born glamorous, Glamour is created!” – Max Factor

Now, I’ve tried a liquid liner from another Drugstore brand similar to this one before and in all honesty, it’s a liner I consistently have used over the last year or so.  So, I wouldn’t call this “unique” since another brand has similar on the market.  I do however, enjoy the formulation of this liner.  If you are looking for bold and black color, you’ll definitely have that here.  The liquid dries really fast, which is always a great thing.  And, I love that you have the option of going thick or thin just by the flick of the wrist to create the look you desire.

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Since I’ve used another eye liner like this one before, I’m quite familiar with how to manipulate the liner to create the looks I want, but I can totally tell you that if you haven’t used anything like this, it may take a bit of getting used to, to get this to work in your favor… unless you are just a pro at getting things down.  If you are looking for a liner that can offer you bold and deep color, I think you’ll enjoy this a lot.  Start with a thin line and carve out your wing or your liner and then turn the liner on the side to color in the gaps… that’s the best way I can explain it to work for you if you are struggling.

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While this is a pen liner, it has a very liquid like consistency, so a light hand is best when applying it.  It dries quickly, but that also means you will need to work pretty fast.  The bold color can give you all day wear, which is great, but that also means that if it does start to move on you, it will be so noticeable because the color is so bold.  While I didn’t notice much smudging or running of the product on my eyes – I can say that if you tear up – it will move on you… so I reserve this liner for days that my allergies are not crazy on me.

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The Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipsticks ($13.99 retail – prices vary at different locations) in Maroon Dust and Simply Nude are probably my favorite in this collection of treats from Max Factor.  Let’s face it, I have more lipsticks than any one person should own, but it’s one of my favorite makeup products to have.  These lippies are said to have the same formulation as their original ones but have slightly different packaging from what we had seen from Max Factor before. I actually like the gold packaging, it gives the product a luxe feel.  These lipsticks are said to have “active moisturizing ingredients” to help transform your lips into looking luscious and full as well as giving you that look of smooth, plump and soft lips.  These colors are said to be complimentary, which I actually like since I know I can get use out of each shade.  Maroon Dust reminds me of a nude Terracotta like shade that is perfect for Fall (or year round) and Simply Nude is a gorgeous nude shade you can use daily or year round.  Each of these lippies are quite comfortable on the lips and have a pretty decent wear time.  With eating or drinking, I definitely need to touch up – but considering these are creamy, I still get about 3-4 hours of wear time.  If you tend to have drier lips, I highly suggest exfoliating (sugar scrub or a toothbrush) because these are so creamy they can really exaggerate the lip lines.

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I also think these are quite expensive, even for a roll out of new products – they are still pretty up there in the Drugstore cost range.  If these are too much for you – I would go for Milani Color Statement lipsticks (nude cream being one of old school favorites and a similar shade to Simply Nude).  I’m sure if I look through my vast Milani lipstick collection I’ll find a dupe for Maroon Dust.  Don’t get me wrong, these are gorgeous lippies, but at the cost point, I’m not sure I would gravitate towards purchasing them if I hadn’t tried the formulation out first.  I have however, been getting a lot of use out of both of these shades and I think they look great with Spice Lip liner from Milani.

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I’m absolutely ecstatic that I had the opportunity to try this capsule collection.  Let’s be honest here for a moment, there are some brands that I will always remember and will have a place in my heart as those that I have loved at first look.  Max Factor is definitely one of those brands.  I would love to see the entire line make a come back to the United States, but I’m definitely happy that I was able to reminisce of my teenage years with a brand I enjoyed.  Who knows, we may see this brand pop up more in the coming years.

Have you tried anything from this collection?  If so, what was  your favorite?  If not, do you remember Max Factor and seeing it in your local stores?

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

Disclaimer:  Some of the products featured in this post were sent for review consideration while others were purchased by me with my own money.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased as with anything you see on this site, whether sent to me or purchased.  Affiliate links are posted through out.

 

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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.

 

 

SELF PURCHASED / AFFILIATE LINKS

 

Have you ever purchased a cosmetic item because you thought it was love at first sight?  I think much of what I buy when it comes to makeup fits that description… though I have been very lucky to have purchased products that I do enjoy.  Right after ColourPop’s release of their Creme Gel Liners, I decided I would pick up a few of them to try.  Come on now… we all know that there is absolutely no way I was going to ignore it and I knew that I just had to have it.  With over 80 eye shadows in my collection and a ton of lippies, I had hoped that these liners would make a great addition to my collection… but did they?  I love the eye shadows and the lippies and had expected that these liners would really hit the spot when I ordered them… but since we all know I like to keep it absolutely real, here’s my break down and low down on the ColourPop Creme Gel Liners.  Are you ready for this?

ColourPop Creme Gel Liners - Fab or Fail?

I picked up a small selection of the pencil Creme Gel Liners and the Creme Gel Colour liners in the pot.  The potted liners retail for $6.00 and the pencils are just $5.00.  Considering the price point I really think these are not bad in cost.  The pencil liners are twist up types but honestly, I think the formulation of the liner itself is just too soft and creamy for the packaging it has come in.  I have broken several tips while using and testing these and I find that the formula of the pencil is so soft, with a little warmth, they can easily bend and break with ease.  The packaging for the Gel liners in the pot is quite nice.  I love that sturdy glass feel and the weight of the packaging itself makes for ease of use.  The pot has a great shape to it which makes storing a breeze and I’m quite impressed with the packaging overall.  I decided when I placed my order that I would get colors I knew I would make use out of so besides the bright purple (Piggy Bank), all of the shades I got were ones I know would be wearable for every day or otherwise.

ColourPop Creme Gel Liners - Fab or Fail?

I only purchased three shades out of the many that ColourPop offers.  It’s obvious that with my love of purple, I needed to get a purple liner and I figured a brown-like and black would be ideal since those are colors I use often and could really be the judge of whether they were a fit for me.

Piggy Bank (purple) is a gorgeous purple shade and I would have loved to be able to use this more as not only a liner but also as a base.  The liner is kind of odd in texture and has a weird sticky feel to it that reminds me of glue.  When glue is just about to dry and still has a bit of tackiness to it.  It doesn’t smooth onto the eye lid easily and creating a precise line even with the skinniest of liner brushes is a struggle.  I’ve been doing makeup for years and still found that my line became too thick for me because working with this particular liner was not easy.

Best O (blackened burgundy / deep burgundy shade) is another gorgeous color.  It has a matte finish and would make a great liner for every day if it didn’t have the same type of texture as Piggy Bank does.  That sticky glue like formula makes for creating a precise line quite a challenge and I found that this shade is best used to draw along the lash line but not to create a wing.  It takes a little more time and effort to apply than what I am used to.

Swerve (black) is your basic matte black shade.  This liner is super creamy and applies okay.  It feels like it has somewhat of a mousse like texture, which can make application a challenge depending on the brush.  I find with a thin liner brush it applies much better than with a flat liner brush.  While I think this one applies the best out of the three I got, I still expected a lot from these and was a bit let down.

The swatches below were taken immediately after the liners were applied and before they had dried and set.  I wanted to show how each one applied specifically with each type of brush I used to test as well as how they skipped when applying.  As you can see – the black is the best in application, but if you don’t let it set and you touch it before it does, it can smear.  Once set – it seems to be quite smudge proof.

ColourPop Creme Gel Liners - Fab or Fail?

These liners dry very quickly, which made them difficult to use as a base for eye shadows – I tried and it just turned out to be a mess.  While they dry and set well and I noticed little to no smudging, if I were to drop water on these liners (swatches) or my eyes were to tear up as they often do due to my allergies, these became a mess to look at.  One day I had used the liners to create a wing liner and as my eyes teared I noticed that it started to drip down the sides of my eyes, causing havoc on the rest of my makeup.  While these may work just fine for others, I can’t get away with it if I’m having a sensitive eye day.  When I used these on days my eyes were fine, I got several hours of wear without any issues so long as I didn’t wash my face.  I cannot use these on my waterline at all as they will run.

ColourPop Creme Gel Liners - Fab or Fail?

Since I had high hopes for the Gel liners in the pot, I had hoped that the pencil liners would work as well as some of my favorite drugstore brands.  These are nice in that they have a twist up top which allows for dispensing the product.  Each shade color is displayed on the end of the pencil as well as at the tip so you know which color you are using at any given time.

Stomper (cool toned brown) is a great every day liner.  This is the liner I have gotten the most use out of since I started using these.

No Shame (blackened violet)  is a gorgeous liner that would be a great alternative to using black.  I use this liner right at the base of my lash line (not on my waterline) and it will make my brown eyes really pop and sparkle.

Get Paid (metallic rose gold)  Who doesn’t love a great rose gold – if you know me, you know this is one of my favorite colors.  The liner is gorgeous and has a metallic sheen to it – not matte like the others I have.  It applies nicely and makes a great pop of color for every day or for something special.

Call Me (deep plum brown)  This is a great brown shade and brings out my eye color, however… this pencil consistently breaks on me… even in the pencil itself it seems to break before I even twist it up.  It arrived bent and hasn’t been good since the first use.

So – these liners apply like most pencil liners do.  They have a slight creamy texture and smooth onto the lid pretty nicely.  They do seem to take a lot longer to set than the pot liners and smudge very easily if they are not dry.  These are a little more workable than the pot liners which would allow them to make pretty okay bases for your shadows.  I cannot use these liners on my waterline AT ALL because they will create a mess and I’ll literally look like a done up raccoon.  They are not waterproof in my opinion, but so long as you are not tearing up a lot (as I can do sometimes) they will have some pretty good staying power, lasting my eye looks quite a few hours in my day.  Again, once these set, they don’t seem to smudge much, but I would not pull for these on a day where my allergies are bad because they won’t last.

ColourPop Creme Gel Liners - Fab or Fail?

I think the pencil liners definitely have some ease of use to them, but if you are looking for a really precise and sharp line with these, once you use them, the actual pencil starts to dull down some.  The twist up function of these make it easy to use and replenish the pencil, but it doesn’t have that point that I tend to look for in a pencil liner.  While some of these seem to do pretty well, I’m disappointed that the liner breaks so easily within the pencil chamber.  If you lightly shake the pencil you can hear the actual liner moving around on the inside, which makes me think that that is the reason why they break so easily… it’s loose in the casing.  I think the packaging itself could use some fixing so that the pencils do not break as easily.  Each pencil I have (4) has broken in some form and once it does, you can’t fix it.  The actual pencil itself is also very skinny and the formulation a bit soft so I have noticed quite a bit of warping in the pencil itself from a change in temperature and I stash these in a room with air conditioning consistently.

Check out the video below for all the details and a chit chat review or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

ColourPop Creme Gel Liners - Fab or Fail?

While I’m a fan of ColourPop’s shadows and lippies and I can make use of these liners if I have the time, I do not think I will be repurchasing or purchasing anymore of these.  I think if they made a change in the formulation for the Gel liners in the pot and switched up the packaging some in the pencil liners, I may try a few other colors I had my sights on but at this time, I think that while these are affordable, I will not get much use out of them if I decided to invest in more.  Don’t get me wrong, I will surely try my best to make the ones I own workable for me… I hate wasting my money and on days when I know I’ll be able to make use of them, I’ll definitely be doing so.  But, I was very underwhelmed and unimpressed with the liners this time around.  Since ColourPop is only about a year old or so – I would expect that there had to be something in their creations that I wasn’t a fan of as they slowly work to create perfection, but that doesn’t mean I would enjoy the brand’s products nonetheless.  ColourPop still has a piece of my cosmetic heart – even if these were a fail for me.

What about you?  Are you a ColourPop fan and if so, have you tried these yet?  If not, do you have anything on your list you plan to check out soon?

Signature Honey

 

Disclaimer:  All products discussed and mentioned in this post were purchased by me with my own money.  I was not paid to feature these products.  All opinions are my own and 100% honest and unbiased and affiliate links are posted through out.


NOTHING TO DISCLOSE

 

I bet if I didn’t tell you, you wouldn’t have a clue that my eye liner is tattooed.  Well, after 10 years, I’m finally sharing my thoughts on this process and a little information with all of you.  About 10 years ago when the fad of tattooed eyeliner was much more popular, I decided I would go ahead and try the process out.  Originally I had it done because my lashes are so small, I wanted to get my lash line to a darker look so that my lashes would appear fuller.  After the process and a touch up a few months later, I’m finally sharing my story.

Don’t want to read – watch the video here.

My Permanent Makeup Story - My Truth About Tattooed Eyeliner
The only makeup on my eyes is mascara.

 

I went into a licensed permanent makeup esthetician to have my tattoo liner done.  The location was very pretty and looked like a spa on the inside so I was very comfortable with my surroundings.  The liner was applied to my upper and lower lash line in black ink to give my lashes a fuller look, but also to allow me to have the option of going without eyeliner if I felt I wanted to.  The process took about 2 1/2 to 3 hours to complete and I went back a few weeks later to have it touched up.

Did it hurt?  Well – honestly, for me, it did.  But, I have talked to many people who have had their eye liner tattooed and it didn’t hurt for them at all.  Many describe the process to be a ticklish like feeling against your eyes and lashes.  Since my body naturally doesn’t hold onto anesthesia properly (or like a normal person), the topical anesthetic did not really work for me and I felt the needle on my eyelids the entire time.  It was uncomfortable for me, but I have been told by many that I am a rare case and that it probably will not hurt for most.

My Permanent Makeup Story - My Truth About Tattooed Eyeliner
No makeup – tattooed eyeliner is on my upper and lower lash line.

The great thing about having permanent makeup – in my case, tattooed liner is that I always have a black line on my eyes and adding mascara is easy and I’m good to go.  Another great thing is that I don’t have to worry about not using regular makeup or eye liner as I can use it right on top of the tattoo without any issue.

How long did it take to heal?  After the initial tattoo, it took about a week to heal and I had to wait at least a week before I could use any eye makeup.  I have had friends who bruised some or were puffy around the eyes after getting this procedure done, but luckily – besides a little puffiness and swelling the first 24 hours, I didn’t have to worry about any bruising.  The lady who did the process was actually really light handed which made my uncomfortable feeling a little better and my line is not as thick as others I have seen by other people.  I used Cetaphil cleanser to clean my face and eyes while the healing was taking place and once healed – I didn’t have any issues.

Watch the video below for a full break down on the process and my thoughts.

 

After a few weeks, I went back to get my tattooed eye liner touched up.  Since the healing process can cause peeling, it was best to do this in case there were any gaps.  The touch up was not nearly as bad as the original process.  I had very little swelling and was able to use makeup after two days so long as it was not applied directly to where the liner was.

Would I do this again?  Hmmm… that’s a hard one.  I think if I need to get it touched up again, I may consider it… however, I’m not sure that I will.  The person I seen to do my liner is no longer near me and in my opinion, she did my liner really well.  I’m afraid that if I go back to get it touched up by someone else, I may not have the pain tolerance to withstand the hurt or he/she may make my liner so much darker and thicker than I want it to be.  This is permanent and I’m not willing to have a mistake done that I’ll have to live with the rest of my life.

Would I suggest doing permanent makeup like tattooed liner to someone interested?  Hmmm… that’s a good one.  But, honestly – I only suggest it if you know that you really want it and can deal with it the rest of your life.  I also suggest you find someone that is licensed specifically for this type of tattoo – do not go and see a regular tattoo artist that does those body tattoos or piercings.  This may not be a comfortable experiencing contrary to what others may say.  Everyone I knew told me it wasn’t going to hurt, so I went in with positive thoughts and it was uncomfortable for me.  I do know however, that what may work for one, doesn’t necessarily work for others and in this circumstance, the cause and effect can surely be the same.

I obviously couldn’t “take it off” if I wanted to or decided I didn’t want my eye liner tattooed any longer… but I don’t dislike it.  With a little mascara – I’m good to go, though I probably would have been without the liner too.  It’s been 10 years since I’ve had this done and I doubt I’ll do it again, but I’m not unhappy that I did – no regrets!

Do you have any permanent makeup or do you know anyone that has?  What are your thoughts?

Signature Honey

 

Disclaimer:  Nothing in this post was sponsored or provided to me.  All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased.  I am not a doctor, so please note that anything I discuss here is due to my own experience – I’m not responsible for any choices you make after reading my post.

PRESS SAMPLE / AFFILIATE LINKS

 

Mascara and eye liner, two things that I love and use consistently when it comes to makeup.  I was very excited to hear that Covergirl had released some new products for the eyes recently and even more excited when I got the chance to check those out for myself to see how I liked them.  Anything that promises me over the top lashes and a bold cat eye are definitely something I am interested in checking out.  Covergirl’s Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me! Eyeliner by LashBlast have been put to the test – do you think they made the cut?

New Covergirl Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me! Eyeliner by LashBlast

Let’s start with the mascara shall we.  The packaging on this mascara is cute and it is huge – it even feels pretty large when holding it in your hand.  The product says that this will provide you 400% corner-to-corner volume and has a unique lash styler that you twirl as you apply.  As you will see in my demo/first impressions video, this was a little tricky to apply at first.  The wand is kind of odd in my opinion and even after using this product for a month since recording the video, I still have yet to get the “twirling” aspect of it down.

New Covergirl Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me! Eyeliner by LashBlast

I got this mascara in VERY BLACK which is great because that is really the only mascara color I use.  The mascara is very dark in shade which I like and it makes my lashes definitely stand out against my tattooed liner.  I am quite impressed with the brush and how it gets my little lashes and really does add volume from corner-to-corner as it states.  I think the only con I had for this product was the overall learning curve and the fact that applying to my lower lashes was not very easy at first and is still a bit of a challenge for me.  I will usually stop applying this mascara at two coats because I will notice that if I am trying to twirl as suggested, it can start to make my lashes clumpy and bunchy.  If I do not twirl and apply as I would normal mascara that I use, I can usually get about three coats of mascara without clumping.

The formulation is a little on the mousse-like side and seems to take a little longer to set than my regular mascaras.  Once set it doesn’t seem stiff or hard on my lashes and my lashes still have a soft feeling to them.  The biggest issue for me was that since my eyes are sensitive and do tear, once it tears I have mascara smeared all over my lower and upper lash line.  I definitely need to try the waterproof version.

New Covergirl Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me! Eyeliner by LashBlast

Overall – I think the mascara offered me reasonable length and volume and I have continued to use it since I first opened the package.  I isn’t a favorite, but I have been able to make it work for me and I like the effect it gives my lashes.  Would I continue to purchase?  Hmm… maybe in a waterproof formulation to use as every day because it did offer good lift and volume for my tiny lashes.

New Covergirl Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me! Eyeliner by LashBlast

Next is the intensify me! liquid liner by lashblast.  This liquid line has a unique paddle-shaped top that gives you two different looks in one.  You can either go dramatic and thick or thin and elegant.  The formula is an intense black formula that glides on smoothly and dries super quick.  I love that you can create different looks easily and it’s great that there is minimal to no skipping when using this product as you apply your liner.  This liner is Ophthalmologist tested and suitable for contact lens wearers which is a plus for me all around since my eyes are sensitive. It removes easily with soap and water, which is great but also a negative for me since I have sensitive eyes I tear a lot.

New Covergirl Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me! Eyeliner by LashBlast

I did notice some smudging after a little while of use and if my eyes tear heavily, it will smear and run.  But, the formula on this product is dark and a deep black which I like.  It has a little shine to it, but still appears black once it sets.  I love the paddle-like tip on this product because it makes applying your eye liner or creating a cat-eye or winged liner so easy, even for those who are novice at it.  I think this would make a great starter liner and I know I’ll continue to use it because I love how smooth it glides against my eye lid without tugging.  You also get bold color in one swipe which is awesome.

New Covergirl Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me! Eyeliner by LashBlast

It’s rare to find really good liquid liners at the drugstore that will meet both my need for ease of use as well as color pay off and quality.  I’ve pretty much tried them all and I’m really impressed with this product overall.  I would love to find it in a waterproof version, especially since my eyes tear often and if I do, I know it will easily become a favorite.

New Covergirl Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me! Eyeliner by LashBlast

Overall – while I was fairly impressed with the products when I first tried them (see my video here), I definitely think that I have grown to enjoy these products.  I use the Covergirl Super Sizer by Lashblast Mascara in combination with some of my favorite lengthening mascaras and get a great result and I have truly been enjoying the Covergirl intensify me! by lashblast liquid liner because of it’s ease of use for creating your favorite kind of eye liner look.  Will I purchase these again?  Hmmm… I know I’ll definitely purchase the intensify me! eye liner again and I’m still on the fence with the Super Sizer mascara.  If I can find the mascara in a waterproof version and try that out – it may give me a better idea if I truly would consider this a repurchase.  I like it, but it smears easily on my watery eyes so I’m still not sure about that.  Overall – I do think they are pretty nice products for the price.

Have you tried any of these yet?  What are your thoughts on these products?  Don’t forget to check out my video where I demo and share my initial/first impressions of these products.  My review you are reading here is after a month or so of use.

Signature Honey

Disclaimer:  The products mentioned in this post were sent to me for review/consideration.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and 100% honest.  I was not paid to provide this review or my opinion.  There may be affiliate links through out.

I’ve been sitting on some new Jordana Cosmetics products now for a few months and little by little a few of these have been appearing here on the blog or in makeup looks and tutorials on YouTube, but I haven’t really posted about them in a whole.  Today I figured I would share a few of them with all of you in the case that you decide you want to check them out for yourself.

Get the whole run down and a little chit chat in my recent video which you can watch embedded below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

Rainbow Cateyes with Jordana's Cat eye Liners http://honeygirlsworld.com

First on my list are the Jordana Cat Eyes Liquid Eye liners.  I discussed these on my blog a week or so ago and also listed swatches which you’ll find here.  These are just $2.99 and come in fun colors for those summer looks that are not only bright and playful but runway ready.  These shades are fun, funky and I love the price point.

Jordana Jordana Color Tint Blush Sticks

Next up are the Jordana Color Tint Blush Sticks.  I have six out of the twelve shades that are available and these are priced just as awesome as the eyeliners.  At just $2.99 each, these make great cream blushes or a base for your favorite powder blush.  While they apply smoothly and I enjoy how nicely they blend on the skin, I find blending with my finger is probably the best bet in application and these do really well as a base offering good longevity.

Jordana Jordana Color Tint Blush Sticks
Left to Right – 10 Sunkissed, 11 Rouge Romance, 12 Golden Sheen
Jordana Jordana Color Tint Blush Sticks
Left to Right: 07 Baby Pink, 08 Hot Hot Hot, 09 Peach Nectar

If you wear these on its own – they will give you a great flush of color (or vibrant color depending on the amount you apply) but they will fade.  The color will last – but you may need to apply.  Nonetheless, these are fab for the price point and I love using them.

Jordana Dramatic Effects Mascara

Another fun addition to Jordana’s every growing line up are the Jordana Dramatic Effects Mascaras.  These come in fun and bold shades and retail for $2.99.  I was really excited to check these out and as much as I loved the bold colors, unfortunately – due to my small eye lashes, the brush was not ideal for applying as I would regular mascara.  They didn’t show up on my lashes as well as I had hoped so I had to find another purpose for them.  I took out the shades and tested them on my hair and found that they worked well as a temporary brush in color.

Jordana Dramatic Effects Mascara

The dramatic effects mascaras applied easily to my hair with one swipe and worked just as other “hair mascaras” have in the past for me.  While this may not have been the thought behind them when it was formulated, it’s the only way I can get use out of these.  It’s not Jordana’s fault that I have short itty bitty lashes – so I just make due in anyway I can.  Just a quick note for anyone who uses it this way – while the colors did wash out when I shampooed my hair, the green shades or blues may take a little effort in taking the color off.  It didn’t stain or ruin my hair, but did take a little more elbow work to get it off.  I find soaking my hair with a hair mask makes it easy and effortless to remove.

I did post a full review on the Jordana Modern Matte lipsticks – however, new colors were released around the same time as these products.  You can find swatches on the new shades here and my thoughts and swatches on the original release here.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks

These new products can be found at various stores like Walgreens and CVS (I’ve been seeing them pop up here in my local stores) and you may also find them at your nearest Kmart.  Of course – check out jordanacosmetics.com because all of these products can also be purchased online.  Have you tried any of these yet?  What are your thoughts on them?  Don’t forget to stop by my video as I chit chat about the products – click here.

xo

Signature Honey

 

Disclaimer:  The products mentioned in this post were sent to me for review and / or consideration.  All opinions are my own and 100% honest & unbiased and I was not paid to provide this review.  There may be affiliate links posted through out.

PRESS SAMPLE / AFFILIATE LINKS

 

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.

Rainbow Cateyes with Jordana's Cat eye Liners http://honeygirlsworld.com

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.

Rainbow Cateyes with Jordana's Cat eye Liners http://honeygirlsworld.com

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.

Rainbow Cateyes with Jordana's Cat eye Liners http://honeygirlsworld.com
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.

Valentine's Day Makeup featuring drugstore products

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.

Rainbow Cateyes with Jordana's Cat eye Liners http://honeygirlsworld.com

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.

 


I always enjoy learning about new products coming out in the beauty industry or testing out brands I have never heard of before, so I was quite ecstatic to have the opportunity to test drive some goodies from Mia Mariu Cosmetics.  A collection of mineral cosmetics in wearable, glamorous shades – Mia Mariu offers a wide range of cosmetic products for the woman who wants a look of hot damn gorgeous.

Mia Mariu Cosmetics

Mia Mariu’s mineral colors contain Vitamin A, C and E which provide a natural protection from the environment.  The products are Oil, Talk, Paraben and Fragrance free, which is awesome for all skin types – but most importantly, those with sensitive skin like I have.
Mia Mariu CosmeticsLet’s start off with packaging.  I am all about a signature color and I love that Mia Mariu has black/red packaging on all of their products.  The colors look chic together and I love the uniformity.  Overall, I like how easy the packaging was to use (especially the eye shadow duo), and I love that it has that sleek look.

Mia Mariu CosmeticsThe Mineral Shadow Duos are made with pure minerals and luxurious color pigments.  Each shadow felt very creamy when I swatched it and applied so nicely on my eye lids.  I absolutely loved how nice it felt when blended onto the lid.  Over primer I received nice wear, about 7 hours before I started to notice fading and I love that with a good primer, I didn’t experience any creasing.  This eye shadow duo in Valle Dorado is a great combo for those that love every day wearable and neutral shades.  Retailing for $19.00 – you receive a total of 2.8 grams worth of product and soft silky shadows for a show stopping look.  Since I have darker skin, I did notice that I needed to build on the colors – but overall, I love that this is easy to travel with and the shades are definitely those I can use daily if I wanted to.

Mia Mariu CosmeticsI am not a huge fan of loose mineral shadows, powders or bronzers because they can be a mess – but I do use them from time to time.  I was quite impressed with the Mineral Bronzer from Mia Mariu.  It had a gorgeous velvet texture that felt wonderful on the skin.  While it felt luxurious on my skin, the shade was a tad too light for me to use as a bronzer to give my cheek bones or face any sort of contour, but it didn’t matter because this product worked as a wonderful cheek highlight offering my skin a gorgeous and radiant glow.  This product is silky and feels great on the skin, I have tried to apply it all over but due to the shimmer, I think it was too much for an all over application on me.  Used on the eye as a sweep of color on the lid or graced across your cheeks for a sweet glow, this product is definitely becoming a favorite.  Retailing for $17.00 which includes 2.4 grams of loose product, you get a pretty good amount for your money’s worth as well as something that can be used universally.  I have been using this product the most out of all the others I received and I know I’ll get great use out of it.
Mia Mariu Cosmetics

The Hydrating Stick Gloss combines color and a hydrating gloss in a stick form.  This product reminds me of a lip butter, very creamy and buttery and it felt like my lips were hydrated and moisturized while using this product.  The color is sheer at first swipe but can easily be built up.  Seduccion is a brick red with a hint of berry and has light shimmer reflects through out.  Retailing for $15.00 this tube includes 4.0 grams of product.  This gloss is part balm in my opinion as my lips feel really soft and moisturized most of the day while wearing it.  Like any gloss, this does not have a long wear time but still offers a great punch of color with a gloss sheen.

Mia Mariu Cosmetics

Mia Mariu’s Volumizing mascara retails for $13.00 and claims to extend and separate the thinnest, shortest and hard to reach lashes by lengthening each lash while delivering the right amount of mascara without clumping.  The formula contains rich dark pigments to enhance the lash color for maximum drama – is clump free, fiber free and suitable for contact lens wearers.  This mascara is enriched with Vitamin B5.  Many know I have the smallest most tiniest lashes EVER.  I love the wand on this mascara but unfortunately – the formula was just too wet for my itty bitty lashes.  I didn’t notice any length or volume using this mascara and after using the mascara with 2 to 3 coats, I still did not see my lashes very much.  However – I do like that my lashes felt soft even with the product coated on them and even after applying 3 coats, I did not experience any clumping.  While this did not give my lashes the exaggeration I would have liked to see – I like that it did not make my eyes irritated.

Mia Mariu Cosmetics

The Intense Black Eye Liner Pencil retails for $11.00.  This is a sharpen type pencil that offers a stiff type pencil tip.  The claim on this product is that it offers a smoothly textured pencil for precise definition and easy, smooth application.  The pencil should apply evenly without pulling on the delicate eye area and should produce a clean precise line without smudging.  I am used to very gel like / soft textured pencils so this pencil took a little bit of finesse for me.  While it did have a bold pigment of black to it and applied fairly easily, it still took me several swipes to build the color I would like and I’m used to a softer tip pencil which this is not.  Application was okay – but not ideal or what I had been used to.  This liner does smudge, but I think it is perfect when creating a soft smoky effect.  While it did smudge, the liner stayed on my eyes for a full day without becoming a full blown mess.

Swatches of all of the products mentioned, except for the mascara.
Swatches of all of the products mentioned, except for the mascara.

The Mia Mariu philosophy makes the connection with Beauty and Health in Harmony. Mía Mariu’s high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out.  Each unique product fuses nature and technology by combining the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides.  The result? healthy products that provide a perfect balance that reflects itself through youthful, healthy, beautiful, glowing skin and renewed energy and vitality, at an exceptional value.  Mía offers natural skin care, professional makeup artist quality mineral cosmetics and brushes, fine fragrances and nutritional supplements to Reveal Your Unique Shade of Beauty!

Mia Mariu Cosmetics

In the photos above you can see a before and after of me using the Mia Mariu cosmetics I have tried and tested.  On my eyes I am using the Valley Dorado Mineral Eye Shadow Duo – the lighter shade on my lid and the darker shade blended into my crease and near my highlight. I also blended the lighter shade as my highlight on my brow bone.  I applied the Intense Eye liner pencil on my eye lid as a simple liner and smudged it on my lower lash line.  On my cheeks I am using the Mineral Bronzer in Copa Cabana on the high parts of my cheeks and blended as a highlight.  On my lips I’m using the Hydrating Gloss Stick in Seduccion.

Overall I’m quite impressed with this cosmetic line.  I love that they have pressed mineral shadows because I really dislike dealing with loose shadows and this made it easy to apply and even easier to use on the go.  I would love to see Mia Mariu come out with a matte or satin lipstick and darker tones for their bronzer.  Have you heard of Mia Mariu Cosmetics before?  Have you tried anything from this brand?  What are your thoughts on Mineral Cosmetics?

Signature Honey

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Milani Cosmetics and those that have been following me a while know that I use at least one product in each of the looks I create.  A few years ago, I purchased my first Milani eye shadow palette – A Runway Eyes kit and I enjoyed the pigmentation as well the price point and because of this I was completely hooked.  Fast forward five years and I am still craving that gold packaging… I consider Milani the high-end brand of drugstore cosmetics.

Milani Constellation Gel Eye Liners

PRESS SAMPLE

Recently Milani Cosmetics released a Limited Edition collection of goodies as a part of their Bedazzled Collection. The Constellation Gel Eye Liners available in three shades: 01-Enchanted Lapis, 02-Enchanted Black Opal and 03-Enchanted Emerald retail for $5.99 on Milanicosmetics.com and can also be found at select Walgreens locations for a limited time.

Milani Constellation Gel Eye Liners

Check out my thoughts on these liners in my video review embedded below or click here to watch directly on YouTube.

Each Constellation Gel Eye Liner comes with 0.14oz/4g of product and an eyeliner brush.  The liners are encased in the signature Milani gold packaging but the pot itself is quite lightweight in comparison to other Milani products.  I’m quite impressed with the packaging for these liners as it has a twist off/on cap that allows you to keep the liner protected and sealed shut when not in use.  The brush that comes with the product is well made in my opinion and I have been enjoying using it not only with these liners but also with others in my collection.  It’s dense enough to pick up product but still soft enough against the skin, no tugging.  While this brush is small, it picks up enough product needed and allows you ease of control & is easy to hold considering it’s size.

Milani Constellation Gel Eye Liners

At first glance, these gel liners are absolutely gorgeous in the pot… so much so that I didn’t want to open them, swatch them or use them.  I knew right away that the top layer of the liners had an over spray and I knew once I dipped into the pot, I would be sacrificing the gorgeous “Galaxy” look they had.  I was quite eager to try these in hopes that they would be as “galactic” (see what I did there? lol) as I thought they looked in the pot.

Milani Constellation Gel Eye Liners

Each liner is very creamy – much more creamy than I am used to and because of this… I think it offered a heavy amount of slip through the application process.  While applying, I had to take my time and apply in layers to not only build up the metallic look of each shade but also to get it to the consistency I want.  It didn’t take much to build it up.  As you used each product, while it still held the “metallic” look with some shimmer, the product lost the “over spray” I had mentioned I thought it had.

Milani Constellation Gel Eye Liners

01 – Enchanted Lapis is a gorgeous blue shade with a metallic sheen.  When applied it shows up a much deeper shade than what you see initially.  I would consider the end result a kind of metallic navy blue.

Milani Constellation Gel Eye Liners

In the pot, before use… Enchanted Lapis looks like it has blue, purple, silver and turquoise shades – but overall, when applied, it applies the metallic navy blue shade you see on my eyelid.

Milani Constellation Gel Eye Liners

02 – Enchanted Black Opal reminds me of a deep chrome/charcoal black shade when applied.  This color has light flecks of shimmer that can be seen in the application.

Milani Constellation Gel Eye Liners

In the pot, before use… Enchanted Black Opal has black, silver, pink and gold over spray in the pot before touching the product.  It’s gorgeous – but even in my swatch or use on my eyelid, only black/silver and some flecks of silver glitter were visible.

Milani Constellation Gel Eye Liners

03 – Enchanted Emerald applies and looks like a teal / emerald green when used or swatched.  There is are some small flecks of shimmer, but for the most part this looks metallic on the lid.

Milani Constellation Gel Eye Liners

In the pot, before use… Enchanted Emerald has a gorgeous array of shades in the overspray.  Dark emerald green, turquoise blue, bright green and purple are all laid upon the top of this liner.

Milani Constellation Gel Eye Liners

As you can see from the swatches, any of the pretty effects you see on the liner before use are no longer visible for the most part once you apply the liner.  While I don’t necessarily consider that a con, it would be awesome if these liners offered that option.  Each of them do lend for a gorgeous metallic hue which I think is still quite stunning.

Milani Constellation Gel Eye Liners

Now that I’ve given you the low down of these Milani Constellation Gel liners… let’s talk about my thoughts overall.  I think these are absolutely gorgeous in the pot and it’s disappointing that they lose that gorgeous overspray once you use the product.  However, I don’t think that is the most disappointing.  As much as I tried to love these, I struggled with the use of them.  After trying different techniques, I think the formulation could use a little adjusting.

First off all – these claim to be Smudge Proof and will “last from dusk to dawn”.  I have tried on many occasions to get these liners to stay in place for me… but they either run, smudged or became a mess and using them longer than an hour left me with panda eyes.  I have tried to set them with a powder shadow, but that did not quite work for me.  After using these for about a month, I found that the best way to apply for the best longevity would be to apply in light layers and build the color up.  However, even with that – it still smudged on my oily eyelids and I am not able to use it as a daily liner or out at night on a hot day or it will get everywhere.  Using these liners as an all over shadow base may work for some, but I also found the liner to be too creamy for me and because of this the shadow I applied on top moved around quite a bit and then creased in a short amount of time. I think these would be awesome for someone who does a lot of theatrical work or someone looking for a statement liner and something that doesn’t offer longevity.  I’m sure some of my cons may have some to do with the fact that I live in a humid/hot climate, but overall I had some difficulty getting the liners to stay in place, in tact and on my eyelids during each use.  Wearing this in my waterline caused my eyes to be irritated and again – I looked like a Panda who hadn’t slept in a week.  While these did not work for me, I’m still very impressed with how they look.  I think the overall creaminess and texture of the product could attest to the slip that the product offers.  At the price point, I think it’s definitely worth checking out to see if it will work for you as I know well that what may not work for me may work for someone else.  But for me, I consider these a miss, though that doesn’t mean I won’t try to make use of them in future looks.  Milani stole my heart years ago and while one product may not work for me, that doesn’t mean I still don’t love them so. Have you tried these liners? If not, is this something you have been interested in?  I would love to know your thoughts on this.

Signature Honey

 

This product was a Press Sample sent to me for consideration of review.  All reviews listed on this site are 100% honest and unbiased.

I am all about using products that make life easier.  Let’s be honest here, with technology constantly knocking on our door… don’t we want something that will offer us ease of use?  Would this be the case when it comes to makeup products?  I think so and I certainly welcome what ever is offered up.  Over the last few months I have been playing and having fun with the new Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liners and I’m not exaggerating when I say I have been having fun. lmao  I literally couldn’t figure out why they were called “Always Sharp” until doing my video review a month ago where everyone learned right along with me. lol  So – without further adieu… on to my Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liners Review.


Smashbox Always Sharp 3D Liners

Available in 8 different colors, these liners retail for $20 (.009oz/0.27g) and offer a reflective glittery type look without all the fall out of actual glitter.  They are comfortable to wear on the eyes, apply smoothly like a kohl liner and offer great pigmentation.  I am also surprised by the wear I got out of the product because it offers great longevity through the day.  The metallic/shimmer finish stuck around for hours and the color lasted on my lower and upper lash line and waterline with minimal budging and no raccoon eyes.  These stay put really well and I contribute the small smudges to the fact that I naturally have watery eyes.  This is not your teeny-bopper eyeliner… while there is shimmer and sparkle, I like that it is more enhancing your eye look or your eyes than making you look like you are wearing a ton of glitter liner which is something I enjoyed the most.

So what makes these so unique?  Well, inspired by Smashbox Pros that consistently sharpen their pencils prior to using them, this pencil was designed to be the first of its kind to have a sharpener built right into its cap.  Ditch your sharpener because you will not need it for this pencil.  Each time you remove your cap – you get a nice sharp tip to create your look with.  I don’t have to twist up the bottom of the pencil or anything like that – I simply twist the cap off (make sure you twist, I almost broke the pencil several times by yanking) and you will expose a sharpened tip.  It’s magic – I swear! lol

Check out my quick video review (embedded below) as well as a demo of the product.  Looking for a laugh – tune in to the part where I figure out how the liners actually work, lol.  Click here to watch directly on YouTube.

Be My Valentine - Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial

In the makeup look above (tutorial can be found here), I am using Smashbox’s Always Sharp 3D Liner in 3D Sparks on my lower lash line.  What I enjoy about these liners is that they are not super shimmery, but offer just the right amount of sparkle to draw attention to the eyes and in my opinion even brightening the look of the eyes just a little so it offers a subtle but dramatic effect.

Any Cons?

So – while I do enjoy using this product, there are a few cons to it.  First of all – it is a habit for me to twist a cap back on to the pencil when I’m covering it and I noticed that I can twist too many times when putting my cap back on – which can cause the cap to crack.  Second, there is no way for you to tell how much product you have left so it can be a disappointment when you reach the end of your liner and realize that nothing is left and you have to pick up a new one.  And, third – one of my pencils broke because I pushed on it too hard and it was near to impossible to get my tip sharpened again or to twist it up so that it would meet up with the sharpener for me to use it.  I don’t know what I did but I finally got the pencil to expose itself again and I was able to use my liner.

Overall – I’m still super impressed with these liners.  They have great staying power, they can smudge but for the most part they stayed in place for hours and I love the sparkle.  The concept of the pencil is great – I just wish that there was an option to be able to twist the pencil up should it break or if you need to see how much product you have left in it.  If there is a way to do so – please let me know.  I think the price point is okay, considering it is a Smashbox product.

You can purchase these four colors mentioned as well as the other four colors available at Smashbox.com, Sephora.com or Ulta.com.

Have you tried this eye liner?  If you have – what are your thoughts?  If you haven’t, would you consider it?

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