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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
Disclaimer: I purchased these products with my own money. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased, as with anything found on this site. Affiliate links may be listed through out.
I’m sure over the last couple of months you have seen the release of the It’s Judy Time Eye and Lip Palettes. I was definitely ecstatic to hear they were hitting stores and the site because It’s Judy Time or Judy Travis has been one of my long time favorite YouTubers. I remember when I first started YouTube 10 years ago and we had started our channels around the same time. She would do her videos from her little apartment, teaching subscribers how to do easy hair styles and makeup looks. This was before her and Benji even got married and definitely before they had their children – Juliana and the Twins. I love when I am able to watch the life of a YouTuber grow and I feel like our lives all have similarities, ya know. Anyway – I’m off on a tangent here, regardless of what and why – I was definitely excited to see that Pixi collaborated with such a beauty. Today I’m going to be sharing with you the Eye and Lip Palettes from the ItsJudyTime + Pixi Beauty Collaboration. I don’t have any looks to share but figured I could provide my overall thoughts on the palettes as well as swatches. I noticed that they are popping up at my local Target – so maybe you could use this post as a reference if it’s something you’re interested in getting.
ItsEyeTime palette (ItsJudyTime + Pixi Beauty) consists of 12 gorgeously pigmented and silky eye shadows. Retailing for $24.00 I was definitely impressed by how soft and easy to blend these shades were. I’m a neutral girl at heart so a palette that allows me to take a look from day to night while still giving me shades that I can use for an all-over-the-lid look, it’s definitely a must have for me.
This palette was created so that the wearer could seemlessly transition their look from day to night and have a palette they could turn to for their every day looks. There are a mixture of matte and shimmer shades and a variety of neutral tones (both warm and cool) so that it would suit many skin tones.
This palette was created with the neutrals that you need in your everyday life and makes it simple and easy.
“The palettes I created with Pixi are straight to the point, simple. I like that it’s compact. If you’re a girl on the go – I like that you can just grab it and go. You can even just use your fingers.” – ItsJudyTime
As you can see from the swatches, this palette is gorgeous. I’ll be honest, I would have bought the palettes just because they were created by one of my favorite YouTubers, but I’m over the moon excited by the quality. Each shade really was smooth and creamy/buttery in texture. When I swatched each, they were swatched on my arm with no primer and really applied easily. Blending them was effortless and this would be a great palette for a beginner or pro. Highly pigmented and easy to use for anyone for sure. This palette has easily become one of my favorites in my collection and for someone who is a makeup collector, that says a lot.
Ingredients for eye shadow palette: “Snowflake/ Getaway/ Ping INGREDIENTS: Talc, Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polybutene, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate. [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)]. Bubbly INGREDIENTS: Mica, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891). Itsmommyslife/ Good Morning/ Honey Bear/ Tu-Tu/ Dark Chocolate/ Aww Snap INGREDIENTS: Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate. [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)]. Brick INGREDIENTS: Mica, Talc, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499).
Net. Wt. = 1.2g x 12
Next in the collaboration is the ItsLipTime Palette (ItsJudyTime + Pixi Beauty). Also retailing for $24.00, the ItsLipTime palette features 12 lip cremes in an array of shades. You get wearable, super flattering colors that have all been mixed by Judy. Each lip color is hydrating and are easy to apply with your finger or a lip brush.
The colors were created in this lip palette so that you could wear them solo, mix or layer them to create a variety of endless shade options. The lip cremes have a soft fruit like fragrance (mainly because Judy wanted to have a scent since she enjoys smelling lipsticks – if you watch her vlogs, you know this), but definitely not an overpowering scent.
This lip palette will take you from day to night and all year round. The shades range from soft nudes to pinks and show stopping berry and red tones. You are getting a variety of blendable shades to create the looks for any day and time.
Now – I’m loving this palette and the wide range, but like with any lipstick palette, you definitely have to build the color up. Is that a bad thing? In my opinion, no. That really means you can custom make your own shades, and they are still all very pigmented colors which allow you to apply a wash of color on your lips or go full out glam – it’s truly up to you.
Over the last month or so I’ve been blending Juliana Bear and B Did It to create a very wearable and pouty pink for my everyday wear. I absolutely love the shades Judy selected in this palette and found that it’s becoming a staple in my makeup collection. I love that each shade is creamy and feels great on the lips. Moisturizing and soft without drying out my pout. Furthermore, I am so loving the fact that there is no shimmer in this palette – you get creamy lipsticks without the glitter, that makes me love it even more.
Ingredients of lip palette: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Talc, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax (Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Cera), Ozokerite, Polyethylene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mica, Silica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Flavor (Aroma), Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Water, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Propylene Glycol, Propylene Carbonate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, BHT, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12. [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)]
Net. Wt. = 0.76g x 12
Each of the palettes have the same type of packaging, which I love because it really makes them look like a set. While they do not have a mirror attached, each palette comes with a little sticky mirror which you can attach with the adhesive on the inside if you feel the need. I haven’t attached mine because I found I haven’t needed it. But, again – these palettes were made so that they could be used on the go as well. They are compact, while still offering sturdy packaging so they would be perfect for travel.
I absolutely love that the shades all have names – hallelujah, that’s such a big deal for me… because when I’m doing my makeup I like to reference the color choices. And, I love that each shade name is listed on the back of the palette for easy reference – no funky pieces of plastic to get tossed out later. One of my favorite things about this collaboration is that these products are available at Target stores. I’m so excited for Judy and love when I walk into my local Target and see the palette in display. It makes me excited and happy.
You see, I watched Judy grow over the years and watched her YouTube channel flourish into well over 1 million subscribers. She’s literally a household name and as a YouTube and blogger myself, I’m excited to see that this is happening for one of our own. One day, I can only hope that something like this would happen for me. I’m a dreamer, but I love seeing people succeed and Judy is one of my favorites so to watch this unfold, it’s definitely exciting.
You can purchase these palettes at: https://www.pixibeauty.com/ or at your local Target store where available.
Have you tried any of these palettes from Pixi Beauty and ItsJudyTime yet? If not, do you have your sites set on any of them? Comment below and let me know.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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?
Disclaimer: The product featured in this post was sent for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Disclaimer: The products featured in this post were sent for review consideration and/or feature. All opinions are my own, 100% honest & unbiased. Affiliate links are posted through out.
Almost two months ago, I posted about a set of matte liquid lipsticks on Snapchat and everyone was excited to hear about it. It’s been a while since then and I have finally had the chance to get through the whole set of goodies to share with all of you. Matte lipsticks are so popular now a days and there are so many types and colors from different brands. Today I share with you these gorgeous lippies from BHüe Beauty. BHüe is a line of crowd-sourced beauty products that are formulated to enhance your natural beauty so you can stand out in a room. Let’s take a look at these gorgeous shades, shall we?
BHüe offers Liquid Matte Lipsticks in 7 gorgeous shades to suit any skin tone or personality. Each Matte Liquid Lipstick retails for $18.00 which is a pretty hefty cost in my opinion for the amount of product you receive in each tube of lipstick. I was unable to find the actual amount per product, but each tube seems to be about 1/2 the amount of product than a regular liquid lipstick that you see on the market today.
Each liquid lipstick comes with a doe foot applicator and I love the packaging. It is simplistic but perfect for travel or tossing into your purse. I also love the fact that each name is labeled at the bottom of the tube and these are really the type of liquid lipsticks that you can easily finish if you find a color you love. I think that while they are a little high in cost for the amount, packaging and product quality would be worth the cost if there was a bit more product.
These liquid lipsticks are very pigmented and offer bright and bold colors on the lips with one swipe. They apply like a liquid cream lipstick or lip cream so they feel comfortable on the lips. While they do not completely set down (they are not tacky but do not dry down to a harsh dry finish), they are long lasting and water-resistant. I especially just love the fact that I can wear them with hours without my lips feeling cracked or so dry that they hurt. I remove them with a makeup remover wipe or with a little coconut oil and they come off easily. There is slight transfer when eating and drinking – but still last and offer a moisturizing feel on the lips without my lips hurting.
The liquid lipstick formula is infused with Vitamin E to ensure your lips will feel moisturized all day – no matter the color you choose. I highly suggest you line your lips with a transparent lip liner or one that is similar in shade to the liquid lipstick you have, but it is not necessary or required – I’m just a creature of habit.
Ingredient Listing: Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Kaolin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Synthetic Beeswax, Silica Silylate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mica, Flavor, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultra Marine (CI 77007), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide (CI 77861)
I also got to try BHüe’s Tinted Lip Balm in Chameleon Pink which retails for $17. This fun lip balm comes in a slider rectangular tin and is strawberry scented. It’s a completely clear jelly lip balm that leaves my lips moisturized and gradually creates a soft rosy pink sheen on the lips giving me a fresh-faced look, perfect for summer. You can apply it to your lips with your fingers or use the travel lip brush that’s included for precise application. I love this thing… it has made my June favorites because it leaves my lips moisturized and creates a pretty hue for me to rock out this summer.
Oh – a little tip, the more you press and smack your lips, the more pink the formula becomes. I tend to press my lips together a lot, so sometimes my lips can turn to a really bright pink where as other times, well – they will just be a soft “your lips but better” kind of pink.
The tinted lip balm contains avocado and macadamia oil that will keep your lips hydrated. Once in contact with your lips, the formula will change from clear to pink. My lips feel hydrated and moisturized all day long when I wear this tinted lip balm on its own. Packaging makes it easy to apply and I love that it includes a little lip brush for application. I do not suggest using this lip balm on your lips prior to applying the matte liquid lipsticks without blotting your lips first, otherwise the lipsticks will move all over on your lips and create a mess.
Ingredient listing: Diisostearyl Malate Polyisobutene Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprate Silica Dimethyl Silylate Hydroxystearic Acid Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil Fragrance May Contain Red 27
BHüe is a cosmetic brand for those who blend their makeup – but refuse to blend into the crowd. They offer cool products for those who want to compliment being their best with looking best. They say… “It’s not about contouring, but about confidence.”
“BHüe’s manifesto is to be fearless. Be bold. Be the best version of yourself. BHüe.”
I’ve absolutely enjoyed trying out these lip products over the last two months and have really enjoyed mixing them with my eye looks and creating fun and bold lips for summer. I love that the range of shades they have available make great ones for any time of the year and they will certainly go well for any skin tone. I do enjoy a great liquid lipstick, but I think what I love the most about these is that they are so comfortable on the lips – that I can wear them all day, remove them and my lips still feel soft. They can leave behind a bit of a stain with some of the shades, but overall – I’m impressed. I mentioned the price being a bit high for my liking, but considering it is a crowd-sourced brand, I understand the reasoning behind the cost. I can’t say I would purchase these at full price, but I can’t say I wouldn’t either. The colors are gorgeous, super pigmented and I do enjoy them and those that know me or read this blog, know that if I really enjoy something – I may change my mind and purchase it later even if I said I wouldn’t.
The lip balm – definitely a favorite of mine and one I enjoy. I have gotten a lot of use out of this product and I know it’s something I would buy again, knowing how great my lips feel and how cool the colors change on my lips. This lip balm is functional for me, especially during the summer when I don’t use much but makeup and lip balm anyway. It keeps my lips soft and moisturized all day long with is a HUGE plus in my book.
BHüe is a small company and I haven’t seen a huge buzz around the brand or their products as of yet, but I do think that they have a great product that will turn heads. The quality of these lip products definitely warrant the price tag and my lips just absolutely enjoy how they feel on. Have you heard of BHüe before? If so, what are your thoughts on the company? If not, do you think this is something you would want to check out? What do you think about the price? Comment below and let me know.
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Disclaimer: The products mentioned / featured in this post were sent to me for review consideration. All opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased, as with anything stated on this site. Affiliate links are posted through out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t think that I would write about these, but since I already filmed the video review and it’s been sitting in my Que for release for a few weeks now, I figured that I would write one anyway. My opinions haven’t changed since first trying these lippies and I doubt that they will. Let’s get on with it – shall we? Today I’m talking to you about the Wet n Wild Color Icon Metallic Liquid Lipsticks from the Limited Edition Lost in the Wild Flowers collection.
The Wet n Wild Color Icon Metallic Liquid Lipsticks from the Lost in the Wild Flowers collection showed up in my local Walgreens about a month (or more) ago and I found four shades available. The display was quite picked through so I’m not quite sure if there are more colors available, but I picked up what my Walgreens had and I was really excited to get my hands on them. Retailing for just $3.99 these metallic liquid lipsticks were a part of a limited edition collection that included nail polishes and some blush and highlighters (or that is what I seen in the display) and I decided I would only pick up the lipsticks.
Now this new craze of metallic liquid lipsticks seem to be hitting quite a few companies and brands as they are being released all over the internet and you may have already seen different brands like Kylie Jenner and Milani – even ColourPop recently released a set of them. I was quite excited to try one that was affordable. After bringing the four shades home with me, I immediately began to swatch each one.
The packaging is adorable and I love how small it is while still packing in a good amount of product. The doe foot applicator is also quite nice. It has a slight dip in the applicator allowing you to apply the product to your lips easily and ensuring the product hugs your lips to create shape. It reminds me of the Jordana Sweet Cream liquid lipstick applicator which I talk about in this post here. The only difference is that the one from Wet n Wild, the applicator is a little more on the fluffier side, but it still makes applying the product a breeze.
If you are looking for a lip product that is much like a gloss, you may like this particular lippy. This reminds me of a glittery gloss with a similar texture. It’s kind of odd to me to be honest and applying it on my lips – while the colors are pigmented, it looked weird and felt uncomfortable. This is not a liquid lipstick texture I would prefer. It reminds me of a gel like lip gloss formula with shimmer and metallic flecks.
Longevity… I couldn’t say that these lasted AT ALL. They kiss off very easily and drinking or eating anything really left a mess behind. While they do have nice pigment and color, I hate that when I wipe it off my lips, it leaves that metallic shimmer behind which settles into the fine lines and cracks in my lips. It’s unattractive and really emphasizes all those lines on my lips whether at it’s full pigmentation or faded. I also haven’t seen any other colors available in this line and while I’m not a fan, maybe a different color selection would make for a different opinion. All of the shades have a blue base to them, which is not my favorite to wear – especially if they have a shimmer or metallic look to them.
Since they are so affordable, I think they would definitely be a great topper for a matte lipstick or something fun to wear. They oddly remind me of my childhood – which by the way, I am a child of the 80s and a teen of the 90s, so that says a lot about the shade range and finish. While I was able to apply the lip products and get color from them, there is a lot of streaky color application and sometimes I felt like I was applying more and more but rubbing off color at the same time. While these are cheap, unless you have something fun planned for them – I don’t think they would be used well for every day or even special occasions. I have had MANY Wet n Wild lippies over the years and these definitely made the “eh” list because I have them so I’ll try to make use of them, but I’m not a fan and don’t think I will be. If I had to absolutely choose one out of the whole bunch, I think “Coming Up Roses” – the darkest shade in the bunch, would probably be my favorite – though, I wouldn’t exactly use the word “favorite”. One I know I would be able to make use of is the purple shade – Indigo Your Own Way. When it comes to the metallic part in that particular lipstick, it lends for the glitter to be more wearable then the rest.
In the packaging, these look like absolutely beautiful colors and I think they are… but for me personally, I think they just were not the right fit. At under $4.00 each – the price point is nice and I’m sure I’ll figure out a way to make use of them. Have you tried these yet and if so, what are your thoughts? If you haven’t, do you think you’ll be checking any of these out.
I have always been a fan of Wet n Wild and I’m really enjoying their new releases I’ve seen hitting the stores lately, but this particular set I think could use some improvements. Texture, longevity and overall formulation could use some changes and are certainly to be desired. While this is my opinion of these liquid lipsticks from Wet n Wild, that doesn’t change my general opinion of the brand, and I do still enjoy what WnW offers.
Disclaimer: The products mentioned and discussed in this post were purchased by me with my own money. As with anything on this site, all opinions are my own, 100% honest and unbiased and are never swayed for one reason or the other. Affiliate links may be posted through out.