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Product Breakdown: Smoky Lemon Lime FOTD

23 Jan

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FOTD & Review of TBN Blackened Violet

8 Dec

SAM_0373Two Christmases ago I purchased a few samples from The Body Needs’ Blackened Collection. I’m not a huge smoky eye girl, so I’m just now getting around to using them. I opted for loose shadow, but TBN also sells BV pressed into a 26mm pan or a “crush pot” – NOT to be confused with Coastal Scents’ “hot pots,” LOL! The sample size costs about $2 and is about 1/2 tablespoon of loose e/s encased in a 0.5 gram sifter jar. This is the perfect size for someone who is interested, but not willing to make a commitment to the full size product.

What’s interesting about BV is that it takes on a different cast depending on what color base you use underneath the pigment. See for yourself…

swatches of blackened violet over NYX jumbo pencils

swatches of blackened violet over black, red & white bases (using NYX jumbo pencils) – NO FLASH

Although the price & packaging of Blackened Violet are great, I was pretty underwhelmed by the actual performance of the product. I felt that I had to pack it on to get a decent color payoff and found that it had a lot of fallout.The color is so dark that you’ll need makeup remover or a wet wipe to keep from looking like you have dark circles under your eye or you got TKO’ed last night! I also discovered that blending out Blackened Violet will remove most of the shimmer, which is what makes it so pretty in the swatches on my hand. I even used a metallic base to help the shimmer translate, but the finished product was quite demure. For that reason, this s e/s was a fail for me (Overall score: 4). But if you’re in the market for a blackish-purplish e/s with a little bit of shimmer, then this may be the one for you. *kanye shrug* ONTO the FOTD…

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Updates & HG products of 2013

20 Nov

We are lonnnnng overdue for a lil chat, so let’s get it poppin’ y’all…

 The items in this video are just a few of my faves (holy grail products) for the year 2013. Stay tuned because I have many more product reviews to come…

Lipstick exploration…

5 Nov

Last weekend my bestie went to an 80s throwback party sporting this obnoxiously pink lipstick & believe it or not it was GORGE! She’d kill me if I posted the pic of her looking like a black Cyndi Lauper (sans the rainbow hair), so you’re just gonna hafta take my word for it. 😉 I’ve been kinda bored with my pout lately & I felt inspired by her willingness to try something new. So during my grocery run this afternoon, I copped a few new tubes of Wet N Wild Mega Last lip color.

914C Mocha-licious: a ruddy brown, halfway in between chocolate & berry

902C Bare it All : The perfect nude

Both lipsticks are very pigmented with buildable coverage, meaning you can either wear them sheer or saturated. They are really creamy & have a semi-matte formula. I like my lips to shine, so both of the following swatches were topped with Liplicious gloss in Frozen Daquiri (a sheer gloss w/ pink & silver sparkles).

914C / Mocha-licious

902C Bare it All

These lipsticks cost me $2 each & are available anywhere Wet N Wild Cosmetics are sold. I’m not a huge fan of Mocha-licious, but I’m gonna let it grow on me. I, however, INSTANTLY loved Bare it All. If you’re in the market for a nude lipstick, I encourage you to try it! Oh and for the brown-skinned girls who are intimidated by light colored lipstick: line your lips in a brown pencil prior to application, then smudge the lipstick into the liner & top with gloss. That’s what I did for the picture above. IT WORKS!

Product Review: Queen Helene Royal Curl Shaping Créme

5 Jun

As I stated in my Jan/Feb Acquisitions video, I love this stuff. I bought this 15 ounce jar at my local Earth Fare for just under $8. I’ve seen Royal Curl Curl Shaping Créme recently at my local BSS & Tarjay, so it’s fairly easy to find. It claims to be “all natural” which isn’t entirely true (see the ingredients list below). However, it is alcohol, sulfate, petrolatum, paraben & phthalate free! WOOT WOOT! It promises to tame frizz, define curls, smooth waves with silky hold, quench your hair’s thirst (without grease) & defend against heat & humidity. It smells ridiculously sweet, like a pack of Tropical Starbursts… YUM! I love sweet-smelling hair products, so this is one of my favorite features. If you’re conservative in that area, you probably won’t be a fan.

Royal Curl has the consistency of grape jelly

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Pectin, Agave Rigida (Sisal) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum).

I used this product on dry hair (twist n curl) & had underwhelming results…

But the directions explicitly state that this product should be used on wet hair. Reading is fundamental y’all. I did a twist-out on damp/wet hair & had much better results…

I have also used Royal Curl to shingle & coil Giovanni with great results. Although this is an overall great product, I do have a few gripes. I read several product reviews in which the curly girl used this product to smooth her edges. It did NOTHING of the sort for me. I’m sure you could use it to smooth down a puff/bun/ponytail, but doubt I’d use it that way (unless it was close to hairwashing day) because this product has the tendency to build up. Anyway, I needed to smooth the edges of my twists, so I used Ecostyler olive oil gel, which brings me to my next complaint… Royal Curl does not play nice w/ Ecostyle gel or coconut oil. It left tiny white flakes in my hair on two separate occasions. Next gripe: this product is extremely sticky. After my hair was dry I had to use a hot washcloth to remove the tacky residue from my face/neck/ears. But once my curls were set, I enjoyed a flexible, crunch-free hold.

NOTE: Because wet hair is susceptible to shrinkage & you must use Royal Curl on wet hair, this is not a product that will help elongate your curls. But if you’re seeking a sweet-smelling humectant, you should definitely give it a try.

Price:            1   2   3   4   5   6   7    ●   9

Packaging:   1   2   3   4   ●   6   7   8   9

Efficacy:       1   2   3   4   5   6   ●   8   9

        Overall score: 7

Don’t call it a comeback!

10 May

March 2012 Beauty Acquisitions

28 Mar

FOTD & Product Review: Spoiled Brat

12 Feb

If you’re looking for a festive (but not outrageous) makeup look for a hot date with your sweetie, please consider…

Click here to watch the video tutorial!

PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

BASE: Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadow in Pomegranate Punk (burgundy w/ gold sparkles)

SHADOW: I applied magenta e/s over my entire lower eyelid & smudged a bit of sparkly black e/s into the outer v to create a smoky look (both colors from the WNW Spoiled Brat palette). Then I used my pencil brush to apply frosty silver e/s (also Spoiled Brat) to the inner corners of my eyelids & matte peach e/s (WNW Greed palette) to highlight my brow bone area.

OTHER DETAILS… I used CoverGirl single e/s in Smolder to define my eyebrows & L’Oreal Collagen Mascara in Blackest Black on my eyelashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline with Wet N Wild cream liner in black.

LIPS: Maybelline Shine Sensational lip gloss in Peach Sorbet

CHEEKS & FACE: Nada

Product Review

Price:            1   2   3   4   5   6   7    ●   9

Packaging:   1   2   3   4   ●   6   7   8   9

Efficacy:       1   2   3   4   5   ●   7   8   9

        Overall score: 6

The Wet N Wild Spoiled Brat trio consists of a frost-finish silver, a matte-finish black w/ silver glitter & a magenta-colored e/s in a satin finish.  Although I did not personally purchase this palette (it was a gift), it only costs $3! And that’s the regular price… what a steal! I have nothing good or bad to say about the packaging (hence the score of 5). In terms of efficacy I could only muster a 6. Why? You can get sparkly black or frosty silver e/s just about anywhere, but the promise of pink is what draws most people to purchase this palette. Ironically, the pink one was the poorest performing shadow of this trio. It’s less pigmented than the other shadows, it shows up darker than it appears in the pan & it has a lot of fallout during application. I’m not saying that it’s not worth buying… just don’t expect to be amazed by this pink. The black & silver e/s are both very pigmented, so I would recommend this palette. However if you already own these three colors there’s no need purchase Spoiled Brat.

Swatched on top of NYX Milk pencil (flash photography)

Tutorial: Spoiled Brat FOTD

11 Feb

Click here to read the FOTD…

Jan/Feb 2012 Beauty Acquisitions

8 Feb

No hard feelings, we keep it real in this camp 😉