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Kat Von D Sephora Beranice Lipstick

Back in late May – early June I was gifted a lipstick from the Kat Von D Sephora line in Beranice. I don’t know why I hadn’t blogged about it, especially since I really like it!!! I hadn’t heard too much about their lipsticks and wasn’t sure what to expect from it and yay I’m happily surprised!

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Beranice Lipstick – Kat Von D

Isn’t it such a pretty color and the packaging rocks! I love that I can see the color from below; sometimes you just forget which lipstick is which, especially if you have 10s of them. Being able to just know what color it is without removing the cap is great! This Kat Von D lipstick is matte but has some shimmer to it, however it’s subtle and both work and night out appropriate. The Beranice is a metallic poppy red as per described by the Sephora site, and I completely agree and it belongs to the Foiled Love Lipstick line, which also includes other colors, such as Adora, Forever & Never, F.T.W., Oh My Goth, and Valentine.

Here’s me right after applying. =P And yes that is a Venom piggy bank in the background. Bahah

Right after applying I realized I hadn’t had my morning  breakfast, which consists of yogurt and thought ‘crap!’ and then ‘duh, this lipstick doesn’t get messed up after eating!’ – It really doesn’t, of course some comes off but not enough to where your lips look washed out, it basically seems as though none came off. Isn’t that awesome?! Greatly pigmented; I loves!

Makeup Class with Micheline Pitt

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Micheline and her assistant who was the face model for the June Class.

Hiiiii guys! I’m back! It’s been an insane few months, but all is back to normal and I have reviews and fun stuff galore to write about. I’m excited to be able to write for you all again. Thank you for not fully leaving me on facebook, if anything I’ve had growth and I’m thankful. I’ll get right into today’s post!

(Disclaimer, I’m not going to give too much away, as I think it’s best to just go to the class, but I want to give everyone an idea of what you’d be learning. I also didn’t write out every brand, as I wasn’t initially planning on blogging and wrote down what I liked for me.)

I want to briefly recap and awesome class I had the opportunity to attend this past Sunday at Nigel’s Beauty Emporium in Burbank, California. Micheline Pitt, if you don’t know who she is google her or fb her, she’s awesome, holds makeup classes a few times a year. I was able to make it out for this one, if you get the chance go go go, she also is starting an advanced class. (If only I had the monies to go to that one too!)

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Micheline’s “For Looks that Kill” face chart.

This is the front side of a double side face chart Micheline customizes for her class. I didn’t get a chance to photograph the back, but it’s close ups of the eyes, brows, lips, and cheeks for further notes.

So what went down? Here’s the run down:

Application: How to apply shadows, blushes, foundations – and which brushes. A couple are Inglot 4ss, which I bought, and love (I’m a brush hoarder), the MAC 217 , and the Monda 350.

Skincare routine – eyes, face; from cleaning the face to moistuirzing, from skin issues to treatments. All encompassing really. (Some products include: La Roche-Posay moisturizer, Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10%, Lumiere eye cream, Sephora makeup removers in blue….and so much more.) I also really appreciated Micheline sharing her skin problems and how she has had to deal with them. While I am fortunate enough to get the scattered break out here and there, I think it’s important to know that beautiful models out there are human and have things they deal with and learn to take care of. It’s possible to make your skin look great, you just have to figure out what works for you!

Face: Aside from a skincare routine, there is the tinted moisturizers, color matching, foundation and concealer suggestions. (A few include Giorgio Armani Foundation, which I tested on my hand and is the lightest consistency, with amazing coverage I’ve ever encountered. Stila was her top choice for Tinted Moisturizer and MUFE HD for concealer)

Eyes: Brushes and Product were discussed. (MUFE shadows [matte preferably] and others… )

False-Lashes

Micheline’s Falsies Recommendations. Two that stood out to me were the #747 from Monday and the #305 from Accents Lashes.

Brows: This is her expertise! Anastasia Powders (but not pencils) and MUFE pencils, one of which I bought and love way more than my previous one. She also took time after the 4 HOUR class to help any and all girls who wanted eyebrow help. So kind.

Lips: Lips scrubs, Brown Sugar, MUFE Lipsticks and Lip Liners.

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Lip Liners Micheline Uses

Cheeks: Ben Nye Luxe Powder!

That’s all I’ve got for ya! If you live in the LA area or even further from here and can make it out to a class I’d advise you do. It’s fun and you learn a lot. People came from as far north as Santa Cruz and south as San Diego and drove home after! We were there for at least 6 – 7 hours. It was great.

New post tomorrow, I promise!

Josie Maran Cosmetics Cream Blush

Josie Maran Cosmetics hasn’t really been talked about here, since as some of you know I have been interning there. Since my internship is about to end I decided it’s ok now to tell you about some products I like of theirs. This time I found a blush (note my header) that I really love of theirs, the Sunset Cream Blush.

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Argan Cream Blush

It comes in Sunset (the one I use and is shown above), Sunrise and Sun Kissed, which are richer colors. It runs for 22$ and before I was gifted the Taffeta Cream Blush, which Youngblood is releasing in their Spring line, I hadn’t found anything like it. It’s sold at some Sephoras, the website and the Josie website. Powder usually has made me look blotchy and so I was on the hunt for a creamy blush to try out. When I was in school last quarter I had some research to do on Josie Maran and bam found this product. I headed into Sephora and purchased it to give it a try. On the picture the casing is more rose colored than mine is in real life, but it could be a different casing as I’ve had mine for awhile now and things change, however the size is the same. It’s a small cute little compact with a mirror that snaps closed. Usually the best guess is if your casing is simple more monies went into the actual fill. I’m nearly done with it because I use it so much! I do wish it was a little bigger or taller with more fill, since it’s something I use a lot and go through quickly. The fact that it’s a cream fill runs out faster than a powder blush that is usually in a bigger compact! So that’s my only complaint, and you guys know me I’m super honest about whether or not I love something or not, has nothing to do with where I am working or interning etc…

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Here the blush is rubbed in and you see the Stila brush that I gush about and use with it.

Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer + Sephora Lasting and Perfecting Corrector

Concealer is a big deal for those of us who have dark circles.

This is a continuation of a previous post where I am now comparing the Make Up For Ever “Lift Concealer” and the Sephora “Lasting and Perfecting Corrector.” What I did is use one of the products on either side of my face to show the difference and then in the third round also added tinted moisturizer, because it’s more common for me to wear that than foundation.

Alright, so I think you see a definite difference. It isn’t perfect. You still see dark circles and that’s just unfortunate and I’m sure if I caked it on it would be less obvious, but I’m not a fan of caking any makeup on my face. It’s likelier for it to go in the creases regardless of them being thin or for those more mature women the deeper lines below their eyes.

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Dark Circles >.<

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Make Up For Ever Left - Sephora Right

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Here I have added Youngblood Tinted Moisturizer over the concealers.

And now as you can see it’s even less darkness under the eye that we see. Due to the lighting in the room I am in, my right eye is darker than it really is, but as you can see in my left eye there is a significant difference between image one and image three.

I think that ultimately you can tell the the Make Up For Ever Concealer is the one that has worked best. I recently heard about it in my quest to find one. The Sephora Color Corrector is not a bad competition, but if you are looking for a concealer I must say I’d recommend the Lift Concealer. The Lift Concealer I got from Make Up For Ever is the number 2 and the price is $22 USD compared to the Sephora Lasting and Perfecting Corrector (also #2), which is priced at $15.

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Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer

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Sephora Long Lasting Color Corrector

Luminizers

Luminizers? Illuminizers? What are they? What do they do? Why do we need them?

Hi Lovelies, happy Friday to all of you. The other day I was at my internship and I was sitting at a desk where they had left a “illuminizer.” I put some on my hand to see what it looked like and asked myself what is this for anyway?

The question I had for myself really is why do I need this? Why is this going to make me feel pretty?

When I put some on my hand, the particular brand, made my hand shiny and glowy. Was this good or bad? Well I think I put on far too much for the little space I was rubbing it on, because it made me very sparkly. I’m all for some highlight, but that just seemed too much. I believe that a little bit goes a long way with this time of product. The correct placement will make you feel lovely, because it’ll highlight certain feature. There is also a variation of types. Some brands as you see above, and if you google, make powder versions.Personally I suggest for day time to use a powder since it is more matte, but that all depend on your line of work and style. I currently have a sample of the Tarte one that I got with a previous purchase from Ulta. I’ll let you know how I feel about it in a future post. I think I’m more of a matte girl when it comes to illuminizers. Do you guys use them? If so when? and what brand? If not, why not?

Dark Circles!

Why dark circles pester me.

Happy Friday to you all! How are we doing today? I’m doing pretty well, other than I would love a nap right now.

 

So I haven’t been wearing makeup yesterday or today because I’m too lazy to and I don’t look bad without it, but it does make my dark circle more obvious. Does everybody know what cause dark circles? There’s a little more than a handful of factors that go along with it:

Mayoclinic.com mentions the following:

  • Allergies
  • Eczema
  • Hereditary
  • Life Factors (ie. stress, smoking, etc)
  • Nasal Congestion
  • Pigmentation Irregularities
  • Rubbing/Scratching the eyes
  • Sun Exposure
  • Thinning Skin (this comes with aging)

I’m not considering creams of any sort. I don’t want to pretend that they’re working or realize I paid all kinds of money for nothing. I’m sure some creams out there do work slightly, but honestly it depends where you fall in the above categories. Hereditary dark circles are likely to NOT go away. The fix I want is with a “highlighter” or “concealer” or some other makeup product. I’ve used a couple that I like personally. The following is my favorite:

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Sephora "Long Lasting" Color Corrector

 

The thinner side is what you use first, what they call “anti-imperfection corrector” and the wider end is used second, this is the “long-lasting concealer.” What I do is use the thinner end to kind of “scribble” around the area that needs to be covered up and then dab on the larger end. There are three shades they sell light, medium, and dark I spread it around with my MAC concealer brush:

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MAC Concealer Brush 195

I love this brush ever since I bought it. It’s perfect for the inner and under eye area, which is where I mostly use it for. Sometimes I need to cover a spot here or there on my face and the size is ideal.

 

Do you guys use anything in particular? Are dark circles even a problem you have? Aside from creams what concealer or color corrector do you prefer?

Jack Black Lip Balm

Jack Black Lip Balm? Jack Black as in the actor!? No… Not the actor. lol Helloooooooo! How is everyone’s Friday going?

So what is this lip balm by Jack Black I speak of? Why haven’t you heard of it? Where can you get it? Does it have benefits? What does it even look like? SO many questions! Let’s get to them!

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Jack Black Lip Balms - Image from the Jack Black Website

Now isn’t that a lovely indigo blue packaging? Are you still like, where did she find this?? Well I find it at Sephora, in the MEN’S section! What was I doing in the men’s section? I really don’t know, sometimes in-store shopping overwhelms me and I start wandering. The fact that it’s in the men’s section of Sephora (or any store it’s sold in) is likely why you haven’t heard of it, unless your beau uses the shaving cream and other products from the skincare line, including this lip balm. If so, do share how he likes them. This brand was called Jack Black, before the actor became famously renowned; there is no relation from one to the other. The company was started by Curran Dandurand and her husband Jeff and another woman who’s name is Emily Dalton. From what I’ve read on their site, the name was chosen based on it’s easy approach-ability since 2000. 12 years later they are still around and have award winning products.

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Award Winning Lip Balms (I happen to own both)

Their award winning Lip Balms include Lemon & Chamomile (men’s health award for 2009) and Natural Mint (men’s health award for 2007).

Other Jack Black Flavors Include:

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Grapefruit with Ginger and Vanilla & Lavendar

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Shea Butter & Vitamin E (new), Mango & Mandarin (new) and Black Tea & Blackberry

I’m excited about the mango and really really want to get it, though I’m currently stocked with two and so I really don’t need it, yet. The reason I was attracted to the product is because I have extremely dry lips, I pretty much bleed and shed year round; it can be very painful. I try a lot of things to keep them moisturized and thus far I have really liked this product, although marketed to men, the flavors are not err “man-specific?” Of course if you are sensitive to flavors or any of the ingredients for that matter, STAY AWAY! I don’t want any of you having a bad reaction. Know your bodies and system. The Jack Black lip balms include SPF of 25 and are made for dry chapped lips and or extreme weather areas. My experience has been very soothing to the skin and it help me a lot as my lips are usually a source of discomfort. As is true with anything I worry that I don’t know what the active ingredients are and like with most face products I choose to pick my battles by avoiding some and keeping others, it’s quite hard with cosmetics and Jack Black is one of my favorite products.

If the men in your life like to keep well groomed or YOU like to keep them well groomed check out some of their other stuff at http://www.getjackblack.com/

PETA also claims that Jack Black is “the very best grooming-products for men”

Do any of you have a product you like for moisturizing your lips that you absolutely are in love with?

Some Mascara Results

Hiya all… I hope the new year is treating you all amazingly!

If you recall a couple of months back I brought up mascara and not being able to find a good option for myself. I asked you all to let me know what you use and what you like. I waited awhile to post results to have given all enough use and a chance rather than immediately posting with a brand new brush, which I didn’t find fair; here are the results for my personal lashes.  I used Sephora’s “Pro Lash & Eyebrow Comb” for each type as well as taking pictures without the use of the comb.

Maybeline Full N’ Soft Waterproof Mascara

No Comb FNS

 As you can see the mascara on it’s own doesn’t really do a lot for me. If anything it weighs some of my lashes down and some up. They are just scattered all over the place. I have to admit I am not a waterproof mascara fan, but I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt. What I do want to say is that it comes off better than any other waterproof mascara I’ve ever used, so if you do in fact need one that is waterproof, I highly recommend this particular product.

With Comb FNS

I must apologize for this picture; I tried very hard to get good lighting for it, but if I made the lighting brighter you couldn’t see my lashes at all. It was a mission to make this work. Here is the same mascara after using the comb. The lashes that were all ready defying gravity look better, however those drooping down did not improve.

Maybeline Great Lash in Blackest Black

No Comb GL

Improvement! The Great Lash is a huge improvement from the previous experience with Maybeline’s waterproof choice. As you can see 90% of my lashes are up and not tangled in the very least. (If you remember when I first started talking about mascara the makeup forever choice would clump some of my corner lashes into what looked like a tangled mess.)


With Comb GL

With the metal comb the mascara worked even better than it originally did, which made me happy especially as the price is economical.

Mac Cosmetics Zoom Lash (Disclaimer… I was originally going to use “they’re real” by Benefit, but was given a sample by a friend of this MAC mascara after talking to her about my mascara blues and decided to use this product for my “brand name” choice.)

No Comb ZL

Ok…I’m in love. I had never used MAC mascara before and this particular product got me. I have only really ever been a customer for their eye shadows and lipsticks, but otherwise I tend to stick to other lines. Two coats and bam! They’re all up and curly. No struggle or clumps or anything remotely close to the problem I had before with other products. (Ahem yes you Make Up Forever, ahem.)

With Comb ZL

If I wasn’t convinced enough…the comb just made it even better! I’m happy with my results as I was worried I’d find nothing that would work for me.

I want to point out that just because this worked for me it doesn’t mean any of you will have the same results. All of our types of lashes and eyes and so forth are different. Something else I want to point out is that I do not use a eyelash curler. I tend to have a reaction to eyelash curlers, so I stay away from them and am lucky enough to not really need one. Results might be improved by a curler for those of you who do use one though.

OPI for Sephora Gold Glitter Blasted

Hello All!!!

Have been gone for awhile, but I’m back!!! I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season and I hope that 2012 brings great things for all of you.

There are a few things I have been reviewing and one is the OPI gold shatter. I must say I am quite disappointed. I wanted to do red and gold shatter on my nails for the new year. I thought how pretty would that be?? Well I decided to test it out on a few colors.

I used some of OPI’s colors as testers to see which it would look best on, in case I didn’t like it on red. I waited 15 minutes between painting them these colors and adding the OPI blasted for Sephora. Here are my results:

Clumpy glittery coats. It’s definitely NOT what I expected at all. You can see some cracks but mostly is just gloppy and looks glittery. I am so sad because I was really excited to have a awesome look for new years. I have heard great things about the Sally Hansen Gold Crackle, so that is next on my list for purchase. Let me know if any of you had a similar experience or what brands you enjoy using for the crackle/shatter/blasted effect!

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