Dec 272013
 

After looking for this product at several stores in my area, I finally got my hands on the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless!!!Shameless Matte Balm

Purple lips have been all the rave for the fall and winter so I’m guessing this is why this particular color was so hard to find. I would see the other colors in the collection but not the purple. Well the wait is over. :-) Shameless Matte Balm without top It’s a very pretty colorshameless matte balm swatch Even though it’s matte, it still feels somewhat hydrating. I don’t know how Revlon mastered this texture but I love it! :-) Shameless Matte Balm on lips closeThe above picture is with a flash and below is without a flash.shameless matte balm on lips no flash

Dec 262013
 

The MAC Punk Couture Collection was released today.Punk Couture Lipstick Keeping with their post Holiday tradition, MAC released a collection that was bold and full of color. There are bright pigments, bold lipsticks, and lipglosses. Out of all of the products, the Punk Couture Lipstick is what stood out to me the most. The others seemed like repromotes (Particularly from the MAC Style Black Collection from 2009) or were just too similar to other things I owned from other brands. I only bought this lipstick.Punk Couture Label Here’s what it looks like on mePunk Couture with hand swatchPunk Couture looking to rightpunk couture smilingThe two pictures above are with a flash. Punk Couture Looking StraightPunk Couture Silly face I like it. Not sure how much I’ll actually wear it though.  I have a lot of purple lip colors and I can’t say that this is one of my favorites. I wanted it because it was a matte lipstick and I felt like I’d regret not getting it when I had the chance. I do like that fact that I don’t need a liner.  I’m sure it’ll be pretty to layer with other products (lipglosses, pigments, glitters…) I really like that it’s one of the darkest purple lipsticks I’ve seen. Usually to achieve this look, I’d need to mix a really dark lip pencil (like MAC Nightmoth) with something else. It’s cool to be able to achieve this intense dark purple matte look in one step :-)

Oct 012013
 

DSCF0437I was so happy to be invited to attend the Beauty Blogger Preview for The Makeup Show Orlando!!! This is an exclusive event that occurs the evening before The Makeup Show starts to give Beauty Bloggers a heads up on what to look for and what products would be great to review.

DSCF0432It was held in the Orlando Room, which is the same nice ballroom that the keynote speakers were in for the next 2 days.

DSCF0433James Vincent gave a detailed introduction of The Makeup Show and explained why he likes the products that were provided for the Beauty Bloggers to review.  He informed us that there were over 100 vendors in attendance.  He let us know that Orlando is the warmest location for The Makeup Show (literally and figuratively). Because it’s smaller, attendees get to really interact with the business owners, and makeup artists get more time to truly network and build relationships with people. I totally agree with this. I attended the 1st one last year and I made a lot of good connections. A benefit of going to a smaller venue is it’s more intimate, you’re not rushed, and you don’t have to squeeze through everyone to make it down the aisle. :-)

He told us what to expect fro The Makeup Show Orlando.

  • Education
  • Networking opportunities
  • Products at pro discounted rates to help build your kit

DSCF0439Shout out to MUA Bethany Townes who did a fantastic job of helping all of the speakers set up.

Sharon (Mama Makeup) Gault graced us with her presence. She was one of the upcoming Keynote Speakers. I caught a picture of her walking in as James Vincent introduced her. DSCF0438One of the first products he talked about was the Lait-Creme Concentre  Nourishing moisturizer from Embryolisse. For years I’ve heard professional makeup artists rave about this brand. I’m excited to review this product. This cream is for all skin types and has multiple uses.

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 We received cool hair ties from The Science of Fabulous.

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 We received mascara from Ellis Faas. I’ve recently heard great things about this brand. This booth was actually right next to the AJ Crimson booth that I worked at. Their packaging is awesome.

 James Vincent spoke so highly of this mascara. I had to take it out and get a closer look. :-)

James Vincent spoke so highly of this mascara. I had to take it out and get a closer look. :-)

Ellis Faas Booth

2013-09-28 15.54.57Above is a picture of David from the Ellis Faas Booth. They were right next to the AJ Crimson booth that I worked at. He was a ball of energy! Yes, those bullet looking pieces have makeup inside. Ha ha! :-)

Stila gave the Beauty Bloggers a Stay All Day Prime & Anti-Shine Balm. You know I’m super excited to try this due to me always being on the search for oil-controlling products. James V holding Stila balm 1James V holding the stila balm 2

We received a brush from the new Artisan brush collection from Makeup Forever. Woo Hoo!James V holding MUFE Brushes MUFE Brush from BBlogger Preview *Sorry some of these pics are blurry.   I was trying to take notes, listen, and hurry & take a pictures with my phone. Ha ha! I need to improve my multi-tasking skills.* :-D

Yay! We received the new NARS Eye Paint. My bag had the color Tatar. 2013-09-27 18.33.26 We received a package of Crown Brush goodies that included powder puffs, Eye liner, tweezers.  James said even though he loves brushes, it’s important to still use powder puffs, especially if you are trying to press product into the skin without any traces of brush strokes for HD. Powder Puffs also do a better job of setting powder for a long lasting effect. James V holding Crown Brush Goodies

Below James is holding a limited edition Makeup Forever Palette he put together that has neutral colors that work on everyone.

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He also put together a special makeup artist kit with Makeup Forever products that are essentials for a freelance makeup artist. This is exclusive to The Makeup Show Orlando.

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Below I’m with fellow Beauty Blogger Khia of Killer Lipgloss! So happy to have met her. I’ve followed her blog for a couple of years as well as on different social media outlets.  I spotted her while we were waiting to check in to the Beauty Blogger Preview event. I was drawn to her gorgeous purple lips. I walked over and realized who she was and was so happy. She’s super cool and fun to hang with. :-)

Beauty By LeRenda and Killer Lipgloss BBlogger Preview

Below is everything the Beauty Bloggers received in our swag bag. I’m truly grateful for this opportunity.
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Sep 172013
 

Fall 2013 NYX Purple LipPurple and plum lips are a hot trend for the Fall 2013 season. I wanted my followers to know that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to achieve this look. Both of these products were under $5. :-)

I alternate with using either the NYX Purple Rain Lip Liner alone for a long lasting matte finish, or in combination with NYX African Queen to add shine.

Here’s what they look like belowFall 2013 NYX Purple Lip ComboBelow is a swatch without a flashFall 2013 NYX Purple Lip swatched on hand no flashThis is with a flash Fall 2013 NYX Purple Lip Combo swatch with flashBelow, I’m wearing NYX Purple Rain Lip Liner by itself. It’s really pretty.

Fall 2013 NYX Purple RainFall 2013 NYX Purple Rain on lips Next I added the NYX African Queen LipglossFall 2013 NYX African QueenFall 2013 NYX African Queen applicator

Fall 2013 NYX Purple Lip Combo Looking straightFall 2013 NYX Purple Combo on lips 2Fall 2013 Purple Lip Combo on lipsFall 2013 NYX Purple Lip Looking downI’ll be wearing this combo a lot.Fall 2013 NYX Purple Combo posing

I’m so glad I experimented with these two. I’ve been using NYX Purple Rain Lip Liner for a while. I actually keep one in my personal bag as well as one for my Pro MUA kit. The first time I tried it was pairing it with Afrobella’s MAC All My Purple Life Lipglass.  I did a step by step tutorial of a Purple Look of the Day using the two here I think I originally purchased it from my local Beauty Supply Store. I’ve also bought them from H.E.B. I purchased the NYX African Queen Lipgloss from H.E.B a couple weeks ago during a NYX sale. ( I just love Kroger and H.E.B  grocery stores because they both have great cosmetic depts with frequent sales).

What’s your favorite purple lip combo?

May 012013
 

I received this Revlon Photoready BB Cream for free as a Klout Perk.  I was very excited about it because I’ve begun to fall in love with BB creams. So far I’ve tried Garnier, Bobbi Brown, and Maybelline.  I was eager to see how this Revlon version would compare.Revlon Photoready BB Cream Collage

I wasn’t expecting too much because of the very limited range of colors.  I was only able to choose from Light, Light/Medium, or Medium.  Really Revlon? Ya’ll are just going to totally disregard women of color huh? SMH!  I got to the point of being upset because in 2013, there’s NO excuse for a major cosmetic company to just not have a wide range of colors available for it’s fan base.  It was really confusing to me because it’s not like Revlon doesn’t normally have products for people with darker skin.  For example, Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation is very popular (I wear Carmel and I love it) and has a great range of colors to choose from.  I would have only imagined their BB Cream would be the same.

Here’s what it looks like on me.

Revlon BB Cream So you know I was concerned after swatching this on my hand.  Of course I know that my hands are darker than my face, but still.  I was very worried this Medium color was going to be way to light for my skin.

Revlon BB Cream B4 picAbove is my before pic. I’m wearing absolutely no makeup. Yep, I’m pretty brave. LOL! ;-p

Revlon BB Cream on face In this picture, I’ve started to rub in the  Medium BB Cream.

Revlon BB Cream finished lookThis is the finished look.

So what are my thoughts?

I’ve worn it for about a week. I really really like the way it feels on my skin and how it makes my face feel soft.  I also like that a litte goes a long way.   It’s very long lasting and I’ve noticed my makeup goes on more smoothly when I wear it.  I don’t wear it alone because I need more coverage.  As you can see in the above pics, my blemishes still show, which is fine.  I wear BB Creams to combine skin care products, not to replace my makeup.

It seems as though Revlon was trying to play the “Brown Paper Bag Test”, and I barely made the cut.  :-(  Strangely enough, it does blend well into my skin, even though the color range is extremely limited. I can’t explain how it somehow still works for me even though it looks too light at first.  I think I just made the cut.  So if you are any darker than me, it’ll be a risk buying this BB Cream.  I’d recommend Maybelline instead.  I just finished my tube and I truly like it.  Maybelline has a good variety of colors, however, I will say I like the Revlon BB Cream better because it’s more light weight and I feel it  blends better.  It’s not really matte, but it’s not as creamy as the Maybelline BB Cream.  So far, I like Bobbi Brown’s BB Cream the best. On the downside, this is another company that didn’t make a wide range of colors.  I just made the cut for the darkest color as well. The Bobbi Brown BB Cream gave a little more coverage, which meant I didn’t have to apply as much makeup afterwards.

I truly hope Revlon will extend the color range of this product.

 

 

Apr 232013
 

I happened to walk down the cosmetic aisle of Kroger’s Grocery store and saw my sorority sister Melody. She told me about a new line of Maybelline lipsticks that were dupes for MAC lipsticks. She was looking to find dupes for Embrace Me and Candy Yum Yum. I was a bit hesitant because I’ve never tried Maybeline’s lip products.  When it comes to drugstore lippies, I’m a huge fan of Revlon.  I decided to go look anyway. While looking at the pinks, I happened to pickup a pretty purple called Brazen Berry.

Maybeline Brazen Berry Label

It was love at first sight. Now mind you, I had no intentions of buying any lipsticks. I was only supposed to be “looking”. Needless to say I went home with Brazen Berry. Here’s my review below.

Maybeline Brazen Berry

Maybeline Brazen Berry swatch

I’m in love with this lipstick.  It feels really, really good on my lips.

Maybeline Brazen Berry on lips

It’s not quite as hydrating as my beloved Revlon Lip Butters, but it feels creamier than MAC Cremesheen lipsticks.  The staying power is really good.  I put on Brazen Berry early this morning at around 7:30 and it lasted well after lunch.  I still had some color left on my lips, it just wasn’t as vibrant.  That’s a shocker! I was pleasantly surprised at the great quality and value (less than $6). I’d definitely recommend these and I’ll be purchasing more colors.