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.

Feb 272013
 

Loreal perfecting base I purchased the Loreal Magic Perfecting Base last month when I saw it on sale at Kroger’s grocery store.  I’ve had my eye on this primer since 2011 when I saw my friend and fellow Makeup Artist Jennifer use it for a photoshoot.  The reason I hadn’t purchased it sooner is because it was a bit pricey.  Before last month, I hadn’t seen it cheaper than about $13.  That’s a lot to me, for a drugstore primer that I haven’t used before.

Loreal Primer on Krogers shelfHere’s a picture of it on sale at Kroger’s.  I started to get 2 of them, but since I hadn’t used it before, I decided to wait and try it out first.  I ended up waiting too long to try it and by the time I went back, the sale was over. :-(  I’m not sure why it was a close out sale because the product hasn’t been discontinued.  I even checked the packaging and it was the same as the ones that were regular priced.

Loreal Primer openedHere it is opened.  I like that it’s a pale pink color.  So cute and feminine. ;-p

Loreal Primer on handHere it is on my hand.  The consisitency is similiar to a thick gel.  When rubbed into the skin, it just melts and provides a barrier between your skin and the product. It feels similar to MAC Matte gel, but a bit thicker.

Overall, it’s not a bad product, especially for less than $7.  I wouldn’t say it’s the best primer I’ve ever used in my life, but I can tell the difference between wearing it versus when I don’t wear a primer at all.  My makeup blends better and my skin is definitely smoother.  I didn’t notice that much of a difference as far as controlling oil, but I don’t think this product is even geared towards absorbing oil so I can’t hold that against it.  Again, I’ll say I can notice a difference when I wear it versus nothing, but I do have to blot a few times throughout the day. I’m proud to report it didn’t leave a white film so it’s safe for women of color to wear without appearing ashy. *whew*

Even though I do like the color ( my favorite colors are pink and purple.)  I don’t like the jar.  I’d rather squeeze or pump out my primer.  Yes, I know with jars, you’re able to get all of your money’s worth by scraping everything out, but I prefer tubes and pumps because they’re more sanitary.  Unless I find it on sale, I probably wouldn’t buy it again.

Aug 242012
 

I discovered this beauty while browsing through the cosmetic section of H.E.B. grocery store last week.  It retails for only $1.99.  When I saw how pretty and vibrant this pink was I had to pick it up.  After reading that it was a matte lipstick, I was really happy because I’ve been looking for a bold pink lipstick for a while.  I want a lipstick that would be equivalent to M.A.C. Ruby woo…but pink.  (If ya’ll know of one please share it with me. ;-p)

There’s a lot of product in this tube for only $1.99 #winning!!!

This is a swatch of the lipstick with a flash

 This picture was taken without a flash

It goes on really smooth

 

So what are my thoughts?  I really like this lipstick.  It’s advertised to last up to 4hrs and I agree.  I didn’t have a problem with it lasting.  The only downside is that this lipstick is really not matte.  It reminds me more of a mixture between a MAC Amplified and Satin textures.  I LOVE the color though and for $1.99, I can deal with it not being as matte as I’d hoped.

I know Walgreens had Wet-n-Wild products on sale buy 2 get 1 free last week. I’m not sure when the sale ends though.  If you want to try out these Wet-n-Wild matte lipsticks…or any of their products, it would be a good idea to try them while they’re on sale. :-)

 

Aug 152012
 

I purchased the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains last month from H.E.B. when  all Revlon products on sale $3 off. (winning!!)

This post will focus on two of these colors. Darling Cherie and Lovesick Passionnee’.

You get a nice size amount of product in the container. 

Above are my bare lips. Below is me applying the Darling Cherie Balm Stain

The picture below was taken without a flash

Next up is Lovesick Pasionee’

Below I’m applying Lovesick Passionee’ to my lips

This color reminded me a lot of the Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop. So I decided to compare it.

Here are swatches of the two below

I blotted my lips a few times to give it more of the stained effect.

Then I applied the Lip Butter in Lollipop on top

So my conclusion is that I really like the Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stains.  I previously posted here, here, and here about how much I love the Revlon Lip Butters.  It’s nice to have similar colors but different textures.  Of course the Lip Butters are a lot more hydrating and glossy than the Balm Stains.  I really appreciate the fact that the Balm Stains still provide a bit of moisture unlike most stains that are extremely drying and can just be uncomfortable to wear.

Have you tried either of these products?

Jun 072012
 

Even though my favorite lashes are #7 from MAC, I don’t always want to spend that much ($15) on a pair of false lashes. So that’s why I like Ardell false lashes and the beauty supply store brand (which has no name by the way, just numbers. LOL!)

So can you guess how much these lashes cost? Only $1. #winning!!! :-) They add just the right amount of drama and glam with out being too over the top. I’ve worn these 3 times so far and they are still holding up well.

What’s your favorite brand of inexpensive false lashes?

Dec 282011
 

I’ve posted a few times on make up remover wipes and how I’m still on the hunt for the perfect ones.  So far, the Ponds Towelettes above are my favorite.  To get more info on my experiences with make up remover wipes you can check here here, and here:-)

My latest experiment was with Mirra Renew Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths and the generic Kroger Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I purchased both of these from Kroger’s Grocery Store.

On the left are the Kroger Brand Make-Up Remover Wipes and on the right are the Mirra Cleansing Cloths

In this post I’ll focus on the Mirra Wipes.  I’ll cover the generic Kroger Brand wipes in Part 2 of this review.

The smooth remover side

The exfoliating side

I purchased these wipes for $2.99. In all honesty, I only tried these because the Ponds wipes were not on sale and they cost $5.49.  I know that they were cheaper at Target but didn’t have time to go there.  I figured for only $2.99, it was worth a try.  At least I’d have another topic to blog about. :-)

So what were my thoughts on the Mirra Renew Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths?

I didn’t like them and won’t be buying them again.  I’m very glad I only spent $2.99.  The idea of having a 3-n-1 cloth (removing make up, cleansing skin, and exfoliating) was so promising. In actuality, it didn’t live up to the promises.  My skin didn’t really feel clean until using about 4 of the wipes.  They aren’t as wet as I’d like my wipes to be.  Even towards the middle of the pack, they still aren’t moist enough.  The pack that I bought had cucumber & Green Tea + Vitamins, C, E, & B Complex.  I can’t say that I noticed any benefits from these ingredients.  The Cucumber & Green Tea fragrance was a bit stronger than I am comfortable with.

I will make note that when removing my eye make up, after a couple of wipes my eyes burned. ( I used the soft side of course)  When removing my lip color, however my lips didn’t burn like they did with the Philosophy wipes.  *whew* These wipes did have an unpleasant taste though. :-(  The exfoliating side is a bit harsher than I expected and due to the wipes not being wet, it quickly becomes uncomfortable.  After using these wipes and then using my Clarisonic with my African Black Soap, there was quite a bit of make up on my brush.  When I used my Clinique Clarifying Lotion afterwards, I could still see make up on the cotton ball. :-(  When I use Ponds, M.A.C., and Neutrogena wipes, I don’t notice this. On average I used 3-5 Mirra wipes get my make up off.  I’d prefer to use no more than 2.

For Part 2 of this review, please click here. :-)