Beauty, cosmetics

BUXOM Cosmetics PillowPout Creamy Plumping Lip Powder Review

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Hi All!  I hope your weekend is amazing!

I was recently sent the new BUXOM Cosmetics PillowPout Creamy Plumping Lip Powders ($22 each).  These are plumping  powders that are a comfortable matte finish. Here’s the description from the Buxom website:

Thanks to its innovative wet powder technology and mess-free sponge applicator, this weightless, pout-plumping pigment glides seamlessly across lips to deliver rich color that never feels dry or tight. The smudge-proof formula provides a soft and sexy stained effect that stays put for up to eight hours-no matter what you get up to during the day or night. Available in ten vivid shades designed to build to your perfect coverage, ranging from subtle nudes to bold berries.

 

Here is a close up of the lip powder.

HOW TO USE
1. Twist off cap to reveal the product-coated, sponge-tip applicator.
2. Apply sponge tip directly to lips
3. Reload sponge tip with more product by twisting cap back on.
4. Repeat application to build coverage.

Here are swatches:

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From left to right is Soft Whisper, Cuddle Me, Darling Dolly, Cozy Up, So Spicy, Want You, Spoil Me, Turn Me On, Kiss Me  and Seduce Me.

The first five are the shades I love.  I wear softer colors like nudes and pinks.  The bolder shades will be fun for the fall and winter.

I really like the formula.  It is really creamy, for a powder.  I feel that it doesn’t make my lips bigger, but it does plump them up and help fill out the lines, which I love.  It doesn’t tingle like Buxom’s lip glosses.

I have been wearing these every day.  They are amazing for pulling a makeup look together. They also look nice under a gloss.  I definitely recommend these lip powders!

Have you tried the new Buxom lip powders?   What do you think?

 

 

 

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Maybelline New York Color Sensational Matte Metallics and Powder Matte Lipsticks

I recently received some gorgeous Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipsticks to for my honest review.  I love Maybelline New York.  The products are really nice quality and affordably priced.

I want to focus my review on two of their lipsticks lines — the Color Sensational Matte Metallics Lipstick and the Color Sensational Powder Matte Lipstick:

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So pretty!  Doesn’t this make you want to play with lipstick? This is almost the full shade range of the Metallic Mattes ($7.49 USD).  I am only missing the shade Silk Stone.  The shades I have are from left to right — White Gold, Pure Gold, Copper Spark, Hot Lava, Copper Rose, Molten Bronze, Smoked Silver, Gunmetal and Serpentine.

Here are the swatches:

 

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This give a very matte finish with a subtle metallic gleam. It feels comfortable on even though it is matte. It does have honey in it for hydration.

I really love most of these shades and can see myself wearing the first three. They will be especially gorgeous in the summer time  The others are a bit bold for me, but maybe for nights out.  But if you want a bold metallic matte, try one of the more fun colors like Copper Rose or Serpentine.

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These are the shades available in the Color Sensational Powder Matte Lipstick ($7.49 USD).  These colors are cool, concrete colored shades: Cruel Ruby, Nocturnal Rose, Carnal Brown, Concrete Jungle and Smoky Jade.

Swatch time:

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You can tell that this is an extreme matte finish. It goes on matte and stays matte for hours.   Cruel Ruby looked the best on me, which is strange because I usually only wear nudes and pinks.  This is a gorgeous shade, though.  Really rich.  I think I can pull it off because it is a matte.

I think both of these collections are really different and fun. I think that if you like unusual shades along with pretty reds and pinks, you will enjoy these lipsticks!

What’s your go to lipstick brand and shade?

bath products, Beauty, cosmetics

My Beauty Favorites — Week of October 2-8, 2017

As it turns to fall (sort of) in Kansas City, I have been taking care of my skin because the weather has been fluctuating between cold evenings and mornings to hot afternoons.  My skin has been needing TLC!

So, my faves this week include a natural, all purpose balm, hydrating hand and body butter and fall hues of lip and nail colors in plum:

The Body Shop Amazonian Saviour Multi-Purpose Balm

The Body Shop Amazonian Saviour Multi-Purpose Balm ($10 USD) — Packed with powerful natural origin oils and waxes, this multi-tasking balm helps to revive the brightness and appearance of tattoos, intensely nourishes dry skin and minimizes the appearance of skin marks with a nourishing, 100% natural-origin formula. Inspired by the Amazonian communities that have relied on natural oils to care for their skin for centuries, Amazonian Saviour™ Multi-Purpose Balm is made with just nine, 100% natural-origin ingredients. Enriched with Community Trade organic babassu oil and organic andiroba oil from Brazil. 100% vegetarian and never tested on animals.

What I think: This works well all over, from lips to hands to knees.  It is fragrance and flavor free so it can be used by those with fragrance allergies.  I love it as a lip balm, but I am using it on my cuticles and skin imperfections, too.  It feels amazing on and the 1.6 oz tin will last me a while!

Available at The Body Shop stores nationwide and here: TheBodyShop.com/En

Karité Crème Corps Hydrating Body Cream

Karité Crème Corps Hydrating Body Cream ($46 USD) –This decadent, dermatologist-developed, hypo-allergenic moisturizer features 30% raw, unrefined shea butter sourced from Ghana (one of the highest concentrations available on the market), organic unrefined coconut oil, sunflower seed oil and an antioxidant-rich blend of rosemary and rooibos extracts.

This helps restore lost moisture and optimizes skin-barrier function while leaving skin smooth, soft and supple. Rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A and E, it’s safe for all skin types and effective for problem spots such as elbows, knees and feet—and it’s the ideal complement to Karité Shea Butter Crème Mains Hand Cream ($36 USD).

What I think: Another all natural item, the body and hand creams are both rich and hydrating.  They have a light scent. Both are safe for sensitive skin and feel really nice on, plus they absorb quickly.

Purchase at http://www.mykarite.com

Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour ($5.79 USD) — Get ready for a bold, matte lip-look that stays on.a new liquid lipstick with high-intensity colour, a velvety matte finish and a long-lasting, comfortable wear.
What I think: Shown in Midnight and Plum This Show, two dark plum colors.  Plum This Show has a bit more reddish tones and Midnight is plummy purple.  They are both really pretty on.  They do stay on for a while, but are a bit drying as most matte colors are on me.  I think they are very pretty and affordable, which is great for picking up a few in fun colors!
Purchase at mass market retailers near you.

 

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure ($7.99) — This all-in-one formula with keratin boasts 7 benefits in one bottle— base coat, strength, treatment, salon color, topcoat, chip resistance and gel shine finish. Complete Salon manicure delivers up to 64% stronger nails and up to 10 days of chip-resistant wear. Plum colored shades available are Plums the World, a soft smokey plum and Society Ruler, a more reddish plum.
Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Color ($8.99 USD) –The patented argan oil formula fuses intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthy looking nails.Up to 10 days of fade-proof, chip-resistant wear. Shown in Exotic Acai, a deep plum creme.
What I think: I like both of these formula.  The Complete Salon Manicure has everything you need in one bottle, and I like that it’s easy!  But I think Color Therapy is my favorite formula because the color stays on for days and days!  And it is good for my nails.
What products have you been enjoying this week?  Any fun shades for fall?

 

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anti-aging, Beauty, cosmetics, Skincare

My Beauty Favorites — Week of August 21–27, 2017

It’s cooled down a bit in Kansas City, which is awesome. I’ve haven’t been feeling the best this week, but I’ve still been testing out some wonderful products!

This week I am loving a serum that mattifies my face, some new potent anti-aging products and a fun matte liquid lipstick:

Tu’el ABSORB Mattifying Serum
Tu’el ABSORB Mattifying Serum ($48 USD) — Get real deal oil control and a shine-free face with Absorb. Powered by natural plant extracts of burnet, cinnamon, ginger and green tea to control oil, inhibit breakouts and leave your skin looking fresh and matte all day while Sodium Hyaluronate locks in hydration. Give yourself glow without the shine.

What I think: it’s not as hot here as it’s been. But it still is very humid. So my face gets oily fast. I apply this on clean skin and put my moisturizer over it. It helps keep my skin matte all day. It’s sinks right into my skin and I really love that it doesn’t leave it slick like a lot of serums do.

Purchase at Tuelskincare.com

Meaningful Beauty Environmental Protecting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF30 Sunscreen – ($65 USD) — Today, the blue light emitted by our phones, TVs and computer screens, and pollution are all sources of environmentally induced skin damage that can be just as harmful as the sun’s rays.This new multi-tasking moisturizer helps reduce damage and premature aging with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

Meaningful Beauty Overnight Retinol Repairing Créme – ($68 USD) — Renew and repair skin while you sleep with this intensely hydrating overnight moisturizer that features retinol, and hexapeptide-9 to help decrease the appearance of fine lines and improve the firmness of skin.

What I think: these are both new to the line. I love the SPF moisturizer because it helps with environmental pollutants. I love having my skin protected when I go outside. It feels nice and light on the skin, too.

I think retinol is so important for aging skin. The night cream sinks right into the skin, and in the morning my skin is smooth and glowing. I like to use intense anti-aging products at night, so my skin can be repaired while I sleep. This is a great option!

Purchase at select ULTA stores/Ulta.com

Wet’n Wild Lipsticks Matte Liquid Catsuit
Wet’n Wild Lipsticks Matte Liquid Catsuit ($4.99 USD) — What glides on like butter, feels like a second skin and won’t budge? Our Catsuit Matte Lipstick. Made with glammed out superpowers, it goes on glossy yet transforms into a high-pigmented matte finish with some serious staying power. Read our lips: This color is going nowhere.

What I think: this was kind of an impulse buy. I have seen reviews online and when I visited Walgreens I went looking for it. I chose the color RebelRose. I like the color, but it’s a little dark for me. The formula goes on smoothly, but it is a bit drying on my lips. I have a lip primer that I’m going to use under it. I recommend this for those who love matte liquid lipsticks. It’s affordable and it comes in a really pretty array of colors. And I really like the packaging too!

Purchase at Walgreens and other mass market retailers.

What are you loveing this week?