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Best yellow setting powder for women of color

Best yellow setting powder for women of color

Hey guys,

Today, I am testing out probably the top 2 yellow toned setting powders for women of color – Ben Nye Banana luxury powder and Sasha buttercup setting powder. Both are finely milled powders and work well for setting all over the face or just the under eye area. I hope this video helps in you in picking out the right yellow toned setting powder.

 

Vegan, cruelty-free makeup – Madam Glam lipstick review

Vegan, cruelty-free makeup – Madam Glam lipstick review

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend. It has been a while since I reviewed any product on my blog, but I have been trying some new products recently and wanted to share it with you all.

Madam Glam is a relatively new US based company and is known for their nail paints. So, a few months back, a representative from their company contacted me to see if I was interested in reviewing some of their products and of course I was excited to try vegan and cruelty free makeup! They sent me two of their lipsticks and here’s my thoughts on them. Please know that this blog post is NOT sponsored in any way!

I wanted berry/red toned lipsticks to suit my skin tone and I received the shades Sophisticated Wine (#38) and Le Rouge (#138). Their lipsticks contain Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter) which are all plant based ingredients! They have 17 lipstick shades (as of today) and come in shiny and matte finish. The packaging is quite simple and straight forward, nothing fancy. It’s a twist up black velvety lipstick case with the brand name on the cap and the shade name on the bottom of the lipstick. The cap does not have the harsh clicking sound on closing but does slow down to close in a subtle way (which I prefer). The lipstick bullet is quite compact which saves space in my makeup bag. 

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Left: Sophisticated Wine; Right: Le Rouge (with flash – more representative of the true shade)

And here are some swatches on the back of my hand.

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Sophisticated Wine is a beautiful pinkish berry shade that is appropriate for work/every day wear and can be flattering on a wide range of skin tones. Le Rouge, as the name suggests is a bright red (leaning towards orange red) and will suit light to medium skin tones. The swatch on their website does look darker than they are in person.

Both the lipsticks are moisturizing and creamy on application. You get instant pigment pay off with one swipe of the lipstick. The formula is also quite build-able. You can achieve lip looks ranging from a stained lip to a full-on pigmented lip (no natural lip coloring showing). The formula does not move around much and I did not have any issues with feathering around the lips. Throughout the day, the lipstick does wear off but leaves behind a stain (which I personally love). That being said, the stain is not drying on the lips. You know when some lipsticks wear off, they just tend to really dry out the lips.. well, this doesn’t do that!

It did not come off patchy either, it wore off pretty uniformly. However, you do have to touch-up after eating a meal though. The stain on its own is not enough to last the day (at least on my pigmented lips). So, I do re-apply after a meal which is true for most lipsticks.

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Pictures: ‘Sophisticated Wine‘ on application and the wear off throughout the day (notice that the moisturizing effect/shine fades away but about 40-50% of the pigment stays put). Absolutely love this shade (on application and the stain that it leaves behind)!

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Pictures: ‘Le Rouge‘ on application and the wear off throughout the day (notice that the moisturizing effect/shine fades away but about 40-50% of the pigment stays put). I am not crazy about this shade on application but love love the stain! 🙂

These lipsticks cost $15.95 and Madam Glam has been kind enough to share a 30% discount code for all my subscribers. $16 for a lipstick does sound expensive but then again the lipsticks do not contain any animal products and are cruelty free. Also, these lipsticks contain 4.5g of product in comparison with a traditional MAC lipstick containing 3g of lipstick for a higher price. So, these will last much longer.

So, if you are interested in checking some products from Madam Glam, don’t forget to use the link http://madamglam.com/?utm_source=yt-beautylashes30. You can purchase their products from their website – http://www.madamglam.com/

PROS:

  • Vegan!
  • Cruelty-free!
  • Paraben-free
  • Decent wear time (4-5 hours without eating/sipping on a drink)
  • Leaves behind a stain
  • Moisturizing (for about 4 hours)
  • Smooth application
  • Good pigmentation (my experience is limited to these two shades)
  • Does not feather outside the lip line

 

CONS:

  • Can settle into the lines of the lip
  • Can be a bit drying towards the end of the day (when the moisturizing effect wears off)
  • Slightly pricey
  • Transfers onto food and drinks
  • Old/Grandma’s lipstick smell (although it doesn’t have a scent once on the lips). I think this may be because they do not haven’t added any artificial fragrance to these lipsticks (which may be good in the long run).

Overall, I am very impressed with the lipsticks, especially considering its a new cosmetics company! I am looking forward to purchasing and testing more of their products.

 

Too Faced better than sex mascara – application

Too Faced better than sex mascara – application

Today’s video is a step by step demonstration of me using my favorite mascara – the Too faced Better than sex mascara. I hope this is helpful incase you are thinking of purchasing this mascara. These are relatively expensive ($23) but I typically purchase these during the Sephora VIB sale and that saves me a couple of bucks on these ($18-$19).

http://youtu.be/oTSn7q8BEgw

For a detailed review, please click here.

Colorpop products – Lippie Stix and Super shock eyeshadows..

So, here’s a product I’ve been hearing a lot about all over YouTube in the last few months of 2014. So, I joined the bandwagon and purchased some myself. 🙂 The package did take about a week to arrive but they did have a personalized thank you note (similar to Beautylish.com) which I always love. It just makes me feel that the company really takes time and interest in thanking their customer personally.

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As I was deciding on what shades to pick, I realized that I couldn’t find any videos/posts targeted towards woman of my coloring (barring TotalMakeupJunkie101 aka Eshani). Most vidoes/blog posts were by bloggers of lighter skin tone. So, that made the choices harder. But I ended up picking 4 of their matte lippie stix and 3 of their super shock eyeshadows. Each of their products retail for $5 which is exceptional for the quality.

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Let’s begin with my favorite, the Lippie Stix! They come in 5 different formulas – Glossy, Satin, Matte, Hyper glossy and Pearlized. Of course I had to pick the mattes! I chose four colors that I thought would suit my skin tone (NC40-NC42) – I heart this, LBB, Leather and Bichette. They all contain Vitamin E, Mango, Avacado & Shea butter (hence these products are not drying on the lips). These lip products are free of Parabens and Sulfates. Also, Colorpop does not test on animals! 🙂

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The packaging is great for the pricing. The product is packaged in a white plastic tube with a white cap and a colored bottom that matches the color of the product inside. They also have the names of the shades on the bottom of the tube. Once you open the cap, you can again see the color of the product on the tubing.

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L to R: I heart this, Bichette, LBB & Leather Lippie Stix

The container is a twist-up (so no need to sharpen, Yay to that!). These remind me of the NARS Matte lip pencils but without the need for sharpening, with more pigment and greater lasting power! On me, these last almost all day with minimal fading even with meals in between. If you do end up eating something oily, these might come off a bit and you may need to reapply once. These are comfortable on the lips and also leave behind a stain on my lips, which I don’t mind at all. Probably the lighter shades don’t leave behind as much stain. Overall, as you can probably tell, I love these!

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Moving on to the shadows. The super shock shadows have a unique texture – almost a very smooth, gel-paste like consistency that glide on your eyelids. These come in a variety of finishes. I picked up 2 metallic finishes (Bae and So Quiche) and 1 pearlized finish shadow (Mooning). Frankly, I don’t see a difference in these two finishes – both have similar texture with fine glitter through them. All three are super pigmented and can create a variety of looks depending on the mode of application.

Without an eye primer, these shadows do not last on my oily eyelids and tend to crease within a few hours. However, I don’t have that issue when I do use an eye primer. Using your fingers gets the max intensity with these shadows. When using a brush, it creates a softer look. I would really recommend using a synthetic brush with these shadows. Since Dec 26th 2014, Colorpop has also expanded their super shock shadow range with Mattes! I am so tempted to get them. Arghhh… companies….

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TIP from Colorpop: Keep the lids on tight with these products. Else, these might not be as smooth. 🙂

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L to R: So Quiche, Mooning, Bae Super Shock eyeshadows

Head over to my YouTube Channel if you would like to see them in action. I have an accompanying video where I have swatched each lip product on my lips and also have swatches for the 3 eyeshadows I have. Here’s the link: http://youtu.be/6eF6mh3mH0k

The new Aqua Matic eye shadow pencils by MUFE..

I was at Sephora for the VIB rouge event and this new product by MUFE caught my eye.. It had many claims, most of all being waterproof, as the name suggests.. My concern as always with any cream eye products is – will you last on my oily eyelids without creasing, let alone be waterproof??!! I swatched it on my hands and it was pretty much smudge-proof.. So, I decided to try one out after speaking to the MUFE representative at Sephora, who claimed that the product is crease-proof..

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Sephora’s website claims:

What it is: A creamy, creaseless formula that provides nonstop color.
What it does: This eye shadow pencil glides on and stays put. The unbelievably blendable texture includes silica, so it applies effortlessly onto the eyelid and won’t transfer. This highly-pigmented, waterproof, smudge-free shadow delivers immediate, intense color payoff. A retractable twist-up mechanism allows for quick and mistake-free application, and a sharpener makes it convenient to take this product to go for touchups.”

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I purchased the brown shade called S-60 or satiny warm brown.. It’s a lovely shade of dark brown with gold shimmer particles in it.. The color looked like it would make a good base for a brown smokey eye or just on its own.. It costs $21 for 0.049 oz of product.. The price, I hoped might push against the odds of the product not working on my eyes.. So, I tried the product on my bare eyelids.. I applied it directly from the pencil along my top lash line and onto my lids.. and then blended it out with a real techniques brush.. It blended out without any difficulty.. However, within a couple of hours, the product seemed to disappear from my lids (except for at lash line) and collected in my crease (and this is just me sitting at home, not doing anything that would cause excessive oilyness/sweating)!! For a product at $21 and that claims to be waterproof, I would have expected this product to last a lot longer! I regret buying this product and will not be buying any more from this range..

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Some people may claim that I should have used an eye primer before using this product.. Firstly, the product claims to be creaseless, without the need for any additional product.. Also, if I had to use an eye primer, I would use any of the drugstore eye pencils on top.. Any of them would last with a good eye primer on.. This product gets a big Thumbs DOWN from me.. I would rate it 2/10, 2 just for the color range! I had better expectations from a MUFE product.. Disappointed…. 🙁