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.
Here I have first of my Valentine’s Day looks for you. Doesn’t matter if I am ill and sound tired in the video, I hope you can bear with me. This look features a purple-brown smokey eye with an extended black shadow liner to create a sexy, soft cat-eye look. I hope you like it.
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.
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.
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! 🙂
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.
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!
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….
TIP from Colorpop: Keep the lids on tight with these products. Else, these might not be as smooth. 🙂
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
Hey there, It’s almost that time of the year again! Time flew by so fast. It’s hard to believe that the 2014 is almost over! This year has been extremely trying on me, I’ve lost souls I’ve loved and have also achieved milestones in my career. So, I am super excited to see what 2015 has to offer. Meanwhile, here is my take on the New Years Eve Party Makeup. I really hope you like it. Here’s wishing you all a very happy new year from Beautylashes19. See you all on the other side.