Sunday, November 19, 2017

REN's Perfect Canvas is More Than a Makeup Primer

My job here on this site is to tell you if something works and usually compare it to products I’ve tried in the same category but wow, that’s kind of hard with this next one. It’s REN Perfect Canvas ($55/1.02oz @ renskincare.com, dermstore.com, sephora.com) and there’s nothing to compare it to!

When I first looked at this one, the ‘Perfect Canvas” name meant to me, ok, it’s a face primer, but it’s much more than that. They call this one a finishing serum and with a name like that I would assume that it goes on after makeup but I would be wrong in that assumption too! It’s made to go over your moisturizer and before foundation and supposed to matte down the skin that the moisturizer can impart.

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Here are some facts about it: The consistency is more like a serum than a primer, it’s silicone-free (instead it contains a faux silicone called Agave Tequilana), it’s a clear liquid, contains hyaluronic acid, Probiotic Extracts (for epidermal growth), and Glucans (keep the skin in balance), to name a few standouts.

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I actually like the consistency of this one as it feels really slick like a typical primer with silicones but instead of slip, this one provides grip for the makeup, so it will make your makeup last a tad longer than your traditional primer.

This one seems a little pricey but I got full coverage from about 3 drops so it should last you a while and it does have some skin care benefits, so maybe that will help you balance out the cost.

Is this one you are interested in trying?

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

#MatteMetallics from Maybelline

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Metallics are all the rage and why shouldn’t they be? Metallic colors are just plain cool looking! And fall seems to be the best season for them. MAYBELLINE just came out with Color Sensational Matte Metallic Lipsticks ($7.49 @ maybelline.com, ulta.com) and while I’m not much of a blue lipstick wearer, theirs makes me want to rock it!

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As much as I like the shades in this collection, they are just your basic lipsticks that don’t last a super long time like liquid lipsticks, however, they are comfortable to wear and don’t require the commitment. So there is a trade-off. Which do you prefer?

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From L to R by number: 950 White Gold, 954 Pure Gold, 958 Copper Spark, 962 Hot Lava, 966 Copper Rose

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From L to R by number: 970 Molten Bronze, 974 Silk Stone, 978 Smoked Silver, 982 Gunmetal, 986 Serpentine

One question regarding the numbers of these shades and all Maybelline lipstick shades – does the brand go in some kind of order and started at 1 and they are at almost 1,000 different shades of lipstick since their creation? Let me know if you have the answer!

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Get Wickedly Divine with LA Splash Cosmetics

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just came out with a new liquid lipstick, Wickedly Divine Liquid Silk Liquid Lipstick ($18 @ lasplash.com). They claim the formula to be one of, “the SOFTEST wear on the market.” I’m not sure exactly what that means, a soft wear, but I have some guesses!

What I liked – Each truly felt like I had nothing on my lips! Now that’s amazing and I think I’ve only experience that with one other brand, so big plus. In addition, these all toe the line of being too drying on lips but are not. And combine that with the “I-feel-nothing-on-my-lips,” and this is the perfect combo for me, the exception being the Dragon’s Blood color. Hot pink is one of my all-time favorite shades to wear on my lips but this one was sadly too drying.

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What I didn’t like – the packaging makes it hard to see which shade is which. I understand the creativity with the packaging and appreciate it but I just think these would have been better in clear to help with functionality.

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Since I used to work at Swarovski, I am a crystal snob and the crystal on top of the wand is a cute detail but it’s plastic, and not Swarovski. A nice addition overall but again, I’m a crystal snob.

As far as each color, the tubes have a white sticker that looks like they just stuck them on at the last minute and they don’t even fit properly on the bottoms, and some have come off. So combine a missing sticker with the hard-to-see-through packaging, and ugh!

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They seemed to have changed the doe foot. The Infectious shade has a basic one and the rest of the lippies have a hole in the middle of it. I think the one with the basic foot is from the initial release of these and they upgraded when putting out more colors. Big plus!

As far as colors, this one includes quite a few shades (38) and effects to choose from including straight up mattes, metallics and also a few duo chromes.

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L to R (no reason for this order): Wrath, Evil Darling, Evil Queen, Dragons Blood, Infectious, Vanish, Blood Thirst.

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