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A Look At The NYX Cosmetics Machinist Collection

The Machinist Collection from NYX Cosmetics

NYX recently dropped a new collection called The Machinist, and I haven’t really heard many people talk about it. This is a limited edition collection. This collection is being sold on both the NYX website and Ulta website as well as in Ulta’s stores.

The collection has three shadow palettes, three highlight duos, three lipsticks, and three lip lacquers. Each palette, highlight, lipstick, and lacquer has three coordinating names  within the collection. One set is called Grind, one is Steam, and one is Ignite.

The Machinist Collection from NYX Cosmetics

 

Lets take a look at the individual parts of the collection, starting with the eyeshadow palettes. The description offered by the company is as follows:

Kick your look into high gear with NYX Professional Makeup limited-edition Machinist Shadow Palette. Available in steampunk-inspired color combos, the Grind, Steam and Ignite collections all include 12 highly pigmented tones that breathe new life into this retro-futuristic fantasy. Mix and match each amaze assortment of cool and warm metals with bold mattes to create an amped up effect. From grungy romantic to vintage beauty, all you need is a spark of inspiration to make the mood your own. Take things to the next level with the other collectibles in this edgy range.

I can’t seem to find any further description from NYX of the individual palettes. There doesn’t seem to be a list of color names either, but based on what I have seen on their website they may just be numbered. So I will just give my own thoughts on the color range and share a close up of the palettes.

Grind: This palette is going to be more of what the average person thinks of when thinking of steampunk. Bronze and dark smokey colors dominate this palette. While it’s not exactly the same, it does have a very similar feel to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette. So if you wanted the subculture palette but couldn’t afford the price tag that came with it, this palette may be of interest to you.

Steam: NYX took this palette very literal. Maybe too literal? This palette is filled with silvers, grays, smokey purples, and other colors that make you think of smoke, smog, and steam. It also has two bright pops of color that I am having a hard time understanding what they are doing in the palette. There is bright baby pink and bold teal. Not that I don’t think there is a place for color in steampunk, but it just doesn’t make sense in this palette.

Ignite: This palette seems to be a mix of fire and earth tones. In the pans they don’t look vastly different from Steam, just a little more warm tone leaning and more balanced. However, once you see some swatches on human skin, that is when you see the biggest difference.

 

Let’s move on and take a look at the highlighters next. Unlike the eyeshadow palettes, NYX does offer a color description as well as a product description for the highlight duos. First lets look at how NYX describes the actual product:

Build a brighter future with NYX Professional Makeup’s limited-edition Machinist Highlighting Duo. These powder highlighters are packed with pigment and leave behind a striking metallic-foil finish. Available in dynamic color pairings, each duo is inspired by a different facet of NYX Professional Makeup Machinist collection. Swipe on these velvety-smooth shades for killer shimmer, and dampen the brush to achieve a truly megawatt glow. Take things to the next level with the other collectibles in this edgy range.

For each of these I will share the description provided by NYX as well some of my own thoughts. I have seen these in person, though I don’t have my own yet, but a lot of the descriptions for the highlighters were not accurate in my opinion. My opinions are based on what I have seen, and not in me swatching them. I will have my own sets soon, but we will talk about that at the end.

Grind: This is described as a gold and a copper. I think that in person, and somewhat here in the picture, the colors appear more like a light copper and a peach.

Steam: This is described as a violet and a purple. The description seems accurate, but the violet looks slightly more blue to me in person.

Ignite: This is described as an opal and bronze. I don’t think this is accurate for either. I think it the picture is accurate to how they appear in person, but they seem more like a white and a pink to me.

 

Next up are the lip products. This collection has both lipsticks and lip glosses (or lip lacquer as they are called here). I have a few thoughts on the choices for lip products with this collection, but we will talk about that after we look at the actual products. Lets look at the lipstick first.

All three lipsticks in the collection are metallic. I think the color descriptions are pretty accurate for the lipsticks. The only difference you will see in the pictures from what they look like in person is how metallic they look. Here is how NYX describes the product:

Stud those lips in shimmery color using NYX Professional Makeup limited-edition Machinist Lipstick. This comfortably creamy formula is loaded with ultra-fine pearls that add over-the-top luster to your pout. Available in honey bronze, copper and bronze – representing the Grind, Steam and Ignite facets of NYX Professional Makeup Machinist collection, respectively – these high-coverage lippies are the perf accessories. Take things to the next level with the other collectibles in this edgy range.

Grind: This is described as a metallic honey bronze.

Steam: This is described as a metallic copper.

Ignite: This is described as a metallic bronze.

 

And finally we have the Lip Lacquers. If you aren’t familiar with NYX Lip Lacquers, they are essentially a full coverage lip gloss. Most of the colors are usually pretty opaque. Here is what NYX has to say about this part of the collection:

Go full steam ahead with NYX Professional Makeup Machinist Lip Lacquer. This limited-edition lippie is the Slip Tease Full Color Lip Lacquer you know and love – now in steampunk-inspired shades! Each grungy tone adds a glossy touch to the Grind, Steam and Ignite facets of NYX Professional Makeup Machinist collection. This perfectly plush lippie goes on silky-smooth and provides full coverage. Take things to the next level with the other collectibles in this edgy range.

Grind: This is described as a glossy wine.

Steam: This is described as a glossy blue. I would go a step further and call it a navy blue.

Ignite: This is described as a glossy nude.

 

I do have some of the items on the way, and I should have them in around the time this post goes up. You can my various social media for pictures and swatches. I will have all of the palettes as well as the lipsticks. I will be getting a couple of the highlighters as well. I completely skipped on the lip lacquers.

My general thoughts are that most of the collection is nice looking and cohesive, but there are a few selections that either because of color or texture doesn’t make sense to me. I skipped completely on the lip lacquers for this very reason. I think the colors are fine in general for the lip lacquers, but they don’t seem very steampunk to me. And why do the gloss colors not coordinate with the lipsticks? It’s not just the color, but just the fact that they are a gloss. Most people who I know that are into steampunk, or other types of cosplay, are looking for longer wearing lip product than a gloss. I suppose the general point I am getting to is that if NYX felt it necessary to include a second lip product in the collection, perhaps a lip liner or a liquid lipstick would have been a better choice.

I also skipped on the ignite highlighter duo. Not only do I think the color described as an opal would not look right on my skin tone, I found it to be very basic. I know I have something just like the other color offered in that duo. Ironically, that is the one color sold out on NYX website in the highlighters. Don’t worry, if you want it the last I checked Ulta still had it. They also have the collection in stores, so don’t forget to look there for these products.

The packaging on the eyeshadow palettes are amazing. I really wish they had carried this through for the whole collection. The lipstick packaging isn’t bad, but the highlights are in serious need of an upgrade.

So tell me in the comments below what you think of this collection from NYX. Will you or have you purchased any of it?

 

 



 

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The Best Gifts For Beauty Lovers Under $30

Best beauty gifts under $30

Best beauty gifts under $30

Everyone has at least one beauty lover in their life. But picking a gift for a beauty lover can be difficult and overwhelming if you aren’t really familiar with all the brands and items. And many of the most coveted items can be pricey, and maybe not really in your budget for a typical gift. That is why I have come up with a list of the best gifts available this year for the beauty lover in your life.

I have broken this into three categories: Lips, Eye & Face Palettes, and Everything Else. Most of these items, but not all, can be purchased at multiple locations. But for the sake of this post I will be linking to the stores where I purchased from, unless I find it somewhere cheaper for you. The under $30 price tag is based on full regular price, so no chance for you to have to pay more.

LIPS

Best lip products for gifts in 2018 Christmas Season1. Urban Decay Vice Lipstick – Holiday Kiss Collection – Sells for $17. I got mine in the color Rebel which is a Sephora-exclusive metallized nude shade of Urban Decay’s Vice Lipstick. This is perfect for the lipstick collector that loves limited edition.

2. Urban Decay Little Liquid Vices – Sells for $28. Know someone who loves liquid lipstick or has been wanting to try them. With this set you give them the opportunity to try four mini size shades for just a little more that the price of a full size. In this set you get to try two formulas, comfort matte and metallized. And you get the shades Backtalk, Amulet, Purgatory, and Crimson.

3. Urban Decay Little Vices Lipstick Kit – Sells for $25. You get five deluxe samples of Vice Lipsticks for about the same price of one full size lipstick. You get three finishes (cream, comfort matte, and metallized) in the colors Violate, 1993, Double Crossed, Love Drunk, and Mad. This is perfect for the lipstick lover who wants a variety of shades and/or finishes, also great if you are just unsure of what your beauty lover likes in a lipstick.

4. NYX Professional Makeup Meet The Metallics Lip Vault – Sells for $25. A lipstick vault is for the true lipstick fanatic. And you will be hard pressed to find a vault of any kind, even of a drugstore brand, for under $30. In this particular vault you get 12 lip colors. Despite what the name implies, not all of the lipsticks are metallic. You get 6 metallic shades and 6 soft matte lip creams. You get the colors Monte Carlo, Copenhagen, Paris, Budapest, Rome, and Dubai in each of the formulas.

5. Sleek Makeup Mini Major Matte Metallic Set – Sells for $10. (If metallics aren’t your thing, there is also a regular matte version available for the same price.) In this set you get four minis of what they call metallic matte lip gloss. To me I still consider this more of a lipstick, but you be the judge. But it’s definitely something every beauty lover will want to try. And at just $10 its affordable at even the smallest budget.

6. Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip – Sells for $28. These lip kits, as well as some of their other kits are quite popular at Sephora. I can not link to the exact one I am showing since I purchased it at a JC Penny’s Sephora and they have their own special ones not available online. However I am linking to one of the most similar ones in regular Sephora’s. I have bought them from both places as they offer different items at both locations. And often when the ones are sold out at regular Sephora’s then they still have plenty in JC Pennys. So always check there if you are looking for one of the Sephora favorites kits.

7. Huda Beauty Contour & Strobe Lip Set – Sells for $25. The Contour & Lip Strobe Sets are packaged in a covetable lip-shaped tin, each set features a full-size Lip Contour, a mini Liquid Matte Lipstick in a complementary shade, and a mini Lip Strobe. This set was originally offered in five shade combos at Sephora. Pictured above is Bombshell & Ritzy which has already sold out at Sephora, I am unsure about other sellers. There are still three shade options left that I think are equally lovely. There is Trendsetter & Snobby, Trophy Wife & Shameless, and Silver Fox & Angelic.

 

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Eye And Face Palettes

Eye and face makeup palettes under $301. bh Cosmetics Zodiac Palette – Sells for $21.99. In this palette you get 25 eyeshadows (12 baked shimmers, 12 buttery mattes) and 1 luminous baked highlighter. This palette is slightly reminiscent of the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Palette. I think this would be a great gift for any beauty lover who missed out on that palette or anyone who likes unique or themed palettes.

2. Sleek Makeup Bring On The Night Gift Set – Sells for $30 (it does look like Walgreens is clearancing this set out for half price, but I am not positive). In this set you get the Vintage Romance Eyeshadow Palette, the Solstice Highlight Palette, and the Take A Cheeky Peek Blush Palette which can each be bought separately as well. There are really some great color choices in this set, and you get a lot bang for your buck. This might be a great option for someone who is just getting into makeup and you want to give them a little of everything.

3. Wet N Wild Fantasy Makers Paint Palette – Sells for $13.78. This is a little different from the other palettes. Instead of traditional makeup its is face paint palette, so something for those in your life who love to do costuming and do a lot of makeup with it. The one I am showing is the pastel version, but there are several color options available.

4. Stila Written In the Stars – Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set – Sells for $25. (Please note this set has sold out everywhere since I started working on this post. However each of the shades in this set or there is a larger set available if you are looking for sets.) In this set you get three deluxe sizes of the Glitter and Glow Liquid Eye Shadow. Colors included are Diamond Dust, Kitten Karma, and Smokey Storm. These shadows are really fantastic and the perfect gift for the girl who want her eye looks to pop.

5. ColourPop Semi Precious Shadow Palette – Sells for $26.00. This palette contains 8 metallic shades inspired by star stuff and celestial lights. Available online at both Sephora and ColourPop’s websites. Also available in certain Sephora stores. This is a great gift for the Colour Pop fanatic or the beauty lover who always wants to try the latest thing.

6. Femme Couture Naughty Metals Eyeshadow Palette – Sells for $9.99. This palette contains 8 metallic shades perfect for those Holiday looks. If metallics aren’t your thing try the Nice Nudes palette. Really want to elevate your look? Get both and mix shadows from both palettes. The perfect gift for the beauty lover who follows the trends when you are on a tight budget.

7. COL-LAB Pro Eyeshadow Palette Best of the Day – Sells for $14.99. This palette is available in four varieties, I am showing it here in Best Of The Day. Each palette comes with eight colors in three formulas (matte, satins, and metallics). This is from the new exclusive collection at Sally Beauty created by some top YouTube Beauty Gurus. This is the perfect gift for the beauty lover who wants to support her favorite YouTuber.

8. Maybelline The City Mini Palette – Sells for $6.49-$9.99. I purchased mine through Amazon Prime Pantry. That is the cheapest place to purchase it but if you are not a Prime member, then you can also find it at Walgreens. This palette is available in 7 color options, pictured is The Urban Jungle. Each palette contains six shades that are a mix of mattes, shimmers, and metallics. These are the perfect gift for the beauty lover who likes experimenting with bold looks.

9. NYX Cosmetics In Your Element Shadow Palette, Air – Sells for $30. This palette is also available in Wind, Earth, Fire, Metal, and Water versions. The air palette features pastel shades to create ethereal looks. Each palette comes with 12 shade, all except he metal palette offer a mix of textures. The air palette has a mix of mattes, satins and shimmers. This is a perfect gift for the beauty lover who fancies herself a unicorn at heart.

 

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Everything Else

1. Urban Decay Urban Lockdown Travel Duo – Sells for $19.00. This set includes an Optical Illusion Complexion Primer Mini and a Travel Size All Nighter Setting Spray. This is a great gift for the woman who is on the go all day and night, and needs her makeup to stay in place while she is out.

2. Love OPI, XOXO Mini 4 Piece Set – Sells for $14.99. This set comes with four mini colors that are perfect for the holidays. You get Ornament to Be Together, Coalmates, Holidazed Over You, and My Wish List is You. This is the perfect gift for the beauty lover who is obsessed with doing her nails.

3. Nails INC Sparkle Like A Unicorn Set – Sells for $19.00. This set includes one Sparkle Like A Unicorn printed sheet mask, two Mini Nail Polishes in Unicorn Vibes and Unicorn Dot Com, and one Lip Trippin’ Iridescent Strobe Lipstick in Unicorn Tribe. Unicorns are really popular right now with kids and kids at heart. This gift is perfect for the beauty lover who is all unicorns all the time.

4. Clinique Moisture Favorites Set – Sells for $18.50. This set includes three mini size products perfect for travel or just to try the products out. You get a Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate, a Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief, and a Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm. This is a great gift for the friend that is more into skin care than makeup or someone who has dry dehydrated skin. This is a great choice for sensitive skin types, or if you just don’t know what skin type they have.

5. Bitzy Body Shimmer Spray – As you can see there is no link to this product. That is because since I started working on this post a couple of days ago every place that had it seems to have sold out, at least online. I bought mine at Sally Beauty, so you could possibly find some in your local store. If you want something similar you can get the Glitter Powder Spray from HUBEE on Amazon for around the same price I paid. I personally think this would make a great gift for a young beauty lover or someone who likes to sparkle.

6. Models Own Celestial Lip Glitter Kit in Rose Meteor – Sells for $14.99. Also available in the color Moon Dust. This kit comes with everything you need to do a glitter lip. It can be worn alone or over your own lipsticks. These would make great gifts for the beauty love who loves doing lip art or who follows all the Instagram trends.

 

So there you have my top picks for beauty gifts under $30. Tell me in the comments if you think I left something out that people should know about. What beauty item is on your wish list this year?

 

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Product Review – Wet n Wild ultimate brow Mascara

Wand of the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara

It seems like in the last couple of years, thanks mostly to YouTube and Instagram, everyone has been obsessed with achieving the perfect brow. The current trend seems to be a bold full brow with a nice arch. I have never been one to get onto brow trends for several reasons. I naturally have always had extremely thick brows with an arch that I thought was nice. I have also seen what over plucking can do, and trends with brows always change. So even if you don’t have the brow that is popular for the day, you will the next year or so.

That being said, I have been trying more brow products recently because aging is not my brows friend. My brows have been thinning and I seem to be getting some gray in my brows, which seem to leave them looking even more sparse than they are. I have been trying pencils, powders, and gels. I have even tried a couple of those weird staining products from Korea. In my search to find products to that work well for me I also have tried high end and drug store.

Today I wanted to focus on the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara I have recently been trying out.

Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara

I tried this out in their dark brown color Nothing But Bru-Nette. They also have two other color options available. Also available is You Got Au-burned! and Blonder Over Yonder. Lets be honest here, it’s not the broadest range of colors. But hopefully it works for you.

Prior to doing anything major to my brows, I would generally use a clear brow gel just to help tame my brows, and that is about it. And while I had not previously used any of the brow gel or mascara from Wet n Wild, I have found that out of the various pencils I have tried, they make the brow pencil that works best for me. But I was a little unsure when it came to the brow mascara whether it would work for me. I had previously tried several other brands, some I could make work some I couldn’t, none of them really gave me the results I wanted.

But when trying a new product to review we must go into it with an open mind, right? You also need to have a clear idea of what you want in a product so you can be objective on what you find to be good, bad, and neutral points. For me, I am not looking for those perfect on fleek Instagram brows. Here is what I am looking for:

1. something to fill in my brow

2. keep my brows in place without feeling crunchy

3. not make them thicker than they are

4. take minimal time and effort to use

My first thoughts when opening the bottle and looking inside was that the color looked really light. I thought for sure it was not going to match me. My second thought was that I did like how small the wand was. One of the previous brow mascaras I had tried had too large of a wand and it was too hard to control where the product went.

Wand of the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara

As you can see this wand is quite small. And when I got to actually try it out I felt I had a decent amount of control. I do wish the tip came to a slightly finer tip than it does, but that really is the only thing negative I could say about the wand.

Once applied I was happy to see the color was a better match than I thought it would be.

Me without any makeup and no brow product on.

This is me without any makeup on, so no brow product in. I think by most people’s standards they probably wouldn’t understand why I wanted anything in my brow, but its one of those things that are about your own perspective.

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And here I am with my brows done using the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara.

This does go on very wet and takes a solid minute or so to dry down, or at least it did for me. During that time if you touch your brows, it is possible to spear the product and mess them up. However after it dries down it stays in place well.

It did leave my brow a little stiffer than what I would like, but it was not super “crunchy” feeling. However it kept them in place better than anything I have ever tried. And the speed and ease of use was great. I had both brows done in under two minutes. Three if you count the drying time. When I use a pencil, or even some of the other brow mascaras I have tried, the time is much longer.

Overall I am very pleased with the Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Mascara. There are a couple of small things that I wish could be improved, but it is by far better than any other brow product I have tried and the price is better than most too. This will most likely be my go to brow product until I find something I like better.

Tell me in the comments below what your go to brow product is.

 

 

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Product Review: No7 Glamorous Nudes Eye Palette

A lok inside the No7 Glamorous Nudes Palette

Just this past summer my local Walgreens made some major changes to their cosmetics section of the store. They started having staff on hand at the makeup counter all the time to answer questions and check you out. They now give product samples to you when you buy cosmetics at the beauty counter. And they launched two new lines in store that you don’t usually see at the pharmacy here. One was Soap & Glory and the other was No7 from The Boots Company. They both got pretty prominent displays near the front of the store and quite a bit of advertising.

I was not really familiar with either brand. Soap & Glory I had seen a few times when I was walking through Ulta in the past and random post on social media, but that was about it. And No7, I don’t remember ever hearing about it before, but since its launch in Walgreens I have heard a fair bit about how great it is.

I decided I wanted to make an effort to try some things from both brands. I mean with everything I had heard about both of these brands I should be able to find some solid items that I love. So back at the end of November I was walking through the cosmetics in Walgreens and I saw the first of the Christmas products was out. I noticed No 7 had a little eyeshadow palette out.

It is called the Glamorous Nudes Eye Palette. This palette is available both in store and online, but it does say it is limited edition. The colors looked good, and it was only $10, can’t go wrong. At least that is what I thought. Yeah….Spoiler Alert!!! I didn’t like this palette.

I generally don’t like to do negative reviews, but this is one of those things that if I can help someone save their money I have to do it. Don’t get me wrong, there are some aspects of this palette that I liked, but we will get into that as we go. First lets take a look at the actual product.

Outside case of the No7 Glamorous Nudes Eye Palette

The palette itself feels pretty sturdy, I am actually not sure if its metal or plastic. My best guess is its a very light weight metal. The size is about the size of my hand. As far as packaging goes this was one area I really liked about this palette.

A lok inside the No7 Glamorous Nudes Palette

As you look inside there is a full mirror on the top od the case. I also liked that about the palette. I am afraid that is where the positives stop for me and it all goes down hill.

There is a small brush included with the palette, however it is pointless in being there. I don’t mind small brushes since I have hooded lids, but this brush does not pick anything up and is not full enough to use as a blending brush.

There are eight colors included in the palette. Nowhere online or on the packaging tells you names of the shadows or what type they are. The cardboard overwrap may have had something on it, but that got tossed in the trash before I even thought about writing this post. So since I have nothing to go by I will give you my best educated guess as to what is included and a description of the colors.

There appear to be four satins, three shimmers, and one glitter eyeshadow. Starting at the top from left there is cream color(satin), a peachy flesh tone (shimmer), a light silvery blue (glitter), a grayish brown(satin). Then on the bottom row from the left a light tan color(satin), a sort of bronzy brown(shimmer), light taupe brown(satin), and a medium brown(shimmer).

I did finger swatches below for you. They are in the same order as listed above. The first two shadesare barely visible at all because of how close they are to my skin tone. As I said, these are finger swatches, yet you can see that they still are barely visible. Usually finger swatches will give you better coverage than what a brush will, and that is still true here.

Finger Swatches of the colors in the No7 Glamorous Nudes Eye Palette

I tried to take pictures once I did an eye look with these shadows, but there was really no point. There is just no pigmentation. Even with lots of build up they barely showed up on me. The only one that had any amount of color was the one glitter shadow, but you can’t really make an eye look with it alone. And when I tried to add multiple colors they really all started to muddy up and look alike.

I would not recommend this palette, not even for a gift. I am on the paler side and I couldn’t get these shadows to show up on me. You might, and this is a big might, have better success if you fall in the porcelain range of skin tones.

I personally am passing mine on to my very young teenage niece who wants to start playing with makeup. The pigmentation is so little in this, I figured she can’t do much damage with this. Not much chance of having overdone eyeshadow when she walks out of the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Product Review – Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color Longwearing Lip Color

Thanks to our friends over at Influenster I got another VoxBox. This time it was a much coveted makeup box. I received the Maybeline Super Stay 24 Color Liquid Lipstick in two colors. I was sent Constant Toast 136 and Keep Up The Flame 025. These lipsticks are available in 30 different shades. You can see a full list of colors available here.

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Liquid Lipstick

Constant Toast looks a little like a light brown nude in the package, but on the lips it looks more like a pinky peach nude. And Keep Up The Flame is a brick red color, though I thought the it looked slightly more like a true red on the lips but not by much.

In my voxbox it came with a card that had instructions for application and a list of product claims. I would like to note that there were no instructions on the actual products on their boxes. I think that without the instructions, this could be a product that could go terribly wrong.

So first lets talk about what the product claims to do. Here is what is says:

Meet the wonder that stretches the limits of longwear lip color, SuperStay 24 Lip color. This longwear lip color won’t cake, dry, flake, or fade thanks to our unique Microflex technology that leaves lips feeling fresh through 24 hours of wear.Sounded great to me, but I was more than a bit dubious. It’s hard to not be doubtful. I have tried so many liquid lipsticks and it seem like you have two option. You can either have the super matte liquid lipsticks that last a long time, but not a full 24 hours. And you still can’t really eat and drink what you want with them on without them wearing off, and usually in a really unflattering way. But with these you have to worry about them being painfully drying, or if your like me and have natural lip creases from birth and dry lips they look horrible on most of the time. Or you can choose the non matte ones, and they will last a little longer than a traditional lipstick and wear away gracefully, but the extra time they last is just not that much. And at least they aren’t painful on the lips. But to find a color that will last through anything and not be drying? Really.

So to give it the best chance of working the way it says it would I also wanted to follow their instruction. Here is what it says to do:

Apply liquid lip color to clean, bare lips. (Helpful tip: if you have dry and/or peeling lips it is best to use a lip scrub and balm prior to application, just make sure to wipe it off prior to use.) Allow two minutes to dry, then apply the ultra conditioning balm to seal in moisture. (Helpful tip: don’t allow your lips to touch during the dry down time.)

Reapply balm as needed. (I found for me personally it was mainly necessary after eating and drinking.)

Remove with an oil-based makeup remover.

The helpful tips parts are my own notes I wanted to share after some trial and error. The rest was what was on the notecard.

I wanted to really test these out fully. It said it would last 24 hours so I decided I was going to wear one of them a full 24 hours even if that meant sleeping in it. So I tested out Constant Toast first because it was the lighter color and I didn’t want to end up with red all over my sheets just in case it did have transfer. I used my cell phone to take these pictures so I would be sure to have a time stamp. So let’s go over how each of these lasted through the day, and then I will give you my thoughts on the product.

Maybelline Super Stay 24 in Constant Toast

Here is a closer look at what Constant Toast looks like. It’s very obviously a nude color. I wasn’t really planning on going anywhere the first couple of days that I tested these lipsticks out, I decided not to bother with any other makeup. I only concentrated on the application of the lipstick and checking in often to see how it was wearing.

Applying Constant Toast

Here I am applying Constant Toast at 5:16 A.M. in the morning. You can see constant toast is pretty close to my own lip color. It’s probably what some people would call a better than my lip color, but I don’t know that I think that.

After applying I had my morning coffee like I do every morning when I first get up.

First check in with constant toast.

And this is my first check in at 5:43 A.M. and everything still looks good.

First time adding lip balm to constant toast

At 8:39 A.M. is the first time I feel compelled to use the lip balm again. I wasn’t to the point where my lips felt painful, but its like it would be on the average day when I would use a regular lip balm.

Seond Check in with Constant Toast

I had to run to my mail box and decided to do a check in while I was in the sunshine. This was at 12:32 P.M. As you can see it still looks fully in tact.

2nd application of balm

When I got back from running my errands I had a light snack and this left me needing to apply the balm again at 1:39 P.M.

Check in after dinner with constant toast

And here is my last check in for the day at 5:37 P.M. after dinner. I did reapply the balm one more time before going to bed.

Last check in for 24 hours of the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Lip Color

And after sleeping in the lipstick all night long here is my last check in after waking up at 5:00 A.M. You can see that it is still there, however some of it has worn off in spots. And of course my lips are a little dry looking. I of course have no way of knowing at what time it started to wear off since I was asleep.


Up next was the color Keep Up The Flame. I felt like I had already tested the formula well, so I didn’t really need to test it to that extent, but I did still do some check ins during the day.

Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color in Keep Up The Flame

It is obviously a brick red color. A little on the dark side, but not super dark.

Wearing Keep Up The Flame

This was not long after I applied the lipstick. It actually looks okay in the picture, but this color was very hard to apply. It kept wanting to slip outside the lip line. Once the dry down happened there were no more problems, it was only while trying to apply it. I wore it a second time and had the same issue, but it was some easier if I wiped a lot of the product off of the applicator.

End of the day wearing Keep Up The Flame

This was more to the end of the day. It was close to twelve hours of wear. I think it help up well considering I had a pretty oily pizza for dinner. There is a little bit of color loss towards the center of my mouth, but that is it. It also looks overly glossy, not really sure what caused that.

My thoughts about this product are this. First let me say, I really would not have ever chosen the colors that I was sent. I did end up liking Constant Toast, but Keep Up The Flame is not a color I would wear again. But I did absolutely love the formula. I think it put every other liquid lipstick I have ever tried to shame. There should be no reason that if this $10 lipstick can make a moisturizing long-wearing lipstick, then the $20 and and $30 ones I have tried can do the same. The one drawback is the selection of colors. They do have 30 different shades to choose from, but most don’t seem to be that different from each other. And there are definitely no fun shades.

I actually loved the formula so much I had to run out and buy some other colors. I haven’t gotten to wear all the colors I purchased, but I wanted to share some of the makeup looks I created both from the two I was sent, and from ones I purchased.

Makeup Look With Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color Liquid Lipstick in Costant Toast

The Look: No Makeup Makeup

Lip Color: Constant Toast 136

Foundation: Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox Bb Beauty Balm Spf25

Eyeshadow: ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Tang

Mascara: Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara

Blush: Nars Blush in Sex Appeal

 

Makeup look using Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color Liquid Lipstick in Keep Up The Flame

Look: Full Glamour

Lip Color: Keep Up The Flame 025

Primer: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer Oil-Free Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Concealer: Onomie A.C.E. Illuminating Eye Treatment in Lovelace Pink Pearl and Onomie Bright Concealing Elixir in Shikibu Fair Warm

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Fiji

Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

Eyeshadow Primer: Sephora Collection Beauty Amplifier Perfecting & Smoothing Eye Primer

Eyeshadow: Ulta Matte Eyeshadow in Bone, Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Barcelona Beach, Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Cupcake, and from the Urban Decay Moondust Palette – Lithium

Eyeliner: Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner and Serum in Ultra Black and in my water line Lise Watier Smokey Kohl Velours in Noir Velours

Mascara: Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara

Lashes: Accent Lashes 305 Black by Ardell

Contour: Laguna from the NARS ” Domination ” Limited Edition 4 Shades Cheek Palette

Blush: Orgasm from the NARS ” Domination ” Limited Edition 4 Shades Cheek Palette

Highlight: Devotee from the NARS ” Domination ” Limited Edition 4 Shades Cheek Palette

 

 

Makeup Look using Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color Liquid Lipstick in Committed Coral

Look: Everyday Wear

Lip Color: Committed Coral 041

Concealer: Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in Medium Light

Foundation: Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation in Fair Light

Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

Eyeliner: Physicians Formula Eye Definer Automatic Eye Pencil, Ultra Black

Mascara: Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara

Blush: Nars Blush in Sex Appeal

 

Makeup Look using Maybelline Super Say 24 Color Liquid Lipstick in Keep It Red

Look: Vintage Kitch

Lip Color: Keep It Red 035

Concealer: Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème in L11

Foundation: Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Fiji and Gobi Mixed

Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

Eyeshadow Primer: Sephora Collection Beauty Amplifier Perfecting & Smoothing Eye Primer

Eyeshadow: Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Bella Cobalt and from the Urban Decay Moondust Palette – Vega

Eyeliner: Physicians Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner and Serum in Ultra Black and in my water line SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Inner Rim Gel Eyeliner in Wide Eyed

Mascara: Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara

Blush: MAC Beauty Powder in Pearl Blossom

 

I did receive two of the lipsticks in exchange for a review, but all opinions expressed are my own. Let me know in the comments below if you have tried the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color Liquid Lipsticks. If you have, what was your favorite color, and did you love these as much as I did?

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Fun With Cosmetics Giveaway!

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So my much talked about and awaited (and unfortunately delayed) cosmetics giveaway is finally here. First I want to say, as much as I would have liked to have had some sponsored items to giveaway, I was not able to arrange it for this particular one. It may still happen in the near future, but just not now. So what does that mean? It simply means instead of the companies sending me some things to give you, I footed the bill for this giveaway. Why? Because I really think giveaways are fun, and its a way for me to do something nice for you, my readers.

Now, lets get down to what brought us all here, the giveaway. Here are the details on what you can win.

2 Third Prize Winners

will receive the Complete Timey Wimey Set in sample size from Geek Chic Cosmetics.

Geek Chic’s eye shadows are pigment shadows, so this will actually last longer than your average sample if used right.

If you would like to see what’s included in this set click here.

 

1 Second Place Winner

will receive the following items from Geek Chic Cosmetics:

1 full size Power Up Primer

1 full size Sexy In Suspenders from the Timey Wimey Collection

1 full size Brotherhood of Crows from the Win or Die Collection

1 full size Victory Tour from the Ever In Your Favor Collection.

 

1 Grand Prize Winner

will receive everything the second place winner received plus:

1 bottle of Manic Panic’s Glam Glue

1 Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Roman Holiday

1 small black Z-Palette from Makeup Geek.

1 Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Pan in In The Spotlight

1 Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow Pan in Pegasus

 

Simply enter below by following the instructions in the Rafflecopter box. You will have chances to earn extra entries all week. Prizes will be drawn on the evening of Friday June the 12, with an official announcement on Saturday. All winning entries will be confirmed before announced as winners.

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Congratulation Winners!

Grand Prize Winner – Nikki Hill

Second Prize Winner – Zoe Taylor Rose

Third Prize Winners – Lyndsie Klein-Palmer

Abigail Jacob

 

 

 

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Kicking Off My Month Of Beauty By Dishing On My Contact Allergy to Balsam of Peru

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Since I wanted to do this month of beauty posts, I thought I would starts things off by talking about something that is deeply personal to me, and actually effects every decision I make when it comes to beauty products. For as long as I can remember I have had issues with having reactions to lots of different products and foods. I honestly thought when I was a teenager that I was allergic to everything. I avoided what I could, but I didn’t always know what was causing these reactions.

While I never had a lot of acne, my skin constantly stayed red, irritated, inflamed, scaly, itchy, etc… This was on top of the migraines I got from exposure to many items as well as blisters, itching, and a swollen tongue. However my parents were extremely poor, they didn’t have health insurance, and they rarely had the money to take me to the doctor when I was extremely ill, let alone for something like this. So I did the best I could with what I had.

I want to share some of the things that have happened where I had allergic reactions that were confusing. In elementary school I had to stop using wood pencils that you sharpen and go exclusively to mechanical pencils. After using traditional pencils for a few days I would develop what looked like a third degree burn with small bumps and blisters in the are the pencil continually touched. As a preteen I was in the grocery store with my mother and they were handing out samples of Farmer’s Cheese. One bite and my mouth started feeling odd. Within a minute I had three large blisters on my mouth. Anytime I am walking through a store, or enclosed public place really, it is a real possibility I am going to have a reaction. All it takes is walking by a man or woman wearing a heavy dose of the wrong perfume or cologne and I will within minutes have a migraine and red blotchy spots all over my face. Sometimes it will feel like my face is on fire, sometimes it will only feel itchy. And this is just a small sample of things that happen.

Fast forward to my mid twenties and it has done nothing but gotten more severe. I finally had health insurance and I decided that it was time to visit a dermatologist for my skin, as that seemed like the most logical place to start. They diagnose me with seborrhea dermatitis, which is not an allergic reaction at all, and honestly at this point I was still willing to believe the allergies were a separate issue. They give me a prescription cream, told me to use a heavy duty dandruff shampoo and sent me on my way. I use the cream as it was directed for almost a year with no real results. The most I ever got was some relief from the burning. Then one day I had a reaction so bad, I think if I could I would have ripped my own skin off. I know that sounds really graphic and disturbing, but the level of pain I was in was indescribable. That is the point where I decided to go to an allergist and see if I could find out anything different.

I had planned on taking some photos of my enflamed skin so you all could see what it actually looks like, however I started a new product to test out for this month that actually helped clear my skin up. If I do have a reaction sometime this month I promise to take a picture and share it. But before moving on with my story I did manage to find pictures on a dermatology websites of people who have the same allergy and seems to have a very similar looking reaction to help give you an idea of what I deal with. contact_dermatitis_04contactderm032904 rash1_s600x600And if you image search what a Balsam of Peru Contact Allergy looks like, you might be both horrified and realize I am one of the lucky ones. But I digress, back to the allergist. When I got there they ran a standard panel for allergies where I came up allergic to dust, dust mites, and lobster. Knowing none of these are the culprit for my issues they suggested I also take a patch test. Patch tests are different from skin prick tests. While the skin prick tests are used to find food and seasonal allergies, the patch test looks for contact allergies. While the patch test is optional, I highly recommend everyone take it, especially if you suspect an allergy to something like a fragrance. Also unlike the skin prick test, with the patch test you wear it overnight or longer and then come back for an analysis.

As you have probably guessed at this point my patch test came back positive for something called Balsam of Peru. The thing is that is the only thing I tested positive for. This left me very confused since, as I mentioned earlier I thought I was allergic to so many things including foods, cosmetics, fragrances, and so many other things. So if I only tested for one thing, how am I reacting to all of those things? And what does the Allergist tell you? “Take this paper, go home, do some research, and use this cream.” Ironically, I am given the exact same prescription cream the Dermatologist gave me.

I made my way home and read all the info the Allergist gave me, which is now available to view here. It soon becomes apparent why I am having reactions to so many things, and that I am going to need to do a lot of my own research since the info given is very basic and there is so much to remember. For instance the plant alone can go by so many other names as well as 20+ chemical ingredients they make from it, and dozens of genetically similar items like essential oils you can have reactions to. Between all of the items I can have reactions to, they are used in foods, medication, cleaning products, cosmetics, skin care products, etc.. And they tell you that this plant is rarely used anymore, which is a bit deceptive. Its true, you rarely see Balsam of Peru or any of its other names listed as an ingredient. However, the many types of alcohols and other chemical ingredients made from the plant are common ingredients. Also, since this is also sometimes used as a fragrance or flavoring, that is all that is required to be listed in an ingredient list. And there is a loophole often used:

Because of allergic reactions, since 1982 crude Balsam of Peru has been banned by the International Fragrance Association from use as a fragrance compound, but extracts and distillates are used up to a maximum level of 0.4% in products, and are not covered by mandatory labeling.[30  –

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balsam_of_Peru

 

So many people may use a product thinking there is no Balsam of Peru or any of its derivatives in it, and yet still have a reaction. Over the years it has been a process of trial and error, but those with stronger reactions do not have the luxury of the trial and error process. It would be so much easier to find things to use if western culture wasn’t addicted to artificial flavoring and everything smelling like roses.
If you would like additional information on Balsam of Peru contact allergy, I have found the following sites helpful:

If you have been diagnosed with a Balsam of Peru contact allergy already and have been looking for help, don’t be afraid to reach out by leaving a comment below or messaging me on my Facebook page.

For my readers, I know this isn’t my usual topic, but it is relevant as we move into the month of beauty. The next few posts will be about my routine, and new products I am trying. I also will be covering some favorite cosmetic brands, new and old that I am able to use.  And feel free to ask any questions. There are articles out there that make this seem rare, but there are other things that say this is one of the top fragrance allergies. I think there might be a lot of people out there that are silently suffering like I use to, that just never got tested. I hope there are people out there I can help in some way. And isn’t your skin as import as any dress you can put on when it comes to beauty? Do any of you have rare unheard of allergies?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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