Category: Makeup Reviews

Why Haven’t There Been Any Recent Posts? Where Have I Been? My struggle with High Blood Pressure and New Allergies

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Are you still blogging?” I get this question a lot.

It is not an easy question to answer because I feel a bit of shame over it, but I feel like I owe it to you to be vulnerable and honest about my shortcomings in the blogging arena. I love my blog. I love doing it. It brings me such joy to purchase new products, try them out, test them under the harshest Louisiana heat, and report back to you where your money is best served. However, I have not been able to do that lately due to some health issues and my work schedule.

First, I am a full time litigation attorney, which requires a great deal of my brain space. I love my job, and I love advocating for clients, but it wears on you emotionally, mentally, and physically at times. I took a new job in May 2015 that significantly increased the need for my brain space causing increased emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion. When I got home, I just didn’t have the energy to pull out my laptop and work on my blog. It felt like I was working 100+ hour weeks, which left no time to take care of myself and no quality time for me and Justin.

During this transition, I became suddenly ill and was in the hospital for four days with blood pressure that would not come down. (It was 265/165 – surprisingly I wasn’t having strokes or heart attacks.) I was placed on new medications, and sent on my way. On top of that, my physical activity decreased because I was not allowed to work out until the doctor’s cleared me to do so. As a result, I quit eating healthily and managed to put on nearly 30 pounds! (This is crazy to me.) What came next was, and to some extent still is, the most frustrating situation with which I’ve ever dealt. I began having allergic reactions to everything skincare, body care, and hair care. My skin began to break out into dry patches on my face, neck, and lips, then crack and bleed. It itched, it burned, and worst of all it hurt to eat. Any time anything vinegar-based, alcohol-based (even wine), or spicy touched my lips, I wanted to scream out in pain. I stopped wearing makeup and using skincare because everything burned. EVERYTHING was searing my horribly ill skin like a steak on a grill.

It is difficult for me to share these photos. But these were all taken in January when the staph was at its worst. You can see the swelling and dry red patches.
It is difficult for me to share these photos. But these were all taken in January when the staph was at its worst. You can see the swelling and dry red patches.

So, I set off to the dermatologist to begin our journey to healing this skin issue. We began treatment and after a month, it had not gone away. Eventually we figured out that I was experiencing a staph infection on my face. I had never heard of such a thing, but apparently it is very common in children. I had to throw out all makeup, skincare, makeup brushes (including my Beauty Blender!), makeup/beauty tools, etc. that I had used during the staph infection. I was forced to purchase prescription steroid and antibiotic creams instead of skincare. I didn’t feel like myself, but I thought it would be temporary; that we would treat it for a few weeks and everything would be fine because we finally had an answer. We treated the staph accordingly, and a month later, the dry patches, cracking and bleeding came back. This time, there was no staph present, and therefore, no real answer. I was heartbroken. I felt like screaming “What gives? What is happening to my body? I want my body back! How did all of this happen so quickly? Why can’t we fix it?

In an effort to find the culprit, my doctor did the T.R.U.E. Patch Testing to determine if I was allergic to the most common ingredients found in skincare, body care, makeup, etc.

Here's what the TRUE Patch testing looks like.
Here’s what the TRUE Patch testing looks like. I had to wear this stuff, covered in tape (which I was allergic to because of the carba mix in adhesives) for two days. It itched like crazy.

It turned out that I was reactive/allergic to fragrance mix (synthetic fragrance to mask other chemical smells) and carba mix (synthetic accelerator in manufacturing rubber and agricultural chemicals) — which are in nearly EVERYTHING! Here’s a quick list of what products contain each component:

  • Fragrance Mix — perfume, body lotions, face lotions, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo, eye cream, foundation, mascara, detergents, dish soap, candles, cleaning products, soap, bath gel, etc.
  • Carba Mix — shoes, flip flops, rubber gloves, pesticides, tires, underwear with rubber elastic, swimwear, toys, balloons, condoms, garden hoses, waistbands, slippers, mattresses, earphones, rubber bands, some soaps, shampoos, and adhesives, etc.

Let me tell you, these are the two components to which you DO NOT want to be reactive. Justin and I had no idea what we were doing and how to purge our home of these substances in the most practical way. After the staph diagnosis, we used regular cleaning products to clean up the entire house only to later learn that I was reacting to those products the entire time. So, we spent a great deal of money on replacing all soap, detergent, dryer sheets, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotions, etc.

Here are a few of the fragrance free beauty products I have been using.
Here are a few of the fragrance free beauty products I have been using.

At this point, we are maintaining. Every time I have tried to get off the antibiotic that keeps the inflammation at bay, it comes right back. So, we are slowly trying to taper off, and more extensive testing will be done soon. Having gone through this whole story with you, I hope you understand my absence. I felt that since I was unable to try new products, I couldn’t bring you valuable worthwhile information. Months of watching my skin crack and bleed became depressing. I didn’t feel like me anymore. I felt unattractive, unworthy, and I even began fat shaming myself with my internal dialogue. I am working through that by eating healthy, working out again, and slowly tapering off medications. I’m finding that the more healthy I become, the better my skin gets. I honestly believe that a great deal of this bodily inflammation is a result of weight gain and unhealthy food choices. If you’re interested in my health, food, and workout journey, let me know in the comments, and I can start working that in as regular posts.

Here are two shots of my skin during the antibiotics without makeup. You can see the redness on my cheeks on the left still present. On the right, you see a great improvement, except for the lines and wrinkles around the eyes due to extreme dryness.
Here are two shots of my skin during the antibiotics without makeup. You can see the redness on my cheeks on the left still present ( I promise that’s not blush). On the right, you see a great improvement, except for the lines and wrinkles around the eyes due to extreme dryness and a little redness on the upper cheek bones.

In another light, I now have some insight into what it’s like to have really reactive and sensitive skin. I can help more people than I could before this experience. I have found great products that work and are readily available at drug stores and Sephora. I’ve learned how to read labels better, because manufacturers will try to trick you! Fragrance mix alone has 42 legally usable names. Forty freaking Two!! Carba Mix has 45! Manufacturers are even allowed to advertise a product as “fragrance free” if the fragrance mix added is to mask another scent or chemical smell, but not if it is used to perfume a product. Y’all, that’s insane! My attorney brain gets very angry over the ways our FDA is regulating (or rather not regulating) the labeling of products.

So, as I lay ALL MY MESS before you, I want you to know that I will be blogging again. I will be featuring new products that I have found that I know are safe for ALL skin types. And, as I continue this journey, I will share what I’m learning about labels, the FDA process of approving (or lack thereof) cosmetics and skincare, and how to find the safest products for you. Don’t worry, I’m not gonna go all crazy on you and swear off everything because trust me, I have refused to give up my dry shampoo which contains fragrance mix. I won’t do it. It’s the only one I like that works. (I may be a bit stubborn. lol)

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I’m happy to talk about this with you. A month ago, I was not in a place to do so, but I have pulled myself up by the bootstraps with the grace of God, Justin, some really amazing friends, family, and my medical team. Thank you for reading this. Please accept my apologies for being absent. I truly love writing this blog, and it has been difficult not having this community of beauty lovers in my life. I will resume regular posts again soon! Stay tuned for some cool new products!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

xoxo,

Candice

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What’s in My Travel Makeup Bag? (Packing for France)

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In tandem with yesterday’s post on my TSA Approved Liquids Bag, I wanted to also give you what’s in my makeup bag for France. This bag is a little cheap one from Wal Mart that I purchased for about $5. I just wanted to use a small-mid sized bag and one that I don’t mind losing if it gets too beat up. This bag is roughly 9 inches long by 6.5 inches tall. It’s small enough to fit into carry on luggage, and large enough to give me two weeks worth of makeup options. Granted, I probably packed more makeup than I really need, but a girl needs options, am I right? 🙂

So, let’s get started! I tried to narrow things down (as much as possible) to use products that can pull double duty and give me as many options as my mood allows. I took out all liquids (foundations, concealers, and glosses) to place in my TSA Approved Liquids bag.

Since there’s no rhyme or reason to my composite photo, I’m going to go through these by category. If you have any questions about a particular product, let me know in the comments!

Travel Makeup

Powder:

  • Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent — This is a staple in my collection. It sets foundation and concealer flawlessly without getting cakey. It does come in skin-tone shades, but I definitely prefer the transparent one. Available at any drug store $4.99.

Blushes:

  • NYX Powder Blush in “Mauve” — I love this blush so much! It’s my favorite every day matte blush. It’s super natural and gives a nice light glow. Plus, it’s super super cheap at $5 (available at Ulta, CVS, Target).
  • Benefit Bella Bamba Blush — I enjoy this blush as a more dramatic blush. It has a slight shimmer to it, and is a bit more on the coral side. It’s like a watermelon and a cantaloupe had a baby blush. This is the travel size that came in one of the Benefit kits. These are great to pick up and store away for traveling. (Full size $28, available at Sephora and Ulta)

Highlighter:

  • Soap & Glory Glow All Out — A fabulous powder highlight that isn’t super white shimmer. It has a hint of peach, so it looks so natural. ($19.25 on Amazon)

Bronzer:

  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer — This is my all time favorite bronzer. It’s matte and applies so naturally. It’s great for most skin tones, though I wouldn’t recommend it for darker skin tones.

Eye Shadows:

I took this opportunity to make a customized palette using my Makeup Geek Z Palette. If you aren’t familiar with the Makeup Geek empty palettes, you can find them here. They come in three sizes, each holding 9 (small), 28 (large), or 35 (extra large) standard round shadow pans. The back of the palette is magnetic so you can switch your colors in and out as necessary.

I wanted to make sure I had a good mixture of mattes and shimmers with me, so I packed Tarte’s Tartelette matte palette, which I’ve done a full review of here. It’s got a great mirror in it, so that will serve as my on-the-go mirror, if I need it.

So, here’s what I included in my Z Palette:

  • Top Row (L to R) Peach Smoothie (MakeupGeek), Unexpected (MakeupGeek), Prom Night (MakeupGeek)
  • Middle Row (L to R): Shimma Shimma (MakeupGeek), Coppering (MAC), Woodwinked (MAC)
  • Bottom Row: (L to R): Wedge (MAC), Embark (MAC), Expensive Pink (MAC)

*Note: Wedge also doubles as my brow filler.

I can’t leave home without my Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eye shadows. So, I grabbed Bad to the Bronze, which is my all time favorite. (My quick go-to red lip look pairs Bad to the Bronze, layered with Woodwinked, and two coats of mascara, so this was a must for me.) I also included Creamy Beige because it’s a very neutral matte brown, similar to Wedge, and doubles as an eye shadow primer.

Eyeliners:

  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Brown — I can’t rave about this liner enough. It goes on so smoothly, without pulling on the eyelid, smudges really well for a smokey eye, and stays put all day. And it’s only $3.50 at drug stores. Seriously, it’s the best.
  • Pacifica Natural Waterproof Eye Pencil in Fringe (brown) — I’ve used this one off and on for a while, it’s more matte than the Rimmel, which has a slight sheen to it, so it’s a good contrast in that way. It’s not anything to write home about, but it’s travel size and it gets the job done. (available at Whole Foods, Ulta, Target.)
  • Lord & Berry Silk Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Black — This is a great semi-matte black liner that smudges well if needed, and stays put all day. Plus, it’s tiny. ($16, available on their website here.)
  • Xtreme Lashes Glideliner Eye Pencil in Black Pearl — This is my go-to liner for a smokey eye. I smudge it all over my lid before I even begin the smokey eye process. It’s black with a hint of purple in it, and it deepens the color of any shadow you put over it making it more dynamic. Blend quickly though as it sets very fast! (available at the Xtreme Lashes Website for $29)

Brows and Lashes:

  • More Brows by ModelCo — I haven’t tried this yet, so I thought now was a good a time as any. It’s billed as a natural looking brow gel that fills in sparse areas and holds brows in place. We shall see! ($18, available here.)
  • Tarte Lights Camera Lashes (travel size) — I had several travel sized mascaras, so I chose the one I thought I would like the best. I haven’t tried this one yet, but I love Tarte’s Lights Camera Flashes (in the gold packaging, my review here), so if this one is anything like that one, I know I will love it.

Lips:

Yes, I went overboard here. I know. Don’t judge me, I have a lipstick problem. Again, since there’s no rhyme or reason to the composite photo, I’m just going to list them from left to right as best as I can. If you have questions let me know!

  • Rimmel Show Off Matte in Meteoric Matte — I’ve been raving about this color and this liquid lipstick for a while. (I love the whole range.) But this is a beautiful bold plum-berry that stays put and adds a little drama to any night time look. ($4.99 Available at drug stores)
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Icy Violet — I love this lipstick for a natural tinted lip. It’s not very violet, but is more on the pink side of purple, so it goes very well with my skin tone when I want a more natural look. (Limited edition, no longer available in store, but is available on Amazon)
  • Cover Girl Colorlicious Lipstick in Bombshell Pink — This is a super fun bright fuchsia. It’s a fun color for a bold daytime lip. These lipsticks have some serious staying power without drying out your lips. ($6.99-$7.99 Available at drug stores)
  • NYX Slim Lip Pencil in Hot Red — I use lip liner only when I wear red lipstick. It keeps it from bleeding all day long. (Available $3.50, Ulta, CVS, Target)
  • Bite Beauty BB for Lips in Tawny — This is just a very high quality balm, in my opinion. It’s reminiscent of the Clinique Almost Lipstick (remember black honey??), and has just a hint of dusty pink color for lips. I wanted to include a balm just to keep my lips hydrated under lipstick. (Available at Sephora, $24)
  • MAC Modesty — My go-to nude when I do a smoky eye. It looks pink, but my lips are very pink naturally, so what appears to be nude in-store always makes me look like a zombie. So, this has a nice hint of rose to it, which works really well for me. (MAC, $16)
  • Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Roomiest Rose — This is a great moisturizing natural to bright rosy pink. Love these for keeping my lips moisturized all day. ($17)
  • MAC RiRi Woo — retro matte red lipstick that I cannot live without. I’m super upset it’s limited edition, but I’ve been told that the Ruby Woo is a near match. (Ruby Woo, MAC $16)
  • Fresh Sugar Lip Polish — I had this travel size in my collection, so I thought I would pack it for exfoliation. I have so many issues with my lips drying out that I exfoliate often and make sure to use a good balm or lip mask while I sleep. (full size $22.50, Available at Sephora)

Tools:

  • NYX pencil dual sized sharpener
  • 10 spoolis/mascara wands for brows (in case I hate the More Brows Gel) and taming small hair frizzies/baby hairs. (you know which ones I’m talking about!)
  • Eyelash curler

inside travel makeup bag

So, that’s all my makeup! I’ll have plenty of options to create as many looks as necessary. When I travel, I’m definitely that person that needs options. I’d much rather pack pieces than actual planned outfits, and the same applies with makeup. I never know what each day’s inspiration, occasion, time constraint, or weather will be, so I like to plan those things on the go! But, I managed to fit enough makeup, and I am happy about that! What do you take in your travel makeup bag?

 

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What’s In My Travel Bag? (Packing for France – TSA Approved Liquids)

 

I am leaving for France this week on a two week wine and beauty trip with my friend, Myrna, and her company, Roux Wine Tours. I decided early on that I would only be taking a carry-on and a large tote/purse so I don’t have to heave luggage through the streets of Paris and on trains! In an effort to keep everything compact and simple, I’ve been rummaging through my beauty collection to see what travel sizes I have on-hand and what I really need to purchase.

If you’ve traveled at all in the United States, you are likely aware of the TSA’s ban on liquids over a certain size. The rule is 3-1-1, which means no liquids more than 3 oz., in 1 quart-sized clear bag, for 1 person. The quart-sized bag I’m using today came with my London Fog Carry On, and it has a loop to strap into the case. I was pretty excited to find that included with my luggage, so I didn’t have to purchase one. So, here are a few tips and a peek into what’s in my travel bag and packing for France.

TSA approved liquids composite

Top Row from Left to Right:

1. Using an old empty Korres moisturizer container (1.35oz) and a beauty spoon, I transferred my Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm into the container for easy transport. I always save the sturdy containers for traveling when I’m finished with a product. Good ones to keep are glass pots and the LUSH fresh facemasks pots! In this situation, I transferred it because the regular Emma Hardie packaging is over the approved limit for size and is quite bulky to travel with. Plus, this is plenty enough product to get me through 2 weeks. (For my review of the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm, click here).

2. Travel size Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet  (0.33oz) as my moisturizer. I love this stuff! It has a great mousse-gel texture and just quenches skin’s thirst using a blend of grape water, grape seed extract, and shea butter extract. (I actually purchased this kit from Sephora, which includes the sorbet, the serum, and the spray.)

3. Regular size (2.2 oz) Women’s Mitchum 48 Hour Protection in Shower Fresh. Because, sweat and body odor. Nobody wants that.

4. Weleda Skin Food (2.5oz), available at Target, as my in-flight skin saver. I have not tried this yet, so I’m really hoping it works. Since this is a long-haul flight and air cabins contain a 80% deficit in the proper humidity for skin, it’s necessary to moisturize in-flight. Because I already have such dry skin, I’m taking Skin Food since it is super thick and nourishing (or is supposed to be!) I’ll certainly update you as to my feelings on this product!

5. Shampoo & Conditioner. First, I bought a set of these cute little polka dot travel containers at Target to put my products in. You can find those here. I’ll let you know if they leak or not. Next, I simply transferred my current shampoo and conditioner into the bottles, and packed them up. Right now, I am using Proganix AntiFade Cherry Blossom shampoo and conditioner. I’ve only been using it a few weeks, and so far I really like it. It is sulfate free color protection, and I like that it claims to protect against UV damage. You can find them at Ulta, Walgreens, and CVS. Here are the links if you want to check them out: shampoo and conditioner.

6. For my in-flight skincare regimen (on flights over 4 hours), I like to use a hydrating facemask to lock in moisture. Obviously, a clay mask would be quite conspicuous, so I opt for one that goes on clear and can be used as a sleeping mask. Because of its size, I chose the Nuxe Masque Crème Fraiche de Beaute for 24 hour rehydration. I got this in my Glossybox, and you can actually purchase it from their website, here. I love this mask so much! It’s one of my favorites for hydration.

7. Of course, I cannot travel without a micellar cleansing water, so I used a smaller bottle to use for some of my Bioderma. I have the 500 mL size at home, so that is not only against the 3-1-1 TSA rules, but also it’s just way too bulky to travel with anyway. I will be restocking on this when I’m in Paris. It’s the only place you can get the travel-sized Bioderma, so that will replace this little dinky bottle for future travel. (If you’re interested on some different micellar waters, have a look here.)

Bottom Row Left to Right:

1. Perfume samples. I didn’t want to pack a large bottle of perfume, and I’m actually running super low on all my favorites at the moment, so I couldn’t decant them into my Travelo. Since I have so many samples on stand-by, I opted for three sample sizes : Oscar de la Renta’s Coralina, Tocca’s Bianca, and Joya’s Composition No.1 mini-rollerball.

2. Navy Pots: Like I mentioned earlier, sometimes it is easier and more convenient on space to decant some of your liquids, creams, and gels into smaller containers. I thought the set I purchase from Target came with a good selection of container sizes, so here we have 2 small pots.

  • Smaller Pot — coconut oil. I cannot do skincare without coconut oil, so I liquefied about a tablespoon, and put it into the little pot to solidify. I use it for so many things, so if you’re interested in that, I’ve done a full post here.
  • Larger Pot — my heavier overnight moisturizer, which is currently the Vichy Liftactiv Nuit. I love this moisturizer. It’s not too thick, and it sinks into your skin almost instantly. When I wake up in the morning, it’s completely obvious my skin got a heavy dose of much needed hydration.

3. Toothpaste (0.25oz). I did not get super picky here; I just picked up what was available in the travel section at Walgreens.

4. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. This is my favorite concealer. It has great coverage, staying power, and it’s brightening. Oh, and it’s cheap! Another great UK drugstore find. (I’m still searching for an online retailer. I’ll update this post as soon as I get a viable link that will ship to the US.)

5. NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait (0.23oz). This color is a great everyday gloss that also goes over most lipsticks well for added shine. The formula is very moisturizing, but because it’s so slippery, consistent reapplication is necessary. You can find NYX at Target, CVS, and Ulta.

6. Garnier Ultra Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream (0.5oz) as my eye cream. I just started using this based on a recommendation from a friend. So far, I like it, but I haven’t been using it long enough to report on the effectiveness. It’s a jelly consistency eye gel for overnight use, and is very cooling on the skin! It contains hyaluronic acid in to boost collagen production, increase moisture, and help to slough off dead skin cells. (available at drugstores)

7. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster (0.25oz) for my serum. This another product I’ve just recently started using, but so far I like it. And again, I haven’t been using it long enough to report on effectiveness or results. It contains Vitamin C for boosting collagen production, brightening skin tone, and reducing fine lines. (This is another one I’ll get back to you on via an update right here). This product is available at Sephora.

8. Foundation. Right now I’m using the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (in No.54). It comes in a TSA approved size, but the packaging was too bulky and took up too much room, so I opted to make room by decanting it into the small pot. (The foundation is available on Amazon, as it is only sold in UK drugstores.)

So, I was able to get 16 products into my 3-1-1 TSA Approved Travel Bag. Here’s the final result.

Side A of the quart-sized liquids bag.
Side A of the quart-sized liquids bag.
Side B - final pack
Side B – final pack

I hope you found this post helpful or interesting. Check back tomorrow to see what I managed to fit into this makeup bag!! If you have any travel/packing suggestions, please leave them in the comments below!

travel makeup bag

xoxo,

Candice

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Tarte’s Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette Review

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Hey y’all! Meet the Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette! It is aptly called the Tartlette palette in honor of its fans, lovingly known as the “Tartelettes.” I saw this little palette on Instagram and instantly knew it belonged in my collection. I have a shimmer-shadow buying problem, and I really needed a neutral all matte palette. So, that’s what really drew me to this one. It’s all neutrals, but there are cool and warm neutrals within the palette, which is what makes it perfect. It is truly suited for all skin tones for that reason.

The palette is a part of Tarte’s Spring 2015 collection and contains 12 ALL NEW shadows for $44, available at Sephora or the Tarte Website. The Amazonian Clay formula is natural, contains mineral pigments (to soothe and soften skin) and vitamin E (anti-inflammatory and antioxidant).

The packaging is absolutely perfect — it’s about the size of a CD case and contains a full mirror. This mirror is spectacular for getting a great cut-crease because you can angle it and still see your whole face! I recently traveled with this palette, and it was perfect for a trip. Truly, it’s all you need! I will definitely be taking this one with me when I head to France in April.

I wanted to ensure you could see all the colors clearly, so I made sure to capture it in studio light and natural daylight.
I wanted to ensure you could see all the colors clearly, so I made sure to capture it in studio light and natural daylight.

It contains twelve (12) eye shadows including shades for lids, crease, outer corner, and liners. You can mix and match throughout the whole palette, as each color is cohesive with the rest. What I absolute LOVE about this palette is that it also takes the guess work out of your choices! Each horizontal row creates a look if you move from left to right! The first color is the lid and brow bone highlight shade, the second color is your crease/transition shade, the third is your outer corner or deep crease shade, and the last is your liner shade that you can use with a wet or dry brush. How awesome is that?!

This was my first go with the palette, and I was really excited about the coolness of those purples in the second row.
This was my first go with the palette, and I was really excited about the coolness of those purples in the second row. For the liner, I wanted more drama, so I used “fashionista” to create a contrast for the purples (natural beauty + best friend).

While I’ve used several Tarte products, I’ve never tried their eye shadows. Wow. These are so pigmented. Tarte wastes no color here, and every color applies slightly darker than it appears. This is something I love because it means they are likely to have good staying power. In addition, these shadows are super blend-able. They are so creamy that even the worst of blending brushes blends them flawlessly. (I’ve tried them with a range of shadow brushes just to see if it was the shadow or the brush creating that effect.)

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I swatched these from lightest to darkest (by column rather than by row) so you could see the progression of color.

I was very surprised by the clay texture of the shadows because they are so creamy and blend-able. Each color stays put quite well throughout the day. They do not smudge or crease. And, bonus, Tarte announced that this palette will be a part of their permanent collection unlike many of their other limited edition palettes! Tarte also thought to include a small “how to” card in the packaging. I thought that was a really nice touch.

Some look ideas from Tarte.
Some look ideas from Tarte.

Matte shades are great for aging skin. They don’t sit in creases and lines to reflect light and deepen the appearance of lines like shimmer shadows do. Plus, matte everything is on trend right now. This makes the Tartelette palette a great buy for all ages, all skin tones, and all eye colors. There is something in this palette for everyone! Here are just a few more looks I’ve created. I can already tell that this will be my go-to palette for a strong smokey eye!

tartelette fotd triphoto purples
more purple play
tartelette fotd 1.28.15
tawny neutral play (first row of the palette)

Is this a palette you will try? If you already have it, share some of your favorite combinations in the comments below!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

 

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Battle of the Cleansing Waters

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To my knowledge, cleansing waters are somewhat new to the beauty market. Basically, they are just a fancier term for “makeup remover.” They aren’t intended to replace your cleanser; it’s just a good way to take off the day. Don’t get me wrong, some are far superior than others, and they’re worth having in your skincare routine. So, today, I’m going to compare the top three cleansing waters currently hyped in the beauty blogosphere. There’s one up-and-comer that’s new to the market, and we will address that one too. For the most part, these are great for any skin type, including sensitive skin.

First, you should know that many of these are called “micellar” or “micellaire” waters because of the micelle molecule. It’s an aggregate of molecules that, when in a water-based solution, behaves more like an oil than a water molecule. So, what does that mean in skincare? It basically means that these waters absorb the makeup on your skin rather then smearing it off onto that cotton pad. How cool is that little bit of science? Who wants to rub their makeup off? I don’t.

Third Place — CAUDALIE EAU MICELLAIRE DEMAQUILLANTE

Available at Sephora.
Available at Sephora.

Caudalie is a French skincare company with a very fascinating story! All of their products are derived from grapevines and grape seeds, which produce some of the world’s foremost skincare ingredients like Reservatrol. Interesting fact: Caudalie was one of the leading companies to remove parabens from their all of their products in 2006.

I absolutely love that this smells of chamomile; it’s not too fragrant, but it smells fresh and calming. I love keeping a small one in my everyday makeup bag for touch-ups or to clean mess-ups, and due to its size, it’s the one I usually travel with. It removes face makeup just fine, but is not great at removing eye makeup. Nonetheless, I have emptied several of these over the last year, and have more to say about them here and here.

Second Place — BIODERMA CREALINE H20 SOLUTION MICELLAIRE

Available at Amazon.com. Prices vary based on sizes.
Available at Amazon.com. Prices vary based on sizes.

Bioderma is a French company founded on the biology of dermatology. All of their products are formulated with a pharmaceutical, medical, and cosmetic approach. The Bioderma Crealine H20 Solution Micellaire removes ALL makeup including eyemakeup. It’s gentle, good for sensitive skin, and does not have a fragrance. It removes eye makeup far easier and gentler than the Caudalie, and has considerably less fragrance than the Caudalie. It is super smooth on the skin and leaves it feeling fesh.

Winner — KOH GEN DO CLEANSING SPA WATER

Available at Sephora.
Available at Sephora.

Koh Gen Do is a Japanese company that began because an actress wanted to create products to care for her over-stressed skin. They do not test on animals and use plant-based ingredients for their products. This cleansing water, is so lovely! It smells lightly of lavender, rosemary, sage, and ginger root. I feel like this one takes off eye makeup the best due to the oils in the formula. It feels a tad softer on the skin, and leaves my face feeling like it just took its first breath. I have recently been traveling, and I opted for this one over the Caudalie (with which I usually travel), and am nearly out as you can tell from the photo.

The Up and Comer — SEPHORA TRIPLE ACTION CLEANSING WATER

This one is getting a lot of hype right now from the blogosphere, and many are saying that it is better than Bioderma. I have tried it in a sample size, and found that it is on par with Bioderma but can sting sensitive eyes. I’ll try it again soon and update this post to see if my thoughts have changed.

Have you tried any of these? Which is your favorite? Are there other ones out there that I should try? Let me know in the comments!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Review

 

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A good friend recently gave me the Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes as a Christmas gift. I’ve been wanting to try this product, but in all honesty, I found it a bit gimmick-y after watching YouTube reviews. So, suffice it to say, I was skeptical but excited!

What Are 3D Fiber Lashes?

This system is a dual product system using a transplanting gel that looks similar to any high volume mascara and a small wand of fibers. The fibers are made from green tea and are 100% natural. They do not harm natural lashes and wash off easily with cleanser or eye makeup remover. It comes in the quilted eye-glasses style case (shown above), which is pretty sturdy. Inside, you’ll find both the transplanting gel and the fibers. (shown below).

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packaging plus brushes
Fibers on the left and transplanting gel on the right.

So, how do these work?

Apply your makeup as you normally would.

For this eye look, I used the Naked 3 palette.
For this eye look, I used the Naked 3 palette.

First, you apply one coat of regular mascara as if it were any other day. For this, I used my favorite every day mascara, the L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess, which I have reviewed here.

For the regular mascara, I used my every day drugstore favorite, L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess

Next, apply one coat of the transplanting gel. This feels like any other high volume mascara, and very much like Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. It can be a tad messy, and be forewarned, it stains clothing. However, I feel like you could wear this as a regular mascara. It contains collagen (for plumping), nylon (for thickening), and beeswax (anti-inflammatory). In addition, the transplanting gel also contains carnauba (Brazilian Palm Glue) as its adhesive for the fibers.

transplanting gelBefore the transplanting gel dries completely, apply the fibers. They aren’t super noticeable as you put them on, but they may fall onto your cheeks a bit as you apply. Don’t worry, they brush off easily and do not contain pigment that will leave traces on your makeup or your clothing. After you have applied the fibers, follow up with one coat of transplanting gel to seal the fibers onto the natural lashes.

fiber wandAnd when you are done, this is your final result – Long Massively Voluminous Lashes!

With Younique

While this stuff is awesome, I would not wear it every day. It’s a bit dramatic for an every day look, and it does take a few extra minutes of time. If you’re like me — always running late or running out of time in the mornings — this feels like a bit of a faff or hassle. However, for a night out or special occasion, I love it! One thing I was worried about was removal. This is just as simple and easy to remove as any regular mascara, and it doesn’t pull your regular lashes out. Just to give you some extra visuals, here are a few comparison photos.

Before and After

Regular and Younique 2

Have you tried the Younique Moonstruck 3D Fiber Lashes? If so, what do you think? If not, do you want try it?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

 

 

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Review: Naked on the Run Palette by Urban Decay

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At first sight, this appears to be a very basic palette, and for the most part it is. However, Urban Decay really brings it with this one. With six ALL NEW shadows, bronzer, blush, lip gloss, eyeliner, and mascara, this palette is PERFECTION for traveling! Everything you really need (save for foundation and concealer) is all packed in one tidy box. The fact that it has a massive mirror in it is a huge added bonus! The packaging is strong and sturdy! You can always swap out your favorite gloss and liners in this case because they feature a full size version — how awesome is that!?

Urban Decay's Naked on the Run Palette, $54. Available at Sephora and Ulta.
Urban Decay’s Naked on the Run Palette, $54. Available at Sephora and Ulta.

My future sister-in-law, Jessie, and I decided to put it to the test! Given our different styles, we knew we’d both create very different looks. Here’s a breakdown of what the palette includes:

1. Perversion Mascara in “Blackest Black”

2. 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in “Stag”

3. Naked Lipgloss in “Sesso”

4. Eyeshadows (from left to right)

  • Dive (metallic rose with light gold mirco-shimmer)
  • Fix (soft matte taupe)
  • Resist (medium metallic grey/taupe/plum)
  • Dare (medium brown matte)
  • Stun (metallic bronze with gold micro-shimmer)
  • 5050 (cool bisque satin with slight shimmer that doubles as a highlighter)

5. Bronzer (medium matte bronze)

6. Blush (vibrant warm pink with slight shimmer)

One palette, two looks — the end result:

One Palette: Two Looks
One Palette: Two Looks

First, let’s talk about the eyeshadows!! Wow! I’m in love! They are super pigmented and soft, which makes them easily blendable. Urban Decay generally has the softest shadows ever, and these are no different. The colors are great for just about everyone. While we only created two different looks, this palette has the possibility to create thousands of different looks. I personally enjoy that there are two matte colors in this palette, which appeals to all ages and allows for a deeper look.

Candice's Look: I used Fix in the crease; Dare in the outer corner and along the bottom lashline; Resist on the eyelid; and a light dab of Stun on the outer "c" of the eye. I used the 24/7 liner in the water line and along the top lashline; the bronzer to contour, the 5050 to highlight; and the blush as normal. I also used one coat of the mascara, and then added a second coat with my L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess.
Candice’s Look: I used Fix in the crease; Dare in the outer corner and along the bottom lashline; Resist on the eyelid; and a light dab of Stun on the outer “c” of the eye. I used the 24/7 liner in the water line and along the top lashline; the bronzer to contour, the 5050 to highlight; and the blush as normal. I also used one coat of the mascara, and then added a second coat with my L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess.
Jessie's Look: Jessie opted for Resist in the Crease and Dive on the  Lid with the 24/7 liner on the top lashline and two coats of the Perversion mascara on the top lashes only. She also used the bronzer, 5050, and blush as I did. We think this look is a GREAT contender for her wedding day makeup!
Jessie’s Look: Jessie opted for Resist in the Crease and Dive on the Lid with the 24/7 liner on the top lashline and two coats of the Perversion mascara on the top lashes only. She also used the bronzer, 5050, and blush as I did. We think this look is a GREAT contender for her wedding day makeup!

Next, the blush bronzer duo. I really really liked this blush. It’s a warm pink, and it’s extremely pigmented, so a light hand goes a long way. As you can tell from the photos, it’s a color that works well with very different skin tones. The bronzer, however, was not my favorite. While it has good pigmentation, it’s very warm and has some red-orange tones to it. It can crossover as a blush for that reason. For me, I felt it was a tad too orange to use for contouring, but works well for a general bronze glow.

The eyeshadow in “5050” is gorgeous and doubles as a highlighter/luminizer! I loved it as a highlighter because it’s insanely subtle giving you that nice glow without looking like you’ve packed on the shimmer. This allows the light to reflect on the high points of the face giving you that “glow from within” look.

The Perversion mascara is really great, and featured here in a deluxe travel size. It’s a slightly wet formula with a lovely fluffy bristle brush. My personal opinion is that it needs a bit of drying out time to be amazing, but it gives you soft voluminous fluttery lashes. Jessie absolutely loved it. It was very much “her kind of mascara!” I’d like to give it another go in a few weeks when it’s had time to dry out a bit.

The 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is in a deep brown satin. This stuff goes on so smoothly and stays put all night long! Once it’s on, it’s on! If you are planning to use this for smudging with a smokey eye, I’d recommend smudging immediately after application, otherwise, you’ll be left with some smudge and a line.

The full-size lip-gloss is stunning. It’s that perfect rose shade for everyone — a “your lips but better” color. The sheen on the lips is soft shiny and beautiful. It’s a gloss, so it doesn’t stay put for long, but it works really well over a nude lipstick. (I used it over MAC’s Modesty later in the night so as not to have to keep reapplying.) The applicator is a little longer than most and slightly angled, which provides for smooth and easy application.

All in all, this palette is a must have if you are constantly on the go. It travels easily, and gives you so many options to transition from day to night wherever you are! Because everything in here is neutral, it’s a great gift for any skin tone, haircolor, or eyecolor! It’s limited edition, so snatch yours up before they’re gone!

Which look is your favorite? What will you create with this palette? Let us know in the comments! Thanks to Jessie for helping me out and modeling for this post! Love you!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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Empties II: Makeup Empties

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We’ve made it to the last installment in the second Empties Series. Makeup always seems to be the smallest count, perhaps because I own too much of it, or it just takes a while to finish products in general. Nonetheless, here we go.

L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess, $7.99 available at Drugstores.
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess, $7.99 available at Drugstores.

This is, by far, my favorite mascara, drugstore or otherwise. Ever since I stumbled upon this one, even my favorite high end brands cannot match it. It think that’s amazing considering it’s only $7.99. As you can see from the photo below, the brush is non-bristle and has a slight hourglass shape to it. It has the amazing ability to coat each and every lash for lengthening and volume galore! It doesn’t smudge or clump either!! I’ll let this one speak for itself with some photos from my Instagram. I will continue to repurchase this mascara until they decide to discontinue it, and even then, I’ll be stocking up like it’s the beauty apocalypse.

L'Oreal Million Lashes Excess Brush shotL'Oreal Million Lashes PicsSephora Collection Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner

Sephora Collection Daily Brush Cleaner. Available at Sephora. $8.50 (2 oz) -- $15 (6.75 oz)
Sephora Collection Daily Brush Cleaner. Available at Sephora. $8.50 (2 oz) — $15 (6.75 oz)

This is one of those products that you just need to keep around. I keep a small bottle in my every day makeup kit to clean brushes between uses so as not to blend colors unnecessarily. Admittedly, I haven’t tried a great deal of daily brush cleaners, but I do like this one very much. It does the job, and allows me a few extra days without having to deep clean my brushes. (If you want to know how I deep clean brushes, you can find that post here.) It’s antibacterial and good for sensitive skin. I will definitely repurchase this one. However, Sephora recently launched (I think it was recent, as I haven’t noticed it before) the Natural Brush Cleaner formulated by Parian Spirit made with citrus. It claims to even get makeup off of clothing, so I’ll definitely be trying that one before I repurchase this one.

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighting Concealer

L'Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighting Concealer, $9-12, available at drugstores.
L’Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighting Concealer, $9-12, available at drugstores.

I love this creamy highlighting concealer pen, and I believe this is my third or fourth one. It’s great for highlighting while concealing, obviously. It’s super creamy, and blends impeccably. Usually, it’s a makeup faux pas to place any creams atop of powder; however, this blends well even over powders. It’s better when applied before the powder, but sometimes I forget and this is one of the few products that actually blends atop powder without getting cakey or crusty. The Magic Lumi Highlighting Concealer is also brightening without beings super shimmery. It’s more of a luminator that lightly conceals. It doesn’t quite provide enough concealing coverage for me in the undereye area, so if used in tandem with your regular concealer, it’s beautiful. If you’re interested in seeing how I use it, take a look at this tutorial post.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $12 (travel size) - $20 (full size)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, $12 (travel size) – $20 (full size)

This is one of the best eyeshadow primers I’ve used. While I have dry skin, my eyelids tend to be oily and eyemakeup creases and smudges on me easily. The Primer Potion is a cult favorite and for good reasons. It is flesh toned so it doesn’t change the base color you work with when applying shadows. When I use this my shadow does not crease or slide the entire day. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but totally worth it. I did repurchase it, but I purchased the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion with Anti-aging. TIP: Apply eyeshadow while the primer potion is still tacky. It’ll grab the eyeshadow like a magnet, which, in turn, means you’ll use less product.

That concludes the second Empties Series! So, until I amass enough empties for another post, we will resume normal programming! Hope you enjoyed this series! What makeup products have you finished recently? Also, have you entered my giveaway yet? It’s open until December 11, 2014, and the details are listed here.

Until next time, Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

 

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Favorite Holiday Lipsticks + Holiday Lip Giveaway

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With holiday parties in full swing, it’s time to bring out those gorgeous red lips! Here are a few of my favorites, and I’ve divided them into mattes and satins/glosses. Also, just for a little added holiday fun, I’ll be giving away a makeup bag and two of these lipsticks! Details on how to enter will be listed at the bottom of this post. Keep reading to find your perfect holiday lip and enter the giveaway!

Back (L to R) Bite Lip Crayon in Pomegranate; MAC Diva; Bite Lip Crayon in Winterberry Front (L to R): MAC RiRi Woo; NYX Alabama
Back (L to R) Bite Lip Crayon in Pomegranate; MAC Diva; Bite Lip Crayon in Winterberry
Front (L to R): MAC RiRi Woo; NYX Alabama

These mattes comprise my go-to for a bold lip. I generally prefer a matte finish on a bold lip because it adds that retro look, which I love. The formulas are all different, some with better staying power than others. So, let’s start from the back row.

Back row:

Bite Lip Crayon in Winterberry — I love this formula because it’s super creamy and extremely pigmented. While Bite markets it as a matte color, I find that the creamy formula doesn’t really give you that hard matte finish (compare with the MAC RIRi Woo), but it’s not a true satin finish either. It doesn’t have great staying power, so you will have to reapply, but it doesn’t dry out your lips like a lot of the matte formulations do. I did a full post on the Bite Beauty Best Bite Remix Holiday Gift Set when I picked up these mini versions. The Winterberry is such a beautiful deep fuchsia if you aren’t 100% enamored by red. This color is great for fair skin and olive skin. If you have deep red undertones, I might steer clear of this one and go more for a darker blue-red like the NYX one. Nonetheless, this color is perfectly suited for a holiday party bold lip. I imagine this one paired with an emerald green cocktail dress.

MAC Matte in Diva — I love this color, but it’s a “dare to wear” sort of color because it’s a little edgy. Diva is a deep red-plum-wine that leans more on the purple side than on the red side. It really takes me back to that 90s red-brown lip. It’s deeper and richer than the average dark red, and is great for olive toned skin. I find this one really hard to pull off when I get super pale in winter, so if you’re very fair, this might not be the one for you. While it has great staying power, it’s not drying.

Bite Lip Crayon in Pomegranate — This one is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Its a true red that leans on the side of pink. That works super well for my pale winter skin. This one would be killer with a little black dress!

Front row:

MAC RiRi Woo — This is my all time favorite red lipstick. Unfortunately, it’s limited edition from last year, and I will be so so unhappy when I finally run out of it. The formula is super matte, which can be really drying, so I exfoliate and heavily condition my lips prior to using this RiRi Woo. The super matte finish is super retro and very feminine. The red is a straight down the middle blue red, which always makes your teeth look whiter! While finding the right shade of red lipstick is like finding the right man, I think this one would flatter almost all skintones. Oh, and it lasts forever!! I went to brunch with a friend where we sipped mimosas, ate, and chatted for nearly two hours, and this stuff did not budge. While this particular color isn’t currently available, it’s near match from MAC is RubyWoo, which is always available.

NYX Matte in Alabama — As an LSU fan, it pained me to purchase a lipstick called Alabama, but when it comes to beauty, I cannot discriminate. Alabama isn’t as matte as the MAC Riri Woo, but it is definitely matte. The color is a little deeper and more orange-y than the rest featured here. With great staying power, and available at the drug store, this is one to add to your collection.

Not Pictured in the composite above:

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush — I didn’t include this with the Mattes composite picture because it’s not really matte and it’s not really satin, so it doesn’t fit in either category here. It’s a stain, as suggested by its name. This is a great stain for anyone who wants to be adventurous without going completely bold. Because it’s a stain, it lasts a very long time, and has a minty feel on the lips. While Revlon markets it as a moisturizing balm, it does not have the moisture I would hope, but to get the color payoff and the lasting power, you have to compromise somewhere! Crush is a light eggplant-wine based red which is great on fair skin!

MATTE SWATCHES:

Lips in 6 Mattes

 

 

 

Now, let’s take a look at the Satins and the Glosses!

Back (L to R): Estee Lauder in Scarlet Siren; Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet; Rimmel by Kate in 01; Revlon in Fifth Avenue Red Front (L to R): Rimmel Show Off in Big Bang; Givenchy Interdit Gloss in Rouge Passion #12
Back (L to R): Estee Lauder in Scarlet Siren; Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet; Rimmel by Kate in 01; Revlon in Fifth Avenue Red. Front (L to R): Rimmel Show Off in Big Bang; Givenchy Interdit Gloss in Rouge Passion #12

Again, we will start with the back row.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lasting Creme in Scarlet Siren — This is a beautiful true red. The Estee Lauder formula is so moisturizing that it can get a little slippery and bleedy around the mouth. For that, I’d recommend using a lip liner to help prevent the color from migrating. Otherwise, it’s a truly gorgeous red that almost looks glossy! A perfect match to your little black dress!

Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet — This might be the most moisturizing, long lasting, well pigmented color I’ve ever found. To combine all of those aspects into one lipstick is pretty impressive. What you cannot see in the photo is that this lipstick is nearly done. I may have a few more wears of it before I need to repurchase it. Because it’s so moisturizing and not super super bold, I wear it regularly in the fall and winter. It’s definitely not outright red, and wears on the plum/eggplant side. The picture does not do this color justice, despite the use of natural light. Because of the formula, it is definitely a build-able color so you can decide how dark you want it to get.

Rimmel by Kate Moss in 01 — Admittedly, I often forget about this one. I love it, but it doesn’t go on smoothly if your lips are in any way chapped or slightly dry. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful blue-red with a hint of pink that falls somewhere between a satin and a matte finish, without being too shiny or too matte. What I love about this Rimmel line is that they are extremely long lasting. So, if you’re headed to a party where there will be eating and drinking, this is a great choice. 

Revlon Fifth Avenue Red — This one by Revlon is the non-matte match to the MAC RiRi Woo/Ruby Woo. I love that I have that option to choose between matte or satin. Fifth Avenue Red is exactly what it claims to be — that bold red you think about with a bright red apple — Big Apple, anyone? This color launched with their Legacy Collection as their best color of 1958. I think that’s pretty cool — knowing I’m wearing a color that was legitimately popular in 1958. It’s super pigmented, and has decent staying power, but you will need to drop it into your purse because you will need to re-apply after a few drinks/eats.

Front row:

Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer in Big Bang — Talk about amazing formula and applicator. I have several colors in this Rimmel line, and I absolutely love them. The doe foot applicator makes it a cinch to get on, and while it looks and feels glossy, it stays put ALL DAY LONG. Lacquer is the perfect way to describe this product because it has that intense color combined with high shine and the long lasting effect. However, this color is going to be a hint on the orange side of true red. Orange-y reds tend to look great on people with medium skin tones.

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Ultra Shiny Lip Plumping Effect in Rouge Passion #12 — Givenchy nails holiday with this color. The gloss is thick and bright cherry red with glitter in it. Don’t panic about the glitter…you know Givenchy is not going to have you looking like a 1997 JNCO-wearing glitter child. Think of it as sophisticated glitter usage — It’s just enough glitter to really reflect light to make your lips look larger and plumper to truly highlight that red lip! The formula also contains some Givenchy skincare ingredients so it leaves your lips super soft and kissable. You’ll notice that this one smells so wonderful. Sephora explains the scent as “top notes of bergamot, litchi, and red fruit; middle notes of rose, jasmine, and lily of the valley; and base notes of sandalwood, vanilla, amber, and musk.” Yes. Your gloss will make you smell great too! Perfect for finding some mistletoe to hang out under!

SATIN & GLOSS SWATCHES

Lips in 6 satins and glosses

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this holiday lip post! Now, let’s talk giveaway!!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! CONGRATS TO Tracy V. for winning the giveaway!

One person will win this makeup bag and two of these lip products! I’ll choose one person at random on December 11, 2014. The winner will receive one high end lipstick or gloss and one drugstore lipstick/gloss based on in-store availability. The rules are below, so get your entries in!!

Giveaway Photo

Giveaway Rules:

  • Must live in the USA or Canada

You’ll receive one entry of each of the following:

  • Comment on this post with your favorite Holiday Red Lipstick
  • Follow me on Social Media — Instagram (@BitterGlitterBlog), Twitter (@_Bitter_Glitter), or on Facebook (Facebook.com/BitterGlitterBlog)
  • Regram, Retweet, or Share this post from any of my social media
  • Post your favorite holiday lip photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #BGHolidayLips and don’t forget to tag me!

Have a safe and happy holiday season!!

Stay Glittery, Beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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BITE BEAUTY Best Bite Remix Holiday Gift Set – High Pigment Lip Pencil

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I picked up this little set at Sephora for $25, as I had never tried the Bite Beauty line. I’ve heard other bloggers rave about it, so this limited edition holiday gift set was perfect for me to dabble with their products. And just in time for the holidays, I think this would be a great idea for a stocking stuffer or gift for a friend/girlfriend/wife/mom/aunt/cousin.

Bite Beauty Best Bite Holiday Set 2014 High Pigment Lip Pencil, $25 in Sephora stores (Sold Out online)
Bite Beauty Best Bite Holiday Set 2014 High Pigment Lip Pencil, $25 in Sephora stores (Sold Out online)

I love that it comes in this little tin. It reminds me of the Altoid tins. I was so surprised to find that the tin contained a mirror, too! Now, that’s just awesome and totally reusable for your handbag. Each tin contains 4 mini-high pigment lip pencils (full size is regularly priced at $24 each) in some very lovely colors — Winterberry (“festive raspberry red”); Sable (pink-toned nude); Rhubarb (“plum rose”); and Pomegranate (“rich red”). The only two colors not available in their regular collection are the Winterberry and Sable, according to the Sephora website.

from L to R: Pomegranate, Rhubarb, Sable, Winterberry
from L to R: Pomegranate, Rhubarb, Sable, Winterberry

Generally, the Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencils are similar to the Clinique Chubby Sticks, but they are slightly more moisturizing and way more pigmented. I was truly surprised by the pigmentation with the amount of creaminess of the formula. Well done, Bite Beauty! The company bills them as a matte lip color, but I don’t find them to be super matte. They do have a slight sheen due to the creaminess of the formula, but it’s definitely not a super shine lip product. The formula does NOT contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates, and is free of synthetics, polybutenes, and petroleum by-products. Basically, these lip pencils are made with food-grade ingredients, which considering it will be on your lips, is a really fantastic thing!

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So far my favorite is the color Rhubarb (shown below) because it’s a “your lips but better” color. I always have trouble finding those colors because my lips are naturally dark, so I end up with a lipstick that is lighter than my natural lip leaving me with a nude lip rather than a slightly more natural looking lip. This color really hits the bullseye for me. I will definitely buy it in the full size when I run out of the mini. I think it could be a great every day, year round color, especially if you’re one of those ladies who does not do bright or colorful lipsticks.

Rhubarb

The set is limited edition in Sephora for the holidays, and we all know those sets go so quickly! I spoke to Sephora online this morning and they are sold out online. So, if you want one of these, head down to Sephora pronto and grab it. At $25, it’s definitely a little set worth grabbing.

Have you tried any Bite Beauty products? If so, let me know in the comments what I should try next from their line.

Stay Glittery (and warm) this Holiday season, beauties!

xoxo,

Candice

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