At this point in my makeup game I have been there, done that, and have bought pretty much every kind of liner available. I’ve seen the good, the bad, the oh, so ugly, and know when I have the real deal on my hands.
There are so many liners out there that come with overinflated promises to last all day, to provide consistently rich pigmentation and so forth. What makes Kat Von D Tattoo Liner so great? It’s smooth, super pigmented, and doesn’t get all weird and crinkly in the outer corners when I’m trying to make the upper flick with winged liner.
I live for perfectly sharp winged liner. I do not live for weird and crinkly winged liner. I expect to wear winged liner for years to come, so the less I am reminded of my crinkly skin in my outer eye area, the better!
Trooper is an intensely pigmented black and I’ve yet to experience any problems with it dragging or skipping.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper comes with a sharp brush applicator, dries in a flash. and stays on your lid until you decided it’s time to remove your makeup.
My Final Thoughts: As a tattoo artist, you’d figure Kat would know what’s up when it comes to liquid liners. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper has become my new go-to, and I see many winged eyes courtesy of this liquid liner in my future.
While beauty fads will come and go, there are some products that are loved, cherished, and adored by so many for so many years. When that happens, you know you have a good thing on your hands, which is exactly the case with the Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater.
I don’t want to call this facial spray a cult classic, since it is so widely known, but it’s definitely an industry standard, and for a reason. In fact, I’m going to give you 3 reasons the Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater is a beauty industry must have.
Reason #1: This spray does it all! It’s an all-in-one product you can use for a variety of situations throughout the day. Not only is this a great way to prep your skin for makeup, you can also use it as a skincare toner, a makeup setting spray, and even to refresh your hair during the day. I like it the most as a makeup setting spray and find the fine mist takes the powdery edge off and keeps my makeup set in place during the day.
Reason #2: The rosewater scent. It’s lightweight and divine! With a minimal ingredient list that includes water, Thyme, and Aloe Leaf Extract, the rosewater really stands out and it’s a nice way to start out your makeup application when you spritz it on as a makeup prep product.
Reason #3: It’s a steal! At $7, you can’t beat the price and you definitely get the bang for your buck with this multi-functional wonder.
My Final Thoughts: The Mario Badescu line of skincare items has a solid and reliable reputation, offering excellent skin solutions at reasonable prices. I really enjoy the Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater and think it’s a an enhancement to any makeup collection.
My April 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag arrived earlier this week and, as always, it was a thrill to see the pink foil mailer in the mail box.
Oh, Ipsy. We’ve had good times, bad times, some great times. This time I have to say you were on the good side of things. From the actual straw bag to the contents within, I am overall happy with my beauty loot.
The theme of Ipsy for April 2015 is Beautifully Bohemian. I’m really feeling the Coachella-esque vibes from this bag.
The contents of my adorably cute Ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag are:
– Julie G nail polish in Damsel. This fuchsia is my favorite color for Summer. It also has a $1 coupon for Jesse’s Girl/Julie G products at Rite Aid (full size, $3.99).
– Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Concealer in Flawless (sample size). Not my shade at all, but something I’ll pass along.
– Starlooks Satin Finish Lip Gloss in Cuddle (sample size). Gorgeous color and lightweight texture.
– theBalm Nude Dude Single Eyeshadow in Flirty (sample size).
– Klorane Dry Shampoo (sample size)
Here’s a close look at swatches of the lipgloss, concealer, and eyeshadow.
And here’s a look I created with the gloss and eyeshadow. I’ll have details in a separate post!
My Final Thoughts: The April Ipsy bag is that it’s mostly sample sizes with just one full-size item. While Ipsy started out promising 2-3 full-sized items back in the beginning, I’ve found this to vary each month. However, I actually really like the mix of products I received in the Beautifully Bohemian bag and can’t complain. My $10 monthly investment got me products I’ll use and enjoy and you can’t beat the cuteness of the straw makeup bag.
This week on Painted Ladies I’ve discussed a couple of beauty inventions which had me thinking about other recently created beauty products and tools. These items, which fill specific needs, have become known and loved by makeup artists and consumers alike. Interestingly enough, the majority of my picks were thought up by professional makeup artists. Here, in random order, are my choices for the top 5 beauty inventions that have revolutionized the makeup industry.
Created by a professional makeup artist, the original Beauty Blender has gone on to spawn a wide variety of accessories and sponges that are beloved by makeup artists and makeup lovers alike. While there are many imitations on the market, you can’t beat the flawless finish results from the original egg-shaped Beauty Blender.
Another beauty tool created by a makeup artist, the Z Palette makes your makeup accessible with a clear cover. This magnetized palette makes organization simple and best of all, gives you access to the colors you need and use with ease. The Z Palette is available in a variety of colors, patterns, and both small and large sizes.
Proving that necessity is the mother of invention, Shadow Shields were also created by a makeup artist. These self-adhesive shields ensure your eyeshadow doesn’t fall out or otherwise disturb your makeup, which is perfect for those times you’re getting your glitter on. Shadow Shields can also be used for lip color application.
After I published my review on the ingenious Glamcor Hand Palettes, it was pointed out that these sterile stickers have a history in the medical industry. Whoever figured out the cross-industry application was smart! The clear, disposable palette makes it easy to keep your makeup application clean and sanitary.
A foundation concentrate that you can completely customize with the skincare of your choice is one of the best ideas. Flawlessly accomplished by Cover FX, these drops take DIY beauty to a whole other level. I’ve been experimenting with my bottle of Custom Cover Drops, and the possibilities and finishes are endless.
What a cool thing to have a beauty product of your very own! Mina is the very first blogger to work with the Ofra team and their joint efforts turned out fantastic. Mina is a gorgeous, matte, deep wine that’s enhanced with antioxidants and universally appealing to a wide variety of skin tones.
The texture of Ofra’s liquid lipstick is very similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick I recently reviewed. Ofra’s version is just as lightweight and sincerely wears all the live long day.
And I mean alllllllll the live, long day, up to five hours of solid wear. In fact, you don’t even remember or notice you are wearing anything and you don’t have to worry about smudging because these lipsticks don’t budge. The main difference between Ofra and Anastasia is that the Ofra version is opaque with one layer and I have to keep adding and blending the Anastasia Liquid Lipstick.
Ofra Cosmetics is offering a 30% discount with coupon code “mina” at checkout. Now, get your long wearing lipstick on!
My Final Thoughts: Lipstick technology has come eons in recent years and Ofra Cosmetics Long Wearing Liquid Lipstick in Mina is a shining example comfortable and plush long wearing lip products.
Ever since I first came upon the Glamcor Hand Palette at The Makeup Show LA, I’ve been extolling its virtues, crowing about this cool and innovative makeup tool. It really is one of the coolest beauty products I’ve ever seen.
Designed for professional makeup artists, the Glamcor Hand Palette is one of those product that’s handy (pun intended) for anyone who uses and applies makeup.
When I was an active makeup artist, I’d often find the back of my hand filled with a rainbow of colors, the evidence of a day of hard work creating painted faces. Good sanitation practices are an on-going concern for makeup pros, and it’s important to keep things as clean as possible. For makeup artists, the eyeliner swiped against the back of your hand might not be a good thing to use on clients. That’s why Glamcor Hand Palettes are so genius – sanitation is a snap!
These single-use adhesive palettes are super thin and flexible. The palettes come in sterile packets that have step-by-step instructions.
FYI, they’re a bit tricky to learn how to apply, so don’t get discouraged if the first try is a bust. Once you’ve practiced a few times and really get the process, it’s easy as pie to stick on these lightly textured hand palettes, which stay on your skin until you’re finished.
The best part about the Glamcor Hand Palette is that it’s something anyone can use.
These palettes just keep things clean and as a makeup user who regularly blends things on my hands, I really appreciate the convenience factor.
My Final Thoughts: Reasonably priced at $12 for 50 pieces, the Glamcor Hand Palette is an unique beauty innovation that’s something that can be used and appreciated by both makeup artists and non-makeup pros. I love everything about the Glamcor Hand Palette and think it’s a must have makeup accessory!