It’s been a great couple of months for beauty products, including the ColourPop Creme Gel Colours And Liners, which are a brand new addition to one of my favorite online beauty brands.
Priced at $5 for the Liners and $6 for the Colours, I ordered a few of each to test the waters and see if they’re worth stocking up on. I can’t ever resist a gel liner!
Here’s ColorPop Creme Gel Colours in Exit (matte white) and Get Paid (shimmery copper).
I’m wearing Get Paid right smack dab in the middle of my eyelid, and Exit on the lower lash line.
The Colours are not the easiest to work with and dry extremely fast giving you a limited amount of time to successfully apply them. However, I’ve been playing around with both Get Paid and and have found three saving graces:
1. The ColourPop Gel Colours apply best with a brush and can be blended out.
2. They work really well as a waterline liner, and last until they are removed.
3. These gels work really well as stand alone colors, but you can also add eyeshadow on top.
With that in mind, I have to say I find the ColourPop Creme Gel Liners a lot more agreeable and easier to work with.
The four liners I ordered include 2 matte and 2 shimmery colors: Get Paid (shimmery copper), Show Off (shimmery bronze), Timber (matte grey), and DTLA (matte navy).
I’m wearing Get Paid on my lower lashline in this photo:
The shimmery colors are softer than the mattes, but I’ve found both apply evenly and smoothly. They are a bit fragile and I’ve experienced tip breakage with all of the colors, but I’ve found that to be par for the course with twist up liners in general.
All of the colors have a nice amount of pigmentation and I’m impressed with the fact that they last a long time when I wear them out and about. While I don’t think I’ll pick up more of the Colours, I’ll definitely order some more Liners.
My Final Thoughts: ColourPop Creme Gel Colours And Liners aren’t the be all, end all when it comes to gel products, but they are a pretty good value for their low price point. The ColourPop Creme Gel Colours are a bit difficult to work with, and I’ve found they are best applied with an eyeshadow brush.
By the end of the Summer months, my hair is in need of some serious soothing and gentle care. I was glad to have the opportunity to review Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner, two products that promised to give my hair the soothing and care it deserves.
Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner sounds like a funny choice for someone who has a head full of curls, but I have noticed areas of my hair that need help in the volume department, especially around my hairline. Is it hormones? I’m not sure, but I’m up for trying anything that promises to put some oomph back into my tresses. Also, after a Summer filled with outdoor activities, anything to refresh my hair’s vibrancy is a must.
Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner are formulated to clean your hair, stimulate your hair folicles, and overall revitalize your hair. The key ingredients of Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner include Ginseng Root Extract, Menthol, Peppermint Oil and Hydrolized Soy Protein to promote thicker, voluminous hair.
More than anything, my often itchy scalp really appreciates the soothing qualities of the peppermint and menthol. To get the maximum benefits from the shampoo, Keranique recommends letting the shampoo remain on your hair for a minute or two before rinsing.
Now, for the results! So, have I noticed a tremendous amount of volume? I’ve been using Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner as my main shampoo and conditioner for a month and I honestly cannot say that I notice any kind of dramatic change or improvement in the volume of my hair.
My Final Thoughts: Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner is a nice set of products that make my scalp feel incredibly soothed, gives shine, and does not weigh down my hair at all. However, I can’t say these products are my new go-to’s for adding volume by any means.
Before I spent over $20 on a lipstick, I did not understand the purpose or function of spending over $20 on a lipstick. A lipstick is a lipstick, right? Well, kind of. It was love at first swipe when I tried my first luxury lipstick, and through the years I’ve found several that have become favorites. In fact, I have 7 best luxury lipstick picks to share with you.
What separates a luxury lipstick from your typical, ordinary, non-luxe lip color? From the ingredients to chic packaging, there’s a bit of boost that give luxury lipsticks their name and reputation.
There’s a lot of special attention paid to these tubes filled with color. The cases are sleek and sophisticated.
Most often, luxury lipsticks include Shea Butter, Mango Seed Oil, and other nourishing ingredients that lend a difference in texture, pigmentation, and the general wear time of the lipstick.
The quality of lipsticks in general has vastly improved in the last few years. In my experience, the main quality luxury lipsticks offer is a smooth texture along with longer wear time as opposed to non-luxury lipsticks. You kind of just have to feel them for yourselves to understand how they vary. They might look innocent enough, but you know the difference upon first swipe.
It was hard narrowing down my favorites, but I took a second to pick out the 7 luxury lipsticks that have won my heart. Let’s take a closer look at my picks!
Read more to see my favorite luxury lipsticks up close!
My first forays into skincare was around age 12, when I took my hard-earned allowance money to our local Pic n Save and stocked up on bottles of imitation Giorgio and a smelly purple clay mask. The mask lived in my bathroom for several years, even after the first time I used it, which was entirely traumatic experience. My 12 year old self gooped on a thick layer of clay mask that took forever to remove!
We learn from our mistakes, and I’ve since become a lot more adept with the application and removal of masks. I do appreciate masks that are easy to apply and remove, which is the case with StriVectin Oxygen Infusion Smoothing Mask. Over the past few months, StriVectin has become one of my go-to skincare brands, with products that have helped to improve the overall quality of my skin. The Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner is a new skincare BFF, and this particular mask is another new favorite I reach for more often than not when I’m looking to mask.
Now that the weather has cooled down, my skin could use all the soothing and hydration it can get. This mask is designed to gently remove impurities, smooth skin, add hydration, and radiance with NIA-144, oxygen, and beta-hydroxy acids. It does not irritate my skin at all, which is always a huge plus.
The top of the bottle twists off to reveal an easy-to-use pump.
When you disburse the mask, it seems innocent enough. Just your regular, every day mask, right?
And then this happens.
Ooh! When you smooth the mask over your skin it bubbles up and stays put, which is also very important. Leave the mask on your skin for 3-5 minutes, rinse, and reveal reinvigorated skin. You can use this mask 2 to 3 times per week.
My Final Thoughts: Bubbling up to a hydrating foam, wins points for the sheer cool factor. Besides being one of the most fun masks I’ve ever used, I am loving the way my skin feels afterwards – smooth, and refined! It’s definitely a keeper and worth seeking out if you’re looking to add some gentle radiance to your skin. It’s perfect for cooler Fall and Winter weather!
On a side note, last Christmas I was gifted with a real bottle of Giorgio perfume. You have no idea how happy that made my inner 12-year old self. It’s the little things, sometimes!
If you peeked at my Makeup Geek Matte Eyeshadow post from earlier today, here’s the details on the makeup look I featured in the post. I have to say, I’m in love with Makeup Geek Duochrome Eyeshadow in Mai Tai. It’s the perfect rose gold!
As a certified makeup junkie with a specialization in eyeshadow, I was completely unable to resist! Earlier this month I ordered four of the new matte shadows, along with one duochrome and a small Z Palette with a design that’s exclusive to Makeup Geek.
It’s a fairly conservative amount of eyeshadows, but I figured it was enough to give me a feel for the mattes and decide if I wanted to order more in the future.
At $6 for each refill pan, these are definitely a great value. The colors I ordered are:
Motown – a mix of blue and purple, aka “blurple”.
Cherry Cola – a dark brown with red undertones.
Morocco – a vivid orange.
Vintage – a medium brown with purple undertones.
Mai Tai – A rose gold shimmery duochrome, which could be one of my favorites of the Makeup Geek Duochrome eyeshadows. If you’ve ever seen MAC’s Motif eyeshadow, this is it’s souped up cousin!
While I wish I could say these were hands down the best matte shadows I’ve ever used, I can’t claim that to be the case. Motown and Morroco are extremely hard to blend and, in fact, are a bit patchy. To get the best color payoff, I have to apply with the pads of my fingers. I do like the texture of Vintage and Cherry Cola a lot more, but I wouldn’t say they’re the most pigmented mattes I’ve ever used.
Matte shadows can be a challenging texture to pin down. I’ve tried many though the years and the ones that impressed me the most are from the Pur Minerals Soul Mattes palette. I don’t know what’s in the formula, but the mattes from Pur Minerals are creamy and easy to blend.
The winner from my Makeup Geek Matte experience is Cherry Cola, which is such an unique color that can be used alone and would be fantastic with a smoky eye look. It’s currently out of stock, so keep checking Makeup Geek’s website!
My Final Thoughts: The newly reformulated Makeup Geek Matte Eyeshadows I tried are nice, but not the best I’ve ever used. Judging by my experience and from swatches I’ve seen, I recommend staying away from the purple/blurple shades!
There’s no doubt that strobing (aka, “highlighting”) is one of the big deal makeup techniques from 2015. Who doesn’t love glowing and shimmering all day long? I’m definitely a fan and have a hard time turning down a new product that lends to strobing success. Take, for example, the new Ofra Cosmetics Dupethat Highlighter in You Dew You.
To create this golden shimmery masterpiece, Ofra Cosmetics collaborated with popular Instagram account Dupethat to create two highlighters. You Dew You is gold and You Glow Girl is pink.
I’m definitely a gold lover, so I ordered You Dew You. Both highlighters are available in a compact and also in refill form.
At $32, this is not cheap at all. It’s a splurge. But a worthy one, at that. I promise! In fact, it’s completely fabulous and deserving of all the praise it receives from bloggers and makeup lovers alike. It’s so great that I’m going to give you 3 reasons to splurge on Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in 1975 Red.
Reason #1: The Texture Is Smooth As Silk
Who here remembers the matte lipsticks of days yore? You remember those mattes from MAC that were all the rage in the 90’s and yet incredibly drying? And yet we wore them with gusto? Flaky lips and all? That’s exactly what
we all expected from mattes, but these days matte lipsticks are singing a new song of smooth buttery textures that glide and set with ease. Prime example? This lipstick.
With a cashmere cream texture It’s smooth. It’s buttery. It’s like silk on your lips. Did that just take things too far? perhaps, but it really is that great of a product. 1975 Red is an updated throwback to muted reds from the 70’s that works so well in this day an age.
Reason #2: This Lipstick Lasts Until You Remove It
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick passes the endurance test with flying colors.
I have never experience a matte like this before. It hung on through chicken.
After eating, drinking, and generally living life, I’m left with a stain of color even after the initial layer of lipstick is gone. I was able to remove the stain easily with makeup remover, and I’m still impressed it made it through lipstick.
Reason 3: The Presentation Is Pretty Perfect
I mean, look at this!
This is a retro throwback treat. The lipstick tube is weighty and sophisitcated and such a pretty product to display and carry around with you. Plus, I love how the actual lipstick is shaped. It’s a perfect slant and angle to apply on your lips.
My Final Thoughts: For luxe lipstick done oh, so right, you’re headed in the right direction with Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick. There are 12 gorgeous colors to choose from in this collection.