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Bold Lips And Victory Rolls With ColourPop Lippie Stix In Yasmin

I Bought It

Say hello to my favorite new bold lip color, ColourPop Lippie Stix in Yasmin.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Yasmin Swatch and Review

Yasmin is described as an “electric coral with a matte finish”, which is accurate. There is an accompanying Lippie Pencil, but I find the ColourPop Lippie Stix work with any lip pencil. I have been using Milani Anti-Feathering Lip Pencil, which is clear and really helps contain the color.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Yasmin

At $5 each, I cannot help but grab ColourPop Lippie Stix and ColourPop Super Shock Shadows at any given chance. I’m glad I ordered Yasmin, because it’s truly a great color. It reminds me a bit of MAC Lady Danger and Wet n Wild Mega Last Matte Lipstick in Purty Persimmon. As with all ColourPop Lippie Stix, the quality is exceptional – smooth, buttery, and heavily pigmented.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Yasmin Swatch

I have been practicing and watching YouTube tutorials galore because I am determined – DETERMINED! – to master a couple of hairstyles: Fishtail braids and Victory Rolls. Both styles are so cute and I really want to be able to change my hair every now and then. The good news is that I’m making progress on both fronts, most recently with a successful Victory Roll. Yasmin is the perfect bold lip color to go with the 1940’s inspired hair do.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Yasmin FOTD

My Final Thoughts: You really cannot go wrong with ColourPop Lippie Stix, and at $5 each they’re worth the purchase and then some. Yasmin is a bold coral color that works so well with many skin tones and makes a statement!

Rating: A+

Price: $5

Availability: www.colourpop.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Glowy, Party-Ready Skin Is A Cinch With The SKIN INC. GET GLOWIN’ Kit

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Lights, camera, action! It’s Hollywood’s award season, which reminds me it’s time to focus on getting my skin party-ready with the SKIN INC. GET GLOWIN’ kit.

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Yes, ladies, yes, Spring is peeking around the corner and it’s time to ditch the Winter doldrums and shed the dry, flaky skin that is a guarantee in cold temperatures. I’ve been watching the various award shows and have made it my mission to get my skin in a state of proper celebrity-like glow-dom. The remedy for my situation? The SKIN INC. GET GLOWIN’ ($65) set, a 3-piece set of skincare, which is gentle, effective, and quick!

SKIN INC GET GLOWIN' KIT

I don’t know about you, but my skin really takes a beating in the months of November through January. It’s been an uphill battle to keep things in control, but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel with the warmer temperatures lately. I’ve been using the GET GLOWIN’ kit and have found it’s super simple and easy to use with three easy steps. I definitely feel an improvement in the texture of my skin after use and, as an added bonus, my foundation applies ever so smoothly after I use GET GLOWIN’.

SKIN INC GET GLOWIN' SWATCHES

Just 10 minutes is all you need to prep, treat, seal, and reveal a fresh new layer of skin with this at-home mini-facial.

First, Prep, with a thin layer of the Pure Revival Peel to cleansed, makeup-free, dry skin. Just keep it on for a few seconds until it turns milky. Massage the peel in a circular motion, rinse, and you’re on to the next step! You can use this peel 2-3 times a week.

SKIN INC Pure Revial Peel

Second,  Treat your skin with the Custom-Blended Brightening Serum. Use 2-3 drops on cleansed skin before your moisturizer twice a day.

SKIN INC Custom-Blended Brightening Serum

This is really one of the coolest looking serums I’ve ever used!

SKIN INC Custom-Blended Brightening Serum Review

Finally, Seal the deal with the Pure Snow White Mask, which is what really helps with brightening. Apply the mask on your face after cleansing and remove with warm water after 10 minutes. This can be used 2-3 times a week.

SKIN INC Pure Snow White Mask

And there you have the recipe for noticeably brighter, smoother, and more vibrant skin!

A cult favorite in Asian countries for over 7 years, SKIN INC was introduced to the US and Canada in 2014. SKIN INC products are suitable for all skin types – acne prone and sensitive skin, included! Made in Japan, the ingredients in SKIN INC are the finest you can find, with 0% added scent & 0 parabens. SKIN INC is the only company to offer patented algae encapsulation technology, which is proven to allow a deeper penetration of the products into your skin. You can find SKIN INC products online and in Sephora stores.

For more information, visit www.iloveskininc.com

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Look To LAQA & Co. For A Rainbow Of Lovely Nail Polish Options

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Hello, my fellow nail polish lovers! Have you heard of LAQA & Co.?

Laqa & Co on Birchbox

LAQA & Co. is a Brooklyn-based nail company startup that offers nail as well as lip products.

Laqa & Co

Their nail products are all 5-free and are formulated without dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde resin, or camphor.

Laqa & Co Tuxedo and Lacey

They are also vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free so rest assured, this is the good stuff!

Laqa & Co Bottle

The adorable packaging is unique to each polish and features the work of emerging artists who receive a percentage of the profits.

Laqa & Co Boxes

I recently had the opportunity to try some of their nail colors, and am overall impressed! The colors are all lovely, they are easy to apply, and I get about four days of good wear time using the colors.

Laqa & Co Colors

Gryffandor is a lovely creamy cotton candy pink with a smattering of delicate glitter.

Laqa & Co Gryffandor

Dust to Dust is a pale silver with a hint of shimmer.

Laqa & Co Dust To Dust

Hunky Dory is a beautiful cornflower blue.

Laqa & Co Hunky Dory

Chuffed is a creamy lilac.

Laqa & Co Chuffed

Lacey is what I’m wearing at this very moment and it’s a gorgeous seafoam green with gold fleck. It should really be called lovely, because that’s what it is!

Laqa & Co Lacey

Tuxedo is a dual ended polish that offers both a matte and glossy black.

Laqa & Co Tuxedo

My Final Thoughts: LAQA & Co. offers 5-free, vegan, and cruelty-free polishes that are a visual delight. The colors are long-wearing and quite lovely!

Rating: A

Price: $13 for single polishes, $16 for dual-ended polishes

Availability: Birchbox.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 83 With Sugarpill Hug Life and Makeup Geek Utopia

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Sugarpill Hug Life is one of the best eyeshadow purchases I’ve made lately. This green. This GLORIOUS seafoam-y green. I love it. So much. Paired with a smoky outer corner and Makeup Geek Utopia, it’s pretty much perfection.

Makeup With Sugarpill Hug Life and Makeup Geek Utopia

BlackUp Cosmetics CC Cream Makeup Inspiration

Sugarpill Hug Life and Makeup Geek Utopia Eyeshadow Inspiration

Eyeshadow With Sugarpill Hug Life and Makeup Geek Utopia

Details on what I used for this look after the jump!

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Black|Up Cosmetics CC Cream Multi-Action Is A Noteworthy Foundation

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While I often feel finicky about my choices of foundation, when I find one that works well I feel compelled to rave about it whenever and where ever I can. That’s the case with Black|Up Cosmetics CC Cream Multi-Action in CC01.

BlackUp Cosmetics CC Cream Multi-Action

Now this, THIS, is a product that’s managed to earn a place in my “must have” rotation of foundations, which is quite a distinction! I recently had the opportunity to try a wide variety of products from Black|Up Cosmetics and I have to say I’m really impressed with the professional quality this Paris-based brand provides.

With my normal-to-oily skin I’m often fighting the fight of oily from dawn to dusk, so when I find a foundation that covers, looks natural, and wears for hours on end, I’m officially impressed. When applied with a Beauty Blender, I get superb coverage from this lovely CC cream. And the finish – the finish! I’m really loving the way this looks and the way it photographs. I’m hooked!

BlackUp Cosmetics CC Cream Makeup Inspiration

Black|Up Cosmetics CC Cream Multi-Action is designed for darker skin, but the 5 shades accommodate a variety of complexions and you can purchase a sample pack for $5 before committing to a full size. The shade I’m wearing is CC01.

BlackUp Cosmetics CC Cream Multi-Action in CC01

CC Creams, or Color Control Creams, are foundations designed to provide skin care benefits along with coverage, and to specifically address skin conditions. Black|Up Cosmetics CC Cream Multi-Action is formulated without SPF, oil, parabens, or fragrance to tackle excess oiliness while moisturizing, even out skin tone, improve radiance, and minimize pores.

My Final Thoughts: My skin is loving Black|Up Cosmetics CC Cream Multi-Action and I am a huge fan of the excellent coverage this foundation provides. It’s definitely worth checking out, and I encourage getting the sample pack so you can see if the available shades work for you.

Rating: A+

Price: $39.50

Availability: www.blackupcosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

ESQIDO Lashes Will Change Your Thoughts On Falsies Forever

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There are those moments in your beauty life when you have the chance to try products that are set high above any other of their variety. And it changes you. In a positive way. That’s exactly how I felt about ESQIDO Lashes, which are some of the best false lashes I’ve ever experienced.

ESQIDO Lashes

At $34 and up, the price point on ESQIDO Lashes is far above the cost of a typical pair you’d pick up at the drugstore, but the difference is quality. Made from naturally shed mink fur that’s thoroughly sterilized, ESQIDO Lashes are not as delicate and dainty as they appear. Having used many different varieties of false lashes through the years, I am impressed for several reasons. First, the band the lashes rest upon is thicker and curved so it’s easier to apply on your lash line. Also, these lashes are extremely lightweight and look extremely natural. Your lashes look beautifully and naturally enhanced.

Here are my lashes before I applied Esqido Lashes.

Without  ESQIDO Lashes

I tried two varieties of ESQIDO Lashes, the first of which was Oh So Sweet ($38), which offers naturally criss-crossed lashes with the longest in the middle.

ESQIDO Lashes  Oh So Sweet

ESQIDO Lashes  Oh So Sweet Demo

The other pair I tried are Unforgettable ($36) which have a concentration of lashes at the end and offer a subtle, lovely, winged-out effect.

ESQIDO Lashes Unforgettable

ESQIDO Lashes Unforgettable.

The best part about these pretty falsies is that you can get up to 25 uses out of them, with proper care. To apply ESQIDO Lashes, follow the typical false lashes application procedure, which I’ve outlined in a past Breaking Down Beauty. You’ll have to snip the edges of the band off, as there’s a little bit of excess room on the lashes.

My Final Thoughts: I have to admit I wasn’t expecting to like ESQIDO Lashes so much, especially at their higher-than-usual price point. They are lovely and definitely splurge-worthy! ESQIDO offers no hassle returns and a 60 day return policy.

Rating: A

Price: $34- $38

For a limited time save 15% with code LOVESQ

Availability: www.esqido.com

Makeup Of The Day 82 With Ardency Inn Spring 2015

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I’ll admit to being extremely in love with the Ardency Inn Spring 2015 products I’ve been using lately. Along with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna palette, I created a subtle smoky eye with tons of shimmer – never a bad thing!

Ardency Inn Spring 2015 Makeup Inspiration

Makeup Inspiration With  Ardency Inn Spring 2015

Ardency Inn Spring 2015 Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette

Details on what I used for this look after the jump!

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Ardency Inn Spring 2015

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I recently took a peek at some new makeup from the Ardency Inn Spring 2015 collection, and my only response to the MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner and MODSTER Long Play Supercharged Lip Color that I tried is, “Ooh!” Warning: lots of gushing ahead, because I am truly impressed with these new beauty products!

Ardency Inn Spring 2015 Makeup Collection

Relatively new in the beauty world, the Ardency Inn brand was born in the New York music scene and offers pro-grade, pigment rich makeup to create rock star looks both on and off stage. Ardency Inn products are designed to withstand bright lights and perspiration, and at the same time work so well for any other makeup lover.

For Spring 2015, Ardency Inn released a line of 4 neutral lip colors designed to complement and enhance 5 bright eyeliners. Today I have MODSTER Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in Kids In America and MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in Gold to show you.

Ardency Inn Spring 2015 Review

From the metallic, magnetic packaging to the incredibly creamy texture, the Ardency Inn MODSTER Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in Kids In America  ($25) is nothing but gorgeous.

Ardency Inn MODSTER Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in Kids In America Review

This color is the perfect pinky brown. It’s officially described as a “muted beige with slight pink undertones”, which is right on the mark.

Ardency Inn MODSTER Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in Kids In America Swatch

I have to tell you that the texture is incredible and definitely worth checking out. It is extremely lightweight and long-wearing and does not crumble off of your lips. This shea butter-enhanced lipstick is my current lip color go-to.

Ardency Inn MODSTER Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in Kids In America

As a gal who loves a good gold kohl liner, the Ardency Inn MODSTER Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in Gold ($19) is a must see.

Ardency Inn Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in Gold Review

Described as a “metallic gold with brown undertones”, it reminds me of an amped up verson of MAC’s Powersurge Kohl.

Ardency Inn Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in Gold

The texture of this liner is smooth and I love the fact that it’s long wearing. It really sticks on your lids and if you’re looking for a good waterproof pencil that won’t fly off the waterline, I highly suggest checking some of these out. I know I’ll be stocking up on some the liner p

Swatch of Ardency Inn Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in Gold

Combined, these two colors work so well and can be used to create many beautiful looks. I used the liner on my lower lid and inner lid, and it sets off the lip color perfectly.

Makeup Inspiration With  Ardency Inn Spring 2015

My Final Thoughts: With smooth textures and heavy color payoff, Ardency Inn products are worth checking out. I truly enjoy the Spring 2015 products I’ve been using and think they hit the spot for those of us ready to welcome in warm Spring days ahead.

Rating: A

Price: $19-  $25

Availability: ardencyinn.com, urbanoutfitters.com, sephora.com, and select Sephora locations.

Check out Ardency Inn on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

My Instagram Life, 2-15-2015

A look behind the scenes of Painted Ladies, as seen via Instagram.

Painted Ladies Instagram

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