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Play! by Sephora March’17 – The Gleam Team

The theme for the month is ‘”The Gleam Team” which is all about attaining a glowing complexion with minimal effort. True to the theme – and something I got very excited about is that everything in this play box can be used as a highlighter except for the hair texturing spray – I honestly think I have enough highlighter to last all year at this point! That can be a good thing since it seems like this highlighter/ glowing skin trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon ūüėČ

Benefit Cosmetics – Watt’s up

Besides the gorgeous packaging and cute puns one thing I love about Benefit Cosmetics is their Watts Up highlighter! Even though this stick looks super tiny, it lasts forever and a little bit goes a long way! I’m still not even half way through my 2013 stick that was in the birthday gift but I’m glad I got a replacement for when it runs out! Since it dries off in a matte finish, it’s perfect for combination skin and the champagne hue means that it goes great with any skin tone especially olive/ tan skin.

Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm

The first product that caught my eye when I was un-boxing was the gorgeous packaging that this mini came in! It can be used both as a primer as well as a finishing balm Рwhich means that it claims to go well over makeup. With anti-aging properties and tiny speckles of shimmer in it not only does it feel soft and nourishing but it also gives you an instant glow that blurs away imperfections.This bohemian organic beauty blam is a great moisturizer for everyday use and it has a slight almost holographic pink hue which is excellent for brightening your completion. I would not recommend patting this on over combination skin because it can make your situation look a little shinier but I prefer using this by itself because that works best with my skin type.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow

This product came in the shade Golden Pink. I was quite pleasantly surprised by how well it worked. Usually Cream shadows tend to be on the messier smudgier side especially if they are highly pigmented like this one but as long as you gently dab it on (without excessive blending) it will last you quite a while. It’s an excellent choice to brighten up any smoky eye especially since it has a creamy consistency and won’t have any fallout. Again, the champagne pink color is highly pigmented and goes great with any skin tone.

 

Another great illuminating moisturizer just like the Josie Maran finishing balm! Except that this one is a lot more on the matte finish side. You can expect this to sit well under a full face of makeup without causing any major shine issues. Like the Josie Maran finishing balm it also adds a shimmery glow but is a lot more on the pink side which again really helps with brightening up a dull complexion. One thing you will notice right from the start is the smell – a mix of orange candy meets tequila sunrise sort of artificial citrus. I tried this for 4 days straight to the gym last week and I didn’t get a single breakout. It gives you a great finish without overdoing the shine.

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast

This last product by Living Proof is a finishing spray! I’m not really sure about how it’s different from regular hairspray – I don’t think it’s that different at all. It smelled really strong and did a good job with boosting volume. It works best for limp straightened hair if you flip your hair over before spraying some of this. With curls – I don’t think it has as strong of a hold on curled hair.

I loved this months selection! Not only did I get to stock up on my Watts Up but I also got to pamper myself and play around with an array of nourishing moisturizers! What’s in your box?

Triumph over faded lipstick this Valentines Day

With valentines day around the corner, a lot of you are probably looking around for the best lipstick to last all day. Let’s be real… no one wants to go through the taboo of being left with a darker outer ring of lipstick after a hearty dinner while sitting across from your date or even worse- leaving behind red lipstick stains on cups and glasses … specially on v-day. So I went out on a haul and picked a couple of lipsticks to test out which of these are worth the hype. Hope this helps some of you to pick out a shade.

Here are my top 5 picks in 3 popular valentines day shades РRaspberry  Pink, True Red and Burgundy. I swatched all 5 of the shades on my arm at approximately the same time.  All of these look gorgeous on Medium to tan skin.

  1. Urban Decay Vice liquid ipsticks- Blackmail
    A gorgeous deep burgundy wine shade and the darkest one you can purchase at Sephora with the UD Vice matte lipsticks. This is the perfect shade to unleash your inner bad ass and can be perfectly paired with a subtle eyeliner and a neutral eye. Urban Decays Blackmail is a shade that will literally go with any skin tone and is one of the best dark berry lip shades out there right now besides the Kat Von D line.
  2. Urban Decay Vice liquid lipstick – Crimson
    Crimson is a slightly toned down red that gives out very passionate and confident vibes. It has excellent pigmentation and staying power. This one tends to look slightly different on each person based on their skintone. If you are on the tan side like me, this shade will look a little lighter on you.
  3. Sephora Cream lip stain- Always Red
    This bright energetic shade can transform you by projecting the more confident side of yourself. True red is all about making a bold statement and of all the shades of matte red in this review, true red stands out to the most – not just because of the beautiful bright hue but because of how well it compares to lipsticks¬†waay out of it’s price range. I first got this shade in one of my sephora playboxes – back then for some reason it didn’t really impress me as much but after a while it started to grow on me. I have most definitely changed my mind about it after seeing how it compared with the others.
  4. Chanel – Choquant
    In terms of color, Choquant is another really beautiful red shade. This formula claims to set with a velvet like finish without drying out the lips. While it does have a velvety matte finish and is hydrating, don’t expect it to set like your trusty Kat Von D liquid lipstick. It tends to take forever to dry – which is the downside to the added hydration. The only way this one will last on your lips all day is if you don’t eat.
  5. Kat Von D – Bauhau5
    This review on long lasting matte lipsticks would not be over without reviewing a Kat Von D shade. Bauhau5 is the most unique deep raspberry shade from her collection that goes well with tan skin. In terms of lasting power, this one trumps over all the other lipsticks I have tried including the vice liquid lipsticks.

I left these swatches on my arm for about 4 hours and then ran them under a stream of¬†water for about 15 seconds before smudging them. Here’s what they looked like after. As¬†you can see, the Chanel lipstick took the longest to dry and still managed to smudge after letting it set that long. I guess that speaks for the fact that you don’t always get what you pay for.

So what lipstick are you going with today?