Thursday, July 26, 2012

Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #23 Review and Swatches


Have you ever heard of a makeup line that makes sure the consumer is always happy?  With the various products in Make Up For Ever’s arsenal I have yet to be dissatisfied and that is a feat coming from a person that has tried many a product line with some hits and misses.  Make Up For Ever ensures that every product is versatile and suits every skin tone without being dramatic, unless you want to.

*Insert #23 Aqua Cream*

Make Up For Ever #23 aqua creams are awesome because not only are they built to  last for extreme weather conditions such as this sweltering heat on the east coast they are also multi-purpose.  Depending on what colors you purchase these little bundles of joy can be used as a lip color, cheek color, eyeliner, eye shadow or eye shadow base and for those of us daring enough as an all over mask for festivities such as Carnival or parades.
Make Up For Ever continues to dazzle us all with these aqua creams as they have added five more colors to the already vibrant selection of colors that are also permanent to the line.  One of the newest additions happens to be a very feminine and pastel chartreuse color labeled as #23 (some may call it neon), perfect for the summer bright and pastel trends.  Lately I have been using it as an eye shadow base for my nights out and for the daytime I add it to my waterline for a pop of color to a neutral eye look.  
What’s best about these aqua creams is the durability!  Sweat, tears, and maybe even blood, although I hope it never gets that bad will not budge this product, seriously, NOTHING!  Make Up For Ever claims that their aqua creams are waterproof and budgeproof and it lives up to its claim, and well!  The pigmentation is divine and the actual product is soooo smooth, LIKE BUTTAH!  I also own two other colors which have been in my beauty drawers for at least one year and they are still as smooth as the day that I purchased them so if you’re concerned about them drying out, no worries, they can withstand the test of time.

At $23 per jar it can seem pricey but when you think about the versatility of the product your money is well spent because there is always more than one way you can use an aqua cream, it’s really up to you.  Would I recommend this product and this color?  Of course, I do!  It’s perfect for the summer months and can roll into the fall as the pop of color that we always yearn for during the winter months.  So what are you waiting for?  Go to your nearest Sephora and go get you one!  Tell them I sent you!      

*This post contains a product that was sent  by the company's PR.  All  opinions are my own.*

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Tell Me How You Feel....Part 8


Have you ever heard of someone disliking a product on  a person and telling that person not out of rudeness but simply stating an opinion?  I have and sometimes people's reactions are not too receptive to the truth, understood.   However, what happens when the stating the truth gets ugly and an individual is harassed by others for a making a comment that someone disagrees with?   I would imagine that someone would state their opinion and be done with the topic but sometimes people can get offended without understanding the gist of a particular statement. 

I am a huge advocate of admitting when I am wrong  but I am an even bigger advocate of stating one's opinion without bias, no matter the issue.  I understand that because some people don't  have the education or the tact to accept one's statement without degrading the person's character but I do think that we all know that it is best to resolve a perhaps offensive statement between two people without others being involved.  The best way to patch up a situation like this would be a gentle conversation rather than using the same technique to bash someone that a person supposedly is bashing.  Guess what?  You are not better. 

This post may seem a bit personal because it is, I'm speaking from experience and since then I have taken the precautionary measures to prohibit this type of situation from arising again because of some individual's grandiose complex and inability to accept the truth.  However, I did want to hear my reader's opinion of a situation where telling the  truth has ever put you in hot water with a group of individuals without realizing it was even that big of an issue. 

So tell me, has your truth telling ever been an issue for you?   Tell me in the comments!

CARGO Eyeshadow for the Neutral Lover in You


I recently went on a business trip and  in  the midst of shopping  my  stash I stumbled upon a couple of duo eyeshadow compacts  that I never wore so I decided to try them out and bring them with me on my 2 week trip.  Before this trip I had only used CARGO blushes and with those I have been extremely satisfied  so I was a bit excited to see how these eyeshadows would fare.  These particular eyeshadow duos do not have a name but instead go by  a number system, I'm not sure if this is the norm for CARGO shadows being that I purchased these as a bundle on Hautelook several  months back.   The two  that I own are ED-13 and ED-14.

Take a look...

ED-13  &  ED-14

Left: ED-13 Right: ED-14

 ED-13 contains two frost colors, one being an olive green and the other a hunter green.  The hunter green color was a smooth application while the olive green color was not as smooth but still workable.

ED-14 also contains two frost colors, an old gold color and a bronze shade.  Both of these had a smooth application and can be built up for more intensity.

All in all these were the best eyeshadows that  I could've brought with me on a business trip as these are neutral and don't require a lot fuss when applying, and if you want you can even use each as an all over lid color and be out the door.  :)

So what do you think about these?   Have you tried CARGO eyeshadows before?  Tell me in the comments!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sephora by O.P.I. Keep Me on My Misletoes, Even in the Summertime


In case you all haven't noticed I have been writing as a beauty reviewer for The Style And Beauty Doctor lifestyle blog.  You can find me there sometimes reviewing the latest on what's hot and what's not too hot in beauty!  Recently, I was sent a nail polish to review that I am sure you all would LOVE!  Stand back and take a look at all this glory....

What we have here is a super metallic champagne gold color that is sure to capture the gaze of many this summer.  Metallics are definitely on trend for this summer as they serve as an elegant contrast to the soft pastels that we all will be wearing this summer.  It only took me two coats of application to get this opacity and the dry time was fairly quick, about 15 minutes.  I would totally recommend this color to be worn year round, not just in the summer or the obvious, at your Christmas parties this season!

Do you have this color?  Do you love it?  Tell me in the comments!

This post contains a product that was sent to me via the company's PR.  All opinions are my own and unbiased.

Friday, July 6, 2012

DIY Lip Scrub--Because Everyone Else Is Doing It


As many of my friends know I am a huge Tumblr fan, there is a wealth of do-it-yourself projects that can be found if you follow the right blogs that fit your lifestyle.  I am always checking these blogs out and taking note on what beauty treatments I can do at home that I normally would have to spend the big bucks for in a department store. 

Now let's play catch up first.  Rewind to six months ago when I was ranting and raving about Lush and their lip scrubs, the product is great, however, like any other beauty fiend I grew tired and wanted to try something different.  After trying other company's lip scrubs and going through trial and error and finally realizing what I liked and didn't like in a lip scrub I came to the realization that what I wanted was too expensive!  LOL  I fell in love with fresh lip scrub from Sephora (it's currently not on the website but I would hope that it's still in stores for those of you who would like to try it)  but since it was about $25 a small jar and since I am on a budget I had to refrain from purchasing.

*Insert my Tumblr addiction here*

I came across this DIY "How To" on how to make your own lip scrub, normally I would attach the picture I used as reference but I can't find the specific one that I used in making mine.  Kicks rocks...

Anyway, I took charge and look at what I came up with....

I used honey, brown sugar, and olive oil, no approximate measuring, I just used my trusty eyes.  lol  Of course you then have to mix it up and voila you have an edible and natural lip scrub!  I purchased this little jar from Wal Mart in a two pack casing for $1!  Talk about money saved!  The best thing about this is that it rivals the fresh scrub that I was using.  This has to be the best lip scrub that I've come across and it was made by me! ;)  There's something about making your own stuff! 

Have you tried any DIY lately?  Tell me in the comments!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Pond's Deep Cleanser and Makeup Remover-Review


I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July!  Well, now it's time to get back into the swing of things and I figured that with the post party festivities of the 4th I think it's safe to say that you may have had a special "face" on that day that you probably don't normally do (i.e. red, white, and blue eye makeup, blue lips, etc).  Well, maybe not that dramatic but still. lol   

Today I bring you a beauty staple of mine that is sure to make your current makeup remover look like a water rinse, literally.  Pond's Cold Cream has been around for ages, so long that even my grandmother used to use this back in her heyday and she is still making the twenty-somethings turn their heads! 

With some grandmother-granddaughter advice she put me on a little secret that I was skeptical about at first but with the first use of this baby my face felt cleansed, softer, and even better all my makeup was off, even the pesky mascara!  Pond's cold creams come in a couple of scents, the scent really isn't a setback though since it isn't strong enough to actually last, just a little comforting scent if you will.  The one that I have is in the cool cucumber classic. 

I like to use this by dipping my hand into it and then massaging a small amount all over my face until my makeup is completely dissolved and then I take a baby wipe and wipe it all off.  Foundation, mascara, liner....all of it gone....ALL OF IT!  It doesn't burn and the feeling is cool upon application on your skin, it really is relaxing.  But make sure not to get careless on wiping it across your eyes, I have been known to apply too much in that area and having the product accidentally get into my eye...NOT A GOOD LOOK. 

The consistency is that of a whipped pudding, it is soft to the touch.  I would recommend keeping this in a cool and dry place as hotter temperatures make it more watery, still effective but it can create a mess.  This particular jar is 10.1 ounces but I am aware that they come is smaller jars.  Typically these are found in your local drugstores at around 8 bucks a pop but you can often find them on a buy one, get one 50% off sale like I normally do.

Would I recommend this?  Of course!  What are you waiting for?  This is good stuff!

Tell me what do you think?

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