Product Reviews – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com A beauty blog blooming with fresh makeup reviews, swatches and beauty tips from your friendly neighborhood beauty addict Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:34:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-makeupandbeautyblog-amp-site-icon-v3-2016-32x32.jpg Product Reviews – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com 32 32 LORAC Mega Pro Palette 3: An Emoji Review 😺 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/lorac-mega-pro-palette-3-review/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/lorac-mega-pro-palette-3-review/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:47:24 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=203598 Who was the genius who decided that this needed to be white? I mean, I had it open for about two seconds before there was eyeshadow all over the packaging, all over the inside of it, the outside of it, all over me. I don’t even know. It was a mess! I really like it, […]


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Wearing the new LORAC Mega Pro 3 Palette on my lids

Who was the genius who decided that this needed to be white?

I mean, I had it open for about two seconds before there was eyeshadow all over the packaging, all over the inside of it, the outside of it, all over me. I don’t even know. It was a mess!

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Believe it or not, this was taken after I tried to clean the palette, OMG!

I really like it, though. There are so many colors, and it has this rose gold theme, which feels kinda 2013, but eh — I’ll go with it. I think the best things, by far, are the first two rows. They’re all mattes! (All matte errrthing.) And these mattes are just so freaking juicy, soft and super easy to blend.

This whole grunge thing happening on my lids? (Well, I’m also wearing a couple shimmers. Let me just throw that out there.) I did it in like 10 minutes.

Maybe instead of writing the rest of this review, I’ll just use emojis, since that’s where we’re headed anyway. Why even bother with the English language? Just use emojis. That’s how Connor will probably communicate with me in the future anyway. Might as well get a jump on it. 🙂

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Pristine for like two seconds!

Eyeshadow texture: 👍
Pigment: 🙏
Fallout: 😮
Shade selection: 🌟
Blending: 💁
Mattes: 👏
Shimmers:💎
Packaging: 💩

PRICE: $59
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition and available now at LORAC counters and Ulta
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: 😺

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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When a Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, or How I Really Feel About Hourglass Incandescent Electra Blush http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/hourglass-incandescent-electra-blush/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/cosmetics/hourglass-incandescent-electra-blush/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:00:21 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=203565 It’s expensive, but it’s so good. Even though Hourglass has really expensive products, especially the blushes, the powder products? — oh, my gosh. Basically, my nightmare scenario with blush is that I go outside and I’m wearing two little circles on my cheeks, but with this blush, that never happens. I can put it on […]


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Living for the Hourglass Ambient Blush in Incandescent Electra (I’m wearing it on my cheeks!)

It’s expensive, but it’s so good. Even though Hourglass has really expensive products, especially the blushes, the powder products? — oh, my gosh. Basically, my nightmare scenario with blush is that I go outside and I’m wearing two little circles on my cheeks, but with this blush, that never happens. I can put it on with one foot out the door, and it looks great. You could be falling out of a plane while putting on blush, and you’d land, and your cheeks would look legit.

PRICE: $38
AVAILABILITY: Available now in the Hourglass permanent line
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

P.S. Well, basically my whole life has been a lie. I found out yesterday that NASA says that the sky has essentially shifted, and so all of the zodiac signs are a little different. Plus, there’s a thirteenth zodiac sign now, and apparently I’m no longer a Gemini, at least according to NASA. I’m a Taurus.

I can’t even deal… I just can’t.


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Smell This ASAP: New McQueen Eau De Parfum http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/mcqueen-eau-de-parfum/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/mcqueen-eau-de-parfum/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:09:47 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=203471 The whole idea of fragrance commercials on TV is totally weird. Isn’t it? Companies desperately trying to get us interested in a scent through a medium where we can’t actually smell the perfume. There we are just eating our morning oatmeal while a supermodel rolls around on a beach for 30 seconds whispering about “Seduction […]


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The whole idea of fragrance commercials on TV is totally weird.

Isn’t it?

Companies desperately trying to get us interested in a scent through a medium where we can’t actually smell the perfume. There we are just eating our morning oatmeal while a supermodel rolls around on a beach for 30 seconds whispering about “Seduction happens on the sand…”

I guess it’s supposed to be metaphorical, you know, to capture the essence of what it feels like to wear the scent, and maybe then we’ll stop by the fragrance counter on our next trip to a department store, but I dunno…

It’s kind of like what’s happening with this blog post right now. 🙂

I suppose that I could just list the fragrance notes in this $115 bottle of McQueen Eau de Parfum, the pricey new fragrance by fancy fashion house Alexander McQueen (night-blooming flowers, sambac jasmine, tuberose and ylang ylang).

That would probably be more useful than these pictures…

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And I could talk about how I think it’s feminine but not frilly, how it lasts a long time when I spritz it (a full eight hours), and how I can really detect the floral notes, but they aren’t too heavy or headache-inducing.

I could also tell you that it’s the scent I think I’ll wear every day till spring — I like it that much.

But none of that would really tell you what it smells like to you or how it might make you feel when you wear it.

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mcqueen eau de parfum

All I can do is say how it makes me feel…like a woman ripped from my everyday existence and thrust into a gothic romance novel filled with creatures that only come alive at night. Of course, in this story I also embark upon a tumultuous relationship that burns hot and bright, and my heart is temporarily replaced by a glowing neon hummingbird, and even though I know that there’s ABSOLUTELY NO WAY our love can last more than a month, I still fall head over heels.

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And if I were to suddenly sprout wings in this story and be able to fly, the twinkling sparkles that trailed behind me would smell like McQueen Eau de Parfum…

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So, yeah. That’s what this bottle smells like to me.

Give it a sniff on your next trip to Saks, which is the only place it’s available for now.

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It comes in two sizes — a smaller 1.7-oz. bottle for $115 and a larger 2.5-oz. bottle for $165.

Work, work, workworkworkwork…

Even after just a few days out of town, it’s nice to be back to my regular routine. Why is it that we can’t wait to take trips to break us out of our everyday routines, but then when we actually take the trips, we can’t wait to get back to our routines?

Or is that just me?

One of life’s great mysteries…

Oh, and here’s another one: this video of a random dude dancing in a gym to Rihanna’s song, Work.

Homeboy can freakin’ move! He’s the snake charmer of booty popping, and my new personal hero.

There is SO much weirdness about this video; I love it. The people on the treadmill in the background, the disco lights that fall JUST ON HIM, the fact that all of this booty shaking is happening in a gym and nobody really says anything — truly, this is what the Internet was made for. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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With Less, You Are More With New lilah b. Luxury Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/lilah-b-makeup/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/lilah-b-makeup/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:27:35 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=203345 Full-on glam makeup is all over Instagram — brows so sculpted that they could cut glass, contoured everything, elaborate eye looks with false lashes and winged liner. And I love some of that. I love the artistry, and I appreciate the effort that goes into it, but there’s also a part of me that can’t […]


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“With less, you are more” — new lilah b. luxury cosmetics

Full-on glam makeup is all over Instagram — brows so sculpted that they could cut glass, contoured everything, elaborate eye looks with false lashes and winged liner. And I love some of that. I love the artistry, and I appreciate the effort that goes into it, but there’s also a part of me that can’t wait for the tide to turn, ya know? Part of me can’t wait for makeup minimalism to come back in style with a vengeance, and when that day comes, lilah b. cosmetics will be there with bells on.

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It’s a new luxury line out of Sausalito, California, which is a quaint, picturesque town just north of the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco on 101 (not “the 101,” just “101”). They have a website, and you can also find them at Space NK stores.

Their philosophy has a nice ring to it: “With less, you are more.” Think streamlined creams that double as blushes and lipsticks, sheer powder foundation, creamy concealers and easy-to-wear eyeshadow combos — that kind of thing.

The products are all paraben-, pthalate- and sulfate-free, and they don’t have any synthetic fragrances. Plus, they aren’t tested on animals.

The pieces come in glossy white packaging (I think it’s gorgeous) that feels hefty and valuable. It kinda looks like polished river rocks or shells.

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Before and after lilah b. This only took me 15 minutes!

Boy, oh, boy, though — the products are pricey. You probably won’t bat an eyelash if you’re used to Chanel, Hourglass and Guerlain prices, but we’re talking $44 for a concealer, $34 for a lip balm, $48 for a powder foundation, $46 for a lip and cheek cream, and $58 for an eye quad.

The lilah b. look is like a super chill version of Bobbi Brown — dressed down, sheer coverage with a hint of natural-looking color. When I wear the powder foundation, concealer, eyeshadow and lip and cheek cream, I look like I’m wearing a full face, and like I’m polished and totally together, but it doesn’t look like I’m wearing cake frosting.

I wore the eyeshadow and the lip and cheek cream to the beach yesterday, and I felt like it was a perfect amount of color.

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Palette Perfection Quad in b. stunning

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Divine Duo Lip & Cheek in b. fearless (top) and b. true (bottom)

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Flawless Finish Foundation in b. classic

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Virtuous Veil Concealer & Eye Primer in b. radiant and Lip Balm in b. kissed

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Virtuous Veil Concealer & Primer in b. radiant (left) and Flawless Finish Foundation in b. classic (right)

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Divine Duo Lip & Cheek in b. fearless (left) and b. true (right)

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Palette Perfection Eye Quad in b. stunning

I’m totally into it. In terms of quality, the powders are silky, and the creams feel super smooth. Everything applies nicely, too.

I think it’s beautiful minimalist makeup, but I wish the products lasted a little longer on my skin. Even with primers (both face and eye) and a long-wearing makeup setting spray, I only get about six hours from the eyeshadows and powder foundation, three or four hours from the lip and cheek creams, and two hours from the concealer. By the end of the day, the colors have all but disappeared…

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Wearing Flawless Finish Foundation in b. classic, Virtuous Veil Concealer & Eye Primer in b. radiant, Palette Perfection Eye Quad in b. stunning, and Divine Duo Lip & Cheek in b. fearless and b. true

I still love the lilah b. look and their whole philosophy, and I’m always pulling for Bay Area makeup brands. I hope they keep fine-tuning their formulas and thinking of ways to help the products last longer, because I like where they’re headed.

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Pretty packaging

When babies “throw shade”

Connor and I took this pic at the Marin Headlands the other day on our way to the beach.

That side eye, the raised brow, the pursed lips — it makes me laugh! I have no idea why she was throwing so much shade, but I’m living for it. 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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It’s a New Nuance Makeup Line: Nuance by Salma Hayek Revamped http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/nuance-makeup-salma-hayek/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/nuance-makeup-salma-hayek/#comments Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:45:56 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=203149 Get up, sleepy head! It’s Caturday morning! 🙂 There’s a time to be nuanced, and there’s a time to…talk about Nuance, as in Salma Hayek’s CVS-exclusive Nuance makeup line. If you’ve been kickin’ it at CVS lately, you may have noticed that Salma Hayek’s Nuance makeup products have a new look to them. Nuance debuted […]


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Nuance by Salma Hayek

Get up, sleepy head! It’s Caturday morning! 🙂

There’s a time to be nuanced, and there’s a time to…talk about Nuance, as in Salma Hayek’s CVS-exclusive Nuance makeup line.

If you’ve been kickin’ it at CVS lately, you may have noticed that Salma Hayek’s Nuance makeup products have a new look to them.

Nuance debuted in 2011 (remember the alien egg eyeshadow packaging?), but the color products sort of drifted away for a while… But they’re back now with new products, formulas and packaging.

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Wearing Nuance Flawless Finish Blur Perfection Primer, the Natural Definition Angled Brow Pencil in Medium Dark, Long & Lush Volumizing Mascara, Flawless Finish Illuminating Blush & Bronzer Duo, Endless Eye Effects Shadow Collection in Neutral Expressions and Moisture Rich Lipstick in Pink Lotus… P.S. Could this hair be any bigger? LOL!

The brand is all about ingredients, and some of them are exotic, especially for a drugstore brand. Salma says that the women in her family have used some of them for generations, like monoi butter (in the lipstick); cotton blossom (in the mascara and brow gel); soothing tepezchuite extract (in the night cream, anti-aging cream and skin cleanser); blue agave, a naturally moisturizing humectant (the Blue Agave hair line); mamey fruit sapote to condition hair; jojoba oil and raw honey.

The entire color line has been reformulated (but they kept the original foundation) and includes eye shadows, a cream concealer, moisturizing lipstick, brow pencil, cream illuminators and shadow sticks.

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Endless Eye Effects Shadow Collection in Neutral Expressions 800

A mighty mascara

It’s a full makeup range. There are face, eye, brow, lip and cheek products, and every single item is less than $20 and exclusive to CVS.

I just took a few of them out for a spin (an eyeshadow palette, a blush/bronzer duo, a brow pencil, a mascara, a matte face primer, a couple lipsticks and a gloss) and the $9.99 mascara stole the show.

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Flawless Finish Illuminating Blush & Bronzer Duo in Bronzed Rosewood 560

You already know about all my lash curl woes, so I won’t go into it again for like the billionth time… But I’ll just say that this mascara holds a lovely curl, and there isn’t a clump in sight. I give it two enthusiastic thumbs up.👍👍

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Moisture Rich Lipsticks in Lotus Pink and Terracotta

The eye/lip/cheek/brow sitch

As for the other makeup products, in terms of how well they work for me, I think they’re all pretty good for a drugstore brand — definitely comparable to Cover Girl, Almay and Maybelline, but I don’t feel like they’re quite as performance-driven as L’Oreal or Revlon, which I think of as the “higher end” of drugstore makeup.

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Flawless Finish Illuminating Blush & Bronzer Duo in Bronzed Rosewood 560

These are just my first impressions, and I know I’m going to keep using the products more because of their price, but I think the eyeshadow could be more pigmented and easier to blend (the grains are rather larger side, so they tend to scoot around). Same goes for the blush/bronzer combo.

The brow pencil is also super duper sheer, and it takes what seems like an unusual amount of it to send Raul back into his corner (that cheeky bugger).

The primer has a nice glide to it…but I can feel it on my skin. And the lipsticks and glosses, while moisturizing, like to migrate beyond my lip lines.

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Endless Eye Effects Shadow Collection in Neutral Expressions 800

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From the left: Moisture Rich Lipstick in Terracotta, Moisture Rich Lipstick in Lotus Pink and Plumping Liquid Lipstick in Mulled Wine

Considering the prices, though, I think they’re all worth a try — maybe next time you’re at CVS looking for a notebook to replace the one your cat barfed on.

If you happen to wander over to the Nuance display, seriously, look at that mascara, too. It’s good.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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