Universal High Pigment Shadows

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A few months ago I attended to The Makeup Show Chicago, which is the end all to be all for a beauty junkie like me as there are brands galore to showcase their products and industry icons to share their knowledge through workshops and seminars. It is so exciting but one could become overwhelmed with all the amazing sights to see and people to meet!!! However, I did not let that stop me…I made a plan of who, what, when and where I wanted to see and meet and then I quickly put that plan into action!!! LOL

During my exploration of new brands (at least for me)…I came across Magnolia Makeup, a beauty brand based out of New Awlins (and I say this with love in my most Southern Gal drawl…no, for real, I used to live in the South…LOL). They are devoted to color that is high in pigment and they believe in quality as well as fun for every occasion!!! Yep, this sounds like a brand I want to explore; so I did…*giggles*.

It is funny because I had this brand on my list to investigate but, before I could get to it, several of my blogger friends kept telling to make sure I stopped by Magnolia before I left…so I hoped that it would be all that and then some!!!

When I approached the booth, I was amazed at all the colors. I was like a kid in a candy store and the all the makeup were my sweet treats…LOL!!! Any who, as you can read, it was love at first sight but the true test will come during my trial of wearing the product for a few weeks. While there was so much to chose from, I was able to narrow my selection down to 3 eyeshadows and 2 lip colors in a pot to purchase (and believe me…that was hard to do)!!!

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Today, I am only prepared to share my analysis on the Individual Pigment shadows and here is what I liked: I absolutely positively loved the pigments!!! While all you MAC girls are ranting and raving over their colors and pigments, I suggest you stop, look and listen to a new sheriff in town!!! Now, before you MAC junkies go all crazy on me, for the record, I’m not hating…IJS, give this brand a try because MAC is not the end all to be all when it comes to colors and pigments. Not only that, Magnolia is not as expensive as MAC and the overall quality is great!!! The loose pigments are easy to use and they will work on all skin tones. A little goes a long way and the color last a long time without creasing or fading…FTW!!!

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Now, I know this sounds like a match made in makeup heaven but there are a few dislikes and here they are: I am not one for loose shadows and or powders as they can get a tad messy but this is not a deal breaker for me if the product is great (and this is…teehee)!!! I am not sure if the Individual Pigments are mineral based or not as there is nothing on the website or the product which indicates a yay or nay and to my understanding, loose shadows are mineral based. Again, this is not a deal breaker; inquiring minds would just like to know…LOL, IJS!!!

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So after several weeks of the trial investigation, I have my final grade for you… I give the Individual Pigment shadows by Magnolia Makeup 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! If you are interested in purchasing the shadows, you can do so at magnolia.com for $10 each (the colors featured here are Truffle, Citrine and Gold Nugget). I hope you enjoy them as much as I do…Happy blending!!!

 

 

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Liner and Lips With Glitter…Oh My

*This post was originally posted on Rachel O. Beauty*
I could not let another day go by without reviewing the brand Eye Kandy!!! I was gifted this product at The Makeup Show Chicago from the owner of the brand. Eye Kandy is a brand of glitter cosmetics that is safe to wear on the eyes and or lips. They offer a liquid adhesive base called Liquid Sugar, which helps the glitter adhere to your eyes or lips all day without flaking into your eyes or on your face.
As I walked around from booth to booth this brand literally and physically caught my eye because I love most things that glitter and or sparkle and Eye Kandy made my feet pump the brakes…LOL.
So there I was, standing in awe of the how the product can transform your eyes and lips in to something magical and sparkly in just a few seconds. I guess the Makeup Artist saw me drooling so she asked if I would like to give it a try. At first, I gave her a little nervous giggle and said no as I wanted to see how it worked on other people before I allowed her to try it on me. I also needed to ask a few questions before I allowed her to apply it on me like: Will it burn??? Is it drying??? Does it last all day??? Yada, yada, yada… You get the picture…right??? Right!!!
After five minutes of witnessing demos, the Makeup Artist asked again if I wanted to try and this time I said yes. Even though I was still a little nervous, I let her apply the Eye Kandy to my lips and just like that, they were transformed to a gorgeous glam ruby red just like Dorothy’s magical ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz!!! Liner and lips with glitter…OH MY!!! (Tee-hee) As I walked around The Makeup Show with my new glam lippie, I received so many compliments from fellow makeup junkies; some I knew and some were kindred makeup spirits…LOL.

I have been wearing the glitter Cherry Bomb for the past couple of weeks and here is what I like: It does not flake and it is long lasting just like the website says!!! It even stayed on after dinner and I did not have to reapply. It turned up my lip color to another level that I like to call “Diva Glam”!!! It did not burn or irritate my lips and it is multifunctional!!! As you know, it can be worn on eyes and lips but what you did not know, is that it can be used it as a body glitter. Believe it not, it is not that messy; you will not have glitter all over the place because the Liquid Sugar bonds to the glitter very fast. Last but not least, you can wear it on top of any brand of cosmetics and it is easy to remove…FTW!!!

Although I have several reasons on why this product is so glam, there are a few things that I did not care for. The glitter felt a little heavy on my lips so it took a little time for me to get use to it. It takes a couple of minutes for the product to dry and sometimes I just want to keep it moving and not wait (I know, patience is a virtue but when you are in a hurry…(in my Sweet Brown voice, “Ain’t nobody got time for that”). LOL
Now that you know the pros and cons, let me tell you my final grade. I rate Eye Kandy Glitter Sprinkles 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! Even though there were a few cons, they were not deal breakers J. If you are interested in purchasing Eye Kandy, go to eyekandycosmetics.com the cost is $7.50 for 1 or $24.95 for an Eye Kandy bag, which includes a glitter of your choice and a Liquid Sugar. Happy Shimmering!!!





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Beauty School ScArlet + Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum = Glam Luxe Lashes

Day 28 and my lashes are still growing from the Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum via Influenster!!! I could not believe my eyes when I looked in the mirror today; I just had to take a picture and share. My lashes totally look fake and I am just as giddy a pre-teen girl with her very first crush!!! OMG…they are so cute and I love how long they are!!!
Hmm, I wonder if I will need to use mascara after 16 weeks??? IDK, but stay tuned for the next update!!! Comment below and tell me what you think about my progress!!!

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My New Beauty Purchase!!!

Hey Beauty Scholars!!! I just received my package of Stilla goodies that I ordered from hautelook.com!!! 1 pack of eye pencils with 5 colors to choose from, 2 lip glosses and 1 long wearing lip color (pencil/gloss)!!! I can’t wait to try them out!!! It makes me feel like a kid in a candy store…teehee…I feel giddy!!!

What beauty products have you purchased lately that make you feel giddy??? Comment below and let me know if you like what you purchased!!! MUAH

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Is the Hourglass Cosmetics Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil the Next Brow Genius???

Report Card Review for Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil by Hourglass Cosmetics
During one of my many trips to Sephora, I came across the brand Hourglass Cosmetics. I never really thought to engage myself in the brand because I was unfamiliar and to be honest, it was a little too expensive and I could not justify paying those prices for products that I could find in Dior for just a tad bit cheaper…IJS!!! But, the more I went to Sephora, the more I became intrigued with the brand and I tried a sample of Veil Mineral Primer and I was impressed!!! So, there I was purchasing a brow pencil on my last visit to see if this luxury brand is worth the price.
Hourglass Cosmetics is a brand where you decide to indulge and treat yourself or have your BF/Husband/Significant Other/ It’s Complicated Partner treat you to a few beauty gems (don’t act like I am the only one who has seen that relationship status…no worries, I am not judging you) LOL!!! It is an exquisite brand formulated with the latest and greatest technology while the packaging is stylish as well as chic!!! It offers performance, beauty and luxury all in one (and there is certainly a price for that)!!!
I have been using the Dior pencil since last year and I absolutely love it, in fact, I did not think I would ever want to try anything new. The day that I ran out of my Dior pencil, I was planning a trip to Sephora and I thought what the heck…I might as well pamper myself and give it a try. So there I was purchasing the Hourglass Cosmetics brow pencil for $32 and I thought to myself…this better be worth it and then some or else…LOL.
Here is what I liked: The pencil is slanted and easy the fill in the brows on an angle; it allows me to get a more precise look. I can get a very soft look or more dramatic look if I choose to follow the spring 2013 trend. The formula is a combination of a powder, pencil and wax so it gives the best of everything!!! It last a long time and it does not look waxy. The brush on the end can soften the look if you have gone too bold. The pencil is automatic so no sharpener needed here…YAY, there will not be any pencil shavings hiding all over the place!!! It is a vegan friendly product that is free of fragrance and synthetic dyes as well as sulfates. Safe and effective…check, easy to use and precise…check and no waxy look…double check!!! Sounds like a winner to me!!!
As you can read, I have conformed to a new brow genius!!! I loved everything that this pencil offers, I have no cons to add and I will be happy to pay $32 for next one!!! My final grade is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! If you are interested in purchasing the Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil by Hourglass Cosmetics, you can purchase at Sephora or hourglasscosmetics.com for $32 (and yes…it is worth it)!!! They say, you get what you pay for and I can most certainly say with confidence…I got that and so much more 🙂 Happy Shopping!!!

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Report Card Review for Revitalizing Eye Gel Mask by Masque*ology

Hey Beauty Scholars!!! Here is my guest post Report Card for Revitalizing Eye Gel Mask by Masque*ology!!! Click the link below…

http://www.rachelobeauty.com/revitalize-your-eyes/

 

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