Universal High Pigment Shadows

*This post was originally posted on Rachel O. Beauty*

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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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Report Card Review for Sephora and Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette

Hey Beauty Scholars!!! Here is bonus report card just because…

To all my non makeup artist…I know we all love the beautiful blockbuster eyeshadow sets with a million shadows to play with. But The truth be told…you are not going to use all of those colors!!! I suggest you get something with colors you will use such as Urban Decay Naked Shadow Palette to save money and have colors that are all about you!!! Naked Palette can be purchased at Sephora, Urbandecay.com and Ulta for $50 or you can purchase the Sephora brand…

Did you know that Sephora has it own brand of skincare and color cosmetics??? Yes, it’s true and yours truly decided to give an eyeshadow palette a try… This eyeshadow palette by Sephora offers so many colors for a night out or a swanky holiday shindig. It is rich in pigment so it offers colors that work on all skin tone. The colors are long lasting and they don’t crease. They have other palettes available so if this does not float your boat…no worries!!! The color featured here is called Primal Instincts and it is only $28. So head to your local Sephora or shop online but hurry because this cutie is a limited edition!!! My overall rating is 5 out of 5 smooches!!! MUAH

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Product Review for the week: High Shine Eye Color by Bare Minerals

Product Review for the week: High Shine Eye Color by Bare Minerals
Bare Minerals is a pretty popular brand because of what they are made without…they are free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrance and dies as well as triclosan, petrochemicals and phthalates. In other words…they are made without all the harsh ingredients that are known to be irritating to the skin or just added as unnecessary fillers and the products are 100% mineral based.
I was in Macy’s one day looking for a new shadow when the High Shine Eye Color caught my eye because of the packaging. It is an all in one applicator that is very compact and great for someone like me who travels frequently. I was excited that I tried all 12 colors on my hand. Yes, I do realize that the hands are a different tone from the eyelids but as a germ-o-phobe, this applicator is not one that I would try on my eyes. I went back and forth a few times until I narrowed down my search to 3 colors and I could not wait to get home and try them out.
Here are the positives: It was easy to apply due to the shape of the applicator. It offers a wash of color and I was able to wear it with my contacts with no irritation, as it is ophthalmologist tested. It goes on as a powder but it gives more of a velvet finish and it is reasonably priced at $12 each.
Here are the negatives: Bare Minerals states that this is a high intensity shadow with vibrant pigments and I felt like it only offered a wash of color. I would use this more as a highlighter or primer rather alone as a shadow. The applicator is not very hygienic, as you cannot wash it before you reapply every time. You will always get the natural oils from your lids on the applicator as you reapply and put it back in the tube. This is a loose shadow so it can be a little messy because of the applicator. I did not feel like I could get a lot color on applicator; I had to re-apply several times. I even tried to pour out a little on my hand and apply it with a makeup brush; it offered a little more color but nothing major. The colors also appeared darker in the store but I am sure it was because of the lighting.

My final grade for High Shine Eye Color by Bare Minerals is 2.5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! This is not a product that I would purchase again. If you are interested in trying this shadow, you can purchase it at select Macy’s stores, Sephora and bareescentuals.com.

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Do Beauty Products Expire (Conclusion)

Hey Beauty Scholars!!! Last week I gave you a sneak peek into what is to come this week… When does your cosmetics expire??? This is an important question and I will tell you the answers with my PSA’s (Private Scholar Announcements)…MUAH!!!
As I stated last week, mascara has a shelf life of 3 months!!! 2 months is really the best time to purchase a new tube but you never want to go past 3. When you start to see the mascara getting dry and clumpy…that means it is time to say goodbye!!! Because air can push bacteria back into the tube, your eyes can become irritated or worse, you can get an infection like pink eye or swelling. My suggestion is to have one in reserve and purchase 2 at 1 time and when you run out of the second, purchase 2 more.
Last week I stated that liquid foundations, pressed and loose powder could last up to a year if you are cleaning your makeup sponges and brushes at least every 2 weeks. If not, the shelf life lessens to 6 – 12 months for liquids and creams but 1 year for powders because you are adding bacteria; dirt and oil back into and on the product. When this happens, you will see the product separate, the color or consistency will change and or the product will smell. Should this happen, throw it out so that you can prevent breakouts and or skin irritations!!!
Lipsticks, balms, stains and pencils should be replaced every year. It is said that they can replaced left often up to 2 years but if you think about it, your mouth is exposed to the most germs. You cough, you touch your lips with your hands, the air (smoke, smog and pollution) are exposed to the lips… you don’t wear a mask all day do you??? Then you reapply that gloss, lipstick or balm on top of everything. So, with that said, I say toss it after 1 year!!! Besides, 4 seasons have changed and new colors have come out so stop exposing yourself to germs and expose yourself to some new colors!!! However, if you are always applying with a lip brush and cleaning that brush on a regular, you can keep it up to 2 years. If your lipstick, balm or gloss starts to change in color, consistency or smell…throw it out!!!
It is said that Powder Eye shadow should be replaced every 2 years but I have to ask the question… Do you really want to replace something that is in constant contact around the eye area every 2 years??? I mean if you religiously clean your brushes and spay your shadow then I would say maybe; but none of us are that anal…not even myself besides, how many times have you blown on the shadow brush before you applied it to the eye spreading all those germs instead of taping it on your hand??? Mmm hmm, I know, I get it. So I say toss that shadow after 12 months and keep it moving. Let go and be happy that you don’t have any sort of eye infection!!! If you are looking to save money, purchase the quad shadows or shadow palettes with 8 -12 shadows and replace after 1 year. Again, if they smell or change colors…it is time to throw it out!!!
Most skincare products will last up to 1 year after you open it if they perform special duties like anti-aging, acne fighting or natural products. After a year, the special ingredients will start to loose the benefits or anti-aging products with Vitamin C or Retinol, will become more active and concentrated and the less active ingredients will lessen or evaporate. If this happens, your skin will become more irritated to the product that you have been using for a long time. It is not an allergic reaction; it is time to toss it. If the product does not have any major benefits like anti-aging, acne fighting or natural… and it is just a plain moisturizer, it will last longer about 18 months.
I have said it before but I will say it again and again… Makeup brushes and sponges have to be cleaned at least once every 2 weeks!!! Breakouts are not always due to stress and eating the wrong thing. Not removing your makeup and or cleaning your brushes can cause sometimes breakouts!!! The dirt debris and oil from your face can build up in the bristles of the brush, which is the cause of the breakout. Makeup sponges need to be washed after every use!!! Think about those times you have contaminated your powder with your sponge by applying and reapplying without washing it. When the powder changes color fast, it is because of the oil, dirt and debris from the sponge. Girls… throw it away now!!! You should not be that attached to a sponge, they are disposable you know!!! You can use a mild shampoo to cleanse your brushes or sponges as well as brush cleaner on a weekly basis if you are an over achiever…LOL. Here is a great video link on a how to below…
Ahh, I have saved the best for last…. Shower Poufs, Loofahs and sponges, oh my!!! These are not replaced as often as they should be. The shower pouf should be replaced every 6 weeks especially if you are not washing it every week with your laundry (to keep it from shriveling up, put it inside of a sock). The little string can harbor bacteria as well as mold and get slimy and gross!!! A loofah should be replaced more often like every 3-4 weeks as it cannot be washed in a washing machine and you are removing dead dry skin cells that have been exposed to the earth’s environment of smoke, smog and pollution. All of that build up over weeks along with the exposure to water is a breeding ground for bacteria.  This can cause skin irritation, rashes and breakouts. Make sure you give your pouf, loofah and sponge room to dry and sanitize or wash them often!!!
PSA Final thoughts: In closing, I decided to share this information with you today because it is not required by law that the FDA make cosmetic companies add expiration dates to their products if they are sold as OTC. It is only mandatory for products with prescriptions. It is unfortunate that Beauty Advisors don’t share this information, but sometimes, they just don’t know. It is also unfortunate that most cosmetic companies will not share this information with us the consumers who purchase their products and keep them in business. When you hold on to a product longer than the shelf life, longer than the expiration date, you can cause irritation or something worse to your skin in the long run.
To keep you safe, here are a few pointers to follow… If a product smells, changes colors, and or consistency, throw it away!!! If your go to product irritates you after the shelf life, toss it!!! Always wash your hands before you wash your face or put on your makeup. Keep your products in cool dry places and make sure they are closed after you use them. Just like a car depreciates once you drive it off of the lot… your products do the same once you open them as you have now exposed them to the bacteria in the air.
This concludes our PSA (Private Scholar Announcements) today!!! I hope you enjoyed them and if you have a tip on any of the above, or want me to cover a PSA topic, comment below; I would love to hear from you!!! MUAH

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