A Lipstick with Color and Pigment

This post was originally posted on Rachel O Beauty

I am always in search of a new red lipstick to try and Sephora is usually at the top of my list. A few months ago I decided to try the brand Makeup Forever because they are known for deep pigments of color and long lasting products; two of the qualities I love in my makeup!



Who is Makeup Forever? It’s a brand created by Dany Sanz a former student of fine arts who became a makeup artist. Later in life she became an instructor in a beauty school by day and created the products at night. Makeup Forever became popular with makeup artist and expanded through the years.


Here’s the 411…I have been testing the Rouge Artist Intense Color Lipstick in Moulin Rouge for several months. The first time I tried it, I liked it. The second time, not so much because the color started bleeding around my mouth and I looked like a clown… LBVS. I had the biggest red ring around my mouth after 10 minutes of applying the lipstick. I had to try it a few more times to see if it was the product or the way I used the product. Maybe my skin was too oily or maybe I used too much moisturizer around my lips, I didn’t know so I had to try it again.


Here’s the Glam: The lipstick is highly pigmented and the color is true to the shade shown. It is moisturizing and you can get a lot of color on the lips with just one swipe.


Here’s the Slam: It does not last that long. After lunch, I had to reapply because most of the product ended up on the glass and not my lips. In fact, most of the lipstick was gone by the end of my meal 🙁 . After several uses, the color did bleed around my mouth but not as much. There is a slight perfume smell to the lipstick, it’s not enough to drive you crazy but it does linger.


My overall grade for the Rouge Artist Intense Color Lipstick in Moulin Rouge is 2.5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH! While the lipstick is highly pigmented, it does not last very long. My biggest pet peeve in a lipstick is seeing more lipstick on the glass or my teeth than on the lips. Last but not least, I hate when I lipstick bleeds. If you are interested in purchasing this lippie, you can get at Sephora or makeupforver.com for $20. Happy Shopping!

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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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Votre Vu Product Review of a Natural Hand Cream and Lip Treatment

A few months ago I attended the International Women’s Expo in Novi, MI (the suburbs of Detroit) and the Votre Vu bus of beauty (also known as the VuBar) captivated my attention!!! It was an amazing sight to see tat was filled with cosmetics, skin care and makeup galore; I had to stop in my tracks, as I wanted to explore!!!
As I walked up the steps, a team of Makeup Artist were applying makeup, offering skincare tips and introducing the brand to every person who entered. They greeted me with a huge hello and welcome so, I introduced myself and they gave me a tour as well as told me about some key products and how the brand started.
Votre Vu is a French company with handcrafted products that contain naturally based skincare formulations backed by 80 years of experience. The brand believes in the French philosophy: make looking great and aging well part of your daily life!!! I don’t know about you but I am ready to get my beauty passport stamped and step into the world of Votre Vu.
The team introduced me to Duette Luxe Lip Balm and Hand Crème. I was intrigued because it’s a multifunctional product and if you don’t know by now…I love products that offer multiple functions; they make me happy because you get more bang for your buck!!! I tried the hand crème and I was very impressed because it made my hands feel like velvet. I was so excited that the CEO gifted me the product as well as a brow gel (which will reviewed in a separate post).
I have been using the dynamic duo for the past few months and here is what I liked: As I stated earlier, the Luxe Hand Crème makes my hands feel velvety smooth!!! While I am not a fan of coconut or almond…somehow, the mix of the two scents together smell pretty darn good; who knew??? LOL. The crème is very moisturizing, a little bit goes a long way and it is not sticky…FTW!!! It has UV protection and Grape seed oil so it protects the skin from the sun and all the yucky things in the environment. The best thing is the packaging!!! The Hand Crème is connected to a lip balm with a mirror… now that is just pure genius and I was amazed and amused all at once…LOL. It was packaged this way because the French feel you should moisturize your hands and lips together. Wow…I think the French are on to something…what a novel idea!!!
The Luxe Lip Balm is nice but I am not as impressed with the lip balm as I am with the hand crème. It feels good on my lips but it is not as moisturizing as some of the other lip balms that I own. It was just okay…no wow factor at all L. I may have been impressed if there were a hint of color in the lip balm…IJS.
If you don’t know by now, I totally adore the Luxe Hand Crème and the complete package!!! However, the Luxe Lip Balm is just okay and not as moisturizing as some of my other lip balms so I am going to grade the product with 3 grades. The Luxe Hand Crème gets 5 out of 5 smooches… the Luxe Lip Balm gets 3.75 out of 5 smooches and the two products together with the packaging gets 4 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! The packaging and hand crème is just everything to me but the lip balm…not so much. If you are interested in purchasing the dynamic duo, it cost $39 on votrevu.com. Enjoy and Happy Moisturizing!!!

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Pucker Up… It’s the Big Red Lip Reveal

Yesterday I posted a picture of me with a new lip color and I asked you to take a guess on the brand I was wearing. While no one guessed the brand 1 person did come close. Tiffany guessed that the product is a lip stain but it is not Sephora brand. Yes, I purchased it from Sephora and if I had not tried the product, I would have never looked at this brand for color, as they are famous for their Argan oil. Has anyone guessed it yet??? The brand is Josie Maran!!! Yes, I know…close your mouth. It was a surprise to me as well…LOL
So just in case you are scratching your head and asking me, “Who is Josie Maran????” Let me enlighten you and open your eyes to the beauty brand of (in their words) “Luxury with a Conscience.” The mastermind behind it all is Josie Maran a former actress and a supermodel that has been in the industry for over a decade. She has worked as a spokeswoman for some of the most popular beauty brands and now she has her own line of cosmetic products. Josie believes in natural beauty and created her brand to be an eco-friendly, luxurious and toxin free. What’s not to love…right???
My new lip color of choice is the Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain. I was in Sephora a few weeks ago searching for the perfect red and boy did I get a little overwhelmed with all the product choices because darn near every brand has 3-5 shades of red to choose from (smile, because you know that I am so right)…LOL. Because of my 500+ choices, my hunt for my new red became a 2-day process!!! But I did prevail with something that I was excited about and ready to try. Now, I was not sure if I would love this as much as my last lip stain by Smashbox but I was willing to give it a try (see my report card review on the Smashbox Lip Stain by clicking the link below).
Here is what I like about the Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain in Flamenco: The color is beautiful yet not overpowering like some reds. The color does stain but it is not drying on the lips and it is easy to remove. I didn’t have to reapply; it stayed on even after I ate my lunch (Woo-hoo)!!! The best thing is that it stays in place and does not bleed!!! OMG…YES, I LOVE IT!!! And just when you thought it could not get any better…it is multi-functional…yes ladies, you can wear it alone, as a base for a lipstick or gloss and as a cheek stain. And, it has hyaluronic acid as well as sugar extracts to smooth and plump the lips!!! To sum this product up in one word…Amaze-balls J
Since there are no dislikes about this product, I will just move forward to the final grade of 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! Josie Maran, you stolen my heart with the Magic Marker Lip and Cheek Stain and I want to personally thank you for making me fall in love JIf you are interested in purchasing this product, it is available at Sephora or josiemaran.com for $19 and it is available in 8 colors. Happy Shopping!!!

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A Smooch for Your Thoughts…What Brand am I Wearing???

Okay Beauty Scholars, drum roll please…I purchased a new red lip color and I am just smitten!!!

What do you think??? Can you guess the brand???

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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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Check out my guest Report Card Review for Marvelous Moxie by Bare Minerals on rachelobeauty.com

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Did Nuance Salma Hayek Lip Trio Make the Grade???

Report Card Review for Lights, Camera, Action Lip Trio in Pink Berry from Nuance Salma Hayek
Every other celebrity has a line of products launching these days and as a self-proclaimed beauty junkie, I am here to review, rate and give you the 411 on if it’s even worth your time, effort or money. Well Beauty Scholars, today I am going to share my thoughts on Nuance Salma Hayek, so sit back, get a cup of tea and enjoy 🙂
In case you didn’t know, Salma Hayek created the Nuance brand with CVS Pharmacy. She developed the line with her grandmother in mind who was a cosmetologist using some of her beauty secrets as well as her exposure in beauty as a world traveler. The end result was to develop a line to “help every woman enhance the nuances that define her individual beauty.”
I received a full size sample of the Lip Trio in my swag bag from Shecky’s Girls Night Out a few weeks ago. When I first saw the product, I thought it was just a gloss until I finally took a good look and realized it was a 3 in 1 product (from the name…duh)!!! After my discovery of this great revelation, I was so excited that I tried it immediately because I so love multifunctional products (they make you feel like you are getting more for your money…hahaha)!!! And every girl loves a savings, beauty or not…right??? Right!!!
Anywho, here are the pros: I love the 3 in 1 concept. You can actually get more than 3 looks. I tested it on my arm and came up with 7 but I am sure there are more combinations that I may have missed. The pencil goes on very easy and smooth. The lipstick is matte but not drying and the gloss is not sticky (thank goodness because I hate a sticky gloss). I love the packaging and the size of each lip product.
I know, I know, this lip trio sounds like every beauty diva’s dream come true BUT…there are some cons 🙁 Sorry… I am just giving it to you straight (like they say, honesty is the best policy Jwith that said, here are the cons: I am not one for smells on my lips…a balm, gloss, or lipstick. It drives me bananas!!! The smell isn’t that bad, I just don’t want to sniff it all day!!! I filled in my lips with the lip pencil completely, added the lipstick on top as well as the gloss over that and the products did not last as long as I would have liked. I reapplied the products after lunch, I did not eat, I only drank water and by the time I got to my hotel, the color faded…boo!!! There was still some left but not as much as I thought there should be with the amount of layers I applied. I also would have liked the gloss to be a little shinier…the shinier the better for me…IJS, I am such a girly girl…LOL. I think the gloss should be a little bigger because that is what most women will reapply with and this size will not last that long.
My final grade for Lights, Camera, Action Lip Trio is 3.5 out of 5. I would be willing to try it again in a different color as some colors have more pigment and last longer than others. If you are interested in trying the Lip Trio by Nuance Salma Hayek, stop in your local CVS or shop cvs.com. Happy Shopping!!!

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Report Card Review for LipSurgence Lip Tint by Tarte

Report Card Review for LipSurgence Lip Tint by Tarte
On my never-ending quest for the perfect red lipstick, stain or gloss, I came across LipSurgence by Tarte a few weeks ago in Sephora. I tried and tested several colors and Fiery is the color that I decided to purchase!!! Since Tarte is currently the apple of my eye for mascaras, I figured, maybe they could steal my heart and put an end to my journey for the perfect red lipstick!!!
The LipSurgence is a cross between a lip pencil, stain, gloss and balm. It is shaped like a chubby lip pencil, offers color like a lip stain, looks more like a gloss and feels more like a balm. Tarte states that it has natural moisturizers to smooth and soften the lips and contains mint to give an appearance of plumped lips without the stinging or irritation.
Here are the pros: It goes on creamy but it gives a matte finish. The mint is not a strong scent nor does it sting or irritate the lips. I actually love the scent and it feels refreshing. It is filled to the brim with vitamins; antioxidants and bio-nutrients to fight against the signs of aging and yes you can age on and around the lips too (and if you are a little vain like me, that is a huge plus…don’t judge me)!!! It is easy to apply with the automatic twist up container (like the automatic lip pencils). It is a great size that will fit well inside your cute little clutch on date night or a girl’s night out 🙂
Here are the cons: Although it has a great twist up container, the point of the pencil will get dull as it does not have a sharpener. Even though it has jojoba oil, it starts off moisturizing but it starts to feel dry sooner than later. It doesn’t work well with other lip-gloss brands; if you want to have a shinny pout, it may smear or bleed (I only tried it with 2 brands and it worked well with 1 and smeared with the other).
Overall, I really like the LipSurgence Lip Tint by Tarte; my final grade is 4 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! While it did not end my hunt for the perfect red lipstick, I will test and try other colors that they offer. LipSurgence is available in 7 colors for $24. You can purchase it at Sephora or tarte.com.

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Did This Lip Butter Moisturize???

Report Card Review for: Pomegranate Fig Lip Butter by Mox Botanicals
Do you have dry parched lips??? Are you looking for a new lip butter or balm??? Well I just tested Mox Botanicals Lip Butter and I am here to tell you if it is worth the investment.
I was introduced to the brand from my Birchbox subscription. Birchbox offers a box of samples for a monthly fee, which is mailed out after the 10th of every month and Mox Botanicals Lip Butter was featured in my December box.
Mox Botanicals is an Oregon based company that offers solid perfumes and lip butters using the highest quality ingredients. The lip butters are available in 4 scents with 1 being exclusive to Birchbox  (Pomegranate Fig). The lip butters are created with 100% natural ingredients using Shea and Avocado butters which offers hydration for the lips. Jojoba and Meadowfoam seed oil act as vitamins for your skin. It is also free of parabens, chemical preservatives, synthetic fragrances and dyes.
I have been using this lip butter for the past 3 weeks and here is what I like; it is hydrating and smells good but the smell is not that strong once it is applied. It is a solid substance so it will last a long time. It is in a small sized container therefore it will not crowd your makeup bag and it is not shinny or greasy on the lips.
Now before you go online and pull out your credit card, let me tell you what I did not like. I have to use my fingers to apply it because it is a solid and I hate sticking my fingers in my products especially if I am on the go and I can’t wash my hands before I use the lip butter. I prefer not to use it because I am a closet germaphob, so in order for me to avoid the problem, I keep it on my nightstand. It was not moisturizing enough to just apply once; I felt like I had to layer it on about 3 – 4 times.
My overall grade for Mox Lip Butter is 3 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! I have had better lip butters that I do not have layer on as much for a cheaper price. However, if you are a product junkie ad just want to try it just because, you can purchase it on birchbox.com or other scents on moxbotanicals.com for $16.

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