Wednesday

CyndiBands Arm Candy Elastic Hair Ties Review & Giveaway - Open Internationally

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CyndiBands Profile

CyndiBands is a hair accessories brand that has created a wide variety of hair ties and headbands made of soft, flat elastics that won't snag or damage hair. 

Hate those ponytail-dents? Me, too! These types of hair ties are my favorite. I regularly have 1 or 2 on my wrists! My hair is super thick and sometimes I like to throw it up real quick in a bun, but I literally break almost every hair elastic I come in contact with except this type. Seriously, my hair turns into the Hulk and just busts right out of them all angry. Love these though! They work well while working out, too.

CyndiBands recently released their new Arm Candy collection, which includes groups of 3's perfect for jazzing up your wrist or ponytail! CyndiBands offered to send me a few to review as well as some for one of you!


CyndiBands Arm Candy Review


The Arm Candy sets are identical in performance to past CyndiBands hair ties I've used/reviewed. I love that these come in coordinated groups of 3's which include 2 smooth fabric ties and 1 textured glittery tie. 

Price - $6.50

Where to Buy - CyndiBands.com  Beauty.com (limited designs)

My Thoughts - I love these and I think they make especially cute gifts! I love the adorable patterns on these and think they work well for both little girls and older chickies. Definitely worth giving a try!


CyndiBands Arm Candy Elastic Hair Ties Giveaway!

I know most of you probably took one look at these cute hair ties and scrolled down to find the entry form so here it is!

How to Enter
Entering is simple and can be done through rafflecopter below--must be 18 years of age or older. This is an international giveaway

Giveaway Duration
The giveaway will run from May 28 - June 11

Claiming Price
The winner must email BeautyPopStop at doria at beautypopstop dot com with his/her shipping address within 48 hours of the end of the content in order to claim the prize. If he/she does not a new winner will be drawn and also have 48 hours.

Shipping the Prize
The prize will be shipped from CyndiBands to the winner within 2 weeks of the end of the giveaway.

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Mehron Cheek Cream Palette Swatches & Review - Now Available at LeCosmetique.com

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Mehron Profile

Mehron is a seasoned veteran in the makeup industry, having created performance makeup products for over 85 years. Mehron was actually founded in the Theatre District in NYC in 1927 and has grown over the decades to the internationally recognized brand it is today--products range in purpose from fashion to special effects, tv and performance to more artistic applications. Mehron is a favorite among pro artists and their range of cream foundation shades are extensive. Mehron's face and lip products are meant to be pigmented and long-lasting and their primer pairs beautifully with their unique foundations.

Mehron recently released this fabulous 8-shade Cheek Cream Palette that includes a wide range of cream blushes.


Mehron Cheek Cream Palette Swatches


mehron cheek cream palette cream blushes swatches and review

mehron cheek cream palette cream blush swatches and review
Top Row L to R - tawny pink, shell pink, bronze, geranium

mehron cheek cream palette cream blush swatches and review
Bottom Row L to R - tech-orange, pink coral, berry blush (more purple-toned in person), red rose

Shade Break Down 

Top Row
  • Tawny Pink - rusty terra cotta red-brown
  • Shell Pink - super light peach
  • Bronze - deep rose
  • Geranium - vibrant medium fuchsia pink

Bottom Row
  • Tech-Orange - vibrant orange
  • Pink Coral - vibrant warm pink
  • Berry Blush - purple-leaning magenta (skews more pink in pictures, but definitely more purple in person)
  • Red Rose - wine-red


Mehron Cheek Cream Palette Review

Product Type - professional cream blush palette
Scent - none
On the Cheek - long-lasting, highly pigmented, ultra creamy, stains, slightly dewy finish
Price - $38 (lecosmetique.com offers pro discounts so reach out to them for more info!)
Where to Buy - LeCosmetique.com 
My Thoughts - This is easily one of the most creamy, pigmented cream blush formulas I've ever used--and I'm a huge fan/user of cream blushes. A small amount packed an enormous punch of color and these did not tug at the skin during application at all. These were super creamy and silky and not thick or heavy. These all blended out well, though I recommend a light-hand given that these are pro products. These set fairly quickly and were budget-proof for me once dry. The range of colors was great and could easily be used across a wide variety of skin tones. These worked well with both synthetic cream brushes and cosmetic sponges. I'm incredibly impressed, as I usually am with Mehron, by this palette and highly recommend picking it up if you're looking for fantastic cream blushes at a great price!

Have you ever used any of Mehron's pro products? Would you try this palette carried by LeCosmetique.com?

Don't forget, LeCosmetique.com offers a pro discount for a wide variety of pros so check that out!

Note: Products in this post were provided by LeCosmetique.com. All opinions stated above are my own and have not been influenced by LeCosmetique.com or Mehron. 


Perlier Honey Miel Royal Elixir Face Youth Serum Review

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perlier royal elixir face youth serum review

Perlier 

Perlier is a luxury bath and body brand based in Italy that states it takes its products and their ingredients seriously--so seriously that they carefully grow/cultivate the plants, flowers and honey used in their products on over 150 acres of land they keep pesticide and insecticide free. 

I was recently given the opportunity by iFabbo to give Perlier's Royal Elixir Face Youth Serum a try. 


Product Type - hydrating and energizing face moisturizer made with fresh Royal Jelly
Scent - light, fresh perfume-like scent
On the Face - light-weight, thin formula; absorbs quickly; leaves skin visibly hydrated; has teeny flecks of gold that are only noticeable up super close
Price - $99 retail (HSN special duo includes this and small eye serum)
Where to Buy - HSN.com
My Thoughts - This has the consistency of a super light-weight lotion. It absorbed quickly and did not leave skin greasy, yet it still looked hydrated and dewy. I didn't ready anything anywhere about the fine gold sparkle this leaves behind, but it was visible up very close. It was not at all visible from an arm's length away, preventing this from looking "cheap" in any way. For the price, I doubt anyone would want to look like a glitter-coated tween! The scent was light and while it doesn't fade right after application, it wasn't super heavy, it may be detectable by those that have super sensitive noses--like me. I was very impressed by how well this instantly hydrated my skin, especially given how thing it is. I have dry skin for the most part and find it generally takes a very potent face cream to give me the hydration I want/need. Overall, definitely a great product if it's within your budget.

What do you look for in face moisturizers? Is this something you would consider trying?

Note: Products in this post were provided by iFabbo for review. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by iFabbo or the brand.

Tuesday

EvolutionMan Conceal& Treat Review

EVOLUTIOINMAN Profile

EvolutionMan is a popular men's skin care brand that offers some great products that range from skin care to body wash. They have been featured in numerous magazine and are sold in multiple online stores and brick and mortar stores around the country.


EVOLUTIONMAN Conceal & Treat

This is a concealer that is blendable and treats imperfections at the same time, covering them up. One great thing about these products is that they do not contain parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, GMOs or triclosans.



Price $22.00 each

Where to buy

This product can be bought directly though EvolutionMan’s website.  

There is also a complete list of store that sells EvolutionMan products here.


EvolutionMan Conceal &Treat.
Cache Imperfection & Treatment.
One 0.08 oz (2.4 mL) tube.

Price - $22.00 each


Final Thoughts

I have only used a few different concealers in my life and to be honest I had to ask my wife on her opinion on how best to use these. One thing I noticed was that I could not really blend these to match my actual skin tone. I am currently fairly tan. I am told I have an oily t-zone and that might have affected the outcome of these products as well in regards to their performance. The concealer did seem to slide around a bit on my skin during application because of my skin type. Normal to dry skin would probably not have this issue.

One of the concealer sticks/tubes was damaged when I received it and would not go down all the way, but that was probably a one-off since the other two concealer sticks were fine. I tried these products on my forehead and nose where I tend to have blemishes most. The medium-dark seemed too orange-toned to match my skin and the medium was a bit too light, though the medium did have more of a pink undertone (my wife says I have more of a pink undertone so if this were slightly darker it would have been a better match). The lightest shade was far too light for me, but seemed fairly cool to neutral in undertone. After applying these, I did not really notice the concealer on my skin at all. It seemed to blend well and wasn't chalky. It did seem to cover up imperfections well, even though I could not make it match my skin tone. I think if you have the right skin tones and do not have oily skin these concealers would work well for you.

Performance Scores

Men’s Concealer Product
Scent
Natural Look Of Concealer
Effectiveness of Concealer
Skin Irritation
Overall Score
Conceal & Treat
0
3
5
0
4
On a scale of 1-5 (1 being poor performance, 5 being great). 0 means it did not do this at all.





EVOLUTIONMAN Moisture Protect SPF 20 Bronze review

EVOLUTIOINMAN Profile


EvolutionMan is a popular men's skin care brand that offers some great products that range from skin care to body wash. They have been featured in numerous magazine and are sold in multiple online stores and brick and mortar stores around the country.

EVOLUTIONMAN Moisture Protect SPF 20 Bronze.


A matte moisturizer with SPF 20 BB cream. It is compatible with all skin tones that blends and stays put and will leave no greasy residue.

Price $34.00

Where to buy


This product can be bought directly though EvolutionMan’s website.  

There is also a complete list of store that sells EvolutionMan products here.


Final Thoughts


I have not used very many bronzers in my life but this product is awesome. Not only does it give you a very natural tanned look (that’s right no orange color left here) but it also protects and moisturizes incredibly well. I used bronzer and wore it to work and people just thought I had gotten a tan over the weekend. The bronzer dried well on my face and did not leave any oily residue and once dried did not rub off. I recommend this to anyone looking to get that little extra darkness without the having to bake your face in the sun. This is a build able product so the more you put on the darker it gets. I applied it to my face and the front and back of my neck to create a blended in look. No one wants their face to look all nice and tanned and still have a white neck. Once my wife showed me how to blend bronzer on my face I found that this was very easily done on my own. There was no scent to this product and again it left my skin feeling moisturized and no greasiness at all. I will continue to use this product and would recommend it to everyone.

Performance Scores

Men’s Shaving Product
Scent
Natural Look Of Bronzer
Effectiveness of moisturizer
Skin Irritation
Overall Score
EvolutionMan Moisturizer 
0
5
5
0
5
On a scale of 1-5 (1 being poor performance, 5 being great). 0 means it did not do this at all.




Zoya Tickled & Bubbly Giveaway! Open Internationally

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After you enter this giveaway head over to our CyndiBands Arm Candy Giveaway!

How would you like to win either the full Zoya Tickled or Zoya Bubbly collection? There already so many fabulous swatches out there I thought it would be fun to hold a giveaway for you guys instead. I'm giving away 1 collection to 2 winners (one will win Tickled and one will win Bubbly)!

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Zoya Tickled

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Zoya Bubbly

How to Enter

Entering is simple and can be done through rafflecopter below--must be 18 years of age or older. Keep in mind that although this is an international giveaway, many countries do not allow the shipment of nail polish and the prize may not pass through customs. BeautyPopStop will not be held responsible for any issues with shipping or customs. Please check your local customs regulations prior to entering.

Giveaway Duration

The giveaway will run from May 27 - June 10

Claiming Price

The winner must email BeautyPopStop at doria at beautypopstop dot com with his/her shipping address within 48 hours of the end of the content in order to claim the prize. If he/she does not a new winner will be drawn and also have 48 hours.

Shipping the Prize

The prize will be shipped from BeautyPopStop to the 2 winners (1 collection per winner; not both) within 2 weeks of the end of the giveaway.

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Don't forget to enter our CyndiBands Arm Candy giveaway as well!

Thursday

OCC The Dune Generation Stained Gloss Swatches & Review Partial Collection - Aurora, Hedonist, Nomad, Off World

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OCC The Dune Generation Stained Gloss Swatches - Aurora, Hedonist, Nomad, Off World

OCC Profile

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is a cruelty-free, vegan cosmetic brand that creates stellar products for pro and consumer use. Products range from foundation to loose shadow; glitter to lip products. OCC is probably best known for their unique lip tars aka revolutionary lippies that are a hyper pigmented liquid lipstick products. I have been a long-time fan of OCC and have swatched quite a few lip tar shades over the years. When OCC released their original stained floss shades I fell head over heels in love. It is phenomenal! 

OCC has just released their latest collection--The Dune Generation. It consists of 6 shades of which I have 4 swatched and reviewed for you. I found these stained glosses to be a bit different formula-wise than some of the previous ones I've swatched. You can see a few of the first stained glosses that were released a while back in a former review we posted. The ones from The Dune Generation were a bit less gel-like and "squishy" in appearance--almost like a hybrid of the original lip tars and Stained Gloss formula. I've discussed all 4 shades below.

Really quick, have you see the back of the lip tar tubes with the new design? Love how much info is included!


occ stained gloss review


OCC The Dune Generation Stained Gloss Swatches - Aurora, Hedonist, Nomad, Off World


occ the dune generation stained gloss collection swatch and review
L to R - Aurora, Hedonist, Nomad, Off World

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OCC Aurora Stained Gloss

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OCC Aurora Stained Gloss

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OCC Hedonist Stained Gloss

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OCC Hedonist Stained Gloss

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OCC Nomad Stained Gloss

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OCC Nomad Stained Gloss

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OCC Off World Stained Gloss

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OCC Off World Stained Gloss


OCC The Dune Generation Stained Gloss Reviews - Aurora, Hedonist, Nomad, Off World

I noticed that all of the stained gloss shades I reviewed from this collection had a slightly different formula than previous stained gloss shades I've reviewed. None were as gel-like as the original stained glosses and for some reason all but 1 settled into my lip lines within 5 minutes of applying. That being said, some were more obvious than others and all worked well when layering.


OCC Aurora Stained Gloss Review

Product Type - stained gloss
Finish - moderately gloss
Scent - peppermint
Shade - medium pink with hint of coral undertone
On the Lip - slightly thin formula applied smoothly, but less pigmented settled in lip lines and was noticeable up close; 2 coats for mostly true-to-tube color
Price - $18
Where to Buy - OCCmakeup.com  Sephora.com 
My Thoughts - This color is a fantastic summer shade. I was a bit bummed the pigment settled in my lip lines, but since it was really only noticeable up close I think you could wear this solo if you wanted to. I personally suggest wearing it over a liner, lip tar or lipstick to avoid obvious settling.


OCC Hedonist Stained Gloss Review

Product Type - stained gloss
Finish - moderately gloss
Scent - peppermint
Shade - light blue-based pink
On the Lip - similar to Aurora in forula, settled in lip lines pretty badly
Price - $18
Where to Buy - OCCmakeup.com  Sephora.com 
My Thoughts - This shade is so lovely, but it settled super obviously into lip lines right away. This is definitely a shade I would recommend for layering only. I can't wait to pair it with MAC Candy Yum-Yum or OCC Cosmetic Colour Pencil in Anime!


OCC Nomad Stained Gloss Review

Product Type - stained gloss
Finish - metallic; very lightly glossy
Scent - peppermint
Shade - rusty red with metallic red flecks
On the Lip - fairly thick consistency compared to other stained glosses; smooth, even application; nice subtle sparkle; did not travel on lips or settle in lip lines
Price - $18
Where to Buy - OCCmakeup.com  Sephora.com 
My Thoughts - This shade was very different from the other 3 I reviewed from The Dune Generation. It was thicker and more pigmented and did not travel at all on my lips. I also noticed that the base wasn't as glossy as the others, but the tiny metallic flecks provided a lovely, subtle sparkle. While I'm not generally a fan of deep colors in the summer, that does seem to be a trend this year and this color is well worth a try whether you intend to wear it alone or layered. 


OCC Off World Stained Gloss Review

Product Type - stained gloss
Finish - moderately gloss
Scent - peppermint
Shade - light blue-based pink with lilac flash
On the Lip - similar to Aurora and Hedonist in consistency; beautiful lilac flash; settled into lip lines with wear; 1 coat resulted in less pigment and also less settling into lip lines; 2 coasts resulted in more pigment and a more obvious flash, but also more settling
Price - $18
Where to Buy - OCCmakeup.com  Sephora.com 
My Thoughts - This shade is gorgeous! If it were opaque it would completely rock my socks. On its own, it is most pigmented and has the most obviously flash of lilac with 2 coasts, however, more settling does occur in lip lines. With 1 coat the color and flash are less obviously (but still pretty) and it settled less obviously into lip lines. I would personally recommend wearing this layered over a liner, lipstick or lip tar as it will provide a stunning finish and hid any settling into lip lines a bit better. Despite its finicky formula this color is one I would recommend anyway simply because of how pretty and versatile it is when layered.


Which of these colors would you like to try? Are you a fan of OCC's stained gloss formula?

Just a heads up! OCC is having a Memorial Day sale this weekend and everything will be 20% off so get ready to stock up ;) I have a lot of OCC swatches on the blog so I'll try to do a post tomorrow linking to all the lip tars I've swatched over the years for those hoping to snag some this weekend. 


Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand. 

Wednesday

Root Canals Are Jerks!

If you follow me through social media you may already know I had the second half of my root canal procedure this week and I am SORE as heck today. One side of my face is a tad swollen, too. Not the best time to take face shots or lip swatches!

I'm hoping to be able to rally and get some more swatching done starting tomorrow because I have so much to share before the end of the month, but be patient with me. I hate mouth pain--ugh.

In other news, I've heard MAC Alluring Aquatic launched early in some stores today--tomorrow for the rest. I have most of the pieces from this collection that I personally purchased and will try to get swatches up soon if I can as I've had quite a few questions about them--especially the bronzers on medium complexions and the lipsticks. I did not purchase any of the lipglasses--just a heads up!

Stay tuned and check back in soon ;)

Tatcha Japanese Inspired Skincare Review & First Impression

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Tatcha Skincare Profile

Tatcha is a skincare brand developed around the arts of Japanese geisha beauty secrets. The founder, Victoria Tsai, traveled to Kyoto (one of my sisters actually lived near there--now in Tokyo) and happened upon a modern geisha--an event that changed her life. After a great deal of time and research, Victoria founded Tatcha based on the geisha beauty secrets held within a 200 year old manuscript she uncovered.  

I highly recommend doing some research about the history of geishas if you're not familiar--it's absolutely fascinating! And no, geisha is not synonymous with prostitute--oy vey. 

Beauty and skincare have had an important part in Japanese culture for centuries--I'd like to think that's partially why I  have always been drawn to it given my heritage! My Japanese grandmother (even in her 90s) had the most lovely skin--hopefully someone can say the same about me in another 60 years. My skin is sensitive and mostly dry, so finding products that work for it can be very difficult! Tatcha sent a sample kit for me to share with you and while I generally prefer to test skincare for a full 2 weeks prior to providing a complete review, I would like to share my first impressions based on the samples I received (which you can see above). 

I have sensitive, mostly dry skin with some combo areas around my temples and chin in the warmer months. I do not suffer from acne-prone skin, though I will occasionally get a blemish or two once a month. 


Tatcha Skincare Review


Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil Review

Product Type - cleansing oil
Scent - hint of floral, barely there
Consistency - about average thickness compared to other cleansing oils I have used
On the Skin - no irritation, cleansed well, removed makeup well, left no residue behind and rinsed well
Price - $48 (150 ml/5.1 oz)
Where to Buy - Tatcha.com  Barneys.com 
My Thoughts - I am a huge fan of cleansing oils as you know because I find them gentle enough to not irritate or dry out my skin, but effective in cleansing. This is a great cleansing oil and one well worth a try, especially if you prefer a very light fragrance in yours. This did not have a heavy "oil" scent to it and the floral note was incredibly light. Definitely a great cleansing oil if it is within your budget. From my experience, a 5 fl oz bottle of cleansing oil lasts me a good long time using it 1-2 times per day.


Tatcha Radiant Deep Brightening Serum Review

Product Type - brightening/hydrating serum
Scent - light natural scent (couldn't quite pinpoint it, perhaps something slightly citrus in there)
Consistency - this has a thin lotion-like consistency, not at all greasy
On the Skin - absorbs quickly, instantly hydrates skin, does not leave any residue or tackiness behind, small amount covers large area
Price - $185 (50 ml/1.7 oz)
Where to Buy - Tatcha.com  Barneys.com 
My Thoughts - This is a really fabulous serum if you're looking for something that instantly hydrates skin and have the budget for it. The second this absorbed (which did not take long) my skin looked and felt more supple. A small amount covered a decent area, which is always good. I can definitely see this being a great addition to any skincare routine--especially if you feel your skin looks a bit dull and/or dry.


Tatcha Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream Review

Product Type -  lightweight gel moisturizer with liquid silk, royal jelly and other active incredients
Scent - light fragrance, perhaps a tad citrus-y
Consistency - gel
On the Skin - smooths into skin and absorbs quickly, hydrates very well, slight trace of scent left behind
Price - $150 (50 ml/1.7 oz)
Where to Buy - Tatcha.com  Barneys.com
My Thoughts - This is a light-as-air gel moisturizer that hydrates beautifully! It absorbs very quickly and does not leave any residue or tackiness behind like some gel moisturizers. If you have the budget, this is a phenomenal face cream. I did not experience any irritation. Simply lovely!


Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder Review

Product Type - water-activated enzyme exfoliating powder meant for normal to combo skin
Scent - none
On the Skin - exfoliates skin well, not super abrasive when mixed with water properly
Price - $65 (60 grams/2.1 oz)
Where to Buy - Tatcha.com  Barneys.com
My Thoughts - While I would probably choose to use the "gentle" version for my sensitive skin on a regular basis (that one was not in my kit), I did find I was able to use Classic once without it being too harsh. I think Classic would probably be too much for my skin on a regular basis, but I do think it would work wonderfully for someone with normal/combo skin and less sensitivity. I love the concept behind this powder and I have not come across many products like it. To use it you place some of the powder in your moistened hands and create a foam, which you then gently massage onto your moistened face--rinse after 10-20 seconds. The foam is light, but moderately thick at the same time. It rinsed perfectly and exfoliated my skin very well. Because my skin is so sensitive, I have always loved exfoliating products that aren't super abrasive and don't feel it's necessary to include crushed glass (just kidding, but walnut shells always feel almost as bad to me) to work away dead skin. I also love that because this comes in powder form it is easier to store long-term and travel with.


Tatcha Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder Review

Product Type - water-activated enzyme exfoliating powder meant for oily or acne-prone skin
Scent - none
On the Skin - I was unable to personally try this as my skin is far to sensitive
Price - $65 (60 grams/2.1 oz)
Where to Buy - Tatcha.com  Barneys.com 
My Thoughts - I was unable to personally try this version as my skin is far to sensitive, but if it is as effective for oily and acne-prone skin as the Classic was I would be very impressed! I love that Tatcha didn't approach these exfoliating powders with a one-size-fits-all mentality and offers multiple versions for different skin types.


Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers Review

Product Type - handmade blotting paper free of powder and fragrance made of Abaca Leaf with gold flake
Size - 3.74" x 3.74"
On the Skin - absorbs even small amounts of oil very well
Price - $12 (30 sheets), $40 (4 pack of 30 sheets each)
Where to Buy - Tatcha.com Barneys.com
My Thoughts - I have fairly dry skin so excess oil isn't a huge problem for me, but I do tend to get the teeniest bit oily in the summer in my T-zone. Not enough to shine, but when I'm wearing a full face of makeup it's nice to be able to blot if it's warm. These sheets are amazing. They didn't leave me feeling "dry", just fresh. Even when there was only a the slightest little bit of oil (not even enough to be able to see) I found these sheets absorbed it incredibly well. I love that there's no powder on them--a huge NO for my sensitive skin. Absolutely worth grabbing a few packets of!


What do you think? Would you try any of the products above? What are you biggest skin concerns?

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand for review. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand. 

Tuesday

MAC x Sharon & Kelly Osbourne Collection - Temptalia has all the details plus my first impression

Please tell me some of you were in love with "The Osbournes" back in the day as much as I was? My bestie is british and she and I fell in love with that show and watched it religiously. It was absolutely hilarious! And yes, I own the series dvds.

"Sharoooooooooon!"

When I heard a few months ago that Kelly and Sharon (who are one of my favorite mother-daughter duos) were going to be teaming up with MAC on a limited edition collection I was over-the-moon excited. This collection has been at the top of my list ever since and I've been scouring the web for sneak peeks. It launches June 2nd according to PR info so keep an eye out!

Thankfully, Temptalia has just posted all the details on the collection along with promotional images. Check it out!

MAC x Sharon & Kelly Collection First Impression

I have to be honest, they could pretty much put anything in this collection and I'd buy at least a few items, but I had high hopes for this collection given how chic I've always thought Sharon was and how lovely Kelly's taste has evolved to be. Kelly is a mix of Jackie O with a touch of modern rock 'n roll to me and I love it!

I'm happy to say that this collection does not fall flat for me and the names are just as fun as the products themselves! Since I'm often asked for my opinions on upcoming MAC collections from readers and followers (and family members lol), I thought it would be easier if I did an entire post on this topic. Here are my thoughts on the products being released...

MAC x Sharon & Kelly Lipglasses, Lipsticks, Patentpolishes, Liners

Lipglasses - Pussywillow, Bijou
I'm not generally a regular lipglass fan, I actually prefer lustreglass as I find it's a tad stickier (which I don't mind) and bleeds less on me. Ever since I hit my 30s I've found 95% of the lip products out there bleed on me and with glosses I prefer them to be easy-breezy, throw them in your purse and put them on without worrying. That being said, I think the colors in this collection are nice, but not at the top of my list. Does that mean I won't buy 1? Not necesarily, but for me lipglasses are rarely ever the standout products in any collection. 

Lipsticks - Strip Poker, Riot House, Kelly Yum-Yum, Dodgy Girl
I'll take one of everything! You all know lipsticks are often at the top of my list with most collections, but I knew Kelly would give me something extra special to really lust over. While I'm a tad surprised that from everything I've read Kelly Yum-Yum is identical to Candy Yum-Yum (a favorite shared by Kelly and myself), but with a satin finish. I hope speculation is wrong and this is slightly unique in color compared to the original. That being said, I'll be grabbing it regardless of the fact I own Candy Yum-Yum a few times over already. The other shades look fantastic! I read that Kelly's neutral, Strip Poker, is meant to work for any skin tone--actually I'm pretty sure her intent was to make sure all 4 worked on fair to deep skin tones. From the promotional pictures it looks like these lipsticks will be a hit and (if my guess is correct) probably the first things to sell out.

Patentpolishes - Innocent, Patentpink, French Kiss, Ruby
I previously reviewed MAC's Patentpolish lip pencils and really enjoyed them. I'm actually glad to see these come back with this collection and think they suit Sharon's half of the collection quite well. One the one hand, I'm a little sad 2 shades are repromotes, but I do think they are good shades. All in all, I'm torn on whether or not I'll grab 1. If I do it'll probably be Patentpink as I skipped it the last time.

Lip Liners - Cranberry, In Synch
I try to make a habit of not buying perm products in limited edition collections. I know the packaging is gorgeous, but I have to draw the line somewhere ;) 

Cranberry sounds nice and doesn't appear to be a repromote like In Synch, though I likely already have a few similar liners already. If it's not super dupable I may grab it.


MAC x Sharon & Kelly Eye Shadow Quads - Duchess, Bloody Brilliant

From what I can tell in the promo images, it looks as if Sharon's quad has a warm neutral theme and Kelly's has a cool-toned purple theme. If I buy either (which I probably will depending on how they perform) I will probably grab Kelly's Bloody Brilliant quad simply for the names alone. It does look as though both quads are possibly a mix of perm and LE shades, though the LE shades with fun names remind me of perm shades. Either way, I think the shades in each quad complement each other so if you like to buy the shadow palettes these may be for you!

And shadows aside, who doesn't want a lilac or pinky-red shadow palette?


MAC x Sharon & Kelly Blushes - Peaches & Cream, Cheeky Bugger

Okay, obviously I need a blush named Cheeky Bugger! It reminds me so much of my second "mum", my best friend's mother, and I simply have to have it.

Names aside, both blushes sound like nice shades, but I've heard Kelly's is possibly best suited to lighter complexions--a regular difficulty for me with blushes.

I may just buy both and if Peaches & Cream doesn't work out for me I'll gift it to one of my fairer sisters. They sound like they'll be pretty though and I like that they've both got Satin finishes. I think that's nice for spring/summer blushes.


MAC x Sharon & Kelly Mineral Skinfinish Duos - Refresh, Jolly Good

These are definitely both on my list as I'm curious to see what they're like in person. Since they look as though they both have a mix of a lighter and slightly deeper shade there may be a chance these could work on us medium girls! Fingers crossed. I'm interested to see whether or not either has a noticeable amount of shimmer, too. I personally don't like heavy shimmer in face products, so we'll see!


MAC x Sharon & Kelly Eye Liners - Bountiful Brown Powerpoint, Rapidblack Jumbo Penultimate, Smolder Eye Kohl

I am insanely picky about eyeliners because of the shape of my eyes and the way tears pool and wear away at my liner over the course of the day. I doubt I will grab any of the liners, though they certainly round out the collections well color-wise. 


MAC x Sharon & Kelly Brushes - 275 SE Medium Angled Shading, 167 SE Face Blender, 219 SE Pencil, 183 SE Buffer

I honestly never buy the LE brushes. From my experience, I usually don't like them because the handles are sometimes travel-size and the bristles aren't always my favorite. These brushes are super cute though so I may grab one from each collection just to collect them ;)


MAC x Sharon & Kelly Brow Duo - Morning Mr. Magpie 

I think this is a fairly good brow duo for med to dark brows, but I'm a little confused by 2 things:

1. From what I remember Soba has some gold flecks in it which seems an interesting choice for a brow powder (I'm not a fan of anything reflective in brows)
2. Blondes will need to like having light-medium, warm brown brows (I often use gray-toned light browns on blondes)

While I don't think this brow duo is for me, I can see some people liking it and given how much attention brows are getting this year, it seems like a good addition to the collection. 


Those are my thoughts! What are yours?

Monday

Inglot Freedom System Matte Lipstick Swatches & Review - 501, 502, 506, 513, 514, 515, 518, 520

Press Samples

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Inglot Profile 

Inglot, a cosmetic brand based in Poland that has been on the rise for a few years in the U.S., offers an exceptional catalog of cosmetics ranging from face to nails and everything in between. Products are offered in either individual packaging or through Inglot's "freedom system", which enables users to create their own unique palettes. 

I have a been a long-time fan of Inglot as I'm sure you've noticed as a regularly use their products in tutorials. I was recently given the opportunity to review some of their new Spring 2014 Freedom System Matte Lipsticks to share with you. They were kind enough to send along 8 shades. 

Price - $9 retail (pan only, does not include palette)

Where to Buy - InglotUSA.com


Inglot Freedom System Matte Lipstick Swatches - 501, 502, 506, 513, 514, 515, 518, 520


As always, all swatches were done on bare lips. My lips have little pigmentation.

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Top Row - 501, 506, 514, 518
Bottom Row - 502, 513, 515, 520

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Inglot Freedom System Matte Lipstick 501

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Inglot Freedom System Matte Lipstick 501

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Inglot Freedom System Matte Lipstick 520

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Inglot Freedom System Matte Lipstick 520


Inglot Freedom System Matte Lipstick Reviews - 501, 502, 506, 513, 514, 515, 518, 520


Inglot Freedom System Matte Lipstick 501

Product Type - matte lipstick pan
Shade - coral red
Finish - matte
Scent - light berry (not detectable on lips really)
On the Lip - super lightweight, comfortable, highly pigmented, not drying
Price - $9
Where to Buy - InglotUSA.com 
My Thoughts - This is a great red if you're looking for a fresh and fun red shade for spring or summer. It skews a tad more coral (not orange) in person compared to the swatch above, but it is definitely in the red family. I recommend wearing this on hydrated lips because it is a matte formula, but I did not find it drying.


Inglot Freedom System Matte Lipstick 502

Product Type - matte lipstick pan
Shade - light coral-pink
Finish - matte
Scent - light berry (not detectable on lips really)
On the Lip - lightweight; slightly drying; recommend applying to hydrated, exfoliated lips over liner for more even coverage
Price - $9
Where to Buy - InglotUSA.com 
My Thoughts - This shade is right on trend for spring/summer 2014. It skews a tad darker on my lips in the swatches above than it looks in person, despite the fact my lips are very unpigmented. I think this will be popular shade for those looking for a fresh almost salmon colored lippy.


Inglot Freedom System Matte Lipstick 506

Product Type - matte lipstick pan
Shade - watermelon-pink
Finish - semi-matte
Scent - light berry (not detectable on lips really)
On the Lip - lightweight and comfortable, pigmented, vibrant (in person)
Price - $9
Where to Buy - InglotUSA.com 
My Thoughts - This shade is fantastic! I'm a huge fan of all shades of pink lipsticks, but for some reason I often tend to favor the more watermelon-toned shades. This color reminds me of a block of Watermelon Wave Bubblicious (Remember that back in the day? It was my favorite)--yum!


Inglot Freedom System Matte Lipstick 513

Product Type - matte lipstick pan
Shade - white-based light pink
Finish - matte
Scent - light berry (not detectable on lips really)
On the Lip - best when applied to exfoliated, hydrated lips; liner would help achieve a more even appearance; lightweight on lips and slightly drying
Price - $9
Where to Buy - InglotUSA.com 
My Thoughts - While this isn't a shade I would personally wear on its own, I absolutely love this for mixing in with pinks, reds and purples! On its own it can be a tad tricky and works best when applied to properly prepped lips and over liner as it is difficult to achieve completely even coverage with it on its own.. 


Inglot Freedom System Matte Lipstick 514

Product Type - matte lipstick pan
Shade - vibrant fuchsia (skews a tad lighter and more subdued on my lips above for some reason)
Finish - matte
Scent - light berry (not detectable on lips really)
On the Lip - lightweight and pigmented, exfoliate prior to wear as it clings to dry skin
Price - $9
Where to Buy - InglotUSA.com 
My Thoughts - This is definitely a great shade for those that love fuchsia. For some reason when I swatched it, it translated a bit lighter in my pictures than it looked in person. It had great pigmentation and is a must for all of you fuchsia lovers!


Inglot Freedom System Matte Lipstick 515

Product Type - matte lipstick pan
Shade - medium purple with slight magenta undertone
Finish - matte
Scent - light berry (not detectable on lips really)
On the Lip - amazing pigmentation, non-drying, comfortable, lightweight on the lip, smooth and creamy
Price - $9
Where to Buy - InglotUSA.com 
My Thoughts - While none of the colors were hard or overly firm, this particular shade was notably creamy during application. The pigmentation was fantastic and it looked beautiful on the lips! If you like the idea of wearing purple lipstick, but haven't found you like how straight purple looks, this is a great shade as it has a slight pink or magenta undertone to it. Great shade.


Inglot Freedom System Matte Lipstick 518

Product Type - matte lipstick pan
Shade - vibrant medium-deep pink
Finish - matte
Scent - light berry (not detectable on lips really)
On the Lip - great pigmentation, comfortable, lightweight and creamy
Price - $9
Where to Buy - InglotUSA.com 
My Thoughts - This color translates a bit more vibrant in person than in pictures. It is absolutely lovely if you like deeper, yet vibrant pinks. It is very well pigmented and applies beautifully.


Inglot Freedom System Matte Lipstick 520

Product Type - matte lipstick pan
Shade - medium blue
Finish - matte
Scent - light berry (not detectable on lips really)
On the Lip - fairly good pigmentation, comfortable, creamy consistency, best over hydrated lips with liner
Price - $9
Where to Buy - InglotUSA.com 
My Thoughts - This is a fantastic blue. While I don't typically wear blue on my lips, it is phenomenal for mixing to achieve slightly more blue-toned pinks or to create purples. If you're looking for a good blue lippy and plan to wear this without mixing, I would suggest wearing it over a complementary liner to achieve even coverage and a super true-to-pan effect. While my lips are pretty unpigmented, I had to apply 2-3 coats to achieve 100% opacity without liner. 


Final Recap


Price - $9 retail (pan only, does not include palette)

Where to Buy - InglotUSA.com

Final Thoughts - I've been a long-time hoarder of Inglot's Freedom System lipstick pans, so I'm happy to see additional shades released with matte finishes this time! While I prefer the look of lipsticks in tubes, I personally only apply my lipstick with brushes so pans are far more convenient--and mobile! These mattes are great. I am not a fan of matte lipsticks that are super heavy or feel as though they're cracking with wear. For the most part, the majority of these were comfortable and applied beautifully. I love how lightweight all of these shades were. I always recommend exfoliating and hydrating lips prior to applying matte lippies to achieve the best final results and while some of these were a bit less particular than others, I would say the same rules apply with these.

All in all I think these are a great addition to the Inglot lippy lineup and recommend grabbing these for personal and/or professional use!

On a side note, Inglot's Freedom System palettes are fantastic. Perhaps a tad heavy if you're a pro and have to hold your palette in one hand for long periods, but really great quality otherwise!

Note: Products in this post were provided by PR/the brand. All opinions stated above are my own based on my personal experience and have not been influenced by PR/the brand.