Month: September 2014

Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss Lipstick in 107

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This lipstick isn’t new.  Every fall it seems the beauty bloggers of the world bring this product back up.

I wait anxiously for the weather to cool off so it is acceptable to wear this dark lip shade again.

There is a reason this lipstick is consistently popular in the fall.  It is creamy and doesn’t bleed or stain your face awkwardly.  We all know that is the biggest problem with wearing bold lips.  I think it is a very universal shade of red, but since it is slightly dark it has a blueish undertone that makes your teeth look whiter.  Whiter teeth flatters everyone.

I really do love the formula of this lipstick and the color is perfect if you want a bold, cold weather-appropriate lip color.

The Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte by Kate Moss in 107 is a must-have for the fall.  And it’s only around five bucks.

-Jules

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Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara

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Supposedly, Rimmel Lash Accelerator is an ideal mascara for your bottom lashes.  Well, that’s what I heard. The formula and brush would make it seem that that is true. It applies very evenly with no clumping and has a very wet formula as far as mascaras go.  It also keeps lashes soft to the touch and feels nourishing (although, who knows if it really does help your lashes grow, the jury is still out on that one).

I like a much more dramatic look for my eye lashes so I layered this under a few of my other mascaras to ensure I got the thickness, length and darkness I desired.  I was not expecting it to deliver the drama I wanted and it didn’t, but I was expecting it to work well for my bottom lashes.

It did apply very nicely to the bottom lashes; the brush shape was very conducive to coating all the small baby lashes.  I was happy with how it looked initially, but after wearing it all day, it smudged under my eye.

Smudging under the eye is probably the most unattractive makeup malfunction that can possibly happen.  In my opinion anyways.  I gave it a few chances and wore it on my bottom lashes for several days, but I was not impressed at all.  For almost $10, I was expecting higher quality.  I think I’ll spend a few more dollars and stick to my Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara.

-Jules

Fall Smokey Eye Tutorial from Jaclyn Hill

I always love Jaclyn Hill’s fall makeup looks.  Smokey eyes with a pop of color are always bold and exciting for fall.

Here is her latest fall smokey eye tutorial.  I think the pigment and teal pop of color is beautiful!

If only I could find an occasion to wear this look…

-Jules

ELF Blush in Pink Passion

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Paying $3 for this blush, my expectations were not high.

But, I love me a hot pink blush, so I decided to test it out.

I was not disappointed.  I have worn it several times and it lasts very well and is actually quite pigmented. You literally only have to dip your brush in twice to get enough product to cover the entire cheek.  I am super impressed with the quality of this blush and would definitely purchase it again.

You can’t beat the price.

You can’t really beat the quality either.

-Jules

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze

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This eye product is another one of my current favorites.  I have three of these cream eye shadow Color Tattoos and I think they are very useful depending on the color.

This bronze color is definitely my favorite to layer under gold and warm brown eye looks.  I’ll use a transition shade in the crease and then put this all over the lid.  On its own it is pretty and has a subtle shimmer, but with a gold over top it really sparkles and intensifies gold and brown shadows.

Bronze is a good go-to shade for all eye colors, so if you’re looking for something to add subtle sparkle to your eyes this is a good option.  It does not apply very dark on its own, rather it provides a dark beige shimmer.  I personally like that because it is not too intense of a bronze and you can build up the pigmentation and layer other shadows over top to achieve different looks.

-Jules

Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer

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After seeing every British beauty blogger review this Bourjois chocolate bronzer and use it in tutorials I had been lusting after it for quite some time.  Finally, I got my hands on one and I couldn’t wait, I had to use it before I photographed it for my blog.

It was love at first sight.  I enjoy the book-like packaging and magnetic closure, but let’s talk about the scent.  This bronzer actually smells like chocolate.  It’s divine.

Mine is in shade 51, which is ideal since I am so fair, but there is also a darker 52 that I think any fair to medium skin tones could get away with using.  In the packaging it looks like there is some shimmer, but none of that transfers when you apply it so it can be used for contouring and bronzing.

I am a fan of this bronzer (although I think I still prefer my Hoola bronzer slightly more).  In Europe it is a drugstore product with drugstore prices, but ordering it and shipping it across the pond does make it more expensive.  It’s not a must-have if it is difficult or pricey to get your hands on, but if its available near you I’d definitely pick up for your daily bronzing needs.

-Jules

L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Iced Latte

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I really enjoy these Infallible Eye Shadows from L’Oreal (my favorite is obviously the shade Amber Rush).  They are essentially a pressed pigment and provide a very metallic, glittery effect.

Iced Latte is a very pigmented white shade that can be used all over the lid or as a highlight shade.

As far as I can tell it is a great dupe for Mac’s Vanilla pigment; this eye shadow is just not as loose.

My favorite use for this product is as a dramatic inner corner highlight and occasionally I use it under the brow bone.  You can even dust it sparingly on the tops of your cheekbones for a cheek highlight.  Who says you can only use eye shadows on the eyes?

This is an impressive drugstore highlighter and I think it adds just the right amount of impact to any dramatic eye look.  It may not be for everyday, subtle highlighting, but it is quite beautiful if you’re looking for something a tad more striking.

-Jules

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

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I really grew to like this foundation.  Nothing has taken the place of my L’Oreal True Match, but for the summer I repeatedly opted for this foundation instead.

The color matched my summer skin well.  Which isn’t saying much considering its the lightest shade in the range…

But, it is slightly less pink than my True Match in N1 and ever so slightly darker.  Essentially, it has a little more yellow in it, which matched a faint tan perfectly.

At first it seemed to cling to my dry patches, but applying it with my beauty blender quickly solved that problem.  I appreciate that it allows for buildable coverage, much like L’Oreal True Match.  It lets you achieve full coverage with some layering and blending.

Now that my skin is back to its regular shade, this foundation is too dark and leaves and yellow/orange cast to my complexion (not to mention gives me the slight mask effect even when I blend it down my neck).  I still prefer L’Oreal True Match especially because of their huge range of shades that allow you to find a better match and complement the undertone of your skin.  True Match also seems to be more blendable and less prone to caking up, which is always good when you are trying to get complete coverage.

-Jules