Listen, I'm not a music festival type of person. I am a fall festival type of person where I can get funnel cakes and caramel apples. However, I know that many of you are. Everything from Coachella to Country Music Festivals. I'm from Tennessee and we have the CMA Fan Fest. So there are plenty of opportunities to go to one usually.
**On the left we have the Berry Adore trio and on the right we have Pool Party. These are from Sephora's website as they are far more accurate than my pictures.**
Anastasia Beverly Hills added a new product to their makeup line....blushes! I am always so excited when ABH extends to other areas of makeup because they do such a good job everytime. To be clear these are blush trios. Which I love. They have 5 different color schemes available, from peachy, to pink, to deep, two others that offer a bit of everything. I really love them. I think they've done an excellent job. You get .11 ounces per pan and there are 3 pans in each compact so that's a total of .33 ounces which is 3 g total for $30. Which a NARS blush is .16 for $30 just to give you something to go off of. I've had these for a couple months and just now getting around to talking about them. So sorry.
The two I got were Berry Adore and Pool Party. I like them both but I'm seriously thinking about getting Cocktail Party as well. Berry Adore is quite dark but if you know me, you know I love berry shades and deep corals in the summer. I think it's so pretty on the skin. This trio is good but the darkest shade being Velvet is going to swatch a bit dry if you're in store and doing the "finger swatch". All I'm going to say is, I don't apply blush with my fingers so I don't judge these off of that. Pool Party is my favorite of the two. First, because it has a bit of a contour shade, then a medium pink, and then a peach shade. Which brings me to the second thing I love which is that while these do have pigment they aren't pigmented as the eye shadows are or SUPER INTENSE, which means that they're layered very easy. So you can build up the intensity how you want it without over doing or it being patchy on the skin. Obviously with the darker one, you don't have to do that if you're skin is in the fair to light category right now. It will also depend on the density of your brush as well. If you use a tightly packed dense brush you're going to pick up more product obviously, if you use a fluffy brush you'll pick up less. So just a reminder to keep that in the back of your head. The reason I want Cocktail Party is because it's like the more intense or "night time" version of Pool Party. So you have 3 separate colors again, that are a little more intense instead of 3 shades in the same color family.
Bottom line, yes I think they're worth it. Especially if you are a MUA. I also think it's worth it if you're not and just wanting some choices with blush colors in your collection or especially to travel with. Where you could spend close to or more than $30 for one shade at least you have 3 options here. So I do not disagree with the price point at all.
I'm gonna drop in some looks wear I've used them. The only brushes I ever use for blush is the Morphe E4 brush and the Real Techniques Blush Brush from the chrome line ( think that's what the line is called). Both of those are pretty dense but that's how I prefer my blush brushes because it gives me more control.
The first shot starting at the left is Pool Party. Just a mixture really of the colors the bronzer shade being my actual bronzer.
Second shot or middle is also Pool Party, the pink and coral shades mixed.
Last shot, right side is Berry Adore trio, the first shade in the pan. I find that Berry Adore works beautifully with contour and bronzer. I also love deep shades in the summer specifically for an evening look.
So as of late, I've loved and I mean LOVED the Jouer Long Wear Lip Cremes. I've been using these for around 2 weeks and I started off with two, then got two more, and then two more. Basically, because simply put they are amazing. From finish, to smell, how they feel and how they wear, they are my new favorite liquid lipsticks of all time. I choose these over ABH, Dose of Colors, Colour Pop, all of them. I feel like they're kind of a hidden gem as well. I hear some chatter about Jouer Cosmetics but not much and not usually about these.
I buy mine from Frends Beauty. They are also available on the Jouer website of course, Dermstore (which has a coupon code right now "July4" for 20% off but I'm not positive it'll work on these. Worth a shot anyway), and Nordstrom They are $18, so they're not exactly wallet friendly. However, with Frends Beauty you can sign up for a free membership and get 10% off all your purchases. So while that may not seem like a lot, at least it's something. There are 14 shades in the permanent Lip Creme line I believe, and 4 shades in the limited edition Mermaid line. I have 2 from the Mermaid line and then I have 4 from the permanent line. I'm sure I will eventually own them all because I love them that much.
These are the swatches from top to bottom:
Unicorn - Mermaid line
Daiquiri - Mermaid line
Cerise - Lip Creme
Melon - Lip Creme
Peche - Lip Creme
Framboise- Lip Creme
Now both lines are liquid lipsticks in my opinion or at least the staying power of liquid lipsticks considering the formula and texture is not liquid. They dry down completely and don't budge. You need to remove these with an oil or oil based remover. I just use an oil to take mine off. This picture was taken right after I swatched them so you could see them wet, The picture below is when they had dried to show if they changed color once dry.
Same swatches...only now they're completely dry. So here's what I've noticed. I don't feel like online swatches, like on company websites and what not, give you an accurate idea of the color. I do feel like these swatches on here are more true to color in real life. Except for Cerise. It looks so watermelon, bright and summery in pictures and on camera but I have a picture wearing it here, and you can see that it's basically a cool toned bright red. Which I guess could still be disputed as a watermelon shade but it was just red to me. It's still gorgeous but it was not at all what I expected when I got it.
Next is these literally look like velvet on the lips. All of mine have been super pigmented, not patchy in the slightest and look so smooth and soft texture, wise on the lips. So they don't look like dried up lips. They feel really good as well. Also, they smell like cupcakes. Literally cupcakes with frosting. So if you aren't into that smell or if you don't like heavy fragrance in lip products bear that in mind. They wear really really well. Pretty much like all liquid lipsticks do I guess except for super mousse-y formulas, I find those tend to wear off faster than thinner formulas.
Lastly, from the Mermaid line there are two matte finishes and two metallic finishes so I got one of each. I notice with the metallic finish that it does transfer even when completely dried down. Maybe all metallics are like that but I'm not sure. Honestly, I do not like the metallic finish. In general I don't usually go for that, but I definitely don't like a bright or pale metallic finish period or at least I've not found one yet that I like. I do like darker shades in metallic finishes occasionally. Formula wise it was the same as the rest but I just don't like the color or finish. That's just personal preference though I think. Also the Mermaid line is limited edition as a summer launch I'm assuming, and it's very bright colors.....naturally.
These are about as tall as a YSL lipstick. So they aren't the slender longer tubes of liquid lipstick like most of the ones you see. Actually, Dose of Colors packaging is taller than these. They are .21oz which is about the same amount in the KVD liquid lipsticks and double the amount of product in ABH liquid lipsticks. So don't let their small packaging fool you, you're still getting a good amount of product. Plus, they are a couple dollars cheaper than those.
So that's my thoughts on these. I hope I gave you a hefty amount of information. Like I said these aren't really talked about as much as I feel they should be. Definitely not getting the recognition they deserve in my opinion. I hope this was helpful in some way and have a happy and safe 4th of July!
Lately I'm sure you've heard people in the makeup community talking about the L'Oreal Pro Glow Foundation. It's kinda hard to find but I got mine off Ulta. So this is coming off the heels of their super popular and well loved Pro Matte foundation. It's $12.99 and comes in 12 shades. The good thing about drugstore foundation is that there is usually a sale or a coupon you can use. When I bought mine it was buy one get one 50% off. Ulta always has a code for their "drugstore" stuff if you spend $15 you get $3.50 off or that's how mine worked. It used to be $10 but they bumped it up to $15 it seems. You ain't fooling no one Ulta we see you. The code out right now that does actually work on a $10 purchase supposedly is "308920". I think the L'Oreal site has coupons you can print off, and check your local papers or Walgreens for coupons as well. Also while ordering online be sure to use Ebates and get you some cash back for your purchase.
I got shade 204 which is the 4th shade but still pretty light but works really well. I actually prefer lighter shades because I know I can use bronzer to make them match my neck but I can keep the center of my face lighter, if that makes sense. It's a medium coverage foundation. It wears really well, it has a nice finish, it's not overly luminous. It says the finish is actually radiant. It's not overly dewy, it's just slightly dewy in my opinion. So I feel like it's a really nice finish that a lot of skin types can wear and it's not heavy on the face which most medium coverage foundations aren't. I don't feel as if it's super transferable or like it's just sitting on top of the skin. I actually wore it with a oil mattifying primer the first day because it was 96 degrees and I was going to be outside for several hours in full face makeup and it didn't get dewy AT ALL. That's my first tip: wear a primer. Any primer, just something. I've used a mattifying one and a smoothing one and they both worked great. I tried it with no primer, and it didn't seem to work as well.
Here's the swatch of shade 202. It's actually much more neutral based and not as warm as this picture. I swatched it quite heavy so that it would be more opaque. Which I feel like this could be built up for more coverage IF you wanted more.
This picture is of me with nothing on at all on the top left, then bottom left it's the Pro Glow Foundation by itself, and finally the big picture is full makeup including concealer under the eyes. The primer I used with this was a smoothing one. It left my skin a bit more luminous than the mattifying primer I'd used a few days before. Even though it is more luminous, I don't find that I have to powder it or use oil absorbing sheets to get rid of any excess oil. That is AWESOME.
I'd also like to say this does oxidize a bit. It come out as more of a yellow based foundation and then oxidizes into a neutral cooler toned base. Normally I don't like cooler toned bases but this is a neutral one that doesn't pull pink so I'm actually fine with this. I didn't build the coverage on this I just left it as is on the first application and I applied it with a flat top kabuki from Sigma. I wouldn't use a damp sponge with this personally ONLY because I think it would sheer it out even more by adding in more moisture so I don't feel like that would be the way to go. Then again it's all personal preference so do whatever you like. There are no rules.
I do powder my face with this by using the Algenist Color Correcting powder. Not a ton, just a dusting on my face with a big fluffy brush. I do this so that my bronzer goes on smoother and doesn't get patchy. I find that it's kinda needful with this foundation.
This was the first day I wore it. It was 96 degrees out and I had to go to a birthday party that was going to be outside mainly. I used MUFE Mattifying primer and UD All Nighter setting spray. It was pretty matte the entire day and it stayed on really really well. It looked amazing as well.
This picture I used the MUFE Smoothing Primer and no setting spray or highlight. Just powder and bronzer an blush. It still stayed on really well. It's supposed to be 24 hour wear but come on, who wears foundation for 24 hours solid????? Not many.
So that's that. I really like this foundation. It's not something I'm gonna use when I'm having a bad skin day but it is a lovely foundation when you want to look a bit more natural. So I find for summer it's really pleasant because it just adds to the glow the skin already has in the summer.
Summer has arrived. It's in full swing here in Tennessee. So naturally I'm sporting some colorful, down right neon looks to welcome it. Starting with the one above.
Strawberry Lemonade (all Makeup Geek shadows):
Crease: Tuscan Sun first and the Poppy
Lid: white base, outer half is Fashion Addict taking it into the crease as well. Touching up the crease again with Poppy. Then Hologram Pigment on a flat stiff damp brush on the inner 2/3rds of the eye.
Lower Lashline: With a pencil brush the outer half is Poppy first and then Fashion Addict. Then with an angled brush I'm using Fashion Addict to trace the bottom of my tear duct. Not connecting it with the lid. Then applying Hologram with the same angled brush only wet. Angled brush needs to be thin so that the pink doesn't go too far down and make you look sick.
Lips: Bare With Me from Dose of Colors
I'll leave a video for it here.
This one I'm calling "Cantaloupe"
All MUG shadows again
Crease: Tuscan Sun and Chickadee
Lid: Voltage over In The Spotlight. Americano on the outer V Then Light Year Sparkler applied with a glitter glue base.
Liner: Ardency Inn Punker liquid liner
Lower Lashline: Tuscan Sun and Voltage
Link for the video is here.
This one I like to call "Fruit Salad" for it's array of colors. It has more colors to it than the others. All Makeup Geek of course except the glitter.
Crease: Tuscan Sun, Fashion Addict, Poppy
Lid: Fortune Teller and Mai Tai. 24k Roseate glitter from Star Crushed Minerals.
Lower Lashline: Poppy and Black Light on the inner half for the purple cast
Lashes: Vamptress lashes from Violet Voss
Video for this one is here.
This look is more bold and intense. The lip option can easily change though. There is no video for this one. All the shadows are Makeup Geek as well. I call it "Blue Hawaiian Cocktail"
Crease: Dragon Fly and Sharkbait
Lid: Dragon Fly on the inner corner, Chit Chat in the center, and Houdini on the outer lid
Lower Lashline: Chit Chat on the inner part, Sharkbait on the outer part
Lashes: Vamptress lashes from Violet Voss
Lips: Climax Matte X lippie stix from Colour Pop.
I'm from Tennessee. I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.