High-end Makeup Review: Chanel Blush

I was in search for a new blush and I wanted something that offered pigmentation but not too much. The last thing I needed was to look like a clown.

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Before, I ‘ve used L’Oreal, Maybelline, and my all-time favorite, MAC. I figured this time around I’ll go a bit more high-end. I guess I felt like blowing some monayyyyyy.

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Anyhoo, while I was at Macy’s, I decided to stop by the Chanel makeup counter. Yeah, I told you this was going to be a fancy smancy review. The makeup artist tried two colors on me and honestly, I loved them both.  They were Rose Tourbillion and Pink Explosion. We decided to go with Pink Explosion.

Upon arriving at home, I took it out of the bag and was rather impressed with the packaging:

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It looks cute in the box, yes. Now what does it look out of the box?

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Yo, this came in a velvet bag! What the…?

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Shiny!

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Well, then!

So, I applied it and I was a little taken aback that it is lightly perfumed. Yes, this blush has a perfume scent. I have a sensitive nose so that was something I would’ve considered before purchase. If you’re wondering why I didn’t smell it at the store, I honestly thought I was smelling the make-up artist applying the blush.

Regardless, the pigment on this bad boy is out of this world. It’s deeply impacted so you only need to apply just a little. It also has a bit of a shimmer so you really don’t want to apply too much.

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Focus on my cheeks. 🙂

I didn’t need to apply too much. It gave me a natural rosy glow but I didn’t look like I got up beat up by my blush and lost the fight.

Now that we know the player and watched the game, how did it score?

PROS:

  • Lots of pigmentation. You won’t have to use a whole lot. This will probably become your favorite blush.
  • Chanel is a solid brand.
  • You can purchase at any Chanel makeup counter and online.

CONS: 

  • There is a faint perfume scent. If you have a sensitive nose like I do, buyer beware.
  • This. Costs. Fifty. Dollars. $50.00 USD. This is a definite splurge.

Overall, I do recommend it. It’s a splurge, for sure. But I also believe if you’re going to wear makeup, there’s nothing wrong investing into some high-end makeup every once in a while.

What’s your favorite blush?

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Dark Skin Makeup Review – LANCĂ”ME Teint Idole Ultra Liquid 24H Longwear SPF 15 Foundation

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Boy, that was a wordy title.

So, I love Ulta. It’s actually one of my favorite stores. And because it’s one of my favorite stores, I really can’t shop there very much. It’s one of those stores where it’s like Target in a sense; you go in there for just one thing and you come back with a cart full of crap you probably don’t need but you really want?

I was done with my Fenty Beauty foundation and wanted to try something different. Don’t get me wrong, I love Fenty Beauty but I’m also a wee bit of a product junkie so I wanted to explore my options.

I went into Ulta bare-faced and was just browsing the over the counter foundation section. Listen, y’all…being a brown girl and having dark skin, it’s super difficult to find foundations in my shade. My shade is particular because there’s a lot of gold and olive in my undertones (something I didn’t know until I went to Ulta but that explanation will come later).

In other words, I’m naturally yellow. Not high yella like Drake but let’s just say gold jewelry more or less blends in with me.

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I’m searching all over the store, trying to find the perfect foundation that won’t make me look too dark or too bright. Let me tell you, for a dark-skinned gal, it’s incredibly frustrating. Just when I was about to give up, a male associate approaches me.

“Do you need help, miss?” He asks.

“Yes,” I say with exasperation, “I’m looking for a foundation for me.”

“Now, do you want something that will highlight your golden undertones or your olive one?”

Now, I’m looking at Ole Boy as if he had a third eye on his head. He knew that just by looking at me? What. The. Hell.

“Um, my golden undertones?” I stumbled out.

“And which brand do you prefer? LANCĂ”ME or NARS?”

Did y’all catch that? He already knew what brands would be suited for best. My heart stumbles…

“Um, LANCĂ”ME please.” I chose LANCĂ”ME because I’ve have enough NARS products in my arsenal, though I haven’t tried their foundation. That will come later, I promise.

So, with my bare face and all, another makeup artist tried LANCÔME on me. She did half of my face while left the other half bare. I immediately saw a difference. My left side appeared clearer and smoother.

I was sold.

I’m well aware to know how I look inside a store might be wordly different from how I’ll look at home or in natural light.

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I’m wearing 500W. 

Pretty dope, huh?

Okay, now that we know the players, played the game, how did everyone score?

PROS:

  • LANCĂ”ME is a solid brand and it’s been around forevaaaaaaa
  • It comes in a variety of shades:

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  • The foundation also acts as a moisturizer and sunscreen.
  • It goes on smooth and it’s super light.
  • It’s available pretty much everywhere LANCĂ”ME is sold.

CONS:

  • It’s pricey. This cost me a little under $50.
  • You have to carefully gauge how much to pump out. For me, two pumps usually does the trick.
  • Blending might be tricky so it takes a lot of practice.

Overall, I do recommend it. If you’re unsure about your shade like I was, it’s best to go a beauty expert so they can test drive ones for you.

Makeup Review – Black Radiance Nude Lippy

Over the years, I’ve become a fan of the nude lip. And being a dark-skinned woman, sometimes it’s hard to find the right one that won’t make me look like a clown-in-waiting at Circus Circus.

While I have boasted about my love of NARS, I love a good dupe. I love saving money.

Enter Black Radiance.

Black Radiance is a brand that’s been around for a while, and it caters specifically to black and brown skin tones. It’s also hella cheap and if you’re a makeup junkie but also on a budget, this might be something to look into it.

I was on the hunt for a new nude and decided to check out my local Target for any hot ones. The moment I saw Black Radiance, it was love at first sight. Well, for me, it was love. For them, I’m sure it was:

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But I digress…

I quickly snatched up Naughty Brown (color 5405) and couldn’t wait to get home to try it. It went on very smooth and it didn’t crack out my lips like some other matte colors. No smell, no fragrance.

I was a bit taken aback at how muted the color was – my lips did look invisible and I wasn’t quite sure how to feel about that. Maybe that was the point of the matte?

But they looked delicious enough for a selfie:

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And another angle:

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And one more because I’m feeling myself like I’m Melanin Monroe and without the filter:

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Now let’s review:

Pros:

  • Black Radiance is a strong brand.
  • It caters to darker skin tones, though fair skin tones can wear some of the products.
  • The pigmentation for a cheap brand is actually pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised by it.
  • It’s cheap! OMG! It’s hella cheap! I paid $3.99 for my lip gloss but you can get it even cheaper at Wal-Mart.
  • Available just about everywhere: Amazon, Target, Walmart, CVS, and Ebay.

Cons:

  • The muted colors might be too muted, if that makes sense. (I did say I felt my lips looked invisible.) But you’ll slay in the pics.
  • It doesn’t have a wide range of colors like some other cheap brands (think NYX), but they’re constantly expanding.
  • The price might make you think because it’s cheap, it won’t be good.

Bottom Line: I do recommend it even if you don’t have melanin! Go ahead and try it!

 

Product Review – e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer

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I’m always on the hunt for the perfect primer. While I have an old faithful that I truly adore and love, I always want to venture out and try new ones.

Enter e.l.f.’s Poreless Face Primer!

I was intrigued by this because I love the e.l.f. brand and the fact this primer is only $10 USD made me a huge fan. Let’s face it, when you have cheap makeup that looks good and works, it’s usually a deal, right?

Usually. We’ll get to that part in a minute.

Turning over the back, I read the ingredients. A key ingredient came to my attention.

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Notice it has a lot of silicones (anything that ends in cone is a silicone, however, not all silicones are bad so it’s a buyer/consumer beware). The silicones didn’t faze me since a lot of primers contain them. It was the other ingredient of tea tree oil that cause me to pause.

Tea tree oil is a strong oil that has numerous benefits. It can clean your hair, act as a deodorant, antiseptic, cleanser, etc. It can also help clear your skin.

I love me some essential oils and my husband can tell you about the small collection I have. I also have tea tree. I also know it smells like the damn devil took a shit in the middle of Death Valley in 125 degree weather, but I digress. Sometimes something that smells putrid works really well.

But I do want that smell on my face?

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Once I took it out of the box, it was cute. Small and dainty.

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It’s a cute container and pouring out the primer, it was also dainty and neat; not a big mess at all.

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So I put it on my face and LORD HAVE MERCY….I was already over it.

The primer went on smooth and easily spread. However, the tea tree oil smell was overwhelming for my already sensitive nose.

It’s a no from me, dawg.

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So let’s review:

Pros:

  • e.l.f. is pretty much available everywhere – Amazon, Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, etc.
  • It was hella cheap – $10 USD.
  • The packaging was cute.
  • When I pumped some out, I felt the appropriate amount came out. Not too little, not too much.

Cons:

  • This has a lot of silicones. I know the majority of primers have them, but I was aware that this one had quite a few.
  • Tea tree oil. While it’s not a primary ingredient, it’s a strong odor that is daunting and unless you like the smell of it, you probably don’t want that on your face. (I will note, however, the smell didn’t last all day and if you wear makeup over the primer, you won’t smell it past a few minutes after application). But the smell was strong enough for me not to use the rest of the bottle and I just opened it.

Personally, I don’t recommend it but if you want to try it, go for it. You might love it while I hated it. Let me know what you think!

Makeup Review – ELF Lip Exfoliator (Brown Sugar)

It’s been a while since I’ve done a makeup review, so let’s kick this year off right with a product from E.L.F.

E.L.F. stands for Eyes, Lips, Face (clever!) and while they’re still considered to be a small brand, they have exponentially grown in size and popularity! I decided to test drive their brown sugar lip exfoliator:

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Now, it’s supposed to help exfoliate and soften your lips prior to applying your lip treatment or color.

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Ingredients for those who care:

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It sounds good but the question is, does it work? Let’s find out!

I have to do a before and after so you can understand what I’m working with:

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Yes, all me. No filters, injections, or fat transfers. Just blessed by God.

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It looks like the standard lipstick. Putting it on, that’s when I felt the difference. It’s definitely a scrub. I put it on my lips and let it sit for a 1-2 minutes before scrubbing it off with water and a pad.

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Obligatory scrub photo.

Results:

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My lips felt fresher and rejuvenated on the first try. Not bad.

So, let’s review:

Pros:

  • ELF is a respected brand.
  • Very cheap! I paid $6 for this but you can probably get it even cheaper at other places.
  • Available pretty much everywhere – ELF stores, CVS, Target, Walmart, Amazon.
  • It works!
  • The brown sugar scent is yummy and for what’s worth, it does taste great.

Cons:

  • It’s rough! Which is a well, duh, but trust me, you might be a little surprised at how rough it is.
  • It’s not meant for everyday use. In case your lips need a little extra TLC, use lip balm.
  • Because it is a scrub, it might be as effective the remaining times because you are repeatedly putting it on your lips. (This is still a personal opinion but it’s something I have encountered).

Overall, I do recommend it for a cheap lip exfoliator.

What other lip exfoliators have you tried?