Makeup Product Review – Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty

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I know I’m hella late on reviewing Fenty Beauty. I know this. But better late than ugly, right? My makeup bag says so:

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You can purchase that bag here.

I’m sure you have heard all of the rave (and not-so great) reviews of Fenty Beauty by Rihanna. Boasting of 40 shades, it has been revolutionary in the world of makeup and literally something for every skin shade.

Naturally, I had to try it.

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I went to Sephora to find out what my shade was (and I highly recommend everyone do that because you might think you’re one shade but really you’re another one entirely). The great saleslady at Sephora helped me and got it right the first time! Score!

Of course, this was some months back when it was sold out everywhere so I had to wait a few months (and also why this review of it is late). I have to say, though…I’m quite impressed!

It goes on very smooth and has no smell that I can tell (I have a sensitive nose, a side effect of my pregnancy with Bear), and it’s deep in pigmentation. It’s literally the perfect shade for my skin tone and I don’t have to play the mix and match guessing game with so  many other foundations. I say Fenty Beauty is right up there with my beloved Iman and MAC Cosmetics.

But the proof is in the pudding, right? So, let’s do a before pic of me with no makeup:

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This is an oldish pic of me (taken Last December) but trust, I look like this every day. All day, every day.  Dark circles and all.

Now let’s see a pic of me all glammed up and what-not:

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Lovely. The magic of sleep and a great concealer. I’m 440, for those wondering.

So, now that we’ve met the players, and saw the game, what was the score?

Pros:

  • Affordable. It sells for $34. So, yes, it’s pricey if you’re used to drugstore makeup, but it’s not going to break your bank. It also lasts for a long time even with every day use.
  • 40 Shades, yo! There is literally a shade for everyone.
  • Deep pigmentation. It makes your skin look better. Flyer. Hotter. Fresher. Hell, you can just wear it alone and you still be poppin’ flavor and drippin’ sauce.

Cons:

  • It’s not available everywhere. You have to get it at Sephora (online and in all stores) or Fenty Beauty online.
  • The foundation does come out a bit runny so you have to be careful on how much you pump out. For me, it’s usually 2-3 pumps.
  • You have to shake the liquid foundation every time you use it. If you already have liquid foundation, this is a no-brainer because they actually say that on the bottle (Fenty does, too). Now, this is not really a con but more like an annoyance. Sometimes if time is running low, you just want to put it on and not worry about shake-shake-shake your bottle.

I do recommend it! No question. Give it a whirl!

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Product Review: Olehenriksen Balance It All Face Cleansing System

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All right, so I’m on the search of better face products. Not that the ones I’ve been using aren’t bad – Noxzema, and Neutrogena have helped me clear my skin for years. However, I like to switch up things every now and then.

Checking out the reviews of my fave store, Sephora, I came across Olehenriksen face cleansing system. Yeah, I can’t pronounce the name so don’t bother to ask me. However, whether I can pronounce something is irrelevant. Does it work is the real question?

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Before I put anything on my face, I need to ensure I’m putting on something that won’t turn me into a pepperoni pizza.

From the Sephora website:

-Green Fusion Complex™ (Green Tea, Eucalyptus, Algae (Kelp), and Irish Moss Extracts): Helps absorb excess oil and refine pores.
-Neem Seed Oil: A legendary ingredient in Ayurveda.
-Salicylic (BHA) and Glycolic and Lactic Acids (AHAs): Help lift and loosen dead skin cells that clog pores.

Find Your Balance™ Oil Control Cleanser:
Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycol Distearate, Phenoxyethanol, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Laureth-4, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Linoleic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chonrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Phytic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopherol, Limonene.

Balancing Force™ Oil Control Toner:
Water, Polysorbate 20, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Gylcerin, Gluconolactone, Glycolici Acid, Lactic Acid, Oleth-20, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Menthyl Lactate, Eucalpytus Globulus Leaf Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Linoleic Acid, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Linolenic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Calcium Gluconate, Benzoic Acid, Tocopherol, Limonene.

Counter Balance™ Oil Control Hydrator:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alykyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Linoleic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Methyl Gluceth-20, Caprylyl Glycol, Linolenic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Phytic Acid, Fragrance, Saccarhide Isomerate, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleanolic Acid, Limonene.


 

Now I have a solid rule – if I can’t pronounce it, it doesn’t go on my face or my body. Sounds fair enough doesn’t it? So, even though I broke that rule for this product review, I still tried it because it doesn’t contain sulfates or parabens.

However…this product DOES contain carrageenan and silicones, so that’s something you want to be aware of if you avoid both ingredients at all costs.

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When I applied the cleanser, I noticed I didn’t have to use a lot for my face and it cleaned very well. When I applied the toner, however, it was hard to determine how much I needed to use and I can never tell if I poured out too much or too little. Weird.

The moisturizer was a lot easier to manage and I also found I didn’t have to pour out a whole lot. While it was the travel version that I tested, I found that it did last quite a while.

My face felt fresher and I had a natural glow as evident by the pic below (excuse my goofy smile):

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Review:

Pros:

  • It cleanses very well.
  • The travel system is a bit pricey but it does last a long time ($34).
  • My skin felt dewy and refreshed within a week.
  • My skin did have a natural glow within a month of usage.

Cons:

  • Contains carrageenan. While carrageenan as a beauty ingredient isn’t bad, carrageenan as food ingredient is best to avoid. I’m giving this warning to those who want to avoid this altogether. Both the cleanser and toner contain this.
  • Contains silicones. I noticed the moisturizer is the one that has contains it.
  • Contains a whole of other ingredients that made me iffy despite how well it worked. I don’t know what the long-term effects will be.
  • Pricey as I stated above. $34 may not be feasible for many on a budget. There are many over the counter, drug store cleansers that work just as well.

Bottom Line:

I do recommend this as a splurge, however, my jury is still out if it’s something I would recommend on a daily usage, despite how great my skin looks. If you’re able to shell out a bit more money for the full-size versions, go for it!

What are your favorite facial products?

The Fenty Precision Makeup Sponge 100

Lord, that is a long name just to describe a makeup sponge.

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As I’m anxiously awaiting to get my Fenty Beauty in my shade (440, to be exact), I decided to try another Fenty product – the makeup sponge.

Now, all makeup sponges aren’t created equal as I found out. There’s a reason why one makeup sponge will cost $5, another will cost $12, and the granddaddy of them all will cost around $25. (That review is coming soon, promise!)

Rihanna’s makeup sponge is retailing at a price that is surprisingly affordable – $16. So, of course, I have to try it.

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I have to admit I love the packaging of it. It’s wrapped up super tight so you know when you’re buying a sponge, no one else’s greedy paws was all over it.

Undoing the packaging, the sponge felt nice pre-wet.

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When it was wet, it felt super light. Not a bad thing. A makeup sponge is supposed to feel light and not like well, a regular sponge.

So I put it to the test. I mainly purchased this sponge to apply concealer (which, I found out I can actually use my fingertips), and sometimes, those hard to reach spots on my face when a regular sponge or brush just won’t do the trick.

As a result…there really wasn’t that much of a difference in application. Like, seriously.

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It’s not that it wasn’t a good sponge. I think the shape of it is the biggest selling point, because as much as I do love my other sponges, none of them have a flat side. That side comes in real handy when you’re trying to apply concealer or even bronzer.

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I think the Fenty sponge would be a great starter or a good dupe for someone who doesn’t want to spend $25. However, I don’t think it provided the same coverage as the other sponges I’ve used. I’ve used this $12 knockoff from Sephora, that worked really well.

Now that we’ve met the player, how did it do?

Pros:

  • It’s lightweight.
  • It’s from Rihanna’s Fenty brand, which is already making a huge splash in the makeup industry.
  • It does blend very well.
  • The shape is great for applying concealer and some contouring. I personally LOVE the flat side.
  • It’s relatively affordable, compared to the Beauty Blender.

Cons:

  • Because it’s so lightweight (read: very soft), I felt it absorbed a lot more of my makeup.
  • Cleaning the sponge was rather interesting. I felt I had to use more soap to clean that sponge than I did with my Beauty Blender, which leads back to the first point of the Con list.

Now, I have read from other beauty gurus that the best way to use this sponge is to either soak up some excess product around your face (dry), or touch up your look (wet). So, I’ll have to try that and see. I also want to try this with my dry foundation so I’ll update this post when I do that.

I have to say I do prefer using the Fenty sponge over my brushes, yet, I’m hard-pressed to throw out my Beauty Blender quite yet. I think I have to use the Fenty sponge a few more times to see if there is a significant difference.

My recommendation?

Get it. If you don’t want to spend money for a Beauty Blender yet, but you don’t want the cheap knock-offs elsewhere, try the Fenty sponge. You just might like it.

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Make-Up Trend Review: NARS Velvet Lip Guide

So, mattes and bold colors are trending this year. Kinda odd if you think about it? Two shades that are on the opposite spectrums are trending and in a big way!

Recently, I had the honor to have enough money to do some splurging (and believe me, both colors were splurges) to go drop some cash at the local Sephora. Let’s check out NARS first.

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I’m a huge NARS fan. I love their concealer, their tinted moisturizer, their bronzer…hell, I just love them. In my opinion, NARS can’t do any wrong. I noticed they came out with a few new nude shades and I was tempted.

You know how when you see the last of something, even if it’s something you weren’t originally trying to purchase, you’re compelled to get it because obviously it has to be good if it’s the last one? (Don’t act like I’m the only one that does that!)

So, as I stopped by the NARS section, I noticed they only had one box left of Area. Curious, I did the sample tester inside the Sephora store:

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Of course, everything looks amazing inside the store but how does it look outside?

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Not bad!

Of course, I can’t leave this post without the pros and cons:

Pros:

  • NARS is a trusted brand.
  • It glides on smooth.
  • No funky smell.
  • It lasts a long time without the need to reapply. (I say a couple of hours.)
  • Really compliments my skin tone.

Cons:

  • It’s hella expensive; NARS is an expensive brand.

I do recommend if you have some cash to drop! The Velvet Lip Guide is around $26.00 so this is definitely a splurge!