Drugstore Goodies: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

The newly released Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains has caused quite a frenzy since their availabilty in the U.S. As a more affordable option compared to the Clinique Chubby Sticks, this is another star product from Team Drugstore.

These lip colors come in a retractable, plastic tube that does not need to be sharpened. The color of the tubes reflect the color of the product, which is nice since it can easily be identified. Twist the silver-tipped end to reveal more product. I think the design concept is cute and delicate; and best of all, I like that you don’t have to sharpen it.

The name Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain describes the product perfectly. The balmy texture is a creamy formula that is kind of gel-like as well. Its application is smooth and doesn’t drag against the lips. The “just bitten” part of the title is essentially what the product stands for – the perfect amount of stained color that allows you lips to look bitten. Once applied, the color doesn’t transfer as much as a lipstick because it isn’t as slick. At the same time, it’s not drying on the lips either.

Revlon’s website describes the product as “a lightweight lipstain + moisturizing balm,” stating that “100% of women who tried it felt their lips were instantly moisturized with a soft stain of color.”

I woudln’t say that this product is so moisturizing that you can throw away your chapstick, but it does its job and that’s what counts. I especially like that this can be an alternative to the Chubby Sticks by Clinique – and, dare I say I prefer this over YSL’s Glossy Stains…

I photographed swatches in 2 different angles and lighting situations to show you the shine and glisten from the product. The color blends well into your lips; and, even though it’s sheer, it delivers the perfect amount of color without being too opqaue – because then, that just looks like paint.

Colors shown here are “Cherish,” “Charm,” and “Rendenzvous.” Out of the three, “Charm” is my favorite since it’s a soft muted peachy color that’s not quite nude. The satin finishes of these products are beautiful because it’s not too glossy and it’s not matte like most traditional stains. The lasting power is pretty decent – I would 3 + hours with drinking. If I apply this after lunch, the remaining color lingers nearly up until I go home after work.

All have minty scents, which I personally found to be kind of disappointing. I don’t mind the scent, but I was expecting a tropical, fruity scent – like jolly ranchers. Perhaps it’s the packaging and the summer colors that gave me that impression, lol.

And, finally, I’ll close this post by saying that there’s 12 colors to choose from and they’re quite difficult to find. Because they’re a hot commodity, all the good colors go quickly and I was lucky to have tracked down the colors I wanted. Currently, I don’t see them at Walgreens or CVS but that may change pretty soon. I find Just Bitten products at Target. Check it out.

Retails between $7-9 each.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.revlon.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

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REVIEW: YSL Touche Éclat – Radiant Touch

The YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch is considered to be “the beauty secret of the world’s top makeup artists and models.” It’s highly talked about, raved about, and written about – and, as of now, I’ve discovered it for myself. The Touche Éclat Radiant Touch “is the original must-have for a radiant [and] flawless face.”

This “award-winning complexion highlighter [illuminates] dark circles, fine lines and signs of fatigue virtually disappear.” It claims to be “powered by the radiance-boosting Luminocaptide Complex, to instantly illuminate [the skin] so you look rested and refreshed.”

As a well-known beauty essential, I’ve skipped out on this product this whole time because I didn’t get what it was supposed to do. Recently, after browsing through a handful of magazines, the Touche Éclat captured my attention again. After some research and thorough experimentation process, I’m ready to give my full review of this product. Let me preface this post by saying that this is NOT a concealer and will NOT conceal anything.

The product dispenses when you click it like a mechanical pencil. When you first purchase this, you have to vigorously click it multiple times to get the product to surface through the bristles. After the product dispenses, I swipe it a few times onto the back of my hand, then use my fingers to disrtibute the product onto my skin. I do this because I don’t want to use the brush directly onto my face when I know I can’t routinely clean it.

My shade is #2 in “Luminous Ivory,” which is for fair to light complexions with yellow undertones. It’s a pale yellowy color with subtle iridescence – no shimmer, glimmers, and glitters. Just a soft pearly glow that you can barely detect. Once on the skin, you can’t tell a difference until you tilt your head at various angles. The key to this product is the natural light you’re surrounded by throughout the day.

The reason why I stress that this isn’t a concealer is because it isn’t. No amount of this product is going to conceal blemishes, pigmentation, freckles, scarring, and dark circles. It’s designed to be used after foundation and concealer to illuminate the dark surfaces of the skin. This product should not replace your concealer. It “brightens the complexion” by bringing “light and radiance to the skin” naturally. It funtions as an “instant pick-me-up” with “strategically placed strokes.”

Touche Éclat 1.) banishes shadows and tired-looking eyes by adding light and creating an instant lift to the eye area; 2.) widens eyes when used between the eyebrows and along the sides of the nose, and creates fuller looking lips when used in the hollow of the chin and around the contour of the lips.

I apply this product onto my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, and under the high points of my eyebrow arch. It’s a subtle difference that will count. On my friend, who has dark circles, we’ve applied this product after her undereye concealer on top to “lift the eye” and brighten the area. At first you can’t tell, but I promise there is a difference.

“Luminous Ivory” is a great match for my fair skintone. Other shades were very pink and this one was just right. I recommend this product and feel that this is one product that will truly make a difference in your morning routine. :)

0.1 oz.
Retails for $40.00.
Made in France.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.sephora.com and http://www.yslbeautyus.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream for Eczema

Dry and itchy skin isn’t normally a symptom in the summer months; however, for eczema sufferers, flare ups can happen at any time. As a child, I had random cases of eczema that would go away quickly; but, I noticed that as I grew older, it never fully went away.

Eczema is a medical condition that causes the skin to become inflamed or irritated, and often the areas are dry, flakey, and itchy. The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema. For me, my flare ups occur around my mouth (closer to my chin) and on my lips. And, annoyingly enough, my lips have been sensitive and itchy off and on for weeks.

I’ve used everything possible on my lips (and on my eczema) including various Eucerin and Aqauphor products. In the end, what worked for me was something I purchased by mistake at Sephora. The Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream was next to the check-out counter at Sephora and I bought it randomly without even thinking about it.

When I got home, I forgot about it until about a month ago.

“Invented by Japanese pharmacist Yoshikiyo Nowatari, Yu-Be (pronounced “YOO-BEE”) is a Glycerin-based moisturizing cream enriched with Vitamin E, Vitamin B2 and Camphor. It’s the uniquely high Glycerin content and absorbability achieved through a special manufacturing process in Japan, which makes Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream so effective.”

YU-BE SKIN CARE KEY INGREDIENT BENEFITS:
Glycerin: “Humectant” attracts and retains moisture in the skin.
Vitamin E: Anti-oxidant and skin protector helps aid healing and reduce scarring.
Vitamin B2: Helps to smooth rough or damaged skin – also gives Yu-Be its yellow color.
Camphor: Helps soothe irritation – scent disappears quickly leaving skin feeling healthy.
Vitamin C: Anti-oxidant and skin protector helps improve elasticity in skin.
Sodium Hyaluronate: Humectant helps retain moisture to smooth rough skin and reduce fine lines.

Yu-Be can be used anywhere on the body – even the face and lips. It can also help heal split cuticles and smooth rough, cracked and dry skin on hands, elbows, knees and feet.

The product absorbs instantly and works for hours without having to re-apply. The non-greasy formula contains NO artificial colors, fragrances, petrolatum or SPF. I like to use this on my lips in the mornings while I’m getting ready. It sinks in in a weird way because although the product has been absorbed, there’s a slicky feeling on my lips that seems to remain even after eating and drinking.

It works perfectly fine underneath lipstick and lipgloss; however, for me, while I’m trying to control the eczema, I skip the lip products and just try to keep them moisturized.

Camphor soothes irritation and stimulates blood circulation to improve overall health of your skin. The scent of camphor is what turned me off this product originally. It’s kind of like Asian medicine but mixed in with mosquito repellent – or something, who knows. In a way, it kind of smells like Carmex, too. The camphor scent fades within minutes, and when applied to the lips, you can’t taste it.

The texture is thick and goopy, much like petroleum jelly/vaseline. The texture is slick but melts into the skin easily and absorbs nicely. It’s great for dry and cracked skin – which is why I decided to try it on my lips and chin area (which were sufferring from an eczema outbreak). At first it stung a bit but then it felt soothed and unirritated. After a few days of this routine, the dry and itchy patches were gone. :)

*Quotes extracted from www. yu-be.com & http://www.webmd.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

REVIEW: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 60 PA+++

Sticking with my love and need for good sun protection year-round, I decided it was necessary to talk about what I use a non-daily basis – more specifically, when I’m participating in outdoor recreational activities.

Please keep in mind that all the other previous sunscreen reviews I’ve written about have strictly been for my face and daily use.

The Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion contains SPF 60 and is the highest amount of protection level I currently own/use. I reserve this specific product for days when I’m outside for activities such as swimming or for when I’m outside for a long period of time.

It’s considered to be safe for the face and body and is labeled to be “very water resistant.” Realistically, no sunscreen can technically be waterproof – however, Shiseido’s sun protection products have been known to be “sweat-resistant,” “very water resistant,” and “sand proof.”

Compared to my current Shisiedo sunscreen I use daily (underneath makeup), this one is huge at 3.3 oz., while my daily sunscreen is only 1 oz. When I’m outside for longer periods of time, I slather on sunscreen liberally all over and re-apply frequently – so, perhaps the bigger container is an advantage.

As “a highly nourishing sunscreen lotion for the face and body,” this product is excellent at “prevent[ing] sunburn, cell damage, and premature signs of aging.” Considered to be a “skincare essential,” the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion protects against both UVA/UVB rays. It is “formulated with rose apple leaf extract [to] deliver excellent antioxidant [benefits] and fortifies skin against UV-caused DNA damage.”

Shake the bottle well before applying since this is a sunscreen that is watery and runny. Compared to the Chanel UV Essentiel, Shiseido’s Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion is more runny and thin in consistency. It does not leave a white cast nor does it have a filmy texture. The product dries matte and absorbs instantly into the skin; it blends easily and is lightweight. Again, it’s great to layer underneath makeup, but when I’m out at the pool, I usually forego all face makeup anyway.

Even after repeated application, it doesn’t get cakey or thick. I also apply this to my ears and around my neck and chest because it isn’t thick and sticky like most traditional sunscreens out on the market. For the rest of my body, I’ll use Neutrogena or Copperstone sunscreen since I don’t want to waste my Shiseido one. :)

Ingredients:
Water, Cyclomethicone, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polybutylene Glycol/PPG-9/1 Copolymer, Dimethicone Copolyol, Dextrin Palmitate, Xylitol, Methyl Gluceth-10, Glutathione, Zinc Myristate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Thiotaurine, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Ectoin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Isostearic Acid, Stearic Acid Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Alcohol, Trisodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide.

3.3 fl. oz.
Retails for $39.00.
Made in USA.
Formulated in Japan.
Container made in Japan.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.sephora.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

CHANEL UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily UV Care SPF 50

Other than my trusty Shiseido and Asian brand sunscreens, the CHANEL UV Essentiel Multi-Protection Daily UV Care SPF 50 sunscreen has been a long time favorite of mine. Recently, I re-purchased my third bottle and was reminded that I hadn’t posted a review for it yet. Because I know that there are so many other sunscreens that get the job done, I realize this may not be something that interests everyone. However, I’ve decided to go ahead with the post for those who are researching and curious.

On Chanel’s website, the UV Essentiel sunscreen is described as “skin’s guardian angel [that] shields skin safely beyond the reach of aggressive UVA/UVB rays.” I especially like that the promo picture is light and bright because it fits the description so well. Also, please make note that the title – UV Essentiel – is spelled correctly in French; and, yes, the American spelling for the word is “essential.”

As always, Chanel’s packaging is beautifully done. The white squeeze bottle is one that you need to shake since the formula of this sunscreen is the runny kind that is watery and thin. I’ve tossed this bottle around in my makeup bag numerous times and it’s held up well despite its white hue. It’s compact and travel friendly, which is always a plus for portability and convenience.

There is a floral fragrance that takes some getting used to if you’re not used to Chanel’s products. The scent is light and fluffy, but it does linger on the skin after application. The formula is great for underneath makeup – cream, gel, liquid, and powder makeup alike – this sunscreen wells wear underneath it all.

The formula is slightly thicker than the Shiseido formulations and I find it to be more moisturizing. I’ve also noticed that this product takes longer to dry on the skin than other liquid sunscreens I’ve tried. The finish is not matte like Shiseido’s, so that may turn some of you off from this product.

As you can see, the texture of this sunscreen is not as runny. It blends well into the skin and does not leave a white cast. Because the finish is a bit more slick, I cannot immediately apply my face makeup over this – in fact, I need to wait a good 10-15 minutes. This is why this particular sunscreen is not my #1 go-to product. Also, nowhere does it claim to be water-resistant or sweat-resistant (like Shiseido’s), so I wouldn’t suggest wearing this to go swimming or to be outside for hours sweating.

Chanel’s website also explains that this sunscreen is “a free-radical and anti-pollution shield with a Vitamin E derivative and plant extracts.” It moisturizes the skin well and is very soothing. The “oil-free, lightweight formula safeguard[s] [the] skin against environmental pollutants.” Other ingredients in this product like “licorice root extract and a highly effective combination of UVA and UVB filters help diminish and prevent the appearance of dark spots and signs of premature aging.”

I enjoy using this sunscreen and will continue to re-purchase it when I run out. As with many of my products, I rotate sunscreen as well from time to time. At the moment, I’m in the process of finishing up my Shiseido sunscreen and will probably move onto my new bottle of Chanel’s UV Essentiel afterwards. It’s nice to use but it’s not necessary; in fact, using Clarins or Shiseido sunscreens have proved to be just as effective with a friendlier price point. However, using Neutrogena on your face works just the same for about $10 – so all this is based on personal preference and budget.

As I’ve stated previously in other sunscreen posts, I prefer the runnier and watery formulations for my face because it’s lightweight, non-oily, and non-sticky. It’s also better for makeup application and every day wear as well because it’s just easier to use. Using this formulation in sunscreens has not affected the amount of coverage or protection for me – I know that many people are concerned about not using “enough” for their face for adequate sun protection, since this style of sunscreen is not thick and creamy.

Overall, I recommend this product even though it is a luxury item. Is a high-end sunscreen going to protect you more from the sun than other brands? Definitely not. But it’s nice to use and that’s the only excuse I’ve got. :)

1 fl. oz.
Made in France.
Retails for $54.00.

Active ingredients: octinoxate 7.5%, titanium dioxide 2%, zinc oxide 17.1%
*Quotes extracted from http://www.chanel.com.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour

If you were unhappy with MAC’s shadesticks because they were dry, hard to apply and blend, and dried out insanely quick – I’ve got the solution to those problems: Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colours. I consider them to be “grown up” shadesticks, because they do what they’re designed to do – it’s quick and easy, no fuss. And, compared to the MAC shadesticks, these are just way better.

According to Nordstrom.com, the Caviar Stick Eye Colors were “inspired by Laura Mercier’s cult classic Caviar Eyeliner,” and are designed “to enhance the smoky-eye look.” The “creamy formula provides endless options for a flawless smoky eye, [and] each convenient stick is long-wearing, transfer and crease-resistant.” It claims to “glide onto lids and blend easily with a rich color payoff.”

The claims are true – it’s convenient to use because it’s in a stick form. You hold it like a pencil and “draw” the color onto your lids. All the colors in the range are buttery smooth and soft, apply opaque and pigmented, and last all day without smudging, creasing, and wearing off. The best part about these sticks is that they blend like a dream because the creamy texture is so easy to work with.

I like these sticks for various smokey eyes, just like it was designed to do. But if you’re not going for a dramatic look, just sheer out the color by blending. I find that it also works well alone – kind of like a jumbo eyeliner. Be warned however – once applied to the lids, you have to work quickly to blend. Once the product dries it’s not going to budge – which, in theory, seems great for all-day wear. However, when you’re trying to achieve a particular look, it’s difficult to move the color around once it begins to dry.

My advice is to swipe on the color, use your finger to do some generl blending (since the warmth of your finger will help the product move), and then use a blending brush to get the rest of the job done.

Another suggestion is to use a creme eye color brush to apply the color. The densely packed synthetic bristles distribute the color evenly and blend at the same time which cuts down your eye makeup time in half. The Laura Mercier creme eye color brush is great because it works so well with the caviar stick formula.

When I use this brush, I directly dab the brush onto the tip of the caviar stick to transfer some color, then I apply it directly onto the lids. This is easier for me since I don’t apply too much onto my eyelids and have to spend time wiping most of it off.

Retails for $24.00 each.
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

Recent Eye Routine: The “Smudgey” Look

Very rarely do I purposely try to look messy or “smudgey” – in this case – however, as of late, I’ve been going for the effortless look. The funny thing about looking effortless is that it takes so long to make it look like you just threw any particular look together.

Remember all that marketing geared towards the “bedhead” look, yet it took so many products and time to achieve it? And, weird how all the tutorials out there for “natural makeup” takes just as long as a dramatic look? Well, this is no different. :)

My smudgey look is still structured because I don’t want to look like I’ve partied all night, then slept in my makeup, and then walked around in public the next day. “Smudgey” to me revolves around the idea of using cream products to get the look down, and then using powder products to lock it in place. After all, we don’t want the look to continue smudging throughout the day.

My tools:
-MAC eyeshadow “Jest”
-MAC eyeshadow “Satin Taupe”
-MAC eyeshadow “Charcoal Brown”
-KOJI eyelash curler
-Shiseido mascara base + Majorilca Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus mascara + L’oreal Voluminous mascara
-Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in “Cocoa”

The look itself was very simple – and the key to it all is blending everything sloppily.

First, I applied Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in “Cocoa” and blended it in with my fingers. I concentrated most of the color in the outer corners, then added MAC “Satin Taupe” over everything covering my entire eyelid. While that sets, I take the “Cocoa” and line my lower lashline smudging it before it dries. MAC “Jest” is a peachy pearlescent shade that I like to apply in the inner corners to brighten the look – that way it still looks somewhat put together. I blend MAC “Charcoal Brown” in the crease line to fade the top portion of the color, so that it doesn’t have a stark line.

Lastly, I curl my lashes and apply my base and mascara. After it dries, I used L’oreal Voluminous mascara to add clumpy volume. The clumps are intentional and add drama to the look. I kept my eyebrows light because I felt that my eye look was already drawing enough attention for the most part. I personally think this is a great look to wear with a messy top knot bun, denim cuffed shorts, and a loose top. It’s an effortless-looking look that is still fun and dramatic, yet unsloppy. There is a fine line between intentional sloppy and hot mess, right?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

Current Favorites – What I’m Loving Lately

I’ve been loving a lot of my newly discovered products lately; but, some of the products mentioned in today’s posts are products that have remained staple items in my collection.

As always, face products are on a constant rotation. However, the Chantecaille Future Skin Oil-Free Gel Foundation is still in my #1 winner’s spot.

Normally in the mornings, my mind is debating which foundation to use, and much of this thought process is dependent upon what my day is going to be like/where I’m going to be. With the Future Skin foundation, it’s my trusty automatic go-to product – it’s my favorite right now and forever – unless that’s just too dramatic. :) It’s the perfect blend between the dewy look and semi-matte look. LOVE.

I’ve noticed that I’m still loving the wear-time of this foundation. It doesn’t wear off or melt away as I’ve previously read in reviews. Even with the growing humidity in Texas, I haven’t noticed any difficulties wearing this foundation. Also, my shade – “Alabaster” – is the best color match I’ve ever experienced in a foundation. I realize this is not the case for many since the color selection in Chantecaille’s range is so limited. I should remind you that the foundation is made in Japan, and perhaps I love this foundation because I’ve had a long, long love affair with Japanese foundations. Either way, if you get a chance to give this product a try – DO IT.

Along with the Future Skin foundation, I’m obsessed with my Chanel luminous bronzing powder in #907 Sable Beige, MAC blush in “Pink Tea,” and setting everything very lightly with the Laura Mercier mineral powder in “Soft Porcelain.” A few weeks ago, I skipped powdering my t-zone because I didn’t really need to. Unfortunately, the Texas heat is coming on strong now since we’re heading into the summer months with full force. ICK.

Lazy days – like Sundays – require minimal effort for getting ready. Because I reserve Sundays for my face mask and bubble bath routine, I try to allow my skin to take the day off from makeup. On days like this, I quickly dab on my Clé de Peau concealer in “Ivory” and dust a light layer of Laura Mercier mineral powder in “Soft Porcelain.” If I’m in the mood, I’ll add some blush to give my skin some life. But most of the time, I skip it because I’m feeling lazy.

Eye makeup has remained basic but I’ve been “shopping my stash” lately. I’ve re-discovered my past favorite MAC eyeshadow in “Hypnotizing” and paired it with my long-time favorite shade in “Handwritten.” I still curl my lashes with my KOJI lash curler and use my Shiseido mascara base with my trusty majolica majorca expander frame plus mascara.

I’ve been skipping liner and anything else complicated. I have added something new – which is the MAC brow set. As a mascara for the brows, it’s easy to use this on days when you don’t want to meticulously draw in/pencil in/shade in your brows. A few quick swipes and you’re good to go – I use the shade “Beguile” which is a dark brown shade.

Favorite lip products as of late includes an oldie but goodie – the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector 01, which is a light pink shade that’s glossy and moisturizing (and non-sticky). When I’m wanting a bit of color on the lips, I’ve been reaching for my MAC lipstick in the shade “Lovelorn.”

What are your current products?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

REVIEW: Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer

Today’s post is about the highly acclaimed and widely popular Clé de Peau Beauté concealer – and, yes, believe the hype.

Clé de Peau Beauté is the high-end extension of the Shiseido brand and as you all probably know – this range is obscenely expensive. For me, personally, it wasn’t the price that was my primary concern – it was questioning if the product was truly worth the price. But at the end of the day, is any beauty product we purchase really worth the price? Let’s not go there. :)

At any rate, I purchased this concealer because I finally caved and clearly, I had lost my mind, lol. A teeny tiny part of me wanted to not like this product because of the price; however, for all of us who do our product homework before purchasing – it’s no lie that this concealer has been getting rave reviews since the beginning of time. And, I’m here to enable you further because this product performs.

When I say believe the hype, I mean it. The packaging is what you would expect from a high-end brand and that’s important to me (as I know it’s important to many of you as well). The dark ocean blue packaging is sleek and the glossy tube is shiny and has good weight to it. A minor detail that I’d like to address is the swivel mechanism, which is smooth and doesn’t get stuck. Nothing annoys me more than twisting the product up and having it get stuck.

My shade is Ivory and it works well for any pigmentation issues I may have. According to my research, this concealer is a fave among those who suffer from dark circles and discoloration around the eyes. For me, I use this on pigmentation on my face and redness and it’s perfect.

The product’s claims:
– Enhanced with Revitalizing Moisture Complex to lock in moisture and smooth out texture.
– Blends sublimely to expertly conceal dark circles, spots and imperfections.
– High-performance powders ensure flawless skin in any light, providing maximum coverage with a smooth, even finish that does not crease.

Despite the concealer’s thick-looking texture, it’s moisturizing and applies smoothly. It’s SO pigmented and a little goes a long, long way. This isn’t the kind of product you carelessly swipe all over your face and blend away; in fact, that’s a waste of product because you need so little. Personally, I’ve found it better to swipe the concealer one time directly onto my index finger and then lightly dab onto the areas that need coverage. I tap the product in to blend it and then repeat the process if needbe.

Truthfully, for the most part, with this concealer I don’t even need to bother with foundation. Any redness and post-hyperpigmentation is canceled out immediately, the coverage is full and opaque, and it doesn’t dry, flake, or cake after application. Lightly powder over for all-day lasting power.

You get 5 grams (0.17 oz) of product for $70 + tax so it’s obviously a product that you need to try and test before shelling out money. The box indicates the concealer is good for 24 months so that makes me feel slightly better. I recommend this product but there’s plenty of concealers I love (Chanel and MAC) that are more reasonabley priced.

Available in 4 colors.
Retails for $70.00.
Made in Japan.

*Quotes extracted from http://www.nordstrom.com and http://www.cledepeau-beaute.com/en/
*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)

My Top MAC Lipsticks

I title this “my top MAC lipsticks” yet I’m embarrassed to name only 3. Although I’m a huge fan of MAC eyeshadows, blushes, eyeliners, and brushes – their lipsticks have been a miss for quite some time. However, when I discovered my 3 favorite shades, I not only re-purchased them throughout the years, but I have purchased multiples of them to just have around.

My top 3 picks are: “Angel,” “Hue,” and “Creme Cup.”

“Angel” is a frost finish.
“Hue” is a glaze finish.
“Creme Cup” is a cremesheen finish.

Typically, I’ve found many MAC lipsticks (from their regular/permanent range) to be quite drying. All 3 mentioned in this post are all similar yet different in so many ways. I believe that all 3 are suitable for majority of the skintones; and, especially good for those with warm yellow/olive undertones. I moisturize my lips with lip balm before applying my MAC lipsticks and that has always helped me apply a smoother application of the color.

In my experience, a frost finish is a great “wash of color” on the lips – it doesn’t apply fully opaque, but it does cover the lips with pigment and allows your lips to show through. A glaze finish is glossy and semi-transparent; for me, the finish is much more natural but in my opinion, does apply the color with more pigmentation. The cremesheen finish is glossy and moisturizing and the color appears to be more saturated. It’s also more opaque and delivers the color onto the lips evenly and in a creamy way.

All my selected lipsticks are great color choices for every day wear – to the office, to school, and/or going out at night.

“Angel” is a great option for days when I want my lips to be obviously pink, but not overly like Barbie’s lips. It’s very feminine and can dress up any look. It’s a safe pink because it looks good on no matter what; and even on no-makeup-days, it’ll totally save your look.

“Hue” is actually my favorite out of the 3 – meaning it’s pretty much my favorite MAC lipstick. It’s a nudey-pink that doesn’t completely blank out your lips. It still provides a pink-based sheen that is nude-based and sophisticated. Normally, I prefer this lipstick on days/nights when my eye makeup is bit heavier.

“Creme Cup” is a creamy pink and is my go-to choice when I’m wearing “Well Dressed” blush by MAC. It’s also a bit cooler and I feel that it really livens up my complexion because it’s nice and bright.

What are some of your favorite MAC lip products?

3 g. / 0.1 oz.
Retails for $14.50 each.

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