Basics Baby Exclusive: VIB Spring Sale Recommendations

And… the sale is back on! Sephora’s Spring Sale is in town! Rouge members have had their first access since a few days ago, and starting tomorrow, it’s time for the VIBs to come on board. As you may have recalled from my spring sale post last year (https://sitihajaresa.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/basics-baby-exclusive-how-to-shop-the-sephora-spring-sale-wisely-recommendations/), I’m not a total sucker for sale especially if it’s only 15 percent off as in the case of the Sephora Spring Sale. I just don’t feel that 15 percent off is that great a deal. However, there are certain purchases that I can justify with the deal rather than without and that’s what I’m going to share today. My possible bucket list, along with a couple other recommendations for your VIB Spring Sale expenditure. So, let’s get straight into it.

Being only a 15 percent off sale, I am more focused on getting things that are a staple in my skincare or makeup, that I am currently running out of. I would put off buying stuff that I still own and can last me till the end of the year, for I would only be restocking them during the Sephora end of year sale, where the discount is a higher 25 percent. So you might want to set that parameter first, before over-spending. And I’m obviously gonna start with skincare for these are the items that run out the quickest as you use them every single day.

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel

  • 52.00 USD for 1.69oz/50ml
  • 15% off sale price = 44.20 USD

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(Image source: https://www.sephora.com/product/b-hydra-intensive-hydration-gel-P406712)

There are just so few good water-based gel moisturizers today that Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel is truly a revolutionary product for me. Not only is it packed with a range of beneficial antioxidants and skin replenishing ingredients, it is surprisingly very hydrating given its extremely lightweight nature owing to its lack of silicones (another revolutionary thing in skincare since every other product contains silicone). My combination skin adheres so much better to gel based moisturizers as compared to thick creams, so having this option of nourishing my skin well whilst using an airy and non-greasy product that does not break me out seems a luxury. Despite its more hefty price tag, I believe it’s truly worth the expenditure for there is no equivalent on the market to what Drunk Elephant is offering with this exceptional moisturizer.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum

  • 36.00 USD for 1oz/30 ml
  • 15% off sale price = 30.60 USD

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(Image source: https://www.sephora.com/product/ultra-repair-hydrating-serum-P403739)

Another staple in my skincare regime, and one I’ve talked about at greater length before (https://sitihajaresa.wordpress.com/2016/09/19/star-light-star-bright-first-aid-beauty-ultra-repair-hydrating-serum/), this gel-like serum is a dry skin savior. My combination skin tends to bear some dryness or tightness especially with the lack of humidity where I live, but once I’ve applied this serum, all that’s gone. And that is amazing to me given how lightweight this product is. It imparts sufficient moisture to my skin, and not to mention its inclusion of antioxidants and skin reparative ingredients, yet feels very breathable on the skin. I love this product, I will always do, and will keep restocking it during sale.

Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25

  • 7.50 USD for 0.25oz
  • 15% off sale price = 6.36 USD

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(Image source: https://www.sephora.com/product/intense-therapy-lip-balm-spf-25-P12573)

Another holy grail of mine, one that I never go without, ever, is my trusted lip balm. At such an affordable price, this gem treats my lips well. I love how emollient and plain effective this lip balm. My lips never go dry or chapped with this one around. The hydrating properties in this balm feels superior to other lip balms I’ve tried before, and mind you, they were much more expensive than this. So why not stock up on a gem like this!

To be honest, the above three products are the only things that are in my bucket list right now. As I’ve said, my aim for this spring sale is just to re-stock on staple items that I am currently running out of. And fortunately for me, I still have a ton of makeup supplies that’ll last me through to next year so there really is no need for me to purchase any cosmetic items during this sale. However, I would still like to give some recommendations in case you’re running out of makeup and would like to take advantage of the 15 percent discount. I won’t be covering all makeup categories, but I’ll just highlight items I feel are worth the expense.

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

  • 46.00 USD for 0.25oz/7g
  • 15% off sale price = 39.10 USD

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(Image source: https://www.allure.com/story/hourglass-vanish-seamless-finish-foundation-sticks)

If you’re on the hunt for a good stick foundation, the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick should be at the top of your list. Though pricey for the amount of product you get, this foundation stick is truly exceptional in its texture, consistency, finish and feel. I don’t usually gravitate towards stick foundations as they tend to impart a greasy feel and finish, and more often than not break me out. So when I tried this one from Hourglass, experienced its lightweight yet full coverage, satin-matte finish, I was truly blown away. I did talk more about this in my foundation recommendation post (https://sitihajaresa.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/basics-baby-foundation-for-oily-skin/). I dare say this is the BEST foundation stick out there. My recommended method of application is to apply this to areas of your face that require more coverage e.g. pore or oily areas, redness, and then blending it all out with a light to medium coverage foundation with a dewy to satin finish. (I usually pair this foundation stick with my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation or my Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation). Definitely worth a try this one.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

  • 46.00 USD for 0.35oz/10g
  • 15% off sale price = 39.10 USD

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(Image source: https://www.mecca.com.au/hourglass/ambient-lighting-powder/V-016172.html)

Well I feel bad for recommending Hourglass products two in a row largely due to their hefty price tag, but I’ve gotta give it to them. Most of their skin products are highly impressive and never disappoint. And this powder is definitely one of those in the beyond amazing range. To be used as a finishing powder, this imparts a soft radiance and natural glow that just elevates your makeup game altogether. If you have dry skin, you can apply this all over your face while those with oily skin can just keep this to the high points of your face to accentuate them. This will be my go-to finishing powder if I want a luminous glow to my skin, whilst the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Micro-Powder would be the one I reach for to achieve a more matte and airbrushed look.

Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Powder

  • 49.00 USD
  • 15% off sale price = 41.65 USD

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(Image source: https://www.sephora.com/product/shade-light-face-contour-refillable-palette-P413458)

Now this is pretty much a staple in most people’s vanity. With high-quality bronzing, contouring and brightening powders all in one, this is a must-have in your bucket list especially if you’re almost out of it (in which you can also choose to purchase the refillable palette (16.00 USD each) for shades that you are running low on) or if you’re scouring for a good face contour palette.

Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick

  • 38.00 USD for 0.14oz/4g
  • 15% off sale price = 32.30 USD

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(Image source: https://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=195427/Matte-Trance-Lipstick/Pat-McGrath-Labs/Lips)

Last but not least, I do actually have a lip product to recommend for this sale. If you’re looking for a good, high-quality matte lipstick that feels extremely comfortable and looks cushion soft on the lips, this lipstick is definitely worth a try. What sets this matte lipstick apart from others out there is its powerful pigment that feels sensually creamy, yet imparts a true matte finish. This lipstick feels very hydrating and lightweight, does not accentuate any lines or chapped areas of your lips and lasts a good duration. So if you can take some dollars of this gem during this sale, and you are in need of a good matte lipstick, why not give this a try.

There we are, my recommendation list for Sephora VIB Spring Sale 2018. I know it’s a very short list, and does not contain the newest products. But if you’ve been following my blog, you’d know my philosophy on skincare/makeup purchases. While I do keep up with and try out new products, I would only spend my cash on those that I know work well for me. I’m not in it for the hype, I’m just here for the quality and effectiveness of products in accomplishing what they claim to do. So just remember, a sale is not a ticket to spend your money willy-nilly. Set a game plan for what you need and what is worth grabbing at 15 percent off. I do hope you make your purchases for this sale worthwhile. Till the next one.

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Look of the Day – Warm Notes for Spring

Spring is finally here, and what better way to usher it in make-up wise than to do a warm peachy look. So if you’re interested in the products used, scroll down the list below! Happy spring!

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Products used:

Face:

  • Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer
  • Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick (Warm Ivory)
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (Shade 3.5)
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Custard)
  • RCMA Makeup No Color Powder
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Micro-Powder (2 Medium)

Brows:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Medium Brown)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (Medium Brown)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Eyes:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (Raw Sienna – transition, Burnt Orange & Realgar – crease, Cyprus Umber – outer half lid, Primavera – inner half lid & inner corner, Tempera – brow bone, Red Ochre & Primavera – lower lashline)
  • NYX Slide On Eye Pencil (Deep Brown)
  • Lancome Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base
  • Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara (Black)

Cheeks:

  • Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
  • MAC Powder Blush (Melba)

Highlight:

  • The Balm Mary Lou Manizer

Lips:

  • Huda Beauty Lip Contour Matte Pencil (Trendsetter)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick (Peachy)

Setting Spray:

  • MAC Fix Plus

Judge Judy: Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro (400)

For today’s Judge Judy post, I’m gonna be reviewing the Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick. This lipstick is an Allure Best of Beauty 2016 Award winner for “Best Liquid Lipstick”, so I am pretty excited to be trying it out for the first time, in 2017.

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(Image source: http://www.beautezine.com/product/giorgio-armani-lip-maestro/)

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 400:

  • 38.00 USD for 0.22 oz
  • Velvet-matte, high pigment liquid lipstick
  • Creamy formula with a non-sticky soft texture
  • A single swipe is enough to create definition
  • Offers 8 hour wear

Described as “The Red”, this is how the shade 400 looks on me:

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Review:

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro in 400:

The iconic shade 400 is said to be Giorgio Armani’s signature color. It was created to be a universal red that is suitable for all skin tones. The tea is that 95 shades have actually been rejected before “The Red” (shade 400) was born. Looking at the tube itself, 400 appears to be a deep, and kind of a neutral shade of red. On the lips it surprisingly appears that way too. It is not a bright warm red or a cool blue-toned red and neither does it have any orange or pink undertone to it. I would position its depth of red to be right between a scarlet and a ruby, and I believe what makes this red universally flattering is the neutral tone. So color wise, I give this red an A+.

Consistency wise, I would agree a hundred percent with the description of it being a creamy, non-sticky formula. Its creaminess reminds me a lot of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. In fact, I felt the Armani Lip Maestro to be slightly more lightweight and comfortable on the lips. Once it dries down, it is not tacky and does reveal a soft texture.

As to its hue and intensity, shade 400 is definitely a pigmented one. One swipe is all you need to cover your entire lips with full opacity. However, the Armani Lip Maestro does not dry down to a full matte. It claims to dry down to a velvet matte, but I compared this with a few other liquid lipsticks with a creamy consistency and a supposed velvet-matte finish (Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint, BareMinerals GEN NUDE Matte Liquid Lipcolor) and the Armani Lip Maestro does not dry as matte as the rest. In fact, there is a slight sheen to it, almost like a satin-matte finish, reflective of some sort of moisture still lingering on the lips even after five minutes. Since I wanted a more matte finish, I gently pursed my lips once on a facial tissue to get rid of that sheen to achieve the velvet-matte finish above. While this doesn’t truly bother me, I would understand why some would be frustrated spending almost forty bucks on a liquid lipstick and having to remove part of it to achieve a matte finish.

Did this liquid lipstick last me 8 hours as claimed? Prior to me having a soup-based dinner, the lipstick held on quite well for 5 hours. After dinner though coverage on the center of the lips faded, and what’s really left is a dark red lip line and basically a light pinkish stain on the lips itself. So this product does require touch-ups after a meal. I’m not too sure though if this is due to its lighter consistency or the fact that I did remove the top coat when I dabbed my lips with tissue to achieve the matte effect earlier. But whatever it is, the hassle that I needed to go through to achieve the finish I prefer (considering that I do not have to do this for many other more affordable liquid lipsticks I own) and the product’s inability to last through a meal (again, in comparison to other more affordable products I have tried) renders it not quite worth the expenditure.

For me this product wins in terms of its spot-on perfect shade of red that I’ve been searching for as well as how comfortable and lightweight it feels on the lips, but due to the fact that I actually have to do a little more to make the finish work for me, and possibly then reducing its longevity brings down its rating a little. So, my final thoughts – Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro 400 is worth a try if you have not found your perfect red, and if you are looking for a lightweight and comfortable not-too-matte liquid lipstick.

VERDICT: Recommended

No Thanks Holiday 2017 Collection

It’s that time of year again folks! Cosmetic companies are releasing their limited edition holiday collections, enticing you with what appears as exclusive must-haves, not just for yourself but as gifts for your loved ones too. Now, you know how I feel about limited edition releases – the quality is almost never on par with permanent collections. It’s a fact that holiday releases are really more about style than substance. The selling point is more often than not the attractive packaging rather than an enhanced quality of the product itself. For example, some cosmetic companies that normally manufacture their permanent line in the United States would actually outsource their holiday collection production to China and this constitutes inferior ingredients and manner of production. The packaging however tends to be more glamorous and tempting than the permanent line, which I believe is what’s sucking most consumers out there into its vortex.

So before you get all excited seeing pretty things in stores and online, let’s take a look at some holiday collection releases that should not be tempting you to fork out your hard earned money just because they’re pretty.

Too Faced The White Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette Holiday 2017 (45.00 USD)

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(Image source: http://glory.news/too-faced-white-chocolate-bar-palette-for-holiday-2017)

What’s my No Thanks post if Too Faced is not on the list right? LOL. But jokes aside, I’m truly not including Too Faced just because. I honestly feel a dearth of innovation with every new Too Faced releases these days, especially their limited and holiday editions. The ‘I Want Kandee’ collection with Kandee Johnson was a pain for me to just run through the entire line, all because it was really nothing but cuteness overload. Their many other exclusive palettes after that looked just like any of their previous palettes. It really seems as if the creative directors at Too Faced are just paid to recycle old or existing products into new packaging. Now, with the release of Too Faced The White Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette Holiday 2017, I’m not wrong at all, am I?

The White Chocolate Bar, is yet again nothing new for Too Faced. Aside from the fact that Too Faced is known for their Chocolate Bar eyeshadow palettes, they’ve also formerly released a White Chocolate Chip Eyeshadow Palette I believe end of last year or early this year, but it was a clutch-sized palette featuring 11 dull-looking shades with extremely poor quality that it received terrible reviews and rating on both Sephora and ULTA. Now, just for comparison sake, let me include a shot of said palette below. (I have actually featured this palette in a previous No Thanks post – https://sitihajaresa.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/no-thanks-sephora-cyber-monday/)

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(Image source: https://www.toofaced.com/p/eye-shadow-palettes/white-chocolate-chip/)

I don’t know about you but to me, both palettes appear to share the same vibe and tone and finish, even name. If you cover the shades Mint Chocolate and Frosted Apricot from the White Chocolate Bar palette, I think it looks almost identical to the White Chocolate Chip palette. And of course excluding those two shades means that the White Chocolate Bar palette is similarly a bland and uninspiring palette. This doesn’t imply that including those two shades would render it any more interesting. Also, since this is a holiday release I’m not too sure about the quality either. If it is reminiscent of the White Chocolate Chip palette then that’s totally bad news. I’m sorry Too Faced but you have failed to impress me, yet again.

Tarte Park Ave Princess Highlight and Contour Palette Holiday 2017 (46.00 USD)

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(Image source: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bar1DMNHJu4/?hl=en&taken-by=trendmood1)

Now I’ve to admit that this is a hard one. Really hard. When I first laid my eyes on it, I was just so tempted to get it. I mean check out the packaging – so sleek, yet classy and glamorous at the same time. However, I had to pause, calm myself down and really think whether I do need this palette. First of all, I have not tried any of Tarte’s contour products. But I do own Tarte’s permanent blushes and highlighters, along with their Summer 2016 Tarte Tarteist limited edition blush palette. Based off that experience, I have to say that the limited edition palette does not share the same quality as the permanent line. Whereas Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is very silky smooth, the limited edition blush is very powdery and does not last even half the time of the former.

So with this new holiday release I am truly skeptical of the quality but I cannot say for sure because I’ve never owned Tarte’s previous Park Ave Princess collection. In addition, I was just trying to process why I would need that many contour shades. I only have one skin tone, why would I need four different shades to bronze or contour. While some may say that the browns can be used as eyeshadow, hello, I didn’t buy a ton of eyeshadow palettes just so I can doll up my eyes using a contour palette?!? But I feel that this palette might be a great catch for pale girls as the matte highlight powders and first two contour shades look cool-toned enough for very fair skin.

As for me, I honestly am still sitting on the fence about this one mostly because I am almost out of my Kat Von D Shade and Light Contour palette, and am considering if I should try out Tarte’s Park Ave Princess next. But if you still have not hit pan on your existing highlight/contour palette, then I would suggest to skip this, or at least swatch it to know its quality. Don’t be afraid that it will sell out. Tarte’s holiday palettes are almost rarely sold out fast. In fact, I can still find the previous Park Ave Princess palette sold on Tarte Cosmetics. So, you don’t need to rush for this.

Morphe Brushes Dare to Create Holiday 2017 Collection

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(Image source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BauFN21HR04/?hl=en&taken-by=trendmood1)

So for Holiday 2017, Morphe Brushes is releasing its ‘Dare to Create’ Collection consisting of several eyeshadow palettes (two 15-pan palettes and one 39-pan palette), two liquid lipsticks, five metallic liquid lipsticks and a bling brush set. Well, I am not going to purchase any of them because I do not need them, nor do I want them. The two 15-pan eyeshadow palettes no doubt look pretty and suitable if you are just getting into makeup and wouldn’t mind your makeup products manufactured in China. The 39-pan eyeshadow palette is clearly made for makeup artists since it includes a row of transition shades for all skin tones. I don’t need any new liquid lipsticks and I detest the thought of buying brushes just because it is covered with “bling”. So, that’s that.

MAC Cosmetics Snow Ball Mini Lipstick Kit Holiday 2017 Collection (69.50 USD)

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(Image source: https://www.chicprofile.com/mac-snow-ball-holiday-2017-collection)

While I love MAC lipsticks, I am totally not in love with this mini holiday kit. Besides the fact that they look cute and pretty blah blah blah, I don’t need this entire kit for myself. As an average makeup wearer, I do not need to own this many shades. As a seasoned makeup wearer, I know which lip colors I love and gravitate towards so I don’t need to waste money purchasing a kit of which only a quarter of the lipsticks appeal to me. If you’re looking to include a mini lipstick in your gift bags for your loved ones, this may be something special. But if you just want lipsticks for yourself, go ahead and check out the tons of MAC permanent lipsticks and get a couple shades you truly love.

Tatcha Mini Lipstick Trio Holiday 2017 Collection (60.00 USD)

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(Image source: https://www.tatcha.com/shop/mini-lipstick-trio)

If you’ve never heard of Tatcha, let me sum it up for you. Tatcha is a Japanese skincare/cosmetics line that sells expensive products. I’m talking Tom Ford and SKII expensive. Their Silk Cream Moisturizer will set you back 120 USD, their setting spray (Dewy Skin Mist) costs almost 50 bucks and their full sized lipsticks is priced similarly with Tom Ford’s Moisture Core Lip Color, at 55 USD. That’s truly a hefty price tag. And for a set of mini lipsticks to be priced at 60 USD is pretty ridiculous to me. For that same cost, you can get yourself a multitude of combinations of full-sized lipsticks of your choice. I can get three full-sized MAC lipsticks of my choice for less, or three Smashbox or NARS lipsticks for almost the same price. I can get three full-sized liquid lipsticks from Kat Von D, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Tarte Cosmetics, Huda Beauty and more. I can go drugstore and purchase ten NYX lipsticks. The possibility is wide. So why would I spend that same amount of money on tiny lipsticks that aren’t even my favorite shades to begin with. And not to mention these mini lipsticks are always given out as freebies. I have a ton of those from NARS, Marc Jacobs, Milk Makeup and more, so why would I want to fork out 60 USD this time round? For the packaging? Huh, no thanks.

Christian Louboutin Rouge Metallisme Holiday 2017 Collection

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(Image source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BaweLsnH3rp/?hl=en&taken-by=trendmood1)

Last but not least, a brand that even if it is not a holiday collection, I wouldn’t purchase from. Christian Louboutin. Probably selling one of the most expensive lip products in the cosmetic industry at 90 USD per lipstick. The selling point? Of course the unique and provocative weapon-like packaging. Are the formula any good? From reviews I’ve read and watched, they’re pretty average, nothing wows you about the quality of the lipstick itself. You only want this if you want something eye-catching on your vanity. So, long story short, this holiday collection is not for people who genuinely want a good satin or metallic lipstick or nail polish. However, if you have lots of cash to spare and is dying for such an intriguing looking lipstick, then it’s all yours. As for me, NO THANKS!

The holiday releases can be a bit overwhelming especially if you are bombarded by their alerts and updates. Just remember to think through why the product is not worth your money before impulsively spending on them just because they look pretty. Till the next one!

Judge Judy: Makeup Geek Plush Lip Creme (Jetsetter)

In my previous Judge Judy post, I reviewed the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in the shade Stripped. (https://sitihajaresa.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/judge-judy-anastasia-beverly-hills-liquid-lipstick-stripped/). I mentioned in the post that Stripped was a lighter and more peach-based nude as compared to another brown-based nude lip color I truly enjoyed. That’s when some of my friends asked me about that other lipstick I was talking about. So, I am going to give my full review on the Makeup Geek Plush Lip Creme in the shade Jetsetter.

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(Image source: https://www.temptalia.com/product/makeup-geek-plush-lip-creme/jetsetter/)

Makeup Geek Plush Lip Creme in Jetsetter:

  • 14.00 USD for 0.10 fl oz
  • A hybrid of cream and mousse to give the lips a soft, “plush” feel
  • Highly pigmented shades in a smooth creme finish

Described as a soft peach brown with a creme finish, this is how the shade Jetsetter looks on me:

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Review:

Makeup Geek Plush Lip Creme in Jetsetter:

I believe that I own and have tried a lot of lipsticks that are a variant of this particular shade. Of the top of my head, Bite Beauty’s Honeycomb is pretty similar, NYX’s Sable is up there and I am dead sure something from MAC looks alike (MAC Self-Aware probably?). But Makeup Geek’s Jetsetter has always stood out for me, and I do reach for it more often than any of the aforementioned products. Its pull factor in my opinion lies in its ultra-comfortable formula that’s accompanied by high pigmentation and opacity.

Despite Jetsetter being the lightest color in the range, it was such a breeze to apply. With just one dip from the tube, my entire lips are decently coated with no visible streaks or patchiness. A second dip would seal the deal with a hundred and ten percent opacity, so hooray for the pigmentation. I am also impressed at how the shade has been aptly described. It was indeed a soft peach brown on me, spot on!

As for the hybrid cream-mousse formula that is said to give your lips a “plush” feel, I couldn’t agree more. Now this is no matte liquid lipstick. It is far from that. Though it is a creme finish, it does appear as a soft velvet-matte blanket over your lips. It is not drying at all, in fact my lips always remain soft and moisturized throughout wear. When you purse your lips together, they do not stick or feel tacky. Instead, a very comfortable mousse-powder like consistency is what you feel on your lips, and that is what I believe Makeup Geek is referring to as a “plush” effect.

At its price point, and given how pleasant it feels on my lips as well as how satisfied I have always been with how it looks, I would definitely recommend Makeup Geek Plush Lip Creme, more so in the shade Jetsetter especially for those of you looking for a peach-brown based nude color. The Makeup Geek Plush Lip Creme comes in eight other shades that include soft pink, reds and multiple tones of purples.

VERDICT: Highly Recommended

Look of the Day – Simply Versatile

Here’s a simple one for any occasion, any season and any time of the day.

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Products used:

Face:

  • Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer
  • Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Perfect Skin Foundation (Medium 6)
  • Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer (Fair)
  • NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (Translucent Crystal)
  • Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Micro-Powder (2 Medium)

Brows:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (Medium Brown)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (Medium Brown)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Eyes:

  • ZOEVA Smoky Eyeshadow Palette (Sweet Smell – transition & lower lashline, Ashes Awake – lid, Relieve the Moon – brow bone highlight)
  • NYX Lid Lingerie (Night Glow)
  • NYX Slide On Eye Pencil (Jet Black)
  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (Black)

Cheeks:

  • Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronzer Perfect Tan (Tantric)
  • NARS Blush (Goulue)

Highlight:

  • Jouer Powder Highlighter (Rose Quartz)

Lips:

  • NYX Slim Lip Pencil (Pale Pink)
  • MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick (Really Me)

Setting Spray:

  • MAC Fix Plus

Color Up: Sugar Maple Honey

It’s been a hot minute since my last Color Up post and I decided to squeeze one just in time to welcome fall! Though I’m not sure at all if fall has started here in SoCal. But anyways, I miss the maple tree I used to have right beside my previous house back in IL. So, this Color Up look is inspired by the beautiful orangey tones of sugar maple!

I’ve also decided to shorten my Color Up post to make it easier to follow as tutorials. Who the hell got time to read lengthy paragraphs when doing makeup, right? So, I hope you like this simple version instead.

The Look

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The Colors

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(Image source: http://beautypointofview.com/anastasia-beverly-hills-modern-renaissance-palette/)

 

The Application

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Since I was going for colors inspired by Sugar Maple, I chose the oranges and brown from my Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette. Started my transition and crease using the lighter burnt orange colors (Raw Sienna & Burnt Orange), and amplifying a true orange on the lid with Realgar. Deepened the outer V with a touch of brown (Cyprus Umber), then went back in with Realgar to intensify the orange on the lid. Pulled the whole eye look together by re-blending the transition and crease colors and applying them onto my lower lashline as well before using Primavera for my inner corners.

And here’s the result:

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For the first look, I wanted to go full orangey mode so I went in with my Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in the shade Peachy, a nude sandy peach color.

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To get into the deeper shade of fall, I paired the orangey eye look with a chocolate brown lip color using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Fudge.

So that’s it for my sugar maple, fall inspired look. Till then, happy autumn!