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Maybelline The Burgundy Bar Review: The hottest drugstore palette is here!

Maybelline The Burgundy Bar Review: The palette is finally stateside! It was released in Europe a few months ago and people have been raving! It has been a long time since I have heard this much hype over a drugstore palette. This is a continuation of “The Bar” line that Maybelline and it has arrived in the US. I am not sure if they had originally planned to have a U.S. release, but a few weeks ago, while browsing Twitter, I saw that Maybelline was directly linking to and selling this palette on Amazon! So, that surprised me a little bit and I was not aware of this. I had to get a few other items so the palette was added to my shopping cart.

This is a 12-shade palette – 10 shimmers and 2 matte. Most of the shades are champagnes, taupes and brown neutrals with a few red-toned shades. My favourite shade in the palette is the deep, rich burgundy one on the second row. The shimmer shades definitely have reflects, but none of them are glittery. There are only two matte shades, a medium taupe and a cool dark brown. According to Maybelline, the palette gives 13 different looks and it is broken up into 3 quads, or 4 trios or 5 duos. The ways the colours are arranged, adjacent colours in the quad trio or duo are meant to be used together.

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Swatches – First quad

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Swatches – Second quad

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Swatches – Third Quad

Here’s the video review and tutorial that did using this palette. Check it out below. All the products that I mentioned are going to be listed further down in the blog post, as well as close up pictures and more details on the product.

Maybelline The Burgundy Bar Review- Video

 

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An innovative liquid lipstick is here – NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment review

 

I can’t tell you the last time I wore lip gloss. It has been easily years. I just love the density and the pigmentation of a lipstick especially. One the most popular lip products in the beauty world for about a good 3-4 years are liquid lipsticks. These lip products start off as liquids and they dry down, usually to a matte texture and finish. More recently, some companies have added reflects, pearl and glitter which gives an interesting dimension to a sometimes flat finish. The biggest complaint about liquid lipsticks are that they are too drying. The lips don’t have pores so that there are no oils that naturally lubricate them therefore they are more susceptible to dryness. That dryness can lead to cracking of the lip and lip product, discomfort and ‘pooling’ of the product around corners or crevices of lips. Another complaint that I have is that many liquid lipsticks don’t have even pigmentation – they apply patchy. So when NARS debuted their new liquid lipstick, the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments, you know I had to try. I bought one of the colours that I have and the other one – the cute mini – was a 100 point perk from Sephora!

Here’s my video. See how they look on my dark skin. If you want to see a more detailed review with pictures, just keep scrolling.

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment Review – Video

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment Review – Product Description

The NARS Powematte Lip Pigment is described as being infused with liquefied pigments with infinite matte colour. It promises to be a full-coverage, smudge-resistant, flexible, lightweight product that is applied with a custom doe foot applicator. This product is very thin – very close to the viscosity/feel of water. It is so thin that you have to be careful when opening the product as it can very easily splash on you. There is no other product like this that I have found on the market. It is juuuuust different enough and it stands out. It comes in 18 shades with a mix of neutrals, berries and reds. I have the shades Rock With You and Starwoman. Rock With You is a deep mulberry – a rich purple/plum. Starwoman is a bright blue-red shade. There is a very faint scent to the product.

 

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Rock With You

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Top 5 Carnival makeup tips to remember before heading out on de road

Top 5 Carnival makeup tips to remember before heading out on de road!

It is very easy to get caught up with all the activities surrounding the Carnival season, especially the week before Carnival. Various fetes, Panorama, costume distribution etc. You may not have put much thought into what you are wearing on your face for pretty mas on Carnival Tuesday. I have compiled 5 carnival makeup tips to remember that will make your life easier so you can spend your time having fun!

So, here are my tips. Check out the video below.

VIDEO: Top 5 Carnival makeup tips

  1. Wear waterproof/water-resistant, longwear makeup. It is often hot, humid and you are out all day. You don’t want to have to touch up your makeup too often, especially if you are on de Savannah stage! See my posts here, here and here on my favourite waterproof makeup products.
  2. At the very least, use a long wear setting spray, if you don’t want to buy an entire set of new makeup. And no…M.A.C. Fix+ is not a setting spray. I recommend using Skindinavia or Urban Decay.
  3. Wear minimal foundation. Use concealer to spot conceal specific areas. I recommend using a sheer to light coverage foundation.
  4. Must wear sunscreen. You should really be wearing this everyday anyway, but it is vital since you are going to be outside during the hours when the sun will be its hottest.Take you sunscreen with you and reapply at least every 2 hours.
  5. Drink plenty water! And use those wee-wee trucks! Stay hydrated.

Do you have any carnival makeup tips to share? Put them in the comments below…

Checkout out my latest Carnival makeup tutorial here.

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The Best Beauty Products 2017 Edition: Haircare, Skincare, Makeup

It’s 2018. I am so glad for 2017 to be finally done! It has been a long year. Even though it was a challenging year, there were some bright spots. Including some products that I fell in love with. This is my year-end review of the best beauty products 2017 that I tried. Most of these products are brand new to me and many were new products to the market. I fell in love with these products and will continue to reach for them in 2018. Some of these I have reviewed and some I have not. I will definitely be getting more detailed reviews soon!

So grab a drink and enjoy the video!

All products mentioned will be listed below.

The Best Beauty Products 2017: Haircare
The Best Beauty Products 2017: Skincare
Heimish All Clean Balm Best Beauty Products 2017

Heimish All Clean Balm

Drunk Elephant Framboos Glycolic Best Beauty Products 2017

Drunk Elephant Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

 

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The 8 best volumizing mascaras that you must buy now

Everyone loves the look of full, lush lashes! We spend millions of dollars a year buying mascaras or going to the salon to get individual lashes installed. I myself cannot live without mascara and I often have at least two tubes open at any given time. I usually crave the biggest, baddest lashes. The more volume the better. I don’t really care for curling and I like length, but I love volume. So here are my picks for the 8 best volumizing mascaras that you must try. There’s a mix of drugstore and high-end so you are bound to find something that you like.

Best Volumizing Mascara – Tips

When I am picking a mascara, there are a few things that I look for:

  • The blackest and sootiest of blacks. Because of my dark skin, I love wearing the blackest shade that I can find. I have no time for soft blacks or browns.
  • Full mascara brush – I really like a traditional mascara brush. Especially if it is on the larger side. I am not a crazy fan of the plastic, comb-style brushes. I love the fullness that they give.
  • Long wearing – but washable. I don’t want the mascara to flake off, especially after an intense workout. I don’t do waterproof mascaras.
Best Volumizing Mascaras – Video

 

 

Best Volumizing Mascaras – The List
Best Volumizing Mascara 1

Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara

Best Volumizing Mascara 2

Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara

Let me know what is your favourite mascara in the comments.

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