Korres Powder Blush in 22 Purple

I think the Korres makeup line is often overlooked. There are some gems to be found in it.

One of the things I especially like from Korres are their blushes.

15 Natural is my all-time favorite, I-would-kill-my-best-friend for HG neutral blush (let’s hope my best friend doesn’t read this). It makes me look gorgeous. Hell, it would make Gollum look gorgeous. It’s really that good.

It comes as a small surprise to me that 22 Purple also makes me happy. I love it when I experience consistently good quality across a product line.

Purple is a soft plum that leans a little brown.

Here is the swatch:

It looks kinda brown in the swatch but it is more plum on my face.

It blends smoothly and effortlessly, lasts for 8 hours and doesn’t look too heavy or clown-like. I’m pleased at the soft flush of color. I think many plum blushes have a tendency to look very deep and red. This doesn’t commit either offenses.

What do you think of this? Have you ever tried Korres makeup?

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Review: Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealers in Pecan Pie and Creme Caramel

As I continue forth in my concealer journey, I look more and more at house brands, in particular the Sephora collection.

There are some great products to be found in the line. They’re really improving in that area.

I bought 12 Pecan Pie, but once I realized it was a little too light for my NC42 complexion, I bought 13 Creme Caramel. Both are described as “tan with yellow undertones”.

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From Sephora: “This lightweight, highly pigmented concealer provides buildable coverage and color without adding texture to your skin or settling into fine lines. Infused with pineapple ceramides, the gel-serum formula brightens and improves skin texture as it covers, making it ideal for the underye area. The unique applicator ensures the perfect amount of product- just dip, dot, and blend.”

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In natural light:

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It is lightweight, blends easily and provides good coverage. I would say it is medium coverage.

The gel-serum formula is lovely to work with. It’s a refreshing change from creams, which seem heavier to me. It seems like the lighter formula is good for those who mostly have decent skin texture and need less coverage. If your skin needs more coverage this may not be the best one for you.

Creme Caramel is the better match for me. Pecan Pie I use for highlighting my forehead, cheekbone, bridge of my nose and under my eyes.

This does settle into my fine lines. Everything settles into them so this comes as no real shock.

It lasts all day on me and looks natural. Another good thing about it: there are half shades in between the whole numbers. I wish more companies would release in-between shades.

Pros: Great formula, a wide range of shades, affordable (relatively, at least), easy to use packaging, lasts all day.

Cons: Settles into fine lines, only sold at Sephora.

Grade: A

This is $14 at Sephora.

 

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L’Occitane Shea Butter Cleansing Oil

Did I ever tell you I love being a Sephora VIB Rouge member? You get so many great rewards!

One of my rewards last year was a box filled with L’Occitane products.

This cleansing oil was in the box. It was a small bottle, but that’s enough for me.

I’m so happy this was in the box. I’ve been wanting to try this for a while, and I thought I would have to purchase the full sized bottle.

From the website: “This cleansing oil, with its silky texture, efficiently removes impurities and make-up (including waterproof) in a single step.
Enriched with nourishing shea oil (5%), it transforms into a soft emulsion when applied with water to preserve skin’s natural hydration. Your skin is left clean and comfortable, and your complexion looking fresh and radiant.”

I used this a few times during the especially cold months. I rubbed it over my face after removing my eye makeup. It foamed to a degree  with the addition of water.

It is richly moisturizing and feels silky smooth against my skin. It did break down all my makeup and the day’s grime well enough to remove pretty much everything.

I had to use a foaming face wash after this because my face felt a little oily after a few rinses.

There is a perfumed scent with this, as is common with L’Occitane products. The scent wasn’t powerful enough to deter me from using it, but I generally don’t love strongly scented products for my face.

I think this would be great for those who have dry or normal skin. It’s a little too greasy for oily faced people. Otherwise, it’s a nice cleansing oil.

This is $24 at Sephora and at L’Occitane.

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 33

I hope you all had a nicer week than I did. My weekend was kinda stressful. At work yesterday, a patient was incredibly rude to me, and my grapeseed oil that was supposed to be delivered yesterday wasn’t actually delivered. Ugh. When it rains, it pours.

I’ve probably got less to talk about today than I normally do, but let’s take a look at the self care I did.

1) I got the Too Faced Semi Sweet palette swatches up. I’m happy I finally got my hands on it and swatched it. That’s one thing done.

2) I’ve been following a Facebook page called A E S T H E T I C S. They post gorgeous, visually captivating photos. I try to share the nature photos.

3) I’ve been rewatching “Manor House”, and I started watching a program about Medieval lives (births, marriage and deaths). I’ve forgotten how much I enjoy those educational, nerdy shows. Lol.

Please send me good vibes and hugs for the coming weeks. And please tell me you all had a much better week.

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Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette Swatches

Yess! I finally got Semi Sweet! I bought it from the same seller I bought the BH Carli Bybel palette from.

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I present to you, my dears, the swatches.

Top to bottom: Licorice, Cocoa Chili, Rum Raisin, Coconut Crème, Pink Sugar, Mousse, Puddin’, Caramel.

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Top to bottom: Blueberry Swirl, Bon Bon, Truffled, Peanut Butter, Butter Pecan, Hot Fudge, Frosting.

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It looks like I may have cropped out Nougat by accident. I will swatch and photograph it later this week.

Do you own this palette? What are you thought on it? I haven’t properly tested it out yet, but some of these sheer swatches are leading me to not so high hopes.

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BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel 14 Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette

I hadn’t even heard of Carli Bybel when I read whisperings about her palette for BH Cosmetics on makeup forums. I checked her out, and she’s got a wide range of looks, tutorials and fun videos.

I’m a real sucker for neutrals, so when I came across a seller offering a gently used palette for just $12, I knew it was a good chance to try out Carli’s creation.

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I like the cover design. Gold and white looks great together. It looks chic and vanity top worthy.

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The palette houses 10 eyeshadows and four highlighters.

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The first row. Eyeshadows are swatched in reverse order.

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The second row.

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The highlighters.

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All are swatched in reverse order.

Some of the eyeshadows are more sheer than the others. I’m still in middle of the testing process, but I don’t think there is anything in the palette I absolutely dislike.

I think my $12 wasn’t wasted. 🙂

 

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Nicka K True Matte Lipstick in Jazzberry Jam

If you grew up or lived for a lengthy period of time in a low-income neighborhood, certain beauty brands were known to you.

One of these brands is Nicka K.

When I was a teenager (and even after that), their $1 sometimes found their way into my purchases. The quality was hit or miss, but it was a fun and economical way to try out new colors.

With the current beauty trends focusing on liquid matte lipsticks, Nicka K has stepped up their game and introduced a line of such products.

I bought one shade only, for testing purposes: Jazzberry Jam.

The website displays a more purple-berry color. Its real color is a very bright, very hot pink.

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The wand applicator is firm and durable, yet comfortable. It dispenses the right amount of product.

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The color is less neon in person (my dratted camera refused to capture the image well enough). It’s not blue at all so it’s pretty wearable for me.

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I applied one layer, allowed it to dry, then applied a second layer. Despite being quite pigmented, the color was somewhat uneven in certain spots. It didn’t even out even with two coats. It wasn’t obvious at  a distance, but if someone were to examine my lips they would see it.

The texture and feel of this was somewhat heavy and felt almost dried glue-like (sort of like if you coated your lips in real paint and allowed it to dry). It wasn’t the most comfortable experience.

I’m willing to try one more shade to verify whether this issue is attached to just Jazzberry Jam or is common among the line. The cost of this was about $2.50, but I have seen it in other stores for $2.

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Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation Swatches

I received a complimentary sample pack of 4 shades from Sephora.

Naturally, I can’t wear all of them. But you all can surely benefit from seeing the swatches. 🙂

L-R: Tan Sand, Medium Honey, Light-Medium Honey, Light Neutral.

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The shade that matches me the best is Tan Sand. It leans a little beige so it is not a perfect match.

The coverage is light to medium, but not exactly full. It lasted for several hours without powder and didn’t become greasy. I can see this needing a powder during the summer months.  I stayed at home while testing this, engaging in mild activity. If I were at work or out and about, I think my face would have been oilier after a few hours.

This water-based foundation would work well for normal, combination or dry skin types.

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Tuesday Talk: Self Care Sessions Vol. 32

I’ve had a fairly good start to the week. I spent the weekend cooped up in my room, away from my toxic family. I dislike being confined to the room, but it beats being triggered frequently and experiencing my rage resurfacing whenever they bicker and argue.

Here is what’s been good this week:

1) Most of my soapmaking supplies have been ordered! I’m waiting on a couple more things. I need to order sweet almond oil, castor oil and grapeseed oil, but I hope to get those ordered with my next paycheck. I could use some help paying for supplies. If you’re feeling generous, here is my PayPal link: paypal.me/caz10456.

2) I got this French Connection dress for only $40! Score! It is a huge steal because Kate Middleton owns one in the same style, and if I were to buy it on eBay it would cost so much more.

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3) I’m following Instagram accounts for gardens, mansions and opulent locations. It’s fun to scroll through all the beautiful images.

4) There is a real sweet and kind patient at work. Every once in a while she slips me $5 for coffee. I used that money to buy myself fried chicken for lunch. It’s been a while since I had good fried chicken.

5) I’m watching “More Manners of Downton Abbey”. I’m fascinated by the social etiquette of the Edwardian era, so I decided to watch it. The show’s adviser explains how things were executed, how they dressed back then, etc. I found it on YouTube, if you’re interested.

What self care did you do this week?

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Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Swatches Part III

Here are the final 8 shades from my sample book.

Top to bottom: Conspiracy, Rapture, Amulet, ZZ, Naked, Backtalk, Stark Naked, Gubby.

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