Texas Summer, London Fog Dreams

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Happy National Lipstick Day, loves! Little makes me happier than a perfect lippie. A swipe of color can make you feel confident, pulled together, and elevate a look like no other accessory can!

 

Today, let’s discuss Gerard Cosmetics’ lipstick in London Fog. I’ve been holding on to this baby for quite awhile! If you remember (or just want a refresher), I reviewed Gerard’s Hydra-Matte Liquid Lipstick awhile back, and had nothing but good to say about it. Unfortunately, that’s not quite the case with London Fog, but it does have both pros and cons to consider before purchase:

 

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Sephora Play! February Box

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You know the drill! Now that I’ve had a whole month to test out the Sephora Play! box from February, it’s time to share my findings with you all.

 

I’m quite excited about what February had to offer, (and looking forward to my March box, but hello.. it’s the 21st – why isn’t it here already?) and had lots of fun playing with the unusual amount of color products in this month’s curation.

 

Let’s start with the Tom Ford Black Orchid fragrance and work clockwise, shall we?

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Play! by Sephora – Feeling December Disappointment in January

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In my December review of November’s Play!, I hinted that I was less than pleased with this box.

Let me clarify beforehand: I love several of these products. Some of the main reasons I’ve been so frustrated with these boxes are –

 

  1. I feel that they consistently lack cohesion.
  2. The service has been redic – for example, this box was shipped on December 15th and didn’t arrive until the 26th (est. delivery was the 19th). I understand this was right around the Christmas rush, but it’s happened with every box before it, too.
  3. Presentation is also kind of a fail. The white confetti that’s stuffed inside always leaves a film of white powder on every product. It makes them feel grimy and gross. Also, as you can see in the picture above, they actually sent out stapled sample packets this month. REALLY?

 

Now, let’s get down to the finer details. This month’s theme was “Oh, What Fun!”, which honestly made little sense to me. Perhaps if the curation had contained bright colors, or festive products, or something that said fun in any way, I would feel differently.

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Pretty in Pastels with Make Up For Ever Artist Palette 3

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Pastels and florals for Spring – SO overdone, right!?

 

Just kidding! Like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” during the holidays, I never get tired of these staple fresh Spring collections. Everything is in bloom, the weather warms up (seriously, our highs are in the 70’s here in Texas this week) and macaron-colored cardigans replace our black peacoats.

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November’s Episode of Play! By Sephora

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So, a couple of nights ago when I posted this picture on Instagram, I hinted that I was less than pleased with last month’s Play box. On a side note, I think I’ll just go ahead and make reviewing each box a month late a thing ?

 

This month’s theme was ‘The Exclusives’. I get introducing clients to brands that are only carried within Sephora, because it practically ensures that you’ll fall in love with something you can only buy there, and always be a repeat client. That being said.. Play subscribers are already loyal to Sephora. I feel like each month’s curated selection should either work in conjunction to achieve a common goal, or have some other cohesive theme. It seemed to me that these products were all random 100-point gifts thrown into a box together.

 

The individual products here, however, are all good quality.

 

If you’ve never tried Josie Maran’s argan oil, it’s an all-purpose miracle worker that deserves a space in everyone’s routine. This argan oil is organic and full of vitamin E, making it hydrating and nourishing to the skin.

 

Stella by Stella McCartney is a beauuuuuuutiful fragrance! Assuming you like rose, of course – which I do! I loved this fragrance the moment I smelled it on a magazine tear-out when I was in high school. This is the only one I actually didn’t know was exclusive to Sephora (I don’t think this has always been the case).

 

Have you been searching for a lip plumper ever since you saw Kylie Jenner’s new lips last year? Buxom full-on lip cream is a classic choice! All their lip products are plumpers that have a tingly, cinnamon-y feel and taste to them. Years ago, I was obsessed with the gloss in ‘Bambi’, but ‘Dolly’ is a best-selling neutral shade. The lip cream formula is also thicker and more opaque than the glosses, but still maintains a shiny finish.

 

While I do like Sephora’s creamy liners, I found this electric blue pencil to be very out of season. It’s not even a trend shade, so the inclusion of ‘My Boyfriend’s Jeans’ was a puzzling choice to showcase the contour eye pencil’s formula.

 

At last! My favorite product of the month- Bite Beauty’s High Pigment lipstick in Rhubarb. I have several Bite lip products because they’re just AMAZING! Natural, full of antioxidants, and so conditioning to my poor perma dry/flaky lips. They’re also beautiful and pigmented, and wear for basically forever. Rhubarb is described as a plum rose, which I agree with, but it has some warmth to it as well. These pencils also give me more of a satin than matte finish, but definitely not shiny.

 

Finally, we have Make Up For Ever’s new Step 1 primer in the hydrating formula. This version came out as a replacement for the old HD formula, which I actually loved. The new one isn’t half bad either! My skin is often dry and flaky, but this smoothed right over those dry patches and visibly helped the texture of my foundation.

 

That’s all there is! Spoiler alert: December’s box is leaving a much worse taste in my mouth. I’ll update you all once I’ve tried everything!

 

 

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette 1

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This week, posting has been a struggle. My son has been taken to urgent care for a spider bite, I went to urgent care myself, and I’m in the middle of a career change that means I’ll be starting a new job tomorrow. Talk about crazy! When life throws itself at you all at once, you crave a place of neutral territory. It can be your couch, a garden, the gym, or a man cave – anywhere that lets you unwind and take a break from the world.

 

For me, it’s my bed or my son’s nursery. They’re familiar settings with soothing colors and comfortable accommodations that allow me to calm and center myself.

 

Enter Make Up For Ever’s Artist Palette 1 – neutral territory in makeup form! The shades are easy to use, workable, and go with anything, but there’s still something special about them that sets them apart. The cushiony formula is just like your favorite arm chair: soft and low maintenance. A swipe of any of these colors yields brilliant color payoff without requiring much work.

 

Did I say ANY of these colors? Yes, any! That means even applying the deep black is a breeze, allowing you to cut a crease or smoke out the whole eye area with blendable ease.

 

Holy grail status – check!

 

 

Make Up For Ever Artist Palette 2

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Do I even need to talk about how pretty and perfect these shadows are, or can you just stare at the picture and surmise for yourself?

 

Just kidding, of course 🙂 I could talk about makeup all day!

 

This collection from Make Up For Ever is a gift from one of the greatest makeup gods, and the creator of the line, Dany Sanz. Her shadows have been renowned by artists for years, but are now being acclaimed at a consumer level as well. I think a lot of that success has to do with the introduction of palettes from the brand. They’re very client-friendly, with generous eyeshadow portions, and sold at a fantastic price point!

 

The formula is extremely unique. Think of a powder-gel hybrid that applies smooth and buttery, and offers incredible wear time. Something I particularly enjoy about this palette are the beautiful jewel tones. Each color achieves depth and dimension without being a glitter bomb, and can be applied wet or dry to achieved a foiled or soft shimmery finish.

 

If you love fun colors, but are afraid of not being able to blend them, these are perfect to work with! And for my fellow artists, they fit perfectly in a kit and travel extremely well. You can’t go wrong with Make Up For Ever shadows!