Colourpop Review and first giveaway

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I have been wanting to try some ColourPop lippies since I ran out of my theBalm products a month or so back and decided Black Friday would be a good time to go for it! I was attempting to add three new colors to my collection:

  1. A Kylie Jenner-esque nude
  2. An everyday nude pink to replace my Balm product (that is $18 a tube)
  3. A vampy-undertone red wine

After doing some research I decided on:

  1. Beeper
  2. Clueless
  3. Are N Be

I also purchased two self-sharpening lip liner pencils.

  1. For Beeper, I didn’t buy a pencil, instead opting to use my nude liner from Ulta
  2. For Clueless, I purchased the recommended Contempo pencil
  3. For Are N Me, I purchased the recommended LBB pencil

Swatches and Review

 

Beeper: This is a great dupe for Kyle Jenner Dolce K, this lippie is a perfect light nude brown for fall and winter.

Clueless: A spot-on dupe for Kylie Jenner Candy K and a pretty everyday nude pink

Are N Be: The third Kylie dupe seemed too dark to me so I went with Are N Be instead which appeared to be a little more plum. It was a mistake for what I was looking for. I never do well with dark lipsticks and this one has too many purple undertones for me.

 

I am doing a giveaway for this product and the matching lip liner, LBB! Scroll to the bottom of the post to learn how to enter.

Formula

Compared to other similar mattes, I would say the finish is medium moisture. Compared to my two other favorite matte lippies:

BareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolor: BareMinerals’ product is definitely dryer on the lips and leaves my chapped winter lips looking a little sad.

theBalm Cosmetics Meet Matte: theBalm has more moisture which some people find comfy on the lips and some find overly drippy and hard to work with.

ColourPop is a happy medium. Not dripping off the brush, but hardy enough that the light and medium shades don’t show imperfections.

This product definitely has wear power and you will need a good exfoliator and makeup remover to get it off. I wouldn’t recommend putting on a shade you don’t intend to stick with once your makeup is done.

The lip liners are super nice. I immediately felt the difference between by Ulta product’s dryness and lack of precision compared to the ColourPop variety.

Price

The reason people love ColourPop is the price. You can’t beat it! I used the $5 intro offer and caught the Black Friday special, bringing my total to $24 with shipping. I couldn’t even buy and ship one BareMinerals or theBalm product for the cost of five.

REMEMBER: Due to the “low cost nature” of the product, there are no returns except for items damaged upon arrival. So choose wisely!

Btw, check out my fabulous brows! They were done my Alexandria at the Ulta store in Deptford, NJ and she did an amazing job keeping my brows full and fleeky. Comment for more details or the products used in this look.

GIVEAWAY

I am doing a giveaway for the ColourPop liquid lipstick Are N Be, a deep plum perfect for winter, and the matching lip liner, LBB! The products you will receive are the exact ones shown in the pictures which were used for swatches only.

To enter, like, share and comment on this post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fbianca.blando%2Fposts%2F1510658955617179&width=500

The winner will be announced December 17!

This is my first giveaway and if it gets a good response, I have two Aurora Bands (the UK and FB hair sensation) to give away next.

Thanks and happy holidays,

BGB

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Rouge Collection Review

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Today I was so lucky to receive three shades from the new Artist Rouge lipstick collection from Make Up For Ever*. The collection has 45 shades total, all cremes and mattes, and will be sold at Sephora. Artist Rouge is meant to be a highly pigmented, long-wearing, comfortable product. Let’s get started!

The three shades I was sent are…

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C502: Creme lilac with grey undertones

C404: Creme true red with blue undertones

C211: Creme mauve pink with purple undertones

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Colors

I really like all three colors for different reasons. The lilac isn’t super weird but is definitely different. For fall, it will be super pretty with neutral and golden eye looks to dress up tights and a baggy sweater. Still, I can’t see myself wearing it daily.

The red is totally classic. The bullet style applicator is easy to use and doesn’t cause a lot of smearing which is super important in reds.

The mauve will probably be a go-to for every day for me. It is pretty neutral on my olive skin tone. It resembles a mauvey nude I used to have from the Balm back in the day.

(Excuse my horribly unlined lips above. I was so excited that I just started slapping them on. )

Formula

Just in the short time I’ve been wearing the product I can definitely tell it’s long wearing. It sticks to your skin so be careful to use liner and concealer for a clean line when applying. The formula is incredibly comfortable on the lips. It doesn’t need a thick coating to look fresh. I forgot I was wearing it because it didn’t come off on my drinking glass or feel sticky. This may be one of the most worry free formulas I’ve tried in a long time, almost having the effect of a liquid lipstick which really stays put. The one-two punch of a comfortable long-wear that doesn’t feel cakey or dry is a real winner.

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Packaging

My favorite section. These lipsticks feel very professional. They are encased in a black, matte, metal tubing with simple branding. They click shut so no worrying about the cap popping off in your bag. The metal is very cool to the touch and feels durable.

Final Thoughts

I will definitely be purchasing more neutral colors of this product when it arrives in my local Sephora! The formula is long wearing, doesn’t fade, crease or smear, and feels like bare lips.

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*All products shown above were freely provided to me through Influenster to test. All opinions are my own.*

March Ipsy Glam Bag Review

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Spring has (sort of) sprung here in New Jersey and thankfully that spirit was reflected in this month’s ipsy glam bag! From the whimsical floral pattern to the lightweight products inside, this bag will definitely get you ready for warmer weather ahead!

Be a Bombshell Cosmetics: Baked Bronzer “Heat Wave”

This is probably the sheerest bronzer I’ve ever seen. Even with water it’s extremely light and dry. This is great for my oily, natural girls looking for subtle color that barely needs blending. For girls looking to contour, stick with something else like Too Faced: Chocolate Soleil.

Ofra Cosmetics: Eyeliner “Green Go”

I was hesitant about receiving a colored liner but this green is an olive with gold undertones. It will be super flattering on all my brown-eyed mavens as well as hazels. The consistency is not super creamy but also not overly dry. It should be a nice product for summer because it won’t melt away. Stay tuned for a day and night look perfect for festivals in the works with this product!

ModelCo: Lip Lacquer “Socialite”

This super long-wearing lipstick is super pigmented and the hugh I received is a nice orange-based red for olive complexions with a summer tan. My only criticism is the same I have for all of ModelCo’s products: they are gel based. I prefer cream-based products for my combination skin because it doesn’t stick to dry patches BUT gels are nice for summer as they give a more natural look that fades beautifully. This is a true stay-put lacquer and will be an asset for otherwise neutral summer night looks. (Think gold sandals and a white lace dress with metallic eyes.)

Evologie: Intensive Blemish Serum

I truly despise ipsy in the moment I unpacked this product because as much as I am generally a happy ipster, I have sensitive skin and can use very few products on my face so this one will sadly have to be re-gifted. No reviews here.

IT Cosmetics: Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer “Light”

So I have been DYING to try this stuff! My mom swears by IT Cosmetics for the anti-aging properties used in their products and though pricey, they certainly have a cult following. That being said, I had high hopes for this product and I wasn’t disappointed. It definitely covered any darkness under my eyes and anywhere else on my face for that matter.  But alas, this product is not for me. I wish it was designed for the pretty twenty-somethings shown on the infomercials but this product really is designed for an older demographic. The product felt like a thick plaster on my face and is clearly more useful for severe cases that have developed over time. This is beyond full-coverage and I would only use it for a special occasion with a full contour and falsies.

Overall, definitely a bag I can usher in spring with!

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Review: Loreal Extraordinary Oil Haircare

Hi lovelies! I hope you had an amazing weekend. The weather here in the northeast is slowly starting to turn toward spring. I’m using the transition time to get myself warm weather ready! I’m sure a lot of you deal with the same beauty issues in winter as I do, mostly dryness. My nails get thin, skin gets dry and hair and scalp become lifeless and dull. That’s why I was so excited to receive my latest Influenster Voxbox with complimentary products to test and review! This box features the (drumroll please)…

New Loreal Extraordinary Oil Hair Care System!

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Different Influensters received different products based on their hair texture. For my medium thickness, moderately wavy hair, I received three full-sized products:

  • Nourishing Shampoo (12.6 oz) retail: $3.99 (Target)
  • Nourishing Conditioner (12.6 oz) retail: $3.99 (Target)
  • Lustrous Oil Serum (3.4 oz) retail: $5.99 (Target)

The system uses all natural oils and extracts like coconut, sunflower and rose to treat hair and add natural looking volume and shine.

I was excited to try the product but waited a couple days so I had dry, dirty hair to work with. My first impressions were good! I used the products in order. They all have a sweet, natural smell to them that seems authentic. If you’ve used argan oil before, the smell is in that family but better and less strong. Also, you know I love packaging. It would be nice if Loreal stepped out of the box of basic goldish packaging for an oil based shampoo. Still, the packaging is impressively sturdy- I’m certain the bottle will sit straight in a slippery shower and the clasp won’t break the lid off halfway through.

The shampoo lathered thoroughly and quickly with very little product. After rinsing, I set the conditioner for 1-3 minutes per the instructions. Once I washed it out, my hair felt a little tangly but overall, normal.

I dried my hair to damp using my Turbie Twist towel, then brushed and applied the serum. The serum can be used before and after shampooing and after styling as a final polish. It has a really nice texture. It doesn’t feel overly heavy or greasy.

I then heat protected and blew dry. I did feel like my hair dried faster than usual! By the time the hair was dry, there was noticeably less frizz than usual. (I have a lion mane of hair.) My texture seemed wavier than usual and more voluminous. No signs of dry scalp at all. It definitely felt softer to the touch.

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I curled my hair into loose waves using my 1-inch rounded barrel flat iron. The curls came out looser than usual and as I was ironing, I could tell that the hair definitely was softer. The products had the same effect as when I first get a fresh hair cut and style.

When I finished, I applied another small drop of the serum and that helped contain any small frizzies.

My style held well enough that I didn’t need to reapply heat the next day, just a gentle brush and a little more serum and I was out the door! My mom and coworkers complimented my hair so there was definitely a noticeable difference in look. I did still spot a few dead ends but nothing more than usual.

I generally wash my hair every third day and I was still able to do that. The oil in the formula did not make my hair greasy. However, I generally use a spritz of dry shampoo on my hair the third day to zap up any oil. When I used it, it had no effect whatsoever after using these products.

Overall, I’m really happy with the products and the price is inexpensive. The company also provided a coupon so we can buy again and unless something changes, I will! A lot of times I don’t feel like shampoos and conditioners really make a difference in hair texture but my hair felt noticeably softer, I had no dryness, the pleasant smell prevailed despite hot tools. This one is a winner in my book!

Check out that volume in the before and after pictures below!

Are you an Influenster? Comment below about your experience with the latest Voxbox.

January ipsy Bag

As promised, a January ipsy bag opening and review! This bag just arrived in the mail today and most of my girlfriends haven’t even received theirs yet so hopefully I can give all of you ipsters awaiting your bags a sneak peek.

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Let me first take a moment to appreciate this Warholesque bag. It really is a piece of art in itself and makes a real statement. This year’s cosmetic bags have really upped the ante with new textures, shapes, and historical and cultural influences. Score one for ipsy. Now on to the products…

Screenshot 2016-01-14 at 11.16.33 AMThis month’s bag is so on trend! I give it a 4/5 stars.

First up, Ofra Cosmetics with an eyebrow pencil! I have been loving my Elizabeth Mott Queen of Brow since I received that in a bag a few months back. Having naturally full brows, a gel formula is usually enough for me for everyday. But I had been thinking I’d like a pencil for going out to get those enviable sharp lines. And here it is! This shade is a universal brown. We will see how well that goes once blended. If you’re a fellow ash brown girl, feel free to comment below and I can give you a heads up if this will work for you once I try it out. (Ash browns have golden undertones instead of red like most brunettes so root covers, extensions and brow pencils often appear too red and thus unnatural on us.) EDIT: This pencil is a true brown and safe for all my fellow ashes!

Next, another product from theBalm! I was always obsessed with the packing of theBalm and the names and quirkiness of the brand as a preteen aimlessly admiring the shelves of Sephora. It seemed like as soon as I was old enough to afford (and pull off) all the brand’s fabulous mattes, it disappeared! Now it seems that ipsy and theBalm.com (haha thebalm dot com, that’s great) are the only reputable places to find the stuff! I am always so excited to get these products and this is no exception as I have been craving a deep chocolate pencil for easy, daytime looks. (FYI: This one has a plum tonality.)Sometimes black liner is just so severe. This self-sharpening pencil is very fine and should make application a breeze.

Beau Paris, mon cherie! This brush feels EXACTLY like my MAC Enchanted Eve brushes that I got for Christmas and it looks like them too! This smudge brush will be so soft against the eyelid that it will be perfect for day time looks and detail work when your Sephora brush is just pulling too much product. A nice addition to my collection.

Yum! This stuff smells delish. Not just peppermint but peppermint CREME for the win! But is it just me or does this brand, Lasting Smiles, sounds dentisty/teeth whiteny? I don’t know. Someone comment about this brand and give me the 411. I can never have too much lip balm especially this time of year. I keep a tube in every jacket pocket, handbag, work locker, you get the picture.

Finally, a palette. Palettes are a great value in ipsy bags because even a decent drugstore one costs close to $10 and the whole bag is $10 BUT this palette is called Falling Leaves…and rightfully so. Yes, neutrals can be used all year round. Yes, this is an eye-makeup focused bag. And yes, I am happy to have a small palette with taupe, brown and rose-tone because those are my everyday shades and the small package makes for easy carrying. HOWEVER, it’s rightfully a fall name for a fall palette. And I can’t help but feel a teensy bit failed on this particular item because  it seems like something they had chilling in the magical, mythical ipsy warehouse from October. Weird? I know I know.

So that’s this month’s roundup, kids! Have a great rest of your week and share share share those ipsy thoughts and reviews when you get your bags in the comments below.

And if you haven’t joined ipsy yet, skip the waitlist and join now.

xo,

BGB

December ipsy Bag

Hi guys! Happy (belated) Holidays! I have been busy working the holiday retail grind and have not been active here on PT so today I hope to update ipsy and Influenster for you guys. I have two new bags and a Voxbox to share deets on and this Vox, I was able to try yet-to-be-released products so I’m super excited to give you guys the inside scoop before these go BIG.

Ready? Let’s get started with my review of December’s ipsy bag!

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The first product I received for December was the Julie G Longwear Nail Polish in Pin Up Girl. Love the name (vintage is so in when it comes to beauty packaging right now). However, the color leaves much to be desired. It reminds me of the shiny, cliche Christmas red I wore in the fifth grade before mattes were a thing. I can’t imagine any fashionable fifties femme would rock this. The formula is average, nothing much to talk about.

Item two: lip liner! Score! I LOVE lip liner and have been going through my nude ones literally weekly lately so I was so excited to receive a new one. Initially I was thrown and thought this product was neon pink like the cap but it’s nude! This is a product from ModelCo. I find their products to be about a 7 in quality- better than drugstore but the highlighting palette I received from them is not as pigmented as I’d like. Still, their packaging is definitely model worthy. The cases are hardy and they have deep wells so you get a lot of product in a small space.

Next up is an all-natural product with the most darling packaging! This nude natural lipstick is from Pacifica. Though it’s a little drying the color is FABULOUS. It really works as a perfect rosey nude on us olive-complected girls. This line is available at Target which makes it easy to get a refill when you undoubtedly use this one up.

Finally, a hair mask. Again, one of my favorite products to receive. Since my balayage, I take extra care to use a deep conditioner on my ends at least weekly to keep my color healthy. This Marc Anthony product is gentle enough to be used on color-treated hair and uses coconut and shea butter to make your hair feel and smell like you just walked off the beach. Definitely getting me into the summer mood.

I was so excited to see a new brand in this box in the form of Jersey Shore Cosmetics because A) It’s an exfoliating lip scrub and other than exfoliating my lips with a toothbrush, I’ve never really delved into lip exfoliation. During these winter months on the east coast, I could totally use this product. But B) The product is made right here in New Jersey in small batches. You know I’m all about supporting the cause of local businesses.

Let me tell you guys, this stuff smells ah-ma-zing. I use it in the shower and it does an awesome job without making my lips feel raw. It does a nice job on cuticles too!

 

*Pro tip: If you’re new to exfoliation, don’t break out it out for the first time on the night of a hot date. Exfoliation is an overnight/Sunday afternoon activity. If you use this product (or any comparable one) and then try to go straight into your lip routine you will fail miserably. Your skin (yes, even your lip skin) will shed and sloff off. That’s what exfoliation does! And you’ll end up with all little chunks in your lipstick. Not cute.

 

A special note for ipsters everywhere: Tons of people ask me, “B, how do you get such great bags? It seems like you always like almost every product. My bags stink!” My answer to this is review, review, review. I review every single bag and not just yay or nay. I give details. I take my time to use the product, watch YouTube videos on application, and then make my decision. I give good feedback and retake my style quiz with the seasons. ask and you shall receive, ladies.

 

Now head on over to the beauty section for the January ipsy bag review! It just arrived today! And if you haven’t already, join ipsy now! Use my referral code by clicking here and skip the wait list.

 

Thanks,

BGB

November Ipsy! Beauty Blast

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This month’s Ipsy came and boy is this bag killller. It’s sending me to galaxies far, far away…

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Tucker Ashley Perfecting Moisturizer

I’ve never heard of this brand but it smells really good and the white tube makes it feel somehow high-endy. Just me?

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

I have used this guy before. I like it a lot! It reminds me of a stiletto mascara: lacking a little in volume but great for long, spiky length. And the name is just cheeky enough.

ModelCo Highlighting Trio

Me? Model? You shouldn’t have! But seriously, the only thing better than gel formula is a cream and this blends better. I love having a gold, silver/white, and peachy glow all in one palette.

Absolute NY Nano Liner

Who doesn’t love a product with nano in the name that promises a thin precise eye line? I’m in! Comment for a tutorial.  

Trestique Matte Lip Crayon

I’ve gotten Trestique products in Ipsy bags before and I like them. I would compare them to elf quality. The matte only makes it better.

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