We have *literally* talked about getting this post out ALL month, but things (like birthdays) kept us busy.
The Lip Bar liquid matte
If – sorry WHEN – you read the last post about IMATS 2016, you’ll see that I picked up a liquid matte lipstick from The Lip Bar in the shade “Bawse Lady” (2 snaps for the name). Now, The Lip Bar is a black-owned lipstick company has been around for a few years and I’ve always heard really good things about them, mainly that they use natural products and the colours are bomb. From their site:
“The Lip Bar maintains the idea that beauty doesn’t have to compromise health. In that, our lipsticks offer a unique blend of natural ingredients like shea butter, avocado oil and jojoba oil, designed to moisturize, soften and amplify lips all while setting consumers apart with intoxicatingly bold colors.”
I always stop by their booth at IMATS, but it wasn’t until this year that I purchased one of their products – a liquid matte. I swatched it on my hand, and loved how quickly and beautifully it dried and then didn’t budge. The red was AMAZING and I decided that I HAD to have it.
BUT YO, when I wore the colour for the first time…. It felt like my life had changed! This is hands down THE best red I have ever owned (and I own a few really great shades). It applied smoothly, and when it dried with a smooth matte finish, it didn’t move. I ate, drank and talked for a few hours and people were still asking me about the product by the end of the evening. I asked one person “Oh is it still on?” to which she replied “OMG absolutely!” My ONLY regret was not getting more shades, because the colours were amazing! Also, they’re affordable ($11.90 USD).
This is a most definite GET IT!
Forever Young by Jean Pierre Pore Control Green Tea Face Mask
SHOCKER ALERT – one of us is talking about a mask.
You see these masks urrrrrywhere, eh? The options are endless as there are different kinds for whatever results you desire, and I picked this one up since it was for pore control. I constantly try all different ways to control the appearance of my pores.
The box ($7.99 at Winners) contained 5 sheets and the instructions are quite simple: apply the mask to clean, dry skin and hang around for a bit looking like Jason from Friday the 13th. And while that isn’t said, it sure is understood.
I didn’t mind the smell and it soothes as the time passes and liquid is absorbed into the skin. The instructions ended with saying to rub the excess liquid onto your skin (as opposed to rinsing) after about 10 mins) once the mask has been removed. Once I let my skin air-dry, it felt smooth and my complexion was radiant, added to that it seemed to tighten my skin which in turn reduced the appearance of my pores. I feel there would be benefits with consistent use, so thankfully it’s so affordable!
This is another GET IT for me!
GIFI is a little late this month. It’s been busy. September and October are our birthday months at TNL so they were busy. But we would never leave you hanging. Better late than never, right?
The first product I picked up in September was from one of my very favourite skincare brands, Boscia. you might recall me singing the praises of their Tsubaki Beauty Oil in previous posts.
I picked up Boscia’s Exfoliating Peel Gel in the 5 oz. size for $42. It comes in a container with a pump. This is a small detail , but much appreciated as that makes it portioned and easy to dispense.
This is a very unique product and I have never used anything like it from another brand. It is a nice alternative to traditional gritty scrubs.
So here is the scoop on this innovative product:
The Exfoliating Peel Gel is a skin care treatment designed to buff and lift away dirt, oil, dead cells, and impurities from the face for a glowy complexion. Used on dry skin, it delivers unique molecules that bond together to adhere to old, dead skin cells, allowing an antioxidant-rich blend of multi-fruit alpha hydroxy acids to perform deep exfoliation process like a professional chemical peel. A final antioxidant-powered blend is delivered to the skin at the end, brimming with pomegranate enzymes to visibly firm and brighten. Skin is instantly, and over time, given a softer, firmer, smoother, brighter, clearer, and more rejuvenated look and feel.
To use the Exfoliating Peel Gel , you apply to cleansed , dry skin and massages it into your face for two minutes. What happens next , you need to see to believe. The product quickly turns into little balls on your skin.
It turns out that these little balls are not only bits of product but also dead sloughed off skin. Once you have completed this, you rinse and dry your face and you are donezo.
The gel is easy and actually kind of fun to use. The little balled up bits can stick to your face but I find that if I follow with a face wash or scrub , or even dry my face well with a towel afterwards it is no problem.
I have to say that I definitely noticed a difference after introducing the Exfoliating Peel Gel into my skincare regimen. My skin is absolutely brighter and softer and I feel that my makeup applies more evenly and I need to use very little as a result. I use the peel a few times a week and find that I get less bits of skin and product ( sorry , no nice way to describe it) the more I use it.
I am completely impressed with Boscia’s Exfoliating Peel Gel and it has definitely become one of my skincare staples. I highly recommend it. GET IT!
Recently , I decided that I would turn to the drugstore in an attempt to find a dupe for the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish natural. I use this powder to set my foundation and zap shiny areas on hot days. After reading some reviews , I picked up the Physician’s Formula Super BB All in One Beauty Palm Powder.
My pet peeve is officially products with needlessly long names.
I was looking for something that is not chalky or heavy but contains a bit of as translucent blotting powders can leave me with a white cast. I thought the BB powder could be perfect given its description:
Beauty Balm Powder form for a smoothing effect that instantly diffuses the appearance of imperfections, evens out skin tone and minimizes the appearance of pores.Weightless powder acts as a protective veil from moisture loss so skin looks and feels smooth, glowing and naturally flawless.
Sounds good, right?
Now, my first beef is that Physicians Formula is pricey for drugstore makeup. This compact set me back $19.99. I honestly don’t mind coughing up the moola for products that are actually great. But this is…not.
This powder applies unevenly and patchy on my skin. This probably could, be rectified with a fluffy brush or a beauty sponge. However , that is not my biggest gripe.
My main problem with the BB Powder is the shade.
Now, I usually will not hold the shade against a product because colour matching can be tricky, but in this case I was very disappointed. With drugstore products, swatching and sometimes returning are not an option, so you really have to take a leap of faith when choosing your shades.
Please note, I purchased the powder in the shade ‘medium deep’.
Yep. Medium. DEEP.
This looks like a highlighter on my skin. The colour is extremely light for me, I am not sure how this was formulated as a deep shade as there is clearly nothing deep about it.
This is a no go for me. On the bright side, I have something in mind for Halloween that this product might be perfect for. FORGET IT!