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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dinair Pucker Up Smooth & Long Lasting Lip Stain Review and Swatches

Finally catching up on my blog posts! I'm back with some great new lip stains from Dinair. 

Dinar is well known for their airbrush makeup, but they recently launched their new Pucker Up long lasting lip stains.

Their are five shades in total but only three are available at the moment. 

I love the box packaging! The little heart cutout is adorable. 

Not only is the outside cute but so is the inside of the box. I thought the heart shaped lips printed inside was so sweet! 

I received the three current shades available in Vixen, Fire Starter, and Dollhouse.


Natural light 
L to R - Vixen, Fire Starter, and Dollhouse
Flash

Vixen is your classic pin up red. It's such a gorgeous color! This has been my current go to for a long lasting matte red lip! 

Fire Starter is my favorite of the bunch! Probably because I don't have any other orange matte lip stain. I am so excited for this. The color is absolutely gorgeous! It's such a great color for the Fall season. 

Dollhouse is a bright neon like pink. Pink is my favorite color so of course I love this one. Something about pink just makes me happy, so I gravitate towards anything pink! 

I forgot to include a pic of the applicator but it's a standard doe-foot applicator. 

Now on to how well these perform. I have had these for a few weeks already and have worn all three shades. All of them are extremely long lasting. I have worn these for eight plus hours and they lasted throughout the day with eating and drinking with very minor fading by the end of the day. You will need a good makeup wipe to remove them. 

Upon first application they apply smoothly and dry down to a matte finish. I never found them to feel uncomfortable on my lips but I'm accustomed to wearing a matte lip often. If it becomes to0 drying for you, you can always dab on a bit of lip balm. 

After they set they didn't transfer or smudge. 

They have a bit of a vanilla scent, that I enjoy. You only really smell it when opening the tube and at first application. 

Vixen lip swatch

Here I am wearing Fire Starter. How gorgeous is this color?! 

I definitely think these are worth checking out if you're looking for a super long lasting lip stain. I can't wait for the other colors to be released, which include a peachy nude and a purple shade! 

These are $20 each and can be purchased at http://www.airbrushmakeup.com/makeup/lipstains/ .

Received from P.R. for review. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Luscious Cosmetics Review and Swatches

About a month ago I was contacted from Luscious Cosmetics to see if I wanted to try their products. I had never heard of the company so I was intrigued. They are a company that was created with South Asian and middle eastern women skin tones in mind. The thing that grabbed my interest is that they are cruelty free. They don't test on animals nor do they use any animal derived ingredients. 


I had no idea what they were going to send, so I was pleasantly surprised that they sent quite a few different products for me to try out.

Rebel Lipstick $6.40
Signature lipstick in shade #3 Buff Pink $7.69
Lip Pencil in #04 Tangerine $3.12
Natural Light
L to R - Lip Pencil in Tangerine, lipstick in Rebel, and Signature lipstick in 03
Flash
Lip Swatches
Top - Signature lipstick in #3
Bottom - Rebel

The first thing I went for was the lip products, obviously! 

I was very excited when I opened up Rebel lipstick. From the looks of it in the tube it was a very bright coral. When I applied it I realized it was extremely creamy. It felt very buttery smooth, which made it more on the sheer side. It could be layered for more color payoff though. The weird thing though is despite it being so creamy it somehow clung to dry patches on my lips and settled in my lip lines. Also because of the buttery finish this lipstick faded quickly. It lasted about two hours on me. 

The signature lipstick in shade #3 is a natural cool pink. I loved the formula of this one. It had more of a opaque satin finish. It was much longer lasting than the other lipstick. It lasted a good five hours. I love this one! It's a great every day color.

I also got the lip pencil in Tangerine and I really love it. It's very creamy and glides on smoothly. It doesn't tug on the lips at all. I definitely would pick up more of these. I love a good lip pencil and this one is really nice.

Velvet Matte Oil Control Powder $10.41

Next I received a Velvet Matte Oil Control Powder in shade 1. It is infused with vitamins and minerals and claims to control shine, minimize pores and even out skin tone. I have been using this a lot. I really think it's a great setting powder. It is very fine and provides a nice soft focused airbrushed look. I have been using it to set my liquid foundation and love it. The only problem is the color is a tad too light for my skin tone. I think shade 2 would match me better, although as the cold weather nears shade 1 might work for me in the winter. I definitely recommend this powder.

Sparkling Face Shimmer $7.19
Next I got a Sparkling Face Shimmer in Gilded Peach.
This is absolutely gorgeous! It's a beautiful golden peach highlighter. It blends nicely. It gives a very beautiful glow in the skin. You can use it to highlight your cheeks and I even used it on my lids as a shadow. It's beautiful! Definite must have! 
Natural light
Flash

Powder Blush in Coral Glow $6.69
Natural light
Flash
Natural light
Left is a finger swatch and right is blended in
Flash
Lastly I got the powder blush in the shade Coral Glow. I was excited to see this shade. I love coral blushes. I think they suit my skin tone very well. This blush is so pigmented, more so than I assumed it would be. When I first used it, I was a little too heavy handed with it lol, but luckily it blends in nicely. I didn't have any problems with it fading. It lasted all day. As you can see in the flash swatch photo above it has a glowy finish. It's not glittery or sparkly it just gives a soft glow to the cheeks. I love it! I would definitely pick up more of these blushes. 

This is a pic of me wearing everything above. I have the sparkling face powder to highlight and as my lid color on my eyes. On my lips I'm wearing the tangerine lip pencil and Rebel lipstick.

I thoroughly enjoyed these products with the exception of Rebel lipstick as it wasn't as long wearing as I would have liked. 

Overall I would definitely recommend checking out Luscious Cosmetics at http://www.iloveluscious.com/default.asp . They do ship internationally but I was also told that they would be stocking their products in the U.S. soon! If I get more details on that, I'll update this post with that info.

Hope you all have a great weekend! :)

Products received for review.

Back to Blogging! Update!

I've been away from my blog for a bit. It's actually been about a month, but I had to take a bit of a break for health reasons.

To basically cut to the chase I have been dealing with a lot of anxiety. I few months ago I started getting some sharp pains in my head. They would come every so often. Initially I just ignored it, but then I started to get them more frequently and they were more intense. I decided to go see my Dr.. She decided I should get a CT scan, so I went along and did that and the results were fine. 

I still continued to get these pains though. I was getting them every day. I started to really worry a lot! I was just wondering what it could possibly be. I started to google my symptoms which is a terrible idea but I did it anyways. It just caused me even more anxiety reading everything I was looking up. 

About 4 weeks ago I got a pain which then caused me to get a severe panic attack. Everything was just really taking it's toll on me. I ended up in the ER. All of the ER tests came back fine. The ER Dr. suggested I get an MRI of my head to really make sure nothing was in there. 

After getting out of the hospital I was pretty much a mess with anxiety every day. I was actually very depressed. I was crying every day. The thought of something serious being wrong was very scary to me. A big reason why I felt so depressed about everything was because last year my uncle passed away from cancer. He had a brain tumor. The fact that I was going to be tested for the same thing my uncle passed away from was terrifying. Not only that my my grandpa had it as well. 

Thankfully I had my parents and brother to help me through all of this while my husband was at work everyday. 

The last couple weeks my pains have calmed down. I don't get them every day nor are they as severe as they had been months ago. 

I finally had my MRI last Wednesday and I just got my results and I am extremely happy to say I have no tumors. Everything with the MRI came out fine. Thank god! 

I still need to follow up with the neurologist so we can figure out what was causing me these pains. It could possible be my jaw causing me pain. Years ago after I had my wisdom teeth removed my jaw basically stayed locked every day. I never followed up with that so that could be the issue. I'm not going to over think things or google anything anymore. I'm leaving it all up to my doctors! Lol! I have an appointment with the neurologist at the beginning of next year. January 7th to be exact. I will talk with him about my jaw and all my symptoms so we can get to the bottom of these issues. 

From now on I'm gonna just try not to worry. Since I got my good MRI results I feel as if a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. 

I plan on getting back to blogging right away since I'm currently feeling much better. 

I have a lot of great stuff to blog about, so be on the look out for new posts asap! :)