A while back I picked up an e.l.f. Lip Stain at Big Lots after spotting a few of the Studio Line there. I picked up Fashionista because I thought it would be a nice summer color, and seeing as the weather has been in the upper 70's-80's here, it's time to break into the corals and pinks!
This is a dual ended product - one side being the stain and the other side having the gloss. The stain itself is very light and smooth. It leaves a matte finish if worn on its own. The gloss is also quite light, not thick and gloppy like some "long lasting" products tend to be. Both applicators are a typical, small size, doe foot.
I spotted the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Limited Edition collection, which I believe is for spring/summer. There are 5 new shades/patterns: Antique Chic, Sweet Marble Floret, Twinkle Bell, Good Morning Glory, and Vine and Dine. I am very partial to Vine and Dine and Twinkle Bell - so springy!
Who is it for: All skin types and complexions.
Why is it different: It's the ideal mix of makeup and skin care to perfect and pamper the complexion.
NEW bareMinerals READY Blush delivers skin-nourishing benefits for softer, smoother skin while enhancing cheeks with a gorgeous flush of lasting color.
NEW Prime Time Neutralizing Foundation Primer visibly calms skin, reduces appearance of redness, and primes skin for a flawless foundation application.
bareMinerals Original SPF 15 bareMinerals Foundation and SPF 20 Concealer provides flawless coverage without clumping, caking, or drying out skin.
Creamy, waterproof Nude Glow Primer Shadow delivers a soft champagne shimmer on the eyes, while Rock Star Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss gives you full, luscious lips in a soft pink melon shimmer.
How do I use it:Apply one pump of Prime Time Neutralizing Foundation Primer into hands. Massage an even layer all over face, to visibly even skin tone.
Use the Swirl, Tap, Buff application to apply Original SPF 15 Foundation with the Full Flawless Face Brush for medium-to-full coverage.
Pat SPF 20 Concealer under the eye area, around the nose and lips, and on any areas of concern with the Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush.
Smooth Prime Time Primer Shadow in Nude Glow on the eyes from lid to crease for a sweep of champagne shimmer. Use your finger or a brush to apply.
Lightly buff bareMinerals READY Blush in The Natural High onto apples of cheeks with the Full Flawless Face Brush for a golden petal peach flush of color. You can also pat it into the crease of the eye as a contour color using the Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush.
Swipe Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Rock Star onto the lips for a perfectly pillow, soft pink melon shimmer.
1-fl-oz Prime Time Neutralizing Foundation Primer--NEW
0.21-oz bareMinerals READY Blush in The Natural High, a golden petal peach--NEW
0.10-fl-oz Prime Time Primer Shadow in Nude Glow, a champagne shimmer--NEW
0.15-fl-oz Marvelous Moxie Lip gloss in Rock Star, a pink peach shimmer--NEW
0.28-oz Original SPF 15 Foundation in choice of 12 shades--three-time Customer Choice Award Winner for Best Foundation
0.07-oz SPF 20 Bisque Concealer--2011 Customer Choice Award Winner for Best Concealer
Full Flawless Face Brush
Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
Made in China/Canada/USA
Up next, the Marvelous Moxie lip glosses, which are the newest version of their famous lip gloss. I have always loved the BE lip glosses, from the original Buxom's to the Natural lip glosses they had a while back. After using these for a few weeks, I would actually consider these to be somewhat of a combo of the two glosses.
Marvelous Moxie are rich and luxurious, but actually have a nice sheer color to them. This particular color, Rock Star, is a peachy pink with golden/peach shimmer. When applied, it's just a nice hint of color, but not too opaque. The shimmer is slight enough on the lips to not be over-the-top. The consistency is thick, but it stays put and doesn't bleed. There is the slightest cooling/tingling sensation, but not as extreme as the Buxom's
The other two items I was anxious to try were the two Prime Time items. Below is the Prime Time Primer Shadow in Nude Glow. Similar to other primer shadows, this is versatile enough to be worn alone or under your eyeshadow to help intensify the color. The applicator is a squeeze tube - I actually squeeze it out onto my finger and apply to the lid. Nude Glow is a beautiful skintone color with a slight shimmer. It really brightens the lid, and I am really enjoying this as my "go to" on days I need basic and neutral look.
The other Prime Time product in this set is the neutralizing face primer. This is a foundation primer, and the "neutralizing" version is yellow in color, which helps reduce redness and prepare the skin for your foundation.
The consistency is quite liquid, which surprised me. I'm used to using the foundation primers like Smashbox Photo Ready primer or Laura Geller's Spackle. This Prime Time was even more thin than the Spackle, which took some getting used to. One pump does the whole face, so don't be deceived by the little bottle - it will last quite a while. Once dried, the skin feels smooth and even, and foundation application is very easy. Note: you do need to let this particular primer "dry" before you apply your foundation, unlike some others on the market.
I have to say, I was a little reluctant to try this with the yellow color, but it really does blend right into the skin and evened out any redness I was experiencing after washing my face. I tend to get blotchy, especially if I use a scrub, so this really helped hide any of those flaws prior to applying foundation. And don't get me wrong - this doesn't have "coverage", per say. Instead, this primes the skin and helps eliminate the look of flaws prior to application.
Below are the swatches of the Prime Time Primer Shadow (left), the Ready Blush in Natural High (middle) and Marvelous Moxie lipgloss in Rock Star (right).
- Reagan (ZP614) - deep cerise pink cream
- Lara (ZP615) - vivid cerise pink cream
- Shelby (ZP616) - soft pinky pink cream
- Arizona (ZP617) - soft coral orange cream
- Tracie (ZP618) - sea grass metallic
- Wednesday (ZP619) - soft aqua cream
- Rory (ZP620) - lotus pink foil metallic
- Carly (ZP621) - thalia purple foil metallic
- Kimber (ZP622) - magenta pink foil metallic
- Myrta (ZP623) - coral orange foil metallic
- Meg (ZP624) - mermaid green foil metallic
- Zuza (ZP625) - aquamarine foil metallic
What it is:
A revolutionary long-wearing eye liner that contains intensely rich mineral pigments in a 50% water concentration.
What it does:
This revolutionary EmphasEYES™ Aqua-Gel Eyeliner captures the high-pigment concentration and staying power of a gel pot in an effortless pencil, no brush required! Even more unique is the proprietary formula which suspends rich mineral pigments in a 50% water concentration. By a process of hydrous pigmentation, cooling and refreshing pure water absorbs into the skin to hydrate and replenish the delicate eye area, leaving behind an intense, long-wearing, and pigment-rich color. Fortified with vitamin E, cucumber, and aloe this soothing Aqua-Gel Eyeliner maintains moisture balance in the skin while treating with healing free-radical fighters.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
What else you need to know:
EmphasEYES™ Aqua-Gel Eyeliner contains Skinvigorating™ ingredients like pure water that suspends mineral pigments while delivering and retaining moisture to replenish and hydrate skin, aloe leaf extract known for its soothing, healing, and antiseptic properties, which maintain moisture balance in the skin, vitamin E, which acts as an anti-inflammatory emollient and fights free radical damage, cucumber extract, which is rich in vitamins A &C and helps soothe skin, and mineral pigments, which have been known to soothe and soften the skin.
Due to the unique nature of this formula, do not over advance the tip. A little is all you need to achieve rich color intensity! Make sure to always securely replace the cap to prevent product from drying out.
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Over my lunch yesterday, I stopped by Walgreens to pick up some chocolate for the office. Yes, I am the official "Candy Queen" of my office, with a bowl of candy on my desk bringing people into my office to top and chat, and allowing me time away from my computer. After I filled my basket with Easter chocolates, I went by the cosmetics aisle to see if they had any of the new spring colors I've been reading about, especially the Sinful Castaway collection. If you haven't seen the display, stop on over to Nouveau Cheap and check it out here. If you want to see swatches, MakeupWithdrawal has some swatches of these beach beauties here.
Anyway, they did have a new display of the Cast Away Sinful colors, and as I was picking them up to choose a color, the cashier working the cosmetics department told me the Sinful's were only $0.49 a piece. Wait, what?? Only $0.49 a piece!! You better believe I purchased several, and just as proof I took a snapshot of my receipt below.