I recently tried a few products from Thevi Cosmetics, which is a line founded by Thevaki Thambirajah. Thevi created the brand because she “could never find cosmetics in shades that suited her coloring.” She wanted colors that were “rich and vibrant without being harsh,” so Thevi Cosmetics was born as an answer to the frustrations she faced (and countless other women face).
“I know that there are many, many women like me. Women to whom ‘natural’ means ‘colorful.’ After all, what is more natural than a flower, a butterfly, a sunset? In our homes, in our dress, even in our foods and in our makeup, we are women who feel comfortable with color. In fact, we crave it. And while our skins come in a wide range of tones and shades, we all look best with a more intense makeup. Red lips. Strongly defined eyes. Visible cheek color. And of course, fresh, smooth complexions.”
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Beth Bender Beauty put out this great trio for summer that is/was perfect for the season, but it also makes for a nice way to fade into fall, too. This eyeshadow trio is called SGB ($36.00), and it is available at www.bettesboutique.com. I love the coppery brown color, and I think the pale golden shade makes for a nice all-over lid color. Beth Bender also knows about easy beauty, because she also is responsible for for the Get In Line Eyeilner & Stencil kits–making lining easier for those of us who struggle!
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Giogrio Armani Face Fabric ($45.00) is the latest from GA when it comes to foundations. It is my first time trying any Giorgio product, let alone one of their foundations (which are pretty highly touted!). Face Fabric is described as “second skin nude makeup.” It’s actually an accurate description of how the foundation feels. The easiest way to describe the texture and feel of this foundation is to call it a tinted primer. It has much of the same texture as a silicone-based primer does (like Smashbox Photofinish), but this is clearly tinted to act like a foundation.
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Remember when I told you about HauteLook’s Stila sale? Well, I finally had a chance to swatch the products I bought from them. The four products you see above cost me $30, plus shipping, which isn’t a bad deal at all! I did a look using the trio here, too. The circular designed product is Mazatlan eyeshadow. The other three products came as a set (along with a bronzer, which isn’t pictured, because I gave it away), the “Glow Bronzing Set.” It came with Stila’s Bronze Smudgepot, Gold Glow trio eyeshadow, Brown Sugar Lip Glaze (I think…), and then the bronzer. Pretty good deal
My favorite out of the four products was the Lip Glaze, but I’m glad I got it on sale. I don’t see myself paying the $22 retail price for them otherwise! It’s very glossy and smooth, great color, and it wears well throughout the day. The two shadow trios I got were decent, but I’m not a huge fan of mineral (or mineral-like) eyeshadows… if it’s baked, I probably won’t fall in love.
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Purple, Pink, Delightful, Mermaid, Blue, Teal
Reader Edda recently started selling her own cosmetics line, EO Cosmetics, on Etsy, and she asked me to review some of the mineral eyeshadows. I told her to send me colors she thought she liked, and she excelled at that! The five sample colors she sent are all bold and vibrant, and they’re definitely colors I’d use in a look. My favorite was Mermaid, which is a pastel-ish like teal with a slightly golden shimmer. Mineral eyeshadows work best wet, in my experience, because otherwise they just fall out everywhere since they’re loose. I pretty much treat them like MAC pigments, though EO’s are very finely milled, so they almost feel wet when you use them. Each color I tried was incredibly pigmented, which is a huge plus. Pink is a shade I’ve always wanted, but I haven’t found this shade as pigmented as EO’s.
How do you feel about mineral eyeshadows? Do you use them? Have you ever tried them?
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Lancome’s Oscillation Mascara ($34.00) was available for one-day for early purchase back in July. My curiousity was piqued enough for me to shell out the big bucks and pick one up from my local Lancome Boutique. I’ve been using it on and off since then, trying to decide whether I love it or just like it. Some days, I love it, and other days, it’s not a bad mascara, but it doesn’t give me the volume I want.
Here are the requirements in my holy grail mascara:
Thickens lashes without clumping
Lengthens lashes to false lashes’ length or BEYOND!
Blackest of black color
Doesn’t flake or smudge during the day
Easy to use on both upper and lower lashes
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