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NYX Fortune Cookie Lipstick

NYX Fortune Cookie Lipstick
NYX Fortune Cookie Lipstick

NYX Fortune Cookie Lipstick

NYX Fortune Cookie Round Lipstick ($4.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmery bronzed beige. It appears much lighter and whiter on my lips–it’s a very, very frosted finish. The shade reminded me of MAC Pretty Please, which is a little pinker; MAC Tanarama, which is more golden; and MAC Bubbles, which is whiter and pinker.

This is not for someone who doesn’t LOVE their shimmer. It’s kind of like a really shimmered/frosted nude. There’s so much shimmer in this that it ends up looking almost opaque on the lips. I like it overall, and I think the effect looks nicer from afar; I’d recommend layering a gloss on top (maybe a red or plum) that’s more of a cream finish. Though it can be worn alone, it also works well as a layering product.

Because of the high level of frost, it is a bit drying compared to other shades I’ve tried within this range. It also wears away a little unevenly, but it does apply evenly from the get-go, which isn’t always true for extreme frost finishes. Mine has no detectable scent, though I know sometimes NYX’s lipsticks seem to be scented with something, but this has been waiting to be tested/reviewed for several months so it may have lost its scent over time (I find that more budget-friendly brands lose their fragrance much faster than higher-end brands). Fortune Cookie wore for about three hours.

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick Fortune Cookie
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7
Longevity
4
Application
81%
Total

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Tarina Tarantino Parasol Dollskin Cheek Blush

Tarina Tarantino Parasol Dollskin Cheek Blush
Tarina Tarantino Parasol Dollskin Cheek Blush

Tarina Tarantino Parasol Dollskin Cheek Blush ($25.00 for 0.20 oz.) is described as a “shimmering bright pink coral.” It’s a pinky-coral with a very subtle golden champagne shimmer. When it’s blended out, you’ll get more of a coral effect out of the hue, but when it’s used more heavily, it turns pinker. It’s pinker and more intense version of Feather, but the two are certainly similar more than they are dissimilar, especially when they’re blended out. It looks slightly pinker but unless you wear it more heavily, the differences are minute. Like Feather, it is also similar to Benefit CORALista (not as pink) and MAC Hipness (not as pink). I would say it is not really a dupe of shades like NARS Orgasm, just because it lacks the golden shimmer/sheen of those types of shades.

It’s a finely-milled powder, so it feels silky smooth to the touch, and it blends easily against the skin so it has more of a natural finish and can easily be buffed or blended if you prefer a lighter blush. This one didn’t have any powderiness, though, which was nice. It doesn’t look too frosted against the skin, though there is a healthy amount of shimmer-sheen in the finish. When I wore this to run errands, it still looked good eight hours later–no fading or movement.

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Blush Parasol
Parasol
Parasol
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
94%
Total

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Sunday Link Love, Volume #076

Happy Sunday!

How is your Sunday going so far? How about your weekend? I managed to do quite a bit of cleaning and organizing this weekend, so even though the apartment is completely overflowing, it does feel and look tidier than it has in weeks! There’s almost room to breathe again 🙂

An Esthetician’s Two Skincare Must-Haves

By Chantel, Esthetician

Chantel is a licensed esthetician who recently moved to Virginia. She attended University of Utah as a ballet major and earned her esthetics license while living in Washington. She is currently teaching dance and hopes to start a skincare business in her new area. Chantel is results-driven when it comes to the treatments and products she uses on clients and herself. She has worked as an esthetician in spas, salons, and medical spas. She hopes to share her experience and knowledge with others to help make skin care less overwhelming.

 

To most beauty and skincare aficionados, adding a product to their “must have” or “Holy Grail” list is a big deal! A product doesn’t earn that spot in my skincare routine without consistent performance and results. To narrow down a favorite, it usually has to meet a few certain points in my book:  1) I use it on a regular basis, if not daily; 2) it has not caused any adverse reactions in my time using it, 3) I have seen consistent, visible results, and 4) I can confidently recommend the product to clients and friends.  There are two tried and true products that have proven effective time and time again. As an added bonus, I have found them to be suitable for the majority of skin types and concerns!

I simply love PCA Hydrating Serum ($86.00).  It’s extremely efficacious!  It provides instant hydration without heaviness or leaving an oily residue. It is absorbed quickly and a little goes a long way. Since it is a serum, your specialized treatments or sun protection can be layered over it. I usually use another moisturizer over this at night, but during the day a slightly hydrating sunscreen is adequate. It’s magic in a bottle, especially for skin that may be a little sensitized and dry from over use of harsher products. It’s also ideal for those who stay away from moisturizers in fear of breaking out or looking too oily. PCA Hydrating Serum contains Sodium Hyaluronate, which is a form of Hyaluronic acid. It has exceptional hydrating qualities, holding up to a 1,000 times its weight in water.  According to PCA Skin, the key ingredients are:  Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin
Sodium Hyaluronate, Pro-Vitamin B-5, Sodium PCA, Niacinamide, and Urea.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel ($78.00) are daily wipes that are a no-hassle way to exfoliate and keep skin glowing. They are a must have for multiple reasons, if not for convenience alone. I see a noticeable brightness and smoothness in my skin after immediate use, and with consistent use, less blackheads, breakouts, and hyper-pigmentation (dark spots). A quick look at the ingredient list shows a combination of several acids proven to brighten, exfoliate, and hydrate. Glycolic acid loosens and removes dead skin cells, revealing brighter and smoother skin. Salicylic Acid penetrates oil-filled pores and exfoliates the dead skin cells that are clogging the pore, making it beneficial for those suffering from acne. Lactic acid is hydrating and also helps to reduce hyper-pigmentation. That being said, I can exfoliate, treat blackheads and breakouts, stave off fine lines, and brighten my skin in two easy steps! A product that covers that many bases and is still gentle enough for regular use, earns a definite place on my must-have list!

Items of Intrigue, Vol. 009


Items of Intrigue, Vol. 009

It’s been awhile, which is more a result of not finding more than one or two products intriguing enough to warrant a post, but finally, I’ve collected enough to share for the “week,” haha!

What products have caught your eye lately?

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