$55 outfit: Brunch at the Hamptons

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I call this look

Brunch at the Hamptons

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This cute nude top with extra long, belled sleeves looks amazing with this white mini skirt with large gold buttons down the front. I was going for the, “I didn’t even try but still look amazing” look and I think I nailed it.

The top and skirt look perfect with the white lace up block heel and simple (yet affordable) accessories.

Total: $55

(does not include the price of shipping)

Shop the look below!

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The best highlighters (Drugstore & Luxury)

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Today you guys are going to get the 411 on three of my favorite highlighters.

In case you didn’t know, my preferences for highlighters are rose golds and rich golden colors which complement my skin tone. The amount of shine the highlight gives, that does not bother me too much because I love to switch up my glow once in a while.

Laura Mercia- Summer Bloc

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Laura Mercier- Golden Mosiac

This is one of the highlighters I own that does not give me an intense, beaming, metallic glow that is very much in right now.

 

This highlighter is very subtle, very natural but does have the ability to be built up to a more noticeable glow. I use this one on my lighter days where I just have a little foundation and a gloss.

 

Usually, I don’t go for highlighters like this because I feel the all in one approach, with the different highlighter shades always fails. It is a waste of product in my opinion because there is always one or two colors that you would never use.

 

To kinda combat that, I use my brush and pick up all of the colors, with more of the focus on the deeper colors so that I get a really gorgeous shade that compliments my skin tone.

City Color

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City Color bronzer in Dawn

This highlighter is one that I get asked about the most, it is the most favored out of the three and it is on the wayyyyy less expensive end of makeup spectrum. This is available in two gorgeous colors.

 

This highlighter is a beautiful golden color or more of a rich bronze color depending on where you put your brush.

 

There are two colors for you to choose from, in the pan. The yellow golden color which covers the palm trees and the bronze color that surrounds the palm trees in the pan. The golden yellow color, it’s a very very thin layer so don’t expect it to last very wrong after passing your brush once or twice.

BECCA

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On the higher end of the spectrum, we have the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in the shade Blushed Copper. This was released in limited edition packaging some time ago about 2 or 3 years ago.

 

It was released as a highlighter 2 or 3 years ago but like a year later, it was released as a shimmery blush in the normal BECCA packaging.

 

I don’t know if the blush and the highlighter are the same formulae, consistency but it sounds that way when I saw reviews on it around that time.

 

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From top to bottom: BECCA, City Color, and Laura Mercier
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From top to bottom: BECCA, City Color, and Laura Mercier

Thanks again for reading, The Makeup Reviewer.

Leather and Lace

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This is something new that I would be trying out from now on. I don’t know if anyone else does this but sometimes I do enjoy putting together outfits with pieces that are being sold in the ‘SALE’ section of a website.

I am only giving outfit suggestions, not commenting on the quality of the clothes unless I have bought the pieces.

Hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

Today’s outfit is called:

Leather and Lace

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Top: £14.00 (UK)

http://go.magik.ly/ml/618g/

or

$30.00 (US)

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Jacket:£25.00 (UK)

http://go.magik.ly/ml/618h/

or

$52 (US)

http://go.magik.ly/ml/618s/


Pants:£8.00 (UK)

http://go.magik.ly/ml/618j/

or

 Alternative Pants: $26 (US)

http://go.magik.ly/ml/618q/


Shoes:£12.00

http://go.magik.ly/ml/618l/

or

$26 (US)

http://go.magik.ly/ml/618t/


Earrings:£2.00

http://go.magik.ly/ml/618m/

or

$6 (US)

http://go.magik.ly/ml/618u/


Bag: £10.00

http://go.magik.ly/ml/618n/

or

$22 (US)

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ABH Subculture palette

On July 25th, Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) released their newest eye shadow palette, the Subculture palette officially on their website.

 

On the product page, the Subculture is described as a 14 shade palette that ranges from grungy mattes to bold metallic shades with an underground edge. It is a complement to the best-selling Modern Renaissance palette.

 

 

The website also says:

 

Full pigment and easy-to-blend formula
14 shades with ultra-matte, duo chrome and metallic finishes
Includes dual-ended brush 


Roxy – Ultra matte muted coral
Electric – Duo chrome lime-gold
Fudge – Ultra-matte warm bronze
New Wave – Ultra-matte citron orange
Untamed – Ultra-matte tarnished green
Edge – Ultra-matte gold mustard
Rowdy – Ultra-matte blackened purple
Axis – Ultra-matte blue-green
Mercury – Ultra-matte slate grey
All Star – Ultra-matte vintage wine 

Adorn – Metallic bronze
Destiny – Ultra-matte sage green
Dawn – Ultra-matte sand
Cube – Duo chrome pink pearl

As of right now, the palette is worth $42 and is cruelty-free but now it is sold out.

 

When I saw this palette, I was just like

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You must admit, this is the weirdest eyeshadow palette to hit these Makeup streets. On trendmood’s Instagram page when it was leaked sometime earlier this year, a lot of people honestly thought the leak was a fake.

 

 

In my mind, I honestly thought there was no way ABH would come out with a palette like that👀……here we are today.

The Subculture palette is described as the night palette to the Modern Renaissance palette by many, I think the daughter of the owner, Claudia said that as well and I didn’t get that. To me, the night palette to a warm neutral palette would be a cool neutral palette.

 

 

The Subculture is cool and neutral but the colors were chosen, you wouldn’t have guessed it. If you’re using the Modern Renaissance during the day with reds and warm earthy tones I don’t know how you would use greens, cool toned browns, mustard yellow and a purplish black color to complement warm shades like that in the night.

 

 


In my honest opinion, Subculture should not have been marketed as the sister to the Modern Renaissance because it isn’t.

 

( If you understand the comparison better, let me know in the comments )

 

It should have just been marketed to those into dark, grungy colors like that, who are most likely, people who are goth. That would have been interesting for ABH.
To me, it looks like they knew they made a really odd palette and to get it to appeal to people who already have the Modern Renaissance they talked about the relationship between the two palettes.

 

Apart from all of this, it looks like a great quality palette, the pigmentation looks pretty fricking amazing on deeper skin tones (the best test for pigmentation) the non-matte shades and non-weird matte shades are tempting but you know if you get a palette you’re going to justify getting it then probably not going to use it, that’s what I think is probably going to happen so I am leaving it for those who really want to get it.
What did you think about the new ABH palette?

L.A. Colors Eye Makeup Brushes

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This is the second addition to the Brush Hunt series.

This Brush Hunt is focused on the brand L.A Colors and the brushes they have to offer.

These brushes are on the lower end of the spectrum with the prices ranging from $2.50 the $7.00. There are a variety of brushes to choose from starting with your Angled Brow/ Liner brush to your Powder brush.

These don’t come in a set, so you would have to buy each brush individually which is typical with brushes that are on the lower end of the spectrum. Brush sets are a great way for companies to give you great brushes for a really reasonable price. If the individual brushes are a steal, you probably wouldn’t see them being sold in a set or you would see a set of 3.

These eye brushes are great for the price you are paying. The handles are sturdy. They come in individual plastic holding cases (as pictured below) LCAD79.1-X-500x500

I liked the packaging it came in, it was very simple sleek and gave the details like the type of hair, suggested ways to use the brush and how to clean them on the back of the boxes.

 

 

These brushes are all synthetic, cruelty free, made in China and designed in the U.S.

The three brushes I got were (from left to right):

1.Angled Eyeshadow brush ($2.50) ,  2. Tapered Blending brush ($3.50)

3. Large Shader Brush ($3.50)

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These 3 eye brushes that I got, they were great for the price. They promised softness and they delivered. Each brush is extremely soft, does not scratch the eyelids and blended my eyeshadow well. I would say that even though they are soft, the bristles aren’t really dense so you can’t put a lot of pressure on the brush when blending. The bristles would bend under the weight and eyeshadow is going to end up, where you don’t want it.

The look of these brushes are very very professional, I love the all black look it makes the product look more put together and classy. The brush looks more together and feels more sturdy than some of my other brushes that I paid more for. The stamp on the handle with the brand is  fine, the stamp on my Large shader brush is smudged but that is not a big deal to me. Once the brushes do their job, it is something I can easily over look. One thing I would have liked was having the names of the brushes on the handles. While writing this review in order to remember the brushes I bought, I had to go searching up on the website because I only kept one out of the 3 boxes I got my brushes in. Maybe they didn’t because they wanted to keep the price very affordable,  which I totally understand so again, I am willing to overlook that as well.

If you want to get these brushes you can find them on the L.A. Colors website here

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Overall:

Would I recommend these brushes?

Yup. Would not hesitate to do that

Am I going to purchase more?

Ummmm. Yes. I am going to get these same 3 brushes I got plus some of the Face brushes to test out. Really want to get my hand on the powder and blush brush especially.

Until next time,

The Makeup Reviewer.

 

Best drugstore products

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Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Powder 

This powder is available in 8 shades and price ranges from $7 to $10.99. It promises to be an oil free, Salicylic acid filled formula that claims to better skin in 3 weeks. This is a great product whether you love to go the powder only route every day or you’re that gal that is into the everyday full coverage look.

Wet and Wild Setting Spray

Coming in at the easy on the wallet price of $4.99 per bottle, this drugstore setting spray not only promises to extend your makeup, it also promises to prevent cracking, smudging, fading, creasing and all the other woes we have with makeup. So far I haven’t heard a bad thing about this very affordable setting spray.

Wet and Wild Highlighting Powder

This highlighter has been on everyone’s wishlist since their release last year. It is a $4.99 highlighter that goes toe to toe with some of the more expensive highlighters on the market like BECCA, Hourglass and even some higher end Indie brands. It is a smooth metallic looking highlighter that comes in 6 shades (4 new!) and there is a shade for the fairest of skin, deepest of skin tones and even for the more adventurous makeup lovers that adore color, there is a pink and purple highlighter.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

The most popular drugstore on the market so far. Since I started watching YouTube videos which were 5 to 6 years ago (I think) this concealer has been around and has been a favorite of many and I can see why. Flawless looking, hydrated under eyes, cheap ($8.90) shades that complement a majority of skin tones, there is nothing to complain about.

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks

One of my absolute favorite lipsticks from the drugstore. The Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipsticks aren’t your extremely drying, transfer proof lipsticks but more hydrating matte, comfortable but does transfer. I don’t mind it one bit because the range to choose from is great, the price is unbeatable at the affordable price of $7.99 and it is just good. Trust me. Every time I wear my favorite which is Touch of Spice, I ALWAYS get complimented by strangers and my friends. Great line from Maybelline.

Kleancolor Madly Matte Lip Gloss

I am sure this is an unknown product on my list. This I bought recently and I am so glad I did. Don’t let the Kleancolor brand fool you, this is a quality product. It isn’t matte so let’s get that out of the way, very early. This is an extremely pigmented lip gloss. I am not kidding. I have pigmented lips and one swipe of this gloss and my lips were fully covered. My favorite is the color Hippy which is a pretty burnt orange color that complimented my skin tone beautifully. Apart from the product in the tube, the other fantastic thing is that this baby goes for the phenomenal price of $1.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

I’ve talked about this foundation before so I am not going to bore you with another segment praising it. Lol. Check out the review here. It’s $7.99

L.A. Girl Concealer and Correctors

There is a reason why everyone and their mother’s aunt’s cousin’s sister uses this stuff. Since the release of this concealer a couple years ago and if I remember correctly a big YouTuber bringing light to how amazing it is, this L.A. Girl concealer has been a staple in everyone’s makeup kit. Including mine. Especially their correctors, they are phenomenal. These usually sell for $5 per concealer but you are able to get them in a set of 3 for about $12 on Amazon which I think isn’t too bad.

Rimmel Natural Bronzer

I haven’t heard about this in a while. At one point in time this used to be the “it” bronzer but now it has gotten lost in the many bronzers available on the market. Especially in the drugstore. I am here to remind you, DO NOT forget about this bronzer. Pull it out of your collection, dust it off, put a brush to it and try it again. It’s a $5 bronzer that really performs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacha Cosmetics Primer Review

SACHACOSMETICSMATTIFYING PRIMERREVIEW

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I have been looking for a good primer for a while. Even though I love Calamine Lotion as a primer and I use it regularly (check review) I just wanted to try something new, so I decided to invest in a Face primer.

My criteria were :

  1. Cheap. No more than $60
  2. Made for oily skin
  3. Easily accessible (No online shopping)
  4. Has more than a 3.5-star review on any trusted makeup purchasing site

It took me a couple days but I was able to start my search. When I scrolled through my local Instagram pages that sell makeup, I quickly realized that primers are really really expensive in Trinidad. I saw the

BECCA primer Full size for $350,

Hourglass was the same price full price and sample price was $150,

Benefit Full price was $250.

In other words, any primer that you could get off Sephora, I could not afford. 

So I decided to keep my searching in beauty supply stores (Pennywise). I went to the beauty supply store with my research at hand. The most recommended primer I kept seeing over and over again to date is the Revlon Colourstay Primer.

It fit most of my criteria. It was for oily skin, easily accessible and had a 4-star review on Amazon. Now for the finale, is the price in my budget? I went in with my high hopes only to be let down by the $100 price tag. NOOOOOOOPE! 

As a university student that gets $500 a month to survive in the cold Trini streets, I am absolutely not going to spend 1/5 of my allowance on a face product. Makeup is not more important than food. 

So the search continued.

 It was a task. One primer that I kept stumbling across in any beauty supply store was the Sacha Cosmetics Mattifying Primer. I knew it existed but I was extremely hesitant because I have been extremely disappointed in A LOT of Sacha Products over the years as an MUE.

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If you are not familiar, Sacha Cosmetics is a Trinidadian makeup brand which was established in 1979 by a gentleman called Kama Maharaj. 

This line was started to supply women of color with makeup to suit their skin tone and to give another option on the market to makeup artists who work with women of color. 

You may be familiar with their biggest product to date which is their Buttercup powder. It is a black girl’s staple. 

It is a better alternative than using translucent powder under the eyes, which tends to leave a white cast. That’s a little product promo for them. 

Since their start in 1979, they have branches in 45 countries and won countless awards over the years.

P.S: Let me just clear this up quick for some people that may be confused or misinformed but even though Sacha Cosmetics was created by people of color and cater to black women, it is not a black owned business as stated by other bloggers. Let me repeat, Sacha is NOT a B.O.M.B (black owned makeup brand). Just want to clear the air. Moving on.


Back to the story, I kept ignoring the primer because I didn’t want another disappointment from Sacha. I did not want to waste my money on yet another dud. 

A while back, I was at Pennywise in Grand bazaar and this time I REALLY needed a primer. 

Waited too long and got tired of being in and out of my beauty supply store multiple times for the month. 

I walked the isles to see the Jordana Face Primer. This was around $26 which was cool. I checked the reviews online and I saw that it was not friendly to oily skin, so that was a no. 

Then Revlon display, I SEE THE COLOURSTAY PRIMER ON SALE!!!!! ANNNNndddddd it’s $75. Ughhhh. Still out of my price range. Walked around the big display to see Sacha. Yet again, staring at me. I took the tester primer, squeezed a little out of the tube and rubbed it on the back of my hand. 

Surprisingly, it felt great. Not oily at all, it felt matte. I was still very skeptical. Took 5 minutes in front the display, talking to myself a couple of times, picking it up and putting it back and debating in my mind if I should spend the $50 dollars. Finally, I headed toward the cashier with my primer and my other stuff I needed and did not look back. So glad I did that.

This primer is amazing.

On Sacha’s website, they did not make any large, bizarre claims other than it keeps your makeup lasting for 8 hours and keeps you oil free and controls shine for that time as well. 

This is a basic claim that all companies use and we all roll our eyes in “Whatever” because we all know a lot of the times this is never true. But wait my pretties. 

This baby lasted me 8 hours like it claimed. I wore foundation for my granduncle’s funeral and my face looked great.

 There was no weirdness going on with my foundation around my nose and my foundation did not look cakey.

 It is a lightweight, non-silicone formula that goes on wet and after a few minutes when settled is a little sticky, which I assume is great, because it holds the makeup better and longer. This is one thing that really surprised me. 

For the Trinidadian pretties that read my blog, If you remember what grape Flavorite Penne Cool smells like, this primer smells JUST like this. It was so pleasant because it was one of my favorites growing up.

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The cons of this primer. The only thing I could think about is the packaging. 

The hole that the product comes out from. Annoying to say the least.

 It is really small and it decreases the amount of product that is pushed out, which is great but it is still so annoying to me.

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The only con, which would really affect my US residents. It is a little pricey, it is $20. The shipping is $7.95. 

You can avoid this by ordering it on Amazon. I believe with Amazon Prime you get free shipping.

Anyway, that’s all I have to share about this product. It’s good for the price and it works. It really does work!

LA Girl Eyeliner Pencil

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Back again with another amazing blog post. Today, I am going to be giving you guys an eyeliner review. For those of you that don’t know, I am not the biggest fan of eyeliner (I will mention why later on).  The eyeliner that I am going to be sharing with you guys today is

LA Girl Glide Gel Eyeliner Pencil

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To make this review as detailed as possible, I am going to introduce a template that was introduced to me from Review.com. They have a really well written and informative article called

“The Best Eyeliner”

In this article, they did extensive research to narrow down the best eyeliners on the market. They consulted with chemists and formulation experts and out of 70 eyeliners on the market, they were able to narrow this list down to 1 eyeliner overall, for 6 categories: Drugstore, Pencil, Gel, Liquid, Organic, Waterproof/Waterline.

In addition to this, they not only tell you the best on the market, they help you find the best eyeliner for you if you wish to check out other eyeliners that aren’t on the list. I suggest you check it out, give it a read.

Let’s begin!

L.A. Girl Glide Gel Eyeliner

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L.A. Girl Glide Gel Eyeliner Pencil (first swatch)

Let me start off by saying that this is the HARDEST eyeliner to find in Black. I have been looking for this eyeliner since August last year (2016) and only 3 weeks ago I was able to get my hands on it at my local Wonderful World ( beauty supply store). I don’t know if it is because the store is not meeting the demand or the customers are buying this eyeliner 3 or 4 at a time but it took me a while to get this bad boy and lemme tell you, It was worth the wait. If I could create another category on the Review.com website for Drugstore Pencil Eyeliners, this would be considered #1.

Features of this eyeliner pencil

Buildability — This means the ability to layer the eyeliner with no streaking or removal of the previous layer applied. With this definition in mind, this eyeliner fits the definition.

High pigmentation — One swipe is full opacity. This eyeliner is VERY. VERY. VERY black.

Consistency — Very soft, very creamy and very lightweight. Definitely not your mother’s eyeliner pencil.

Strong stick — Yup.

Overall ease of application ­— As easy and putting on a bullet lipstick. One swipe with light pressure and you’re good.

Stay-on power ­— I had this eyeliner on for a cool 10 hours and this thing held onto my waterline like a champ. Funny enough, when I swatched it on my hand before I purchased it the swatch actually held up through multiple hand washing before I got my Lancome Eye Makeup Remover.

No smudging ­­— Zero. Zilch. Nada. No raccoon eyes here.

True to color — It is definitely the color on the package and the color I expected.

Hypo-allergenic — (This is what I was talking about earlier). I stopped using eyeliner many years ago because of what I would experience minutes after using it. After applying eyeliner to my waterline, from application until I was ready to take it off, my eyes would itch, burn and water. It did not matter what type of eyeliner it was, liquid, gel or pencil I would have the same end result.  It was not the most pleasant experience for me as you could imagine so I stopped using eyeliner altogether.

To be very honest, I was expecting this eyeliner to do the same thing but I was definitely surprised.

Availability — This eyeliner was not easy for me to find in Trinidad at all as I mentioned earlier. Wonderful World, All those Chinese beauty supply stores on Charlotte Street and Fredrick street, I could not find this eyeliner anywhere. If you are lucky enough to find it in stores grab them up. If you don’t want the walk around, check out Amazon, ULTA, Beauty Bay and the L.A. Girl website. There are in stock on all those sites currently.

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Thank you for reading as always

 

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