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Your Beauty Questions Answered

If you're wondering why the 'A' part of the Beauty Product Q & A got split up check out the previous post.

On to Lasonta's question: she'd like to know if I'm subscribed to any beauty boxes and if so which ones would I recommend.

It feels like two or so years ago beauty box subscriptions really caught on. YouTube was awash with "unboxing" videos and everybody had a discount code. Beauty Boxes are a way for consumers try a few sample or full sized products for a monthly (or quarterly) subscription fee ranging from $10 to $40+ USD. I'm not subscribed to any only because I'm not interested in paying the customs duties on top of the shipping cost. But #TeamModen is very interested in curating our own. Let us know if you'd be interested in that. Would you prefer to receive your box monthly or quarterly?

Some examples of subscription beauty boxes are:

Birchbox
Boxycharm
Wantable
Ipsy (Glam Bag)
Beauty Box 5
Glossybox
Play! by Sephora
Scentbird
TestTu…

Your Beauty Questions Answered

If you watch our YouTube videos you know we can talk. There are those who can make short videos and those that will compete for the time of your favourite Tv show. Same with blogging; I don't write press release or makeup collection preview posts. I write reviews and comparisons...so they have to be certain length if they're gonna be anything worth reading.

All that to say, there's no way I could put your responses into one post. I don't know what I was thinking.

So let's start with Kerisha's question. She wants a recommendation for a good primer for oily skin.

Ahhhhhh boy. The plight to combat greasy face. Made particularly difficult by this lovely tropical heat. Kerisha is a regular reader so I know she knows of my love for the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. Sadly that's not readily available and it's also expensive - $52USD for 1 oz or $18USD for 0.33 oz. Another personal favourite is the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector but again, that…

Cutex One-Step Pads (Regular)

This is a very good example of having one thing in mind then using a product and having to change your plan. When I purchased these nail polish remover pads I had every intention of comparing them to a more expensive version. Then I finally got around to using them and realised that wouldn't have been a fair comparison at all so here we are...

Individually packed nail polish remover pads; something I wish I invented. "These portable and convenient felt pads allow you to remove nail polish whenever and wherever you desire". Brilliant.

Cutex also says: "Cutex Nail Polish Remover Pads offer a handy way to quickly remove polish and condition nails and cuticles in one easy step. Our patented formula is specially designed to remove polish faster than any other brand, and features an exclusive combination of ingredients that will help strengthen and nourish your nails while moisturizing and softening your cuticles at the same time.

Since Cutex pads are bigger and thicker tha…

Would I Repurchase? Maybelline Lash Sensational (Waterproof)

From Maybelline's site: "Did you know your lashes grow in more than just one layer? New Lash Sensational Mascara unfolds layer upon layer of lashes for the new full fan effect.

Why You'll Love It

Try New Lash Sensational Mascara from Maybelline New York for a sensational full fan effect. Our first patented fanning brush with 10 layers of bristles reveals a full flourish of lashes. Liquid Ink formula coats from all sides.

For Best Results

1) Use inner curve to reach the roots of lashes
2) Follow through tips of lashes with longer bristles to fan out"
I purchased mine in New York last year but since then I have seen it on local shelves in Collins and Massy Stores for between $14 and $17. Inadvertently, I picked up the waterproof formula.

Rubber bristle wands like these are notorious for separating lashes. Maybelline claims that since theirs is an "open fan brush" shape/style it will provide volume. I really don't see any "layers of bristles"... more…

#LipSwatchWeek | New In

Last month's 'New In' post was the beginning of something beautiful. These #LipSwatchWeek posts have certainly helped me to cycle through my pile (I didn't buy all of these recently) and show me which shades I should really stop buying.

Don't forget to click on the links provided to learn more about the respective product/brand.

rms beauty lip2cheek 'beloved'Thanks Sharalee!

The texture of the lip2cheeks are a little less moisturizing than the lip shines...that makes sense cause you wouldn't want too slippery a product for a cream blush.


black|Up '05'

After being blown away by '25' and learning that it's been discontinued I had to know if that shade was a one off marvel of it this whole line is amazing. '05' was recommended to me by the black|Up rep; it's one of her personal favourites that she enjoys putting over darker colours. When I swatched it I saw why: it contains a nice silver shimmer that adds great dimension to th…

First Impression | Maybelline Color Blur by Lip Studio Cream Matte Pencil

Last first impression for the week I swear!

Maybelline says: "Our unique cream matte pencil with vivid color and blurring smudger

Create your look from full on bold to softly blurred

Why You'll Love It

Undefine the rules of color with Color Blur cream matte pencil and blurring smudger. The cream matte pencil feels extremely smooth and comfortable on lips while the blurring smudger means you can create your own looks from full-on bold to softly blurred. Color Blur comes in 10 shades ranging from vivids to neutrals.

For Best Results

To achieve the softly blurred look, apply color in the center of your top and bottom lips. Using the smudger, gently blur the color out towards the edges of your top lip and then bottom lip".

Each crayon contains 0.04 oz. / 1.25 grams. I have three of the 10 shades available. I saw these locally in Massy Stores and Collins. For some strange reason different shades have different prices: 'I Like To Mauve It' costs $19.59 while 'My-My Magen…

Beauty Product Q and A

Apologies for the break in #LipSwatchWeek transmission folks. We cranking again from tomorrow with the remaining three.

In the interim, I'd appreciate if you'd submit a beauty product question that you'd like answered. I'll post the responses at the end of the month.

Examples of questions:

What's the best inexpensive foundation?
What cleanser do you recommend for oily skin?
Which brand makes the best lipstick?
How do I get matched correctly for foundation?
Do these at home gel polishes really work?

You get the drift.

As we stated on Instagram: I'm not a trained professional so responses will be based on my personal experience (as: a shopaholic, someone who was curious about makeup since 2007 and a beauty blogger) and research. There's already a wealth of information on this blog but this is a chance to get an individual query/issue addressed.

I'm eagerly looking forward to getting the best information to you.



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St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer Review

Hi #Mavenz

When I was a teenager I believed in St. Ives Apricot Scrub. In hindsight, the skincare selection of products that was affordable to a product ravenous teenager was minimal. 
That being said I was overjoyed to find this gem by the popular brand.

Trying and applying new skincare is always a must in our line of work. Both Lucinda and I strive to keep up with the trends and test out products at the risk of losing the battle of the breakout. So when I saw this in Beauty Exchange, Wildey not only was I excited since it indicated that it is non comedogenic but relieved as the price was suitable for my budget. Since it retailed at about $20BBD, this large tub of cool, refreshing, mildly scented and moisturizing goodness was more than welcome. Due to my pregnancy (at the time) my skin was experiencing a drought out of this world. 
This time I took a skincare gamble and won!
Here's what it looks like straight out of the receptacle and unblended into the skin:

Pros
Highly emollient …

First Impression | L'Oreal Colour Riche La Lacque and Le Matte Lip Pens

When these were released on the US market in limited quantities it seems like beauty lovers went nuts. L'Oreal Paris, being the good opportunists that they are, brought them back.

"Colour Riche Le Matte Lip Pen

Velvety Matte Color.
Pigment Rich Color.
Perfectly Precise, no sharpener needed!

Description: Velvety Matte or Irresistibly Glossy Pigment-Riche color, perfectly precise
Introducing Colour Riche Le Matte & La Lacque, the newest format in lipcolor. The sleek, sophisticated pen offers highly pigmented color that glides on effortlessly in one precise stroke. Available in 2 iconic finishes, creamy Matte & smooth Lacquer. Use it anywhere, anytime – it’s the newest makeup designer must-have.
How To Use: Apply starting in the center of your upper lip.Work from the center to outer edges of your lips, following the contour of your mouth.
Then glide across the entire bottom lip.
Colour Riche La Lacque Lip Pen

Irresistibly Glossy Color.
Pigment Rich Color.
Perfectly Precise, no sha…

First Impression | Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer

Clinique really threw themselves back into the forefront of a lot of beauty lovers minds' recently. First with their Cheek Pops and then these.

Clinique says: "Clinique Pop™ Lip Colour + Primer
Luxurious yet weightless formula merges bold, saturated colour with a smoothing primer. Glides on effortlessly to a modern-velvet finish. Colour stays true, keeps lips comfortably moisturized for 8 hours. Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free".

Looking at the US website, I just realised that these all claim to have a demi-matte finish. The US website and Sephora.com have 16 shades listed. Clinique's UK website has 24 shades in demi-matte, semi-matte (or was that a typo?) and unlisted finishes. I have three of them which I purchased from Cave Shepherd, who apparently gets the UK stock since two of the three aren't listed on the other sites.
L - R Bare Pop, Party Pop and Sugar Pop
I bought mine for $47 each. Each bullet contains .13 oz / 3.9 grams of product.
First off I love the…

DIY Nail Brightener

In numerous 'Let's Talk Polish' posts I've said that I prefer to wear dark polishes for manicures. I don't really have a reason that's just how I get down. Trouble is, certain shades tend to stain nails; and not just dark colours, vibrant blues are famous offenders.

While working on a pending Inky Blue polish post I encountered some staining. So as to not taint the shade of the next polish I decided that it was time to give my nails a good scrubbing. The method I used isn't new information; I'm just sharing my process with you.

What you will need

Hydrogen Peroxide or lemon juice, baking soda, a soft bristle toothbrush and a bowl. If you're using hydrogen peroxide please do not use a metal bowl.


Make a paste
I have no measurements but what we want to achieve is a paste that's easily spreadable. Pour the baking soda into the bowl first and then add the hydrogen peroxide or lime juice until you've reached the desired consistency. You don't ne…